Newspaper of Portland Daily Press, December 19, 1866, Page 1

Newspaper of Portland Daily Press dated December 19, 1866 Page 1
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PORTLAND DAILY PR SS Established June 2.1, 1862. Vol. 5. __ Terms Eight Dollars per annum, in advance. «UJ. nmii-.A.M' rKKSS D pabtisbca everyday, (Sunday excepted,i at No. 1 Printers* Exchange.Commeicial Street, Portland, by N. A. Foster, Proprietor. Terms:—Eight Dollars a year in advance. THE MAINE STATE PRESS, is published at the ante place t very Ttiursfluv morning at $2.tH> a year, n variably in advance. Kates of Advertising.—one mchoi space.m eiiGtli ol column, constitute* t.“square.” Sl.5'1 per square daily lirst week : 75 cents per week utter; three insertions, or less, $1.00; eontinii up ever} oilier day alter first week. 50 cents. Halt square, three insertions or leas, 75 cents; one week, fcl.nu; 50 cents per week alter. ITudcv head ol “Amusements,” $2.00dci square per week: three insertions or less. $1.50. Si*Koi \l Notu'Es.$1.25 per square lor the first In sertion, and 25 cents per square for each subsequent nsertion. Advertisements inserted In tlic “Maine State Press” (which has a large circulation in every par ol the State) for $1.00 pur square lor find insertion* ami 50 cent* per square lor each subsequent inser tion. entertain ments. Levee at Stevens' Plains. The lAiriica of the Universalist Sewing Circle! W7H-.L. hold a Levee in the vestry of Iho new v V Church ou Steveus* Plains, Dec. 19th. Arti cles lor sale. Refreshments, &<*., will be dispensed. A silver cup will be awarded for the best conundrum: a wooden spoon for the poorest. A pleasant time is expee ed. Th object is to furnish the church which is being completed. Contributions to Fancy or Reireshinent Tables, Kish Pond or any department will be gratefully re ceived. A committee, will tic in waiting at the church on Wednesday the 19th. The Cars will run to accommodate those who may wish t*> attend, deelltd P. Y. M. C. A. COIIBSE LECTURES FOURTH LECTURE BY !*U OF. .1 €»\18SIZ ! On “The Natural features of the Amazon Basin,” IN THE CHESTNUT STREET CHURCH, Wednesday Evening, Doc. 19th. Season Tickets - balance of Course - nine Lectures, $1.25. Evening Tickets, 50 cents, to be had at Pack ard’s, Short & Loring’s. Carter & Dresser’s and at the door. Doors open at C| ; Organ Concert 7 ; Lecture at 7| o’clock. decl7d3t FAIR AN O LEVEE. THE LADLES OF THE First Baptist Society w ill hold a Fair and Levee on Wednesday and Thursday Even’g's, DEUEHBKR I!»h AND Mth, - AT - LINCOLN IIALL, C’onjjrfs* Hired, Iflmtjoy. (TIT* The La ties have spent much time in (lie man ufacture of articles, both useftil and ornamental, which will pe offered for sale. A large number of Ev ergreens, Wreaths and Emblems for Christmas have been donated, and will l»e for sale. The tables will be abundantly supplied with every description of refreshments. Or*Admiuion 25 Ccntx, December 12. dlw Mercantile Library Lectures. rpiEE Four teen t.li An mini Series of Public Lectures l under the direction of tbe Mercantile Library As sociation will be delivered at MECHANICS’ IIALL. Tbe course will consist of Six Lectures, for which the following gentlemen have been engaged. Henry Vincent, E«q., Rev. fit. II. Uepw'orfh, Bov. II. I?I. On I In her, •I. B. Gonglt, Esq., O. W. f'nrtis. Esq., Bev. E. H, Chapin. The Opening Lecture will be delivered on Friday Eveninc. Orcember 21st, Henry ‘Vincent, THE ELOQUENT ENGLISH REFORMER. Subject—“The Late American Conflict and the Friends and Enemies of America in England.” HSFr1’ Tickets tnr tlw» < ’ourse :ifc $*•***- r,atF.lTC ICIU 111 Davis Brothers, Fore Street: ‘■short & Loring, corner Free and Center St. ; at Bailey & Noyes, at their new Store. Exchange Street, after Dec. 17. Each member is entitled to two tickets at $1 each, which can be liad at tbe Library Rooms on Lime St., second door from Federal St. Owing to the limited capacity of the Hall, members must secure their tick ets by Wednesday, Bee. IP. The Library Rooms will be open every evening from 7 until 9 ; also Wednes day and Saturday afternoons. LECTURE COMMITTEE : E. CORKY, C. E. JOSE, ,1. C. PROCTOR, C. H. FLING, i\1. B. COOLIDUE, J. Q, TWITOHELL, .JAMES BAILEY. rteclldtt _ Port (and Theatre. Bill well A Sti-ovvne, LeHKcr* A MiinagcrN. PARTICULAR ANNOUNCEMENT! Owing to the enthusiastic reception extended to tbe popular tragedian Mr. Joseph Proctor, liis engagement has been renewed for TV Few Niglitw Longer I during which a scries of Shakespearian and other le gitimate plays will be produced. Monday Evening,.INGOMAB. Tuesday Evening..VIBGIMUS. Wednesday Evening,.OTflEIiLO. Ttiui'Mduy Evening,.MACBETH. Friday Evening, boneiit of Mr. Proctor, RIITIIEIEIT. Namrilay Evening, last night of Mr. Proctor,by request.NIC’IA OF THE WOODS, £47“ Seats can be secured in advance for any even ing during the week. December 17. Gt NEW ADVERTISEMENTS. Machine & Smith Shop PARTIES having Machinery. &<*., to build, and desiring Shop facilities can obtain the Whole or Half Interest In one of the most complete Machine and Smith Shops In tlic City ol‘ Boston, With Pattern Shop, Pease of Build ing, die., .Fc. If.NO, FOR SHE, Planers, Lathes, Upright Drills, Grindstones, &c., Ac. Apply or address ,T. A. SAFEOlt 1>, NOS. «l Si. ft.’t n.VVERHII.L STREET, docl9dlw ' _ BOSTON, MASS. AUCTION SALE. The Jose Property, Buxton. xtTILL be wild at Public Auction, on the premises, Friday, Dec. 2#tli, at ft o’clock A. M.f all the property, jHji s »nal and real estate, belonging to the late .J. siah Jose, of Buxton. coil-isting of the home stead ti inn, farm produce, farming tools, carnages, furniture, bedding, carpet*, Crockery ware, cooking utensils, &c. , If the weather should be stormy, the sale will bo postponed to the firpt fair day at same 1 our. >1. BA I LEV <& SOS, Auct’rs. Buxton, Pec. 17,18G6._declMtd . Boarding School THE Liwlii's of the Congregation de Notre Dame, tfc-g leav i > inform tin- piililio that they will re oi)on their Hoarding SolJool and Academy on (lie 2d January, ls(J7. Whilst acknowledging their giatitudo to the in habitants of Portland for past favors and patronage, they hope in future to merit a liberal sharo in the fa vor ot Hie public. N. B.—For further inf ruiation apply to the Supe rioress, Xo. fil Free Street. Dccoinbor 19. d.Jw House and Lot at Auction. ON Saturday, l>oc. l-M. a :. o’clock, l’.M., I shall otter at public auct ion, a one and a hall story wooden house on Willis street, the second house trom the corner oi W 11m and Montreal streets. This House is new— Iiorou ilny, laiihtul y built_ finished throughout—pleasantly located—in a good neighborhood—ue.ver occupied—and for this class house dC'irable fi>r lesideiico. Possession given im mediately. J. HAILEV, Auctioneer, decl9dt l To Let. \SMA LL Hall and Room in Merton Block,just above t.ho Preble H■•use. Also a pleasant suite of rooms without board, on Free Street. ■•'or Hall-.