Newspaper of Chicago Daily Tribune, 13 Mayıs 1876, Page 4

Newspaper of Chicago Daily Tribune dated 13 Mayıs 1876 Page 4
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4 TEEMS OF THE TRIBUTE. CATES OF SCBECKIPTJOX (PA TABLE IX ADVASCE). I’ostage Prepaid at tills Office. Dally Edition, iKistpald, I year. Parts of vear at fame rate. dalled to any address four weeks for.. Sunday Edition: Literary and Religious Double Sheet. 3.00 Hi-Weekly, nostpaii 6-50 Parts of year at same rate. WEEKLY EDITION) POSTPAID. One copy, per year - - $1.50 Club of five. Per copy 1.30 Bob of twenty, per copy 1.15 The postage is is cents a year, which we will prepay. Specimen copies sent free. To prevent delay and mistakes, be sure and give Post- Office address In full. Including State and County. Remittances may be made either by draft, express, Post-Office order, or la registered letters, at our risk. TERMS TO CITY SUBSCRIBERS, Dally, delivered. Sunday excepted, 25 cents per week. Dally, delivered, Sunday Included. 30 cents per week* Address THE TRIBUNE COMPANY. Comer Madison and Dearborn-sta., Chicago, lIL AMUSEMENTS. New Chicago Theatre. Clark street- between Randolph and Late. Boolcy*« iLasirela. Afternoon and evening. fleoley’s Theatre. Randolph street, between Clark ard I-a Salle. En gagement of Fifth Avenue Company. Alter* toon *tnd evening. 9lcTicker’» Tlicnrre. Madison street, between State and Dearborn. En* tagcmcat of the Maggie Mitchell Troupe. Afternoon: run ebon." Evening: ** Pearl of Savoy." Adelpbl Theatre. Dearborn street, corner Monroe. Variety entertain* to cm. "Maxcppa." Afternoon and evening. Woad’ft Museum. Monroe street, between Dearborn and State. En* garement of T. G. Riggs. "The Irish Detective.' Af itinoon evening. nue-Dall Park. Corner of Dearborn and Twenty-third streets. Cham pionship game between the Louisville and Chicago Clubs. He SATURDAY, MAY 13, 1876. WITH SUPPLEMENT, Greenbacks at the Kew Xork Gold exchange yesterday closed at 8.% L . It begins to look as though Beveetdge would go into the Convention without a cor poral’s guard from Chicago. The Second Word delegates to be voted for at the primary election oro without exception impressed with the belief that Illinois can spare the jreat Acting-Pardoner from the further ex excise of his clement characteristics. Speaker Kma’s leave of absence has been extended ten days, and it is still a matter of ronjecture whether the condition of his health will not result in the tender of his resignation. Ifr. Cox, who'is Speaker pro tern, would orobably prefer the continuance of the leave of absence, but Mr. Eakdall, who came so cear the goal of his ambition at the begin ning of the session, and feels sure of better luck next time, is donbtless convinced that Speaker Kraus health would be benefit**! »y absolute rest from official labors. The Committee assigned to the job of going through the chaotic accounts of Clapp, the Congressional Printer, presented a rev port yesterday to the effect that they found evidences of waste, extravagance, misman ngement, and inefficiency, such as call for a genera] tearing up of the Government print ing office, the removal of Clapp, and the in auguration of the contract system to take the place of the present mode of doing business. The Committee recommend that Clapp bo handed over to the District Court for indict ment and prosecution, and that the office bo abolished. The Democratic statesmen of the House nre mating a sorry job of the appropriations » for the Post-Office Department, of whose needs and workings they manifest a density of ignorance remarkable even in the average Bourbon legislator. The general idea seems :o be to cnt down something, and they are tdangiitering some of the mail rentes in .Southern and Southwestern States in a reck less, hit-or-miss style that they will probably hear from when the thing becomes thorough ly known. As a rule, Democratic strong holds require only moderate facilities for the transmission of letters and newspapers, but they want their share of the appropriations just the same. Thursday evening Mr. Bmsrow’a name was proposed to be added to the member ship-list of the Union League Club of New York City, but in the vote which ensued upon the question sufficient objection was shown to effect the rejection of the proposi tion, This extraordinary action is explained in the statement that a member of the Club, a sugar-merchant, believing himself aggrierl ed in a decision of the Secretary of the Treasury against his house, had secured the smell number of black-balls requisite to thus stultify the League. The remarkable excite-- ment produced among the great body of the organization by the announcement of the vote still continues, and portends humilia tion to the bitter sweet man and his eleven coadjutors. : It was reported yesterday that Chaelet llam, of the Inter. Ocean, had silently skip ped off to Washington on the Thursday evening train with a petition to the Presi dent or Senator Logan asking that he be ap pointed Marshal of the Northern District of Illinois, rice Mr. B. Ik Campbell, whom he expects to have removed on account of the Sweex-Blakely business. The idea of ap pointing the editor of the 1 VkUky-Thimes' Organ Marshal of this District is a little the cheekiest thing the King has yet undertaken. Do they understand that the war on stealing the revenue is over; that Secxetaiy Barsrow is to be removed; that a sympathizer has been picked ont to take his place, and that the carnival of illicit distilling is about to be renewed? It would seem so from this Ham movement. The deposition of J. Doolet, casiucr in llu- of Von Hoixen, the ab sconding City Collector, is given in full in oar columns this morning. There appears to have been among the employes of the office an ignorance of the Collector’s gam bling propensities quite remarkable in view of the heavy drains he most have made upon the city fonds for several months past in order to maho good his losses at faro, poker, roulette, etc. .The statement of the cashier places the total amount of Von Hoixen's embezzlement at SIOO,OOO, not taking into account the money for personal tares he received hy mail, sent ont receipts for, and caused no entries to be mndA G n the liouks. The erect or even the approximate extent of the defalcation can only be con jectured at present; weeks, and perhaps months, must elapse before the figures can be correctly ascertained. The Chicago produce markets were less active