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HAPPY NEW YEAR
HISTORICAL RECOLLECTIONS BY
THK LOBE'- FIEND.
How It Was Observed In St. Paul— -A Su
perb Day and Calls Numerous— Sobriety
the Order of the Day— Col. Allen's Splen
did Feast--The Multitude Throng: to See
Him—The Day Elsewhere.
Like a true courtier the year 1880 made its
bow to tho universe yesterday morning,
smiling. Paradoxical as it may seem, every
new performance of tbe resistless magician,
and every notch scored by the great an
nihilator on the mile board of time is re
ceived with manifestations of delight the
world over. At any rate the first morning
of the new year dawned on St. Paul bright
and beautiful. Like the offspring of so ven
erable and honored a father, the latest pro
geny of Time conducted itself in tbe most
decorous and seemly manner.
Without awaiting the pretentious develop
ments that may lie in the chrysalis of the year
that was born- on yesterday, the blushing
cherub of Time was received by humanity
with open arms, much in the same manner
as a bride is accepted at the altar, for better
or for worse. In point of weather, a more
perfect day than yesterday could not be de
sirable. Not the least notable feature of the
day was the crowning manner in which old
Sol conducted himself, who did his level
best to make the day a success.
The sun shone resplendently and the air
was sweet, crisp and almost as balmy as
A layer of well packed snow made tho best
of sleighing, and this species of delightful
recreation was enjoyed by an unusually large
number of citizens. The time honored cus
tom of observing the advent of the new year
can be traead back to the earliest practices of
In the day 3of the Roman empire the
commencement of the new year was made a
time for special rejoicing. Sumptuous feasts
were spread, and in honor of tbe old super
stitions, it was the custom for every Koman
to propitiate his guiding genius by offerings
of frankincense and costly gifts. The favors
of Juno, the haughty goddess of the day,
were carried by unusual sacrifices, which
usually consisted of tho offering up of a
Tho day was marked by one of the prin
oipal t- wiits in the Koman government, the
installation of the consuls, who took their
Beats on this day amidst ths most profound
and elaborate ceremonies. By some of the
more corrupt emperors the day was signal
iz ed by the exaction of rich and costly gifts,
and tbe courtier who made tho most valu
able presents was accorded the first place in
the esteem of the sovereign.
In Japan the advent of the New Year is
observed with unusual ceremonies. It is
the custom to propitiate the evil and guard
ing geniuses, and various are the means em
ployed to accomplish this laudablo purpose,
which is frequently accomplished by no less
an offering than a crawfish.
In Siam and other heathen countries the
inhabitants flee into their houses on New
Year's, remaining indoors for three days,
tbe snperstitition being that by so doing
they avoid contact with the spirit of evil,
which ia supposed to be rampant for the
The wassail-bowl and mistletoe celebra
tions of Scotland and Merry England are
too well known to require detailed men
tion, while on this day all Paris is absorbed
in a perfect mania for gift-making. The
day is a perfect bonanza for the confection
ers, who reap a rich harvest of shekels
from the sale of bon-bons, in the giving of
whioh there is manifested a perfect frenzy.
As to America, everybody knows how the
New Year is observed in this country. Ev
erybody calls on everyone else, and all aro
supposed to have a good time generally. It
is made the special occasion to form new ac
quaintanoes, and most of all, to perpetuate
old friendship. Like many othar features of
modern times, however, the custom has de
generated, and while it has grown in extent,
it has lost many of its charming features by
assuming tho form of a stilted and common
Once was, when the gallant of continental
times, in making his rounds on this day,
was acourded the privilege of saluting his
lady acquaintances with a kiss, but things
have changed since the days of the Knicker
hackers, and modern society does things
In St. Paul on yesterday the fashion of
making calls was observed throughout the
city. St. Paul belles are famous for their
matchless charm in entertaining. The
clatter of hoofs and rush of vehicles kept up
a pleasant din in all tho resident thorough
fares, and troops of gentlemen callers might
have been seen intently scanning their list of
lady callers as published in yesterday's issue
of the Globe. The pernicions, not to say
beastly, custom of offering wines and other
strong drinks was honored more in the breach
than the observancs, thanks to the good
sense of those- receiving. The day and ap
pointments were simply perfect, and every
one seemed to make the best of the oppor
(of. Allen's Festival.
A recognized and pleasantly looked for
ward to feature of the} day in St. Pan), es
pecially by tbe old settlers, is the reception
and spread by Col. Allen, of the Merchants.
Past experience led the Colonel's army of
friends to expect an extra treat yesterday,
and they were not disappointed. Eleven
o'clock was the hour announced for the
spread, but even before that time Urge num
bers of lead'sg citizens began t> assemble
to pay '.heir respects, extend congratulations
and wish their host and friend many returns.
