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A HUNTER'S POINT TRAGEDY.
One Night Watchman Kills Another Un der Mysterious Circumstances. THE SLAYER'S STATEMENT. How Denis Ryer Says He Came to Shoot Patrick Taft. A STRUGGLE FOR A PISTOL Two Shots and a Dead Man Left Alone. Long Island City was thrown lulo ft grout stato ol excitement yesterday morning by the intelligence that ? frightful murder bad been committed in the Ireight depot of tbo Long Island Kailrou I, tbc victim being a night watchman named l'atrick Tutt What loni addi tional Intensity to the excitement was the remem brance that sotuo years ago a watchman .u tbo employ ?f the company was killed by a deeper ulo who was allerwurd captured and sent to State Prison lor lite. It appears tb.it iho first person who learned that Talt had been killed was one of tbo employes of the road, uamcd D. M.Carter On going to Work, iboui hull-pest six, be buppouod in bo passing the Kerry 6lrcet door ol the olltco of the freight depot, and knowing that the watchman did not leave the premises uutil seven o'clock, he trlod tho knob ol the door. Not finding the door locked, he walked Into tbo building, und noticed that the watch mail's key was lit the loci, on lha iu>id<>. The oftiee proper occupies a (pace about teu feet square, which Is divided oil iroiu the insiii room by a board partition. The door leading to the freight platform, whore Carter bad to work ia Just outside ol tbo snuthern front of the partition, and in order to reach it ho bud to piss the oilico door ilo found the first door locked and uoiiced that the of. lice door was closed. Thinking that the watchman bad fallou asleep Inside bo opened the dour. The llrst abject that attracted Ills uiteuiion was Talt on his tnves with bis head resting on his lull arui, which was rxteuded on a chair to the right ol the door, bis right tun lying over the arm of the chair. Carter, boheviug him to bo asleep, was about to awaken bim by giving mm u push, when immediately behind the kneeliug uiun lie descried s pool of blooiU 'I his dis eovrv startled him, and on going nearer Tuft be saw that he was dead. Ho immediately gave an alarm, and In a lew minutes several citizens uud a police officer were on the sceno, tbo Coroner among the number. *>n raising tbo prosirate form of tbo watch man u cursory oxuiniuatlou showed that lio bad been wounded in tbo upper lip and lhat his shirt and co it. on tbo left side, were stained With blood. The body was quite cold wliea found, Ihowing that the unfortunate man had been doud ?u?ne time. What struck everybody who had answered lue alarm cry given by Carter was that there was no evidence of any struggle having takcu place. Ivory thing in the ortlco was In Its usuut place, and the at- ! laches of the road, who had been summoned shortly j alter, tii k Dtacoraav of the c;: eas made found that none ot the drawers had been tampered with aud that all the hooks and papers hud be<'ti lelt undisturbed. Tho mystery which ?urruunued the caso was made all tho greater Irum the lact that the pool of blood on the Hour was several feet behind the spot where the body of Tuft was found, nor was there any evidence to show how lie had met his death, whether bo had been shot or slabbed. A thorough examination of the room ulter the body hud been removed, however, ?bowed conclusively that he hud been shot, (or a bullet was picked up' outside of the oillce door sud tho truck of another was discovered In the par tition near tho door. Where the shot could have come !ruiu was a mystery, lor (lie indentation made in the wood was precisely tho saiuo that n bullet won d make If Bred lioni the ceiling. The lanllghl over the door was opeu, and It was generally supposed that whoever bod done the shooting must have taken aim through It. liut even this was deemed to bo unreasonable atlor awhile, for the bullet would not have taken tho directum iho hall did take which had Imbedded Itself in the partlt on. ! he body of the dead man was liually re moved to au undertaker's, where a post mortem examl datum was m ido and tho body viewed by a jury i tup.iii tllcd by Coroner Darren. The result ot tho post mortem showed that a bullet had entered the left side of the body Just below the hearl, and that it had taken au upward aud inward direction, and that another had struck the poor fellow in tho upper lip. The shot ueae tho heart was, of cour.-o, the one that caused death. As tho day wore on ho excitement over the tragedy became vory great, n 1 the police and tho ofllcers of the ward bad as uiucU * they cou'd do to keep the freight depot Irco from ! lio crowds Hint threatened to invade It. Speculation *u* rile as 10 how such an atrocious crime i could have been committed In eucb a neighbor- j houd, without Iho noise of the pistol shots ' attracting tho attention ol even tho watchman who wi re ou duty iu the eugmeer*' department and on tho whurl. ouly duo Icet distant from tfie place where Tall ) was louud However, the poller set about to work up ihc ease, and, learu ng that Tuft aud a follow watchman named Don is lit er, with three men In m New York, ; had ooen drinking at the City Hotel barroom, near the firry, late on Sunday Bight, they determined to get I b'.lu 'if the New York' rs. Had tliet done so they , arould have only gone on a wild goosu chase, lor TV* If Aft W'UO mil TIIK HLOOIIV DKKD furrendere I him-cll to Captain Woods, of the Long Island police, at Astoria, uln ul eight o'clock In tho I morning. He wus no less a person than Ileitis liver, | the wharf watchman in the outplay ol tho rail road coin|>any. K.ver simply loid the captain that It was no wlio bud killed Taft, that tho ?booi ng was ecclivnta . and tint no one regretted It mure than he. Iho details he did not give, tho ; officer preferring to wait till he had .-ecu his ooanscl lie ere I Wealing "It that had taken place between hint tnd h:> vie:tot when tbeshooungtopk place. A lli.n.w.n reporter called at the Astoria station hnase last even, ug on learning that Kyer had surrendered himself, and ] found Captain WOt>ds and several ol Ins elllocrs sitting near the stove 1.1 the m tin room. A short, stoat man, i gray bearded aud gray headed, and with by no means a forbidding countenance, was chatting wllh them as the reporter entered, and w ho was introduced to him as liter. Tho reporter tdd him lie would like to bare his version of tho -hooting, but ho ?eplied that ho would prefer to wait until i ?e coald sec bis lawyer, whom he expet ted every mo iieni. lie finally, however, altera ihiio general con- j rental Ion. answered the questions put to him In a I rank and opeu manner. He M-wmtd to he quite ul 'retod at limes, and evidently realixel tho creadful | position In which he was placed. st.vtfvikxt of thk ai.LKdsn Ht-ansaao. "I will lelifoo," Mid Rvcr, "now it u!l huppenod. Tall and 1 had been down io the corner?I won't deny that?and had taken a drink ; hut wo were ni l drunk, ! either ot uc. I had taken itottnug to drink all ttuy; ' ol that I am certain, and 1 did uoi drink enough that mghl to make me druuk. 