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VERMONT WATCHMAN & STATE JOURNAL, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22, 1882.
$?nichtnmi & $otmal WKDNESDAY, MAUCIl 22, 1882. TtM-$J 00 per jr, strtclly In artvancsi or IJ.M tf not tM wlthln thres months. Tlio Waterbury Munlcr. Anolher offence agalnst human llfe, so shocklng In iU enortnlty lhat all could wlsh to feel, for tho credit of human klnd, tliatlt was Ihe workoC Irreaponslhle luuaey, comes to attract ftgaln the publio gaze with unen vlftble flxednesa to tho locality where tbe murder of AHce Meafeer ls fltlll f reeh in tho mlnds of the people. Tho clrcumstances of tho kltling, m near as they can be unrav eled froru tho testimony of tho boy and glrl, tho otily eyo wltnesses of the murder, the history of famlly affalrs, tho bellefs and theorles of Indivlduals famlllar with tho parties to the tragedy aro summarlzed in tho nowa columns of this journal. In tho be wilderment of the flrst burst of the awful intelligence of tho murder, Insanity was jumped at as tho only adeqnate explanation of tho untiatural deed. Tho fact that the murderer had bcen for a short timo an In mate of an Insane asylum very naturally Berred to subsUntiate the popular belief that tho man was Inaane. Hut for this single fact the Insanity plea would hardly have boen ralsed Inthomurderer's defense. This fact gavelt plauaibility. The belief among thoao who have known the murderer, amoug tradesmen and othera who have dealt with him and have had opportuniMes to judge by this te&t of hls mental atatus, ts that before this tragedy ho was a rational and responsl- blo man, and he was so regarded by them. It is truo there aro those who attributo tho murder to an insano freak. It is also truo that others who freely accepted the insanity plea at first are now believera in the respon sibllitv of the man. whatever hls idiosyncra- sies may have been, and that hia deed was murder proceedlng frora causes otuer tnan lunacy. In tho town whero tho crime was conimitted, even among those who are in clined to believe that McCaffrey was men- tally deranged, there are regrets that the kilHng of these women does not now receive a careful legal Bifting. SU months hence testimony now fresh In the memory of indivlduals, especially of thoso young chll dren, may havo faded out or become ob scured, if indecd it is not buried in the grave. The mcntal condition of the mur derer at the tlme of tho murder can far bet- ter be judged now than after six months' confiuement in an asylum. The case can hardly be called one of prima facie insanity. Considering tho enormity of the deed and the injury which may result to law and or der by following a course of procedure that may have the appearance even of dealing lightly with so terrible an nitalr, no consld erations of expense. certalnly, should inter fere to postpone what justlce and humanity and reason seem to demand should be done at once. It has been stated on good authority that McCaiTrey was not insano when ho was sent to the asylum two yoars ago and it has been stated on equally good authority that he was discharged from Brattleboro before hls ma- nia was cured. These mattera should be definitely cleared up, and if it appears that this institution by prematurely discbarging them ia virtually giving maniacs a certifv cate of sanity, under cover of whlch they are turned Iooso upon the community to commit such enormitles as that at Water bury, the matter should receive the attention of the Iaw-makers. And if a crazy man of this dangerous character has been at large and intelllgent men have been fully con vinced of his insanity, as is now asserted, and heard with appiehenslon hls threats of murderoua vlolence wlthout taking meas ures to havo him sent to a place of safety,it may be wholesome to havo this fact legally proved. It Is posslble, however, that there may be a great deal of " lumlnoua hindsignt " in this as ln rnany other less serlous mattera, but on one subject there is just now a strlk ing unaulmity of opinion that all people of 11 ill-arranged " mlnds fhould bo shut up, and that when one of these cranky indivld uala chances to break out and kill his wife and aged mother he should ever more be re strained of hia liberty. There would seem to be in thla tragedy suggestions for some wise legislation next fall. Tuun Os tiik Ijqht. The extreme olicitude of BOine membera of congresa that there should be no reportern on the special traln from Washington to Cleve land, on the occasion of the Garfield ob sequies, is perfectly Intelligible when It is shown that araoog items on the bill of ex pensea rendered Ia one of 81,700 for brandy, champagne and cigara. Those who en gineered the business undoubtedly expect that further information on the subject shall be kept from the public, but it is the plain duty of the house to order an investigation and exposure of the facts. The committee now bolds the papers and has voted to keep its proceedinga secret, so that thoso eminent Rtatcsraen who participated in the digrace ful orgle may escape censure. We hope the house will vindicato Its dignity and demand the items in full. It Is ou the record that J. G. Thompson, sergeant-at-arms of the last house, received iJ9,215 to pay for ex pensfs incurred at the funeral. Thia extor tionate sum is supposed to conBibt of items like that above cited. It Is known that Wormley, the caterer, received ?1,500 for " Iunch " f urnished. Tho Pennsylvania rall road ref used to accept auy compeusation for any expensfsconnected with the prexident's death, Tiie Mlssissippl river overflow now ex tends from Calro to the gulf, and probably 100,000 square miles of fertlle land are sub- merged. There havo ln the past week been a number of new breaks, mostly In the lower part of the rivor, and the flood has extended somewhat, but there has been no great new disaster, In many placea the water is sub- siding, and It Is thought that the worst.ls over. Tho numbor of persons left destitute so as to need help ia estlmated at eightyfive thousand, and thla flgure may bo tncreased as communlcatlon is re-established The work uf relief Is belng done by the govern ment and ia pushed vlgorously, several hun dred thousaud dollars havlng been appropri ated by congress, but still there ia much sufferiug frora hunger and exposure reported and it is feared that worso wlll come as iso lated familtea are found. In many placea water and forests together make it almoat imposslble to travel by any means, and cases of people waltlng for food for days on raf ts or hillocks aro constantly coming to light A conslderable number have also been drowned, but tho number cau hardly yet be guessed. Just Hkiiit. The determlnation of the republlcan congresslonal caucus not to in terfere with the existlng wbiskey and to bacco tax is in accord with popular sentt ment. If more money is pald into the treasury under existlng laws than Is necea sary, there are plenty of useful artlcles from whlch the tax can bo removed. No one wlll object to the abrogation of tho check, match and modiclne stamps, nor to the re duction of the cuatoms duties upon artlcles of prirae necesslty llut only a very few wlsh to have the tax removed from the harmf ul luxuries of whlsky and to bacco. Onck Vermont had six representatlves In congress. Now she drops back to two, even with an lucreaBed membershlp in the houso. This bIiqws well the development that Iwt been going on iu the rest of the country Tho Tarlff Commission. Tho tarlff commtsslon blll whlch passod tho senate some tlmo ago was taken up ln the houso Tuepday, the 7th inst. Tho point was made agalnst tho blll that it ts not a revonue measure, and this polnt belng sns tained the blll was drlven back to Its placo ln the calendar to awalt tho tlme when It can bo roached In regular order, whlch, probably, wlll not be ttll toward tho close of the ses slon. Thla Is practlcally a defeat of tho tarlff commission project. Tho theory of ft tarlff commission Is good, but practlcally It would operate to tho advantage of tho mo nopollsts and hlgh protectlonlats. It would be used by them to throw tho wholo busl nesfi of tarlff reform over the short ses sion of tho present congress. There would bo ouly a baro posslbllity that it wouia do actod upon at that tlmo and a strong proba blllty that the wholo subject would go over to the next congresa, whlch might hesltate to act upou so dellcate a matter durlng the pendency of a presldential contest. What these men want ts non-action on the tarlff question, and the commission blll afforded the means of securing thla end for several yoars. Ilad congress energettcally taken ln hand tho maln subject of a reformatory tarlff revlslon, in the tlme it has spent and lost on the indlrect discusslon of tho quea tlon whiletho commission blll has been un der abortive consideration, much real prog resa could havo beou made in devising means of rellef frofn the burdens imposed upon trade and manufactures by the old war tarlff and the abusea whlch have grown out of It. Thero are men in congresa just as capable of grappling with tho question aa any com mlsslon that would be chosen. Whatever political considerattons may havo been held ln abeyance whlle the subject was in the handa of the commission must Inevltably have como back Into tho question on the consideration in congress of the measures proposed by the commission It ta truo congresa may have moro tlme in whlch to make speeches for buncombo by farming out to commlssioners the work they wero sent to Washington to do If the subject of the tarlff wero a new and undebated one, if congressmen wero fresh in legislative expe- rienco and in the consideration of great natlonal questtons, there would be forco and wisdom in putting auch questions into tho hands of n commission of experienced men Ilut none of these reasons for a commission exlst, nor ia the country languishlng for want of congresslonal buncombe. What It wants is to see their senatora andrepresenta tives take vlgorously hold of those ques tions whlch relate to the natlonal welfare, consider them with due deliberation and act declsively uiwn them. An I.vcipknt. One of the Washington correspondents telN this story of Wormley, the popular colored hotol man of Washing ton : The first use he made of hia proaper. ity was to bring hls old mistress to his fine hotel and to give her tho best room In it, and, on bearlng that a granddaughter of hia master was in Washington in a government ofHce, he went to her, invited her to make his houso her home, and when she told him she could not accept that, he proposed that she should pay him what she would have to pay ln a boarding house, and take the best his house afforded. 