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The Great Hailstorm at St. Louis.
The St. Louis Democrat gives the following graphic account of the terrible storm of thnn Vghtning, wind, hail and rain which swept ever that city on the 19th inst:— lie tween three and four o'clock yesterday afternoon our city was visited by a terrific and ■h-iirni tiv.- hailstorm, aacompanied by a high ...;; ;, ih(- j,!;.' of which lives not io the memo ,jl tie oldest inhabitants. The hailstones w, ,n au average about the size of marbles, while manv of them were as large as pigeon's , .ed we heard of a few that were fully as hen's eggs. The hail fell thick and :.15°ior several minutes, covering the ground ; the flat housetops, breaking windows and reel imps beyond enumeration. It is dilti cuir to estimate the damage, but it cau hardly . •. )es= than *100,000. Tin: stoi’.m, It was a quarter to four when the first hail -.tones began to fall, mingied with a heavy -h .wet of ruin. The first stones were small and scattering, but in a minute or two they ■ame down larger and more abundant, striking t.e windows and walls at an angle of about 45 degrees. The wind was blowing very strong from the west and increased to almost a hurri i ane. The hail now came down so thick and i . such large globes that the sky was darkened Mid, t:ie air had a milky appearance, as though •iie wlnle milky way had broken loose and was dropping shot upon the ground. The shower of ice created a loud roaring, -dug noise, while the wind howled around the house tops, slammed shutters wrenched signs worn their fastenings and blew the hailstones with great violence against the windows. The . iry of the storm drowned the noise of the roaking window panes, but the fragments of ’he glass could be seen falling upon the side allis and mingled with the piles of drifted ice .Tubes that rolled and bounced and danced uMind like marbles shot from the fingers of wiili ins of elfin spirits of the air. The hail had :-cd in six or eight minutes, but the rain eon 'inued longer, and gradually died away in a misty shower. .1 lithe hotels, schools and public buildings Indeed private residences as well—that pre ntecl a front to the storm were terrifically r filled by hailstones. Upwards oi 500 panes i<t glass were broken in the Everett House .Tune. Out of 102 panes of glass In the ••xposed front of the Broadway Hotel only nine . 'at • 1 demolition. SCENES AND INCIDENTS. A mnenil procession of forty carriages was caught in the storm about a mile this side of i alvary. The horses became frightened and inn away, and the carriages and buggies were iimned together in confusion. Women and iff. Iren screamed and fainted, and one lady, .vlth oi infant in her arms, jumped out of the carriage window and broke her leg. Several • rriages had the wheels wrenched off and the . i eupants were thrown out; but no one except ■ he lady mentioned was seriously Injured. A - liorcd funeral procession was also stampe ded. The horses drawing the hearse ran away, aiv i the i ifaed corpse was thrown upon the ground. Several of the vehicles were broken down but after the storm subsided the corpse was replaced in the hearse and was borne to its i ist resting-place. idle storm was as hard on men as horses. Officer Kuss, while running after a frightened b-amli, ;.d a huge hailstone strike him on the top of his hea i, and he was sent to grass. A ! team-deron Fifteenth and Market streets was also struck on the head by a chunk of ice as large as a hen’s egg and was knocked down. Many persons were struck on the face and no.'c and will bear the marks for several days, On Market street quite a number of larmers’ j mams were coming and going, and their horses I all ran away and created a scene of the most ludicrous confusion. One sagacious pair of hor.-cs ran into a store and stubbornly refused to budge until the storm had passed. At Fast St. Louis most of the lights of the v iudows of the Chicago depot, fronting the west, were completely broken; also the lights 'U: the west side of the Sherman House were destroyed. About three hundred panes of glass were broken in the National Hotel. Some of the hailstones measured about live-eighths of an inch in diameter. A man who drove a lumber wagon at the Terre Haute depot was struck in the iemple by a hailstone, ii-om the effects of WhK’h 1*° 'dial <ron1jv TKouo ■vvli ^ _v atw i» c iJ rlie horses say that large protuberances were formed on their bodies by the shower of hail. i m the levee but few windows were broken, tint there were many drays and wagons injured more or less by the horses running away. One nl the ferryboats had just landed on this side with several loaded omnibuses on board. The h.dl came down in such masses that the passen ;vrs became alarmed, and ladies and children iiimped out of the windows of the omnibuses, receiving bruises and scratches. The horses reared and kicked, and the scene was quite .larming. Persons who were on steamboats describe the noise of the hailstones falling up on the hurricane decks as absolutely deafening. It. reminded some of the crew of the time the i-bel batteries were opened upon the gunboats at Fort Fisher and Fort Darling. As one of the results of the hailstorm here yesterday, it is stated on the authority of phy sicians that over one hundred premature births occurred last night and to-day, brought on by •he excitement, and in many cases terroreaus . .1 by the storm. Nearly every doctor In town has had more than lie could do. Cuban Affairs. New York, \prll 24. Tin Tribune says— The Cuban movements in this city, whatever ■ loubters may think, Is really the head and front of the revolution against Spain. Few person imagine the real strength of the cause, Hie large numbers of men that are associated with it, and the almost unlimited supply of money at their command. Millions of dollars !i?. re been subscribed and expended In purclias . .2 arms, equipments and stores. At least 20, "oO Maud of arms and equipments have al ivady been forwarded to a safe destination on (lie Cuban coast, and councils of