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Sunday Edition. Sept. 29.
By Jean Ingelow.
When in a May day bush
Chanteth the Missel thrush, •
The harp o’ the heart makes answer with murmurous
When robin readbreast sings, -
We think on budding springs,
And Culvers when they coo are love’s remem
But thou in the trance of light
Stayest tho feeding night,
And echo makes sweet her lips with the utterance
And casts at our glad feet,
In a wisp of fancies fleet,
Life’s fair, life’s unfulfilled, impassioned prophecies.
Her central thought full well
Thou hast the wit to tell,
To take the sense o’ tho dark and to yield it so;
The moral of moonlight
To set in a cadence bright,
And sing our loftiest dream that we thought none did
I have no nest as thou,
Bird on the blossoming bough,
Yet over thy tongue outfioweth the song o’ my soul,
Chanting: “Forego thy strife,
The spirit out acts the life,
But much is seldom theirs who can perceive the
“ Thou drawest a perfect lot
All thine, but holden not,
Lie low, at the feet of beauty that ever shall bide;
There might be sorer smart
Than thine, far-seeing heart,
Whose fate is still to yearn, and not be satisfied.”
an oiTghoFTtory.
The Apparition of Mrs. Veal.
Wo have become bo accustomed to tha “ pow
erful incident” of sensation novels, in these
days of great circulating libraries, that we have
no appetite left for those half verified stories
that made so groat a stir in the social lives of
our fathers. Nothing will do now-a-days until
it is expanded into three volumes, bound in
cloth and lettered, whereas it frequently hap
pened that the “ horrible narratives” or “ ex
traordinary adventures” of seventy years ago
were told within the limits of a newspaper col
umn, or even of a paragraph. It was from this
cause that they became topics of conversation,
and from being used as after-dinner stories,
within the compass of a tolerable memory,
were very widely known and accredited—gain
ing, in lact, a sort of personal authenticity
from the narrators, who themselves came to
believe in incidents which they had related so
often, that they became, as it were, a part of
their own experience.
Who, for instmeo, doubted that extraordi
nary story of the apparition of Mrs. Veal to
Mrs. Bargrave ? It was received even by the
sceptical with those shakings of the head and
pursings of the lips which are the substitute
lor arguments wnen no grounds for disbelief
are forthcoming. The story, with all its circum
stantial details, its little touches of every-day
commonplace interest, its simple record of
time and place and persons—who could doubt
it ? If anything could have strengthened the
obvious probability of the narrative, it would
have been the alleged opposition of Mrs. Veal’s
brother and some other relatives to the publi
cation of the circumstances, and the half de
nial with which they were said to meet
the straightforward testimony of the lady Who
was the subject of the supernatural visitation.
It was natural enough that people who prided
themselves on being geenteel should object to
a ghost in the family, and to their names being
associated with another world, when they were
so successfully striving to achieve aposition in
this one. So plain and ingenious were all the
statements by which this occurrence was ac
companied, that nobody thought of verifying tho
details, and probably nobody out of 'Canter
bury—nobody, that is, who had a particle of
veneration for the proprieties—thought of in
quiring whether Mrs. Veal or Mrs. Bargrave
ever had any existence in the flesh, to say
nothing of the spirit.
There may be people now who, scarcely hav
ing heard of Mr. JJefoe, and yet possessing as a
heirloom a copy of “ Drelincourt on Death,”
have a very considerable belief in the possible
appearance of that genteel apparition, who con
versed alternately about the cut of her sleeves
and the occupations of a future state. Per
haps nobody but the man who could write a
book in which boys believe with all the ardor
ci their youthful affections, could also have ex
cited the imaginations of their grandmothers,
and have handed about a ghost story which
should seem so authentic, and should so long
hold a place'in popular belief.
Mrs. Veal died in September, 1705, and Mrs.
Bargrave, to whom she appeared the day after
her death, was one of the best known people
about Canterbury Cathedral—not only because
of her own good qualifications, but in conse
quence of the cruelty of a brutal husband,
whose misdoings were the frequent topic of
Mrs. Veal, who was a maiden lady of thirty
years of age, lived at Dover, where she was
housekeeper to her brother, and she and Mrs.
Bargrave had been friends from childhood,
when the latter was able to share some of the
comforts of her better provided home with her
companion. It is not to be wondered at that
in after years the two ladies should meet to
condole with each other on their mutual mis
fortunes, and, in the absence of Bargrave, who
does not seem worthy to take any part in the
narrative, to read such edifying books as
“ Drelincourt on Death,” and Doctor Horneck’s
“ Ascetick.” The promotion of Mr. Veal (the
brother) to a place in tho Cus’tom House at
Dover seems to have separated the friends.
Such accessions of dignity influence even the
best of mortals; and when Mrs. Bargrave loft
Dover to live in a house of her own at Canter
bury, the indifference between the two ladies
continued, so that two years and a half elapsed,
and Mrs. Veal had not once called on her old
It was on the morning of tho Bth of Septem
ber, 17C5, that Mrs. Bargrave, sitting in a
rather melancholy mood, thinking of her mis
fortunes, and arguing herself into a due resig
nation to Providence, had just taken up her
sewing, when she heard a knock at the door,
and going down, saw her old friend, Mrs.
Veal, dressed in a riding habit. She was
naturally a little surprised, but still,
being a woman of sentiment, said some
words of welcome and offered to kiss her
Visitor, who seemed inclined to receive the
salute, until their lips nearly touched, when
she drew her hands across her face and so waiv
ed the friendly ceremony. In answer to Mrs.
Bargrave’s inquiry of how she came to travel
alone, the student of Drelincourt replied that
she gave her brother the slip, and came away
because she desired to see her old companion
before she took her journey. This answer, fol
lowed by the fact that when they entered the
sitting-room again, Mrs. Veal seated herself in
the arm-chair only just vacated by Mrs. Bar
grave, and declared that she had come to re
new their old friendship and to beg pardon for
her former breach of it, was so natural under
the circumstances, that their previous indiffer
ence was made up by mutual consent, and the
talk began to flow in its once accustomed chan
nels—that is to say, they conversed on their
former troubles, and, by an easy transition,
fell into a discourse upon Drelincourt, with a
Blight diversion in favor of Sherlock and two
Dutch books, recently translated on the same
subject. Drelincourt, however, was still Mrs.
Veal’s favorite, and at her request Mrs. Bar
grave went up-stairs to fetch a copy of that
work. On her return, her visitor began to
speak of the difference between ordinary no
tions of heaven, and the reality of a future
state, and her remarks Were so earnest and re
assuring, that Mrs. Bargrave, to whom she de
clared that either her afflictions should leave
her or she them, in a short time was naturally
a good deal affected. During some further
discourse on the subject of Dr. Horneck’s ac
count of the Primitive Christians, and the dif
ference between their conversation and the
vain and frothy talk of that later age, Mrs.
