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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.
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
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.
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The New Radical Organ.
For some time past rumors have got
abroad concerning the proposed establish
ment in New York of a paper seriously
devoted to the purpose of effecting a change
iu the form of this government, aud of the
establishment of a monarchy. It was re
garded only as a rumor by many incredu
lous people, aud leading radicals affected
to laugh nt the idea. 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
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—
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
The New Reform League. A Trap for
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.
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
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
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
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.
Court Record.
Supreme Judicial Court. Dickerson J.,
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
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
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.
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
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,
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
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
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
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."

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