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.ettef* *® ou ‘ ‘ j. H. ESTILL,
Savannah. Cia.
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at t j ie jo*l Office 2d Sa
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Georgia Affairs.
~ ,-e-j th? prospectus of the
\ Democratic newspaper, to be
*■ ' r about January Uth inst., by
*■ ‘ l '? ~ Walker an 1 W. J. Kay. 1 hey
>**’'• k mtrons a tlrs'-class county pa-
: ’' ’( , )tK , conducted “on the high
r’' , n h*l right." Success to the
if r '‘ ' j . - us that on Monday, the 27th
Appling county, in
‘ 1 v tilled his mother-in-law, Mrs.
* ri _ .. -fl • murderer has absconded.
also #tates that a few days ago,
: ,;v f Burroughs Mann, a negro,
: i another negro, name not given.
v mlay night the steam engiae
' AV’i ier, at Perry s Mill#. Tattnall
* -,t its Poiser. killing several u.en.
* . m , viS }jr. Webiit r.
* _ v , ( Vira-'t >n Monday from the
! : - r. sta iag that a fatal kill
ii mg scrap * had occurred at Tar
’ r :vs sine-*. A correspondent write*
■ • ,i# an istike. as ev.rything was
pUce during tie holidays, but
c' x , u j at f-jy ailuderl to occurred at
c ‘ - rry. * m*l en coiwUr.
, . , . callirg was very general In
-1 August*, notwithstanding snow,
j , i states that on Friday
- - j#i a colored min named Jake John
a... .n to go through a field on the
-. f ilia: i itv. an i seeirg a dilapidate*!
- out in. h lying to find a fire hereby
himaclf. Ho dir covered tliree
7_ ic the houss shivering with
r.. tiro nor wid with which to
" . xhe youngest child, just beginning
id crawled over a crack in the floor
. e ... ’a the cold wind mercilessly
a-J was apparently a#leep. btnumlied
, ir. i i stiff to move. Hy qnestion
. r .■hildren it was found that the
7 ,i. mpelh'd to go to town, and had
”... ,Iren to shift for themseiv,s while
I B fViibseßt. Jake went out and gathered
4 ,-iwugh to make a fire, and by
-u it an ; mudt rubbing, the life of the
-si vi# saved.
'..thiny .: h cr.Tsersays the wood ques
ut # fc-.mmg a serious one in that city.
is high and scarce.
s i.;, wru#s from New Tort that he
ci in'ervisw with Mr. R. T. Wilson, of
j., Vj. nand Brunswick Railroad, and that
j say* i: .■ proposed to build the ex
> i u rtet to Atla it , and the work will
, it- • n as the engineers make their le
_,.niE. P. Alexander ha* written a letter
* r --B r Smith, ChiTnnn of the State
Tavi Commission, denying that he ever
: tic- opinion that G per cent, divi
4i- - ire eeough for railroad* to pay. He
atiiei. uks the stockholders should be al
r--. jrive at least 10 per cent . aud even
t vo': ifcler.d would be justiAab!*.
Ssy* th* TIX-CO* .V-ics: "The coldest
i , t-rfxjc-.enced fn this latitude for the
|n,-- r nyevs *is : ted us on last Wednesday
L; rater was frozen everywhere,
tc ses- c il, a'e. cheap w hiskies and
i. other liquid yielded to the exce*
- ctif the night. Nothing like It within
' :jtu# cccurre ! since January, lfc€i.”
ils EepaWfcan remarks concern
u’. 1 -r .U present; “The wrrather in
tr v ti&s bei-u very unsatisfactory for
tw#.ii - past. From the middle of October
tc fi--t nf Decemlier there were con
tfc: x heavy raics that inundated the !ow
imu ai ser u*!v retanle-i cotton pocking,
ci j’iss a# the aki s at last cleared up and
mise of U-tter weather, a
Lei v.\vy r ! erf down from the North
jt-r ii.d giving to the inhabitants
? -a; ' '■.ay South a taste of such a
r -a# they have not felt for a generation
accnatomed to spells c-f
- vitht r. and are prepared for them,
i. 1 v itnag the amazement of
- a> of South Oarolma, Georgia and
■-ii* -. - . see.ng a snowfall eight inches deep.
■Bithe nercu'V on the Uulf coast sink to 10
with ice an inch thick. It is fortunate
j;;r.*-e exceptional cold trmr seldom last
?vihK twenty-four hours in the e low
tt .. * • herw.se they would lie. attended by
gt*suffering to man and beast."
Tt? rwent attempted grave robbery from
;■ .it! ■ - :;.pt,ry. a: lint a. bis create*! a sen
a.onwh'. h h- by no m ans yet died out.
of rtOTit date says; "Ever
t - the a'tt m; t the authorit e# have iieen
; resgaged m try ing to capture the body
- * uc-t;i of whoma _ e kn wn, but so f a ' r
’** r * ij# tie n frudl m. It is known pofi
-that l, iti.tanaie white One is a student,
vt 'oe .'her. it is said, i-' a professicnal body
Fr -none who is th*.roughly inform
"■ " t'i-> r;*..>-‘t a Constitution reporter
f r three months 'h*-re has been in
tiloa - an v> r i> mk*-s hi-living by seilirg
"'.ts de of the State,
[ ir. vßjw is known to': eoneof thotwowho
i-‘ ,"ei in the rre*;tt a'tenspt at Oak
7 lie is kn wn to the authorities, but has
rs '* n nce tuc day af er the attempt,
>1 be hv*stiprel the town. He
- -v;-- iro:n tecnsylvania. and it is thought
*urk fce has *l* n? was in the interest
' ' :- m that State. The other man
• r ><• via anti left the city the day after
Hi# ejat. gloves and letter are
r a tar hands of the authorities.”
* VI "■ lorn'fl "On haturdav afternoon,
7^ r ; e t. n in fa*t Macon for Justice
stair, a drur.Ken negro named Tom
,-sAecii, avored to raise several rows near
ff *l'] - r “ He was unusually impertinent.aad
’•■es struck other colored men with a
His drunken condition prevented
tt-i g the blows. Finding that he
*rt a ; fliculty with nay of his own
i' ■’* : "-S" a .-ing some white men, and
j, - r u-ii Mr. * hariie Brooks in the face.
J**Mowwei givrn without the siigh'est
p - it. ,R, and his assailant bei”g armed
Brock* jerked out hi*
: ■ •>r him. the negro suddenly be-
Sf*. X 1 r *‘ nou Sh to run. Jti-t as he
* * “V ,iir^ P f,f Junes' wagon ♦ard
te on t- 1 * ice and fell, anl before
t*"' Brooks succeeded in cutting
■ i T T ra! P’ aw *- The wounded man was
°‘hid sent home in a wagon.
veunusare v,-ry painful, and he may
JTjrJrecover. Thediffl ulty was of his own
us-'. ! * !tlp result of hat oft-repeated
>at spilin’ for a fight.’
- - j ‘ ” ! car# the reputation of • eing a
-S • xaracr-r. and has a host
til "-’ w “ o rrgret the affair, but acquit him
fives near Mecon. end only
c:ty occasionally. Thera was
** ‘ ® r ‘ lll East Macon at the time,
* tc' -*i hoji' ibditv. thiii near approach to
i.uEste homicide would have been
>* cta 1 ■ l Fr*al comments on the
< V ! " r >n Jiitl*gration to which av
t. and say: “We dealre to eaU
*n* t - Ci ‘V ■ ’ tiiat there is a pwsibility
s>i *• Bcjr tiine to have a disss-
OB Ir ‘ “ ur citT for the want of
with which to put out
v very nnr-owly e
*>- • i ri'f r a ' lne rt< --ent fire iu the
iSand. At tha' fire the large
V'- r ' ! Just af> ' the fire had been
” y 1 ' u s ,! e that the train bad given
*W - r-i flre broke out,
'"t f• ,\V ar .'‘ prevented the bnstoeas por
m having been laid in ashen?
i.w ,E " •?*? ‘ever befall us. and
I *Sr *, t 18 10 have jus' such an accident
' : w ,.. & S T . lu °n.* ct Then there
***& f__* ur * B l? this severe cold
,-*? .* a& ther cause. We are
•s-r f wte is something like 5.000
*.•!*:' '. 11 ti'.s c ty. and it is a great
h*vp the water running during
5* Sow h'!**' 5 ' fro ' n fr *-
-I' of these faucets
* l ‘vr U running from
J‘4:. • places, and a fire breaks
' *t f with this im * ease
4 - , , ri: i - -x to wvste. the officials
rT.*' itsr works claim that it
2^‘Uv-^f t up a fire pressure.
