THE EVENING STAB, FCIlLTSHEt> EVERY AYYKKNOORf (EXCEPT SUNDAY,) it Ib4 Btmr BmtU'nf t ?mtr ?/ ???*? ?*? By 7. D. W ALLACH, WiU b* to mfevrrlVrs by carrier* at 81* AND A QUARTER CENTS, piyable weekly to the Agta'J; papers serrwl la pykages at 37^ aer.n rw month. To null subscriber! the sab aCTtptloa price la THB HE DOLLARS AND PIF T Y CENTS a yearin ?4v*nct, TWO DOLLARS hr an moaUi, and ONE DOLLAR for thm ninths; for Ims tbaa tbrrr months at the rata ?< I Hi eeats a week. IZ7* SINGLE COPIE8 ONE CENT. ffiettto VOL. IX. WASHINGTON, D. C., THURSDAY, JANUARY 15, 1857. NO. 1,247. IEI WEEKLY BTAJL Tea copies.. ? $$ Twentycopies ......V."... If N Cau? 'nuiuui la iiTiHca. paper. Price? Taaaa Cbnti - E^1T V ".T M1M 1?*,B wUl k*u*w?4 a commission of twenty per eaat. iineBR<s Improved Sowing Machine*. To whieh was granted the Higheet Award of the Paria Exhibition, thereby receiving the World'* Verdict of Superiority? THE IMPROVEMENTS IN THIS MA chine his simplified them la msny respects, enlthey arecapibfeof executlngtwlcetheamouai ?i worx they did formerly la any given time. Tbe/ die without question the only Machines ca of aewlng every variety of >?oods perfect^ a shirt bosom or traoe for harness can be ???? bvanyof these xnae nines by a simple change ?f aeeale and thread in sacli a manner that the eloeest scrutiny can not detect a fault. Manufacturers, plan:ers and families will f nd *hem the only safe Machines to purchase, as they *re built strong and durable, and not likely to *>.?4 oat of order. We hare laacvil-es arlta gcages attached, for binding hat*, cap-fronts. gaiters, Ac. Silk, f hr?ad, Octton?>Tee>lles, Ac., eea*UaUy an hand, at the lowest rates. Psrsons desirous of Information regarding Saw '?g Htchlaes will please iddres* I. M. SINGER A CO., 1M 3altl more street, Baltimore. 1 - B.?We ate prepared to exchange these ma chines for old machines of any kind Terms lib eral. Parsons who nave t>een Induced to purchase aferior machine* undsr the oretext of belag ehsap, will lad this a benefit Indeed. ?tar 1*?Ij (T1TABLK FOR CHRIS XM 4* AND NEW TEARS' PKK9K1IS. JOHN H. SMOOT, No 119 SOOTH SIDE Bridge street, Georgetown, DC, ha* received a great variety of useful and *-asonab!e GOOD^, to whieh h-* Invitee the attention of both ladles and gentiera?a wao miy wish to make a Ciuist mw and New Years' Present. EMBROIDERIES. Rteh worked Cambric Sets (Collars and Sleeves) Do do Mnslln do do Do do Muslin and Cambric Collar* A great variety (low priced) do Worked Linen Seu? and L!n?n do Rich worked Muilln Sleeves Black and 'a Lic? S?t* aii To'lars Work-d Oamorlcand >l w !n Bands Kmorilde'ed Linen Cam >rlc Handkerchiefs H-*n?t?:-hed, tuek-?d and plai t do Mlack Chantllla and Preach Lace Veils W#rk?d, quilted and fcoo v-d Skirts. ALSO? Meire Ant'qne, Emxroldeed, Satin and other Cloaks Doable a id single Br-^rha r>-;d other Shawls Mich Fan-y and BUck Sl.k* French Merlaoj. plaid M-?r>n-?9 Plain and print? I Mojs L'd^lalnes Best Paris Kid Gloves, all numbers Kid and Buik Gauntly* readies, gent's aai children's Warm Gloves Do Hosiery, of -. very kind Portmonnales, a id ladles' C ihn Gent?. Linen, Cambric aid Slik Packet Hardkfs O.ack and fancy ^Uk Cravits, Scarfs and Ties Gents Shawls, Me-lnoanl Woolen Scarfs Children's Knit Talmas and Moods Ladle*, g?ncs and boys' Comforts Ac With manyotfc-r desirable goods, which will be sold low to ca3h or prompt customers dec**- j. H SHOOT. TO ALL THATVALUE THEIR SJOHT T1TISHK? TO CALL THE ATTENTION ?? to all that sutTer with defective sight, raased by age, sio*n<-ss, and particularly from ?&??%?"-leced, to bis superior J*. A 'LES a.nd GLASSES carefully ground alm^fto a tru* so ?^rtci! accuracy, and brll ?ant transparency, salted precisely and bene? ' a*'y ?' the wearer according to the concavity ot convexity of the eve. Very numerous are the 111 elects caused to the precious organ of sight from *he commencement of using glasses In not being srecisely snlted, by the use of an Optomtttr ; and PJ*Ci ,?f mauy yeara enables him to xseaa <Jre the focal disease of the eyes, and such plaas -s that are absolutely reouirel will be furnished wt?h precision and satisfaction. JOdN TOBI \S as nowleiges the very llbe ?L~ilrj,^aieat already obtained, and further P*tr,on4'??'>f U>?se that ha*e not yet ava Jed themselves of hi* aid Pf?ms that cannot conveniently call, by send ag the glasses J? u?e, and *ta'.e how many inch es they can read this prlai with their spectacles, rna^be supp.l?d with auch as will Improvo their Tnnumsnetle testimonials to bs -.eea; and ref many who have aexlved the i?4" and comfort from his glasses. Cuealars to be h-?d gratis, at his odloe No ? I. SSVEMTH STREtT, Ftllrwi H*a, wr sraias. T>1. Noatoia, September 7, ISM. .he Spectacles yon made for me suit very well, and seem to have Improved ray sight more thaa any other 1 have lately tried blTT. W. TAZKWKLt MI of Spectacles obtained from _' ttnd them of ?reat asi^stance to ?rreipond\ngwjth hlsd-v:rlptlon of the focus, i recommend him as a -killful op lel" HENRY A. WISE. , b7 ? Wend to visltthe e? ta 'llshment of .iir. Tobla* for the purpose of try L'f, HS?^Sf?V ^wIchM by him with a pair slightly colored blue, which have afTorded ?>1r^rel!'* gratlleatlon than any I ha*e MTeight, orlgiaaliy very goei, was 0 i-nft ? *;lt,,a? a,,d reading at iftght, fre Qaeatiy to t. v?ry Ute hour; but with the aid of ta??e ?iaws I e in s<udy almost as lute as ever, az. that top without the piln I nave prevVrtsly rrf^red WILSON. ' ""'1 L;n4 I have nsed Mr Tobias's Spvtacles fer thr??i *r fo*ar months, and uke great pleasure la say leg ihat t am much piwtsed wlu them. 1 here boea miah b^neltteJ by them. MafSth,l^?. ?KOR P.SCARBY^Cfl. wsomm.