Newspaper of Portland Daily Press, December 5, 1866, Page 1

Newspaper of Portland Daily Press dated December 5, 1866 Page 1
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... ....... -- — ~:irr rrr--T-. J ^ , _ . .- -k&A-: -L yj j us.amsHe* June 33, iso*. Toi. 3. _ PORTLAND, WEDNESDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 5, 1806. ,-, , THE PORTLAND DAILY PRESS la put.lih_d every day, (Sunday .■-xn-pted.i m No. l Printers’ Exchange. Commercial Street, Portland, by N. A. Poster, Proprietor. Terms : -Eight Dollar* a year in ad vatic 'i ME MAINE STATE PRESS, Is published at the aim* place every Thursday inornin.; at $2.f*0 a year, "variably in advance. Mates of Advertising.—c*n•• inch «>t npare.in eu.ut.ii oi column, constitutes i ••>.i»iare.*’ *?!.. • per square daily lust weeks 75 cents per week alter; three insertions, or lew #1.00; couumi ng every other day alter first week, 50 cent®. Hah square, three insertions or less, 75 cents: one week. $1.00; 50 cents per week after. Under head of “hi r'imr vrn,” $2.00 per square per week; three Insertions or less. $ 1.50. Sr«:< i v l N *tici;s,$1.25 per square lor the first in sertion. a.id 25 corns pei square for each subsequent Useri ion. Adv. rti < hi. in inserted iu the “Maine STATE Pnnss”(which li.»- a large circulation in every par ol* the State) for *1.00 per square fm first iusertlpn‘ aud 50 cents per square for each subsequent inser i ion. ENTEUTAIN IWLLMTS. G It A N T> JProiiionudr t'oiicert! The 17th Maine Reg’t Association WILL GIVE A Promenade Concert — AT— * *' Ai MECHANIC S’ HALL, —ON— Thursday Evening*, Dee. 13, 1866, the Fourth Anniversary at' the OF Fli Fit ionic KNUIJRC . Complimentary to the FOKI2ST Cl IV It AM 1> J MANAGERS: Col. Thou. A. Roberts, Col. C. P. Mattocks, Col. (..'lias. B. Merrill, Col. Wiu. Hobsou, Alaj, Edwin 13. H *ughton,Major W. H. Green, Surgeon H. J.. K. Wiggio, Surgeon N. A. Horsem, AM. Surg. N. B. Coleman, Ast. Surg. Jas. G. Sturgis, Ad11.. C. W. Roberts, Adjt. P. S. Booiliby, A<ijt. Geo. A. Parker, Quarterm’r JcsialiRcmick, Capt. A. Goldennao, Capt. «J. A. Perrv, Capt. S. S. Richards, Capt. J. C. Perrv, Capt, 1. S. Fauuee, Capt. G. W. Vert-ill. Cap:. C. C. Cole, Oapt. U. W. Briggs, Capt. G. 13. Dunn, Cnj.t, G. F. Sparrow, Capj. Edwin I. Merrill, Capt. Edward Moore, Capi. G. C. Pratt, Capt. Geo. A. Whidrlen, ‘ apt. E. H. trie, Lieut. D. J. Chandler, I.s.iit, Iho . W. Lord, Lieut. S. W. Burnham, Lieut, Ldwin Emery, Lieut. C. G. Holvoke, Lieut. O. W. Burnham, Lieut. J. M. llall, Lieut, das. M. Webb, Lieut. J. M. Safibrd, Lieut, F. A. Sawyer, Lieut. T. ,J. Snowman, Lieut. JI.L. Bartels, Lieut. Newton Whitten. Lieut. II. B. Cummings, l’LOOE MA.NAHEB8. Col. T. A. Roberts, Col. C. P. Mattocks, Col. Wm. Hobson, . Capt. A. Uoldormau, Capt. J. A. Perrv, Lieut. O. W. Burnham. Lieut. J. M. Saitord, Officers and Soldiers who served during the recent rebellion are invited to attend in uniform and with the distinctive badges of their Divisions or Corps. Untieing nt O O’elock. Tickets admitting Gentleman and Lady, $1.00; fin sale at Paine’s Music Store, Geyer’s, 13 Free street, and by the Committee of Arrangements. COL. T. A. ROBERT*, CAPT. J. A. PERUY, MAJOR E. D. HOUGHTON. decfkitd. Theatre, - Deering Hall. Bidtvrll A’ ht ou uc, Lcmres A Manager*. G. E. lVihoii, - » Stage Manager. ENTIRE C U IINGK OF PROGRAMME. Monday Evening-, Dec. 3d, and every Evetiiii? ilnring the week, the favorite artiste DOLIilE BIDWELL ! her first appearance since her recent severe indispo sition. During the week will be presented the popular plays of “FANOHON,” “EAST LYNN 10, “CA MILLE,” “GIPSY IJUEEN” “FRENCH SPY,” iXre., &e. f^Fiill particulars in bills of the day. decMBd WANTED. Wanted, BY a young Lady a situation as Copyist. Address “W.,” Portland P. O. dec3dlw* Parmer Wanteil. A PARTNER is wanted by a man in the retail Provision and Grocery business with a capital ot Twelve or Fifteen Hun.li ed Dollars,in a first rate lo cad« ni, and good business. It is a rare chanceful a m in who wishes to go into the business. Apply at the Press Office. decidtf 50 GIRLS WANTED" AI Ihc fttai* Match Fn. ioi ) , Kennebec Street, - - - foot of Cedar Street. riMIE work is light, being principally making small 1 boxes and packing matches; much of which can be done by girls as young an fourteen years of age. None but neat, orderly gills are wanted. Apply at the office. decl—lw Owner Wanted rX)R a Copying Press left at my store night of July 1 4th. E. COREY. nov27dtf Flour Barrels Wanted. YI/'L will pay 3ft cents each for first class Flour > ? Barrels suitable for sugar. LYNCH, BARKER & CO., no' 13dtf 130 Commercial street. Wanted. -4 d A BUSHELS good Pnmpkin Seeds by I * * KENDALL & WHITNEY. Nov 13—dim Agrents Wanted. 1.Ai >R the Gold M..Lil ‘inviiiK Machines, In every Cite and »unity In the Union. The lensr complicated two- htea i machine in the world. Address A. F. JOHNS* »N & CO. Nov. 6 lind 334 Washington Jit. Bo.-1 on, Mass. Elm Tree Wanted! SEALED proposals to furnish an ELM THEE, will be received at the office of the Secretary of the School Committee, Market Jlall, until December 15th, I860, noon. Sal I Tree to be notices than ten, nor more than fif teen inches in diameter at the but, and of good pro portions; to he delivered on the High School lot, Cumberland Street , early next Spring. For the “Committee mi Memorial Tree.” LEWIS B. SMITH. Portland, Nov. 26. 18f6. deodtd Wanted Immediately. ■4 / Good American, Nova Scotia and Irish L " J v / Girls to do housework, cook, ^c., in pri vate families ami hotels ia this citv and country. Situations sure. The best wages paid. A'So 5(1 Girls t > work in Factories. Farmers and others warning men for any work will do well to call on us, a? we will supply them free of charge. Address or apply at the General Agency Employment Office, 3515 Congress Street, upstairs. COX & POWABS. sept 2Cdtt late WHITNE V «ft CO. Agents Wanted ! FOR FRANK MOORF/9 “ Women of the War,” WONDERFULLY POPULAR ! SO popular lias it already become, (not one month yewunce its first issue) that huudre<ls of people are writing for it from all sections of the country. From one City alone, i J‘d persons have written for this Work,—could not wait for Agents. Four ot Adams’ large size Presses are running on this Book, and the demand exceeds our supply. Ex perienced Agents and others, who possess ' intelli gence, energy, and perseverance, and want Profita blc Employment, will find by engaging in the sale ot this Book, all they desire. Many now in the field are meeting with astonishing success. For full particulars send for circular. C. A. CHAPIN, Room 0, 21J Free Street, Portland, nov 13 d&wtf _ A^cnD Wsmted! To canvass for the cheapest and the best selling book in the country. HEADLEY’* HISTORY' OF TUE GREAT REBELLION! Two volumes complete in one. 1260 Royal Octavo Pages, sold tor Five Dollars. £ V ‘Many agents arc making from 950 to 9100 per week canvassing tar this work. Sold bv subscription only. ^olc :m'| exclusive rights given of uncanvassed ter ritory with liberal commissions. For circulars and terms apply to or address J. FATTEN FITCH Lock Box 1722. No 233] Congress St., near Citv Hall Portland, Maine. no21d3w ’ HOARD AND ROOMS. Hoard. 