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UuMiati VOL. XVIH NO. 28. WASHINGQy, D. P., SATURPAYMOKNING, DECEMBER 29, 1877. FIFTY CENTS PER MONTH. mixonm m II I CO-OPERATIVE LABOR. jUtAnDtlESS TO XHtC ITOnKIlfOMBX or TUB COVKTKT. Advantages of the rreposed BrsUm as Es tablished In rranee-Delalted Explanation of What Itjs Designed to Accomplish. rnLOW'Cniumi The genera, outcry against capital which we now hear hu been heard at all timet and In all countries, ant) so afanll It continue to b heard until the problem of human destiny on earth win be nor earnestly studied or cultivated through knowledge of political economy, systems. Used by tho art of scientific application or labor rural labor paramount as the primary necessity and mechanical Induitry as Its subsequent result. Rural labor .by Its natural produce, controls all others, and to that end Intelligence, Infinite lnu conceptions, should direct all labor, to that In her monlous co-operalton Intelligent labor should manifest Itself progresttrelyvevolvlng natural re sources to nan's happiness and Independence on earth by the Infinity of Its appliances. BELATIONS OF CAPITAL AND LA BOB. Labor is the normal legitimate occupation of man. Capful Is the acquired outgrowth of labor ,'and the auiorv that capital controls labor is a paradox. Ivnyf Because In agriculture labor Is Indebted for tread to Providence. In mccheulcal Industry to consumption and. If by unwise legislation, con sumption Is paralysed, capital loses its Interest by inaction and labor its bread by Idleness. It would be a wsite or Mine to censure those who by unwlw legislation brought tn this happy coun try millions of working men talks verge of misery, as it Is not In their power now to remedy the evil, which has been eo long accumulating through party quarrels ot struggles for power. The primary Objector any political part that has appealed In tho history ofmirrepubllo haa not been thereneral Jrosperlty of the country, but the sole, selfish ob ect of how to obtain power and help itself, or thoso who had chanced by their mancwiUos to help It to oust Its antagonists. In order to obtain hold of th f lnvrrmnt- u hou Treasur was looked ODon U Intended only to enrich its chiefs, regardless of now ma minions toning ior ureaa urea. HOW- TO CORRECT CLAM LEGISLATION. Apparently, It seems that we have a right to com plain against those whom we send to Congress for the solo object of shaping our destiny bjr wise legis lation, but who forget their pledges to the people and legislate for corporations. In reality, we. (he people, as sovereign. are the guilty party to allow them to act thus. Hare we not the power of the ballot T Andlfmlltlons suffer while our representa tives fatten on plenty, surely the origin or the evil proceeds unquestionably, not from the effect, but from the cause, willingly or Ignorantly abnegating Its power to It. It is useless to complain, fellow-citlsena. No one wlll.Tio one can help you but yourelrae. Aid yourself and God will aid you. Let us study our selves and natural resources which Intelligence can control. In a country like this, where agricul tural pursuits cau be developed by skillful cultiva tion to a supreme degree of perfection or prosper ity, mechanics, tradesmen, clerks, and other labor ing classes of citlxous should not despair, tut COMBINE TOGETHER , 11 their foreaa In In nni anlld hodv. and. bv nraetf. cat measures, take hold of tne natural fesouroes of ine sou, supjeci it to sewn n no commercial pro duce, and thus. In few years, build up for them selves and their famlll. Independent and pros perous homes. To arrive to such results! In the month of June, 1979. a co-operative association of Vine cultivators and attendant agricultural pur suits wu formed In Washington city, of which I am a member. Constitution and by-laws were adopted and printed, a copy of which we offer to applicants, and respectfully Invite them to accept our invitation and form conjointly with us the same uwilatton. such a consolidated association formed North, doutb. East, and West can with stand all Impediments, by Its gravity crush all obstacles, and finally bear generous fruits of suc cess, and amend the present evils so Justly com plained of. The Brst three hundred members shall coustltnte the first community, do matter In what State they may settle, and each subsequent two or three hundred will form in the most advantageous local It of tnr Stat awfuid ."third, or fourth mm. munluet. Each preceding community is bound to assist subsequent ones on the same nrlnelble as nraarrlhad In Lha nmnl. atlon by the said constitution and by-laws. Krery Vommnuity shall select Its ewn president, direct- ministration, and, though dejurt in union with toe first and subsequent communities, they are at facto independent or eacn otnor, except in tne sole es tablishment of airroiiomlflKl schools, to wrhlahs.11 must contribute, as all will hare common interest sum rigm 10 snare in uiem. The proposition of such a cooperative associa tion is ery grave and Important, Its constitution and by laws, if lotelllzantlv studied and tnilvud. will be found to contain all tho elements and con ditions necessary to constitute tne material force and moral welfare of Its members. Consequently o beg to state to all worklngmenof the United States that, lu our plan, as traced in the const tu tlon and by-laws, there Is nothing at all Utopian. II has been bated upon practical facts demonstrated to the world during the past century in Prance, which, by her prosperity,! the wonder of every nation, hvf Because on Its surface of less ex. tension than the Bute of Texas twenty millions of reupie uui tn lairif-Mren million cultivate sxui fully the soil, and live on It, Independent of all po litical and revolutionary change. There are twelve millions oi rciu-csiale owners in rrancc. How manr owners do v,a count hero, with a nnnnlatlnn of furtv five million!, on an in-ihnu turfae equals almost that of all the habitable portion of PLAN OF ORGANIZATION, In our plan individual Iroodom of action tn Its organisation is ien untnuqmeied. nigh agronom ical education for children of tha memharanflh association, as well as In case of death of either or uoiupurenixj uia orpnanr eaucaiion ana liieirrj turn welfare li nrovidid for. AllattAmnta m ma. nopollze the lard are precluded, as no member can poMess more than about twenty acres of land for cultivation, and uo more than one town lot for hab itation j and in all the elections for officers or the association or other purposes In connection there with, no member csn hare more than one vote. It Is in consequence of such considerations that we propose, by skillful cultivation of the land, to es tablish communities wherever It may be found to ue auvaotageous no scute on, taxing into account, climate, son, proximity to large cities and manu facturing districts, and easy communication by land or water. To secure such lands without immediate means we, the Washington lens, petitioned Congress on the 1st of November, 1877, Mklng that body to flr us a lift up by a power of credit, they indors ng our purchase notes for the land upon which we Intend to settle, build houses and cultivate. Thus. It Is not the Government, but the cultivators of the land so Improved by labor that must or will pay for tho same when due, "WILL THE rOBTY-FIFTH CONGRESS GIVE 178 THW AID? We shall see. Railroad, steamboat, and sundry speculative, non-productive companies asked for xner Congressee and obtained lavishly grants of people's lands and millions of our money. They even ask now for subsidies, and no doubt, notwith standing the alarming, distress of Jhe working Classes throughout the country, they shsll obtain them. 1 he difference between railroad petitioners and cultivators of the soil Is that the first parly, being capitalists and officials, ask subsidies froni the people's treasury and grants of lauds uo less belonging