Newspaper of Chicago Daily Tribune, May 27, 1876, Page 1

Newspaper of Chicago Daily Tribune dated May 27, 1876 Page 1
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VOLUME 30. FINANCIAL* jpIDELITY SAVINGS BANK J^ISTJD SAFE DEPOSITORY, KOH. 143, 145 A 147 It ANDOIiI’II-ST. TIIE VAULTS of this institution are the models ol Safa Depositories throughout the United Suites. They arp hnilt of solid masonry, and are lined with itcol plates several inonos thick. They con stitute an absolutely- _ ,U IMPREGNABLE FORTRESS •ffftlDst the assaults of any and all Burglars nVing. Their utter doilanoo of fire is proved hv the fact thot they withstood the _ , b ?JBBAT CONFLAGRATION OP 1871. irhoy afford a place of supremo security for the storage of Money. Coin. Jewelry, Silver- Plate, Deeds, Dontls, Wills, end valuables <if all kinds. .. . , Recent additions and improvements have msdo the FIDELITY the most complete •nd oxtonslvo. as it baa always boon the most •flQuro, Safe Depository m the world. Single poxes and Drawers for Rent from $5 to $76 a ,! “ r TIIE SAVINGS DEPARTMENT of this institution pays interest at the rate of fleer cent per annum on Savings Deposits •nd Trust Funds. This Interest is added to the principal on the first day of each Janua ry and July. JOHN C. HAINES, President: JAHBD OAOB, Vice-President; CHARLES J. HAINES, Cashier; OEOUfIEM. PAGE. Assistant Cashier. (tKCOKPOIIATID). 121 & 123 Dcarborn-st., Chicago. Loans negotiated with dispatch on Real Estate In Chicago, and Improved suburbs, at lowest current Btei. 8. CORNING JUDD, President. E. P. HOLLISTER, Oen'l Manager. HENRY J. GOODRICH, Secretary. 7 PER CENT. We win loan $23,000 to SIOO,OOO on business property at BEVKN. On hand to loan atO. SBOO, Jl.fiOO. $1,200, $2,300: at 8, $2.000. $2,500. BCUDDEK & MASON. 107-100 Dcarborn-st. EDWARD L. BEEWBTEE, DEAI.EU IN NOTES Sc BOISTIDSa No. 101 Washington-st. flood Paper always wanted. NEW PUBLICATIONS. NEW BOOKS. 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Un bodied as a book for Praise Meetings, tile. uoc. OLIVEB, DITSON & CO., Boston, LYON & HEAXiY, Chicago, KTOCKIIOLUEUS’ MEETINGS. Mb CUcago, RoeX Island & Pacific E E Co, April 24, 1870. The Annual Meeting of the Stockholders of the ™«Bo, Rock Island A Paciiic It. It. Co., for the dteilon of Director*, pursuant to law, and thu {ntusctlon of euch other buslnraa os may come he* ! or *i them, will he held at the office of tho Company u ibfl t’ily of Chicago, on Wednesday, the 7lb day •* dune next, at 11 o’clock a. m. B „ JOHN F. TRACY, President P. H. TOWS, Secretary, IMAGO & NORTHWESTERN RAILWAY CO, . April 84, 1670. .‘m Annual Meeting of the Stockholders and bondholders of this Company, fur the election of “'ftctori, pursuant to laMr, and for the transaction w ber E'laincas, will be held at tho ofllce of tho "®P # ny in Chicago, ou Thursday, the lat of Juno m. .Bondholders will authenticate their right to vote *7 presenting their voting bonds at the office of tho ,““P“oy, No. 68 Wull-at, New York, fur regia* on or before the Ist of May proximo. ALBERT KEEP, President, r— M. L. BYRES. Ju., Secretary. JETTINL TnmmilTH gives a Jet black and ILMIII sssrsa .l|li 111 W |i, childrcn’aahocathan will ILlljsasSKM: and do not bo per* . auaded to take an ‘*norartlcle. Sold by Dmgglsta. Bboo Htorca, Ac nun CHANGES. DISSOIiUTION. heretofore existing under the Arm rr,' 0 ' eiumiLrU «liundj U llilsdey dissolved by mu •MlMtucut ' WU. 11. BTANNAIU). B v „ 11. K. lIUNUY. * 4 -‘ l , e, JJ l “ndjr win continue the business »t the old twini cre ,llu book* of the Isle arm will be fouml. allUabUlUoa. aad collect ell tuouuU due TOHATOUU* Best Tomatoes, B*pound Cans, per doa., $1.60, ** OICUON’O,IIB Hut XatUsojiHU .j'V- 'Pattn Wttuwe. INSURANCE. PHEMX INSURANCE COMPANY OF BROOKLYN, N. T. Assets - $3,550,000 FLOYD&BURCH AGENTS, 160 LaSalle-st. ■TANKS n. FLOYD. DIKV (iOODSi CONTINUED SALE OF IPXICTES DRYGOODS THE STOCK OF SHAY, FRENCH & CO., 84 & 86 State-st., IS STILL SELLING AT REffiAEKABLYLOWPmCES. J. IRVING PEARCE, Assignee. TO RENT, Busin! Offices TO BENT iisr THE THE BUILDING. INQDTHE OP WILLIAM 0. DOW, Boom. 10, Tribune Building. Splendid Office to Let. SUITABLE FOR BANKING OR INSURANCE. The ball recently occupied by the * • Cnll" Board, embracing Ihewholcof the main door of the build* Ing Nos. 110 and 121 LaSnllc-st., next south of the Chamber of Commerce. This room is well lighted, has a high celling, nnd will be arranged with front entrance, vault, mid other conveniences to suit tho tenant. It will be rented to a desirable tenant on very favorable terms. Application to examine tho promises, ascertain terms, etc., may bo made Immediately at the ofllce of the BOARD OF TRADE, Chamber of Commerce Building. May 23, 1870. OFFICES, Fine, large, and woll-llghtod (safe vault, water-closet, and wash-room in each ofllce), in (Vent bauoment, banking floor, and aoc ond story of MASON BUILDING, No. 04 Wasblngton*st. OWNER, Booms 13 or 18. GENERAL NOTICES. Centennial Philadelphia. Tho Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Company Is the only line by wblch passengers can secure tickets for first-class hotel accommodations ot Philadel phia. Passengers before starting can know exact ly the whole expense attending the Centennial. For farther information apply at B 3 Clark-st,, or Depot, Exposition Building, foot