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How Our Cidevant City Engineer Cele brated the AdyentofHis First Born. He I l « Hi* Men on a Christmas I)m, nU and A knishes the De« •nor»ti e> il Natives. John lit uart, red headed little Scotchman » stormed the Coun cil's approbation his appointment as City Engineer by ■ .yor Sullivan and held down that post pr ity vigorously until his contemplated in; riage and business affairs calleu him Las , whither he went and re n.aiueu withoi t dropping his friend, the Mayor a line tendering his resignation, has acmeved a half column of newspaper noto riety in che New \ork Timen. After Jmndoning his official honors and leaving J m By an to go it alone on the court house ontrftct over a year ago, Bruntou. after ex periencing a streak of good fortune heie th?t no other pilgrim ever achieved, started East to follow his ascendant star and con jura mate HIS APPROACHING NUPTIALS with the niece and presumptive heiress of the rich St. Paul bonanza king, Dennis Ryan. This he happily accomplished and started with his new bride for New York. The delights of the honey moon did not close his eye to the chances for business advancement. The Croton acqueduct was submitted for bids while he was in Goth am and visions of a fat contract so haunted his engineering brain that, backed by his wealthy uncle-in-law, he put in bids on the contract and much to the surprise of himself and the New York engineers, cap tured several divisions, the climax of his luck. Then the glad news was wired to his friends in Helena that the "greeny'' from Montana had scooped the experts of New York and got away with A $3,000,000 CONTRACT. The Times of December 28th says an heiress was born to the house of Brunton about Christmas time and it occurred to John that such an event at such a time should be properly celebrated. Accord ingly he hit upon thf plan of "treating" the 400 men who were at work under him on the acqueduct. With regal prodigality he distributed >700 in $50 lots among the saloons near the scene of his contract, told his men to knock off work and informed them that "free whisky" would be dispensed at these saloons for three days. The men, a common lot of mixed nationalities, [proceeded at once to enjoy a Merry Christmas and drink to the health of the heiress to the house of Brun ton. They drank, guzzled, filled up and ypt gloriously drunk. Nearly the whole number went on the rampage and the quiet of Tenth avenue was seriously dis turbed. Chaos reigned for a day, fights and all sorts of disturbances continnously going on. Real gore flowed and only added to the brilliant carmine with which Brun ton's men were painting the town. Squads of police came from all directions to quell the riot but their presence only provoked additional violence. .Only after several men were wounded and numerous others incapacitated from liquor and still others put out of hratn's way in jail, did the un sightly revels cease. And then only to break out next day, the men claiming that they had not yet drunk all the free liquor. They repeated their visits to the saloons and the disorderly scene was re-enacted. It required the united force of a respecta ble portion of the police force to end the row. Property was damaged in the outbreak and residents expressed great indignation over the occurrence, some threatening to sue Brunton for damages and others vent ing their feelings in more intemperate ut terances. The Helena surveyor is making himself known in New York, though the noto riety given him by the Times is not of that sort that could be called enviable. DEATH OF "DON." Gov. Marshall's Famous Mar Horse No More. Tioncer Press: Don, the horse ridden by ex-Governor Marshall the last year of the war, died December 21st, on the Governor's larm, just north of St. Paul, aged twenty nine years. He was doubtless the last sur vivor in Minnesota of horses used in the late war. Don had preserved his vigor until about two years ago. Since then he had not been used at all, but tenderly cared for with the hope that he might live in "green pastures" yet many years. He was a horse of unusual intelligence and docility. His master was greatly attached to him. They had shared together the hardships of weary marches and the perils of hard fonght battles. For nearly a quar ter of a century Don had been a faithful servant and companion. Man and horse they had grown old together, and it was a great grief to the one when his old comrade laid down to die. The last time Don was used on any pub lic occasion was when President Hayes visited St. Paul in September, 1878. Gov. Marshall rode him in the procession of veterans that escorted the President and his party. Don had campaigned it through the States of Missouri, Arkansas, Ken tucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisana and Alabama. The most conspicuous engage ments in which he served were the battles of Nashville, December 15 and 16,1861, and the siege of Mobile, March and April, 1865. On the last day at Nashville, in the grand, decisive charge of Gen. A. J. Smith's