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N An Insane Testator and a Crazy Guardian. Important Decision by Surro gate Hutchinga. Suit Against the Mutual* Gas light Company. FORFEITURE OF TWEED'S BAIL. Surrogate Hutchmgs yesterday rendered a decision Iti the matter of the guardianship Kate W. Sbcp hcrd, Infant daughter of Samuol C. Shepherd, formerly one ol the most successful shipping merchants In this City. In his decision Surrogate Hatchings gives a full history of the case and the proceedings taken, of which the following is a synopsis:? This matter comes before me for consideration on two petitions?one of Mrs. Elizabeth T. Damarell, lo vacate an order made on Ibe 21st day of November, 1873, removing her as testamentary guardian and ap pointing Miss Emily H. Walker guardian of the person of Kate W. Shepherd, an infant, and another of Miss Abby J. Walker, to remove Mrs. Damarell from the guardianship, to which position of conUdttncc she was appointed by the lust will and testament of Samuel C. Shepherd, tue child's father. Mr. Sbephord wax a member of a successful firm of ahlpplng merchants in the city of New York, and re sided ou Thirty fifth street at the time of Ins death, which occurred from suicide in September, 187a He bad lost his wifo iu 1808 live ysare before his own death. She died shortly aPcr gi !.>|? birth lo the infant the custody of whom is Iho matter now at Issue. Mrs. Damarell was employed an the monthly nurse of Mrs. Shepherd at the lime ol the birth of the child, and she remained In tho house thereafter for the period of a lew days from Mrs. Shepherd's death. Some weeks subsequently, on the rccomihondation of Dr. V. N. Otis, the family physician, she was employed by Mr. Shepherd as housokeeper, and was entrusted with the special care of the infant, In which position she romalnod employed continuously until the latter part of 1873. Mr. Shepherd was married to Miss Kale Walker, the mother of his child, about the year 1868. s His wife was a member of a very intelligent and wealthy family, residing and occupying a high social position in the city of Boston. Subsequent lo the death of his wife Mr. Shepherd became subject to periods of great mental depression and melancholy. The despond ency which overcame him at these periods was so deep that he announced that be expected to die in an Insane asylum; that his firm had sustained great losses, and that ruin was impending, when in fact they wero In the nudst of great prosperity, and under such belief he even curtailed bis household ex penses to an almost absurd extent Mr. Shep herd's will was subsequently ofTcred for pro bate. No one appeared to contort the justness Of Its provisions, or perba|>s the validity ol the instru ment, and especially of the clause appointing Mrs. Da marell the testamentary guardian of the child, mieht have been contested in limine, ou the ground ol hia own insanity, and a docislou hud tbereou. Mrs. Daraareli then being confessedly insane, and the ?tnld being left without any one lo take legal charge of her person and proporty, a petition was filed by Mrs. . Shepherd, tho paternal grandmother, asking lor the appointment us guardian of Mr. Ward, Mr. Shepherd'.? Inte partner; and another was filed by Mr. Edward J. Walker, asking for the appointment of Miss Emily H. Walker, a maternal aunt. The two peti tion! were considered in tho one proceediug, and by consent Miss Emily U. Walker was ap pelated to the guardianship, with the entire approval, So lar aa known, of all the relatives of the child. Mrs. Damarell, although the testamentary guardian, had no part In that proceeding, nor was she cited on It, which was undoubtedly an oversignt, and was fatal to the order which I then made, so far as It purported to remove her from tho position to which she had been appointed by tho will, aud as tho rights of Mrs. Damarell wero not affected by the first pro ceeding, by reason of her not being made u party thereto, tho order then granted, so far ns It purports to remove her, should bo vacated, and a decree will Ibere foro be entered to that effect. The proceeding, therefore, now before me, Is upon the application ol Miss Abby J. Walker to remove Mrs. Damarell, as testamentary guardian, on tho ground of incompetency, and for the appointment of Miss Emily H. Walker, a maternal aunt, whu now has custody of the child undor the previous order appointing her to the guardianship. The word "incompetency," as ap plied to guardiausbip, Is one, in my judgment, of broad signification and comprehensiveness, like the word nnsuitkblcnesM aa applied lo a trustee. In my opinion H bas relation, not merely to the mental condition and moral status of a testamentary gir rdian, but that, in the intcrerts of tho child iu respect of nurture, caro, education and aafety, the Court may take into consideration the relative social and pecuniary position of the guardian to the infant. My judgment is averse to tbe separation or a child, bereft of Its parents, from Ita parents' relatives who sro fitted to take their place, and espe cially from ona who, through lbs of sisterly affection to the mother, clings to a child with as much aflection as though she were lier owu, and, still furllior, where there is reasonable ground to believe that there Is in competency on the parlor the person named as guardian In the wlli. Suppose Mr. Shepherd, a man ol wealth aud high social position, had, in making lna will in 1870 (when 1 am satisfied from the evidence he waa in a disordered menial coudition), selected au In ferior doincauc in his house as the guardian ol his cbtld, would it not be within the province of the Court, considering tbe social status ol the parents and of the families to which they belonged, the child beiug the Inheritress of wealth, to remove such person Irom the guardianship, and lo vest it in others of undoubted ?'competency" or fitness? To my mind there would be no qneslion In reference lo its power. A letter written by Mr. Shepherd soon alter the death of his Wife to her sister, Miss Abby Walker, shows thai he regarded her as the one, above all others, lo whose care and nurture the child should be confided, though, two years after, be executed a will, in wlueh he appointed as testa mentary guardian Mrs. Damarell, a stranger to tho blood ol hiuisell and wife, and whose social position and education were bel?w thai of the child's parents. In Tlcw of bis previously expressed feelings In reference to Miss Walker, his suddeu change of sentimcut exhibited in the appointment ol Mrs. Damarell la only to bo ascribed to the (act of an insane condition. In fact, it la evident to my iiitud that Moth the testator and the testamentary guardiau were ins.inc. In refer ence to tbe Insanity of Mrs. Damarell thrro Is, in my opinion, no doubt. Between the (all of 1871 and the period of Mr. Shepherd's death she had two distinct attacks. She recovered from the first and remained in an apparently normal coudition for about six months^ wbon she bad a relapse, from which she had not rccov-1 cred at the time of Mr. Shepherd's death ; nor did her friends deem bur in a condition to apply for a recogni tion of her rights ns testamentary guardian until more than a year after his death. Beforo this affliction overcame ber, tbe evidence shows lhat she was caiin and self possessed; that afterward she lost control ol her nervous system, and was depressed, and ex hibited symptoms of mingled moiancliollu, hypochon dria and hysteria. The question, therefore which is presented to me at this time is whether Mrs Damarell, though at present apparently recovered, Is In such con dition as to justify me in deciding that it would be s:ifo to intrust her with the guardianship of the person of the Infant, she having been, within a short period, twice a subject of