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VOL. . XXI- NO. 180.
WASHEGrTCXN, D. C., SATURDAY MOBNESTG, JUNE 25, 1881.
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ROOM METY-HIHE.
A VISITOR CREATES A COMMOTION.
Unexpected ippcarance of a Member of Congress
Tlicre He. Tells MacYesgh's Evidencn Manu
facturers What He Thints of Thcia
and Gets a Retraction.
Gibson, Woodward, Hoot, and others,
who are engaged at room 59, P. O. D., in the occu
pation of manufacturing evidence and slinging
dirt at their betters under the direction of Mac
Vcagh and James, were visited by Representative
Hernando Do Soto Money, oX Mississippi, on
Wednesday. Root, who is the Washington
correspondent of the New York Timet, as
signed to the business of working up star
routc slanders for that journal, has his head
quarters in room 53. Ho had been lying
about Money through the columns of the Times,
and the Mississippi member, who is chairman of
the Committee on Post-Roads in the House, did
not tactic kindly to Mr. Root's statements.. He
Brmcdin the city Wednesday morning, and first
called upon Major John 11. Carsou, in charge of
the Times bureau here. Mr. Carson disclaimed
having viritten any articles iu the Tuna
reflecting on Mr. Money, and referred
him to Mr. Root Mr. Money called at Mr. Root's
residence and learned from his wife that Mr. Root
uas at the Post-Office Department. Mr. Money,
upon arriving at the Department and inquiring
for Mr. Root, was informed that he was in room
10. Mr. Money wended his steps that way aud
parsed into the room without first knocking at the
door or sending in his card.
His appearance was, like the comet, unexpected.
There sat Gibson, Woodward, and Root a nice
trio.
"Arc you Root?" said Mr. Money to a saturnine
looking individual.
"I am, sir," said Root.
" Well, 1 want to say that you arc a liar, a scoun
drel, and a slanderer, and while you arc trying to
make yourself an ass 1 know you to be a knave.
You have maliciouslyslandcred me, sir, and 1 will
give yon forty-eight hours to make a retraction of
the artieTcs reflecting upon me you have published
fa the New York Times."
Mr. Root protested that he did not mean any
thing personal in the articles he had sent to New
York this, too, in face of the fact that the articles
were of the most personal character.
Mr. Money again denounced him as :i liar and
scoundrel, and, turning to Detective Gibson, said;
" I want to tell you, sir, that you are a liar aud
scoundrel If you furui.shcd any of the stuff which
has appeared against me in the New York papers.
"Oh. Mr. Money, you arc mistaken. I never
gave any information whatever," said the cring
ing detective.
Mr. Money again gave notice that he would give
just forty-eight hours for the retraction and left.
Root evidently started for the telegraph office at
once, for the following back-down appeared in
the New York Tunes of the next morning (Thurs
day): AN KXPJ.ANATIOV.
Washington, Jiiuo 3. There was published in
the Times of June 13 an analysis of the temporary
mail-rente contracts in Texas. Amoug Die routes
which woredficribed was route No. 31.75S, from Cor
pus Christi to Si. Mary's, the contract lor w hlch was
arbitrarily given, without competition, to J. 1'. llor
twch.of this city, for Jll.700 per annum. This isonp
of the most costly of all these temporary contracts,
upon thebasis of Uicpayper mile for one t lip per week.
The correspondent who prepared the dispatch said:
"This contract was obtained by J. P. Horbaeh, a
Washington lottery agent, who is a friend of Congress
man Money, hut the real contractor is A. E. Boone,
tf this city , whoso subcontract for the full price is on
file." Consressman Money, of Mississippi, says that
lie is the friend of IJorbach.but regard's thestatement
quoted ahovti as an insinuation that lis had some im
proper connection with thucontract. The correspond
ent desires to be just to Mr. Money, and he therefore
declares that he neither had then, nor has now, any
knowledge of any improper conduct on the part ot
Mr. Money iu counectlon"tvitli this contract, aud that
he did not intend to create an impression that he had
any.
Mr. Money has gone to New York to hunt up
other defamcrs of his character, and will perhaps
be heard from at that end of the lino. He is not
in search of the editorial "We," but wants a real
substance to kick. He contends that the man
who willfully and maliciously slanders him must
abide the consequences.
what the " came" SAY?.
The Eifmng Criiicof yesterday said of the occur
rence: "The determined features, mounted on
the wiry frame, of Hon. Hernando D. Money, of
Mississippi, have been seen in Washington for the
just few days. He was attracted to this fashionable
summer resort by a small paragraph in the New
York Times, where some person supposed to be im
plicated in star-route cases was alluded to as a
warm personal friend of Congressman Money. As
Colonel Money has been for some time chairman
of the Houso Committee on Post-offices and Post
Roads, the article would have a tendency, clearly
mcant, to connect tho Colonel's influence with
whatever crookedness in this connection was
claimed.
Yesterday the Colonel adorned himself with a
proper amount of war paint and proceeded to
room 09, which he was referred to as the most
likely place to find Mr. Root, the correspondent of
the Times whose agilo pen had written the offen
rive words. He found the Star Chamber iu high
tession. In one part of the room were Gibson and
Woodward. Seated at a desk in another quarter
of the den, with a pile of United States records and
a lot of manuscript as an assistant, sat Mr. Root.
This fact will effectually dispose of Billy Cook's
statement to the effect that the prosecution was-not
furnishing the press with information. It is a bald,
unvarnished lie.
The Colonel, perhaps a trifle excited, approached
Mr. Root and asked if he was the author of tho ar
ticle. He answered that he was, and that he meant
no reflection on the Colonel's character by it.
This was not satisfactory. " That won't do, young
man," said the Colonel. "If you didn't mean
to convey any inference by that language
what was your purpose in using it? Y'on
are evidently a novice in Washington jour
nalism, or you would have known that dur
ing my whole career in Congress 1 have dono
all in my power to curtail the expenditures on
these expedited routes, and in several reports have
pointed out what I called their gross extravagance.
Why, the very case with which you connect my
name was taken bodily from a speech I made
showing the reckless waste of money. Can't yon
read ? What kind of a trial are you fellows sup
posed to be carrying on? You're a slanderer and
defaincr. Now I propose to give you just about
three days to correct that impression in your paper
If you don't do it within the specified time Til
make It personally uncomfortable for you. Thai's
all I've got to say to you."
Then, turning to the other eminent prosecutors,
he said : "As for this whole crowd, I've only to
say that when you And any evidence that con
nects me dishonestly with any public or private
frauds, make the most of it. But my character is
my only stock in trade, and I serve notice .on you
now that if you attempt to smirch it by innuendo
and soil It by underground and cowardly insinua
tions I'll hold you to a personal account. You'll
probably find out that the reputation of an Ameri
can citizen is not to be killed bv a smut-machine."
And the Colonel left.
HARVARD'S CLASS-DAY.
The Festivities Yesterday Literary fixer
clscs The Ivy Oration.
Boston, June 24. The class-day festivi
ties commenced at Harvard College this morning
at half-past nluo o'clock. The senior class assem
bled in front of Holworthy ifiul preceded by the
cadet baud, which played a llv ely march. The long
line filed into the chapel in which, in the'presence
of its members, prayer was offered by Rev. A. P.