'full, I do um think, wus what maybe culled intoxicated The -hooting took place between three und lour o'clock in the I morning. It was toy custom to go iuto the oitlce at ? night tune occaaionuilv aud have a friendly chat with Tall, lor we were both friends and never had any dlf- ; Oculty ir?m Hie tune wo became acquainted. ' Tins morning, between three and lour ovices, as I said be fore, we were In the office. Wo had been in there about an hour or a ili'lo more I should think, talking about business a hairs rcaeraliy. Ho wisa sitt.ug on a high >t. ol mar the 1 leek on the north side ot theotr.ee, lacing me. and I ! ?coupled a chair to tho riant of the door as you enter, ! aiy bock being toward the weight ptatlorin My re volver is a largo one, and it has always been my habit when sitting dow n in the olflco to lake it out ol my bind pocket and place It on the desk. When I sat down this Htne I look it out as usual and put it on tho desk. We h el been talking a considerable time about one thing aud another, when, during tho conversation, 1 said some- , thing that b? seemed to take great offence ai. and. in a | moment ot apparent lar/ he jumped from the stool on which be was sitting and made a grasp lor tbu re volver, exclaiming, Thai's my pintol.' I Instinctively clutched nold of tho revolver by the hand o, as it lay belore me, with mv right hand resting on tl He en doavored to wrench It IroUi tno. and leering that if ho got It he would shoot mo, ho seemed In such a rage, 1 aid my best io pall it out of his hands. While huggiug to keep possession ol it It in some Way or other Went off. Tins spincwhal alarmed me, lull Tall per Si?led in his endeavors to take it from me. Wo were both at this time using our two hands, and, mi he waa a strong man, 1 knew 1 had to do my host to kvep bini from getting poest sslon ot ik I could ecarcely tell how long the struggle looted, tl seemed very long to we. hut It muat nave lasted only a tow minutes. At uuy rate, a tecoud shot was discharged during the lassie. wneu he tell on the lour, partially on Ins side, finally rolling over and failing on his nack lledid notexciaim that he wassbot, ' ?or did 1 see soy appearance ol blood ou hie lace or on I his clothing, but he asieil ma not to leave him, sav lop, "^tuuU by tne; I pokoivk voc for whit you have tloun. " 1 than raised h m up and placed tiiiu lu tbo position io which bo was (ootid?that is, I took him over toward the chair 10 which I had bean tilting. He was thco on hi* kcoe* aud lie laid Ins head down ou his arm hi the chair, and nevorauid a word alterward. Wbon I found ttut he wus dead 1 took up tuy lantern aud other things, closed the door nut went down to the yard. I alterward weulout of the Kerry atreet door, aud when I reached home I told my wile what had occurred, and she suggested that I should ao and surrender myself to the police at once. Keeling that I hud not kil.ed Tail purposely, that bla doatli was purely accidental, I concluded to do ao, aud I started to hud Captain Woods, In the company of OlDcer Mi'Unlx. to whom I made no revelation as to what I wautod to loll the Captain, simply leading hi in to tho beilel that 1 knew touic tnlug which would enable the police to get ahold of the mull who had done the shootlug. On tho Captain's coming tram his house when Mennix called and told linn that I might bo able to give lulu some luformaltnu about ihu killing of Tuft I told him Irunklv that I had kilted him by uccdcul aud wanted to give myself up. DIAUMAM OF TUX T.ie following diagram ol tho Irvglit depot and its . urrouudings will a lord the reader a clearer idea of the Main Freight ' Depot. A F F M ~ 0 O J U G B & c h. 41. ! Jd ? M | rs ' - - D n Enclosed K Hal r-md Platform. ?2 G Z I'art ol Passenger K; Depot. 1 II ? !? uiraiiei* Into partitioned olHee fruiu main building. C? Window facing Kerry street. 11?Wludour overlooking height platform. K?Ihairwiiv leading on to pTutlorm. K I ?Shelf windows from dusk. O?Chair where Kyersat. 11 ? Stool wliero Taft -.at. K?K.ulranee to height platlorm. Til K DKADLV 1IKCOI.VKK. The only question which Ityer relused to answer, nnd wlucli the reporter did not press, was ns to the subject mutter ot tho conversation which bud re sulted In Tail's getting so enraged, as Ityer hud claimed Ins victim hud become. "1 don't care to speak about that," was Ins reply; "the luct is. wo were conversing about a good many things, and I said to liini it Wus all very well lor hn'n to tuik, that bo hud au oiMce to stay in and " At this partial explanation Ityer stopped utid said nothing more about tins particular feuture of their conversa tion. Ho emphulically denied that bo and Tall hud ever hud any quarrel, nnd snld that neither of tuciii hud exchanged any harsh words belore Tult sprung Irom tils scut to get the revolver. "His sudden rage," he said, "greatly surprised me, and I could not understand It; lor the remark 1 made he took us otlcuslve to himself, and it was not so Intended." Captain Woods, in whoso presence the conversation between the reporter and liver was held, and wlio, ou receiviug from him tho revolver with which tho shooting was done, handed It over to his sergeant, produced tho weapon so that the reporters could have a look at it It was a largo s./e six-barrelled Coil's old style weapon and the Ssr gtaiil staled that when he received tt thero were two exploded cups ou It and one barrel unloaded with no cap. Ityer, in spoaking of tho revolver, said:?"I always kept oiio barrel unloaded, loaving the hammer over'thal barrel, tlnly two shuts were tired." WAS DRINK TilK CAL'SK OF T1IK Xtl'llDKR? liver lias been In the employ ol tho J.oug Island Railroad about seventeen mouths, aud bears a good reputation fo lar as the reporter could learn. Ho was once a deputy wurdeu of tho Tombs in this city wheu ex-Judgo Coulter was War den, aud was. previous to being employed | by the Long Island Railroad Company, supermini dent ol tho stables ol tlio Street Cleaning l>epurlmcnl when Hugh Gardner was Prosiueut ol tho Pollco It urd. He is tlttv years ol ago and has uo children. His victim wns u lino looking man, about thirty years of age. Ilo had been married only throo years und leaves a wife, nnd cltlid Ave months old. He had been in the employ of tho company upward ol niuo yours. llu seemed irom the conversations tho reporter held with the railroad employes, a general lavonto und hud an excellent rep utation. "lie was loo quiet a inun," said out of the employes to the reporter, "to get into a row, aud fi>r my part I don't think he was killed accidentally. He never quarrelled with any body." ilo llie reputation of Ityer and Ins victim what they may have been. It would seem that thsy wcro both drinking on Sunday night In the City Hotel barroom, near tlio lerrv, wnli three men from New York, Tho barkeeper states that llycr nnd theso three men got into a dispute about polities, and became so noisv thai he had to order them to go out, which they dbl. Tall ut the lime was oil the sidewalk, talk ing with an oltlcer. It was furthermore stated to alio reporter that llyer and a man uamod Walsh, n mail carrier in the employ ol the railroad company, got Into a quarrel ab ut one o'clock in a barroom near tho depot, when Wal*h tool Ryer ho wns too old a mail to tight him, whereupon Tall took olf Ins coat and exclaimed that he was not too old for Walsh to light. The men were finally separated, it Is said, without coming to blows. This story is ; given lor what il Is worth, as there Is some doubt . about Its being true In every respect. ! It may be sud that liver's only ex- , plana ion why lie did not glvo an alarm when j lie lound that Tuft was dead was tnal he know "it would create a great luss," aud ho saw uo necessity lor It. Tho Inquest In llu- case will be held on Wednesday next Tlio body ol the unfortunate man was conveyed lu his late resiUcuco in Grccupolnt yesterday evening. A PATHOL BOAT llUN DOWN. At h' ll-j asi flvo o'clock yesterday afternoon, whilo Roundsman Itack ami Odlcers llaml and lthodcr, ol the Twenty fourth precinct, woro on patrol In it small boat oppostto Koosevell street, their boat was run down by the tug S. .1. Christian. 