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Tho Princeton Cnior*
R. C. DUNN, Publisher.
Termstl.60 per year in advauoe
NEWS SUMMARY
CRIMES AND CRIMINALS
A Sioux Indian was hung at Hallets
ville. September 12th, for the murder of a ne
gro.
At Columbus, O., Sept. 14, during an
altercation, Andrew Fleming was fatally shot
by Jonub Kerr.
Manuse, the alleged train robber, on
trial at Rawlins. Wis., for the murder of Detec
tive Widow field and Vincent a year ago, has
been acquitted
Presscote Pittsbury, of Lawrence Mass.,
cashier of a bank, convicted of embezz'ing
$64,000 has been scutonced to five years in
the Lawienee jail.
A private telegram from Buenos Ayres
announces the escape from prison of the no
torkuu. inssiirsjent leader Don Lopez Joidon.
He has. reached Entrc-Rios and raised the
standard of revolt. The value of the currency
of Buenos Ayres has depreciated in conse
quence of this escape, aud the political situa
tion is ijravt.
At a station named Shawnee, north of
Fort Scott, Kansas, on the Gulf road, Septem
ber Uth. Mrs. Bonesteel fatally poisoned two
ol her children, and then hung herself. She
wt)5 found han&ing and resuscitated. The
causo was mental depression caused by the
desertion of her husband who had taken away
two older children.
CASUALTIES.
By the fall of a scaffold at Montreal,
September 11, two workmen were killed.
A $100,000 fire occurred, September
11, in a New York furniture manufactory.
At New Orleans Sept. 14, dunng a
dance, a gallery ga\e way, and six persons
were more or less injured, one fatally.
Charles M^Keogh, aged seven years,
died at Monayunk, September 14, of hydro
phobia. He was bitten by a, hound two months
ago.
In Erie, Pa., a young man named Les
ter Cf'ase had both legs crushed in a cider
mill. One was amputated, the other may be
6aved.
A terrific hail storm passed over the
northern part ot Lincoln county, Kansas, Sep
tember 12. Hail fell in vast quantities, houses
were unroofed.
A fire at Rawlins, Wyoming Territory,
September 11, destroyed the Rocky Mountain
Point company's mill and mining machinery.
Loss $15,000no insurance.
At Geneva, Switzerland, September 12,
a water-spout inundated the valley of Glatt
back, weeping away several mills and houses,
aud damaging seriously several others.
The boiler in O. C. Powers' slaughter
house in Nashville, Tenn., exploded Septem
ber 16, tearing Frank Dufly to pieces killing
him instantly and fatally wounding one other.
A special from Rio Grande City says
the small pox is epidemic Mair, Mexico
Fift en deaths in one day in Roma, Mexico.
Ten children died on ranches. Nanity is badly
infected.
In New York city the buildings Noa. 8
and 10, West 14th street in process of demoli
tion, fell Sept. 18. burying six workmen. All
were taken out alive, badly brused aud carried
to the hospital.
PERSONAL AND POLITICAL.
Secretary McCrary, has returned to his
duties in Washington.
The postmaster at Eric, Pa., is to be
removed for malfeasance in office.
Jay Gould was in Chicago September
15th, consulting in regard to railroad mat
ters
Mrs. Mary C. Doolittle, wife of ex
Senator Doolittle, died at their residence in
Racine Wis, Sept 12.
Gen. McClellan, now Governor of New
Jersey, who has been dangerously ill, is now
pronounced out of danger.
Ex-Governor John T. Hoffman has
resigned the office of Sachem of the Tammany
society, and vvill support the Robinson state
ticket
The Republicans of Maryland in state
conveution at Baltimore, September 12th,
nominated James A. Gray for governor, and a
full state ticket.
The Democratic state convention at
Madihon, Wis., September 9, nominated by ac
clamation Hon. Alexander Mitchell, of Mil
waukee, for governor.
Alexander H. Stephens, of Georgia,
had a welcome at Exposition H. 11 in Louis
ville, on the evening of September 15th. He
made a non political speech of an hour's
length.
The Greenbackera of Massachusetts in
state convention at Boston, September 12th,
nominated Benjamin F. Butler for governor
and Wendell Phillips for lieutenant-governor
and a full state ticket
Chapin Ilall, aged 63 years member of
the firm of Hall, Hath and P.irker of Newark
N. J., died on the night of 8t-pt. 13, at James
town, N. Y, at tho residence of his brother,
who ib editor of the Jamestown Journal. Mr.
