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A. DEWEY, Publisher.
STATISTICAL writers are already engaged
in estimating the wheat crop of 1881, and
they make it about480,000,000 bushels, with
nearly 220,000,000 for exportation.. Many
things may arise to modify these prog
nostications, which are nothing but rough
IT is estimated that two-thirds of the
present telegraph capital of the country is
watered stock, the object being to make
the public pay the dividends through ex
orbitant rates, and in the event of the pur
chase of the lines by the government, to
get therefor the full stock valuation.
INDICTMENTS were found against several
alleged keepers of gambling houses in St
Paul by a late Ramsey county grand jury,
but owing to the scarcity of convictions in
such cases under the common law, in con
sequence of th6 difficulty of. obtaining ad
missible effective evidence, the jury called
on the mayor and other city authorities to
rigidly enforce the city ordinances on the
subject of gambling, such a course being at
tended with but little effort, as compared
with prosecutions under the common law.
THOUSANDS of Northern people are
spending the winter in the sunny South.
New Orleans attracts a large number of
those who enjoy the gaities of a large city,
while the other favorite resorts are Aikin,
S. 0. Savannah, Ga.: St. Augustine and
Jacksonville, Florida. Jacksonville has
about fifteen thousand inhabitants, and
over one hundred hotels and boarding
houses. In winter from six thousand to
ten thousand strangers visit St. Augustine.
The resident summer population is about
THE report is again current that Jay
Gould has a con rolling interest in the
Keokuk Northern line of steamers and in
the Mississippi Valley Transportation com
pany, which, together, control the Missis
sippi river from the head of navigation to
the gulf of Mexico. The impression pre
vails that this report is founded in fact.
After all the railroad and river transporta
tion shall have been gobbled Gould may
turn his attention to the great lakes, which
have hitherto escaped his clutches.
THE discussion of Gen. Garfield's cabi
net timber continues to attract a great deal
of the public attention, and new names are
almost daily presented to the public. Some
are at once discarded, while the unity of
sentiment upon one or two who have been
mentioned seems to afford ground for be
lieving that they are among those whose
claims are favorably regarded by the Pres
ident-elect. But it is announced that he
will not arrange the whole matter until late
in February, so there still remains ample
time for the guessers to ply their vocation.
GEN. JOHN F. MILLEE, the new Senator
elect from California, is a native of Indiana,
and, by profession, a lawyer. He was
elected a State Senator, but resigned his
seat and went into the war as colonel of the
Twenty-ninth Indiana regiment. In 1862
he took command of a brigade under Gen.
Buell, who was then at Bowling Green,
Ky. His war record is without a blemish,
and in all positions given him he showed
the qualities of a thorough soldier. During
the war he lost one of his eyes. In Sep
tember, 1865, he resigned from the army
and went with his family to California,
gave up the profession of law, and made a
fortune in commercial pursuits.
THE principal features of the new bill
tor funding $650,000,000 five and six per
ents., about falling due, are as follows:
New bonds are to be issued in an amount
not exceeding $400,000,000, and treasury
certificates of $10, $20 and $50, not exceed
ing $300,000,000, each to bear 3 per cent,
interest, the former to be redeemable after
five years, and payable after ten years, and
the certificates to be redeemable in one
year and payable in ten limiting the ex
pense of the new issue to one-fourth of 1
per cent., and making only the new 3 per
cent, bonds receivable at the treasury as
security for national bank circulation. The
bill has passed the house by a fair majority,
but a strong effort will be-made in the sen
ate to change the rate of interest from 3 to
3 1-2 per cent, on account of doubts as to
whether the treasury can dispose of a 3 per
THE National Woman's Suffrage associa
tion, lately in session in Washington,
passed a series of aggressive resolutions to
the effect that the women of the nation have
not as much to fear from the solid South
as from the white male dynasty in which
they have no representation that the two
great political parties are alike divided on
some of the great issues, and that which
would triumph in 1884 would be wise to
place a woman suffrage plank in its plat
form, the most important question of hu
man rights now before the people for consid
eration that church property should not be
exempted from taxation, and that it is the
duty of Congress to submit to the several
States constitutional amendments securing
to women citizens the right of suffrage, and
before adjourning to pass the bill now on
calendar, providing a committee to consider
the rights of women. There were some
smart women present at the meeting, and
the doctrines of the association were advo
cated with much vigor.
WEEKLY RECORD OF CRIMES.
The supposed murder of I. M. Smith, cash
ier of the Dank of Kansas city, is still involved
Burglars broke into the Burlington & Mis
souri railroad depot at Bloomington and blew
open the safe. They got away with $500.
