Newspaper of Chicago Daily Tribune, May 22, 1876, Page 5

Newspaper of Chicago Daily Tribune dated May 22, 1876 Page 5
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WASHINGTON. Bobcaon Annoyed by on Un necessary Exposure of His Private Busi ness. More Damaging Testimony About Sebonck liciiuiriiig Uis Explanation. Interesting« Quotations from the Naval Oom&ittee's Eeport. The Evils of the-Present Sys tem of Building Ships. Oestruction of Good Ships—Fa voritism to Contractors, Etc. ROBESON. JOB DOESN'T LIKE THB MANNER OS’ 1113 INVESTI- GATION. Special Dirvatch to The TW&uof. , Washington, D. C., May 21.—Tho Secretary o! tbo Navy to-day said that ho has received no 'information from the Naval Committee about testifying. Ho will, however,. appeor before the Committee and make a statement which, he claims, will dispose of all the charges against him. Ho believes that the Investigation should ■ have been conducted within doors. Ho says the bank account which tho Committee demanded from Iho Camden Bank and of the Receiver of Jay Cooke & Co., showing his transaction with : CattclWs Co., can bo explained, and will show an entirely legitimate business transaction. Robeson is Justly Indignant that tho Committee exposed his bank account for three years prior to tho time ho was appointed Sccro ‘ tory of the Navy. Ho thinks It was AN UNNECESSARY AND UNCONSTITUTIONAL BX- FOSURB of his private affairs. The money transactions between him aud Babcock, were entirely of a business character. Robeson says that Scovcl’s evidence Is unworthy of himself. Robeson says It is not true that ho was poor when appointed Secretary of tho Navy. His own house fn Cam den was larger and better than the onu ho now rents hero; that ho boa no acquaintance with the naval contractors, and has never had any thing to do with contracts; that most of the parties from whom Catfcll received commissions made their contracts entirely with the Purchas ing Paymaster: that ho can’t be held responsi ble for abuses In tho navy-yards any more than the Secretary of tho Treasury can bo held per sonally responsible tot abuses In the Custom- House. Robeson is conscious of bis Innocence and of his ability to prove it. SCHENCKV porther adverse testimony. Special Dtipatch to The TYibune. Washington, D. C., May 21.—The Commit* tee on Foreign Affairs has' received a communi cation from London which places Schcuck In a bad light. Johuson and Lyon say that, when Bchenck was on -the Continent, he telegraphed to Col. ChcecbroUgh to sell short certain stock. The Information upon which this telegram was based was derived from Park. Bchenck denied that ho ever scut any such message, but said eueh a .telegram would have been perfectly le gitimate. A member of the Foreign Affairs Committee sent Schcnck’s testimony to Col. Chesebrough in London. The Chairman yesher dny received a reply from Chesebrough, in which ho says that he aid receive such a telegram fromSehenck, and that it was In these words: "Sell 9,000 short on Park, and s,oooshort on other parties.” Chesebrough says bo con strued this message to mean that ho should sell the stock exactly as was specified in the mes sage. Tbo Committee will not withhold Its re port, but Bchenck will ho pcrnflttcd to explain CbcflQbvough’s letter. ALABAMA. THE PRESIDENT ON SPENCER'S BIDE, Special Dlipatch to The Tribune. Washington, May 81.—'The President sent to tho Senate yesterday the nomination ot C. £. Mayer to be UnltedStatcsMarshal for Northern and Middle Alabama. Moyer Is Chairman of Uio Republican State Central Committee of Alabama representing tho Spencer faction, and formerly resided In Mobile,where he held a Fed eral ofllcc. Within tho lust year It is reported ho has left the State and become a permanent resident of new York, and, after this, his failure to resign his position in tho Republican party In Alabama was Justly complained of by many of tho members of that body, and was given as among many reasons for Vie reform organization. Ever since the split In the party In Alabama became assured, Spen cer and his friends have been doing everything Jn the ir power to secure the removal of all Fed eral ollleer-holdem who have given old or en couragement to the reform movement. They were partlcclarly anxious to recapture the Post- Odlccs at Montgomery nmlMoblle, not only that they might continue to use them for the pro motion of their political schemes, but also to liunlsh the Postmasters at those points for dar ng to Join the Reformers. They have made ALL SORTS Off ACCUSATIONS against these men, laying great stress on tho assertion that they are disloyal to tho party, deserters to the Democrats, etc.; but Postmas ter General Jewell, whose conlidcncc In Spencer and his friends was severely shaken by‘certain discoveries made a lIUU> more than u>ycarugo. bn* refused to remove either without good cause, and the President has thus fur sustained him. Indeed, the delegation sent here by tlm Reformers last winter received such assurances! from (Jen. Grunt that they returned believing ho Federal ofllccr would be disturbed on account of bis alllllatlous with them. BIiAINTS. TUB ATTEMPT TO INJUKB QI3 CHARACTER. Special DlspalcA to Tfu Tribiuu. Washington, I). U., May UL—Gov. Hadley and Mr. Curry! <>* Arkansas, havo arrived in Washington, having been subpomued to testify In the investigation of Blaine’s connection with the Arkansas railroad bonds, Uoblnson, Jhc Chief Engineer of the road, la also expected to bu hero to-morrow. At the olilco of thoßer gcant-ut-Anns he Is fully expected, altMwdfh a rumor was olloat yesterday, with what founda tion cannot he learned, that after starting for Washington he had, for some reasons, turned back ana concluded nut to obey the subixcna. The Information width Hadley and Curry are supposed (to possess Is prob ably In the nature of hearsay testimony, consisting , simply of statements made to them by Caldwell, and ft will bn no more admissible, and ought to have no more effect, than the statement of “Poker Jack” McClure, had ho been allowed to make It. Robinson's reported connection with the affair is of a different character, but very little is known about It here. NOTES AND NEWS.. ~ ORTH. Special ZMipolcA to 7As Tribune. Washington, D. C., May Sl.—'The Committee on Foreign Ail airs has summoned Qodlovo 8. Orth, cx-illuifiter to Austria, to testify relative to tho payment, during tho last Congress, of certain Venezuela claims. lUPBACIIUBNT. N The Senate last evening, after considerable ' discussion, declined to Uz tho time lor voting on the question of jurisdiction. Bonus new points •have been brought forward which may consume several days. Meantime, nb one can bo found on the Senate side who believes adjournment possible before about the Ist of July. • 6CAUCITT OV SSI ALL CUANOB. WAsniNOTON, Alay 10.—The scarcity of small cliaugo here baa became almost a famine, and Is bow a serious question for tho local Uuondcrs. t The tradespeople arc continually begging at tho Treasury for coin, but It seems to got Into Its hiding-place a* soon os glvcu out. For a week post now the complaint nos been universal that business cannot bo transacted for tho want of change. Treasurer New will pay the 1, &00 or ■ 3|UX) employes in his department next month In •liver coin. This will go ia great ways toward relieving tho local stringency, but will probably result In nothing but a temporary relief. Mem , ben of Congress have tho practical workings of tho Silver bfil brought home to audit Uj amusing sometimes to hear them discussing the question and giving personal experiences In sab* stautlatlog tholrargumcnts. NAVAIi COMMITTEE REPORT. OBSTRUCTION OP GOOD SHIPS— II.LBOAL TRANS* PEII OP APPROPIUATIONS—POLITICAL AP POINTMENTS— HOW NBW SHIPS Atlß CON -BTKUCTBD—THB NAVY INDBPENDBNT OP TUB UNITED STATES. Special Correfponittnee a! The Tribune. Washington, D. C., May 19.