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INTERESTING CURKENT TOPICS.
Ileniy Hickey, the Boston boy who
killed his play-fellow, read the cheap
loniances of border life until he become
ambitious to do some bloody deed him
self. He told a companion that he in
tended to do some bloody deed himself,
and then live in a cave as an outlaw.
Juries in Illinois murder trials decide
whether the convicted prisoners shall be
imprisoned for life or hanged. In Shaw
neetown a jury stood tbree for hanging
and nine for imprisonment. They pulled
straws to settle the question, and on a
veidicfc thus obtained a man was sen
tenced to death but when the facts came
out anew trial was granted.
Inquiry into the wicked ways of Phila
delphia's mock auction men reyealed that
they hired two or three women to attend
the sales, carefully inspect the articles
that were to be sold, start the bidding at
the article's cost price, and run it up
among themselves until an" outsider put
in a bid. It,was then promptly knocked
downto the outsider
'"Pound Parties" are now recognized as
popular aids to church benevolence, Ev
ery body who comes is expected to bring
a pound of something, done up in such a
manner as to leave its nature a mystery.
The packages are auctioned off, and the
people bid without knowing what they
are buying. There is much fun, but noupon
very heavy cash result, as it is generally
expected that the givers of packages
present coffee or sugar, rather than
dollar sugar plums, or other costly ar
Two fellovi in Arizona formed a part
nership for th business"of robbery. Their
fnst exploit was to take the treasure box
fiom a stage, by which they obtained
$400. They spent the money in carous
al, and started out again. This time they
murdered and robbed a miner. Then a
mob dissolved the partnership by shoot
ing one member and hanging the other.
The assets consist of two revolvers and
some shabby clothes, but it is considered
that there are no liabilities, the firm hav
ing paid what they owed to justice.
Kussia has to contend with famine.
'Dearth is reported to prevail to a serious
extent in the province, of Kazan in
Eastern Eussia, the province laying to the
northwest of and adjacent to the province
of Samara, which suffered so disastrously
from famine a short time
rago. The city
of Kazan is said to be crowded with
famine-stricken persons who have flocked
into it in search of food, and the peasan
try in the outlying districts are reduced
to great straits. An imperial Commis
sion has been appointed to orgainze the
means of relief.
The Pennsylvania Municipal Commis
sion has reported a plan for the govern
ment of cities. It is proposed to estab
lish five classes of cities, according to
size, with a modified charter for each
class. In every large city there is to be
a common council with two branches and
legislative powers, a Mayor as an exec
utive, and seven departments. The im
portant feature in the plan is a positive
piohibition of the borrowing of money by
the city, except for unforeseen emergen
cies, and then only on a three-fourths
vote of the councils, the loan not to exhighly
tend beyond the termination of the fis
An interesting account of the German
amy has lately been published by a
Prench officer,-who was for many years
militarv attache at the court of Berlin.
The total number of trained soldiers
Germany cou*d dispose of in time of war,
including the troops of the landsturm, is
estimated by the writer at from 8,000,000
to 3,300,000 men, of whom 1,800,000 be
long to the regular army and landwehr.
Owing to the improvements which have
been made in the details of mobilization
scheme since the war of 1870-71, the
writer calculates that in three weeks the
whole of the regular army could be con
centrated on the French frontier, while
in another three weeks the fourth battal
tons and six divisions of landwehr troops
could be brought up into line, the total
strength of the invading army being thus
raised to about 900,000 men. Tne mo
bilization of the second levy of troops
eould not be begun until the tenth week,
but by the end of the thirteenth week
250,000 more men could be added to the
field force, raising the strength of this
latter to U5000p,leavin still90,000 re
THE WORLD'S DOINGS.
Crimes, Criminals ana Casualties.
The fly wheel of the Globe Rolling
Mill at Cincinnati, broke ou the 7th, injuring
one or more workmen.
The Supreme court of Pennsylvania
has amimed the death sentence of the Mollie
Maguires, Hector, Tulley, McCue and Kehoe.
The office of the Eastern express com
pany at Dexter, Maine, was entered on the
night of the 7th, and $3,000 stolen from the
Two young girls, Etta Hazeltine and
Sadie Sharp, aged 15 and 11 years, were
drowned at Hyannas, Mass., on the 7th, by
breaking through the ice.
1 Frederick A. Goodrich, who admitted
forging the names of employes in the Interior
Department at Washington to the pay roll,
has been sentenced to two years imprison
Theodore R. Wetmore, ex-vice presi
dent of the Security Life Insurance company
of New York, has been convicted of conspir
acy in making a false report to the Insurance
Personal ana impersonal.