—A valuable residence on Carlton St. Also two on Vaughan St. Apply to PAT 1'ERSON & rllADBOlJUN, dealers in Heal Estate, Morton Block, next a!n»ve Preble House. December 19. dlw. NEW ADVERTISEMENTS. The Ladies' Bazaar! The Ladies' Bazaar! The Ladies' Bazaar! Is now located at 398 Congress St., Opposite Case* Street, Where can be found a Splendid Assortment OF GOODS SUITABLE FOB Christmas and New Year’s ERESEISTTS. Ladies’ and, Gent’s Dressing Cases, Traveling Bags, Work Boxes, Writing Desks,Portfo lios, W allets, <£c. TOYS, TOYS, TOYS ! Fancy Goods I OF EVERY DESCRIPTION at the VERY LOW EST PRICES! WORSTED GOODS! A Small Lot, and much less than Cost £3F“Don’t forget the place. Ladles’ Bazaar, 328 Congress St., _ OPPOSITE CASCO. dcl9dlw Seeing is Believing, BUT Tasting is Positive Proof! CHRISTMAS GOODS I A NEW STOCK OF ft ice Sweet Goods 7 FOR THE Holiday Trade! Fancy Articles To Please the Old and Young! A large assortment of NEW YEATTS CAKEl Constantly on hand and made to order, at J. PARTINGTON’S, Iicl9toja2 (Jailer Lancaster Ball. HOLIDAY GIFTS! ELEGANT SCARFS - AND NECK TIES ! SILK HANDKERCHIEFS In new styles. GLOVES AND MITTS in the best qualities, just received. Charles Custis & Co., MOItTfi <V — dccltollf ' CONGRESS STREET. Id O S T ! BETWEEN the Grand Tnuik and P. S. & P. Depot, A Solid Leather Portmanteau, Checked with a Boston and N. Y. Check, No. 989. The linder will be suitably rewarded by leaving it at the I\ S, & P. Depot, dec likte w PAINTS AND OIL CHEAP .Just received in bond, and for sale duty free, for use on the burnt district, Strictly Pure English Lead and Oil ! Uebuilders will etVect a great saving by purchasing in this way. Every description of PAINT STOCK at the lowest rates by J. W. PERKINS & CO., decl9d3t 86 Commercial street. NEW YORK AND VIRGINIA OYSTERS, Dr Every Style at H A V &. PERRY’S, dclildti 80 FEDERAL ST. ffOLIJDUir GIPT* AS ESC1L, AT N. Elsworth & Son’s, 26 Market Square. iir'OipoBiu: Entrance toDeeriug Hall. dcl9d2w Cumberland National Bank. THE Stockholders of the Cumberland National Bank of Portland, are hereby noli fled that there will be a meeting of the Stockholders held at their Banking Room, on Monday, tbe 21st day of January, 1867, at 3 o’clock P, M., for the choice of Directors, and the transaction of any other business that may then come before them. SAMUEL SMRJaL, Cashier. Portland, Dec. 18,1. 66. decl9Jtd To be Let with Board. TWO front Rooms at 38 Center street, opposite Preble House. Can accommodate four single gentlemen. decl9dlw* For Sale. TO be sold at a great bargain, a first class provis ion store, if applied for soon. Inquire at 364 i Congress, corner of Oak street. dc!9dlw* CHARLES STAPLES & SON, Iron Founders, Boiler Makers & Machinists. rpHE subscribers having rebuilt their Work Shops, JL are now prepared to take orders for Machinery and lion Work of all kinds. Iron Store Fronts and Columns for buildings promptly furnished. STEAM ENGINES AND BOILERS, SAW AND GRIST MILL WORK AND GEARING made to order. Having able and experienced pattern makers and new tools of modem design, can supply patterns with promptness and at a moderate con. Repairs of all kinds of Iron Work attended to with despatch and at reasonable rates. Having a large and well equip ped Forge, can furnish forgings and shapes of all kinds for Steamboat* and Locomotive work such as Nhaft», Frank*, Pinion Rod*, Far and kiigiue Axle* and Shape* to pattern or draw ings, from 10 tons to 100 pounds weight. They are also Selling Agents for MERRIMAN’S PATENT BOLT CtJTTER, Hie best Machine ever invented for the purpose, performing double the amount of work of any other now in use. FOR SALE, n .‘{A horse power Locomo tive Boiler with new tube sheet* and new sot ot tubes, in first, rate order, and warranted safe with a pressure of 100 founds to the square inch. A NEW TEN HORSE POWER PORTABLE EN GINE, an excellent Machine, can be seen running at our Foundry. CHARLES STAPLES & SON, Cor. Com. St. and Brown’s Wharf, uovlOe d5m Portland, Maine. Five Cents Saving Bank. Depositors ill this Bank are reiutndoil that Depos it* made on or before the 2d, day of Jaunary next, will bo put on interest on the 1st, at the rate of 7 per rentum. Dividend payable in April. Special Depos its of S 100 or more, will be received at any time, ( payable on call) on terms agreed upon at the time °l deposit. ^ F DEERINtt, Treasr. decl5eod2w*wlt No 19 Free Street. The Portland Glass Company Are prepared to frirnish Jtieh Cut Dinner and Tea Sets! And ail kinds Of Cat Ware suitable for the HOLI DAYS; also GAS SHADES of various patterns.— Samples may be seen at their Manu&ctory. no20dlm LATEST NEWS BY TELEGRAPH TO THE PORTLAND DAILY PRESS. Wednesday Morning-, December 19,1866 ------ WASHINGTON. Opinion of Judge Fisher in llie Case of Conover. —• Reappearance of Cholera at Constan tinople. Washington, Dec. 18. Proposals called for by the Indian Bureau for furnishing Indian tribes throughout the West with goods, &c., have been laid before the Secretary of the Interior for his approval. A decision is expected in a day or two. In the Board of Aldermen last night, Mr. Magruder introduced a joint resolution pray ing Congress to repeal all act* establishing the present method of government for the District of Columbia, and asking the appointment of Commissioners and for the consolidation of the municipalities under them. The matter was referred to a special committee. To-day, Judge Fisher in the Criminal Court, gave his opinion on the case of Sandford Con over, indicted for peijury respecting the as • sassination of President Lincoln. The Judge overruled the demurrer. He discussed the powers of Congress in taking the testimony of witnesses, and paid a high compliment to the Judge Advocate, Gen. Holt, whose character had been assailed because of his official potion iu relation to this case. The counsel for the prisoner took exception to the ruling of the Court, and prayed for an appeal, which was granted. It that Court sustains Judge Fisher, as is probable, Conover will doubtless be brought to trial at the next ensuing term of the Criminal Court for this District. Couover was remanded to jail. Our Minister to Hayti, Mr. Peck, reports an American brig, lumber laden, ashore near Cape Haytien. The word “Norfolk ’’ was on her stern. Her cargo is held by the Government, subject to claim. Further advices received ifom Europe in crease and intensify the interest of the narra tive of the pursuit of Surratt after his escape from Rome. An official document shows that in addition to the cannon and other stores at the several navy yards and other depots, there are now on board the vessels of the navy in commission, 1029 cannon oi all calibres, with carriages and equipments and 1000 rounds of ammunition to each. It appears from the Superintendent of Pub lic Printing, that the cost for printing, binding, lithographing and engraving ordered by the two Houses ot Congress for the year endino September 30th, 1860, was $101,800, and for the Executive and Judiciary Departments, $623, 000 for the same period. The Btoclc on hand is nearly $90,000. Our Minister to Turkey, under date of Nov. 16th, 1866, says : “I regret to be obliged to an nounce the reappearance of cholera at Con stantinople. It broke out a few days since at Ortakem, a neighboring village on the Bos phorus, and out of twelve cases reported up to this date, eight terminated fatally. Four cases and two deaths have occurred at Arunal on the Golden Horn, whence it extended itselt in 1865 over the whole city. The Liberals being in undisputed possession of Tehuantepec, the Isthmus Transit Compa ny have obtained an order from President Ju arez to the local authorities, to extend all facil ities for the immediate commencement and prosecution of the work on a railroad and tel egraph line, which it is expected will be finish ed in two years. It is understood that Hon. Francis Thomas