Peabody. Then there wssarapid dispersion to the
dormitories or to places where "spreads" were
being held to welcome the gnosis that were already
arriving. More than an hour was spent in this
duty. The seniors then reassembled in front of
Hohvorthy Hall for the march to the theatre. With
the band at their head they passed around the
campus in the presence of their friends, who
crowded the windows of the snrroundlng halls
and into the theatre, which was filled mainly with
ladles. There the literary exercises, the formal
Exercises of tho day, occurred. Curtis Guild,
Jr., of Boston, delivered the oration. Charles T.
Dagney, of Lima, I1L, followed with a poem. Carle
ton Spraguc, of Buffalo, N. Y., delivered the ivy
oration; Prcscott Evarts, of New York, delivered
the class ode, and the exercises came to an end.
Br. Pcabody alone wore the scholastic gown, the ex
ample of the orators and poets of the class of 1SS0
in that respect not having been followed by those
of the class of 1SSL
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A Remarkable Solcldc.
Dhtkoit, Mien., June 24. Dr. Chapin,
of Charlotte, committed suicide to-day. He waa a
trifle over onejiundred years old.
BALLOTING AT ALBANY,
Xo Cliolce Yesterday Adjournment of the
Joint Convention.
Albany, June 24. The yote in joint
convention for Senator for short term
was as follows: Senate Potter, 6; Conkling, C;
Wheeler, 8; Cornell, 1; Lapham, 2; Folger, 1;
John Roach, 1 ; Hoskins, 1. Assembly Potter, 3S;
Conkling, 24; Wheeler, 37; Lapham, 11; Hoskins, L
Combined vote Potter, 44; Conkling,30: Wheeler,
45; Cornell, 1; Lapham, 13; Folger. 1; John
Uoach, 1; Hoskins, 2. Senator Woodin voted
for Roach. He voted for Lapham yesterday. No
choice.
Tho convention then voted to fill the Piatt va
cancy as follows: Senate Depcw, 11; Kernau, 6;
Piatt, C; Hoskins, 3. Assembly Depcw, 84; Ker
nau, 39; Piatt, 21; Lapham, 3; Cornell, 7 ; Crowley,
5; Hoskins, 4; Tremaine, 1. Combined vote
Depcw, 45; Kernan, 45; Piatt, 27; Lapham, 3;
Cornell, 7; Crowley, 5; Hoskins, 4; Tremaine, L
No choice.
Senator Foster moved an adjournment.
Senator Pitts opposed an adjournment, and said
it was the duty of this joint couvention to remain
here and votc'two, three, and six times daily.
Mr. Brooks said it was a piece of recklessness on
the part of the majority to keep this Legislature
here seeking a result which it is clear they cannot
control.
Mr. Draper said that when one vote was taken
daily it was sufficient, and all declarations that a
result would sooner be reached by taking more
than oncvote daily was a piece of unqualified Dun
combc. Mr. Hustcd contended that itwasthc duty of this
Lceihlature to obey the laws of Congress and con
tinue voting on this question, nc denied that
there was any demand on the part of the people
for au adjournment.
The motion to adjourn was carried 76 yeas to 59
nays, and the convention adjourned.
The Situation at Albany Last Xisht.
IJy Associated Press.
Albany, N. Y., June 24. The Ilalf
Brccds held their usual conference this evening,
at which it is said the candidacy of Lieutenant
Governor noskins was canvassed with diverse
opinion. It was resolved, however, to make en
deavors to increase his vote to-morrow. The
Stalwarts were quiet to-night. They feel that the
time to push nn adjournment has not yet arrived.
Messrs. Conkling and Arthur went to New York
this afternoon. Mr. Depcw was on the same train.
The bribery investigation committee met this
afternoon and notified the counsel on both sides
to hand in their briefs by Tuesday next. The re
port, or reports, as there will he at least two, will
not be ready before the close of next week. The
testimony is not printed yet beyond last Tuesday.
Xot So Funny After All.
Albany. June 24. The Half-Breeds
were inclined to think that part of Davenport's
testimony was funny which related to
the President's ignorance of Senator Strahan,
and his inquiry as to who Strahan 'was,
until it was suggested to them that it
was rather remarkable that he should
have consented to offer the place to a man he
knew nothing about, merely on Davenport s rec
ommendations, and people are asking now why
the President, who refused to ask the advice of the
Senators from New York and the Vice-President's
relative to appointments, should have run to
Johnny Davenport to find somebody who would
take the maishalship ?
STORY OF A WILL,
Cardinal McCloskey Loses Three Hundred
Thousand Dollars.
"New York, June 24. Surrogate Col
vin to-day rendered a decision refusing to admit
to probate the will of Caroline A. Merrill, who died
leaving an estate valued at S500.000. The will is
dated May 2, 1S71, and is witnessed by Cyrus W.
Field and Benjamin Cartwright. After bequeathing
small sums to relatives she gave $50,000 to the
New York Hospital, 550,000 to Cardinal McCloskey,
or his successor, and the residue of her estate to
Bishop Bacon, of Maine. Moses Taylor and R. G.
RalEtou were appointed executors. Bishop Bacon
having died, she executed a codicil in Rome on
December 9, 1S75, whereby she bequeathed the resi
due of her .estate to Cardinal McCloskey, or, should
he die before her, to ReY. Thomas Sprcston for
charitable purposes. When the will was
offered for probate in 1S78 it was contested by
George Merrill, a nephew and alleged adopted
son and others next to kin, no.nearer than he, put
ting in issue the mental capacity and freedom of
restraint of the decedent. Testimony was taken
by a commission in Europe aud in the West, and
after thirty-eight sessions were held tho case
was submitted in the summer 18S0. The surrogate
finds that tho will and codicil were executed by
the decedent while laboring under an insane de
lusion as to the character and conduct of her
nephew, George Merrill. Had it been admitted
Cardinal McCloskey would have received over
5300,000.
4
AT LONG BRANCH.
DIoTcments of the President Secretary
Hunt's Speech.
Long Branch, June 24. After a two
hour's consultation with Secretaries Windom and
Hunt and Postmaster-General James this morning
President Garfield accompanied Mrs. Garfield in a
ride through Deal Beach and Ashhury Park.
During tho day Collector Merriti, General Van
Vllet, Hon. Thomas Murphy, Mr. Grier, of Penn
sylvania, and Senator McPherson, of New
Jersey, called upon the President. Colo
nel Rockwell says the President may
return to Washington to-morrow, or at any
rate on Monday, leaving Mrs. Garfield here, where
he will rejoin her a few days later. Secretary
Hunt's speech at the veteran's dinner yesterday is
much criticised by the Stalwarts hero. The
visiting members of the Tennessee Press As
sociation were given a reception to-day
at the Ocean Hotel by the Pennsylvania
Editorial Association, whose guests the Southern
editors have been since yesterday. At fonro'clock
this afternoon the Pennsylvania editors started
for home, accompanied by the officers of the Penn
sylvania Railroad. Tho Tennessee editors also
left for home this evening, returning by the Balti
more and Ohio Railroad, stopping at Baltimore
and Washington.
