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Great industry and zeal are displayed in behalf of the ubiquitous drummer in pouring in upon our legislators in the • losing hoursjof their session, dispatches to the effect that our law of which they complain is unconstitutional and has been so declared by the Supreme Court. Rut this is not true, nor is there anything in this most recent decision of the Su preme Court that varies from former dé disions in existence when our statute was passed. The court says that "no dis tinction can be made by any such regu lation adversely to the persons and prop erty of other States." It has said this before, and in all our legislation on this subject we have kept within the limits thus defined. Some have an idea that our commercial license tax only applies to those coming from outside the Terri ritory. This is not true, but it applies equally to our own citizens who follow this occupation and employ this method of disposing of their merchandise. Our law has been fully considered in our own Supreme Court, and all the decis ions of the U. S. Supreme Court have been commented upon and held not to be applicable. With us this pro vision of the drummers' tax is but part of our general license system. It does not discriminate against outsiders, but merely attempts to subject them to the same burdens that are imposed upon all classes of our own merchants. Outsiders have no right, constitutional, moral or otherwise to claim greater privileges in -ide of Montana than are accorded to our own citizens. Even the golden rule of scripture, that requires us to love our neighbors as ourselves, does not sanction the view that we should love our neigh bors better than ourselves, even on the Supreme Court theory, that citizens of all the States are neighbors in this scrip ture sense. When we reach the point where we can conveniently do away with all license taxes upon our own merchants and traders we shall repeal this commer cial travelers tax, but to do so before that time would be unfair to our own citizens and unreasonable for outsiders to ask. In those States where this law has been held to be unconstitutional there were no license taxes imposed upon home traders and merchants. That is not our case and it makes all the difference in the world. In a new country like ours where the proportion of fixed, realized wealth is relatively small, we have been compelled to resort to such license taxes to raise the means to pay the heavy cost of sup porting our convicts and insane, and a few other smaller items of expense. In a few years this will change. The building of railroads and the growth of our cities and the general acquisition of title to lands and the in crease of our herds and flocks will give us a different basis of taxation so that we can wholly dispense with license taxes except upon those dealing in doubtful luxuries. It is a false charge that the people of Montana or any portion of them are hostile to commercial travelers from abroad. As well might it be said that we are hostile to our own merchants, for we impose license taxes on them. These drummers are sociable, companionable fellows, but after all it would be a trifle cheek v in them to claim that they are paragons of all the virtues and that their business is of such an unselfish, patriotic and charita ble nature that they should be ranked above our own citizens in tax exemptions when they come among us. Some where the chief apostle has said that he who neglects to provide for his own has de nied the faith and is worse than an infi del. A father who would bestow his goods to clothe his neighbor's children And let his own go ragged, would not be regarded as a model parent or even a citizen of the best class. < >o '.o, now ye complaining drummers and as eleventh-hour workers in the vineyard take your penny a day and don't whine and growl because you get no more than those who have borne the heat and burden of thedav. The current number of the Avant Courier stroDgiy criticises the recent article signed ''Catholic," which appeared in a local paper, aimed at Representative Alderson for words attributed to him in debate on the Sunday law. The Courier is logical and argumenta tive in the main, and shows a familiarity with biblical history to which few of the purely secular newspapers can pretend. The article occupies about a column's space, and is of too great length to repro duce in the midst of a legislative session. We find upon inquiry that it has received a pretty general reading in Helena among those conversant with the origiual "passage at arms," and we are obliged by reason of the pressure upon our columns to be content with simply calling attention to the Courier's incisive rejoinder. Another question : Are Mr. Kennedy's votes influenced in any manner or degree by party consistency and principle, or are they otherwise influenced and directed by reason not of his election to the Council as a Republican, but because of his being the paid employe of a I>emocratic organ'/ There are a whole lot of people—aud not all of them Republicans—who are looking for Councilman Kennedy to rise up in the chamber to a question of personal privilege and unbosom himself in explanation of his dual employments in the legislature and the relations respectively which he sus tains to them or they to him. Resides the great work on