King /Victor Emanuel is sick at Rome,
King Victor Emanuel died at Rome, at
2 80 on the afternoon ofthe 9th.
The prohibitionists of New Hampshire
will nominate State and County tickets.
Baker Pasha has been promoted to the
rank ofiLieutenant General, by the Porte.
The public debt statement shows a
decrease in the public debt for December of
Ex-Gov. Shepherd, of Washington, fell
tit, ice near his house on the 7th and
broke pu leg.
Senator Butler of Soutn Carolina has
declai himself opposed to the repeal of the
Provident McMahon has expressed his
condolence to the new King of Italy, on the
death of Victor Emanuel.
Hon. Nathan Porter, a prominent mem
ber of the San Francisco bar, and a State Sena
tor for Alemenda connty, died at Sacramento,
Cal., on the 7th, aged 62.
The standing committee of the Diocese
of Qmncy has unanimously consented to the
confirmation of Dr. G. F. Seymour as Bishop
nf the Diocese of Springfield and J. K.
Ecclesoa as Bishop ofW^t Virginia.,,
Chandler's letter on the President's
Soutliern Policy has been issued in Washing
ton pamphlets form under the title of "Can
such things be, and overcome us like a sum
mer cloud without our special wonder."
B. F. Prescott was, on the 9th, nomin
ated for Governor of New Hampshire, by the
Republicars. The convention was divided on
the question of endorsing the President's pol
icy, but several members displayed a strong
feeling against W. E. Chandler.
The Underwood brothers, notorious
outlaws, were overtaken at Concord, Ky., onf
the 8tn, by Sheriff Ruggles and a posse, who
demanded their surrender. They responded
by firing and killing Ruggles, but his party
returned the fire, wounding both outlaws af
ter which they were easily captured.
TheiPottsville, Pa., bank has suspend
The product of gold and silver of Col
orado amounts to $7,879,432.
A "tug has gone to Ferrol, Spain to take
Cleopatra's needle to London.
The Colorado Central depot, at Denver,
Col., burned on the morning of the 5th.
The debt of the city of Boston is $43,-
354,444. The city debt of New York is $117,-
The forfeited securities of Bonner &
Co., suspended bankers of New York, were
sold on the 9th.
Advances from the Cariboo gold dis
trict of British America, still continue to be
A fire in Ripon, Wis., on the 6 th, de
stroyed a building and 6tock of dry goods,
valued at $35,000.-
The Great Barrington, Mass., Savings
bank has suspended. Deposits, $414,000
The TJ. S. war steamer Kearsarge, has
floated off the Beacon Ledge in Portsmouth,
N. H., on which she lay stranded.
Still another body, making four uni
dentified victims of the Barclay street, N. Y.,
fire, has been found in the ruins.
The third annual exhibition of the na
tional poultry association opened at Chicago
on the 10th and will last to the 18th.
A severe snow storm prevailed at Nor-
jolk,Va^onthe39th, and great disasters to
shipping withloss of life, are reported.
An organization of Commercial travel
ers, anxiliary to the Northwestern Traveling
Men's Association of Chicago, has been form
ed in St.JLouLf 4.
The standing committee of the diocese
of Massachusetts have unanimously confirm
ed the election-of Rev. Dr. Seymour, as bishop
of Springfield, 301,7
Another bodyy that of a man, but now
nothing more than a mass of cinders, was
found in the ruins of the Barclay Street, New
York, fire on the 31st.
The business men of Kansas City, Mo*
in a large meeting on the 9th, demanded the
remonetusatlou of silver and the repeal of the
The strike of the Crispin Society of
shoemakers at Lyman, Mass., is extending,
and a large force of police is necessary to pro
tect non-unionists from assault.
Lieut. Alexander Rogers, 4th Cavalry,
has been detailed from duty on the staff of
Commissioner General McCormick, to repre
sent the army at the Paris exposition.
The President has pardoned John T.
Loomis, convicted of using cancelled postage
stamps for payment of postage and sentenced
to 18 month's imprisonment in the Kentucky
The question ot doing away with the
the preson system of selling goods by sample
by commercial travelers is discussed in New
York and is exciting quite a sensation among
The trade in American butter and
eheese in England is astounding, the latt#- be-
ing sold as Cheshire. Petroleum is a necessity
and trade in other American products is rap
The Clearing House Associations of
bQth New York and New Orleans have passed
resolutions deprecating the remonetization
of silver, and hostile to the Bland Silver Biil.
