The administration of the land act is denounced by the landlords.

Oscar Wilde says that he has defined "aeestheticism" two hundred times since his arrival.

The Massachusetts Republican Association yesterday adopted resolutions in memory of Garfield.

At Lima the news of the coming of the U. S. Commissioners caused a decided improvement in the money market.

The evidence in the first star route case will be given to the grand jury on the 21st inst. The decision is anxiously awaited.

A safety seat for theatres and halls has been invented. The seats can be made to simultaneously fold into recesses in the floor.

John Ennis, manager of the recent walking match in New York, had to mortgage his real estate in order to pay even a part of the prizes.

President Arthur has not yet decided on a Secretary of the Navy or a Secretary of the Interior. He reads the newspapers and studies public sentiment on the matter.

The resident alumni of Dartmouth College held their second annual meeting at Manchester, N. H., yesterday. Many distinguished guests were present at the banquet which followed.

The public debt statement issued yesterday shows the total indebtedness of the United States to be $2,018,869,697.85. There was a reduction during the month of December of $12,793,623.56.

Italian papers are speaking with surprise of "Miss Alice Blaine, daughter of ex-Secretary Blaine, travelling through Italy without a chaperone." As Miss Blaine is at home in Washington, some adventuress is probably assuming Miss Blaine's name.

Last week, one W. P. Brown, a laborer in the Treasury Department, made a serious charge against Senator Sherman, before the Senate Committee. When put on oath yesterday he denied the statement, and confessed that the whole story was a lie.

It is said that Judge Advocate-General Swain declares the proceedings in the case of Cadet Whitaker illegal, because the court-martial was ordered by President Hayes without any request from the department commander. It is contended that the President has no power to convene an army court-martial, except in certain contingencies. The question will probably be referred to the attorney-general.

THE WEATHER.WASHINGTON, D. C., Jan. 4, 1882, 1 A. M. For New England generally colder, partly cloudy weather and light snow, higher barometer, and northwest to northeast winds.

At about 1 o'clock this morning the thermometer began to lower steadily until 4 A. M., at which time it stood 4 deg. above zero.