Newspaper of The New York Herald, April 20, 1864, Page 4

Newspaper of The New York Herald dated April 20, 1864 Page 4
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NEW YORK HERALD JAMBS UOROOH BKSNBT*. ?w* AND PBOPIUCTDa. ornc* m. w. ooikd or pulton am> massac srs v", ?? **?* no amcsemkkts this miiit. AOAOKMV OF ML'SIC, )mo| i'laoe ? Italian Or I Si? ni?, MIBLo'fi OABDE.V, Broadway.?Mabbi s Hsiar. WALLACE S THEATRE. Bioadwaj?Ths Wosvi*. WIWTKB GARDEN, Brotdvif.-LipT or I?ro*s. OLVMPIC THBaTRB, Broadiray -Of* Wtra-LOVA Lilt A. NkW BOWERV THEATRE. Bo*rry.-Tut Hlttaw'S COK-.S ? l?Ai.i>i- 1(KYAS H'iiUX BOWKRV THEATRE, Boirsry ? Pour or Cowo's Cavs? Buah Kr?o SosiN. HARNI'M'8 MI'VE' M. Broadway. ?Tiro Quvn Two P*AKn. alhikok. Wuat 1* It, Ac.. At all hours. Coiuo'a C.ir? ? Al 3 aQJ *M P. M. BBTANTS MINSTRELS. Mechanic.' HalL ?T2 Broad, "ino*"iMi"" Da*c?. BuALitsyiM. Ao.?Ins WOOD'S MINSTREL Hall, A14 Broidway.-ETmoPn. 't">GA I>A?(aa. U?I'miiminiindiummtMn.^^ SALON OlABOLlQL'E. 585 Broadway.?Robbbt Biiim, fiKSSM.K""-'*-' i/sxsrs, snxz'""""' "WITH SUPPLEMENT. Scw W?d?eid?y, April 80. 1864. IHE SITUATION. Tbe most interesting feature in the news from the war today is tbe reported repulse of the Union troops at Pleasant Bill, on tbe Red river, on the 8tb instant, by a vastly superior force of rebels. General Ransom, in com mand of tbe Tblrd and Fourth brigades of cavalry, bore the brunt of the fight for several boars and was wonnded. General stone, of General Banks' staff, was in oommand. After a resolute attempt to stem tbe advanoe of tbe rebel*, who numbered ten thousand, the cavalry became dieongautzed aad fell back upon the infantry, who re treated la disorder. I inaliv the Nineteenth army corps, with seven thou sand tneu, ctme up and formed in lme. They checked ths enemy and held them until aU the trains, except that of tbe cavalry were saved. T*e Chicago Mercantile bat tery lost all Ms gun?. Tbe loss of ths battery In killed w?d captured is thirty-one. One hundred and ten of tbe men returned to camp after the disaster. While tbe Fourth division was railing ?>** in disorder the Third division, numbering only oee thousand eight hundred men, came np and wore immediately routed. Our total leaa is probably two thousand. The rebel accoanta state that "Banks was defeated, with a lees of footteea thousand men.' We give a map of tbe vicinity of the conflict to another column. General Grant, accompanied by General Meade, review ed the sixth army corps "on Monday. They presented a magnificent appearance. General Prince has been sent Weet.to report to General Sherman. General Ricketts succeeds bira in command of his division in tbe Third rorpe The rebel guerillas in Virginia are very active. No one rat venture outside our picket lines with safety. A large force of rebel cavalry appeared at tbe Sulphur Springs, on the Rappahannock, six miles from Warran ts, on Monday night, and it is understood has been mov Iuk to day in tbe direction of Leesburg. Our correspondent at Padocah, Ky? gives a full de vriptlon to-day of the late Forrest rsid In that vicinity, K?-n wbicli It would appear that Forrest was not In con Mad in person A despatch from Louisville yesterday says tbst General h?ck?irord, Provwt Marshal snd several citizens, were captured by tbe enemy (Bennett's guerillas), at Madison viile, but were subsequently released. Our reports rr.m Cairo last night state that captain Phelps, or tbe gunboat No. J6. captured a rebel mail carrier near Crockett's Bluff, Arkansas, on the 4tb, with five hundred letters from Richmond and other points, and sixty thousand percussion caps for General Price's army. Tbe letters contained official communications for Shre eport. and a considerable sum of federal money. Our fife- from Ber muda report tbe departure of six vessel*. four of them steamers, from that island for Nassau. N. P., during the period from the 23d to the 29th of March. The vessels took away four thousand one hun dred and ten packages of foreign "merchandise'?goods evident.y intended to be run through the blockade into tbe rebel Mates. The British steamer North Heath, one f tbe vessels so engaged, bad put bark toBrrmoda, In ttie Senate yesterday, the select committee on tbe Pacific Railroad rep<>rted Mr. Sherman's bill granting fund* m aid tbe construction of tbe road, with import aol amendments. Tbe Boose bill giving tbe Provoel Marshal Geoaral the rank and pay of a brigadier waa paaaad. The diaagreem?ot between tbe two bouees regarding ibe ameodmeatt to tbe bill for the organisation of Montana Territory occupied some Unie, but no action waa ufcan oa tbe aubjeet. Tbe bill making appropriations for tbe executive, legislative and judicial espaosea of tfce government waa passed. As tbe Senate's ameedaeeot* arc unimportant, t la auypoan* that tbe bill will apeedily paaa tbe Houaa ffce but rapaattag all laws relating to tbe rendition of ugltive aiarea to their owners waa tbaa taken up and mased to a third reading. When, however, tbe rata oa ttie tnai paaasf* af tbe bill waa about to be takea, Mr. Ibermaa movad t? except tba law of 1793. and after arm iMaraMa ?*he?a tba molten waa agreed to by a vou of twenty foer againat aeismssn Mr. Conneea moved to lay tbe biH oa tbe table. Tbta tm negatived?nine yeaa totMrty-oae aaya. Mr. Fonter obtained tbe floor, and ebortly after tbe isusts adjourned. In iba Haaae of Wsprsssntativeo u>e Senate'* verbal amendment to tbe reaolution directing inquiry into lit* circasostaaoeo attending tba dlaaater at Fort Plllow\aa agreed to Tbe Heme tben went Into Committee of tbe Wbate aad ooe aide red tbe Internal Revenue bffl. After speeches by Meaara. Morrill, of Ter moot, and Stebbins, Brooks and Kernaado Wo d, of New York, tbe committee row. No further general debate will take place oa tbe bill, but amendmenta will be discuaaed In Ave minute speeches. At tbe evening seatmn tbe bill making tbe Rarltan and I lata ware Bay Ratlroad a poet and military road waa taken up A aabatitute waa offered authorizing every railroad operated by steam to transport freight and pee