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JL1 v.rYll . yOL. XXL NO. 42, WASHINGTON, D. C, FRIDAY MOBNpTG, JANUARY 14, 1881. THEEE CENTS. ",.-fv tvw J HA Repub if J i THE National A BAKING REJOINDER. EX-SENATOn CHRISTIANCY'S REPLY r0 tlie Charges Brought Against Him by His wife He Addii Some Very Interesting Gos- Implicating are. ClirUtianry up, in a Very Unpleasant Way. jlr E. C. Jlngersoll. counsel for ex-Senator rnristiaucy. yesterday morning appeared In the Eaujn court and made a motion to extend the time granted to Mr. Christiancy to file hisunswer to the cross-bill entered by Mrs. Christiancy. Mr. jn-errol! argued that it was a physical Impossi IjhVto hnve the paper prepared and filed within the ail' days prescribed by the court, owing to UjcIoii? time required to communicate by mail wli Lima Tern. The motion was granted, and iliorth afterward Mr. Christ iancy's answer was pi ii-d on file. Tlie documeiit fills twenty-eight i."p-v ofle?al cap, b signed by J. P. Christiancy, InJ -Tibscribed and sworn to before I&bert T. llavu-n. United Suites consul at Callao, Peru, on tii'i-"l :m oi November last, the consular seal attest insrJiatfait. The following are the contents of tX SENATOR CHRISTIANCY'S REPLY. ' I. thi above-named defendant in said bill, now and at all times hereafter reserving to myself all dcd all manner of benefit or advantage of exeep t,n r otherwise, that may be had or taken to the .,i,i prror. uncertainties, and imperfections In 3 i i,ni contained, and protesting that the said s8- m nl ross-bill" contains nothing in bar, nor in aiirtiiing which i-. or can be a sufiieient answer to lot jngmal hill filed by me against her for divorce on 'be ground of adultery, and claiming the same benefit and advantage on this and anyotherground a-if I had specially demurred thereto, yet, for an nt-wci thereto, should the same he deemed by the court tuffii'ient to call for an answer, or M much thereof a- I am advised it is material fur me to iuiikt thereto, I (answering) say, first, that I admit the pre-ent residence of my wire, the complainant, jn d District of ColnmbiK, and that I at present In ikl the office of Envoy Extraordinary and Minister lUiu potential? of the United States of America to I'tru and my presence In lima, Peru, as stated in point V-1 of her said bill. ENTRAWED INTO MAURI iGE. 'In answer to the second point in her said bill, I admit the marriage between myself and the said complainant, as stated in her said bill but; I solemnly assert that said marriage took place at her on n in-t:tnce, and that I was led into it by her tUIhully turning what was intended as a mere Cuapliment to her into a proposition for marriage, uhcb at the first moment Isuspected'.heintended to raucon'-true into such proposition, I promptly aixilugiied for, when she as promptly declared hor m-h that I should marry her, to which I did not jtscnt until after I had honestly and earnestly, on several different occasions, endeavored to convince her of the unfitness of such marriage, on account cf the differences of our respective ages; hut I finally yielded to her solicitations, upon her repeated assurances that she loved me lePer than any other man, which assurances she Volunteered to declare to me were false; the first moment we were alone together in our room at Philadelphia the first night after the wedding and lefore the had taken off her hat, avowing her love for another man, to whom she said she had been engaged, and declaring that she had, on the morn ing of tLe wedding, fainted at the mention pf his name, and that she had perjured herself In her marriage tow, and demanding an immediate di Toree.and upon my telling her there was no ground for divorce, and that none could be had, she screamed like a maniac "In answer to the third point in her so-called croES-hill,' I deny that she has at all times since her marriage "been to me a faithful and obedient wife, or that she has at all times performed toward me the duties devolving upon her as such, protest ing and averring, as I here protest and aver, that within a month after said marriage she com menced, and has, as I am informed and believe, entered into various SCANDALOUS AND IMPROPER INTRIGUES with other men and kept up a secret and improper correspondence with them, especially with one Frank Y. Anderson, which she kept up down to about the time she left Peru (November, 1S73), 'or Washington, and that she has been guilty dur ing said marriage of undue and scandalous familiarities, and, as I believe, adultery, not only iu Washington and New York, hut in Lima. I'rni, and on steamers sailing to and from Callao to Panama, and others going to and from Aspiuwail and New York, wilh'several different men; that she has on many occasions during said marriage, and without the slightest provocation, declared to me that she wished I Would die; that I was the only obstacle to her hap piness alter screaming aloud and avowing her in tention to cause It to he believed that I was abus ing her, and that she intended to make a cause of divorce, though none existed in fact; that she re fused to return with me to my home in Lansing, Mien., when she left there with me in November, 187S, for Washington, end has persisted in that refusal ever since, by whieh I was compelled to abandon my house and residence in Lansing; that she has upon two occa sions, one at Washington inlSTGandoneat Lansing in 1S77, willfully produced upon herself miscar riages or abortions; and finally, that she has failed iu the performance of the duties of a wife to me by committing the crime of adultery, as charged in my petition or bill filed against her in this court. In in answer to point or 'allegation No. 4 of her to-called ' cross-bill' 1 admit that I have filed a hill or petition for divorce, as stated in said fourth point, and on the ground therein stated, and 1 aver that I believe the charges stated in my said lull or petition to be true. As to the point or allegation No. 5 in said so-colled 'crossbill" I answer and sav that I am informed and believe that complainant In said 'cross-bill' ha filed such answer as stated in said point or allegation No. 5. 'As to point No. 6 in her said so-called ' crossbill' I answer and say that I solemnly and positively deny every word of, and every idea expressed iii, said point, or that I have ever done any act of cru elty w hatever to her. THK CHARGES OF CONSPIRACY AND CRUELTY. 'As to point or allegation No. 7 in said ' crossbill' 1 solemnly and positively deny every allegation, thought, and idea expressed in said point or alle gation, and aver that I never on any occasion touched her in anger or otherwise with my clenched fist nor struck or assaulted her in any other man ner, nor ever threw her down there or at any other place ; nor did I ever hear from hcror any one else any such charge until I read it in this allegation. 1 admit that on one occasion, at Lansing, she K-rcamed and jumped from the bed when I refused to consent to her going to Alabama to see said An derson, ihen I at once left the room, and do not know what occurred in said room thereafter on that occasion. "In answer to point or allegation No. 8, in her said so-called 'cross-bill,' I deny every alle gation, every idea, and every thought expressed therein, and say that I never wrote a letter to any person at Healing Springs except to herself; nor did I cause or procure any letter to be written there, except to inquire what visitors were ai said spring, to which I got an answer; nor did I at tempt in any manner to get up any conspiracy against her with regard to any male boarder or en other person there; and, though I got an an swer showing that said Anderson was 'there, 1 never made use of it in any manner to her injury, nor even thought of doing so ; and after her eturn to Washington, and our reconciliation, and her re turn with me to Lansing, I destroyed the letter, that nothing might appear to her disadvantage. A RECENT DISCOVERY. " But I will here further say that, without any effort of mine, I have, since the filing of my bill or Ittition against her, unexpectedly received infor mation, which I believe to be true, that while she Was at said Healing Springs she was guilty of crim inal intercourse with at least one man, if not more, whieh I do not set forth or detail here, because I tm advised by my counsel and believe such con duct cannot properly be tried in this suit. "In answer to point numbered 9 in her said so called 'ents-bilL I solemnly and absolutely deny every word therein contained, and every thought or allegation therein contained; and I declare and aver that no sura occurrence or conversation as therein stated ever took place, and that I never ne&.rd o! anything of the kind until I read it in this ninth point in her said 'bill.' I further say that I never struck her with my clenched hand or In any other manner at 411 Fourth street, in the city of Washington, or elsewhere, nor did I then iud there, as alleged, or at any other time or place, thrcati en or suy to her that I would bribe vit- iktses 10 ruin her character: nor did such r ., ui. UU l-4lll.ll.Li;i . 