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I. H. JULIAN, Editor. PUBLISHED EVERY SATURDAY, TIIE CALIFORNIA CHINEE. r.lebrntlon of the Celestlnl New Year by the llaatlien nt Oakland A gunila)- Ncltoul lu run nun. ronkluiiil (Cal.) Correspondence Chicago ' Ttmcs.l The Chinamen celebrated the advent of their Now Year "allee same as Meli can man" his independence, with tom toms and crackers at midnight, and to day many a fair hand has reluctantly turned to homely service in the absence of John, who has gone to celebrate. Our own Celestial said, "I not go this time ; I spend heapee money last year, I heapee foolee;" but a chum came along, and he could not resist the' pros pect of a few clays of jollification. The Chinese Y. M. C. A. kept open house during the day, and this evening their doors were thronged with Caucasian visitors. The appearance by gas-light was very pleasing and especially novol to a newcomer, fresh for Yankeedom, In the centre of the room stood a table laden with Chinese fruits, confectionery, and curiosities, intermingled with jon quil blossoms whose sweetness filled the air. The cover was of rich, plushy scarlet, embroidered with golden drag ons and those grotesque forms which only Chinese ingenuity and skill can design and produce. Above the table revolved a large and brilliantly illumi nated air-castle, bearing hundreds of nodding figures, fantastical in shape and barbiirically gorgeous in color. At the rear was a sideboard spread with Chinese comfits and delicacies, and the dearest little cups and saucers that gave promise of a de liriously fragrant beverage if so small a quantity as they held may be called a beverage. Two Chinamen received ed them- to the table of curiosities, ex plained all the mysteries, presented bright red New Year cards, then offered seats and served refreshments. These were arranged in good taste, and wore highly palatable, with the exception of of a" certain dried fruit, which was ex ecrable. Having taken a portion of this, knowing that many almond-eyes were upon me, I was obliged to swal low the detested morsel without winc ing to the utter disgust of the inner mat The delicate rose-like aroma of that,- tiny sip of tea beggars description, and I refrain from discussing the merits of that charming decoction. By re quest they sang "Precious Jewels." All carried the air, keeping excellent time and harmonizing well, their soft, liquid English producing a pleasing ef fect. The attention paid by the Meli cans was duly appreciated and good feeling prevailed. Before leaving, the callers shook hands with each, wishing him a happy New Year and all manner of prosperity. The 1st of February is not only the Chinaman's New Year, but his birthday also; every John among them reckoning his age from the beginning of the year. ilt was recently my privilege to visit the Chinese school held in the parlors of the First Congregational Church. Mr. Sanford, Melican superintendent, called the school to order, and a Meli can miss presided at the piano. Chi nese hymns printed in muslin were sus pended from a frame, and a young Chi naman, baton in hand, turned over the sheets and announced the opening piece. The piano struck up " Shining Shore," and the Chinamen joined in singing, the leader pointing to each word as they snng. The long meter doxology fol lowed, after which the superintendent announced, "I Need Thee Every Hour," from the English cards. Sev eral hymns followed, during the singing of which I took occasion to study the dress and general appearance of the pu pils. They were notably clean, cheer ful and intelligent, very courteous to teachers and officers. All were young, scarcely out of their teens, and, with a single exception, wore queues that reach ed nearly to the feet or were wound around the head. The front part of the head was shaven closely, leaving on the back a plait of hair from four to eight inches in diameter. The upper gar ment was a shirt-like affair, having a slit in each side, immense flowing sleeves, a narrow collar, and closed on' the right side with three gold buttons. Many of the boys wore three of these garments, that next to the body being I white, the second light b.ue, and the outer navy blue. Some were made ' of very nice worsted trimmed with silk, j others of coarse cotton. The stockings , ere of white cotton and hong about j '-he ankles in unsightly folds. The foot , was encased in the customary resetted black or blue slippper with wooden ' Ies. Prayer was offered by a teacher j j-thU service is sometimes performed j a Chinese by a convert then all pro- j ceodod. to their work, somo to Study Bible lessons, and moroto read in prim ers and books used in day-schools. Each teacher had charge of throe or four pu pils. The first read his lesson and changed places with tho second, after him the third. Whilo one read to the teacher the others read by themselves aloud, making, to unsophisticated ears, an intolerable jargon, which, however, did not seem to disturb tho membors in the least. Nearly an hour was spent in this manner, after which volunteers quoted passages of scripturo, many of them rendering in English and translat ing into Chinese. Eighty Chinamen were in attendance, and 25 white teach ers, both male and female. All the evangelical churches carry on Chinese schools, and with gratifying results. The sentiment in Oakland is decidedly in favor of the Chinaman. - He is the favorite house-servant, and nis employ ers can not commend too strongly his tidinesss, celerity and general efficiency. A Story from PerslaA Spec! men of Oriental Justice. 