Newspaper of The New York Herald, April 28, 1873, Page 3

Newspaper of The New York Herald dated April 28, 1873 Page 3
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CONSECRATION. Grand and Impressive Ceremonies in the Cathedral at Baltimore. A New Bishop for the Diocese of Savannah. Hie Youngest Catholic Prelate in America. SKETCH OF HIS CAREER Large Concourse of Clergy and Laity on the Occasion. Baltimore, April 27, 1873. Rev. Williom H. Gross, a priest of the Order of the Most Holy Redeemer, was to day consecrated Bishop of Savannah in St. Peter's Cathedral, in the presence of the Archbishop, nearly all the bishops of the province of Baltimore, the clergy of the archdiocese and a congregation which crowded the sacred edifice to Its utmost capacity. THE NEW PRELATE was born in this city on the 12th of Jane, 1837. and Is probably the youngest bishop in the United Slates. His preparatory studies were made in St. Charles' College, the Petit Seminary of St. Sur plice, at Ellicott'B Mills. In 1857 he entered the novitiate of the Redemptorlsts, at Annapolis, made his profession of religion in this order on the 4th day of April, 1868, was ordained by Archbishop fcenrick, March 21, 1863, so that to-day, alter little over ten yearB' labor as a devout and zealous priest, he is elevated to the high honor of a Bishop before he has attained his thirty-sixth year. From the time of his ordination down to the present day he has been one or the most indefatigable laborers In the vineyard of the i^ord. He has travelled over the whole country, and his eloquent voice has been heard in nearly every Catholic church in the South and West. His success in this field attracted tlie Attention of Popo Pius the IX., and last month the Papal Bull appointing him a Bishop was received by him while in charge of the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Help at Boston, although the announcement of both his and Father Corrigan's appointments had been published in the Herald early in February, a month before the official papers were received. About two weeks ?so Father Gross came to Baltimore and went to Bt. Alphonsus' church, where he has been prepar ing to enter upon his new station by a spiritual re treat, and which terminated yesterday. THE DIOCESE OF SAVANNAU. Bishop Gross is the firth Bishop of Savannah. The first bishop of this newly established see was Right Rev. Francis Xavier Gaitlaud, D. D., who was consecrated on the 10th of November, 1850, ind died on the 20th of September, 1861. His successor, Right Rev. John Barry, D. D., received consecration August 2, 1857, and died of the yellow fever, November 21, 1850. Right Rev. Augustine Verot, D. D., was consecrated Vicar Apostolic ef Florida April 25, 1858; trans ferred to Savannah in July, 1861, and rotransferred to St. Augustine, Fla., March 11, 1870. The fourth bishop, Right Rev. Ignatius Persico, D. D., was consecrated Bishop or Gratianapolls, in partibus, luue 4, 1854; transferred to this diocese March 11, 1870, and resigned on account of ill health the latter part of last year. To-day he officiated for the last time, and preached his farewell sermon at the Cathedral of St. John in Savannah. Baltimore, the OLDE8T CATHOLIC 8KB IN TQE UNITED STATES, has witnessed many interesting scenes in the prog ress ol tue Catholic Church in this country. Sixty three yearB ago Bishop Carrol was the only Catho* lie prolate in the United States. In 1810 the soleirfn ceremony witnessed to-day was perlormed lor the first time. It is a coincidence that the Catholic Church of the United states, which for two centu ries, in the midst of the greatest obstructions, had been upheld by the fervent zeal of its missionaries, received after the Revolution such rapid increase that the Holy See, In 1789, the beginning of our ad ministration of Presidents, thought it advisable, instead of apostolic vicars, to appoint a per manent Episcopal See in Baltimore for the whole United States. In 1808 it was erected into a metropolis, and in 1610 the first Bishop of Boston, Right Rev. John Che venus; of Philadelphia, Right Rev. John Eagan, and for Bardstowu Right Rev, B. J. Flaget, were consecrated in this city. Right Rev. Dr. Luke Concannon had been appointed for the new see of New York, but died at Naples when on the point of embarking for the United States. The memories which cluster about the old Cathedral, revived on such an occasion as to-day, gladdened the hearts of the clergy and laity of this venerable see. Within a few years children of the Bother of provinces and dioceses have been consecrated bishops. One, Bishop Foley, now in Chicago; an other, Bishop Gibbon, of Richmond, were both natives or Baltimore and priests of this very Cathedral. Now a third son Is conse crated, whose promotion is to be considered less as a reward for his apostolical virtues than as a common blessing upon the fiock committed to his care. Tbe INTERIOR OP THK CATHEDRAL to-day was a aoene of floral bounty. The grand altar and tbe side altars were burdened with the choicest exotics, perfuming the sanctuary and breathing tbe sweet incense of Spring throughout tbe vast auditorium. Hundreds of candles shed a mellow light over the exqnlaite bouquets and gar lands or flowers adorning the aitars, and even the ?ombre marble seemed warm with the spirit ol joy andgladnesB. The usual arrangements had been made, for the accommodation ol the hishops and clergy? the former occupying seats on the dais erected on eitnerside of the sanctuary, while tne latter had seats parallel with the communion rail ing. The scholastics from the Seminary were pro vided with benches outside the railing. A more lovely day could not have been desired, for Nature seemed propitious In every way. Long before eleven o'clock a largo number of the clergy had assembled at the Archbishop's residence, the ?tateiy front and wings ol which presented an ex ceedingly dlncy and unsightly appearance, showing several failed colors, or rather no colors at ail; betraying a penitential look that should move some benevolent heart to bestow upon them a coat of paint. The attendant priests and bishops, robed in the cathedral, the visiting clergy in the house, where the procession was formed, and at ten minutes before eleven started in the following order .? ORDER OF PROCESSION. Censor bearer and the bearer of the incense bpat, forty boys, acting as a< olytes, marching in double tile, dressed In scarlet cassocks, luce sur plices and narrow ermine collars. Next came the seminarians, in black cassock and plain white sur plice, fallowed by the clergy of the archdiocese nod the visiting clergy from oilier dioceses, prominent among whom were the Redemptorist Fathers. All were robed in cassock and lace surplice. Tlu-n came the Bishop elect, with Bishop BeclWf. of Wil mington, I>ei., on his right, and Bishop (iltv 4?oii, of Richmond, on nls left, both of whom were secretaries at one time to the late Archbishop Spalding. The assistant bishops were robed in ro< liets, stoles, copes and mitres. Following these were Bishops Williams, of Boston; Wood, of Philadelphia ; Mullen, of Krlt; Doiueuec. 01 Pittsburg, and Shanahan, of Scrantoti. Tbe Archblsftop, with Rev. Fathers Lee and Volte as deacons of honor. Rev. Father John Foley as as sistant priest, and Rev. Fathers Lyman and Bart Jett as deacon and sub-deacon, ail in full vestments, luitiit (i the rear. As THK PROCESSION moved slow iv along North Charles to Mulberrv, ami thence t.'