141 wougiit ever occur to me. thouffh on several jTrrV1" s"e tllrev.- out hints to me that if j real cause for o divorce existed she would con- n.cto came it to be believed that I abused her. u A MYSTERIOUS BALTIMORE MAN. tf ,?n.i,lie 0!acr hand, 1 aver that she often said ," M11" she could contrive to make a plausible ""locairythroui'lia hill for that purpose and I aU the money the should need, saying that a man, whose name she mentioned, living or doing bus' ness at Baltimore (whose name I forbear to men tion) would furnish her with any amount of money for that purpose, and that there was noth ing whieh he would not do for her; that though he was married he was In love with her before 8he married me, and that his wife, whom he called Clara (but whom I never knew) was jealous of her before our marriage, and that he had been in the habit of calling upon her In Washington after her marriage with me as often as once a month; and I will add here, upon information and belief, that since she returned to Washington from Peru his calls upon her have been much more frequent often as frequent as once a week. And I will fur ther say that while my said wife was with mein Pern she told me this man had advised her not to come to Pern to join her husband, but to remain in Washington. "In answer to all the matters contained in or under point numbered ten (10) of her so-called ' cross-bill,' I positively deny the truth of each and CVCrV allemition thi'riMii fnnfiitnpri. mill of p.vi'rv thought and Idea therein expressed, except the naked facts that she did on one night, while she was in Peru, leave my house and go to a hotel; that I the next dav invited her to return, and that she did on the "last-named dav return; butl expressly deny that this leaving and going to a hotel was for any Mich cause as she alleges, or that any of these transactions took place In the latter part of September, or in the month of September at all, but on Sunday night of the 2h of August, 1S79; and for a further and complete answer to these allegations (coining under this exception), and thefitctsleading to and following them, I will further say that she never left my house and spent it night at any hotel in Lima except at the time above stated. I further EXPLICITLY DENY that on the occasion here alluded to by her, or on nuy other occasion, while under the influence of intoxicating liquors or opium iu any form or other wise, I assaulted or threatened her with violence, or ever spoke to her of a revolver, or any design or wish to use one against her, or threatened her with any violence of any kind; or that I choked heroru-edor threatened any violence upon her, that I abused or villlfied her, or that she ever had any fear of her life from any such cause; or that, as she alleges, I walked up aud down the room, uttering oaths or imprecations or that I there and then, or at any other time, stated that I threatened life and meant it, orthat she was afraid of bodily harm from me on that or any other occasion, or that 1 forced h'er in any manner to leave the house. Nor did I on the next day make any apology for my conduct; nor did I, as she alleges, go to her bedside the next morning, or at nuy other time, and abuse her in any form or manner, or eall her vile names, or that I pinched her arms, or that I pinched her at all or iu any manner abused her. "On the contrary, I answer that after she had returned from the hotel on the occasion above mentioned she contrived to live and cohnbit with me as my wife, quietly and peaceably, until about the time she left me in November, 1870, to go to Washington: and 1 lurtner say tnat I carciuny avoided saying any unkind words to her about what had occurred. I must here further say, in answering this tenth point of hersaid 'hill,'" that I have supposed that she intended to refer to the transactions which took place on the 2tth and 25th of August, 1S7U; but my only leasou for this belief is that she seems to connect the whole with the facts of her having left the legation and cone to a hotel and stayed over night and returned next day. But aside from these last facts there is noth ing in any of her allegations in this tenth point from which I could even guess her meaning, as in all other respects her allegations have not the slightest resemblance to anything which ever oc curred in fee tt and even the facts in reference to these transactions, if she intends to refer to them, are so DISTORTED BY HER that I cannot with certainty tell to what transac tion, if any, she means to refer in answer to point numbered 11 In her said so-called 'cross-hill.' I absolutely deny that at the American legation in Lima at the time she alleges, or at any other time, 1 assaulted her in her bed-room with any disgust ing or even unpleasant language. I deny that she feared any violence, as she alleges, or that she ran out of the bed-room into the sitting-room; or that 1 struck her or choked her at all, or used any vio lence toward her, as she alleges ; or that I declared 1 would choke her to death, or that I made any threat whatever; or that on any such occasion as in this point she professes to describe she screamed; or that any one came to her assistance or took me away; or that she left me, as she alleges, on account of any cruelty or any fear of bodily harm ; and;i further say that r11 the allegations are so totally foreign from any resemblance to any acmai juois, auu su jjujui iiivvuiwns, mac 1 cannot understand what she means; and I further aver that, during the period of which she speaks, 1 w as especially careful to avoid any unpleasant words with her. That she left me at Lima on the 6th of November, lfe79, 1 admit, but I aver that it was without my consent. I did not at that time know the facts which I have since learned in ref erence to her conduct. HOW SHE COT THE MONEY. "I admit that I did not furnish her the money to go from Peru to Washington, and I aver that "she never asked me for it; but she did inform me a few days before she left Peru that George E. Haight had furnished herStOO in gold for the pur pose, and she showed the same to me, wishing me to keep it in the iron safe forher, whieh I declined to do: and she had Ioust before that time tow mr that said Haight had left his gold with her when he went south to Arica, and she used a part of the latter in telegraphing to Arica to ascer tain whether he had been on the Hiioscar when it was taken by the Chilian fleet. But I do not detail her conduct with Haight in Perumor on board of steamers on the way from Xcw York to Callao, be cause I am advised by my counsel and believe it cannot be properly tried in this suit. As to the abusive letters she in this elei enth point charges me with having written, I deny that my letters re ferred to were more harsh or abushe than her conduct as I tnen understood it and now believe it to hnve been called foraud justified. In further answer to this eleventh point of hersaid "bill," I deny that I ever refused to support her while she continued to live with me as my wife, though I denied any obligation to support her after she left me against my will.and now deny any obligation, legal or moral, to support her under existing cir cumstances, and say that I do not intend under such circumstances to furnish her witli any sup port except as I may be ordered by this court: ' THE QUESTION OF ALIMONY. Having made a detailed statement of hisincome and the amount of his indebtedness, such as has been previously set forth by his counsel, Mr. Christiancy continues : " My wife having left me against mv