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pa- IMrJ - u 1 J ? 1 i I? E ' i 4 J I ! II ' l ? i' ' V , i. ijnimm'i ii iii K s t 4 ' -J 4 THE BEE. WURLTSHED EVERY SATURDAY AT 1107 I STREET, N. W., WASHINGTON, D. 0. W. 0. CHASE, Editor and Proprietor. C. 0. STEWART, Business Manager. (Entered at tlio Poatoffice at Washington, D. D., us soeond-claes matter. BUBSCHirXION bates: G months 100 50 20 5 S f Single copies, ADVEimSIJHJ sates: Ono inch, one month $100 12 00 20 00 40 00 10 00 25 00 S5 00 75 00 -nr-cui. mx " jc - t t r? si rr 8 " i i' .-&' .-. 11 mh." "5 r Ail unch one year .J alien i Vfc"l. hA ccL . I cl. Special notices, 50 cents each. Ten lines constitute an inch. , AilfcommnnicauoiH percainiBg to business must be ftddteesed to the Bueiaess Manager,. Matter for publication and on private bisinose must-be addressed to the Editor and Proprie tor. In conjunction with the Bee, the mana gers havo established a News Bureau of the KJolored PresB. Wo are prepared to furnish I'fosraphicB, special correspondence and news noma at a reasonable price. The object of iho bureau is to farniBh colored journals with srocial Washington letters when they have no special correspondents. We have some of the boat writers in the country connected with the bureau, which will enable ua to f urniah truth ful, ppicy and concise correspondence. Give the News Bureau a call. The Bee would like to know If the lhandsomc doctor can tell us anything about Mrs. Burley. Perhaps the Bee can inform him if he is ignorant of the subject. Mr. P. call at the Bee office We have some honey for the Doctor. Next week wo shall make a review of Mr. "William's history of the negro race of America, we shall show the grois errors made by Mr. "Williams, andtfJhc if also position in which he en deavored to place other men. The Boston Leader has challenged the Bee wlhieh has been accepted. "We would like to know if the prin cipal of the high school, Miss Patterson, retains her position on any recommen dation of Superintendent, Geo. F. T. Cook. "We believe not, and the sooner a change is made in that department of Dhe public school the better it will be for the success of our schools. The speech of Dr. Laws was a mas terly production of oratory. In his remarks, he paid a high tribute to editor Chase of the Bee, which was indorsed by tumultuous applause. Thus closed the most successful cele bration that has been held in the Dis trict of Columbia for many years, with satisfaction to all parties. Boston Leader. CJP33 DOUGLASS' GREAT SPEECH. Ten thousand copies of Hon. Fred. Douglass' great Emancipation speech lhas been printed in pamphlet form. The many thousand people who failed to hear this distinguished orator, ran -.. ui opportunity ol reading his speech by sending one dollar for ten copies at ten cents per copy. Address oiScc of the Bee, 1107 1 Street, X. "W. Lieut. Howard L. Smith, editor-in-chief of the Boston Leader, has re signed his city editorship of the Bos ion Evening Star, to attend more directly to his own paper which is now running successfully. Lieut. Smith expects at an early date to leave Bos ton for an extended tour, and will pro bably be in this city in May or June, where hismumerous old friends will be glad to see him. The well-known journalist is deeply grieved at loosing a brilliant little boy and girl and the aQliction causes him to take this re creation trip. Dr. D. H. "WILLIAMS. The Daily Recorder, a paper pub lished in Wisconsin, pays a handsome tribute to Dr. D. II. Williams,the broth er of Miss Florence M.Williams of Annapolis Mil, and Mrs. Ida Cornell of Georgetown: The Recorder says that iDr. Willamshas opened an office in the Garden city. For live years Dr. D. II. "Williams was in the office of Dr. II. iPalmer, who took an interest in the yoltng man's welfare and to day a successful future is predicted. Dan. you have the best wishes of the Bee and your loving mother, sisters and brother. If you were this way we might spare you a sting from which you could realize some .honey. Axv reooir fe)an. If Commissioner J. 11. West has an' " idea of going to the next Republican convention from this city, we take jthis pleasant opportunity of informing iliim that he will be sadly left. What ever bargain has been made by any party or faction, that party or faction 'icannot control the people of this city. frBefore we endorse a man we would like to know whether h"e diserves the en- " dorsement. We have no fault to find with Commissioner Edmonds. The Presi dent appointed Mr. Edmonds and no doubt it is a wise appointment. We claim that,-in the absense of the right of suf- firage in the District, the Democrats are fentiitledlto a representative on the board ht 'Commissioners. Mr. West is too in mh of a pretender for the Bee. We want more work nnd less talk; we want fire and less smoke; that is, we want to see a beautiful blaza, as it is