0 44 an f .i , ’[hi interart to every man,
ir^vilii■-,?! 10 Atlanta, and our city
aJjttiom rr “'". *° t3l ce the matter under
a-. ****** a We would sug
'leading from the reset
areat'y l>ssen the dan
trail be v 8 should give out. the
jVt,, T . ‘ JU ?ht into use immediately.”
s*r Clay onr‘' e- 71 *' 1 i/ '*** n r: “ Yester
xton. observed a
two h *1 lilß cemetery, aoeom
sn ' TANARUS, i' 1 "' $ 'fogs end negroes carry
3K* Mteriai .K *' hsd been warned
M ’'rrmtf,A,\ cemeter T with his dogs,
-wed to K-e„ th*m by hltn and off
)*'‘ C K ! h rough. M uch com
f‘ aa ftom persons owning
;• P sc*, because of muddy
■utw upon them, and deter-
M tothe matter Mr Clay re
de >oucg man and forbade
? !"** u>o the place. This
ou\itprovoked a storm
***< an\U expressed his
J - H. )R,
determination to kill
time leveling hi* cock
official. Clay icet&ntl
and told him to shoot-J-
After keeping the gnn 1,
the young tnan lefr, wi
Clay the next time they a
witnessed by several. The
regarded as entirely sound
one expected to see him ex
The came is withheld at Mr. C.
Florida Affairs.
The Orange County Reporter r
Mr Tom Williams, formerly a re*id
ange county, but now living on the
of Manatee, may be regarded as a au.
Nimrod. He recently went out on t.
weeks' camp hunt. The first week he ki
seven bears and three panthers. The ut
week he bagged three panther* and two fir,
bucks. The result of the hunt foots up seven
bears, six panthers and two deer. This is
crowding a good deal of successful experience
into a short time.
The Orlando Oiamje County Reporter gives
some wholesome advice to Its readers. It
says: “One of the most serious drawbacks of
thi* portion of the State is the fact that so
large a portion of the supplies consumed here
are imported from the North. Th is occasions
a constant drain upon the purses of our peo
ple, and the worst feature of it is. the money
goes out of the country. Bouth Florida never
can become rich and prosperous until her peo
ple learn to raise their own supplies, and
depend upon the productions of the country,
instead of sen.ling every spire dollar out of
the State to buy something to live upon. Rai*e
everything you need and sell your surplus for
money to add to your improvements, is the
tiue policy.”
The Lake City Reporter notes the fact that
quite a number of immigrant families ire mov
ing inti Florida in their private conveyances
this winter. It says they come in covered
wagons, bringing bedding and cooking uten
sils, so that they can camp along the way and
travel at their convenience, a much more
economical and pleasant mode of travel for
those who want to know something of the
c >untry and select good homes, than by public
conveyance. Theirs is a regular picnic ex
cursion the whole way, and during pleasant
weather is quite enjoyable. The Reporter feels
assured that those who come in this way mean
to stay when they come.
An old negro in Lake City was heard to re
mark after the freeze of Wednesday night:
“If it is any colder in Kansas or New Mexico
dan it is here, ali the ’Publicans in the country
can nebber coax dis chile to go dar."
The St. Augustine IF eekiy says the s-lr-reg
istering thermometer at the barracks in that
city marked twenty degreej above zero on the
80th nit. Thi* is the coldest weather known in
that section for many years, and will doubtless
be very hurtful to fruit trees, particularly
young orange kais. The Weeky says: “We
have been told by several owners of large
groves that their entire crops, which remamed
ucpick-d up to the 'kith, will be lost, as the or
anges were frozen almost to icicle3.”
Pensacola doesn't seem to be altogether
purified by fire. The -IdiYitice says that the
result of the municipal election held there on
Monday of last week was a victory for the
worst element af the Republican party. That
paper declares: “The executive portion of the
ticket that was elected on Monday is a re
proach to our people, and if suffered to rub
Pensacola’s destiny for one year will, we be-
lieve. leave our municipal affairs—which, God
knows, are bad enough now—in a condition
literally hopeless.”
On Wednesday night of last week the ther
mometer in Pensacola almost touched zero,
and the Advance says: “Seventeen animals of
varifus kinds are reported as having
frozen to death, and the poor people were
diligently looking around for sunshiny spots.
The wind blew from ail quarters, ice formed
in the streets io the face of old Sol. many per
sons sold their household effects for wood and
coal, and a great many sold nothing and used
their neighbors' fenc j s.” “Mstters." it says,
“are now improving a little, but another sud
den change of some kind is predicted hy those
having nothing else to do but to prophesy.”
The Quincy Tlerald has entered upon its
fifth volume, and the editor says he intends to
make the paper better and more readable than
ever, and “the best Demooraric paper ever
published in Gadsden county.”
A fire broke out in Madison last Saturday
morning about three o'clock, in the store of
Register Brothers. Several buildings were de
stroyed, among others the office of the Re
corder. The total loss is estimated at $t,500,
partly covered by insurance. The cause of the
fire is unknown, but is supposed to have origi
nated from a stove in the store in which it
The Union thinks that Jacksonville will
equal Atlanta in size and business in tbree
years, and advises its readers to invest in prop
erty there.
Governor Bloxham has removed from his
home in the country to the residence of Mr.
Jt. Lively, on Green square, Tallahassee, which
fine place, with its beautiful shrubbery, its
wealth of flowers, its extensive vineries and
fruit orchards, the Floridian thinks will be a
most attractive and convenient home for the
new Governor, who, doubtless, feels it to be
his duty to be present at the capital at ail times
during the term of his administration. That
paper says: "There should certain’y be, how
ever, here in Florida, as in other States, an ap
propriate and suitable dwelling, the property
of the State, to be used as a Governor's m ro
sion, end it is not mlikely that the incoming
Legislature may make the proper appropria
tion for tuch a purpose.”
Pensacola Advance: “Jerry Nicholas, an
Italian contracting stevedore, was shot on
Christmas night in front of the Selma and Gulf
restaurant Although Nicholas made affidavit
against Patrick Dooley, there seems at present
to b ■ some mystery connected wi h the affair,
the latter denying having a pistol on the occa
sion or having any knowledge of the affair
wba’ever. Nicholas was shot through the
hand, and so badly that in a'l probability he
will lose the entire use of two of hia tinkers.
The shooting is said to hav# ben unprovoked,
but an investigation will no doubt develop all
the fan’s in the ease Thi# was one of th* lit
tle Christina* incidents, and will no doubt be
remembered by the man who was shot.”
The Live Oak Bulletin pays the following
compliment to Governor Drew: “Governor
George F. Drew was in town last Tuesday. He
is looking well, and the idea of hia reUring
from public political life does not hurt him in
the least He certainly stands a peer to any
Governor F.orida has ever had. and when
Florida * Bloxham has pa*sed under tbe rod.
George F. Drew will again be called to the
helm of the ship of State We are not a
prophet, nor the eon of one, but we have our
ideas ar.d they are honest. We know that
when the executive ability of George F. Drew
and his administrations ct Florida affairs is
compared with the administration of other
Governors of this, the fairest State in the
Union, that hi* name will illuminate the canopy
upon which they are written, and the people
vi 1 see and appreciate it. W e are satisfied of
Under the heading “West Florida and the
Benatorship.” the Feruaudin n Mhjor says:
"At th* Senatorial election of 1338, the choice
of the eastern portion of the State was yielded
to in the selection of Senator Call, a resident
of Duval county, on the extreme eastern bor
der of F orida. Senator Jones had been elect
e i from West Florida, when the Democratic
party were not in iUe a.scendancy. Sine© that
time th# Democratic party in West Florida has
at-adiiv increased in strength, until In the re
(. u( eiec-ion West Florida eerule an entire
Democratic delegation of twenty five member*
to both houses of the General Assembly, and
furnishes a majority of 2,500 in th# election of
G >verso* Bloxham, and 3,000 in the e cation of
Mr. iMridson to the House of Representatives.
(_ 1-arly then the wi-hes of Weei Florida are
primarily entitled to eonideration in the c hoice
of a successor to Senator Jones. That choice
appears to be t*at Senator Jones should be his
own successor.”
Regarding the Sanford and South Florida
Railroad the Sanford Journal says: “The
outlook for the fcuildirg of this road is most
encouraging. The exact s urce of encourage
ment isnot vet made public, but it is such as
to give the incorporators assurance of the most
substautial aid This is an enterprise that
thousand* are interested m It would give a
quick and direct outlet to Northern markets
for the whole Indian river country aud give
an impetus to the now almost entirely neglect
ed resource* of that section, a* well as tap
pieg and opening up the fine
intervening between here and there.
The oaseeuger travel to and from In
dian river would be considerable; tbe increase
in the production and shipments of fruits Md
vegetables would be astonishing; an 1 the fine
timber along the line would be a constant
source ot revenue to the road. It wO J*W PfS
from the skirt, and in two or three yearo would
be one of tbe best paying rcadsintheFtAte.