Monroe-st. Discount on City Taxes. TIIK SAFEST INVESTMENT FOR TOUR MONEY 18 IN YOUR OWN TAXES, especially when you can get a HANDSOME DISCOUNT. Tim City of Chicago will, at any time before Juno L, 1870, borrow from persons owing City Real Estate Taxed for the year 1875 the amount of such taxes, allowing two (2) per cent discount, and after Juno 1, and prior to July 1, 1870, allowing one and one half <U4) per cent discount, and will Issue vouchers therefor which may be used at once, or held uutil tbo owner is prepared to pay bis other taxes. Ry order of the Mayor and Finance Committee. Apply to S. 8. HAYES, Comptroller, Room a, City Hall. HEIES to unclaimed eatate* la Europe can learn by applying to ua all parllculara concerning their claims. Aim thu necessary steps looking to their adjustment. We have competent agents abroad continually, and are fully pre pared to work them up at little expense. F FRASIER'S COLLECTION AOEKCT. The Chicago Daily News. ALT, THE NEWS FOB ONE CENT. PItOI'OSALH* Custom*Housbi Collxctou’s Orncs, 1 Cuicaoo, HI.. May 88, 187(1. 1 Scaled proposals, in duplicate, to furnish meats, vegetables, breadstuff*, groceries, forage, fuel, and gasoline, for the Marine Hospital at Chicago, during the year ending Juno 30, 1877. will be re ceived at this office, uutil the 18lh day of June, 1876, at noou. • UIU| iiui/u. Schedule* of the article* ami quantities required will bo furnished by Dr. It. N. Uluim. Surgcomlu- Charge of the Hospital, upon applcetluu. Thu United States reserves thu right to reject any or all of the bids. liy direction of tho Secretary of the Treasury. J. K. JONHS, Collector of Customs. I'OII MALE. DESKS, Cbeap, iitUfi Old Siam, Ha. 100 urttMU m MaUsot mu ss noons Field, Leiter &. Co, STATE & WASHINGTON-STS., Will offer on Saturday , 271 h inst. 500 PIECES Silk and Cotton and Wool, and Silk and Wool 8-4 AMD 3-4 IRON FRAME] BlackOrenadine at much LOWER PRICES than have ever sold them, In connection with thin large sale of GRENADINE, they will offer a lot of t. n. nunen. 500 PIECES ALL-WOOL BlackGashmere 39 and 46 inches wUIe t at a great reduction from former prices , The LOW TRICES on the above will merit an early inspection, BOOTS AND SHOES. CLOSING-OUT SALE Lais’ Misses’, & Clta’s FINE SHOES, D. H. liEIiMDINGEO, 128 South Clark-at. Wishing to discontinue this branch of ray business, I odor the above goods at an IMMENSE SACRIFICE! CALL AND CONVINCE YOURSELF 1 Ming along YOUR .CHILDREN. To-day and next week nntll sold, vre shall offer a job lot of Misses* and Children’s lino Shoes at ureal sacrifice. Misses* Ht. Gt. Side Lace, sizes 11 to 2, $3; worth H-50. Misses’ Kid Foxd. Button, sizes 11 to IH, $3; worth 34. Mieses’ IHtd. Bergs Button, sizes 11 to 2, 82.73; worth $3.73. Misses’ Kid Lace Polish, sizes 11 to 2, $2.25; worth $3.50. Children's Shoes, sizes 0 to 10, from $1.50 to $2; worth double the price. These are all seasonable goods, and just as good as you can buy in the city. N. B.—The best £5 Ladles' French Kid Button and Side-Lace Hoots in the country. Full lines of Ladles' Dox-toc Shoes at Bottom prices. WEBB & WEBSTER. 82 Slate-et. Rare Opportunity. A cnstom*nindc stock of Boole and Shoes Is to be closed out at a sacrifice at 21 South Clnrk-st. We Beg to Cell tie Attention of Masers to our present extensive assortment of Pianos, which In addition to our usual stuck of the ever matchless STEINWAY Includes a large variety of Instrument* from the foe* torles of those old and favorably known makers, ERNEST 4JAIiLF.It, MARSHALL WENDELL* DECKER iV DARNIiS, anil J, (J. FISCHER. Onr exceptionally favorable arrangement* with the manufacturers whose Instrument* wo represent enables us U> offer Pianos during the present Reason at figures so low a* tube absolutely without precedent In this market, ty We sell upon terms to suit (tie purchaser. I.YON & UK ALT, General N. IT. Agent* fur Htclnway** Pianos, , Stale and Munroc-sU. HATS! HATS! The largest, finest, and boat stock of Hats for Bummer Wear, including tho celebrated Manilla and Mackinaw Braids, is to bo found at BREWSTER’S, N. V. Cor. Clark and Maflison-sts. LAKE NAVIGATION. GOODRICH’S STEAMERS. For Milwaukee, etc.. dally (Sundays excepted) na. m. Saturday Horndon’t leave until dp. m. Fur Uranil Haven, (Irand Rapids, Muskegon, dally (Sundays exempted) 7p. tn. For SU Joseph and Denton Harbor, dally (Sun* rtoyi excepted) tf)a. m. Saturdays itoal don’t leave until lU* p. in. For Greco Day, Eicauaba, sic., Tuesday and Friday 7p.m. For Lodlngtou, Manistee, etc., Tuesday and Thursday 9a. m. PURE WINES, Appropriate for HOT WEATHER, and atnctly UNADULTERATED LIQUORS, ■elected expressly for FAMILY 08 El. L. C. PARDEE, Buco.isor to BTANTOM Sc 00.. 