yesterday, but most of them were stronger, partly on account of the warlike news respecting Turkey. Mess pork ad> vanced 35@40c per bri, closing at $20.90 for Juno and $21.12i@21.15 for July. Lard was Isc per 100 lbs higher, closing at for June and $12.55 for July. Meats were firmer, at * 7*[c for boxed shoulders, 11c for do short ribs, and 11-c for do short clears. Lake freights were dull, at 3c for wheat to Buffalo. Bail freights were less active and weak. Highwines were quiet, at $1.07 per gallon. Hour was in light demand and firm. "Wheat closed 3\c higher, at SLO4A for May and $1,054 for June. Com closed higher, at 46jjc for May and 461 c for June. Oats were dull and easier, closing at 30|c for May and 31c for June. Eye was steady, at 63c. Barley was dull and declined 3c, dos ing at 6Sc for May and 59c for June. Hogs were active and s@loc higher, with the bulk of the trading at $7.00@7.15. Cattle were dull and weak. Sheep were firm and unchanged. One hundred dollars in gold would buy $112,374 in greenbacks at the close. .$13.00 Ex-Mayor Colvec has finally resorted to the desperate extremity of “swinging around the circle," and appealing in person for the support which the law fails to furnish. His Cist appearance in this forlorn enterprise was made lost evening in the Fifteenth Ward, in a locality where the German clement largely predominates, and where he hopes to gain a foothold of sympathy ment. Conns pays the Germans of Chicago a doubtful compliment when he appeals to them to help him against the tide of public condemnation that has swamped his admin istration. The Germans have no farther u.e for Conns or Calvinism now that the Sun day liquor question is no longer a feature of local politics. They have nothing in com mon with bummer misrule in Chicago; they are an intelligent, law-abiding people, and Conns will find no following among them that is respectable either in numbers or quality. We have received numerous letters of in quiry concerning the political record of Bes- JAirrs H. Bmsrow prior to his acceptance of the appointment of Secretary of the Treasu ry by President Ghast, and in answer to these we print this morning a comprehensive and interesting summary of Mr. Bbistow's military and political career. Its perusal will supply all the information that can be derived in relation to the facts presented, and will serve to thoroughly convince the people of the United States that the man who was a Eepublican when it cost courage and fearlessness to stand up against the slaveocracy of Kentucky may be safely set down as a pretty good Eepublican in these later days of peace and good will. Mr. Bais- Towhas not only a record without a flaw as a Eepublican, but ho has figured in his State as a bravo soldier on the side of the Union, a wise and consistent legislator, and an un flinching patriot. This record, coupled with his splendid achievements in the interests of honesty and reform as Secretary of the Treasury, will be difficult to distort or be little in the event of its becoming an impor tant factor in the Presidential problem of 1576. WHAT THE EEPEBLICAH PAETY OWES BRISTOW. "Wa ask thinking and reflecting men to recall the wide-spread discontent, alarm, and dissatisfaction which existed all over the country in 1872 and 1874 among Eepublicans concerning the corrupting influence which Eutlerism, or the worst form of machine politics, exercised over the administration of the Government. Eutlerism had full swing in the custom-houses, in all branches of the revenue service, and was rampant in all the departments of the Government. The num ber of employes in all branches of the public service was duplicated and multiplied to provide patronage for members of Congress, who used this force to corrupt the local politics of the several States. This discon tent among Eepublicans took the form of antagonism to the re-election of Gen. Geaxt, and was strong enough to have defeated him, and would have done so had not the com bined opposition made the fiasco of nomi nating Homos Greeley. Though bolting Eepublicans voted for Greeley by tens of thousands, other tens of thousands either voted for Grist or abstained from voting. This wholesale dissatisfaction in the Democratic party occasioned by Geeeley’s nomination defeated the object sought by the Ee publicans. The victory of 1872 was ac cepted by the machinepoliticiocsas evidence of their mastery, and under the lead of But ler Congress immediately enacted the salary grab,—back pay and increased pay, and the general increase of all salaries and public ex penditures. But the disgust, dissatisfaction, and dis content which had failed in its attempts at redress in 1872 had become intensified in 1874, while the machine politicians who had accepted the escape in 1872 as dno to their own power and not to the blunders of the opposition, were more offensive and reckless than ever. The election of IS74> however, showed the strength of the popular distrust and dissatisfaction, andof the popular demand for reform. There was a perfect storm of i public indignation which swept the machine ( leaders ont of Congress. It was the most dreadful blow that any party in power had ever received from the people. In a single day, the party which for many years had had a majority of two-thirds and over of the House of Kepresentatives was reduced to a bare third; the numerical strength of the parties in the House was exactly reversed. The great States of New York, Ohio, Penn sylvania, Indiana, and Hlinoiswere lost; oven Massachusetts for the first time in thirty years elected a Democratic Governor and Democratic members of Congress. Wiscon sin and Michigan were nearly captured, and the Kepublicans lost even a Congressman in lowa. In Indiana, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Connecticut, and several Southern States, the Democrats elected United States Senators, and would have gained one in Illi nois had there been one to elect. In Michi gan and Wisconsin there was a bare escape from electing Democratic Senators. As it is, the once three-fourths majority of the Re publicans in the Senate has been reduced to a very small majority, and will be lost alto gether in case of a defeat in 1876. Another result of that election was the transfer of the Governments of several States from the Re publican to the Democratic party. The President was profoundly admonished by the result of that disastrous election of the necessity for a change in the Administra tion