tengw* from mi* 3tal? to another, Slat* tawa to tbe contrary notwithstanding, and tbe further dls cueaioa "f the wibieot waa then postponed for tw ? weeks Ttie bill authorizing tbe construction of a bridge over the ubio river near Louievtile, waa I wsaod alec a bill setting apart tbe old Hail of Represen tativee as a national statuary gallery, each State to aend two statues, In mar hi* or bror.se, of their most IIIus trl??e civic or military men The bill providing for the reconstruction of tbe rebel Kales wrai ttien taken up aad debated tlli tbe adjournment THE LEGISLATURE Jn tba Senate yesterday a x-xj large amount of bust was trausa* ted A larger number of bills were neeed th?a >mi auy prevH.ua nay of ibe seas,on Amung tern were those for lb- < umptetion of the Hat ery mien I m. anneim* MauUattau *>|u*re to our Park. and {.lacing |. fo|M?T?inHUi 'indor tne cmtrol af tbe I'ark ( onimU Ijoor*. relative U> the ItstriiH courts of ibis city, and pproprt** *>g for tbe improvement of the rtroetlva Arsenal Ibe bill lacreasinc 'be salary of out Metn*fS'litaa jwllce, aui -.ending tbe Metf T Ml M oertan imfortaat re ?porta, vti ordered to Mi third reading ? I bit* the of Kxeias Cnmssissin?M. vexing ?^r power* lo Ul Metropolitan PWico Oommiaaionert; nukee tbe sale of intoxicating l*?tor* ?* Sua.lay a n>h demeanor, to be prosecuted by tbe Ti?m?'w of Ike P? lice Board. and abolishes the tweotjr freeholder* require ment id the cue of licenses. This bill has already |<mu4 ibe .\aaombly. Tbe bill providing for ? public market in the lighteeutb ward of this city wu referred to the Committee of the Whale Id the Assembly tbe bill autbort*ing tbe State baaks to organlse and do business under the national Ranking act was reported to tbe House complete and ordered to tta third reading. Theae for the relief of Ute New York People's Oaslight Company and to Incorporate the East India Telegraph Company were also reported oow j.leto. Among tbe bills passed were those amending the charter or the Hudson and Harlem Rivers Canal Company, incor porating the New York and Brooklyn Passenger and Baggage Company and tbe Onion Trust Company, authorizing our Corporation to expend two hundred thou sand dollars In building a reeerrotr and extending the Croton water on tbe upper end of New York Island, and appropriating eight hundred thousand dollars to complete tbe new Court House in tbe City Hall Park. Tbe two latter bills hare passed the Senate, and tbe Court House bill last night received the Governor's signature. Tbe bill changing tbe location of the Hudson river bridge at Albany was also passed. It, toe, ban passed the Senate. Tbe annual Tax bill, for the support of the State government during tbe fiscal year commencing in October uext, was ordered to a third readiug. The New York city and county tax levies were reported favorably by tbe Committee on Cities, and made the special order for to day. As reported, tbe members of tbe Common Council are allowed annual salaries of twelve hundred dollars; but a reduction in tbe total of nearly four hundred thousand dollars has been made on tbe Comptroller's estimates. MISCELLANEOUS HEWS. Tbe extra Cunard screw steamer Sldoo, which left Liverpool on the afternoon of tbe &th, and Queenstown on the Ttb of April, arrived at this port early yesterday morning. Her news has been anticipated by tbe Saxon la. Tbe steamer Pekin, one or the disbanded Angle-Chinees fleet (and concerning which there were rumors that they were to be transferred to the rebel service), bad arrived In Eagtana. Hie Britiah brig Oak, from sierra Leone, which ar rived at this port yesterday, was boarded on tbe IStb inst. by piiotboat No. 2, and supplied with provisions, tbey having been living on arrowroot for tbe previous week. We have flies of Bermuda papers dated to the 6th of April. The British war ship Duncan, bearing the flag of Admiral Sir 3. Hope, K. 0. B., had left Bermuda for tbe West Todies. The Admiral will visit Barbados, and after wards proceed to some of the other islands, accompanied by tbe Immortalite, Capt. Hancock. Ibe British war ship Buzzard had left for Fortress Monroe, and tbe Shan non tor Vera Cruz. The schooner Jane Davis, at Bermu da from Wilmington, with cotton and naval stores, re ports tbe arrival at one of tbe inlets in North Carolina, through tbe blockade, of tbe schooner Purse, from Ber muda. Tbe United States sloop-of-war Shenandoah, Capt. Kidgely.out fourteen days from Beaufort, X. C., on a cruise, arrived on tbe lTth of March, and proceeded to Ireland Island. She left again ou March 21. Misa Anna K. ihckmson delivered an address last even ing at ttie Cooper Institute in thi-< city. Tbe audience that waited on ner elo-pietum was not a large, though a rather f.isbiouable onn '.he fair lecturer wa?, introduced by Mr Thoodorc Tilton, wno in a few appropriate word? assured those ures-ini that the discourse of Miss Diektn son would command full attention. On coining forward tbe lady dashed very suddenly into her subject, which it would bo somewhat of a difficult matter to qualify. Her remarks wore, however, by no means ravorable to tbe policy of tbe administration. On the contrary, throughout bar address she urged the moot ex treme arguments of ultra abolitionism. In a passing allusion to tbe doctrine of amalgamation, she said that this was Identical with reconstruction?a system on which Southern society had been supported for more than elgbty years. A direct allusion to Fremont brought down tbe house. She reviewed at some length tbe services of negro soldiers in tbe armies of the republic,and demanded that they should be faithfully rewarded for their faithful ser vices. She concluded her address by expressing an ear nest desire for tbe success of tbe Union arms ana the pro gress of the republic to the broadest basis of freedom. lite closing days of tbe Fair are still characterized by a very large attendance. Tbe receipts yesterday amounted to over eighteen thousand dollars. In tbe 8word contest tirant leads MuCiellan, according to last night's figures, seventy sight votes. A