25 Aralık 1866 Tarihli Portland Daily Press Gazetesi Sayfa 1

25 Aralık 1866 tarihli Portland Daily Press Gazetesi Sayfa 1
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PORTLAND DAILY PRESS. Established Jane as, 1862. Tot. s. PORTLAND, TUESDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 25 1866 - ™ _ _____ ’ ’ iOOD- Terms Eight Dollars per annum,in advance. THE PORTLAND DAILY PRESS is published everyday, (Sunday excepted,) at No. 1 Printers* Exchange, Commercial Street, Portland, by N. A. Foster, Proprietor. Terms Eight Dollar? a year in advance. THE MAINE STATE PRESS, is published at the ame place every Thursday morning at $2.00 a year, nvariably in advance. Rates of Advertising .—One inchoi space, m ength ol column, constitutes a “souare.” $1.50 per square daily first weex : 75 cents per we1-after; three insertions, or less, $1.00; continu ng every other day alter first week, 50 centH. Halt square, tUit*e insertions or less, 75 cents; one week, $1.00; 50 cents per week alter. Under head of “Amusements,” $2.00 per square per week; three insertions or less, $1.50. Special Notices,81.25 per square for the first in sertion, and 25 cents per square for each subsequent usertion. Advertisements inserted in the “Maine State Press’* (which lias a largo circulation m every par of the State) for $1.00 per square for hrst insertion* and 50 cents per square for each subsequent inser tion. entertainments. A Good Time at Pine Street. THERE WILL BE Christmas Trees and an Exhibition -BY THE Sabbath Sohool in Pine St. Church, On Tuesday Evening, Dec. 25th, Commencing at 7 o'clock. Admission for adults 25 cents, children 15 cents. Tickets at the door. dec251t Per Order of Comtauttee. Christmas Entertainment ! The Sabbath School of the CHESTNUT ST. HI. E. CHURCH, will give a Christmas Entertainment IN THE CIUJBCH, - ON - Tuesday Evening:, Dec. 25th. The exercises will consist ol Singing, Speaking by the Children, distribution of Presents, ftc. 5T3P*Admission 25 cents; Children 16 cents. Doors open at 7, exercises to commence at 74 o’clock. dcc24d2t* Portland Theatre. Bidwell 6c Browse, Lessees 6c managers. Entire change of programme for the Holidays! MONDAY & TUESDAY EVE’S, December 94th and 9Sth. ALSO ON Christmas Afternoon, at 2 o'clock, The great Sensation Drama of the COLLEEN HAWN! Dolus Bidwkll - - ae the COLLEEN BAWN. S. E. Browne - - as MYLES NACOPPALEEN. Children admitted to Matinee on Chrlsmas after noon for 1S Cents. ‘See Daily Programmes. • December 24. 2t A Merry Christmas ! The Free Baptist Sabbath Sehool will celebrate their ANNUAL ANNIVERSARY at the Church on Casco street, next TUESDAY EVE NING, (Christmas.) commencing at 7 o’clock. The exercises will consist ot Singing, Recitations, Tableaux, Dialogues, &c., to conclude with a distri bution of presents from the Christmas Trees. Tickets lor adults, 25 cts.; children, 15 cts; to be found at Coe & McCallar’s, 11 Market square, Eliza H. Rand’s, Congress street, G. W. Rich & Co.’s, 173 Fore street, and at the door. dec22d3t CHRISTMAS Festival & Fail*! THE Ladies of Central Church Society will hold their annual Fair and Levee in the VESTRY OF THEIR CHURCH, on Monday and Tuesday Evenings, Bee 44th and 45th, On which occasion they will offer for sale a large and choice assortment of FANCY and USEFUL ARTI CLES, suitable for Holiday Gift* and Home Use* A CHRISTMAS TREE, Post Office and an ANTI QUARIAN SUPPER, are some of the entertain ments to be presented on Monday Evening. On Tues day Evening, Rev Dr. Tett will give an interesting Lecture in the Church, in addition to the above. Tickets—adults 25 cts; children 15 cts;—for sale at Elliot & McCallar’s, Market Square, Wilson & MI1 lett’s, Congress Street, and G. & C. L. Gallison’s, Gray St. dc21d4t FAIR AND LEVEE! THE LADIES OF THE New Methodist Church Will hold a Fair and Levee at LINCOLN HAJLJL,, On Monday and Tuesday Eve’ngrs, Dec* 34th nod 35th. The proceeds will go towards furnishing their new Church. ARTICLES FOR SALE. Refreshments, &c, will be dispensed. Admission 25 cts—Cliildren 15 cents. flT* Tuesday Evening AN OLD FASHIONED PLE DUMPLIN DINNER will be served up. Dec 20-dtd Mercantile Library Lectures. THE Fourteenth Annual Series of Public Lectures under the direction of the Mercantile Library As sociation will be delivered at MECHANICS’ HALL. The course will consist of Six Lectures, for which the following gentlemen have been engaged. Henry Vincent, E*q., Bev. G. H. Hcpworlh, Her. H. H. Gal labor, J. B. Gough, Esq., G. W. Curtis, Esq., Bev. E. H, Chapin. The Opening Lecture will be delivered on Friday Evening:, December 21st, -BY Henry Vincent, THE ELOQUENT ENGLISH REFORMER. Subject—“The Late American Conflict and the Friends and Enemies of America in England.” VZST* Tickets for the Course at $1.25 can be had at 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 had at the 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, Dec. 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. PROCTOR, C. H. FLING, M. B. COOLIDGE, J. Q, TWITCHELL, JAMES BAILEY. dec 14 dtt Ocean Association, Ex-No. 4, WILL COMMENCE THEIR Fifth Annual Course of Dances, - AT MECHANICS’ HALL, - WITH A - Ball on Thanksgiving Night! To be followed by Three Assemblies on Tuesday Nigbt*, a Ball ou Cbri»tma« Night, a Grand A'irc utea’s military and Ciric Ball on New Year’* Night. MANAGERS: President, EDWARD HODGKINS. Vice-President, S, S. HANNAFORD, Secretary, A. H. JACOBS Treasurers, F. J. BAILEY, R. D. Page,C. II. Phil lips, H. D. Tripp. [^Tickets for the Course *6; tickets for each of flhe Balls *1,50; tickets fbr each of the Assemblies *1; for the Oallery 50 cents. To be obtained of the Man agers and at the door. Music by Chandler's Quadrille Band. D. H. Chandler Prompter. Dancing to comnieuee at 8 o’clock. Clothing chocked free. November 27, 1867. eo<15w Ho for a Sleigh Ride.' or out of the city at the shortest notice. On Wednes day and Saturday afternoons, (when pleasant) will leave head of State Street at 2 o’clock, to carry chil dren and others, at 25 cts. per hour. Children under ten (10) years fifteen cents; over ten twenty-five rta per hour. N. S. FER&ald Portland, Dec 19tli, 1666. dc22dtf To Loan I (Ih O ki'Y OR $4000 for one or two years. tftOUUU WM. H. JERRIS, dec22d3t Real Estate Agent. n NEW ADVERTISEMENTS. CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEARS « I F_T S { An assortment of Gents’, Ladles’ & Children’s GLOVES AND MITTENS. -ALSO Breakfast Shawls, Hoods, Hen and Boys’ Scarfs, German Worsteds, Dress /rimmiugs, Tidies, Knitting Cot ton, Country and Factory Tarn. New lot of Ladies’ and Children's BALMORAL SKIRTS I very pretty, and late styleB. Also BALnORAL BOBDEBING, for Bale at M. E. BEDLOW’S, dec25dlw_430 Congress Street. E* M. PATTEN A CO., Aurtioneers, PLUM STREET. Parts of Bark Norton Stouer, Brigs Prairie Rose and Mary C. Mar iner at Auction. 0N .