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Visit of tbe Marquis of Salisbury to Berlin. THE ? NATURALIZATION TREATY. Bismarck a Sincere Friend cf America. YON MOLTKE ON TURKEY. Bkrux, Dec. 3, 1870. Owing to Lord Salisbury'* visit l'rtucc Bismarck re turned to Berlin much earlier than originally ex peeled, Iho reception of the British Plenipotentiary was moat cordial, uBhuugh his mission to the German government must be designated a failure. Both the Emperor and Bismarck expressed It a* their firm inteu lion to observe strict neutrality in the Kastern question, ;ven if, for aitainmeut ol guarantees lor execution ot rciorms, a temporary occupation of Turkish territory ihould be considered necessary. This latter declaration, itrongly emphasizing the position of the Empire with regard to existing diOerences between Russia and Kng land, is of the greatest importance. Notwithstanding Germany's evident disposition in lavor of Russia, a* imply explained in the above statement, u certain IRRITATION IJKTWKK.V TIIK CaIIINKTH Of BKKLIX AMI ST. I'RTKHHHl'RAl Is lately palpable, the causes ot w hich may evidently >e sought in the aggravating customs policy ol Russia and her clamor lur war, entirely regardless ol the triple Alliance. 1 am assured that the Ktuperor William, who, as well as other leading military authorities, is hy no means convinced ol Russia's victory, is exerting his whole lullueuce la St. Petersburg to dissuade his i nephew Irotu coiniuouciug war. The l'nusluvisi parly at Court, however, In-tided by tho Grand Duke Czuro witi, is so siroug that all the Emperor's endeavor* have hitherto been unsuccessful. Anticipation is high In perl la men t ary circles that Bismarck will, cu tne j ihird lending ol tho budget, embrace the opportunity to express bis views on Germany's attitude to pending political questions in the Last. Bismarck's health, In consequence of the use ol the mineral waters In Kissiugeii and a several months' sojourn in Vurziu, has materially improved, ills neuralgic pains seem to have abated, and Ins unnatural corpulence, giving rise last year to apprehoiiMons ol dropsy, has visibly de creased. TIIK TRKATY Of NATUItAUZArtO.V concluded ou the ggd ol February, litis, between the North German Cunicderatlou and the United Slates lor a period ol ten years?enacting, that Germans w ho emigrate lor the purpose ot avoiding military couscrip- | tiou should not he compelled ou their return to serve or be otherwise molested, if they hail been absent tivu years and during thai tune become citizens of the | United Slates, can, according to agreement, bo re nouueed on the uih ol November, 1877, six months ' prior to us expiration. Some second rate politicians , in Germany have lululy been pleading for a renounce- j nicnt ot this treaty, generally considered a triumph ol ; American diplomacy. The most zealous promoter of j this motion is Dr. i'ricdrich Kapp, who, since his re turn from (he United States, where be, as a lawyer In 1 New York, laid the touudulinus of his lortuncs, seems to cxjericDco particular pleasure in denouncing tlio uhuses and faults of a country that readily ollereu him a shelter when a fugitive and exile in 1848. Kapp, embittered at the tailure of Ins political career In I America, employs Ills present position as a member ot | tho Reichstag and liis manitoid connections with tbe j press in giving veut in every possible manner to Ills IRRITATION AGAINST AMRKICA. After a severe criticism ol ibo treaty in tho "Prus- ! ^tati Annals" (Rabrbticher), one of the best German jioniUI.es, in which he even did not hesitate to make Jlie venerable George Baucroft tbe object of his do- j Jision, he now endeavors to gain for bis views Jurtisans in tho Reichstag. An essay of proiessor Yon Marlitz, an eminent jurist In Erlangen, en titled "Rights ot Citizenship in International Law," and an able article ol B. Wesendonck, ol New fork, in Birth's "Annals ol the German Empire," displayed much greater model at Ion ou the subject thun Lapp's diatribes. Whereas tne latter winds up his disquisition with such words as "away with this curicatuteof u treaty!" without relleclilig ou what should take its place, Wesenuouck, although desirous the treaty ihouid bo renounced, by no means advocates a re-cs lablishtnvnl ot tbe thtfut </u? ante, but proposes an immediate conclusion ol a new one wherein the errors tell aro to be umiilcd. Difficulties ou this point, ox elusive ol purely constitutional questions, are coutldeied by Wesendonck easy of solution, as long as both parties maintain the princi ple that "naturalization involves expatriation." Wesendonck exposes, In a conclusive manner, the necessity ol Germany aontinuiug to observe this "wise, liberal uud humane principle," even II she ap parently ytelds material rights without obtaining uu equivalent. "It is possible," ho writes, " the Empire may thus lose even 1.000 or 11,000 soldiers auuuully; but it Is an inevitable loss she cau bear. Un relcreuce Jo lortucr legislative enactments wo lind they by no means prevented emigration, while tho present treaty has the advantage ol materially reduciug the number oi emigrants. The gieul diltcroueo is that under loimcr laws niauy couio not icturu to Germany with out risking eonscripiiou, uud therelorc preicricd, rather than expose lueai.-elves to ouch a possibility, reniHinihg permananily abroad. 1 ben i.crniany did uoi regain Her soldiers, hut lost Ibousauds whose re turn would nave been welcome lo her." These argu ments ol Wesendonck >, loratltig a sharp contrast to a remark ot hupp'*, "that those who ttid not luihi their duties toward tneir luUict land until thnr rlghis were obsolete might remain wuere they were, and that tho Eiato ougul nut to countenance emigrants withdraw ing Irom lulUlment nl tneir military duty, a lavor tquirulent to puiilsbmelit on those remaluing at home," correspond, a* I am lulormed Irom a trust Worthy source, w ith views entertained by government. HISMAKl'K, A SINl'KKK PKIRXD Of AMKRICA, only lately declared, in a conversation on the treaty, "that the good will ol the United .Slates, a nation of 40 ooo.ooo, wa* preier.tbie to I he forcible retention ol a lew recusant recruits." As long as the mighlv I'baneelior conduct* the affairs of Germany Kapp has but li11lo prospect of itce.ng his wishes, by no means jusiltiaiile irom a political point ol view, put Inio execution. Despite u lew reclamations tho treaty has proved ullcr allawi.io proviMou, nd only wants a revision to he acknowledged as a mojoi regulation. Thanks to the gracious aliunde ol both treaty Powers the number ol complainants lias considerably de clined: lor while during the llrsl year of Mr. Ban eroll Davis' lenuru ol ollicu thirty-live reclamations had to he dischurgod only three cases have since July I been brought bclore iho Legation, tin renewal, or j rather revision, ol the treaty ol naturalization it would he well to include a proviso mr musing the treaty of j extradition concludeu with Russia in 18.VJand extended 1 In IstiS to the North German Conk-deration valid throughout iho whole Empire. "Letters on Condi Hour and Evcois in Turkey," lately much commented | aj on in "Itfl.WfTII VOX ROLTKK, Captain on the General Staff (now Field Marshal)," bavojuat appeared .u a new edition. 