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GHrfise £Mls Official Paper of the City and County. BY THE BT. PAUL GLOBE PP.IN'TIXG COMPANY, No. 321 Wabashaw Street, St. Paul. ST. PAUL, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21. JwßslliieWbl SEVEN ISSUES PER WEEK—BY CARRIER One Year, payable in advance $8 00 Six Months, payable in advance 4 25 Three Months 2 25 Per Month 75 SIX ISSUES PER WEEK—BY MAIL, POST AGE PAID. One Year $6 00 Six Months 3 50 Three Months 2 00 One Month 70 All mail subscriptions payable invariably in advance. Seven issues per week by mail at same rates as by carrier. SUNDAY GLOBE. By Carrier—per year $2 00 By Mail—per year, postage paid 1 50 WEEKLY GLOBE- By Mail—postage paid, per yeaj Si 15 DAILY WEATHER BULLETIN. Office Chif.f Sign-aj. Officep., ) Washington, D. C, Feb. 20, 9:56 p. m. f Observations taken at the same moment of time at all stations named. UPPER MISSISSIPPI VALLEY. Bar. Ther. Wind. Weather. St. Paul 29.94 8 NW Lt Snow La Crosse 29.78 25 S Clear NORTHWEST. Bar. Ther. Wind. Weather. Bismarck 30.31 -14 NW Clear Ft. Garry 30.10 -10 SW Clear Minnedosa 30.16 -20 NW Clear Moorhead 30.19 -15 N Clear Quapelle 30.18 -16 8W Clear St. Vincent 30.15 -12 SW Clear NORTHERN BOCK* MOUNTAIN- SLOT-E. Bar. Ther. Wind. Weather. Ft. Assinuboine.3o.lB -4 SW Clear Ft. Custer 30.21 -14 E Clear Helena, M. T...30.14 28 W Clear Huron, D. T 30.31 -8 NW Clear Medicine Hat...30.12 -0 S Clear ITPER LAKES. Bar. Ther. Wind. Weather. Duluth 30.03 -3 Calm Fair DAILY LOCAL MEANS. Bar. Ther. Dew Point. Wind. Weather. 30.007 2.0 -1.3 SE Cldy Sno'y Amount of rainfall or melted snow, .04, max imum thermometer, 12.0; minimum thermom eter, -14.5: daily range, 26.5. River, frozen. - Below zero. Note—Barometer corrected for temperature and elevation. P. F. Lyons, Sergeant, Signai Corps, U. S. A. TO-DAY'S WEATHER. Washtncton, Feb. 21,1 a. m.—lndications for upper Mississippi: Fair weather in southern portions, partly cloudy weather and light snow in northern portions; wind shifting to southwest and northwest, followed by rising barometer, and falling temperature, Missouri valley: Generally tolder fair weather, variable winds, mostly north to west; higher barometer and rising temperature in northern portion by Friday morning. YESTERDAY'S MARKETS. The grain and produce market here was dull and inactive with values unchanged. At Mil waukee wheat declined lj|c, 1 1/ 2 below Tuesday's closing. At Chicaco the grain market and pro- Visions In sympathy was depressed and weak. Wheat closed l%c, 1% lower than Tuesday; Corn was %c, 7« lower, and oats %c, lie off Tuesday's close. Pork suf ffered another fall of 20c. Money Was unchanged at Wall street: Government and state bonds showed no new feature. Railroid and other stocks were strong and generally high er. Canadian Pacific advanced I}i per cent., Dela ware & Lackawanna \ r;' c , Philadelphia & Reading 1%, Danville 1, West Point land Manitoba \\i higher than Tuesday's close. Mining shares were generally firm and a moderate business was transacted in the morning, but the market closed dull and heavy. The Globe has presented some account of abirth-day dinuer given in honor of the dis tinguished New York lawyer, David Dudley Field, at the residence of his brother in Washington, Justice Field of the United States Supreme Court. It was the 79th birth-day of Mr. Field, who affords a remark able instance of the retention of mental and physical vigor in advanced age. It has been and still is, the practice of Mr. Field to walk to and from his office, and to take active open air exercise, and to this is largely at tributed his vigor and health in extreme old age. But he came from a long-lived ances try. He was born in Stockbrldge, Berkshire county, Massachusetts. His father, the Rev. David Field, D. D., was an octogenarian when he died. THE COLORED MAN IN POLITICS. The Chicago Tribune is thrown into violent tremors by the report that the matter of put ting a colored Presidential ticket in the field, to the late subject race, is under serious con sideration. The Tribune rehearses,, with an unction that fairly overslaughs "the bloody shirt" business, the eternal, unextinguishable obligation of the colored race to the Repub lican party, not only for past fa vors, but for present benefits. The fact that intelligent colored men are discussing the propriety of putting in nomination a man of their own color for President, shows their lack of respect for the Republican party, and that its perfidious official treatment of colored men, is well understood by them. The distress of the Tribune over this matter is ludicrous. It sees in the nomination of a third (colored) ticket, an absorption of a large portion of the color ed vote, relied upon by the republicans, and which they can illy afford to spare. The re publican party cannot much longer hold the £x-bondsmen as political serfs. Many of them are declaring for the Democratic party and its principles, while still larger numbers are seeking a way to slip the republican collar, and strike out for manly independ ence in political action. DORSET'S FINE ITALIAN HAND. Dorsey is in Washington. He has left his ranch in New Mexico to which he retired im fnediately upon the close of his trial. His appearance at the capital awakens interest and speculation. He is evidently still on deck, and regarded as a power in politics. TJie various Republican factions, aspirants and their friends, are paying assiduous court to him. The head of ihe government that so savagely prosecuted, if it did not persecute him, is in a sort of fidgety, nervous state, and is anxi ous to conciliate him, as he has the half Dreed leading in New York. The intense anxiety of Arthur and his friends to secure a denomination has cropped out as never be fore, since Dorsey's arrival in Washington. It is reported that he has been invited to the ■White house. That may be doubted, but it is undoubtedly true that an inti mate friend of Arthur did call on Dorsey, and in the course of the conversation said: "Supposing the President were to call upon you, Jfr. Dorsey, would you have any objection to Buch a reconciliation?" "If Mr. Arthur should send np his card to me,,' savagely retorted Mr. Dorsey. "I would Send w*brd down that 1 was engaged. I would hot see ftim." $nuB Arthur is willing to get down on his marrow bones Before the man that he and his absurd attorney general, tried to send to the penitentiary. Dorsey spurns hiiQ| and is bent on revenge. Can the President by any means placate this star route prince? We Ehall see. As the case now stands Dorsey leans toward Logan, deeming him the best instrument to be used to upset the machina tions