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THE TIMES NEW ISLOOMl'IELD, PA., JANUAUY 2, 1877.
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Grows Belter as it Grows Older.
The North American of Philadelphia,
which is the oldest daily in America has
put on an entire new dress and com.
meneed a new vdlume at a reduction in
price. The North American is a relia
ble newspaper, Republican in politics,
and deserves lite success it has so long
AVith the Improvements recently made
we consider it Tar the best paper publish
ed in this State, and fully equal to any
newspaper in the United States. The
North Amcrrcarils sent to any address,
at eighteen eents per week. If you want
a good city daily send for it.
The steamship Celtic, which arrived
at New York from Liverpool on Monday,
brought 200(000 in gold coin. The
steamship Labrador,froin Havre,brought
$50,000 in specie.
A. J. E. Shtseh, candidate for Con
gress in the Norfolk, Va., district,at the
late election, against John Goode, Dem
ocrat, will coutest the latter's right to a
seat on grounds of fraud.
New Hami-shire is the only State
that requires IteGovcrnor and legislators
to be Protestants, and its Constitutional
Convention now recommends the aboli
tion of the religious test.
An attachment lias been issued to com
pel Mr. Barnes, the manager of the
Western Union telegraph office at New
Orleans, to appear before Mr. Morrison's
committee in that city, bringing with
him the required telegrams.
Bhent, who is charged with forgery,
having been surrendered on the 21st,and
having sailed from Livrpool,the depart
ment of state lias notified the British
minister that the President is prepared
to respond to, and to make requisition
for, the surrender of fugitive criminals
under the treaty of 1842.
Perils of Light-House Building.
The men employed inconstructingthe
foundations for the light-house on llace
Rock, in Long Island Sound, seven
miles from New London, had a perilous
experience recently, and narrowly es
caped being frozen to death. Already
several lives have been lost in the con
struction of this work, but fortunately
all were rescued in this instance. On
the occasion referred to a rumor was cir
culated that the house for sheltering the
men on the rock had been carried away
by the winds and waves, and as the
weather was unusually severe,the rumor
gained credence, and In passing from
mouth to mouth, became greatly exag
gerated, causing much alarm among the
friends of the men. As seen through a
powerful glass the derricks on the rock
resembled towers of crystal, and as as
certained later they Were covered with
ice to the tops as thick as a barrel.
The names of the men on the rock
were : O. W. Gates, Alonzo Fone, John
Rose, Alfred Paulbcrg, John Wood and
Erastus H. Noyes six in number. They
had for shelter a small house constructed
of matched boards, and were well pro
vided with fuel, water and provisions,
besides A quantity of canvass, which
could be used to advantage In case of
emergency. Captain Thomas A. Scott
who had charge of the work, saw a sig
nal on the rock for assistance, and he
immediately put off in a small smack.
On arriving at the rock he found every
Inch of it covered with ice. The men
said that the house had shifted a little in
consequence of some supports having
been washed away, and at night they
transferred their bedding to the cistern
over which they erected a tent and re
tired. The sea was constantly breaking
over the rock, and some of the water
found its way into their improvised
lodging, subjecting them to a pretty
thorough wetting. At 2 o'clock in the
morning they turned out and proceeded
to elevate their beds, and to accomplish
their purpose they were compelled to
clamber over the rocks to the house in
order to obtain material to assist them
in their work a trip which was attend
ed with great peril. Having protected
their beds from the inroads of the sea,
they again retired, and suffered consid
erably from the wetting they had re
ceived. When taken off by Captain
Soott all were suffering more or less, but
no serious results ensued.
An "eastern paper says that in the
great valley between- the North and
South mountains in Pennsylvania,
commonly called the eastern ridge, i
well was dug some years since in Frank
lin, nd another in Cumberland county,
thirty or forty miles from the former,
which led to a discovery affording a sub
ject for interesting speculations. After
proceeding in each instance to the depth
of about thirty-six feet, the bottom of
of these wells suddenly gave way (but
fortunately, when the workmen had re
tired), and a torrent of water gushed up
A lead was sunk with fifty fathoms of
line without finding any obstruction
They remain at this time untouched and
of unknown depth. The presumption
is that there is a subterranean lake in
that quarter, and how far it extends un
der the base of the vast primitive ruoun
tains, situated between the Susquehanna
and Pittsburg, will never be ascertained
unless by some terrible convulsion of
nature they should be precipitated In the
A Ga3 Transaction.