will, wrote me from Washington, on or about the" 27th day of November, 1079, in reference to my supporting her then, and only asked for 575 per month, stating in substance that she could and would get along with that amount, and offering to live with me at any place (as I understood her to mean) in the United Mates, except Lansing, Mich. I therefore submit and insist to this honorable court that the sum of S150 per month, allowed her by the order of this honorable court pending this suit, is, under the circumstances, at least twice as much as ought to be allowed to her, if any sum whatever should be allowed. And I further insist that no sum what ever ougnt to ue allowed to her. "In answer to the twelfth point in her said so calied 'cross-bill,' I say that I utterly and posi tively deny, according to my best knowledge Rnd belief, that she is suflering almost constant bodily pain, and that she is frequently under the care of a physician hi contequcncc of my willful neglect or failure to provide her necessary and proper medi cal treatment during two periods of premature births, or that she has suffered or is 'sufiering per manent injury' to her health in consequence of such neglect and want of attention,' as she charges. A SERIOUS CHARGE. " On the contrary, I say, as I allege and solemnlv declare.both the premature births,' as she calls them, were purposely brought on and produced by her own deliberate and willful action. I never re fused to procure and employ phwicians for her w hen she requested me to do so, and I alwavs em ployed the one she chose to name two goo"d phv siciaus in Washington, ona at Lansing, aud one at Ann Arbor, Mich.; but she did not ask and would not have any of them until she had willfully and deliberately produced the mis carriages or abortions, thereby producing the very trouble against which I had warned her and endeavored to dissuade her from incurring bv pro ducing such abortions or miscarriages by her own willful Rets ; and though I believe she must have suffered somewhat from the causes above indicated, I believe and charge that on many occasions she purposely exaggerated her sufferings and falsclv pretended that they were much greater than thev were m tact; ana as instances ot tins klna I aver that while she was at Healing Springs, in the sum mer of 187S, with said Frank Y Anderson, she fre quently wrote to me, complaining of her illness and suffering from the cause mentioned and of her inability to take exercise ; and yet after her return she often told me. and I believed her statements, that she had while there been the most daring rider among all the ladies there, riding the wildest horses over the roushc-t mountain roads, and that she had frequently climbed the mountains on foot in the thick timber with said Andcrsonalone.and that she had felt all the better for the exercise, and that she had danced almost every evening w hile there. WOULDN'T RIDE WITH HIM. "And again in Pern, in the summer of 1879, while she pretended to be suffering severely from the causes named and refused to ride in carriages with me in the streets of Lima, pretending that the jolting of the carriages gave her severe pain, yet whenever she found an opjortunity to meet her special friend, George E. Ilaight, she would ride with him for miles over the pavements of Lima, and even miles into the country, and often walk with him for long distances about the city, and seem to bo perfectly well on herTetuni to the legation. Again, in the summer or 1S79. while she was pretending to complain of her sufferings for the cause now under consideration, and repre sented herself to he unable to ride or walk about the streets of Lima, she went up the Oroya road eighty miles to Chicla, whieh is 12,220 feet above the sea, in the midst of the Andes, with said George E. Haight and my son, and after staying a night at Chicla went on horseback or mule back with Haight and my son, some fifteen or twenty miles over the summit of the Andes, riding over narrow mountain paths along precipices to the height of nearly or quite sixteen thousand feet above the sea and back ngaiu to Chicla the same dav, and boasted when she returned to Lima that she had borne all the fatigues of the ride better than said n.aight or my son, and appeared to be in perfect health ou her return to Lima. "In answer to the thirteenth point in her said o-calIed ' cross-bill.' I say I deny that I have made anv false or groundless charge against her in my bill of complaint or petition, or any charge which upon the best information I can obtain I do not believe to be true. "Having answered all the charges of her said bill, I prav to be hence discharged with my proper costs and charges. p CUR1TUXCY;, PLATT AND OLIVER NOMINATED AS U. S. SENATORS. The Senatorial Caneuses at Albany and Harris bnrg The Grow Men Looking for Demo cratic Help Other Politieal Hatters from the State Legislatures. IIarrisburg, Ta., Jan. 13. The Republican fight for a United States Senator, to take William A. Wallace's place, w ill have to he settled by the Re: publicans in the Legislature. This afternoon a meeting of Grow men was held, which was at tended by forty-eight ot his followers. At the meeting the following paper was presented : " We. the undersicned senators and members of the house of representatives of Pennsylvania, being of the opinion that, in the existing con dition of things, it is not for the best interest of the Republican party, or the welfare of the State, that we should go into a caucus on the election of a candidate for United States Senator, decline going into any preliminary caucus, and inte.nd to give expression to our individual preferences in the senate and house, or in joint convention of the senate and house." The paper was signed by forty-four of those pres ent, and afterward received additional signatures, which ran it up to fifty. The action of the Grow men caused considerable confusion in the Oliver ranks. They however went into caucus at the appointed time. .Ninety-eight delegates were present. Mr. Law, of Philadelphia, after stating the Grow situation, submitted a resolution that unless a candidate received a sufficient number of Republican votes to elect him delegates should be free to vote for whom they chose. His motion was voted down, when Messrs. Ruddiman, of Philadelphia, and Smiley, of Perry, withdrew. This left fifty six Republicans out of the caucus. The caucus, however, placed the following men in nomination and balloted for them, the understanding being that the candidate should have a majority of all the Republicans of both houses. The first ballot resulted: II. W. Oliver, jr., 51; A. Louden Snowdcn, 12; G. A. Grow, 10; t': W. Stone, 2; C. W. Gilfillan, 5; Ilarry White, 2; William Ward, 4; W. II. Bingham, 5; W.H.Koontz, 2. It requiring 77 votes for a majority, a second ballot was held, and Oliver received G3 votes. On the third ballot the Snowden men voted for Oliver, and he was nominated, receiving 79 votes. The choice of the caucus was then made unanimous. Mr. Kneass made an effort to bind members in writing to stick by the nominee, but it was resented as an insult to their honor, and it was withdrawn. Mr. Grow states to-night that the signing of the paper to stay out of the caucus docs not compel the men to vote for him, hut he thinks they will do so. In the present condition of things it is hard to tell who will be the choice of the Legislature. The Democrats to-night are talking Grow, andj it looks as if some coalition would be formed with anti caucus Republicans unless a compromise is made in that party. The Legislature "stands : 153 Repub licans, 93 Democrats, 2 Greenbackcrs, 1 Green back Republican, and 1 Fusionist. The oppo nents of Grow are confident that the choice of the caucus Mr. Oliver will be elected when the Leg islature meets without any trouble. IVfscoiisIii'a Governor. Eii-waukee, Wis., Jan. 13. According to the message of Governor Smith, read before the Legis lature at Madison to-day, the total public indebted ness of the people of Wisconsin is somewhat less than S12.000.000. The State debt proper is 52,252, 057, and the Governor estimates the value of the taxable property in the State at 57,000,000,000. Out of 4S3.2S3 of school age, only 291,258 are reported as attending school during the past year. An appro priation to enable the