-'nd-d to Mr. ioht Toblae as a "r. optician : and as I have eyea of remark abto^eanliartty, ] was graUied to And that Mr. t0 comprehend them by laspec S,ht?, m^a^mont, and he hai . J? ^ ?' 9Pec-aeles that suits me ad r Mr J t N.C.,Jan.*7,lM? ,w a * 9 : De%r Sir?1 am happy to sa* 2?k are JSSS5* W,'llSh 1 obta5ned from von last :5t? " ~ fo an,4? dec drd'y beat adapted ?T cyse of tar 1 have ever vet used V cry respectfully, yours, ?. b DRANE Rector of ?t Jemos? pari?h. DaraavxaiT or Imtihio*, May 7 1M5 From aatnral defects aad tn? uaeqali of my eyea, 1 nave been compelled u/uU *ia^?sfo, eeeeral years. 1 have tried dlff^rent^Si without obtaining glasses p-rfe< uy fitted "to'mv eyes Pour months since Air. Tobla? pairs especially for me, whicl. 1 havefo ind ta serve me perfectly. By the use of his optom.^,, he la enabted to adapt 6 lasses minutely to th<-ey? 1 moat cheerfully recommend Mr. Tobias to ali having ocs&slsn to use glasses aad bear my tesii mony aa to hla skill as an optician. HENRY E BALDWIN, Assist Sec'y to ?lgn Land Warrants. P. S ?OPERA GLASSES of great variety, TELESCOPES A MICROSCOPES, WATCH M AKER GLASSES, and many other articles la this line at very low prices constantly on haad. fr1*-1* JOHN H. UL TH HM.l, importer and Dealer in Winec, Brandiee,*e. Ptmm ?''???, touik tidt, b*t 4X andtitk sts., L|A8 IN STORE A VERV CHOICE AS IA softm?mt ofchsmpa^ne, In quarj and a pinu, of the most desirable brand* I Also, sparallng 3t Persy white and Dink ? B Rhlae ? Ines, dost.le: French Wine* rJ ln(i white; Cognac, Scheldam Gin, Jamacia Rum Sootch Whiskey, America Wnua?v Cura^! Anisette: and of his own preparation Wild Cherry Brandy, Biackbe/ry Juice, Stomach BU Absinthe, Klrschwuser, and Havana Clears dsa !U-3tAwlm^ FOR VHRllTMAli f OOKING GLASSES, ALL SIZES, WILL os sold low for casa /OHM WAGNER iiS5 Pa avenue, ??c 17.1m opposite Kirkwood House. L. J. niDOLETOR, DXAL1R IN 10 I, 0Jlr?on4Z)?pst-~8<xithwest corner at F u4 Twolftb ?twti hb l?.tf tHRIST.MlS COIFECTlOilERY. THESUBSCRIBER RESPECTFULLY in form* kls customers and the public In general that he Is prepa-ed to supply them with CHRISTMAS CONFECTIONERY of every kind, fo eign and domes'lc; also with CANDY, PLUM and POUND CAKEB, MINCE PIES, ORANGES.FlGS.RAISINS, PRUNES, ALMONDS, Ac. His stock of conf ECTION ER V Is very complete and such as he feels con fident will be found on trial, equal to any that may be offered for sale In this city. He will be happy to see his friend* and customer* on Christmas Eye and dutlng the Holidays, as his stock will bfl replenished until and after the New Year's Festival TOYS FOR HOLIDAY PRESENTS. The subscriber also respectfu ly informs ladle* and gentlemen, desirous of procuring TO YS of any kind, as Holiday Present, :hit he has Im ported a large collection of German and French manufacture, which arn curious, vheap, and well adapted to pleue children and young people of every age His stock of TOYS is larger and more attractive than ever, and cannot be excelled in any other toy store in this city. The subscriber would also Invite attention to his Urge assortment of Ch'n*, Ladles' Work Baskets, Combs, Perfumery, and other fancy articles which are too numerous for specification In an advertise, ment. WILLIAM 6RUPE, No 115 south side Pa. av ,bet 3d and 1,^ ?*??? dw S-lm opposite Jackson Hall. W. O. NETZERUTT, (Srccsssos to Gsorgs Hilbus,) Agent *4 y.arru fc liacon's and William .Millar's CELEBRATED PIANOS, Has always on hand the largest stoc<nf PIANO"? from ?175 up to 91,000. A1ELODEONS from 8 55 to ?25'J, GUITARS, VIOLINS, BRASS INSTRU MENTS, Fi.UTES. BANJOES, ACCORD EONS, and SHEIST MUSIC, cheaper t^an in auy house south of New Yorfc. Music published and received every day. Plaaos /or rent. no'v 4.tj SELLING OFF. f^LOAKS-CLOAKS! SHAWLS?SHAWLS!! HOSIERY?HOSIERY !!! The subscriber is determined to close out his entire stock of CLOAKS and SHAWLS by the 2uth of January, to accomplish which he will sell off at a very small advance His rtockcf Cloth Cloaks cannot be equalled bf any assortment elsewhere in this District. His Velvets are superb. F. A McGKK, dec 29 20t 244 Pa ave., bet. Iflth and 13th sts. book. binding. Corntr E'ivtnti strut and Maryland art nut, w?r tkt Smithsonian Institution. Edward lycktt respectfully in forms the subscribers to Dicwn's Bible and Shakspeare, now Just completed, tnat he Is pre pared to bind those worts in a superior style of elegance, strength and solidity, and upon much mor?* r?a.Hoaabie terms than caa be done In Balti more, Philadelphia, or New York. A letter ad dressed to him ( jht post) will enable him to ex hibit to the subscribers specimens of his style of binding Every kind of Book Binding neatly ex ecuted se27-6m Proposals for Steel-Plate Printing. Orrici SrPBRi.tnxni!?T Public Priwtino, ? W# gn.astos, January 7, I06T. j Proposals will be received at this office until the 19th day of January, In stant. at i* o'clock m , for prlating from steel, in the highest style or the art, 6 400 copies from each of 24 quarto P?sr^ of landscapes and outline sketches, and 3,400copies from each of 480 quarto pigeeof ca tecae, palaeontology, natural history, and botany, to Illustrate the Report of the Mexi can Boundary Survey, for tlie use of the Senate United States. Bidders will ?tat* the price for printing each 1U) copies of said plates, and the time they will require for executing the sam-. It Is to be distinctly understood that no bids will be entertained from any par leu not directly engaged in, or practically acquainted with, the work bid for. The paper required for printing these plates will be furnished oytnls cfflce A contract will be entered Into with, and bonds will be required from the successful bidder for the falt'ifui execution of the same. Proposals must be addressed to A. G. Seaman, Superintendent Public Printing, Washington. 