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HOHACE IX NAPLES.
An Helrce Abducted ami Shut T-p In an
Asylum for Lunatics.
From tha London Daily News.
Our correspondent at Homo writes:
Miss Vcrnieri, still in her teens, has
lost her father, and lives with her
mother in Salerno. She is beautiful,
clever, and accomplished, and inherits
120,000 ducats, or about half a million
lire. Her mother is completely under
the power of the family physician, Dr.
Cosimati, who poses as protector of the
widow and orphan. Eligible offers of
marria je are made to Miss Vernicri, but
are skillfully staved off by the doctor
and his dupe, tho mother, their object
being to enjoy the administration of the
young lady's means, of which the moth
er was simply tho depository, and of
which the prospective son-in-law would
become absolute master. At length
Miss Vernicri attained her majority,
and her guardians anticipated her in
tentions of matrimony by proposing to
her as her fiance her first cousin. This
young gentleman resided in Naples,
and thither the mother, daughter, and
family doctor repaired to arrange the
nuptials. The youth, however, found
no favor in the eves of Miss Vernicri,
who, on the contrary,, became desper
ately enamored of a young advocate
whom she met under the roof of an
aunt in Naples. Her passion was recip
rocated, and the mother's opposition
made the daughter only more resolute in
her determination to marry the young
advocate. So doctor and mother to
gether changed their tactics. One
morning Madame Vernieri said to her
daughter, "Are you really determined
to marry him?" "Yes." "Then, as I
can't bear to see you unhappy, I give
my consent." The young lady fell on
her mother's neck, and wept with joy,
till, gently disengaging herself, Madame
Vcrnieri said, ".Now, as yonr lover and
his family live at Naples, it is better
that w e should go there and fix the day
of marriage, and get your trousseau
ready." They started accordingly, and
took apartments at the Hotel Fiori,
near the Fiortini Theater, intending to
take a house in the country for the en
suing summer, the marriage having
been arranged for the end of autumn.
They had been only two days in the ho
tel when Dr. Cosimati canio in with a
Signor Miraglia, whom he represented
as a cousin of his, and as desirous of
forming Miss crnieri's acquaintance.
The joung lady chatted pleasantly
enough on current topics with the new
comer till he took hi3 leave, and she
thought no more about aim. lorty-
.eight hours afterward the doctor pro
posed a drive into the country, at which
the ladies were delighted, and all three
were soon in a carriage bowling along
the Via del Caniho.
Miss Vcrnieri asked many questions
as to tne palazzi and villas they passed
till they approached a grand edifice,
whose magnificent site awoke her ad
miration. Whose was it? The doctor,
as if suddenly struck by an ides, or
dered the driver to stop. " Here," ho
said, "is precisely what you want, a
country residence till the close of No
vember. This palace is divided into
suites of apartments. Come in and let
us see how you like them." They
alighted and entered, and the doctor
asked for Madame llourens. An iron
gate was then opened, admitting to a
court-yard, from which they mounted
two flights of stairs, and then they were
ushered into a drawing-room, wncra
thev were politely received by that ladv.
Dr. Cosimati then intimated that Miss
Vernieri wished to take apartments for
the summer m the paiazzo, anu wouiu
like to be shown through the various
suites. Madame Flourens was only too
delighted, and ottered her arm to tne
Tounz ladv. who mechanically tooK it.
Then the mother said, languidly: "You
can go alone, my dear, and make jour
choice, which is sure to satisfy me. I
am tired, and will wait here with the
doctor till you come back." Madame
Flourens and Miss Vernieri then moved
off, and the moment the door closed be
hind them the mother and doctorslipped
stealthily through a private passage,
gained me staircase, and were soon in
the court-vard. Meanwhile Miss Ver
nieri was making the tour of the apart-1
menu, ana u was not long before Miss
Vernieri learned th.it she had been left
in an asylum for lunatics.
After her discovery. Miss Vcrnieri
asked Madame Flourens, tho lady su
perintendent, how she could have con
sented to become an instrument in such
a base conspiracy. The lady smiled
sadly. " Figlia rota.' were I to believo
all those who say they have been
brought here as tho victims of a con
spiracy, I should have few patients on
my hands!" "But," remonstrated
Miss Vcrnieri, " what legal proof have
you that I am a fit subject for an
asylum?" " The doctor who came here
with you," replied Madame Flourens,
" applied to me for the admission of a
patient. I told him he must first have
a certificate of the patient's madness,
signed by tho director of tho establish
ment, who is the first alienist in Naples,
Dr. Miraglia." "Ah," broke in Miss
Vcrnieri, to whom this name was a
revelation, "the perfidious plotters!
That cousin of his, whom Dr. Cosimati
presented to me, was Dr. Miraglia,
then ! liut how could the doctor certify
my lunacy? I talk rationally enough.
Oh! the monsters!" "i-iglia mia!
behold my justification," and Madame
Flourens produced the certificate of the
alienist. Dr. Miraglia, the director of
Thereupon Mis3 Vernieri addressed
herself to the task of devising her ex
trication from the Flourens Asylum.