war are night ly held in this city. Many prominent ex-army and civil olilcers of the volunteer service, have linked their fortunes with the Cubans. Late on Thursday night last a company of sixty men and their officers were put onboard a tug boat from one of the warves in the upper part of tin: city and carried to a point near Sandy Hook, and there embarked on board a sailing vessel for Cuba. This Is not a sensation Item hut a fact. Two weeks ago a large steamer was dispatched from this port in ballast. She touched at a point near Cape May and there took on board arms, equipments and stores, besides men, all forwarded from Philadelphia. Munitions and men are also collecting at Bos ton and several Southern cities. Several ex army olilcers and Cubans left New York last evening for Boston, and whence it is expected '.lie next party will sail. The lollowing card was put up in several well known places Friday morning— "Highly important to ex-army officers ; Com liiissioned army officers who served during the late war, will receive free some valuable infor mation by sending their address to E. G., No. i. Exchange place, New York city. 1’. -S.—Parties having any scruples about .aiding their real names, may send any name by which the information will reach them.” This is one of the many different ways in which volunteers are secured. Ex-army officers are much sought afler and offered the same rate of pay as they formerly received from the United States, and in many instances more. The number of volunteers is rapidly increasing, but everything is carried on with the utmost caution. Co!. James Kerrigan, an officer of the late American war, and who, during the early perod of Fenian organization, enlisted many men, has for several weeks been zealous in the cause of Cuban independence, and is daily recruiting men for the service. T<> those who have raised themselves in ei ther the English, French, Spanish or American service to any rank above the corporal, another recruiting officer issues a commission in the event of a vacancy. q'he head quarters or chief recruiting office in New York, is stated to be a hotel in the Bow ■ ry and a private house In Franklin Street. After a conversation with some men who have already enrolled themselves with Col. Kerrigan, it appears that they are bound to se crecy aud know not when or by what route they are to proceed. Several gentlemen of military aspect assemble each evening and take the names of those who seem able and willing l.o go with the next “batch.” Hundreds are joining daily. A well known physician of East Broadway, has signified his Intention of accompanying the next Regiment to Cuba. Xf.w York, April 24. The Herald’s dispatch from Havana to-day says— Advices from Nassau of the 17th are receiv ed here. Active military preparations were in progress, the forts being strengthened and the garrisons reinforced in anticipation of pos sible troubles arising from the recent imbrog lio with the Spanish officials at Havana, rela tive to outrages upon British vessels. The j patriot Quesada's brother and Cespede s son i are both at Nassau. A demand had been re ceived from Captain General llulce of Cuba, | for the surrender of the pirates who captured . the steamer Commanditorio, and for the giv- ) ing up of other alleged enemies ol Spain. The demand was refused by the British Government of New Providence, and the matter referred to ! London for settlement, The Governor of New Providence had also instructed the light-house keepers to prohibit the approach of foreigners. Bqntblican Journal* THURSDAY, APRIL 20, 18C0. PUBLISHED EVERY THURSDAY MORNING, —BY— WILLIAM II. SIMPSON. EDITOR AND PROPRIETOR. Subscription Terms. In advance, $2,00 a year; within the year, $2,50; at the expiration of the year, $3,00. Advertising Terms. For one square, (one inch oi length in column,) $1,25 tor three weeks, and 25 cents for each subsequent insertion. A fraction of a square charged as a full one. Administrators, Executors and Guardians de siring their advertisements published in the Journal, will please so state to the Court, as all advertising not ?o di rected Is withheld irom this paper. SUBSCRIBERS desiring to have the address of papers changed, must state the Post Office to which the paper has been sent as well as that to which it is to go. S. M. 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Honest men of all parties, simple minded people who refuse to recognize the fact that we have made fearful strides away from a democratic form of government, have heard tlie report with indifference, aud profess to see uo danger. But the desigu lias ripeued at last. The paper is actually issued, and may be seen of all men. !t bears the appropriate title of “The Imperialist,” and boldly proclaims its purpose, without coyness or affectation. In order to present its purposes iu its own language, we copy the prospectus— FUE IMPERIALIST. l-'or the tlrst time in the history of the United States, an American journal dares to proclaim as false and pernicious in their influence the Democratic dogmas of “Popular Sovereignty” aDd “Equality," and to demnad that on the ruins of this unfortunate Republic shall be reared the Arm and substantial structure of an Empire. The creed of the Imperialistis revolutionary; it mission, to prepare the mind of the Ameri CRI1 peoj/lc C'Ji t>Ut3 ic-v-oluilv.M-1 that rm:-i iXiicaUy begun throughout the country. The conductors of this journal believe De mocracy to be a failure. Though theoretically plausible, iu its practical workings it has been found totally inadequate to the wants of the Americau people. We believe that the National faith, if left in the keeping of the populace, will be sullied by the sure repudiation of the National debt, and that an Imperial government can alone protect the rights of National creditors. We believe that an Imperial Government, in its paternal relation to the people, will care equally for all citizens, aud, while guaranteeing security to the rights of capital will jealously protect the interests of tiie industrial classes. We