1). C , aud endorsed 44 Proposalt for Stsel-Plat* Fr.nitng." A. G SEAMAN, jan d-eedtlOth Superintendent. MANTELS. NEW AND BEAUTIFUL STYLE. Rlaantactarsd from Mate Stone, bv tfis West Cnslletoo Slate Company, ft. ESK MANTELS ARE ENAMELLED IN Imitation of the richest and most expensive EGYPTIAN. LISBON, VERD ANTIOUE, PORPHYRY, PYRENEES, brocatella, AGATE, SPANISH GALWAY, and other rare and deilrable MARBLES. The Imitations are so perfect that they cbalengethe closest scrutiny. They are so highly polished that they retain their bee at y much longer then marble; are not Injured by smoke, coal ga?, or ac'ds, and can be sold much cheaper than any others In market. Price ranging from 9125 to 812. Architects, Builders and others are invited to call and examine samples at No. 512 Seventh street, 3 doors below o.id Fellows' Hall, up ?talrs. T. M HANSON, se 13-ly Agent. THREE PIANOI AT GREAT BARGAINS WE HAVE ONLY ONE PIANO LEFT AT ?290, iron frame, rosewood case, and war ranted. One beautiful 7-octaves, round corners, iron frame, rosewood case Piano, worth *\W, and will be sold fo- 8260 One Louis XIV style, magnificently carved case, Iron frsm- rosewood Piano, worth $530 will be sold for SSK The two last named Pianos are made by Miller A Curtaz, of Boston, are sold tor no fault, bat have been consigned to us, and we are Instructed to force them off at great sacrifices in order to close up the year* business. Persons In want will do well to call and examine them. They are truly great bargains. Also, always on hand, the largest stock of Plaaos in this city, ranging from 8'JOO to 81000. JOHN F. ELLIS, dec*v 3(/3 Pa avenue, bet. ttth and 10th sts. ANTHONY HUCI1LY, UNDERTAKER, Shop and Residence No. 303 Penn'a avenue, tenth side, bstween 9th and 10th its. AV1N0 PROVIDED HIMSELF WITH an ELEtiANT HEARSE, t ad all necessary conveniences forf properly conducting hi.* business, would respectfully inform the public that he is tally pr?p&r?d to fill all orders entrusted to him, st the saortest notice, snd In the best manner. A Urge supply of READ Y-.MADE COFFINS ,~*****?always on hand, which will be fur aishea on the most reasonable terms ...TiV.h?I*t^'?re,no pains will be spared to give i U ?* occasions. ^ on :he premises, srdtrs wlU - j^'VHtteaded to at all hoars. POST "r*r'^*;I>lHEtXOR?, OR Busi ness Man s Guide to the Post Oflces In tlie United States eootalaioK the namei?f si pS5 odices and Post Majors In the United States on the 1st July, H* wltha variety of VTluablTln" formation on Postal A Bfcirs: also, a comprehen sive codllcatloa of the existing Postal Laws Price 81 Just published, and for sale st TAYLOR A MAURY'S Bootatore d*e II- nearvth street. JUST RECEIVED FROM THk pljT. Ushers?A splendid View of Old Independ ence Ha l, Phlladotphls. For sale cheap,framed or otherwise, st JOHN waSNBH'r, dec 22.1m i55 Penn avenue. Flaxseed, a prime article, i ost received snd for ssle. wholesale and re tall, by TYSON A SHOEMAKER, * jaa*-oofw PharmaseutlsUfQor..7t&snd a sts. ti; n Proposal! for Erecting the Marine Hospital at Burlington* Iowa. T&kasiry Department, ) PWuhmioj, Dscembsr 18,1856. f R0P08ALS WILL RECEIVED AT THIS department until the 19th day of February, A. D 1357, at 9 o'clock a. m , fcr the construction of the Marine Hospital authorised te be erected at Burlington, Iowa, according to the plans au<i tpeci flcation* preparooat thu department; ra d piopo?a'.a to be?itheror the whole building *?para'e for the different kinds of w. rk; bills of i areels mu?t in every ?-e accompany each bid, with the amount of each kind of work, and the total amount carried out; ttie department reserving the light to reject or aocept the proposals hereby invit?d, or any part* tier of, wh?n it dc?nn the interest of the United S ates n quires it; the dcpaMment a'so reserves the right to exclude the bids < f a^y person or persons who there id just cause to believe will not 'althfully perJ^rm the eoMtra^ts. or which th?y i ave att muted to obtain by indirection ; and all bid* when there ?ha I be parties in interec whj do not Join in the bills, and all b'.dsthar, upon investigaticn are below a fair price 1 or the work. Bid* will not be received in gross, and no con'ran will be awarded to a bidder uo'sss details are fur ni?bed the department of the prices of the different kinds of work and materia!*, which stall be ?ub ject to the revision ot th? department, so that it may adopt the whnle or pa-t of the hiw, ai the. interest of t"9 Init'd States may require. Ninety per cent of the amount of work done and materials delivered, according to cortract price, ('aid amount to beaioertair.ed by the estimate of an ajent of thedenartm -nt appointed fortLat purpese,) wtli b* jaid from time to time, at tfce work iro zres*'*; and ten per cent. retained un'ii ihe o mple ti ">n of the contract and aeee^ran^e of the work,Ac., by the a^<*nt a'or.-faid, a id to bj forfeited iu the ?- ventoi non fullilm-nt oi contract. Contracts wiil be awarded only to ma ter builders aid mechanics, and the alignment thereof, except by "snsen: of the Secretary of the Tr? a<cry, will ba a tor eiture of the fame. Each proposal m'i?t be accompanied by a written guaantee, signed by two respond, bit persons, (cer t flto \>? by the United State* district jndte or a torney f the .-a d district.) in the sum of $5,000 tor th? whole work, or of a proportionate amount it for a y pa-t, that the bidder wili, when required, if n? i r?p->-ai be accepted, enter into a contract and bind, with prop rand sufficient securities, for iu ia fhfnl perforinam Form of b <nd and errtffi-a'e required will be fur ai h-d on appli< a^ion to the ueranmetit. 