No clue to the perpetrators.
A registered letter pouch from Rochester,
New York, on its arrival at tbe Chicago post
office, was found to have been cut and 17 pack
ages abstracted, containing in the aggregate not
A farmer named Laughlin, of La Crescent,
becoming insane from brooding over the death
of his wife, locked his children in a cupboard
and threatened to behead them with a scythe,
they came out.
At Charleston, S. C, Wm. L. Webb (white)
of Georgetown county, wastried on a charge of
voting twenty ballots at the last election. The
jury returned a verdict of guilty, with a recom
mendation to mercy.
W. L. Webb (white) of Georgetown, county
S. C, convicted in the United States court of
fraudulent voting, was sentenced to two months
imprisonment, and a fine of $10 besides costs,
which amounted to $242.
After a fourteen days trial, A. S. Kennedy,
Sr., of Iowa City, was convicted of conspiracy
to defraud his creditors and the insurance com
panies by buying goods on credit, storing'them
in a cheap btuldmg at Oxford and then having
Mr. E. B. Backus, until recently a partner in
one of the largest grainery houses at Independ
ence, Iowa, committed suicide last week. He
became despondent soon after the loss of his
young wife, took to drinking, and was compelled
to retire from business. He was found in the
cemetery, lying across his wife's grave, with a
pistol ball through his right temple, and a re
volver by his side.
ACCIDENTS AND CASUALTIES.
Robert Gordon's dry goods store, at Oswego,
N. Y, was burned. Loss, $55,000 insurance,
John Welsh,engineer of the transfer steamer,
Gen. Pierson, at Memphis was engaged in oil
ing machinery in the wheel-house, his foot
slipped and he fell, striking his head against
the wheel, and was knocked into the river, and
when taken out was dead.
E. W. Ford, in the employ of the Minneapo
lis & St. Louis Railroad company atFort Dodge,
was in the act of repaiing a car when a Des
Moines & Fort Dodge train backed up, caught
him between the cars and crushed him. fie
leaves a wife and four children.
The saw-mill and stave factory at Macua,
Wis., belonging to Weiklejohn, Hatton & Co.,
were burned to the ground. The loss is esti
mated at $15,000, with an insurance of $2,-
500 on the buildings. There was $30,000
worth of stock near the mill, which was saved
The destruction by fires in New York, last
year averaged about $265,780 per month.
The number offivesin 1880, was 1,783 the
losses $3,183,440, and the insurance $16,-
403,278. In 1879 the number of fires was
1,551, the losses $5,671,580, and the insur
The new Titusville (Pa.) exchange, the finest
in the State, was formally dedicated, with im
The late Geo. Richard, president of the Wil
liamsburg, N. Y. .Savingsbank, left$2,000,000
to relatives and friends.
Thomas Howe died in Harrington, N, H., the
other day, in his 102d year, smart and active,
and doing his own work till the past month.
Cornell University, New York, has received
$370,000 from H. W. Sage, $140,000 from
JohnMcGraw, $100,000 from A. D. White
and $75,000 from Hiram Sibley.
General Asahel Gridley, one of the oldest,
wealthiest and most influential citizens of Illi
nois, died at Bloomington. He was over 70
years of age, and had resided at Bloomington
The firm of Field, Lieter & Co., of Chicago,
has dissolved by mutual consent, Mr. Lieter re
tiring to engage exclusively in his extensive
mining enterprises in Colorado, where he has
been one of the few fortunate investors.
Judge Bump, a noted citizen of Black River
Fails, (Wis.), died suddenly last week. He was
nearly seventy years of age, having been born
on the 26th of February, 1811, at Scipio, New
York. For the past thirty-eight years he resid
ed in Wisconsin.
NEWS FROM WASHINGTON.
The senate committee on public buildings
and grounds agreed to an appropriation of
$100,000 to begin the erection of a public
building at Minneapolis.
The statement to the effect that Mr. Blaine
must resign at once to allow time for an election
of a successor appears to be a mistake. Thirty
days' notice is only necessary in a regular elec
tion, but not to fili a vacancy.
The senate confirmed Joseph W. Burk, col
lector of customs at Mobile, Alabama John A.
Finnell, collector of internal revenue, sixth
district of Kentucky Nicholas H. Owings, sec
retary of Washington territory Edmund W. R.
Smith, Indiana, consular agent at Carthagcna
registers of the land offices, G. A. Witter, Yank
ton, D. T. postmaster, W. B. Fresh, Anornosa,
Iowa: Samuel O. Iverson, Rushville. Minn.
