Newspaper of Portland Daily Press, December 18, 1866, Page 1

Newspaper of Portland Daily Press dated December 18, 1866 Page 1
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PORTLAND DAILY Established June 23, 1862. Tol. o. PORTLAND, TUESDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 18, 1866. Term, Eight Dollar.per annum,in oAvance. THE PORTLAND DAILY PRESS ii published • very day, (Sunday . \r. pii dj at No. 1 Printers* Exchange, Commercial Street, Portland, by N. A. Poster, Proprietor. Terms:—Eight Doll ut .i\eat in advance, 1*11 E maim: STATE PRESSES published at the .i'll1' pi uv ■ very Tlmr .j»y moiliing at $2.<H) a year, '•variably in advance-. RATE3 ol ADVI Ki'l-ISO.—Dii.' inch Ol ' i u‘ • :n cngth ol »• diiiun, couMitutcs ■ iuare. ^ *1.50 p, r square daily first week * *?• c'eni.> pc week alter ; i In .a in rt»oi*s, or loss, cnn^,nu ng ovary of lit r day alter first week, ou cents. Halt square, llii.e ins--rtiuns or less, .occurs, one week. • l ill); r»rt rents per week alter. Linder lo ad m A u« i:nr\is,’ >/»,u 1..-1 square per week ' ihroe Insertions or less. SI-*'*. scivi \i. Norn • - >1.25 per square lor the first in sertion, and 2’.» cents pei .quare tor each subsequent user t ion. Advertisi in. ms inserted in tin **M\ini. State Press”(which lias a lua^ocirculation in every par ol' tin- SlateU'or $L00 per square for fir.d insertion* and 50cent* per '■qu ire tor each > ubsequent inser tion. ENTE1 ST AIN MENTS. Ocean Association, Ex-No. 4, WILL COMMFNOF TI1E1R Fifth Annual lourse of Ilances, - AT MECHAXICS’ HALL, - WITH A - Ball on Thanksgiving Night! To be followed by Three A*Mrinblie«< «**« Tuesday Nighto, a Ball oat Phristniaw Nigbl, h Crinuil Fire men’n tlHilary mnl Civic Bull on Aon If ear’* Night. MANAC.FRS: President, EDWARD HODGKINS, Vice-President, S, s. IIANNAFOKD, Secretary, A. 11. JACOBS, Treasurers, F. J. JB MLEY. U. I>. I age,C. Ii. Phil lips, 11. D. Trip]). S2P-Tickets for the Course $6; tickets t’or each of (lie Balls $1,50; ticke ts for each of the Assemblies $1; for the Gallery 5<> ct nls. To be obtained of the Man agers and at the door. Music by Chandler's Quadrille Hand. 1). H. Cliandler Prompter. Dancing to cononence at 8 o’clock. Clothing chocked free. November 27, 1867. codSw Portland Theatre. Biilwcll A Uiov/ac, Lcdscps A IlInungcrM. PARTICULAR ANNOUNCEMENT I Owing to the enthusiastic reception extended to the popular tragedian illr. Joseph Proctor, his engagement has been renewed for A Few Nifflits Longer ! during which a scries of Shakespearian and other le gitimate jilays will be produced. Hominy EveniDSi.INfiOfUAB. Tuesday Evening,.YTBRINHJii. Wednesday Evening,.OTHELLO, Thursday Evening,.MACBETH' Friday Evening:, benefit of AIT. Proctor, BICUILIL1I. Saturday Evening, last night of Mr. Proctor,by request.WICK OF THE WOOHfi. 53T’ Seals can be secured iu advance for any even ing during the week. December 17. Cl P. Y. 31.C. A. COURSE lECTUKES FOURTH I.SUTURE BY i*Il OF. «i(J.1SSIZ ! Ou “The Natural features of Oie Amazon Basin,” IN THE CHESTNUT STREET CHURCH, Weilnmlny I'hrniug, Dec. Iftth. Season Tickets - balance of Course - nine Lectures, $1.V5. Evening Tickets, 5«» cents, t • be bad at Paek ardV, Short & Loring's, Carter & Dresser’s and at flic door. Doors open al C) ; Organ Concert 7 ; Lecture at 7 J o’clock. dccl7U3t Levee at Stevens’ Plains. Tlie Ladi< >. of thr Universalist Sewing Circle! TIT ILL bold 'i Levee in the vestry of the new Church on Stevens’ id.bins, Dee. iiHk. Arti cles tor slie. Refreshments, &<•., ■will be dispensed. A silver cup will b • awarded lor the beat conundrum: a wooden spoon ffir the p .ore?t. A pleasant time is expec ed. Th o iect is to lurnish the church which is being completed. Contributions to Fancy or Rcireshr.icnt Tables, Fish Fond or any department- will be pratefiuliv re ceived. A < ominitu\: will Dn in waiting at the church cn Wednesday the 19th. deelltd FAIR AND LEVEE. THE LADIEb OF THE First Baptist Society will hold a Fair and Levee on Wednesday and Tliur day Hvcn’gs, DinaiflliR IDib AND 30th, LIN COL N II ALL, i'ongre<H ftlrerl, iliuujoy. r f- The J/i•tics have spent much time in the mai> utactuie of arlleies. f»r*tIt u«efn1 and ermraunital, which will be offered for Bale. A Urge (uiinlier'bf Ev ergreens, Wre aths and E»bt.ehs for Christmas have born donated, and will he for sale. The tables will be abundantly supplied with every description of refreshments. Q'fP'Adtuivsion '3.» C’fiib. December 12. dlw Mercantile Library Lectures. rpiiK Fourteenth Annual .Sericv of 1 ‘ublle Lectures I under the diiccllon of the Mercantile Library As sociation will be delivered at 31 ECTfANIC^’ irVFL. Tlie course will « om 1st. of Six Lecture v for vliich the following gchtlcincit I*u c l*e> n cugajjed. Eluni'V \'»*icc:il» fiCnq., Iter. G. is. HujMvortli, ISpv. IV. It I. 4tall:«li<u, V. V?.. tonsil, lE-q., 4-i. W. Ciirli*. •*'«q.A Kn. K. 11, (Tinpiu. The Opening Lecture will be delivered on Friday Eveninrr, Bceemher 21st, I Ion i\y Vincent, TIUS ELOQUENT ENGLISH Itl'FOUMER. Subject—“ The Late American Conflict and the Friends and Encmich of America in England.” Of '" Tiek' ts it»r tie- bourse ai «1.'A '«ian be had at Davis Brothers, Fore Street; Short A: L"iing, corner Free and Center St. ; at Bailey A Noy&», at their new Store, Exchange Street, after Dee. 17. Each member is entitled to two tickets , u each, which can be had at the Library Rooms on Lime St., door from Federal St. Owing to the limited capacity of the Hall, members must *-rare their tick ets by Wednesday, Doc. 19. The Library Rooms will be open every evening from 7 until 9 ; also Wednes day and Saturday afternoons. LECTURE COMMITTEE : E. COREY, C. E. JOSE, J. C. PliOCTOK, ii. FLING, M. 15. COOLlDGE, J. if, TWITUIELL, .JAMES BAILEY. dec 14 dtt ESCAPED FROM JAIL i $ROO HEWARB ! Escaped from lh»* Portland Jail, on tin: night, of tlic 19th. flic tbllowiog lies.1 i bed net sons:— sSiWirai- NEVILLR. il years of hg«vS &* 8 inches high, dark »< inflexion, black curly hair, cliln whiskers. Ilad a brown biou.hloi.h (oaf, grey limits and \vs. and round top hal. FMEDERH'Di JII <’IB.% iESIw, about fi leot 9 indie high, ot medium build. slight fy stooping shoulders, hal on •gray sack cunt, black vest ami i.ams and brown peck-tie. lie won- i fill, beaver'hut. ( IIAIIIJ H fi{I(AIAARIb about 22 years old, six ice I high, dark complexion, one eye sight less, and ha- a In avv swinging gait, ol j dui i lul and wiry build, lie were originally dark blue, bui now tadod to a dull brown; pants and vest dark mixed, new shoes with brass Uickh s, and an imitation Scotch cap. iHPJ.VIA 64 i:\.\l8 l th\, about 5 teCt 8i inches high, pretty stout build, dark complexion, with heavy and rather sunken black eyes, and tiiin moustache. Wore shore dark coat, pants and vest bark, white bosom shirt, with scarlet nock-tic, and black cloth cap. The above pri oners escaj cd last night about 1 o’clock. I offer the following i-.* wards tirilu-irapprehension, or such information af. hall euimre their arrest:_ ForFKEDERH K T h ilARDs. *• SAMUEL NliV ILLL. “ ( IIAllLL'IUlAINAUP. 50 “ MELVIN K I NN 18TON. 50 GEORGE IV. I*A IS 14i! It, Sheriff arid Jailor. Portland, Nov. 20, IHOG. nov21dlw Sfe»lcs t S Bisites S Pop I.allies anil Gentlemen. cy ENTIUL SEW STOCK—OLD STOCK ALL BC11NKT). Kcnt'. mlH r (lie Number. 10 Free Street, O po28d3w G. L. BAILEl . NEW ADVERTISEMENTS. OR WORLDS SALVE HABbeen an old family nurse for the past twenty years, and kuown all around the world as the most south ing and healing Ointment in existence. McAlisters all healing ointment Never Fails to Care. Salt Rheum* Scrofula, Ulcer** Small l*ox, Sore Nipple** Mercurial Sore*, Erj’sIprlHH, Carbuncle*, Corn*, Bunion*, and all It hen in title Pain** iSec. See. Ileal* permit nritlly Old Sore* and Frenli Wound*. For Floated Limbs, Hums, nr Scald*, it ha* no equal in the World. Biro it a trial* Price 23 rents. Si.lil by all Druggists. ,lccl8 _ Ta&F&weow A EAPEE FOE THE AGE. T H E Watchman and Reflector 1 Enlarged to N ally Twice its Present Size. Oaic oi the uio*i eoiuplcte anil comprehen sive Rcligiou* and Family Journal* iu the world* Its Corps of Editors and Contributors are un equalled in number and unsurpassed in ability by any religious p»pcv in the United States. Terms—One copy, $3.00 in advance. For $5.00 any person sending his own name, and the name of i new subscriber, can have two copies one year. For Specimen Copies address, FORD, OLM3TEAD & CO., Publishers Watchman & Refleotor, Dec 18-dlt * BOSTON, MASS. Snow to be Removed from Foot way or Sidewalk. Sect. 80.