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.LANCASTER DAILY INTELLIGENCER THURSDAY, DECEMBER 23, 1880. !: I Eanrastec irntelUgencet. THURSDAY EVENINa, DEO. 23, 1880. Rather the Fist than the Teagne. Congressmen and "Washington corres pondents' seem te be in a state of great excitement ever the late personal en counter between two members en the fleer of the Heuse, whihflkutside pub lic are regardiug the afrrRvith a geed deal of composure. Whatwill the ceun try say V has been the question from Washington, and the inquirers have an swered it for themselves by. declaring that the country would go wild tnth indignation ever se great a breach of congressional propriety. The coun try, as v.e have said, does net seem inclined te de any such thing. Seme newspapers have troubled them selves te declare the affair disgraceful, as it certainly was, and te call for the expulsion of the participants; which is a very silly call, and only made for the sake of saying semelhingadequate te the occasion. Other journals reflect the pop ular sentiment much ltctter in rather applauding these two belligerents for doing something te correspond te their blackguard language and for failing te fellow the congressional fashion of un limited personal abuse and equallyjun limiled corporal conservatism. Thepeo" Thepee" ple would really like te see the congress men who forget the proprieties of lan guage suffer physically therefer. It would be apt te make them mere mind ful of their words, In-side vindicating the popular passion for justice by provid ing a prompt punishment for the offense. The real annoyance te the public in congressional manners is the vilcness of the language se often used. This comes te us ever the wire as a spicy bit of read ing; andeveiybedy reads it with inter est and disgust. While it may be enter taining, it is none the Mess universally displeasin g. We knew it is net a credit able exhibition. We knew the language is net of men of sense and of honor, and it brings the body that permits its use into contempt. The offence against the public sensibilities, we insist, is in the violent language, and that real relief would be felt rather than otherwise, if the fitness of things could be maintained by equally violent action accompanying the words. Certainly it would be prfe erable te have our congressmen de their lighting with their lists in place of their tongues. If they would only silently hammer one another, hew happy we might be. ! Then there would be no vbustve language in the telegraphic re ports te annoy us. They would simply record that Congressman Smilh,forseme unknown reason, but feeling like it, mauled Congressman Jenes, and that both parties came out with black eyes and sere shins. That would make us all happy. Xe one need regret the occur rence mere than the congressmen them selves, and if they welcome the pains and penalties of such a method of amus ing themselves, the rest of the world may afford te be equally cheerful. But it is an unfair distribution of the favors. when the public lias te listen te abuse which i uttered with entire impunitv. Net Altogether Happy. The senatorial situation in the tluce great states of Xt-w Yerk. Pennsylvania ami Ohie, i.; net pleasing te lb-publicans of any degree, outside the fact that the party gains a senator in each state. That is something the paity has te congratu late itself up m, ivrtainly. but there area geed many iicpublicuus who would cheerfully have it otherwise, and it is net at all certain that it would net really be better for the party. Senators Conk Cenk ling .and Cameren would, admittedly, prefer te h" the sole senator, of their party from their states, that there may n none te dispute their supremacy or divide with them the distribution of the spoils : and it would probably be belter for the party that this power should be helil in one hand; certainly it would be, if it was exercised pi udently and wisely. It is always better te have a leadership fixed in one competent head. The rivalries ei politicians are the most fruitful source of a party's we:d:i:i's:;. In Pennsylvania the Kepublican party has maintained itself for many years in power because it has submitted itself te the absolute con trol of one ring or combination, of which the Cameren:; have been the figure beads, and which has thus far been shrewd enough te maintain its ascendency ever the party, reinforced as it has been by the power of the public patronage and an absolutely unscrupu lous use of all the means at its command. Senater Conkling has of late years been at the head of a combination which has controlled the licpuhlican party of New Yerk, though net wiiii the absoluteness that has prevailed here. It does net require much sagacity te see hew badly Ihes-.t rings would be dis composed by the election of licpuhlican colleagues of these men in the .Senate, who would propose te act independently of them and want te claim a share of the honors and profits incident te the place. Mr. Grew, representing the anti anti Cameren elenfi'iit in Pennsylvania poli tics, would be a thorn in the side of the Cameren ring that it will net endure if it cau avoid it ; se that it will light, for life or death, te defeat him. Mr. Oliver, a man of wealth, a partner of Cameren iu the iron manufacture, and se busily employed in his business affairs, as prob ably te be indisposed te interfere in the management of the party, has been se lected :is the Cameren gams cock first te be thrown into the pit against Grew ; but neither may be the winning bird. Several mains may have te be foughtbe feughtbe foughtbe fere the issue between Cameren and anti-Cameren is settled. In Xew Yerk Senater Conkling does net seem te have stripped his man as yet for the light. In Ohie the situation is different. There Garfield, with natural weakness, has drawn off his