11 Don't you know,M she answered, " that if it were known that I Hved at Wormley's it would bo said that my poverty was a pretense, and I should lose ray ofTice in a week ? And if I explained how I Ilved there, nobody wonld believe that so much disinterestedness existed In the world." IIkakd FitoM. The following letter dated Irkutusk, Uussian Slberia, Jannary 1st, Is the first Intelligence receivod by the wife and threo daughters of George W Melville, long imprisoned in the Arctlc ice-fielda, and delivered, after incredlble hardshlps, from tho Ixolvu Jaws o deutli : AXter many trials and many tribulations I arrived here yesterday. We can muster but thirteen people, all told, out of our original thirty. threa persons. I am pretty well, and shall be homo this summer or next winter, ac- cording as I may be In&tructed by tho navy department. I have telegraphed asking to rem&in and search for Da Long and othera who perished at the mouth of the I.ena river. IOve to the cbildren." Cau. tiik Listkus. In order to counter- act reporta that he was a large seller of cer- taln stocks Jay Gould invited several of his frlends to his oflice a few days ago and asked them to examlne the coutents of eev- eral packages which ho produced. The result was an exposure of 953,000,000 of stocks at their face value, and these included 23,000,000 of Weatern Union and .12(000,- 000 of Mlssouri Tacific. Ilussell Sage was one of the party, and ho sald: "Thero is not another man in the United States, ex- cept Mr. Vanderbilt, who could make such a dlsplay of securities." And this man was peddling maps of Albany on the streets of that city at fifty centa apiece, only a few years ago. SkCUKTAUY OF STATK FltEMNGUUYSKX sent to the house foreign affalrs committee, Friday, a telegraphio diapatch from Minis- ter Morton emphatically denyingall charges of Improper oflicial couduct in connection with the buslnesa relatlons between the firru of whlch he is a member and tbe French Credit Industrial Company Mluister Jlor ton also explicltly statea that he had no cor respondence with any United States, Peru- vian, Chilian or French oflicial relating to ChllM'eruvian affalrs, except the interview sought by Grevy, which was officially re ported to the state department at the time, and called for tbe reply subsequently sent by Secretary Blaineto tho French presldent. Sknaiok Den IIili. of Georgia haa had all the glanda in the left eide of hia throat removed. He recognizes the dangerous character of hia disease, and says to hia friends i 11 If I recover, it 1s well If I dle, it is also well. Whlle I thlnk It strange that a man whose constitution was formed by physlcal labor on a farm, and who, up to a year ago, never had a day of Ul-health, should be sfllicted with an inexpllcable dis- order of tbe blood, I resign myself Into the hands of my Creator, who will do with me what seems best to him, and elther ralse me up for further usefulneas or summon me away. I walt with patience elther event." Tiik oflicial report on the investigation of the contiugent-fund expendltures in the treasury department durlng Secretary Sher man's adminlstration has been presented to the senate. It finds a number of Irregular expendltures to have been made for the prl vate tnterest of Mr. Sher man, and pald out of tho treasury, but quotes fully from Mr. Sherman's testimony In denial of his knowl- edgo of such Irregularlties, and finds that there is no testimouy In contradlction of his denlals. Tho committee makes certain recommendations looking to the preventlon of such abuses In the future. Costly. Hecent statiatlca show that tbe " noblo red man " ia an expenslve luxury for even a nation iu the flood of prosperlty to maln taln. Bince 1872 the government haa spent ontrlght on Indlan wars over $5.000, 000, and during the same period it has cost in army appropri atious 22 1,000,000 to watch hls unste&dy movements. Aa the total num ber of Indiana U estlmated at but 00.000. this makea tbe annual bill for each Indian come to nearly 9350. Iu view of these flg ures the inquiry la Indeed pertinent, " O, why doea the white mau follow my trail V Notca and Xotlom. Tjik trlal of the Btar-route crowd Is sot down to begln lo-morrow, Thursday. It Is doubliul whether the houso will con- cur ln tho Kdmunda franklng prlvllego araendmont, tho fear of publio opinion belng tho only restralnlng lnflnence. Invkstioation by a coramlttoo of the Now York leglslature reveals tho astoundlng fact that out of the assets of seven defunct lnsurance compantes, over 57,000,000 have boen stolen by the receivers. Morat t Insure In sound home companles. His enemlea having failed to bulldoze (Jeneral Garfield whlle llvlng are now try Ing to blacken hia memory when dead. Any livlng donkey can kick a dead llon but only a very vlndictlvo and exceptionally long-earod donkey wlll do it. Aliiany Journal 1 1 New Kngland U justly proud of the positton of Senator Uoar on the Chlneso bill, and hia speech on the sub ject haa given him a strength at home that ho never before possessed. That he fol lowed lu tho steps of Bumner is hia hlghest pralse." SrniNaflELii Ilepublican: "Tho Ilrattle- boro Jleformer would havo the Vermont democrats nomlnato Colonel A. JI. Dlckey of Bradford, full of mental vigor, clean personally and entirely lnderendent., That la one thing whlch the democrats of the country need, a clean Dlckey." ArnmoN3 to the mlsslng correspondence lu the matter of the reru-Chlli dlfiiculty has been transmllted to congress by the sec retary of state. Tho raost important feature of it is the report of a dlacovered attempt to ship munttiona Of war from partles ln tho United States to Peru. Tiik present congress is evldently sound on the currency, as it has snmmarlly nega- tlved every proposttion to tinker with It. In nothlug ts theold adage, "let wellenough alone," more appllcable. Tho best currency ln the world should be permitted to perform its oflice wlthout any intermeddling. Tiik New Hampshire aupreme court, whlch embracea Judge Doe who has been urged for a seat on the natlonal supreme bench, has decided that a general law con tlngent upon thevoteof the people Is uncon stltutlonal though tbe legislature might create such a contlngency for a local law. Tiik " little organs ' who have been ban- dying W. I1. Dillingham's name around the state ln connection with tho lieutenant governorship have read of that gentleman's announcement through " Forbes " and tho lioston Journal of their candidates deter mlnation to devoto hiraself excluslvely to tho practice of his profession. M. K. Dickson left Chlcago for Washing ton Saturday nlght with a petition for the pardon of Sergeant Mnson. The petition is 2,100 feet long and la said tocontaln 120,000 names. It Ia elaborately gotten up and re quired two expert paper-hangers two hours to fold it properly. The Chicago Tribune' Sergeant Mason fund amounts to 3,200. Judok Cox, Dtstrict-attorney Corkhlll, Jndge Torter, Mr. Davidge and Mr. Scoville met Friday at the district-attorney's oflice aud discussed the bill of exceptions ln the Guiteau case. Mr. Scoville said he thought It would take several daya to complete the work, and that he Intends remalning ln Washington until a bill is agrced upon. In anawer to an inquiry, he said he knew nothing whatever about General IJutler be ing retained in the case. Tiik Ohio temperance war has taken the form of an attempt to close the saloons on Sunday, and a mass convention will meet at Columbua on the 23d to urge tho adoption of a law to that end. It is of course urged that the statute cannot be enforced in the Iarger cities, but it seems that the bars are shut up election days wlthout difltcnlty, and the temperance party rightly think that pub lio opinion ought to be so aroused that a Sunday law would be equally eftectual. A natio.vai, prohibitory convention will be held ln Chicago August 30th, to which prohibitloulsts lu the several states are in vited to seud delegates equal iu number to their respectlve senatora and representatlves Iu congress, and each territory and the dls trict of Columbia is invited to send two delegates. The purpose of the convention is stated to be "considering such means, and adopting such measures for the pronio