so far as the character of the men who officered it. Shortly after, when Mr. Eich aedsow dropped out of an office for which he was never competent, he turned his atten tion to the selection of a man from a better class of statesmen than was furnished by the machine politicians. In his search he re membered that there was a man whom he had known in the army, a man who had dared to be » Bepnhlican in in old surety times; who had served as United THE -CHICAGO TRIBUNE; SATURDAY, v MAY >13,-1876—TWELVE PAGES. States District Attorney in that State ; and who by his vigor and his ability had grappled with the Kn-Klux organization of that State, and had bo successfully and effectually crushed it that it has never raised its head since he placed his foot upon it. Ho remem bered that this same vigorous, radical Ken tuckian had served for a time in the subordi nate position of Solicitor of the Treasury, and,* though unable to accomplish much ow ing to the weakness and inefficiency of the head of the Treasury, he left a record behind him of ability and zeal which commended him to the President os a fitting man to take charge of the most important of all the va rious branches of the Government. Up to this time there had been a general depression in the Eepnblican party. Its absolute supremacy had been broken. Demo cratic Governors and Legislatures were flaunting their power in a majority of the Northern States, and the popular discontent was undiminished, and party prospects were never so gloomy. Mr. Bristow, backed by the President, at once introduced a new system. He found innumerable offices that were mere sinecures, created to furnish patronage to members of Congress. These he discontinued. He found in and around all the public offices a host of idlers, dead heads, and loafers, having nothing to do but draw salaries. AH these he dismissed. Ho found many offices filled with worthless and incompetent men, and these ho weeded out, filling their places with men capable and honest. He entered the corrupt Custom- Houses at Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and elsewhere; ha applied the knife vigor, ously, cutting off the useless, expelling the rascals, and putting honest men in posi tions of trust. Ha attacked the system of smuggling, then in full blast with the connivance of the revenue officers, and broke it up to a large extent He crippled the general smuggling across the Canadian bor der. In all this he was smashing the machines. Every person he touched was a machine operator; every abuse or fraud be broke up was a machine production. He found the country flooded with counterfeit money, and that crime was having its own way almost unchallenged. He thereupon unceremoniously threw the whole rotten and corrupt Secret Service force out of his de partment and sent to Chicago for the man who, as head of the municipal police force, had won a national reputation for ness, efficiency, and incorruptibility. As each step made by him in this grand work of systematic reform was made public, it excited the hostility of the machine politicians, who have arrayed themselves in open per sonal hostility to him. But at the same time it has been hailed with hopeful confidence by the great body of the Republican press and people, who have been inspired with new zeal at the prospect that the Eepnblican party was not given over irredeemably to the corruptionists. It gave promise that there was power within the Republican party to reform all abuses, repress all frauds, to pun ish all crimes, and to purify the public ser vice. Confidence in the Eepublican party dates its revival from Bsisrow’s drastic applica tions to the Civil Service. That confidence was fully recovered and confirmed when ho finally grappled with the hydra whisky com bination, and, Heucdles like, strangled the monster onto death. Desertions from the Eepublican party have been arrested. The great body of Republicans, who in despair had held aloof, or who had in 1874 voted directly to accomplish a change,—the only way then open for reform,—have come back. Even this county, of which Chicago is the centre, which in ISd had given a Democratic majority, and is represented by three Demo crats in Congress, has recovered its faith and confidence in the Eepublican party, and, with Bexstow ns its candidate, will give its old 12,000 Eepublican majority in 1876. The recent elections all show that, with the great and vigorous re- forms carried out by this intrepid Kentuckian, who spares no thief, and has no more sympathy for Eepnblicans detected in crime than with any other criminals; who has purified the revenue service from the Commissioner down to the humblest Gauger, there is no longer any distrust of the Re- publican party, and there is no longer any occasion to vote with the Democratic party to force a reform in spite of the machine leaders. While this recovery of confidence is gen eral, it largely rests upon personal confi- dence in Bbistow, and that his style of ad ministration shall be continued. Should the Eepublican party select as its candidate for the Presidency a man like Coxeukg, who is exclusively a machine man, that confidence will be rudely and violently shaken. But if Bbistow be nominated, it will not onlyinclude every Eepublican in the land, but also a large portion of the best class of Democrats, and will lead to the establishment of a re- spectable white Eepublican party at the South, —an element of political strength far more powerful than carpet-baggers or military force, and of which the Republic an party has always been deprived in that section. To nominate Bmsxow is to insure two things,—victory at the election and hou- esty in administration. THE VON HOLLEN DEFALCATION. The revelation of the flight of Geoege Von Hollen, the perfunctory City Collector, as a result of a defalcation estimated as high as SIOO,OOO, is the latest the munic ipal woes of Chicago. To the.public gen erally it will ha a painful surprise, but the well-defined rnmots of his bad habits and heavy losses at gambling during the last two years have prepared many persons for such an announcement Von Hollen was a con spicuous representative of the bummer class of city politicians. He was about the only one of that type brought- into official exist ence by the Fire Ticketof 1871. Bat during the municipal term succeeding that election Von Hollen was under restraints and sur rounded by associates that prevented any ex tensive stealing. He was called upon