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IfOKCKSTHM, MASS.
TUESDAY MOKNING. APRIL 1. 1873.
Tin: morning M ws.
Gold stood nt 117 i last night, with an ex
pected crMn.
The Signal Officer promises dear wenttaT
for New England to-day.
Illinois lost two of the largest planing
mills in the state by fire yesterday.
The Madrid dispatches foreshadow more
and serious troubles in Spain.
A Brooklyn boy who played at hanging,
yesterday, was lieaten at the game.
Lake Michigan is reported as a solid field
of ice.
The thaw in Western New York is reiipcm
nible for a terrible railroad disaster which is
recorded among the telegraphic dlsptcahes.
The Hudson river is rising so fast that the
merchants along shore are moving their
goods back out of its destructive reach.
Mr. Postmaster General Creswell has notifi
ed the railroad companies that they will Ik
given a further hearing in the matter of car
rying the mails.
Mr. Charles M. Barrass, author of the
“ Black Crook,” met with a shocking death
at a railroad bridge in Connecticut, Sunday
morning.
Mr. Charles E. Delong is coming home
from Japan, the government at Washington
having kindly consented to receive his resig
nation.
The gasmakers of New York are not yet
satisfied; they threaten to strike again if
eight hours is not established as a day’s
work.
An account of a terrible panic comes from
Trenton, N. J., which caused many wounds
and bruises to frightened women and child
ren. The funeral of Father Mackin, which
was the occasion of the gathering, had to be
postponed.
One of the dispatches gives a fact about
civil service reform, which looks very much
as though the farce was playing itself out.
The father of the scheme, Geoi^e W. Curtis,
has left the board; ami the board without
him is an affair without an opinion or the
least influence.
lii enteimg the wide and laborious field
of modem journalism the publishers of the
Daily Press are by no means unconscious
of the difficulties which surround such an
undertaking. The business competition in
this field is sharp, compelling enterprise and
merit as indispensable conditions of success;
while the great reading public is critical and
exacting, as it has a right to be in these
days of universal culture, mental activity
and material progress. The ground before
them is already in a measure occupied by
some of th^best and most enlightened minds
of the age, whose commanding talents have
made the press a great moral power in all its
manifold relations to government and so
ciety. The influence of a free press, in a
free country like ours, has come to be almost
omnipotent in moulding and directing its
public sentiment. In a thousand ways it
modifies and reflects the every-day life and
opinions of a people whom it has educated
up to a standard of intelligence which emi
nently qualities them for the task of self
government. Its true mission is not to
blindly follow, but intelligently lead, the
course of human events, and when it stoops
to pander to popular errors and prejudices
it becomes a hindrance rather than a help'to
the couse of civilization and progress.
** — Although, from its necessary connection
with public affairs, the time will probably
never come,ln this country, when journalism
can afford to be neutral in politics, yet it is
one of the promising signs of the times that
many of our most widely circulated and in
fluential journals are gradually throwing off
the trammels of party alliance, and pursu
ing a more candid and independent course
in regai-d to public men and measures. But
while such examples of independent journal
ism, placing the interest of the public above
party success, are tol>e commended and imi
tated, it is neither desirable nor possible to
wholly ignore the latter, in view of the im
portant part which parties and party organi
zations must always play in developing a
healthy sentiment touching the political af
fairs of the country, and in supplying the
machinery needed to give practical effect to
that sentiment. The history of all civilized
nations, in whose political systems the people
and the press are a recognized element,
teaches us that party divisions are necessary
to a proper scrutiny and discussion of mea
sures, to check abuses and counteract the
corrupting tendencies of place and power.
The conductors of the Daily Press in
tend to set an example of independent and
progressive journalism in the true sense of
the term. They will aim to be fair and truth
ful in their criticisms of political oppo
nents ; tolerant and liberal in their dealings
with such as do not fully agree with them in
regard to minor questions and side issues,
but yet ready to co-operate with them in
earning out fundamental principles and
vital measures of reform. They have no
ancient prejudices to conquer, nor obsolete
ideas to uphold. They propose to take no
step backward, but to steadily press forward
to the attainment of higher ground and
more beneficent results; consequently they
have no time to waste in an unprofitable dis
cussion of by-gone issues and events. In
common with the masses, they have no in
terest in these dead issues of the past, but
their sympathies are with the living present,
and the great future pregnant with the des
tinies of a country of wonderful resources
and a people of wonderful capacity and en
terprise.
On the other hand, they propose to follow
no neutral policy; and their paper, so far as
it assumes to Ik* a i>olitieal organ, will send
forth no uncertain sound. They have de
cided opinions in regard to the proper ad
ministration of public affairs, both State and
National, and these will Ik freely expressed
on all occasions without fear or favor.
These opinions are generally in accordance
with the views held in common by the lib
eral and progressive portions of both the
Democratic and Republican parties. The
course of events, during the last decade, has
removed from the arena of politics most of
the questions which formerly divided these
two classes, and the practical matters which
remain to Ik settled present but very few
points of difference to prevent them from
acting harmoniously together hereafter.
They are substantially agreed as to the
necessity of initiating certain measures of
reform which are essentially Democratic,
and of a recurrence to those original land
marks of constitutional government which
have always been recognized and upheld by
the Democratic party as its cardinal prin
ciples. The application of those principles
to the exigencies of the present time is plain,
and obviously points out the only way of es
cape from the difficulties and dangers of the
existing political situation.
Moreover, the Democratic party has the
advantage of an unbroken and compact or
ganization, maintained in the face of a long
minority struggle and years of successive de
feat, which is the strongest possible proof of
its intrinsic soundness and indestructible
vitality. Purged of its extreme elements, it
presents the only available alternative to
those who are looking for a new point of po
litical departure, the only rallying stand
about which the advocates of national reform
and purification can lie gathered. It is, in
.fact, the only organization which, in this dis
int^lM^Dd transition state of partiesJi^
hand; which is foreshadow ed in the breaking
up into hostile factions of the dominant
party, and the continual desertion from the
ranks of its most honest and capable mem
bers, The dissolution of that party is im
minent, ami evidently cannot be delayed be
yond the term of the present national ad
ministration.
It ha* fallen into Ila* hands of leader* who
an* scandalously corrupt and hopelessly de
moralized, tainting with (heir vicious influ
ence all brnncheu of the public service.
.They have eliminated from its organization
every spark of virtue and vitality, leaving it
without any useful mission, with no tamd of
unity but the spoils of office, and no claim to
popular support but its past reputation.
