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jilt ESTABLISHED 1829. PHILADELPHIA, TUESDAY, DECEM1JER 2, 1873. PRICE TWO CENTS. AIOTHEB HORROR TEIUtlRLE COLLISION AT SEA The Steamship "Ville du Havre" Lost EIIE GOES DOWN IN MID OCEAIJ Appalling Midnight Scenes 223 LIVES SACEIFICED Only 87 Persons Saved I ULL DETAILS OF THE CATASTROPHE Statements of the Passengers and Crew EXCITEMENT IN LONDON AND NEW YORK Anxiety to Hear the Particulars COMPLETE LIST OF PASSENGERS Nnnic of Lost and Saved DESCRIPTION OF THE "VILLE DU HAVRE" The Simmer '-Ville da Havre' Snnk nt Men -Over 200 Mvei Lost. London, Doc. 1. The steamship Ville du Havre, from New York for Havre, has been sunk at sea, by which calamity over two hundred lives were lost. fuller Italla-2(l Live Lost-87 rsaen-ten Rescued. London, Dec. 1. The ship Trimountain, from New York, arrived &. Cardiff at an early hour this morning, bringing intelligence of a dreadful disaster to the steamship Ville du Havre, which left New York on November 15, for Havre, under the command of Captain Surmmit. At two o'clock on the morning of the 23d of November the Ville du Havre collided with the British ship Lochearn, from London for New Yi rk, and sunk shortly after. Two hundred and twenty-six of the passengers on the steamship lost their lives. The Trimountain rescued eighty-seven of her passengers and crew, and brought them to Cardiff. How (he Disaater Occurred. London, Dec. 1. Later despatches from Cardiff bring the following additional particulars of the loss of the steamship Ville du Havre: She was struck amldship by the Zocheam, and sunk In twelve minutes after the collision occurred. The Lochearn immediately lowered three boats, which rendered all the service It was possible for them to do. Fifty-three of the crew were saved, including the captain. Among the passengers rescued are ten women. Nmnn of Pnaaeng-era Saved, London, Dec. 12 P. M, There were 87 saved from the wreck of the Ville du Havre, to wit: Captain, five officers. 44 of the crew and 27 passengers, as follows: Miss Mary Hunter, Miss Annie Hunter, Miss Helene Mixter, Miss Madeline Mixter, Emilo Cook, Rev. N. Weiss, Mrs. II. G. Spafford, James Bishop, Mr. Charles Oreste, Miss Breeden, Francisco Slado, Hypolite Vaiter, R. A. Witthaus, Jr., Mr. F. Marcornet, Miss Fanny Einninger, Alfred Barbanson, Xavier Te-quignot, Mr. Loriaux, C. Burritt Waite, Miss Cornelia Edgar, Mrs. Maria Bulkley, Mr. and Mrs. William R. Swift, Mr. Andrew B. Mc-Creery, Mr. Cramer, Henry Belknap and Legrand (probably Bangrand). Excitement In Loudon Over Iho Dlaaater, London, Dec. 1. The eighty-seven persons saved from the wreck of the steamer Ville du llaire were rescued by the ship Lochearn, and not by the Trimountain, as was first stated. They were transferred from the Lochearn to the Trimourijain on the same day. The survivors reached Bristol to-day. There is Intense excitement in London over tho disaster. The bulletin boards attho newspaper offices are surrounded by great crowds in quest of information. Extras giving particulars of the accident have been sold at double the usual price. Anxiety Abont the "Lochenrn." London, Dec. 1-6 30 P. M. The ship Lochearn was so badly damaged by the collision with the Ville du Havre that the persons rescued by her from the wreck requested to be put on board the Irimountain. All were safely transferred, with the exception of three persons, who were too badly injured to be removed. After the collision the Lochearn put about for Queenstown, at which port sho was due about the 2!th tils., notwithstanding her disabled condition. Nothing has yet been heard of her. Acconnta or the Survivors. London, Dee. 1. The following additional particulars of the loss of the Ville du Havre have been gathered from officers and passengers at Cardiff: The Ville du Havre experienced a thick fog until the 20th. At the time of the collision the weather was clear little wind was blowing, but there was a' heavy sea. The captain had just retired, and the second officer was in charge; the lights on the steamer were all right, and the collision was wholly unexpected. Tho Lochearn struck the steamer amidships, and made a chasm twelvo feet deep, and from twenty-five to thirty feet wide. The exact position of the Ville du Havre at the time was rat, 47 21; long. 33 13. A Terrible Seeue. A panic took possession of the passengers. Five minutes after the collision the main and tnifiin ntiot j full ainicc tlm tm I ...... i, i. allied! HJOVJ liviura IUC iuU liligt? UUHIS, j which were lilted with people and ready for . launching. The boats were crushed, and many of their occupants killed and injured. - Only Two BoMi