A Washington dispatch says: In the nom
inations sent by the president to the senate is
found the name of Chas. Henry Whipple, son
of Bishop Whipple of Minnesota, who is taken
from civil Iife and nominated to be a paymaster
in the regular army with the rank of" major.
He is now cashier of'a bank at Faribault. This
will gratify the numerous friends of Bishop
Whipple wherever he is known, but it will raise
a row in army circles.
Nine deaths have taken place among mem
bers of the Dominion of Parliament since the
general election of 1878.
Exciting debates have occurred in the British
parliament on Gladstone's resolution giving
precedence to Forster's bill for the protection
of life and property in Ireland, and the Irish
Home rule members have decided to oppose the
coersion bills to the last extremity.
The house committee of ways and means, by
a vote of 6 to 4, indefinitely postponed Hurd's
resolutions on the tariff. The vote stood as
follows on the motion to postpone: Ayes
Messrs. Conger, Frye, Dunnell, McRinley,
Phelps, Felton. NaysMessrs. Tucker, Car
lisle, Mills, Morrison.
In the house of commons Rylands, Liberal,
moved that the annexation of the Transvaal was
impolitic and unjustifiable. Premier Gladstone
said it was the resolute intention of the govern
ment to re-establish British authority in the
Transvaal in the first instance. The under
colonial secretary said the governme desired
to give the people of Transvaal to the greatest
possible extent the management of their own
affairs as soon as they acknowledge the queen's
government. Ryland's motion was rejected.
129 to 33.
It is said'the bill for the protection of persons
and property in Ireland will much resemble the
Westmeath act of '71. It will empower the
viceroy, with the advice of the Irish privy
council, to designate districts in which the act
is to be enforced, and a subsequent clause will
suspend the habeas corpus by empowering the
viceroy, upon reasonable suspicion to arrest
any person deemed an offender withinthe terms
of the act. It will also provide that persons
so arrested cannot be released, tried or bailed
without an order of the privy council or vice
roy. Another clause will, in certain cases, sub-
stitute trial before two judges for trial by a
jury. It is possible that the suspension of the
habeas corpus will continue until the 1st of
On Monday last in Parliament Forster, the
chief secretary for Ireland, rose at 5:30 in a
crowded house to move a bill for the protection
of life and property in Ireland. He justified
the bill by along detailed description of out
rages which had been committed. He showed
that the land league had a complete system of
constables in all districts who recorded every
infringement of the rules of the league. The
result is, he said, that the land league is su
reme. There is a reign of terror. Those who
the law are safe, while honest men who
keep it are in danger. The land league strikes
terror. We must strike terror into them. We
The bill introduced by Forster gives power for
viceroy to arrestpersons reasonably suspicioned
as principals or accessories in treasonable offen
ses, such power to remain in force till the 30th
of September, 1882. The bill will be retro
spective as regards arrests for treason. It will
apply to the whole of Ireland, but with regard
to agrarian and other crimes will apply to pro
claimed districts only. Mr. Forster announced
the object of a second bill to be to put matters
with reference to the possession of arms under
the peace preservation act, which expired last
GENERAL NEWS SUMMARY.
Several days ago the Grand Canon Coal
company struck oil at the depth of 1,445 feet,
near Canon City, Colorado.
Both houses of the Wisconsin legislature met
in joint session Wednesday, when PhUetus
Sawyer was declared elected* United States sen
For the six months ended December 31,
1880, 131,000 more emigrants arrivedinthe
United States than for the same period the pre
Mr. Dunnell says that he voted for the re
funding bill because he believed it to be the
best that could be gotthrough the house. He
thinks it will be amended in the senate and sent
back to the house for concurrence.
Twenty-three years ago Horace Everett plant
ed on his farm near Council Bluffs twenty
three acres of waste land with black walnut
trees. They are noAv 16 to 20 inches in diam
eter, and he has sold them for $27,000.
The en-tire issue of the $10,000,000 4
per cent, forty-years gold bonds, issued by tbe
Pennsylvania company, has been taken by a
syndicate composed of Kuhn, Loeb & Co., Win.
L. Scott of Erie, Pa. Drexel & Co. of Phila
delphia, and others.
Official returns show that 3,207 acres were
planted in sugar-cane in Minnesota in 1878,the
product being 329,660 gallons. In 1879 the
area planted increased to 5,033 acres, with a
product of 446,946 gallons, or an average of
88.80 gallons per acre.
Congress at the last session, passed a resolu
tion making the Louisville and Portland canal
free. The result was it became nobody's busi
ness to repair it, and now the secretary of war
sends a communication to congress asking for
$82,000 to put and keep it in good condition.
