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The Murder of Mrs. Meser
vey, in Maine. CIRCUMSTANTIAL fiVIDENCK ILLUSTRATED. Facts Showing that Nathan F. Hart Was Guiltless. MOVEMENT FOR A NEW TRIAL IJocklaxd, Me., Dec. 6, 1878. Ill tny last letter I described tho wave of public ex citement which swept ^)vcr the quiet little communi ties along the rugged coast of Knox and Washington counties liy the discovery of serious doubts us to tho guilt of Natliau P. Hart, who was, not long ago, sentenced to imprisonment for life for the murder of Mrs. Sarah H. Mojarvey, in Tenant# Harbor, Decem ber 22, 1877. I also detailed the circumstances of tho murder and briefly outlined tho evidence adduced at the trial. The man was convicted on circumstantial evidence, the strongest of which was a dream which he had about the time the crimo was committed and tho testimony of two experts in handwriting. Those then swore that TT.'irt was tho writer of two anony mous letters which were written to certain parties in Tenant's Harbor, and dated in Providence and Phila delphia. describing tho murder in all its horrible de tails, and with such minuteness that there could be no mistaking tho fact that tho writer was in the house at the time of the murder. The condition of the vic tim s body when discovered, Ave weeks alter ward, verified nearly every statement in the narrative. ^ MOTIVE OI' THE MITKDKB. There can be no doubt but that robbery was the prime motive. It wee shown at tho trial that no money was taken; at least the priscjner'u counsel al lowed such an impression to go into tho jury room. Luther Meservey, husband of tho murdered woman, testified that the money was found in its place in the drawer undisturbed. He went to sea in October and loft $200 or $250 with his wife. This money was found when the house was searched, aud it was im mediately assumed that consequently no robbery had been committed. Now it is known that there were two places in the house whero money was kept?in one, the husband's earnings or tho common fund; in tho other, the wife's private stock. It has' been proven that when Moscrvuy was married his wile had adittle store of money, among the pieces being thirty Mexican silver dollars. She was a very laving woman, as is generally admitted, her economy amounting to parsimony. Her husband worked nine months in the year and brought home a good deal of luoney, so that Mrs. Meservey bad no occasion to draw on her private treasure. This she kept in the drawer, which was found intact. And hero were also discovered the thirty pieces of silver. A review of the transactions in which Meservey eugagod during his married life shows that there was in his house, which lie made his place of deposit, $1 y.xi There was only about $200 found, and although Captain Meservey testified that this was ail that could bo there, he was heard to say in presence of two wit nesses the day the body was found. "They did rob toe Loubc, after alL" He did Dot know Low much money was in tho house, for ho left sneh matters to his wife to regulate. A letter is in existence, written by Mrs. Meservey to her husband in answer to a note from him, in which he stated that he wished to build I barn on his return home, aud she told him that she would give him a pleasant surprise on the money question when he came home. Now, if there was only $260 in the house, and he knew of that, how BouM1 his wife surprise liiru with more unless she kept the money in a place he knew nothing of ? EVIDENCE OF HAItr's INNOOKXCE. pr.oy" thl4t "wthau F. Hart never got a dollar out or the house it is only necessary to show thut lie had po immediate need of money, as ho has been uu indus trious man. frugal aiftt prudent in expenditure. Ho never tried to borrow any money of the neigh bors, as others did from time to timp, and h? has not expended any money since the robbery. A few days before the body of Mrs. Meservey was discovered he borrowed money of Eleanor M. Cook on u deed Which Is recorded in tlio office of the County lh?is trar. In order to pay the expenses of his defence ho was compelled to mortgage liis house, ami it would bo difficult to conceive of his resorting to such Bioans to raise inouey if he had succeeded in robbing f ? bouse of his neighbor. He must have hud an Inordinate desire for money for its own sake then rn order to furnish a motive, but this is not one of the traits of his character. EVIDENCE OP THE MKMM3TTIOH. In tho testimony as produced by the government Miss Clara Wall swore that she saw Mrs. Meservov going to tho Post Office at six o'clock oil the evening of the murder. She could not tell Low sLe fixed tho time, except by Hay *? "bate. It can bo shown that Miss Hall was seen on the ice by halt a dozen persons before dark on that day. Mrs. Sophia Wail also saw deceased going toward the Post Office, but fixes tho lime at about five o'clock, qualifying her statement by sayuig it was at "early lamp light." She was Itcuu at tun l'oht Officu by another imruou, who w*w hot summoned us a witness, at "early lamp L? 414,1 l>e wwUy wen. therefore, that Mrs. Meservey went to the Post Office while it was yet light out of doors. It can be shown that she arrived at the store in which the Post Office is kept Just as tho proprietor was lighting liis lamps, sbo inquired for her mail aud was told that Mark Wail , ' taken it, and she went immediately homo. Now what time of day is "early knap light" in Tenant's ilarbor t The sun set on the 22d of December, 1S77, ui precisely twenty-ttvo minutes after four o'clock P. M. The afternoon was foggy and the twilight short! ?harly lamp light" must therefore be between half past four and five o'clock. It is admitted by all parties Bow that Mrs. Meservey left her house for the Post Office about Lalf-poat four. THIS AftHDKB. Be fore thit a man was seen crouching on the road lide beyond the house. Ho knew slut was going to tho Post Office, and he thought she would bo compelled to wait for tbe mail wliich arrives at six. Ho had ait uour, and he could rob the house and get away before ?he returned. That she caino back before he ex pected is uuduuiable, and that lie killed her because he vas discovered admits of Uttle doubt. It is also clearJhst the murder was committed soon, but not Immediate y after h?r arrival, by tho fact that her moves had been removed, but not hor overshoes or aloud. The thief was in all probability up stairs ?ecuring his prixo, and tried to get out unotmru-vod, but was met by tbe mint reus of the house, who ruiiwd the alarm and ha attack her down. The ter-ihls Iccne of blood and butchery is shut out from human jazo. only the imagination can picture the awful lli u.igh.