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Coldeii and fair weather for the Upper Lnko region today. By a collision In Queenstown harbor be tween a steamer and a bark tho latter was sunk and nine of her crow were drowned. Tim strain of tho Gulteau trial upon tho health of Mrrf. Scovlllo Is so severe as to ne cessitate her leaving for her homo in Chi cago at once. A little negro boy of X 3, living In Quincy, HI., deserves a medal for bravery and good senso. His mother, Sirs. Summers, was yes terday being brutally beaten by a negro named Porter, when the little follow picked up a stone aiul hit tho rutllan la the right temple, killing him instantly. A cable dispatch received at a lato hour this morning reports a groat conflagration raging at Cronstadt, ono of tho famous forti fied towns of Russia. Ono-quarlor of tlio town was already destroyed at Inst accounts, and tho loss was enormous. It Is believed that tho Are Is tbo work of Nihilist Incen diaries. John H. Baiistow, a wealthy resident of Now York, who was stopping at tlio Parker House in Boston with ids brother and sister, after returning from church yesterday after noon went into the bathroom mid shot him self, first having written a note to his sister saying that ho was “sorry for what ho was about to do.” John Ouvii.lk Evans, President of tho Mutual Union Tolegraph Company, died In New York City yesterday of pneumonia and congestion of tho kidneys, tho result of a severe cold contracted while Mr. Evans was In Chicago a few days ago on business con nected with tho entrance of the Mutual Union system of wires Into this city. Services appropriate to the Christmas festival were held In nil the Christian churches of Chicago ycaterday.ondau account of tho exercises will ho found in our columns this morning. Thu day was exceptionally tnjoyablo by reason of the mild and pleasant ivcaUior, nml was a memorable Christmas In Uhlcago In respect of general good cheer and prosperity, Among tlio sermons preached yesterday In Chicago which are given elsewhere In this Issue Is that of Prof. Swing, nt Uio Central Church, cm “Increase of Happiness”; of tho Itcv. Dr. Thomas, nt tho People’s Church, on “Tho Incarnation”; of Uio Rev.,Dr. Lor imer, in connection with Uie dedication of Uio new Immanuel Baptist Church on Mich igan avenue; besides the full text of a dis course delivered yesterday In the Tabernacle in Brooklyn by Uie Jtov. T. DoWltt Tnlmage, his subject being “The Christmas Anthem." Details of a fearful atrocity nro received from Ashland, Ky. Two daughters, aged IX and 17 respectively, and a son. of J. W. Gibbons wore loft at home at night while tholr father and mother went out to pay a visit, when Uio house was entered by tin known fiends, who first outraged the girls, killed their btoUiur as he attempted to give the alarm, clove Ute skulls of all three with a hatchet, saturated their clothing with oil, and then sot Uie house on tiro, burning It to Uio ground. There Is no clow to tbo perpe trators of tho awful crime, but It Is to bo hoped Unit tho odor of a reward ot 81*000 will lead to Uiolr detection. A itKroirr comes from Washington, said to be based on the authority of u gentleman who has had an Interview with the Presi dent since tho Jailer's arrival lu New York, to tho effect that tho names of ux-SunutorSur* gent, of California, and William K. Chandler, id New Hampshire, have been fully decided upon for the positions, respectively, of See? ivtury of the interior and Secretary of the Navy. Tho only hitch In this program that is likely to occur, It Is said, is tho intense repugnance of Gen. Grant to Chandler, v iimu ho looks upon as the leader of Uio hives which prevented his nomination at Chicago, umi to whoso appointment us a of the Cabinet bo Is bitterly opposed. Colliding mul Platt are understood to Imvo exhibited ft moro forgiving spirit, and to Imvo consented tlmt Jllalno itnd Now England should be represented In Uio Administration by Chandler. Oxi: of thoHrst of tbo criminal prosecu tions to be Instituted Intlio star-route casus will bn against wlmt Is known as the Dorsey combination, which is mndonpofex-Seimlor Stephen W. Dorsey, John W. Dorsey, his brother, John M. Peck, John it. -Miner, mid J. It. Watts. The amount In which, with ilrmty’s assistance, the Government was de frauded by this combination rims up Into the hundreds of thousands of dollars, mid it Is said that the Department of Justice Is In possession of ampin proof to sustain the charge that thoPost-OrHocDepartmcnt funds wero “expedited” out of the Treasury In a manner nothing short of downright robbery. Ax Associated Dress cable dispatch dated London, Dcc.’A), tellsof a ghastly panic horror In a crowded church. Whllo high mass was being celebrated In tho Church of tho Holy Cross n thief was caught picking pockets, and In order to make his escape tho wretch cried “ Fire I” In tho terrible panic that en sued many persons were crushed and man gled, and thirty have died of their injuries. The thief being a Jaw, intense indignation was excited against that race hi tho neigh borhood of the church, and a number of Jewish houses mid shops wore attacked and gutted by an excited mob, and It became nec essary to call out the military to suppress the riot. It appears that cruel injustice has been done to the now iirltlsh Minister at Wash ington hi the publication of stories to Die elfcct that, although a bachelor, he had brought with him to Washington two cldl- droii whoso mother was nit actress nml who call him father. Investigation shows that those stories are wholly unfounded; that many years ago tlio present Minister, when a young attache* of tho Brit ish Legation at Madrid, married an estimable Spanish lady, with whom ho lived happily for years, and who boro him two children. Thu Indy died some years ago, and lie never married again, but has brought Ids children with him to America, and his oldest daughter is to preside over his establishment at Wash ington. ___ — A kata h shootingndray occurcd Saturday evening at Batavia, 111., and from tho infor mation at hand it would appear to have been one of those rightful instances of tho exer cise of tho right of self-defense which nro necessary for tho protection of human life. Charles F. Fowler was attacked on tho cars near Batavia by two men named Kellehor and Colmau. nml tho attack was renewed later on, with tho obvious Intention of killing Fowler. Tho latter thereupon purchased a revolver, and upon encountering his assail ants in the street ho lired on Kellehor, in flicting in his right breast a wound which will probably prove fatal. From