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i - m u y il iL VOL. XXIII-KO. 25. INDIANAPOLIS, TUESDAY, JANUARY 6, 1874. WHOLE NOTIBER 1,734. A - V XLIII CONGRESS. SENATE. BILL TO RErF.AL THE BANKRUPT ACT KETOR TED BACK AN INQUIRY AS TO THE CSE OF POSTAGE STAMPS MORE FINANCE RESOLU TIONSTHE SALARY BILL AOAIN BROACHED. Washinoton, Jan. 5. The Senate met at noon. Mr. Carpenter faid before the Senate the report of the Sec retary of the Senate in reply to the resolu tion of December 17, calling for information as to the amount of compensation received by Senators xince the organization of the (iovernment. Laid on the table. Mr. Edmunds from the Judiciary Com mittee, reported back House bill to repeal the bankrupt law, with sundry amendments, and recommended that with such amend ments the bill be passed. Mr. C'ragin. of New Hampshire, intro duced a resolution requesting the secretaries of State, Treasury, AVar, Navy, Interior, and the Postmaster General and Attorney Gen eral to communicate to the Senate the num ber of officers and employes connected with their respectivo departments who are fur nished with official postage stamps, either directly or indirectly, and it it is uie cus.om WIlcil wrinuii pi hct w -v ........ - the department lor information to enclose an official stamp for prepayment. Mr. Buckingham, of Connecticut, submit ted a resolution directing the Finance Com mittee, in order to prevent the inflation of currency, and to meet the necessities of gov ernment, to consider tne expediency oi re- porting a bill which shall empower the Sec- retary of the Treasury to nuke temporary loans, and authorize the national banks to use the certiücates or maeoteuncss issueu for such loans as part of their reserve, and also to provide for the redemption and can cellation of legal tender notes equal in amount to those which have been, or may lie, paid out of the forty-four million dollars heretofore heM bv the Secretary of the Treasury. Ordered priuted. Mr. Pratt, of Indiana, otlcred a resolution which was agreed to, directing the Finance Committee to inquire whether the national banking law should not be amended so as to promts Hoinouien auu umwn j national ban k--, from beirg com-erted in he Vusine?s oi private iwukiuk iuui " v" J" locality of the national bank, whereby the means of such bank may be employed to produce greater vote ot intere than that . .....v.-v . ... ... . s llO aiSO revlwel lue iruiuwn in rcgird to the increase ot compen sation, and said that Congress had cm-J in tbi; matter and should retrace its feteps. lie and thought tlie bill should be repeal-, honort the demand for economy now coining from all sections should be heard. The morning hour having expired, the bill was laid over and the resolution, re ported from the Committee on Finance be fore the holidays, declaring it to be the duty ot Congress at present to adept definite measures to redeem tho pledge made by the government for the .earliest practical re semption or United States rates in coin, was taktn up. Mr. Bogy, of Missouri, addressed tho Senate. He thought the whole system of legal tenders vicious and contrary to a sound finlucial policy, but the want of the countrv.ard of his section particularly, were so p'ressing that there was no time now to remedy the evil. The country wanted speedv relief. He thought there had been an unequal distribution of currency. Tho ix New England States had received one hundred and ten million dollars when they were entitled to but thirty-nine millions. The Middle States had received an excess ol nine imillions, while the Southern States were deficient in their portion lifty-one mil lions, and the Western States twenty-one millions. He advocated the re-issut of the fortv-4our million legal tender reserve and an additional issue of fifty million dollars in legal tenders and an issue ot twenty-five millions in National Bank notes to Western banks. The consideration of tho salary bill was then resumed. Mr. Pratt, of Indiana, ottered an amend ment that Senators, Representatives and ;Delegates of the Forty toird Congress, who .have received their compensation since March 4, 1S73, at the rate of 7, j00 per annum, -ahi.il hereafter i9 paid in such monthly in stalments as will make an aggregate fo'r the whtle Congress at the rate of ö,C0u per annum. Mr. Logan, ol Illinois, was opposed to any chance in the present compensation. Mr. Thurman, of Ohio, felt it to be his duty U undo, a far as in his power, the law increnfitig the selaries wid the eiTects lh'?reoL Mr. 3f orrill, of Mains, oppesed the amend j snent. He did not believe that Congress had ' the right to exercis tiiat powr. Ho lavor cd the repeal or the bill and should vote for it, but wuuld reject ai! other propositions. The chtoLr laid Defove the Senate a massage I frotu tho i're&ident transmitting the corres Ioadence iu ng.ird to tho VirgU'ius, which n as laid ou 1 1-3 .aola auiiordered nrinted. Mr. KJmundi, of Venuont, saij he was in favor of au a-'jsjlu:e repeii of the alary bill, and further Uj reimburse .'