Newspaper of The New York Herald, April 16, 1873, Page 8

Newspaper of The New York Herald dated April 16, 1873 Page 8
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NEW YORK HERALD BROADWAY AND ANN STRUT. JAMES GORDON BENNETT, PROPRIETOR. Vclamc XXXV 111 No. I0? AMUSEMENTS THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING. NEW FIFTH AVENUE THEATRE, 728 and 730 Broad, way.? Divorce. WOOD'S MUSEUM, Broadway, corner Thirtieth St.? fuK OAHBLku'tf Crime. Afternoon and oreiiing. ATHKNEUM, 585 Broadway. ? ijRANO Va bikty Enter taihmeni Matinee at *)*. NIRLO'S GARDEN, Broadwur, between Prince and Doustou ?ln.? The Ullles or the Kitchen. Matinee at 2. OLYMPIC THEATRE, Broadway, between Houston and Bleeeker stieuts.? Hbmitt Duni-tv. Matiuee at a. TTNION SQUARE THEATRE, Uniou square, near Broadway.? Froc Fkoo. WALLACE'S Til EAT HE, Broadway and Thirteenth atrML? David Gahuice. GRAND OPERA IlOl'SE, Twenty third St. and Eolith a*.? Unuku the a Aswan. , corner Stxtli MrtWa M?' hVmm? * Bro",w^ ?? GERMANTA THEATRE, Fourteenth street, near Third avenue.? Das Stiftungskkiit. BOWERY THEATRE. Bewery-FASTEST Bor tM New You. THEATRE COM! QUE. No. 5H Broadway.? Drama, Bprlfsqce and Olio. Mntlnee at*H THIRTY-FOURTH STREET THEATRE. Mtll St., near 8d av.? Variety E.iterxaimmemt. MRS. F. B. CONWAY'S BROOKLYN TUEATRE.? Patio Garkice. BRYANT'S OPERA BOU8B, Twenty-third st, corner Ctli my.?S euro Minstrelsy, An. TONY PASTOR'S OPERA HOUSE. No. 201 Bowery.? Yaeiatt Entertainment. 8TBINWAY HALL, Fourteenth street.-READiNos and Concert. BARNUM'S GREAT SHOW.? Open afternoon and nlulit. Capitoline Grounds, Brooklyn. NEW YORK MUSEUM OF ANATOMY, 6l8Broadway.? Science jnp Art. QUADRUPLE SHEET. New York, Wednesday, April 16, 1873. THE NEWS OP YESTERDAY. To-Day's Contents of tlio Herald. ?THE WORK OF TTIE HERALD COMMISSIONER IN CUBA LIBRE! A PRACTICAL REFUTA TION OK THE SPANISH CHARGES !"? EDI TORIAL LEADER? EiGHTn Page. MR. O'KELLY'S CASE DECLARED RY THE BRITISH AND AMERICAN CONSULS IN CUBA TO BE EXTREMELY CRITICAL! CE BALLOS WILL NOT INTERFERE! THE NEW CAPTAIN GENERAL TO DECIDE THE IS SUE? Ninth Pack. FREEING CUBA ! THE nEROIC EFFORTS AND SUFFERINGS OF THE PATRIOTS POR TRAYED BY MR. O'KELLY ! HIS PERI LOUS MARCH TO CUBA LIBRE t NEWS OF THE WAR I HOW IT IS CONDUCTED ! AN INTERVIEW WITH THE CUBAN PRESI DENT I THE SITUATION DEPICTED t HEN DERSON'S bogus interview-fifth and SEVENTH PAGES. CUBA I A MAP OF THE WAR-RAVAGED GEM OF THE WEST INDIES ? Sixth Pagk. BATTLE BETWEEN THE WHITES AND BLACKS IN LOUISIANA! THE NEGROES ROUTED WITH GREAT SLAUGHTER! DRIVEN FROM THEIR TRENCHES, THEY SEEK BEFUGE IN THE COURT HOUSE, WHICH IS FIRED AN1) A HUNDRED ARE SHOT WHILE TRY ING TO ESCAPE? Ninth Pack. NO NEW? FROM THE MODOC RATTLE GROUND! A GREAT STORM BREAKS THE WIRES! ANXIETY FOR INTELLIGENCE OF THE MOVEMENTS AGAINST THE SAVAGES N I NT 11 PAGE. GREEN AND THE CHARTER DISCUSSED! NEWS FROM THE CAPITAL OF THE STATE MARINE INTELLIGENCE ? Twelfth Page. THE KHAN OF KHIVA SEIZING THE REINS 1 HE EXECUTES HIS CHIEF ADVISER, IM PRISONS A RELATIVE AND OTHER LEADING MEN AND RELEASES IMPRIS ONED MUSCOVITES-Ninth Page. MURDER MADNESS I ASSAULT UPON A COL LECTOR OF THE NEW YORK GAS COM PANY IN A DOCTOR'S OFFICE I THE DOC TOR MORTALLY WOUNDS THE COLLECTOR! ? HOT CONTEST FOR LIFE-Seventh Page. ARRAIGNED FOR WIFE MURDER! GEORGE SHEFFLIN'S TRIAL PROGRESSING! THE CRIME! INTERESTING POINTS RAISED IN THE CARL VOGT EXTRADITION CASE! OTHER LEGAL BUSINESS ? Tenth Page. A SLEEP-WALKING HORROR! A BOY OF FIF TEEN LITERALLlf RUTCIIEKS A COMRADE WITH AN AXE! A REMARKABLE CASE Setenth Page. NEWS TELEGRAMS FROM CURA AND MEXICO MISCELLANEOUS TELEGRAPHIC ITEMS Niirrn Page. "* A DESTRUCTIVE CONFLAGRATION IN THE BAY STATE! THE CH1COPEE COTTON MILLS AND SIX THOUSAND BALES OF STOCK CONSUMED I HEAVY LOS.*? seventh Page. ON 'CHANCE! THE MONEYED BROKERS KEEP ING UP THE USURIOUS RATES! DECLINE IN GOLD AND STOCKS! THE BUSINESS AND QUOTATIONS? eleventh Page. ERIE'S LEGISLATIVE CONTROL ! MESSRS. MORRIS AND PRUYN TELL WHAT THEY KNOW OF ERIE OPERATIONS AT AL BANY?REAL ESTATE TRANSFE RS ? Tenth Page. Th* Great Storm in the West, an nounced in our despatches, seems to be of unusual severity. The telegraph wires are down on the lines to the Paciflo, and commu nication is therefore cut off for the present Until the storm abates sufficiently to allow the lines to be repaired we shall have to wait ror news from the seat of war in the lava >eds. Let us hope that with the reopening of e'egrophic communication will come the in elligence that the murderous Modocs are no Qore. Th* Pope. -A telegram from Rome reports hat the condition of health of the Pope re ?ained unchanged during the day yesterday, t was stated on Monday that his illness had tmo?t disappeared and that ho had given idience to different personages at the Vati ?n. Continued improvement from thia point onld almost assure convalescence. A Paris Dune rumor of yesterday alleged that the jpe was dead, but