1'hostny of tne celebrated strategist in lurkcy happened (lur- : lug the struggle between Huituu MahmouJ and i Menemel All of Egypt. With consent of the Prussian government lie remained lour years In the Ottoman Empire to organize, a* a special wish of the Sultan, a kind ot Landwonr. Besides rendering ihe Sublime Porte important services ny im provement o! its army arid making official surveys ol the land ho accompanied General Hall* l'nchn on Iho campaign against Mehctnol All, ami undertook an ex- | plorutive journejr ulong the Euphrates. Ttie anony- ; nious work to which Field Marshal Mollke has now at- | tacned his name as autlior was highly recommended 1 on us flrsl appearance by Karl Ruler, and the flattering | worns ot Hits celebrated geographer are agam inserted as preface. The really striking modesty of tbe great strategist was more plainly sbown on a visit ol his alter an absence of seventy-tbrce years to his native town, Parchim, the inhabitants ol which bave lately raised a monument to their cclobralcd countryman. At the Banquet given by the municipality in bis honor he drank to the wcllare ol the town, which had equally i contribuied lo the unification ol Germany. "Ills small merits," he said, in conclusion ot the toast, "hud been I much loo highly estimated." The association tor im- ! prove trie nl o! German tkheriea and lor placing tlsn within the reach ol the poorer classes arraugud the day bclore yesterday as Bxnimrios op risH from the different parts ot Germany, and a Qsh dinner, to which numerous invitations to Ministers, Deputies, Scholars, representatives ol the press and prominent mdu-trtals were sent. The show of really splendid specimens, among which were some remarkably large trout caught on one ol Bismarck's esiat-s, wasnlso visited by the Crown Prince, who was kind enough to allow the exhibition to be under Ills patronage. Herr Von Korkenbeck, tho President of the Kcirbi-tsg, per formed the houors. At the close ot the exhibition th# dinner, a'niost exclusively composed ol lien, was served. The company remained together till after midnight, and assurances wore given iliat the aims of the association should be promo cd to ihe extent ot their power, s most laudable resolution, lor in the present high price of meat flsh would otten prove an admira ble sutwtitnlc. .Stimulated by the success of tho flsh ^xbibtlisn ins large vine cultivators intend now send ins sample* of their productions to the Rolehstsg for ttpprobat.on Them- vigorous restoratives cannot (mi grudged '.utile meraoer* uf I'arliatnciil alter their try ing tei>siou ol debate*. A VfcKV I'AISKCI. HCKJIK In the lobhy of the Reichstag i? a subject of general comment. Itaron Dirsl-Dabucr, a former Deputy ami a |<rumiuo!it member ol the old conservative party, who chiefly 11 kuown by bis revolution* uf disrepula ble financial speculations, promoted by liberal Dcpu lie*, ?u walling in the lohhy lor a Deputy, when lierr von K'lr '.orlf, u no rnber most Vehemently allaeketf by ll.in. panned through and desired a sei vant "to show Hi il gentleman the do.ir!" A* u mutter ol course, cxpluniitionu ensued ttiut could only with dilllcnlty bo enii otlied. Huron Dleet, a cupiolu in tbe l.atidwehr, mmediatrly laid the m titer before a military court of honor, which un.iulmou.-lv avowed that If the charges made by ilnrou Dieat were correct ho was right in not sending him a challenge. Even the 1'resident of the Reichstag indirectly took the parlor Baron Diest by declaring that tie aloue had tha right to utter in (he House any -ucb comn.und. So Herr von Knrdorl! has, owmg lo this affair, been obliged to summon Baron Dtenl for libel, to whlcu the latter will only loo will ingly respond. Accusations against members ol far I la in iri t ol having, as directors or trustees ol Joint stock companies endangered the interests of stock holders in pursuance of selt sh aims, are most explicit, and ought to buvc been thoroughly Investi gated immediate y at their propagation. A company, ot which 11' rr vou Kardortf was a director, is even accused of having distributed a million thalers among Its founders as "douceurs." TIIK STKAM.M I'KOIIIi'dTION or IIISMAKl'K against marriage of (ierinun diplomatists with foreign ladles is assured to me as quite correct. This ukase, disclosing a particular distrust of the Itiiporlnl Chan ceiior agauui a whole class ol honorublc utllcials, even goes -o lur that a request lor permission to marry a foreign lady is considered by him causo lor placing the respective gentleman on the rotired list. This Draconic measure was lor the hrsi time executed against Huron llunaSn, late Cousul General Iu Alex andria. ud a son of the celebrated scholar and di plomatist, who, on nolilying his proposed engagement wnh u Russian lady ofUerrasu parentage in Kign. re ceived oriel notice ol his being relieved of his oltlcial lunetlons and placed on the retired list. I'll KSKNT or OSKMA.XS IN AMKK1CA TO TUS KMI'KIUIP. Hi- Majesty lati-ly received, iu the numeol theGorman Consul in Milwaukee, rrotn the hands of Privy Coun cillor Wedding, who in course ot the summer made an ulllcial Jouruey ol Inspection to the l ulled States, a collect .on of rare minerals Iront the neighborhood ol i.uku Superior ns a token ol attention for ilicold Kuthcr land and its imperial sovereign Irom the German col ony there. The Emperor accepted tbo collection, Hiid expro?i'd his thanks lor this mark of attention Irom his countrymen in Milwaukee in an autogrufih letter to Mr. Haiimbach, the German Consul in Wieconsiu. I bo German Kriegerbuud (Soldiers'Union), in Chi cago, the meuibois ol which all fought in the last war against France, lately addressed a petition to tho Emperor to award them u flag. His Majesty willingly complied with this roquest, and a splendid banner, with tho natlouul emblems, has been designed by tho court armorist and will shortly be lorwarded to America. AU exposition of silverware manufactured In the United Status lias been exceedingly patronized here and many ordors given for articles in stiver, such as knives, lorks, spoons, .Vc., the utility and tluo llnish of which were greatly admired. i DISMANTLED AT SEA. AN UNKNOWN VE8S1.U HELPLESS ON THE OCEAN- PKOI FLUI D ASSISTANCE DECLINED. The steamship Labrador, boiougiug to the Compagnie Generate Trausallaulique, arrived iu this port yester day Irom Havre, by v v ol Plymouth, England, which latter port ahe loll ou the loth lust. News was re ceived at iho Hkkai.u office that she hail endeavored on her voyugo lo save the crew uf a dismasted vessel on her passage*. The first officer, in reply to questions put by the Uikalu reporter, told tbo following story:? SIli.NAI.K or OISTKKSS. On the 12tb insc, during a terrible gulo, with high, confused seas, wo discerned, lying at u considerable distunes from us, iu the trough ol the sea, u dismasted vessel. fcbe appeared to be of about 350 tons burden. Both her uiasis were gone, and Iu tnoir places two jury masts were rigged up, uud attached to ttie mainmast, if 1 can so call it. was u small jib. As we made u circle round the vessel, to got as close as possible to her, we saw the sous making a clean breach over her. Mean while we hud prepared our lile boat to lower at u mo ment's notice, and lifo lines, he., were mado ready. Still approaching, wo saw the vessel make universal maritime signal ol "N D," which means "1 must ubun Uon my ship." Cuming closer still, we saw about ten men on the deck. W hen about 200 feet from the vessel those on board saw thai we were gelling boats reudy to send to them, and ihey ran up u second signal, "J K," signi fying, "The attempt Is duuserous. " In spile of this wo remained in sight of the vessel, hoping that the weaiher might moderate, and that wo could take hor crew off. Toe stern of the disabled vessel was broken uu tbe sturbourd side, but wo woro ? able lo make out tbe letters "J-wan?e?." Alter tbe letter u in the word came a blank mark l ana then an e?. 1 think thai the w hole name Is, per- . haps, the Swim ley or