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REDWOOD FALLS, MINNESOTA. General News Summary. FROKI WASHINGTON. THE monthly mint statement for April shows that there was coined at the several United States mints, during the month, gold and silver amounting in vaiuc to 15,088,330. AT the session of the Cabinet in Washing, ton, on the 3d, the question of delivering the original paters and documents of Executive departments to Congressional committees was discussed, and it is said that, after a full interchange of opinions, the President decided not to deviate from a rule which has long ex isted, under which the Executive does not part even temporarily with the custody of original papers in any of the departments. WIRT STKES (Olive Logan's .husband) has been appointed United 8tates Consul at Florence, Italy. PRESIDENT GKAXT lias pardoned James E. Marsh, a Gauger convicted in the Western District of Missouri of false returns, on the ground that there was no intentional fraud. A WASHINGTON- dispatch of the 6th states that on and after the 8th checks on the Trea sury would be paid in silver if desired, and it is thought this will wipe out the premium on silver and put as much coin afloat as the public wants. THB Emperor of Brazil arrived in Washing ton on the morning of the 7th. THE EAST. THE New York Legislature adjourned «n« die, on the 3d. THE New York Democratic Greenback State Committee have adopted resolutions declaring that the Democratic State Conven tion recently held at Utica misrepresented the sentiments of the true Democracy of the State in the financial plank of the platform opposing the nomination of Tilden, aud advo cating the selection of a Western leader upon a Western platform indorsing the platform of the Democracy of Indiana, and asking the Democrats iu Congress not to adjourn until the House has passed and presented to the Senate a bill repealing the Specie-Resump. Lion act. THE Connecticut Legislature met and or ganized on the 3d. ANNOUNCEMENT was made on the 4th of the failure of Harvey, Arnold & Co., of the North Adams (Mass.) print works, shutting up their six mills. The total liabilities would probably exceed fl,200,000 assets, mostly unsalable property, *1,.500,000. The mills ran in all over 1,000 looms on print goods, and 1,300 people are thrown out of employ! ment. Tnos. W. PIPER has made a full confession that he murdered little Mabel Young In tfte belfry of the Warren Avenue (Boston) Bap tist Church, and also that he murdered Bridget Landergan, at Dorchester, on the night of Dec. 5, 1S73, and that he was the principal in a mysterious and almost fatal assault on Mary Tyner, in Boston, nearly two years ago. He assigns no motive whatever for his crimes except pure diabolism and love of bloodshed. He is to be hung on the 20th hut. AN explosion occurred in the magazine of the Delaware, Lackawanna & Great Western Railroad Company, at the Bergen Tunnel, near Jersey City, on the night of the 6th! The magazine contained a quantity of giant powder and nitro-glycerine, designed for blasting purposes, and this premature explo sion aroused all New York. Every building within a radius of two miles from the maga zine was more or less injured. One person was killed. The damage to property ex ceeds $50,000. A NATIONAL LIBEBAL REPCBUCAX CON VEXTION has been called to meet at Philadel phia, July 26. GOLD closed in New York, on the 8th, at The following were the closing quo tations for produce: No. 2 Chicago Spring Wheat, fl.lo@l.H( No. 2 Milwaukee, $1.19 @1.21 Oats, Western Mixed, 3S@41c Corn, Western Mixed, 5J@63c Pork, Mess, $21.65 Lard, 12%c Flour, good to choice, email@example.com White Wheat Extra, #5."firstname.lastname@example.org. Cattle, 9^@ll*fe for good to extra. Sheep, AT East Liberty, Pa., on the 8th, cattle brought: Best, $email@example.com medium, $5.00 @5.30 common, $firstname.lastname@example.org. Hogs sold— Yorkers, $email@example.com Philadelphias, $7.50@ 7.!*». Sheep brought firstname.lastname@example.org according to quality. WEST AND SOUTH. THE Michigan Mass Greenback State Con vention was held at Jf.ckbon on the 3d. Del egates were chosen to the National Conven tion at Indianapolis, and resolutions were adopted, among others, calling themselves the Independent Greenback party demand ing the unconditional repeal of the Specie Payment act, and the regulation by Congress of the values and volume of currency, which shall be issued only by the Government, so that the rate of interest shall not rise above the increase of wealth by productive labor declaring that it is the duty of the Govern ment to establish a monetary system estab lished on the faith of the Government demanding that the circulation of banks be withdrawn, and that the Government issue its notes directly to the people without the introduction of any banking system, such money to be legal tender for all debts and duties, the portion of iuterest made oayable in metallic money to be so paid—this money to be at the option of holders, interchange able with Government bonds bearing interest n»t exceeding 3.65 per cent, per annum de claring that justice demands the payment of our specie debt in coin of the weight of 1792. THE recent Oregon Republican State Con vention passed a resolution declaring Jag. G. Blaine to he its first choice as a Presiden tial candidate. Ax Inter-Collegiate oratorical contest was held in Chicago on the evening of the 4th. The first prize, a gold medal, was given to C. F. Noland, of Missouri, and the second prize, a silver medal, to Miss Laura A. Kent, of Ohio. THE Maryland Republican State Conven tion was held on the 4th, and delegates to the National Convention were chosen and in structed to vote for the nomination of Mr. Blaine as long as there was reasonable hope for his nomination. THE Kansas Greenback State Convention metatTopeka on the 4tn, and elected dele gates to the Indianapolis Convention. THE de'.esates elected by the South Caro lina Democratic State Convention to the Na tional Convention are uninstructed as to can didate for President. A NEW ORLEANS dispatch of the 5th says Senator Twitchell was still alive, but in a very precarious condition. Acting-Gov. An toine had offered $5,000 reward for the ar rest of the assassin. THE Georgia Republican State Convention has elected delegates to the National Con. vent ion, with preferences estimated as fol lows: Blaine, 8 Bristow, 6 Morton, 5 Conkling, 3. THE Texas Legislature has elected Gov. Coke to the United States Senate from that State. AT Warsaw, Ky., a few nights ago, Ben French and wife (colored), who were under arrest for poisoning an old and wealthy col ored man named Jacob Jones, were taken from the jail by a mob of masked men and hung to the limb of tree about two miles from the town. THE Ohio wooden-ware factory at Cleve land was destroyed by fire on the night of the 4th, involving a loss of about $170,000. A TORXADO struck the city of Chicago on the afternoon of the 6th and swept over a considerable portion of the West and South Sides, doing much damage to buildings and to shipping on the river. A large section of the roof of one of the Michigan Southern freight depots was blown off, and about 200 feet in length of the walls of the building fell In, buiying in the ruins a number of em ployes at work in the depot, five or six of whom were seriously Injured—two ofr three probably fatally. The roof or thti Cook ffounty Hospital was torn up and about a quarter of It bioWn entirely away from the building, and the inmates were exposed to the pitiless storm of rain which was descending in torrents at the time. Several church steeples, chim neys, signs, telegraph-poles, etc., were blown down, and much damage was done to pri vate property. The entire damage, by the storm, in the city is estimated at between $400,000 and $500,000. This is said to have been the severest tornado that ever visited Chicago. FOUR of the convicted St Louis Gaugers and Storekeepers were, on the 6th, sentenced to fines of $1,000 and fifteen month's im prisonment each, and one to a fine of the same amount and six months' imprisonment. A SEVERE storm of wind and rain swept over Leavenworth, Kansas, and vicinity, early on the morning of the 6th, and demol ished several massive brick buildings, tore the Toofs off of others, blew down several wooden structures, and played havoc gen erally in the business portion of the city. No less than thirty buildings were wholly or in part destroyed, inflicting a loss of over $250,000. Many portions of Kansas, Missouri, Illinois and Iowa suffered severely