corps, Don bore his master at the head of his brigade across the artillery-swept field, leaping the enemy's works at the Point Coupee Louisiana bat tery of four Napoleon guns. It was related in the account of the battle pub lished in the Pioneer Press at the time, that some of the gunners who tried to escape were pursued and one large, resolute fel low captured by Don being spurred on to him. At the seige of Mobile, in advanc ing to the attack of Spanish Fort, Gov. Marshall received a severe wound while riding Den. As befitting his honorable military career, a grave was dng on the sunny side of an oak in the pasture where he had grazed, and there on a bed of clo ver hay, with the national flag under which he had often charged in battle wrapped around him, he was laid to his final rest. A low stone will mark the place with the inscription : "DON, My Faithful War Horse, Died December 21,1886. Aged 29 years." Fire and Los* of Life. Madras, January 2. —The fire in the re served enclosure of the People's Park on Friday lasted only fifteen minutes. It is now ascertained that 300 persone lost their lives. The Commander-in-Chief and First Prince of Travancore who were present, escaped uninjured. The fire is supposed to be of incendiary origin. the NEW year. ^ We are fairly launched upon the new year 1887. It opens full of promise to us as a Nation, as a Territory, as a city. We are at peace at home and abroad, with plenty everywhere, an oyerflowing treasury and resources that ordinary figures can hardly estimate. The loud est complaint and apparently the great est anxiety of the national government is on account of its surplus. Our Terri tory is out of debt. Our county war rants are at par and cashed on sight Our city is in good credit, with a rail road boom staring her fuil in sight Though the winter opened with dreary foreboding for our vast stock interests, more poorly provided for a hard winter than ever before in our history, the sea son has thus far been propitious and a load of anxiety has already been lifted on that account. Our mines were never so productive and full of promise. Sil ver is advancing not only in price hut favor. It will never be again demonetized even for a time. As the richest and moat powerful nation in the world the United States can do more alone in fixing the values of the precious metals than any combination of other nations possible. Even if there should he no general continental war, which all indications threaten, the condition at present is al most as had as war. Every nation in Europe is spending more than its current revenues in prepar ation for war. National debts and bur dens of taxation are increasing faster than population and legitimate revenues. If the expected war comes, it will de volve upon this country to feed, clothe and arm the warring nations as long as they have any hard money to pay us with. Fortunately there is nothing that we seriously need that comes to us from Europe. We do not raise our own tea, coffee and sugar, but no European war can cut us off from the sources of our sup ply. As for our manufactures, thanks to our protective system, we have be come independent. If the commerce of the Atlantic is disturbed by naval war fare, we have that of the Pacific availa ble with the harbors of San Francisco and Puget Sound, equal to any expan sion of commerce, and several com pleted transcontinental railroads. Even our Indian wars seem about over and the Indian question nearing the final stage of settlement by the dis solution of tribal relations and the gradual merging of the several tribes into citizens as they become civilized and self-supporting. The wounds of our great civil war are pretty well healed and the rents closed up. A new generation, born since the war closed, is now entering into control of the destinies of this country, and for getting the past, is addressing itself to the improvement of the grander oppor tunities of the present. The growth of the Northwest ami the Pacific coast leads all the rest of the country and is fast moving the center of wealth and population to the banks of the Mississippi. If the present year does not witness the addition of four new States, it will see the completion of their readiness, the possession of all the essential qualifications. We do not be lieve that we overestimate in saying that the population of the Northwest and the Pacific States during 1887 will he in creased fully one million and its realized wealth hundreds of millions. We no longer have any frontier. Set tlement is going on everywhere. The railroads have broken down all parti tion walls. The deserts are disappear ing, and mountain harriers have been pierced or surmounted. Everything warrants the prediction that 1887 will see a greater growth and greater prosperity, solid, substantial and better diffused, than any previous one since we became a Nation. Those who read of the last conscious mo ments of Gen. Logan's life, when he was calling for his bank book and inquiring how many checks had been drawn, and was studying to ascertain what was left