Swansea. The name ol her port was wusbod away. The hull of tho vesael appeared iu good couditton. She showed no flag ol nationality. Ail night long she burned lights and we were able io watch her. The weather grew worse and worse, and the unfortunate craft In the trough of tne sea was olteutitues lo-l to sight. Wo were teen about 450 miles east ol the Irish coast. UAY LIGHT IIKKAKS OX TDK HI.'K.N'K. At daylight the signal "B G P" was run up by tho distressed vessel, winch menus "I will not Inavo my ship." We thought that those on board preferred run ning the risk ol going down with their vessel to that ol being swamped in our life boat. Seeing their de termination wc replied with "11 V 11," meaning "What can we do lor you?" And to this he replied "C K V"? "Wo had better part-" Wo tbcu ran up our national flag us a parting salute and continued on our way, after a detention ot seventeen hours. Wo were then in 4? deg. I'd nun north latitude and 20 dog. 50 min. west longitude Irom Paris. The wind was Irom tbo northwest, which was favorable to her. She was in tbe regular track of ocean steamers. POVERTY IN THE COAL FIELDS. A CHEERLESS CIIltlHTMAS EVE FOB THE POOR MINEIIU AND MECHANICS?THE FESTIVE SEASON A HOLLOW MOCKERY OF THEIR MISERY. Sellcxton, Pa., Dec. 23, 1876. When the very air should be niolodious with the hosauuas of u happy Christian people It is a sad thing lo see waut and sorrow so widespread and so wolul as they are iu tbo coal flehls of Pennsylvania to day on the eve ol Christmas. In tho nuscablo huts along the mountain sides and valleys of the groat an thracite belt, destitution and despair, tbe twin terrors ol a poverty stricken people, skulk in grim and ghastly proportions, whilo the signs and sounds of festivity that fall from more favored places come like a hollow mockery to Intensify the miseries ol tbo dejected poor. Tbe scow lies uecp and Is falling fast. The atmos phere is cold uud piercing, and to sad to the pangs of hunger, those who aro in want are wretchedly clad in such an tuclumoul season ns Ibis. In tbe atiburos of Scraniou the Rembrandt effect of tbe gloomy plcturo Is shown to all Us sad advantage. There is weath witutu tbo city, but it is circled by sorrow so Intense as to melt tbe hardest heart In pity. Hundreds, nay thousands of instances of wretched people might be enumerated were there space nnd tunc for such a task. 1 cannot, however, retrain from citing the case ot a poor mother, who, with hor laimiy of six small children, has been straggling in wretched ness in a place called Mud row, amoug others equally poor. 1 ho other day the poor mother, maddenod by the hunger of herscll and little ones, went out with tbo determination ol procuring something to eat lor thorn. She went into tbe store ot the Lackawanna Iron and Coal Company, lor which bor husband worked in tbe Iron wurks ic more prosperous times, but now the in dustries were Idle, and her husband being away?Unit knows where, looking In vaiu lor something lo do? tbe poor woman's sorrowful condition wus scarcely not iced. An opportunity at length presented Itself lo her, and seizing it she snatched up a piece ot dress goods, and, concealing it under her ragged shawl, escaped, Intend ing io sell it tor food lor nrrsell and children. I he goods wcro missed immediately allur she lell, and a consta ble sent after her with a search warrant. As soon as the officer went to her house the woman surrendered tho stolen article, and roule.-scd that ll was tbo ttral tunc in her ire that she had been lempted lo steal, flie was tokeu before an Alderman, but ow ng to her eud condition Mr. Henry Ktiigabury, the storekeeper for the company, declined to prose cute. In tho same row ol houses In which this woman lives an old man was found dying of hunger ou a wretched apology lor a bed." ltis case was re ported lo the Guardians ot the Poor, hut not soon enough, as he cannot possibly recover. | The poor man is about seventy yenrs ol age. To show that the misery is not entirely ooDtineU toScranton I let mo quote trout Hie J.u:rr>u I mvn ot tills week, a 1 reliable paper published at Wilkesbarre, the county s<':it, some twenty macs distant. It says:?"Within sight ot our own city Court House and church steeples and within tbe sound ol the bells within tbeni winch call our people io prayers and to justice, hundreds of * men, women and children are thus early in tne long nnd pinching winter destitute ot the comforts of life. , Without employment, without means, without credit, they are confronted by the hungry wolf at their doors." The article proceeds to show a startling stale of affairs, and gives a vivid portion of the thrilling picture which prevails all over the coal flclds, making this a glooiny Christmas indeed. A MINNESOTA BRUTE. [From ibe Worthington (Minn.) Journal. The other day Joseph Hyland, who la engaged In hauling baled liar Irom the Okauena Mills, became eu raged at his team of oxen, and while they were fastened to a wagon, and nnablo to avoid their brutal master, bent them in a terrible manner With a heavy ox chain until the helpless creatures bellowed with pain at every stroke. He continued this until *|>eclators caused him to desist, but lint beioro tho poor beasts wcro rendered until for work, n- one gentleman avers. Any person who cannot properly appreciate the value ol domestic animals with which bs is enabled to earn a livelihood, should be luugbt their value by an applica tion of the >?*W. How Christmas Was Eojoyed on the Roads and Avenues. A DAY OF FO AND FROLIC. The Flyers That Were Out For an Airing and a Dash. SKATING IN THE PARK. Christmas on tho road! Matron*, laughing maid ens. handsome sleighs, slashing troiters, smiles on every facu and inorry jests on every Up! 'Twas a sight to rejoico tho heart. This was the merry Christ mas of the 1'ark and tho roads beyoud Cheery aud Iresh was the scouo. aud numerous wero the lucldents 01 the festive occasion. From the Fifth Avenue Hole, to Lambert's Club House on St. Nicholas avenue, deep among the furs and robes, were bright-eyea beauties. Ail day long the panorama ol dainty cutters was before tho eye, all day long the longitudinal kulohloscopo of showy turnouts hung before ihe vision, and all day and all night loug ibe sound of tho belis told of tho happiness that marked tho season. Long before the Christmas leust of turkey and gerso was partaken ol tho l'ark and rouds were alive. TUere was no uncertain air about the crowds. " Tla tho time for rejoicing" was marked on every face, and high and low worked thomsclves into u fever heat under tho agnation ol tho surroundings. From tho sleigh light as basket work to the manufactured sled, heavy nud uncouth, the occupants ullko made merry. Thou.b tho accommodations in soino wero cramped, and iliey had no Immediate expectation ol gottlug to their journey's end, it was all tho same. No laugh ter could bo heartier than that in tho demo, cratic turnouts, thougti no great comfort seemed to mark the rough board seat aud straw covered bottom or the improvisod ostubhsh mailt ot runners. Everybody was out. Hero Is tnc regular driver behind his last-stopping team. It is not strange to see liirn on tho road, lor rniu or shlno, dust or snow, he Is sure to he there. Here is the Iresh look ing clerk In his Ulsloraud fur gloves giving his mother, or sister, or sweotbeurt, a sloigh ride und oudeavoring to explain how our climate is changing, and how long it has beon slnco New York was treated to tne amuse, mont they wero enjoying, thus early in tho winter. Now comes tho merchant, lull und precise, with MB two sons from college, showing them tho road. Here Ik a well known Hotel