believe that the Republic means lawless ness, corruption, insecurity to person aud prop erty, roboery of the public creditors, and civil war: that the Empire means law, order, securi ty. public faith and peace. This creed the Imperialist will advocate earnestly, fearlessly and without compromise, and many will tlud in it the open expression of convictions and opinions long held aud cherish ed in secret. Its columns will be free from the low vulgarisms which have heretofore disgrac ed American journalism, and in the discussion of political and social questions will unite the high tone and thorough culture of the English weekly press, with the more popular features of the best current literature of the day. This needs no comment or argument as to the purposes of the conductors of the pa per. ft only remains to inquire who they are and who their supporters and backers are. The wealthy radicals of New Y'ork are at the bottom of the scheme. The men who contributed to purchase Grant’s house, who swelled Sherman’s fortune, aud made Fanagut rich lor life. The notorious Loy al League is deep in the project. A mem ber or two of Grant’s staff have a finger in the pie. And of course Grant himself un derstands tiie whole matter, although prob ably working through other parties. It is curious to observe how consistent with this scheme has been tiie course of tiie new President. It is tiie policy of usurpers to have in power those upon whom they can depend in emergencies—whose in terest is in their success. lienee Grant lias appointed hosts of his family relatives to office. Military men attached to him and his interests, like his West Point class mate Longstreet, even though he may have fought all through the war on the rebel side, are given office, and thus bound anew by the ties of gratitude. Gen. Blair, an able officer of the Union Army, is not per mitted to remain a day iu an unimportant positiou. Do not these parts fit each other to make the rounded whole, as completely as the halves of a sundered apple? The most significant argument advanced is that a democracy is incompatible with the sanctity of the public debt—that if left to the popular verdict, it will be repudiat ed. How familiar this sounds ! How it repeats the stale arguments of last year’s campaigns! The bondholders, the shy locks, the usurers of the country, with their hands deep in the pockets of the people, are crying out for a strong government to gur antee their extortioD. Seeing signs of restiveness, they appeal to imperialism and its bayonets to force from an unwilling peo ple the demands of injustice. They know as well as the people kuow that the mou strous injustices of gold payment and tin taxed bonds are incompatible with a gov ernment of the people. And rather than to lose their hold upon the purses of the people, they cry “Let the republic perish.” ^ It is well that this issue is made thus ear ly in Grant’s administration, for the whole time from now until the next Presidental election can be employed in forcing the matter upon the attention of the people. • When they have fairly comprehended it, they will set the matter right, unless the coming emperor shall be too quick for them, and establish himself in power by j aid of the army and his personal adherents. The moneyed aristocracy will be lavish of means, as it was in the late election, to carry its ends, aud keep the people under the yoke of the bondholders. Aud the peo ple must decide whether they will allow the debt to overthrow the Republic or the Re public to master the debt. Oue or the other must take place. The demonstration made by the issue of this sheet would not be of a character so alarming, did not the whole history of the party tinder whose patronage it is put forth, furnish ground for the fear it inspires. Revolutionary in its ideas, purposes and acts, it has already gone far in the direc tion that the Imperialist advocates. It lias violated the-laws until violations have be come familiar. It has over-ridden the Constitution until it becomes difficult to realize that we have such au instrument left. It has encroached upon the rights of the States,—those rights which the great and good Jefferson declared to be “ the surest bulwark against anti-republican ten denotes —aud promoted centralization, un til the government is semi-imperial already. It has placed at the head of the government “an epauletted Sphinx,” prodigal of human life, and dizzy with his sudden elevation. And finally, it establishes and maintains an organ to spread before the country the glories of imperialism. Do not these foot prints all point the same way? We hope our apprehensions may not be well founded. But we think the sigus of the times are far too serious to be disre garded. Let us remember that one of the wisest of modern statesmen has said that “early and provident fear is the mother of safety.” The New Reform League. A Trap for Gulls. Last week we published a brief telegram to the effect that a Reform League was about to he instituted in the city of Bostou, j having for its object the effecting of certain , changes for the better iu our governmental affairs. The public lias since been present ed with a report of the proceedings in the daily papers, by which an opinion of the design aud scope of the League, in its pur poses, may be judged. Lacking familiarity with the local poli tics of Boston, we are unable to fix the po litical status ol all the gentlemen taking part in this movement, but so far as their names are given to the public, they are rnaiuly radicals. But report says they are of a’l shades of political opiuiou. The ob ject set forth in the call tortile organization meeting are these—1st, to secure a moder ate and effective tariff which may be col lected with the least cost aud interference with the industrial pursuits of the country ; 2d, to oppose all special legislation intend ed to foster private or class interest; 3d, to secure some auuual payment of the prin cipal of the national debt, aud the removal of some of the more ouorous taxes ; 4th, to promote