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‘The New York Dispatch,
B3S- A SECOND EDITION, containing the latest news
rom all quarters, published on Sunday morning.
03-Tho NEW YORK DISPATCH is Fold by all News
Agents in the City and Suburbs at TEN CENTS PER
COPY. All Mail Subscriptions must be paid in advance.
Canada Subscribers must send 25 cents extra, to prepay
American postage. Bills of all specie-paying banks taken
Hereafter, the terms of Advertising in the Dispatch
.»ill be as follows:
WALKS ABOUT TOWN3O cents per line.
Under the heading of “ Walks AboutTown” and “Bus
iness World” the same prices will be charged for each in
sertion. For Regular Advertisements and “Special
Notices,” twe-thirds of the above prices will be charged
for the second insertion. Regular advertisements will be
taken by the quarter at the rate of one dollar a line.
Special Notices by the quarter will be charged at the rate
it one dollar and twenty-five cents per line. Cuts and
kincy display will be charged extra.
gd&s anti
A Catholic. — “If the Pope is com-
Celled to leave Borne, and should he then take up his
residence in the United States, could he not retain his
title of Pope and exercise all the power he now wields
over the Catholic people in all parts of the world, and
*<ven become a citizen of the United States, and still re
gain the title of Pope ?” We have bishops and archbish
pß in this country who are citizens of the United States,
;.nd do not see why we could have any objection to a
ope as long as he merely attempted to rule in spiritual
matters; but should he undertake to rule any portion of
bis country temporarily, as he does a portion of Italy,
he chances are that he would not be tolerated for any
mgth of time. Louis Philippe, afterward King of the
; tench, and Louis Napoleon, the present Emperor of
.-'ranee, were both in this country, and might have be
•jme citizens of it had they seen proper to do so; but it
•ould not have been safe for them to have attempted to
ale our people because they were descended from kings
nd emperors. If the Pope has to seek the United States,
e will receive him rs v/e would any other exile, and he
an becowe a citizen, but not a temporal king, as he is
Clint.— “let. Are negroes allowed
mlimited franchise in any of the Northern States?”
fegroes are allowed the franchise, without more restric
ionsthan white men, in the following States: Maine,
Tew Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts“2d.
rhat is the difference between the Roman and Greek
ranches of the Catholic Church ? ” The fundamental
iffertmees between the Greek and Roman branches of
io Catholic Church are: Tho rejection by the Greeks of
io spiritual supremacy of St. Peter, the denial of any
»sible representative of Christ upon earth, the rejection
M auricular confession, and the right of priests to marry,
“3d. What relation is the Prince Napoleon to the
Jmperor? ” Cousin germain.
Aeio York.— “ In case of the death
f the President and Vice-President of the United
States, who succeeds them; and in case of their
aors’jdeath, who succeed them?” Congress has'the
power of filling vacancies. It has passed an act that in
case of tho death, resignation or inability of both Presi
dent and Vice-President, the President of the Senate
V O tempore shall aet as President; and if ho, too, should
lie,-resign or become incompetent, the Speaker of the
Touse of Representatives succeeds to the Presidency
ongresshas power* to designate further successors to
>e office should it become necessary.
Justice.— “A certain party some time
..go engaged a hall for forty dollars, and paid the propri
etor at tho time fifteen dollars on account. On the eve
ning of the ball, tho proprietor of the hall demanded
;orty dollars, notwithstanding that the party engaging
he hall have a receipt for the fifteen dollars paid. Can
nything be done to recover tho fifteen dollars ? ” Cer
iainly, if proof exists of the hiring of the hall for forty,
she fifteen dollars be recovered, beside reasonable
■damages for the disappointment.
Frank.— “AVill you please inform
is if there ever was a prize-fighter a member of the
ritish House of Commons ? If so, what was his name,
ad how come he to be a member ? ” John Gully, cham
ion of England in 1808, was a member at one time of the
'ouse of Commons. He married a very rich woman and
hrough her influence was elected to Parliament from
Herefordshire. After his death a handsome monument
as erected to his memory.
President— lst. A Vice-President
t liable to fines the same as any other member of a so
.ety. His duty is either to obey the presiding officer,
r appeal from his decision2d. All laws of associa
ons presuppose that a member will not vote on ques
ons, or make motions directly affecting himself
•d. We sohuld not think a motion to allow smoking dur
tjg the meetings of a social club, where tho constitution
nd by-laws are silent on the matter, out of order.
Clinton.— By reading your Bible
-OU will become as well acquainted with it as you are
nucrant of its contents. In the 15th chapter of Pro
• irbs you will find that “ folly is joy to him that is des
titute of wisdom.” Read your Bible and pray God to
ve you a less plentiful supply of the joy of fools.
jl. J?. C.— t,v Of late I have heard
bnsiderable about the Chicago tunnfl, where does it go
>and for what purpose is it?” The Chicago tunnel
-oes from tho city to about two miles from the shore un
er Lake Michigan. It is intended to supply Chicago
vith water.
C. L.—“ Ist. Does the Lord High
hancellor of England retire from office with a change of
tinistry ?” He resigns office with the party to which he
; attaclied“2d. Did the English government ac
nowledge Napoleon I. as Emperor of France ?” It did
t“3d. Has the salary of our President been in-
i eased from $25,000 ?” It has not.
D. Hf. P.— We have not the time to
jarchtheNew York papers for a couple of years. You
ill have to apply to some person with more leisure than
Jackson.— Cordelia Howard played
ie part of Eva, in “ Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” in the Fall of
58, at the Old Bowery theatre.
Malcolm.— None of the books to
hich we have referred contain any account of how the
ty came into possession of the City Hall Park.
J. McC.— We believe Mr. Gough
es not allow his lectures to be published.
Fire Department Matters.
Owing to Ule protract id sickness of Commissioner
nckney, there has been no meeting of tho Board of
re Commissioners for the past two weeks. In that
e .. a am °unt.;f business has accumulated,
d it will be a great relief to many to see a resump
on of proceedings./ Among the firemen themselves
-thing of importance has lately transpired, and the
tly matter for us to report is the number of
fires during the past week.
O Signal. Locality.
• r P * M * 45 No - 128 Eighth st.
c a ? 1 48 False alarm.
o ‘ still No. 443 Second ave.
6 11:27 284 No. 141 West 19th st.
y 12:02 AM. 42 Rear No. 363 East 13th st.
y 7 10:42 “ 65 No. 477 Broadway.
7 1:05 P. M. still Rear No. 122 East 26th st.
K I A 1 No. 194 Fulton st.
q 3 No. 21 Spruce st.
M Q T> Mr No * 156 Ea3t 23fch St.
L a No. 206 Fulton st.
1:20 361 False alarm.