from storms on the same day. A FORT LARAMIE dispatch of the 7th re ports further Indian outrages on the route to Black Hills. A man just arrived from the north states that every train on the route had had to fight from five to six hours to as many days in order to get through. Advices from the northern Indians, brought in by a reliable Government scout, say the Cheyennes, Ara pahoes, Minneconjous, Uncapapas and other bands of Sioux had formed a confederation under Sitting Bull, and divided up into bands of thirty to fifty warriors to immediately lay waste the entire Nebraska Dakota and Wyoming frontier. Sitting Bull openly defies all the troops in the depart ment, and jastingly says that by thuA divid ing his large force of warriors he can elude the troops and ercate and maintain a bloody war for years. AT its session on the evening of the 8th the new Chicago Common Council decided—26 to 10—to canvass the vote cast for Mayor at the recent municipal election, and declared the Hon. Thomas Iloyne to have been duly elected to succeed Mayor Colvin, who, claim ing to hold the office under the charter, pro tested against such action on the part of the Council. IN Chicago, on the 8th, spring wheat, No. 2 closed at 97@9S5£c cash. Cash corn closed at455£e for No. 2. Cash oats No. 2, sold at 30%@30fc Jurte options were sold at 31 %c. Rye No. 2,61K@62c. Barley, No. 2, 65}tf@66£c. Cash mess pork closed at $20.75 @20.80. Lard, $12.25@1230. Good to choice beeves brought $email@example.com medium grades, $firstname.lastname@example.org butchers' stock, $3.50@ 4.00 stock cattle, etc., $email@example.com. Hogs brought $firstname.lastname@example.org for good to choice. Sheep sold at $email@example.com for good to choice. fOREIGN INTELLIGENCE. AX application was made In London on the 3d to the tribunal having in charge the case of Winslow, the Boston forger, for his discharge, on the ground that the sixty days within which the United States might perfect its case had expired. This application was resisted by the officers of the Crown, and it was decided to hold the prisoner ten days longer, to await the reply from Washington to the latest English note. Ox the 3d, in the 8panish Cortes, an amendment to the proposed Constitution, striking out the clause providing for religious toleration and substituting one providing for religious unity, was rejected—226 te 39." OVER $290,000 of the $300,000 shipped on the steamer Schiller, wrecked some months ago on the Scilly Islands, has been recovered. IT was reported from Rome on tht5th that King Alphonso had written another letter to the Vatican, in which the statement is made that, as Spain is Catholic, Catholics need ap prehend nothing from the application of the religious-toleration clause in the new Consti tution. THE rowing and boat clubs of Dublin University have organized a joint repre sentative crew of four to take part in the con test at Philadelphia. IT is stated that 30,000 Turcomans recently assembled at Meru and determined to solicit Afghan help for a holy war against the Czar of Russia. ACCORDING to a London telegram of the 7th, a serious riot had occurred on the pre ceding day at Salonica in Eastern Turkey. The French and German consuls were assassi nated. A French squadron was immediately sent thither and a Turkish frigate with a commission to punish the guilty parties. It was reported that the attack by the Christ ians on the Mahommedans was instigated by the American Consul. THE financial difficulties of Egypt have been arranged by the conversion of her funded and floating debt into seven per cent, stock, redeemable in sixty-three years. THE Spanish Government has issued an order permitting officers who served under Don Carlos to resume service in the royal army. Over 1,200 officers had availed them selves of the permission. A VIENNA dispatch of the 8th says Austria had informed Turkey that it would close the port of Kiek if the Turkish forces at Scutari were increased. CONGRESSIONAL A PETITION was presented In the Senate, on the 3d, from the Society of Friends, protesting against the transfer of the Indian Bureau to the War Department. The House bill appro priating $50,000 tor subsistence supplies for the Apache Indians In Arizona, and for the removal of other Indians *o the San Carlos Agency, was passed. A resolution was offered and laid over instructing the Committee on Commerce to in quire into the matter o( foreign immigration, having special reference, probably, to the Chinese question. A message was received from the President inclosing the report of the Centennial Commission, and inviting the two bonnes of Congress to he pres ent at the opening ceremonies on the 10|h— In the House a oil' was passed appropri ating Jlti.OOO for the maintenance of lights on the Mississippi, Ohio and Missouri Rivers. A reso lution directing the Committee on the Real Es tate Pool to accept an offer made by Hallett Ktl bourne to appear before said committee and an swer any questions relating to the real estate pool, notwithstanding the recent court decision in his favor, was laid on the table by a vote of 138 to 83. A resolntion was adopted instructing the Judiciary Committee to investigate into the matter of the Little Rock & Fort Smith Railroad bonds of which the Union Pacific Railroad Com pany are alleged to have become the owner in 1871 and 1872. The resolntion of censure of Mr. John Young Brown, of Kentucky, in the last House was rescinded. THE House bill authorizing a transfer of $16,000 to pay lighthouse-keepers and main tain lighthouse service on the Mississippi, Ohio and Missouri Rivers was passed in the Senate, on the 3d. Mr. Morton made a personal explana tion in relation to the $250,000 received from the Government and expended by him, as Governor or Indiana in organizing the troops of that State A number of bills were introduced and re ferred in the House. The Illinois contested-elec tion case of LeMoyne vs. Farwell was taken np, and the report of the majority of the committee, declaring that Farwell, the sitting member, w»s not, and that LeMoyne, the contestant, was, en titled to the seat, was adopted. The Postofflce Appropriation bill was considered in Committee of the Whole. SEVERAL petitions asking intervention on the part of Congress in behalf of the Ameri can citizen Condon, now serving oat a life sen tence In an English prison, for a political of fense, were presented and referred in the Senate, on the 4lh. In the Impeachment Conrt Mr. Blair made bis argument In behalf of the respond ent, on the question of jurisdiction, and Manager Lord replied, assirtingtbat the Senate had Jurix dict on in the case.... The House passed a reso lution to accept the invitation to attend the open ing of the Centennial Exposition at Philadelphia, and to adjourn from the Uth to the 12th for that purpose. Resolutions were also adopted di recting the Ways and Means Commit tee to at once consider some measure for the relief of the country from the threatened scarcity of fractional currency: instructing the select committee for the investigation of Federal offices In Louisiana, to make a full and com* plete investigation of the circumstance* attend ing the recent assassination of State Senator Twilchell and David King, on Red Biver, partic ularly as to whether the canse was, or was not, of apolitical character. A message from the President, declining to tarnish the House with information as to his various absences from Washington, was read, referred and ordered printed. THE Senate on the 5th, adopted the Honse resolntion to attend the opening cere monies of the Centennial Exposition, and to ad journ for that purpose from the 9th to the 18th. Mr. Carpenter, on behall of the respondent, and Mr. fcnox,, df the House Managers, argned the tyrastipn of jariadiction In the Impeachment ease the former denying, and the latter claiming, that the Senate had jurisdiction In the case of ex-becretary Belknap—A large number of pri vate bills were passed In the Hoase. The Natal Appropriation bill was reported from the Appro priation Committee CONSIDERATION of the Impeachment question was continned In the Senate on the 8th, and several questions relating thereto were sub mitted to the Managers by Senators Conkling and Mitchell. Owing to his continued indisposition Manager Knott was granted leave to continue his argument on the 8th, and Manager Jcnks read a lengthy argument and Mnnsjier Hoar beean his remarks in favor of the jurisdiction oi the Senate ....A bill in relation to savings banks was intro duced in the House and referred. The oath of office was administered to J. V. Le Moyne as Rep resentative from the Third Illinois District. 