tfiow it is all smoke, and no light, that sis so far as Mr. West is concerned. Mr. West, we advise you to cancel the 'bargain that you have entered into to igo to the next convention. Take a iirlenly warning, because just as sure A? ,nstwo jand two are, f cur you will be I Jit Mr. West, you will be left, llf THE COLORED TJSTOX SOLDIER! SHALL THERE BE A MONUMENT? S The Southern whites in the late un pleasantness fought nobly and coura geously in defense of what they believed to be right. Notwithstanding they were whipped, they never ceased to praise the valor of their sacred dead, and to erect monuments in their honor. O! ingratitude and shame upon the colored people of the United States, who show such a little appreciation for the valor of negro soldiers who "died for the preservation of the Union. Have our people forgotten so soon the little unpleasantness that existed some time ago? Pause, and for a moment trudge the old Jerusalem plank road without the -city limits, beyond old IJlandford 'church and there we will call to vour remembrance the crater where the -black heroes marched into the jaws of death. "We will show you the soil over which the blood of the ' noble brave was scattered. Thai battle in which the negroes manifested their patriotism and undying love for their country, that they marched for ward onlv to embrace death. Let us erect a monument in honor to tho black heroes, who leaped over "the fortification with their muskets in our defense and suf fered their bodies as it were to become breastworks, while pouring 'out their Mood most freely and willingly for our redemption from bondage. Lancet, Pdtersburg, Ya. Last season the Bethel Historical Association, of this city, appointed , a committee of ex-soldiers and citizens, consisting of Lewis II. Douglass, Geo. M. Arnold, Rev. II. "Waring and M. M. Holland and J. "W. Crommell, Bishop J. M. Brown and Prof. Storwin, for the purpose of taking into consideration the matter of erecting a monument in the national capital to the memory of the colored soldiers that fell during the war for the union. The work of pre paring business has been left with a sub-committee, and a report will be made this Fall just before the assem bling of Congress. This much can be said now, th?t the gentlemen named have assurances that it will be possible to obtain an amount of money sufficient for all purposes from Congress, out of the unclaimed money due colored soldiers. The thing that is mostly desired is a hearty concurrence on the part of both citizens and ex-soldiers, and such names as will afford an amount of confidence that will keep down anything like cavel or doubt or suspicion. It is hoped that by 1886 the monument will be among the fixed things in "Washington. X. ROBERT LLNCOLX 1SS4. a? vanity on the part of the Dcm- party to presume that the Re- an party will be defeated in the next presidential election. It is true that the Republican party has become injured by its party managers, but to say that the Regublican party has car ried out its mission and that the su premacy of tho Democratic party is certain is too artificial in the eyes of the Amerisan people. We don't mean to say that the Republican party can not be defeated by its party managers, because if there is nothing done for the colored man, it will be a sure de feat. While things may look gloomy, there is a man who can save us and thus establish Republican supremacy. The salvation of the Republic and the perpetuator of the Republican party depends a great deal upon the nom inee of our party if we believe that the perpetuator of the honor and the Republican party can be assured if Hon. Robert T. Lincoln the present secretary of war is the nominee of. the the Republican party. We therefore nominate as our choice for the next Republican presidenlal candidate. Hon. Robert T. Lincoln, the son of Abraham Lincoln the late martyred prosidenl.of Illinois. The name of Lin coln will go down to posterity as the preserver of the Republic and the sal vatior of the Republican party. JUSTICE. Mr. Mun ford's trial has been post poned till July. For the- sake of justice it is a fortunate thing that the iurv. which was composed of men almost wholly of one political party, should have been discharged, and we earnestly trust that the jury which is to succeed it will consist of a fairer proportion of members of the two opposing political organizations. We hope, moreover, that "conversa tions" with jurymen will be considered out of order, and that no one will ever try to secure a place on the jury who is filled with the spirit of revenge and is desirous of punishing his political op nents. Fiat justicia mat coeJeum! Thc State, Richmond, Va. The State awhile back did not con sider it unfair to have twelve out spoken well-known Democrats try Republicans, or set on the cases of persons who were not of Democratic persuasion, now