136 State-st. ZOLINE Mixes easily with starch, either hot or cold, gives an extra stiffness, beautiful polish, aud pearly whiteness to thu fabric. Follow directions and we guarantee it to do oa represented. Ask your drug gist aud gracur fur ZOLINB. bfoNU 6 CO.. 131 Lake-st SI'OIITSMI-N’b GOUUNi GUNS, FISHING TACKLE, ETC. At E. E. EATON’S, 63 State-si:, -/ USTAJJUaiIKD IfIML .. . ... i. CHICAGO, SATURDAY. MAY 27, 1876-TWELVE PAGES, The Blaine Investigators at Last Encounter a Relia ble Witness. After Two Honorable Arkansans Have Proven Each Other a Liar, Mr, Blaine Takes the Stand and Tells What That Mysterious Package Contained! A Few Maps and Other Papers of Little Value Even to the Owner. The Ex-Speaker Also Takes Oc casion to Clinch His Recent Statement in the House. Another Week of Debate on the Jurisdiction Question Predicted. Reports of Serious Charges Against Mr. Speaker Kerr. What Postmaster Creswell Knows About Straw Bids. Washington, D. C., May 20. —The Sub-Com mittee of the Judiciary Committee spent an hour this afternoon In continuing the Investiga tion of the Arkansas bund matter. Robinson and Curry were both recalled. Curry, it will be remembered, testified the other day that about five weeks ago, In a conversation which occurred In his own (Curry’s) house, Robinson told him that he had delivered a package of bonds to RlaJnc on a certain date In 1871. Robinson to day denied ever having made such a statement to Curry. Hu admitted numerous conversa tions with him on the subject, and that he had related a circumstance under which he delivered a package to Blaine on the date referred to, hut he never hod told him that the package contained bonds, or was an Installment of bonds which Blaine re ceived. Robinson testified that he was on terms of very close Intimacy with Curry; that no quarrel or misunderstanding had ever occurred between them; that Curry’s reputation for hon esty and veracity were excellent; and that he had never bad any occasion to doubt bis word. OP Curry then took the stand, mid produced two telegrams from his wife, which, iu substance, stated that she was present at the time of the alleged Interview,and that Curry’s account of It In his testimony us puKWicd by tbc Assocfbtcd Press M’os correct In it cry particular. Curry also desired to name oilier witnesses to whom Robinson had made the same statement, but underthe rule adopted by the Committee lie was not allowed to do so. The Committee questioned him as to Robinson’s diameter and reputation, and when ho testified that It was excellent and that he believed him to be a man of truth, the Committee and spectators in the room seemed to be very much amused. Thu two men had testified to apparently PIANOS. HATS. WINEN, zumm:. WASHINGTON. BIiAINTS. THAT MTBTKIUOUS PACKAGE. Upeclal Dupalch to 77, e Tribune. WHAT CCltltT SAID. mnucoNciLAiiuc versions of the same conversation, and yet each had sworn that the other bore an excellent character, and was a truthful man. A question asked Robinson just before be left the stand,'at tbefstiggestlon of Curry, may possibly Indicate an explanation. In replv to it Robinson admitted that be had possibly re marked thaf the package which he delivered to Blaine might have contained bonds, but he still insisted that ho never had said that it did con tain bonds. No other witnesses being present, Mr. Blaine said that he desired to present himself fur the examination of the Committee. MU. OI.AINS’B EXPLANATION. It was finally determined that he should make a statement concerning the package he received from Robinson, and ho was afterwards allowed to go further and assset under oath the correct ness of the explanation which he made in the House some weeks ago. He said that In the spring of IS7I, while presiding In the House, he received Robinson's card and met him in the Sjieakcr’s parlor. There Roblnsou delivered to him a package 7 or 6 indies In diameter and 18 inches or 2 feet in length, carelessly done up In brown paper and tied with some kind of astnng. His impression was that Robinson said that he was requested to hand it to him by Caldwell. After chatting with Roblnsou for a moment he extended to film the privilege of the Hour for ttie purpose of speaking with some member, and, on entering the House himself, threw the bundle down, and allowed it to lie until the House adjourned, lie then took it down to a private room In the basement, which he was accustomed to use, where it laid with oilier papers a year or more. Ho had previous ly held some conversation with Caldwell in re gard to coal-fielda along the Arkansas River, uml a proposition had been made to him to Invest some money In a speculation 1 4 that kind. Some Inquiries nod been made us to the best manner of obtaining a considerable tract of laud about which there was some difficulty on account of tho foci that the land granted to tho railroad was in alter nate sections. Tho bundle contained MAI'S AND OTUEK INVOUMATIOH on this subject, some of which had been made public and some of which were sketches pre pared for private use. lilnlne caused some com putation loin) made for the purree of ascer taining the cost of mining the coal, and of Its transportation to different points, including Memphis, While making those Inquiries, lie hud occasion to refer to the maps and otl cr papers contained In the package referred to. The result was that bo concluded not to make the Investment. He then sold that Uohlnson had never deliv ered to him either in Washington or elsewhere any bonds of tho Little Hock <fc Fort Smith Hailrond, or of any other railroad orcor|>oratlon whatever, and ho desired to MAKE THAT STATEMENT UNDER OATH as broadly as It was possible to make it. He also added that he wished to say In addition that what he had stated In his personal explana tion on the floor of the House was correct lu every particular. He hod uo interest whatever, direct or contingent, In the bonds transferred by Tom Scott to the Union Poelilc H&llroad Company, and never beard