Newspaper of Chicago Daily Tribune, May 16, 1876, Page 4

Newspaper of Chicago Daily Tribune dated May 16, 1876 Page 4
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4 Wnt TOwnt TERMS OP THE TRIBUNE. lUTBa op (payable in advance). Poatnso L’rcjmld at this Office. Dally Edition, postpaid. l year part* of year at mow rate. Mallad to any addrcM fonrvceka for LOO Sunday Edition; Literary and Uollgloua Doable fihoet., 8.00 TrMVcckly, potinald. (year. 6.30 rarla of year ataamerate. WEEKLY EDITION, POSTPAID. One cony, per year ...fl.ftO Cluber fire, pcrcopy 2.30 Cluhof twenty, percopy. 1.13 The pottage It IB centa a year, which wa will prepay. Specimen coplea sent free. To prevent delay and ulitakea, be sure and (rive Post* Office addreaa In full, including State and County. Remittance! may b« made either by draft, ezpreu, Pott-Office order, or In reglitered letter*, atourrltk. , TURKS TO CITY SUBSCRIBERS. Dally, delivered. Sunday excepted, 3ft centa per week. Dally, delivered. Sunday Included, 80 centa per week* Addrcu TIIK THIUUNR COMPANY, Comer Madison and Dearlwm-aia., Chicago, 111, AMUSESLENTB. New Chicago Theatre. Clark street, between Randolph tad Lake. Cooler's Minstrels. Hooter’s Theatre. Randolph street, between Clark and LaSalle. En gagement of Fifth Avenue Company. "riQuo.” ftloTleker’o Theatre. Madtftoa rtrest, between State and Dearborn. Bn- Sie Suit's Dioam , ’^ BtC Mlt£tiell <l ' ron P® < “ Lerlo, or Adclphl Theatre, Dearborn street, corner Monroe, Variety e&terLa!n< sent. 1 ‘ The Wolfs of K«w York.” Wood’s ItluMcnn. Monroe street, between Dearborn and State. After* noon: ■•• Tho InvisibleTrlnce. Evening: John Thomp son In “Oh lianO,” Farwell Hall. , Madtftoa rtrcef, between Clark And LaSnlle. Lcctaro liy IllaKop AlcLarcu. Subject: •' MusUuuu Uio Fan* atio." SOCIETY MEETINGS, DLAIE LODGE NO. 903, A. F. ft A. M.—Meets this evening at 7iao at Uielrllnll. n Monroc-sL, for work on Uio M. M. Decree. VUIUnR brethren of ilatcr lodge* oro cordially Invited to bo present. • C. M. WHITE. W. U. C. W. O’DONNELL, Secretary. TUESDAY, MAY 18, 187 G. Greenbacks yesterday at tlio New York Gold Exchange closed at 83$. Prof. Patton yesterday delighted the Methodist General Assembly at Baltimore with a brilliant address, and showed the wondering men and brethren that bo was just as good on a rostrum os on a heretic. Final action has been taken in Washing* ton in reference to tbo powerful movement in behalf of Executive clemency for Will iam MoKeb and Con Maguire, the convicted and sentenced whisky-ringstors of St Louis, The President having been waited npon by tbo parties in interest, referred tbo matter to Attorney-General PrenßEroNT, who declined to interfere, but decided that tho law must take Its course. Still another strong Republican ward is heard from on tbo Gubernatorial question. Tho Eleventh Word (old Twelfth) has voted to sent to the County Convention delegates uninstrncled, but who ore well known as anti-BsvEiunofi men. They will, it may be supposed, support tho best man and most promising candidates, bat as BzvEamaE fulfills neither of those requirements bo will get no help from tbo Eleventh Ward. Whatever tho merits of tho singular trans action in Fort Smith & Little Rock bonds by tbo Executive Committee of tho Union Pacific Railroad Company, tho testimony of Col. Tou Scon, given before tho House Ju diciary Committee yesterday, takes tho bur den from tho shoulders of Mr. Blaine, and show® as conclusively os a plain, slroightfop. ward statement can show, that Blaine told tho wholo truth, and Woth ing but tho truth, when he ' claimed any connection whatever v th e $04,000 mottor. OoL Scott nnd ou bUidly dnWo o sharp bargain when ho with the bonds in tho peculiar mannr r B tatod by Hrasolf, endtho inquiry ia w ggostca M whethertho Government Dm- ctor|iworo not Blngularly ignorant and qnir , Boont in rcgard o the citruonhnary aftanr but n 0 toint of fraud or coUuaron a taoh , ca Ur . Blad) "' h ° m “? / Joora for haying eo cheerfully n Wmßolf 0 load too heavy for any Pry cmiaianU) «, carry. • ______ Tho,conforcPcf, prominent gentlemen knpwii Q.l Üborata held ot York ?“ xv „ lorgoly .itonded,' about ™. - rrc “ *t. Among tho namca at ® 0 .cere opr jointed and of thoso who par .pated in tl jo deliberations of the gather log will be recognized many of tho foremost men in Armorica, but not a politician is to bo found in, tho collection. Thcro are eminent college dignitaries, authors, preachers, po litico! economists, stotcamcn, whoso utter ances and thoughts have loft their stamp upon the intelligence and culture of the nation. Almost without exception these Liberals bavo been Republicans, and would like to bo Republicans again, and to take counsel together about this is tho purpose of tho Tho first day’s proceed logs partook largely of short speeches of a character indicative of the general senti ment on the subject of tho approaching Presidential contest, and the plans and pur poses of the conference will not bo unfolded until to-day. The Common Council had a thoroughly business session lofit evening. Mayor lloxne was absent, and cx-Mayor Colvin did not put in on appearance, Aid. A Lemon acting os Chairman pro tan. Tho Standing Com* mittoes for tho year wero appointed by Mayor Hotnb and confirmed by tho Coun cil. The Committees aro tho strongest and best that havo been chosen for years. The bummers and Colvinitcs havo been relegated to obscurity, and placed where they can do tho least harm, while the brains and integrity of the Council nro assigned to the best possible advantage. These ore we predict, that will have no use for go-betweens to gather in bribe* money, and (hat will honestly and capably attend to the business of tbo city. Tho Council refused to receive a so-called veto message from one 11. D. Colvin, but it or. durod an investigation into tho remarkable shrinkage in tho receipts from saloon licenses noticeable under that individual’s adminis tration. One of the most notable and en joyable things of tho evening was an admix able lesson on good sense and good manners read by Aid. Tunoop to the Young Dlmoj tubmcs of tho Council. Tho Chicago produce markets wero active yesterday, aud generally stronger, bui pro visions were irregular. ’Wheat was buoyant. Mess pork advanced 500 per brl, and closed nearly the same as Saturday, at $21.00 for June and $21,16 for July. Lard advanced ‘20(5*250 per 100 lbs, closing 2so lower, at $12.45 for June and $12.55 for July. Meats were firm, at for boxed ehoul* den, llo'for dx» short ribs, and 11 Jo for do short clears) Lake freights won dull, nt 2jo for wheat fb Buffalo. Bail freights were moderately active and unchanged. Highwincs wore Jc higher, nt per gallon. Flour was in betur drumml and firmer. Wheat closed 2,c hmci, ... in|,oU} for May and for j a no. Corn closed J@Jo higher, at 47j0 cash and 4(JJa for June. • Oats were Jo higher, closing at JlOjo for May and 31c for Jano. Kvo was quiet at 6.’0. Barley closed at 690 for May nod 60jo for Juno. Ilogs wore active and steady, selling at $7.00 @7.2/5 for common to choice. Cattle were in limited demand and weak, with sales at $3.00@5.80. Sheep woro firm. One hun dred} dollars in gold would buy $112.60 in greenbacks at tho close. .