In Tennessee, on the thirteenth ballot,
Howell E. Jackson, a State credit Democrat,
was elected to the senate. The ballot stood:
Jackson 70 Mavnard 25: Rose 1. Jackson
was declard elected He was lifted out of his
seat by friends, and escorted to the stand, and
said that he would do whateverlay in his power
to allay all sectional agitation and bring pros
perity'to the country.
Longfellow's well-known legend of Pandora
has been adapted to the operatic stage, and
placed upon the boards at the Boston theater.
The honored poet himself has personally super
intended its production, and has extended his
congratulations to Miss Blanche Roosevelt for
the success and hit she has made as Pandora.
However, the piece does not promise to be a
SATURDAY, JANUARY 22.
SKNATENot in session.
HOUSEThe report of the committee giving
ihe seat held by Hull (dem) of Florida to Bis
bee (rep.) was adopted, and Bisbee took the
MONDAY, JANUARY 24.
SENATE.Senator Logan, in pursuance of
his notice, called up the Grant bill immediately
after the conclusion of the morning business in
the senate. He made a short and impassioned
speech, favoring the prompt consideration of
the subject, and asked that the thing be voted
up or down at once and without delay. Bayard,
just as the roll call had been ordered on Logan's
motion, rose in his place and declared that Ihe
senator from Illinois was altogether too hasty
that he (Bayard) had a vague and ill-denned
idea that while he was pensioning Grant, it
might be well to make, at the same time, pro
visions for all the retired presidents hereafter,
who might live long after then-
had expired. He asked Logan to give way and
let the subject go to his committee (military af
fairs)where some such a measure could be speed
ily perfeoted and receive perhap the support
of Bayard etc. *A motion to consider it was lost
25 to'58. The bill allotting kinds in severalty
to the indians was debated the rest of the day.
Mr. Washburn of Minnesota made an ineffect
ual attempt at the close of the morning
hour, to get some action on Senator McMillan's
bill authorizing the secretary of the interior to
settle with the Indians the amount of damages
involved in the flowage of reservations by the
reservoir dam at Lake Winnebagoshish, for
which $75,000 has already been appropriated.
He was recognized by the 'speaker, and moved
that the bill be taken up and passed, which re
quired unanimous consent. Mr. Singleton of
Illinois objected but subsequently withdrew
his objection. It seemed at this point that the
bill would go through, but was finally objected
to by Scales of North Carolina.
HOUSEBills were introduced to establish a
uniform system of bankruptcy for the relief
of owners of property sold for direct taxes in
insurrectionary States for the construction of
a double-track railway from New York to
Council Bluffs to regulate the collection of
taxes on sugar.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 25.
SENATE.Mr. Edmunds, from the judiciary
committee, reported back the resolution of
January 27,1880, instructing that committee
to inquire whether there had been any discrim
ination in the settlement with railroad compa
nies under the act of February 27, 1875, stat
ing that no evidence of such discrimination had
been found, and the committee was discharged
from the further consideration of the sub
ject. A bill was introduced to continue the pay
of justices of United States courts after
their resignation. Mr. Logan again attempted
to bring up the Grant bill, but the senate again
refused to consider it25 to 28. The bill for
the payment of the expenses of the tenth census
assed. The bill allot ing land in severalty to
HOUSEThe postoffice appropriation bill was
amended in several essential particulars and
passed. The committee on elections reported
the Yates-Martin contested election case,
that Yates (Dem.), the contestant, was en
titled to his seat. Mr. Bicknell attempted to
bring up the electoral count resolution, but a
motion to adjourn was carried104 to 102
the Republicans voting solidly in the affirma
tive, as did a few Democrats.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 2 6.
SENATE.Mr. Ingalls introduced a resolution
relating to the count of the electoral vote on
the9thprox. After some routine business of
minor importance, the bill for the allotment of
the lands severalty to Indians came up, and
was debated the rest of the day.
HOUSE.Mr. Bicknell called up the joint re
solution relating to the electoral count The
rest of the day was spent in calls of the house,
caused by the Republicans filibustering. The
question was left precisely where it was at the
THURSDAY, JANUARY 2 7
SENATE.The bill providing for a public
building in Minneapolis was reported favorablv.
A bill was introduced for the establishment of
a uniform system of bankruptcv. Mr. Beck
made along speech in favor of free ships. Mr.
Blaine replied at considerable length. The nav
al appropriation bill passed.