Hall served one term in congress for North
western Pennsylvania.
A New York telegram of Sept, 10, says.
Rev. William Patton D. D. who arrived in
New York from Europo on Saturday, died sud
dealy Tuesday night of congestion of the
lungs aged 81. He waa an author of consid
erable repute. Wm. W. Patton, president of
the Howard university, Washington, is his
bon.
Bob Ingersoll's new party was formally
launched upon the world at the Sunday's ees
sion, September 14, of his convention. He
was the author of the resolutions. The so
cialist element was predominant in the con
vention, and the movement will prove, to be
but a now communistic send on". Political ac
tion was resolved upon.
Extensive preparations are being made
In San Frauciseo for the Reception of Gen
Grant. The steamer City of Toklo, on which
he is to arrive, will be met outside the Heads
by the yatcht Squadron and steamer with the
reception committee and distinguished citi
zens on board. Salutes will befiredfrom tho
forte and the city will be decorated in honor
of tho occasion.
At the Democratic state convention at
Syracuse, N. Y., September 11, GOT. Lucius
Robinson waa nominated for re-election as
governor, whereupon the Tammany party
bolted, organized and nominated John Kelly
governor. Mr. Kelly, in accepting the for
nomination, said be did not expect to be
elected govt rnot, but lu did \pccl to defeat
Robmson, who had committed great outrages
upon the ptoplc of Now York.
Notwithstanding lion. Alex. MStcholl
who is now in Europe, hud written and cabled
artfuaal topeuuit his name to bo used, tho
Democrat* ot Wisconsin have nominated him
for Govtiimr. His nephew, Ron. John John
son, .ibled him that tie was nominated dos.
pite hts letters and dispatch, to which Mr.
Mitchell replied: Declinetic absolute. Will
not serve if elected." Thibthiows the nomi
nation into the hands of tho State central com
mittee.
Tho following is a con cot list of State
officers elected in California at the late elec
tion, all Republicans, except othetwlso desig
natcd: Governor, Geo. Perkins licut-gov
en or, John Mansfiold secretary of State,
Ihiuiol M. Burns comptroller, D. M. Kenticld
treasurer, John Weil altornoy-gcnein], A. L.
Hart biirveyor, J. W. Shankin cleik of supe
rior court, Frank W. Gross superintendent of
public instruction, F. M. Campbell chief jus
tice, Robert F. Mormon (Detn. and Working
man). The associate justices aio not deter
mined
MISCELLANEOUS.
The Fair in Peoria, 111., will be opened
September 22(1 by 1 resident Hayes.
Ten families of Russian Mcnonites have
just arrived at New Yosk, bound for Nebraska
Nenety-four former emigrrnts from
Durham Eg., left New York, Sept, 14 for
Texas.
Belgium, Holland, Italy and Spain will
be buyers of food in America, as well as Eng
land and France.
The Spanish government will dispatch
50,000 troops to Cuba in October, and 60,000
more at a later date.
Gen. Roberta has telegraphed the Eng
lish Government for four additional regiments
of military to be sent to India.
It is estimated that 30,000 persons are
still out of work in Glasgow. Scotland. The
iron trades only are doing well.
The cereal harvest in several counties
in Ireland have been practically lost in conse
quence of heavy rains and floods.
Five hundred dollawLhave been sent to
the yellow fever suffers in Memphis by the
grand body of Odd Fellows of Illinois.
The Howards' weekly report shows
that they have 211 nurses on duty, attending
130 whites and 75 colored families in Mem
plus.
It is now believed by many well in
formed personsj on the ground, 'that the
Ame r's complicity with the massacre at Ca
bul is unquestionable.
The third annual reunion ol the Vet
erans' association of Minnesota convened in
the Senate chamber of the canitol building,
September 3. The attendance was large.
The Loganshut Crawfordsville & South
western railroad was sold by W. P. Fishback,
master in chancery, Sept. 10, at Crawfordsville,
Ind., for $315,000, to John Williams for tho
Vandalia railroad.
A Halifax telegram of September 14th
sa the gold fever in Queen's county shows
no abatement. Fine specimens continue to be
found near the surface. A gold mining com
pany with a capital of $20,000 is being formed.
