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VOL. XV. NO. 123.
PHILADELPHIA, THURSDAY, MAY 25, 1871.
DOUBLE SHEET THREE CENTS.
Treaty of Washington,
Voto on the Ratification.
j Rejection of Amendments.
The Franco-German Treaty.
Fire in the Mountains.
Loss cf Life and Property.
Etc., Etc.. Etc.. Etc.. Etc
THE TREATY RATIFIED.
All the Amendments Voted Down The
Fishery Articles Sustained by a Vote of
Nearly Two to One.
A Washington despatch to the New York Tri
The Treaty of Washington was ratified to
night by a vote of 50 to 12, after a session of
more than eleven hours' duration. The Senate
met at 10 A. M., and immediately went into
executive session. It is known that Messrs.
Corbett, Kelly, Casserly, Thurman, and Mor
rill, of Vermont, made speeches in opposition
to its ratification without amendment. Mr. Cas
serly s position is already known.
The Oregon Senators opposed it on account of
the San Juan articles. Mr. Morrill took decided
exception to the fishery provisions, and Mr.
Thurman was earnest in his opposition on ac
count of what he deemed a general unsatisfac
tory settlement, especially in the limitations to
which we submit by the new rules of neutral
law. Messrs. Cameron and Morton sustained
the treaty, and argued against all amendments.
The Democrats were in conference this morn
ing, and decided to vote for amendments, and,
as a rule, to oppose ratification.
Five amendments were offered, three being by
Mr. Sumner. One of these proposed a strength
ening of the second rule of arbitration in article
6 on the Alabama claims, which Mr. Sumner
thought too vague. The debate on this was
careful, and the vote on the motion to amend
was lost by only two majority. The rule he
Bought to amend is as follows:
Secondly, not to permit or suffer either belli
gerent to make use of its ports, or waters, as
the base of naval operations against the other,
or for the purpose of the renewal or augmenta
tion of military supplies, or arms, or the re
cruitment of men.
Mr. Sumner offered other amend mints touch
ing the definition of neutral and belligerent
rights and duties, but they were lost without a
call ot the yeas and nays. There was a propo
sition to strike out the articles relating to the
fisheries, but this was lost by a vote of nearly
two to one; and there was an equally heavy
majority against an amendment of Mr. Cor
bett's, to strike out the provision for arbitra
tion on the San Juan dispute.
Thus, at about 11 P. M., the treaty passed the
Senate exactly in the form in which it was re
ceived from the President. Sixty-seven Sena
tors have attended the extra session, and sixty
two were present when the final vote was taken.
The absentees included Messrs. Morrill, of Vt.,
and Blair, who were paired. The Democrats
voted as a body against ratification, with the
evident purpose of making a party cry against
the treaty. The only Republican who acted
with them was Geueral West, of Louisiana,
whose course is said to have been dictated by a
desire to ingratiate himself with the Democracy.
The following list of the yeas and nays is
possibly incorrect in one or two -names; but I
can say this much positively, that on the final
vote 11 Democrats and 1 Republican put them
selves on record against ratification. There are
only 14 Democrats in the Senate.
liunuioin eiu;, rraii.
nam ii n,
Dwii (W- Vs.),
i..vj M .mh Mnrnll vt land Bla'r.
Absent Meaara. JvhnsUm, Brownlow, Ferry (Oonn.) and
City but not Voting Messrs. Ferry (Mioh.) and
There is excellent authority for the statement
that Secretarv Fish will soon retire from the
Cabinet, and be appointed our member of the
Tribunal of Arbitration which is to meet at
Geneva for the settlement of the Alabama
Further Details of Its Effects In Canada
Its Wide Kxteut.
The Toronto papers publish telegrams from
xnanr localities in Canada, showing that the
shock of earthquake soon after 1 o'clock on
Sunday morning last was widely felt, It extending
from the western part oi -tne province or On
tario eastward te a point below Quebec. The
Toronto Globe, summing up the accounts given
in its telegrams, says:
Tn duration of the shock varied from a few
seconds te two minutes, apparently increasing in
Intensity as It travelled eastward that being the
direction It took judging from the time at which
the distoroances are reported to have occurred No
serious consequences followed the earthly rooking
in any oiace. The shock apnears to have been
most severely felt In parts of the Niagara district,
and about the 'ancient capltai;' though in some
other towns the affrighted people for a few minutes
expected to instantly witness the demolition of their
houses. The quaking Is generally described as hav
ing been accompanied by a noise resembling the
ioundof rusblog waters or of a lightning express
train In Montreal the earthquake was followed by
m curious phenomena, the thermometer rising
to fee deg.. and the next aay Dtwg oars ana gloomy
M ST.."?!.- ThoVk was felt about 1 o'clock.
and writer in the Hamilton Ttmes. who was lylsg
fn hJd reading at the moment of the tremor, says he
wsaswSnded to lind the bed shaking under him,
windows convulsively agitated, while
ill "rrr 7, held in his hand shook lite an aspen
leaf A loud, rumbling noise, as of the passing or
l.ni laden wagon, was heard, and indeed tl
heavUT-laaen wsgou, . wUou
?i"V,,i on and putting his bead out of the window.
vr7 VaWshed to flud that S'-areeiy a ore.,.,. u
.v7riiied The shock, he says, lastea neany
?,?2eVCkingathlswatchhe found it wl
was excited in Ottawa. The Fres
jsaucn "'"".haahock and its effect as followss-
Pres dfSr n a to violently felt that honses trem.