^.ED?E^I?4.Y’ *“"“7 2d, at 12 o’clock M„ at Merchants Exchange, No. 2 Long Wharf, will be sold without reserve, as follows, viz:—One six iir™) Par* Bark Norton Stover, built in 18W. 40S 98-100 tons N. M., to be sold as she came from sea and discharged In the port of New York: Bhe is now loading there for Matanzas. One eighth (1) part of Brig Prairie Ruso, built in 1861, 297 76-100 tons N. M., to be sold as she came from sea and discharged in the port of New York; she is now loading there for Gal veston, Texas. AIbo, one sixteenth (1-16) part of Brie Mary C. Mariner, built in 1861, 282 91-100 tons N. M. sold as she came from sea and discharged in Port land, and now lying there. For particulars call on the Auctioneers at Plum street office._ dec25dtd TO VETERS. Through Tickets from Portland To all Points West & South, „ VIA THE New York Central, Erie & Lake Shore, And Pennsylvania Central Railroads, F°r Hale at ike Lowest rale* at the Weal SR i^VS/ **«*« «■«-LANCASTER HALL BUILDING, Market Square. W. D. LITTLE S CO., General Ticket Agents. Passage Tickets for California, via steamers from New York on the 1st, 11th, and 21st of each month tor sale at this office,as heretofore. dc28d*wtf E. M. PATTEN & CO., Aaeliaaeers, ~ PLUM STREET. Fire Proof Safes, IVouskhold Fur niture, Bedding, Carpets, and Clothing at Auction. ON SATURDAY. Dec. 29, at 10 o’clock, A M., at Office, will be sold Sofas, Bureaus, Tables. Chain, Bedding, Beds, Carpets, Clocks, Cutlery, Clothing, Dry Goods, SpiceB, Tobacco, Teas. Bread Harnesses, Blankets, &c. At 12 M., three of WILDER’S FIRE PROOF SAFES. These safes are new and are of the same make that were so thoroughly tested in our great conflagration A better safe cannot be had. They may bo seon at any time previous to sale. dc25dtd The Gothic Furnace! F>R Wood or Coal is the most powerful furnace in use, and has the most radiating surface. Judge Bullock of the U. S. District Court for Rhode Island says “I have used your furnace No. 10 two winters: it is simple in construction. I am entirely satisfied with it and deem it preferable to any hot air furnace I have seen ”. ALKY. M, LESLEY, Wlfr. 605 6th Avenue, New York. A circular sent by request. dc‘25dlm Mouse for Sale, SITUATED on the corner of Lincoln and Ander son Streets. It is a now house, ono and a half stories, with an ell—good well of water, Are. House nearly imished. Price *1,700. Apply to Mrs. HASKELL on the premises, dec 25 dlw* Found. APORTEMONNA1E supposed to contain money. Ihe owner can have tbo same hy calling at No 2 Deermg Block, and paving for this notice. Dee 25d3t»_ J. g, FOGG. CHLMSTNLA.hT A. Robinson, 325 Congress St, Has a great variety of Articles for Presents for the Children. The most splendid assortment of PICTURE BOOKS ever ottered in Portland; some of them aro perfeetlv beautiful. 1 FOR BOYS AND GIRLS, a very large collection of JUVENILE BOOKS and (jAMaS, FOR YOUNG LADIES, The Poets, Prayer Books, and Bibles in Superior Bindings, Portable Desks and Handkerchief and Glove Boxes. Ladies’ Companions and Jewelry Box es and Scottish Ink Stands. for young gentlemen, Cigar Cases, Cigar Holders, Meerschaum Pipes, Supe rior Wallets and Letter Holders, Knives, &c. Tor FATHERS and MOTHERS, Traveling Bags, Quarto Bibles, Pocket Books, and a great assortment ol Diaries. dc20to26 H OL ID AY GIFTS! NECK TIES! - AND ELEGANT SCARFS SILK HANDKERCHIEFS in new styles. GLOVES AND MITTS in the fcest qualities, Just received. Charles Custis & Co., MORTON BLOCK, dec22d3t__CONGRESS STREET. Notice. ri HE proprietors of Union Wharf Corporation are hereby notified that there Annual meeting will be holden at the counting-room of the Wharfinger, on said wharf, on the first TUESDAY, being the first day ol January, at 3 o’clock P. M., to act ou the tallowing ar: iclcs, viz 1st. To choose a President. 2d. To choose a Clerk for the ensuing year, and such other officers as may be deemed necessary. 3d. To receive and allow accounts against the cor poration. *th. To appropriate any funds necessary for retir ing the wharf or for other purposes; ami, generally, to act on all matters which may be considered neces sary for the interests of the proprietors, JOSEPH H. WHITE, Clerk of Union Wharf Corporation Portland, Dec. 24,1866. dtd REDUCED PRICES. THE attention of the public is called to the splen did assortment of English, German & American Doeskin., Broadcloth., Cnuimeres, Ac, For sale by J. J. GILBERT, MunjoyHill, No St. Imwrence St. Also a large lot ot 11-4 BLAN KETS, by the pair as cheap as can be bought at wholesale. dec20dtf COOPER & MORSE, TAKE pleasure in informing their old patrons and friends that they have resumed business at their OLD STAND. fOrner of Market and Milk streets, where they will keep constantly on hand the best as sortment of Meats, Poultry, Game, &c., That the market affords, and it will he their earnest endeavor to serve their customers with promptness and fidelity. aeclultf Oysters, Oysters. ,d:lV rJcc,v*'d » splendid lot Virginia Oysters, "‘N-Ml-ergailnn, soliTl; ed uTAH dl:r8 ,y niail or exI,™» promptly attond Oysters delivered in any part of the city. II. FBEEJHAN £ CO., dec22dlm__ 191 Federal Street. SKA TRS i! And POCKET CCTI.ERT at BAILEY’S Gan Store. dec24 » FREE STREET 9 d2w For Sale. fflHE brig ELMIRA, 174 tons old measurement, A well calculated for the Coasting trade. Apply to YEATON & HALE. dec24d&w3w LATEST NEWS BY TELEGRAPH TO THE PORTLAND DAILY PRESS. ----.4*^. Tuesday Morning, December 25,1866. -- WASHINGTON. The President and his Restoration Policy. The Sale of Gold at Auction. . Washington, Dec. 21. The first bill which became a law at the pres ent session of Congress, is one to supply defi ciencies in appropriations for the year ending June next. The following are the two items: For public printing, including paper, $530,000, and tor contingent expenses or foreign inter course $25,000. Many of the Government employees have a respite to-day from business. The Treasury Department this morning gave a general leave or absence until Wednesday morning, in con sideration of the Christmas holidays. Secretary McCulloch left this city for New York to-day, and will be absent for a week.— Assistant Secretary Chandler will discharge the duties of his office in the mean time. The visit of the Secretary is understood to have ref erence to tho appointment of a Naval Officer for that port, and also to the question of finan ces. Advices by telegraph from New Orleans are to the effect that the Investigating Committee '•“t loose from the city authorities, and that they will ask no favors of them. Nothing further will be done at present with reference to Mexican affairs, t ??e President to-day, in a conversation with a friend, expressed confidence in the final tri umph of his restoration policy. He also took occasion to condemn the project advocated by some Congressmen of overthrowing the pres ent State governments at the South, and de clared it would release them from the payment of their debts, and impose them upon the Unit ed States. Mr. Seward has recently expressed the same confidence in the triumph of the President’s policy. Representative Pike’s special committee to inquire into the facts attending the murder of certain Union soldiers and the discharge of those convicted of the crime, have postponed their visit to Charleston. The Ways and Means Committee, it is said, have decided to report to the House in favor of the gradual sale by public auction of the Treas mUliona 10 ^ aB)ount not exceeding forty Commander Simpson, of the pteamer Mohi can, writing from Cura, Brazil, under date of Nov. 7th, reports to the Navy Department that on the afternoon of the 30th ult., when off the coast of Maranhane, the back of a large fish was seen about a cable’s length from the ship, and inclined diagonally towards her. A few mo ments afterwards the engines suddenly stopped, j steam was shut off and a hurried examination made. No cause could be discovered tor this remarkable result. Steam was agaiu turned on but the engines could not be forced ahead — At this time feveral pools of blood were seen to rise to the surface, under the stern. After a few moments it was discovered that a large blackfish or whale had been caught between the propeller and frame. The shock on the engines was very great. The State Department lias not as yet offi cially received tho particulars of Lieutenent General Sherman and Minister Campbell’s re cent mission to Vera Cruz. From Texan. _ Baltimore, Dec. 24. From Texas papers we learn that the Gov ernment sheds at Brazos have all been taken down and removed to Brownsville, where they will be turned into winter quarters for troops in that locality. Emigrants