Veal frequently took the opportunity of draw
ing her hands across her eyes and saying,
“ Mrs. Bargrave, do you not think I am migh
tily impaired by my fits ?” To which Mrs. Bar
grave as often replied, “ No, I think you look
us well as ever 1 kuew you.”
AU this was remarkably polite, and not at aU
Bupernatural, although it was a little peculiar
that when Mrs. Bargrave had once more been
up stairs for a copy of verses on friendship,
her visitor declined to read them, and, declar
ing that they would make her head ache,
begged that her companion would read them
herself. On the suggestion of a cup of tea, tho
visitor seemed inclined to accede to the invita
tion, but afterward remarking: “PH warrant
that mad fellow” (meaning tho incorrigible
Bargrave) “has broke all your trinkets,” made
that an excuse for declining, and began another
discourse in such fine language that the listen
er was unable to repeat more than a small
part of it, though it lasted for above an hour
and a half. Probably the thread of it was not
definite enough to follow, and the subjects
may have been a little confusing, for amid
much of an exalted and solemn character,
there were particular directions about a letter
which Mrs. Bargrave was to write to the broth
er in the Custom House, instructing him to
give away her rings to some of her acquaint
ances, and especially to bestow a couple of
broad pieces on her cousin Watson.
No wonder that poor Mrs. Bargrave, when
she heard her old friend talking at this rate,
began to be afraid of a recurrence of one of
those fits of which, perhaps she still retained
very lively recollections. In order to provide
against such an emergency as the sudden fall
of her visitor upon her face, she fenced her in
to the elbow chair by placing another chair in
front, and in order to divert her, took hold of
the sleeve of her gown, and commended its
make and pattern. It may be supposed that
not even an apparition, supposing it to be the
apparition of a single middle-aged lady, is
proof against this kind of conversation, and
therefore nobody need be surprised to hear
that Mrs. Veal informed her friend that the
silk had been scoured and newly made up.
This kind of interruption did not, however,
move her from tho purpose of her visit, and
ehc at last extracted from Mrs. Bargrave
• promise that she would inform her brother of
*4 gg# WBYpmtioß. £tr«, Veal
for Mrs. Bargrave’s daughter, who was from
home; but as the visitor was anxious to see
her, her friend went into a neighbor’s house to
fetch her in. What was her surprise on her re
turn, to find Mrs. Veal standing outside the
street-door, in front of the beast-market (for it
was on a Saturday), and quite ready to say
good-bye. In reply to Mrs. Bargrave’s inquiry
why she was in such haste, she said she must
be gone, although she might not start on her
journey till Monday, but hoped she would see
her friend again at her cousin Watson’s before
she went away. After this she took her leave, and
walked down the street till she reached the
next turning, where Mrs. Bargrave lost sight
of her, her visit having lasted from twelve
o’clock (for the clock struck as she went into
the house) until three quarters past one.
The next day (Sunday), Mrs. Bargrave was
laid up with a sore throat, but on Monday
morning she sent to Captain Watson’s to know
it Mrs. Veal was there. The answer coming
that they had neither seen nor expected her,
Mrs. Bargrave puts on her hood, and telling
the maid that there is certainly some blunder,
runs off to the house (although she knows
none of the family), to see whether her old
friend is there or*not. To her surprise she is
informed that she has not been there, and is
certainly not in the town. To this she replies,
that at all events Mrs. Veal was with her for
nearly two hours the day before yesterday, and
while they are disputing, in comes Captain
Watson himself with the intelligence that their
cousin Mrs. Veal must be dead, for that her
escutcheons are making a report which is im
mediately verified. Then Mrs. Bargrave re
lated to tho Watsons all that had taken place
on the Saturday, being very particular to de
scribe what gown Mrs. veal had on, and how it
was a striped pattern, and had been newly
scoured; upon hearing which Mrs. Watson
cried out that it must indeed have been Mrs.
Veal, for that nobody but she (Mrs. Watson)
and herself knew of the scouring, and they had
made the dress up together. If it was certain
that Mrs. Veal hadjappeared to Mrs. Bargrave
on the Bth of September, it was equally indis
putable that she had died on the 7th, and Mrs.
Watson, who seems to have thought it a dis
tinguished thing to have a ghost in the family,
soon made known all tho circumstances of the
case to a very wide circle of acquaintance.
It was thought, too, to be a direct and sol
emn protest against the scepticism of the age ;
and so many visitors of all kinds invaded the
privacy of Mrs. Bargrave’s parlor, to hear the
story from her own lips, that that lady was at
last compelled to keep out of the way. She
never swerved from her declaration, however,
though some of Mrs. Veal’s relations endeav
ored to suppress the story, and threw doubts
upon the accuracy of her judgment. She had
told an old acquaintance of the occurrence al
most immediately after her friend’s visit, and a
servant in a neighboring yard had overheard
the tones of that wonderful conversation,
which lasted for nearly two hours. Tho whole
manner and intention of the visit were believed
to point to a supernatural event, and those who
doubted the truth of the story were regarded
with very great suspicion by Serious people for
some time afterward ; although there is no evi
dence whatever that these individuals made
any inquiry as to the authenticity even of the
names of the actors in such a remarkable
Of course, the new edition of “Drelincourt
on Death,” in which this extraordinary narra
tive was printed byway of preface, not only
commanded a considerable sale, but helped on
those copies of the previous editions which had
so long encumbered the publisher’s shelves.
It has not, so far as we know, transpired what
sum Defoe received for this serviceable narra
tive. Ho had some pay no doubt, but the
dreary volumes which would otherwise have
been dead stock, became quite popular reading
after they were made lively by a ghost.
[From tha Chicago Republican.]
Many are the stories that have been told of
rapid courtships, whereby two hearts have
been brought-to a realization of love in but a
few hours’ time ; improbable tales, too, have
been related of queer matches, constituted by
that eccentric little god, Cupid, and were it not
that “ truth is stranger than fiction,” the inost
credulous could scarcely believe them.
Chicago boasts now of the “best time on
record” in the matrimonial line, the foundation
for which is a strange and almost inconceiv
ably short courtship and marriage. There are,
though, romances in real life more astonishing
than the pen of novelist has ever depicted.
The end of romances in general is marriage,
which is said to be tho beginning of irue hap
piness in life, but idealism does not always end
when married life begins, as is exemplified by
this story. *
There came over from Germany, several
months ago, a young girl, like Jeptha’s daugh
ter, “passing fair,” accompanied by a man
named Frederick Hermann. The impecuniosity
of the latter caused the purse of the lassie to
suffer somewhat, as she paid his fare. He was
to marry her, but failed to do so ? and on Aug.