to the people both to be so manipulated by these projectors that the people's "legal Rift," through Congress, to the railroad men will bccntno the property of a few nabobs. The people pay be aldos, under the pretext of charter or privileged tyranny, such taxes to them for so-called accommo dations of transportation as no dispo, would daro to Impose like It in any way. If such communities as we contemplate aro once established corporations lose the power to control the, treasury, and the people wul become an Intellectual, laborious class and though Independent of each other, their pros perity, by skillful labor linked to the never-ending chain or progress, moral and industrial, will wake them all as one, formidable to unproductive beings. Their existent, shall have fur tho bow of operation skillful and scientific labor, which means all brandies of labor scientifically treated and bal anced so as to be, by equilibrium, aralmllated to all the wants and comforts of the communities. All their capital, Invested originally In shares. Is to be revcrrWl. soon as their lands are fully paid, as per constitution and by-lans. As snou as by manufac ture of rural produce all liabilities are fully paid and the stock declared to bo tJiOper share, then each lndlrldusl member, subscriber to five snares, equal to Kou paid by him during fifty months 910 per month shall reU'ivefl.ooo, either per install ments or at oucc, as the association shall decide. TIIKX, AND MOT BEfOBB, all the shares shall become the property of all tho scientific- Institutions, children sand orphans' en dow menu, and the surplus retcuue. If any, to be Inverted in all such faiiorlus as may be deemed conclusive, to the material, social, and moral com fort of the communlllcs. AH the funds arising from the shares should be managed by trustees and theae being electlvehall be named by the members respective communities, according to the cointltu lion and by-laws. Further, railroads Its branches from one to ucxt communities, and In fact all re . -urces, springing out from combined communal j nstry aud labor sliould bo employed, to 'hi in and benefit all brethren In bumanltj-ywho shall wUh at auy future time to form the Hkt commu nity, surelv there Is little chance to excite the sympathy of Congress, fur such sovereigns as you poople,survlngto-daybylhclr legislation! Thplf time Is loo valuable to think of TUB PROriB, POOR PKTIU The salvation of the country, they say, hi at stake If either of the panics wilt loose the chance to oust out one Senator for anotherl They seem to Ignore the fact that the cooperative system is pe culiarly fitted to llepubllcs. particularly our own. What Is the Govemmentoltltt United States bu t a dVacfo and a dtfure cooperative association of the people? The sovereignty of our land, the much abused and nr1 set ed bona and sinew there of, the laboring classes defray directly Its expenses. kiiu tne reTaiiun wmen now ii'wi ine iiaunrj from multitudinous sources are their Industry, and In the name orcommou sense,onght thoy not have a right so. and know something about the uses made of their hard earned money. Would it not be a step toward ameliorating the ooudttion of the wnrklnrmn. If the maloril of aiich arnrklnrmrii should,(lcoldetnturn the treasury Into a great lute for the national bank systemf What power In the land can contradict their rlfU to do so T If fraud is parprel rated by Government officials, then the masMe wfll sustain the los. and the defaulter amenable to Justice, will be dealt with in no le nient manner, whereas at present, defalcations are brcacbesof trust only, the victim unfortunate ana we Tioumiter an oojeci oi sympamy. CIVIL BKRVICK RKFOEM. YHn.IHuiia wlikv hrr! niton ftf li civil. srvtoe reform system. I would use an expression quaiujrinr omt reiorm oy a wora wnirn ocgins wttb tho letter U but. In ropect toyou and myself, we shall not pronounco It Accordlngtothats) stem, by which we have to be governed, the said reform does and will produce the same effect on our wel fare as does upon a starving person a splendid State dinner given to politicians, who at tho toast rise and drink health, plenty, and provperllr to all the cltisens of our great, free, and glorious Repub lic! We might, to complete pertlsJIyour address,' mentiou sometolng about onr (old and silver coin and greenbacks. Fellow -cltisens, study this question coolly and calmly, and you will Mud that the" second loan by the Government during the war was made lu greenback, when you could buy about IJUOor, tOU for 110) lu gold. Add since then to this debt nre and six per cent Interest In gold on eaoh HOU thus loaned In greenbacks, sum up together, aud again add that to the principal claimed and favored by our Government to be ild in gold.and you will And that tho amount received and to be received by the capitalists will reach. If not over reach, the awful tigureof Uoo lu gold for every fluu In greenbacks loaned by them to tho Govern ment. National credit and honor, our rulers say, must bo lurtatnod, no matter If millions of people thin plundered suffer penury In this happy aud glorious Republic. If we sute the above facts,' it b lit confirmation of what we have said already abovo, that the evils befalling us now are the un avoidable results of many years past, to which we assented, either by Ignorance, being outwitted oy sharpers, or by willing neglect, and thus being more guilty than our ruler. LfcT UB NOW REFORM a once In our way, if we do not want to starve for lack of bread, by a co-operation association of land labor. It is yet time to us the remedy prescribed above. If there hi any delay, or If we neglect, as we have done already, to act at once, by force or present surrounding misery and sundry evil circumstances, we shall not be surprised to see such days as those which shook the very foundation of the social po sition of the French nation In 1789. France never would be what she Is now If the people had relied on tho concessions of their Gov ernment and promises to dojustlte to laboring men. If we wish to prosper let us rely on our own re sources, on skillful application of labor to the soil, which alone can and will Improve our condition. Uanklnr. Insurance. savlns-.buiMlnr. and mnr.h lit companies and associations axe the leeches sucking the life blood of the people. Rural associations sucu m we propose ougni to ne lorraea oy ail ciu seos, of whatever avocations they may be grocers, bakers, butchers, doctors, plumbers, tailors, carpen ters, lnwvers. clerks mpch.n!cj. IndirM tn fet all Cititens indiscriminately who can afford to pay HO per month for flrtr months, as wallas laborers In steady employment Those whose business require mtu yinciib t u Uinc 111 lllfl CHJ "B.yt lOTVUgn the agent of the association, hare a gardoer to work. plant vines, fruit trees, and all aorta of seeds, cereals, and cultivate all skillfully. And surely if not in the first, In svbsequent years besides natural Improvement of the farm In value, pleuty of pro duce may be raised on It by the gardener fin chargo SUPPLY T1IR FA1IILT WITir PROVISIONS. and the expenses of Improvement Uavlng schools and churches, some of the families may lire there, while the husband attends to business In the city. lit this way many French people manage their little farms atflre. ban. or flflMn Uitiim Imm thar-lito and If tired of trade, or advanced in age, or per misfortune bankrupt they retire to their farms, as they call their country-seats, and end quietly, en circled by their children and-friendi,-tbetf earthly OUR LABORERS IN THE CITIES maverouD themselves into fla op mnm mnmii One of them, with his family, can settle in the tvuuuj, us BUfpui icu vj iiiuav leuiRining ill situa tions until be can raise enough to support himself, and then the rest of the btoud mav b-q with his fum. llyto farming, and be assUted by the first on the ground and those remaining In the city, and so on every