Newspaper of The New York Herald, March 3, 1862, Page 2

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2 The Chevalier Wikoff and tke ilfrkman Kitchen Committee* The Chevalier's Arrest, Imprisonment and Release. What Was Asked Him, and What He Told. *' * A Piquant Inside View of a congressional Committee, *?., kc?, kt, TO THB RDITOR OF THB HERALD. Wamixutux, Feb. 20, 1802. 8th?My rccont appearance at the bar of the Hoes, of Representatives, followed by my imprisonmeut by a vote of the Houiie,are events so novel and striking, fliat it may interest, perhaps amuse, the public, to give a fuller statement of facts than has yet appeared. I will throw my narrative into three short chapters. CHAPTER I. A Subpoena?A Puttie?A Stately Mistake? The President't Message?Mew Pork Herald?An In.juisiHon?Hefted and Anstver. I Arrived In Washington on February S, and immediately afterwards received a subpoena, signed by the Speaker of the House, to appear on Monday, tho 10th ineht, bo:ore the Judiciary committee. in 13 surprwea tee. i w:is ware tint ibis committee bad been recently charged with tbe special duty of inquiring into the censorship exorcised by the government over the telegraphic despatches of newspaper correspondents, with a view to :urb any abuse of authority against tho Ilba.ty ?f tho press. As I was connected with no <ournal, and had sont no dospatches, I failed to porcetve what I had to do with this investigationAt the appointed hour on Monday last, I entered an elegant room in tho south whig of the Capitol, whero I found seated on either side of a long table some eight gentle' men of respectable appearance and Imposing demeanor. At the head sat the chairman. Mr. Hickman, of Pennsylvania, whom I recognizod?an intelligent man,but a well known fanatic in politics. I was desired to seat myself in a chair at the lower end of ths table. I was then formally sworn to tell all I knew of a certain matter, but no mention was made of it. Whether it was my religion, my politics or my Qnances that wore going to bo investigated was to me at that moment a perplexing conjecture, (he chairman then Questioned me as to my relations with the press, "I had none," was my reply. "Was I not a correspondent or editor?'' "Neither." "Did I not write to or for the New York Hbrald?'' "Very rarely." This topic exhaustad, the chairman took up that of the President's last Message. Tbe committee manifested caw symptom* of interost, whilst I was more puzzled than aver. 1 would have given a reward to know what it all meant. After a faw flourishes I was asked if T had not sent a conv of Um message per telegraph to the New Yore Herald? "No, sir," waa my answer. "Did you not send any portion of it?" "No, sir." I repeated. I was amused to see that both the Chairman and the committee now looked as bothered as I had been. They put their heads together, got up in a corner, and then returned to the charge. "Tell us what you had to do with a despatch sent to the New York Herald about tho Message the night before Its delivery to Congress." "I will, if I can recollect so trivial a matter." I related that I had accidentally, and without caring for It, got some little knowledge of the Message?that I thought a sentence of It had been repeated to me; this information, small as it was, I made a present of to one of the correspondents of the New York Herald, who, I believe, sent it on to that Journal. Glances of surprise and incredulity were exchanged all round the long table A suspicion, I fear, took possession Of the committoe that I was only bamboozling them, which, or course, was not the case. I was requcstod to retire for a few moments, which I passed walking through the corridors, trying to fathom What these strango interrogations had to do with tho censorship of tho government over the press, whichjhe diciary Committee hading Jrge. When I was recalled, I remacked.-* $ committee sal up very straight, looked grave?I may say, ponderous. The chairman was buried in reflection, and, before he spoke,startled me by darting bis keen, inquisitive eyes at me, and then directing thorn to some written papers before him. I felt the mystery was going to be solved?that the bomb over my bead was about to burst. 11 Will you Inform the committee," said Mr. Hickman, "about your relations with the White House. "Sir,' 1 ejaculated, greauy asiouisaou. ?m you state how often you go there?whom you gee?w hat you talk about ? Do you see the President ? Do you meet any of his family ? Do you dine there ? Do you breakfast there? Are politics discussed, or war, or peace? Do you get any information? What do you do with It? Do you send It to the New York Hkralh." I give these as specimen of the shower of que>tions that fell like hailstone, about my ears. It was not the chairman alone I had to contend with, but all the numbers of the cmmitteo opened their batteries upon me; and to keep my head clear and my nerves calm under the cross lire of some eight adroit, determined lawyers required no small elfort and a good deal of patience. 1 sought to be respectful and dreaded a colli-ion, but 1 could not help protesting, at last, against introducing the name of the President, or anyone of his family, into an inquiry wh< se motive and aim were far from apparent, whilst its nature was becoming more and more lnqu; sitorial. I'pon this one of the committee (I wish 1 knew his name), ruso in his place, and protested, likewise, against these proceedings?"What right has th.s committee." ho asked, "to inspect the visiters list at the White House? What claim have we to intrude into the domestic alfairs of tbo President, any more than In those of the humblest person in the landf Are wo to issue permits to tho Pre-ident, or to his family, as to tho friendships tboymiy form or the people they see lit to invito to their parlies?" He was going on in this strain of good sense and tasio to inveigh aga t the conduct piirsced townrde rue, wi.on be was eaoc.i to order by unothor of tho committee (a gentleman with sandy hair), who said such a discussion ought not to take place before the witness. I was. in consequence, once mors consigned to the corridors. After a considerable interval I was summoned back to my chair. The committee had ch ingod Us aspect; some looked agitated, some angry, others a iiillo disgusted. The chairman seemed unsettled and swung round in his ..Iw.i - ... K..K I nn u > 1 >w, thn mark' Had he missed his game? rhat was tlie oxprcs 10a of his Tao?. The interrogatories were renewed, and the Message was disinterred again After a short prelude I wns required to say who gave the paragraph from the Message I had passed over to the ileum.o correspondent. I thought the committee had no right to know thai, and as I had pledged rutsolf to secresy to my informant, I decided at once not to tell them. When I made known my determination, the chairman and those who supported him seemed pleased. It struck mo that they had cornered me. Thoy insisted, and 1 persisted. It ended by the chairman giving mo forty-eight hours to reflect, whon, if I continued obdurate, 1 must take the consequences. I was not greatly alarmed at this menace, for I doubted ir the crime was very dark to make freo with a sentence of the President's Message, of which I became lawfully possessed, and I had no reason to droad the |ienalty,as none was attached to it. 80 tninking, I left the committee room, promising to return on Wednesday. CHAFTIR II. A JVtct rix?aeiuts Arrest?Bar of (As Bow.?Aotling Ic .Say?The Prism?Fern*'* Sgmpatky? Jolty Fellow.. As the clocks of the taptto. airuea ten on weaneouay last I crossed the threshold of the Judiciary Committee room, and resumed my witness chair. Mr Hickman U a model of punctuality, and wss In his place, ready for work. The commtttoo dropi>ed in rapidly. 