The motion was so Vio em ,
bled and wujuow- . Along the north shore
alarm a great many P ri&astwardly, the
tne uuw, . ,,. , the cttv. and it
shock was eveni bot b tne trBIuUllulf of
aaiukened the sounaea. "'"-"-, i ,h .
wfVava not heard any persons say that
as accompanied by the rumbling noise
1UE TREATY OF PEACE.
Prince Bismarck's Speech In the Reich,
rath How the War Indemnity Is to be
Paid Confidence Expressed In the Thiers
Prince Bismarck made the following commu
nication on the 12th Instant in the German Par
liament: On tbe conclusion of the prelimlnarlesTof peace
hopes were entertained tbat the labors of the con
ference which assembled to settle the final terms of
the treaty would be terminated In a month or six
weeks. This expectation was tonnded on the belief
that the French government would enjoy undis
puted authority in France; but this hope was not
realized. A longer delay In the conclusion of a defi
nite peace would have given rise to a fear as to
whether the French Government wonld remain in a
position to fulfil Its obligations. As regards the ces
sion of territory, the object at stake was already in our
hands, and there could be no doubt of the arrange
ments In this respect being carried out. The annre-
nenBlons that were entertained concerned the ques
tion whether the Government would be Inclined aud
able to accomplish the conditions relating to the war
contributions. Serious anxiety upon this point
caused me to try the effect of a personal interview
with the French Ministers. If we had not come to
an agreement the German army would have occu
pied Paris, either by an arrangement with the Com
mune or oy rorce, and thereupon we should have
required the French Government to withdraw its
troops behind the Loire and then resume negotia
tions. I only went to Frankfort with trie Intention
of ootatning the settlement of a few pending ques
tions, namely, the payment of the war contributions,
the shortening of the delays, and the atrengthenlns
of the guarantee. Hut as It became manifest that a
prospect existed of finally concluding peace' I con
sidered that that result would be a gain for both
countries, as Germany would thereby be able to
lessen her military burden, and France would
achieve consolidation. The French Government is
In the best possible position to meet the views of the
people of France for a restoration of peace. Any
other Government that might attempt to take Its
place would be suspected of not wishing to make
peace equally secure. It la true, there will be some
supplementary provisions necessary respecting the
carrying out of the treaty, silll a definite peace Is
now achieved. The terms for the payment of the
wsr Indemnity have been shortened; the tirst half
milliard will be delivered within the thirty days fol
lowing the occupation of Paris by theVersallles army.
With regard to the mode of payment it has been
settled that only specie or notes of Bare banks,
either English, Dutch, Prussian, or Belgian, will be
accepted, or lirst-class bills. The second payment,
amounting to l,000,uoo,0oo, Is to be made In the
course of the year namely, by the end of December.
jnoi tin men are we nonnd to evacuate the forts
before Paris. The fourth half milliard has ;to be
paid by the 1st of May next year. With reference to
the payment of the last three milliards, the stipula
tions of the preliminaries of the treaty of peace will
be adhered to, and the payments will be concluded
by the 1st of March, 1S74. The French Government
hopes to be ahle to satisfy our requirements. Dim
cullies arose in connection with the question of our
commercial relations. The French Government
wishes to abrogate the treaty of commerce, and ap
pears to expect to obtain by that proceeding an in
crease of customs- receipts. I contented myself
with obtaining for us the rights accorded to the
most favored nations. By the most favored nations
we understand England. Belgium, the Nether.
lanas, owitzenand, Austria, and Russia.
wim regara to tne rronr.ier question, it
was decided not to understand "the Karon
hi lienor I,- m ns recnmcai significance, but to ex-
iuu n ut lour or live anuiueires. it appeared de-
siraDie io acquire Borne uerman communes near
Thlonville, together with Kelllnger. This the
rrencn uovernment declared itseir unable to grant.
I therefore proposed to leave th Question of ratifi
cation to the National Assembly, and I offered, In
lieu of that territory, a further cession of conntrv
round Be rort. The remaining conditions of the
treaty will be seen from the document Itself, which
will be published very shortly. We have acquired,
for a certain sum of money, the portion of railway
In Alsace and Lorraine which belongs to the Eastern
of France Company. A oelay of ten days namely,
till the 120th of May has been agreed upon for the
ratification of the treaty by thu ttmperor of Ger
many ana tne rrencn national am era my.
Prince Bismarck concluded as follows:
I believe we have obtained from France all that
we could reasonably expect. We have rendered
our frontier safe, and we have insured the payment
of the war Indemnity as far as is humanly possible.
More extensive demands would have entailed great
saennces. i nave every continence that the trench
Government Intends to carry out the provisions of
the treaty, and that It will have the power so to do.