V A volunteer Fire Department is still maintained in
V rooklyn, though its continuance is in defiance of the
f peatedly expressed wish of a large portion of the citi-
-'.jns, who, a few years since, made the most strenu
•—B exertions for the substitution of a paid department
<e that of New York The objection against the
'.unteer system, is, t] ‘ gives admission to a
rit of ruffianism, tha ''''ritv Possessed by
J Commissioners ha ’ It was
nths before the rule ; _re engines
the railroad tracks, c could be
’forced, and then only he police,
er several lives had 1 tice, and
<0 rowdy element com- ’ -jtedit-
-If in various ways. ’
On last Wednesday e out
go was perpetrated at Com-
isioners, which, if n< 7 and
djgn punishment, wl 4d by
efjlghts, and other ■ iflian-
m. Tuc particulars of else.
ere in our columns, a have
■ interest of the presei that
O * i ’’ itior 0 in-
The Temptation to Commit the Crime —Im-
portance of the Subject—Dealers and
Shovers In the Olden Time—As it Is Sow —
How Stovers Pass the Money—Forging
Corporation Shinplasters on a Yacht tn
the Bay-Why the Yew Fifty Cent Pieces
Cannot be Counterfeited—The Biter Bit—
Etc. '
BY P. THOMSON, Sessions Repoeteh.
The temptation to commit crime, the facility to do
it and escape detection and punishment, are great in_
centives to the weak, wavering mind to do wrong.
Let a political, brawling fighter know that he has in
fluence enough with a police justice to have his case
dismissed or judgment suspended if arrested for an
offense and put on trial, and how soon you will see
him strut the streets with tho swaggering air of a
brigand, shoving the passers by right and left; and if
they grumble at the man’s audacity, they are knocked
in tho gutter. The knowledge that a flno of $5 or $lO
will be imposed is only a joke to such men. Tho
certainty of punishment is the security of the people.
But it too often happens that the greater the
offender, the greater the probability of his escape,
either by alibi, by perjury, or by suspending judg
This subject of counterfeiting is certainly deserving
of serious consideration, from tho very fact that we
have had for some years a paper currency, and for
many years to come will have it, and have had almost
as much counterfeit paper afloat as the genuine. I
will not pretend to point a remedy to prevent coun
terfeiting on paper. A practical writer and engraver
recommended some time ago that tho notes made
payable in one place should be entirely unlike those
payable in another place, so that a counterfeit on one
locality would not affect the others, for if all were
alike, on© successful counterfeit of each denomination
would ruin tho whole, and cause their repudiation or
withdrawal from circulation. This gentleman pre
dicted a grand jubilee for counterfeiters, and certain
ly his prophecy has, in a measure, come to pass. Th 0
same writer, however, threw out a hint that has been
taken advantage of by the National Banks. He ad
vised that a vignette be enlarged or shaped to the
size of a bank note, and the highest protection agains*
counterfeiting that the graphic art could possibly
a chleve would be obtained. This plate, if properly
designed, he thought would be proof against altera
tions, and if printed in two colors, which might bo
done without extra expense, it would be proof against
photographic counterfeiting also, and thus, by tho
application of the most simple means, might keep
the counterfeiter continually at bay. Not on princi
ples of cycloidal mystery or secrecy, but of utter defi
ance. Not because he does not know how the work is
done, but because he cannot do it. But wo leave the
making of the money for the present to the passing
The passing of counterfeit bills in the olden time
was quite a profession, and so systematically was it
arranged, that it was next to an impossibility to con
vict of the attempt to pass. In the olden time, when
a new five or ten came out, the plates were given to
the printer, who, after being furnished with the pa
per, struck off a first edition. The first ten thousand
went, like the first edition of a paper, to the suburbs;
that is, the first impressions were sent to Boston,
Philadelphia and Baltimore, and the agents there re
tained tho “ queer” until informed that at a certain
hour the “ shovers” would go to work. Simulta
neously, at the same hour throughout the country,
the shovers would be passing the counterfeit bills.
, is a sort of contractor—a wholesale grooer, you might
call it—in the *• stuff.” He is shown a proof of4.be
counterfeit, and according to the artistic workman
ship of the plate, he pays from ten to twenty-five
cents on the dollar for his merchandise. He then
■ sells out again to responsible sub-dcalers, policy deal
. ers, pawnbrokers, juuk dealers, fish and vegetable
hucksters, market men, low groggeries and low dance
, houses, patronized by ignorant sailors, high houses
of prostitution, where a gentleman would rather
pocket his loss than dare make a complaint. Inside
of two hours, by means of their well-arranged agen
! cies, the spurious money would be wafted to every
1 corner of the city, with tho quietness of a chip float
ing down the stream.
There was in the olden time a class of street shov
ers, as well organized as the dealers, who ran desper
ate chances. But the agents or sellers of the coun-
■ terfeit money, to protect the interests of the trade,
circumscribed their customers each to a certain dis
trict, first to prevent suspicion being excited by the
same new bill being so often offered for an ounce of
tea, and secondly, by this means suspicion was al
layed and the bill had a chance of being longer run.
This was to th’e interest of all. If the bill was well
executed, in th© good old times, it was only when a
rival “shover” touched on the tramping grounds of a
companion that there was danger, as suspicion was
excited and arrests were made. An arrest once made
spoiled the future shoving of that particular bill. Our
old friend, Jack Shaw, dead and gone years ago, used
to teil these scoundrels when advising thorn to keep
to their districts, with that ominous shako of his
head: “My friends, always bo honest, no matter how
painful it is. It pays the coney man best in the end.”
in the olden time was very simple. A man and wife
went out together of an afternoon shoping—Saturday,
very frequently. The wife passed the counterfeit
money, the husband carried it. He carried what was
called the “ boodle.” When they came to a store
that was somewhat crowded he would give her a bill
to go in and get a pound of sugar, and a few ounces of
tea. He might flatten his nose on the glass to see if
a “ tramp” had been in there before her, when the
probability is that the bill would bo -thrown out. If
it passed, then he stepped aside aud.watched, to see if
she was followed. A few blocks off she waited for
him when ho rejoined her, careful to observe that
neither she or he had been followed. He would then
give her another bill to pass,and the same process
would be gone through with until it became danger
ous to pass more money, or she happened to be ar
rested. In the event, of her arrest the husband
was on hand to run and fee] a lawyer, who
demanded an immediate examination. When
the woman was searched at the station house
but one bill was found on her. When hue and cry got
up about the passage of counterfeit money
the husband was there ready to help her. Others
would come to see if they could identify her as hav
ing imposed on them. It would be impossible.
While she lay iu prison the husband would furnish
her with an entirely new rig from bonnet to shoes,
and thus metamorphised, it would be impossible
without a great stretch of conscience to swear to her
identity, and having only attempted to pass one bill,
and that the only bill that was found in her posses
sion, how could a prisoner under these circumstances
be held for trial? A discharge was immediately
That was under the old regime, but when the war
broke out a
Gold all at once disappeared from the counter and
the till; the jingle of silver was no longer heard to
rattle in the pockets of the pursy old gentleman that
you used to meet with and delve both hands deep
in his breeches pockets, and keep jiugling tho metal
as he talked to you; now there was an ominous si
lence; even the despised copper currency, the abused
pennies were as scarce as roses are in a bed of this
tles. Those were terrible times when specie sudden
ly disappeared, but it was fearfully productive of
crime, so great were the inducements to forgery. It
seems now when we look back to those dark days that
everybody supposed we were drifting to ruin, and
anything in the shape of paper, having the name of an
indorsement or a business firm, passed as readily as if
it were gold. Corporations got out twenty-five and
fifty-ceat shinplasters, for which the city was held re
sponsible to redeem. There is not a city or village
that we know of, that got out these corporation shin
plasters, that was not victimized. But one illustra
tion is sufficient to show the extent of the rascality
practised in these dark hours of our history. Old
Nell Stewart, sentenced about six months ago in
Brooklyn, saw, in a moment, with his keen eye, tho
rich placer that was opened to his craft. He hired a
yacht, and brought aboard of it plenty of fishing
tackle and provisions. Having done that, he hired
Roberts, tho copper-plate engraver, and got him to
come aboard and take up his quarters in the cabin.