for his family, will feel a touch of inexpress ible sadness that such a trouble clouded his last thoughts. At that instant what a load would have been lifted to know of the quick and generous free will offerings that have been pouring in to replenish that slender bank account. Gen. Logan was too busy with the discharge of his duty to think of making money, and his noble wife was too much devoted to him and his ad vancement to allow him to be diverted on her account. Republics are neither un grateful or unappreciative of real nobility. One of the best things for the new year is the Boston Herald's proposition to take all its employes into partnership. We be lieve this will prove the true solution of all the labor troubles in the country, it will give permanency of employment, con tentment, interest in the general success. When a few large concerns have success fully inaugurated this plan of co-operation, it will become general with little diffi culty. It will do more than any and all other forms of organization. Every em ploye will know the inside workings of the special organization of which he is part and instead of suspicion and antagon ism, there will be increased care, energy, confidence, enterprise and economy. Some of the messages of spontaneous and affectionate remembrance to Mrs. Logan are very touching and provoke many a tear. They come alike from the south as well as the north ; from the east as well as the west ; from political foes as well as friends ; from his native town where his boyhood was spent and his active public career begun, and where he took his young wife when first wedded Bnt besides these there are thousands per haps more tender tributes only known to the recording angel. A HUNDRED YEARS AGO. In 1787 the famous ordinance for the government of the Northwest Territory was passed by the Continental Congress, preceding only by a few months the present constitution. It forms a con venient land mark to note the develope ment of the Northwest. The coloni zation of Ohio was just beginning. The ordinance provided that as soon as there were 5,000 inhabitants in that whole territory, embracing Ohio, Indiana, Illi nois, Michigan and Wisconsin, the peo ple should be entitled to a legislature of their own. In 1880 these five States had a population of 11,206,668, which has since been increased to about thirteen million*. It is curious to notice that the area comprised in these five States lying east of the Mississsppi river, which con stituted the Northwest one hundred years ago, are hardly considered now' as be longing at all to the Northwest of to day. They constitute the West to those living along the seaboard, but the North west proper of to-day only begins after crossing the Mississippi river. The country between the Mississippi river and the main range of the Rocky Moun tains was regarded as part of the Louisi ana purchase acquired in 1815, includ ing the present States of Louisiana. Ar kansas, Missouri, Colorado, Kansas, Ne braska, Iowa and Minnesota, jwith the three Territories of Dakota, Montana and Wyoming. If to the original five Western States east of the great river he added the pop ulation of Iowa, Kansas, Colorado, Ne braska, Minnesota and those Territories east of the Itocky Mountains, we have a total population of about twenty mil lions, or about one-third of the entire population of the whole country in a region that did not have 5,000 inhabi tants a hundred years ago. Where else cn the face of the earth has such a change been wrought during that hun dred years or any other century since the world begun ? There was not at that time in this whole region property of the value of half a million dollars where now there are billons. This vast region that now produces the food for the East ern States and much of the South and a large part of Europe, then produced nothing and was hardly con sidered capable of producing anything. Another curious thing will he noticed in reading the ordinance of 1787. The governor must own a thousand acres of land to be eligible. Judges and mem bers of the council must own 500 acres, and even voters must own fifty acres. This was the act passed by the genera tion that won the independence of the United States and in the same year and by the same men that framed our present constitution. There was not much fear of landed monopolies in those days. They were rather encouraged than dis couraged. The idea of manhood suf frage had not then found a foothold in the most advanced political theories. That ordinance too provided that whenever any portion of that North west Territory should contain 60,000 in habitants they might organize a State government and join the confederation, or even a smaller number might by con sent of Congress become a State. Now we have a Congress that refuses admis sion to Dakota with a population of 500,000, and even Montana with nearly three times the maximum requirement of one hundred years ago is hardly con sidered seriously in her demands for State rights. By the time this century ends, only thirteen years hence, these