proprietor driving his pair or Clipped chestnuts by hlinsell, Die bachelor Iriend whom ho expects to dine, with following after seated bo hi nil a stylish roan. Here are ladies with a gleeful youth or two as escorts, prudently wrapped in furs and "clouds" to resist tho nipping air. I liey are smiling aud chatting as if it was Christmas time with tbcm always. Then wo liavo tho laminar lace and 11 on re of tho sporting gentleman in his creain colored overcoat, chirping to tho bays that ire extending thetnselvos to the 'u'10 c' J0; Wo now have the important mother, who drives out with her daughters and son in a m iguitlccnl family sloigh, and not liking tho crowd at the upper end ef the l'ark tolls her reinmiinu to turn his horses home ward Vtfiiiu, we huve the gay young boys, with gorgeous collars and coals and tall bats, hoping that fliey muv alight upon a hospitable party of ucqua.nt ancos w'llllug to invite tliein to dinner ou the road. Last and perhaps not least, we have the professional trainers ol trotting horses airing some of the "linkers under their charge, and who are out to see the faat stock huudlcd Dy olhcrti. To give the names of all the clippers that wore on the read during the day would be Impossible, yet a lew ol those observed on St. Nicholas uvcnuo are as lol '?Mr linvld Bonner was driving n four-year-old Oily by Waikill Chief aud one by lorn Moore that arc very '"m *?A 1H.0phyie^ tho owner of tho fast horses Gen eral Tweed and Lucca, wns out behlud both. With Tweed bo mads theui all "lay over," and wont as fast as a running horse. This gentleman also owns a very speedy buy colt by Mlddletown that he has born very shy auout, but w hich bids lair to equal any ot his other b?Mr?V R. Bellinger sat behind the bay gelding Jcr "CMr! l'hucntx was out with his gray maro Charmer. Mr Charles E. Rand drove his maguitircnt Edward Everett maro aud bis cbostuut Clay gcldiug. It if ft the ribbon, over bis well known and fast stepping pair ol blacks. Mr. .1 oliii Marshall drove Shark, the favorlie and apet-dv llambleionian gelding Mr 'Harry Hamilton showed several of his flue, faocy nug?'among then Luvonaer. Billy Button, Hurry, On ward aud Cochcco Belle. During the .Iternoon bo also brought out that invincible teum Unknown aud Mr.??saac Sonnberg had oqt his speedy bay gelding riMr.^Frank Work drove out single behind bis bay horse Hall. He trotted well. Mr \V. It- Harheek sat behind his Ethan Allen and a young brown maro recently purchased. They speeded '"mV John H. Harbeck, Jr.. and the famous brown eel ting Windermere attracted much attention. As u-uai This trotter stepped over the snow very fast Captain C. H. McDonald was out with his last team Bi'lv Greer and Wtnslow. Inspector Frank Speight allowed the public to note what a clinker bis stallion uy Wllkos Is getting to bo. Ho goes along like a whirlwind. Mr. Frank Fergu on was driving the bay gelding Billy Lainbersou and chestnut gelding Waxy. They arc vers kpertly, iDdcod. Mr. Josse Marshall went up and down tho road with his grey gcldiug, well known on the road as u stepper. Mr J. I*. Flondor shot along St. Nicholas avenue with his fust gray maro Suselte. ...... Mr. Coo Was scon by everybody behind his sorrol and bay team. IN TUB PARK. Tho large pond at Central I'urk was crowded to Its utmost limit all day yesterday by lovers of the exbll aruing sport of tkacng. and buudreds who went tberc prepared 10 don ilie "irons" were reluctantly obllgcu to turn away, unablelojoin In the sport because of the immense crowd already on hand. The cloudy I condition ol the weather proved no drawback, and even tho cut up slate of tho ice detracted nothing j apparently from the pleasure of the skaters. Every one seemed beut on making the most of , Hie dny's cDjoyuieiit, and fun and hilarity I were carried to u high degree. The ladles were out in | full lorce, and, as a rule, successfully competed with the lords of creation In their exhibitions ol skill as skaters. Several remarkably export skaters were present but the crowded condition of Ibe pond pre vented'a too Iree indulgence In uiiUcult "steps," the Irreprerstble small boy invariably darting about re gardless ot consequence. It was remarkable, consider ing ihe immense concourso engaged in tb# sport, that no more collisione occurred than actually look place. Falls took place to be sure, but everybody was j In lively spirits and took every misnap good j humorcdly. A more piciurosquo scene could scarcely be Imagined than that prcseuted to I tho observer from tho bridge dividing the pond. To the right and left were thousands ol men, women and children gliding here, there and every where. Hero, sweeping down at locomotive speed, comes an accomplished skater, darting through an aperture tu a crowd, avoiding with lightning celerity by meaus ol a quiet, yet graceful, curve to the left, pusl a (altering voung woman, dashing to the right of an urchin and coming within an inch ol telescoping with u corpulent German, yol continuing his flight, curving and twisting, going backward and forward, until from ft want- of breath he checks his course The usual number of poor skaicrs were, of course, present and apparency rejoylng them selves as much as their more accomplishou companions, despite their lumblea. When darkness began to set in the unwelcome an nouncement w.is inauu tnst the l'ark police were about to clear the pond Looking at the vast throng on the Ice and glancing at the small cordon of police, such a result appeared impossible, nut the mandate# ol the mun in gray were ooeyed without n murmur, and by six o'clock the ponds were comparatively deserted. A MISSOURI CONVICT RECAPTURED. [From tho Lebanon (Mo.) Auti-Monopolist.] George W. Brownllold was sent to the Penitentiary from Ptielpe county a lew years ago. After about two months' stay, one day, while at w ork in the rock quarry, he knocked down tils guard and Cod; was pursued some three miles, but made good bis escape. Ho says that in two days and two nights he made tho trip on loot Iront Jellerson City to his homo in Dallas county, over 1UO in lies, and that he slept none tfrrlng the unto, had nothing to cat, and furthermore, still bud on his prison garb. Ho burned hia striped sail when he got home and Invested himself wnh clothing similar 10 that of which he had been divested when lie involun tarily joined the brotherhood of outlaws at Jefferson. Since then ho Ims neon spending the lime roaming over tho country from his Dallas county home tuio Tuxaa Atirt elsewhere. Sheriff (ioodall. hearing of his escape, has boon more than a year on tho lookout lor mm. Learning that lio was again In Dallasccunty be went out to his neigh borhood last week There ho was informed that Brownlteld weul b? avily urincd und always bad one or > more pistols under his pillow. . I.aie on Saturday night, the #lh Inst., Urownlleld recognized the voice ol a neighbor calling on liiui usk log admittance, slating that he had been out lox bunt- I >ng was cold anil wanted to warm The d< or was opened, and. wuh tho neighbor sioresaid, In walltod our indefatigable Sheriff, who quickly, and without I ceremony thou and iliere secured Ms prvj ? auoinor verification of tho laci that wrongdoers, escaped eon vlcte and such like teliows arc not sale anywhere lu Sheriff Uoodali's territory. DANGERS OF GAS. EXPLOSION IN A UKOADW AT BUILDING ONE MAN BEKIOUHLT 1NJCBED?A BllOWtB Ol BUOXEN WINDOW GLASS. At about fifteen miuutes past si* last even'ng tl.o buildings in tbo neighborhood ol Broadway and Cedar btreot were shaken by the explosion ut a gas meter in the sub-bssement 01 the Amerieau Exchango Ilnnk bunding, at No 128 Broadway, which