'Weil, sir," said the chairman, "you remember bow we ported. You .refusal to answer a question I deemed important. Are you prepared to give me up the name I demanded, or to lie guilty of a contempt of my authority." "Really, gentlemen," I re plied, "I cannot soe why you should insist on Mis uame of the person who imparted to me a more paragraph of the Message." "We no the beat Judges of that, end must hare it," was something like the answer made. "Well,I am sorry to disappoint you; but I pledged my self not to mention the name of the Indlrldnal in ques tlon,and, until released from the obligation, must de eline to do so." I thought the committee was rather 1 deseed than otherwise at my contumacy. "I do not despair," 1 added, "of firing the name yon require by pcrmiestou ." After a few questions the Chairman announced be had done with me. I rote quite refreehed hy this pleasant Information, and was retreating from the room, when Mr. Hickman asked, Id the orrit nary tone, If I left Washington soon? "Tn a few days," I returned, "but are you likely to want ms again?" "Per haps so, but we'll let you know," and Mr. Hickman smiled benignantly, the committee bowed grsclotis'y, while I did my best to conceal the small regret I had at parting with olthor. A* I wended my way homewards I made up my mind that the Judiciary Committee had adopted the funmeet mode of nrrlv ng at the gorernmest censorship orer ths press it was possible to Imagine. I begaa to suspect they were after something else; for what had the White House, or auy of ite inmatee, to do with that subject. Such a tissue of queries ? on matters purely peesmal I newer eaderwent before, and to find a Congressional c >tmmlltea reviving the days of the situ- Chamber was thu cirengest event of thla strange year I was busy scribbling in my room at Willard'e Hotel, when, about three in the afternoon of the tame day, two men threw open the door and said they had orders to art eel me. "What for?" I demanded. They did not know. " By whoso authority?" The Iloiise or RopreI sent* live?" " And where am 1 to go?" " To the Apartment of tho Sergount at-Arms." As I drove with my new escort up to the Capitol, 1 did nothing but wonder what new surprise awaited me. An arrest by the Sergeantat Arms was all very well; but to give it due dignity there ought to be a crime to precode It, and my trouble was nut to be uble to discover it. I was safely deposited In the splendid room of the Sergeant at-Arms?Mr. Ball, ex member of Congress from Ohio?who welcomed me with great cordiality, and said I was just the man lio wauted. " Well, what are you g tng to do with mo, Mr. Sergeant?" I asked, for I was getting exceedingly curious to know what would happen to met next? "I must take you be fore the Bar of the lu.ueA'," said Mr. Ball, " and if you will follow me round to the main door, we shall doscond tho middle aisle and hripr up at the appointed place; * right opposite to tho Speaker?" I thought Mr. Ban wed indulging in e joke, or wanted to indulge in e drink, and that he meant ' by thenar of the house " ono of the familiar restaurants or the place. 1 smiled knowingly and followed him, but sure enough ho entered the House by the principal door, and askod mo to wait a moment till Mr. Hickman was notified of the arrival of " the 1 ,1 It? .Via T ._V.. yi im'UDI . vp HV WW U?"MIW? ? " UVIUIU^ nu?WYOr of whai ha 1 occurred. Hjpems that tbe Chairman or the Judiciary Committee, aflfSr I left them, had obtained rrom the Speaker an order for my arrest for contempt of his authority, and for this reason 1 bad been laid hold of by the Sergeant at Arms, by whoso side I was then standing, waiting fbr my presence to be announced. I looked round the House, rubbed my oyes, and tried hard toconviuce myself it was net ail a dream. Suddenly the Sergeant told me to follow, and wc marched through the contra of the Houso. I was conducted to a chair near the Clerk's desk. Whereon my lato catechist, Mr. Hickman, rose in his place and stated 1 had been guilty of a contempt in not answering a question put to me. I thought this very ungenerous of him after I had answered go many I thought ho had no business to ask. Tho Sergoant-at Arms ?nen acsired me to stop torwsrd and stand facing the Speaker. Hsre I was, then, in the very act of being at the bar of the Houso. " What havo you to say, Henry Wiko.T," demanded the Spetker In a stern tone, " to the complaint made against you?" Not having anticipated this formidable interrogatory in tbe presence of the whole Houso, to say nothing of the reporters in the gallery, who sat with their eyes fixed and their pens ready to imiuio me should I make n trip. I decided in an instant to say nothing. I answered tho speaser, mereiore, miii i uau no omcr repiy uui mis. I hail refused to (Unclose tho name of the person who had 'm parted the information, such as it was, not from any want of respect to the committee or the House, bnt from a sense of honor, as I had pledged myself to strict secresy." This was soon said, and I took my seat at the suggestion of Mr. Ball. Mr. Hickman promptly moved my being committed to close custody till I had purged myself of the imputed contempt; but several members of tho House, such as Mr. Wickliffo, of Kentucky; Mr. Stevens, of Pennsylvania; Mr. Cos, of Ohio, and Mr. Richardson, of Illinois, were not inclined to favor this summary process of disposing of an unlucky witness till he had some chance of putting in a defence. All debate, however, was ru'ed out of order, and my sympathisers were forced to abandon mc to my fate. The usual forms were rapidly hurried through, as though it had been arranged, and the House not knowing what it was all about thought it host to sustain their committee. I was, consequently, ordered into " clofee custody," and thereupon retired'from the Houso to the room of the Sergeant at-Arras. " What is to become o! me now, Mr. Hall?" I asked, not a little amusod at the preposterous turn the affair had taken. " Well, that pu/.zlre me," said the worthy gentleman, rearranging his spectacles, " but 1 must store you away somewhere beyond the reach of the curious." After a long consultation with my tormentors, tho Judiciary Committee, Mr. Ball once more gave the word "march," and, as 1 had not even a knapsack to shoulder, I was en route in a moment. Wending our way through the noble halls of tne new wing of tho Capitol, we passed through the well known rotunaa and began descending staircases, turning right and left, till we arrived at a door that opened with a spring-lock, and wo entered the room destincu for my prison. It was net "m worthy the I 55SSf,w ?t? Cfirrn; <ru low and double arched; the solitary window useless, as gaslight was necessary in daytime. The furniture consisted of a table and some wooden chairs. Altogether it was as cheer ess, dirty and repulslTe a den as the Venetian Council of Ten would have thrown one of their victims into who had dared to breathe a word of the Presidonl's message?I mean had there been such a thing in those dark days of brutal tyranny. "Now, this