Col. Benjamin Wilson
Emigration Twenty Years to Be Faioribly Reported. Th9 Bureau of Animal Industry aod th Conugijus Caitle Disease BilL The Senate Talks About Widows' and Orphans' Pensions ithout Doiug Much. GENERAL WASHINGTON NEWS. rSpeclal to tba Courier-Journal. Courier-Journal. Courier-Journal. 1 Washimuto.v, March 15. Ou motion involviag the litu oi 5,700 claim tlisd nadar the French Spoliations Act, arguments arguments war iuU to-ly to-ly to-ly before the Court of Claims by Col. Benjamin Wilson on behalf of tha Government aod a number of lawyers lawyers representing the claims. Col. Wilson spoke five hours to tbe propositions of deuiai entered .-by .-by .-by tbe Government. The argument was most interesting, calling calling op, aa it (till, the relations of tbe French Government to tbe colonies when struggling for independence against George III., and the subsequent eUauge in its attitude attitude toward lue new Republic under tbe inspiration inspiration of NopoloOD, as First Consul of France, when tb relations ot k'rauce and her hereditary rival, England. deoiau-- deoiau-- deoiau-- .i. The history of tbe great unrecorded war of reprisal at sea, running back to 103 and 1800, was vividly retieareod and the1 pending issue of tbo chums against tbe Government was described in vigorous and etnphatio terms by the Government's counsel, CoL Wilson. Col. Wilson argued tbat tbe old-um old-um old-um 4tu of July idea of the syiuatuetia generosity of ttie French Government m siaing wnb tbe struggling colonists was a fallacy, founded in the selnsbuess of the F ranch in their hereditary hereditary anugooism to the Ejgiish. lie argued to tba Court that lbs great asi,isnc rendered rendered through Lafayette and tae military forces be brought to Dear against tba British regime in the colonies was purely and strictly due to a se.flsh motive motive to break the power of Great Britain. Pursuing his argument farther. Col. Wilson endeavored to establish bis theory theory of the inaincer.ty of the Freucb ruler by . showing that aa soon as tneir interests demanded demanded a change of policy against the new republic of America tbey did not beoitate to assert it. From 179-i 179-i 179-i to 1300 they preyed upon American shipping on the high seas ma tbe assnined idea that Ue Cuiud States tasd. by entering into tbe the Jay treaty of amity, violated tbe relations that were assumed to exist between France and America during tbe revolution against George III. Tbe claimants are arguing that their claims are valid, because tbe United State bartered away their grievances for a consideration consideration in tbe con veoi ion of 1800. concluded concluded at Pari. Ibe Government counsel, however, alleged to-day to-day to-day that tbe supplementary, supplementary, and as be claimed final convention of 1803, abolished all questions peudaut under under tbe treaty of 1800, and was a final and specific settlement of tbe private claims of either Government against tbe other. T xuany attorneys were present to re sist the Government's motion, (tail ing mostly from Sew England, Sew York, and Philadelphia. A great legal contest is expected to ensue. Tne Government counsel. counsel. Col. Wilson, has the uu-qual uu-qual uu-qual duty of resisting lb large array of able counsel representing representing tbe thirty million or nior of spoliations claims; but be wade a most brilliant brilliant beginning to-day, to-day, to-day, and was commended by this opponents for his fairness in arguing against them.