prompt ly to turn over the funds he collected, and ho had a cashier (Mr. Beznnan, since cashier m the City Treasnrer’s office) who wonld not have sanctioned nny unlawful with holding of the funds of the office. But Von Hollen’s natural affiliation with the bummer element secured him the nomination at the hands of the same party which placed Col vin m office ; and, like many other attaches of that political combination, he accepted the vote as a popular indorsement of un bridled bamming and public plunder He soon fell into constant and intimate associa tion with gamblers and the habitnes of low saloons, and at last he has run through his notous career at a cost of SIOO,OOO to the people of Chicago, and at a time when the Guy Treasury is more sorely in need of money than ever before. It will probably be found that nearly all of the defalcation was taken from the personal tax collections, aa against which there is a ““ of the proper oheaka. Von Homo hu not collected any red-estate taxes for a year, which were returned to the County Treasury when the Town Collector had finished. The system of special assessments is such as to prevent his taking any money from this fund without discovery. The demand for the money from licensee is such that he could not have withheld any large portion of it without certain detection. But he has had in his hands the lists of unpaid personal taxes for several years, and there is no print ed or advertised lists of these which would furnish a check upon his disposition of the money received from that source. Hia office for a year or more has been merely perfunc toxy, and the only employment for himself and clerks was to drum up these old collec tions. This also gave him ample time for spending the money so collected in the saloons, at the poker-tahle, and in the faro bonks. It is an uncomfortable suggestion that the people have been paying a large part of their taxes for the benefit of gam blers and loafers, but there seems to be no escape from it until all the bummers are cleaned out. It is also intimated that a class of non-professional gamblers, among whom one or two local officials are named, have possessed themselves of a part of the money. The hold-over City Government and the late Common Council ere chiefly responsible for Yost Hollzn’s defalcation. The pro priety of abolishing the office of City Col lector was urged upon the Council immedi ately after tho adoption of the charter of 1872, because it was a useless appendage ntvl unnecessary expense. But Vcn Hollen was a strong supporter of the Colvin usurpation and bummer rule, and so he and his office were retained, though the bulk of collecting had to be done under tho law by tho Town Collectors and tho County Treasurer, and the collecting of the license-fees could have been demo by the Comptroller’s or City Clerk's force. All of the money ho has token within tho last year might have been saved to the people if the Common Council had done its duty, as Yon Hollen would have been de prived of his office and his opportunities. It is strange, too, that, while the city has been so sorely pressed for money, ex-ilayor Colvin, Comptroller Hates, and the Coun cil Finance Committee should not have made greater demands upon Yon Hollen from day to day for money in his posses sion ; and it is also strange that, with all the rumors of his heavy losses at gambling-hells and poker-parties, they should have taken no steps to investigate his accounts and bring him to settlement. The immediate occasion of Von Hollen’s flight was probably the conviction that Colvin could not maintain his hold any longer, and that ho would then either be legislated out of office or made to account for his money. There is a long list of bondsmen, who are said to be able to cover the deficiency, but the city will only succeed in compelling them to make it good after long litigation, if at all. The only pos sible benefit that can come from tho an nouncement of tho defalcation at the present time is that it will convince tho people more than over of the necessity for establishing the new Mayor and the new City Govern ment in spite of tho desperate effort of the Colvin gang to hold on to the offices. Let ns have a general straightening np all around. ANOTHER PLYMOUTH POW-WOW. The telegraph a day or two since reported another Plymouth Chnrch pow-wow, at which the expulsion of Mr. Bowes was dis cussed, but it hardly did justice to the spirit of the occasion as it is reflected in the ver batim reports. It is evident from these that the meeting was not of that character which is usually spoken of as a refreshing season of grace, and that there was not e very exuber ant display of brotherly love; on the other hand, it appears to have been a few degrees elevated above a word political meeting and very much like a circus. A brief sketch of the proceedings will serve to show the spirit of forbearance and charity, as well as tlie dignity and solemnity, which pervaded the tumultuous mob of brethren and sisters. The meeting was called to listen to the report of the Committee appointed to investigate the charges of Brother White against Brother Bowes. The Committee with cheerful im partiality found Brother Bowes guilty of all the charges and specifications made against him; and by virtue of this finding charged him with the violation ■of his church covenant, equivocation, slander, and unchristian, disreputable, and dishonorable conduct. The charges do not specify any further details. Perhaps it was unnecessary, as they are broad enough to cover all the crimes in the calendar. They therefore reported in favor of excommuni cating Brother Bowes, and casting him out from the fellowship of Beecheb and Plym outh Chnrch. The Committe having re ported, a spicy and breezy talk followed, which resulted in postponing action until the ISth inst. At this point it would have been eminently proper for the meeting to adjourn, but having got a fresh start in the scandal business, all hands were loth to let go. The brethren first warmed up, and had a refreshing season over the unwillingness of Brother Bowes to meet Mr. Beecheb and Brother Pbatt (Chairman of the Committee) to tell them what he know of Brother Beecheb’s slips, except in the presence of Fbask Moultos. During this discussion, Brother White asked the Kev. Dr. Wabd (a Congregational clergyman and the business manager of the Independent) why Moueton was insisted upon as a witness. The Kev erend Doctor silenced