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The New York Dispatch,
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W* A SEOOXD EDITION» containing the latest news
fcie.m all quarters, published on Bunday morning
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American postage. Bills of all spoeie-paymg bauKs
Bsten al par.
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•will oe as follows;
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/ g«ss World” the same prices will be charged for each in
ptrtlen. For Regular Advertisements and “Special
Notices,” two-thirda of the above prices will be charged
for the second insertion Regular advertisements will be
tahen by the ouarter at the rate of one dollar a Itna
Special Notices by the quarter will be charged at Die rate oi
one dollar and twenty -fix’® cents per line. Onto and fancy
display vriH be charged extra.
anti 4§ume&
Oiamters. — “ When was the British
Museum (rivaled and who was the originator ?” The
establishment of & Natknal Museum was suggested by
the will of Bit Hans Sloane, who. during a long period of
practice in physic, had accumuiatid iu addition to a
aumerous library of b oka an j M4B , a large collection of
©hjee sof natural history and works of art; these he
directed should ba ottered after his wnloh took
place in 1753, to tee tovitoh ParlUnent for the sum of
f 20,010—the collection having cc st him upward of .£SO •
RD. 7heoflerwas accepted, and before the end of the
year a» act was passed which ordered the payment of
Vie required sum. and vested the property of the Muse
um in trustees for the use of the public. From this you
will see that the credit of organising the British Museum
belon sto Sir Hans B’oane. let the Intelligent legis atora
■who jocepkd of his suggestions are entitled to applause
for the lineralVy which they displayed ia the purchase
of not only Sir Hans Sloane’s collection, but ia directing
the buying of the Harleian MBS . and adding the Cotto-
Xian library of MSB., and the library of Major Edwards
to tn* coiro;ion. Ihe Museum was opened to the public
©i the sth o‘ January, 1759. The building in which the
MBtimwae locate 1 was the Montague House, but in
1823 a rew bulking was resolved, on which in oonse-
of the trustees wishing to allow of the gradual re
m>vt 1 oi the contents of the old building was not finished
until 1817 Many additions to the departments of natural
history and literature have been made since the first
•Penina in 1759, and it is now, perhaps, the idost exten
sive and interesting Museum m the world.
• Belinda.—" Having written to you
cate before di was on the subject of being stared at in the
jou havitg been very complimentary in
yeur reply, 1 once more take the liberty of &adres?mg
you. As lam passing along the street, without I have my
vail down over my f ace, I acn perpetually annoyed by
men who stand upon corners of streets and hotel stoops
staring at me with a boldness am for my feel
ings which is very provoking. Sometimes they are not
satisfied with locking, but make remarks my per
sonal appearance and dress such as: ‘Do>sid nice gall’
’ W hat eparklicg eyes 1’ 'lll bet she’s a Tartar!’ 'Sue’s
got ail sail set 1’ • Rather loud colors 1’ and similar exciam
atlocs Now, sir, don’t you tiink that such conduct is
very rude and ehouldn t something be done to put a stop
to it f If it is not abate lin some way, modest women will
have to stay in the house altogether, and Broadway, es
pecially, will be avoided as a plague spot.” We certainly
agree wilh Bcllmca that the men iu staring at her are
Tude, and that in making remarks either upon her person
«r ter cress are insulting—it the remarks are made loud
©n< ugh to be overhear,! by her. Broad wav is certainly be
eoujing a nuisance. The nou-working clas ;es seem to have
taken entire possession of oar principal thoroughfare, and
decent people, both m ; . n and women are beginning to
avoid it, fee lb % safer from 11 suit in what have been hitn
eo-to looked upon as objactionable streets for promenada.
"We would advise ladies who nay ba in<u:tel by those fel
lows, to band them over to ike first policeman they meet,
ai d then to appear agsinri them whoa they are brought
up for examination.
Cedar Street . ‘-What can I do to
pr< vo nt a nuisance ? Fince the Ist of May a tobacco jipe
manufactory, currkdon by steam pipes, sawing machines*
a d I do not know wbac else, fii s my office with such re
■verbera iegnobes, that grate upon tne ear, th it it is al.
most in possible to hear a word spoken and I am very
xnueh annoyed by it. lam unaware that I can have a
remeoy fiom the city authorities to abate this nuisance.
Fivuse infetm me how I ean have the nuisance abited?”
We doubt your being able to sin tain toe charge of " mti
tance ’in this case. Blackstone cefi es a “nuisance” in
law to be “ that which incommodes or 4nnoys--so.netiing
that indue s inconve'UrDCt* or damage. Nuisances are
public or private; public, when they annoy citizens in
genera), obbtruedu; 6 or the highway; private, when
they afiect individuals only, as whea one man erects a
home so near tis neighbor’s as to throw ihe water off his
roof up<.n his teighb rs laud or house, or intercept the
light that hi« neighbor before enjoyed.” It would be a
qiKFticn whether, in a business part of the city, a mana
factory which w«s not objectionable to good morals or
the health of the city ccu-d be cor sidered a “ nuisance.”
However, by getting a sufficient number of neighbors—
t- rer, we believe— to swear that the pipe manufactory is
a nuisance, you can make the proprietor show cause why
it thculd rot be atakd.
C. I. T.— lst. “ Will you be kind
ci ough to inform me where the new Kentucky oil region is
eituatt d 1 I have understood it was between C iviugtoa and
Xexii gton, but do not know tor certain.” The principal
♦fl region of Kentucky is situated iu the extreme east of
the State, on the baits of the Big Bandy River. Tnere is
also another oil region in central western Kentucky, near
•alh< un, Jo. Daviess co. Tbe oil region in the east is the
most txunsive 2d’. I have been for the past four
mon Lain Green county Peuu.. learning the business of
jmiting d. wn wells, aud now .horoughly understand it.