States formed out of the old Northwest Territory, to gether with the new Northwest and the I'acific coast States, will contain full one-half the population of the whole country. It contains now seven times as many people as were in the United States at the time of the revolution, and more than twice as many as at the time of the last war with England in 1815. The people of the old States cannot much longer impose their disabilities and successfully cultivate their jeal ousies of this neglected region. The doors of the Union may he barred for a time a3 the waters of a river may he dammed, hut they will gather head and force to sweep over any harriers, and all the powers, arts and genius of obstruction cannot long prevent it. The Senate committee on transportation has published a long report on the ques tions of production and transportation of cereals, extending its inquiries to Europe and Asia. While there is much that is valuable in the conclusions of the report, there is mnch crudity as well, perhaps the result of defective data or careless conden sation. The grand fact, however, stands out clearly that within a single generation the wheat product of the United States has increased five fold. The use of agricultur al implements on a virgin soil and cheaper transportation have accomplished this is* crease. It is possible to increase this pro duction for a few years, but wheat growing without manuring the soil soon wears it out and the demand for home supply is increasing so rapidly that it will be hardly more than possible for the increase of production to keep pace with home de mand. India with the aid of improved irrigation may increase her yield and Eng land's supply for a time, but it will be at the expense of starvation at home'. Rus sia is the only country in Europe that is capable of increasing her exports of wheat, and that-increase will be slow till the peo ple become more intelligent and free. We see nothing in the present market prices to induce our people to wear out their land in raising wheat in any increasing vantitles for exportation. The investiga 1 1 j of the Senate committee disclose great inequalities in the rates of trans portation that surely require correction. an insane asylum. The subject of building an insane asylum for the territory and its direct support will be very apt to be one of the matters to come up before our Legis lature. We do not know as there is any great or just cause of complaint as to the manner in which the wards of the Territory are now cared for. The chief objection is to the contract system and the expense of support. Possibly for a time the expense to the Territory might be as great as now, but with the growth of population and this class of unfortunates, the time is soon coming, and we think it has already come, when we must have an asylum of our own. If the present contractor should die suddenly, in what condition would we be placed.' It would hardly be possible for the executor or administrator of his estate to carry out his contract. There is no security that the care and support of the insane may not he thrown hack upon the Territory any day, with no means whatever to provide for them suitably. Prudence dictates that such a situation should not he allowed to con tinue longer. The present contractor may be all that could he desired. It may be impossible to lind a successor to fill his place. It would be unwise, in our judgment, if we were a State in full control of our resources to spend a large sum of money in erecting a costly building. It would ho better to have ample grounds and be gin with a cottage or village system, with several small convenient buildings, where patients could be better classified and separated, living more on the family style. Many large and expensive asy lums are burned every year and gener ally great loss of life occurs. No doubt the grounds fur such an asylum would be donated for the pur pose. The location should be chosen with the view to the economical support of the inmates. There should he grounds for producing a large share of the vege tables needed, and much of the work could be done by the insane. Fifty thousand dollars, perhaps half that amount, added to what would be donated, would he enough to begin with afld provide for all the indigent insane we now have. Even if we were sure of becoming a .State within the next two years, we see no use of waiting for what will be need ed in anv event. The great fault with the present Post master General is that he seems te think the postoffice service should te sell-sus taining. This was not expected or intend ed when the present rates of postage were adopted. In a growing country like ours, with so large a portion thinly settled, it cannot te expected to te on a paying basis for years to come. It never ought to te made a source of revenue. The postal service is the greatest luxury and common blessing that all the people of the country enjoy, and it is the last one on which they would want extreme economy to expend its energies. The first object should te good service ample