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Pkttinoill & Co., 10 State street, llos - ton, and 37 Park Row, New York, are our agents for procuring advertisements for the Times and Dispatch aiidliEitKSANoSciiuYJ. - kill Journal In the above clties,nnd authorised to contract for advertising at our lowest Specimen copies of both papers furnished if desired. Address, J. KNABB A CO., Reading, Fa I. KNABB, 1 j. k. stkkkrtt, Publisher! and .Proprietor, T. C. ElMMKKMAN.i SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1S73. t cct our commerce, and all the U. 8. lorts iu the Gulf will be reinforced. The whole matter will also be brought to the attention ef Congress by the President in his annual message lor such action as may be deemed necessary to meet the requirements ot the case. The Political Situation. Cuban Butchery War in Prospect. For the last few days, the whole country has been excited by the news of the butchery of an entire ship's crew, by certain .Spanish officials at the head of the Cuban army. As is well known, a very large portion of the Cuban people are in revolt against the Spanish rule. The struggle has been continued for years, without any signs of abandonment by the patriots. A Republican government has been established with Cespedes as President. The war is kept up after repeated discomfitures, and goes still on. The 'insurgents' as the Cuban patriots are called, are receiving reinforcements and munitious of war by blockade runners from the United States, controlled by Cuban patriots in New York, New Orleans, and other points along the coast. One of these blockade runners the steamer Vrginiun, was captured by the Spanish gun boat Tornado, last week. The capture took place iu neu tral waters, and was therefore unlaw - ful. The Virginius had a large party on board who were going to join the patriot forces in Cuba. Gen. Wash ingtou Ryan was Commander of the expedition. The vessel and prisoners were taken into the city of Santiago - de - Cuba, tried by a drum - head court mar tial, and four of the leaders, to wit Gen. Washington Ryan, Bernabe Varo - na, Pedro Cespedes, a lad of 17, and son of the President of the Cuban Republic, Gen. Jesus del Sol were shot on the morning of the - 1th inst. Three days later (Nov. 7th,) the Captain and thirty - six of the crew of the Virginius, were also shot, and on the 8th, the horrible butchery of twelve more was perpetrated making fifty - four in all, who were murdered in defiance of the law of nations and custom of civilized warfare. Among the prisoners last shot, was a noted Cuban patriot named Franchl Alfaro, who the Spaniards say, came to assume the Presidency of the Republic. It is said he o lie red the Spanish authorities one million of dollars, if they would spare bis life. As the Virginius was flying the Hag of the United States at the time of her capture, our Government feels much outraged. It is probable that orders have already been issued (o dispatch a large naval force to cruise in Cuban waters and demand full satisfaction for the Insult. The truth is that Cuba in present hands is a nuisance. The I'nited States should either buy it from Spain, or take possession first and negotiate afterwards, as wo cannot all'ord to have an Island of so much importance in hostile hands near our coast. If President Grant will go to work and take Cuba, and put it under the stars and stripes, we believe hewould be sustained by the American people, and all neighboring nations interested in keeping the place. Since the above was in type, dispatches from Washington, stale the position of President Grant's administration in regard to these Cuban butcheries to be as follows : The U. S. naval squadron on the West India station will he reinforced, nut lor any degressive purpose, but simply to insure better protection to the lives tmd property of American citizens in that quarter. .Neither the President nor the members of the Cabinet are at present in favor of grunting belligerent rights to the Cubans. Many of the best friends of the patriots are of opinion that such a course would sot benefit them. First of all, the real status of the Virginius will be ascertained. If she proves to have been at the time of her capture sa American vessel, with regular papers, - and sailing under the Hag of the United States on the high Beas, Spain will be called upon to stake proper reparation, without regard to whether the persons taken from her deck and afterwards executed, were or were not citizens ef the United States. Should it be shown that the Virginius was captured in llritish waters, of the coast of Jamaica, our Government, according to s well - established international usage, will call upon Kngland to redress the wrong. It appears that iu some way, the Spanish government will have to make reparation tor the action of her so - called represen - tativesin Cuba, in the matter of the Virginius. rending the pursuit ol this inquiry, our tov - eminent will use its good offices with thut of Hpsia, to prevent any further bloodshed under similar circumstances in Cuba. An important Indication of the policy of the Government with regard to the precautionary measures, is to be fbuud In the fact that Port Jcfterson, at (ianlen Keys, Florida, the most southern military post of the United States, is