treaties of reciprocity with all the North American States : 5th, to pro mote reform iu the civil service, and the appoiutmeut of Government officers on the sole ground of fitness and ability ; Oth, to secure the return to a specie standard of value as soon as possible. Most excellent purposes, and those that will receive universal endorsement among the American people, except perhaps that our good friends at Bangor might demur at the unrestricted admission of colonial lumber iu competition with theirs. But iu a great general good to be attained, partic ular interests are liable to be overlooked. The speeches made upon the occasion were all in substantiation of the need of re form in tbe particulars set forth. The op pression of the tariff, of the national debt, of unequal taxatiou, of the need of gov ernmental reform, were all elequeutly set forth, aud the deplorable state of the coun try painted in lively colors. The oppress ions were all in turn attacked aud de nounced. As a specimen of the statistics and arguments presented we copy a con densed report of the remarks of Mr. Nash, and it will have all the more force locally because it shows how the leading industry of the coast of Maiue is faring. ADDRESS OF MR NASH. Mr Nathaniel C. Nash, the next speaker, in the course of his remarks, stated the enrolled and registered tonnage of the United States to have been 5,539,813 tons in 13G1 ; 4,986,410 tons in 18C1, and 3,481,754 tons in 1867. The falling off during the war, and from the depredations of the Alabama, equalled 553,412 tons or 134, 470 tons annually. The falling off during the three years following the close of the war (making a proper reduction for the new method of measurement!, equalled 1,504,G47 tons, or 501,549 tons annually. The tariff which was in full operation for the latter period was the cause of a decline three times greater than was suffered in the war. The tonnage of the United States in 1852 was 4,138,400 tons; in 1861, 5,539,813 tons. The ratio of increase in the de cade was 35 per cent. At a similar rate of in crease we should have had a tonnage in 1867 of 6,703,173 tons—an amount twice greater than we now possess. The tonnage of Great Britain and its dependencies in 1861 equalled 5,895,369 tous. In 1867 it amounted to 7,307, 851 tons—a rate of increase exceeding that of our own in the period of our greatest prosperi ty. Our revenue laws have operated as a bill of sale of no small portion of our tonnage to Great Britain, with the almost exclusive privi lege of building for the future. Assuming the value of our shipping to be equal to $60 per ton, Mr. Nash showed that the decline in value of our tonnage from 1861 to 1807 equalled §123,483,354—a sum exceeding twice the amount of all the capital invested in the manufacture of iron In the United States, and to which onr ocean commerce has been sacrificed. Before the war there was construct ed annually iu the New England States upwards of 300,000 tons of shipping. Iu 1867 only 98, 657 were constructed. But this tonnage was mostly made up of small vessels designed chiefly for the coasting trade. Mr Nash stated that we not only cannot build ships, but we cannot even repair them. This work is now done, as far as possible, iu foreign countries, where material can be had at half the cost that it can in this. A most profitable source of em ployment is thus taken away from our laborers, who, for want of steady employment are com pelled to demand high wages, which, when re fused from the inability of ship-owners to pay, is followed by strikes, which prove more dis astrous to all concerned. We only need, said Mr Nash, to be restored to where we were eight years ago,—iu other words, to be allowed the use of materials and tools at cost, to re cover the ground we have lost, restore ravages of the war and of the Alabama, and place the finances of the couutry upon the solid fouuda tions of a free and unrestricted Industry. These facts and figures arc by no means new, but they have for us all a sort of mel ancholy interest that calls for repetition. They show that, so far as the shipbuilding of Maine is concerned, the war might have continued to this day, and its condition have been uo worse. So much for the evils themselves, with which we are unhappily too familiar. But when we come to consider the organization through which reform of these abuses is to be wrought, we must beg leave most re spectfully to dissent from the steps advised by these worthy gentlemen. There is al ready a Reform League organized, which is pledged to lay the axe close to the root of the tre< that has borne this evil fruit. Its organization is wide-spread, thorough, efficient, and determined. Its members are zealous, intelligent, and confident of suc cess. They know they are rkhit, and that victory will come iu God’s good time. Me refer to the old original Reform League, known as the Democratic party. WLeu the state of affairs iu the country is seriously considered, together with the public appreheusiou excited thereby, he must be dull of appreheusiou who does not see signs of a coming storm which shall sweep from place and power the men upon whom the blame rests. Mho but those iu charge of public affairs are to be held re sponsible for these abuses? Can the de moeracy. over whom radicalism, hooted aud spurred, lias ridden at will these eight years past, be asked to meekly kueel and confess judgement for the offences of those who have spurned, denounced and cursed them? Are we to ask pardou for having been right? Shall we sing hosannahs to the devil? That we should realize the evils we are suffering was as certain as fate, as clear as the deductions of reason could make it. The fact surprises uo right thinking man. any more than that fire should burn him or frost should freeze. Nor have the Democ racy of the country been unaware that the inevitable result of the evil days, when they should come, would he that power would return to their hands. To them would naturally flow the confidence aud trust of the country. That the radicals should foresee and dread