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TWELVE O'CLOCK; M.
British Outrages in China—Lon
don Times and the Alabama
Oriental Question—The Greek
Chambers Yields to the Govern
=put Demands for Money and
(By Telegraph to the Fltteburgh Gazette.]
. LONDON, December 26.—Reverdy John
son received a deputation -of Artisans de
sirous of founding a colony in Nebraska.
Mr. Johnson encouraged them. -
The Times publishes a letter, from Mr.
Dilkes, son of the eminent journalist, de
nouncing the recent violence by, the Brit
ish authorities at Yougtchow, China. ,Mr.
Mikes says 'upon at acts, that they are
more dangerous to peace between England
and the United States than the -Alabama
-claims. The Times agrees with Mr. Mikes,
and pronounces the outrage a violation of
the existing treaties, andjustly offensive to
the Chinese government.
An Athens dispatch states that two Turk
ish ships have been placed on the coast of
Cerigo to prevent the departure of Greeks
for Crete. •
LONDON, December 26.—The Times this
morning has another long editorial on the
subject of the Alabama claims. The peo
ple of both Po:gland and -America, the
Times says; are uneasy in regard to there-lations which are to exist in the future
`between the two nations. This uneasiness,
arises from ignorance of the true state of
the negotiations pending on the Alabama
question. The Times believes Secretary Sew
ard himself obstructs the settlement, but
that the question will be finally and ami
cably adjusted under the in-coming admin
istration of • President Grant. Reverdy
Johnson is not likely to be removed by the
-administration, bqt will be permitted to
.remain and complete the work already be
gun. If Mr. 'Seward seeks "to delay the
settlement of this important question, he
should be humored, but the basis of the
protocolalready agreed onby Lord Stanley
and Mr. Johnson must remain fixed, aed
will sooner or later command the consent
of both countries.
The Barlingame mission commenced its
-deliberations yesterday, and so far matters
Have been favorably discussed. The recent
violence by a British man.of-war in the
Chinese waters came up for investigation.
Mr. Burlingame held such vessels should
only be used to protect life• and property
When immediately expo,. sIid4O.44PSSI -014$
iiiitaiet' beanie 'properV a
matterof diplomatic reference to the Am
bassador at Pekin.. • •
LONDON, December 27.--The Oriental
•question absorbs attention-. That a confer
ence will be held is'riot absolutely certain,
and if beld,sinister results, predicated upon
similar attempts at conciliation, are fore
told. The Sublime Forte declines to yield
thsvindependence, or to make a sale of
Crete, or to transfei that Island to Egypt,
or anY other of the necessary, basis for a
'compromise. Lord Clarendon as was, to
be expected, adheres to the old pol
icy of _England in regard to Turkey.
Napoleon and the Emperor of Austria are
undecided to their views, while it is thought
Prussia leans towards those of Russia. It
is certain that -the Greeks count little on
direct aid from Russia, but much on the
insurrection on the part of their own court•
trymen in Turkey.. The Cretans seem
Inlet and indifferent. A ,manifesto from
Garibaldi tells them the proclamation of
Spain as a Republic will be the watch word
for a new movement on Rome and expects
them to be in readiness for the event.
Henry W. Longfellow American poet,
has declined a public dinner at Rome. He
had dined with 11011. Wm. B. Reading, of
that city, and George W. Childs, of the
Philadelphia Ledger, was among the guests.
MADRID, December 26.—Duke Moutpen
wier announbes liberal views in his mani
festo to the Tinperial Cortez, and suggests
the nomination of his son Duke Montpen
sier for King under a Regency.
MAl:min, December 27.;---The semi-official
journals say that Spain.--will not even con
sider the subject of the Belga Cuba to the
United States. . ,
Additional troops -have sailed 'for Cuba.
BRAZIL: AND PARACr
It is said 'that President'-filaruileiato, of
the Argentine Republic, has engaged the
kind offices of. General- MoNialion,_Ameri
can Minister at-, Paraguay, for. an attempt
to Mediate with Lopez; and Don Pedro, the
Brazilian 'Emperor, has, in consequence,
threatened to withdraw the . Brazilian En
voy from the Argentine Republic.
LONDON, Dec. 26.—A dispatth from Ath
ens, of the 24th, 'says that the Grecian
Chamber has -voted the Money asked for
by the 'government. The Chambers also
granted the government fall power to raise
more, if need be, and inade_extraordinary
levies of men for the army, and navy.
QUEENSTOWN, December 26.—The steam
ship-Cuba, from New 'York, touched here
SoursAiirrox, December 26.—The steam
shiplssas, from New York, arrived yes
FINANCIAL AND COMMERCIAL.
PARIS, ,Decembers-26.-Bourse firm; ren
ter 70f. 5c.,
HAVRE, December 28.—Cotton declined;
trey orditaure on spot, 122 f.: low middL r gs
to arrive, 121f.'
