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ESTABLISHED JUNE 23, 186‘ Pub Libriir , PORTLAND, TUESDAY MORNING, JANUARY 5, 1886._m.A«} PRICE THREE CENTS. SPECIAL NOTICES. INSURANCE. W.D. LITTLE & CO., 31 EXCHANGE STREET, K«tnbli»hed in 1843. Reliable Insurance against Fire or Lightning in first class American and Foreign Co's at Lowest Rates. Also Life and Accident Insurance. Telephone 701. Jel7snly UNDERWOOD SPRING WATER delivered in 5 gallon demijohns. — ADDRESS ORDERS TO — L. I). WELLS, - P. 0. Box 896. decl7 dim* ANNUAL INAUGURATIONS. What Mayor O’Brien of Boston Says in His Address. The Council of Newport, R. I., Ballot I l O Times Without Success. Boston. Jan. 4.—The annual inaugura tions of the eity governments of the State took place today. In many of the cities it is a new chapter of the old force, but in some places new mayors appear, and much inter est was taken in their opening addresses. The inauguration addresses review very comprehensively the work of the year past, and make many recommendations for the fu ture. In Boston after prayer by Rev. Father Welch, chaplain of the day. Mayor O’Brien was sworn in by Chief Justice Morton, and delivered his address. He said: ••Regardless of threats, regardless sometimes of adverse criticism from parties who do not under stand the true facts, I have given no quarter the last N ear to any who have abused the trusts confided in them, and with such emphatic endorsement from my fellow citizens I feel encouraged to go on with the work. Political tricksters, who have merely some selfish purpose to gratify will receive no countenance from me, no matter which party they may be identified with for the time being. It is by yielding to these men on account of the few votes: they! control, that the municipal governments in all the large cities of the country have become synonyms for waste, extravagance and corruption. If political parties put unscrupu* ions men to th. front they should be voted down. If political parties make combinations with men whose morality and integrity are questionable, such combinations should be discouraged and dis countenanced by every good citizen. If no quar ter is given men who have no moral principle be hind them, who connect themselves with leading parties merely for the plunder, they will soon be stamped out and the business of the eity conduct ed like that of any other large corporation, on business principles. “The new charter, I belisve will accomplish this work if faithfully administered. Most of the heads of departments have conformed to the new order of tilings under the new charter, and as long as they work ill a substantial and economical manner and live within the limits of their appro priations, their tenure of office should be secure. The departments are no longer political machines, but must be run solely on business principles.” rile gross debt of the City December 81, 1885, was 843,409,946: the net debt *24,693.114; the total redemption means *18,716,831. The mayor is satisfied that the municipal work can be done within the limit prescribed by the act of the legis lature limiting the rate of taxation in Boston to *12 per thousand. The mayor deprecates the in terference of the legislature in the municipal af fairs of Boston, a ml says: “If every act of the majority made in good faith and in conformity with ttie law is to be overruled and repealed by the legislature, this city sinks below the level of the smallest village in the State.” The board of alderman organized at noon by the choice of Chas. H. Allen, supported by the Republicans as chairman. Lowell, Mass., Jan. 4.—A dead-lock ex ists in the new common conneil, owing to a claim of the Democrats that they cast twelve votes for I president when but eleven were counted and a Republican was elected by one majority. The Democrats left the hall and declare that they will main tain their position. Mewpokt, R. I., Jan. 4.—The municipal affairs of this city are in an embarassing condition. This was inaugural day, but there is yet no organization of the city coun cil. In the council there are ten members and the vote for president was a tie. A hund red and ten ballots were taken, resulting in a hopeless dead-lock. The aldermen organ ized by the election of William Greene as president and Mayor Powell was inaugur ated. In his inaugurtl he made statements that have caused a tremendous local sensa tion. He charges that the city is barely floated in rum and that little regard is paid to license. “Rum,” he says, “is sold to men, women and,children indiscriminately,” and the whole community is demoralized and scandalized, and the liquor sold, he al leges is vile, doctored stuff that will kill on sight. He advocates the establishmen of a board of inspectors of liquors so that if liquor is to he sold under license only the purest of malt and alcoholic drinks can be offered for sale.' There is great excitement in political circles over the situation. N UDER WATER. Most Destructive Floods Known for Years in Pennsylvania. An -Engine and Eight Cars Co Though a Bridge.—Three Men are Missing. Habbisbubg, I’a., Jan. 4.—This evening while the local east bound freight on the Pennsylvania railroad was crossing the bridge at Sherman's Creek, near Duncannon 15 miles from here one of the spans, weaken ed by the high water, gave way and precip itated an engine and eight cars into the stream. Five men went down with the wreck. Two of them succeeded in reaching the engineer who was badly hurt. A brake man named Turbit was gotten on shore and conveyed to the station at Duncannon where he died. The conductor is reported dead and the fireman and two brakemen are missing. The storm of today was one of the most se vere which ever visited this vicinity; and the rain at midnight shows no signs of abate ment. Bhadfobd, Pa., Jan. 4.—A special from Emporium says heavy rains for the past two days and that large quantities of snow on tlie hills have combined to produce the most violent flood known in many years. Along Driftwood and Tinnamahoning Creeks today millions of logs have broken from their fastenings and are going down the swollen river at a terrific rate. It is said the loss to lumbermen will approach $3,000,000. At this place there is over two feet of water in many of the streets. All telegraphic communica tions to the east is lost and trains on the Philadel phia & Erie railroad arc obliged to flag their way east. Reports from Cameron state the greater part of that town is under water, and residents are in great tear of their houses being swept away. Many residences have been vacated. A million feet of logs were torn loose and swept down Hunt's ltim. _ ATROCIOUS ASSAULT. A Prominent Derby, Conn., Prohibi tionist Eiaciiy Beaten by Rumsellers. New HavjhCJan. 4.— One of those atro cious and Bloody assaults, which are becom ing e and more frequent in Connecticut ijj* ght for supremacy between the sa _-Toon keepers and tiie prohibitionists, has - taken place across the town line in Derby, where a prominent citizen of that place, Jo seph L. Hakes, was attacked on Friday eve ning by two masked ruffians,and sandbagged and kicked within an inch of his life. He is known through tiie State as one of the chief adherents and supporters of the prohibition party, and last fall he made up his mind that the popular gilded saloon and variety house which Thomas Feeney was running in Sey mour ought to go. Last month Feeney applied to the county commissioners for a new license for the com ing year. Then Mr. Hakes organized his batteries. During the progress of the hear ing, Mr. Hakes received a number of threat ening letters, embellished with coffins and cross-bones, but did not entertain any idea that he would be harmed. Feeney was vic torious. On Friday night, while returning from a meeting, Mr. Hakes noticed a couple of men drop in behind him as he passed Feeney’s sa loon. The assault followed. His wife and family are now with him. The police are working up the affair quietly, and are said to be on the track of the right parties. AMERICA’S CUP. . A New Yacht Building to be More Speedy than the Puritan. Boston, Jan. 4 —A contract has been signed for tiie constraction of a new yacht by Lawtey & Son of South Boston for Gen. C. J. Paine. It Is proposed to make tiie vessel more speedy, if pos sible, than the Puritan, and It Is likely that an ef fort will be made to have the new yacht constitu ted the cup defender against the Galatea in the international contest next summer- The new craft will be designed by Edward Burgess, the designer of the Puritan, and while her Weatherly qualities will uot he disregarded, her