from Virginia were arriving in tt view to settlement. The prices of all kinds of goods had fallen materially at Galveston. Some of the pioneer emigrants to Brazil have returned to Texas, declaring that their own homes, after all, are the best for them. There arc appearances of an active demand mr cattle in Texas for the California market. The Baton Kouge Gazette remarks the recent nse in the river as only temporary. The work of repairing the Baton Rouge & Opelousas Railway is rapidly progressing, and it is expected that it will be ready for business in the course of a month or two. Sugar making in Louisiana is progressing with energy, and the quality is represented as very fair. Negrnea g(M in Maryland. Baltimore, Dec. 24. Four negroes convicted of larceny were ordered to be sold, by Judge Magnider, at Annapolis on Saturday. Some twenty or thir ty farmers were present at the sale. The first one sold was John Johnson, who bid for himself, the auctioneer taking his bii. Ho was finally knocked down to himself and became his own appraiser for $37. Another man brought $35, and two girls brought respective ly! $22 and $30 each. There was an officer of the Freedmen’s Bureau at the sale, and it was thought that the bidding would have been more spirited but for the fact that the impres sion seemed to prevail that the officer in ques tion was about to interfere with the right of the purchasers and release the negroes from the custody of the purchasers. WsxhiiiyisH Correspondence. New York, Dec. 24. The Posts Washington dispatch says the President will hereafter refuse the use of troops for the Southern States except in the case of riot. Mudd, Spangler and Laughlin, the assas sination conspirators, will be brought out of their prison at the Dry Tortugas, for trial by the civil courts. It is understood that Judge Wayne will grant the writs. The Commercial's Washington dispatch says Secretary McCulloch's visit to New York, is to consult public opinion as to the appointment of a naval officer there. The friends of Franklin are confident that he will be appointed. Canadian Affair*. Ottawa, Canada, Dec. 24. The discounts for the week on American in voices will be twenty-five per cent. The Montreal Mining Company has purchas ed a tract of 64,000 acres of land on the north shore of Lake Superior. The Canada Peat Company, to operate in Lower Canada, with a capital of $25,000, and the Wolverine Company, to operate in Canada West, with its head office in Detroit, has ap plied for charters of incorporation. The total traffic of the Great Western Rail road for November, 1866, was $318,238, and of the Grand Trunk for the same period $586,681. Congressional Excnr*ioni*ta. New York, Dec. 24. The Herald’s dispatch says the Congression al excursion party reached Chattanooga yes terday. Ben Wade ventilated his reconstruc tion views to an audience ol conservatives and ex-rebels on the steamboat. Nashville, Dec. 24. The Congressional excursionists will reach here from Chattanooga at 2 o’clock to-morrow. They are expected to remain here long enough to go over the Nashville battle grounds. Atiriupt lo Destroy a Railroad Train. Nashville, Tenn., Dec. 23. An attempt was made last night to destroy the south bound regular passenger train on the Nashville & Decatur Railroad, at Spring Hill, by arranging the switch so as to throw the train off the track. The locomotive, tender, bagggage and express cars were overturned.— The passenger cars remained on the rails. The engineer was thrown some distance but was not injured. The other employees saved them selves by jumping off. No one was hurt. Escape of Five Women from Jail. Chicago, 111., Dec. 24. Five women under sentence to the peniten tiary, escaped from the jail of this city this morning, by sawing through an iron bar, and letting themselves down from the second story window. A sixth woman fell and had to be left on the pavement. Thejailisin a part of the Court House and City Hall, in the most central part of the city. South Carolina Legislature. Raleigh, N. C., Dec. 24. In the South Carolina House of Representa tives the insolvent debtor’s bill had been so framed as to secure a homestead of 100 acres, with house attached thereunto, and in that form passed. Accident to a Veteran Actor. Butfalo, N. Y., Dec. 24. The veteran actor Peter Ritchings was se verely cut in the right hand on Saturday night at the Metropolitan Theatre, while fencing with Seguin, in the last act of “Rob Roy.” Affair* in St. Domingo. . . , New York, D«o. 24. A St. Domingo letter dated Dec. 6th says per tect tranquility prevails under the presidency of Cabral. The petroleum grounds and eruauo island of Altovete are in full operation. MEXICO. GEN. SHERMAN'S MISSION. Important Measures Decid ed upon. Maximilian Ready to Treat with Juarez or the United States. New York, Dec. 24. The Herald’s New Orleans special says the mission of Gen. Sherman and Mr. Campbell to Mexico, though not a complete success, was by no means a failure. They did not land at Vera Cruz, as it would have been a recognition of Maximilian’s government, but proceeded to Tampico where they met the accredited emis saries of Juarez and afterwards went on to Matamoras, where they had a short council with other confidential agents of the Republic. The result is that a definite plan of action has been agreed upon between the United States and the Mexican President, after the with drawal of the French troops on the 1st of March, when, if any fragment of ImperiabjwV er remaihs in Mexico, the United States will march troops over the Rio Grande to support Juarez. Gen. Sherman leaves on Monday for St. Louis to report to General Grant, and Mr. Campbell remains in New Orleans to await events. Maximilian lelt Orizaba on the 15th for Mex ico, not to perpetuate his power but to thwart the French, for which purpose he is ready to treat with Juarez or the United States. „ . Richmond, Dec. 24. Mexican advices report that work on the Im perial railway between Vera Cruz and the city of Mexico will be recommenced at an early day. 1 The Rancbero declares that the Mexicans are now all disgusted with Americans and are united against the only friends they have in world. , , New Orleans, Dec. 24. Jacob Thompson was in Vera Cruz. Mira mon had fled to Querretan to avoid arrest by Bazaine. Marguez had made a decided failure to raise money for Maximilian. The war between the Emperor and Bazaine had become open and avowed. The former is stud to have enjoyed that portion of President Johnson’s message relative to Mexican affairs, because it afforded him another opportunity of humiliating Gen. Bazaine. CALIFORNIA. Capture of American Vessels by Chinese Pirates. , , „ San Francisco, Dec. 22. The bark Harsal, from Kong Kong, arrived yesterday with dates to Oct. 5th. Ship China, from Shanghae for Batavia, ar rived at Hongkong Oct. 4th, with the chief mate and seventeen of the crew of the ship Westminister, b..und to London, which thev report at Prates Shoals. The captain took a boat and made for the east end of the island leaving the mate in charge of the ship which w^as soon after boarded by Chinamen, who ad vised all on board to leave. The mate and crew left the ship in two boats. The captain and six men returned to the vessel and are supposed to have been murdered by the pirates as the mate afterwards hailed the ship and was told in return that the captain had left some tune before. The boats were soon after picked up by the China. Commodore Jones hearing the particulars, is reported to have sent a. gunboat to the assistance of the vessel. The Westminster had a large cargo from Calcutta There M a report of the shipment of 40,000 bales of cotton for the Hong Kong market. The case of the British steamer Prince Al bert, seized and conficated by