Brother White by in forming him it was none of his business. The next little episode was a pleasant one between Brother Bowes and Brother Beech es. The former offered to meet the latter alone and tell him what he knew, a proposi tion which the latter peremptorily declined. Then Brother Beeches called Brother Bowen rotten and treacherous, to which Brother Bowen retorted by heaping coals of fire on Brother Beeches, calling him guilty, but penitent. This neat hit produced a lull, but it was only the calm before the storm. Brother Bowen named the Bov. Dr. William M. Tayloe, of the Broadway Tabernacle, as a witness to listen to the little story which he would tell Brother Beeches, provided Dr. Taylob would agree not to tell anyone about it. Thereupon the following brisk little con versation cnsned: Mr. Raymond—l would like to ask Mr. Bowen two questions. Is the impartial listener to be re- stricted from sayias which is right? If Mr. Bcecueb says something occurred and Mr. Bow en denies it, may the tbird person decide? Second ly, will Dr. TAYi-on consent? Mr. Bowen—l do not know Dr, Taylon’s feel ings or sentiments toward any aspect of the case. Mr. Wabd—Mr. Bowen does not desire to tel), has not desired to teli, these facts to Dr. Tayloe or to any one else. He desired to protect those who would be ruined hy the exposures. Yon are pushing him. On you be the blame and enrse of Mr. BEEcimn (in a deep, powerful voice)— ‘*l am charged with a most monstrous crime ” “Yes, and yon are guilty of it,” said Dr. ITAnD, in a lower tone, hut andlblo to all. Tho rag was waved before the bulk Dr. , Ward was speedily the centre of most un p usual fervor. He had roused up the whole i nest of hornets. The brethren sprang to • their feet. The sisters also sprang to their feet. The brethren bWled “ Pitch him out” • The sisters screamed “Shame, shame,” and some of the boldest of them fiercely and fero ciously fainted on the spot. After dancing about the room for several minutes like whirl ing Dervishes, the congregation at last settled down, and a motion was made that Dr. Ward either retractwhat he had said or be expelled from the meeting. Tho Doctor refused to retract, and, advancing towards Brother Beeches and looking him jn the face, said; “ I have acted before the Examining Com mittee as becomes a man who believes Mr. Beeches guilty. I have had occasion at its meetings to tell him so. X still believe it. I was out of order, and Am sorry for it, but I can retract nothing.” Then tho fun grew fast and furious, and tho brethren and sisters howled in discordant tones at the maligner of Brother Beeches. The dancing about began again, and during the dancing young Bowes requested the venerable Deacon Howard to shut np his head. Thereupon the venerable Deacon lost all hia Christian graces, and was about to-punch the nose of young Bowen, but finally controlled his temper and contented himaplf by asking the 1 junior Bowen : 44 How dare you talk to me so, sir? " The juvenile Bowen attempted to answer the good old Deacon's conundrum, but tho answer is irretrievably lost, owing to the noise and howling of the brethren and sisters. At lost the turbulence subsided, and tho meeting adjourned after the passage of two resolutions. The first approved Dr. Tailor's nomination os one of the Council of Three, and requested that he and Mr. Bowen and Mr. Beecher meet, Mr. Bowen to tell nil that he knows derogatory to the moral character of Mr. Beecher. The second re solved “That, since Mr. Bowen assents to the foregoing only on condition that Dr. Tailor be restricted from divulging what he hears, this church reluctantly accepts that con dition.” And all this happened in one of the largest and most powerful Christian churches of country, presided over by the representative clergyman of his denomination and “ the foremost minister of his time.” “How pleasant *tis to sea brethren and friends agree.” The story circulated about tho street* yes terday that Mayor Horan had consented to some contrivance called “an agreed case,” which would hold his rights in suspense, is utterly untrue. The reported plan of trying the merits of the dispute is absurd on its face. Conns was to sign a Comptroller’s warrant on the City Treasurer. Tho latter was to refuse to cash it Thereupon tho Law Department was to sue out a mandamus in behalf of Conns to compel the payment of the warrant If the Court decided that it must bo paid, then Conns was to be declared lawful Mayor another year, and Horan was to step down and out This was said to be Mr. Goudt’s innocent little trap for catch ing Mayor Horan. But the spring and teeth were quite visible to the naked eye, and accordingly it did not catch anybody. By such a procedure Conns would be placed on the inside tract. The Court could decide that Conns was perfunctory Mayor, and therefore the warrant was legally drawn, and must be paid, and that, too, without touching upon tho question at issue. Mayor Horan has nothing whatever to do with any patent compromise scheme. He was elected Mayor by the citizens of Chicago at a gen eral election by nearly a three-fourths vote, the term of his predecessor having expired five months previously; the votes cast for him were canvassed by the City Council ac cording to law, and they declared him duly and lawfully elected, and fixed his bond. He filed a satisfactory bond, which the Council approved, and took the oath of office. The City Council passed a resolution notifying and commanding all departments of the Mu nicipal Government to respect and obey him as Mayor of Chicago, and he has entered upon the discharge of his official duties. Now, in the face of those undeniable facts, where is there any room for compromise dodges ? He has nothing to give away. His business is to enforce the laws and ordi nances of the city, and preside over the meetings of the City Council. If ex-Mayor Colvin wants to dispute Mayor Horan's of fice, let him hire his lawyers with his own money, and get out his writ at quo icarranto, and show the Court, if he can, that he has a better right to the office than the Mayor elect. He can commence such proceedings whenever he pleases. Mayor Horan will de fend against any claimant, and yield the of fice gracefully the moment anybody can prove a better title to it than he possesses. That is the only compromise which is possi ble. The proposition made by the Appropria tion Committee that the postal-delivery sys tem by carriers should be discontinued in