Vigilantly watched, she yet succeeded
in gettinga letter conveyed to her lover,
and he went straight to work to rescue
her and bring her persecutors to justice.
He got the Procuratorc of the King to
send forthwith to the asvlum an in
structing judge (giudiceiwlnUlore) and
a notary. These gentlemen obtained
immediate access to the vountr lady.
and examined her with the most pains
taking minuteness, putting questions of
every kind, laying traps for her, and
taking down her answers. She came
out of the ordeal triumphantly, and the
result was the immediate order from
tho Procuratore del Be for her release.
and criminal proceedings were at once
taken against Dr. Cosimati, the widow
Vernieri, and Dr. Miraglia. No sooner
set at liberty, than Miss Vernieri fled to
the aunt at whose house she had met
her fiance. Their marriage took place
Meanwhile the conspirators, whose
object it had been to prevent the mar
riage, and to invalidate MUs Vernieri'
right to the control of her own fortune,
by making her out mad, were put upo
their trial at Salerno. They had al
ready taken legal steps to complete
their nefarious design, when the young
lady's release upset every thing, and
turned them from appellants into de
fendants. The section of accusation
(as the Italian phrase goes) acquitted
the mother as the dupe of Cosimati.
Miraglia was admitted to have acted
with bonajide, and he, too, was declar
ed guiltless before the law. The doc
tor was fully convicted. The Pnblie
Minister demanded, as his sentence,
three years' imprisonment a year for
each day during which his victim was
immured in the asylum and that sen
tencewas pronounced by the Judge. Dr.
Cosimati appealed, and the term of im
prisonment was reduced to one year.
Not content with this remission of the
sentence, the doctor always, be it re
marked, enjoying provisional liberty,
that is, not imprisoned at all applied
to the Court of Cassation; but his'plea
was rejected. Then ho solicited the
King's mercy ; but Signor Vigliani, late
Minister of Justice, refused him that
also. The 18th of March came, and,
with it. the Left to power. Tho appeal
to the King's mercy was renewed, and
his Majesty was advised to grant it.
Sentence was commuted to intcrnement
in a prescribed locality from May to
November six months, as Fanfulla
puts it, of villeggiatura. So muoh for
Italian justice I
Some amusement was caused, not
long ago, in an English court, by a
female witness, who, on the oath being
administered, repeatedly kissed the
clerk instead of the book. Itwas some
time before she was made to understand
the proper or at least the legal thing
Thisisnottrom "Daniel Deronda:"
"She was plump and beautiful, and he
was wildly fond of her. She bated him,
but, woman-like, she strove to catch
him. What was he? A flea."
Th. Great Asnerlcam TrposrraplilcsU
From the Sedaua (Mo.) Democrat.
Peter Bartlett Lee, the great American
pedestrian and typographical tourist,
arrived in this city at 1 a. m. yesterday.
tie is a pnnosopner wno nas devoted
his life to studying the changes of gov
ernment, and their effects upon the
people. In order to do this thoroughly
and effectually, it keeps him constantly
traveling. His last trip was over the
"hog-back" it Missouri, as he scientifi
cally describes the Ozark Hills. He
states that the 25 years' experience he
has had in going to and fro upon the
earth leads him to conclude that the
world is growing worse. "Take,"
says Peter, " the true standard of hu
man happiness and tne basis or pros
perity the price of whisky. In the
days of ante b- llttni it was three cents a
drink and trust; now it is fifteen cents
and 'no trust' staring you in the face
from the walls of every hostelrie."
"No," said P. B. L., mournfully,
"times ain't what they used to be,"
and, dropping the 3-em space with
which he nail been unconsciously toy
ing, he said: "Gimme four-bits!"
Peter Bartlett Lee has a pass over
every railroad in the United States; but
he says he can't utilize them, for " it
always makes his feet sore to ride in the
cars." There i not a railroad bridge
in the United States but bears the im
press of his fingers aid toe nails, as he
"cooned" across; nor is there the hum
of a telegraph wire in the United States
but what he recognizes.
His experience would fill a volume of
strange adventure. Many an inclement
night some simple farmer, living re
mote from lines of trade and travel, has
heard a knock at his door, and, upon
opening it, was greeted with the ap
parition of a gaunt and seedy stranger,
balanced on each side with a mutton
chop whisker, and whose body swayed
to one side as a counterpoise to a roll
oi newspaper exchanges, wmen ne car
ried under the opposite arm.
l bis would be 1 eter isaruett Lee. who
wanted a night s lodging.
remission to enter being granted,
Peter would soon be comfortably seated
beside the blazing hearth, and his social
powers would soon disarm all suspicion.