the Chinese au thorities at Hong Kong, was to be re-opened by order of the British Minister. The ship Mary Ann, for Liverpool, with 22, 20® sacks of wheat, cleared yesterd.y from Portland, Oregon. Mount Hood was plainly seen from Salem on Dec. 12th, sending forth volumes of vapor smoke, which puffed upwards like discharges of steam from an exhaust nine _ . . San Francisco, Dec. 24. During the past twenty lioura 7 76-100ths in ches of ram have fallen, double the quantity recorded on any day before. Hong Kong dates to Oct. 6th announce the capture of the American brigantine Cuba by the Chiuese pirates, near Pedro Branca The captain was deliberately shot and the vessel pillaged, set on fire and abandoned. Through the exertions of the survivors the fire was ex tinguished, and the ship brought safely into port. The Frninu Trial*. . Sweetbbury, C. E., Dec. 24. The trial of Mr. McDonald was continued to-day, on a charge of robbery. Testimony was given by Herbert and Whittemore to establish the robbery of a pocket book containing be tween thirty and fifty cents. Reardon" who was with the beman party, said he had never seen either of the witnesses. The Judge charged the jury and they retired. The grand jury indicted George Crawford, an American, on a charge of plundering Feigs burg. He pleaded not guilty. Cornelius Owens was next placed on trial for levying war. The testimony went to prove that he had been wounded, but could not estab lish his complication. He was therefore dis charged. Charles McGowfe, a shoe black, was also discharged. The jury at 7:36 were unible to agree in the McDonald case, and so were lock ed up over Christmas. The Government phy sician attempted to extract the bullet from the neck of the prisoner Madden, but failed The court adjourned until Wednesday. Froi»\ New Orleans* . , . , „ Orleans, Dec. 24. Minister Campbell arrived here last evening Lieu* Gen. Sherman had an interview witli Gov. Wells this morning. A joint committee of the Common Council have waited on the Congressional Committee, for the purpose of tendering them rooms &c on the part of the city. The offer was declined! Gen. Sherman leaves this evening for St Louis. The officers of the Susquehanna say the statements published of the civilities of tho French officers at Vera Cruz are entirely un true. The vessel was forbidden to approach nearer the city than Verda Island, and the only intercourse had with the French was A message declared to Mr. Campbell by the of ficers of the French navy that if he wanted chains and anchors they would he happy to supply them. Mr. Campbell replied that he stood in no particular need of such articles himself, and he imagined that the United States ships or war were generally supplied with them. Terrible Conflagration and I,as. of Life. Vicksburg, Miss., Dec. 24. A terrific fire broke out in Merry’s block corner of Clay and Front levee, at 8 o’clock last evening, destroying the entire block be tween Crawford and Clay streets to Washing ton street Thirteen houses were also destroy ed. The flames spread thence to the corner of Washington and Crawford streets, consuming four three story brick buildings, and thence to the corner of Mulberry and Crawford streets, destroying ten houses, besides shanties, &c., in all about 100 buildings, of which thirty-eight were large brick stores. Two white children and four negroes perished in the flames. Six negroes were killed by accident. One hun dred families are rendered houseless. The origin of the fire was the result of carelessness in Meyer’s bar room. Attempted Outrage by a Federal Boldier. Leavenworth, Kan., Dec. 24. A sergeant and five soldiers of Co. D, 7th cav alry, from Fort Riley, went to Ogden city in search of deserters. The sergeant stationed a guard around a house with orders to let no one in. He then attempted to outrage the woman of the house, who was alone. The cries of her children aroused her husband and brothers who were at work in a field near by, and they came to her assistance. The sergeant ordered the husband shot, and the order was carried out by one of the guards, who killed the husband. The citizens arrived and fought the soldiers, wound ing two and capturing the squad. They are now in the hands of the civil authorities. Death of the Portuguese Minister. New York, Dec. 24. J. C. Figamire, Minister of Portugal, died at one o clock this morning, at the residence of his son in Brooklyn, at the age of 68 years. He was the oldest member of the diplomatic corps resident in this city. DrstruetivelFire at Elinira, IV. V. . New York, Dec. 24. A fire in Elmira, this State, yesterday, des royed property to the value of $400,000. In ured for $200,000, chiefly in New York. Bufferings of the Fenian Prisoners. Nww Vnnir Dap 91 The condemned FeniansTn jaU in Canada aoe in a miserable condition, poorly clad, un palatable food, &c. —■ ■ True Merit Appreciated.—“Brown’s Bron chial Troches** h«vc been before the public many years. Each yeaT finds the Troches in some new, distant localities, in various parts of the world. Be ing an article of true merit, when once used, the val ue of the Troches is appreciated, and they are kept always at hand, to be used as occasions require. For Coughs, Colds and Throat D iseases, the Troches have proved their efficacy. dec22-eodlw&w PORTLAND AND VICINITY. New Advertisements To-Day. ENTERTAINMENT COLUMN. Christmas Exhibition-Pine St. Sabbath School. NEW ADVERTISEMENT COLUMN. The Gothic Furnace House for Sale. To Travellers—Wm. D. Little & Co. *ound—Portmon naie. Auction Sales—E. M. Patten & Co. Christmas and New Tears Gilts—M. E. Bedlow.

Religious Notices. i.™A£HMhJS!,hool Conorbt of the New Jerusa Ohr?,^WlU,beheld,I> Park Street Church this (Christmas) evening, at 7 o’c’ock. Free to the public. the courts. SUPREME JUDICIAL COURT. criminal term.—tapley j, presiding. Monday.—In the case of State v. Mary Ann Clark & ala., which has been on trial for a week, it haring commenced last Tuesday, Judge Walton charged the jury. His charge was an elaborate one, occupying about two hours. The jury retired at half past four o’clock and had not agreed upon a verdict at the ad journment of Court. Judge Walton ordered the offi cer to serve them proper refreshments if they did not agree upon a verdict by eeven o'clock in the evening. When they agiee they are to seal up their verdict and present it to the Court on Wednesday morning, at 10 o’clock, to which time Court adjourned. Christmas.—The Custom House will not be open to-day. The Post Office will be open the usual holi day hours. Nate Crons Dr. Filch. Mb. Editor:—In the case of Driscoll, the facts, so far as I am concerned, are these: 1 was called “to see a man at the jail who was shot.” Upon arriving I learned that he was under the care of the physician of the jail, and I recommended him to continue under his care; and as he was suffering much pain, I pre scribed an anodyne, and told him to have his poultices made lighter, but gave him to under stand that these directions were only for the time, until his physician should see him. After some days he sent for me again, but I referred the messenger to the physician of the jail, whom I supposed to have been in attend ance. Beside this, I heard nothing whatever of the case until after the man’s death. Had I known that he positively preferred my attend ance, I should (with permission of the author ities) have given that attendance cheerfully.— As it was I did what I thought “ honorable ” and right. S. Fitch, M. D. December 24,18CG. Coffee and Spices.