They have shown themselves utterly incapa
ble of further progress, of securing to the
country the legitimate fruits of the war for
the Union, or of restoring peace and local
self government in the South upon a consti
tutioaln basis. They developed a wonderful
aptitude for tearing down, but are powerless
to build up, except by substituting the fed
eral authority, backed by its military power,
for the free w ill of the people. They have
signally failed to carry out the much needed
and long delayed financial reforms demand
ed by the business interests of the country :
they persist in keeping open the wounds ami
irritating issues of the war for political effect,
and refuse to purge their adherents in Con
gress and the executive departments of the
gross offences against public law ami
morality of which they stand convicted.
This true indictment of the Radical party
leaders, though incomplete, ought to Is* suf
ficient to enlist the co-operation of e\ery pa
triotic citizen in the work of rooting out
corruption in high places, and thus to save
the whole body podtie from becoming rotten
to the core. Before it is too late, let them
unite in the effort to save our republican in
stitutions. by restoring, in its original purity
ami force, the beneficent sway of our glori
ous old Constitution, with all its reservations
and guaranties, ami its admirably adjusted
system of checks and balances, intact.
To this end the Press is prepared to lalxw.
side by side with all whose aims are con
current, without regard to past differences oj^
opinion, party names or affinities. ^Lurffib
lishers Uw^i**Y"elft)rts. not only in
>ralf of thecause of popular government as
understood and administered by its found
ers, but also to the advancement of those
great material interests which lie at the
foundation of our national prosperity, es
pecially of those skilled industries which
have their seat in the city and county of
Worcester. It w ill be their constant aim to
make this journal a worthy representative
and reliable organ of these local interests
and of the trade growing out of them.
They will oppose all proscriptive legis
lation and interference touching the purely
personal affairs, rights and consciences of
the people. They believe that the moral in
terests of society are best subserved through
the influence of an enlightened public senti
ment, and that the advocates of reform who
invoke the aid of legal coercion and pro
hibition should first make sure that this sen
timent is educated up to their stand-point. It
is a great mistake for them to put the cart
before the horse.
In a word, they propose to publish a live
paper, devoted to live topics and the freshest
news of the day. such as w ill be read and
appreciated by the live men of Alassachusetts
and the country at large. For such a paper
they venture to believe (with all due respect
to their cont(*mporaries who have preceded
them in the field) there is a mission and a
welcome, and that it will m^et a long recog
nized want of the people of this section of
the Commonwealth, whose favor and patron
age they are confident will lx* meted out to it
according to the measure of its deserts.
THE CASH SYSTEM BRIBERY.
The New York Journal of Commerce, in
speaking of the aptitude manifested by many
of the State Legislatures in imitating the
“bargain and sale*’ example set them by
members of Congress, indulges in the fol
lowing pungent but well-merited bit of sar
casm :
‘•The cash system of bribery is now adopted in
some of the W estern Legislatures. It is no use
to try them with stock. Even Credit Mobilier in
its best days would not have found favor in their
eyes. What they ask is ready money or certilied
checks. Their usual mode is to take the cash in
hand w ithout any alfectation <»f mystery; though
sometimes it pleases the more fastidious to have
the money put in envelopes and left on their
desks. The investigations now going on in Sena
torial elections out West will presently enable us
to have regular quotations of the prices of Legis
latures. These could be reported by telegraph
along with wheat and hog products.”
Our contemporary might have added that
this method of packing the United States
Senate with disreputable political adven
turers and creatures of the Administration,
by the direct purchase of legislative votes,
continues to be winked at by a majority of
that body, although the facts relating to this
corrupt practice have been long before them,
established by abundant proof. Some of
these bogus Senators, whose election has
notoriously been bought and paid for. such as
Caldwell, Pomeroy Nye, and Harlan,
have been suffered to retire with a liberal
application of whitewash, instead of being
ignominiously expelled as they ought to have
been; while others, such as Clayton of
Arkansas, and Patterson of South Caro
lina, are now occupying seats in that cham
ber in defiance of the popular will.
In view of the character of these men, and
the means by which they have been enabled
to climb almost to the topmost round of the
political ladder, is it any wonder that our
Congress should prove to Ik one of the most
corrupt legislative bodies the world ever saw,
or that most of its time, usually devoted to
public business. sh< uld b(; consumed in the
bootless investigation of bribery cases impli
cating many of the most reputable of its
members? If the Senators and Representa
tives of puritanical New England are of such
easy virtue as not to lx* able to resist the
seductive blandishments of the Credit Alobi
lier and its kindred rings, what must we
expect of those Western squatters and South
ern carjKt-bag adventurers who practice
“bribery on the cash system?” Indeed, the
“rotten boroughs’’ of England never pre
sented a more deplorable spectacle of elections
controlled by the corrupt money jxiwer of
the governing classes, than does our own
demoralizing legislative caucus system as
managed by Federal wire-pullers in the
interest of the dominant party.
It is certain that as long as these' shameful
practices arc allowed to pass unrebuked by
those whose business it is to purge our legis
lative bodies of corruption and preserve the
purity of elections, there can be but very few
honest and truly representative men in
either branch of Congress. The Capitol at
Washington, which was once the resort of
the genuine old-fashioned tyjK of American
statesmen, to whom the mere intimation of
a bribe would have been a deadiy insult t»
be wiped out with the blood of the offender,
has at length degenerated into a market
place for the purchase and sale of cheap
ixditicians, with no constituents behind
them, and is, in fact, but little better than a
den of thieves.
Men of commanding talent ■ and sterling
integrity, who are worthy to represent our
great material interests in Congress, will, of
course, shun contact with these contami
nating elements as they would avoid a pesti
lence. Hence the best legislative and execu
tive ability of the country is to-day in retire
ment, and no inducement can be offered
strong enough to draw it forth from its
honorable seclusion to enter the iiel I of
politics, no matter how urgently the good of
the country and the exigencies of the public
service may demand such a step, until a
radical reform can be effected in the under
lying morals of party tactics, involving a
[great change both in the relative position
land leadership of parties theinselves^t I
THE DAILY PRESS: WO
m il BOOT AND SHOK TRADK.
The wonderful growth of our boot and
shoe manufacturing interest ran be lieat
appnTlated by an examination of the coin
merclal statistics at the headquarters of the
trade in Boston. 'Hie business relations Im*-
tween that city, as the great market and dis
tributing point, ami the county of Worces
ter, w hieh is the great producing renins of
this branch of skilled ludiwtry, are wry
close ami important. This year these rela
tions have lieen somewhat dlsturlH’d, ami
both the trade and manufacture unfavorably
affected by the great Boston fire of last
Novciulkt, which scattered the large mer
cantile firms through whom the remote job
bing and retail trade arc accustomed to rc
ceive their supplies, and in most cases
nwcssitatrd a temporary susiamsion of busi
ness.