all cities having less than 40,000 inhabitants was defeated in the House of Eepresenta tives yesterday by a vote of 125 to 20. It is likely that there could be a fairer saving of money by this proposed limitation than in some of the other proposed reductions to cripple the postal service, but the Demo cratic Congressmen were frightened oft by the fear that the measure would excite the hostility of their constituents in the numer ous small cities who would thus be deprived of the carrier-system, and hence they re fused to stand by the recommendation of their Appropriation Committee. The defeat of the proposition is not to be regretted par ticularly, unless it leads to a reduction in other and more important branches of the service. Though the carriers are not so necessary in the smaller cities, they are an important part of a complete postal system, and the cities that have become accustomed to them could ill afford to dispense with the convenience. The result of the Bepublican State Con vention in Michigan is more satisfactory than the reform element of the Bepublican party could possibly have hoped for. The delegation chosen to the Kational Conven tion go nninstructed. An estimate by a Blaise newspaper of the preferences of the delegates gives sixteen for Blaine, four for Bbistow, one for Conklino, and one for Hayes ; but a dispatch to the Detroit Free Press from the Convention, which was held at Grand Bapids, divides the delegation as follows: Twelve for Blaine, tum for Bsts xow, and one for Hates, The latter esti mate is probably the more correct cf the two, since it was made in the Convention and by the representative of a journal that would naturally be hostile to Mr. Baisrow os tlie most formidable candidate against the Democrats. This is an indication. that the people in Michigan are also exercising an irresistible influence over the Bepublican politicians of that State, who would more naturally lean to Blaise ; and, if Bamow starts oS with nine oat of a delegation of twenty-two, it is probable that the entire delegation will go for him nnder the influence of the intelligent people of that State the moment it shall become apparent that Mr. Blaine cannot bo nominated. Why can’t Michigan start the ticket—Brasrow and Blaine? They would be a winning team. AIV Blaise is on experienced parliamenta rian, an excellent presiding officer, and would make in every respect an admirable Tice- President, while Beistow is an unsurpassed executive officer, and would make a magnifi cent President. No Democratic combination could beat that ticket. :hse up, basset, abd explain. There is no longer any mystery as to how the city account came to be placed at Mr. B. F. Allen’s rotten, swindling Cook County Na tional Bank. One of Allen’s letters to his partners in New York, now on file in a suit in the United States Court at Bes Moines, explains it. The following Is a copy of the letter,which, it should be explained, was a memorandum of dis counted notes inclosed, to be ** shored M on the street at New York: Chicago, Nov. 28, 1874. — Eastth, $5,000, No. 1, agricultural implements; Bust, $3,000. good; lives at Bes Moines, drug store, stands well; Sin clair $5,000; Dennis & K-, $3,000, No. 1, Dca Moines; Caulfield, so,ooo—an attorney at law, and is wealty. It U through him I got th* city ac count.— which explanation, for having discounted paper not strictly mercantile, Allen seems to have felt It necessary to make. In a similar memo randum of discounted notes sent by Allen to his New York partners to be unloaded there, which memorandum is dated Dec. 24, 1574, and on die in the suit referred to, is entered another note of B. G. Caulfield, for £I,GC2. It is notorious that Mr. B. F. Allen’s Cook County Bank was a swindle from the day he took charge of it; and” that at no time under his administration was its credit good. It subsisted by plunder of its depositors, and to keep it afloat Allen had Mr. F. W. Palmer, of the Inter* Ocean, lobbying to secure the State Treasury de posits; somebody else for the lowa Pension Agency deposits; and for the city deposits Mr. Caulfield, who got them. At the time Caul field’s SO,OOO note was discounted, the Cook County Bank was in such desperate condition that no city bank would buy its bill of exchange on New Tork, and depositors were drawing out their balances as rapidly as they could get them. Allen’s sense of gratitude was emphatically of favors to come, and without doubt there was then danger of the withdrawal of the city deposits when the bank would have collapsed. Still later, when the condition of the bank was worse, appears the discount of a second note of Caulfield’s for §1,662. Mr. Caul field has distinguished himself as an investi gator. He has investigated the hog-case, and the mule-case, and pretty much all the other casus of Secretary Bristow’s private law-prac tice, and is still, we believe, diligently investi tigatlng Bristow. But when 3lr. Caulfield is done with that, we suggest that he aid us in explaining how it was and for what considera tion he got the city’s money deposited in Allen’s wild-cat bank. Mr. Caulfield was not Treasurer, and had nothing to do with the deposit of the city funds. How came it that he was able to place them in the Cook County Bank, imperiling the tax-payers’ money? How did he do it, and was the consideration for it the discount of his own notes by the bank, which then had to use the money of the citv or some other depositor to make the discount! Mr. Investigator Caulfield might find some what in these queries demanding no less sharp investigation than that he bestowed on the hog and mule cases. The English people have a monstrous war ves sel upon their hands, the Inflexible, upon -which they are lavishing almost untold millions of money, taking in receipt for it a rather inordi nate degree of pride at the fact that they have the largest war vessel in the world. The Inflexi ble is a turret ship with two turrets, each carry ing two guns and placed in a sort of a citadel. She is covered with Sfrinch armor to 5 feet be low the water-line. The armor consists of two 13-inch plates separated by a composition of wood and iron. The citadel itself is HO feet long and 75 feet brood. The armament consists of four 81-ton guns, which are to be worked by hydraulic machinery. While the English people can boast the possession of the largest war vessel In the world at present, the boast must be a short-lived one* Xu ordnance- Sir William