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NEW YORK HERALD
BROADWAY AND ANN STREET.
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VOLUMK XLJ No. 1?9
AMUSEMENTS TO-NIGHT.
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kelly a leon's-minstrels. !
at sr. m.
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KIW YORK, 1 RIDAT. JULY 7, 1878.
From our reports this morning the probabilities
are. that the rreather to-day will be winner and
J air, with probably light rains toward evening.
During the summer months the Herald will
be sent to subscribers f?i the. roilniry at the rate
of twenty-jive cents per week-, free of postage.
None* to Country Newsdealers.?For
prompt and regular delivery of the Herald ;
by Jast mail trains orders must be sent aired to j
this ntffm PonOin* irrf
Wall Street Yekterdat.?The stock market
was heavy and prices receded from 1-8
to 1 per cent. Gold opened at 112 1-8, declined
to 111 7-8 and closed nt 112. Money
was supplied on call nt 2 and 2 1-2 per cent.
Government and railway bonds were generally
steady.
The Irish Home Ri kerb still clamor for
amnesty to the Fenians : their brotViren on
this side of the Atlantic tool* the moro effectual
course of taking a batch of them out.
We do not suppose that either mode of
attach pleasing to Disraeli.
"In the Forekroey ok the Rattle" was j
where a brave man was put. to be slaughtered I
>omo thousands of years sinco because the
head of the government found him incon- j
venient. Cluster's fate may show how little j
fn? world is changed.
The Scene at Monmonth Park races ves- t
terday was exceedingly animated. Fine '
weather and a good track helped the sport. I
There were four well contested races, won j
by Donnybrook, Patience, Tom Ochiltree j
and Coronet.
Weighty Legislation occupied the attention
of the City Fathers yesterday, and in
two instances the "yen" of the Hoard over- '
whelmed the "nay" of the Mayor, lteform
movements have taken all the spirit out of |
the sessions of the Common Council nowadays,
and business is mighty dull in consequence.
The Investigation or Unclf. Daniel continues
to occupy the attention of expert accountants,
and the wonderful tangle of his
linancial affairs will some time or other be
opened up to his creditors. He did not do
business like anybody else ; consequently
the ordinary Wall street man is puzzled.
Don Cablob, who has been studying guerilla
warfare in Mexico with a view to introducing
the latest "modern improve- 1
tiients" when he goes back to the Basque j
provinces, has f>een also, it is stated, losing j
money at monte. Civilization is spreading '
in the revolutionary liepnbli?.
The Dominion Journalists now visiting |
JJew York have been courteously received by I
our civio and Post Office authorities. The ;
Press Club extended to them its fraternal
welcome, and after enjoying to the fullest i
extent the pleasure of visiting the American :
metropolis they returti once more to the land
of the pine.
The Report of the Nation*:, Rifle Association,
a synopsis of which we publish
to-day, show s the growth of the fmo |
Sport of ride shooting in the public favor, j
This is shown particularly in the tabular
statement contained in our article, which
indicates a steady increase in the number of
competitors in tho matches requiring first
class marksmanship.
The Poeice Commissioners arc to hold
secret meetings in future. The audacious reporter
is to be particularly excluded trom j
the sacred sessions. We would tremble for I
oar liberties and those of our children but j
for the consoling thought that the minds
which called the new police hut into existence
exhausted in tho effort all their
sowers of evil, and we therefore feel safe.
The Miiican Revolution has subsided
into what may be termed a series of Presidential
primaries. Each little tivrht is a ward
meeting, as it wcro, to elect delegates for or
tgainst President Lerdo. If the government
forces win, the ward goes for Lerdo; if not,
for Chaos, a ticket that runs all the time in
Mexico. As the government have carried
most of the wards the revolutionists have
a fallen back upon a paradoxical consolation
"ifd say:?"Tlio re-clection of Lerdo will
*nre his overthrow." This reminds one
?>hn Phamix in his terrible Californian
' ^Having inserted his nose between his
" ?'a teeth ho drew him down to the
v
* h a tremendous effort and there j
rU.
V
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XEW
Tli? Slaughter Jf??r th? lalttl? Hora
Klrrr?Death mt General Caster.