year, untU all of them will translato them selves from dependent Into ludependont llfo in the country, It thoso who distrust that on twenty acres skill fully cultivated the farmer can realize, when all Is In full growth, from taoo to 11,600 at lcat per an num, address themselves to the Germau gardeners within or close by cities' boundaries. Ilowmuch uo nicy cct irom one or iwo acres sxiuiuiiy culti vated 7 They will answer to our latUfacilon. Now. why should not by such association as we propose, UuO farmers, of 2U acres each, establish vaults, presses, stills, cooperage, drying fruit apparatus, peeling ma chines, manufacture or Tin-served fruits and n. tables, nuking chnw-chow,packliigln tin cans aud httrrola nrt iindrv rnrnl nnnmwnlil uii.nnl.u which the Individual farnur is never capable oi rem in iik wt uw uwn rnourcesr cui. Datxea oy f JOO.ofjOVhalf cash and the other half In full-paid stock, he can accomplish all and Improve his land, by means of his association, to the value of I l.ooo or more ncr acre. Add to tint all domutta ramfAru and the provision made for education, and, In caso wi ui ii, iuiu nciui ui "jur, uiiuurcu sccurea, and the sum of the earthly pursuit of roan, should be fonnd satisfactory to every human ana honest belna- lovlne: God. who said to htm. "Inrn-im mnt. tlply, and nil tho earth, and subdue It, and rule ovsr ie nuies oi iue sesi. euu wo lowis ot tne air, and all living creatures that more upon the earth.' Gen., chap. It 28,2V80. MIkhoId. I hare given vou everv herb-bearlnesecd unon the Airth. and all trees that have In themselves seed of their own Kiua to po your meat" UNBOUNDED AUBITION, Unfortanatelr maa's ambition and conception of (Pimiosa mi iuhviiiiw. nut ni in neu wiin pars disc. Vis: country life, ho trosDassod bv disobudl. ence and was driven from it and God said to him then, "With labor aud toll shalt thou eat thereof all the days of thv life." Gen. ill , 17. , In conclusion, it mmt be confessed thatthe be ginnings In all enterprises are always hard. Uut believe me. fellow -citizens, that nothing on earth can resist the will of the people. Let us have only the faith aud confidence In our own conscience that we ask, wish and lend to nothing else but to lm- F rove our social condition by most legitimate, ra lonal, and natural means, aud working with per severance aud patience we will overcome til ob stacles and ultimately realize, comfort aud lnde- pviiucncu. "PATIENTIAET LABOH OMNIA, VIEUNT." The citizens of any city dr manufacturing dis trict wUbinr to ioln our association, are reouett! to send to our olhce their uamei and address. If mere ue sixty memoers, mey wm ue entitled to one director, one hundred to one examiner, and as soon as the tint three hundred members shaTlbe on the list of subscribers, directors and examiners so elected by mutual agreement with this office will designate a place for their meeting and by proxy of their respective shareholders will form thd auo. clatlqn, e let t at. tiro officers, and proceed at pnee to uie nurx ns pvr iiiimiuiiion anu oy laws, wuiCu maybe hadon application at ourofiice. L. SMULKSSKI, Trcs't Ylno Cultivators' Co operative Asssclat'n, 'OUJ N street iiortiiwet,Vaihingtou,D. a Festival at the Holy Cross, A pleasant festival and Christmas tree entertain ment took place at the Church of the Holy Cross, corner Eighteenth street and Massachusetts avenue. last evening. Suliable literary exercises. Inter spersoii with songs, made the evening a most en joyable one. Candy and sweetmeats were dUtrlb- uiea to too cuuureu ironi tue bcauuiuiiy aeco rated tree. T Frnucls Alurphyt Atclecramwas received from Francis Murphy. the temperance reformcr,last evening, addressed to Rev. J, I. Newman, V. V , as follows: 'Will com- memo work lu your city January 27 j and may God htipua," mo ttmpcrauie boys are doing a big nuriivra iiuw. mini nuin dir, ui(juj vuuivs tne town will have to yield. " Cruelty to m Dear. . Frani Can wu arretted on New Jersey avenue. near Bttreet southeast, yesterdsy, jy Officer Pow ell, for cruel treatment of a big black bear, which he wu exhibiting on the streets. The bear bad a rluslnlts nose. Cau nas Ukcu before Justice Tail and fined II. fore at the Drovers' Rest. About nine o'clock latt night the hay barracks at Drovers' Rtt, oonl lining filteen Ions of hay,caught fire, and was dehtroyid. The hay Ulongod to MwlsTavetiuer, whose loss 11300. The barracks belonged to Dr. RUhle. who loses tJOO. No Insur ance. It Is supposed that the bay caught fire from toe spars oi apipe, wiucusoineenewassmeiiug. DEAD LETTERS. SKCIIETS Or TUB POST-OFFICE CJM7I- XVL-IIOU8K. , Wonders Unearthed by n Reporter Sloney and Drafts That Never Reached Tlielr Des tination A Romance Ainons; the Blall Itaga Don Sanaa Cabral, the "Diamond King-, 1)1 ng a-llng ling goes the front bell. "That's the mall carrier, I know," says Helen, as she bounds outofher chair, tosses aside her embroidery, and runs to the window to take a coy poep through the half closed blinds. "Iwas certain Bob wouldn't let another day pats without Bonding me a Utter. Oh. ves. hero It Is than k vou Jane Isn't It a heaw one, thought bless his heart, he always did write Kooti loog leiicn, ana now mat no s in 1117 n win are so much to tell me about the sunny hills and beantlful galleries 'Hotel lRlora, Florence, Italy. I)rmbr4. 1STT. alv Xinmr HalAni IIm I am at last In Florence that ideal Mecca to which I hove en journeying tor so many days, ao &'" tne contents of the letter from her Dob was only to be Interpreted by the tell tafo blushes which came and weut on her beautiful face. She was so wrapt up In what she read that one could hate envied her happiness. That letter wu truly a sorcerer. It bu come all the way across the seas from far away Italy to the very-house wherejlelen lived without accident. But suppose, instead, tberrhad been an error lu the direction! then Unels Sara would have taken it and first having had it pro nounced "dead by the postmaster physician, would hare buried ft among the other dead letters In the great sepulchre he keeps for that purpose. Every day hundreds of precious and Important LETT BR UO ASTRAY, and hundreds of hearts are made sick by hope de ferred. In the early colonial times, so the eld yel low pamphlet In the Department archives tells us, Kat pains were taken' to recover letters which lbeenlont A letter In those days wu an ex pensive a flair j paper cost a great deal, and the postage wu considerable, ranging from twenty-fire cents even up to one dollar to say nothing of the an noyance oi caving to wnuue nut jourowurpen from the quill, and Impressing on the back of the missive the ImminM anal ao rnstnms.rr In thou days. 6om of these remarkable old epistles are still to be seen at the Head Utter Office. Their faded lines and yellow aopearance lures one into a deep reverie or those long gone days, and the Im agination pictures the writers, who years ago have crumbled Into dust from which they come. From November, 1777, to December, 1789, all the letters that went utray are recorded In a book of fortv-one pages. This covers a period of twelve I ears. A marked contract Is evident when It Is nown that for the year 1877 more than FOUR MILLIOSB OF DEAD LETTERS were received by the Post-office Department. For the handling of this Immense number fifty-nine ladles and twenty-nine gentlemen are omnloyed." It Is an easy matter to talk about millions of letters, but when It Is understood that each particular one lias to be separated, handled, marked, Inspected, and the matorltr onan-d and ralnrniwt to tha writer, the magnitude of the work can be Imagined If not appreciated When a letter is misdirected or the postage hu not been prepaid. It Is sent by the postmaster Immediately to the Dead Letter Office with the othor letters which have not been called for. Here they are opened by the gentlemen who sit at long tables In the large cheerful room. If any