1 ho boat was partly demolished, but the ollicors wero rescued by the tug boat. Roundsman H ick and OIBcor Khoder received slight cuts on the head. A DESERVING APPEAL. The ladies of the .Soldiers' Keller Association desire to provulo a Thanksgiving dinner for the disabled sol diers and for the widows aDd orphans of those who fell In ilio late war. Although this association has no established home, vet Irom threo bundled homes of these patriot soldiers comes the annual appeal lor aid. The ladies look hopefully to those srlio have assisted Ibem In past years, and to til others whose sympathies are over enlisted id bchall ol the enabled soldier. Coiftr.buttons ol provisions may t>o sent, November 28 and 20. to tho armory ot tho Twenty-second regi ment, Fourteenth Street, west of Sixth avontio. end donations ol nionny to Mrs. John A. Kennedy, Frosi (lent. No. lid West Twenty-second street, or to Mrs. William K. Muvcmeyer, Treasurer, No. 335 West Four tceuih st. CADET MIDSHIPMEN. VACANCIES I* THE CNIIED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY. Annapolis, Nov. 24, 1870. There are at present, as Indicated by the new Naval Acudomy Register, issued a tew days since, a number I of vacancies of radit midshipmen in the Naval Acad- | emy. An unusual oversight or neglect In the Register 1 is that some twenty cadets aro down In tho Register 1 without the States Irom whence they aro appointed. This makes It inipostlolo to dctcrmino exactly the number ol vacancies; but, ''counting them out," there ure the following appointments to bo uiado:?From Alabama, .1; Arkausaa, 1; Connecticut. 1, Florida, 1; i.oor.ln, 4; Illinois, C; Iowa, it; Kentucky, 7; I.out-tana. 2; Michigan, 2; Missouri. 1; Massachu setts, 1; Mississippi, 2; Maine, 3, Maryland, 1; Min nesota, 2; Norm Carolina, 3: New Vork, ?; New Hampshire, 1; Ohio, 6; Pennsylvania, 8; South Caro lina. t; tcuiiesseo, II; l>xa*, 2; Vermont, I; Virginia, 2, Wisconsin, #; Arizona Territory. 1; Dakota Ter ritory. l; Montana Territory, l; New Mexho t erritory, j. Wiismngtou territory, 1; Wyoming territory, 1. t he preci-o Congress onnl districts troin which those vu. uuctes aro to ho bllod can be learned irom tne Secretary ol the Navy. Each Congressional district, including the Territories, Is i-utttleii to one cadet inttl Strip man at the academy. These are nomlnatad by the Congressmen, and appoin>sd on their recommendation by the Secretary ot the Navy. Every candidate uius( be between lourieen and elgbtaen years ol age, nml will he reqeired to p,st a mental and physical examination before lie cau enter the academy. Tho nature ol the examination can he learned by application lo the academy. IfCougrosamen do not Oil their vacancies by ilie Hi of July of each year then Ihe secretary ol thv Navy Is required to supply them Twenty-live caiT'i er.ginoer* are annually appointed In tne navy. Those who de-iro these appointments (eandid.no* must lie between the yours ol sixteen and twenty) must send their applications In the Secretary ol the Navy, who will authorise proper ones to go to Annapolis to bo ex amined on the 6th ol fepteinbcr ol each year. The twenty-five most proOclenl will be commissioned ns cade: engineers lu the United Slates Navy. One ol the singelanties el our present naval system Is mat, while there Is allowed by law but one cadet irom ilio District ol Columbia, It has lour, and Knodo Island, that hsa e riabt to but two has three. 1 THE PRESS AND THE PULPIT. TBE FOBMEB OCTDOKS TUB LATTER IN IT8 IX ELUENCE. Yostcrduy tho Methodist ministers considered the comparative influence ol tho press and the pulpit and l)r. It. M. Adams, ul Brooklyn, opeued the dlscus.-iuu. Ho took what he called tho unpopular side?that is, the side wuich recognizes and gives due credit to the secu lar press lor whatever 01 good it coulaius. 11 It should be hsscrted ibut the press is more powerlul and Influ tiai than the pulpit It might be difScult to prove the proposition Nothing is absolutely small; everything bus soiuo measure of lulluenco on morals and religion, tho crops, railroads, politics, Ac., are each and all intluontial In their sphere and to an extent more or less appreciable. They Indicate as a spiritual barometer the rise and (all ol the moral temperature. Take, lor instance, said Dr. Adums. the present muddle lu politics. There is scarcely any re. vivul going on tow in any of our churches because of It; and, whatever be the tone ol tho secular press, It lias its iulluence on the popuiur luiud. It has pecu liar advantages and facilities lor reaching the popular mind. You can llnd the press ut every street corner, en every railroad car or steamboat, and at every ferry, hotel or other public pi ice. It mukes profes sion, too, ol tho highest religious culture, and thero is a certain (orco und power in it that reaches the public nund. There is only one thing ihat inierleres wlih Its in fluence, and that is tliut th3 public dors uot fully be lieve In lis professions and its teachings to any great extent. Hut, alter all, tiic secular press commands tho best talent ol tho community, and when it is uerosyary to bring news irom tho distant parts ot tho world no stouo is lolt unturned. Take tho caso of Tweed, ior instance. When it was knov. 11 ilut he was expected hero a corps ol reporters wcro kept down ut rsamly ilook and Highland lights lor a foriuight or more to gel the earliest news ol h.s arrival. Surely (he chil dren ol this world are wiser m their generation ihuu tb<i children of Hgn\ The secular press tresis all sub jects, ov< 11 religion, in the same spirit. Kieh men, no matter how rich or religious they are, receive no more consideration than the poor. Tho pross cuts to the quick every time. The Doctor reierred to some of our contemporaries, und romnikod that the late Dr. j Kady's able piper on ??Missions," read before tho Bvungelical Alliance in this city thrco years ugo, was i constructed out of luutcriul supplied by an editorial lu j tho Tnhuvr. There is a certain crispness, he said, ' about the way in which the secular papers trout sub ! jects that appeal to ihe average mind and which ac counts very largely lor Its influence on tho public mind. It is the most commanding and tho greatest lorco in this hind and, perhaps, in the world to-dsy. Hilt while the press lollows rather than leads public opinion It docs so as the rudder does the ship?it guides and controls that opinion. You cuu go through tiie community and easily tell what papers arc read. Thero is a cerium distinctness in reading that loaves lis Impress Upon the people, and evury subject is treated ol ill tho press. BOLDXKSS OF TilK SKC'l'LAK I'KKS.x. Ono of tho cruatosl luflucucos winch the secular press exercises is lu the line of its boldness. It has to be bold lo make its influence lolt. Tho press must oe positive also, lor neutral papers have very luilo influ ence in the community. The press is working in tho line ol ufliriiiuiioiis ami not of deiu ils. The religious press is l.ir below iho secular m influence and power, becaes) tbe former lucks directness in us treatment of questions. Wo must bo religious, and the religious press must grind uut just so much religious