- for llie of the poor woman who was in iho pow er of a demon. rihe was struck down by a club Df cuugcl tiorl atuurn*!, bui Iut (Vttt.iL \\ah cAuacd bv | ?uffoi'ution or choking, ah tho cioorf wim? tightly wound round the throat, and it and a pi ?:n of" ood line, which bound her hands, were securely tied by a ?oiler's hands, a* was proven by the style of knot. The murder could nm have been committed later i than nix o'clock at the furthest, as the woman went back from the Post Office directly, and she let', there hot later than five or a quarter past five P. H. Hater's w uxnitaaotriii. Now, it was showu that Nathou F. Hart hjfthis pos ture at "early can il? light" and went to his home where he stayed ttli utter aupper. At about six o clock be was seen in the house bv a person who was not a meuilicr of his family. and it can be shown 1 tliat Uc was seen it eight o'clock, Consequently, at I the time tiw murderer was doing his bloody work in 1 Lie house of Luther Meservey this man is located at i -MuT1Attr,?dn,' in Addition to these eircumsttnoss, ?hicli tho people think did not get their true weight I there are others which wiU be brought ont should a j dew trial be orderod, ana that Mum* iiighly probabl. I to Judge from the temper of the Tieonle It in ad- ' twitted that Ihirt's counsel were either careless or ! Ignorant; tLey Allowed ?vuJouo<j to Ikj put in which ! Could caitily have been rofnted or impeached. THE MANDWlUIXN... Thi place of evidence which worked hardest against Hart, and was based ou the best piauulblo founda tion. was Mist in connection with the anonymous letters and the note found on the floor of theMe-er Vey house the day the body was discovered all of Whlnlt the govern incut tried to show were in the prisoner s handwriting. So lar as the writiug Is concerned, it becomes a question for the ux pert, and that qu-stlon hits luif as yet been luttiid. A, It, Duntou. a man who has tes timonials of ability irom very luauy of the leading lawyers of New Vork ami boston, claims that ho ciui show by his own and other expert tesUmoiij that the handwriting is not that of Nathan T, Hart. Mr. Duntou has muuy of the best experts in the country ready to swear b> his own theory, and there -fPfPI1 1,1 ,M-'110 doubt but that lie can prove to the sattsfactioii of suy jury that. Nathan k. Hurt could not have written that with which lie has in* u charged. I.KriEIlH DISUOVkUKD. ? mo great point which the prosecution made, aside rri.ni he pHliiusnship, was the (act that in the letter *lOBl , fetoicuce was iiiatlc to a time when ttio writer tried to kiss Hsrsli H. Meservvy. and whs by her shtppod In tlio lace and hud Ills shirt bosom tell Kb0Wn or t" bu Shown at Wathsn Wi4M' n* 1,1 f ailv 'he .as.,, ? C nt,' t," opy of tlj? iirosceutiou I yery ?,r would Lave bt*?n h;ui the evidoueu ^id'1UV *n Hart was the man that h! wm Lhl ? '4 *'?< proof enough "? .'T H* ""m Who wrote the letter. 1 n "n1h 14. dlsgtiiao t8 T ,nnf' 11 r ?? th.s WHS, WcmLi he Ih) ao idiotic ah to a<;ctYi*? hirjAoir of th?) murdor, knowing at the limn that no was !o nc nslmi hliiM^r ? It was ? matter of g0le ir ?,e t0^ this slurt-liosotn otory was; very many kucw of it. and any oue conld have written Just as \lSlyn?u*Z? 'ittr^TuTlf "?? them out of the jail, nor ^ance any ^ to how he could have mailed them. the * nolo thhj" is merely a matter of ainipoaitiou. gtoumled udoii no reason whatever as to fact. Circumstantial evidence has conviried a murderer Diany Umes aud it ha* alio convicted. innocent men; but in the owe of Nathan F. Hurt there was not circumstantial flvi dunce enough to convict a man of theft, to bay noth.nx of consigning him to a living hjinb. j ? it The more the cage in investigated the more does it appeal* that the State of Maine has a man und'Tsen teiice for murder who is not tlm murderer and the more do llio people become convinced of the tact. A MISCREANTS END. EXECUTION OF WILLIAM JEPFEK80N, A *iS" josh's slave, in nobth Carolina?a life OF BRUTAL* CRIMES?THE CULTEIT's confi dence in the belief of fctuqb buss? FROM THE QALLOWS TO GLORY. [T1Y TELEGRAPH TO THE HERALD.] WaRHENTON, N. C., Dec. 0,1878. William Jefferson, a yellow uogro, aged thirty-one years, formerly a slave in Virginia, paid to-day on the gallows in this town tho penalty of death for the crime of an indecent assault upon Mrs. Amanda My rk-k, a colored woman, under circumstances of pecu liar atrocity, in May lest. Since his conviction and scntenco for the offence, in September. Jefferson has been attended by a colored clergyman, liov. Mr. Olts, under whoso ministraUons h? has professed a change of heart and a full assur ance of Divine pardon for all his aina and a vivid anticipation of rapid transit from the scaffold to the realms of heavenly bliss. Under tho culprit's dictation tho minister, a few weeks ago. wrote his confession, not alone of the liendir.h act for which he to-day suffered, but also of repeated bur glaries, thefts, arson, assaults upon women, and even of one murder. It is the blackest record of criminal life ever known in North Carolina, yet the brutal offender, even before unburdening his conscience of the damning history, announced his belief that bla sins were pardoned and that -my bright jowellod crown is a waitiu' for me in glory." INTERVIEW WITH THIS CONDEMNED. The IIkuai.d representative .viaitotl Jefferson in his cell several times during tho last few weeks and heard liim after speaking of hia former life and his long caUhlgue ofheartlcss crimes in a tone indicative of pride in his record, break ont in paroxysms of re joicings and shoutings over liis hope, or rather hw certainty, of future bliss. Said ho on one occasion, "Mvsolf brought trie here and put these irons on my ankles, but next Friday Jesus Christ, with the white kowiis of lleaveu on. will come in. take off the irons ffittryme to the land where X will walk on streets of pure gold," and then he would slug a curio uq Httfc song, which, perhaps, was original with him, somewhat as follows:? Don golden street* I'm or gwine to walk, Pum golden HU-ueta I'm er gwine to walk, Drin golilcu ?tre?ts I'm or gwine to walk. Poor sinner* faro von well Per my home Tib ober Jorthug, Ac., Ac. Tuorsards or witnesses. North Carolina law requires hangings to be pri vate but the populace of this region do not willingly miss such a show. A high, close board fence sur rounds tho jail yard in which the gallows was plasiod but views of the sport could-be had from the roofs of adlaocnt buildings iuid from tree top*. undMl such place* were filled with eager spectators, while thou sands of others, mainly of the eolorod race, thronged the streets in the hoi* of seeing or hearing some thing to gratify a morbid curiosity. b LAST SCENES. Jefferson slept none last night, and ate no breakfast till about eleven A. M? when ho askexl for fried chicken, which, being ruruished him, he ate with relish. He was very nervous all day, laboring under great mental excitement and shivering all tho time. When questioned by tho Herald correspondent lie said that ull tho charges against liim were true; that ho deserved death, and was ready and willing to die. believing that his sins were all pardoned and that tho robe of righteousness awaited him; that he had ill will against no one. but loved everybody; that the Hberiff, jailer and minister iiad been good to liim, and he thanked them all and hoped to meet them In heaven. H ? was brought out of tho jail and ascended the scaf fold at half-past two P. M., accompanud by the Hhcriff. Deputy Sheriff, his counsel and a minister. The culprit seemed very weak and excited, and liad to be supported as he walked up the stops of tno scaf fold He spoke for three minutes only in a rehearsal of his religious experience-, and said ho was going to hcavt-u and hoped to meet all there. JKM'KRSOR'S COSFKIWIM. Rev .Mr. Crosby theu read from the scaffold a paper calh d the "Ibjeord of tho Life and Confession of William Jefferson," -which had been prepared, at the culprit's dictation. The following is a synopsis of the naiuir road:? In lHto Jefferson outraged a young eolorod girl, tor which he Hod; soon thereafter he attempted to outrage a colored woman, but was friuhtened off. Next year ho committed au assault upon another woman in Mecklenburg. Va? for which lie was sent to the Penitentiary for five years. Ilciiig put to work in tho granite quarries near Richmond he escaped, broke open several houses and eommitt?