Gas was escaping in the American
Exchange Bank, 128 Broadway, New
York, Friday evening, and Ed. Condor,
bank messenger, went down with a light
into the basement of the building to fix
the meter. An explosion followed, and
Condor was knocked senseless on the
floor. All the windows In the building.
which were of plate glass, were broken
involving a loss of about $10,000. The
furniture and walls of the building were
also injured to a great extent. The con
cussion smashed forty valuable plate,
glass windows in the Equitable building
nearly opposite, but the amount of the
damage could not be ascertained. It
shook the German American and sev.
eral other buildings in the vicinity. Con.
dor is seriously but probably not fatally
A Queer Suggestion.
The most practical plan we have thus
far seen for lessening the danger of
theatre fires, is that suggested by Col
Gib.on, of the Gibson IIouse,Cincinnatl
It Is simply the construction of a large
ventilator on the roof over the stage, to
be opened In case of fire. This will act
os a chimney, drawing the flames into
shaft and giving them vent. In all cases,
of fire originating on the stage the flames
have instantaneously shot into the audi
torium, simply because the draft is I
that direction. The force of this draft 1
familiar to all who have felt the wave of
cold air which comes from the stage
whenever the curtain rises. A large
opening in the roof which would create
an upward current, would hold the
flames on the stage for the ten or fifteen
minutes necessary to empty the house i
Don't You Wish You Had Been There?
An Irwin county, Ga., man tells this
to the Americus Republican : There is
near his house what is called "Big Lake,"
which began to run out about three
months since, at on opening in the bot
tom about the size of a flour barrel, and
up to a short while ogo ran down from a
mile wide to several long, to the dimen
sions of a few acres, when the whole
country, far and near, came to witness
the sight and get fish. Everybody was
supplied with all he could carry away of
the finest sizes and. qualities of the
finny tribe. The basin now presents
bluffs sixty-odd feet deep, and will
probably refill In the course of a year or
Terrible R. R. Accident.
On Friday night a terrible accident
happened to a train on the Lake Shore
It. R. near Astubula O., when a train of
Beven passenger cars fell through a
bridge. It Is reported that seven coacnes
and all the express cars were burneu.
About one out of every five persons Was
killed or wounded. A heavy snow
storm prevailed at the time and the
weather was Intensely cold. Many who
were not burned or killed, were frozen.
Probably one hundred persons were
killed, or wounded.
. Saw Only One of Tlifim.
An Inebriated Jerseyman In New
York, led by flaming posters advertising
the play of " The Forty Thieves" at
Niblo's, went to the box office and called
for a ticket, at the snme time throwing
down a $5 greenback. On receiving In
return $3 and a ticket (he had expected
to pay about fifty cents), the astonished
countryman, looking first at the money
and then at the ticket, exclaimed,' " II-h-how
much d'yer asked to (hie) Hde
these "Forty Thieves' V" The ticket-
seller informed him that the price Was
$2. "Well," said Jersey, throwing
back the ticket and looking sharply at
the official, "you may k-k-keep yer
ticket I don't care about seeing the
A Bunghole Casualty.
A Mr. Spiers, who lives near Green
ville, Ala., filled a whiskey barrel with
new syrup, and upon going into his
smoke-house after night to see if the bar
rel was leaking, and holding the candle
near the open bunghole, the gas, which
was escaping, took fire, and a loud ex
plosion followed, hurling Mr. Spiers
stunned to the ground and hurting him
considerably. Strange occurrence.
Killed by Corn-fodder.
Timothy Sedgwick, of West Hartford,
Conn., lost three valuable Jersey heifers
iu one night, last week, caused by eat
ing corn-stalks upon wnien mere was
what is known as smut. He immediate
ly stopped feeding the stalks, most of
them having this smut, and has lost
none since. '
A curious circumstance in connec
tion with skull measurements Is seen in
the relative capacities of the male and
female skull. The former is the larger
in every nation and people, but as the
nation becomes more civilized the size of
the women's Bkulls becomes relatively
smaller and that of the male larger,
iteckoning the male skull to nave a
uniform capacity of 1,000, in negroes the
female skull has a capacity of 084, in
Hindoos of 032, in Malays of 023, in
Sclavonians of 003, In Irish of 012, in
English of 800, in Germans of 838.