The Appalling news which reached this
city at three o'clock yesterday morning and
appeared in a later edition of the Herald,
and of which we give fuller details to-day,
is of a character to "give ns pause'' and
raise the inquiry whether the present war
&<rain?t tYiA Kinnr u na umud! v nn<l*?rtiilrpn
and well planned. We Lad reason to expect
something better under a President who is a
great soldier and has himself had experience
in the Indian country, and whose most important
subordinate in connection with
Indian affairs is the illustrious Sheriduii,
an old and successful tighter against the
savages, charged with a general superintendence
and direction of military affairs in
the present theatre of hostilities. Matters
have become so serious that it may
be necessary for General Sheridan himself
to go in person to the scene
of action, for it is too evident that
the campaign is a blnnder and a muddle, if
indeed it be not a disgrace. Wo cannot believe
that General Sheridan is directly responsible
for these shocking fiascos in his
military department. He is a subordinate
officer, and if ho lias committed any fault
or is chargeable with any neglect it is in too 1
implicit a deference to the wishes or orders '
of President Grant, the Commander-in-Chief
of the Army. But it is unfortunate and de- i
plorable that with an oflicer of General
Sheridan's consummate ability and special
experience in command of that department
the country has not had the advantage of
his skill nnd efficiency. "Some one has
blundered," and there are strong grounds
for ascribing the mismanagement to President
Grant himself. In a fit of pique or
spite he degraded General Custer, and we
behold the result in the bloody massacre
near the Little Horn which sends a thrill of
horror through the couutry.
Tho brave Custer, the best Indian fighter
in the army next to Sheridan, may have
been rash in the desperate encounter in
which he and his three hundred comrades
dared death and scalping and met their fate,
but we must treat his memory with indulgence.
Not the famous six hundred in the
charge of the Light Brigade at Balafctotra>
when
Holdly they rode, end vrelL
Jato lb* jaws of death.
Into the mouth of boll,
performed a more signal a^t of uncalculating
heroism than the daahing Custer and his
Seventh regiment of cavalry. The country
will give him its admiration, its tears, its regrets;
it will patdon his error, if he committed
onfv and inscribe his name in bright letters
on the roll of fame. For the planning
of this mismanaged, ill-starred campaign he
was not responsible. It was at tirst intended
that he should command it, and in
that case the details would have been
committed to his discretion and experience.
Hut in an evil hour the President, acting on
an unworthy impulse, displaced and degraded
the brave Custer, putting him in so
subordinate a position that the campaign '
lost the benefit of his counsels and direction. '
The result was a blundering and disjointed j
plan of operations ; its first fruit the sur- '
prise, repulse and retreat of General Crook
and his army ; the second fruit is seen in
the scalps of three hundred and fifteen
fallen soldiers dripping with blood at the
belts of Sioux warriors. Some one may have
blundered at the Little Horn ; but this was
merely one consequence of the parent
blunder perpetrated by President Grant
when, in a lit of undignified wrath and
petulance, he degraded General Custer alter I
the latter had given his testimony in the j
matter of the post-traderships in obedience j
to the subpcrna of a committee of Congress, '
and did not thereupon require General
Sheridan to take immediate diroetion of the
Indian campaign. But it would have been J
too groat a compliment to Custer to assume j
that nobody but Sheridan could usefully re- j
place him, and so the President committed i
the expedition to incompetent hands, with j
the result which we see.
General Custer's desperate hardihood in i
riding "into the jaws of death, into the j
month of hell," was a natural consequence
of the treatment he had received from the
President. The honor of u soldier is "the \
immediate jewel of his heart." When his !
honor is impugned, when a stigma is pub- j
licly set upon him, in the face of the whole
country, by his commander-in-chief, ho is |
subjected to u torture such as only u soldier j
01* a man of extreme moral sensitiveness ]
who "feels a stain like a wound" can fully ;
understand. Civiliuus are soniutimcs tempted j
to smile at the excessive punctiliousness of i
army officers about questions of precedence
and relative standing; but it must bo considered
that honor and estimation are the chief
reward of the military class, and that it is
to their eager craving for distinction that
the world is indebted for the illustrious acts .
of heroism which emblazon the pages of history.
If the intense, excruciating smart of
soldiers under disgrace be a fault it is a
"failing which leans to virtue's side."
