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THE TRIBUNE. -
" " X * . M. . & K. M. K1MMEIX , Pubs.
McCOOK , i : " i i NEB
ALL OVER TUB STATE. ' I
Dr. Potter , president of Union col
lege. N. Y , , who was elected bishop of Nebraska -
braska , has notified Rev. James Patenon.
secretary of the Episcopal council , that he'
has taken the matter under consideration.
Seven men were buried by the cav
ing of a sand bank at Seventh and Castellar
streets , Omaha , on. the 28th" . Two succeed
ed In extricating themselves , but the other
five were dead when taken * out. The names
of four are Thomas -fDaUKherty , .Julius
8chwenkeU , BrocknoW andT. Saxe , the
fifth being unknown. All were single men
Sneak thieves entered the residence
cfMrs.J.'B. Thompson , Llncolnr and suc
ceeded In getting away with a gold watch
and chain valued at about $40. The watch
was wrapped up in a silk handkerchief ,
which had been placed in a reticule and
was han'ging against the wall . . *
Garret Earseem , ofv"Wiayne county , '
who attempted suicide a few- days ago , IB
recovering , and bids fair to live to suicide
Sam Stewart , of Beatrice ; a worthless
whelp , was arrested a : "few days ago for
threatening to kill the'wlfe'who for "months
has supported him. He will rest'-three
months in jail , and at the end of that time
pay $50 if he wishes to enjoy liberty.
Two miles' northwest of Nebraska
City , two farmers named Upton , of Cass
county , and Sharp , of Otoe , were -going
home with a load of lumber each. In going
down a steep hill Uupton's team ran away ,
running into Sharp's wagon , upsetting the
latter as it was crossing the walnut creek
bridge and throwing Sharp out. He was
run over and instantly killed. The wagon
and team was thrown from the bridge into
the creek below.
" The house of Mr. H. Coles , one mile
south of Valley , was burglarized last Sun
day night , and a valuable breech-loading
shotgun and a lot of silverware taken. Two
men were found in possession of the stolen
property and pleaded guilty of the theft.
They now languish in the Douglas county
Jail.Wm. . Einkaid , a contractor on the B.
A M. , went to Omaha Saturday night with
$1,600. He slept that night" with Mike
Linehan , and allowed him to put the money
under the pillow. In the morning the
money was missing. Linehan is under ar
rest on suspicion of having got away with
Ten thousand dollars has been secured -
cured to enable Nebraska to make a first-
class exhibit at the New Orleans , exposi
tion.It has been ascertained that the name
of the person who was found floating in the
river near Omahaafew days ago was Oaks.
His brother has written from Pennsylvania
that he will come fori the remains.
Burglars gained accessto the safe in
the hardware store of Merwin & Mathew-
son , Talle Rock , drilling 'two holes , but
they failed to open it. The only injury to
the safe was caused by the drill striking the
lock , preventing its being opened by propei
A , heavy storm is reported from the
north part of Merrick county. All the
windmills on Metcalf 's ranche were blown
down , and thirteen head of cattle in Miller's
herd , and five belonging to J. M. Hober ,
were killed by lightning.
Reports from different parts of Mer
rick county as to the condition of the grow
ing crops are very favorable. Small grain
is not of so rank a growth/a * last year , but
is filling out well and gives promise of an
The supreme court convened at Lin
coln on the 1st. Two hundred and thirty
cases are docketed , among which are some
very important ones.
Oxford is now an incorporated town ,
and arrangements are being perfected by
which everything will soon be running in
, A man named Anderson , while cross
ing a bridge In Merrick county , was pre
cipitated with his team into the water , the
structure having given away. Both horses
were drowned but Anderson was- not much
hurt.A severe hail storm passed over
country southeast of Valentine , covering
the ground to a considerable depth. So
material damage to crops is reported.
Robbers entered the store of R. H.
Hallet , "Weeping Water , and carried away
goods amounting to $50 and a gold and sil
ver watch belonging to one of the clerks. .
Nick Ruert , living near Grand Island ,
was held up by two men who rifled his
pockets but failed to secure any wealth.
The population of Otoe county is
19,507 a gain of over 1,000 during the past
year.The Ogalalla Reflector says stock
men from the western ranges are numerous.
They are there to buy of the southern drives
of cattle , of which there are now 35OOC
head to select from.
Col. Peter Karberg , deputy secretary
of state and editor of the Staats Anzieger ,
of Lincoln , breathed his last on the 2d ,
after three weeks suffering. In an encoun
ter on June 4th he had a leg broken. Two
weeks afterward pneumonia set in , result
ing hi death as above stated. The deceased
was 44 years old and has been engaged in
journalism since the war. He established
the Anzieger in 1880. He leaves a wife and
_ Harrison , the boy preacher , is holding -
ing a series of meetings at Lincoln , and
drawing large audiences.