friend Fester from the light against his bitter enemy, Sherman, who undoubtedly will stab him under the fifth rib as senator if he ever gets a geed onnertunitv. Meanwhile in thcliennb- lican party there is trouble ever the im position of Sherman upon it. The de cent Itepublicans gag at the dose which Garfield has fixed up for them. The knew that there i:i no chance, for the pu. riflcatien and regeneration of their party with the reins of power left in such thoroughly disreputable hands. The party is net happy anywhere with their senatorial prizes. Christmas. The gladsome Christmas season, at its approach again, finds the world bustling with busy preparations for its advent. Year after year the celebration of the event seems te become mere universal. With the advance of the borders of Christendom, the wider appreciation of the religious significance of the daj, with increasing social refinement and the manifold products of art and science ministering te men's necessities and pleasures, the festival of Christmas has become the climax of the year's an ticipations. The memory of one Christ mas is net allowed te fade away before hope begins te leek forward te the next. This is true net only of children and of childhood's delights ; but with the elders, tee, the celebration of Christmas is be coming mere, and mere an occasion anx iously waited for, eagerly enjoyed and gratefully remembered. Our streets and shops tell what advances have been made. The highest genius of arti sans is employed in preparations for the Christmas trade, and the best of literary talent is har nessed te the work of Christmas book making. The present Christmas season is the threngest ever experienced in this country. There is greater stir in trade and social life all ever the country than ever before known. The abundance of money stimulates present-giving and nature seems te sympathize with the spirit of the season and te give us seemly weather. Altogether there is occasion for everybody te wish every body else a "merry Christmas" with geed heart in the salutation. investigate. That Jehn B. Reese was killed by the undue speed with which the locomotive of the train en which he steed was driven, is net questioned; nor that it was without fault of his own. It seems equally clear that the driver of the en gine was responsible for its sliced. It fellows that the coroner's jury should liave se found, and that the engine driver should have been arrested and held te anwer. We de net say that he was te blame. The case is tee serious for such an allegation until the proofs have been heard. But it is a fact within our knowledge, and that of all who are acquainted with the way iu which ca:si arc shifted en te the railroad sidings, that the work is done with great rash ness. It is a very common thing for cars te be violently forced ever the step blocks and for walls and buildings te be knocked down by the collision. The train hands pay no attention te remenstrances : except te curse. Com plaint made te their superiors se cures no abatement of the injury, nor does the company ever compensate the damage done. In this case investiga tion must hi had. unless the family of Iteese is satisfied, as probably it will be. But they ought net te be permitted te control the mat- j t--r. Aall the people have an interest in s?cuimg care in the handling 01 the trains which are constantly en our streets. And we have a right te demand of the public prose cutor that tiie lvspensibility for this dreadful accident shall be properly placed, and the guilty, when l'eniil,be punished. The coroner failed iu his dutv. Will the district atternev also ? MINOR TOPICS. Jrxi: 1, 1SS2, is the ellicial date fixed upon for the inauguration of the St. Goth Geth ard tunnel. A sirrcKssi-Ti. porcelain factory is being run by Frenchmen in Xew Orleans. The clay used is from Louisiana and Texas'. Out of a total of 1:10,000 railway em ployees in Great Britain and Ireland -1,500 arc cither killed or injured every year. A petition for the appointment of a woman en the police force is ciieulating iu Milwaukee. " E.noi.ane was merry England when Old Christmas brought his sports again. 'Twas ChrUlinas'breacird the mightiest ale : 'Twas Christmas told the merriest tale; A Christmas gambol oft would cheer A peer man's lieirt through half the year." The Rev. II. C. Yates, of Dixen, 111., brought a suit for slander against the deacon, who accused him of immorality. Tiie verdict was for the deacon. A Meth odist minister of Virden, 111., wen a bet of $.", and preached a sermon defending it. Orit Indian policy has been a scries of wrongs and blunders. This hns been the result of various causes, and it is certain ly net due exclusively te the natural de pravity of Americans or te hatred of the Indians. Harper's Weekly (Hep.). It is reported that the national Repub lican committee will held its meeting in Washington in March te carry out the in in sttuctiens of the Chicago convention te mature a plan respecting the use of the "unit rule" in the next national conven tion. Hekk Westexpeuk, an eminent finan cier, holding a prominent position iu the Qcrnian empire, recently undertook the work of reforming Turkish finances. He has given his government notice that the accomplishment of the task is hopeless, and will leave Constantinople at once, ere be becomes entirely bereft of reason. He must indeed be ambitious of fame who would willingly essay the job of putting te rights the sultan's cash account. Te gc t married in Delaware it is neces sary net only te pay $4.30 for a license, but te furnish bend in the sum of $200 as assurance te the state that everything isH lovely, or, in lieu of license aud bend, the banns must be called publicly for two Sun days in some church of the hundred in which the bride lives. The effect of these previsions is te cause couples