thing valuable ts contained In them they are handed over to another division, where the con tents aro registered and placed In a large safe for future redemption. If there Is nothing jn tnem or vaiue, uitr are sent up siairs, where the ladles Inspect them, and If the address Of the writer Is found the letter Is Inclosed to the Mrson bv whom it was written. If the letlor has been held for postage, a circular is sent to the per son to whom It Is addressed. Informing him tht there hu been received at the Dead-Letter Office a letter directed to him. which will be forwarded upon receipt of tho necessary postage. To this cir cular tne ucparuuent receives mini verv ninny replies. If no response Is made within thirty days, ik is uemtcu u id o miliary ucau icuer. THE GREAT AMOUNT OF MONEY TMUtslne: continually throush the malls can be Im agined when out of the dead letters alone a small percentage over 160,000 in money and more than a million and a half in drafts and commercial paper wu taken within the but year. All but uuut o,wu oi una du unn iciunisu rams wnwiii A irreat share of this comes from .the mis-or non directed letters. Peonle seam to be so intent on what goes Jnto theletter thatther mrgeehsrewper scnntion. uu aa tnouaui miwtiiiwiiw upon the vast amount of suffering In many .cases that comes from this neg'ect. Here, for Instance, Is an illustration an exact gopy ot aiciier rcceivcu at the office not long since. "My Dear Mag 1 reslered yonr verry wftklm letter yettudaylt gave mo grate ewof mind to here that you are well u this leaves me lu at preueut, thank God I" The writer then adds a sad story of disappoint ment and disaster, and finishes by saying : ' 1 sead you ten aoiiars ror tou neeu. it more tnnn i uo. loorUairl lhaflO for which she hu lonffed and waited has gone Into Uncle Ham's rich purso nut irciu vuuivv, uut iiuui iivtcaiuj, FORE1QN LETTF.BS are treated In a verr dlplomatlo manner, and are In all cases returned across the water u Ilhoul be ing opened. America seems to be a perfect gou f;raphlcal enigma to foreigners when they direct etters to friends here. They mix all the States and cities up In one grand rocM, and then put a consid erable amount or the mixture on each letter. For Instance, one address reads u follows i "OleAn demon, Itockaway cltl I'a North Amerika, New York.'t, W ho will undertake to forward that letter T And yd tho dwellers acres the sea probably make no mora mUtakos of this kind than Ainerlcaus, for how many of us fully understand all'the geo graphical localities of the minor cities and prov ince oi ucnaiiij or owuuvu, ur, m ixct, auy cuun trv nn the rnntliieittT lu the gallery there are seated forty or fifty ladles, whose business It is to return the letters in in official enveloncs to the writers when their ad dress can be found. Every day the huge sacks Which go forth from that place crammed with letters show the amount of work which the ladles do. one handsome young lady is kept busy an the day in stamping the envelopes, and she does it with lightning rapidity. It Is said that these ladles are the best readers of bad writing in the country, and It Is not to bo wondered at wnou one sees some of the specimens of their work. The average lady reader probably will think that It must ne'ioo luiiny luranjining" toDecoutinuaiiy reading other people's love letters: but even, got l tarnishes with much handling, and so It is with reading other lolks fetters when It hu to be done at the rate of from twenty to fifty an hour, day KI1VI U4 MID WVUtU KIICI 1I1UUUI, A WONpERHTL RESURRECTION. A few months ago en application wu received ior a leiierwnicnnaaaiarouus nistory, rony-two Jears ago It missed its destination and landed In' ho Dead Letter Office. No call wu made 'Jot It and there it It remained In the archives till Lbe de scendants of the writer, wishing to prote their riiiht tvhls Droncrtv. obtained from old lohrnala the information that the deed had been mailed at such atlmetosuchaDerson. but had nererrc&chcd its destination. They then made application to the Department for the letter. The odds were so greatly sgalmt them that their surprise must have been boundless when the old )ellow document wss re turned toChcm Justu it had been mailed orer forty j ears ueiore, DON BANJO, CABRAL AGAIN. Many will remember the great senratlon rawed by the account of tho marriage of Don Cabral, the "Diamond King," (a fictitious character treated by Mr. William 11. McElroy, of the Albany Kvtnhtg JuurnoLl Papers all orer the country published the account, ana u a consequence hundreds of litters addressed tn him came to the Dead Letter Office, and were afterward returned tn Mr Mc Kirov, as the only living representative of the aforesaid fictitious Don. In his application for them he say si Ido notwUh these utters for publication, but would value them for file In ray scrap-books, u Illustrating In a marked and unique manner the success of "Tho iiraxiuan ueiwu.g, an cxirararanxa di rected at oiio of the fulllos of modem Jifc. ' The writers ot tlice letters represented c cry do- 5rco of llfo and all with American directness uked (iiintloiui nr loans from him for this or that nur. pone, Bomo even Inclosed a postage stamu or a Imoioernpn, uiity to uai nm vior wno rciurncu hese letters wonder at their credulity, A ROMANCE. Kvcrv dsv there comes with the lit from Phila delphia a letter, jcrlosvd in a plain while envelope and addressed. In tho delicate chlrography or a woman, to "Ldnard 1. Un lug," simply this and nothlngmore. Theladyneicr signs anything but her Initials, hence the letters lannot bo rttunitd to her. Herd is the snhject ror a romsntie novel, one can Imagine a brokeu hearted woman every day somliug a ktter out into Ine M orld to her lost lot or, lulhevaln hoi that some day it msy reach his bauds, tine does not know UU whereabouts, so she sends her letter out, directed any here, nowhere, hoping, yet dtpalrjng of lis ever reaching him. THE ML'Sr.Ult has been given up, owing to lack of room. Major Dallas, the genial chleft tlie office, has been mak ing every endeavor to hare It reopened, but there seems to bu little tliance of his success until Oon- greMtakessome active interest iu the matter In tnismueum one or tue most ihierwung istures would be tho lrtmen photograph album, w hlch Is a. rit htndv In iLwlf. As tha rennrtcr left this In terming place he couldn't help thinking how mucu irouui anu isuiict wouiu uu everieu 11 pco nla would only direct their letters In a loud hand. as IStt did when writing to his deaf grandmother, making the sunerscrlptloii plain aud lull, or If this does tot suit the ladles, let them always add their auarcs to vomr ishsis auu tut y wut ueve r vm iwi. ATA, aOJlTS. London Is io hare conservatory of mustc How to find a elrl out all when she is not In. , JlEsrncn lias knocked "hell" out of the nible. Dro brick houses rent la Toronto for $3 a month. Corn ti belns burned for fuel at Watervllle. Kansas, The Sau Francisco nolle have a benefit as sociation, . , ArroREln Parts hires out children's tovi by the week. ' The New York Elevated Railroad Is to have smoking care. Tub rb 1141 oh I a nollra are paid at the rate of2.60pcrdy, A HEW wins' la to be abided to the Hrooklvn JslI, ataoost cf 125,000., TifEEsaawho said h.wai out on a lark was; really out on a swallow. Tuk women "of Afaaaachuactta nar taxu on $131,000,000 worth of property. BLUE-riSHiNCI on the Virginia const has been very disastrous this year, NovA Scotia Is shipping 'toEnslandlarze quantities of blue-noee potatoes. A drill school has just been established at the NsWeboys1 Home In Chicago. A church lu Covington, Ky., Jus Just failed. Kimball can't be everywhere. Over f 12,000,000 aro paid for moat of various kinds In San Francisco by consumers. Or the slxtr-nlne worda whfoh ma.ke nn tht, Lord's prayer only five re not Saxon. Mayor Alu:, of Port Itoval, a C, was found dead In his bed one day lut