At 11 o'clock the doors of the ladies' ordinary
was thrown open and the guests invited inside
to partake of the feast of good things pre
pared. And it waa a feast. Col. Allen's
spreads are famous, bnt he turns over a new
leaf for 1880 by making it more magnifi
cent and tempting than any of its prede
cessors. The tables were elegantly deoo
rated as well as loaded with all the choicest
luxuries attainable. The mammoth punch
bowl supplied supurb egg-nogg, which,
like the widow's cruse of oil, was inex
haustible. A happier assembly it would be
hard to find, and Col. Allen's health
was drank (and eaten) several hundred times
by the multitude of friends who congre
gated. It seemed as though everybody was
there, and it would be easier to enumerate
the absentees than those present. We trust
that there are a host of "happy New Years"
in store for the Colonel. He is sure to make
them happy for all his friends, and that in
At the Metropolitan.
Cols. Beljte and Farrington. of the Met
ropolitan, received their friends in handsome
Style. Col. Belote himself did tho honors,
ushering the callers, after tho customary
compliments had been passed, into the bil
liard room, where a bountifal repast of meats
and oonfections was spread, the whole
flanked by a generous bowl of egg-nogg, over
which Snyder presided with his acous
t jmed eiss and grace
Tisited by Bis Pariahoners.
Yesterday Father I'ayette, of the Church
of St. Louis, was paid a New Year's visit by
bis parishoners. Services were held at the
chnroh, aftar which the member?, in a body,
visited their pastor at the parsonage. Happy
greetings were the order of the day, and a
formal address, full of good feeling and
cordial support, was made to the father in
behalf of the parish by Mr. Berthiaume.
Following this a "Happy New Year" was
given and taken, and the visitors departed.
On leaving, many placed about the room
gifts of various kinds; some of the packages
upon being opened were found to contain
something more valuable than tbe marked
oontonts. In one two twenty dollar gold
pieces were deposited. The reunion alto
gether was very pleasant, and the evidence
of esteem made manifest is very grateful to
THE PRESIDENTIAL BECEniON.
Washin«toii, Jan. I.— There was an unu
sually large attendance to-day at the New
Year's reception of President and Mrs.
Hayes. The executive mansion was elabo
rately and tastefully decorated with flags,
evergreens and blossoming plants. Tbe
chandeliers in all the parlors were trimmed
with smilax, and cut flowers were used in the
greatest profusion to adorn the tables and
mantels. The Presidential party consisted
of President and Mrs. Hayes, Vice President
Wheeler, Mrs. McKee, Miss Matthews, Miss
Cook and Miss Mart indale , of Indiana, ladies
visiting at the executive mansion, Mr. Webb
Hayes and Col. Casey. Tbe nsual order of
reception was observed.
AT BT. LOUIS.
St. Louis, Jan. 1. — New Year's day was
characterized by a more general observance
of the oustoui of congratulatory calls than
for several years past. The weather was
warm and a thaw prevailed. No casualties
It is reported to be in contemplation to
establish a bank at Sleepy Eye next spring.
George Tnfft, of Plainview, Wabashaw
county, lost bin house by fire the other
day. A portion of the furniture was
Mr. Berry is building a steam mill in Mar
shall. He has recently removed his family
to that place, and taken up his permanent
A drunken tramp last week spent a night
in a barn at East Henderson, Sibley county,
and came out in the morning with his feet
Fred Halverson of Urness, armed with an
axe, gave chase the other day to a full
grown otter, and succeeded in capturing and
dispatching him. • ...
Blun Earth county has paid for IGI wolf
scalps daring the past year. The county
pays a bounty of $5, and the State $3, mak
ing $8 for each soalp.
J. Q. Adams & Co., of St. Paul, are about
to build at once, at Fergus Falls, a horse ele
vator. This firm are building elevators at
Brandon and Brighton.
A boy in Faribault the other day fell into
a well fifteen feet deep, while drawing water
and his sister drew him out with a rope, not
much damaged by his cold bath.
Augustas Rider, of Milto la, Douglas coun
ty, was recently very badly injured by the
bursting of a gun, whiou he was carelessly
and indisoretly handling. He will recover.
Dan Berry, of Sleepy Eye, while hunting
on a late Sunday afternoon, had one of his
legs broken in two places. The surgeons
chloroformed him and put his leg in proper
On Christmas day A. E. Somerville, of
Speepy Eye, was knocked down and run
over by some one driving a cutter at break
neck speed. He was much bruised, but for
tunately escaped fatal injury.
A postoffice has been established at Kin
dred (Shell river) in Wadena county, and
William Kindred is appointed postmaster.
A mail route has also been established be
tween Kindred and Verndale.
On a late morning Thurston Land, living
near Fergus Falls, was found lying by the
road crossing Opperman lake, with life
nearly extinot, guarded by his faithful dog.
He was drunk the night before, and probably
fell from his sleigh, and there he lay in sight
of his hsuse, while his loving wife sat up
during the entire night waiting for his com
ing. He was taken to his house, but never
Early on Christmas morning a fire broke
out in the attio of the building in Brainerd
owned and occupied by J. M. Hartly, as a
fruit and confectionery store. By the most
energetic exertions of the "hre bucket bri
gade" the fire was confined to the building
where it originated, thns saving the village
from a devastating conflagration. The
weather was bitter cold, the thermometer
marking from 50 to 52 degrees below zeto.
Several of the brave men who fought the fire
had finger?, ears and toes frozen.
Alexandria (Douglas county) Post, Deo.