-he trefsury lor all th9 U-iouey taken out utri'er that bill. Mr. Wright, ot low;, gave notice that to- morrow be would endeavor u preseXhe s.tl ; , ary bill to a von a Ad hopod Senator would remain until tho matter was clispoted of. ; ' Senate atljourned. , HOUSE. INTRODUCTION OF BILLS RELATION OF API- TAL TO LABOR A UNIFORM CCRREN CY MR. ELTLER WOULD REGULATE THE SE KYJLCES OK CUSTOMS COLLECTORS REDirCTK V OF THE AR MV AND DISCONTINCANCE OK . W-2K ON FOniFICATIONS DISCUSSION OP 1JJ2 ITPLEM tNTARV CIVIL RIGHTS BILL. , Washington, Jan. 5 The Speaker proceeded to call byStaU for bills for reference only. Under the call, a large number of bills were introduced and ' referred. Ky G. B. Hoar, of Massachusetts, for the appointment of a commission of three per ' . mod on the subject of wages and hours of ,f labor, and division of profits between labor and capital in tbe United States, and the ? social, educational and sanitary consolida , . tico of th laboring classes, and how the ! same are alTected by the existing laws, regu I Utiog commerce, finance and currency. V j By Mr. Killinger, of Pennsylvania, for a uniform system of railroad transportation in tba United State. Py Mr. Beck, of Kentucky, to provide a uniform currency, and for the retirement of national bank notes and the substitution ot tba 3-C5 bonds. By Mr. Arthur, of Kentucky, a repeal of acts imposing taxation on State banks and tankers. Bihs were also introduced by Mr. Butler, ci jnaacncBeii8t to reguiaw services in th collection oi cu-ioms at the various oorts i" ntry,andto a'xdish moitieato puOhci-fil rs. By Mr. Kasont or Iowa, to create a .National Loar j of Trado and to prescriot its d::tiea. Mr. Cobnrn of Indiana, asked leave to 1 ftort from te Committee on Military Af. t;;rs, a reriut.'-u instructing that coiDuut- tj to inq uire low me expeaiency of diuim i.lir-z tho recuiai araiy, and ti discouiin uircr in whole, t r in part, the Mork of lb ootitrucion, prceorvatloa and repair ot for- tifications and all other works of defence, with leave to send for persons and papers. Mr. Dawes, of Massachusetts, offered a resolution directing the surgeon general of the army to detail one or more medical of ficers of the army to visit the towns at which the t-holera prevailed during 1S73, or such of thenx as the surgeon-general may deem necessary, and comer with the health author ities and resident nhvsiciana of such towns. and collect all the fact of importance with reference to such epidemic, and tnuko a de- i-tllru rtfirv on or weiw tuo j Tannirir 1 ;T The house then resumed the consldera- j and accurate text of the correspondence re tion of the supplementary civil rights bill, j lating to the steamer Vaginitis, which has ' Mr. Stephens, of Georgia, arose to address! telegraphed in cipher, should be re- had to saVin twentv minutes and lie asked to have art hour allowed him. E. It. Hoar objected, but subsequently offered to wita- draw the objection in ease the saino privi lege were granted to KUiott, of South Caro lina, colored. Then Walls, of Florida, also colored, re newed the objection, but he too withdrew it. Mr. Stevens then proceeded to read a speech in opposition to the bill, remarking that in view of the ereat importance of the subject he had reduced his vijws to writing His opposition to tho bill did not spring from prejudice against any one on account of race, ; j- Qr proviöBs Condition of servitude lie Conaiitution. He assumed that every mem ber would admit that its power va specified and limited, and that all legislative powers which Conzress could rightfully exercise were held bv delegation rira f the several States, and he new powers had been conferred on Congress by either the fourteenth or hfteenth amend- ment to the constitution. The proper rem- edy was in the judgment of t he courts to be 7. rendered in such way as congress snouia unnuestionel in Congress to pass this law he thought it would be injudicious and un wise to exercise it. It would be better to leave all such matters to the States. He didnt believe, in point or lact, that t ,e ;f u of lact, that the col reli''n and church organizations, excepi iu j j t" 7:us0 of tbe Catholics, were distinct from . of tLo hi:i and tbey h;ul tLeir own j ' . . ,...;rrt r.,p .-nlorcd vnnths. 1 ' - i j . y ' 1 - . v v v - - j, ' - - - " - j - ' 111PV( U I'll (lt'irä lü UtJ U1IA.CU l The'peroratiou was in those words: "If you, who 'call yourselves republicans be assurod that von 8re iudul-zing in a fatal illusion. The old Jetlcrs Democrat ic-Ke-nublican principles are not dead, and will never die so long as a true devotee ot liberty lives. Thev may le buried for a period as the Magna Charta was trodden under foot in England, for more than half a century, but these principles will come up with renewed energy as did those of Magna Charta, and that too at no distant day. When tin tides of ocean cease to ebb and flow; when the winds of heaven are hushed Into perpetual silence; when clouds no longer thunder, when earth's electric bolts are no longer felt or heard; when her internal fires eo out, then and not before will these prin- ; ciples caase to live; then and not betöre will the principles cease to animate ana move tne liberty loving masses of this country. Mr. Ransier, of South Carolina, a