large collec tion of paintings were sold at auction in tbe Art Depart ment last evening, which brought between eight and nine thousand dollars. I Valentino J. Stood y, a German Id Indigent circumstance*, appeared before J\ldge Barnard, ut Ibe tiuprema OMirt, ? few days a^o, and stated that, while endeavoring to pro enre the discharge ot big eon from military service on the ground of his being * minor, his lawyers retained the bounty money ($150), and then wanted to charge him $100 more, without having procured tbe boy's release. The Court ordered a reference to J. V. W. Doty, who re ported that $60 was ample oompensatioo for all the ser vices rendered. Tue -report was continued, with costs, and an order was made requiring the lawyers to refund tbe money, or an attacbmeut would be Is-ued agai nst them for contempt. In the Supreme Court yesierd ty, before Judge Miller, tbe case of Alexander Hounell vs. AI anion T. Brings at tracted considerable attention. The plaintiff, as assignee, sought to recover sit hundred and Ave dollars for second hand barrels furnished the defendant, through an agent named Stone. The defence set up wss tbat the barrels v ere bought from Stone, and paid for, Irrespective of any tbird party, and tbat the defendant bad no dealings whatever with Ibe plaintiff, who wa? a jwrfect stranger to him. The jury, after deliberating a few moments, ran- I dered a verdict for the de'endant. Ths Senator insurance oase was resumed yesterday In tie Superior Court. bef'>re Judge Usrvin. the evidence for tbs defence was closed, sod the plaintiff was engaged in rebutting. Tbs trial will probably be concluded to-day. Tb? case of Clark vs. Brooks, iu the Court of Common Pless, general term, was Dot reached yesterday. It wtU be the first case on this morning Judgs Peclcbam granted a decree of divorce yestsrday in the case of Emily .1. Keeier vs. Alexander W. Keeler. Hie husband wss charged with baring committed adul tery with a Brooklyn lady, and for this indiscretion tbs plaintiff asked ts be relieved from tbs marriage contract. There was do defence offered. and u pon tbe report of tbs referee tbs decree wss granted. In tbs divorce case of George 0. Sbarp vs. Anna Sharp as appitsaUoe was made yesterday before Judge Peck baa, in tbe Supreme Court, chambers, for a commission to examine a witness in Pennsylvania oo tbs port of tbs plaintiff. Ths motion was opposed, oo tbe ground tbat tbe defendant was siooe It this city and without lbs means to litigate tbs esse, while tbe plaintiff bad a rich father, Josob Sbarp, wfio wss willing to aid and assist hi an lbs motion was graaisd. upon tbs plaiottff paying twsnty-Ove dollars to enable tbe defsadant to Join In tbe commission. In tbs Court of General Sessions yesterdav, before Judge Russet, Peter Burke, tbs man who, during tbs i Jnly riots, is alleged u> have riadeo srosnd on horsebsok, nourishing a sword, and urging oo tbs rioters to deeds of violence, was brought up. Hm counsel Objected to bis being tried on s charge of robbery in tbe first dsgrss, oo tbe plea that Burke bad already pleaded guilty oo an tad lament for riot, but Jadfe Kussoi overruled the obiecUoo, aad ordered tbst tbe trial should bs proceeded with. Victoria Zaegel, 'a carman ssrvant girl, aad Dells Burns, a asrvant girl, wers convicted of attsmpts at grand larceny, aad eas t-need to tbe Penitentiary, tbs rormer for six months, sud tbe latter for one ysar. Mary Hswiensples, a Gor man servant girl, was ooavlcted of petit larceny, and sen tenced to tbs Penitentiary for six months Cat bar toe I Vttagerald, a Maroer stmt girl, was ooovioted of robbing a soldier of $201, and sent to tbe Stats Prison for two , ysars. Asron P. Klsbsr, a colored man, was convicted of j pstit larceny, and remaodsd for oeotence. Tbe panic loueaoed Its grasp upon Mm stock market yesterday, and comparative 'islet wss restored. Many shares, after pussing tbs depression tbat lingered la tbe morning, were In demand, aad said at sa advance, while nearly all the others were asvsd front s further decline (?old fluetustod seosiderably, ths outside figures being ItM ? and IfiO. Government securities sgaU fell off, tbs five twenties selling down to 104, and tbe seven thirties going as low as IDS. Money wss a trifle easier, but Ibe rats o( interest ruled above sstei per osnt. Tbe Wail street panic sgertod s very dsprsssing Influ ' eoca oo business places yeetorda? . and operations were euremeiv light, tbe merchant* aad dealers hsvlsg boon tendered very cautSxis by tbs great lueses occasioned by ths panic to stock*, Ike Tbere wss no appsrsnt dsstrs to operate, eves on the must tempting terms Petroleum was dull snd n sninsi cotton waa also dull and nominal Groceries were unsettled sad toa4?l <? i f?vor of tbe buyer Oa 'Oban* baeioees in* treinely dull, ud * further decline of 16c a ttc. ?u estabiiahed a* flour VhMt rmiliwl tatotire, ud to ??* ' ?le? <? any oauidmbli eateat eome mmmmm wmM hare beee gtcMtarf, Own iu lc. a Sc. lower. Whu>key toll to. a 4c. Pork ud otter hoc prodecUookl at lower Aguree Freighta wort pullf depressed, and American vestals won reported to have taken freight without charge, the ahippor to put It ee hoard The market for beef cattle, though apparently Arm, ruled in favor of the buyer this week. Tbe range of prioee waa muoh the mum, taoufcb eearoely ao wide; bat the cattle were better than laat week, ud tbe eatimatea more Ibvorable to the butehora. galea wore at litfe. to 17c , the general aalea 14c. a 18c., and the average price about 15c Oowa were In demand and Arm Veala were very plenty, but active, and higher, in sympathy with beef cattle. Prioee varied from Tc. to 10c. Sheep and lamba were active and decided^ higher. Sales were made aa high aa $14 a $16 60 a head for choice extras. Hogs aold at 8Xc. a 9>,'c. Tbe reoaipta were 4,MM beeves, 803 oowa, 1,738 veala, 7,700 aheep and lam be, and 11,238 hogs. Tbe Battle of the Olaata^Okr Political Revolution. Stocks attract tbeir usual share of attention, and run up or down, to tbe amazement or despair of intensely interested thousands