26 : Bey. John Salmon, minister of the
gospel, preached his last sermon in the Bap
tist church ibout two weeks ago, on the 85th
anniversary of his birthday. Last Thursday
be walked down town and called in our of
fice for the last time. He complained of
not feeling very well, went home and lay
down, and at 10 o'clock, Sunday evening,
his spirit entered the Saint's Best For all his
ministerial labors he never asked nor re
ceived a dollar of compensation.
The Little Falls Transcript says: Mr.
H. Burrall, of Swan Biver, has had remark
ably good success in the honey business
during the past season. Last spring he
had twenty-seven swarms, and during the
season he stored a little over twenty-one
hundred pounds of honey, and now has
twenty five swarms in winter quarters. If
I Mr. Burrell had saved all the swarms, he
would now have over seventy; but he
adopted a plan to gt. us much honey as
possible without increasing the number of
A man residing in the western part of
Stevens county, and living in his claim
shautr. was awakened the other morning by
hearing a noise: he awaited developments,
and pretty soon off went a roof board from
his house, and board after board kept going
until nearly half the roof was gone. The
owner began to think it was time to inves
tigate this, to him, cool proceeding, so he
got up and went out. and discovered a
neighbor, busy piling up the lumber on his
sleigh. Two more surprised men probably
never met, but the owner was equal to the
occasion, the thief was compelled to not
only replace eacb board, but also made
pay for every article that had disappeared
from the premises during the season.
Texas & Pacific Railway Gontract.
Philadelphia, Jan. 1. — It has been au
thoritatively learned that the contract for the
construction of the Texas & Pacific railroad,
from Fort Wayne to El Paso, a distance of
750 miles, was signed yesterday. The price
paid is said to be $20,000 per mile in first
mortgage bonds of the company.
ST. PAUL, FRIDAY MORNING, JANUARY 2, 1880.
GENERAL AND POLITICAL OLD
The Famine In Persia Increasing— Only
Five Months Supplies for Seven Months—
Dli quieting Rumors in Germany Owing
to Reported Negotiations Between France
and Russia— Movements of British
Troops lv Afghanistan— Miscellaneous.
INDIA AND AFGHAN.
London, Jan. 1. — A dispatoh from Cabul,
dated the 22d, reports among the stipula
tions presented by Mahommed Jan as a basis
for peace, were tho retirement to India of the
British force at Cabul, and that a promise
be given to send back the ameer, two British
offioers to remain at Cabul as hostages for
the fulfillment of the promise.
GEN. BAKEB'S WOBK. ,
The viceroy of India telegraphs as fol
lows: Gen. Boberts reports, Deo. 30th, that
the force under command of Gen. Baker,
whioh left Cabul on the 27th of December,
is returning from Kohiaton, having destroyed
unopposed the port of the rebel chief Mio
baoba, whioh was found unoccupied. Sev
eral Eohistan and Logar chiefs have ten
dered their submission.
LOSSES OF THE ENEMY.
The enemy's losses in killed and wounded
during the last fortnight are estimated at
3,000. On the 30th of December Gen. Bright
made a descent upon some of the villages
where the inhabitants had been prominent
in harraesing British outposts, and took
them by surprise. The weather is fine, bat
THE EMFEBOB AND CZABEVITOH.
St. Petebsbdbo, Jan. 1. — The Oolos an
nounces it is proposed to enact a special
punishments for persons convicted of pro
pogating nihilism doctrines among the
At a review of some of the regiments of
the guard yesterday the emperor made a
speech to the troops expressing the con
viction that they wili serve the czarevitch as
faithfully as they bad served him. . The em
peror then saluted the czarevitch. At a din
ner given on the anniversary of the crossing
of the Balkans, the emperor entered the hall
leadiog the czarina and accompanied by tbe
The foregoing is interesting in connection
with the recent sensational reports of a vio
lent disagreement between the emperor and
FANINE IN MBSIA.
LoNoon, Jan. 1. — A cabinet oounoil will
be held Saturday. * *
The Turkish missions aid society have
written to the Times regarding the famine
in northern Persia, stating they have receiv
ed a telegram from Oasmiah to the effect
that the famine in all that region is increas
ing daily and that unless strenuous efforts
are made to send help from England and
America a great number of the population
must perish. There are only a five months'
supply of food to sustain the people for the
next seven months.
AID FOB IRELAN D.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul in
France, has resolved to have a speoial col
lection in each of its conferences to relieve
the distress in Ireland.
Paws, Jan. I.— Gen. Cialdini, Italian
minister, has presented to President Grevy
his letters of recall.
NEW FBENCH MINISXBY.
London, Jan. 1. — A Berlin correspondent
hears from a good source that a circular note
has been signed and will be issued by De
freycenet. It will declare that the new min
istry will remain true to its former political
traditions and will uphold a policy of peace.
The same correspondent says ; It is doubt
ful whether Challemel LaconrV appointment
to succeed Count De St. Vollier will be wel
come here because of his former violent at
tacks upon Bismarck.