26 she instituted suit agafnst him for the re
covery of the money. The case came before
Justice Schoenwald, but there was a sad ter
mination to it. Hermann dropped down dead
in the saloon below the office of the Justice,
No. 145 Randolph street, just as he was about
to be arraigned for final examination. The
Coroner’s jury rendered a verdict that he had
died from mental excitement. Now, the men
tion of the case in the daily press attracted the
attention of a lone widower m Aurora, 111., who
saw an opportunity to once more enjoy the
bliss of wedded life. Mary Fcessdr, the Ger
man lassie alluded to, became the star of his
fancy. He would win her though the Heavens
fall. Bereft of worldly aid, as he thought she
was, he could secure her with little trouble.
Chicago was overflowing with sight-seers
from the fair village of Aurora, on Wednesday
last, and among the number was Mr. Charles
Dietrich, independent farmer, &c., the matri
monially inclined personage in question. He
cared not for the tall spires, the oriental struc
tures of marble, nor for the thousand attrac
tions of the city; he was led on to his unseen
inamorata by an impulse of his heart, and he
could go in no other direction. Justice Shoen
wald was visited by him and to his hur
hurried questions about the little German girl
for whom he was searching, the stern man of
the law could return only a crushing answer,
and that was that Mary Foesser was married.
Necessity is the mother of invention, and Mr.
Dietrich resolved not to be balked by the ad
vent of so trivial an adversity, so he eagerly in
quired as to the chances left for obtaining a
wife. The Justice kindly aided him in his
strange purpose, and went below into the
saloon, where he had a brief conversation with
a comely girl therein employed as servant. He
stated to ner the whoie affair, and she acqui
esced. The man and the willing lass met in
the office of the Justice up stairs, a few .mo
ments later, and after a courtship of but three
or four minutes, were married. The name of
the young lady is now Mrs. Dietrich, nee Hilda
Neering. But the story has not reached a
finale. The bridegroom is about 45 years of
age, rather prepossessing, and is well-to-do m
the world’s goods. Many years ago he mar
ried his first wife, who went the way of all
flesh. His second was given to the flowing
bowl so excessively, and to castigating her
husband so fearfully, that the latter obtained a
divorce. The twice-made widower is now in
his glory, having, as he says, an affectionate
better-half, a counterpart of his first love of
long ago. The happy couple spent the night
together at a hotel, and will immediately leave
for the blooming town of Aurora.
What novel can equal such a romance in real
life ? Great improbabilities become facts,
which, when known, cause a passing wonder,
and are soon treated as natural occurrences;
while the writer of fiction is obliged to work
up an improbable situation with the most
plausible touches of art to give his pen-picture
the air of truth. This wonderful tale of mar
riage on the wing is vouched for and is per
fectly true. Long may Cupid wave 1
[From the Melbourne (Australia) Argus.]
The annals of Victoria have just afforded a
striking instance of what the old writers called
‘ God’s revenge against murther.’ On the 14th
of July, 1862, on the banks of the river Collban,
an escaped convict named William Henry Terry
murdered a naturalized Dutchman named Peter
Reddick, was arrested at the time for the crime,
confessed it, was not believed, was discharged,
and now, five years after, he being charged
with bigamy, the bones and skull of the mur
dered man are found in the dry bed of the Col
iban, on the banks of which the murderer and
the murdered were last seen. Old suspicions
are revived, circumstances aro fitted together,
and, lastly, Terry lies cast for death. In July,
1862, Terry, who was known by different names,
and at that time passed as Maguire—was living
with a freed convict woman from Tasmania of
the same name. He had had two children by
her ; but that, and the fact that ten years be
fore he had married under the name of Mitch
ell one Eliza Gill, at Geelong, did not prevent
him from desiring to marry Elizabeth Hockey,
the daughter of James Hockey, a miner, living
at Tardale. Terry was a woodsman, and as
such had agreed with Reddick to work with
him. Reddick had been a farm servant, had
saved money, and bought land. The exact cir
cumstan«es of their partnership are not known,
but at this point Terry’s paramour gives some
evidence. She stated at tne trial that Roddick
was living in a tent olosp to theirs, and that
Terry had no money, but that Reddick supplied
him with some, with which he bought a horse.
Whether she knew it or not. Terry at this time
wanted to marry this Elizabeth Hockey, but
lacked money for the purpose. He had en
gaged himself to marry on Monday, and on
Sunday night he came to his teat, and, having
lit a candle, went out to go to where Reddick
was lying in his lent. Hi® paramour nau ucard
him say he wanted money, and ‘ If I ever shake
Wj I’4 sW tau’ (OjiWwty i’
ing something, she followed Terry out of the
tent, whereupon he beat her, and pulled her
hair out, but gave up his design for the
time. The next day Terry and Reddick went
to work, came back at noon, had dinner to
gether, and again wont out together. Reddick
was never seen after; and Terry, who had
promised to return to his mistress that night
or next day, never again came back to her.
The scene then shifts to Hockey’s next day,
where Terry appeared, not at eight o’clock in
the morning, as he had promised, but at four
P. M. to marry Miss Hockey. He was then
married under the name of Reddick, and so as
sumed the possession of all Reddick’s property.
It was not long before the police began to
make inquiries for the missing man, and hero
begins the strangest part of the story. Terry
was arrested, and then and there confessed tho
murder, which he said was a job concocted be
tween him and Hockey. They murdered Red
dick together he said ; and afterward, when he
married Miss Hookey, it was at Hockey’s sug
gestion that he married under tho name of
Peter Reddick, a deception not then detected ;
an improvised story ot his having gone under
a false name previously was deemed sufficient
explanation. No trace of Reddick was discov
ered ; and there were then left in the hands of
the police a curious waistcoat with glass but
tons, a sugar bag weighted with stones whioh
fitted to a piece of rock overhanging tho river
at the point where Terry and Reddick were last
at work—both articles fished from the bed of
the river—and a white hat, with a curious hole
in it, found in eome rushes near the last-men
tioned place. The hat and waistcoat were
known to be Reddick’s, but their discovery
proved nothing. Five years elapsed, and some
minors found in the dry bed or the river, 100
yards from the place where the rocks had been
broken, human bones and a skull. They were
suspected to be Reddick’s, for the shape of the
skull closely resembled his well-remembered
head ; and when the old white hat was brought
from its receptacle and fitted to it, there was
a deadly hole in tho skull which exactly cor
responded to that in the hat. Tho suspicions
against Terry, who still lived in the district,
were revived. He was arrested, the old evi
dence was reproduced, and scientific evidence
having proved the skull to be that of a Euro
pean, and the hole to be a necessarily fatal in
jury, probably inflicted by a pick found near
the place, the jury after half an hpur’s deliber
ation, brought in a verdict of guilty. The
Chief Justice, who presided, then sentenced
tho prisoner who seemed unconcerned, to death,
without hope of mercy.
The Memphis Post gives the following al
most incredible narrative of a series of terrible
murders near Mariana, Arkansas. The facts
furnished us are stated to be derived from
white persons who witnessed the murders on
the plantation and in the court-room. The
statements are corroborated by colored people
and the evidence elicited on the coroner’s in
quest. ,
On Monday preceding the outrage, Bradley
swore on the plantation that he would “kill”
some damned nigger before Saturday night.