has preoared a bill guaranteeing a Republi oan form of Government to Maryland, which he will seon introduce in the House. The object of reconstruction is to prevent the southern portion from exercising a prepon derating influence over the western part of the State, WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENCE. Su-r—»■ - owwj trie ‘3‘Hjfra^fe Bill. The Ashley Impeachment Reso lution. New York, Dec. 18. A Washington dispatch says the negro suf frage bill for the District of Columbia was dis cussed in the Cabinet council on Friday last, all the members being present except Secretary Stanton. They unanimously advised that the bill be vetoed on account ol ils disfranchising features. A bill merely giving suffrage to ne groes would be approved. The general impression now is that the Sen ate will confirm such of the nominations sent in as are not glaringly partisan in their na' ure, trusting to the passage of some measure at this session to curtail the President’s patronage. The Post’s Washington special says the Ashley impeachment resolution will eventual ly pass. The Post’s special Washington dispatch says the advocates of a currency inflation claim that a majority of the Ways and Means Com mittee favor their views, but this is untrue.— The committee will hold regular sessions on the tariff question during the holiday week, and have invited parties interested to appear before them. Railroad Accident*. Louisvtlle, Ky., Dec. 18. The train from Nashville bound North this morning, was thrown from the track near the State line, ten miles north of Gallatin, Tenn. Three passenger cars went down the einhank meet, and some twelve or fifteen passengers were injured, three oi four of them fatally. Nashville, Tenn., Dec. 18. The express train hitherward on the Nash ville & Decatur Railroad, ran off the track this morning ten miles south of Carter’s Creek, carrying with it three passenger coaches.— Many oi the passengers were bruised, though none seriously. The passengers were trans ferred to a mixed train and reached Nashville thirty minutes behind time. An accident occurred on the Knoxville & Chatanooga Railroad, injuring the express messenger. The accident occurred on the Leb anon Branch of the Louisvelle & Nashville Railroad, badly damaging a stock train, kill ing a number of hogs, but injuring no persons. Miscellaneous Dispatch™. Nashville, Tenn., Dec. 17. A fire occurred in Public School No. 51, in 44th street, yesterday afternoon. The usual stampede occurred, and before the teachercould restore order a number of scholars were thrown down and stamped upon. One boy was seri ously injured and others slightly. Albany, N. Y., Dec. 18. About four o’clock yesterday morning the freight buildings and two lreight cars of the Albany and Susquehanna Railroad at Rieh mondville, were destroyed by fire. The cars were loaded with hay and butter. New York, Dec. 18. The ship Mechar, from Hamburg, arrived at this port yesterday with 4(10 passengers, and six cases of ship fever among them. United State* Court*. Fortress Monroe, Dec. 18. The United States District Court, Judge Underwood presiding, opened to-day in Nor folk. Eighteen grand jurors were present.— Judge Underwood, in charging the jury, said their labors this term would be brief. The only crimes that would occupy their atten tion were offenses against the revenue and postal laws, and a case of counterfeiting. A case arising under the confiscation act, viz., the United States vs. two brothers named Daw son, residents of Loudon County, Va., was dis missed this morning, by order of the Attorney General. It is uncertain when the United States Circuit Court will meet, as Chief Justice Chase has not yet made known his intentions respecting a special session. The Louisiana Lever*. Charleston, 3. C., Dec. 18. No bids have been received for the purchase ot one million dollars worth of Levee bonds, recently advertised for at New Orleans. The failure is said to have been owing to the fact that the law prohibits the sale of these securi ties at less than par. The unsettled condition of political affairs is also said to have had the effect of preventing the issue of proposals. It is understood that the Board of Levee Com missioners will go on with the work of repair ing the levees, notwithstanding the failure ot the loan, and confidence is expressed that their safety will be secured before the next flood shall break over their hanks. From New Orleans* New Orleans, Doc. 18. The District Court of Opelousas has found forty-four true hills, and ignored 105, which were mostly against freedraen, for sundry of fences. Emigrants from Louisiana to Texas are re turning, satisfied that the former State offered superior advantages for agricultural purposes. XXXIX CONGRESS-SECOND SESSION SENATE. Washington, Dec. 18. Mr. Johnson presented the credentials of Mr Jones, Senator elect from Arkansas for sis years, commencing March 4. 1865, which were ordered to be laid on the table. Mr. Sumner presented a memorial of the Union League of Norfolk. Va., for the estab lishment of a territorial government in Virgin ia, and the appointment of Judge Underwood as Governor. Referred to the Reconstruction Committee. Mr. Saulshury presented the petition of a number of foreigners who declared their inten tions of asking that the right of suffrage be ex tended to them. Referred to the Committee on the District of Columbia. Petitions for increased pay of army officers were presented and referred. Mr- Morgan presented a petition of Charles O Conor and other lawyers for iucrease of pav to United States Judges. Referred to the Ju diciary Committee. Mr. Trumbull presented a memorial of white loyalists of Louisiana asking for the overthrow of the existing State Government there, and the establishment of a provisional government instead. The memorial is signed by Governor Welles and other prominent persons. Mr. Trumbull spoke at some length on the suly ect, at the conclusion of which Mr. Davis rose and said he presumed that Mr. Trumbull intended his remarks more for the Illinois Leg islature than for the Senate. He understood there was a Senatorial election pending in Illi nois, and he hoped Mr. Trumbull would suc ceed. Mr. Trumbull replied angrily to Mr. Davis, denying that he was influenced by any such motives as those reported to him. The morning hour expired and the petition went over. The bill to admit Nebraska was taken up. Mr. Wada took the floor. Mr. Edmunds presented a bill to prevent ille gal voting in the District of Columbia. Refer red. Mr. Wilson presented a petition from Mrs. U. S. Grant and others, directors of the Soldiers’ Orphan's Home, protesting against the passage of the House bill No. 848, as unjust and un called for. Mr. Pomeroy introduced a bill authorizing further issues of currency to the Nationsd Banks to equalize the proportion between the States and territories. Referred. Mr. Sumner reported favorably on a resolu tion of thanks to Cyrus W. Field. In the discussion of the bill to adrni Nebras ka, Mr. Sumner asked Mr. Wade if the rebel governments were, in his opinion, competent to act upon the constitutional amendment. Mr. Wade replied that he had no better opin ion of governments set up by Presidential au thority than Mr. Sumner had, but he believed Congress had power to breathe the breath of life into new States. Mr. Cowan combatted all talk about State suicide. Mr. Doolittle opposed