*l muuv highway robberies, atter which ho was recap tured und served out hie term, with au extra year as a penalty for escaping. After lie was released he vvorked on a farm m ar Richmond. There he stole a horse and lied. On tho road he broke open a country store and stole money. Went to Granville county, mar ried. und after a short while abandoned hia wifte for a lowd woman, then abandoned ber and went to \ it dnia. where he was put 111 Jail for stealing. He broke out and w.-ut to W eldou. N. 0. There he toUnd bis old paramour with another man: waylaid ami mili dered that man, throw bis body into the Hvanoko liiver und fled to Virginia. Last spring he wont to Northampton county, N. C., whore bo outraged Mrs. Crowder. a white woman. Then he fled to luiM county and committed iho di*d for ahich he w-aa to day hanged. This record enumerates a long list of burglarius, house und barn burnings, larcenies and other criminal offences. MJHIXUED AT LAST. Before the reading began Jefferson asked the Sheriff to support bin* a* his legs wore weak and. ho was about to fall. During tho reading the culprit stood in a trembling and almost tainting condition. He was humming and groaning iu the maimer peculiar to his race when under religions cxcitemout. /titer reading the record the minister, at tae request of Jefferson, reed a chapter of Scripture. Jeffereons logs were then pinioned, the noose and bbu* w, adjusted at seventeen minutes past three. Tho minister offered a fervent prafe* tor the rest o? the condemned iuiui'h bouL. Tho Htonff and others lrft the scatfoid mid the ftiUl drop tell at twenty min utee past throe. Hia nock was not laulaon. Ho ?*? bibbed live violent convulsions and his laborious respiration was distinctly beard at a considerable dis tance. For live minutes after the drop fell his suffer ings were apparently intense. Death occurred lruui strangulation lu fourteen minutes after the drop. Thehnm. use crowd which tilled tho streets in the neighborhood was mostly composed of negroes, but there was no excitement nor violent domonstraUun*. Ill* body was cut down at ten minutes pubt four and bacled in tho Potter's Held at the county expeuae, his fricuda not claiming it. anything fob liberty. The effects of "Doctor" Obed lingers, the eccentric beggar, wcro brought from Mctnchln, K. J., to Eliza beth yesterday and examined. There were two trunks and ten bundles. The first bundle opened contained an aged pear, whilo otecf packages were made up of venerablo rolls, tea and sugar. In one of the truuks was a package of printed "petitloiui to In ends of humanity." Evidence of the doctor's ability ax an artlsl wus shown in some drawings thoronghly explained by the foot note, "The dnril in bel ret.coving a murderer." Letter* from his brother, Timothy Rogers, oi liredford. Canada. ami from Joel Nlglovr, a t'hicago lawyer, wore tied up in bundles. The entire contents of the trunks and bun dl<x were turn-d out in a heap on tire floor. The Doctor at the night of bin "knick knacks," as ho termed them, was greatly lr.cenxed, and sat down and spent two hours In repacking them. The "Doctor" pleaded hard for liberty, promising to have his bah and w Uiskcrs cut, buj ? new suit of clothe*, promptly leave town, get his show parapher nalia at Burlington, go West and settle down, lie also promised if liberated to get inarrlod, and, a* nu evi dence of his honcxty iu tho prendre*, asked tho Chlot of Police if he would assist him in securing a nice young lady to marry him. The "Doctor" will be released to-day. TooicS* FOB justice. "Och, I don't care aboud no inacb foolishness. Dot's bosuor 4ot you l>it tno go," remarkod somewhat ludignantly Uustav Zulu*tela, who wax arraigned for inebriety before Justice Wandoll at Kssox Market Police Court yoetorday. Hi* Honor, however, just at this particular moment had swung around iu hlr chair to talk to some visitor 011 ornate business, consequently his buck wu toward Otis. "Hay, That's dtr niaddher mlt <1,* Court ennyhowt Htopdot talking mlt Oder lxoplcs. I got me .some planus* to attend to. I vant dot ve s< tile dis dim roolty right avayp'snid he to .Judgo Wai.dell, who dirt uot pay any attention. Then lu a louder tone (lite added: "May po you don't tink 1 van in eat neat. Don't it? Hurry up. Va* saw datV" "Look here, my good folio*," remarked Hie Honor, turning quickly. "You're a browrer and got drunk uu your own beef. Isn't that It C ??Veil, how shall I know ? Hurry up mlt dot pla ne.. <. Lot iat allosl" ??Speedy Justice! Ten dollars or ten days." Tin officer, noticing that <+us were fustian, lagan to hustle him toward tho prison door. "Hold en! hold on I young feller, tah hub plenty guolt." And ho planked a fifty-dollar Dote on tho desk with a thud. He got his four tea* in change, and, as he foldial them up ami put them in lit* pocket, he eluppcd the oiht'cr who hod arretted iiiiu cm tho shoulder and said, "You'in pooty itesli, but 1 threat you I" THE LECTURE SEASON. lir, Jiuci WadaworUi, ex-Mayor of Buffalo, ddiv t rod an tUreu last evening on tin- future of the ifrio (Jamil before tiio lioatowuers' Association, No. 10 South street. lie said that from two thousand five huudrud to three thousand boafcs will remain in this harbor during the winter, and ho complimented those assembled an representing more capital in vested in internal navigation than the whole conn try owned in the shape of ocean vessels. Ho ad\ ocafesl the full and final abolishment of tolls, and said it should be demanded on the ground of com mercial necessity, PhUadelpbi.' lud now the advan tage of Sow York in being chardfed one-half percent less for freight, if the whole of the one per cent now levied on tho eunul were taken off it would leave Sew York forever one-half per cent ahead of Philadelphia. "TO THE l'RO?r." Mr. Carr gave his impressions before the Young Men's Christian Association as to what is necessary to bo placed "To the 1'ront." Sometimes, ho said, I think we are taught too much and too persistently the doctrine of equality of men. This wus made one of the corner stones of the Be-public by our fore fathers. Our late war arose from honest, deep seat'd differences about tiiis doctrine. Since that it has been preached in one form or another, sometimes ably and sincerely, but more ofteu selfishly and superficially. One result is to encourage Communism; another is 10 turn tiio litads of the laboring classes, who begin to think manual labor beneath them, too humble and too lowly. They think it nior?