this coming change is not unexpected. Nor is it surprising that they should seek, by some shuffling evasion, to break the force ol the sentence about to he pronounced. The love of power is iu many minds second only to the love of life, aud they exhaust resource aud sharpen invention iu means to acquire and retain it. But the device of a Reform League, under the patronage of radicalism, to correct abuses that itself created aud fostered, is au exercise of in genuity worthy of all admiration—a degree of impudence that touches the sublime. It borrows au idea from the fox, doubling in his trail, or the hunted robber walking backward to deceive the pursuit. These excellcut gentlemen who are shed ding such rivulets of tears over the sad con dition which we have reached, are those who have managed the affairs of the coun try for eight years past. They have con trolled its finances, its tariffs, its manu factures, its internal policy, its foreign af fairs, its army and navy, and have managed them iu such a way as to draw a continued protest from the Democracy. Aud uow, when the worst that was predicted lias been realized, they propose to call meetings of all parties, with weeds on their hats aud handkerchiefs to eyes, and weep over the sad state of our affairs ! Complaisance may go too far. To bless : them tl at despitefully use us, is better iu religion than politics. The Democracy of \ this country, against their better judgment, were largely cajoled into the approval of the lute needless, foolish and bloody civil war. That is quite sufficient. With the lesson fresh iu our memories, let us not adopt the robberies and thousand nameless knave ries for which that war gave opportunity. Let our hands be clean. No, gentlemen of the radical persuasion, if you are sinking with a mill-stone about your necks, call not on us for aid. Your hands have placed it there, and if it over comes you, and you sink “unwept, unhouor ed and unsung,” you will give place to bet ter men. A series of meetings for improving the condition of the working women of Boston is being held iu that city. At one of them, it was given out as a fact that there are up wards of 20,000 working women iu Boston ; that iu numerous shops where there are over a huudred employed the earuiugs of each are not more than sixty or seventy-tive cents per week ; that they are in many cases obliged to live on one scanty meal a day. The woman ended their series of spirited resolutions with this home thrust at the professed philanthropi sts— Resolved, that the white women and girls who to-dav, in Massachusetts, give a fair (fay’s work for thirty cents earning in currency, are as much objects of enlightened, philanthropic sympathy as were, a few years ago, the negro slave women of South Carolina. Portland complains that business does not open well this spring. Sprague Again. The sharp aud sarcastic speeches of Sen ator Sprague have nettled the radicals Sena tors very seriously. And as he continues to talk “right out in meeting,” there is no telling what new doses may be decocted during the recess, and poured down their throats at the nest meeting. Last week Sprague made au amusing speech in which he compared two Senators to a mastiff and a puppy. Abbott, of North Carolina, who appropriated to himself the puppy compari son, avowed a deteiminatiou to call Sprague to account. The following is a sketch of the matter— Senator Abbott sent up to be read the words uttered by Sprague telling the story about a puppy and mastiff, and said his intention was to ask the the Senator from Rhode Island if he intended to apply the term “puppy” to him? If he did, he (Abbott) intended to ask tor a re traction as full as the implication, aud if that was refused, his intention was to ask for satis faction out of this Chamber. He gave notice, inasmuch as the Senator had skulked out of the Chamber, that he intended to have satisfaction out of the Chamber. Mr. Summer rose to a point of order, and stated that the Senator had avowed his deter mination to violate the law ot the laud. Mr. Abbott denied making anv such an nouncement. Mr. Snmraer insisted he had violated the rules of the Senate, and called on the Chair to take notice of it. At .nr. murmans instance, Mr. Abbott's words were read by the reporter, and the Presi dent protein decided that they were not neces sarily a declaration of intention to violate the law of the land. Mr. Thurman submitted that they required an explanation at the hands of the Senator from North Carolina. Mr. Abbott stated he was not a duellist, was not educated as a duellist, and did not mean that sort of thing—but ha meant to say that the Senator must make retraction as broad as the assertion. (Cries of “order.") Mr. Nye, (sotto voice)—“Spank him!” Mr. Abbott continued that he should have satisfaction, and that satisfaction outside of this Chamber. At last accounts uo collision had taken place, although the friends of both parties had expected one. Sprague remained at his rooms the next day, awaiting « hostile message, but none came. A writer in the Bangor Whig discourses glowingly of tlie natural advantages of Bangor for a great wholesale mart. There is no doubt of the fact, but this writer puts the case rather strong. For instances, he says— Then look at that wonderful contrivance of nature, known as the Stillwater river, which is nothing but a natural boom formed by the hand of it oil for the protection, softy and convenience of our immense lumbering operations. We shall be prepared to see a new version of the Book of Genesis in the school at Bangor, which will incorporate this idea into the Mosaic account of the creation. It was certainly very considerate of the Creator. The American Year Book for 1869. These are the days for clear, condensed statements, in form for ready teference. Peo ple who think, talk and write—legislators, offi cials. orators, scholars, editors—have uo time to plod through the heavy fol.os of records or probe the mass of stati.