Mrs. Arnold's Condition.
Cleveland, Onio, June 24. Dr. S. A.
Boynton, President Garfield's cousin aud family
physician, arrived here this morning from Long
Branch to attend his sister, Mrs. Arnold, whose
skull was fractured by a locomotive, as was pre
viously reported, and who still lingers between
life and death. The operation of trepanning has
been performed, and the membrane of the brain
is exposed.
A Clerical Tramp.
Toronto, Ont., June 24. The soi-disant
priest, calling himself John McGill, and professing
to hail lrom Weston, W. Va., en route to Rome to
press a case of his against the Bishop of Wheeling,
W. Va., is here soliciting subscriptions from door
to door. He has been beforo the police court for
using abusive language to Catholics refusing him
donations.
ARMY ARTICLES.
The order directing Second Lieuten
ant Albert Todd, Second. Artillery, to report for
duty at West Point is revoked.
Second Lieutenant L. A. Loverlng,
Fourth Infantry, will report August 2S, 1881, for
duty at the United States Military Academy.
The order directing that the station
of Captain Alexander Mackenzie, Corps of En
gineers, be changed from Rock Island, 111., to St.
Paul, Minn., Is revoked.
Second Lieutenant Edward B. Ives,
Nineteenth Infantry, will bo relieved from duty at
the United States Military Academy West Point,
N. Y., August 2L 1SSL. and will then join his com
pany. Acting Assistant Surgeon J. Clark
McGuire, U. S. A., will proceed from this city to
Fort Snelling. Minnesota, and report fn person to
the commanding general of the Department of
Dakota for assignment to duly.
Captain Wilson T. Hartz, Fifteenth
Infantry, now at Ocean Grove, N. J., will report in
person to the superintendent General Recruiting
Service, New York city, for temporary duty in
charge of the recruiting rendezvous at Pitts
burg, Pa.
Second Lieutenant F. E. Hobbs,
Second Artillery, has been ordered to proceed
from this city to Sandy Hook, N. J., on business
connected with the board appointed for the ex
amination of new inventions of heavy ordnance
and projectiles.
The following officers will report to
the board of officers appointed to meet in New
York city June 28, 1881, for examination with view
to a selection for transfer to the Ordnance Depart
ment: Second Lieutenant E. M. Weaver, Jr., Sec
ond Artillery, and Second Lieutenant Hamilton
Eowan. Second Artillery.
SEVEN DAYS' FIGHT.
ITS NINETEENTH ANNIVERSARY.
The Battle of HechanlesTille and the Preliminary
Movements Thereto Opening of the Mem
orable Battles of the Peninsula
Result of Change of Base.
The "Seven Days'" fight in real
ity began June 25, 1862, and ended with Mal
vern on July 1; but, according to the popular
and generally accpted belief, it commenced with
Mechanicsvillc and terminated with the arrival
of the Union army at Harrison's Landing, on the
James, July 2. In order to fully understand what
is to follow, it becomes necessary, however, to go
further back and take a brief glance at the situa
tion as it existed a month earlier. Toward the
latter part of May the advance ot the Union army
upon the Peninsula, consisting of the Third
and Fourth Corps, under the command of Generals
Heiutzleman and Kcycs respectively, lay upon the
south bank of the Chickahominy, in front of and
but five miles north from the rebel capital. Sum
ner and Franklin, with the Second and Sixth
Corps, were in the vicinity of Bottom's Bridge, but
had not yet crossed the river, and the Fifth Corps,
also on the north bank, was at Gaines' Farm. On
the 26th of the month, or, rather, quite early in tho
morning of the 27th, General McClellan dispatched
General Fitz John Porter from Gaines', on the
north side c the Chicknbominy, with a portion of
the Fifth Corps to take possession
OF HANOVER COURT-HOUSE,
some fourteen miles to the westward, the occupa
tion of which was an essential part of the plan for
the reduction of the confederate stronghold. The
strategic importance of the movement, if success
fully carried out, may be best appreciated from a
statement showing the location of the objective
point and the then condition of affairs as respected
the opposing forces. Hanover Court-House is
upon the Virginia Central Railroad, not far from
its junction with the line from Fredericksburg,
and twenty miles north of Richmond. Ap
proached from this direction the con
federate capital was at that time wholly
unprotected. The country was open, well
adapted to the movement of troops, and there was
not a single fortification worthy of the name to bar
the way. Along the line of the Chickahominy, to
the eastward where the Union forces lay, and from
whence it was expected their attack would be de
livered, the case was different. There the ap
proaches fairly bristled with guns, many of heavy
calibre, mounted iu earthworks constructed after
the most approved fashion by skillful engineers,
who well knew how best to give them the greatest
possible amount of defensivestrength.
BEHIND THESE LAY
by far the largest and most efficient force that the
confederacy were at any time during the warable
to muster under one commander, and estimated at
all the way from 80,000 to 100,000 men. In front of
them was the Union army, and which.prior to the
battle of Fair Oaks, may have numbered 90,000
men, exclusive of the troops at Fortress Monroe
and the various detachments at White House,
West Point, and other localities in the rear guard
ing the line of communications and supply. At
Bowling Green, on the Richmond and Fredericks
burg Road, fifteen miles north of Hanover, lay the
advance of
GENERAL M'DOWELL'S ARMY OF FORTY THOUSAND,
the bulkjaf which was at Fredericksburg, withiu
easy supporting distance by rail. As the plan was
conceived, it was intended that this latter force
should unite with that of Porter at Hanover Court
House, and march directly upon Richmond, strik
ing the city upon its unprotected side, taking its
defenders in flank and rear. To repel such an
attack the confederates would have been com
pelled to detach at least an equal number of
men (McDowell's and Porter's united force
would have aggregated 55,000) from their front,
which, thus weakened, would have enabled
McClellan, with the troops remaining un
der his immediate command, to force an en
trance from the direction of Fair Oaks.
Porter met and gained a brilliant victory over
some 10,000 of the enemy on their way from
Gordonsville to Richmond, and whom he inter
cepted at Hanover on the 27th, and McDowell,
who had been notified of the movement, was ex
pected down by the evening of the2Sthat farthest;
but he did not form a junction. The order for his
advance was countermanded from Washington,
and, contrary to his own good judgm: nt, he was
sent in the direction of Froiit Royal in pursuit of
Stonewall Jackson, who, to create a diversion, and,
if possible, draw off the Union forces from the
Peninsula, had been sent up the Valley, via Gor
donsville, to threaten the National Capital.
THE REBEL LEADER
accomplished his purpose. With his less than
00,000 men he succeeded in neutralizing 40,
000 of his antagonists, who otherwise
would have marched into Richmond inside
of a week ; and the same movement effectually
prevented the reinforcement of McClellan to
make good the loss of McDowell. The heavy
pressure upon the enemy from the direction of
Hanover, coupled with the ascertained fact that
McDowell was well out of the way, had the effect
naturally to be expected. The confederate com
mander, Johnston, taking advantage of a fortui
tous rise of the Chickahominy, which interrupted,
communications between the two wings of
the army, swung around, and upon tho
31st of May delivered a telling counter-stroke upon
the Union left wing at Fair Oaks. June 1 the foe,
who had triumphed the day previous, were driven '
back with great slaughter, and the Union troops
resumed their original line of offensive operations.