—Tho testimony taken by the Committee on Naval Affairs at the Boston Navy-Yard gives a curious insight Into the minor management of that Yard. Edgar D. Nichols, Commodore In tho United States Navy, Is Commandant at thoChnrlcstown Navy- Yard. He testified that many officers and clerks might he dispensed with. On this subject ho said: GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS. 1 scr no reason why vessels cannot be built by tho Government, by contract, In otir navy-yards, the Government furnishing tho materials, nml the ves sels being built under honest supervision, Install well and more cheaply than by day-work under tho present system. What I mean by tho “present Bystem” Is this: Wo labor under great disad vantages in tho navy-yard compared with outside workmen, from the fact that wo pay, In tho navy yard, bylaw, thesamoamountofmoneyfnraday’s work or eight hours, that Mr. McKay or others pay for a day's work of ten hours, and probably some limes more. Consequently the Government la pay ing every day for two hours’ work which It doesnot get, which, in the aggregate, taking tho men at $3 a day, for Instance, of ten hours' work, Is HO cents an hour, and eight hours’ work, 37ii cents an hour. If you carry Ihut out, with an average of r>oo men through tho year, It is a very simple matter of arithmetic how much more the Government pays than It gels. Hut with the same Independent selection and control of men and keeping them up to their work, an la tho case outside, paying tho same rate of wages ns is paid outside, freeing the foreman, etc., from alt political Inflacncc, and tho/rnr of it, I nee no reason why the Government should not do its own work os well and cheaply as by contract. I be lieve that our ships are stronger than merchant vessels; our ships are more heavily built and Um bered Uian merchant ships of the same tonnngo, and necessarily must I>o so, because they are sub jected to greater and more diverse strains. In merchant vessels the strains arc more uniform than in vessels of war, owing to the more equal distribution of weight; for these reasons, as well as the many more lutings and appliances of a man of-war. it wilt always cost more to build them pur too than merchant vessels. DESTRUCTION OP GOOD SHIPS. It has frequently been charged that, at this Navy-Yard, a great deal of useless work la done toemploy extra hands, and that good ships are often destroyed, and Worthless ships renal red. without Justification. Tho following abstract from Commodore Nichols* testimony illustrates tills charge: Q.—Will you toll na what was done with tlio hull of tbo Mnlntonomnh? A.—Tho hull of the Malntonomah waa towed by tbo steam frigate Pow hatan from hero to New York. The machinery bad been token oat of her for' some years. She waa nothing but a rotten hulk lying hero with no deck on her at all. I received orders from tbo Bu reau of Construction to furnish estimates of wbnt it would cost to put her Into construction to bo towed to Now York. The machinery and plating that came from the vessel were sent away by order of tbo Department: o,—What waa the Idea of towing that rotten ship around to Now York? A.—That 1 can’t say. My orders were to prepare her to bo towed to New Q,—Wbat did you do? A.—We spent, I think, somewhere In tbo neighborhood of 81, 000. possi bly a little more, In covering her over. We put a rough deck on her to keep her from Ailing up with water in case she got Into a seaway, ana calked her sides. Wo calked her outside partially: didn’t give her any very tborongh calking, of course, and she was towed around to New York by the Powhatan. Q.-—Wassho known to bo rotten when she left here? A.—Yes, She had been condemned for years and laid hero far years at the wharf. (X—Wbatshould you say was her value? A.- Nothing at all 5 only AN EMPTY SHELL. Q.—You spent $4,000 on her? A.—Tho estimate was, I think, upwards of 88.000, and tho Bureau authorized an expenditure of about $5,000, I think, to prepare her so that she might ho towed around without danger of sinking. Q.—Where did she go from there? A.—l'don t know anything beyond her arrival at New Yok. but lam tola she was towed (rum there around to Chester to bo repaired by John Hoach. Q.— Do you know anything about the breaking up of the Virginia? A.—No, sir; tho commence ment of tho breaking up of tho Virginia was before 1 camo to tho yard, but the work has progressed so far that she Is useless without fa very heavy ex pense. Q.—How long has that vessel been at tbe yard? A.—She has never been launched. Bho has been on tbe stocks a great many years. (X—When did they commence tearing her down? A.—lt is over two years and u half ago, because it was begun before I came hero. Q.—What was the object in tearing her down? A.—Tho reason given for It. according (o tho rec ords, was that they wanted tbo slip where she was lo build a now ship In. Q.— Have they occupied It for the purpose of building a new snip since? A.—No, fir; they have not got rid of tbo old ono yet. « Q.—Two years ego, preceding tbo election, wero there not bands employed hero who were dis charged immediately after tbo election? A.—'Yes, sir. C.—Would It not bo beneficial to the public to tear that vessel down and get It out of the way? A.—She is of no earthly use as she is now. Her room would bo hotter than her company. This expanse could have been saved by having her torn down by private persons and giving them the tim ber, the Government taking the metal. Her framo Is of live-oak, and It Is os hard aa iron. They saw her up In great blocks. They took a good deal of the planking oil of her decks. ILLEGAL TRANSFER OF APPROPRIATIONS. It baa been asserted that the Secretary of tho Navy transfers from one fund to another', In violation of tho technical law upon this subject. Thu following passage from Nichols' testimony hears upon this point: Q.—Do you know whether any of tho bills of one fiscal year aro carried over and paid out of the ap propriations for the next succeeding year! Have you any orders on that subject! A.—Yes; I know that I have been ordered to change tho dates of bills, to bring them within the fiscal year for (ho purpose of being paid, but. of course, I don't know whether those mils were paid out of the money uf tho fiscal year thoy were not Incurred in or not. Thu presumption Is that they were. Tho authority on which hills aro Incurred is required to ho in dorsed on the bills. In one cuso a set of bills cumu back wilh orders to make a new set, leaving of! tho indorsement of the authority. A sot was made out in accordance with those orders, and that set came buck agaiu with orders to date them subsequently to tho Ist of July, which was done. METHODS OF APPOINTMENT. Tho operation of the present method of polit ical appointment Is illustrated by the following passage from Nichols’ testimony: Q.