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FRIDAY, JANUARY 21, 1870.
LANCASTER CITY, kbA.
Eeonomy, Retrenchment, Faithful Collection
of the Revenue and Payment of the Public
MR. S. &sum Yours°, the Lancaster News
Dealer, who everybody knows, is agent for
If ATM'S ABRAHAM, and is authorized to take
subscriptions and receive money for the same.
Twenty-five States have now ratified
the fifteenth amendment. On Saturday
it was ratified by the Legislature of Mis
sissippi, and on the day previous by the
Legislature of Minnesota. Ohio, has also
recently ratified it, and lowa, Nebraska,
and Rhode Island are sure to do so
shortly, which will be one more State than
is necessary to secure the adoption of the
amendment. Now for a genuine rebel
copperhead howl I
Griest denounces those Republican mem
bers of the Legislature who did not sus
tain the caucus nomination of Mackey.
Where was his thunder last fall when he
and his master, the burly ex-County Com
missioner, cut the ticket in Sadsbury ?
Spurious tickets were circulated in that
township, having on them the name of
Michael Malone for Senator in place of
Billingfelt, and unsuspecting Republicans
were cheated into voting them. Honest
“ NIGIGERS” AND WHISKY,
The first things done in the Copperhead
Legislature of New York on its assem
bling on the 2d inst., were the introduction
of measures to rescind the action of the
last Legislature ratifying the 15th amend
ment, and to repeal the Excise liquor law.
Thus the party demonstrate their • hatred
of the "nigger," and their undying devo
tion to free whisky—the only living prin
ciples of the "Democracy."
The revenue officers of the Government
continue as indefatigable as ever in their
York, a few days since, one collector alone
hupt for ORA whisky distillerers. In New
made over thirty arrests, the amount in
volved in the contemplated swindles
reaching millions of dollars. What a
contrast between this and the preceding
administration! The brief space of ten
months of a Republican adinglitt t ration
has done wonders in purifyintlthe Aiody
politic, and everything still prcifriiireVwell
for the future.
A HAPPY RESULT.
Since the defeat of Mackey and the
Treasury ring, says the Express, we pre
sume there will no longer be any serious
opposition to a radical reform of the State
Treasury Department, such as will effect
ually prevent the scandalous demoraliza
tion growing out of the scramble fir the
profits derived from the use of the state
funds. Those who voted against Mackey
are committed in favor of reform and can
not go back if they would, while the ring
who have supported him will no longer
have an object in opposing a reorganiza
Another happy result is that there is
no fear of the passage of the infamous Tax
bill which the Treasury ring was only
prevented from doing last winter by the
fearless opposition of a few Republican
Senators led by Senator Billingfelt. Let
the people be thankful.
THE ROLL OF HONOR.
The Republican Senators and R,epre
rentatives who refused to vote for Mackey,
the Treasury Ring candidate, on the thud
ballot are as follows:
Esaias Billingfelt, of Lancaster.
John B. Warfel of Lancaster.
James Kerr, of Butler county.
Morrow B. Lowry, of Erie county.
Abraham Godshalk, of Lancaster-co.
E. B. Herr, of Lancaster county.
A. C. Reinoehl, of Lancaster county.
John E. Wiley, of Lancaster county.
F. W. Ames, of Crawford.
C. 0. Bowman, of Erie.
D. B. McCreary, of Erie.
A. J. Buffington, of Washington.
George Corey, of Luzern.
David Craig, of Lawrence.
Alexander Leslie, of Butler.
G. W. McCracken, of Lawrence.
E. A. Wheeler, oeblercer.
Messrs. Billingfelt, and Warfel did not
vote at all, and the others—fifteen—voted
solid for Irwin. It will be seen that Old
Lancaster county, chiedy, did the work.