—Grant is one of those men not easily discouraged by reverse of for tune. A few years ago he was burned out of his coffee and spice establishment on Union ■street, but in a short time he had another and better establishment on the same spot. This was swept away by the great fire of the 4th of July, but it did.not discourage him and now he has a better establishment than ever, on the old spot where he is preparing coffee and spi ces of the purest qualities and ready to serve them to the public. It is worth a visit to his mill to inhale the aroma of the pure berries while roasting or being put up in packages.— In the Spring he intends to erect on Union street, in front ot the mill, a capacious store for the accommodation of his numerous custom ers, who wtll always find articles purchased there to he of just the quality he recommends them. Resignation of a School Teacher.—Miss Eliza M. Hunger, after sixteen years of iaithful and successful teaching in the Park Street Grammar School for Boys has resigned her situation as first Assistant. The pupils of her classes took her quite by surprise at the close of her services, by presenting her with a very handsomely wrought silver pie knife, purchas ed of Messrs. Lowell & Senior. The presenta tion speech, made by Master Frank Gcrrish, was truly excellent. Remarks were made by the committee in charge. The kindly feeling manifested in this school, both by teachers and scholars, is gratifying. The school is in excel lent condition. The whole thing passed off pleasantly, and the best wishes of all with whom she has been so long associated will fol low Miss Munger in her retirement. G. Accidents.—Yesterday while a son of Mr. William F. Parker, of this city, aged between tour and five years, was engaged in playing with another boy at Cape Elizabeth, with an axe, the former had the fore finger of one of his hands severed square off at the second joint. About six o’clock last evening a gentleman passing along Middle street fell into an opening for a grate, in the Barbour block, which had been carelessly left uncovered. He sustained some injuries in his hands and on other parts ot his person. About one hour afterwards a lad fell into the same hole and was severely injured. Dedication.—The dedication of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, on Mountfort Street, will take place on Thursday, at half past ten o’clock. The sermon will be preached by Rev. Joseph G. Smith, of Lynn, Mass.— Several ministers will participate in the servi ces. Rev. Mr. Allen, of Chestnut Street Church, will preach a sermon, commencing at half past two o’clock. In the evening Rev. John N. Bur leigh, of Providence, R. L, will preach. Contributions will be taken up at each meet ing, to assist in defraying the expenses of erect ing the church. Those who have attended Pine 8trcet Sab bath School Exhibitions have spoken of them in the highest terms of commendation. The Superintendent has been unwearied in his ef forts to make this Christmas evening exhibition excel all others. The speaking will be of a high order, and the singing charmingly interesting. The Christmas Tree will, we doubt not, groan beneath its burden, and when relieved of its pressure, many little as well as big hearts will swell with emotions of gratitude and love. We bespeak for them, as advertised, a good time. Runaway.— Yesterday forenoon a pair of horses attatched to a jigger came tearing through Commercial street without any driver. People quickly got out of the way. In at tempting to turn up India street the runaways fouled with another team standing quietly there and, for a few moments things were mixed up. On separating the teams it was found that but slight damage had been sustained either by the horses or the jiggers. Canadian Express.—This office has been removed to the old spot, No. 90 Exchange St., the block having been rebuilt The office has been splendidly fitted up, and is well worth visiting,*if to only look at the counter, which is a beautilul specimen of workmanship. Mr. Prindle has spared no pains or expense in fit ting up this establishment so as to make it a credit to the city. In another column we have doubted the ex istence of Christmas pie. We doubt no longer. Our correspondent “Church” has settled the controversy by sending a Christmas pie to the editor of the Press. If seeing is believing, how much more is tasting! Tasting is profound conviction. We are ready to maintain against all sceptics, that Christmas pie is. Those who have not completed their Christ mas purchases will find that Partington, near ly opposite the Preble House, has a large as sortment of Santa Claus “stocking stuffing.” There wi.l be a Christmas festival this eve ning at 6 o’clock in the Mission Chapel, Deer ings’Bridge. All interested are invited to at tend. Pocket Cutlery of Cook’s, Wostenholm’s, Butler’s, Holley & Eagle Co.’s, and other most highly approved manufactures, at J. R. Lunt & Co.’s, 349 Congress street. Government Sale.—Attention is invited to the sale of Government stores, which takes place at Fort Peble to-morrow. New Steamer for Halifax.—Yesterday we took a cursory look at the steamer Equator, ly ing at the Grand Trunk sheds, loading for Hal ifax, N. 8. She is a fine large vessel of 1,044 tons burthen; was formerly the Gov. Bucking ham, and was built in Mystic, Conn., in 1863, by Mallory She is owned Jin New York and in tended to run regularly between this port and Halifax. Her materials are of the best quali ty, and she is well calculated for the route. The Equator is a three decked vessel, the up per deck being flush. On the main deck is the cabin, in which there are ten state rooms, con veniently arranged. It is intended to convert the whole of this deck into accommodations for passengers, by building tiers of berths on both sides. She is commanded by Capt. Clark.— Mr. Porteous, the Freight Manager of the Grand Trunk Railway, is the agent for the steamer. The will leave on her first trip to Halifax to-day. Fatal Accident.—As the P.M. train from this city to Boston, on Saturday, was going in to Lynn, a man was seen on the track. The engineer blew his whistle, but too late to stop tht train. He was struck in the back of the head and instantly killed. His name was Charles H. Chase, aged twenty-five years, son of Philip Chase, of Lynn, No blame is attach ed to the employees of the road. 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 Main’s Elderberry Wine and you will get relief. Then buy a case. dec4tt Appointments.—Acting Master William G. Mitchell, of this city, late of the volunteer na val service, has just received his appointment as Acting Master in the regular' service, and been ordertd to the U. S. Steamer Peoria, at Brooklyn Navy Yard, for duty. Frescoing.—It having been reported that Mr. C. J. Schumacher had given up the fresco ing business, we are requested to state that such is not the fact, but that his office is remov ed to the apothecary store of Messrs. A. G. Schlotterbeck & Co., No. 303 Congress street. Poultry.—The market was well supplied with poultry yesterday, and of a good quality. Turkies brought from 25 to 28 cents per pound; geese from 20 to 25 cents, and chickens from 18 to 22 cents. There were but few ducks, and those sold from $1.26 to $1.60 per pair. The monthly part of Every Saturday, for December can ’be had at the bookstore of Messrs. C. R. Chisholm & Co., No. 307 Con gress street. Ball.—The grand ball to be given by the Fx-4\s, in their course of Assemblies, a ill come off this evening at Mechanics’ Hall. A good time may be expected. Personal.