news every week, but it is necessarily strung oui very thin. Ii is considered good enough reading lor Sunday. It is very bold in condemning other people's sius, while It hides its own. That, suid Dr. Adams, is iny indict ment against the religious press. Comparing, then, the pulpit with the secuiur press ibe Doctor remarked that we liad to got up on it luddcr, as it were, totluaoul what some ot our great preachors say. The pulpit lucks the mighty lorco which condenses things and enables us to see all sides ol a subject. There are many who uoiiovo that tho sbculur press Is more religious than the religious press, or even than the pulpit. One man u short tunc ago told lum that while he took all the religious papers tho secular paper that he took was more religious than any. A Voice?Was ihul the Sun " Another?No; It was tho Herald! The pulpit lucks tho element that makes the secular press so powerlul? boldness. Tho press Is daily mak ing its impression on the people while the pulpit has only ono day lor lis say. It has pleased Hod, oy the foolishness ol preaching to save men, and lie believed u great deal ol it is loolish preaching. Boldness in preaching Is an ? fleet, the cuuso ol which is that groat lilting up of a mau until ho can sec nothing hut Hod. All el?e is small before turn. And what the pulpit of to-du.v needs is to be lilted up where other thinga shall upprur us nothing in comparison with Hod. It needs a boldness that is born ol the things of the world to Mmc. Now the question Is as to tho comparative Influ ence and lorce of those two, the press aud tho pulpit, wheu they go together. Is it not Uod's order that the pulpit shall bo the moulder und leader ot Ibe publlo mindf Tho late rebellion was brought about by tho ministers rather than by the press or the politicians. And Abraham l. tuoln publicly thanked the Methodist Kpiscopu! Church lor saving tho nation. Now, tho pulpit is ouly at Its middling power, w hile the |5rc?s Is ut us maximum. The puiplt needs to bo luted up where it shall roe only Jesu-. Tho flro-lippcd tonguo Is an enormous aud unquenchable power lu this world. The secular press is ahead ol the thought ol the ago. It grasps everything aud makes all subservient to its own idea. Now let tho pulpit take hold ol every ad vantage in Us possession and then superadd lo lh;g t ho endow mcntol Hod's spirit und it shall ho tho moulding power in lb s world. THK WORLDLY, KlKSHLY AND DEVILISH PRESS. It rot her Parsons divided he secular press inio tbeso thrco classes, uud I o look ui> tho fleshly or tho liceu tlous press lor his theme. Unless great men can bo sent into our great city pulpiis he did not know what was to become of little parishes like Ins own lying on tile borders. Throe hundred story papers ol the class that lie condemned are taken and read In hts parish, while only oigluy roll glous papers arc received. .Seven of tho slory papers ol this city send out weekly 3t;0,000 col umns ot reading, wiuie all tho religious papers send out uuly 1 fll!,iHilt it is a8ionishiug, and u great deal ol the former is ol the ragnmuflln stylo ot stories, hud our young peoples minds are being turned by it. He has exmnuied books in bis awn Sunday school library and bud fouud nothing in tile papers Indicated to exceed in lioness the mutter contained in thoso hooks This kind of Ineruture is like the Egyptian plague ot frogs. The devil Uns laraornudiviie.es every Sunday than tho min isters have, und more hours are rpcut in roudlngtlns trash I bail in livaring the Uospcl ur reading the Bible. Dr. Adams huvlng relerrod to the influence which Cal vin exercised in H nova and Knox in Scotland as Il lustrations of the power which tho pulpit might ex ercise oil the mind of the community, Brother Dick inson remarked that in thoir day tho Nnw York Hkkai.d did not omsL No mau could excrclso the same influence to-day as they did unless the secular press was on ttieir tide. The Rev. Alexander KcAlisler remarked that the ten dency ol every cluss und order is to magnify Its owu ofllco. He wus disposed lo question whether eitlior carry the Influence they claim If the comparison wus lo be made between a demented pulpit and an Intellectual press, tbcu I lie press was more Influential. Hut II tba comparison wus between u demented press and un Intellectual pulpit, then Hie pulpit was tho most powerful. Bui II it he denied that we have neittier, he hud seen l oth. Highly per cent ol all the reading of ibis city is Action. Mr. lIcAllster thought the | ress should give more intention to this subject. A resolution was adopted expressing the pleasure of the meeting that Bishop Hums Is coming to reside hero. The ml-sionary secretaries were asked anil ngr< cd to provide u missionary sermon next Monday morning. THE MAIN MALPRACTICE CASE. The funeral of AI.co I). M >iu, the young woman who died from the ellocu or Injuries produced by a third party, took pluco yesterday uitcruoon Irom her bus buna's residence. No. olO Atlantic street, lirookiyu. On Tuesday lust sho was taken very sick, and Dr. Hor ui iiico, of Kulton street, who was summoned, found that un opctatiou had been |k?riormed and that the woman could not recover. Ho informed her of the fuel aud urged her to reveal the iiuiiib of the person Who hud committee the crime. She acknowledged that she had submitted lo ail operation, but would not give the name of the guiltv party. Mrs. ilary Dunn. A ticrmuu underlie, was subsequently arrostoil by Cap tain l.euvey, ol the Third prcciucl. at No. 20!) Atlantic avenue, on suspicion ol being implicated In tlie oritne. Her daughter, sixteen years, was also armsled. Yes terday tint priaouora were admitted to bull m tint stiui of f .'.doO. Coroner Slinms will bold an inquest In the caso to-morrow. THE BATUNNE HOTEL WAIt. Justice Dlllow.iy, ol Oreeuvillo, hold an examination yesterday afternoon In the caso of the persons charged with rioting In liuyonuc, In front ol I lie VYlllow Haven Hotel. Mrs. Miller, the landlady of the hotel, has em ployed ex-Assemblyrnau Carey as her counsel, aud tbo most vigorous measures are to bo takon lor the punishment of the gang who tried to drivo Mrs. Miller and her ooarders from (be hotel. It was testified that several persons tried to lorco tho inmates to loavo by threatening to sot the bolol on tiro II thoy should per sist In remaining within. Ufllcor Allen Is severely ceusurod lor his alleged connivance with tho rioters by arresting Mr. (Icorge Miller on an old chargu of soiling liquor without a license. Miller is slowly recovering Iroui a severe illness, ami It was found-ncceMary to nelp him into u cell alter ins arrest. Thut ho should bo thrown into a eell In Ins prostrate physical rendition is regarded oa an outrage, charges will be preferred against Allen lor ins inhu manity and practical sympathy with the lawless gang. Miller was released at midnight through tho eflorts of his counsel, who procured au order lor his reicusu from Recorder Meyers As there wus no per a n at I'ulice Headquarter* the counsel hail lo go lo the house ol OtHcef K ivan>i. who took the paper and ro leascd Miller. Had lie been left in ihu eell ail tngtit it la believed he would have died, as, in addition to m* phveical debility, the ceils ate poorly ventilated and are not honied. ' A very bitter iceliug In* been eugeu dcred among certain Utuille* who have taken opposite sides In this matter. INSURANCE ASSETS. A FLUTTER I? THE OFFICtS?EFFECT OF THE DEC LIME IN ILEAL ESTATE?ISO