The losses of both manufacturers and
dealers by that fire were also very severe,
crippling their financial resources and com
mercial facilities. Moreover, the unsettling
of the primary markets, and the suddenly
enhanced cost of production, without any
corresponding advance in the prices paid by
consumers of goods, w hich were some of the
direct consequences of that disaster, have
operated to the disadvantage of the trade by
keeping buyers and sellers apart and nar
rowing already slender margins. But, al
though the seasonable business has been
somewhat backward, and prices not alto
gether satisfactory, yet the present indica
tions are that the summing up of the Spring
trade, both as regards the orders received at
the principal manufacturing towns ami the
shipments from Boston market, will equal,
if not exceed, in volume that of any former
season. The direct shipments to remote
points of the interior from factories located
on our railroad lines will this year, probably,
show a very considerable increase.
In fact, no mere local disaster can operate
further than a temporary check upon the
prosperity and expansion of this great man
ufacturing interest, since the home con
sumption of its pnxlucts is constantly in
creasing with the grow th and settlement of
the West. The people of that section, aswajH
®!ktUe Southern States, are not only taking a
larger quantity of these products every suc
ceeding year, but they are also demanding
a betterquality, corresponding to their im
proved financial condition, progress in social
culture and material development.
But this rapidly increasing home con
sumption, to which there is apparently no
assignable limit, is destined at no distant
day to Ik supplemented by an export de
mand, which will stimulate still greater
activity in commercial circles and necessi
tate a vast increase of manufacturing facili
ties. With the improved labor-saving
machinery and systematized processes now
employed in all our large boot and shoe
factories, New England will soon be able to
take the lead of the whole civilized world in
this important branch of industn, and will
be called upon to supply the consumers of
other countries as she now does those of
our own.
The recent large and increasing exports of
American sole leather to Europe distinctly
point to that conclusion, while the ad
vancing prices of hides, tanning materials,
coal, labor and machinery in that quarter of
the globe will soon give the American man
ufacturer a decided vantage ground on the
score of successful competition. The latter
will have an ample market for his coarser
products opened to him abroad, while his
liner goods will be wanted at home, and will
always command remunerative prices.
Even if the West and South should under
take to manufacture their own boots ami
shoes on the spot, (which, at the best, they
will not be able to do with economy for
many years to come) this export trade which
is sure to spring up in the near future must
always remain to New England. It will
more than compensate her for any possible
loss of the interior trade resulting from the
growth of local manufactures. Conse
quently there is no danger of an over-in
vestment of capital in, or an excess of labor
being directed to that particular branch of pro
ductive industry, which has already built up
within her borders so many busy and
thriving communities, both great and small.
The Boston Journal says that “the de
parture of the Secretary of War and Lieut.
General Sheridan for Texas is believed by
many well-informed people to have political
significance, although Government officials
declare that it is merely a tour of inspection.
Whether this be so or not, the visitors will
have the opportunity to look into the Mexi
can complications, and will, no doubt, avail
themselves of it. The belt of country on
the right bank of the Rio Grande known as
the free zone, has been a source of continual
anxiety to the Government and a cause of
frequent disturbances. The efforts of the
Mexican commission to settle the troubles
have had no satisfactory result and the
jwople of the border counties of Texas, as
well as large numbers of intelligent Mexi
cans, look upon annexation as the most fea
sible remedy for the present unpleasant state
of affairs. Whether the tour of inspection
has anything to do with this project or not,
it is probable that the event is not a distant
one.
It is quite evident that the Carlist uprising
in Spain means much, more than a local or
temporary disturbance. From the latest
news it appears that the partizans of Don
Carlos have harmonized their differences
and are able to act in concert, at least suffi
ciently so to make a combined attack on the
government forces with such success as to
bring their movement into very significant
prominence. There certainly is little hope
for peace under the present managers of
the nominal republic. They are divided, no
sufficient number agreeing to give a perma
nent policy to the government. The people
have little confidence in the members of the
provisional government and are more influ
enced by their religious instructors than
their republican teachers. All the preju
dices of loyalty favor the pretensions of Don
Carlos, and none of tlu* prestige of success
attaches to Spanish republicanism. As the
situation now’ is, it appears probable that
only some masterly will can save Spain
from a prolonged, sanguinary and desolating
civil war.
Thanks. —We tender our sincere thanks
to those of our contemporaries who have been
kind enough to say a good word in behalf of
i the Daily Press in advance of its appear
ance. We realize how exceedingly difficult
it will be to meet the expectations which
have been raised by these complimentary
notices. But although we may not at the
outset be able to reach the high standard of
journalistic excellence which the anticipa
tion of our friends has set up for us, we
shall endeavor to come as near to it as possi
ble, ami persevere in the effort as long as
there is room for improvement. Our enter
prise is not yet fairly launched, ami there
fore we must beg their indulgence for its
shortcomings until we get everything trim
and in good working order.
To Advertisers. —Our advertising
patrons will bear in mind that at the outset
we print a very large edition of the Press, and
that for the time being it probably attracts
greate.l attention and is more thoroughly
read than many of the older dailies. We
hope to maintain this interest unabated, and
permanently increase our circulation. But
those of our business men who desire to get
their cards prominently before the public,
will find i t for their ad vantage to send in their
favors ami have them appear in our adver
tising columns as hie.
AFFAIRS ABOIT HOME.
A neat thing in boots—A pretty foot.
A regular meeting of the Temple of Honor
w ill be hold this evening.
Sam Slmrpley’s Minstrels an' announced
to play here during the month.
Ashburnham is to have a national bank,
with a capital of SSO,(MM).
Barnum having secured a new’ tent will
soon open bis state canvas.
A case of small pox Is reported at No. 14
Gold street court.
The Normal School Building makes a line
ap|M*nrance from Its commanding site on
Hospital Hill.
Fitchburg is in earnest In her progres
sion. River street is to be grain'd with a
Howe truss bridge.
Blackstone reports a reduction of her
public debts of $3,078 52. No Congress
man lives there.
The Warren Cotton Mills Company will
make extensive additions to their present
works during the coming summer.
The report of the Legislative Committee
on Military Affairs is in the hands of the
State printers.
Rubenstein, the great pianist, with Wclni
aw’ski and Liebhart, appear in Mechanics’
Hall on the night of April 10th.
The Worcester, Central, Quinsigamond,
Mechanicsand City National Banks declare
dividends of five and six per cent, payable
to-day.
A musical ami literary entertainment will
be given in the vestry of the Old South
Church, this evening, and will be followed
by a supper.
At a meeting of the Grattan Literary As
sociation, last evening, A. 11. Sinnott in the
chair, an informal ballot was taken for of
ficers for the next six months.
A band of strolling musicians, who
played with considerable skill and expres
sion, turned an honest shinplaster at most
of the hotels last evening.