the jury matters in the State have been changed, and yet I the grumble comes up from the fact that the State and its kind no longer control the courts and the juries., and the general belief with the funders seems to be that their sins will be brought to light. w ia wK 4JW r l. - p'fiSf r zm Jf wm BRICKS WITHOUT STRAWS. William Givin, Augustine Savoy, John S. Butler and Henry "flj. Freeman, employes of the State Department during the administration of Secretary Fish, state that Mr. Fish never employ ed a government employe at his house during department hours, and never at any time without paying him tho full price usually paid to persons not in' government employment for such ser vices. Daily Post April 11. Well, gentlemen your statement is a very hefty contribution to. American current literature. You arelgreat men. You deserve better placesjoinder our government than you have now. It is a pity that vou cannot be promoted from the "bone polishing'' to the dip-' lomatic department. Then truly you would be in your sphere. However much your card enlightens fifty million of people, you will pardon us for saying that it is indeed a gratuitous contribu tion. No one charged Mr. Fish, as an individual, with doing these things. But what of the practice under any form you may place it ? It is wrong in the abstract, as well as in the concrete, the principle itself is wrong. . No official will have the same respect and regard for those employed by" the same government as himself, whom he can employ to do his private, domestic and menial work, as he must have for those that will not do it. It is not a ques tion of whether you get paid for what you do or not, it is a question of prin ciple, and that is what we are contend ing for. "Why not let these officials hire servants outside of the department." It is not right for department em ployes to create a monopoly among themselves to do private work for offi cials, and thus deprive those on the outside from earning a livelihood. It does not look well to see messengers, watchmen, laborers, clerks and so on, acting as boot-blacks, coal lifters, car pet beaters or in any way doing "lackey" work at the private residences of officials; it does not dignify them the least, and besides, it has a tendency to create a bob-tail aristocracy, .and this we do not want to encourage. SOME QUESTIONS SOME AN- SWERS. When the starving Union soldier needed a friend in order to get bread when languishing in his prison pen, who did he find to be that friend? The loyal and devoted colored people men and women of the South. When the Union soldier escaped from the prison hells of the Confederacy to whom did he look When thirsty for a drink, when in hunger for food, when in danger of being overtaken by the hounds, or of recapture by his pursu ers? The slaves of the plantation were me uniy ones he daredto go to or speak with. When tho Union cause was in need of friends and friendly counsel in whom did Union commanders, both army and navy confide? THE FltEElJMAN. Who gave the Union army when it was weak and needy two hundred thousanad able bodiod stout hearted patriotic defenders to help recruit the depleitted ranks? The faith ful allies of the South. What people is it that havo lateral ly walked into the jaws of death in support of the Union and Republican prnciples since 1866? The colored voters of the United States. What class is it that have witnessed the cru el murder of over ten thousand of their number since 1S65, by the Democratic party for political purposes, and not once heard of a bill of indictment against a murderer? The colored race. What political class is it that not withstanding their devotion to the Union cause during the war, to the Republican party since, have been re moved back ulmost to servitude by the managers of the organization and now treated like serfs more than as men, and who do not propose to let those managers longer do so? The colored American voter. THE CONVENTION. The colored press throughout the country are kicking against the con vention being held in this city. If they could give sufficient reason for, it perhaps the committee would adhere to them; but as the opposers have made crazy people's argument, the committee proposes to hold tho con vention in tliis city. Their foolish arguments are these: The government officials will buy up the convention; it will be controlled by department clerks now having the colored press sense enough to know that the people have it in their power to send other than department clerks to the conven tion, and don't the colored press know that it is in the power of the people to send men who cannot bo bought by Uncle Sam. The committee proposes to hold the convention in Washigton, so that settles it. The call will be is sued next week. We want Mr.Folger to understand the rebuke he received in New York by the Repnblican party is a