Mr. Brown’s amend ment. Pending the consideration of the subject the Senate aiyourned. HOUSE. On motion ct Mr. North the President was requested to communicate copies of all corres pondence on the evacuation of Mexico by the French troops which has not heretofore been published. On motion of Mr. Wilson, of Iowa, the Judi ciarv Committee were discharged from further consideration of the joint resolution for the protection of citizens of the United States in the matter of public loans of the Republic of Mexico, and the same was feferred to the Com mittee on Foreign Affairs. Mr. Braudagee offered a resolution instruct ing the Committee on Naval Affairs to inquire into and report on all facts connected with the destruction by fire oi the iron-clad war steam er New Ironsides, on the evening of the 10th inst., together with such recommendations as the facts may demand, with power to send for persons and papers, and to report at any time. Mr. Washburne, of Illinois, favored the reso lution, but said be would like the gentleman from Connecticut to state the facts connected with the destruction of the magnificent iron clad. Mr. Brandagee declined to make any state ments at present. It was a subject of import ance, and one on which the House and country should be informed. It would be indecorous to make any statement on ex parte testimony, such as has been published in the newspapers. The resolution was adopted. Mr. Price, from the Pacific Railroad Commit tee, reported hack adversely the smii-u—vnoir 1KMI8SW .rninrtiaa and telegraph line from Placeville, Cal., to the most feasible points of intersection with the Pacific Railroad in Neva da. which was laid on the table. Mr. Price, from the same committee, report ed back with sundry amendments the House bill granting lands to aid in the construction of a railroad and telegraph line from Puget’s Sound, or Admiralty Iulet,in Washington Ter ritory, to Columbia river. The amendments were agreed to aud Mr, Price explained the ob jects of the bill. The bill was postponed. A large number of adverse reports were made from the Committee on Claims and laid on the table. Among them was the Senate bill of the last session for the relief of Mrs. Amelia Feas ter, of Columbia, S. C. Mr. MoRuer, from the Committee on Public Lands, reported back favorably the Senate bill of last session amending the act granting lauds to the State of Oregon to aid in the construc tion of a military road from Eugene City to the eastern boundary of Oregon. Messrs. McRuer and Henderson explained the bill and advocated its passage. The morning hour having expired the bill went over until to-morrow. Mr. Bidwell introduced a joint resolution ex tending the tii le for the completion of the im provements of the Fox and Wisconsin rivers. Referred. Mr. Ferry presented a memorial of the Agri cultural Society of Michigan, protesting against the granting of lands for railroad purposes, or any other disposition of public lands except for tuinestead purposes. Referred. The Speaker laid before the House several Executive documents, which wero laid upon the table. The Speaker aunonneed a select committee on direct taxes and forfeited lands as follows: Messrs. Conkling, Donnelly, Dawes, Scofield, and Harding of Kentucky. Mr. Stoker presented a petition from the col ored people of Tennessee for the removal of all political inequalities on account of race or cel* or. Referred to the Reconstruction Commit tee. Mr. Maynard introduced a bill to amend the laws of the District of Columbia. Referred. Mr. Morrill introduced a joint resolution to pay a pension of $25 per month to the widow of Surgeon James W. Fitzpatrick, of Middle sex County, Conn., he having died of wounds received while acting as surgeon in the army. Referred. On motion of Mr. Doming the Committee on Commerce was instructed to inquire into the expediency of making an appopriation for the improvement of the navigation of the Connec ticut river. The House went into committee ol the whole, Mr. Lawrence, of Pennsylvania, in the chair, and proceeded to the consideration of the leg islative, executive and judicial appropriation bill. There was considerable discussion as to the appropriation made for printing reports of the proceedings of Congress in the Congressional Globe, and the expediency of continuing those appropriations, but finally provisions were ad ded giving two years notice of the termination of the contract for supplying back sets of the Globe. Mr. Laflin suggested that all the items for the Congressional Globe, amounting to $206,049,be lumped together. Mr. Maynard denounced the Globe as a fun gus growth on the Government, and should be overhauled. Mr. Laflin said that the Committee on Print ing were examining into it. Mr. Banks thought it not bound by any con tract with the Globe. Mr. Farnsworth said the cost of furnishing the Globe to new members was increasing,and by and by would cost a million dollars a year. Amendments terminating the arrangement for extra Globes at the end of the 40th Congress were agreed to—52 to 46. Without finishing the bill the committee rose when the death of Senator Wright was an nounced. Eulogies were delivered and the House adjourned. Di-alrucuon of the Mew flowery Theatre by Fire. New York, Dec. 18. Tile new Bowery theatre and a number 01 adjoining buildings were destroyed this even ing. The flames broke out about four o’clock under the stage; at five o’clock the root fell in and the remaining walls soon tell with a tre mendous crash. The theatre was owned bj James R. Whiting, and was not insured. Ii was valued at $80,000. J. W. Lengard loses $40,000; M. B. Clark, stage manger, $1000.— Among the occupants of the surrounding build ings destroyed were Plainer & Regan, sewing machines, loss $12,000; Ward & Co., billiards $10,000; Barcelon & Co., photographers, $2000 Wellett Weed, shoes, $0000; and others. Th( theatre contained a large stock of scenery some of which was being prepared for the new Academy ot Music. Virginia Legislature. Richmond, Dec. 18. The Senate passed the usury bill to-day in creasing the legal maximum rate of interes from six to ten per cent.

The House passed the bill appropriating $30, 000 for the purchase of limbs for maimed am indigent confederate soldiers in the State o Virginia. FROM EUROPE news by the cable. Several More Explosions at tlie Oaks Colliery. Touching Scenes of Woe and Despair. Maximilian Abandons His Inten tion of Leaving Mexico. Barnsley, England, Sunday, Dec. 10.—Several explosions took place at the Oaks Colliery yes terday and to-day’ but there has been no fur ther-loss of life. Touching scenes of woe and despair are hourly witnessed. In this vicinity over eighty funerals have taken place, and one hundred and sixty women have Deen left'wid ows, and three hundred and thirty children have been made orphans by this terrible calam ity, and many of these are mourning in the streets from morning to night. //ojtfeu, Stafford, Sunday, Dec. 16.—Eighty flvebf those who went into fee mine Folk-o* th-Hill on the morning of the explosion are known to be dead, and there are more still re maining in the pit, of whose safety all hopes are lost. All the dead that have been recover ed were bnried to-day at Folk-o*-tVHill. The ceremony was deeply impressive. Valletta, Malta, Dec. 17.--A United States sloop of war has arrived here, bound to Alexandria, to take Surratt back to America. London, Monday, Dec. 17.