State to take a suitable part in the approaching centennial of the victory of Yorktown is recommended. Piatt Xomiuatcd for Senator. Albany, X. Y., Jan. 13. The Republican legisla tive caucus met to-night, and Speaker Sharpe was made chairman. All of the Republican assembly men were present, and all of the Republican sena tors, excepting Madden. The candidates placed in nomination were Thomas C. Piatt, Richard Crowley, Sherman S. Rodgers, Elbridge G.Lapham, and William A. Wheeler. The first ballot resulted as follows: Piatt, 51; Crowley, 2G; Rogers, 10; Lapham, 4; Wheeler, 10, and Morton, 1. Morton had not been regularly placed in nomination. Plait's nomination was then made unanimous. A Democrat Ic Caucus. BoTON,Jan. 13. The Democratic memhersof the Legislature this afternoon held a caucus to con sider the approaching Senatorial contest. Speeches were made in favor of retaining party oiganization in the contest, while others favored the nomina tion of some Republican who would command both Democratic and Republican votes. Finally it was voted to appoint a committee who shall re port names ou Monday next from which a candi date will be selected. The Republicans will hold their caucus to-morrow. Arkana Inauguration. Little Rock, Ark., Jan. 13. The inauguration ceremonies to-day were quite imposing. Precisely at twelve o'clock Chief-Justice English adminis tered the oath of office to Governor Churchill, who then delivered his inaugural address. It was brief, patriotic, and conservative. Tonight a compli mentary ball to Governor Churchill was given at Concordia Hall. Mrs. Governor Blackburn, of Kentucky, came from Kentucky here to witness the inauguration of her brother, Governor Churchill. Senator McMillan Renominated. St. Paul, Minn., Jan. 13. The joint Republican caucus of the Minnesota Legislature nominated Senator McMillan for re-election to-night. On the first informal ballot the vote stood: McMillan, 64; Ramsey, 23 ; Davis-, 16 ; Sanderson. S ; and Grinager, 1. This vote settled the question, and the result of the formal vote was a foregone conclusion. It stood as follows: McMillan, 78; Ramsey, 26; Davis, 10. Plaixtcd Snorn In. Augusta, Me., Jan. 13. Both branches of the Legislature as-embled in joint convention at eleven o'clock this morning. Harris M. Plaistcd appeared aud took the oath of office as Governor, and delivered his message. The hall of repre sentatives was crowded. The Fusion caucus to-night nominated Major Joseph L. Smith for United States Senator. Samuel J. Anderson received 11 votes and Plaistcd 2. Xomiuutiouft iu Philadelphia. Philadelphia, Jan. 13. The Republican city nominating conventions were held here this morn ing. For mayor, William S. Stokley received 160 votes and George DeB. Keim 5, most of his dele gates withdrawing and refusing to vote. For city solicitor William Xelon Wet was nominated on the first ballot. George G. Pierce was nominated forreceiver of taxes, Johu Hunter receiving 9 votes. The Illinois Iiecivlature. Springfield, Jan. 13. The joint resolution of fered in the Illinois State senate yesterday, re questing Representatives and Senators in Congress to take such action as will terminate the existing restrictions on the exportation of cattle into Great j Britain, and esLiblishimr such natiniial insnpftinn as will putan end to plcuro-pucumonia among cat tle, passed the senate to-day. Governor Foster Dcuie II. Cleveland, Ohio, Jan. 13. The Leader pub lishes an editorial on the authority of Governor Foster denying the statement that he withdrew from the Ohio Senatorial contest on condition that Secretary Sherman should decline the Senatorship when elected and go into the Cabinet. Governor Foster denies having any understanding whatever ', in this matter with General Garfield. West Virginia's Official Figure. Wheeling, W. Va Jan. 13. The official count of the votes cast for State officers was completed by the Legislature to-day with the following results : ' For Governor, Jacob B. Jackson, Democrat, C9,9tl ; George C. Sturgiss, Republican, 41,815; Napoleon i B. French, Greenbacker, 13,027. The Governor's message to-day relates wholly to local matters. A CougrcKsman Xaiucd as Judge. Boston, Mass., Jan. 13. Governor Long has tendered the judgeship of the Massachusetts Su preme Court, made vacant by the resignation of Judge Ames, to Hon. Walbridge A. Field, and has telegraphed to Washington asking him if he will accept it. Improving the liuissippi. The rooms of the nouse Committee of Commerce were filled yesterday with a large number of mem bers of tho Hou-e, beside a full attendance of the committee. In addition there were present Gen eral Wright, chief of engineers; General Gil more and Major Harron, of the com mission for improving the Mississippi River; Mr. Walker anil others. General Wright was asked if there was entire harmony between the Department and the Commission, and he an swered there was; that the Department had promptly furnished all the maps, plans, reports, &c, asked for by the commission. General Gill more read the report of the commission on the "rcs' crvoir" system of improving tfie upper Mississippi which disapproved of that syafem. A warm con troversy and discussion followed between Govern ors Pound aud Washbume, of Wisconsin, iu favor of the reservoir system and General Gillmorc. At its conclusion Captain Eads addressed the commit tee at length. - . Talk with a Tidy Census Clerk. " How is the Census Office getting along?' said a representative of The Republican to one of the pretty and well-informed clcrkesses of that de partment of the Government where they stack up figures mountnin high and wrestle with addition and subtraction daily. "Splendidly," said the fair one; "but we arc nil trembling for fear of a big'dieharge on the 31st of this month." "Mot of the appointments were made to expire at that time, were they not?" "Yes; but I've been promoted, which, I think, puts me on the permanent roll." "Then j ou will not lose your pretty head offi cially yet," said our man of fa&iuyi with a smile. "I hope not," was the response. "How many arc to be discharged?" remarked our agent, with a view of securing a big item of news. " "Indeed I don't know, Mr. Inquisitive; hut I hear that about four hundred will have to go." " Oh, I guess that is a mistake' rcplicdour news grabber. "General Walker perflaps wants to get rid of the incompetents, and will let them slide first." "Well, if that's the case. T& safe enough," said the brainy gill, as she tossed herhcad heavenward with a self-confident air. "Are there many of that class of people in the building?"' K "Well, I should smile," said the clcrkefsr with unaffected ingenuousness. "Why, Mr. , I blush for the ignorance of my sex often. The. other day one of the girls In our room didn't know whether Long Island Sound was in America or Europe." "That's nothing," muttered' our item codifier to himself, as he bethought him of a fellow who-i passed muster as a marine olftccr who spelt coffee kauphey, and admitted, on paper, that Frederick the Great was one of the Kings of Englandf "Some of the girlsare just as had in orthography, and deficient in arithmetic as in geography," con tinued thejlady, "aud I do hope General Walker will keep the best." "I reckon he'll do that without regard to influ ence or pressure," said The Republican, as the car stopped. Ills plug hat was lifted and a " good bye " passed to the able female manipulator of the digits. .. A Tall Private Secretary. Secretary Goff, of the Navy Denartment, has selected one of the most popular and talented young men of his State, West Virginia. Captain Edwin W. T. Moore, to serve as his private secre tary. Mr. Mooie yesterday entered upon the dis charge of his duties. He is from Fairmont, in Marion County, for which county he was formerly State's attorney. Subsequently he was secretary of the West Virginia State senate. He is over six feet three inches in stature, and bears the reputa tion of being in personal appearance one of the handsomest men in Virginia. It is understood that he is soon to lead to the altar one of the fairest daughters of his State, to whom he became en gaged as a result of a lomautic episode at one of the Virginia summer resorts. Truth from a Grecnbackcr. Hon. Frank P. Dewecs, the. silver-haired Grecn backcr from Pennsylvania, was met by one of The