Three Persons Murdered and Burned:
[By Telegraph to the Pittsburgh Gazette.]
GA., December Z.—Gabriel
'Martin and his two maiden sisters, residing
in Columbia county, were murdered and .
robbed on Thursday night, the house set on
fire and the bodies consumed. Suspicion is
said to rest , on some negroes residing in the
'neighborhood as the perpetrators of the
Fire at Ottawa Canada
(By Telegraph to the. Pittsburgh Gazette.]
OTTAWA, December 20.—rive houses near
Sapper's bridge were burned last night.
They, - contained a large quantity of matches,
sulphur and five thousand bushels of oats,
all of which were consumed. Loss, $20,000.
Fire at Itlehniami, Va.
OirTelegraph to the l'ltteburgh Gazette
RIMMOND, VA.. December 25.—The dis
tillery of R. Sedgwick, the plaister mill of
Allen er, Magruder, and seven Small dwel
ling houses on Thirty-sisth.stredt were de%
4tro,Yed ay Are to-day. 1a3.5 POMO,
Requiem Mass Over me Remains of Doctor
Denne—Suide of a Sister-In Law of
Chas. Dickens, the Novelist.
(By Telegraph to the PlVsburgit Gazette.i
CuicAoo, December 27.—The celebration
of the solemn Regulate Mass over the re
mains of the late Dr. Dunne, formerly
Vicar General of the Roman Catholic. Di
ocese of Pilinois, took place yesterday at St.
Patricks Cathedral, It was probably the
most impressive ceremony of the kind ever
Witnessed in this city.. The church edifice
was crowded, to its utmost capacity, and
thousands congregated in front of the
church unable to obtain • admission. The
Grand Mass was superbly rendered. Some
forty or fifty Priests were •in attendance
and took part in the ceremonial, arid also a
large number of the Sisterhood, including
the Sisters of Loretto, the Sisters of Mercy,
Sisters of Charity 'and Sisters of the Holy
Cross. The absence of Bishop Duggan,
from these services was much commented'
upon, and in many instances brought forth
severe censure upon the conduct of that
TO-day the funeral obsequies of the de
ceased were celebrated in an imposing
manner at the same place. The crowd In
the,vicinity of the Church was immense,
largely composed of women and children,
who manifested in a marked manner their
sincere sorrow for the loss of their Tavorite
spirituel. father. The funeral procession
moved' at twelve o'clock, and embraced
nearly all the Catholic societies of the city.
The hearse was magnificently decorated,
drawn by four elegant black horses, and
guarded by a squad of Irish rifles in full
dress with reversed rifles., Five bands
furnished the music and the procession was
more thati a mile in length. The remains
were thusescorted to the depot, placed in a
car specially provided, and conveyed to
Calvary Cemetery, where they were com
mitted to earth: • "
Cineaoo, December 26.—Mrs. Augustus
N. Dickens widow of Augustus N. Dick
ens, a brother of Charles Dickens, the cele
brated novelist, committed suicide yester
day, at No. 566 North Clark street, by tak
ing an overdose of.morphine. She sent her
children to the house of her brother-in-law,
Mr. Lawrence. on Christmas .eve, to tame ;
part in getting up a Christmas tree. They
remained there over night, and on their re
turn to their home in the. morning, their
mother was discovered on the floor dead,
with a bottle of morphine by her side.
Mrs.. Dickens was thirty-five years of age.
She leaves three children, respectively
eleven, eight and three years of age. two
sons and one daughter. She had suffered
much of late from poverty, being depend
ent almost entirely upon her friends for the
necessities of life. .The acrimonious con
troversy growing out of the conduct of her
distinguished. brother-in-law,, Chas. Dick
ens, towards Mrs. Dickens, on the occasion
of his visit, will bo remembered.
LATEP..—There seems to be some doubt
ens, the sister-in-law of Charles Dickens,
resulted from premeditated eel f-dest r notion
or from the indiscreet use of morphine.
She had been in the habit of using the drug
for some time past for neuralgia pains, and
a few days before she had burrowed a book
of a neighbor which treated of poisons, and
had read it carefully, so that she must have
been pretty well informed upon the char
acter of the poison she was using. Still;
there was no seeming reason for committing
the deed. Although poor, she was beyond
the reach of, want, and had only the day
before received a remittance of a certificate
of deposit for one hundred dollars from
some friendly source. The verdict of the
COroner's, Jury was rather ambiguous. It
was: "That the deceased came to her death
by an. overdose of morphine administered
by herself while in a state of mental aberra
tion." This verdict, if it means anything,
would indicate the belief of the Jury that
Mrs. Dickens committed suicide. Still her
friends believe that her death resulted
from accidental causes. Mrs. Dickens was
buried to-day. Her children will be care
fully provided for.