to be reinforced to its full capacity. Several of our war vessels will also be immediately dispatched to the const of Cuba to pro - Any one who has not kept the ruu of politics, as shown by election results, would very naturally conclude, from the tremendous crowing of the Demo cratic press, that that party had met with greatsuccess In the elections held this month. Nevertheless, such a conclusion would be wrousr. There has Wn iiothinw gained by the Democrats worth crowing ovt - i uouiiue lost dv tne ItenuM cans worth a serious regret. Neither party is, in reality, in any better or worse condition than it was a year ago ; unless, indeed, the purely imaginary victories over which the Democrats are now r. joiciug should leave them to the com mission of something exceeding their proverbial folly, which might make their former confusion "worse confounded," and their overthrow in the next real trial of party strength more complete than ever before. A resume of results, which we copy from the Harrisburg Telegrajjft, will show the estimate that paper put upon them. Massachusetts went Republican in 18(18 and goes Republiacn in 1S73. New Jersey was Democratic in 18(18 and is Republican in 1873, a positive Republican gain. Pennsylvania was Republican then aud is Republican now. Maryland was Democratic in IStiSand is Democratic in 1873. Virginia did not vote in 1888 and is Democratic this year. Ohio was Republican in 1SG8. This year it is frequently classed as Demo cratic, but it is not so in reality. The true test is not the Legislature, nor the i lovernor alone, but the average vote on the State ticket. If we judged by the Legislature we might claim that New York bad gone Republican this fall, All the Republican State ticket was elected in Ohio except Governor, and the average vote was decidedly on that snie. Iu Illinois there was no struggle be tween Republicans and Democrats, the election being confined to countv offices, We presume no one will for a moment imagine that if the lines should again be drawn between the parties, the Republicans would not sweep the State with one of their old time majorities. The same may be said of Wisconsin. The Democrats may claim it, but it was not carried by Democrats. Still less will any one believe that Kansas has gone Democratic. Minnesota aud Iowa were Republican in 1868 and Republican in 1873. Arkansas was and is the same. Mississippi had no vote in 18(!8 and is Republican now, which balances Virginia. California was carried by a mixed ticket, not Democratic. Oregon was Democratic in 1808, and is Democratic now. So it will be seen that from one end of the country to the other not a single State which supported Grant in 1868 has yielded a Democratic victory this fall, while New Jersey, which was Democratic then, is Republican now. Undoubtedly the Republicans are not as well organized now as then, but the Democrats have gained nothing. A national contest between the two parties would at any time restore the Republican organization and result iu a Republican victory at least as complete as that of 1868. "Words of Warning. No paper in the United States has recently gone so far to champion the Republican party as the New York Times, and none has more fully earned its confidence ; and yet the other day it employed the following language, which can be applied elsewhere : "It ought to be obvious to the Republican leaders that such another session of the Legislature as the last which was held in this State, or auother session of Congress like tfiat which closed in the spring, will utterly extinguish the party. In this State months were wasted in idle wrangles, In niis - management'and in bungling attempt to deal with urgent public business. This may not have been so much the fault of the leaders as of the material with which they had to deal, but the party has had to take the responsibility of all the mistakes. Nor ought we to complain of this. The public at large cannot be expected to apportion the blame for party failures among individuals." Wk think we can safely say that the country has now seen the worst of the financial trouble that has overtaken it. The great concerns, eoriKirate and otherwise, that have hitherto absorbed so much of the loanable capital of the country, are now out of the market, and the large amounts hitherto employed by them will bo allowed to return into the regular channels of trade. It cannot be otherwise than that this should prove the turning point, and that henceforth we may look for increasing ease, and along with it, returning confidence. Occasional failures and suspensions may yet be expected ; but the worst, we are sure, is over. The present taxable real aud personal property of the city of Philadelphia, according to a report of the Board of Revision, just submitted, amounts in the aggregate to $548,243,535 an increase over the previous year of $21,078, - 267. These figures suggest a marvelous growth of material wealth. The increased value of taxable property naturally suggests a decrease in the tax rate, which has been entirely too high for years past. Whether it will be made, is extremely doubtful. Tun liquor deulera of Jersey City have raised a fund of $5,000, aud em ployed counsel to test the constitution ality of the law prohibiting the sale of liquor on Sundays.