$13.00 Thoro is great complaint among the people at the slowness with which silver change is got into circulation; up to last Saturday not quite four and a ball millions bad keen is* sued. Silver can only bo obtained in re* demption of fractional scrip, and it is an exceedingly slow process to count and assort tbo torn, defaced, and nasty little stuff, and pick out the counterfeits, of which thoro are a good many, • The Treasury has throe millions of silver which may bo paid out on drafts, and tho Bo oratory is now Issuing it. But what nro three millions towards supply ing the public needs? A week or more ago Mr. Paine, of Cleveland, 0., Chairman of the Banking Committee, prepared a bill to authorize the issue of silver coin to the ' amount l of ten t millions, in exchange for legal-tenders, > which * lat ter are only to be reissued after destruc tion of on equal amount of fractional cur rency. Yesterday his bill was called up, on a motion to suspend the rules, Tho veto re sulted, yeas, 1.13; nays, 73,—being 00 ma- Jority, but that not being two-thirds, tho motion failed. What ore the constituencies represented by those 73 dogs-in-tho-mangor, nine-tenths of whom aro Democrats, and tho rest Republicans and Independents.? What decent reason can any of them give for voting against tho proposi tion ? This is not a scheme of contraction, nor a device to make fractional money scarce or worse. On tho controry, the bill provides. for throwing ton millions of silver change into circulation as soon as tbo public want it. What possible objection could there bo to such a bill? Wo can * conceive of none, unless it bo a fanatical rag-baby opposition to allowing hard money to circulate among tho people. Those who voted in the negative nro probably afraid to lot tho common people sco, touch, or handle any real money, lest they may get to like it and prefer it to ragged, greasy, tom shinplostors. Wo can conceive of no other reason for tho hostile votes of tho 73 objectors. Tho friends of the bill aro shown to bo in a vast majority. Imt thorn push tbo measure after first amending it, making it twenty-five instead of ten millions, for every/ dollar of that sum will bo required to the popular demand for silver. They shaaitli: rocollect Uu>.« this is a largo country. COUNTING THE ELECTORAL TOTES. The possibility of a bitter controvonvy in the country concerning tho counting arn’i declaration of the electoral votes for-Presi dent and Vico-Frcsidcat has long since forced itself upon tho public The electors of President oro choso’n in each State at an election governed an d controlled by'tho laws of tho State. The -Constitution reads that “ each State shall appoint, imsuch manner as tho • Legislature / thereof t may direct, a number jif electors," etc. ■» The whole machinery of tho election, tho making of tbo returns, canvassing tbo vote, and declaring tho result, are tho hands of the Static authorities. Untile within tbo present generation there has *6oon no complaint of any such general frauds osdo change tbo re sult of tho election ■'•in anyone State, or to threaten a defeat of the national choico. Fraudulent elections however, bocoqio since then a recognized science; it is used largely in machine politics of this country 4 and tho, forgery of returns to carry an elec tion. in favor of a candidate is but a brief stop in advance of what hug already been done. At the lost Presidential election there were duplicate returns of the electoral vote in Arkansas and Louisiana,, and that thcro were gross irregularities in 'tho election in other States was Indispotod.. For such a contin gency there is no logoi rpmody. The Con stitution simply states that tho President of tho Senate, in tho presence of both Houses, shall open all tho. certificates, and tho votes shall bo counted. Under a joint rule of Con gress it has been regulated that to count tho returns from any t State ahull require tho assent of a majority of both Houses, acting separately; and Uuet upon tho objection of either House tho vtito of a State shall bo ro- jocted. This arbitrary rule has always boon an uujnai one; and in the contingency, os at present, of tho mqiorUy in one House being of the opposite party to that ruling in tho other House, the objection business might be carried ou tuitil all tho votes wore re jected. During the 1 last four years Mr. Morton and others bavo been trying by law to provide a means whereby all contingon cios of this kind migbt bo avoided; but thcro has been a failure to do so,—onuttor inability . to agree upon anything satisfactory. Mr. Edmunds, of Vermont, has, however, . met tho difficulty by i proposing to so amend tho Coustitytlon as to supply tho omis sions in that instrument as it now stands. This amendment substitutes a now article for (ho present already amended twelfth article. The ohango begins by requiring that tho electors, on tho day of their meeting aud voting for President and Vice-President, shall transmit tho certificates of their vote to tho Chief Justice of tho Supremo Court; that ou thu day fixed thoso returns shall bo opened by tho Court, tho votes counted, and tho re sult declared. Tho Court is to count such votes as U may consider to havo boon law fully given and certified, aud to disregard ' errors of form, and bo governed by tho sub stantial right of tho mattor. In coso there bo no election, then tho fact is to bo certified to tho House of Representatives, which body, os now, shall proceed to elect. Tho other ohango la in adding a now provision to tho effect that no person holding the office of Justice of the United States Supremo Court shall bo eligible for election as President or Vice-President until after tho expiration of two years next after ho shall have ceased to bo a member of that Court. This last provision is on eminently wise one. If any gentleman on the Bupromo Court Pencil feels disposed to engage in