Insanity. Mrs. Damarell has appeared In court during these proceedings, and she la apparently sane. She has tes tified in the case as a witness, and exhibits now, I am frank to say, all the evidences of recovery; but it is not conclusive to roe. a layman, of her absolute recovery. Certainly Mrs, Damarell, at the time of tho death of Mr. Shepherd, was not', and had not been lor over ? yoar previous, nor was ?ho for months afterward, by reason of her insanity, a proper person to have tbe custody of the child. The evidence which lias been given of ber incompetency, during that period, is not disputed. It is Impossible to predict what may be ; tbo ultitnato condition of a person who has been afflicted with a mental aberration. In view of this tragic culmination of Insanity in this very household, witnoiit recurring to the illustrations in modtcal litera ture, It appears to me that 1 would be taking a responsi bility which no court would be justified In doing, were ' l lo give this child to the care of a testamentary guar dian who haa l>een twice insane and loufeasedly incom petent for a long period to assume a trust which waa given to her by thu will of Mr. Shepherd; and in thla aerious aspect of tho case 1 cannot assume It There Is another consideration whlcb has some weight with me in the disposition ol this case. Two considerations as affecting her preseut themselvea lo tny mind. One is, tbat her comfort, happiness, culture and education are reasonably assured, under favorable circumstances and surroundings, in the care of her aunt, the present guardian; the other is a want of ?ncli assurance, even with ibe best of Intentions, in vie* of disparity of social position and education be tween Mrs. Damarell arid the family of the child. The sunt is a lady of wealth, education nnd refinement, Occupying a superior position in New York and Boaton society. The child, who Is the principal object of her affection, as representing a deceased sister, between wbom and herself great affection existed, is now about eight years of ago, and has been two years under her present guardian, and, undoubtedly, regards ber with the same feelings she would entertain for her mother If living. Mrs. pamarell, on the contrary, Is a lady in very moderate circumstances She has no Income, and ber testimony shows that sho has hatt limited facilities for obtaining education, not having attended school Since sbe was twelve years of age; while she Is no oos Bectlon by blood with' the child proposed to be placed In ber care. I am asked, nnder the ft>rmi of law, to separate the chid from Ita natural guardian; to remove her from associations which sbe is entitled lo contlnuo from the t condition of her birth ; to deprive her of tbe opportuni ties of education and of ber proper placo in society, which are now reaaonably assured, aud virtually to place her In a lower atatlon in lite, with aaaoclatlona which cannot he congenial, and lo deprive her of tbat affection to which she bas been accustomed during tbe last two veara. It would be a most serious act for me to perforin. It Wonid be little less than judicial cruelty, wnich a court, In mr opinion, would not beluatlfled In doing. But, in deciding the matter at isnue, I am not governed by those ?onaideratious, except collaterally. I hold, in view of th? statute, especially taking the word "lneomceicn?j" in tta broad signification or unsultabitnesa *u<I apply ing it to tbe past condition ol Mm. Damarell, and with the possibility evaa of a roeurrcnca of her inoataJ dis order and its consequences upoa the destiny of the rhikl, that the application or Mtsa Abhy J. Walker for the removal of Mrs. Damarell as testamentary guardian should be granted, anil a decree to that effect will, therefore, be catered, and leave the appointment of Miss Kinily H. Walker aa guardian of the child, hereto fore entered, with tbe botida given thereunder, to re main iu lull force and effect. A DISPUTE ABOUT GAS STOCK. Cornelius A. Bunner claim* that he was ono of tbe original incorporators of the Mutual Gaslight Company and one of the hard workors to procurc its Incorpora te in 180& He ban brought suit against tbe company, alleging that shortly after the incorporation (without giving tbe date) tbe Board of Directors passed a resolu tion awarding $200,000 in stock, to be distributed as tbo Executive Committee should direct, for services. Under this resolution, be saya, tbo Executive Commit tee diatrtbuted $00,000 in shares in stock among the directors equally, and $104,000 in stock to live of tbe Executive Committee. Bunner claims that he was both one of tbe directors under the first resolution and one of the Executive Committee under the second; and he admtla the receipt, when such shares were awarded, of 200 share- under the second resolution, and claims that aixty shares were pill to his credit tiuder the first. He lias sold the 200 shares and now sues for tho "other sixty sharea. Not being an acknowledged stockholder, he has no access to the books, except through the interposition ol the courts, aud he, there fore, applied to Judge Donohue, In Supreme Court, Chambers, yesterday, for the purpose of framing his complaint, that the company may be compelled ettlMT to deposit in court or give tree access to the books anu minutes o( tho directors and of the Executive Commit tee ;md the stock ledger The defendants deny plaintiff's right to any more stock than lie has received, and claim that his ailidavit is so indefinite a? to tuuo that they ought not to bo com pelled to exhibit their books to him, aud that the state ments of counsel to them are so delimte that plaintiff certainly cannot need the books of tho company to form bis complaint. Judge Donohue, after hearing the argument, took the papers, reserving his decision. TWEED'S BAIL. It will be remembered that a motion was made some time ago before Judge Donohue for a forfeiture of the bail of William M. Tweed on the several Indictments ponding against him. The final abdication of the mat ter was adjourned from time to time, and an early de cision was not expected. Judge Donohuo yesterday, however, granted the District Attorney's motion to de clare forfoltod the reco?nixances of the ball for Tweed on the seven indictments lor felony. Tho Judge says he cannot see any authority for a judge of a criminal court refusing such an application. District Attorney Phetps and Mr. Field arranged to submit to Judge Donohue. in Oyer and Terminer, on the 30th of Decem ber, their respective papers, 50 as to have all the points in, with the view of propurlng a case for review by the General Term ol the Supreme Court. Thus the matter stands lor the present. DECISIONS. 6UFREME OOl'BT?CHAMBERS. By Judge Donohue. Weise vs. Weise.? 1 am not satisfied with tbe proofs. North River Savings Bank vs. Delametor; Macy vs. Strobel.?Granted. Crooks vs. Otard.?Three motions granted. Shultz vs. Nickerson.?Denied. Bri^s vs. Fox.?Motion denied, with costs. By Judge Westbrook. Citizens'insurance Company vs. Harris ctal.? Mo tion deuied, without costs. Memorandum. SUPREME COURT?CIRCUIT? TART 2. By Judge Loew. Aberncthy et al. vs. Franklin.