Launched. In the brief interval between the collision and the sinking of the steamer the crew were able to launch only a whale boat and the captain's gig. The Lochearn went a mile before stopping. Sho then got out four boats to pick up tho people struggling in the water. Meantime the whale boat, under the command of the second lieutenant of the Ville du Havre, picked up one load of those who were clinging to planks, spars, etc., and took them to the Loc hear n. She returned to the scene and rescued another load. A Brave Captain. Captiin Surmount, who remained on deck to the last, was rescued by this boat three-quarters of an hour after the collision. One of his officers swam a mile to the Lochenrn and was hauled en board with a rope. The bouts continued to search the waters in the vicinity of the disaster until there was no hope of saving more lives. The Cold Win Intense. Many of the survivors were immersed two hours, and were almost lifeless when rescued. The Trimountain sighted tho Lochearn at eight A.M., six hours after the sinking of the steamer, and received the survivors, before reported. Tho saved speak in the highest terms of the kindness of Captain Urquhart, her commander. There were six stovv-aways on board the Ville du Hacre. Later accounts make the date of the collision the 22d instead of the 23d. Some say the captain of the Lochearn intends to proceed to New York. A vessel which arrived at Bristol reports speaking her with ten survivors of the Ville du, Havre on board. Captain I'rqnhart's Stalemut. London, Dec. 27 A. M. Captain Urquhart, of the Trimruntain, reports that when he met the Lochearn her bowsprit was gone, and there was a huge hole in her bow above the water line. The boat continued searching around the place where the steamer went clown for six hours. The rescued people do not blame the Lochearn for the collision. Her officers and crew did their utmost to save life. Only two of the survivors remain on the Lochearn, one of whom had gone man, and could not be removed. The first boat from the Ville du Havre was sent to ascertain if the Lochearn could render any assistance. The Ville du Havre is insured in London for 90,000. An I a veil last Ion Ordered. Havre, Dec. 1. The French authorities hare ordered an investigation into the loss of the Ville du Havre. The Lost and Saved. New York, Dec. 1. Among the pnssen-geis pc Ville du Havre were Judge Peck-ham and wife, of Albany, N. Y.; M rs Edward Curtis and maid; Mr. R. A. Witthaus, Jr.; Captain C. Hunter and wife; Miss Caroline Hunter; Mr. Cramer, of Waterford, Saratoga county, N Y.; Thomas Hammond and wife and three children; Mrs. Mary Buckley, of Rye, Westchester county, accompanied" by her daughter and by Miss Wagstaff,' of Long Island. Mrs. Bulkley is among the saved, but the young ladies are understood to have been lost, as Mrs. B. telegraphed that she alone was saved. There were also among the passngers the following members of the late Evangelical Alliance, returning to their homes: Rev. Antonio Carrasco, of Spain; Professor E. Pronier, of Geneva, Switzerland; Rev. N. Weiss and Emile Cook, of Paris, and Mr. Lorriere. Alfred Barbanson, of the Belgian legation at Washington, was also a passenger. Chas. B. Waite and Julia Waite, children of the proprietor of the Breevort House, were passengers. The son was saved, the daughter lost. James Bishop, of Bishop & Co., No. 32 Broadway, is saved. Mr. Breeden, first cabin passenger, was lost. His daughter, who was with him, is saved. Francisco Slado, of Brooklyn, first cabin passenger, is saved. Mr. R. A. Whthau.s, Jr., was saved in perfect health. Complete List of I'nasenzers on Hoard. The following is a list of the first cabin passengers taken out on the vessel : Captain C. Hunter, Mrs. uumer, Miss Caroline Hunter, Miss Mary Hunter, Miss Annio Hunter, Mrs. Hunter s maid, Mrs. Lope, Mrs. M. It. Simons, Mrs. llenninger and duuslitor, Mrs.Stuekle, Mr. and Mrs. Montaimt, Mts Montugut, Ilev, N. Weiss, Mr. 1 euiotliB, K. Slado, Mn. Kli?.a Ferdinand, Muster Victor rem i u n ud , Mrs. ('. A. Piatt, Hamilton Murray, Miss Murray, Mr. Alfred l'ar'ianson M. L. Snuadrille. tieorge II. Taylor, Kmile Cook. A. L. C. Port man, H. W. Kidd, Mrs. L. Kidd. Andrew H. JlcCrecry, Kev. Antonio Curraseo, Prof. C. Pronier, Mr. and Mr. William E. hvnlt and child, iMr. I.oriatix, Mr. Cranuir, Mrs. Kdwaid Curtis and maid, C. Burritt Waite, i James Bishop. I Master Willie Culver, Mrs. Marie Bulk lev, Miss Marie liuikljv, I Miss Wairstali; Mrs. H. Kdgar, I.MissK. Elar, Miss F.dgar, Mi-s Caroline Tucas, Mrs. H.U.Si.aToid. Mr. and Mrs. ('has. Mix-1 Mis Annie Mafford tor and two daughters. ;Miss Bessie Satlrd, Mrs. Maggie SpalToid and Mr. and Mis. Thus. Hum-infant. ) nionil, Miss Nicolct, iFranlc Hammond, Henry Belknap, j.Miss Alice Hammond, Mrs, 1). (iooJwin aud twoClarenco Hammond, children, Mr. and Mrs. Xiuo. Jo- Mrs. A. G. Kenn!lt, two' caniiie, children and nurso, iR. A. Witthaus, rt.McButt, i.lud-e Peckham, Mr. aud Mrs. II. Sigour-Mrs. Pci kiiam. ney, 'Mr. and Mrs. Cjlludion. Mait rs A. G. and W. C. P. i.arraabal, Sigourney, . Yj. Hesse, Miss A. L. Sigourrjey and Ms Maria Horn, ' I,eon Trrfouso. iBev. C. .