tlon of the great principles and purposes of the party, as the convention when assembled may determine." Forty-Seunth Congress, Tuemuy, March 14. The senate ixiiwed a ren- olutton approprlatlng 8100,000 more for the rellet of the eufferern by the MlMb"rfppl flood A bill was Introduced to proroote the elllciency of the federal army by the retlreraent of omcers, yolun- tary or otherwI?e, after certain period 8 of eervlce. Tlie postal approprlatlon blll waa dlFcufsed, but no actlon was reachod.....Tho house, after apro tracted and at timon stormy struggle, tho anti-polygaray blll, In the Bame ohape as Itpaased the senato, by a vote of one hundred nmetcen to forty-two. The penate antl-Chlnette blll wm consldered, Mr, Calklns of Indiana tpeaklog la faror of tbe mejwure. Wr-DNrsuAY, March 15. In the senato the poHt- offlce approprlatlon blll was consldered at length, and rpeechea were made by Mesern. Garland, Jonajf and Veet on the lmortance of mamtainlnf; an eflklent leree pytem on the Mtwtlfvlppl river, A blll was pansed approprtatlng $20,000 for the erectlon of a monument In coromemoratlon of the battle of Monmouth Tbe antl-ChinenebUI waa dlncuued ln the house, Mr. Page of Callfor- nla adyocating the measure and Mr, Kice of Matt Bachusetta opiwslDg It. A blll was passed appro prlatlug S150.000 ln ald of tbe eutferera of the MlfwlHAlppl river flood, and likewlso a blll appro- prbitlng S2J1,000 for the payment of certain war clalrai, prlnclpally for property deatroyed by the army ln TeDnewee. An eicitlng controersy oo- curred between the epeaker and Mr, Money of Mlneds&lppl relatlre to the attempt of the Utter to make a rpeech ln dlrect vlolation of the rulea of the houBe. Tiiuhhdav, March 10. The enate diacusBed the pont-ofllce approprlatlon bill at length, adopt ing, among other amendments, one allowlng the secretary of the senate and the clerk of the house to une oflicial envelopes for all oflicial business, and aathorftlng Benatom and' Representatlves to send free through the malls any letter or ackage contalnlDg only prlnted or written matter not ex ceedlng two ounceti In welght, Identlfied by their antogrnph stgnatures. Mr. Logan made a vpeech ln favor of hls bill provldlng that all recelptn from tbe tax on dlstllled splrlU sball be used for edu- catlonal purtKses. The blll approprtating aa ad dltlonal 8."i0,000 for the rellef of the llooded d li ttle ta waa iiaitsed ln the house tbe democrats offered a resolutlon censurlng the naker for rep HmandlDg Mr, Money of MUttlspippl on Wednes day, The speaker, however, dlsclalmlng the rlght or lnteatton to repriraand, but Blmply to check dlsorder, tho resolutkm was wlthdrawn. The antl-Chinese blll was further discussed, Mr, Wlills of Kentucky advocatlog the measure and Mr, Taylor of Ohlo tpeaklDg at length ln opposltlon. Fhiua v, March 17. The senate passed the post oillce approprlatlon and the fortlflcatlon appro prlatlon bllls and discussed the tarllT comruUalon blll, MeHttre. Pendleton, Morrlll and Iteck partlcl patlng ln the deuate. An adjournrcent was taken until Monday,,,,,Tbe house was engaged ia the conslderatiou of UUs on the prlvate calen dar, several of which were pawjcd, Tlie blll to ezteod the northern boundary of Nebraska was also posied, Satl'iuiav, March 18, The entlre senslon of house of reireentaUves was devoted to the con ilderatlon of the antl-Chlnese blll. A number of epoeches for and agalunt the measure were made, but a vote was not reached, Monuav, March 'J0. The senate during the mornlDg liour discuHttod the blll to Improve tlie llfesavlugservlco of the country. 'Ihe milltary lomatleaniironriation billswere renorted. atsu i favorable rejiurt on tbe bitl for the admlsslon of Dakuta Into the Unlon, Ihe consideration of the tarlff commission blll wa renumed, Mr, Ueckof Kentucky speaklnK at lennth theraou One nunarou nuy-seveu uui ana resoiuuons were in tndticed ln the house uiton a varletv of sublecLn. liv a vote of one hundred Hftv-two to li(tv-slx a resolutlon wasadoptexl maklng the tarlff cummis slon blll a special order when the hou e shall neit no into committee ul the whole on the state of the Unlon, aud that it shall thiin contlnue uutll the suuject uaispiMou oi, Tho Wfllcrhnry Kllllng. News of the terrible tragedy, the development of whlch horrlfled Waterbury Tuesday afternoon of laat week, wah received ln Montpelier at nn hour too Ute for ohtalnlng a clrcumstantlal ac- I count of the nffalr for the last lsue of the Watch man, Horrlble as was the brlef outllne whlch the Watchman was able to glve, the de talln of tho blood y deed aro fat more aliocklog than the maln featares of the ctlme at flrst seemtd to Indlcate. ludeed, the appalllng enor mlty of the murderoua occurrences on that remote and lonely htUslde on that fateful Sundfly morn Ing ffai not fully dlsclosed ttll lato on Tuesday nlght, and then only to the few whose oflicial duty rompelled them, sgalnst the strong repug nance of natnre, to enter the "charnel vaolt" beneath that deperted farm-house and brlng Its ghastly fecreM to the llght, Tlie story of thts tragedy needs no livld colorlng to arouse feetlngs of abhorrouce for the wretched man who slew hls wife and enerable mother, or of rorapasnlon for the mangled vlctlinn of hls demonlAO fury, The slmplo facta are more harrowlng than language can deplct them. TitK FAMILY, Tlie McCaffrey honehold conslsted of ten ier sons, Matthew McCaffrey, sged about forty flve years; hls wtte, thlrty-etght; their chltdren, John, fourteen; Martio, tsn; Ann, nlne; Terlssa, fle;Mary, three; the little twln slsters, about eleven month old; McCaffrey mother, aged elghty-two; and Peter McCue, brother to Mrs. McCaffrey, a man between thirty nnd forty, who had lived in the famlly several years, and as slsted in carrying on the farm, tlFFOIlK TIIK THAOKHY. A few days before the trngedy McCue went to Greensboro with McCnffrey's horse and slelgh, taking with him the bny Martln, to vlxlt retatlves thero. No especially noteworthy locldent scems tolmve transplred In the famlly tlll Sattirday, the 11th inotant. In the forenoon of that day McCaffrey mounted a horse, with no other trap plogs than a headstall and a chaln around the an- lmal'a neck, and started for Waterbury CenterJ buuus six miien aisiant. iie carnoa n sioui sneK about three feet long ln hls hand, llls danghtec Annle says ho took the chaln tohaveitmended, On the way to the Center he met Samuel Tarcher, with whora he had somo conversatlon. Mr. Mc Caffrey explained that he held htnmelf on by the chaln around the horse's neck, and the stlck was forthedogii. "For you know," he said, death on dogs.M He coraplalned to Parcher that he had lost hli horse, slelgh and little boy; hls hlredboy had run away with them. Iie wanted Mr, Parcher to go back with him and help him find his team and son. Mr, I'archer told him that Peter wonld come back with the team all right, and that he need have no fears on that account After they had parted And driven along several rods, McCaffrey turned And called to Parcher, And, returning to wlthln three or fonr rods, said : " I met a donkey up there on the hill. Ife has lost hH father. If you see him tell him he has gone along." Iie passed the tlme of day with Ualph Ilirber, who lives ncar the meet- Ing-house, and who made some talk with him on farm subjects, McCaffrey walked along a short space, when he turned and shouted: " I am ln the fur business, and have been ln it for twonty years, and, a little further on, " Mygrandfatber wasa doctor, and soaral,'' Ilethenstuck hls legs out, lenned back, turned hls face up to the sky, and, swinglng hls club, began to halloo so loud he might have been heard throughout the neighborhood, and kept It up tlll he had gone past the meetlng-houae. At the Center he called on Frank N. Smlth, town clerk and postmaster, who says: "McCaffrey cnme in and soke as he always did and I notlced nothing unusuAl in re- gard to spcech or actlon. I gave him hls mall aud the matl for hls nelghbors. llelooked it all over and sorted It, putting each ono's by ltself; then, taking his own paper, the liotton U'cckly Journal, read several mlnutes, reading some little Items aloud, and aked me to explain them, what they rcferred to, etc. I turned round from my desk, and, faclng him, talked with him eev eral mlnutes, Durlng tbe conversatlon he ejwke and xald, ' I have lost one of my boy.' Iie sald Peter had taken him and gone away; had been gone slz days and was dlsappolntod ln not findlng a letter from him (Peter. Iie talked some mln utes in regard to the boy's coming home and how Peter had mtsused him during the just two years, and rlslng to go out, taking hls cane and thump- tng it on the floor, said, ' And I won't stand it any longer. There ls golng to be an invaslon. Inno- cent women and chlldrea shall bo protected , bnt some of the men will behurt.' Hesald that ' Pe ter never could llve with him any more; he could come and brlng the boy back, but If ho tried to come In he would get hurt, and pf rhapa 1 shall klll him.' Idldn't notlce anylhlng but that he was as usual until he got uptogoout; then 1 begun to thlnk be was not Just rlsht After ha went out of the oflice he ppoke to several, and none of them notlced any thing unusual but that he appeared as he always did," On his return to his house he was met by Ir. Washburn on the "Alder brook road." McCaffrey was leadlng his horse by the blts in the middlo of the road, from whlch he did not turn to glre the doc tor h chance