1I7ITH pleasant rooms for gentleman and wife or > ▼ singl gentlemen, at No. 70 Plrnsant Mi. dec 4 dlw* Board. A PLEASANT Room, with board, suitable for a gentlem-ii; and wile, or two single gentlemen, at No 6® Clark street. no2-kltf NEW ADVERTISEMENTS. OPENING —OF— HEW FUR (iOODS! e. -v. j Will open at h's uew Store, Congress Street, THURSDAY, DEC. 0tli, A large and fashionable stock of Ladies’ and Chil dren’s FVR8! Comprising the most desirable kinds and qualities, selected trom the choicest AMEBIC AN and EUHO PEAN FURS, and manufactured expressly for our own trade. Our nice sets of SABLE, ROVAL ERMINE, FITCH, and SIBERIAN SQUIRREL, are unsurpassed, and we shall lie able to shew In this Hue of grinds the best assortment ever uttered at Be tail in tuis city. In connection with these staple grades, may be found all the new and Fancy Styles, such aythe j Astraran, Persian Bomb,, Grebe Bird, and the new style MUFFS and COLLARS. Gentlemen will also find a great variety of Fur Cults, doves Collars k Cuffs! And a fine stock ot SLEIGHING ROBES ! Well worth their attention. Wc Would particularly invite those in puisuit of NICE FURSy well made, into stylish and useful garments, and at moderate prices, to examine this stock. decB tf MEN’S Under-Shirts | ANl) DRAWERS, In English, Scotch and American. Charles Custis & Co. Morton Block, CONGKK&M 8TBEET. dt*c5d*t STATEMENT of the Condition of the UlrrchautN J""*"***"®* Compaaj of Hartfobd, Conn., inade to the Secretary ot the State of Maine, on vile 1st day of .November, 1*66. CAPITAL. The amount of the Capital Stock of the Company ..$900,000 00 ASSETS. Oashon hand, .... $408 53 In Bank, - - _ _ _ 7 qqj •;q “ hi hands of Ageiito and in course of ’ transmission, - . _ m 533 37 (i.ivcmraeiit Stniriiieg, - - loo uni no Stare and City Bomb. - . 27 100 00 Ha?;Sk B?*nkSo L . *. 5the?" :: -. -. -. - ™* Iioar.s, secured by mortgages, - _ 70*700 00 i„. “ bv Bank stock, - - 1*240 00 interest accrued, - j’ggj Q,; Total AssetB of tlie Company, - - $333,015 .22 LIABILITIES. Amount of losses tuljustcd ami due, - none !, “ “ anil not due - $4,360 18 unadjusted (estimated in P^C). 16,0 7 00 Total Litbuities lor Lossses (ito other Liabilities,) - $20,417 18 (Signed) MARK HOWARD, President. ‘‘ , , E. THOS. LOBDELL, See y. Sworn to before me, N. Shipman, Notary Public. TV. D. LITTLE & CO., Agents, Office No. 79 Commercial Street. Dec 5 d&wlw rTONDENSED STATEMENT of the Condition of Vy the Connecticut Fire lonuranrr Compa ny of Hartfi.nl, Conn., as made to the Secretary of State, Nov. 1, I860. Amount of Capital Slock, - $200,000 00 Amount of Surplus, - 70,794 69 $279,798 59 AMOUNT OF ASSETS. U. S. Bonds par value. - $ 8,700 00 State and City Bonds, do, - 40,500 00 Bank Stocks in Hartford and New York, ... 139,090 00 Railroad Stocks and Bonds, - 48,075 00 Cash,.13,471 09 L sued with collateral - - 6,500 00 Other Cash items, - - 7,162 50 9279,798 59 JOHN B. ELDRIDGE, President. M. BENNETT, Jb., Secrelarv. Jeremiah Dow, Agent. Portland,^liec. 4, I860. dec 6 d.3t Men’s Cxloves At 293 Congress St., Morton Block, Charles Custis & Co. <1ec&—<13t homf.agaijnl’ MfV.V P'ALIJVTIJYG. IMJJLLY sensible of my obligations for the liberal kindness of my patrons, I announce to them with great pleasure, my return to No lO Exchange Street, over the Shoe and Leather Warehouse recent ly erected by the Messrs. Barbour, with Increased fa cilities to answer all orders in the various branches of my profession. I shall endeavor t* keep posted in the newest im provements, to be supplied with the best materials, and to be prompt, and faithful in my workmanship. My work may be seen on every business street in the city, to which, with specimens constantly going up on the new stores, l confidently refer. OLIVER S. BEALE. Dee 4th, 1866, dec6d3w Oysters, Oysters. THIS day received a splendid lot Virginia Oysters, ! and lor sale at $1,40 iter gallon, solid; All orders by mail or expres promptly attend ed to. Oysters delivered in any part of the city. H. FltEEMAX <£ CO., decMlm lOl Federal Sued. AXNIIAL MEETING. fpHE Annual Meeting of Cnmbeiland Bone Com 1 pany will he held at Office of Treasnrer John W. Jones, No. 1G1 Commercial Street, Tuesday 11th inst., at 2o’clock P. M., to act on the following busi ness, viz: 1st, For the election of officers for the ensuing year. 2d, To act on any business that may legally come beforo them. GEO. W. IIAMMOND, Clerk. Port Land, Dec. 4,18G6. dec 5 dlw* FRANK NILLER'S PALE PRESERVATIVE 1 In Bottl s. prepared without Bla. k, expressly for Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s Morocco, Kid, Calf and Patent Leather Shoes. IfhOn trial it commends itself. Sold by WM. D. TRUE & CO., Boot, and Shoe Dealers, 318 Congre.^b street, opp site Mechanics’ Hull. dceddlm For $3000. rpHE 1J story House on Winter Street, third from A Pine, containing seven finished rooms, a splendid well of water on the premises. Lot contnines 3500 square Ject. A^'I[*£ERS0N & C1IADB0UKN) Dealers in le a! Estate, UcWlw Morton Block, just above the Preblo House. E. m. PATTEN * CO., Aaeti.ncers, PLUM STREET. Onions, Onions, Onions, At Auction. Ox?wil7i!?>ATtDpc s>at 12 M>ai N°-2 rpn‘ Iral Wliart, 00 I.W Onions. ilec&lfl NEW ADVERTISEMENTS. The President'8 Message Hsm ainivod thin uk-ruing and ho ban a CARGO of Fresh Oysters! (the first of tuo sen .-on,) At Atwood's Oyster House, Centre Sir et, rear Lancast r Ha'l, and will be sold at *1.1# PER RALI.ON, NOLID, 3J Ceuta per Quart. All orders by mail, lelegrahh or oxiness oromidlv attended. ATWOOD S OVSTEK nOCSK, ' 13•17 * 49 Oen're SI., Porlland, Me. decfv.Uw ' Eat and Grow Fat! «Ium Arrived. ♦ OYSTERS! AT $1.40 PER tiAELON. At Wholesale and Retail, at TIMMONS & HAWES, doc5 It 13 At Id Market Square. E. HI. PAtTES A CO., Auctioneer*, PLUM STREET. Clothing, Itlankets. Dry Goods, Ac. At Auction. OX SATURDAY, Dec. 8, at 10 A. M., 400 pieces Clothing, ISO Hats, 600 Belknap SlilrtR, 600 Shut* ami Drawers, 20 doz. Hose. Also 100 pair Blankets, together with a general assortment of Dry Goods. All of which must be sold. ■WO yards New Caipeting. 10 2d hand Carpets Dec. 1,1666._ dec5dtd OYSTEB8. HA VING made arrangements for a large supply i Oysters during the wiuter 1 am now ready to sup ply Ovsters at the low price of #1.40 per gallon, solid. pb ’All orders by mail or Express promptly attend ed to at ^Jo. 2 Union Wharf. „ , JAMES FREEMAN. Dec 5—d2w WHITE ASH COAL. "I ITE have about Fitly Tons White Ash Coal, egg > > size, which will be sold low FLETCHER & CO., **• Commercial Street. De‘- d86o._ dec5il3w For Matanzas. BARK “Philena,” Capt. Morton, now loading at Hobson’s Wliart) will have pood dispatch. Freight taken at lair rates. Apply to J. S. WINSLOW & CO.. Central Wharf, or A. L. HOBSON _ , _ _ Hobson’s Wnarf. Portland, Per . 6, 18GG. d3t Dirty Salt. 50 HHD.j Dirty Salt, for tale by WALDROX & TRUE, dc5d2w‘ \o». 