Their losses had been, heavy, however, during
the two days' engagement, and, although it had
eventually resulted in a victory to them, it had
also shown that they were confronted by an army
equal.ifnotsupcriorlnnumbers.tothcirownandof
equal discipline and valor. Besides, in addition to
the troops, aggregating in the vicinity of 15,000 men,
who had been confronting General McDowell at
Fredericksburg, the rebels were continually re
ceiving accessions from all parts of theSouth, while
McClellan, with the exception of the Pennsylvania
Reserves and two or three regiments from Fortress
Monroe, numbering in all perhaps 12,000
men, received no accessions to make good
his losses. Meantime Jackson, having accom
plished his object, was rapidly returning while
the authorities at Washington were engaged in
hunting for him in the Shenandoah Valley and at
other points near thcjNational Capital to assist in
driving McClellan from the Peninsula. The first
positive knowledge of the intentions of the rebel
leader was gained about the 22d of June and in
this wise : On or about the date mentioned Gen
eral Porter's pickets on the right toward Hanover
Court-House
BROUGHT IN A YOUNG MAN
who claimed to be a Baltimore boy who, having
enlisted in Texas, had become tired of the war,
deserted from Jackson's army, near Gordonsville,
aud was then on his way home. A thorough ex
amination by General Porter satisfied that officer
that he was not what he represented himself to be
and he was thereupon sent to army headquarters,
through the provost marshal-general, with the
accompanying statement that he was believed to
le n spy. After being interrogated by General Mc
Clellan without result he was set at liberty; but
General Porter, hearing of this, requested his re
arrest, which being effected, he was again cxam
ied, nnd finally confessed that he had been sent
out by Jackson to obtain information as to the dis
position of the Union forces and return as
speedily as possible to act as guide to
the rebel leader in his advance on the
Union right He further stated that a combined
attack of Lee's whole army, including Jackson,
was to be made upon the Union right flank ; that
Lee himself was to cross above Mechanlcsville on
the 26th, unite with Jackson, and attack and de
featPorter before hecouldbereinforcedfromorre
treat to the south of the Chickahominy, and that,
having thus gotten in McClellan's rear, the defeat
of the Union army would follow as a matter of
course. According to his statement Jackson was
to beat Hanover Court-House by the 23d or 24th..
This information was reported to Washington
about the 24th, but, unfortunately, little reliance
seems to have been placed upon its truthfulness,
and no immediate steps were taken by the gov
ernmental authorities to strengthen their armyon
the Chickahominy. Prior to the
CAPTURE OF THIS SPY
Porter had already taken every precaution in his
power to guard against just such a movement by
the rebels as the one indicated by posting the
brigades of Reynolds and Seymour, of McCalls
division Pennsylvania Reserves, recently arrived,
on the cast bank of Beaver Dam Creek, a small
tributary of the Chickahominyputting in from the
north, and at right angles to the river. This po
sition "a but a short distance cast of Mechanics
villc. and constituted a good line of defense
against an enemy advancing from the west the
direction from whence Lee or Jackson must come
to attack the Union right. A few companies and
a battery were thrown forward overlooking
thetQ'snas a corps of observation. On the 25th
of June the position of the Union forces upon the
Chickahominy was about as follows: The
Second, Third, Fourth, and Sixth Corps, com
manded by Generals Sumner, Heintzelman, Keyes,
and Franklin respectively, were south of the river
and at about a right angle to it, the left of the line
extending across the Y'ork River Railroad in the
vicinity and a little south jrfFair Oaks Station,
five miles north of Richmond, itnd curving slightly
backward, in an easterly direction, so that its left
flank rested upon and was covered by White
Oak Swamp. The Fifth Corps, comprising
about 25,000 men present for duty (a con
siderable detachment having been sent with
Stoneman to White House Landing to guard the
supplies), held the left or north bank
by a Hue parallel to the stream, its left resting upon
the high ground in the vicinity of Gaines' and
opposite the bridge, affordingcommunication with
the south bank, and its right extending up and
along the river to Mechanicsyille, a distance of six
miles; the bulk-of the command, however, being
well up to the main body across the Chickahominy,
only the river and narrow valley lying between,
ON THE NIGUT 0F.THE24TH
General Porter and General John F. Reynolds, the
latter second to McCall in command of the Penn
sylvania Reserves, held an interview in the tent of
the former at his request, atwhich it was arranged
to strengthen the line on-leaver Dam Creek,
should it become necessary, by Griffin's brigade of
Morell's division. Fifth Corps and also Meade's
brigade of the Reserves. JcCallwas made ac
quainted with the plans next morning. On the
morning of the 26th news was brought to the com
mander of the Fifth Corps at Gaines' that the
enemy wcro advancing upon Mechanicsvillc, and
that Jackson was at. Hanover Court-House and
would be within striking distance by the next day
at the farthest He immediately dis
patched the First and -Griffin's brigades
from Morell's division, and Meade's brigade,
to the snpport of Reynolds and Seymour,
and the commands of the twolast named officers
were disposed to resist the expected attack. Sey
mour held the left of the line, facing westward,
his left resting upon tho riycr nnd extending
northward partly in wooded nnd partly in cleared
ground, until it was joined by Reynolds' troops,
mostly in woods, whose right rested not iar from
and in the rear of Shady Grove Church, forming a
front of something over a mile in length, through
which passed two roads, the only ones practicable
for artillery, or, in fact, the proper movement of
troops the lower road, by Ellison's mills,
guarded by Seymour, and the the upperroad,lead
ing to Cold narbor, closed by Reynolds.
Both roads ran nearly parallel to each other and
to the Chickahominy, down which they tended
the former in the valley, the latter upon the high
ground to the north. The troops were all put
under cover and the batteries were masked so far
as possible in order to mislead the enemy into the
belief that there was only au insignificant force to
be overcome at that point instead of a resolute
body of 6,000 men,
DETERMINED TO HOLD THEIR GROUND
against whatever odds might perchance be hurled
against them. The two brigade" om Morell's di
vision were deployed upon the extreme right of
Reynolds, near Shady Grove Church, to cover that
flank. The enemy, who had effected a crossing at
Meadow Bridge and above, came in contact with
the Union advance about noon, and the troops
and battery stationed at Mechanicsville were
withdrawn behind the temporary breastworks
thrown up in frontof Seymour and Reynolds. The
battle began immediately. The rebels, confident
of success, marched down the opposite slope and
into the Beaver Dam Meadows, through which the
stream ran, and were met by a withering fire of
musketry and artillery from the Pennsylvauians
that soon caused them to retreat iu considerable
disorder. Again and again they attempted to force
the position, now by the lower road, next by the
upper, then all along the line, but without avail.
At three o'clock a general assault was made along
the entire front, but soon centred into a deter
mined effort to force a passage along the upper
road, held by Reynolds, in the direction of Cold
Harbor. Failing in this they again made a furi
ous onset on Seymour on the left, but with no bet
ter success. They were beaten every where, al
though continually reinforced by fresh troops
crossing at New Bridge, opposite Mechanicsville,
as well as above the town.