will suit you, I'm sure," said ths facetious Sorgeant-at-Arms, "aud, to make you perfectly comfortable,I'll get you an Iron bedstead with a straw mattress." Aftor completing my survoy of this dingy hole I thought the occasion demanded a pun, so I replied to the Sergeant's jest by saying, "if this was a sample, I should vote agamst Ca//ilol punishment for the rest of my life." Mr. Pail said that was not bad, and, recommending mc to make myself at home, left me to my reflections. I found my imprisonment was not to be solitary , for two of the guard of the Capitol wore deluded to watch over roe and protect mo against all visitors. I learned from my MV wpMkM tint our magnificent Capitol was under the constant supervision of a guard of some twenty men, divided into squads for day and night duty?all i.n 'er command of Captain Pariing, a vory gentlemanly parson indeed. The room I occupied was chiefly used by the guard as a lumber room for their night lamps, keys and what not, an i it allbrdcd a pleasant shelter for a couple of dogs?one of them, Jack (a splendid Newfoundland), having passed his whole life in the public service, and brought a rut to an untimely end. The novelty of a State prisoner taking up his quartars in Jack's favorite kennel brought the various member? of the guard on duty in succession to see me , and, finding me disposed to' be agreeable, they mado strenuous cflorta to make me comfortable. Thay were intelligent, vvoll brhived men. and had rem" in with the new rtgimt. They hailed mostly from the West and North, where they had left respectable posit I ns. Sum-had figured as delegates to the Chicago Convention: and one of them, with strong oratorical favored me with Ihe rendition of tha snaech he made on fli t rvi-i. sion. Bo vw an enlhusia-tlc Seward man, and, to bis cedit, lie was faithful to his first love. An incident as unexpected a.s ugre able occurred during the eveuiMg, which I s e no reason for not mentioning. A person in authority tupped at my door about eight o'clock P. M., which wag at oriee flung wide open, and he entered with a lovely girl of lilouniiig seventeen upon his arm. "i lun-t b-g you to jardnu lit 8 visit of curiosity." h; said, 'but bore s a young lady just arrived in Washington, and pevfo tly rabid in pursuit of tba woud rs of the i la e. Pho hoard of your advonturo a few moments ago, and, knowing I hud acc< ?a to yon, Insisted on my giving iter a glimpse of tho li >n of tlio iiour in his cage.'' 1 was not a little diverted by so lively an episode, and begged my romantic visitor, who was introduced under an assumed naino, and bor escort, to be seated. It was truly amusirg to contemplate the singularly expressive countenanco of tbs beautiful girl, as her br ght, dirk ey s wandered curiously about tho rcpulsivo place sin; hid stumbled into. Every ohct seemed to casta shale over her feco, till at la-t a settled expression of lowering dlgg ist overspread it. "Well," she exclaim-d, "if this is what they call a prison, 1 have seen enough of it.'' "nutlet mc hope," I aaid, smiling, "you will leavo with a hatter impret3ion of tho prison er." "You dca'rve," alio replied with spirit, "anybody's sympathy for being shut up in such an odious place us ihis, and for doing nothing very dreadful either." I'uring the vivacious chat which followed 1 eouid not help secrcctly centraating this young Am-ricaa girl with tb products of Eoroioan civilization. In France,or any wh ro on the Continent, so yo :ng a person would not be allowed by the social co le to o, en her mouth at. all. The earns reserve is exacted in Engine 1 till a young lady is introduced into s-?cioty. Whereas here was a Miss in her teens, who had m en nothing or the world, talking tli a stranger, in a very strange place, on thi ac'd ntal topics lhat rose up, with as m <h compos ire, or rather nonchalance, as if sh. ha<l boon in her in-thcr'j parlor. Tin Americans, men and w m , l> ys aul girls, excel auy people in tb world for an niishakoaeelf-nogtctsion.or what might b' called an *? y assurance. The French come neare-t lo tl?oni. Il>c departure or my nttry nutmattheTM, with her 1 ng ringlets and client) face, restored mo to the ron>r >ue<'>es'? of my whereabout/. Tlie giiiglti p <troi dropped It about nine P. M.,and Mt to work emptying their pocket* and amall banket* of sandwl' hc* and cold hit* mexnt for the'r frrgal aupper. They aurronnded tha tab e In a trice, and asked me to join the n, which I did readily. The eon vernal ion was Jolly, end I am ia?d my self analyxlng tha variou* trait* ?if my temporary c >mrndea. I laid down about midnight, taking flratthe prac iiitlun of etleklng tho leg of a chair through a gaping rat hole in tlie immediate vicinity of my humble rickety Irua frame, that creaked angrily hi 1 threw m?ctr upon It. I slept ao eoundly that I did not tven dream of tha Judiciary Committee, tha croal autliora of my imtr'iromaol. cnATTaiR in. Quit' Tifidsd?A VUitrT?If it Advice?A ft relation? \V <Ut' fn a JVame?Elcrlrijtcd at Leu!?TV Cfce.-n /l.o< Dd'rtcd?A Mid it iff Ikt Btrott, I waited impatiently next morning for daylight, and began to think tha sun had forgotten to rl:<e. And ao It .had for me, as it turned out, fi r nt eight A. M. a murky gloom enveloped my new dom olio, which gaslight alone could dissipate. I was aurprlsed to hnar It wua the brfghteat day of the season without. I managed to get a tolerable breakfast from one of the restaurant* of the capi'ol, and whilst pulling my aogar I bogan to reflect very aerloualy upon my odd attention. It waa very plain, to Judge from the extravagant conduct of the commitlee in making me a prlaoner, that I had nothing t0 hope from their clemency. It war# just possible that an attack of common scnae might induce them to reip,r? me to liberty and freah air, hut thia *u running too great a rick. Ta linger for daya, parchanco wor k*, in thta dismal place waa by no mean* an alluring prospect. It waa elear that I muat glra tip the name of my Inform NEW YOKK. HEKALU, ant; and, under the circumstances, I could see Mule ob ji'Otloo to it. I had wisely arranged with tha parson it question, after my drat examination on Monday .that were 1 driven to extremity, hie name might be used, bul ho entreated, at the sanio time, that he might bo spared if possible, the publicity, and probable injury of such at exposure. The more I dwelt on the m&ttor the loss causi could 1 see to hesitate. I had Just decided this poiu when my door opened, and the erect figure of Gen Sickles stood before mo. My two guards looked up fron their newspapers, quite electrified. "It is not allowed General, to speak with the pris uer," th>y exclaimed,sp proaching him. Whoevor knows anything of Gen. Sloklei must remember his most prominent trait?