A Constantinople dispatch says advi
ces from all sides represent Baatern Koumelia
is in a state of complete anarchy. There have
been a series of raassa' res, Sclav committees
mult ply daily and preach extermination of
Mussulmans and a union ot Eastern Koume
lia, Macedonia and Thrace with Bulgaria,
foiming one Sclav kingdom.
The printed report of the commission
er of education shows the income for all the
States and Territories, Wyoming not included
to be $58,863,166 expenditures, Wyoming in
cluded, $60,233,458, school population for thir
ty-eight States and Terrtories, 14,727,fc48.
Number of Normal schools 153, with 1,18D in
structors 37,033 pupils and 2,768 graduates, of
whom P874 are teaching. Ohio icports the
greatest number of Normal schools, fourteen
YELLOW FEVER.
At Memphis, September 9, there were
20 new cases of yellow fever reported, 12 white,
8 colored. Appeals for aid continue. The ex
penses of the Howards amount to $l,0C0 a day.
The contributions to the Howards on Septem
ber 9 aggregated $52,003.
At Memphis, September 10, there were
reported 16 new cases of yellow fever, 7 whites,
9 colored, 8 deaths. Donations to the How
ards to-day aggregated $169,805. A case 12
miles from the city can be traced directly to
the fever stricken city. No new case3 are re
ported in New Orleans.
At Memphis, September 11, thero were
15 new cases of yellow fever, and 8 deaths
Tho donations to the Howard association to
day aggregated $35, $500 of which was sent
by the New York Produce exchange
At Memphis, September 13, there were
reported twenty-one new ca*es of yellow fevei
ten white, eleveu colored. Five new case?
are reported at Morgan City, and two at New
Orleans. Contributions from the North arc
still flowing into the treasury of the Howard
association at Memphis. Jay Gould has sent
another $5,000. Pittsburg Relief Association
has sent $1,000. No Southern contributions
aie reported.
At Memphis, Sept. 13, there were 23
new cases of yellow fever10 white, IS colored
three deaths reported. Total number of
new cases for the week 132 white 62, colored
70. Total number to date 1,136. To'al num
ber of deaths officially reported for the week
48 white 32, colored 16. One yellow fevei
death reported at New York, Sept. 13.
At Memphis, Sept. 14, there waa but
one new case of yellow fever reported, and
four deaths. A good deal of stir is made by a
fraudulent appeal of thieves and gamblers lo
ox-federal soldiers for contributions The
Howards are taking measures to expose and
counteract this dishonest movement
Sour Bee and String Beans.Take six
pounds GI oeef, the brisket or boler, or
pin bone is the best. [Tho pin bono is
he piece which is cut off first before w'hat
is known in New York as the flat-bone
steaks are cut.] Put this in a close stou
pan with half a peck of string beans, cut
ting the beans in three pieces add half a
tumbler of water season with salt and
pepper and dredge well with flour when
the beef is half cooked add one third of
tumbler of vinegar, and a tahlespoonful
of brown sugar stir it well, so that the
ingredients are well mixed cook ftr three
hours or more very slowly, covering well
tho stewpan. The art in cooking this
disli, as in all boiling or stewing, is not
to allow to cook "too fast. Should it boi 1
too rapidly move it to a cooler portion of
the rango. It should simmer all the
time.
SEPTEMBER.
The golden-rod is yellow
The corn is turniug brown,
The trees in apple orchards
With fruit are bending down.
Tho gentian's bluest fringes, ft
Aro^curling in the sun
In dusty nods the milkweed^
Its hidden silk has spun.
The sedges flauut their harvest
In every shady nook
And asters by the brook-side
Make asters in tho brook.
i
Fiom dewy lanes at morning
The gi-.tpes' sweet odors rise
At noon tho roads all flutter
With yellow butterflies.
Hy all these lovely tokens
September days arc here,
With summer's best of weather,
And autumn's best of cheer.
But none of all this beauty
Which floods the earth and air,
la uuto mo the secret
Which makes September fair.
,Tis a thing which I remember
To name it thrills me yet
One day, of one September,
I never cau forget.
Scribner for September
"FROZEN TO DEATH."
A Long Island Shipwreck of Forty Years
AgoEight Persons Saved and One Hun
dred and Sixteen Lost.