colored member, followed in a written speech in support of the bill, contending that there was no practical freedom in tbe Southern States for the colored people and would not be so long as the matter was left to the dis cretion of the several States. The Speaker laid before the House a mes sage from the President, in reference to the steamer irgimus. The message was read and referred to the Committee Affairs. House adjourned. on Foreign ' THE NATIONAL CROP REPORT. THE FINAL SUMMARY OF THE REPORT OK THE CORN AND POTATO CROPS FOR Jacksonville Ills., Jan. 4. The Na tional Crop Reporter to-day publishes the final summary of tho reports of corn and potato crops of 1873, iu the States or Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, Ohio and Teunessee. Compared with the crop of the loss in bushels in these States is in round numbers as follows: Illinois, 114, 000,000; Indiana, 12,00,tf00 ; Iowa, 3i,SOO,000; Kansas, 14,500,000; Minnesota, 1 ,00,000; Missouri, 151,000.000; Ohio. UÜ.bOtf.OOO; WisconsiB, 1,000.000; Tennessee, 9, 500.000; a total of 241,300,000. The aggre gate yielJ for 1S73 In the states named is öl4.n-'jo,000 bushels, agaiest 756,C00,00ü in 172. The potato crop in the states named she wd los in round numliersin bushels, as tolows: IIUüois, Ü.WO.OOO; Iowa, 4,000,000; Kaunas, 2.:X),000; Minnesota, 90O,(k)J; Mis souri, 1.4oo,vou: Ohio, 1,400,000; Wisconsin, MOti.tUO; ludiana, l.XW.OOO. Total, lsS.aWJ, OJO bushels. The augregate crop in the States uamcd was for 1S72, 47,000.000 busIiUs, and 167J, 29,00,000 bushels. THE OHIO ASSEMBLY. CAUCCöINO FOB OFFICERS. Columbia, Jan. 3. Tho hotals are filted with members of the Legislature, candidate lor positiou and strangers, waiting the meet ing of the General Assembly next iMonday. The Democrats of the House of Representa tives, in caucus to-night, made the fol lowing nominations: For Speaker, George Lw Con vers, of Franklin; for Chief Clerk, Ttomas Couhlin, of Crawford ; First Assistant (lerk, Daniel Ij. Brites.'ot Allen ; Second Apsis tant Clerk. W. B. Dodds, of Hamilton; Sergea'Bt , it-Arms, John L. Huston, of Hamilton. I 'be caucus is still in Bession. The Dem o cr. Me Senators in caucus nominated the foiV j,, ing olhcere: Ohler Clerk, Mr. L. J. Dono van, of Delaware; First Assistant Clerk, W. II. Startlefft f Licking; Second Assistant Clerk, W. II. Morgan, of Carrol; Third As iitant Vlrk, J. P. Cummins, of Scioto; Sergeant- at-Arms, O. A. Parker, of Huron. The Roma.T winter season is now fairly en tered upon, ahHl 4 goodly number of foreign ers are already n the hotels and furnished apart meu ts am-"ng theun tbe usual propor tion of Americana. The p 'acos for the relig ious services for foreign visitors are nowopen very Sunday, araonu1! them tiiree in which American worship is held. J hanksgiving j Day was taken notice of by religious exer- Mse in thosj places, ami by various dinner par v reunions, at one of which at th Uo 1. 1 Costanzi something like seventy came t aether. It la finally decided that there Is to be no war letween Brazil and the Argentine Re- puD;iT. At least tne nre-eatiug ejeuor, S trmis nto's Secretary ot State, has at last ctxidcsceuded to gl 79 ua that assurance. Brazil, consetiuently, may be supposed to treat ho more freI, i was opposed to this measure or to any one , , t. arA. u,vin S-ÄÄÄ SÜSS: ! nf in .!& provide, declaring any Mate acnn vioiaum , . Uit t, rt f i-jncan in o.-tnbr 1?,. j of the nghts of citizens to be null and of no A h A f tne UnIled Ktate;4 she i effect He oPFKsed the bdl further, because I .ould to have had, as against all of its inexpediency, hveir it tho power were iha rnit0titM tua rut tn j -snail in oueuienct? io wiun juu consider a j man-ot-war, ana mat tue American nag naa COrdin'1' to law ami j party behe&l, pass thid bill in the vain ex- j b?cn hauled down by its captain, and that Fishteleprsphed rrttin that th ItPnnblican i.rincioles of ! lD vessei nau u.r i carni iu uopanisi in.n, re,K)rtins iitty- f. , .w..- r.v .u i . landthatthespaiiiu tribunals were ta King ayinc if Spain I iua om ana vruo laivrwu uwl aio jj,.,. -on over the persons ol those lound ra-res theUnited THE VIRGINIUS FINALE. TUE OFFICIAL DOCUMENT. THE PRESIDENT TRANSMITS TO CONGRESS THE EVIDENCE IN THE CASE OF THE VlROINIfS, 1NCLVDINO DISPATCHES TO AND FROM GEN. SICKLES, ETC Washington, Ja . 5. The President sent the following message to the Senate and ; House: t mv inaugural message "of December I a reason to expect that when the lull wived, the papers concerning the capture of the vessel, the execution or a part of the pas- j augers and crew, and the restoration of the i seugers and crew, and the restoration of the ship and survivors, wouiu do iransmuieu to l(etween sickles and the minister is given. Congress. In compliance with the expect- j 0rdcrst will bo issued to assure the United tion then held out, I transmit the papers , 8tates citizens ot the protection of the tri and correspondence on the subjec. i bunal. ( Joiieral Sicklos urged a speedy solu- On the J;ih of September, ls.o, the lr- tion of the difflcultv. Secretary Fish telo ginius wm registered in the custom house . grarhed him November