At a meeting of the Western Nail As
sociation at Pittsburg on the 10th, the rates
on nails were advanced and a further stop
page of mills to reduce production agreed up
It is stated from Washington that in
ventors are moving to have the cost of patents
reduced from one hundred to five dollars. It
is proposed to abolish models and examina
tion, granting patents to all who may apply,
as in England, leaving the right to an inven
tion to be tested in the courts.
The weather in New England on thehave
7th was intensely cold, the thermometer
ranging from 24-degrees below zero at Nashua,
N. H., to 42 below, at Fort Fairfield, Maine.
Along the Hudson the thermometer marks
several degrees below zero and ice boat clubs
are preparing for their anual contest.
The Turkish population of Retimo,
a small town on the northern coast
ofCiete, have been committing assaults on
the Christians of that place. Among the par
ties maltreated was the British vice-Consul,
and it is believed Englandwill take temporary
possession of the island, with a view of pre
venting a repetition of the outrages.
THE CONFLICT INTHEOLD WORLD
The Russians have taken Sofia. Details
are wanting. Troops are con&antl}' passing
through Galatz. This is^understood to mean
serious operations against the quadrilateral.
The Political Correspondence of Vienna of the
5th, says the ice in the Danube at Galatz will
probably be strong enough in two days to
permit the crossing of troops. The Russians
intended to occupy Sulina.
Official telegrams show that Sofia was
entered on the 3d inst, after a skirmish, in
which the Russians lost onlytwenty-four men.
A telegram from Gen. Gourko announces that
a desperate engagement occurred on January
2d, nearBagroa. The Turks attemptedto sur
round five battalions of Russian infantry and
a brigade of cavalry, but were defeated, leav
ing 1,000 dead on the field. The Russian loss
was two hundred.
Chakair Pasha telegraphs to Constanti
nople that after checking the Russian advance
with great loss at Petrichevo he retired to
strongly intrenched positionsatPoibrine and
A thaw has commenced which, if it
continues, will cause the movement of ice on
the Danube to recommence and make com
munication more difficult than ever. It is ut
terly impossible now for horses and wagons
to cross and the Russian intendance depart
ment is helpless. Words cannot describe the
situation on the Danube. The Russians sup
press telegrams with a view of preventing
the state of affairs becoming
known to England. A terrible
outbreak of the spotted typpus
has occurred in Froteshti and the neighbor
hood. It originated among Turkish prison
ers and it is whispered' that it is really the
The Grand Duke Nicholas has tele
graphed the following to the Emperor from
Vetcha, January 9th:
faI am happy to con-
gratulate your Majesty upon a brilliant vic
tory gained to-day. Gen. Radezky has, after
desperate fighting captured the whole Turk
ish army defending Schipka Pass,consisting of
41 batallions, 10 batteries and a regiment of
cavalry. Prince Murskv has occupied Kez
antik. General Skobelof holds Sceiyka.-'
SENATE Jan. 10.A number of bills
were mtroduced among them one by Mr.
Kellogg to authorize steamship service in the
Gulf of Mexico. Mr.Conkling offered resolu
tions which were agre6% to directing the
judiciary committeetoinvestigate the restor
ation of Major Runkle to the army and Dr.
Draper to the Navy pay rolls. Agreed to. Mr.
Edmunds submitted a joint resolution for a
constitutional amendment forbidding appro
priations3t States to sectarian schools. The
silver resolution of Senator Matthews coming
up as the regular order, Mr. Beck addressed
the Senate in advocacy of it. j
HOUSE, Jan. 10.Several" bills were
introduced, among them a number to prevent
the immigration andnaturalization of Chinese
and one by Mr. Cox for the discontinuance of
the five cent nickel coin, and the coinage of a
silver half-dime. Mr. Wood's resolution for a
general investigation of all the public de
partments cameup, and Mr. Wood addressed
the House. The resolution was also favored
byClymer and Cox of Ohio, and opposed by
Hale, Garfield, and others. Mr. Hale offered
a substitute providing that committees should
be]vested with extraordinary inquisitorialpow^
ers only upon the preferring of distinct charg
es. A long discussion followed participated
by several gentlemen. Mr. Hale's substi
tute was finally adopted in committee of the
whole, 101 to 99, after which the committee
rose and the House adjourned.
Twentieth Annual Message.
The Twentieth Session of the Minneso
ta Legislature commenced in St. Paul, on
the 8th inst The Senate organized, after
swearing in the new members,by electing the
following officers: Chief Clerk, Chas. W.
Johnson, of Hennepin Assistant Clerk, Ed
H. Folsom, 6f Chisago Engrossing Clerk, O.
Hallin Enrolling Clerk, C. R. McKenny, of
Fillmore Sergeant-at-Arms, Michael Ander
son Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms, A. A. Lang
hauz, of Goodhue. Without transacting any
further business the Senate adjourned.