for all just and popular demands, whether it costs more or less. It looks beneath the dignity of a great gov ernment to refuse the reasonable cost of heating and lighting snch an office as that in a metropolitan city like Helena, or re fusing to employ sufficient clerk hire to handle the mails with dispatch. Our Helena postoffice ought to have a stamp clerk and window. It needs it immediate ly and very mach. The new year starts oat grandly for the people of Montana, not only in the pros pect of railroad construction for the next season, but in the reduction of rates of travel within the Territory and to all points cast and west outside of the Terri tory. This is an immediate advantage that the people will appreciate more than any other New Y'ear's present they have received. It almost seems like a slice of the millenium to te able to go from Helena to St. Paul in abeut two days time on a first class ticket for about $50. It will in duce a great many old residents to go back for a visit to their old States' home, and besides will induce a large increase of travel and immigration from the States. In the death of Col. F. C. DeimliDg, Montana loses a once-promioent and useful citizen, and maDy in every part of the Territory will mourn his loss, who remem ber him in the days of his vigor. For several years he has teen broken in health and bis powers of mind and spirit had so failed that he was bat a wreck of his for mer self. His noble and true hearted wife deserves and will receive universal sym pathy in her bereavement. The return of William M. Stewart to the Senate from the State of Nevada is not onl 7 a Republican gain, but adds to that body a member of expeiience and ability. He is of the kind of men that we like to see in the United States Senate. The smaller States seem to understand that they can increase their power and influence in the nation by the calibre of the men they send, and they do it most effectually and in a perfectly legitimate way. Congress is again in session with short two months, only flg more working days, and all the appropriation bills and thousands of there to insider. If a hun dred bills were disposed of each day it would only partially clear the calendar. It has been well said of Gen. Logan that though he might not rank as the greatest statesman, lawyer, orator, or millionaire, he was a great citizen, who did his duty bravely to the test of his ability and strength in every potion and on every occasion. _ The Indian appropriation bill passed the House to-day. It appropriates $5,115, 000 . The confirmation of our hopes for a rail road boom next season, both for our city and Territory, brought back by Governor Hauser, is worth more to us than a dozen commissions for the highest official posi tions in the country. There is a promise of a superfluity of roads between Butte and Helena in the near future. The Northern Pacific will have one entirely its own by way of the Boulder, and the Manitoba will have still another and the I n ion Pacific promises a third, besides the one already existing. Following different routes these several roads will develope several difier ent mining camps and bring a wonderful accession of wealth, population and growth into this central portion of our Territory, The question of supplying fuel for those great mining developments is of hardly less importance than the opening of new mines. Before the season ends there will be a half dozen distinct coal fields pour, ing their products into and through our city. Cheaper and better fuel is a neces sity for the development oi any consider able industries in and about our city. 1 he branch roads to Philipsburg and up the Bitter Root are needed at once and cannot fail to be remunerative. If the President does not interpose another veto to the Man itoba line north of the Missouri, there will be a mighty rushing of work in that part of the Territory. If another veto stops the way, there is a probability that the Manitoba will cross the Missouri at Buford and find a route south of the river. The advance of the Manitoba will compel the Northern Pacific to branch northward in the eastern part of the Territory, probably both from Miles City and Billings. If the work is done that is laid out it i3 not an overestimate to say that ten millions will be permanently invested within the Terri tory, and with the enhancement of other property will add at least twenty-five mil lions to our wealth. Aveling, the imported professional agitator, struck the New York socialists for $1,300 at one lick for his harrangue. Attempting to squeeze a further sum of $600 out of the order, the patience of the finance committee gave out and they de manded a bill of particulars. Among the items specified were $25 for bouquets for Mrs. Aveling. $50 for cigars for the doctor and $12 for cigarettes for his lady; $26 for postage stamps ; $100 for theatre tickets $12 for wine, being two (lays' wet rations consumed in Baltimore, and so on to the end, covering a large diversity of drinkable and other supplies. The committee gave up $100, telling the