From the New York HeralcJ
A few miles from the village of Free
port, on the south side of Long Island,
there lives an old man, Gapt. Zopher
Smith, who is the only survivor of the
boat's crow who went to the rescue of the
passengers of the ill-fated Mexico, lost
ou Hamstead beach, January 2, 1837.
Freeport is a fishing village, most ot its
industry being confined to the oyster
trade. To a great extent its inhabitants
are composed of the Smith family, and,
unusual as the name of Zopher is, two
Capt. Zopher Smiths were sought betore
the right one was found. The wreck of
the Mexico is one of the most harrowing
tales of the sea ever told by a wrecker,
and the story is still preserved all along
the Long Island coast as one of exception
al interest and horror. As the only sur
vivor of those who went to the rescue of
the ship, Zopher Smith was sought by a
Herald writer on Saturday, and the old
man, who is now in his seventy-fourth
year, gave a wonderfully vivid icture of
the disaster. Finding him at his home
late in the evening, the reporter was in
vited to a seat on the porch of the Smith
farmhouse. Before beginning his narra
tive Capt. Smith introduced his daughtei,
Mrs. Philips, and she, full of pride at the
part her father bad taken in a gallant
attempt at saving human life, brought
out for inspection a photograph of an old
woodcut ot the scene. The woodcut, too,
was produced, and beneath it was the
following inscription:
Dreadful wreck of the Mexico on
Hempstead beach, January 2, 1887, as
uow exhibiting at Havington's Diorama.
The picture was drawn on the spot by
H. Siebert
"Did you ever hear of him?"' the old
man asked.
The reporter answered in the negative.
"Neither did I," he said but hc'wm a
young man who came down from IStew
York, and it is correct in every particu-
lar."
"You may not think much of it," Mrs.
Phillips interposed, speaking to the re
porter, "but we prize it very highly."
SMITHS TO THK RESCUE!
The names of the crew of the life-boat
were next produced. will be observed
at as among the inhabitants of Free
rt to-day the Smiths predominated,
ecuw was as follows: Capt. Raynor
Smith, Zopher Smith, Samuel Raynor,
Willet Smith, James Smith, Oliver R.
Smith, Oliver C. Smith. Zopher and
Oliver R. Smith were brothers, as were
also James and Oliver C. Smith, the two
former being sons of Raynor R. Smith,
and the two latter their cousins. Samuel
Raynor waa also a relative, though a dis
tant one.
My father was the captain and I the
mate, you may say," Zopher Smith said,
beginning his narrative. We were fisher
men and carried on the farm here as well.'
"There were no oysters then?" the re
porter said interrogatively.
"There were no oysters and no life sta
tions on the beach. Everything was dif
ferent from what it is now but it was
the custom of the people living near the
beach to cast their eyes along the coast
every morning to see if anything was
ashore. The Mexico was first seen in the
morning. Word came to me on a horse.
There was a great rush to see the wreck,
although it was coldtrcmenjous cold.
The recollection of that morning seem
ed to come back to the old man's mind
with wonderful distinctness.
"Tre-men-jous cold," he repeated,
dwelling on each syllable with strongem
%lhasis. "It was so cold that some ot our
men froze their cheeks as big as a dol-
lar."
"Were you the first to reach the beach?"
"Oh, no wcwarn't the first boat by
several."
The ship lay about two hundred yards
trom shore on iv?r beam ends, bow on.
The sea ran very high, and in addition to
the cold, a terrible north wind was dash
ing the spray over the vessel and her
passengers. For miles along the shore
the beach was almost impassable on ac
count of the ice, so that it was with great
difficulty that the fishermen were able to
carry their boats to the surf. At first the
Smiths were not able to get near enough
to distinguish her.
"I thought she was a brig," Zophei
Smith said, "but as I looked, I cried,
'Hello I her mast is gone overboard.' 1
then saw she was a bark-ship.'
Some of the men who had got nearer to
the vessel now returned to where the
Smiths were with their boat, and one oi
them said, "It is a wonderful sight, she
has cut away all her masts but her main-
mast."
Another exclaimed, addressing the
elder Smith,. '-Now. Raynor, you've got
the best boat lets take her there."
They went to work with a will and
dragged the loa over the ico to the
surf, but it was nearly noon before this
was accomplished.