—Our Representative in Congress, Hon. John Lynch, arrived home Saturday even ing. He will return to Washington the latter part of the week. For superb perfumes and toilet articles, call at Crossman & Co.’s new store, Brown’s Block, Congress St. Lincoln Hall was well filled notwithstand ing the storm. This evening the programme is changed. Let them have a hall fall. THE STATE. —We learn from the Kenneheo Reporter that Mr. K. B Trask, of Jefferson in this State, died of cholera in Cincinnati on the 8th inst. —The Augusta correspondent of the Boston Herald says that some of the enterprising citi zeus of Augusta are making a movement to build a horse railroad from that city to Gardi ner. The Reporter thinks Loudon Hill will have to be tunnelled before the project can be carried out. —The Maehias Union learns that toe Dyke is not wached away so much by the tide as was expected. Tho break and damage was quite serious. The contractor intends to complete the enterprise next year. —A barn belonging to Mr. Franklin W. Smith of Mariaville was burned on Tuesday night, with all its contents of hay. &c., also a horse and some young stock. —A correspondent in Fryeburg informs us that the mercury in that place on the 20th inst, fell to 31 degrees below zero, and asks “Can Franconia beat that?” We should hope not for the sake of Franconia. Our correspondent also states that: Benjamin Stickney, of Fryeburg has been arrested on suspicion of having set fire to the barn of James McMillan, Esq., on Sundav eve ning the 16th. A new manufactory of buckets and churns is to be erected in Dennysville. The Rockland Democrat chronicles the death of Mrs. Miriam Hart of the 'town of Union, who died December Itb, at the advanc ed age of 100 years, three months, ten days.— She was born at Sherburne, Mass., Aug. 24th, 1766. She had a distinct remembrance of the fight at Lexington, where the first blood of the revolution was shed, and of her father’s taking his gun and going out to join the minute men. She and her husband, wore among the first set tlers of Union, and endured all the labors and privations of pioneer life. —We learn that Maj. W. S. Clark, of the 1st Maine Heavy Artillery, has just been breveted Colonel of Volunteers for gallant and merito rious service in the campaign of 1864. —A correspondent informs us of the death in Hartford, on the 14th inst., of Joshua 'Church ill, at the age of 102 years. Recent Publications. The Merchant of Berlin. An Historical Hovel. By B. Muhlbach, Author of “Joseph IT. and his Court.” Translated from the Ger man by Amory Coffin, M. D. One Vol. I2mo. pp. 394. Hew York: D. Appleton & Co. Frederick the Great and his Court. An Historical Romance. By L. Muhlbach. Translated from the German by Mrs. Chap man Coleman and her Daughters One Vol. 12mo., pp. 434. Hew York: D, Appleton & Co. The genuine historical novel, that which re ally illustrates the life and manneis of the pe riod with which it deals, is growing scarce among us of late. Why this should be so we are unable to state, but the fact is indisputable. The two volumes whose titles we have given above have consequently, in addition to their other attractions, much of the charm of novel ty. They are written with a close and careful fidelity to the minuter facts of history which has always been rare in works of the kind, and which gives them a value independent of their interest as mere novels. Any one who wishes to form a tolerably correct idea of the manners, habits and opinions prevailing in Prussia at the time when Freder erick the Second was still struggling to “ pluck his Sileria ” out of the hand of Maria Theresa, when the star of the house of Brandenburg had not yet risen to the full splendor which his reign was to give it, will find these volumes full of interest. The translation has been very conscientiously made, and with some slight blemishes is on the whole extremely satisfactory. The books have attracted much attention and are being widely read. (For sale by Bailey & Hoyes, Short & Boring, and by Davis Brothers.) —it is proposed to hold an International Medical Cong: ess atParis during thejexibition, to begin on the 16th of August and to last two weeks. It is to ,be composed of two classes of members; (national foundation members, or French physicians, who are to pay a subscrip tion of twenty francs, and adherent members, or foreign physicians, who are not required to make any pecuniary contribution. M. Bouil : laud is the president of the committe. Position ,f ,h„ Hebe„ion> (|a|m senator Fessenden’s views. In the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, 19th iust. the bill for the admission of Nebraska being un der consideration, the status of the unrepresent ed States was brought into the discussion, and Mr. Fessenden, as chairman of the reconstruc tion committee, explained his views of the mat ter as affected by the action of that committee. We copy his remarks from the Globe : So tar as the committee on reconstruction is concerned, I think by a reading of thefr report their understanding of this whole matter may be arrived at. We submitted a constitutional amendment, and in the report itself we discuss ed the question of the standing of the States themselves. Unless I am very much mistaksn in m^ recollection of the substance of that re port, it does not admit but almost specifically denies that ary one of the States in rebellion has ever since been in a condition to do a legal act as a State or one which we were bound to recognize; that any of them is so constituted that the men presuming to be the Legislature or to act as a Legislature are so in point of fact unless we choose to recognize the State gov ernment as such, which we have never done with regard to any of them excepting simply the State of Tennessee. J I understand that this matter of admitting a State is a matter of compact. A State may es tablish a government if it pleases, or a sort of government to suit itself; it may call a conven tion ; it may institute a form of governmentlif it likes and Droceed to act under it; and if the Congress of the United States chooses to recog nize that as such in a Territory, or in a State situated as these rebellious States are, they have the power to do so. But suppose they do not choose to do it, but take exception to the form, does the body assuming to act as a Legislature remam a Legislature so far as we are oonceru ®J*i .^°®8 the so-called State government en title itself to be the government of the St ite so far' as Congress ana the Government of the United States are concerned ? Not at all, un til we come into the compact. We do not say that a State government is all right if it an swers ‘ ay*’ but all wrong if it answers “no.” We submit our constitutional amendment in the regukir formj we provide that it shall be submitted to the Legislatures of the States. We do not submit it ourselves except by passing a vote to that effect. We authorize the Secreta ry of State to transmit a copy to the several States of the Union ; no more than that ; and when he receives the answer to let it be known. That is all. We do not undertake to aay that either this, that, or the other State ia in a con dition to act so aa that ita action on the subject shall be binding. Now, with reference to myself individually, I do not know, and #I do not undertake to aay, what I may or may not do in a given, specific case. But when we vote for a constitutional Amendment to be submitted and it ia submitted **y the Secretary of State to the Legislatures now in existence, do we admit that those Statos are regularly constituted and that we have got to recognize them alter they have acted? Not at all My own understanding is that I have a right to inquire, and it is my duty to inquire, whether this constitutional amendment has been legally adopted by a Legislature of a State which I am bound to recognize. Have I not a right to make inquiry? If an organizution, no matter how got up, with or without the con sent of the people or a majority of the people of a State, sets itself up as tbe Legislature, am I precluded from inquiring into the fact wheth er that is the Legislature of the State whose action is binding on the question submitted ? That is a question which I have a right to ex amine. I am not prepared to say in the very teeth of the roport of the reconstruction com mittee, so called, that these States are so con stituted and so organized that their action, so far as the United States Government is con cerned, is legal and binding upon any one sub ject. I have not admitted that; I do not ad And yet, sir, I am free to say that ii from the conduct of a government assuming to bo the government of a State, from the constitution that they submitted—and here let me say that no constitution has yet been submitted to Con gress from any of these States—I saw that the principles of that constitution were such as would render it safe and proper in rav judg ment to say that it was the constitution of a State, and that the State should come into Con gress, I might then come into compact and say that such a State was to be admitted into the Union or to be recognized-as one of the States of the Union, if geutlemen like that language better, on the constitution thus submitted to Congress and the provisions they had made.