ii: at New York as the property of a citizen of lA',,- tPWm nnminpinr iha ndionm. . m x 1 a. i the United Mates he having lirst made the : ment of thft conference is received. Unless I oath required by law, tuat he was the true t reparations have len voluntarily tendered, and only owner of said vessel, and that there j vou wil tle,nan(i tbe restoration ol the Vir was no subject or citizen of any foreign j - iniu!, and the reeas0 an(i delivery to us of directly or indirectly, by ay for the port oi curocoa, and on or about the 4th or October, IS, o, sailed for that port. It is not disputed that she made tbe voyage according to her clear- ! returned within the territorial jurisdiction It is also understood h &!,eTYed her AlIierican oapers, and withm foni u sa me a üoe of putünR torth the claim to Ameri- F nat(oilJfluv. which was reCoenized bv or the United States, t ,a dM,i,,.itiVa . Kh t,ort. Whon powers except lly thai flag and claim iuved by ail regularly its prote4iou documented as en- vessels reizistered as a part of our commercial marine. No state ol w ar existed conferring and it can not be pretended that the Virgin ius had placed herself without the paie of law bv acts of piracy against the human r-rf I f her papers wcro irregular or Iraud- ulent. the o Hence was against the laws of the Un'ued States, justifiable in their tribun als, hen it became known that she had j been captured on tho hii;h seas by a Spanish on her and exercising tho same upon Airier icau citizens, not only in V IOLATION OF INTERNATIONAL J-A W, But in contravention of the provisions of the treaty of 1705, I directed a de mand to be made on Spain for the restora tion of the vessel and for the return of the survivors to tbe protection of the United States; for r salute to the flag and for the punishment of the offenders. The princi ples on which these demands rested could not be questioned, but it was suggested bv Spain that there were grave doubts whether she was entitled to the character given her by the papers, and that therefore it might be proper for the United States after the sur render of her and the survivors to dispense with the salute to the flag, should such facts be established to their satisfaction. This seemod to be reasonable and just. I there fore assented to it on the assurance that no insult to the flag had been intended. I also authorized an agreement to be mpda that should it bo shown satisfactorily that she was improperly bearing the flag, pro ceedings should be instituted in our courts for the punishment of the offense against the United States. On her part, Spain undertook to proceed against those who had offended the sovereignity of the United States, and v:ho had violated their treaty of rights. The surrender of the vessel and survivors to the jurisdiction of the tribunals of the United States was au admission of tbe principles on which our demand had been founded. I had no hesitation in agreeing to the arrangements made between the two governments, an arrangement which was mod oral o and just and calculated to cement the good relations which have so long ex isted between Spain and the United States. Under this, the Vidimus, with the American flag Cyinc, was delivered to tbe United St .ei at Bihia Honda,'; the Is!aid of Cuba, on the lGth. She wa in an unsea worthy c-ndiuLon. In the passage to New York 8 tie encountered one of the most tempestu ous of our winter storms. At tbe risk of their lives, the oflicers and crew placed in charge of Ler, attempted to keep her udoat. Their ffibrts wee unavailing, ad ßhosuuk olfCa;e Fear. The prisoners wito survived the massacre were surrendered at Santiago tie Cuba on the 18th, and reached the port ol New Vork in fcafety. The evido&co submit ted on tho part ot Spalu to establish the fact that Hi e Virginias, at the timo of the-cap-t ire, aa improperly bearing the flag of the Unitod States is Mibinkted herewith, togeth er with the opinion of the Attorney Geueral thereon, and a copy of the note of the Span ish Minister expressing, on behalf of his jrovernment, a disclaimer of any intent of iniignuy to tne sag oi tlie United Ktates. Si grc d U. S. i rant. THE OORRESfONDENCE. The correspondence Is very voluminous, and contains the following foatures: On the 6th of November, General Sicklev telegraphed Secretary Fish that the Virgin ias had been captured six miles from Jamaica, General Ryan, Capiain Fry and two others executed, and that the (Aiptain General had been ordered, on Sickles sug gestion, to await orders. The Secretary tele- grapneu in repiy,inatnne summary procoed inn demanded an investigation aa an initn. .-oane act, and that reparation be required if I . . a I -11.- mm tlMJ Americans nau ueen wrongfully execut ed Sickles next day reported his interviews wit b carvajal, and with President Castelar. 