The Ashland Gazette mentions that
H. C. Button and wife , of Marshall , Michi
gan , are" now visiting in Nebraska. They
are the parents of the Sutton brothers living
west of that place. ' They are well along hi
years Mr. Sutton Taeing , 8L and Mrs. Sut
ton near 80 years 'of age , and are both hale
and hearty. They have a family of three
sons and eight daughters , also seventeei
grand-sons , thirteen grand-daughters , and
three great-grand-children. None in the
family use tobacco or whisky.
In the Crete nurseries there are
seven hundred cherry trees , planted in 1874
and 1875 , which are now yielding frail
worth from $1.50 to $5 per tree. They are
planted 200 trees to the acre , making $800 01
$400 annual return per acre.
At Beatrice , Joseph Chrisman , con
victed of bribing a witness , got thirty daye
in jail'and to'pay a fine of $500.
Captain Treloar , of the Omaha Ath
letic club , lias given Max Meyer & Bro. ai
order for a handsome gold cup of the valui
of $200 , which he intends to offer as a priz <
to the best amateur base ball club hi thi
state. The Union Pacifies and similar or
ganizations are barred , leaving the contes
open to a large number of clubs.
Watson Pickrell , Frant Myers anc
Ed Austin left Beatrice recently with i
drove of 3,000 slieep for Texas. They wil
drive the entire distance , and expect to bi
about three months on the trip.
The Grand Lodge of Nebraska , A
F. and A. M. , will meet in special commu
nication Tuesday , July 15 , at Lincolnfo :
the purpose of laying "the corner stone . -"o
the .N ebraska state capitol . The lodger'anc
Freemasons of Nebraska , with sojourning
craftsmen , are invited to be present on thl
occasion and assist in the work. The orate :
of the day will be M. W. , Robert W. Fur
nas , past grand master. Excursion rate
can be obtained by writing to the commit
tee of arrangements A. . G. Kendall , S. S
Royce and Wm KfFairbrother , Lincoln.
At a recent meeting of the state boart
of agriculture , held'-Tat Omaha , Messrs
Darnels and Nye and'bthers arranged for ex
tensive cattle sales during the fair. Presi
dent Dlnsmore submitted a report of a con
ference with officials of the Iowa roads-with
regard to reduced freight and Datsenger
rates. The C. , B. & Q. offers to sell ex
cursion tickets at one and one-fifth fares for
the round trip. The C. , R. I. &P. will
sell excursion ticket * at two centi per mile.
The otiterireadi * * BO far as heard from , will
gve same terms' as the G. , B. A Q. The C. ,
, &Q , will charge full freight rates to
Omaha and return free under the usual con
ditions as to ownership. The secretary was <
authorized to open negotiations with John
I. Case , owner of the famous trotter , Jay-
Eye-See , wilh a view to bringing the horse
to Omaha for a trial heat against time at the
statefair.XtWMTOted to allow-all county
ocietiessuch privileges as were granted
jThe'U Crete nurseries embrace 120
acfeBBfthd'ejnploy sixty bands at an average
monthly expense for wages of $1,500.
C. L. Pierce , a line repairer of the
Western Union telegraph company , was
tilled west of Millardon the 2d while help-
ng'to lift a handcar off the track. The en
gine struck him as he stood too near the
rails. Pierce was 84 years of age and un
married. Coroner Maul held an Inquest
and a verdict of accidental death was ren
Two soldiers named Gardner and
Warnsteff , from Fort Omaha' , visited the
citvonthe 1st. During the night , while
walking back to , the fort a severe wind and
rain storm overtook them and they sought
? rotectionunder a tree , which blew down.
When found Gardner was still pinned to the
ground by the tree , his chest and skull
) elng.frightfully mangled. He was alive
when found , but died shortly after being
taken to the hospital. Warnfeteff was found
against the fence , afew feet distance , where
ichad crawled after being struck down.
Both of his legs were broken and his body
was terribly bruised , but he was conscious
and able to give an account of the accident.
"Warnsteff will recover.
The railroads in Thayer county are
assessed $262,065 and the telegraph lines at
The safe of the National Lumber
company at Pawnee City was broken open
by burglars. They were frightened away
before reaching the money drawer , hence
received no consideration for their trouble.
In the last six or eight weeks four horses
have been stolen frou Pawnee county. The
thieves have not been captured nor the
There will be no change in the corps
of teachers in the public school of Pawnee
City during the fall and winter term. The
buard seem to be well pleased with the work
of each individual teacner , and are opposed
to making any change when all are giving
iChairman Creighton , of the Omaha
board of public works , has handed in his
resignation in consequence of disagreement
with the city engineer.