ME AMAZING FIGURES?WHAT TH'S AGENT8 HAT. Tno article published in tne Hkkai.uoI yesterday showing the vast amount of money invested by the ll(o and Ore insurance companies of ibis city in real estate was the general topic of conversation In tnsur ance circlea yestsWvy. Of course, the (acts were fa miliar to directors and presidents ol these institutions, but policy holders were very much astonished by the revelation. The figures published yesterday showed tliut the lile insurance companies alone bad $135,000,000 invested in real estate securities and the tire companies $13,000,000. To these snould be added the merino lusurarice and the trust companies and men a full Idea of the situation may be obtaicod. Tbe fol lowing are the amounts invested by tbe marine in surance companion 11' at Eilate Xante Of Company. Securitien. Real Enfate. Atlantic Mutual $17,000 $350,000 Great Western 30,000 ? luion Mutual 110,150 130,000 Totals $153,150 $380,000 The real estate tnveaiments ol tbe New YorR city trust couipuuios are as follows:? Meal Kt'ate Xnme of Company. Securities. Real Estate. Farmers' Loan and Trust Company $22,500 ? Mercantile 031.373 $5,600 New York l.ile lnsurauce nnd Trust Company 1,969,302 465,000 National 50.000 ? Ilea) 1 .state 415,710 133,51*0 Union 16,000 ? United Mates 2,413,000 303.1X10 Totals $5, >>53,074 $044,506 By uniting these figures with tbe totals of the In vest menu ol tno Lie uud fire insurance companies, its published in yesterday's Hkrald, the following would | ho the recapitulation, reaching au amount at once ! startling and dangerous when tho great tall in real cstalo is considered :? RECAFITUL.ITIOX. Invented in Real Real Estate, E. tatr Xecuritiel. Cunt V'atne > Idle assurance companies.$131,311,730 $13,908,282 : Fire insurance companies.. 11,043,374 1,404.331 I .Murine companies. 153,150 380,009 1 rust companies 6,353,1)74 044,504 Totals $138,362,330 $14,317,150 ; Grand total ....$ 155,110,388 This sum Is invested by companies dolug business In this city und chartered by tho State. Deducing the ralo of loss from these assets ol say tweuiy.live per cent, and the companies would have appeared to maintain a loss ol over $41,005,000. WHAT IXSIKANI'K MUX HAY. A Hbkai.d reporter conversed with sove-ai Insurance meu on the subject yesterday. It is a very lender point, and many pooh-booned the question, uud re marked, l,It won't a Hoc t our company; all our securi ties uro worth more than we have loaned upon them.*' Then they view any publication ol figures calculated to show their lluauciul condition us an attack upon them, and it appears thai tnuny ol the Insuranco papers attempt to obtain longer advertisements by threatening to expose the condltiou ol this or that company. Ono ot tne duoctors ol the Muluul company said mat il alt (he corporations were us careful as Ins institution In making loans they would not lose anything, us ilioy loaned not more than lorty per cent ol tho real value of property uud only ou first mortgages. Ho believed thai lew ol the companies wi re now lending it dollar on real estuio. In (act, lat terly there was nothing apparently sale from d> cliue but United States bonds, and the lorthcomiug report of tho companies to the Stute Superintendent would show an immense increase of investnieut In the na tional securities. TDK DCCI.IMB IX HKAL KSTATE. The value ot the best claos'ol real estate in this city lias acc med, so rem estate agents say, over tweoty livo per cout, while "speculative property" has de clined In many instances over fifty per cent. I his Is particularly me ease with uptown, Central Park nnd Film aveuce lots. Several insurance companies hav ing mortgages on which the property owners have de faulted in mo payment ol premium, have ollored the property for sale, and tho amount Did has not beeu sufficient to cover the amount loaned, so the companies huve hid in tho property and aro waiting lor heller limes. The strong companies claim that they can afford to wait belure attempting to realize on the securities, and in this way ihev will stem tbe adverse curreut. Ex actly where ibo property lies that the securities cover it is difficult to tell. The companies ulami that not more than one-hall ol it Is in ibiu city, and that in other parts ol the Union real estate has not undergone such u terrible decltue us in New York, and therefore their investments are safer. TI1S OOMI'AXIKS HAKK XO CIIAXOK. Ono thing is certnln. Tho insurance companies In presenting their lists ol assets do not make any ullowunco lor tho decline. Prices put upon buildings In war times are still main tained, and were It not so there would in many tuslauces be a serious deficiency on tho balance shoet. A short time since the Equiiahiu's stockholders wore Icelnig shaky In regard to tbo cost ol tho building on liroadway, und the effect ol the decline in its value. Tho couipauy proved, however, that tbe rent ol the olficvs muiie a good profit on the Divestment, so that tho trouble did not extend. Tho Lie insurance companies are far more safe from any public storm ilmu the bauk*. A run upon ths latter institutions always reveals any weuKliess ut once, but the torincr organizations huve lime gud op portunity to tido over a teuton of misfortunes. THE BAILUOAD WAli. THE POLICE PROTECT THE LABORERS AM) THEN BTOP THEM?AN APPEAL TO THE COCRTK. 1 lie troubles connected with tbo Fourteenth Street Railroad ?ttll continue. Early yesterday morning Superintendent Walling gout word to Captain Byrnes, ol the Fifteenth precinct, to protect Mr. Jacob Sharp in laying down the track on Kourtcuuth street and urrcsl any pcraou who attempted to Interfere with the work. Men were-pul on the road during tho morning and continued to lay tho truck lor tho new extension ?II day uumolesled. Super.ntendont Walling issued the ordor Hint he did lo Captain U.vrnea on account of the following injunction which was issued by Judge Lawrence, of the Supreme Court:? The llleecker Street and Fulton Ferry Railroad and the Christopher uud 1'caili street Railroad vs. Tho Mayor, Ac., uud Contra! Cross Town Railroad.?It ap pearing satisfactory to me by the complaint in this ac tion duty veritied, and tho uihduvil ol JaooP Shurp an nexed Iherelo, tint sulhcieiii ground exists lor an lu Junction as prayed lor in the complaint, and u written uudcrtakng having been given on th<- purtoi plaintiHs us required by luvr, 1 <u> hereiiy order il.mt the uviendanta, each and every ol them, and all their ollli ers, attorneys, servants, Ac., and all other persona noting by the authority ol the delenduuts, or any or either or them and ull of llictn, and ail police olltoers ol tho city ol New Vurk be uud they are hereby absolutely enjoined mid re strained until the lurcher order ol this court Irom iii terleriug In any ninnucr with the plaintiffs in the con struction of the railroad track aud extension inoii tioncd in the complaint, and in chapter 1 D.I, ol the Laws ol 18711. and (mm doing any act, mailer or thing, or Irom taking any other proceedings, the eflect or ten- | dcucy ol wliieii may be to obstruct, hinder, de ny, or lu manner interfere with tho construction, tnaiuteu nice or operation of tho said railroad or extensions, aud let the defendants show cause at a si eoiai tvrta ol this court. In be held nt Chambers, at j tho County Court House, lu the city ol New York, on the llrsl Monday ol December, A. D., 1870, at twelve o'emck noon, or as soon tiicrtalter as counsel cun lie heard, why this Injunction shall not be o< nttuued dur ihg the peiiJuuuy of this action. ABRAHAM Ik LAWRENCE, Justice Supreme Court. Dated N'ovssuikr 27, 187(1. The tuen employed by the railroad companies went on with their work until about lialf-|n-i six o'clock last uveulug, using a strong calcium light to enablo them to see when darkness had sot in. About hull past live, however, Corporation Counsel Whitney, uccompauiod by His llouor Mayor Wickbiitn, proceeded lo Judgo Lawrence's house and ontaiucd a niodliication ol tho injunction which had been lssu< d. The billowing Is u copy of the modification:? St riu Mi. Court, Cut or Nkw Yoitk..