model will be shaped about 22-30 feet, the same as the Puri tan, and she will have about the same outside ballast as the puritan—about 27 tons. Her length over all will be 98 feet, and she will be 85 feet on the water line. She will be 9 feet In depth of hold and 8.30 feet draught, or about the same as the Puritan. I THE PORTLAND DAILY PRESS, Published every day (Sundays excepted) by the PORTLAND PUBLISHING COMPANY, At 97 Exchange Street, Portland, Me. Terms—Eight Dollars a Year. To mall sub scribers, Seven Dollars a Year, il paid In advance Address all communications to PORTLAND PUBLISHING CO. THE WEATHER. Washington, Jau. 5. Indications for Portland and vicinity— Cloudj^weather and rain, slightly wanner this morning, followed by colder weather, with a cold wave on Wednesday. The following message has been received at Signal Office: Observer Portland : Wabbinton, Jan. 5,12.20 A. M.B Hoist cold wave signal. The temperature nm rise slightly this morning, followed during Tues day night or Wednesday bya fall of about twenty degrees. Hazex. The indications for New England today are cloudy weather with local rains, general ly shifting to colder westerly, preceded by southerly winds in the eastern portion and by a slight rise in temperature in morning. Cautionary signals from Smithville to Eastport. LOCAL WEATHER REI-ORT. Portland, Me., Jan. 4, 188 0. | 7 A m j 11 am! 3 r M | 7PM |11 PM Barometer. 30.354 30.266 30.196 30.128 30.036 Thermo'r.. i38.5 42.0 42.0 42.3 43.3 Dew Point.]38.5 41.6 41.0 41.4 42.5 Humidity.. 100.0] 98.4 98.4 98.4 96.8 Wind.Is SE SE SE SE Velocity... |3 12 16 15 22 Weather . | Foggy Lt Ran Cloudy Cloudy LtRan Mean daily bar...30.196 Maximum ther.... 43.8 Mean dally ther..41.3 Minimum ther....37.8 Mean daily d’w pt.40.9 Max. vel. wind — 24 SE Mean dally hum. .98.1 Total precip.08 METEOROLOGICAL REPORT. (Jau. 4, 1880, 10 P. M.) Observations taken at the same moment of time at all stations. i TboemnDapi Wind i ® cfl Place of 73 g ~ ® . |js Observation. °g | | S' ‘cl ’“g E c-* g £ 2 Bw K g C > » New London 29.93 48 x9 S 23 Cloudy Boston, Mass 30.00 4(1 x8 SI5 10 Cloudy Eastport, Me 30.25 38 xl SE 18 Threat. Mt. wash’t’n 30.24 28 x4 S 93 Sleetl’g Portland, Me 30.07 43 x6 SE 20 Lt Lain Albany, N. Y 29.70 55 xl7 SE 35 LtKain New Volk... 29.68 51 —3 Sli 16 LtKain Norfolk, Va. 29.02 56 x2 SW 9 Cloudy Philadelphia. 29.58 57 x9 SE 24 LtKain Washington.. 29.56 55 x4 S 8 Cloudy Atlanta, Ga.. 29.84 37 —12 SW 10 Kair Charleston... 29.86 49 -10 W 13 Fair Jacksonville. 29.96 54 —13 SW 9 Cloudy Savannah,Ga 29.91 50 —16 W 9 Clear N ew Orleans 30.04 46 xl SW 8 Clear Cincinnati, O 29.76 30 —24 SW 14 Lt Snw Memphis.29.84 38 —5 NW 7 Clear Pittsburg.... 29.68 41 -12 SW 8 LtKain Buffalo, N.Y. 29.54 37 —11 SW 24 Cloudy Cleveland.... 29.66 33 —15 W 12 Cloudy Detroit.29.6G 35 —17 W 7 Cloudy Oswego. 30.47 51 xl2 SE 24 IIv It'll Alpena,Mich 29.58 31 —6 W 14 LtSmv Chicago, Ills. 29.69 32 —13 SW 8 LtSmv Duluth, Minn 30.14 14 —5 NW 28 Clear Marquette... 29.83 25 —6 NW 27 LtSnw Milwaukee. 29.66 30 —10 NW 12 LtSmv St. Louis. Mo 29.78 30 —8 NW 12 Cloudy St.Paul,Minn 30.04 17 —C NW 19 Clear Omaha, Neb. 30.14 16 —4 N 19 Clear Bismarck,Da 30.38 6 —8 E 6 Clear St. Vincent.. 30.48 —9 —12 NW 8 Clear Denver.130.38 17 —101 N15 11 (Clear Cheyenne....|30.33 23 —131 NW 7 ,Clear G. Liebmann, Sergeant Signal Corps, D. S. A. MAINE. Four Years in Court. Brunswick, Jan. 4.—The case of the Town of Harpswell vs. J. Leavitt, which has been in the courts for four years past was dismissed by Judge Jordan after a hearing today. Suicide in North Auburn. Lewiston, Jan. 4.—Mrs. Robert Taylor of North Auburn, disappeared last Thurs day. Sunday morning a searching party was organized. It found her in a clump of woods forty rods from her house with her throat cut with a razor. The coroner considered an inquest unnecessary. Instantly Killed. Bangor, Jan. 4.—A man named Anson Nason was instantly killed this afternoon by the bursting of a grindstone. He was 35 years old.and.leaves a wife and two children. Kennebec Agricultural Society. Wintiibop, Jan. 4.—Tiie Kennebec Agri cultural Society held its annual meeting in Readfield today and elected the following officers: President—J. E. Yeaton, Mt. Vernon. Vice Presidents—.1. E. Nelson. Winthrop; D. E. Sampson, Kent’s Hill; A. G. Underwood, Fay ette. Secretary—H. O. McPherson, Eeadfield. Treasurer—C. H. Stevens, Eeadfield. Agent— J. B. Low, Eeadfield. Trustees—J. E. Yeaton, Mt. Vernon; J. Ilenry Moore. Winthrop; Geo. E. Minot, Belgrade; B. F. Maxim. Wayne; M. Y. Jones, Fayette; Willis Wing, Manchester. The financial standing of the society is ex cellent. It expended over $300 in improve ments last year and intends to expend full more this year. It is the general expression that Old Kennebec was never in better cir cumstances than now, or the outlook more favorable. A committee was chosen to revise the con stitution so as to equalize the admission fees, cancelling life membership and the annual ticket plan of the present. Abandoned in a Sinking Condition. New York, Jan. 4.—Bark Agnes from Pernambuco reports that on January 2, in latitude 3C° 14', longitude 74° 25', spoke the schooner Harry Prescott, of New Haven, from Brunswick, Ga., for Boston. She re ported having on board Captain Seavey and crew, (eight men in all) of the schooner Hor ace O. Bright of Thomaston from Philadel phia for Savannah, which was abandoned in a sinking condition. MRS. HODCDON’S MURDER. The Jury Return a Verdict of Murder in the Second Degree. Bath, Jan. 4.—The jury in the case of Hodgdon, the matricide, returned a verdict of murder in the second degree this forenoon. The jury were out 13 hours. The prisoner was perfectly calm. Judge Virgin in his charge to the jury occupied an hour in a clear and exhaustive statement of the law applicable to the case. He instructed the jury that while drunken ness is no excuse for crime, still if a person becomes actually insane, so that he cannot distinguish between right and wrong, even though that insanity be the result of a de bauch, he cannot be held accountable for any act committed while so insane, provided the drunkenness had passed away. SEVERE STORM. Streets in St. Paul and Minneapolis Blocked with Snowdrifts. Chicago, Jan. 4.—The severe snow and sleet storm which lias raged through the Northwest since Saturday has seriously in terfered with telegraph wires in all direc tions. A blizzard prevailed in Iowa, Minne sota and Dakota, and there are no signs of the storm abating. St. Paul, Minn., Jan. '4—This morning the streets and sidewalks of this city ana Minneapolis are blocked by drifts two and three feet deep. It is the worst storm of the season. _ BOWDOIN COLLEGE. Opening of the Term—The Cym nasium—Other News. [Special to the Press.] Beunswick, Jan. 4.—The term opened today, with a large part of the students in their places. The gymnasium has been pushed rapidly for ward during the vacation, and begins to have a finished appearance. Slating the roof commenced this afternoon, and the facings are now being put on. The heating apparatus is already in its place aud there is a good prospect of the hall being ready for our athletes by the middle of next month. This term the regular course in physics will be varied, and the Juniors will listen to lectures on electricity by the instructor in that branch. The old order of Freshman Greek has also been changed, and the Odes of Pindar introduced for tills winter term. The library has added several new books, no ticeably a fine edition of Bryant’s Poems. A French Canadian named Philip Perry, a car penter, fell from a staging on Rfley’s block in La conia, N. H.. yesterday, and was instantly killed. He leaves a widow and two children. The taking of testimony in the Goodwin mur- j der trial in Salem, Mass., concluded yesterday af- | teruoon, and arguments will be made today. THE COBURN WILL. Report of Yesterday’s Proceedings in the Contest Case. Abstract of Mr. Putnam’s Answer to the Petitioners. Skowhegas, Jan, 4.