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SALISBURY, CONN. Friday Morningr, Dec. 1st, 1871. Steamboat Disaster near New Lon- dan. Norwich, Not. 22. Steamer "City of New Loudon," Capt. Brown, of the Nor wloh and New York line, took fire this morning on the River Thames, about five miles below this city, about half-past four o'clock. Flames were first discovered Issuing from one of the ventilators. The Captain was on deck who ordered the boat anchored and immediately set to work to extinguish the flames and after a short time, efforts were apparently successful, and a rigid examination discovered no traces of fire, the anchor was taken, and the boat proceeded up the river. When about three miles below this city, and abreast the mouth of the Poquoctannock cove, the fire was discovered in the cotton on the deck. The donkey pumps were started and the Captain and engineer aided by the crew, in less than one minute had three streams on the fire. Despite all ex ertions the. fire spread with great rapidity and soon enveloped the forward part of the boat and the Captain seeing the efforts to extinguish the fire ordered the boat beached but the engineer could not stall the engine. The donkey pumps were however still kept at work until the engin eer notified the Captain that lie feared an explosion of the boilers in which event all would be lost. The spread of the fiames had by this time cut off all communica tion with boats and rendered the life pre servers inaccessable. The passengers and crew then threw themselves into the water, clinging to such portions of the cargo and boat as had fallen overboard. Those who were able to swim had not much difficulty in reach ing shore, except the- chilling temperature of the water. Some were picked up by boats from floating pieces of cargo in an exhausted condition and taken to the farm houses in the vicinity where they were cared for and resuscitated. Some half-dozen of the crew and pas sengers are still missing and it Is feared are lost, among whom is C. B. Rogers, a well known manufacturer of this city. One of our reporters just from the wreck reports her lying about fifty to seventy-five feet from the river's .bank with bow down stream, still burning fiercely with no hope of saving anything of consequence. Every thing above her deck is already consumed. A train with a fire engine was taken down from the city but was too late to be of service. She has drifted down stream and to leeward about a quarter of a mile below Walden's Island where she was abandoned by her crew and lies fast aground just below Poquoetannock Cove. Trains are hourly running down and a vigilant search is being made for the missing men. The City of New London was a first class boat and had a large cargo on board. THIBTBXN LIVES LOST. The loss of life by the disaster is greater than at first supposed. The passengers were only seven in number, - but of these Vm. T. Norton of the firm of Norton Brothers, C- B. Rogers of the firm of C. B. Rogers & Co., and Harrison R. Aldrich all of Norwich were lost. The officers and deck hands known to be lost are Wm. P. Ely of Hamburg, Conn., second mate; M. VV. Baker qf , Norwich, engineer; Henry Dugan of New London, steward; Webster Coopef of New York,' second cook; Frank Flowers, residence unknown, a waiter; Warren Mitchell oiler; Driscoll, Sullivan, Patrick Mahoney and Thomas Rourke, deck hands. THK CARGO. The City of New London carried a heavy freight of a miscellaneous character, princi pally cotton, 300 bales being stowed on the main deck rags, groceries, leather, hides, etc., which together with the boat is a total loss. Those on board rescued only the clothes they stood in, many ot the deck hands coming ashore dressed only in shirt and pantaloons, some without hats, others without shoes, and some barefooted and wearing only their underclothing. The Teasel's cargo at noon was a fiercely burn ing mass, her main deck having fallen and her hold being a perfect furnace. Nothing was washed ashore of value, and fire lias seldom worked more complete destruction. ORIGIN OF TBI FIXK. The origin of the fire is a matter of un certainty. It is supposed to have in some way taken in the kitchen when the cook went to kindle the fire for breakfast. One account states by a poker, heated by rak ing down the fires, being hung against a pine partition, but nothing trustworthy is known. . Terrible Tragedy Near Meriden. A special dispatch to the Courant, last night gave some particulars of a horrible murder and suicide, which occurred yester day afternoon on the "Colony road," about two miles north of Meriden. The murderer was Charles E. Yetts, a young German who has been a milk peddler in Meriden. About four o'clock yesterday afternoon his mar lied sister, a Mrs. Bayrand, went to the house to call, and found all still. She en tered, and on going to Yetts' roem she found him dead with a knife-wound in his throat and the mother was found in her own room, also dead, with two ghastly wounds in the throat and her dress and under-clothing torn, giving evidence of a struggle in resisting the brutal son. The wounds were inflicted with an old butcher knife blade about five inches long. The body of the mother was partially conceal ed under a heap of bed clothing. There are some theories connected with the tragedy which are of a most revolting nature. Yetts was engaged to be married to a young woman named Meachmeer. His mother opposed their union, and there is little doubt that this opposition led to the murder. The young woman to whom the murderer was betrothed visited the house yesterday forenoon, and she made some revelations at the coroner's inquest last night which hint at disgusting crimes Yetts was naturally weak-minded, and had injured himself, body and mind, by self-abuse. His matrimonial troubles weigh' ed npon his mind, and on Thursday night he showed symptoms of delirium. Yester day forenoon it is said that he drank a pint of cider brandy, and excited by this as well as by disputes about bis proposed marriage, he was fit for any crime. ' A corouer's jury was impanneled last night, and the Inquest was adjourned to 9 o'clock this morning-. Yetts has a lather living who was not at home at the time of the murder. The room where the body of the mother was found was covered with blood, showing