1'ians, h wcifl a i'?n<, aud working drawings will ber-a iy after tl.Uty i!ay, wii<>n they .an b? ! a-i on api?li? a ion to the G? pa-'m"rit .\o Kit in/' he consiiirrrd urtle.it if fully romijies in all iti detail* vjk the requirements of this advertise ment. The proposals must be sent to this depsrtm ^t, allressed ta the Secretary of the Trea?uiv aid p ainiv endorsed " Prcpjsals for the Burlington Ma rine Hospit W," and wi.l b^ opened at HI o'clock, a. ??? ?f the la t day rain *i for n-cejvtris the ^amt, JAMES GUTiiiilE, Secretay of the Tn asury. dec 20 - S.twtl9iliFeh+ Proposals for Furnishing Granite andOran ite Work for the North Front of the Pat ent Office Bnilding. Department ok the Intkrior,) December 18, 18^6. ( SEALED PROPOSALS WILL BR RECEIVED at this department until the eighteenth day ot Ftbruary next, 12 o'clock nt noon, tor furnishing such Granite aid Giante Work a> may be required above the sub basement story, in ihe erection ot the north front of ihe lVcnt Office bui'din*. The bids must b? in the form of the following schedule, and cl? arly specify the pr ces for material, hanling, dressing, and setting, including all ihe ma' chinery and other expenses. Schedule? Cube stone, per superficial foot. B?-ds aul bills, do do Extra Cube stone, per cubic foot. Cornice ia two beds, per sup rflcial foot. Blocking course, do do Frieze to entablature, do d < Architrave, do do Drops to cornice, p^r lineal foot. Trigiyphs. ? ach Caps of pilasters, tarii. Channels of bisenicnf, per 'ineal foot. Window sills, per superficial foot. The granite must "d* equal in quality to that used ill the construction of the wing* of ihe buildu.es, sp?cim;ns of which will be required to accom:>a'.v the b ds. Each bid wi!| sta e in what time the work will bs completed, and ncue will be; considered imm oth> rs tl an those known to ba of the trade and h lieve.l to bj ful y competent to fulfil in pond taith trie i bii^a t'ons they propose to assume; and iioa-anjum.-nt'ot bid or contract will b^ r? cognized, unles.i made with the approval of the liea i of the de| ariin-nt. \ineiy p-r cent, w ill b : paid from tin?e to tim?, a- the work |<r >?re->ses, upon the estirna'e of riie agent of the drf)artm-nt iu charge ihereof, a id ten pT cent rwfrv^d until the completion of tht con tract and acceptance r f the work by t-aid agent. The department reserves to itselt ihe right to re ject or accept the propnsals hereby invited when it deemi the interest of the United St-ties require* it, as well as ?o exclude the bids of any person or per sons who It has friMid reason fob ltev- will not, from any eause, faithfully perform the contract r!a is, spTificauime, and working drawiugH can be eiamtue.l, and other information ?>b aitied, on applica ion a* the office of the cup'irinteDdcnt. The | rop i?als, which must b ? sent to this depart ment, adiiret-xed to the Secretary of the Interior, (endo md " Prop teals tor the erection ai the norm front of the |?at,;nr office butl 'ing,") will be opened at 1 o'clock, p. m.,of the last c!?y ramed tor re ceivinp the samn K. McCLELl.AND. dec 19-Stawil8Febt Sftcreiary of the Interior. Proposals for Erecting the Post Office and Coart-houae at Springfield, Illinois. Triabprt Dspartmkjjt, ) Washington, December 17. I8W i Proposals will be received at this department until the 17th dav of Febru ary, AD, 1857, at 9 o'clock a m . for the con struction of the;Po?tOfli ~e and Court- house author ized to be crectedat Springfield, Illinois, accord lug to the plans and specifications prepared at this dtp rtment; said proposals to be either for th? wh^te building or separate for different kinds of work; bills of parcels must In every case ac company each bid. with the amount of each kind of work, and the total amount carried out; the department reserving the right to rfject or accept the proposals hereby Invited, or any parts thereof, when it deems the Interest of the United States requires it; the department also reserves the right to exclude the bids of any person cr rersons who there Is Just cause to believe will not faithfully perform tha.-contracts, or whleb they ha?e at tempted to obtain by Indirection; and all bids when there shall be parties In interest who do not Join In the bids, and all bids that, upon investi. gatl-in, are below a fair pilcefor the work. Bids will not be received In gross, and no con tract will be awarded to a bidder unless details are furnished the department of the prices of the different kinds of work and materials, which shall be subject to the revision of the department, so that It may adopt the whole or part of the bid, as the intercut of the United Stales may require. Ninety per cent, of the amount of work done and materials delivered, according to contract price, (said amount to be ascertained by the esti mate or an agent of the department appointed for thit purpose.) wilt be paid frrm time to time, as the wr>rk progresses ; aud ten per cent retained until the completion of the contract and accept aiceof the wor*, Ac , by the agent aforesaid, and be forfeited in the event of non fulfilment of the contract. Contracts will Ue awarded only to master build era and mechanics, and the assignment thereof, except by consent of the Secretary of the Treasury, will oe a forfeiture of the Name Each proposal must be accompanied by a writ ten guarantee, signed by two responsible persons, (certified to be so by the United States district J/ ir?u>aet0Ty ?*ld In the sum of S3,000 for the whole work, or of a proportion ate amount If for any part, that the bidder will, when required, if his proposal be accepted, enter into a coatiact and bond, with proper and sutfl
