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From Washington.

Washington, Dec. 23
--The city was to-day thrown into tremendous excitement, in consequence of the fact that the Secretary of the Interior shortly after returning from Raleigh, N. C. yesterday, summoned to his office the Secretary of State, Attorney General, and the District Attorney.

The years that this was done upon a statement of Mr. Goddard, that Mr. Bailey, who has charge of the Indian trust funds, had taken from the iron safe a large amount of State bond and coupons belonging to that fund, and that they were no longer in possession of the Government. Upon an investigation of the matter in the presence of Bailey, his statement were unfortunately found to be true.--The amount abstracted is about $830,000.

The information upon this matter was first given by Mr. Bailey himself, and it is generally supposed the bonds were used for the purpose of hypothecation, to raise money for temporary purposes; but the panic, by which every description of stocks have been stricken down, rendered the parties unable to redeem them.

The impression is very general that there was no criminal intent on the part of Mr. Bailey, however reprehensible may have been misconduct. Further disclosures, implicating there parties, are anticipated upon his examination.

In the Senate Committee yesterday, the Republicans asked more time before voting on the resolutions before it. Toombs refused to grant the request, and every proposition was voted down. Toombs and Crittenden were the only two who voted for Crittenden's resolutions. The attitude of the Republicans causes a most depressing effect on the whole committee.

A report prevails that the Administration has received dispatches from Charleston to the effect that a revenue cutter had arrived in that neighborhood, and unless orders were immediately given for her withdrawal, South Carolina would seize upon her and take the Government forts. Nothing, however, has been received from Charleston confirmatory of the fact.

Hon. Caleb Cushing returned yesterday from Charleston. His report was considered important enough for an immediate Cabinet consultation.

Mr. Bonham, member of Congress from South Carolina left to-day for his home in that State. McQueen will go in the morning, and Mr. Boyce will start early next week.

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