-an intrepid composure, adequate to all emergencies, great or small "You are quite rijht, my men," returned the General calmly "as to visiters, but I am hers as counsel for Ih. prisoner." His monnor, even more than his words, dis armed the vigilance of my sentinels, and they gave way I was not a little surprised at this sudden apparition which bid such easy deflancfe to bolts and bars. I knov Gen. Sl.klos was in Washington on urgent basinos; with the War Department?concerning some tm provomenls in artillery, I boliovo, but that his staj was limited. I hardly expected his visit, but his aJvio coincided with my own vfewa. He urged me not to pro r king Ihla farce; that rumor_ m de free with several dil tinguished names; that pjr testimony would at qno1 sllonce conjooture and cavil. Beyond this our oonversa lion was trivial, and all In presence of the men. He hac no sooner withdrawn than I addressed a note to Mr Hickman, Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, an nouncimr that I would cheerfully rive the testimoui required, as I was no longer under the obligation o secrecy that bad sealed my lips. An hour later I wtu summoned before the committeo, who were assomblod li full force, and regarded me, as I onto rod, with an earnest nesa that attracted my attention. There was an tnde Unable something in their manner that betrayed a keen restless expectation. I took my accustomod placo, whet Mr. Hickman said he had received my note, which !u proved by reading it over to me; and then, laying it dowi with a satisfied air, be leant baric in his chair, and desire* me to reveal the name I had contumaciously with hold. The committee turned their united, arden gaze upon me. "Gentlemon," I said, as far as can recollect, "the name you demand with sue) inflexibility is hardly more Important than the moagri information I handed over to the Hxrald correspondent Ths name in question is that of Major Watt." Th< effect of this revelation on the chairman and committee 1 could hardly describe in truthful but decorous terms. They fell back in their chairs, regardod each other in dumb surprise, and articulated mocbanically the name of Watt. "Who is Watt!" at length exclaimed several at once. "It can't bo Watt, the late gardener at tlio While House," expostulated one. "There was a man by the name of Watt who recently received a lieutenancy In the army, but was not conQrmed," remarked another. "It is one and the eamo person, gontlemen," I explained, after a few moments. This positivo corroboration of their worst suspicions had evidently the most unplonsant effect, to use a mild phrase, on the chairman and others of the committee. The astonishment and disappointment was so dcop and manifest that it was cloar to mo as noonday that some ono else of more importance bed been suspected ns tho purveyor of the overrated paragraph of (he Mes sage. Was it, after all, then, a political intrigue, I conjectured inwardly, that had inspired this frivolous inquiry. Was it only to manufacture a cry against innocent parlies that I had been so need, essly brought before that committee?been perforated as it were with volleys of questions quite unprecedented? been the hero of a legis'ative mockery?and, finally, despoiled of my liberty, and forced to submit to all tho rigors of an Austrian dungeon. Politicians will resort to tricks I knew, and very knavish tricks too, but there was one feature in this transaction that impressed me as especially odious, and that was the unjustifiable attempt, as it now' cam.' out, to drag into the mire of publicity a name that overy motive of propriety, every sentimont of honor, every impulse of manhood, should have shielded from cvou an allusion. Ihesa speculations were wandering through my mind whilst I was engaged in replying without thought to another batch of tiresome questions, to this effect. When had I known Watt? Where did I meet him on the fatal night. What did he say? What did I say? Why did General Sickles call? What did wo talk about?usque ad nau.'tnm? After a conference in the corner botween the Chairman and several of the coaimitlce, I was remanded to the custody of the Sergeant-at-Arms, who carried mcolftohis room. This surprised me, as I expected to regain my liberty, having given tip the coveted secret. While occupying the Sergeant's quarters, which is constantly thronged by the members of the House, I was frequently addressed in a playful manner by these who recognized me, and it was ludicrous to see them called to order every moment by the Sergeant's deputies, who informed them I must not be spoken to, as such were t!:o orders of the committee. "Why don't you put up a nuticotothat etfect, then?" remonstrated (.'olfax.of Indiana, who was one of the offenders. "However," he continued, laughing, "It's no matter, Mr. Wikoif, I take it all back." 1 mm beginning to wonder at my prolonged detention, when Mr. Hickman came smiling in to say it would be necessary to obtaina voteof the House for my discbarge, and he would more it the first opportunity. It wa? pleasing news, for I was chafing under tbo "silent system" which bad beon applied to inc. I supposed, a ft or tolling ail I kuew, my communication with the outer world would be restored: but uot a bit of it. The House adjourned about four P. M. There I was, 'What can be the matter now,'' said Mr. Ball, and ho went off 10 inquire. I was inclined to think the committwero so |iI' !usotl with thoir now toy, a S:at j prisoner, that they ware (Its,wed to play with him as long as they could. Altar a cocsiderablj time Mr. Rail returned from the committee room, anil said ho regretted I shoal 1 he obliged to pass another ni.'ht in my old quarters, but the House hid adjourned bolero Mr. Hickman was aware of it. i thought th.s nnJnatllahln.and teeltj awif in! to I false iinprikontnont. 1 could not halp quoting th? familiar phrase:? Man's inhumanity to man Makes countless thousands mourn. The amiable Scrg -anl at-Arms escorted me back to my dingy den,and told me at parting to muku the mod of it, for iio bad very little do ibt that tlio morrow's a in would see Mr. Hickman's captive rest tod once mot e to Pennsylvania tn emiu and its tributaries. There was not us mu h sympathy, I nin bound to a Imit, displayed on my return to tlio guardroom as I had reason to expect, ami it was pretty evident that the Capitol patrol relished tlio joke of carrying out all thj c iremonies of 'close curtody " upon the luck'ess victim of iho Judiciary Commit too. It would be ungrateful, ho we v r, not to acknowledge that they displayed the utmost desire, c insistent witb their new fnnt t ions, to make mo comfortable. They went out in quest of the newspapers, which Captain Darling ventured, on his own responsibility, to allow roe to lead, and they expressed the liveliest regret at turning awsy my sympathizing visiters. At ten 1'. M. the gates of tin Capitol are closed lor tbo night, and all access, therefore, at .in end. 8oou after this, <>n tho night in question, my w, rthy friends of the patrol held a secret consultation, and o.ime to the conclusion Hi It, in view Of my probablo relo- e the next day. they thought they might venture to givo me a littlo fresh sir before going to bod liy a w dk in the 1 >fty corridors of the now north wing, which I gladly accepted. I sslll'd out for iny promenade wilii a r, auple of the guard who had b"cn th m<:t active in effecting this tnolification of the Draconian eodo of the eomraittec, anil the rear was Pro ight up by the vigilant Jack Who pis d the night habitually around tho buil line. It is rarely I have enjoyed anything more than this strange stroll. The o-cape from clo-ie coniluemetit?the soft temperature, as the lair?CM Of both Wings of the Gqpttol are kept up Bight and day?the commanding height and missive architecture of these noblo halls?the brooding stillnoss, disturbed only by the echo of our footsteps, inspired sensnt-ons as pleasing as confusing. The very fact that tho Capitol was converted into a lodging house for my especial ben dlt, and that I was pacing up and down Its sacred precincts a prisoner, was such an