of tbe transaction until long after It oc curred, and be wished to say that he repeated every assertion made fu his personal explana tion under oath in all Its length and breadth, and without uny mental reservation or purpose of evasion, in the language of the Iron-dad oath. Blaine desired to say this much for himself, and will hold 'himself lu readiness to be cross-ex amined by tbe Committee to any extent which they may desire. THE TESTIMONY. To iht I Vtturn AuoetaUit Drtit. Washington, 1). C., May iM,—The Bub-Ju dlclary Committee met this afternoon, and re called Asa I’. Robinson, who testitled that be bad read the testimony of Amos Curry before the Committee. Witness never told Curry that the package which witness brought to filaiue from Caldwell contained bonds, or that it was un installment of bonds; had often talked with Curry In a social wav, and might sometime have said that the package may have contained bonds, but never sold U really did, for witness never Knew what It did contain. Witness did not consider himself responsible for whatever Inferences Cuary may have drawn Irom the cot* vmatinn. lie considered Curry a man of veracity and good moral character. cuimr was uccallcd and repealed tils former testimony that Robin eon had told him that the package contained bonds. Witness submitted two telegrams Just rccolvedJroiu his wife In Arkansas setting forth that slurhiid read In the papers Robinson's state ment about the story, and saying that Robinson did say the package contained bonds, as she wm present with Curry at the time Robinson made bis statement. W itness said that Robinson and himself were on good and intimate terms with each other, and he considered Robinson a man of truth and veracity, never having heard his reputation for veracity called in question be fore. lllnlnc said he had understood that the Com mittee had summoned Caldwell from London, and assuming that bo be correct, he desired to know if the Committee Intended to keep this matter open till Caldwell should arrive. lie thought the Committee should report upon this matter now. Ilunton, Chairman, said that the matter of summoning Caldwell was in charge of the full Judiciary Committee and not of the Sub-Corn mlttee, und he could not state what their pur pose was. Blaine said if there were no more witnesses to be heard upon this matter he would ofpbii himself as a witness. Ailcr Rome discussion, he was allowed to make a statement, confining himself to the package spoken of, and he was sworn, and made made the following statement: Mr. Chairman, It Is entirely true that, (n the spring of 1871 Uoblnson delivered to me. In the Speaker's parlor, a package. I should think that the package was about 18 or 20 Inches long, and about 4 inches in diameter. I received Ins card while silting at the Speaker’s choir. Ab soon as it became convenient I went out and met him In the Speaker's parlor. He handed me the package and sold : “This is a package which Mr. Caldwell handed to me for you.” The package won done up carelessly in brown paper, the ends tied down, and tied, I should say, although I cannot tell precisely at this date of time, In a very loose manner. 1 chatted with him a moment about the condition of the Fort Smith Hoad, and somewhat about the coal lands in Arkansas Valley. Ho then wanted to see some member of the House—l have forgotten whom. I told him that he could have the priv ilege of the floor, and ha went In with me. As 1 passed up to tho chair I threw the bundle down carelessly. It lay there until the House adjourned, and I took It down In the lower pri vate room that I had. It lay there fur months. It was A PACKAGE OF MAPS, Rome of the description of pamphlets, and some of descriptive sketches. 1 mean some of those imido by Individuals and not published, showing the coal fields In Arkansas Valley. It was con sidered at that time by Caldwell and others that there would be quite a speculation in having those lands, and they were plotted off, to snow how much could be got In one body. As the sec tions were taken alternately, it was very hard to get a large tract together, and a very few thous and dollars would buy a considerable quantity of them. I tliink the Company offered them at $5 or $0 an acre. This was sent to me us u prospectus and a general setting forth of the merits and virtues of the speculation. 1 did not give a great deal of at tention to it. 1 had some computations made as to the cost of hauling to the river, how far It It would be from the Arkansas River, and how much it would cost by the time It got bv rail to the Mississippi. .The result of the whole thine was that I did not embark in it. That Is ail there was in the whole story of the package. There was nothing any more mysterious in It than if I should hand this book to tbc Chair man. It was delivered In a crowd, carried Into tbc House, and TnnowN down wrnioLT cake, and It lay in my room with a miscellaneous lot of papers probably for a year,—l referring to It every now and then. Robinson never delivered me a bond of the Fort Smith «fc Little Rock Company, cither hi Washington or any other place, f desire to make tout statement ms broad as It can bo mode in every shape and form, both inclusively and exclusively. Mr. Chairman, while 1 am here I desire to re peat under oath. In relation to this entire (&1,000 charge,'the statement made by mo on the floor of the House iu all Its purls “without mental rcscrvatloh or purpose of evasion, 1 * as the Iron-clod oath says. IMPEACHMENT. NO VOTE TET. Special Dispatch to The Tribune. Washington, D. C., May 2d.