1 m. I 5 S 3 a . i Trie laiwjr, saiu, oraereu mat no person be executed without the au- thoritj' of the Corves, and thereupon Sickles expressed his satisfaction. lie sub- sequeoty telegraphed to Mr. Fish that Spain would im '"dnitely do everything required br Dublic law and treaty obfication. and that she regretud the execution of the four pris oners, and o rders were sent to stay further proceedings. .On the 8th of November Sickles gave a detailed account of the interview with the Minister ot State, who said no formal de mand would be .ueotmsary on the part of the United States, as the Spanish Government would al once takO up the question and de cide it. The case o. lhe Deerbound was cit ed, and the name principles would bo ap plied to the Virginius. Alter further corre spondence Fish teleg.nipbdd to Sickles as follows: 'Accounts have b3n received from Hav ana of the execution of the Captain and thirty-six ot tbe crew and e'gbteen others, and if true Ucn. Sickles will protest against the act as brutal and barbarous, and ample reparation will be demanded." The Secre Ill IUÖ u-tii tary confidently informed him that doubt existed as to the right of the Virginius to carry the American flag. Fish telegraphed to Sickles that the course of of the Spanish Government was accepted aa evidence of the willingness to administer justice. Tho condemna'ion of the act should be followed by punishment. Sickles was instructed to say to the Spanish Govern ment that this government feared Spain could not control the insurrection of the Casino Kspancl in Cuba. Sickles, on Nov. 12, states that he had an interview with President Castelar, who said that such scan dals must cease. Tbatjinterrof-atoreis nad been addressed to the Captain General, and I that as soon as replied to General Sickles would receive the communication. The j Minister of State informed him of the exe- cution of the prisoners, tho orders from j .IVIl3dr!d ar"ing late K?"?.1 il! ut , the ro0n8 cantiired on her. who 'have not or otherwise, inter- j aireadv. niassacred, and that the Hag ot complied with thejtheUmted Ktates be minted in the port of beliair, sue cieareu antiairo. and signal punishment of the offi: c5als b were concerned in the canture of the vessel and the execution of the passen gers and crew. Iu case of a refusal of a sat isfactory reparation within twelve davs from this, date, you will, on the expiration of that time, CLOSE your legation, "nd will together with your Secretary leave Madrid, Winging with you the archives of your legation. You may leave the printed documents which constitute the library in charge of the legation of some friendly power which you may select. Y'ou will signify your receptiouof thi3 by telegraphing to me , n plain, the word "New Jersey." M;nedJ , Fish. The same day protests were made to the Spanish Government against tho summary executions, and on the loth, .Minister Sick les telegraphed Mr. Fish that he had made the demand by note to-day at three o'clock in the mornii'g, and on tho sama day tele graphed : "Received an ill tempered note to-day from the Minister of Mate rcjf cling the pro jprt and savin? that Snain w ould neverthe consider and decide the question ac- her dignity." to Sickles, 0Yembcr 15, seven more executions, and can not redress these out- States will. These instruc tions to Minister Sickles were to be used cautiously and discreetly. Sickles, on No vember 15, sends a copy of the note to Car vajal demanding reparation, and a copy of the lattcrVreply, and also Sickles' rejoinder. Sickles alludes to the abusive attitude of the Madrid press. Sickles telegraphs to Fish, November 16: "Mr. Layard informs me that he has re ceived instructions from his government concerning seventeen British subjects among, the crew of the Virginius ex ecuted, and seven more under sentence ot death, the latter all minors. Of the seven teen executed ix were executed immedi ately on the arrival of the Virginias in port. A British frigate is ordered to Santiago." Mr. Sickles, on November 18, transmits a copy of the reply of the Minister of State to his note of November 16, respecting the re ports from Havana. Mr. Sickles regards it as a refusal, and proposed to close the lega tion unless otherwise ordered, and on the isth asks Mr. Fish that a vessel may be ordered to Valencia to take him to France. Next day Mr. Sickles transmitted a copy oi I Carvajal's reply, rejecting the protest on the Yjta. lie informed Mr. fish that he is waiting instructions, and said: 4Tbe tone, temper and substance o' the written communication made me by tbe Minhter of State are dif ferent from the apparent purport of the telegram sent to the Spanish Minister in Washington, and communicates to you the refEsal to say a word about the merits of the ease. In reply to the demand he repelled it as arbitrary and humiliating, and ou the same day different professions were sent to you. Carvajal's notes to me are exhibited here as showing the real position ot the government. ihey are offensive in form and un&atisfactory in substance. If wo hesitate, it will be asserted and believed In Cuba and Spain that we pause before the defiant attitude as sumed by this government and people. This view will be supported by ollicial and formal declarations. Tbiscabinet, in reply to the communication I have made to it, in obedi ence to your instructions, misapprehending our trbearance, would abuse any success obtained by duplicity and delay, and show itself more tnan ever arrogant and regard les of our