the Manitoba there will be several branch lines of vast local importance completed this season, one to Butte via Boulder, perhaps two; two others to Marysville ; one to Thilipshurg and one up the Bitter Root valley. DONE AND UNDONE. Congress has adjourned and the legis lature has but four more days to finish up the work of the session. Thus far we cannot but acknowledge that as much has been accomplished as was expected. The measures passed are greater in num ber than in importance, but the legisla ture has had to act under greater restric tions than ever before, and much time has necessarily been lost in considering the limitations within which action has been had. There is time yet for a good deal of important work, and there are many measures still pending of more import ance than any that have been passed. There is but a shadow of hope for the registration law, the most important by far of any bill that has received the at tention of the legislature. And the next in importance on some accounts is the insane asylum bill, not that we have any idea that the patients are inhuman ly treated, but the Territory is drained to pay the unnecessarily heavy expendi tures. There are many in the asylum that ought not to be there, and many more who ought not to be supported at public expense, and the cost of all is too much for the limited resourcees of our people. The greatest neglect or oversight, in ourestimation, respects the probate laws. According to the laws of Congress the Probate Courts have no more power when the title of real estate is in controversey than Justices of the Peace, and yet by our laws these matters are devolved upon that court in re peated cases. We do not see how the Probate Court can entertain jurisdiction in case of a will that disposes of real estate and its attempts to set apart home steads are without even a color of juris diction, if the laws of the United States control, as beyond a doubt our courts of last resort will hold. The situation is serious enough to have occupied the first attention of the Legislature and would justify an extra session. The probate of every will that disposes of real estate, as well as the setting apart of homesteads, should be transferred to the Dis trict Court. In fact a large hare of all the business of our probate courts is ultra vires as we un derstand the meaning and purpose of the laws of Congress. Congress passed this legislation evidently to apply to Utah, where the Mormons had control of the probate courts anif through them were having things their own way. It will not only necessitate the entire recasting of our probate law, but will necessitate an act of the Legislature to validate the acts of all our probate courts in matters affecting land titles. We have called attention to this matter before, and yet we have seen no notice of anything being done. It is now probably too late to consider the matter seriously and provide any adequate legislation. The result must be that things will go on from bad to worse, and the settlement of all estates will be in volved in interminable litigation. It has been a hard working, industri ous legislature, in many respects supe rior to the average of Montana legisla tures. With all our disappointments, we are quite ready to concede its many distinguishing merits. We shall not be sorry to see it come together again in extra session, and fully expect to see the necessity for this generally recognized within a year. Then it can assemble in our new court house and have conven iences equal to those of any State in the country. 'At least, this legislature, in what jjime remains, can appoint a com mission to examine and report upon this matter of Probate Court powers, and re port what is necessary by way of remedy and if an extra session of the legislature is found necessary put iu motion the proper machinery. The Council on Saturday voted to in definitely postpone the bill providing for the organization of independent school dis tricts. What can be the objections to the general features of the bill, we do not com prehend, but as we understand them, we cannot see how it injuriously affects any one, while it would greatly benefit a few of the larger places. At least give us a law iu three or four lines, allowing districts of over 500 school census children to elect two or three trustees at each ensuing elec tion instead of one. till these boards Lave cuoug'u membership to give a fair repre sentation to the district. Helena ought to have a board of nine trustees, that would allow one for each ward aud two as general representatives. We cannot either see any possible objection *o give the trustees some discretionary power to establish manual training departments and to provide for evening schools for adults. The Herald gives in another column the full text of the printing bill, which passed both houses of the legislature on Saturday. The measure underwent num erous amendments, and, all the better for that, appears finally not altogether resem bling the original. The feature of a Ter ritorial triumvirate finds no place in it, and no such thing as a general board, like that provided for in the defunct compul sory law, controls the coanties and takes from the commissioners the charge of local affairs. The maximum prices for advertis ing, job work, etc., are essentially those adoDted by the Territorial Press Associa