politics uud become a candidate' fur popular honors, ho can resign; ho cauuot use his place on the lleuch to promote his candidacy, nor step from tho Court to tho Executive chair. Tho proposed amendment is advisable because it takes the whole business of receiving, can vassing, counting, and determining the va lidity of tho returns of electoral votes out oX the control of Congress, 9ml making that THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE; TUESDAY. MAY ‘lo,' 1876. a Judicial question; For the Judgment of the Supremo Court, the only non-political tribunal to which there can bo an appeal, tho American pcoplo have a high respect, nud they will accept tho decisions of that body when they would reject and repudiate that of an accidental partisan majority In either llmiso of Congress, rrovomives nro tho wisest policy. Tho adoption of this amend ment may bo foand, and that nt no remote day, acting as a preventive of civil war, in which tho pcoplo shalKbo divided and in arms because of tbo disputed election of a President. Every election in Mexico and South America is tho occasion of an armed conflict over tho result, and it is but common prudence on our part to provide a constitu tional tribunal free of politics US dotormino that question without arms. THE GUBERNATORIAL NOMINATION. The reports from tho County Conventions of tho Republican party in this Stato indi cate pretty certainly that Mr. Beveridge's candidature far / Governor is practically ended, and that any farther effort on his behalf will merely bo disturbing and dis organizing without availing him in tho least. Since tho withdrawal of Mr. Wabiirdbne, tho tide has boon in favor of Mr- Coelom, upon whom Mr. WAsnsuiuiEfc. friends have gener ally united. It la widely conceded, indeed, that Mr. Cullqu is now thev fittest and most available candidate whom tbo Republican party could present. Mr. , Ridowat will probably got a largo complimentary veto that will cotuo moafly from* tho lower coun ties of the. State, and tbo compliment will bo WoU-doscrvcd; but tho evidences of his strength ora not enough to warrant much hope on tbo port of his friends that ho can bo nominated. Mr. Cunnou, on tho con trary* is now in a position to attract tho votes of tho uninstractcd delegates and those who go into tho Convention with tho pur pose of giving thoir influence and votes to tho candidate who shall develop most strength at tho outset. As to Mr. Beveridge, it looks now as though his name will bo withdrawn by his f/.ionds before tho begins. That ‘would bo tbo wiser course to pursue. Un less there shall be some radical change in tho pnblio sentiment, of which thoro is no pres ent. indication, it woald bo an inexcusable picco of folly on tho port of bis friends to put him before tho Convention. Tho Re publicans of Ohicagoumd of this Judicial Dis trait havo had recent experiences which make his nomination inexpedient. The Re publicans nominated a weak candidate for tho* Supremo Judgeship in this district, and, though they nro largely in tho majority, tho result was the election of the Democratic candidate by an immense majority. So in onn recent city election thoro was a weak nr/unnation ■ for City Treasurer, and, While tho Republicans carried tho rest of their ticket by upwards of 3,000 majority, tho Democratic candidate for Treasurer was elected by 5,500 majority. Tho Republicans of tbo State certainly should not commit on a largo scalo tho folly which tho Republicans in this port of IheStete committed on a small scale, after tho disaster of such a policy has been abundantly demonstrated. Thoro is no reason to oxpcct from Mr. Beveridge him self any self-sacrifice in tho interests of tho party, but tho good sense of tho 'people will probably relievo him of'evory opportunity for such action. Mr. Beveridge may bo defi nitely regarded as out of tho race, and his State oppointocs may as well devote thorn solves to thoir official duties during tho re mainder of the Acting-Governor's term. BLAINE AKD TOM SCOTT. Under boqio peculiar inspiration, Col. John W. Forney, of Philadelphia, foil asleep the night before the opening of tho Exposi tion, and had a dream, —a very long dream, —which ha prints in his paper, tho Philadel phia I'retSy and which covers several col. nmns of that paper. CoL Fomins is a very enthusiastic snpportbr of Mr. 13uaime, as many other Pennsylvanians arc, and also an ardent supporter of Col. Tom Scott’s vari ous subsidies now ponding in Congress. In tho dream into which Col. Forney fell he had n vision of « man of lU7G, who related tofhim the succession of events in tho cen tury then closing, and, in tho recital, occurs tho following: lEngcr to oml out the newest problem, I put th o rapid question, “Who was elected - President Id November of 18701" Uo paused and raised a white hand to his broad brow, us one Is In the habit of doing when wc go back to tho old times.. “Ob 1 a mnnbytbo name of Blaine—James O. Blaine. Ho was elected. I should think bo must have bees, a very good sort of President. Hu surroundcri himself with experienced statesmen and uwakcivcd tho loro of the people by rewarding tils friends *and forgiving his foes." “How long did be servo?” “Four years." “And then, who followed blm P* “Ah I that is a question I can easily answer; for I beard my father talk about that I'rcshkm. Ills name was Thomas Alexander Scott, and ho got In because while Blaine was President Scott car rled through his Texas & Pacific Railroad, and built it so strong and so promptly that bu gut to tho City of Mexico In a little loss than two yennt, and al though Blaise would haw liked to luivo had a sec ond term, tho people rose en uuiita, without dis tinction of party, and mode Score President. I must tell you that, Just beforu his election, owing to this very railroad of ills, Mexico applied for admission Into tho Union and was divided into four States, namely, tho State of Mexico, tho State of Lincoln, tho State of Frank lin, and tho State of Juarez.” “What sort of ad ministration did Scott inakuT* “Thu best they bad in a long time, as you wQI realize when I tell you It lasted eight years. Let me see. His Secre tary of State was a very able man from Pennsyl vania, whom yuu used to know, ‘Andrew Grego Curtin, a Republican of that day; his Secretary of the Treasury was an ex-Confcdcrato ofilccruf that time, J. W. Tuuockmoutom, of Texas; his Attor ney-General, a famous lawyer, also a Democrat, quite old when bo was appointed, nomed Jeremiah S. Black; the other names I forget, with thu ex ception of his Paetmualcr-Gcaenil. a