London, Jan. 1. — The Post hns the fol
lowing from Berlin : Disquieting rumors
continue to circulate here regarding the oon
duct of the French ambassador at St. Peters
burg, who is charged with violent Busso
philism and with intrigueing against Ger
many. Numerous arrests continue in Rus
sia. A number of army offioers have re
cently been imprisoned, charged with com
plicity in Nihilist plots.
THE TAY DISASTER.
London, Jan. 1. — Diving in the Tay at
the scene of the recent bridge disaster has
been suspended, owing to boisterous weather.
The railway authorities say there is little
doubt that the bodies have been washed
seaward, and a boat expedition is being or
ganized to searoh for them.
London, Jan. 1. — A Vienna correspondent
announces the Porte has promised to send a
special commissioner to Gusinje with a doc
ument certifying the transfer of Gusinje and
Plava to the Montenegrins.
Lomdon, Jan. 1. — A dispatch from Cairo
says one of the Abyssinian chiefs who fa
vored an aggressive policy has been recalled
from the frontier by King John. It is
thought at Cairo that this step Indicates the
king has adopted a pacific attitude.
London, Jan. 1. — The brigade of Gen. Sir
Evelyn Wood, one of the commanders in
the Zulu war, by the queen's desire, will ac
company the ex-Empress Eugenia to Zulu
land-, in February.
A Vienna correspondent emphatically de
nies that the Austrian 1 ) have established a
reign of terror in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
A Berlin dispatch says 20,000 tons of steel
rails have juat been ordered in Westphalia
for the American market.
The steamer Anchosia. from New York,
arrived at Moville, yesterday. She lost her
quartermaster, and had her boats smashed
during heavy weather.
A St. Petersburg dispatch says General
Count Paul Ignatteff, president of the min
isterial commission, a member of the council
of State, and father of Gen. Ignatieff, is
A Berlin correspondent reports Prince
Bismarck is expected to arrive at Berlin
Sunday. The emperor has specially re
quested him to return, being of opinion
that the climate of Varz is not beneficial to
An Alexandria dispatch says Ishmael
Eryood Pasha has been appointed governor
of Sandan vice Garday Pasha resigned.
The young people of Scandinavian na
tionality in Fergus Falls, Otter Tail county,
have organized a society termed Norden,
composed of twenty-two members.
GRANT IN THE SOUTH-
Enthusiastic Receptions at Savannah. Oa.,
and Beaufort, S. C.
Augusta, Ga., Jan. I.— Gen. Grant and
party left this morning for Beaufort and
Savannah. The day was beautiful and the
visitors were waited on by the mayor and
counoilmen, and escorted to the Union de
pot by a band of mosio and the colored
SOUTH CABOLTHA'S WXLOOMK.
Chableston, 8. 0., Jan. I.— Upon the an
nouncement that Gen. Grant would visit
Beaufort, an impromptu reception was ar
ranged this morning by the leading citizens,
irrespective of party. An immense con
course of all claEßes proceeded to the de
pot with bands of music and a copious
display of bunting. Two colored military
companies, the Beaufort light infantry and
the Sumner guards, were out The Beaufort
volunteer artillery, the crack white company,
was on the road leading to town, with one
field piece, firing a salute of thirteen guns.
Every available vehicle was in requisition
to add to the demonstration of welcome.
At half-past 8 the special train arrived with
Gen. Grant and party and was greeted with
cheers from the crowd of 3,000. The guests
were seated in handsome conveyances.
Gen. and Mrs. Grant and Col. Wilson were
in the first carriage, followed by a proces
sion of citizens. The cavalcade proceeded
through the streets, decorated with flags, to
the hotel. At the entrance to the town was
an arch bearing thejword "Welcome," in
evergreen. Arriving at the hotel, the mayor
extended the hospitalities of the town on
the part of the committee, in a short speech.
Gen. Grant responded as follows::
"It gives me great pleasure to be allowed
the opportunity to visit Beaufort, though
only for an hour. This locality ocoupies a
conspicuous place in history for the last
twenty years. It oertainly has the best qual
ities of the newly emancipated race devel
oped here. I thank you for your hospitable
and warm welcome."
Savannah, Ga., Jan. I.— Grant an J party
arrived at 10 r. m., and were received by
the mayor and board of aldermen and col
lector of port. The colored military, who
had been parading in honor of emancipa
tion day, assembled at the depot with a
band and when the train rolled in gave
loud cheers. Gen. Grant was taken in
charge by the mayor, the remainder of
the party being accompanied to the hotel
by committees of aldermen. The colored
military desiring to accompany Gen. Grant,
the battallionjwas formed, and the carriage
containing the General and the mayor was
escorted from the depot, followed by a large
crowd; At the hotel a considerable number
of whites were gathered, but there was no
demonstration. As the General left the
carriage and ascended the hotel steps thr^e
oheers were given by the colored military.
Marathon county is to hare a new jail.
Logging is brisk on of the Wisconsin
Neenoh millers have paid a . high as $ 1.35
per bushel for wheat.
Col. 0. H. Gill, of Madison, bas received
$5,300 arearages of pension.
A corset factory, with a capital of $10,000,
has been started at Oshkosh.
The Sank County Bepublioan is the name
of a new paper just started at Baraboo.