THE BATTLE CONTINUED
far into the night, the musketry fire never ceasing
until nearly nine o'clock, are2 ihe artillery open
ing out at intervals, until about two on the morn
ing of the 27th. The result was a decided victory
for the Peunsylvaniaus. They had not been driven
back a foot, although assailed by three or four
times their numbers. Besides, their losses had
been comparatively insignificaut, only some 500 or
COO men, while the casualties of the foe hud aggre
gated nearly if not quite 3,000 killed and wounded.
Much of the success depended upon our artillery,
consisting of Easton's, Cooper's and Keim's bat
teries (A, B, and C, First Pennsylvania Reserve
Artillery), Seymour's battery (C, Fifth United
States), and the horses batteries of Tidball and
Robertson (A and , Second United Stales Artil
lery). Captain now Brevet Brigadier-General J.
C. Tidball, of General Sherman's staff, es
pecially distinguished himself by the manner
in which he fought his guns, singly, by section, or
in baltery.as the necessities of the occasion seemed
to require. Right here comes in
A CURIOUS BIT OF HISTORY
concerning the "change fifbase" entered upon
the next day. Some time in June General Mc
Clellan requested an interview with General F. J.
Porter, alone ; and the latter met his superior at a
point half way between 4heir respective camps,
where the advantages of a change of base to the
James River were discussed. The conclusion ar
rived at was that such a movement could not be
for a moment entertained except in a case of diro
necessity; that an attempt to transfer the army to
the James, in the face of Lee, would result dis
astrously to the Union arms and endanger the na
tional cause both at home and abroad. McClellan ,
however, evidently fearing such necessity might
arise, and in view of' the increased activity
of the enemy in his front, determined to
send General AYcrill with a corps of topographical
officers to examine and prepare maps of the coun
try between the Chickahominy and James, which
determination was shortly afterward carried into
effect After the close of the battle of Mechanics
ville on the 26th General McClellan and some
members of his staff had a meeting with General
Porter just in the rear of the troops engaged that
day, and remained with him for some little time.
The plans for the 27th were then and there ar
ranged; but at General Porter's suggestion the order
for withdrawal behind Gaines' Mill Creek, the
place selected for the prospective conflict, was not
issued until McClellan had returned to his own
headquarters and token a general view of the
situation. General Porter
OPPOSED THE WITHDRAWAL,
and thought the army should be brought to tho
north bank and the decisive battle there fought,
or that he should be slightly reinforced, so that he
might hold his position at Gaines' Mill while Mc
Clellan, with the Second, Third, Fourth, and
Sixth Corps, made a counter attack upon Rich
mond from the direction of Fair Oaks, on the
south bank of the Chickahominy. But at about
three or four o'clock a. m. of the 27th the order to
Porter to withdraw to the new position was re
ceived by him, and the movement was forthwith
begun. The position of the Army of the Poto
mac was an exceedingly critical one, especially in
view of tho momentous step about to be taken.
Its right wing, which had been completely exposed
by the withdrawal of McDowell when most needed,
was in danger of being overwhelmed by the forces
of Jackson and such supports as Lee could send
him without weakening the defenses of Rich
mond ; and, besides, the line which it was com
pelled to hold in order to protect its communica
tions with White House Landing and West Point,
extending virtually from Mechanicsville to White
Oak Swamp, a distance of some twelve miles, was
of too great length to be properly held by the
forces at the disposal of its commander. It had
required
THE WHOLE OF HEINTZELMAN'S CORPS,
part of a division from Sumnerand a brigade from
Keyes to advance the pickets upon the south bank
of the Chickahominy on the 25th, at the very time
when Lee was sending his forces down to attack
the right at Mechanicsville, and the stubborn fight
in front of Fair Oaks on the day named attested
the strength of the rebels beyond a doubt. The dan
ger ol being cut off from his communications was
imminent, and McClellan, doubtless feeling himself
not properly supported at Washington(whether with
justice or not we do not pretend to say), took what
seemed to him the most feasible course for extri
cating his army from its perilous position. A
bolder, more decided commander would have
united his forces and delivered battle, or else have
resigned his commission. He did not see fit to do
either, and hence, after the victory of the 26th, a
retreat was entered upon which, if for no other
reason, is memorable on account of the valor and
discipline displayed by the officers and men en
gaged, and the success with which the change of
base was carried out.
Passed Assistant Surgeon D. O. Lewis,
from the Jamestown on her arrival at San Fran
cisco, and ordered to the Coast Survey steamer
Hassler.
PERSONAL GOSSIP.
COLLEGIATE, CLERICAL, ANDSUNDRY.
Tho President's Class at Williams A Lady Jour
nalist Interesting Montana Matters A
Medal Scholar The Adams
Johnston Wedding.
The secretary of the class of 1S56 at
Williams College (that in which President Garfield
graduated) has obtained a promise from almost
every member, including the President, to be
present at the approaching commencement
exercises. The reunion of the class will
be celebrated by a banquet, speeches, &c Pro
fessor Charles S. Halsey, of Schenectady, N. Y., the
valedictorian of the class, will be present, accom
panied by his father, Herman Halsey, the oldest
living graduate, a member of the class of 1811,
and by his son, Albert D. Halsey, who will enter
college in the fall in the class with Harry and
James Garfied. General Garfield took the meta
physical honor of his class.
The Frofessor Halsey named above is the be
loved " Uncle Charles " of a lady well and pica
antly known in Washington journalism, whose
bright thoughts still frequently adorn the editorial
page of our morning cotemporary, though
from Miss Calista Halsey she has now become
Mrs. Robert Patchin, of Des Moines, Iowa.
Two years ago, in company with this
lady, the writer went from Saratoga to Schenectady
on a flying visit to the home of Professor Halsey.
A quiet, studious man, with splendid head, and
great devotion to linguistic pursuits, he is congeni
ally occupied as principal of the Schenectady High
School.which is also the preparatory department
of Union College. A charming family is gathered
around him, and the son Albert, aboved-named,
is a young man of rare promise. Mrs. Halsey
Patchin made a brilliant beginning in newspaper
work at Washington as an editorial writer on the
Post and a contributor to tho Republic; and, were
it not for the claims of Dr. " Rob " and a certain
Rob, jr., who now divide her attention with
literary work, theygettingthelion'sshare, the gifts
and graces of her pen would be a growing'power
in the field of current literature. Her admirers
can readily trace fugitive gems of her work from
time to time in our neighbor's racy columns, par
ticularly in the Sunday edition. Her sister, Miss
Alice Halsey, as a stenographer, and an instructor
in wood-carving and Kensington needle-work, is
regarded with much favor among her Washington
patrons. It was under her tutelage that Mrs.
Thomas Wilson carved those handsome mantels
in laurel and cedar which adorn her husband's
elegant new house on Connecticut avenue, now
rented to Senator Miller.
Mr. L. R. Nettrc, a distinguished mining en
gineer of Montana, is in Washington on a brief
visit to his fricnd.'Dr. W. H. Hawkes, late of Mon
tana, now of Washington. Mr. Nettre is a graduate
of the Columbia School of Mines, New Y'ork city.