What tbink you would be my chaoces to obtain contractu
fcrfputting down wtlis in Kentucky or Canada?” We
don’t know wbat your chances would be in obtaining con
tracts. If you had good introductions you would stand
the same chance as any other applicant Your best way
would be to write to some firm in the business at either of
the p aces named and they would give you more correct
information than it Is possible fur us to impart to you.
Daniel Beach.— “ Will jji.u please
inform me where the Eye and Ear Infirmary is situated,
as 1 am eufftnng from deafness? I should like to know
hew io obtain medical treatment there, and what are the
«h rges? I have understood that the city paid all the
♦xptxues. By giving the asked for information you will
«b ge many Buffi rers that can’t afford co pay the aristo
cratic doctors.” The Eye and Ear Infirmary is located at
the corner of Second avenue and Thirteenth street. The
Institution is open tor the reception of patients every
Monday. Wednesday and Friday, from 12 till 2 o’clock.
Its objtet is to give gratuitous advice, medicines ana
treatment to those who are afflicted with diseases of the
«ye and ear, and are unable, through poverty, to secure
the services of a physician or surgeon.
Keegan.— ‘ I have gone into the rais
teg of cbicktns by which, if possible, to procure a llveli-
Acod fcr myself and family; but the chickens have bean
attacked with a 4isea:-e cabled the gapes, and it is proving
de tructive. As you answer a great many queetions i
I thought I would apply to you for some recipe which
wfll cure them. Can you so oblige me ?” We ar* inform
«d that by giving chit kens a little ajsafcetida in their food
file ukehse may be prevented, and if not too far advanced,
♦ ned. Four ounces, which tv ill not cost more than forty
or llfiy cents, dissolved in water, and mixed once a day in
is enough tor four hundred chickens.
Senior.— “ Was the Baek of England
notes eve? forged i” Yes ; by a min named Charle,
Price, who committed suicide in 1786 lie continued to
practice forgeries '•n the Bank of England to au incredi
ble amount during six years, contriving all the while to
♦scape detection ; although the notes were traced by the
detectives to have proceeded from one man, always dis
guised and always inaccessible.
W. B. M.— “ Is there a town called
Jackson in Washington County, Indiana, and one also in
fiie same named county of this State?” Yes, there it
We find in Lippincott's Gazetteer that there are one
hundred and eighty three places in the United Statea
xamed Jackson. Jacksonville, and Jacksonburg. Thia
♦he w‘ pretty conclusively how popular Old Hickory was
with the people of the conn-lry.
Theatre.— “Can yon inform me when
Ms dame Vestris, the eminent London actress, died?”
Madame Vestris died on the Bth of August, 1856, aged 59
years. Her real name at the time of her death was Mrs.
M&tthewa Her maiden name was Lucia Elizabeth Bar
fckazi; she married Armand Vestns to .1813, aud Chaa.
Matthews to 1888.
IWffl© BI 1 X BOM.
R. L. W.—“ Can yon inform mo of
the prcceas by which to pickle muehrooms ?” Clean them
with salt and water, then put them into a saucepan with
a little salt, keep them over the fire until the heat draws
the liquor from them, then put them to drain, next bottle
them, adding a blade of mace, and distilled vinegar suffi*
cient to cover them.
Brank wants to know what was the
number ef votes cast for the re establishment of the Em
pire in Fraree in the year 1852?’ There were 7 321,189
votes in favor of the re-establishment of the Empire, and
263,145 to the negative ; 63 326 ballots were declared void.
How Swell Mobsmen Look
and Work in Wall Street
and the Cars.
Two IIIIIienB and a H»lf &f Counterfeit
C:nrj-«iej iilaat.
Tbe “ professions!” thief is a singular anom
aly ; we tee him, wo read of him, often speak to
him, and sometimes we touch glosses with him,
and not knowing it put him down aa a very clev
er gentleman.
The thief professional, made so by ciroutn
stances, ntceeaity or tution, is known chietiy by
report, few desiro to cultivate a closer acquaint
ance, yet in the main ho is not such a bad sort
ot fellow, although when the police sea him on
the Five Points, to Church afreet, the Hook or
along the docks, they hound him and butt him
with their loousta most unmercifully.
The thief ia a very important “ make up” in
our social organization, and knowing that we
cannot get rid of him, and he will not rid him
self of ns, and the police stand between him aud
ua acknowledging their belligerent rights, and
like ihe father of all evil he may as well be epok.
en of respectfully while discussing hie merits
and demerits.
There is no use in denying the fact, men in
hot weather will imbibe sherry cobblers and bour
bon, and ice mixed with lemonade to cool them
selves eff, and in winter with a change it is taken
to waim them. Sammer and winter the effect ie
the same. The partaker see in the lamp a head
his heart of hearts, aud worships her with hat
up-hfted ; hia foot fall is elumsey, and the knee
joints twiat, and though hia optica may extend
to the feat of seeing double, the faculty to use
them to good purposeie neutralised by the ob
tuseness of intellect. Going homo in thia con
dition, highly elated, he is met by a garroter,
and whatia the first thing occurs ?
Gcrrcfer—Hallo, old boy, iu jour cap to-night
again, come let’s have a smile. Give me your
Petroleum takes his arm—and next wakesup
in tbe station-house, minus his wa’oh and other
valuables, and very dirty around the setting
down ef his inexpressibles Ail thia is done so
genteely, so quietly, that it puts the gentleman
of the road iu olden-time entirely in the shade.
Highway men now-a-days are perfect Baau Brutn
meie, yet people will not give these gentlemen-
Itaetes the credit they deserve for their modesty.