4 and 5 Hu ion Wharf. THE STATE. —Tlie Thanksgiving offerings in Lewiston were laid on the altar of Hymen. The Journal says the number of marriages on that day was unprecedentedly large. —Tlie Lewiston Journal states that a knife and some pitch-pine kindlings were found near the site of the buildings of Mr. John Haley, in Auburn, which were burned last week. —Mr. Edmund Smith of Nor ridge wock, has left in the office of the Skowhegan Clarion a potato whiehvery clos. ly resembles tin* human hand, containing four fingers and a thumb. It is of a contraband color. —A subscription has been started in Gardi ner in aid of the Wiscasset road. Wm. Brad street heads it with S'JOOO, and six others have put down $500 each. —Tlie Bangtr& Piscataqnis Bailway Com pany has given notice of an application to the Legislature to extend the time of fixing the lo cation and building the road, and also that provision may be made tlittt public lands situ ated in Piscataqnis County, conditionally granted to the European & North American Railroad Company, may be granted to this Company, under suitable restrictions; provided that said European & North American Rail road Compahy fail to entitle themselves to the grant. —The horse-killing fiends in Durham still continue their (leveli-h work. Tlie Lewiston Journal says that on Wednesday evening Mr. Parker, who lives in Durham, was called to his barn by a noise and proceeding thither, found the horse disemboweled and dying. It happen ed that the horse.belonged to Mr. Libby,a neigh bor, of whom Mr. P. had borrowed him that day. Thursday evening the stable of James Roibn son Durham was broken into, it having been secured with a lock. Tlie scoundrel, it seems was freightenedoffby a dog before being able to slaughter the horse which lie was probably after. A man attempted the same night to kill a horse of another citizen of Durham, but a dog in this case gave tlie alarm, aud drove the wretch away. —The Augusta correspondent of the Boston Advertiser says: “Amoug the railroad projects which will come before the next Legislature will be a petition of the Maine Central Rail road, which runs from Bangor and connects with the Grand Trunk at Danville Junction, to be permitted to cut loose from that road and build an independent road to Portland, or to connect with the Portland and Kennebec a* some intermediate point. I am only surprised that the petition has not been made before, as the disadvantages to the Maine Central road by the present arrangement are very great. It is uuderstood that the consolidation scheme of last winter will be pushed again before the next Legislature.” —We respectfully entreat of Messrs. Walker and Jewett, of Skowhegan, that they will have the consideration to put less pepper into the next mess of sausages that goes into Moses’ por ringer—the last were too hot for him. —A Lodge of Good Templars called Merr - mac Lodge, was instituted at tlie Head of Tide, last Thursday evening by the officers of Belfast Lodge.__ iVIngazine*. The London Quarterly Review, for Oc tober opens with a very interesting article on ‘ Ancient Literature in France.” This is fol lowed by papers on “Dr. Badham and the Dutch school of Criticism ,* “Homes without Hands,” “Life of our Lord,” “History cf Archi tecture,” “Central Asia,” “Operations of Mod ern Warfare,” and “England and her Institu tions.” It is a number of unusual merit and value. Reprinted by the Leonard Scott Pub lishing Company. The Edineurgh Review for October, (re print of the Leonard Scott Publishing Com pany) is also r reived. It contains an able critique on “Napoleon’s Julius Cresar,” anoth er on Froude’s “Reign of Elizabeth,” an article on “Strauss, Renan and “Ecco Homo,” and one on the “Military Growth ol Prussia.” “In ternational Coinage,” “Kaye’s History of the Sepoy War.” “Varieties of History and Art” “Felix Holt, the Radical,” and “Antique Gems,” are the titles of the remaining papers. Every Saturday for this week contains three stories reprinted from advance sheets of the Christmas number of London Society, one of which is by Mary llow ill, fresh chapters of \ ates Black Sheep,” an article from the Lon don Review on Pctofi, the Hungarian Poet, and other interesting papers. The next number of Every Saturday will contain “Mugby Junc tion, the Christinas story for 1HG6, by Charles Dickens. —Tbe remaining wall of earth in the Chica go Lake Tunnel was removed on Friday even ing, but the masonry is still to be completed. LATEST.NEWS BY TELEUKAjfU TO THE POUTLAND Dim PKESM. Wednesday Morning, December 5, 1866 XXXIX uONGRESS~8ECOND SESSION, SENATE. Washington, Dec. 4. Mr. Sumner gave notice of Jiis intention to introduce to-morrow a series of resolutions de claring the entire control of Congress over the subject of reconstruction, aud the right to exclude the late rebellious States from repre sentation in Congress, aud flout voting on amendments. A motion to take up Mr. Chandler’s reso lutions, oll'ered yesterday, calling for informa tion about Mexican atfairs, was lost. Mr. Chandler called up the bill pessed by the House yesterday, repealing the section of the act of 1862, giving amnesty power to the President. Mr. Chandler's motion was lost. The Senate then adjourned. HOUSE. jin auumonai rule was adopted tor appoint ment by each Congress of the standing com mittee on Freedmcn’s Bureau affairs. The Banking Currency act of the last ses sion came up in order, and was postponed un til the third Tuesday in December. Resolutions were adopted referring the bounty hill of last session to the Military Com mittee tor amendment, and the increase of members’ pay to the Judiciary Committee for repeal. A resolution was adopted instructing the Committee on Territories to inquire into the propriety of providing Territorial Govern ments for the late rebel States. Mr. Wentworth introduced a resolution in sisting on the adoption of the Constitutional Amendment before the House. Agreed to. The bill making provision for a separate bu reau for the Comptroller of Currency was postponed to Thuisday week, A resolutoin was adopted asking the Secre tary of War to report the number of drafted men who failed to appear for duty. The hill to repeal the tax of $100 on grocers who grind their own coffee or spices, was read and referred. Mr. Ingersoll offered the following resolu tion :— ‘ The President of the United States is here by respectfully requested to inform the House, if not incompatible with the public interest, how near the verge of the Government the present body called a Congress js at present, and if it is not nearer the centre than he for merly supposed. (Laughter.) Mr. Eldridge demanded the yeas and nays, which were refused and the resolution was re jected. A resolution of inquiry wqs adopted as to the movements of Santa Anna and Ortega. Mr. Spaulding introdnood bills, which were read twice and referred, as follows: For the protection of the Government piers, break waters, and other liarhor improvements; to provide for a navy yard at the naval station tor the upper lakes at Cleveland. Mr. Lawrence, of Ohio, introduced a bill to repeal so much of the Civil Appropriation bill as increases the compensation of mem bers. Mr. Schenck offered an amendment provid ing for the refunding of the increased com pensation received by members. Read twice and referred to the Judiciary Committee. Mr. Lawrence introduced a bill to reduce the mileage. Referred to the Committee on mileage. on motion ot Mr. Stevens, a committee of fivo was appointed to enquire what the Gov ernment has done for the Southern people since the war, the amount of money expend ed lor them, and their present condition. Resolutions of inquiry as to the removal«t Postmatters, &c., were intioduced and laid over for one day under the rule. On motion of Mr. Darling, a committee of investigation on the Internal Revenue frauds, especially in regard to distilled spirits, cigars and tobacco, was appointed. A bill providing lor the elee.tion of a dele gate from the District of Columbia, and im partial suffrage therein, was referred to the Committer on the Distiict. A bill was introduced to increase the salary of the United States District Judges of Con necticut to ami rekxu.d to the Judici ary Committee. Mr. Banks introduced a hill to amend the act incorporating the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Orphan Home. Referred. A resolution of inquiry was adopted in re gard to the effect of a repeal of the tax on cotton. Mr. Boutwell made the following personal statement; I have observed in some news papers what purports to be a report of some remarks made bv me in the caucus of the Union members of the House last Saturday evening. The report to which I refer is, in many particulars, quite incorrect. What I said I said very collected, and will now repeat it substantially to the House.