signal of a similar one in 1884 if'he and the ad ministration continues to mistreat the negro. The name of Blanch R. Brucn is in eveIT mind of the negro. He is honored and respected. Senator Bruce is a friend of R0S20 Conkl'ng and the pres ent administration and want the ad ministration to understand that six million of people are represented by Hon. Blanch R. Bruce. Please read this and understand what we mean Mr. Folger. OUR' PHILADELPHIA "LETTER. THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS MB. W. F. POWELL, MADE PBINOIPAl OF ALL THE SCHOOLS BRUCE, DOUGLASS AND OTHERS COMPLIMENTED. Philadelphia, Pa., April 22. Thinking that tho columns of your paper would be more than filled with the events incident to the celebration of a day, that has brought to us liberty and an acknowledgement of the deep injustice that has been wrought upon us for years, prevented me from send ing my usual letter, thus I make an apology for what might appear is a dereliction of duty. Th,o past week has brought the usual complement of parties'and balls, though the season wanes and theearth has put on her mantle of green; there seems to be no nd to those amusements that we .usually look for during colder weather. 'On Tuesday evening the old reliable club gave their tenth annual re-union, its point of numbers it might be term ed a failure, this is one of the oldest organizations. in the State, and hereto fore has drawn large crowds to its re ceptions from all parts of the State. On Thursday, Friendship Lodge No. 888 G. U. of 0. F., gave a promenade concert. This was well attended; t n the same evening a testimonial and recep tion to John H. Miles, by the members of the Philadelphia Band, at the Assem bly Buildings, the music was grand, but the members did not make it what they hoped they would; the same even ing a complimentary reception was tendered by tho Sir Knights to the officers and members of the - United Grand Gommandary of Knight Tern plars of Pennsylvania, this was also a lina icial failure. Sir Knights Master, Witon, Minor, Burrill, Charles II. Ed wards and others, made herculean efforts to make it a success, but the crowd that was expected was conspi cuous in its absence, besides those named above there were several oliicro of minor importance, thus do we iipend our money among the pleasure of the future, will be the reception of the Gray Invincibles,P.N. G. on May 10th, and the recepiion of the M. W. Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania of F. A. A. M. at Horticultural Hall, May 24th, com memorative of the Union lately consu mated in the craft; there is to be a day parade in which representatives from the various Grand Lodges will be repre sented, among which will be that of the DistrictDf Columbia, both of these will no doubt be a success, The various literary associations have held their usual weekly meetings, and have been well attended by those thirsting after knowledge, The Macedonian Of Camden, particularly so, the essay of Mrs. Bond, being the best tlie avssocia tion has been favored; Miss J. Stevens favored the audience with a poetic selection, this lady will be a good reader, but she lacks nerve and prac tice. ' The subjects for debate were selected; the first, will this association be a benefit to its members? affirmative Mr. A. C. Stevens, negative, Mrs. Bond. Mr. Stevens portrayed the benefits that would accrue from it, by educating the communityto" a higher aim in life, causing them to read and think more, thus receiving indirectly an education which they would not otherwise get. Mrs. Bond neatly parried all the argu ments thatfher opponent advanced, so that when she was through one could juct: Hits the elective frahchase been a benefit to Us as a race? The parties to whom it was assigned, failed to res pond. Messrs M. Roberson and T. Brown, threw their gauntlets in the oratorical arena and presented an argument almost unanswerable. Mr. Roberson brieily and graphically showed to his hearers what benefits had accrued to us, that it had given us a Bruce to be our Register of all Uncle Sams bonds artd national cur rency; a Douglass as Marshall of the District, and such men in Congress, as Elliott, Kane, O'Hara. Small and others; it had given us such papers as the Bee, Recorder; Globe and Advocate, and last but not least, that we were now men where we once were chattels. Messrs. Darr and Stevens took up the gaunt let and in argument equally as con vincing controverted all that had been previously srtid. The first named gentlemen showed the thousands of lives that had been sacrificed, which were far more precious than that which the ballot had or could give, that the ballot had been the means of debasing us more than elevating, and cited the number of men that could be bought to vote any ticket, from a glass of rum to a dollar. I have not the space to mention the many good thing3 that were