—In the Cobum will case today Chas. P. Jones, agent for the Co burn Hall Association, testified that George Cushing, one of the witnesses of the will, held two shares of the association stock, and that in 1874 a.dividend was declared on the original stock; and that Cushing sold his shares before the will was probated in Jan uary. The counsel for the heirs said that this was to show that Cushing, a witness to the will, was an interested person by holding shares in an association that received a leg acy by virtue of the will. W. E. IVhitman (Toby Candor) was called. He stated that he went to Skowhegan and asked J. B. Dascomb for a copy of the will for press purposes after notices of probate had been issued, and that Dascomb refused him. E. P. Mayo, of the Somerset Repoiter, stated that he asked Mr. Dascomb for a copy of the will the next day after Governor Co burn was buried, and wras refused, but with the promise that he should have it first of any one. ne asked for it several times up to the 13th of January,—when he got it,—but was requested not to let any man see it or to let a copy of it go out of his office until the morning of the 14th. Papers in this and oth er States had telegraphed for the will to him prior to the 14th. Abel Prescott, first selectman of Skowhe gan, testified that the Coburns were taxed as A. & P. Coburn, and that all the witnesses of the will were heavy tax payers. The counsel said that this last testimony was to show that the property was that of A. & P. Coburn, and not Abner Coburn; that the Governor had not the right to bequeath the property that was his and his brother’s jointly; and that the will did this and with out the proper right and power. The court adjourned at 3 o’clock this after UUUJ1. Hon. W. L. Putnam of Portland, who ap pears in behalf of the executors, makes an swer, in substance as follows: “The answer of James B. Dascomb, KussellB. Shepherd, George X. Page and Levi W. Weston, execu tors of the last will and testament of Abner Coburn, deceased, to the petition of Alonzo C. Marston and Julia A. Long, children of Abner Coburn’s sister. The executors deny that the petitioners are) practically or to a great extent disinherited. They assert that the estate of Abner is of the value of about two millions; that the legacies and devises are of about one million; that Philander Co burn was his partner in business, and died March 6th, 187G, leaving the same heirs as Abner, except his brothers Alonzo and Stephen, since deceased; except that Abner was an heir of Philander; that Philander left an estate of about two millions; that Abner distributed about §650,000 of this to the heirs, including the petitioners; that at Abner’s decease there remained about §1, 500,000; that these petitioners will receive §250,000 notwithstanding the legacies, a suf ficiently large and bountiful provision. All the heirs except the two petitioners are satisfied, and made no complaint. True, Alonzo’s portion of Abner’s estate is given to his son. But that was on account of the improvident habits of Alonzo, and his want of financial capacity, all of which was well known to Abner. As Alonzo receives from Philander §125,000, this son receives as much from Abner. Both are well provided for. 2. The petitioners received a copy of the will, January 26. They were given till the 23d of February, 28 days, in which to enter an appeal. The law allows 20 days. 3. The intention to appeal was formed long after the right to appeal had passed. 4. Denying any concealment of the will. The will was read to such of the heirs as were present on the night of the Governor’s hiirinl. The answer controverts specifically all the reasons given for appeal and closes as follows: Wherefore, said executors pray that if, upon the matters set out, the court shall be of opinion that justice requires a revision of any part of the decree probating the will, and that an appeal should be allowed, said petition shall be granted only upon such reasonable terms as will protect said estate and the parties concerned therein from all unnecessary litigation, and from all attempts to set aside said will for any measures of a technical character, not required, in order to do justice to the parties concerned as con templated by the statute providing for the filing of said petition. FROM WASHINGTON. Remonstrance Against Confirmation of Collector Anderson. [Special to the Peeks.] Washington, Jan. 4.—A remonstrance has been received against the confirmation of General Anderson as Collector at Portland from the former employes of the Custom House on the ground of the violation of the civil service law. The allegation is that in 1883 ten men passed the examination before the civil service board; wero recommended for appointment and appointed inspectors for the winter service by Collector Dow. In 1885 they were recommended again and reap pointed by Mr. Dow. In 1885 they were re commended, but before the appointment Gen. Anderson assumed the office and re fused to appoint but four, and filled the place of the other six with men who wTere ex amined by the commission after his term of office began. Documents proving the allega tion with remonstrance have been submitted. Maine Postmasters. The following Maine postmasters were ap pointed Monday: At Bolster’s Mills, Oscar Y. Edwards; East Livermore, Ellen L. Fol som; Monticello, Guy C. Fletcher; North Pownal, Lyman F. Sawyer. Arizona’s Debt. In response to a request from Senator Har rison, chairman of the Senate committee on territories, Governor Zuliek of Arizona has furnished a statement of the territorial debt. It shows a total debt of nearly $700,000, on which the territory pay? 18 per cent interest per annum. The Governor says this debt is the result of reckless extravagance from which the people derive no benefit. Paymaster Smith’s Case. The Supreme Court of the United States today rendered its decision on the petition of Paymaster General Joseph A. Smith of the Navy Department, that a writ of prohibition be issued restraining the Secretary of the Navy from further proceedings against him by court martial for offences alleged to have been committed in connection with the administration of his functions as chief of the bureau of the Navy Department. The petition has been denied by the Supreme Court of t ie District of Columbia, and this judgment is affirmed by the Supreme Court of the United States. WRECKED BY WIND. A Schoolhouse Partially Ruined and Several Scholars Injured, Dawson, Pa., Jan. 4.—About ten o’clock this morning, during the prevalence of a heavy wind storm the roof, gable end; and chimneys of the Tyrone school house were blown down. A little child was buried in the debris and when extricated was found to be badly hurt. A boy of David Newcome had his skull fractured and is in a precarious condition. Several others were more or less injured. Baltimore & Ohio Telegraph Com pany. Boston, Jan. 4 —The annual meeting of the stockholders of the Baltimore & Ohio Telegraph Company of Massachusetts, was held in this city today. The following direc tors were elected: D. II. Bates, E. A. Leslie, C. J Sheehan, E. C. M. Bruce and C. F. Hutchinson. D. H. Bates was reelected president, and E. A. Leslie vice president. Keene, the Actor, Stricken With Par alysis. Kansas City, Mo., Jan. 4.—Thomas W. Keene, the actor, was stricken with paraly sis at a reception tendered him last night by the lodge of the Order of Elks. He is now lying at the Cates House in a dangerous con dition. REUNION OF LEGISLATORS. The Augusta Hotels Rapidly Filling Up. Everything Now Indicates a Crand Success. Augusta, Jan. 4.—Preparations are going forward rapidly for the legislative reunion, and everything now seems to indicate a suc cess. The hotels have been filling up all day and large numbers are expected on the morn ing trains. Upwards of 200 are domiciled at private residences. lion. Hannibal Hamlin and a large delegation from Bangor will be here tomorrow. There is a favorable outlook for the banquet, and the number of plates has been increased 50. Many distinguished gentlemen will attend, among whom are Hon. James G. Blaine, Frederick Robie and Nelson Dingley. Tomorrow evening the reception will occur in Representatives’ Hall, and nearly all the ex-govemors will be in attendance. The executive committee is in session to night at the Augusta House, attending to de tails. Another Account. Augusta is all ready for the Maine Legisla tive Reunion, which opens Tuesday night with Gov. Robie’s reception. Many of the State’s eminent men, who have a national reputation, have announced their intention to be present, and the men of local reputa tion who have looked to the welfare of the State in many legislatures are expected in large numbers. Hon. James G. Blaine, l „.i gressmen Reed and Dingley, Hon. Hannibal Hamlin, ex-Governors Davis, Connor, Plais ted, Garcelon, and David Dunn, whose term of office was not so short that he will not be on hand to enliven the reunion, have an nounced their intention to be present. Hon. Josiah H. Drummond will be present to see that the right men get the right toasts on the night of the banquet, and Hon. John C. Tal bot, who has come up to Augusta very often to do the will of the people of Machias, is expected this week to head