San Fkancihco, December 20. Ad
vices by steamer Oceanic from Asia, say
that a fire In Tukio, Japan, November
20, swept 05 streets, destroying 6000
houses. Five hundred lives were lost,
The loss of property is estimated at
$10,000,000. The residence of the Aus
trian minister was burned and that of
the United States minister narrowly es.
caped. Prompt and effective measures
for the relief of the sufferers have been
taken by the government. The burned
region is being rapidly rebuilt with the
introduction of great improvements.
KiT A Baltimore policeman found a
family In an awful plight. Every mem
ber had been stricken with scarlet fever,
and three children hud died, not of the
disease, but of starvation. There was
not a morsel of food in the garret, and
every available article or furniture or
clothing had long before been pawned.
The wife was abed, unconscious, and the
husband had stretched himself on the
floor to die. This case has incited an
organized effort to succor the destitute
persons of that city.
ffy A few months ogo an elegantly
dressed woman, the wife of a rich mer
chant, was so drunk id a Baltimore st.,
that she could not stand, and . a 'police
man arrested her. Her husband secured
her release, and the Incident was made a
secret. She promised never to drink in
toxicating liquor again. Lately she was
found lying drunk in a gutter, and this
time the husband would do nothing to
hide her shame. She was publicly fined
in a police court, and discarded by her
CiT A quail iu Paris deserves a place
in history The bird has been kept
for two years in a cage with other quails
destined for the market. Whenever a
customer appears,;the quail we epeak of
perches on one leg and frizzles himself
up into a fluffy ball, which is a sign of
Illness In quails. .The customer looks at
him with disgust and says, " No, not
that quail ; the bird is sick ;" and so this
ingenious volatile lives on in peace and
comfort, while his companions deiwrt
one by one to their allotted toast. '
C3TThe Franklin ItcpogUory is in
formed of another caso of shooting at
Shade Gap. It says, a correspondent
writes us, Mr. Ilea, brother of Dr. Ilea,
of Shade Gap, was Bhot by a "Hr. Bice,
the ball entering his neck. Is not able
to say whether the wound Is dangerous1.
Some family difficulty Is supposed to be
JOLlflT, Quebec, December 20. The
convent at St. Ellaalretli was destroyed
by fire last night. One hundred persons
were in the building and the panic was
very great. Nine children were suffoca
ted and. their bodies recovered. It la said
four" more children are mling. Loss,
$0,000, partly insured.
Captain Boyton has Accomplished
his promised task of swimming down
the liver Po from Turin to Ferrera, ft.
dWhance of 800 miles, In ninety-six
Wurs, without a single stoppage
Potts vit.lb, Pa., DeCemVr 28. Mrs.
'Kinney was burned to 'deftlh at St. Clair,
Pa., this morning by Una explosion of a
Coal Oil lamp. Hx husband was also se
OUR WASHINGTON LETTER.
WabtkNton, D. C, Deo. 28th, 1870.
When my Republican friend Jones con-
trrs a cabinet, for President-elect Hayes,
be puts uen. uomiy, ot unio in as post
master Ueneral, always: and the equally
elected Mr. Tilden has Mr. Hewitt ready
fur the same office. Both of theBe gentle
man are well fitted for the place. General
Comly would make au annual report as in
teiesting and lively as a novel of Charles
Reade's, and Mr. Hewitt has paid particu
lar attention to jrost uiuoe analis. Hut 1
mention the coming Cabinets only to sug
gest a citizen ot Washington, Mr. W. W.
Corcoran, for tbe office of secretary of the
Treasury, ana express a nope that, wnetu
er Mr. Tilden or Mr. Hayes becomes Presi
dent, this one appointment will be made
Mr. Corcoran bas been familiar, as a bank
er, with Uovernnient nuances, for thirty
years, and more, and has the confidence of
everybody on this side tbe Ucean and of all
the capitalists abroad. I am net one of
those wbo think: the country's credit de
pends, at this time, on any one man, but it
is reasonable to suppose that such an ap
pointment as is suggested would add to the
confidence lelt by all the world in our Be
curities. Mr. uorcoiau is, i believe, a
Democrat, but is not a politician.