William 11. Hamilton, the popular pur
veyor for seventy-five digestions on Maple
street, has leased Dr. Kelly’s large house on
Front street, for the same purpose.
We are informed by the Water Commis
sioner that the work of laying the high
service pipe w ill be commenced as soon as
the condition of the ground will permit.
A valuable horse owned by P. J.
Turner & Co. was kicked by another horse,
Saturday, and so severely injured that it
was necessary to kill him yesterday.
George R. Weaver, formerly of this city
and more recently of Taunton, has been ap
pointed superintendent of the Salem Alms
house.
The gale of Sunday was a heavy one in
the city. * Several signs ami trees were
blown down, though no particular damage
was done.
The Worcester Spiritualist and Liberalist
Association gives its second dramatic and
social entertainment in Horticultural Hall
this evening.
The city allows the erection of awnings
from to-day to December 1. They must be
at least eight feet above the sidewalk, ex
tend to the curbstone, and be strong and
durable.
A broken truck on the afternoon train be
tween West Newton and Auburndale, yes
terday afternoon, obliged the transfer of a
car load of passengers, and caused a slight
detention to the three o’clock train for this
city.
Superintendent T. B. Sargent of the Bos
ton, Barre and Gardner Railroad X'orpoja
tion, has tendered his resignation, which
has been accepted, and Col. L H. Ross, of
Holden, elected to fill the vacancy. The
change takes place to-day.
A hole in the street opposite Trinity
Church has been decorated with a warning
signal calculated to freeze the blood of the
blindest horse. If death by a runaway mule
is preferable to a fall into a hole, the arrange
ment is a marked success*
The Worcester Division of the Sons of
Temperance make an excursion to South
Framingham April 12th, at 0 o'clock I*. M.
They go by invitation from Winona Divi
sion of the same order, and return in a
special car chartered by their friends.
There is no cock-fighting in Worcester.
Owing to the unfortunate pronunciation of
the name of the city, outside owners of fowls
do not know whether to bring in a rooster or
a rorcester —the latter animal being ex
tremely rare and valuable.
a State contemporary of a glowing turn of
language speaks of “ the thrilling words of
St. Paul's epistles whose language contains
the fascinating claims of Scott's legendary
romances.” This is gratifying, as at once
defining the estimation in which Scott is
held as well as settling the literary preten
tions of St. Paul.
A workman named Gutcel, while remov
ing the snow and ice near the corner of Me
chanic street and Main street, yesterday after
noon, found a number of bones which,
though long buried, were evidently those of
a female. It was considered unnecessary to
hold an inquest and they were removed by
the authorities.
As an instance of the sudden climatic
changes yesterday, it may be mentioned that
robins were singing in the morning; before
noon there were violent squalls of snow and
rain ; and in the afternoon it was so uncom
fortably warm that one might have planted
bananas in the open air with a reasonable
prospect of harvesting them by night.
Quite an important transfer of real estate
has recently taken place in the William A.
Wheeler foundry estate. The sale was on
private terms, and the fortunate purchaser
is Stephen Holman, Esq., a citizen of
Worcester doing business in Holyoke. We
understand the property will be kept and
improved for its legitimate business.
To-day is the first of April, a day from
time immemorial devoted to practical jokes.
These were far more common among the
Greeks and Romans than at the present day,
and still more so among the Jews. An in
teresting account of the Israelitish manner
of celebrating the day will be found in the
first ten verses of the 37th chapter of Ilabak
kuk.
The storm of Sunday, which here was
mostly rain, farther west brought a heavy
snow fall. In the mountainous region, be
tween Pittsfield and Beckett, the drifts are
four ami five feet deep, and the delay to
travel has been very great. The though
train from Albany due here at 1:40, yester
day afternoon, got through with two engines
ami a snow plow, reaching the city at 6
o’clock last evening.
The following named gentlemen consti
tute the officers of the Worcester Park Asso
ciation for the following year, commencing
April Ist: President. Charles B. Pratt; Vice
President, George M. Walker; Secretary ami
Treasurer, Horace B. Verry; Directors, the
President, Vice President, Treasurer and
William C. Clark, S. M. Richardsun, F.
Wesson, E. S. Knowles.
As an exception to the steady current of
pious youth, it is pleasing to learn that a
Worcester olive branch positively declined to
want to be an angel. But for the general
strength of his moral principle we regret that
when, the next day, he attempted to seques
trate an apple from a store counter, and the
storekeeper kindly assisted him into the back
room, and there expostulat'd with him with
a shingle, he expressed to the paternal bead
in confidence that he was willing to b«*aa 1
angel, but on the whole, would b 6
RCESTER, APRIL
Nunda,v in the Nhim luuri**.
The imluremeuts to church attemlnncQ on
Sunday morning wen* iml st rung, it may
be laid down ns a general primlple that
Nlrei'U like the slough of despond wntloneil
by the hue Mr. Bunyan, ami a southerly
gale of th<* most lmnio<ir.i chariicler, do not
encourage religions enthusiasm in the female
mind where there is a proper in spect fo'i* in-
U'grily of dross and other thing' ; m»r is the
average male insmislflle to the claims which
society has upon the poli>li of his boots.
No that, all tilings considenMl, thert* might
have been proper excuse for thin congrega
tions and feeble cmitributiou boxes at most
of the city churches. But the afternoon was
less unpleasant, and those who Imled to do
their duly in the morning, convalesced In the
aft* rnoon and evening, and the result was
audiences of fair size during the day. There
were no features of special interest at any
services. The Governor's fast day procla
mation was generally read, several pulpits
were occupied by strangers, ami, as usual,
sermons of various degrees of merit were
delivered.
AT GRACE enrneji
Sunday afternoon the retiring pastor, tin*
Rev. J. O. Knowles, preached his farewell
sermon to a large (••mgregation, taking for
his text Job 22, 21: “Acquaint now thyself
with him ami be at p< ace: thereby good
shall come unto thee.” Mr. Knowles in
troduceil his subject by remarking the in
terest taken in the social ami physical prob
lems of life, in the science of government
and the study which it receives, the value of
such study, and of general attention to the
progress of public affairs. But while of tar
greater importance is the study of spiritual
government, to make it a personal question,
how much less attention it receives. How
many to-day have solemnly considered the
questions, “What am I, whence came I.
whither am I going?” It is an important
question involved in the text —How’ shall 1
better acquaint myself with the Lord; how
many' to-day have pul it to themselves in all
sincerity and truth? How many have tried
the ways of knowing Him better?
Not to go out of the beaten track, to ad
vance no new theories, our only ways of
knowing God are three: —through nature,
revelation, and through grace. As in a
building we see the hand of the architect,
so in nature appears the hand of God; so in
the same way we obtain some idea of the
character of the Creator, for from noble con
ceptions we argue a pure mind. But man’s
experience in one direction may not be a
test in another; he does not learn by sin
what virtue is, nor can he infer from nature
the moral and governing powers of God.