the line of living ex-presidents of the Senate. The ex-Speak ersof the House are well represented among men who will come back with titles acquired in the Senate or in higher walks of public service still. Hon. Hannibal Hamlin heads the list, and there are Hr. Blaine, who,Solon Chase avers, used “to run the House as easy and natural as Caleb Snell runs a hauling when he is master carter moving a building, and Messrs. Dingley, Robie, Drummond, Pike, Lewis Barker, W. W. Thomas, Jr., Haynes and Hamlin. The governor’s reception Tuesday evening will inaugurate the occasion. The Augusta Band will make music in the rotunda of the Capitol, while the ex-legislators and the la dies who may be with them will go up and pay their respects to the governor. Gov. Robie will look his best, and his staff is ex pected to be on hand in full uniform. Wednesday morning the visitors will meet in Representatives’ Hall to exchange remin iscences. It is hoped that Hon. Bion Brad bury will be able to preside. At noon, the personal friends of the late Hon. Lot M. Morrill will present to the State, through Hon. James W. Bradbury, an oil painting of the late senator and cabinet officer. Gov. Robie will make the response for the State. Wednesday evening Toastmaster Drum mond will preside at the banquet in Granite Hall. This banquet will cost $3 a plate, and will be such as to befit the occasion. It is expected that the post-prandial speeches can be made in three hours, so as to leave some margin for sleep before Thursday morning and the tumults of the mock session. This session will begin at 10 o’clock Thursday forenoon. A legislature will be organized in due form, and there are already several can didates for the honors of the occasion. The State offices will probably occasion the great est scramble, but there will doubtless be lively scrambles even for such an humble place as that of page for the Senate an office which lies between Hon. William G. Davis of Portland, and Hon. A. G. Lebroke of Pis cataquis county. Thursday night the ball will close the re union. Gen. Mattocks and Hon. J. M. Haynes are charged with making the danc ing lively, and this will be remarkable in the long series of stately balls which have graced the hospitalities of the governors and states men of Maine since 1820. But all the ex-legislators whom time lias Siared will not be able to meet in Granite all. There are, throughout the State,many old men, whom the infirmities of years will not allow the pleasures of the ball room,even the enjoyment of a trip to Augusta. Some of them will come, however, and some of them may dance. These are Capt. John Smith of Marion, aged 88 years, and Mr. Bridgham of the same town, aged 91 years; Mr. liendall Whidden, who resides in Wind sor, N.<S., a member of the House in 1839, and94years old; J. F. Weymouth of Troy, who represented Pittsfield class in 1827, and is 91 years old; Jotham Bradbury of Farm ington, 95 years of age, one of the oldest liv ing ex-members in the State; Mr. Edward Fenno, the oldest living member of Augusta, an octogenarian and blind; Asa Mclntire, the oldest living legislator of York, just turning 86; Reuben B. Dunn of Waterville, representative from Poland in 1831 and 1832; David Scribner, 90 years of age, and still at tending to his business in Brunswick; Wil liam Lowell of West Minot, aged 83, who sat in the legislatures of ’38 and ’41. BURGLARS’ WORK. An Attempt to Blow Open a Safe Calls Out Boston’s Fire Depart ment, Boston, Jan, 4.—Just before midnight a loud explosion was heard in the vicinity of Quincy Market, and smoke was seen issuing from the windows of the Ames Plow Com pany’s warerooms over the market, and when firemen arrived in response to an alarm it was found that the explosion was the re sult of an attempt to blow open one of the Ames Plow Company’s safes, and that the smoke was caused by the burning powder. The door of the safe had been completely blown oft' after having been previously cov ered with canvas to deaden the sound. With in the safe were the books, bundles of stocks and other papers and several packages of coin. It is not yet known whether the safe contained bills or loose money, but if so they were taken by the burglars. The force ;of the explosion demolished five or six windows on the South JMarket side of the building. No tools of any description were found in the place, neither were any door fastenings disturbed in any manner. The manner in which the burglars entered or left the building and the time remains a mystery. _ RAILROAD WAR. A Lively Row in Progress in Michigan. Howell, Mich., Jan. 4.—There is a lively rail road war between the Toledo, Ann Arbor & North ern Michigan and the Detroit, Lansing &|Northern railroads. There has been a dispute about the right of the former road to cross the latter's track In extending its line. Yesterday morning a force of 150 of Toledo, Ann Arbor & Northern Michigan omnlnvooc li’ilvn hl'/tlirrlit f/i tlin nnint nf tlin jected crossing and began the work of digging under tlie Lansing road. They made tlie cut and ' braced up the track of the Lansing road and con structed tlie line of tlie Toledo road under it. Tlie workers were protected by an armed force which left last night wlien the work was completed. This morning about BOO men were brought on the scene by the Lansing road people for the purpose of lining up the cnt made uuder their road, but the Toledo and Ann Arbor men drove them away and then cut the telegraph wires of the Detroit, Lansing & Northern road and tore up their track for half a mile on each side of the cut. Traffic on tlie road is now interrupted. The Silver Question. New York, Jan. 4.—A Washington special to the Graphic on the subject of the silver question, says some of the leading men of both Houses of Congress have had their heads together with the purpose to frame some basis of compromise on the silver question, and as a result of tlie conference, .Speaker Carlisle lias submitted to the President two propositions, cither of which, it is said, he will agree to. The first is that the coinage of standard silver dollars shall he suspended when the total amount shall reach the sum of $250,000, 000. Tlie total coinage is now $215,000,000, and at tlie present rate it will require nearly two years to reach the limits. The second plan is to suspend coinage at once and issue silver certifi cates of $1. $2 and $5 to tlie full amount of tlie standard silver dollars in the treasury. It is not believed that the radical silver men in either branch of Congress will agree to these proposi tions, but an attempt will he made to secure adoption of one or the other. The Ohio Legislature. Columbus, O., Jan. 4.—Both brandies of the Ohio Legislature convened at 10 a. m. today, and one week from tomorrow (Jan. 12) ballotting for the United States Senator will begin. It looks now as though tlie Hon. John Sherman would he elected his own successor, as lie is almost certain to get the caucus nomination. The inauguration of Governor-elect Foraker one week from today, promises to he one of tlie greatest occasions of the kind ever seen in Ohio. The entire State militia will turn out, as will many other organizations. [LATER.] The House of Kepresentatives adopted a reso lution this afternoon referring the election returns on Kepresentatives from Hamilton county to tlie committee on elections. The committee is given dower to send for persons and papers. Women voted, for tlie first time, in Toronto,Ont. yesterday, at the municipal elections, and they voted strongly for the temperance candidates. The Hoboken, N. J. druggist whose mistake in compounding morphine for quinine in August last cansed the death of Margaret and Ella Holtz was yesterday placed on trial for manslaughter. YOUNC VILLAINS. Exploits Which Followed the Read ing of Dime Novels. Cincinnati, Jan. 4.—A daring and unique robbery took place at Harrison Pike, just outside the city limits, at an early hour on Sunday morning. The burglars were mere boys, who wore masks and conducted them selves in the regular dime novel style. Theo dore Wolfe lives in a small house a little apart from his neighbors. His wife, who was alone in the house, was in bed and asleep. She was awakened by a knock at the front door, accompanied by the summons, “Open this door or we’ll break it down; werre robbers!” Then, while the woman al most fa rated with fear, the threat was exe cuted and two masked marauders stood be fore her. “Where is your money and your silver ware?” demanded one of the robbers. The woman detected the voice of a boy at tempting to speak like a man. She refused to give up her valuables, and one of the ruf fians threw her upon the floor and choked her, while the ether went through the house, scattering everything to right and left and shouldering and pocketing what ever struck his fancy. When the house had been thoroughly rifled, the two youthful robbers made their escape and have not yet been arrested. The identity of either is not known to Mrs. Wolfe. When Mr. Wolfe re turned, scarce half an hour after the rob bery, he found his wife nearly overcome with fear, and she has been dangerously ill ever since. _ THRASHED A CADET. Several of the Middies at Annapolis to be Court Martialed. Annapolis, Md., Jan. 3.