without cash te ride up te Philadelphia or skip ever into Maryland te liavc the ceremony performed. Seeing that by this state of affairs they are being deprived of what they regard as a part of their income, the Wilmington preachers propose te ask the Legislature at its coming session te amend I I fhe marriage laws. CKRI3TMAS-TIDK. Tlirice holy rin;j. afar and wide, The merry liclls this Clirlstmas-tMe; Afar and wide, thre' hushed snow. Frem Ivied Minster portico. Sweet anthems swell te tell the tale Oi that sweet iiabe the Shepherds hail, Sitting ei old amid their necks, What time the hallelujah shocks, The sleeping Earth and Cherubim Break tlire' the Heaven with harp and hymn. IJelateil birds sing tingling notes Te warm upuce their chilly tin eats ; Or they mayhap have caught the story And pipe their meed from branches heaiy. While up aloft his tempered beams The sun hath poured in gentle streams : Sending o'er snowy hill and dell A pleasanca te greet the Christinas b?ll .' New every yeoman starts abroad, Fer holly green and th' ivy ted. Geed folk te kirk are seen atrip. Mellow with cheer and goedtellowshlp, Anil cozy chimneys, here and there, l'liff forth the sweets e' Christmas fare. He : rosy wenches and merry men. Frem ever the hill, and Held, and fen ! Great btere is here, the drifts at ween, Of myrtle red-berried and mistletoe given : He, l'hillis, and Kate, and bonny Xell. Come hither! and bullet thegoedinen well. An' they gather net for hall and hearth Fair bays te grace the evening mirth. Aye, laugh ye well! and echoed wide, Yer voices are thre' the Christmas-tide ; And wintry winds embleinl their tows , Xcath the minister eaves with the ergai groans ; The carols meet, with laughter sweet. In a gay embrace, mid the drilling sleet. Alten, the weary Sun's at rct. And clouds that hovered all day by. Like silver arrays down t he fcy, Knteld him; while the winds are wliit lint net the Chri-tmas jollity. Fer, little space, and wassail high, Flews at the beard ami hautboy's sound The tripping dance and merry round. Here youths and maidens stand in a row, Kissing beneath the mistletoe. Ami many a tale of midnight rout, O'l.amuias tide the weeds about. Of laery meetings 'neath the moon. On wintry night and summer neon. Gees round the room whie all aglow The yule-leg crackles t he crane below. Drink had, geed folk by the chimney side! O, sweets the holy Christmas-tide. Drink liael! Drink had! and pledge again, "Sweet peace en earth, goe.l will te men I" Harrison S. Merris, in PiihuMphiit Krvn inn Jittltctin. SMITH, .IOXKS AND KOIUVsON. A dlRlsrMAK CAROL. Smith, Jenes and Uobiuseii, three ncinhber.s Went out upon one Christmas day Te spend asocial hour together ; They walked, and talked, and joked, ami smoked. And laughed, and iiuattVil in merry mood. And made remarks about the weather. An hour or two ran into three", Time seemed te run se merrily Te llie-e three jelly neighbers: And when the shades et night came down They had mil left that pari of town Where bar-men ply their 1-ibei-. Hut new from neu-ei'seeiiergetie They fell into a mood pathetic Anil grew unite cenfidential: l.'oliiiwen pensively remarked te Smith That hearthstone blis-i was all a myth An.i marriage mm esenti.il. And Jenes and Smith took up the strain Of all their ad connubial pain. And what it ce-t in meney: And 1'obinsen told .lone. in maudlin tones Ot what per cent, he paid en lean-. And neither thought it Innny. About the h v.ir when mignight cocks Crew, echoing amwers te the clocks. Tne-e three convivial Christmas tramps Went reeling homeward 'neath the lamps : And each one had a special reason Why he had net come home in seaien. .Smith told his wi!e that Jenes peer fellow! Had get with Itobiusen, and both were mel low ; And Kohliiseu aid thai Smith and Jenes had b:-eu drinking Till both were p:tl all sober thinking Hut Jenes, the best one iu the let, Confc-sed te. several whiskies het. This little story has no moral, Kvcept it ended in a quarrel ; Mrs. Smith in Irce.ing tones Says she won't recognize that Jenes; And Jenes and Smith have gene te sneaking Through devious ways te k"ep Irem s-pe.ik-ing. Ilewaie, O mii ! or whiskies mived. Such as en Christmas days are fixed ; He member the three friends merry. An i drink net tee much Tem and Jerry. Cincinii'jli Nnlimla! Xiijlit. CI1KISTJMAS AMP Till-; l'OOK. Sens of Adam. rejoice; 'lis the close of the year. I.e! joy and goe.l feeling pervade every lieari. And triend:; whom the soul in in temple holds dear l!y their prc-i-nce gleiv of ntlW-tien im part ; Though the storm should howl en, and the pitiless blast Draw the shroud of December in gloom round your deer, May plenty and lrippinesserewn your repast ; Hut when joy smiles round, eh, remember the peer! Itcmc-mbcr the peer mi their p diets of straw, O'er vhes; 1 rallies divad diseases cast a withering blight. The wind through their hovels blown chilly and raw, .Making tedious and chill v the long winter night. When your tallies are luruishcd by luxury's hand, Ami lavish profusion gives limitless store, Kergel net the sick and oppressed eftne land " Iu your prayers and your alms, eh, remem. ln-r the peer. If a soul en the earth cau be counted divine. If a hand can be found that would honor u gei If a deed en the records et heaven shall shine. If a loot treads the earth that should hallow the sod ; 'Tis the root that oft visits the mansions of wee, 'Tis the hand that spares net of Us plentiful store, 'Tis the deed that makes angels of dwellers below, 'Tis the soul that relieves the distress of the peer ! .V. Y. Kccninu I'est. Let Hint at Him." Philadelphia Evening Telegraph. We are sorry for Weaver, and likewise for Sparks. We are sorry that they made blackguard exhibitions of themselves upon the tloer of the Heuse the ether day, but net half se sorry that, having started in