LltlloKock, Ark., comes tho account of a somewhat simi lar case, wherein John Holt killed Vance Brown, alleging that tho latter had threat ened to kill him on sight. Tub active force gf tho glorious “300” has been temporarily reduced to “303.” Dave Menatt, of Philadelphia, ono of the immor tals, has boon sent to tho penitentiary for two years fur corrupt practices at election. But Flanagan, of Texas, Is stilt on deck, and wears his medal proudly for tho hcnctlt of whom it may concern. With his brutal Texas frankness. Flanagan explained to tho convention why ho was ouo of tho “30a.” Ho wanted an olllco. And, if tho truth wore known, any ono of tho other 305 wanted tho same thing, either for himself or some of his friends. Davo Menatt, for example, wanted ouo badly, and ho would probably have got It but fur the unfeeling conduct of tho Court in “sending him up.” Tho only known way to prevent one of tho 303 from breaking into an office In these days Ims bean adopted In Mr. Mouatt’s case. THE CHILDREN'S HOLIDAY* After nil, Christmas is for children, and for no other class of Christians—not in tho fullness of its Joy. Adult life Is so full of care, tlio tomb of so ninny sorrows, tho treasure-house of so many bitter memories I The shadows oro so deep that tlio soul can not rise above them on tho wings of hope. Thoughts of tho loved amt lost Intrude and stand like spectres at tho feast. Tlio loud laugh expires in a sigh on tho lip, there is a pang of agony In tho heart, and a tear is brushed from tlio eye. Tho mind Is busy with tlio past, and this reflective mood robs tho present of its duo measure of pence. Christmas Is emphatically tho children's holiday. That hour of Chrlstmas-Evo—“between tho dark and tbo daylight”—ls tho children’s hour of bright anticipation. To them the de cline of the day suggests no thought of its parallel, tho decline Into tho valley of age, and tlio coming of night no thought of that long night of death which puls a period to thu fitful fovor of life. Tho tears they have shed have brightened their faces, as tho dew brightens tbo faces of flowers, not loft those furrows and channels which are traced on tlio cheek of beauty by tho stormy tears of ma turity. They stand on tho tiptoe of feverish expectation of tho Joys of tomorrow. All day they have been enveloped in an air of mystery—a mystery of mingled Joy and sad ness on the part of papa and mamma, but of unalloyed pleasure on their part. Indeed, they have had their own little mysteries— mysteries os profound to ilium as tho origin of life to their elders, but, by their Ingenu ousness, rendered as clear ns sunlight to nil who do not generously close their myes to passing events. Thoro Is an endless llurnllou of parcels arriving and beliur hidden away from half-pleading, half-protesting bright eyes. How they long to pry Into this world of secrets; how the little lingers ache to ex plore tho precious parcels I What shruwd guesses they make as to the contents of this und that puekiigel What modest but palpa ble hints they throw out ns to their simple desires! “lam making a collection of little dolls,” remarks P-yonr-old Alice In die pres ence ot the head of thu house. “1 hope 1 shall get all the new Greenaway books, so ns to complete my set,” says 8-year-old Bessie. “If Santa Claus remembers to send me a box of paints,” cries I’uullue, “I shall bo perfectly happy,” “ X want a pair of skates ayd some books about lions, and tigers, und bears,” shouts John. Thus tho “little men” and “littlewomen” slyly or openly tempt fortune by gentle hints to their elders, but not their butters, fur we hold with one of the ancients that our faults iucreusu with our years, Reflecting upon this fact, how much may be forgiven to chil dren, for are they not Just such “little men” and “ little women ” us we make them ? They copy our virtues und our vices, and If their vices Increase and their virtues dwindle away and shade oil into calculating policy, whose fault Is it V lint with the Innocent prattle of the little ones the night has fallen. The stars are out, and they shine on much misery that tho com* ing Christmas morning will tn nowise relievo, it can do no harm to the little hearts lilted with brlghtontlelpatlonsof tho morrow to tell them that tueyaro blessed above tholrfellows, that there ore thousands upon thousands of little heads “sunny all over with curls ” ly* iiu: uu study beds in chilly hovels whoso da* THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE: MONDAY,' DECEMBER 20, 1881 rents could not It Uioy would innko ft bolt dny of Christmas for Ihoiu. Thoy will re member them, thou,' la their little prayers, with pity for others mhurllng their joy till an ticipations; mid who knows but tlio seed ms planted may grow In their hearts mid so make them missionaries to the poor and wretched on occasions of the recurrence of the great annual festival *.» Wlmt dreams come to happy children on the night before Christmas! Wlmt visions of old wliKo-bcnrdcd Simla Clans, with his tra ditional team of rohidceramlcianglngfllelgh bells, peeping in at window, mid dodging down chimney, and cramming stockings with toys, candy, and picture-books—how these visions haunt the minds of tho little sleepers and make them start, and laugh, mid cry out in dreamland I lint tho morning dawns at Inst. There is a streak of rosy light in tho eastern sky, and tho toy-god scampers away in his wintry robes and empty sleigh. And little Julie awakes with a start, the sound of tho sleigh bells still ringing In her cars. She steals softly out of the warm bed, shivering in the chilly atmosphere. On tiptoe she explores tho stocking and Hilda It full and running over Into a pyramid of packages, lint she has been told not to touch .them, and after feasting her vislon-lmnnled eyes on the rich prospud, she rouses her mother with timid caresses. And now all tho little men and little women are up, alert, and exploring stockings. Wlmt pleased, happy faces; wlmt prattling; wlmt Joy in how many thousands of exultant little loud-beating hearts 1 It is the other children’s hour, the complement of tlmt twilight hour, the realization of Its fond anticipations. How thoy jabber, and romp, and laugh with a superabundance of joy; wlmt bidden beauties they discover In tholr presents; and with wlmt exuberance of expression thoy point out these ncwbeautlcs! This is indeed tbo children’s hour par ex cellence. "Not tlio costliest diamonds could inspire such Joy hi tho heart of woman ns tho simplest toy, tho merest trifle,' brings to tho life of Dio child. But there are homes where shadows have fallen during tho