Roberts had all his tools and plates aboard, and they
drifted about around the bay, from place to place,
Stewart fishing, and Roberts below, engraving. The
engraving finished, tho press was brought aboard, and
the Newark shinplasters were worked off to such an
extent on this yacht, that Stewart’s profits alone,
after paying all expenses, amounted to SB,OOO. To
what extent tho city of Newark was mulcted, it is im
possible to say; nor can we determine to what extent
New York city, Poughkeepsie, Albany, and Troy were
swindled on their corporation shinplasters—the coun
terfeiters themselves cannot tell you; but it is enough
to say that we have all been sufferers by these men.
After the corporation shinplasters came the postal
currency ; and what a great time we had in peering
into the faces of these fifties, how we looked at the
face of Washington, to see if it was genuine, counted
the barrels and the bales to see if the proper niimber
was there, as if a counterfeiter would be so neglect
ful in his transfer as to leave a bale or a barrel out in
the plate, then how we quizzed the straightness of
the funnel of the steamboat. Ah I these were dread
ful times. But they are changed now. We have, it
is believed, obtained a patent against counterfeiting
—so far as the fifty cent pieces are concerned. The
figure-head of the new fifty cent pieces is so ugly—
whether il is aceQj’ding to pature or not—but it is
such that counterfeiters cannot exactly catch the
ugly expression, and the result is a failure to pro
perly deliniato the ugly phiz of the chap that is on
the fifty cent stamp currency. The homely face of
Spinner on the fifty cent currency has saved the
country millions.
But while our safety lies in having ugly faces on
our fractional currency, it is evident to all that the
safety of the redemption of our currency lies neither
in good or bad looks, but in the men that superintend
the Banking Department, and who have charge of the
plates from which tho treasury notes are stmek. On
• recent examination it was proven, that transfers
from the original plates were taken at Washington.
That being the case, and it is beyond a doubt, the
national debt could never be paid. Million after mil
lion might be presented, and they have to bo redeem
ed, as they could not be distinguished from the genu
In closing this subject, which is inexhaustible, we
have only a word to say about Nell Stewart. He is
about the biggest scoundrel, and about the moat dan
gerous man that could be found to tho financial world
between here and New Orleans. He pretended that
he had reformed ; engaged himself as a stool pigeon,
and undertook to get his old friend Roberts “dead
to rights.” He did get Roberts arrested, but to pre
vent suspicion resting on him according to agree
ment he was arrested by the detectives also at the
same time. Both were incarcerated in Brooklyn jail,
and, Stewart, all the time, while he dined on his roast
beef, dreamed of the share that he would have in the
event of the conviction of Roberts. Roberts, how
ever, in the meantime was not idle; ho worked his
way out of the jail, it is said, by bribery, and escaped,
and poor Stewart, the stool pigeon and informer,
who expected ou tho best of grounds to bo used only
as States evidence, in the absence of the principal
was put on trial, tried, convicted, and sent for five
years to the Stato Prison. Thus was the biter bit.
But enough of this subject for the present.
Pawnbrokers - Loan Agencies anil Fences
Signs of Civilization—Th© Pathos of
A story is told of a lost traveler, who, wandering
dreary and forlorn on a trackless desert, suddenly
came in Bight of a scaffold, cn which hung the bodies
of two malefactors who had suffered the penalty of
the law. The traveler, elated by tho spectacle, fell
upon his knees and thanked God that ho was once
again within the precincts of civilization. But, tho
shadow of the gallows is not the only sign of civiliza
tion, with its concomitants of wealth, luxury, and
power, in close conjunction with ignorance, poverty,
and crime. Tho three golden balls of tho pawn
broker are equally significant and suggestive of those
conditions of life. The hangman and the pawnbroker
are each, no doubt, essential elements of our social
system, bui on that account they are none the less
offensive to a correct moral sentiment. Lhe pawn
broker has existed and flourished from a period of
time to which the memory of man runneth not back
to the contrary, and, like the social vampyre he is, has
grown big on the vices, follies and misfortunes of
others. He has been a scab on tho body politic, a
a social evil, the existence of which has baen perpetu
ated and made necessary by weakness, folly, and
prevails in this city of New York to a greater extent,
perhaps, than in any other city in the world except
London, to which city he is indigenous. This is
duo, no doubt, to the hetcrogeous character of our
population, the aggregation of numbers within a
limited district, and tho extremes of character that
constitute* dur social fabric. Here wo have tho repre
sentatives of every class and nationality in the world.
The excess of poverty and wealth, and all the inter
mediate degrees, from the highest to the lowest, and
money is the plumit that sounds the depths of all.
The pawnbroker is tha representative and embodi
ment ol money, and Is always ready to dispense it,
on sufficient security, in small or large sums. Ho is
the friend in needy who loans a shilling on,the only
shawl of the poor seamstress, to keep her for a few
days more from a life of sin and shame, or a few
ceuts on a pair of flat-irons, to enable some lost crea
ture to procure a glass of gin. He advances money
on the diamond pin of the gambler or roue, that he
may once more challenge fortune, or tempt virtue.
He will make advances cn the last rags of the outcast
drunkard, tho remnant of the dissipated fortune of
tho fast liver, and tho plunderings of the daring bur
glar or stealthy sneak thief. All is grist that comes
to his mill. He sees or cares nothing of the misery,
degradation, and crime that clings to the goods and
chattels that he receives as security for a paltry sum
that he loans thereon, and which in nine cases out of
ten rattier augments than relieves the distress which
it is intended to mitigate.
There are in this city no less than sixty-six licensed
pawn-brokers, who at least pretend to do a legitimate
and fair business, and conduct their trade amenable
to law and the restrictions of the authorities. The
proprietors of these places are mostly of tho Jewish
persuasion, though the most wealthy member of tho
guild is a Scotchman, who has been engaged in the
business for more than a quarter of a century, and
has acquired a fortune scarcely exceeded by that of
Astor, Stewart, or Vanderbilt. Many of the others
arc almost equally wealthy. These pawnbrokers are
required to pay a license; are not permitted to take a
higher rate of interest than 25 per cent per annum;
to dispose of all unredeemed pledges by auction; and
hold any surplus that may accrue from such sale,
subject to the order of the person to whom it may of
right belong. By a pleasant fiction of the law they
are supposed to do these things, but it is generally
believed that like Macbeth’s witches, “they keep tho
word of promise to tho car, and break it to the hope.”