colored mau named Langston." “HowlongMld Scott live?” 1 ‘Till after be retired from tho Presidency and vi brated between a handsome country rcsidencu la that nourishing part uf our country which you used to know us Canada, In the City of Montreal, and Id his winter resilience, Jacksonville, Fla. He died about tho beginning of tho twentieth century, in tho 77th year of his ago." “Is Canada a part of tho United Slates now?” “Ohl yes; tliut took place In tho last year of Blaine's Administration, and gave us four now States, namely: Canada, Montgomery, Burke, and Cromwell.” Col, I'ounlv is u gentleman who preserves all tho ardent temperament of more youth* ful days, aud who, when ho dreams, always dreams os ho wants things to happen, and os he and his friends plan to have them hap* pen, has located tho granting of Boon's subsidies of three or four hundred millions of dollars during Elaine's Administration, after which Boon himself is to become Pres* idout. Can it he that oven in their dreams tho friends of Tom Scon’s;subsidies can havo such visions os these ? Tho Stantt-ZtUung, in an unfair and ma licious effort to secure Nome German support for Colvin's pretensions to hold tho office of Mayor, has been hinting that there will bo an effort by the present Council to revive tho old Sunday liquor ordiuanco which was re pealed in 1873, after a fair fight on that is* sue. The SUiaU-Zdiung knows perfectly well that there is not tho slightest danger or prob* ability of any such attempt. That issue has been disposed of once for all ip tho City of Chicago, and Iho people who stood by tho ordinance have been thoroughly convinced that It is politically impossible to ro-onnot it Another and more important issuo is now bo* foto tho people*. It is tho popular will trr.vig UHiirpation, rotronchmont r ermu extrava gance, honest government ofTloial cor ruption. Tho Gormans aro ns much inter ested os any other class of tax-paying citi zens in chocking tho misrulo and waste of public money, and wo bcliovo they aro too intelligent to bo misled by the senseless allegation that there will bo an effort to revive tho prohibition issue. Tho local laws relative to the sale of liquor and tho observance of Sunday aro just what tho People's Party made them, and so they will remain. Tho tax-payors have no intention of jeopardizing tho cause of taxes and honest government by exciting the opposition of the Gormans on the Sunday beer and wine question, and tho editor of tho tung knows it very well. ’ Mayor Hotne, when ho was informed yesterday of what the StmU-Zdtung hod intimated, said bluntly •. "I don’t boliovoaword of it, and shoald they [tho Council] attempt such a thing, 1 would veto every action of tho kind.” A SUCCESSOR FOR DAVIS. Now it seems Judge David Davis won’t da That is to say, after having talked of him, resolved of him, and nominated him for six years as their future candidate for President, the rag-boby people discover that tho Judge is not an inflationist after all. They have other candidates, however. There is Den Butler, an original inflationist, who has been opposed to redemption all his lifo, —has long sinco passed redemption. Ben Butler has been a Democrat,' os Judge Davis has never been; Ben Butler has been a soldier, ns Davis has never been. Ben is an ex perienced statesman of bis kind, whilo Davis has been on the Bench for thirty yearn., Tho greenback parly is not confined oven to But ler. Thera ore the Buchanan brothers at Indianapolis, ono of thorn bearing tho his torical name of James. Worqucstion whether in tho United Slates there are two men who so earnestly boliovo in tho paper-money lunacy, nor two men who so conscientiously boliovo (hat their family can produce tho statesman to swoop tho country in fqvor of inflation. If, however, modest merit, which is extensive in Indiana, shall bo overlooked, there is tho venerable William Allen, of Ohio, who declares that ho was born as late as 1708. We have a number of shinplnster statesmen in Illinois, including ox-Spoakcr Haines and Campbell, M. 0., all of whom would willingly accept tho nomination for President. They have all tho recommenda tion that they have boon Democrats. Bui surveying tho wholo field, wo cannot understand why thora should be any differ ence of opinion among tho inflation people as to who shoald bo their champion and their loader. With tho American people there is no more honored name than Kelley. It is os familiar in tho remotest cabin on tho frontier os it is in tho palaces of tho rich, and is immortal in tho workshops and mar kets of tho land. Mr. ht* a famo beyond tho borders of hia “native land. Tho manufacturers of other nations have learned to tremble at tho railing thunder which echoes tho name of Kellet, Ho has startled tho men of knowledge tho world over by his discoveries in political economy,—convoying to them lows nr.d facta of which they had never heard bef ore, end which they continue to reject in “proportion to tho extent that they havo ffuy information of thoir own. There is nr>t a laborer on the American con tiucht who docs not know that he is indebt ed for /whatever employment ho has over •had to. Mr. Kellet, nor is thoro an idle man/in nil tho United States who does not kncy.v that his idleness is the result*- of “not having Mr. Kellet at tho bead r/T< onr national affaire, clothed with absolute*', power to print money without limitation and; distribute it among the hardy tollmen of the land. As & benefactor of tho poor, in pro— posing to-pay 8.C5 per pound for rags, bo Ims had no rival. Ho has tho recommenda tion that in early lifo ho was a Democrat nnd a Freo-'Pradcr, whilo Judge Davis can only claim to/have been a Whig, n Protection ist, omd’a Republican. How tho Orconback ers, can bo at a loss for a candidate, and specially why they should hang around Judge Davis, who turns out to bo a hard “money man, when they can have such a rec ognized loader as William D. Kellet, can bo explained only perhaps by tho foot that Kellet is poor and Davis is rich. Kellet has been tho poor man’s friend so long and so persistently that ho is as poor as his asso ciates, while his rivals by attending to their own business havo grown rich. Unless tho rag-baby people are disposed to bo ungrate ful to the man who Ims been fighting thoir battles for years, who has crushed ont tho pauper labor of Europe, who has by his. pro tective policy secured uninterrupted labor and high wages to all his countrymen, and to whom tho wholo land is so deeply indebted for its present increased prosperity and un oqualed