the statement was not con med at a late hour of the night. The Cham rlain of the Roman Church, Cardinal do talis, was summoned to Rome. The pecu f nature of the official functions of His Emi pce after the death of a Pope, as set forth in * columns, coupled with the fact of his 'cial call to the Vatican, afford ground for thought that the members of the Sacred 'lege have become solemnly impressed with idea that his presence may bo absolutely essary at an early moment. The Work of U? Herald Commit ?loner In Oaka Libre? A. Practical Refutation of tlu Spanlalt Charges. We publish in to-day's Hkuai-d de?i>atche? from the BritUh and American Consuls at Santiago de Cuba, emphatically declaring that the life of our special Cubuu commissioner, now imprisoned at Munzanillo, is in immi nent peril, and a press report from Havana, which take* a more hopeful view of his oase, although indicating that he may be for some time deprived of his liberty. Consuls Rama den and Young, who are in that part of the island where popular prejudice is the strong est against the daring and successful corre spondent, and where exaggerated rumors are the most likely to bo circulated, evidently fear that Mr. 0' Kelly may not be accorded a fair trial, aad that his reasonable request for the transfer of his oase to Havana will be refused. The Havana report, more likely to be inspired from official sources, states that the life of the prisoner is in no danger; that the trial will take place in that city; that the decision of the case will be left by the present Captain General to his successor, Genoral Pieltain, who represents the republican govern ment of Madrid; that the prosecution is based upon the fact that Mr. O' Kelly when captured had upon his person letters or a let ter from Cespedes, and that the English Con sul at Havana favors the release of the pris oner, although he "has acted contrary to the advice of the Consul in violating the laws of the country." Of the two conflicting views of the peril in which our commissioner stands we are disposed to accept as the most reason able that which is taken from the standpoint of the seat of government. We can readily believe that the friendly interposition of Presi dent Grant and Socretary Fish, united with the protest of a generous press, may have in duced the Captain General, who is all-power ful in the matter, to direct that when the caso shall have been prepared through the prelimi nary examination, its trial shall be transferred to Havana, and we cannot fear the result if the tribunal before which the prisoner is ar raigned shall be presided over by fair-minded and honorable judges. Hence, while we de sire to express our high appreciation of the interest and zeal in our correspondent's cause manifested by Consuls Ramsden and Young, we incline to the belief that tho fears they entertain are groundless. Simultaneously with these reports wc have received and publish to-day a timely and interesting letter from Mr. O' Kelly, giving an account of his arrival in the Cuban lines and of his interview with President Cespedes and other leaders in tho insurgent camp. This important communication affords the best commentary that can be made upon both the despatches to which we have alluded. Its calm, impartiul tone; its unvarnished picture of the coudition of the insurgent government and of the insurgent forces; its unsparing de nunciation of the savage cruelty that marked the conduct of the victorious Cubans in the a flair of Jiguani; its just tribute to the bravery of the Spanish troops engaged in that en counter, are one and all unpremeditated re bukes of the threats made against our cor respondent's life, and of the charges made against his honor. And while this letter, written and forwarded long prior to his arrest, when he had no reason to fear imprisonment or trial before a Spanish tribunal, furnishes irrefutable proof of the writer's neutrality and good faith; it also sets before the world in a powerful light the public importance and beneficial character of the mission in which he was engaged. It sup plies the governments and the people of the United States and of Europe with information they have long desired and failed to obtain. They will learn from its contents the true con dition of the insurrection ? its weakness and its strength ; the hard fare, the insufficient clothing, the scarcity of arms and ammuni tion, the roving government, toiling over mountains and hiding in forest fastnesses; the patient endurance of the men through all these trials and privations, proving their devo tion to the cause of free Cuba and their determination to continue the desperate struggle for independence. For the first time Spain and the United States will be made aware, through the statement of General Calixto Garcia, that in the earlier days o i the revolution the Cubans received encouragement and aid from England, and that the British government, eager to avert