HOUSE.The day was almost entirelv con
sumed in a fruitless endeavor to disposeof the
Yeates-Martin contested election case, a vote
thereon being prevented by the filibustering of
Another Batch of Presidential Nominations.
The President nominates Edward C. BilliDgs
of Louisiana, United States circuit judge for
the Fifth circuit John F. Drove, surveyor of
customs at Pittsburg George W. Atkinson,
United States marshal of West Virginia Mejor
David G. Swain, of the corps of judge advo
cates, to be judge advocate general Lieut. CoL
Geo. L. Fiebiger, deputy paymaster general,
with the rank of colonel :Chas. Henrv Whipple
and William H. Comuges to be paymasters with
the rank of major Lieut. Col. Samuel B. Hola
bird, deputy quartermaster general, to be as
sistant quartermaster general with the rank of
colonel Maj. Wm. M. Rich, quartermaster, to
be deputy quartermaster general, with the rank
of captain Capt. James Gilliss, assistant quar
termaster, to be quartermaster, and the rank of
major Lieut. Col. Chas. H. Tompkins, deputy
quartermaster general, to be assistant quarter
master general, with the rank of Colonel Maj.
Charles G. Saintello, quartermaster, to be dep
uty quartermaster general, with the rank of
lieutenant colonel Capt. Theodore J. Ecker
son,assistant quartermaster general, to be quar
termaster with the rank of major fi -st lieuten
ants, Chas. R. Barret, Fifth artillery, and Chas.
A. H. McCanley, Third Cavalry, to'be assistant
quartermasters with the rank of captains. The
president also nominated Thomas J. Ross,post
master at Nevada, Iowa.
Another Railroad Holocaust.
Last Saturday night a train on the Erie rail
way was thrown from the track five miles from
Owego, near Tiago Center. The passongers
were not seriously injured but the postal car
containing four clerks, almost instantly took
fire, and burned like gun powder. The oil
lamps used probably exploded and added fuel
to the fire from the stove. Every man in the
car was roasted to a crisp. The remains of one
who weighed over 200 were gathered up and
put in a small box. In the express car was a
messenger, Henry R. Brewer of Elmira. Ef
forts were mado to relieve Mm. The names of
the dead are Joseph Reidenger, mail agont
Henry C. Brewer, express agent of Elmira
mail agent Sdybolt of Mount Hope mail agent
Ingraham of Binghamton and mail weigher
Fox of New York. The remains were taken to
Owego, where an inquest was held.
Five men in all were burned, but no passen
gers were injured The men in the postal car
must have perished very quickly, as not a sound
came from the wreck except the crackling
The Crime of a Maddened Lover.
New York Telegram.
A small suite of rooms at 1428 Broadway is
occupied by Wm. Holmes, his wife Mary and
her sister, Mrs. Emily Rever, aged twenty-five,
who has been separated from her husband for
more than a year. Several months ago Mrs.
Rever became acquainted with George Russell,
a young man of Newark, N. J., and who fell
rnadlj- in love with her. He desired to marry
her, but she refused, on the ground that her
husband was still living. He became exceeding
ly jealous of her, and persecuted her to such
an extent that she informed him that his visits
must cease. In violent anger this evening he
entered the sitting room where Mrs. Rever was
talking with Mr. and Mrs. Holmes, and before
a word could be spoken uncorked a large bottle
of vitriol which he held in his hand, and
deliberately dashed a quantity of the acid in
Mrs. Rever's face. Mr. Holmes sprang to her
assistance, and he also had a quantity poured
over his face and neck. Russell then threw
what remained upon the right cheek of Mrs.
Holmes, and ran into the street, making his
escape They are disfigured for life, but the
wounds are not dangerous. Mrs. Rever mav
lone her sight.
The Murder of Or. Jones.
From the New Orleans Democrat
B. H. Lanier, the ex-Internal Revenue Col
lector and defeated Republican candidate for
Congress, from Lake Providence, has come
once again before the public. This time he
comes forward as the maker of an affidavit be
fore United States Commissioner Lane, charg
ing Messrs. M. S. Powell, J. D. Tompkins, and
T. J. Powell, of Lake Providence, with the
murder of Dr. Joues, who -n as killed a day or
two after the last election. Three United StateR
Deputy Marshal are now in Lake Providence
with the warrants which issued on the affidavit,
and no doubt ei'e this the parties named have
been arrested. Lanier is still in this city, and
has been given the position of Deputy under
Internal Revenue Collector Marks.
More of the Bloated Bondholder*.