year; homes where there wero children, but whoso halls no longer echo tho pattering little foot steps; homes whore Death has entered and loft Inconsolable grief ns a souvenir of his wrath. God help these stricken ones in this Joyous Christmas time, nml God help tho poor and tho miserable to whom life, not death, is a terror. AMERICAN CRIMINAL JURISPRUDENCE. It is not surprising that thoGnlteau trial, dragging Its slow length along. Insulting the intelligence ami trying tho patience of tho American people for weeks, should bo re garded with amazement abroad. It Is tho rcductlo ml ahsurdiim of tho rules and prac tices of tho American criminal courts, Tho notion of personal rights has been so far per verted In this country that tho thief and tho nssasln stand upon a higher plane amt re ceive more consideration than tho individual or tho community which sutlers from their crime. Personal freedom, under our laws and tho construction which tho courts put upon them, has been given a latitude which warrants encroachment upon tho rights of property and tho safety of human life with an assurance of a stubborn protection to tho criminal and an excellent chance for escap ing punishment. The law'ls no longer In voked anywhere in this country with ns much success for the defense of the innocent and tho Injured ns It Is for the rescue of tho crim inal from tbo proper consequences of Ida crime. , Judge Cox has been severely and Justly criticised for his Imllfferonco to tho dignity of his court ami to tho cause of Justice, but he is merely following in tho well-trodden path of American criminal Jurisprudence during tho past generation. Tho old rujo was to regard tho accused as Innocent until proved guilty. Tl;o new rule is to employ quibbles and uulrks, sensationalism and Im pertinence, fraud nml technicality, to secure tho acquittal of tho guilty. In no other country on tho face of tho globe, whether tho form of government ho monarchical or re publican, constitutional or absolute, would tho dally scenes of tho Gultenu trial ho possi ble during a single session of tho court.. Tho more heinous the crime the greater seems to bo the criminal's privilege for defying Justice and Haunting his Infamy In tho face of tho people. It has been urged on Judge Cox’s behalf that It 1* his purpose to glvo Gulteau rope enough to hang himself, and that tho Court has not tho power to gag tho prisoner, and cannot punish him for contempt because holsnl-. ready conllnod In Jail. But thoro is no ques tion that Gultenu could have been restrained had tho Judge chosen to uxorclso the power at his command. Ho might have kept Uio wretch on bread and water, or nt least on tho ordinary prison diet. Instead of which, tno nssasln lias been permitted to gorge himself just before each session of the court upon tho fat of tho land, which warms his blood and gives him tho bravado ho displays every day. Ho might be, and ought to be, kept la tho prisoner’s dock. Tho Government coun sel has requested It In vain. Is tho assnslu too big a man to be treated like other pris oners? That Is undoubtedly his idea, and it seems to bo shared by Judge Cox, who hesi tates to order him Into the duck, where ho ought to havo been from tho beginning, but permits him a license which would not bo extended to any counsel In tho ease. Tho American people and tho wholo civilized world havo » dilForcnt notion of Gulteau and his importance. They look upon him as tho most despicable wretch who has over dls-* graced our National history; hut they have allowed a system of criminal Impunity to grow up which practically removes all re straint over tho murderer uti trial. It is possible that tho abuses of tho crim inal courts in this country may bo traced in part to tho elective system of tho Judiciary mid In part to the extended inliuenco which tho legal profession exercises over tho fram ing of the laws. Thu mob has become the most Important clement In tho administra tion of Justice. It frequently holds the bal ance ol power In the election of the Judges, and sends the lawyers to tho Legislature who draw uu tho statutes. This reduction does not apply directly to Judge Cox, who is not elected and holds court In a District where there Is no legislature; but he follows prec edents, or mihor outruns them. The prec edents are rapidly building up a barrier be tween tho criminals and Justice which the public cannot overcome. This drift has al ready gone so far that a man who deliberate ly murdered tho President of tho United States, win) glories in tho net, and who has oven discarded the plea of insanity as a de fense, disports hlmsulf as a hero and revels In the notoriety ho courted without so much us on effort being made to re strain him. Gulteau believes himself to bu a National and historical character. Jt was this which prompted him on Saturday to proclaim himself as happy, and to herald forth a “Merry Christmas” to the American people whom he has so foully wronged. Ho does not stop to think that the name of the youth who tired the Ephesian dome has been forgotten, and that Gurllcld will bo enrolled among tho martyrs when future generations ahull be tumble Jo recall the name of his us basin. But h*ls permitted to enjoy all (ho sensationalism of thu present situation, und the Judge before whom ho Is ostensibly be ing tried Is serving tho American |x<oplo only by illustrating tho depraved condition of mir criminal Jurisprudence in so disgusting a shape that It umv possibly lend to a gen eral movement for reform. BRITISH 3ALAKOS 0? TRADB. British commerce exhibits exports for 1980 amounting lo Sl/itu.uiO.st.’O ami Imports to thoonnrmons mmmntot 91,8W,000,000, Here Is an excess of Imports to tho amount of fiTO millions of dollars, and yet the drain of gold from England to pay tills apparent balance of trade hal been very slight. Tim question for solution was, How did tlio English bal ance their books? One answer was, that tho English, being a creditor nation in re culptofvast sums of interest from money loaned nmi invested In foreign countries, liquidated their adverse balance of trade out of this Interest But that doesn’t completely solve ttieconundrum, because surplus money continues very abundant in (beat Britain, nmi capitalists are constantly seeking all over the world safe securities In wliich to in vest It, and tho loans making aru as large ns ever. Another answer (0 tho question is, that tlio npparcnbbitiancu of undo against tbo En glish is not a real 0110; Hint their profits on tho carrying tnjtlo of tho world itt great measure equal tlio alleged adverse balance of trade against thorn. In computing the exports, tho English custom-houses put down tlio value of tbo goods before being put on board ship, and not their value at tho ports of delivery. So tho imports arc estimated at Utetr value lit England, amt not at what they cost In tiio countries where purchased. Thus our trnde-lnbics umv set forth that wo exported lo England last year !JOO millions of products, while the English trade-statistics will allow that they Imported from tbo “Stales” HW millions of stnlf, Tho dlltorouco represents tho value added by transportation In British steamers from American to British ports. Discussing this import tuui export question, tho London •Spectator throws tho following light on It: No one has explained what tho puzzlo-honUed mil tho *• exports ami import!