—Does tho Bureau or Department at Washing ton, in auy number of cases, interfere by appoint ing parties here, and requiring you to time them In lor clerks anti writers? fc A.— Clerks ami writers, 1 may say, are almost invariably appointed without any consultation with any one in the yard, without any requisition for their services. <£.— And without reference to their qualifications for performing their duties! A.—Thera is no ex omluntion uif to their qualifications. q.—Anil in nearly all of tho instances could you da without tho services of the men sent you from Washinglonr A.—l think, in a great many In stances, their services could bo dispensed with. <l. Do you regard that manner of tho appoint ment of clerks and writers here In tho yard as an abuse proper fur correction? A.—l consider It ex ceedingly objectionable, sir; for it forces upon un odlcer who is responsible fur (iovomment property Iducud in his enargo subordinates of whom ho mows nothing whatever, and who are necessarily placed lu positions of more or less responsibility, and without any consultation with him at nil as to tho necessity of these men, or their qualifications far lliulr position. In other words, what 1 mean In plain Knglish Is, that tho officer who Is responsible fur the properly placed under his churgo should at least bo consulted In regard to tho character of tho subordinates who aro placed lu responsible posi tions under him. ÜBAII-ADMIUAL CUARLB9 STEADMAN, a retired naval ollleer, gave some rather extraor- Uluary testimony In response to inquiries as to abuses and Irregularities In the Nuvy-Yanl. Ho sworu that, at one time, 8.1 1 . Brown, the Wash* fngton contractor, delivered a large amount of coal at Philadelphia, all of which was tilled with slate. Much of the coal was practically worth* less, and was rejected by Admiral Steadman; but It was subsequently received and paid fur by order of tbo authorities at Washington. As to one cargo in particular ,thut was condemned In toto, Steadman says that ho got an order from the Secretary of thu Navy direct to receive it, and that order was still in thu Navy-Yard. HBW BUina— UAUUBLS MADB FltOU OUNO-IIOLE9. It has frequently been charged that the Navy Department strained thu law to obtain the means for converting old ships into new ones. The methods of the Navy Department In accom plishing this are illustrated by tbo following passage from Admiral Steadman's testimony: 0.-AVero any turn down while you were there? A.—Ye*, sir. The Vandalla was brought from Portsmouth, torn down, and rebuilt, elm was a •loop-of-war of about GOO ton*, old measurement, Sh«was a sailing-sloop, one of the old set of eight, but that, 1 would remark (with the exception of converting them Into steamers), has been done from tlmo immemorial; and we bad nut done it wo should not have had any navy at oil. 1 think that was very proper. Bineu the War we have had butouo appropriation to build vessels, and that was fur the building of the eight sloops-of.wur. O.—Was there a Board of Survey on the Van dallaotlhat tlmof A.—'There was no Board of Survey, She was tbo rccelvlngahlp at Portsmouth. 1 remember the circumstances perfectly. I hap pened to be In Washington, ana the constructor was very anxious loilml some old ships to tear to fdeccs and build upon,, and I said to him, * ‘There • the Vandalla, at Portsmouth; why .not let mo •end the Sabine there (which had already been fitted out); It will cost nothing but the expense of bending the soils; and let her take the Vandalla and bring her on. cod yon can convert her into a ■team-corvette.' 1 ti.— What part did yon build npont A.—We THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE: MONDAY. MAY 22, 1876 didn’t hnlM upon anything: Just bnllt a new whip. O.—Of Ihofomeslsc? A.—O, no. TM* ebrvotte Is 225 or 2.10 fool tong, and Iho other vessel was Alx)iit 150; but, an I toll yon frankly. If wo had nut done that we should have had no vomcU at all. A good many (tearoom were bnllt In n burry, they ware all rotten, and wo could not repair thonf, and that thing has been carried on ever alnco I have been In the navy. The Constitution, for instance, bus been rebuilt, I think. ttvire. (£. —Do von know that If the Department had ap- Cllcd to Congress to do this work they wonld not avo allowed them to do It? A.—l am under the Impression that It was a stretch of authorlqr- Q.—You think the Department dared not ask Congress for authority to dolt, for fear of being refused? A.—l think so, sir. As I say, this thing has been done, to tny certain knowledge, for the last thirty years: hut not carried on so ex tensively os converting a sailing-vessel Into a Btcamer. U.—Yon do not call this “converting.” At all. do you? It was condemning nn old vessel and building a new one. A.— It was Just condemning nn old vessel nml building n new one. The bent plan, if you could have done so legally, would nnvobecn to have itoalcd the Vondutiu down the buy and PET HER ON PIRE, amt got the copper and so on. It would har» been less expensive, bocanso it Is a very large expense to tear these vessels to pieces; they arc bulltof the very finest timber, and it was a curious thing about (his ship that there was scarcely a rotten limber in heft, She was built in 1H27, and rebuilt afterward, but die was then bulltof timber that lasted like (run. (J.— Do I understand that they took the timber of the old Vunilalla and pnt It into the new one? A.—No; not a bit of it. Hho wan a new ship en tirely. <i- —' Was the old Vaudnlla a good ship? A.—She was no uso stall under the sun, except ns a re ceiving-ship there at Portsmouth, and she Just took limroom at tho Navy-Yard. <l.—Would she not have made a good supply ship? A.—No, sir; she was too heavily spurred, and It would have ln:uu very expensive to util a crew on board of her to man her. I think the economical plan would have been to set her uu fire or to have sold tier. Q-—She would have made a good frclghtlng-shlp, wouldshonot? A.—Yes, sir; she could have been sold, and, with slight repairs, she would have lasted ten or twenty yean*. Q.— Dut than you could not have built a new ship? A.—Wo could not have built anew slilp; tho money wonld navo reverted to tho Treasury; there was the trouble. ({.—The Navy did not get any money out of her? A.—Tho Nnvy got oil the copper, iron, etc., out of her. and all tho wood that was good was sawed up, plied, and sold at auction, aud the proceeds went Into the Treasury. Q.— Don’t you think It cost tho Government as much to tear her to pieces as they cot out of her? A.—The labor cost more than double tho material they got from the ship. ’ 'Then, If they had sold her for something they would have been belter oil? A.—Decidedly, so faros tho Treasury is concerned, but nut as far as tho Nuvy Is concerned, because wo should have had no ship. Q. —Do you know any difference between the In terest of the Navy and tho Interest of the United States? A.—l always go fur tho interest of tho United States. Fur instance, at tho navy-yard there are a lot of old clmln-cablcs,' water-tanks, ami so on, that could bo sold for thousands and thousands of dollars. I have urged the sale of that old material to get rid of |L ana let the proceeds go into the Treasury; hut there has always been an objection, because ft did not go into the uaval ser vice, Instead of going Into the Treasury. Q.—Who makes such on objection as that? A.