The treasury records are Baid to show that
Wm. H. Yanderbilt owns $50,000,000 of
United States bonds, the quarterly interest on
which is $500,000. Other members of the
family have $5,000,000 or more, with a
quarterly interest of $50,000. Louis MoLane of
San Francisco has $50,000,000 of bonds, with
a quarterly interest of income of $50,000. J.
C. Flood has $10,000,000 of bonds, with a
quarterly revenue from the investment of
$100,000, and MissJennie Flood, his daughter,
still unmarried, has in her name the snm of
$2,000,000 in bonds and quarterly pocket
monev therefrom of $25,000. Christine Nils
son has $78,000 fives of 1881 and $22,000
sixes of 1881. Lotta, the actress, has$50,000
fives and Emma Thursby has $14,000 sixes.
Desperate Rascals Punished.
A dispatch of the 26th from Chicago says:
The jury to-night, in the criminal court, found
Lesser Friedburg guilty of three counts of the
indictments against him for larcenyreceiving
and paying for stolen goodsand sentenced him
to four years in the penitentiary. Friedburg is
a pawnbroker of evil repute, who, for many
years, has been a "fence'' for the worst kind or
thieves, burglars and pickpockets. In this case
he planned a burglary on a prominent dry goods
house of this city, furnishing the complete out
fit, even to the pistols, and the wagon, with silks
stolen by his tools, was before his place when
Officer Race discovered it and its suspicious
owners, and began an investigation which re
sulted in his being shot and almost instantly
killed Johnny Lamb, a vicious criminal, was
convicted of the murder reentry on the testi
mony of one of his pupils, Sheeny George, and
to-day Fred Bury, who is the Mephistopheles
of the gang, received his sentence because of
the same'man's remarkably clear and connected
Ramsey on the Regrular Army.
"Gath" reports the following conversation
with Secretary Ramsey:
Said I, Mr. Secretary, do you think the regu
lar army wants to be made larger. "Thfit is
the opinion of tne general of the army," said
Mr. Ramsey, "and I have no means of contra
dicting it. When I was in Port Townsend, the
extreme northwestern post of the United States,
onPuget Sound, the Indians had committed
some havoc and there were only two companies
at the post, and while one company went out to
fight them, the other had to guardthe post. A
piece of road I passed over was attacked a few
weeks afterwards, and two occupants of the
stage-coach seized, tied to the coach and burned
alive. They must have thought we had not
enough of our armv."
The New Wisconsin Senator and Family.
Washington Special to Milwaukee Republican.
Mr. Philetus Sawyer, just elected senator'
from Wisconsin, was here several years ago as a
representative from that State. His two
daughters are well remembered in society
circles, and ospeciallv Miss Emma, who was a
universal favorite. She married a Mr. White
of New York, and a very wealthv gentleman,
who took her around the world on her wedding
trip. The pretty younger sister, Miss Erni,
married Mr. Wm. Goodman of Chicago. Both
daughters received $100,000 as their wedding
dower. Mr. Sawyer will be one more million
au'e added to the senate, as he'is said to be
worth over two millions.
The Ponca Indian Troubles.
The commission appointed by the president,
consisting of Brig. Gens. George Crook and Nel
son A. Miles, United Statas army. Wm. Stick
ney of Washington, and Walter Albin of New
ton, Mass., to confer with the Ponca Indians for
the purpose of ascertaining facts in regard to
their recent removal and present condition, so
far as is necessary to determine the question
what justice and humanity requires should be
done by the United States government in the
premises, have submitted a report which sus
tains the caae of the Indians very strongly, and
recommends substantial redress for all the
injuries they have received.
Ending of the Irish Trials.
The jury inthe Statetrials atDublin disagreed.
Thejudgechargedthejuryat 12 o'clock on Tues
day last and at 4:50 p. m. they were discharg
ed, having reported that it wa's utterlv impos
sible for them to agree. Great excitement
prevailed, and it was hightened when the judge
said, after the exhibition in court he couldn't
expect there would be a free and unanimous
verdict. Immense crowds were cheering out
side the court house. A torchlight procession
with bands of music waited the return of Par
nell from court. He left the citv for London
shortly after the conclusion of the'trial.
Death of Mi. Justus C. RamSej.
Justus C. Ramsey, Esq., rrn old resident of
St. Paul, and a brother of Secretary Ramsey,
was found dead in his bed on Monday morning
last. It was at first supposed that kis'death was
occasioned by apoplexy or heart disease, but
investigation showed that he had committed su
icide by shooting through his head. He had
been a great sufferer from dyspepsia, and it is
presumed this was the cause.
February Weather Guesses.