Again; when a gentleman is wending his way
tome with bouroon clogs casting through hia
single eye, for the one is invariably shut so that
tbe double view may be shut out, ie accostsd by
a very modest girl who aeke the way to sunx
and such a street. The helpless creature who
has lost all of his own geography, and of his
own dwelling, stope to enlighten her. Daring
tbe palaver he ie robbed, or il she cannot do it a
pretended hueband comes up, relieves the lamp
pcet worshiper and doubles him up in the gut
There ia now no stand and deliver—bourbon
sour, bourbon and jam, or bourbon in its various
forms serves the purpose of the modern Dick
Turpin. Garroting I —it is a humbug. There is
nosuehjhing. No man can be garroted if he
keeps dear of bourbon mixtures and women.
is a very difficult matter. The thieves them
selves have never undertaken the task. This ia
reasonable. There is, for Instance, the urchin
of eight or twelve years of age, who pilfers some
stamps from bis father’s drawer. There was no
incentive to commit the crime save hia own bad
nature ; then comes the errand-boy, who is
prompted by poverty or temptation to steal.
Both steal, aud yet how can you stop it? Then
again, there are youngsters who hang around
coiners, who reach maturity prematurely, who
ate indifferent whether they steal an apple, rob
the till, fire the house, take hold of a hook and
ladder, or hose, or engine company, and help
drag it along, ascend into some dwelling, ruth
lessly pitch some stuff-bottomed chairs out of
the window, and fill up the interval with looking
around for plunder. Such thieves cannot be
classified, but there arc a few that can be, and
we begin with the
The higher class of thieves have been titled
awell mebsmen ; and hence, at a trot, a fair, or
a place of amusement, many a foolish fop has
been set down as a pickpocket. The so-called
•‘swell-mobsman” dresses according to circum
stances. If he is working the brokers’offices
and banks of Wall street and the vicinity, he ie a
vary neatly dressed retiring gentleman; but if
he takes a trip up on the road, as far as St. Paul,
Minnesota, if a German, Englishman, or Irish
man (there are but two first-class Scotch pick
pockets in the country), they travel up as igno
rant emigrants. From the start to the end of
the jiumey, the supposed clumsy boor pokes bis
nose in wherever there is a crowd, and if a wal
let or a watch is not lost, that is not his fault.
By the time the swell mobsman reaches the end
of a two thousand mile trip, between rum, dust,
and expesure, he is pretty well bronzed. So far
as tbe hands are concerned, their delicacy is de
stroy ed by the application of a simple bark. A
week or two of recreation is had on some farm
on an cut-of-the-way location, where he draws in
a fund of local information that enables him to
travel homeward with a broad-brimmed straw
hat, as a jolly drover. Who would suspect a
great y, ignorant emigrant, of picking pockets,
or .a roistering, rough-and-ready drover with
such an infamous crime as pocket picking ? On
tbe one side there is the charming gaze of in
nocence io disarm suspicion; on the other, there
is the rustic glow of health and plenty, showing
there need be no necessity to resort to such ex- '
treme measures. If, however, ihe character of
the drover does not suit the swell-mobsman, he
makes his way over to St Louis, travels the Mis
liesippi as a sporting man, bets heavily on the
sards, but all the money he puts out is counter- I
feit; what he wins, he takes good care shall be
ihe money put up by his opponent. At the end
of the trip,if both happen to be on the sama lay,
neither of them is any tbe richer,
In this connection, there ia no harm in giving
nemts. We take for example a mob of three,
oc neieting of Captain Bill, who died week before
last, reported age, 42, worth $12,000; Englldi
Bill (Scotch), age 28, died in California a year
and a half ago ; and Dogsbody, reported dead,
but itill living, although his name can be found
on the. City Inspector’s books. The way this
“mob” worked, ia a fair samitle of how others
act. Before going to Wall street or Broadway to
operate, they seek and find out a firm that is
in the habit of sending a clerk to make daily de
posits er withdrawals. One of the mob soon
easily aeoertains this by frequenting the lunch
room where one of the concern frequents. The
talking man of the “mob" worms out all the ita
fcimatiori he wants, and if he can’t get it out of
him, he knows very soon who to get it out of,
and where bis man may be foued. Help, from
the porter up, in an establishment, like to brag
of the prosperity of their employers. Thus the
first point is gained—the amount of business
done in the establishment; the next to ascertain
ia the days of heavy deposits or withdrawals ;
that is sometimes difficult. However, it is ovar
ctme by one of the crowd fallowing the clerk and
depositing SSOO in the bank ; next day following
him aud drawing out $300.; again fallowing h.m,
aud depositing $500; and so on it goes until the
route, habits, and all that is necessary to com
plete their scheme, is perfect. When the time
comes that a big haul can be made, one travels
ahead of the victim, two behind him. AU of a
tuedeu the man walking before the clerk, stoops
to sejnst his shoe-tie or boot, the clerk stumbks
over him, the man behind him does the same,
the man nearly knocked over, gets curses or
feigns astonishment, as circumstances require;
meantime, at this stumbling arrangement, up
ccmes the last of thepaity, and seizes the vic
tim, and prevents a fall. He very good-humor
edly remarks cn the funny predicament that all
are in. In a twinkling, while hia attention is ab
stracted, the wallet from the inside pocket of hia
coat is gone, and he does not miss it till he
reaches tbe office.
Sometimes again in South and West streets,
where barrels are rolled from the store to the
wagon over a plank, the thief ahead, timing hia
movements, putting one foot on the plank, faiia
suddenly backward, knocks his victim back into
the arms of the thief behind him, and he or the
thief at his heels takes all he possesses.
Nobody can make us believe that that pick
pocket, Dogsbody, is dead. We did see him in
the Tomba shortly before his reported death, and
them although Buffering slightly from delirium
tremens, he had a good sound constitution. At
four o’clock in the afternoon lie was seen as
hale and hearty as any man that ever lived. In
the Times of the following morning, his death
was reported as having taken place at half-past
four, only half an hour alter he was seen alive,
he was t eported dead. A certificate of his death
was given and so recorded at the City Inspec
tor’s office. We saw that certificate, and no such
physician as the name upon it, or any name
like it, resides in New York.