Disastrous Fire , at Lynn, Mass.—Six Hun
dyed Persons' Thrown Out of Employ ,
38v Telegraph to the Pittsburgh earette.l
LYNN, Mass., December 2G.—A fire, this
morning dtroyed Lyceum Hall build
ing, occupied by the First'Central National
Bank, W. S. Partridge, clothing, Perly B.
Mansfield, hatter, and ex-Mayor Johnson,
insurance agent. The property of the bank
is probably safe in the vaults. Frazier's
block, _ a large and costly building, contain
ing the postoffice. was also burned. The
letters and priocpal contents' of the post
office were safely removed. Among the
occupants of the block were the Lynn
Light lofantry, who lost all their arms and
,uniforms, the Sagamore Temple of Honor,
the Lynwood Lodge Good Templars, a tem
porary theatre of the Boston Theatre Com
pany and Wells & - Musso, boot and shoe
stitohers, the latter employing a large num
ber of women. Mr. Frazier also had a shoe
manufactory in the building. The flames
next' communicated with Ruble's block,
which was destroyed. 'Among the - occu
pants were Wm. H. Gale, Sanderson dr.
Bro., Geo. B. Beede & Co.. E. P. Driver &
Bro., and Beetle & Berry,' also shoe manu
facturers. Wm. A. Atwell, dealer in leath
er, occupied the basement. The firms all
had large stocks, the greater part of which
were removed, before much damage was
The total loss is roughly estimated at
$300,000. There are probably six hundred
people thrown out of employment.
LATE.s.--Some of the principal losses by
the dre are: Frazier's block, valued at re,-
000 v insured flr $25,000; Mr. Frazier's loss
on stock, 8100,000; insured for $BO,OOO. Ly
ceum Hall, valued at $15,000; insured •for
$6,000. Robinson's block cost $65,000; in..
cured for $40,000. Wm. H. Gales' shoe
manufactory, loss $25,000; fully insured.
Sanderson & Bros' loss, $10,000; Geo. Beede
& Co., 850,000, and Driver & Bros. $13.000, all
insured.. All the letters and everything of
value in'the Postoffice were saved. The
funds-and seem - Ries of the Central Bank
were found safe in the vault. -
—The New York Sun says of the proposed
adj nstment between the Central and Erie
railroads: "It contemplates an alliance of
interests of the combined companies, both
to be allowed secure and unbroken con
nection with the west, thus giving ttiNew
York 'a wide and narrow gauge railroad to
Chicago and St. Louis. In consideration
of this errangement, the pending suits
against Vanderbilt are to be withdrawn or
suffered to fall foiwant of prosecution. and
no intimation shall be obtained against the
New York Central scrip dividend. Van
derbilt withdraws his hostility to the Erie
management, its financial operations and
schemes for extension, and the two com
panies agree to conduct their respective
roads as allies, both offensive and defen
sive. It is certain such a scheme of adjust
ment is now approaching perfection, and,
unless interrupted by unforeseen obstacho,
will be perfected on or before the first of
--Speaker Colfax and wife left Wning
field,,Mass., on. Saturday morning for Al
PITTSBURGH, MONDAY, DECEMBER 28, 18E8.
FOUR O'CIALOCIi. A. M.
Currency Matters—Appeal for
the National Monument
Binekley Again—Business of
the Court of Claims.
By Telegraph to the Pittsburgh Gazette.]
WAstr4NoToN, peeem•ber 26;1868.
The fractional currency printed' during
the week amounted to $455,000; shipmenta
$326,289. National Bank currency issued
$94,810; amount in circulation $299,767,044.
Fractional currency destroyeti $791,084.
Solicitor Binckley in a card reviews
Representative Van Wyck's late repOrt and
"denies the truth of the statements therein
WASHINGTON, December 27, 186 f
NATIONAL MONUMENT. '
The Washington National Monument S
ociety has addressed an appeal to, the.pas
tors of the religious congregations of the
United States, asking them to cause collec
tions to ba taken up in their respective
churches, on the Sunday immediately tire
ceding the 22d of February next, the
amount to be remitted to the Treasurer
of the Society, in order that work on the
monument may be resumed. The appeal
is signed by Andrew Johnson, President
ex-officio; S. J. Bowers, first Vide President;
U. S. Grant. second Vice President: IV. W.
Cormran, Third Vice President: J. B, H.
Smith, Treasurer, .and Carroll Brest, Sec
A document just published shows the
number of judgments rendered by the
United States Court of Claims during the
present Tear, the names of the parties in
whose favor they were rendered, and of
their attorneys and the amounts awarded.
The Court gave favorable judgments in
fifty-three cotton cases, the cotton having
been captured by the United States
forces. Claimants in all such suite are
required to prove -their loyalty to the
United States at the time of the capture.