to pass. Tlie doctor gave him the whole of the road, And recehed, ln pawlng, the salutation of an lulmlcal glance. It is generally understood that McCaffrey had been drlnklng clder very freely during the winter; that he had drank clder before golng to the Center, and ngain after hlsreturn; yet It does not Appear that there were any mutterings of the coming tempest when nlght descended on that doomed household. Slnte the blrth of the twlns, Mrs. MtCnffrey had slept with one of them in a 8 mall bedrooiu, a little more than ten feet square, opentng out of the kltchen, her mother-in-Iaw sleeping with the other in a bunk ln the same room lu a coruer dlagonally ojiposite. There was a space about threo feet wlde between the two beds, and a space of about four feet between the walls and the fitot of each bed. McCaffrey had generally slept with thechlldMary in an adjolnlng but not connect- lng bed room. On the nigbt ln question Mary slept with tbe older children Iu the chambers, but McCaffrey seems to have occupled his own bed, as the little glrl Annle says her mother made the bed in that room Saturday, and that it was tum bled Sunday mornlng, as II some one had slept ln it. TIIK TKAQKDY, Durlng the nlght Annle was awakened by screams from below, She heard her mother cry ing, "Don't, Matt.j don't I" She aroused her brother John, and the two made their way down stalrs, There ln the bed room, in the clear moon- llght, they saw their father in hls nlght clothes, above the form of their mother prostrato on the floor In the narrow space in front of her bed, hls hands clutchtng her throat and alternately raislng her bead and dashlng it agalnst the lloor with all his stiength, Then he released tls grasp of her throat and, with constant cuolug and blasphemy, selzed her halr and continued to beat hls wife'B head agalnst the floor, Tlie lad selzed hls father and says he 41 tried to reason with him, to make him be still." Their father told them to get Into bed And keep still, or he would kill them, too And there tn tho bed from whlch this demon had dragged their mother they were compelled tobe mute and owerless wltnesses of the most brutal murder ln the records of ciloie, Their mother gasped them a falnt good-bye, whlle tlie 11 end, still swearlng and curslug, and addressing her with indecent language, continued to assall her with hls flsts. The dying mother asked to be al lowed to klss the children, a privllege that was brutally ref used. Then the monsterUfthls help less vlctim, went to the woodbox ln the kltchen, took a stlck of wood, and, returning, battered hls wlfe's head to a jelly. The old mother, who had been awakened by tho uproar and had groped her way to the kltchen, wandered, tn her bllndness, luto the bedroom and began to plead with her son. " Don't klll her, MatU," shecried; "don't kill the mother of your seen children." Theold lady's importuultles drew hlsrage toward d her, and McCaffrey, turning round, knocked herdown, saylng, with a fearful oath, " Ue there with the daughter you like so well," Iie began pouuding her with his flats and beatlng her head agalnst the lloor, Then be returned to hls wife and agala beat her llfeless body with the stlck, lluarlng the death rattle in hls mother's throat, and rlred by lt with fresh tnadness, he seUed another stlck of wood, and with dreadful lmprecatlons beat out her llfe, spurnlng ber request to be allowed to say her prayers, saylng, with an oath, "You would not let mepray under Uke clrcuinstances," Death had released his helpless vlctlras from consclous ness, but still the fiend kept at hls satanlo work, Ue seUed a ktout fhalr, ralsed lt aloft, and it de vcended with terrible force, lcgs downward, uion the head and breast of hls llrst vlctim, Mad dened by tlie gurgling ia the throat of hls wife, he ralsed the chalr agalu and dashed lt u;on her face and arm with a force that shattered It Into many fragments, To cap the cllmax of liU tiend IsKrovelry, he went out and got a butcher kulfe, llourUhod it u round one of tlie babies whlch was cry lng piteously, as if threateutng its death, and then went to his wife, repeatedly slashed her face with It, and wound up hls hellish work by stab blng hls mother through the left eye, About this tlme the cluck struck four. AKTKU TIIK TllAflKDV. Meautlme the little glrls ( TerUiui and Mary) ln the chamber were luudly cry lng, and the mui dererbade Annle go up and qulet them, Theu dlreitlng Johu to lle down la hls mother's bod with one of the twlus, aud hlmself laklug the other, he stretched hiiuself ou the buuk lalely wvupleil by hls inuther, and, with the llfele and mntllatod bodien of hli vlctlms lylng In their blood on the floor around him, flnally composed hlmself to sleep And slept tlll dayllght. There was no sleep for the eyes of the tcrrlfied Ud, When tho fathtfr Awakened he wrnpped the body of hls mother In a quilt And compelled hls son to help him removo her to the cellar, where the wife was aIso thrown in her nlght clothes, her iwdj falllng fAce downwards on the wt cellar bottnm and lylng partlfllty over the body of the mother, A sheet was thrown over her, And thus they were left. With a mop the murderer removed the pools of blood on the bedroom floor, apparently using Ashes to scour out the stalns where the bralns of the old lady had been crnshed Into the floor. Efforts were also made to clean the blood bespattered ceillngs. Some pork and potatoes wero taken frora the cellar And the cellar door was tialled up. Tlie little glrls camo down at their fAther's call ln tho mornlng and Mary chlld- Ishly Inqulred for her mother. Annle besought a docent burlal for Iier mother, wLlch the father promlsed; and he enjoloed strlct secrecy on pftln of death if they dlvulged what had been done. McCaffrey asked the little glrl to cook something for breakfast, but she refused, saylngi won t cook for the man that has murdered my mother." She could not eat. She took some tea, but Immedlately threw lt up. Her father cut tho pork with the same knlfe he had used on hls wife nnd mother. rnisoNEns. No one came near the house ttll late Sunday Afternoon, when Jullusrirlfrtn, ntneteenyeArsold, son of a nelghbor, was seen approachlng. Before he camo up to the house, McCaffrey called out, Hold on, there," and sent John out to tell him, when he came up on the plasza, that he could not come ln, The father told GrMln " not to be of- fended, but to come agaln some other tlme and see Johnny," McCaffrey was walklng back and fortb ln the room with a chlld tn hls arms. Ue had treated others in this way at other tlmes, and so the Incident made no serluus impresslon on the young man's mlnd, and he made no mentlon of lt to hts parents. Monday John put the brtdle on the horse and was golng to Frank Ladd s, neighbor's, but bls father ordered him into the house and threatened to klll him If he trted Agaln to get away, Asked If he was af rald of hls father, Afraid of him ? I guess I wasl' was tbe lad's emphatlc reply. "Ulnckllawk" Hntchlns called on Monday ; asked where were the " women folkg, and was told they had gone up north on a vlslt. Ilutchins asked how long they had been gone And was answ ered, "three or four days. When Ilutch ins remlnded him that he had seen them there tho Saturday before, he was turned off with an evA- slve Answer. "lilack tlawk" then Asked for some clder, glvlng a knowlng look to the children And toward the cellar door. Ue was told he could have no clder that day, but at some other tlme he coald have all ho wanted. The dlscernlng " Illack Uawk" went home fully persuaded "that some thing was wrong at McCaffrey's," but made a raonopoly of hls susplclons. Sunday and Mon day tbe father promised the children that he would take them away, but when the tlme came he put them off. Ue kept the butcher knlfe about hls person And some of the tlme carrled it in hls hand. Wben the doors'and wlndows rattled ln the wlnd, ho sald there were wltches and sptrlts In the houe, 1'very tlme the door shook sprung to hts feet and drew hls knlfe, as lf expect ing some one. It Is generally bolleved that dur lng these two days McCaffrey was lylng ln walt for Peter McCue to return to klll him, and that he would have murdered him had he returned and entered the house uosuspectingly, The chores at ttie barns were regularly done, but tho murderer kept hls children under closo survell- lance. McCaffrey afterwards told the ofllcer that he " would havo had a swect tlme getting Into hls house, for he had an az, gun, And carrled the butcher knife In his breast pocket." Tuesday forenoon, havlng eaten up tbe cooked provlslons in the house, he fulftlled hls proralses to take hls children away from the home that had become Intolerably odlous to them, John took the pole from the traverse sled and attached shafts for a single horse. The motherly Annle busted herself with prepariog her little slsters for the journey. Tlie father filled a barrel with trumpery to take along, and, havlng lockod or nailed up all the inner and outer doors about the house, he placed some loose boards upon the sled, and upon these placed the barrel and bestowed hlmself and the slz children. John handling the relns, the party departed from a locality whlch wlll forever have a had cmlnence as the scene of n most revolting murder, TIIK JOUUXF.V, The first person the party met was James Foster, a mitl-owner, about a rnlle and a half from McCaf frey's. With this man McCaffrey had long held a feud and they had not beon on speaking