with the apparent intention of wallop ing each ether, they were net permitted te carry out their in some respects " excellent intentions. A walloping would de Weaver any amount of geed, and one would be apt te take some of the acridity out el siKirks. it would, or course, be preferable that they should net wallop each -ether en the fleer of the Heuse during a session of the Heuse, but rather than net go through with the performance at all, the parliamentary pro prieties might with some advantage be .sacrificed. A free fight en the fleer of the Heuse would net be much less dignified than some of the quite recent proceedings that have characterized the sittings of tiie popular branch of Congress, while it would undoubtedly clarify the moral and politi cal atmosphere ami aid materially in en abling the Heuse te come down te the seri- mug .ue ...i. wuiraumiiwueNri. oils business e: legislation in a tolerably I I : ... Kfn-i.mij i serious spirit. PERSONAL. Heme has net been for ten years se gay and brilliant with foreign visitors as at present. Many of the Faubourg St. Germain swells have ceased te spend the winter in Paris ; it costs tee much ; the aristocracy of birth is receding before that of wealth. Professer James M. Hern:;, of Xew Haveu, has been asked te take Dr. Adams's vacant chair as Instructor iu Heiniletics,iu the Union theological seminary. The youngest son of 31. dk Lesslps was baptized iu Paris, the ether day, by the name of Paul-3Iarie. The old gentleman was married ten years age. when 03 years of age, te a lady of 20, and this is the ninth child of that marriage. Gamuetta is fat. His complexion is that of an Italian. His hne hair is sprinkled with gray. His lips, which arc resolute and compressed, arc shadowed by a black mustache, and he has also a short gray beard. His dress is far from being that of a dandy, but he wears a white llewer in his button-hole. Gakfiei.ii has ceased te open his news paper mail and no longer keeps scrap-book of articles about himself. He rides te the posteflicc of West 3Icnter, and he often carries his mail back home en the pommel of his saddle. A woman, writing te have her husband made postmaster, told 3Irs Garfield if .she would fix it, she would give her a switch made of her own hair. The ardor of Gen. II.vukv White's fiieuds, pressing him fur a cabinet place, is dampened by the discovery that en a certain occasion when Harry was playing one of his pranks iu the Heuse and posing himself for the admiration of the gal leries, Garfield came up te the clerk's desk and remarked te the relater of the inci dent, solte voce, " What a blasted feel that man White is," or words te that effect. At Patti's farewell performance at the royal opera in Berlin the emperor of Ger many went down en the stage te compli ment the singer. After having praised her very warmly, the emperor asked her hew long .she expected te stay in America. Patti replied that her trip would last two years. " Twe years !" said the emperor ; "That is a great while at my age, and in thanking you once mere, I am probably bidding you geed-by for the last." Christmas 1'resentn. The future historian of the race will find the development of Christmas worthy of his philosophical contemplation. Net many years age within the memory, in deed, of men who have net yet begun te grew gray the day was observed only by members of two or three religious denomi nations, and even in these the juvenile members did net find the occasion particu larly edifying. Suddenly, perhaps through the mighty influx: of jelly geed fel lows from the Teutonic countries, where St. Nicholas is held iu high respect, yet also regarded most affectionately and fa milaarly by every one, the habit of giving presents began te be observed, and this habit has grown with true American rapidity, until new every one, no matter hew peer, in some way finds means te make presents te every one te whom he feels specially attached. The stores are filled us at no ether season of the year, and the columns of the Ixth.m.i c.exckk groan geed Immorally of course with the plethora of ad vertisements of dealers in things at tractive that every one wants te find, yet has put off until the last moment and can net learn the wherebeuts of iu any ether way se quickly as by reference te news papers. The custom, in spite of its occas ional abuses through extravagance, is one that blesses all who participate in it, and if only its boundaries were se enlarged that its beneficiaries might always include these who most need gifts it might iu .spite of its merriment be as truly a great religious cel ebration as ever it was. The Conklliig-SpragueScaiHlu:. A Narragansett pier t;U- f.) dispatch te the Bosten lxt says: "The Conkling Sprague scandal, which holds the first place iu society gossip both in this state and in New Yerk, has received a fresh im petus from the fact that Governer Spragne is reported te have been driven tedespera tien by the intrigues and persecution of his enemies, and he new threatencs te tell the whole story of his wife's alleged infidelity and Conkling's wiles and temptations. His friends both here and in New Yerk say that he is posi tive proof of criminality extending ever maiiy years at Washington, and extending te the recent presidential canvass, when Itoscec aud Kate traveled te Buffalo to gether and were iu company at the Palace hotel. That Conkling broke up the Spragtic household and compromised his wife nobody doubts, but that it will hurt him in the estimation of the Kepublican party and its leaders is net se certain. He broke up the Howe family in New Yerk city and the llayden household iu Albany, but it has made no difference. Geerge Jenes, publisher of the New Yerk 2'imc. knows the story of Colonel Howe, and the World came very near getting into its possession the letters in the Haydcn case