week. cattle in I'ottawatoinle Wounty, Kansas, are dying from eating srnut on corn-stalks. ,i naau tui .ifti, (uiih ii vuuki tug null of llrlgham Young, ts hopelessly bankrupt. Kentucky has T&ldlstlUerles, 37brewerie, 310 wholesale liquor dealers and 4,231 saloon. Postmaster Strono,i of Osage City, Kan sas, is reported a defaulter to the amoaat of $800. YotJNr man. if too want to cutter fellow oat, sleigh the girl, Ex, But there's nsrry snow. In Riley County, Kan., a few days since, thoy had ralo, accompanied by thunder and lightning. Drew suits are now let out hr a New York establishment. Coat, $2.50 per night; Tcst,$l, and pants, $L America makes the best brashes In tho world, but has to go to Uermany 'and Russia for the bristles. The Illinois saloon-keeper Is wooplng be cause the tidal wave of temperance Isswceplng over the State. Tuk one hundred and second session of tho Legislature of New Jersey will open on Tues day, January 8. The striking employees at tho Bellstre(Ohto) uodici works nave returnea to worK upon their own tonus. The first Ion cabins were built In Winchester. Va., In 173& 139 years ago. It now numbers over o,uuu people. Tue consumption of tobacco In Key West, Fla.. for the manufacture of cigars, amounts to 800 bales per month. Yineland. N. J ts endeavoring to devise some plan by which, to utilise the Maurice uiver water-power. Foxhunting Is rapidly taking IU position among tne enjoyauie sports oi the ruing gen eration of young men. Ithaca, N. Y., with a population of between twelve and fourteen thousand, Is soeklng to be ucorporatcu aa s city. TfrirDjnmR Xa Franc sueeoasfally aooom. piunca me icacoi waiting xuiy miios in twelve hours.at Rutland, Vt. The present, as well as last season. Is very unfavorable for dealers in skates. Ext Let them sell parlor skates, then. Tue Sharon Tiswu aavs that Mr. KIniberlv has sold one of his Black Hills gold claims for something o er (100,000 cash. Tins Is about the time of year that the average man "swears off." Ex. Well, is It not a good time to do It T Eh T Christopher Wilson, a soldier of tho war or 1012, aica at lTcutou, n. j., nut wodnos' day. at the aee of eighty-nine years. The. Soldiers1 Orphan Homo In Gettysburg is about winding up. There are now only nine Inmates, and those Icavo this week. White clover and blue grass are growing nicely, and lawns begin to look very like spring in tho vicluity of St. Louis, Mo. Tuk first regular telephone communication for business purposes in Baltimore bos Just been completed and satisfactorily tested. A snake poBseaslnz two perfect hoods was captured at Los Uatos, Cal., latejy, ,, Bother the heads; but this Is a sod tale of It, Tuk Dale Silk Manufacturing Company, of Patersou, N, J., has gono Into liquidation, with iiaDiuiics ostimatoa ac irom w.wu to HM 000. Annette Alliott, of Tylorsharg, Clarion County, I'a., ts one hundred and two years old. Her huahaud, who died in March last, was two years uor senior The expenses of the Lake Shore Railroad Company on account of the Ashtabula bridge disaster nave amounted to ine enormous aggre gate of (403,040. Four buffalo hunters havo contracted with a firm la Comanche, Texas, for the delivery wttniu ine uexc six monins ox twenty thou sand buffalo hides. ' Donald McKay, who won fame by captur ing the Modoo chief. Cantalu Jock, was him self captured by the Philadelphia police for Deing uruuK in tno gutter. William Sfrinuton and his daughter, aced sixteen, have been arrested in Brooklyn, the former for manufacturing and the latter for passing cou meruit money, Tuk whole number of any person's ancestors for fiftr gone ruttous amount to 2.302.74U.014. 314,010, and U seems as though somo of us ougni to inneric more than we uo. Tuk Chicago baby show has busted and the manager decamped with tho receipts and prizes. ' Beware of angry mothers, yo pros pective showmen trying that town. American horses are appearing In London In fronts of English carriages, A Kentucky uorso worm sizj can ue iransnoricu to lavcr pool for (U0 and then sold for $300. Tax was paid last year on 143,000,257 cigar ettes, of which only 7,U0fl,000 were Imported t on cigars taxrwas paid on l,800,00.tf, and of moao K,iAf,uw ouiy were luiporiou. The Poughkeepalo girl who sued her lover ior bi each ot prouitee supposcu she had been courted by a man, but he swore to boiug ouly eighteen years of ago and wou tho suit. A D iViE County, N. C dog fancier, named Owens. It Is said, has subsisted for tifloeu years off the proflts ubtalued from swapping dog-t, wnicu no buys ana sens at au aavauco, A lady residing near Shefileld. In Eucland. died tho other day. One relatiro survived her an old sister. The lady left (2,000,000, aud of (hts great fortune hcrsUter recehed (3,000, Charles O. Reynolds, of New 1 Liven, was fliied $100 and ootds for conspiring to' nut a young girl into a houso of probtitutlon. He should have been found dead liangvd by the neck. Within a few days past tho trailing arbutus has been found in bloom near t'orUmouth, N, il,, aud the lltaotrecs are putting forth buds. A. Better not. They will lack warmth directly. Aokes Nichols, an eld lady of seventy years, committed suicide In a stable at tho rear of her house, in Yonkers, by suiting her throat. She was labeling under temporary abetratlon of mind, THE NATIONAL CAPITAL. DO.YOJ OV TUK XXKCVTim AND LKaiSLATirJZ BRANCHES. Information Gathered at the Capitol In the Departments, and About Town by the Im porters of the national Itepuhllean, Glsaulugs from the Capitol. Senator Jones, of Nevada, and Beprescntaures Duckner, of Missouri, and Phillips, oftCana,tht executho committee appointed by the soft-money men and remonet tiers of silver In Cong real, who. It will be remembered, orxanlxed Just before the hotldsr recess for the purpose of making prop aganda In favor of tbclr theories, have been at work setidlnc out dAvumenta, Immediately after the reassembling of Conzreas the organisation will be completed and work will be commenced In earnest. It Is said that Hon. BenJ. F. Butler has proniisea o serve upon we vongresMioau coin mlttee. One of the flntt meuures to be considered by the Senate llllttarv Committee after the recess Is the army reduction bill. In the present condition of pnrnes in me eenaie is is, oi course, irapossioie to predict what Its fate maybe, but there can be no doubt that tbe majority of the committee will not fa voranrsweenlnz reduction of the nrcaeutstreutrth of the army. mt. uinuiii,oi ucorpia, cnairmanonnesiio-coin-mlttoe on the Post Ufflco appropriation bill, has commenced work. It is his Intention to proceed at ranldlr with the comoletlou of the bill aa the lnv port an ce of the work will permit, and to submit it to the full committee, and subsequently to the (iuuk, nb in earnest imhiuii uiiiv. The committee on the revision of the laws reru itlnir the electoral counL of which the Hon. U 11 ton JTtfeulhard, of Ohio, is chairman, will hare Its first business meeting on Thursday, January 10, the day upon which Congress reconvenes. ine sun-committoe oitiie iiouie commute on Military Affairs, invostleatln the Mexican border complications, will meet on January 8 and hear the testimony of Col. UbaOcrand LteuL Dullls, of the ucnaior conkiins's select committee to mvesti- sate our relations with Mexico will meet en Monuay next. The Kxeeutlve Mansion The usual Xcw-Ycar reception will be held at the Ex ecu tire Mansion according to the following programme 1 AC eleven p clock a. m. the President win receive tne members or the cabinet ana foreign Ministers. At 11 -TO a. m, the Judges of tho Bupremo Court of the United States, Bens tors and Representatives In congress) tbe Judges or ins court or Claims, tne Commissioners of the District of Columbia, the Judges of the Supreme Court of the District of Col umbia, former members of tbe Cabinet, and former MlnIstcrsof the United States to other nntintrfos will hM rclil. Aiiwcivein.tneonicersorine