Here, then, God’s gift of revelation comes
in by the Bible. By this gift alone God's love
to man is shown; yet farther still by the be
stowal of His free grace. Nevertheless, its
conditions an 1 immutable; the laws which
govern its bAowal are as unchangeable as
any chtj^^Bfbrmula or physical fact. Yet
it is "ho will comply with
His /eTXr''*l- ne " iU B ,ve
r to take of the great ques
tion or . 'lh'^ince with God is “what
goodwill come of it”; the highest, the
grandest is, “Is it right.” It is a question
tion for conscience, for judgment; it is a
question each must meet for himself; and
God is ready to receive everyone who cares
for his peace. No wayward prodigal was
ever rcceivetl at his father's house with
tenderer love than God will receive his erring
children. If we fail He still loves us; lie
wants us to do right, and our reward will
come. The wicked may prosper while the
righteous are afflicted, and it may seem un
just, but shall we s ; t on Him in judgment.
There is one thing we do know, that we are
his creatures for Hum aDdM^rnity. lie w ill
try us by character, and acquaint our
selves with him we shall peace, and
thereby good shall come unto
AT NATURAL HISTORY IL.LL,
Sunday afternoon, a small number of the
sect of Christadelphians mi l for one of their
regular services. These meetings to one un
acquainted with their manner of worship
are conducted in a somewhat novel manner:
A committee of six is chosen annually to con
duct the exercises successively; two services
are held each Sunday, the first commencing
at noon when the holy communion is cele
brated, and the second and principal one at
half-past two. Prayer is omitted from the
public meetings, which are opened and
closed with singing.
On Sunday the services were conducted by
Brother Andrew’ Wright, who preached from
Jeremiah 3: 17. Bro. Wright proved a gen
erous expositor of the faith and instructed
his hearers for the period of an hour and
twenty-five minutes, at the end of w’hich
time they were much refreshed and strength
ened.
Bro. Wright spoke at length of the con
dition of the globe politically, socially and
ecclesiastically, at the central seats of all
governments during Ihe history of the world,
and expressed tin* hope that the government
at Washington would enact laws to the hap
piness, glory and honor of the nation, and
that all the nations of the earth would do
the same. Republicanism in the party sense
of the word was not spoken of in a compli
mentary manner, and the newspaper scribes
were called upon to show it up in its true
light. He spoke of the land of Canaan as
being the future residence of our Saviour
and located the place within the limits of
the Mediterranean, the Red Sea and the
river Nile in Egypt. He pictured Bethlehem
and the star that led the wise men to the
manger, and was unkind enough to say that
David and Solomon and all of the apostles
never went to heaven but sleep in the ground
waiting for an infusion of spiritual life. He
also remarked that Christ was not in heaven,
never went there and never would, but
would go to old Jerusalem and reign King a
thousand years; that the Jews were a chosen
people, but the old Jews need not expect
favor at His hands. Though the children
of Abraham were scattered over the face of
the earth^among all nations, yet but few
would be recognized and they would be
those who were in this immediate vicinity
at His coming. Then the walls of Jeru
salem will be opened and a river of water
will flow therefrom. The nations of the
earth will come up to the city where the
throne of God is to be, and that place will
be the great emporium of trade, politics and
society. The only true faith, he said, is
that of the Christadelphians and they an*
the germ of an Israelitish monarchy to be
established when the Prince returns. This
is according to Zacchariah, who is not dead
but merely has gone away.
AT ALL SAINTS' CIII RCIL
the pastor, the Rev. Mr. Huntington, ad
dressed his sermon to the newly confirmed,
from Isa. xlvi: 4. “And even to your old
age 1 am He; and even to boar hairs will I
carry you; I have made and I will bear;
even 1 will carry and will deliver you.”
The words, he said, were originally spoken
to a whole people collectively, to Israel as a
family, but we have a right to apply them to
the individual believer starting out upon the
life of faith. We find in them three affirma
tions: Ist. God’s unchangcablcness. “Even
to your old age lam He.” Change is the
law of all creature life. As soon as we are
born we begin to die. But God abides. He
is the rock looking down upon the moving
stream in steadfast calm. But there would
be only discouragement for us in this
thought, were it not that God not only
abides, but “abideth faithful.’’ When we
are able to think of God as our friend, then
the remembrance of His unehangeableness,
Jlis eternal youth, is full of comfort. It
ihakes up for the loss of the freshness of life
bi know that the change is only in us, and
us only tenqsirarily. There is no de
^repitude with God. He teaehfs US this
lUn mirh nature. The
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1, 1878.
ratiomold, but Ihe life-blood *>f it due* not
seem to grow thin. The litlh' bhuli's of
new gHDs just beginning to show thomsehes
in ^luy iditccs are as gre« n an the grass of
our childhood Used to he, God’s life,
whenever he Imparts it, Is always new, fre*h
life. Even to your old ago. He says, count
upon nn* as tli<* very huiiu' you learned to
love and put your trust In al the stall.
The second nfHriiMitloll is that of God's
power to sustain. It is lni|M»rtant for us to
understand in whuL way .God helps num.
There are sorts of assistance that hurl more
than they benefit. The boy who is helped
over nil the hard places In his text books
ne\er makes a scholar. Christ on Ilie pin
nacle of the temple refused that interpreta
tlon of the 01st Psalm that made the words
mean insurance against all bodily harm.
The Apostles were certainly men who ha«l
God's help; but in doing their work they
were crossed at every turn. But Paul ex
plaim 4 it ail when be spoki* of himself as
strengthened in the inner man. It is not by
taking away stumbling bhuks, but by
giving the man strength to surmount
them that God makes good his promises of
help. There is a certain background loom*
spiritual nature, a region that lies in part
b<‘hind our consciousness, a sort of constitu
tion of the soul, and in this unseen region
we are reinforced and math* able to Buffer.
Christ did sometimes receive help from with
out. but He did not invoke the voice from
Heaven whenever men doubted, nor did Ho
call in the angels whenever danger threat
ened. He chose for the most part to depend
on that unseen help of which he spoke when
He said, “I have meat to eat that ye know
not of.” Do not start out on the Christian
course with false expectations. When God
says He will carry, He does not mean carry
on a litter, but as courage “carries” a man
through danger, and as skill carries him
through difficulty. So God’s grace will
“carry” him through everything.
The third affirmation is that of God's
power to deliver. Our religion has been
rightly called the religion of hojie. Christians
are men who believe not only in a future
ife but in a future life of holiness and peace.