But it may at least be said of them that they “assume
a virtue if they have it not.” Not so, however, with
which are neither more nor less than pawn shops,
without the color or the show of law, and are ten
times more objectionable and pernicious. They arc
numerous, exist in open and flagrant defiance of
the autuorities; and while doing a dishonest and
clandestine business, do it iu such a manner as
to defy detection and punishment. At these
places mouey is borrowed on all kinds of personal
security for short periods, at such rates of interest as
an unconscionable operator can secure, and tho
greater the necessity of the victim, the more enor
mous the demand. They are the prototype of the
fellow, in the play. They have no money themselves,
but they have a friend, who may raise it, but he will
be obliged to sell stock at a large discount. But these
loan agents flourish and grow rich. They accomo
date (?) the young tradesman who has a email note to
meet at a given time, who submits to the extortion
to save his credit, securing a temporary loan by the
deposit of some valuable, or a bill of sale on his
households goods or even the clothes on his wife’s
back. That the pawnbroker, or the land agent are
not ovcrscrupulous as to who they deal with, will
readily be believed. If they are offered a gold watch,
a diamond ring, or a set of silverware, they enter in
to no very minute inquiries as to tho right of posses
sion. Tho parties offering such things may have
stolen them, but they dont know it, and, we may de
pend, don’t take much pains tc confirm or dispose sus
picions. Such places, therefore, even tho best of them
become the resort of thieves who find in them an easy
and safe way of disposing of their ill-gotten gains.
But there is a class of places quite numerous iu this
city, that are far more pernicious and law-defying
than either of those refered to. Wo allude to what
are known in thieves parlance as
These ve openly and notoriously for the reception
of stolen foods’of every kind and variety, from a cot
ten pocket-handkerchief to a ship’s cable. The low
est’and most abandoned resort of thieves, they are the
nurseries and very hot-beds of crime, and yield a
rich harvest to our jails and penitentiaries. As ne
cessary and natural adjuncts to each and all are the
second hand stores found so plentifully in Chatham
and Baxter streets and more particularly the places
that are to be found in all parts of the city, aud known
as stores for the sale of
Here the pawnbroker, the loan agent, and the pro
prietor of the fence find the means of disposing of
the property tha-t from time to time comes into his
possession. The stock in trade to be found at these
places is the most multifarious and various that can
possibly be conceived: Men’s, women’s and child
ren’s wearing apparel, watches, jewelry, cutlery,
books, pictures, firearms and musical instruments.
Indeed, every conceivable thing that is at all portable.
At some of these places any thing from a coffin plate
to a ship’s anchor mr.y be procured at second hand.
Around these miscellaneous collections what strange
associations must cling; what romantic stories might
be conjured up, and yet be but the reflex of truth.
There is not an article in all that heterogenous mass
that could not a tale unfold—a tale of suffering, sor
row and wrong. The soiled garment of an infant tells
of a homo made desolate; the rusted tools of a me
chanic tells of one who, at the shrine of intemper
ance, laid down the right arm of industry; the partly
worn bed cover, pawned for bread or gin, or to satisfy
the dying cravings of hunger, speaks the very pathos
of poverty; while other things that lay carelessly
arcund reveal the work of the midnight marauder.
Each article might ‘-point a moral or adorn a tale,”
and be clothed with a romantic interest by an analytic
mind and a trenchant pen.
But the purpose of this article is not to penetrate
the deep wrapt mystery, but to call attention to the
existence of a state of things which should secure the
early and earnest consideration of those who have at
heart the amelioration of the social evils be found
everywhere in our midst. “Fences” and illegal loan
agencies are amenable to police government and law,
and interest at the rate of twenty-five per cent, is in
violation of the usury law, and cannot be justified by
an exceptional and unnecessary enactment. Pawn
shops may be, and no doubt are, necessary to meet
the pressing wants of the unfortunate; but they
should be so conducted as to be a means of
Fearless and Independent
and not as they now are, a burden and a curse upon
those for whose special benefit they are authorized
and allowed.
This is a subject that may well challenge legislation,
and some capable representative in our State councils
who shall take it up in the right spirit and secure the
passage of some law that shall secure to the poor and
needy tho means of temporary relief, unattended
with tho grasping extortion of money lenders and free
from the reproach that now attaches to the pawn
shop, will well deserve to take a high place beside the
benefactors of our race.
Posthnmlous Power—An Exciting Will Case
—Tla® Late Kladame Jam el—A Strange
Eventful History.
Most people suppose that when the breath is gone
the man will die, and there’s an end on’t. But
it is not all of life to live, nor all of death to die,
the good or evil that mon do lives after them, and
the death hand is stretched out after its owner has
gone where the wicked cease from troubling, and the
weary are at rest. It holds for its successors a heri
tage of good or ill, sometimes with such energy
and power that “ enterprises of {jreat pith and mo
ment, there currants turn away and loose the name
of action.” The death hand whose seal and impress
stamps the will of some departed, often causes that
heart sickness which results from hope, deferred.
Though several generations have passed away since
Anneke Jans, entered upon that journey from which
no traveler ere returns, her hand stretches forth to
the present age, and many man may exclaim, “ she
c omes to plague us with her presence and push us
from her stools.” In our own power °f the
death hand maybe Been in all directions. In one
place it may be seen resting upon some old rookery,
which, it saves from the march of improvement, and
keeps firmly in its old placo in its old dinginess,
while palace. 3 rise on either side. Again we may find
it resting upon some fair maids heart for the will of a
living daughter is often curbed by tho will of a dead
A man’s power does not always cease with his life;
indeed, of come it may be truly said, they were “ not
for a day, but for all time.” The grand precepts and
nobler example of a Washington can never di -; the
sublime sentiments of a Patrick Henry still inspire
tho patriotic heart, and the hand of the great-souled
Lincoln, though cold in death, is still stretched forth
for tho protection of our country.
These thoughts have been very naturally suggested
by a very remarkable will case that at tho present
time occupies the attention of tho Hon. J. F. Barn
ard, Judge of the Supreme Court of this city. It is
known as
and is likely to take rank among the most celebrated
trials that have occcupied the attention of our courts.
Though the facts of the case were published months
ago, a brief rehearsal of its main features may not bo
uninteresting at this time;
As may, perhaps, be remembered, Madame Jumel
died in this city in July, 1865, leaving an estate val
ued at more thau a million of dollars. The bulk of
this immense property she bequeathed by will to
various charitable institutions, and but little to her
relatives and those who claim to be her lawful heirs.
Before the administration of the will, these real or
pretended heirs, consisting of four or five persons by
the name of Jones, who fre the children of Madame
Jumel’s sister, commenced proceedings to contest the
will on the ground that undue influence had been
used on the testator. Tho leading contestant is Nel
son Grace, Esq., a lawyer of this city, whose Wife
(now deceased) was the daughter of Marne. Jumel.
In addition to his own interest, he has purchased tho
interest of all the other heirs. Rev. John Howard
Smith, tho pastoi>of a church in Carminsville, is the
party charged with having used undue influence over
the testator. He was for some time the spiritual ad
viser and director of Madam Jumel. The taial of
the ease was commenced yesterday, and will doubt
less, before its conclusion, disclose some remarkable
facts in regard to the strange and eventful history of
the testator previous to her death.