odd blending of tbo grotesque and the romantic that it was difficult to believe it real. I set it down as one of the moat lirorre in clients of n.y o, ratic caroer. I got through tho night pretty well, tho igh my slumber* wore painfully disturbed by llio sudden illne?s of ono or Iho guard, who was seizul with a violont chill, and had to bo conveyed homo I thought it very inconsidorate of Mr. Commissioner French not to provide a better for the night patrot than the kind of vault they occupy. As the House did not meet till noon next day, I had torn inncuvro to gel through the morning as well as I could. My lmpatience was gradually rising to boiling point, whon a tn s engcr from Mr. Hull bid mo once more ascend to the upper regions, and 1 was conducted again to tho Sergeunt'a room. In the course of an Jiour Mr. Hickman appeared, with the Joyful intelligence that my bonds were removed, and it seem* that this had been ell* ted'.o a'pilot way between htm and the Speak-r without giving the lloute an opjiorlunity of tittering tlicir second thoughts. I fancy from thie that both the Chairman and the Judiciary Committee wore growing painfully conscious that they had tumbled into a pitfall which may have been dug for other people. In closing this prolix narration I should like to add my opinion of the whole procooding, but for the sal atari

dread of gliding again Into tho clutches of Mr. Hickman 1 thought it due to my friends toehicidato tho h * us peons by which a harmless traveller was trans formed Hist Into a newspaper correspondent, tlioi into a villilled criminal, and at Inat turn-id adrlf to repair the new Assure In his reputation as well hi he might. Finally, to those who doubt the gonera accuracy of my rocord, let mo suggest their calilni on the Judiciary Committee, to publish my three ex animations. Mr. McKlbonn,nnaccoinpiisbi?drei>nrtcr,w? present, and took down every word. Questions were pu to me and names were Introduced I have forborne to ro peat, but which somo members of the Judiciary Com imttee will,doubtless, blusli to recall when po'itlcal viru ence gives wsy to honorable fooling. Your obedient *er vaut, HENRY WIKUFF. Fmn at Raratooa Snman.?'The F.mpire .apring H--us< situated Just above the Umpire Spring, and belonging t H. II. Smith, was destroyed by Are on the 24th nit. Th house was closed for the winter, with furniture In it The Are broke out at twelve o'clock, and, as the win blew a terrible gale, the building waa soon consumed No Are engines were out. It being found Impracticable t get them out in time. Toe Are is supposed to have bee tho win k of an Incendiary, though It may hare occ. irre from the aparks of railroad auglnns, winch pans within few feet. Loss U JM), ins urn J for $2, MM. MONUAr, MARCH 3, 1862 FINANCIAL AND COMMERCIAL. > Sundat, March 2, 1862. 1 The imports at thia port last week were heavy; > they fell but little short of three million dollars, 1 while the exports of produoe, merchandise and specie foot up about a similar amount. The principal items of import were:? , Indigo 668,386 Sugar $332,710 j llules 69.618 Tea 60,176 Cutis 64,824 Tobacco 46,626 - Tib 09,587 Wool 61,215 Cotton 506,793 Dry goods 1.097,631 Coffee 112,602 Our imports of cotton and tobacco, while the , South is suffering from the want of most of the ne> cessaries and all the luxuries of life, tell the tale of ' the madness of the rebellion. Adding oar exports of specie to those of produce ' and merchandise, we discover that our foreign ' trade "for the year to date?that is to say, for two months?is about balanced, and that we neither r owe anything to the foreign world nor aro its , creditors. But as the trade tables contain no ac. count of the movement of public securities, it is not salhfcD assume that the exchanges will remain at par. Vor six or eight months the capitalists cf Europe, influenced to some extent by the prejudiced and probably the corrupt articles in the London Times, have been selling out their American stocks, and demanding the proceeds in coin or its equivalent. Of Erie shares alone some 20,000 are known .to have come over from the other side for sale here, independent of bonds; And large amounts of federal and State securities, and of Illinois Central and other railroad bonds and stocks, are known to have been converted into money in this market for account of foreign holders. These re. mittances of stocks and bonds have the same effect upon the exchange market as imports of dry goods 1 or hardware; they increase the demand for ' bills and tend to raise their price. It is generally | believed among our foreign bankers that the news | of the recent triumphs of the Union army will lead # to further investments of foreign capital in American securities. Money is being freely loaned in , London at 2 per cent per annum. Hero the SubTreasury offers 5 per cent on call; government stocks pay from 6x/t per cent to 7.30; and railway stocks and bonds offer from 7 to 10 per cent. As soon as foreigners learn that the diatribes of the British press against American credit and American securities are merely paid advertisements, inserted by the secessionist envoys, it is supposed that a large amount of British and other foreign capital will come here for investment. If this ex' pectation be confirmed, the natural tendency of our people to import more than they can pay for i will not produce the evil effects which would otherwise ensue from it. The following arc the official Custom House tables of the trade of the port for the past week and since January 1:? Imports. for the Wck. 1800. 1861. 1862. Dry goo la $3,778,034 1,337,202 1,097,631 1,860,606 1,869,087 1,822,218 Total for tha week. $6,028,040 8,206.289 2,919,749 Previously reported.. 36,444,214 31,216,384 23,766,036 Since January 1... .$42,072,864 $4,421,673 20,684,784 Exports or Prodcce a.vd Mcrchandisi. 1860. 1861. 1862. For the week $1,618,781 3,045.668 2,436,112 Previously reported.. 10,023,186 18,376,869 18,199,406 Since January 1...$11,641,966 21,421,637 20,636,617 Exports op Specie. 1860. 1861. 1862. For the weok $358,354 667,282 610,774 Previously reported.. 1,627,566 983,731 6,453,363 Since January 1....$ 1,985,920 1,651,013 6,964,137 The banks showed last Monday a specie average of $28,875,992, being an increase of $761,844 from ; the week previous. To-morrow they will probably show within a quarter of a million of thirty millions of dollars. They have gained since they suspended fully seven millions of dollars. Their discounts, which last Monday stood at $139,950,958, will probably stand in to-morrow's average at about $139,000,000. Mercantile paper is becoming so scarce that the large amount of government securities carried by the banks does not swell their discount line much above the usual average in flush times. If the rebellion had not broken out it is probable that our banks would now have had fully one hundred and forty millions under discount, and it is doubtful whether their specie reserve would have exceeded thirty millions. The event, and the recent advance in bank stocks, fully confirm the views we expressed some months since with regard to the bank invest, ir.cnt in public securities. It was the best operation they ever made. They only need prudence and caution to realize profit enough oat of it to repay them for all their losses by Southern repudiation. We hear that there is some talk at Albany of superseding the Clearing House