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¥ w iS ws e* W J m^.x y unlit ®"te* MB Volume 9. Helena, Montana, Thursday, October 7, 1875. No. 46 THE WEEKLY HERALD PUBLISHED EVERY THURSDAY MORNING. D. W. FISK. A. J. FISK. FISK BEOS., Publishers TERMS OF SUBSCRIPTION. TERMS FOR THE DAILY IIEKALD. Fit y Subscriber!? (delivered bj' currier) per month. .$3 00 BY MAIL. One copy one month.......................... Ç 3 00 One copy three months ........................ b M One copy six months........................... jp 00 One cojiy one year.............................. (X) TERMS FOR THE WEEKLY HERALD. One year ........................................00 Six month* ...................................... 4 00 Three months?................................... 2 50 An Earthquake at Sea. [From the Raltimore American.] Captain Doe, of the American bark Saint Lawrence, which sailed from Demerara upon I he 25th uit., for Baltimore, with a cargo of sugar and molasses, consigned to the owner, W. II. Perot, reports having experienced at 8:30 p. in., on the 2!Jtli ult., a heavy earth- quake in latitude 18, 13, longitude 01.05, which shook the vessel from stem to stern, hut, however, causing no damage. The weather was tair at the time, and Capt. Doe was asleep on deck, but was aroused by the shock. The tirst mate, Charles Zimmermau, who was on watch at the time, recorded the following particulars upon the log: At the hour named the vessel shook and trembled as if it had either run upon rocks or a sunken vessel. He went aft, looked into the water, which had not been discolored and showing that the vessel had not struck. He then went below, to see if the sugar or molasses had shifted, but found it all right. He afterwards ordered the pumps to be put to work, but no water came from the hold of the vessel, and he then concluded that the "upheaval" was caused by an earthquake. Two lady passen- gers in the cabin, Mrs. Captain Doe and Miss Dillingham, of Albany, N. Y., became great- ly alarmed, and said that they heard the miz- zenmast snap from the effects of the shock. Captain Doe states that the earthquake lasted for thirty seconds, and that when his vessel received the shock he was about 140 miles from land, between St. Thomas and St. Bar- tholomew, two of the group of the Carribean Isles. A similar shock had been felt at Bar- badocs, another of the group, the day before. He had sailed over the same course, but never before experienced anything of the kind. --- m i l — I M- m --- A Dos Story. The Long Branch correspondent of the Baltimore American writes: 1 have men tioned iu a former letter that w T e have here a girl from St. Louis—a graceful, dimpling, roguish beauty—whose favorite color in dress is that one which the poets never cease to laud to the skies—cerulean blue. This sum mer she inclines more to the blue of the navy, as that is the shade most in vogue, and when she appears in a handsome blue silk just from Brundage Baker's, and a tilted hat with a navy-blue vail twined around it and then around her marble throat, she is as pretty a specimen of a stylish American girl as one need care to see. The ladies are enthusiastic about lier, and so are many gentlemen. The other day a family from St. Louis ar rived at our hotel, and what extraordinary words of greeting do you suppose they used to the pretty girl in blue? "Good day, " said they to her. "How does Long Branch agree with you ? Do you snore as much as usual ?" The poor girl blushed to her hair, and said: "Oh, how mean you are ! You know I don't snore." She confided the secret of her annoyance to us on the back piazza at midnight, over the uninebriating influence of a glass of iced lemonade : "I took my dog on the train when I was coming away from St. Louis, and as I didn't want to put him in the baggage car, I hid him at the foot of my sleeping berth. He fell asleep instantly, and then the little villain began snoring as if he had just been îeceiving a Caudle lecture. 1 pushed him and scolded him and coaxed him and threatened him. It was of no use; he just snored the night through. I shouldn't have minded, but there was a party of St. Louis boys in the next berth, and they heard the snoring, and not knowing the dog was there, they spread the report that I snored awfully." I— +* »» —I Tin* Francisco Mint's rapacity. The facilities of the U. IS. Mint to turn out gold is at this juncture a matter of special in terest. The mint has nowon hand $2,000,000 in gold and $22,000,000 in silver. Superin tendent LaGrange states that the mint can coin gold faster than it e&u be paid out, the capacity of one press in the instution amount ing to ninety $20 pieces iu one minute, or $180,000 an hour, and about $1,000,000 in a day's work. 