1 The Rev. Arch-Priest Cuciago shiver ed perceptibly, spite of tho warmth of the reception-room in the Bishop's resi dence, when he came down to welcome the reporter this morning. Contrary to his usual custom, he wore thick and soft robes of brown '..cloth, bordered with Persian silk embroidery. " Ah," he said, in his quick, vivacious French, " vour country is cold, but the faithful of your country know how to give a warm welcome to the stranger guest from the Orient."' "Is not the Nestonan priesthood recognized in Persia?" ' . "The patriarch of the iNestoriau Church is practically an independent sovereign, having ,his seat in Koordis tan. His jurisdiction ecclesiastically ex tends over the Nestorian Christians of Persia, and its policy on the part of the Cabinet at Teheran to cultivate his good will. He, too, has to pave the way to favor With gifts,' and the Shah finds : him a useful ally, particularly in his re lations with Russia, " Tenez," he said. " I will give you an instance that occurred a Short time before I started for Rome. A wealthy Christian had a very beautiful daugh ter. By chance a Mussulman or high position saw her, and desired to add her to his already extensive harem. He applied to her father for her, and was, of course, indignantly refused. A few days afterward the house of the Chris tian was invaded by a horde of scoun drels, headed by the rejected lover, and the girl abducted. The Christian, mad with grief, bought his way to the foot of the Cadi, and laid his grief there. The Judge ordered the parties to ap pear, and the defendant was instructed to produce the abducted maiden. A day was fixed, and tho defendant ap peared with a veiled Mohammedan woman, whom he represented and swore to be the Christian girl. The woman, on her part,swore that she was the daughter of the Christian, that she had long desired to embrace the Mo hammedan faith, that she had been, a consenting party to the abduction, had since become one of the four lawful wives of the abductor, and had been re ceived into tho Mohammedan fold. The Christian was at once nonsuited, heavily fined for attempting to inter fere with the faith of a child of the Prophet, and driven out of court. Within an hour a host of Mohammedan officials swooped down upon his house, confiscated every thing he had in the world, and drove him and his family beggars into the street. This is by no means an isolated case, either," added Monsignor. ' " How many Christians are there in Persia?" " About one million. The total pop ulation is twelve millions. They are mainly agriculturists, raising rice, bar ley, cotton, tobacco, etc., for the Rus sian market." "Are taxes high?" "High! They are simply crushing. A man raises a crop and has only about one-twelfth of it for himself after the local and goneral Governments have se cured their share. The life of the peas ant is that of abject slavery, and yet the Government is always poor, on account of the peculation of officials." " Have any good results followed the Shah's visit to European States?" "I rather think, yes. We have no reason to complain of the Shah. He has always conducted himself en bon gareon, and if he could have his way there would be equal rights, but the mollahs are too many for him. He has two many fanatics around him, who de stroy the effect of his good intentions and decrees. He actually has tnea u j govern tiui. uis iwuiu, - fromies far exceed his performance, lis ideas of enlightenment are erode, and he is too fond of pleasure to see that his good intentions are Carried out." j Dtiroti Xctcs. Caring for tho Dead Pope. Roue, February 10. At 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon the corpse of the late Pontiff was removed from the Iron bedstead on which ho died, vested in full pontificals, and placed upon a bier. A golden miter was upon the head, the hands were crossed, and a crucifix was to be seen upon the breast. Tho fea tures were calm, the lips closed, and upon the faoe appeared that smile which in life gave so singular a charm to the conversation of Pius IX. At half-past five the body was ready for transport. The ante-chambers were crowded with Princes, gentlemen of rank, noble guards, and privy chamberlains, the entrance being rigidly restricted to those personages holding position in the Papal court. A few Cardinals came to see the corpse and' knelt in prayer. Bishop Clifford was amongst the visit ors, and Cardinal Bartolini, after kiss ing the forehead of the deceased Pope, sobbed aloud. " :,' . . About 6:30 the procession began to move. Between files of Swiss Guards marched the palafrenieri in red liveries, with clergy bearing