The aggregate of the cotton claims Is five
hundred thousand dollars. The sums
awarded range, from under one thousand
to forty-four thousand dollars. The Court
threw out the claims for acceptance of sun
dry bills of exchange ordrafta by. John B.
Ployd,Bearetary of -War.
TEE ALABAMA CLAIMS
Tho Sate Department hm not received
from Reverdy Johnson fora week past any
intelligence concerning the Alabama claims
Collision ofErrelght Trains..lEnzliteers and
Irirenieu Killed -- Another Accident--
Me ludions.-Gen. Sheridan.
[By Telegraph to the Pittsbarth Gazette;)
ST. Lours, Depember 27.—Tw,0 freight
trains on the Hannibal and St. Joseph
Railroad collided two riles west of Chilli
cothe, about' three o'clock on +hursday
morning. Rolla engineers, A. A. Cooper,
and H. Young, silk both Bremen, Muffets
and Keevy, were instantly killed. The en
gines were completely smashed, and sever
al of the cars burned. Both trains were
running on telegraph time. It is stated'
that the body of a young lady was found in
the wreck, burnt to a crisp from the waist
- Crain on the Iron Mountain Railroad
was thrown from the track just below Jef
ferson Barracks, about fourteen miles from
this city, yesterday morning.. One of the
cars, containing about twenty persons, was
precipitated down au embankment, making
two complete revolutions, and nearly every
person was more or less injured, some of
them severely, but none fatally.
The weather has been very mild 10-day
and the snow which fell on Christmas
night has nearly disappeared.
Gen. Sully s3nt a detsebnihnt of cavalry
from Fort Harker on the 21st inst. to scour
the upper valleys of the Salamon, Repub
lican and Saline rivers in Kansas, it being
reported that Indians have recently been
seen in that region. Gen. Sully thinkl that
Gen. Sheridan will return from his' cam
paign in twenty or thirty days and will
suspend operations until March to give his
horses a rest.
(By Teteitraeb to tbe PlttibuTgb Gazet.e.;
Ha.vs, Dec. 25.—Advices from Monk°
state that two thousand laborers were en
gaged in constructing the Vera Cruz rail
road. Gen. Canto had been sent to Duran
go.( lien. Querioga was operating aikainst
Escobedo. Petitions bad been presented
to Congress for the abolition of the ;death
penalty, for the creation or a Bank of Hy
pothecates, and for the construction of a
railroad from the Capitol via Omea . to the
Pacific Ocean. The financial and mummer
°la' condition of the Republic was critical.
Congress has approved the project
brig free export of minerals. A subvention
of $1.5 per ton is to be granted to vessels
constructed in the Republic. Preparations
for working the petroleum well in Oxaca
have commenced. The formation of New
Leon into a separate State had been conce
ded by Congress. The questioner forming
the 'new. State of Hidalgo was under
cussion; also a proposition to export gold
and silver bars under the, same duty as I
coined money. Congress ad organized a
grand jury to• try Mejia and Romero,
Mejia was found not guilty. The ease of
Romero was, undecided. A project of am
nesty had been presented it • Congress and
was under dismission. The, journals gen
erally and General Palacieadvocate clem
HAVANA, December 26,—The following
additional Mexican news has been received
by the steamer Washington, from Vera
General Roseerane, United States Minis
for, was reeelked by-President Juarez on
the 10th. TheCOngresaional Committee on
the same day reported the treaties, except
the Consular. Mr. Plumb, late Secretary
Legation and acting Moister, was to leave
Mexico January first. Tne concession
grant to the Tehauntepee route , was under
discussion. Payments by the 'Treasury
had recently been punctually made. Pub
lie meetings favorable to the Cuban revolu
tion had been held. General Escobedo was
pushing his movements in • Tamaulipas.
Vargas had offered to surrender, but the
terms propoeed were refused. A plan- of
conscription had ;been introduced by4ethe
Minister of War.
The Washington brinks a Milli= and a
elf Of Sp:IQ for Ems,
Contradictory Accounts of the 'lore t Bat
tle Between the Insurgents and Govern
ment Troops—Reported Landing of the
• Villibusters: •
C Lly. Telegraph tk l the P ttsburgh Gazette.]
HAVANA, ec_e bar 27.—The Govern
ment publishes in he Gaeta the following
account: After the battle of Moran the
troops found among the baggage captured
from the Insurgents several jars of strych
nine. Information previously received by
the Government stated that strychnine
Was .to be used to poison Spanish troops
thranghout the Island.
An official account of the battle states
that the Government troops came up with
the revolutionists on the 18th I nst., eighteen
'trines from Puerto Principe. They stormed
the entrenched camp of the enemy and at
tapked them with bayonets. The • latter
were routed,losing many men killed and
wounded. - According to the official ac:
count the loss of the Government troops
was alight, only one man killed and eight
wounded. They loss of the Revolutionists
is not given, it being only stated that seven
hundred horses were captured.