—The Senate, sitting for tbc trial of the Impeachment of ex- Secretary Belknap, met at U o’clock to-day, and an Impression prevailed at tbc Capitol during the afternoon that a vote on the question of jurisdiction would be reached before adjourn ment. This expectation proved to be without sufficient ground, as at the hour of adjourn men this afternoon the Court was apparently very little nearer the close of Its discussion than several days ago, and no understanding was ar rived at that a vote should be taken to-morrow, even. Several Senators express the belief to night that the discussion of jurisdiction may be continued several days next week. Nothing has occurred to cause any change of opinion in the decision which the Senate will reach, the almost universal belief being that the resolution submllttcd by Mr. Sherman yesterday will he adopted. That resolution was as follows: JicsohvO, That notwithstanding the resigna tion of William W. Belknap, prior to his lm- Ecacliment by the House of Representatives, he : still liable to such Impeachment for the mis demeanors charged In tnc articles presented by the House of Representatives, and his plea of such resignation Is not sufficient to bur the trial ujhju such articles. A SUGGESTION has been made to-day that, should the Senate decide to assume jurisdiction of the impeach ment case, the trial proper may be postjKmed until after Congress has completed Its legisla tive business. This idea seems to have been favorably received by prominent Democrats of the House, who are anxious to complete their work and reach home before the fall campaign begins. Several of them expressed the opinion to-day that the presence of the House of Rep resentatives during the Impeachment trial was entirely unnecessary. No provision is found in the Constitution requiring an Impeachment trial to be held during the session of Congress, and several State precedent* arc referred' to where such trials have been held during a recess of the Legislature, and at other places than the Capital. SO MB REPUBLICAN SENATORS, whose opiuiou was asked on this point, ex* pressed the bullet that the Senate would not agree to on adjournment of Congress until aftur tiio close of the Impeachment trial. They say that no provision la made in the Constitution for culling the Senate together In extra session fur such n purpose, exeunt In the third suction of the second article. There It I* Indeed pro vided that the President may, on extraordinary occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them, but, if Congress sbonld adjourn before this trial Is completed, the President would be master of the situation,and could coll the Scnato together or not, as he might see lit. Taking all things into consideration, U Is doubtful U any postponement of the trial occurs. KEUU. CHARGES AGAINST TUB SPEAKER. Special Dispatch to Tht TVtOuns. Washington, D. C., May M.—A vague state ment was scut oil this afternoon that grave, tharges had been made to members of one of the Committees of the House sgolnst Speaker Kerr, and that witnesses had been called In the case. The f&cte are tbesc: In 1800 A. P. Green, of New York, was appointed First Lleutrnanttn tbe regular army by Audy Johnson, on recom mendation of Mr. Kerr, then a member of the House. Green was Introduced to Kerr by L. Harvey, of New York, then Assistant Door keeper, appointed by Representative Darling, of New York. Wbeu the latter become Appraiser In the Custom-House, Harvey obtained a|H>altion under him. Some time since Harvey told some of bis associates that be paid Mr. Kerr 9600 for Disappointment of Green. That was without Harvey’s knowledge communicated to the Gov ernment authorities la New York, and was thence sent to Clymer’s Committee. Upon being faced with the story In New York, Harvey declared Its truth. Both Harvey and Green were summoned, and both acknowledged the service. Green ar rived yesterday and had an informal examina tion before the Committee. Ho testified with great reluctoucy, os he felt under warm person al obligations to Mr. Kerr. He, however, stated frankly that ha came here, obtained on Introduction to Mr. Kerr through Harvey, and soon obtained qn appointment as First IJsutMunt upon wo- ommcndfltlon of Mr. Kerr. He paid Harvey SOOO. v 1 Harvey will be examined to-morrow morning If he arrives. Mr. Kerr says there 1* nothing true in the story beyond the fact that Green was Introduced lo him, and tb.it he secured his appointment. This latter fact Is shown by the records of the Deportment. Mr. Kerr nlmsclf heard the story some weeks since, and had It fully Investigated by a law firm. lie says ho will have no trouble In show ing that tho story of money having been paid to him U falsa. * c APPROPRIATION'S. THE senate's uncompromising HOSTTI.TTT TOi REDUCTION OF THE ESTIMATES. , £ Special Ditvalch to The Tribune. % Washington, D. C., May 20.