of Arthur and his henchmen. It is said Dorsey has plenty of money and nu merous western friends of powerful Influence, and that he will go into the preliminary campaign L foc ail it is worth to defeat Arthur at Chicago. Dorsey was the acknowledged leader of the Republican campaign of 1880, and is still admitted to be a power worth conciliating and securing. If Arthur, by the aid of Brewster, Bliss and his other straps, had Dorsey safe in the penitentiary, he would have nothing to fear from him. but now he must make the best of the situation, buy him off, if he can, and fight him if he must. Meanwhile, outsiders will look upon the adroit posturing of this happy political family with amusement, if not with amazement, at the grand and lofty tumbling of the supple political acrobats In the Republican ring. CURSIXfi GLADSTONE. In the vote to censure Gladstone in the house of commons, the vote of the Irish members went solidly with the opposition. Despite this the government was sustained by a very handsome majority. It will occur to most people in this country, that the spectacle of the Irish members voting side by side with their bitterest enemies, and against the man who has done more for them than any other Englishman, living or dead, is a most curious one, and one which cannot be easily under stood. This occurrence would almost lead to the suspicion that the Irish members in par liament arc acting more as if they are politi cians than patriots. It may be that they desired a dissolution of parliament and a restoration of the tones to power, with the belief that by such a course all hope of a gradual reformation of English rule in Ireland wonld be abandoned, and a crisis precipitated whose outcome might be the successful secession of Ireland from Great Britain. To most people it would seem as if the dream of an immediate Irish nationality Is chimerical, and that for the present Ireland had best take such conces sions and ameliorations as she can get. This will not interfere with the final independence of Ireland; and until the period of that hoped for independence shall arrive the suffering Irish people should not be forced to submit to all the hardships which they are now enduring. The liberal party may not be the warm friend of the Irish, but it is the best friend they have, and they should not throw it away until they can get something better to take ts place. THE CENTRAL FIGURE. The political pot is boiling—Republican, Presidential possibilities are on the anxious scat. Their henchmen are alert and anx ious. Arthur, just now, is developing un expected strength. He has the advantage of being in power, and of being the dispenser of patronage. If he is not a man of first class ability, if he is, indeed, low in the scale of statesmanship, he is, nevertheless, a com petitor for additional Presidential honors, not to be despised. He is a politician rather than a statesman. Politics with him and his im mediate followers Is a profession rather than an incident of citizenship. He is a machine boss, and works the machine for all it is worth. In the role of party machinery, he is sagacious and adroit. He is in New York politics a.stalwart of the stalwarts, yet, he has had the address to conutiiate the half-breeds. To carry New York in the nominating con vention, as well as at the election, is with him a prime necessity; failing in which would be fatal to his hopes. Senator Miller, the half-breed boss is conbining with him. By the way, Senator Miller is not fully ap preciated. He is under-rated and under valued by the public. He is a man of much skill and power, second, perhaps, only to what Roscoe Conkling was in machine poli tics in his palmy days. Thus with the half breed contingent drawn to his side, Arthur is quite likely, if not sure to capture the New York delegation, and with that as a vantage ground, to secure the nomination. Logan with all the booming attempted for him, is not likely to be formidable. He may go into the convention with a few delegations, but without general support. The second choice of those who favor him will be Ar thur. Edmunds, with more ability has but a small following. He lacks magnetic force and excites no popular enthusiasm. John Sherman is weaker still. He has been long in public life, and is tainted with too many disreputable jobs, and suspicions, if not direct proof of corruption. Lincoln is the weakest of all. He is the son of his venerated, father, and but for the accident of his parentage would have his name connected with no high offi cial position. James G. Blame, seems to be, in his own consciousness, and with general acquicsience, out of the question. And even "Our own Windom," sad as is the fact, is an immeasurable distance from the Presidency. Minnesota's delegation will not go to the Chicago convention of 1884, as did the immortal "10" in 1880. From this general outlook, Arthur, then, would appear to be the central figure, and to be quite sure of the glittering prize of nomi nation at Chicago. But if nominated, his election is quite a different thing. New York, at the best, would be doubtful for him; Ohio an impossi bility, and Indiana, in 1884, will not be, as in 1880, purchasable. The Democrats with a wisely selected and justly balanced ticket, will be sure of victory against the field, whoever may be the Repub lican nominee. Corruption has weakened and is disintegrating the Republican party, while the coherence and strength of the Democratic party are adequate for suc cessful achievements at the polls. The country is looking with hope to the Democ racy to rebuke official corruption, and to rec tify the abuses of Republican rule. The Globe has already indicated the Na tional ticket that will, if put in nomination be sure, to be elected, and when elected will open a new era of government, of the people,Qby the people , for the people. THE GERMAN PRESS ON HERB LAS KER. The leading German newspa pers of this country are mak ing a tremendous pother over the reception given by Bismarck to the Lasker resolutions. This is especially the case with the Staats- Zeitung, of Chicago, whose chief inspiration is the notorious Anton C. Hesing. This journal is outspoken to a remarkable degree. The very next day after the reception of the news of the return of the Lasker resolutions this journal announced that this is a country of cowards for not resenting the insult of Bismarck, It could scarcely find epithets vile enough to express its contempt for a people so infected with poltroonery that they failed, on a six hours' notice, to resent the action of the Ger man chancellor. It looks now as if this country was about to have another war on its hands. For