When expostulated with, he replied, “It would
not be the first time he had run off for killing
a damned scoundrel.” On Friday morning he
quarreled with a crippled negro, who was not
a field hand and not subject to his orders, and
ended by beating the invalid over the head
with a club. A brother of the man remon
strated with Bradley, when Bradley instantly
menaced him with a revolver. Another brother,
some forty yards distant, and the only negro in
the field that was armed, called to Bradley,
telling him it was an outrage to beat the crip
ple, and demanding that he cease. Bradley
turned upon him, and instantly commenced
firing. The first shot brought do wn one of the
women, the ball piercing the brain. After the
second shot the armed negro drew his revol
ver and tho fire, and advanced on
Bradley. The latter, distrusting his success in
such a contest, retired a few paces to the house,
caught up a fowling—piece, returned, and rest
ing it upon the fence or gate, aimed deliber
ately at the negro, then not more than ten
paces distant. In this attitude both caps missed
fire. He then precipitately fled, pursued by
the colored Qian, who, however, returned
promptly and peacefully at the request of the
lady of the plantation, who witnessed the entire
affray. Bradley proceeded to Mariana, se
cured a warrant and posse, returning the same
evening, for the arrest of four of the men. The
officer was informed by the lady of the planta
tion of what had been done, and Bradley was
charged in his presence with the murder of the
woman. The men, however, were arrested
and confined. On Saturday morning they were
put upon trial, Bradley appearing, heavily
armed, as tho witness for the prosecution.
When his statement was made the Court in
formed the prisoners they could the wit
ness any question they wished. In the cross
examination of the witness, one of tho men con
tradicted, in a respectful manner, a statement
of Bradley. Immediately he displayed his arms.
Tho magistrate commanded tho peace, and di
rected the prisoner to proceed. He attempted
to do so, by repeating what ho had said, and
called upon one of the other men to confirm
what he said. Bradley then drew his revolver,
knocked one of the prisoners down, and tired
at a second, who saved himself by striking the
assassin’s arm and throwing off the ball. A
third one attempted to escape through a back
door. He was snot through the head and fell.
While down the murderer stood over him, firing
two balls through his body. Returning to the
first man, still down, he aimed and fired a ball
through his brain, killing him instantly, and
then retired from the scene.
Tho people of Phillips county held a public
meeting to take action regarding these foul
murders, at which they put forth a series of
resolutions declaring “that no adequate effort
has been put forth by the civil authorities and
the citizens for the arrest of the murderers,
and that we have no confidence in the existing
civil authorities protecting the persons and
lives of the citizens, either for want of ability or
The Monongahela Republican says: “Not
very long ago, the young and beautiful wife of
one of our citizens was called to her final ac
count, leaving her husband disconsolate, sad,
bereft. She was buried in the adjacent ceme
tery, and the husband returned to his desolate
home—but not to forget the loved one. She
was present with him by day in spirit and in
his dreams at night. One peculiarity of his
dreams, and one that haunted him, being re
peated night after night, was this, that the
spirit of his wife came to his bedside and told
him that the undertaker had not removed from
her face the square piece of muslin or papkin
which had been used to cover her face after
death, but had screwed down her coffin lid
with it upon her; that she could not breathe
in her grave, but was unrest on account of the
napkin. He tried to drive the dream away,
but it bided with him by night and troubled
him by day. He sought the consolations of re
ligion ; Lis pastor prayed with him and assured
him that it was wicked to indulge such morbid
fancy. It was the subject of his own petition
before the Throne of Grace, but still the spirit
came and told anew the story of her suffocation.
In despair he sought the undertaker, Mr.
Dickey, who told him that the napkin had not
been removed, but urged him to forget the cir
cumstance, as it could not be any possible an
noyance to inanimate clay. While the gentle
man frankly acknowledged this, he could not
avoid flie apparition, and continual stress upon
his mind began to tell upon his health. At
length he determined to have the body disin
terred, and visited the undertaker for that pur
pose. Here he was met with the same advice,
and persuasion, and convinced once more of
his folly, the haunted man returned to his
home. That night, more vivid than ever, more
terribly real than before, she came to his bed
side, and upraided him for his want of affection,
and would not leave him until he promised to
remove the cause of all her suffering. The
next night, with a friend, he repaired to the
sexton, who was prevailed upon to accompany
them, and there, by the light of the cold, round
moon the body was lifted from its narrow bed,
the coffin lid unscrewed, and the napkin re
moved from the face of the corpse. That night
she came to his bedside once more, but for the
last time. Thanking him for his kindness, she
pressed her cold lips to his cheek, and came
again no more. Beader, this is a true story;
oan you explain the mysteries of dreams ?
Within the past year the Chicago and Great
Eastern Railroad Company have allowed and
paid claims for goods “ short,” to the' amount
of thirty thousand dollars, or more, and the
thieves have until recently eluded the utmost
vigilance of tho officers and detectives of the
road. A little love affair, however, very inno
cent and praiseworthy in itself, incidentally
furnished a elue which, carefully followed up,
laid bare the oamp of the enemy and cut short
their supplies. A section boss had become
smitten with tho charms of a lady residing at
one of tho stations on the road, and made her
acquaintance, which ripened into an offer of
marriage, which was accepted, and a propitious
time was awaited for its consummation.
After some necessary delay, ho wrote to her
from Richmond, Indiana, saying the looked-for
time had arrived, and for her to come to Rich
mond and they would wed. She complied, and
tho section boss, in the gushing fullness of his
joy and confidence, advised her of his means
and plans. He had, as he informed her, a con
| sidorable sum of money in hand, and also a
small stock of goods, which would enable him
to become the owner of a house and lot, and
then “ love in a cottage” was there.
In answer to her inquiries in regard to the
merchandise, he very frankly told her that he
had taken it from the railroad oars on his train,
and that there was a big chance ahead for more,
as he had the arrangements all made and in
good working order. The bride elect did not
xcnsU toe lovuiaUvu as well as he uad antici
pated, and her honest bosom swelled with in
cUgutiQß it Ute WiiPg
with a railroad thief, and she took time to think
the matter over, and returned to her home.
After a little reflection, she concluded this was
too big a load to carry, and upon a full consult
ation with a relative, made a clean breast of
the facts.
To Masonic Advertisers. —Ad ver
tisements to appear under the Masonic heading must
be handed in before six o’clock on Saturday evening,
as the rapid increase of the circulation of tho Dis
patch compels us to put the page on which the Ma
sonic matter appears to press at a much earlier hour
than heretofore.
of New York. Meets on tho Ist and 3d Wednesdays of
the month in the Chapter Room, Odd Fellows’ Hall.
JOHN T. MARTIN? sWcr.' Com.