in every Northern city. Secretary Chase's green backed promises to pay are discussed in turn as if there were no other subject for possible discussion, and our whole population runs wild over its chosen charity of sanitary fairs; and. while the people are thus amused and interested with their various trivialities, the earnest consideration of tbe war seems to have passed out of the popular thought, though the war was never so imminently near as it is at tbe present time to a crisis that should over shadow in tbe mind of every citizen every other topic, great or small. We stand at a great turning point, not only In our own his tory, but in tbe history of the human race. Our own institutions, tbe integrity of tbe '?great republic," wbose requiem has been already chanted in monarchical Europe, and even the question of the ability of an intelli gent people to govern themselves, are at stake on tbe great battle that is soon to be fought in Virginia. And that battle will be worthy ot these great issues. It will be a true Titanic struggle?tbe greatest battle of any civil war ? and comparable to tbe greatest struggles that have been waged between rival nations. In the numbers engaged it will be a parallel to Leipsic, and in its desperately decisive charac ter it will in all probability equal Waterloo. Our growth in this war^has been rapid. Be fore it tbe grfeat battles of our history were the battles of very small armies, and at'its com mencement seventy-five thousand men wer<> re garded as a large number to enforce tbe laws and repossess all tbe place* from which the forces of the government bad been driven. But now military preparations on the most stapencb ous scale are regarded with apathy?excite no surprise. We have grown, aad that growth has greatly changed us. In addition to tbe ! great social revolution that tbe war has made, it has made such changes in tbe minds of the people, and has so changed tbe practical work ing of the government, as to have substantially revolutionized both government and people. We are a greater, larger-thoughted and utterly different people now from what we were when this war began; and the changes that have | taken place in the people must necessarily be impressed upon that utterance of the peo ple, the government The government that suited us in the past will not suit us in the future. All the practical changes in the administration of the government that took place between the Presidency of Washington and the present President?and they were many?will be dwarfed by the changes that are to take place in the Immediate future. Constitutions are imprtNibl*, and assume almost any shape, and within the limits of the constitution great changes may take place in the people and in the government; and we are to change to the extent of that limit. Without any noisy overthrow of a dynasty, without ostensible change in the forms of our political life, we have gone and are going naturally through changes as great and distinct as Great Britain went through in the "great re bellion" of 1040. or a* France went through in 1798. Under the influence of these changes our government will in the future be greater and stronger than ever, and our people, if possible, more secure in their persons and their rights. If the great battle so soon to be fought shall be decided in our favor, we shall go on grow ing stronger every year in our wonderful pro gress; but if it be decided against us it will interrupt this great development, and may prove to be the greatest disaster in modern history. The Rkcknt Fixrrocs nc Waix Btrmt.? There have been several flurries in Wall street lately. One was about the Harlem Railroad matter in the Legislature. Thurlow Weed, i the politician, and one of the Jeromes, a bro ker, bad a set-to with Commodore Vanderbilt and his immense steam power. The result was that the Commodore was successful, as he tun ally is in steamboats, stocks or horses, and the politician and the broker retired witb their eyes pretty badly blacked. Many of the other bright boys of Wall street met the same fate. Last week gold took a tumble, and stocks went witb it. and there was a general smash tip. Secretary Chase, the banks, the bears, the gold bill and half a dozen other influences all worked together to produce this crash. Besides all these causes, the fkct that about one hundred and fifty millisns of dollars have been invested, in New York and Boston, In mining companies, mostly bubbles, contributed in no small degree to the result These bab bles are strongly supported by sach journals as the World, and. more weakly, by the Commer cial Adtfiiittr. Nobody pities the sufferers from this flurry. The popular verdict it, "served them right.1' Everybody is glad.when the speculators are damaged; for it to now thoroughly understood that honest men gain by the losses of the stock gamblers. These recent flurries in Wall street are quite natural, and must only be regarded as the pre monitory symptoms of the grand, final, finan cial breakdown which will come sooner or later, as the fortunes of war vary, bnt which must inevitably end the brief, eventfkl history of this new era of speculation. The experience of the past fifty years shows us (bat such flur ries happen at intervals of two or three months daring periods of great financial ex citement, and experience shows us also that the final flurry?what the whalers call the death flurry?is beyond all comparison the worst of all. We advis* those Intereetod to look out for that flnrry; for there will be weeping and wailing and gnashing of tooth in Wsfll street tlien, and failuMS will be as plen tifal as paving stoaes in that famous thorough fare Thb Hon Bin Woon - The Hon Ben Wood, of the Daily Nw$, ehould try to keep ooo4. We b?w nothing to do with his personal honor in oonnectioa with his private affair*. We hare been dealing with him in his public character and in reference to his public responsibilities as a politician, member of Congress, newspaper editor and lottery policy dealer. As the man aging ohiefi of the Mozart Hall