clent securities, for Its faithful performance. Form of bond and certificate required will be furnished on application to the department Plans, specifications, a*d working drawings will be ready sfter thirty days, when they can he had on application to the department. No bid will b? considered unliss it fully eonI plitt in all iu details with tke rrquirtments of this adv4rtistfmnt. The proposals must be sent to this department addressed to the Secretary of the Treasury, nod plainly endorsed '?Proposals for tht Sprint fold Post OJlcs and Court-houn," and wm be opened at 10 o'clock a m. of the last day named for receiving the same. JAMES GUTHRIE, Secretary of the Treasury, dec 16 8awtl7Peb *_ pAST OFF CLOTHING BOUGHT AMD Al arket* ** 78 Loui*iailB opposite the Hay tv* ** f? them by addressing as abort through Fox o*oe. 7 dec*-eolm* OFFICIAL. Tuaiukt DtfiiTMiBT, No*. 29, 1806. Notice is hereby given to holder* of stock of the loans of the United States, that this department will purchase the ram; until the ad of March next, unless the sum of $1,500 000 * hall be previously obtained, and will pay in addition to the 'ntereut accrucd from the date of the la?t serai annual divi dend of interest thereon, together with one day's additional interest for the money to reach the v.-n dor, the following rates of prejnium on taid stocks: For the stook of 1842, a premium of 10 per cent. Fer tii? stock of 18l7 and 1848, a premium of 18 per cent.; and for the stock of 1850, commonly called Texa* Indemnity Stock, a pi.mlum of6 per cent. Certificates of stock transmitted to the depart ment, under this notlcft, must be a?sigr.ej to the United 8'ates, by the party duty entitled to receive the proceed'. II sent between dare hereof and the 1st day of Jaiuvy next, the current half y? ar'a in terett m-is: be aligned by the present stockholder, or It will be payable a* heretofore, and a ccrre* ponding deduction be ma le Irom the amount pay able for the stock. Payment for the stocks so aligned and transmit ted will be ma t') by drafts on the Assistant Treasu rer* at Breton, New York, or Philadelphia, at the option of the parties entitled to rcceive the money, which ?!ioulrt b* expressed In the lettprs accom[?a ny.n? the certificates. JAMBS GUTHRIE, Secretary of tlic Tr< aetirv. dee 1?dt."WMarcbJ l\R. DL'PRlE'S REMEDIES are the only L* effectual cure for External or Internal Plies, Saltrheum, Ring-Worm, 4c. They are unr'.val led for purifying the b'cod. 5<> cent* per box Office 7? Nassau street, New York. W ill be sent by mull. For sale by FORI) A UKO., corcer of 11th st and Penn. avunue. or 23 FURS!?FURS!!?FURS!!! 'T*ODD & CO , UNDER BROWNS' HOTEL, beg leave to announce the arrival from Lon don^ anc^ Par!* of th^lr splendid collection of HlCh FURS, made In the moet fashionable styles from seasoned Soft-dressed Skins They would ln*lte particular attention to th*lr elegant and much-admired MANTILLA TALMAS, PELLERINE VAN DYKES, VICTOR1NES, with Muffs and Cuffs to match, Of HUDSON BAY SABLE, M,NK> STONE MARTIN, F1 fCH A MOUNTAIN MARTIN, SIBERIAN AND RUSSIA SQUIRREL, LONDON LUSTRKD, BLACK LYNX, and ERMINE: RICH FUR TRIMMING. for Cloth and Velvet Cloaks: SWANSDOWN TRIMMING; ELEGAN I SIBERIAN SQUIRREL ROBES, for Cloak Linings, or cut for Trimming; Indies' and Gentlemen's FUR GAUNTLETS: Gentlemen's TRAVELING MUFFLERS, of Beaver, Otter, Nutria, and Seal Fur: CARRIAGE ROBES, ' of Bear, Fox, and Buffalo Skins. TODD A CO for the past twenty-flve years have devoted much attention to this branch of their trade, purchasing exclusively for cash, sell ing at moderate prices, and by adhering to their determination to deal In no article that would not bear the strictest scrutiny, they have secured a large and Increasing trade from all parts of the country. Purchasers are Invited to visit their establish ment and examine the moat extensive STOCK OF FURS south of New York. oc31-3tAeotf S. IMfRLorioT R El 718 V M A VI PA<4It E, ?' TRESOH JJE BOUZY" AND "1XL." The undersigned is sole agent for this city of Dorlodot's " Tresor de Bouxv," a champagne celebrated throughout Europe, and esteemed by concolsseurs as cf) the highest grade, and unsurpassed by any I other product of the champagne country, which has obtained a high position In the aristocratic circles of Europe and America. Also, a large stock of other Wines, Liquors ard Cigars. JONAS P. LEVY, ^Jan 5-tf No C4VT Pa. ave ,opp. National Hotel. R IT'SIl ALMANAC AND COMPANION for 1?57; giving the House of Lords ; Home of Commons; Church ; Judiciary; Royal House holds; Imports; Exports; Governments of Ire land, Scotland, ard he Colonies; Foreign Minis ters In England; BritUh Ministers abroad; East India Company; Chronicle of the Parliament of abstract < of Parliamentary Documents ; sb ttracts cf Public Acta; valuable articles on the Decimal Coinage Question; on the Costal Sys tem at home and abroad ; on arbitration In trade disputes; cn the material progress of British In dia: on Architecture and Public Improvements; on the Metropolitan Communications and Bridges; on the Russian War, and much other useful mat ter. I vol of 311 pager; price #150. Imported from London, by jraB FRANCE TAYLOR. CHINA, <;las* and queens vtahe K. II. MILLER, SON A CO.,i Importers direct from Liverpool toi Alexandria, beg leave to call the at-' tentlon of dealers, hotel keepers and ottiers of Washington ai:d Georgetown to their stock of GOODS, which, for extent and variety, will compare favorably with any establishment In the