- Case settled. HUPUKME COT7BT?SPECIAL TEEM. By Judgo Van Brunt. Purdy vs. Schlessingcr et aL and Hellburh vs. Raccy el al.?Findings settled. Casserley, Jcc., vs. Manners et al.?Case and findings settled. By Judge Donohue. fiauthlcr vs. Douglas Manufacturing Company.? Judgment for plaiutiff. Opinion. SUPERIOR COURT?SPECIAL TERM. By Judge Sedgwick. Birney vs. LcCouiit?Tho ?u*w< r seoms to have been Interposed in good faith. Motion dented, with $10 costs to defendant to abide event. Mudlhon avenue Baptist church vs. Baptist church In Oliver street Fee memorandum for counsel DuUois vs. Miller.?Default opened on condition that defendant pay $5 costs of motion, that judgmont stand aa security that defendant give bond with one surety in $300 to" pay judgment that may bo recovered, that issues be rel< rred, he. Clcgg vs. Harool at al.?Undertaking approved. Mlergon vs. Hart.?I think tha oaso should be placed for trial on the jury calendar. Gleggner vs. Berlin.?Motion granted. Seaman vs. Reynolds et al. ; Mcl'arlan vs. Mcl'ar lan.?See memoranda lor counsel Star Fire Insurauco Company vb. Faltner et al ? Motion granted, with $10 costs to abide event. COMMON PLEAS?SPECIAL TERM. By Judge Robinson. The Security Bank of the City of Now York vs. tho National Bank of tbe Republic.?Case and amendments settled. SUMMARY OF LAW CASES. Ex-Rocorder Smith moved before Judge Donoliue yesterday, in Supremo Court, Chambers, on habeas corpus, to dlsrhargo on bail William J. Ree, held tor bond forgery. The answer was that the prosecution were ready to try him any day. Iieclsion reserved. The extraordinary ease of John O'Gorman vs. Henry Klaroak, on trial Toe the second time before Judge Larremore, in the Common Pleus Court, was given to the Jury last night and a sealed verdict will be given this morning. Plaintiff claims that ho loosed his house to the defendant in part for his support, and that while plied with liquor by Klatnak, and In delirium tremens, he signed a deed giving his house to Klamak. The point is whi ther plaintiff was non compos mentis when siglling the deed. A decision of considerable interest was made yester day t>y Judge Sedgewtck of the Superior Court, in the case oi Joseph E. Uloggner va Jacob licrlin. l'laiutiff sued lor being the unpaid balance of $8.0<>0 whii.'h he left on Uep osit with defendant and also $801 commission for sales of certain goods. I he defendant admits receiving the money and that plaintiff was en titled to commissions, but sets up lor a iefenrc that he Is au importer of straw goods and that plaintiff Was em ployed by him to visit Europe and obtain consignments of straw goods to him; that It rlin did not obtain as large an amount of consignments as he promised, and by reason of which defendant lost at least $5,000; that plaintiff neglected his business ami made representations to several merchants that defendant was retiring from business, whereby said consignors withdrew their patronage from Mm, which caused a lo sofat least $10,000. The plaintiff demurred to the answer, and Judge Sedgcwick gave judgment fur plaintiff on tho demurrer, saying the matter demurred to was not available as a counter claim un der section 160 of the Code, and docs not arise out of the contract. Defendant, however, grts leave to amend on payment of costs. Mr. A. S. Sullivan ap peared tor tiie plaintiff, while Mr. Vand?rpoel was the representative of the defendant. Keodoro Mlerson, proprietor of tho New York Journal, sued Henry Hart for $12,000 on throe notes, two lor $5,000 each and one for $2,000, which, as the plaintiff alleges, were nindo to him by tho de fendant. It is clainfod, on the other hand, that the plaintitr and defendant were joiutly interested fn the Now York Journal, and that they were anxious to obtain the Corporation advertising. The defendant avers that he entered into negotiations with certain city officials, and Anally succeeded in obtaining the city contract. He claims, further, that he was obliged to s|>end a considerable amount of money to secure the desired patronage, and that plaintiff asked b m to give hun some memorandum as a voucher for the money so expended, whcrtupon the notes In question were drawn up by the plaintiff and signed by the defendant Defendant further says that he cannot easily read written papers, and be relied on the plaintiffs representation Ui&t th. se papers were receipts. Hart also sets up a counter claim of fllteeti per cent on the advertising paid an compensation for his services, per contract. The aase will be tried early next month. Tho bill of particular* given in Hart's answer shows that money paid to obtain the advertising was given to Watson atd Sweeny. In 1871 ho paid Watson $12,000, in sums of $2,000, and $3,000 to Swoeny. His own percentage alleged to he due on the advertisements obtain*! amounts to about $26,000 at fifteen per cent. WASHINGTON PLACE POLICE COURT. Before Judge Kllbreth. SrprOfilD LABCBNY OF BILLIARD BALLS. Officer McOowan, of the Fifteenth precinct, found John Woods, an intoxicated and seedy looking indi vidual. on Monday evening attempting to loll four ivory billiard balls to tlio pedestrians on Broadway. At Court yesterday Woods said ho found tho balls In a cellar at 110th street ami Third avenue. The prisoner was committed lor furthor evidence, a stticidb's effects. James Cornell, formerly employed by Mrs. Sarah H. Ford, at No. 23 Waverley place, was accused of stealing four shirta The prisoner stated that in August last Constantino Uroetche! was a boarder In the house and one evening said to him, "Jim, I am going to commit suicldo to night and you ran have my clothing and effects." He paid no attention to his words, but next morning Qroetchel was found dead in bis room from taking poison. Later he remembered the dead man's words and took hia shirta and watch and chain. Mrs. Ford objected to I hie way of fulfilling a will and had Cornell arrested for stealing four shirts, she believing that all the property of the dead man should go to his heirs. The prisoner was hold In $300 bail to answer at Special Sesaiona THB EXCISE LAW. There were ten eaaes of violation of the Excise law brought before the Court In one case, John McOlnnia, of No. 444 Tenth avenue, resisted arrest and struck Officer Fitanatrick, <ft the Twentieth nreeinct. savera. sever* blow* on tho head, nearly destroying the slghl of hie left eyet McGinnis was held id $100 for violation of the Excise law and in $500 for assaulting the officer. HTEAUNO A SHAWL. Delia Pari*, ol No. 300 West Thirty-ninth street, ?u held to answer for stealing a shawl valued, at *100, from Mrs. Mary Plunkett, of No. 46 East Forty second street Tho prisoner admitted having stolen and . pawned the shawL BSSEX MABKET POLICE COURT. Before Judge Ottcrbourg. KEEPING A DISORDERLT HOUSE. Alois Waudling, of No. 81 Kivington street, was held ' In $1,000 bail to answer for keeping a disorderly house. The complainant was Officer Mullen, of the Teutb pro due'. THE TvOTTIIlY LAW. Hiram Wout* wag held in $1,004 bail for keeping a policy shop at No. 121 Cherry street. The complainant was Kate Clear*, of No. 3 Catharine slip, who bought a ticket and did not receive a prize. John McPaul, of No. 25 Bayard street, was held In $1,000 lor trial for Mealing thirty yards ol waterproof cloth, valued at $;>0 50, from Alexander Fields' store, No. 24!M.ruiid street David E. Marshall, an employ*, witnessed the thelt and caused the arrest of the pris oner. POLICE COURT NOTES. At the Tombs Police Court yesterday, before Justice Flammer, Edward Pay, of No. 3 Spring street, was held to answer for keeping a lottcVy policy office. At tho same Court yesterday Lewis Keesley was held to answer (or stealing a piece of meat, valued at thirty cents, Irorn the store ol Jacob Sparry, No. 602 Pearl street. Tlio prisoner said that hunger -drove him to Qommlt the act The following judgments were yesterday filed in the County Clerk's olllco against the tlrui of Duncan, Sher man & Co. :?Thompson Dean, $40,942 72; Fourth Na tional Bank, $50,067 13; Stephen 1'. Cox and John H. Sedgwick, $8,869 65; Chatham National Hank ol New York, $10,217 91, Smith Owen, $10,274 32. Notices of foreclosure for the sum of $45,000 was yes terday filed in the County Clerk's offl<e by Mr. August Belmont against property of Thomas J. Creamer, sit liated at 106th and 107th streets, between Third and Loxlngton avenues. COURT CALENDARS?THIS DAY. SvrRiMK Court?Chamrirs?Held by Judge Brady.? Nos. 26, 26, 49, 67, 82, 85, 86, 141, 162, 183, 169, 179, 180, 185, 197, 216, 222, 226, 220, 231, 230, 238, 239, 210, 241, 242. 