There is to be a bringing out of cap
tivity. God is pledged to this.
It is easy to endure trial when we can
definitely foresee the end. The souls of the
martyrs crying from beneath the altar,
“How long, O Lord,” are quieted by the
reply that they shall rest yet for a little
season. Waiting is easy, when deliverance
is sure. We have then a God who assures
us of His unchangeable faithfulness, of His
power to carry us through life, of His inten
tion to deliver at the last. No wonder the
Israelites loved to picture Him under tlu*
figure of a strong-winged eagle, now brood
ing over her young and making them safe
under her feathers, and again soaring out
w ith them from her nest, still motherly and
watchful, but eager to lit them by the disci
pline of effort for that freedom in which
their captivity is by and by to end.
AT THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
afternoon service w’as conducted by the Rev.
William Lamson, D. D., of Brookline, who
gave a discourse from the text, "We walk by
faith not by light.” Then* is, he said, a
significance in living beyond tlu* inere literal
journey, and man must choose one or the
other. Things seen call forth all the energies
<.f man. and cause him to engage in great
enterprises.
If this life were a formality it would not
be desirable to live. It is by faith alone we
attain a knowledge of God. John, the
Baptist, was an ascetic. It was essential to
the efficacy of his mission; but it was not
gloom or ascetism that sustained him. It
was the controlling influence of faitli. Faith
makes its objects real, just as real as if we
saw’ them, it is the evidence of things
unseen.
Such a recognition would have an abiding
influence. He did not believe in a historic
Christ, but in Christ as a Savior. There are
many who believe in the efficacy of prayer
yet do not pray. Why do they neglect it?
Because they lack the one essential (‘lenient
that conduces to i f . Man must be convicted
by faith before he will petition the Almighty
for favors.
Language fails to depict the beauty, glory
and grandeur of Heaven. No one can con
ceive it but by faith. Most men think, feel
and act as if there were no Heaven, subject
to the control of a vague despotism, not be
lief. When convicted by faith, then it shapes
man’s conduct and becomes the coupling
principle by which man takes hold on God,
and without it there can be no Christianity.
The aspirations of a deathless soul will not
be confined to living by sight. It seeks by
the conviction of faith for immortality.
AT THE THOMAS STREET CHAPEL.
Sun lay evening the Rev. Mr. Atwater, the
pastor, preached one of a series of sermons
upon the continuous line of teachings of the
third and fourth chapters of Acts. He con
sidered that nine-tenths of the confusion that
over-clouds the Christian world arises from
Judaism, for the reason that for fully one
thousand years Chistians were without the
Bible. Since Lutheran’s time a mighty power
has grown, but the way to learn true conver
sion is to sit at the feet of the Apostles and
take their testimony; there is nothing in the
way for a moment to keep any human soul
from coming to Christ. All that is necessary
is to turn from one’s own way and go in
God's way. In those who desire to come to
Christ, the change is wrought already, don’t
hold back, but rise up, and call Jesus
Master. Miracles, wonders and signs are
the same; the raising of the dead, the heal
ing of the sick is the testimony. Take the
Book and read the evidence therein con
tained of Christ. The real light of the
world is the sun, not as a body, but as a
light; Jesus stands in the same relation to
the Christian world as the sun does to the
physical. All other evidences combined
need no other faith. Peter and John
carried their credentials in their hands; they
were to cure the lame, raise the dead and
give sight to the blind; a preacher that
speaks now must not be passive, but active.
By grace through faith we are saved; and
that comes by the hearing of the testimony.
Those desirous of coming to Christ must
speak with all boldness. And we know
that the Lord adds to the Church. The
miraculous doings of the time were added
daily testimony. Isaac and Jacob com
municated from ago to age, and in Isaiah the
sufferings of Christ were depicted long be
fore they took place. The speaker closed
with the story of the stone which the
builders rejected, and of its application to
the spiritual church of Christ, and with an
earnest exhortation to the unconverted.
AT THE CHURCH OF THE UNITY
the Rev. W. 11. Cudworth of Boston
preached in the morning on the instincts of
the natural and the spiritual body. The
best of all literature has been written with
reference to to the wants of man's spiritual
nature. He did not want his thoughts to be
taken as conclusions, but as suggestions for
the spiritual nature of each individual to
determine for itself.
The loss of sense or senses did not pre
vent communication between persons, for
the deaf and dumb use only one of the five
senses in communicating with one another.
The action of men’s spiritual body is en
tirely distinct from the natural body as
illustrated by soimiambulism, —of persons
writing, speaking and performing other acts
of which in their waking moments they
were entirely unconscious. Mutual instinct
not common to man—even herbivaous ani
mals do not eat the grasses that are poison,
but select only such as are beneficial and
nutritious.
The law of self-preservation is as active in
the bryte creation as in man, therefore it is
universal ami God«^iven. Il is discontent
that develops man’s intelleetuid faclllticM,
Some natiiH's impress us as those of great
men. Yet man copies from Ilie heaver i«
doming * river, and th** smallest honey bee
that buzzed around Evo In tin* Garden of
Eden, taking her for some flower, con
structed the strongest cell before the inven
tion of geometry. The grandest palace that
the noblest aiihltect could construct, the
adorned ruins, the rarest paintings, and the
costliest statuary, would satisfy buttempo
raiily man'. wants.
Change is the law of man’s nature, an
immortal longing of the soul to attain that
perfection which is in God our Father. Tlu*
mechanic takes the rough on*, and by vari
ous ingenious methods lenders that which
sc(*ms of little value, almost priceless. So
G<»d takes the human soul and through sor
row, atlllctiom misfortune and disappoint
ment bring him into coincidence with the
divine will—ever upward and onward until
he reposes at last on the bosom of the In
finite.
AT HORTICULTURAL HALL
Mr. A. A. Wheelock lectured Sunday even
ing on the relations of Spiritualism and lib
eralism and the w’ork w hich they are to ac
complish. The presiding officer und two or
three ladies occupied the stage, and about
two hundred Spiritualists and free thinkers
of both sexes, with a number of children
the auditorium. These latter ap
plauded the speaker with great en
thusiasm, and a very gratifying re
ception was given to the spirit who selected
Mr. Wheelock as his medium. The lecture
was hardly what might have been expected
from an amiable wanderer in space, being in
the main a violent denunciation of all forms
of religious belief, orthodox or heterodox,
where imperfection of practice may
may be found. Spiritualism was defined
as embracing everything, including all
force, organic life, heaven and hades.
The lecturer spoke very justly of liber
alism, though rather illiberally treating
its principles as essentially the same as those
of spiritualism, and bearing to the earthly
life the same relations of the other to the
existence of the spirit. The audience, which
was a highly respectable one, appeared dee|>-
interested to the close.