Republican's lynx-eyed minions at the Capi tol yesterday, and asked if he shared in the opinion of his brother Greenbackers that that party would organize the next House. Said he: "We have no chance to organize the next House, and our people fullv appreciate that fact." "But," added The Republican man, "someof your leaders say the Grecnbacker3 will hold the balance of power?" " That is all bosh," said Mr. Dewees. " We cannot organize the next House, noj can we dictate terms, the statements of the so-called leaders to the con trary notwithstanding." A Baltimore Patriot. The bill introduced in the House yesterday to grant a Dension to John C. McConnell, of Howard County, Maryland, recalls some interesting fea tures in the past history of that gentleman. It is a well-known fact that throiichispersonal exertion the First, Second, anti Thlrft Maryland Regiments weie raised for service in the late war, aud over his recruiting station iu Baltimore he raised the American flag at a time when such display of the National colors had been expressly forbidden by a resolution of the city council, and when such an exhibition of patriotism was at the risk of not only of serious bodily harm, but, in the then ex cited state of the city, even of life itself. A Democratic Marshal's Defalcations. The special agent of the'Dcpartmcnt of Justice recently sent to Georgia to investigate certain al leged irregularities in the accounts of United States Marshal Fitzsimmons, of that State, has returned and submitted a report to the Attorney-General, in which he charges the marshal with withholding from his deputies money due them. The aggre gate amount withheld amounts to S5,500. Although these .serious charges were made several days since, Fitzsiminons has not been heard from in his own defense. The Telegraph and the Government. A bill has been prepared and will shortly he in troduced in the House to provide for a cheap and uniform system of telegraph tolls to all points now coveied by telegraphic communica tion In the United States. This bill, which has been drawn since the pool ing of the rival telegraph interests of the country, materially ehauges many of the existing regula tions as regards tariff to private individuals and newspapers, and its iriends hope to get it before the House early next week. INDIGNANT CITIZENS. Preparing: for War ivith a Itailroad Com pany. An indignation meatins of citizens of South Washington was called last evening to take steps to prevent the occupation of Maryland and Vir ginia avenues by the tracks of the Baltimore and Potomac Railroad Company. The hall in which the meeting was held was only about a quarter I full, notice having been given in the I old-fashioned way by messengers. However, I what was wanting in numbers was made up in zeal, and the flow of eloquence of several orators wa permitted to its fullest ex I tent. The meeting organized with Mr. J. II. John ! son in the chair, aud Mr. W. B. Browne secretary. ! The first speaker, Mr. E. D. Wright, a member of the committee of twentv-five appointed at a pre vious meeting, leported that the counsel of the South Washington Protective Association had a hearing before the District Committee iu the House, and had met with gratifying success, an amendment setting forth the grievances of property-owners along the line of the railwavhaving been added to the bill now pending in the House. The speaker further stated that he had been as sured that if the citizens of South Washington would demand the nrosecution of the railroad company Attorney Riddle would endcavorto obtain their rights for them. The mectin? then agreed to appoint the following committee to Wait I ,,v. mti.ans ln-inir atnnf. &, l?nr f upon citizen' i..tc, U..J4J5 lilt UllC Ui line the road and frav the cost outain subscriptions to de- of prosecuting the company: i drew Archer, and O. P. Johnson as members of the committee of twenty-five to supply vacancies, and the meeting adjourned subject to a call. TELEGRAPHIC TWISTINGS. Hendricks Shienfield, aged about sixty-two, was found frozen to death near Davis Creek, N. J.. Iat night. - The Union League Club of New York lnt night elected Hamilton Fish president and a long lUr of vice-presidents and otner omcer. The Vienna Pi-este says :" Nothing is known in diplomatic circle1 here of any collective measures of the Powers to induee Greece to accept arbitra ( tion." ' John Voorhees. a wealthy- farmer, living at Kill 1 man Station, on the Bound Brook Railroad, New I .Ter-ey, while crossing the railroad track at that I place was struck by the engine of a fast train and instantly killed. E vrly yesterday nforning Mrs. George Richards, of Newtondon, Conn., was found on the floor of her ' house dead, having been burned to a crisp. She I is supposed to have fallen on the stove in a fit nnd ; set her clothing on fire. Thom.13 A. nuTCiHNS, superintendent of the stamp department of the Boston post-office, has re signed on account of a deficiency of five or six hundred dollars in his accounts, which he seems unable to explain. There arc no charges of inten tional dishonesty in the cae. The waters of Staten Island Sound are a solid frozen mass from Woodbridge, N. J., to Staten Is land. Bavwav Creek. Rahwav River, and Wond- i bridge Creek are closed to navigation, thus crip- piiug ui u w orus aiong inc streams. Isabella Stout, of Cranston, attempted to fill a keroene lamp in Union Village, X. J in close proximity to another lighted lamp, when an explo sion took place. Miss Stout's clothing taking fire. Her injuries are of a frightful nature and will probably prove fatal. A STATE D1OTER AT THE WHITE HOUSE LAST NIGHT. The Distinguished People Who Were Trcsenl How the Mcna Was Dlscuhsed Soeial and Per sonal Mention Receptions, Parties, and MoTcments in Society. The first State dinner of the year at the Execu tive Mansion occurred last evening, and embraced chiefly members of the Supreme Court and their wives. -The Marine Band, as customary, played at the east end of the vestibule. The promenade hall was handsomely draped with flags, and the private staircase of the President's family the same. The parlors and State dining-room were effectively decorated with flowers, especially the Hatter. The mantles and window seats were cov ered witn-potted plants, including tulips in Dloom and tall; handsome bouqnects. The table was lavishly decorated with. them. Two striking and elegant bouquets of red poinsettas, mingled witli white roses and hyacinths with peculiarly fine effect, stood near the ends of the long oval mirror that forms the centrepiece. Outside the circumference cf this centre piece ornamental dishes of gay confectionery were ranged. In front of each guest's plate was a bouquet of choice roses in a vase, and on each plate was still another, folded in a napkin for a gentleman, n boutonniere; for a lady, a hand or belt bouquet. The new table china, so fascinatingly ugly, was used at the din ner. The, door was open into the new couscrva tory.that leads from the State dining-room. The guests sarot table in the following order: The President, liuving Mrs. Waite at his right, and Mrs. "Hayes the Chief-Justice at her right. From Mrs. Waitc to Mrs. Hayes: Justice Swaync, Mrs. Bradley, Justice Field, Mrs. Pendleton, ex-Justice and Senator David Davis, Mrs. Reed, of Maine; Representative Tucker, Miss Dora Scott, a guest of the house; Representative Will iams, of Wisconsin: Representative Reed. Miss j KSp'Morgan.a guest of the house; Senator Pendle ton, Mrs. Harlan, ex-Justice Strong, Mrs.Edmunds, the Secretary of War. From the Chief-Justice to the President: Justice Miller, Mrs. Field, Mrs. Williams, Justice Bradley, Mrs. Tucker, Senator Carpenter, Mr. Whitelaw Reid, Miss Lizzie Mills, a guest of the house; Representative Robinson, Jus tice Woods, Senator Edmunds, Mrs. Carpenter, Jus tice Harlan, Mrs. Strong, the Attorney-General, Mrs. Miller. Seven of the gentlemen in attendance being unaccompanied by ladies, four went out without feminine partners and had the comer end seats. Strangers in the city so often ask how a' tSate dinner is conducted, it may not be a work of super erogation to saythat on re-entering the vestibule from the dressing-room at the right each gentle man receives an envelope containing the name of the lady to whom he is assigned for dinner part ner. Ushers then