evidence of a terrible straggle. The tagedy is one of the moat horrible which we have been called npon to record zor a long ume. Bartfora CovranL The Connecticut Western. . A small party of gentlemen yesterday made an excursion over the Connecticut Western railroad from this city to Canton, availing themselves of different construc tion trains. The party ran out over twenty one miles of the road, or to within about one mile of Canton Center. For a new road it rides remarkably smooth and easy the track being laid generally on heavy ties, with thirty foot rails, connected with the Fish joint, and the joints over-lapping instead of being opposite each other. The w'ork of ballasting and completing the track for regulur traffic is being vigorously pushed, and this side of Tariffvllle is under the charge of Mr. Walter H. Havens, of this city. The gravel for this portion ot the work is taken from an easily worked bed a short distance beyond Bloomfield Center. At this end of the road a connection is made with the Hartford, Providence and Fisbklll tracks so that cars can run into the Asylum street depot The culvert this side of Edwards street is being built, and the foundations for the company's freight buildings and offices are being laid. A substantial iron bridge is being put up at the Edwards street crossing. Three tracks are being laid on the plateau above Edwards street, for switching, and the round-house is going up and the turn-table being put in. Between this city and Tariffvllle the line is a fine one, the grades being easy and the curves few. There are .some sharp curves near the picturesque-rocky gorge at the Tariff ville notch. Beyond Tariffville the line is very good to near Canton Center. At the crossing of the Farmington river in Siinsbury there is a good bridge, and nearly three thousand feet of substantial piling across the flats. Between Hoskins' station and Simsbury, on the Canal road, about two miles, the Connecticut Western and Canal tracks run parallel, twenty-five feet apart. At Siinsbury station the Western crosses the Canal track. Beyond Tariff ville, about eight miles of the track are well ballasted. Gravel is plenty In this locality, and this work has followed rap idly after track-laying. The condition of the road may be briefly stated as this : The track is laid and in good part ballasted from Millerton, the western terminus, to New Hartford. A steam shovel at Winsted loads gravel cars for ballasting each way from that point. Flora this city west, about twenty-two miles of track are laid, and partly ballasted. From Canton to Now Hartford about five miles of track are yet to be laid, and this, which will be put down by the early pait of next week, will connect Hartford with the state line by rail. There are no plaus yet for running regular trains, and will not be till after the next meeting of the direc tors a couple of weeks hence. There is some probability that the Hartford Provi dence and Fishkill company will run trains over the road as far as Collinsville next week, but no definite arrangement to this effect has been made. 'It is suggested also, thatlf the connection is made in season between Canton and New Hartford, a train may run over the road on Wednesday or Thursday next to give opportunity for any who may desire to go from Hartford to the northwestern towns, or come from there here, to "keep Thanksgiving," to avail themselves of the new road. The depots are not yet built, and the sidings are not constructed. A great deal of work is yet to be done to put the road in f uil order for regular and extensive business, but cars can be run over the whole of it in a very few days. Those who traveled over the eastern section of the road yesterday saw evidence that the masonry, bridging und general work upon it are well done. Hart ford Courant. STATE NEWS. Plainfield gave $1,134,88 to western sufferers. Tho North Ashford church pays a salary of $160. John D. Noyes has been town clerk of Stonington forty years. A Fort Trumbull deserter was arrested in Bridgep ort, Thursday, lGth. East Windsor has subscribed $50,000 for the Connecticut Central railroad. The Shepaug railroad has raised Bethel property fifty per cent In value. A Meriden miser is generous to beggars. He keeps a dog at his gate to give hungry fellows a bite. A. B Shumway of the Enquirer has been elected captain of the Litchfield in fantry company. The Stonington and Providence Railroad company are laying a double track from Providence to Groton. A promiuent citizen of New Haven will add $5,000 to the permanent endowment 'of the Yale Law School. Prof. Hadley will commence his lectures on Civil Laws, before the senior class in the Yale Law School, this week. Brewster station was Wednesday, the scene of the most disastrous conflagration in its history, the sash and blind factory, and a factory and grist mill adjoining being burned. Loss $20,000 ; insured for about $7,000. Every train of cars running from New York to New Haven, on arriving within half a mile of the Norwalk draw-bridge, communicates by means of electricity with a city bell which tolls, giving warning of its coming. A dispatch from San Francisco says : G. D. Orcutt, a native of Connecticut and superintendent of the mine in Grass Val ley, was found helpless on Broadway, Monday night, and died on his way to the hospital. There is suspicion of foul play. John M. Morris, who is well know in this State as chaplain of one of the Con necticut regiments, and who is now the secret session clerk of the United States Senate, has been seriously ill, but Is thought by his physician to be out of danger. A passenger on the evening train on the New York and New Haven railroad, which connects with IbeNaugatuck to Bridgeport, died on Wednesday evening, between Nor walk and Fairfield. His remains are in the morgue at New Haven awaiting identifica tion. The woman suffragists met in New Lon don Tuesday evening. Addresses were made by Jim. Gallagher, Tom Wallar, Mrs. Hooker, and Rev. Miss Brown. Initiatory steps toward forming a suffrage association were taken, but will) according to reports, amount to nothing. A Burglary was committed on the house of William Fuller, No. 349 Howard avenue, New Haven, early Saturday morning. The burglar went to the room where Mr. and Mrs. Fuller were sleeping, administered