said. Prof. Hollingswortlffavored the association with some fine selec tions on the organ. Mr. W. T. Powell, the principal of Mt. Yernon School, has been made supervising principal of all the colored schools in the city of Camden. For the benefit of your readers in this section, we would like to have you publish the call in full for the national convention, called to meet in your city next September. Occasional. " A LETTER OF THANKS. Washington, D. ft, April 25, 1883. W. Calvin Chase, Esq., Editor of the Bee: Dear Sir : I am constrained by a sense of duty to write and tender you my heart felt thanks for the untiring interest that you demonstrated in the late Emancipation Celebration, to make it a success. As secretary of the com mittee on speakers and secretary of the sub-committee of the committee of ar rangements, you proved yourself equal to all emergencies, we are proud, sir, that the District of Columbia has pro duced a noble son of which her citizens are proud, and one whom we shall honor and support whilesir, you have had the opposition of the great and powerful, you still remain our galliant son Chase. I know, sir, that I sneak not only the sentiments of the commit tee, but the sentiments of many thou sand people in the District of Columbia. We are proudbf you because you are not ashame of the Plebian born, although you are of a partisan birth when 1 say we. I mean the people of this great city, with many thanks for your labor, I remain, Yery respectfully, JOHN W. FREE3IAN, Chairm'n of the Coin, of Arrangem'ts. With our kindest regards, for your very llattering letter, Mr. Freeman, and assuring you that we shall ever re member its contents and consider them as your honest sentiments, we remain yours, The Editor. tseSTts mS. leeInance's Mt TER PUBLISHED?, t m- $5 BY REQUEST TO CORRECT TERRORS THIS IS HIS LETTER "VERBATIM, EKLITERATIN, ET. PUNTUCATIM. In our last issue we published a let ter from Mr. Lee Nance in reply to some strictures made on him .in a pre vious issue, in which he states were several errors : The following is a reproduced from said letter by his request : Again, have 1 "done any thing of account in the interest of the people of the minority race?" Perhaps I have and perhaps I have not. Whether I have or not I emphatically declare that I have wanted to and have sincerely tried to. To prove this I would need only to sub mit here a few letters, which I have lately written to and received from men of high character and large capa city in every part of the Union. But I submit only one of such : House of Representatites,U.S., Washington, March 24, 1883. Mr. Lee Nance, Washington, D. C. My Young Friend: Besides hearing read I have read your paper on the industrial and political position of cur citizens of African decent. It shows throughout careful thought and study and its earnestness gives promise of your future usefulness wl ich I hope to see realized. I especially commend your firm and correct statements that your people are now a very important and honorable part of the working people of our country ; that they must continue to be so for all time, to come and ought, therefore, to have that respect among the great producing classes, whence comes our wealth and that fair share of the profits of production to which their honest and law abiding character entitle them. These are strong points great truths which must be under stood and acted upon in order to give this meritorious minority political in dependence, and the fraternal stand ing they may justly expect among their brethren of the producing classes of the majority race. Let them organize for this purpose and learn most effectively to do their duty as voters and they will advance rapidly and surely. If you can dedicate yourself to this work you will deserve well of your race and country. " All your people are now learning to do their duty as voters, and if they adopt theso principles, and organize to act independently upon them, they will soon command the confidence and re spect of the whole people of the United States, United with brethren of the pro ducing classes, they will help soon to secure diminished taxation and in creased economy in the government. Your friend. W. S. Rosecrans. A few words more necessary to ex plain some things, and I am done. The paper referred to in tho fore going submitted letter was read, on the night of December 30, 1882, before sev eral of the prominent members of the then existing Congress. I hoped to have them forcibly understand these facts, among others : that the fast growing population of the United orates mis a composlclon of ta prin cipally distinct races of people ; one of the two races (styled, respectively, the "majority" and the "minority") was less fortunate than the other in most every observable and mentionable instance of American life in which both figured ; there were laws upon the