James Wilson , a young negro ar
rested at Lincoln for stealing a gold watch
and chain , was sentenced to , the reform
school by Judge Parker. His father and
mother were both present ! and expressed
the opinion that it was the best' thing that
could be done with him.
Charles Roll-living near-Dorchester ,
fell from a tree while picking mulberries
and received injuries which resulted in his
death in a few days. He was 35 years old.
The Valentine reporter says .the land
office has been overrun with , applications
for timber culture and pre-emption entries
since the bill to repeal these acts passed the
AtMinden on the 4th a crowd was
standing at a shooting gallery between two
buildings. The gun was loaded and cocked ,
ready for shooting at the mark , and handed
to Henry Youugson , who was going to
shoot. Some one attracted Youngson's at
tention , and he turned around , and the gun
accidently discharged. The ball took effect
in the right breast of Pete Markson. He
staggered , and with assistance walked to a
drug store a block distant and expired in
about twenty minutes.
A brakeman named Eli Waymeyer ,
employed in the B. & M. yards at Nebraska
City , was instantly killed on the 3d of July.
He was engaged in helping to make up a
train , and it was while attempting to make
a coupling between a coach on which there
was a Miller coupler and another on which
the old-fashioned coupling was still used ,
that the unfortunate man lost his life. The
Miller coupler was too high to rightly meet
the other when the cars came together , and
slipping past , one above and the other be
low , Waymeyer was caught between the
platforms of the coaches and the life
squeezed out of him in a twinkling.
A SPLENDID OUTLOOK.
\Vhat Is Reported Regarding the Crops in
John R. Shaffer , secretary of the
Iowa state agricultural society , gives to the
public the full crop report of .Iowa as fol
lows : Winter wheat : Forty-two townships
report an increase in area and seventy-four
townships a decrease , or an average de
crease in this crop of from 1883 of 9 per
cent ; condition , 4 per cent. The local
area * devoted to winter wheat is compara
tively 'small. Spring wheat : Three nun-
dred and nine townships report an increased
area and 159 townships a decrease , an
average increase for the state of 5 per cent. ,
or 134,056 acres. Average condition of the
crop , 93 per cent , or 7 per cent less than last
year. Basing the estimate on these figures
and with favorable circumstances until the
crop is harvested , the product will reach
in round numbers 31,000,000 bushels.
Corn : The favorable season has given the
farmers every opportunity to prepare the
land and plant seed for a bountiful crop.
There are very few complaints from ravages
of cut worm or juice , or from defective
seed , and this invariably from foreign seed.
Even these damages have been met by re
planting. The stand and color are the most
excellent for several years. The" weather is
favorable for its growth ; and with future
prospects as bright as now , Iowa will reap
the largest crop ever grown. Three hun
dred and forty-eight townships reportan
increase of area , and 207 a decrease. The
increased area for the state is 4 per cent. ,
or 280,000 acres. * The average condition of
the jrpp has never been excelled , being 112
per cent * , or 30 per cent , better than last
year. Favorable surroundings until the
crop is gathered will give a product of
Anticipated Trouble/With Lo.
The committee'appointed by the citi
zens of Eastern" ; Montana have telegraphed
Secretary Teller -"urging the immediate re
moval of the Northern Cheyenne Indians on
the Tongue and Rosebud , now numbering
more than 900 , without rations and starving
and nothing to subsist on. except range cat
tle , which they are killing in large numbers.
The stockmen will make armed resistance il
they are not moved , and the result will be
serious trouble with Indians , who are Inde
pendent and ugly. The Indians are rene-
gades'from Pine Ridge , and have no agency
or agent'there. The situation is serious.
His Skull as Bullet Proof.
AlexandeniMaliory and Tony Smitl
quarreled at Nashville , Tenn. , and went tc
an old house near'the railroad crossing or
Cherry street to fight it out. Mailory gel
the best of Smith , when the latter drew i
sknife and was about to cut him. Seeing
this , .Mailory drew a pistol and shot Smith
in-tie ' .center of the forehead. The bal
glahced&rdnnd the skull and came out op
posite ; wh'eie it went in. Mailory was ar-
ne last , urypsy q
[ Philadelphia Call.
AMERICAN .AFFAIRS. '
An Opinion by the Attorney Gen
eral Concerning1 the Fitz
John Porter Bill.
The President Yetoes.the Measure
and Congress Sustains Him
in the Act.
Anticipated Indian Troubles tMmi.
nal , Accidental , Political .and
NEWS NOTES ,
The coinage executed at the United
States mint at Philadelphia during June ag
gregated $1,771,435 , including 1,140,000 sil
ver dollars , 200 half dollars , 200 quarter
dollars and 250,200 dimes.