The followinar matches will come off as given below:
Nov. 13.—01 d Bowery vs. New Bowery, on the Union
grounds, Brooklyn.
Nov. 13.—Eclectic vs. Mohawk, on Capitoline grounds
Nov. 17.—Eclectic (of New York) vs. Americus (of New
ark), at Hobcken.
Nov. 29.—Star vs. Athletic, at Philadelphia.
Nov. 29.—G. P. Rogers vs. Bradstreet Press, on the
Cricket grounds, Williamsburgh, at 10 A. M.
Nov. 29.—Orion vs. Cresco, at Flatbush.
N. B.—Secretaries of B. B. Clubs will confer a favor by
sending us their prospective matches, or any other matter
that would be of interest to lovers of the national game.
A match between the members of the dramatic com
panies attached to the Old and New Bowery Theatres
was set down for Thursday last on the Union Grounds,
Brooklyn, but the New Boweryites were not on hand in
sufficient numbers, and so Messrs. Fox and McCloskey
made up nines to suit themselves, and the game com
It was a game and no mistake. Such playing has sel
dom, been shown on the Union Grounds. The crowd
laughed till the tear’s ran down their cheeks. Fox’s ar
tillery, however, proved too heavy for McClosky’s nine,
and they retired gracefully, and theatrically beaten.
Score—Fox, 30; McCloskey, 16. Umpire—Mr. Sleepy
man, of the Unknown Club. Scorer—Mr. Thompson.
The muffin nines of the Excelsior Club, of Brooklyn,
and the Pacific, of New Utrecht, had a friendly game on
the Capitoline grounds on Friday last. The ball would
once in a while hit the bat of some Excelsior player, and
so the club had the misfortune to win by a score of 45 to
32. It is, however, due the Brooklynites to say that they
could not well have played much worse, and it was only
by superior skill in tho art of “ muffing” that the Pacifies
managed to carry off tho honors of a defeat.
The Gothams closed play for the season on Friday last,
when they had a fine turn out of players and a really en
joyable game.
The return match between these Philadelphia clubs
was played on the Athletic grounds on Wednesday last.
The score stood at the close of the game, Athletic, 36;
Bachelor, 15. Umpire—Mr. Front, of the West Phila
delphia Club. Scorers—Messrs. Pyle and Benson.
The match between these clubs, at Unionville, on Sat
urday, Nov. 3d, resulted in the success of the Stars by a
score of 23 to 17.
A match between these two junior clubs on Thursday
last resulted in a decided victory for the Shermans by a
score of 21 to 4.
ATHLETICS (of Harlem) vs. ALERT (of Morrisania).
The above clubs had a friendly encounter on the Red
House grounds, at Harlem, Thursday, the Bth inst. The
Alerts were badly whipped, the score standing 61 to 19
against them. Umpire—Mr. Jennings, of the Agile,
Scorers—Messrs. Fields and Day.
The home-and-hoxne game between the above clubs
came off on the Howard grounds, East New York, Tues
day, Nov. Bth. The Capitolines won a handsome though
somewhat unexpected victory by a score of 25 to 12. Um
pire—Mr. Van Curen, of the Pastimes. Scorers—Messrs.
Paine and Black.
A club has been recently organized in Brooklyn under
the above title. It is composed of young men of most
excellent standing in the community, and has good mate
rial for a first-class nine. They organize now. that they
may be in good working order for the next season. May
they ever be Intrepid when facing tliose who endeavor to
deprive them of the trophy of victory.
The first of a series of games between the above clubs,
was played on the new Cricket Grounds, Williamsburgh,
Saturday, Nov. 3d. The Bradstreet boys were handsome
ly whipped by a score of 44 to 20.
A pleasant match came off Saturday, Nov. 3d, between
the “champions” of the city and the College of Physi_
cians and Surgeons. Of course the former won, though
destitute of their regular pitcher and catcher, beside
short stop. The score stood at the close of the game—
Alliance, 45; College Nine, 12.
The second nine of the Shooting Star Base Ball Club
won a trophy from the seconds nine ofjthe Independents
at Hoboken, on Monday the 9th inst. Score—39 to 10’
Umpire—Mr. O’Brien of the Rising Sun B. B. O.
Scorers—Messrs, Shea and Doyle.
“ Edgar.**— To receive admission to the National, Jr.
B. B. Association, you have only to elect delegates and
send them to the Convention, iu accordanoe with the in
structions given by the Secretary in the Dispatch and
other papers.
This Winter, when our Yanßee Munchausen*, who tell 1
of musketoea employed for plowing purposes, and of
long-legged men who go down stairs to put on their
stockings, recount over their nuts and ale the feats that
have been performed by the Izaak Waltons of our lakes,
the Nimrods of our forests, and the John Gilpins of our
turf, the achievements upon the ball-ground will not pass
unnoticed. The “universal Yankee Nation,” which al- ,
ways has something on the brain, was no sooner cured of
petroleum than it caught base-ball in an aggravated form,
the ladies taking it in a milder typo, called croquet. The
English game of crieket was evidently popular with the
Apostles, for we read that Peter stood boldly up before
“the eleven;" but base-ball never attained its present
state of perfection until it became the national game of
America. As such, it has much to recommend it, both
in a moral and physical view, drawing young men from
our hotels and billiard-rooms to the open field, where
their manhood is put to an infallible test. No paper is
now considered complete without an article or illustra
tion devoted to this pastime, in which even the fair sex
are so proficient that a lady acted as umpire in a recent
match at Morrisania.
From a personal observation of the causes leading to
victory on the one side, and defeat upon the other, I ven
ture a few suggestions, which will doubtless be cheaply
obtained by taking them for what they are worth.
We often hear it said that the best players should be
placed in such and such positions, when all should play
equally well in their respective positions, since an infe
rior player can prevent the best of clubs from achieving
a triumph. Many catchers sacrifice the interests of their
club in their anxiety to display what is technically
known as “style.” A noted catcher stops balls which
others would allow to pass them, by going down upon his
knees. Again, some catchers crouch directly under the
bat so that it is impossible for them to get into position
in time to take foul-balls. It is often customary for
catchers not t > throw to the second base to head off a
man from first, when there is one on the third; but as a
man generally gets home after reaching the third, and
the hand out at second would probably cut off more than
one run, this practice is not commendable.
Whon there are men on the three bases and a fly-balj
is knocked into the pitcher’s hands he should drop it (or
only one would be oat,) and picking it up should throw
it to the catcher at the home base and pass it to
third, and] so on. Much* throwing to the bases is not
advisable as it unsteadi es the pitcher who is apt to pitch
wildly after it.
In order to thrower accurately the throw must have a
fixed object to aim at, and consequently players should
not always be running to their bases to receive balls,
First basemen should be able to jump for balls, and
also to stop them with their legs, for as there is ro one to
back up their base, passed balls are more disastrous
there than elsewhere. The third baseman and short
stop have to face the hottest balls—those from the
bat, and to rise a classic expression must “ keep
their eyes peeled” or the ball will do it for them.
