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Washington news.

The attendance of visitors at the White House Tuesday was mostly confined to a few prominent officials, including Generals Grant, Kilpatrick, Howard, Logan, and Senators Guthrie and Wilson, Hon. Daniel S. Dickinson, Judge Swayne, of the Supreme Court, and Mr. Trenholm late Secretary of the Treasury of the Confederate States. The President gave audiences to them all.

None of the new committees got into working order to-day, although there is a large amount of business already referred to them. The House Judiciary Committee have six new propositions before them to amend the Constitution of the United States.

Several prominent New Jersey Republican politicians are here, urging the Senate Judiciary Committee to make an early decision in the case of Senator Stockton, of that State. The Senate has two precedents, one for and the other against the issue involved in this case.

Senator Collamer's death will be announced in both Houses on Thursday, and the usual obituary address delivered. An adjournment to Monday will then take place.

The New York delegation in Congress have been caucusing actively to-day on the question of the New York collectorship. The chances appear to favor Chauncey M. Depew, late Secretary of State of New York.

General Logan to-day declined the Mexican mission. It is intimated that he does not consider the policy of the Government decisive enough towards Maximilian.

Resolutions will be introduced in both Houses to-morrow, requesting the Secretary of War to suspend mustering out the veteran reserve corps officers until Congress shall decide whether they shall form part of the regular army.

A full Cabinet meeting was held to-day, though of short duration.

A War Breeze.

Washington, December 12.
--The general gossip is, that the co-operative movement in both branches of Congress yesterday respecting the Maximilian power in Mexico portends the gathering of a war cloud. Those who have been looking for a speedy accommodation of the condition of the country to a stable peace basis have become nervously excited, the existing reticence of the Government only serving to produce gloomy imagining.--Sun.

Post-Office Affairs.

The Postmaster-General has ordered the following: At Old Point Comfort, Va., appoint Edward F. Krebs postmaster, vice Alexander Crane, deceased. Re-open Buford's, Bedford county, Va., and appoint Miss Lucy C. Butler postmistress, vice Wm. J. Parker. At Dranesville, Fairfax county, appoint C. W. Coleman postmaster, vice Wm. Dyer, declined.

The Supreme Court test oath.

Mr. Garland, of Arkansas, formerly a member of the Supreme Court, moved the Court to restore him to practice without taking the required oath, that he did not willfully give aid and comfort to the rebellion. The Court holds the matter under advisement. [Our previous reports of this case, it will be remembered, state that Mr. Garland would argue the question on the 15th instant, and test the constitutionality of the oath requirement.]

The Public Printing.

An idea of the large amount of printing and binding during the current year is furnished by the fact that the Superintendent of Public Printing asks Congress for an additional appropriation of $600,000.

Committee on the Southern States.

The Republican Representatives from New York have indicated their desire that Hon. Roscoe Conklin be appointed a member of the joint committee to inquire into the condition of the late Southern Confederacy.

France, Mexico and the United States.

It is also rumored that the Emperor Napoleon has addressed a letter direct to the Secretary of State asking our Government to recognize the empire of Maximilian as the government de facto, and that the Secretary of State is preparing a reply.-- National Intelligencer, yesterday.

Tex Chartered.

The National Valley Bank of Staunton, Virginia, was yesterday granted a charter.


We learn that Mr. William J. Walker, passenger agent in this city for the Baltimore and Ohio railroad, has resigned his position, having been appointed general passenger agent for the Virginia and Tennessee railroad. Mr. Walker has always been attentive and obliging in the situation he has lately occupied, and we are sure he will give satisfaction in his new position.--Washington Chronicle.

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