General Custer was a man whose mental organization
made him peculiarly vulnerable
to the sting of disgrace. It is only an iui- j
pctuous man of quick and almost boiling j
sensibilities that can make such a bold, j
dashing cavalry officer as General Custer i
had shown himself to he. It is in the na- I
ture of such u lunu to be elated by marks of
honor and appreciation, and to be plunged
into desperation and despair by a public
stigma fixed upon him by a superior whose
acts it ia not permitted him to question.
General Custer went into the campaign,
from the expected command of which ho ;
had been harshly degraded, with his heart ;
torn by a keen sense of injustice and with
on apparent determination to retrieve his
standing by some splendid act of sncceistul
daring or die the kind of death w hich hallows
the memory of a soldier in the hearts
of his countrymen. Had he been in com- I
maud of tho campaign a sense of rcspousi- '
bility would have restrained and tempered i
his impetuosity. But this bravo soldier had
been rendered desperate by ill usage, and !
when "death was set in otiu eye and honor
in the other" he courted a heroic death
rather than endure the disgrace w hich the !
cold malignity of the President had at- 1
tempted to pui upon him. It would be ,
hardly too severe to say to President Grant,
"Behold your hands ! they are red with the j
YORK HERALD, FRIDAY,
blood of Caster and his brave three hundred."
The san of General Grant's administration
seems to be going down in an eclipse.
Alike in its earlier and in its later stages, it
is an expression of the personal humors ol
the President ; bat his earlier hamors were I
more amiable and kindly, tto long as he
remained the chief object of popular favor
ho had a hearty enjoyment of his position,
and it seemed to be his wish to make ever}*
creature connected with him by blood, marriage
or friendship the sharer of his good fortune.
This showed an inadequate sense of
his great public trust, bat if it was selfish it
was an amiable selfishness. Since the disappointment
of his cherished hopes of a
third nomination his temner has undercone
a change. The spirit of indulgent nepotism
lias been supplanted by a fell spirit of revenge,
and his chief delight seems to be in
punishing all who have been in any wayinstrumental
in thwarting his hopes. He de^
graded poor Custer because Custer testified
to the truth of the charges against Belknap, i
He insisted on the dismissal of Yaryan be- i
cause Yaryan was active in ferreting out
the whiskey irauds which came so near lodg- i
ing Bubcock in a penitentiary. Ho is taking
steps for tho dismissal of other officers who
assisted ex-Secretary Bristow in his success- |
ful efforts to expose and punish official i
peculation and thereby made it im- i
possible for Grant to lay his hands i
for a third time on the coveted
prize. Whether in good humor or in bad | :
humor President Grant is equally selfish and
equally oblivions to the obligations of his
public trust; but his good-natured nepo- (
tism was not so discreditable as his illnatured
spleen and petulance against all who
have obstructed the path of his ambition
His kindness to the Dents seems better *'<Lian
his relentless malignity tuw~3& a valuable
and truthful officer like Cluster.
President Grant is ending in a worse
spirit than be b?gan, and the country, accordingly,
awaits with deep interest the letter
of acceptance of Mr. Hayes. Will he
indorse this administration, or will he boldly
wash his hands of it ? The citizens of this
Republic are anxious to learn whether Grantism
will end with the retirement of Grant,
or whether Governor Hayea, if elected President,
will sail the ship by the same compass
and the same political chart. The country ,
will stand anything rather than a prolonged
reign of Grantisin. On this point Governor
Hayes mnst leave the people in no donbk
If he lacks the courage or the sagacity or
me independence 10 leu me couniry unequivocally
that he will put the administration
on a new course he will miss that "tide ,
in the affairs of men" which leads on to fortune.
Practical Keform.
The gentlemen who went to St. Louis to
oppose Governor Tilden's nomination, on '
the ground that he was a "bogus" reformer
and did not prosecute rogues with sufficient j
vigor, will no doubt be gratified to find that ,
the State Engineer, who has been working j
with the Governor's co-operation, has taken
a practical and important step toward the (
protection of the State Treasury against the
raids of the late corrupt Canal Ring. He
makes a report upon outstanding contracts,
recommending a final disposition of each, I
either by payment in full, a reduction of
the original amount or total repudiation
and abandonment. These contracts were
all entered into in the glorious old days of
unbalanced bids, when the Lords, Denni- j
sons, Beldens and Johnsons ran the >
Canal Board and the contracts at the j
same time. The Engineer's recommendations
cause havoc among these profitable
jobs, and as they will no doubt be upheld
in the courts, should litigation ensue, they
aro likely to prove profitable to the taxpayers.