torchos. Then came mace-bearers and a detachment of Swiss Guards preceding tho bier, which was surrounded by Noble' Guards and, Peni tentiaries : with, torches. . ' Monsignor Ricci (majordomo) followed, and then came Monsignor , Maochi ' (maestro di camera), Monsignor Sanmimatelli (al moner), Monsignor! Negrotto, Casall, pi . Bosogno and Delia- Volpe (privy champerlain), Bishop Marinelli (sacris tan), Monsignori' Vanuentelli and Sao chetti (foriere), and Serlupi (master of the horse), Duke Cattelvecchi, Prince Altieri, and other officers of the Noble Quards; Cardinals, two and two, with,, torchos, reciting psalms; 'Prince Orsini (prince assistant at the throne), Prince Chigi (marechal of the Conclave, in a black robe), Prince lluspoll (master of the sacred hospice), and (Signor Caval letti, (Senator of Home). 'After these walked Princes, Nobles and Camerieri Segretti,' wearing their collars and orders, a detachment of Palatine Guards terminating the procession. : The sad cortege passed through the ample halls aud corridors of the Vati can, the Sala Ducale and the SalaRe gia, some ladies and gentlemen, by special favor, being permitted to stand in the passages to view the proceedings. The Basilica had been closed at 5 o'clock, and at 7 the body was brought into the Chapel of the Sacrament by private access, being received by the Chapter of St. Peter's. The corpse was placed on a platform erected in front of the altar, with the feet toward the gates. Prayers were sung by the choir of the Cappella Guila, and Canon Folicaldi performed the absolution. Cardinals and all now withdrew, leaving the re mains of the Pope in the custody of the Noble Guard. ' St. Peter's was reopened at 6 :80 to day, and -immense crowds thronged in to look up the body; which will remain for three days in the Chapel of the Sac rament. The embalming began at 8 o'clock on Friday evening, and was finished at 4 :80 yesterday morning. Dr. Cecca relli and eight assistant medical men performed the operation. All the bodi ly organs were found to be perfectly sound except the heart, a portion of which showed some slight signs of thick ening of the walls, tending to cause an impediment to the circulation. , The flesh of the body had no appearance of emaciation, and the skin was white and healthy. The legs bore marks of the wounds whence the humors had free ex it to the last. The viscera was careful ly removed and deposited in a jar, which was closed up by the Polish Penitentiary with a seal supplied by the majordomo. The operation was conducted in the presence of the Noble Guards and the Penitentiaries, the corpse lying on the iron, bedstead alluded to above. The process of injection was employed, and was attended with perfect success, the windows of the room being opened to purify the atmosphere loaded with the odors of the powerful aromatics made use of. Photographs were taken of the corpse before the embalming took place, and a portrait sketch was made of it by PP1" to basin Jetrday Petacci ' general inquiry was, " In which basin was she found?" Manyexperi- Toombs as a Soldier. enced mawkish feelings when they re- I reflected that for two months pant they The Atlanta (Ga.) Constitution says : had been drinking water in which a In a conversation with General Long- j drowned girl had been macerating all street concerning the Confederate Gen-1 the while. Numerous inquiries were erals with whom he was associated, he ' made of the Superintendent whether the said: "Do you know General 'Robert j water would be drawn eff, to which be Toombs, of your State, was one of the ! replied, " What! ran 10,000,000 gallons bravest and most dashing soldiers that ' of water just for one drowned person! I ever saw on any field ?" 1 1 guess not ! Why, you're drinking this M He was pretty bard to manage, was Delaware water all this time, and he not r ! that is always flavored with about a dos- " Yes, sir; at first. He had literally en drowned men." In order to accom ao idea of subordination. He was born plish suicide, if such it was, the girl to rule, and had been carrying out the ; must have climbed over the paling fence, purpose of his birth pretty well op to nearly six feet high, surrounding the the time be entered the anry. It was , barin. hard for him to give up his lordly habits even then. "I remember a characteristic instance in which General Toombs figured. I sent out his brigade on picket duty onoe. Of oourse, the discretion of plaolug the brigades was in the hands of the proper officers. Toombs had been out that day dining with a Marylandor named Don nis, who had boon one of his colleagues during his Congressional career. They had good old wine for dinner, and Toombs was riding home feeling like a lord. " Suddenly ho ran against his brig ade on picket duty. He was very much angerod. " Who put you tliero?' he shouted. " Ho was answered that it was the or dors from headquarters. m " Well, by , my oraors are mat you come back to camp. I'm not go ing to have all tho picket duty of the army put on my brigade. Come along!' - " And suro enough, he led thorn back to camp. .As soon as I heard of