-tics for the facts they want. And so has come t.ie necessity for works like the one under notice, which con tain all that everybody is likely to want. Messrs O. D. Case & Co., of Hartford, in their Year Book and National Register, have rendered the public a service. Besides very full and complete calendar tables, it includes all the important celestial phenomena for 1809; tables of Latitude and Longitude, and differ ence of time for 375 of the most important places on the globe; a list of the presidents, vice-presidents, members of the cabinet, judges, ic., since 1789; and of the Governors of the states and territories from their organ ization. There is an account oi' each department of the General Government, with its bureaus, and chief officers and their duties. In the State department, under the heal of Intercourse with Foreign Nations, there is a full list of ministers, diplomatic agents, and consular offi cers, with their official residences, embracing ail the places at which our government is rep resented ; and of the foreign legations in the United States, with the consuls of foreign countries, and their places of business, includ ing, in all, more than fourteen hundred names. The full account of the Treasury Depart ment, Coast Survey and Light House Districts ; the Army and Navy, the military and naval academies, with lists of army and naval offi cers; the operations of the Post Office Depart ment; the Patent Office and the Laud Bureau ; the Departments of Agriculture and Educa tion , the lists of colleges, collegiate institu tions, medical, law and normal schools, will be of interest to many who have not access to a large number of public documents, and who could gain the information only by long and laborious investigation. There is a condensed account of the pro ceedings of Congress, including the Impeach ment Trial, Reconstruction in the Southern States, and other lnportant matters; the na tional debt at different periods; receipts and expenditures of the government; sales of mer chandise ; National Banks, and Abstracts of the Public Laws. A brief historical notice is given of each State and territory, with a list of the executive and judicial officers; the number and term of service of members of the legislatures; an account of the finances, State debt, education al, charitable and penal institutions ; and the population, wealth and industry oi each. There is also a summary of all the foreign govern ments, with the rulers, expenditures, revenue, army and navy, and other Important facts re garding each country. The statistics of the religions of the world give not only the general classification of dif ferent nations, but a detailed account of the number connected with each denomination in each State, and in other portions of the civil ized world. There arc miscellaneous essays upon Agrl cu'ture; Currency and Finance; Mining; Lit erature, und the Literary Influences of the day ; and full tables of Presidential election returns, with the vote in each county for Electors since 183(1. More thau 30 pages are occupied with the Record of Important Events in 18G8, and the Obituaries Include notices of HO of the most eminent persons deceased in 1808. i Court Record. Supreme Judicial Court. Dickerson J., Presiding. T. B. Grant vs. B. F. Grant. Action for breach of covenant to convey land. Verdict for deft. Motion to set aside verdict as against evidence. Uubbard for pltfl'. Jewett & Nick erson for deft. Chase vs. Chase. Action for bill of goods, j Defaulted by agreement. Charles Elliot vs. Israel K. Grant. Plaintiff claims to have owned a stock of goods in Knox which were by defendant attached and sold on suit against C. F. Chandler, and in favor of certain wholesale dealers in Boston. On trial. Tlie question whether a man’s photograph 1 can be taken with a “Spir[t friend” by his side, has got into the New York Courts, and is puz zling Judges and Counsel. A disappointed j sitter sued the photographer. Letter from Boston. Correspondence of the Journ.U. Itlaj-flow erg—AJ ar—TVu*iral Festi val-State Police—Davenport Brothers Spring Weather—Straw berries- Ac. Boston. April :Y>fh, InM. “April showers bring forth May flowers." Iu verification of which I am to-day enjoying the fragrance and beauty of a most exquisite : little bunch of Trailing Arbutus, more familiar ly known as May-Fower. Sweet, pure, passion less flower—God’s own messenger to longing, trusting, suffering, humanity—making the air redolent with vour balmy odors, and whisper ing of immortality, of eternity, of t!.<- bright | beautiful home “beyond the river." "where the wicked shall cease from troubling, and the weary be at rest " Henry Ward Beecher »ay*. “Turn a vast assemblage into a meadow of flowers, and for the time being they would be drawn together in a transient brotherhood. And I believe it. For the hardest and coarsest natures are susceptible to the influence of even . the commonest of thes mute monitors. Hard-) ly any one but has some utuold story or secret association with these b< autiful interpreters of of God's goodness. Tv. testimony of which I adduce the story of tlie English prisoner who. carried through long years of desperate, reck less, hardened crime to the days of his inno cent childhood, when he sported a happy heart ed boy around his mother's knee, wept at the sight of a little violet growing in his prison yard. And in my own sphere T have often been a witness of the same power. But a few days ago I chanced to see a ragged, dirty, uncouth looking man, past the 'prime of life, and one of whom you would find it dillicult to imagine his ever being ‘'romantic," for tie was what people generally term a "liar,! looking customer," standing at a tlower-stand ou Washington St. and admiring a bunch of these same beautiful May-flowers. What a commentary on life' Down under all that dirt and all those rags was a heart capable of feeling and cherishing sweet memories. And under those matted locks a throbbing, active brain -perhaps even then busy with thoughts of loug ago. He looked at them wistfully and longingly. What recollec tions did they awaken? are they of a sister-, a brother; or a