chloroform, and then searched the house. Two gold watches, and a pocket-book con tainlng $30 were taken, the whole valued at $200. The polico are on the track of the burglar. THANKSGIVING. "Come home to Thanksgiving, dear chil dren, como home ;" So says tho song. This day of all others, appears from the earliest history of the New England states, to have been set aside as a day for the return to the parental heart stone, of those of the family who have gone forth to battle with the world. This day a family circle should be complete so far as it is possible to be, and from all a fervent thanksgiving should ascend to the Creator and Preserver of all, for his manifold and continued blessings, so generously vouchsafed to unworthy mortals. As nearly as can be ascertained, the 11th of September, 1621, was the first Thanksgiving day on the western continent of America. On that day,, the pilgrims at Plymouth in Massachu setts, having finished their harvest, com menced their season of thanksgiving. "That they might," says one of their num ber, "after a special manner, rejoice to gether, after they had gathered the fruits of their labors." The Pilgrims had special reasons for gratitude, that they had been so successful in raising their first crop of Indian corn. This was the beginning of a long and in creasing series of corn harvests, over which many millions have now occasion to re joice. Corn seems designed by Providence to hold the first rank among the rich and various productions, by which the teeming population of our land is fed. Tho first Thanksgiving as stated above, was in September, but there is evidence of its being kept later in after years, probably in the latter part of October, while the weather was pleasant for out-door exercises ; and we are informed by history, that it was not for a single day, as with us. but seems to have been kept up for nearly a week. The Indispensable turkey was not wanting at this first Thanksgiving, as the ancient historian chronicles the great number of "fowl," which the sharpshooters brought home for this occasion, and afterward speaks of the abundance of wild turkeys about Plymouth, and thus originated the custom of providing a turkey, by all who are disposed to celebrate their Thanksgiv ing feast in a proper manner. Among the dainties furnished on that occasion, of which mention is made were turkeys; Yeni son ; fresh cod ; lobsters ; clams and oys ters. These with their corn and barley cakes; their "noltake," made from poun ded parched corn, "sweet, toothsome and hearty," the Pilgrims did not want tor good cheer. As to the presence of the "Indian pomplon," as the pumpkin was called by the early settlers, we have no positive evi dence, yet it is certain it was very soon introduced, and to the present time is regar ded more or less throughout Yankee land, as necessary for the feast as the turkey. Our annual Thanksgiving is rich in the memories of the past : Lelis perpetuate it; let the autumnal Thanksgiving be the feast days of the sons and daughters of the Pilgrims, where'er they roam, where'er they rest." From ocean, to ocean let them hail the coming of this harvest festival with glad and grateful hearts. Let them consecrate the day to friendship, to homejoys, to family reunions, to social reminiscences, to the memory of a sainted ancestry, and to the praise of a convenant-keeping God. "Till the waves In the bay. Whore the Mayflower lay, Shall foam and freeze no more." While this day is observed in the true Puritan spirit, in our churches and around our firesides, we shall not offer in vain that most appropriate petition, with which the Fast and Thanksgiving proclamations of the governors of our state always close, "God save the Commonwealth of Connec ticut." Mb. Editor. I have advertised "Young Dexter" in the News as a highly bred fast troting horse. About the 20th of Sept. he was put out for a little experimental train ing, and the enclosed certificate shows the result and conclusion of his trainor, and the figures of what he cau easily do, not withstanding his fat and soft condition, after the season's business. I hear that perhaps it would gratify the curiosity of your readers and my patrons, to know if really he can trot at all. The Horse "Soc crates" (trained by Israel Denton.) is half brother to "Young Dexter" and sold within the year for $40,000, so said. certificate. Trials of speed, Oct. 2d 1871 to sulky, 3 02 i ... 3 00 1-4 '13 " 2 58 ' 21 wagon, 2 54 1-4 '80 2 55 1-2 Hicks Posts Stabi.es, neae Prospect Park Fair Grounds Nov. 2nd 1871. I hereby ccrtity that Doct. Elliott's Hain- bletonian stallion, "Young Dexter," has been in my care for a short time ; and I find in him a fast, promising and clean natural trotter. Ho is large limbed, with the heavy bono and muscle suited to stock getting, and yet he goes alone the full mile to wagon with apparent ease, uniformly inside of three minutes, when I have driven him over "Prospect Park track." With training, he would doubtless trot in very low figures. In a word, he is evidently a good horse and worthy of his famous sire which, in many points he closely resembles. (Signed) "Israel Denton," trainer of Socrates and other celebrated horses. Falls Village, Nov. 28, -1871. Mr. Editor : I would like to correct a statement your Falls Village correspondent made in your last weeks' paper, in regard to the late Patty Landon not being far enough from ber door to look down Into the village, or never seeing the cars. In the first pjace, I think the Housatonic railroad bos not been built forty years, and even if it has, her residence was where she could stand in her yard, or door, and watch the cars for more than a mile, before they arrived at our depot. In the next place, within the past 18 years she has visited a daughter living in Stockport, Columbia Co., N.Y., by going on the cars there and back, and about 17 years ago she visited some of her friends in Canaan, which was the lost time she ever came down the hill, as the infirmities of old age would not admit of her either walking or riding. As for her being an excentric old lady, we never saw anything of the kind, but this we do know, she was a person of strong mind, a' kind and affectionate mother, a firm friend, and and a worthy christian. An attempt was made to murder a