Improvements at the White House.
The Yankee Presidential mansion has just been furnished complete by Messrs. Carryl & Bro., of Philadelphia. The house has been newly papered throughout, carpeted, curtained and several of the upper rooms supplied with new and elegant furniture. We copy a description of the "new fixins" by a correspondent of the Philadelphia Inquirer:
The carpet for he East Room is a very rich Axminister, woven in one entire piece - 100 by 50 feet. It was made and designed expressly for this apartment. The pattern consists of three medallions, so arranged as to form one grand medallion of the whole room, and presents a most magnificent appearance. The design is Mr. Carryl's, and displays a taste of the most recherche character. The entire ground-work is composed of boquets and wreaths of flowers and fruit pieces.
The curtains are of rich crimson satin, trimmed with gold fringe and tassels.
The lace curtains were designed and made in Switzerland expressly for this room. They are six yards long and two yards wide, and are of the finest needle work ever brought to this country. These splendid hangings are mounted with magnificent gilt cornices of national design, representing a shield and the United States coat of arms - the design and manufacture both being Mr. Carryl's.
The paper hangings of the East Room are of rich crimson, garnet and gold, and were also manufactured expressly for this room. They are of precisely the same design as the hangings of Louis Napoleon's reception room in the Tuileries. The whole room now presents a more gorgeous appearance that it has ever done, and it rivals in appearance, perhaps, and similar apartment in the world.
The Blue Room has also been newly papered and carpeted, and new coverings pu on the furniture. The whole windows hav been newly covered with brocatelle and lace Next comes the Crimson Room, which i Mrs. Lincoln's principal reception room This has been entirely newly furnished The furniture covering is magnificent French brocade satin, crimson, maroon and white
The window-curtains, carpet and paper-hangings are all in keeping with the elegant furniture of the apartment. In this room is also a grand action piano forte, from Philadelphia. The hall and stairways have all been newly carpeted and decorated. The President's private dining-room has also been newly furnished with green silk brocatelle. The diplomatic dining-room has also received similar attention in the matter of refurnishing, &c.
The Guest Room, in which Prince Albert Edward was domiciled, on his late visit to this country, has been fitted up in the richest possible style. The curtains are of royal purple satin, trimmed with rich gold bullion fringe and tassels. The carpet is a heavy Wilton. The furniture is of the richest carved rosewood. The paper-hangings correspond with the balance of the room, giving the whole a regal appearance. The President's Room has also been entirely refurnished, as also the Private Secretary's, Mr. Nicolay, and that of the Assistant Private Secretary, Mr. Hay.
The sleeping rooms and the various other apartment have also been refurnished in appropriate style; while altogether the whole of the superb improvements reflect the highest credit upon the firm to whom was entrusted the refurnishing of the mansion. Mrs. Lincoln has expressed herself in the highest terms gratified with the change the house has undergone, and every preson who visits the White House must cordially agree with her.
A QUAINT INDORSEMENT -- Franklin W. Smith, a Boston Contractor, was tried by court martial and found guilty of pocketing a thousand or two dollars out of a con ract with the Navy Department for supplies. The report of the court martial was ent to President Lincon for his examina ion, who returned it with this characteristic n orsement:
"Whereas, Franklin W. Smith has transactions with the United States Navy Department to a million and a quarter of dollars, and had the chance to steal a quarter of a million; and hereas he was charged with stealing only $10,000, and from a final revision of the testimony it is only claimed that he stole $100, I don't believe he stole anything at all.
"Therefore, The records of the court martial, together with the finding and sentence, are disapproved, declared null and void, and the defendant is fully dischared. A. LINCOLN"
WE understand from the following, which we cut from the Boston Transcript, that Mr. CONWAY has not been very favorably impressed with Mr. LINCOLN:
The lecture of Rev. M.D. Conway, at the Tremont Temple, last evening, delivered before the "Emancipation League," was characterized by [beauty?], force, [wit?], satire, and eloquence. It sparkled with gems of thought set in jewelled caskets of expression. President Lincoln, if he enjoys a quiet joke as much as it is said that he does, would have been amused at his portraiture, as [?] by this lecturer. HE gave a detailed account of an interview with the President. It appeared to him that Mr. Lincoln would like to have God on his side, but he must have Kentncky. He was honest, and sagacious, [but?] subject to injurious influences, within the White House. [If?] the war should be concluded, and the [unmitigated?] [curse?] of the land remain, the most ardent Universalist would require a special dispensation to save the memory of the man from enternal damnation.
LATEST FROM THE NORTH.
We received last night, at a late hour, New York, Philadelphia and Baltimore papers so late as the 14th. The news is important. The Northern papers report a heavy battle at Harper's Ferry, on last Wednesday, in which our forces were repulsed. The account was, that General Loring had crossed the Potomac at Williamsport simultaneously with the crossing of Jackson and Lee, at Leesburg. Instead of marching towards Hagerstown, he had taken the river road by the canal down the river in the direction of Harper's Ferry.
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