-1'lie Bleucker Street an i rulion Kerry Rallfoud and iho Cross Town I ami Christopher Sliool Railroad vs. Tho Mayor. Ac.? I That said injunction, dated November 27, 1870. in granted, albl uiiou sucb order aud on inolloii by Will i Km C. Wnitney it is ordered tout aald injanetloa be i and is hereby mn.tilled bv making same returnable on I Ilia 2?lli ol November, 1870, ut hall-past eleven A. M., ji or us soon thcrealter us couu.el can ha hoard, and (h it said injunction ordered be and is hereby modillcd us [ follows: ? i Thai plalotlll'sshall until the hearing and lurthor order | ol Court, retrained Irom in.erlcriug with tho siruet mentioned In complaint, nnd in cnuiitcr ltd) lu Laws ol 1 1878, uud during said term retrained Irom construct tng or attempting to cousiruct tho ruilroad tracks or tiMeiis.uus mentioned in said compluiLl in cliuptor Lu ol Laws of 187a ABRAHAM It. LAWRENCE, Justice .Supreme Court. When this was obtained Captain Byrnes was notified of ita Issuance and luatructed to compel tho laborers to cease their work. A platoon of policemen were sent to the scene of the labor and the work was at once stopped. Nothing more can be doue in the matter until it appears lu the courts. A MUUDKKOUS AFFRAY. i Carl Wartrlorll, an elderly uiau, w ho keeps saloons at Hie corner of I'ark avenue and First street, Hobo ken, was struck over tho left eye on Saturduy night by a glass thrown by Frnuk McCatlrey. He remains In a very critical condition. Tho iissuiIrui was arrested by I Police Officer Black and belJ by Recordsr Bubu?i?dl in default of nail lu await result. A CLEVER SHARPER. THE EXPLOITS OF MB. E. A. ALEXANDER, A PSKCDO GENTLEMAN OF FKOPEETY?HX8 TRICKS UION HOTELS, HACKMEN AND HOUSE* KEEPERS. At mo clu.o or lout week a gentlemanly dressed per son who was frequently seen in boiel corridors aud who for some time past has inleatcd places ot public resort disappeared irons bis rooms in the St Nicholas Hotel. Very opportunely, loo, was this step taken, as the malingers ol that establishment had just como to Tlew hint with suspicion and to crave a settlement of his bill. However, when ibe hotel clerk sought him with the ItiieutloQ of submitting bis statement of In debtedness and requiring the liquidation of the same, the gentlemanly boarder bid vanished, leaving noth ing but his overcoat to appease the wrath and satisfy the claims of his creditors. This article was held in hopes of its owner returning in quest of it, but he had evidently scented the danger and was shy of ven turing. Mr. K A. Alexander was the name he wrote upon the register, and while inquiries were set on tool rulative to his whereabouts there came various ladles to ibe hotel tu quest of him. wbo. It appears, huvs bueu very adroitly victimised by tbe missing boarder. The story of one of tbciu will suffice to explain tbe m tJut operandi of this gentlemanly knave. On Friday an adverttsemt-ut appeared In tbe papers stating that a gentleman of property required the ser vices of a housekeeper and those of a gardeuor and his wile, the lullcr to attend to the dairy, Unexception able references wore looked lor from applicants, and lnc sumo were to be lurnished by the advertiser. In reply to Ibis a respectable lady, wbo was lookiug for tbo position of housekeeper In some botoi or family, wrote, giving her relereucos and soliciting an Inter view. Tito advertiser answered bor communication, giving his card?'*K. A. Alexander, at Ibe St, Nicholas Hotel"-?and piumistng 10 cull add see If alio was qualified lor the position. On Saturday Mr. K. A Alexander appeared, faultlessly attired aud wearing un overcoat ol iioticcnbly Hue material and lasbionublo cut. lie conversed with Uio applicant, told her that he was a gentleman ol moans, was the possessor ot a Cue country residence and waxed eloquent in his de scription oi a con-ervatory, which seemed to engross bis uticntiou and which he ventured to say was the Unest in till (be country around. He also spoke of two Utile children ol whom bo was the falhor, and referred cu-milly to the governess, wbo was an old lady of many endearing qualities and who was also the ouly per.-i>n with wli )iu the housekeeper would be brought hi contact. Kvcry additional statement of Mr. Alex anuur seemed to augment the desirability of Hie situation, and the applicant was very much gratillod to hnvo such a proposition made to her, especially as tbe terms offered were ex ceedingly liberal. To gain tune lor deliberation, how ever, alio aid tbut she would not enter Into uuy agree meui until she was luinished with reltalilo relereucos. At 1111- Mr. Alexander assured her ihut he was widely acquainted in the city aud bail a largo circle or personal friends in the St. Nicholas Hotel, to any ono of whom ho rould refer her. This was calculated to satisfy ber, but sno requested time to confer with bur sister. Mr. Alexander accorded ber tills on Condition that she would communicate with him before Uvo o'clock on Saturday evening. Sbo consented to this arrangement, and, alter submitting the proposition to ber lriends, concluded to uccopt It, and lolegrapkod her acquiescence, at the sauio lime inquiring how soon sbe wou id be required to leavo tbe city. To this he answered ib.u be would leave at ten A. M. on Monday umt wished ber to go away with tbe gardt ner aud his wife wnoui he bud employed. Ho himself was to accompany thorn. On Sunday morning, how ever, Mr. Alex ander appeared at the home of iho ap plicant und said that the storm would be likely to rum Ins conservatory and she must get ready to leave with li m ihut afternoon. Sho demurred a little at this, but finally agreed to It. und about lour o'rlock Mr. Alexander drovo up to the door In a currluge. lie bud not his over, oat on bint now, aud sho remembered that at hi- moruing call tbat part of his upparol was missing, although iho ruin made It a very desirable garment at the time. She forebore, however, to draw any deductions from this shedding of rmracut on the part oi Alexander, and prepared to accompany him to ibe Grand Central depot, where he said the garuouor and nis wife wero awaiting ibetu. The currluge drovo away, and the lady, wbo is not familiar wltn the streets, was uoablo to notice what direction it took. The ruin wus coining down last, too, nud when they reached a large wliito building, wiiicb bo said was the depot, the wus unable to assure herself whether it was or not. When the csrriage drew up Mr. Alexander alighted and turning lo bur inquired if sbe had any small change. She wus surprised at such u question,'hut alinu-t Involuntarily tukiug out ber pocketbook she said she bad a little and asked how much bo wanted and what It was lor. With a quick movemout Alexander snatched the pockuibouk iroin her liaud, at tbe sumo time saving:?"Ob, I'm oniy going to buy your rutiroad ticket I'll put It in this