—The Paris corres pondence ol the Times says .it is now gener ally admitted that the object Of Gen Castle man s mission was to get Maximilian t% abdi Ba.ns Monday, Dec. 17.—It is stated semi officially that General Almonte has received assurances by telegraph that Maximilian has abandoned his intention of leafing Mexico and oi an avowed determination to put him heatl of the loyal Mexicans and fight for his crown. Borne, Monday, Dec. 17.-The United States steamer Swatara has left Civita Vecchia for Malta. .p. „ New Yobk, Dec. 18. dis atch°,mmerCla^ Fas the following special $ome, pec. 18.—Antonelli has settled the dis pute with Gen. Kingand the Pope. The Pope it appears, misunderstood the Minister. (JASADA. ANOTHER FENIAN SCARE. TIIE FElilAY TRIALS. , New York, Dec. 18. The Herald a special Sweetsbury (Canada) dispatch says the report that the Fenians were marching on the place was a false alarm. * . , „ „ Toronto, Dec. 18. A weekly line of first class steamers is to be established to run between our maritime provinces and the West Indies. A large amount of stock has been subscribed. It is to be called the Inter-Colonial steamship Com pany. The entertainment of the Chicogo and Mil waukee caudidates visiting the directors of the Huron and Ontario Canal promises to be a bril liant affair. „ . . ' M Sweetsbury, Dec. 18. Much excitement was created in the village this morning, an alarm having been given that the Fenians were coming to rescue the prisoners. The volunteers were immediately got under arms, and the whole force have gone out to meet the enemy. Second Dispatch.—Quite a panic was created here this morning by an absurd rumor that a body of armed Fenians.were approachiug the Village to rescue the prisoners and plunder the people. The military were placed under arms patrols sent abroad and dispatches telegraphed to St. Johns tor reinforcements. The troops inarched out to meet the supposed enemy, but finding none returned, and in less than two hours from its commencement the scare sub sided and the village relapsed into their usual quiet. At the Fenian trials this morning, Thomas Madden was placed at the bar on sv> r~n— inent of. havim* . C.ru parties, to levy war Canadf Her Majesty, and after discussion be avect, ®i~. J udge and counsel, it was agreed that special pleas and some judgment in this case, as in the other cases, should be entered, as having been made on Thursday before the plea of not guilty was entered. ‘ Mr. Devlin claimed that the constitution of tho Oraud Jury was illegal, and proceeded to challenge the array. The Judge allowed a motion of Mr. Ramsey to reject the challenge. Mr. Dev lin then prooeeded to challenge the array for the petit jury. Mr. Ramsey put in a demur rer, and spoke at length hi its support. Mr. Buchanan supported the demurrer in behalf of the Crown. The Judge adjourned the court until to-morrow, to comider the judgment he should give. Ottawa, Dec. 18. The Canadian Ministry met to-day in coun cil. Hons. Messrs. Blair, Campbell, Belleau and McGee were present. The Council will adjourn to-morrow oyer the holidays. Quebec, Dec. 18. The river is impassuble by floating ice except to canoes. MEXICO. Proclamation from Maximilian. New Orleans, Dec. 13. The following proclamation, issued by Maxi milian, was promulgated in the City of Mexico on the 5th inst: Orizaba, Dec. 1.—Mexicans: Circumstances of great magnitude relating to the welfare of our country, anil which increase in strengtli by our domestic difficulties, have produced in our mind the conviction that we ought to reconsid er the power confided to us. Our Council of Ministers by us convened, has given it as their opinion that the welfare of Mexico still requires our presence at the head of affairs, and we have considered it to be our duty to accede to their request, announcing at the same time our intentions to convoke aNatiunal Con gress on a most ample and liberal basis, where all political parties can participite; and this Congress shall decide whether the Empire shall continue in future, and in case of assent, shall assist in framing fundamental laws to consolidate the public Institutions. To obtain this result, our counsellors are at present en gaged in devising the necessary means and at the same time arrange‘ matters in such a manner that all parties may assist in an ar rangement on that basis. In the meantime, as Mex-'cans, counting upon you all without ex cluding any political class, we shall continue the work of regeneration with courage and con stancy, having been placed in charge of your countrymen. (Signed,) Maximilian. Prohibition of Corporeal Punishment. Wilmington, N. C., Dec. 18. A recent order of Gen. Sickles, prohibiting corporeal punishment, was served on the So licitor of the District yesterday. It is univer . sally regarded as an unwarranted interfer ence with the Judiciary of the State, and a revocation by the President is predicted. Determined to die.—In the little town of Dover, which is situated on the Cumberland river, in middle Tennessee, there lived, some years ago an eccentric and intemperate old bachelor, by the name of Kingston. On one occasion, when prostrate on his bed by excess, and suffering acutely from those stings and horrors peculiar to his situation, he sent for one of his old boon companions, to come and visit him. Shyraok, for that was the other’s name, came, duly to Kingston’s room. “What’s the matter, Kingston?” “Shyrack, stiut the door.” “Yes, my dear fellow.” “Lock it.” “Eh?” “Lock the door.” “Certainly, my dear boy.” “Shyrack, I am going to kill myself.” “My dear fellow, let me entreat of you not to do it,” “I will.” “No, no! Oblige me and don’t.” “Must do it.” “Don’t: it will he the death of you.” Shyrack was quite cool anil jocose, little dreaming that so terrible an event was actual ly going to take place. Kingston had, as the last eccentric act of his life, taken a chisel and mallet to bed with him; and now, with desperate resolve, ho seized the extraordinary tools of death, and in an instant drove the chisel into his breast! The hair rose upon Shy rack, s head and fright spread like a sheet of snow over the face. “Kingston! Kingston! my dear fellow—you d—d rascal, Kingston! do you want to have me hung? Hold! don’t die till I call some body !” Shyrack ran to the door, and called like a madman to some people, across the street. “Hallo! here! say you mister! all yorwstupid people, make haste over here, or there’ll be a murder!” The people crowded iuto Kingston’s house. “Don’t die Kingston! Don’t chisel me that way. Don’t die till you tell them who did it. “I did it myself,” Kingston articulated. “There, that’ll do; now my dear fellow you may die,” replied Shyrack, taking a long breath, and wiping the prespiration from his forehead. And Kingston did die in that extraordinary way, as a suicide that was almost a murder. PORTLAND AND VICINITY. IVew Advertisement* To-Day NEW ADVERTISEMENT COLUMN. Holiday Gifts—N. Elsworth & Son. For Sale—Provision Store. Christmas Goods—J. Partington. The Ladles' Bazaar—328 Congress street Boarding School. Cumberland National Bank. To Let and for Sale. Auction Sale—Henry Bailey * Co. Auction Safe—J. S. Bailey. Oysters—Hay A Perry’s. Ijost—Portmanteau. Machine and Smith Shop—J. A. Salford. Holiday Gifts—Charles Custia A Co. Paints and Oil Cheap—J. W. Perkins A Co. To be Let with Board. TIIK COURTS. UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT. BEFORE JUDGE FOX. Tuesday.