243, 244, 247, 249, 254, 269, 291, 276, 282, 2*3, 286, 302, 304, 307, 310, 311, 312. Sitrhior Court?Si-scut.Tkkm?Held by Judge Sedg wick.?Nos. 44, 14, 27. A SCHOOL PRINCIPAL DISGRACED. FOUR THOUSAND BIX HUNDRED DOLLARS DAM AGES AWARDED FOR THE SEDUCTION OF AN ASSISTANT SCHOOL TKACHER. Flmiikuto*, N. J., Dec. 28,1875. At the regular term of the Hunterdon County Circuit Court, just closed in this town, Joseph R. Wert, of Lambertviile, was awnrded damages amounting to $4,600 lor the seduction of hia daughter Julia by a schoolmaster named Leman K. St rouse. Mr. Strouso was the principal of a public school at Lambertville and Miss Wert was employed as an assistant teacher under him. Through this means an lu timacy between them sprung up, which resulted Id the disgrace of the young lady. Her testimony was of the most damaging character, and II true It places Strouso in a very unenviable position. The alleged seducer was a married man at the time. The fact of tho seduction was not deniod by the defence, but vn olfort was made to Impeach tho character of Miss Wert. She is twenty-two years ol age. The jury after an absence ot two hours re turned a verdict for the amount above slated. THK INOKCKST ASSAULT CASK. Charles Hopewoll, the youttg man who was con victed of an indecent assault on a girl named Kate Fowler, but fourteen years of age, reported in the Herald of Saturday lost, was sentenced to six months imprisonment in tho Couuty Jail and ordered to pay a Jlne of $500 and the costs of the trial. THE PUBLIC SCHOOL QUESTION. IMPORTANT PROPOSITION OF A CATHOLIC CLERGYMAN IN JERSEY CITY. The Rev. Patrick Hennessey, pastor of St. Patrick's church, corner or Brumhull and Ocean avenues, Jersey City, has submitted to tho Board of Education In that city a proposition which involves one solution of the vezod school question. He proposes to place hie school, with an attendanco of six hundred children, under the sole charge and jurisdiction of the Board. He will ask no rent for the schoolrooms, nor will. be make any charge for school desks and other apparatus, all ?f which are already provided. The school rooms will he heated, swept and kept in good order at his expense. He will furnish a principal and kssisMui male teacher, subject to tho usual examination by the Board, at an aunual salary ol (800 and (5u0 respectively; and a principal female teacher, at a salary of (400; with female assistant, at a salary of $260, nil subjcct to the examination and rules of the Board. No religious instruction shall be given in the schools except the reading of the Bible in tho morning, and the recitation of tho Lord's Prayer. The Board may provide the books now in use in the public schools oat of the public appropriation, or, if he bo permitted to retaiu the books now 111 use, he will furnish them nt bis own ex penso. It the Bo:trd appoint him head of the schools, he agrees to serve without pay, aud to bo subject in all cases to tho authority of the Superintendent and the Board of Education. He submits that his proposition, if accepted, will elfect a large saving to the taxpayers, since uudcr his plan tho expense of educating 000 children will be less than (400, while, It the childron were placed In the publio schools of the district their education would cost the cltv at least (15,000, not to mention the cost of addi tional school room. He concludes by remarking that such a plan would be a practical and legal settlement of a very difficult question, wnuld give satisfaction to a large class of citizens, and would commend Itself to all lair-minded men. The proposition lias been relcrrcd to a special committee ol the Board, consisting of the President (Mr. Lyon) and Messrs. Chapman, McGrath, Thomas and Jewell, who will report on It at tho next meeting of the Board. THE PROPOSED SCHOOL BILL. It is understood that a bill is new being prepared and will l>e submitted to the next Legislature, the object ot whtch Is to change the method of solectlng trustees and School Commissioners; In fact, to placo the power of appointing them in the hands of the Mayor and Common Council. A republican member of the Board of Eduction who was interviewed yesterday expressed Iniusclf quite freoly about it. Ho said he had heard of the bill and that It was being pre pared by democratic members. He was totally averse to it on the ground th t If tho proposed change was made the Board would be exclusively democratic and partisan. In his opinion the present Board Is thor oughly non partisan and composed of Intelligent men. Should the bill be passed it would be In the Interest of radical democrats, and he feared for tho result. BRUTAL CAR CONDUCTORS; Instances of brutality on the part of some of the con. ductors of street railway cars are bocoming more fre quent. A correspondent writes that on Friday last his wife was a passenger on a Third avenne car going up town, when an Irishman, evidently a laborer and under the Influence of liquor, was allowed to enter the vchl cle. The conductor look tho fare from htm and allowed him to ride a short distance; but tho Irishman was un. ablo to sit np properly and the conductor became an gry. He roughly seized his victim and pushed him trom the car. The poor mau fell heavily on his back and the brutal conductor left him lying on the street. A short time ago an intoxicated German got on a Third avenue car in Harlem and was similarly handled. Another passenger expostulated with the conductor and asked him why he did not call a policeman to take the man out. The conductor answered that If he had done so It would have cost him bis pay for the next day, for be would have to appear at the Police Court against tho man, and It was belter to "pitch him off." Tho passenger said, "Suppose that you had killed him." Tho brutal conductor answered, "I don't care a damn." THE HIRSCH REVENUE FRAUDS. Yesterday afternoon the appraisers, who havo been engaged for several days In estimating the value of the seised baggage of Mr. Hirsch, of Philadelphia, closed their labors and made their report to Deputy Collector Phelps. It is as follows:?The value of (3,060 18 is placed on the goods intended to havo been sraugglod, and the value of the personal effects is set down as merely (ft). The esse will be tried at Newark ou ac count of tne seizure of tho goods having been made lu the New Jersey district?viz., at the Cunard wharf, Jersey City. The Celled States government will be represented by United States District Attorney Reasley, who will press for a conviction for perjury, in conceal ing smuggling and attempting to bribe revenue ofllccrs. She Hirscn mutter Is looked upon us a test case. HIE CUNNINGHAM STABBING CASE. Alice Cunningham, the woman who wsa stabbed by htr lover, Patrick Shanahan, at Bayonne, N. J., has *0!ar recovered that she is able to appear against hltn. Wten she- leavea St. Francis Hospital, in Jersey City, aht will be taken into custody by the police aud be eittqr released on bail or held aa a witness. SENATOR PRINCE'S CURATE. Daring the absence of Senator L. Bradford Prince at Albai.y the service* at the Queens Episcopal chapel, Long Island, will be conducted by Mr. John H. Van Noetnnd as lay reader. The chajpel Is beautlftilly dec orated for the bolldaya, and the Sunday school, under the "Qpcrlntendenry of Mr. George Van Nostraud, had its Christmas celebration last evening. The Man Who Saved Captain Ty son's Party on the Ice. A TALE OP HEROISM NEVER SURPASSED. Paid with Iifgratitudo and Neglect. ONLY AN ESQUIMAU. How Joe Was Forgotten by the Men Whose Lives He Saved. When Captain Allen Young decided to undertake an Arctic voyage one of the first men ho engaged to go along with him was "Epiopee," or Joseph Erberburg, better known to the