< the main entrance of the Cathedral, the "l enedu'tuM" was chanted by the clergy, white the paUi was redolent with the burning myrrh. A l.vge number of spectators were assembled In t^ie streets and about the porllco 01 th<i ehurch to witness the pageant. The main aisle of the cathedral was kept clear, ami when the heRd of the prooethion reached tne sanctuary the acolytes formed in open runks, tne ecclesia- tics tak ing the seats assfgne* them, wmie the grand mart h, so oiten pcriornied here on lestival occasions, pealed irom the grand orirau. The Archbishop proceeded to his episcopal throne and was vested in full pontificals lev the service, the Bishop elect, repairing to the slae altar, where he was robed with the amice, alb, cincture, stole and cope. TIIK CKREU0N1 IN THK HANCTt'AHY. Having reached the sanctuary the Archbishop was addressed by Bishop UlWlOiis in these words:? *'Tue tailibUO church, our .Wjit Mother, requests that this priest now presented to you be promoted to tlie order of Episcopacy." Archbishop Bay ley, o til cutting as consecrating bishop, then ordered the mandate to be i ead, an proaf of the lawfuluess of bis appointment and mission. The Bishop elect then gave the most expressive assurance of his lalth by promising never to separate Iron that apostolical Church, the inotier of Churches, from which he received his mistiion. lie next made a solemn and sacred profession of fidelity to the canons and traditions of the Church ; a promise to jiersevere during iiis hie in communion with its visible head aud to testily to him en all occasions the submission, zeai, attachment and veneration due 10 him. Au exact declaration of his faith and doctrlae was then mauc by the Bishop eiect, witn a promise in all things to hear and follow the teach ings or the Church. The examination being concluded, SOLEMN PONTIFICAL MAS8 was began. Alter reciting with the consecrating prelate the first prayer of the mas* at the mot 01 the altar, father Gross withdrew to the sacristy to clothe himseli with the vestments osed iu the cele bration of mass. The epistle and gradual having been read, Archbishop Bayley took nis seat on the episcopal throne, witii the elect opposite f??.i '? rehJlhdlng him again of the functions and obligations of his charge. ' A bishop," said he, "must judge and interpret in matters of faith, consecrate, offer sacrifice, bap tize and coulirm." Fattier Gross then nrostrated himself before the altar, while the bishops, clergy and people recited the litany of the saints, to so licit the Church trlnniphuut in heaven, to unite with the prayera oi the Church militant on earth, particularly the Holy Apostles' and Pontltl's, to make interest with tne Lord in favor of their suc cessors In tne government of churches. The conse crating Bishop, at the end of the litany, showered bies.-lugs upon the prostrate Bishop elect expres sive ol the ardor or the prayers 01 the Church for him. The consccrator, with the assistant bishops, then laid upon the head or the elect the book of the Holy Gospel, which was kent exposed upon his head until alter the unction, signifying that a bishop canuot preach the Gospel with success unless he be him seli penetrated with its maxims and inured to ita salutary yoke. Meantime the moat essential cere monies were performed, viz., the imposition of hands and the unction of the lioly chrism. The Arch biauop and all the biatiops laid their hands upon him, saving, "Kccelve thou the Holy Ghost." The heautilul , PRAYER OP TIIK CON8KCRATOR, S which prefaced thla solemn part of the cercmoMy was ua follows : ? / Almighty Father, Eternal Ood. the only sonriVfrom which spring all the honor* of the sacred digaitiX Insti- , tuu'd lor lny glory! O Uoill who con versing ^witli no/ wonderful familiarity with Thy servant Mow/amon g! other heavenly precepts didst trace to him tJb lorm or the uontiflcul ornaments and order him to Amu the Aaron, amid the solemnity of/iacrtflces, Z\Ji, .P* k 1'y*lic&1 . garments, that / ponterity might thereby derive instruction from the Axnmple of KJ I. 2![e'?i'LergJ anJ lUat no ttse should txfdeprlved of the light ajfTky knowledge. The loresight qf things sig nified excited reverence in our fathers, anf the reality ??., ?2iw???e(1 18 H0'6 wn^ihie to uf than the ob scurity of the things prefigured. To the galments of the ancient priesthood succeeds the inward adprning of the ?onL Costly attire is uo louger the glory Tt the I'ontlfl cal dignity, but the cltulgencc of those virtJes wnich that external "pomp was Intended to slgnity. JWe therefore beseech Thee, O Lord, to grant grace td Thy servant, whom rhou hast chosen for so sublime an ttenor, tnat he may tfclthrully represent in his manuer and all his ic?Vh: ?J*fc*PKVer.ff*? Prert?ur?d by the magnificence with which Iheu didst surround the ancient priesthood. Replenish him with Pontifical perfection; adorn him with its glory and Interior beauty, and sanctity him bv a copious (illusion of Thy heavenly unction. Before the annointing with the holy chrism the hymn "Verii Creator" was begun, and during the singing the oonsecrator poured the chrism upon the head o f the elect, re citing a prayer chiefly extracted from the Scriptures. Next was intoned the 132U Psalm, which celebrates the unction or the high priest, Aaron? "Behold, how good and how pleaB ant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity," during which the hands of the elect were anointed. The crozler. or pastoral stall, symbolic of his power and duties in the government of hie flock, wh de* Uvered to the new Bishop, and the rlug, symbol of his spiritual union witn the Church, was placed on his finger. The Book of the Gospels, which till this time had been kept on his head and neck, was now delivered into Ms Jianda as a sacred deposit com mitted to his ildeiity. TIIK KISS OP PEACE was given by the consecrated new Bishop and asMstant Bishops, and Bishop Gtobb retired to prepare tor the continuation 0/ the celebration of mass. Alter reading the gospel he presented to the Archbishop his offerings, consisting of two lighted candles, two small vessels of wine and two ornamented loaves of bread. From that time till the end of the mass they officiated together, the new Bishop communicating from the same host and the same chaiice. THE LAST BENEDICTION having been given, the mitre symbol of a spiritual helmet was placed on the Bishop's head. The gloves, symbol of that perfect purity In which ho must preserve those hands which are to be Incessantly raised to heaven lor his people, were also given him. This ended the consecration ceremonies, and the Archbishop, to do honor to his new colleague, es corted him to his own scat and intoned the "To Denm," the hymn of gratitude and ol tie triumphs of the Church. The new lilshop then left the Sanctnarv and pro ceeded down the main aisle of the cathedral. to distribute upon the pceple his first episcopal bless ing. Returning to tne altar and the hymn ended, he alone having a mitre and bearing the pastoral staff, gave the vast congregation the last solemn benediction. Then, addressing hlmscir to the Archbishop, he repeated thrice, in token of grati tude, the wisn for a long and happy ministry, and again renewed the kiss of peace, the new Bishop retiring to the sacristy, while the mass was con cluded by tne reading or the last gosnel. a most impressive scene. The ceremonies were four hours in duration ending just as the clock in the tower tolled three and those who were rortnnate enougli to witness them rrom the galleries in the nave ol the''athedral say that a more impressive scene in church cere monial could not he imagined, in some parts it was grandly dramatic and Impressively beautiful For Instance, after the examination or the Bishop elect was finished and the principal part ?r the ceremony was to he carried out the back ground or the sanctuary was the high altar with Its pyramid ol lights and Rowers, anna 1'ariau vases and golden candelabras, the apex of the pyramid belug formed by the crucifix which rests upon the delicate murbie canopy. The glow 01 mellow tints rrom myriad tapers rested upon the floral tributes which decked the altar, softening the sunace of the hlgh.y polished marble and ULEAMINO ON TIIK GOLDEN VESTMENTS or the Archbishop and his attendants as they knelt under the shadow of the tabernacle. On the right or the altar were the venerable Bishops In their purple robes, on the left the Vicar General and attendant clergy, at the root or the altar steps the assistant Bishops and participants in the service while across tne sanctuary, in soli* battalions were the kneeling priests and seminarians, like soldiers besieging the throne of the King 01 Kings with their silent prayers. Iu the midst of this assemblage was the prostrate Bishop elect, his head resting 011 a purple pillow at the lower step of the altar. The Litany of the Saints was in toned by the Seminarians, whose well trained voices