institution by a State department, dependent on the Bauk Superintcndency. We have not hoard the details of the plan; but it is safe to say that the public and the stockholders in New York city banks will feel little regret at the abolition of the Clearing House. A* originally established, for the mere purpose of effecting tho daily exchanges, it was a useful arrangement. But of late years it lias assumed to legislate for the general interests of the banks, and every step it has taken lias increased tiic public contempt for the judgment of the persons who control it. The interests of stockholders in our city bauks would be much safer, and the general bank policy of New York would be conducted on broader principles, if the Clearing House were restricted to its legitimate functions, and some steps were taken by the Legislature to consolidate the association of tlio banks under the auspices of persons of larger general experience anil more extended views than are possessed by the present leaders of tho Clearing House Association. The speculation in gold is still an existing fact. The premium on the precious metal fell on Thursday to 2 per cont, and closed yesterday at Y%. We notice that tho London Time* declares that nothing proves the general ignorance of the American people more conclusively than the supply of gold at 3% premium. In the opinion of the adviser* of that journal it should b* worth at least ten per cent. Public ignorance has since diminished the premium; and, though the operations of speculators may at any time put tho price up to five again, it is well understood that such experiments are dangerous. \ When gold last rose to 3% per cent tho Boston banks very sensibly supplied the market. We have frequently had occasion to remark that the prei mium on gold is altogether speculative. There is no demand for it, and there is a superabundant i supply. Every hoard of a million costs 170,000 a 1 year in loss of interest. The shrewd speculators | in this city who are understood to have set aside ' three or four millions in gold to sell at the imI mense premium which they foresaw in the distance are losing from 14,000 to $6,000 week in interest. r It needs but little sagacity to determine how long they will be content to submit to this drain. We had quite a flurry in the money market last > week. Call loans rose to seven per cent, and were J In active demand at that rate. Paper did not par l tlcipate in tho advance. There are still a few ' names which pass at 6 per cent. The general first h class list goes at G a 7 per cent, and good mercan. 1 tile at 8 a 10 a 12. But there is a great scarcity of |! mercantile paper, and even government certificates ' of indebtedness are not as abundant ns was expected. An active money market at the beginning of March, when trade is inactive, and littlo or no busii, ncss is being done on credit, is an anomaly which ? creates some snrprise. It is probably mainly due i. to the disturbance in tho currency caused by the d passage of the Treasury Note act. Before that 0 act passed banks would not receive demand notes n except as special deposits, to he returned ^ in kind. The day after tho passage of the act, |ud fyr it d?r or two afterword, thote some do" I* maud note* rose to a premium of % a % per cent' r Yesterday they fell to par, aud were sold in the afternoon at par, on time. These fluctuations in the currency naturally tend to check financial I operations. Many banks and bankers are probably J indisposed to lend money until they Bee how mat- l ters are going to Bhape. Meanwhile there is an [ abundant supply of money throughout the North; 1 and as soon as it becomes known that Wall street will pay seven per cent on call on good security a i fair share of this money will seek employment at } the brokers' offices. Taking into consideration the actual demand for money among the merchants and on the Stock Exchange, it is hardly likely that | the price can long be maintained at seven per cent. Foreign exchange fell last week, closing at about 1 112% a 113 for bankers' bills on London, and 6.00 j a 6.05 for francs. The fall was caused partly by the 1 pinch in money, which obliged some speculative j holders of bills to sell, and partly by the decline in ] gold. Our importations show a tendency to in- j crease, which, if the new tariff does not check it will ultimately lead to an advance in exchange and to heavy exports of gold. If, as is expected, the duty on British woollens, worsteds,'linens, cottons, 1 silks and hardware is raised to snch a point as to ' reduce materially the consumption of those foreign articles in this country, we shall be able to pay for : all the tea, coffee, sugar, hides, spices, wool, drugs, Ac., which we need, without drawing too heavily on our specie strength. Otherwiso it will be safe to look for very heavy exports of gold this summer. The following table shows tne course of the stock market during the past week and month:? Feb. I. Feb. 8. Feb. 15. Feb. 22. Marc\ 1. Missouri O's 41 41ft 44* 53* 53* Now York Central 82* exdSO 81* 84 83* Heading 40* 40* ? 41* 43* 42* Erie 33* 33 * 34* 34* 34* Michigan Central.. 40* 49* 63 64* 64 South, guaranteed. 40* 41 41* 40 48 Illinois Central.... 60 66* 69 65 63* Catena 65* 66 63 69 * 68* Rock Island 62* 62* 54* 65* 67 Tolodo 40* 41* 44),' 45* 45* Panama 112* 113 116 121 119* Hudson River.... 37* 38* 38* 37* 38 Pacific Mail 98 99 exd94* 93* 93* There has not been much change in prices during the past week. It is said that a largo quantity of stock has changed hands, having been Bold by the speculators and bought by the public. This change would account for tho pauso in the upward movement. The increased demand for money and the increased difficulty of carrying stocks likewise naturally operate against speculation. It is believed, however, by a majority of operators, that the pause in the movement will not bo of long duration, and that prices will rise again on receipt of satisfactory war news. There is a bear party still in the Board; but it is not as formidable as usual, either in numbers or in influence. The leading speculators seem satisfied that the bull side is to be the winning card for some time to come> and the commission houses confirm this opinion ' by reference to the increase in their orders to buy. It is urged t in certain quarters that stocks are already very high, and that the advance of the past six or eight weeks has been considerable. Bat it is said, on the other hand, that if speculation once fairly sets in?as it is likely to do under the cheering prospect of a restoration of peace?prices will move without regard to intrinsic values. It must be admitted, too, that the increased traffic on the leading lines of railways constitutes a powerful argument for the bulls. The great lines of New York, Michigan, Ohio and Illinois are earning so much more money tlian they did at this time last year that any road which last year was able to pay interest and expenses will have something over for dividends this season, and the roads which paid three per cent last year will be in a position to divide four or five now. The effect of the Treasury Note bill upon values is still a matter of discussion. On tho one hand it is said tliat the legal tender paper will drive out of circulation so much gold and silver and redeemable bank paper that the volume of the currency will not be increased. On the other hand, there is no instance