There are now 310 convicts in tbe State
prison at Waupun, ten of whom are female?.
A Lewis Valley party of hunters have re
oently killed fourteen deer in Trempealeau
A joung son of George Beck, of Platte
ville, had a leg broken and an ankle joint
dislocated last week.
With the exception of one house, and two
poor shanties, there is not an unoccupied
house at Stevens Point.
A convict in the State prison at Waupun
committed suicide, the other day, by hang
ing himself in his cell.
The Primitive Methodist church in Dodge
ville bas been destroyed by fire. Lobs $6,
000. It will be rebuilt.
Christmas night, the dwelling house of
Ira Noyes, near Eau Claire, was destroyed by
fire. Loss, $3,000; insured.
A project is said to be in contemplation
for the erection of a mill at West Bend for
the manufacture of straw paper.
There is a moTement on foot to abolish the
State board of charity and reform at the ap
proaching session of the legislature. .
EiGov. Washbome has tendered the
Southwest Wisconsin Industrial association
a gift of fire acres of land for a fair ground.
BißQop Henni, of Milwaukee, has so far
recovered from bis late, severe and danger*
ons sickness as to be able to sit up and re
ceive his friends.
At Merrillan, the other day, a car of the
Green Bay & Minnesota railroad, loaded
with rags, took fire from spontaneous oom
bostion, and was destroyed. Loss, ¥700.
The heaviest tax payers of Fond da Lao
are making a movement to lessen taxation.
A meeting has been held and oom mitt tee ap
pointed to suggest appropriate legislation.
A Frenchman in Gbippewa county shot
and killed a desperado, the other day, who
was laboring under delirium tremens. The
verdict of the coroner's jury was justifiable
It is reported that a Depere merchant last
fall, in the absence of his wife, seduced their
two female servants, each of whom is about
to become a mother. His wife has sued for
Detective John Barry, of Milwaukee, has
been in the neighborhood of Grand Rapids
for four weeks investigating matters pertain
ing to the recent incendiary fire and supposed
existence of a kuklux organization, the al
leged object of which is to work against
Cochran, the bank cashier, who shot Judge
It is reported that (he Oneida Indians, at
their reservation near Green Bay, have con
cluded to change their system of govern
ment, by dispensing with a chief and adopt
ing a representative form of government, to
consist of a board of councillors and a lower
house — in essenoe a republican form cf gov
On Christmas night a boy 17 years old,
named Alex. McCammond, residing in Osh
kosb, was badly frozen and narrowly escaped
death. The boy bad been out with another
boy named Hay wood, and both had become
intoxicated. In endeavoring to get home in
the evening, McCammond was so drunk that
he dropped down on the sidewalk and went
to sleep. He will lose a few fingers but will
Samuel A. Stone, keeper of the new light
house at Two Bivers, a member of the Four
teenth Wisconsin regiment during the late
war, had extracted from his person, on the
24th inst, a piece of rebel bullet weighing
two and ene-half drachms, which he received
at the siege of Vickaburg. Mr. Stone has
suffered untold misery, more than many
deaths, for years.
Eight!: street and the ice track each present
ed a lively ssene yesterday afternoon , the glori
ous weather having apparently brought out
everything in the driving line in tbe city.
DOWN IN MAINE.
PREPARING FOR WAR IN TIME OF
The State House Approaches and Interior
Guarded by Armed Men— The Charges of
Bribery and Intimidation Against Be
publioans to be Investigated—The Gov
ernor's Questions to the Supreme Court-
New Democratic Dally— Miscellaneous.
THE GOVXBNOB's QUESTIONS.
Boston, Jan. 1. — The Herald 1 » Augusta
special says: It appears that not a single
member of the executive council agreed with
the governor in his determination to ask the
opinion of the supreme court on the ques
tions telegraphed last night. Pillsbury
too, was strongly opposed to the plan. But
the governor, backed by Mr. Gould, made
the concession to publio sentiment But it
is safe to say that tbe governor agrees with
the oounoil that the action of the court will
have no effect on the result The count is
completed and certificates issued. The
questions are so framed that it is expected
answers f avorablo to the f uaionists will be giv
es, and if by any chance a contrary result
should take place nothing can be done about
it. Probably Morrill will concur in this opin
One of the fusion Senators-elect, Isaac T.
Hobson, a Lincoln county Greenbaoker of
Bepublican antooendents, has grieved his
fusion friends here by declaring that the
sole business of the legislature after organ
izing will be the adjustment of the question
of disputed seats, and that nothing else
should be done until that is finished. Hob
son is one of tbe counted in himself. Tbe
fusion managers insist that the election of
Governor and State officers must be pro
ceeded with, and the election oases deferred
as usual. To settle the contested seats and
complete the fraud and bribery investigation
contemplated, would be to leave everything
at loose ends, and the State without a gov
ernor for weeks if not months.
Bangob, Jan. 1. — Chief Justice Appleton
has summoned all the associate justices of
the supreme court to assemble in this oity
to-morrow to consider the questions pro
pounded by Gov. Garcelon.