brought out all that Is grand In THE (3KE30RIAN CHANT, the tones filling the dome and echoing among the massive columns in the rear of this great edifice IheantlDnon was sung by the clergy, and, when the Litany was finished, there followed a sudden change in the grouplug of the participants. The prostrate priest arose and knelt before the Arch bishop. The assistant Bishops, in their richlv embroidered satin copes, stood on either side the deacon, sub-deacon and attendants tormcd about the Archbishop, who, with the assistants, laid their hands simultaneously upon the head or the elect, when the solemn invocation. "Receive TIIOU THE HOLY 0I10ST," was heard, and he who but a moment before knelt as a priest had in that instant been elevated to the dignity of the Episcopate, the peer of those who had long enjoyed thi?, honor, lilx head was then bound with linen cloth, the hymn "Venl Creator Spiritus" Intoned, and while this was being sung, chrism was poured upon the head of the new Bishop, like ihe i reclous ointment on the head thatran down upon the beard or Aaron. AKTKi TIIK OPKEHTORY had been said, aud during the exquisite rendition by Mrs. Shriver or Prodi's Inimitable "Ave Maria Stella,-' with violin obligatoby Proiessor Hosewalo, six stalwart seminarians marched up the main aisle, the first two bearing lighted candles, the next leaves 01 bread, covered with gold and silver ornaments, and the lust two tiny casks or wine, which were presented by the Bishop to the Arch bishop, as the Metropolitan of the Province to which the new Bishop had been assigned. Then followed a scene remarkable for its CtlM Hi NATION ok pistinuumheu characters, ' Archbishop Bayley, Bishops Gross, Becker, aud uiobons, and Fathers Koley, Lyman, and liartlett, ail rohed id the riclest vestments of the church, | standing together at t"he main altar. The preiace na?i been ?uug, the "Sanctns" chauted, when the Wa? 'inietly encircled by the lorty acolytes bearing lighted tspcrs and forming a cordon of neiy tongues about the celebrants, who la unison y rcatl the cunon of the mass, repeating nithl ?ycn.the ?oll'mn words at the consecration U wed nn.1 *'ue- Th0 of night lot SIMM rj I ,l9r * moment's adoration eaine the Havfln^ lmnJr!)rP? cbnlr *al,ery rendered In in the nin ? r ^ he who coineth ioi rnno ne Lord." '"e shrill voice of the flke the earn? *r , V.e ry part of the ?tne.lrnl, the first f?hi^ JrJliat 1),oke "ie silence 01 hvmn of Mm r. V, e """""union over, the H sh "n . ^so'ri hl L !? ' waH intoned, the new it isnop iiiesseo tne people and the luiorcssive cere mony was finished. luiprissivt cert . ? the sfrvon KhTfo.uie? of St- Alphonsns' Bedemptorlst order, who spoke "aMe'nirtS'nn1 m"* sublime dtguitv of the KfdstCV ItsTlanon to the Church militant, the respect tho falthnn sh.,nid have lor It. and. in conclusion, a,i,i? ! 1 ! ' associate in the most leellng manner, bid tng |?m persevere in Ms new oftic- until he had flnishPrt the good light and was called bv the . Priest to fi.s eternal reward The mVs .nnV' Haydn's "Coronation," with or^nn ,8 1 merit and a chorus of over fiftv voices. Amon? I the visiting c.ergy were Hev. M Cullman uasto? of the Church of the Immaculate Com-antlm? 1 Atlanta, and Kev. James O'Hara. assistant na"tor 1 at Augusta, who will accompany the new Bishon I on Tuesday to Savannah. On tfcat day Archbishoo ! Bayley wlilieare for Newark, to be present on Hun day next at the ci nseciatiou 01 hn ?ucces?or Kev. lather Corrlgun. WASHINGTON, Washington, April 27, 1873. The Treasury Programme for May. The Secretary of the Treasury has directed the Assistant Treasurer at New York to sell $1,OOU,OJO in gold on the first, third and tilth Thursdays, and (1,600,000 on the second and fourth Thursdays? in all, $6,000,000; and to bay $500,000 bonds on the flrst and $500,000 on the third Wednesday of May? In all $1,000,000. The Secretary has also directed the payment without rebate on and after Munda.v, 28th Inst, of the interest One on bonds May 1. The Herald Correspondent In the Lava Beds and the Military. Colonel E. 0. Mason, Twenty-flrst Infantry, writ ing lrom tho camp on Lost River March 2, 1873, says "I must tell you about Mr. Fox. It Is the best thing out. Mr. Fox is the reporter for the New York Herald. He Is a nice gentleman? an Eng lishman?formerly of the British army, an I lias been all over the world." lie then tells of the re fusal of permission to go with the party to t he lava beds and or Fox's starting alone, just us published. He adds that "Falrchilds told me that ho told Fox that he was risking his life, but Fox said, 'It's all right. If the Iddians kill mo the Hkhai.i> will take care of my lainily.' When the Indians came up Fox told them ho wrote letters lor big paper, long way off; that what he wrote the Great Fatner would read, as he read the paper every day. These Modoos know what a newspaper is and were much pleased. Mr. Fairchilds said that they took him around and showed him all about the place. Is there any place ailF.KAi.o reporter will not go? Injustice to Mr. Fox I will add that he told Mr. Fairchilds that if General Canby had told him not to g* he would not have gone; but that he didn't care * tl n lor the other l'eace Commissioners." Again, writing on March 29, he savs, "Mease subscribe for the Herald for me. Mr. Fox's letters, which I wanted to see, have never been seen by anv oi us, except lila account of the fight, winch was sent to >*re of the officers, and is the only correct one we have seen. Mr. Fox is a good fellow, tho best and gentlemanly newspaper man I have met." Another Contribution to the Congns* Clonal Conscience Fund? S. S. Cox Km ' phaslxea His Kcinarlcs "on the Back. Pay Steal." General Spinner. Treasurer of the United States, is in receipt of the ioilowing letter, dated New York, April 20:? Dear Sir? My brother-in-law, Mr. Samuel S. Cox, desired me on his return lrom Florida last week to send you the enclosed check lor $4,812. it la the so-called back pay for the lust Congross, of which he was a member lrom the Sixth district of this city. Shortly alter the adjournment he de posited this sum as a special lund with ray Dank, to be deposited In some way otherwlso than for his own aggrandizement. He be lieved that this fund was his to dispose of, or, as he phrased it, he was a "trustee with out Interest," except that general Interest which every citizen has In fair leglstatlon and federal taxation. He has, by vote anil Bpeech upon tne bill when belore Congress, expressed his views against this increase of salary without re flecting on his brother Congressmen 4He begs me to say to yon that tins act ot his Iiiib only been de layed by a bereavement, which has preoccupied hit time sinoe the adjournment. Ho leaves to you the proper mode of conveying the money into the Treasury. If you think it best to cancel so much of the debt you can do so. As ho never expected to receive this fund, and as it was not part of his contract when he entered upon his duties, and us he cherishes the good will ol his proper constitu ents in Ohio and New York, he desires to make his remarks against the measure emphatic by this dis position of the money. Very trulv yours, *c., JOHN A. HARDKNUURGH. THE BAILORS' TROUBLE. Jlo New Phages*? The Ships Still WtUlCut Men. The trouble among the sallors'jwrtmting house keepers manifested n? new pha?