tion and embraced in the bill prepared two years ago, which failed at the time to be come a law. The bill will probably reach the Governor and become a law by his ap proval to-day or to-morrow. Cart. John McCaffeety. whose ap pointment as Collector of Customs for Alaska j was lollowed by his immediate reporting j for duty at Sitka, seems to have been most shabbily treated by the subsequent nomi nation of a Wisconsin man, whose con firmation was reported the other day. HENRY WARD BEECHER. The death of this most celebrated of our pulpit orators and great patriotic American citizen will fill our land with sincere mourners. However eccentric his genius, his was a true heart, and there was much in him that every one could love as well as admire. Beecher's soul was too great, true and independent to be stamped and gyved by narrow, unreasoning and unyielding creeds. His honest, sympathetic, out spoken nature rendered it impossible for him to be a liar or a hypocrite, and on the testimony of his whole character and career we.have always disbelieved and re jected the only serious delinquency with which he was ever charged. Look over his whole long, active career in the pulpit, on the rostrum, and as a writer, and where in any age or country can be found the superior or equal of Henry Ward Beecher? No man in this country has impressed himself more upon the popular heart and mind. His earnest advocacy of anti-slavery principles when they were most unpop ular shows that he w'as not a seeker after popularity. His rifle subscriptions for the free settlers of Kansas shows him a man with the courage of his convictions. His patriotic services during our great war and his English campaign at that crisis show sublime courage and patriot ism. A general survey of his life shows this trait above all others, that he was ready to espouse any cause however un popular if he thought it right. While far from approving all that he has said or done, we are not ashamed in any presence to express our general approval and admiration of the man and wish there were more like him. Henry Ward Beecher was born at Lichfield, Conn., June 24, 1813 gradu ated at Amhest College, Mass., and be gan his pulpit career at Lawrenceburg, Indiana. Since 1847 he has been pastor of Plymouth church, Brooklyn, N. ,Y. There forty years have witnessed a won derful work, without a parallel in any age or country. It is the best tribute that any man can have, that those who have known him best have loved him most. MORE PACIFIC. Matters in Europe are assuming a more peaceful aspect. Germany fostered the war excitement to a certain extent for election purposes and has won its ob ject in the government securing control of the public revenues for a term of seven years, which will cover the life of Emperor William and the beginning of his successor's reign. The threat of Russia that Germany would und<?r no circumstances be allowed to overwhelm France has moderated the .war spirit of Germany. And it is now reported that treaties of peace and alliance have been formed between all the great powers of eastern and central Europe. England has been apparently left out in these arrangements. Russsia receives a large increase of influence and will go on extending and consolidating its ^pos ses.-.ons in Asia and is allowed coutrol ing inflnence in the former Turkish provinces in Europe. For the present the war cloud disappears. Perhaps some in this country secretly regret that a continental war is not to come off this year. But we are thank ful on many accounts. It would have disturbed our finances for a time and per haps defeated or delayed the great work of railroad construction we are expect ing. Besides, we are otherwise in poor condition to take advantage of such a war in Europe. We need a much larger navy to protect our neutral rights in such a conflict and turn the occasion to advantage. As things are now every nation in Europe is expending all its revenues and taxing all its resources to keep up its armies. We are paying off' our debt, accumulating wealth by the millions every day, and adding to our population at the rate oi one and a half millions every year. Our tax burdens are growing lighter every year both rel; J tivelv and actually. We have no desire to profit from others' losses and misfor tunes. We have all the work on our hands that we can do to educate, elevate and harmonize the crude elements that we have admitted so freely into our body politic. _ It is a matter of great local importance for the people of Helena to consider what they will do to provide a new public school building, which our growth will certainly necessitate during the coming year. There will be a great many plans to propose and discuss and decide upon before the work can begin, and that should begin early enough to secure the completion of the bnilding in time for the next school year. The plan that at present we would regard most favorably would be to erect the new building on the south of the present Graded Schood building, as large as the present one, having the entire basement of fall height for manual training rooms, the first story above for school section rooms and the second story for a general assembly and lecture room. As the city and school dis trict is virtually the same, a room might well be provided for the city free library. The whole of both buildings could