It is also somewhat remarkable that all
these independent and faithful representa
tives hail from very strong Republican )
districts, except only Mr. Coray, of Lit
` 9l fackeY'a Popular Delmlay., ' 1 an
old work, is considerably called4br jaatpit
The organ of Thuggery published at the
" Soldiers' Monument," is busy in its
vituperation of Senator Billingfelt. It
calls him " as great a political hypocrite
as ever cursed any party." Says he is
destitute of "honor," was never known
to "keep a political bargain," calls him a
"rooster," accuses him with bargainin g
with tke copperheads, &c., and in many
other ways endeavors to shake the confi
dence of the people in their favorite and
popular Senator. Well, the people of
Lancaster county know Esaias Billing
felt, and they also know Elwood Griest ;
and if ever they have an Elhortunity to
vole on the question—having the two men
as candidates for the same position—they
will sustain their fearless Senator and con
sign to an ignoble defeat his malignant
and unprincipled traducer.
THE TAX ON FARHLItS.
We are gratified to be able to state that
on Saturday last, Cdmmissioner Delano
issued an order to the' Assessors of In
ternal Revenue, considerably modifying
the order issued some time ago by Deputy
Commissioner Douglass; taxing farmers
who sold their produce at market. The
rating now is that farmers who make it a
business to sell their products in the
market-houses or other places are subject
to the retail traders' license, but not so to
those who only sell from time to time.
He instructs assessors to give a liberal in
terpretation to the law imposing the tax
in this regard. For this result our agri
cultural friends are greatly indebted to
our representative in Congress, Hon. 0.
J. Dickey, who has been untiring in his
efforts to procure a modification of the
unpopular and unjust rating of the Reve
nue Department. The bill repealing the
tax, introduced by Col. Dickey, will be
passed, though the action referred to
above renders it not nearly so important.
In nominating and electing the gentle
men who now represent us in the Senate
and House of Representatives of Pennsyl
vania, the Republican people of this great
County intended unrelenting hostility to
the corrupt ring of treasury plunderers
who have brought so much disgrace upon
the State for the last five years or more ;
they meant nothing less than emancipa
tion from Cameronian dictation and
tyranny; they meant to crush out Thug
gery and organized Treasury robbing in
County as well as State, and they meant,
also, an emphatic rebuke to the threats
made at llarrisburg early in the late
campaign by the Treasury Ring, that
Mr. Billingfelt should be kefeated, regard
less of cost or expense. In a word, when
the Republicans of Lancaster county
selected Messrs. Billingfelt and Warfel,
for the Senate, and Messrs. Reincehl, God
shalk, Herr and Wiley as their Represen
tatives, they meant to be represented by
men virhatould neither be bribed nor dra
gooned 'by •the Ring managers, brokers,
" Roost:ere" and " Pinchers') who infest
the Hill at Harrisburg during every ses
sion of the Legislature. The confidence
of the Republicans of Lancaster county
was not misplaced. By nobly standing
together as a unit against the Treasury
Ring, our Senators and Rhpresentatives,
have succeeded in accomplishing a result
of which every Republican of the county
may well feel proud. Indeed, it was the
glorious "Old Guard" of Republicans;
the county that gave 7300 majority for
Grant and Colfax ; the county that was
for years represented in Congress by
THADDEUS STEVENS, that first led off
against Cameronian corruption and dic
tation, by an open and direct appeal to the
people. And the gentlemen who now re
present us in the Senate and House only
acted the part of honest and faithful men
when they refused to support the Ring
candidate, and supported and voted for
Of course, the runners and organ grind
ers of the ring will whine and howl and
denounce them as renegades, but, what of
it? The people will' only stand by thenk
more closely at the proper time.
STATE TEXPERANCE CONVENEOS.
On the Bth of next month (Tuesday) a
general Convention of delegates ropresent
ing Churches, Lodges, Societies, wards,
boroughs and townships throughout the
State, will be held in the Court House at
Harrisburg to adopt such measures as
may be calculated to remove the evils of
It is supposed that an effort will be
made to commit the convention in favor
of the immediate formation of a new
political party, but we are sigLildent that
a decided majority will begird in oppo
sition to such a step. Indications are
that every section of the State will be re
According to the call each State Society
is entitled to five delegates ; each County
Society to three, and each Church, Lodge
of Good Templars, Division Sons of Tem
perance, or other local Society, one dele
gate. Wards, boroughs and townships
are also authorized to elect each one dele
troduced a bill to prevent and punish the
publication of amens advertisements.