young man named Earle, in South Walllngford, a few nights since, as he was driving home, by three masked assassins. One held his horse, another made a thrust at him with a dagger, the weapon penetrating his pocket book and was stopped by a copper cent Two pistol shots were fired, by the light of which they caught a glimpse of the young man's face, when one of the ruffians shout ed to the others that it was the wrong man and they then fled. Wxttm - SI , We shall feel creatly obliged to any of oar friends in the county, or elsewhere, who will send us particulars of any occurrences of interest which may come under their notice. Connecticut Western News. Extra Copies of the News can be obtained at Post Office Orant A Sweet's F. C. French's Post Office Humphrey's Drag Store Post Office In this Village. Lakeville. Lime Rock. Cornwall Bridge. Canaan Norfolk. Sew Advertisements. New System Warming Buildings, J. C. Sherwood. Steam Heating Apparatus, Bnriltt Hardware Co. Fair and Festival, - - - Robert Hunt. Fruit Trees, - - - W. T. Sauuders. New Cider, - - Joseph Halllson & Co. Attorney and Counselor, R. D. Livingstone. Lakevdle Academy. The winter term of school will commence in the Lakeville Academy, on Monday Dec. 4th. Pure Cider Vinegar. Mr. F, C. .French of Lime Rock has 450 gallons of pure cider vinegar, which he will sell by the barrel or the gallon. As scarce as cider is this sea son, pure cider vinegar is an article that isn't always obtained. We know Mr. French's to be the "real Simon pure." Buy some of him. The Neio Ore Crusher At the Davis ore bed, which has recently .been adjusted for its work, performs its duties in a very sat isfactory manner, and with apparent ease. It has a voracious appetite, and although great quantities of ore are continually be ing poured into it, its greedy jaws continue to and will not be satisfied. Stake, Stack, Stock. A short time since we published an item in the News, con cerning an accident which occurred to Joseph Stake of this village. This same item has appeared in a number of our ex changes, and while some spelled bis nume Stack, others had it Slock. Seldom was it spelled Stake as in the original. Chilly. Last Tuesday morning the mer cury iu a thermometer in this village stood at only about eight above zero. The roads in this section, which a few days since were so exceedingly muddy, and were plowed into almost every conceivable shape by the the ore teams, this sudden "cold snap" has fixed into an almost im passable condition. It seems as though a wagon, with a horse on a walk, would rattle into pieces. In Mid Ocean. Tho letter which was written in mid-ocean by Gov. Holley, who so recently left our shores for a year's so journ in Europe, and which we publish in another column, will be read with interest by most of our readers. As comparatively so few of us have the means and time to spare for a trip across the Atlantic, a de scription of such a trip from the pen of so able a writer as the Governor we are sure cannot fail to interest. Last Week. While working off the News for last week, and when the edition was a bout four-fifths printed, an accident occur red to our press, which could not be reme died in time to print the remainder of the papers as nicely as is our determination they shall ordinarily be, and those who chanced to get them that were not quite up to the standard, we hope will pardon us, realizing that "accidents will occur, even in the best of" printing offices. Killed. The Housatonic train up last Friday night killed a man named John Pierce, between Lenox Furnace and Lee. He was walking on the track directly towards the train, and was not seen by the engineer until he was within a few feet of the engine. The engine struck him under the chin, breaking his neck and killing him instantly. The night was very stormy, and it was not until atter searching some fifteen or twenty minutes that the body could be found. The Connecticut Courant. Mr. J. O. Brinton of Falls Village, brought into our office last Monday, a copy of "No. 00," of the Connecticut Courant, published Oct. 29lh, 17C4. This was published as a speci men number of that journal, and coutains their prospectus. The first regular issue of the paper bears date of Nov. 19th, 1764, and since that time it has continued unin terruptedly to the present. A paper which has contiuued so long as a successful jour nal, must have indeed been founded on a rock. "Ajaz" from Sharon, writes this week another correspondence concerning the road controversy. He made his statement of the question at first, and was replied to by "Fair Play ;" thus both sides have had a fair chauce, and being strongly of the opinion that such neighborhood disputes are seldom, if ever, satisfactorily adjusted by publication in a newspaper, and also that it can hardly be regarded as for the best interests of a journal to publish them, we must ask "Ajax" to excuse us this week and thus let the matter end here. Catholic Temperance Society. Mb. Ed itor. The members of St. Mary's Catho lic Temperance society, held a meeting in the hall in Lakeville last Sunday evening, and organized by electing officers. Now Mr. Editor, look out for Salisbury : We are on the war path, as companions of the native citizens, who wish to put down the greatest enemy of mankind ; Hum. Side by side we will work in the good cause and battle with this foe, and will not cease the struggle, till the curse is totally annihi lated, or driven from this good old town. E. W. No New York Mail. We understand the cause of there being no mail received from New York last week Thursday even ing, was on account of the sickness of one of the clerks in the Bridgeport post office, whose place was. supplied by a boy. This young chap, in his ardor to exhibit his executive ability, chucked the large quan tities of mail received at that office from New York, for distribution to be sent north, promiscuously in any of the various bags in his reach, it apparently being of little consequence to him whether those bags were going to Omaha or Lincumpitch. Teachers' Meeting. The meeting of the school teachers of this town at the Acad emy last Thursday evening was well attend ed, and was a success, as was evident by the Interest manifested by teachers and others in the effort to elevate the standard of instruction