the supposed danger of the annexation of the island to the United States, proposed to the insurgents a confederation of the Antilles, expressing a willingness to abandon Jamaica for the purpose of facilitating its formation. Our statesmen will learn from this develop ment that the formation of a Republic of the Antilles is not an impracticable scheme ; that it may be promoted by tho recognition of Cuba as a free and independent Power accompanied by a positive re nunciation of all ideas and desires for an extension of our territory by annexa tion. They will discover that we may find in England a colaborer in the work of establishing independent republics over the whole Ameri can Continent wiere provincial governments now exist, if we can only succoed ia rcar.ovirg from her mind the erroneous impression that we desire to absorb all outlying States in our own confederation. Mr. O' Kelly's letter will further show, on the authority of President Cespedes as well as on that of his generals, that the insurgents in the field have set their faces stubbornly against a union with repub lican Spain ; that they have no faith in the stability of the Spanish Republic, and that their ultimatum is independence or extermina tion. No one will deny the public importance of all this information, both in a national point of view and in the cause of humanity. Tho solo crime of which Mr. O' Kelly has been guilty is that of gathering the intelligence from tho fountain-head of the insurrection at tho hazard of his life, and laying it before the world in a calm, dispassionate and impartial narrative. It is unnecessary here to follow our cor respondent through his stirring adventures, since no person will fail to read the graphic account of his visit to Cuba Libre from his own pen. His interesting letter brings vividly before the imagination his solitary and peril ous wanderings through a wild country in search of the rebel pickets, whose first welcomo might have been given in tho whizzing of tho deadly bullet ; his ride with tho wild, balf disciplined, bandit-looking raiders ; the brief id savage fight at tho ambuscade ; tho search for the wounded through tho dark woods, uot for the purpose of merciful help but with the fiendish object of completing the work of death ; the painful journey over rocks and through thick underbrush, only rendered passable by the lreo use of the m&ohete ; the arrival at the rod0 headquarters of the President of the homelass and waudering Republic ; the frugal breakfast with Cespedes in the hut, while over the rough, improvised table the two men held earnest converse on topics that may change the destinies of nations and influ ence the fate of millions. The story, intensely interesting as it is, will be read with avidity by all whose hearts beat in sympathy with the oppressed, and by all who desire to obtain re liable information of the condition, the hopes and the prospects of the Cuban insurrection. The Herald is now more especially called upon to consider those parts of Mr. O Kelly s letter whioh bear upon the present position of that gentleman as a prisoner in a Spanish dungeon.- We are informed through the press report from Havana, evidently inspired from an official source, that tho charge against Mr. 0' Kelly ia the possession of a letter from President Cespedos. The Spaniards do not care to inform us that the letter in question was addressed to the proprietor of the journal of which Mr. O' Kelly was the accredited agent; that, like the letter brought by our African commis sioner from Dr. Livingstone, it was a mere formal expression of thanks for the interest taken by a leading journal in the affairs of tho Cubans, and intended as a proof that the mission of our agent had been faithfully and thoroughly fulfilled. This fact is, however, made known to us through Mr. O' Kelly; and henco we insist that the possession of such a letter cannot be an offence against the Spanish Cuban laws, provided that such laws authorized any communication at all with the insurgent camp. Now, even if the Spanish military rules prohibit communication with the in surgents, they were nullified in Mr. O' Kelly's case by the express permission granted him by the Captain General to go wherever he pleased at his own risk, and by the failure of the Spanish authorities at Santiago de Cuba to restrain him from leaving their own lines to enter thoso of the insurgents, in accordance with his publicly avowed intention. More over, after his departure, the Captain General admitted that he would not be held to have been guilty of any offence if, on his return, he should be able to show that he had faith fully preserved the character of a neutraL It is true that Mr. O' Kelly was warned of the peril of joining tho insurgents, but this warn ing only meant that ho might lose his life in a chance encounter, or through the rifle of a scout on either side. Ho chose to brave the danger; he entered the Cuban