It was a mock death, a mock funeral and a
mock burial. The man still lives. Thera was
probably—in fact, there was a motive. This man
Dogsbody was the most successful thief England
ever produced. He was a man of education aud
aedrete. Tbe lady hia wife was the daughter of
a wealthy London broker. In appeufaneo he
tad nene of tbe god-like graces attributed by
heathen mythology to their heroes, he was an
ordinary moital, good enough to please an
an ordinary woman. She married him without
liDOsirg his business, aud she did nut ffiid it out
tiil te was arrested. He did not go iu for pooket
btoks containing twenty cents or twenty dollars.
He went in for hundreds. On thia occasion the
Duchess of Batherlaud, I believe, or some other
tiled lady, had occasion to m»ke a cation the
Bar koi England for £12,000. Sue received, the
money, and was pioceeding toward her carriage
and, indeed, had stepped into it, and the door
vas about being shut by the footman, when
Dogsbody, with quill behind his ear, and hatless,
beggid the madam to return the money to him,
the teller had made a serious mistake. He
begged of her to bo seated, he would ba back in
a moment, Dogsbody went back in the bank,
tbiew ihe pen on the floor, put his hat on, ap
plied a handkerchief to hie nose, and walked out
ol the bank with £12,000. When arrested for
this offence, he might have got out of the diffi
culty had he returned the money, but he refused
to do it. He was convicted, and after serving a
portion of hia time, he was furnished with a
ticket-of-leave. His father-in-law tried in vain
to get bis daughter to leave him, but she would
not do it; he then advised them to go to Ama
rica, and he remitted them weekly sls. He
joined his old companions here, aud was several
time s in difficulty, but the general impcession
pievails that this death of hia was a rusa insti
gated to keep all thieves from ever looking alter
,htm. Bis wife had wen him over to bo au honest
man again. One thing is certain, no man erer
taw the corpse, no man knows the doctorthat
gave a permit fir his interment in Greenwood.
The general impression prevails that these
chaps are terrible deeperadoea, while on the con
trary, they are as meek as lambs. We epeak of
the higher order of that class who prey on the
community. They never carry firearms, never
think of a slung-shot, or even take them jimmies
to prevent capture. They go to work soiemifl
cally. They will run if there is a chance ot es
cape, but they won’t run if they think a bullet
will go into them. To show the presence of mind
as well as perseverance that these men have,
here is a case : O. K. B. said to us once that he
was taking the impression ot a lock oi a clothing
store near Union Square, when the policeman
came up and accosted him. He turned hia back
on the door, feigned drunk, and was helped by the
policeman into the stage. He took the impres
sicn with him, made a key to fit, and was going
into this store, and ths wagon ready to receive
the goods was withiu cough call, and as he had
the key in the door, up came the proprietor of
the store, who was on his way home from the
theatre, and had passed that way to see if all
was right.
“ What, under heavens, are you doing there,
sir?” asked the proprietor, in an excited tone.
“I (hie) I (hie) believe I, (hie)—let's see.
Bo I (hie) big joke. Next store (hio). Mister
Jo—h-L-s-c-n (hie) Em clerk there.”
“ By I wouldn’t have you anyhow.”
“ I oom (hie) to see an’ all war right."
•< How on earth did you go to the wrong
“That’s the joke (hie). It’s funny. I come
to see if all war right,”
“ B amed if I would want you for a clerk. The
sooner you get home the better. You would
leave ihe place open for thieves.”
“Thanks (hio), Mr. J—J—John (hio) son.
Good (bio) night.”
And off the burglar staggered, but the same
n’ght the stupid fool returned and took all he
thought worth carrying qS.
sr»& galHpitiitat.”
Some seven or eight years ago, two profes
sional burglars—the one named George Frank
lin, otherwise known as Curly George, and ths
other well known as Tommy Thompson, bath
Englishmen—were caught in the act of robbing
a store of about fifty thousand dollars’ worth of
goods The stock would have been entirely
cleaned ent without a doubt, but it so happened
that, one of the “ cracksmen” got drunk, aud ho
would neither help to remove the gooU nor help
himeelf oft'. Thue a difficulty occurred, and
these two men, with others, wore arrested.
Franklin pleaded guilty, and got two years and
some odd months in Sing Sing, and whan hs
came out was re-incarcerated ia Eldridge street
jail. The party robbed believed that the bur
glar has money, and so he had, for he sported in
the jail a watch and other jewelry worth a thou
sand dollars. Eventually Mr. Franklin had to
be discharged, and ho was liberated on the lim
its, and is now a silent partner in a faro bank
that turns in a big per contage to the propri
As for Tommy Thomp-on, those visit'rg the
Lunatic Asylum can, at any time, see the great
est wreck of manhood that can be witnessed.
Thompson fought some prize ring fights in Old
England before he came here, and even then ha
w»s considered an expert burglar. He would
think as little about blcnicg a man’s head off as
fie would of bloviog a safe open ; he never was
a scientific burglar,./ bongo he got the name
of it. Be pleaded not guilty, was tried, Con
victed, and sent to Sing Sing for five yeais. Ia
the meantime his wife, a first-class pickpocket,
deserted him, and cohabited with another swoll
metisznan, who, not long ago, was disc barged
from a seven years’ imprisonment in Oanada.
It may not be out of place to say here that thia
same Tall Doctor who eeduc d Thompson’s wife,
soived twenty years of his life in prisons, and
when in Canada had left him a legacy of
£12,000. What he ie doing now nobody knows.
Thompson’s cctmsel made a motion f.,r a new
trial, and it was granted. While he lay iu the
Tombs, his friends had access to him, and they
informed him of his wife’s infidelity, and each
friend conveyed the intelligence with his ovn
garnishing. The result was, he became insane,
and when the time came for hia re-trial, Mr.