in our schools. It was the unanimous wish of the teachers present that the meetings be held every two weeks, and some expressed the wish that they might be held every evening, and now that we are awakening in enthusiasm on the part of the teachers, it is to be hoped that parents will begin to feel some Interest in the prosperity of our schools. Auother teachers' meeting will be held on Friday evening, Dec. 8th, at which time the Visit lag Committee would be happy to see all who are interested in the cause of education. Those Advertisement Bills. Within the past month, we have sent out something less than a bushel and a half of letters con taining bills for advertising, which are due. To these we have but two or three rehou ses. Somebody says, "It is the tightest time for money they have seen for a long time." If this is so we are sorry . for all "who have money to make out." Well now, gentlemen, you who owe us for these bills ; it is exceedingly unpleasant to dun you, when it is such a tough time for money, but we must have it to keep the machine running and pay for the ile. If you are "hard up" cant you send us apart of our due, because, well, "you know how 'tis yourself." Heaters. J. C. Sherwood of West Corn wall, occupies his advertisement column this week with a description of "Gold's new sys tem of heating." By this apparatus, it is claimed that all the advantages of the ordina ry furnace are obtained at a greatly reduced price, both in the original cost of the heater and the fuel. It is also claimed to be a much more healthful heat than furnace heat. The Union Steam and Water heating apparatus, of Gold's patent, advertised under the head of special notice is also worthy of special attention. The A. Bur litt Hardware Ca., of Waterbury have the agency for its sale. Read the advertise ments, and learn what there is new under the sun. Andrew J. Miller. To whom we ullu aea some time since as running an engine on the Coun. Western, during the sickness of the regular engineer, was agreeably sur prised a few days since, by receiving from headquarters the proper documents, pro moling him to be a regular engiueer on the road, the papers being dated'Nov. 10th. We understand he is the first engineer made on this road from a fireman. Mr. Miller has had nn extensive experience in running a stationary engine, and being thoroughly versed in the management of steam, a nat ural mechanic, and studious and faithful in the execution of the minutest duty, are undoubtedly the qualifications thought suf ficient for the promotion. This is only another illustration that a faithful and competent employe is always rewarded. Those School Children. Wo have been requested to give the scholars, teachers or parents, whomsoever it may be who is to be censured, a "regular blowing up." for suffering the myriads of school children co pour into the post office as the mail is be ing distributed and making of tho office at that time, a perfect bedlam of confusion. People further along in years, who are at all inclined to be nervous, have come to regard that half hour of waiting as almost intoler able. Nor is their jabbering, laughing and stamping the only annoyance : They are on hand immediately the mail is ready for distribution, and all must be waited on before anybody else can have the shadow of a chauce. The children certainly ought to have the privilege of going to the post office the same as others, but they have no right to make themselves au intolerable nuisance, Where is the remedy aud who will apply it? Turkey. We understand that for many years past, it has been the .custom of the Holley Manufacturing company of Lake ville, to present a turkey to each employe in their establishment, who is the head of a family, and last Wednesday each one of them received a turkey in accordance with this time honored custom. Our informant says the bachelors in the factory, were the most solemn, crestfallen, dejected, and wobegoue set of individuals, when they gazed upon the luscious turkeys being so generously distributed to those who are the fortunate possessors of wives, it ever became his misfortune to witness. His heart was nearly rent asunder with sorrow and pity for the poor creatures, and he really hopes some of these gushing dam sels of Salisbury and Lakeville will stave off their prejudice against matrimony, and join with them in the feast at the next Thanksgiving, and together pick the bones of the much coveted factory turkey. Washocastinook. The private debate of this association at the Academy hall last Monday evening, was well attended by the members, and the question was ably dis cussed on both sides. These occasional private meetings, at which the inexperi enced can take part, and become accus tomed to speaking, or as somebody has aptly expressed it ; "Thinking while stand ing on their feet," cannot be too highly recommended. There are some who can not rise before an audience of 15 or 20 of their associates, when they have assembled, and the meeting posseases any degree of dignity and decorum, and make even a few brief remarks, without" their knees will rattle together like the "bones" between the fingers of a negro minstrel, and they will feel as though their head was about as full of ideas as an ordinarily intelligent bag of putty. As we understand it, these lyceum meetings were designed to aid the inexperienced to become accustomed to speaking in public, and we are heartly glad that they are being conducted with so much spirit and fairness for tho accom plishment of their principle object, as stated above. A public meeting will be held in the hall in Lakeville next Monday evening, at which it is expected Mr. Hurl burt of Lime Rock, will give the readiug in Shakespeare, Scott, or some of the favorite authors he may choose, which he expected to give here last week Monday, but which, on account of the storm, was not given. The following correspondence was crowd ed out last week. Lime Rock. Rain, rain, go away ; come again anoth er day, is the saying of all who have to foot It through thick and tbin to business. To those who can boast a Jioss and shay, the saying dont amount to much, but we who are not ot the favored few, choose fair days Our amiable landlord, Mr. H. W. Thorp, is doing a fine business we should judge by the looks. I for one