GEO. DURFEE, Knt. Recorder, No. 11 Marion street.
CROIX, No. 2, Ancient and Primitive Freemasonry,
Rite of Memphis, meets Ist and 3d. Thursdays, at Ma
sonic Temple, corner of Broome and Crosby streets.
Geo. Dubfee, 329, Archivist, residence No. 11 Marion
Ancient and Primitive Freemasonry Rite of Memphis,
meets every Tuesday at Botanic Hall, No. 68 East
Broadway. JAMES MORROW, Moot Wise. A. B.
BARNES, S. K. W. J. T. DINGEE, J. K. W. A.
R. Sias, Archivist.
Ancient and Primitive Freemasonry, Rite of Memphis,
meets first, third and fifth Fridays at Odd Fellows’
Hall, S. E. corner of Grand and Centre streets.
Robert B. Hardy. S. Kt. W.
John R. Moore, Jun. Kt. W.
Wm. H. Dayas, Archivist.
meets on the 2d and 4th MONDAY of every month at
No. 65 West Thirty-fourth street. Members of other
Chapters are cordially invited to be present.
M. (late “ Oscar Coles,”) meets every 2d, 4th and sth
Tuesday Evenings, in the large room, No. 594 Broad
wltLlA M H. DEVINS, Master, No. SCO Canal st.
Henry C. Parke, Secretary, No. 31 Burling slip.
MYSTIC TIE LODGE, No. 272, F. and A. M.—
Regular Communication Ist, 3d and sth Tuesdays, at
Eastern Star Hall, corner of Seventh street and Third
avenue, at o’clock. WILLIAM C. BARR, M., No. 51
Dominick street. Sylvester SIGLER, Sec.. No. 85
Mercer street.
AMERICUS LODGE, No. 535.—Regular Com
munications, 2d and 4th Fyidays of each month, at
Corinthian Room, Odd Fellow's’ Hall. REEVES E.
SELMES, M.; No. 7 City Hall. H. Clay Lanius, Sec.,
No. 1 Scruce street.
ST. CECILE LODGE, No. 558 F. and A. M._
Regular communications, Ist, 3d and sth Tuesdays of
every month, at 3 o’clock in the afternoon, at the Lodge
Room No. 594 Broadway. G. F. ILSLEY, M. David
Graham, Secretary.
Regular Communications
At Tabernacle Rooms,
Jas. M. McCartin, Sec.
SCOTIA LODGE, No. 631.—Regular Communi
cations, first, third and fifth Mondays of each month,
at cornel* of Eighteenth street and Eighth avenue. P.
L. BUCHANAN, M.; J. C. Gilmour, Sec., No. 107 W.
Sixteenth street.
District Deputy Grand Masters.—
The introduction of a new governmental feature into
any institution, is sometimes fraught with danger,
and generally looked upon with distrust by those
who aro to be subjected to its influences. This re
mark more especially applies to Freamasonry, which
has its foundation in Landmarks and Traditions, and
in all of its leading features is sui generis. While the
young Mason, gazing through a dim and hazy light,
t® which his eyes are unaccustomed, sees much in
the ritual and th® working of the craft that, in his
immature judgment, might be altered for the better,
those who count their Masonic ages by long years,
and have become accustomed to the atmosphere of
Masonry, those who have learned how to see clearly,
shrink from anything that may be deemed now or
novel for fear that it may take the hue of innovation,
and they rather boar the ills that exist, than run
the hazard of falling into error by an effort to amend
them. The introduction into the Constitution of that
which was a new element in this jurisdiction ten
years ago, through which District Deputy Grand Mas
ters were created, and their powers and their duties
defined, was looked upon with doubt arid permitted
with hesitancy, by a groat majority ®f the leading and
most zealous worklug craftsmen, and the measure
would not have become a Constitutional feature of
the State, had not those who made it such, felt that
tho power resided in them to unmake it should con
fusion, misgovernment, or trouble, be the sequel.
The official developments of year after year from the
time referred to, down to the last communication of the
Grand Lodge, have demonstrated beyond the reach
of cavil, even of the hypercritical, that no error was
committed in the creation of these officials, and those
who opposed it are now the most ze&lous advocates of
a continuance of the system. There may be in
stances of a disregard of duty on the part of some of
them, but they are very few; there may also be evi
dences of lax-performance of duty on the part of oth
ers; but they, too, are few, and are generally followed
by a satisfactory reason. The Transactions of the
Grand Lodge, more especially those of the last few
years, show conclusively that seven-eighths of them,
if not more, have performed their whole duties in the
most able and conscientious manner. It was the
boast of Past G. Master Holmes, during, the two
years thst he held office, that he had not made a mis
take in the appointment of any one of these officials,
although the number amounted to twenty-five, and, as
an evidence of his correctness, referred to their re
ports and to tho enormous amount of labor that they
had performed; by which it appeared that it the
Grand Master and his Deputy had been without
these aids, the whole time of both would have been
absorbed, to tho exclusion of private and personal
duties and business, and even then, from stern ne
cessity, much of importance would have been left
undone to the great injury of the craft generally and
to the prejudice of the rights and standing of indi
vidual Masons.
Aside from lessening the duties of the Grand Mas
ter and his Deputy, there is a feature connected with
these officials which, although seldom alluded to,
cannot be treated with'reticence, and it is this.
Those who assume to exercise the functions of the
office of D. D. G. Masters must, from the pressure of
necessity be experts in matters of Masonic law, cus
tom and usage; for in their visitations of lodges they
cannot anticipate the questions, touching those
various matters, that may be propounded to them,
and which they must have the ability to decide on
the instant or after only very slight consideration. If
this cannot be done a feeling of embarrassment will
follow and a lack of confidence on the part of those
whom the official has assumed to instruct, lead and
enlighten be the result. Therefore, the office is a
school for the education and perfecting of Masonic
Jurists, and the most indolent incumbent is forced to
either use exertion and bring himself up to the stern
requisitions of his official position or to lose his
power for good and fall under the censorious criti
cism of those to whom he should be an exemplar and
a guide. Let D. D. Grand Masters take these things
into careful consideration, to the end that their
record will be as bright in the future as it has been
in the past.
The Ballet Once More.—M. W.
Bro. Simons has republished in the National Freema
son our first article on the subject of the ballot, in
which we contended that the assumption made, usu
ally, in this State, that the secrecy of the ballot meant
that no brother should be permitted to disclose the
faot that ho cast a black ball, give his reasons there
for, and take the consequences of the act, was errone
ous and productive of great harm. We contended
that the right to disclose these things would'be of in
calculable benefit to the craft and prevent divisions,
estrangements, heart-burnings, and numerous trou
bles in our lodges. We wrote from an active experi
ence and observation extending over the space of
fifteen years, during six of which we held high offi
cial positions in this State, and during nine of which
we were Master of a subordinate lodge. In our article
we distinctly desired those who held an opinion that
was adverse to ours, to state what harm, direct, contin
gent, or otherwise, could follow the disclosure of the
fact that a brother had cast an adverse ballot. While
we conceded the correctness of the position that no
means, direct of otherwise, could be used to detect
the manner in which a brother had voted, we still
held that no landmark would be invaded by the per
mission to exercise, and the exercising of, the right
to which we have referred. The following is Bro.