Professor Couch of Iowa, who guessed pret
ty well for January, says the weather for Feb
ruary will be mild, when it is mild, and cold
when northerly to southerly winds prevail. The
storm periods will be from the 1st to the 5th,
and each third day thereafter until March 4.
The cold days will be near the 4th, 5th, 11th,
16th, 20th and 23d, with 2odiacal light at even
ing the west, near the 12th, 20th and 26th.
Dakota Division Defeated.
The House committee on Territories took
action on Tuesday laBt on Delegate Bennett's
bill to provide for the division of the Territory of
Dakota, and for admission into the Union of the
southern portion as the State of Dakota, and
voted to report the bill adversely to the house.
This undoubtedly ends the matter for the pres
Superintendent of Public Instruction
David Burt, superintendent of public in
struction in Minnesota for several years past,
was renominated for the position by Gov. Pills
bury, but the nomination was rejected bv the
senate on Tuesday last. No other nomination
has yet been made
Croizette, the celebrated actress of the
Comedie Francais and rival of Bernhardt's,
has been having affairs prettv much as she
wills since the departure of the latter. She
has a salary from the government of 25,000
francs per annum. It keeps her in gloves,
bottines, and bonbons. She has three very
beautiful children, and, though she is
mademoiselle, they accompany her every
where, and snv WPII caved for by their re
spective fathers. One of them, a boy, is the
acknowledged child of the duke d'Au male,
son of Louis Plnllippe, and is the exact
image of his giaudi'ather. The house is a
very handsome structure of white stone.
In Croizette's more beautiful days she
sat as a model for the figure of "Truth."
now on exhibition in the Luxemburg, and
which represents a perfectly nude woman
with a lamp in her hand. It is said that
when this picture was completed the actress
went to see it with a number of friends,
among them a rich bur very stupid young
marquis, who. after examining the paintings,
inquired," "Mademoiselle, why did you
carry a lamp?" To which Croizette naively,
and to the horror of the artist, responded:
"Mon Dieu, monsieur, je cherche rues hab
its. (I am looking for my clothes.) Croi
zette is no longer beautiful. She looks like
an exceedingly fat Modjeska. if one can
imagine such an anomaly, and scarcely
opens her large, dark eyes in talking. She
is very popular, and gives elegant receptions
weekly at her residence.
The Rothschild's Promised Bride.
Midlle. Perugia, the affianced bride of
Baron Leopold Rothschild, is the sister of
Mrs. Arthur Sassoon. She brings her hus
band little or no dowry, but she is of re
markable beauty a'nd is endowed with un
usual talents. Brought up in Trieste, where
their father had a banking house, the two
sisters spent their early years in that city
but in consequence of difficulties the bank
was broken up. Their father died and -the
two young girls, with their mother, being
left, comparatively speaking, poor, went to
Vienna, where they lived with a rich rela
tive. A photograph of the elder sister
somehow found its way to London and fell
into the hands of Arthur Sassoon. Struck
with the beauty of the likeness, Mr. Sassoon
undertook a journey to Vienna in search of
the original. It was at Mrs. Sassoon's house
that Baron Leopold met his bride. Thus
both ladies owe their successful marriage to
the charm of a photograph, which should
henceforth be treasured as an honored
po session and handed down as a lucky
The snow-drifts on the Winona &, St.
Peter division of the Chicago & Northwest
em extend a distance of 100 miles, between
Sleepy Eye and Lake Benton. Gangs of
men are shoveling out the cuts.
Mr. F. C. Butterfield who for seven years
past was master mechanic of the St. Paul &
Sioux City road, has accepted a position on
the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul, in
charge of machinery on the Iowa and Da
THE KEITH'S FORERUNNER.
Mrs. Keith called in one morning, and
judging by her nervous, restless manner,
we concluded that her errand wasn't alto
gether pleasant, to tell at least, but we tried
to help the little woman by being more
chatty and jolly than usual. After she had
conquered her timidity sufficiently.she said-
"I called to ask a favor of you, Hetty,but
I'm afraid von won't thank me after I tell
rUZZ .You something."
Have no fears, but tell us about this
something," I replied quickly.
"Well, it has been several weeks that we
have heard a noise in our ell chamber that
we cannot account for. We have listened
and searched to no purpose. I tell you this
because I wanted you to stay nights with
the children next week, while husband and
I go to Eivervale. They wouldn't object
to staying alone if it wasn't for this myste
rious noise. I hope we shall understand
about it sometime, for it makes the chil
dren so timid."
"What is it like?" I asked.
"A loud knocking.then dying away grad
ually mother Keith says something terrible
is going to happen, and these repeated
warnings are to prepare us."