( to their taxie, easier, to write a book, invent a phonograph, leud an army or rule Hew York. At this Juncture it is well to pro mulgate the good, otd-tashionod doctrine of inequality of man. Immigration should bo put under sa U'-pro tecting restrictions. The ballot should be restricted to those who can read and write. Above all the standard of edncatiou should be raised, and education made compulsory in every btate in tho Union. Tim LAIton QUESTION. At a meeting of the Manhattan Liberal Club, at Science Hail, a paper was road by Professor Henry Applotfcn, of lthodo Island, on "Labor the Source of Wealth in Bature vs. Lab >r the. Source of Poverty in Practice." The speaker claimed that it was unjust for a capitalist not to give the laborer a rea sonable portion of what were called "profits." He maintained it was the man who worked that ought to be rich, and not the man who oaf idle, luxuriously re ceiving from the laborers' toil the means with which to indulge in idleness. BOJOUlUtLR TBCTH. To about fifty auditors, in one of the upper rooms of the Cooper Institute, Sojourner Truth told tho story of her life. Though sbo is the oldest lecturer in America, having entered upon her second century, the old lady said silt' was of opinion* that the Lord had renewed her youth. She has dispensed with the use of spectacle*, being able tn see without them, end her hair, which was formerly gray, is fast becoming the color of tho raven's wing. DISCONTENTED DRIVERS. PBOBABUS STiiEKE OF TUN THIRD AVENUE HOE BE CAB DRIVERS?THE COMPANY CHABGliD WITH BBEARING FAITH WITH THE MEN. Inquiries among the officers of the various horse cat companies and the drivers yesterday showed that the only trouble at present to be anticipated is on the Third Avenue. Mi'. Ifarroll, the president of the Car Drivers' Pro tective Union, felt confident yesterday thai not only would the drivers of the Third Avenue strike next week if he and his two discharged comrades were not reinstated, but that the strike would be joined in gen erally by the drivers of the other lines if the contem plated reduction were carried oat. lie said that Pres ident Phillips gave his sacred word of honor that none of the participants of the last strike would be discharged,* and by a formal resolution, recorded in the minutes of the society, the drivers had solemnly bound themselves not to work if any of their number were discharged for participation iu the recent strike. Ho did not wish to say on what day the strike would begin, because the company should have no notice of it. He denounced the com pany in bitter terms as undeserving of the slightest consideration and as having abused alike the public and their employes. They should be made to pay $100 for each car into the city treasury t or the ex traordinary franchise by whiob timy coined fortunes while starving their employes. They could well afford to carry people to ilurlem for three cents and still declare good dividends. Wheu questioned in reference to the numerical strength of the drivers iu this city Mr. Farroll gave some interesting figures, which art; hero subjoined:? Third avenue 260 licit line 2u0 Second avenue 2to Dry Dock lines 350 Fourth avenue 160 Bleecker 150 Broadway and Sev- Houston, Eighth. Sev enth avenue 300 enteenth and Twen tieth avenue 1K? ty-third 200 Eighth avenue ISO Green line 100 Ninth avenue., 60 Other small lines 100 Total 2,500 The i>ay of these drivers. Mr. Parrel I said, was al ready at such a starvation rate that if a man became sick Ar disabled for a few days he could not have a loaf of bread to give his children, and the hours of work varied from fourteen to sixteen. /.MONO THE r>?rVKBs. Among the drivers of the Third Avenue line yester day the prevalent sentiment seemed to lie that they were in honor bound to strike if tho company refused to reinstate the three men who had been discharged for participation in the recent strike. One very in telligent driver, who said he had been nearly twenty years driving horse cars, thought that if the company now. forced the men into a strike it would uo itself irreparable in jury, for the elevated mail would be running to Eighty-ninth stre< t, and if titc liorwe cars were stopped running those who had h'.thi rto rsfraluwd from patronizing the elevated road would ho eoni pellod to do so and they would never again come back to the horse cars, lie said that it the company wanted to avoid trouble tbey would rehislato these three men and subsequently discharge them or other. He upon some excuse or other. H.? was pro.ittit when President Phillips had pledged ax* word of honor to the drivers that none of them would lie discharged for participation in the recent strike, and that pledge, the drivers consider, had been shamefully violated. As to any reduction of wages ho and others declared Chat, tlicv could not stand it; that they Buffered even now for the want of many bare nu'essttie;; of life. They were nearly nil men of families, soyun with five, six and neven children, and how would tbey exist on less than $1 75 per da> ? 'J1?e drivers seemed very deter mined, and some said tiiey would rather starvu than to lake the oath required by President "Phillips. One pointed out that wlulo the receipts of liis i ar hud in creased from $lSor $10 to $22 or $23 within the lust two years, bis pay had been reduced from $2 to $1 .5, and he asked if this was not terribly unjust? Mo aKnocnoN coy rKMi'i,vxr.?. At tho office of the Third Avenue Company Treas urer Lyons said that no reduction of tho nil vera' pay had boon or was now oontciuplsted by thn compuny. Tho report that tho company intended doing so. he s^id, haai been maliciously atartod by the three ilia oliargcd drivers in order to create disaffection i.tnong their employes and induce them to strike. Mr. Lyons was asked whether the company would not reinstate the tiiroo mon if that was found to be tho only way of avoiding a strike. Mr. Lyons replied that he was confident the company would not reinstate tho turn orem if it should havo to suspend operuttons for six months. Ob being informed that the drivers considered President Phillip* to have given his sacred word of honor that none of the par ticipants of the recent strike would be discharged tho treasurer said tho men had net been discharged because they had participated iu the strike but for good reasons, which, however, he was unwillihg to name. When pressed to *tate the reasons, if there wore any, it was not difficult to gather from his man ner that the "reasons" were a mere pretence and that be gave none bocauna there were none to give. PHYSICAL ClLIUliL. A party of ladies and gentleman were present last evening, by invitaiiou of Professor Avon O. luriihnm, at the Academy of Physical Culture, corner of Broad way oud Kurty-lourth street, to witness tho caliathoniu exorcises of a class of young la lies frotn Brooklyn. Previous to tho opening of the pi rforin uioo Professor Dnruliam said It must be understood thai, in no senso was this an "exhibition." A class of young ladies front Brooklyn, who bad finished tint curriculum of the academy a year ago, had kindly consoutoil to once more go through tho calistlunic reutino in which they had been trained, the Professor said, for the ptu'pOKO of demonstrating the beauty end grace of light gymnastics. Ho wild complaint had recently boeu made that whilo every facility was offered bi men, woman and children woro denied an opportunity of physical development. In tliis respect n* thought tho academy tilled a loiig existing uced. -The academy is not lor tho exclusive ttso of liullcs and children, however, for in the prospectus classes for gontlcuu u are unnouiicmi. Professor lltirnliam is known to many New Yorkers and Brooklyn.u * through the gymnasium he mainbdncd In the Qlty of Churches, and which fur uuiny years bore Ida name. The pro graiuiuo of last night's pcrforiuais u was as follows:? Dumb bells, It* ctick*, clubs, double posture.