-*-Thc tenant or occupant, and in case there should be no tenant, the owner, or any person having the can\of auy building or lot of land border ing on any street, lane, court, square «»r public place within the city where there is any tooting or side walk, shall, aficr the ceasing to fall of any In the dav time, within three hours, and if in the night time, before ten of the clock of the forenoon, succeeding, cause such suow to be removed from such footway or sidewalk; an !, in uelimlt thereof, shall ibrieit and pay a sum not less than two dollars, nor more than ten doilavs; and for each and every hour hereafter that the same shall remain on such foot way or sidewalk, such tenant, occupant, owner, or )ther person sh ill forfeit and pay a sum not less than me dollar nor more than ten dollars. All persons arc hereby notified to govern them selves accordingly, as the above ordinance will be en forced. JOHN S. IIEALD, doelSdii City Marshal. Montreal Ocean Steamship Co. CARRYING THE CANADIAN AND UNITED STATES MAILS. I'n^cugerK Hooked to Loadenihi'ry and l.iverpsol. Return Tic!t«t* granted at Reduced Rate*. The Steamship Moravian Cant. Alton, will id from this po*t for Uverpool, SATORDA Y, 92nd December, 18C9, immediately alter the arrival of the train of the previous day from Montreal, to be follow ed by I be-on the 29th. Passage to Londonderry and Liverpool, cabin, (ac •ording to accommodation) $70 to A80. Steerage, $25. Payable in Gold or its equivalent. (HbTYor Freight or passage apply to II. & A. ALLAN, No. 3 India St. Portlaud, Nov 20, I860. Dec. 18 dtd E. Ilf. DaTTKN & C’O., Auctioneers, PLUM STREET. Genteel'c, Carpets, Reds, Bedding, &e., at Auction. OH SATURDAY, Dm*. ?M, at 10 A. Al., will be sold new and gerund band Furniture, such as Chamber setts, Bureaus, Bedsteads, Tables, Chairs, liockcrs, Solas in both hair and rep, Husk, Hair and Calm Mattresses. Herts Blankets, Quilts, Table Cut lery, Ice Piirhers, Baskets, Crocliorv Ware, Castors and Clocks, Boom Parer, Shirts anti Drawers, and a rcneral assortment ot Dry Goods. Also 50 barrels Broad, is ba^ Nuts, M boxes Lemons, Toliacco, -'■1 itv.-, Ac. At 12 AL, in front ot Ohloe, 1 double plush lined ■'l.-igli, built by Kimball, and In thorough repair; I ingle Sleigli, trimmed, it iboa, Blankets. Halters, O.yicingleo. and lo new ami second hand Harnesses, d.sis ,1m (treat Sale of Clothing al Auction At the Store in the Marl, ‘-‘70 CONGRESS STREET, ('ommrnriu; Wnbuailny, December 1 Alii, to be coiUhtncd every afternoon and evening until the whole stock is sold. CO.t TH, fas s, vests, overcoats, HiniKTS, DU AWE ICS, <VC., A c. docI8d3l U. li IIALL, Auctioneer. Marbleizdd Slate Mantles! Superior in Appeai'dnce, More Durable and al Half the Price of Marble. T, B. STEWART. 005 Sixth Are. New York. Scn.l I'm Descriptive Catalogue with prices, lmdt-18 Oat Meal and Buckwheat! a BBTS- snnsujroR new oat meal. 9 J \ r 20 Barrels S .uthern Buckwheat, dust received aud for sale b}’ €H1U£ BBOTHBRS, Ilcnil I.o.iir Wharf. Dec 18, 18CC.—'T,T&S2w _ Lost! ON Saturday. Dec 15tli. between Sumner and Congress streets, head of Casco, a ladies’ Gold Clasp Hair Bracelet, Anv person linking the sam.*, by leaving it at J. M. JOHNSON’S Shoe Store, 3 ft < ’ongi ess Street, will be lib rally rewarded, as it is of great value to the owner. Portland, Dec 1», dcl8d2t For Sale, A SUPERIOR lot of DRIED PEACHES in Bxr J\. rels, Hags anti tierce*, bv C. B. ROGERS, No 133 Market St., DeclSdSw Philadelphia. To Let. rilWO Front Rooms to rent, with board, at No 52 A Free Street.__ declSdlw* Alabama and the Amendment.—The Bos ton Advertiser’s special dispatch says: The sudden chan go of front with respect to the amendment to the Constitution on the part of Governor l’atton.has been remarked as sig nificant. A foot concerning the action of the Alabama Legislature has just come to light.— -Vli, r the delivery of his second message recom mending its ratification, a caucus of the lead ing members of the legislature was held, at which it was almost detei mined to fellow his recommendation, But about this time tele graphic despatches were received from Govern or Button, then in Waslohgton, understood to have been scut at tiie instance of the President, urging the Icgkdnture to adjourn with the pro posed action, and they did subsequently ad journed. Godey's Lady’s Book for January is a fine New Year number. Its fashion department is richly varied, comprising a highly finished col ored plate devoted to bridal costumes, aud a great number oi wood cuts illustrating the lat est styles iu dress and fancy work The liter ary matter is by the best writers for this class of magazines. A now novel from the very pop ular pen of Marion Harlund is promised for 1SG7. Personal.—Bev. William A. Drew, of this city reached the age of sixty-eight years on Tuesday last, the eleventh of December. He wears well and is the youngest appearing man of his age with us.—Kennebec Journal. Havana Orange3 at l’erkip’s Candy Store LATEST NEWS BY TELEGRAPH TO THE l’OKTL.4IVD DAILY HKI3SS. —-- — -. ♦ *-. j Tuesday Morning, December 18,1866. --- WASHINGTON. Tlie Impeachiuent of the President. Bill to Reimburse States for War Expenses. LETTER OF THE E.HPKKOK OF UliMSIA. Washington, Dec. 17. A resolution to appoint a committee to in quire into the impropriety of proceeding with the impeachment of the President, it is thought will pass the House before the recess. The Senate Finance Committee will remain here during the recess, mainly to consider the tariff hill. Already there is a considerable delegation here representing the woolen inter est, which, it appears, demands a protection of 25 per cent, clear of the 6 per cent, tax, and duty on raw material. Secretary McCulloch responds to the House inquiry concerning the condition of the Na tional Banks, that on the 1st of October there were tifty-five hanks more or less deficient in their reserve of lawful money. They were im mediately notified not to increase their liabil ities by making any new loans and discounts otherwise than by discontinuing or purchasing bills of exchange payable at sight, or purchas ing bills, nor make any dividends of their'prof its until the required proportion between their circulation aud deposits, and their reserve of lawful money should be restored, aud special weekly sworn statements were required, which all proved to bo satisfactory. He recommends monthly returns. He says: “Recent reports of deficiencies in the lawful money reserve of the New York city hanks have come to my knowl edge through the press. Several banks so re ported have voluntarily made statements show ing that their failure to comply was temporary, and has since been removed.” In answer to the resolutiou calling for infor mation concerning compensation to loyal own ers for slaves placed in the army, sets forth that three Commissioners were appointed each for Delaware, Maryland, Missouri, Kentucky and Tennessee. They have examined and re f.orted on nearly 4000 claims as follows: Mary aud, 1807 awarded, 780 returned to claimants, 280 unreported; Delaware, 114 awarded, 43 re jected, 9 returned unreported. Only these two commissions are reported, and they were dis solved by the War Department before their labors were concluded. The civil and diplomatic appropriation bill omits an appropriation for the salary of the Minister at Portugal. The bill the last session did the same thing. xiuuicuiaucij dun uic iiuimaj (5 uuc uiu ii c imburse loyal States for war expenses will be reported lor action by Representative Blaine, of Maine. The proposition is to give a certain amount of five per cent. United States bonds to each volunteer fimrished by said State. The proposition of Comptroller Hillhouse, of New York, to give the income tax to each State does not meet with favor because of the great inadequacy of the amounts collected under that head in the several States. The same ob jection applies, though in a less degree, to as sign the bank tax to several States. Some of tlie States would in this way realize a large amount, while others would receive very little. Among the petitions presented to the' Houso to day was one from Athens county, Ala., sign ed by six persons, asking for the impeachment of President Johnson. The following is the letter of the Emperor of Russia, which was read in the House to-day : St. Petersburg, Aug. 17,18H6.