letters which reveal the senatorial Apelle in a very gushing character. The World intended te publish the letters the day he spoke in New Yerk city, but failed te make the connection. STA.TE ITEMS. The Montgomery county prison has at present JJt inmates. This is the smallest number of prisoners that jail lias contained for ten ycais. The Quaker City coach company, simi lar in its aims te the Hcrtlic personal trans portation company, hns liccn organized in Philadelphia. The water main en the corner of Main and Exchange streets, Buffalo, burst with a terrific rear en Tuesday night and the water continued te increase in volume, flooding several stores and the office of the Great Western railway. A brakeman in the employ of the Penn sylvania railroad company named Gress, residing at Buck lock, hclew Middlctewn, had the thumb of his right hand badly smashed yesterday while attempting te couple cars in the yards of the company at llarrisburg. A man about thirty years old, who re gistered as " T. (or S.) Manbnrg (or Mar burg), Philadelphia," en Tuesday night, at the Nertii American house, Ne. 115 Seuth Eighth street, Philadelphia, was found dead in his room last evening, hav ing committed suicide by the inhalation of illuminating gas. He was about five feet eight inches in height, of German appcar nncc,mcdium build, with black moustache, and attired in genteel apparel. Baldwin's station, Fla., was excited yes terday by the appearance of one hundred men, principally from. Valdosta, Ga., and Lake City, and well armed. They at once proceeded te seize three of a gang of gam blers who infest the place. These swind lers had victimized four or five friends of the party, taking ever $1,000. The gam blers at first resisted, aud one of them re ceived pretty rough handling. Then they surrendered their money and paid all ex panses incurred by the raiding party. The gamblers were notified te leave the " place. The raiders went across the county line te rr(,sh ,, fl.,l.eemfitfrN' nrnhV- t i -ii 1 tl , ,,;,, .Tnnksenvilln te eenniin. poimsel AN 1DKAL NUKSKKY. Seme Valuable Hints for Atlectleunte Par ents. Mr. C. C. Harrison, in Scribncrs' for January, says : Iu this day of cheap and charming wall-papers, one has but te go te the nearest shop te find a dozen sugges tions, any one of which will lend the nur sery a charm, requiring but few additions, te transform any room into a cheerful home for the little folks. A dado of India mattiug, in led and white checks, is very popular, and gees far tew.ud furnishing the room. In one nursery the mother has left a space three or four "feet high above the weather beard, for each child te con tribute his own idea in decoration with pictures cut out of books aud illustrated weeklies, and collected by himself. Above, and net tee high, should be hung pictures. Be liberal with these, and choice. Give your children Sir Jeshua Reynolds's dainty little darlings for their companions, and engravings or plain photographs of any of the delightful little qenre pictures of French, or English, or German art, that comes te us se freely new. A picture with a moral will accomplish far morn iu early childhood than one of JEsep's fables. The first aspiration toward a career of true greatness may be struck into a boy's guile less nature as he stands gazing up at some scene which tells a tale of self-renouncing heroism. It has come te be regarded as indispen sable te the new regime that all carpets covering the fleer shall be banished in favor of "strips, and bits, and rugs." May I enter a modest iu behalf of a nur- s ry carpet? Net only de the children slip ami trip continually upon scattered pieces of carpet, but baby, whom you have es tablished with all his belongings upon an island of rug, persists in abandoning it for the most distant and draughty corner of the stained weed fleer. Where the luriii luriii lure is light, a three-ply carpet, taken away te ha shaken every spring and autumn, under light, movable furniture, can easily be kept clean by a respectable nurse. Curtains should be limited in quantity and light in texture. Any pretty cretonne blooming all ever with pink roses and leaves and gay buds, will delight a child, and the day coverings te the nurse's bed may be made of the same. Fer the chil dren's bed there is nothing like spotless white. Anether form of curtain, useful because it can be repeatedly washed throughout the season, is of plain white cotton stulf, bordered with figured Turkey red and looped with bands of the same material. The only heading te these dra lieries should be a casing through which a light brass red fitted into sockets at each end is run. In regard te color, I should advocate leaving mediteval blues and dull sage green below stairs, in the library or boudoir giv en ever te high art. Give the little ones the A, 15, C's of decorations, with plenty of warm, honest red aud "blue. Which will show your love is true." "The Seven Female Wonders." The seven Sutherland sisters, known as the ' seven wonders," are en exhibition at a museum iu New Yerk. The girls are all mere or less prodigies in their way, and their fm tunes censits chiclly iu the wealth of hair and their rich and tuneful voices. The youngest is 14 and tUc eldest 21 years of age, and they all possess hair of the color of the raven's wing and of the most marvelous length and thickness. The girls arc named respectively Sarah N. Sutherland, Victeria, Isabella C, Grace, Naemi, Dera and Mary. When they stand side by side they leek like steps of stairs. Sarah sings Scotch and English .sentimental ballads exquisitely, while her hair tips the ground at her heels. Yictorie has a mezzo-soprano, and her hair measures ever seven feet in length. Isabella C. has a high soprano voice. Her hair is just six feet and a half in length. Grace rejoices in a contralto and a profusion