-Mm. ,n, !Hy;i;iolite Vaite, IMr. and Mrs. Alfred Iiatig-I rand, Funene Biiiigrand, Kuiiie Denva, i Henri Valf-t. S'histiati VallH, iMr. and Mrs. X. Kruey, j Xavier Pe(j:ii(:not, jt has Burnuipji-z, lAlcx.CUvcrnil, iMme. Gavcrnil, 'Mile. Aimee Clavernil. mir Miss Marv E. Church, Miss h. V. Putnam, Mr. and Mrs. C. Creste, Antoine Lafamue, Jlmc. Antoinette Laures, bonis Leienne, Mr. and Mrs. Frederi'. Mar 'nnnett, Frcd'k Marconnett, Jr.. Mile. Elise Mareonuett, Desire I'hoQuit, Mine. A'lele Lack, Baptisto Bop'ro, Pierre Pnllen, Rubckt B'lnavonHire, No Htcernge PaMrngen on the Yesarl. No steerage passengers are carried by any of the vessels of the line to Havre. The cabin passengers numbered i:!o, and the crew, it was said at the office of the company, about 150, although the number was- not known exactly. Captain M.'Surrnont, the commander of the Ville du Havre, is fleet commodore, ninl has been in the service of the line since its organization. He has borne a high reputation as an tllicient officer. Jndge I'eekhain. Judge Ilufus H. PtckLam, who is among the lost passengers, was one of the most honored members of the judiciary in New I York State, and was Judge of the Court of Appeals. He was the futher of Wheeler IT. Teckham, , of this city, and Ruftts Peckham, district attorney nt Albany. Judge Peckham, on hc-' count of ill-health, was obliged to discontinue hk labors on the bench, aud sailed on the i Ville du Havre for a brief stay in Europe in company with his wife. His indisposition ' was only slight, it is said, and his general health was remarkably good for a man of his auvaneed age nearly 70 years.. A Newport (It. 1.) despatch 'says Capbin Hunter, of the United States Navy, and wife and four daughters were on board the Ville du Havre. Two of the daughters were saved. Boston Victim of the Olaaater. Boston, Dec. 1. The announcement of the loss of the Ville du Havre created a deep feeling of sadness here, as several well known Bostonians were passengers. Among them were Mr. Charles Mixter, wife and two children; Mr. Henry Sigourney, wife, three cinidien and nurse, ami mr. mauiauiei iurus, Mr. Nathaniel Curtis was one of our oldest and most valued citizens. He retired from business some years ago, and, being recently bereaved, sought relief from his grief by a trip to Europe. A private cable di spatch just received says Mr. and Mrs. Mixter and Mr. Nathaniel Curtis perished. The LoH Hteamahlp The Usnernl Trnna-at Inn tie Company. The ten-ihle disaster recorded above lias befallen a vessel of the General Transatlantic Cump mv, the ships belonuint; to which have b?en plying between the port nt New York and thn French ports of Hrest and Havre since 1S65, in wliicli year it was established. The French line has been quite a favorite with many Americans, as well as with Frenchmen, because the vessels oc-loneini: to it are of larper ton. iiiiye, magnificent equipment and irreat speed. Thus far the vess -ls of this line have sailed from New Voi K every two weeks. Their trips were in-terrunteil by the war between France aud Ger-many, in consequence of the d auger of capture, but the regular fortniL'htlv service was resinned in June, 1S71, immediately after the restoration of order m t ai is. The Yoaaela of the Line In recent service have been the following: Ville du llaire Captain Surmont. SI. Linrcnt Captain Koussau. P'celre Captain Dailie. Europe Captain Leniarue. These vessels wera built expressly for passenirer irainc, ana consequently carry a comparatively small amount of freicht, their average cargo capacity beim; only aboutt'OO tons. Some of the. vessels of the line are not In service at present, and others are in process of construction, with the intention of establishing a regular weekly line, instead of fortnl -rhtly, as at present. No steerage passengers are carried by the line, but there are two cabins the price of passage in the first cabin being t'i In euld, and in the second cabin t75,iti gold, iucludiiig the supply of wine. During 1872 the line had six vessels in service with an npgregate tonnage of 18,000 tons, and seventy-two trips were made last year. The number of passengers earned