An unsuccessful attempt was made last
'pat to pass such a bill. We sincerely
tinpatiarpresent elite may succeed.
WHAT THE PAPERS SAT.
Whilst all the independent Republican
papers throughout the State were open
and outspoken against the Treasury ring,
those in the interest of the latter were
equally strong and emphatic in the su¢
port of the " gay and festive , ' financier
whose career official will close on the first
of May next.
The Philadelphia Press, strange as it
may seem, is in sympathy with the de
funct ring, and takes the little " (apless
antiness,l of the 12th inst. very hard. It in
said that Forney and Cameron "made
up" some time ago, which probably ac
counts for it.
The Thug Organ of this city is awfully
savage, and threatens to tell " the truth ;"
says Messrs. Godshalk, Reinahl, Herr
and Wiley " have deliberately attempted
to destroy the Republican organization"
by voting against Mackey ; pitches into
Mr. Billingfelt with unusual severity for
not voting at.all, but, says the Thug, "Mr.
Warfel was the only representative from
this county who acted as an honest Be
publican should." As Mr. Warfel's recbrd
is substantially like that of Mr.
felt, not voting at all on the final ballot
which elected Gen. Irwin, we take for
granted that the organ has an axe to
The Lancaster Examiner, once the lead
ing newspaper of this county, but for the
last few years a mere personal organ of
the Camerons, and in the interest of the
Treasury Ring, is decidedly crusty. Our
Senators and Representatives are called by
all sorts of bad names, such as "sneaks,"
" bolters, " traitors,” but as every body
in this community knows what all that
kind of stuff amounts to, we pass on. •
This week's Philadelphia Sunday Be
pubdic contained the following :
"It will not do for the Mackey organs and
organists to charge the Republicans, who
supported Gen. Irwin, with receiving pecuni
ary or other consideration for their votes. No
more honorable gentlemen ever occupied
seats in any Legislature than those who are
so improperly criticised, and the unjust, and,
politically speaking, impolitic comments
must inevitably react upon the editors who
are indulging in them. Mr. Mackey is too
much of a gentleman himself to endorse such
The Columbia Spy says :
"The game of the Treasury ring was a des
perate one, and the victory of Irwin over the
moneyed combinatiod is sn exhibition of
weakness on the side of the corruptionists,
which must prove fatal for the future. The
Lancaster delegation have fully met the
honest expectations of their constituents and
haveproved that their confidence has not been
misplaced. The assault on this corrupt com
bination required more than the usual moral
courage ; but the determination of the peo
ples' representatives entitled the members of
both houses to our gratitude. We may con
fidently expect a new era of honest legisla
Of course the Lancaster Daily Express
need not be referred to , a#4 on the right s
of this contest. As is also the Votkerei
the very efficient German republican or-#
gan of this county.
The Pittsburg Conimes•cial rendered
very good service during the campaign,
and is, of course, jubilant over the result. ,
Hear it :
" With the overthrow of the Treasury Ring
and the smashing of the machinery of King
Caucus, at Harrisburg, goes overboard many
a precious scheme that was ready- to be hatch
ed within the capitol this winter. Notably is
the infamous tax bill which barely failed der-
In? the last moments of the last session. On
this the Ring relied confidently to get a mil
lion into their hands, whereby to close the gaps
in their account. Such An unexpended bal
ance was the "big thing" in the Treasury
scheme. But these visions .of .profits and
power have vanished. It is more than inti
mated that it will require sharp work on the
part of the Ring to make connection by the
time their time is up."
This is by no means all that the Cokt- ,
mercial has to say. It is at it all the time
giving the corruptionists hard knocks.