*, guns, and mn re It ami run. The gruoo and ease or the whole performance were inarvcllous. The douidc posturing was truly artistic, and sotno of tho evolu tions developed during its rrrigre.g equalled any* tiling in Upt iu. The rohearsal was over at nine o'clock, and tl:o audii m-c left the gymnasium com* mvntuui on the novelty of I us eittsr tammuut. ST. NICHOLAS SOCIETY. A I'LEAHANT REl'MoN AT LELMGNiL'o-> AND A MENU THAT WOULD HAVE ANToNloMED THE EARLY DUTCH KL'J' I'LL U*> ?THE TOAST* OF THE EVENING AND TUXIU KEtii'ONSES. The annual dinner of the St. Nicholas Society took place at Delmonico's last uight. Previous to this bAliquot the officers recently elected for the ensu ing year were am tailed with appropriate ceremonies. Although the recently adopted hour of six o'clock, which has ton ud ho much I aver ft lib popular socie ties, wo* named tor the dinner, the guest* were all oil hand in time ami there was no delay in reaching tho grand dining room. Among iho dis tiuguished gue<ts of tho society were ex G?)vernor lledle, of New Jersey; Rev. Dr. ltogcm; Bev. Dr. Oriuuton, ot tiiu Dutch Church; Ucv. Father iijorriug, of the Greek Church; William Chrysths, of the Society of tho Cincinnati; Colonel A. B. Gardner, Judge Advocate, United States Army; Commodore Nieholsou, commandant of tho Brooklyn Navy Yard; General Horace Porter, Chaun cey M. Depow, General Aor.nu Duryoa, W. W. H. Bryant, of this State, and United Stale* District At torney Woodford. About two hundred persons sat down to the table* and partook of the following menu:? OVRTK.K*. - \ apcrs. ! J Consuuiiue it la St. Nicholas. ^ j Urceu Turtle it la Uoilaude. J -? HOUR O'lUlTKK. < \ Pate* it la Antony Yau Corloar. j s FISH. 2 J has* a la Buminel Van UruueL ! J KKLKVI'8. J j Filet of Beef a la Kalekorkiochor. s % fcNTItKK*. 1 ; Chicken A la Von Twillar. 1 v Ksculopc of Yenisun a la Rotterdam. j Sweet Breads a laSpuyleu Duyvil. S Vfcl.KTAai.KS. J J Green Pea*. Tomatoes. * -? String Beau*. Spinach. % 5 liOjIAN FtJNCll. s ^ ItOVI. > s Canvas H uh Ducks. Salad. > s KXTIIBMKTS. s J l'oirea it (a Gondii. 5 J Uelve auz Ananas. Compete Cbantilly. j s UualTrea a I'AuglaUe. Charlotte Pariaieonta s 2 Cretan Rubaut-o. Pieces Muttluaa. 2 s Ulaces Napolltuiucs. Frail* and Dessert. > v Coffee. s Pipes aixl Tobacco. ^ Over thia bill of fare win the figure of a venerable Knickerbocker smoking a long pipe, such as was to be presented to every member and guest of the soci ety when the dinner was ended. Underneath was the motto:? Nun fumum ex fulgore. sod ex 1'iirnu dare Incrin, eogitat. which being interpreted, as tile Scripture has it, sig nifies? Not smoke from long tobacco pipoa So much as light from good ndiacco sJuuko, Made RuU kei'liocuerH coguuto While Porter, (Iriuiston and Began apoka. TUK iOAK'fS AND NFKIU'HE*. The dinner, ulthough it began early, was a long one, but at length the pipits and tobacco were reached and theu began tho regular toasts of the evening. The first, as wa* proper, tvas "St. Nicholas, our household saiut?to the earnest faith of childhood as much a reality as the gifts ho brings." Mr. Edward F. De Laneoy, who presided in the place of President Itemson, who is ill, announced that the toast would be responded to by Mynheer Van Der Bogcrt. Mr. W. W. K. Bogcrt, a journalist who ha* come down to the generation from thu times of the old Courier and Enquirer, was the gentleman referred to, and in be ginning his speech he thanked the president for add ing two syllables to his name. Speaking of the city he said the homes of our childhood have cnuio to he the chosen seat oi commerce; but lie soon glided from these practical considerations and paid allowing tri bute to the patron saint of the society. St. Nicholas. He seemed to think that the better canonisation ?t the saint was his canonization in the hearts of Dutch men. The second toast of the evening was "Tho Presi dent of the United States," which was drunk stand ing. Tho toast to the Governor of the Ntato of New York followed, and was responded toby United States Distriet Attorney Woodford, formerly Lieutenant Governor. General Woodford's speech presented few salient features apayt from a panegyric of tho Empire State: but one sentiment?"Let us love the Union hotter than party?let us love the nation bet ter than State," wa* received with unbounded uje piausc. Tho toast to the "City of New York" was responded to by ex-Senator James W. Gerard. Ale said tho Brooklyn bridge is transporting a part of our popula tion to Brooklyn. Tho elevated railroads uro Tarry ing another part of it to Westchester county. Other means take still another part to the West, and after awhile nothing will be left to us but Coney Island. We have just got through one civil war. he said ? pa thetically, but he toared another i* impending. This new danger comes from the claims of the Auueke dans heirs to the King's farm. Her heirs have been holding meetings everywhere and an incursion from them may he expected at any moment. They have rights ami the only judicial objection to their rights is that tliey have slept on them. This he thought ought not to be an objection to the rights of a Dutchman. In order to pay oif the heir* of Aaneke Jan* he sug gested that New York separate from the Union, that Peter Cooper be put at the head of ufTairs, and that every steam engine be set going in order to get rid of the debt. "THE ARMY AND NAVY." ? The toast to the urmy and navy was responded to on behalf of the navy by Commodore Nicholson, who made a neat little "speech, and by General Horace Porter on behalf of the army. General Porter's speech was the hit of the evening. As became a soldier, he complimented the Dutch not only ou taking Holland, but on l>ciiig able to take anything put before tin m. The Dutch, ha said, earuc here under false pretences. Here they saw all the splendors ever witnessed, but he bewailed that in having thoir portraits painted Anthony Coinstoek was absent. In coining to that meeting of their descendants he said he found everything orange colored, and lie Isi lieved it was tho Lord alone who preserved us all from having the jaundice. Every Diitcluuau ho I thought had the tacuity of blowing Ids owu horn, i but why, he asked, should a rooster be placed in I front of the President's chair when hi* proper plae** was ,u a barnyard? At first, he said, he thought the bird was the American eagle, but he soon found it was no Fourth of July fowl. Tho toast to the toundsrs of Niow Amsterdam was responded to by Mr. Chauncey M. Depew and ltev. Dr. ( raits ton. Tho toleration, industry and integrity of tho natives of Holland, by whom Manhattan Is land was settled, wore discussed by both in the most complimentary terms, and in conclusion they hoped that the descendants of the early Dutch settlers might always lie worthy of their alma. The welcome to sister societies war responded to by Mr. Chrystlo, on behalf of tho old Society of the Cin cinnati, and hi was followed by representatives of the Ht. Andrew's, the 8t. George s, the 8t. Patrick's, the New England and other KocJetirs. Contrary to custom, the speeches were over by half past ten o'clock, and tho rust of the evening was gtvau to fun that would have surprised our Dutch predecessors. THE HAJilY FAUL OBUALI/.ATION OI' A PERMANENT AStfOCIATIUV? CONTINUED INTEREST 13 THE BUTTER AND CHEESE UIHPr.AV, The afternoon meeting of the International Dairy Fair at the American Institute won fraught with great interest to dairy exhibitors and merchant*. The success which ha* attended the exhibition enlisted the sympulhies of prominent men iu thin aud the ad joining Htates to stub au extant that it wan re.