Mr. Seward's Organ on Southern representation — again.The New York Times stands up to its advocacy of the President's policy, thus giving the South good ground to hope that Mr. Seward (and if he, Mr. Johnson,) will not abandon the position he has taken. We have room for only the following detached paragraphs: ‘ "The popular approval of the sentiments and policy of the President's message can come from nothing but calm sense and good feeling, and should be a mark to guide every step of Congress toward reconstruction. It is the duty of Congress to have primary regard, in all that it does, to the spirit of conciliation with which the message was pervaded, and to which the popular heart everywhere has so warmly responded. Our Representatives could possibly make no greater mistake than to disregard this popular feeling, and fall in with the policy of obstruction and delay which some extreme men are laboring for with great persistency. "It ought never to be forgotten that the faith of the Government has been, in a certain measure, pledged to the Southern States for an early restoration of their State functions. "The Southern States are now awaiting their promised privilege of resuming "their functions as States of the Union." So far as the action of the Executive goes, but one thing remains to be done to complete this: the withdrawing of the commissions given to the Provisional Governors, and thus making way for the Governors elected by the people. The President has signified his intention to do this within a very few days. Thereby he will fully redeem, so far as his action is concerned, all the faith pledged in the name of the Government. There will remain but one thing to be done by any branch of the Government to complete the reconstruction. That is the readmission of the Southern representatives into the National Legislature. "The dealings of the States lately subdued from rebellion with the Executive were dealings with the Government; and they carried with them a certain faith, which all branches of the Government should recognize and respect. "The success [of the President's merciful policy], though not perhaps in every minute particular all that could be desired, has yet, on the whole, been far greater than any one would have dared to predict while the conflict was yet raging. The manifestations of good-will and confidence by the President, through which this success in reconstruction thus far has been gained, ought to be kept up by Congress in its completion of the work. The policy to which the Government, through the Executive, has committed itself, should be maintained consistently to the end. If what President Johnson calls the 'invitation' to the Southern States be now exchanged by Congress for repulses, it will be an assumption of the gravest responsibility. The consistency, and we believe we may say the good faith, of the Government must suffer from it; and new animosities will be excited throughout the South which will not die away for years. The approval of the President's message by the people North and South is a popular ratification of the policy he has acted upon. Let Congress set itself against all attempts to contravene it." ’ The New York World's Washington correspondent thus describes the author of the foregoing argument, Hon. H. J. Raymond, and predicts that he will distance Thad. Stevens and lead the House: ‘ "I think that Mr. Raymond attracts much more attention and centres more real interest than any other member. Judging, too, from the many cards sent in to him, and his frequent absence from his seat, he attracts considerable attention outside the House. In the House, and thus far, he is altogether unassuming, almost retiring. Although he is one of the most prominent men in the majority, he pleads a personal minority — youth as a Congressman and inexperience in the rules and usages. So he modestly rises to "inquire," and manifests that innocent, yet earnest, desire for information about matters upon which, perhaps, he is more thoroughly "posted" than any man on the floor. ’ "I am inclined to think, however, before the session is much older, the House will find that while Old Thad. Stevens does the 'stern parent' and other heavy business, young Mr. Raymond will appear as the leading juvenile in that stock company. His versatility attracts, already, much attention, particularly his daring act of double bare-back riding round the ring; and if he succeeds in all his performances as well, it will not be many weeks before he is ring-master of the Radicals, as well as stage manager of the Conservative members of the company.
Washington Items.We copy from the Evening Star of the 18th:
Terrible explosion at the arsenal--ten men killed — a Number Missing.This afternoon, a terrific explosion was heard in the direction of the arsenal, shaking buildings in the very heart of the city; and soon it was ascertained that the explosion had taken place in a small building, about twenty by forty feet to the left of the main walk and near the large magazines. As soon as the explosion was heard, officer Weeden sounded an alarm of fire from box seventeen, which brought down steamers two and three and the hook and ladder, and in a little time large numbers of persons were around the grounds, but none were allowed to enter but the firemen and police. Numbers of women and children were seen frantically running back and forth near the gates and making inquiries for their friends. The guards were immediately doubled around the magazines, and the workmen were at once directed to leave. In a short time, however, the fire in the material which composed the building and in a large pile of boxes was extinguished, preventing another building, in which a large amount of ammunition was stored from taking fire. The terrible scene immediately after the explosion was only equalled by the scene at the explosion in June, 1864, some of the corpses being burned, blackened, and torn so as to expose the entrails, and none being recognizable from the features. There were seven found dead. The following are known to have been killed: Jeremiah Mahoney, Patrick Reardan, James Moran, Michael McDermott, John Freely, Marshland Whiteley, John Meehan and Peter McGariehey. Mahoney's body was recognized by an account book in a pocket of his pants. Martin Kyle was taken out horribly burned and mangled, and was at once removed to the hospital. James Lawler, who was near the building at the time, was badly burned, and Charles Linn, who was setting on the powder-cart near by at the time, was so badly burned that he is not expected to live. He, with the mule and cart, were thrown a short distance, and the mule was also badly torn and burned. John Crane was severely burned about the head, hands and feet. One of his feet is badly injured by a splinter. Hopes are entertained of his recovery. The deceased, as well as those injured, have all been in the army and discharged, preference being given, in employing men, to those from the army. Colonel Benton was promptly on the ground, and superintended the operations to stay the flames, and the Two Hundred and Fourteenth Pennsylvania regiment, on duty at the post, rendered valuable assistance.
Small-Pox.The small-pox is prevailing to a considerable extent among the colored population, and a number of deaths have occurred. Several have been picked up in the streets in an advanced stage of the disease. The Freedmen's Bureau is energetically attending to the matter, and adopting measures that will obviate all cause for uneasiness.
Secretary Stanton left the city on Saturday morning on a visit to his mother, at Cambria, Ohio, where he intends to spend the holidays. During his absence, Assistant Secretary Eckart is acting secretary.