some years we have been carrying on hostilities against England in the interests of our Irish-American element, and now there is every appearance favoring the belief that we shall have to take up arms in a similar manner against Germany in the interests of our German-American resi dents. It will be a grand opportunity for the professional politicians, this new devel opment. Every gentleman who aspires to be an alderman will run on a platform in which denunciation of Bismarck will be the princi pal plank, and every place hunter who wishes an appointment or an election will ask it on the ground of hisjcontempt for the tyrannical despot of the Hohenzollers. It is not long since we kicked out the Chinaman in order to particularly accommodate one class of foreigners in our midst, and in bo doing we Cinctured the ill-will of the Chinese government. Our efforts in the Interest of Ireland have lost us what few friends we had—supposing we had some—in England. France does not regard us with a friendly eye on account of our menaces against its adulterated wines and brandies. As fast as possible we are trying to get up a THE ST. PAUL DAILY GLdkE, THURSDAY MORNING, FEBRUARY 21, 1884. row with Germany with the intention it would seem of ridding ourselves of every friend In Europe. We have pretty nearly accomplished this intention and stand with scarcely an ally among the nations. And why have we done this? Has It been in the interest of our republicanism, or of civiliza tion, or anything of the kind? Not at all. What we have done in this direction has been solely for the benefit of party. We handled the question of Chinese labor in this country for the exclusive purpose of catching the vote of one foreign nationality, which has become domiciled among us. It Is to catch a for eign vote that there ha 3 been a constant irri tation of England over hor management of the Irish difficulty. It was to catch another foreign vote that we had the impudence to pass resolutions in regard to Lasker and then cap the insult by having them sent to Lasker's chief opponent with the request that he give them a place of honor. If we are going to have a foreign war on our hands it would be well to have some more substantial basis than the mere desire of one party or the other to win the foreign vote. So far as the schemes of parties in this direction are concerned, they are not worth the spilling of one drop of American blood or the expenditure of one dollar of American money. So far as the present blood-curdling newspaper howl against Ger many is concerned, let the people clearly understand that those who do the howling do not care a son for Germany or its alleged insults, but that they are simply working for the German vote in this country. If this be understood all apprehension as to an early declaration of war on the part of Germany or the United States and directed against each other will cease. Let the people sleep in peace. All this racket and pother are only a raid for loot in the shape of Ger man votes. CURRENT COMMENTS. In viewing the important interests involved,and scanning the differences in the minds of men upon the tariff, it is instrnctive to hear what practical men have to say. Mr. John Tod, son of the late Gov. Tod, of Ohio, is an extensive iron manufacturer, and with this introduction his opinion upon pending tariff legislation is sub mitted ; "The Morrison bill's provisions would destroy the iron industry. It is impossible that it should pass. The senate and the president stand in the way. No, Ido not think the Demo cratic protectionists will stand by their guns and defeat it in the house. The trouble is that the large majority of the Democratic masses are in favor of free trade. Wherever there is a Demo cratic caucus the majority is the same way. The Democrats in congress will caucus, and then the protectionists will vote with their party. The iron business has been picking up an increased use in various directions. In 1883 the tonnage of iron manufactured was as great as in lBB2,though prices were much lower. Yet several thousand miles less of railroads were built. This year, if the railroad building was equal to that of 1882, we could not begin to meet the demand, so greatly increased is this outside use. The cessation of railroad building is due to loss of confidence, and that in turn is helped along by such things as the Morrison bill." Remarking upon the return by Bismarck of the Lasker resolution of condolence, passed by the congress of the United States, the London Times says that "although the thing seems in credible, the fact is that the relations between Washington and Berlin are in a great tension, chiefly owing to the pig flesh question." The Times itself seems to be in a state of "tension," as it continues: "One thing is certain, we have not heard the last of the Lasker incident. The Americans are too proud, too sensitive and too Independent for that." It is to be hoped that the Times will not go to war with Berlin over the matter. There is no intention of war paint on this side over so nonsensical a transaction as this whole affair turns out to be. In his London correspondence to the New York Tribune Geo. W. Smalley, (Son-in-law of the late Wendell Phillips), writes: "The Queen's book, published on Tuesday, is reviewed in nearly every journal with a respectful suppression of the most obvious criticisms. The volume con tains interesting passages, but abounds in trivi alities and indiscretions. The omissions are more remarkable than the contents. The Pall Mall Gazette almost alone discusses the Queen's performance, if not frankly, with elaborate irony." The city council of Bangor, Maine, are in favor of standard time. Mayor Cummings is not. The council by ordinance proposed to adopt the "standard" and to place in the city hall a clock with a twenty-four honr dial. The mayor vetoed the ordinance, stating as one of the chief reasons for his disapproval that solar time is according to "one of the inevitable laws of God," and cannot be improved by the poor device of man. Judge James Grant, of Davenport, lowa, President of the National Trotting Association, is authority for the statement that there are in the country 5,000 horses trotting below 2:30. When one stops to think of it that is a remark able fact. The judge says the coming season will be the best for trotting ever known, and the National association was never so prosperous as at present. Four hundred women of Ward 20, in Boston, have signed a remonstrance to the state lejrisla- ture against granting further suffrage to women. On the other hand severalthousand have petition ed for its oxtension. The hinderance to the cause is