The belief that It will not be possible to raise the
large amount of the war Indemnity Is not shared by
me f rencn Minister or v inance. i entertain tne
hope that the peace which has been concluded will
prove lasting and full of benefit, and that we "shall
not for a long time have to make use of the guaran
tees we have retained to secure ourselves against
FIRE IN THE MOUNTAINS.
Extensive Conflagrations In New York,
New Jersey, and Long Island A Iluu-
Great fires have been ragtag lately in the
forests of Sullivan, Ulster, and Delaware ce un
ties, in New York. The woodlands in the re
mote sections oi me onanaaKen Mountains
were discovered in names on May is. The
underbrush, dry as tinder, was like a train of
gnnpowder, and the lames spread with extra
ordinary rapidity. Ihe following homespun
description is from tne ups oi an eye-witness:
"You see, we were huntln' for b'ars, which yon
know get off to just such places, whar there atnt
nobody nor nuthlu' to be a bother'n' on 'em. When
we found a track, and were a follerln' on 't up, Jim
says to me, 'Bob, something's a burning I' We had n't
trampea mucn lurcner oeiore me smoke came pretty
tnics in puns, iiae. -mere wasn't a oreatu or air.
All at once mere came a cioua or smoke, like a
blanket. It came right down and made the woods
almost as dark as sunset, although It was only about
S o'clock. Then came a shower of cinders. We got
cnokea ana ounaeu. ctome ei me cinaers came on
our necks like so many needles stlckln'lnto ns. We
were nigh to the top of the hills, and In a minute or
so the smoke and cinders shifted another way, so
we coma see a oic 'mere never was sucn a sight I
All about us, except ene little streak along the
east'rd was In a blaze. We were both as black as
Congo niggers. It was like the Atlantic Ocean chock
run or kerosene anu pine-wooa, ail an re aronoe,
Well, on top of this mountain, a bit eff below us,
was a hollow, with steep rocks all around It There
was a spring and a brook there, and green grass. In
that hollow, say atxtut ten rods long and hve wide,
mere were more man a umnoo oi snakes aaaers,
moccasins, racers, and black snakes and wood-
chucks, squirrels, foxes, and one b'ar. They had
all come there to get to the water away from
the tire, but now the water was nearly all
dried up, the ground baked, and (he rocks around
as hot as an oven. They were all walled In
by the fire. There was no glttiu' out The b'ar
laid aown on nis oack ana growiea. his nair was
most burnt off, and bis hide was scorched. The
foxes were burnt as bad, ana looked awful curious
with their tails all roasted. The mo.t aiuu.lng thing
or an was tne sukes. Home of ttiera were uead la
neaps, all twisted up snd burst open; others were
burnt crisp, and the rest squirmed and wriirirled like
a heap of tangled ropes. Ail this happened In less
than ha ran hour. While we stood a-gawklng at
me sipit, gusc oi wiuu ana not cinaers came on
us. We choked, and turned around to get out.
There was no time to lose. Only a narrow, dry
ravine was uuburnt. Down that we went, about
two jards at each straddle, umll we got to the bot
tom, w e ii never forgit that, stranuer; and If hell
is any noiier n mat, wen jine the uieetlo.' next
The whole of the Sbandaken Mountains
seemed to be on fire last Saturday night Iu the
vicinity of Monticello and Liberty Village the
fires extend for miles in several directiftus. Tens
of thousands of acres of excellent woodland have
been burned over, and thousands of cords of
wood have been destroyed. The Methodist
chapel, the public school-house, and other build
ings have been consumed at Black Lake. Wild
rumors prevail of other extensive losses of pro
Eerty, and, perhaps, of human life. The flames
ave surrounded sever il farms and dwellings on
the distant mountain terraces, and fears are
entertained as to the safety of the families.
The forests on the Orange County Mountains
bave also been on fire. The most extensive of
these conflagrations was along the Hudson High'
lands, westward of Ionia island. Showers
' arrested the flames on Monday, and the fires are
now smouldering. Extensive forest fires are said
: to be raging in the New Jersey pine barrens and
j oo Long xeiana.
TO-DAY'S CABLE HEWS.
BEDLAM ON FIRE.
Fires in Every Street.
The Rebels Fighting Like Fiends.
Palaces and Embassies Burned.
Cost of the Versailles Victory.
Yice-Frcsident Colfax Recovering.
Verdict in the Foster Trial.
Murder in the First Degree.
Lbt associated press.J
Fxrtwtivcly to Tht Evning leUjraph.
Destruction of the Luxembourg Palace.
London, May 25. The latest despatches from
Paris say the palace of the Luxemburg has been
partially blown up, and the Palais Royale is
Only a Third of the Louvre Has Been
Fighting continues at the Hotel de Vllle and
at the terminus of the Northern Railroad. Mar
shal MacMahon, with his staff, has removed to
the Place Vendome.
A Heavy Rain
Versailles, May 24 Night. General Vinoy
telegraphs that ke has possession of the Hotel
de Vllle. Belleville and the Temple quarter
It is reported that Delescluze has been ar
Six Great Fires are Visible.