—I have receiv ed from the hands of Mr. Fox the resolution of the Congress of the United States of America, on the occasion of the Providential grace of which I have been the object. That mark of sympathy has moved me sensibly. It is not alone personal. It attacks once more the sen timents that bind the American nation to that of Russia. The two peoples have no injuries to remember, but only good relations under all circumstances. Proofs of mutual benevolence are added. These cordial relations are as con ductive te their interests as to the good oi civ ilization and humanity, and answer the designs of Divine Providence, whose will is peace and concord among all nations. It gives me a live ly pleasure to see these ties constantly strength ened more and more. I have imparted my sen timents to Mr. Fox; I pray you to be my inter preter to Congress and the American people whom it represents. Tell them how much I appreciate, and with me the whole ot Russia, the testimonies of friendship they have given me, and how happy I will be to see the Ameri can nation grow in strength and prosperity by the union and the constant practice of the civ ilities that distinguish it. Accept at the same time the assurance of the high consideration with which I am your good friend. (Signed,) Alexander. S4N FitA.NCISCO. Great Yield of Silver Mines—Indian Mur ders Continued—News from Oregon and Arizoun. San Fkancisco, Dec. 15. The steamship America, with passengers for New York via Nicaragua., sailed to-day. Money is decidedly easier as a general rule, i Merchants in the interior arc responding most promptly in meeting their obligations to city jobbers. Over $300,000 in dividends were paid out to day. The mines located on the Comstock lead and silver ores are yielding immense quantities of bullion. During the mouths of November and December the dividends of six of the principal mines amounted to $516,000, and tlie yield of ten urines during October and November was over $2,000,000. A leller lias been received confirming the account of the massacre by the Apaches and Majave Indians of George W. Leihy, Superin tendent of Indian Affairs, and his clerk, A. H. Everett, while on their way from Prescott to La Paz. San Fkancisco, Dec. 13. The steamship Oriflamme, from Portland, Oregon, with $301,000 in treasure, arrived last night. The news is unimportant. The Oregon papers state that a severe shock of earthquake occurred at Dallas and Umatil la, November 24. General McDowell has issued a general order giving an account of a successful expedition from McDowell, Arizona, again&t Apache In dians. Two ranches were destroyed, one con taining a large amount of winter stores. Six Indians were killed, a number taken prisoners, and some horses captured. The expedition was accompanied by some Pino and Maricopa Indians, who were" highly complimented tor valuable services rendered. Washington Correspondence. N ew York, Dec. 17. The Herald’s special Washington dispatch says: “A rumor has been busily circulated here to-day (Sunday) that orders have gone forth for tiie reinforcement of the squadron in the Gulf of Mexico. The rumor was authoritatively de nied this evening, no orders-of the kind having been issued.” The Post’s special Washington dispatch says a veto of the District of Columbia suffrage bill may come in before tlie Congressional recess. Mr. McCulloch desires to dismiss all the fe male employees in Iris Department, regarding the experiment a failure, hut there is a pros pect ot their being retained another year. Drmrurlire Virc. Buffalo, N. Y., Dec. 17. A fire was discovered about 6 o’clock this morning in the rolling mill belonging to Palm er & Wadsworth, in what is called Uniontown, a part of the city lying to the Southwest, Very little could be done to stay the progress of the lire on account of the locality and the depth of snow preventing the engines from getting into position All inflammable parts of the build ing were destroyed, ami the loss will probably exceed $100,000. The insurance on the build ings and machinery amounts to $200,000. This was one of the finest and largest mills in the country, employing 800 hands. Mormon Outrages—(fen. Sherman mill itlr. Campbell. Washington, Dec. 17. Col. Stover, who has recently returned to Washington from Salt Lake City, reports many outrages being perpetrated on the Gentiles by the Mormons. Brigham Yount* had sworn vengeance on them, and his followers were realons in their persecutions. The departments at Washington have receiv ed no official information of the intention of Gen. Sherman and Minister Campbell to re turn to New Orleans, nor of their having done so, as reported heretofore. Official Vole of Wisconsin. _ . , Chicago, 111., Dec. 16. The othcial canvass of Wisconsin gives 79, 329 votes to the Republican, and 55,416 to the Democratic candidate for Governor at the re cent election. South Carolina Legislature. CHAKLE8TON, S. C., Dec. 17. The Legislature has passed resolutions ex Iiressive of its sympathy with Jeff Davis in ,iis confinement. XXXIX OONGEESS--SEOOND SESSION. SENATE. Washington, Dec. 17. A c .mniuiiication was received from the Secretary of War in response to a resolution asking if the Commissioners provided for by an act of 18ti4, for the payment, of loyal owners ef enlisted slaves, have been appointed, etc.— The communication was accompanied by a re port which was referred to the Military Com mittee. Mr. Slimi er presented the proceedings of a recent meeting of loyal citizens, without re spect to color, held at Norfolk, Va., asking for the reorganization of the government of Vir- ' ginia, &e. Mr. Saulsbury objected, as under the rule of the Senate the proceedings of a public meeting could not be received unless they come in the form of a memorial. Mr. Sumner said this was not simply the pro ceeedings of a public meeting—it was in the nature of a petition. The question on the reception of the docu ment was put and carried, and the document was referred to the Reconstruction Committee. Mr. Wade presented a petition for re-annex ation of the city and county of Alexandria to the District of Columbia. Laid on the table. Mr. Wilson reported favorably the House resolution for the erection of a monument to the memory of the late Lieutenant General Scott. Mr. Trumbull introduced a bill to provide for amendments to defects in the proceedings of the courts of law. Referred to Judiciary Committee. Mr. Sumner presented a bill to punish those who induce the emigration of free colored per sons under tiilse pretences. Mr. Sumner said there were persons here from foreign coun tries endeavoring to persuade colored persons to emigrate, but virtually to inaugurate a sort of Coolie trade. Referred to Foreign Commit tee. The bill to repeal the President’s amnesty power was taken up. On motion of Mr. Wilson, the Military Com mittee were discharged from the further con sideration of the bill “to increase the military peace establishment." On motion of Mr. Wilson, the Secretary of War was instructed to furnish the Senate with the reports of the Assistant Commissioners of the Freedmen’s Bureau, and a synopsis of the local laws applying to the blacks in the late slave States. Mr. Trumbull said a popular impression ex isted that the repeal of the 13th section of the confiscation act would take away the Presi dents power of pardoning rebels; such was not the fact He has power by the Constitu tion to grant reprieves and pardons for offen ces against the United States, except in cases ot impeachment. Decisions have settled his power to pardon before or after conviction.