It is a common fault for fielders to play too far in, so that
balls go over their heads, when it is an easy matter to
run up and take balls a considerable distance in front of
you. There are many ways of taking a ball; but we can
testify from experience that catching it in your mouth is
not the pleasantest of them.
Many who affect to be heavy batters, give such a sweep
to their clubs that they are either too late to meet the
* ball, or else strike under it. The heaviest batters do not
swing the club in that manner. A ball met just ahead of
you, will be a grounder; when, if struck a little further
back it will be a fly.
But as the general tendency of “exhaustive arguments’’
is to exhaust the audience before the subject, I will con
clude with the joke of a poor player to whom I remarked
that he had made enough to stock a fur store.
“Yes,” he replied, “but I always make a ‘home-run' at
dinner time /”' CANK.
Tho Bachelors and Benedicts of the Manhattan Cricket
Club had a lively game at Hoboken on Friday, and thus
closed play for the season. The married men proved too
strong for their bachelor friends, and won "die victory by
■ a total score in two innings of 120 to 86. A grand dinner
at the Club House, to which (hi members of the club
and a few invited guests did full justice, brought the
day’s proceedings to an appropriate close.
The Extra Fall Meeting of the American Jockey Club
was held at Jerome Park, Fordham, on Thursday last.
The attendance was select, and betting almost entirely
ignored. The chief interest in the meeting was caused
by the fact that the horses were ridden by gentlemen,
and not professed jockeys. There were four races, won
respectively by Roscoe, Climax, Expert and Trovatore.
The most excitement was manifested during the Hurdle
Race, when two of the riders “ came to grief,” by being
thrown from their horses. No serious damage was done,
however, and the affair caused considerable merriment.
gwlto’ g qnu’timt. .
WORTH OF JET, Etc , Etc.
Gather round us in the sanctum sanctorum. Even where
the sun shines and there is no sign of the traditional rush
ing storm and sobbipg gale, the month is sad, and domes_
tic comfort more than ever a luxury. The blue of the sky
fades out to a thin pale shade at the horizon; tho trees
stretch bare, gray arms in a supplicating way to Heaven.
With every breeze the fallen leaves flit across the pave
ment like scampering armies of little brownies. The gar
den shrubbery looks battle-worn.
“ And are feminine heads through all this bitter change
to find no refuge from the diminutive Lamballes, Marie
Stuarts, Ristoris and Fanchons ?” asks a grave matron
from the rocking-chair.
None, my dear madame. Those apologies you have
mentioned are far too pretty to be sacrificed for the old
fashioned scoops, coal-scuttles and similar antiquities, all
ungraceful and unbecoming. Since poets have sung and
philosophers declared that woman’s tresses are her crown
ing glory, why hide them under a poke bonnet or some
other such atrocity?
“ Oh, but you know half of those one sees now-a-days
are false, and there is no merit in displaying borrowed
plumes ?”
Madame, do your daughters wear puffs and chignons f
“ Yes, huger than ever, and still more false.”
Poor girls 1 fashion demands this bulk of hair. They
are fashionable ?
“ Of course,” returns the speaker, with an air of indig
nation at the mere thought that we might have enter
tained a suspicion to the contrary.
Then the falsity is the point to which you raise ob
That you can remedy. Supply their toilets with the
Oil of Palm and Mace, a preparation manufactured by
T, W. Wright & Co., No. 100 Liberty street. Its use
will ensure luxuriance of growth, prevent the hair from
falling, and lepd it exquisite pliancy and gloss. In
your own locks there is a sprinkling of silver threads
which a few applications of this unsurpassed dressing
will darken, and frequent use restore to the original
When the scalp is diseased, so as to require the advice
of a dermatologist, Dr. Perry, No. 47 Bond street, may
be consulted with satisfaction and relief to the patient.
The Dr.’s compounds are purely vegetable, and of groat
virtue in curing all afflictions of this kind.
“ But the little bonnets—their ears will freeze 1”
Paris has
which will silence this fear, if our fair will only
adopt it at once, without waiting the usual year to think
about it. It is a Spanish vail or mantilla, of thick beau
tiful laco, to fall over the bonnet to the chin in front and
to the shoulders at the back, and to be fastened on the
bosom with a brooch or flower. We have already noticed
one movement in the direction of comfort : the string 3
lately tied behind the ears are now spread over them like
lappets, and knotted in front.
This is a good month for the purchase of genuine
The “fixed over” relics of last year, and medleys of
silk, velvet and straw will no longer answer for dress
wear. Put them aside for shopping excursions and demi
fpilette. The show-rooms of M. T. Higgins, Nos. 126
Sixth avenue and 845 Broadway, are decked with dark,
rich velvets. The popular Etruscan purple, Humboldt
blue and garnet shades prevail, with the exception of
elegant combinations of jet and black velvet. The grace
ful willow plufne queens it over the once favorite ostrich.
Mr. Higgins has made round hats one of his specialties.
A coquettish rival of tho admired Gladiateur is known as
the “Diana.” May the ridiculous “Tudors,” which the
gradually uprising chignon compels to tilt still further
over the eyes, be offered up as a holocaust at the shrine
of this pretty candidate for its public honors.
WiMcaw such a lovely demi-Fanchon for evening at
Madame Rallings’, No. 318 Canal street, a little cloud
let of point lace upon a rose-royal velvet foundation, as
softly pink as the heart of a sea-shell. From the back
and bandeau depended crystal fringe. A superb carriage
bonnet, Ristori shape, was of blue royal velvet, encircled
by a willow plume twisted into a wreath, with a shower of
fleecy lengths falling over one side. The blue bandean
was embroidered with pearls. Another Ristori was of
black velvet, overlaid with buff bands embedded in black
point. Inside, a bandeau studded with jet. Madame
Railings has always in reserve a special stock appropriate
for her extensive Southern custom.
A beautiful assortment of plumes, ribbons, laces,
fringes and flowers invites the attention of the trade at
the emporium of Spence, No. 27 Division
street. In the stock of bonnet velvets will be found the
choicest colors. Retail purchasers are kindly dealt with,
however small the amount of their orders. Reasonable
prices is also a motto here. The straw department dis
plays Ristoris, Catalans, Lamballes and other reigning
shapes in both plain and fancy material, including gray
and lavender braids interwoven with gold or silver
threads. Bonnet frames, feather bands and round hats
in felt and straw are offered in great variety.
At Madame Secor’s, No. SOT Broadway, the latest
dibut is a charming Greek head-dress, scarcely a bonnet,
yet quite sufficient to serve as such for the opera. It is a
Catalan shape, covered with waves of illusion, fastened
with a frame of jet and gold. Gilt chains are festooned
at each corner to fall at the sides and below the chin.