— Why, each Bureau. You go, for instance, to the Bureau of Equipment, aim want them to sell these things, aud they object to it. My idea Is to sell everything you cannot use and let the money go right Into the Treasury; and that haa always been my idea. , O,—lf the plan of tearing vessels to pieces and bunding new ones, as in the cu«o of tho Vnndalia, is to no pursued, then you declare tho tmlepcna cncoof tho navy of the Government of the Lulled Slates. Is It not so? A.—Pretty much so. UNCLE BAM IS PAIR GAME. The following passage from the testimony of Admiral Btcadmon serves to show haw Uncle Sam Is fair game, and to Illustrate the methods of contracting and the manner of accepting bids: - Q.—What was your experience In the purchase of timber during the time you were In command of the yord? I)ld they pay extra prices? A.—l do not know obout the prices, because ull that Is done at Washington. The system of open pur chase, I think, Is all wrong, unless you have an extremely honest purchasing-paymaster. Por in stance, It I made a requisition fora pair of oxen, the same man might furnish the oxen who furnish ed knees for our ships; that Is, I sent a requisition to the Bureau of Yards and Docks for a pair of oxen. It came back to me, and I sent that requisi tion over to tho purchasing-pay master, and there waa no supervision of it whatever. Ho purchased those oxen and they were sentoverhero fur Inspec tion, of course, to sco whether they were good or not. 1 did not know whether ho purchased from a former timber-merchant or from a man who sells carpets. Certain people have the run, as it were, of tho Navy. You will find that tho firm of Trlckey & Jewett have been contractors for lim ber, and (boy furnish everything pretty much. For instance, If you want carpets, you send over to the purchasing-paymaster, und ho has his man, and sends and buys the carpets of him,rand so on. There Is no competition what ever. Then you may go to the construction do- Bartment, ana you meet the same things there. Ir. A. puts In a bid; ho Is perfectly familiar with alltho workings In Washington; knows all about these things, getting people nut into the yard, and so on. nurt tho contract goes lo him. For Instance, ho will muko a contract for certain tools, a Jig-saw for Instance, to cost a thousand dollars, lie will put that atsl,soo, and other Instruments ho will jint In at a low price, but the segregate makes his bid lower than other bids. What Is the conse quence? Ho furnishes tho Jig-saw for SI, 500, which is, perhaps. 50 per cent more than it coat, and, after It Is miishcd, then comes an order from tho Department saying that such and such things are nut required: or the question cainfu to the Commandant to know whether such and such tools are required. It is referred to tho construction department, for instance, und they say (hut they do not stand in need of them, and consequently they are not bought; but the mun gels his $1,500 for bis Jig-saw. q.—Do yon think that Is done with the knowl edge of the Bureaus ut Washington? A.—ldo not know. 1 think It cannot be otherwise. •q.—A?o such'things as you name of frequent occurrence? A.—l have heard (hut they have oc curred from time to time. llllivu null. VIUIV .u unit. Q.—That Is one of tho “tricks of tho trade?" A.—llls ouo of the “tricks of tho trade." There Is the trouble we have, that everybody thinks that UNCLE SAM IS FAIR GAME. Q.—Could not tho contractor bo nut under bonds to furnish all those articles! A.—• Yea, sir; Unit is It. lluko him agree to famish everything, and If he does not, make him pay the damages. Q.— Suppose tho Government find out that they do not want (ho artlclu? A.—Then buy It on spec ulation. This is no new thing; It Is a thing Unit has been going on for years and yours. For in stance, I recollect porno twenty years ago, In the purchase of clothing and so on for tho nnvy (it was tho tlmu when the sulluta bud to buy everything), navy buttons, for instance, wmu furnished at f*o cents a dozen, and sewing-silk, that the sailors used for embroidering their culfs, collars, and so on, was put in at 81 a pound, when it was worth $-1 or $. r >. Tho consequence was that the aggre gate, when fooled up, was cheap, aud tho man got the contract fur (ill tho articles; hut ho knew very well that very few pounds of silks would ho re quired, and that ho would make on tho hutlous and so on what ho lost on tho silk. ti.—Then tho rulu of the Navy Department Is to tako the aggregate of all bids? A.—Yes. sir; the lowest bidder gets the contract. (>.—And frequently ho Is let oil from furnishing articles he bids low on! A. —Yes, sir. Q.—Or cUo there Is u requisition for a larger quantity of others? A.—Yes, sir; or they don't want them. (J.—Do yon think It impracticable to make every article stand by Itself? A.—You could not, of course, carry It to that extreme, but the people who hud the control of the requisitions, and so on, could sue at u glance where this fraud takes ptacu. ORIGIN OP NAVAL ADOBES. The Democrats could uot drive old Admiral Stuadimm into a confession that thu abuses originated with Republican rule. Ho showed that they had their origin In Van Duron’s time, lie said: (£.—l understand that political Influence in tho navy*yards has been for years the bane of tho imvyT A.— U lias been the bane of tho navy, sir. The whole thing, strange to say, commenced with Mr. Woodbury. Ho was the tirst person who com* monccdtho system of nutting men Into the yards for political purposes, it commenced there, and It has been going on ever since, lie was Secretary of the Navy under VAN BOREN. I think myself tho member* of Congress In the lo* calltica of tho navv.yurd* are the moot expensive people that the United States have to (support. Q.—Do you know whether the same abuse* In re* ganl to contract* obtained previous to tho War os obtained to-duyl A.—l think It Is worse now; I think it has been worse the last four years than it over has been, from all I can learn. (j.— Like any other abuse, tho longer It exists tho worsellgc/st A.—Yes, sir. FAVORITISM TO CONTRACTORS, Tho testimony of Constructor Easby, of Nlch ols, and of several othc*, ludteato that grunt favoritism was exhibited toward the contractor, Nat McKay: and that, In case of auy adverse rulings by tlie construction ofllccrs, an appeal to the Navy Department at Washington almost invariably resulted in a decision favorable to McKay. Thu original contract for the building of the ships Adams and Enterprise required that tfee hulls should he completed fur a certain sum. A great many technicalities were raised In tho course of construction of these vessels, the result of which has been that double tho amount of tho original > contract has alleady been paid for the construction of tho hulls, neither of which Is yet llnisbed. (JBM. RUTLBR TURNS UP IN TUB NAVY XNVBSTIOA- Constructor Easby testified that the yacht America, bclongli% to Ucu. Butler, la stored at the Boston Yard, lie had heard that there wos a boat built fur Gen. Butler; w{iut It was, ho did not know. U is nut a very uuusuil thing to allow dtlzoua to' Iteep their boats In the Yard, if they are nut In the way. snips norrsN dbfoub finished. Tho following passage in Constructor Eosby’s testimony bos an interest for tax-pay era: Ci,—Would it not be (ortho bcai nuerests of the Government If several vessel* now on the stocks in lids Yard, or afloat, wen sold al austtop to the highest bidder) A.