Afterward he studied at Freiberg, Germany, finish
ing at Munich. He is now largely engaged in
mining work, opening and developing mines
in different parts of Montana, with head
quarters of Helena. Business connected with his
profession called him so near the Capital as Balti
more, and this visit is a fricnly digression of his
course. He is about to ship five hundred tons of
machinery to the circuit of his operations in Mon
tana. The " Original Butte Mine" is one of five
in whose present development he is successfully
engaged.
Master Walter Willard.who received tho gold
medal for proficiency in scholarship at the recen
examination of the junior room at the Emerson
Institute, is the son of Mr. C. C. Willard, proprie
tor of the Ebbitt House.
Probably the most brilliant wedding that ever
occurred in Dutchess County, New Y'ork, was that
of ex-Congressman Adams' daughter, Miss Mary
Egbert Adams, on Tuesday afternoon, at
Rhinebcck, to Mr. Robert Johnston, jr.,
of Cohoes. The ceremony was solemnized in
the Reformed Church, which was profusely deco
rated with floral designs and crowded with the
wealth aud beauty of the district. Ex-Senator
Piatt was one of the gncsts. Mr. Johnson is the
son of a wealthy Cohoes gentlemen, and Miss
Adams, the only daughter of the Hon. Charles II.
Adams, a gentleman of large wealth, who repre
sented the Albany district in the Forty-fourth
Congress, and was the nominee of the Stalwart
wing of the party for the Forty-seventh,
the Hon. John M. Bailey being supported in oppo
sition to him by the " Half-Brced " wing. A com
promise resulted in the choice of a third man, who
was defeated by the Democratic candidate at the
polls last November.
Mrs. Norvin Green, wife of the president of the
Western Union Telegraph Company, accompanied
by a son and daughter, is in Washington, on her
way to the Virginia Springs, and is stopping at the
Ebbitt.
Mrs. Ormes' weekly reception took place last
evening, a large number of friends being present.
The literary exercises were unusually entertain
ing. The programme consisted of music by Misses
Bennett, Smith, and Jennie Spurgeon ; entertain
ing stories by the Rev. Dr. Gonzales; original
poem, " Judge Not," by Belva A. Lcekwood; scene
lrom " Julius Cscsar," Messrs. Leach and Bangs;
an original essay, by Mrs. Burke, " Mouse in the
Comer;" original poem, Richard Stuart Evans;
essay on George Eliot, Mrs. Nettie Sanford, and
recitations by Mrs. Davison and Corilla Smith.
Among the guests were Mrs. Morrell, Mrs. Stewart,
Mrs. F. M. Marshall, Mr. Burke, Miss Katie i.ce,
Mrs. Gonzales, Miss Charles, Mr. Joyce, Captain
Barnard, W. II. Harrison, and many others. Mrs.
Ormes' reception will continue every Wednesday
evening for the present.
Base-Ball Came.
At Cleveland Cleveland, 3 ; Boston, 4.
At Chicago Chicago, S ; Providence, 0.
At Buffalo Buffalo, 4 ; Worcester, 2.
At Detroit Troy, 0 ; Detroit, S.
At New York Atlantic, 4 ; Metropolitan, 0.
At Philadelphia Philadelphia, 10 ; New York, 1.
CAPITAL JOTTINGS.
Secretary "Windom will be in town to
day. Secretary Hunt is still out of the
city.
The President will arrive in the city
next Sunday.
The national bank notes received for
redemption yesterday amounted to $278,000.
The President has recognized Le Baron
Drury as British consular agent at Brunswick, Ga.
There were about two millions of five
per cent, coupon bonds received for continuance
yesterday.
Mr. jVTacVeagh is not expected to ar
rive here until next Tuesday. So Gibson and
Woodward say.
Assistant Messenger Skouse, of the In
terior Department, has gone down the riverfora
half-day's recreation.
Ex-Congressman Jesse J. Yeates, of
North Carolina, has located here permanently to
practice law. He says the old Tar-Heel State is
drifting into the temperance fold.
Colonel Sam Strong, it is said, can tell
some delightful stories about the Hinds' jury- Was
he ofcouuscl in that case along with Five-Hundred
-Dollar BiUy Cook?
Six hundred and two thousand four
hundred and fourteen dollars and thirty-eight
cents for internal revenue and S729.143.83 for cus
toms was the amount turned into Uncle Sam's
cash-box yesterday.
Mk. Charles Colne, chief of the Pen
sion Division in the Second Comptroller's Office,
Treasury Department, and for the last twenty
years a clerk in that office, has just resigned his
position to go to New Y'ork.
" Oh, G d d n public opinion!" said
Detective Gibson, in conversation with a number
of gentlemen yesterday at the Post-Office Depart
ment. Did he refer to the kind of public opinion
he has been manufacturing of late years?
TnE contract for the repairs and altera
tions to the revenue steamer Moccasin, including
a new boiler, has been awarded to Messrs. Slater &
Reid, of New Y'ork city, for 529,000. the lowest re
sponsible bid. The vessel will be delivered to the
linn at an early day.
Secretary Kirkwood says his object
in appointing a brother of Bright Eyes to a clerk
ship in the Interior Department was to familiarize
him with Indian affairs, so that, after he has
acquired such knowledge, he can be utilized as an
Indian agent
The Superintendent of the Life-Saving
Service Is still receiving reports from the differ
ent districts that the station-keepers and
eurfmen are refusing to work longer at the present
rate of pay. The surfmen get but S40 a month
and the station-keepers but S400 a year.
"We have indubitable evidence to
send Senator Spencer and his man Friday Hinds to
the penitentiary," said Detective Woodward, at
the Post-Office Department some years ago. Did
he get this Information from Fivc-Hundred-DoUar
BiUy Cook. wJo was counsel fox Hinds.
TREASURY REGULATIONS.
The Lairs Relative to Customs, Commerce,
nnd Navigation.
New regulations of the Treasury De
partment, embodyingthelawsof the United States
relating to customs, commerce, and navigation,
are undergoing final revision, and will soon be is
sued for thainformation and guidance of officers
of the customs. Thete regulations covcr531 printed
pages, irrespective of very full indexes. The book
will consist of a compilation of all laws, regula
tions, and decisions of the Treasury Department to
the date of issue relative to customs and navigation.
This work has been in progress during the past
two years and no time has been lost The labor
involved was immense and the publication could
not have been property accomplished at any
earlier date, because numerous and essential
delays iu the interest of completeness and perfec
tion had to be submitted to. For instance, the
regulations under the treaty of Washington, re
specting customs matters on the Canadian frontier,
had to be submitted to the British government for
its views, suggestions, and criticism, and
the document was only recently returned
by the British government, with its unqualified
approval of the proposed regulations. Anoth'.
cause of delay was in the fact that advance or proof
copies of the work were sent, by order of Secretary
Sherman, to all of the chief customs officials at the
most important ports of entry in the Union, with
requests for careful " examination of and criticism
on the material contained." Responses to these
requests were, in some instances, tardy,
but they are now nil in, and, as above
stated, the work is undergoing final
revision, with such light and assistance as is af
forded by the criticisms, suggestions, and recom
mendations made. With this book before him an
officer will have no occasion to refer to the statute
books, because the laws arc all in this work com
pletely digested. It covers all matters pertaining
to the administration of the customs service.