clearly seen—a divided house, and indifference upon the part of women themselves. In the Pacific coal mines last year »there were sixteen hundred and seventy-six accidents, three hundred and twenty-three of them involving deaths, making one hundred and fifty-three wives, widows, and five hundred and twelve chil dren, orphans. The death rate was one death to each 90,000 tons of coal taken out. Dio Lewis says American women need sun shine and powder to improve their complexions. The sunshine is a proper suggestion, but the public have not heretofore suspected that Dio was an agent of a cosmetic shop. New London, Conn., is the only town in New England which imposes a tax on commercial travelers. The "drummers" are perfectly will ing that grass should grow in the streets of that village. A Canadian thistle upon one side and a Canadian goose upon the other, is the design of a medal proposed as a souvenier of the late carni val festivities at Montreal. Comment is unneces sary. A scientific says that the American of to-day is not the bilious man of fifty years ago. The world do move. In Death not Divided. Milwaukee, Feb. 20.— F. C. Bradley and wife, an aged couple, died a natural death this morning at their home. They were found in each other's arms. He was for merly a wealthy railroad contractor, but lost his money through fraud on the part of oth ers, and has of late years been employed at the United States engineer's office. Will Resume. [Special Telegram to the Globe.] New York, Feb. 20.—McGinnis Bros. & Fearing, who suspended on Monday, will re sume business. They paid to the Oregon Transcontinental company one-half of the $97,200 to which the company was entitled. The other half is paid in notes, and the firm resume business at once. Making Up the Deficit, [Special Telegram to the Globe.] Mooehead, Minn., Feb. 20.—Six of the bondsmen of ex-Treasurer Czizek, paid over to-day to the finance committee of the Moor head council, their pro rate amounts of the treasurer's defalcation, amounting in all to $11,248. The remaining bondsmen are making arrangements to pay also. A Compromise. Alliance, 0., Feb. 20.—1t is reported that Lanborn & Gray, the assigned bankers, and that a committee of the directors have agreed to a basis of settlement, by which the firm pays one-third of the liabilities as soon as the assignment is lifted, and the balance in one and two years, without interest. There is a severe epidemic of scarlet fever, among th« children of Ware, Massachusetts. WASHINGTON. The Republican National Con vention Still the Absorb ing Topic at the Capital. With the Chances of Chicago Loom- ing Up, and a Late Conven tion Probable. The Democratic Caucns Makes Preparations For the Next Presidential Cam paign—A State Dinner. [Special Telegram to the Globe. | Washington*, Feb. 20. —Persons entitled to tobacco rebates would do well to bring all the pressure to bear that they can on the secretary of the- treasury for the purpose of having him detail the necessary clerks to ex amine claims. In round numbers there are 46,000 claims, of which only the merest frac tion have been rejected. A few were thrown out because they were not made in time, and some claims were made on broken packages, while the law relates to whole packages. A very few were thrown out for fraud or other reasons. From the entire country only a hundred or two of claims were rejected. The last of these claims was passed from the internal revenue office to the fifth auditor's office last November. The fifth auditor has now passed about seven-eighths of the whole lot to the first comptroller, and here they are stalled. Comptrojler Lawrence'told the Globe cor respondent to-day that he had only four clerks in the division to which these claims go, and they have so much work ahead of them that unless the comptroller has additional clerks assigned him, it will take years before his office will ever begin the examination of these tobacco claims. A large force was em ployed on them in the internal revenue of fice, and Comptroller Lawrence has asked for extra help. Gen. Raum, as attorney for several of the largest tobacco claimants, has, with the concurrence of Judge Lawrence, asked Secretary Folger to detail thirty clerks at once for the examination of these cases. The secretary will probably feel moved ti ask for a deficiency appropriation from congress if he is furnished these clerks. Commissioner Evans refuses to furnish a list of rejected claims. As stated above, It would be a very short one, and he says that all persons whose claims have been re jected have been notified to that effect. Persons who have not been told that their claims had been rejected may therefore assume that their claims are approved. The money has been appropriated, and is all ready to pay those claims when Judge Law rence approves them. TWO KEPt'BI.ICAN DELEGATION'S. There will be two delegations from"Virgin ia applying for admission into the Republi can national convention at Chicago. The combination of representatives and followers of Mahone have called a convention to nom inate delegates and the committee of the regular Republican organization, which re fuses to recognize Maho ne's leadership, will meet in Richmond to-morrow to call a con vention. Ex-Congressman Derendorf, one of the most" active anti-Mahone representatives, says the regular Republicans will certainly have a separate convention and send a full delega tion to the convention. He thinks the sen timent of most of the Virginia Republicans is favorable to Mr. Blame, but if he shoud not be a candidate General Logan would probably be their second choice. He says Logan is an able and consistent Republican, and has many strong points that would make him a popular candidate for the presidency. It is learned from another source that the Mahone party is hostile to Mr. Blame because he was an earnest opponent of Ma hone's schemes with reference to the Virginia state debt and against any endorsement of the readjusters by the Garfield administration. Gen. Logan has many earnest friends among the|Mahoneites, but as nearly all of the white Republican leaders who train with Mahone are office holders president Arthur can have their support in preference to any other candidate if he desires it. CHICAGO AHEAD. The St. Louis people are hardly so con fident to-night as they were yesterday, and there is considerable abatement of their brag and bluster. It has been ascertained to-day that the only real work in favor of that city has been done by the two Missouri senators. Bqth of these gentlemen are actively inter ested in the matter, and through their per sonal solicitations with their senatorial col leagues