The iudUn river people are vitally interested,
eo. likewise, are thoe* along the line, and every
cirisen of Orange county should feel the im
portance of having the northern termir.u* or
so Important a road on our soil.
Ray* the Jacksonville Union: “The ca*e of
the United States vs. nhie sailors who recently
arrived here on the whaling schooner Delia
Hodgkin*, and charg'd with mutiny, came up
fer a hearing before United btat**s tommi*-
sioner Meek yesterday ntternoon ** wasde
cided to try them separately, when the case
against E. C. Lyon*, one ot the nine.was heard.
TTie men claimed that they had not been •up
pHed with woperftw* but
ad to the aontrarv, and in default of fpuo bti
I von* wan seat to Jail to await trial before the
United States Circuit Court. District Attorney
Btickney represented the F° Te ™| nw ' t
Judge A. A Knight the defense. The £-
iag eight wifi have a bearing thi* morning.
; “Daniel Presoott write*
he is just home from quite
ough Polk, Hernando and
e*. He saw some of the
Polk county that he ever
pine land bordering close
growth of willow oaks,
and large pine timber,
situated, with plenty of
ies. The land has a clay
urface. Cat le, hogs and
The orange trees were
and were full of fruit. Polz
with a desirable class of
some of the kindest and
,and gentlemen our correa-
These people have fine
ie Fiona are that they live
at they raise. Mr. Prescott
1 at five dollars per head,
le, and grape fruit finds no
o the want of transporta
a Mr. P. surprised a puma
an old buck. He had taken
ircass and was about bury
of the meat. Having no
i to disturb so formidable a
<- eft him. Taken together the
tr venture.”
Ja ion: “Yesterday afternoon
Mr. \ vs, ot Marion county, who
was in attendance upon the United
Btates dved a letter from his home
stating it Thursday night his father,
Mr. J. J. j. fell out of a wagon and
killed hfoiselt. r. Meadows, it 1* said, was
one of the oldest citizens of Marion county,
and was well and favorably known throghout
the southern portion of this State, and for
twenty years had held the position of Justice
of the Peace in Marion county. United State*
Marshal Durkee granted the young man a few
days leave of absence, and he will leave for
home this morning.”
Tallahassee Floridian : “ Count Dassi, of
Italy, accompanied by Mr. N. 8. Bailey, of Lon
don, England, has been spending some days
visiting Tallahassee and the surrounding coun
try. The Count was Chief Commissioner for
Italy at the Centennial, and it was through hia
influence and eflorts that his naive country
was properly represented in that ini men/e
World s Fair. Since the Centennial lie haa
traveled extersively throughout the Uqited
States, investigating its advantages and inter
esting himself in the encouragement of emi
gration from Italy to America. Count Dassi
was the private secretary of Mazzlni, and has
been prominent in the political events of re
cent years in his own country, and has devoted
himself to the amelioration of it* poorer clas*-
ea, by emigration. He is greatly pleased with
our tection of the State, and compared Talla
hassee’s green sloping hilis to one of the most
fruitful and beautiful districts of his native
country, insisting that his f-llow-countrymen
could uot find a more favorable spot anywhere
for the cultivation of the grape and the olive,
and the bettering of their condition.”
The Key West Key thus describes the peculiar
characteristics of holidays in that town:
“otraugers are apt to express their astonish
ment at the holidays in our city. The different
nationalities enjoying themselves according to
the usage# of their fatherland, present a scene
highly amus'ng to everyene. A procession of
masked Cuban boys and children singing their
native songs, ke-ping time to a castinet—
Chinese with their lanterns, tomtoms, and a
figure of Confucius in their hands, full ef glee
and antiquity—the little five year old maidens,
with their prettiest d-essed dolls, must on
these days have an ailing indicating the
exact expression of their older sis’ers to
wards those who may have a little carriage,
to show off their heart's delight—young Ameri
ca with his dozen soldiers marching with toy
drums and bugles, each striving to make more
noise than the others—the Bahamians, true to
the.r marine teachings, has his sailboats, with
banners streaming in the wind, bidding defi
ance to other boats for a race. The young
bloods, miny of whom perhaps for a year pre
vious were not as: ride of a donkey, now appear
dressed in gav ribbons, dashing up and down
the streets upon active ponies, flit ing here and
there and everywhere. Our young ladies, too,
on these occasions claim the en’ire sidewalks,
and woe betide the unlucky youth who should
presume to dispute their prerogative#.”
A Merry Christmas in lleidsTille.
Editor ytomino Fetes : Please be so kind
and condescending as to allow me space in your
valuable paper for the publication of a few
dots frotn thecouuty of Tattnall and the beau
tiful little village of Reldsvllle.
On last Thursday afternoon, the 23d inst., I
left my home in this (Liberty) county, to attend
a grand Christmas entertainment given by the
generous, beautiful and accomplished young
ladies of Tattnall, and of the lovely village of
Reidsville. After leaving home, and on my
route, I noticed that peace and plenty seemed
to reign supremely among the planting class
and after having journeyed half a day, and
as the curtains of darkuess were fast falling
around, I fortunate’y ivacbed the happy home
of Mr. T. J. Herrjigtoii, where I spent the
night and enjoyed the courteous and generous
hospitality of that clever gentleman and his
accomplished and amiable sister. On Friday
mornlrg, after partaking of an elegant break
fast, I pursued my journey for Reidsville, and
after another hair day's ride, I a*rived at the
beautiful home of Mr. Alec. Delvacb, about
12 in , and a* there was a general tree cut
ting ar.d quilting, mixed up with a sumptuous
dinner, prepared by some cf old Tattnall's
fairest belle#, I was halted, anl taken a bar py
captive to he'p eijoy the pleasant and delight
ful repast of that long to be remembered occa
sion ' At 2 o'clock p m. I bid adieu to those
happy people snd again made tracks for the
pleasant little town of Reidsville, my destined
point. At 6:30 o'clock p. m. X halted in front
of the cosy and beautiful residence of Mr. T. J.
Williams, on West Broad stree#, in the city of
Reidsville. where I spent the night and en
joyed inyse'f to my heart's content, partaking
of the libera' hospitality of Mr. Williams and
his accomplished and estimable lady, besides
enjov ing th# society of a host of the most
beautiful and enteriaining young ladys that I
ever had the unspeakable pleasure and happi
ness of meeting.
On my arrival In the city I found
the streets thronged with people from
all parts of the country. Of c m*ae they visited
Reidsville to enjoy a happy Christmas. About
twilight I strolled arotino to the court house to
take a peep at the lovely trio of beautiful
Christmas trees, and after gazing for a few
moments upon the real beamy and loveliness of
the scene graced by the presence of a regi
ment of fair maidens, I was Induced to purchase
a ticket and enter, and on my entrance in the
hall, which was beautifully decorated by the
lily white hands of Eve s fairest daughters. •
found ali of Tattnall and its kin folks gathered
together, enjoyi-g the happiest Christmas and
the finest entertainment ever given in R -ids
**At 7 o'clock Col. Henry J. Magee introduced
to the audience Hon. JoSiah Beasly, who. In
one of his happiest efforts, delivered an address
upon the subject or education. The speaker
handled his subject >'n a masterly manner, and
showed by his eloquence and deep reasoning
that he was a man of culture. Surely Tattuall
should feel proud of such a man.
Next on the programme came th drawing of
presents from the Christmas tre-s. which was
really one amoug the most enjoyable events of
the occasion, most especially with the young.
Ticket* were put on sale, and of course they
were all soon purchased; and. strange to say,
b ;t nevertheless true, all tickets purchased by
young men drew a prize, and as they were
handed down from the trees by the young
ladies, they were all very suggestive of leap
year proposals, some of the young men draw
ing fancy striped hose, tiny baby boots, etc.
Next on the docket came the supper or re
freshments, which was prepared by the ladies
on the second floor at the court house. Now.
for me to attempt to give a description, or to
do justice to the supper, would b*simply folly,
for, indeed, language is inadequate to describe
the’ bountiful set-out. and all I can say is. that
there was plenty, and that the tables fairly
groaned under its burthen of good things. On
the announcement that supper was ready, of
course every young man soon had a June bug
annexed to the crook of his elbow, for which
he wai comncll-d to draw his weasel
skin and plank down the tin be
fore entering to the table. The next
in order, after the supper, was the dance, and
in which a large number of young people par
ticipated and seemed to enjoy themselves, a*
th* sweetest s‘ralns of music was played for
the occasion, and the tripping of the fantastic
toe was carried on until an early hour on Sat
urday morning. Thus closed the gayeties of
the Reidsritle festival.
On Monday, the fourth day of my stay in the
city, I paid a visit to my old friend, William
Harley, where I saw hi# fine race nag. She is
indeed a beautiful specimen of the horse kind,
and I am induced to think, after seeing her
speed that she would keep pace with Buck
shot and her owner says be 1# willing to p'aoe
her on tbe turf again#t anything on record.
