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I. H. JUIUIT, Editor.
PUBLISHED EVERY SATURDAY.
CU1UIKNT TOPICS
Tub President has Informed niombors
of tho Cubinot, with regard to the mat
tor of contribution to campaign funds
and assessments for political purpos s,
that bo desires a loiter addressed by
Secretary Schurz to ono of his clones
on that subiect to bo considered as em
bodying his own opinions and tho rule
govorning tho Administration in its dif
ferent branches. J his letter lniormeu
tho clerk who addressed Secretary
Schurz that ho was as freo as any othor
citizen to spend his spare money in any
lecritimnto way ho pleased, and as his
political principlos or public spirit
might suggest; and that his coninout
ing or not contributing would not in
any way affect his ofllcial standing or
prospects in tho department.
A Silver Citv (Idaho) dispatch of
tho 18th says: Tho hostilcs have left
Stein's Mountain, and are moving to
ward Harney's Valley, thonco to Mat
thews's Agonoy and Snako River, and
will probably keep on until they effect a
junction with tho Columbia Rivor In
dians, which addition to their forces
will, they calculate, cnablo them to
sweep the country. Camp Hurncy will
probably be captured by tho Indians to
morrow, and if so there will bo terrible
slaughter of tho whites congregated
there for protection. Nothing has been
heard from Howard since yesterday.
If he does not efl'ect a junction with
Stewart's forces, tho party accompany
ing him from Camp Lyon could easily
bo captured by savages. Tho general
situation is quite critical, and tho mas
sacres that will be perpetrated bid fair
to excoed in numbers those of tho Nez
l'crccs war.
Gen. Nuncio, tho Mexican oilicer
who was reported killed in a recent en
gagement with Escobedo's force, has
turned up alivo, and on tho 17th was re
ported at tho head of a poorly mounted
body of cavalry in pursuit of our Gen.
McKenzie, who was making a Hying
visit along tho other side of tho Rio
Grando, with some 600 men, lookingfor
stolen catUo and horses.
The Maine Democratic State Con
vention, held on the 18th, nominated
Alonzo Garcolon for Governor. The,
resolutions oppose an irredeemable cur
rency, and favor the gradual substitu
tion of greenbacks for national bank
bills.
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Tub continued wot and cold weather
has sorlously Injured tho standing crops
throughout Great Britain, notwithstand
ing which the market shows a steady de
cline on account of hoavy receipts from
America.
The Iowa Republican State Conven
tion, held on the 19th, nominated Capt.
J. A. F. Hull, of Davis, for Secretary
of State, and J. R. Powers, of Cass, for
Register of tho Land Office. The other
incumbents were renominated. The
platform indorses the financial policy of
tho Republican party as having resulted
in tho practical resumption of specio
payments, and,, denounces any change
in plicy as .wholly evil and injurious.
On purely political questions the plat
form is extremely radical. Tho Presi
dential title is declared to have been
definitely and finally settled by the Forty-fourth
Congress, but further than
this there isnojillusion to tho Presiden
tial ollico or its present incumbent.
Hon. J; F. Wilson made a speech con
gratulating tho Convention upon tho
radical stand it had taken, and eulogiz
ing General Grant. His remarks wero
greeted with loud and continuous ap
plause. Br a clerical error in engrossing the
Sundry CiviPAppropiiation bill during
the last hours of the session, the section
providing ,fr the continuance of the
Hot Springs Commission, which was
created in to appraise and sell the
Government reservation, was almost
entirely omitted, so that the intend
ed section i rendered wholly
nugatory. In ordT to rcciify the
error, as f:ir as possible. Senator lor
sey, who had the matter in charge, had
copy of the amendment engrossed, as
noTeed upon by Conference Committee,
and obtained thereto the signatures of
tho conferees on the part of both houses,
and will present the name to the Presi
dent, with the request that he, by exec
utive order, reappoint the Commission
ers and authorize them to proceed with
th work until, further action by Con-
gress.