Abmsteomo is already bunding guns of 100 tons for the Italian navy, and the Woolwich constructors are proposing to bnild them of 200 tons. In armor, solid plates of iron 23 inches thick are being constructed for two vessels now in process of budding for the Italian Government. Italy, therefore, will very soon have two vessels more powerful than the Inflexible, thus compelling England cither to remain inferior or spend millions more upon vessels still larger and more power ful. Whether this can be done, however, remains to be seen. There must bo some limitation. Upon this point tile Saturday Jlu-iex nays: There does, however, appear to be one point of finaljty which baa been almost, if not nuite reached ; and that is in regard to the weight of Bhipa. A ship is bound to float, and the buoyanev imposes a check on the indefinite heaping np of armor and armaments. vHiatever addition is made to the weight of a ship aoovc a certain point must now be made no fop bv a reduction in some other direction. If the guns grow heavier the armor must be lighter, and if the giveway. * ncreaeed in thickness gSL-gS mSt Mayor Hovnb has addressed the following dieolar letter to the heads of the various dtv departments: Match's Office, Chicago, Mavis, isT6.— Bear Wn b T the City clerk that yon have f. I J" r /. Ush ' ; ‘ I ,'' l h “ ™py of the resolutions of .s,?t C r a , dl i pt< -‘ l ; on Oih insa. declaring KmS b . n dnl ? ® lccte d and qualified Mayo? ?! SS (SSJ/?® 11 re( iniring the various departments of the City Government to recognize me as Mayor. Mo reply having been received from yen, I hereby respectfully request of yon an immediate aarac/ expressly consenting or declining to comply with said resolution of the City Council. I am. sir yours, etc. Tdohas Hotne, ’ It is about time the heads of departments had made up their minds as to whether they are willing to recognize the new Mayor or not. The City Council is in no temper to be trilled with much longer. The usurpation business has been carried on about long enough. These offi cials cannot serve two masters; they must make their choice, and there is no time to lose. They can either retire with the ex-Mayor or remain with the actual Mayor. Come, gentlemen, show your colors. Time is called. It is rumored on the street that the friends of . Charles H. Ham, of the Inier-Oc&m, arc circulating for signatures a petition to the Pres ident to appoint Mr. Ham United States Mar shal for the Northern District of Illinois, in place of B. H. Campbell, who Is expected to tender his resignation soon. The friends of Mr. Ham are taking unnecessary trouble with their petition in canvassing the streets for names; they might take a shorter route and save steps by going direct to the Chicago Whisky Ring with the petition. They could get more and those that are better known in 13 probal)l y not an Indicted whisky-chief in Chicago who would refuse to sign the petition. It is doubtful whether the Police Marshal would now obey an order from Colvdi to arrest 10(1 take him to the lock-up, and pound the heads of the City Council for living declared him elected. The idea of employing the police to club the Aldermen nntil they should recognize Colvdt an Mayor was not so popular yesterday among the bummers as It had been when first sn£ gested. The New York papers contain on announce ment of the death of William Tablet, who has long been known In criminal annals as Reddy the Blacksmith.” For more than six teen years he has been known as a dangerous character, and most of that time had kept a thieves retort He vie noted more as a dlsor- derly character than as a thief, and has mw much of his time in brief periods absence from society, of which he a very asefui member or Illustrious ornaaoL It is cheering to learn from his ohiturarieTZ he died a devoted Catholic, in view of which world will hardly mourn his Io«s If he xr penitent, it was much better that he should „!£ the world before backsliding. Gen. Prado, the Preaideat-electof Para, favir. well entertained in England. Miss Colcnso. daughter of the Bishop of V.t.i is now publishing an interesting novel in the'Si ColonUl. The late Lord Amberley'a book on Belief" will be publiahed ae Boon as an indei be prepared. ** The fashionable men of Faria ride ponies im. year. The bigger the rider, aa compared wItVS Bleed, the greater the style. “ »«a hk The Boston Poet observes that modem Calonle. which was ancient Thesalonica, eeema to have nS np the counsel Paul gave it, and to be in want ofi little more. Thia sounds like a call for Taimage. * Mr. Philoßemington, of Ilion, N. Y., haa don an act of charity as judicious as generous, in rir ing to the University of Syracuse the snm of tim 000, on the condition that hereafter the Unlvenilv will keep its expenses within its income. ™ Mrs. Adelaide Thompson nee Brush, who wbils still a girl displayed remarkable courage and hero! ism at the sinking of the propeller Pewauble, and was awarded the gold medal of the Life-SarhS Association for her Intrepidity, died in DetrelilS the 10th inst. °" Offenbach believes that in writing an opera, at even a minor composition, the taste of the pnbuj 0 i the city where it is offered should be consulted-he believes firmly in local color. Then if he bri'ma out a new piece in Philadelphia, as he has nremiens he will pnt in it drab. William Varley, a notorious ruffian and ping-urii of New York City, better known as “Reddy Blacksmith,” died Wednesday of consumption. He had killed several men and been acquitted oa technicalities. It is said that he was a cousin ol Varley, the English revivalist. The Boston Advertiser criticises the title of Mia Dickinson’s new play—“A Crown of Thorns”— “because it will offend the ecnsibility of ha»- deeds and the taste of thousands.” We fear tbs Advertiser's remarks, if they had circulate enough, would offend the good sense of hundreds of thousands. The Dr. Mndd who sits in the Maryland Leris. Isture as a Bepnhlicnn is not, it appears, the Bur geon of the eame name who set the broken leg 4 John Wilkes Booth. The mistaken identity resulted naturally from the similarity of the names. Sen- ' ator George D. Mndd has always been known ai an ardent Union man. The New York critics went up to Boston to a 3 in judgment upon Anna Dickinson as an actress, and they treated her aa though she were engagedia a confidence game or a blackmailing operation. The comments of Mr. Winter, of the Tribune, sad Mr. Schwab, of the Times, were cruel, and