— He can retain property by imposing that con dition. Mr. Johnson enlarged on the foregoing. Mr. Hendricks insisted on his right to the floor on the Nebraska bill, which he opposed on the ground the population is too small, and claimed for the South representation equally for the non voting inhabitants. Mr. Brown ottered an amendment providing that at a general election a majority of voters decide that there be no denial of the franchise on account of race or color. The Senate postponed all other business at two o’clock to listen to eulogies on the late Senator Wright of New Jersey. After memorial tributes to the late Senator M right by Messrs. Catteil and Davis, the Sen ate adjourned. HODSE. lvii. w asnDume, ot Illinois, ottered a resolu tiou directing the select committee on the New Orleans riot to Investigate the alleged frauds in the New Orleans Custom House and Ihe appointment ol rebels therein to the exclusion ot Onion men, and into all matters connected with the administration of affairs in that Cus tom House. Adopted. Mr. Harding, of Illinois, offered the follow ing: Resolved, That the House of Representatives of the Congress of the United States will give unfaltering support to the Executive Depart ment ol the Government, to vindicate the time honored policy ot this Republic against foreign armed intervention which tends to the destruction of Constitutional liberty on this Continent, and especially commend the tore of the National voice in reference to the Re public of Mexico. Adopted. Mr. Cook offered the following: Resolved, That the Committee on Banking and Currency be instructed to inquire into the expediency of providing by law for the withdrawal of the currency issued by the na tional banks as last as the same may be done without injustice to the banks, and of supply ing the place with legal tender notes issued i>\ the Government of the United States. Mr. Cook then moved the previous questiou. Upon this resolution Air. Brandagee demand ed tellers. The motion for the previous question was seconded by a vote of 58 to 38. Mr. Brandagee called for yeas and nays say ing he wanted to see who was in favor of de stroying the national hanks. The yeas and nays were taken and resulted m yeas 65, uays 68. So the resolution was ro lected. Mr. Ross offered the following: Resolved, that it is the sense of Congress that no more Government bonds shall be issu ed that are not subject to the same rates of taxation as other bonds. Mr. Thayer moved to lay the resolution on the table. Air. Ross called lor the yeas and nays on that motion, hut the House refused to order them and the resolution was laid on the table Mr. Parker offered the following; Resolved, That the Committee on Banking and Currency be instructed to report a bill preventing for some temjiorary period a fur ther withdrawal of legal tender currency. Air. Washburne, of Illinois, suggested the resolution should he mollified so as to direct the committee simply to inquire into the ex pediency of reporting such hill. Mr. Morrill moved to lay the resolution on the table. The questiou was taken by yeas and nays and resulted in yeas 88 and nays 58. So tlie resolution was tabled. Air. Aloulton offered a resolution directin'* the Committee ou Territories to inquire into the expediency of inviting and authorizing loyal citizens ol the United States rCySidinor iii the districts of country recently in rebellion, except Tennessee, to form Constitutional Slate Governments, and to provide for the restora tion of such States to all the rights anil digni ties of States in the American Union. Air. Bingham made u point of order that the resolution must go to the Reconstruction Com raittee. He wanted to know how many Re eonsu notion Committees were to be appoint ed. The Speaker sustained the point of order and the resolution was accordingly referred to the Reconstruction Committee. The Senate amendment to the concurrent resolution for adjournment over the holidays was concurred in. A translation ot the letter from the Empe ror ol Russia, acknowledging the joint resolu tion congratulating him on his escape from as sassination, was read and applauded. The select committee on the murder of Uni ted States soldiers in South Carolina, was, on motion of Mr. Dawes, instructed to inquire also into the case of Henry Miller, indicted and sentenced to death at Waterboro’, South Carolina, as a spy for the Union array. The Committee on Foreign Affairs was in structed to report whether the good offices of the United States should not be employed in restoring peace to the State of Smith Carolina. Air. Stevens reported a pension appropria tion bill. It was made the special order for January 1th. Air. Scheuck offered a resolution directing the Judiciary Committee to inquire into the sale of a colored niau in Ataryland, under the sentence of a court. Mr. Stevens made a speech on the subject, in which he said it was the duty of Congress to give to Maryland a Republican form of Gov ernment, which it has not now. Referring to the sale of a colored man at Annapolis, Mr. Stevens said the amendment abolishing slav ery made an exception of those convicted of crime. Ataryland was not the only State where occasion was taken to tell colored ]Jbo ple into slavery. Not many weeks ago tw o very respectable persons, a gentleman and wife, had called upon him aud told him they had just come from Florida, wdiere it became too warm for them. The day beiore they left they saw some negroes sold into slavery, at public auc tion—some of them for seven years—and saw several others whipped with stripes on their naked backs, at a whipping post, under the discriminating laws ot Florida. He thought the inquiry should exteud to all of the eleven States. Mr' riclieuck enlarged upon this theme and narrated au instance of oppression in Georgia, where a colored agent of a Philadelphia be nevolent society was arrested on the charge of vagrancy, and condemned to the chain gang for a term of twelve months. Mr. Lawrence, of Ohio, moved to amend the resolution so as to direct the committee to re port what legislation is necessary to protect loyal citizens in the enjoyment of life, liberty and properly in the late rebellious Slates, ex cept Tennessee. He sent up an extract from a loyal Georgian newspaper hearing date of tlie eighth ol December, showing that at the Equal Rights Convention held in Macon, delegates representing fifty counties reported 150 murders within the last two months, and in no instance did the civil authorities attempt to bring the murderers to justice. The amen! ment was agreed to and 'the resolution was adopted. Efforts were made to amend so as to include all the Departments. The House refused to table the resolution by a vote of 21 yeas to 116 nays. Mr. JJaynard said a son of his colleague, >jr. Nelson, had gone into North Carolina with Gen. Stoneinan, and had since been indicted for murder, and demanded of the Governor of Tennessee. He asked for appropriate legisla tion. The resolution was adopted Mr. Delano introduced a bill to restrict the Court of Claims from paying damages for the