'The mint has two presses for coining double eagles, both of which could be pressed into service at once if necessary. The mint is now refining 36,000 ounces per day on an average. Yesterday it refined full 40.000 ounces and to-morrow will refine about 50.000 ounces. Gold coin has been turned out this month to the amount of $4,000,000, and the mint can pay gold coin for all gold bullion deposits without delay. All its de posits of gold coin are paid for in twenty four hours, unless the bullion is base and re quires remelting—an unusual thing—which would require another day. In short, the coining capacity of the mint is sufficient to handle all the bullion on the coast.— S. F. Pont, mh vit. ! 00 00 M nilLDREX IN THE CLOUDS. A True Story from **A11 Site Tear Hound.** One pleasant afternoon during the comet's appearance, some ten years ago, an aeronaut, alter a prosperous voyage, descended upon a lai^e farm in the neighborhood of a large farm market town in one of the Western States, lie was soon surrounded by a curi ous group of the farmer's family and labor ers, all asking eager questions about the voy age and the management of the balloon. That, secured by an anchor and a rope in the hands of an aeronaut, its car but afoot or two above the ground, was swaying lazily backward and forward in the evening air. It was a good deal out of wind,and was a sleepy and innocent monster in the eyes of the farm er, who, with the owner's permission, led it up to liis house, where, as he said, he could "hitch it" to the fence. But before he thus secured it his three children, aged respective ly, 10, 8, and 3, begged him to lift them into that big basket, that they might sit on those pretty red cushions. While the attention of the aeronaut was di verted by more curious questioners from a neighboring farm, this rash father lifted the darlings one by one into the car. Chubby little Johnny pioved the ounce too much for the aerial camel, and brought him to the ground ; and then, unluckily, not the baby, but the eldest hope of the family was lifted out. The relief was too great for the mon ster. The volatile creature's spirits rose at once, he jerked the halter out of the farmer's hand, and with a bound mounted into the air. Vain was the aeronaut's anchor, it caught for a moment in the fence, but tore away,and was off dangling uselessly after the runaway balloon, which so swiftly and steadily rose that in a few minutes those two little faces peeling over the edge of the car grew indis tinct, and those piteous cries of "Papa !" "Mamma!" grew fainter up in the air. When distance and twilight mists had swal lowed up voices and faces, and nothing could be seen but that dark, cruel shape, sailing tri umphantly away with its precious booty, like an aerial privateer,the poor father sank down helpless and speechless, but the mother, fran tic with grief, still stretches her yearning arms toward the heavens, and called wildly up into the unanswering void. The aeronaut strove to console the wretch ed parents with assurances that the balloon would descend within thirty miles of the town, and that all might be well with the children,provided it did'nt come dow n in deep water or in the -woods. In the event of its descending in a favorable spot, there was but one danger to be apprehended : he thought that the elder child might step out, leaving the younger in the balloon. Then it might rise and continue its voyage. "Ah, no!" replied the mother, "Jennie ! would never stir from the car without John ny in her arms." The balloon passed directly over the mar ket town, and the children seeing many peo ple in the streets stretched out their hands and called loudly for help. But the villagers, though they saw the bright little heads,heard no call. When the sunlight ail w ent away, and the great comet came blazing out, little Johnny was apprehensive that the comet might come too near the airy craft and set it on fire with a whisk of its dreadful tail. But whep his sister assured him that the fiery dragon was as much as twenty miles aw ay, and that God wouldn't let him hurt them, he was tranquil lized, but he soon after said : "I wish he would corne a little nearer, so I could warm myself—I am so cold." Then Jennie took off her apron and wrap ped it about the child,saying tenderly : "This is all sister has to make you warn?, darling, but she'll hug you close in her arms, and we will say our prayers and you shall go to sleep." "Why, how can I say my prayers before I have my supper?" asked little Johnny. "Sister hasn't any supper for you or her self, but we must pray all the harder," sol emnly responded Jennie. So