army ana navy will b rrctlrsd. At 1-80 n. m. the Assistant Secretaries of Donart- ments. tha AsstsUnt Postmasters-asnersi. Sollclmr- Qeneral, Assisunt Attorneys-General, Secretary of ine emnnsonian insiuuiion, ine uoiomunoncr oi Agriculture, tue superintendent or the coast etir vy, and tbe heads of Bureaus of the several Do- nrtmnta will h rrrlvAt Atl2.U p. m, the Associated Soldiers of the war ofl81A the Auoclated Veterans nfisto, the mora- Dersot laeuioest innamianis Association oi irte District of Columbia, and a delegation of the Urand Army of tbe Republic will be received. The reception of citizens will commence at one o'clock n. m . s.t which tlma tha b-uLm of tha In. closure wilt be opened, and the reception will ter uitiiBtv m inv w kiuv . ui. Carriages will approach the Executive Mansion oy me eastern gate ana icare dj uie western gate. a Ind-Ofllees Consolidated The President yesterday Issued an order discon tinuing the Sioux City land-office, and directing that Its business and archives be transferred to the land-office at Dos Moines, Iowa. The consolida tion Is made because the publle lauds lnlowa have been so generally entered that there seems to bono sumotent reason ior maintaining more man one land office In the State. There are now less than two thousand acres of publle land In Iowa fully subject to disposal by the Government The final proofs to obtain complete title to the vast number of pending homestead entries may be made, under a recent act of Congress, before any court of record tn the countlea-where toe land Is situated. Conse quently it is no longer or importance to men sei ners uiai lanu-omcus snouia oe acmt mi ainu, Another executive order, issued vestcrdsv. dls continues the lndcpcndence(Cal.land-offlce,and transfers Its records and business to the Vlsalla omce. Congress and Mexico. A prominent Texan expresses the belief that the Administration will take no action In tho matter of recognising the Dlaa government, or, In fact, upon any question relating to Mexican affairs, until Congress shall have expressed In. some manner its views Boon the Issues Involved. As different committee, both of the Seuate and the House of ltcpresentames, have tbe military, as well as the diplomatic, aspect of the Mexican complications under consideration at present, the Administra tion, moved by a seuso or official propriety, de clines to act until the legislative branch or the Government shall nave becu heard rrom. Doings of the Cabinet. The Cabinet meeting yesterday was mainly d votod to tho discussion of Mexican affairs. No new facts were presented and no plan of action was determined upon. Thoquestion oitiie recognition or Dlaa will nrobaLlv be considered next week. The reouest of tha Nai Perec Indians now In Canada to return to United states territory was also considered, but tbe Government will await further advices before taking action in the mauer, Vast Hall between New York and Havana, Tbe Post-Office Department will In a few days put Into operation a fat mall service of ninety-six hours between New York and Havana, Cubs. It Is enabled to accomplish this through the oomplo- llou of tbe railroad bridge over the Ashley It her, near unanesiou, a v., compicung mi railway con- necuou ueiweeu vey nei,ria.,aimpiew sura. Indians Anxious to lie tarn to the United states. . The War Department hu Information that the Nes Perccs Indians, uumberlug about one hundred, who Joined Bitting Dull and his command, aro anx- loustocoma back Into the United States. They assert teat they are not treated well by the Sioux, Senator Patterson Improving. Dr. nailer, one of the physicians attending Sen' ator Patterson, says be sees no reason why the Sen ator will not be able to resume his scat lu the Senate upon the rcassembllns: of Congress, as his improvement is sieaay ana sausiaciory. Kcudall Chapel Sabbath School Festival, Tbe Kendall Mission Sabbath school, which Is upder tho superintendence of Mr. John Olvott, held their Christmas festival In their chs pel last evening. Tbe chapel was filled to oversowing Vlth scholars, teachers, and parents, and the exer cises were varied and exceedingly Interesting. The following programme was carried out to tho letter: Hjmn, "Merry Christmas j" scripture recitation, Luke,.).,-!! Malt.. Ii.,l-ltf hymn. The An- gello Host Descend;" prtrcrj hymn. "Sing it out wlthabhout;" hymn, "Hark I Hark 1 to the Song;" address bv the nastor. Ilev. A.H. Mason t Quartette. L,nrvtniiu njniu, jiu: wm itaii hum ijauraiar- i.cr... . ... .'. .j. . .. j ; ..." roil, steurs. i;uoper aim ueani recitation, "ine Wanderer's Christmas:" hvmn. "While the Silent Btnrs;" an acrostic exercise by the Infant class; annual reports t hymn, "Merry, Merry Chnotmss," men camuino iwng wk 141 uiu iwriunuance, In the appearance ofbanta Claus,wftU his sleigh filled and running over with good things for the children, and souvenirs fur Those ho had tint muweda Sabbath's attendance during tho year, 1 heM numbered thirteen. It was an exceedingly enjo) aoie cccaaiun ior ait present. Wedding at Anaeostla. Dr. Joseph W. Little, formerly of Pennsylvania, but uow one of tho promising young physicians uf the District, and MUsMlua J. Smith, onlydaugh ter of Mr, and Mrs. C H. Smith, Vermont, were united In msrrlsgo at (he bride's home. In A at coslla, Thursday evening. Rev. Dr. A. J, Hunting ton performed the ceremony, which was short. simple and beaut Hill. There were only a few of me uiiiuisio menu ut me juuiik vuupie nrvseut, that or tho long list of friends of tbe Doctor and his queenly young bride, that no dart cud might snutout ior a iiioiuaii. tue sunniiini tneir new life Just Itegun. The boauty of the floral decora IIimim of tha rooms and ilia axcollenca of tho tied. ding rake (whlchr by the way, wu of the bride's OWU uaxiugj " nuia.kwu vj ail. Tennessee's Had Faltli NaiiuiLLE, Tknk., Dec. 28. The Legislature ad- Journedifnf dit to-day without having adopted any measure toward a compromise or tne state debt. All propositions have becu defeated by ob structionists or low tax men, who desired to agi tate the question befere. the people next election. AJHtVTAK OVTJlAOr, A Young flrl lUvfstied by ft TCegro In Fast Washington. A young white girt named Eva W tlson, residing onKstree. between Sixth and Seventh streets northeast, was brutally outraged about 0.13 o'clock last night on Klghtb street, between T and 0 streets northeast, by an unknown colored nan. Lett nights crime rivals in brutalm the outrage recently committed on a young white girl by the negro Cephas Jones, near the same locality. Era wss on her wsy from home to the milliner's, and was carry lug a bonnet and some articles of mlHI ner's goods. When in front -of a little church on Eighth street, between F and 0 streets northeast, she wss spprosched by a tall colored man, knocked anwn, son beaten aaoiy aooui tne nsaa. Tha dQllliersta villain than rarrtf d hr Insensible form to the rear of the church, a distance of nearlr one hundred feet from the street, and there com. milted the outrage. Before leaving her he robbed her of tbe bonnet and goods bleb she wss carry ing, aud also of a pocket book and some other arti cles. The dors In the neighborhood were attracted bvthe negro s unusual proceeding, and set tip a barking, which brought the neighbors out, and upon Investigating the cause of the barking they found the young girl in a woful plight, vrhere she had been ttcrr in A ntxrLkss condition bv her assailant. She was taken to No. 68S ElaMh street northeast, where sht Tin attended by Dra, nudscn ana street. The negro seemed to pick out the place for perpetrating his crime with villainous deliberation and Judgment. The spot is dark and lonely, and the church Is almost Isolated. The Sirl has furnished a complete description of him to le police. Hie describes him as being tall and black, with side whiskers and a hlth hat. She re. members that she was pawed by the same negro