during the year was 10,351), equally dividd betw -en the outward and inward trips, while the toul freight traffic reached 41,200 tons. The ViUe lu Hacre, late Na noleon ITT, was the largest o! four padtlie steamers constructed a few years aco for the General Transatlantic Company's New York line. Owing to the Immense space required for her engines, boilers and coals, there was not sufficient room le.'t for cargo, and after running a few voyages at a great loss, the company resolved to transform and reconstruct them from piddles Into screws, and otherwise greatly enlarge thorn. Tenders having been invited, that of Jlessrs. A. Leslie & Co., of Jlebbm n, was selected, and the JWijolcon HI, a large ste merof some4'ioo tons, was sent around to the Tvne for alteration. After being several months in Messrs. Leslie k Co 's hands, she was turned out a new vessel, the Ville du Ham, not onlv the largest, but in all respects the best finished that ever left the Tvne, at a cost of if.W.oyo in addition to her first cost of over tl.oooioo. lier length was 430 feet, beam 48 feet, depth 40 feet, and tier tonn i- e cC0O tons. Bv the chance from paddle to seiew there was a saving made In the consumption of coal of eighty tons per dav, the amount c -mMnm-d on the first trip across tho Atlantic being only sixty tons per day, which gave an average speed of thirteen and a halt knots per hour for the. whole trip. Besides having ample accommodation for coals and cargo, tlw vessel was fisted with state rooms to accommodate three hundred cabin passenuers. The grand saloon on tho main deck was Ui fce.t long, 48 feet broad, and 9 feet hih, and large enough to dine w firat-eiass passenger at one sitting, being tii.iihed in a style of splendor rarely met with in any structure, whether on sea or land. The floor was inlaid with teak, mahogany and yellow pine, and consisted of 28,000 pieces, all waxed and polished. The seats and tables were all of solid mahogany, aud the former were covered with the richest crimson v-lver, and the walls of the saloon w ith solid white marble slabs, divided into panels by 50 solid marble columns with ionic capitals, the (filings comprising a piano, bookcase, sideboard, chiffonnier, &c, some of them inlaid witn dillereut woods in the most exquisite style and workmanship. The ladies' cabin was painted while, cli.ised with gold, and paneled off with picturesque French views, fixed on the wood by a chemical process, which made them reseinule pictures In glass: the cushions and seats being covered with the finest blue velvet. The second-class accommodation occupied the centre or inside section of the ship, the slate rooms being divided from t hose on the outside (first-class) by two corridors 220 feet long, and when the saloon doors were opeii these corridors formed vistas 270 feet in length. In addition to ths passenger accommodation there was every convenience for the officer and crew, the berths being fitted up in a manner commensurate with the magnificence ot the ship. '1 here was a capacious smoking room, pantries of all descriptions, baking ovens, kirb -r shop, oic. The baths, of which there were numbers ali over the ship, were of solid marble, and weighed upwards ot a ton each. The engines were supplied by .Messrs. Maudsley, Sons & Field, of Loudon, who sent a representative of liic lirm on the, slcauier on her first voyage. Altogether, the Ville ihi JTavre was an elegant and comfortable sea boat, her great width, is f, et, rendering her a direct contrast io the uanow type of ocean steamers about w inch there has been so in no ti discussion reeemly. Having been complete'y remodeled, refitted and renamed, the Ville (In Htirre was arain placed on the line early in the present ye.r. As she was entering tut h nbor of New York at 2 o'clock in the moi uing, one day last spring, w lnie in charge n( a pilot, she ran into and sank the British bark Cu-rijcod, which lay at anchor in the Swash Channel. The (iiraoj'i had ju-t arrived, with a large and valuable cargo of coifee, for the loss of which the owners of the Vtl'.e du il.nre were held resuoiisi-ble. No live were lost ny tins mishap. MUhapa to Other Veaaela or the Line. Ab itit five years ago, the Prreirp, of the sime line, having left liresi toward the close of lcc m-ber, w is overtaken by a terrific storm when five days out. One tremendous wave washed com-pleif ly over bow of the ship, there being fully six hundred tons of water on the deck at one lime. The forward cabin was crushed in, t tie bridge was carried away, aud nearly all the fires were extinguished. Three of the sailors and three of tho passengers were killed by that one wave. The