The last Legislature appropriated
four hundred thousand dollars to provide
for a final settlement of these pending contracts.
and the Governor's opponents apprehended
that a job might be covered up in the
appropriation. But it now appears that the
disposition made of them by the State Engineer
will not consume more than a fraction
of the sum.
The report slashes deeply into the prospective
profits of the King. "Doc" Dcnnison
on a thirty thousand dollar contract gets
reduced one-half, and on a thirty-six thousand
dollar contract receives only eight
thousand. One of his dummies gets nineteen
thousand dollars for a fifty thousand
dollar contract ; another is awarded four
thousand dollars for sixteen thousand ; and
another, who got a contract for eighteen
thousand dollars, is found to have enrnod
just two hundred and sixty-three dollars
and eighty-ono cents. On ono of Willard '
Johnson's contracts for fifty thousand dollars
all payment is suspended on the ground
of alleged fraud. Of course Mr. Dennison
and Mr. Johnson were opposed to Tildcn's
nomination at St. Louis ; but the Governor's
present action will no doubt bring them
back into the ranks at the heels of John
Kelly and his Tammany braves.
THK 1OSTTEIXS SgCARK XHUISANCX.? 1 he
present condition of Tompkins square is a !
disgrace to the city government. Enough
money has been expended on the square at [
one time and another to have inude it, under
honest and capable management, one of the
most attractive public grounds in the lower
part of the city. It is now but little better
than a plague spot, full of holes, where, in a
wet season, stagnant water can accumulate,
and an inviting tleld for the operations of
lootpads and other vicious characters. It is
one of the lungs of the city, choked up with
dust and filth, breeding dineuse in the surrounding
neighborhood. Some person must
l?e to blumc for this. It would not take a
great amount of money to turn the wretched
square into a pleasant green spot, where the
inhabitants of the close tenement houses
might drink in health and strength. The '
people are not parsimonious and would not !
begrudge the appropriation needed for that
purpose. If we had a capable government
we should have no such public nuisances as
the Tompkins squares and Harlem flats of
the city.
Thk Exoijsh T.ibirai.h sceui anxious to
atone for the action of the tory Ministry in 1
regard to the extradition laws by amending
tin-in. This is a rcr\ ploas&ut mode of po- J i
litical martyrdom, U
,
JULY 7, 1876.?TRIPLE
1b4Ub Itrfttagf and PtnoMtl Government.
With a professional soldier for President
it might ut least hare been expected that
where the operations of tho government involved
the ase of the army it would have
been directed intelligently. Bnt it seems
that we have not even this little compensation
for ull the evils involved in the presence
of a soldier at the head of the State. Acts
of gross ignorance, politically, were forgiven
the President by the nation because of the
common recognition that he lacked political
experience ; acts that violated all the proprieties
of official life were condoned with
the notion that nice morality was not produced
in camps. Since the weary catalogue
of Presidential shortcomings has been traced
throughout to that cause on what ground
will the President s defenders rest his terrible
blunderings in those points with which,
as a soldier, ho should be familiar?
Grant is the author of the present Indian
war. It is the inevitable result of his policy,
a policy pursued in his usual way, with the
obstinacy of un opaque brain, not penetrable
by a ray of intelligence. It is his personal
creation, for none other could have defended
and maintained the system of nursing
the Indian strength by the praying bri
gade and of exciting the Indian fury by the
depredations of the rings which plundered
the appropriations and left the Indians to
starve. As early as April it was shown in
the Hkbald that an Indian war was imminent
from this cause. Indeed, the fact was
notorious, and the only person indifferent to
it, of all those whoso duty it was to be interested,
was the stolid occupant of the Execn- .
live cbfd,
<; --nt's malign influence is as evident in
the conduct of the hostilities as it was in
the creation of the war. At tho outset he
did what lay in his power to degrade and
dishonor the distinguished officer who is the
most brilliant victim of the butchery and |
thereby to dishearten to some degree every I
other soldier. Custer was called to testify I
beforo a committee of Congress. It was not '
even optional whether ho should appear? !
he could not help it. Before that committee
he told what he knew of certain transactions
involving the President's personal friends,
and that in the White House was regarded
as the unpardonable sin, and the gallant
Boldier was deprived of his command. Because
he told the truth in a matter of public j
concern he was made to feel the wrath of the
man whose sworn duty it was to uphold and :
protect him in that course.