camp, and in so doing he only availed himself of the direct and implied permission to do so extended to him by the Spaniards themselves. Under these circumstances we insist that our correspondent has violated no laws of Spanish Cuba, and that the letter he bears openly from President Cespedes to tho Herald is not a document the possession of which could be distorted into an act of treason. We discredit the insinuation conveyed in the Spanish report that the British Consul at that place brings any such charge against Mr. O' Kelly. If he does he would be unfit for the position ho fills. Mr. O' Kelly's instructions bound him to the strictest neutrality and im partiality. Neutrality was imperatively ne cessary for tho proper discharge of his duty as a correspondent, for the Herald is no par tisan of either side, and desires only to place reliable and impartial news before the public. If we favor the independence of Cuba we do so on the broad ground of freedom and humanity; but if the Cubans are unfit for independence, or if their struggle, however praiseworthy, is hopeless, the Herald will say so to the world, and advocate the cessation of tho wasting and cruel struggle. Had Mr. O' Kelly disregarded his instructions and for feited his character as a neutral we would have been prompt to denounce his conduct, even though we might have pleaded for his pardon. But, strong in our confidence in his honorable conduct, and confirmed in our judgment by every fact that has been brought to light, we proclaim his innocence of any offence against the Spanish-Cuban laws, we denounce his protracted imprisonment as a needless injury and insult, and we warn the Spanish authorities that any outrage com mitted upon 'him without legal warrant will arouse the indignation of the civilized world and recoil with terrible effect upon its perpetrators. Mr. O' Kelly's conscious ness of innocence and his high sense of honor alone have placed it in the power of the Span, ish authorities to hold him as their prisoner even for an hour. His lettter informs us that President Cespedes offered to send him home by way of Jamaica, and the receipt of his present communication is the best proof that he could have escaped without risk had he chosen to do so. He declined the offer, and boldly entered the Spanish lines with all his notes and documents in his possession. Ho trusted to Spanish honor for his safety, and it will be unfortunate for the nation if that trust skill be found to have been misplaced. We learn from our correspondent's letter that our first commissioner to Cuba, Mr. Henderson, oommitted a fraud upon the Herald and upon tho public when he pre tended to have had an interview with Presi dent Cospedes. The statement was false, and the Herald, in its duty as an independent public journal, hastens to expose and dc nouncc tho imposition. Our first duty is to the people, and while the deception might never have been brought to light, we cannot violate that duty by concealing the mortify ing truth. Mr. Henderson did well enough without resorting to fraud; but, eager to make his success appear complote, he for feited his honor and palmed off a false story upon the public through our columns. We make all the atonement in our power by this explanation, which will probably impress upon all correspondents the knowledge that our columns can never be mado tho vehicle for the imposition of false news upon the pul> lic. The dishonorable conduct of our first commissioner only servos to cnhance the value of the information we are now receiving from the mountain home of Cuba Libre. The Record or Crime in this city received another startling addition to its crimson page yenterday. The victim in this instance, Mr. Murray, ia a collector for the flew York Qw Company. He visited one Dr. Brown, in William street, for the purpose of coileoting a gas bill, and while writing oat a reoeipt for the same he was savagely attacked by the Doctor, armed with a liatohet. He succeeded in knocking down his assailant and making his escape, not, however, before he rooeived injuries which may prove fatal. The motive in this case was probably cupidity, as the collector, in m&kiug change, had occjution to pull out a large roll of bank notes. The Public Pre** and ttoc Modoc Atrocity. There is no more certain barometer of the