* puzzle more tiddly than Mr.DlMwyn in tits address lust week ut Mm rlsloii. iu the llrst piuco he showed, by u very exceptional Instance nri doutit, lint tor that very reason one all the more typical, how the goods exported purchase Imports or inneti larger nominal value. •• In l»si), G-H7.000 tons of eoal were exported to India. It was valued at Involve price when It left this country at i-Jii.V 000. but on its arrival there, after pn.vlmr freight ami other charges, it was valued at £OOO,OOOI In that puttie your there waa Imported from India to Dundee a curtain quantity of Jute, which was valued la India on leaving atjtuoo.oou. but which, when It arrived at Dundee, was valued at £1,0*1,. 0OU." Thorn tho cost of outward freight wai ex ceptionally large, and tho cost of homeward freight considerable, botii goliur into En glish pockets, in consequence of our repeal of tho navigation laws: lint tbo .VJitf.odi) worth of gauds, with tbo cost of Its freight, really pur chased the ii,USO,WX) imported. This explains tha mystery, Tho 1,24-1 mill ions of goods exported to foreign pons sold (or enough to buy all of the imports, which were valued at 1,814 millions when carried home. And probably more too. So there was no balance of trade, ns a matter of fact, against Great Britain. The 5170 millions of apparent balance against Iter simply repre sented the earnings of bur thousands of steamers and snll-vessels In fetching in raw materials and distributing English manufact ures to all tbo world. Great Urltnlu has secured the lion’s share of tho international currying trade of tho earth by tbo adoption of tbo cheap free trade system, and by repealing her naviga tion laws and challenging all tbo "pro tected ” nations to compote with her with their dear goads. By throwing oIT tho dead weights and crippling restraints imposed by "prolecllvo” taxes she can manufacture cheaper and undersell all “ protection ” coun tries in competing markets. She outstrips with ease nil tho handicapped nations who foqllshly Imagine themselves **protected”by levying heavy duties on their own con sumers. Growing a population of IM>'mill ions on a cold, damp, foggy island no larger than Illinois tuui Indiana, glie is able, by Iter free-trade mul froc-alilp pollci', to buy the bulk of nil tlio food her people consume, ami nearly all the raw inatoriuls of bur mighty manufactures, and pay for them all with the surplus fabrics of iter unprotected looms and forges, and clear annually bo skies hundreds of millions of profits. MAKING JURIES JUDGE OF THE DAW AMD THE FACT. Tho statutes of Illinois contain tho follow ing provision: Juries la ail criminal cases shall bo Judges of tbo law and tho fact. Tho ruling of tbo Illinois Supremo Court on this statute Is ns follows: geo. ItWof tho Criminal Codo declares in tho most pointed and emphatic language Hint juries shall lu all cases bo Judges of the law and the fact. This power Is eomerrcdlu tho mast mi ouallllcd terms, and tout no fluid which we can assign to it. doing Judges of tbo law ami tbo fact, they urn not bound by tho law ns given them by tho Court, but can assume iho respon sibility of deciding, otioh Juror for himself, wlmt tho law is. If they are prepared to say tho law is different from what it is declared to bo by tho Court, they have a perfect right to say so, and ilndu verdict according to their own bottom* u/ Pic law. , Tho decision of tlio Supremo Court In this case is another illustration of tho strong dis position of our Judges to interpret tlio stat utes strictly, without rogard to their spirit or intent, or to tlio fundamental law. It- is u very grave question whether the Legislature lias tho constitutional right to deprive the Judges of their functions, or any of them, and invest tho Jury with judicial powers. Thu Constitution of 1870 provides, See. Ill: Tbo powers of tbo Government of this Stato arc divided Into three distinct departments—iho legislative, executive, and Judicial: and no per boh or collection of persona, being of those du- Eurtnumis, shall exorcise any power properly clanging to either of tho others, except us boro* InutUir expressly directed or permitted. It Is nowhere expressly or impliedly di rected or permitted by the Constitution tlmt theJuryslmll be judges of Ihdluw; on (lie contrary, It is provided tlmt "tlio Judicial power shall be vested In one Supremo Court, Circuit Courts, Justices of tbo I’caco, Police Courts, and such courts ns may bo created by law iu and for cities amt incorporated towns. 0 Now, a Jury is not “a court”; ami Iho Interpretation ■of tho law Is ono of tho highest of nil Judicial functions, liywliat right, then, has the Legislature taken from the Judges the right to decide wlmt the law is and confided Hits power, In tho unlimited sense dutinud by tho Supremo Court, to a Jury? /, There Is a sonso in which a Jury may prop erly Judge of the law. If tho statute had been held to menu that tlio Jury may judge of tlio law as laid down to them by tho Court, or Hint they may Judge of the rightful appli cation of tho law to tho tacts, there could be no question of Hie propriety of tho statute. In this case, as in the cose of changes of venuo and continuances, it Is tlio construc tion of tho law by the courts mere than tbo law itself that lias worked tlio mischief. . Tills will appear from Hie action of tho Massachusetts Supreme Court in a similar case. In 18.V5 11 io Legislature of Massachu setts enacted tbo following law: lu all trials fur criminal offense* U shall bo tho duiv of tho Jur>' t" try according to estab lished forms unu principles or law nil cases which shall be commuted to tbu in, ami, after having received tho instructions of tbu Court, to decide ai tholr discretion by a general vcrdlut bulb tbu law and tbu fact involved in tbo issue, or to return a special verdict, at tbolr clocUuu. Tills