of hair. She is also a pianist. Naemi has a marvel ous basso veice.and is looked en as a musi cal prodigy. Her hair grows se thick that when she lets it down it completely covers her person from head te feet, no part of her being visible. Dera signs contralto. and her hair is already five and a half feet long. Mary, the youngest, has an immense growth of hair, and when let down 'it en velopes her like an ulster. They are all highly cultured, and some ei them are of a religious turn of mind. LATEST NEWS In Peughkeepsic, X. Y BY MAIL. Judge Carpcii- tcr sentenced .lames II. Wiltsie te seven years aim lour months imprisonment ler rape en a girl of twelve years. The storm has blocked the railroads en Leng Island. Snow fell te the depth of thirteen inches at Babylon and the drifts are very heavy. The banking firm of Hansen & Ce., of Constantinople, have suspended, wiMi lia bilities of .L'-J.")0,000. Their losses arc chief ly due te advances made te the Perte. Heavy floods are reported in the depart ment of Calvades, France. Several towns and villages arc inundated. In the neigh borhood or Cam houses have fallen in. The damage is considerable. Six buildings at Hyde Park, L. L, weie bnrned yesterday. All belonged te Jehn Christ. One was occupied as a h.ilel by the owner. The ei.hess were !e iscd for business purposes. Less, $I."0:: te $) . 000. A dispute occurred betwcei the United States consul at St. Themas and an American captain. The consul shot at the captain and -slightly wounded him. The latter afterwards waylaid the consul at his office and assaulted him with a heavy cane. A bold attempt was made by a negre named Hubert Owen te murder Mrs. V E. Cliften, residing at Steny Creek sta tion, Sussex county, Va. Mrs. Cliften is a highly respectable lady and is the wife of the telegraph operator at that station. The negre tired at her through the win dew but fortunately she escaped unin jured. Xe cause is assigned for the act. A party of men are scouring the weeds in hopes of capturing the villain. The third night of the billiard match be tween Slossen and Vignattx opened with a large attendance and the deepest interest was manifested. Slossen placed the balls where he had left them night before and made seven points. His best runs in the course of the evening were 201, 50 and 100, aud he maintained his lead te the cud of the night's play, scoring a total of 1,800, while Yignaux made 1,517. The lattcr's best runs were 111, 75 and 83. On the Carolina Central railroad about three miles beyond Lincolntewn, N. C, the entire passenger train, excepting the engine, which passed ever safely, went through the trestle, which, at that point, is fifty feet high. The mail -agent, David Bleem, and a passenger named J. W. Goodsen, were disabled by the accident and .subsequently burned up in the flames, which communicated, it is thought, from the hc coal stoves used en the read te the shattered and splintered cars which were piled one upon the ether in the f chasm. Conductor Harris Jehnsen es caped with slight injuries. There were very few passcngcis en the train and it is net known that any one else was killed. Obituary. William J. Helmes, publisher, died yes terday, in Chicago, from a carbuncle tin the neck. He was 56 years old. Casper Tecliman, exiled from Poland for participation in the revolution of 18:1!), and who was a brigadier general in the Confederate service, died iu Spettsylvania, Virginia, en Tuesday, aged 85 years. Spenser Themas, member of the Demiu- ion Parliament for Cariboe, died in Victo Victe ria, British Columbia, an Monday. Jghn Watsen, of Hempstead, Leng Island, was killed by an engine, while crossing the railroad tract near that place, yesterday morning. Jehn Knowlten, a traveling agent from Camden, was found dead in bed at a hotel in Branchville, X. J., en Tuesday morn ing. An inquest showed that heart dis ease was the cause. Hiram II. JIayden committed suicide iu Ithaca, X. Y., yesterday morning. He was subject te fits of insanity. Michael Feley, aged 40 years, was found hanging In the weeds near Fair ville, Xew Brunswick, yesterday. He was discharged from a lunatic asylum a week age apparently recovered. CHKISTMAS DAY TWO UITXDKED YEAKS AGO. Frem the Diary of 3lr. IVpjs. (1CG2.) "Had a pleasant walk te White hall, where I intended te have received the communion with the fairies, but I came a little tee late. Se I walked into the house, and spent my time looking ever pictures. By and by, down te the chapel again, where Bishop Motley preached en the song of the angels, ' Glory te Ged en high, and en earth peace and geed will te men.' Mc thought he made but a peer sermon, but long, reprehending the jollity of the court for the true joy, that shall and ought te en these days. Particularized cercerning their excess in plays and gaming. Upen which it was worth observing hew far they are come from taking the reprehen sion of a bishop seriously, that they all laugh in chapel when he reflected en their ill actions. He did press us te hospitality iu these public lays. But one that utoed bt whispered in my car, 'that the bishop de net spend one grout en the peer himself. (lUu7.) " Te t'lurch in the morning. I there saw a wedding in the church, which I have net seen for many a day. and the young people se merry, ene with another, and strange te see icJtat delight tec married people hace te see these peer feel decoyed into our condition, every man and woman gazing and .smiling at them." (18G8.) "Te dinner alone with my wife, who, peer wretch ! sat undressed all day till ten o'clock at night, altering and laeing of a noble petticoat, while I by her, making the boy read te me the Life of Julius Ctesar, and Dcs Cartes' book of music." LOCAUrTmUGiSNCE. c'iikistmas cii!:::k. l'ubllc Sellout Kiitertiilninent. As an appropriate part of the Christmas festivities several