J'ereire. put hack for repairs, under sail, arriving in port in five d ivs. In 1871 the French line lost another steamer, the LufaiKtte. which was burnt at her dock at Havre, but without entailing any loss of life. The "Lochearn." The cause, of this fearful disaster is a ship of 1200 tons burden, drawing twenty feet of water. She was launched at Glasgow, Scotland, in November, lWy. Her dimensions are: Length, "M Icet ; beam,-:;") feef. and depth of hold. 21 leet. Sim was in this port in .September, 1471, and attracted much attention as .she lay at her dock in the Kast river. She is of what Is known among shipbuilders as a luuliuni model. Y) .VITIMMI fl I Dim I f THE MEETING OF CONGRESS Interesting Opening Proceedings) SCENES IN THT.E I-IOTJSE A Republican Caucus Last Xiyht THE SALARY GRAB CONSIDERED A General Movement Toward a Repeal THE ri'BLIC DEBT STATEMENT An Increase of 0,0'28,."708 1 THE CHIEF JUSTICESHIP Eon. Ceo. H. Williams to be Appointed COL. BHISTOW TO BE ATTORNEY-GEN'L Senator Siimncr SeremuToil SPECIAL DESPATCHES TO THE INQUIRER. Important Nomination. Washington, Dec. 1. Attorney-General Williams will no doubt be nominated for Chief Justice to-morrow, and ex-Assistant Attorney-General Bristow, of Kentucky, Attorney-General. The Opening of Congreaa. There was a fuller attendance to-day at the opening of Congress than there has been for many years. Only three members were absent, and they all Republicans, and de tained by sickness. There was the best of feeling among all present in both houses, and everything passed off smoothly. When the members came to bo sworn in thirty-five had to take modified oaths, and of this class were all the Georgia and Texas members of the House. The drawing for seats occupied one hour, and was very unfortunate for the old members of the House. As Is customary, the newly elected Representatives gave the oldest members the first choice of seats, and those Republicans desirous of showing some mark of appreciation to Alexander II. Stephens gave him his choice of seats. When it was asked that two Republicans who were at home should have tho doorkeeper select for them when their names were drawn, a dozen Democratic objections were presented. Messrs. Dawes, Wheeler, Scofield, Myers, Coburn and McCreery all got good places in the centre of the Republican side, but General Garfield, Messrs. Butler and Hooper, had to go to the outside row. The Democrats being fewer in number nearly all obtained desirable seats. Competition of Committeea. There is an unusual and general desire to know about the make-up of the committees, and Mr. Blaine has to-day indicated a desire to discuss the formation of these important bodies with several of the older members, but all are very reticent in regard thereto.and nothing reliable will be known until the committees are communicated to the House in the last of the week. An Object of Intereat. The centre of attraction for the calleries to-day was Hon. Alexander II. Stephens, of Georgia, who took a seat on the right of the main aisle in the front row, and leaned his crutches up against the desk and sat with his head covered all the afternoon. The Democrats generally paid him attention. lie did not seem to take much interest in what was going on. Physcally he resembles Senator Brown-low. Print Ins the Debatea. Under the J aw of the last Congress a record of the proceedings in both houses is to be printed at tho government printing office, and the first number appeared to-day with a register of members' residences, a list of Senate committees and other useful data. The arrangements for its daily issue are more complete than under the old Ulobe regime, and it will be able to bring up each day's proceedings in full every night, and be furnished to the public at cost of the paper and press work. The Prealilonfa 7Ieange Will go into both houses to-morrow about one o'clock, and is now ready, except the Spanish part, which is undergoing some little revision to-night on later despatches which were received to-day from Madrid. The Di-mooratle Canena Tronble Of Saturday night cropped out a little in the House to-day, Mr. Ilolman nominating Mr. Cox, who declined, but who, nevertheless, got two votes. Mr. Cox did not vote, and Mr. Wood voted for Mr. Clynier, while Mr. Bland, of Missouri, voted for Mr. Stephens. A Republican Caneua. The Republican members had a caucus tonight, which lasted over three hours, and which wag fully attended and devoted entirely to the question of Congressional pay, Horace Maynard in the chair. It partook of the nature of a general conference upon the subject, in which nearly everybody had something to say. Nobody