^s yesterday. The ships which have been detalnad in harbor for want of sailors to man them still He at their docks, the "poor Jacks" not having the inclination or temer ity enough to venture to ship without the authority of their masters, the boarding house keepers. The captains ?f the vessels which arc detained are extremely indignant at the state of affairs, and they say they do not care a cent who supplies them with crews, whether Captain Duncan or the boarding house keepers, if they are only enabled to leave. The North American, a large vessel en gaged in the Australian trade, is lying off Bedloo's Island, wanting to move, but scarcely a man can be procured, and the situation Is becoming so embarrassing that the Captain Is getting lurlous and is roundly abusing all parties. In the Herald ol yesterday morning It was stated that Mr. Christian Llebers, of 84 West street, was a Hebrew. Mr. Liebcrs begs to state that he is not a Hebrew, and has never had any connection with the present troubles, lie says be has not had any dealings with Captain Duncan and does not chip sailors, and has no occasion to get Into any dispute. Hib sole business, us he says, is to board sailors, and lie does not dictate to them what ships they should sail in. It is likely from present appearances that a good many ships will be without sailors lor some days to come. "Poor Jack." New York, April 26, 1873. To TitE Editor of the Herald Sir? Looking over your valuable paper this morning I saw an account of the "Boarding House and the Shipping Commissioner." As I have been to sea all my life? nearly thirty years? please allow me to state that the abuse which poor Jack has to take irom those boarding house keencrs is learlul. They steal all Ills money, which ain't much, to be sure, and ply him with so much benzine that he does not know what he is doing, then ship him on board of some ship and rob liini of his advance money, and if he fays a word, why then they nearly kill him, ana I think by your taking the side of poor Jack you are doing a charity. Yours, truly, CAPTAIN OF till 11'. HEBREW BENEVOLENT AND ORPHAN ASYLUM SOCIETY. Annual Meeting and Election of Offi cer*? A Stormy Encounter? Consolida tion of Hebrew Charitable Associa tions? Little "Eureka." The Hebrew Benevolent and Orphan Asylum Society, established in the year 1822, held an j annual meeting yesterday at the institution on the corner of Seventy-seventh street and Third ave nue. Over two hundred gentlemen attended, and the meeting was presided over by Mr. fclyer Stlen. Considerable debate occurred on the most ad visable manner of dlstribnting relief to indigent Jews, and a fusion of the charitable Hebrew insti tutions was proposed, having a central board of relief, with delegates from the various charitable Institutions. With reference to the lunds disposed of by the Society during the past year over nineteen thousand dol lars, allegations were made by Mr. Israels that the money had been somewhat recklessly expended. This brought Mr. P. W. Frank, the chairman of the Charity Committee, to his feet, who indignantly repelled the insinuation, and 81VEKAL PERSONALITIES on both sides were indulged in. The following resolution, presented by Mr. Meyer S. Isaac, was almost unanimously adopted. That a upeclal committee of fifteen tie appointed to In quire into the method ol distribution of relief now pur sued by tills society, und to report whether an improved system may be InailUitod, and aise a plan for co-oper ating with other Koeielii'g; and further, thai this commit ter report to this society at a speciul meeting to be held in the fall of 1873. The following gentlemen were then appointed the committee by the chairman Meyer a. Isaac, Lazarus Rosenheld, L. P. Levy, s. M. Cohen, Hon. J. Ko< h, Bernard lllrsch, A. fallen, N. Llthaner, L Beraheimer, M. ElUnger, Morris Werner, H. Lewis, <l. Rosenblatt, F. Gotthold and E. Herrman. The financial affairs of the society are in a very flourishing condition, and show assets on hand of |127, 38H 57. being an increase of $10,185 02 over the assets held a year ago. 'Ihe orphan asylum con tains at the present moment 133 boys ami fifty girls. Among the latter Is a beautiful child of lour years old, named "Eureka." who was laid at the door of the asylum on New Year's Day, I860, when a new born inlant. The industrial school, adjoining, is now completed, and has twenty-two apprentices working there, at printing and shoemuking, Ac. A handsomely got up magazine, called Yaunq Israel, is published monthly in this establishment, its edlto- being Mr. L. Scnnabel, Superintendent of the orphan Asylum. One of the curious institu tions of the place is the "Book of Life," placed there by'Mr. Morgenthaler, containing a list of donations to ti.e minutes of the Orphan Asylum. It is a most gorgeous afTair, and contains, among other kiguat'ares, that of the late James Fisk, jr., for $2VO. ELECTION OF OFFICERS. The following officers were elected President, Myer Stern ; Vice President, Jesse Sellgman; Treas urer, S. T. Mever; Directors, O. M. Leventrott, P. \V. Frank, Benjamin J. Hart. L. J. Phillips, Jacob Goldsmith, Jonas Heller, S. Solomon, Leopold Llth aner, Ignatt Hteln, M. Cohu, J. Hoffman, s. Steru berger, M< ses Good kind, John Kan, E. Lehman, 8> flyman, H. Klce, i? Lew en good : Secretary, H. j Goldsmith; superintendent ol the Orphan Asylum, Louis Schnsbel. In addition to the lorcgoing offi cers, committees on finance, on the Industrial School, on charity and relief, of governors ol the orphan AsvlUtn, on orphans' estates and life poli cies. were elected. Before the meeting nd)ourned It was resolved, on motion of Mr. Meyer stern, that the Directors of the Board should thank the Hon. Judge Daley lor his lmprr?sfve address, delivered 011 the occas on of tile semi-cfcuteiiuial anniversary laat v r PHELPS, DODGE & CO. A Full Statement of the Case Against the Firm. WHAT WAS COMPROMISED. Correspondence Between the Special Agent of the Treasury, Secretary Boutwell, the So licitor General, William E. Dodge a&d United States Dis trict Attorney Bliss. Washington, April 27, 18T3. Tho following In the oorreaponilencc from the flics of the Treasury Department in relation to the case of Mefmre. i'helpH, Dodge A Co:? [A.1 Custom Housk, Nkw Yor?, ) _ _ SmvEYOu'a Office, Jun. 8, 1*71 > Hon. OKoncr. 8. Bovtwkia, Secretary of the Treasury:? mh? I herewith enclose detailed report (this report shows tho date t)i each importation, alleged to be fraudu lent, ihe vi?-el, nvon [ lis. Custom House invoice, private invoice, dlfterenet' in value and total amount el' the In Voioej of ruault of uxauuuution ut the books mid papers of l'helps, Dodge A Co., importers of metals, doing business In tins city. 1 have endeavored to make this statement a> intelligible as possible, nut the large sum Involved In Uu> suit thai has been instituted and the long it ml lavor able standing ot the house must be my jiistltloatioM for explaining at more length tliun usual the uxuctcharacter Of the fraud and tho eliaraotcr and extent of the proof. According to ordinary modes ot reasoning a house ot the wealth and Handing of Phelps, Dodge ,v Co. would be above the intittenccs that induce the ordinary brood of Importers to commit fuud. Yhat same wealth and ?tund iug becomes nn almost impenetrable armor against sus picion ot wrong-doing and diverts ttie attention of the otticers of the government, preventing that scrutiny which they give to acts of other and less favored Impor ter*. It would require more tlmn mere suspicion to jus tily a customi onlccr in questioning the truth ot the declaration under oath of a member ot this firm before the United Mutes Consul that an luvoicu of mer chandise purcliatcd by tliis house and consigned to them was in ail respect* true; that it represented the actual prices paid with jkll charges thereon ' that no other or different invoice had been or would be furnished to any one. It would, tor the same reasons, require al moit positive prooi lo justify a suspicion that the uu tu ber* of this tlrm did not rfwcnr to the truth when they tuaile entry ot tlicwi goods, and (olemnl.v declared on oath that no other or dillerent invoice had been re ceived by thrin and thai the invoice produced repre sented tho true purchase price, and was in all re spects true; and that it aSy other or different invoice or