—l think It would be a food plan to try to fell them in that wny. and If could not got money enough for them, I would break them up In tbo Yard. It would bo accord* Ing to the amount of money I could f!t. . Q.-Won't you name tbo useless vesstls otftnc stocks and afloat? A.—The Connecticut Js ort«. She la ono of tho spar-deck sloops, a close of vessels commenced during tho War. ().—fa Him finished? A.—No, sir; she Is very well underway, Bho woe commenced during the War, and has been lying there ever since. Q,—fa eho fllto bafinlshc'd? A.—No,'air; SUB IS ROTTEN, ** and ought to he brokon up. (£. —Do you think you wonld get as much money 'by breaking her up here, at tho expense of the Government, aa It would coat to do tho work) A.—No. sir; I don't think anybody would buy that veracl; but wo might receive tilda to break her up by contract. That la, "What will you give tno for the privilege of breaking that vessel up and taking all tbo material I" O.—That Is, you might sell her to an individual to bo broken up, and realize something? A. —Von, sir. ({.—You think alio should bo cold rather than broken up? A.—l would flruforto try that way. <i.—What other vessels? A.—Thu Virginia la another one. Hho should bo broken op because she Is half broken up now. She la an olu ship that wan commenced in IHI7. H— Whether or not. In your Judgment, before the work of breaking her up commenced. It would not have been wisdom on the part of the Govern* ment to have finished her aud put her afloat? A- ■“ In my Judgment It would. Perhaps my Judgment is not good. c{.—For what purpose? A.—For n receiving* ship. Bho would have made a splendid receiving* ship. generally sound—a great deni moru so than the Connecticut. Bho was built of Hvu*oak, and Is In pretty good condition jfbw, H. —What would It Imvncost to have put her In condltlou for a receiving-ship before the work of breaking her up was commenced? A.—l should think SoO,OOO, at least. (£.—lfnvo wc not plenty of unscaworthy ships that would answer the purpose of a receiving-ship? A.—l don’t know about that. Ido not like to have a rotten receiving-ship. 1 think wc want round and healthy ships for that service. Wo have several receiving-ships which I doubt the propriety of us ing for that purpose. Q.— How much do you estimate the cost of breaking up that ship has been and will bo before It Is completed? A—l don’t know how much it has coat, but I tblnk it will cost 810,000 to com plete the breaking up. ({..—ln breaking up such a vessel ns that, what does the Government get that Is valuable? A Nothing but the copper. Wc cct tho old Iron, to be sure, but It amounts to nothing but scrap-iron. It doc* uni pay for tho getting. Wo get chieliy bolt-copper. IJ.—is there much of It In that ship? A—Very considerable. ([•—Will the connor pay for the destruction of the vessel? A.—There id about $20,000 worth of cupper in the vessel. Q.— Do you think nny Individual could afford to nay muney to the Government for the privilege of breaking that vessel up, he to have the material? A.—You, clr; I think It would pay a nmn to do it. Q,—What other reticle do you think should be broken up? A.—Those arc the only vessels that ore ou the etoka here. There is another one on the stocks—the Pennsylvania—but she Is too good to break up. (J.—What is Mho? A.—She la the same as the Connecticut—a spar-deck sloop. She Is roofed over, but her sides are exposed to the weather. Uor frame Is of while-oak, and she Id In pretty good order. Q.—Would von finish or sell her! A.—l would not do anything with her. 1 would like to keep her in reserve, in ease of emergency. 1 would nut finish her now, because we du not want her: but in case of emergency übe could be finished in six months—less time than wo could build a new ves sel. IwouldkecpbcrwhercshuiH, Of vessels afloat, wo have the Java—very rotten Indeed. She ought to be broken up. If we could not sell her for enough to Justify a sale. She has got a splendid engine In her: hut If we could nut sell her fora proper sum, then she ought to bo broken up. I would recommend tiding to sell her first: • Q.—How much ought she to bring? A.—She ought to bring ST>O,OOO. ti,—Could that vessel'ho converted Into a ship for tho merchant service? A.—No, sir: but her engined arc good. Her hull id rotten—white-oak. Q.— Does It now cont the Government something to take caro of such a vessel a» that? A.—Yes. sir; they ore at tho expense of ship-keepers every day to keep It from burning, and of steam-engineers to see (hat the machinery does nut gu to ruin. Q.—What du you suppose tho actual cost of taklngcaroof that vessel Is? A.—The cost of the ship-.kccpcrß Is £o2.ijO a day at present. We have nine at §2.f»o, ono at $-1, nod two others at 80 a day. Wu have got them us low oa wo can get them. (fc. —What other vessels have you here? A.—The Niagara. She Is In rather better order than the Iowa; still, she is not 111 to be repaired; she ought to bo sold or broken tin. Then wo have the old receiving-shin Ohio, which ought to bn sold or broken up. She has been a rccclvltig-*hlp. 1 be lieve, fur about twenty years, but hist year wo were ordered to put the Wabash on as receiving-ship and let the Ohio remain In ordinary. I think sheought to be disposed of by sale, if possible. I would try to sell them in all cases, and, If wo got money enough, let tiicm go. That is the easiest wuy to dispose of them; but, mther than give them away, 1 would have them broken up in the yards. KAVOIUTISSt TO CONTHACTOUS. Tho following extract from Constructor Easby’s testimony will bo cited lu support of this diargo: (£.— Mr. Ewby. you promised tho other day tlmt you would give tho Committee tho vuluc of all those things given to Mr. McKay ns gratui ties,—such things as you considered by the con tract ho was obliged to do, but which tho Chief of bureau of Construction and Repair let him o(t from doing. Have you prepared (hat alalcinontT A.—ln order to answer this question and pre pare the statement required, it Is necessary to call the attention of the Committee to the fallowing language on page 2 of the first contract for tho Adame, viz.: “and will build, equip, and fit tiic hull,” etc. And to the following language fur ther on, on the same page: “Nor ia the omis sion herein of any detail or object necessary to carry Into effect the intent and spirit of this agreement,” etc. It will be seen that tho last claim is not no sweeping in Its effect as It appears at tlrat sight, but Is qualified by tho preceding language. STATEMENT. Labor and material on manta and spars, estimated at SIO.CCO.fiO Labor and material on quarter-galleries, estimated at 5,000.00 Labor and materia) on force-pumps, es timated at Labor and material on steering-wheel, estimated at 200.00 Labor and material on side-ladders, es timated at 350.00 Labor and material on shcnvlng-blts and chucks, estimated at..... 100.00 Labor and material on eye-bolts of all kinds, estimated at 1,000.00 Labor and material on bold-tlUlnga, es timated at 400.00 Labor and material on hummock-hooks, estimated at 150.00 Total, Norn.