District Attorney Hall could not try him, on ac
count of his insanity. He was thereupon trans
ferred to the care of the Commissioners of Cnar
ities and Correction on Blackwell’s Island, where
he was confined a great many years. A number
of profee sional thieves, Vary gentlemanly in
their appearance, waited on Mr. Hall—he did
not know their character—and told him that
it was the anxious desire of Mr. Thompson’s
friends to send him off te England. Mr. Hall
assented to the request, and we believe pri
vately asked Captain Jourdafe, of the Sixth
Precinct, to see that he did leave the country.
But to show how thieves will swindle each other,
here is a case. One of the thieves concerned
with Patterson, the Bank of Commerce forger,
discharged two weeks ago upon a writ of habeas
corpus, was given the money to purchase a ticket
for Thompson. He knew the plan was to put
him aboard of the ship, aud after the vessel had
started, take him eff by a small boar., conse
quently he did not sea the necessity of squander
ing fifty dollars foolishly on a genuine ticket.
He therefore obtained a blank bill, and forged
the balance of it, went on board of the ship with
Thompson, had a good time.iu general, signaled
off shore alter the police left, and thieves cams
aboard and took Thompson off, but as he landed
he was re-arrested and sent back to tbe Island.
The professional thieves pretend to say that ha
ia rot insane, and this trick was done to enable
him to be of some service to his brethren here.
From present appearances, ha ia likely to remain
for life on Blackwell’s Island. When you speik
to him he harps on his over done time. For
merly he i puke a great deal of his wife Mana,
now he never lisps her name.
George Oliver, naive of Port Glasgow, Boot
land, who told us that he had been twenty-one
years a bui glar, and out of that twenty-one he
had served fourteen in prison, gave a vory
strange account of how he became a thief.
Walking one night or day through Canal street,
ho was dazzled by the sight of the gold be saw
in the window oi a broker. He put his band iu
his Scotch woolen bonnet, drove it through a
pane of glass, swept up all before him, and iu a
twinkling ran off with the spoils. He gave tne
proceeds to a sister or sister-in-Uw, who stroked
hie hair and praised him, and sent out for a
stick of candy. He did not know then waat ne
had taken, but he learned afterward that he had
taken a thousand dollars, and his relative only
paid him a cent stick of candy fur it; bat worst
of all, bad principles were instilled into hia
youthful mind. In time he became a famous
burglar. There is no door that he cannot open.
Be committed a burglary once, and some of the
proceeds were traoed and found in bis house.
The wife was arrested, indicted, and tried before
Recorder Talmadge for burglary. The case was
given to the jury, aud rhu thief, who was in the
audience, saw that rhe wouid be convicted be
cause she refused to say where she obtained the
things. The jury consulted a few momenis, and
the fort man was asked the usual quesdon by the
venerable Clerk of the Sessions, Mr. Vander
voort :
“Have you agreed upon a verdict, gentto
men ?”
“ We have.” was the reply.
Oliver saw that, that verdict was guilty. He
suddenly stepped from hie seat aud entered
within the railing where the lawyers are privi
leged to sit. There ne stood like a statue.
“ Recorder,” said Oliver, in a tremulous voice,
“ will yen permit me to speak ?”
“ Certainly, sir; but you are rather out of or
der. What ie it that you have to say ?”
“ That woman is my wife. She is innocent
innocent, sir. lam the burglar I"
Be sat down in a eeat, overcome with emotion.
The jury looked at each other, and a unanimous
veidict of “ not guilty” was rendered, aud she
was discharged. On his plea of guilty he was
sent on this occasion to two years in Sing Sing
by Recorder Talmadge.
Years afterward he wae arrested with burglar
ious too b in his possession daring the night
Be was tried in the Special Sessions, and sent
six months to the Icland. He had not been a
great while there when he made a raft of three
ceffins and escaped to the city. Tne next we
saw of him was a year and a half after the
breaking out of the rebellion, when he called
on us with an honorable discharge and pa
pers for a pension. He had been disabled for
Ufe. He was on board of a gunboat on the
Potomac, and in several actions. In the last
engagement the recoil of a cannon maimed
him for life, and ho was discharged. He
wrote to the Governor for a remission of his sen.
teuce; but probably there was an informality in
the papers, and it never was granted. He was
next arrested for attempted burglary, of which
he says he was innocent; but, on account of his
ctaracter, rather than stand trial, he pleaded
guilty, and received a sentence of two years.
That he has served out, and, under another
name, for the last four months, he has been
earning an honest livelihood.
The greatest shoplifter of ancient or modem
times is now in Sing Sing. His time, which was
short, must be nearly completed. In appearance
he is a perfect gentleman. He speaks French,
German and English with fluency. He is Paul
Morphey’s equal at chees ; cannot be surpassed at
the card or billiard table. Is only about thirty
five years of age. Few excel him in mathematics.
Although a thief, his word is«s good as his bond.
But, with his usual honesty, he denies the exist
ence of a Deity and a hereafter. He has read
every work on that subject, English and Ger.
man, to prove the negative of the question; and,
of course, to argue with such a man, you are
often thrown back upon what all Christians
eventually fall—their faith and belief. He has
too much of the gentleman in him to scoff at
faith; but when you come to that, he very
politely stope the contest.
He believes that a mats should get and keep all
he can—make life a paradise if he can. It is
business in getting and hoarding up his goods,
and to secure them properly. It ie the duty of
the shoplifter to take all he can. The man sows
the wheat, it ripens into the yellow blade : the
bud or the deer comes along, aud the farmer
shoots it and tells it; the earth borrows of the
water, and the water ot the earth ; through all
Nature, it is the continual process oi give and
take, and take and give. That is the principle of
this gnat shoplifter, who was liberal to the
extreme. He has not been engaged in the pro
fession over fifteen years ; is not yet forty years
ot age ; but has admitted to making $100,030 by
the sales of hia stealings, Wnen be tiret com
menced shoplifting he Was paid sl4 a week by
the receiver ; but that engagement; was broken
up when he found that he was bringing in to his
employer from one hunored to five hundred dol
lars a week. Where the money wont can be
easily accounted for. The faro table, lawyers’
fees, and police etceteras.