faction, we bave intimated that the Hon. Ben and his enterprising brother Fernando have made a good thing of it in looking out for No. 1 and No. 2; and we guese that this Is the general opinion of the community. Secondly, we bold that upon the "more vigorous prosecution of the war" platform, upon which the democracy carried the New York November elections or 1862, the Wood brothers were elected to Con gress upon false pretences, and by a bad bar gain to the war democrats, and that the Hon. Ben and the Hon. Fernando, in advocating peace at any prioe with Jeff. Davis, misrepre sent the city of New York, and are un worthy members of the Congress of the United States. Thirdly, we contend that the Hon. Ben Wood, as a newspaper editor, does not subserve the cause of honor, peace, truth or justice, but the cause of the rebellion and dis union, and the cause of sedition and insurrec tion in the North. Lastly, we submit that if the vending of lottery tickets in violation of law be consistent with the principles of morality and public virtue, the Hon. Ben Wood may take his position among the Twelve Apostles. Genekai, Butlkr Rizkrd.?General Grant, it appears, in a short visit to Fortress Monroe, found out the true vocation for General Butler, and has accordingly razeed him to the civil and uncivil duties of chief of police and mili tary magistrate of the Peninsular Department. In this role be is unsurpassed, and in defining the laws of loyalty, chapter and verse, to cun ning secessionists, intractable rebels in crino line, negro claimants and other injured ad mirers of Jeff. Davis, General Butler will be in all his glory. He luxuriates in the skinning of a doubtful character who stakes his case upon the chances of slipping through the loopholes of the law. and. as a strict constructionist he plays with a Southern expounder as a cat plays with a mouse. An EQntvABKNT for Watkri.oo.?Lord Pal meratoa asserts in the British House of Com mons that the "personal and dynastic safety of Louis Napoleon are t6eenti&l u> the welfare of Europe."' Wbrn Blucber ard Wellington get a spiritual knowledge of this admission on the part of "Old Pam" their bones will turn in their graves. IMPORTANT FROM MEXICO. Occupation of Coll ma by the Freacll? Jaaa Alvarei Befaeca to to the Proposal* or the Uvadtri, Ac. Sax h rinciroo, April IS, I Mi Sailed, ship Carrier Dove. (or (.Mlao. The ^learner Ortxaba, from Panama, brings letter: from Acapulco to tbe Sth iest. The occupation of Colima bjr two thousand French 'M confirmed. Proposals have been made to old Juan Alva rez to acknowledge the empire. He declined to listen to them, and said that tbe French were tbe eaemlea of hie country, and he would resist them to tbe last extremity. It la believed that tbe Krenon will nod the mountaineers of Uuerrero among their moat unconquerable enemies In Mexico. The latest advice* from (lajaca state that General Mas held tbe city with ?,000 Mexican*. He waa confident of bis ability to defend the State agntnst tbe present French force In an emergency be eottld safely retreat to ruia pa? or (iuerrero. The natives or these States are all hostile to tbe Fi each Ifevr? from Vfw Orleans* ?r I.orris, April 19, 1A04. A prominent Fienchnisa of N?w Orleans predict* ? treaty or friendship Mwrng tbe rebel* and Maxi milt.in, backed by Napoleon The French Commander in-Cbier baa ordered Admiral Boroeto make an effective demount ration against Cort mas. Santa Anaa lias returned to St Tbemas The Three Hundredth Anniversary of Shakapere's Birth. Mr. Hackett, Mr. Wuliam Wbeatley and Mr. Edwin Booth bare, as we are informed, resolved themselves Id to a com rait tee. aad are to be assisted by Judge Daly ao Its chairman, for the purpose nf erecting a statue of Sbuk.apere in our I'ark, the spot for which, we under stand. ha* been selected and appropriated by the Com missioners. A deep, strong, cipaclous aad elaborate foundation 1* already in preparation, and the corner stone will be laid at noon on 3atardiv next, the 23d Inst., that being the tercentenary anniversary of the poet's birtb. Id order to aid a fund for delraying the expense of such a statue or memento as would be creditable to our metropolis, and also an ornament to tbe Park, Mblo's theatre will give a benefit on Saturday evening next, when King Henry IV. will be acted, Mr. Hsckett per forming Kalstaff and Mr. Wbeatley the Prince or Wales; and the Winter Garden will perform Romeo and Juliet, Mr. Fdwin Booth acting Romeo aod Miss Avooia Jone* Juliet Mr. Maret/ek ha? liberally offered to contribute to this object by giving a matinee, on Saturday after noon , mainly composed of selections from operas founded upon Shakapere's playe, In bonor of tbe oocaaion. and by donating also the eottre profits to such fund. Tbe ceremonies In the Park m noon no Saturday next will be of tbe moet inlereetlng oharaoter. Tbe leading part in tbe exercises will be assumed by Mr. Hackett, by wboee assiduous and timely oxertleaa this memorial in bonor of tbe imiaortal Shakspere baa been plaoed on tbe highway of prompt completion. Mr. H. will be astleted in tbe eeremooles by nil tbe leading theatrical peraonagea in tbe city, and by many of tbe prominent mimical characters, a* well aa by a number of the devoteee of tbe immortal bard wbe are not atrtctly prof one tonal. The work la one in which all may ardently engage, whether be looting to the tragic or tbe lytic drasta, or to tbe doaeta of the acbotar and tbe student, In all of which tbe geotua of tbe grant dramatlat baa for three coaterlee toot an inspiring influence. A more fitting plaoe for such a tea Umontal coald not be aetoetad on tbe American continent than our own magnificent Park; aad there, on Aatorday next, n scene will be wltnaaaed wblob will be rnmem berad for many yearn by aO wbo nay be preaeat City Intelligence. Sattnao or Cswuounoaa Mbatc ?