This point illustrates to what a degree the
President interfered with the conduct of this
campaign and so removed and relieved the
responsibility of those who otherwise would
be responsible. By that means it comes
about that our troops are sent to fall into
the same obvious traps that Indian warriors
have prepared from time immemorial.
Crook's soldiers in 187t> fall precisely us
Braddock's men did more than a century
before, surprised by a painted foe. Crook.
rerry and Gibbous are sent to operate j
Against a common enemy almost without i
concert or comprehension of their reJa- j
tion to one another. Sitting Bull j
and his warriors were fonnd in a triangle j
bounded by the Yellowstone, the Tongue j
and the Big Horn rivers, and across the one j
open point of the district thus nearly cir- j
cumscribed by considerable streams runs j
the range of hills called the Panther Mountains.
Wary Indian fighters could have
caught the redoubtuble Sioux there in his
own trap, for he ccrtild not have passed outward
in the presence of a vigilant force ; and
if the commander who first found him had i
secured the concentration of the other j
ioruen uu 111s i?iio uuum iiaTt? ween j
driven to a point at which they would have
been sjint between the difficult Yellowstone
and the troops. There the war could have
been ended by an example that would have
been salutary.
hut this would have needed conoert and
intelligent direction, which cannot be had,
it seems, in any movement where the President's
influence is felt. Now there is nn ex- j
pensive Indian war on foot There will be j
a carnival for contractors, and the personal j
friends of men in high places hope to have ;
one more chance at the Treasury before the j
end of this Presidential term. i
Santa Anna.
The death of Santa Anna in the City of j
Mexico removes from tho scene a once pic- !
turestjue figure, which for years had lin- J
gered superfluous upon it. Such strange i
fascination attaches to men of his stump j
that although tho rumors that came from i
West Indian Islands and Inter from |
tho City of Mexico always spoke of the
old man as hopelessly retired from public J
life, no one would lmvo been surprised if he i
rose into notice once more with his wooden
leg well to tho front in a revolution or a
grasp at the great power which again and j
again ho had held. He was successively
soldier, emperor, anti-imperialist, president
minister, dictator, prisoner and exile. J
Ho tasted the sweets and tho bitters of life
in a way and on a scale that few
can pictnre and hnt one in a hundred
millions can experience, yet he has been
over twenty years out of public life. Citizens
of New York can recall him by the time
he lived on Stateu Island and made strange ,
overtures to and wild speeches for the Fo
maus. The mini ending of a life that
compassed thirty years of intense action is
worthy of remark, preceded as it was
by a long repose. Of course for years
and years he plotted and struggled
to get back to power, but if one could study
the grndnni dropping of the strings of Intrigue
from the old Generals weakening
hands, how friends ft 11 nwav as the deepening
years crept on, a picture noro touching
in its exhibition of fallen nuihition could be
drawn than even struck Shakespeare's fancy
when hejienned the speech of Wolsey,
Mr. Bkbor again uppeals for the turtle,
which cannot tell the story of its suffering
except through its agonizing eyes and displaced
viscru. He finds great fault with a
minister who testified that it was n real
kindness to the turtle to turn it on its back
and pierce its flippers. This minister, says
Mr. Bcrgh, was, "strange to say, a Baptist." \
L'learly, unlms a minister of this persuasion
favors cold water and plenty of it for turtles,
as well as mortals, Mr. Bcrgh thinks ho is ?