Boston, Jan. 1. — An Augusta dispatch to
the Advertiser eajs: It is reported on- good
authority that the Democrats have arranged
for the seats of a number of Bepublioans,
and that in case they should determine to
settle the election oases before doing any
thing else they would turn out another Be
publican for every one of those counted out
whom they saw fit to admit and thus pre
serve their majority.
NEW DSMOOBATIO DAILT.
The first number of E. T. Pillsbury's new
Democratic daily paper, the Standard, ap
peared to-day. It has the following concern
ing legislature : The coming session of the
legislature will be one of the most import
ant, interesting and exciting eve; held in the
State. For the first time in twenty-four
years the opponents ef the Republican party
will be in a majority in both branches, and
in control of the State government.
Boston, Jan. I.— A special from Augusta
states that the approaches to the State house
are dosed and guarded, and that armed men
are also posted in various parts of the inter
ior of the building, for the purpose of af
fording the authorities any protection that
may be needed.
GTTABDINO THB CAPITAL.
Augusta, Jan. 1. — The armed guard'atthe
State house is there only in the night time,
and then not to keep away any one who has
business at the capitol. The authorities ex
plain that suoh force is deemed prudent on
account of threats meie in publio meetings,
and otherwise of forcible resistance to regu
larly constituted •uthority. It is very quiet
here now, nothing of public interest having
occurred. Fusionists and Bepublioans will
be here in large numbers by Saturday. It is
expected the decision of the court at Bangor
on the questions at issue will be rendered by
Highly Favorable Statistics for 1878-Ex
traordlnary Silver Production of 1879.
Denveb, Col., Jan. I.— Statistics published
this morning show that 1879 has been the
most prosperous year of Colorado history.
The failures were fewer and the amounts
less. Within six months 1,500 new dealers
have opened up different branches of trade.
The farmers bad an unusually fine season
and are in eaßy financial condition, as are
all other interests in the State. Gity mer
chants have received much patronage that
has heretofore gone East. New towns are
springing up in every direction and all are
prospering. Business in the oity shows an
increase of fully one-third over 1878. Beal
estate valued at $2,700,000 has been trans
ferred. Over 400 brick and stone buildings
have been erected, and one hotel costing
$500,000. The cattle shipments from the
state were 128,000 head, wool product 7,000,
000 pounds, wheat 225,000 bushels and
other grains in proportion. The railroad
and telegraph companies have been extend
ing their lines rapidly. Total mine produc
tion, $19,110,862, against $9,820,743 in
1878. Lake county alone increased nearly
nine millions. In Leadville the total
amount of ores treated was 110,483 tons,
realizing $10,605,106, or $95 per ton in
pure silver and metallic lead, the greatest
production ever known in any camp of its
age in the history of silver mining. The
average during the year has been a little
over 335 tons, worth $9,373 per ton.
• Protesting Indians.
St. Louis, Jan. 1. — Pleasant Porter, D.
M. Hodges and other Creek Indians arrived
here to-day from the Nation. They are a
committee appointed by the council to bear
to Congress and the President a series of
resolutions adopted by the representative
body of the Nation, protesting against the
opening of the Indian Territory to emmi
gration. They claim t'jat the sentiment of
their people is almost unanimous against
the Oklahoma bill.
Fir* at Menomenie, Wis.
Mr. A. O. Bailey received news, yesterday
morning, that a double brick building owned
by him, at Menomonie, Wis., was burned
the night previous. One of the first floor
store rooms was occupied as a branch for
his St. Paul house, the other by a general
store, and the upper floor by offices. Fort
unately the collection of furs in Mr. Bai
ley's store had been shipped to St. Paul
Tuesday last Loss about $10,000, with
only $2,000 insurance.
THE WEST'S WISHES.
Opinions on the Presidential Question
Weaned from. Observation Among the
I Chicago Times. |
Mr. £. L. Merritt, of Springfield, 111., for
a long time editor of the State Register, was
in the city on yesterday. Mr. Merritt re
cently returned from a prolonged and ex
tensive business trip through the Western
States. Being a politician by second nature,
and a fairly close observer of things, bis
opinion of the situation in the West was
sought by a representative of the Times, who
met him in the Sherman bouse.
Mr. Merritt was emphatic in bis statement
THE QUANT BOOM BAD WEAKENED
that candidate in the Western States. "The
feeling," said he, "among the masses in lowa
and Nebraska especially, is strong for
Blame. The bummers and place hunters
want Grant, but the people at large do not
hanger for him. And Minnesota may be
put down in the same category. When you
get down to the voting Republicans of any
of these States, and especially the Germans
— the people, that is, who shape political re
sults in a State and furnish the sinews of
war — you find them for Blame."
"Are they any more for Blame than they
were before Grant returned to the country?"
he was asked.
"Yes. I think the feeling is more enthu
siastic because they see it is going to be
necessary to make a fight for their man."
"WHT IS BLAINE THEIB MAN?"