-Qusatttim of on wholeaome meats are attempted to ba disponed oC la tbe varloun markata of lb la city. Oattla brought la freight care, aad ametbared by tbe orowding, are frequently < prepared for tbe slalla, nod tbe public In aome Instanceo greatly oefrauded Through tbe vigilance of the City Inspector, however, tbe balk of tble meat la seised and general protection afforded. A case occurred yesterday. Messrs Jobnaos aod Height, Inspectors of Mont, noting under tbe immediate direct too or Mr. Boole, reoelved in timation or tbe smothering of a fine bnltook in the mea ner described, end, apprehending Its appearance at Wash ington Mnrket, were oa tbe alert for Ita detection. At leogtb It came, nicely dreeoed, aod was exhibited for sale, but Immediately seined and disposed of aa ia cus tomary la ench ess so. Rauboad Mir a* no Annans* Ooinisarr ?A vary valuable topographloal aod railroad map nf tbe United Mateo, Brltleb possess loos, Mexleo, Weet tad loo aod Cen tral later Ion, bee >ist been leaned, drawn by Colonel Bonn. II it aerteialy n fine map. aad wilt prove useful to nay porno* who may require It Fiaa t* Laonsan Smnrr?Tbe nlartn of fire loot even ing, between seven nad eight o'olook, woa cauaed by fire lo tb* aaaokehousa attached to tbe park pack lag estab lahmeot of f. Dacbattaa k Brother, No. 6 Leonard street. Tbe fire waa oonflned to the smokehouse Tbe damage done to tbe meat amounts to about tl|MO. Insured on ateok for J 11,0()0 la the Park Atlaatle. Merchants', Com monwealth, Jersey City and Tradesmen's insurance compaoieo. Tbe building wee but slightly damaged. John Wagner, the foreman, aad Jsonb Ibnrle, ooe o( tbe workmen, were very otveraly bnrned In the hoe by tbe tanee gnshing out when they opened tbe Iron doom nf tbe smokehouse for the purpose of throwing in wnter. U la believed tbe Are waa cauaed br aome oae or more of tbe baaaa (ailing oa the grattag. The lb? dropping oa tbe ammdfit~*~g woad took fire, aad tbe blare reached Mm aiKoa ornaa bam aa wbiab Ifea barns ware baaslac T HE FAIR. AMthM Bur 0*r-8?U Ot PaUU?fa la tk? Art D?pBrtiM?l?Over Blfkt ThoaMad Dollar* BMlluA-Tke Iwird CeattK??r?at B?T?atr*elfM Ak?U. ??., 4M., &*? Tit* Fair received an extensive amooat at palroeaf? yesterday afternoon and ereoiog, and tbe attends eoe will compare ravorably with that of provisos days IK moat interesting pari of laat evening's entertainment el Um Fourteenth street bnUdiag ?i the CONTRIBUTION FROM A HUMP 8BBOBANT. Xo Um splendid collection to be mm la the owlMttf shop there waa added yeeterday a very interesting article In Um ?'"I" ?T a walking-stick, oontrlbuted by 8er?eenl Kelfer, a Mted soldier, who loat kia sight by a ?m?< re ceived 1b Um Mexican war. TIm oane la whittled out of a pieoe of maple, and cootalns a aeal piece of oenrlnf,run Bine IU entire length, representing a grapevine. The fel lowing letter from one ot our amy correspondents wlU explain the re* ? ,? WASHWOTb*, D. 0., April 10, 1?M Dub ?*?Herewith yon will flad a moat curiously wrought walking-stick which I desire you to present la the name of Its maker to the Kew York Sanitary Pair. 1 The wood from which the stick waa out waa grown upon Mount Vernon, and within a few yards of the tomb of Washington. The piece of mahogany which forma the head or handle waa once the foot of aome piece of furni ture belonging to the Washington manaion. But these facta are not Um moat curious eoea connected with the article. Sergeant Kelfer. a totally blind aoldler, who lost bis sight by the explosion of a caiaaon at the battle of Monterey, In Mexico, and now an Inmate of the Soldiers' Home In this olty, worked the whole aflklr, coloring,ornaments and all, aasiatod only by a common pocket knife and his keen sense ot reeling. I not only know this fact from having seen the cane In Ita various stages while being cut by the Sergeant, but It is alao attested by the Superintendent of tbe Soldiers Home, Mr B P Snyder, the manager of the American TBlegrapk Company'8 office in thla olty, and hundredaof tbe visit ors to ths Home, who never went away without paying a visit to the famous "blind whlttler." Sergeant Kelfer desires me to present tbe cane,.with bis compliments, to the SsnlUry Fair for disposal, the proceeds to be considered "his contribution to the aoldiera that can't whittle." u Trusting that you will see that It safely reaches Its aestloatloa, 1 have the honor to be your obedient ser vant F. G. CHAPMAN, Correspondent or N.-Y. Hbbald, Army of Potomac. To Jamhs g. Bbmnrct, Fsq.,Herald office, New York. BALK OF POINTINGS IN TIU ART DBPARTMBNT. From an early hour In tbe afternoon tbe large ball of the Art Department was Oiled with buyers snd spectators. Tbe splendid collection of paintings which were offerea for sale attracted tlnther a large number of tbe both of rashionand art, and, as will be seen below, the suaa realized on the occasion came somewhat up to the ex nec tat loos or the managers or theMr. The sale commenced precisely at hair-past seven o'clock Mr. John H. Amteu, auctioneer, having conduct or the same. Owing to the rapidity with which the sale was conducted, and the late hour at which It ooooluded, It is Impossible here to enter into any l^g'hened re marks relative to the sale, or as regards tbe merits of Below *? * ?>? names or tbe paintings, the prioe they brought and the oamea of the purchasers:? ''Mealtime/' $50?H. Stur^es. "Drummer Boy Writing Home," $W?F. Whitney. Landscape, $6?-E. Bliss. SunrlseTtW?0-H Potts. Arter Reynolds, $10?Kensatt. Apples, $10?A. K. Stewart. landscape, $22 60?I.lvln^ton. Cherries, $7 60-Cssb. Mountain Pass.$17 - On the Plains, $30-U W Urlffln. White Mountain Soenery. W6?hasten. "SSIWuh-* Fruit, $20?Rudley. T nnda<*ai>e, 112 f>0? Hatctl. ??A Roman Peasant/' $12 A#-4*rahaMe "OrMD Mountain Brook/'$46-WUitaaM. ?A Roman Peasant,'' $40-Pottt. "the Dying Bird," $$?Meaaett. "Knitting." $20?Mcgenata. "Catakiil Mountains," $30 Baston. A Cavalier, $26-PoUa. | Landacape. $?0-Moore "TheSoidiera' Widow," $100?A. Bturgaa "Lake George." $:??Henry. "Copy*'** Domeniohino'a UM Ooesmaaloo ot St. "Fruit Piece," $10-Jassss. "Winter." $106-Moore. landscape, with deer. $00?Moore. "Knitting," $s6?Rogers. "rhe mo?B?c.';r?