the tw r o baby wanderers alone in the wide heavens, unawed by darkness, immensi ty and silence, by the presence of the comet, and the millions of unpitying stars, lifted their little clasped hands and sobbed out their sorrowful "Our Father," and then that quaint little supplementary prayer : "Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord ray soul to keep : If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take." "There ! God heard that easy ; for we are close to him up here," said innocent little Johnny. Doubtless Divine Love stooped to the little ones, and folded them in perfect peace, for soon the younger, sitting on the bottom of the car with his head leaning on his sister's knee, slept as soundly as though fie were ly ing in his own little bed at home ; while the elder watched quietly through the long, long hours, and the car floated gently on the still night air, till it began to sway and rock on the fresh morning wind. At length a kind providence guided the lit tle - - - - girl's wandering hand to a cord connect ing the valve. Something told her to pull it. At once the balloon began to sink,slowly and gently, as though let down by gentle hands, or as though some celestial pilot guided it through the wild currents of air, not letting it drop into lakes and rivers, leafy wood or im penetrable swamp, where this strange, un childlikc experience might have been closed by a death of unspeakable horror ; but caus ing it to descend as a bird alights, on a spot where care and human pity awaited it. The sun had not yet risen, but the morning twilight bad come, when the little girl, look ing over the edge of the car, saw the dear old earth coming nearer—"rising toward them," she said. But when the car stopped, to her great disappointment, it was not on the ground, but caught fast in the topmost branch of a tree. Yet she saw that they were near a house whence help might soon come, so she awakened her brother, and told him the good news, and together they watched and waited for deliverence, hugging each other for joy and warmth, for they were very cold. Farmer Buxton, who lived in a lonely house on the edge of his own private prairie, was a famous sleeper in general, but on this partic ular morning he awoke before the dawn, and though he turned and turned again, fie could sleep no more. So at last lie awoke his wife and said : "It's no use ; I'll just get up and dress, and have a look at the comet." The next she heard was a frightened sum mons to the door. It seems that no sooner did he step from his house than his eyes fell on a strange shape hanging in a large pear tree about twenty yards distant, lie could see it in no likeness to anything earthly, and he half fancied it might be the comet, who having put out bis lights had come down there to perch, in his fright and perplexity he did what every wise man would do in like extremity. Reinforced by her he drew near the tree, cautiously reconnoitering. Surely, never pear tree bore such fruit ! Suddenly there descended from the thing a plaintive, trembling little voice, "Please take us down. We are very cold - " Then a second little voice—"and hungry, too. Please take us down." "Why, who are you ? And where are you ?" The first little voice said: "We are Mrs. Harwood's little boy and girl, and we are lost in a balloon." The second little voice said : "It's us, and we runned away iu a balloon. Please take us down." Dimly comprehending the situation, the farmer, getting bold of a dangling rope, suc ceeded in pulling down the balloon. He first lifted out little Johnny, who ran rapidly a few yards towards the house, then turned round and stood for a few moments, curiously sur veying the balloon. The faithful little sister was so chilled and exhausted that she had to be carried into the house, where, trembling and sobbing, she told her wonderful story. Before sunrise a mounted messenger was sent to the Harwood home, with the glad tidings of great joy. He reached it in the afternoon, and a few hours later the children themselves arrived in state with banners, and conveyed in a covered hay wagon and four. Joy bells were rung in the neighboring town, and in the farmer's brown house the happiest familv on the continent thanked God that night. ■** k Tlie President and she* Postmaster. President Grant lias not only a nice appre ciation of humor, but on occasion is apt at repartee. During his recent vacation at Long Branch he was called to Washington on pub lic business, and while there was handed for signature several commissions of postmasters. There were also presented to him a number of petitions, among them one from citizens of Vineland, N. J., for the removal of Mr. Lan dis from the postmastership. Mr. Landis, it will be remembered, is the gentleman who ifi an informal and impromptu manner "pro moted" a small globe of lead into the brain of Mr. Carruth, the editor of the Vineland pa per. The President asked: "is there any irregularity in Mr. Landis's accounts ?" "Not any," replied the pleasant-voiced Postmaster-General.