argued in favor of allowing the law to remain as it now stands. The Western men generally considered the party bankrupt if it was not immediately reduced, regardless of merits or demerits. Some wanted it cut down to S:i000 per annum, and some to $"0M0, and others to fiiooo. Those like Butler, who were for an increase last spring, now concede that the increase was an unpopular movement, and that it was due to popular opinion that it should be reduced. How to do it, and when to do it, no two agreed, and it was finally decided to appoint a committee to take the subject in charge and prepare a bill covering a repeal or modification, such repeal to cancel salaries which the law allows to be reducad. The question of cutting the President's salary down was also discussed, but the Constitution does not allow the salary of th' President or judges to be cut down during the term of oflice in which they are sprving. The committee was finally appointed, on motion of Mr. Kasson, as follows: Messrs. John A. Kasson, Iowa; Lyman Tremaine, New York; Benjamin F. Butler; O. R. Thomas, North Carolina, and Eugene Hale, of Maine. Messrs. Butler and Thomas voted for the present law and Mr. Hale against it. Messrs. Thomas and Kasson are new men. Judge Kelley was first appointed, but declined to serve. To-morrow if any Democrat tries to move in the matter of repeal, a motion will be made by Mr. Maynard to refer the question to the committee, so that whatever action is had shall be by Republicans and not by Democrats. There was a very strong undertone among new as well as old members to have it fixed at $0000 per annum, and it is most likely it will settle down to that. A proposition was at one time carried to adjourn until half-past ten A. M. to-morrow, and in the meantime have the committee prepare a bill to pass to-morrow; but that was finally abandoned, and the caucus will next convene at the call of the chairman. HY ASSOCIATED PRESS. The Sarratt Caae -Jniljre Iloll'a Reply to K. President Johnaoil. Judge Advocate-General Holt publishes a long rejoinder to ex-President Johnson. He says Mr. Johnson is guilty of gross perversion In his statement of what occurred at their interview just previous to the execution of Mrs. Surratt. It would be seen by reference to General Eken and General Muzzy's letters that the sentiments expressed by Johnson himself he now seeks to put into Holt's mouth. Holt says: "While, of course, I assented then as I do now, to the general doctrine that sex is no excuse for treason or other crime, the vehement presentation of that view caine from Johnson after reading the recommendation for commutation, not from myself." Mr. Holt says that Johnson's motive for the original fabrication of his calumny was to appease the Catholics, among whom there was universal exasperation at the execution of Mrs. Surratt, a member of their church. This smote clamorously upon his ears, knowing, as he did, the vast political power of this religious sect, and therefore he grew sore afraid. Mr. Holt concludes: The conduct of ex-President Johnson, now so fully exposed, is truly a humiliating event in our history. "All that I have suffered from that quarter in the way of relentless aspersion for the eight years, has come solely from the fact that I so far trusted to his honor as the Chief Magistrate of the nation as to hold with him a confidential interview on public business. Unhappily -most unhappily for me my official duty obliged me to do this, and now, as a solemn warning to those who are to come after me, I leave this record of the unparalleled treachery which followed." Department Eatlmatea. The following Is a total recapitulation by the departments of the estimates for 1B75, as also the estimates for 1874: orl.7. V 1874. Congress $8,281,57003 t5,iW0,9Kai)l Kxecutive 81,300-00 52,:!00-00 Department of State 3,fi72S24-no A')f ,rH-nn Treasury Department 17.'i,M4,yo.rl5 l"0,7a-L771'4;i War Department C0,lso,9iT89 65,l0'.).18-.'8 Navy Dipartinent 2u.2i;8,4&'14 av,i;il,iil.l71.3 Interior!) -partnient 4l,7.s,or:i-fil 40 :9.).i7-o0 Post Ollice Department 7 34",.t35 00 7,s,s7.1O4'00 Department ot Justice 3,!).") 1. 800-00 3.Sii(i,03 HJO Deiarlm't of Agriculture.. 