In the House on the 8th, the oath of
office \v as administered to the members by
Justice Cornell, after which the following
officers ere elected: Speaker, C. A. Gilman
Chief Clerk, MarkD. Flower of Ramsey First
Assistant Clerk, Robert Deakin of Goodhne
Second Assistant Clerk, J. B. Hopkins of Fill
more Engrossing Clerk, J. G. McGrew of
Becker Enrolling Clerk, George E. McKib
ben of McLeod Postmaster, H. B. Corey of
Mower Sergeant-at-arms, Andrew Slotten of
Hennepin and Assistant Sergeant-at-arms, F.
H. Dayton of Washington.
The drawing of seats was next entered up
on, upon the conclusion of which the House
In the Senate on the 9th, a concurrent
resolution was adopted for a ioint committee
of three on the part of the Senate, andfiveof
the house, to examine and report whether the
two Houses in joint convention to canvass the
votes upon the several constitutional amend
ments can go behind thereturns of the county
canvassers, and case they find that they
such right to iuquire whether the
amendments voted upon at the late election
were adopted in accordance with the terms of
the constitution. A resolution to instructMin
nesota's members of the United States Senate
to support the Bland silver bill were pending
in thatbody, and also to use their influence to
bring about the repeal of the resumption act
was made the special order for Tuesday the
10th at 10:30. The Senators and officers were
voted five daily papers or their equivalent in
weeklies. A concurrent resolution was ad
opted to increase the grasshopper relief com
mittee by the addition of two Senators and
four Representatives. Bills were introduced:
To legalize the turnfest of Marshall, Lvon
county to amend the act in relation to the
Ramsey County Board of Control, and the act
of 1879 in relation to salaries ot Ramsey Coun
ty Officers. House bill allowing the town of
Sauk Rapids to vote orders in aid of a wagon
bridge across the Mississippi river, was read
three times under a suspension of the rules,
and then laid ipon the table for the day.
HOUSE, January 9.Mr. Anderson, of
McCleod offered the following petition:
To the Honorable the Legislature of the State
Yourpetitioneis, resident of Minnesota, re
spectfully represent that at the late election
five amendments to the State Constitution
were submitted to the people for their ap
proval or rejection. The Constitution pro
vides as follows:
"If tv, or more alterations or amendments
shall be submitted at the same time, it shall
be so regulated that the voters shall \ote for
or against each separately."
When the negro suffrage amendment was
submitted to the people of Minnesota some
years ago, its importance was so generally
recognized that a strict compliance with the
fundamental law was deemed necessary, and
a second amendment being submitted at the
same time, a separate ballot box was used at
the polling places generally throughout the
State, and the two amendments were voted
Your petitioners would further represent
that at the last election the five amendments
submitted were, as a rule, throughout the
State voted upon a single ticket, the excep
tions to this beingvery few and unimportant.
As the changing or modification of the fun
damental law of the land is an important and
responsible matter, your petitioners respect
fully request your honorable body to appoint
a joint committee prior to the official canvass
to consider whether the vote upon the five'
constitutional amendments at the late election
was legal and binding, or null and void.
Mr. Campbell of Meeker offered the follow,
ing resolution which was adopted:
Ibsolved, That a special committee of fifteen
be appointed, to whom all matters connected
with the ravages bylocusts shall be referred
that the committee report as early as possible
what relief is necessary in the way of procur
ing seed grain for settlers in those counties
desolated by these pests. This resolution was
subsequently rescinded and the Senate con
current resolution for a joint committee of
fifteen, agreed to.
On motion of Mr. West of Faribault County,
the Senate concurrent resolution in reference
to the Constitutional Amendments, embracing
substantially the points in Mr. Anderson's pe
tition was concurred in and the following
members of the joint committee appointed by
the Speaker: Messrs. West, Day, Cole, Hicks
ane McCrea. Adjourned.
SENATE, Jan. 10.Soon after meeting
and without transacting any general business
the Senate met in joint convention in tne hall
of the house, to canvass the votes cast at the
late election. Upon returning from the per
formance of this duty, the committee for that
purpose reported that arrangements had been
made for the delivery of the Governors' mes
sage andinauguration of offieers at the Opera
House at 11:30 a. m. to-morrow. Adjourned*
HOUSE, Jan. 10.The Senate concur
rent resolution increasing the grasshopper
committee by two additional members of the
Senate and four of the House was concurred
in, and thecommittee, on the part of the House
appointed as follows: MeCrea, W. M. Camp
bell, Stone, Emmel, H. H. Gilman, liddes, An
derson, Cole, Lien, Ladd, Bohan, Emmons.