in history in which issues of government paper, made or accepted as a legal tender > failed to inflate prices to some extent. The effect of the Bank of England issues in and after 1797 upon the prices of stocks and merchandise, and all kinds of property, was most remarkable; the Ar ti.A r atAnk uufliiicoo vi mo uuuuuu oiwi.rv muuaugu ijuau. nipled in a short poriod of time. It is probable that the effects of the new financial policy of government will not be experienced until the new Trcasary notes are actually afloat. The first of the new financial measures of government?the legal tender Treasury Note billis now a law. Much of the credit of this necessary and judicious act is dac to the industry and sagacity of the Hon. E. G. Spaulding, of this State, who, as chairman of the Sub-Committee of Wayg and Means, drew and reported the bill to the House. It required some firmness on the part o1 this gentleman and his colleagues to resist thc pressure which was brought to bear on them by speculators from hero, who wanted to have an opportunity of buying government bond3 at 50 a CO per cent, and by bankers and others who were afraid of the words "a legal tender." Wo are now enabled to state that the Tax bill will be reported to the House to-morrow, by Mr. Morrill's sub. committee, and the Tariff bill in thc course of ten days. Greatly as the public deplore thc unaccount" able slowness of the committee in the preparation of these important acts, complaint will be silenced if the bills reported are thorough and judicious, and no unnecessary delay occurs in their passage through Congress. Some little anxiety is felt with regard to thc attitude which the Western members will take on thc subject Of taxation. In July last the members from the East and Central States allowed the Western members to coerce them into thc adoption of an income tax, whfch was undoubtedly the worst kind of tax to adoDt as a commencement of direct taxation Specific taxes on property anrl commercial transactions will evidently yield more revenue and press more evenly upon the peoplo than imposts on objects so variable and nncertain as incomes. An incomo tax on incomes exceeding $800 would have the effect of exempting from taxation nearly the wholo rural population of the West?a class as deeply interested in the preservation of the Union as any other, and as well able to pay as the denizens of cities. On the other hand, real estate should not be made to bear more than a fair proportion of taxes. If an attempt is made to throw the chief bnrthen of taxation on land, opposition will be encountered at the West, and the hands of such representatives as Mr. Vallandighara wjll be strengthened. If the financial scheme of Congress bo to raise a revenue of $200,000,000 annually, It would probably be fair to raise $25,000,000 of this sum by a land tax, $50,000,000 by a tariff on imports, $50,000,000 by a stamp act, and the balance by an excise on whiskey, wine, tobacco and cotton, and by specific taxes on various kinds of property. The share allotted to each Btato should bo fairly set down, and property soized in the rebel States to provide their quota. Wo take the following from a Pittsburg paper:? The bondholders of the old corporation of the Pillsburg, F?rt Wayne en I Chicago Railroad Company mot at tho office of the comply. Filth street, yesterday morning, to elect s Board of directors for tho new c .rporatlon of lb# Pittsburg, Fort Wsyne nud Chicago Railroad Company. Tho election resulted in I lis chojeo of tho follow lug gontlemen-?J. F. I). I junior, I/mls H. Meyer, Samuel J. Tlidon,of New York; J. Kdgar Thompson, O. W. Cape, Sprlngor IUrbaugli,of Pennsylvania; Kent Jarvis, Willis Merriman, Robert MrKelly, of Ohio; Samuel Manna, Jesse I,. Williams, Pliny Iloagland, of Indiana; Wm. B. Ogden, of Illinois. Tit" Hoard organized by the olection of tioo. W. Cass as President, and Wm. II. Unrnes aa Secretary. Tho election of othor nec ssary officers was postponed until the purchasing committee shall be ready to convoy the railway, fce , to the new corporation. We have received a copy of the annual report of (he QcuW?L Oaiivoad of N$w Jerjwy. Th? I toeipts of the road for 1861 compare with tlin treviooa year as follows :? I860. 1861. 'assengers.'.... $206.280 63 222,080 03 Inc. 16,800 30 (erchandise... 862.482 10 382.608 76 Inc 20.116 66 Joal 607.323 00 668.376 83 Ike. 20,048 If Call...; 7,600 00 7,600 00 Inc. ? Ix press 7,132 32 7,943 71 Inc. 611 30 tents 1,222 43 1,238 72 Inc. 16 20 imcellaueous.. 8,806 39 12 448 66 Inc. 8,612 37 ? " ill" Total reo'pts.fl,186,847 861,201,896 60 Inc.16,047 74 "otal oxpeuses.. 476,466 46 522,462 30 Inc. 46,096 84 lal. net earn'gs. .$710,301 40 670,443 30 Toe. 30,048 10 The following table shows the receipts, expensei tnd net earnings from the beginning of the annual reports to the Legislature to the present time:? Receipt! Expensei. Net Earnings. 1863,... $849,018 197.620,or 67p.c. 161,389,or43 p.*. 1854.... 378,145 197,340,or52 '< 180,706 or48 " L855.... 893,729 2uH,866,or63 ? 184 873,or47 << 1866.... 668,479 268,308,or47 ' 296,171,or63 1867.... 682.314 340,602,or49 " 341,812,or61 <? L868.... 836,934 346,614,or 42 " 491,320, or 58 < I860.... 071.702 385,710,or 30 " 685,986, or 61 ? I860.... 1,185.848 476,457,or40 " 710,301,or 60 ? L861.... 1,201,896 622,462,or43 " 679,448,or 67 " rotal..$6,663,064 2,031,8830/45p.c. 3,021,181,or66p.o. Tlie coal tonnage over /he road sinoe the trans, portation of coal has co /unenced has been as follows:? Laclcawana. Lehigh. lUal Increase. Ions. 1m*. Ion*. Tim*. I860 08,670 33 336 181,095 ? L857 209.950 84,841 294,791 162,796 1858 417,726 122,023 640,649 246,868 1869 455,681 183,277 6-18,068 08.300 1860 690,868 263,006 854,769 215,811 186 1 668,869 254,345 823,214 *31,666 Total 2,841,750 042,617 8,284,376 ? Decrease. CITY COMMERCIAL REPORT. Saturday, March 1?6 P. H. Asms.?1The market exhibited no change in prices, while sales of small lots or pots were made at $6 87)4, ind of pearls at $6 25. The stock was estimated at 811 bbls. pots and 179 do. poarls?total, 491 bbls. Bueadottfks?Flour?The markot was heavy and leas ictivo, while prices fall off about 5c. por bbl., especially for tho common and medium grados. Tho chief demand was from the home trade. The sales embraced about 8,000 a 9,000 bbls., closing within tho following range of prices:? * SupcrQne State $6 40 a 668 Extra to fancy Stato 6 60 a 6 80 3upertlne Western 6 40 a 6 55 Common to choice extra Western 5 65 a 6 85 Canadian 6 65 a 6 56 Southern mixed to good superfine 6 00 a 630 Extra do 6 35 a 7 26 Good to choice family do 6 35 a 7 25 Kye floor 3 00 a 426 Corn meal, Jersey and Brandy wine. 2 00 a 3 88 ?Canadian flour was heavier, and prices wore in favot ui pursiuiNrHj iuo suies uiuuraucu auvui* ow uuib. , wnuw the range of our figures. Southern flour was In light demand, and sales confined to about 800 a BOO bbls., within the range of the above figures. Rye flour was steady a* our quotations, with sales of about 150 bbls. Corn meal was In good request at the above prices, with sales of BOO bbls. Wheat was heavy and inactive, while prices ravored purchasers; the sales reported footod 10,000 to 15,000 busheis, in separate lots, at $180 for common Chicago spring, $1 40 for red winter Western in store, 81 44 a $1 45 for amber Jersey and Long Island, and $1 40 for ambor Pennsylvania. Corn was heavy and lower; the sales embraced about 25,000 bushels at 59c. a 80c. for Jorsey now yollow, 61c. for Southern do.,GOc. a 61c. for Western mixed, in store, and 62c. a 62>?c. for do. delivered. Ryo wis in fair request, with sales of 1,500 bushels State at 84c., on the dock. Bar* ley was firm and more active, with ea'es cf about 20,500 bushels of State at 82c. a 84c., on the dock and at the railroad depot. Barley malt was firm at $1 05 a $1 10. Oats wero cheaper, with sales of Canadian and Western at 36e. a 40c., and Stale at 40c. Coftee?The market was Arm, while sales were light. 