There is great consternation among
the stockmen having ranches in the Indian
territory The sheriff of the Cherokee na
tion , with a squad.of Indians , has been tak
ing down all tbe wire fencing that encloses
larger tracts than fifty acres , that being the
limit allowed by the act of the Cherokee
council. The sheriff confiscates all the wire
he takes down.
Lizzie Bradley , of White Cloud , Doni-
phan county , Kansas , who- started to com
mit suicide by starvation , succeeded a few
days ago. She wholly abstained from food
for a period of fifty-three days , during
which time she stubbornly refused to speak.
Heavy forest fires are raging in va
rious parts of Maine.
Theresidence of Mrs. Patrick Murphy ,
of Brier Bill , Ohio , caught fire in the morn
ing at 1 o'clock. Mr. Murphy and one'
child escaped. Three children , sleeping in
the second story , aged 5 , 7 acdOyears ,
were burned to death. , .
Allen Pinkerton , the famous detect
ive , died at Chicago on the 1st.
Preparations are making on an ex
tensive scale for the meeting of the So
ciety of the Army of the Tennessee , at Lake
Minnetonka , August 13th and 14th. Gen
eral W. T. Sherman will preside. General
Grant has signified his intention to be pres
The president has approved the joint
resolution to provide temporarily for the
expenditures of the government.
Yarnell & Co. , manufacturers of
pickles , etc. , St. Louis , have assigned. Re
ported liabilities , $62,000 ; assets , $53,000.
James 6. Elaine delivered diplomas
to the graduating class at the HolloweU'cIas-
sical and scientific academy at Augusta , ac
companying the ceremony with a brief re
view of the history and progress of the in
stitution. Blaine is one of its founders ,
and for many years president of the board
4C. H. Chappell , of the Chicago and
Alton , who wad offered the position ot gen
eral manager of the Wabash railroad , de
clined to accept.
The receiver of the Newark savings
institution began the payment * of 60 per
cent , dividend on the 1st.
As a train on the Cincinnati & East
ern road was crossing a trestle over a ravine
east of Winchester , W. B. McGill , presi
dent of the road , fell from the door of the
baggage car to the ground , a distance of
fifty feet , and was instantly killed. .
The 15-year-old boy sent toPhila&eJ-
phiafrom Quincy , Bis. , underthe supposi
tion that he might be Charlie Boss , was
questioned by Mr.'Boss , who positively said
the lad was not his missing son.
Col. Robert M. Goodwin , confined in
the state prison at Jeffersonville , Ind. , com
mitted suicide by taking poison. Goodwin
was a dissipated man , and about five years
ago relatives had him placed in an insane
asylum as a restraining measure. He was
released in May , 1880 , and five days later ,
while intoxicated , killed his brother , Dr.
John Goodwin , at Brookville.
The commencement dinner at Colby
University was an elaborate affair. Blaine
was given a most enthusiastic greeting. In
the course of his remarks he said he had not
heretofore been in favor of co-education ,
but evidence in the past few days had more
than half convinced him of its wisdom.
President Arthur , his son and daugh
ter , Mrs. Sheridan , General Bucker , Mrs.
Davis and a party of friends , numbering
about fifty , attended the afternoon per
formance of W. F. Cody's ( Buffalo Bill's )
troupe of Indians , Mexicans and cow-boys ,
who have been illustrating at Athletic park ,
Washington , life in the "Wild West/ '
The president has issued a proclama
tion warning all persons intending to take
forcible possession of the Oklahoma lands ,
in the Indian territory , that the military
forces of the United States will be used , if
necessary , to remove all such intruders.
Senator Jones , of Nevada , reported
to the senate , with amendments , the bill
introduced by Senator Cullom to provide
for the construction of the Michigan and
Mississippi river canal.
Humphrey and Bill Best , brothers
and notorious desperadoes , brutally killed
an inoffensive colored man named Green
Bailey , in Girard county , Kentucky.
The Northern Pacific sold 82,370
acres of land during the month of June , at
an average of $5.90 per acre.
The house of lords has passed the
It is generally admitted that the
worst of the cholera crisis at Toulon is over.
One xeature of the disease has been the
shortness of time between the seizure and
death. This would seem to indicate that
the malady is Asiatic cholera.
Count Soderiniand Miss Stone , of
Philadelphia , were married at Borne on the
30th , Cardinal Jacobin ! , pontificial secre
tary of state , officiating.
Minister Foster has returned to Spain.
He arrived in time to escape quarantine at
Dr. Koch , chairman of the cholera
commission at Benin , is about to start for
Paris and Toulon to offer his services to the
French authorities to determine the charac
ter of the epidemic.
At Toulon , the captain and the en
tire crew , including a sick man , of the
steamer Minstral , abandoned the vessal and
tooktothe woods. Deaths from cholera
In the Spanish chamber of deputies
Naldoosera introduced a bill for the im
provement of the affairs of Cuba. The
princi al clauses propose a reduction of the
export and an increase in the import duties
on sugar , and direct Spain to negotiate new
treaties of commerce In Cuba's interest
with foreign nations.