rights. On the other hand, asaington will appear to corroborate the intimation made here in hieb quarters, and generally believed, that my action in the matter of tbe Virginius has not been In conformity with the instructions I ha3 received, and that I am not approved by my governiient. I have the best reasons for the opinwn that my prompt withdrawal from Madiid, in default of the reparation tbe President directed me to demand, will con vince Spain that me are In earnest, and she will yield to our terms, and peace may be honorably preserved. Tno iut that Spain holds one attitode here, and another in Washington, on tbe same day, would seem to impeach aer sincerity. This dissimn lation is, I m sure, dne to the fear of a ) diplomatic rupture, or something worse. This cabinet have already obtained all the information they will get from Cuba about this transaction. The Italian government bas kindly consent ed to allow Count Malh, Charge 'd Affairs of Italy in Uadrid, to take care ot tbe Ameri can interests and accept tbe custody of the library and property of this legation on ap plication ocing maae Dy your authority through tbe Minister. I hope you win make a request ana tne courtesy may be acknowledged. Sickles. The correspondence con t bines at great length, but has been fully covered hitherto by dispatch which have already appeared in this pape.C Ed. Sentinel. "King LumUilo on the 14th of November notified United tates Minister Henry A. Pierce, tbnnco toe Department of Foreign Affairs, of his Majesty's withdrawal of the proposition of the treaty of reciprocity formally made last Jay. giving as his rea sons that some eight months had elapsed since the cession of Poarl River Harbor,, in connection with reciprocity, was first pub licly discussed, and over, our mouths since a direct proposition to negotiate upon that basis was communicated by authority, not withstanding which it was not yet known whether or not the administration at Wah- in&rton wjre favorably dioo.ed toward the measure. The action of the King and his ministers is condemuoi bitterl V by the peo ple, who somehow connect th.sideaot the reciprocity with annexation. WASHINGTON. OFFICE THE llOSS THIEF HOW THE TEO PLE'S MONEY IS ftyl'ASDKREl). Washington, Jan. 2. A special to the Chicago Tribune reviews the action ot the President in regard to the resignation of Horace Porter in a spirit of scathing candor. There exists a statute passed a few years ago providing as an act of simple justice, that where an officer of the army is thrown suddenly out of employ ment, he be entitled to a year's salary. When Gen. Horace Porter resigned his office at 2,700 a year, it was only to accept the Vice Presidency of -the Pullman Car Com pany at $10,000. But the President by a strange perversion of the law, allows his favorite to draw a year's salary, for which he returns no equivalent whatever. The President did no hesitate to favor him, as he does not favor an army officer once in a vear, and Rt the expense of the public. If Mr. Grant had paid Porter f 2.700 out of his own pocket as a testimonial of his esteem, and in appreciation of his services in the White House, it would have been well enough, but when he applies the public money to pay hU little private testimonial?, the act is something very like what we look for from President Grant, but it is indefen sible. Again the Sergeaut-at-arms of the House is entitled by law to a messenger at an an nual salary of $l,0o0. For some years Ord way ba had bis son's name carried on the rolls aa holding the position, and has drawn the salary for him with cheerful and healthy regularity. During all of the time, how ever, the boy has been attending college in N6W England, and has rendered no official service to tke Sergeant-at-arms or any other etficer ot the House. The House päid last year from the contingent fund for the use of nine horses, for carriage and saddle pur poses, the sum of 57,500. The door-keeper of the House, Otis S. Buxton, receives two dollars and fifty cents a day for the use of a carriage and horse, and two dollars a day for the use of a saddle horse all the year round, whether Congress is in session or not. As both the animals are ted and cared for at the Government's expense, the door keeper is presumed to have a pretty good tiling of it. " THE PUBLIC PERT STATEMENT. The public debt statement is as follows: Six per cent. Jonls tl 18,72S,l-50 Five per cnt. bonds ,. 5u:!,47t(,hUO Total coin boml SI.iJZ-W.S-.iO Liwful money U-bt. Matured debt . Legal-tender notes Certificates of deposit... H.tfM.Oo;) ll.OTO.K.SO S78.isi;ia 3rt.7-20,u 4S,.ll,7!fcJ 371),;ax) fractional currency Coin certificate . Total, without interest... Total debt.....- Total interest CasU in Treasury, coin S Cah In Treasury .currency Hpectal deposits held for redemption of certifi cates of deposits as pro vided bylaw Total in Treasury - Debt less cash in Treasury Increase during mouth..... Honda issii'd to Pacific I tail road Companies, in terest payable In lawful money principal out standing Interest accrued and not yet paid Interest paid. by. L'nied States Interest repaid by trans portation of mails, etc... 5018,131 f2,2H,2;.''i- PM70.K9 4,277,! 