We discovered here a new Ristori, composed of black
velvet, girded with an elaborate jet wreath, and set all
about the inner edge with fine sprays of coral. An ele
gant Catalan for carriage wear was of Humboldt blue
velvet, fringed with jet, and ornamented on top with a
wreath of jet rose leaves.
are almost invariably cut full Gabrielles, or with gored
skirts and round waists. Bradley’s “Duplex Elliptic
Empress Trail” crinoline should be worn to give the hips
the requisite slope and the full drapery at the bottom a
graceful flow. Gored dresses are very much more stylish
than the old modes wherein thick plaits or gathershad to
bo drawn in at the waist, and the effect of a train of any
length was marred by an unnecessary width at the top of
the skirt. The bulk of heavy silk, velvet or moire at the
belt spoiled the symmetry of the figure. Folds of satin
are used as a decoration upon poult de series and plain silks
generally, and velvet upon moires. It is a matter of per
sonal taste whether the trimming is of the same shade
as the dress itself, or contrasts with it. Some
times, that is with some colors, the neutral
tints especially, a contrast is most effective. Stripes
continue their supremacy. There is no rale to govern
their width, so one may wear them wide or narrow, as
she pleases.
A new design in evening dresses at A. T. Stewart’s,
corner of Broadway and Tenth street, was a stripe of
white satin, brocaded with pink roses, alternating with
one of Mexican blue. This idea was still prettier in
another, where the second stripe was of bright mauve.
We were shown a superb set of embroidered robes at
Lord & Taylor’s, Nos. 461 to 467 Broadway. We shall
describe two: The first, a Mexican blue taffetas, was
worked in black and white, the pattorn passing continu
ously from breadth to breadth in elaborate scrolls. The
second, of the rare, peculiar tint known as “Sands of
Egypt,” had a tingle figure on each width composed of
medallions, surrounded by intricate vines. This color is
exceedingly brilliant by gas light—a silver lustre is shed
from its reddish brown threads which renders its appear
ance not unlike that of the sands tvhonce the name is
borrowed. The taste and skill exercised in the children’s
department of this establishment should make it popular
with our matron readers. Particular attention is given
to the manufacture of underwear, both for ladies and the
little ones.
“Ah, it is all very well and very entertaining to pur
chase,” says our friend in the rocking chair at this junc
ture; “but a great difficulty frequently ensues--where is
it good to have them fitted and made after the dresses I
are bought?”
Mrs. P. S. Brown, whose rooms, Nos. 2 and 6, are lo
cated at No. 907 Broadway, is a careful and competent
modiste. From the many specimens of her art recently
displayed to us we made special note of four elegant
robes. A gray and black striped taffetas, trimmed with
a bias fold of black satin, headed with jet fringe, van
dyked upon tho front side breadths, and extending plain
' around the skirt. Waist and sleeves to match. A silver
gray metre, decorated a la mode Parepa, with velvet of tho
' same color embroidered with crystals. A gray poult de soie,
ornamented in tunic style with black velvet, and a garnet
, reps, gorgeous with vandykes of satin, studded with jet.
In process of completion were several velvet cloaks, cut
' in Mrs. Brown’s new and distingul Ristori and Peplum
A change threatens to assail the long recognized style
' and those for ordinary home toilet. The last chimera
requires a petticoat and dress alike, the skirt of the lat
ter being quite short and vandyked or scolloped over tho
1 plaited flounce, finishing the bottom of the under
skirt. Of course this mode will abolish trains and tilting
1 crinolines. Kequiescat to the last. May gentle woman
never again be guilty of so grievous a blunder. It is a
pity to sweep the streets with expensive fabrics, but be“
’ yond a doubt, skirts short enough to fully clear the pave
ment detract from the grace tbe drapery. They look
stiff and severe, and there is scarcely any need of such an
innovation while Madame Demorest’s “loopers,” at
once ornamenting and festooning without injuring any
material, are to bo procured. The effect of a festooned
skirt is exceedingly pretty, provided the hoop which sup
ports it is not a “ filter,” but instead one of J. W. Brad
ley’s flexible symmetrical Duplex Elliptics, “Pride of the
World.” A skirt of this kind is -as much a necessity for
an appropriate walking costume as the “ Empress Trail’*
for evening and other full dress occasions. It will be
seen that every well appointed wardrobe requires at
least two styles of crinoline. Poplins, reps and merinoes
are favorites as ever. Choice colors and qualities will bo
found at W. K. Peyton’s, No. 274 Bowery. In the silk
department new cases of black, colored and fancy silks *
have been opened for this month.
, At Heath’s, No. 15 Carmine street, we saw beautifu]
bright plaid Valencias, cashmeres strewn with gay bou
quets, fancy silks, merinoes, all wool delaines, and do
mestics of all descriptions.
O’Sullivan & Greig, No. 771 Broadway, have added
more magnificence in the shape of plush and velvet cloak
‘ ings to their styles of last month.
Loose-fitting coats or basquines are general favorites.
1 The modes of decorating at this emporium are rich and
' elaborate.
At Campbell’s, No. 898 Broadway, there is a superb
assortment of prevalent modes in cashmere, plush and
velvet. Also carriage wraps, burnous, and opera gar
ments. Lovers of jet will admire the graceful sacques
embroidered and fringed with flashing sprays of this
popular bijouterie. For more quiet tastes there are varie
ties ornamented with satinland guinpure.
i F.B. Perkins and Brother, No. 727 Broadway, hav e
furnished their glove department with an extensive as
sortment of the choicest colors for evening and street wear.
It comprises Bajou’s, Jouvin’s, and Angele’s neatly fit
ting seamless glove. In addition, there is another de
scription, the “ Duchesse,” quite durable and elastic for
$1 25 per pair. Several patterns of the lately imported
Cluny laces are exquisite. The medallion insertions, fine
and delicate as point, meet with general admiration.
This establishment has introduced a pointed cuff to
match the popular Empress and Shakspere collar. Also
the most elaborate
A brooch of superb workmanship was seventeen dol
lars. pretty style consists of fern sprays. This
idea is poetic and graceful.
All the Fall designs are distinguished by richness
of coloring. The warerooms of Hiram Anderson, No.
99 Bowery, display a brilliant array of the best Wil
tons, Axminsters, Brussels, Velvets, Ingrains, and
Care and tact are essential in furnishing these family
resorts, and it is not enough that the parlor alone of your
domiciles be tastefully furnished. The appointments
of the sitting-room require, for the most part, to be
serviceable and of actual use, but even these should be
selected with an eye to effect and ornament, for there is a
subtle charm in the aspect of a room to cheer and please
which is too often forgotten or unheeded in the routine
of domestic life. A dull, gray, unornamonted sitting
room mars the best-regulated home. Now-a-days, a
sewing-machine is considered an indispensable adjunct.
A Wheeler & Wilson is almost sure to grace some
nook or corner where the work-table is installed—its
glittering needle and tireless arm telling a tale of
pleasant housewifely industry. We have heard a rumor
that a button-hole attachment is about to be added to
its many invaluable qualifications.
sewing-machine possesses the marvelous reversible feed
which fastens the work securely without any necessity
of hand-sewing, and enables the operator to pass the
material back and forth under the needle without stop
ping the wheel. Its self-adjusting tension prevents
snarling of the underthread, and renders either of the
four lock-stitches it is capable of producing smooth and
A grateful mother has bestowed this significant title
upon Demorest’s Patent Bed-Clothes Clasps. By keep
ing the covering secure, despite the restlessness of feet
and hands, they ward off from the little ones the insidi
ous demon of cold and croup, so fatal to youthful hu
manity. They are very simple, durable, cheap, and
will firmly hold the usual amount of bed-clothes. The
Demorest “Stocking Suspender” is an admirable substi
tute for the old style elastic, as it prevents the stagnation
of blood resulting from the use of the rubber or ribbon
circlet. The Clasps, Suspenders, and superior Shoulder
Braces are sold at No. 473 Broadway.