After leaving my friend Harley s I bolted tbe
road for old Liberty. But before I close I will
state that the Favannah News is said to be the
best paper that ever found its way in the bor
ders *f old Ta tnall. So all the subscribers
sav and I will state that ere another Christ
inas rolls around, th# Wkekly will b# thor
oughly represented in Tattnall and surround
ing country. Geo. f. Flztcher.
The Cold Snap in Wayne Connty.
Hasuam, Ga., January 2.— Editor Morning
Xetrs: I hav# just receive! your I*t week’s
issue, and not Feeing any account of our pre
sent severe cold weather, I have deeided to
give you a note of it.
On Wednesday, the 29th of Decemb*r,the rain
commenced earl? in the morning and cout nusd
until about 12 m.,when a northwest gale set
in and bv nightfall everything wsa rrozen up.
On the )th the weather cleared very cold aud
remained eo until 13 m„ on the 31st, when
some dark clouds made tlieir appearance in
the west, and by 4 p. ni. a severe sleet and rain
storm had set in from the northwest, niakmg
the field# nnd forest a perfect sheet of ice.
Such weather never has been seen m this coun
tv by the old-*t citizen. The sleet aud Ice Is
stiil lv ing on the ground, with but littleprospect
of melting, as th - wind and clouds are from tbe
northwest, and it bids fair for another freeze
all k'nds are in a worse condition
than basever been known at this *sp on aw
count of the immense quantities of rain during
t *The l Aluimaha river is very full at this time
and likely to be still fuller. 8- r -
Rey. R. R. Burt*, of Manatee, Fla., says :
“Tutt’s Pills are held In high repute as a
liver regulator In this hot climate. In fact,
I hardly know how we could getalong with
out them- Chill* and Fever have lt their
dread Our people take one or two doses
of the pill* and follow It with ftfteen graius
of quinine, divided In three dose*, during
the day. The ague never returna.
The Carelessness of a Plumber** As
sistant Canses a Fire In a Four*
Story Tinder Box and tbe Loss of
Ten Llyes—The Dangers of Gaso*
line—Heartrending Scenes—A Little
Xbw Yoke, January 4.—A fire occurred
this moruiDg in the rear of No. 35 Madison
street, la a four-story tenement house.
Nine lives were lost. The victims are, Ellen
Sheridan, aged 43; Katie Sheridan, aged 14;
Maggie Sheridan, aged 5; Martin Sheridan,
aged 3; John Walsh, aged 13; Thomas Cas
sidy, aged 6; Charles CassMy, aged 8; and a
girl named Egan, aged 3, and Mrs. Sheridan,
age unknown. Several persons were in
jured, among them James Cassidy, Mary
Egan and Charles Walsh.
At 8:15 o’clock this morning a fire broke
out in the tenement house in rear of James
Doyle’s liquor store, at 35 Madison street. It
started at the bottom of the stairs that fur
nished tbe only mode of exit for the tenants
of a live story building, barting outside fire
escapee, and in less than five minutes swept
through the stairway to the root, cutting off
the escape of a score of persons. The sud
denly imperilled tenants made a rush for
the roof, but the scuttle was firmly hooked
and would not yield. Ascending,
in their rooms, and a scene of the wildest
confusion ensued. Men and women threw
their children from the windows and jumped
after them through the flames that swept
across the yard and caught their clothing.
When the firemen mastered the raging ele
ment the dead bodies of nine persons who
had been burned were taken out. Several
were injured in making their escape and
were, sent to the Chambers Street Hospital.
The scene of the dreadful holocaust, the
like of which has not occurred In chls city
since the tenement house fire In Cannon
street, more than a year ago, and the
dreadful Turner Hall calamity about the
same time, is approached through
hardly wide enough to allow the passage of
a portly man between two tall tenements,
Nos. 35 and 33 Madison street. In front of
35 is J as. Doyle’s liquor store. Its back
door opens directly upon the narrow hall
way in the rear of the tenement where the
start was given to this morning’s fire.
Plumbers were busy at the foot of the stairs
thawing out frozen water pipes, and for this
purpose used
By some means it was upeet, and the in
flammable material ran out. There was a
blinding flash, as of an explosion that blew in
tbe door of the saloon, and in an instant
black smoke welled up the long stairway,
Impelled by the draught, setting towards
the open wiudowe in the top story. The
fire, finding vent through the open door and
windows of the untenanted ground floor or
the house, had seized upon the shutters,
window frames and wooden floors of the
balconies outside, licking them up like 60
much tissue paper, and reaching upward
towards the floors where the frightened men
and women were huddled together, afraid to
venture out upon the fire escape, that seem
ed to lead
Eight families occupied the house, two
on each floor. Oa the second floor the
Eagana and Muldoons bad, at the first
alarm, escaped through the windows. Mrs.
Mary Eagan, a widow, and her four grown
children, Margaret, Thomas, Joeepb and
John, reached the ground in safety by a
qu<ck jump. Mrs. Muldoon, who is over
eighty years old, was less fortunate. Seiz
ing her iwo grandchildren, Annie aged ten,
and Kate aged seven, she sprang from the
fire escape, but in the fall sprained or broke
her leg, and crawled away with difficulty.
On the floor above, Mr. Regan, who lived
alone, escaped with his neighbors, the
McKenna family, likewise by jumping.
James, aged nine, Hugh, aged four, aud the
baby were
by Charles, their eldest brother, a lad of 15.
The mother, Mrs. McKenna, was sweeping
In the yard when the fire broke out. She
rushed to the stairway, but was met by a
solid sheet of fl ime, and realizing the dan
ger of her children roused them by shout
ing, before they knew of the approach of
the deadly visitor, “Jump, Charles, throw
them down.’t The agonized mother cried
and atretched out her arms to receive them
ar three little heads looked over the window
sill beside their brother. The lad measured
the distance with his eyes. It was more
than twenty feet, and he shrank from the
venture with the d*ead of instant death.
But. the smoke was already filling the room
and pouring through the window. The
children now cncd and stretched their
bands towards their mother. The baby’s
above the roar of the fire and clamor in the
streets. The mother cried, “Charlie, for
God’s 6ake jump,” and the, boy flung the
baby into her arms. The other children
followed, himself leaping last of all, reach
ing the ground In safety.
On the fourth floor lived the Cassidy
family and the Eaeans, another family, but
of the same name as those on the first floor,
and In the fifth and topmost story, Mrs. Ellen
Sheridan was at breakfast with her four
children. The men, as in all the other
families, had gone to their work. At the
first alarm Mrs. Sheridan ran to the door,
and eeeing the hallway effectually blocked,
The flames there met her also, and in
despair she rushed for the *cnttle on the
roof. It was firmly hooked, and herstreng'h,
desperate as she was, did not suffice to open
it. Returning to her rooms she closed the
door on the advancing fire, but too late.
The rooms were filled with smoke, growing
more dense every moment, in which the
woman and her children groped about vain
ly seekine a window. They were found
dead, evidently choked before the flames
reached them.
had attempted to escape by the roof alo,
but failing, had reached the windows ana
flung themselves out. Only two of them,
Charles and Thomas, boys of six and eight
years, were left. They were suffocated,
and when found tbeir clothes were hardly
Of the Eagan family all were saved but a
little girl of two years. They escaped by
throwing themselves into the yard, but
Mary Eagan was badly injured in the fall,
and was taken to the hospital.
All was over in far less time than it takes
to tell it. The yard was filled with
of the scorched and injured women, and the
police and firemen quickly removed these
and made heroic efforts to gain the upper
floors, whence issued the cries of those yet
imprisoned, but they were beaten back each
time. Officer Thomas Barrett reached the
second floor on the fire escape, and assisted
in the rescue of I wo children, before he him
self was compelled to
In a half hour all was over. The house
stood scorched, blackened aud dripping
from roof to cellar with the torrents of
water that had flooded it.
The damage to the house was estimated
at $3,000. The building Is the property of
Mrs. Eagan, a wealthy resident of an up
town street, and is a fair type of hundreds
of structures in the city in which the poor
are huddled, without sufficient means of
escape in case of Are.
of the fire was found this afternoon in the
person of a babe of Mrs. Cassidy. The
little one was clasped to its mother’s breast,
wrapped in a blanket.
The ten bodies were placed in coffins and
removed from the station house to the
Timothy Harringtoo, one of the plumbers
In whose carelessness it Is charged the fire
had its origin, when questioned by Coroner
Ilerrman, explained that he was nvlDg a
gasoline lamp to thaw out the pipes. With
him was & boy named McGloau,
who had worked for him only 6lnce the
previous day. He held the lamp, the con
tents of which were exceedingly inflamma
ble. He had been warned several times, but
he.-dlesely tipped tbe lamp, and some of
tbe oil ran out, when it flashed at once. Ic
his flight Harrington’s hands were burned.