-olvod to form a permanent ansociaUon. A inwuuu was ac cordingly la id in the main hall of the oxhiYiitlou, A. Willard, of Litlla Falls, presiding, with F. Mortimer 8".i\er as soei-uiary. A iniuuutlwj ol twenty-one was tlu n appointed to oi-gaiih'.e an International Dairy Fair As is iation and to draft a cooatituttou und by law* (or Its govnrmuoiit. At thu owning meeting not lo*a than five thoiu iud |vr#ciis attended up to ton o'clock, 'i'he iiiteiest taken iu the butter and choose department was so great that regret wan expressed on all sides that a fuller opportunity hod not liecn aOurtlod to the peo ple of this anil tun neighboring cities to have access to the exhibition, which, it is announced, will close to-night with an address by Mr. Fraiuiia D. Mouiton. The display of cuttle is prououneed by farmers, many or wiiom lutve ixinto rr?m long distances, to lie reutarkably hue. Among the interesting facts ob tained from tho mauagrcs of the fair may be men tioned tluU the export ot cheese for the present year vuii amount to Eto.iAXi.OOO pounds, aud for tho past ten years amounted to SN0,lKJ(i,Oii<iJp<iuuds. Professor Arnold, of itoclieatur, spoke at Rome length aud was followed by Mr. John P. Warrington, of Liverpool, who said that nothing was more useful than the study of agriculture in this great country. Music, urt and politics arc well enough in due seusou, but the lean Wlio devotes bis Hlue to kri&giug to per lection tlie fruits ot the earth puts on the table in tho homestead bread, the stall of life, und every luxury. WOMEN'S AID FAUL A fnir for tho benefit of tho Young Women's Aid Association whs opened last ? veiling In Lyric Hall, Blxtli a von nc. near Porty-oorond street. Th??ttiM>s of tho association uro.?President, Mr*. Wood bury Laugdon; Vice President, Mrs. Will iam 11. Iticu; Secretary, Mrs. Thciuas Hicks; Treasurer, Miss Anna K. Kevins, aud a Board oi Managers ami an Advisory Oonnuittee, consisting of some iwcuty-two members. The homo of tbe association is at No. 'hi Bond street aud its ob .icets are U> supply a boarding house tor young women engaged in d;uly outdoor lalxir ut loss expense than thev could procure elsewhere. I Ik hall in which the fair Is held is beautifully dec orated uud the tabk-s thenisolv< ? prev iat au utiustially pleasant slum of attractlva articles. Tho lair con tinue* open to-day aud evenuig. PLYMOUTH'S JOKE. Messrs. Beecher and Bowen as lire Ex ecutors of a Singular Will. AN INTERESTING RESUME. Was Miranda Wood a Wag or a Peacemaker? The brethren of Plymouth Church Lave yet another topic of interest that bids fair to become a subject of gcuerul gossip in that unfortunate city, already noted for the multiplicity of ita churches aud thu non-cessation ot it* "talk," That Henry Ward Beo-her, p .tutor, and Henry t'hanUur Uowou, dis missed d sciple, could ever j^.iiu come together till* side of the Judgment I'ay was, in the minus of all Brooklyn. an impossible ab surdity. That they would ever bo cited us co-defendants in a court of law, was a happening but ouu remove from a miracle. When, therefore, it wa? announced in the Hkiui.d that a venerable lady, by tho num. of Wood, hud diod. leaving Iter estate to the care, custody and itdfinni-'tratioti of her beloved friends, Messrs. lieeeher and Bovveu, the mouth of the entire community stood again* and the quidnuncs congratulated tbeuisMvc* that Plymouth Church was once more in the throes ui development. HtsTony tar run wn.n. The will, its provisions, and. above all, ita execu tors, have bicn dlseusaod pro and con since the 7th of November i.-vst. when the instrument was filial for probate in Surrogate Dailey 's court, and y^itot day proof ot the citation's service was presented be fore that official. It appears that Miranda Wood, who made the w ill, was horn In 1804, and early in Itfo conceived a 'Nire to benefit religious corporations then existing. She was naturally benevolent and her charities were knowu iu all the region thereabout. When Mr. Beeubcr opunsd ser vices in Plymouth Church Mr. Bowen was Lis right hand man. usher, fugleman and friend. To his courteous welcome Miranda Wood was indebted lor a seat iu a "near pew" ou the all important Sun day morning wl?eu she made her experimental trip to tho Plymouth sanctuary. Miranda was late, but Brother Bowen was alert, aud seeing the lady iu dis tress and hi the aisle, gallantly extended his hand and led her to his own front pew. Together they fol lowed the pastor In prayer, and in the choral sougs tliat followed they participated, as together they hold the book of praise. Tho head aud heart of Mirauda were touched, and j cro a month had passed she became a regular attendant on (be ministrations of Mr. lieeeher and tho lessee of a pew not far from those of the select circle in which Mr. Bo wen was a central and inlluuntial figure, T hat the humane impulses, open hand uud tender symjiathies of Miramia i hould at I tach her warmly to her pastor unit his right hand man is not surprising. Thoy were abolitionists, so was she. They were dovoteil to tho advancement of tho bhteka, ao was she. Prior to these hub you days, Miranda's chief benevoJeneics had warmed tho hearts and swelled tho coders of the agents of the * American Scnmcu's i'rioud Society, while uo inconsiderable portion of hot* income was devoted to the cheer of the ITesbyterian Board of Education. That this was a fact of momeut in tier mind is evident by the exiateu e of a will in which tho bulk of her fortune was left to those two ad mirable Institutions, and further, by the appearance in court yesterday of sundry reputable lawyers, who purpose contesting the will, in ISffii, w lieu thu lab* Miranda was iu good health and full communion with the happy family iu Plymouth Church, she mailt; a second will, in] which, so to speak, she turned her back of benevolence on the institutions referred to aud left them metaphorically iu tho cold. Mr. Bcooher had not then made the acquaintance of Captain Charley'lliin csn, an ancient mariner, who subsequently deserted the Plymouth bark and joined himself to the Pilgrim Pat iters, under tho leaileuihip of Dr. Htorrs. Consu ?inently the American bcauieu's l'r.ejuis .Society was not on terms with tho collections of Plymouth. At that time, as since, Mr. licechur was not a Prosby terian, but u Con;xregationali?t, ami uaturallv tho Presbyterian Board of Education was not iu favor With the w orshippors iu Plymouth temple. A llUKNIJ OF THE BLACKS. As ouu did all did. ami Miranda put from her heart her old lime loves, determining to devote her brains wlillo she lived and her fortune when she died to some organisation in which her pastor and his dosn-st friend would teel a common interest. At that time the American negro of African descent occupied a large part of Mr. Beeoher's tnuo aud talent. In church, on tho platform, in Mr. Bowen's news paper. in sermon, essay and lecture the Plymouth pastor portrayed the wrongs of the negro and stirred his congregation by his matchless eloqneuoe in their behalf. In this as m all other matters Mr. Bowen was Jhujile ju-iaefpt among the friends nn<t backers of Mr. Heecher. At that time he was engaged in the sate of drv goods. With such examples before her what could Miranda do with her money better than earn in sous way fur the unfortunate negro, to whose relief the late Abra ham Lincoln was then as yet a stranger? She ro selvod, twenty-six years ago, to leave hor money at iter death in an iiiiiMirishaidc fund to be devoted to es tablishing a seminary for the education of hereolored sisters, like the Mount ilolyoku I ciualc Saiaiuary. Miranda was a cautious woman. and she pon dered long