conduct each arrival to the Blue Farlor. IWhcnthe first party has arrived, the Presi dent and Mrs. Hayes come down to the Blue Par lor to greet them. Other arrivals rapidly follow, and after paying respects to the President and wife each gentleman seeks the lady designed for him, and the lady then first becomes aware of her fate. When it is seven o'clock the order of proces sion is formed, and is in two lines after entering the Red Parlor, corresponding to the two doors leading thence to the dining-room. One line, to be seated on the same side of the table with the President, follows himself and lady; the other, to he seated on Mrs. Hayes' side of the table, follows herself and escort. Each guest's name is written in large hand upon a card 24bySl4 inches in size, which is stamped in guilt with thecal of the United States. Under this card on each gentlemen's plate is a small card having on it a diagram of the table, with names and places of guests. It is unnecessary to add that under present ruling no wine-glasses are visible and no occasion for them. After dinner promenading through the conserva tories, the parlors, including the East Parlor and the promenade hall, is indulged in, more or less, for an hour, and the guests usually make their adieux between nine and ten, often going to one or more parties after the dinner. This evening Representative and Mrs. Chitten den will entertain at dinner the following guests: Mrs. and Mrs. William Allen Butler and daughter, of Xcw York; the Chief-Justice and Mrs. Waite, Justice Swayne, General Sherman, the Hon. George Bancroft, Mrs. Dahlgren, Mr. and Mrs. Xordhoff. Mr. Whitelaw Reid was a promised guest, hut was called to New York last evening by the necessity of being in Albany to-day. The party given by Mrs. Dahlgren to the incom ing Senator from Michigan and Mrs. Conger is doubtless the initial one of several brilliant wel comes to newiy-chosen Senators and their wives by prominent residents. It is a graceful idea, and strikes a stranger as a peculiaily pleasing feature of life at the Capital. Mrs. Dahlgren is an accom lishcd hostess none more so and gathered in her parlors Wednesday evening a distinguished com pany, including, among others, the President and Mrs. Hayes, the Chief-Justice and Mrs. Waitc, Sen ator and Mrs. Hill, Senator and Miss Dawes, Justice Field and Miss Swearengen, the Attorney General, Representative and Mrs. Xeal, Repre sentative and Mrs. Chittenden, Representative and Mrs. Horace Davis, Representative and Miss Harris, Represcntativeand Mrs. Bingham, Justice and Mrs. Mac-Arthur, Mrs. Mary Clemmer, Mr., Mrs., and Miss XordhotT, Mr. and Mrs. Pollock, Admiral and Mrs. Ahny, Miss Morgan, Miss Bureau (a cousin nnd guest of Mrs. Dahlgren), Mr. and Mrs. Maxwell, Dr. Toner, the Marquis and Madame de Chambrun. The senatorial ladies yesterday received many calls, though several of prominence held no re ceptions, including Mrs. Blaine, Mrs. J. D.Cam eron, and Mrs. Allison, the latter of whom is in Philadelphia under the care of Dr. Weir Mitchell. Mrs. Hill, of Colorado, was assisted by Miss Slay maker and by Mrs. Eddy, of New York. The lat ter lady is the sister of Mrs.Bartlett, of Providence, who is also a guest of Mrs. Hill, but who on Sat urday last fell upon the ice and broke her arm, and Mrs. Eddy came to be with her in hermuch regretted disability. Mrs. Windom was assisted by her Eister, Miss Hatch, and-Miss Norton. Mrs. Ed munds was assisted by the Misses Edmunds, her daughters. The estimable lady whose death was recorded in this column yesterday was the widow, not the daushter, of Governor Wilson Shannon, as inad vertently printed. General and Hss Sherman and Miss Rachel Sherman have issued cards for an evening recep tion Tuesday, January 25. On Wednesday evening Mrs. Morrill's reception was largely attended and very pleasant socially. Miss Amy Brown, of California, and Miss Lucie, daughterofGencral Murphy, contributed theinstni- mentdl selections in good style. Mr. Collins, of Bos ton, sangbeautifully; Mr. F.C.Mussacnssaiiga Ger man ballad, his sister. Miss Marie, playing the ac companiment. Mrs. Mack recited several times, also Mr. Holmes and Mrs. Morrill gave a remimeof the paiutiug, " Rome in its Decline." Among the guests were Mrs. Senator Saunders and her daughter, who lecently graduated and is now enjoying social pleasures; Representative and Mr-:. Burrows Representative Stone, Representa tive and Mrs. Osmer, of Pennsylvania; Mrs. Dean, of Chicago; General Fraud A. Walker, Mr.-. Will iams, the artist ; Mrs. Colonel Howard and daugh ter, Mrs. F. B. Taylor, Bessie Beech, and many others. Several of the young students, who arc memljors of the class organized last Saturday, were also present. A fine crayon portrait of Judge Vale was greatly admired for its finish and execution. Mr. F. B. Taylor, who has frequently contributed to the pleasure of these receptions, sailed for Lon don last week. Mr. Charlc3 Webster, principal of WclL-ville High School, Virginia, has been spending a few days in the city, a guest of his coiMn, Mr. Horace Eaton. Mr. Webster's fine musical abilitv has delighted all who heard his execution, and many regret" were expressed when he left for Virginia. A very pleasant wedding took place last evening at St. Aloysius Church, the contracting parties be ing Mr. William B.Daley and Mi?. Julia Parsons, both well known in musical circles in this city. After the ceremony, which was performed by the venerable Father Lynch, a reception was held at the residence of the happy couple in East Wash ington, where three hours were spent in congratu lations. Among the presents, which were numer ous, was an elegant butter castor and cake basket presented by the employees, together with their foreman, Alexander Elliott, jr., of the stereotype and electrotype department of the Government Printing Office. Mr. and Mrs. Daley left oil the ten o'clock train for an eastern trip. Dr. Thaddeus S. Up Do Graff and wife, of Elmira, New York, are guests of Dr. and Mrs. J. H. Baxter, 150! H street 11. w. On? of the most noted weddings of the season took place last evening at Ascension Episcopal Church. A large audience was in attendance to .wish well to the bride and groom, both of whom are great favorities in Washington society. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Dr. Elliot, rector of Ascension Church, nnd the contracting parties were Mr. William II. Patterson, son of ex- Senator Patterson, and Miss Georgic Evans, of this city. At the time appointed, half, past seven o'clock, the bride entered fiom the door of the church, the groom meeting her, in the old English fashion, at the chancel rail. She looked exquisitely beautiful in white satin, with panels of natural flowers and a bouquet of violets in her hand. The happy couple left last evening for Xcw York, where they will spend the honey moon, and return to make their permanent res idence in Baltimore. The attendants were 3Ir. -Robert Slosson, of Baltimore, nnd Miss Mary Pat terson, sister of the groom. Latest from Mexico. City of Mexico, Jan. 7, via New Orleans, Jan. 13. Every American steamer brings a number of Americans to Mexico. Some come to connect themselves with the railways in course of con struction near this city. Others come as repre sentatives orcommercial interests, and still others come as tourists, attracted by Mexico's favorable climate. Work is being pushed on all the railroads in course of construction. Four rich mines in Souora have recently changed hands, an American com pany having paid $200,000 for the Quintana. Small pox is ragiug witli great violence in Huatousco, state of era Cruz. Although yellow fever is dis appearing from Vera Cruz, small-pox und putrid are raging iu the city. The prospects of a heavy crop In Cordoba this year is so good that coffee has gone down to S9 per hundredweight. An abundant cotton crophasbeen produced FSfecoast of Vera Cruz. The. LegSMpnre of Onxaca has passed an act abolishing alfthe custom-houses or the state from the 1st of April next. General Diaz, it is said, will soon publish a docu ment, in which he will give an account of what he did while President. Dcbnlinjr Coerclou in Xrelaud. ' London, Jan. 13. In the House of Commons this evening debate on the address was resumed. Mr. Commins, Home-Rule member for Roscom mon, made a