—'The Confer* cnee Committee on the disagreeing votes of tl two Houses on the Consular and Diplomatic Appropriation bill has failed to agree, and a new Committee will have to be appointed. The differences between the two Houses Is so great that there is no hope of any agreement by any Committee that may be selected, unless the conferees on the part of one House or the oilier arc instructed to agree to some substantial com promise. This Is not likely to occur at present. The Appropriation Committee of the Senate reported to-day the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial Appropriation bill, and recommended nun-toncurrciirc In nearly all those portions of it which provide for the wholesale reduction of the salaries of employes of the Government, and also In the number of public officers. In other words, the Committee recommends an almost entire repudiation of Die work of tho House in the line of retrenchment, and the Senate will undoubtedly pass n bill In substantial accord ance with estimates submitted to the House lost December. Judging from present Indications, there seems to be a possibility that the new fiscal year may begin before any o'f the Important Ap propriation bills for the support of the Govern ment become laws. THE INVESTIGATIONS. EXPLODED. Special Dispatch to The Tribune. Washington, D. C., May 21—The Treasury Expenditures Committee to-day examined clerks relative to tho charges against the Treasury. They arc the some old stories that money which Is defective In printing bos been substituted and burnt Instead of other money intended for destruction, and that the good money was ap propriated by Interested persons. ROBESON. Secretary Robeson has prepared his answer to the published testimony of the Naval Commit tee. There Is considerable lo which he has not os yet been able to obtain access to. That por tion of the evidence taken at Philadelphia, which has attracted most attention here, namely: that apparently connecting himself and the Catlcle Utrough bank accounts which the Com mittee obtained and printed In shape to suit themselves without explanation. Sec retary Robeson has prepared an an swer In great detail. He gives a complete documentary history nf each transac tion, and produces‘checks ami other bank paper connected with each. He claims that this state ment will show beyond question that all his transactions with the Cuttels were perfectly proper. Prominent Republicans who have seen this part of the explanation declare U wiH cer tainly exonerate him before the country. The Naval Committee hating refused to open Its doors to Secretary Robeson, his friends will endeavor on Monday next to obtain an order from the House directing that the doors be opened. NEW TORE CUSTOM-HOUSE. The Democrats are endeavoring to obtain an order to Investigate the New York Custom- House during tbe'recess. Thu Republicans will use all means possible to the minority to pre vent any Committee from sitting during the recess. A VALUABLE OFFICER. Mr. Hewitt, of New York, testified this morn ing that he was convinced from personal ex perience tlmt the engineer of tho House docs not know the difference between a high and low-pressure engine. IWTAL FRAUDS. Ex-Postmaster General Creswell was exam ined by the House Committee on Post-Ofilcc« and Post-Roads to-day, and testified. The first year that he was Postmaster General there was scarcely any straw-bidding, hut in 1870, oflcr an examination of certain bids, ho come to tho conclusion that they were not made In good faith. He preparcd'the draft of a bill which lie thought would protect the Department. This hill was considered In the Senate. He wanted to exclude manifestly fictitious bids, and in case of failure bv the lowest bidder to comply with his contract, to have authority to make a contract with any other bidder or outside jtersun. This was struck from the bill, and a provision Inserted that in the ease of the failure of a contractor, the Postmaster-General should , take the next lowest bid, and as soon os It was thus amended, the bill became a law. He then called on the Attorney-General for his opinion whether, after the failure of a contractor and the refusal of the next lowest bidder to perform the service, he had the right to select any other than the next lowest bidder, or was required to advertise for proposals. The Attorney-General sold he must advertise. Mr. Cruswcll explained, with the old of olllclal data, reasons for his ac tion on certain contracts. NOTES AND NEWS. THE PRESIDENT'S SALARY. Special Ditpatch I# The Tribune. Washington, D. C., May 20.—Wright, of lowa, gives notice that be will Insist on passing the bill reducing the President’s salary to $35, 000, notwithstanding the President’s veto. Xu passage by the Senate is doubtful. When the bill first passed many of the Senators were ab sent, and It had a big majority. CLAI’P. The House Committee on tho Judiciary dis cussed at considerable length to-day the ques tion submitted to it whether the Government Printer Is amenable lo Impeachment by the House. Although no vole was reached, there is no doubt this question will be decided In the negative. Different members of the Committee have arrived at this conclusion by different processes of reasoning. mznuoa. The caucus selection for the successor of Fits hugh was ratified by the election of Jobu H. Patterson, of New Jersey, as Doorkeeper. Ho was able to toko tbu iron-clad oath, and, in this respect, Is an exception among the principal House employes. Patterson is a defeated can didate for Cougrea**, and Is said to be a