have really succeeded in procuring a few votes that would otherwise have gone elsewhere. Senator Vest especially is a popular man who never does things by halves. His personal influence among Re publicans and Democrats alike is very great and the blows he is dealing at Chicago are more effective than the combined efforts of the rest of his delegation. Mr. Goudy in conversation with a Globe representative io-night said: "We are sure of twelve votes on the first ballot and possi bly fifteen. On this ballot there will be more or less complimentary voting—there always is. On the second we will gain sufficient strength to control the majority vote." He says there is but one thing to be feared. Chairman Barnum will arrive to-night. His influence among certain members of the committee is very great. Should he chose to exert this influence solidly in favor of some place that may control at the present time half a dozen votes, (Saratoga for instance,) it may result in a stampede that would wrest the victory from Chicago. But Mr. Goudy does not apprehend that this will be the case. He says that several members of the committee who are largely in Mr. Barnum's confidence, are active sup porters of Chicago and this fact leads him to believe that Mr. Barnum, aside from a per sonal preference for Saratoga, will occupy a strictly neutral position in the matter. As stated in last night's dispatches, the re sult will turn largely on the settlement of the question whether the campaign shall be a long or short one. About twenty members of the committee are either present or represented by proxy. All these gentlemen, with the exception of Col. Prather, of St. Louis, favor a short campaign. Should this sentiment be shared by a majority of the committee, the conven tion will not convene until the latter part of July, or even as late as the sth of Augu.st, the date Mr. Goudy prefers. Such a result would be fatal to St. Louis prospects. The Chicago men are neither offering or accepting wagers on the result. Mike Mc- Donald's advice on this subject is religiously heeding. "Take no bets until Thursday night," said he, "and then whoop 'em up for all they've got." A Chicago newspaper man approached him to-night and told him that a St. Louis delegate would bet him $100 on the result. "Did you take it?" "Njp," was the reply. "I didn't have but $25," running his hand into his pocket Mike drew forth a handful Of bills and handing the astonished journalist $75, said: "Now go and bet him, but don't mention my name. It might hurt our cause," and then he walked across the room and lectured one of his adherents on the folly of betting at this stage of the game. The speech in the committee for St. Louis will be made by Sen ator Vest. The speech for Chicago will be made probably by Mayor Harrison. If two are allowed Mr. Melville Tucker will also speak. The Illinois Democratic members have se lected Mr. Townshend as their representative in the congressional committee. ARTHUR'S STATE DINNER. President Arthur gave the first of his series of state dinners to senators and representa tives at the White house this evening. Ten suite of state apartments were In gala array for the event, the east room being hand somely decorated with miniature groves of palms and tree ferns in all the angles and window embrasures, and the mantel pieces were banked with hyacinths and foliage plants. The other parlors were similarly adorned, and palms and bloom ing azales were placed along the corrider. The marine band was stationed In the entrance hall and discoursed appropriate selections during the evening, signaling the president's entry to the parlors by the air of "Hail to to the Chief." The guests were re ceived in the blue parlor by Mrs. McElroy, and when all had assembled the president was notified and descended to great his guests. Dinner was announced shortly defore 8 o'clock, when the president offered his arm to Mrs. J. P. Jones, of Nevada, and escort ing her to the table seated her at at his right. Mrs. McElroy followed on the arm of Sanator Anthony, and the other guests in their official order. The state dining room was handsomely decorated for the occasion with blooming azales in the windows and hyacinths in moss along the mantel pieces. The table with its broad end and curving sides was decorated with low ferns. The central ornament of the long mirror was a large oval piece of roses and lilies of the valley. The mirror was bordered with roses, carnation heliotrope and other flowers, and at either end of it were tall gilt and crystal compotes, running over with long stemmed Marshal Neil roses. Large baskets of tulips and flat pieces of roses' azales and carnations decorated the ends of the table, and gilt and silver candelbra bear ing branches of shaded wax lights were placed at intervals. A caraje goblet and six wine glasses were at each place, together with the gilt-embossed name cards, and covers laid for fifty. Flat corsage bouquets of roses of lilies of the valley, with long satin ribbons, were laid at each lady's plate and rose bud boutonnieres were provid ed for the gentleman. The guests on this occasion were Senator and Mr 3. J. P. Jones of Nev., Senator and Mrs. Butler of South Carolina, Senator and Mrs. Gibson of Louis iana, Senator and Mrs. Wilson of lowa, Senator and Mrs. Mahone of Virginia, Sen ator and Mrs. Palmer of Michigan, Senator and Mrs. Cullom of Illinois, Sena tor Anthony, of Rhode Island, Mrs. Angus Cameron of Wisconsin, Representative and Mrs. Ketcham, of New York; Represen tative and Mrs. Blackburn, of Kentucky; Representative and Mrs. Lyman, of Massa chusetts; Representative and Mrs. Cannon, of Illinois; Representative and Mrs. Calkins, of Indiana; Representative McKinsley, of Ohio; Representative snd Mrs. Phelps and Miss Phelps, ot New Jersey; Representative and Mrs. Davis, Secretary of State Carr and Mrs. Carr, of Albany, N. V.; Mr. Jesse Spalding, collector of the port of Chicago, and Miss Spalding, Mr. and Mrs. Scribner, of New York, Mr. Sanderson, of .Milwaukee, Col. James Howe, of Wisconsin, nephew of the late Postmaster General Howe, Miss Kneevals, of New York, and Mr. and Mrs. Hepburn and Miss Hepburn, of New York. [Western Associated Press.] Washington*, Feb. 20.