3C.720.000 132,47,961 23915, a.40372 6I,(L512 1,938,708 20,1I7,9S6 4,666,054 15.7S1.931 Balance of interest paid by United States SOUTHERN ANTI-MONOPOLISTS. MEETING OF TUB EXECUTIVE OF THE LABOR REFORM PARTY OF TENNESSEE RESOLU TIONS ADOPTED REPUDIATING ALLEGIANCE ' TO THE EASTERN MONOPOLISTS A CONVEN TION CALLED AT ST. LOCIS FOR THE 22D DAY OF FEBRUARY. Nashville, Jan. 3. At a meeting of the executive members of the Labor Reform party of Tennessee, held in thto city to-day, the following preamble and resolutions wew adopted: The present unnecessary financial calami ty, the result of a combination of Eastern capitalists and monopolists to rob labor, and impose burdens and hardships upon thela loring and producing classes of the West and South, together with the experience of the past few years, leaves with us no longer any hope that the Eastern bondholders, cap italists and monopolists will consent to such material changes in our financial and trans portation systems as will secure to the West ern and Southern workingmen the truita of their industry; and, whereas, those unjust combinations of capitalists and monopolists of the Eastern States are imposing burdens and hardships on the industry of the South, til addition to those imposed bv African slavery; and, whereas, the law of sell-preservation is the first in nature, and the most important to man, it is therelore tbe duty of the laboring and producing classes of the West and South to unite in an effort to free themselves from combi nations so unjust and oppressive: therefore, Resolved, That we recommend to the laboring and producing classes of the West and South the propriety of calling a conven tion for the purpose of freeing themselves from tbe oppressions and injustice of the Eastern States. Resolved, That we invite our brother laborers and farmers of the West and South to take measnres for calling a convention, to be composed exclusively of the laboring and producing clasess, to meet in St. Louis on or about tbe M day of February next, to en terchange opinions as to. the best mode of accomplishing this much needed end, and to do such other acts as they may deem politic and neeessary for their future protection and security in the premises. PLYMOUTH CHURCH AND ITS ASSAIL ANTS. MR. BEECHER WRITES A LETTER TO THE JOINT COMMITTEE OF THE CHURCH OF PILORIMS AND THE CLINTON AVENUE CnURCH AX ACCOMMODATION EXCEEDINGLY IMPROBA BLE. New York, Jan. 2. At the conclusion of the usual Friday evening prayer meeting at Plyiflouth Church, Brooklyn, to-night, Mr. Sherman, clerk of the church, read a com munication which had been received from the joint committee of the, Chuvh of Pil grims and tbe Clinton Avenue Church, after which Mr. Beecher rose and said that he deemed it not Inappropriate to take some steps for the purpose of making a reply to the letter. He had asked some of the brethren to draw up a reply, and he had also drawn np a reply, which he would request Professor Eobert Raymond to read, and asked that it be signed by the cnairman of this meeting, and members of the committee . and forwarded to te com mittee of the two churches. Professor Rob ert Raymond then read the reply to the oornmuuication of the conmitteea of the Church ör Pilgrims, and Clinton Ave nue Church. The committee admita the difference between the Congre gaiionalism of Plymouth Church end other Congregational Churches, and claims that the foundation of Pirmxith Church was effected to protest agaa-.t th domination of Congregational latalsUrs, which had excited profound indication, among the members of the Congregational Churches in the city of New York at tlie time Plymouth Church has been governed by a majority of its members. wh;:e in neither of the other two churches h.- ever been heard the voice of the brother hood In open or called . aä.-e:;ibiv. The attitude of Clinton avenue aa i the Chnrch of Pilgrims in this controvr-v is unwarrantable, and Plymouth Church re fuses to receive any" further docn:ncnu which are not accompanied by a proof of t ha authority of the whole brotherhood et the Congregational churches, regularly a:: 1 de liberately conferred, and they decline ia any case to receive from any church inters containing covert insinuations against the character of any of the nr.ir.bers of tho Plymouth Church. Plymouth Ch-irch . does not decline to join in -allirsr a rv.