Simons’ commentary on our article:
The foregoing article emanates from the pen of M.
W. Bobt. D. Holmes, and we give it the benefit of our
circulation that the chance of calling out reply may
be the greater.
Our own opinion of the matter, which has been fre
quently avowed, is that, while a brother cannot be
lawfully questioned as to the manner of his ballot,
neither can he be allowed to voluntarily expose it, be
cause, in either case, the strict and inviolable secrecy
of the ballot is invaded.
We are aware that many cases can be supposed
within the actual limits of possibility which would
justify, if anything could, tho voluntary exposure of
a ballot; but such exposure must primarily be in the
interest of a profane, who, at the worst, would only
have to wait six months, and who would have no
right to complain if it were six years.
We do not propose, however, to argue the case at
present, preferring to wait the ventilation that may
ensue from a general discussion with So able a broth
er m our P. G. M. on one side and the fraternity in
general on the other; but we suggest that, taking
Bro. Holmes’supposition, “That the brother who
feels impelled, from a sense of duty, to cast a black
ball should be permitted to rise in open lodge and
state the fact that he had done so, and be permitted
to give his reasons for doing it,” it would be better
for the brother intending, as a matter of conscience
and duty, to cast a black ball, to rise in his place be-
One of two consequences might follow:
First, he might convince the friends of the candi
date that he (the candidate) was not a proper pei son
to be received into the lodge; and, secondly, if acting
under a misapprehension, his error might be correct
ed, and the candidate thus escape the humiliation of
a contrary ballot.
We trust to hear from some of the experts on this
It is very pleasant to receive a compliment in which
one is declared to be ** an able brother,” and we
fully appreciate it; but what we desire is that some
able brother—or more—such as M.flW. Bro. Simons
is, if he, or they, be of an opinion different from
ours on this important subject, should demonstrate
by arguments and citations in what respect he or they
are right and we are wrong. We have closely exam
ined the law on the subject, and have endeavored to
find some sound reasons for its existence as admin
istered in this jurisdiction, but without success.
Those with whom we have conversed have generally
replied to us that the rule should stand as the Com
mittee on Appeals in 1855 defined it,'and when we
asked for a moral or Masonic reason for their belief,
they answered : “ Because 1” The force of this rea
son is only equaled by its brevity; but it is not as
fully convincing as we could wish it to be, in view of
the vital interests that are bound up in a proper and
just solution of the subject. Let us have some good
reason why we are wrong other than “ Because;”
which is very well in its way, but hardly penetrates
deeply enough into the subject.
The Jones’ Wood Festival.—We
clip the following from the Cincinnati Weekly Ma
sonic Review to the end| that we may correct some er
rors into which that able sheet has fallen, no doubt,
“ At the late pic-nic of the Craft in New York, M. W.
Robert D. Holmes, was the recipient of a gift worthy
the man and the occasion—the three Great Lights.
It was a testimonial for his zeal and untiring labors
in the cause of charity, especially in his efforts in be
half of the Orphan Asylum. The Mayor of New
York made the presentation, and the proceed
ings are detailed in brief by the Dispatch as fol
Here is inserted the report furnished to the Dis
patch. That report appeared in the ” Spirit of the
Fair,” with the Editorial charge of which we had
nothing to do. The error of our cotemporary lies in
assuming that we were personally the recipient of the
three greatlights. While wo thank the Review for its
very flattering and perhaps undeserved notice of us,
vtQ are compelled to state that the present was made
on behalf of a number of estimable ladies to Mystic
Tie Lodge, No. 272, of which we were, during eleven
years, the Master. Those ladies offered a prize to
the lodge which should dispose of the largest num
ber of tickets for the fair in aid of the Masonic Hall
and Asylum this State held in this city in
December and January last. That prize consisting
of the Bible, Square and Compass, was won by Mys
tio Tie Lodge, and received by us in its behalf. The
lights are now proudly displayed upon its altar. The
ladies referred to were either the wives, daughters or
sisters of members of Eastern Star Lodge, No. 227, of
this city. The tokens are, like the ladies who pre
sented them, very beautiful indeed.
Troubles in the District of Colum
bia —Letter of Hon. B. B. French.—The following
letter, addressed by M. E. Comp. B. B. French, late
Grand Secretary of the G. G. Chapter of the United
States, to John L. Lewis, of New York, Grand High
Priest, in reference to his so-called edict, will be read
with great interest by all B. A. Masons; and its pub
lication will, at the same time, clearly define the po
sition of the writer and leave no doubt as tb his sen
timents on the important subject to which it relates.
We take pleasure in being able to lay before our Ma
sonic readers the views of so distinguished a member
of the Order:
“ Washington, July 19, '67.
“ Hon. John L. Lewis, Jr., M. E. G. G. H. P. of the
G. G. Chapter of the United States.
“ Most Excellent and Dear Companion: I have
a printed paper with your name attached as
G. G. High Priest, under the seal of Potomac Chap
ter, of Georgetown, D. C., and attested by the Secre
tary of that Chapter. Accompanying it is a printed
letter, with the printed name of E. B. Barrett, H; P.,
attached, which purports to have been addressed to
you on the 10th of July instant, and your printed an
swer thereto, dated July 13. Although I have always
heretofore supposed that the only certifying officer of
the G. G. High Priest was the G. G. Secretary, and
the only official seal was that of the G. G. Chapiter,
and that without these no edict or order of the G. G.
High Priest was official, or of any weight, or to be in
any manner regarded, it seems I am mistaken, and
that the certificate of any Secretary of any subordinate
Chapter, to a printed edict of the G. G. H. P., is suffi
cient to overthrow a Grand Chapter legally formed un
der the authority of that very G. G. H. P., and to make
clandestine Royal Arch Masons who have for a long
series of years served the craft faithfully, and in the
most exalted capacities, for no reason, that I can see,
but that they have endeavored to conform in every
way possible, even at the surrender of their own pre
conceived ideas, to the decisions of the G. G. High
“ If this edict that you have seen fit to promulgate,
ordaining, declaring and proclaiming the Grand Chap
ter of the District of Columbia to have no valid, legal
existence, although formed under your own approba
tion, and by your own order, and ostracising me, as a
B. A. Mason, because I happen to be so unfortunate
as to boa member of Columbia Chapter, under the
jurisdiction of that Grand Chapter; if, I repeat, this
edict is of any binding force, and to be sustained by
the Grand Royal Arch Chapters of the Uifited States,
then farewell to Royal Arch Masonry in the District
of Columbia. You may as well follow it with a
tombstone inscribed ‘ Hicjacet,* &c.; for the Royal
Arch Masonry of this district will bo dead and buried.