be warmed by steam, and the boilers for this purpose, located iu a separate building, I could furnish the power needed in the ; manual training school. Some want an ; expensive, showy building, like our court j house, but we prefer a substantial, plain ! building that need not cost to exceed 520,- | 000, for use rather than ornament. Councilman Kennedy claims to be a labor representative. Is it true, as charged, that he underbid and supplanted Mr. Wilson, an Independent reporter, and ap propriated his employment and pay in the Council chamber ! DOMINION PROSPECTS. The news of the failure of banks and business houses in New Brunswick, we fear, is but a precursor to a general crash among all the maritime provinces of the Dominion. Ever since the forma tion of this ill-assorted union these several provinces have had a feverish sort of existence, kept up by lavish ex penditures of borrowed money for costly and ill-conceived public works. The debt has become enormous, and the great railroads extravagantly built, not for convenience, but as subsidies to se cure local favor and support, do not pay operating expenses. The government must make up this deficiency, besides meeting the interest on the growing public debt. The truth is that the Dominion is on the verge of bankruptcy and dissolution. There is not so much union of interest and sentiment among the constituent provinces to-day as when the union was brought about by mutual deception and bribery. It is an artificial, unnatural, costly structure that has been propped up all around, till it stands on rotten stilts, liable to go down in a crash any day. The great obstacle to dissolution is the public debt. It will not do to let prov inces withdraw without assuming a pro portionate share of this common bur den, and there is always] more difficulty in dividing burdens than benefits. There is one source of possible deliverance, and that is England. The threat of an nexation to the United States may in duee the British government to render some partial relief that will delay the impending crash. It cannot avert it and it is doubtful if England is either able or willing to give any effectual as sistance. As we see the situation, Eng land has its hands full with discontented Ireland and India, aud exhausted Egypt, left without an ally in the world and pressed by Russia up to the very gates of India. England herself is passing through a political and social revolution. Its present government is an unholy al liance between jingoism and landlord ism. It can never stand long on these broken stilts. LOCAL OPTION. We have not seen the text of the bill on this subject pending before our legis lature, but taking what the name im ports and implies we favor the principle and the method of applying it. Because a majority of all the people of the Terri tory are not in favor of restricting the sale of intoxicating liquors beyond the imposition of a stiff' license tax, is no reason why those localities where a ma jority are in favor of further restriction or total prohibition should not be allowed to say so and have their wishes respected. Such law's have been fully considered and upheld as constitutional by our highest courts. It is only the ap plication in detail of the principle of popular sovereignty aud the right of the majority to rule. Individual interests and privileges should give way to the general good or what the majority con sider the general good. As very naturally expected, the Demo cratic organs are flying to the defense of Councilman Kennedy. Both the Miner Independent laud his apostacy and exulting articles a column in length tell with what favor the betrayal of his party is welcomed by his new found Bourbon friends. The treachery of Kennedy casts him adrift from Republican anchorage and leaves him to bnffet for a haven among political adver saries, whose distrust will caution them Dot to allow him a chance to betray them in turn. It costs as much trouble, time and money to get a single new county formed as it would to pass a general law subdivid ing the whole Territory into counties of convenient size with some general regula tions as to their organization, requiring a certain minimum of popnlation and taxa ble property, also providing for the selec tion of county seats, so as to avoid these frequent disgraceful and fatal quarrels over these issues so common in new countries. At least some general provision should re quire the name of every county to have some local significance. The close of Congress without forfeiture of any part of the Northern Pacific 1 land grant, will settle the question forever. Be fore another Congress couvenes, unless there is an extra session, the road will be complete to Puget Sound. The tunnel will not be finshed, but there will be a switch track over the Cascade range that will fill the requirements of the graut and transact all the business of the company. Excursions to Alaska will be iu order this season over the completed Northern Pacific aud the steamers that are proposed to be run in connection. No doubt favora ble excursion rates will be offered our citizens, as these are not forbidden by the inter-state commerce bill. We hope to see a ronsing good excursion party made np here in Helena that will fill a train and a steamship._ We are not in position to judge of the certainty of the building of the Rocky Fork branch