mother? Or was there a nearer one. Still and a dearer one Vet than all others under the sun. But it is useless to conjecture. The man de cided to purchase, and forthwith disbursed a a soiled twenty-live cent scrip, took up one of the simple bouquets aud walk-d away. And tilt romance lias faded and the hard stubborn facts of life have come back to be met ami battled down. Literary people are much exercised at present iu discussiug the merits of a little volume en titled Gates Ajar, by Hlizabeth Stuart Phelps, a daughter of the Kev. Dr. Phelps of the Ando ver Theological Seminary. H is a queer book for an Orthodox churchmember to write, to say the least. Some pronounce it rank heresy, whilst others who are imaginative, or lttsuri ouslv Inclined, or perhaps constitutionally la zy, like myself, rather like it. She makes heav en a refined type of this world, but very ae comodatingly leaves every one the choice of his or her employment. She makes her hero ine, Mrs. I’orceythe, tell little giris who cau't have pianos here, that they can have thorn in heaven. And when Deacon Quirk, who thinks “Heaven a place where the Saints, clothed in white, and carrying palm branches, shall stand up and worship God—harping upon harps through all eternity.” remonstrates with her she as ks him * It it isn't iost as seusiole to have pi anos as harps in another world? And it they are any more materialVnd where lie thinks the trees grow thst they get their palm-branch es from?" All of which rather astonishes the old Deacon, but delights his son Ahinidab who tells Mrs. Forceythe that -to think of stand in’ up so long tires him mor'ii a wind, forenoon's mowing would.” The rigid nations of people concerning heaven are very happily hit in the story of the little girl who wauled to know “if she wa> a good girl through the week if God wouldn't let her go down to Hell some Satur day afternoons to play with the little girls there.” The book also contains many beauti ful and comforting passages for those who can I accept them as truths, but alter all it is only speculation upon an unknown theme- the as serting of one person’s ideas of another world as others have doue before her. ( diaries Lamb > Idea of heaven was “a place where lie - mid Be on a sofa and read novels all day I'pon the book, in a literary or religious point ot view. 1 venture no criticism, bin lean- all to judge for themselves, and to derive wliat con solation they can from a perusal of its pages. A writer with still more liberal views having detected a trace of Orthodox , xclusiwness in i the title “Gates Ajar" lias written a book which he calls “The Gates Wide Open.” The Musical Festival still continues to be the much talked of subject in Boston circles, i And as the time draws near, ov.ui the faithless are beginning to experience :i little flutter ot excitement. One usually serene old !adv is very much troubled about her strawberry pre serves— tlie many people who will come to 'lie i Festival, she maintains, will devour all the strawberries. Poor, unsophisticated old lady to bo thinking of preserves when the divine strains from Strauss’ celebrated band are to be ; wafted to listening ears, setting, as tile Jour nal says, “all female hearts in a flutter.’’ How materia! her principal “holt on life” must be! The Coliseum is fast assuming shape and pro portions under the skillful hands or many workmen. It is to accommodate fifty thous and persons. The school children are rehears ing their parts. The Choruses are progressing finely, and are to ire all learned by the twen tieth of May—so the directors announce. Messrs Hook A Co. are building an immense Organ for the occasion, which is to surpass in power any before known in the world, and is intended to be heard above all the other music, whether instrumental or vocal. The cannon are in readiness to be tired, and what a grand powow we are to have. Those of you who can’t get nearer can “listen attentively” down in Maine. The prices of admittance, for a sin gle ticket, have been fixed at five and three dol- j lars for reserved seats, according to location, and two dollars without. One hundred dollars is the price of a season ticket admitting three. The questions as to the efficacy of establish ing a State Police, and the investigation of the charges made against Col. Kurt/., Chief of Po lice, and Detectives Heath and Jones, are sub jects of great interest, at present, to the ma jority of our citizens—whilst other cities look on in well bred surprise to see staid old Bos ton in such a muddle. Among tlie many seri ous charges brought against these ollieers is that they have, for “hush money," shielded the murderers of the little Joyce children whom your readers will remember to have been so strangely killed some two years ago, and about which there has beeu so much mysi try. Vs there appears to be ft slight trace of political feeling in the testimony, it is safe to withhold judgment until the case has been Iairly tried. The celebrated Davenport Brothers are now holding their spiritual seances at Music Hall. Dr. O. W. Holmes and other prominent gentlemen have been upon the investigating committee, but thus far leave been unable to detect the appearance of any deception in their performances. Even the most skeptical arc : puzzled to account for many of the manifesta tions. We are beginning to have a foretaste of • summer In “bursting bud and blushing flower,” in green paths; in warm, sunshiny weather, spring suits, Ac. In the markets are to be ! found lresh lettuce, radishes, green peas, straw berries and other dellcuces for those who have money enough to purchase them They are sold at almost fabulous prices. l’KRciii. GENERALITIES. Ou the 7:h of Au<ru--1 there will be an eclipse of the sun, very nearly total in this reglor. It will occur just before sunset. Get . smoked glass ready. An unpleasant fellow in Sau Francisco took a revenge of jealousy by biting off a woman's lip, and what is worse, carrying off' the pie [Exchange. He should be bound over to keep the pier A Maine woman is under indictment for bin