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.
were the only two who voted for Crittenden
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
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.
, member of Congress from South Carolina
left to-day for his home in that State.
will go in the morning, and Mr. Boyce
will start early next week.