273,390-00 204,(iu oo Grand total S31U.1US,73fi-S2 $,:0i,3-:3.2Sfi-27 The appropriations for 1874 aggregated $30(J,0U0,252-24. . Meeting of the Cabinet The Prealilent'a Jlteaaage. The Cabinet met at half-past ten o'clock, all the members being present, and remained in session until twenty minutes of four o'clock, in expectation of receiving the joint committee of the Senate and House of Representatives intrusted with the duty of informing the President the two houses had organized and were prepared to receive any communication he might be pleased to make to them. The committee not appearing by half-past three, a telegram was sent to the Capitol inquiring into the state of affairs in Congress, and on receipt of the reply the private secretary of the President informed the gentlemen of the press in waiting for copies of the Message, that the document would not be sent to Congress until to-morrow. Tnere is no quest ion but that the document will be sent to Congress probably between twelve and one o'clock to-morrow. Secretary ICiclimi dnoii'a Report. Secretary Richardson has sent advance copies of his financial report to New York, Philadelphia and Boston, to be distributed to the press at the time the President's Message should be delivered to Congress, but, owing to the Message not having been communicated to Congress to-day, the Secretary this afternoon telegraphed to the government officers having his report in charge to retain them until to-morrow. Chief Jnatlee of the Supreme Conrt Altor-ney-eneral Wiliiaiua Appointed. During the session of the Cabinet to-day the President formally tendered to Attorney. General Williams the position of Chi. f Justice of tho Supreme Court of the United Mates, that gentleman, as he afterward said, "having received no previous intimation of the designation." Judge Williams thnnked the President for conferring upon him this honor, as the position was the highest civil office in his gift and at the same the most responsible. He expressed his regret at retiring from tho Cabinet, with the members of which he had always been on the closest terms of friendship and in official accord. His colleagues congratulated him on the appointment, while they were sorry to part with him as a Cabinet ofiicer. Mr. Williams" Sneeeaaor. Colonel B. H. Bristow, of Kentucky, who was the first Solicitor-General under the iaw establishing the Department of Justice, and who, over a year ago, resigned that ollice, will be appointed Attorney-General. The -nominations of Judge Williams and Colonel Bristow will be sent to the Senate to-morrow. The Vermont Revenne Defalcation, It having been stated that Internal Revenue Collector Crane, of Burlington, Vermont, has been found to be a defaulter in the sum of $170,000, and that Senator Edmunds, of that State, is one of his bondsmen, it may be said that the books of the Treasury Department show that the defalcation is but $17,000. It has been shown to the satisfaction of the authorises that Mr. Crane is not the defaulter, but th- ceralcation is on the part of one of his subordinates, for which h is responsible. Attorney-General William' Report. It appears by the report of Attorney-General Williams that the civil suits on the 1st of July last, to which the United States were a party, were as follows: Customs suits, 37.V.I; internal revenue sui's, H.'; post office suits, 142; miscellaneous, 2.116. During the same year the aggregate amount of judgments in favor of the United States in these suits was $3,208,402, and the amount actually renlized on the judgments was It, bos,-13:i. There were pending July t lust in the Circuit and District Courts of the United States 0274 criminal prosecutions, the result of which is given in the report. Exhilii' are also given of the number and results of civil suits in the Federal courts, a total of 13,141 of all classes commenced in the year endina with June last. The total number terminated was 727G. The 1'nlted Ntatea Conrt of Claims. A summary of the business transacted by the Court of Claims for the pat year shows miscellaneous cases disposed of, 1LI.J; cotton cases, 107; total, HiOO; amount claimed, $7,015,223; amount awr.rd 'd in miscellaneous cases; $753,402; in cotton cas.'S, $3,130,308, making a total of $3,8X3,800. The number of cases disposed of during the year was 1000; still pending, 4802. The Department of Jnatlee. The amount expended by the Department of Justice was $3,031,000. Information in relation to other branches falling under the department is given, concluding with an account of the suits brought by the United States against the Union Pacific Railroad Company and the Credit Mobilier. Judge Hunt having filed an opinion, in which lie holds and decides, not only that there is no right of action in the United States, for the causes specified in the act of Congress, to recover, but that Congr- ss cannot give to the United States the right to recover upon said causes of action. The, decision in effect renders nugatory the law under which the suit was brought. Therefore, the Attorney--General considers it to be his duty to appeal from t) lis decision to the