Paris, May 24 Night The Place Vendome
was definitely occupied at 4 o'clock this morn
ing. The insurgents made a strong stand in
the Rue St. llonore.
The Palais Royale
was set on fire by the retiring insurgents. The
capture of the Place Vendome made
The Tuilerlcs untenable,
and the insurgents saturated it with petroleum
and set it on fire. The Insurgents are still
Fighting Like Fiends.
The Eastern faubourg population seem mad
with joy, and the trl-color waves everywhere.
The streets are quiet, and the v crsailles troops
The Hunt for Commune Leaders
bas begun, and the police are searching houses
Paris Is Enveloped In a Dense Pall of
and is terribly damaged. The streets are smeared
with blood and littered with debris.
Paris, May 24 Morning. Last night, from
the American Legation, at about 11 o clock,
watched the burning ot the Hotel de Vllle. At
2 o'clock it appeared to be a moss of livid
The Austrian Embassy
and the property of the Empress Eugenie were
also burned. The'Caisse des Consignation, ' is
reported destroyed. Likewise
The Spanish Embassy.
Departure from Paris is.lmpossible, and circula
tion through the city is difficult and dangerous.
A large number of cannon are pointed down
tke Rue Lafayette.
The Troops are Taking Barricades,
and act splendidly, notwithstanding the insur
gent fusillade from the houses. The Place de la
Concorde has been carried. There has been
heavy fighting near Mont Parnasse.
The Loss of the Versallllsts
troops has been small. Twelve hundred prison
ers were taken to Versailles. The Versaillists
are sending firemen to the city from the towns
within a radius of twenty miles.
that all the Nationals will be disarmed immedi
ately. A letter from Paris says the Versaillists
are masters and
The City Is in Ashes.
Boulogne, May 24 Midnight. It is ru
mored that the Communist prisoners are coming
to the same prison that Louis Napoleon occu
pied. Terrible Fighting.
Paris, May 24 Special to New York Tri
bune Wednesday. The fighting to-day on the
Bonlevard Haussmann and in the Fanbourg St.
llonore was very severe, and many houses are
filled with dead and wounded of both sides.
The Ministry of Finance Is Burnlug
fiercely, and tbe Tuileries and north side of the
Louvre are completely gutted.
Four Walls Only of Palais Royal are
. The fighting was very severe around the
Hotel de Vllle,
which was blazing with petroleum.
The British Embassy Building
was 'much damaged, and the Audit Ottice of
Archives was burned. Tbe Place de la Con
corde was terribly injured.
No Quarter Is Given.
The Vereaillista behave well to the inhabi
tants. Fires are Raging tu Nearly Every Street.
The Northern Railway is in the hands of tbe
Versaillists. There is a heavy bombardment of
Paris from a barricade on the Rue Lafayette.
The Hotel de Vllle Occupied by the Ver
sailles. London, May 25 A despatch to the Daily
JVw says General Vlnor telegraphs to Ver
sailles that the Hotel de Vllle Is occupied by his
Delescluie has been Arrested.
The insurgents in the Rue St. Antoine and on
the Bonlevard Mentrouge, and aLjo tX Belleville,
though fighting without leaders, still resist the
advance of the Versaillists.
OtJTgjpi or Pabib, May 25 A. M. There was
and firing of musketry daring the whole of
last night. The insurgent batteries in the Arron
diseement des Buttes-Chaumont still holdout.
The Conflagrations Are Decreasing,
notwithstanding the fact that the fire engines,
many of which are arriving from the provinces,
accomplished but little.
Circular from M. Thiers Buildings De
Versailles, May 25 M. Thiers has to-day
issued a circular of Information to the pro
vinces, as follows:
"We are masters of Paris, except a small por
tion which will be occupied to-day. The Lonvre
bas been saved. The hotel of the Minister of
Finance is partially burned. The Tnllerlos and
Palais dn Quai d'Orsay, in which the Council of
State holds its sessions, are wholly destroyed.
We have already 12,000 prisoners, and shall
have 20,000. The soil of Paris is strewn with
Our loss is small. The army behaved admi
rably. Justice will soon be satisfied and France
be happy in the midst of her own misfortunes.
England and Germany.
London, May 25 It is said negotiations are
in progress between the Governments of Eng
land and Germany for a cession by the former
to the latter of the island of Heligoland-
The United States Steam Frigate Wor
is at Liverpool, and will in a few days leave for
The Derby Stakes,
amounting to about 6000, were, after the race,
presented by Baron Rothschild to Welles, the
jockey who rode the winner.
This Morning's Quotations.
London, May 85 lfso A. M. Consols, 93v for
money and account. Bonds of 1S62, 0? j of 1S65,
Old, 90 ; Of 1867, 92; ;10-40s, 89.
LONDON, JUay 25 11-80 A. AL Sugar. 318.31S.
Liverpool, way 8510-80 a. M. cotton active
and firmer; uplands, 7 d.; Orleans. T'ia
7;,d. Sales to-day estimated at 150,000 bales.
This Afternoon's Quotations.