— I gave nolice to the caucus that it was my purpose at an early time to introduce a resolu tion calling for the correspondence between the State Department and our Minister at Rome, in reference to John H. Surratt, and I expressed the desire my friends should sup port the passage of the resolution. If there should lie any opposition or doubt aboutit, I then said, I believed as eooly as I am standing here now. that I had good reason to believe the Executive Department had knowledge for many months of the place where Surratt was, that lie was employed in the army of the Pope at Rome; that it had for months a knowledge of the regiment and company in which, and of the name under which he was serving; that it had observed a report of his arrest and escape, and that I thought under all the circumstances it was time the country should know whether it was so or not. I therefore desired the resolu tion, which I intended to introduce yesterday, should he supported by the Union members of the House. Now I will say for myself, I have good reason for believing, and 1 believe I have the be t reason for thinking, that so early as Mry last, the Executive Department of the tiov ernment hail knowledge of where Surratt was. I did not say on Saturday night, neither do I say now, nor have I said anywhere, that the Government lias been at fault in not procuring his arrest, but when I left the city last July, I did expect very soon the country would have known that the arrest had been made. But week after week transpired, and month after month passed away, and there was no public information that his arrest had been made. I did say in public speeches I had good reason to believe the Government had knowledge of the whereabouts of Surratt. I have, now, this to say: ‘Further correspondence has been called for. When it appear, the House and country will see whether or not the Executive Depart ment had that knowledge. The House and country will also see whether the Government has taken all the means as were in its power to procure his early arrest. On that point I have no knowledge whatever. If it shall appear I have been mistaken as to the fact that the Gov ernment had knowledge, there is no person in the House or in the country who will more wil lingly retract than I shall.’’ I have this to say further, while I am opposed to the President of the United States, and to his policy, I shad make no warfare upon him which I do not con sider fair and legitimate. I shall not attempt here, or elsewhere, to misrepresent and abuse him, but what I do mean to undertake and per form to the best of my auilitv is, to ascertain whether he has been true in the great office which he holds. If it shall appear he has bc'-n true, there is uo citizen of the country who null more readily recognize the fact. If, on the other hand, it shall prm-e otherwise, then, as a citizen and a Representative, I shall perform m,t duty to the country. Adjourned. Interesting News from Mexico. New York. Dec. 4. Further advices from Mexico say that French vessels from Acapulco took troops from Mazat lan to San Luis, from whence they departed in haste to relieve Guadalajara, wliich was lieiug hard pressed by the Liberals. The capture of Mazatlan will deprive the French of almost the only hold which they had in Northern Mexico. Private advices say an expedition consisting of 200 resolute m> n, well acquainted with the Mexican territory, many of whom have seen service in the army of the United States and the Liberal army of Mexico, arc about to leave for Mexico commanded by a competent lead er. The greatest secrecy covers the movement, the success of which is deemed to be certain.— The operations of this expedition it is thought, will create more excitement than any which has preceded it. It is stated that Corona has 3000 men in Ma zatlan. Description of an Escaped Prisoner. Concord, N. H., Dec. 4. Mark Shinborn, the noted bank robber who escaped from the New Hampshire State Pris on last evening, is of light complexion, has a full, round face, weighs about 180 pounds, and is about five feet eight inehes iu beighth. The nail upon the fore finger ot his left hand was split no by a knife on the day of his escape, and is the onlv mark by wliich he may lie readily known. A reward of $1,000 is offered by the Warden for his apprehension and re turn. Martini lav Declared in Missouri. _ _ St. Lotus, Dec.. 4. Gov. Fletcher has declared martial law in Ray and Platte counties, aud has marched a strong force to those counties. It was not safe for any one man to show liimself out of his own bouse. Horse tlnefs, robbers and murder ers infest the frontiers ol Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska, but detectives arc there at work, and it is expected they will pick them all up. From WaiiliiaglOH. . Washington, Dec. 4. Aadljntion of fifty Indians, men, women ana children, will embark with their wigwams, war andflomestic implements, &c., from New ¥ork, orfjhe 10th ot March, as a representa tion ot tie Northwest to the Paris Exposition. Associate Justice Greer took his seat to day. This makes the full bench of the Su preme Gourfc of the United States. Ten cases were cai.ed this forenoon. They were of the siiu‘e the commencement of the rebellion relating to southern litigations, i v*.?rr*V Iloxt week call up the bin to (ftablish impartial suffrage in the Dis tnct of Columbia. reP°rt ot the Secretary of War submit sod to the Honse of Representatives to day, in answer to a resolution, shows the to tal araofint expended for the suppression of Indian hostilities for the year 18& and 1885,

is thirty-five millions. The House Committee on the Judiciary have h^d referred to them a bill to repeal a portionof a joint resolution explanatory of the confiscation act, approved July, 1802, and report.. The object or the hill in question is to re neon so much of the joint resolution re ferred «> them as prohibits the forfeiture of the re» estate of rebels beyond the term of their natural liver. The effect of the repeal ot so iprion of the joint resolution as prohib its the forfeiture of the real estate of delin quent f|hayond the term of their natural lives, would (Only be the enactment of au ex-post facto l*w within the meaning of the Constitu tional 'Interdict, by annexing to a crime that has bean already commilt d a new and addi tional punishment. The committee for these reasons has been discharged from the further coneictejatton of the subject, and the bill lies on thSjgable. . Mr. ypingham, of Ohio emphatically denies toe truth of the report that ne was preparing article® against the President on the ground of complicity in the assassination^. the late Pres ident fiincoln.