It is unquestionably the best political pa
per in Pennsylvania (F. A. only excepti
The Miners' Journal's Harrisburg cor l
respondent seems disposed to occupy a
neutral position. Referring to Senator
Billingfelt, however, he says;
" He has some old-fashioned ideas of hon
esty which are not all appreciated in Legis
lative circles, and his conscience has not yet
been seared with the fires of party rancor.
Trust me, he will be true to his party when
his convictions tell him that his party is ibl
lowing the course marked out by right and
The Berks and Schuylkill Journal, gen
erally leaning over towards the Camerons,
comes to the following very sensible con
" We are not very sorry that this 'bolt' has
occurred, or inclined to severely condom
those who took part in it. The Republifte
defection is too respectable in point of num
bers, and in•the character of the 'bolters,' far
wholesale censure. We look to see good come
out of this result, by a searching investiga
tion of how the State funds have been used
by the Treasurers who held the aloe fpr the
last few years which will now be pressed. tt
will also facilitate action in taking the elec
tion of State Treasurer out of the hands of
the Legislature, and giving it to the people
where it rightfully belongs. If the 'bolt' of
the Republicans secures these ends, it will
have done some good. It is needles s to add
that the election of Irwin, though ac
complished by the aid of Democratic Yoko,
is no triumph to the Democrats. Gen. Irwin
is one of the staunchest Republicans in - the
The Scranton Republican, the only par
ty organ of that city, says :
"The defeat of Robert W. Mackey, the re
carly nominated Republican candidate fdr
office, is almost without precedent, but
an indication of the overthrow of the Cs.-
even ring will be welcomed by the indepeed
cut members of our party. * * * « The
mass of the people are justly opposed to or
rapt rings in any political party, and the 7
have substanti al to rejoice when
such iniquitous combinations are broke , n 4 u4; "
After endorsing the course of the -
era," the Blair County _Radical says :
" Of mute there will ben number of
poldicalr nertramers which. in obedience
the mandates of their real controllers.,
endeavor to read the fifteen Itepublimins
voted for Irwin out of the party—it busialMi
in which, for years, they have shown mere
zeal than in stemming the We of corruption
that threatened to engulph the party. To
those organs we would say that a political
party can become so select as to be worthless
for all purposes of sum and furthermore,
that in striking Billie t and Warfel and
Lowry and Kerr s ailMcCreary and the
others, representatives who do no discribditt
to the party, the blow may reach the Eriplihs
limns of Lancaster, Erie, Crawford had the
others where we get our heaviest majoilciels."
Hear the Lawrence Journal:
" What a speotacle ! Independent lagtilh.
tore of Pennsylvania, whipped like .h 041114
km doing what they deem for the best intetilic
of the Commonwealth 1 "Wolters 1" "
oA i" Away with such stuff, and let men
ANA itp like men 6,r whet they think is
right. * * * Does the Ring require
another lesson to show them that there is
enough independence of thought and action
in the State to rebuke their evil practices ?"
The Erie Dispatch says :
"The result will be welcomed by the masses
of the people. It is a happy omen of better
legislation and an assurance of the Republi
can party that it has few representatives who
appreciate the fact that reform is essential to
the gcmtinnance of Republican power in the
The Cheater, Delaware county Repub
lican truthfully says :
" It is cause for great rejoicing that the cor
rupt Treasury Ring at Harrisbtug, has at last
been broken. * * * * We believe the
party is, to-day, thousands of votes stronger
by the course or the manly, independent Re
presentatives who refused to be bound in
servility to a corrupt canons."
Next in!our pile of exchanges, the Beav
er Radical turns up. Upon reading the
very first three lines we knew that Master
Quay's slate was broken to pieces. Mr.
Quay is savage, and blames the Pennsyl
vania Railioad fbr defeating Mackey.