terms. McCaffrey accosted him, declred to be frlendly agaln, sald he was golng away for a whlle, and asked Fotter to go up, water the cattle and do the choros. Lewis White met him iu the road, ac costed him, wondered at his appearance and asked him if he was movlng, to whlch McCaffrey an swered, "Yes." Jullus Grlfllu drove behind him for a whtle. Tolitm McCaffrey sald he was golng on a ploasure trlp, promised to send him a dls- patch when he arrived at hls destluatlon, and asked Jullus to write him, allln a banterlng way Ue seemed ln an amiable mood, and reached hii hand over aud patted bls chlld's liead, Pa.sing Ualph Itarber's, be told him he was golng to niove to the Center. TIIK DISCIiOHUHK. About one o'clock he appeared at the house of Charles llopkln, tbe form er residence of Danlel Uopkln, at the Center, but drove along to the next houe, the latter gentleman's present abode Mr, Uopktns has long been hls frlend and business advlser. Mr. Uopklns was away, and hls wife came to tho door In answer to McCaffrey's rap. Ue tassed the baby whlch he held in hts arms to Mrs. Uopklus, and started to get the other, Mrs. Uopklns was naturally astounded by this sudden apparitlon and enqulredof McCaffrey lts mean lng. " Why was he down there with all those chll dren In such a plfght, wlthout their mother?" Ue replled that there had been a terrible accident up At their house and he thought it a good tlme to go away on a vlsit. As soon as the children had been tranferred to the hospttAble warmth of Mrs. Uopktns kltchen, she selzed an opportunity to break away aud seek an explanation of John who was in the barn carlng for the team. To her he cominunicated tbe bare fact of the murder of hls mother and grandmother by hls father, and the concealment of their bodies ln the cellar. Tlie terror of hls father's threats sealed his llps from further dHclosure, Mr, Uopklns was sum moned. The horrlble news llew like wlldflre, Con nt able May and Justlce Clark were called Into consultatlon, and Mr. Charles Uopklns and Lem uel Lyon wero dlspatched to the McCaffrey house to Investigate and report. Meantlme Mrs. Uop klns had prepared the halMamlshed famlly generous meal, of which they all heartlly partook. McCaffrey was perfectly doclle, seemed a little fllghty, walked the room constantly, endeavoring to soothe the crles of the young child he carrled In hls arms. The children were tboroughly chilled, but the first reports of frozen limbs were, haprtly, incorrect THE ML'IUIEIIKU'S Ari'KAHAKCK, Nodlrect enqulrles were addressed to McCaffrey Mr, Uopklns asked him about his business. Some general conversatlon was had, ln which McCaffrey sald he was golng to break up, travel with a cir- cus and send bls children to Burlington to the convent. Thought be would have to start low but hoped for promotlon; had he jolned a circus jnry years ago he would have ben a good jr- former; wanted money to enable nlm to start wlshed Mr, Uopklns to take the farm, look after thlugs and use the money for tbe benefit of the children as far as it would go; after coming back from hls journey he might want the farm back agaln. Toatl this Mr, Uopklus quletly assented and tngenlously proposed to take him and tuechll dren to "the street" to start them for burlington, Ue asked Mr, Uopklns if any one had been up to the house, to whlch an evasive answer was given, At four o'clock the meiwengers returned w Ith full conflrmatlon of the boy's story, After they began to get ready to go to " the itreet, fourmiles dls- tant. McCaffrey beckoned to Mr. Uopklns to go Into the woodshf d, as he wlthed to say a few word tohtru, McCraffrey then produced the butcher knlfe, saylng, " That ls all the tools I had to defend m nelf w Ith, 1 had to do lt." As he was perfectly wllllng to go tothe street it was thought best not to exclte bira by placlnghlm under ar rest, In reply to a question or two put out as feelers, he sald Peter McCue and Martln had gone to Greensboro; hls wife "dldn'tgo, went another road," at whlch remark he looked up knowlngly, The children were very uneasy and seoiu ed homeslck, Ue sald tothem, " You can't go, I atn't through with you yet, If you should go lwck home you might raisa some of your rela tlons," M r. I lopkins, taking John and one of the twlns, and O. W. May aud C. II. Clatk taking chArge of the remalnder of tho famlly, proceeded with them to the street, Atthe rallway statlon Mr. Uopklus told him he was slck and woutd have to go to Brattleboro or some place where he woutd be safe. Ue answered, " It Atn't so. I am aa well as 1 ever was, That's what those follow a hareRotten up to Injure me." Agaln hesald apprehenslvely, "They ain't agolog to doauy- thlug with me tul luey look into Uiis, are tltey?' Ue was assurnd tliat lt was his best way to go with Mr. Atherlon, At tlie statlou he was de livered into the custody uf Deputy SherltT Ather- ton, Audwheult was about time for thearrlval of the traiu he was called Into the ladies' room and lufonued that lt would bo necessary to put the ironsim hliu. Ue preitentM hls hands for thomAnacles,remArklDgt "Are yon golng tohang me for what I have done7" When the tratn arrived hebtd hts children an Affectlonate good bye and peaceably went with the offlcer to jall, Durlng this trlp he flrst told tho story of the " curl- ous Anlmal, changlng from halry skln to smooth," whlch was coming to get hls children, and whlch he slew ln their defence. The children were placed in the care of Mrs. Mnnehan at the street, She Is a wldow, And was a frlend of their mur dered mother. TIIK COnONF.HSJ INO,UFJT. After the dlsposal of the McCaffreys, a cnro- ner's Jury was summonod, About ntne o'clock In tbe evenlng they Arrived on the premlses, I)y the dlra llght of lanterna the helpers, preceded by Dr. Washburn, descended to the cellar and bore the stlff and gbastly corwes to the rooms above. Iiefore C. II. Clark, justlce of the teace, an au- topsy of the murdered women was made by Dr, Washburn, llls examlnatlon dlsclosed tlie fol lowing InjuHcsi The face of Mrs. Ann 1), Mc Caffrey was horrlblyraangled, thochlnfractured, nose and cheeks broken and flattened, a cut with sharp lnstrument over the right temple and partly over the forehead, bone over the eyes crnshed. The temporal bone of the left stde was crushed in with qnite a blnnt lnstrument, so as to expose the bralnj the back part of the head was literally crnshed to a jelly. There was a cut through the sphenoid bone with a sharp lnstru ment, whlch plerced the braln. The bones ln both bands and arms were broken tn several placea. The body was more or less bruled, and showed many old brulses, The left slde only of the old lady's face And head was mangled, The skull behind the left ear was cut through to the braln by a sharp lnstrument. The back of the head was also crushed, hands and arms brutsed. At mldnlght the autopsy was completed, and the jury Adjonrned. It was a try Ing tlme for men of seusttlve nerves. The hour, the lonely situatlon, thedarkness vtslble, the ghastly surroundtogs, nceded no other element of horror, The cattle ln the barns near by seemed Insplred wltb the dread iniluences of the occasion, lowed Inces santly and mantfested every symptom of terror, INVKSTIOATION. On Wcdncsday State's Attorney Pltkln with Sher- rlff Atherton vlslted thesceneotthe murder, ex- amined the locality, took noteof the clrcumstances of the murder, heard the story of the children and acconnts of McCaffrey from varlouslndlvldu als, and gathered op the clothlng and mlsslles connected the tragedy, A much larger non-ofll rlat Investigation was made by the tnhabltants who gathered there from miles Around. On Thurs day the clrcumstances of the murder were pre sented to Washington couuty court then In ses- slon At Montpelier. They were regarded as plainly indlcatlng Insanity and It was deemed the wlser course to order the prlsoner sent to Brattle boro and tbere awalt the actlon of tbe grand jnry In September. IN JAIU The murderer says he flrst realized what he had done when he was lslted Thursday by his brother James, who told him he had kllled his wife and hls own mother. Ue sent for Father Duglue and asked him to take chArge of the children and place them lu a convent. To Danlel llopkins.on Frlday,heexpressed the wlsh that hlm self, Father Duglue and hls brother James should tAke charge of hls affalrs, that tho children should go to the couvent at Burlington, the farm be sold and the proceeds, after procurlng monuments for his wife and mother, be gtven to the convent for the support of hls children. Ue professed great horror for hls deed, sald hls wife loved him too well and blamed hts famlly and friends for not tAklog care of him and thus averting this terrible murder, 11s cUlmed to have no recollectlon of the eventq of that nlght except the slaytng of the " anlmal " that was after his babies, and claimed to remember nothing of hls arrest and the lnci- dents at Waterbury, even of blddlng hls children goodby at the rall way station. Ue was rational ln every respect Friday nlght he was taken to Brattleboro by Selectmen Moody and Davls of Waterbury. Ue was sensltlve about observatlon and inqulred If there would be a crowd at the station. Ue was perfectly rational during the journey, talked of his affalrs clearly, told of money he was owlog and of sums that were due blm, Ue had no dcbire to lUe After what he had done, had no anxlety as to what they might do with blm, wlahed they would take him to Wind sor and