i account was received by them they would immediately notify the Collector ? 'th#t fact, and the oltlcur that . should have tho temerity to proceed without the most positive proaf to charge tills or any other house of like standing with having fMfd to comply with the law in these most essential particulars must expect to bring upon himself a shower ?i deserved odium, CONI'AUMOM or 1M.FKII8. Feeling most keenly Ihe requirements of the situation, I proceeded with tho Investigation In tills case with great caution, hut having in my possession cerium papers purpnrtiiur to be copies of invoices from the manulacturers ol these goods, giving the sixes, kinds and qualities, with shipping marks, dates and number of miqk.igcs, I proceeded to compare theui witn the Custom Hoat^e papers on tile, and found them to agree In every etiwiin ihe following particulars In number of package*, in fiarks, in sixes and kinds of goods, in all the subdi visions that distinguished the different sizes nnil qualities uudtr tho dillerent marks, with the number of packages. Fir* establishing beyond all question the identity ot the Cools; second, that these papers were dillerent invoices of fie same good:', these invoices difJered from those in thesCiLoinnri House in the lollowing particulars, viz:? In tliif prices paid, the difference per package being from thfce (icnee to lour shillings sterling; in omitting, in nil ny places, the Additional charges per package from tljp Custom House invoice; In omitting irom the Custom ljbusc or Consular invoice the cost of transportation tfoni Wales, the place of delivery, to Liverpool, the place /l shipment. In other words, the identity of the foods being established, anil the genuineness of these /papers as invoices in the possession of the ilrm being es tablished, this llrmhad deliberately violated every pro vision of the law of 1S63 low governing the invoicing and (uterine ot imported merchandise payiug ad valorem duty. By diliwcntly ?omparing these papers with their invoices on ille they were found to be In the same hand writing ol their Custom House invoices, and 1 had reason to believe that a systematic Iraud nud been perpetrated. 1 therefore called Judge Noah Duvls (the then United States Attorney) to my ofllce, to go over the papers with nie, anil he ttally concurred in my belief thut a truth! had been committed, and asMsU-d me in procuring a wurrunt lor the seizure of their books anil papers. After procuring the warrant, however, Judge Davis suggested that he come to my ofllce anil send tor the members of the firm and say to them thut if they would ilellvt r such books as I might lndicato he would not nave the warrant served. Thiscourte wus pursued and they delivered to me such books us 1 asked lor. Upon examination ot their invoice books exact /ur riuiilr invoices of those in the Cus tom House were found, to which war tounil at tached ill inuny insliinces other Invoices, simi lar in character to those hereinbefore de scribed. Thif certainty brought the knowledge ol the fraudulent transaction directly home to the mem bers of the firm mid to eacli one, guided by the invoice pricc either In selling the goods, making up the accounts or In conducting the financial transactions of the house. The only e capo and only answer thut could be made was that I'll. I)>s, Dodge A Co., in the transaction ol their enormous business, knew nothing ot the import or iiichii tiiK of the o itli taken belore the United Mat's Consul at Liverpool; knew mid realized nothing of the nature of the oath taken utmost daily by some member of the Arm on interim; their good*; knew nothing of the law en loreed so vigorously ami relentlessly against their le*4 favored neighbor*. In tact, they have done bui.nesnin New Vork, knowing and caring nothing lor theluws.or thev have deliberately anil systematically disregarded ami defied the law with int"nt to defraud the govern ment. THE T0T4L VALUE Or THE INVOICE* examined amounted to about one and three-quarters of ot a million dollars, and this amount is plainly and cer tainly forfeited to the United Mates by the statute of lNi'i; not bv any technical construction or far-fetched interpretation, but by deliberately ami systematically stating the cost ol their goods below the purchase price by a false invoice, made lalse lor no conceivable reason but to lessen the duties to be paid to the United States? iorfeited for not doing the things commanded by the statute, and which the law mane It their dutvtodo. Forleited lor doing what the statute in ex press terms forbids thoir doing. Forfeited because they did defraud tho United States. Forfeited because no explanation can be given or motive found lor systemat ically understating the cost of their goods, and thus de frauding t!ie United States, exccpt that they did intend todctruud the United States. If the excuse, or pretence, that they acted in ignorance of the law can he made to serve, then the plea of ignorance muv be interposed in any case and the Intent can never lie Interred from any act, anil the first ele ments ot reasoning are set at naught In the search for some motive that will explain why they made the twoscts of invoices. The Itoms provi n in these several invoices to be undervalued, when taken separately, amount to about $:7.V'0t). The percentage or loss on the whole amount is, therefore, small, vet the Importations of the house are very extensive, and if the same or nearly the same percentage ol truud extends through their importa tion*, other tliun those 1 ncluded in the statement, and on which we havn positive proof, the entire loss to the reve nue musth ive been some ten or fifteen thousand dollars per vear, perhaps more. Be this as it may, the evidence on these in\ oil e* I* conclusive. I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant, " * B. U. JaYNU, Special Agent. in. j Ornci or tub District ArroHHET ?) or thk Umiikd Status. I For tint Houtiikr* District ON Nkw Von*, f Nkw Vokk, .(an. 2, 1M3. J Hon. E. C. BswrtKip, Solicitor of the Treasury mh-I herewith transmit anolTcrof comi roml-e made on b -half ot i help*, Docjgt- & tv., In ilic s .It of the IS'aies vs. the in-* I vm. i he miti ig brought to recover nominally $1,(MX).(ICK). though the d> tnile 1 statement lur ni-h' u me dl-clo-es a tew thousand dollars lend. Tlio charge in lor violation* ot the lirst section oi the act of Congress oi Murch 3, lhti.1 I In- lact* in the r?'p ?rp as follows Acting upon In formation received hv him, special Agent Jayne applied about a week since lor a warrant to seize tlie hooks and papers of the defendant*. My predecessor, alter a care lui examination, deemed it a proper case lor the Issue of awariant, hut be i ore it was m i vert Kent for the senior member ot the house. and he voluntarily produced the liooks. though one of ihe Junior partners attempted to keep hack the one book which was especially desired, being one containing invoices and memoranda. An examination showed what was believed be fore, that ihe deft miuiits had committed two ap parently disilnct species of traui). One ot these consisted in invoicing: tin shipped from Liverpool at the prices paid lor it in Wales. 1 here were with the invoices brief memoranda stating that fact in terms, the memo randa being sent by the Liverpool house, always in the sHtiie hum. writing, and staling expressly, "We Invoice them to you at the prices paid in Wales," or words to that c Hoc t. There is at hand no means ot showing the ainonni ol undervaluation on this account or we have nn proof of the cost oi ?uch transportation. The other species of traud consisted in trifling undervaluation of wine sinvle Item or class ot items in an invoice In which most oi the Item* were correct. There are, however, one or two InsUm en in which a whole invoice seems to have been undervalued. There H no actual evidence of anv fraud in either class prior to January, IH7L The hooks, neither before imr since, contain a.iv evidence of (rand, but it is found in the memoranda already reierred to and in duplicate druei invoices. If these ever existed lor the importa tions prior lo about January, 1S7I, they have been dc *tr< ved The ma nner asserts that the frauds have ex t< nileil over several years, anil there is considerable indirect prool that this is so in the similarity ot rate* In standard items before ami since January, 1871, the Invoices showing the same prices before 18<] "> the classed o. g iods whicii are shown to have been under valued since Lint time. (if invoices entered since early in 1C71 which are tainted with frand the total value is $1.7-6,1**1 The Items In these Invoices in which under valuations occur amount to $i71,l)17 A while the amount ot undervaluation is $fi,?j5K 7H. Ihe total amount of duties lost to the government was $1,664 fib. The total importations of the defendants are about six million dollars a year. While the investigation was g" irig