—In the Admiralty case of Fearing A als, v Checseman A al., for charter of a vessel Judge Fox rendered his decision, awarding libellants the sum of $1,387 and costs. Howard A Cleaves for li bellants. Evans A Putnam for respondents. SUPREME JUDICIAL COURT. CRIMINAL TERM.—TAPLEY J, PRESIDING. Tuesday.—In the case of State v Robert and Ma ry Potter, indicted for keepings house of ill fhme, Judge Howard made a strong and effective argument ior the accused. Mr. Webb, for the State, followed in one of his beet arguments for the prosecution.— The charge of Judge Tapley was given, and the Jury, after being out ono hour, came In and rendered a verdict of not guilty as to both defendants. The next case taken up was that of State v Mary Ann Clark, Caroline Clark and George D. Clark, for larceny of goods belonging to William W. Davis and Jennie M. Brooks, which had been removed from the house of Mr. Davis, on the night of the great Are, and which had been taken to the shop of Mr. Elliot F. Clark for safety. Hugh Doherty and David Mack had also been indicted with the Clarks. Doherty has not been arrested, and Mack being absent, his bail was forfeited. The Clarks severally pleaded not guilty. Messrs. Strout A Gage appeared as their counsel, and Mr. Webb conducted the prosecution. The case is still on. In the liquor cases of State v James McQlinchyand Richard R. Robinson, appellants, the defendants pleaded guilty, and filed motions in arrest of judg ment on the ground that it does not appear that there was probable cause, supported by oath or affirma tion, for issuing said warrants. The motions were de nied by Judge Tapley, and defendants excepted. The exceptions were allowed, and the cases go up to the fttll Court. N. Webb, County Attorney, for State.— Evans & Putnam for respondents. John O’Neal, convicted of larceny of goods at the great fire, was sentenced to eleven months imprison ment in the County Jail. Charles O’Neal, convicted of receiving stolen goods, was sentenced to six months imprisonment In the County Jail, Stephen Finney, indicted at the last term for keep ing a drinking house and tippling shop; also lbr main taining a nuisance, and whose recognizance was tor felted at the last term, was brought up, having been arrested on a capias. He pleaded guilty to both in dictments. The indictment tor keeping a drinking house and tippling shop was continued for judgment to the next term. On the indictment tor malntaln ' ing a nuisance, ho was sentenced to three months im prisonment in the County Jail. Mr. Carleton, who appeared for Finney, made some remarks in mitiga tion of sentence. MUNICIPAL COURT. JUDGE KINGSBURY PRESIDING. Tuesday.—John Reardon, John Welch, Thomas Folan, Patrick Curran, F. iackenburg Band Martin Foley, for drunkenness and disturbance on Saturday night, were fined $3 and costs each. Thoy all paid up. Mary Johnson, for drunkennoss and disturbance on the Sabbath, was fined *6 and costs. She was committed. , Jere O’Flaherty, for assault upon officer Beale, was fined $10 and costs. Committed. O’Flaherty was also fined $5 and enata for dmuken --iiamDUn, for larceny of« ■*«« Patrick Mulligau, wae fined $10 and coets. Commit ted. Professor Agassiz this Evening.—It is hardly necessary to remind any of our readers that the Fourth lecture of the P. Y. M. C. A. course is to be given this evening at the Chest nut Street Church. Every one will be eager to hear Professor Agassiz on the subject of that wonderful Amazon Basin which he has just come from exploring, and there will un doubtedly be a crowded house. Tickets should be secured early. They may be had at the places named in the advertisement, and at the door. Among those gentlemen secured; to lecture in this course are Dr. Storrs, Rev. Messrs. Ridgeway, Bartlett, Day, Willits, and other popular and well-known speakers. The Holidays are Coming.—A good time may be expected on Monday and Tuesday eve nings, 24th and 25th inst., as we learn that the ladies of the Central Church Society will hold their annual fair and levee on thoae evenings at their vestry. They have been for some time past preparing a very large number of fancy and useful articles, suitable for holiday gifts and borne use, which they will offer for sale/— An interesting lecture in their Church by Rev. Dr. Tefft, a Christmas Tree and an Antiquari an supper, are some of the features of their en tertainment. See advertisement in a few days. Masonic.—At the annual meeting of Mount Vernon Royal Arch Chapter, Monday evening the following officers were elected lor the en suing year: George A. Head, H. P.; M. N. Rich, K.; Or rin S. Fogg, S.; George P. P. Gross, C. H.; Ira Berry, Jr., P. S.; W. W. Davis, 3d V.; D . W. Miller, 2d V.; John H. Hall, 1st V.; Charles Robes, Treasurer; Ira Berry, Secretary; Law rence Peterson, Joseph Castoll, Jr., Stewards; A. M. Burton, It. A. Hinkley, Stephen Berry, Committee of Finance. The officers were duly installed by Stephen Berry, P. H. P. Bold Attempt at Bubglaby.—The Star says that on Monday night a lady living on Federal street was awakened by some one in her room. She quietly awoke her husband, and they waited the fellow's vain attempt to . find any valuables. After the burglar had left the room the husband rose and dressed himself and gave chase, going in the direction of the police office. While the gentleman went in to call up an officer the burglar escaped without being recognized. New Stage Line.—Messrs. L. D. & M. N. Stanley will commence running a stage on and after Friday next, between Porter and Gor ham, connecting at the latter place with the Portland & Rochester Railroad. It will leave Porter every morning, Sundays excepted, pass ing through Kezar Falls, Cornish, Limington, Standish and West Gorham. Returning will leave Gorham upon the arrival of the 2 o’clock train from Portland. In 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 suffer, and enough of every kind around them. Why is this? It is because their food distresses them. Buy one bottle of Maw’8 Elderberry Wine and you will get relief. Then buy a case. dec4tt Board or Agmcultube.—At a meeting of the Committee of Electors of tho Cumberland County Agricultural Society and Portland Horticultural Society, John F. Anderson, Esq., having declined a re-election, John W. Dana, Esq., was unanimously elected a member of tho State Board of Agriculture for the next tree years. Sugar canes, baskets, braids, wreaths, kisses and mutton chop candy, and everything else in the shape of candy, lor sale at Perkins’ Can dy Store. Holiday Gifts.—If you wish nice presents for gentlemen, you will find splendid styles at at the store of Charles Custis & Co., Morton block. Give them a call. Go to Perkins’ and get a box of that Christ mas Candy this week, and thereby have an op ' portunity to make a good selection. - Geyek has some pretty Scotch wood card cases. t'Mitr Temperance Auaeialiaa. This Association meets at Freeport to-mor row, at two o'clock In the afternoon. The Port land and Kennebec train leaves this city one o’clock. It is expected that the delegation from this vicinity will be large. Everybody acknowledges tho evils of intem perance, and no one justifies, by any public declaration, the sale of intoxicating drinks; and since their sale is forbidden by law, what is want ing to vigorous and general application, and e consequent closing of the grog-shops, but an enlightened public sentiment, which is mainly formed and kept alive by gatherings of the people for this purpose? Let the friends of Temperance then, assemble at Freeport and help intensify this sentiment, in order that the greatest evil which curses the community—greater, perhaps, than all other evils combined—may thus be largely checked, if not entirely remdved. We owe it to our sons, our brothers, our fathers, to society in general, heartily to engage in this benevolent enterprise. As a moral re form it is second to none in its promise; and there is no branch of industry, nor avocation of whatever legitimate sort, that would not be largely improved by the general prevalence of Temperance, while physical health and men tal culture would signally share in the benefits derived. Still Burning.