very doubtful churacter. "Ko case, abuse J
SHEET. | i
the attorney," is not, however, Mr. Burgh's t
motto. He cites scientific opinions to show t
that the "pinned back" turtle is unfit (r>r
human food. There is a strong point for
him to work on. Let him bat convince/the
justices that there is a sickliness in the soup
of the "pinned back" turtle ; that his steaks 1
have something inducing epigastric disturb- ^
ance in them, und, our word for it, he will (
not have to turn the batteries of his sarcasm '
on experimenting divines who tie up turtles i
in their back gardens. 1
t
la Tammaajr la RakaUla* f t
The Tammany organization is a great <
stickler for party fidelity and rules out reb- t
els with an iron hand. The "Discipline" 1
Committee is formed for the purpose of in- i
vestigating the action and inquiring into the words
of every snspected member of the f
General Committee, and epponttits, or even (
grnmblers, are dealt with summarily and i
driven from the organization. The doors of [
Tammany were closed against Senator Mor- t
rissey because he ventured to oppose the t
reduction of*the city laborers* wages by the J
Tammany officials and aided in getting up a i
demonstration to denounce the starvation 1
policy. Judge Hogan had to leave the or- i 1
ganizntion because he "kicked" against a !
Congressional carpet-bag nomination in his <
district before it was made, but when it was 6
known to be on the leaders' slate, lu many (
of the districts the greater portions of the S
delegations were expelled from Tumiuany ]
Hall and other names substituted in their 1
places because they dared to question the I '
wisdom of a dictator's policy and to impress 1
opinions of owu.
I&mmany cannot deny to the State organization
the some rights claimed for the oity 1
organization. The State organization is
justified by Tammany precedents in dealing '
summarily with rebels and expelling them 1
from thp State councils. John Kelly, Mr. 1
Augustus Schell and their followers rebelled 1
against the will of the State organization and 1
of the whole democracy of the State 1
as represented at the Utica Convention
when they went to St Louis with a
ruffianly gang to oppose, and, if possible, to 1
defeat, the wishes of the democratic party
unanimously expressed at that Convention. '
The treason was the more marked and repre- 1
hensible from the fact that the Tammany '
rebels formed part of the Utica Convention,
and acquiesced in the action of tne party ,
which they afterward opposed and did their ,
best to defeat. It will be retributive justice
should Kelly and his followers be ruled out | i
of the next State Convention. Certainly if i
rebels, still cherishing treason to the democratic
ticket in their hearts, are allowed to
make State nominations for the democratic
party, while true and faithtul democrats are <
denied admission to the Convention, the
result cannot fail to be disastrous to the
democratic Presidential nominees.
The Gallant Casters.
There is a terrible pithiness in the curt
despatch, "The whole Custer family died at '
the head of their columnand aguin,
"\jrenenu * usier, uis iwo Droiners, ma
nephew and brother-in-law were killed." 1
Never, perhaps, in American history, did a
family ever offer up so many lives for the
dag in a single engagement. We recall the
Cnriatii from Roman history and the Maccabees
from the Hebrew. Beside them in
heroic remembrance must stand the name
of Custer. In that mad charge tip the narrow
ravine, with the rockb above rainjng
down lead upon the fated three hundred,
with fire spouting from every bush ahead,
with the wild, swarming horsemen circling
along the heights like shrieking vultures j
waiting for the moment to swoop down and
finish the bloody tale, every form, from private
up to general, rises to heroic size, and
the scene fixes itself indelibly upon the
mind. "The Seventh fought like tigers,"
euvu flip <1 putltlf.P.ll * VPtl fllpv .liprl ua rtrn?
? "l J > J few.uvwj J
as Homer's demigods. In the supreme mo- {
ment of carnage, as death's relentless sweep |
gathered in the entire command, all dis- I i
tinctions of name and rank were blended, j
but the family that "died at the head of i 1
their column" will lead the throng when !
history recalls their deed. It was mad, it '
whs rash, but, though "some one had blun- |
dercd," it was
Their* not to reason why,
Their* bat to do or die.
Success was beyond their grasp, so they I
died -to a man.
The Mntnxn of PoucnttN Scott by a gang '
of brutal rowdies in Brooklyn calls attention
to that growing evil, the dangerous
class. The unfortunate man seems to have j
given the ruffians who caused his death no '
'reatnr cause tor the murderous assault than
an order to disperse from their point of as- i
sembinge; that is to say, the simple dis- :
charge of his duty. The public have some- |
times reason to complain that officers
of the law use their clubs or their pistols too
freely, but here is a case where too much
forbearance on the part of a policeman cost ,
him his life. By a strange neglect of duty i
thcCoronor failed to procure an ante-mortem
statement, and very little seems to bo
clearly known as to the authors of the murder.