—It has leaked out that four or five days ago naval cadets Welch, J. J. Waters, Gillespie and Steber, went into the room of Cadet Lewis Driggs, for hazing whom Cadet Wiley was recently dismissed, and gave him a good thrashing. Driggs made a statement of the affair to Capt. Kamsey, and the belligerent cadets will have to face a court martial. In the mean time a second class man is detailed daily to protect Cadet Driggs, and members of the second;class|are highly indignant because one of them is kept on guard at the door of a fourth class man, and they intend to send a protest to the Secretary of the Navy. FOREIGN. Will Form a New Cabinet. Paris, Jan. 4.—M. DeFreycinet has concluded to form a new cabinet and is now engaged in the task. , , . M. DeFreycinet’s programme includes reform of the Budget, reform of the adminstration and or ganization of a system of government in Annam and Tonquin, reducing the protectorate to the smallest necessary limits. Imposing an Income Tax. Calcutta,Jan. 4.—The Indian government lias introduced a bill in tbe legislative council, impos ing a tax of two per cent on the imcomes of pro fessionals and officials of all classes hitherto exempted from Income tax. The Imposition of this tax is rendered necessary in order to cover a deficit in the budget of £200,000. A Protest from Creece. London, Jan. 4.—The Greek government has sent a vigorous note to the powers protesting against a union of Bulgaria and Eastern Koume lia. The note says Greece keenly feels the loss of thousands of Greek inhabitants Involves by the union and demands the restoration of the bounda ry fixed by the Berlin congress, adding that Greece continues her naval and military prepara tions in order to be ready to assert her rights if it should become necessary to do so. Foreign Notes. Tlie English Parliament will meet on tile 21st inst. _ NEW ENCLAND BEEF. What H. C. Burleigh Says About It. At a meeting of New England fanners in Boston Saturday, H. C. Burleigh of Maine stated that the superiority of New England for beef raising lay in these four things: First, the quality of our grasses; second, the climate from May to December; third, the advantages for shelter, with plenty of pure water; fourth, the nearness to the best of markets; fifth, the greatly superior quality of our meat. One half the com given judicious ly with our choice early cut hay will produce more beef than the whole amount of com fed in the corn growing States. Warm, comfert able housing, with careful handling, is a ne cessity for good production. New England now keeps about 1,500,000 of cattle, with about half as many sheep, W'ith a total value of $70,000,000; she should keep double that number and have triple the present value. Ireland sent in one year to England one half tlie number of cattle kept in the New Eng land States. If a poor little starving country like Ireland can do that what cannot we do? No stock should be raised except the best, and tlie point of early maturity should be constantly kept in view. Upon early ma turity and small bones especial stress should be laid; large animals are not necessarily the best matured. As regards sheep, take care of tbe mutton and the wool will take care of itself. Market the beef and mutton when it is ripe, and not before or after. New Eng land needs today a fat stock show’ and the earnest support of the agricultural press in order to build up her meat production. Portland Cadets. At the annual meeting of the Portland Cadets, held at their armor)' last evening, the following officers were elected: President—F. L. Moseley. Secretary—E. M. Thornes. Asst. Secretary—Hugh Lappin. Quartermaster—Geo. C. Jose. Armorer— E. L. Brown. Executive Committee—Sergt. C. H. Tolman, Corp. E. M. Thornes. THE STATE. AROOSTOOK COUNTY. When the electric lights were started at Houl ton it was found that the water power was not sufficient to run them, and the work of putting in a boiler and engine is fast progressing. The works will soon be in good running order. HANCOCK COUNTY. A new church will be erected at Deer Isle in the spring, on the same site of the one burned last spring. Capt. S. G. Haskell lias contracted to build it for $3500. The paws, 78 in number, have already been taken up. Hon. James G. Blaine’s new cottage at Bar Harbor is being built this winter, and by next June Mr. Blaine and his family will be settled therein. The roof is a curiosity, having "23 val leys and 15 hips.” It is a big house—61 by 28 feet, with a projection 32 by 2l. The hall is as big as an ordinary house, and the dining room is large enough for hospitality. The cottage com mands a line view of Frenchman’s Bay and Green Mountain. The house is on Highbrook road, and will be ehtistaied "Mossley Hall.” KENNEBEC COUNTY. Emery A. Wood, charged with adultery, de posited $500 in the hands of the clerk of courts as surety for his appearance at court, and was dis charged from Augusta jail. It will be remembered that Surgeon Austin re cently wrote to Secretary Young of the State Board of Health, recommending that the inspec tion service along the Canada border be discon tinued. This was not thought advisable by the board at their meeting last week, and Dr. Young forwarded a list of 86 places in the Provinces in fected with small pox, since which a reply has been received from Surgeon Austin stating that the stations would be continued until all danger from the contaeion was ended. OXFORD COUNTY'. Several hundred new books are about to be added to the public library of Norway. Mr. George Swan of Paris, the trackman on the Grank Trunk railroad, who recently attempted suicide by cutting his throat, was sent to the In sane Asylum at Augusta last week. PENOBSCOT COUNTY’. The letter carriers of Bangor in December handled 158,031 pieces of mail matter, against 144,(162 in the same month last year. During the month 130 special delivery letters were received. The Bangor police presented City Marshal Whitney with a gold headed cane Saturday evening. One of the school laws of Bangor is that “no scholar can attend school who has not been vac cinated.” The school committee require this law to he strictly enforced. The January term of the Supreme Judicial Court will convene in Bangor this forenoon at 11 o'clock, Chief Justice John A. Peters presiding. A short time ago George L. Estes of North Lee, a young man about 27 years of age, accidentally knocked a lantern over in the barn. The oil quickly blazed up, but Mr. Estes threw himself at once upon the flames, and with his hands, arms and body beat the lire out, thereby saving the buildings and a large amount of hay and grain. He escaped with some severe burns on his hands and arms and the loss of what hair was not pro tected by the hat on his head. Y'ORK COUNTY. The York comity bar dinner will take place this evening at the Biddeford House. Solon Andrews, the diver, was engaged at Saco Sunday forenoon and yesterday searching the bed of the Saco, but without success, for the body of the boy, Leavitt, who was drowned on Satur day. Several young men of Sanford have formed a club, the object of which is to break themselves of habits of profanity and the use of slang. For every departure from rectitude in this respect they'were to forfeit one cent, the proceeds to be given to the Ccngregational Sunday school. The first Sumlav $1.37 was paid over to the school. Last week the amount was but 32 cents. IN THE RINKS. POLO AT THE BIJOU. Tonight the Elites play a league game here witli the Bijous, and the game should be wit nessed l>y a large audience. The previous game played at the Bijou between these two clubs will be remembered as -one of the finest and most scientific games ever played in this city. Each of the clubs lias won a game from the other. NEW ENGLAND POLO LEAGUE. The following games were played last night in the above league, and resulted: At New Bedford—New Bedfords 3, Woburns 1. CITY GOVERNMENT. Regular Monthly Meeting Last Night. Action Favoring Protection to the Cooperage