world as "Esquimau Joe." Joe arrived in due time, and shipped In the l'andora as able seaman, hunter and Interpreter; but his accom plishments in the latter capacity proved to be some what limited, for, although he is to all appearances a master of the Esquimau tongue and speaks its various dialects more or less fluently, he knows scarcely any English. This impairs his usefulness as in terpreter somewhat, as II is almost as hard to understand his interpretation as It is the original expression in the mouth of a wild Esquimau. On the outward voyage I was rash enough to undortake to loam the Esquimau laoguago with Joe for a teacher?an enterprise which I may as well confess resulted in an Ignominious failure. It provod to bo the most heartbreaking work I ever undertook, partly be cause the structure of the language is so utterly differ ent from that of any other, and I had been unable to obtain a copy of either of the threo or four grammars that have been written on It, but principally becauso Joe's vocabulary Is very limited and meagre, and his Ideas ef the meaning and uses of the English verb are of the most vague and indefinite description. But If I did not learn much of the Esquimau language I learned ? good deal about Joe himself; be provod to bo by far the more interesting study of the two; FOR J OR 18 X CHARACTER, and one ef the most interesting and curious I ever met. It took me somo time to discover that there was any more in him than appears at first sight, for he is nuturally of a retiring, modest disposition, which with the fact that he speaks little English and knows that ho is iiablo to be misunderstood and even laughed at, makes him reticent and reserved. There Is. besides, a quiet dignity and gravity about him which effectually repels anythiug like idlo curiosity, and resonts being rogarded in the light of a mere show, which people are only too apt to behold In a poor Esquimau. It was only during a long serios of exasperating lessons in his native tongue, which usually ended in a talk about Captain Hall and the Polaris expedition, that I, at list, won his confidence and began to perceive that there was more in him than at first sight nppearod. The first thing Joe did when ho came to London, al though he had absolutely no clothes except what he wore on his back, was to buy an umbrella, In which In vestment he spent, I think, his last penny. It is true that in the climato of London an umbrella is not tho least useful thing one could have; but I do not think Joe was moved by any considerations of wcathor or fear of rain in making this acquisition. I am inclined to the opinion that ho did it because ho looks upon an umbrella as the highest expression of civilization, and as such a right and proper thing for every man to have. For Joe professes a great admiration for civil ization and everything pertaining theroto. He would walk about the streets of Londou with the umbrella in his hand viewing everything with an admiring though critical eye, and a grave, complacent air that was very pleasant to behold. "London big place," ho wou'd say; "pretty good noise; plenty buggy; hansom go fast; two wheels; hurt him head; not him speak pretty good; streets stony; pretty crooked; not And him right road; hotel; not pretty lazy; plenty men want speak mo; not know him." By which I understood him to say that "London is a very largo and plentiful city; but tho noise, however, is deafening and terriblo, owing to thoso strango looking vehicles, tho hansom cabs, of which there are an infinite number, and that, mounted on two wheels, go dash ing over tho stone-paved streets with such velocity that the uproar actually hurts your; lxad, and at times prevents your hearing yourself speak. The streets, too, are very lntrlcato and complicated, so much so that it is almost impossible to find one's way about, and very difficult to And one's hotel. Thero are a great many people who want to speak to me, but, as I gee they aro prompted by mere curiosity, I repel their advances and decline to enter Into any conversa tion further than 1b absolutely required by the laws of politeness." He was not in very good health when In I.onden just before starting. His face was thin and hollow, and he had a disagreeable cough, which was probably caused partly by the warmth of tho summer, but principally, I ant afraid, by an Inordinate use of tobacco, of which he is as great a smoker as General Grant. "By 'n by git him little cealmeat; then all right," he romarked in reference to this cough. And his predictions wore quickly fulfilled. We hAd no sooner got among the Ice and killed a seal than ho began to grow fat, his cheeks to puff out and his whole expression to change. Whether It was the seal meat or the cold, bracing, Icy air and healthy active life, or all theso tliines together, I am unablo to say. But certain it is that Joe was another man from that tirao forth. There was moro expression In his face, moro fire m his eyes than I could have thought possible when I first saw him, for to tell the truth, he looked Anything but healthy when he arrived in London, and I heard moro than ono person say he was not long for this world. Thero came, too, a curious deop bronzo or coppery color in his cheeks which had not been thore before and which I afterwards observed In the Esquimaux of Greenland, an indication of rugged health. I had many a long talk with Joo during our voyage. It waa pleasant, on a bright, sunny day, when the ship was gilding almost silently along over the smooth, still water, and slipping now and then nolselest-ly past some huge iceberg, as though afraid of bringing It down on her, to go forward and find Joe, and get him to talk about Captain Hall and the Polaris expedition. If it was his watch and there was nothing to do I would generally find him leuning against the rail, a boat, or something else that afforded a good rest, smoking his pipe and watching the sea. His race always wore a calm, sedate, grave expression, which was, however, tempered by a gentle, good-natured look, which made It a vory pleasant face to sec, in spite of its Mongolian type. "Joe," I would flay, perhaps, "how would you like to stay out here all Winter?" "You know," he would say, "long time stay all winter. Think better go homo. Like see Hannah." "You are lonosomo without Hannah, areyout" I ask. "Yes, little. Never out bore without Hannah. Han nah always come, too." "You wouldn't like to winter, then, would you f" "Oh, yes, if Cap'n Young winter I like winter too; but think better wintor New York." "All right, Joe, we will winter in New York if wo can, but if wo can't 1 hope we'll have a good tune hero all the same. You wintered a good many times with Captain Hall?" * ' Yet, Ave, si*, seven winters. Cap'n Hall." "How did you liko Captain Hall T" "Like hnn very much, very much. Ho very good man?good to mo, very good to me. No other friend like Cap'n Hall." Then, alter a pause, looking away out to sea "Dead now!" "So you think, Joe, If Captain Hall hail lived ho would havo gone very much further north T" "Yea, think ho do it?ho wunt go ftirdur?North Pole?you know?nobody on ship un'eritan' Cap'n Hull vely well. He think?read good deal. Nobody know him pretty good. Vely good heart?gjve overything; go North Pole?want to go good deal?nobody un'er starr him." "Joe, what was tho reason you did not all go on to the North Pole after Captain Hall died t" "No cap'n?nobody cap'n. Cap'n Budding?he cap'n?Cap'n Tyson?lie cap'n. Doctor?he cap u too? Mr. Cheater, cap'n?Mr. Myers, cap'n?ntc, cap'u? everybody cap'n No good." "Why didn't Captain Muddlngton got" "Guess he got about enough?not want go no lurdef? may lie couldn't. Don know." "What kind of man la Captain BuddingtonI" "Vely good nan. Like him vely much. Like Mrs. Budding, too?good frlemi tq Hannah?some te see hsr? hels Uar? uu bar what lv div'l n him one day ?botit that nnfortnnaie affair Captuin Hall La<t with the four tailora from a whaling ship, whom be employed to gq with him id an attempt to ream King William's land. As la well known these men mutinied and Hall shot one of them. 