hang him. tiie nuniAL. Thursday the murdered women were placed In neat caskets and prepared for burial, the mystlc letters "I. II, S., dlsplay ed upon their breasts. The surgeon's sklll, and sympathetic nelghbors by glfts of wreaths, had done what they could to di- vest their remains of the horrtd traces left by a murderoua son and husbnad. Oa Friday morn lng the wife was taken to Albany and tbe old mother to Montpelier, for burial. A palnful scene was wttnessed at the funeral. Members of the McCue and McCaffrey famllles met beslde the coftlns. A brother of McCaffrey was aroused to frenzy borderlng on Insinlty by the slght of the rautllated face of hts old mother, Uethreateued hls brother with deadly vengeance, literally f rothed at the mouth, and was with dlfiiculty con trolled by the by-ttanders. Tlie slght of the shapeless features of their once com ely stster ex ctted vlolent and vlndlctive feellngs among the brothers of the murdered woman, and had the murderer been wlthln their grap they would have torn inra umu irom umo. t iiat negan witn inur derousiolence ended with vlolence only les mur deroua uecause me ooject oi its mreatenea ven geance was oeyona iis reacn, INCE1TION OF TIIK .ML'HDKlt. Tlie clrcumstance that McCaffrey's mental con dition has been noDularlr reearded as "notex actly right" at tiraes, and the fact that hewas sent to Brattleboro two vears aco to be treatod for insanity, coupled with tht uunatural and atro- cious cuaracter oi tne muraers, gave nim ai once, with Jiardly a challenge, the full benefit of the plea of Insanity, Certain acts of hls on Saturday, the lltb Inst., and After the murder, gave color to the plea, and by general consent the murder was attrioutea 10 a ireAK oi insanity. urcumsiances liave t ended to modlfv the first imnresslons and to divide opular opinion ln the town and in the section of the town where the murder was com mitted, as to the mental condition of the murderer and the degree of his resiU9lbiuty, tlie iks nftirtlnnof an imnlacable temner that rlred him with mAdness lf hls will was opposed, or if hls re sentment was stirred, Is alleged, And lncldents illustrating hls uncontrollable passton Are cited, sucn as urutauy ueaung nis cattie, auempung to braln a neignuor ny reason or some trouoie wuu hls dog, murderouslr asaultlng a tea ms ter with an axe, and Dr, Washburn with a gun, etc. " Ugllness rather than Insanity is tbe ready charge and suftlclent explanation made by Indl vlduala who clalm to have known him well, and banglng ls regarded by themasamlld punish ment for hls horrlble deed, " Uumdld lt," others say, and hia peculiar ACtlons, hls vlsloos of splrlts and nondescrlpt anlmals are Attrlbutfd to dellr tum. lle was at Montpelier In the winter jvlth a brother-iu'law, A jug of wbiskey was bought, be admtta. Ue took a drlnk, be says, and knew nothing more tlll he found hlmself at home. Previous to the "Insanity" whlch sent him to Brattleboro two years ago, lmmoderate drinkfng is alleged agalnst hliu, ItlsAfact that durlng hls contlnement at Brattleboro he dictated per fectly rational letters to his advlser, Mr, Uopklns, and to hls wife respectlng the mauagement of the farm, what land to plow, what crops to put In, etc. Those who were ln her confldence afllrm tbat hls wife claimed he was ugly rather than crazy, Acts of beastly cruelty to his wife are cited, one of tbem so atroclous that her brother Peter threatened him with death if he agaln mal treated his slster, bluce that tlme he seems to bave stood ln wholesome awe of Peter McCue, and had the latter been at home elther tbts mur der had never been done or the Hst of c&sualtlos bad included other names, The autopsy dls closed numerous old brulses on the wlfo's porsou, asevoreoneon the hip barely healed. ihathe some tlmes knocked her down she reported to a lady with whom she took her first servlce ln this country. On one occaslo during a " jaw " the little glrl says, " he llew at roy mother Uke a llon. though the mother seems to have boen sus talnlng her part ln the Altercatlon. She also says that on "Saturday they were not very good friends, but at nlght they were good friends, 1 net er saw them better than they were that nigbt." Whether hls mental infirmlty was inbornorthe creatlun of vlolent passlons grow lng with age and aggravated by drlnk, ls a query with many who know him well. That there wasdomestlciufell clty, that hls wife had a temper of ber owu And a tonguethat could stlug like a nettle. Is a matter loually know n. Pre tous to her roarrlage she had llved at service ln wealthy famllles and was a hlgbly eoteemed and favorlte servant. After marriage hard labor and prtvatlons attended by constant chlld'bearlng was herlot. Charity wlll treat lenleutly aoy iapses from jer(ect amlabiltty of temper under the clrcumstaucert. 'lhat her husband was a man of strong anlmal passlons is mAlntalned and clrcumstauces go to prove lt, ln the due oourse of nature hls return from Brattle boro two years ago was followfd by the blrth of twlns. Uer friends malntatu thtt she had re solved not to lucur the rlsk of tuutherhood agaln, and hence the famlly arrangemeuts whlch have Already been detcribed. A theory is broacbtnl that he entered hls wlfe's room on that baturday nlght and was repuUed by berj that thus a quar reiarose, that her reslaUuce started au lutract able temper lutlamed by iassion, And, throw lng off all restralnt, this tragedy was the terrible cul mlnatlon of the struggle. blgnitlcant exnressiuus made use of by her husband whlle he held ber by the throat are reported bv the boy, and certain ludecencies of language wblch the glil says w ere too awful to repeat are cited as coarlriuing this theory of the commencemeut of the tnmbleoa the nigbt of tho murder, and there are thoe who believe la the correctntw of this theory, It is given for what lt ls worth as a iHirtlou of the his tory of this most uunatural crlme, AT7UJC ASYUttl. InformaLlon from Brattleboro up to Tuesday is to the effect that "MiCatTrey has been eutlrely lucld eter since hls admlsslou to tbe asylum, Ue eats and sleeps well, and professes to be thaukful Ite U ln safe place, aud blaiues the authorltiiM of Waterbury that they did uot arrethitn aud send him here, wheu hemduttithe Ceuter with a chalu arouud hls liorse's neck. and irformlug with a f-tlck the swurd eiercUe, the Nuutduy pre cedlng the murder, Of thetraglo act hechtlms to hhve no teoullwtlou, ouly that he was dealiug with wlld beswttsthougtt iibi stateuieuts ln ro spect to thla are somewuat ountradlciory. Ileis uuder the linpression that be was drugged by some clder, drauk whlle he was at work oa a bridge the week before tbe murder," Washington Connty Court. The trlal of the case of Barker, Dounce, Uese & Company agalnst tbe United States Uulless Oat Company resnlted ln a verdlct tn favor of the plalntlffs for 3717.82-the whole amount claimed Ith Intercst and cos ts. The ptaintlffs are mer- chnnts In Elmkra, New York, And the defendants nre Wllllam ClArk of Barre, N. W. Wlnslow And W. F. Glllett of Fjist lUndolph And Sldney WaI lace of WAterbury, Vermont, They with George Fi Smlth And Davld W. Itamsdell of Washington, Jesse K, Sanborn of WilltAinsport, Pennsylvanla, and Itreezeport, New York, and Charles 8. WaI lace of WAterbury, In 1870 or 1877, formed them selves into a copartnershlp under the hlgh sound Ing name of the United States Untless Oat Com pany, Mr, Sanborn was constltutcd the mADAg Ing Agent of the concern And It Is believed tliat hls fAclle pcn, with a talent atmost equal to that iwssessed by the renowned Colonel Mulberry Sellers, Indltcd the swelllng words of the artlcles of copartnershlp. Some of the clauses are worthy of publlcatlon, The flrst clanse stated that the Indlvlduats above named "do form themelves Into a company todo the business of cultlvatlng and fittlng for use, as food for man and feed for Anlmals and for seed, tbe graln known by the name of hulMees oats, And find a markct for the same ln every portlon of tiie United States of AmerlcA, And ln every other tiortlon of the world," The copartnershlp was to last flve years, and that the turning In of ten bushels of thtrty-two pounds each should cntitle the owner thereof to a share, And the object of the business shonld be Amongst other thlngs, the "maklngA proflt for themselves indtvldiially nod collec- tlvely," In this they Are dlsapptjlnted, but they were so sure of It At the tlme that they providei that the troasuror should depostt the proflts " In the name of the company In some safe and responslble flnanclal Institution or bank, or ln the treasury of the United States," In order that theglad tiding of hulless oat meal forthe tolling mtlllons should now be sufflctentty known, they provlded that " It shall be the duty of the general agent to learn of and eximtne the dlfferent markets of the world, and avall hlmself of tho best; to learn of the demand, nnd by all proper And judiclous means to increase tho demand and make known its qualitlea And superlorlty wlthout stint or reserve." Bnt Anxlousas they wereto have the world at large share the blesMngs of hulless oats they wanted to keep the proflts to them selves, so they solemnly agreedi "It shall be the duty of the oflice rs and members of the company to keep a profound secret the rnles and regulAtlons of this company together with all its contracts and affalrs of whatever klnd or nature except to jartles ln interert with the company to know," Sanborn went to work in 