'J he Postofflce Appropriation bill was further consid ered in Committee or the Whole. MANAGER KNOTT and Judge Black concluded their arguments in the Impeachment trial on the 8th, and it was then ordered by the Senate that, nntll further notice, the attendance of the Managers and respondent Wonld not be re quired, and the conrt sojourned to the 15th. In the session of the Senate for regnlar business a resolution was agreed to setting forth the in jury resulting from Chinese immigration, and in structing the Committee on Commerce to con sider the subject and report a bill placing ade ?nate restrictions upon snch immigration... n the House a resolution that the several investigating committees conduct their business with open doors while testimony is bein" taken was rejected—61 to 91. A bill was offered and referred, providing for the coinage of $2^,000,000 silver coin additional to that already authorized. The Ways and Means Committee were instructed to inqnire into the management of the New York Custom-House. The bill to carry into effect the provisions of the treaty with the Hawaiian Islands was passed—116 to 101. Mr. Conger was appointed on the Select Committee on Federal Offices in Louisiana. In place of Mr. Crapo, excused. Adjourned, with the understanding that no business was to be transacted on the 9th. President Brant Sends a Message to the House. f'resident The necessity of the performance of Execntive acts by the President of the United States exists and is devolved upon him wherever he may |be within the United States, during his term of office, by tbe Constitution ofthe United States. His civil powers are no more limited or capable of limita tion as to the place where they shall be exercised than are those which he might be required to dis charge in his capacity of Commander-in-Chief ot the army and navy, which latter powers it is evi dent he might be called upon to exercise possibly even without the limits of the United States. Had the efforts of those recently in rebellion against the Government been successful in driving a late President of the United States from Wash ington, it is manifest that he must have dis charged his functions, both civil and military, elsewhere than in the place named by law as the seat of Government. No act of Congress can limit, suspend or confine this Constitutional dnty. I am not aware of the existence of any act of Con gress which assumes thus to limit or restrict the exercise of the functions of the Executive. Were there such acts, I shonld nevertheless recognize the superior authority of the Constitution and should exercise the powers required thereby of the President. The act to which reference lemadein the resolntion of the House rebates to the establish ment of a seat of Government, and the providing of suitable buildings, and the removal thereto of the offices attached to the Government, etc. It was not understood at its date, and by Gen. Washington, to confine the President in the dis charge of his duties and powers to actual pres ence at the seat of Government. On the 90th ol March, 1791, shortly after the passage of the act referred to. Gen. Washington issued an Execu tive proclamation, having reference to the subject of this very set, from George town, a place remote from Philadelphia, which then was the seat of Government, where the act referred to directed that "all officers attached to the seat of Government should for the time remain." That none of his successors have entertained the idea that their Executive offices could be performed only at the seat of Government is evidenced by hundreds upon hundreds of such acts performed by my predecessors in an unbroken line from Washing ton to Lincoln, a memorandum of the general na ture and character of some of which acts is submit ted herewith, and no question has been raised as to the validity of those acts or to the right and propriety of the Executive to exercise the powers •f his office in any part of the United States. (Signed) U. S. GRANT. Washington, May 4,1876. It will be perceived that the message is dated Washington, without the usual prefix of "Executive Mansion." Accompanying the message is a memoran dum of absences of Presidents of the United States from the National Capital during each of tbe several Administrations, and of public and Executive acts performed during the time of such absences. A Mind Old L»aj. There is a kind-hearted old woman who lives in Louisville, and she passes her time in the streets on the lookout for la dies whose skirts are coming down. Sometimes her anxiety leads her astray, and she sees in imagination skirts falling which are perfectly secure. But she sweetly says all the same, My dear, your skirt is falling if you will step into this doorway I will pin it up for you." La dies in general object to falling skirts in the streets the very thought is a terror, and, when so approached, are very apt to go into the doorway without looking as to the truth. When there the kind old woman tells a pretty story of her nice home, gives a suggestion that she is well off in this world's goods, and that she wanted to fix the skirts because the lady's beautiful face reminded her of her own daughter. During the fixing process the dress is necessarily handled, and though the work is awkward, it would not of coarse do to offer money to the nice, well attired kind-hearted old lady, who talks so glibly of her property. Ho the other lady leaves with gratitude, which is changed to a somewhat different ieeling when she finds her pocket has been cut, and the old lady has gone away with her purse. A WASHINGTON, May 4. The President to-day sent the following message to the House in reply to Represen tative Blackburn's resolution. To the Uouse of Representatives I have given very attentive consideration to the resolution of the House of Representatives, passed on the 3d of April, "requesting the Presidentof the United States to inform the House whether any Execu tive offices, acis, or duties, and if any what, have within a specified period been performed at a dis tance from the seat of Government established by law," etc. I have never hesitated, and shall not hesitate, to Communicate to Congress, and to either branch thereof, all information which the Constitution makes it the duly of the Presi dent to give, or which my judgmeut may sug gest to me, or a request from either House may in dicate to m«t may be useful iu the discharge of the appropriate duties confided to them. I rail, however, to dud in tbe Constitution of the United States the authority given to the Honse of Rep resentatives (one branch of Congress in which is vested the Legislative power of the Government) to require of the Execntive, an independent branch.of the Government, co-ordinate with Jhe Senate and House of Representatives, an ac count of his discharge of his appropriate and purely Exocutive offices, acts and duties, cither as to when, where. Or how performed. What the Honse of Representatives may reqnire, as a right, in iu demand upon the Executive for informa tion, is limited to what is nt cessary for the proper discharge of Its powers of legislation or of Im peachment. The inquiry in the resolution of tbe Honse as to where the Executive acts, within the last seven year*, have been performed, and at what distance from any particular spot, or for how long a period at any one time, etc., does not necessarily belong to the province of legislation. It does not profess to be asked for that object. If this information be sought through an inquiry of the President as to his Executive acts iu view or In aid of the power of impeachment vested in the House, it is asked in derogation of an inherent natural right recognized in this country by a constitutional uarantee which protects "very Citizen—the as well a« the htimblest in the land— from being made a witness atrainvt himself. During the time that I have had the honor to occupy the position of President of this Govern ment, it has been, and while I continue to occu py that position it will continue to be, my earnest endeavor to recognize and to respect the several trusts and duties and powers of the co-ordinate branches of the Government, not encroaching npon them, nor allowing encroachments upon the proper powers of the office which the people of the United States have confided to me, but aim ing to preserve in their proper relations the sev eral powers and functions of each oi the co-ordi nate branches