two-hours' speech, ne sought to show that the state of Ireland was not so bad as it was represented to be. Mr. Smith declared that if the agitation was met by a strong land-act, with coercion, It would pass away likea storm from theothersideof the Atlautic. Mr. Rylauds did not consider that such an over whelming case had been made outaswould justify Parliameut in intrusting the government with ex ceptional powers. Sir Michael Hicks-Beach, formerly chief secre tary for Ireland, said if the facts stated on the part of the government were true, thev were amplv sufficient to justify coercion. The Marquis of Hartington hoped it would be understood that the debate should be concluded at the next sitting. Mr. Parnell said he could not enter into anv dis tinct engagement to that effect, but was rea'dv to admit that the question would have beensuf licientlv discussed by the close of Friday's sitting. The debate was adjourned. A IVonderfnl Fall in Temperature. New York, Jan. 13. At seven a. m. to-day, Washington time, the temperature observed at the places subjoined were as follows: Vincent, 31 be low zero, a fall of 00; Moosehcad, 30 below, fall of 20; St. Paul, -1 below, fall of 9; North Platte, 5 below, fall of 37; Omaha, G below, fall of 21; Duluth, 10 below, fall of 20 ; Cheyenne, 33 below, fall of 41; Milwaukee, 3S above, rise of IS3; Chicago, 37 above, rise of 14; St. Louis, 11 above, rise of 20; Indianapolis, 40 above, rise of 23; Cleveland, 3S above, rise of 36; Cincinnati, 43 above, rise of 31; Toledo, 3G above, rise of 26; Pittsburg, 43 above, rise of 33; Sandusky, 37 above, rise of 14; Detroit, 33 above, rise of 23; -uuuuiu, no- aoove, rise or so": Jtocnester, oO-" above, rise of 27; Erie, 3S above, rise of 31; Albany, 20 above, rise of 7 ; Washington, 29 above, rise of9 ; Philadelphia, 27 above, rise of 9. Chicago, Jan. 13. A sudden and remarkable chongc in the temperature has occurred. At ten o'clock this morning the thermometer registered 39 above, and at midnight it marked S below, with the mercury falling about 5 an hour. Grant Elected President. New York, Jan. 13. The World's Fair Commis sion reassembled this afternoon at two o'clock at the city hall. The only remaining vacancy in the commission was filled by the election of U. S. Grant by a unanimous vote and amid three cheers. The following gentlemen were elected additional mem bers of the executive committee: George A. Craw ford, of Kansas: N. K. Fairbanks, of Chicago; Theo. C. Bates, of Massachusetts ; William II. Post, of Hartford; James H. Smart, of Indiana; General William H. Sterling, of New Jcrsev ; Samuel A. Haines, Rufus Hatch, Thomas McElrath, and Charles L. Tiffany, of New York. Rev. D. Newman, chairman of the nominating committee, in a brief but eulogistic speech, nomi nated General U. S. Grant as president of the com mittee of permanent organization. The name of Augustus Schell was at first proposed to fill the va cancy on this committee, but he was withdrawn, as it was proposed to nominate General Grant as permanent president, and he could not be elected uuless a member of the committee. . An A'.vfnl Trascdy. Oshkosh, Wi Ian. 13. A horrible tragedy has occurred four miles from Oshkosh, where a wealth y German, named Viskow, lived on a farm. Last night the neighbors discovered his bam to be on fire .and on arriving on the ground the ham, gran ary, and house were found to have been locked and set on lire. Yisow's daughter wa lying near the gate, bleeding, with two large gashes in her head, and her clothes partly burned. After the fire was extinguished the remains of Mrs. Viskow were found. Enotich remains to show that her throat had been cut from ear to car. Suspicion had been fastened on Mr. Viskow, hut his bodv has since been found in the min of the harn.'burned to a crisp. The family had lived unhappilv, and it is thought that Vi-kow had attempted to kill his wife and daughter, and then fired the premises, meet ing his own death in the flames. The daughter is insensible and will probably die. Some of the neighbors lay the deed to tramps. ?Iililary .Service Institution. New York, Jan. 13. At the biennial meeting of the Military Service Institution of the United States held to-day at Governor's Island, the follow ing officers of the army were elected to serve for the ensuing two years: President, Major-Gencral W. S. Hancock; vice-proidents, General Brent, Colonels Getty, Crittenden, Fry, and Merritt; secretary. Colonel J. J. Rodenbough; assistant secretary, Captain J. M. t-aums; treasurer, Lieutenant-Colonel C. J. Lanied; vice-treasurer. Captain J. Ward. Executive council Colonel N. H. Davis, Lieutenant-Colonels A. T. Terrv, G. W. Wallace. J. J. Buyley. H. L. Abbott, Majors H. G. Gibson, R. Arnold, J. H. Jancwav. J. N. Sciber, J. Mandenhall. Captains I). M. Vance. W.G. Mitchell, H. G. Litchfield, V. S. Godfrey, and Lieutenant F. Michler. The Icc.Gorgc iu the JaniCM. Richmond, Va., Jan. 13. The ice-gorge still im pedes navigation in the James River. The steam ship Old Dominion, hence for Xcw York, willmako another attempt to forcea passage, while the steam ship Richmond, also of the Old Dominion Line, which is below the gorge, will trv to break the blockade from the lower end. The "river is gorged in two place-, between the Graveyard Reach and Dutch Gap, and from Akin's Landing to near the Deep Bottom. A Touching Reference. Di CLIN. Jan. 13. In the Court of Queen's Bench to-day Mr. McDonough opened for the defense. He made a touching reference to the fact that he was almost the sole survivor of the counsel em ployed in the O'Counel eac. He denounced the prosecution as the landlords' indictment against the tenants of Ireland. The court was crowded with spectators. Dnvitt is Watched. London, Jan. 13. In the House of Commons to day Mr. Torstcr. Chief Secretary for Ireland, re plying to Lord Randolph Churchill (Conserva tive), said: "Davitt's acts are watched, but he has not as yet hrokeu the conditions under which tickets-of-leavc are granted to convicts." The March of the Oppressed. Dublin. Jan. 13. Before the opening of the court to-day a procession of about two hundred persons of both sexes, who arc understood to be rack-rents and evicted tenants, marched from the ofliceof the Lund League tnthc four courts. ARMY AND NAVY NEWS. The general court-martial appointed to meet at the cavalry depot, Jefl'ersou Barracks, Missouri, bv special orders Xo. 249 is dissolved. The leave of absence granted First Lieutenant M. M. Mnxon in special orders No. 250, December 15, 10, Department of Texas, is extended four months. The following transfers sV. the Second A rtillerv are announced : First Lieutenant George S.Grimes, from Battery L to Battery H; First Lieutenant Henry A. Reed, from Battery H to Batten- L; Lieu tenant Reed will proceed to Jackson" Barracks, Louisiana, and join his battery. The bill to place General Grant on the retired list of the army was killed yesterday iu the House Committee on Military Aflairs. Ihe suleonimi: tec having the subject in charge made an adverse report upon the bill, aud were sustained bv the full committee by a vote of 6 to 3. Senator Blame, in conversation with a Txxbnnz correspondent, spoke emphatically in favor of plac ing General Grant on the retired list of ihcnnnv with the rank which was created for him. It is, he said, a debt which the Nation owes him, and he hoped the Democrats in Congress would in time take the same vie w of the matter. The President will fill, it is understood, the six vacancies iu the retired list of the army before the close of his administration. It has been repeat edly stated that Quartermaster-General Meigs would be one of those to he retired. There is no foundation forany such statement. General Meigs will not be retired. Surgeon-General Barnes in all probability will be. It is cert lin that Judge Advocate-General Dunn will fill one of the vacancies in the retired list. His retirement will not, it i3 un derstood, be compulsory". He will ask to be retired. There is not much doubt but that his successor will he Major Swaim, judge-advocate, who during the campaign acted as General Garfield's private secretary. There is no indication as to who will fill the other retired vacancies. THE POTOMAC FLATS. CONGRESSMEN TALK ABOUT THEM. And Say They Are Ready and Willing -to Either Fill Them Up, Dredge 1 hem, or Dispose of Them in Some Way or Other The Proper Way to Do It. The great interest that attaches to the pro posed improvement of our river front, by means of which in the opinion of the best authorities, scien tific and sanitary, Washington can be relieved from the evils of the pestilence-breeding marshes known as the Kid well Bottoms, renders the opinion of each and every one having, a voice in legisla tion important to not only the residents of this city, but to the people of the country atjarge. A proposition is pending before the House Com- mittee on Commerce to attach to the regular river and harbor appropriation bill a clause appropriat ing 51,250,000 for this purpose, and on the.decIsion of that committee depends the hope of relief by thus Congress. With a view of learning, if possible, the feeling' of the many members of that hotly toward the measure, several of our reporters yesterday made it their business to waylay aud interview its mem bers, not forgetting while about it to pick up tho views of such stray statesmen as fell in. 