Iondon, May 85130 P. M Consols, 93Wf for
monty aud account. American securities un
changed. FROM JVEW YORK.
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Fire on Ann Street.
New York, May 25. A fire at Nos. 59 and 01
Ann street this morning destroyed the property
of Charles Croske. electrotyper, and Frederick
Hail, sign manuiacturer. iotal loss $15, W0;
Verdict Against the City.
Alexander C. Orr yesterday recovered from
the city $53,593, the full value, with interest, of a
grain elevator and other property destroyed by
rioters in July, 18G3.
Return of the Worcester.
New York, May 25 The United States
steamer Worcester, which took out a cargo of
French relief supplies from Boston, will sail this
week from Liverpool for this port, bringing the
guns wnicn once iormea tne oattery oi tne Jon
federate steamer Shenandoah.
Tbe Inman line of steamers will boob dlscon
Mall Service to Halifax,
the last steamer for Liverpool via that port
leaving ixe-w lor on iuDe 41.
of Massachusetts, has engaged passage in the
cotia ior Liverpool on dune 7.
The Fires on the Mountains
in Sullivan, Ulster, and Delaware counties
have swept over ten thousand acres of wood'
laDd. Three cabins have been destroyed, and it
is believed tout ail tne occupants perished.
Coal Companies Consolidation.
A movement which is likely to be successful
is in progress for the consolidation of three
companies of tbe Cumberland coal region.
Another Released Fenian.
Thomas Clarke Luby, who was released from
an irisa prison, witn otner t enian exiles, last
winter, arrived in this city on Thursday from
Hamburg and was banquetted by a number of
prominent msnmen last night.
Foster Convicted of Murder In the First
New York. May 25 The Jury In the Foster
case this morning returned a verdict of murder
in tbe first degree, with a recommendation to
mercy. Foster's wife was affected to tears, but
the prisoner was unmoved. lie was remanded
until to-morrow lor sentence.
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The Official Copy of the Treaty.
Wa shin ton May 25. The official copy of
the Treaty of Washington was delivered to the
President this morning, and thence transmitted
to the State Department, where it will be placed
in a box prepared for the purpose, and sent to
Condition of Mr. Colfax.
Washington, May 25 Vice-President Col
fax passed a comfortable .night, slept well, and
sat np half an hour this morning. Ills physician
reports him generally improving, though still
very weak and requiring quiet and rest.
Government Weather Report.
War Department, Office op the cuisp Signal
Officer, Washikoton, May 5 10-30 A. M Synop
sis for the past twentv-four hours: Tne barometer
contltiues to fall on tne racinc eoast. with cloud v
weatber aud southwest winds. Tbe area of highest
pressure Jias movea irom J'ennsvivatna south
eastward into tne Atlantic. The lowest pressure
is now over Lake Superior, and the barometer has
risen In Minnesota. The temperature has risen
slightly la the Southern States aud on the lower
lakes. The wind is now generally light aud fresh
from the southeast, increauluir somewhat In force on
Lake Michigan. It Is light northwest lu Minnesota
and Nebraska. Clear weather has continued on the
Atlantic and Gulf coasts and lower lakes. Threat
ening weather, with occasional light rains, is now
reported from the upper lakes to Missouri.
jJrobabilrti's.Lt!ht rain storms and threatening
weather will probably be experienced on the lakes
and Mississippi Valley. Falling barometer, with
fresh south and east winds, from the Kautern States
and Lake Ontario to tbe Gulf. The conditions are
favorable for small local whirlwinds from Michigan
Extraordinary Session of the Senate.
WiKHINUTON, May5 Th Benato met at 11 A.M.
Mr. Cameron moved tu go into eieculive eulon.
Mr. bumtor hoped moU 11 wanted to make word of
prruni e mlaoni .,n.
Mr. Cameron Why not postpone our ertlanationf
Mi. Miu.utr 1 uiu.t wake it now or never.
Mr. Cameron waived nia motion, and Mr. Sumner
aid he bad tma in tbe Vaity Vkmuirh a
tatement purporting to tive wbat he di't in
eieouttve sesaion featurday. He wu af'oniahed
tbat s paoer uuoduoteu by a gautlemaa who officially uoou
pied a seat in the eieouiive aeaaieua ef ttie Kunate anoutd
attiilju'e to a Senator what he never aaid. He had now to
tale that wba wae attributed to Uuu was a fabrication;
he maxe no such apeeck.
The Krnate, by a vote of 21 againat 2', a tie vote, refund
to go into executive auaaion; aud, on motion of Sir. Wil
aon, took up hia roaolution tu Hiiu-harire Muaara. White and
Bamadall irom cueuidy immediately on the adjournment
of tue special aeaaion.
Mr. Chandlor aaked tbe chairman of the special commit
tee whether, in their invesuxation, they had auo vutiuud
who ia tue reporter . of .the executive aeaaiuiu of the
Mr. Carpenter replied tbat it would be ascertained
wbat tboy had dune wuen their report was made, wuioa
would he in three quarters of au hour.
Mr. Camerua moved to go into eaecutire aeaaion.