Eastern cities The connexion of their senior partner with the manufacturers of Europe and the United States for upwards of 30 years, baa given hlrnadvan tages In the purchrve of goods, equal, if not supe rior, to any house in the trade An Inspection of goods and prices will satisfy all parties that pur chases can oe made of them upon the iuo?t favor able terms French China Dinner Sets, gilt and decorated French China Dinner Sets, gold band and plain white French China Vases Pitchers, Toilet Sets, Ac. French China Tea Sets, Cups and Saucers, and other artlclea of Teaware And Dinner Ware, separate from sets India China Dinner Sets, and separate articles al ways on hand White Granite Ware in every variety, in sets, and separate from sets, a* may be desired Blue Printed or Liverpool Ware, the same Common Edged, White and Rockingham Ware. In full fupply. Cut, Pressed, Plain and Moulded Glass Ware from the best establishments In the Eastern and Western States, which will be sold by the pack age or otherwise. Experienced packers employed. Goods put np by us can be transported Dy any mode without breakage Fare by the steamboats from Washington to Alexandria, almost hourly, 12? cents each way A quarter of a dollar thus spent may save many dollars. dec 1 iN t 1 r> & i STANDARD SILVER WARE. AM NOWMANUFACTURING PURESIL - ver Spoons, Forks, Ladles, Butter, Fish, Pie. Cake and Ice Cream Knives, Sugar Shovels ana Tongs, Napkin Rings, Cream, Gravy, Mustard and Salt Spoons, Ac , Ac , on my own premises, and do not palm off on the public Northern man ufactured articles (which cannot always be re lied on as genuine) for my own, but every article made In my establishment can and will be war runted as above. WATCHES AND JEWELRY ' Of every description, and In great variety, con stantly on hand, and receiving fresh arrivals al most every dav Fine (18 ks) Geld Watches, from S'A) to $230, and warranted correct time keepers. Coral. Cameo, Mosaic and plain Gold Bracelets, Pins and Ear-rings, (in sets or by the single piece,) Gold Vest, Fob, Guard, Chatalaln and Neck Chains, Seals, Keys, Lockets, Charms, and a general assortment of goods usually sept In a Jewelry Store , . Fine Watch Repairing done by an experienced and competent workman, and all work warrant ? a to give satisfaction at 338 Pennsylvania avenue dec 94- H. O- HOOD. R OAS FIXTURES. H. MILLER, SON A CO., ALEXAN drla, Va., keep constantly on band a hand some variety of CHANDELIERS, PENDANTS, BRACKETS. Ac , from the celebrated factory of Cornelius A Baker, which they will guarantee to ?ell at the sam? prices charged to private pur chasers at the aalerooms on Cheatnut street, Phil adelphia Also, Drop-lights, Cut Glass and decorated Paper Shades, in great variety Call and examine for yourselvea dec 1 T f.EE *T*"T1E BECEIVEdItO Aj day, a lot of new WHITE FI->H, in beautl fal order, direct (torn the Lake*. Foi sale by KING A BURCHEUl > dec * cor, 14th at. and Vermont mkq?, EVENING STAR. Lilt Of Patenti.?The following ii the list of Patents issued from the United States Pat ent Office for the week ending January 13, 1357?each bearing that date : Ethan Allen, of Worcester, Mm -For im proved fire arm* Wm. Badger, of Memphis, Tenn?For im provement in cotton seed planters Seneca U Bennett, of Belleville, Pa ?For improved field fence. Erastus B. Bigelow, of Boiton, Mass For improvement in l _K>ms for weaving pile fabrics double. Samuel Boyd, of New York, N. Y.?For improvement in the manufacture of hoes Kobt. Brayton of Buffalo, N. Y.?For im provement. in dies James 8. Burnham, of Yorkville, N. Y.? For improvement in pumps Wm Cairns and Jasper Cairns, of Jersey City, N. Y.?For implement for holding black* in# boxes Enoch Colvin, of Poultney, Vt.?For im provement in knitting mauhlnes Joseph T. Davenport, of Augusta, Ga.?For arrangement of fixed rails as a substitute for railroad switches. Horace E Dimick, of St. Louis, Mo.?For improved mode of rifling ordnance. Joseph Dunkley, of Carrollton, Mo.?For improved automatic regulator for wind wheels M. B. Dyott, of Philadelphia, Pa?For im provement in burning fluid lamps. Augustus Eliaers, of Boston, Mass ?For im provement in stain cases Thaddeus Fairbanks, of St. Johnsbury, Vt. For improvement in platform scales. Milton Finklr, of New York, N. Y.?For im provement in sewing machines. Saofjrd E Fitch and Theodore Sharp, of Grccnbuth, N. Y ?For improvement in flour bolt, as applied to grinding mill Lewis A Hamblen, of Chicago, 111.?For im provement in locomotive lamps Ja:o?> Hockman, of Mexico, Ind ?For im pr^vement In brick machines Rjyal E. llouso, of Binghampton, X. Y For improved device by which persons ap proaching may open gates. A. F. Johnson, of Boston, Mass.?For im provement in sewing machines. Wm. Jones, of Spccdsville, N. Y.?For im provement in hay folks. Kodolphus Kinsley, of Springfield, Ma**.? For improvement in presses H. Maranville, of Clinton.O.?Forimprove ment in balance for detecting counterfeit coin. Wm. W. Marsh, of Jacksonville, 111.?For improvement in oil presa. Stephen C. Mendcnhall, of Richmond, Ind. For improvement in hand looms. Robert J Morrison, of Richmond, Va ?For improvement in the cutting apparatu? for har vesting machines James F. Orr, of Orrville, Ala.?For im provement in cotton gins. Wm Oitrander, of New York, N. Y.?For improved machine for rolling tapering tubes Jumes Parker, of Boston, Mass?For im provement in nipple shields Wm Provines, of Columbia, Mo?For im provement in excavators David P Randall, of Chicopee, Mass.?For improvement in the construction of burning fluid lamps. J. A. Reynolds, of E'mira. N. Y.?For im proved tubular auger I*aac S. Roland, of West Earl, Pa.?For