1 here is danger that Congress, in its de
votion to the subject of the Presidency.
may ueiay the usual ana necessary appro
priations. Exoept the Pension bill, no
appropriation bill has, so far. been reported
As the present uongress goes out ot power
on the 4tk of March, and all exisiting ap
propriations expire on tne ttuth ol J une, it
is feared the rresident will have to oall an
extra session prior to the regular session iu
Uecomoer next. 1 lie expense and confusion
incident to an extra session may be avoid
ed if our law makers will drop purely po
litical matters for awhile and do the
business they were elected to do.
One of the party leaders in tbe House
was yesterday led into a little extravagance
in discussing political affairs, and was fit
tingly rebuked by a number of tbe other
party. The rebuke was so much deserved
and so well administered that 1 give a pas
sage from it : "I very, very deeply regret
that my colleague, in a time like this, when
the country needs all its wisdom, all its
equipoise, all its fairness, all its calmness,
saw lit to say that the people would defy
tne authorities or tne v nlted States in a
certain contingency. I don't
bold a commission to speak for all the peo
ple of the United Slates, but I venture the
opinion that the man who is most likely to
receivo the rebuke of all good citizens of
both political parties, just now, is the man
who suggests violence as a mode of settling
any national question ; and it is of tbe very
essence of violence for a Representative to
appeal to the people to resist the plain
processes of law. in an hour like this,tbe
man who shakes a brand of tire among tbe
trains that load to tbe magazine of publio
passion is the man that ought to be most se
verely censured by the fair-minded and just
people of the United States." And every
word of this is truth.
This city, in the absence of Congress for
the holidays, is agitating itself over an ef
fort to close tbe gambling houses that from
time immemorial have been open to the
principal streets. I do not know that this
city is a sinner above all others in this re
spect, but certain it is that all gambling
games have been carried on here without
interruption and iu the roost publio man
ner, iu deltunoe of tbe plainest of anti-
gambling laws. It is behoved the present
ellort will result, at least, in confining "the
tiger" to less conspicuous quarters.
Tho Daily Uhronidc, Kepuulican paper
here, is offered for sale. It was started in
1862 by (.'ol. John W. Forney, now of the
f hiladelpbia l'rcsa, and during tbe war
was a power with tbe administration and
with politicians throughout the country.
Of late years its circulation and influence
have declined and it bas been run at a
loss. In a future lotter I will give you in
teresting particulars as to the other papers
hero, their politics, prohts, losses, expenses,
editors, cvo. saxon.
Miscellaneous News Items.
tW A Georgia negro stolo ten cents
from bis brother, , bought powder with it,
and went hunting. Un returning be was
shot dead for tbe offenoe.
tST" Louisiana guarantees to supply, this
year, one-eighth of tho sugar required for
consumption in tbe Lulled sutes -UU,
tW Still another death from tbe bite of
a spitz dog in New York. Is it not about
time to suppress that handsome but dan
gerous little animal ?
t"The New Orleans "Times" remarks
"Northern democrats are dismayed bo-
cause the south steadily refuses to knock a
chip on Uncle cam's shoulder."
CST Peter B. Soott was arrested in Boston
on Saturday a week for embezzling $20,000,
the property of tbe lato Rev. Bernard
tW At Gilbertville, Mass., on Friday
niL'ht, Mrs. Martin Carrol fell down one
of the stairways of her residence, and was
tWThe editor of the Chicago "Times"
was walking along with bis ears up above
bis sealskin hat when a boy said, "Mister,
vou are coiug to lose one of your shin-'
tW Moody bas found a girl in Chicago,
10 years old, and ordinarily intelligent,wbo
had never board the n:,neof ciirlat except
In profanity, and w'j0 had fi0 ,dea of wbo
. son of George Hoffaoker, of Perry
township t MM(Ter oounty ,ged twelve
VT while wrestling with two neighbor
Vi recently, was thrown to the ground,
tns other Doys railing on him, mulcting in
juries from which he died shortly after.
tW Many a farmer's boy eoea into some
city, and struggles along until middle life,
with nothing to snow for his labor, except
that be has thoroughly learned that a half
starred lawyer or olerk is less to be envied
than a well fed farmor.
' While his wife was at court, prose
cuting a suit for divorce, at Rlohraond,
Indiana, (Saturday a weeK, Henry W.