Worrying then, thought I, is what has
made the little woman so thin and pale the
last few weeks, and she wants to visit her
folks before the "something terrible" hap
"Come! Of course I will, and I'll tell you
all about the noise wnen you return," I
'I hope you will," sighedthe little woman,
"but I don't know, husband and I have
"Well, I don't intend to if husband and
I have failed," I laughed.
"Just like you, Hetty full of courage,"
replied Mrs. Keith, looking brighter and
more cheerful than she had for a month. "I
can depend on you, then
"Of course," I replied, I should be de
lighted to ferret out the secret."
Hitherto the Keiths Lad visited Eivervale
during the lull of the farm work after hay
and grain were housed, but the fear of that
impending "something" had changed the
time to midplanting.
Although I had the reputation for cour
age and persistent energy, I did'nt relish
the job of ferrettiag out the Keiths' forerun
ner but I had promised and was too prond
to recant besides, we were neighbors and
The morning they started I went over to
help them off, knowing that there are many
last things to say and do, even when we're
all ready. The good-byes between parents
and children were really touching, and to
an oppositely constituted person from my
self, the scene might have been affecting
but I laughed, threw old shoes and hats for
good luck, and promised to superintend the
sending of a postal daily.
"Now. Eeny, if you want me, I'll take my
sewing and stay with you during the day,"
I said, after the Keith's were out of sight.
"No, thank you it is nights that we want
you. Come at sunset, if you can," she re
"All right,'" I responded, laughing to my
self at the credulity of human nature.
The influence of my defiant manner was
to restore eheeifnluess to that house so we
spent a very jolly evening
At 10, I said "now let's go to bed, and if I
we are disturbed, just consider me captain
of this iuiocker-iaid." The first and sec
ond night we slept beautifully, and I began
a good-natured ridicule of the Keiths' fore
runner, in which the children joined hearti
The third day it rained, not like Aunt
Peggy's rainy day that begins at notn, for
this began at midnight and did faithful
work for twenty-four hours. Then three
events occurred, almost simultaneously.
The wind soughed from tbe northwest
through the old elms, driving the dead tiee
branches against the house roof, rattling
the roof shingles, clap-boards and blinds
with such force that one might think all the
runners in Brookhill had met at the Keiths'
for a genuine "lark" there was such a rack
et, the old time-piece banged out midnight,
and the real Keith forerunner began oper
ations in earnest. For half an hour I list
ened, the perspiration breaking from every
pore, My quickened circulation cleared
my brain of all sediment of fear, if such a
thing can exist in science, and I sprang
from the bed.
"That knocking is made by the wind," I
said loudly, to re-assure the children, -who
were awake and asking all sorts of questions
in a whisper.
"Do you believe it, Hetty?" asked Frank,
who was crouched trembling just outside
our bedroom door.
"Believe it? of course I believe it. There
was no knocking till the wind rose. Now
hear it. It's rythm and melody, if it has any,
is made by the northwest wind," I said,
quickly, for my teeth were chattering and
my whole frame quivering with reaction.
"We'll light a lamp and investigate."
"Oh, don't Hetty, don't! I'm afraid it's
omething awful," moaned Frank and
"Guess not! Awful things generally come
a head or die but this, by your accounts,
does neither," I replied, laughing, and hold
ing the lamp at arm's length, as I stepped
across the beam between, the main house
and open chamber. The knocking ceased,
but I stood peering into the darkness.
"It stopped just so when father stepped
in here, and mother pulled him back, she
was so scared."
I took another step. The sound begun
again. Then I set the lamp on the floor a
draft from the direction that I had stepped
fanned the flame. I reached out my hand
and found a strong draft coming from a til
ted board upon which the wind'had played
the knocking melody. I wrapped it sharp
ly, producing the idei.tical raps of the fore
runner that had set the Keith's to River
rale two months before their usual visit. We
iill laughed until our nerves were quiet,
and then retired and slept till sun-up.
The next postal' with the following writ
ten upon it, was dispatched to the Keiths:
DEAB PARENTS:We know all about
forerunner. 'Taint nothing. WTe
to mail it, but eluded to wail and let you
see it. Hetty is a regular brick. She'd beat
a General anywhere. I'd like to vote for
her to be President, for she wouldn't scare
or act spooney about anything. Your fec
"So you fixed it, Hetty," said the Keiths,
before they alighted from their carriage.
"Yes, just come and see it," said the
children, leading the way.
"Well, well, how easy it is to be fooled,
especially when it's dark, anJ most all
scares happen in the dark," said Mr. Kieth.
Ever after that I was the personification
of everything that made living a success to