Advices from Toulon state that five
cases of cholera have been cured by inhaling
pure oxygen. The effect of this Is imme
diate and consists in restoring warmth to the
system , making the pulse normal. The
Times , commenting on the cures , says :
"Nervous people may henceforth trust in
the existence of a cure for cholera. The
Academy of Medicine ought to inquire into
the oxygen treatment. ' '
The port of Mangalia , on the Black
sea , is closed to vessels from French Medi
terranean ports. At Kirstend and Sallna
such vessels are subject to eight days quar
The PAris prefect , of police has or
dered all persons from places where cholera
is prevalent disinfected. Some Parisian jour
nals assert that there were three cases of
cholera in Paris on the 2d * Voltaire de
nies this , but admits that there are isolated
cases every summer. It says the sanitary
condition of Paris Is good. Travelers who
pass Into Italy by the Mount Cenis tunnel
are quarantined for five days at the fron
Minister Lowell will give his dinner
on July 12 Instead of July 4.
The Cincinnati Enquirer , in a column
of double-leaded editorials , advocates the
nomination of Gov. Hoadley for the presi
dency by the democrats.
A monster republican ratification
meeting , under the auspices of the Lincoln
club , the largest and most influential poli
tical organizaton in the state , was held in
the Tabor opera house , Denver , on the
evening of the 28th.
The Illinois democratic convention
nominated Carter Harrison by acclamation
for governor. The remainder of the ticket
selected was as follows : Lieutenant gov
ernor , Henry Suter , of St. Clalr ; secretary
of state , Michael J. Dougherty , of Knox ;
state treasurer , Alfred O. Bendorff , of San-
gamon. A canvass of delegates to the na
tional convention showed nearly a unani
mous sentiment for Tilden , if it can be
shown he would accept. After him the
majority favor Cleveland , and under the
unit rule he would probably get the vote of
From Texas delegates to the Chicagp
convention it is learned that extensive cor
respondence between southern delegates
has been-carrled on looking to concerted
action on their part in presenting the names
of southern men to fill the temporary and
permanent chairmanships of the coming
The Kentucky state prohibition con
vention met and adopted a platform and
selected delegates to the national convention
at Pittsburg. About one hundred persons
Representatives of the different labor
organizations of Chicago held a secretmeet-
ing and appointed a reception committee to
go out and meet General Butler on his way
to that city. Arrangements were also made
for a monster demonstration on his arrival.
THE PORTER BILL TEXOED.
In Doing AVhlch the President Sets Forth
Some of His Beacons.
On the 2d of July the president re
turned the Fitz John Porter bill to congress
with his objections. He takes the same
view as the attorney general regarding the
unconstltutionality of the bill and says :
"There are other causes which deter me
from giving this bill the sanction of my
approval. The judgment of the court-
martial by which , more than twenty years
since j Gen. Fitz John Porter was trieq and
convicted , was pronounced by a tribunal
composed of nine general officers of distin
guished character and ability. Its investi
gation ot the charges of whicn it found the
accused guilty was thorongh and conscien
tious and its findings and sentence in due
course of law approved by Abraham Lin
coln , then president of the United States.
Its legal competency ; its jurisdiction of the
accused and of the subjects of the accusa
tion ; the substantial regularity in all its
proceedings , are matters which have never
been brought in question. Its judgment ,
therefore , is final and conclusive in ltd char
acter. The supreme court of the United
States has recently declared that a court-
martial such as this was 'Is the organism
provided by justice in this class ot cases.
its judgments , when approved , rest on the
same basis and are surrounded by the con
siderations which give conclusiveness to the
judgments of other tribunals , including as
well the lowest as the highest. It follows
accordingly that when a lawfully constituted
court-martial has duly declared its findings
and its sentence and been duly approved ,
neither the president nor congress has the
power to set them aside. The existence of
such power is not openly asserte'd nor per
haps it is not necessarily implied in the pro
visions of the bill which is before me. But
when its enacting clauses are read in the
light of a recital of its preamble , it will be
seen that it seeks in effect a practical
annulment of the findings and sen
tence of a competent court-martial.