—The cost of labor,sawingonl frame,etc., will, by order of the Chief of Bureau, ho charged to the contractor; tbu amount is SU, 1)28.80. The amount at first stated, when It was eummsed the Government was chargeable with the whole cott, wus $7,120.10, but tho difference between this sum and $0,028.80 is rightly chargeable to Gov ernment for ship-keepers, cost of first dockueu of ship, ami by alterations required, for which the contractor was not responsible. The list required, therefore, would seem to em brnco all omissions In building and fitting out the hull, and In addition to these (he articles men tioned in the •ncdllcatlons which have been omit ted, whether they belong to bull and outfits of hull or uot. CRIME. MURDER IN A RUM-HOLE. New Youk, May 21.—Early this morning o fight took ptuco in tho .llquor-storc of Martin* Kuynolds, on Grand street, In which Felix Wing wus killed. A man named Patrick J. Spellman wus seen to put the body of Wing out of tho saloon and dose tho door. Tho police demanded admittance, which was refused, and they broke open tho door and nrnnicd Spellman, llevnolds, the proprietor, and Edward Brown, the bar tender. Wing had two Jugged wounds on the skull, supposed to have been (ntlletcd by a blunt Instrument. Thu whole affair Is wrapped lu mystery. HOMICIDE, New Tons, Muy 21,—'To-night Ilonry L. Ball, President of Bull’s Patent Anns Manufacturing Company, of Brooklyn, cub tbo throat of Will iam Horsey, a workman in his employ, who died In n few minutes. Bull states that he killed Horsey in solf-defens^ IIUUGLAUY. t'ptcial JMipatih to Tin THbunt. Bloomington, 111., Muy 21.— The residence of Dr. Worrell, In this city, was burglarised ou Saturday night and-a pocketbook‘contali|lng 100 stolen. FIRES. AT WHITEFIELD, N. IT. Lanoastcu, N. 11., May 21.—Brown’s Lumber Company’s paper-box board factory at While- Held, N. 11., burned to-day. Loss estimated at 200,000 to 1100,000; Insured. IN CHICAGO. • Thoalana from Box 60 ut 12;20 o’clock yes terday morning was caused by a fire In Taft & gchwamb’s picture-frame factory, on the corner of Nineteenth and Blackwell streets. Damage, 9100; cause, an overheated boiler. Danvillb, 111., May 21 —An excursion of nlnu car-loads (rum Terre Haute and along the lino of the Evansville, Terre Haute & Cincin nati Railroad, are picnicking to-day at the Moss Bank, a beautiful grove lu the suburbs of our ptw. ■ 57 FOREIGN. The Sultan a Daily Victim of Soul- Chilling Hallucinations. Three More Executions of Persons Connected with the Salon* lea liiot. Count Andrassy Confident that England Will Unite with tho Powers. Thirty Thousand Troops to Sail for Cuba Immediately. Passage of tho German Bailway Bill to a Second Beading. T ITU KEY. COUNT andiusiy’s hopes. Pestit, May 21.—The Austrian delegation has been engaged In discussing the estimates of the Foreign Ollicc. At the sluing yesterday Count Andrassy, In reply la questions, said: 11 lam now able to statu that the pence of Europe will not bo disturbed. Tho proposed reformi have been accepted by Europe and Turkey, und Joy* fully greeted by the Insurgents, who now only desire guarantees for tbelr execution. The present action of the powers Is directed towards u peaceful removal ol the obstacles preventing the accomplishment of reforms." Count An* drossy said he was personally convinced that England would join in un agreement when the purely padficittorv Intentions of the powers be come manifest. The result of THU CONPCUBNCB AT BERLIN was that the Powers, setting aside all Individual interests, hud resolved to make the maintenance of European peace their guiding principle, ond to confer together on cueb ease aa It might arise. Thu Count declared that he would guarantee that no Injury to Austro-Hungarian interests would result irom the Conference. He repudiated the charges of Austrian con nivance In the Insurrection, and opposed tho Idea of u military occupation by Austria of the Insurgent provinces. Austria, be said, In con clusion, bad no enemies, und stood on the best terms with all foreign countries, and might con fidently anticipate that her elforts to defend peace would be successful. BALONICA. I’aius, Mny 22.—A special dispatch from Athens, published here, reports that three more executions are to take place lu Hulonlca to-day. During the funeral of the murdered Consuls last Wednesday, the foreign men-of-war In the harbor of Salonlcahad orders to bombard the town on the first signal) lu'cvcot of a disturb ance. AN UNBAST HEAD. London, May 22.—The StandenTt Vienna dispatch says the mental condition of the Ital ian causes great apprehension. He Is subject to delusions, fearing that he will be burled alive or poisoned. IICLOARU. According to Turkish accounts only 5,003 In surgents are nmv under arms In Bulgaria, and they have fled to the mountains. The Sottas have sent nMcputatlon to the Christians propos ing au alliance NO DANGER. The Tima 1 Berlin dispatch says there seems to be little doubt that, ft the lives of European residents of Constantinople \ycre in peril, the powers would notify the Sultan of their wish to send u squadron to the Bosphorus. TUB SO ETAS. A dispatch from Vienna to the Dally Knot Bays It Is rumored that the Porte Is yielding to the demands of the Soltas, and has naked Russia to recall Gcu. Igratllf. GBRMAXY. LEGISLATIVE. London, May S3.—The Standard's Berlin dis patch reports that, on Saturday, the Railway bill passed its second reading In the Rouse uf Peers and In the Chamber of Deputies. Thu bill constituting German tbe official language through the Kingdom of Prussia parsed a third reading In spite of vehement opposition from thu Polish Deputies. VON AUNIH. The Berlin journals publish an official adver tisement fur the apprehension of Count Von Arulm, In order that he may serve the term of Imprisonment to which he was sentenced. OEN. VON MoDIEE has returned to Silesia. FRAXCE. RACES. • Paris, May 21.—The Clmptllly races opchcd to-day with a good attendance. The Prlxde Diane was won by Mondulnc, Filoselle second, and Euguerrande third. ANOTHER ELECTION, Paris, May 21.—M. David, Uonubllcan, was to-day elected to the Chamber of Deputies from Audi, by an overwhelming .majority. London, May 22.—The Tunes' Paris dispatch says that in the elections held yesterday the Due d’Orno, Ilonupurtlst, was elected from Cognac; M.Peyruase, Uouapartlst, from Aueh; M. Loustalol, Republican, from Landes; M. Muillv, Republican, from Maiue-et-Lolrc; and M. Iluenljus, lionapartist, from Lurtbe. STUDENTS’ CONfiRESH. At a meeting of students It wus decided that delegates of all nationalities, Including Ger mans, should he admitted to the International Students’ Congress. 023.00 SPAIN. FOB CUHA. London, May 23.—Thu Times dispatch from Madrid says 30,000 troops, Including three crack cavalry regiments, ore under orders to sail for Cubaticpt. 1. INTEUNAL TtrilMOlL. IniflimAU IIHJ4UU*. There Is a great possibility of a rising In the Bosque provinces, on account of the abolition of the Fucros. Thu troops In garrison there num ber 50,000, and the forte Is by no means excess ive under the circumstances. The Navarre Deputies will probably accept the Gavcmment’s conditions. .Sin. 001.50 GREAT BRITAIN, AIIUBSTED. London, Slay 21.—Capt. Stoddard, late mas ter of the British bark Skerry vorc, was arrested to-day on board the steamer Lessing, at Fly month, upon a telegram from New York charg ing him with attempting to scuttle the Skcrry vorc. WINSLOW London, May 22.