Sonnickson, took a speedier method at his
bouse. He shot himself and saved lawyer
IW All physicians In Texas, under tbe
new law, are required to appear before the
oounty board of examiners, appointed by
tbe District Court, and stand an examina
tion in chemistry, anatomy, physiology,
and materia medlca, before they can have
legal assistance in collecting their bills.
tW At Des M'oiHeB a day ot two ago a
ruffian who is urcrcr sentence of imprison
ment in the penitHtaliary for an attempt to
murder a girl, f as permitted to marry
ber the afleotionate idiot having agreed to
the sacrifice before starting for prison.
Tbe objections to scandalous proceedings
of this kind are many and patent.
tW A census of Reading, Pa., taken by
tbe Sunday Review of that city, ptaces the
present population of the plaoe at 40,109
an increase or or; a since tbe census of
1870. For a long time a dispute has been
pending between Reading and Scranton as
to the relative population of the two
cities. Tbe Review's oount puts Reading
I3f" At a recent examination in one of
the schools in Washington the question
was put to a class of small boys : "Why is
the Connecticut river so called ?" A bright
little fellow put up bis band. "Do you
know, James?" "Yes, ma'am 1 Because
it connects Vermont and New Hampshire,
and cuts through. Massachusetts ?" was the
tlTThe "Independent knows of a Meth
odist prayer meeting in which a brother
thanked God that no member of bis fami
ly was among the killed in tbe Brooklyn
calamity, for be had no doubt that all wbo
had perished were in bell. Another broth
er arose and said that, if be had to die, be
would ratber go from a theatre than from
a prayer meeting in which such sentiments
IS" A San Francisco young lady receiv
ed an invitation to attend the theatre the
other evening just as the Chinaman came
for ber wash. She hurriedly made out a
list of tbe washing, and answered the in
vitation. Then she sent the list to tbe
young man and kept the answer to his
note. There was soon a very much eon
fused young man, a very much mortified
young woman, but no theatre going for
either of them that night.
' Visible from Battle Hill, in Green
wood cemetery, there is a quaint looking
building known in its neighborhood as the
"Bleak House," and which many people
not given to superstitious belief says is
haunted. It bas really been quickly aban
doned in succession by several families wbo
became its tenants, and at present the pro
prietor finds it impossible to obtain an oc
cupant.. It is situated directly opposite tbe
mound in which the poor unknown of the
lirooklyn Theatre dead are sleeping. The
building is quite new, and elegantly ap
pointed, yet nobody will live there. '
Eif An American lady who bad been
visiting friends in Canada, crossed the St.
Lawrence at Cape Vincent last week, and
oourteously invited the customs officer to
examine ber baggage. "There is nothing
but wearing apparel in tbe trunks," she
remarked with a pretty smile. The offioer
unlocked tbe largest trunk and pushing
aside a heap of stockings and overturning
a layer of dress materials, pounoed upon a
dozen bottles of French brandy. "Do you
call this wearing apparel ?" be asked stern
ly. "Why yes." replied tbe lady, "they
are my husband's night caps." ,
tW At Oil City, Pa., at 2 P. M- on
Monday, the boiler-bouse of the American
Transfer Company's station took fire, fol
lowed by an explosion or tbe boiler, which '
was thrown against an iron tank contain
ing about 15,000 gallons of oil, bursting
tbe tank and setting fire to it. Total loss
on tbe oils was about 85,000 barrels and
five iron tanks, two of which were owed by
Mewhiuney Brothers, two by Cochrane and
one by tbe American Transfer Company.
There were also five Lne Railway boiler
cars burned. The loss is estimated at
$20,000 ; partially insured.
tW A sensation occurred at the National
Theatre, Washington, during the matinee 1
performance of the "Two Orphans," on
Christmas afternoon. A person iu the
gallery was seized with a tit, and the dis
turbance caused aery of ."light," which
was interpreted as "fire," whereupon a
great com motion ensued. Tbe doors were
opened, and many rushed from the build
ing, three or four being bruised during the
excitement, but no oue was seriously hurt.
The cause of the panio was soon ascer
tained, order was restored, and the per
formance continued to a diminished Audi
ence. Miss Kate (.'lax ton, who was per
forming at tbe Brooklyn Theatre -during
the late fire, was the star of the occasion,
and this was tbe first performance.
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