und return it tu you, as I huve to look alter the baggage." As ho tpoko he turned around und entered iho building. The ladj^ though surprised at the excessively bluir manners and peculiar conduct ot Iter employer, did not at first suspect his Intentions, but as tlmo pa-sod, and ho failed to return, sho bccatno anxious and called tbe car riujio driver. "lit thU tlio (iraml Central depot?" she asked. "Not much," returned the driver. "This is the Filth Aveuue Hotel, Tweuiy-lliird street entrance. How long Is that gentleman lneud of yours going to wail ?" "Ilo went In to buy me a railroad ticket," she said. '?Don't ) 011 know him I" "Know him! How would 1 know him? Ho engaged me in Iron! ol the hotel over un hour ago, and he hasu't given me a cent yet." Inquiries were ibun sot on foot, and It was found that Mr. Alexander, whoso luco whs familiar to the door boy of the hotel, hud entered from 1 wunty-third street and nurried out through the iiioadwuy entrance, leaving tbe duped cubmaa and the victimized house keeper to wan for him tu vain. The latter yesterday went 10 too SL Nicholas Hotel to Inquire about Alex ander, and there alio encountered Cvu other ladies who bad buen victim.zud as she had on the .-amc day and in the same manner. The hotel clerk looked grimly at the empty overcoat on tne rack una felt that the St Nicholas might also ha regarded as a portion of the sharper's prey. The goniicuiunly Mr. Alexander is now much sought alter by tbo police. COMMISSIONER FOWLER ACQUITTED. THE TBTAL CONCLUDED BEFOBE THE BBOOKLTN COMMON COUNCIL?-HE DID NOT DI80BEY THE LAW, NOB DID HE CONSPIRE WITH THE BESBBVOIB CONTBACTOU8?THE VOTE. The trial of Commissioner William A. Fowler, who was suspended September 6,1870, by Mayor Scbroedor, as a member ul thu Board of City Works, on charge of uou leasunce in oillce. ended yesterday. The trial of the cuso has occupied seventeen days, aud a vast amount ol icsiimony has been taken sbowiug tho con nection ot the Commissioner with tho construction ol the (1,4(10,000 storage reservoir ut Hempstead. Tho prosecution has labored to show that thoro wis no necessity for tbe reservoir at all) that llioro was collusion bctwocn defendant and the contractors, W. C. Klngsley and A. C. Keeney; that proper competition was not Invited lor bids lor the work, mid that the amount paid for excavation oil the rcsirveil was excessive. The delcnca wus a gen oral denial. Tho cost of the somewhat unusual trial lias been large, testimony bciug taken verbatim and printed in lull. It would require a two-thirds vote of the Common Council to reuiovo tho suspected Cotn tnlstiouor. who Is a domocrttt, and as the republioaus have a majority of four members lu the present Board, which consists ol twenty-four Aldermen, no little party lecliug bus been awakened pending the final result. For n long whilu tbo republicans expressed confidence In their ability to securo upon the evidence which they promised to produce a siillluieut number ol democratic votes to < tied the re moval ol .Mr. Fowler. It will ho observed, however, thai tin ininotity party was reinforced from the ma jority, that the suspended uillci.d was reinstated by tho vole ol the Auiermen. President French culled tho meeting to order, when Alderman Burnet moved to divide tho two general Charges on which the ease is based, and that cacn Aidertuan give lux reasons lor his vote. Carried. Tho Clerk then read:?"Charge First. I charge that the said William A. Fowler nas been guilty of non Feasance in nihuc, in perxisiuuily rutuslug to* obey the directions of the Common Council, when he was re qu.red to obey the same by law." Aldermnii Burnet reviewed the charges at length, mid said thai ho did not hud thu net of the respunueut In rogaul to tne resolution ol tbe Common Council Hi us tar culpable. Too respondent "was not permu ted, by Ins suspension beiuro thu oru r was entered aad the inaBdainus grunted, to either eoiupiy with or Ulsouey I ho orricr ul the Supreme Court." Alderman Rowley ,-alJ thut ho hold tho cuargo Is proven, nnd so voted. Aldcrmun Aruut voted not proven and Aldorman Martha the same way. Alderman tluuu.r voted not proven. Aidcrmuu i.riswold, proven; Alderman Don ovan, not proven, Alderman Hay voted proven; Al durmun Ucurdon, not proven; AIdcrmou l'arkcr and Acker Voted proven; Aldermen Colir.il, (iutbrio auU JeanuKm, not proven; Aldermen Williams, French, Fisher, Sigrlsl nnd Hill voted proven. Ihe Clerk aunouueed too voio on tho llrst cdarge? Proven, 10; not proven, M: Aldermen Burnet, Aruolt audCuiiroil, three re|uibiicaiia, voitug with tho mi nority. Tne question ns to tho si coud charge was then pot. Tha charge was "tiiui said Wii'inm A. Fowler liaa dis obeyed the dirert ons of the Cotmuou Council for the purpose Of I cnelil'iig William C. Kinvslcy aud Abnor 0. Keeney to the uijuiy ol thoeity." Several of Ihe Aluettnon again explained their votes, tbe resell being?Proven, 10; not proven, 14. Atuerman Frite. who uad been absent when the vote wat 11kuii ou tho Oisl charge, was given permission to he recorded as having votod "proven. " Aldermen Ackur and Hill, repnbiiosne, voted with the demociats on tho totter eliargo. President Frouch aunonnced that the ohargea not being proven the cseo fs aecor.iiBgiy dtemUsod. I tie aiinounoemeut woe received with upplmioe. and Comameiouer Fowier woe surroendea oy hie Irtenue, w ho congratulated bun upon the result. He will re aume his duties in the Board ot OUy Works to morrow. A JOURNALIST'S OBSEQUIES FUNERAL OF DANIEL JOSEPH KIHWAN?IHI SERVICES AT ST. JOSEPH 8. Tho life of tno Journalist?the worker on tba daily pros*?is pissed In tbo full blaze of public events, wit# the glare but rarely falling upon bis entity. Ho ll part 01 everything which arrests public attention, but Is seen ot tbo world only by deputy?through Ihe lines he writes. Few who read tbo thrilling stories, the humorous or pathetic Incidents ol the times, the rough campaign, the political feud, tho great crime or the great good deed, pause to picture the patient man with pen or pencil sitting down to body them lorlb. lie Is hiddou, with few exceptions, behind his work, and elms so to hide htmseir. But he moves upon' bis mission through the world with s brisk subs'antlallty; bo touches Angers with the highest and lowest of humanity, and aomewhero or other ho has an anchorage in society where be is known not as the writer but tho man. He Is to tho world at largo an influence, a sound, Ihe vibration of a atriug, over which ihe w ind ol tlmo passes, drawing many delicate aliude* of tone. When tuctt a worker passes away the Uriel obituary notice tells the story of s snapped string Its music has ceasod, but In the unbroken tumult ol the harps that lacl Is scarce noted. Around the journalist's bier the mourners are often lew. The little home circle he was loved in and a sprinkling of the cralt sav larewell and ho Is forgotten. Stat nomt nit umbra. ' If to tho lolling of his passing bell could gather all whom h.