—In the ruins of the Sugar House, destroyed by fire on the 4th of July between York and Commercial streets, on Maple street, may be seen sugar yet burning, (or It was last night). The snow ot Sunday night completely covered it but did not quench the fire. For one hundred and tixty-teven days the sugar in this basement has been burning. The broadcloths of Germany owe their su periority to their unique manufacture; pre ' oisely as the Steam Refined .Soaps refer their unsurpassed quality to the peouliar pro cesses employed in their elaboration. On this account they can be neither imitated nor rival ed. Fair and Levee.—The Fair and Levee of the ladies of the First Baptist Church, will commence this evening at Lincoln Hall, Mun joy, and will be continued to-morrow evening. The cars run to the Hall. Ant gentleman wanting a genteel residence and having one or two thousand dollars to spare, can purchase a house in the new brick block on Pine street, by applying to W. H. Jer ris, real estate agent. Ladies’ Levee at Stevens’ Plains.—It will be remembered that the Ladies' Levee at Stev ens’ Plains takes place this evening. The horse cars will run to accommodate those who go from this city. A good time is guaranteed. Five thousand boxes assorted Christmas candy, 1 1-2 pounds in a box, at seventy-five cents each, at Perkins’ Candy Manufactory. _dec l<Mt A splendid show of holiday gifts may be seen at Charles Custis & Co.’s, Congress St. Don’t forget that celebrated molasses candy at Parkins’. Havana Oranges iorsale at Perkins’ Candy 8tore. deelSMt THE STATE. , —The Androscoggin river at Bethel was open on Thursday of last week—on Friday night it froze; on Sunday teams crossed it on the ice, and on Sundav nl*■*-*• - -ppaiuunentsof Maine post masters have been made sinco the tenth inst.: Cape Elizabeth Station, F. Evans; East Au burn, W. K. Vicker; West Gloucester, 8. Ken drick; Madison Centre, A. D. Hayden; Hollis, I. Q. Miliken. —The Saco Democrat says that on Saturday last as Mr. Aaron Webber was driving down Alfred street, Biddeford, his horse became un manageable and run against a stone post at the corner of Laconia and Main streets, throw ing Mr. Webber from the wagon and injuring him severely in the back, and inflicting a fright ful wound in the breast of the horse. —The Democrat says that Mr. Peter Hill, of Buxton, last week left a valuable pair of horses, standing near the Saco Depot, and when the noon train arrived from Boston the horses took fright, and dashed through the depot and ran into a pond of water, and becom ing entangled in the harness one of them was drowned. —The preliminary examination of Rnfus L. Larrabee of Danville, charged with tntcher ing ahorse of John Miller of Durham, which began on Friday before Judge Smith of this city, will probably not close before Thursday, as about twenty-five witnesses remain to be examined. There are lour more warrants against Larrabee, in one ot which William Y. Harmon is coupled with Larrabee. It the re spondents should not waive examination on the other charges, their preliminary trials mav be prolonged two weeks.—Levritton Journal. —Charles Jameson, 35 years of age, was drowned at Sabattus, Thursday noon, by breaking through the ice while shating on the pond. The body was rescued about two hours after he left home. —ine Bath limes asserts that a very fine mineral spring is found at the top of Pike's Hill in Norway. It is a little more than half a mile from the village, and from 700 to 900 feet above it. No more delightful summer resort could be found in the State, unseasonable though the remark may be. —The Banner states that Mrs. Sarah Small, of Bowdoinham, in the eighty-fourth year of her age, has spun upwards of one hundred and eighty skeins ot yarn, and woven 26 yards of all-wool cloth during the present season. —The operatives in the Lewiston cotton mills have very generally signed a petition to the Agents and Managers of the same for a re duction of the hours of labor from eleven to ten hours per day. —The Houlton Times says: “Our citizens seem alive to the importance of a Branch Railroad to connect us with the St. Andrews and St. Stephens lines; and we believe that the railroad it to be built, and that the move ment to secure this much needed object will be pushed steadily forward until its success is accomplished.” —Mr. E. Merritt informs the Houlton Times that he recently killed a two year old heifer, raised by Mr. F. Barnes, that dressed 600 lbs He also killed a lamb that weighed 78 pounds, —40 pounds being considered a foir average. Curious Petrification. — The Denver News mentions a singular petrification now on exhibition in that city. It is a molar, taken from a fragment of a jaw bone fire feet in length, weighing 67 pounds, and discovered during the progress of mining in Bivin’s Gulch, Montana Territory. The molar referred to is one of an immense size; is of curious configu ration, not unlike a cluster of four beavers’ claws overlying each other. Its weight is three pounds. The jaw appears to be the largest animal fossil ever discovered, and for which the owner, Mr. Elliot, agent of the Mon tana Post, has been offered 81,000 but declined accenting. A Troy, N. Y„ paper recently gave %ighly interesting details ot the discovery near Cohoes, in that State, of nearly the entire skeleton of a prodigious mastodon, enumerat ing the measurements of jaw, head, hips, etc., but which do not equal in immensity this Mon tana fossil. That Bargain,—Mr. Thomas Hughes, in his last letter to the New York Tribune, speaks of the bargain made wirh Frazer, Tren holm & Company, by Mr. Morse, the consul at London, and Montgomery Gibbs, as “one ot the most one-sided bargains on a great scale which has ever come before our courts.” He adds: On the face ot the proceedingone may safe ly congratulate Messrs. Frazer,Trenholm,* Co., on the clemency of the government with which they have to do, and agree in the remark of one ot the counsel for the United States on leaving the court, that the compromise has probably given the lucky firm at least £100,000 more than they could ever have got in the suit, not to mention the little bonus of the four ships, and all property which had passed from under their control before the 7th oi Novem ber, 1866. VARIETIES. —The editor of the Gospel Banner thinks some of his correspondents are unreasonable when they request him tc be “very particular” to have their articles correctly printed. He gives the following description of one where the manuscript apparently commences thus; n.>^'..