capable and efficient man. lie enjoys the respect of all who know him. It seems probable that the Honor, after ransacking for six mouths the can didates that the party could furnish, has ut lust found a person qualified to till tho duties of Doorkeeper. nir again. The Chicago LiUr-Octun prints a letter and Indorses it editorially to the effect that during the War, In the winter of PMJ-iJ, at Lexington, Ky., whenever a Kentucky Kehel was brought In by Union soldiers, the first thing they would do would be to send to Bristow, and the writer never knew an instance, when Ben Bristow did not use hu lutluenco to get his Kentucky neigh bors out of trouble, and sometimes they were known to be active bushwhackers. Tills letter Is totally unfounded from first to last. Bristow was not once in Lexington during the years named, and at the time indicated was elsewhere in the field with his regiment. To (As Wni*r* Auocialtii ttw. CAUINBT UKBTINU. Washington, D. C., May 2d.—The Cabinet session to-dav was attundud by all the members excepting Judge Pierrepont, who has not yet returned from blew York. The principle tonic of discussion was the case of Lawrence, the silk smuggler, whose plea of guilty of the charge of forgery was mentioned to the Cabinet by Judge Tuft, who returned from New York this morulug. There was some discussion upon Hie subject of the trial of Lawrence, aud the under standing is that hu will be tried only ou tbo charge to which he has pleaded guilty, aud not on tuu other counts. Much routine business received attention in the Cabinet, and them was some consideration of Indian matters. A telegram has been re ceived from Bismarck announcing that serious fears exist that the Indians will make a raid upou that settlement. Gen. Sherman does nut think that this will happen, but tbo proper authorities have been authorized to cull upou the commandant of the nearest military post fur aid. COTTON CLAIMS. Secretary Bristow says the list of all cotton claims presented to and paid by the Treasury Department from January, IBd% to the present time will be perfected and transmitted to the Uooso at Urn earliest day j? tool able. PRICE FIVE CENTS. Secretary alludes in hit letter U the lam amount of work to be performed. CONFIRMATION. Nett York, May 20.—A Washington dispatch r -a "The Senate has confirmed the appoint* » Cjt . of Scllgman Bros. the United states v. its In Europe for the Treasury Depart ? THE RECORD. * BBNATB. *•» iVabittnoton, D. C., May 30.—Mr. West, ;® .mi the Committee on Railroads, reported back >e Senate bill to create * sinking fund for the s* iinldatlon of Government bonds advanced to f he Central A Western Pacific Railroad Com* >any with amendments, and a written report on cho subject; also a new bill to create a sinking fund for the liquidation of Government bonds advanced to the Union Fadlle Railroad Com pany. and for (be settlement of the claims of the Government on account of said bonds. Placed on the calendar. The hill provides that the United States shall credit th* Company with $15,000,000, the com puted value of 0,000,000 acres of lands, to be rs conveyed to the Government, which sum, together with the '51,000,000 now doo for Government transportation, nhall be made the basis of a sinking fund, and the Company is to pay Into the United States Treasury such sura approximate, not ex ceeding $750,000 a year, as wilt, when added to other sums credited to the sinking fund, with 0 per cent interest par annum, compounded semi-an nually. be sufficient lo extinguish the Government subsidy bonds sad simple interest thereon at ma turity. The bill also requires the Company to provide for and pay the land-grant bonds issued en all the lands which arc to bo rcconveyed to the Govern ment. The bill reported from the sanft Committee to create a sinking fund for the Central Pacific Hail road Company contained the same provisions, ex cept that the money payment into the United SUleo Treasury is Co be SHoO. 000 per year. The Com pany is to rcconvcy and have credit for 0,000,000 acres of land in Utah and Nevada at the same val uation of $2.50 per acre. Mr. Morrill, from the Committee on Appropria tions, reported, with various amendments, the House bill making appropriations for the legisla tive. executive, ami Judicial expenses of the Gov ernment for the fiscal year. Placed on the calen dar. The Naval Appropriation bill, received from the House yesterday, was read by Ita title, and refer red. Legislative business was then suspended, and consideration of the articles of impeachment was resumed with dosed doors. Without a decision, the doors reopened, and the Senate adjourned. house. Mr. Uannell Introduced a bill for the relief of certain settlers on public lands. Passed. Mr. Cos asked leave to offer a resolution direct ing the .Secretary of War to furnish the House with a statement of the number of troops now stationed In the Southern States, and all Information con nected therewith. Objected to. The Speaker then called on committees for re* ports of a private nature. Mr. Hrown, of Kentucky, from the Commutes on Claims. presented die message of the President vetoing the Senate bill for the relief of G. B. Tyler and E. H. Luckclt, the a«slgneos of William T. Cheatham, and moved that the bill pass, notwith standing (he President's veto. Passed—yeas; 181; nays, 