law was speedily brought before tlio Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts for adjudication. The very year In which it was enacted the Court decided In tho celebrated case of Tho Commonwealth vs. Anlhes, us follows * 1. Blnce this statute tho jury have wo rightful Rower to duiermliiu questions of law uuutrury i tbo instructions or I bo Court; s,*. Tbo Legislature cuuuot consistently with Ilio Constitution of the Commonwealth confer cat Mm Jtirv In criminal trials tho rightful power (o determine tho ijnUiMlons of law Involved In ilto (shihi against tho hintrnuilniis or tho Court, even l»y a statute which also provider that the Jnr.vftluill irvttio ciHem'c«mPng to esiahlished lortiHtmil principles of low mid 11ml ilio Court superintend tho course of tlio trials. (Jhlef-.lustlco Shaw delivered tho opinion of the court, am) In Die coarse of it he staled •• thegreat fundamental principle of the com mon-law” io lie *• Hint the Judges shall have the authority lo adjudicate all questions of law and the Jury (ho power to adjudicate on all questions of fact.” lie further held: Innvervvlew in which wo consider this stat ute It scorns 10 mo in bo deciaratoryonly. . . . In mv opinion a statnto which should provide In etplliilt terms (tint a Jury should have such power an that claimed lo lie conferred on them ivy Ibis sintnto mould Im rr/myiiiiid (o f/ir (,'oiMfi- Uitlonnf Hie Ciniuiunm'cnUh, and to thalr-xtcnt U\oi>aitth'C(inUv(>i<l. Vet such a law would bo no wore repug nant lo tho Constitution of Massachusetts thnu to Hint of Illinois, for the provisions of both in relation to tho Judicial power are Identical. Ilow broad, llboml. and compre hensive dons tbo decision of the Massachu setts court appear in comparison with tho narrow, literal conatrnnllon pul upon tlio Illinois statute by tho Supremo Court of tills Stale t ' Tlio common law made tho Jury tlio Judges of tho facts only. Its principles have been well stated in tho language of the Ohio Su premo Court: In all Jury Irlnlslt Is Hie peculiar province of tho Jnrv to determine tlm questions nf fact and that of tho Court lodeiermmn tho questions of law presented, and In tho trial or a criminal causa it Is the duty of tho Jury to receive tho law ns determined hy tho Court, am) no.lodge can rightfully disregard (ho law as declared In tbo Instructions of the Court to tho Jury. Tho right of tho Jury to judge of tho law Is n right to no exercised only under tho direction of the Court, am) If they go as'de from that direc tion mid determine 100 lawlno.vrreclly they do part from tholr duty, and chmmit a puhUc wrung, and this la criminal as well ns olvlt oastM. Tho Ohio court has also held that It was tho duty of the Judge to Instruct tho Jury In tho application of tho law to tho facts, though he may not Instruct thorn how to find tho facts. Inn Pennsylvania decision tho following quaint language occurs: In n criminal case the Jury tins tho |>owor, 7m( net the vhjht, to determine tho law us well as tho facts, by a verdict of not guilty. But a Pennsylvania Jury may not deter mine tho law in any other way than by tak ing a snap-judgment and acquitting tho prisoner, and thou only because tho latter may not bo put twice iu Jeopardy. Tho Now .Jersey law gives tho Judge the widest'discrcllon both os to the law and tho facts. Tho new Code of Criminal Procedure In Now York is very explicit ns to tbo relative powers of the Judge and jury: On the trial of an Indictment for any other crime than libel, question* of law are to bo de cided by tho Court, saving tho right of tho de fendant to except, questions of Taut by tho jury. And (hough Die Jury has tho power to Had a general verdict, which Includes questions of law as well ns of fuel. tneu arc humid, nmrtocto'S. to iwivc as laic what is laid down as such hy the Court. In charging tbo Jury, tho Court must state to them all matters of law which It think* necessary for thoir information in giving thoir verdict; ami must, if requested, in addition to H'lml (I mail deem Its dtdu to say [us to tho facts], Inlortu tho Jury that they arc tho exclusive Judges of all questions of fact. Thus It will be seen that tho Illinois prac tice has gone to tho extreme limit of reason In making (he Jury Judges of the law; and that the source of the evil is not only tbo law, but tho eonslruellon of it by tho Supreme Court. Tho principle is nn abominable one at best, and ought long ago to have been abolished. It grew up at atjmewheu tho Judges were appointed by tho Crown in the colonies, and was continued when they Imu n life-tenure, us formerly iu this State. But tho reason or pretext for such a provision ceased tho moment tho Judges began to be elected for short terms. There Is no danger that an elective jndl eiury will over bo too severe Intlib adminis tration of criminal Justice. Tin: familiar principle of the Hand of Hope having been applied in tho formation of n Chil dren's Land League, tbo parish in-lost ol Kan turk, near Cork, denounced it from (ho attar. Tho forty men of tho congregation at tbo next aorvico expressed their resentment by rising from tbolr scats and tramping outuf tlicehorch. Canon Deimohy, tbo priest, In Justification of his course, sent u copy of tho “alfnbot” to n Dublin paper. Thu result was that tbo Kanturk alfabot Is nmv recited In all tbo Catholic schools In Ireland. What was only heard In one parish school near Cork Is now daily chanted in ft,ooo schools over tho Island. Tho English papers copied tho doggerel, mrt tho cllcct was that a hundred thousand youmr Cells hi England arc now reciting it. It runs as follows: A Is tho army iliac covers tbo ground. 