*^Uanho8—' Helptxankny song frog dog “Re8 c^pJlIT "° &e‘ 11 ehwed with haste ”Srefal *" Tea<1,nK the ptoof as I write in At one period of time the practice ot medi cine was rather dangerous. At Dijon, in 1386, a physician was lined fifty golden francs and imprisoned for not effecting a cure. The beau tiful Austrigilda, consort to Oontran, King of Burgundy, of the sixth centurv, had been per mitted by her husband, in compliance with her dying request to have her two physicians slain and buried with her. A persecuted Huegue not said: •‘Your unchristian virulence against me shall cost hundreds of people their lives.” For this remark he was brought before a court of justice, charged with harboring the most bloody designs. “I am innocent,” he replied. “My only meaning was, that I meant, since I could not preach, to practice at a phytician." Ihe District Suffrage act has been proper ly engrossed, but up to Monday evening had not been laid before the’President. It seems that in view of the r icess which Congress has agreed to take, a qustion might arise as to when the constitutional limit often days would expire, within which the President must take action on all bills laid before him, and this pos sible question may be avoided by retaining this measure on the files of the Senate till the reas sembling of Congress in January. Up to this date thirteen petitioners for the impeachment of the President have been pre sented. Three were brought in Monday, sign ed by 135 persons. One was Irom Alabama, and bore three signatures; the other two were from Michigan. —An ingenious pickpocket in the West is said to have driven a good business by getting on railroad trains, refusing to pay the fare, anil then picking the conductor’s pocket while he was putting him out. —Mr. D’Arcy McGee is in the midst of an unusually bitter controversy with Mr. George Brown of the Toronto Globe. In answer to a sharp letter published by the former, Mr. Brown intimates that Mr. McQee is perfectly welcome to hold bun responsible for articles in the Globe, either "personally, editorially, or any other way in which he has a mind to in dulge himself.’’ -The steamers Regulator, Lady Lang and Starlight have all been sold to the Soutn Amer ican Navigation and Marine Railway Compa ny of New York, on private terms. They are to be fitted at Providence, R. I., and will pro ceed thence to Montevideo. They will run on the Parana river. -“Mrs. Betsey Jane Ward” has written a letter to Artemus in which she advises him to stop writing to Punch and toadying the Brit ish, and come home. -It is suggested that if to-day you don’t like the news from Mexico, wait till to-morrow and yon probably will. New Hnmp.hlre Ildus. Dov«b,N. H., Dec. 17, laid. Ten inches of snow fell here yesterday. The Law teruf of the Supreme Court begins to-d«y. By examination of the docket I find that the two first cases were commenced in a lower court at the June term. iui Shoe manufacturing is dull Only one month since they were unable to supply orders. Work in the new Oil Cloth building is prog ressing finely. Good dividends are the order of the day with cotton factories and print works. All the navigation on the river is hauled up except the skaters. One of the best paying concerns is the Glue and Sand Paper Manufactory. The survey of the intended railroad from Union Mills to connect with the Grand Trunk, under the auspices of the Eastern railroad, has met with fewer impediments than were expect ed. Since the Great Falls and Conway has been under the caro of Mr. Prescot, the gentle manly Superintendent of the Eastern railroad, great improvements have been made on the road and in the running of the trains. Pressed Hay sells for twenty-five dollars per ton. Rye and straw, threshed with a flail, $15 per ton, pressed. No sale for potatoes at 50 cts. per bushel. Batter 45 cents. Pork by the round hog, 12 cents. Mutton is lower than for years, about four and 5 cents. Not much interest is felt amongst the peoplo in regard to the coming election. The office seekers arc marshaling their forces to attend the caucuses to nominate delegates to attend the conventions. Jacob Ela's chance to rep resent the First District in Congress is best; his competitors are Hon. G. Marston, who is the present representative, and Samuel Wheel er of Dover. Onslow Stearns bids fair to be the next Governor. The lumbermen say that the swamps are fro Ren over and in the best condition for snow for years. With the right quantity of snow, they predict a favorable season. __ Steve. The Riverside Magazine for Young Peo ple makes its appearance at last, fresh, hand some and sparkling. “Our Young Folks” must certainly look to its laurels, for it has a rival in the hold that wil: not be easily dis tanced. The Riverside is edited by a gentle man, Mr. Horace E. Scudder, who possesses in an extraordinary degree those qualities of sim plicity and imagination which are so impor tant in a writer lor the young. His “Dream Children,” and other stories show what delight ful things may be elpected in a magazine ed ited by him. The present number is, of course, largely a Christmas and New Year's one. Mr. Abbott begins his William Oay series with “An Extemporaneous Party." “Casonclla” writes a Christmas Carol, which has an appro priate border by Hows. The author of “That Good Old Time” has a story for boys called “The Midnight Coast,” illustrated by Winslow Homer. There are papers on New Year's Cus toms, and Stereoscopic Pictures; and the ed itor has a Christmas story, “The Neighbors,” humorously illustrated by Stephens. The same humorous artist furnishes the ftill page cartoon of the “Three Wise Men of Gotham,” which forms the frontispiece, and whioh cannot fail to tickle the fancy of old as well as young. We must not omit to notice the cover of the magazine, which bears an elaborate and artistic design, elegantly print ed in colors, and makes one of its most attrac tive features. Published by Hurd & Houghton, New York. It is Told of Carltuc that once when he was thoroughly fatigued in body and mind by the labor of producing one of bis works, ana had then been thrown into despair because ot the sudden and total destruction of his manu script before a word of it had gone to the press, he shut himself up in his room and deliberate ly read through the complete works of Captain Marryatt. This singular proceeding certainly appears to have in it something uf that quali ty of mind which earned for the sage of Chel sea from some of the irreverent the title of “The Incoherent Thomas." He was able, though, to give a sound reason tor this seem ingly absurd and inconsequent behavior. Ho wanted, ho said, to induce in his mind a per fect vacuity of thonght, and could hit upon no other expedient better adapted to his purpose. Why he should have chosen Captain Marryatt in preference to a hunnred or two others it is not easy to see. We may plausibly account for it by supposing that one day in the times when he plied the birch in Ecclefachen school, he had occasion to confiscate certain dirty looklng paper-covered books then undergoing a surreptitious reading, and himself cast a philosophic eye over their contents and mar velled what manner of man this captain in the royal navy could be. We believe he found his experimental course of Phantom Shins and Snarleyyow the Dog Fiend and Smallbones and Lieut. Vanslyperken and Midshipman Easy and the ward-room life on board H. M. S. Calliope, all that he expected, and since reads uo more novels.—The Ration,