'You heal (hear) about that. tooT" he asked when I mentioned it to him I replied, "a little, not much. How ?u K*<> 'taJce him boat?Cap'n Hall want boat heself? speak him not take bout?men not mind?all funi '*U' *'?one man get in?Cap'n Hall shoot "What did the others do then*" "Run back house; get gun#-shoot Captain Hall. No So'MindCm gun!" 1 Uk? *""" ,lu,c u0 "Then what did they do f>? "Everybody shaico hands." '?What did they do that for V' i',?!,* Do whal Captain Hall apeak r.w<' ki SlP. you ?>od man; we wrong; not take him boat no more; all right." 44What did tbey nay to you?" "Me all right too; good friend; Hannah all right everybody all right; shako him hand. " | "bid thn man who wad shot da- quick T" j "1)1 alter while; prottysoon; tame day." "Did ho say any thing after he was shot?" "I never heal (hear) him gay nothing; pretty had plenty hurt him; not can speak: think he not know' him"' UTOryb?dy vorjr #orr>'i diB after While; bury I asked him once if they had seen any Esquimaux on King William s Land 7 He said they had, and that they wore at first disposed lo be hostile. "Men all corno out inoet us. No women?no chil dron. Had sign. March like soldier, one after other ton, fifteen?all carry spear, some knife tie.i stick Hon know where ho learn him. Never see Esquimaux march that way." "What did thev say 7" "Say want to fight." "What did you say then f" "Wo speak htm?not want to fight?not come light? come iind white man lost?Franklin." "What did they do then ?" "Throw down spear?bold np hands?say all right? wp not tight?-frleuda. Then women, children all come out see us. Speak go In house?give us plenty seal meat." ' "lo my questions about what the Esquimaux would probably do with Frauklin's papers if they found any he said:? * ^ "Think. Give him children?play with him. After while tear him up?burn him." The most interesting talk* I had with him were how over, about tho winter on the Ice with Tyson's 'party He sjleaks very kindly of everybody iu this party ; but his feelings seem to bo raiber a compound of pity ana forgiveness than of friendship; and the truth is that Jo? had a good deal to pity as well as to forgive in their be havior toward him. I have Just been reading over again the old acenuata of that wonderful winter on the ice as Riven in the Hkrald, by Captain Tyson aud his comrades and I must say that I could scarcely ropress my Indignation when 1 saw. that tho name of Joe is not even men tioned. They tell us how, when they found there was no hope of reaching land, they built snow houses in which tbey lived all winter; how they hunted, how they suffered from the cold, how they shot seals and boars and birds, with which they eked out their store of ship's provisions; how, when they were once out of food of all kinds, they managed to Kill a great Ugjup seal; how another time, when tboy had not tasted anything for thirty-six hours, they killed a bear w-hich was sent in their way, and which supplied them food for a few days more, and we molt with pity and admiration at the recital of such steady, undaunted courage and fortitude. uaunl"-u Along time afterward it turns out that It was Joe who built them their suow houses: that it was Joe who hunted for them through the long, terriblo wiuler; that It was Joe who killed so many seals?thai. In fact, nobody else but Joo and Hans killed u single BCal; that it was lie who killed the big Ugjup when thev wore on the point of starvation; that it was Joo who killed the boar without which they must have all died; that It was in (act, Joo. and Joe al.ine, who saved the lives or the whole party. And yet there is not a word of Joe in ail these first accounts. He is incidentally referred to as one of tho "natives," and wo are left to infer that they, with their children, were dread fully in tho way. It is true that a long timo afterward, when the Journals of some of these men wore published?journals written at tho time when tho danger was still before them and ubout thein1 when Joe was ieeding them frum day to day like chil dren, whon ho gave them evory moment a fresh dis play of skill and hardihood, an o.xuniple of cool courage and a simple devotion to duty?when tho Impulse was still warm on them they Acknowledge their deht to Joe in words that overflow with gratitude and leave an impress of sincerity and truth that is not to bo mistaken. Herrou says In his Journal "Joo Is very much to be praised, also his wife Hannah Wo may thank tliera and (iod for our ltves, also for tho good health wo are in. Wo could never have got through this far without them. 11 we ever get out of this dilllculty they can nover be too much paid." Tyson also renders Joe a tardy kiud of Justice in pub lishing his journal, but even here tho passages referring to tho Esquimaux are wrilton in a carping tODe "Thcso natives," ho says, "were employed as hunters for the expedition, aud paid for that purpose; and, therefore, they wero dome nothing more than thetr duty. Hut when the danger was over, when they wero safe aboard a good strong ship and there was uo moro need of a teal hunter they appear to have forgotten Joo, and in thoir accounts of their wonderful escape which they gave the world they do not so much as mention'his name These noble white men evidently did not th'ink it worth whllo to speak of so poor a creature as an Esquimau?a kind of nigger?who had saved their lives. It must not be supposed, howevor, that Joe himself looks upon them as ungrateful. I sounded hlin on that point, but ho said:?"They all vely good men like me good deal; meet him say 'Joe, how you do: you save our life; come take a drink;' givo clear sometimes, too." And he seems to think that they were very generous. ' "Did they ever try to go out and kill sealsf" 1 asked him. "Kill him seal! No. Nevor go out house; try keep warm; o friend go out; pretty cold; very weak; not know how kill him seal"?(with a great deal ol con tempt)?"uothing but starve." It seems that they not only nover went out to look for seal for themselves, but that when Joe would bring in oue they would often take It and divide it up in their own way, giving him just as much as thev thought he ought to havo. Hans used to object to this, and more than onco threatened to run aw*y and loave them to shift for themselves; but Joe, whom he obeyed In everything, made him stay. Hans, besides, had littlo success as a hunter, and fully nine-tenths of tho seals brought in were killed by Joe. W hen Joo killed the big Ugjuk seal thev took It into their heads that Joo was trying to do them out of the liver, because he told them it was uot lit to oat. Tho liver of the Ugjuk seal, like that ?f the beaver is poisonous, whllo of other seuls it is a great delicacy.' They therefore determined to eat the liver. Joe's account of It was very amusing. "After wnilo all sick?skin all come off fare? look very bad. One man black nigger man (there was a negro In Tyson's partv) alter whilo little skin camo T>ff here?littlo there?then be spotted?by'm by skin all come off?then he white man?he?ho?he?he?he!" and his sharp black eyes twinkled, his lace expanded and bis sides shook with half-suppressed laughter as tho picture of the negro turning into a white man by eating Ugjuk liver rocurred to him. Tyson says, In his book that Joe and Hans woro afraid of being killed and oaten by the men, aud that ho himself suspected some of them of this design. When I asked Joo about this ho only laughed? "Kill me I No danger kill me?not git any more seal know belter. Try kill me?take Hanuah run away? build houso? kill him plenty seal for me and Hannah and littlo Ponney?poor littlo Ponncy?dead now " aud ho looked very sad. Littlo l'onney died some time after their return to Amorica. "Captain Tyson soemed to think they woro going to eat you and Hans aud tho women and chthlreu " I ?aid. ' ? Maybe Cap'n Tyson thinks so; I not think so- I not afraid o' that; couid'nt do it." "Hut Joe" I said, "why didn't you take Hannah and littlo Ponney and go away off on the ice some where, build a house and catch seals lor yourself. Throe or four seals would have been enough for vou all winter. You must have killed sixty or seventy f" "All die." ' "Who all die?" "Oap'n Tyson and everybody." "But they sometimes wouldn't givo you some of tho seal vou had killed f" "No, that not so; always givo me little; Somotimos not much: Hans, ho notliko that," "Hut why didn't you run away, JooT" "Captain Hall not like that. Say, Joo, you come with me; you kill him plenty seal for expedition? 