Mr. V iltou asked wuetlier ma resolution wouiu he the
first tbirg in order after thty ahould came oat of eievil
1 Be presiding officer said it would.
Ttie Seuata Uies west uilo taevutivs session.
The Socialist Miscreants Still at Work-
More Burning Palaces The Torch Ap
plied to the Foreign Embassies Descrip
tion and History of the Destroyed Build
ings. Our cable telegrams this morning state that the
Infamous Insurgents of Paris are still en aged In 'he
task of reducing the noblest public structures of tbe
city to ashes, as they retire before the triumphant
troops of the Assembly.
The Palace of the Luicmlionrg
has been partially destroyed by an explosion. The
Luxembourg Is situated south of the Louvre, on the
other side of the river Seine. It was built by Marie
de Medlcls, and it was bequeathed by her to her
secend son, the Duke of Orleans, from whom It was
called the Talals d'Orleans. It subsequently passed
Into the hands of a number of lordly owners, and at
the breaking out of the revolution of 1791 was occu
pied by the brother of the king, who afterwards
became Louis XVIIL The Directory held Its sittings
there, and it was afterwards occupied by the Consul
and the Senate. In 1649 it was tenanted by Louis
Blanc, who held his socialist meetings in it. The
palace Is in the form of a regular square. In the
centre of the facade of the Rue de Tournoa Is a
pavilion, capped by a cupola and embellished with
statues. The front towards the gardens presents
three principal buildings connected by two galleries,
one of which was used as a museum for the exhibi
tion of the works of living artists.
The Senate of the late empire held its sessions In
the Salle du Senat, a semicircular hall of ninety feet
in diameter, the ceilings of which are decorated
with allegorical pictures of Patriotism, Wisdom,
Justice, and Law. The Salle dn Trone is a magnifi
cent saloon, covered with sculptures and gilding.
Tbe most Important pictures in this hall are "Napo
leon I at the Invalldes," "Napoleon I inspecting the
Forty Flags taken at Austerlltz," "The Return of
the Tope to Rome in 1849," "Napoleon III visiting
the new Louvre," and "The Distribution of the
Eagles In the Champ de Mars In 1S52." These paintings-are
by Hesse. The Cabinet de l'Empereur,
which adjoined the Salle du Trone, contains several
good paintings, the principal of which are portraits
of the ex-Emperor and Empress, "Napoleon I sign
ing the Peace of Campo Formlo," and "Napoleon
III returning from St. Cloud."
The library of the palace, which is very complete,
contains about 40,000 volumes. The bedchamber of
Marie de Medlcls, a splendidly-furnished apart
ment, contains some valuable works by Rubens,
Poussln, and Philippe de Champagne. The chapel
of the palace is small but richly decorated, and con
tains some fine paintings, conspicuous among which
is an altar piece by an American artist, Mr. Simon
White, the subject being the "Adoration of the
Shepherds." The Museum or Gallery of Modern
Art .was founded by Marie de Medlcls, and for
merly contained twenty-five pictures by Rubens,
which have been removed to the Louvre. These
were allegorical representations of the history
of that queen. This gallery now contains a
number of the best works of living Freneh
artists, which were purchased by the Govern
ment, after each annual exhibition, under the
selection of a jury of the members of the Institute.
The ceiling of the grand gallery is ornamented with
thirteen palntlngB, the centre one, entitled "Tbe
Dawn of Day," being the work: of Antoine Francois
Callet The others were executed by Jordacns, the
pupil of Rubens, and represent the signs of the
zodiac. This gallery contains many great paintings
by Horace Vereet, Le Suls, Granet, Deverla, Eugene
Delacroix, C. L. Muller, Rosa Bonbeur, Gudln,
Ingres, Gerome, and other brilliant representatives
of tbe French Bchool or arc
This description of the Luxembourg palace and
its art treasures of course represents it as It was
previous to the breaking out of the recent war and
the downfall of the Empire. During the siege of
the city by the Prussians, it was reported that many
of the paintings had been removed, to be out of the
reach of the Prussian shells. But, even if the
movable art treasures have been saved, the destruc
tion of the building, with its line wall paintings and
other immovable decorations will prove almost
The Palais Royal
was set on fire by the retiring Insurgents, and at the
latest advices only the four walls were standing.
This palace was one of the most -frequented of all
the public edifices of Paris. It was erected by Cardi
nal Richelieu, between the years 1620 and 1636, and
was then called the Palais Cardinal. Richelieu
presented it to louis xiii, wno when he occu
pied it changed Its name to Palais Royal. On
the death of Louis XIII Anne of Austria,
regent for the yonng king, removed to
It, In 1693, Louis XIV gave it to his nephew, the
Duke of Orleans, as a part of hia marriage portion,
on the occasion of his marriage with MadUe de
Blots. It had a theatre capable of holding 8000
spectators, where the Cardinal took great pride in
having his own productions performed. Louis XIV
was brought up in this palace, under the eye of
Cardinal Mazarln, and so much was hia education
neglected that he hardly knew now to read and
write at an advanced age. In 1781 the debts of Its
owner, the Duke of Orleans, were so enormous that
the buildings were turned into shops to augment
his revenue. After tbe death of the Duke of Or
leans, in 1793, the palace was confiscated to the na
tion, and was then called the Palais du Tribunal.