"Because he is more of a stalwart politi
cian than Graut ever was. They like a man
who talks loud and makes a blaster in a can
vass. Then there is the feeling that Grant,
who used to be a Democrat — and was a Dem
ocrat when the war broke out — is liable to be
indifferently Republican. Although be has
acted with the Republican party, and owes
himself to them, and did some very radical
things while he wasr Pesident, they can't
help thinking that he is not the partisan a
Bepublican candidate for the Presidency
ought to be, especially in such a canvass as
we are about to have. Blame on the other
hand suits them exactly. He is the 'best
Republican' exactly as before the war the
man who damned the niggers and made the
most outcry against the abolitionists was the
'best Democrat.' "
"WHAT IS THE CONDITION AND FEELING OF THK
in the Western States so far as you have ob
"Well, of course the Democracy of lowa
and Nebraska (where I spent most of my
time) are in a minority that, for the present,
at least, is hopeless; but in Nebraska I
found their organization as perfect and as
solid as that of the Republicans."
"To what is that condition of solidity re
"More than to anything else it it to be
credited to tbe unoeasing and conscientious
work of Dr. George L. Miller, of the Omaha
Herald. Dr. Miller is a member of the
Democratic National committee, and the
very warm, personal friend of Mr. Tilden,
for whom he has never ceased to labor.
Dr. Miller's influence and strength in
his party can hardly be overesti
mated. It is attributable to his perfect
belief in his work, and to his strict
adherence to the recognized and time-hon
ored principles of his party. He is a hard
money man, and has fought the fight for
hard-money with indomitable courage and
complete success. It was against his earnest
protest and his strong advice that the con
vention two yean ago branched off after the
soft-money delusion. They were badly de
feated then, and since that time have vindi
cated the doctor's views and rewarded his
work by returning to first principles."
"Have the western Democrats any choice
of candidates for the Presidency?"
"Well, there is a feeling, especially in Ne
baaska, that, as an aot of fairness and jus
tice, the place on the ticket ought to be
but this is weakened by a growing belief
that Mr. Tilden is not and will not be a
"Who seems to be next choice?"
"They have not concentrated their prefer
ences anywhere, but, as nearly as I can
judge, they seem to feel that, next to Mr.
Tilden, Judge. David Davis would be the
most available man. A good many of them
talk about John M. Palmer, and quite a
number think very kindly of Mr. Bayard,
on account of his record in matters of
finance. But as to Mr. Bayard, the obiec
tion is that he is an Eastern man. They
want a man from the West."
Gov. Blackburn's Message.
Louisville, Jan. 1. — Governor Black
burn's message was sent to the- general as
sembly to-day. The following is a summary
of the important points therein: A State
whose financial condition in respect to its
bonded indebtedness is good, should
be able to make an equally fa
vorable showing as to internal
financial statues. With a bonded indebted
nes of only $180,394 and resouroes'of $768,
151.72, a deficit in the budget of $679,412 35
has a very ugly look. The Governor
shows the State has been the horrid victim
of some very mean frauds and has had to
pay bills which had not the shadow of legit
imacy. In fact, that laws have been manu
factured to a large amount year after year,
and thus the treasury has been greatly de
pleted, aside from the decision of revenues
incident to the unwise reduction of taxation
from 45 cents to 40 cents a few years ago."
With reference to the common schools
the Governor recommends voluntary local
taxation to brijg State aid up to the
educational requirements of each District.
State aid has reached the low figures of
$1.22 per capita for whites, and 48 cents for
colored people. By reorganization of the
taxing system 20 cents school tax would
yield a muoh larger revenue, and teachers
would be paid more promptly.
. Bes.'s Best.
Arthur Koenig gave ocular demonstration
that Best's best still lives, by remembering
bis friends yesterday with an ample supply
of the production of this celebrated brewery.
Mr. Koenig is the agent for Best's beer and
it was feared that the recent fire in Milwau
kee would interfere with his supply. -*Thia
is a mil** l "'- Mr. Koenig is on deck all the
time and he believes in a "Happy New Year"
Bank Suspended at New York.
New Yobk, Jan. I.— The suspension of
the Grocers' bank was announced to-day
The suspension was .agreed to at a meeting
of the stockholders yesterday, and its cause
was the failure of J. Lloyd Hough, wire
manufacturer, the bank holding from $80,
000 to f 100,000 of his paper.
la States where the Moffett liquor register is
used every drunkard is a State officer in so far
as it is made his duty to see that bar-keepers
punch every drink with care. This punching
under espionage goes on until the State officer
is blind drunk, and then the bar-keeper punches
bis head instead of the register caxds.
ON THE SHOOT.
A LIVELY NEW YEAR'S SENSATION AX
Exciting | Chapter In the Morgan-Horton
Breach of Promise Suit— Morgan Shot on
» Pnblto Street by Miss Horton- Officials
Shot and Fatally Wounded by Despera
does In Ohio— Miscellaneous Crime and
... Casualty Record.
\ SHOOTING AT WASHINGTON.
Washington, Jan. This afternoon as
John Morgan, son of Senator Morgan, of
Alabama, was walking along "G" street with
a friend, they were met by Lucy W. E. Hor
ton, who suddenly drew a revolver and shot
Morgan through the shoulder. Before she
could fire a second time Morgan turned and
seized the weapon. The wound is not dan
gerous. Miss Horton began suit against
Morgan last July for breach of promise of
marriage. Since then she has lost her posi
tion in the treasury department and has been
generally unfortunate and she claims that
she has been persecuted. She maintains
that her assault on Morgan was unpremedi
tated, although she expresses regret that she
did not kill him.