-.?y "Off Barbaooa, Cuba," fT* 60?Roberts. Landscape. $12 50?Yoeo* "Taking Breath," $160?WHey. "Ooast scene." $?2 60?Cash. "Cherries," $42 60-Potta "Frolt and Vegetables." $80? Rogers. "Florence." $76?Convera. _ "Hon. C. Godrrey Guotber, $290?Halaey, Laodscape. $900?1Klein. "Study or Oranges," $60?Oseb. "Sketch from Nature," $10?rtrown. "The Hrook," $10-Urown^ "The Prayer," $190-(>llphaot. "Cattle Piece," $186?Henry. "Spanish Girl," $200?P?tts "Portrait of Richard Codben," $1,000?W. 0. Bryant. "Eaopus Creek." $200?Davis. "New Knglond Meeting House," $98? Stedvllle. "Scott's Entry into tbe City of Mexico," $100?Roberta "landing of the Pilgrims,' $100?Roberts. "The Morning Lesson ."$300?Cash. "Winter scene," $265?Cash. "Florence Nightlugalo," $310?Roberts. "Early Summer." $40?Tracy. "Village on the Conn of Normandy," $66?McKeotie. "Lake scene: Sunset," $?>?Young. "America In 18B2," $160?Rallly. "Tbe Approaching Combat," $200?Bancroft, "lake scene.' $160? Rogers. "Autumnal," $36?Bliss. "Study from Nature,'' $26?Cash. "Lunch Time," $02 60?Oaak. "The Young Sweep" $276?Cash. "The Meadow l<auds,'' $?'.? Fastoa. "Frnlt." $27 60?oaah. "Newsboy," $76? Morgan. "Coast Scene," $600?Cash. "Tbe Independent Beggar," $17 40?Keonstt "Landscape." $16? Anbott. "Fruit." $37 60?Potts. ??The Shady Brook," $126?Caton. "Right and Left." $126-Wlley. "Ancient Mariner,' $32 60? Kenaett. "Marguerite," (from Faust), $26?Youg. "Contemplation," $40?Avery. "I,ondon Bridge.' $26-Cash. "Candle Light," $26?Cash. "Kate Kearney a Oottace, on thebankgof Killamey," $25?Caab ? General Fremont," $76?Cash. "Fastern Scenery," $80? Merriam. "Flowers," $12 60?Abbott. "Study rrom Nature,'' $??Newman. " Twilight," $100?Porter. "Moonlight," $66?Young. "Vase of Ftowera," $36?Sturfia. landscape, $30-Moore. Landaoape, $20-0ash. "High Bridge," WO?Moors. "In tbe Woods," $22 60?Terry. "After Titian," $20?Potts. "Apples," $9?Abbott. The entire proceeds of tbe aale amounted to over sight thousand dollars This evaoiag ths aale will be con tinued. THR SWORP CONTR8T-?ORAMT AHRA9 At the cloee or the polls but ovetlag to Um (word race the ml* Mood as follows ? After two o'clock on .Saturday aftemooa Mil suboortp> tlooe to the army and ut; sword* will not to roeelvM gnbsrrlptloos enctoeed la NTttoiw, howover, will to received between the boar* of two and elfbt o'ctock mi lb* afternoon of tbat day. Ballot bocaa will to pMwed in tto building for tto purpoee of receiving ttoaa latter subecriptlons. tub rrcrtpts. Yesterday's raoelpu foot op aa follows:? Donations am Total $l>,114 Total raaoipta at Union square op to tbroa o'clock yeo Lerdaf afternoon, fS.HM. CONCERT IX AID or THR FAIR. Tto nnltod choir* of tbo city will giro their grand choral performance at Dr. Ctopln'a chorek, Broadway, to eight, for tto benefit of tto Sanitary Commute tea? ine receipts to to given to the Fair?tto concert being given under tto patronage of tto Ladleo' Ksacuti ve Com mittee. Home of Handel'*, Hayden'a nod Mendelssohn's beat selections will to rendered, with tto moat powerful oborus, under the direction of Msssrs Morgan and Barge. Italian Ops'* la Iresklya. Tto Immensely crowded tonsd at tto Brooklyn Acade my la* t sight gives conclusive proof that the people of that olty will patronise the Opera whan tto material wbtcb they demand is furnished to them. It seems evl dent that they tolleta when Maretzek promises to give a grand opera, without curtallmeet. but precisely la tto same manoer aa It Id produced In New York, to will do so, and hence we may account for the very One and raablonabie boeee which greeted Robert le Diabie laat night, and dhowered repeated applause spun Kfldorl, Brlgnoll and HertnsniH. Ito true tact of a manager, after all. la shpwa In keeping faith with bis patrons. Hood alngers, "oharm they never an sweetly " with half aa orctoatra and half a chorus, win not suite* Tto public roqnlre more than this. Tliey want everything that is "written In the bond." and they should bavo It. In the production of Robert last mgbl our Brooklyn friends had no fault to find, sad they evi droned their appreciation of the management by filling the M?ae to its ntmeet capacity. Robert bad aa ua doobted aaooaaa la Brooklya. Faust, we think, would oommaad quite aa much and we lielleve that Mr. Maret suslrt-f tto^art of Valentin thrtmsawmt ???? eeeenn Grant ? MoCIeilan nm ojn T8 Grant's majority Admission*, Fourteenth street Admissions, Uaka aquare 3a lee, Fourteenth street news mm washinbto* Pftiufi #f At MiseelUne*tti ippr#> priattM Bill by the Stoat*. Debate on the Tax Bill in tki House. . Senatorial Discussion on the Repeal ?f the Fugitive Slave Law. A Cheek to the Radical Re* publican*. THE RATIONAL HAU OF STATUARY* to., to. WiomoiM, April 10, ISM TBS Tkt BILL IK THB HOP8B. The Tai bill la at last finally under way In tbe H?m, and thus far there It no indication or any factions oppa altlon. The apeechea or Messrs. Morrill and Stebbina, la explanation and support of the bill, attracted mack at* taction, while thoae of Messrs. Brooka and FeronaBo Wood were more directly relating to the currency thaa the aubjeot under immediate consideration. Mr. I bine' argument waa a maaterly vindication of ability of the nation to maintain its credit and the war for the restoration of the Ueton lo its Onal triumph. General debate la mow eioaed upon the bill, and to-morrow the Boose ooquneaoes It* cm aideratlon in detail, and will perfect It aa rapidly aa poa> elble. The policy whiah will be panned by the rndteti portion of tha opposition has not yet been Indicated; bat, la view of the univeraai demand for the enactment af such a maaaare as will provide the amount oT revenue needed, it ia not believed that any aerioua attempt wM be made to delay or defeat ita paaaaga. INTBRE3TIN0 RBTBLATIOMS BKQABDfMO TUlTOMt Mr. Qarfleid to-day introduced oopiea of the lottem In which be referred recently aa having been written by* former member of Congreaa, recommending a yonng man to a rebel general for employ meat In the ranka of the rebel army, Tbe letters were addreaaed to JohaOL Breckinridge, and were written by Judge Boktea and John G. Davie, tha latter of whom waa a member af tha