— But is it to be held that before any such thing has been done, when the old constitutions have been overthrown, with everything, to use the language of the President, prostrate in the dust, nothing new done under the authority of Congress, or even by the assent of any one of these States, I am to take it for granted that that is the constitution of a State, and that they are States in the Union with all proper connections with the Government of the Unit edJStates before I know what it is? I take it for granted that that is not obligatory on me in any sense; and I want to say here now with re gard to the formation of these States if you please to call it so, because we all understand what their condition is, I conceive that I have a right to inquire what the terms of their con stitutions are, to see whether those terms are satisfactory, whether they have placed them selves in a condition to be admitted, whether they were in a condition to adopt the constitu tional amendment which we have submitted, and whether they have done it; not that any convocation of people called together by a sat rap, forming new arrangements to suit them selves, which they have never chosen to sub mit to Congress or the people of their State, of which we know nothing officially, are necessa rily a Legislature and a government, all of whose acts we are pledged to take as the acts of the proper, well-organized, constitutional governments of States in the Union and hav ing repaired all their broken connections wilih the Union. i an mu no sucn doctrine, sir, anil therefore I say, after a vote has been taken, if any should be by any one of these so-called States adopt ing the constitutional amendment, it may be a question preliminary with me; has the consti tutional amendment been adopted by a legally organized constitutional government of a State which I am bound to recognize? And, sir, I do not preclude myself from a right to look in to the terms of the constitutions they submit to Congress. 1 rose simply to enter this caveat, and I think if gentlemen will read the report of the reconstruction committee they will find nothing particularly inconsistent with what I have said i n relation to that matter. Uponnll these questions, separate or otherwise, as they come up I am ready to act when they come; but no general rule can be established which will be binding upon me with reference to ques tions of this description; each one is to stand upon its own particular merits or demerits, ns the case may be. Now, sir, what the reconstruction committee submitted was this: when the constitutional amenement has been legally and constitution ally adopted and become a part of the Consti tution itself, then, in connection with the bill which was introduced at the same time, any State which shall have adopted it may resume its position in the Union. I consider that the quostion of the constitu tional amendment has been submitted to the voters of the United States, and that the recent elections have established that that is to be supported and insisted upon. That was the issue made; it was the issue with the President and with all who opposed it; and that I deem to be established. The bill we have not acted upon. The bill has not been taken up in either House of Congress and acted upon. Congress has never expressed an opinion upon that prop osition, although it is part of the report of the reconstruction committee. But I say now, as I have said before, I am as desirous as any man can be that this unhappy controversy should be ended; I am as desirous as any man can be that these rebellious States should be hack again in the Union on a perfect equal ity with those that are there now, and I will do everything in my power to bring it about, and I will not be too stringent as to conditions; I am willing to yield much and to suffer much; but I will not yield under any circumstances the guarantees we have insisted upon up to this date, and such further ones if necessary— I do not say now that any others are necessarv —as will secure the Union against a recurrence of a disaster such as we have suffered. Took his Word for it. Mr. P-and family were boarding for the summer in the country yith a farmer who was rather sloso in the matter of providing for the table. In the course of the summer Mrs. P-fell sick, and her loving spouse thought that chicken broth would he the thing for her. So down he went to the landlord,and asfcedthat chickens might be slain and the broth provided. The landlord was very sorry, but hadn’t got a darned chick. P nothing, but returned to his room, took down his fowling-piece, and sallied forth in quest ot game. His route led him behind the landlord s barn, where, to his surprise, he espied quite a lot of spring chickens, evidently in good condition, without waiting for wild er game P-raised his gun and fired. Three fine pullets lay weltering in their gore when the smoke cleared away. P-gathered them up, brought them in to the landlord, and order ed broth made from them for his wife. Tho countenance of the landlord grew dark, and he rudely charged P-with filling his chick ens. “Your chickens!” said P-, ”‘ycm nevcr were more mistaken in your life, I know you are a man of vour word, and you told mo not an hour ago that you hadn't a chicken about the place!” The landlord collapsed, and Mrs. P-got better on chicken broth.—Harper's Magazine. —It is said that the government has it in contemplation to place Admiral Farragut next spring in command of the Mediterranean squadron. (From the Portland Transcript.) The Heine* ef Perllend. BY MBS. E. M. BABSTOW. Oh, the wasted homes of Portland; 'n!l2W ft? wail 0011168 on each breeze, rnat autumn winds are bearing inrough its charred and leafless trees. °^me *9a‘teTe<l homes of Portland, With tU?r iK^arIh 8tof«8 co,d »nd bare, Highh^druhEie?y1“^aifmnt'>8 Oh^ae merry homes of Portland. Wh(‘r.r8 obddren round us played And T? happy Christmas greetings ’ kD1 ‘haoksa|Ying feasts war* made. ° Wh^ttt7jSLh^,,?es of Portland. That changed to y.W!>Fd8 w"re 8aid The joyous, MgnSSd"woman” Oh, those happv home, of Portland w here round the festive board ’ h^,,(lVinf, lorilthavle P»thered With kindly look and word, Who now In homes eternal No blighting loss can know; Oh, heed they not bow lonely, How deep our homeless woe? Our hearts are filled with sadness, As tlirough the weary nighf, w e count our lost, lost treasures Anew till morning light. Or when in broken slumbers Dreams o’er our spirits fell, W£_8natch 80010 dear memento rTom out the burning wall; Or laden with our treasures, _ We wake to sudden pain, Ti?