The boy McGloan has disappeared. The
police are looking for him, and at tbe order
of Coroner Herman took Harrington to the
House of Detention, where he will be held
as a witness pending the inquiry. His em
ployer, Mr. Patten, was taken to the atation
by a policeman at 3 o’clock, aad was ex
amined by the Coroner. An inquest will he
held next week.
450,000 cake* sold tbe first year attest the
popularity of Cutlcura Medicinal Scap.
Proaeentlon* of the Traversers to be
Abandoned—A Co-operative Peti
tion-Armories Gnarded—A Paper
from Lord Duffer In.
London, January 4. —A Dublin dispatch
•ays : “It Is rumored iu official circles that
Attorney General Law will announce on
Friday that In consequence of an intimation
in the Queen’s speech that ameliorative
measures are to be immediately submitted
in the House of Commons, the prosecution
of the traversers will be abandoned.”
Dublin, January 4 —At a co-operative
meeting to-day it was unanimously decided,
on motion of Right Hon. E. Dwyer Gray,
that a petition be presented by the Lord
Mayor of London at the bar of the House
of Commons, calling attention to the laws
affecting the tenure of proprietorship of
land in Ireland and their effect on the gen
eral condition of the country, and to the
necessity for radical reform in these laws.
The attendance at the trials of the
traversers to-day is scanty and tbe proceed
ings monotonous.
London, January 4. —By direction of the
War Office, strict guard is kept over the
armories of the volunteers iu the south of
Loudon, in consequence of rumors of con
templated Fenian attempts to seize them.
Last night was supposed to be the time ap
pointed for the execution of the project,
but no overt act confirming these suspicions
has yet. come to light.
Lord Dufferin has published a paper on
the Irish land question, in which he strong
ly condems the “Tbree F’s” system (fair
rents, free sales and fixity of tenure), point
ing out that the sale of a tenant’s interest
has a tendency to saddle holdings perpetu
ally with double rent, and says: “The sys
tem, if granted, would only further encour
age anew set of agitators to endeavor to
dispossess the laudlords of the remaining
vestiges of their rights.”
Lord Dufferin favors th 6 system copied
from that adopted at the enfranchisement
of the Russian serf.#, namely, the buying
up of a large portion of land in Ire
lmd, and the conversion of rents Into
land charges, payable to Ibe State.
For the chronically poverty-stricken dis
tress of the west, he recommends
a great system of Btate aid emigration to
Manitoba and the Northwest of Canada, to
be worked with the co-operation of the Do
minion Government. He points out that as
the Catholic Church is supreme in those
part*, the clergy of Ireland would not op
pose emigration thither as they do to the
United Btat*s.
The Tones remarks that Lord Dufferin’s
suggestions, although interesting, do not
forecast the land hill, as the government
will not make grata from the Exchequer and
pledge the credit of the country.
Sirs. Christ la tier’* Letters to Giro,
and Her Explanatloo of Their
Washington, January 4.—The local pa
pers of this city publish to-day, under a
New York telegraphic heading, a series of
letters purporting to have been written
last tpring and summer by Mrs. Chrls
tiancy to Edelberto Giro, whose
name is coupled with hers in
Minister Christiancy’s divorce proceedings.
These letters are of a very affectionate char
acter, containing maDy appeals to Giro to
come forward to testify for her protection
against the charges made by Mr. Chistian
ey’s counsel in regard to their alleged im
proper intimacy.
Accompanying these letters are also several
written to a Mr. Jackson, who she implores
as a friend of Mr. Giro to exert his influence
to have the latter “Come forward and save
the woman he had compromised from the
consequences of wbat she terms ‘A thought
less but great imprudence.’ ”
This evening’s Star publishes an inter
view with Mrs. Christiancy, in which 6be
admits the authenticity of these letters, but
explains them ss follows: Giro was in love
with her and had repeatedly aeked ber per
sonally and by letter to get a divorce from
her husband and marry him (Giro). She
had steadfastly refused, whereupon Giro at
last became violent, and threatened that if
she did not promise to marry him he would
ruin her character by saying that she (Mrs.
Christiancy) was the woman who had once
visited his room at the St. James Hotel
in this city. To pacify him she
finally said she would marry him, but after
he returned to New Yoik she wrote to him
recalling her promise. He continued, how
ever, to urge its lulfillment with threats,
when Mr. Christiancy began di
vorce proceedings against her on the
ground of alleged improper intimacy
with Giro. Mrs. Christiancy, under the ad
vice of friends, wrote Giro the series of let
ters uow published, her object being to pre
vent him, by pretending to be in love with
him, from carrying out his threats, and to
induce him to give truthful testimony for
her protection.”
An Atrocious murder—Chopped to
Piece* for Beriming to Lend His
Horses—Bobbery of a .Hall Coach—
Telegraphic Communication with
tbe City ot fflextco.
Galveston, January 4. —A special from
San Antonio says: “A most atrocious mur
der was committed at Woodchopper’s
Camp, four miles east of this city, on Satur
day night. Bruno Hllago, refusing to lend
his horse* to Juan Ray, who decided to go
to San Roea, Mexico, th* latter felled him
with an axe, and getting a shotgun struck
him over the head with the butt end of the
gun, then pickiDg up an axe he literally
chopped his victim to pieces and then fled’.
A Sheriff’s posse discovered him yesterday
biding in the bush and effected his cap
On Saturday night the San Antonio and
Laredo stage was stopped three miles south
or Medina by two masked men, who, after
pillaging the mail bags, proceeded to relieve
the passengers of all their valuables. It is
supposed that the men were covered by
others in the bush, owing to their utter
recklessness and confidence.
General C. C. Augur, the new commander
of the Department of Texas, arrived here
on the 3d Instant.
A. J. Driver has arrived in this city en
route for Brownsville, where he will take
charge of the Texas department of the
Mexican Telegraph Company. This line
will be run from Brownsville to Brazos,
Santiago, whence a cable is to be laid to
Tampico, thence to Vera Cruz, where con
nection will be made with a line running to
the City of Mexico. Mr. Driver says cable
boats are on their way, and the line is ex
pected to reach completion in about a
month. The line will connect with the
Western Uniou lines at Brownsville.
Greece Adhere* to the Decisions of
the Berllu Conference AVarllk©
Sentiment The Porte’s Persia*
London, January 4 A dispatch from
Athens to Reuter’s Telegram Company
says :
“The Ministers of the powers here have
interviewed Premier Coumondouros in re
gard to the arbitration of the Greek ques
tion. The British Minister informed tbe
Premier that England had agreed to arbi
tration. The Premier replied that Greece
would firmly adhere to the decisions of the
Berlin Conference.
“A warlike sentiment continues to pre
dominate. Thirty-two thousand reserve*
and all the National Guards between the
ages of thirty and forty years will soon be
called out.”
A dispatch from Constantinople says:
“The recommendation of the Ambassadors
to the Porte relative to arbitration was col
lective, but the Porte persists in adhering
to tbe line of frontier tketehed in Its note of
the 31 of October last, that is,a line running
north of 8010 and south of Larissa, Metzova
and Jaulna, and terminating at the mouth
of the river Orta.”
'Prellmlnarv Injunction Granted.
Philadelphia, January 4. —ln the
United States Circuit Court this morning
Judge Butler granted a preliminary injuno
tlon restraining the Pennsylvania Railroad
Company from interfering with the wires
and offices of tbe Western Union Telegraph
Company along the route of tbe railroad,
until the case can be fully heard in tbe same
eourt before Judges McKennan and Butler
on the 17th inst.
Everything has a cause. Tickling lu the
throat, husking of voice, violent coughing,
etc., are the effects of a severe cold. Dr.
Bull’s Cough Syrup cures tbe cold at once,
and removes it* serious effects. jaus-lt
An Immense Assemblage Present-
Governor Bloxham’* Address
Bnmon as to His Cabinet-Offi
cers of the Senate and House--Illll
tarr Display—Grand Ball.
Tallahassee, January 4.—' The As
sembly caucus last uight nominated J. J.
Harris, of Orange countv, for Speaker; W.
U. Bynum, of Suwannee, for Clerk; R. W.
Davis, of Duval, for Assistant Clerk, and
Jasper B.‘Gonzales for Sergeant-at-Arms.
The Legislature assembled at 13 o’clock
m., when the members were sworn in.
Lieutenant Governor Bethel took th* oath
of office in the Senate and delivered a very
appropriate address.
At two p. m. the inaugural services were
held in the Assembly room in the presence
of an immense audience.