amy in ban Francisco because slie married , so, md husband pending the decision in a su. for divorce from the tlrst. instead trading with Europe through northern cities, as oefore the war. the ports r the S tit!) u iw have direct communication by steamers, to the grief of northern traders. The English newspapers have got auothe; spase ib >ut the United States, and profess believ that Uncle Sam is getting ready ' swallow all the West Indies and the Domini, besides. The new style three-cent postage stamps now being put in circulation by the govern ment. are just about tlie homeliest and meane lookiug 'tamp that we aver saw. [Prog. Age And they come from the homeliest and mean est administration ever seen, and so accord with the tltuess of things I Thus the Custom-house and Post-office in i cumbents, iu this district, will retain their po I sitions for nearly two years longer. [Prog. 1 Age. IVIru. after that appeal from the old press and worn-,lit type ' Oh. Ulysses, you are hard i hearted. Col. Robert Johnson, sou of the ex-Presideu is dead. I A man Iu Chicago committed suicide bj killing himself with burning gas. Lu fact, he . made light of death. A Bridgeport child, looking out of the win I dow Tuesday morning and seeing a well dress ed man passing along, exclaimed, “Mamma see I how nicely that man looks. I guess God has , iast made him." j A woman in Hartford was seriously injured ! by being thrown from a carriage. Tile hors, became frightened at a velocipede. Colonel John Goddard is now lying danger ously ill at his residence at Cape Elizabeth from the bursting of a blood vessel. The little city of Galena has given to the world l S. Grant. President; John A. Raw tins. Secretary of War; K. B. Washburne Mlnisier to France; Mr. Moore, Assistant See retarv of Legation at l’aris; II. II Houghton, Consul La Haim and !?. H. Campbell, U. S Marshall for Northern Illinois; not to mention C. B. Denio. at Mare Island, Cal., and th? mm In N. w York last week a woman was uiar ried bearing the imposing name of Grace Ai da Lucretia Juliette Marguerite Victoria Ade laide Virginia Irving De la Vere. The lucks i mau is simply Frank Smith. Du Friday, a train on the Long Island Kali road ran off tk« track, instantly killing six pei sous, and wounding many others. Among the killed was Mr P. Shanahan, one of the bidders j for the Belfast and Moosehca.l Lake Railroad I contract. A Senator was called out of lied three times i in one night by office-seekers in Washington. Janies Stevens, of West Gardiner, during the freshet, drove of! from an overflown bridge and was drowned with his horse. A Philadelphia man, one of Grant's appoiu' j incuts to a high office, has been detected | stealing groceries before he got possession his place. He begun too early. A man in Holyoke, Mass..got two neighbors to help him catch a burglar. The neighbors, in looking after the robber, each mistook tin | other for the personage, and one got a serious blow in tlie face with a mallet and the other a severe pounding with a club. Gen. Grant volunteered, in his Inaugural, to say he should not appoint any to office but “honest men." After the appointment of Ohio Ashley and Dan Sickles, one naturally asks what may be Grant's standard of honesty? Is it “wine or beer measure !” [Register. Out in Dayton, Ohio, where they worship a graven image of Charles Sumner, a white girl has run off with a colored waiter, and become Mrs. Othello. Inc New Vork Times declares that Got Hoffman deserves tiie support of every honest newspaper in the State. Republican and Dem ocratic, for his resistance to the schemes of plunder which arc so rife at Albany. Greeley, who hasn't drawn any prize iu the great Gift Enterprise at Washington, thus ex presses himself \\ e are atrald that the President, like Presl dents before him, lias bestowed most of Ills of fices as he would give alms 'he beggar who bawled the loudest, or showed the greatest number of "paper.-" generally being the most successful. A man In Albany, taking Ms little dose of gin and molasses, swallowed a chip from the hogs head, which, lodging in his bowels, killed him M >ral. Sweeten your grog with sugar. Paciii'' last Senators all intend going home >y rail. The road is finished, except t welve hours ol staging. In llosLou they are quietly getting ready arms, ammunition uid supplies for the Cuban patriots. A box containing a human skeleton, with the top of tlic skull sawn off', was found final mg, in the river at Bath. Probably some dis set-led subject. Enoch Knight, Esq., has withdrawn from the Portland Advertiser, and will devote him self to a new field of editorial labor. The Farmer says Miss Sarah Greenlaw, of East Vassalboro, committed suicide on Tues day morning, l.'tth Inst. She requested her sister, who lodged with her, not to call her down to breakfast, as she was not feeling quite as well as usual. After being left alone she bung herself with a cord suspended from it timber in the chamber. Insanity was the cause. The United States Senate adjourned on Fri day last. A Baltimore negro went to sleep the other night in a warm place over a 11 me kiln. The next morning there was nothing but charcoal and lime left, of him. The big bail storm at St. Louis overtook ;* funeral procession, frightening the horses so that they ran away, and making a terrible time, l’iie horse attached to the heausex ran away, throwing the corpse to the ground. l lie Plattsburg Republican says Grant has done well, "relatively,” so far. Admiral Farraguthas been very ill with neu ralgia of the optic nerves. Samuel Brew, aged st, supposed to have been the last of the Dartmoor prisoners, re cently died in Newark. The Portsmouth States A I’lilnu reports a case ot palsy in a young woman, occasioned by a "liloom ol Youth" for improving the com plexion. Wilder S Fish lias been appointed l'ostinas j ter at Lincoln! die t 'outre , and George R. Smith (at Millbridge. Another story about Noggle, Grant's Chief Justice of Idaho, is that In Wisconsin, where he comes from, he is known as "the man who spells God with a little g."