, The Cuban account of the affair states the
government troops lost heavily in killed
audwunnded. The revolutionists also deny
that;thcr - government troops captured all
-their'cirths' and ammunition. •
Gerteral•Latorre sailed yesterday for. San
tidgct.with trOops, to take command of the
-Esittern department. • The revolutionists
havedeatroyed the light house at Lucretia.
Point, endangering the navigation of the
Hamra, December ir3—via . Lake City;
P&L- December 27.—1 t is reported that
eight hundred fillibusters landed at Bay Co
chinos, Santiago, December 18th; also th~►r t
the Government has only eighteen hun
dred troops in that part of the Island, and
that they are surrounded by ten thousand
of the revolutionary band. Laborers are
without food and are forced to join the rev
loutionists. Business is suspended and im
portations stopped. ; The authorities are,
without finds and pay nobody. Distress
and gloom everywhere prevail
.2lfienzanilio, Dec. 20th, , via Lake City,
Fla., 27th.—The government force here,
numbering six hundred, are closely besieg
ed. Occasionally ,skirmilies take place
between the revolutionary forces and gov
ernment troops, but lead to no important
results.• The government troops are suffer
ing from bad and idiutilcient diet, and in
consequeuee cholera has broken out among
them. t 7
NEW YORK CITY.
(By Telegraph to the Pittsburgh Gaiette.3
NEWYORK, December 26, 1868
The case of the United States against I
Blairdell, Eckel and others, for alleged
hem fraud smrrevenutytme - been lis.sightfi - I
for trial before Judge Blatcbford on Tues
day next, District Attorney Courtney hay.
ing received instructions to bring it about
as early as possible.
'Judge Cardozo to-day vacated his order
der for taking the compulsory affidavit of
Alex S. Diven, Vice President of t e Erie
One Thomas Hencks was frozen o death
in Brooklyn last night..
A break occurred this evening in the
Main gas pipe on Broadway, in' front of the
Olympic. The escaping gas forced its way
through the masonry under the theatre,
and was first discovered in the ticket office.
A man was sent below with a light, when,
on his entering the vault, the gas ignited,
bunting him severely. The gas continued
burning during the performance of the
play, without the audience, however, being
aware of the circumstance. Every precau-L
Lion was taken to guard against a panic.
Collector Smythe has declined a tender of
a testimonial from the officers of Customs
In this Port, who prOposedny have his pbr
trait painted and hung up in the Collector's.
office, there to be always preserved. In his
reply to the flattering letter of- these gen
tlemen he expresses the hope for the early
passage by Ctmgress of Mr. Jenekes' civil•
service bill. Mr. Clinch, Deputy - Collector,
has accepted a similar compliment pro
The ice on the Hudson river is said-to be
in a better condition, than' for several win
ters,'and the Poughkeepsie- Ice Boat ASSO
elation propose to have an ice boat regatta
for a piece plate by next Virednesday,ill the
weather eontinues favorable.
The liabilities of Lathrop, Ludington. it
Co. are stated at four million dollars.
Arrived, the steamstd pf,Jnited Kingdom
and Europa, from Glasgowvia lilavil s.
—M. W. Perkins' powder mill, at West?
field, Mass., was destroyed on Thursday
n , ght by an explosion and fire.L055.31.5,00,..k.
—Waterhouse's Cassinaere Factory, War
wick, Rhode Islaud,was burned oa Christ
mas. . Loss w 0,000., Insured mostly* in Bos
Sat —II. Malcourt was killed on Sat rdtip by
being crushed between two ca on the
Marietta and Cincinnati Ratko ,at Big
—James C. Lillies and Edward Ruth are
under arrest at Boston on supiclon of being
concerned in the murder of Faulkner, the
Malden watchman. • • 1 ~
—lnspector Geneual Ayres, of General
Rousseau's stair, left New Orleans a few
days ago for the disturbed,portion, of Ar
kansas, in cinder to.examine into the condi,
Lion of affairs and report.
—Thcity of Mauna was imuch excited
on Christmas by the reported success of
the revolutionists. It is tboug t the re
ports were started to cause an outbreak,
but everything remainedquiet.
—Advices•frona Venezuela. sta that Gen
erals Doraingo, Menages' nophe , and Ru-
Veto Monagas„ son of tee deco ed Presi
dent Menages, are candidates for the Pros
t idencY. The country was tranquil.