- has seen laco to face, shaken by tho hand and brought before the world, what a follow ing he would have! It is s special doligbt to plclurs tho poet, tho dramatist or the novelist surruuuded by ihe weird, the bouultlul and tho odd croaiurcs or his imagination; but tbo mustor ol real mou an t women whom ihe journalist has luado famous in lolling their stories would lorin an interesting spectacle. In the unprotsnding church ot St Joseph, In this cliy, thcro gatlicrod yesterday a congrogation ol mourners at the mortuary services over the body of a young reporter. Daniel Joseph Kirwan, which almost "realized this Idea. Hit brilliant reportorial pen had ottcuer been dipped in the milk of burn-in kindnesa lhau in gall. AS "Dan" was belovod In the prolosslos so "Kirwan" was widely esteemod out of It Thors was something or native kindlinoas lu the man which fixed his pleasant lace In men's minds. Those whom he professionally mot on tho heights ot society snd down through Us facilo dcsceuts to the very val leys of siu and shame seem lo have fell as if they had known hi in for yours and that tlioy would be glad to know liim again. Hence, when tho high priest, l? his sombre robes of black and silver, turned Irotn the altar to tho catafalque whereon tho llowor laden cotlln roslod to breathe a prayer, he lookod down tho black draped church upon a lull congregation, which was quiet, scdats and sad, but composed or strangely homogeneous, elo monia Tho mass was Intoned; the celebrant prlost paid an eloquent tribute to the man that was; the last prayers were chanted, and while the curling fumes of inccnso lloated gently on the air the mourners passed slowlv up the aisle to look their last upon tho dead There were tears, real tears, for a dead reporter shed by men of hard natures and hard prolessions, and sighs and pitying monosyllables from men of higher, gentler natures and cultured pursuits. It was only thecoffln of a young reporter of tbirty-threo years, who had started in life a poor boy, with a limited stock of learning, who, by sheer study and a force of character not always oxertod to tho full, that Ihe men ot so many dispositions and callings passed by with lln gorlDg stepand dimmed eyes. There were fully a hundred of hi* professional brethren in tho throng who need no chronicle here, but in the other uundrods wore men whom uo one know or cared to know, but who came to thank the dead with a pityiug glance for some ser vice which had passed for months or years perhaps out of tho memorv of him who rendered IL Well known laces woro recognized. The acts or the reporter's career wore typified in them. They camo by. as his life went, in every variety of social standing. Among them were a L. M. Barlow, telling of legal battles and great rail road schemes, P. S. Gllmore, telling ..I the blare of orchestral marches; cx-Congrcssman William R. Rob erts. telling of tho statesman's wordy battles with an echo ol Fonlan raids; Joo Tooker. recalling plctores of Assyrian ballots aud stage effect; Justice Kasmira and Police Clerk Finley, bringing manifold vlaions of t j^ Utile dramas ol tho courts; Harry Hill and Billy wards, with reminiscences of tuo "lancy" stripped and panting .n the fistic r.ng; Captain Kennedy, with the visible terrors of the law to evll-doera; M^or llaggorty, with tbo last apt campaign anecdote fallen dead upon his hps; Edward Stokes, with the shadow ol three prisons, a leurlul tragedy and a lovely woman behind him. now weeping lor "Dan" as he novel went for hlmsell; Eugene Durnin. recalling Old Tam many and the inerry Amcr.cu* C u . days; Ed. Don nelly a persontflcutton of new Tammany and relorm; Mayor's Marshal, John Tyler Kelly, representing the po.enltal olllcial; Philip McDowell, ox-CHy Hall clock winder; Alderman John Koll.y, tho incarnation o ward politics; Dents O'Donohuo, tho young man o social city life; ex-Asaemblyman Peter Traluor, ol hard political strivings up at Albany; Commissioner Brcnnan, with a shadowy train of the poor and trans gressing; Thomas Pittman, Dents Spelnssoy and Jo soph Stiuor, throe young lawyers ot d.llerent lather lands, and so on through almost every walk of Hlo that Is known uud many that are unknown. It was touching and suggestive tribute. Tho coffln was borne down tho alslo preceded by the pallbearers, with the tall aud siulwart forms or Colouol Iloberis and Joseph ElliOtt, ihe one brown and the other auowy bearded, at their head, and with tho lorn relatives Allowing those who bore tho dead. There was scarcely a dry eye within the sacred edlUce^ The funeral procession moved away beaded by fifty ol the dead Journalist's follow craftsmeu marching two and two to Wavorlcy place, where llio ranks wore di vided and the lost salute of uncovered heads was given to him who had gone to fill his last "aetnil." Ths remains were Interred In Calvary Cemotory. Ths following were tbo pallbearers :-WIUIatn R, Roberts, Jo-eph Elliott, Jobn A. Grc.n, William H. St.nor, Thomas Robinson, F. F. Mlllen, J. B. Flshtr and Harry MacDoua. THE DOUBLENESS OF THE BRAIN. Dr. T. S. Lambert lectured ut Stnlnway Hall yoaler day alteruoon bolorc a limited number of the Toach ors' Association on the "Doubleaoss ol the Brain." The subject, said the lecturer, was the most Interest ing and valuable to toacbors that could be brought bo lore thetn. Wo And trom nocesslty that our brains must be dual. It doct not muttor whether the mind la the activity ol tbo brain, or whother It acta of Its own volition it Is all the same j Its duality remains. Should the machinery of tbo right brain bo paralysed Its luno tlous would be performed by the left brain in every essential rcspocL There should be two head centres to control us. We have two eyes and why not two brains? Tbo brain that is used In the proper way dfr volopcs very rapidly, and when It does not rocolve tb? right treatment it remains dwarlod and Inferior. Dr. Lumbcrt dwoli nt length upon his now realm of lunc. Hons, us shown in his chart of systematic physiology, uiiutomy and hygiene. His romrence to gangliallon and nervation?that Is, the activity ot the ganglia and nerves, attended by consciousness or not?was lis tened to with great interest. The nutrition uccessary to prepare the ganglia for theli changes, acts or lunuiions, aoine of which ars attended with couiciousucss in Its various form* ol sensation. emotion, Intellectlou and volition, also re ceived attention. Tho proper education ol the hralni was then relerrcd to. Tho nerves are set across ths bruins, but nro not a unit. Duo or tho other of ths bruins, right or left, can be used nt leisuro. Tbe uss ol tho let! hand will tend to develop tbo right brain, and tho use of the right baud will cultivate the left brain. 80 will the use ot tho right or left foot. The kinds ot lood and their preparations especially adapted to tits nutrition of the brains, in case of teachers more particularly, was then alluded ta The teachers were told to eat enough, to cat all they could digest. As brain* slider, *0 do stomachs. Kucb should select food ndaptdd to himself. Kggs, Irosb ami rich, arc to be sought. Oyster*, sardines anu lobsters, when liked, aro excellent brain looa. Oatmeal la the most advantageous ofthe grain loods. and broiled beef siu^oe and roaaUhcel are excellent and unaurpaaeed. The practical hints of tbe lecturer embraced many and valuubio poiuts. A BAD HUSBAND AND SON. John J. Kuppler, a saloon proprietor on the Petereoa pl.tnk road, North B.rgen, N. J., hai disappeared, leaving his wile and chilnron In dosiltnte circuaa nance*. He la believed to have been uccoutranled In Ins (light by a woman namou I.ucy Urowu, with whom lie hud become iufuiiiated, aud ou whom ho spent a large amount ol inouoy. lleb.ro Kuppler ran away he induced hi.aged t uber to mortgage hie property and lend in in the proceeds. The mortgage will eoon bo lorucloeed aud the old man rendered homeless. Kup pler leaves behind him debts amounting to MVeral thousand debars