before she irrevocably committed her pious purpose to pen, ink aud paper. She was u prayerful person also, aud before she draw her Inst will and testament?which was to l*u of no avail in twenty-six years, with five added thereto?she spout days anil weeks in prayerful consideration, finally she wrote the documuut In which she provided that in at least live years alter her death all her real aud jsWBonal estate, of the value of fit,Ouu, should bo devoted to the uses of an' in stitution such as has been described, and a ho uddod ber preference for the State of New York, unless "which God forbid public opinion should forbid." This of itseli is curious, but more re mained. Although Miranda had cousins and rela tives by the scon?and that she had themtho anx ious throng in the Surrogate's Court yesterday is ample proof -she, being of a pious and churcbly natnre, preferred some of her rollgknis associates. Tho courtesy of Brother Bow. u was still fresh in her aflis tionute mcniory , and the earnest magnetism of her pastor's eloquence was yet burning on the attar of her loving heart. She knew their coionum devo tion to tho negro's cause and the bartnouy that char acterized all their actions. As if inspired. Miranda instantly inserted the names of Henry Ward Deccher, minister, and lleury C. Bowen, merchant, to whom! ? their heirs and assignees forever," she bequeathed her sue rod trust. YKHY MT'PTt rofl-KSTEP. All this, which happened twenty* six years ago. now, by the death of Miranda, first sees the llftht of an amused and intonated workl. Already the eimlus of the City of Ohurchcs are excitcu. The parties in in terest are:?First, the colored girls, eager to partici pate in th>. cduoutionul advantage* suggested by Miruiida's will; second, all he.r indignant relations, who insiat tlut Miranda's brtvd was cracked. if her heart was not, and they hope to break tho will: third, tho American Seamen's fricuid doeicfy, which Joins liauds with tile Presbyterian Board of Education in Srotesting and contesting; fourth, thu rxccutols, [oSara. Botolicr und Bowen, who are no longer bound by church communion, and who long since burst asunder tho famous tripaditu agreement; and fifth, the hiirs and assignees of Messrs. Bceclior and Bowen, | a vast army of sous and daughters, grandsons and granddaughters, who naturally wonder why they and tint colored daiuucia of to day sh? >ulil bo ? tints brought face to face, ((wing to the extraordinary array of lawyers, Messr>. irisenior, Culver, Wright, Benedict. Tuft h B. ue li t, in Court yesterday and their innumerable sugges tions, burrogats Dally concluded to pcHtponu tjie hearing uutii December 17. If Mr. Bcvuhcr s old time counsel appear tliero will bo added to those liumcd. Messrs. Kvarts, Porter, Tracy, bhnarman. Hill A Abbott, while Mr. lh>wi*u will bo represented by Nash A Holt. It is uot known who will represent the "heirs aud assignee*." a r-Lvnoi'Tii view of rr. Plymouth loeturc room was well ttUed last evening, and after the adjournment of the prayer meeting one of the oldest ue tulwrs ot the congregation said;?1"I knew Miranda more than forty years. She knew her own mind, it any one ever did. That she should havfl made Mr. Beeehnr an executor ts right enough, bha beliewd in him and his love tor tin* negro, and was glad to do what she tluught would phase and aid* him. Then she knew Mr. Howeu to be a prominent men-haul in Now York, and thought thai ids name would insure prompt and raraful attention to the finauctal part of the a'.heme. It's clear enough." "Y?a, but that was twenty-six years ago. She must have known or the Plymouth skeleton and of Mr. Bowen's excommunication f" ?Certainly, and Miramla Wood was Jost this kind of h woman, bhe hwi believed in Uu: two B.'sand regretted their break. She doubtless praywd and w?-fit over the rupture, anil dually concluded thai ahe was doing a christian act hi bringing two groat und ?obd men together again. Hbe argued that Mr. Bw?hcr'a low lor tile negro would coin pel htm to accept the trust and that Mr. Boweu's kindly reoollortien of the long ago, when ho made her welcome in the Plymouth pews, would work ou his aged heart and induce ham ,W*?i to accept the trust.'' 'And then 7' ?Well, then comes tho inevitable. Mr. Bocchcr being impulsive and forgiving, would be apt to say to Mr. lloweu, 'last's make it all up?forgo sod for give, ami Mr. Bowuu would Is- put smartvuongti to tall in his arms and drop a silent tear. " What either of thu Messrs. it, would or should Lave done cannot now be told, for witli a dozes lawyer* feed, two liimtrry oerporatloaa after pap and bait aren't- ot tuiiguant foinuvt* oniU'>t|i')t. it U nut lit all probable rhur Miranda'. proiierty will amount to auineli nt to lay e.ca tin. cornet .it ou? of her female aouiiuary. Viaitimr tie- ^imk! old lady awl her *in ;;ulur relet lion <u na uto? aic liia theiuo of gor pa bad the topic of all the worshippers iu Plymouth. CAPTUJiE OF WiiKIaAM. THE MOBGEB ABBKATKD IN MONTREAL?TTT^ STOLEN KECTTUTIE8 BEOOVEREn. On Saturday morning last Mr. Joseph Teomaa*. a cotton broker and un-uibcr of tho Exchange. en tered lit* office a: No. 110 IVarl street end, to his itrcat surprise, discovered that burglars had been opurstiug on his safe the previous night. On inves tigation he found that the entire tin compartment in hie safo hart been opened with eoine sort of tools and that valuable papers bad been abstracted. His con fidential elerk, Hubert J. Whelan, a young man of twenty jears. who lnid been in his employ from boyhood, had not as yet put tn an appoaruuee, and utter waiting a considerable time .Mr. Yeoman became suspicious and determined to make an iuvest.gutiou of his aitairs. lie then dis covered that Whelan h?d, on tho day previous, forged his (Yeoman a) name to u chock for fel.OOO on tint Crfru Exchange Bunk, atid also that he had forged in dorsenieuis on cheeks amounting to $9W given him by other brokers in course of iMisiness. The Cora Ilxeliaugo iiauk haci paid tho money on the check* to Whelan, and no donbt remained in Mr. Yeoman's mind that liis eontldeutiat clerk ha<l stolon the seciui ties and decamped fur parts unknown. Tho Corn hxelumgo U.inL. Iviing responsible for the Jit.'JtK) )>aid to Win luii. immediately called in the ser vicea of I'inkertou'a Dotot tivo Agenci, aist the latter succeeded in arresting Whelau m Montreal withtu a week of liis flight. whKJutki's wiinut.vimr ra dikcovkkkd. After Whelan's disapp< arauco Pinkcrtou's deteo tives ki pt a close watch on hi* young friends and .is sue iatisi. and also upon the movements of a young lady to whom the forger was is-customed to pay grout attention. Two young men were arruatod and ex amiiiod, but on proof of ititirc inmx'eneo were discharged. <>o Tumday last a third party, u fii -nd ot Whelan, was shadowed by ouo of FiriVertnu's men to the Post Office in Brooklyn, where h" w a- *0011 to i-n 11 for and receive two lettevfl bearing the Canada postmark. After reading tbera lie went to a telegraph office in the neighborhood anil wrote a despatch. Pinkcrton's man stopped to tho desk alongside of him and pretended also to write a despatch. In this way he noticed that tho address on tho telegraphic despatch written by Wholau'it friend wn.i "A. ('. MT Know, Albion House, Montreal." The young 1111111 was immediately arrested and broiiglit to tho office ut Pinkcrton's detective bureau in Exchange place. Hero, after considerable cross questioning, he acknowledged that ??Know" was