In order to cover up their neglect to i
securo reliable evidence from the j i
i? ia.1- i- _I.I^
uuu uac u*vi? iyj w ?i'iu iu giVC {
it the polico have made a regular razzia , '
on persons suspectod of connection with the j ,
gang that committed the murder. It seeius ,
to ns that with ordinary energy the real : I
criminals could have been arrested before j
now. This raz/.ia business i~? a poor substi- |
tute for an intelligent and prudent per- j |
formanco of police duty.
- 1 j i
The Bkeknat Impzac umkst is now pro- ,
ceeding in its regular course before the I
United States Senate, and the testimony of ' <
the several witnesses for the prosecution is 1 1
being taken. The d< fence rests on the i (
technical objection as t<f jurisdiction in the !
case, but objects to particular points of evi- |
deuce damaging to thi accused. From ' 1
present indications the trin! of the ex-Secre- ' '
tary of War w ill not lust very long.
Anothui of those sad incidents of our I
daily life is brought under notice by tuc
death of Mrs. Hannah liurnham. a medical j
student. The nn lent una to woman's movements
previous to her death stein to point
to an intention to commit suicide, but there |
in room for the more charitable belief that
death may have resulted from the use of an- |
esthetics, rendered necessary by en acute f
liseaso from which she suffered. I
rn? Bstch?rr a Foregos* Coula*
Ion,
rhe lamentable result of poor Cuaters
ittack ou the Sioux was foreseen, by the
EIkhalo at least, ever since we heard what
Imposition General Terry was making of his
rorces?a disposition which, for want of information
of the result of the battle of
Llouebud Creek, he subsequently saw no ronton
to change. Independent, however, of
hat battle, the plan was faulty and hazard- /
>us to the Inst degree. In view of that bat- '
;le a tight with one of Terry's weak collrnus
* imply meant butchery. The followng
extract from a Hebald editorial of June
57, or nine days in advance of the news, will
five some measure of how small we deemed
duster's chance of escape :?
"We should, indeed, much prefer this
^Sitting Hull retiring out of Custer's way]
o have taken place than that the redoubtable
Indian, with his three thousand war- j
iors posted in a chosen position, Bhonld fall
n with either of the flying columns into
vhich Terry proposed to split np liijj comnand
and seek the Indians on the Rosebnd,
d though one was to be led by the gallant
Duster. Custer, with nine companies, after
icouting up Tongue River, was to strike across
>ountry to the Rosebud, where, about the
ilst, he would first learn of the fisiht of the
L7th. Terry, with, seven companies, was ?u *
narch to nuvet Custer, and if they have snc- 1
in making a junction there will be
some chance of coping successfully with
Sitting Bull should they strike his trail.
Until we learn the result of the splitting
of Terry's command we mast await the news
with anxiety, not unmingled with trepidation.
When Crook, with thirteen hundred
men. was unable to follow up a fight with
Sitting Bull, we may well be anxious over
the fate of either of Terry's detachments,
numbering less than seven hundred men, if
they should meet the Sioux single handed."
Even as \ye wrote the above lines the gallant
Custer lay dead in the Little Horn
canyon, his command cut to pieces?a life
worth a whole tribe of Sioux laid down upon
the altar of an incompetency in the higher
command unworthy of a militia captain in
his first fortnight's campaign. ,
Dom Pedho and the Geoobaphicad So?
ciety.?Tho Geographical Society give a ret
ception 'on Monday evening, at Chickering
Hall, to Dom Pedro. There will be present
a distinguished array of men, conspicuous in
one walk or another, including Dr. Petermann,
the great geographer of Gotha, Germany
; Professor Nordenskiold, the Arctio
explorer, of Stockholm, and Dr. Berendt,
of Guatemala. The latter gentleman will
read a 6liort paper on the geographical distribution
of the ancient civilizations of Central
America -a subject on which he is the
highest authority now living. Short addresses
will be made by the President, Chief
Justice Daly, lie v. Dr. Adams, Bayard Tay?
lor and Dr. Hayes.