1877 and built a grlatrolll At Breeze port, New York, And run up a bill with the ptaintlffs, for About a thousand dollars, for hard ware used tn Its constructlon. Ue pald a portlon of lt In money, gave a note for $250, which has never been pald, and the plalntlffs now clalm to recover SriOl and Interest since Aprll 13th, 1878, when the account accrued. There was no dispute but what the plalntlffs furnihed the good to Sanborn and they were nsed ln the constructlon of themlll. The defence was mainly techntcal They claimed that they had been drawn Into this adventure and had never really htd anythlng to do with its operatlon, This ts undoubtedly true, snd ls an illustration oi the old adage, "Look before you leap." They went into this specuhv tlon wlthout due consideration and are now asked "to step up to the captain's oflice and settle," whlch they do not enjoy, There was a clause in tlie artlcles of copartnershlp, whlch provides that "the company shall not contrnct any deht wlthout the consent of each member signlfied over hls own slgnature, whlch shall be done In the pre sence of the secretary, who shall afllx hls seal thereto." It was conccded that nelther of the defendants had given their consent to tbe In curring of this debt to the plalntlffs by Sanborn, and lt was claimed by defendants counsel that they were not therefore llable. But the court overruled the polnt upon the ground that the plalntlffs were notaware of any such provMon ln tbe artlcles of incorporatlon; that the defend ants had hlred out to them as their general agent, and that lf the buying of those goods was wlthln the cope of hls powers and duties as general agent then the defendants are liable. lt was also claimed that the actlon was barred bccause judgment had been obtained agalnst the company tn New York on the same cause of actlon; but tho plalntlff sbowed that that judgment had been va cated. The court left to the jury the quention whether the purchase of the goods ln question was wlthln the scope of Sanborn's powers and duties as general agent, and whether the plaln tlffs sold them to him in good faltb, relying upon tbe credit of tbe company, Charles W. Porter for the plalntlffs; W. P. Dillinghara for WaIIacc, Nelson U Boyden for Vlnson And Glllett, W, Uoyce for Clark. State's Attorney Pltkln has set the following crlmlnal cases for trtal: agalnst Joseph Gravelin, A, C. Dewey, Albert S. Sparrow, Froemanand II Koger Bixby, i: S. Whitcomb, T, J. filurphy, Jesse Cayhue (two cases), Truman J Ilunt,- Montpelier rum cases; William Wallace Noyes, for embezzling a United States three per cent cer- tlncate from the Montpelier Natlonal Bink; The- ophlle Champeau, for stealing from the store of K It. Sklnner of Montielier. Tbere are only sixtynine new entries in the law docket and only seventeen in the chancery docket. Of tbe new entries in the law docket seven are petitlons for dlvorce. There ls yet rea son for the Kev. Mr. Dlke to labor. William Cooley vs, William IUrnes was the second case tried, Both partiea are resjdenta of Waterbury Center, The plalntlff is the lnventor of the Cooley mllk-pan, and tn 1878 and 187'J called on a butter aud sklmmedmllk cheese fac tory at Waterbury Center. The defendant f ur nished him with mllk, The plalntlff tcstlfied that la about the middle of the summer of 187! he suspected that the defendant watered the mllk before deliverlng it to him, Ue made tests with the lactometer and became sure that it was so. But to make an absolute certainty of the matter, on three dlfferent occaslons, each tlme with a dlf ferent nelghbor, be went tothe defendant's prem lses, bld in a loft over the sbed where tbe mllk cans were set, and there he and his wltnesses saw thb defendant pour water Into tbe cans after the mllk had been poured In. The nelghbors ln ques tion corroborated the plalntlff. Tbe defeodant denled the charge, and sald that he poured the water, not Into the caos, but into the barrel s ln which the cans set, In order to cool the mllk, The defendant ls a well appearing man, who ls ln good standlng with townspeopte, and lt ls aston Ishlng that he should be gullty of such a petty frflud. Mr, Dillinghara endeavored to explaln the testimony of the eye-wltncsses away by arguing that they were mesmerlzed by Cooley, who told them that they would see the defendant pour water Into the cans, and so lmpressed their mlnds that when he really poured the water Into the barrels wblcb surroundel the cans, they believed be poured it into the cans. If Cooley bad Mr. Dillingham's own powers of mesmerlzlng hls audltors by the spell of hls eloquence, tbe theory would be a good one, but tt did not Appear tbat he had. The actlon is brought under the provl slons of au act pashed ln 1870, which says that any one Belllng to a butter or cream manufactory adulterated mllk, shall fortelt for each offence not less than $25 or more than 8100, for the bene fit of the person upon whlch tbe fraud ls com mitted. Tbe jury found the defendant gullty of four off ences, and brought Ia a verdlct In favor of the plalntlff of $258 and costs, or 5W for last of fence, So lt appears that selllng watered mllk Is six tlmes as ccuttiy an offence as selllng watered rum, the penalty for wblch ts 10 for each of fence. Tbe case will go to the supreme court upon exceptions ta the manner In which the dtc laration was drawn, K. F. Palmer and Charles II. Ueath for the plalntifT, Messrs. William P Dillingham and C. F, Clough for the defendant On Saturday Mr, W F. lUkerot Northfield was admltted to tbe bar. Mr. Baker studled for a time with M r, Chas. W. Porter, of Mont(ller but for tlie past two years he has been a studeut in the oflice of Piumltty & Bates in Northfield, Mr lUker Is a promlslng young man, aud wlll undoubtedly have a sucuefsful career at tbe bar, Tbe pauner case of Berlin rs, Montller wlll not be tried, having been set " not for the jury " by Berlin, whose oillcials, lt is said, have dlsoov ered tbat they must be beateu ln court. The next case for trlal ls Charles Burgla n, Gilman I. Jackson, a Uarre case, in whlch the plalntlff sues tiie defendaut, a constable, to re coer goods whlch he clatms were unhtwfully at tached and sold. Messrs. Ueath St Carletou for the plalntlff ; Mr. S. C bhurtleff and Mesrs. W. A. & (). B. Buyce for tbe deftuse. lennls W Cooley aud wlle of Libon, New Hampithtre, ts Town of Berlin Is now on trtal. Tbe tetlmony and arguuif uts aro ali in and tbe charge will be made upua the coming ln of court thla morniog The plalotlff's wife. Mrs. Kinma J, Cooley, net Langley, Is the daughter of Mrs. John Voodry of this vlllage. Oa tbe 'JM of May, 1871', she aud her Uby. her mother and Mrs James Kandall of Montpelier, started ln one of Mr, B. P. Youug's team to go to lauevUle. Ju?t after they had assttd the saw-mlll of Mr. Jus tus S. Wheelock on the road, their horse bo rame frlghteneit byafrelght tralu, aud barked thetnotT the road, The platntitT clalms au lu Jurytoouoof her kueos aud seeie splnal dls turbauce. The town clalms that she ls uot at all or tllghtly lnjured that the road was la good re palraud that the plalutllT should hate looked out for the tralu, Mr. S. C Shurtletl and Judge K. D. Kaud of Mabou, N. 11., for the plalutltl; Messrs, lleatb St Carltou for thedefeadant, llUMou in tuk Stomacii. -Much of the dts tross aud slckueM Attributed ti dyspvplu, cliroulc diarrbiit aud uther i-auMtsisocvJUlouod by humor in the stomacb. beveral casos, with all the char acterlstlcs of these complaluts, bate been cured by IIikhI's harsapArllla. Other cures etTK'ted by this medkiue are so wonderful tbat the stiuplet sUtemeut oi them affunU the best proof that it comblaeti rare curative Agenta and when once used secuitH tbe coatldonoo of the people. Fragnicntf) Mr, Kditor: "Gather up the frsgmnts tbat nothing be tost,"wAsthelnJunctlon of theGalllean teacher. IIow rnany fragments uf fact, history and Inctdent, irsonal And local, arethere floatlng about whtch lt wonld be exceedlngly interestlog toreadlf they could be gathered upandputln proper form, and how valuabte to preserve. Just nowlam thtnklng of fragments reUtlng tothe glorious old liberty party, the men who composed It ln erraont, the ends for whlch thpy labored 1th suchslncerlty and and the reward which has so soon come to them, 1 need not say that mylhoughts have been Immedlately dlrccted to this matter by the recent "golng hence" of our lamented frlend Garnett, And by the alluslons which you and Brother Swalnof the Bellows Falls Timr have made to him In your paiers, I fAnnot now, of course, begln to writo a tithe of the thlngs that come to my mlnd In connection with the briof hittory of that beit and purest of all polit ical tarties, I can do no more now than to name someot our promlnent members, These were, then, our honored and long-tlme c&ndidate for governor, llon, iAwrence Ilralnerd of St. Albans, llon. Tttus Uutchinson of Wwjdntock, llon. By- land Fletcher of Cavendish, llon. W.K. Shafter of Townshend and 0car L, Shafter, hls son, llon. William M. Pingrey of Perkinsville, Colonel J, P, Mliler and Zenas Wood of Montpelier, Theron Iloward of Danville, Josejdi (lowell, V(.t of Waterville and hU Ulented son, A. Judson I low ell, Iq., of North Troy, Danlel Itoberts, Iq., rf Manchester, II. K. Thrall, Iq,, of Rutland, Kod ney V. Marsh, Fjq , and Dr. Joslah W, Uale of Brandon, Atistln Beecher of Uincsburgh, William II, Ftench of Williston, a Mr, Blgelow and C, C. Briggiof Burlington, Charles Feltou