on the street before reach I mr the church, and It Is thought that be followed her un til he came to a spot suitable for his brutal purpose. She also stales that she partially recovered her senses a fter being tarried to the rear oi toecnurcn.ana rcmemoers mat newaseianu lnsoTirher. Hhe screamed, but the uetrrocoollv remarked, "It's no use for you tw holier." and then again anaultcd her. The people who heard of tno crime last night were highly Incensed and In nignani, anu ii wouia prnunuiy niTB ireu uauiy with the nraro assailant If he had been caught. On account or me email sise ot uio ponce mrce in tne city, that section has not enough officers to properly patroi it. A SCOUXDRE1- CAVTURED. Curtis, the Seducer, to be Dronght to Wash ington for Trial, BitTiMoai. Dec 28. In March last, an adver tisement sppesred In tho Baltimore papers, signed "Country Merchant." for a nurse to go to Alexan drla, Va,, In one of the best families, where good wages would be paid. In answer to the adver tisement, a young lady, an orphan girl, living with a highly respectable family in this city, engaged her services, and accompanied the advertiser, who was registered at a bote! In this city as E. H. Curtis, to Washington city, where she wss most cruelly outraged atone of tbe best-known hotels. Tbe next nay uunis orougni nis virum oaca to mis city and deserted her at the Union Depot. From that time to the present Mentis! Gray and the po lice commissioners of this city have been on the hunt for Curtis, who It wss known bad lost his left hand, bv which ha could ts identified. He has been followed to various cttlef.where he had passed under the alias of M. L- Richardson, Ed ward Houghton, and John W. Nuttell. Yesterday he was arrested In New Orleans, and to-night Deputy Marshal Frey, of this cltv, armed with a requisition from President Hayes, left te bring Curtis to Washington. New York IJquor-Ilealers Sentenced. Nxw Yoan, Dec. 28. In the Court of General Sessions to daw Recorder Uackett gave Judgment lu the cases of the liquor-dealers prosecuted by Rev, Dr, Howard Crosby's Society for the Suppression of Vice. He said he bad given tho eases his most careful attention, and that some of these liquor dealers might have erred unintentionally or through misconstruction of the law. After ex plaining the various statute of law bearing on tbe liquor question, he sentenced George Know.Vt illlam. Walsh, Charles Miller, John I'. Windolph. William W, Churchill and Robert Reagan as principals, and bartenders John Lee and Joseph Melons to pay a fine of 125 eachLbut upon Wllllanv Dueau, who kept a "bucket shop," he imposed a line or 1100. He postponed Judgment In the cases of Philip Holland and-James O'Hrlen, tn order that fresh Indictments might be found against them. He fined John Ooe- 5 rove 1125 and Imposed a sentence on him of thirty ays' imprisonment In the penitentiary. Richard Lustace, another liquor dealer, was nuedfiOOand sentenced to Ue penitentiary for sixty days, Kxploslon In m HI Ine, Wilxesbarrx, Pa., Dec. 28. An explosion oc curred In Sianton shaft, a mile from Mlkesbarre, at eleven o'clock this morning, by which the fol lowing persons were Injured t John TT, Griffith, In side superintendent, bUrned on tbe bands and face, and badly Injured t Lew Is S. Jones, bois at the Em pire mines, burned on tho faee and hands i Richard Roderick, bons, burned on tbe face and hands t Patrick Kerrigan .seriously burned on the tace.hsnds tyidbodr. One Dimmlck was burned Inwardly and cannot recover, Thomas Malta was burned on the face and hands and seriously Injured. Pe ter Stump was seriously burned on the head, hands and face. The l.iining surve)ors were go ing through .the mines at the time, and were dashed to the earth by the force of tbe explosion, but escaped unhurt. It Is supposed alighted Ismp was brought In contact with gas. 'Ihedeitruclloji in tbe immediate vicinity of the explosion was terrific. Itev. Oetfrge Mullen Mr. Muller'wlll arrive In this city this evening, and commence services tomorrow by p res tiring In the Congregational Church atllo. m.audtu Lin coln Hall at 3 p. m.j on Monday evening !n the First Presbyterian Church, Four and a halfstreet; Tuesday eronlng In Foundry M. K Church, Wednesday evening in Central Presbyterian Church, Thursday evening lu New York-avenue Presbyterian Church, Friday t enlng In Calvary Baptist Church. No service on Saturday. On Sun day, January 6, In Metropolitan M. E. Church at 11 a.m.. aud in Lincoln Hall at 3 p.m. Monday evening, January 7, In Wesley Chapel Any person desiring to contribute toward the payment of Mr. Mullor s personal expenses i&n do so by addressing him direct. Fire This Morning. -The alarm of Are turned'lii from box 28, about twelve o'clock last night, wu caused by tbe burn logo a two-story frame houso. on Eighth street, between Boundary street and Grant at enue north west, owned and occupied by Mllcsllawklos. col ored. The tire was caused by a defective Hue lu tbe socond story. Loss j00. No Insurance. JiRlEr teleoeaus. PiiiLAPELritia,Dee.S0. There was a larre at tendance at tho Luthera.) Diet to-day. Papers vere rrad by Her. C A. Ktorl, D. D, of Baltimore; Rev. O. Dlehl, U D . of Frederick, Md.; Rev. A. C. Wrdeklnd, D. D., of New York, and others. A committee was appointed to arrange for the hold ing of another Diet, with power to act, after which they adjourned ilM dU. Deadwood, D. T Doc. 28. The Golden Gate Mlnlns Company to-dsy consummated a sale of their four mine Father lXMnot, Uolden Gate, Justice, and Ifclcher to Callfbrula capitalists for the sura of .ou,Ouu. Thislatlio heaviest mining transaction that has occurred in the Hills, I.xwixiroLis, Dec. 24 In the United Slates Court to-dsy, Judge Grcsham appointed L, A, Mil bank receiver of the Audersun, Lebanon, and bt. Louis Railroad, on application of the creditors of the road. Ur. Mllbuuk has flK'd bU bond and Is possession of the road. Bt. Louts, Ma, Dec, 23 Thomas Koxou, sup posed to bo one of the Uulon Pacific Railroad ex press robbers, u as arrested at a point about sm cnly live miles west of bher-uan, Texas, on Wednesday morning, and Is now on his way North In the cus tody ot an officer. ArnvRK,N.Y.tDec. 28. To-day's Advntixr will contain Courtney's chsJlenpa to any oursman lu thebulteil btak-s or Canada, for any amount of money and the championship of Amerka: the race to bu rowed prior to tho Trlckitt mstch, In July next. Mo'lTCOSirHr, Ale , Dec, i The statement tele. grsi hed yesterday that the rfty authorities had for wardud the money to New York to pa j the Jauuary interest ou the city bouds was premature. Arrange menu have been made there to pay uch luteriut. DiLTlsioxE, Dee 28 Hon, Daniel W. Yoorhces, United uiatoa Menaturfrom Indiana, lectured to night at Mount Vernon Place Church, on "Thomas Jefferson." A largo audience was present. NotiroLK, Va., Dec. 28. The boiler of the towboat Pnlakki evnliulcil at North Laiidltnr. In tha rler. kbls alternooii. Thomas Judkius, tbe engineer. and ueorge sat age, the nrciuau, were dangerously scalded. DiLTiuosr. Dee. 28 nenrv Goods, colored, was run over and killed by a freight train on the Union railroad, near lha corner of ItiiiJla and Waahlnr. ! ton streets, to-day, Br. Louis, Deo. 28 A nre at Carrolton, Mo., Christmas night, deatroyed nearly a block of busi ness buildings, lmolvlug a loss of about t-tO.OOO, PouoiixcErfliK,N, Y., Dec. 28 Tbe residence of William 8. Eno,at line I-.;'nwu destrojed ky fire this morning. Loss, 150,000, AFFAIRS IN EbeROPE. K.YOZAXD VXDKRTAKK THE EAKT Or VKA CI.MA KBB. She Will Test Itnssta's Willingness to K s- tUlo Active Military Preparations ! Ilsse sla Itlsmarck's Schemes Declaratiesi ef French Tollcy THE EASTERX WAR. FNOtANTJ r-KOrrXU MKDIATION TO 1USMA Ionnon.Dec.29. The AdnrtUer publUhes the) following In oBlclsl form I "We understand that the Soltsn hsssolleltsd the British government approach the Cisr with a view to bring about