of the Government agreeably to the Constitution, and in accordance with the solemn oath which I have taken to preserve, protect and defend that instrument. In maintenance of the rights secured by the Constitution to the Executive Dranch of the Govern ment, I am compelled to decline any specific or detailed answer to the request of the House for information as to "any Executive offices, acts or duties, and, if any, what have been performed at a distance from the seat of Government estab lished by law, and for how long a period at anv one time, and in what part of the United States.'' If, however, the nouse of Representatives de sires to know whether, during the period of up wards of seven years during which I have held the office of President of the United States, I have been absent from the seat of Government, and whether during that period I have performed, or have neglected to perform, the duties of my office, I freely inform the House that from the time of my entrance upon my office I have been in the habit, as were all of my predecessors, with the exception of one w ho lived only one month after assuming the duties of his office, aud one whose continued presence in Wawhinnton was necessary from the existence at the time of a powerful rebellion, of absenting myself at times from the seat of Gov ernment, and that dui in" snch absences I did not neglect or forego the obligations or duties of my office, but continued to discharge all of the Executive offices, acts and duties which were re quired of me as President of the United States. 1 am not aware that a failure occurred in any one instance of my cxercislng the functions and powers of my office In every case requiring their discharge, or of my exercis ing alt the necessary Executive act? in whatever part of the United States I may at the time have been. Fortunately, rapidity of travel and of mail communication, and the facility of almost in stantaneous correspondence with officer'' at the seat of Government which the telegraph affords to the President, in whatever section of the Union he may be, e able him in these days to maintain as constant and almost as quick inter course with the Departments at Washington as may be maintained while he remains in the Capital. te i' Remarkable Heathen CItj. One of the most remarkable places in the world is the city of Jeypoor in India. It is a heathen city, the home of the Hin doos, the product of Hindoo skill and the design of a Hindoo mind, and yet in architecture, finish, beauty, and useful public works, it is probably not out ranked by any in Christendom. Three or four hundred years ago Jey Singla lived in a little village of mud cot tages on the heights near the present site of Jeypoor. He was a man of enlighten ment and reason, and being a Rajah, had the choice either of accomplishing much good in his kingdom or giving himself over to indolence and selfish gratification. He chose to excrcisc his functions on the side of human advancement, and from his own intellect evolved a plan to wipe away the mud-constructed town of his habitation with its filth and squalor, and erect a new and glorious city. Decend in» into a barren valley, he laid plans tor the coming capital of Hindostau. In place of the narrow streets of the old town, lie marked oil' main thoroughfares, ill feet wide and two miles long and in place of the windiug alleys of the town on the mountain, he' laid out spacious streets. Upon this plat this royal Hindoo erected his ideal city. Battlements were thrown about the whole, flanked by towers and protected by forts. A palace, with scores of elegantly-designed houses, was con structed, with many humbler but equally tasty dwellings. Each house possessed its own garden, and every building, great or small, WHS made of stone. Lakes, MAT' tile-laid walks, fountains and public orna ments dotted the new city, and not an un sightly work was permitted inside the walls. This was indeed a wonderful city, to grow up and become inhabited in the val leys of Hindostan at that period of Indian history, but just as wonderlul has been the fact that from that day to this the un dertaking lias proven a success. An English writer speaks enthusiastically of the "marvelous* beauty of Jeypoor, the capital of the Maharajah." He calls it the "Paris of India," and a city venti lated, se we raged and constructed in a manner superior to any which may be met with on the globe." The history of Jeypoor is being devel oped and given to Christendom just at the present time, along with much other inter esting information, its one of the first re sults of the great archaeological survey of India, now in progress under the auspices of the British Government.—Chicago Journal. Evil Effects of Orei'Training. One of the reasons assigned for the de feat of the Oxford crew in the boat-race is that they were over trained." Whether this was the case or not, tiiere can hardly be a doubt that the science of" training," like many other sciences, is yet in its infancy, and that the course of training followed as a rule by those who are pre paring for the performance of athletic feats, even if effectual for the purpose for which it is adopted, is not conducive in the long run to good health or longevity. Indeed, it will be found that many, if not the majority, of those who att iin unusual length of years almost invariably indulge in one or more habits pronounced by mcilical experts to be decidedly unwhole some. It is a notorious fact that octoge narians, and even "reputed centenarians," are often inveterate smokers, and must, according to accepted medical theory, be thoroughly saturated with nicotine by the time they are laid in their graves. Some even habitual topers live to a very old aire, and others who take no exercise worthy of the name enjoy perfect health nnd last many years longer than their more active contemporaries. One of the most remarkable instances on record of admirable health and longevity, notwith standing a departure from those rules of temperance and excrcisc which are sup posed to exercise such an important in llumce on health, is that of the Rev. William Davies, rector of istaunton-upon Wye and vicar of All Saints', Hereford, who died in 1790, aged one hundred and five. This reverend old gentleman during the last thirty-five years of his life never took any other exercise than that of shuffling his feet from one room to an other, where he would sit till bedtime. He always eat hot buttered rolls for breakfast, an enormous dinner, consisting of a variety of dishes, and a supper of hot roast meat, liesides drinking a liberal al lowance of wine. He never suffered from gout, rheumatism, or indeed from any other disease or infirmity. His temper was jovial to the last, and he passed away with a chuckle, without apparent suffer ing, universally beloved and respcctcd.— Pall Mali Gazette. A New Use for Locusts. An industry of quite a novel character, says Consul Playfair, in his report on the trade and commerce of Algeria for the past year, promises to spring up in that country. Immense sums of money are annually spent by the fishermen of France in obtaining codroe as bait for the sardine fisheries. Not only is that substance in creasing in price every year, but the quan tity procurable is quite insufficient to meet the demand. It is proposed to utilize the locusts which periodically invade the col ony in immense numbers, and are nearly always to be found in the south, as a sub stitute. The Governor-General lists sent 1,000 kilos of these insects, prepared and salted, to France, and this result, it is stated, is sullicicntly successful to warrant the experiment hieing tried on a larger scale. This scheme, although at tint sight it may appear disagreeable to the Algerian locusts, can hardly, on reflection fail to commend itself to their reason. The locust has of late entirely lost the respectable position it once occu pied of being fit for food. Locusts and wild honey are never seen now on any breakfast table, and, as the iOcust requires a vast amount of suste nance for its own consumption, it is looked upon as an intolerable nuisance in those countries it honors by its visits. If, however,(the sardines take to the locusts as baits, these insects will at least be en tiled to the credit of being instrumental in providing food for the human race, and may possibly, at no distant date, resume their place on the table.