11 (s tho buckshot we're getting all round, U is Iho crowbar of crudest fame, I) Is our Davltt, a right glorious name: E is tlio limxllsn, wlio'vc robbed ns of broad, F Is tiio lamlne tboy’vo left us instead; 0 is for Gladstone, whose life is a lie: II la tbo harvest we’ll hold, or wo’li dlo; 1 is the Inspector, who when drunk Is bold, J Is tbo Jarvoy, who’ll nut drlvu him for gold; iv is Klimainlmm, where our true men abide: l> is the Laud League, our hope and our pride; M Is tho magistrate, who makes black of white; X is no rent, widen will mako our wrongs right; O Isold Ireland, Uiatyocshall lie freed; 1* Is tho peelers, wlio’vc sold her for greed; Q la tho Queen, whose use la not known; It Is tho rules, who keep up her throne; B is tlio Bburlff, with wo in his tram: T Is the toll that others may gain; (J is iho union, that works bitter hurra; V is the villain that grabs up u farm: W is tho warrant, for death or for chains; X Is iho h’rmttM.all lies and no brains; V is " Voung Ireland,'' spreading tho light; Z is tbo zeal that will wm tbo great light. At tho Inst meeting of tho City Councllltho report of tbo License Committee recommending tho repeal of tho ordinance in relation to tho appointment of a Fish Inspector was brought up for action. Tho motion to repeal Iho utterly useless Fish-Inspector oillcu was defeated by n veto of yeas HI, nays 17. Thu nays were: Aid. Appleton, Uurko, Sheridan, Cullcrtuu, Hildreth, Ulortlmi, Lawler, Purcell, J’eovuy, Bohroodur, Btauher, Hirsch, Meyer (Fifteenth), Imhof, Mulct (Sixteenth), Murphy, and Harrell. With twoor throe exceptions this “crowd” consists of bummers or scalawags who are opposed to ail movements looking to cutting off usoicss ollioes, They believe In lax-oatlng. They regard tax payers as legitimate prey fur tbo vuliuro class who Infest cities. Tholr objection to abating tho Fish-Inspector olllco, which is simply a miiaancu. was that it would deprive an oilleinl parasite of his prey, and out off u useless placo (or a partisan hanger-on. Tbo bulk of those seventeen tlshy Aldermen seek scuts In tbu City Legislature for sake of tho opportunities it af fords thorn to receive bribes and levy black mail. If anyone doubts this, lot him wait till tho Mutual Union Pule-Evil ordinance, which the Mayor once vetoed, comes again before the Council, and see how they veto on iL Why tho people of tho wards they como from pick out* such men to represent thorn is a mystery. With two or three exceptions, this same “crowd" voted against tho amendment to tbo Flru ordi nance to pruveut the erection of wooden build ings. What they scum to deslro Is to have tho city again burned up. Invariably they are found on tbo wrung side of every question that bus u right and u wrong side to it. Tnt: Statu Hoard of Health'has advised County Superintendents of (Schools that, owing loanunavoluabiodeluylnlbo public printing oillco, U bus been found Impossible to soouro a prompt supply of the blank* necessary to tho enforeomoutof tbo vaccination order recently promulgated by tbe board. Ula tburuforo sug gested that a reasonable delay bo granted by School Hoards, say of tun day* after tbo dls tributloii of those blank* to touebAr*. This wilt bo received by tbe board us a substantial com* plluoeo with tbo order. Piiesiuent Amitun paid the penalty of celebrity at tbo Now Eovlaud dluuer of Thurs day evening at Deltnunlcu's, Now Verb. An en terprising guest seut up hUP>ncim to toe presl- Ucut'a scat, wltb a request that be should write bis uumo upon It. Mr, Arthur compiled very graciously, aua when another guest, and a thud, catching tbo Idea, asked in like manner for Ida autograph, bo gave it wiin a courteous emtio. But wheu tbo fuuqy took like wlldllie, uud sow* mil nftor servant camo up with requests for his autograph, Iniorruptlug his conversation. tho Preddent seemed to consider that It wns bccom* Inn n huln imnnytiur. Perhaps It wns hardly the Lest tact to make him pay Cm- ins illmiur with Ills penmanship.—iY<m IVfc Sun. Tin-: London (htzctlc, of Due. 10, spunking of tho railing otr of nitomlanoo nt tho ehurehet in KiikllsU eltles, says: Hull must now bo added to tho othnr Inrpn towns whom local cmnrprlso tins supplemented thn oilk’liil enumeration of the people by taking n consul of tho nliendainm at places of worship on tsimdnv. Newcastle led mo way, Liverpool follmvoil, llrlslnl was tho next, tnon followed Slioliinid—with tho most complofo census that has been taken—and now (lull brings up tho rear. In addition to thorn large townaof more than KW.uta population, n "religious census’' has been taken at Wolverhampton. Accrington. Ipswich. Hath, Northampton.Chcncrilold, limit* erham. Iteil'ord. Woricsop. Hasting, and Man* chy. Tho attendance at mnrultip service varies from to par cent of tho population nt Worksop to tU percent ut lltitli; and at evening service from Ills tier com at Liverpool to nearly <l7 per coot at Hath—llrlslol earning next, with <ll per cent. In Mull, tho places of worship were leas (him half full in the morning, and u little more than half full nt nlpht. Tho figures unit Pollu tion, laO.OOd; Hillings, 7ft,7iH). Morning attend* mice, evening. 117,1 id. Tho proportion nt* attendance nt tho Kshibliahcd Churun is even smaller than elsewhere. Tlioatteiidanco wasjViMt In llio mumtturnnd 7,t17H In tho evening. 'Mint* ever nmy lie thn ease elsewhere, tho Anglican can hardly Im regarded ns tho ‘* Church of tho natioit" nt Hull. Ukoaiidino llio nppolntmont of daddy llowo to tho Poslnmalor-UoneruHlilp, tho Hum* IwolWIs.) ihdtcHu say si Hen. Hrunl. und Mr. CnnUling Imvo earnestly poiieht tho nomination ol (). Hone, of Wisconsin, to n Cnhinet position. Mr. liowehas llimtly been npnointed to succeed I'estimistur-Ucnomf James. U may nut.hu gen* erally known why (Jen. Hrant Interested himself it) secure an ollleo for Mr. Howe. Perhaps tho following extract from n speech delivered hy tlm new Postutustm'-Ueneral iu (treen Hay, Oct. ’.W. iSSO, may throw hoiiio light mi tho subjects It Is nn open sccrni that Hen. Oiirlleld Is not tho man 1 would Imvo KtlocleO tor PrMilunt. Imn old* fnalilnnoil enniuMi to think ihntnlica you nro about to cheese a I,'hluf Mmil.tlralo veil hud hmtur take year nrst cllUon rather man year second er your Iwuatjxtocenils unit aunurullv, t think, when yen have u trust teeoiiilile, especially ~nu so surrud at Is (he welfare or otr.inXJ.luti or tieeptu. ymt iiiul butler con* tlile It to eno yen have prevorl. rather than to eao yen have net proved. I tboiotoio tima/hl, iiiul l atm lldiik. (he t.'lduiiie Cenvunilen ceinndtted one of these blunder* wiilnti 1* tlrst cousin tn a crime when It netidimtud tlartleld limeail of timet tor President. Whnt do tho Wisconsin delegates who hvoko tho Htalwurt ranks In tho Chicago Convention and secured tho iionitintdon of Uarlloid think of tho muuiiiutlon of llowo’/ Kx-Gov, UoniNso.v, of Kansas, a lifelong teetotaler. In n private letter on tho result of tho Prohibition law In his Mate, says: Umicr our Local Option law Kansu* was, ns I behove, tlto must tompuruto Statu In tbo Union. I did not meet a drnmum person about Law* ronco unco In a year; but ml Is now changed. Ileforo, no man could vet n license without giv ing a heavy bond, conditioned that ho would not sell to u minor, nor tu a drunken person, nor on Sunday*, holiday*, and election-nays; also that lie was liable for all damage tils Itiiuor might do, or that tlio man or woman under Its itmmmco might do. Ilunco no irresponsible etiarautnr could obtain a license, and lho saloons worn usually a* orderly us other bn?hie.