of the teachers of the public schools have given literary and musical entertainments in their school rooms, the pupils of the schools being the performers. Yesterday afternoon a very pleasant and creditable entertainment was given iu Miss Etter's Lemen street school. The room was for the occasion hand somely decorated with evergreens, ferns, preserved grasses, framed mottoes, &c, ecc. Several of the school directors were present. The exer cises were opened by the school singing in chores, " A Merry Greeting after which Master C. Ucinfricd made the opening ad dress. This was followed by a large num ber of recitations, dialogues and musical selections by the pupils, all of which were well rendered, especially " The Charge of the Light Brigade." anil "Hever and Baby" by Annie ' Cernell ; "Watch en Christmas Eve," by Ella McCaskey; "Hear the engine puffing" by Mamie Wiley, with "pulling" accompa niment by a party of boys; "Than and New," by Arthur Bailey; Tennyson's "Break, Break, Break," by Minnie Adams; "Buttercups and Daisies," by Katie Dcverter; "Scene in Court," a dialogue, by Masters A. Blael: and B. Black. "The Broken-Hearted Dutch man,' "Early Morning Concert,' "Pin and Needles " and some ether recitations, in which Miss Shirk's classes of the small er pupil took part, were also very well rendered. The closing address was given by Master Eddie Gilgore. The directors present complimented the; teacher and pupils in brief addresses. "The Christ mas Carels," '" The Light of Memery," and ether pieces were, sung, the entertain ment closing with "In Excelsis Gleria." This afternoon a similar entertainment was given in Miss Downey's school en East Lemen street. The eiiening address was made by .Master H. Mercer, and was well rendered. The pregramme consisted of quite a number of musical selections, recitations and dialogues, including ''Werk while you work, and play while you play," " Hang up Baby's Stockings," "Excelsior,' "Ged Made all Things," "Suppose." "Arthur Rich and Martin bee," "The Fisherman's Wife," "The Little Gentleman," "Christinas Tree Queen," "Subtraction," "Delly's Doc Dec Doc eor,'' "Pussy's Dream," "The Extra ordinary Auction," "The Party," " Pic ture Beb and the Wonderful Cob," "Self Pleasing,' "The Wishers.' "The Child and the Angels." "The Disappointed Ivittcn," "Baby's First Christmas," "The Blacksmith," "Bebbie's Christmas Eve,"'and a few ethers. Among the musical selections were "The Beat Seng' and "Jelly old St. Nicholas," and while the latter piece was being sung one of the larger boys, who represented Saint Nicholas entered the room, bringing with him a great variety of presents for the children. The occasion was a very pleas ant one creditable alike te teacher and pupils. On Tuesday afternoon a very pleasant entertainment of a similar character was given at Miss Matilda Zitg's school in West Chestnut street. The recitations, dialogues and especially the music being rendered with fine effect. Prof. Kevinski, musical instructor,and several members of the beard of directors were present. Te-morrow morning entertainments will be given by the pupils of Miss Bundcli's and Miss Hubcr's girl's secondary schools, in the old high school building corner of North Prince and Chestnut streets, and at 2 o'clock in the afternoon by the pupils of Mr. Couzzins's; colored school, Strawberry street. Ne Vacancy Until 1883. IlAiinisiiune, Dec. 22, 1SS0. Hen. Jehn 'J'. MaeOviiiglc: Dkau Sin : Atty. General Palmer has re ferred your letter of enquiry te me for an swer, and in pursuance of his request I would say that according te the opinion of Judge Pearson in a case tried before h'ni from the Gth ward iu this city, and also from the decision of the supreme court of this state, it is settled that in all cases such as the ones stated by you there is no vacancy that can be filled by an election in February previous te the expir ation of the commissions of the incum bents if the commissions expire before the first Monday iu May. Theso aldermen whose commissions expire Nevcmbcr,1881, can net have their successors elected iu February, 1881. The people can net elect persons te fill their places until February, 1882. The only wav such vacancies can be filled from November, 1881, te first Mon day in May, 1S82, is by appointment from the governor. That part of the act of 1S77, P. L.,page 12, as extends the term of justices of the peace or aldermen beyond five ycais is unconstitutional. All Justices of the peace and all aldermen elected by the people have their commis sions made out te compute from the first Monday in May immediately following their election and te continue for five years. Yours truly, . J. It. McAfkr, Deputy Secretary. XEir.UBOKHQUD NEWS. Events Acress (ue County Linen. T,Jeb?rF IIeFtfr an engineer, of. the Edge 3Ioero ireu works near Wilmington, was feand dead near the works yesterday morning. It is supposed he froze te death. Wallace J. Boyd, member-elect of the Legislature from Jloutgemcry county, died in Xorristewn ycsterdiy. Deceased was a son of Cel. James Boyd, a promi nent lawyer of the Xorristewn. bar and a member of the last constitutional conven tion. Had the member-elect lived, he would have made his mark in the Legis lature, as he was a young man of acknowl acknewl cged ability. The Bradford Era booms for Jehn B. Packer for the Senate "ene who, although prominent, .in the state and nation, has ueer sought etlicc and lias never accepted it save when his conscientious convictions assured him it was his duty te de se in the interests of his censtitnants, his state ami the nation." Toe late! Toe late! William II. Stauffer, residing at Ne. 324 Seuth Seventh street, Reading, committed suicide last evening. He wa employed at the beutb Sixth street market house as a hostler. He had been en a spree for the last few weeks, and came home