statutes which viciously and mbn- stnously discriminated against the great masses or the people or the minority race in favor of certain, par ticular elements oi the majority race ; and, that the dictates of every sem blance of reason, of right, and of truth demanded their entire repeal, if not revision or something of a satisfactory basis, at once. Such, was a venture of mine, and only mine, December 30, 1882. Now, if I succeeded, even in it alone, have I not, since I have been in Washington, "done something of ac count in the interest of the minority race of people" ? CONGRATULATIONS. To W. Calvin Chase, Esq., editor of the Bee : The following clubs in meeting as sembled, tender to you a vote of thanks for the interest you manifested in the late Emancipation celebration : The 15th Districts Invinciable So cial Citib No. 1, Abner Jones, Presi dent; Ethiopian Social Club, No. 1, "Win. Ilarris, President ; Costimatic Social Club, No. 1, John Banks, Presi dent ; Gay Heart Social Club, No. 1, Wm. Freeman, President ; Arthur Social Clubj No. 1, Chas. Johnson, President. Also the lady members of the Aux iliary Club, who participated in the Emancipation celebration : From the Invinciable. Miss Rose Clark ; from the Ethiopian, Miss Sallie Coleman ; from the Costimatic, Miss Anna Budd and Lucy Yile ; from the Gay Heart, Miss Sarah Taylor and Nannie Hawkin ; from the Arthur, Miss Sarah Smith and Fannie ITalmin ton; from the 15th District, Miss Emma Johnson and Miss Ilattie Young. A STABLE SENATOR ON ' HIS MUSCLE. Senator Henry Demas had a fine op portunity of displaying his physical capacities Tuesday morning last, equal to his knowledge of parlimentary rules. The "Whisper had landed some freight for him and laid it in a pool of water, when the Senator rode to the spot and asked, the clerk why he had not put his wares on a dry spot. The clerk told him to go to h .The Sentor did not appreciate the invitation, and promptly dismounting his steed, a'ssumed a bel licose attitude, when the clerk struck him on the nose with his. freight book. But no sooner was the .blow inflicted than the clerk was laid flat down in thodirt by a powerful senatorial fist blow. 'Another clerk of the boat ran to the assistance of his comrade, but sad was his fate. Another heavy blow from the Senator made 'him take a plunge in the river. Convinced of their physical inferiority to the Sena tor, the clerks moved to a safe distance from him. Pistol shots were fired but nobody hurt. DR. LAWS. As your speech has created quite a Ltalk, and among other things, the question of your political position was every extensively tuscusseu, win you give us a word as to your political po sition ? Well, yes ; my political position is as old as citizenship. I am a staunch Republican, but a consistent one, that is. I have never nor will I ever allow m'v political alliances with any po litical party control me beyond the ob ligations to, or the interest of my race. Well, Dr. Laws, they charge you with being very bitter on the- color line, how-do you stamTon that ques tion? " '' I am as square a man as ever lived, -and as free from prejudice. I like the white race, because it is a race of uniform complexion-; and, hence, a race which presents a beau tiful appearance, and I love all com plexions of our race, because they are a part of me. In a word, I will say, when the day COines, that the larents of our beau- tif ul ycun ladies and gentlemen can iiiui ycung laaies ana gentlemen uuii feci satisfied, that thev are not educa - ling uitti cuuureu as tiiry u; au mu greatest expense and family inconvc- S"-""" '"'M nienees for mere servants for the white race when a uniform sentiment of all complexions of this race prevail, so that all can see the necessity of the one interest of all complexions of the colored against repeated proscriptions of the wites when the great political party, to which wo belong, cease to promise every thing and give nothing when the national administration con- sents to concede what the law provides, and the Congress enforce these acts by approximate legislation, my light will cease. OUR YOUNG SOLANS. The following case was discussed by the law class debating society of IIow ard University, on Saturday evening, 21st inst. "George and Frances Schaeffer, hus band and wife, took out a policy of insurance on their joint lives, payable on the death of cither to the survivor. After the issuing of the policy they were divorced. Both remarried, then George Schaeffer died and his former wife, Frances, brought suit on the policy. At the trial defendant offered in evi dence communications made by Mrs. Schaeffer to her solicitor when she nntilwirl Fit. Tti'AMA iftsrAftfiMf i"rirt ir - 1 Tf ci v 1 1 n. physical condition of her husband, the nirl nonrr Sr-hnofFnr Tn thU nln.n. tiff objected and tho court sustained objection. The judge, interalia, in structed