A conclusion at variance with these findings
nas been reached after an investigation by a
board consisting of three officers of the
army. Tnis board was not created in pur
suance or any statutory authority and was
powerless to compel the attendance of wit
nesses or to pronounce judgment which
could be lawfully enforced. The officers
who composed it , in their report to the sec
retary of war , dated March 11 , 1878 , state
that in their opinion justice requires * *
* such action as may be necessary to an
nul and set aside the findings and sentence
of the court-martial in the case of Major
General If itz John Porter and to restore him
to the position of which their sentence
deprived him , such restoration to take
effect from the date of his dismissal from
office. Tne provisions of the bill now un
der consideration are avowedly based on
the assumption that the findings of the
court-martial have been discovered to
be erroneous , but it will be borne in
mind that the investigation which is
claimed to have resulted in this discovery
was made many years after the event to
which these findings related and under cir
cumstances that made it impossible to re-
pi educe the evidence on which they were
Dased. It seems to me that the proposed
legislation would establish a dangerous pre
cedent , calculated to imperil in no small
measure the binding force and effect of the
judgments of various tribunals established
under our constitution and laws. I have
already , in the exercise of the pardoning
power , with which the president is vested ,
remitted the penalty that made it impossible
for Fitz John Porter to hold * an office of
trust or profit under the government of the
United States. But I am unwilling to give
my sanction to any legislation which snail
practically annul and set at naught the sol
emn and deliberate conclusions of the tribu
nals bv which he was convicted , and of the
president by whom its findings were ex
amined and approved.
[ Signed ] CHESTER A. ARTHUR.
EXECUTIVE MANSION , July 2,1884.
FIGHTING FOK LIBERTY.
How a Penitentiary Convict Suppressed a
While a gang of twenty-five convicts
were atworkatPlymouth , Mass. , one of
the number threw a large stone at the soli
tary warden , which struck him hi the head ,
inflicting a stunning blow. The entire gang
then rushed for him. A life convict , named
Stevens , outstripped the others , seized the
warden's rifle and ammunition and fired
upon the advancing convicts , six of whom
he seriously wounded. When the ammuni
tion was exhausted , Stevens clubbed five
others with the rifle , and when assistance
arrived was completely exhausted. Details
of the affair Were promptly reported to the
governor , and the home secretary gave
orders that Stevens be immediately released
from prison and rewarded. When the good
news was made known to Stevens he faint
The Visible Supply of Grata.
The visible supply of grain to June
28 is asfollows : Wheat , 15,438,000 bushels ;
com , 6.505,000 ; oats , 3,453,000 ; rye , 441-
000 ; barley , 297,000. Wheat shows a de
crease of over 1,000,000 bushels in the past
week , and the bupply is 6,000,000 less as
compared with the supply at the same date
a year ago.
A DAT IN CONGRESS.
The Fortification Bill Passes as
, It Came from the Com
The Message of President Arthur
Vetoing the Fitz John
The Attorney General's Opinion Re
garding fhe Measure Miscel
laneous Washington Hatters.
MOHDAY , June 80. Mr. Morgan ,
from the committee on public lands , re
ported adversely the bill to grant public
land to the survivors of the Mountain
Mr. Coke , from the committee on com
merce , reported favorably , to be acted
upon at the next session , the bill to provide
for the improvement of the channel be
tween Galveston harbor and the Gulf of
Mexico. Mr. Cameron ( Penn. ) introduced
a joint resolution directing the secretary of
the treasury to purchase not to exceed ten
million trade dollars , at their face value ,
paying therefor standard silver dollars ,
providing the purchase be made prior to
September 1 , 1884.
Mr. Merrill objected to present consider
ation and the matter went over.
Mr. King introduced a bill appropriating
$200.000 to prevent the introduction of chol
era in the United States.
Mr. Randall introduced a Joint resolution
providing that all appropriations for the
necessary operations of the government
under the existing laws , which shall remain
unprovided for alter June 80,1884 , shall be
continued and made available for a period
of five days , from and after that date , un
less the regular appropriation bills , now
pending , shall have oeen previously enact
The house went into committee of the
whole on the fortification bill. After some
debate the committee rose.
TUESDAY , July 1. Harrison , from the
committee on military affairs , reported the
house bill providing for the establishment
of a branch so dlers' home west of the Mis
sissippi. It was amended by substituting
the senate bill for the same purposealready
passed , and as so amended passed.
The house bill passed , granting a pension
of $50 a month to the widow of Genercl
James B. Steadman.
Butler called up his resolution directing
an investigation into the condition of New
Merrill moved reference of the resolution
to the committee on finance. Agreed to
veas 39 , nays 16.
Consideration of the river and harbor bill
George renewed his efforts * of yesterday
to increase the appropriation for continu
ing the improvement of the Mississippi
river , and moved the amount be increased
from $1,250,000 to $2,250,000.
The motion was not agreed to , and after
a long debate the bill passed as origina'ly
passed by the house. It appropriated $12 , -
086,200 , the senate committee added $1-
268,000 , and the senate itself made a fur
ther addition of $230,500 , making the
amount of the bill , as it now stands , $13-
Randall submitted a report of the confer
ence committee on the naval appropriation
bill , announcing their inability to agree.