"It was then betwixt eleven and twelve
o'clock," Zopher Smith says. "There the
ship lay, the waves dashing over her.
No man had boarded her no man had
come from her there was no news from
her. She appeared to be full of people,
but ltjjocmed impossible to get to her.
We built a fire and stayed there and
leoked at her. Every man had some
thing to say, but nobody made an at
tempt to go to her."
UETEUMINED TO ACT*,
The afternoon was spent in this way
until tho sun was only about two hours
high. Then Zopher Smith became im
patient and went to his father, determin
ed either to do something at once or no
thing at all.
"Father, if you are going to that bhip,
now is Ihe time." If you don't go now
I am going home," he said, "for I am sure
you will not go after dark."
"Let's make the trial," replied Raynor
Smith." Now then, we want a volunteer
crewno more talking, no more arguing,
but every man willing."
"Were many men willing to go?" the
reporter asked, interrupting the flow or
the old man's talk.
"I'll guarantee there warn't," he an
swered. 'That warn't the crew that
went with us to the beach."
The boat was launched and succeeded
in reaching the ship.
"When we got there," Zopher contin
ued, "there was everything to do and we
could do nothing."
The old man gasped and seemed to
live over again that terrible hour.
"You must find words to describe it,
Mr. Reporter," he said, recovering, "I
can t.
"Your own words, as you have just ut
tered them, aTe the les possible descrip-
tion," the reporter answered. "Go on."
"The only place where we could live
was across her bowb under the bowsprit.
Forty men hallooing "Come along side?"
but wo told them we could not get there
that they must come out on the bow
sprit and drop down. 'We'll catch you,'
we said to them: but it was a long time
before any of them would come. The
first to adventure was a darkey. As he
was hanging to the bowsprit, we cried
"Let go!" and down he came. The next
man missed the boat and went overboard.
We got him, but lost our hold and away
he went. One of our crew then said, 'Go
ashoer don't stop, but go ashoie. There
was a man over the bow who had a pow
erful voice aud just then he cried, 'Come
back, come along 6ide! 'who is he" my
father asked, and,-finding he was the cap
tain said, 'Let's get him' When he
showed himself on the bow of the ship
he had a boy under his arm. He was
pretty slow and pretty clumsy,
but he managed to get down, and knock
ed my father down as he fell."
Eight men in all were saved. One
hundred and sixteen people remained on
the ship.
"Were they drowned?" the reporter
asked.
"They froze to death," said the old man
mournfully.
The bodies were washed ashore about
sixty of them were buried at .Rockaway
Centre, where a handsome monument has
been raised over their remains.
WRECKING AN ENGINE.
BY OPERATOR.
After all, we way-station operators are
not without our little bit of romance oc
casionally, and I think I can show that
we are not entirely without a certain
amount of responsibility but it is sel
dom it ever recognized, unless one ot our
number by carelessness suddenly plunges
a train into desti uction by failing to de
liver or undeistand orders.
The time of which I write was one
pleasant afternoon early autumn, the
twenty-second day of September, 1876,
and as the occurrence has made a deep
and vivid impressio I on my mind, I can
not forget the day, which was Fiiday.
At that time I had been an agent and
operator on the R. a little over
two months. The line was directly
through parts of Indiana and Illinois,
and some of the stations had no telegraph
office, consequently the order distance
was somewhat lengthy and there wa& but
one office between mine and Cohans,
twe've miles west.
On this day I was quietly puffing my
meerschaum in the large bay window of
my office, and wishing tor something to
relieve the montony, when the operator
at Cowans called the train dispatcher,
and said an engine, had sprung her throt
tle with one hundred and forty pounds of
steam, and gone east, while the fireman
had gone to lunch, ana the engineer,
who was oiling around, had no time tc
get on.
All was as still as death for a minute,
when the dispatcher began to call G, the
only office between mine and Cowans
for fu ly five minutes he called him, us
ing the signal "23," which means death,
but still no answer, and still the monot
onous click of the armature presently he
answered in a dazed, hurried manner,
and when asked about the engine, said it
had passed there at a fearful rate of
speed at fourteen minutes past four, with
no peison visible.
It was only six miles more to me and
an excursion was on its way west wi*h a
heavy load of tired picmcers, and had
actually left a station only eight miles
cast of me, the first telegraph office, at
wo minutes past four.