Under the empire it resumed Its orsglaal name,
and the Prince Luclen resided there until 1631. In
1848 it was completely devastated by a mob, bat In
1853 it underwent a complete repair preparatory to
being occupied by Prince Napoleon and the Princess
Clotflde. The garden of the palace is 700 feet long
by 800 wide, with a beautiful fountain In the centre,
Before the siege this garden was planted with rows
of lime trees and contained many very fine statues.
It was the resort at all hours of politicians of all
sorts, who congregated there to compare notes and
to read the public Journals. There was an arcade
extending around the garden which contained some
of the most elegant shops in Paris, most of them
being occupied by Jewellers and watchmakers. In
the evening it was the custom to .brilliantly lllu ml
nate the gardens and shops, which were tbe resort
of idlers and pleasure-seekers.
The Hotel de Vllle,
about the destruction of which there were some
doubts yesterday, is now represented as blazing with
petroleum, and will share the fate of the other great
The Hotel de Ville la situated on the Place de
1'IIotel de Vllle, formerly the Place de Greve. It was
erected for the accommodation of the municipality
of Paris at a cost of over 3,ooo,ooo. it was com
menced in 1533, and was completed In 1603. The
Hotel de Ville was a magnificent building in the Re
naissance style of architecture. It was two stories
lu height, and enclosed a large court. It had its
west front towards the Place de Greve, and was
flanked upon Us northern and southern extremities
by bandBome pavilions and square towers.
There were three courts, two lateral ones of Co
rinthian and Composite architecture, aud the cen
tral one, which comprised the original edifice. The
entire building was su rrounded by an Ionlo arcade.
To the left of the entrance was a full length bronze
statue of Louis XIV, with bas-reliefs representing
Charity and Divine Vengeance. Adjoining this was
a Sight of steps which descended into the northern
court Tbe Hotel de Vllle possessed great historical
Interest from the numerous events of which It was
the scene. From one of Its windows Lafayette pre
sented Louis Philippe to the people; In one of its
rooms Louis XVI spoke to the populace with tbe red
capiof libeityon his hial; In another apartment
Kobeiplerre aUn council; and in another he .at
tempted to commit suicide. Upon the flight of f talrs
descending to the northern ceurt, Lamartlne, in the
most courageous -and heroic manner, declared to
the lnf arlated mob that to long tu be lived the red
flag should not be the flag of France. The
SaVe du Trone and the state apartments
were celebrated for their magnificence, and the
grand Galtrie des Fetts, situated at the eastern wing,
was one of the most beautlml rooms la Enrope. It
was In this room that the ball was given in honor of
the visit of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert In
1655; here also a ball was given to Victor Emanuel
In the sameyear, and one to the Grand Cuke Con
stantino in 1867. Over seven thousand persons have
been admitted to a city ball, the circuit of rooms
thrown open to the public being over a mile in ex
tent. In addition to the state apartments there
were over six hundred rooms in the hotel, occupied
by officers and clerks. Immediately under the
Oalerie des Fetes was tltnuted the Salle St. an.whlch
was used for clvlo purposes and pnblic meetings.
Palace of the Legion of Honor.
This was one of the most elegant buildings In
Paris. It was erected In 1786, for the Prince of
Balm, and consequently bore until 1303 the name of
tbe Hotel du Prince de Balm. On the establishment
of the Legion of Honor by Napoleon the palace was
appropriated for the purposes of this Institution.
The principal entrance to the court was through a
triumphal arch, flanked on each side by a colonnade
of the Ionic order, at the extremity of which was
corresponding buildings, surmounted by bas-reliefs.
The front of the edifice, distinguished by a colon
nade of the Ionic order, and six Corinthian columns
of noble dimensions, gave dignity to the entrance:
over this some fine bas-reliefs, executed by Roland,
added to the rich appearance of the frout, so much
and Justly admired. This part Just described con
stitutes the chief beauty of the edifice. Its archi
tecture throughout was executed in the purest
taste, and was a triumphant testimony of the Judg
ment and genius of Rousseau, Its architect.
The apartments of this palace were remarkable for
their elegance and the simplicity of their ernaments.
The dining-room was adorned with columns of the
Ionio order. The principal apartment was of a cir
cular form. The side which faced the quay had a
semicircular form. On this side were large win
dows, between which were placed Corinthian
columns, with statues. The other parts of the edi
fice were also adorned with busts and other orna
ments of sculpture, distributed with much taste, y
The Palais dn Q,ual d'Orsay,
In which the Council of (state has been accustomed
to meet, is announced by President Thiers as hav
ing been completely destroyed. This magnificent
edifice was begun in the reign of Napoleon I, but
was not completed until the time of Louis Philippe.
