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i Washington, D. C, March 17, 1883. i If Washington no longer has Congress, the Star Route trial still lingera, and it ; has been rendered uuusually interesting i this week by Dorsey and Brady, the ac- cused, appearing as witnesses. Th'e crim: inal court room is filled every day now to overflowing, and many ladies attend. i Neitlier of the defendants testifled in the i former trial, but in face of the accumulation of evidence that has so steadily fastened its coils around them, they have been forced toconfront the people's justly dreaded attorneys anü undergo a croas examination in order to testify in their own behalf. The future of the defendants depends solely upon their success in breaking down the testimony of the people's witnesses, and they are swearing v.j unniab uinu, ui course tuey are not compelled to crimínate theraselves, nor will their council ask any questions calculated to euibarrass them, and so longas Messrs. Ingersoll and Wilsoii condunt the examination all will be well with them. But in the fiery furnace of the cross-examination will .be seen how far thedefense are willing to#o into the merits of their case with their own witnesses. For, if they undertake to confine their testimony to a mere contradictioii of Kerdell and Walsh, and to prevent a thorough and searching examination of all the acts charged against the accused, the ury as well as the public will be able to see through the sdieme. They are only wastins time in trying to prove the extent of Rerdell's corruption, for the fact that ie once formed a part of their combinaion and was the style of material they could make serviceable proves their opinon of him. Minnesota, is in the city, and is making the rounds of the Department andgetUng acquainted wfth the people who may bê of use to him next winter. He shows an adaptation to practical statesmanship, and takes to the business like a vetenin. Personally, Jlr. Sabin is a man of striking features. He is above the medium height with dark complexion, dark eyes, and jet black hair. He has a square, firm face wears a long drooping moustache, and the peculiar mannerof arranging lus hair makes him resem ble Senator Logan, of Illinois. After canyasslng the city thoroughly for available quarters, the Civil Service Commission has decided to occupy rooms in the City Hall, and will take possession as soon as furniture can be procured. Officials in the Departments who have met the member8 of the commission have been much pleased with them. Mr. Eaton has been known and apprecitated previously, but Judge Thoman and Dr. Gregory were strangers. The latter was the Illinois commissioner to the Paris Exposition. , The members say they are getting a large e ainount of advice, and are surprlsed to ;- find in the Departments so intelligent ís and and liearty asympathj' with the woik - of the comtnission, and an almost univere sal expression of hope tliat its mission n shall not be a failure. When they get e fairly to work, it is expected a very large i number of candidates will appcar, for exe aminatlons will be a permiuent feature of f Washington life. No appointinent or e nomination will be necessary to eu;ible a r person to enter forexamlnation, nor need f the fact of one passing it rcsult in an api pointmeut to office. But, upon passing s a certain certifícate will be given, which can be used to secure emplo3rment from ! private persons and corporations, as well as to secure entrance to the public service. The old board frequently had as many as ! three hundred peisons undereznniination 1 at a time, and it is probable that room ! will have to be provided for many more than that number. A work of desecration is being perpetrated on Judiciary Square, one of fho beautiful parks of the city, on a corner of which stands the City Hall. The new 1 Pension Office is to oocupy the site, and the excavations that have been made for the purpose have entirtly obliterated every trace of the park, and transformed it into a clay bank. It cannot but be a matter of regret that these refreshing green spots in the midst of monotonous repetitions of houses and streets should be appropriate.


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