NOTES.
The Rev. Mr. Patterson, of Plymouth
Church, preached to a large audience at Me
chanics Hall, Sunday night.
At the Old South Church, in the morning,
the Rev. Carlos Martyn, of Portsmoutji, N.
IL, preached from Psalms 17: 14, on the
wordliness of the times, the corruption in
high places, and kindred themes. The ser
mon was a finished, eloquent effort, abound
ing w ith historical illustrations, and was de
livered with uncommon elocutionary power.
The Rev. Mr. Earle preached in the various
churches in Webster during the day to large
congregations. There is a deep and increas
ing religious interest in the village.
Circuit District Court. —Williams J.
Monday. —A variety of cases were before
the court this morning, though none of them
were of particular importance. The number
of arrests for drunkenness was small in pro
portion to those for selling or receiving
liquors, which may be interpret**d as a favor
able indication of the working of the ex
cise law, or as showing remarkable vigilance
on the part of the State constables. The
other complaints were for minor offences.
John L. Ringaids, charged with the larceny
of an overcoat, plead not guilty, and his
rase was continued to Tuesday morning on
his furnishing S2OO bail.
The case of Ann Maughton, a common
drunkard, was continued to May 1.
Charles Dugan, for drunkenness, was fined
$3 and costs.
Catharine Burke, for lewdness, was sent
to the House of Correction for two months.
Thomas McGaulay, charged with keeping
an unlicensed dog, and Peter Duffy, charged
with the same offence, were discharged.
Michael Alexe appeared to answer to four
complaints of larceny from bis employer, and
was sent to the House of Correction for nine
months.
Charles Wilson and Peter C. O' Laughlin,
for drunkenness, were fined $3 and costs
each.
Albert Parker, for vagrancy, was sent to
the workhouse at Bridgewater for one year.
John Mahoney, charged with receiving
liquor, was discharged.
George B. Adams, of Sutton, for an as
sault and battery, was fined S2O and costs.
George M. Bullard, charged with neglect
ing to provide for his family, had his case
continued to April Bth.
John McNamara, of Mechanic street, was
convicted of keeping liquor, and was fined
slo and costs, and for maintaining a nuis
ance, SSO and costs.
Knights of Pythias Anniversary.
The anniversary of Damascus Lodge
Knights of Pythias, to take place on Friday
evening in Mechanics Hall, promises to be
one of the most brilliant events of the sea
son. The managers have secured the ser
vices of Mr. P. S. Gilmore, and the music
will be furnished by his band under the
leadership of Mr. Gilmore in person. A
promenade concert will be given from 8 to
half-past 9, introducing the novelty of a
quartette for cornets, executed by M. Ar
buckle, P. S. Gilmore, Gustave A. Patz and
(.’has. J. Roe. The decorations will be fur
nished.by Col. Beals & Son of Boston, who
promise to eclipse any of their previous ef
forts in Mechanics Hall. The decorations
will be in part those that were used in the
Coliseum during the “World's Jubilee,”
emblems of the order, etc. The platform
will be arranged as a garden scene, made of
flowers, with a cologne fountain in the cen
tre, behind which the musicians will be
stationed. This cannot but present a strik
ingly beautiful effect. The grand entree of
Knights in full regalia will take place at 9
o’clock, and dancing will commence at half
past 9. A banquet will be given at the Bay
State House at 11 o’clock, (hiring which the
band will give a concert on the platform of
the dining hall. The number of gallery
seats already sold and the low price at which
they are placed will insure a full house.
Cleaning the Streets.
The Street Commissioner is enjoying, just
now, something rather worse than Hercules
even attempted. It was all very wejl for the
latter to throttle serpents and sweep out the
Augean stables, but he was prudent that he
never tried to clean Main street at the close
of a hard winter, for his reputation would
have been blasted. As it is, the crust of ice
two feet deep is all but impenetrable, and
the work of removing it is extremely dif
ficult. A large force of men was employed
yesterday, however, and a very sensible im
pression was made.
The street raih way company commenced
yesterday to clear their track from Austin
street to South Worcester, and exjiect to
have cars running on that portion of the
ro;ui this forenoon, and to the City Hall be
fore night. The last car that passed over
the road was on the night of December 2Gth
last, and for the last ten days the sleighs
with which their places were supplied have
also been withdrawn.
Elect in of OlHeers.
Last Friday evening, “The Washing
tonian Division of the Sons of Temperance”
elected the following named persons for
their officers for the ensuing quarter, com
mencing April Ist: L. Q. Spaulding. W. I*.;
J. F. Sargent, W. A.; C. A. Barboiu; R. S.;
Miss E. E. Brownell, A. R. S.; J. F. Hervey,
Chaplain; C. B. Whitcomb, C.; Miss L.
Douglass, A. C.; 11. P. Bliss, I. S.; Jolin
McCready, O. S.; Miss L. S. Long, L. S.:
William E. Starr, P. W. P.
New York waiters propose, tjt) join the
strike.—7W. There is no darter of their
doing it as Jong as they are wai
“Th** Blimhiilhk Nprlnir Time.”
By some iiigmilous I hough popular falbj^^
Il has become a matter of rustoni
( > hHdr(*u of men to regard th(* month
March ns a Spring month, mid the vcnu.M
equinox as a physical fact and not a fignien^
of the brain. Indeed, om* Mr. Tliompsc^H
has haiub <1 hinix If down to posterity, as tIM
author of that immortal mid strictly ui^H
truthful reinmk concerniiig the hcautii s
the Spring time uhich inelliirs ns to doubM
htinimi nature, and to make Ills name a by^
word mid a reproach among mankind. Il
unpleasant, not to say mortifying to oneI*] 1 *]
sell respect, to prepare for aphasi* of nature J
to prepare to “pucker” our physical systi iin
so to speak, mid being so prepared, to be dis; J
appointed in tin* most wanton and codl
lciiiptuou> manner. But il is diflirult to
ereise e\eu tie lieallkicst imagination wi^K
out proper regard of thernioiiieirie rules,
the man who could find in the weather^H
the last two weeks anything approacliin.i^^B
buds and b|o>som< and Spring -had and
niance, and early greens and bird's ue^M
and.other thing-, would he quite capable^!