-n0W 111 dreamland only w til those treasures come again. Oh, the household gods of Portland,— vvnat a holocaust were they To mark with burning signot Our nation's festal day! Oh, the household grlefe of Portland How the wail comes on the air' CUBISTMAS.—In England Christmas liasal “ ? J?1*?10118 and merry-making fe iti val. without distinction of rank or caste The revels begin on Christmas eve, and used to continue, in o.d times, till Candlemas (Februa ry. ri}2; rday being a holid»y ‘ill the twelfth night, January 6th. In the houses of the nobles a lord of misrule" or “abbot of un reason was appointed, whose office it was to make the rarest pastimes to delight the o« holder. His dominion lasted from “All-1,al low Eve (October ;fl), till Candlemas. The larder was always stocked with capons, hena. turkeys geese, ducks, beef, mutton, venison, pork, puddings, pies, nuts, plums, sugar ami hane{^dthf,i, t<-'1uai,‘ls being entertained iu the hall, and the lord of the manor encouraging everything conducive to mirth. Each country, and each province, county, or town, had its peculiar customs. In Yorkshire. England, it was once customary for every rat tio dame to make a cheese, which wus careioi ly preserved for the occasion, and when brought out, before it could be tasted, »ha scored imon it with a sharp knife the resem blance of a civss. Along with this she brought a huge wassail bowl, and frumenty made a bar ley meal. At Kipon, in the same county, the singing boys on this day used to come into church with basketfuls of red apples with a sprig of rosemary stuck in each, which tiny presented to all the congregation, and got a re turn made to them of two pence, lour pence or six pence, according to the qualitv ot the lady or gentleman. J At Folkestown in Kent, the Fishermen had a singular custom. They chose eight of the largest and best whitings out of every boat when they came home irom that fishing, and out of the money arising from them they made a feast every Christmas Eve, which they called a Knmbald. Tho master of each boat provided this least for his own company, so that tliora were as many different entertainments as thore were boats. These whitings, which are of a large size end are sold all round the country as far 83 Canterbury, are called Kuml.ald ad,It. mgs. In the Isle of Man this singular custom for merly prevailed, though, like the last one.it has been disused. “ On the 24th of December, towards evening, all the servants in general have a holiday; they go not to bed all night, but ramble about till the bells riug in all the churches, which Is at twelve o*c1ocki pravars bem£ over, they go to hunt the wrm, and hav ing found one of these poor birds, they kill her and lay her on a biet with the utmost sole in ni *y> bringing her to the parish church, and bury ing her with a whimsical kind of solemnity; singing dirges over her in the Monck’s lan guage, wluch they call her knell: alter which Christmas begins.” “In a certain part of Devonshire there wai formerly a superstitions belief that the oxen were always tound on their knees in an atti tude of devotion at night on Christmas Ere; but the obstinate animals refused to accommo date themselves to the alteration of the style, an/^u°^*nue^ Parlor*11 their genuflexions on Christmas Eve old style, as long as they per formed them at all.” The custom of decorating houses and churches with evergreens is deriv ed from ancient Druid practices. The holly, ivy, rosemary, bays, laurel, and misletoe wore the favorite trimmings and never removed till Candlemas. Chaplets of these were worn about the head, and “Kissing under the rose” and whispering under the misletoe” arc allusions to this practice. But the old customs in Eng land have lost their primitive character, the gambols and carols are nearly gone by, family reunions and evergreen decorations being near ly all that remain of the old festivities. The Late Dr. A. A. Oanld. The following resolutions were passed by the Portland Society of Natural History at their annual meeting, Dec. 19th. Whereas, by the recent and sudden death of Dr. Augustus A. Gould of Boston, American science has lost one of its most faithful H distinguished leaders,—a bereavement which Is felt not only in the circle of the associations of which he was an active member, but also in all those kindred societies which were honaisA by his regard; Therefore, Resolved, that the Portland Society of N;itn ral History desire the sad privilege of arm* ins the family of the deceased of their heSlfc felt sorrow and sympathy for those most inti mately associated with him in the walks ot mestic life. Resolved, that in view of the eminent snrvf* ces rendered by him to the study of the NattL* ral History of this country, his name will b« ever cherished among the brightest in the ud nalsof its science, anil that the work which was the latest occupation of his pen and !• now left to other hands to publish to the world, will remain as the monument to a zeal and perseverance which any land might be proud to acknowledge as its own. Resolved, that much which lends interest to the life ot him whom we would thus honor, would be forgotten if mention of his high Christian character were omitted from his nie morial, Bincc it was in his unaffected simplici ty of manners, his genial and unfailing cou rt esy, his quick and ready sympathy and his deep religious faith, that the evidences war* seen ot that truo nobility which always confers a greater splendor on intellectual successes and attainments. FHOJf EUROPE NEWS B¥ TOE CABLE. London, Dec. 23.-The Journal De Saint I1*, tersburg deqjes that any unfriendly feelings exist between the governments of Austria and Russia; but, on the contrary, both endeavor to foster the best mutual understanding. Advices from Candia state that fighting sdll continued there and that the Turks ii»d strengthened their blockading fleet around the island. Florence, Dec 23—It is again reported that Menebna will be appointed Minister of Italy at Vienna. J Berlin, Dec. 23.—The upper house of the Prussian Chambers has agroed to the bud -et as amended by the House of Deputies, end also has adopted bills to annex the Duchies to the Kingdom of Prussia. Pesth, Dec. 23.—Baron Von Beast, in a speech yesterday said the appointment or a Hun re nan Minister was merely a question of time. Berne, Dec. 13.—The Swiss Assembly yester day voted an appropriation of twelve millions of francs lor the purchase of breech-loadiuir rifles. ^ Alexandria, Dec. 22.—Surratt was yesterday put on board the United States corvette Sva tara. Florence, Dec. 23.—Orders have been issued to arm two vessels to support the claims made by Italy on Turkey in regard to the affair of the mail steamer Prince Thomas. Advices from Rome report that the Tope ap pears to be in a peevish state of mind and it tle disposed to regard with favor an arran,'la ment with the Italian government, although he receives counsel from all quarters to inclina to moderation and appease Italy. France sup ports the efforts of Italv, which have as v*t been of no avail. Liverpool, Dec. 23.—The steamer Bolivar, from Port au Prince Dec. 2, has arrived here. She reports that the town of Miragoane. iu Haiti, was entirely destroyed by fir*. New Yobk, Doc. 2t, Specials contain the following: Brussels, Dec. 23. The old differences con cerning the Scheldt dues have been renew.id and Belgium and Holland are at issue on iha subject. London, Dec. 24.—A great demonstration of reformers is expected to take place in Hv i« Park on the occasion of the opening ot Par liament. Fearing a sanguinary result seveial conservative members have proposed to E.irl Derby the singular idea of holding the ensuing Parliament session in Dublin. It is alleged by them that it will result not only in certain de feat to the reformers’ plans, but will act as a sedative to all Irish Fenians.