occupation ot real or personal property by mil itary troops, such as quartermaster's stores, ex cept to loyal citizens of Tennessee. Read three times and passed. Mr. Julian introduced a joint resolution pro hibiting the further issue of agricultural scrip to States lately iu rebellion. Read three times and passed. Mr Paine offered a resolution for a commit tee of inquiry on the seizure of Southern lands. The rules were suspended and the res olution was adopted. Mr. Washburne offered a joint resolution au uiorizing Lieut. Commander S. L. Breese to lie placed on the active list; also a hill to fix the compensation for the revenue cutter ser vice. Mr. Farnsworth offered a resolution making it the duty of the Postmaster Geueral to sub mit for inspection all papers and recommenda tions relating to postmasters, &c. Mi*- Banks, from the Committee on Foreign Affairs, offered a resclution recommending the Executive to offer the friendly offices of the Government for the promotion of peace in South America. Adopted. The House wont into committee of the whole on the President’s message, and were addressed by Mr. Hayes, after which the committee rose and the House adjourned. MEXICO. Unpopularity of American Intervention. Tl»e Abdication of Maximilian. New Yobk, Dee.17. Mexican coriespoudence of Nov. ii) says tliat Maximilian is as unstable as water, and is still unsettled whether he will abdicate or resume his empire. The council meetings at Orizaba did not result very satisfactorily. The idea of American intervention is unpopular among all parties, and Juarez himself had lost most of his adherents because of the report that he had granted a portion of Lower California to the United States. A La Paz letter contains particulars of one ot the innumerable revolutions that occur every now and then in the State of Lower California. The French column, in retreating from Mazat lan, was completely cut off from the capital by the combined forces ot Loseada and Corona and had embarked for France. The Herald has Vera Cruz dates ot the 2d lust. Affairs in Mexico had improved wonderfully since Maximillian’s resolve to remain A great anti-American demonstration had taken place at Vera Cruz. The populace were given to understand that Sherman and Cainp liell were to complete their transfer to the Unit ed States. The appearance of the Susquehan na on the 29th, with these gentlemen on board, appeared to cap the movement in favor of Max imilian, who, having received the promise of money, telegraphed his resolution to remain in the country. . Washington, Dec. 10. Private advices received here state that Max imilian will not accept the jiroposition to return to power in Mexico. He will only stay long enough to make a show ot passing the govern ment over t<i better hands and leave the coun try under formal stipulations. Ten thousand h rench troops have left that country, and fif teen thousand remain to embark during the winter and spring. Enthusiastic Reception of (sen. '('bourns at Nashville, Teuu, Nashville, Tenn., Dec. 15. Gen. Thomas and staff arrived here this morning at 5 o’clock, and proceeded to the St;iry House, and wero informally reteived by the Legislative Joint Committee. The day was so inclement that the published programme of the procession was abandoned. At halt-past eleven o’clock they proceeded to the Capitol in carriages, moving through the principal streets. The Capitol was gorgeously decorat ed. Gen. Thomas was conducted to a seat on the Speaker’s stand amidst vociferous cheer ing. Gov. Brownlow and Senator Grierson being seated on the left. The latter wa i chosen President of the assemblage, and after prayer by the Rev. Mr. Allan, the Legislative Commit* tee on Resolutions reported a scries, of patri otic resolutions, which were adopted. Gov. Brownlow then presented a medal to General Thomas with a few well chosen remarks. The General followed in a modest speech, thanking them tor the kindness extended to him. Ho gave a detailed account of the battles through which he passed, and ended with a glowing eu logy on the brave soldiers which lie has the honor to command. During its delivery the hall rang with shouts ot applause. Other speeches were then made by members of Gen. Thomas’ staff1, and the. meeting adjourned. The Troubles at Lexington, Mo.—A Dem ocratic Version. St. Louis, Dec. 16. The Republican denies that there was a fight with bushwhackers at Lexington as reported on Friday night. It says a party of men left for Lexington to enroll the militia; among them Clements, who remained in the city after the others had left. He was shot by the mili tia, and Alvin Mason, a resident of Lexington, was wounded. There was no cause given for the shooting of Clements. , The article further states that Major Mont gomery arrived with James M. Poole, the Sher iff of Lafayette County, Capt. Vaughn, U. 8. Assessor, W. M. Green, County Attorney, and two other men. Montgomery alleges that his men behaved very b;ully and that in conse quence of their threats Gen. Vaughn, U. S. As sessor, K. Davis, Revenue Collector, and seve ral citizens were obliged to flee from Lexing ton. A staff officer has been sent to Lexing ton by Gen. Hancock to investigate the matter, and he will probably make a report soon. Negroes Convicted of Murder—Serious nisturhuuee at Portsmouth, Vo. Fortress Monroe, Dec. 11. Five negroes, part of a gang who on the 2d of November last murdered Mr. Woofer. and afterwards plundered his srore at Half-Way House, were tried yesterday in Warwick coun ty and found guilty of murder. A rather serious riot occurred in Portsmouth last, night, growing out of a quarrel between a party of white visitors to a house of ill-fame and a party of negroes. Three of the whites were severely injured by razors in the hands of the negroes. Later in the evening a house of ill-fame was fired and destroyed, together with three other houses. Canadian tilhir*. Montreal, Dec. 17. United States Consul Patrick has; resigned. Mr. Meehan takes his place. The latest advices from the Commissioners in England represent the prospect as bright for an early federation. A new, eleclion will he ordered. New York, Dec. 17. A Montreal dispatch to the Herald says Sir Frederick Bruce has been instructed to inform the United States that if Canada is again in vaded by a body of armed men from the Unit ec States, it wiil be treated as an invasion by United States troops. This is given on the au thority of a member of the Canadian Cabinet New Vork I trill*. New York, Dec. 17. lhe floating elevator sunk at Atlantic dock during the high winds yesterday. She was valued at $150,000. Fred. Douglass is lecturing to-night at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. from EUROPE NEWS It V VII E CABLE. St. Petersburg, Dec, 15.—An imperial com mission lias been resolved upon, over'which the Emperor is to preside, for the purpose of con sidering and {Hitting into operation reforms in Poland. London, Dec. 16.—A man has been arrested in Norfolk, who is supposed to he .lames Ste phens, the “ Chief Organizer of the Irish Re public,” but the establishment of his identity is an yet considered dubious. Florence, Dec. L\—The new Envoy of the Ital ian government to Rome, Signor Torrelli, who was appointed in place of Veggazzi when the hitter resigned tliat mission, has been received at Rome by the Pope. L'ltalia says editorially that strong hopes are entertained' that the im portant mission of Signor Torelli, having be gun so auspiciously, will have a favorable re sult. The King of Italy opened Parliament on Sat urday. In bis opeuiug speech he wished Italy Joy of the treedoin gained. He said that France, faithful to her promise, had withdrawn from Rome, and that the best understanding exist i uetween Italy and Napoleon. He declared that lie would respect the territory of the Pa pal States. He hoped that the moderation of the Italian people and the wisdom of the Pope and a spirit of conciliation on both sides would remove all differences, and said it was his will that the Pope should remain independent in Rome. He concluded by referring to the great and glorious future Italy had before her, and declaring that she must by every means de velope her resources to achieve tier position as I a great nation. The speech of the King was well received by the members of Parliament. I Death, Hungary, Dec. 16.—The House has : passed the address of M. Deak in reply to the Emperor of Austria. | Queenstown, Dec. 16.—fhe steamship Africa, I which lett Boston Dec. 5th, reached this port ' to-day, and subsequently proceeded on her voy age to Liverpool. PORTLAND AND VICINITY. N«*w AdvertiM'Mivail* To-Day. NEW ADVERTISEMENT COLUMN. Auction Sale—E. M. Fatten & Co. To Let—Rooms. Oat Meal aiul Buckwheat. Montreal Ocean Steamship Co. Marbleized Slate Mantels. For Sale—Dried Peaches. A Paiter for the Age—Watchman aud Reflector. Lost—Bracelet. McAlister’s All-Healing Ointment. Removal of Snow from Sidewalks. Great Sale of Clothing at Auction. THfi COURT*. SUPREME JUDICIAL COURT. CRIMINAL TERM.—TAPLEY J, PRESIDING. Monday.