* "Is the office well conducted ?" "No complaint on that score." .'Intemperate habits ?" ••Nothing of the kind charged." "What is the objection ?" "The petitioners say he is rather obnoxious aud a change would be satisfactory." "Well," replied the President, with the slightest possible twinkle at the Postmaster General, "he doesn't appear to have done anything but shoot an editor, and I don't see how I can remove him for that." The papers remain on file in the archives of the republic. ---—i •h-KKS**»» m Valuable Dog*. At the London dog show this year the Rev. J. W. Mellar's champion mastiff, Turk, a dog a little over seven years old, that has won more than thirty prizes and cups, was valued by his owner at $25,000, and Mr. A. 8. D. Fivas's Granby, an animal almost as big as a lion, at $50,000. Four other mastiffs were valued at $5,000 each, several St. Bernards were rated at from $5,000 to $10,000, a New foundland was marked $5,000, the famous grayhounds St. Patrick and Warwick were considered to be worth $25,000 each, several setters were appraised at $5,000 apiece, and one at $50,000; one Irish water spaniel was held at $5,000, and six retrievers at the same price, while a Dalmatian, belonging to Mr. R. J. L. Price, known as Crib, nine years old, was valued at £10,000 sterling. Of course most of these valuations were exag gerated methods of staling that the dogs were not for sale at any price. A Texas Bed-Bug. (From thoSheridan Register. A Sherman man, who was out in the coun try buying grain, stopped at night at a dilapi dated farm house. After a fierce contest with the bugs and mosquitos, he had fallen asleep. He slept about an hour, when he was rudely awakened. The old farmer was standing over him with a cocked revolver, and one of the farmer's stalwart sons had him by the heels and was in the act of jerking him out of bed. while the hired man was tossing the pillow around with a three-tined pitchfork. "What have I done?" he hoarsely asked. "Keep cool, stranger," replied the farmer, "some of the boys thought they Lsard a Den ison bed-bug chawing up a shuck mattress, but I guess it must have been wolves in the timber they heard; you can go to sleep again." But somehow or other he couldn't. ! CHARLIE ROSS. Review oï I he Sad Domestic Tragedy the Present llonr. ta Failure of an Audacious Attempt to tablisb a Trade of Uhilu Stealing-. En [From the New York Times, Sept. 21.] It is now more than a year since the Ross child was stolen from his parents at Philadel phia. The killing of the abductors, Mosher and Douglass, while engaged in a burglary at Bay Ridge, removes from the field the mis creants who, up to that moment, had been carrying on negotiations for the ransom of the captive child. And the death of these men brought to public view much of the in formation which the police at that time had in possession, but which had been kept as private as possible while the child stealers were alive and within reach. The arrest of Westerveldt, brother-in-law and familiar friend of Moslier, for alleged complicity in the abduction, has resulted in bringing out on his trial most of the details of the crime, ex cept those which lead directly to the final dis position of the child. These, as unraveled in the trial of Westervelt, at Philadelphia, re veal the conception and execution of a crime whose boldness and atrocity are uncommon, if not quite unprecedented, in this country. It appears that after the child had been ta ken from Philadelphia, negotiations were at once opened with the father by means of mysterious letters and advertisements in the newspapers. From these letters, now for the first time made public, we see that the kid nappers assumed a bold position. It was ra tenden to persuade the Ross family that the abductors were a band of tremendous fellows, whose plans were deep and secret, whose hiding place was impregnable, whose machin ery was vast and subtle,and whose vengeance was swift and sudden. Occasionally these dark threats verged on the bombastic gretes qneness of the Southern ku-klux, betraying some familiarity with that variety of reading known as "yellow covered literature." The letters were designed to mislead the search ers as far as possible. There is no reason to suppose that Mosher would tell Mr. Ros9 that the boy had been disguised by