# Tberstandrng committees of the House will remain as they were the former session. Col. Forney this evening, gave a splendid reception to Hon. Mr. Walters, proprietor of the iAmdon Times. There were present as invited guests, Senators and Representatives and ajarge number of gentlemen of the press, representing all shades of politic*. Col. For ney, Mr. Waiters, Gen^ Banks, Judge Kelley and others, made speeches. Virginia Legislature—The ioveruor-H neuage. ^ , Richmond, Va., Dec. 3. Ilia Governor s message was delivered to day. ft is mainly devoted to local matters. It eloseaps follows: “ To make freed men useful members of society, they should be educated. gratified fo see that sums of money had been raised iu the North for this purpose, and that the schools were in successful opera tion. The colored man labored under great disadvantages; when he had as many induce ment* to work as a white man, doubtless he wouli work, and he was pleased to find that man,4 of. the best men seemed disposed to give him 4 fair chance. It was very desirable, how ever, to induce foreign immigration. The Sec retary of State of the United States had for warded to him a joint resolution of Congress, proposing an amendment to the Constitution of thp United States, which he submitted to themt The President disapproved of it, and insisted on the immediate admission of loyal representatives duly elected. Some controver sy had taken place as to what was meant by loyalj some claiming tha* it was those who took the prescribed oath. The elections had, how ever, resulted in a decisive minority in favor of the congressional view. An effort is making to induce the Legislatures in some of the States torejeci the Constitutional amendment, hop ing to be more successful in a future contest; but he thought it very unlikely that such would be the result. The people of the South should not again be beguiled by professed friends at the North. The late elections showed that Congress was supported by a large majority of the people He thought there were no hopes of better terms. No political status had yet been given to those in arms against the Gov ernment. Congress had denied the assumed right of the President to settle that status. No disgrace would be incurred by accepting the proposed terms. They were not nearly so hard as might be anticipated. Person and property were sacred, and tne right of suffrage was left to them. Should they not accept the amend ment, the result was uncertain. He left the whple subject with them. ♦ FROM CALIFORNIA. ■ udiau Troubles in Arizona—The Sun Frauciseo Fire Department. San Francisco, Dec. 3. A letter from La I’az, Arizona, dated Nov. 22, says the Indians blockaded the road be tween Hardeysville and Prescott, preventing the transmission ot the mail for about two weeks. The Indians also attacked a train be tween Prescott and Agua Frio, killing three men and burning several loaded wagons and driving off fifteen yoke of oxen. They were committing outrages in other parts of the Territory. Large quantities of goods are at La Paz. The U. S. Quartermaster had received or ders to buy grain at Prescott, and it is believ ed that the crop in that vicinity would bring $130,000 in gold. The firemen of this city yesterday dedicated two monuments in the firemen’s burying ground at Lone Mountain Cemetery. The vol unteer fire department retired from duty last night and the paid department entered upon servico-tn-day. Knilrand Accident at Zanesville. Nrw York, Dec, 4. Special dispatches from Cincinnati say a terrible accident occurred at Zanesville, about nine o’clock this morning. A large iron bridge across the Muskingum river broke down, carrying with it the morning passen ger train hound east. Second Dispatch.—One span of the bridge of the Central Ohio Railroad, over the Musking um river gave way at about nine o’clock this morning, as the eastern bound express train was crossing, precipitating the engine, tender, two of Adams express cars, one baggage and one passenger car sixty feet to the rocky bot tom of the river. It is not known yet that auy person was killed, but many were seriously and perhaps some fatally wounded. At the time of the accident two empty engines were crossing on the down track, one of which es caped with the loss of its tender. This train contained the passengers from St. Louis and Cincinnati for Baltimore and Washington, and was the regular connection of the Baltimore & Olfio Railroad, by way of Bellare. The body of A. H. Caldwell,'of Gen. Sheridan’s stall, lately deceased in New Orleans, was on the train, but was recovered without damage. It is considered miraculous no person was kill ed outright; under the latest news the alarm is subsiding. TEE MEXICAN IMBROGLIO. Mr. Seward’s Dispatch to the French Oar cruuaent not Answered. New York, Dec. 4. A special cable dispatch from Paris, received in this city yesterday, says, in effect, that no direct reply has yet been transmitted by the French to that of {he ITnited States upon the subject of the immediate withdrawal of troops from Mexico, or in installments, as was promised bv M, Drouyn De L’Huyg. Secreta ry Seward, in his dispatch, remonstrated against the neglect, and asks for a fulfillment °f the promise which was received by the United States in good faith, and in expectation that it would be fulfilled. His remonstrance was wholly free from threats, though decided and earnest in its tone. That any difilculty will grow out of it is not believed in quarters here, where the message to Mr. Bigelow, so far as its general character is concerned, is fully known New York fiema. . T1)?. e°ndition of N. P. Willis is critical. He is failing every day. He sleeps all the while, but loses strength. Steainjjiip Scotland was abandoned at day light this morning, all hands leaving in the vessel’s boats. The pilot says two of the boats were swamped, hut believes all hands were picked up by the steam tug Re-cue. The ship’s fore topmast has been carried away and her wood work is breaking up, portions of it being strewed along the beach. Fniu illaitrns. Buffalo, N. Y.. Dec. 4. Fenian companies are parading the streets with banners and music. The arms seized by the IT. S. steamer Michi gan, during the raid last summer, it is announc ed, arc to be delivered to their owners at two o’clock, P. M. The bonds required by the U. S. Government were signed this morning. The Fenians are constantly drilling by com panies, in different parts of the city and neigh borhood. miscellaneous Dispatches. Boston, Deo. 4. The Republicans of Lowell have nominated George F. Richardson for Mayor. Richmond, Ya., Dec. 4. The President’s message was very favorably received here. The city press commend the spirit in which it is written, and recommend the people of the South to appreciate the ef forts of the President in their behalf, consider ing the strong opposition he lias to encounter. New York Charter Election. New York, Dec. 4. The charter election passed off to-day with little excitement. Weather bad and political spirits dampened. PORTLAND AND PTC I MTV. Nrw AihurliM uinitx To-Day. entertainment column. Grand Promenade Concert. KEW ADVERTISEMENT COLUMN. Under-sidrto—Charles Cnstis & Co. Ri»rn Paint lug—Oliver S. Beale. White AhIi Coal—Fletcher & Co. Dirty Nalt—Waldron & True. Statement of the Connecticut Fire Insurance Co. Oysters—James Freeman. Auction Sales—K. At. Patton & Co. For Matanzns—Bark Philena. Oysters—H. Freeman & Co. House for Sale. Statement of the Merchants’ Insurance Co. Annual Meeting—Cumberland Bone Company. Fresh Oysters—Atwood’s. Fur Goods—E. N. Perry. Frank Miller’s Palo Preservative Oysters—Timmons & Hawes. Men’s Gloves—Charles Custis & Co. THE COURTS. UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT. BEFOBE.JUDGE FOX. The December term of this Court opened yeatenlav morning in this city, Judge Fox presiding. After a brief clutrgc from the Judge the grand jure retired to attend to such matters as may be brought before them by Mr. Talbot, the U. S. District Attorney. The grand jury is composed as follows: Ambrose Giddings, Forman. Charles Trowbridge, Portland; Edmond AT. Woodbury, Clement P. ATax well, Westbrook; Aliia Chamberlain, CajieElizalicth; Jame A. Prince, James F. Latham. Cumberland; Marshal Lombard, Ebcnezer Leach,Gorham; Benja min F. Cole, Nathaniel M. Foss, Saco; Josiah G. Skillins, Lyman Walker, Yarmouth; George W. Toothaker, William E. Keith, Powual; Virgin II. Sprague, Win. S. Parker, Greene. John McAllister & als. v. brig Frontier, Libel for wages. There being no appearance for the vessel nr owners, on an ere parte bearing tlio Judge awarded S20 and costs to the li!iellant». J. O’Donnell tor libel lants. UNITED STATES COMMISSIONER'S COURT. WM. It. CLIFFORD, ESQ., COMMISSIONER. Tuesday.