We were, by request, at the death-bed of the
greatest receiver of stolen goods America ever
saw. He is dead now, aud no nseation need be
made of his name. He told us what his outlay
was in every way. How men paid by the city
were bought not to see ; bought not to find, and
paid to make false scents and false arras a.
Counsel was engaged by the year, not the case ;
atd it amounted to thousands. Yet, with ail his
income, he never was richer than $70,000, and he
died not worth over $lO 000.
How he became a receiver-if he spoke the
truth, and there is no reason to do»bt it—is this:
He was a Jew. Ho started life as a peddler, aud
hundreds of weary miles, foot-sore and tired, he
was in the course of bis many journeys; but, day
after day, he was met with the insult, “gi long,
you Jew.” Thus taunted, he said to himself:
“ Though Jew, I will make yon stiffer.” He did
make the Gentile suffer. He had branch offices
for the rec< ption of his goods in San Francisco,
St. Louis, New Oilcans—almost everywhere,
South, East, West, and North. For a time, his
brother carried on the business, but with very
indifferent success. The war spoiled burglary,
and, of course, receiving. All who had the
means went into the faro business, or the bounty
business; but, now that commerce has settled
down into its old channels, burglary and receiv
ing of stolen goods wifi assume importance
enough to warrant the attention of the police.
“ Two millions and a half of counterfeit cur
rency are afloat,” said the celebrated Jerry
Coweden, to us, the other day, at Newark, where
he is confined. You cannot tell the good from
the bad. There are no loss than six transfer
plates at work throwing off ihe currency, accord
ing to this counterfeiter's account; for they have
been going the last year. His is a strange case,
if it is to be believed. Jerry, who is a bank-note
printer by trade, not engraver, as many suppese,
was ehosn a fifty, from a transfer, so good that
if properly worked, could not be detected. Jer
ry was coaxed into taking it but, before doing
so consulted with a United States official, who
advised him to do it, when they e iuld get a big
reward from the government for the plate One
side of the plate was three days behind hand in
the delivery, and the selling party negotiated
with a second party io have Jerry and the plates
captured, and they would have the big reward.
Tney did ro. That is Jerry’s story. B>th ware
in the race to make the government sweat, but
Jerry was worsted. It may, or may not, be to the
interest of the police offisers to receive the infor
mation Co weds n can give, but from what hi told
us it would.be a very easy matter to lay hands on
some plates. He has been locked up a montti,
no other important arrests have bam mide,
ard yet to us, almost an entire stranger, he said
where the agencies of vexation could be found-
We got the information without asking it, and
did not want it. It ia of no nse to us.
Garroters, highwaymen, aud other street
thieve it is not neoessay to speak of. They may
belong to the fifteen hundred “professionals”
said to infest New York, but they are not worth
We would, however, give a parting word of ad
vice how to save your watch in a crowd. Wear
it in the pantaloons watch pecket, and after you
put the watch io, give the pocket a twist. The
thief that jerks that watch out will have a gay
time in getting it, if the tailox’s stitches are
In regard to window fastenings, the Curtis
brothers, the most celebrated house burglars of
modern times, told us once, that if people living
on first floors would simply make a gimlet hole
in the window under the latch, and put a nail
in, the knife that pried the latch aside would, of
course, hit it. Five minutes of labor and two
cents for nails would make the windows secure,
if the glass was not broken.
To keep the silver ware safe when you are out
of town, either deposit it with a jeweler, if be
will take it, or put it in pledge with a first-class
pawnbroker. In Europe it is customary for a
jeweler to take the custody of a customer’s plate
when ho is out of town.
The citizens of Andrew county,
Missouri, have held a meeting, at which
“ issolutions were adopted in which the people
ixpress themselves as not willing to receive
returned rebels an neighbors, and suggest to
lebels to go to other States, where, by deeds
miet for repentance and wotks of loyality
and devotion, they may atone for the past.”
This county of Andrew is the locality where
disbanded rebels have been amusing them
selves lately by entering meeting houses, dur
ing service, with revolvers strapped about
Mosby, the Hangman.—The guer
rilla Mosby, who butchered our soldiers after
furrender, who hung up prisoners like dogs,
who murdered civilians and robbed women
and children, has been arrested at Alexandria;
and we are told that “ his case is under advise
ment, and it is believed will be disposed of by
his release, on condition that he remains quietly
at his home.” Viewing such lenity as this,
weU may we pay :
“ The quality of mercy fe not strained,
But droppetli pemiy.”
Edwin Forbxst is reported to be
seriously ill in Fhiladelphia.
There are many men who do not deserve good
, wives. They ustudiy manage to secure very de
cent helpmates, however, and then put on green
spectacles aud remain jealous all their fives.
This is just the course to adopt m order to make
women tricky, and io such a course of proieed-
Bre, many of the terrible fl ps of wives from the
path of virtue to the slough of adultery are di
rectly traceable. The following little affair will
illustrate this, and may tie ot service to some un
reasonable Benedict, woo has a natural talent
fcr making himself truly miserable :
A gentleman, whom it will serve the present
pus pose to call Mr Gray, resides with hia wife at
No.— East lltli at. He has buffeted the breeze of
circumatanoes for 42 je.irs, and in the fall of 1832
married an biphan, now only 25 years of age.
Since then his peculiar mission has bsea lowa ch
the doings of Ina wife to see if, by some pwtially
unexplainable circumstances, he could not tor
ture himself into the unenviable position of a
cuckold. All this time he baa not surrendered his
bachelor irregularities, and the very fact that he
has repeatedly been untrue to hia marriage vowb
while off on business trips to Boston, Philadel
phia, Washington etc., only serves to make him
more ready to imagine hia wife’s infidelity. She,
on the contrary, a guileless li.ile thug, never
imagines the possibility of her husband’s vagar
iee, and, in her ignorance, is as happy as a
young heart can be, when supplied with all it
needs or desires. Gray, however, tiad that sort
of genius which can imagine any amount of un
told tnnrder from a single drop of blood. He
magines, surmises and has bis miserable spoils
Without any just cause on which to base them.