—The secretary of war notified Beckwith, at Cincinnati, and Gushing, at Pittsburg, to pay out of the funds at their disposal the allotment of money made by the secretary to the mayors of cities for the purchase of supplies. The total money alloted to the cities below Ironton, under the charge of Beckwith, was $20,000, and cities above Ironton, in charge of Gushing, $61, -750. $50,000 was also sent to Saxton, at Louisville, for Jeffersonville, and $1,000 to Mayor Bell, Newport, making a grand total of $87,750, independent of large sums ex pended by Beckwith and Saxton, In charter ing and provisioning the relief steamers. Many applications are made to the secretary of war for assistance out of the relief fund for re-establishing the dwellings destroyed by the flood. The secretary asks that public notification be made in the newspapers of the assciated press particularly in those which may reach the flooded districtst that he is not authorized by law to use any part of the fund for that pur pose. He is only authorized to distribute subsistence, stores, clothing and other per sonal necessaries. Such tents as can be furnished from the stores of the army, which are not many, will be furnished through Gen. Beckwith, at Cincinnati, and all applications therefor will be referred to him. THE ASSOCIATION AGREEMENT. The Southern Railway and Steamship as sociation met again to-day. The difficulty originating at last night's meeting was satis factorily adjusted, and the following resolu tion was adopted: As the continuance of the" association Is considered of great import ance to its members; ftesolved, That the agreement of October 2s, 1883, be put In for 1884, with the understanding that the ex ecutive committee will have power, on the Ist of June next, to continue it until Jan. 1, 1885, by unanimous agreement, but if un able to agree upon so doing, then a meeting of the association, on or before the first of July, shall be held to consider the ques tion of its continuance. Adjourned. The treasury department has been notified that the president of Mexico has issued a decree imposing an additional duty of 5 per cent, on all articles imported into Mexico, commencing the 15th of May next. HIGH-HANDED PROCEEDINGS. Senators Vest and CockrelL, Speaker Car lisle and Representatives Springer and Mor sison, received the following telegram from Santa Fe, N. M., to-day: "The secretary of New Mexico refuses to administer the oath of office to the legally elected members of the territorial legislature assembled to-day, and as sumes to decide the election qualifications of members against the vote of the majority holding legal certificates of election. Will you assist us in maintaining our rights under the law, as against official usurpation by the federal officers i We are a majority of the council, composed of both political parties, Republicans and Democrats. Franco C. Havez, Republican, president, Henry L. Warren, Democrat, Chas. Montaldo, Repub lican, J. S. Valdez, Republican, Franco Perea, Democrat, Anthony Joseph, Democrat. PETERS FOR THE SEAT. The house committee on elections after hearing an argument on behalf of Wood, in the Kansas contested election case of Wood vs. Peters, decided by 11 to 10 to re port in favor of the right of Peters, the sit ting member, to his seat. AN AGRICULTURAL DEPARTMENT. Senator Plumb reported to-day from the committee on agriculture, a bill to provide for the erection of the department of agricul ture into an executive department, and for making the chief officer of that department a cabinet officer with the title of secretary of agriculture, and with the same salary as the other heads of departments. It also provides for an assist ant secretary of agriculture with the same salary as is now paid the assistant secretary of the interior. MISCELLANEOUS. The senate committee on claims agreed to make an adverse report on the bill to autho rize the court of claims to hear and determine the claims of the state of Georgia for cotton seized by the United States during the late war. The claims amount to $300,000. Hon. Columbus Delano, of Ohio, and others, made arguments to-day before the committee on ways and means in favor of the restoration of the duties on wool imposed in the tariff of 1860. Representative Broadhead appeared before the house committee on coinage, weights and measures to-day in support of the bill to establish a mint at St. Louis. No action was reached. THE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS. At the caucus of the Democratic members of the house, held this afternoon, Carlisle, Randall, Morrison, Eaton, Reagan, Barbour, A. S. Hewitt, Thompson and Cobb were ap pointed a committee to confer with a committee from the senate in relation to the organization of a Democratic, campaign committee and to report at a joint caucus, to be held on next Wednesday. The chairman of the caucus, S. S. Cox, was instructed to appoint a com mittee of six to co-operate with the sergeant at arms in securing the prompt attendance of the members when a call of the house Is or dered. The following resolution was adopted, its object being to prevent a repetition of proceedings similar to those of Monday night: That it is the sense of this caucus that no Democrat should absent himself from the house without leave. Dispatches were received here to-day from ex-Senator McDonald, Indiana, emphatically contradicting the report that he or his friends are taking any part in the conte^ of the cities for the location of the Democratic national con vention. Henry Watterson was seen by the reporter of the Associated press, on the sub ject to-night, and said: "Neither Mr. Mc- Donald or his friends attach the slightest im portance to the location of the convention. They are divided on the matter according to their individual preferences. In the matter of McDonald's presidential prospects, an othsr place will suit them." THE RAILROADS. Local and General Topics ot the Track -The Vaiulerbi It-Cable Fight- M. & St. L. Earnings. TJie Tandrrbilt-fablc flght-The Tormer "Gires Himself iirai/" and the Latter Scores a point. [Chicago Tribune 19.) The fight between Vanderbilt and President Cable, of the Rock Island, is the principal topic of discussion in railroad circles here. It is generally conceded that President Cable is making an able and gallant tijrht against the great monopolist, and that, the latter is continually losing ground. Up to a few days ago it was the general opinion that Vander bilt was so powerful that he would easily succeed in forcing Mr. Cable from the presi dency of the road. There are few. however, who think so now. Mr. Vanderbilt, by his stupid talk through the press, has "given himself dead away," just as Mr. Cable and his friends expected he would do. Mr. Cable's interviews were no doubt published for the purpose of drawing Mr. Vanderbilt out, ex pecting that he would say something foolish. Had Mr. Vanderbilt maintained his first posi tion —namely: that he was waging this war upon Mr. Cable because his management was unsatisfactory—he might have succeeded in getting some proxies that he mi«;ht