Taking it for granted that you really have issued this
edict, and expect it to be obeyed, and that a copy has
been sent to me, with all the official sanction that you
have seen fit to order, notifying me that unless I re
pent in thirty days of the sin of belonging to the
Chapter in which I was made a Royal Arch Mason,
and join a subordinate Chapter of the Grand Chapter
of Maryland, with a view of making me a clandestine
Royal Arch Mason at the end of that time, I take the
liberty, most respectfully, and with all appreciation
of the lofty position which you hold in the Order, to
enter my solemn protest against your action in this
matter, for these reasons:
“ Ist. The Grand Chapter of the District of Colum
bia was legally and properly formed, under the high
sanction of your own authority, which is now on its
files and records; and, being thus formed, is a legal
and regular Grand Chapter.
“ 2d. The constitution of the G. G. Chapter of the
United States, which is the only authority under
which you can legally act, expressly declares that * it
(the G. G. Chapter) shall have no power of discipline,
admonition, censure, or instruction over the Grand
Chapters, nor any legislative powers whatever, not
hereby specially granted, nor any authority to sus
pend the proceedings of any State Grand Chapters,
nor shall entertain any complaint against a Grand
Chapter, preferred by any subordinate Chapter, or
individual Mason in that jurisdiction, or elsewhere.
“ 3d. You recognize Potomac R. A. Chapter as the
only legal Boyal Arch body in the District of Colum
bia, when it is well known to you that said body
holds its charter from a Grand Chapter without this
jurisdiction, and can no more exercise the powers
and duties of a Chapter than could your own B. A.
Chapter at Penn Yan, holding a charter from the
Grand Chapter of the District of Columbia.
“ For these reasons and I could add many more, I
hold your so-called edict to be unconstitutional, il
legal, and of no effect, and respectfully notify you
that I shall continue to hold my affiliation with
Columbia Chapter, and continue to exercise all the
rights and privileges, and perform all the duties of a
Boyal Arch Mason, until some power more potent
than any that has yet spoken shall deprive me of
those rights and privileges.
“ With high respect,
“ Yours, fraternally,
“ B. B. French.
“ Past Grand High Priest.”
—From the Baltim ore Masonic Review and Keystone.
Adoption of a Mason’s Son .—ln the
French Bite, the son of a Mason is called a “Lowton,”
as among the English he is called a “ Lewis,” and is
entitled to the privilege of being initiated three years
before his majority.
In many of the lodges of France there is an inter
esting custom, called the “ adoption of a Lowton,”
that is strongly characteristic of the brotherly love
which is one of the distinguishing features of the
Masonic Order. The proceedings on such an occa
sion are thus described by Clavel, in his “ Historie
Pittoresque de la Franc-maconnerie.”
In these lodges, when the wife of a Mason is on the
point of her acoouchment, the hospitaler, if he is a
physician, and if not, a brother of that profession is
sent to her dwelling, to inquire after her health, in
the name of the lodge, and to offer his professional
services, and even pecuniary aid, if it is supposed to
be needed. Nine days after her delivery, the Wor
shipful Master and Wardens pay her a visit of con
If the infant is a boy, the lodge is specially con
vened for the purpose of proceeding to the ceremony
of adoption. The room is decorated with leaves and
flowers, and pots of incense are deposited in different
parte. The child and his nurse are brought to the
hall, before the opening of the lodge, and placed in on
ante-room. The lodge is then opened, and the War
dens, who are appointed as god-fathers to the child,
repair to the ante-room, accompanied by a deputation
of five brethren.
I'he chief of the deputation, in an address which he
makes to the nurse, recommends to her, not only
carefully to watch over the health of her charge, but to
cultivate his young intelligence, and to make truth
and good sense the subjects of her future conversa
tions with him. The child is then taken from the
nurse by its father or some other relative, and is in
troduced by tho deputation into the lodge, and con
ducted to the pedestal of the Master, where the pro
cession halts, and the following conversation takes
“ What bring you here, brethren ?” asks the Wor
shipful Master.
“ The son of a brother,” replies the Senior Warden,
“whom the lodge is desirous of adopting.”
“ What are his names, and what Masonic name do
you propose to give him ?”
The sponsor replies. He adds to the family and
baptismal names of the child another characteristic
one, such as Truth, Devotion, or Benevolence, or some
other of a similar kind, which is called the Masonic
The Master then descends from the East, and ap
proaching the infant, and extending his hands over
its head, implores Heaven to make it one day worthy
of the love and care which the lodge is about to de
vote to it. The incense is then burned, the sponsors
rehearse after the Master the obligations of the Ap
prentice, in the name of the Lowton, and he is in
vested with a white apron, and proclaimed 1 , with due
Masonic honors, as the adopted son of the lodge.
The Master now repairs to his seat, and the War
dens, with the infant, being placed in an appropriate
position, he addresses to them a discourse on the du
ties and obligations which they have assumed, as
Masonic sponsors. To this the Wardens make a fit
ting reply, and the procession is again formed, and
the child is reconducted to the ante-room, and re
stored to its nurse.
This adoption engages the members of the lodge to
watch over the education of the child, and at the
proper time to assist in establishing it in business.
An account of the ceremonial is drawn up, signed by
all the members, and transmitted to the father, and
is used by the Lowton in after life as a diploma to
gain his early initiation into Masonry,* on which he
renews, of course, those obligations taken for him in
infancy by his sponsors.
There is something refreshing in this picture of the
Masonio baptism of the Mason's child. We look with
a holy reverence on the performance of this rite, in
irtacU » usw aad sawed Ue ia estabUhed by the tether
and mother, through their child, with the fraternity
of which the former is a member; and where, with
the most solemn ceremonies, and influenced only by
an instinctive feeling of Masonio love, the members
of the lodge become the fathers, the protectors, the
patrons of their brother's son, and promise for him
their help in the difficulties of the present time, their
aid and encouragement in the hopes of the future.
Surely there must be a blessing on the institution
which thus brings forth, in the spirit of its charity,
protectors and guardians for the child, who cannot
yet ask for protection or guardianship.— Phila. Key
* In the United States, where the York Rite is prac
ticed with a nearer approach to its primitive purity than
in any other part of the world, the privilege of early ad
mission into the order is not recognized. Here, the
“ Lewis,” like every other candidate, must have reached
the lawful age of twenty-one before he is eligible for ini
Pass Him Around.—We clip the fol
lowing from the Trowel:
G. Lodge of F. and A. M. or Wisconsin, )
G. Sec. Office, Milwaukee, August 25, 1867. )
H. G. Reynolds, R. W. G. Sec.:
Dear Sir and Bro.—There appears to boa man
traveling through tho country and imposing upon the
Fraternity by soliciting aid from the various lodges.