so ex treme that they carried with them an antidote ta the poison which they administered. Mias Dickin son was entitled, at least, to respectful treatment. The Alla California of the sth inst. contains tbs following enrions item: “Messrs. Sherman A Hyde have published a waits dedicated to the mem bers of the San Francisco Stock and Exchsnga Board. The compoeition Is that of Miss Mary/. Shawhan, a young lady of 10 years, and the daugh- ■ ter of the well-known operator, Mr. J. E. Shaw- ' han. It is a composition of considerable merit, and would do high credit to a mnch more matured musical genius. ” A murderer named Fish was detectedandbroughi to justice in London lately by means of a blood hound, which scented np a chimney where the sknll of the victim—a little girl—waa concealed. The owner of the bloodhound now proposes to ex hibit the animal, and divide the proceeds with tha wife of the murderer. All the respectable portfn if London is aghast at the idea, and really feaa there is danger of the general importation of Amer. icon sensationalisms.. Got. Hayes, of Ohio, startled his friends la Toledo the other day. They had been saying that he was in favor of the unconditional repeal of the Resumption act, and blowing trumpets on account el his superiority to Bristow in this respect. Now ha has said to a reporter of the Cincinnati Commercial t “Certainly, lam not in favor of the repeal of th« Resumption act, nniess something is substituted that will more effectually bringabont specie pay ments as soon as the time prescribed in that act." Mr. Charles Dudley Warner has been at soml pains to ascertain the reasons of the growing cold ness of the Germans towards the United States. Aside from the suffering caused by frauduleni American securities, there is no doubt that the Ger man Government spreads abroad reports unfavor able to America witha view to stopping emigration, and this movement is assisted by the statements M Germans who have returned from this country t< their own, after having made unsuccessful bnainea ventures. Pctko, one of the most eminent rohben d Greece, who had amassed sufficient wealth to en* able him to lead the life of a peaceful citizet at Athens, has become disgusted with the enaniof respectability, and has betaken himself to Thrace, —the scene of bis former exploits,—where he if roving and plundering with great success, and with all his former activity. It 13 hoped that Mr, Tweed, of Nsw York, and Mr. Ton Hollen, ol Chicago, may be Induced to join him. Petko is a years of age, and fond of womankind. The ado that Is being made In New York over M. Offenbach excites the wrath of some educated per* sons, who happen to know how he and kis music are esteemed in Europe. The New Tort Times says: * ‘ The opera honffe is simply the sex* nal instinct expressed in melody, and its libretto is a new Hrptameron eclipsing in indecency the bold* est efforts of Queen Margaret. That this is a fall estimate of M. Offenbach’s work he himself would not dispute. And yet New York welcomes bis with Sankey's hymns, and its clubs are eager Son the privilege of dining him!” A clerk in the English Dead-Letter office recently opence a letter which proved to be so myeteriooi and suggestive that it was referred to the police. Inquiry showed that a Mrs. Helen Snee, aged3o, had advertised for a medical promising to pay liberally for professional assistance In an Interest* ing experiment. Wnat she wanted, it appeared on examination, was a poison that would do its work surely and safely, and leave no rcsnlts that would excite suspicion. The advertisement was answered by a Mr. William Kimpton Vance, a medical stu dent. The lady alleged that she proposed killing herself, and Mr. Vance WTites entirely on that sup position; but the police evidently suspect an inten tion to murder, and arc producing evidence as te property to be acquired in a certain event. The crime, as far as Vance is concerned, would be tbs same In either case. Keble College Chapel, Oxford—described as “one of the most beautiful structures of modem England ’’—was opened with much ceremony Tuesday three weeks. The same day, the founda tion-stone of the Library building was laid. The Marquis of Salisbury, In performing the ceremony, remarked that, in this age of negative philosophy, it was significant that the first new college which Oxford has founded for a centuryanda should be devoted to the Christian faith. He said; "Tha negative philosophers have no creed which they care to disseminate, and eo even the day of their success they found nothing.” Th t Spectator* noticing the line of argument pursued by the Mar quis, says: **lt is true that Ecble College repre sents a certain Impulse of real ftrith, but It to troa also that it represents a rather hesitating kind of faith, which has wavered mnch between Keble’i and the present. The Paseyitcs, as represent ed by the • Christian Year,’ are hardly, we snspect, even In a majority « Keble College now.** _ , HOTEL ARRIVALS- _ Palmer Iloutt-j. c. Byrnes, U. S. A.: R Wnjsbnry, Montana; T. H. Campbell. Spring- SSw’t®" b *ynioar, Burlington; J. C. Wendsor, Edgar, Eacins; W. J. Hick or. y* : E. E. Dean, Brockton; E. C. Hopkins and J, s. Prentia, Milwaukee; W., «■ Angus. Newcastle-00-Tyne, Eng.; E. a Cot, Cromwell, Conn —(rraod foci tic —The Hon. It-G. Insert-oil, Peoria; P. K. Myers, Pittsburg; John- W. Bunn, Springfield: Q. W. Allen. Anbom, Y ■: S. S. Munn, Elgin: J. H. Hlldrnp, Bel j'-iere; D W. tank, Pekin, IU.: G. N. Bardlet, Philadelphia; W. U. Cottrill, Milwaukee; Jndg. Stephen K. Moore, Kankakee; William Ham mond, Quebec: Col. A. C. Matthews, Springdeld; Ik rV;W York.... Tremonlilemie. -5. K Joy. PresidentM. C. B. It.. Detroit; M. C. Bobinson. a °d Y*’ L. Simmons, 3le3boorae, An*- Heath, Lawrence, Mich.; the Bar.' 1. L, Mellwell, Millington; CoL R. B. KnigM, Lincoln; the Hon. 3L IL Irish, Madison: C. B* Moor Boston; the Hon. George Millard, Boritog ton; the Hon. H. IL Angel, Bangor,Me. ; WllUaa Tenable, Macomb: the Hon. Charles Kellogg; Buflalo; p. IL Goodrich and D. K. Hulhetf, Grand Rapids —Sherman Jhmst —I>r. E-; A. Kilbnrn, Elgin; Dr. Boas. Ottawa. Out.; K. 8» Pavla, Cleveland; James Mack, London, Enfc? CoL P. A. Dix, Rochester; tha Hon. W. D.- Pitcher, New York; H. B. Orford, Toronto; CoL 9. iL Day, New York; the Hon. W. B. Clarke, Pittsburg; W. C. Barthaoser and Charles L. MlUex# Now York; the Bon. B. B. Minneapoh*' PEESOHAL,

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