Mr. Quay "here and now commits the
Radical to a war on this dangerous foe to
the State" (the Pennsylvania Railroad
Company.) That's startling 1 The Beaver
Radical hurling 'huge pieces of broken
slate at the Pennsylvania ,Railroad 1 Will
the corporation be able td stand such a
shock Y Possibly the Eastern Division of
the road will remain undisturbed. If so,
the road will remain open between this
city and Harrisburg.
We might give many more extracts
from exchanges and clearly prove that a
decided majority of the respectable and
influential ones are on the side of the glori
ous seventeen, and against the now de
funct ring of Treasury plunders.
IT has always been the fashion at Har
risburg to repress the sentiment of the
Legislature, in favor of retrenchment and
economy, by ridiculing its advocates.
This is a potent weapon, and especially
with new members has been demonstrated
to' be very effectual. No one likes to be
laughed at, and the witticisms that any
propositions to save money provoke have
often served the purposes of the ring, by
defeating it. But the people, we need not
tell the members, do not see the point of
these jokes. They breathe another and
a very different moral atmosphere from
that of 'Harrisburg, and it is one in which
economy is appreciated; and fidelity to
grave public trusts is honored. Any mem
ber of the Legislature can very well afford
to put up with the jeers of the corruption
ists, levelled at all schemes to save the
money of the tax payers, when he has the
confident assurance that his honest labors
elicit the warmest approbation of his con
stituents. Let the lobbyists laugh as they
please, but be sure to cut off their supplies.
RICH AND COOL.
The Lancaster Examiner intimates that
our members of the Legislature are cor
rupt, were bought, &c. It so, why don't
the Examiner " come to dots" by stating
particulars? It will be remembered that
last year several of " our fellers" were
bought, and held and firmly bound unto
the Ring Managers, and we stated the
particulars at the time, by naming the
contracting parties, amount paid per
member, and all about it. We so stated
particulars because we be, • them to be
true. Now if Jack Hiestand, or any other
man of the defunct ring know that any
one or more of our present members have
been bought, let him speak out like a man
and expose the transaction. To make
false accusations, is cowardly, and con
In order to make out a cue against Mr.
Billingfelt, the Lancaster Inquirer and its
assistant the Examiner, mut lie, a little,
and that with the record before them.
They say that Senator Waribl Voted for
Mackey, thus leaving it- to be nialbrred
that he actually supported him. Now,
what are the facts P >On the. first ballot
Mr. Warfel voted for Amos S. Henderson;
on the second ballot, and under a misap
prehension in regard to the democrats,
who on said ballot commenced voting for
Irwin, he (Mr. W.) voted for Mackey;
but on the third and last ballot, and after
certain impressions having been removed
from his mind, he finally placed him
self upon record with his colleague,
Mr. Billingfelt, by not voting at all. In
deed, we have gOod authority for saying
that he would not have gone into conven
tion at all, had he not been appointed
teller on the part of the Senate.
This is the truth of the mad,, but
neither the Inquirer nor its assistant and
tender, the .".ftforginer, seem disposed to
state it to their readeni.
FATIlin ABRAHAM %els especially
complimented by the triumphant election
f General Irwin to the office of State
. T surer. He was Bret announced as a
ouglldate, by, an editorial In this Wiper , .
on the 56 of Vovember last. AU now
mimit that Lancaster papers sad Lamas
it="Ptagyes ware chiefly Inktru
i wheat* this highly important
vietery * nd and corrhption.
OUR WaMIURO .LETTER.
January 19, 1870.
Dear Father Abraham': With the election
of Treasurer, last session virtually
ended, though severaillitints of pie following
t:ill9 were ocettPied in iiiiirodric?:id passing
2 bills. Yesterday both h re-assem
:ld „but without trasnsoting ma sh business,
Mail' to • tiki Pia in the inauguration
4eoollieer Your correspondent regrets that
11111 time prevail% him from giving a de
tail6d.aooanut of the affair. Suffice it to say
that the display was grand and imposing,
and excepting the ill-advised and much-to
be-regretted action of the resident firemen,
nothing occurred to mar the occasion.