The dispatcher called me furiously,
and being at hand and expectant, I ans
wered him immediately. When lie said,
"Turn your switch and wreck engine No.
11, going east wild." I replied quickly,
a cannot without an indemnity order
and after a hasty consultation with the
superintendent, as I afterward learned,
he went ahead wita an order, whose un
usual toim and wording roused many a
lazy "brass sounder" from a doze. It
was like tins:
"Z'o Operator:Wreck wild engine No.
11 at your eastern switch gate to save
collision. Company will defend and up
hold you. D. R. B."
I immediately returned my "18," or
"understanding." received my "correct at
4.18 P. M., and turned to look for tho
engine, when, although the conversation
between myself and the dispatcher had
'consumed but four minutes, I saw her
coming at the grandest rate of speed I
ever witnessed, and, snatching my order,
ran to the switch gate, about one hun
dred and .fifty feet, and when I had un
locked and thrown the rail, the roaring
monster was only about one hundred feet
away. 1 had my watch in my hand, and
stepped quickly back out ot harm's way,
when at exactly twenty minutes past four
she went .over, and such an unearthly
crash I liope I may never see or^hear.
again!
Tho dirt and atones flew fifty feet in
the air the engine turned clean over, and
stopped on her side, pushing a splinter
of the cab on the whistle valve, and there
she lay a seething, hissing, screeching
mass of rubbish.
But above the din and rattle I heard
one wild, despairing shriek for help, and
when I could get close enough to see any
thing, I found what, had it not been for
the face, would never have been recog
nized as a man in the crushed and bleed
iug mass of flesh that lay under one huge
driver but the face was without a seir,
and by that was recognized as an escaped
madman who, it seems, had climbed on
the engine at Cowans unobserved, and
pulling the thr,ottle open, had started on
a wild, awful ride to the gate of death.
When the excursion tram came up, ten
minutes later, they said they found me
standing by the engine gazing alternately
at the bloody driver and at my written
order, still tightly clasped in my hand.
I was unconscious of everything save
the fact that I had obeved orders, and
had thereby taken a life. They say I
fainted, but I knew nothing from the in
stant I discovered that white, bloodless
face until four days after, when I awaken
ed apparently out of a dream. My first
question was, "Did the excursion get in
safely?"
The coroner held an inquest as soon as
I could be examined, and the verdict was
"We the jury find that Albert Long came
to his death by beii'g crushed beneath a
locomotive which was wrecked by J. L.
B., an operator on theR. R., according
to the order of D. R. B., his superintend
ent and superior officer. And we find
further, that no blame can be attached to
said J. L. B., D. R. B., or the said railroad
company, as the engine was wrecked to
save a heavily-laden excursion, and said
Albert Long, being a madman, was on
the engine in direct opposition to the
campany's orders.
I have that order and a copy of the
verdict side by side my diarv, where
they shrill always remain."
Often in my dreams IN see an unrecog
nizable mass of quivering flesh and brok
en bones beneath a huge driver, and
a white, unscarred face presents itself to
my gaze. A sudoen shriek will
almost craze me. and I am often tempted
to go where railroads are unknown, where
the hissing and screaching cannot reach
me.
WIT AND HUMOR.
News dispatchers are becoming too la
conic here comes an item from Switzer
land about a flash of lightning that killed
a farmer and a cow he was milking, and
not a word about whether it curdled the
milk or not.
A man was testifying in an Arkansas
court, when a loud peal of thunder and a
flash of lightning caused him to spring
to his feet. The justice with his fatherly
kind of protection, reaching over and
catching hold of the man, said:
"Sit down, sirsit down You are in
my charge now. Don't be frightened
I'll protect you."
The man looked at the justice with an
inexpressible expression, sat down in the
chair and resumed nis statement.
A man was standing on a corner the
other day, gazing around at nothing in
particular, hen a fiiend stepped up to
him and said:
"I see you have a mourning band on
your hat?"
"Yes, I have it's for rav mother-in
law
"Your mother-in-law?"
"Yes, my mother-in-law!' replied the
man in mourning.
"Why, I didn't know she was dead."
"Well, she isntshe recovered."