'their way. The result of their lahorsappears below : Judge Reagan, of Texas, chairman of the Com-' merce Committee, said hedid not care to talk upon the subject in advance of the action of the com mittee. HON. a. 31. elis was the next statesman tackted. He said: "Put me down in favor of the proposition. It cannot come up in the House any too soon for me." HON. JOHN T. WAIT said there seems to bo an indisposition on the part of some to expend so largo a sum for the improve ment of the flats. I am in favor, safd he, of re claiming those flats, and I care uofihow soon it is done. The engineers inform me that the increase in value to that property after the improvement ia made will more than compensate the Government for the money expended on the work. HON. KOBERT M'LANE. said : " I am very much in favor of the reclama tion of the Potomac flats, but cannot say in what shape I should like the matter to come before lha House." nON. THOMAS TURNER would not oppose any scheme to improve tha . flats. HON. CHARLES O'NEILL thought it too early to commence the discussion of such a proposition. When it comes before tha House the public will know his views. HON. R. I T. BEALL said it would bo very unwise to tack a ridcx on the river and harbor bill appropriating a mil lion and a quarter for the improvement of tha river flats, but if it comes up before Congress as a separate measure he woufd be very likely to sup port it. nON. WILLIAM A. RUSSELL was heartily in favdr of Improving the Potomaa fiats. It is a good sanitary measure, said he, and ought to pass Congress. HON. MILES EOS3 said he had not given the subject much attention, and wouldhave to read up on ic before committing himself. HON. J. H. ACKLEN said: "'If a proposition looking to the improve ment of the Potomac River fiats Is presented to Congress as a separate measure I shall cordially support it. Such a matter, however, docs not be long to the Commerce Committee." nON. MARTIN CLAKDY said: "Certainly, I am in favor of improving the flats. If such a bill over comes before Congress, I shall support it." HON. PETER'V. DEUSTET. thought, as a sanitary measure, the Potomac Cats should be either filled up or made navigable. HON. JOHN E. KENNA said that while he was bitterly" opposed to tho Commerce Committee taking any action in refer ence to the flats, he would gladly vote to appropriate-any reasonable sum to do the work. HON. THOMAS J. HENDERSON said he was opposed to tacking riders on the river and harbor bill, but would support a bill for tha improvement of tlie river flats on sanitary grounds. Having obtained an expression of opinion on this very important subject from all the members of the Commerce Committee, our reporternext pro ceeded to get the views of other able law-makers. HON. AM03 TOWNHEND, when asked how he stood on the question, said : "I don't like to give an opinion on a subject that I may be called to act upon within twenty-four hours. I will hear all that is to he heard, and then try to decide intelligently what course to take." " Well, you might say whether you. feel kindly to Washington city or not," said our persuasive pes- terer of statesmen. " Oh, yer; my t-ympalhies are with Washington, but my conviction of duty must be paramount," said the Buckeye member, as he broke for the door. HON. W. IS. MORmON hadn't examined the subject very closely, but thought he would vote for the appropriation when it came before the House. HON. THOMAS L. YOUNG. "What do you think of the appropriation of 51,250,000 for the improvement of the Potomac Riverfront?" " I am in favor of the improvement, even if it costs 52,000,000. I talked with the President about the bottoms last summer, and he convinced me of the necessity forsome action. The President said at that tiniCgtbat some one ought to Introduce a bill for the purpose, and he hoped it would soon be done." HON. EEN RLTTEHWORTH said he knew but little of the subject, but if such improvement was essential to the good health of the residents of Washington and the able states men who here do congregate he certainly should favor it. WHAT MR. FROST SAYS. " Mr. Frost," said our young evangelist to the Hon. R. Graham Frost, of Missouri, " do yon favor the proposition to clean out the Kidwell bottoms?" "Why, certainly, if it is to benefit the residents of Washington in a sanitary point of viow. If tho Kidwell bottoms arc really the cause of the malaria in this city, theu I think Congress should move in the matter at once. No time should be lot on so important a subject." HON. W. D. HILL, OF OHIO, in reply to a similar question by The ItErcBLicAX man, said: "I am decidedly In fcor of doing something with the Kidwell loUoti.s Nj clean out and put them in a healthysanita'r torKlilfon." HON. NICK MULLEK, when asked if he favored the proposition to clean out the Potomac flats, replied by saing; "You can ret assured that I will vote for such a measure if it comes up iu Congress. Thl great Govern ment ought not to complain when called upon to appropriate a few thousand dollars for the im provement of the National Capital and its sur roundings." Klection Cae. Wilmington, Del., Jan. 13. Sixteen election cases, growing out of alleged il'egal voting and in terference with United States deputy marshals on the day of the general election, the trial of which was to have commenced in the United States Dis trict Court to-day. were continued until ttic April term on application .jf counsel for the defense. Several of the defendants in the ca'-c for interfer ence were special sheriffs or policemen. CAPITAL JOTTIKGS. Matthew M. Puller has been commL.-H.ned as postmaster at King William, Virginia. The Finance Committee of the House havo agreed to take up at an cariy day Hon. Frank nurd's free-trade resolutions. The Wool and Sheep-Growing Convcntion.'of which Commissioner of Agriculture LeDuc is chairman, will meet at the Ebbitt House, in thi3 city, on Saturday at ten a. m. Judge Taylor, Genera! Garfield's successor iu tho House, made ait argument before the Elections' Committer yesterday in his own behalf, lilr. Kurd will speak on the same subject ou Monday next. The Treasury Department yesterday purchrscd but ten thousand ounces of silver bullion for mint age. Only three bids were received from 0:c Pa cific Co.ist, owing to the interruption of telegraphic coiamunication. The Senate Post-Office Committee yesterday heard Mr. Simmons, of Philadelphia, and J. B. Meats, of Chicago, in reference to the question of increasing the salary of second-class letter-carriers to 51,000 per annum. . Captain James B. Eads, General Wright, Chief of Engineers, United States army, and General Gil morc were heard before the HotL-e Committee on Commerce yesterday in reference to the Mississippi River improvemf iils. Hon. W. O. Tcf jrd, who was appointed by the LesMatu f Ohio to press the war claims of that Stale agai;t,t the United States, cecompanh-d by AOh-.Uiut-General W. II. CUison. iached the city ycs'tiiday. These claims reach ;st00,000, and havo been pending since 1S63. Chief Brooks, of the Secret Service Bureau of the Treasury Department, yesterday received a. telegram aiiu-ittneins the amat, near Cairo. III., of William Lowrv, one of a gang who. for some time past, have been engaged in passing counterfeil United States notes.