otivarious proposals of compromise were made but none ot ill 'in were such that the Collector deemed it worth while to hold out any hope that they would be bc ceplcd, though I think that tny predecessor was disposed to advise ihe acceptance of a considerably smaller sum ! than that now offered. I was personally cognizant of I the whole proceeding*, bnt took no active part in them : until alter I hdd taken my oath of office. I yesterday de voi> d considerable time to the examination of the papers Alter carcuil consideration I have decided to recom mend the acceptance ot the compromise ottered. I aln I influenced to thisconrse by the tact that ihe nominnl i amount claimed is so enormous in comi arlson with the ! amount of undervaluation and fraud that 1 beiieve It I would be exceedingly difficult to obtain a verdict for the amount claimed. The gmaliness in amount of the traud also makes ihe amount otlerert an adequate? pe-hups an extraordinary? punishment tor the offence commuted The proposal, therefore, seems to me to sccure the two things that should he required? an adequate sum to puulsh t no odeiidcrs and a payment into the Treasury not only of the utnount diverted troin it, but of as large a Mini us it is probable thai litigation would secure. 1 an. a little sorry that my first lormal official act should he ti recommend a compromise tor asuinwhu h s< ems so much smaller than the amount the government could justly claim In the recominendstlfm I make I have the i out in rcnce not only ol the o Ulcers of Customs, but of my experienced predecessor. Your obedient ser vant, .... r. OKORok BLlhS,.!*., I u i ud Mates Attorney, Southern District of .Now *ork. 10.) HR3T ritOPOSAL. , Nkw York, .Tan. 2, 1871. T? llfoiTi Buss -Tr , F?q , t?nited states Attorney for the Mnutltern District ot New York ? Sis? As tin attorneys of Me?sr* 1'heins, Dodge M To, in ihe -uitol the United States against William E. Dodge ai d others, comprising the said flrin, this day instituted I lot a vlaiiii ol $i,iAk.tvU. for alltwtd vio.'iilioiij ul Ihe rc\c Due law* of the United States In relation to the Importa tion ol merchandise, end particularly the provisions of tin* first met ion ol the Act of Congrew approved March .1, IMS, in respect of the entry ol certain Importations of merchandise within and during the five yearn last past, ?tc are instructed by our clients, while protesting that no traudulent Intent has ever been entertained by them towards the revenue of the United States In any of their ai t* respecting said or any importations made by them, to ofler in compromise and settlement of the said claims of tn? United Klaus*, in Ike said suit, the sum ol $2?0,000 In United States currency, on the sole ground that there may have been acts in connection with the entry ol the said importations in violation of the provisions ot the said statute* and rendering it proper that such an otter us the above should be made. Yours, Ac., WAKKMAN A LATTINO, Attorneys for tlic Detcuduota. William Fullerton, of Counsel. ID.] <? ? ? Costom Mouse, New Your, Jan. #. 1873. Hon. B. C. Bannkld, Solicitor of the Treasury Depart ment : ? 8m -Suit was Instituted against tho Arm of Phelpa, DislgeA Co. lor the recovery of $1(100,000, currency, being the value of certain invokes ot mercliandise im 5f Marc?3 l?B. lon "r lhu flral secUon of the act The defendants offer the ram of $2fi0,000 to compromise the salt. I would recommend the acceptance ot thU offer lor the billowing reasons:? f'irrt ? This sum will inore than reimburse the govern ment for any provable loss. t'foiul? This firm is composed ot a large number of members, and the uncertainty of all human ufTalm when taken in connection with the unavoidable delays ot tho law, is ot Itself a strong argument in lavor of ac ceptance. Third? The purpose and Intent of the law will have oeen complied with. Very respectfully, your obedleut servant, B. U. JAYNfc, Special A^eut. K, I' IE. T (SECOND PROPOSAL.) Nkw York, Jan. 2, 1S7S. Ukorok Bliss, Jr., Esq., United State* Attorney for Uio Southern District ol hew York: ? Kir - Whereas u suit has boon commenced this dav against William E. Dodge end others, compobiug the tlrin of Phelps. Podge A t o., to recover damages or pen alties in the alleged sum ol $1.00<i,ii00 tor certain alleged violations of the revenue laws ot tho United States; and whereas there are certain invoice* of importations en tered into the Custom House by said company between the 1st day of Jnnuaryi lNt?8, and the 1st day ol January, 1879, which are claimed by the United States to have been in violation of the revenue laws of the United Mates, Now, for the adjustment and compromise of all claims arming out ol violations of the revenue law* of the United States between said dates and In settlement thereof the mercantile Brui of Phelps, Lodge A Co., by their attorneys, hereby otter to compromise said suit and all violations of said revenue laws by entry and payment ol a judgineut in said suit in favor of the United State* for the sura ot $2K0,000. in currency, with out costs, which sum is hereby ottered and is t<> be re ceived by the government, in lull compromise, satisfac tion and payment of all duties, penalties and forfeitures tor said or any violations ot the laws of the United States by *ald l'hulps, Dodge A Co. between said dates. WAKKMAN A LATTINO, _ _ Attorneys for said Firm and Dotendautik William Ftt.lerto.* and Henrt Knox, of Counsel. lollowlng is the Indorsement on the foregoing let Tiiis second offer was presented to me by tlie counsel of Phelps, Dodge .* Co., January a#, und was verbally re jected, and after a long conference I intimated that I would recommend an offer In which the release should be limited to such Irauds us were embraced in Mr. Ja.vne's reports, if the United States Attorney should concur. ?. c. B E. 2.1 legrura.) ? _ Nkw York, Jan. 29, 1H7S. Solicitor Bakfirlp, Treasury Department, Washington :? The circumstances under which our proposal of com promise was made having entirely changed, we have notillcd the Secretary of the Treasury Unit wo have with drawn the oiler made by our attorneys. PUELi'S, DODOE A CO. IF.] Office or Tnic District Attorjtrt or tiik United Statks for tiik South kun District or New York New York, Feb. 8, 1S73. Hon. J. 0. Banfiki.d. Solicitor of the Trensney:? Dear Sir? I beg to transmit herewith a copy of propo sition ol compromise made by Messrs. Phelps, Dodge A Co. lor the settlement of the suit of the United Slates against tliem. The proposal is, I understand, in the form which met the approval of the department prior to the withdrawal of tlio original proposition. I have no hesi tation, lor tho reasons heretofore given by me with ref erence to tho prior proposition, in recommending the prompt acceptance of this otter, t beg to say that I hold on deposit, subject to the acceptance of the offer by the department, checks for tho amount proposed. Very re spectfully, Ac., OiiUKGE HLISS, Jr., United Stales Attorney. ro.i THIRD I'ROrOSAC. Nkw York. Jan. 2, 1878. Georor Uliss, Jr., Esq., United States Attorney tor tho Southern district of New York Sin? Whereas a suit has been commenced this day against William E. Dodge and others, composing the tlrm of Phelps, Dodge A Co., to recover damages or penal ties In the alleged sum of Sl.UOO.OM for certain alleged vio lations of the revenue laws ot the United states. And whereas tli ere are certain invuices ot importations en tered into the Custom Ilou-c by said company, between the 1st day of January, 1808, and the 1st day ol Janu ary, 1873, which are claimed by the t nited Stn'ies to huve been in violation ot the revenue laws of the United States; now for the adjustment and com promise of all claims arising out of viola tions of the revenue laws of tho United Status netween said dates anJ In settlement thereof, the mer cantile llrm of Phelps, Dodge A Co., by their attorney, hereby offer to compromise said suit arid all violations of said revenue law* by entry and payment of a iudginent in said suit in lavor ot the United States tor tne sum of $271,1117 23 currency, without costs, which sum is hereby offered and is to he received by the. government in lull compromise, lati-taction unit payment of all duties, pen alties and lortcimres lor said or any violations ot the laws of the Uniteii Mates by said Phelps, 1 lodge A Co. be tween said dates. WAKKMAN ti I.A'I'tlNO, Attorneys for Dvleudant* Wii.i.iaji Fcllebton, of conn, el. [U.I Office or B. O. Jat*k, ) PrictAL Agent or the U. 9. Treasury Department,} Custom llorsir, New York, Keh. 8, 1873. ) Hon. E. C. BtNFiKi.n, Solicitor of the Treasury :? Sir? Messrs. Phelpa, Dodge A <"o. submit a" new offer to the Department. They otter the sum ol $271,017 23 to compromise the salt of the government. This goes for ward with the recommendation ot the United states Attorney. The offer is the same in form as the one be lore submitted. The rum ant Is the value of the Items un dervalued In all the invoices so tar as we can trace, In cluding two invoices entire, where the undervaluation consis s In leaving off about one thousand dollars dutiable changes. 