RRADY FOR WORK
The Treasurer elected; and the Governor
inaugurated, the Legislature will soon be in
good working order. But one element of dis
cord remains—the Legislative Record ques
tion. A Joint committee was appointed last
week to take charge of the matter, and a re
port is expected to-morrow. -It is not be
lieved that the Record as heretofore publish
ed, will be continued; the impression is that
a daily Journal, with perhaps short abstracts
of debates, will be printed.
LOWEY AND BILLINOFELT
The Daily Telegraph, the ring organ, is still
violent in its abuse of Senators Lowry and
Billingfelt, but the former comes in on the
lion's share of it. It is rumored to-day that
Mr. Lowry will publicly demand a retraction
of its charges, and in case of refusal to do so,
will at once commence prosecution for libel.
This same organ is endeavoring to convey the
impression that the Finance Committee of
the Senate is instructed to inquire into the
means used to seeps the election of State
Treasurer. This is a Mistake. A resolution
instructing the CoMinittee to enquire into the
manegement of the State Treasury for six
years plot did prevail, and the friends of Gen.
Irwin are anxious that an investigation of the
late contest be commenced. If the friends of
the defunct Treasurer believe what they and
their paid organ. so freely assert—that he
(Irwin) was elected through corrupt influ
ences—now is the time to show their hands.
Introduce a resolution to that effect gentle
men, and you can have investigation to your
heart's content. But until then cease your
cry of " Stop Thief."
•CULL YE. FINDLEY.
Last week Senator Billingfelt presented the
petition of residents of Somerset county, con
testing the seat of Slum, Findley and claim
ing it for Edward Scull. Yesterday the
following Committee was drawn to try the
elm: Messrs. Allen, Brooke, Brown, Linder.
man Lowry, Osterhont and Randall-4 Re
publicans and 8 Democrats.
STANDING. COMMITTEES OF THE HOIISE.
The Philadelphia members have no reason
to complain of the positions assigned them on
the Standing Committees of the House.
Speaker Strang has been exceedingly goner-
OUJI to the Eastern *Notion of the State, for I
notice that the Chairinanship of nearly if not
all the important Committees has been con
ferred on Representatives from that virtuous
city. Davis is Chairman of Ways and Means,
Adaire oMailroads, Hong of Corporations,
Bunn of Iron and Coal Companies and Cloud
of Passenger Railways. Lancaster county is
re resented on the following : Reincehl is on
Ways and Means, Judiciary General Fed
eral Relations, Retrenchment and Reform
and is Chairman of Estates and Escheats.
Godshalk is on Corporations, Retrenchment
and Reform, and is Chairmrn of Military
Affairs. Herr is on Ways and Menne, Ecliv
cation and Corporations. Wiley is on Rail
roads, Agriculture and Acoooste. They too
have no reason to complain of their treat
THII ISCRADIDLZ FOs OrFICIS
Lancaster county has quite a number of
applicants for office under the new adminis
tration. I note the followiugr FO Flour In
spector—Jacob F. Frey, Fred'k 8. Albright,
Hiram Erb H. B. Greybill, Jeremiah Cooper,
Daniel Shi ker and Capt. J. Q. Mercer. For
Whisky Inspector—John Stauffer, the pre
sent incumbent. For Harbor Master, Phila.
—Witmer C. Rank. For Bark Inspector—
John Keller, city. For Lazaretto Physician
—Dr. W. L. Lauber. For Notary Public,
Lancaster—T. J. Davis, D. P. Rosenmiller,
and B. C. Kready, Esgs., and J. B. Devlin
and Col. M. Weidler. For Notary Public '
Columbia—Jacob Strine, Capt. Muller, and
Friend Yocum, of the Spy. Z.
HARRISBURG, January 19, . 1870.
Father Abraham: The dailies have given
you a detailed account of the proceedings of
yesterday in the Inauguration of Gov. Geary
for his second term. The day opened clear
and beautiful, the long line of military,
numerous bands of music, and the finely
equipped fire companies of Philadelphia, pre
sented a scene long to be remembered.