The folowing military companies were
present: The Light Artillery and Infantry,
of Jacksonville; the Guards, of Mouticello;
the Life Oak Guards, and the Tallahassee
Ex-governor Walker administered the
oath t|Governor Bloxham. Governor Drew
and G ibinet and many dignitaries were pres
ent. Governor Bloxham’* address was a
very 1 ippy effort. His allusions to immi
grate t, transportation and education were
receiv id with great enthusiasm. At the
clcee of the address & salute was fired by
the artillery. The weather was very dis
agreeable and cold, and It is now raining
Rumor generally points to S. Pasco, of
J (.Hereon county, for Secretary of State;
ex Governor Barnes, of Jackson county, for
Comptroller; H. A. Lengal, of Duval, or
Colonel Clough, of Alachua, for Treasurer;
A. A. Robinson, of Manatee, for Superin
tendent of Public Instruction. Attorney
General Raney is to be retained. As to the
Bureau of Lands and Immigration, nothing
is known at present.
The hotels, boarding and private houses
are full. There was a grand ball to-night
in the Assembly room, which was largely
Both houses get to work to-morrow for
the regular dispatch of business. The
committees have not yet been announced,
if The Senate caucus this afternoon nomi
nated W. H. Babcock, of Jacksonville, for
Secretary; D. M. McAlpln, of Buwannee,
for Assistant Secretary, and L. Harrison, of
Columbia, for Sergeant-at-Arrat.
Fluctuation* of tbe Dajr—A Fever.
l*h aud Unsettled Market, with
Considerable Excitement.
New York, January 4.—The stock mar
ket was feverish and unsettled throughout
the greater portion of the day, and dealings
were at times attended with considerable
excitement. Prices opened generally weak,
and before the first board a decline of to 2
per cent, ensued, the latter in C. C. C. & I.
Subsequently, however, an advance of }■£ to
2% per cent, took place, in which Western
Union was the most prominent.
Toward noon speculation again became
weak, and a decltne of }£ to 3 per cent, was
recorded, New York Central, Houston and
Texas, Michigan Central, Like Shore,
Western Union and St. Paul leading the
downward movement.
During the afternoon speculation assum
ed a stronger tone aud prices continued to
advance up to the close of business, the im
provement ranging from }£ to per cent.,
Alton, Terre Haute, Miehigan Central,
Western Union, the Trunk Ltue shares and
Coal and Granger stocks being the most
conspicuous In the advance. The total
sales were 537,000 shares.
An Open Letter from (i Trnth” to
General Garfield Acknowledging It
to be a Forgery.
New York, January 4.—The Truth to-day
publishes an open letter to Gen. Garfield,
acknowledging the Morev-Chase letter to
be a forgery, saying: “This acknowledg
ment is due to you from the journal in
which the letter first appeared. It Is made
voluntarily, and as an act of simple
justice, for while we believed, as wo
did until within a few weeks past,
that you were the author of
the letter, no bribe could tempt nor threat
intimidate us into making a contrary state
ment. Having ascertained, however, our
error, it is a gratification to us to give the
same prominence to this acknowledgment
that we gave to the forged letter itself, and
thereby make all amends in our power for a
wrong of which Truth was aa unconscious
Weather Indication*.
Office Chief Signal Ohbbrver, Wash
ington, January 4.—lndications for Wednes
Id the South Atlantic Statee, threatening
weather and rain, falliug barometer, sta
tionary or a slight rise in temperature, and
winds from north to east, becoming varia
ble, with rising barometer in the southern
In the Middle States, falling barometer,
cloudy weather, 6now or rain, winds gen
erally from northeast to southeast, and
nearly stationary temperature.
Iu the Gulf States, rain in the eastern
portion, followed by partly cloudy weather
throughout the district, northerly winds in
the western portion, and variable winds in
the e*6tern portion, stationary or a slight
fall in temperature east of Texas, and rl&lng
temperature in Western Texas.
In Tennessee and the Ohio valley, areas of
snow, followed by partly cloudy and
slightly warmer weather, northerly winds,
becoming variable, and stationary or slowly
falling barometer in the western portion.
The Precious Metals.
San Francisco, January 4.—Wells,
Fargo & Co.’s annual report on precious
metals produced west of the Missouri river,
including British Columbia, and the re
ceipts in San Francisco by express from the
west coast of Mexico, segregates:
Gold $33,522,182
Silver 30,006,364
Lead 5,752,390
Copper 898,000
Colorado leads with a total of $31,284,989.
California follows with $18,276 166, Nevada
$15,031,166, Utah $6,450,963, Arizona $4,-
In comparison with the product of 1879,
California 6bows an increase in gold of
$574,579, and a decrease in Eilver of $360,-
873. Nevada shows a total failing off of $6,-
Caucus of Maine Republican*.
Augusta, Me., January 4.—lt Is intimated
that a caucus of Republicans will be held
to consult oa the Gubernatorial question.
While tbe Republicans from Androscoggin,
Franklin and Oxford counties favor
seating Plaisted, those from the east
ern portion and many from the middle
and western sections desire to move
cautiously. The members to-day expresovd
a wish to submit to judges the question of
the retroactive clause in the constitutional
amendment adopted last September. No
new candidate haa been suggested for
United States Senator, and the situation be
tween Messrs. Hale and Fty remains un
A Fight With Hostile Indiana.
New York, January 4.—A special f m
Fort Buford, D. TANARUS., says: “A part f
Major Ilges’ command had a short bat > s
cisive engagement lost Sunday afternoon
with a band of hostile U apap&s Indians.
Chief Gall and three hundt warriors were
taken prisoners. Three hum ed horses and
forty guns were captured ana sixty lodges
destroyed. One Indian was killed and two
wounded. None of tbe troops were killed.
Major Uges is in pursuit of the remainder of
the hostile band.”
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Brewery Destroyed.
Pittsburg, Pa., January 4.—The brew
ery of F. L. Ober & Bros., at Alleghany
City, having a capacity ot 12,000 barrels of
beer annually, was totally destroyed by fir*
about 7 o’clock this morning. Loss $45,-
000; Insurance $17,000.
Rieh in muscle-producing material be
yond all other foods and medicines are Malt
That ’’Blizzard”—lts Efl'ect on ll*
Floridian* Some Former Cold
Dav* Frozen Orairges Holders
Cancht— Opinion* as to Amount of
Ipjory-What the Orange Tree*
Have Endured Without Damage—
If le Believed the Old Trees Have
Escaped How Such Disaster*
May be Avoided In tbe Future—
No NccesnUy for Long Faces—Leg
islators on Tbeir Way—The In
Jacksonville, Fla., January 3.- That “bliz
zard” from the northwest last Wednesday
night gave Florida a serious black eye. A re
duction of forty-six degrees in the tempera
ture in about fifteen hours is usually attend
ed with serious results. At 12 m. on Wednes
day the thermometer in this city stood at 65
degrees, and at daylight Thursday morning
had fallen to 19 degrees The steamers from
ail directions arrived during the day with their
guards and wheelhouses ornamented with
lengthy icicles, while servants were hurrying
in all directions to obtain water from open
wells, that in the pumps being frozen
solid. Thin blooded Floridians piled on all tbe
clothes they could muster, and then shivered
as if under the influence of an ague, while our
Northern visitors jeeringiy as*ed: “Is this the
balmy climate of which you have boasted?”
Our only method to repel the insinuation was
to ask these torment are if they had read the
telegraphic n-ws and bad instituted a compari
son between the weather here and that in va
rious Northern localities.
Since the celebrated winter of '35, when
every orange tree in the State was killed, there
is but one lower temperature recorded than
that of the 30th ult. I)r. A. S. Baldwin, who
has kept a faithful record of the weath*r for
thirty years, up to the period when the Signal
office was established here in 72, informed nje
that in ’57 the mercury fell to IS degrees, and
ice two inches thick formed along the edges of
the Bt. John's river. Some young men in this
city who owned skates strapped them on and
enjoyed this sport, so novel in this latitude.
In 1870 I saw ripe tomatoes gathered In a
garden in Gainesville, on the 23d December, to
be ssnt to friends in Americus, Ga. A sudden
change occurred, the thermometer the follow
ing morning marking 190 deg., and the vege
tables intended to astonish our Georgia friend*,
werefrozen when they reached their destination
oil Christmas.
There was probably not a single specimen of
the orange, lemon, citron, or grape-fruit hang
ing on the parent trees in this city that ha*
escaped the blighting touch of Jack Frost’s
fingers. The destruction in this city was uni
versal, and many of the trees, with their
shriveled'foliage, look as if they had been ex
posed to the action of intense heat. Very seri
ous injury has been inflicted upon young tree?,
and on those budded last summer. A very
exuberant growth was made during the
season, and the tender and succulent branches
hare suffered severely.