can recommend his table and all that's on it too, to the way worn traveler while the genial face of mine host looks approvingly on to see that you do justice to the good things set thereon Then surely we are proud of our schools (and teachers too.) Our district under charge of Miss Fannie Daucby is said to be tho best conducted school in town. Mrs. D came to us well recommended, and she has proved her abilities as au A, No. 1 teacher. We hope success will attend her wherever she goes. Mr. Hurlburt surely needs no recommend, only just go in and seo the classes "tip-toe" and you will be assured that Mr. H is a quiet man and a thorough, exemplary Instructor, Surely, Lime Rock may will be proud of such teachers as Mr. Hurlburt and Mrs. Daucby O yes. Mr. Ed; I almost forgot to tell you thatE has the nicest boy in village, (wish I could say so much of S ,) come down Mr. Ed. and judge of all things herein spoken of, for yourself. K. N. Psppsb. Caiman, Some cowardly sneak is endeavoring in a pusilauamous manner, to blacken the reputation of a resident of this , village, whose standing as a man is such as to defy all the libelous machinations, and concoc-. tions of the old evil one himself or any of his crew. The course pursued is to scatter upon the sido walks and other conspicuous places, slips of paper upon which are writ ten articles of a polluted and ignominious character. The authors, as well as the cir cumstances connected with these articles, are uuknown to us but he, she or they, must be foolish, crazy or contemptibly mean. Thief like they steal what gold cannot replace, and like cowards, dare not show their face: A sneaking cur that sneaks alons the track; awaits his time and then springs upon the back. Stranger. Norfolk. Mr. Editor. Our town for the past week has been unusually quiet. The new road to the depot will be finished in one day more, (Nov. 28lh.) Already it has been used to a considerable extent ; some 5 or G car loads of coal and several car loads of grain, having been transported over it. The freight depot is receiving a coat of paint, and the passenger depot is being lathed, and promises to be ready for business ere long. A turnout has been so nearly completed as to be practically used from day to day We notice the arrival of many familiar faces, coming to the old home to spend Thanksgiving Ballasting the Conn. R. R. progresses slowly, but it is thought a week more good weather will irive sufficient time to complete it through Norfolk. This winter bus been, for Nor folk, unprecedented in the way of mar riages ; about 3 per week having beeu the average, and enough more on the docket to probably keep that average good up to about Apiil 1st. "Mistaken souls who dream of Heaven" but then, "sich is life." Seet-se-bea. Cornwall Improvements are rapidly going on in our place. Among others we notice au iron fence of the most cosily kind, fencing in the grounds and fencing out the side walk in front of the residence of J. T Andrews. This at the north end of the street and a fish pond at the south cud will evenly balance the two ends of the village The Fanners are taking ad van tage of- tlie damp wcatlicr tnat we are having now days, by taking down large quantities of tobacco. Some have got their pieces nearly "husked" and are wait ing for buyers, but no buyers have appeared as yet The Rev. Mr. Prince supplied the pulpit of the Congregational church on Sunday last. He is expected to remain a short time in the place Another town meeting was held on Saturday, to consider the expediency of purchasing a hearse and appointing a sexton, to be owned, by the town (the hearse not the sexton,) of Corn wall, and the probabilities arc, that by the time that the present generation get a hearse, they will be past all need of it. As the only way they can get one, is by paying $15 a day for the use of one, they had better let the matter rest as long as possible, and in my opinion, this $15 per day will fetch them to it sooner than any thing else...... .Thanksgiving is upon us, and the old fashoned visions of pumpkin pies (with nutmeg in them,) and cider, will have to be dispensed within a measure, as we have not the apple juice, and we would advise all animals that wear feathers to roost hgh, for the days are coming when t he cackling of hens shall be low, and the voice of the gobbler no more heard in the land. X. Y. Z. Falls Villncrc. The Hoag boy convicted of pilfering money from the pockets of Mr. Crossman last week, was put under the keeping of bis falher over night, and when the officer called for him the next morning, he was non est. The whole family had "vamosed the ranch." He that lives to run away, Lives to steal another day. Our villagers were highly entertained during the long evenings last week, by Maxwell's Theatrical troupe. They drew crowded houses of both old and young. But the young people have greatly the advantage over us old fogies, In the delight ful walk home afterwards The Good Samaritau Temperance society, held a meeting iu the church last Sabbath evening. Remarks were made by the Rev. Mr. Burch, T. L. Norton ; Dr. Euight ; and others, all of which I hope may do good. They obtained over 70 signatures to the pledge Mr. Henry Wolfe, another grad uate from the old iron school, has accepted a call as heater in a large iron establishment in High Bridge, New Jersey A wood chopper by the name of Humiston, while choppiug in one of the neighboring coal bushes a few days ago, nearly severed his foot from his leg, by a glancing blow from his axe It's a mistake that the Grand Duke Alexis is expected here, which one might infer from the display of fancy ar ticles in our millinery and fancy stores. Why is the grand Duke and suite, like the crowds entering our late theatres ?pns ; Because they are Russian (rushing.) Oh dear ! Who could have surmised that our government, so soon after our great inter nal troubles, would have entered into nego tiations, and formed alliance offensive and defensive, with the representative of a great foreign power, to conquer poor down trodden Turkey. But such is the fact : A great pitched battle is to be fought on the SOth of this month. I hope the editorial corps of the country, will be forced to take part in the fray, and afterward give us a correct account of the terrible