The Turkish War is experiencing a lull
Bince the victory of the Moslems at Saitschar,
near the Bulgarian frontier. This is, as we
have statod, Servia's weak spot, the country
there being open to an invading army and
the Turks having the advantage of drawing
their supplies by the Lower Danube. Roumania,
it has been rumored, is gravitating
toward a conflict with the Porte. This, if
true, is highly important, for the entry of
Prince Charles of Hohenzollern into the
fray will mean Germany on the side of
Russia.
PERSONAL INTELLIGENCE.
Bret Bartc carries a jaunty little satchel.
Now Is the timo to twist red currants in m towel
Racing is losing caste as a society sport in England
Hon. John Forsyth, ol Mobile, is uierry lor Tilde*
Storey, ol the Chicago Timtt, believes In Spiritual.
Ism.
V ictor Hugo in thickset, and bo hears words in tht
waves. .
The man who can get np a new style ot flag will ham |
a premium.
Mr. R. L. Stuart, formerly the sugar reflner, is #
Saratoga.
JMneroou IHU i> OJJ?IC muwuvi UI> ?ujg *utu?M(Uiu
of human kind.
Comtuodoro Oarrlson ts at Saratoga. Judge Hilto)
alio ia at Saratoga
Senator Jones' baby la sick at Deer Park, a reson
lor Washingiqniaus.
Along the Goorgta scasboro turtles crawl up and ael
the young graon corn.
Walt Wnitman cuts oatmeal and milk and wlahos h?
had soft shell crabs.
M. Rajon Is executing a portrait of Carlyle, wbloh
will be engraved on steel.
Carlyle always sits in the back yard ot his Londoa
house wbilo he smokes that clay pipe.
Joseph Med ill, in bis rcclpo for cocoanu*. pie, puti
one-ball a cup of cucoanul to one cup of tnfk.
hutro's tunnel Is likely to lie a success, but the law
Is likely to cheat persistent Sutro out ot his rights.
College students, Isith malo and letnale, are serving (
as waiters in the White Mountain hotels this summer.
Iu New Hampshire, the other day, a bear with a
trap on one loot wnlked into another trap with the other
loot, in Warren.
St. 1.011 is says that Chicago is a "fast" city, Chloage
says that St. I.ouis is "slow." Gentlemen, may hay
there is something In climate.
The studs presented to Marshal MacMahon by the
Kmpvfor ol Morocco have been turned over by the
President to the State stables.
In a trench note) it is said of a man who has gone
out to gel a cigar and ho has beeu gone elghteeu years,
that be is quite right, "because he wants to choose a
good one."
l'rolcssor Seelye wants to go back to bis college
hair, but hie constituents wan', htm to go back to
Congress. I.tko a good liltlo politician he recognizes
in* constituents and not tho chair.
When tho democrats wcro not In Congressional
|Hiwrr jouu i uuaj "> ixeiuuoay, luauo a large
minority Inss; now thai they aro In power he sinks
qui of tight. A majority may kill a politician.
Whitehall Time*:?"A Boston tailor has had his billheads
stamped with a picture or i lorget-mo nok This >
is all right as long as customer* havo nuuiuose." Nor
riaiown Herald: -"Yes, hut theso dandy lions are apt
lo lilac blazes."
k. "'?Mr. Tildeu dues not drop dowu the lid ol
ane eye because he used to wear n watchmaker's glass
in bis youth. II Is onlr a way ho has of rhowlng yon
that he can wink at you il he wants lo. The doctor!
tay it is a si?u of paralysis.
Bill Sharon, the Bonanza minor, Is fifty.f.vs, and,
while ho studied I iw with Stanton, he waa always j
a sort ol agent Tor the Bank of California uutil his recent
independent connection with the mines. Sharon
Is u modest n.uu in xlore clothes.
The Mexican* of Morklon, Cai., said tbst lbs II ig
captured fiotn the Mexicans ought not to be displayed
on the I- ourili <>t .1 uly I lio Mexicans said that in ihe
fight Iwtween an Americas and a Mexican Hag bearer
aii Indian rushed in an l sured the flag lo t li^ American.
There were lewer casoallies oa the ( ontenuial t ourlh
than on any previous occasion. 'I bat terrible exponent
of su.cide, arson and homicide the small boy? Jj
r?s o overcome .u the .-uninmplation of having thres w
day* inttead of one iu which to display hit patriotism
that ha anparently nave uu the job >" *???J

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