—Thu Tima reviews the text of Secretary Fish's dispatch of March 31, and comes to u conclusion that America Is Justified In saying that according to England's own law Winslow must be given up without any promise respecting his trial. THE WEATHER. Washikoton, I). C., May -*— l a. in.—For the Upper Lake region ami the Upper Missouri Val leys, rising ami high barometer, colder north west to northeast winds, ami generally clear weather, following light rains from iUsaourl to Southern Michigan. LOCAL OaSinVATIOKS. CiiioAoo, Mty at. Time. \ liar. Thr Wind n:Ma. mJai.?'! 7a! 07 8. W„ t n»h Fair. m.i‘. M J.7a M) &h K.W.. iroiU Fair. p-iup. m.(2tt.7n fill 6.VW.. frtih Cloudy. a:s3n. m. siuai 74 ui fi. w.. lrc»h... .otiCiuudy. D1.1'i1.71 70 frcih Fait. |0:»8p. m.[w.7o CH[ miAV.. frcih tFalf. meter, hj. Minimum. UAL ODSKItVaTIONM. Cuioaoo. May ai- 'llsslmuu ihermoi UENBH SUUfont. Cheyenne 20.67 llrecklmidge. 91.(U i)avcuiH>ri.... | 2o.7s Denver Duluth >9O tu n. Ultaoa .. 20. M Keokuk teo.7d LcsTcuwurlh eo.HW Milwaukee... 20.72 Omaha I'lalte 20.48 Salt Lake 91. U bantu Ke 20.71 Kt. sully au.47 Philadelphia ♦ ao.Bd Sfuetat Ditpalck to Thi Tributu. Madison, Wls., May 21.—W0 have had the most splendid growing weather hem for the lust few weeks, ami vegetatlou bos advanced with wonderful rapldltv. With abuudaat ralu, which has left mure water (n ground, lakes, ponds, and streams than far years, wu have had warm weather, and gross aud small grain, as indeed all green things, are looking superbly. Farmers have Hnlsbed sowing aud are now corn planting, a little tdndercd by 100 much rain the lust two or three day* Social Dlipatck to 7ft* Trtttou. Dwight, 111., May 21.—During the last week slow progress has beau made with getting lu.the corn. tuft Uuridlii ’‘ whkb extended oil over this county, ho* completely put a stop both to planting and plowing;. An* other storm this afternoon has not helped matters, audit Is very doubtful If we shall bo nhlu to resume work to-morrow. Most every plow-holder ha* some corn planted, am! It has sprouted and inmlo Its Centennial now within forty-eight hour* after it Was put In the ground. The oats arc looking very well, ami cover tho ground nicely. Pastures, of course, with the present weather, cannot help hut look well, and cattle are doing finely. A* the lemons Keep warm, the plow-holders do not seem to be dis couraged, ami think yet wo shall bo able to get la tho corn Id good season. EQUESTIUAN ENDUHANCE. TUB NBW YOliK UtfSTAKO-IIACB A I’HACU. tfptrlal tXnfpondeurr tf The Tribune. New Vouk, May 10.—The, telegraph tins al rcmly Informed you Unit George Parker failed yesterday In his attempt at Fleetwood Park to ride 1105 miles In Uftccu boars. The track was not favorable, turning very heavy before the rider bad made bis first hundred miles, and the rider was very badly managed aa to dress, rid ing, and refreshment. The horses have nothing to do with a feat of this kind, at least in this Instance. They arc wiry, wicked, squealing little brutes, that can get over the ground in from 2:20 to 2:40. Riding them a mile each heat gives each about 10 miles *to do lu such a trial in 15 hours, no very severe test ns regards the animals, but, as the rider lias to change horses about 220 times, and they arc perfect brutes In the wav of kicking, bucking, and bolting, he is racked n good deal. Uad Parker changed his direction of riding from lime to time, worn u rational riding dress. with a light waterproof suit for a change, and nod he, above all, dwell judiciously stimu lated with beef-lea and brandy. Instead of swilling water and nibbling sailors’ biscuit, he could hardly have lost. Thu fraud In the whole concern •consists In the way It has been worked up. The New York Bohemian crowd, stimulated by £5 bill* and free drinks, have been employed to write It up, sensation ally, n« the result of n wager of $-10,000 between a wealthy Californian and an Eastern man, and have giis’ticd about the romantic young Spanish vatiquero who was to ride to get u stake to enable him to marry a dark-eyed scnorlto, and so on, and grossly exaggerated stories of the cruelty of the riding and the vleiousness of the horses have been set alloat simply to enhance the sensation. Tho simple fact is that the trials are but exhibition races ridden for the gale money, and that the man agers will give u series of them at nil the large cities In the country, including, without doubt, Chicago. Such feats have been performed before. Nell H. Mowery, Aug. if, IBGB. at San Francisco, rode 30 horses 300 miles In 14 hours U minutes, mak ing the 200 miles In 8 hours 2 minutes 43 sec onds. In 1850 a pony rider, Jack Powers, carried the malls from Los Angeles to Monterey, 225 miles In 21 hours, lassoing Ids horses from the herd of spare ones driven with him, as is the custom on the Phdns and also with the font messengers of the Mani toban half-breeds, in 1853, at San Francisco, using 14 horses, he rode 150 miles in 0 hours 43 minutes 34 seconds: and Tom MeNubb rode 200 miles within the 10 hours, also at the Califor nian | Capital. George O.ibaldcston, “the Squire,” In November, 1831. fur a wager of 2,000 guineas, using 2s horses, and riding over a 4-mllc course on a stormy day, heavy rain fulling • for four hours of the match, made 200 miles In 8 hours 42 minutes, the actual rumilng. time being 7 hours 19 minutes and 4 seconds. He rode one horse (Tranby, that was afterwards brought to America, ana sired some of our best stock) 10 miles, one 12, seventeen 8, am! nine 4. Two hours,afterwards lie had taken a bath and ridden to town to dinner, where they “kept it up” In the characteristic style of those days— and nights. _ The Chicago Club left last evening for Hart ford, Conn., where they «U 1 play the first game of the Eastern series. They will be gone about four weeks. Bak Fiuncisco, May 21.— O’Leary, shortly before midnight, completed 431 miles and stopped. Sehmelil made 253. Davinpout, la., May 21.—Mr. H. Osterberg, of the Uockford, Uock Islam] & St. Louis Hall' roail, arrived home' yesterday, and Immediately the formal transfer of the road tool: place. The new* Company organized here held a meeting and took formal possession, electing the follow* lug oflledrs: President, U. Osterberg, of Uock Island; Vice-President, W. C. Brewster, of Da* veuport; Treasurer, J. M. Could, of Moline; Secretary, Walter Trumbull, of Uock Island. Sir. Charles 11. Deere, of Moline, 1* Chairman of the Executive Committee. Mr. George Skinner has been appointed General Manager, and the present heads of departments con tinue unchanged until further notice. The name is also changed from the Uockford, Uock Island it St. Louis to the St. Louis, Uock Island it Chicago Uallroml. The headquarters will remain at Uock Island. The Directors of thr Company will meet a mass convention of the people from Uockford to Sterling on the l?Jth Inst., and measures will be agreed upon for extending the road to Uockford, uud ultimately to Byron. The Eric Railroad has opened net? offices In this city, which for elegance and couvunlcnen arc not excelled by any in the country. Thu ofllccs arc in Rooms 1 and Si, Hooper block, corner of Washington and Clark streets, boom 11 Is oc cupied by Mr. B. M. Arms, General Western Passenger Agent, and E. R. Wadsworth, General Agent; and room No. 1 is occupied by tho vari ous fust freight lines leading over the Erie Road— the Great Western Dispatch, the South Shore Line, and tho Erie & I'ueiiio Dispatch. The Eriu «fc Chicago Railroad Is doing an un usually largo business ut present. Thu passenger train widen loft here last night Imu on three sleepers, all of them loaded to the guards. THE PAN HANDLE LAWSUIT. In the suit between tbo Columbus, Chicago & Indiana Control and the Pittsburg, Cincinnati & St. Luuls Railroad Company, lessee, tho United States Circuit Court for Indiana has entered an order directing the lessee to pay over to the receivers of the Columbus, Chicago & Indiana Central tho sum admitted by It to bu tho nut earnings of tho road for the year 1875 on or Ihv foro June 1; also, after that ut tho beginning of each mouth, tho amount of net earnings fur the month expiring ninety duyu previous to tho date of payment. Tho sums so paid uro to ho used by the receivers to pay Interest on the bunds having a Run prior to thu first consolidated mortgage. NbwYouk, May 21.