cuttting of his hair and putting him in girl's clothes, even if the transformation had been made. The fact that such a story was told by the kidnappers would imply to' a shrewd detective that nothing of the kind had been done. By going or sending about the country,the scoun drels succeeded further in mystifying the dis tracted friends of the stolen child. They were thus able to post letters at various different points, though it ^is noticeable that none of these baffling missives were mailed from any very distant post office, as they might have been. The ransom demanded for the child was twenty thousand dollars. The child-stealers intended to go into this business extensively. They were determined on large profits on their ventures. For fome reason they made an error in their first attempt. They believed that Mr. Ross was a rich man—one to whom twenty thousand dollars for a favorite child would a light sum. If Mr. Ross had been as well able to pay the money as the conspira- j tors thought he was, they would have speedi ly received the cash, and it is quite likely that j the business of kidnapping would have flour- j ished for a season. The unhappy father ! could not at once procure the money demand-j ed; meantime the delay alarmed the robbers, ! who ascribed it to an attempt to entrap them: | the whole country was excited over the mon- j strous crime, and the kidnappers drew fur- j ther and further away from all the advances I of parents, friends and pursuers. This long j delay made it difficult, if not impossible, to conclude any arrangements with the robbers by which the stolen child should be restored. Mosher and his accomplices were wary. The friends of the child were distrustful of the good faith of the abductors. Men who would wantonly steal a child and afterwards trifle ! with a parent's agony, would not stick at pocketing the ransom, and then keeping up a demand for more money before performing their part of an agreement which they had dictated. It is by no means eertain that they ever intended to return the child;it is not even certain if he was alive when the later nego tiations were reached. As we have said, although nearly all the details are now laid bare the wherabouts of the child, from the time of his abduction un til now, remains a profound mystery. One witness testifies, with positiveness and clear ness, that he saw Westerveldt, who was Mosher's relative and companion, with a child, July 6, 1864, in a Brooklyo street car. It is now found that that child resembled the late ly stolen Charlie Ross;that he «appeared to be afraid of his custodian, cried pitifully, and was sufficiently wretched in his appearance to attract the attention of the witness, and make a vivid impression oil her memory. It is not likely that Mosher and Douglas ever kept the child near them long at one time. They knew from Westervelt that they were at least suspected of the crime. They were in communication with those who guarded the boy; and they were careful to have it un derstood that their arrest would at once be followed by the sacrifice of the little captive's life. They blundered iuto sudden death, and their secret remained with them. It is not reasonable to suppose that Westerveldt,what ever may have been his active guilt in the matter, is in ignorance of the fate of the sto len child. He undoubledly knows whether Charlie Ross is dead or alive. It is most like ly that he could, if he chose, surrender the clues by which the few remaining details of the infamous plot could be cleared up. The afflicted parents of the missing child, suffer ing the prolonged suspense, an agony beyond that of an ordinary bereavement, have the sympathy of every generous nature. It is a matter for congratulation, however, that thousands of homes are made more secure by the failure of an audacious attempt to estab lish a trade of child stealing. to €«IRLS OF THE TURF. % B»sc I>kU «'ontest Betwocn two Female Unix*. t-Fi-om Hie Sprinfeld (Iil.) Register The female base-ball club, to which refer ence has been made tvom time to time in the press of this city, played their initial exhibi tion game on Saturday last, in the presence of an assembly of perhaps two hundred peo ple. The grounds were surrounded by a can vass in order to secure privaey, about three hundred feet square being embraced in the enclosure. At the hour for the game to com mence the girls "came to the scratch" clad in neat and rather showy uniform, and at once proceeded to business. The nines are known respectively as the "Blondes" and "Brunettes." The uniform of the former consists of a jaunty white hat, blue pants trimmed with white, reaching a little below the knee, blue jackets