--Adrices from Unit' state that Taomel
continues closely besieged. On the 9th
Inst.' the garrison rfipulsed thopiquets, both
lOartiessustaining heavy losses. Salnavels
uaen.efrwarbover about the coast. The rev.
olutionista are contident of fortifying the
- - •
Inspectiou (.4 the Peruvian monitors
resulted in the Board reporting that they
Wore unlit for sea. They wilt sail next
week for Pensacola for repairs before taking
their timid departure. if report is true, the
Peruvian GovernMent" has been badly
swindled in the sale, and a month markt
tervene before they sail for Peru,
—The Springfield (Mass.) .Repubtican
soya that a biaily important moye
went of 'recognized kings of express-pom
ponies is going on. Among those engaged
in it are the managers of the late American
Express Company, R. L. Johnson, of Al
bany, W. N. Melchor, of Boston, and Co].
3. M. Thompson, the original proprietor of.
Thompson's Express. It is understood
this -oombination, with their associates,
meet at the solicitation of a large number
of business men, not only of New England
text of the entire west, to establish express
facilities throughout the territoryrnow oc
cupied by the American and Merolmuts
Union rapreas Company.
c eirr Y AND, SUBURBAN.
United States Court—naukruptcy Branch.
• The following petitions for adjudication
in bankruptcy were filed Saturday : Adol
phus C. Schulz, Allegbany _county; Ben
jamin F. Williams, Indiana county; Farry
Briel, Bedford county; Zaphor Teed,
Lycoming county; Johv B. Benn, Tioga
District Court —Judges Hampton and
Two importance questions of jurisdiction
were informally suggested! in this Court
on Saturday. The first involved thejuris
diction of the District Court in cases of
equitable proceedings, in partition, it being
claimed by some of the profession, and, as
we understand, such is the opinion of some
of the members of the Court,4lsat the jevis
diction attaches exclusively to the Court of
Common Pleas, although for many years it
has been exercised by the District Court.
The second involves the jurisdiction of tits
District Court in cases of Lateral Railroads,
it being claimed, by an equally divided
professional and judicial' opinion, that the
power In all such cases is exclusively in the
Court of Comnion Pleas, although for
long time the District Court has been tak—
ing cognizance of such matters. This is a ,
matter of great Importance, as it involves.
the title to a great deal of real estate. Court
has ordered an argument of the question
during this week.
The argument list will be takensup in this
Court this week.
Common Pleas—Full Bench.
The following business was transacted in
this Couit on Saturday:
On motion of T. M. Marshall. Esq., J.
Smith DB Shabby, of New Castle, was quali
fied and admitted to practice.
A petition in divorce Was filed by Philip
"Markle against Gertrude Markle and sub
13: Kennedy, Esq., was apppinted au
ditor to examine the accounts and dbekets
of the Prothouotary, Register, Recorder
and'Clerks of the several County Courts.
The' argument list will be taken• ap in
this"Coart on Thursday next.
Criminal Court—Judges Mellon anarStewe.
Court met at' ten o'clock on Saturday
morning, and the following business- was
T. 2311 Cass OF LEWIS LAYS.
In the case of Lewis Lane, indicted for
wife poisoning, W. T. Haines, Eso , „ pre
stinted the following paper:
. : Commonwealth vs. Lewis Lane, Anti:
now Decen2per 26C
to tile - 051mi thiefga Said Lewis Lane, be
'cense of his'poverty, is unabli3 to procure
the attendance of witnesses in his behalf,
actually necessary for procuring him a fair
and just bearing in his trial for mr.rder, it
is hereby ordered and directed that the said
defendant shall hale compulsory process
issued and served on any and all witnesses,
necessary for his said defense, at the-proper
coats and charges of the county of Alle
The Court expressed ite williripsess to
make a recommendation to the Commis
sioners if an officer could be prosured
serve the subpoena, but the county was not
authorized to pay the costs.
Patrick hicKenna, convicted of the lar
ceny of. a cloak,. was sentenced to-pay the
costs of prosecution and undergo. an im
prisonment of four months in the county
jail. As he wis,marched,off by a tipstave
he said: "I appals to ajligher coart, sir."
The Drummer Boy of Shiloh.
We have received the following red hot
having any particular feeling ourself upon
PITTSITURG32. PA., December 27-1863.
EDITORS GAZETTE: Attracted by my
sympathy with the cause of the soldiers'
widows and orphans to witness adrama for
their berzetit,.entitled "The Drummer Boy
of Shiloh," now being played at the
Academy of Music in this city, 1 attended
there a few evenings since, andwas much '
surprised and mortified to find that the
negro soldiers of the late war were grossly
communication which we give place to, not
and unfeelingly insulted—insulted, too, be
men who i n the hurricane of battiewitnesselt
the dauntless bravery of the 'gallant - but
unfortunate African nation. To every sol
dier who served in the Armyof the United
States,.theexhibitioo of a woaley headed
savage done up in ministrel caricature,
as a representative of the immortal African
troops, who, under Butler, Hunter, and
numeroua others, performed/ deeds of Valor
imperishable as the Union which their bra
very soell assisted to mai
w ntain, the play of
the Drummer'Boy of Shiloh was a damning
insult, and I. who have seen the charge of
the African Brigade at Foil Wagner and
-witnessed their glorious Immolation - at
Mililken's 13orid and Butch Gap Canal,
could scarce believe that any officer of the
American Army would countenance so
ruflianiv an exhibition as that of the idiot
"a lu Minstrel,". at the Academy of Music,
' who takes the part of the African. Were
such a thing attemptedin either Richmond,
Memphis or I•Le' w Orleans, the actors there-.