The firemen of this city forgetting that the
days of " niggerism" had passed away, saw
fit to refuse to partioipate in the parade, be
cause the Excelsior Reserves, a veteran col
ored regitnent of Philadelphia, whose tatter
ed and, torn flag showed service in our coun
try's battles were placed in the line. The
Engine and Ho r se Company of
Philadelphia, who were in line and made a
splendid appearance, express ul themselves in
plain terms about the nigga rdly conduct of
their hosts. The city was enlivened last
evening by a grand display of fireworks by
Prof. Jackson of Philadelphia, closing the
dispiay with the letters of silver fire,' "Good
will to Gov. Geary," which the cheering of
the assembled thousands fully attested. Gov.
Gooey was serenaded last evening at his
residence; abto lipmker Strang of the House,
at the State Capitol, who delivered a stirring
Posincebl of Lancaster, has introduced
the following bills in the House, relating to
our Courts :
"An Act to prevent Injury and Destruction
to Baggage on Railroads."
" A.a Let to repeal the Aot of Taxing Dogs
at 51.00 per head tor the use of the Home of
"An Act to prevent the publication of
Ohioans Advertisements and Noxious Med
The position you have taken in support of
the aMica of ow Re Wives in aiding
the election of W. . Irwin, Esq., to Mate
Treasurership is well timed, and the examina
tion of the affairs of our past Treasurers will
fully justify you and them in the noble stood
for reform. , • LANCASTRZ.
Thepresence of a real scion of loyalty
in Reriublican America is an event of such
rare occurrence that we doubt not the
vi* , of Prince Arthur . of England will be
as pleasantly interesting to our people as
we believe it will be to the Prince Ipimself.
Xte will awe at a time when the machin
ery of Government is in 11211 motion, and
will consequently go away with a clearer
understanding of our country and the
manner in which It is governed than if he
visited us during the summer months.
nere was another debate over Lemma
qslMd In the House, on Ttiesday, Mr.
Dotes of Moossehusittviippooing the
measure, And the alleged extravagance of
the Administratlon generallA
Ali *felling r i e f t . ;y took phueo at
Sleepy Hollow, near Poughkeepsie, N.
On ileturdem hest, in which Y. W.
Rac : Wut shot his Irlib and Alfred Ran
dal/or York rnerchaut,and SOD, Chris.
Rao. *re. BuqkhoUt and young
Redd 1 are dead, while the elder Randall
gee lb a critical rendition.
WASHINGTON NEWS AND GOSSIP
CULLED FROM VARIOUS SOURCES
Judge Kelley delivered in the House of
Representatives on Tuesday of last week,
an able speech, exposing the errors in
Special Commissioner Wells) report, and
impugning `is motives. ,It was listened
to with great interest by a large number
Washington barbers are agitating the
subject of petitioning the Councils to re
peal the Sunday law requiring them to
close their establishments on that day.
Adams' Express office here was robbed
on the Ist inst. of $29,500 bonds.
The first number of The New 2Era , a
journal published. in the interests of Ate
colored people, and conducted by colored
editors, has made its appearance in this
John J. Pratt, news editor of the Cin
cinnati Commercial, and a gentleman
noted for poetic ability, has been appoint
ed Librarian for the House of Represen
tatives at Washington.
Commissioner Delano advises Assistant
Assessors to hold conventions in all the
districts to determine the most efficient
mode to obtain a thorough canvass in
making assessments of incomes this year.
The President has nominated E. B.
Moore as Appraiser at Philadelphia, to
succeed Worthington, resigned ;
Anthony Q. Keasby to be U. S. Attorney
for New Jersey.
The case of Covode vs. Foster, will pro
bably be brought upthis week.
It is proposed to change the time of the
meeting of Congress from the first Mon
day in December to the first Monday in
Governor Alcorn, of Mississippi, refuses
to be installed until the State has been
admitted to the Union. The Legislature
will meet, ratify the 15th Amendment,
and then adjourn till after the admission
of the State.