slipping up on the peel of an organ oi IH
finding in the clothes of life a proper exci^H
for attending church. So in an inspiri^H
mixtun* <4 snow and ice. that would make^B
transplanted citizen of Siberia homesick,
have smezed as those without hope; our na
speetive noses have sounded like th<l
haut-boy and the fluff*, and the burn J
dress has fattened on our consumptioil
of the clean bandanna; goloshes have nofl
protected nor have troches and cherry pectofl
ral relieved. Life is become distasteful
its uncertainty of weather and we lay asil^H
our skates with the impression that we sb a®
nerd them for buckirbri rying in the suinnu^B
while we hang up our mittens imbued wiM
a vague idea that they will be useful in niil^H
ing our ir«* cream cow am the Fourth of Ju^B
We turn up our collar ami put a brick at
feet as w e step to the window to hear
blue birds sing, ami wr remain in a pain^H
state of irresolution while dressing in t^B
morning, whether the proper thing to or^H
for breakfast will be buckwheats or sti^Ba
IH-rries, Yet in spiteuf this, crocusses l^B
appeared in a few sunny spots; in the
the buds <»f the earlier trees an* devel^B
and an occasional flock of geese wiii^B -
way lazily overhead : ami if ;• ro<»ter^^&^
dinars per-istem) ami ability be sta^^Hi
under the window of your sh epiiig-roon^^K
will l>c cou\jm-e«l. about 5 o'clock iu^B||
morning, that Spring has arrived to
-idi-raitli'< At< iit. ami \ouwill probal^^E^
im-limd to i i-c up ami call it anytll^B'
blc'scd. Still it i- difficult. ju>t al
to di.-cnibarrass oneself of the idt^B
Nature i- playing an inum n-c praelic^^^®
upon us. ami that we are the victim^B /
"April lAxd” <4 itn< • >lllll l<.ii liiagiiilu^^^^g
One of ( he Pleasures of the
Depot s Sln rill Raw-on M. *-oul<l^B
braird the tvo uly-iitih anniversary i^B"
marriage, yesterday. Il was a very^Bc"?
crh-braliou iimd la-i « \. i ing. whcn|B|||||
brr of hi- lri» nd- in th. Sheriff's olli^^H
thought it proper that he -hoiild take ^B||^
of time in other ways than by its 10.-^B
lured him at hi- house on Summit t^B
and presented him with a very
French clock in marble and bionze.^B^
John A. Dana, assistant clerk o^H
County Court, made tin* complaint in ?^BdC
dicimis ami impn -.-ise a manner th:^B J
prisoner, who wa> de ( ply effected, ^B
obliged |o throw himself upon the mci^H ’
the court in his reply to the charge. ^B>^
presentation was merely an indicatio^B
the esteem in which the Sheriff is held.^H
was happily com t ised and executed. ’l'^Bg
are objections to this kind of thing, I^BM
ever, a- il may be apt to create an mdH I ^^
thirst for office ami wedding anniversarß^B
Presentation to a Clergyman. ^^fl
The Rev. J. O. Know le.-. fur some t^H
pa<tor of Grace (M. E.) Church. ha<
naled his conmetion with that body
leaves the city to-day. In expression of^B
regard in which he has been h<dd by his^B
ishioners. there was as an informal gat^B
ing at hi- residence, on Bowdoin street,
evening, nearly two hundred of his con^H
gat ion being present. After the comp^B
had assembled. Mr. Ira G. Blake, in a i.^B
speech, presented him in behalf of
friends, with a handsome silver service, ^B|
at $125. Several other gifts were also m^fl
and tlu* affair, which was entirely ^B^
promptu, proved a very agreeable ami gr^K
tying one. Mr. Knowles will probably g^B
Rockland, Me. ^Bg
City Mortulity.
The number of deaths in this city du^B|
the week ending Saturday, March 29, ^B;
eighteen. Of these thirteen wen* maleq^B
five iemaics; seven were married: four
over 7u. and one over 80. The cause^B
death wen*: Consumption, 2; paralysis^B;
lung fever, 2; exhaustion, 1; Bright’s B
ca>e. 1: accidental. 1 : bowel complaint^K
brain fever. 1: inflammation of bowels^K
water on the brain. 1: still born, 2; infai^W
disease. 2.
Sales of Church Seats. ।
At the sale of pews at the Central Chu^K
last evmiing, the highest premium paid|^B
any pew was s|s, and the amount of pn^B
urns. sllO. The total amount of the ^B
w as $2,157.
Then* were but few person- present at^B
sale of scats in the First Baptist Church ■
night. Tie* majority of the pews wereß
tained by their former occupants.
The copartnership of Williams &
proprietors of the Lincoln House, has h^B
dissolved. Mr. A. G. Williams retiring. I
is succeeded by Air. S. W. Balcom,
lime of the Tremont House, in Boston, ;^B
later <»f the Yictoria, at St. John, N. B. i^B
house is to be enlarged and improved on^B
extensive scale. L :
Rescript from the Supreme Courts r,^
The following rescript was receiv(*d at ^Bf
Clerk’s office Monday forenoon.
Nelson Stockwell vs. the iidubitants^Bd
Fitchburg. This was an action of
brought by the plaintiff tor the recovery^B;
damages, said to have* been sustained B
him on the 27<h day of April. IS7I. on M;^B
street. Fitchburg, by reason of an alh-<j^B
defect in the highway of that place. FrAB
the testimony (if the plaintiff in the case^f*
appeared that he entered the Rollstone
House from Main street at nine o’clock on
the evening of the 27th day of April, 1871;
that he remained in the house until about^
ten o'clock in the evening; that he theiß
left the house for the purpose of going to the"
stable, which was situated on Main street on
the opposite side and several rods below, <
and in passing directly from the Rpllstuim J
House to the stable ho other street than
Alain would be entered; that he was not
certain that before the accident he had ।
crossed the easterly line of the
highway relocated in ISSO, but that he went |
in the gcm*ral direction and course of Alain .
street when lie was precipitated into a pas-J
sage-way. It also appeared in evidence that I
the sidewalk was continuous and of uniform J
surface on both sides of the easterly line |B
the relocated highway except at such pa^H
sage-way to the cellar; that there was t^B
indication of the limits or boundaries <^B
said highway at the point in dispute excei^B
two stone bound the top of which were o^B
a line with the sidewalks, and that the'Sid^B
walk extended to the front line of the buih^B
ing. I’poii this evidence the plain^^H
claimed that it |was not incumbent iq^B
him to show that after leaving the Rollst^B
Housi* and before the accident he li^B
crossed the easterly line of the highway B
location in 1850. The presiding justi^B
ruled that it was incumbent upon the plaii^B
tiff to show that after leaving the RollstonM
House and before tin* ajffident that he luu^H
travelled within the IhflK of the relocate™
highway, to W’hich^Bng the plaintiff exH
^B
The Supreme ^Bu*t overruled the exce^B
tions for the reajpn that the place where t^B|
accident hapjM'iJ.t was not within the limi^K
of the high way j
Freight by^lie Norwich route is ve^B
heavy and tW/boats are making frtM|,uei^B
extra trips. BJgood indication of an’acti’^B
spring Vu-in«| fer qui- merchants ^B|

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