state of popular feeling in this country upon any prominent topic thau the public press. Hence, when any event of paramount interest occurs it is only necessary to consult the lead ing editorial columns of the chief daily papers to ascertain with a fair degree of accuracy how the pulse of the peoplo beats. With thjit view we will lead our readers through the columns of a number of our principal exchanges of yes terday, and exhibit to them the state of the press sentiment in regard to the latest savage atrocity, the assassination of General Canby, together with tho views in brief of the same journals in relation to the Indian peace policy of the government. Tho Springfield RepulAican? "The peace policy in its essentials must be maintained ? the peace enforcod by might, not resting on treaty or tribal consent " Tho Washington Chronide ? "The massacre will be terribly avenged" Boston Journal?" Tho onlypolicy now left is that of punishment, even to the point of extermination of all concerned." Boston Advertiser ? "Recent occurrences (the assassination of General Canby, Ac.) are no excuse for a reversal of the humane policy en tered upon by the present administration." Troy Times ? "General Canby lies dead to-day, a victim of lawless specu lators, who desired the army to be kept in the vicinity of the lava beds for mere purposes of gain. ' ' At the same time the Times advocates the extermination of the good for nothing tribes on the Pacific coast. Hartford Courard ? "There should be no mercy shown to the guilty brutes, and it would be a subject for gratification if their white con federates should be compelled to share their punishment" Rochester Democrat ? "Let their punishment be swift sure and as fierce as you will; but let not a single failure dis turb the noble policy of civilizing the race to which these criminals belong." Washington Star ? "There is only one righteous way of avenging his (Canby' s) doath ? that is, by sweeping from the face of the earth the whole miserable band, and this, it is comfort in this sad hour to know, the government has ordered to be done." Hartford rimes? "Extermina tion seems to be the word, and the small band of Modocs will apparently be destroyed from the face of the earth like so many hyenas." Albany Journal (administration) ? "In the main the peace policy has been successful; but this Modoc tribe is evidently outside the pale of all rules, and must be dealt with in the most summary and rigorous manner." Newark Journal ? "For humanity's sake let us have a complote ending of this childish, idiotic, yet cruel peace policy farce. Let us have no more palavering? no more temporiz ing ; but lot the policy be peace for peace, war for war; a heart for a scalp, a life for a life." Albany Arjus (anti-administration) ? "The wat of extermination must go on. Treachery must meet its deserts. But, sad thought a wise administration of allairs would have averted all." Newark Advertiser ? "Exter mination is the only penalty consistent with the dignity of the government or the preserva tion of any esprit in the army engaged in the thankless and inglorious task of fighting such a foe as the Indians." Buffalo Express ? They (the Modocs) have put themselves on a level with wild beasts and, like wild beasts, they will be remorselessly hunted down." Philadelphia Age ? "The demand is general for the destruction of the band of savages who did the deed." It will be seen from the above that the tone of the press is strongly in favor of the inflic tion of summary punishment upon the treach erous Modocs, while there still seems to linger a sentiment of sympathy for those poor and unoffending Indians who may be swept away in the general whirlpool of extermination which, by way of inexorable atonement the assassination of General Canby demands. The Eric Investigation and American Interest*. The English stock-jobbing firms who now control the Erie Railway have shown their appreciation of the method of handling boards of directors and legislators on this side of tho Atlantic, and have already ex pended an enormous sum of money in obtain ing possession of the Erie management. It is to be hoped that they will not influence the Assembly Investigating Committee to make a whitewashing report of the present con dition of affaire in the Erie corpo ration under the protecting dust of legisla tive corruptions three or four years old. The question of immediate interest is whether the American interests in a great line of travel are to be sacrificed to the speculations and sharp operations of English brokers and capitalists? It is a notorious fact that the dividend declared on the Erie stock was paid by increasing the debt of the corporation, And not out of the earnings of the road. If the committee should pretend to ignore this or to cover it up as not satisfactorily proven, they will take their place by the Bide of the legisla tors who have been convinced heretofore by railroad "arguments." They have not thor oughly examined the accounts, which show for themselves that the sum of one million seven hundred thousand dollars was not earned in the last six months of 1872. Thoy have not subpeonaed the ex-Auditor of the i Erie Railway or any expert who could expose this fact Havo they desired to ascertain the truth? It is also notorious tliat the English holders of stock and bonds in the Atlantic and Great Western road, which are a dead loss on their hands to the extf ut of nearly one hundred million dollars, have been prominent in Erie "reform" for the purpose of fastening the dead carcase