ns gotlatlonsforpesce.and the British rovernmeni hu eooMnted to do so." OrttCIAI.LT CO a FIRM CD. Lokpo1, Dec. . The AdttrtUtft annoanes menl that the British government has oonitn on the sol citation of tha Yarta to aDaroackfka Ctmt with a view of bringing about negotlattessi NO DCTIN1TK BASIS OP NEGOTIATIONS PssC- POSCD, The W. In Its leading article, says tbe dsrtf , hlch Elittand has nndfrlalran ( tint mil i iil by any basis for the setllemsni of tbe war, and In volves nothlngmore than to test the willingness of Russia to enter into negotiations, the terms of peace) being a matter for subsequent consideration. BUM I A ORDERING HKUTY BEISrORCXMINTi. A special to the FtM from Bucharest says thtt Ik reinforcements ordered fur lha Rnulm irmt u. tced2.V)ooojuen. The army oftbeRaltlc, nombs-' Ing fsi.ouu men. Is also bolnc formed. Russia ks bought 300,000 rifles In Derlln. a Kit St ANT. niSMABCK'g PLANS ATPKOVKO BT TUB XBB-, PKB0B. Londok, Dec. 28. A Betlln dispatch to the Ttssas contains the fbllowlngt The Emperor seems to aaew approved, tho substance of the proportions anW milted by Prince Bismarck respecting the new commercial and aud financial policy, If the W talbi.can b j satisfactorily arranged, there will be ast incressc of Indirect taxation and the tariff, and am attempt to place the rrusslan finance and railway departments under tho effective control of the Imperial authorities. 1 he latter measure, besides) making the German government paramount ea matters financial, is Intended to pave the way far adding to the Chancellor's aulhoilty In other dsn part men ts, aud accordingly will be opposed by some of the minor governments. The belter sg overcome their resistance by popular and parlia mentary support, some of the h-aders of the New tlonal Liberal party will probably be requested IS) Join the Germau and Pruuian Cabins ts. AN ENOLISH spy. It Is stated that Mr. Bishop, the Englishman, who was recently anefted on suspicion of treason, had banded to the French government some German military papers, which he obtained from a clerk In tbe War Office. BETTKB BELATIONS WITTI FBANCK. The appointment of M. Waddlngton to be Minks, ter of Foreign Affairs In the I rench Cabinet and of the Marauls da HL Valller tn hn Frnrh imliuiulM to Berlin is an earnest of better relations between Germany and France. The Marquis deSLValMef Is acceptable, both for his own sake and as tt successor of Viscount deGoutaut Biron, the retir ing ambassador, who had the reputation of belngf an Ultramontane, andcertalnly was a persona eveta In illustrious circles supposed to disapprove the) ecclesiastical policy of tho government. XNCBEASED ESTIMATES, A Berlin dispatch to the JWf Jfotf OasrtU state that the estimates for neit mp hava han mk. milted to tbe Federal Council. They exoeed those) oflast year by 10.UUO.000 marks. The govern tueng frupoaaanincressoiartnenavy oi afuuumarssi n the ordinary department and 6,000,000 marks ts the extraordinary department. JTRASCK. U'HAUON DENIES AN INTENDED COUP D'STTAT. PiBis,Dee.2S. The Tempt says when the Cabi net dlKuased the Limoges affair, President Uae Mahon warmly repudiated having every contesa plaled a coup (Fetal, and declared that, as far as bo was aware, nothing was Intended beyond precau tion sgtlntt armed resistance, which some news papers threatened, should the government have) demanded dissolution. ECCLESIASTICAL AND FOB ETON POLICY. Loxdot, Dec. 29. The Paris correspondent of the Time telegraphs the following; "Minister Wad dlngton has notified the foreign governments thai tbe French Cabinet will, lu theevrnt of a conclave, conform to the understanding subs lit I n among tbe four Catholic Powers. As regards the luternaleo cleslastlcal policy of France, II wilt defend the publlo worship estimates from those wishing to assail them, but wfll protect secular society from clerical encroachments. In regard to tbe Eastern question, M. W addlngtou tliluks Franco may preserve a purtly expectant attitude until ihe belligerents have opened iipgollaljons. and when her opinion Is akcd shti will gi e it with, the candor authorised by such an attitude. He does not hesttstoto say at onco that she couH nr4 regard with Indlftennre any Llianges In the Medi terranean or the agitation of smalt surrounding Stales bv nueMloiis which mis-tit be raised In ran- L nee tlon with the purely ltrrn qurt4lon. Francs) ia uiiiiit.'rcicu rcuiiro iu in Asaiiu question, ana even In regard to the 'organisation of Turkey's) Luropeai' provinces she has no alllsnas or engage menu and does not seek them. ITALY, A VISIttFROM QAMBETTA EXrUTKD. LONDON, Icc. 28. A special dispatch from Roma to tho Pall Mall G'awffcsas: HM. Leon Gsmbetta, the well known French Republican, Is expected here for an informal conference with the new Ministry, on the policy or luh toward the Vatican and on the Katleru question.' "A report that has been lu rreu t thai Gen. Cleldlnl, the Italian ambassador at 1 aria, has resigned. Is con Armed " The cordiality of the relations between Italy sod Greece Is visibly streni.'theiiliig. THE CABINET NOT PFKUANEXT. LoNpot.Doc. 29 The tiomlard'i dhpdtch from Rome says uutMdy bvlleres that tho present Minis terial arrangement Is permanent. It Is said the) King lias cuii-culcd to a dlssoliulon fPuriiamcut. Gen. (i rent at Maltn. La Valletta. Malta, Dec. 28. Ex-rrcs'dnt Grant and wife and son an hed hereto-day on the United States steamer Vandalla, from Palermo, Salutes were exchanged between Ihe steamer aud the fori ill cation. .Mr. W Illlam J. Stci ens, the Con nils r agent of the L'tilU-! States, ffrvl Halted on the General, whu then rrcehed a visit of welunme on board the andalia front the tort admiral cud the Duke of Edinburgh. On the departure of tho Dula salutes were Ilrcd and tho yardt manned. Gen. Grant will land ou fc-aturday lu state and will lunch with the luke and Duchess of tulluburgh. Three Children llurned t lleatli. Chicaoo, Dec. 28. News has just been received of a horrible accident, which occurred In Morgan lowiithlp, Crawford County, Iowa. Carl Mass and his wife locked Ihelr three children, aged respee thely one, two aird a half and four yean. In lha Iiouhi on Christmas day, and went to husk corn. 1 hey were shortly afprbtd by a neighbor thai Ihklr house was burning, and when they reached It It was wrai)ix.d In Barnes and the children burned to death. 1 he mother frantically tried to nikh Into ihe flames, but was forcibly presented. The day being fumy prevented Uicm froui discov ering the lire sooner, Mnsi-Mrethig of bulking Clgar-Maherf. Nkw Yonit, iv. 28. A mau meeting of cigar makers on strile and their sympathizers wu held to-night lu Cooper lultitute, om four thousand persons being present. A. Struscr, of the Clgsr Matt rs' National Union, predded.and speeches deT noimcing manufacturer wire msdo in EnglUb, ltuhenilan. liitlUtrmm. Resnlntlana were adimted seitliig fortli that the struggle would be kept up un in iiviiiK iibkc anu rect'Kimiuu m uio uuion ana coriplietl with, and denouncing all oomproultes aM denouncing the tenement home system as an Invention to rciiewihattel slavery and oruosed to ilUHsailon, tho spirit of the ago, aud a free country. Alleged Murderers Arrested. Boy kin's Dipot, Vs., Dec. 28. Imucl and Fthelbcrt Smith, father and son, were arrested this morning by a ditcclivecf Itkhroond.for the murder of William H.l'uller.onlhe Sllh Insunt, while thelatur was hunting wild turkeys. The) son has made a full confession, and ml s his father snot ruuer inicc. ine prisoners were examine aud tommltled to tbe Suffolk aud Portsmouth Jail for trial. Ret enge wu the cause of tho murder. Death of lira. tieo. Y. lUcCook. XKWYoBK.Deo.28.-Gcn. Geo. W. MoCook.of Ohio, whowul)lng)U with paralysis attheraal- iUdcs of his brother, Anson o. mcojoe, in uu city, died this afternoon. Deceased wu taken 111 on Christmas Day, and eversiuce his physloussi bad bul little hope of bta reooTsry.