-itua! council, but will await a less dubious invita tion. It claims that Plymouth Cfiurch can make rules for its own government ar. i htill remain Congregational, and decline to withdraw from the Congregational fei'.ov. hip. This reply was adopted and ordered to be signed by the chairman aud meoiljers of the committee, and forwarded to liur pint committees of both churches. Mr. Sherman then read the rejort of the committee to whom was referred tL- pro test of Henry C. liowen. This report as to the effect that the objections raised by IS wen against the report of the examining c-mi- mittee were without foundation. As was not tried, he conld not claim an ofScial notice of the charge, lie claimed tin, lie had never thought of authorizing anything which had the appearance of an apology, The Committee made no such stai-'.eut. The report closed with a resolution th.t the protest and this report be placed upei the records, which, with the reiort, was unani mously adopted. Prof. R. W. Raymond moved that the action of the last meeiir:. in laying upon the table the statement or Mr. Holliday in regard to tbe Rowen matter, l reconsidered. After a short discussica this was adopted. Prof. Raymond then ored tho following resolution : Resolved, That the rejort of the ex.iriin ing committee and the statement of (he clerk of the church concerning tbecie of Rrother Henry C. Boweu be entered upon the minutes, aud in view of the facts there in set forth, the charges be dismissal nd the examining committee be dischtrjed from farther consideration of the c.e. This called out considerable dis"u.on, in which Prot. Raymond, Mr. Whit; ;md ethers participated. Mr. West, who pr" r red the charges against Mr. Rowen original ly, seized the opportunity to volunteer a personal explanation, but his intended re marks were ruled out of order. The resolu tion was then adopted and the mecticsr ad journed to Monday evening, January I '4 A TERRIBLE IEATH. A FATAL CAT BITF: SIX MONTHS OF POfc-'MNG ENDS IX HYDROPHOBIA. The New York Sun tells of the terrible death of Mr. James Raymond, in Brooklyn, on Thursday morning: Six' months 'o, while stroking the back of a cat, the treach- erous creature suddenly turned and bit jim severely on the hand. The wound was " dressed, and Mr. Raymond experience ! no serious inconvenience from it 'until List Tuesday. About noon of that day L- tie came sick. He discovered an obstruction in his breathing and had severe . pain in tbe head. He sent for a physician, who de?: -Jed that the ailment .was congestion of the left lung, and prescribed for the patient with that view. The next morning, however, when the doctor called, Mr. Raymond was much worse, and his symptoms couLl not be Vounted for on the hypoth-sis ot congestion of the lungs. Inquiry elicited the fact about the cat bite, anct the doctor was theu satisfied that he had a Me ot hydrophobia to treat. This conclusion re ceived a fearful confirmation about twelve o'clock. Mr. Raymond had theu a terrible paroxysm, lasting moie than an hour, in which he frothed at the mouth, expressed the greatest horror of everything liquid, and required the cervices of six strong men to prevent his harming himself or others. ThH paroxysm was succeeded by others, none of which were so violent. At one tin: he begged his attendants to release him t'er a few minutes, and as he was then corcjara tivelv quiet, they did so. He seized the op portunity to rush to a closet where there was a bottle of laudanum. He got the bottle into his hands, but it was taken from him before he could make any use of it. Six physicians were with him on Wednesday evening and night. They kept him inhaling chloroform and injected morphine cpidermically. This treatment seemed to alleviato bis suüVrirgs, and for two or three hours before life wa extinct he was comparatively calm. After midnight an Episcopal minister baptiz! him and administered the sacrament, the dying man being able' to make the proper responses. His last momenta were quite peaceful. Shortly before he expired he faid that he weuld prefer death a thousand thnes to the agony of another paroxysm. Mr. Raymond bad been married about two years, and leaves a young wile and child, lie was twenty-two years and five mcr.ths old. . On the evening of the loth of Xovernfc&r a magnificent banquet was giveu ex-Minister De Long at Yokohama, on the eve ot bis de parture. The only invited guests were, !e sides Mr. De Long, the present Minister, Judge Bingham, the Dutch Minister and the American and Dutch consuls. Nicety eight persons sat down to the dinner and'it was in all respects the best got up affair that has ever been given in Yokohama. During the evening the Dutch Minister e nnour ced that the King of Holland had conferred cion Mr. De Long the Cross of Knight Comciacd er of the Order of the Lion. A cartoon has lately appeared in a Piris journal depicticg the flirtation scene in Sardou's play of Uncle Sam. It shows that in the best society of America the maidens loll about on sofas in the arms of their lovers as habitually as they take their breakfast. The cartoon, as well as the piece, has an noyed Americans in Paria not a little. It is clear tbat.Mr. Sardou lias injured us in. the estimation of his countrymen, which some times makes it disagreeable for those of us who live in Paris. Mr. Dudley Field, Mr. Ricliards, M. P., and the Rev. Dr. Miles are in Rome with their hobby of doing away with wart by the general adoption by the uations of the prin ciple of arbitration. Action was taken in the Italian Parliament approving the object in view, and at a mating held In the Ilaliof Conservator! on the Capitol Hill, a national committee for Itily was elected, to be In correspondence with tho organizations "al ready existing to poveral countries In Eu rope, Hfl itAAyxn Am X n.i.i t ä n -v n.l . V A A appropriation billanpropriatiug $28.449,910,' which was made iho snecial order for Tues day next.