Culinary art is a subject of interest in
Chicago as elsewhere, judging from the
following dialogue sent to Harper's
Magazine by a dweller in that "Western
Paris:"
"We must have a new girl. Will you
answer this advertisement?"
The interrogatory was projected to a
gentleman of "culcha" in Chicago by his
devoted but worried wife. The gentle
man called upon the perfect lady, and
was soon "received'
"Can you do general housework?" is
the first meek inquiry.
"Yis," loftily.
"Can you cook?"
"Gook is it? Shure an' I shud say so!
An' I jist gradiated from a foine cookin'
school. Fm a Boston gurrl.
It occurred in Bod e, that city of whisky
wealth, and wickedness. A case was on
trial in the Justice's court, and during
the recess one of the interested parties
approached a juror and said:
"Say boss, it that ar suit goes agin me
I'm nigh on $2,000 loser in uiinin' prop
erty. Now 111 give you an even $500 to
hang that jury." The incorruptible Scior
of American liberty reflected a momeiu
and replied: It'd be a cussed onsar'in
job for one man to take a rope and stran
gle that hull gang, an* I'm afraid afore I
got through I mout dance a jig under it
myself but if its all the same to you,
pard, I mout wade in thar with a six
shooter an' wipe out the crowo. ThetM
be more to my hand than hangin' and
t'.iejob could be done quicker. If that
satisfactory, produce the coin an' I'll git
to worti."
An Old Rhode Island Divorce Case.
Albany Law Review.
In 11565 the following case occurred in
Rhode Island: Peter Tollman applied for
a divorce from his wife. The woman be
ing brought before the assembly admit
ted the ciarge. The petition was grant
ed at once, and then the criminal, upon
her own confession, was arraigned for
sentence. The penalty waa a fine and a
whipping, and she was accordingly sen
tenced, by the terms of tne lav to pay
10 and to receive fifteen stripes at Ports
mouth on the ensuing Monday, and on
the following week another fifteen stripes
at Newport, and to be imprisoned until
the sentence was fulfilled. Upon her pe
tition for mercy the court again examin
ed her as to whether she intended to re
turn to her husband. This she refused
to do upon any terms. Her petition was
denied, and she was remanded for pun
ishment. The "beneficent whip" failed
to reunite this once happy family.
A Lincoln anecoote is told by a corres
pondent of the Decatur Suu. While
Judge Logan, of Springfield, 111., was
Lincoln's partner, two farmers, who had a
tnisuuderstandjng .respecting orse
trade, wont to law. By mutual consent,
the partners in law became antagonists
this case. On the day of the trial, Mr.
Logan, having boughfe.* new shirt open
in the back, with a huge standing collar,
dressed himself in extreme haste, aud put
on thd shirt withtie bosom at the back,
a linen coat concealing the blunder. He
dazed the jury* jrith his knowledge of
"horse points," and us the day was sultry,
took off his coat and summed up in his
shirt sleeves. Lincoln, sitting behind him
took in the situation, and when his turn
eame, remarked to the jury- "Gentlemen
Mr. Logan has been tryipg for ever an
hour to make you believe that he knows
more about a horse than these honest old
farmers who are witnesses he has quoted
largely from big 'horse doctor,' and now,
gentlemen, I submit to you (here he lifted
Legan out of his chair and turned1
his
back to the jury and the crowd,, at the
same time flipping up the enormous stand
ing collar), what dependence can you
place in his horse knowledge when he
has not sense enough to put on his shirt?"
The roars of laughter that greeted this
exhibition, and the verdict that Lincoln
got soon after, gave Logan a permanent
prejudice against "bosom shirts."
KKABCH FOR A FORTUNE.
The Vast Kntate to Which Conureunmu*
Swinger la an Heir.
Two hundred and nine years ago John
Springer, a wealthy Swede, deposited 176,-
000 in a bank in Stockholm and journeyed
to America with his family, consisting of his
wife and one son. Their subsequent history
is somewhat obscure, but it is claimed that
four other sons were born to them in Amer
ica, and that the five, who were named
John, William, James, Joseph and Ed
ward, settled somewhere in the New
Netherlands, and took np a tract of
18,000 acres of land, including the
whole of the present city of Wilmington,
Del., and parts of Jersey City and Brooklyn.
This large property was put into the hands
of a trustee, who, on the breaking out of tie
revolution, as is alleged, became a Tory, clan
destinely sold the Springer estates in small
particles and fled to England with the money.