baltant agitator to take that or nothing. We acknowledge the receipt of aa in vitation to attend the St. John's day anni versary celebration of Easton Lodge No. 152, F. & A. M., on which occasion our old friend and fellow-citizen, Thomas A. H. Hay, formerly connected with our Assay Office, was to be iastalled as Worshipful Master. The printed programme calls for an claterate ceremonial and a brilliant af fair. Success to Easton Lodge and its model Master who will worthily represent Montana Masonry in Eastern Pennsyl vania. __ Edward Atkinson, the best statistical authority in the country, shows beyond all question that the lot of the average work ingman in this country has improved from 50 to 100 per cent, in the last twenty-five years. In 1860 the average earnings was $168, in gold, per annum ; in 1885 it was $720, and except in house rent the cost of living has not advanced. As between skilled and common labor, the former has improved twice as fast and points to the vast gain to te made by giving increased skill to all labor. Colorado makes a grand showing of mineral productions. The golâ, silver, lead and copper foot up nearly twenty-seven millions, without counting the coal and iron. One county produces half of the total product. Colorado has some advantage over Montana in point of earlier develop ment, moie eastern situation, tetter rail way facilities and more capital, bnt it is going to te a close race between us, and the chances are in favor of Montana, when both get down to do their test. The chapter of X. Beidlers experience among the Blackfeet Indians north of the line, in early days, when he held the re sponsible office of Collector of Customs, published in the last Courier . is intensely interesting and gives a good foretaste of the substantial merit and interest of the book that he is preparing. If any one in Montana deserves a competency for his de clining years it is onr X., and he onght not to have to seek it outside of Montana. It must have been a storm of unusual volume and magnitude to have caused so many deaths in thickly settled Germany. It would te regarded a terrible storm in the stormiest and most exposed portion of our vast domain to have resulted in the loss of 200 lives. With such a deluge of snow there will te a deluge of water when thrawing time comes. The deep snows to the west of us threatens great danger to stock in Wash ington and Oregon. It would take a Chinook of unusual proportions to remove such a body of snow, and if it freezes up it will not only seal the grass from the reach of the stock bnt prevent the stock from moving about, and will result in great loss. _ Amid the rejoicings and bright anticipa tions of the opening year there is a cry of want from Western Texas, where 30,000 people are represented to be in need of food, clothing and fuel, besides seed for next season's crop. We have no doubt that Texas bas within ;her own borders plenty to supply all wants, but want and charity know nothing of State lines. From the Oregonian we learn that the track on the west side of the Cascade branch of the Northern Pacific is within eight miles of the tunnel, and on t ie east it is within two miles and would b s close to the entrance by January 1st. Bar silver has taken an upward turn being quoted to-day at 100 \. game The English Parliament has again been prorogued to the 27th to give time for cab inet changes that are being made on an ex tensive scale. If Churchill resigned to in crease his influence he made a mistake, for all his advances to return are met with a rebuff. Indeed Salisbury seems rather pleased to be rid ot the radical Tory and improves the opportunity to give more prominent positions to some of the Literal Unionists without whose) co-operation it will be impossible for Salisbury to continue in power. There is an evident dread on the part of the government to meet Par liament. The tories are in a waning mi nority and they know it, and it is only a on their part to break and delay their fall. They are looking for some con vulsion to divert the attention of the peo- ! * <*- •— ***-• ir **■' " 1 any really great men among them, it wou d not te difficult for them to maintain their j hold on power for a long time by a bold, „ raD d foreign policy involving a vast ex granu lurei^u „ penditure of money in creating a navy that could control the ocean and subsidiz ing allies. Bnt there is no great leader among the Tories, at least none has yet appeared capable of comprehending the situation and commanding the confidence of the country. It was Gladstone's policy to cultivate peace, improve the internal condition of England and gradually with drawing from European alliances to cement closer relations with the United States and . .. I build up a an English speaking alliance of jt all the countries and colonies where Eng lish ideas and civilization predominate. That is what will come yet. Fok the sake ot the country and the progress of busines before Congress, we hope the tariff question will te allowed to rest. Its consideration will only te a waste of time at