slaughter. Clario. Sharon, A few week since, I arrived at Sharon Station, in the afternoon train from New York, amid the "wickedest" storm of rain, wind, and sleet, within my recollection, or that of the oldest inhabitant. Upon the train, I made overtures to a handsome, gentlemanlike young man, a fellow passen ger who seemed pleased with my address, and we chatted pleasantly upon the wind, weather, and that never euding theme, the corruptions of metropolitan office holders. I soon found his destination was Sharon, so was mine, and we became inseparable. He further informed me, that he was my opposite neighbor, and hoped an acquain tance so happily begun, would be hereafter continued. We consequently became still more inseparable. He is now my friend aud companion. We arrived at the station and the storm raged with fearful wildness. We hastily entered the little room provided for passengers and sought the agent, who informed us that no such storm had been heard or seen within the last half century. We did not question his statement, for it was susceptible of proof. The prospect of reaching home, only three miles distant seemed instinctively doleful. Mutton Hill, said he, has been swept away by the flood and no conveyance could be gotten for love or money, beside no farmer would drive bis team across the mountain for tear of accident to man and beast. But said 1, blandly, where can wo procure lodgings for the night ; none hereabouts, was his plv, but I will make you as comfortable as possible, and commenced at once to throw the coals upon the fire. Tho coun tenance of my young friend grew longer, and he looked the picture of dispair. Not of robust health, the prospect to him was not of a cheering nature. He said iu a low voice, we must accept the situation. 1 re plied, "rather bear tho ills we have, than fly to others that we know not of." This language of the ancient bard made matters satisfactory. At midnight we were severely alone, the keeper had said his good nigbt, and all creation was hushed in repose, the elements and ourselves only excepted. For the fiftieth time I opened the door to look for tho glimmer of the stars, but tbey re fused to shine; and then fell back upon the "time table" and committed it to mem ory. My companion racked his brain for consolation and repeated forty of the choi cest of Dr. Watts' Psalms and Hymns, for our support under difficulties, It had the desired effect and we derived from the collection, much spiritual nourishment ; But tongues cease to wag aud ideas to flow, when human nature is hungry, tired aud dispuitcd. At last we gave up to hard pine chairs and our individual reflections. We were startled at the flushing of a light, and we peered out into the storm, to ascer tain from whence it flashed. A lantern was seen but we could not discover its rbearer. We heard a voice, it was soft aud frieudly, and a stranger opened the door, aud delivered a message of the following import. "Mr. Gilbert has a room and bed provided for you a shoit distance from this place, and prays your acceptance. We accepted iustanter, and followed our guide. Iu a few minutes we entered the homelike, pretty cottage of Mr. Charles Gilbert, aud after a cordial welcome aud a full slate ment of facts, we retired for the remain der of the morning. A capital breakfast awaited us at dawn, and as we sal around his well spread mahogany, we felt once more at home. Samaritan like, he decliued compensation, and his eye sparkled with pleasure at the opportunity afforded him of aiding his brelhern. in distress. The stage for Sharon was announced, and we reluctantly bid adieu to. Mr. Gilbert and his amiable family. In these days of self "Cau such things be, and overcome us like a summer's cloud, without our special won uer The yonng people of our town are in the full tide of enjoyment. They have select sociables, and reading parlies every week, thus combining pleasure with instruction. I wonder tbey have not sent your correspondent a special invitation, but I conclude they put me off, on account of my classification with the last half cen tury, and as my honored friend Counselor Skinner sagely remarked to a member of the committee; "The eternal fitness of worldly matters must be observed, espec ially at the present lime." Tho Counselor Is right ; uever wrong. The Visitor. Correspondence. On Board Steamer Wisconsin, In Mid Ocean, Nov. 6, 1871 Friend Pease: I believe you extorted from me a promise to give you a few lines from the ocean, and perhaps a few more from the shore. Never ask a friend to do the first again, if it be a November voyage, unless he does it in retrospect after touch ing terra firma, for you might as well write while sitting in the top of one of the beau tiful elms on friend Liltle'6 meadows in a gale, as to write in a ship bounding as ours has done for the first five days over the bil lows of old ocean. This (Monday,) is the first and only day since we left port, except Sunday, that writing has been practicable, and even now my beautiful chirography may need an interpreter. But the promise must be fulfilled, brief though the response may be. we leu jNew xorit in the midst of a heavy rain, waving adieus to many dear friends on shore with the best heart we could command, aud then adieus to the fairest land on earth. Yes, it grows dearer every hour in which we recede from it, and push out into the wild, tumbling waves of the ever restless sea. Soon after dismissing the pilot at Sandy Hook, the ladies began to retire, one after another, to their berths, even at mid-day, followed also before nigbt by some of the brave gentlemen, whose stately tread upon the deck in the morning seemed to say, we are not to be cowed by old ocean's waves. Frail man 1 How soon this pride of power quailed before the majesty of the sea, Their subsequent hu mility would have been amusing if it had not been so sincere. All who were thus withdrawn within the first twenty-four hours, and I think they constituted one half at least of our thirty-six passengers, had retired to enjoy life "upon the ocean wave," iu a manner they had not dreamed of a few hours before, and such as often falls to the lot of landsmen, and women loo, on a first Atlautic voyage. We sail in a ship 880 feet long and 40 broad, as staunch, apparently, as wood and iron can make