C. H. C.
NUM® 1.
By Taco.
Golden locks a falling,
O’er a snowy neck,
Complexion most transparent.
Without spot er freck;
Blue eyes that their lustre,
Have stolen from the skies,
And robbed tho arch of Heaven
Of its choicest dyes.
Coral lips like rose-buds, •
Formed like Cupid’s bow,
Silvery tones like music,
That between them flow,
While a cheek like velvet,
So delicate and white,
Adorns a face angelic,
As does the moon the night.
Thy figure is most graceful,
Thy step is like the fawn,
That seeks the crystal brooklet.
To bathe his limbs at dawn.
But the higher attributes,
That in thee I do find,
Comprise a spirit tender,
A disposition kind.
A heart that gives no sorrow,
Or causes any pain;
A tongue that’s not deceitful,
A head that is not vain.
A soul filled with pure pity,
For all thy suffering race,
These are the lovely treasures,
That lend to thee thy grace.
Thy person is the casket,
And as are there combined,
A faultless form and feature,
So, too, in thy mind.
Perfection of all lovliness,
Those who seek will find,
More perfect is my cousin Nell,
Than most of womankind.
With a buoyant, almost joyous feeling. Dan
iel Sterne sat down to eat his first formal meal
for the last two days, and which Arkdale had
caused to be prepared.
Again and again he was about to give or to
ask for explanations, but his friend still insisted
on silencing him till he had time to recruit his
wasted strength. And by tho time Daniel
j Sterne had satisfied his appetite, and begun to
feel himself once more a man, and able to cope
with the gigantic difficulties of his career, Ark
dale was busy outside, seeing to the horse "that
was to carry his friend to Harwich, and the man
who was to accompany him as an additional
precaution, and bring back tho animal. Thus
he was left alone.
As he sat ruminating over his escapes of the
last few hours, with a feeling of pity for the
wrecker’s wife, he noticed through the open
window a superior officer belonging to the Pre
ventive Service ride hurriedly past the house,
and motion to some person or persons in ad
vance—probably the very Preventive Service
men with whom the soldier had had lately to
Quick to apprehend danger, Daniel Sterne
called for his bill, paid it, and ordered his
horse and the man to the door.
Though he was still so weak as to bo unable
to mount the horse unaided, he—who could at
ordinary times vault into the saddle with no
other help than a hand laid lightly on it—
found, when he had mounted, that he could
ride ; and a wonderful feeling of energy rose
with his consciousness of that fact. His
horse, too, though not handsome, was fast—
so the man said, who seemed apprehensive
that the ailing gentleman would be thrown.
Daniel Sterne laughed, and made the horse
caracole about as if he wanted to feel and to
know him, what he was worth, his temper, and
so on; and then he said—
“lf I do start off, don’t be afraid. You will
find me at an inn near the custom-house, at
Suddenly he remembered, in tho hurry and
excitement, he had forgotten his staff; with its
precious hidden documents; and, fearing to
trust the question of finding it to anybody— for
he had pushed it into a dark corner, out of the
way of observation—he got down again, leaving
tho man holding the animal.
Returning with his treasure, and walking
slowly by its aid, he happened to lift his eyes,
and saw that the whole oatch of revenue offi
cers had returned, one of them holding the
horse, and their superior officer, the horseman
he had seen pass, remaining at little distance.
Calming the sudden excitement of the blood
and [nerves, already so overwrought, Daniel
Sterne moved on with dignity toward the
horse-stone by which he was to mount, and
then, seeing they did not move, but stood and
stared, he was himself constrained to do the
“ Well, gentlemen, what now ?” he demanded.
The man who held the horse, fancying him*
self addressed in particular, pointed to the of
ficer on horseback, who urged his horse nearer,
dismounted, and gave the bridle to one of his:
He was a tall, thin, small-faced, sallow man,
of a remarkable aspect. It was not simply the
look of intense shrewdness or cunning, that
seemed to have monlded every lino, and to
shine out from every glance of his rapid-darting,,
bright, but furtive eye; it was more than this—
there was something behind, or below, or above
inexplicable, mysterious, sinister 1 If that man
were in the possession of the king’s proclama
tion (as yet, of course, unknown to the subject
of it), woe to Daniel Sterne!
He was polite—almost too polite for Daniel
Sterne’s taste—when, after mutually bowing to
each other, ho began to put questions, and
make comments on what had previously passed
with the revenue officers, but as if quite ac
cepting their storv.
All the while Daniel Sterne was conscious
that the man’s eye, and ear, and thoughts were '
in a state of preternatural excitement, and he
could not but ask himself—
“ Did Heave anyloophole open for discovery*
Can the Government be on its guard already ?
When these preliminaries were over (Daniel
Sterne preserving all the while an invincible
good humor), the officer took a printed papei
om his pocket, and began to read aloud, com<
menting as he went on, but without the slight"
est preliminary explanation.
‘‘'Height, about five feet nine inches.
Scarcely so tall, I think, but near enough
1 Body erect, of slender frame, but great strength
and agility.’ ”
Daniel Sterne laughed, and said—
“ I’m afraid that won’t do for me. You see 1
am bowed as with age. And as to strength,
I’m obliged to this friendly stone and to this
man’s arm for the means to got upon my horse."
“ Probably ill. Makes all the difference, Air.
Sterne.” And the officer read on : “ ‘ Age—
looks about thirty-five but is younger. ’ Yes,
very deceptive face as to age, Mr. Sterne 1 But
you agree with me, I dare say, that the differ
ence says little. ‘ Hair—reddish brown.’ Turn
ing grey here and there, I see,"which is odd if
he s so young.”
“ But if I am forty instead of thirty, what say
you ?” demanded Daniel Sterne, with tho earn:
gay, careless demeanor.
“ ‘ Eace melancholy.’ ”
•‘Ha, ha, ha I” burst out Daniel Sterne.
“That’s too good, with one’s whole life ajest.”
“It is melancholy; very!” eaid the officer,
looking steadily at Daniel Sterne’s face, as if it
were the face of a waxen image or a piece of
marble sculpture, and not of a living man.
“ ‘ Complexion, naturally fair, though deep,
ened by exposure."
Hum I hum 1 Must have been very much ex.
posed indeed of late, if not dyed."
Again Daniel Sterne laughed, and proposed
to test the matter by a wash.
The officer coolly went on :
"‘Eyes, soft brown dreamy, and at times
extremely bright and penetrating.”’ "■
“ Look sir,” said Daniel Sterne; “ I have been
but now almost blind through a few hours’ ex
posure at sea, so weak are my eyes. And as to
bright—nay, I think you said, "extremely
bright and penetrating’—l pray you to look.”
And when with a happy instinct, Daniel
St erne managed, while looking ip to tho

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