The Hon Jfaral Committee, by rote
t.f the IVroorratxJiwml!, adopted a
re-olntion recommcnd:r.g that e x-Secre-
tanr of the Navy Robeson and the late
riitnfa of tho3 various Bureaus of En
gineering, Construction, Supplies, cto.,
be tried for corruption ana maiioasance
in office. A largo mass of testimony Is
published, 'upon which the committee
base their recommendation.
The National JGreonback-Labor party
of Missouri held a Convention at So
dalia on tho 19th and adopted resolu
tions demanding tho unconditional re
peal of the Resumption act ana JSationai
Bank laws j the issue of absolute money
In crrnnnhacks. enual to Eold and
silver; redemption as fast as possi
blo of all outstanding bonds, tho
Government to loan money at
2 per cent, interest to States, coun
ties and cities, to pay their bonded
indebtedness; no exemption from tax
ation of stock, bonds, or credits ; plac
ing an income tax on all prop
erty, rights, credits, annuities, and
gains; opposing all doublo taxa
tion on debts secured by mortgage;
demanding the cutting down of official
salaries, the enforcement of tho eight
hour law, the improvement of Western
waters, the establishment of industrial
schools, etc., etc. The . Convention
adopted a final resolution, pledging
themselves to have no affiliation with
either tho Democratic or Republican
party.
The repeal of tho National Bankrupt
law, to tako effect September 1, puts
tho Question of bankruptcy back into
tho hands of tho States, whence it was
taken by Congress. I ho oiu state laws
will be revived, or in many cases new
ones are likely to bo made to meet tho
emergency. Only 25 of tho States have
insolvency laws which will become
operative, and there is little uniformity
about thoir provisions. The 25 are:
California, Connecticut, Dakota, Dela
ware. Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa,
Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine,
Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan,
North Carolina, Nebraska, New Jersey,
New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode
Island, South Carolina, Vermont and
Wisconsin.
Ex-Gov. John C. Brown, of Ten
nessee, sent to Secretary Sherman a
draft for $827.03 to meet his share of
tho expenses of tho Louisiana Commis
sion of last year, of which ho was a
momber, and for which Congress neg
lected to make an appropriation. Mr.
Sherman returned tho draft to the send
er, by order of tho President, who ex-
Dresses tho belief that Congress will
vet make an appropriation to cover the
expenses Of tho Commission, as has
uniformly been done utfJer similar ex
traordinary circumstances'.
A Berlin dispatch of the 20th says
of the work of tho Peace Congress : Tho
Powers continuo to act in groups, but
not necessarily in a hostile sense. Aus
tria and England, from ono point oi
view, and Turkey from another, oppose
the Russian claims. Germany, France
and Italy adopt a mediatory attitude.
There can be little doubt of a thorough
understanding botweon England and
Austria or of a likelihood of its continu
ance during the entire deliberations.
The Congress has decided to admit
Greece, with a consultation voico on
questions affecting Greek interests.
The wkalinjr-sehoonor Eothcn sailed
from New York, tho 19th, for the Arctic
regions, in search of relics of the Sir
John Franklin Expedition. Tho search-
in uartv consists of hve persons
Lieut. Schwatka in command, Col. W.
II. Gilder, Frank Moms, Joseph Lb-
erlbg and Henry Klupsneuck. Esqui
mau Joe goes along as interpreter. Fif
teen Esquimaux will be engaged at
Whale Point to accompany tho party as
guides. Tho party will go into winter
quarters at Repulse Bay. Next spring
they will proceed by ico toward the
point where tho lost survivors of Sir
John's party are supposed to have per
ished, some 400 or 500 miles from the
bay. A year is to be given to the
search, and then the party will return
in timo to meet the vessel, which will
meanwhile go on a whaling cruise. In
July or August ISS'J, it is hoped the ex
pedition will return to New York.