—George Medamick, of Bath, for carry ing on the business ot a retail llijnor dealer, without taking out a United States Internal Revenue license, was bound over in the sum of 1500 for liis appearance at the present term of the U. S. District Court, lie furnished Ijie ball and was discharged. MUNICIPAL COURT. JUDGE KINGSBURY PRESIDING, Tuesday.—John Brady, John Mubloen, Odil-ii Hammcl, Lewis Hanuuel and Augustus Harrow, for drunkenness and disturbance on the Sabbath were fined ®5 and the costs each. They were all commit ted. Josiah F. Libby for not taking out a license for a hack owned by liliu, paid a fine ot five doll if* and costs. Mathematical, — Prol'. Andrews, of New York, the distinguished Mathematician, who is so well known throughout the country as a teacher of the new, concise and expeditions method of computing interest, per ceutage and short multiplication, and the multiplication of fractional numbers, &c., and who is meeting with fine success in organizing a class of our citizens, comes to us highly recommended by hundreds of the very first business men, and best calculators of Boston, who were his stu dents, amongst whom are the mayor of one city, members of the bar, b inkers, aud business men in general, whose occupations are too nu merous to mention in a brief notice. Prof. A. is stopping at the Preble House, where he may be gratuitously consulted in relation to bis sys tem, when not professionally absent. Serious Accident.—Mr. John C. Young, of Concord, N. H., a machinist, while engaged yesterday morning in putting up the iron front of the store of Mr. J. C. Procter, corner of Middle and Market streets, met with a serious accident. While the workmen were hoisting a piece of the iron cornice to its position the chain slipped and the iron cornice fell on Mr. Young breaking his left leg badly near the ancle joint, and otherwise bruising him. He whs taken to his lodgings at Mr. J. H. Saw yer’s eating and boarding house in Market street, where he was attended to by Dr. Foster. He was in -uch a comfortable condition last evening, that he will be taken to his home in Concord this morning. Notice to Applicants fob Relief.—At a meeting of the Relief Committee liolden on Monday last, it was voted:‘‘That all applica tions for aid in robuilding dwelling houses the coming year mu=t be made on or before the first Monday of January next.” Blank ajiplications can be obtained at the office of the Treasurer of the Committee, in Market Hall. It is important, that those who intend to ap ply for aid in re-building should make their appiicatinns this month; as the balance on hand will be distributed soon after the 1st day of January next. Smash-up.—A countryman’s team on Com mercial street, yesterday afternoon came in collision w^h the buggy wagon of Mr. George S. Hunt, slewing the horse attached to it round and turning the buggy up over him. Mr. Hunt’s horse started off at full speed aud ran afoul of another wagon nearly upsetting it, and then run into another heavy team, with such force as to disengage himself from the shafts. Soon after, he was stopped and was found to be but slightly injured. The buggy was wrecked. Loss of A Steamer.—Steamer Baltimore, Capt. Newhall. sailed from this port last Thurs ■ day for Halifax, N. 9., and on Saturday went ashore on Stag Harbor, near Cape Sable, and will be a total loss. The principal part of the cargo was flour, of which there were 1,400 bar rels on board. It is supposed a portion of it will be saved. No lives were lost. The Baltimore was a propeller of the capac ity of about 1,700 bbls. burthen, and was owned by parties in New York, and chartered by the Grand Trunk Company for a regular packet between this port and Halifax. An Arithmetical Question. — Prof. An drews, of New York, hands us in the following very simple question, and instrncts us to say that whoever gives the best analytic solution thereof, will be gratuitously instructed in his mathematical course: A grocer sells sugar at 10 cents per pound in cash, but in barter he charges 20 cents por pound. At how much per pound should he sell the same sugar when he takes payment one half in cash and one half in bai ler? Bailway Traffic.—The following are the I receipts of the Grand Trunk Bailway for the week ending Nov. 24th, 1800: Passengers,.$51,010 00 Express Freight, Mails anil Sundries,. 5,100 00 Freight and Live Stock,. 84,132 00 Total,.$140,242 00 Corresponding week last year,. 152,504 00 Decrease,.$12,282 00 JOSEPH HICKSON, Secretary and Treasurer Oysters.—If any person has doubts as to the quality of the cargo of oysters that arriv ed at this port yesterday morning, those doubts will be dispelled by calling at Messrs. Tim mons & Hawes’, Nos. 15 and 16 Market Square, and trying a mess, or ordering a quart or gal lon to be sent home. They are truly delicious. Fire Telegraph.—The work of putting up the fire alarm telegraph in this city, is to be commenced forthwith. The wire lias arrived and Mr. Hills, the Superintendent of construc tion, will commence putting up the circuit this week. The Public library undoubtedly commands a larger share of the interest of our city i opu lation, than any other topic, unless we except the steam refined soaps. Fun Goods.— Onr readers arc invited to look into Perry’s shop, No; 290 Congress street, if they wish to see some of the handsomest furs that have been brought to this city. Steamers from Glasgow. — During the months of January and February there will be three steamers from Glasgow to this port— the St. George, St. Andrew and St. David. Trial Justice.—David Hayes, Esq., of Sac carappa, has been appointed a Trial Justice for the County of Cumberland. *> ■ *" 1 "■ ly the early settlement of our country the greatest anxiety was, how our people could get enough of good wholesome food. Now the manner of living has changed, so that many people really snil'er, and enough of every kind around them. Why is this? It is because their food distresses them. Buy one bottle of Main’s Elderberry Wine and you will got relit f. Then buy a case. dec4tf We are requested to invite the attendance of all desirous of having a Congregational Church established in the lower part of the city, at the meeting to be held this evening, in the Vestry of the Chestnut Street M. E. Church. seizures.