Opinions of customs officials are almost unanimous
in commendation of the proposed regulations.
Tlie Comet Unexpected.
Cincinnati, June 24. Professor Or
mond Stone, of the Cincinnati observatory, ob
served the new comet last night. He says it is
moving rapidly north. He is quite positive that
it is not the comet of 1812, but thinks it may be
that of ISO", the return of which was not expected
by astronomers for seventeen hundred years. He
believes it is the same comet as seen about June 3
by Dr. Gould iu South America. Tho apparition
is exceedingly interesting, and will be watched
every night by the corps of astronomers at the
Cincinnati observatory.
A.N- Skinner, of the Naval Observatory, says :
The comet was seen through the clouds at about
three o'clock yesterday morning, equally bright as the
star Capella, which It precedes about eight degrees.
The tail is about fifteen degrees long. The nucleus Is
as large as Mars and is well defined. It is a very con
spicuous object. It Is moving north about four and a
half degrees a day. Possibly it is Identical with the
comet announced by Dr. Gould as discovered at Cor
doba Observatory, South America, on June 1.
The Itlc Jubilee nt X,onlsTiIIe.
Louisville, Kt., June 24. St. John's
Day was observed In this city by the closing of
stores this afternoon, and by continuation of the
Masonic jubilee nt Central Park. It is
estimated that tot less than 20,000 per
sons witnessed the exercises on the grounds,
which embraced commandery drills, bi
cycle races, A-c. A feature of the occasion was a
Templar drill by thirty boys from the Masonic
Widows anil Orphans' Home. At six o'clock, while
mounted men were getting in line for the tourna
ment, two horses ran away and dashed into the
crowd of spectators, severely, perhaps fatally, injur
ing William White, Graud Secretary of the Grand
Lodge, I. O. O. F., of Kentucky. His son, who was
standing at his side, was also badly injured." The
jubilee ended to-night with fireworks and a con
cert. Doyle Sentenced Ills Plentiinss.
Chicago, June 24. James 13. Doyle, the
counterfeiter, was sentenced by Jurtje Bloodgate
to-day to ten years in the penitentiary. Doyle is
the man who was arrested with S200.000
in counterfeit Government bonds in
his possession. Bifore sentence was
passed he made a strong appeal for the clem
ency of the court, citing his life of hard nnd re
spectable labor, by which he had
secured a moderate fortune, aud the
good reputation he had earned among
his neighbors, as reasons why the court should
place some reliance on his testimony that he was
not aware of the counterfeit character of the bonds
he carried.
Wants to JlectTncra iu Heaven.
New Orleans, June 24. A special from
Holly Springs says: "Wyatr Holmes, colored,
was hanged within three miles of the court here
to-day in the presence of about five thousand
spectators, for the murder of Andrew Scott,
colored, in February last. The condemned
man ascended the scaffold with a firm step and
complacent smile. He made a confession of his
crime, and called upon all present to meet him in
Heaven. At twelve o'clock the rope was adjusted
and the trap sprung. His neck was broken by the
fall, and in fifteen minutes the body was taken
down and delivered to friends."
Death ofa Baltimore Editor.
Baltimore, June 24. Leander Warren,
aged sixty-two years, commercial editor of the
Baltimore Gazelle, died suddenly this afternoon of
heart disease. He was taken ill while on the floor
of the Corn and Flour Exchange at noon to-day
whilc attending to his duties, but soon recovered.
A few minutes later he entered the dining-saloon
ofa restaurant, but before he could order a lunch
was attacked more violently, and exclaiming,
" I'm very ill," fell back in the arms of an attend
ant and expired almost instantly.
V
Tiic Sous or Temperance.
Saratoga, X. Y., June 24. The Na
tional Division of Sons of Temperance has been
mostly engaged during the morning session in
considering the decisions of the worthy patriarch
made during the past year. The mo3t important
was that members of the grand division were not
eligible to election to offices in the grand divisions
until they had been duly initiated. The next ses
sion of the National Division was voted to be held
at Concord, N. H.
A Kow Koman Catholic Diocese.
St. Louis, June 24. Archbishop Ken
drick, of this city, has received a letter from the
Cardinal-Secretary at Rome, announcing that
Pope Leo has appointed Dr.McMullen, of Chicago,
bishop of Davenport a new diocese, formed out
of the southern half ol Iowa and inciuding the
cities of Keokuk, Des Moines, Davenport, and
Council Bluffs.
Ireland and the Catholics.
Londpn, June 24. The Standard's cor
respondent at Rome says a prelate will start next
week on a confidential mission from the Pope to
Ireland to report tho true state of affairs. Catholic
bishops in America are specially instructed to
exhort their flocks to abstain from any action
calculated to promote civil war in Ireland.
Wo Forthwith Withdrew.
Cincinnati, June 24. Eev. E. R. Hara,
pastor of the Baptist Church in Clerment County,
had a hearing yesterday before a council on a
charge of adultery. They found the charge
not proven, but from Hara's own statement in re
gard to the matter it was recommended that he
withdraw from the ministry, which he forthwith
did.
Asncs Bobcrtion'n Alimony.
New York, June 24. In the suit for
diyorce brought by Agnes Robertson Boucicault
against Dion Boucicaiilt, the well-known author
aiiZ actor- Judge Donohue to-day, in the Supreme
Court, fixed the wife's temporary alimony at XG00
per year, and S500 counsel fee to the plaintiffs' at
torney. The Xeve Jay Gould Telcsraph.
London, June 24. The Standard says :
"Numbers of telegraphers arc still applying to the
new Jay Gould telegraph company for employ
ment, and it is thought that many of the best
servants of the government will soon have to quit
its services."
Bismarck's Iec Glrinsr Away.
London, June 24. A correspondent at
Berlin says Prince Bismarck was so unwell all day
Friday that his journey to Kissengen on Saturda'
will probably be postponed. He Is suffering in
tense pain in the lower limbs.
Another Cremation.
Pittsburg, Pa., June 24. The remains
of Mrs. Henry Hatterman, of New Y'ork city, who
died recently of consumption, arrived, at Washing
ton, Pa., and were cremated in Lemoyne's furnace
to-day.
YIEWS OF VffiGIMANS
MEN WHO FAVOR THE READJUSTERS.
An Additional List of White Repntlleans Who
Snpport the Proposed HOTemcnt to Crash
Oat Bonrbon Bole in the Old
I Dominion State
Below will he found the views of. other
prominent white Republicans of Virginia relative
to the coalition movement in that State:
Dr. James E. Bell, of Princess Anne County, cx
Rcpublican sheriff of that county, claimed to
know fully the sentiment or the intelligent Repub
licans of that county, and states that they are in
full accord with the Liberal movement, and that
the colored people will unanimously support that
movement if not manipulated by thecustom-house
ring at Norfolk.
Mr. B. W. Laws,- ol Alexandria, states that nineteen-twentieths
of the Republicans in that city
and section are in favor of the Liberal ticket.