J Gen. Bt'TLKR, as an individual mem
ber of tho 'Judiciary Committee, sub
! mitted to the House of Representatives
: his reasons far dissenting from tho rcs
i olution and report of the majority in
I regard to the inviolability of the Presi
dent's title. He thinks it remarkabte
that, in the f aoh of the sixth section of
; the act establishing tha Electoral Com
mission, the committee should have
'come to the conclusion that the pro
ceedings of the committee, or of Con
gress, subsequent thereto, constitute an
imn'irable finxliry, when the law
itself declares the contrary, and the
contrary wa emphatically assured by
the House of Representatives. Instead
of constituting a finally, those proced
ings were, on their face, and in express
term, meiely a temporary expediency
or device to avoid tho contingency of a
lapsed election, for which the Constitu
tion had made no provision. Congressi
ho says, by express word of law, de
clared that its object and effect were
provisional only. The President enter
ed upon his office with the express no
tice that his tenure was questionable in
character, of doubtful validity, not made
absolute by the interposition of an extra
constitutional Commission, but to
be examinod and adjudicated up
on by the Courts. Ho agrees
with tho committco that Congress
has no power, undor the Constitution,
to confer upon the Supreme Court of
tho United States tho original jurisdic
tion sought for it in the Blair-Kiramol
bill, but he says the question at issue is
whether tho actual President of the
United States has a Just and legal title
to the office ho holds. A contestation
upon that question, if it wore possible
to bo had before tho Court, would make
a case which may well enough be do
fined to bo a controversy between con
tending parties under forms of law be
fore a Court.
California held an election on the
20th, for the purpose of choosing dele
gates to the Constitutional Convention.
In San Francisco the Workingmen's
ticket was elected by about 1,000 ma-j
jority, and it is estimated that out of
152 delegates from tho entire State the
Workingmen will have a plurality.
Gen. McKenzie arrived at Eagle Pass
on his return from his Mexican raid on
tho 22d. He penetrated about 45 miles
into Mexican territory from Newtown,
tho place of crossing, where he was
confronted by a detachment of Mexican
troops under Colonol Valdez, who for
bade his further progress. To
this General McKenzio replied
that ho should force a passage if neces
sary, and overawed by his determina
tion, backed by a superior forco of
troops, the Mexican commander thought
wise to retire. One account says Mc
Kenzio recovered 400 head of stolen
stock; another one says he made no
captures.
Mrs. Jenks, wife of Captain Jenks,
testified before the Potter Committee on
tho 22d that she was the bearer of the
Anderson-Weber letter to Sherman,
asking for a written guarantee ; that she
did not deliver the letter to Sherman,
but opened and read it, and then dictat
ed herself the reply to the same, which
she claims is tho only original of the so
called Sherman letter. Who wrote the
letter at her dictation she refuses to tell.
Her cross-examination, conducted by
Gen. Butler, developed numerous dis
crepancies In her testimony.
PERSONAL. AND POLITICAL..
Col. Hendrick B. Wright, Demo
cratic Representative in Congress from the
Twelfth Pennsylvania (Luzerne) District,
has been renominated by the Greenback and
Labor Reform party.
Representative T. J. Quinn, of the
Sixteenth (Albany) Congressional District,
New York, died on the 18th.
Gen. Reno has addressed a letter to
Hon. II. B. Banning, Chairman of the House
Military Committee, asking an investigation
of certaiu charges made against him in the
public press in connection with the
Custer massacre. General Reno
states that if this request be
refused he will ask a military court of
Inquiry. Tho responsible author of the
charges is Fred. Whtttakcr, author of a Life
of Custer, and he claims that it was through
Reno's culpability that Custer's band were
annihilated.
The wedding of Col. Russell Hast
ings and Stiss Emily Pratt, niece of Presi
dent Hayes, was solemnized at the Whito
House on the evening of the l!th, Bishop
Jaggar, of Ohio, olliciating. The wedding
was a very quiet one, only the immediate
friends of the President ami his family, and
of the bride and groom being present.
The President and Mrs. Hayes at
tended the commencement exercises at
Princeton College on the 20th.
The Vermont Democratic State Con
vention, held on the 20th, Dominated W. n.
fl. Binghim for Governor. The resolutions
advocate the gradual aiihstitutlon of greea
backs for national bank bills.