of Franklin, Colonel SamuPl Kendall of nnosburgh Falls, Al vln lt. Baker of Knosburgh Center, Captala Coni lngs And Nathan Uamlltoa of lCast Berkshire, Benjamtn Comlngs of Greensboro, Her. E. J. Comlngs of Montpelier, B. II. Fuller, Ksq., Deacon Still man Blngham and Danlel Ixtthlan of Stowe, Deacon Chandler of iUndolph, Denslow Upham of Warren. Benson Aldrich of West Topsham, M. M. Davfs of Norwich, Bela II all of Royalton, Ollver Wiocbell of Stockbridge (?), Madlson Safford of Cambridge, and many others, equally true and noblo men. 1 well remember the pleas nre that I felt ln young Davls of Norwich and Lothlan of Stowe, cultured enough Apparently to asHOclate with the most connervatlve and Intel llgent of Webster whlgs, they were,nevertbeless, Attached to the humble cratt of the little party of frcedom, and malntalned a llvely alllance with it inlts work. To" gather up all the fragments" relating to these men and their organlzed la bors ln the tnterest of liberty, would be a savory work, and not only serve the pleasure of us who survire, but would also serve the Interest of fu ture readers of history ln a stAte whose legend ts "Freedom and Unlty." Tlme Is worklng great changcs. Tlie men who were factors in the little party of forty years ago and latcr are fast pass Ing away. You And I, to whom the " field was then the world," so full of fAtrpromlses, are "old and gray headed." If nnybody shall attempt to write up the fragmentary history of eveats at the tlme of which I speak, lft IU to 1817, It U palnfully evldent lt will have to be done soon, n. v. u. Waterbury Itcnn. UUs II. A. Uale of Burlington gave an enter tainlng plauo reclul by her Waterbury daisof mushj scholars at Mr, C. E. Wyman's lastWed nesdiy evening. A duet, " Lelnates Klange," by Mlsses Chase and Itolfe, was a satlsfactory open lng number, A short selection from Schubert wassmoothly played by little Carrie Washburn, the youngest of the puplls, A difflcult s election from the opera Martha was creditabty given by Mlss Charlle Uopes, and a song, " Scotch Lassie Jean," waa pleasantly sung by Mlss Annle Chase. A waltz from Chopin was effec tlvely played by Mlss Kva Wyman. MUs Klllott showed good ex ecutlon and a vlgorous touch in tbe "Wltches' Dance," and Miss Annle Atherton gave a song with good effect. Ia other numbers, duets and solos, the young ladies acquitted themselves very merltoriously, and all were generouMy applauded, Mlss Uale could denlre no better recommendatlon for her eftlciency as a teacher than tbe perform anceof these her puplls. Iu a long andbrllliantly executed selectlon from Faust, given tn response to therequest of her guests, she diplayed, tn a most convlncing manner, tbe superior and genu ine excellence of her own musical talent, In obedience to an Imperatlve encore, she gave " Sweet Home with varlatlons by Wehli, a dlf ficult pleceof work, executed solely with the left hand. Mlss Uale has liourishlng claes Intho vtllages along the Winooski, and fully earns the high.measure of success she achieves Mrs. Kneeland hm moved her shop to the Norrii btoek. ....Ason of Albert Stone, a f.irmer on Little Itlver, last year enllsted iu the Brltlsh army, and is statloned at Liverpool. He was one of a com pany a few months since whtch was ordered to China, aud whlch wa gone forty days from their pot Kev, S. II. Wheeler is liaing a severe attack of sore throat, and although he preached Sunday mornlDg, he was unable to be preoent at the prayer-rueoting In the evenlng, whlch wa- conducted by Dftcou lUlnes Warren and Soraervllle expect twenty ur twentyfivechoppers from Canada this week to work on their Atherton lot, they having made a large contrnct with the railroad company for wood . . .The ulapboard mlll of W. K. Klllott & Co. at North Duxbury was burned to the ground Ust week, No boards were burned. Tbe mlll was an old one, and the loss Is not heavy above Insurance Having another saw mlll near by, with which to furnish themselves wlthtimber and lumber, they will soon have a much better clapboard mlll up and in operatlon, with ira proved machinery Lumbermen back on the hills report better sleddlng the last two or three weeks than at any other tlme durlng the winter Mr, Faunce, sUge drlver, last week moved hls famlly into the A. D. lUwley house. George D. Smlth has recently been promoted tothe posltlon of chlef clerk in tlie post-ofllce at St. Albani. He was here on a vlltover Sunday. J. II, May wlll remove to Richmond about April 1st. ...'Ihe wife of Willle Stewart, formerly of Waterbury, now retddlng laTexaq, has become in-ane, lt ls feared hopeIe-ly, aud has been re moved to aa asylum in that state. The death of a little chlld and ber father, lt is supposed, was tbe cause From thlrtyi1ve cents down was pald for butter on Monday, Conslderable was of fered . , .Tbe Stevenses at Bolton have a stAtton ary englne and circuUr mlll in the woods two or three miles back, right ln the thickest of the tim ber, and have cut upwardi of half a mllllon feet this winter Uenry Atherton, who recently re turned home from a voage to F.ogland, wlll thU week start for Detroit to reauine his work there. -. . ,C W. Atherton of Duxbury hai sold hls farm to Arnoid Shonlo, and bought the house and lot at the Corners owued by George Naah, Nash haa bought aSl,0U0 farm ln Morristown, ..." Gov ernor " Moody denles that he had conceived gen erous thlngs in relatiou to Improvemeots on the Methodist church. Siyshe Isable to build a new church, but that be won't. Wbereat a naughty bystander remarks that "heis able to take care of Aunt Betsey, but he won't."... Mrs. S, II. Mowell, a stster of G. W. and S. C. Uutchlas of this vlllage, dled qulte suddenly, at the age of slxty-four, ln Pittsburgb, PsnnsvlvanU. March 15. Mrs. St well was born lu Middlesex aud was for many ears a resldent of Waterbury She had a sunny dispositiou, and by her cheerful ness and pleasant humor as well as by the in nate goodnes of her heart, warruly endeared herself to all with whom she came ln contact. Northfield Items. The Rev, II. F. Hill of Montpelier preached at St Mary's church on Sunday last. The mornlng service was upon coatlrmatlon and ln the after noon the subject of the discourae was convention. The hour of evenlng service ls changed to half Iast four o'clock. . . .The Odd Fellows are to have another lodge sociible in two weeks and are maklng arrangements to celebratetheannlversary day oithe order on the '.llth of April.. ... "Tbe Pantber" was ou exhtbitton ta this vlllage on Friday and Saturday eveuiugs of lat week. It is reported that the exhlbltorgot "pretty full" on the last night of his show and left on the nigbt train wKhout paylng his hall rent. . A new tallor's shop has beeu opeued lu lUgle block by a Burlington flrin. ...Ueazer Nlchols was very e riously injured by falllng and cutting bls bead, on Saturday lasL. .. .W. F. Baker was admltted to practice At the Washington couuty bar last Siturdiv. l'cndlug tbe itluess of Frank Plumley and F lt Bates, Baker has plenty of business runnlng the ctlices of both, Succeos to him aud them.. . , .Amos Plastrtdge has sold hls Baker farm to Mrs. Mary P. Ford Mrs. Thomas Cale has sold her boue ou Water street to W, P, bherman for S.ViO.... F. K. Mecle, M.D , of this town, a rtcent graduate of the Chicago llomai p athlcmedicalcollege, is soon to lorate atGaysvtlla, . ..Mrs. Kdwiu Austinof Gouldville has Jut re celted a check from the IHna llfe insurance company ln discharge of a a licy of Insurance on the llle of her husband, who dled list fall Dr, J Bradley Smlth of this town has recently tteen taken to tbe insane asylum at Brattleboro, , Tbe ladies of the Uuiversaiut soclety wlll have a mas querade, antiquarUa and fancy dress party at (Joucert hall ou 1-riday eveulog of next week. , . , Ihe following resolutloa was iasied at the town intxtlng held on the 7th o( March " lietolved, 'lhat from tbli date no bltls agalnst the town of any klud shall be adjustud or allowed by elther the stilectmeu, overseer or Audiuirs unloss the same shall be presented la detall, glvlng dates and items, and the audltors are dlrected to prlut sald bltls, as presented aud allowed, lu the an nual reports of the se eral town otlhers." A com uilttee uonlstlug of II Carpeuter, A. D. Metcalt aud James N. Johnion was Appoluted to investl gate the reports of the seerai town offlcer and mort at a subsequent tuwn meetiug, and the sald town moetlng was adjourned to the 'Jlst day of March, atono o'clock r m, Ou Tuesday, the iMnt, at oue o'clock r. town meetiug wa held iu pumutnce of the abote adjournuieut at the tcw n hall, to llsten to tlie report of the abo e mea tloued committee, aud to trauitAct other buplnea. 1-rauclsJ, Wrlghtwas eleitod cousUble and col lector of taxes, aud J, C Gatlup was elvcted iUter. 'Ihe investlgatlug committee made a par tlal report, showing irregularlties outbe part of olllcers aud uiauy TmpentK.tlous aud blunders ia themaklug upof the town report j and thetowa vuted to reuuiuuiit the sald reports to tbe audUora aud selei-tmvu, with dlnctious tu furuUli the town a currecttHl and cor rev t report of iheirdo ings the utst year, aud tlie lueetiug was adjourned to the 15th day ol Aprll, at oue u'clurk l m, Tiikmk Is hardly aa Adult person living but Is soiuuiime troubled wlUi kiduey dUMcully, which bt the uiust prollrie and dangerous cauve of all dbease, Thtre ls no sort o( ueed to have any form of kldney or urioary trouble lf IIop Uluera are taken oocasloually.