it I, of oourse, ordered him under arrest. As was the custom, he was simply ordered to ride in the rear of his brigade. I thought every thing was going off all right, when suddenly an offioercame to me and told me that we should have a revolt in the army if I did not interfere. I asked him what he meant, and he told me that General Toombs was riding along in the rear of his brigade and ex horting the soldiers against the oppres sion that - had been practiced toward them and him. My informant said that the soldiers were getting very restloss. : " I ordered General Toombs back to Gordonville. I kept him there a day or two, when, having received a very hand some letter from him, I ordered him to the front again. He came as fast as his horse could carry him. When he reach ed us, General Leo and myself were to gether consulting about the opening of a battle, which was just then ponding. A s Generat Toombs rode up and saluted, I stated that I would take great pleasure in sending a courier with orders restor ing him to his command. He spoko up rapidly, and said that as a charge was imminent he would like to head it, and hoped that he might be the bearer of the orders himself. " I, of course, assented. In a few moments Toombs's brigade passed us, hurrying to the charge, and Toombs fly ing in the front like a comet, leading them to tho assault. He was as dashing a soldier as. ever went on the battle field, and fighter." a hardy and impetuous A Gliastly Joke on Water Drink ers. A Philadelphia telegram of tho 24th ult. says: The water drunk by Phila delphians will not be so palatable to many to-morrow. On Christmas Day last, Maggie Lutz, 18 years old, left her paront's house, apparently for a visit to a neighbor's house. She was attired in a new print dress, and her hair was neatly arranged and clasped by a rib bon. At night she had not returned, and the alarmed household searched for her vainly that night and tho succeed ing days, and her fate, until yesterday, offered food forjspeculatious more or less ghastly and anxious. About 11 o'clock this morning two young men, taking a stroll along the walk skirting the reservoir, saw what they presumed was a dead animal of some sort floating near the south face of the eastern basin. They informed the Superintendent, whose lit tle watch-house surmounts the center of the wall dividing the east and west basins. He procured a scoop-net, and made several lunges at the object, until, with a more vigorous effort, it sank and reappeared with abound, disclosing the, upturned face of a young girl, whose form was neatly attired. With assist ance the body was taken out, and, all dripping, removed to the Twenty-second District Station-house. The many pe destrians who, passing by, beheld the policeman's burden, soon spread the tidings like wildfire. Some of Magis trate Lutz's relatives visited the station tion house, identified the body as that of the long-lost wanderer, and it was re moved to her former home. Hundreds , THE SILVER VICTORY. From the Chicago Tribune. After several months of the most thorough and exhaustive discussion of the silver que tlon, after an unparalleled preiuure brought to bear upon Congress by the money power of the nation, and In spite of the declared opposition of the most Influential members oi the Administration, the main principle of remonotlzation of the old silver dollar, giv ing it a full legal-tomler function for all debts, public and private, has been decided affirmatively by more than two-thirds ma jority In both houses of Congress. The struggle has boen long and bitter, and the result Is a notable triumph of the popular will over the desperate resistance of the money-lenders of tho country at largo over two or three moncy-emtors. It has at no time been a party question, slnco members of both political organizations have been ranged on cither side. If regarded section ally, then the result Is a fair triumph of at least thlrty-threo States over five, for only New York, Mew Jersey, Masaohusett,Con nectlcut, and Vermont van' bo counted aa against sliver. It regarded from a popular point of view, remonetlzation waa demand ed by at lenst ten to one of tho voting popu lation of the United States. So far, then, the Congressional Indorsement of the prin ciple Is In accord with every theory of pop ular government. The story of this legislation may bo briefly told, though the discussion has extended over a period of many mouths. The double standard was abandoned by s revision of the Coinage set of 1H73 which was made in 1874. It was so clandestinely accomplished that it was uot till two years later that it became grnomlly known that the monetary system of the country had been radically changed. Moanwhlia many persons who had boon members of Congress, and many others otiioially connected with the Government, were profoundly ignorant of what had been done. As soon as it became evident to the country that this legislation, in connection with the Resumption act, was forcing; a fu tllo but'disastrous effort to resume specie payments In gold alone, there was an instan taneous and universal cry of " Haiti" The first step to take waa the restoration Lot the old ' money standard, to the abandonment ' of which., the peopio hnd never consented.' Mr. Bland, of Missouri, introduced a brief and simple bill as long ago as last spring to restore the silver dollar and provide for free coinage thereof on t he same terms and conditions as the gold dollar; this bill failed for laukot time before tho expiration of the session. At the begin ning of the new Congress, a bill similar in terms was reported by tho House Committee on Banking and Currency and has been known by court oy na the Bland bill. It passed the I louso by more than three-fourths majority. In tho Senate the bill was so amendod as to eliminate the provision for free coinage, limit tho oolnage of silver dol lars to WWO.OOO a month, secure to the Gov ernment any profit that may accrue from the purchase and coinage of silver, and provide an appropriation for an International Com mission to urgo the general adoption of the double standard. It Is this bill, adopted in the Senate after an abld and elaborate dis cussion of several mouths, In which the House has now concurred. Tho bill now passed recolved an actual vote of 48 yeas to 21 nays In tne Sennto, or more than two-thirds, and, allowing for the known sentiments of the absent Senators, a full vote would have boen 62 yeas to 24 nays also more than tw-tlilrds. The vote by which the House refused to table the bill as It came from the Senate (which was the test vote) was 204 nays to 72 yeas, which was nearly a throe-fourths vote in favor of the bill. If all tho absentees (41) would have voted against the bill, which is absurd to maintain, there would still have been more than two-thirds majority for It. The bill was accepted by the House, not because It Ib satisfactory in its details to the silver men, but becauso it provides a legal ac knowledgment of the doublo standard, and furnishes a basis for making this double standard fully operative by .future legisla tion. An analysis of tho vote in the House shows that, of the 72 votes cast against it, 60 were Republicans and 22 were Democrats. Among these thero were only three Western mem bors Garfield of Ohio, and Stewart of Min nesota, Republicans, and Williams, Demo crat, from Michigan. Thero were eight votes from the South against the bill, viz.: Bisbee, Republican, of Florida, Gibson and Leonard of Louisiana, Jorgensen of Virgin la, Metcalf of Missouri, Schleicher of Texas, Swan n of Maryland, and Williams of Dela ware. Of all tho votes against the bill. New York furnlshod 14 Republicans and 10 Dem ocrats, Massachusetts 8 Republicans and 1 Democrat, Pennsylvania 1. Republicans and 1 Democrat, New Jersey 8 Republicans lond 3 Democrats, Ver mont 8 Republicans, and Maine 4 Republicans. The extreme ' Inflationists, under the lead of Springer, of Illinois, and Ewlng, of Ohio, developed very little strength in their effort to oppose the bill on account of Its shortcomings, and this en courages the belief that, if the bill be per mitted to promptly become a law under the sanction of the President, tho Grcenbackers will be powerless to carry through their pet schemes of an unconditional repeal of the Resumption act, and the substitution of greenback for National-bank notes. But if the President interpose his veto, and the veto shall have the eflect of preventing the bill from becoming a law, or even the effect of occasioning an Indefinite and hazardous postponement of s final settle ment of the question, no man can foretell the extreme lengths to which natural resent ment and Justiliable Indignation will drive the representatives of the people. The personal sentiments of the President on the silver question have long been known, but it should now be seriously con sidered byhim whether he has a moral right to place himself in opposition to the people after It has been absolutely demonstrated that they are represented in this question by more than two-third in both houses of Congress. If the original vote were less than two-thirds, and it were a matter of doubt whether the requisite constitutional majority could be obtained to prevail over tne veto, me rresiurm might Justify himself In "sing his Drcroirative. If prepared to give eonstitu- I tional reasons for doing so. But the two I thirds vote has already been cast; it is not possible that the President can urge any ! reasons, constitutional or otherwise, that have not already been ably presenUsd and ! overridden; and to InUrpose his veto un- der these conditions will be to afsume the ! personal responsfbllltv for all the expense, ! disturbance and anxiety Incident to the un I necessary delay a veto will occasion. It I a i responsibility which no one man should be i willingto take upon himself. ; The Virginia City (Nevada) Chief of ' 1 V. i 1 aIuhmH with having liberated a Chinaman ia his cus tody on the charge of murder and put a paid Chinese substitute ia the place of the prisoner. The substitute was dis covered by a relative of the man mur dered by the prisoner, the latter having been fully identified by the same maa ! at the tlrc c: tlx "'rrr..