Who lun. and utter a ft w hours' talk udmltta^l that ho had re 1 dved a package from Whelm, ihu eouteuts ot which were unknown to hlui. He said that the pack age was to bo held in his possession until Whelan gave orders what to do with it. When Whelan wad leaving luui on Friday eveuing lie gave nini a letter to post U> Mr. Yeoman, his employer, luul this was the cause of Mr. Yeoman putting the personal in tha Ukhai.u of Kuuday. Whelan lelt Slew Y'ork for Canada on Friday pigbt by tho aight o'clock tram on the Hudson River I Railroad, and promised to write to luu friend as so on I as he had located himself. He said that, he would di j 'reel tho letters to the Brooklyn Post office, addressed 1 to Joseph Quinn. On liis arrival in Montreal ho sent I a hitter with this address, asking his friend to lot hint know If everything was all right, and if an account of the robbery had been published in the newspapers. This letter (jninn did not have a chance to answer, as tie was captured at tlife time of its receipt; hut Pinkcrnm telegraphed t? Whelan, telling him that the publication of the rob bery bud taken place and that everything waa all l'lglit, and re<iuestiug hiiu to await the arrival of a letter. Whelan lied also requested his friend in thd letter to send him all the daily papers by mail or ex press, and those were clso t< u'warded front I'inkertou'a agency. in the ineautine a detective was sent to Montreal, but on hia arrival at the Albion Hotel be learned to his chagrin that Whoiau hail become suspicious and cluuigcd his quarters. Tho hotel people said that tha telegram sent by Pinkerton bad been received by Wbclan, and the latter left the hotel uu hour arter its receipt, without explaining where he waa going or whether he would return. ? CAPThilED AT LAST. The detective called in the services of the Canadian police, and had a watch kept on the pout offices, hotels, telegraph stations, fee., expecting that tha fugitive would return for news trom his frien>la on this side. On Thursday evening Whelan put tn an appearance and was arrested. He admitted bis identity a id consented to return to this city without the necessary extradition proceedings. Ou being searched tbe sum of $g,b00 was found on his person, Whelan having spent only $auo of the proceeds of the ft,0iw tergery on the (lorn Exchange Bank. The detective and his prisoner lctt Montreal at six o'clock on Thursday morning, and a despatch was re ceived yesterday dated fort Henry, saying that ha was within our lines, lie will arrive in this city early to-day. The package delivered by Whelan to his friend ?ll found 111 a cellar in Jersey City, within ^stone's throw of Police lluudquarters. It was concealed under a lot of coal, and on uxitminiition was found to contain securities of tho face value of *100,000, tbe wkola amount abstracted from Mr. Yooman's safe. They wore returned to their owner in a sealed package, and will be kept in that condition until handed over to tiic District Attorney as evidcucu on which to prose cute the case. The detectives would not divulge the name of Whelan s friend, as they cuusider him entirely incoi cent of the whole matter. THE TEMi'EHAXCE CUU8ADE. MR. MURTHT VISITS CHERB* STREET' AND MAKES AN EIT'EOTTYE ADDRESS TO THE SAILORS-NCMKBOUg RECRUITS SIGN TUB PLEDGE. Tlic week Jurt about to clone has been a moat imo eesafnl one for Mr. Francis Murphy and his gospel temperance work. The nnmbers attending the vari ous meotiugM have far exceeded his anticipations, and the interest manifested has been of the most enthusiastic character. "It's the people I de pend on, my boy," he keeps saying contin ually, and certainly tbe people aro manifesting a disposition to stand by him. East evening the field of his labors wes extended by tho inauguration ot a series of meeting* at the Bailors' Exchange, in Cherry ell set. The bail, which will seat nearly a thousand people, was tilled, and many were compelled to stand. Colonel Caldwell, of EUuira, presided, but Gnitod States Shipping Commissioner Duncan intioduccd Mr. Murphy. His welcome was of tbe heartiest kind. Mr. Duncan took occaslou to warn Mr. Murphy that if ho crterd this field of labor with the i<lca that "Jack Tar" waa the moat degraded?or the most addicted to uxccssivo us? of alcoholic drink?-of the human kind he was vor* much mistaken. The Commissioner "ventured to say" that if a comparison w.ia drawn between tha street in which the Exchange was situated less drunk ennina would he found than in the alley* aud aide streets leailiug otf Broadway. Tito Mulors would conic out beet every time. Mr. Murphy's ad dress was exceoitliigly temperate tn tone. He seemed to lie aiming at reaching the hearts of his auditor* rather than carrying them l>y storm by flights of eloquence. Ho ??i?<-kc feelingly of tho haru ?hips they had to endure, of the perils not only by asm, but ou land; of their tTuqm ut separation* (torn homo and family, and when he got down from the platform and went about from nun to man asking each, for the sake of thoao lie loved, to sign the pledge tho effect was wonderful. A long Hue was formed, and for nearly half an honr the gentlemen in charge of the pledge cards had their hands full lit recording signatures. thki'R ormtn wr.mxns. Throe other iu<*-tinga were held under tho auspice* of Mr. Murphy, all of which he aid udod, the result being that at tho Tnberii*?do tn the evening he was Al most overcome with the fatigue and excitement. The noonday pniyur intetiug at (Irmud L'niun Hull waa cveu more crowded tliau umihI. Severn! clergymen were present *nd made short aihlresses, Mr. Murphy making a stirring appeal to tho people to wake Up ti> tha importance of the cause. It was in the Tebernaclo that Mr. Murphy made hi* grand effort. He began l>y telling of hia visit te the Kailors'Kxchauge. in Cherry street, and then, as if lu ?p!*ed, diipietiil a storm and shipwreck at see. The rushing or the wafe rs, tho thundor and lightning. the tending ut satis and tho suapiuug and crashing of Umbers and spars wore painted as in words of living fire. He held tho vast ongtugetiou br> athlrss, and when at last the in bio hull or tlic soul di'iftcu Into a harbor of Nafety with all 011 Inisrd saved he sunk back Info the arm* ot bis eon Ndward in e complete state uf exhaustion. ? T)?o present mode of conducting the campaign il altogether too much 11 tax upon Mr. Murphy's time and t niu g.es. *0 that it i* probable that all his short* will bo conical rat ml in the ims'tiugs to lie hold In Cooper Uiuou Hall which commence to-morroarevea ta?. DELINQUENT TAXPAYERS. The tax Uw in New Jersey ia very stringent, ami If provides that tho body of a delinquent taxpayer, main or female, may be acli-ed and filing into prison In the event of no go slr or 1.battels bvtng ou hsnd to levy upon. A few days ag" tho County Collector of Essex, having outstanding s large amount of taxes ip ar rears, applied through hia cunusel to Judge J>?pun for a rule to show oaiiau why s man damus should not iKsui to tiis aovnral town ship collectors, cemiuan ling thciu to rnise ami pay to the County Collortoi all arrearages. The rail waa granted and made returnable to-day. Mean while it was agreed by counsel to postpone the data of return until February, ao as to ghre time to de linquents. In February the law will be pushed to ehfurceniont. and it is thought that great hardship will anavotdabi) a&*uein muuy rases, ifeu amount of uuadlechel tag ui NewacA aud Esaox count) is L*1*X Uuv.