700 bags of Rio were sold at 19#c. Corros.?The market was firmer, with a better demand from the trade, while sales were checked in some degree by the firmness of holders. The transactions embraced 600 bales, chiefly to spinnors, closing with an udward tendency in prices. We auote at 22 tic. a 23c. for middling uplands. Fish.?The market was firm for dry cod, with sales at $4 for large St. George*, and 83 far bsak M*"k*rii were tirm sua In fair request at $9 75 for No. l'e and $7 75 for No. 2's. Other kinds wero Arm, with limited sales. Pickled and smoked herring were quiet and prices nominal. Fruit.?The market was comparatively quiet, and sales confined to some 500 boxes at $3 40 for layers, and as $3 20 for bunch. A small sale of currants was made at 10y^c., and a few cases leghorn citron at 20c. cash. Freights ?Engagements were light, while rates wers Gunny Cloth was firm, with sales at 14o. cash, unchanged. To Liverpool 500 bbls. flour were taken at 2s.; some tallow In barrels at 20s. Hay was unchanged, and sales moderate at 85c. a 90c. for 'hipping, and at 90c. a 95c. for city use. Hemp.?'The market was firm, hut quiet. The stock comprised 38.439 bales of Manila; 500 do. Jute; and American undressed 350 do., and dressed do. 400 balee. Hoiy were quiet, while sales have been mado within two or three days of 250 bales, growth of 1861, chiefly tn brewers, at 10c. a 20c., and 100 do. of 1860 do. at 12c. n 15c. cash. Iitox?Ih: market was without improvement. Within two or three days sales of 200 tons common Scotch pig were made at $22, and 1,000 tons extra American do. at $21, taken at Klizabethport. Lead was dull, with sales of 50 tons Spanish at $6 66, tarty days. Ijmk.?ltockland was in moderate demand. The sales in three days have reached 1,000 bbls. common at 00c., cash. Lump was in light supply and prices were Arm. Naval Stores were quiet,and, In the absence of sales of moment, prices were nominal. Oils.?Crude sperm was tolerably active at New Bedford at (1 40. Linseed was in good request at 85c. Crude petroleum was in good demand: sales were making at 13c. a l.'iyjo. for export and at 12;,'c. Tor rcfiniug. Relined was in good request, with sales at 20c. a 2Jc., according to color, with sales of Ardiaco's at 28c. a 32c. I^trotpiim nnnLla was seltiuc at 11c. a 12c.. the latter liguro lor shipping, and at usual prices Tor barrels. I'uovl-ioxh?Pork?Tlio market was steady, with a fair denund from the trade, whila prices ware unchanged. I lie sales embraced about 8iX) bbls. at $14 37>$ a $14 60 for new mess, $13 50 for old mess, and $13 for Western prime mess. Tho stock on tbo 1st inst. embraced 02,02$ bbls. against 47,270 on tho 1st Kobruniy last. Peel' wan steady, with sales of 100 bbls. at $11 73 a $12 60 for plain moss, and $14 a $14 26 for extra. Tbo slock comprised 30,806 bbls. against 41,138 bbls. on the 1st February last. Beef hams were steady, with sales of 160 bbls. at $10 60 a $17?the latter for extra. Pncon was a shad* firmer, with rales of 400 packages at 8>?c. for city Cumberlan!, 8'g'c. a 8J{c for lung ribbed Western, and at 7e. for long clear Western. Lard was stoidy but not active: sales of 600 bbls. were m ido at 7??c. a 8^c.?tho latter Iguro for choice quality. Putter was steudy fur Stato, with falos at 18c. a 20c.,'and for choice lamlly dairies. 21c. a 22c.; Ohio was 13c. a 16c. Htato cbooao ranged from 5>?c. a 7J?c., and Ohio from 5)<c. a Oo. Eai.i runts.?'iherchave been more doing during the week, with tolerable free sales from and In Huston of crude at ll)?c. a 12c.; roOnod was hold at 17c. Ekbds.?There was mure demand for direr, while sale* comprised, within two or th:eo days. 600 bags at 7c. n 7 '?c. Timothy was quiet and nominal. Calcutta linseed was hold at $2 40; the last sales were at $2 30. Et'naRS were Arm and closed full highor on the week's sales. The transactions comprised 700 hhds. Culiea nritKIn )Ka ennrra r\f Al/n a f 1/n frtr rnflninfr and fli# grocery grades, while good to prime of the latter description sold at l\c. a Sc. Tallow was heavy, tales of 10,000 Ibt. prime cily were reported at 9c. a 9>?c., nnd of Western at 8>{c. a 8*ic. Tka was steady and Arm, with a good demand, and fair sales or greens at full prices; blacks were Arm, comparatively quiet and the markot rather easier. Wihskbt.?'The market was firmer, with a speculative movement: the sales embraced 800 a 1,000 bbls. at 27Xo. a 2Sc., u'iiI rumors prevailed of a large tot having ohanged hands which wo could not trace. HH|aaaaHB|HaHBHIBBHHimmmmmmmmmmmmmT It J?W A It Ds. REWARD -LONT, OM SATURDAY. MARCH I, A Pau pa r of gold Speet iclcs, In a mal.o ,sny tana, In going from Hutli avenue, through Thirty-eighth sir et to Eighth avenue. The tinder will receive the shorn reward by leaving It at M 8prune street, or at ltM West P0r|/-*cro:id street. dh^ REWARD-LOST, 01* FRIDAY EVENINO, IN ?|P?J going from 171 Iinweiy through Ho .-'on eireot to 1-aora K> ene's theatre, a pair of gold Eye OU-h s. The above reward will be paid on their return to Henry Hugan. 171 Bowery. (J?/T REWARD.?LOST, IN OOINO THROUGH BABip<) row street, West Washington place, Macdoagsl street, Washington place. Fifth avenue and Elereuth street to University place, a Fur Collar. The flnder will receive the above reward by leering It at No. &) Barrow atrcet (Jjft REWARD.?LOST, ON SATURDAY, MARCH 1, A ?pu Porketbook, containing two (to, two $A, one $3 and one (I bill; the real In sliver, lly leaving the name at No. St Broome street, the tinder will receive the above reward. ?f: REWARD-WILL BE PAID FOR THE RETURN qpU ?i a Ledger, together wi ll some Papers, which were lost on Saturday morning, lat Inst., between Fourth and 111 ecker streets In BUlh avenue, rim above reward will be pal I on their return to 151 Lauren* street, to v. an uormica. tK REWARD-LOST. ON SATURDAY EVE NINO. ') March I, lictween Fifth sireet. lit avenue D, end No. 74 Columbia utrcct, a PocketboOk, containing note*and sundry pnpera, of no ntt to an* on# Imt the owner. Whoever will rouirn the samo to No. 71) Columbia street, will receive the above reward and no question* asked. a,n REWARD.?Ol'ERA GLASS? LOST, ON MARCH 1? XSi) When leaving the Academy of Music, after the n all' nee, an Opera Glass, stomped "Pfosel M ien." By returning the above to the ^ashler at Harper A Brothers, 3lW IVarl street, the Under will receive live dollar* and the thanks o4 the owner. a?rn RBWARD?FOR TlIB APPRETIENSTON Of the thief who stole a green and purple velvet fancy Dress, trlmn I with gilt lace, white satin p idlm?, mil llat and Feather*, fiom the business wagon of R. W. William*, tot Broome aireet, In Brooklyn, on Wednesday evening, February 26. 1N9. BilslalARlM, ' ALAROB 8TOOIC OP NEW AJff) RECOND HAND Billiard Tables, with Phelan's Combination Cushions, for sale at price* to suit the time*. PUKIaRM * OOUURJiDRR,?WWgrottotU*.V*

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