Mr. John Ixaner, who is now and has been
for the past eleven years the Republican
heriff of Norfolk Couuty, which polls the largest
vote of any in the State, makes the following
statement, which is verified by Mr. W. A. Mc-
Whorter, a prominent Republican and chairman
of the Ferry committee of Norfolk and Portsmouth
cities: That from a careful canvass of Norfolk
County and from an intimate acquaintance with
the sentiment of the Republican voters they
arc satisfied that the entire Republican party of
that Slate arc. with the exceptions of a few
under the control of Government officers, united
aud strongly for the Liberal ticket
C. A. Reynolds, of Tanner's Creek Township,
Norfolk, the homo of Hon. J. F. Dczendorf, says
the Republicans of that county, and particularly
of that township, are unanimously in favor of the
Liberal ticket and opposed to a straight-out ticket,
and that he fully believes that Mr. Dezendorf can
not fairly be elected by the Republicans of his
own home as a delegate to the Republican conven
tion. Mr. Lewis W.Webb, of Norfolk city, one of the
oldest, most respected, nnd best-known Republi
cans in Tide-water Virginia, from a full and inti
mate knowledge of the Republicans of that eity
and section, says they arc almost unanimously in
lavor of the Liberal ticket
Hon. J. Ambler Smith, late member of Congress
from the Richmond district, says that he has been
to Richmond, Petersburg, and surrounding coun
ties, and finds at least ninety per cent of the white
and colored Republicans in favor of a coalition
with the Liberals or Readjustee. The colored
people arc too deeply impressed with the impor
tance of the success of this movement to them to be
led off or influenced by Wickham. Wickham hates
Mahone, and would see every Republican in Vir
ginia destroyed, except himself and son, to gratify
his hatred of Senator Mahouc As Staunton can
only be reached by General Wickham's railroad,
and is most remote from the section that cast the
great bulk of the vote for Garfield, the purpose of
holding tho convention there fa obvious to con
trol the delegates and prevent poor colored men
from attending. Ho has learned from correspond
ence that Judges Alexander Rives, R. W. Hughes,
Colonel J. R. Popham, Colonel J. H. Rives, Hon.
George Turner, of Louisa, and manyother tried and
true leaders of the Republican party are openly and
earnestly for coalition with the Liberals or Read
justee. Hon. N. W. Piorson, ofFairfax County, ex-member
of the Legislature, says the sentiments and
purpose ofa large majority of the Republicans in
his section is to support the Liberal ticket
Dr. G. K. Gilmer, ex-chairman of the Republi
can State Committee, ex-member of the Legisla
ture, and now postmaster of Richmond by appoint
ment of President Garfield, says his information
from all parts of the State is that ninety-five per
cent of the Republicans favor the Liberal ticket
aud will vote for it. The Republicans of Rich
mond are more than four to one in favor of It A
fair convention of the Republicans of the State
will show this view correct.
H. H. Dyson, of Nottoway, now second auditor of
State, for many years chairman of the Republican
county committee, and sheriff of that county for
eight years, says his county cast about 1,500 votes
for Garfield, of which nine-tenths are in support of
the Liberal ticket. This county is in Jorgensen'3
district, but aside from the Federal office-holdlng-influence
lie would have no following in that
county or district against the coalition movement
He hits carefully sought and received information
from all parts of the State, and is confident that
the massesof the Republican partyaie nearlysolid "
for the Liberal movement
About Those Canadian Banks. K3
The Treasury officials have endeavored
to suppress for the present the statement of the
revenue agent as to the condition of the Canadian
banks of Chicago, which have been recently un
dergoing examination to determine the amount of
tax alleged to have been evaded. Inquiries rela
tive to the matter have been met by the statement
that they were waiting for the arrival of tho
attorney of the banks before making
an announcement The attorney is still
being awaited. In the meantime it leaks
out that a large sum of money is due the Govern
ment, according to Agent McKinney's report It is
understood that he finds that the Merchants" owes
87,000, the Bank of Commerce 530,000, and the
Montreal institution SSO.000. This is exclusive of
the penalty for evading the internal-revenue laws,
should such be found to be the state of the case.
The regulations provide that all taxes avoided
uuder the assessment of one twenty-fourth
of one per cent a month on capital and deposits
shall be doubled within a period of fifteen months.
It may therefore trauspircthut the full sum may
not be doubled, but it is alleged that in all proba
bility the major portion of the assessment will
come within the period to hich the one hun
dred per cent penalty is applicable. Inler-Oeean.
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Pilot's Xilceune ZSeTokcd.
The local steamboat inspectors, Messrs.
Savillc and Lowry, have rendered the following
decision in the case of the collision between the
steamer Lady of the Lake, of the Norfolk route,
and schooner W. H. Smith, which occurred on the
0th of June: " In the case of the collision between
the steamer Lady of the Lake and the schooner
W. H. Smith, which took place on June a in the
Chesapeake, near Windmill Point, we find that
the collision was the result of carelessness and
neglect of duty on the part of Johu F. Posey, pilot
in charge of the said steamer, in absenting himself
from and leaving the pilot-house in the care of tho
quartermaster (an unlicensed manL We have
therefore revoked the license of said John F.
Posey for gross negligence of duty."
NAVAL NEWS,
Cadet Midshipman Frederick C. Eider
has been ordered to the United States ship Quinne
bang. Captain II. C. Cochrane, U. S. M. C,
has been granted leave of absence for one month
from July 2.
Lieutenant John C. Irvine, from the
United States ship Wyoming, and ordered to the
receiving-ship Franklin.
Assistant Surgeon Oliver Diehl, from.
the reccivir;-ship Franklin, and placed on wait
ing orders.
The United States practiee-shipsStand-
ish and Mayflower left Norfolk, Va., yesterday
afternoon for League Island, Pa.
The United States steamer Speedwell
left the New York navy-yard Wednesday evening
and arrived at Norfolk, Va., yesterday.
Passed Assistant Surgeon R. S. Mc
Carthy, from the Hassler on the arrival of the
Jamestown at San Francisco, and ordered to duty
on board the latter vessel.
Chief Engineer E. J. Whittaker has re
ported his return home, having been detached
from the United States ship Adams, May 30, and.
has been placed on waiting orders.
Commander M. L. Johnson has re
ported his return home, having been detaehecj
from the command of the United States ship
Ashucloton the Asiatc station, May 1G, and has
been placed on waiting orders.
The war-ship Alliance, commander
Cooper, arrived at Et John's, Newfoundland, aft
six o'clock yesterday morning, after a necessary
delay. She will proceed, on her polar cruise with
instructions to search the northern side of Spite-
bergeu, should the ice permit, for the Jeannette.
Surgeon J. M. Flint, TJ. S. N., has been
jrdered to Boston as the president of a chemical
board to test the process of preserving timber for
naval purposes by the American Wood Preserving
Companv. He will be assisted by Dr. New, of
the Surgeon-General's Office, and Dr. T. W. Taylor,
of the Smithsonian Institution.
In the court-martial ordered in Boston,
on the 22d instant, the charges against Passed
Assistant Paymaster Clark, of the United States
steamer Massachusetts, have, by order of the Sec
retary of the Navy, been withdrawn, Clark having,
as it now appears, fully complied with the regula
tions of filing bonds and sureties required by law.
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