resulted iu seriously injuring one man and damaging considerable properly. Many a nervous passer by, when he heard tha terrible noise, Imagined that the dire threat contained in the letter from tho Ohio wouldbo dosiroycr of Trinity cuurch to His Honor Mayor Wickham was In reality being carried out and thav Trinity was colcbrsling Christmas Day in an unloolted lor manner. The noiso made was of a dull, rumbling and smotherod nature. Just as it the Akron gentleman waa on hand wi.h powdef. slow match and alt bia blowing up apparatus, and had gone to work in a very determtued aud business liko way A crowd soon gathered and thero was great consterna tion. The explosion was so severe that It was very easy to imugtue that there were at least some deaths. Thero was a mystery about the affair, and tho fkces of tho bystanders were altvo with ex pectancy which could be easily changed Into sincere sympathy lor the expected maimed. Hut when it was louud that the accidents wore coohned to the messenger and to the property the people moved away. now IT HAPrsKKB. A HkRAt.b reporter was promptly at tha scene of the disaster aud gathered the lacls stated beiow: Ycsterdav morning it seems st me plumbers were at work fixing tne pipes in tno Kxchango Hank building, and it ts Stated that through carelessness they went awav leaving the | ipes iu aii unlluished stale. In tne evening Edward W. Coudou. messenger for tbo bauk, imagined ho smelt gas escaping, aud. de sirous ol discovering the truth of his surmise, went down to tho seller, where the meter w*s located. Ac cording to one statement he carried a lighted candle, but the more correct theory is that lie waited till he reached the g?s fixture, when ho struck a match. The smell came irom the cellar, and as ho opened the doer of that part ol the building tho gas caino rushing out nearly overpowering blra with Its oppressive ness. Instead ot opening any means ol exit lor the gas to escape he struck a light, and lu on iu slant occurred the explosion. The room was one blaze ot tire aud the large structure shook. The ground all around was lell to carry the shock and tor even a block and more away the houses trembled us li they themselves had been the chtel sufferers. Condon was lound tn tho cellar covered with bricks, pbister, alasa and wood and Until tho burning gas playing about his clothes aud body. His lace, hair and hands were badly burned. Ho wns removed to the Chambers Street Hospital in an ambulance. BUILDINGS PASaOKD. The principal damage done was to the building corner ol Cedar and Broadway, in tho cellar ol which the explosion took plncc. On the first iloor, right above the scene ol the accident, tho desks were overturned aud Choir contents scattered over the floor, which was covere i with glass and rubbish. The cellar, which was "ached by a narrow ladder placed there by the Bremen, was entirely blocked up wllh plaster bricks and ddbrls. on Cedar street the glass from the broken windows was a hall inch deep. 01 the thirty-f ve windows of tho bank buildlug ou that side not one it is thought, was lolt with unbroken panes The Equitable Building opposite h id but one of its lorty-Ovo windows In Cedar street lo t untouched. Tlio shock had blown tho gluss outward tuio tho streot Irom the bank buildlug, whilo in that of thy. Equitable it had sent the glass in so that t covered the tlaor. With tho exception ot the cellar and ground floor of tbo Exchange Bunk there was no greul damage done to any of the buildings. The In ternal Revenue building, No. 83 Codar street, had the windows in the tlrst and seconu stories blown out, and ihut ol the British American Assurance ( ornpuny suf "red in the same way. The loss is roughly estimated to bo about $15,000 or $20,000 CONDON*** INJUHIK8. The Injured mau la aged lorty-live and is by birth an Irishman. He is a widower and livesjn urn upper pa'rt ol tllo Exchange Bank building. Ills greatest in lurv Is irom a scalp wound caused by some one of the heavy Ibinss falling on his head, but which at present la not supposod to bo lata!. captain petty b sTonv. Captain Potty, ut the First precinct, being asked Tor the I acts within his knowledge, said 'list he was made aware ol tho disaster at about Alteon miui'tes past six. He immediately started out, and with a squad ot police under Ins command arrived promptly on the scene, lie thought the damages might roach tho sum of S"0 uoo and that thoy could hurdly be less as the dif ferent buildings wero badly shaken. The glassi In Codar street was fully two-thirds of an inch deep. The explosion had immense force, bending tbo iron bars of the windows outward. ACTION OS TUB FIR****. Engino No. 6, ol Cedar street, within a block and a ball of the place, was tho llrsi to arrive there. The shock was distinctly lclt in the engine house When ihcv arrived at the bank they sent out word to the other eugiSes, fearing the lire might spread ^ The (lames irom two meters wero pouring uut into tho street and thoy were both ot great volume. It was impossible for a lime to got near the pipes, and water was played on the tire to prevent lis spreading. Alter some tune the firemen wore enabled to approach closer and bv the means of wot towels nnd other tilings at hand the llanies wero temporarily prevented (torn bursting torth, the gas was then turned oil and inrtlier duugcr averted. The bunk building was sup Dortca by a number of arches In tno cellar an I many of these were broken down. One of the Bremen stated that when he approached Coudon tho lailer was all covered with ddbris. To the inquiry, "Are any people burtT" he answorod, "I am tho only one. It is thought thst he had a wonderful escape and received very slight Injuries considering the danget be was ex posed to. ? STEINMETZ'S DOUBLE, WHAT THE ST AIU5 TELL HIM AND WHAT THE POLICE HAVE DONE FOB HIM. Julius Alwtn Wunsche, a tailor, was arrested jester day at No. 5 Cook street, Williamsburg, charged with swindling and aho for passing himself off as General William G. Stelnmclz. Wuneche, It will bo romcinbered, somo months ago, while personating Gcnoral Stoinmotz, mado the ac quaintance of two women named Schrleber and Kaiser. After bringing this acquaintance to an end tho women sent letters to General Sloluinoiz threatening that tf be did not pay certain moneys to expose him. These letters reached Mrs. Stoinmetz, ar.d tho compll oattons arising therefrom led to tho arrest and impris onment of the woman Schrleber end a femalo associate. At their examination tho Inno cence of the General was clearly proven by Hie testimony ol the prisoners and they were dis charged on the same ovtdcnce, they showing he was not tho man lor whom the letters wero intended. Wunsche who resembles the General, was at la*t ar rested and Identified as the scoundrel and was P'06** under bonds to answer, but Jumped his bail and fled to r Thedn?t mors was a suit against General Stelnmetx by the two women. Schrciber and Kaiser tor fa so In - nritoQineiii (damage* claimed, $10,000). Hi Ml was tr'ed and aftor the evidence was all in was thrown o" ot court. Then Wunsche, thinking tho matter was ended, returned to Williamsburg and remained a lew days wllh his lather at No. 6 Cook street. But being home and having no work, \\ unscbe wanted money so he induced Mr. Honzman, of No. nlS Broad way to intrust him with two gold watches and a chain valued at $152. These ho aoid, and alter obtaining a now coal by sharp practice Irom John Brook man, of No 51 Graham avenue, started again lor * Philadelphia, where ho ('(?uaD'Je'"?'! the money. lteturnirg yesterday to "P?"