—1'aU Mall (Jar tett*. The Great Wind-Storm in Chicago. The Chicago morning papers of the 7th and 8th give lengthy accounts of the ef fects of the tornado on the 6th, from which we make the following extracts: So far as has been ascertained, the tem pest struck down upon the city in the vi cinity of the Bridewell, where it wrought sad havoc with the fences. Seeming to gather strength as it rushed on, it came with terrible force upon the habitations in the neighborhood of Paulina and Twenty-second streets, where, among other objects, it tore in pieces a three story tenement house, killing some of the inmates. From this point its path for miles eastward is clearly marked with the ruin that it wrought. The region over which it passed, from Paulina street to the river, is known as the lumber dis trict. Here, for a distance of over two miles along the South Branch, millions upon millions of feet of lumber are piled, and here the tempest raged in its wildest fury. Huge piles of lumber were over turned, while the air was filled with great boards and bunches of lath and shingles, and what was in one yard was most un ceremoniously deposited in another, and not a little difficulty will be experienced by the rightful owners in obtaining their own again. Then it dashed, raging and roaring, across the river until it reached the lake, and here it turned, and with in creased fury rushed northward, covering nearly the entire South Division. Beach ing Eighteenth street, it struck the Coun ty Hospital and tore off a portion of the roof. At Fourteenth street it came with sav age fury against the tall and* graceful spire of Grace (Episcopal) Church, and in an instant overturned it and sent it crash ing through the roof. Still on it rushed, and half a mile further on it met with re sistance in the shape of the Michigan Southern Railroad freight depot but the resistance was short, for, as if maddened that anything should dispute its passage, it tore the building to the ground. In the Palmer Honse it met with an antagonist that braved its fttiy, but with spiteful ven geance it seized upon the elaborate center piece and V)re it to fragments. Then on over the ousiness center it rushed, the volume of the Btorm passing above the buildings, fortunately, for had it been otherwise, there is no calculating the de struction of property and the loss of life that would have ensued. It swept along the lake shore on the North Side for a short distance, then rushed toward the crib. The tower containing the big fog bell was swept away. It was, without exception, the most ter rible wind storm that has ever visited this northern section of country. It came without premonition, and the cloud burst that accompanied it, and in a moment a perfect avalanche of water fell from the black clouds above, drenching to the skin the unfortunate pedestrians who had not soUght shelter. While the storm raged, the scene oii the principal streets was one of wild and ter rible excitement. Frightened horses, dragging ponderous hitching-weights, dashed wildly through the streets terror stricken men, women and children ran hither and thither into any place that of fered protection from the pitiless storm carriages were overturned, huge boxes rolled and danced along the sidewalks signs sailed through the air, crashing through the plate-glass windows or crush ing upon the sidewalk men and women were rolled over and over in the mud hats were whirled away over lofty build ings, while umbrellas were simply torn to shreds, leaving only the skeleton above the head of the unfortunate owner. The County Hospital on Eighteenth street, which was in the path of the tor nado, was denuded of a portion of its roof, and for an instant the rickety old structure threatened to fall in upon the hundreds of sick and helpless pensioners of Cook County. About 1,200 square feet of roofing was lifted bodily from the north west corner of the building, and its frag ments were borne through the air as far east as Clark street, four blocks away. Large sections of the tin sheeting which covered the remaining portion of the roof were torn completely away, and hurled into the street in front of the hospital. Every strip of sheeting on the roof of the main building was torn from its fastenings at one or more corners, and twisted out of shape. The patients were wild with fear, the crash of falling chimneys, the shrieking and creaking of the disrupted roof, the cracking of beams and scant lings above, the rocking of the building as it reeled beneath the terrible force of the wind, and over all the savage roar of the tempest, served to madden the in matej, and all was forgotten but the in stinct of self-preservation. Life was sweet even to those poor wretches, and from their misery they welcomed not the release that comes with death. The panic stricken sufferers sprang from their cots, where they had lain so long, and rushed wildly for the doorways and hallways to escape lrom the threatened danger. Over the shrieks of the terror-stricken crowd rang the wild laughter of a boy of fifteen in ward E, who had suffered amputation of the leg, and who in a delirium of de light shouted a3 he heard the wild noise of the storm without and above. A man In the same ward, who had a brick hung to his arm to straighten it, picked up the brick very carefully and rushed away for safety. Patients who were unable even to turn in bed, galvanized by fear sprang up and fled shrieking through the corridors. Through the gaping, ragged roof a volume of water poured in upon the struggling crowd, saturating the cots and wetting to the skin the patients before escape was possible to the room below. The most serious catastrophe of the hurricane occurred at the Michigan South ern freight depot, which is one of the largest freight depots in the world. It is 800 feet long, running from Polk to Tay lor streets, facing on one side on the rail road track and on the other on Pacific avenue. It seemed as though the storm stayed for a moment in its passage to gather full strength, then with giant force it hurled itself against the building, and at that instant a bolt of lightning crashed against the tin roof. It ran (Town the wet root to the corner of the building, when, with irresistible fury it rended the walls, crumbling them literally to pum ice, and a massive door was shivered and riddled to splinters in an instant. Through this rent the wind came roaring and rag ing the building was lifted from its foun dations and dashed upon Pacific avenue, and the entire 225 feet of the south end was wrecked completely. At the time of this catastrophe the building was occupied by about seventy five men, but very fortunately nearly all of them were engaged about the center of the building. Some ten or twelve were, however, at work at the south end of the building, and so rapidly was the work of destruction done that they were unable to escape from the falling walls. A despair ing shriek rang out through the building over the horrible grinding of the crushing walls, and then with a dull and heavy crash the ruin closed over the doomed men. A few escaped with but slight bruises. Six of them, however, were caught by the falling walls and most hor ribly mangled. The alarm of fire was at once sounded, and the firemen aided those present in ex tricating the sufferers beneath the ruins. It was a terrible scene of wild confusion. From the inextricable mass came the shrieks of the buried victims calling for aid, which, for a time, the crowd were unable to render. Both walls of the build ing had fallen toward the west, while the roof had slidden clear across the street. Merchandise of every description was heaped in every conceivable shape, and entangled with the debris of the building. The rain was pouring in torrents, but, without a moment's delay, the brave men began their work of humanity. As fast as removed the unfortunate men were placed in carriages and taken home, where med ical attendance was furnished them by the railroad company. The same gust of wind that crushed in the freight-house tore off a piece of the galvanized roofing of the passenger depot, and hurled it against the buildings on the opposite side of the street. The most disastrous accident that hap pened in the southwest portion of the city was the destruction ofthe Reaper Mission, a three-story frame building, twenty by sixty feet, situated at 625 West Twenty second street. It was occupied on the ground as a mission church. The second was the residence of Michael Burns and his family, which consisted of himself, wife and four children. The third floor was occupied by a family named Kohn. A Mrs. Runk and her son Frederick, aged twelve years, were on their way to do some work