Congressman Swan, of Maryland,
was married at Princeton, X. J., on the
2"th, to Mrs. John It. Thompson, sister-in-
law of Speaker Randall. The groom has
reached the mature age of 7i, and the bride
.". She Is the widow of a former senator ,
from New Jersey. Swan has been Governor
of Maryland, and t"uitd Slates Senator!
from that state. It is said to he a love match. '
Both the bride and groom are very wealthy, ;
Swan bring a millionaire. j
Hos. Joseph Pclitzfr, of St.Louis, I
was married on the l!Hh ti Miss Ks:e Pav, i
one of the reigning belles of Va-hington,and '
a relative of Jefferson pjvi. Although the I
wedding was intended to be private, a Urge
number of distinoii'hetl people were pres- i
ent, including Senators Lunar, Gordon, i
Cockrell and Armstrong. I
Charlie Ross's f it her, who has spent
alt hi property in the vain search fr his
,M boy. Das been appointed by Gov. Hr- ;
tranft Matcr Warden of the port c.f Phil-ad.-lpbia,
with a salary ct
Hon. Daniel Siiefitr, of York
Springs Adams County, Pi., recently eel
e'.ratol bi-WthWrtb-iay. He is fr-bal ly
the oldest ex-Congrointuan living, having
been elocted in 183U.
Ex-Congressman Vance, of Ohio,
has been adjudged Insane and sent to an
asylum.
Moses A. Wheelock, for 26 years
President of the New York Stock Exchange,
killed himself on the 23d. Financial troubles,
loss of position In the Exenange anu intern
peranco are said to have been the causes.
The estate of the late William C. Bry
ant is valued at $3.r0,000, and, with the ex
ception of a few trifling bequests, is divided
by his will equally between his two daugh
ters, ono unmarried and the other the wlfo
of Mr. Parke Godwin.
Representative Acklin, of Lousi
nna. has been Involved In an unpleasant af
fair In Washington, growing out of his ap
parently too zealous attentions to a now
York lady, sister of a Congressman from
that State. The episode occurred In a fash
ionable restaurant. Gen. Hosser, a well
known ex-Confederate officer, was dining
with snmn friends In an apartment ad
jacent to that occupied by the Louis
iana Congressman and his fair friend.
Some unusual exclamations on tno pan or
the lady caused the chivalrous Rosser to fly
to her rescue. Tableau. Mr. Acklin's
friends protest that there was not the slight
est cause for Gch. Rosser's alleged imperti
nent interference, as the lady will bear wit
ness, and the insult to Mr. Acklin is one that
can only be expunged upon tho field of
honor.
Gen.- Fitz Henry Warren died in
his native town of Brimfleld, Ilampden
County, Mass., on me aist, agea uz years.
He resided in Iowa for a number of years
and was largely engaged In railroad build
ing. He was also weli known as a newspa
paper writer and an active politician. Since
1855 he had been connected editorially with
tho New York Sim.
Ex-King George of Hanover, who
died recently at Paris, was the first cousin
of Queen Victoria and Duke of Cumberland
and Tcviotdale in tho British peerage. He
lost his crown when Prussia beat Austria
in 18(i(l, and Hanover became mediatized.
He was blind, and had resided in Paris for
several years.
The degree of Doctor of Laws has
been conferred bv Princeton Collecre uuon
Gen. William T. Sherman and Gov. George
B. McClellan, of New Jersey.
Col. George P. Kane, Mayor of Bal
timore, died on the 23d.
Senator Bruce, colored, of Missis
sippi, was married on the 23d to Miss Jose
phine B. Wilson, a prominent colored belle
of Cleveland, O. The honeymoon is to be
passed in Europe.
T. V. Van jASMUND,a German baron,
local editor of the Detroit Volksblatt, is sup
posed to have committed suicide on account
of being crossed In love.
LATE NEWS ITEMS.
At Tamaroa, 111., on the evening of
the 18th, J. McNamee shot his wife
through the head and then shot himself
through the heart. He died almost instant
ly; she retained consciousness for some
hours, but was believed to be mortally
wounded. McNamee lived at Anna, 111.,
and his wife was the daughter of Mr. John
Little, of Dongola, III. Mrs. McNamee had
left her husband and was visiting at the
bouse of a friend in Tamaroa at the time of
the tragedy.
According to the report of a commit
tee appointed by the Iowa Legislature to ex
amine into the affairs of the State Peniten
tiary, S. H. Craig, late Warden of that in
stitution, during his six years' term of serv
ice has defrauded the State out of over
$200,000.