of the Atlantic and Great Western upon the living body of Erie, and by this means recovering a portion of their loss. The Atlantio and Great Western, for the year end ing August 31, 1872, made, in round numbers, net earnings of one million three hundred and fifty Uioiwattd dvllart# out vf grow ovum* Qt I four million eight hundred thousand dollars and operating expenses of three million four hundred thousand dollars. Its outlays in rents of branch roads and rolling stook, with seven per cent Interest on fifty-nine millions of mortgage bonds, amounted to five million dollars, leaving the road with a deficit of over three millions six hundred thousand dollars. It is thia rotten and bankrupt concern that the English speculators and Bmart capitalists are seeking to fasten on to Erie. Will the investigating committeo aid these English jobs, or will they protect the American public ? On the side of the English sharehold ers is money; on the side of the American peo ple justice. The Assembly committee must decide between the two. Let them bring in a bill to prohibit the payment of unearned divi dends, and the making of any lease or contract between the Erio and the Atlan tic and Groat Western roads without the written consent of four-fifths of the Erie stockholders, and the people will give them credit for honesty. Such prohibition can harm no person if fraud is not contemplated. Let them refuse to do so, and attempt to white wash the English jobbing management, and the people will know them to be , well, we will explain what when the report is made, and an investigation of the investigators shall be in order. An Imperial Coup In Khiva and the Czar's Opportunity In Central Asia. The telegrams from St Petersburg, which we publish in the Hebald to-day, report im portant intelligence with respcct to the present prospect of the Russian march in Central Asia and the probable result of the imperialist cam paign against Khiva. The first existing aspect of the case has been suddenly and completely changed by the execution of a coup on the part of the youthful Khan in favor of the preten sions and claims of the invaders. Nativist internal dissension induced the opportunity of the foreigner. The Khan put his chief counsellor to death arid imprisoned his aged uncle and other prominent Khivans who were strictly opposed to Russia. His Highness sub sequently released the Russians who were held as prisoners by his government and despatched the liberated Muscovites on the way towards Orenburg in order that they should meet their armed countrymen who are advancing from that point against his capital. The Khan entertained, for some time, the most exalted patriotic resolve against the Russians. Why his policy has been so radically changcd will be better understood by a perusal of the facts which we append to our news telegram. His throne was claimed by a relative who invoked Russian aid and protection. The Khan was placed in the position of an Orleans prince to a Bourbon, and it may be that his violent course was adopted with the view of heading off a relative and throne rival after the old time fashion of royalists in more civilized countries. American correspondence, to the press and official, will soon give us the facts. The Kiowa and Comanche Penitents. Friend Enoch O. Hoag, Superintendent of In dian Agencies, in the pleasant city of Lawrence, Kansas, is a benevolent old gentleman, and lives, labors and waxes fiat in the hope of one day drawing all the savages of the Southwest into the guileless ways of the followers of George Fox. His success, so far, has not been such as to excite extravagant enthusiasm in the people of the border or even in his assistant dispensers of benevolenoe and blankets. The manifest destiny of the "young men" of the tribes to kill and be killed is more manifest now than when Friend Enoch began his labors some five years ago. Lo will not permit his children to be "medicined" by blackboard alphabets, or seduced from the tribal "ways" by diabolical suggestions of arithmetic, and the schoolrooms on the prairie are not attended by inquiring pap pooses, as, doubtless, they should be. As for the Indian adults, they, of course, need no instruction from an inferior race, and will have none. Nothing short of a miracle or a very clever interpreter could, therefore, ac count for the petition to the Great Father, which, Friend Enoch says, was prepared and "signed" by the loading chiefs of the Kiowa and Comanche tribes, and which will be found in another column of to day's Hebald. Now, as no interpreter or Quaker sub-agent would, of course, under take to prepare this touching petition, the miracle must be accepted as genuine. Like most miracles, however, it has its doubtful side. In the first place, the United States government has not made captive "more than a hundred of their women and children," or any Kiowa women and children ; but it has in captivity two of the greatest