im proved method of hanging farm gates. Joseph Shaw, of Richland, Ga.?For im provement in cotton cultivators. John Snasrer, of Reading, l'a.?For im proved hub borer. Reuben W Sharp, of Montgomery, AU.? For improved machine for planing shingles, or tapering pieces. Alfred E. Smith, of Bronxville, N. Y.?For improved mode cf constructing mail axles and hui><<. Daniel W. Snell nnd Stephen 8 Bartlett,of Woonsocket, R I?For improvement in looms Oded Spencer, of Jacksonburg, 0.?For im prove bore, or support, for posts of field fences Emerson C. Strange, of Taunton, Masa.?For improved machine for sawing hoops. Augustus Stoner, of Mount Joy, Pa.?For improved mode of tightening felloes in wheels. Joseph Thompson, of Durhamville, N. Y.? For improvement in seed planters John S. Toan, of Venice, N. Y.?For im provement in corn planters. Alfred Tourks, of Boston, Ma-s.?For im provement in locks of fire arms Thomas J. Tohnan. of South Scituate, Mass For improved method of adjusting the size of the mouth, in planes Dacid Watson, of Newark, N J ?For im provement in reaping and mowing machines. Caleb C Walwortb, of Boston, Mass. ?For improved screw-feeding gear. Wm. Weild, of Manchester, Great Britain. Fr>r improvement in power loom. Patented in Etglaud, March 7, 1655 Carlyie Whipple, of Lewieton, Mo.?Fcr improved mothid of hanging and operating reciprocating sawa D. 11. Whittemore. of Chicopeo Falls, Mass For improvement in machines for paring and slicing apples. M. J. Whitmore, of Potsdam, N Y., assign or to Frank G Johnson, of Brooklyn. N. Y , and M J. Whitemore, aforesaid.?For im provement in calendar clocks John B. Wickersham, of New York, N. Y. For improved method of fastening the raila of iron fences in the posts. 0 D. Wilcox, of Easton, Pa.?For improve ment in artificial legs. A. Winter, of Pickens, S. C ?For improved mothod of haug.ng, guiding and adjusting " mulay saws " William Wilber, of New Orleans, Ls?For improvement in oil pressing machinery. Pat ented in England June 12. 183ft. Loftis Wood, of New York, N. Y.?For im provement in stove thimbles, or dcok irons G. F. S. Wright, of Black Oak, 6. C.?For improved method of mounting and guiding circular saws John G Vaughan, of Middleborough, Mass , assignor (by mediate transfer) to Isaac M Singer, of New York, N. Y ?For improved mode of lathing and plastering Ira Gill, of Walpole. Mass , assignor to Ira Gill aforesaid and Elbridge Brown, of Maiden, Mass.?For improvement in machines for form ing hat bodiea. Daniel Berlew, of Delaware, 0.?For im proved method of planing sashes Keix.rjifj.?Qeo. W Geisendorff, of Indian apolis, Ind., and Jacob C Geisendorff, of Cin cinnati, Ohio?For improvement in axle cox rollers. Patented February 6, 1855 Whittcn E Kidd, of New York, N Y.?For improvement in moulds for prearing bonnet fronts. Patented November is. 1854 Wm- H. Walton, cf New York, N. Y.?For improvement in cleaning the top flats of card ing engines. Patented December 9, 1858. Designs.?Stml. F. Pratt, of Boaton, Mass , assignor to W. & J. Tread well, Perry A Nor ton, of Albany, N. Y.?For parlor atove de sign. N. 8 Vedder, of Troy, N. Y.f aaaignor to Newbeny Filley A Co., of same place ?For cooking atove design. |y Hints to a young mother, by a middle aged bachelor: Don't talk about your child. Don't produce your ehild. Don't let your ehild be heard. Don't leave your child's toys about. Don't be listening for your ohlld when 1 am talking to you. Don t be always going ap stairs to your child. Don't ask me to be godfather to your ehild. Attend strictly to thee* rules, and I don't know that I would not aa toon diss at year house u anywhere else. The Story of an Ancient Mariner's Fint Lots. Sir John Roes, the well-known navigator. la #ead. lie lived to be nearly eighty v ears of a ge; and witbin 'he last fire months I heard him tell the efory of hta first lore. Thus it came about. We were wont to meet him at the house of a mutual friend, where he waa always a welooine guest; came and went aa be luted, and had his hammock swung in a cham ber where the temperature suited him bast; fur be lored a cold clear atmosphere. la a word, be was the oeotre of as charming a h< Uiehuld group as shall be saen any day in the groat metropolis Blooming faces shore upon him, merry songs greeted him as he took bis place beside the cheery hearth in tboae oo d evenings iu spring One brifbt-baired oreature, with rosy lips, claimed him erer ss her own, seated him beside her on the relret coueb, called him " her dear boy," whioh de lighted the ancient mariner beyond all things, and at last drew from him the tale referred to. 1 had been reminding him of a rery old friend now dead, and of whom we bad heard nothing tor many years As I spoke a tide of early recollections swept op and filled the old man's eyes with tears 44 Ah," said he, " he was a rery kind friend to me. We had been schoolmates, and then we went to sea together. After a while we parted, and I entered the royal nary. When I next saw 0?? I waa command mt on board tbe . Ha was on the quay at iireenock when I sailed in, and little thought tbat the ressel carrying a roval pen nant wad commanded by Johnnie Roaa. I landed aud went up to him with a who knew us both. 44 O said the latter, "do yea remem ber little Johnnie Roi??" 44 Well," answered O ; 44 and a precious littlo pc a top he was !" 