Bowler and Stacy. The committee en mileage
reported the number of miles traveled by each
member andthe report was accepted. The
Senate and House then went into joint con
vention to canvass the votes east tor officers
at the late election, when Mr.tJilfillan, ofRam
seymoved to postpone the /canvass of the
amendments until after the result upon the
election of officers has been declared. On
motion of Mr. Hicks, Gilffllan's motion was
laid on the table, ayes TMays 67, and the can
vass proceeded with. Th joint committee
on inauguration of Governor, and other 8tate
officers, reported the programme for that pur
pose and that the ceremonies would take
place at the opera house in St. Paul at 11:30
on the morning of the 11th. The report was
accepted. At the conclusion of the canvass
the Speaker proceeded to declare the result
formally as to offices, and all the amendments
all of which werecarried, except the amend
ments to Articles Seven and Ten of the con
stitution, which werelost.
SENATE, Jan., 11th.A concurrent res
olution for a special committee to report upon,?
advisability of a Minnesota representation at
the Paris Exposition was adopted. Bills were
introduced to abate penalties and taxes for
1876-7 of grasshopper sufferers, and for public
pillories for wife beaters. After participating
in the inauguration ceraimonies adjourned to
Thursday next at 2:30 p. m.
HOUSE, Jan. 11.Mat. Dresbach, of
Winona, offered a resolution favoring the re
monetization of silver, and demanding the re-s
peal of the resumption act. Notice of debate^
was given, and the resolution went over un-,i
der the rules. Mr. Rahilly of Wabasha, sub
mitted a similar resolution which was made
the special order for the 16th inst. The
House then proceeded to the opera house to*
witness the inauguration eeremonies, and lis-'*
ten to the reading of tae Governor's message,
after which it returned to the capitol andr*"
then adjourned to the 15th inst, at three,
o'clock, p. m. THE OFFICIAL CANVASS.
The official canvass made by the joint
convention of both houses of the Legislature
on StelOthinst.. gives the following result of
the "*$#\tion last November, on Stafe officers
and the ejpnstitutional amendments:
John 8. Pillsbury, 57,07T
Wm. L. Banning, 39,140
A. WDjey, **A i* 1,421
Pillsbury ovbt Banning, 17,931
James B. Wakefield 35,348
A. A. Ames, *%$." 37,245
T.A.Jewitt, i 846
WakMeld's majority oyer Ames, 18.101
SECRETARY OV 8TATB.
J. S. Irgens,
M. L. Anderson,
Irgens' majority over Lindholm,
TREASURER OF STATB.
J. F. Meagher,
W. W. Slocum,
Pfamder's majority over Meagher,
George P. Wilson,
John R. Jones.
James E. Child,
Wilson's majority over Jones,
W. R. Marshall,
S.G Carter, 1
Marshall's majority over Hill,
JUDGE OF THE 4TH DISTRICT.
A. H. Young,
JUDGE OF THE 9TH DISTRICT.
E. St. Julien Cox,
Majority for, fyfflS&J
I 4 If
CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS. Sk\
The results upon the several amendments
weredeclared to be as follows:
AMENDMENT TO SECTION 1 OF ARTICLE 4.
Majority for, 17,162
AMENDMENT TO SECTION 34, ARTICLE 4.
AMENDMENT TO SECTION 2, OF ARTICLE 5
Majority for, 14,25s'.
AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE 7 OF THE CONSTITC-***-"
4r ^L-^^26,468p- i'
AMENDMENT TO SECTION 8, ARTICLE 8. *iS^,-
AMENDMENT TO SECTION 8, ABTTCLB 10.
truthfulness of the old English say- fffi^f^M
ing that a green Christmas makes a fat ^%J4,
graveyard, is seriously questioned inSii}/-&
modern times. A more healthful fall and Jf
early winter has not been enjoyed in a
score of years. In Boston the death rate
for the last seven weeks was thirteen per
cent less than that of a year agp, at which
time the season was much morfe severe.
A careful comparison of the Brooklyn
death rate for several yeara with the
record of the temperature for the same
time shows that the mortality is lightest
when the thermometer ranges about
forty-eight degrees. As it goes above
sixty or below forty the increase in the
death rate becomes*more marked From
the 15th of May to thi 15th of June^ and
from the 15th of October to the 15th of
November are therefore th^kealthieet
months. Investigation prorei
weather a* we have bad for
healthfaTas any of the year.