in would be 4.hootedwand booted off the
stage. Whatever may be the faults of the
African people amongst themselves, no.
stain rests upon their martial honor. Lee
never yet saw a captured African nor
the back of a negro soldier,-and as an
Aft scan soldier who performed his duty by
the flag of the laud of his adoption, thereby
protest against tazther outraging African-.
American feeling in Pittsburgh. Should
any of the caricaturists of the negre char.
actor at the Academy of Music desire any
thing further from me they will find me at
my barber shop.
DOCTOR - GENERAL JACKSON,
Practical,Barber and late Officers' Servant
and Brevet Corporal 12th U. S. Colored
Prof.. W. B. Slack, teacher of music in
the Monongahela Dlstrlet of the Pittsburgh
Schools, was made the happy recipient of a
Brie large turkey on :Monday afternoon
last, as a Christmas gift from the pupils of
Mr. W. - Iryin's school, , Twenty-third ward.-
The gift was a very appropriate one for:the
occasionlind was duly appreciated, espe
cially on Christmas day about noon.
012 Thursday, afternoon Mr. Slack was
further made aware of, the respect and es
teem with which ho is regarded, by the re
ceipt of a handsomely bound and elegantly
• printed copy of Milton's life and complete
works, presented in behalf of the Directors
znd plipils'of the Sixth ward °boob by Mr.
Hamilton. The Professor on this, as on the
Parmer occasion, retuned his thanks in a
few pertinent remarks, expressing the hope
that his actions in the future might prove
more than his language, the .kindly feel
ings which he entertained toward the gen
erous and liberal hearted donors. Episodes
like these are always surrounded with
many a:grecablo memories and will. often
be recalled by "each participant with feel.
ingt of Radiation and plunge.
OPERA. Horsr..—Thb charinlng M'lle
Ravel. the French actress in pantomime,
the celebrated danseuse who has filled the
eyes of the world as the most graceful on
the stage, and tight rope walker without
an equal, . will commence a brief. engage
ment at the Opera House to-night, appear
ing in the "French Spy." This is a role in
which she is without peer, all others who
attempt it being Mere imitators of Rav,el.
The splendid farce of "Pleasant Neighbor"
will conclrale the performance.
PITTSBUVIR TEEATRE.—The "Fairy
Talismaa," with new scenery, striking
mechanical effects, and charnsimg, actors,
will be presented to-night. Miss Susie
Summerfield, the popular and pretty dan
sense, will appear for the first• time this
season on the boards,
Dinsorte Hiirra..—The inimitable New
comb's ,Ilinstfels of Cincinnuti r - who are
justly ranked as the very best interpreters
of song and the cork . opera in Americas.
will open on Wednesday evening next at
Masonic Hall. This -troupe embraces the.
pioneer of Ethiopian minstrelsy,. as well
as.many of the most finished vocalists of
the profession. Let none fail tti be present
during their stay.
TEE DEU 3lDa> 1301" or , Idn - ,,mar..—On.
Saturday - . night• the • brief season an
nounced for the production• of this ster
ling historical drama, cies ed with
an overflowing audience. The• play has
bad a brilliant run, and probably was visit
ed. by nearly seven thousands persons
during its ' continuance on the boards,
and it would draw juste 'as many
more if kept longer before the putty
lic, who are only awakening to its great
merits. Tt is a thrilling* composition,
fell of beauty, abounding in interesting
scenery, faithful to army life, graphic and:
patriotic, and as it has been rendeiredi in
Pitts. burgh, is worthy the. patronage of ey
ery. person no matter of what creed, color
or politics. The gentlemen sustaining the
chara eters- acouitted' themselves- in a'.
praiseworthy uianner, while the ladies par- -
thyme d ina way.which would have gained ,
them high place in the estimation of fas--
At. the earnest solicitation of many
feendt ; the play will be repeated-for three -
nights move, commencing on 'Thursday.
Ail who weirld not deprive themselves of—
the gral cdest. intellectual treat of the seas=
should avail , themselves of the-few last-,
opporth nities for seeing and hearing the
".Drutni ner Boy of Shilbh."