scoundrels on the Plains ? Sutanta and Big Tree, chiefs of the Kiowas? for the self-confessed crimes of murder and robbery. They arc now in prison in Austin, Texas, under sen tence of imprisonment for life. They are there by procoss of the Courts of the State of Texad, condemned for the murder of Texan citizens. For the federal government to interfere, as it seems it will interfere, to re lease them from prison and return them to their "young men," would not only be an un justifiable stretch of authority over the Ex ecutive of a State, but an exceedingly unwise act 8atanta was the war chiof of the "young men" of the Kiowas, and not only of that tribe, but of all their allied vagabonds; and Big Tree was his right-hand man. When General Sherman turned them over to the Texan authorities for trial and punishment he appointed a crafty Indian named Kicking Bird as successor to Satanta. This Kicking Bird pretended to have gTeat influence in his tribe and to bo an enthusiastic peace man. It turned out that he was neither. He had to share authority with Lone Wolf and others, and marauding went on as before. The "young men" pined for tho active leaderuhip of Satanta, who, as an or ganizer and commandor of raiding parties, was unequalled, and tho "young men" compelled tho chiefs to continually agitate for his release. They seem to have succeeded at last More insolent, treacherous nnd blood thirsty than the Modocs, or any other tribe on tho Continent these Indians have done nothing to merit this dangerous act of clem ency ; but on the contrary, have set the very worst example to tho Arapahoes, Apaches, Cheyonnes, Comanches and other bands affili ated with them. The release of Satanta and Big Treo will stir the warlike bands to tho . ltitfhwt .eitcli of unthuguwu ? fyjj JWMilfc* standing the whining tone of this hypo* critical petition to the Great Father^ these insolent Indians will regard the return of the war chiefs as evidenoc of weakness on tho part of the government; and will act accordingly. They are now mi well armed as oar troops ; the grass is grow* ing for the ponies ; unfortunate Texas is rieht in cattle, and there is a ready market on the other side of the Bio Grande. Verily this last phase of the Indian "peace policy" is worse than tho first The Louisiana. Muddlk has brought about a serious conflict between the whites and no* groes in a little town named Colfax, in Grant parish. The disgraceful condition of affair* in that State rendered it impossible to decida as to tho legality of the last elections, and the rival candidates in the town in question wer4 advised by "Governor" Kellogg to settle mat* tors between themselves. A collision an<t bloodshed were tho natural consequence**. The negres took possession of the Court House, threw up breastworks, and were finallf dislodged and defeated, with considerable loss; by an attacking forco of whites. A sad com* mentary on the management of Southern affairs by the government and additional die* grace on Congress for leaving the rival parties in Louisiana in a quandary as to the legality of their respective claims. The Gaixamtbt and important services o| the Rev. Mr. Anoient at tho Atlantic disaster will not go unrewarded, to judge from e despatch from Halifax which we publish to* day. A testimonial fund has been started by. the gentlemen sending die despatch, and cer tainly there are plenty of admirera of plod) and humane endeavor to swell the list to large dimensions. PERSONAL INTELLIGENCE. General J. N. Knapp, of Governor Dlx's staff, tia4 quarters at the 3t. Nicholas Hotel. Ex-Congressman William Williams, of Buffalo, bf stopping at the Filth Avenue Hotel. Paymaster J. N. Campbell, or the United Stated Navy, Is among the late arrivals at the Astog House. Ex-Senator Cole and family loit Washington ye? terday for California. Jesse Grant, son of the PreBl* dent, accompanied them. The dread repute that Victor Hugo made ror Ma "devil fish" has been dissipated by a hungry "dog in the Brighton (England) Aquarium, whictt made a very good meal of the octopus In the s&mg tank. ? : Dr. Vaughan, Roman catholic Bishop or Salford,' lately delivered a remarkable sermon In Rome la eulogy or the Irish as "an apostolic raoe," set apart by Providence to do the missionary work o 4 the Church. The case of the counsel or Laura D. Fair against that lady for the recovery of his fees has closed in San Francisco. Laura says lawyers, doctors and women have combined to fleece and Injure her4 Poor woman I The London Times of the 28th ult had a long article on the conviction in Paris of the Trans* Continental Railroad bond operators, which It con cluded by saying that the sentence of General Fremont, in his absence from the tribunal, "is a stigma on the name of Fremont which not even the gain of ?140,000 sterling ban efface." A crazed American, whose name Is unknown# went to Windsor Castle one day last month and declared himself a son of Queen