14 On this," obterred Sir John, 44 we shook hands, and renewed our aoquain anoe, and I had reason to be glad of it, tor," he repeated, "O was Tery kind to me." "Now about Margaret,'1 said the bonny creature beside him. j *44 Ah ; she was a noble girl! When I first knew her she was ten, and 1 about twelre year* old We used to walk home together from the school, and at first were very happy, but before long tbe children began to watch us, and we were obliged to make signs to one another about meeting 1 mind well how shamefaced wc were when the others caught us making signals before breaking up; and one day tbe master saw us, and it was on that occasion Margaret showed such spirit and courage as made me nerer forget her. 441 had got out of school," he continued, after a short pause, 44 and was waiting for her, never heeding the children laughing at me, as 1 stood watching for the sight of ber bonny face, for she was rery fair." 1 can by no means describe the pathos of the old man's tone as he said this. 44 When I began to think tike was iu trouble, and 4 kept in,' I hid my self till the place was clear of itber folk, and then 1 creepit round and keeked in at the window of a side-room where aeholars in dis grace were put aometimes Poor Margaret was indeed there, sitting upon a box, rery forlorn, and crying bitterly She brightened up at seeing my face in the window-pane, and smiled when I told her I had been waiting for her. Then 1 declared 1 would be rerenged on our bard master, and went at onoe to the school room to carry out my plan ; this was ea?y, for there was no one there. ( Just orer the master's desk was a shelf, on which stood a large ink bottle, and near to this again was tbe bat with which the dominie always crowned himself when he assumed the seat of authority. I mounted tbe desk, teok a piece of string from my pooket. tied the ink jar and hat together, then descending from my porch, left the room, and ran around again to the side window to prepare Margaret for the result of my derice. Then 1 ran home to dinner, and returned to achool in the after noon. 1 was late. All the children were in the room ; and at the master's desk stood Marga ret, with scarlet cheeks, but triumphant eyea, just receiving the last blow cf tbe leather strap t n her open hand The punishment of my mischievous revenge bad been risitcd upon her. Streams of ink discolored tbe mas ter's face ; and books aud desk, on which last lay the broken ink-jar were saturated with it. The master himself was furious ; and the more so that Margaret had borne the in fliction like a heroine, in perfect ailence, reso lutely resolutely refusing to give up the name of the delinquent, whoae accomplice she was accused of being bhe looked at me as ahe mored defiantly away, and tbe expression of her eye warned me not to speak It waa, in deed, too late I hurried from the room be fore I was observed; Margaret walked proudly after me and for tbe last time we took oar way home together from the school." 1 cannot do justice to this story, aa told by the old navigator. Nearly seventy years had passed away, and yet the memory of his child lore wa* still the green spot in his heart. lie und Margaret met but twice afterwards lie dwelt most on the first of these meetings 441 was traveling," he said, 44 in Sootland, when the coaeh stopped to take np a passen ger. The moment the door opened, I iutr her at once, but?she didna remember me he sighed as he said this. 41 Then," be con tmued, 4 1 told her who 1 was, ar.d reminded her cf old tim?s thirty years before, and of that story of the ink-bottle and the beating she had got for my sake &hs had almost for gotton it. but I never had." Margaret, the mother of a large family, is now an aged wo man, and probably thought little of Johnnie Ross after parting with him in childhood ; while he, literally royaging from pole to pole, and haring bet a passing glimpse of her from time to time, may be said to hare carried the memory of bis child lore to the grare. Among other pleasant records of my life will rest the memory of 41 many an ancient story," told in his eightieth year, by Sir John Ross Some modern ones there were, too, in which pathos and bathoe were exquisitely blended. There was one of the diacorery at sea, by tbe Isabella, of himself and his ship mates. He had onoe commanded this ship, and be knew her immediately, half blind with weakness and starration as be waa ; and there was another of nis meeting in London with his son, who. through good report and eril re port, had nerer given him up. ' These might find a place in these psges, bat that 1 think it would be unfair to irenoh upon the domain of whomsoever shall be selected aa editor of the autobiography which Sir John was ooeu pied in compiling np to the laat few weeks of his eventful life.?Cfutmbers Journal. fy John Phopnix,. was at the Tremont House, a day or two ago, and when he retired to his bedchamber left his boots oatside of the door. In the morning he found them ther* with the prerious day s dirt npon them. Said John, gravely, to a servant, as he paaeed,44 the people in this house are rery honest?my boots nave remained here at my door all night, and no one haa touched them^ John went to the theatre onoe. when Mrs. Smith waa adrertised to appear in two piece* After the performan ces he demanded the retnrn of his money, for he said Mrs Smith appeared vaoU daring both performances. A Hit.?A Boston paper, speaking of some persons learing the Conoert room in that city, while Thalberg waa playing his last pieoe, a position into whioh a very few of oar own aa dienoe fell, says: Such persons must have been dowmtie* an* xioas to ret home before their master and mis tress. Next time they go to a oencert we hope they will get leave to stay antil it is ended. A Lissom in Passim ? Man is a nena common, maeeuline gender; woman ia a noun common, feminine gender; biped appareled ia shawl with biferoate aether iategamento is ? noun oommon, neuter gender.