About ten days ago he imagined that hie wife
acted a little strangely aud acted rather dissatis
fied when he announced that he should not have to
go to Albany the next day as he had previously an
nounced. This was enough to kindle his jealousy;
he aroused to watch the lay of the land and that
evening announced that a telegram jast received
called him suddenly away. The little wife, to his
gangrened soul, appeared to receive this news
with emiles. This assured Gray of her perfidy.
He seized hie carpet bag loaded with three day’s
rations of shirts and collars and disappeared.
But he did not go far. AU night long he weald
sentinel that house and see what was to pay.
Accordingly he skulked and peered, walked
doubled and waited until about midmglit, when
a guardian of the night arrested him as a suspi
cious person, and he was lodge d all night in a
station house. There he tortured himself with
the idea that the policeman was the very individ
ual who was his wife’s new flame and he believed
the arrest but a part of tbe plan. Of course he
wae discharged from custody in the morning,
there being nothing against him. He would go
heme and break in upon them. The policeman
must be there, having gone when his tour of
duty ended, about four o'clock.
Home he went; and the servant girl informed
him that Mrs. Gray left about nine o’clock, with
a strange young gentleman! In bis wounded
vanity tbe husband wasmisirably happy. Ha
flew to his lawyer near the Otiy Hall: that im
poitant personage had sent a note that he would
not be at the office, as be bad friends at hie
house in De Kalb avenue, Brooklyn. Across the
ferry, into a De Kalb avenue oar, and on io the
house of the counselor, wae but the work of half
an hour. The friend of John Doe and Richard
Roe had just left by carriage foi a day at Coney
Island. 8o Gray determined to go back to Naw
York, find a young woman he knew of, and have
a terrific revengo on the wife, whom he now felt
certain was dishonoring him.
Persons acquainted with the De Kalb avenue
i and Coney Island line ot cars, know that both
I lines start from the same point at Fulton ferry.
The cars awaiting passengers stand side by side.
Here, in what is called au open car, the husband
saw a gentleman just seating himeelf beside Mrs.
Gray. The man wae a stranger to him, and in
Uniterm. Fortune favored. Ho would now track
them. Tbe car was a long one, and tbe joaious
Gray, swearing eternal vei geanoe upon the de
fenders of his country, took a seat at the rear;
and as the seats, which run crosswise ot the car,
were all full, tbe couple in advance could not sae
him. On they went, pursuer and pursued. Tne
young wife never seemed so happy. Sue placed
a ftesh flower in the button-hole of the officer,
and drank in his flowing words eagerly. Gray
gnashed hrs teeth in silence, and sat the journey
out iu a manner indicative of gieat nerve.
On reaching the island the cars run closely up
to the hotels, and here Gray lingered until the
officer and Mrs. Gray went iu; then he followed,
found they had taken a room, aud ordered roast
clams, etc., to bo served there. Tbe room looked
out on a piazza, and from it the attractive line
of beach could be seen. Gray summoned the
landlord ; told his tale ; dtmauded a witness, and
then promised after securing such evidence as
he desired, to depart without making a “scene.”
Cautiously they ascended tbe stairs, and, without
a knock, entered the unlocked door. Mrs. Gray
stood at the glass arranging her hair; the officer
upon the piazza, hke his gr at commander, was
quietly smoking. The womau started, screamed
a tit, and then rcoivered. “ Why, husband,
where on earth did you come from?” Before he
could reply she added : “Oh, I’m so glad. Here,
Charlie, come in here—he’s come 1” In walked
the officer. “ Mr. Gray, this is my brother Char
lie, whom you have heard me speak so jnuch
about. Bis regiment got in this morning. He’s
been away all through the war, and come back a
Major. I’m almost pleased ont of my wits at
seeing him.” "Oh—ah—yes ” “ But, husband,
what makes you look so pale?” “Me? AU
I've been running.”
Mine host and the wilnesses of the “ wife’s per
fidy” withdrew, and here tbe imagination of the
reader must supply the proper tableau of ‘‘Spoil
ing a Divorce.’ Gray didn’t tell: it wasn’t wise;
but others did.
Gen. Gbant has been on a visit to
Canada during the past week, and has been
everywhere received with the highest honors,
and enough of enthusiasm to make people be
lieve that Canada is located in America—al
though the London Tunes says that it isn’t,
fcr it says in a recent number—“ We have
advices from America and Canada."
Mr. E. H. Easiman a lawyer of
Nashville, Tenn., has been invited by Presi
dent Johnson to become his confidential secre
tary, in order to facilitate the transaction of
public business.
[Written tor vie new Tor* DHDawkj
By Matilda Burton.
The day has closed, the Klarina sun has faded;
Bolt crimson eLstf still r<.t>e the %<noer ’.Vest,
Gilding the craggy rocas wd grand o d forests.
Ana flaming faintly o’er the river’s breast;
The orowsy cattle wander from the Aood'aiJ.
Where they have slept tne sultry noon a-v-iy,
And noire ward go, o’er hill and dusty roadside,
On loitering to snifl the new mown nay.
The birds trill forth tneir parting strains of mirce,
While seeking r st amid tne green leaf s shade,
And cooiing winds float o’er the dr opmg flowers,
Staying the havoc scorching day ha-» made;
The maraet wagons irom the town reLurning,
humble and creak along the rugged road,
Their sleepy drivers gaping o’er toe lucre
Tnatluekhasbrought mem from he noming’s loa&
The din of day is hu hd; the tired farmer
Now smokes his uh eriua pip - within his door,
Smiling and nodding at his rutidy children
That gambol roura him »nn<j san leu flsor;
Dis lusty wife the iragr int tea is miking.