the jury that the policy was not vitiated because of the divorce and the alleged cessation of insurable inter est resulting therefrom. To which the defendant excepted and took the cause to the Supreme Court of the United States by writ of error." Was the court below right in its ruling? The plaintiff was represented by Messrs. Alfred Lind, Iv. M. Brown and Mr. Moffet, the defendant bv Messrs. L. O. Posey, Jesse Lawson and Jno. T. Brown. The arguments were ably presented on either side, and many leading cases and high authorities on the 'subject of insurance werecited, after which the Judge rendered and nble and lengthy decision in favor of the plaintiff. COMPETITIYE DRILL. Our wide awake young friends, the "Washington Cadet Corps, propose to celebrate their third anniversary in June next, on a grander scale than ever before. They have accordingly issued invitations to the colored militia of the adjoining State of Pennsylva nia, Maryland and Virginia, to mett in friendly contest on the 18th of June, 1883, in a competitive drill at the new Athletic Park Grounds. Offering as prizes 250 cash, and a championship cup of silver to cost $100. They de sire if possible to raise the first prize to $500 by subscriptions, and we have no doubt but that this amount can be easily raised, unquestionably it should, in order to make so much more of an inducement to the celebrated organi zations that have been invited to accept of the same. "We bespeak for the gallant and enterprising Corps, the earnest support of our people and as sure them of our own. Superstitions About fats. The question Avhy the chariot of Freyja was drawn by cats, and why Holda was attended by maidens riding on cats or themselves disguised iu fel'ne form, is easily solved. Like the lynx and tneowl of Pallas Athens, the cai owes its celestial honors above all to its eyes, that gleam in the dark like fire ; but the belief in its supernatural powers may very probably have beeo corroborate I by the common observa tion that the cat, like the stormy boar, is a weaJier-wise animal. Pigs, as everybody knows, see the wind; in "Westphalia thpy smell it. Good weather may usually be expected when the cat washes herself, but bad when she licks her coat against the grain, or washes her face over her car. or sits with her 1. -1 i ' r. ydii io iu3 nre. m uermanv if it rains when women have washing on hand, it is a sign that the cats have a spite against them, bccau.se they have not treated the animate well. An onemy to cats may reckon upon it that he will be carried to his gra e iu wind and rain; aridtfn Holland, if the weather is rainy on a wedding day, the saying is that the bride has neglected to feed the cat. English sailors do not much like to see cats on board ship, but at least of all do they like to see them unusually frisky, for then they say "she has a gale of wind in her tail." An infallible recipe for raising a storm is to throw a cat over board. The presence of a dead hare, on board is alsc said to bring bad weather. A statistical report on suicid's in Russia has been issued. It appears that some 2,000 persons in each year insike away with themselves. During the last five years 7,710 cases have been registered. Suiciub in the Russian arrhyasin that of Germany, has been on the increase during the last few years. The Beriin postofike adopts the dangerous practice of sending an agent around to, pay mon.y orders. Asa result one carrying '$7,000 ha3 been robbed and murdered. " THE NEWS. The Parliament building at On , been burned, and with it a n5r naif of tho library was saved. Th ry' of the Duiioing, containing the J 7 rooms, is alone saved, thonrK m.k The insurance amounts to 76,000 fa3ei eminent will not rebuild, as a contra ! awarded a few weeks ago for the orS- anowstonehonse on Grand All f nearly $200,OCO. ' to ci Forty-eight cities and towns 'mw have voted upon the liquor questiil " balloting for municipal officers T h declared for prohibition or anti 7 thirty-one declared for license, six of were for high license, and four towns! the saloon question and voted on f political issues. stRi. Considerable excitement was M, 4 Ashland, Pa., by the ,ttlin of tS a' over one of tho gangway of the tunnT lierv. which it fp ,t , , annel : of houses in that vicinitv tn ;..?. .. .w wulim vurs . , . ... ". uneof uuiuud Degau to settle and h ,i., honce3 began to settle and has disac entirolv. -Pii Between two and three nandrod qnranehes in the panhindlef Texas) d are on strike for an increase off- l3.