From the best information that I have been
able to obtain only about one-third of the
orange crop has been gathered. Hundreds of
th* growers have been holding
their fruit for higher prices at a
later period, aud these unfortunates,
instead of cornering the market have been
cornered themselves. There is a gentleman
across the river who has been offered eighteen
dollars a thousand for his fruit, but who held
it for twenty dollars To-day bis crop, estima
ted at eighty thousand oranges, is almost
worthless The effect of frost upon the orange
is rather singular. The fine, aromatic flavor is
much impaired, and the juices are rapidly
evaporated. Outwardly they still present a
tempting appearance, while within they con
tain little besides pith and integument. After
a few sunny days they drop like acorns before
the breezes of autumn.
At some points up the river large fires were
kept up all night around the groves, while in
other places, favorably situated, water protec
tion was effectual. Well informed persons,
however, freely express the opinion that the
entire hanging crop has been badly damaged
everywhere. There is also some nervousness
as to the amount of injury inflicted upon the
bearing trees. Since the freeze the weather
has bee* oloudy. with light rains, which condi
tion is regarded as favorable. The tempera
ture had been sufficiently cold previously to
check the flow of sap and to retard growth. It
Is believed that while the older trees may
undergo a s'ight set back no lasting injury has
been occasioned.
Just two years ago, in the early part of Jan
uary, 1879, all the trees as far south as Orange
county, were encased in a thictc coat of sleet,
and much alarm was created. 'Jhe tops of
many were pressed to the earth under the
unusual weight, and yet, very greatly to the
relief of alt intere ted, the ill effect* were
scarcely apparent. It may be that this “cold
snap" may prove a benefit. It has most
probably disposed of myriads of tho insects
prejudicial to the citrus family, and m*y
leaa to taking effectual steps to prevent simi
lar losses in the future. With the increase of
the telegraphic wires, it will not be long before
the news of a coming serious reduction in the
temperature can be conveyed to distant points,
at least twenty-four hours in advance or its ar
rival. Such information, by preconcert?d ar
rangement, could be rapidly disseminated, and
steps could at once be taken for gathering the
fruit, or for affording it th* necessary protec
There are some croakers who predict that
the interest now attached to the cultivation of
the orange will be greatly lessened. Why
should it? Do not the peach growers of New
Jersey and Delaware occasionally lose their en
tire crop? Is not tho apple crop of New Eng
land and the West often a failure? How often
have tho cotton region* of the South,
during the past flrteen years, been
devastated by the caterpillar? Ev
ery product of tho fields and orchards
is subject to these occasional vicissitudes. It
is fol'y to take a fit of the blues, and predict
all sorts of trouble, because a stray Polar wave
haa reached our shores. The cultivation of the
orange is, and must continue to be. the surest
road to wealth and prosperity in Florida. We
must expect clouds, as wall as sunshine. Let
no man be discouraged by the experience of
last week! It may not be repeated again for
twenty years. Lessons, and profitable ones,
can be learned from every such disaster.
Many of the members of the Legislature
have passed through Jacksonville during the
past week on their way to Tallahassee. Gov.
Bloxham is to inaugurated to-morrow, and the
capltol will be the scene of an immense gath
ering. Our two military companies, artillery
and infantry, will participate in the cere
monies, and the display of our citizen soldiery
will be imposing.
Governor Bioxbam has been remarkably
reticent as to the composition of his Cabinet,
and great is the desire among the several aspi
rants to learn who will be the members of his
official family. There need be no doubt that
he his selections wiselv, and with all
proper discrimination, and that the people will
acquiesce In his judgment.
New Year's day came in with dripping skies
and a gloomy horizon. Some of our Northern
residents keep up the custom of making and
receiving calls, but the practice is generally
In a few days now the rush of travel will
commence, and our smiling Bonifaces will be
worried how to accommodate their visitors.
The severity of the weather in higher lati
tudes will doubtless largely augment the com
ing tide.
My next letter will probably be dated at Tal
lahassee. W. 11. B.
Trial Postponed.
Petersburg, Va., January 4.—The trial
of W. A. Trotter, for the murder of Clai
borne Johnson in Greensville county, last
August, has been postponed until the Feb
ruary term of the court. The postponement
was made in consequence of the absence of
an important witness. At the last term of
the court Trotter was convicted of volun
tary manslaughter, and his punishment was
fixed at eighteen months in the penitentiary.
At the request of counsel for the defense
the court set aside the verdict of the jury
and granted the guilty man & new trial.
A Cargo of Grain Loaf.
New Orlbans, January 4.—As the tow
boat Sam Roberta was descending the river
on Monday afternoon, when opposite Wil
low Grove landing, the tow line of one of
the barges gave way, and a high wind pre
vailing at the time, striking th* barge side
wise, caused her to capsize.
The barge w* anew one belonging to
the Mississippi Valley Transportation Com
pany. The cargo, consisting of 20,000
bushels of grain in bulk, is a total loss. It
was valued at $24,000, and Is fully covered
by insurance.
. . .... . .
Purchase of a Site for a Freight De
New Orleans, January 4 —The New Or
leaLs and Texas Railroad Company a few
day* ago purchased, for $150,000 cash, two
squares of ground in front of the Orleans
Cotton Press and bsrdertng on the levee, aa
the site for a freight depot. On tbe assess
ment roll of the citv this property is valued
at $30,000. It is stated that this company
will, during the next twelve months, ex
§*nd about $2,000,000 in this city building
ep ’*, workshops, track, etc.
Accuaed of Stealing Bond*.
Quebec, January 4.—J. H. Barton, ac
cused of having stolen a one thousand dol
lar U. 8. bond, was brought before the
Police Court and remanded for tbree days,
on aplicatlon of R. J. Bradley, tbe advocate
representing Mr. Kennv, of Pensacola, the
owner of thestolen securities, itappears that
elx thousand dollars worth of these bonds
were stolen in New York from Mr. Kenny’s
room at the United States Hotel. Mr. Ken
ny Is expected to arrive here to-night.
A French Duel.
Paris, January 4—A duel with swords
has taken place between M. Graux and M.
L’lnfrevllle, a nephew of Madame de Bre
mont, In consequence of the letter of
Madame Graux to M. Lolsant in connection
with the charges against M. Emile de Girar
din. M. Graux wa* wounded below the
I have used Dr. Bail’s Congh Syrup and
found it the best cough remedy I ever tried.
—W. F. Clarke, 920 Walnut street, Phila
delphia, November 97,1875. Jans-lt
The Cold Ware—lts Camaglns and
Dlfcomtoritne K fleet* Appre
hended Injury to the Crop*—A
Grand Spectacle—The Swamp* In
undated and the Stream* Frozen
Orer-Bnainet* Suspended.
SrsßaxcT, Ga., January 3 —The cold ware
struck us on the 39th ult., and for intensity and
severity nothing like it has been experienced
for years. Its suddenness caught many unpre
pared, and much suffering is theoonsequence.
The demand for heavy clothing is great, and
the open houses present scenes of distress, as
the occupants have not provided for the
change, and intense suffering results. Stick,
which commonly subsists “in the woods,”
present a pitiable sight. Follow
ing the “cold snap” of Wednesday,
which continued for two days, a slow
rain resembling sleet was more destructive to
forest stock than the cold alone. The swamps
being inundated, cattle arc compelled to seek
protection on the highlands, where not much
defense from storms and cold Is provided, in
consequence of the great scarcity of uuder
growth. It is feared much destruction will
occur if this weather continues, as no provis
ion of any account is ever made to protect
the range stock, because of the usual mildness
of our winters. The same may be aid of our
average homes. Houses are constructed on tli*
warm or summer plan, and when a drift.which
we are now experiencing, comes upon us we
are literally “out in the cold,-” Edifices erected
for sacred or literary purposes similarly suffer
for want of heating apparatuses—thereby un
comfortable now.
New Year was ushered in bv sights never be
fore seen by the rising population. The suc
ceeding day’s rain, sleet and freeze had con
gealed upon leaf, limb and trunk, and a grand
spectacle was presented to the beholder. Ice
in every concoivabio form and shape was to be
seen everywhere the eye rested. The foliage
of the stalwart and sapling pine was covered
in “diamond and silver sheen,” the very
branches bowing to mother earth as If In due
submission, with her pendant mass of conge&l
ment, resembling the ponderous stalactites of
Mammoth Cave. The shrubbery, a solid mass
of Ice, was prostrated to the ground. Every
vestige of uncovered plants suffered, and it is
feared in some localities on the Altamuha river
that the oats, which were up, are killed. 7he
latter, ’ti3 to be hoped, is a groundless surmise.
Streams are froxen over, and some sufficiently
to bear the weight of animals Switt fl nving
streams are open In the channel, but both sides
are bridged with ice from a quarter to one
inch thick, which makes it dangerous to at
tempt to cross, as our animals are not provided
for this icy emergency, and the most gentle be
come unmanageable when approaching as un
usual a footing as is now presented. Dp to
present writing every Indication is a continued
cold.it being cloudy and threatening. River
employes avoid the smaller streams and busi
ness of every character is stopped. The com
mon phrase, “Sunny South,” u not realized as
being congruous. However, every “sweet has
its bitter.” M. R. Kwrs.