to the coal mines or possibly to Cooke City, but judging from the energy and persistency with which the right of way was sought, there must be strength enough to do the work. Where now will he look for political fellowship ? Even the Democrats, as they are heard to talk, while welcoming the treason, are telling how much they despise the traitor._ The completion of the Manitoba road and the Woolston water works this season j will improve Helena's prospect for beeom- ! ing a great city at least one hundred per : cent. BEECHER'S DEATH. Tlic Great Preacher Passes Away 9;30 this Morning. at New York, March 6. —Long before day light this morning it was noticed that many more people were on the streets than was usual in the vicinity of Beecher's resi dence, and by 8 o'clock there was quite a crowd eagerly looking for the first bulle tin. At 10o'clock the following bulletin was issued : "Beecher is about the same ; no change since last night." The first bulletin was signed by Dr. W. L. Searles, the Beecher family phsician, and as it was posted on the door post, peo ple crowded the stoop to read it. There was a feeling of thankfulness plainly visi ble on their countenances that the life of the illustrious divine was still spared, and as the day advanced, the throng on the sidewalks of Clark and Hicks streets ren dered the street almost impassable. In the crowd were people of every station, from the millionaire to the prosperous tradesman and the poor laborer. Expres sions of sympathy and condolence were heard on all sides, and only made another powerfnl indication of the esteem in which the Plymouth pastor was held by all classes. During the morning scores of carriages drove past the house, and the occupants of many of them alighted and walked up to the bulletin and then departed, while others left their cards with the attendant. Those who were more intimately acquainted were admitted into the house and made in quiries regarding the patient personally, but only the immediate family were al lowed in the sick chamber. There was, however, an exception made in the case of Rev. DeWitt Talmage, who called with his daughter Edith, at about 1:30, and he was admitted into Mr. Beecher's presence. Fif teen minutes later Talmage left the house. The other callers were mostly city officials of New York and Brooklyn. About 10 o'clock this morning Dr. Hammond arrived at the house, aud one hour later the fol lowing bulletin was posted : Prof. W. Hulmuth, of New York, in con sultation, freely confirms the opinion of the physicians that Beecher is gradually failing. "He may, however, live for some days." That all hope was given up was plainly indicated by this bulletin and the remark of Dr. Delbett Talmadge as he passed out : "It is very serious." Halliday continued the services at Plymouth church this morn ing and at 11 o'clock a bulletin was read to the congregation. The effect of it was noticeable on the congregation by a num ber of handkerchiefs iu use and stifled sobs of many present. At the church of Dr. Talmadge the scene at the Reverend gentleman's prayer was almost as affect ing. Dr. Talmadge made a very tender appeal on behalf of Beecher. He prayed fervently for divine blessing on the afflicted preacher and alluded to Mr. Beecher as a friend of the millionaire, friend of the workingman, friendless, and all men, whether rich or poor. At 2:30 p. m. this bulletin appeared: "Dr. Hammond in consultation. Beecher is in a state of deep coma all day. No sign of pain or consciousness of any sort. Death is con sidered certain, but at an indennite time— probably to-day. Since the doctors informed the members that it was only a question of time for the end they remain in the sick room awaiting every movement. The eldest oaughter, the wife of Rev. Samuel Scoville, of Stam ford, Conn., arrived at the house Saturday night and her husband and two children will follow immediately. The other mem bers of the family in the house now are: Mr. Beecher s eldest son, his wife and two daughters and son, Henry Ward Beecher, W. C. Beecher aud his wife, who live at Columbia Heights. Their son Herbert, who has been telegraphed to San Francisco for is on the ocean between Portland, Ore., and San Francisco. He is not expected to teach New York in time to see his father alive, as he is not due in San Francisco till to-morrow (Monday) and then he has a week's ride before he can reach home. It is their opinion that the history of to-day confirms the opinion they have en tertained from the beginning, that re covery is not to be hoped for. The condition of Beecher has not mate rially changed during the day. He is in a deep comotose state, from which he will never probably rally, lie is resting quietly, like one in a deep sleep and gives no indi cations of pain or uneasuess. His pulse varies from 00 to 100. At one time for several hours, it intermitted two or three times in each minute, but this evening has remained quite regular and quite hard and full. His temperature has ranged from 100 to 100j, aud at present stands at 1001. His respiration numbers about 30. No further bulletin will be issued until Monday morning. At 11 o'clock bis condition was unchang ed save for a gradual sinking towards au inevitable end. Gen. Horatio King left the house at that hour, and he expressed the opinion that Beecher will died uring the night or morning. New York, March 7.