use againt Mr. Cable at the next election. But his later statement that he was fighting Mr. Cable simply because he was not friendly enough to the Chicago <fc Northwestern, and all that he, (Vanderbilt.) wanted was to elect such men as President Keep and vice president Hughitt, of the Chicago & North western, to the Rock Island board, opened the eyes of all the Rock Island stockholders, who now to a man back up Mr. Cable and giye him their fullest support. That asser tion showed that Vanderbilt's sole desire was to use the Rock Island, in which he has only an interest of about $1,500,000, to benefit the Northwestern, in which he has a controlling interest. The establishment of the Albert Lea route to St. Paul and the northwest by the Rock Island has been a se vere blow to the Chicago <fc Northwestern. and Vanderbilt has been smarting under it ever since. The difficulty is concisely stated in the following circular letter, issued last Saturday by Davis ifc Co., of New York: "The true inwardness of the trouble is, that Rock Island's line to Minneapolis and St. Paul secured a large amount of business during 1883 at the expense of Northwestern. If Rock Island would withdraw from Minne sota, itis probable that Mr. Vanderbilt would suddenly lose his desire fora larger represen tation in the management." Everybody admits that the Rock Island has been managed for the benefit of the stock holders. It is one of the best paying rail roads in the country, and its management has reflected the sound business sense and conservative ways of Mr. David Dows, the vice-president of the road. The Northwest ern, in which Mr. Vanderbilt's holdings are estimated at $20,000,000, suffers by the Rock Island's competition, and it is perfectly nat ural that Vanderbilt should feel irritated about it. It is natural, also, that the Rock Island, which is not at all interested in the Northwestern, should try to protect its own interests, even if it does hurt Vanderbilt's rival road. M. d St. L. R. R. Return of gross earnings at the Minneapo lis & St. Louis railroad to State Railroad Commissioner Baker for the year ending Dec. 31, 1883: Gross Earnings. Taxes. 1883 ?2,004,050 92 $00,476 13 1882 1,231,787 88 30,828 71 Increase $01,381 80 $1,503 81 Rail Notes. Mr. Warren, of the St. Paul & Manitoba road, has gone to Chicago. Chas. Vance, general agent of the St. Paul & Duluth road, Is in St. Paul. The Wisconsin Central's earnings for the second week in February were 1884, $28,160; in 1883, $26,329; increase, $1,171. Earnings of the Milwaukee & Northern second week of the present month, were nearly $5,000 in excess of the road's earn ings for the second week in February, 1883. iris reported that Mr. W. H. McDoel, general freignt agent of the Hannibal & St. Joe, has been offered the position of traffic manager of the Texas and St. Louis rail road. A. Abel, formerly general Rocky Moun tain passenger agent of the Chicago, Milwau kee & St. Paul road, has taken a similar po sition on the Northern Pacific road with head quarters at Milwaukee. The Northern Pacific people report an un usually heavy fall of snow in Rocky mount ains, the same being two or three feet deep. The trains were not stopped by it, though of course they were more or less delayed. They are all right now and on time. Commissioner Fink has just issued the fol lowing circular: "Mr. George W. Ristine has been appointed referee in special cases arising under the Pacific Coast agreement of these lines, and is authorized to hear and decide snch cases as may be brought before him under that agreement." The rate on salt, In barrels or in bulk, car loads, from Detroit and Toledo to Kansas City, St. Joseph, Atchison and Leavenfrorth, will be 26% cents per 100 pounds, supersed ing the rate from Detroit and Toledo to the Missouri river points named, shown in Southwestern Railway association tariff No. 1, dated January 15. The Wizard that swept overthe nor thwestern territory on Monday and Tuesday was a very severe one indeed. Fortunately no trains were snowed in between stations, but several were stopped on the different roads in the northwest at different stations. There they remained till the storm was over. On the Breckinridge extension and the Brown's Valley branch trains were not run on Tues day, but the snow plow was at work. Locating engineer W. O. Seymour, states that the location for the Wisconsin Central's extension to St. Paul from Chippewa Falls has been completed. This location, starting at Chidpewa Falls, makes gradually north in running west, and on reaching] the Mis sissippi river, seventy miles west of Chip pewa Falls, is about twelve miles north of the starting point. Its course is nearly par allel with the Omaha's main line, and ten miles north of it. The road crosses the Mis sissippi river about three miles north of Still water, and from there takes a direct shoot to the southwest, through Stillwater and into St. Paul. The road will be about 100 miles in length, and cross the north Wisconsin division of the Omaha road at New Richmond which is the only town of importance touched between Chippewa Falls and the river. Prohibition. DesMoinks, lowa, Feb. 20.—The senate yesterday passed a prohibitory bill by a vote of 35 to 13. The bill defines intoxicating liquors to mean, alcohol, ale, wine, beer, spirituous, vinous and malt. No person shall manufacture, or keep for sale, any of above liquors. Miss Fortescue the London actress has taken the first steps in her suit for breach of promise against Lord Gormoyle The amount of damages claimed is £30,000. KEIFER'S POOR MEMORY. He Cannot Remember Where the Interview Took Place. White. His Secretary, Appears to be an Interested Witness. The Lateness of the Session Makes the Charge Appear Rather Thin. Washington. Feb. 20.