Industry. Leroy s. Sanborn Elected Superin tendent of School Buildings. A Petition and Letters Regarding the Skating Rinks. The regular January meeting of the City Council was held last evening. In Board of Mayor and Aldermen. The Board was called to order by Mayor Deering. Alderman Gallagher was absent. ABOUT A CHAPEL. F. W. MeKenney requested permission to move a wooden building 2G feet by 46 feet from Deering to a site on Portland street, nearly opposite the foot of high street, the building to be used as a chapel. Mr. Edwards objected to the removal of the building as he understood it was to be occupied by the Salvation Army. He didn’t object to the army but did object to the throng which follows it. Mr. MeKenney said that the building had been used by the army but that he had given his assurance in writing that it should no be so used in fu ture. The written assurance was read by the Mayor. Mr. Edwards objected to the building be ing located so near the Oaks, where there are already a number of old wooden buildings. Alderman Denison thought that the land in that vicinity should be saved for a public park. Mr. MeKenney said that the chapel would be used only for religious services and pre sented a neat appearance. On motion of Alderman Russell the peti tioner was granted leave to withdraw. Mayor Deering wished to be placed on re cord as opposing permission being given the Salvation Army to move any nearer his resi dence than they are now, or into any part i the city inhabited by people desiring peace anct quiet. THE APPROPRIATIONS. A communication from City Auditor Now ell was read stating that the appropriations for Peering’* Oaks, Public Buildings and Streets were expended. Alderman Russell for the committee on streets explained that the usual transfer of $5,000 from the committee on fire department for the hauling of appartus by the horses of the street department had not been made. Alderman Prince said that the committee on fire department refused to make the pay ment on the ground that the committee had supplied itself with horses. Mayor Peering said that the intention of the committee on appropriations was that the transfer should be made. Aldeman Birnie thought $5,000 too large a transfer. Mayor Peering thought an order directing the transfer could be introduced with propri ety, and cautioned the Board that care should be taken in the expenditure of the appropriations which are now running very low. The communication was received and or dered on file. The transfer of the money was subse quently ordered on motion of Alderman Rus sell, five yeas to one nay, Alderman Birnie voting no. PAYING FOR VACCINATION. City Physician Smith presented his bill of $100 for vaccinating 383 schoolchildren from September 21st to November 20th, inclusive. Mayor Peering had previously refused to sign the bill, and Pr. Smith presented with it a communication to the City Council set ting forth the reasons why his bill should be paid. He said that his duties as defined in the ordinances did not cover vaccination; that the city had recognized the fact by en tering into a contract with the Portland Pis pensary to do the work for $150 per year; that previous city physicians, including Prs. Getcliell, Ring and Cummings, had been paid 50 cents a child for the work when it was required of them, and that no demand for such services had been made until the Pispensary refused to renew their contract in September last. Pr. Smith further stated that he believed his bill is just as he had been put to considerable loss in doing this w'ork. He was obliged to spend the whole of one day at Long Island. Mayor Peering said that he felt it his duty — , A ILn Lill mUliniif V\n'nrrinrf if fn till! attention of the City Council. The school committee has power by the ordinances to have children vaccinated by the city physi cian at the expense of the city. The Mayor said that the city physician receiving a sal ary from the city, he did not feel justified in ordering the bill paid, and laid the matter before the Council. Mayor Deering further said that Dr. Smith had acted in the matter at great trouble to himself. JUDICIAL PBOCEEDINGS AND CLAIMS. In accordance with the report of the com mittee on judicial proceedings and claims, the City Treasurer was directed to make the following payments: To the Boston & Maine Itailroad Compa ny, $575 for expense incurred in dredging dock at the foot of Maple street. To the trustees of the J. B. Brown estate, $234.25 for expense incurred in dredging dock at foot of Maple street. To Eli Goss, $40 for damages to his prem ises by defect in drain on Canton street. In accordance with the same report Chas. D. Skillings, James M. Winslow, and Peter and Thomas Gallagher petitioners for dama ges were granted leave to withdrew. The committee recommended the payment of J118 to Charles L. Iliscock, for damages sustained by him by the quarantining of his premises on account of the small pox in Octo ber and November last. The accompanying order received a passage. POBTLAND AND OGDENSBUBG. Alderman Noyes offered the following which was passed unanimously: Voted: That the Board of Mayor and Al dermen attend the annual meeting of the Portland & Ogdensburg railroad com pany in a body and by a majority vote cast a vote iUI uuectoisno a uuii.. NEW WOODEN BUILDINGS. The committee on new wooden buildings reported licenses granted as follows since the last monthly meeting: Boston & Maine Railroad Company for a passenger station at the foot of State street. Royal A. Rich, for dwelling house at 35 B. B. B. Whitcomb, for stable and shed at 78 Pearl street. THE SKATING KINKS. The following petition was read by the Mayor together with the accompanying let leters, and on motion of Alderman Denison seconded by Alderman Birnie a hearing was ordered for Wednesday, Jan. 13 and notice ordered to be given. To His Honor, the Mayor of the City of Port land, Mr. John IK Veering: and to the /(onor able Hoard of Aldermen: Gentlemen—The undersigned,clergymen of Port land,having unmistakable evidence of the iniquity and immorality resulting from the practices of the skating rinks in our city and knowing their influ ence to be most depraving and demoralizing, es pecially upon the young girls who frequent them, besides being injurious to health,and a public nui sance Do hereby respectfully but ureently petition your honorable body to revoke all licenses now held by the owners, proprietors or managers of such l inks at the earliest consistent hour, and to prevent the reissue of the same or any other rink license. This we pray, asking your immediate action, as. in our judgment, the evil is Imminent and great. E. T. Adams, J. M. Lowden, L. H. Hallock, A. Dalton, Henry Blanchard, John G. Wilson, A. K. P. Small, Albert L. Dunn, A. H. Wright, H. P. Winter, G. H. Daniels, Charles J. Clark, M. Crosley, James Aug. Healy, 1). W. LeLachcur, T. P. Linenan. J. W. Bashford, M. C. McDonough, Frank T. Bayley, J. B. Sekenger, S. F. Pearson, H. A. Neely, J. It. Grosser, G. It. Crandall, M. D. 738 Congress Street, Dec. 31, 1885. To His Honor. John IK Veering, Mayor of Portland: My Dear Sir:—I wish to second a petition pre sented by Kev. Mr. Adams. Bishop Healy and oth ers against renewing the licenses of skating rinks. 1 declined to sign it, not from any doubt of the reality of the evils complained of,—for of their reality 1 have myself been convinced long ago,— but simply because I could not conscientiously use quite so strong language concerning my own personal knowledge of the evils. Will you be so kind as to present to the Board this additional pe tition for abatement of what 1 firmly believe to be a nuisance—although I cannot say I know—and greatly oblige. Yours very truly, Thomas Hill. Portland, Jan. 4,1886. Mr. Matlock. Dear Sir:—In answer to your question anent skating rinks, I would say that while in my opin Ion the exercise of roller skating if moderately Indulged in Is not detrimental to health, if pro longed for a whole evening it would be so. 1 also think the dnst and vitiated air of the room if crowded (as of course the proprietors desire) would bo likely to predispose to diseases of the air passages, In a moral point of view, I place roller skating on a level with a cheap dance, and I do this advis edly asjmore than one case of venereal disease has come under my observation directly traceable to the chance meeting of the two parties at a skating rink. Most respectfully your obedient servant. A. K. P. Meserve, M. D. Respectfully submitted to His Honor the Mayor and to the Honorable Board of Aldermen by L. H. Hallock. To the Mayor and Aldermen of the City of Portland: Gentlemen:—We the undersigned physicians, knowing that great and almost irreparable injury has been and is being done to the youth of our city both physically and morally by the skating rinks; believing that in all respects they are a nuisance to the city, therefore ask your honora ble body to take some action looking to their im mediate suppression. C. A. Baker, Henry. P. Merrill. Portland, Me., Jan. 1, 1886. 