activity, they will drop Davis and Butler, the cheap imitatorii, and nominate the groat original, tho Hon. William D*. Kellet, of Pennsylvania. BLAINE AND KANSAS FAOina Some of tho newspapers of the country Imve printed ft four-column statement ‘by A. O. Riddle, Esq., of Washington, in */oply to Mr. Blaine's personal statement in Mongreos relatizo to his alleged acceptance o t sin,ooo worth of Kansas Pacific bends fro m tho lob* b(y agent, Joseph B. Btewabt, w'ho was for merly a partner of Mr. Riddle's. This statement of Mr. Riddle’s was also sent to Tub Tribune, but os it was ozcnstftvoly long, and was personal as between, him and Blaine, and did not seem very clearly to make out a caso against tho 10/.ter, we did not think proper to take up font* columns of space to present it to our roadors. Mr. Rid dle’s purpose was to defend 'Mr. James W. Khowlton, his son-in-law, and now de ceased, against the imputation sot forth in Mr. Blaine’s statement that Knowlton had originated the charge and afterwards retract ed it. Tho testimony cited by Mr. Riddle. seems conclusive that Mr. Knowlton merely sold (hat, while a student in Stewaut & Rio- ' dle’s law-office, ho saw Mr. Blaine conu< • there and rotiro to tho private office with Mri 1 Stewaut; that tho latter shortly after came, to Mr. Knowlton and asked him to wiluesa tho transfer of twenty-five SI,OOO construe- ’ tion bonds of the Kansas Pacific (then Union < Pacific, Eastern Division), which ho did; ‘ and that Stewaut then took those bonds back into the room whore Mr. Blaine was, and that Me. Blainb shortly afterwards ro- , tired. Mr. Riddle's testimony also seems- ; corfcltisive that Mr. Knowlton never re- ' tractcd this statement, notwithstanding Mr. Blaine insisted that it was a caso of mis taken identity. On tho contrary, it seem®*, that Ur. Knowlton insisted that he was cor- • sect, and oven prepared to leave Washing ton rather thou appear before on Investigat ing Committee against Mr. Blaine, and not^ willing to deny that he had seen him in Riddle A Stewart's office os recited’above. Further confirmation of Mr, Knowi/ton’s statement is found in tho* testimony of Gen. Musset, now of Cincinnati, who was thou a follow-student in tho same office, and who recollects seeing Blaine there, but forgot when or tmdor what cir cumstances, until Knowltdn recalled the oc casion. As between Mr. Blaine and tho late Mr. Knowlton, then, it appears to bo pretty certain that tho latter never retracted nor daniod tho statement ho really made, and that this intimation conveyed by Mr. Blaine in his Congressional explanation was not warranted. Mr. Riddle having established this much, proceeds to find in the records of Stewart's suit against tho Kansas Pacific Company what ho accepts as a corroboration of Khowlton’b statement. lie cites a letter of Subwabt’s to tho President of the Company, shewing that tho e fonnor had exchanged fifteen SI,OOO construction bonds for twelve SI,OOO land-grant bonds with a man named Blaine, and also a stipulation between tho two parties to tho suit .that “John E. Blaine ” (brother of James G. IBlaine) was tho holder of said bonus. Now Mr. Riddle suggests that Mr. John E. Blaine moko a statement of tho case, showing just whore, when, and how bo become possessed of these bonds; oud also that tho original twonty-fivo SI,OOO con struction bonds hold by TnouAß Ewino, Jr., and by John E. Blaine (and subsequently taken up in exchange for land-grant bonds) shall bo produced, so as to i »how whether or not they were tho ones will tossed by Jaues W. Knowlton at tho time hoi saw Blaine in Stewart's office. This sugf /ostion seems to bo reasonable and practical do. • Mr. Riddle docs not profess any desire to pursue Mr. Blaine, nor to show that Ito was tho recip ient of any bonds as a gra'tatity, but simply to show that his deceased flan-in-law told tho truth when ho stated that/hoi had soon Mr. Blaine in Mr. Stewart's 1 office, and hod witnessed the transfer of contain bonds while Blaine was there. ‘ THE GOVERNMENT , PRINTING. Tho proposed octioa of -the House Com* mitteo on Printing rolatdt o to tho Govern ment printing promises to | >o a much greater scandal than tho original a* barges against tho Congressional Printer. Ihe report of tbo Committee sots forth tb at Mr. Clapp bos overcharged for work 'for tho Executive Deportments far-beyond tho regular rates; that ho has paid more U ion the ordinary re tail prices for articles purchased from tho office; that ho'paid mid xllemon largo profits; that ho allowed excess? vo pay for labor; that extra vug an co hos/porvudod every department of tho office, and tho/j tho bookkeeping and internal management of tho office have boon vary loose. G rim tin g that all this bo true, there is ccrtabdy nood for reform. That it is not all truomay Ijo possible, since tho in vestigation ums m/ido in a Star Chamber by two Democratic (Congressmen, tho Repub lican momtera o}.’ tho Committee.being ab sent, and no /tone being admitted but Mr. Fra jjklxicv .Hites, Democrat * and controoto r, who \ has on interest >in ousting t lie Olappb and breaking up tho Govern; neat Printing-Office, sc that a Demo cratio o rgan may bo published in Washing ton, to /bo supported. l , by tho profits of the public /printing. T.'ao people, therefore, will not ' place implicit; confidence in this one sided beaodaipon testimony taken in seer aU But, gnm'fing that it bo tame, what do Uio Democrats propose to do ? Haw ore tb cy going to reform and remedy these nl h jgod abuses ? Tho Committee, in closing iis report, recommends that the proposition of Fuankuh Hives, of May 2, 1870, for tho printing and binding of tho debates of Con gress, be accepted, and a contract bo entered into to take effect at tho beginning of tho next session, and that the printing and bind ingof tho Departments'shall be under tho cen tred of the heads of those Departments, and shall bo executed under contract Whether " tho charge against Mr. Clapp bo true or not, tho manner of investigating them has boon so unfair end unjust, and so much in thet stylo of a persecution, that it will create artympntby for him. Into the Star Chamber of these two Democratic Committee-men Mj r. Hives, who is seeking for tho printing, wt is admitted, and ho was allowed to conduct th o examination In his own way, it being well ki town that it was his purpose to break down th to Government Printer and secure an enor mous contract. It is a natural question to at tk, however, Why should tho Government tl trow away Us heavy investment in typo, presses, stereotype