The palace comprised a central court and two lateral
ones. The front, facing the Rue de Lille, contained
the chief entrances of tbe Consul d'Etatand the
Cour des Comptes. The Salle des Pas Perdus, one of
the principal saloons, was a large square apartment,
in which four Doric columns, with spiral flutes,
supported a ga'lery opening Into a vestibule in the
npper story. Next to this was the Salle du
Cornpte de Commerce, which contained
a view of the Porte de Marseille, painted by Isabey.
The Grande Salle du Conseil contained twenty Corin
thian columns, portraits of the great statesmen ot
France, and medallions representing the State coun
sellors of the First Europe. On the celling were
symbolical figures of Commerce, Agriculture, and
of the moral and Intellectual vlrtnes. The Sail du
Comite is Legislation was supported by gilded co
lumns. It contained a number of impor
tant works of art, among which were the
"Justinian," by Eugene Delacroix; "Moses," by
Marigny, and "Numa," by Murat. The Esea'ier
d'Donneur of the Cour des Comptes contained paint
lngs by M. Theodore Chasseraln, among which
"Peace protecting the Arts and Agriculture" was
the most remarkable. The Salle d' Audience of the
Cour des Oomptes contained two paintings by Alaux,
"St. Louis between Justice aud Wisdom" ana
"Napoleon between War and the Ana" On the
celling were three paintings by M. Bezard of
"Abundance," "Justice," and "Labor."
Thiers' Plan for Governing the City,
From the Pall Mall Gazette.
A Lombard telegram says that the delegates repre
senting tbe commerce of Paris bave Issued the fol
lowing report ot the extreme limit of the concessions
which they ascertained M. Thiers was willing to
grant to the Paris population:
1. Paris separated from its suburbs would be de
clared not only a Commune but a special Depart
ment. 8. Tbe Communal Council of Paris would
thus be converted Into a general departmental Coun
cil, and its powers considerably enlarged. 8. The
National Guard would alone be entrusted with the
service in the interior of the city; all battalions
without distinction would be reconstituted under
the direction of thn M aln.es, Tbe arms wonld be
deposited In the arsenals and under the guardian
ship of the battalions, who would take them for the
requirements of the service. 4. The pay of the Na
tional Guards and subsidies . to . their
famines would be continued until work
revived. 6. Tbe regular army would not
enter Paris, but would occupy and provisionally re
tain possession of the forts until the reorganization
of the army determined to what category of the
national forces tbe guardianship of the fortress
should be Intrusted, the reorganization taking place
on tbe principle of the abolition of conscription and
that every citizen is a soldier. 6. As an evidence
of Its disinterestedness, and to show the loyalty of
the inspirations by which It is animated, the actual
Commune would dissolve, and I res a elections be
held under the direction of a provisional commis
sion chosen by vote from the Chamber of Com
merce, Tribunal of Commerce, the Trade Coun
cils, Industrial, Commercial, aad Workmen's Syn
dicates, all elected bodies and freely constituted.
Four councillors would be elected for each
arrondlssement, and the Municipal Council thas
chosen would be empowered to present a bill for the
approval of the Assembly In accordance with the
tendencies and requirements of the city of Paris, re
sulting from tbe economic and social conditions in
which the city Is placed. Articles 191 and 192 of the
Penal Code would be abrogated and the rights of
association and meeting would be untrammeled. No
one would be Interfered with in respect of the late
events, the gates of tbe city would remain open, and
all could leave and enter freely. Tbe prisoners taken
during the struggle round Paris would be Imme
diately liberated after the regular municipal election
of the city ot Paris had taken place. ,
TlIlCODE. ; 1
A Desperate Duel, But No One Killed.
Tne Flantert' (La.) Banner of the 17th Inst,
Just as we are going to press we learn tbe
particulars of a rather sanguinary duel that
took place on yesterday evening about 3 o'clock,
near K. Montague's store, some four miles west
of this place, between two cousins, Drosln
Mlguez and Theogene Viator. The particulars,
as we learn them, are as follows:-
A fend had existed between the parties for
years, even before the younger one of the two
bad grown. Just one j ear ago they were re
quired to give bond in the sum of 200 each to
keep the peace for the space of twelve months,
which bond expired on the day previous to the
hot-tile meeting. Immediately after, one ot the
parties tent word to the other, to meet him at
the time and place mentioned above, armed
with double-barrel shot-gun . and repeater,
charged ad libitum. They came within about
forty yards of each other, when tbey commenced
firing, which they kept up until each of their
charges were exhausted. The young man who
was invited to the feast of blood took the pre
caution to tiring an extra repeater, which gave
blm a very decided ad vantage over his opponent.
After one firing fourteen shots and the other
eluht, they found themselves close together with
empty weapons, and neither party badly hurt.
They then clubbed their weapons, and went in
lor a regular rough and tumble light, when
friends Interfered, and thus ended the matter
for a while at least-not, however, until one
of tbem had received a severe contusion on the
head from tbe hutt of a pistol, and the other had
one of his eyes nearly torn out. Notwithstanding
tbe great amount of shooting, as we understand,
each of the parties received hut a slight wound,
from which ft is to be hoped they may soon re
cover. We regret to learn that it l the general
opinion of thoee best acquainted with the par
ties that this wUl sot be the end of the aHk.