—It was a weary night that the members of the Beecher family passed last night. One by one they would silently move in and out of the death chamber, taking their turns at the dreary vigil. Dr. Searles was at his post of duty without intermission until nearly six o'clock, when he retired to his home, j Mrs. Beecher had kept watch over the sick man most of the night, fearing he might pass away in her absence. She did, how ever, take a few hours rest on a couch in her room ad joining that in which the suf ferer lay. At ti o'clock, when Dr. Searle went home, this bulletin was issued : Mr. Beecher has been gradually failing during the night. His death is not, how ever, anticipated at present. Signed) W. S. SEAR -E. All day Sunday and until midnight the officer on duty at the door ot the house was kept busy answering queries of friends and strangers. For hours people stood in the damp weather looking at the house, and it was not until the lights iu the win dows were lowered that the crowd was en tirely dispersed. Even as late as 1 o'clock persons climbed up the steps and tried to read the last bulletin. Most of the flowers sent to the house came from members of Mr. Beecher s congregation. Major Pond was in the house most of tie day. He told the circumstances connected with Beecher's daily occupation jnst pre vious to the attack wirh considerable feel ing. He said that Beecher only on Tues day last told him how strong he felt aDd how glad he was that he wonld be able lo complete bis book in time for the publish ers and what pleasure he found in writing the work. In the coming September it was intended to give a grand celebration in honor of Beecher's fiftieth year in the ministry and the first half century of his married life, also the fortieth year of his ministry at Brooklyn church. All of this morning from just before daylight there collected a crowd of people on the side walk in front of Beecher's residence, eager ly scanning the bulletins. 12 m.—The condition of Beecher at this hour does not vary essentially from that given to the press last evening. The only changes perceptible are an increasing rapidity of the pulse and respiration. These I ; i 1 j stand respectively 108 and 30 to 58 per i minute. The respiration is also more shal- j c low. His temperature reaches 101 . These | symptoms indicate a gradual lailure ot j vitality, which has been anticipated, and a consequent slow approach of the end. This course of the disease cannot be changed by the occurrence of a fresh hemorrhage, which may or may not hap pen and the time of which cannot be sur mised. There are no reasons to believe that the fatal issue will occur to-day. (Signed) A. S. SEARLE. 3 p. m.—There is no perceptible change in Beecher's condition. New York, March 8. —Rev. Henry Ward Beecher died at 9:30 this morning, in the presence of most of the members of his family. Those present were Colonel H. B. Beecher, his wife, his daughters Hattie and Daisy, and his son Henry Ward Beecher, Miss Edith Beecher, M. C. Beecher and wife, Rev. Samuel Scoville, Mrs. Scoville, tl^e eldest daughter of Rev. Henry Ward Beecher, Miss Scoville, who has just come from the Pacific slope. Miss Builard, Rev. S. B. Holliday and wife ; Bells, a Scotch nurse, who has been with the family many yeais and was an especial lavorite of the deceased preacher's ; the male nurse Rier dan, S V. White, E. A. Seaeomb, one of the trustees of Plymouth Church, and Major J. K. Pond. Seaeomb came out at 10:30 a. m. aud said that no arrangements had as yet been made tor the funeral further than provid ing that they should he carried out by Hopper, of Brooklyn. Dr. Searle, he said, had noticed a change in the patient's con dition at 5'30 a. m. and summ.>ned all in the house to his bedside, momentarily ex pecting his death, but he lingered much longer than had been anticipated. He passed away gradually and almost imper ceptibly, drawing his last breath without apparent suffering or return to conscious ness in any degree. Mrs. Beecher, said Seaeomb, bore up wonderfully and with marvelous courage. No crape was huDg on the door, Beecher having always objected to the use of this and the gloom associated with it in the presence of death. Instead a magnificent wreath of flowers hung from the left side of the doorway at the top of the stoop, composed of white and red roses and lilies of the valley, aud tied up with white satin. At 10:30 it was given out that the funer al would take place in Greenwood on Thursday next. Some time ago H W. Sage, a member of the Plymouth church appropriated by will, a sum of money to place the statue of Beecher in Prospect Park after his decease, (juincy Wood, the well known sculptor who is to do the work will call at the house in the course of a day for the purpose of making a plaster cast of his features. It is not intended that any examination shall be made of Beecher's brain organism. The news of Beecher's death spread very quickly to all parts of the city, and Brook lyn may now be said to be a city of mourning. Even those who did not con cur with Beecher in his views had no hesi tation in expressing their deep regret at his death. As a mark of respect to his memory the flags on all the public build ings here were placed at half mast and Mayor Whitney had the city hall bell tolled. The committee appointed by the officers of Plymouth church