—The committee to investigate the charge* of Keifer vs. Boynton resumed session Una morning. Keifer's counsel announced his readiness to proceed, although part of his witnesses were absent, but some would arrive to-morrow morning, and some to-morrow evening. Keifer was sworn, and his counsel suggested that the examination be first on dinted by himself, as counsel. The committee agreed, without waiving the right to ask questions whenever it desired. Keifer said. "Ma personal acquaintance with Boynton began about seven years ago. His relations with him had been friendly until about tin first of March last." In reply to the ques tion "whether he had had aconver-atii'n with Boyinton regarding the aiding of the passage of any bill pending before the Forty-seventh congress." witness said '-that it was possible that Boynton spoke to him incidentally, but he did not recollect that he spoke especially about the McGarraghan bill until about the last of February. On the 27th of February he received a note from Boynton. which has been published, asking him to recognize Representative Dnnnell, to move to suspend the rules and pass the McGarrahan bill. Abont two days after that date. Boynton came to the speaker's room, and asked witness in n low tone of voice, whether he wbtild recognise Dunnell. At tlii- time there was in the room J. G. White, who was clerk at the speaker's tabic. White was at hts desk. He thought that there was something said by White, about Dunnell hav ing been already recognised upon another matter. It was White's duty to keep ■ list of persons who wanted recognition. B-vnton in low tofte said the matter he wanted to talk about was a private matter. White left the room. Witness then detailed the alleged conversation, in his room, in the same manner in which he detailed it on the floor of the house, describing the location of persons and the furniture in speakeSß room. Boynton produced the bill for the relief of McGarrahan, identical with the one being put in evidence by the witness. Witness ex pressed his surprise that Boynton should come to him with a corrupt proposition. Boynton immediately left the room and since that time witness had not spoken to Boyn ton. Coleman inquired "whether, since that time, the allusions to Keifer in the Commercial Gazette were friendly or unfriend!;.." Mr. Adams of the eomnittce objected to the question until the papers should be pro duced showing the allusions had been made. Coleman, Keifer'a counsel, recognized the force of the objection, but said, his object was to show that prior to the conversations, the allusions were friendly and afterwards unfriendly. ('olcinan then Inquired, "whith er the Witness had spoken with any one about the interview shortly after it took place." The chairman held that the question was not competent, but it was waived i<>rthe present. Chairman Hopkins and Mr. Adams asked Gen. Keifer a number of questions, their chiefobject being to ascertain why the ex-speaker listened so long to Boynton's alleged corrupt propositions without rebuking him, and to have him lix the time of an in terview. Gen. Keifer said, he did not wish to be hasty with :i man who had been n friend for many years. The exact time of the conversation he was unable to fix. (ien. Keifer further said, that Repre scntative Dunm-ll desired to be recognized for the McGarrahan bill, but he told him none would be recognized to put the bill through. Hen. Boynton then crons-exam ined Gen. Keifer, who continued the truth fulness of the speech on the Moor of the house, but said he did not consider Improper Gen. Boynton's letter asking him in behalf of McGarrahan to recognize some one for his bill. He received a large number of such communications. It was only when taken in connection with a subsequent proposition that the letter became Im portant. Gen. Boynton was unable to get Gen. Keifer to lix the time of the al leged Interview any nearer than to say. that it was either on February 28, or March 1, and in the morning or afternoon. Ti amination then proceeded as follows: Boynton. "After I had tried to corrupt you in this most astoundinc; way, you took no steps to shut me tint of the press gallery." Witness. "No sir." The chairman. "Did you take any steps to call the attention, of the house to the. fact;" Witness. "No sir 1 we were at the close of the session. I had a thousand things to think of." Boynton then questioned the witness as \r. the senate rules, the progress of the work in ihe senate, and the state of business on its calendars, to show that there would have been no earthly possibility of the passage of the McGarrahan bill In the senate, even though it should pass the house, and then asked, "Did it seem remarkable to you that, with an experience three times as long as yourown, I should risk the reputation of a life and commit a felony? Felony, on the infinitisrnal chance of pushing that bill througn at that stage of the session?" Witness: "I can say the whole thing as tonished me beyond anything that occurred lately." Boynton: "If I had hopes of making mil lions, and desired to make you a party to It, does it not seem natural that I would have begun before a stage In the session when the tariff bill and five appropriation bills were pending in the senate'" Witness: "What motive Mr. Boynton had in coming tome, appealiiiKto me to help in the matter, he would be better able to tcdl himself." J. G. Allford, white, clerk of the speaker's table during the Forty-seventh congress, tes tified, I saw Boynton in the speaker's room sometime about March Ist. He s]>oke in a low tone to the speaker, and the latter Indicated that he desired to have a private interview, and witness left. He heard the speaker say that Dunnell had already been recognized once. Boynton held a bill in one hand, ne heard nothing, he said, when he went back to the room : the speaker was look ing for Boynton'B letter asking him to recog nize Dunnell and finally found it, and said he would present it. The witness was about to say what General Keifer told him of the conversation betweeu himself and Boynton, but the committee unanimously ruled such testimony as not competent. He could not fix the time of the interview, but thought it was in the morning. Adams searchingly cross-examined the witness, who exhibited at times much ner vousness. He had talked with Keifer touch ing the subject since the house passed the resolution for the in vestigation. He was acting as clerk to Keifer without pay, but he expected campensation. He boarded in the same house with Keifer and saw him daily. He" had assisted Keifer In various ways in the preparation of the cast;. In an swer to questions by Gen. Boynton, witness said he had talked frequently about this case to Games, the ex-speaker's nephew, and told him what he was going to testify to, but sub. sequently witness said, in answer to Cole, man, that he did not mean he told Gainei what he would testify to, but told him what he knew about the interview. Adjourned. Our Ocean Carrying Trade. Philadelphia Record. England put $100,000,000 into new ships last year. She made the money to pay foi them in doing the foreign carrying trade of the United States. To Kill Cockroaches. From Life. Take one pound of beeswax, two ounces of best shellac, melt together, and when at a temperature of 312 degrees add one ounce of Paris green, and pour on your roaches. An English woman who had little faith in banks used to swaliow coins for safe-keep ing. One day she swallowed seven pieces of silver. At her autopsy six of the coins were found, amounting to 3s 6d.