Tennessee Politic*.
Nashville, Tens., January 4.—W. B.
Ramsay, who was elected Speaker of the
House yesterday, is regarded as more of
a Greenbacker than Republican. The
Republicans were forced to accept
the declaration of the Warren Green
backers and ignore the caucus nominee,
K R. Butler, to prevent the election of a
Democratic Speaker. The State Credit and
Low Tax Democrats acted in the utmost
harmony. The Democratic Senators of both
wings held a caucus last night and resolved
to vote for a Democrat for Speaker of the
The Tekke Turcomans Slaughter
the Russian*.
Teheren, January 4.—A letter received
here from Geoktepe states that the Russians
In their last engagement with the Tekke
Turcomans lost three thousand men and a
great quantity of rifles and ammunition,
and that the loss of the Turcomans was
slight. A small party of Turcomans have
entered Persian territory. They lost fifteen
men in an engagement with the Persian
Baie of a South Carolina Railroad.
Columbia, January 4.—The Laurens Rail
road was sold yesterday by the Master, at
public outcry, for $30,000. Only one bid
was made. The property was purchased by
A. C. Haskell, President of tbe Charlotte,
Columbia and August* Railroad, In trust
for other parties, presumably the Greenville
and Columbia Railroad Company. A check
for $20,000 of the purchase money was paid
on the spot.
Robbed by His Nephew.
New Haven, January 4.—The residence
of Elihu Sperry was robbed on Sunday
night of about $45,000 in bonds by someone
who must have been familiar with the
house, for the securities were all in a cabi
net safe. Bungling attempts were made to
deceive the police, but they have arreated
one Harland, a nephew of Mr. Sperry, and
held him In $20,000 ball.
Arrest of a Swindler.
Orange, N. J., January 4.—James B.
Montgomery, a Southerner, was arrested In
this city this evening, charged with swind
ling various parties out of considerable
sums of money, which he stated was for the
benefit of parties whom he knew to bo sub
jects of charity. The public believe that he
has operated similarly quite largely in other
cities throughout New Jersey.
Oyster Schooners Rlown to Sea.
Boston, January 4.—The schooner Salli#
Bell, of Provincetown, with oysters from
Virginia, was towed in here yesterday with
her crew all frost bitten. She reports that
In company with seven other oyster schoon
ers, she was blown off into the Gulf Stream
by last week’s hurricane. The other ves
sels, so far as is known, have not yet been
heard from.
Suffering In Fredericksburg.
Fredericksburg,Va. .January 4 A pub
lic meeting was held to-night, by request of
the clergymen of all denominations, to
provide relief for the immediate suffering
arising from the extreme severity of the
weather, for which the provision made by
the city is Inadequate. The supply of fire
wood in the city is reduced to ten cords.
Death of the Episcopal Bishop of
North Carolina.
Wilmington, N. C., January 4.—The
Rev. Thomas Atkinson, Bishop of tbe Epis
copal Diocese of North Carolina, died at
his residence in this city this evening, aged
about seventy-three years. He had been in
feeble health for some months, but his
death was unexpected.
A Thaw In Virginia.
Danville, Va., Januaiy A—The excess
ively cold weather here has broken off, and
a great thaw has set in. About 6 o’clock
this evening the thermometer stands at 42
degrees, and the night closes in with warm
rains, which seem likely to produce a great
freshet In the streams.
Starving Russian Peasantry.
St. Petersburg, January 4 —The Jlunki
Yedomoxii (newspaper) says: “The Sanatoff
Assembly reports that 750,000 peasants are
starving in that province. It is stated that
upwards of a million peasants are in abso
lute want in the province of Samara.”
A Florida Newspaper Suspended.
Jacksonville, Fla., January 4 —The
office of the <S’wn and Prttn newspaper, which
has been in financial trouble for sometime,
was closed to-day by the Sheriff and turned
over to a special master to satisfy sundry
mortgage claims.
Failure of a W hisky House.
St. Louis, January 4. —Messrs. Bowman
& Bleyer, wholesale liquor merchants of
this city, made an assignment to Isadore
Bush this morning. Their liabilities are
said to be $130,000; assets $125,000.
Brief Telegraphic Summary.
A New York dispatch says the weather
West and South Is generally threatening,
with areas of rain or snow.
8. B. Newman A Cos., cotton factors, of
New Orleans, have failed. No statement
has been made to the pnblie.
It is stated that the late George Eliot left
manuscripts whieh, though incomplete,
will yet in part be published.
The death is announced from London of
Baron Simon von Oppenheim, the head of
the great banking firm of Oppenheim &
The President has recognized Jesus Esco
bar y Armendariz as Consul of Mexico at
Franklin, Texas, and Rosendo Torras as
Vice Consul of Portugal at Brunswick, Ga.
General G. H. Sharpe was elected Speaker
sf the New York Assembly yesterday, re
ceiving 80 votes to 41 for Erastus Brooke.
Governor Cornell sent his animal message
to the Legislature after its organization.
John Empey had no desire to live
after the death of his wife, at St. George,
Utah, but he did not wish to cheat his
creditors by committing suicide before
his debta were paid. Therefore he made
a careful calculation, by which, with
hard work, he could settle every claim
in three weeks. At the end of that time,
owing nobody a dollar, he put his dead
wife’s portrait to his lips and a pistol to
his heart.
Oilier l^plator.
Read the Following Testir. ’
Gentlemen—l take the liberty of in
vou of the great improvement—well, j .
say, the entire restoration to health—caused
I was under medical treatment for a long
lime (being treated for Dyspepsia), but all
■rinds of medicine seemed to do me but little
good. I suffered intensely with full stomach,
headache, etc. One day I was told by a neigh
bor who had taken the REGULATOR that it
was a sure cure for my troubles. 1 decided to
try it. not thinking It would do me any good.
The tint dose I took relieved me very much—
it was bo decided an improvement I began to
put confidence in what my neighbor had tail
to me. In one week after taking the REGU
LATOR I was as strong and hearty as I ever
was; my complexion began to clear up. I was
told by ail my acquaintances I was looking so
much better. I think it is the best thing I ever
took for Dyspepsia, without any exception. It
did me so much good I was determined I would
give you my testimony without being asked
for it. Yours respectfully,
Henry G. Crenshaw.
Original and genuine manufactured only by
Bold by all druggists. decß-W,F,M,w£Telly
Is made from a Simple Tropical Leaf of Rare
Value, and is a POSITIVE Remedy for
all tbe diseases that cause pain* in the lower
part of the body—for Torpid Liver—Head
aches—Jaundice—Dizziness, Gravel, Malaria,
and all difficulties of the Kidneys, Liver and
Urinary Organs. For Female Diseases,
Monthly Menstruations, and during Pregnancy
it has no equal. It restores the organs that
make the blood, and hence is the best Blood
Pa rifle r. It is the only known remedy that
cures Bright’s Disease. For Diabetes, use
Warner’s bate Diabetes Care.
For sale by Druggists and all Dealers *t
$1.35 per bottle. Largest bottle la the
market. Try it.
jy24-d,w&Telly Rochester, N. Y.
In every case of malarial fever or fever and
ague, while for disorders of the stomach, tor
pidity of the liver, indigestion and disturbances
of the animal forces, which debilitate, it has
no equivalent, and can have no substitute. It
should not be confounded with triturated com
pounds of cheap spirits and essential oils.oftec
sold under the name of bitters.
For sale by OSCEOLA BUTLER, Savannah,
Ga., and by Druggists, Grocers and Wine Mer
chants everywhere. myl-WAwly
Sew goods.
A full stock of CHINA DINNER, TEA and
PLATED WARE, et*„ at
- or—
Embroidered & Crocheted Sacks
Holiday Goods
Clothing at Reduced Prices.
EHEIDT’S stock of Clothing is large, and
• to reduce it will offer at very low prices.
OVERCOATS for Men and Boys from $4 00 up
to fine Reversible and English diagonal or
Beaver Goods equally reduced. BUSINESS
SUITS for Men or Boys from $5 00 up to line
goods at proportionately reduced prices. Our
stock of HaTS is replete with ail the late
styles, including special styles for the holidays,
at popular prioee. KING OF SHIRTS at Si 00
ana $1 35. The “ACME,"a splendid shirt, in
White and Fancy Colored Laundried, for $1 00.
suitable for presents, in endless variety. Gents 1
and Boys’ UNDERWEAR, et.c. Headquarters
for Good Clothing. 189CONOHKS8 ST. dec!B-tf
A pure article, for sale at
LjC. STKONG’S Drug Store*

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