1 come to hunt him seal, reindeer, boar. " "Hut Captain Hall was dead." dead now. Cap'n Hall good man?good man. If Cap u Hall alive he not run away. I not run awav neither." I took Ills hand and shook It Involuntarily, saying however, "In your place 1 would havo run away Joe." "What for run awayf If men all die what I speak him Sec'ry Robeson when got h >me Americaf Before start Seo'ry Robeson ho say, 'Joe, you hunt him plenty ??al; kill him plenty bear, reindeer.' By'n by I come hack?men all dead. Sec'ry Robeson speak hlrn; ho say, 'Joo, you bad man; vou no do right.' Sec'ry Kobe son .good man?vely good man. Thon I foci pretty had; I uo like that; no good." It will be seen that Joe has vei$ good, old-fashioned Ideas on the subject of honesty and duly, ovon though lie does not speak English with all tho correctness and fluency which could bo desirod. I have endeavored to givo his own words as nearly as possible, because Joe's talk Is a part of himself, and onoo you got accustomed to It thero is a cortuin charm in his rugged intericc tional English. Usually whon a savage coraos within the Influences of civilization he becomes degraded and depraved, and even unites In himself all the vicos of a civilized and of a barbarous state with tho virtues of noither. This has not been tho case with Joe. He appears to have dropped all his savage vices, If be ever had any and lo havo acquired only the virtues of civilization, thus solving In his own person a problem which usually takes three er lour generations to work out He had been with Hall for several yoars, and Hall, who was one of those rugged, honest, devout, sincere mon- an old fashioned believer in right and wrong?aeotna to have inculcated his principles into Joe. Joo appears to try, even now, to bo like "Cap'n Hall," and to al ways do as he thinks Hall would hava dona I be lleve It wasjn trying to Imitate him, in holding up Hall as a modol for hlmseir, that this poor, uneducated Esquimau learned how to become a hero?a hero too of the grand and noble type. There i? not in the' whole history of Arctto exploration?and It is foil of acta of courage, of fortitude and enduraoco, of noble devotion and sacrifice?anything that nurpaaaea the heroism of this simple unlearned Esquimau. I defy anybody to read the evldenee contained In the report ef the ftee reury ol (he Navy, Captain Tyson's Journal, and ike journal* of the other men without flsetlnga (iitmtf glow of admiration for "lb* sturdy, uncomplaining for titude, ttie cheerful hopelulnees in the ail Jill of despair, when 'the lives of the whole parly and of bis own wiw and ohilit depended on his unaided exertions alone; for the tool courage and steady hand, when he that if he missed hid fhot tho whole parly, with fcl* wife and child, iniiii perish; lor the ijul;i, unpreteie tutus, unconscious heroism displayed by Jo? through out. Day after day, if the word "day" can be need ia connection with what* for a great part of the *"&%*** total aarkness, during the long cold winter, with U?? thermometer lirty degrees below sero, Jee went oat K? haul, remaining for hours In the darkness and driving enow storm*, waiting beside some hole in IM Ice rof the appearance of a seal with a patlenc that never tire*, with 11 perseverance that no number of lailures, thai no series ol disappointment*, could discourage or weary. It will be seen by Tvson's Journal that scarcely a day passed without Joe going out to huut Storm and dark ness and bitter cold mattered not to him. Re woula return nine times outof ten with nothing, perhaps; but he would go again, and again be would watch for hours, and even days, beside a seal hole, hoping and w suing with that "hope which maketlt ihe heart Hick, ween days #f disappointment and failure seemed to bare not the slightest chance of success, until at Inbl his patienc# would lie rewarded by the appearauc* or the long ux pected seal when they were on the very verge ol star vation. Herron'sjournal Is full of such entries as these: "Wednesday, March 6, Joe went out in the last blow; it seems he caunot stay in; he Is a tfrst rate fel low, we would have been dead men long since had it not boen for him." . Nov. 6 ?Joe caught a seal, which ha* been a <.<* send. We are having a feast lo Bight, three-fourth* of a pound of rood being our allowance. Nov. 21.?Tho natives caught two seals. Nov. XI?Joe caught ouo ?eal?another good suppef we had. . , . , Deo. 20.?Joo found a crack yesterday and three swal* Too dark to shoot. ? Dec. -Joo Rhot a seal, which is a Godsend, as we are pretty weak. Wo have had a jjoo<i supper, thanlc ' Jan. 26.?Joe caught a coal in a blow hole to-'lav. This will gel up our strength, as we Barely live on the icouse. Fob. 20.?We must soon pet a good lend or water rnu nmg in shore, and so escape or kill seals, else our lim# In this world will be short. Feb. -1.?Joe shut a seal. April '?L?Mr. Myer is starving ; he cannot last long In this state. Chewed on a piece of skin this morniug that was tanned and saved lor clothing. Joo ventured oil on the ice the fourth time. and, after looking a poo* while from a piece of iceberg, saw a bear coming slowly toward us. Mo ran back for his gun. All of us lay down and remained perfectly still, Joe and Haus going out Momo distance to meet the bear. Getting behind ? hummock, they waited for him. Alotij cams Brum, thinking ha was coming to a meal iustoa.l ol furnishing one himself Clack, bang 1 went two rltles, and dowi* went Hruin to save a starving lot of men. Tho Lord be praised I This Is His heavenly work. We can not catch a seal for the push Ico, and we are on bad sealing ground. He, therefore, sends a hoar along where bears are soldom seen, and we certainly nevor expected to find one. The poor bear was hungry Himself; there was nothing In his stomach. Joe, poor lollow, was looking vory much down on our account. Everything look* bright again now. March'J, Captain Tyson writes:?"Joe has shot * monster vogjook?a large kind of seal tho laigestl have ever seen, li took all hands to drag him to the nuts. I'oter fairly danced and sung for joy. No onsi *m has net boen in a similar position to ours can toll tha feeling ol relief which his capture produced. How we rejoiced over tho death or this vogjook it would bo ita possiblo to describe. It was, Indeed, a great deliver ance io those who had been reduced to one meal of ? few ounces a dav. Hannah had but iwo small pieces of blubber left, " enough for the lamp for two days- tho men ha'i but little, and Hans bad only enough for one day. And now, Just on tho verge of absolute destitution, conies along this monstrous vogjook, the only one of tho seal species *?eu ^o-day: and the fellow, I have no douln, weighs 600 or .00 pounds. Trulv, we are rich. Indued. Praise the Lor# for His morcios! A lew dowkles were also shot; bu* the vogjook ia the joy of our a.vea. Our glorious vog jook proved, on measurement, seven leet nine inches ia length from head to tail, excluding the latter. Adding tlio hind dipper, ho measured fully nine feet. What a Godsend I . March 14.?Soon after sunrisa I espied a large vog jook Joe was at a distance, aud not having had as much practice us bo, and (earing I might uol kill it with my Inferior rifle, I lieckoued Joo to come along with his Springfield. In tho meantimo, to keep th? creuture from slipping away, I commenced whistling. I whistled until Joe crept along to within shooting dis tance and killed the vogjook. He has killed throe seals to day, but one Suuk and was lost. Jan. 16.? Found tho natives had snot a seal, it Beems as though God lets one get to the verge ol despair and then sends some mitigating circuiusuim* to re iev? tho gloom. 