Her kind face v ,11 o in wreat ;y ei mas ot steam;
Ano soon they sit aronno iha veil spread tab e,
"While moviilight steals in, smi log on tie scene.
Now hills and woods Lke far off clouds are looming,
Tut rivex’s waves have kst tneir rosy nue;
The ci icket’s tony chirp is gr wing lo i !er,
And brh ht stars twinkle in tr e sß>’s deep blue;
The mastiff rests beneath h s -las er $ window,
The village lights ade el ,wly one oy one,
Ana ovtr ail soit gio> m -nd b.i ines- settles.
Proclaiming night’s rufleshn g nours come.
Jilt elation I
Duke Tyrrell proceeded to address the gipsy
parliament assemb:ed before him
“ My lads,” he exclaimed, in their own rich
dialect, “ I was six and twenty yesterday, and
it was fourteen years since they hanged ray
A half suppressed murmur of contempt went
through the groups. Voices muttered, “Ay,
ay ; more shame too! I c becomes him io
speak of it!”
“ Silence!” exclaimed Cooper, looking
angrily around, while Duke Tyrrell only
“And my lads,” he continued, “I remem
ber that many of ye told me L ought never to
forgetit. Sc. je sail for years, and then ye
ceased, because ye fancied I hadn’t head or
heart to remember the deed, nor him who did
it. Ye thought that because I didn’t talk
about it I had forgotten But ye were wrong,
my lads. I learned betimes that those w£io
speak most do leart work. Well, time went
on, ye see, and I ate well, and drank well,
and gaihered strength, and grew up into a
strong mau.”
Here the fine stal wart frame stretched and.
expanded itself, until the man grew almost
"And,” he continued, “thought grew
stronger, too, and the quieter I kept the more
I thought.”
There was dead silence now. Even the clay
pipes were fotgotten, one after another, and
eeased to emit their smoke in tne clouded
Duke Tyrrell paused a moment. One dis
engaged hand removed his but and the other
was passed acnss the bow Tuen he once
moie resumed Iris attitude and speech.
“Ye all knew Shira Strang—Mrs. Strang’s
child ; and ye knew she was taken from
Ciabb’s, and palmed off on the mau at the
Court as his daughter. Well, I was sent
when her mother was ill to see the lass, in
secret. It was the first time but once I had
ever crossed those grounds, f>r I had sworn
never to enter them unless to be revenged.
“I suppose oa'.hs are kept somewhere ; mine
was, but 1 didn't know it then. I thought all
was going wrong, for I fell into trouble. I
took a wrong road, but it has brought me
right at last. I loved the girl Shira, andwshe
loved me—that is, she said she loved me; I
know that I loved her. My first thought in
returning to the Court, when I saw the lass
favored me, was that I knew I couldn’t find a
belter way to my revenge than to get the girl
he thought his daughter to marry me. I
didn’t think of loving her then, which I came
to do after.”
Whenever he crotse'd this thought in his con
fession, Duke’s heart stood still a moment,
just to think of her.
“ Now, lads, ’ he said, gaily, afterthe pause,
“new, lads, I’ll get on quickly. Cooper
grows impatient. I got into ga d ye know ;
’twas for trying to see her one night. They
called me a burglar, and put me in prison
three months. She came to see me there,
though, in spite ot them. She rode away from
all the fine company at the meet—rodeover
all, hedge, ditch, fallow-field and stream, and
came, as my wife that was to be, to Heading
A murmur of admiration, and praises of
Shira’s name, interrupted him.
“Wait a bit. Mrs. Strang, there, will say
if I lie, I lay three mourns for Shira in prison.
When I came out— nourished as I had been in
there by loving words and promises, brought
me by her mother—when I came out, I was
told, as a reward for being sent there for her,
that a month before she had married a rich
old lord, had gone to Franco, and I was to for
get her—l, who had well nigh forgotten my
father’s death for her!
“ I said, little, lads. It Isn’t my way to say
much when I feel much; but I went to France
after her. 1 did it in tuts wry ; I had never
robbed before, but I stopped a miu who I
knew had money. I would have killed any
one to get to her, yet I only robbed him, anil
got across to France. I wanted to see her ; I
thought she wanted to see me, too, but she
“The oldlord,” remmedDuke, “ hadgiven
her carriages and gold. I saw her covered
with jewels, like a queen, and she turned from
me—iqx ke kindly, it is true, but she loved his
gold b( tar than my heart.
“Just a fortnight ago I got a letter to her.
Her mother h;ul deceived me, so I deceived
her by her mother's name. I told her she—
her mother there—was coming to my lodging
—aback, dark, dreary room—at five in the
evening—to meet her child ’’
Mrs. Stiang uttered a cry, and made a step
toward him. Cooper seized her arm and held
her back.
“ Let him tell on," he said.
“ And sho.came,” continued Duke. “She
lied to her husband —deceived him, too. and
came, I tried to be cool. I think I should
have been. I felt pity for her when she knelt
and cried to me, only she tried to cheat me
again. I think I should have let her go, and
found out my revenge some other way, but
she got me to pi<y her, and then she tried to
escape back again to him ”
Mrs. Strang’s brooding fears had burst now
into low, hysterical cries, as she struggled to,
reach Duke, only Cooper signed to two of tn<£
men, who gently, but forcibly, held her down
on her seat. No one else moved. All seemed
paralysed by this strange tale and scene.
“ I didn’t kill her ; I didn't even hurt her,"
resumed Duke, in a sad, low tone ; “I only
drugged her, to make her sleep. I never,
even in thought, wronged her more than 1
would a sister; but I knew she was false, and
that if she went back safe, she’d make all
right with him; so while she slept, I cut off
The hand in his bosom drew forth the

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