Townshend , from the committee on con
ference on the postoffice appropriation bill ,
reported a failure to agree.
The house , on motion of Herr , receded
from the disagreement.
The house then went into committee of
the whole on the fortification appropriation
Hewitt ( N. Y. ) preferred the minority
report. He thought the majority bill un
necessarily liberalfor the wants of the pee
ple.Ellis advocated the majority bill. He had
heard more errors stated in the course of
this discussion than he had ever before in
debate. Many who had spoken had proved
their utter and absolute .ignorance of the
subject. The defenceless condition of the
country was conceded.
Without final action the house adjourned.
WEDNESDAY , July 2. Van Wyck ,
from the committee on public lands , re
ported favorably the joint resolution pro
hibiting the secretary of the interior from
certifying or patenting any lands to rail
road corporations until congress shall have
acted upon any bill , or report from com
mittee favoring the forfeiture of such lands.
Garland , from the committee on judiciary ,
reported , with amendments , the house bill
relating to the taxation of Pacific railroad
lands. The amendments are a substitute
for the provisions of the house bill and
those of the bill reported at this session by
Garland from the committee on Judiciary.
It is proposed to amend the title so as to
read "An act declaring certain lands sub
ject to taxation "
Consideration of the sundry civil bill was
then proceeded with. Mr. Beck moved to
include the Cincinnati and Louisville expositions -
positions in the clause providing for par
ticipation by the government in the New
Orleans exposition. Agreed to. The
amount appropriated to enable the govern
ment to participate in the New Orleans ex
position was , notwithstanding the vigorous
opposition made , $250,000 instead of $500-
000. The bill then passed. Adjourned.
In pursuance to an agreement yester
day the house proceeded to vote upon the
motion to substitute the minority fortifica
tion Hill for the bill reported by the major
ity of the committee on appropriations.
The motion was agreed to yeas 150 , nays
91.The bill , as amended by the adoption of
the substitute , was then passed yeas 193 ,
nays 46. It appropriates $595,000.
The committee on elections decided to re
consider their action in the contested elec
tion case of Fredericks vs. Wilson , of Iowa ,
and the latter gentleman will retain his
seat.The senate amendments to the river and
harbor appropriation bill were non-con
Heading of the message of the president
vetoing the Fitz John Porter bi'l ' was re
ceived with applause on the republican side
and hisses on the democratic side.
The speaker announced that immediate
action on the veto would be in order.
General Slocum moved the bill be passed ,
the objection of the president to the con
trary notwithstanding , and his motion de
manded the previous question. Under the
constitution a yea and nay vote was neces
sary , and it was taken as follows : Yeas 168 ,
nays 78. Announcement of the vote was
greeted with continued cheering by the
friends of the measure , and with hisses by
its opponents. Adjourned.
The message will be laid before the sen
Thursday , July 3. After reading the
Journal the chair laid before the senate the
Fitz John Porter veto message , which was
read , the question being , "Shall the bill
pass , notwithstanding the objections of the
president ? ' ' The yeas and nays were taken
without debate and resulted in a tie vote-
yeas 27 , nay 27. Two-thirds not voting In
the affirmative the bill failed to pass.
The anti-Chinese bill was called tip "by-
Miller , of California.
Mr. Platte moved to strike out the daCM
excluding Chinese who are subjects of gov
ernments other than that of China. r
Mr. Platto's motion was not agreed to , ,
and the bill , coming at once to a vole , wag-
passed without amendment yeas 40 , .
nays 12. . . . . - .
The fortification bill was paised by the-
senate , without debate , precisely M it oarae-
from the senate appropriation * committee. .
The moHt important change made by tbo-
committee is an increase of $300,000 in the-
house item for the armamoBt of seacoasi. ) .
HOUSE. , .
Mr. Hammond submitted the report N
of the select committee appointed t in
quire whether any lex-member * have violated
lated the privileges of the bonne. The com
mittee find no custom or usage which would
justify them in the conclusion that the con
duct of William H. English , in the contest
ed election case of English vs. Peel , was
a breach of the privilege * of the house , and
recommed , that the whole muter be laid on
Mr. O'Neill ( Ho. ) from the committee on.
labor , reported two Joint resolutions , which ,
were placed upon the house calendar , pro
posing constitutional amendmentd , confer
ring on congress the power to limit the
hours of labor In textile and other manu
facturing establishments , and prohibiting
states from hiring convict labor.
SATURDAY , June 5. Mr. Allison pre
sented the conference report on the legisla
tive , executive and judicial appropriation ,
bill. The house agrees on all accept three
points , the most important being one re
lating to the reduction of internal revenue-
and customs collectors * The senate fur
ther insisted on the remaining amendment
and ordered a new conference. f-
Mr. Logan submitted the report of the
conference committee on the fortification
bill , to which the senate agreed.