Mr. Biddle has been confirmed as Con
sul to Cuba, and Mr. Moore as Appraiser
Senator R . &misers expenses in connec
tion with the French postal negotiations
were $724 in gold.
Mrs. E. A. Pollard opened a hotel here
The Judiciary Committee of the Senate
are said to be unanimous for Senator
Trumbull's bill prohibiting Senators and
members from endorsing applicants for
Representative Farnsworth has intro
duced a bill authorising the Postmaster-
General to empower agents to search any
place, vehicle or package for mailable
matter which said agent believes is being
transported contrary to law, and also to
authorize any postmaster to reftsse to pay
money orders or to deliver registered let
ters - to parties dealing in any fraudulent
schemes, such as lottery or gift enter
Fifty-six members of the U. S. Senate
Fractional Currency printed for the
week ending Dec. 15, $743,487. Shipped
to Boston and New York, $lOO 000 each ;
to. Philadelphia, $75,000; to St. Louis,
$225,000; to national banks, $288,425
total shipment, $588,425. Securities held
for circulation, $342,425,050; securities
for public deposits, $18,991000 ; bank
circulation outstanding. $299,750,4137 ;
fractional currency redeemed and destroy
Special Commissioner Wells has finish
ed his letter in response to the iron manu
facturers of Pennsylvania, who have
challenged his statements as to the cost of
pig iron made in his recent report. He
presents letters anduuthorities sustaining
hie former assertions.
An organization under the title of the
" Island Institute for Industrial Evening
and Sunday Schools" has gone into ope
ration here. It is designed mainly to
afford instruction and religious culture to
about 8,000 colored people living in the
southern part of Washington, where they
outnumber the whites six to one.
The Committee on Naval Affairs have
been considering the question of relative
rank, and are only waiting to receive the
report of the board on that subject before
embodying their viskrs in a form to be
acted upon by the House.
An adjourned meeting of the friends of
the International Fair was held on Satur
day, at Lincoln Hall, and was largely at
Samuel W. Marsh, late a prominent
clerk in the Treasury Department, was
found in an insensible condition on Friday
night, and died on Saturday.
The galleries of the Senate chamber will
accommodate one thousand persons.
The height from the floor of the rotunda
to the top of the canopy of the Capitol is
one hundred and eighty feet and three
The Senate has twenty-six standing
committees, two select, three joint stand
ing, and one joint select committee. The
House of Representatives has forty-two
standing, five eelect, and three joint stand
Mr. 43utler, of Tenn., has oftbred a bill,
which has a sufficient amount Of " It
in it, promPidiawhobisame discipline
fbr the uu and tuni.monetruct
ed State of It provides for the
complete _enforcement of the fourteenth
amendment, and affords, by anticipation,
a safeguard against the anticipated revo
lutionary proceedings of the constitritkonal
convention, which, under the guidance of
an ex-Confederate general, is now bitting
at Nashville. Both houses of Congress
seem to have made up their minds, for
good and all,” that, if they have the right
of reconstruction, they have also the right
toprotect and maim reconstruction.
Therefore lst Tennessee look to her future,
and let Y lrglnja take warning,
A MUllber of nieminirs of Congress tx
prem, themselves in favor of a tempera,
tlYelY. WIZ ndlOurturnnit, sone of them
tbinidng. that, with indult*, they can
finish the t legiskttion by the lst
There is no leak of proposals in either
house for the abolition of the fr anking
privilege. Ors Mcniday
very practical 'look, XI, Pitch, of
Nevado. .The proposes thit the abolition
take place at the commencement of the
next fiscal year in July, and that a postal
tebar system be established, the Post
Office Department being
expend not exceeding 41M0,000 a year in
the construction of neirlibes of telegraphs.
The Committee on Ways and Means, at
their meeting- on Monday, ,sfter a long
discussion, delermiried pt , Ontliseite
coal on the Stiolist, tint tax on bitumi
nous coal to remain as at premulsw