—The arguments in the case of State v Robert anti Mary Potter, did not come off, in conse quence of the absence of one of the jurors, detained by the storm. Court adjourned to ten o’c lock Tues day morning. A Model Paper.—The Watchman & Reflec tor, of Boston, has an enviable reputation for ability and euterprize. It has not been sur passed in merit by auy religious journal in the country. But it aspires to higher excellence, and proposes to become, with the opening of the New Year, one of the most comprehensive family papers in the world. It will be greatly enlarged, aud published ou a double sheet: one sheet devoted, as hitherto, to religious matter; the other to literary, social, monetary and ag ricultural articles. This latter department will be uew and peculiar, with a rich variety of contents, embracing articles ou current moral, social and political questions; on the leading men of the age in thought and action; reviews of important books; tales for the fam ily circle; agricultural and gardening matters for farmers; and monetary articles and re ports of the markets for business men. No Journal in the world certainly has a more comprehensive plan to meet the wants of all families, aud of all the members in a family; and as the editorial staff will consist of nine men, all able and experienced in the several departments, who will be assisted by thirty contributors, many of them having a national reputation, the Watchman & Reflec tor must become a model family paper, un equalled in merit and in circulation. Its en terprising conductors deserve the largest suc cess. We refer our readers to advertisement in another column. Tke Relief Ruud. Portland, Dec. 15,18fi*>. Mr. Editor :—lu your issue of this morning appear three articles signed “A Chureh Mem ber,” “A Friend of the Poor,” ami “**■*,” all in answer to articles advocating the division of the funds in the hands of the Relief Commit tee, among the various societies who have lost their houses of worship. The arguments which these writers adduce in opposition are unans werable, if their promises are correct. Cer tainly, a church built with the funds absolute ly needed to relieve the wants of the poor, would be a monument of disgrace to the socie ty worshipping therein. The writer of this had no such thought in his mind, but understood, in common with many others, that after reserv ing a sum amply sufficient to relieve the wants of the poor during the winter, the committee would have a large surplus which it was pro posed to divide amoug those who had lost houses by the Are, to assist them in rc-buiiding. Such a distribution it seemed would be very well for a few, but for the many, a division among the societies would be better. Hence the advocacy of such a division of any surplus funds by - Another B. Detention. — The anow storm of Sunday night was not so severe east of this city as it was west. Tue noon train from Boston was delayed yesterday two hours in its arrival here, while the Portland & Kennebec and Maine Central trains were not delayed fifteen min utes. The Grand Trunk train was delayed for about two hours, but that is nothing strange, ! even in the best of weather. The evening : train from {Boston was only half an hour be hind time. The telegraph lines between this city and Boston were interrupted nearly all the fore noon by the broaks which had taken place.— These were repaired, and at 12 o'clock commu nication was re-established with Boston and the South. How and Arrest.—Hast evening officer Beal arrested a fellow named Flaherty, on Cen tre street, for fighting in the street. As he was conveying his prisoner to the lock-up he was set upon hy two rowdies. They attacked him and called upon the prisoner to resist the offi cer, which he did, and escaped while the others were attacking Mr. Beal. One of them gave the officer a terrible clip in the face which knocked him flat, and then they all escaped. Subsequently officer Beal, with the assistance of officer Matthews, arrested Flaherty, who had taken refuge in a house in Cobb’s Court. He resisted the officers, but they soon brought liiin to his marrow-bones, ironed him and took him to the lock-up. Clear the Snow rnoM your Sidewalks.— If, within 21 hours after reading this notice or the advertisement of the City Marshal in anoth er column, the snow is not cleared away from premises owned or occupied by you, and you are hauled up bcibre the Municipal Court, do not say that yon have had no warning. It is the intention of the City Marshal to prosecute “without fear, favor or affection," to haul up every person that does not clear the snow from the sidewalks in front of his premises. Iu the early settlement of our couutry 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 suffer, 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 get relief Then buy a case. deedtt Sudden Death.—The wife of Mr. King Par ket, pilot of steampr Forest City, died very suddenly yesterday afternoon. Sbe was about her usual work a short time before her decease, and was, apparently, as well as usual. The physician who was called thought it was a case of heart disease. Coroner Hall was called, hut deemed an inquest unnecessary. Portland, Dec. 17th, 18Gf>. Mr. Editor:—I would respectinlly enquire why the public are compelled to pay ten cents per quart for milk, and recommend to consum ers to discontinue its use on and after Christ mas, unless the price is reduced. Cow’s Milk. Our apology for the lateness of our daily issue on Monday is, that the boiler which gov erns the engine that runs our press, gave out and had to be repaired before steam could be generated sufficient to move the engine. Accident.—A young man named Seward Frank, employed at the Printers’Exchange, in this city, hail a finger torn off by machinery yesterday forenoon. Mechanics’ Assemblies.—Subscribers will take notice that the second assembly of the course will be on Wednesday evening, Decem ber l!)th. Christmas Candy all ieady at Perkins’ can dv^tore. _ The Fire at Oxford.—We learn that the fire in the woolen mill caught in the attic, and had made such progress when discovered that it was impossible to save the building, or but a small portion of the contents. A small dwell ing house belonging to the company was also destroyed. The Methodist meeting house and vestry aud a large number of houses on High Street were in great danger. Several of the houses caught fire, but the flames were extin guished by a fire engine which the citizens of that village purchased a few months since.— They have found out that it was money well invested, as nearly $100,000 worth of property was saved by the engine. THIS STATE, —A Washington special states that General Chamberlain lias asked that the rank of Briga dier General by brevet he conferred upon Col. James A. Cunningham, just appointed Adju tant General of Massachusetts, who served un der him, for distinguished efficiency duriug the last campaign, and especially for gallant con duct in the battle of Five Forks. — We learn from the Bath Times that Win. L. Crowell, Esq., formerly ot that city is now connected editorially with the San Francisco Daily Times, an able Republican paper. —The examination of the men charged with Durham horse-butcheries is not yet completed. It is likely to continue several days. Mr. Gibcon Morey of Machias, is putting up a Spool Factory on Birch Island, in Hadley’s Lake on East Machias river. Steam is to be the motive power. This is the commencement ot a new era. The building ol factories has commenced on the East Machias River, and soon as the last hemlock log is sawed, may the falls from Hadley’s Lake to “Flat-iron” wharf he covered with factories.—Machias Republi can. —The St. Croix Courier says: “Application is to be made to the Maine Legislature for an act of incorporation to build a drawbridge from the foot of Union street, Calais, to the Public Landing, St. Stephen. The petition is signed by Mayor Williams, Seth Todd, Esq., and a large number of the citizens of Calais.