plates, and other ma l (crial, because Mr. Clapp has been guilty of mismanagement ? Why should tho printing office bo discontinued because Mr, Clapp has shown himself to bo corrupt ? Would it not be just as consistent to abolish tho House of Hoprosentativcs because nearly all tho Demo •cratio officers of it have proved to bo corrupt i scoundrels ? How is tbo system of Govern | meat printing to bo purified by going back I to tbo old contract method, which finder Democratic auspices was so rotten and cor rupt that it had to broken up ? It is evident enough from tho admission of Hives, tho Democratic contractor, to tho Star Chamber, 1 hat tho whole investigation Is a put-up Job to get control of tho printing and administer it upon tbo old corrupt contract system. If these Democratic reformers wish to purify tho printing-office, tho only feasible way is to place it in charge of an honest, capable, and first-class man, not to destroy it and then give out tho printing on tho old con tract system, which was 2 thousand times more corrupt than tbo present system. But as this Would remove from tho Democrats tho opportunities for a steal, there is no probability that such a result wDI obtain. The Bt, Louis Whisky Ring, it la staled, bos elected delegates to the State Conven tion opposed to Secretary Dnisxow, and the onti-Uiusrow papers, among them tho Globe- Democrat, whose proprietor boa been con victed and sentenced to two years' imprison ment and fined SIO,OOO, ore rejoicing at tbe result. People outside of St. Louis, how ever, will not be disposed to regard this elec tion of delegates by tho Whisky Ring with any degree of rejoicing. On the other hand, they will look upon it as little creditable to the party as were the whisky trials to the Re publicans caught in it,—the proprietor of tho Globe-Democrat, for instance. Tho ao.. lion of tho party is tantamount to passing a. resolution of censure on Secretary Rmsrovr for prosecuting revenue thieves. Will tho Republicans of St. Louis permit' themselves to be placed in such an attitude before the country ? Can they afford it 7 Are they opologlsts for and defenders of thieves ? It was very funny, the question asked by tho Democratic Naval Investigating Commit tee of Jonathan Young, the garrulous Cap tain of the Navy-Yard at Kittery, Me. Said, tbe Democratic Chairman s “ If a man stands by the Government up -and down, in trying' to do. his duty, he does it at tbe peril of be ing removed? 1 * Then up spoke the gar- rnlons Captain of the Kittery Navy-Yard, who not having boon removed, of course has. not dono his dnty to his Government, end said j “ Yes, sir, and It Is felt all through tho navy." Tho Democratic tiger evidently saw tho reflection in tho mirror, and Jumped again, and hero ho is impaled again in tho fragments. Every omployo of tho House of Hoproßontotives, man, woman, or child, black or white, who had served tho Govern ment up and down, and who had dono dnty by going South and helping to save the Gov ernment from destruction, was incontinently removed, and those who had fought against the Government woro given their places. And it is felt all through tho country, Copt, Young, of Kittery. One of tho Journals which supports a “ fa vorite sonny " for (Jio Republican Presiden tial nomination having remarked that tho only throats of bolting como from the paper* which favor Dmsrow, tho Cincinnati Conu merdalyary pointedly suggests .that tho pa pers and persons referred to are not Repub lican newspapers and politicians. There are certain journals in tho country which have not given an adherence to tho Republican party for some years, but offer to support Mr. Bbibtow as tho Republican candidate. They represent a good many thousand voters. If Mr. Rmsrow shall not receive tho nomina tion, these newspaper* and voter* may not support tho Republican nominee, but they will not bo “ bolter*," os they make no pre tense to being Republicans, but ore inde pendent, and free to pnrsuo their own coarse. The situation is this: The nomination of Mr. Rmsxow will certainly attract the co operation and support of a largo class of in dependent voters, who possibly bold tho balance of political power, while tho failure to nominate him may throw those votes to tho Democratic candidate. This circum stance cannot bo Ignored in estimating the relative availability of tho different candi dates, and it is absurd to talk about men or newspapers bolting from a party to which they do not oven claim to belong. Tho Democratic Reformers in tho Houbo aro making mack ado over tho allegation that tho Postmaster of Mobile has spent a considerable sum of money to secure Senator Spenceb’b election. As they aro now inves tigating Senator Spences, and aro desirous of breaking up this abominable practice of spending money at elections, would it not bo well for thorn to turn their eyes towards Connecticut, whoro a Senatorial election will take place to-day? Perhaps if they look sharp they will find money spent there right and loft. Perhaps they will find that Demo cratic money has boon spent quite freely in tho thrifty Nutmeg State to buy Democratic Sonatorships for years past. The Chicago Times Is very much exercised about an exhibition on tho part of TheTjubunb of what It colls 44 Incendiary journalism.” Wo question tho capacity of imy # newspaper in Chi cago to bo 41 Incendiary ” by comparison so long as tho Times continues to bo printed, and wo do not believe that any other journal will make an effort In that direction. In regard to tho local article on tho water-works, to which reference Is mode, It was tho very reverse of 44 Incendi ary,” and was written to allay tho public appre hension occasioned by tho wide-spread rumor that tho main engine had broken down. Tho article pointed out tho extent of tho acci dent which had occurred, but took occasion to refer to tho bad judgment, and perhaps malice, which hod dictated tho removal of Air. Creqibb, who had been in charge of tho engines ever since tho water-works wore built. Tho reason why the Times takes up tho matter is that Mr. Pbindivillb, having been .severely attacked by the Times exposed one of tho editorsof that paper and Impaled him In public print. Since that time Mr. FniMDiviLLß has hud a warm friend in tho particular editor ho scarified and the constant support of his newspaper. It takes' a whipping to make a certain class of animals lick tho hand of tho person administering the castigation, and Mr. Prikdiviluj evidently understood the kind of critter ho hud to deal with. But all this docs not change tho fact