when the sudden flash of light ning came down upon them. They sought shelter in the hall-way of the Mission building, and scarcely had they entered it, ere the structure was scattered to the four points of the compass by the sudden squall. Fred. Runk was killed in stantly, his neck being broken by a piece of timber striking him. The mother was alsj badly bruised, but not dangerously hurt. Little Michael J. Burns, aged four years, was very badly hurt internally, but had no bones broken. Little Freddy Kohn was injured very badly internally, and it is not believed tnat he will recover. The other inmates escaped with a few slight scratches. Several minor casualties are reported. A Husband's Ungallant Remark. A young married lady of this city, dis tinguished for her beauty, sweet temper and benevolence, has been suffering for a week past with a cutaneous eruption of the face, which she at first treated very lightly, but as it grew no better after sev eral solutions had been applied, and be came quite painful, to say nothing of the temporary disfigurement, the lady lost patience, became very irritable, scolded the servants, and even her liege lord, to whom she had never spoken before save in the gentlest tones, came in for quite a share of criticism. This morning Dr. Bontecou was called in and examined case. "Doctor," said the anxious hus band, do you think it can be anything serious?" "Not in the least," replied the Doctor, with professional gravity "it may be the result of cold, or possibly a little humor of the blood." "It cannot be the latter, Doctor," rejoined the hus band, because my wife has been out of humor for a week." We are glad to learn that the Doctor charged nim a double fee.—Troy (N. Y.) Prut. the Piper's Confession. BOSTON, May 7. The preparations of Thomas W. Piper's counsel for arguing the motion in the Su preme Court to-morrow, for a new trial, on the ground of additional evidence in relation to the bat used as the weapon, have come to a sudden end, and the mo tion will not be made. This noon, Ed ward P. Brown, junior counsel, who has worked assiduously throughout, was talk ing with Piper about the motion, fully believing, as he lias done all along, in Piper's innocence, when the prisoner, who has of late been breaking down in health, through his mental agony, began to talk In a different strain from what he has before, and by degrees confessed to the horror-stricken counsel not only that he mitrdered Mabel Young in the belfry of the Warfen Avenue Baptist Church, for which murder lie is tti be huhg on May 26, but also that he murdered Bridget Landergan, at Dorchester, on the night of Dec. 5, 1873, and that he was the princi pal in the mysterious and nearly fatal as sault on Mary Tyner, in Oxford street, Boston, nearly two years ago. Piper says that he has hitherto lied about the matter to blind his counsel as well as everybody else, well knowing that did Mr. Brown suspect the truth he would be left to his fate. He assigns no motive whatever for his crimes, except pure diabolism and love of bloodshed, the same as has actu ated Jesse Pomeroy in his horrible butch eries, and the confession shows a depth of depravity as shocking as it is inexplicable. The murder of Mabel Young is too fresh in recollection to need description. The lovely little girl of five was decoyed into the belfry of the church and beaten to death with a ball-bat with in ten minutes from the time her aunt left her in the Sunday-school room, and after one disagreement of the jury, Thomas W. Piper, the sexton, was convicted of the murder. The case of Bridget Landers aa has been wrajfped in more mystery. She was a domestic of good repute, and had been out during the afternoon to visit some friends. While returning home, about nine o'clock at night, she was brutally clubbed to death at Upliam's corner, in the Dorchester district, and though sev eral arrests were made on suspicion, up to to-day the criminal has not cer tainly been known. Piper was one of the men arrested, but the evidence was insuflicient to hold him. Since the Mabel Young murder the detectives have been confirmed in their belief that Piper also murdered Bridget Landergan, but have been unable to get a clue to the matter. Thomas Cahill, a former sweetheart of the girl, was under suspicion, and having gone to Ireland soon after the murder, was extradited and brought to this coun try by State detectives but no case was made out, and he was discharged. On July 1, 1874, Mary Tyner, living at No. 34 Oxford street, was found in her bed insensible and horribly mangled, her head having been wounded and cut to a jelly with an instru ment which medical testimony declared to be a tuner's gouge. Several cuts in the skull allowed the brains to ooze out, and she was taken to the hospital in mo mentary prospect of death, but she lin gered along and by degrees recovered. A lover of hers, named Colby, was arrested for the assault, but she refused to proceed against him, or to tell what she knew of the case, and he was discharged. Such is a brief history of the crimes which Thom as W. Piper to-day confessed. There can be no doubt now "of Piper's execution on May 20, and the etl'cct of this confession will be most likely to cause Gov. liicc to sign the death warrant of Pomeroy, the boy fiend. Alaska. The Secretary of War has sent to the United States Senate some items re specting Alaska" which were obtained by a citizen of Portland, Oregon, in a pleasant conversation" with Capt. J. W. White, of tue revenue maiine service. Capt. White's views of Alaska are more encouraging than those of other persons who have seen the Territory. "It [Alaska] was a present count the fisheries, the lurs, the lumber, the mines of coal, iron and gold, the varieties of fruits and vegetables that cau be raised, with its political value as a military sta tion. The Yucon River is navigable for steamers 1,400 miles. It spreads out into five mouths, inclosing a level Cottonwood region or delta of seventy miles, covered with grass. On Oonalaska the grass is six to eight feet high, and so thick that it must be parted to get through. It is soonKodiak. The small Russian cattle that live entirely i^jon it are as fat as seals. The live on it all the year, need ing no shelter but the ravines. The wild pea vines grow six, eight, and even twelve feet long, furnishing choice food for stock. There are no proper icebergs in those seas. The warm Japan current divides at the southwest point of the Aleutian Islands, part going north through Bell ring's Straits, which are too shallow for anything but field-ice to pass, and only a narrow polar current passes down near the Asiatic coast, as the one from Greenland passes down near the Atlantic shore. Ice floats off the shores in winter and spring, and soon dissolves with little danger to shipping. The region is chilly, even in summer, in the ravines hid from the sun, but parts open to the sun, though frosts and snows are on the mountains, produce luxuriant vegetation, and fruits like blackberries, larger than the Lawton, and whortleberries, abound in their season. I sounded the shores seven hundred miles by log northwest of Sitka, and found the entire length a codfish bank (with plenty of halibut also). The smaller cod fish are in the shallower waters, nearer the shore, of twenty or thirty fathoms, but the best fisheries are farther out in seventy or eighty fathoms. For example, one day when sounding south of Kodiak, wishing to lay in a store of codfish, I ordered the sails set back and the lines prepared. "I had a barrel of Puget Sound clams salted for me (for bait). I took my lead line, as large as my thumb, attached five hooks above the lead, with a clam on each, and fastened to the davit soon the bites—one, two, three, ofien five—were felt. I threw the line over the pulley and put four men to pull, and up would come two, three, and sometimes five cod, weigh ing thirty to forty pounds apiece. We had out about twenty lines and caught 250 fish in two hours. I met some fishermen and asked why they did not fish farther out, instead of catching the smaller ones of five to fifteen pounds each near the shore They replied that deep-water fishing was too hard work.' I have seen coal-veins over an area forty by fifty miles, so thick that it seems one vast bed. It has excellent steam qual ity leaves a clear white ash. It comes out in cube blocks, bright and clean. It does not coke. The quantity seems to be unlimited. This bed lies northwest of bitka, up Cook's inlet or bay, which ex tends to nearly sixty-one degrees north and broadens into a sea in some parts. It is a large body of water. Its shores, though in part mountainous, reveal val leys and plains and forests with large and various resources. "The Kalosh are a race of Indians, shrewd and warlike, who live on the main land mostly of Alaska proper.