1 am decideillv in lavor of the acceptance of tills offer. Very respectfully, Ac., B. (i. JA YNc., Special Agent. [U (Private.) Nfw York. Feb. 8, 1873, ITon. George S. Boutwkll, Washington s? Mr Dear stn? a* the attorneys of my firm have re newed an offer lor compromise 1 deem It proper to advise you of the reasons of this step. On the first notice being given its, that through misappre hension of the revenue laws we had violated soma ol its provisions we offered, on consultation with officers of the customs here, to select out the Items from the various In voices which they claimed had been undervalued, and to pav to the government their tidal amount. This, however, was modified to a round sum, estimated to cover same. As there was long and unexpected delay In acting upon this offer, and our motives were likely to be misapprehended, we concluded to withdrnw, and so advised you. We find, however, which we dtd not then know, that you had already approved of the proposed settlement, and It was considered us settled tiy the officers of the government here. They felt that our with drawal at so lute an honr did not seem in good lalth to them, and we have therelore concluded, it the mnttcr can be at once cinsed, to renew our offer, and that it may fully cover all the claims made by your agents here we make this in the exact sum UFCertained by them. Very respectlully, Ac., W. E. DODOE. ' Treasury Department. > Washington, Feb. 10, 1873. J William E. Donor. Es<|., New Tork :? Sis? I am in receipt ol your letter of the 8th Inst, ad vising me ;hat your attorneys have renewed an offer lor the compromise of a suit commenced bv the United Htates against your firm. In that letter yon state that you did not know when the last offer was withdrawn that the Secretary ofthe Treasury had already approved of the proposed settlement I write curly to advise yon that the statement so made to you is erroneous. Your second offer tor compromise was under considera tion when it was withdrawn , but the Department had not reached a conclusion as to what should be done, nor was It In possession of Irilormation sufficient to justify action nt that lima. If your action in renewing the proposition has been Influenced by this representation, yon will have an op portunity to consider the subject anew, and take such course as you inav think proper belore filial action by this Department. Very respectlully, ui-OkUK S. BOuTWEDL, Secretary. [E] I'll r lps, Donna A Co., ) New Yore. Feb. II, lfTT*. 1 Hon. Of.oruk S. Bootwell, Secretary ol the Treasury :? Mv I i. ah Sin? 1 am in receipt ol your favor ot the 10th Inst., and ihank you most heartily tor the k.nd motives which prompted It. In reply would say that as so much has transpired in public about the proposed compromise, aid though I was misinlornied as to the acceptance nt the previous oiler ot my firm In compromise of the claims ol tne government agarnst it. I still adhere to the last offer made, and trust It may be accepted. Very respect fully. rours, W. E. DODGE. flic foregoing is endorsed, "Respectfully referred to the solicitor ol the Treasury (Department ol Jnsticc). J. S. BAV1LLK Chief Clerk." IL.l Department or Justice, ? OrncE or the Solicitor of Tnic Treasury, > Washington, D. ('., February 13. 1873. 1 Gentlemen A piopisitiou Kutmi.ttcl by you throagn the Unite States Aituri.ey at New York, in tehalt ot Messrs. Phelps. Dodge A < o., to fettle the suit re en'lv in-muted against sa d fti in on account of certain al ereil v i 'sin n? ot tho revenue taws ol the Unlt< (1 fcta'es 1 ear ing date January 2, 1?7S, wa received bj me oil the loth instant, litis is the third proposition which has beeu submitted by yon in behall ol said tlrin for the settle mi nt ol said suit. The first was rejected lor ti e reason that it wns accompanied by asseverations of innocence of all intent to defraud the revenue. The second I de clined to recommend because it contained a condition that tne sum oflcred to be paid by said firm should be re ceived in lull compromise, satisfaction and payment of all duties and forfeitures for said or any violation of the law* ot the United States by said Phelps, Dtdpe A Co., between January I, 1K<>8, mid January 1, 1*73. No facts wpre submitted in connection with the case that would jmtilv the Secretary ot the Treasury In giving so broad (oreleam' as was asked. The third proposition, being the one. now under considera tion, is open to the same objection as was made to the second, and I therelore decline to recommend the same to the Secretary ofthe Treasury lor his lavoralde actir n. The objection Indicated Is to my mind so conclusive in Its nature as to preclude the ?ecesslty of considering h* proposition in any other aspect 1 iuu, very respectlully, K. C. BANFTISLD, Solicitor of the lreu?ury. Messrs. Waukhan A Lattino, New York city. [L. No. 2.) Department of JrsTte*, ) Omci OF the Solicitor of tiik^ Tin ( Wasrinoton, D. C., Keh. IS. 1873. ? Sm T transmit herewith a copy of a letter which I have this (lav addressed to Messrs. Wakeman and let ting, declining lor the reasons stated therein to rccoin mend the acceptance of the offer ol I helps. Dodge A Co., referred toTn your letter to this office, of the 8th in stant. Very respectlully, *? < ? "AN FIELD, Solicitor of fhe Treasury. George Bliss, Jr. Esq., United State* Attorney, Sew York* JM.| Dkpartment or Jrsnci!, ) Office of the Solicitor of th? Trfa-itrt, J Washington, D. C., Feb 17. IK73. t Sin? I herewith enclose a communication from the United Mates Attorney at New York, dated on the *ih Instant, enclosing a proposal made on hi halt of Mossrs. Phelps. Dodge A Co., to compromise and settle the suit pending against them to recover damage- or penalties for i ertaln alleged violation* of the revenue laws ofthe United states, by the payment of the sum ot $271,017 23 in currency, without costs, said sum to be received hv the government in lull compromise, sati-duclioa and payment of .ill duties, penalties anil forfeitures lor said or any violation of the laws of the United State- by said Phelps, Dodge A Co., between the dates of January 1,1861, and January 1. 1873, On the 1 3th Instant I ad dressed a communication to the attorneys ol Phelps. L'ouge A t'e.. udv mig tlum Hint I decline to AMJKT, YY ASIIIXQTON, U. U., KOD 17, 1OT3. < ?i'tnrv of tin- Treasury tins decided to se ra 1 helps, Dodge A (To. the hudi recently em as a compromise? via., $271,017 J3 Ule acceptance of the proportion fnr .k ~ my opinio* the releam? diSdl?'. r?Mon that tB iwSli'v'!1? ?il S0U,d ni,t Properly l,e granted Vo'i'i' 't* the notice of the Treasury Department f v Mr8? Crt""l <o special agent of the TrSrv wh^m. hi ^r." Jayn"- ,h? Investigation. Ifvou concur In thl??.* . of thB will authorize t heU ni ted&atesA ttorn?? t,VV' ? "i j 0 1 jssws ir'7 spatss tarsA** ^?XuV.'t, I am, very respectfully Tolhe Hon. [??! nr. TRKAJCIiY DlPARTNF.IfT 1 q?_ r k,.A m W^iniwarow, D. C., Feb. 17, Ih7? f tlons ot the revenue law* of the United State. h? .L payment of the sum of W71.W 23. in currency Wi?h o? cosls, said sum to be received bv the ftovernmenTiSr Hi satisfaction of all duties, penalties and forfeitures tor 22 m Ph5RS *n 5 4? ?! t,ie l?w* Of the United state* bv Sinn 1 rv I I wi ! n 7 b?