last Sunday to take charge of the funeral made the necessary arrangements this morning, and in defer ence to the deceased's wish, a wreath of flowers was hung on the door bell instead of the customary crape drapery. Brooklyn, March 8. —At a meeting of the board of officers of the 13th regiment of Brooklyn, of which Beecher was Chap lain, it was determined to offer military escort at Beecher's funeral. The Board of Aldermen of Brooklyn had a special meeting to night and passed reso lutions providing for the draping of the city buildings and the closing of all public offices on the day of the funeral. Albany, March 8. —The Assembly to day appointed a committee to attend the funeral of Beecher and as a mark of respect adjourned till to-morrow. In the Senate appropriate resolutions were adopted and an adjournment taken. New York, March 8. —The following details of the arrangements of Beecher's funeral were given to the press to-night: The service from the beginning will be under the direction of Rev. Chas. H. Hall, of Holy Trinity church, who will officiate at the house, where the first services will take place on Thursday morning at 9 o'clock. At 10 o'clock (he remains will be escorted to the church by the 13th Regi ment, of which Beecher was chaplain, and company C will act as a guard of honor until the remains are finally transferred to Greenwood cemetery, where they will be placed in a receiving vault to await iiual disposition, which will be decided later. New York, March 8. —Dr. Searle makes the following verbal statement in regard to the distinguished divine's last hours: "Beecher began to fail decidedly at three o'clock this morning. His respiration was rapid. At 4 o'clock the family was sum moned. Death came slowly and steadily. The respirations gradually became faster and faster until they reached f>0 a minute. Pulse variable, often reaching 140. He still remained in the same condition, ex cept in breathing. His eyes closed and he was entirely unconscious. The motions of the right arm became less frequent and were finally stopped almost entirely. About 9 o'clock we could detect the first ' symptoms of immediate death. His pulse ! ran up still higher, flickered and fluctuât- : ed until 9:28, 2 minutes before his death. I His pulse ceased almost entirely at the | wrist. They were so faint that they could hardly be detected, and theu stopped alto gether. There was a rattling in his throat, painful to those around him, but unfelt by him, owing to the failure of the nerve center, of the respiratory organs, together with the failure of the hearts action. His death, which came at 9:30, was very easy, as painless if not as pleasant as death from suffocation or drowning is said to be. New York, March 8.— The following was among the telegrams received : Executive Mansion, i Washington, D. C., March 8. j To Mrs. Henry Ward Bceclier :—Accept my heartfelt sympathy in this your hour of bereavement, with the hope that com fort may be vouchsafed from a heavenly source you know so well. (Signed ) GROVER CLEVELAND. London, March 8. —The Telegram in an article says: No preacher, no platform orator in America put more intensity of heart into his discourses than the man whose clarion voice rang every Sunday in the Plymouth church. With all his faults, and they were many, it is doubtinl if America will ever produce another 2 echer. New York, March 9.—The arrange ments for the funeral of the late Henry Ward Beecher have not yet been completed, ' ut it has been decided that it shall be a public one, but the services at the house will be of a strictly private nature, in com pliance with the wish of the family. The services at the honse will be conducted by Rev. Dr. C. II. Hall, of the Church of Trinity, an old friend of the famous preacher. None but the family will be admitted to these services, which will be of the simplest nature. The body will be escorted to Plymouth church, at the close of the family funeral service, by the 13th regiment, of Brooklyn, of which Beecher was Chaplain. The regiment will then pass the body, which will be laid in front of the platform. The regiment will then be dismissed, and will leave Company "G," which is known M the pi ym0 utli company and is com posed c hi e flv of members from Beecher's com're gat ion, to remain on guard while the u j ai(i in state ia the church body The chnrch will remain open all day Thursday and Friday and members of the congregation will have the privilege of passing before the body. On Friday the church will be thrown open to the public' This course has been rendered necessary in consequence of the extent of the circle of friends and admirers of the divine. The citizen's committee, of which ex Mayor Seth Low is chairman, will have charge of the body until the interment on Friday. FOR AND AGAINST. Clergymen on Beecher--! liarity at a Discount Among Christians. Chicago, March 7.