14. Mr. Tecs« offered a resolution appointing J. 11. Patterson Doorkeeper of the House. Adopted, and Patterson was sworn Into die office. The Speaker presented a message from the President vetoing the bill providing for recording deeds, mortgages, and other conveyance* affecting real estate in the District of Columbia. The mes sage was read and the bill was pawed. On motion of Mr. Eden. Chairman of the Com mittee on War Claims. the House considered the bill making an appropriation for the payment of claims reported allowed by the Commissioner of Claims. Passed. Mr. Luttrell Introduced a resolution reciting that a recent publication charged tlmt $.100,000 bad been expended by the Pacific Coast to pro cure the passage of tho bill to carry into effect the treaty with the Hawaiian Isl ands, and directing the Committee on Ways and Means to make Immediate investigation into the truth or falsity of such charges. He do clrcd the closest Investigation, and If any one had i any testimony that any money had been used in I lobbying fur the passage of the bill bo would be glad to see the bill defeated tn the Senate. The House then went Into Committee of the Whole. Mr. Sayler (Ohio) In Ibe chair, on the prl , vatcuileodar, and a number of private bills wero passed. The House proceeded to consider the bill for the 1 retirement of Judge McCandlcss. The question being on agreeing to the Senate amendment pro * riding that be shall resign his office within six months after the passage of this act, U was agreed to—yeas HO. nays 80, and the bill passed. Adjourned. ‘ “THE PHODIGAL SON." I ■ J Destruction by Flra nt Cincinnati Last Night of Dubitfe’s Great Picture lts Commercial 1 Value SIOO.OOO. [ Special Dispatch to The Tribunt. ,' Cincinnati, 0., May 20.—Dubufe’s great i painting, "The Prodigal Son," was destroyed 1 by Ore this evening at Mclodcoa Hall, 1 in this city, which was also destroyed. \ Tho painting had been for some tlmo t on exhibition here This great master-work I attracted more visitors In Chicago than any • where else In the West. It Is insured for $25,- 000, and had been Insured us high as $50,000. Iti value Is estimated at $75,000 at the lowest figure. It was finished In 1807, and was first framed In this city a few years since. It was the property of Henry W. Derby, an I old Cincinnatian. The fire caught from a gas ? Jet to the curtain of the picture while the Janitor was lighting up at half-past 7p. ni., and iln- I mediately consumed the grout painting, and ‘ soon destroyed the hall, which was In the thinl ! story of toe northwest corner of Fourth and Walnut streets, adjoining the Gibson House. The hall was one of the oldest in the city, and was well known os a public place for many years. Of lute it bat been used lor amateur en tertainments. The AHctnauia Club rooms, bo low, were badly wrecked. •, To tht WeMtrn Atsociatei Frets. . Cincinnati, May 20.— Fire broke out about 8 ' o’clock to-night In Mclodcou Hall, where Du ‘ bufe’s great pointing " The Prodigal Sou," was ' on exhibition, commencing In the drapery that s surrounded the painting, thence quickly coramu- L pleating to that fine work of art,which was soon totally destroyed. The fire burned the roof of the building and the upper story. Tho lowci • floors were deluged with water, but not burned. • The Allemanla Society, occupants of the ball 3 and a fow other rooms, loso $10,000; * insurance, SIO,(XW. Loss on building, 1 $4,000 ; fully Insured. Mr. Derby, - owner of the painting destroyed, estimates its a commercial value at SIOO,OOO. It was Insured I for $25,000 In Cincinnati companies. Tbeorig s Inal coat of the picture Is placed by Mr. Derby * at about $30,00u. Other smaller losses in the t building are estimated ut SIO,OOO, chiefly by f water. The names of tho Insurance companies cannot be ascertained to-night. LOUISIANA. Another Conflict of Authority Baccenfollj Started. New Ohlbans, May 20. A lively contest is progressing for the Judgeship of the Superior District Court. During Gov. Kellogg's absence, Lieut. Gov. Antoine commissioned Judge B. L. Lynch, of thq Fourth District Court, to be Judge of the Superior District Court, vice Hawkins deceased. Gov. Kellogg yesterday commissioned Gen. Hugh J. Campbell as Judge of the Su perior District Court. This morning Judge Campbell took possession of the court-room aided by a squad of Metropolitan police. Judge Lynch arrived soon after, and called on the Sheriffto put him In possession of the Court, which order the Sheriff obeyed. By the advice of counsel, Gov. Mc£uery lias writ ten on opiulou, Attorney-General Fields being dead, stating that tbe removal of Judge Lynch by the Governor would bo uneoustltutiuual as wdl as an outrage upon public order. Thu Sheriff ordered thu police away, and refused to recognize Campbell, who thereupuu withdrew. Judge Lyuch then opened court aud proceeded with business. Camubell will seek his Judge ship through the courts. CORRECTION. Chicago, May 30.— The following h gives publicity lu order to correct misapprehensions which may have arisen from an Incorrect state ment already published in tbe East: “Tbe Society of the Army of the Cumberland will have Us tenth annual reunion at Philadel phia July d, 187(5, instead of June 6, as published In mmt of thopspera-'V P. H. Saibidam, EniUs&L

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