In the excited period which followed the
titles to the property became all mixed up,
the rightful proprietors died one by one and
the result was that the heirs were not able to
establish, or, in fact, properly prosecute
their claims, and after awhile the efforts to
establish their rights was abacdonedand the
subject passed into oblivion.
About eight years ago some of the de
scendants of the Springers, in looking op
the family history, came possession of
these faets, and correspondence was opened
with all the persons of that family name
who oonld be heard of. About four years
ago the Springer association was formed,
with headquarters in St Lcuis, to make an
effort to recover the landed property and
the 175,000 deposited in Stockholm, which,
it is asserted, has not been drawn, and is at
thedisposal of snch of the heirs as can es
tablish their title to participate in the dis
tribution of the vast sum to which it has
now amounted.
About a year ago, principally through the
efforts of E. P. Springer, of Providence, E.
I., an Eastern branch of the Springer asso
ciation was formed, and recently the heirs in
New York, Khode Island and Michigan,
numbering about 100, held a meeting in Os
wego, which was attended by about thirty
persons, with authority to act for the rest.
J. H. Springer, of Plymouth, Mich., was
elected chairman J- E. Comstoc c, of Os
wego, secretary, and Mrs. N. E. Hoover, of
Oswego. tre%9nrer. The subject of prose
cuting their claims to the real estate men
tioned, through the courts, and the recovery
of the $175,000 in Stockholm, together with
interest compounded for 209 years, was thor
oughly diecu d. It waa decided to elect a
delegate to a meeting of the general associa
tion, to be held in St. Louis this fall, when
a plan for action will be decided on.
E. P. Springer, of Providence, It. I., was
elected snch delegate. The value of the real
estate claimed by the Springer association
is estimated to he 80,000,000, which, to
gether with the Stockholm fond, makes the
Springer daim one of the most stupendous
ever put forward in this country. There are
about three hundred heirs, all living in the
United States and Canada. They now rep
resent considerable wealth in the aggregate,
and are very determined, not to say enthu
siastic, believiDg that they will be able to es
tablish their claims, both in America and
Sweden. Yesterday's meeting was held at
the bouse of the late Wm. P. Springer, once
an inventor of some note, and whose daugh
ters, Mrs. J. E. Comstock and Mrs. N. E.
Hoover, are the heirs in Oswego, and Mrs.
A. P. P. Wright, of Buffalo, also his daugh
ter, is another. Congressman Springer, of
Illinois, is also one of the heirs, and was ex
pected to attend this meeting.
Proving the Likeness.
There lived in Brussels a celsbrated
painter, named Wiertz, whoa eeccentrici
ties were such as to give him the name of
the crazy artist. That there was method
in his madness, the following anecdote
shows:
After having finished a portrait of tho
old aristocratic Countess de who
pretended to be only thirty when nearly
sixty, she refused to'accept the painting,
saying that it did not look anything like
herself, and that her most intimate
friends would not recognize a single fea
ture of her on that piece of canvas.
Wiertz smiled kindly at the remark,
and as a true knight of old, gallantly re
conducted the lady to her carriage.
Next morning there was a'grand dis
turbance in the Rue de la Madeleine. A
big crowd was gathered before a window,
and the folio A ing words were whispered
from ear to esr:
"Is the Countess de really in
jail for her debts?"
Wiertz had exercised a little vengesneo
towards his noble but unfair customer.
As soon as she had refused the portrait,
he set to work and painted a few iron
bars on the picture, with these word*:
"In jail for debt!" **t*m i
He exhibited the painting in a jewel
ler's window, in the principal street of
Brussels, and the effect was iestanta
neora.
A lew hours later, the countess was
back atWieitz's studio, pouring invec
tives on him at high pressure*t haw
exhibited her likeness, under sjich scan
dalous"etc., etc.
"Most noble lady," was the tha-ai&st'B
reply, "you sajd the pauitingfdidgnot
look anything like %otfree^,^Jnti|that
your most1
intimate rrfends* WUIJL not
have recognized a single one ofybur fea
tures in the pictur I wanted to teat
the truth of your statement, that is all t"
The jortrai was taken away, the city
,laughed.,tho artist chsrrotl jM^^ptfce,
and gave the amount to the poor%f fhs)
city.

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