—An extraordinary scene took place at the weekly meeting ot the Congregational ministers this morn ing. The topic which came up was the sickness from which Henry Ward Beecher is believed to be dying and the statement of some of the pastors present took the shape of resolutions of condolence, which it was proposed to send to Mrs. Beecher by telegraph. This was opposed by a number of ministers, their opposition being based on the alleged heterodoxy of Beecher's views regarding future salvation and punishment. An acrimonious debate en sued and finally the motion to adopt the resolutions unanimously was lost. Great excitement prevailed and the utmost efforts were made to keep the affair from the newspapers. The resolutions were offered by Rev. E. F. Williams,of South Church. The prin cipal ground for the opposition was Beech er's views on the future state, and Dr. E. P. Goodwin, among others, contended that if the meeting as a body sent resolutions of condolence to the dying preacher, their ac tion might be construed into an expression of opinion favorable to his theological sen timents. This was not the only attack made, however. One minister rose and stated that he would not extend sympathy to a man who was charged with irnmor rality and had never cleared himself of the charge. He said he doubted that Mr. Beecher had established his innocence of the offence of which he was accused by Tilton years ago. The friends of Mr. Beecher hotly attacked the speaker who had alluded to the scaodal. The resolutions, when put to an informal vote, received a majority, but were with drawn by the proposer, who asserted that it would be iu bad taste to send resolutions that were not unanimous. The Rev. E. P. Goodwin, who opposed the resolutions, refused to make public his reasons further than that he did not coin cide with Mr. Beecher on matters of theol ogy. "It won't do to make this matter public," Mr. Goodwin said. "I wish the resolutions had never been offered or that I had not been there, but once they were proposed and I was present, it was my duty to speak against them. Mr. Beecher and the majority of the Congregational ministers do not agree on certain ques tions, and those of us who opposed the resolutions felt that if passed they would place us before the public in the light of sympathizers with Beecher's views. If necessary I will make public at a future time all my reasons for opposing the message. But I can't tell now. I know too much, and many facts have come into my family. Mr. Beecher's brother is a member of my church.'' Prof. G. B. Wilcox, who favored the reso lutions, said : "I was deeply chagrined and mortified by the talk of certain minis ters. Mr. Beecher is a member of the Congregational body in good standing, and there was no reason for withholding sym pathy to his wife in her bereavement." Funeral Services. Washington, March 8. —Preliminary funeral services over the remains of the late Mrs. Beck were held this afternoon at the residence of Senator Beck. The Rev. Drs. Power, Butler and Bullock conducted the brief services. The pall bearers were Secretaries Bayard and Lamar, Speaker Carlisle, Senators Blackburn and Vance, Admiral T. P. Lee, Hon. W. W. Corcoran and Hon. Edmund Rice, of Minnesota. The remains were taken to the depot and left in a special car at 5:30 for Lexington. Ky., where the funeral services and in terment will take place. Senator Beck. Major aud Mrs. Goodloe and a lew very intimate friends were the only ones who accompanied the body from the city. Funeral of Consul Heap. Constantinople, March 8. —The funer al of G. Harris Heap, late U. S. Consul General, took place to-day. Sir William A. White, British Ambassador, yjas present together with the whole diplomatic body, all the prominent members of the American and English society here. The Consuls General were pall bearers. The remains were conveyed to the English cemetrv at Scutari on board the English em'. assy's launch. The cortege followed on tne lm ogene, a steam yacht attached to the English embassy. Rev. Geo. Washington, chaplain of the British embassy, conducted the services, assisted by Canon Curtis. The Turkish Gendarmes escorted the cortege through the streets. THE RESERVE ACT. Provisions of the New Enactment. New York, March 8. —The Comptroller of the Currency to-day received a certified copy of the act of Congress providing for the establishment of a reserve in cities, and at once prepared regulations for its execu tion. Under the regulations, applications may be made to the comptroller for his approval, in each case in which it is desired to take advantage of the new law. The principal requirement is that these appli cations shall come direct from the banks interested. Notice has already been given that application will be made lor the des ignation of Chicago as the central reserve city and of Kansas City as a reserve city under the new law. The life of James Fenimore Cooper by Prof. Lounsbury, of Yale College, in our public library, is a very able and interest ing book that will well repay the reading. He was a man of great talents and energy and an incredible amount of pugnacity, which was always in demand and use. One objection to aunexing the Dominion would lie the bringing of so much more cold weather into the country. Oueliec is still snowed under while spring plowing is going on in Missouri. No explanation that he can give or any excuse that a Democratic print can ofl'er in his behalf can lessen the offense of Coun cilman Kennedy in defeating the Registra tion bill by his vote on Saturday last. The bill providing for a government building at Colnmbus passed both houses of Congress over ther the President's veto —For the second last day of the session both bouses of the fifteenth assembly show unus.ially clean dockets. They have lived up to the work before them surpris ingly.