—Yesterday the police seized small quantities of liquor in the shops of Clias. E. Dutton corner of Congzess ami Brown streets, Thomas M irkley on Monument street, and Martin Flanagan on (Ireen street. PnqmnitrHJriiernl'H It e port. The revenues of this department for tlie year ending June 30, 1866, were $14,386,986 21, and the expenditures $15,352,079 30, showing an ex cess of the latter of $965,093, 09. Anticipating this deficiency, a special appropriation was made by act of Congress approved Suly 28, 1866. The decrease ot revenue compared with the previous year was 11-5 per cent, and the increase of expenditures 12 per cent. The number of postage stamps issued during the year was 347.734,325, representing $10,810," 601; stamped envelopes 30,380,200, representing $921,500 50; stamped envelopes bearing print ed cards and requests 7,083,523, representing $230,000 73. The increased demand since first July for envelopes with printed cards and re quests for returning direct to the sender, if not promptly delivered to the address, is very notable, being about 06 2-3 percent, it is thought that the genoml use of such envelopes will tend largely to reduce the number of dead letters. The transportation statistics show th.it c f mail routeR in operation Juno 30,1866, there were 6,930; aggregate length 180,921 miles; ag gregate annual transportation 71,837,914 miles, the annual cost of which was about 10 cents per mile. The net postal receipts from the late insurgent States for the year being $693, 835, the liabilities (without including the com pensation of route agents, local agents, and mail messengers) exceed the receipts by $75, 383. The poiliou of the report relating to foreign mail service is especially interesting. The in creased correspondence with foreign countries, particularly with the continent of Europe, dur ing the year is unprecedented, amounting to more than twenty-five per cent, as compared with the previous year. The excess of postage collected in the United States upon the corres pondence exchanged with Great Britain and the continent of Europe was $509,627 76; caus ing balances against the United States on set tlement of the international postage accounts, amounting in the aggregate to $278,714 19.— The report announces that a preliminary basis for a new postal convention between this coun try and Great Britain has been agreed upon, reducing tire international charge on a single letter from twenty-four to twelve cents; ad mitting into the malls printed matter of every kind, and patterns of merchandise, at such rates as the despatching country shall establish; and granting to each country, reciprocally, tlie right to transmit correspond ence in closed bags, or in the ordinary mails, through the other, at the same rates of charge paid by the inhabitants of the country through which tlie correspondence is forwarded. A liberal postal convention has been concluded with the kingdom of Italy, which adopts the leading reforms in international postal inter course, recommended by the postal conference held at Paris in Hay, 1863. Tne figures relating to appointment! are sig nificant. The whole number of these for the year is 4,679, of which 1,065 aro from removals. The whole number of dead letters received and disposed ol during the year, was about lour and a half millions. Of ih -sc there were registered and remailed to the respective own ers, as enclosing money in sums of one dollar and upwards, 32,814 letters containing an ag gregate of $244,589 99, of which nninber 27,948, containing $221,066 19, were delivered, being 90 per cent. Of letters containing papers of value other than money, as deeds, bills of ex change, drafts, checks, &c., and of packages containing photographs, daguerreotypes, and articles of jewelry, there were registered, re turned and delivered 85 p ir cent. The postal money-order system has worked well. A comparison of the amount of trans actions in this year with those of the last shows that the business has been almost trebled.— The average amount of each order issued dur ing the whole year was $16,32. The whole number ot orders for the year was 243,609, rep resenting the sum of nearly four millions cf dollars, yet only five cases have occurred ol’the payment of orders to persons who had forged the signatures of the payees. Tho report recommends more liberality in the payment of the employees of the Depart ment. The salaries of clerks in tho Post Office Department during the four.years of war were not increased, while all the expenses of living were more than doubled. The salaries we e fixed in times of peace and low prices. They were not raised w hen war raised price*.— Clerks were compelled to run in dept, and, in many cases, their families suffered from want. They worked faithfully and skillfully and hon estly in discharging important duties for the government. It is the urgently expressed opinion of the Poetmaster-Oeneral that they ought to have some reasonable allowance for the past, and an increase of salary in the fu ture. Daring Escape op a Burglar.—A Concord correspondent of the Boston Journal de scribes the cscapo Irom the N\ H. State Prison of Mark Shinborn, the noted German bnrglar, under conviction for robbing the bank in Wal pole. In the afternoon ho went to his woTk in the cabinet shop with the. others as usual: At a quarter to five the bell rang for the prisoners to stop work, and they marched from the shops to the back wall of tho yard, took tlieir buckets and, then turned their steps to wards the prison. As the head of the comma was nearing the entrance, Shinborn, whose po sition was then about in the middle of the Ojurt-yard, suddenly sprang from the ranks, ran with almost incredible speed to the south entrance gate, grasped the ends of two of the heavy planks forming the gate, which broke like glass in his hands, jumped through the opening us a bail irom a revolver struck near his feet, and scaling a woodshed and cleaving an adjoining yard, he was, almost in a moment’s time,drawn into a covered carriage and whirl ed down State street with a fleetness which seemed to show that both hoise and driver re alized the issues ot the desperate undertaking. The prison officers h.id hardly time to move from their position before Shinborn had tied from sight. The otuer prisoners were march ed to their cells and the Warden and his Dep uty immediately took a horse and started m pursuit, hut the escaped convict was for the time beyond theirreaeli. The police were then notified and telegrams sent in all directions which it is thought may, perhaps, be iiistru moutai in arrestinginc uermau g escape. Shin born had plenty of confederates, and they were skilful men. Just uuder the heavy lower cross-bar of the lower section of the gate two thick planks were bored through and through iu one straight line with a small augur, so that they broke of like a reed in Shinkorn's hands. The opening thus effected in the gate was near ly two feet square. It appears that Shinburne’a operations wero carried on by letters, which were deposit ed in the false bottoms of his drawer in the workshop. They have been taken out in the night by scaling the walls and gaining access to the shop, and other letters left. All visitors to the prison have the notorious characters there pointed out to them, so that any of 9hin boru’s onnfoderat* s could, as visitors, have easily learned the position of his bench in the shop. A reward of $1000 is offered for Shin bora’s capture. Christmas is Coming.—Ladies who arc ar ranging for the Christmas tree are informed that the Black Morocco Paner, so nscfnl in makingpoMe-pnrtoiif.s, ami other fancy articles, may be had at the establishment of Mr. F. Hale, No. 4, Free St. Block, up stairs. K«-p«rl of (he fli cri dir) of %Vnr. -Mr. Stanton’s report opens with one of those oxbauative sentences for which be is famous.— l^haudmerit of the volunteer forces in ser rebel armies surrendered; stores arm8» ordnance, and military ::s°wfc v:,st —•» *>' terial s'oiin . P°aitlo,i of uneerviceable ma IK.tHtkatwufchXhTi’ aaddt uliustin.r „ .. , gh 1,0 n8cd; settling and • ' »i " r c,ai'n»;recruiting and organiz ing he regular army under the recent act; the establishment, oi posts and garrisons on the frontier and in the Indian country; testing the various improvements of brooch-loading small arms, and supplying them to theamiv; ,,r,„ . tical experiments to determine the destructive power of projectiles and the comparative re sisting qualities of materials; completing sea board detences and providing them w ith arma ments; planning and carrying on harbor and river improvements; these, with the adminis tration ol' tile laws relating to refugees, freed - men, and abandoncil lands, have constituted the chief operations of the War Department during the past year.” There are now only 11,043 volunteers left in the service, and of those 10,(100 are colored.