*,s bonnes. Now ItJh the Irresponsible, characterless scamp that runs (ho saloon; and us ho violator tbo law no more by selling to all persons at all times than bv soiling to respectable people* i’or medical orotbur proper purposes, thorn is no restraint whatever. It* one town can bo round with a population of Lift) Inhabitants where liquor cannot be Illegally purchased, 1 have been mis* lutoriuoil. (»i:n, Sthkiiman, of Toledo, 0., was asked by nu imorvlowcr: •* Du you think Arthur is working to bo bis own successor in the Presidential elmlr?" “ l most certainly do, mid 1 hope be Will be tbo mini put np by tbo Itupubllcaiii." •• Why?" " Ik-cuugit ho Is tbo only man whom tbo Homo* cratsuan heat." "Mow do yon make that appear?" "I reason this way, and I earnestly bnlloro T am rigid. In this country there are several hundred thousand good Mujiubllciina who loved (larileld. ami they bulluvo In their hearts that (lank-id was murdered to place Arthur where lie now Is. imd none of these will vote tor a man whu holds Unit ulllee by reason of such an uwlul calamity. I honestly believe this to lie true, and am nut alrald to say so. Understand me, I do not say that tlio Stalwarts bad anything to do with Uiirllold's murder, bull do say (hat down deep In the hearts uf thousands of Itepublleans that thought and feeling exist. Will such men vote for Arthur? Noverl 1 repeal U. air. Ar thur will tie beaten If lie Is nominated, and lie is the only muu that tbo Democratic parly cun boat." AThjc.w correspondent of (ho New Or leans Tliiidf'Danumil conics to (ho defense of tlio Texas ••cowboys" against the President's animadversions, Buying: "They uro no more robbers than Kentucky bog-drovers. Tennessee mule-drovers, or drivers of New Vork mllu carts. These boys aru herders of eattlo on llio plains of Texas—follow that ns a calling—and, although they often get upon sprees around the doggeries of town, uro regarded as a harmless sot. The robbers exist, it Is very trim, but they are n totally dllloront sot from thn buys minding eattlo at sls pur mouth. Tho stago.and train rubbers and tho border bandits never, molest tho cowboys, hut seem to respect thorn for tholr poverty, amt were never known to make ouo of thorn * stand and deliver.'" Ouitrau, who was at llrst wary of tho opl thut Insane, and nuked by Mr. Porter, wbilo on (ho witness-stand, whether his defonso was Insanity, evasively replied that hlsdefeaso was Inspiration of tho Deity, now no longer Hies shy of this word, lie has squarely como to tho point of considering himself pane enough now to know when and how ho was Insane. “ 1 don’t protend to say that lam Insane now any moru than you are," be shouted yesterday at Lawyer Davldgo, ** but on the 2d of July and for thirty days prior I was Insane." Thu defonso, then, ob viously, Is thirty-day insanity.—tig. A Uai.timoud 11-yoar-olil boy dreamed that some men wore trying to kill him and at tempted to get away from them. IDs father, awakened by the mdse, entered tho uoy's room and found him hanging, fast asleep, by tho hands from tho sill of tho window, which was in tho second story. Do rescued him with dim culty. LAKESIDE MUSING 3. "I found my stocking just ns full ns I: could bo. Somebody had given mo a load-pon cl!."—Surah lisrn/uinif. “ I shall not turn over a new loaf at tho beginning ot tho year. To tell the truth, 1 am gutting n llttlo short of loaves."— a, J. Tiltlen. “ThoSultnu has sent to Jail fur six months a reporter who spoku disrespectfully of hU Ad ministration. It 1h on llttlo points like this that 1 lay over tho Sultan."—Mayor Ilnrrlaun. The now Chinese Minister, who arrived In Washington Saturday, has oxprossod himself as very well satlsilcd with America. Now that this la settled we cun all go ahead with confidence. A Dolphin paper nay* that "Tlio Duka of Marlborough recently hud more than fi.UW acres of land thrown on his hands." This Ib tho ilrsc In timation that tho Duko was a Bt. Louis man. Thu Now York Nun printed recentlyn very Intoreßtliiifnrtlelo concerning cbo characteristics of Amcrlonn feet, but, us iho B’tm is not» very largo paper, uu reference was made to L’inclu imtl. A Baltimore physicau says Hint high heels cause tboouir of the log to dwindle away to the leanness of decrepit ago and become a thin, shapeless shank, Mr. Coakllng should paste this Hutu In bis hut. By her recent resignation of property to her sister In order to uvold litigation tho Income of iho lltirunuss Unrdotl-Coutts bus boon re duced |a7fl,WJ per year, and tho boys who play pokor with her husband fool hud. It was Just Cousin Jack, ami so—what was tho harm? Wo sat on tho steps, for iho evening was warm; Wo spuku very softly, and—os to hla urm, U wus just Cousin Jack, ana so—what wus tho hunnr f Tho scout of the hay-fields crept up from tho farm, Wo wore quite in tho dark, save tho flro-fllo,’ swarm (It was Just Cousin Jack, and so—what was tho harm?) / A bird from tho, bodgo whirring up broko tho charm i Uo Pont, as 1 stafted in foolish nltmn, And—*twus Just Cousin Jack, and so—what was the harm? —Syrian Ji. Anthony, , PERSONALS. v ' Arcldo and Fannie Parker purchased their freedom of Dr. Woods for II,M) la Ibo days when tho/ were his negro chattels in Kentucky, Ho was ul that timu worth C'iD.aW Ja land and slates. The War Impoverished him, tud be enuld novorpot ft fresh start again, Thn t. 1 t <IKI tolerably well, however, mul bo is mate of their himso In Cincinnati. MT ~n hi- Daniel Wuhslcr’s friends In \Vasht,,.,i iireHtarllnpn movement for llio eroetiim ~ iitutne to him tu that city. uon n . Judge Joremfah Ulnek is to lio lm it<ii ilcHvor tho address In liulUitiuro on llio ih«cii»i '* of tho centennial celebration of Urmtim'd, n liinmilnn of Irish Independence on ti-* ~roc * George Noslrand, of Uldgowood, j . though W year* of ago, does a great dr’ni’V work about his ho-no? hut Louisville i. imtfim Uio nullity ol 11r.0.U. Uruhnin, .Miss Amin Dickinson dunlus having \m\ gated tho recent attempt to servo n wrlten in * Fanny Davenport In Philadelphia. In fact «s ordered tho suit discontinued last snrm.,' . Mm ilistflhuknuwof tho nionlfving liir.ti, 2. 111 * through tho papors. It. almost seems as ihi.n V* tho thing was arranged on purpose t„ i, Miss Diuklnsoii in pnblla estimation. ‘"Juro I’roaUUml Porter of Vain takes occasion » ft declare that In the Instruction departm,.,,. , tho college no religious tests nro appiiod, r. p not oven demanded that Instructors slmn j' 1 mnlly express n faith in and nr nbnli use m,- llglons Inlluonocs. "Hut wo do rcimlro" k says, " that no inlltjencesor Instnicmm,Vn.J* nnchrlstlau Ulrcctton slmli bo allowed wu?.ih n> dlruoily or Indirectly, und wo expect thn* #i‘ r publiu will hold us Boverely to this ns ear oVy 3 REMEMBERING THE POOR, .Hcmbor* of «lic Lurgosi Sundny.