The exchanges would be uqfolded, and
ere an hour the entire household would
be intently interested in the doings in
the great world around them, as elo
quently read by Peter Bartlett. The
delight which he at first inspired by his
pleasing powers of description ascend
ed into awe at the deep and profound
knowledge he displayed on subjects of
political economy, while from the rich
library of his memory he would unfold
volume after volume of historical lore.
In two hours, Peter Bartlett would be
a general favorite and a welcome mem
ber of a happy household ; in two more,
he would be snugly asleep in the best
bed in the best room in the house. Two
or three days will P. B. thns rest and
recruit his tired body, when he will
again to the read, taking the earnest
wishes of that household, who watch
from the portal the retreating figure of
this strange and mysterious visitor as he
fades into the dim shadows that form
the barriers between them and the great
world without. But though he may
never again appear to them, that family
will never forget the visit of Peter Bart
Equally at home is Peter Bartlett in
the large city, and his first visit is gen
erally to that temple of information and
No matter what part of the union it
may be in, the moment he arrives a
general yell of recognition goes up as
ha enters the composing room, and a
volley of inquiries and exclamations
rattle around tne alleys :
"Hello, Pete! how's the walking?"
"Pete, did you come in on s Pull
man?" "Peter Bartlett, ain't you so tired of
sitting down, yer feet ache!"
" u, shoot tne noses"
"Hevings! what a hat!" ard s thou
sand other expressions and ironical
suggestions greet him on all sides.
Peter Bartlett gravely bows until the
confusion subsides, when he advances
and receives a hearty greeting from the
typo throng assembled. The next thing
P..B. does, however, is- to-prooeed to
business, and tne .whole ofhee is laid
under contribution, which is duly pre
sented to him as " a testimonial of respect."
Feter immediately disappears, and in
20 minutes has persuaded the nearest
saloon-keeper that he is the new rail
road superintendent just appointed.
When this first installment of lucre is
gone, he tackles tho editorial room, and
rarely fails to make araise. And when
this and all other sources cf financial
replenishment nra exhausted, Peter
Bartlett gets another bundle of ex
changes and again starts oat on his end
less journey a Typographical Wander
There are worse men than he who
are wanderers, and when his last tramp
is ended at the edge of that "Dark
Hirer," may Charon bo kind and Pluto
gracious, as they ferry across the dis
embodied spirit of Peter Bartlett Lee.
THE COTTOX CHOP.
Orer Fonr and a Half Million Bales far
tne VearKaillBK Aaa 31, 1170.
From the Commercial ami Financial Chronicle.
Onr statement of the cotton crop of
the United States for the year ending
Sept. 1, 1876, will be found below. It
will be seen that the total crop this year
reaches 4,069,283 bales, while the ex
ports aro 3,252,994 bales, ard tho spin
ners' taking 1,356,593 bales, leaving a
stock on hand at the close of the year of
120.380 bales. The tables which follow
show the whole movemntforthe twelve
months. The first table indicates the
stock at each port, Sept. 1, 1876, the re
ceipts at the ports for each of tho last
two years, and the export movement
for the past year (18i-b) in detail
and the totals for 1874-75 f
41 .373 .
I 1I3.MI i,!X
17. 4,191,141 , '3,llt.m 1J0.3W
is7i. s,497.ira (j,(sm.7(1 a.oca
These figure are only the portion of the. re
eeipts at tnese porta which armed overland from
By the above it will be seen that the
total receipts at the Atlantic and Golf
shipping ports this year have been
4,191,142 bales, against 3,497,169 bales
last year. if now we add tne smp
ments from Tennessee and elsewhere
direct to manufacturers, we have the
following as the crop statement for the
Receipts ol bales at the
shipping ports I,11,1U 3.437.16J
Add fchipmenu from Ten-
factorera 333,149 204,339
Mannf aetured South, not In
cluded Li above
Total crop for the jrear, .
bales.... 4,M.a 3,831.931
The result of these figures is a total
of 4,CC9,288' bales as the crop of the
United States for the year ending Ang.
The following are the total net re
ceipts of cotton at all ports since Spt.
1, 18. b
New Orleans.. . 9,a
Boston. . .. 4S
Port Uoral t V
At the recent execution of two pris
oners within Kirkdale prison, Liver
pool, & very long drop was used, which
had the advantage of breaking the
men's necks with the fall. TheCor
oner, however, ordered the Sheriff to
direct attention of the Government to
tho fact that this method did not com
ply with the letter of the law, wmen
contemplates hanging by the neck till
the culprit dies through strangulation,
whereas a very heavy fall causes death
through dislocation of the vertebra:.
The Messrs. Sanderson Brothers,
extensive steel 'manufacturers of Shef
field, England, announce their inten
tion of establishing c braaca suaurfac
tory at Syracuse, W.X'rUttobiiii
ness prospers tbey will make it tkekr.
r-Mof maniifinnrr. A lanre Enelisn .
cutlery manuftetjreris'makintr vretfgg
arauons to remove 10 wo uui
States. The iron and hardware
cat, in Enelaed nre. depressed, taitrej-
there have been heavy failures in bo.