681 Congress Street, ) Portland, Jan. 1,1886. J Hon. J. IP. Deering: Dear sir—I feel it my duty to express to you|my firm conviction that the public skating rinks of this city are a great injury to our young people both physically and morally. I am satisfied the best Interests of the community would be sub served by their discontinuance. I earnestly hope this will be done. Most sincerely yours, Dr. S. H. Weeks. Portland, Me., Jan. 1, 1886. To TheirMonors the Mayor and Hoard of Alder mcii' Dear Sirs—Knowing that there Is a feeling with many of our citizens tnat the skating rinks of our city are exerting a harmful Influence upon our young men and young ladles, I have been asked to express my convictions to your Honorable Body, regarding the influence of the skating rinks upon the health, etc., of those frequenting them, Ibe licve this influence to be injurious and for the fol lowing reasons: The late hours kept by many of the young peo ple patronizing the rinks,the excltement.the dusty atmosphere, the getting the blood heated, and then going into the cold night air, all conspire to make this practice objectionable from a physical standpoint. The excitement of the nervous sys tem engendered by this continued practice I be lieve to be especially baneful, and these girls and boys better be abed and asleep thereby building up a nervous system which will be of some use to them in years to come. The moral influence upon the majority of the young going to the rlaks is bad amt in many in stances harmful to a terrible extent well-known to most physicians. Hoping your honorable body will duly consider the serious facts presented to you by various citi zens, I remain Yours respectfully, G. B. 8WASEY, 794. fVmpTP.RR st.rppt ORDERS PASSED. The following orders were passed: That the Board of Assessors be requested to prepare the usual number of copies of the voting lists for use at the election of March, 1886. That the copies of the “Siege and Capture of Fort Loyall,” printed by order of the City Council, be distributed under the direction of the Mayor. That the City Treasurer be authorized to nay all claims and bills approved by the sev eral committees, the committee on accounts and the Mayor, which are or may be in ex cess of specific appropriations, and the City Auditor be' authorized to allow and charge the same to the proper appropriations. Yeas, 6; navs, 0. That the City Treasurer give Joseph S. Hutchinson a deed of two lots of land on the easterly side of St. John street, each con taining 5,000 square feet, the price being eight cents per square foot, and a dwelling house to be erected on each lot within one year. That the City Auditor be authorized to transfer at the close of the financial year all balances of unexpended appropriations to “Moneys Unappropriated,” and with the same to balance the accounts where the ex penditures have exceeded the appropriations so far as the same may be adequate to the purpose, and to make the necessary transfers of appropriations for closing the accounts of the financial year. Yeas, 6; nays, 0. The order was returned amended from the lower board. The Aldermen adhered to their former action. MISCELLANEOUS. An invitation was received from the Port land Montgomery Guards for the Mayor and Aldermen to attend the company’s ball, next Thursday, and accepted with thanks. The Mayor, Aldermen Noyes and Prince were appointed a committee on the part of this board to bring the attention of the next City Council to she anniversary of the in corporation of the town of Portland. G. C. Cotton was appointed a special po liceman at the Portland & Rochester railroad station. The petition of Lizzie Cunningham for a victualer's license was referred. E. D. Pettengill was granted permission to erect and maintain a steam engine. Papers from the lower board received con current action. The Board adiourned. In Joint Convention. A request for a joint convention being ac cepted by the lower Board, the Boards met in the Common Council chamber. THE COOPERAGE INDUSTRY. Mayor Deering said that he first wished to call the attention of the Boards to the com munication from J. H. Hamlen & Son in re gard to the cooperage industry. He then read the following letter: Portland, Jan. 4,1885. lion. John IV. Deering, Mayor: Dear Sir—Tlio serious decline In our West India business, affecting the commerce of our city to a much larger extent than at all the other shipping ports of the country combined, and considering that a large part of the growth and prosperty of our port has resulted from this business, we think that some official cognizance should be taken by our city government of the prospective loss of this particular industry. Calling your attention to the enclosed circular, we beg you to place this matter before your Board for such action as is deemed best. Very Respectfully Yours, J. H. Hamlen & Son. The circular inclosed was read by City Clerk Burgess. It is issued by Lord & Higlit of Baltimore in connection with J. H. Ham len & Son of this city and has been already published. Mayor Deering then read the following address to the Senators and Rep resentatives from this State in Congress: Jo the Senators and Representatives from Maine in Congress: The City Council of the city of Portland, assem bled in joint convention, respectfully call your at tention to the condition of the cooperage trade in this State, as set forth by its chosen representa tive in the accompanying circular; and ask that vou will use every proper means to bring the sub ject before Congress and procure such legislation as will bring some relief from the evils, which are so forcibly set forth in the circular that further detail in reference to them seems unnecessary. Certain it is that this city is feeling very Sensi bly the great loss in material prosperity which has resulted in the demand for cooperage material to be used in the West India Islands and we believe that a fair examination of the matter will fully es tablish the justice of the claim for some effective relief, which we trust Congress may extend in re establishing the business in its accustomed chan nels. Alderman Noyes moved that the Mayor be instructed to endorse the sentiments contain ed in the circular as the sentiments of the city council, and forward the communication to the senators and representatives. AUDITOR’S BALANCES. Mayor Deering said in regard to the order passed by the upper board and amended by the lower board, authorizing the auditor to make certain transfers, that this course had been the custom and was a necessary step at the close of the year. FRANCIS E. PRAY. The following resolutions received a unani mous passage by a rising vote. In Joint Convention of City ) Council, Jan. 4,1886. j The City Council of the city of Portland in joint convention assembled, having heard with deep regret of the death of Francis E. Pray, late superintendent of public school buildings, hereby Resolve—That we desire to express our high appreciation of his genial nature, obliging dispo sition, unswerving Integrity and devotion to duty, whicli made those who knew him best respect liim the most. Resolve—That as a token of our respect, these resolutions be entered upon the city records, and a copy be transmitted to the family of the de cease* with whom we deeply sympathize. PORTLAND’S CENTENNIAL. Mayor Deering recommended the appoint meat of a committee to bring the attention of the next city government to the fact that the centennial anniversary of the town oc curs on July 4th, 1886. The recommendation was adopted, the committee to be raised in the separate boards. SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOL BUILDINGS. The Mayor said that the appropriation for the schools was exhausted, and that Mr. Tash informed him that the duties of the superintendent of schools would be light. Mr. Tash was willing to perform the duties of the office for the present. It was there fore unnecessary to elect a superintendent now and the convention was dissolved. At the request of the Council, the boards again convened for the purpose of electing a superintendent of school buildings. Mr. Noyes presented the name of Leroy S. San born, and Mr. McCann nominated Daniel