OFFICERS KILLED BY DESPERADOES.
Cincinnati, Jan. 1. — The Commercial?*
Van Wert, 0., special gives the particulars
of Sheriff Smith and others' attempt to ar
rest two men in a house of ill fame last night,
supposed to be the murderers of Bernard
Pickers, who was shot near Delphos a few
nights ago. One of the men named Grot
man fired on the sheriff, blew out the lights
and continued firing until tbe sheriff and
Constable Bedmoes were both mortally
wounded. The men escaped, but were pur
sued by .citizens and one captured with $900
in bis possession. He refuses to give his
A NEW JKBBET BLAZE.
Red Bank, N. J., Jan. I.— To-night fire
broke out in the clothing tore on Broad street,
about three doors above the Western Union
telegraph office, to which i» extended. The
clothing house, Western Union offloe and
three other buildings have been burned down,
and the fire is now beyond control of such
apparatus as the town affords. Fears are
entertained that the whole block will be de
stroyed. At present the large brick stove
store of John Button is burning, and unless
it can be saved all efforts to protect the rest
of the block will prove fruitless.
DOWN A SHAFT.
Springfield, Mass., Jan. I.— Barney
O'Brien, 16 years old, fell down a shaft one
hundred and twenty feet deep, at MofTatt's
ore bed, West Stockbridge, last night, and
was instantly killed.
PLANING MILL BUBNED.
Washington, Jan. I.— The planing mill of
W. B. Dyer, in Georgetown, was destroyed
by an incendiary fire last night. Loss about
$6,000. Jos. Torrey, watchman, sleeping in
the building, was suffocated.
Cincinnati, Jan. 1. — Col. A. Harris, ex
mayor, shot W. H. Adams, his brother-in
law, to-night, in an altercation growing out
of a claim against Harris by Adams. The
ball has not been extracted, but the suppo
sition is the wound is fatal.
Cincinnati, Jan. I.— Alliance, Ohio,
to-day, a party of eight boys skating fell
through the ice and three were drowned,
Harry Goates, Chas. Dorman and Ghas.
PBOPOSALS FOB BONDS INVITED.
Washington, Jan. I. — The secretary of
the treasury has issued a circular announc
ing that proposals for a sale to the govern
ment of $5,000,000 of any of the bonds of
United States of any description, and not to
exceed the rate below stated, will be re
ceived at the office of the assistant treasurer
of the United States at New York, until
noon of Wednesday, the 9th inst., at which
time the bids will be opened and awards de
clared, the bonds thus purchased to be ap
plied to the sinking fund as provided in
section 3,694, revised statutes of the United
States, act of Feb. Bth, 1861: Sixes of 1880
at $1.02%; acts of March 2nd, 1861, July
19th, 1861, and March 3rd, 1863; sixes of
1881 at $1.04 act of July 14th, 1870;
5 per cents, of 1881 at $1.03%. The propos
als should state' the specific character of
the bonds offered, whether registered or cou
pon and under what acts they were issued, and
may be for any amount not less than $5000.
The offers must be for the sale of bonds
with accrued interest to and including the
7th inst. Each proposal must inclose a certi
fied check for 6 per cent of the amount of
the bonds offered. The cheeks of unsuc
cessful bidders will be returned as soon as
the result is ascertained and those of others
on the following business day, when the
bonds must be delivered, and payment in
lawful money will be made as soon as they
can be duly examined. The right is re
served to reject any or all bids and waive any
The Items of Interest Issuing from the
Army Headquarters at Washington.
' The following are the latest items of news
affecting the army collected from Washing
ton, and the headquarters of the several
Western military departments:
. Leave of absence granted Second Lieut.
Charles Byrne, Sixth infantry, in special or
ders issued Nov. 4, 1879, from headquarters
department of Dakota, has been extended
The extension of leave of absence granted Sec
ond Lieut. A. L. Wagner, Sixth infantry, in
special orders, of Deo. 3, 1879, from the military
division of the Missouri, is further extended
The extension of leave of absence granted
Second Lieut. Wm.L. Geary, Twelfth infantry,
in special orders of Deo. 6, 1879, from head
quarters military division of the Pacific de
partment of California, is further extended
By direction of the secretary of war the fol
lowing change* in stations and duties of medi
cal officers are announced:
Assistant Surgeon B. H. White is relieved
from duty in the department of Texas, and
will proceed to New York city, and report
by letter on arrival there to the surgeon
Assistant Surgeon W. B. Hall is relieved
from duty in the department of Colombia,
and upon the expiration of his present leave of
absence, will proceed to New York city, and
report by letter upon arrival there to the sur
Assistant surgeon D. H. Appel is relieved
from duty in tbe department of the Missouri,
and upon the expiration of his present leave of
absence, will proceed to New York city, and
upon arrival there report by letter to the sur
Rev. Mr. Bodgers commenced big labor,
Sunday, Deo. 21, as pastor of tbe Congrega
tional church, in Marshall, Lyon oonnty.