that therc-wos an accident which probably would not have occurred had CucoiEiuiot been removed; at all events, such accidents were not common when be superin tended tho machinery. The Beveridge men confidently clalmcdMor gau County on account of the number of the Actlng-Qovcrnor’a appointees * in Jackson ville. At the primaries held last Thurs day the Beveridge men stole a march In Jack sonville, and secured tho delegates by a close vote. Bnt when tli»» County Convention as sembled last Saturday it was found that the rural districts were all for Cullom, and Bev eridge had no show whatever. In Shelby County it was also all one way—for Cullom. Pontiac, which had been confidently counted on for Beveridge, elected a Cullom delegation. Macon County has selected an antl-BBVBUiDOB delegation. Tho powerful County of McLean goes for Cullom. Tho delegates from Mc- Donough County were Instructed for Cullom. Ottawa, at the primaries, went strong for Cul lom, and tho big County of LaSalle Is expected to do likewise. On tho other hand, Jackson County, down In Egypt, Instructs for Kidqway, and Washington County is claimed for him. Nearly all the conntics that afc not for Cul lom seem to bo for Ridoway,—Beveridge belug already distanced. - Tho Republican Convention of Kane. County will bo held at Geneva on Saturday next, the primary meetings being held on tho preceding day. Kano Is one of the largest and most Im portant counties In the State, and her action on tho Presidential election, If she shall take any, will be Influential. A correspondent assures us that the friends of Gen. Bristow are In a large majority In the county, hut that tho politicians and oflko-holders generally favor Blainb. PERSONAL Sorgt. Bates and his dag assisted at the opening of tbo Centennial. * Blanche Tucker, the Chicago prima donna, la re ported quite ill In London. It la beloved that Cardinal AntonelH, Secretary of State of Plus IX., will never rioo from bod again. Moses L. Swift, of Beno, Nevada, has been granted a divorce from his wife on account of her mental cruelty." Irreligious ‘young people In the most fashionable, church on Fifth avenue, New York, dance in the vestibule to the tunc, ' ‘ Come, ye disconsolate." Tbo late Lord Lyttlctoa was an accompllibed chess-player, and for a long scries of years presided at all public assemblage* of chess-players In Bn* gland. Almee, the opora-bouffe divinity, has boon ob* ■cured by tho halo of glory that has been thrown around Offenbach, the opero-bouffe composer, by the leader* of “society" to New York. There are many class-poets in the country who can write better poetry than Mr. Sidney Lanier. We speak with all duo circumspection and respect for the “weltering base of tbo long-ago." Julia Mathews, the leading opera-bouffe singer who lately played In Chicago, 1* seriously 111 at St. Louis. Hho has a comfortable bed at the Slaters' Uoapltal, but Is not likely to recover soon. Blnco Mr. Bayard Taylor says that tbo Centennial oponlngmakcs bl.m “proud and satlsfled as an American," the llocbcster Democrat thinks tbo $7,000,000 have not been expended In vain. W. Y. McCollum, who has been figuring largely to Philadelphia of late, la familiarly known among his friends as “What You McCollum" (tbo Great Unknown). The Joke atuuies bis friends very much, but It reminds strangers of Mr. Peter Mag. mu' friends, who were likewise amused when be signed himself la hasty notes "P. M. H (after' noon). Mr. Pickwick, It will be remembered, ad mired the ease with which Ur. M4gnna' friend* woro amascil. Col. Jameson, an editorial writer connected with tho St Louis QloU-Dmocrat, was ordained * Baptist minister last Saturday. This seems to be in a measure a refutation of the common charge that newspaper-work has an Irreligious tendency. Bishop Littlejohn, who was to have arrived from Europe about this time, delays his return for soma weeks owing to the death of hlsson-ln-lav, Mr, Mills, and tho serious Illness of Bishop Barn, who has been his traveling companion. Bishop Bare It in Venice, unable to bo moved at present - Miss May Howard, well known to the frequenter* «f Chicago theatres, will make herflrst appearance on tho stage of Now York next Saturday night. When she will play Ifrt. Van Brugh In * ‘ Charity ” to the Ruth of Miss Davenport The performance Will bo for thobonellt of Ur. James Lewis, and will take place In the Fifth Avenue Theatre. The following paragraph from tho "Life of Ma caulay,” recently published, Is worth reproducing. Spooking of bis own portrait he said to a friend: “It is the face of a man of considerable mental powers, great boldness and frankness, andaqntck rolllsh for pleasure. It Is not nnllke Mr. Pox's In general expression. 1 am qulto content to have so ch a physiognomy. ” 1 Hiss Anthony, os a representative advocate of wo man’s rights, says: "Wo will go to PhlU do) Iphla, not to rejoice, bat to declare our free dom. " It Is pot easy to see why there would bo an. filling inconsistent In rejoicing and making q dc> Haratlon of freedom at tho same time, unless It bo true that what Is declared has no existence, and Ml sa Anthony certainly cannot mean to Imply this. ' Phc Boston Post says that Owen Meredith’s new po-em, "King Poppy,” was suppressed because It road so much like a satire in advance upon tho now Empress of India. A few advance copies which had been sent out to friends were called In, and tho whole edition was buried deep. It will be noticed that "King Poppy” is not included in the forthcoming now edition of Lord Lytton’e poems. The pistol wHh which Atron Dart killed Alexan der Hamilton is iHMrln the possession of Louis Marshall, of the Commercial National Bank, of Versailles, Ky. It traces Its pedlgre* through the* gentleman who acted as Barr's second, to whom U was presented by Burr; Col. James Bowie; Dr. Cnrr, of the arsenal near Baltimore; Thomas F. Marshall, ami E. C. Marshall, to the present own* or, son of the last-named gentleman. A Trustee of the Fifth Avenue Church, Non York, explains that Dr. JtobnHallla not paid “i solary of SIO,OOO gold,” ns reported, but “$10,003 greenbacks"; ho has faith in thoresonrccs ef ths country as well os in other things. Moreover, bis chnrch did not cost $1,000,000, hut $850,000* and, as tho preacher fills it every Sunday, and 11 la very large, tho Trustee does not see why tho Songregatlon or the pastor is open to rehaka foe xtravsganco. Tho first game of “ Polo" (shinny on horse back) was played at tho Joromo Park Club-House grounds last Thursday. There wore ten contest ants, of whom two soon fell off their ponies, sad spent the remainder of tho day In chasing them about tho grounds. Mr. James Gordon Dennett was the hero of the occasion, showing much cx pertness and courage. The World says the game must bo regarded, for tho present, as merely a lively and entertaining experiment. An odd newspaper-paragraph brings tho Intel!!