-ict, are on striKe ior an incroase of fro j 50 per month and board Th m . weuarmeuanutnreatentokillanvn employed, also to fire the rnr03 97ma a am the ranches and as general trouble. TTrt- "Ufi Some 800 "assisted" Irish em, has arrived at Boston by the Samarn v were in good health. The Canard Urn I booked as many steerage passengers ajh I vessels can bring in three months! ThM.' line ha3 a special arrangement ., ,"""' British Aid to Irish Emigration Assocuti to stop atSligo and other ports in the v) irmuuu mr mis muss oi passenger Kate Kane, the only woman lawyer r in V wanKee, tnrew a glass ot water m the f .Ci -Judge Mallory, in the Criminal Court, a- was fined f)0. She claims the Jad t suited her, but will not say how. Shereh j to pay the fine, and will go to jail friends interfere. Mrs. W. J. Stephens, wife of the prh , judge of Missoula county, M. T., shot aU killeda man namedSmith, whowasittt ing to enter her room through the wujJt. Her husband was away from home attb time. John Lilly has obtained a verdict of X1' damages against the New York Central Re road Company for the loss of his less. Middle and Southern News, President Arthur has formally accepted invitation to attend the 114th annual I quetofihe Chamber of Commerce off. State of New York, to come off at Delmo ico's on the Sth of May. Several member-' the cabinet will also be present, and dist 1 guished cuests from both parties rrrsp- r , . ' 14UUl ' rrt,- "g diverse V1CWS On the tariff mJ 0 questions, are expected to be present a;: respond to toasts. The Scott bill has became a law u - k It taxes each liquor dealer in the Stato $n, per year. Those sellini; ojly beer and r pay 100. The Irish convention to be heV in Piu. delphia April 25 and2G will not be postpoi .; on Mr. "Purnell's account. The Supreme Court of Appeals of Yrpaa rendered a decision in the case ot tl e Med cal College of Virginia. This is the casern which the Governor removed the old loari of visitors of that institution and apromted a new board. The court is of theunaninra I op"011 ttat fte. Governor had the right o fill the vacancies that might occur ail a old board, iut that he had no nght tocreato vacancies by removal in order to Sll thtz.. Tho coUege remains under the" manag'"n:,:l The stockholders of the Mutual Imca Telegraph Company have met in New YerL and ratified the lease of the lines of that company to the "Western Union Telegraph Company. There were represented by the owners in person or by proxy D6,340 shares of stock, and the vote in favor of ratificatrn was unimous. In vie of reported restlessness amon; several of ihe Indian tribes, the War Depart meat is making preparations to suppress an? outbrake that may occur. Seven hundredre cruits are already on their way to vanoa regiments in the Department of the Colum bia, New Mexico, Arizona and the India? Territory. There has been a disastrous flood at Yahn hia, Mexico. The river rose so rapidly tii ' the people could not escape. Six rrr-cu' were drowned, and much valuable picr'j and stock were swept away. In the United States Court at Nc vi'- v government obtained a Vdict of SlOV1" against tho bondsmen C Gen. Steilimn who was collector of thnt port in K-7. T a loss sustained is represented to be Vj), The Pennsylvania Senate has pveli bi.I making general election day a legal holidc also a bill preventing the consolidation of competing pipe Iino3 for the transportatus of oil. Tho Fitzhugh Ieveo, five miles bffj" Helena, Ark., gave way onWedne-diy nyb'. and the water is pouring through a creTi? two hundred yards in width. Fire in House & Davidson's flouring mill. at Cleveland, entailed a loss of 40,000. The insurance i3 70,000. A fire at Hawkins Valley, Ga., destroyed eighteen business tenses. Loss $1,000. At New Orleans the stores of Boisseaol Martinez, hats; Levi Loeby, Schener &di wholesale dry goods, and Hansel & Co., sad cilery, were burned. TheIos3 w etim.,fi at 200,000; fully insured. A fire at Aurelia, Iowa, sixty mi Its wet ' this city, destroyed twenty-five bnsine buildings. The loss is estimated at be'we.2 90,000 and $100,000. Almost the enlir1 business part of the town is in ashes. The failure of Messrs. Thomas H.Paul Son's, proprietors of the new locomotiV3 works in Baltia o e has been announced. A storm swept over Chattanooga, Tenn , Sunday which did considerable damage W property. Ex-Senator Kellogg was admitted to bail in 10,000 to an wer the indictment of con spiracy and bribery. At Catawissa, Pa., the large paper mi'? owned and operated by McCready & Co., ol Philadelphia, were burned; loss $73,QW. At Texarkana, Ark., H. S. Matthew' Lim ber mill has been burned; loss eAiuin'.'.i "' 200,000. Foreign News. London. April 18.-Daniel Cnrlej found guilty of conspiracy in tho Ttf Park murders at Dublin yesterday, ana sentenced to be hanged Mny 18. A box said to contain explosives m Tuesday night alongside of the Cathedral Salisbnry. Tho edifice is now guarded police --t has Louise Michel, theFrench Communis been committed for trial. . A recent fire at Kataw-Iwanosboi, m sia. destroyed five hundred dweHuig : nous Norddeu ische Zeilung thinks if the m archy is restored in France the latter try will make war on Germany. The French gunboats Vipor and W bsen ordered to Tonouin. I i4.