her, and yet she rises aud falls almost constantly at least ten feet above and below a horizontal line ; some times at the sides and sometimes from stem to stem. The great foaming white caps, that seem conscious of their power, come tumbling about and toying with the ship as with a plaything, and then roll off as though they were proud of the wideness of space in which they are permitted to roll. One thing is certain : none but an Almighty power can control them. Our first four days were rough, and those of us who could get on deck could witness their dread power. The wind aided us in our progress, and we have averaged over 800 miles per day for five days, which puts us this after noon on the constantly lessening half of the voyage. A part of yesterday and to day have been milder and calmer, hence the deck has been the resort of more than half the passengers, who feel their emanci pation joyously. One hundred and fonr men manage the ship in its various departments, and the order, thus far, is like clock work. We have an excellent captain, an agreeable company, a splendid table, and nothing to pray for in connection with the voyage but five days more of favorable weather, and enduring machinery, when we may hope to escape this wilderness of waters, and touch the land again at Liverpool. Our first view of mother earth will probably be the green hills of Queenstown, where we call to land passengers and leave mails for home. Nov. 10th. Four days have elapsed sjnee we have attempted writing, and dur ing those days we have been able to sit and walk upon the deck in such numbers and in such groups that we have become quite like an agreeable family circle. British, Columbia, California, South America, In diana, Illinois, New York, Michigan, Ver mont and Connecticut are represented by our passengers, besides quite a sprinkling of Englishmen. Our young lady friend from your village is pronounced the best female sailor on board, except the stewardess, whose six years experience gives her a higher place. The latter is a treasure to the ladies. Games on deck, with promeuadlng, are the amusements of the day when the wind is not too high, and other games in the eveuiug. They burn only candles in the cabins and theso afford too dim a light to read or write by, hence we have to resort to trifling games or do nothing. To-day our letters are to be finished, for to-morrow we expect to leave them at Queeustowu for America. W e hope be fore night to seo the coast of the Green Isle, when the head aud heart sick will re joice, and those in health will not repine. An occasional passing ship is the only ob ject off from the ship that relieves the view of this wilderness of waters. We shall rejoice when we set foot again on mother earth. n. A correspondent of the Litchfidd Kii quirer writes from Kent. Kept "still lives." But one might almost have thought that our valley had been filled, the mountains cast into the sea, and the inhabitants no more, as no notice has been taken of us for so long a time. So I sieze my pen to nam "both old and young," iu the words of Webster, that "we still live," "a word to the wise is sufficient," don't be astonished when you hear the news. Kent, renowned for its old maids aud widows and the scarcity of the other sex (there being iu the centre of the town the radius of one half a mile, over fifty old maid and widows to'bolance the vast number of six buchelors, and this is a true statement) has imported a gentle man, smitten him, and is going to marry him to one of its adopted daughters. This subject keeps the above mentioned fifty tongues in constant motion, each one hanging on a privot aud turning two ways at the same time. Ashbel Fuller has purchased the house and land owned and occupied by the Widow Walling who is to leave the town. The price payed was $1,200 so we under stand. The mite society held Its last meeting at the bouse of Russell Eaton, Esq,, on Wed nesday evening. So far it was the best of the season. The refreshments being su perb, the tableaux vlvants splendid. The characters of Spring and Summer in "The Seasons" was particularly noticeable as to their costume and positions and great credit is due to the leader for the perfect manner in which she costumed and arranged her subject. Mr. G. A. Hull, the inventor, maker, uud I was about to say patentee, of the Cardiff giant, has been spending a fe.w days in our town, admiring our beautiful scenery and at the same time combining business wi h pleasure by buying several cases of tobacco, he being in the tobacco trade at Binghamton, N. Y. . R.C Wednesday afternoon, about five hundred persons from Holyoke, visited New Haven. They came to West field over the branch road from Holyoke, thence to New Ilaven by the Canal road. The Palladium docs not speak very highly of the reception given them by the city government. John Cotter of Derby was found dead at his residence, on Friday morning, by his wife. Mr. Cotter atoso about G o'clock to make a fire ; bis wife waited a while for him to call her, but as he did not do so, she dressed hereself, and on going down found him dead at the bottom of the stairs. There was a large gash on the back of his head, bis face was badly bruised, and be was bleeding profusely from the nose and mouth. Foul play is suspected by some. The General Hospital society of New Haven was voted $20,000 two years ago by the legislature on condition that the same amount should be contributed from other sources. Of this latter sum the friends of the hospital have secured $12, 200. Thcro are 70 patients now in the hospital, and more funds are greatly needed. raiXLEHTonr ihabk.ets. Reported weekly by J. N. Van Deusen, Produce and Commission merchant, liar lem R. R. depot, Millerton, N.'Y. Sheep, per lb 0305 Lambs 0405 Veal Calve 06008 1-2- Hides, 67 Spring Chickens, (dressed) 12(314 Old Fowls, (dressed) ; 10Q12 Butter, 3038 , Eggs, per doz. 85 Pears, " bbl $3.0010.00 Apples prbbl $4.00(35.00 Pork (light.) 7 Pork (heavy.) 6 Tallow, 7 1-2 Rough Tallow 5 1-2 Turkeys (dressed.) 12 14 Lard 12 o Beans pr bush 2.50Q3.25 MARRIED. At East Canaan. Nov. VSnd, by Rev. Wm. Hall, Mr. Wm. A. Hayward of Canaan to Mis Anna Holsaple of North Canaan. At the residence of the bride, in North Canaan, Nov. S3, by Kev. 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