June returns to the Department of
Agriculture indicate an increase of fully 3
per cent, in the area planted in cotton. The
average condition of the crop is better than
in June last year.
Six prisoners confined in the County
Jail at Keokuk, Iowa, made their escape on
tho night of the Kith by locking the Sheriff
in a cell as be was making his nightly rounds.
Edwin A. Andrews, cashier of the
wrecked Greenwich Bank, Washington
County, N. Y., hanged himself on the lilth.
Perry Bowsher was hanged at Chilli
cothe, O., on the 21st,for themurdcrof Ed
mund and Ann McVeigh in October last.
The centennial anniversary of tho
evacuation of Valley Forge was celebrated
on the battle-ground on the 10th, 30,000
people participating. The military were re
viewed by Gov. Ilartranft, Gen. Hancock
and others.
Two men named Pearson and Sadler
were taken from the Jail at Spr'.ngfield.Tenn.,
and hanged by a mob on the morning of the
20th. They were charged with having com
mitted an outrage upon a lady named Mrs.
Groves.
At Newport, R. I., on the 20th, Geo.
Tiffany, 12 years old, son of a wealthy gen
tleman of New York, with his tutor, Wm.
Sm lb, were fishing from the rocks, when
young Tiffany lost his foothold and slipped
into the water. The tutor sprang in to save
him and both were drowned. Smith was
formerly principal of the Dayton, Ohio,
night school.
Rcjorts from Northern Wisconsin on i
the 20ih were to the effect that the Indians;
there were becoming troublesome, and that j
the settlers were apprehensive of a concerted
attack upon the white people. The Governor
has been appealed to for aid.
Two little girls, aged respectively 3
and " years (be children of Elijah Smith, 1
living at Freelandville, Knox County, Ind.,
were burned to death on the list. They
were plavtairin the barn with some matches,
and accidentally set fire to ome loose hay.
Their mother tried to recue them from the
(times, and wa badly burned in the attempt.
The ehil Iren bodies were burned to a
cri-p wbea taken from the ire.
Edward II. Costley was hanged at
Frederick, Mi! on the 21t, for the murder
of hi couin, Sobtan Ctley, la Sovem
N r UU Both were color-!.
Jacob Levels was hanged at Little
Rook, Ark., on the 21st, for the murder of
Robert Swan In June last. Both were col
ored. Jeremiah Connelly and George Sher;
ry were hanged at Chicago, on the 20th, for
the murder of Hugh McConvlllo In January
last.
Charles Burns was hanged at Paris,.
III., on the 20th, for the murder of Deputy
Marshal Elijah Burdwell In November last.
The First National Bank of St. Joseph,
Mo., was very mystorlously robbed on the
21st of several packages of money amount
ing in the aggregate to $19,700. Tho Cashier
says that the money was In the safo at 0 a.
m., when the day's business begun, and
its loss was discovered at noon. At no
outsider had any means of securing access
to the safe, the disappearance of tho money
can not be accounted for.
Near Lawrenceburg, Ind. on the 21st,.
Ezra Guard, a young and woatthy, but dis
sipated farmer, shot his divorced wife, kill.,
ing her instantly, and then attempted to
take his own life. His own wounds are not
fatal, and he was Bent to Jail to be tried for
murder.
The Indian scare in Northern Wis
consin is said to have been entirely ground
less. A Silver City dispatch of the 22d
says the Umatilla Indians bavo all left their
reservation, and the mountains are full of
them.
Mrs.Lemlin, aged 50, of Prairie Coun
ty, Ark., was burned to death by kerosene
on the lth.
William Vaughan was hanged at St.
John, N. B.f on the 22d, for the murder of
Mrs. Qulun, a widow, in February last.
The returns mado to the General
Land Office show an extraordinary tido of
immigration this season into the States of
Kansas, Nebraska, Minnesota, Colorado and
Dakota, where settlements are being made
under the Homestead and Pre-emption acts..
Tho Popular Four-Per-Cent. Loan.