- You must show your power and they will respect you and do what you say, or what they agree to do, exactly. When some of them came on deck I showed them over the ship. They watched everything, and a little jocosely said, 4 Our guns are better than yours.' They hail Hudson's Bay smooth-bore muskets. I said, 'Ah,well.' I ordered a gun set, put in a shell, and aimed at a clay bank on the face of au island one and a half miles off. I knew the distance, having been sounding it recently. The shell hit within ten feet of the center, scattering the dust and dirt. At first the smoke hid the object and thev laughed at the failure but as it cleared and they saw the dust fly, they threw up their hands in wonder and made no more jokes about my guns. I was sent to Alaska by the Govern ment to reconnoiter, protect its interests, and make surveys, and was there in 1867,' •68, and '69. I found four or five fur companies, Messrs. Hutchinson, Kohl & Co. among them, killing seals on those Islands as fast as they could hire the Aleuts to do it. One Eastern firm, who were too religious to work on the Sabbath, did, with others, sell whisky to the Aleuts in pay for furs and these poor people had nothing for their work. I knew, when the ships were gone, they would be left without food. The great slaughter of the seals would soon destroy all of them. Following my gen eral instructions to care for our country's interests, I put a stop to the slaughter, broke every whisky barrel and poured it on the ground. The Aleuts thought I did wrong. They were so eager to get it, that some of them laid down and sucked the ground and puddles of it, and got drunk. But I saved them, and I would not (al low?) the traders to kill any seals except such as the Aleuts selected, the two-years' old males, and to a limited number I required all of them to pay the Aleuts in provisions, clothing and other needful ar ticles, but not one drop of whisky. "The vast catch that year reduced the price of skins to three dollars each. The next year comparatively few seals came to the islands, but after this fur company got the sole right, they having bid the highest for it, only 100,000 per year were caught. The seals came back numerous ly the third year." The Grand Turk's Household. The Economiste Franeais (a Paris pa per), iu an article on the Sultan of Turkey's household, says: The Grand Marshal is the head functionary of the palace. He has the supervision and responsibility of all that passes in the selainbike, the part of the palace where the Sultan spends the day, takes his meals, and receives visitors. The post is at present vacant. The salary is variable. Ferid Pasha, the last holders had 276,000 francs a year, with rations representing 57,000 francs. The Cham berlains are not so much administrator, as domestics, paying the Sultan all the at tention devolving on valets de chambre in Europe. lie treats them harshly. When in an ill humor he insults them, strikes them, drives them from the palace for the most frivolous reasons. One a few sec onds^ behind in bringing his master hts praying carpet was sent into the palace band. He has no turn for music, and is vegetating in second-rate posts. The office of Chamberlain is, nevertheless, much coveted, its disadvantages being compensated by large profits. The high est personages seek their friendship in the hope of furthering their ambitious views. These services are handsomely rewarded. The Chamberlains announce their appointment to the Grand Vizier, the Ministers and Governors. Custom re quires each of these personages to give the bearer of good tidings from ll,000f. to 22,000f. as a present. The numerous con cessions to the Viceroy of Egypt have al ways been announced to him by the ChamberlaiDS, who have received 340,000f., 460,000f., 575,000f., and even 690,000f. The number of Chamber lains varies according to the Sultan's caprice. Usually there are seveL or eight, but at present only five. The Chief Chamberlain has 82,800f. a year, a palace rent free, equivalent to 34,500f. There are five secretaries. The Chief of them reads to the Sultan the daily report prepared by a special office, composed of young men of the first Mussulman fami lies. To him the Grand Vizier and other high functionaries address the communi cations intended to come under the eye of their master, who is at such a distance from common mortals that nobody would ever presume to address directly to him any official or other communication. The five secretaries and four writers cost 248,400f. For the moment the post of Palace Treasurer is a real sinecure. For several months neither employes nor tradesmen haye been paid, all the availa ble money being reserved for the Sultan. The Treasurer's salary is 41,000f., with rations ll,040f., and four secretaries, 16,o00f. An astrologer has 13,800f. His duty is to consult the moon and stars. He sets to work when the Sultan is unwell or is to make a journey. His oracles are listened to with respect and his directions are followed. His influence is great in the palace and out of doors. The chief bar ber, who knows how to hold his tongue— no slight merit, especially in Turkey—not uttering a word when cutting his master's beard and hair, lias 5,520f. The Sultan does not drink coffee, but custom requires it to be served to everybody repairing to the palace on business. The chief cafetier has 5,520f., his six assistants 16,560f., and the coffee costs 69,000f. a year. The Mus sulmans, after their meals, have the ex cellent habit of rinsing the mouth and washing the hands with perfumed soap. This department, with its chief and six assistants, costs 18,768f. per annum. Not a Bargain After All. Yesterday morning the female head of a family living on Henry street called ata Woodward avenue grocery and asked for prunes. Some prunes were exhibited, and she inquired: Do you warrant them?" We do," was the reply. Perfectly fresh, are they?" "Indeed they are." No worms in them "Not a worm." "Full weight, arc they?" Full weight, madam." Sweet, are they?" I warrant them sweet." No pits in them?" Not a pit, madam." And a prize package with every pound?" she asked, after a pause. Yes, madam." And achromo, too?" she hesitatingly inquired. Yes, and a chromo, too!" She nibbled at a prune, knit her brows, and finally asked: Don't you give a cash premium with every pound you sell We do, madam. You pay ten cents for a pound of prunes and get a chromo, a prize package, and a cash premium of fiity cents. Shall I do you up a pound?" Well, it seems as it you wanted to be fair with your customers," she slowlv re plied, but I guess I won't take any. Seems to me ten cents per pound is rather too much for prunes these times, when butter is down, and calico is down, and shots are awful cheap."—Detroit Free Press. Spring Hats. It is a remarkable fact concerning spring hats that amongst such an immense varie ty there are no positively ugly ones. A novel style, especially adapted for prom enade wear, is known as the Riverdale," and is made of fine English straw. The prominent features of this hat are its low, round crown, and the uniformly flaring brim, and these both render it possible to wear the hat on the back ot the head or low over the face. A hat of this shape has a band of serge ribbon carried in a loose roll around the crown and fastened in front with a large square bow. From it two short plumes are brought directly bacK over the crown. The face trimming consists of lace laid in irregular pleats. A cluster of flowers, roses, leaves, and small white blossoms, is placed under the brim at the left of the Sack, so as to droop gracefully over the hair. When this hat is worn over the face, an inside brim trim ming in front is omitted. Some of the prettiest hats seen bear a strong resem blance to the cottage bonnet formerly so popular. An imported hat of this style has a brim of white chip, while the crown is formed of two crosswise puffs of cream colored silk, separated by a pleating of cashmere lace. The last puff is extended so as to form a sort of cape, while a steel and pearl ornament divides the puff from the ends. A wreath of field flowers sur rounds the crown, and is thickest in front. The newest ribbons are showy and hand some, and show many varieties. Frosted silk and ribbon are beautiful and most ef fective for dress hats, while for ordinary wear serge ribbons are very handsome and serviceable.