for sup per. After washinjr himself he went nn. stairs, and placing a small pistol te his head fired, the ball penetrating tbe brain. His wife, upon hearing the report, went te his rescue, and feuud him lying in a peel of bleed, with the pistol still in Iris grasp. Medical aid was quickly sum moned, but before the physicians arrived he was dead. Stauffer was about 34 years of age and was a soldier in the Inte war. He leaves a wife and one son. There are, it is said, at present en the Ephrata hill six horses aud wagons in the possession of as many individuals, who regularly visit the Lancaster and Readiag markets who neither raise poultry, perk nor beef, vegetables or anything for the trade or family use, and yet are nightly busy, and even in daytime arrive- home from a distance, sometimes suspiciously covered. Net long since several men were seen wending their way toward the hill well laden with sacks, supposed te con tain poultry, and the wagons are heard te pass and repass every night, it is supposed, laden with spoils. A special meeting of the trustees of the Pennsylvania state lunatic hospital is called for the eOth, the object being the election of some person te succeed Dr. Jehn Cm-win, who will have been the su perintendent of the institution thirty years next February. Fer some time past the decapitation of Dr. Curwin has been threatened by some of the trustees, but the threat had taken no tangible shape until quite recently. The charges made against the doctor, se far as divulged, are : Lack of financial ability, want of co-operation with trustees, opposition te the female physician placed in the institution by the trustees a few months age, and general independence caused by nearly a genera tion's service as superintendent. TIIK DRAMA. Wiiluw ltetlett" at the Opera Heuse. The third of the successive Mishler en tertainments that have been presented at Fulton opera house during the week came eh' last evening before an audience which, if anything, was rather smaller than cither of its predecessors. The play was Petrole um V. Nasby's farcical oddity of "Widow Bedott." While it is largely lacking in the features of dramatic composition that characterize legitimate comedy, this work of the famous funny man bears all the marks of bis peculiar humor. The Widow is made the fountain of mirth from which the audiencu may take refreshing draught.': and be the better for it. Mr. Charles B. Bishop's make-up in this ec centric character was of itself sufficient te awake merriment in the dullest apprehen sion. Every lineament of his yisage ami movement of body bctekcir the gar rulous aud uncompromising old woman the character is intended te repre sent, while the Widow's flew of conversation is simply appalling; her tongue working with the rapidity of a mill-clapper and every utterance clean-cut and distinct. Her comical remarks and unique figures of speech, as well as tbe absurd situations frequently portrayed, called out repeated rears of laughter. Mr. Bishop has obtained a complete ap prehension of the role and wrought it out te a thoroughly artistic success. Of course the large bulk of the honors of the even ing were awarded te him, though as Elder Shadraeft Sniffles Mr. James O. Barrows scored a hit; the remainder of tbe cast likewise entering with manifest zest into the spirit of fun that ruled the hour, and completing an entertainment that was full of amusement te all who witnessed it. ALMOST ikewnki. Xurriin- l-f.-iie of u Fermer LancHSterian. The following item clipped from the columns of the Lake City (Cel.) Mining liegisterei December 17, just te baud, has a local interest since the chief actor is a former resident of this city and a son of our townsman A. W. Baldwin, dry goods mer chant of Seuth Queen street : Late Wednesday evening a party of gen tlemen consisting of Messrs. Won Wen derly, Baldwin, James and Carnahan, after having enjoyed the early part el" the eveninjr en the ice near Mr. Fin ley's residence, unstrapped their skate's ami started leisurely homeward down the river en the ice, when, without warn ing, Mr. Baldwin, of the Register, who was a little way in advance, went through the ice. Although the water was but a few feet in depth, yet like all our mountain streams the current was very swift.and only through the prompt assisiance of his comrades was Ed. prevented from being forced un der the ice by the swift current, nad he been alone the Mining Register would most certainly have turned its col umn rules te-day. It was a clese call and we urge our young folks te uc great cau tion for we can't well spare cven ene of your number. MASONIC. l'ltictleii antl InMallattflii. At a meeting of It. A. Chapter, Ne. 4'J, F. and A. M., held at their hall en Wed nesday evening, the following officers wero elected aud appointed for the ensuing Ma sonic year, and were duly installed by D. D. G. II. P., A. .1. Kauflman : M. E. II. P. Dr. Gee. It. Welchans. King Henry E. Carsen. Scribe David II. Wylie. Secretary Hugh S. Gara. Trcas. Chas. A. HciniUh. Trustees Henry Baumgardncr, Wm. A. Morten, C. Widmyer. Appointment. Capt. of Guard Joel S. Eaby. Prin. Sej. Wm. O. Marshall. K. A. Capt. J. Gust. Zeek. Chaplain II. S. Gara. Master 3d Vail Dr. II. E. Muhlenberg. Master 2d Vail Thes. W. Brown. Master 1st Vail Jeshua L. Lyte S. M. Cere Jehn C. Swepe. .Inn. M.Ccre. Gee. U. Hethermcl. Pur. Dr. Jno. It. Merris. Tyler Gee. Lutz. Organist J. B. Kevinski. Struck by a Sled. Last evening Katie Devertcr, a little daughter of Ames Devertcr, of North Queen -street, was walking across West Chestnut, when some boys were sledding. She was struck by a sled en which two boys were riding, and was knocked down and badly bruised about the face and head. Mayer's Court. This morning the mayor sent one bum te the workhouse for 30 days and a drunk te prison for the same period.