— The regular army now comprises 10 regiments of cavalry, il regiments of artillery, and 46 reg iments of infantry. Of these, 2 regiments ot cavalry and 4 of infantry are colored, and 4 in fantry regiments are composed of men wound ed in the hue of their duty. The aggregate of enlisted men, when the regiments are full w ilt be 64,302. me present organization ot military depart ments and divisions is as follows: Tho department of the east, Major General George G. Meade to command, to embrace tho New England States, New York, New Jersev Pennsylvania, and Fort Delaware. Headquar ters at Philadelphia. The department ot the lakes, Brigadier and Brevqt Major General Joseph Hooker to com mand, to embrace the States of Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and "Wisconsin. Headquarters at Detroit. The department ti Washington, Brigadier and Brevet Major General F. ft. S. Cnnbv to command, to embrace the Di trict of Co.'um bia, Alexandria and Fairfax counties, Virgin ia, and the States of Maryland and Delaware, excent Fort Delaware. Headquarters at Wash ington. Toe department of the Potomac, Brigadier and Brevet Major General John M. Schofield to command, to embrace the States i f Virgin ia, except Alexandria and Fairfax counties, and West Virginia Headquute rs at Rich mond. The department of the south, Major General Daniel K. Sickles to command, to embrace the States of North and South Carolina. Head quarters at Charleston. The department of the Tennessee, Major General George H. Thomas to command, to embrace the States of Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, and Mississip] i. Headquar ters at Louisville. The department of the Gulf, Major General Philip H. Sheridan to command, to embrace the States of Florida, Louisiana, and Texas.— Headquarters at New Orleans. The department of the Arkansan, Brigadier and Brevet Major General E. O. Old, to com mand, to embrace the State of Arkansas and Indian Territory west. Headquarters at Lit tle Rock. Tne department of the Missouri, Major Gen eral Winfield S. Hancock to command, to em brace the States of Missouri and Kansas, and the Territories ol Colorado aud New Mexico.— Headquarters at Fort Leavenworth. The department of the Platte, Brigadier and Brevet Major General Philip St. George Cooke to command, to embrace the State of Iowa, the Territories of Nebraska ami Utah, so much of Dakota as lies west of the 101th meridian, and so much of Montana as lies contiguous to tho new road from Fort Laramie to Virginia City Montana. Headquarters at Omaha. The department of Daknlu, Brigadier aud BreVet Major General A. H. Terry to com mand, to einbrai e the State of Minnesota anil all the Territories of Dakota aial Yloiit.mil not embraced in the departin' ut of tho Platte.— Headquarters at Fort Snelling. The department of California, Brigadier and Bret- t Major General Irvin McDowell to com mand, to embrace the States ot California and Nevada, anil tho Territory of Arizona. Head quarters at San Francisco. Tke department of the Columbia, Major Goneral Frederick Steele to command, to em brace the State of Oregon and the Territories of Washington and Idaho. Headquarters ut Portland. A board of competent officers has recom mended an alteration of the Springfield rifles at a comparatively small cost, which will con vert them into breech-loaders believed to be better in all respects than the Prussian nee dig gnn- The department has already rn baud a supply of breech-loaders adequate to the wants of the cavalry and tho mounted anil light in fantry. la the matter of extra bounties, the Paymas ter General has decided that it will be imprac ticable to make payment until all applications i have been received, classified and registered by States and organizations. It is believed that by this preliminary process the ultimate pay ment of all will be greatly expedited. An inn-ease of the lininliets of cadets at West Poiot to 100, is recommended. With tbo present number but one graduate can be sup« plied to each regiment every second year, after meeting the ordinary demands of Hie staT corps The business of tbo ITroadmen's Bureau is facilitated by the law of 1800. About ldO.CCO of tho freedmeu and their children arc now ut tending school in the Southern States. Tho number of rations issued to refugees and freed meu since June .10, has been pretty equally di vided between the two classes, and Is diminish ingou both sides. Assistant commissioners havo be«n instructed to transfer thoir jurisdiction as yapidily as possible to tho State courts, but in Virginia, Louisiana and Texas, Bureau courts are still in existence. Thero has been bid little uniformity of State action with refer ence to the administration oi justice. Sales of horses and mules, barracks and other buildings,damaged clothing, transports, steam ers and barges, railroad equipments, medical and hospital property, are reported to tho amount of $32,727,689. The estimated appro priations for tho Department, for the next year, amount to $29,031,969. FROM EUROPE NEWS BY THE CABLE. London, Dee. 3.—John Bright wa3 present at the great reform demonstration which took Since in London to-day. There were twenty ve thousand people in the procession in strife of a heavy rain, only a portion of whom could enter the grouuds where the meeting was held. Resolutions were passed amid great enthusi asm. At the conclusion the people dispersed peaceably. Mr. Bright wiil address an im mense audience to-night. The Fenian Senator Meany was arrested this morning and taken to Dublin. No evidence of treason was found noon him. It is said that the United States authorities in Italy had telegraphed to Malta to arrest Mr. John H. Surratt, one of President Lincoln's assassins, on the steamers touching there, but the attempt failed. They expect, nowever, to effect the arrest when the steamer reaches Al exandria. A Fatai Jest.—At Dedham, Massachu setts, on Thanksgiving Pay, while fonr young men, were engaged in a hunting excursion, they got talking about how easy it wonld be for a person to shoot trims* If. One of them, named Eugene McGregor, pressed the muzzle of his gun to Iris breast, and said, that was tho way be would do It, if he were going to try, at the same time touching the hammer with bis foot, when the gun was discharged and tho contents passed through his heart. Ke exclaim ed, “I am dead; God have mercy on my soul!” fell to the ground, and instantly expired. His ctnnpanions think he must have lost his ba! anoc and pressed the hammer harder than ho meant to. He was sixteen years of age, an only son. ami an intelligent and promising youth. —It is rumored that the whole of“Mttgby Junction," Dicken’s new Christmas Story, camp through the Atlantic Cable, at an ex pense of something over ninety thousand dol lars in gold. It true, this enterprise on tho part of the conductors of Every Saturday beats Mr. Seward with his own weapons, and alto gether distances the Cioverunient with their paltry expenditure of nineteen thousand dol lars. Hurd & Houghton, is to be issued at once. —Mrs. William Calhoun, one ot the most ac