Thirty sixth Congreaa, and both of whom are now dmhb bera of the oopperhaad organization In Indiana. Mr. Voorhaea attempted to dtfbnd them, bat evidently ap preciate! the difficulty af tha task which be had under taken. Tbe affklr will, no doubt, create oonslderable ex citement, at least In Indiana, where thoae gentleman r? lida TSB SBNATS AtfBTHI HWBO QUBJfflOH. Mr. Bumner ia dwgnated. For some time paat tha cumiooa io the Senate have been pregnant with tndlea tiooa of alarm, upon the part or radloais, at tha modifien tloa of popular opinion apoa Um negro question; bat tha debate to-day clearly demonatratea Out Senators aocoB; t<>mod to voting affirmatively npon all qnooUoas of as treaM radicaliam are not only regarding with anxtoaa attention the sptril of ooooervatiem, but are careful mi to oommit themselves by eatabllahlag pracedenta wbMh might by any poaeibillty hereafter pave at an troabte THM ORO ANIMATION OF MONTANA TUBItOBC AM THB RSPBAt OW TBI raCITITB UAVI LAV. The objeottone to the provisions of the Montana bill, re lative to negroee voting in that Territory, ocaMeoad sosna surprise, which culminated In gnoerni salon Ishment at lit ?ppieltion to Important reatnrsn of Mr. Bnrnner*a Mi repealing the PoglttveSteve law. It wan sipsoted (Ml the iatroduetion of the latter would tnetaatly bring BM border State Sanatora to their feet; bat not one nM moved, ud It remained for republloaaa to opea tha SB taok. Mr. Boomer manlTwted bis chagrin In aa oaoato tahabte manner, appealing, ssfte mm, te Oinalere ail t*?n?a hia favorite meeaures; bat the mntority wore determined to eeoure time for mature reflection;aad,aflar tbe adoption of Mr. SberawWa amendment, hastily B#? foamed. Protracted and excited dieoossloo Is anticipated, aag the Impression has become general, that should tbe Mi paaa at all, it will be with important modiflcatloae. aflbab Ing In a great degree the prime object oT the eitrsaee radioaie. thb yinar bbsolab ivbnino bm siom or ?MB boobs. The Hoaae bold Ita flrst eveaing session under the amr arrangement to-night. There waa a very good attendanan of members, and tbsy ware generally ia a good burner and disposed to attend to business. During the t hour two or three bllle were disposed of which have I some time before the House. TBI MI4CB(.LANIOU8 APPROPRIATION SILL Ti BY TBI SINATI. TtM Ccecutive. Legielattve and Judicial ipprtprMM bill, goal back to tb? House from the Senatech much lose than was anticipated, and will, it la Mood, be paaaed without delay, the Senate amendmaaH not being of a character likely to occaakm. any great de gree of opposition. TBI TW-fORTT LOAN. The autaerlpUooa to the 10 40 loan reported at tto Treasury to day, amounted to $3,400,000. MOVBMm.TR or SBKBSAL PBIMOB. General Prince arrived in town to night, m rtmU Mr b? new oommaod in the Waal. nnruBN or obniral oanbt prom tbi rmoirr. General Caoby returned from the front to day, wttlttor be went several days since for the pnrpoee of manllM^ with Genera! Grant and General Patrick relative to An eetabiiahmeut of General Patrick's system of governing the internal eo?nomy ef oar armlse by provost -~*ir THI P1UM1 DINT'S BBCBTTtON. President Linnein held hla laet reception of the seensn to-night. The Cabinet, OongrsaB, the army, iavy ant situ of the city, were largely repreeeated, rendering Ml leave ene of naeaoal orilllaaoy. oini.tANS torn TiAumi. Much oompiamt ia made of the great nnmber ef ealtsM men aerviog aa teamaters, and etrsnns? eflbne nPB being made to supply their piaoee with eitissn driven, ander strict dieeipllne, so aa In return soldiera la UNW regisMoU. IMDtAN AOINCMM. The Secretary ef the Interior baa reeemmended to Ow> grass the appomtmaatof an Indian Agent for the Kwnnp, A pec be and Camaoebe Indiaaa. THIHTT-KIOHTH OORCRMI. ?seals. WiamroroM, April It, lift Am ton m pacific ataman. Mr H?wam?, (rep.) of Mich..from tbaOomminen on the Raciflo Railroad, reported Mr. Sberman'a Ml wtth important amendments. IVo Untied Mataa bonds aaa author it ed. but the several railroad compantsa may Mans tbelr own bends in sums of i thirty years after date, bearing all par eent payable ia goM or ellver eoia semt-snanlly, a the mi or twenty four for onoh mile completed end equipped M the swtern beee of the Rooky Moonteloe; ninety-elk tm seoh mile for one hundred and fifty miles west of aaM base, and easterly from tbe Western bese of Sierra Mb. Nevada forty-eight for each mile between the iiiibiIbIi seotioas, and twsnty/otir for each mile west of tbe baa of rfierra Nevada. On theoe bonds tbe Secretary of Ma Treasury shall endorse pay moot of latereet for nineteen years, and pay absolutely the drat year's Internet aaa gratuity It authorities the construction of bridges over tbe Mtseissippi and Missouri rivers, not less than ninety (bet sbova low wat?r mark, nor more then forty feel above high water. moonroRATioe or ths ovauffl or oolonbu. Mr (rep.) of Iowa, reported, from the lie on the District of Columbia, the bill to Incorporate Inhabitants or tbe nmrlrt of Oolambla. PmsiI, p?m i mtwwT uswrs voa sals. Mr a irrsorr, (rofrT of R. I., moved that the OuiausiMee en PrmtioR be authorised to inqfiirs Into the eipedlensy of prmung a imlted number of doouments for sale. R4RR AS? PAT OP PROVOST KAMRAA OmiSRAI. Mr. I.arb nailed up the House bin to amend the eonl? moot act ao as to raise the rank, pay and emoluments of tbe Provost Marshal General to those of a brigadier ?m erai After a abort debate It wan passed. TRS OR'liNnMIIO* OP MONTANA TWaBTfOST A massage was rseeived from the House annonnrtng their adherence to tbe disagreement oe the bill eete? llsbing a Tnrritorlel government for Montane, and esktn* for a committee of conference. Mr tinsnuAM, (r?p.) of ribio, siplalned the*. however muoii he much* l?e disposed to vole tbet the nonets m node, be tbmight It oooneaary for oss reason to appoint* oonrmittee t<> meet that of Ute House. The dilhcully wMM the Mil was thtt hi Its preseot shape persona from On neda oovH oo?ie into the territory, without dedailnd

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