«<,.|, ftftl In Cho IVurld Kindly, Treated hi- *i.i Clmrltiiliiy l>i*pe*od. 0 sprrlal iJlitxitcft to The Chteoao Tribune, ■ Cincinnati, 0.. Dec. il.-Thu ohJlttrcnof lliu Union DctliL'l, the hugest aiil)biuii-s ( .|, ((0 | in tho world, today received their ClivUtuius trout. There were 4,. r )00 prestmt, and nearly nil oftlimn from tho fumlllejt of thu luMm'st of tho poor. For many years It lists hmi Ww custom of tho Dulhul olllcers to do Hmicttitnu on ChrlsUifaHjJny for tho children win, tend their hcliuol, mid Christinas tuts thtu bcettmoto Iho rugged tlmmg tlie IniKlittA day in tho year. It was formerly tlm nistoi,, to give them a big dinner on Christum*. Day in the hall of tho Chumher et Commerce.^ •* It took ft trcimmilons mn,,. her of turkeys, pies, oranges, to satisfy such a number of huh-slarvM children, but nil those tilings came in win,, out sollelhuiun in ipmmitlcs greater than were needed, llio dill.lren carrying fminc tho surplus. This custom was continued until Hie school had grown to such puipurtlwu that no hall would hold tho great tiiron * lienee iho present custom of giving (oeiwi! pupil ft welHllled bagon Ulirlstmas-D.iy, j m ,i garments, shoes, ele., when greatly iiccik-d in winter. The bags to-day contained m aggregate of lifteen barrels of oranges, tinvi*- lonrths of u too of candy, uml other ttihigsiu proportion. ThulletUel bidldiug wasemvd. eti to its utmost el|)aelty by Interested si,.*c tutors of iho dilrltiiition. Tho eagorawM.i get the bugs was so great that it reiinlretla strong arm of authority to prevent accidents DECLINES, Tlio Kov. Hr. ICreiv, of SI. Paul, Will Not Como (o rtilcagu to Preach. bpttlal /,'l/p.dr/i to The Chititjo Trlhnnt. St.Jl’aul,Minn.,Doc. lio.-Tlte llav. Dr. Ilrcw, pastor of the House of Hope, In St. Tanl. ml* dressed his congregation at tlto close of u»j services this afternoon on the subject etiiis recent cull to the Second I’n sb.vkikn Churelt of Chicago, which he Ims held under consideration lor two or three weeks past. Ho recited (he circumstances of tlio cull, and of his visit to Chicago for tiiu purpose n( preaching in the Second Church, lie n pressed his high .sensu of tlio eompllnintt paid him by the call and tliu coum-mia treatment no imd reeelvetl In Chi cago, but tinmmnced Unit nmuue cutisiduratlnn bad led him to the delermlitailmi to decline any Invitation in leave bis present tleld of labor. lie spoke in feeling terms of the attachment shown him by bis congregation and the evidences of h gnnl lie reeeivetl from persons not coniuwe-l with Ills church. He was understood to re fer to addresses presented him during llw past week by all the pastors of the city mid by leading business-men of all religions de nomination* in St. I’anl urging him tud*> cllno the call to Chicago and remain lim*. Ills determination Is received byhlsclnm-u and the people of ,St. Paul generally vhlt great satisfaction. A SALOON ROW, Its Fatal Termination by the Ulimlorol a BSurlemler. Special DUuatch to The Chieaoo Tribune. , Omaha, Nob., 'Doc. 25.— About Jl o’clock this morning Oscar Hammer, barkeeper In Julius Troltsclike’s saloon, was struck on the left temple ami killed instantly as lie was .standing In llio door of tho saloon. A party of young men who had been uuarrellng with him had Just gone outside, amt ills .supposed that one of those inllieUul tho blow with tho butt gf a revolver xvlillo Haiunmr's buck was turned to litai, there being a ijimrrol in progress inside llio saloon, which diverted Hammer’s attemiim. Croat excitement was aroused, and Charles Kusters mid Frank Kcnnlalou Imvu been ur rested on miHplelon, Tim former was out* side of tho door when the deadly blow was struck, and the latter had been Involved la Urn altercation. Oscar Hammer, tho mar dered man, came to Nebraska last sluing from Chicago, and has n wife here. Alford Hammer, a brother, Is a well-to-do linear dealer In Chicago, on Fifth avenue ami Lake street. Thu Coroner’s Imjucst Is nut llnlslied. BOLD CRACKSMEN, TJioy Succeed In Opening a Safe at Mo* lino, til., mi l GoniiigAway with Cob* Mldorable Plunder. Special Z)(stM(cH (a Tfw CMwoo Trttmn*. Davkspout, lu., Dec. 25.—An expert Job of safe-blowing was done about h oVlark this morning by cracksmen on the safe of Holt As Wilson’s store, Moline. Dupont's No. 2 powder was used, with a complete art of tools. Tim entire front of tho sate, which was u new one of large size, was blown oif, the contents taken—composed of 82i0 In money and between BS,f>U mid 80, 000 In negotiable note* oueof those being hi tho sum of S-t.WJJ, of mmllmr in 51,H5, and a third Si,OJ«). to gether with others of small sums. These valuable papers had been placed within a wrought-lrou box inside the safe. Late in ttm day the notes, to the extent of 35,0ut) and some Insurance papers, were found a mils west of the scene of the robbery on the rail road track. SUICIDAL, A Wealthy man nl IU« Vaiicor |lou»e» Itl llOfelOll, Boston, Dec., B.l,—John 11. XJarslmv, a wealthy gentleman, ogedCT,- killed himself \n Iher i’urker House today. Baratov*', ItU brother. and sister linvo been boarding nt the hotel somo ten months, mid were res tored ns belonging nt Newport, It. 1. Alter returning from church this afternoon N wrote u note to his sister, saving he w* sorry for what he wus about to do, then en tered the bathroom and shut himself. t»nr stow is said to Uavo a duo residence in Ne« York. A Young Man In Louisville. Special JHtpaUh to 2 V>» VMtao* Tribune . Louisviu.k, Ky., pec. 2.1,—01k1a Will iams, whoso brother is nil extensive coal dealer hero, committed suicide by shooting himself through the pericardium. Ho was about 10 years old, ami killed himself almost In tlio preseneo or his mother and sMers in their home on Washington, near Hancock street. Tlio cause of the rush act was sup posed to be mental depression, brought on by a woli-dellned ease of epilepsy. A Lsilf at lllodUun, I ml. Indianapous. Iml„ Dee. iW.—Mrs. J’ritch avd, wife of Samuel \V. I’rlUduml, ex-Supcr* Intumlont of Hnbilo Schools at Jlatllsuu, ind., cgnunllled sulcitlu yesterday. ADVANCE OF WAGES REFUSED. I.OWKU.. Hass., Due. 2.1.—Th0 corporation agunis suy they cannot grunt tho request of tlio mulc-splnnurH tor increased pay, a*.V ness is dull, hut believe they wifi no able m give some udvuneu in the spring. DIED OF HYDROPHOBIA. ~ I’mi.AiiKi.iMUA, !*«., Doc. as.— Henry a Comley, a clerk,'who was bitten tdrcc ye rt nmiou tho linger, died today of hydieP* iU ' bio.