this short session. And thepro posed combination to repeal the internal t revenue tax on tobacco and Iruit brandy is just as mischievous as it is unnecessary. This is the same Congress that passed the act making it obligatory to teach the evils of intemperance and the use ot narcotics in the schools of the Territories. It would te a carious accompaniment to this piece of legislation to remove all taxes on brandy and tobacco. Cut down the duty on sugar if anything is done. But before any re ductions are made we should like to see enough appropriated to survey the public lands and support the postal service as it should be at home and abroad. All indica tions point to a general continental war, and if it comes we shall have to provide a navy on a large and costly scale to protect our neutral commerce and enable ns to im prove to the utmost the opportunity. It is no time to be reducing revenues. After paying off the balance of the extended 3 per cents, all the surplus revenue between this and 1891, when other tends fall due, could be well spent in building a navy and buying up the telegraph lines and uni'.ing that business with the postoffice. Lamar to-day married Mrs. Holt. The Secretary is the oldest member of the Cabinet, but is still, we believe, under seventy. His bride is more youthful, but elderly enough to summon grand children ateut her knees. You can sell yonr silver bars to-day for one-fourth of a cent above par. Secretary Lamar and liride. Macon, Ga., January 5.— Secretary La mar's marriage took place this morning at the residence of the bride, Mrs. William T. Holt, of Macon. The Secretary and bride will leave here this afternoon to spend the evening with Governor Gordon, and to morrow morning will leave for Oxford, Mississippi, to visit relatives of the Secre tary, and then go to Washington. Lamar and Lady. Washington. January 5.— Private tele grams received here state that Secretary Lamar was married this morning to Miss Holt at Macon, Ga. Quay for Senator. Harrisburg, Pa., January 5.—In the Republican Legislative caucus, which met to-day, to select a candidate for U. S. Sena tor to succeed John J. Mitchell, whose term will expire on March 4th, M. S. Quay received 153 votes and Galusha A. Grow 9 votes. In Bad Odor. New Y'ork, January 5.—The Council of Fenian Brotherhood has issued another circular denouncing O'Donovan Rossa. New Rules Approved. Washington, Januarv 5.—The new civil service rules have been approved by the President. Just a Quiver. Charleston, January 5.—There was a slight earthquake shock at Summerville at 8 o'clock this morning. All qniet at Charleston. Kentucky Shooting Scrape. Cincinnati, January 4.—A special from Moorhead, Ky., says : Last night Judge Menixhouse Mason Keeton, who had seen his rival, John Rogers, to-day with a Miss Martin, to whom he had been paying at tention, followed Rogers into the street,| where Rogers fnendly saluted Keeton.I The latter replied with a revolver shot, j which struck one of Rogers' fingers Keeton then ran into an open door, but notf soon enough to escape a volley from Rogers' friends, who had seen Keeton's shot! Keeton was instantly killed, but who firec the shot that killed him could not be told The men belong to opposite factions, wh< have kept Rowan county in a state of ter ror for a long time. Conspiracy Trial. Dublin, January 4. —The trial of tl case against Messrs. Dillon, O'Brien, OR'illj Sheeby, Harris and Redmond for allep conspiracy in receiving rents as truste! under the "plan of campaign," was rl sumed to-day. All the defendants wef present except Redmond and Harris, bo^ of whom were absent on account of illne Mr. Harris, who is a Parnellite member j Parliament for East Galway, is sufferi^ from hemorrhage of the longs. The cro closed its case and the trial was adjourn A Sick Cardinal. Rome, January 4.—A snrgical operat was performed to-day upon Cardi Jacobini's throat. The operation was s cessful, but the Cardinal is left very we I i ! Died. London, January 4.—The death nounced at Stuttgard of Princess Marl W urtemberg. Subsidiary Coin Trouble. Washington, January i.—Th e y. tary of the Treasury to-day transmitted 'v the House a communication from the j rector of the Mint bearing on the issue aa î redemption of minor coin. The I)i re ^ says the experience of last year show conclusively that minor coins mav a / cumulate in the treasury and sub-treasury of the United States at present only t agencies for the redemption of minor ( 0 : while at the same time there may a pressing demand for the same class I coin in parts of the United States remo;. from the treasury and its braucht j. Again" he says, there may be an accumulation treasury or certain sub-treasuri* may exist a the while at the same time there__ demand at the commercial centres,"ev/ where certain other sub-treasuries are 2 ano th er ot minor coin found to te i n ' e .