The senate then proceeded to the consid
eration of the house bill to prohibit the im
portation of foreigners under contract or
agreement to perform labor in the United.
States. During the reading of the leport
on the bill the senate went into executive >
Mr. Ranney , from the committee on elec
tions , submitted a unanimous report con
firming the right ot Martin Maginis to a seat
as delegate from Montana. Agreed to.
A number of roll calls were taken with
out extricating the house from its dead
lock and then recess was taken until 3 * .
After recess the conference report on the
consular and diplomatic appropriation bill
was submitted. Of 167 amendments placed
on the bill by the senate the conference
committee has reached agreement on all
except three. One of these Is that appro
priating $250,000for thoNicaraguan project. >
Mr. Washburn moved that the house re
cede from its disagreement to $250,000.
The amendment was lost yeas 81 , nays 93.
Mr. Washburn then moved recession from ,
the disagreement to the othermatter in dis
pute. Agreed to yeas 111 , nays 76.
This leaves the $250,000 clause as the only
point of difference.
THE FITZ JOHN PORTER BILL. )
The president returned the Fitz John '
Porter bill to congress , with his objections.
He takes the same view as the attorney-
general regarding the u'nconstltutionallty of
the bill. *
THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OPINION.
Attorney-General' Brewster submit
ted to the president , in compliance with the
latter's request , a long and carefully pre
pared opinion upon the bill for the restora
tion of Fitz John Porter to the army , in
which he expresses the opinion that the bill
is clearly unconstitutional. He says , in
The bill is imposing , or attempting to im
pose , upon the president a duty to appoint >
a person designated therein without any
support in the constitution. It is an as
sumption of implied power , which is not -
based upon any expressed power , and.
clearly invades the constitutional rights
of the president ; congress has no
right to enact as a law that
which will be ineffectual. It can
not enact , advise or counsel. It must make
laws that are rules of action , not expres
sions of will that may or may not be fol
lowed. If this bill be an injunction com
manding the president to appoint , It is an
usurpation , and if it be only cpunsel , it is
without the essential element of law , and
congress can enact nothing but that which is
to have full vigor and effact of law ; bnt
again , the bill is subject to objec
tion upon the ground that congress thereby ,
in effect , creates an offise only upon the
condition that it is to be asked by the par
ticular individual named. If this principle
were adopted generally in the creation of
offices it would obviously result in constrain
ing the appointing power to accept the con
ditions imposed and fill the offices with in
dividuals designated by congress , thus frus
trating the design of the constitution , which
is that officers must be alone selected ac
cording to the judgment and will of the per
son and body in whom the powers of nom
ination , advice and appointment arc vested.
Representative Belmont has been
authorized by the house committee on for
eign affairs to report the following resolu
tion as a substitute for Representative May-
bury's joint resolution , introduced some
time since , directing the president to open
negotiations for the renewal of the Canadian
reciprocity treaty of 1854 : That in the opin
ion of the house committee closer commer
cial relations with the other states on the
American continent , would be of mutual
advantage , and should the executive bee fit
to consider the proposition for freer com
merce with the dominion of Canada , such
negotiations would be viewed with favor.
Tie Crop Outlook in Montana.
A telegram says that the crop prospects -
pects in Montana are sufficient to wake the
ttighest enthusiasm. They never looked
better. Bain has been abundant and well
distributed. There is but a small acreage
tnis year , only about enough for home con-
sumption. The increase in the acreage of
corn and flax seed is 50 per cent. Corn ,
stands five feet on an average , and flax is.
strong and vigorous. Oats and barley are
very promising. Rye is ready to cut. The
yield of everything is much larger per acre
than last year. Reports from Fargo say the-
crops in the Red river valiey are in fine con
dition and 10 per cent , better than the same
time last year. The acreage is 10 per cent.
SLEW HER FATHER. .
The Antics of a Desperate Colored Damsel
In Georgia. .
James Burgis , a negro of Franklin.
county , Georgia , tas two grotvn daughters.
While ihe girls were preparing to go to
church a dispute arose between them about
the ownership of some article of wearing
apparel. Their noisy demonstrations at
tracted the attention of their father , who.
atter investigation , decided that Lula , aged
17 , was the one in fault. He took her aside
for punishment , and was flogging her when.
Martha , her sister , caught him oy the arm
and pulled him away. Lula , finding her
self released , grew furious , and , grasping
an ax , slipped up to her father , who had
his back toward her. and buried the ax in
his head. He died three hours afterward.
At the inquest the murderess sat stolidly
by , looking at the dead body of her father
without a quiver. The colored people were
worked up to a great degree of excitement ,
and if they could have had their own way
would have made short work of the girl.
She is now in iail.
True love is so warm that ice cream
will not throw a chill over , it.
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