Supreme Court of the United Slates. Public Debt Statement. Th debt has increasad S0,028,576'84. Coin in Treasury, $S3,70;(,97-44; coin certificates, $30,220,(,J0; currency in Treasury, 51,200,-440-28; legal tenders outstanding, $30(1,922,-018; special deposit of legal tenders held for redemption of certificates of deposit, 820,-150,000. The following is a recapitulation of the statement: DKIIT BEARING INTEREST IN COIN. 8 per cent, bonds $1.21 S.W", 15V08 5 per cent, bonds 497,8ol,4o,r0fl Principal SUlO.Ml.ooOOfl Interest 37,7.j2,373 '21 DEBT BFA1UNO 1NTRREST IN LAWFUL MONEY. Certificates of Indebtedness at 4 per cent $o7,on0-08 Navy Pension Fund at 3 per cent. , . . tl4,ouo,0i)0ii0 ToW Principal H,W8,0o0-('0 Interest 181,d20u0 DEBT ON WIIICU INTEItEST HAS CEASED SINCE MA-TIHIIT. Principal $20,01,o7n-2i Interest 331,80742 I1ERT BEAMING NO INTEREST. Old demand and legal tender notes.. i:7,n07,68.i-00 Certificates of deposit 2o,lft0,uW00 Fractional currency 4s,i !1,:'-I9 05 Coin certilicates 30,22o,tiOu)Q Total principal Unclaimed interest TOTAL DEBT. Principal Interest S4tS.413.fi3.V45 22,064-84 S2,217.670.75V71 3,.iiS,ii)-47 Total.. $2,205,018,481-18 CASII IN THE THEASCRr. Coin r:0Or8"-44 Curi-eney l,2'Ju,4ilJj Special deposits held for redemption of certilicates of deposit, as provided by law $20, 150,000 -0(1 Total 105, 150,47 72 Debt less cash in Trcvury, Dec. J, 1873, total. . . .: $2,150,802,053-96 Debt less cash :in Treasmy. Nov. 1, 1873, total 2,141,833.476-62 Increase of dent during the past month !,02.V7iV4 Decrease of debt since March 1, 1873, 6,51S,C17-u7 Decrease of debt from March 1, WJ, to March 1, 1873 3C8,0S2,.-o9 48 Bonds issued to Pacific Railroad Companies, interest payable in lawful money, principal outstanding 64.fiH,:M2-oa Interest accrued and not vet paid... l,bV, 1871(1 Interest paid by the United States. . 2u,447,;ii0-U(J Interest repaid by transportation of mails, &e 4,515,053-OC Balance of interest paid by United Slates 15,902,53.3 -Ofl Serenade to Senator Sntnner. Senator Sumner was serenaded to-night by the colored people of Washington, and, in response to the compliment, spoke as follows: I am touched by this manifestation of regard and sympathy, hut allow me to say most sim ere.y thai 1 cannot claim any special merit. I have act' d always at the proinptinusof conscience, and wjuht not have done otherwise. Besides, I could ml forget the honored Commonwealth which sent ma herewith the commission aud command to labor alwavs for human rihts. Had I at anv time In s:-taled I should have been rebuked not only bv nij own conscience but by the liler y-'.ovi.ig p" opl1 ot Massachusetts, one of who.e stand nj beuerj I am. With the expression ot my thanks T misht rr-'-perly close, but seeing you face to face on tliii amiable errand, I am emboldened to dwell ones more on what I have so often presented to my colored fellow-citizen -, of Washington. Your posi-tion is peculiar and most Important, for you a s placed on a hiil so as to be an example throughou! the country, our colored fellow-citizens else-where, counted by millions, will lie encouraged or depressed by what is done. They will do as you do, keepintfin line with you, and. according to a military phrase, "dressing on you." Senator Sumner adv ised earnestness, and tint they be united, so tliat finally the civil rights lor iiicli they contended niitc-.t be their owu. He then continued : The past has its lessons. 1 wish you to remember that opening the street can here was followed by opening them in other places; so that the battle here was for the whole country. The admission to testify here was the prelude to admission elsewhere. The equal franchise here was the precursor of that universal measure by whirls the right to vote wasdeclarcd independent of color. It now lemains that you s'aould be assured by ran hi the enjoyment of equal rights in education, is travel, and, generally, in the pursuit of happiue-si and here, also, the keynote must proceed from Washington. lift is not enough to have these assured by Stati laws. They must be placed under the saleguara of a national statute, reaching wi.h equal am) uuU form power into every State, so that all shall bi alike In rights, whether in Massachusetts or Sotitl Carolina, in New York or New Orleans. I licvt done what I could to-day to secure this triumph l.j introducing into the Senate what hextensivelj known as the Supplementary Civil Hights bill. II was the first bill Introduced, an I, therefore, standi number one on the calendar of the Senate. If mj wishes or elf orts can prevail it will bj the first U become a law.

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