^ cess 0 f the demand at the locality whe-* any such excess may happen. The Director adds that part of the de mand for minor coin, which has arisen ta an unprecedented extent during the latte part of last year, is at least unreasonable it haviDg appeared that in the exercise ot preference for coin, applications to the Philadelphia mint for large sums of minor eoin have teen made from various citie« where an accumulation was reported at the jub-treasury. To facilitate the transfer of coin and its recoinage and cleaning for reissue, certain imendments to the revised statutes arc mggested, conferring on the Secretary ot *ie Treasury the authority to transfer coin rom the treasury to the Director o - jt Iint and alIowing hitu (Q retain ^ ^ balance of minor coinage profit of th und which is now covered into the treas iry a sum not exceeding $25,000 in •ne year to defray the expenses ôf distribi; ion. Get Your Passports. WASHINGTON, January 5.—The Seen ary of State has a dispatch from Fredj trick Raine, U. S. Consul General at Be t in, setting forth the annoyances to whi nited States citizens visaing Europe, and especially Germa subject themselves-1 y îeglecting to procure passports before ledv jng this country. Berlin, Frankfort, Ham burg, Leipsig and other cities of the Ger man Empire are subject to a so-called small state of siege." Every stranger or ureigner visiting these places is requested j) identify himself by procuring passpiorts adies are not exempted. Immediately pter the arrival of a stranger the police uthorities demand the production of a passport, and if he is not provided with ue he must either procure one at the earest U. S. legation or submit to annoy nees if not a peremptory order to leave, ^o stranger can enter the dominions o: ae Russian Empire without a passport, hile in several places in Austria and Italy milar prohibitory orders are enforced, dudents desiring to enter German univer ities can te matriculated upon producing ipassport. The latter are retained by the ithorities of the universities and a ticket protection or university membership Cued. After such membership ceases the ^ssport is returned to the owner. In the Senate. Washington, January -j.-abio;.., the ipers transmitted to th< Senate io-d»? *;re three reports from the .Secretary lar in response to resoftit s of inquiry | te the change of engineers on the im jpvements at the mouth of the Columbia Her; also various memorials of public feies in favor of the passage of the inter 8tte commerce bill. plitchell, of Pennsylvania, from the com SLtee on pensions, reported a bill grant i< a pension of $5,000 a year to the widow «John A. Logan and asked for its im ■diate consideration, but under an objec th by Coke the bill went over until to Rrrow. iu 2 o'clock the Senate took up the con fence report on the inter-state commerce fl and was addressed by I'latt. He op red the conference report and advocated § rejection. (Strike of Coal Heaver*. ■•îlw York, January 4.—' The menem ■yed on the coal dumps at Port Jc ' on M Elizabetbport, who strutk Monday to list the reduction of waget, were jr.ned ^terday by the men at'the two Amboys, pHoboken and Weehawken. This make en coal ports or places of depos at ich the men are on a strike. At ^ach ice thousands of tons of coal are lying ;he dumps or are stored on clrsawsiLng ids to load on boats. Altogether Re tied up thousands of tons of coal '"J men stand idle. In additif tc than pikers more ilo indleness at five mines t forced Lehigh work has ment of ial y f the town . Boulan ,ie >e,jr . , _ . ,.. t ;er, a wealthy old I rench r4i • Jnurdered by an unknown tom .» truck her on the bead wit i *>ia nstrument. Robbery was ^ e r ncentive for the crime. ' rN ' ' n ]| r bad no faith in banks ami it w* I Known that she kept her mon . u , her house. 1 he murderer ia-u . [arrested. _ | t l 1,000 men of ' Cal Co., in Wilkesbarre, whei len suspended pending a m\ ie. strike. Mexican Duel. City of Mexico, December;J9— A duel Its fought here yesterday betveen lTiace aigustio Iturbide and Senor Garcedo. both < whom are members of the Jockey Club. ^ie weapons used were swords. The Jince wounded his antagoiist ia the »oulder but not dangerously. The due. h )k place at the San Lorenzo School of ar jh lery and has excited muchcoqment. Both «ntlemen are of the highest acial ständ ig. The Prince is well knowh in Wash îigton society. Murder. ^ New Orleans, January 2.j-A sped ) the Picayune from DonalAville says he most atrocious murder in the anna, f this place was perpetrated yesterday Assassinated. Denver, January ,3.—A. El Nickens, one of the most prominent colojed men t» the city, was brutally assas^nated ifl * barter shop last night. His l(>dy, npon the floor of the shop in a treat of blood, was discovered at an 4u.. this morning. t# GALVESTON, January ...—A fP ecia the Keirs from Catulla, lexas, sjys . Hill, one of the commissioners county and a leading citizen d ' was assassinated here last nig t.j Fatal Explosion. London, January 3.— An explosion gas occurred in the Cambridge barrack- !L Portsmouth, doin considérai >le Four urru wer. Mied outri^ ^ J0I damage Others are still buried in the debris known whether they aroahveor no thir number of injured as far known ^ ^ teen, and some ol these, fatally hurt.