*twPB'> January 1, I8SH, nnil ? i. Tour letter it is recommended Mint i f. .i ttc,cppted upon tho undcrstanilii.g 'mil condition that the release to be given to iirelp* Dodge t < o., upon payment of said mini, (hail only extend to and called ?nCfho n HC 2^* uJPon tI>e revenue a* have been r&w da;S\7:'|fd WV vim IZnri * P;!fi ? ??thotent w?t h 6? " he" e?u M j! ?.ra *e onw'^e!,"' . ??? *??? w, 'that It .hall em. inne lirt i ?,mth 1. if"8 "s J am authorised tocompro Should M c*r, |.h ''.,l,m ih(i M?rch S- ?*? herein mentioned iJ.?"' Do,'"e ?* ?.0. agree to the torma instr, c "J, " I &c? "n,A. to Klvp ?*?? Pr<'P"r ,nent into e.!ekU'eiK^ VeVvr^picVullvry ^ ?t!UJC "on. K. o. Hi^rmn h1:h?iS,' Kvwiai* 'p*e?tory. w'tj>PMi Inclosed with to lie I tor's letter1 returned here ?'A' ? i Sin? The Secrwa?v\.rUoU-U"'J'1 D".C- W? < ceiit from Messrs. p' offered by tliein thut the' release' to bo^gl'ven' "heiii*"!? ln* *n(1 ('ol',,''u,r* amount shall only i 0,1 Bayment ?f ">?? violation* of he reven ? ,*?? ttnd, cov?:r "" h State* a* havoV'u J5L?' nftf,e United ^V^XV.i!,AJ5Kw' ""SSSW March 3, IKri'l y Ulu teniu ?cUou ot the act oi ?usRar? proponed oompromirn- to be carried ?nto effeet uSn? #l!2 [p.] V?ZV,?*L:nr TH* Dmtrict Attohhev or me > UWin n hTATJfg ron tiik Sodtiikrk lllKTRICT > _ _ OF Nkw Your, Nkw Yoric. March 14 iwi i 1)1; Ati Si'p ViK,KLD'. s"liri,,)r 0' the Treasury : the authority fc,0inn'^,rytaUvoraoV ?t Ft!" uft"mn "I ' ' t r a n * mfu'ip! e s he r e vy i t II. " ?f C??n pMf K3KS c le a rl v* "he? in a tter?P{ n I ?'? al,lc todeHneno?q niT m ?????(?; Hheipg, DodKe A Co. the *um ol among the papergT* ft riCL""t' ?r ^opyll It appeared to me that in thia way the limit* of thn nor. by tho" ^dSJ,o!'(;in?rl,te,Iy "ir^lthnl^mMhJJdnna mal agreement declaratiou or by any more lor th0 n"lnnPr ln which tho KottlMnent wa? inado the money whs not paid into the Ketriilrv of tf a arnoiintiritf ?n (ItP'ij Attorm- v, and the balance, amoitiuinft to 9Jfw,872 14, was tiald over to the i 'oi[i*ct/iB of'ljP ,ort and hi. receipt taken Thl? couriwMbur! TiJV ncco.r<'#n(>e with consent given to me verbally te rid but' will be at on"" "'v th(' M1" h'"' been en. ' fTpnpfi ??'????., Ye|Tr,re?pecttul|y, Ac., UEOBUb HJ.lss, Jr., Uiaied stales Attorney. IQ-] OrncE or tub District Attornct 1 - o 0F Tu? "*'?'? Htatks I ron rnr SotmiKHN District or Nkw Vork r B 0.J.vkk,R^.. fipecialA^iTt:!0"- > Treat urv 'all- ttlV*- 1 ? hC"!l^ ' ' ,rnm ,hr Rol,('l,"r of the pSof the^ase of tW Dodge 4 Co., of whieli I enclose a conv. You will i ll celve that tiie Solicitor directs me to uiclude 111 the emri? w f " h of the Hevenurr aw* Of the tlnri .S*/,eH as h??e been the subject of mveUipal bv 1 Mr tn?.?? H lh(! Treiuiiry Depurment! oy Mr. Jflyue, the spccial airent of th<? Jb tK'SnIiW ?li M ctftr*,s 01 the ^ve*ti?atlon, with in the time specified in the ofler. For the nurnose ?.i ?'!!! Vt?nK m" *!' ,,c,iIU' w'lh accuracy what I* covered by S,!?. "IU" "hail be made. I have to request thai ?!k I! in*<?rm ine what violatiou* ot the Hevenue lawii 2fi?e United states t,y the defeudanU have Wn th? subject of investigation and report to the Treasury lie nartment by yourself. l'U ase state the nerimA covcn .i ?8 nni' t'10 Keneral nature of tlio alleged vJolaUons. \ our obedient servant, A H-n. ??? !? MLISS, Jr., United Stmcs Attorney ?.opy-lj?oRGK Bliss, ir, United Suites Attorney. ? [H.] ? Crsroit IIorsK. New York, Feb. 24 1871 2?? fnWI,i ' Jr" ^'"'trd Slates Attorney'? i^rilJ^P'JL'oyour letu-rol the 22d makliig inonirv i? K2 U,\ what waa covered by my report In the ca^ of I Ik Ips, Dodge A Co., 1 would say that my InvestiLa. vea A* ne"* t ' n r the importation* ot tbat ImU ori 'J iss^yss^KSs A true copy? Okokck,' Jr.' Uni?d 8tk?tw*AttSniey. [8. J vrt,* P1*, "**"?**?"? ^wn co*t promise. Whereas by letter of K. c. Banfleld. Solicitor of tha Treasury, dated February 17, 1873, ot which a conv 5 hereto annexed certain authority is given to the nnifer" signeJ; and whereas, for tho purpo* of de lining th? iST.'/m'" ar7"r"ic'1^' V,e """lerslgned, on Februarv X? IHiJ, addressed to M. O. Jayue, the S|>eeial agent therein referred to, a letter. a copy ol wliicii ij hereto anaczed, to which the said Jay ? rr. plied on Feb ma ry 24, 1.173, in a letter, ol which ninV'T i.'?v?<M,it0i anMe!",<l? 'his Instminent witne? tli ! il ' r * h-'! 1 " V r<: c e I ed Irom Fhelp* IVidue A Co. the film of #2(1,111/ .3. in lull settlement nnil compri imso of the claims ot the United State* up,", t|," m oil aee?,^ of the matters In suiil ietters referred to, including tlio c"1,e.of ,hu United "tnVcs vfc Sffii-aartts sr^^j^ssafz'gs FKiiaciar 25, lm Cnitod'^ia^'Auorney. FIEE IN WASHINGTON. Pay Inspector Carprnt?r'ii House Bnriirri-> Loai of Valuable Properly? Colonel Piatt'* Houhc Injured? Gallant Item- vie of ? ChiUl? Serious Accident to a Law* yer. Washington, April 27, 1R73. Between one and two o'clock this morning a Cr? broke out In ttie basement of tlie house occupied by Pay Inspector J. N. Carpenter, in Mlchaeler row, in F street, between Seventeenth anil Kik'htccnth street*. Before the family were aware or the dan ger the flames had reached the 11 1 per stories, and Mr. and Mrs. Carpenter with difficulty escaped to the street, the latter screaming for her child, which was sleeping in the Mansard story of tho building. On hearing ihe cry William Dlsgea ran through the adjoining houfe, and along the cornice to the burning dwelling, burst In the window, seized the nearly suffocated child, earned it out on the roof of the next house and delivered it to a colored man, who restored the child to Mia distracted mother. This gentleman had hia wrist severely cut by the glass or cornice. The interior of the house was almost entirely destroyed. It wad the property of A. it. Miepherd, and was insured in one of the lnstrlct Ore insurance companies. Mr. Carpenter only yesterday returned to tha city from the Asiatic squadron, wheie he had dis charged the duties of Fleet 1'aymaster. He had brought back with him specimens of firearms two or three centuries old, supplies of valuable china ware and other objects ol use and historic inter est, which in part wore destroyed by the lire. Mr. Carpenter bad no insurance on his property. Toe (lames spread to the adjoining double Man sard roof of the residence ol Colonel I'onn Piatt on. the west, burning It to sucli an extent that it will have to he entirely removed preliminary to build ing a new one. That gentleman's library ami most of his furniture were saved from the names, but some of the latter was injured by water from the engines. He had no insurance whatever on ins house and Its contents. The flames also extended to the Mansard roofs on the east, damaging more or less eight or ten ot them. Most of the lurultiire in the upper storks was destroyed by lire, and t hat below considerably injured ny water. The loss on the houses is com paratively small, with the exception of those be longing to Mr. Shepherd and Colonel Piatt, One of the houses In the row was oc cupied by Lieutenant Wheeler, of the United States Engineer corps, and where ho and his assistants were employed completing tho record of the surveys made during the ia?t four years in Arizona, I tail aud Nevada. All the sur veying instruments, records, plates, photographs, Ac., were saved, the tire not haviug extended fur ther than to a portion of the roor. Harry fcliiott, & young lawyer, while assisting In -emoving furnitnre irom one of the houses, lell through the opening of a winding sURrway to the basement, a disUace of about forty-flve feet, receiving serious injuries of the spine. LOUISIANA. A Force of Police Sent to Tnatall K*i? logi;'n Appointees. Baton Rotmi, April 27, 187X A dctachment of 125 Metropolitan police* armed with Winchester rifles and one picco of artillery, arrived here last even ing irom New Orleans, and left this morning for Tort Vincent, 1,'vlngston pirlsh, fir the purpose of installing the appointees or (Jover nor Kellogg. Tlioy were met. at Hurrah's Kerry, on the Amite Hlver, at noon to-day, t v a committee ol throe persons representing the Port \incent parry, ami It is presumed ttiat matters will oe adjn-neif without bioudsLed,

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