* Christmas under the supposition that he could not bo arrested on s general hoiiuay, lie was seeu and recog nized by Officer Phillip Worth, who took him In charge. Wunsche is cheerful, takes mailers coolly and says that he la uot going lo be punished at all, aa ihe stars tell him so. ICE IN THE BAY. Largs quantities of drift ice tn the upper and lower ays yesterday made navigation both difficult and angorous for the lorry boats running to and Irom tho ity. Since the cold snap very few vessels havo an. hored off the Island, only those compelled to do so. he revenue steamer Grant anchored off Tompkins die on Saturday afternoon altera cruise down tho oast in search ot stranded or disabled vessels. 1 es cr jay morning Hie ebb tide struck her w th heavy ce and alio dragged her anchors, coming in contact villi a pHol boat, and both wore driven uear the shore U the basin at Stapleton. Tho two were taken in tow :>y ihe tug HoiCuo, Captain MoKoborti, nnd lowed 10 Lhe American Docks at Tompkmsvillo. THE ANNAPOLIS HAZEliS. reinstatement of one of the dismissed CADETS AND POSSIBLE RESTORAT ION OF THE OTHERS. Mr. E. Wilkinson, one of the naval ctdota dismissed for contumacy dunug last October, lias been reinstated, his chso having been lavorably reconsidered by the secretary of tbo Navy. As It was conxldcred that bis two months' absence Irom tho academy would leave bun too lar behind in his studies to have any cbanco of passing, be has been sent home on leave until next June, when ho will rejoin as a member ol ihe 111 rd ciasa". Messrs. Harrison, Parsons, l.ubv, Scott, King, Russell and Cockle, who were dismissed irotn the sor Vice at the same time and for the same offence, are still under punishment, but their (Mends now hope lor their speedy restoration. "PULLING" A DEN. Last night Captsln Murray and Delectire Curr, of the Fourth precinct, "pulled" the house at No W James street ol which .lack Robert is proprietor. Ibero was a light in progress, and six men and six women were arrested. It is alleged by the police that the piace is the resort ol thieves aud abandoned women ol the lowest type. BANKRUPTED BY BUILDERS. A "Woman's Story of Her In juries and Wrongs. INTERESTING TO CUT EOT OWNERS. A House Which Goes Begging for Tenants. An Investigation ha* been In progress In Brooklyn for several days past regarding a complicated case oj alleged irregularities In the erection o! a large build ing. The subject promises to become ono of decided public interest niter it gets into the courts, not only Iroin the nature of the story tiself and its importance to property owners, but irom the business pronunonce and social position or the parlies concerned. II the statement which lollows is the iiccuralc presentation of tho facts, which It is bolieved to bo, it shows that a ludy living in Brooklyn has boon cruelly done out ol her property by an unscrupulous and pitiless agent. The lacts of the case, as uourly as tboy can be ascer tained at present, are us lollows:? Tno lady alluded to resides at No. TOO Fulton street, Brooklyn, aud is a member of ono ol the old fami lies ol that city. Sbo is a widow with throe children, two young, daughters and a son, who are living with her. In 1S73 she was in comfortable and even moder ulely allluent circuiuslaiicos, us the owner of consider able real estato located on the priucipal streets of Brook.yn, a well to do widow U would bo said. She is now absolutely penniless aud In n short time to bo turned cut iroiu tho only shelter which remains to her and l.cr children?a lew cold, dnrk, choorlcss rooms, in u so-called French ilul on Fulton street. This ruin she attributes, directly uud solemnly, to tho wilful mis management ol ber agent, Mr. .Sylvester Hondiow, ? well kuowu real estato man in Brooklyn. This*Ir, of courso, a most grave and sorluus charge, and can only be entertalued aud published, as airecting a citizen oi Mr. lloudlow's mantling, upon reasonable cvldonce of Its being grounded on lacis. These, it Is submitted, arc such as to entitlo her story to a hearing, aud in that belief it Is reported with additional corroborative cir. cumstanc.es. The statements hereinafter given are compiled Irora tho olllcial papers in the case, und aro ol courso ex part*. In order that both sides should bo heard a reporter ol the Herald wailed upon Mr. lloudlow, aud, slating tho esse us It came to him, asked the agent to give his version ot the affair, prom ising that It should be carefully luken down. This offer Mr. Hondiow peremptorily declined, ana tho re porter was therefore compelled to use the affidavits and to employ an expert to raako an investigation op the building. TUB LADY'S BTORY. Mrs. Anna M. Kerr, the plaintiff in the suit for $25,000 damages, states that lu September, 1873, being at that time without aa agent lor her property, Mr. Hondiow caino to her aud told hor, what seems to have been, unfortuuately, too true, that she knew very little about tusincss affairs, and that ho would take the whole charge of those manors olf her hands. As she knew Mr. Hondlow's standing in the com munity us u wealthy and responsible real estate agont, she put absolute couUdecce In him and trusted the management of hor whole property entirely to his hands. All applications lor rent or purcbaso of prop, erty wore referred exclusively to him, and his ap praisals and decisions were, in most instances, Ileal. She was living at that time in ber own house, No. 47 Sands street, and owned, in addition to this, a building und lot front ing on Fulton aud Poplar streets, which wero offered for sale or lease. The house was old and or comparatively little vuluo, hut the lot was and Is es teeiue'd a lino ouo lor building purposes. Among olhor oilers for this property an application was made to Mr. Hondiow bv Mr. Alsgood, ol the linn of Alsgood & ltaubcli, No. (Mi Fultou street, asking wuat sum the lot was valued au Tbo answer was, **$30,000, und not a dollar less." Mr. Alsgood, who staled to the reporter that he was theu willing to give a reasonable price, say $1., oOO, lor the pro|ierty, immediately left the offlco with tho impression that Mr. Hondiow had no desire io sell the property since he uemauded so preposterous a price lor il All knowledge ol this application, the lady declares lu her affidavit, was coucealed from her by Mr. Hondiow, and she solemnly avers that she would huvu accepted such au offer as Mr. Alsgood was willing to make It she had kuown of It at the time. In the fail ol tho same year the house sin tiding on tho lot was burned, und an insurauco of f 7.000 wa- paid upon it to toe lady, the greater part ot which she deposited with a trust company on Wall street. She was then strongly udMSed by Mr. Hond iow to put up a building ticrsoll on the property, ill Mead ol selling or renting It on a ground lease. When she objected that sho had no money to luvest in this proposed building, lie told lier, as she alleges, that there would he uo trouble about that, lor he would soe that the money wus provided and thai she should have do trouble whatever iu the matter. "For $ do 000 at the outside ho would have a handsome aud suitable building erected, which should bring her in a large rent, and be In every way an admirable invest meiit This money, he told hor, oould he procured on a mortgage Jrom the Mutual Life Insuranoe Com pany, and any possible deffclt arising Irom the IfcCt that there whs already a mortgage of $4,000 on the property would be easily covered by raising money on her other real estate in Brooklyn. MISPLACED CONFIDKNCR. As sho plsoed Implicit trust in his Jadgment she consented to the proposal, and an architect, Mr. M. J. Morrill, was selected by Mr. Hondiow. l'laus and spcciUcatlons were submitted to her, which