—The police strictly cn* forced the Excise law hero to*duy, and many ar rests of saloon-keepers were made, who were released on ball. Saloon-keepers propose bold ing a mass-meeting shortly and denouncing these measures, and it U stated that a memorial will bo presented to tbo Legislature asking for the repeal or modification of tba Excise laws. Somoof the eases of arrested liquor-dealers are to be mode test eases In the higher courts. nvuis. •Midnight. ling U'«KA< N. E.. high S’., frcali... S.W.. Irtsab S’., brisk... Calm Cloudy. Clear. Fair. Cloudy. Clear. Clear. Clear. Clear. Cloudy. Clear. Cloudy. Cloudy. Clear. Cloudy. lly. rulo. A singular case bos been developed at tho Maryland University Hospital. A young wo man of intelligence and respectably connect ea, who has been treated for an lueurablo ab dominal affection, requests that after death her body be dissected for the bencllt of sci ence. In a letter to Resident-Physician Ash by, she says: “As my death must speedily result from causes, which have bullied science and confused the best medical minds, I desire that you shall perform upon my body, after death, an examination, and ascertain whut It is that has terminated my life. I request that such examination shall bo mode privately and respectfully by your self and a few of your medi cal students and medical friends. 1 have fur thermore urged my parents ami friends to allow such an examination, uud to inform you ut unco ostomy death incase of such on event, since 1 shall go to my homo from the hospital to pass the remainder of my days. A post-mortem examination eon do mu no possible harm, uud it may benefit science, and through It soma other unfortunate ulfecteu like myself. Moreover, I desire to express lu this manner the gratitude I feel to tho many medical men who have-labored fur my relief, laistiy. It U u duty 1 owe my sex uud my Uod." bhuwtU leayo the hospital uud retain to her N.W., Ireih K.W.; brUk Calm W.. freh... S.w., lirlik S., Ircah.... CROPS. SPOUTING. BASE BALE. GONE EAST. rEDESTRIANISAL O’LEAIIY. Special Tiltpalrh to Ve Tribune. UAIIiBOADS. R., R. I. <fc ST. h. Special Dlipateh to Ttu Tribune. THE ERIE HOAD. SUNDAY IN NEW YORK. A Singular Desire. homo In tho dty, and In tho event of tier death' her request will bo complied with by the phy* slclaus named In her will. BUSINESS NOTICES. The Ronlhern Hotel, Bt/ Tatnt*. Itavlna passed Into the hands of Messrs, nreslln. DarlingS Co., of I leOilseyond Metropolitan Hotels, of Now 1 ork, wilt be conmtrtely renovated, decorated,ani refurnished, and kept flrst.class in every respect. Public Speaker* and Singers will fln< ,l Jlrotrn't /ironc/ilnt Trochee" hcnoflOlal In clear* Ing the voice before speaking or singing, and In re* Having tho throat after any escrlfon of the vocal organs.- For Coughs and Colds the Troefu* ar< effectual. llurnott's Flavoring Kitracts are used an 4 Indorsed by the beet hotels, confectioners, grocers, nnil the first families In the country. laOHU’HY AND UNDEIIIVLAU. GENTLEMEN’S - UNDERWEAR AXT33 HOSIERY. Field, Leiter , & Co. STATE & WASHINGTON-STS., Offer special inducements in the above lines of (joods. Our entire stoclt of SILK AND BALBRIGGAN UNDEEWEAJBL Reduced from IS to SO per ct. A lino of Summer Merino SHIRTS & DRAWERS At SI.OO. Vert) cheap, A NEW LOT OR FANCY HALF HOSE At So cents per pair, reduced from SO cents. ‘FANCY BALBEIGGANI-2 HOSE. IN XEW COLORINGS, At 78 cents and sl . ACCIDENT INSURANCE. BEFORE YOU START FOB. THE CENTENNIAL Or Anywhoro Eleo, . Get a Yearly Accident Policy in the TRAVELERS LIFE AKD ACCIDENT INS. CO. Of Hartford. Conn. Acclient Policies Wrllten, orer - ■ 400,000 Accident Claims PaU. orer - - - - 24,000 Being one in every seventeen insured MOMUM Id $2,300,001 J. 11. NOLAN, Gen. Agent, 84 LaSnllo-st. Chicago, lIL AGEXTS EVBRYir/rJHIE, HANK STATEMENTS, EEPOET OF TEE CONDITION OF PRBSTOH, KM & CO., MffiERS, At the Close of Business May 12, IS7O. RESOURCES. mill and notes. $131,413.48 Call loan* on cull collat eral. 40.300.00 0,000.00 Overdraft* Furniture a Due from banks and banker* 113,137.04 United fclMra auu urn- . _ nlctpal band! * 00,8.10.00 Revenue stump! I.iUg.OU Caihon hand.. 1f50.3G8.n5 Checks for clearings..... 20,845.00 * 18 f),213.C3 $831,300.14 LIABILITIES. siouwo.oo .$3711.013.57 . 3HU.1H0.70 * * 705,020.33 • 10,430.81 Capital... City deposits Country deposits. Undivided proflla., $881,300.14 . Bints of Illinois, City of Chicago.Connty of Cook, *«.: 1. F. W. Crosby, of tbellrmof Preston. Kean*Co., do solemnly swear Iho nbovc statement I* true. totlio best of my knowledge and lu-llef. K. W. OROHUV. bworu and subscribed Ijoforv nm (bis noth day of May, |R7d. C. W. IIKVKR. Notary Public. PROPOSALS. Proposals for wrought and cast iron Work—United 6tftt«-s Cmtnm-IloUfß md Post-Of fice, Ctilc&cu. Hi. OUicc of Supervising Architect, Treasury Department, WnshlnKUm, D. 0., May . lu, IK7<l. (fcaica prupunnls will bu received at this offics utlil pj m. of tbo both day of May. two, for furnish* lu*, delivering. fitting, aud putting lu place the wronßht and cast-iron work, compelling columns, pi bu.tcre.cU!.. of second and third stories, and rolled-iron bourns, elo.. in third and attic doors, all as exhibited ua tbu drawings, described In the sj'CfllUutlon, and called for lu the schedule. Copies of thu drawings, specific** Hons. schedule, and form of proposal, and any nddl* tlimal Information may Im had tm npplleutloa to thu bu* perlntpiideniof tin*bulldlrur oralUilsofllcc. WM. A. POTTER. Supervising Architect. . EDUCATIONAL. ST. MARY’S HALL, FARIBAULT, MINN. Tbo m. Rev. n. U. WHIPPLE, D. D., Rector. HU* K. I*. DARLINGTON, Principal. Is under tho personal supervision of the liUhop, with ten experienced teacher*. It often* superior advantage* for education, wlili on Invigumlnu aodbeaUhycu* mate. The eleventh year will begin THURSDAY, sept. U. 1M76. Fur registers, with full details, ad* tires* the UKCTOIt. t MEAT EXTltAiri’. FATTENING! ~ "“IHVIQORATIHBI BARON VON LIEBIG’S XjIQ/TJIID Meat Extract. One wineglass containing tbo nutriment of one.half pound of b'resh Beof. Thin is tbs only Extract ready for use with all tbo benefits of the solid extract without its nauseating effoots. Contains only Pure Sherry Wins and Beet Indorsed by all Prominent Physicians. Caution— See that the Liquid Extract is in ptttt battles, while sod gold labels. PEIOB, $1 PBB DOTTLE. * All Dnuoatsis, Quocxus, sad Hotsu bars U. U. 8* DEPOT; O. KC. 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