- MIR. E farm, 'OMB. MYSTERIOUS MAN.—SO
mreh has been said and written. of this
great professor cf the magic art lately, that
we mini; confess we are very -anxious to
witness tibe wonders or which tic-is said to_-
be so, cap tble.. But we imagine yre, are not'
the only ionewho are anxious msee-Hartz,
foriberethan not been anything else talked
about# since i.firtit, got..atoat. that he was .
outing,. performance ofbis short
engagement takes place to-night• at the
Academy of Masic, and he will only per- -
form on. Tuesday an d.Wednesday evenings,
with a matinee on the later day. Those
wishing good seats had better see about
getlng them atonce. They cam be secured.
at Mellor's music store..
Tan Rut too Exams:Tiffs.— -Jrn Gordon ,
will give his interesting and ii istructive
tertainmentthis eveningin the- nurth U. U.P.
Church, eornep of Penn nit- Harrison,
streets; and to-morrow evening in the Bap—
tist Church, on. Nixon strdet, above Web—
ster, Manchester. These will be theirlast'
in Pittsburgh. As this entertainment has
been given to large audiences in twenty dif.-
ferent places in Pittsburgh and • vicinity
daring the rent, month, its merits are too.
well known to , need further comment, and ,
thosowho have not • enjoyed it will do well
to improve the opportunity afforded on,
these two last evenings. •
ORPHANS! FAIR.—The 'Orphans' Fair in
the basement of Si. Pai Ws Cathedral is
quite an important centri of aitraction,and
will amply repay a visit.
Fasit..—The Fair of the Mission Church:
Aid Society, at the Chun :h, corner of North,
and Avery streets, Allegheny, is eminently
worthy of. patronage. -
GRAND Rgsuarzossr_ Bunn:—A grand .
Republican • ball, undo T the auspices or
many of :our leading pi ditical friends, 'will
;be held on Wednesday evening at City
Hal}. This is-intended, to be- a jubilee ha
honor of the election a f Grant and- Colfax,
and will be very seleac and fashionable.
Christmas at N ew Brighton.
Wonetpoudenee of the P it' elituth Beaette.)
New' lintroluxo, Dec. 26, 1868.
The holiday featly/ ties have commenced
here in earnest. The stores and shops
were throned with 'purchasers the day
fore. Christmas, and busy- hands were , at
worlt.innearly all the churches fitting up
Christmastrees and preparingzifts-for the
Sabbath School children, that'. they might
enjoys happy Christmas.
In the First Methodist Clearch prayer
meeting was held at five o'olock' in, the
mornings It was wellattended, and proved
a good spiritual repast. At ten o'clock in
the morning the Sabbath . School, with Its
patrons and friends, net 'in the-audience
room of the church, wb Pip' Was neatly,
fitted up with two flue spruce. trees. in the
alt ar and a rainbow arch spaaning thealtar,-
all neatly decorated with pictures, dolls,
dandies, pretty apples, and mriouspresents
foo old: and young, The esercisesconsist
ed of reading, singing,. Prayer, addresses,
naming classes for the ensuing year, dis
tribution of gifts, etc. In the evening the
exercises consisted of an, address, by the
pastor, remarks- by, several of the, laity,.
singing, presentation of gifts,'&c.
The M. E. Church held a.Fair and Festi
val., commencing on Christmas eve, and
had a pretty good time.
_ The Baptist Church had. a °brie:was tree
and festival, and pretty good success.
The Episcopalians and Roman Catholics'
had their usual decorations and services.
The day passed very plesatintly. Some
of the oldest citizens• say they never en:,
joyed a Christmas ea much as this. C.
Dr. A. G. M.'Candiess, Physician to the>
Board of 119alth, reports the followi
termentsin the city of Pittsburgh for the
week commencing Docember 13th and
ending December 20th, 1888: -
Males ' -12' White. '2l )„,_,
Females..... 9 Colored.... 0 S ' 3 ". 4 " "
- DP313..118E8 duns—Unknown, 1; Delirk.
urn Tremens, 1; Old Age, 1; 3)isrlase of
Lungs, 4; Polsoning,l; Disease bf Brain, 1.
—9. , Children—Scarlatinai 5; Murdered by,
its Parents, 1; Convulsioes, 2; Septicalmia,
1: Hydrocephalus, 1; intermittent Fever, 1;
Znlargement of Heart, 1-12.
Of the above there were : Upderone year,
3; frOrn 1 to 2,2; 2to 5,`2; 5-to.lo, 2; 10 to
15, 2; 15 fo 20, 1; 20 to 30,:2; 30.t0 40, 2; 40
to 50, 1; , 60 t 0,70, 3; 70 to 80, 1.; • .
—At Lawrence, Kansas, cm Saturday, the
residence of General George N. Dertzler,
together - with the furnityre, was totally de,
stroyed by fire. Loss twout3 -Jive thousand
dollars; Insured for seven thousand dol.
lars,,ln the North AuJerleart, of Philadel
phia. The fire was Undoubtedly the work
of an incendiary, SS General Dertzler and
family are East, and no fire Ma beeu in ttlfi
building for, several 4(74. •••