— The New Brunswick act authorizing this Bridge is still iu force, but our Calais neigh bors have never been able to get a similar act through their Legislature.” —A Bo ton exchange says, so far as is known there are but two mines of emery in the world —one at Chester, Hampden Co., Mass., and the other in the classic little island of Naxos, in the JEgeau sea. This exchange seems to forget that an excellent emery mine is situated at Arrowsie in this State.—Bangor Whig. Hr. F. il. iflorsc'N Agrceiucul with the CoMfrilrmlf Ageiil, in Fnglnml. A Liverpool correspondent of the Boston Transcript iurnishcs some additional informa tion respecting the agreement entered into by Mr. Freeman H. Morse, American Consul at LondoD, and Mr. Montgomery Gibbs, special Agent of the Treasury Department, on the part of the United States, and Messrs. Frazer, Tren holm & Co., of Liverpool, agents of the defunct Southern Confederacy. The action of the two representatives of the United States seems to have beeu singularly ill-advised aud even ui' authorized, and has been distinctly disavowed by the government. Mr. Morse has been re peatedly chosen to represent the interests of this State in Congress. His fellow-citizens will regret exceedingly to learn that he has fallen into a serious error. We give below the text of the memorandum drawn up by the parties, with the comments of the Transcript’s corres pondent : memorandum oe agreement made this sixth day of November, One Thou sand Eight Hundred and Sixty-Six, between Montg’v Gibbs, Esq., Agent in Europe for the Treasury Department ot the United Suites of America, and Freeman Morse, Esq., Consul at London for the United States, of the one part, aud Messrs. Frazer, Trenholm & Co. of Liver pool, merchants, of the other part. It is hereby mutually agreed as follows : 1. The claim of Messrs. Frazer, Trenholm & Co. against certain property ot the late Con federate States under their control is agreed at £150,000. 2. Messrs. Frazer, Trenholm & Co. arc to de dare what property they have under their con ;rol, aud where it is. It being understood that imougst this propi^A are the live following ihips: theKuby, the Racine, the Penguin, the Owl and the Lark. 3. This property to be sold at the best price attainable by Messrs. Frazer, Trenholm and Company, and the proceeds to be applied to the payment of the £150000, and any surplus to be accounted for and paid over to the United States Government. 1 The United States Consul, Mr. Morse, and the United States Government to give every assistance in disposing ot the property, and if proper and expedient, to grant an American register to all or any of the said ships. 5. All suits now pendiug either in Great Britain or in the United States, between Messrs. Frazer, Trenholm & Co., or any of them, and the United State, to bo abandoned, each party paying their own costs. ti. Messrs. Frazer, Trenholm & Co. to pre sent Mr. Morse and Mr. Gibbs with an account showing how the indebtedness to them is made out, and to allow them and an accountant ac ceptable to Messrs. Frazer, Trenholm & Co., to inspect their books, it hein" understood that any information thus derived shall not be used against any one in any action or proceeding ex cept for the recovery of property. In witness, &e., (Signed) Montgomery Gibbs, Agent, &c. F. H. Morse. U. 8. C. Frazer, Trenholm & Co. The lii st article agrees that the present claim ol the late rebel agents is or was on November ti, ltkiii, £150,000 against property of the late Confederate States. The efleet of this agree ment is to pass over, without question or re mark, all appropriations of moneys, proceeds of cotton, &c., &c., amounting, some say, to near a million of dollars; and leave Frazer, Trenholm & Co. in undisputed possession of the whole Confederate assets, realized before the date of the instrument. They are to have that aud £150.000 besides. Second. Th© amount they are to pay over to the Hinted State's depend' upon themselves They are to declare what property they have and that declaration, not made under oath, is final. The steamers named are only five, but we know of five others in the same position. Why were they omitted? Third. This property to be sold, at the best price obtainable, by Messrs. Frazer & Co. So. they can sell it lor any nominal price they please. Fifth. All suits pending between the Unit ed States and Messrs. Frazer & Co., are to bo withdrawn, each party paying their own costs. This is a most infamous arrangement. It is well known that the United States Consul at Liverpool, Mr. Dudley, at the request of the State Department, had filed a tall of discovery against Frazer, Trenholm & Co., and if this was successful, os might be anticipated, all the transactions between this noted firm and their British and Southern correspondents would have been brought to light. All that was done in England during the war, and for much of which Great Brttaru is responsible, would have been disclosed. If anything is wanting to show the hostile spirit witii which, at one time, the United States were regarded, and the one sided neutrality which was practiced, it would have appeared. To an account of their doings the United States were entitled from Frazer & Co., as rightful successors to Confederate de fact) authority, aud Frrzer & Co. could not have escaped rendering it. Iu pressing the claims of the United States for damages by the •‘Alabama,” we should derive essential or im portant facts from Frazer & Co.’s correspon dence, and the opportunity to inspeetjis thrown away. The account they are bound to render is simply one showing how the indebtedness for the £150,000 is made out, and the check put upon it is simply an examination by an accaunt aut of their own approval. A turtner examination of tins agreement will only disclose more objectionable features. It only remains to say that it was made wholly without the approval or knowledge of Mr. Thos. H. Dudley the American Consul at this port. To that gentleman is due the credit ol discovering and arresting much ot the evil which was hatched against the Government and people of the United States, and it is not too much to say that if the suits instituted by him for the discovery ot the property of the United States, and the punishment of its ene mies, had been allowed to go on, most satisfac tory results would have been reached, and an amount of money saved of which the public have little idea, and which now goes to swell the ill-gotten gains of the most notorious of the enemies of the United States. 1 was for years in intimate daily communication with Mr. Dudley, mostly in relation to the civil war and transactions growing out of it, and now 1 may say, I feel I was of some service to America; to which 1 owe so much. I am thoroughly con vinced of his integrity and patriotism, anil I know he has never made for himself anything but reputation from ail his exertions. Now it seems that two people come in at the last to de: prive the country of her dues, and Mr. Dudley ot his position. I hope the approval of the Government will be withheld until a full in vestigation of the facts can be had. Fihe in Fahmingdale.—AVe learn from Mr. Jack, Mail Agent on the Portland & Kenne bec Railroad, that the extensive Sto#* Ware Manufactory in Farmingdalc, owned by Mr. F. A. Plaisted, was entirely destroyed by fire on Sunday evening last. Loss from $10,000 to $12,000, ou which there was an Insurance of $.1000. _ Depot BunNED.