Victoria, saying that she had informed him of the fact while in Ger? many. Being Informed that If he persisted In an noying the people of the Castle he would be con fined In a lunatic asylum lor life, he determined td forego his mother's affection, quickly complete his sight-seeing In England and return to America. AMUSEMENTS. "Divorce" at the Fifth Avenue Theatre* The reproduction of Mr. Augustln Daly's play of "Divorce" at the Fifth Avenue Theatre last nighll was an event of more than usual brilliancy. lW stage settings were superb, and the cast was botte the largest and the strongest of the season. With the exception of Mr. Griffiths, who Is an actor of unusual merit, all the best members of the Fifth Avenue company not en*, ployed at the Grand Opera House werd in the bill, and the result was a flair idea of thd most excellent thing in the way of dramatic art which Mr. Daly can offer. The married Ten Eyck sisters were represented, as before, by Miss Daven port and Miss Morris, both playing their parts wltk discrimination? the one exhibiting the recto? less impetuosity or the wife who wants a divorce because she cannot anger her husband, however much she tries, and the other the calm determination of the woman who has angered herd wltaout trying and was injured thereby. Misd Fanny Morant, as Mrs. Ten Eyck, was skilful and artistic, as usual? the complete master of hee art? but she showed at times the unnecessary, coldness and unconcern which of late has occa sionally marred her acting. Mrs. G. H. Gilbert, as Mrs. Judge Remp, played the old-fashioned wifd with great fidelity and beanty, and, with the ex ception or Miss Linda Dletz, as Grace, completed the list or ladles in the original cast. Mr. Louis James, as Captain Lynde; Mr. Davldge, as D* Witt; Mr. James Lewis, as Templeton Jltt, Esq.; Mr. D. Whiting, as Judge Kemp; Mr. George De Vere, as Dr. Lang; Mr. Owen. Fawcett, as Jim, and Messrs. Chapman and Beeicman as Christmas and Guinea, played their old parts with their old skill. The new faces wera Mr. George Clarke as Alfred Adrlanse, Mr. B. T. Ringgold as the Rev. Harry Duncan. Mr. Charles Fisher as Burrltt. Miss Sara Jewett as Flora Pen field, and Miss Kate Claxton as Molly. Mr. Ciarks portrayed an excellent picture of a man who married without consideration, snspected his wife on insufficient grounds, and suffered and re pented like a gentleman who, having done a toollslB thing, was slow In learning how to do a wise action. He makes the part extremely natural and vers human. Mr. Ringgold's "Rev." is not sufficiently clerical; and though he is called in the bills s successor to th$ rpartyrs. he can hardly be qaL^d a succefw. Yfie pSri Or Burrltt falls below ths general excellence or the comedy, and It Is a great compliment to Mr. Fisher's abilities that ne was able to make or it a playful and not altogether in congruous creation. Miss Jewett played Florn with sweetness and simplicity, and was quito as charming the Florids ? roves, among which the was 1Ja l>udt" he Florida scenes were very fine? ss fine, Indeed, that In this case at least the scene Jtainter Improved npon nature, and Improved upon t to a degree that hereafter we shall prcrer Florids scenery on the stage to seeing it in Florida. But It was not left entirely to the scene paint ers to surpass nature, ror Miss Claxton was too pretty to be Moll/ the maid, and her brogue was sweet endnirh to secure the praises or old General Scott, ir he were still alive and a candi date ror the Presidency. The piece west rattier slowly last, night and It was midnight before ths curtain fell, but within a day or two, we presume, the time or representation will bo brought down to the old limit. Musical tnd Dramatic lVotcs. MissCassely gives a reading and concert this evening at Steinway's. The second piano recital of Miss Anna Mehlig takes place this afternoon at Stelnway HalL A benefit concert, to take place somewhere, is announced In behair or a tailor In Third avenue. Slgnor Moderati, the musical director of ths Tamberllk opera Company, has arrived in this city from Havana. Williamsburg, which has been languishing for several years past for want of a theatre, is at last to have one. It is to be known as Apollo Hall, and will be opened on Friday evening with Mr. Edwin Eddy la some or his sensational specialties. Mr. Jerome Hopkins, whose efforts in the csuss or the orpheon Society's free choir schools havs been both praiseworthy and successful, gave last evening, at the Church of the Asoenslon, an Faster tide musical service of a very Interesting char acter. Slgnor Albites introduced a number of hln be' pupils before a large audiencd at the Union Loaf'4 Theatre on Monday evening. Miss Daly, Miss Mrs. Gl'.man, Mrs. Robinson, Miss Simmon? ia> Burgy, Miss Estelle and a number of gou ""jn interpreted a very interesting programing*" ' Italian. Mine. Gngsanlga took part la t,h

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