she ignor nuily approved, still blindly trusting in her agent, and the erection ol the building, arranged lor ihe accom modation ol atxieen tumuiey in French flats, was con tracted lor. Hetore any work had been begun, how ever. the $4,000 which bad boon to her credit with tho Wall street trust company was trausferrod by her agent's dcinaud to bis control, on the plea that It was necessary lor him to settle with the contractors par tially iu advance ol the work doue, though nothing was stipulated to this effect iu any of tbo contracts. Cur ing the wiuter which lollowcd, 1873-74, she bei .ne alarmed for various reasons for the safety of this deposit, and repeatedly requested ns return from Mr. Hondiow. He as repeatedly re [used, and It was only by the aid of a JusliUable strata gem that sho was able to recover possession of her money. Sho bad now become uneasy as to the luausgemoul ot ber agent aud the architect whom he employed; and gotug to them oiiea, as sho says, with tears in tier eyes, she besouiht them to remember that her whole fortune was wrapped np in this building, and that a latai mistake or avoidable neglect might easilv ruin berscll aud her children. At llrst they sooilicd and reassurod her with protestations ol entire devotion to her interests; but as the yeur went on thev became much- moro curl and sharp. Finally, at tno end oi th) year, when tho building was at last completed, they told her that she should aud must sign lior acceptance of it, whether she was satisfied with It or not. For moro than two months, troin December to February, 1874-76, she protested and pleaded, but was at length fairly browbeaten, as she suya lute Its acceptance in tho latter month. As soon as she had Anally assumed the obligation they cut loose from ail lormor rosiraiot aud more than oneo taunted hor with her helpless condition in having a white elephunt on her hands, which might with as much justice bo lennod a whtiod sepulchre, as will '*" shown hcreatter. PAT1XO TUB PIPER. Meanwhile the bills ot the different contractors bad come in, amounting in the aggrogato to nearly $27,000, though she had been solemnly assured by Mr. Hond iow as has been said, that the whoie cost o! tho butld in 'wus not to exceed $20,000. To mcei those bills she was obliged to expend the $4,0o0 of her insurance monoy, in addition to thu cash rocelpts of $14,837 trom ihe Mutual l.ite Insurance Company, and to put, besides, a second mortgage ol $7,0u0 on tbe property. In order to pay the tustaimeuta oi this last mortgage, as they became due, as well ss Ilia laxss on her now house and lier own current axpen.-es, sho has been obliged to sell In succession her houses on Adams and York streets at a great sacrllice, and. lastly, her own bou<o on Bands sticcL -She has now, iticrefore. to represent bur old realeslate, tbe bouse and lot only on Fulton and Poplar street, saddled with mortgages, amounting in the aggreguio, to $23,000. NOTHING TO SHOW FOR THE MONKV. But her house must be a One one, it Will be laid, to bnvo cost so large a sum ol monoy f Now, tbe con struction and condition ot mis house is the main point of tho story, und the very keystone of the wbolo case. If that Is suilablo or even bearable, the whole case, however much the judgment ol the ageut may beccn sured, practically lulls io ibegrouud lor lack ol suffi cient testimony. What Is, then, tho condition ol this building * Outwardly It is lair enough and might give no Just cause for complaint, but the saino cannot be salu ol the dt-s go aud execution of those portions which are hidden Irom public view. Tbe HkraLD s reponor salisilcd Dimsoll on this point altera close personal inspection, but lor the sake ol the public be ondeav o l e t to resort to another method. Ho called upon several woll known builders ol Brooklyn, aud asked them as a matter ol business to make an exammaliou ns experts ol this building aud report upon it. They all reiiisrd, alleging that they were airald of offending their fellow townsmen, tiio uciuul builders, by doing this a) parcntly logltimuio work, or else they were airanl thut tlie mailer would gel into the courts aud their business be lu some way Injured or interfered : with. Some admitted that they knew thu character of thu building. A PRACTICAL OPINION. One said that It was very cheaply and poorly con structed and that he wondered ihat the Fire Uomrals sivners allowed it to stsuih Another said that it was litter for a stable thau a dwelling house and no sult ablelodging lor dooeut men aud women. Mr. E. W. .Sanillord, a praoth al builder, was allorward found, who promised thai IT lie oouid get another prominent builder to act with him lie would venture to mako this examination. He tailed to do this, however, hut in a cursory examination of the building iu company with tho reporter be condemned It unequivocally, and ?aid that any disinterested- (lparu 01 ma sequslntannn would do ttie tuna Ha pronounced most of the room* moral? "stalls," and aaid that ?n architect who could d-aigu and approve such a building; wii culuable In Iht* extreme. To support Una view the facte stand that the building bus bceu found practically unten antable, tailing to pay even the interest on the mort gages, and trial it is now in the bands ot a receiver, appointed t>y the Mutual l,ifo Insurance Company. During tho last year it is slated that three ot the (etv lenauts died of dipntherla, and the statement would not be wondered at by one who examined the building. Tbo wretched position and material of the walcr pipes, severoly criticised to the reporter by a practical plumber. Is demonstrated by ihe continual freezing and bursting which has be-n going on tins winter. The doors ol many rooms and the staircases are oiled covered with wator, which freezes almost as soon as it Hows from tho pipes, so cold and Ill-arranged is the dismal Interior. A single winding staircase of Georgia pi no lurmshed the solo access to tbo different doors ot tho building, so that If this wore to lalco Arc noar ltd foot the escape of the occupants of lbs upper stories would be entirely cut oil. as xxrtANATios ArrsoTiso iisooklyx disastrkk. To ascertuin whether llis Kire Commissioners would have sanctioned the erection of tills building, If a dan gerous one, ino roportor called upon Hugh Mclaugh lin, one of tbo iloard. and wis informed that the powers ol the Hoard in ibis matter were very limited indeed; tbat lor lour years au attempt hud been muds to ohlain enlarged discretion, bill so lar without suc cess. i his seems very like a practical admission thai au ungate building u'ould be constructed in spits ol the existence of this Board. Further details might easily Iks added tending to ootablish still more fully the alleged fucts which bavo been hero given from the allldavita. It would bo easy to make the story as noiis'ilional us here it Is simple, but there is no desire to insert anything that would wantonly heighten ibo lorce ol me charges. Tho facts are stated as clearly as possible, and the alleged motives are not even hinted in this article. The ac cusation as lo the intent and probable motives of Mr. ltondlow'a action in this maltOk ft Sit: to the Icjikcom plaint which bus already been sorvod upon him by tho counsel of the lady In question. THE MASKED HURGLAR& WHERE A WATER POLICE PATROL IS NEEDED. It is altogether unlikely that the ruffians who In vaded Kavenswood last Saturday morning wll ever show their faces tnoro again. They have heard by this time that the inhabitants of the villas that crown the ridge of Ruvenswood aro to be prepared for Ihem hereafter. During ? tour the Hkhald reporter made of the netgaboorhood