similarly trimmed,con fined at the waist with a black belt, and white hose striped with blue. The uniform of the Brunettes consists of white hat, white suit? trimmed with blue, and red and white sock— beg pardon—hose, we mean. The toss was won by the Brunettes, and the Blondes went to the bat. The game proceeded at once, with varying results, and soon a little nervousness, under which it was manifest some of the girls were laboring, wore off, and they entered in to the spirit of the occasionwith considerable vim. The batting was not characterized by any degree of vigor, nor was the pitching and catching hardly up to the standard of some of the crack male clubs, yet the contest seemed to be greatly enjoyed by the specta tors, and an unusual "pose," a home run, or a fly catch, was certain to provoke a burst of applause. Everything, however, was done decently and in order, and there was nothing, save, perhaps, the exhibition of female anat omy, to which exception could be taken, and even that is frequently discounted in lirst-class theaters. For about two hours the game went on, and finally victory perched on the ban ners of the Blondes, by a score of forty-two to thirty-eight, — ..... —<42** T3se New Auitikaa College oi'ASnaie. The new American College of Music in New York city promises to be the most ex tensive institution of the kind in existence. The original endowment of $5,000,000, con tributed anonymously, will, it is stated, shortly be supplemented by an additional donation of $5,000,000 by another millionaire, Mr. Daniel Hopkins. The constitution, by-laws and scheme of instruction are now completed, and await the sanction of the board of trus tees, which being obtained—as it doubtless will be—the college can immediately begin operations. The institution will be tempor arily located in the handsome block on Fifth avenue, between Forty-fifth and Forty-second streets, now partly occupied by the Rutgers Female College : and it is expected that in about five years the permanent building, which w ill cost at least $1,000,000, will be completed on the site appropriated bv the Legislature and Park Commissioners, in'Cen tral Park, from Eightieth to Eighty-first The munificence of the endowment will render it possible to provide musical edu cation practically free to all. The terms of instruction will be very low, and there will he an abundance of free scholarships. What is the Sim? Frofessor Randolph, in a lengthy paper on the sun, says : A molten or white Lot mass, 856.000 miles in diameter, equalling in bulk 1.260.000 worlds like our own, having a sur- rounding ocean of gas or fire, «50,000 miles 'deep, tongues of flame dasting upward more than 50,000 miles, volcanic forces that hurl into the solar atmosphere luminous matter to the height of 160,000 miles, drawing to itself all the worlds belonging to our planets, and holding them in their proper place; attracting with such superior force the millions of solid and stray masses that are wandering in the fathomless abyss that they rush helplessly to- ward him and fall into his fiery embrace. And thas he continues his sublime and resist- less march through his mighty orbit, having a period of more than 18,000,000 of years. Aii Honest Man. frFrom tb<- Vieksburg Herald, j Last evening a farmer to drive out of town with his mule and vehicle, but after rail-fene ing back and forth across the street a dozen times, he finally got hisyehicle foul of a post. "Hello! what's the matter?" asked a pe destrian, as he halted. "Mazzer !" "Yes; why don't you drive in the road ?" "Mizzer," replied the farmer, after a lpng look, "1 won't tell a lie 'fi die for't; you may think yis mule's drunk, but he ain't; he's so ber's judge, an' I'm drunk's Billy be d-d: whoa, there! backup!" A Persistent Ncnasher. The New York Herald relates some of the capers of a most persistent English criminal : "In 1865 a man named Richard Hampton broke the shop window of a harmless watch maker in Woolwich, England. He was sent to prison for nine months, on the very day of his discharge returned to Woolwich and smashed the same window. This time the Court gave him eighteen months; and once more, on the day his sentence expired, he re turned and again broke in the same window. Ilis third sentence was for ten years; but the other day he was, for good conduct, dis charged on a ticket of leave, having served nearly eight years. Promptly, for the fourth time, he went straight to Woolwich, and once more smashed the same window, and being thereupon brought into court for a fourth sentence, he remarked that he would break that window as often as he got the chance, for the rest of his life. He is in for another ten years."