—If. T. Vor. Chicago Tribune. RECENTLY a Kansas fanner, while en- gaged in plowing, turned up what he at first supposed to be a peculiar stone, but which on examination proved to be a very good quality of lead ore, of which there was a large surface deposit. JUDGE HILTON has said that there were 9,000 names on the pay-roll of the firm of A. T. Stewart & Co. More than 2,000 persons are employed in the two stores in New Yoik. Tbe First Black Hills Hanging. There were four of us seated together around a cheerful pitch-pine fire upon the side of a grassy knoll among the foot hills, about forty miles from Custer. One of the party was a mountaineer, the rest were members of a large, well-armed train of Black Hillers, then toiling and working its way through a wilderness of sage brush, endeavoring to reach the trail our party had discovered a few hours before. We had selected a spot for rest, where the wind or the stin, or perhaps both, had cleared away the snow from about a huge pine knot almost pet rified by age. The grass, too, was quite luxuriant, and offered an inducement for us to halt and rest until the train came up. The fire lighted, and the knot in a blaze, we brought forth our pipes to smoke and watch the misty curtain rise. 'Tw»»a glorious scene on that crisp, frosty morn' ing, and the man who died there that day should have felt proud of his magnificent death chamber. Nature seems to have lavished unlimited wealth of beauty upon the Black Hills, and fate seems to have led Dick Burnett to the most beautiful spot in the Hills in which to die. While we were calmly smoking around the fire, watching the misty canopy rise like feathery veil from the valley beneath us while we silently admired the mag nificent background of glittering snow and bright green pines, which in the morning sun appeared more beautiful than ever before while we were thus quietly admiring the beautiful, blood red, iron-tinctured valley below us, now plainly visible beneath the slowly-rising curtain of mist, admiring the winding creek in its center, which, with its broad fringe of orange-colored Kinnckcnnic willow, appeared like a huge yellow snake in a basin of blood, a man rode suddenly upon us. Each sprang to his feet, rifle in hand. The stranger turned his horse away in alarm and rode quickly away. He was ti white man, and we could not, and had no reason to halt him. lie rode out to the side of the road and dismounted. Then he proceeded to arrange and write upon some paper, which he placcd in his bo som, and after some hesitation led his horse toward our surprised party aud halted about thirty paces distant, rifle and pistol in hand. Hallo there!" "Hallo yourself!" Is this the Custer road?" Don't know. I've been lost all night. Who are you Pilgrims from Cheyenne. Been lost on Jcnney's trail two days." Then the lonely stranger rode up and stood restlessiy awaiting interrogation. He said he had left Custer two days be fore, that he was drunk when he left, and did not know what he had done or how he had got lost. He received a lot of letters lrom our party, and soon afterward bade us adieu. He said he was going to the States, and we bade him look out for his scalp, and said good-by. Poor fel low. Unfortunate drunk! It cost him his life. It was late in the afternoon when we met him again. We were in a dry camp, a camp in which snow must be melted for water for mac and beast. The boys were busy at work shoveling snow into camp kettles and melting it for the horses. Supper was over and the guards were out. A shot awoke the reverberat ing echoes of the hills, and a minute afterward every man of the fifty-five pil grims" was prepared for duty. A party of vigilante* rode into camp they had come upon the guards suddenly, and had been fired upon. They were rough looking men, but all quite civil. Thev inquired for a lawyer. We had one anil he came forward. They asked for a judge we had none, so they elected one. They asked for a preacher, but found none. A clerk was found in the reporter. Tliey had brought back the strange man of the morning He was a prisoner and seemed to realize his position. He called the reporter and handed him back his mail matter, and requested him to write a few short letters for him. This was done and he signed them while court was being held—the judge seated on a pile of harness, the jury on a wagon-tongue. "Dick Burnett!" shouted one of those strange, cruel men. Dick turned to the reporter and, handing him his papers and two or three pictures, said in a trembling, choking voice: It's all over with me, I reckon. They all know me and it's no use squealing." He walked overto the wagon, while two of the party started to an old barKless cot tonwood tree, where a lariat was thrown over a projecting limb. "Dick Burnett," said old Col. Lyon, "you've been caught in the act of steal ing horses from the people of these hills. You have also been found guilty of shoot ing and wounding, with intent to kill, Peter S. Lambert, and with stealing his horse. This ere party of true aud good men have settled this fact and say you must hang. What have you to say against it?" Dick, while old man Lyon was speak ing, manifested little or no fe.eling. lie looked in the faces of all and seemed to expect some interference from the mem bers of our train. He paused for a mo ment, when he said: I know I shot Pete Lambert, but iie wanted to get the drop on me. I took his horse, and I may have taken a few others, but what I done I done when I was drunk. If I've got to swing, I'll do it like a man, only give me time to fix up matters afore I go." Then the poor fellow sat down, and with tears in his eyes, wrote a letter to his father in Steubenville, Ohio, and one to his brother in St. Louis, and still an other to a lady in Coshockton, Ohio. Then he arise, and dashing the tears from his bloodshot eyes, said he was ready. He gave his rifle and his horse to Col. Lyon to be sent back to the owner, Pete Lam bert, and folding his arms walked to the tree. For a moment he hesitated. Life was sweet to him (he was not thirty). But he was seized from behind and pushed forward to the tree, and mounted the horse without hesitation. Then the tears came gushing from his eyes, while his arms were belted down to his side. The rope was passed over his neck and drawn taut. Another minute and the horse re ceived a blow which sent it galloping down the valley, and Dick Burnett was struggling between heaven and earth. It was soon over, the rope was untied, and lie fell to the earth, and was left, to the pilgrims to bury. We rolled him up in his saddle-blanket and interred hi in in the blood-red soil of "Red Canon," with a pine lxiard at his head inscribed: Richard Burnett, of Steubenville, Ohio. Died Feb. 26, 1876."—Kansas City Times. Nice Pets. Thomas L. Bond, the celebrated alliga tor trapper, on Wednesday morning boxed up about thirty of the largest-sized alliga tors ever seen, and conveyed them to the City Park, where a picture of the reptiles was taken by Mr. Anderson. Everyone ofthe animals kept their large jaws open, and beside them stood the trapper. We learn the following facts about these rep tiles from Mr. Bond. He goes into his hole about the 1st of November, on the first cold wind stays until the first warm day in February. The female commences laying in the latter part of May they hatch the latter part of July and August. They eat fish, young pigs, dogs—in fact any animal that comes within reach of them—negroes and grass, when they can find nothing else they commence to eat as soon as they come out, and eat until they go into their holes in the fall. The female lays from eighteen to ninety eggs, according to the size of the female. The male lies about the nest, and if he succeeds in driving the female off, devours the young as soon as hatched. The nest is made in low, swamp ground the mate rial used is dry grass or dried cane, and raised about three and a half or four feet high. When it is of the required height she gets on top and with her claws makes a hole and deposits her eggs, then covers over with more of the same material, then a covering of mud to make it as near water proof as possible. The first four years after hatching they grow about lour inches per year after that very slow, not more than from one to two. Dr. Dick says, in his Christian Philosophy," that man'and the alligators are the only animals that kill their species by wholesale.—New Or leans Bulletin.