—The Railroad depot of the Grand Trunk Road at Yarmouth Junction was destroyed by tire about 3 o'clock yester day afternoon. Everything in it was saved ex cept the Western tickets. The fire originated in the roof where the funnel passed through. VARIETIES. ^ hat air does the young mouse aing to tho old mouse, when biting his way through the scenery at the opera? “Hear me gnaw, ma." —They call John Bright the modern Guy awkes, because he is engaged in “Wowing up” Parliament. . Staff of Life is the name of a journal 0 y started in London, representing the htik tng interest. —One hundred pounds reward is offered for the recovery of an original drawing by Oustavo Dore which was left in a London tab. We hnd the billowing excellent recipe in a Boston paper: To caute a healthy glow to ra^tr through the body: Buy one or more tons of coal, takiiw care that it is of a kind that will burn. Viv • for it and have it put into carts. Hay ior'the cartage. Have it distributed to the few poor people whom you know to bo thinly clad, iu poor health and generally destitute. You will find your heart become warm on the instant, and the heat will gradually extend to the ex tremities. This effect will hie experienced most decidedly iu the coldest weather. Charley says if this snowstorm had conio iu the latter part of July, the sufferings of inauy poor people in this city would have been in tents. Long John Wentworth said iu the Ffou*o ot Representatives the other day, that in hi* view the support ot President Johnson's policy by the mass of soldiers holding offices, is mere pretence, “justified perhaps under the idea ot foraging upon the enemy.” — The Round Table with its usual sublim > disregard for paltry matters of fact and knowl edge, begins a review of the Treasury Report with the assertion that the Stcretary fails t» point out when and where a return to specie payments is to b? accomplished.” This may be eminently impressive, bitt it is eminently untrue. Mr. McCullock suggests five meas ures which in his opinion will enable ns to re sume specie payments on the 1st day of July, 1868. —The New York critics speak highly of Miss Olive Logan’s dramatization of “Armadale,” and we understand that Miss Kate Reiguolds considers it a valuable addition to her stock of comedies. Lord Lytton, his brother, Sir Henry I5ul wer, Mr. Pollard Urquhart, M. P.. M. Brouyn rlc Lhuys, and M. Prevost Paradol were at Mrs. Bigelow's recent reception in Paris. The unconditional Union m.-n of Louisiana have nominated M. Rordinez of New Orleans, editor of the Tribune, a cohwed man, tor Gov ernor of the State. The Projected Railroads.—The Augusta correspondent of the Boston Advertiser thus snms up the points of the various railroad schemes which are agitating the eastern por tion of this state: The Wiscasset railroad scheme is assuming a curious form. The plan of the Wiscasset people is to connect with the Portland & Ken nebec Railroad at Richmond. Rock laud wants the roaiLextended to that city, and Belfast puls in a word for an extension to Penobscot Bay. Bath begins to be frightened at the prospect of losing her Lincoln County trade, and demand that she shall he made the teriniuu9 of he road when built, instead of Richmond. Wiscasset does not favor this. Her main object in build ing the road is to become a winter harbor and the port for the upper Kennebec. To build the roau to Bath would make her a feeder of Bath instead of being herself fed by the interior.— Rockland’s object Is increased accommodations for communication with the centre by land.— The road to Bath would shorten the road to Boston by a few miles, and lienee she favors that. The np-rivcr towns on the Kennebec de sire a line to compete with the present railroad route. The road from Wiscasset to Richmond would accomplish this, and that to Bath would not- consequently their sympathies are with Richmond. To still further complicate this matter, there is some quiet talk going on of a railroad from Augusta direct to Wiscasset in case the pro jected sale of the water power is made an ac complished fhet. If the road should be built to Augusta, no bridge over the Kennebec would be necessary. If built to Richmond, the dis tance from the river to Wiscasset would M considerably shortened, but a bridge would have to he built over the Kennebec, though not at a very great expense At Bath a very expensive bridge must be built,—such a one as would require more money than the entire road and bridge to Richmond. I don’t know that I have made the points of this friendly contest for trade sufficiently clear, hut you may gather from what I have written that there are several sides to the controversy. Which is the strong est is not yet clear. All the parties are in .lead earnest. Bath has tho most money anil is thoroughly aroused to the necessity of doing something to better her condition. The estab lishment of the line of steamers (which has been successful) shows what they can do. I observe that a new clement in tho struggle , has just been introduced. A writer in ibe | Batli Times suggests that bridging the Ken nebec at that point would cause a greater loss to the city than all the gain Irom the railroad. Certainly a matter to tjiink upon. Mate Aram Mr. Cochrane. Office of Secretary of State. I Augusta, Deo. 17,18titi. ( To the Editor of toe Press: As an alleged error in the certificate of elec tion issued from this office to Mr. Fessenden, Clerk of Courts eleat for Cumberland Couuty, has been given publicity in your paper of tho ICth insL, I desire to assure those who may ap preciate the very facetious paragraph tu ques tion as a satirical imputation upon the head ol this department, that the responsibility for tho error, if any exists, rests jointly upon mysclt and Mr. Miliken of Portland, the chief clerk in this office, to whose examination for the de tection of inaccnraries the several certificates of election were referred after having been filled by myself, as they have been for the Inst nine years, during which time they have in variably been signed by the Secretary in blank, in the same manner as other commissions uml citations, and issued in conformity with usage without his personal inspection, as in this in stance. And permit me to add, when errors occur in such certificates, (which is often the case as re gards the residence of the officer elect, the re turns of votes giving no official information on that point,) it is customary for the recipient to notify the Secretary that the certificate is incorrect that it may be rectified, and tho present is the first instance within my know ledge when au error of any kind made at this office or any other department of the State, has been the subject of a uewspaper pasqui nade. Very respectfully. Your ob’t servant, H. CoCHRARK. Deputy Secretary of State. From a paragrapn iu me concluding part o| Mr. Cochrane’s note, it appears that he consid ers Mr. Fessenden at fault for the matter hav ing been made “the subject of a newspaper pasquinade.” Mr. F. had no more to do w ith tie* paragraph than had Mr. C. On the receipt of his certificate he, laughingly, told the members of the bar that be should not be their Clerk af ter January 1st, and for an explanation exhib ited the certificate. It came under our super vision. and hence the paragraph, which was iu dited without the knowledge of Mr. F. We do not imagine any harm has been done either by the mistake or by our paragraph. Thf. Influence of America in France.— The last issue of Harper’s Weekly contains a portrait of tho French Academician, Lahoulaye with a sketch of his career, iu which is printed a letter from M. Lahoulaye to Miss Booth, the translator of his works in this country. In thirt letter he says: The influence of America is beginning to bo powerfully felt in our journals. Before many years it will lie evident that von ponses* the true political ideal. For my part. I am aiding this movement to the best of my ability, not that [ delude myself so tar as to believe that there is nothing human anil imperfect in American in stitutions; but you have this great advantage, that the government among you is not n barri Cr and an obstacle everywhere to fetter the free development of the individual. 1 must tell you that one volume of my Political History of the United States—the History of tho Constitution —has already been translated into Spanish at Buenos Ayres, and that a Peruvian is translat ing the fltgfjjwllltne, the “History of the Colo nies,* tor BggTitipaoincwiiat singular that I shnuld'jljl^MMf'A'f medium to make North America, buttinskis arw5EHSflFVetotm>« to tt10 Spaniards. My “Paris re Ameefba" has also been translated at Buenos Ayres; in Paris it has reached tho seventeeth editioi. You re* if 1 have not Amer icanised my ootntSry it is not my tault. Convenient AND 9imf lf.— “ Brawn’s Branch'al Troches” are astns^e and convenient firm for ad ministering, hi comMnatlon of several medicinal sub stances held tn general esteem among physicians in the tnMmtptof BroBchial affections and Conghr.— Thy Trachea seldom tail to give relief.