1 ordered the seal to be taken into Joe a but to be divided. As lie did the most toward getting the food, I thought this was right. on? "t "?? wen, however took it upon himself to take it into their hut. They have divided the seal tosultthemselver and I hop# they are now satisfied; bill it does sootn hard on tha natives! who havo hunted day after day in cold and storm, while these men lay idle on th-.ir backs or sat plnving cards in their huts, built by these same natives whom tlicy thus wrong. A native will sometime* re main watching a seal hole thirty-six or torty eight houra before getting a chanco to strike, and It tho first stroke Is not accurate the game is gone forever. Jan 19 ?Joe and Hans hunting, but it was blow In* heavy and very cold. Joe says he tried to shoot, but that he shook so with tho cold that ho could not hold his gun steady, and that his lingers wero so numl> that he could uol feel tho trigger or his gun, and so tha seal escaped. . . . ,,, . . Jan ?Joe Is not well. I hope he will not get down sick, lor we depend greatly upon him Though such a uttle fellow, ha U a mighty hunter in his way. Jan. '29.?The Esquimaux oil", as usual, on tha hunt. They do not Flop lor fog. cold or wtud. Y\ era It not lor little Joe, Esquimau tliougn he be, many If not all of this party must have perished berore uow. He has built our snow huts and huuted constantly for us and tho seals ho has captured have furnished ua not only with the fresh meal so essential to our posi tion but without the oil from the blubber wo could neither have wanned our food nor had any means of melling tee for drink. Wo survived through God a mercv and Joe's ability as a hunter. Fob. 1.?Little puny Joe and Hannah s chtld. a little girl, Is sitting w rapped in a musk ox ?kin. Every few minutes she says to Iter inollier, "1 am so hungry. The children often 'cry with hunger. It make* my heart aclio, but they are obliged to bear It with tha " Kcb 7 ?Wo have bad some little trouble over tho seal this morning. Hans, if ho gets a seal, which is soldoin, for ho has shot but few, wishes to appropriate It all to his own family's use. Ho is a very thoughtless Esqui mau or selfish; he la not a successful hunter like Joe, nor has ho Joe's sense. He does not knew how to build a hut for himself, or at any rato lie did not do It. Joo built it for him. Ho threatened this evening to not hunt any more. Ho wua hired, and will be i?aid if we over .get home, lor tho very purpose of hunting for tha expedition. It is no favor on his part Feb. 19. Saw only one seal to day. Jos shot him This seal the mou took possession of, and dlvidod It as they pleased. Joe was vory an?ry, whicll was no wonder. Joo aud Hans are exposed mauy houra every day to the wind and cold, and It comes very hard that these Idle men should lake the seals from them. llo It remembered that Joo was in no wiae ob.lged ta Btnv with those men. Ho could at any moment when they were huddled together in the house he had built lor them Irving to keep a little warmth in their Stunned bodies and afraid to ?ur out of doors, have nicked up his lew effects and with Hannah and tha child gone oil lllteon or twenty miles on the ice an* there nave built a snow house lor himself. Hero ha would not havo boon obliged to share tho hard earned spo Is of his spear and gun with ollwrs: lo take tha rood out or the mouths ol his wire aud child to give to a lot of men who, according to their own accounts, wero ungrateful and olt-'U unjust low?rds bun. and wha evidently looked upou him as a poor croaturo of an in ferior race. , . "Hut Cap'n Hall not run away?I not run away neither." No greutcr oxamplo ol lolty, noble heroism has ever been recorded. . _ .. ? Is it not a little strange that after all this, when tbcM men came home, Joe's name wa> scarely mentioned i? the accounts they gave the papers; that no atWnttnn was called to what ha had done, no notice taken or k'Uot till the journals of these men wer" published-* lone time afterward?did the truth appear, arid then it did not conic out in ?ucU a way oi tu attract publio attention. Joo speaks little Enislish; his old friend Captain Uall was dead, and there was nobody to loot alter him. He tells uio lie has not received all hla pay. I do not know how this Is, as he Pj>eak8 Enirliih ?? badly that it is Impossible to get a clear Idea of tha con tract ha made, how much ho was to get. nor bow react he actually did receive But I thiuk that either some collection agent got part of his money or that Hall bad promised him a good dual tnoro thaa his regular pay from the government?a promise ho would havo of course fulfilled bad he ever returned. As It is Joe is cast loose on the world, wtlIt no means of gaining a livelihood except by going with Arctic ships, which ho cannot of course, always de. Ho is too light and small to do heavy work, and he hat no trade. His only dependouce now is Hannah, who i? obliged to work with a sowing machine. 1 think It la the duly of our government to do something ror Jo* It has enough raults to answer for already in tha man ner In which tho I'elaris expedition was orgauned without adding tho sin of iugratitude to Us other short comings. If tho expedition had beeu systematically orgatiizod with the intention or making a grand failure, tho arrangements could scarcely havo been more per foe V In the flr?t placo two foreign scientific gentlemen were given Hall, to take charge ot the sclent illc department, who for the reason that they were highly educated in the best universities ol Europe could not understand the rough and ready merits of Hall, but had, In (act. a good deal of eonUmpt for hitn. Tho result was that they soon quarrelled and that one oi thorn at least mutinied before they had been long at sea. 1 use the word mutiny advisedly, for in a man of war he would have been put In irons. Hall was no seaman or na%l cator, and could not, of courso, handle a ship: but te make up for this they give him a drunken whaling cap lain who cared no more to reach the North Pole than ho did to roach the moon, and who looked upon tho whole business as tho mont extravagant nonaeas*. And yet this man, owing to Hall's Ignorance of seaman ship, was really commander or the expedition. As it this were not enough, they gtvo him a mongrel crew of Germans, Panes, Russians and English, with onlythre# or four Americans, and then bundle them all en to gother to tho North Pole. In this American expedition there were only roar nr five Americans all told, and thus it "^trlim'el oould net all uudorstand each ether. An expedltie* organised In such a way ceold only result In rail ore. And It was Joe, and Joe alone, that saved It I rem ?B'"" ing In a terrible and ftlghtlhl as well as a disgraceful dt jTL been better paid by Captain Alien To?t for hie fbnr months' cruise la the Arctic *ha? 1 tkjrtM was fnr all he did for onr great and Me gave him a handsome silver watch, with an laecrtf ties recordins hi? faithfulasaa and devotion ?