S. Murphy. The Mayor appointed Conneilmen Beale and Roberts a eommittee to receive, sort and «ount ballots. The eommittee re ported as follows: Whole number of votes cant.... .2 4 Necessary lor a choice.14 I-eroy S. Sanborn had.19 Daniel S. Murphy had. 6 Charles F. Plummer had. 1 Mr. Sanborn was declared elected. The name of Mr. Milton B. Higgins was not pre sented, Mr. Higgins not being eligible on ac count of his position in the council. The convention dissolved. In Common Council. Absent, Ml. Simonds. The records were read and approved. REPLACING GAS LAMPS. Mr. Small offered an order that the com mittee on street lamps stop disconnecting the gas lamp posts and removing the same, and that they replace the burners, lanterns or globes that have been removed, on ail the posts not used by the electric light company for their incandescent lamps. Referred and sent up. treasurer's and auditor’s business. The order that the treasurer pay claims and bills was laid on the table in this board. The order to authorize the auditor to trans fer unexpended balances was amended by striking out all after the words “moneys un appropriated.” The reason given by the op position was that it left the city business in a very loose condition. Every committee, by the appropriations bill, was given to under stand how much money was there to expend. By this order, those who were economical and trying to save money for the city, were really only economizing for the benefit of spendthrift committees. The order was re turned from the upper board, and this board receded and passed the original order in con currence, as it was shown that the financial year didn’t end until March, and that the former action was tying the auditor’s hands. FIRE AND STREET DEPARTMENTS. The order to pay $5000 to the street de partment by the fire department was passed by a two-thirds vote, or 15 to 5. The fire de partment committee said they knew of no arrangement by which the street committee was promised $5000 for hauling their engines, and they had based all their expenses on their original appropriations. Per contra the street committee declared the money was so promised, and they had based their ex penses on the expectation of getting it. FOURTH OF JULY, The committee on the Fourth of July or der from this board is composed of Messrs. Woodbury, Hobbs and Beale. Papers from the upper board received con current action. Adjourned. Prof. Charles E. Hamlin. Prof. Charles Edward Hamlin of Harvard College died at his home in Cambridge, Mass., about noon on Sunday. He was a native of Augusta, where his venerable fa ther not long since died. Entering Water ville College, now Colby University, he took high rank as a student and was graduated with honor in the class of 1847. After his graduation he became principal of the Ver mont Literary and Scientific Institute at Brandon, Vt., remaining one year. He then became principal of the High School in Bath, and in the following year he was elected associate principal of the Connecti cut Literary and Scientific Institute at Suf field, Conn., where he remained until 1853, when he was elected Merrill professor of chemistry and natural history in his alma mater. This position he filled with growing reputation until 1873, when he accepted a position as curator of conchology and pale ontology in the museum of comparative zoology in Harvard College, and also a di rector in geography and geology. From the work of a director Prof. Hamlin was soon relieved, and since then he has devoted him self to museum work and study. His enthu siasm, accurate and comprehensive scholar ship, made him a popular instructor in Wat erville, and these qualities have character ized his work at Cambridge. Tift trustees of Colby two years ago endeavored to induce him to return to Waterville, and at one time it was thought that the effort would be suc cessful ; but he finally concluded to remain in the position in which he had enjoyed such exceptional facilities for the studies in which he delighted. During his residence at Cambridge he has published some valua ble monographs, among them a report of several visits to Mt. Katahdin and one on certain Syrian fossils sent to the museum by Prof. Selah H. Merrill, now United States consul at Jerusalem. For many years he has been the painstaking necrologist of the Alumni Association of Colby University. He was elected a member of the board of trus tees in 1880. In 1873 the University of Lewis burg conferred on him the honorarydegree of LL.D. He was a man of great simplicity in life, courteous and affable in all his relations with men, greatly beloved by his pupils, by whom and by a very wide circle of friends he will be sincerly mourned as a Christian scholar. _ FRYEBURC NEWS. Fryeburg. Jan. 4. The Fryeburg House is just passing into new hands. Considerable improvement is expected from a change of administration, as the managers will be competent and have the additional supervision of the proprietor. T. L. Eastman & Co. have recently bought the com packing establishment owned by Charles Perry of Portland, and situated only a mile or two out of the village. As the pro ducts of this house have been sold by some of the first class grocers of Boston, it will only be necessary to maintain their reputa tion to secure a ready market hereafter. Ivory Snow died last week at the age of 57 years, and was buried Saturday under the charge of the members of the G. A. R. Po9t. Mr. Snow was a private in the 17th Maine Regiment, and while in the service contract ed the disease of which he died and for which he received a pension. The Academy reaches the middle of the winter term with the round number of 130 scholars. RAILWAY MATTERS. THE NEW BRUNSWICK RAILWAY. A new baggage car. No. 107, belonging to the New Brunswick Railway and fresh from their shop at McAdam, has made Its appearance in Bangor. The road is also receiving eighteen new flat cars a week from their shops In St. John and will continue to do so until 300 have been receiv ed. Two hundred box cars will also be built. Each one of these cars will hold twenty tons. The second one of the new engines ordered by the company has left the Massachusetts works. These weigh forty tous and cost $G,500 each, it is re ported. In the spring, 2.500 tons of steel rails will be received and laid at once. __.nr %r wvTffvumv 1 UXi a^UA Atiw - A citizens’ meeting, largely attended was held yesterday forenoon In City Hall, Bath, Mayor Wakefield presiding, CityClerk Rogers acting sec retary. The following resolution was Introduced by H. W. Swanton: Whereas, by an act of the legislature approved February 17,1885, the Knox and Lincoln Rail road Company was authorized to extend the line of the location of said road in the City of Rock land, from the passenger station of said road in an easterly direction to low water mark In the City of Rockland; and whereas the extension of said road as provided for in said act, and as at present contemplated, is not within the limits of the old charter ; and In volves an expenditure beyond what is necessary to keep the road In good repair; and in view of the burdens already borne by the City of Bath on account of said road; therefore. Resolved, That we citizens of Bath, in town meeting assembled, hereby request and Instruct John G. Richardson, Thomas W. Hyde, and John R, Kelly, the representatives of the City of Bath on the board of directors of the Knox and Lin coln Railroad, to use their best efforts to oppose and prevent the proposed extension of the road in the City of Rockland, unless it can be done free of all expeuse whatever to the railroad company for land damages. The resolution was discussed pro and con for nearly two hours, many different opinion# being expressed. The city it was thought by many, was unfitted for further speculations and If practicable the sale of the road to the Maine Central Railroad was thought advisable. On the practicability of the sale much discussion ensued, and no conciu sion being reached at 12 o’clock,|the meeting ad journed till evening. NOTES. It Is stated that a through car will be run next season front Baltimore to Bar Harbor, passing thThe8eastboumf shipments last week were 34, 213 tons against 39,404 tons last year. It looks as though rates were being cut, because Balti more and Ohio, Urand Trunk and Chicago am, Atlantic are carrying a great deal more than hero tofore, while the Vanderbilt lines show a sharp ft"(? Farnham. station agent at Kennebuuk. re ceived the first prize, #50,for tho finest garden and eround# about the station last summer on the Une of the Boston and Maine Railroad and Its di visions.