Washington, June 20. The Secretary of
the Treasury has issued a circular calling at
tention to tho four-per-cent. funded loan of
tho United States, now offered by the Depart
ment at denominations for coupon bonds ot
$51), .f 100, S500 and $1,000, and fur registered
bonds of $."i0, $100, $)'0 ami $1,0(10, $5,000 and
$10,000, at par and accrued interest to date of
subscription In coin. The bonds uru redeem
able July 1, 11107, and bear interest payable
quarterly on the first days ot January, April,
July and October of eauh year, and ure ex
empt from tliepaynicnt of tuxes or duties to
the United Status, as well us from taxation in
any form by or under State, municipal or
ineitl nutlifiHt.v. IFunn full ri'cetitt fit full
payment bonds will be transmitted free
of charge to subscribers, and a
commission of H of 1 per cent,
will bo allowed upon tlio amouutot subscrip
tions. Commissions will be paid by check
only, and will not be applied in payment ot
subscription. AH national banks uro now in
vited to bceomo llnancial agents ot the Gov-,
eminent and depositories of public moneys
received on sale of these bonds upon com
plying with section 5,15:1 of the Revised Stat
utes of the United States. All banks, bankers
and persons are invited to aid in placing
these bonds, and can make their arrange
ments tlirmigh national banksfor thedeposit
of purchase money of tho bonds. The pro
coeds of tho sale of the bonds will, until
further nottce, be only used In the redemp
tion of 6.20 6-per-cent. bunds of the
United Slates under tho Refunding act.. ,
PdvTiinnt fni hnmla miLv he made in coin.
coin certificates, certificates of deposit of
Government depositories, "called" bonds,
coupons maturing within 110 davs, or in cur
rency drafts on New York in favor of the Sec
retary of the Treasury, which will be receiv-
ed at coin value thereof at the National Bank
of Commerce, New York. Any payment in
excess will be returned with commission. All
ooin and currency drafts on New York should
be forwarded directly to the Department by
subscribers or their agents. The circular con
tinues: " The favorable statu ot tne money
market induces the Secretary to press upon
the people this loan, by which they can ob
tain direct from the Government a national
bond of the highest credit and sanction, ex
empt from taxes, and payable, principal an(l
interest, in coin. Every citizen pi
the United States is interested in
tho success of this loan, as every
sale of these bonds enables the Government
to save one-third of the interest on an equal
amount of the outstanding debt to be re
deemed. These bonds should be the store
house for the savings of tho people iso fa
cility or advantage will bo given to largo
subscribers. It is in the interest of tho pub
lic that bonds be distributed in smau sumo
I............ .......1..K.U ..r ,ur fellow-
citizens. Subscr iptions to an amount equal
to the nonus now reiiemimmu uim -an
annual saving of $S,!W1 ,0;ii, and such sub
scriptions can now be made without wltu
........ i..,.,,i,.ti,,,, v of Mm money
of the people. All blanks, or forms, pr in
formation needed will bo furnished by tne
Department without cost.
Burying a Giant.
Thev had considerable trouble burying
William Campbell, the Scottish giant
and heaviest man in the world, who
died at Newcastle, England, May, 26,
22 years of age, of congestion of the
lungs. A coffin had to be specially
made for his corpse, which weighed 728
pounds, and as he died in a room in the
third story of the Newcastle inn he own
ed, the body could only be removed
from the house by taking out the win
dow of the room, knocking away the
brick-work at its side and slowly lower
ing it by block and tackle. In two
hours this was effected, but, as no ncanw
In town would hold such a monstrous
coffin, it had to be placed ou an ordinary
dray. Preceded by a brass band, the
funeral procession, consisting of family
friends and members of an order to
which Campbell belonged, proceeded to
the cemetery, its route being lined by
thousands who had gathered, and wno
jammed into the cemetery so thickly
that great damage was done, some be
ing crowded into the freshly opened
grave. It took an hour to low er the
coffin, which weighed alwrtit a ton, into
the grave, and, though Caniplell bad
been dead but 2i hours, hi remains
were so decomposed that the workmen
could hardir endure the stench.
Next year the eighteen hundredth an
niversary of the destruction of I'ompeU
and IIercuInec3i U to b cekbritel at
PompeiL

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