* gcncothat Mr. Gladstone “boa become Interested In tho stage as an amusement to wean people from Intoxicating liquors." Tho argument must be that the craving for one kind of stlmutaift can bo satis fied by the substitution of another. This theory was long ago exploded by practical experiments The stage has no mission as a temperance reformer to fulfill. Nor, on tho other hand, docs it necessa- rily have a tendency to encourage Intemperance. Last week Thursday the American Charge d’Aflolrca in London, Mr. Wickham Hoffman,- was presented, at a reception hold In tlbo German Em bassy, to tho Empress of Oercmny. .Her Majesty expressed her thanks to Mr. Hoffman for his noble services os Secretary of tho American Legation la Paris during tho Franco-Qcrman War, and request ed him to convey her personal regards to Minister Woshburno for his work In that connection. Of the Legation as a whole, she spoke In terms of the highest admiration. The sugar-merchants who blackballed Secretary Bristow at the Union League Club, Now York, de fend themselves by saying (In anonymous notes, of course) that ho allowed drawbacks on refined sugars exported from this country to 000 firm, and denied all allowances to others. Tho charge baa been pronounced false, and, even on the showing of the sugar-men themselves, It appears that the Secretary did nothing wrong. Tho Now York Post is savage sbout the blackballing, and Intimates that the respectable members of the Club will use otrong measures, If necessary, to reverse Its de cision. A churchman writes to the London Times In quiring whether the Queen's new* title of Empre» of India is to ho used in the prayer-book. Mr. Dleraoll has promised that it shall not bo used in State papers whoso operation is confined to Great Britain and Ireland, but as the prayer-book circu lates at home ana abroad, and tbo prfnting of two diverse editions would bo an alarming tbo correspondent wants to know what the Govern*' ment proposes to do about it. In this connection,; It 1s worth noticing that President Grant, so far as known, was tbo first bead of a foreign nation to employ the now title in an official manner. This he did at a dinner in Philadelphia, when he pro posed the health of "Her Royal and Imperial Majesty tbo Queen of England,” leaving oil tbo last phrase of the descriptive title. HOTEL ARRIVALS. Palmer Home— C. B. Peck, Detroit; D. W, Shuber, Amsterdam, N. Y.; A. 11. Dclamatcr, Cleveland; B. Berry, Denver; F. Hurd, Bridge port, Conn.; C. c. Hough, Now York; J. R Bod-, son, Nelson, Now Zealand; John A. Martin, Atcb-' Ison, Kan.; 11.-Downes, New Zealand; Mr. aod Mrs. Pritcher, Melbourne, Aus.; U. Iloffmeister, • Hamburg; 11. Heinrichs, 1.. Goersae, Mexico; W.- M. Angus, Nowcastle-on-Tyuo, Eng.; i\ M. Ogil-j vy, Scotland; A. Q. Williams, Knglssdu E. c. E. Mills, George Rosa, William Hep-1 burn, and Herbert Edwards. New Zealand; John’ Brugmann, James Butler, F. Forbes, George D.J Hoy, F. Itllcy, Emil Sander, and William Ctiria*] side, Australia.... Grand Pdci/fc— I The Hon. R O.J Ingersoll, Peoria; James Haines, Pekin; Ger.t John L. Beveridge, Springfield; J. J. Briuckerboftj Springfield; W. 8. woods, Carlisle, Pa.sW.lLj andJ. P. C. Cottrlll, Milwaukee; Charles M. OM horn, Rock Island; William Ludlow, U. 8. All J. M. Tuttle, Dcs Moines: M. A. Fuller. | Madison; John F. Williams, Prairie da Chieo; Horace Boytbut, Adelaide. Ane.: R Robertson, Nova Scotia.... Tremont Jlotue—C. 11. Pond, Ohio; the Hon. IL Burrows, Boston; the Hon. N. o.' Pratt, Bay City; J. A. Bane, Capo of Good Honey the Hon. 11. A Dargoe, New York; Col. J. Ul}J«l Logansport; the Hon. W. W. Wheaton, Detroit} the lion. O. W. Eastman, Providence; Goa. J. r,| Curtin, Son Frannisco; Oran OH, Men doto; Dr. M. R Tcogarden, Racine; to* Hon. J. B. Doo, Janesville: the lloa.l Charles Atkluson, Malone, N. Y Shenno* i/oiwe—J. M. linnforth, Dubuque; John Aj Jackson, Kalamazoo; T. A. Brown, New Tor*? LeanderP. Richardson, Springfield (ul.) TtowwW can; A. Benham, Rod Wing, Minn.; 8. PatkeM Jr., New York; William Lucas, St Loulsf Frank E. Aiken, city; U. F. Randolph! Now York: F. E. Diz, Rochester; F. Anderson, Boulder, C 01.... Gardner J/ouis—B. W.) Devries, Baltimore; 8. M. and Charles Dnnnlofr . Iowa; P. F. Lawrence, BL Louie; M. J. Anderson,] Dowagtae; A. Paterson. SU Louis; S. W. Tshor, New York; G. 0. Henderson and family, SavM* nab; John A. Pierce, Washington; James luce, SL Louis; Howard B. Bates, Cincinnati: Jasnet Mathews, James Thompson, and William forooßi Troy; R W. Barr, Lockport, N. Y. CANADIAN FLOODS. Spteiat DitpcU cA to TK* Tribune. . Ottawa, Ont, May 15. —Tbo river roe* lenr** Incbca loot night, and report* from op the rivet are to the oame effect as telegraphed yesterday- Gotlnesu la In a lamentable condition. Another booßo floated off to-day. Moat of the Inhabitant* have been compelled to evacu. to their premliel andacttlolnllull, Four plies of Baldwin'* I“®’ her, containing 130,000 foot, were carried *w4T this evening, and look with them about 100 feet or an elevator railway track and one pile of r«ij • lumber. A telegram from Des Molnos say* «• water fell there H Inches ilnco yesterday, tuo effect will shortly be felt here. Special DUpaicX to JTk* fWbuM. Montreal, iloy 15.—The water U, on an »»«■ age, U feet 0 Inches deep upon the wham*- rise in the river la attributable to the luflui M?® the Ottawa. At Sherbrooke, on the I2th. the nr was 3 feet above a point it had not been kno«o reach before for seventy years. The Grand la flooded In several places between IbU city* Quebec. AtlUcbmood a large number of tra> accumulated, owing to everything baling transferred over the flooded dlatrlct No pass there for some time to come. The loc* l "*.- vessels at Lacblne 1* atlendedjwlth great dlfficuiV To-day at noon the water stood 28 feet S inch** tbo luck sill. * DOM PEDRO. CntoimtaTi. 0., May IC.—Dorn Pedro, th« peroruf Brazil, arrived In this city at o®“*r Ibis morning. Ho was drives to the Oraad u and after breakfast was escorted bj ston and other city dignitaries to Eden Zoological Garden, and other places of ivfTnuiy the city and suburbs. Tbe Bmpom and In* r?JjJ| will leave for Mammoth Cave* bvutucsfi evening,

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