yesterday, he fouud that all the occupants of tho Kuvenswood villas were oager to meet any marauder who might feel inclined to pay them a visit. Mr. Combs, it Is said, will bring ? (Jailing gun to hear on any suspicions looking stranger that approaches his dwelling from tha river sido. Ail the peoplo who have houses along the Cast River and Sound by a unanimous voice declare in lavor of having a police patrol by boat through the dark winter nights along tbo shore. The IIkkalo reporter who yesterday visited Astoria dis covered a serious feeling of alarm among tho people occupying houses by the shore, and It is boliovcd that they will hold g mooting soon for the pur pose ol adopting measures looking to mutual dctence. This Is not premature, because preparations for defence commenced immediately after tho publication of the article In the Uhkauu relating to tho misfortunes ot Mr. Hilller, whoso house was bo incontinently hrokeu into ana all its treasury stolen. The Idea of preparing any delence against burglars never before entered the heads ot the people who occupy the mnny hnndsivno houses In Ravonswood. It was dark when the re porter e-ssyed lo approach u house on tho east side of Vornen avenue near Mr. Hillier's. It appearod to bo a dwelling, the inmates of which might bo disposed to say something as to thoir security or Insecurity from burglars Tne following literal conversation occurred;? "1 called, sir, to know If, on account of the late operalious ot a gang of burglars at Mr. Hllller'a house, you are disturbed I"' "Yes, sir, we are much disturbed." "Have you adopted auy precautions against a like occurrence?" ?'We hnvo adopted this precaution." sod presently the reporter was eddied by the presentation of a heavy navy revolver at his head, which, however, the genial owner did not thon discharge, but rather Invited his questioner to enter his house and make himself at ? heme. Tbo fact Is, that great tropldation prevails all along the lino of tho Ravenswood villas, and the only proper means to quiet this feeling is to have a police patrol by boat. GYPSIES OUT WEST. A MISSOURI FARMER BULL-DOZED OUT OF THREE HUNDRED AND SIXTY-FIVE DOLLARS IN GOLD. [From the St. Joseph (Mo.) Herald.] Our readers will remember tbat last spring n band of wandering vagabonds made their appearance in thin city and encamped near the southern limits. For several months they remained hanging about, carry ing on quite a traffic In horse trading and fortune tell lug, while at times the pollco were kept entertained with the eccentricities of the leader, whose pugnacious disposition led him into several dinicultles at tha gaming table. It was frequently predicted that this band would give some one reason to remember their stay here. Thia has happened, If we are not mistaken, In t n cent affkir, which for audacity and shrewd Imposition upon credulity exceeds anything we have lately been called on to chroniclst Mr. Louis Millar is a well-to-do farmer who has re sided for many years la Center township, near what Is known as Pigeon Creek- He le widely known through out this conn ty as an honest and prudent man. He became a widower, and in this condition fonnd himself with a large family of dependent children, for whose belter care he was solicitous of taking to himself a partner to supply the conjugal loss. He found ono to his taste In the person or a German lady, who, it seems, had also another admirer, a German of very respectable connections, whose name is Chrietopher Klinck, also a widower with children, living in this oi ty. It would seem that these parties did not live toge ther as neighbors should, and the green eyed monster soon took possession ot Klinck, who Is seld to have made some very unguardod remarks, and even threats, should his more tsvored rtv si, Millor, succeed la gaining the affections or the lady In question. To roske a long story short. Miller received an anonymous letter, written In German, threatening to burn his property if be married the lady, and trom the circumstances leaving the impresaion on his mind that Klinck was the author. The letter was disguised in sncii a manner as to render D necossary to call In several neighbors to doclpher tfc. Bo matters rested until the consummation of a marriage between Miller and the lady. About this time the barn of Miller wan destroyed by Ore, whether by the hand of an lneen diurv or not is, or coarse, problematic. Now comas the qaesrest part ol our narrative, and one wbicb.bears out the threadbare adago tbat truth is stranger ihsn Action. There appeared unto Meln Herr Miller a man of wonderful power, a wizard, a Gypsy?the good people ot Ceoier Township say "u regular Grsok." This strango, mysterious and august personage soon Im pressed Miller with the Idea mat he possessed super natural powers, and could, by certain lucantaiiona and deviuutious, inform him who burned his barn. So fully did Miller resign himself to thla Infatuation that ho acceded to the requirements of the sell styled wizard, and obtained, as directed by him. $-166 in gold coin. This sum was placed In s box and sealed, after being carefully wrapped up In a linen rag The gypsy then Informed Miller that he must revolve a carl wheel rapidly while he (the gypsy) carrtod tho box of treasure around toe house ihrco times. This was repeated three times upon three different days, and then, after the lapse of three days more, Mr. Miller was to opou his box and he would And written upon the rag within the guilty man's name and such other information as would warrant him In arresting tho party. During the last ot these ceremonies the wise srhsces Invoked tho genii of his art by long supplications in an unknown tongue. It is said that Greek. I-atm, Choctaw, Sioux and whoopla! were poured out with a volubility which astonished the natives. Too box was then placed away by Millor, to await the third and last coming ol the wise man, and on tne third day the wheel was there, the box was there, Mr. Miller was there, but no wizard came. Miller now opened tho box to read the important reve'atlon which should enable him to avenge his loss. He was then a wlsor man, but ho had paid lor his wisdom, and it cost him Just tbo gold be bad placed in tho box. Presto, change! It was none I Mr. Miller, after this little incident, which Is now the general theme of conversation In that section, bad Mr. Kliuck arrested and taken beloro a Justice of the Pence, who committed htm to tbo Jail in this city, to await the action of the Grand Jury, and, as wo write, we learn he has been released on bail ami gone horns to oiler his servieca to Miller in his ondoavors to And the gypsy who has so beautifully taken bun In aud biniseli off. rtutss. FIRE IN MERCER STREET. Shortly after noon yesterday a Aro was discovered in tho second lloor of the Are story brick building, No, 88 Morcer street. A. W. D. Shu in way's stock ol straw goods on ibis Aoor was damaged lo the extent o( (1,000. The Are extended to tbo third Aoor, which is occupied by William Hlaks, ? dealer In mosquito net ting. The loss is 11 xod at $1,000. Tho upper floors were occupied by C. T. Aldrich and M. t isher, who deal In strsw and dress goods. Each sustained a loss of $600 On lliu llrsi Aoor Wblrtlcld, Powers k Co. have s Isncy goods emporium, 't heir stock sustained $4,000 damage by water. The damage to the building, which is owuod by Jane Gibson, was about $1,000: covered by lnsaranoe. FIRE IN THIRTY-FOURTH STREET, A Are occurred yesterday ou tho first Hour of C. A. Chamberlain's residence, No,.886 West Thlrty-lourtlt street, caused by a defective Hue. A dnmngo ol $2od wan sustained, which was covered by insurance,