He represents himself to be a member of Washington
Lodge, No. 141, Erin, St. Croix county, Wis., and
sometimes Erin Lodge, and at others Liberty Lodge,
all located at Erin, St. Croix county. He calls him
self John Mitchell—John Denis—J. L. Edgerton;
he probably has a name for every place he visits.
There is no lodge of any name at Erin, St. Croix
county. There is no doubt in my mind that said
John Denis, alias, &c., is an impostor, and if you will
notice the fact in the Trowel you will confer a favor
on the Fraternity at large. Fraternally yours,
W. T. Palmer, G. Sec.
Pass Him Around Also.—Wyoming
Lodge, No. 482 — Masonic Editor New York Dispatch
—M. W. Sir and Bro.: A person calling himseif
John McGlaughlin, and hailing from St. John’s
Lodge, No. {ll, Washington, D. C., made an appli
cation for relief to this lodge stating he was in
great distress. Having passed a strict examination,
the sum of $5 was donated him. On communicating
with Lodge No. 11, they inform us they have no
knowledge of any such person. As the man has re
ceived relief from other ledges in this vicinity, and
from individual brethren, we wish the facts to be
come known, so as to prevent the further attempt at
imposition. Fraternally,
T. F. Barnecott, Sec,
Brooklyn fW. D.J Board of Relief.
—We learn from Bro. Luther J. Rice, of Altar Lodge,
No. 601, President of the Masonic Relief Association
of the Western District of Brooklyn, that at its last
meeting (Sept. 21st) they received from Central Lodge
a donation of $369, which, wo understand, was con
tributed by the members of the lodge, and not taken
from the treasury.
Zeredatha Lodge, although not a member of the
Association, generously donated SSO.
By these contributions, together with the regular
dues from the different lodges composing the Board,
they are enabled to send sunlight and gifts of love to
many households where poverty grimly stands senti
nel at the door. The Association is much in want of
funds, and we hope the aboto noble examples may
influence other lodges in the District to do likewise,
thereby enabling the Association to meet the many
claims made by worthy distressed Masons, their
widows and orphans.
The Oldest Lightning Conductor.—
Arago, the celebrated French astronomer, wrote
the following :—“ The temple of the Jews at Jerusa
lem existed for a period of nearly one thousand years;
for the temple of Solomon existed nearly four hun
dred yearja, and the second temple about six hundred
years. This temple was, by its situation, more par
ticularly exposed to the very frequent and violent
thunder-storms in Palestine. Nevertheless, neither
the Bible nor Josephus mentions that it was ever
struck by lightning. The cause of this is very sim
ple. By a fortuitous circumstance, the temple of
Jerusalem was provided with a lightning-conductor,
which came very near that discovered bv Franklin,
used by us. The roof of the temple, similar to those
found in Italy, was covered with thickly gilt wood.
Lastly, beneath the fore court of the temple, there
were cisterns into which flowed the water coming
from the roof by means of metal pipes. Here we
find such a multitude of lightning-conductors, that
Lichtenberg was right when ho maintained that the
mechanism of the like constructions in our days
is far from (presenting an apparatus so well adapted
to produce the desired effect'*— Hebrew Observer.
A Much Needed New Book.—We
have before us, fresh from tho pen of Bro. C. T. Mc-
Clenachan, “The book of the Ancient and Accepted
Scottish Rite of Freemasonry,” published by the Ma
sonic Publishing and Manufacturing Company of this
city. It is finely illustrated, and is full of instructive
matter alike adapted to the highest officials of tho
Rite, as to the wants of the neophyte. Bro. McClen
achan’s style is clear and concise, and the whole work
is arranged in the most systematic and admirable
manner. Its price, $5, brings it within the reach of
all, and all connected with this great and growing
branch of Masonry should possess it.
A question of jurisdiction has
sprung up between the English and Dutch Lodges,
at Cape Colony, in South Africa, based upon a Ma
sonic compact made in 1770, which may prove an im
portant one. There is no safe and certain rule save
that of territorial jurisdiction, as defined by existing
political divisions ; all others leading to strife and
jealousies, or to inconvenient complications- The
number of lodges warranted during the year was
fifty-four, of which six were in Indio, six in Australia,
two in Egypt, and one at Vancouver’s Island, the
registry number of lodges now reachigg to one thou
sand one hundred and forty-one.— Exchange.
Obituary.—We regret to record the
decease of M. W. George C. Whiting, Grand Master of
the District of Columbia, who was consigned to the
grave on the sth inst. He was a clerk in a high posi
tion in the Department of the Interior, and at times
performed the responsible duties of its Secretary.
He was an able, genial, gentleman, a true Mason, and
an enlightened official in tho craft.
The secret of Freemasonry con
sists in the exercise of every social and moral virttue,
not only in the ostensible actions of our conduct, bnt
also in private life. Our latent springs are science
and truth; our Craft is reason and good sense; our
cunning is justice and humanity; our plots and con
trivances are sincerity and benevolenco; our revenge
against our enemies is, by laboring to convert them
into friends.— Ex.
Scotia □, Ho. 634.—The members of
Scotia Lodge. No. 634, will meot at Templar Lodge Rooms
cor. of 18th. st. and Bth av., on Monday (to-morrow) even
ing at 7% o’clock. Work—Third Degree. By order,
J. C. Gilmour, Sec. P. L. BUCHANAN, M.
ggF The Members of J. D. Willard □, To.
250 of F. and A. M.. are hereby notified that its regular
communication will be held in the Egyptian Room, O.
F. Hall, on Tuesday evening, Oct. Ist, at 7% o’clock.
Punctual attendance is requested. By order,
JOHN M. Moi’FIT, 11.
Thomas J. Drew, Sec.
Amity □, To. 323, F. and A. 81.,
meets first and third Saturday evenings, at Kane Lodge
rooms, No. 946 Broadway, ccrner of Twenty-second st.
John J. Tindale, Sec.
Amity Chapter, To. 160, R. A. M.—
The regular meetings of this chapter will be held at Ma
sonic Hall, Nos. 114 and 116 East Thirteenth street, be
tween Third and Fourth avenues, on the second and
fourth Tuesdays of each month.
H. F. Bauer, Seo. D. B. NORTHRLTP, H. P.
A®- For Excursions, the large side-wheel
Steamer, GEORGE WASHINGTON, Barges Walter
Sands, Wm. Myers, Wm. Jay Haskett, and Wm. H.
Morton. Also, Dudley’s Grove. Alderney Park, and.
Myers’ Grove. Apply to W. and E. MYERS & Co., on
board barges, foot of Morton street.
D. A. IP Ancona,
Gents’ Furnishing Goods, Canes and Umbrellas.
Masonic Carpets
No. 99 Bowery. N. Y.
g£F Samuel R. Kirkham,
No. 194% BOWERY,
Three doors above Spring st., New York,
Keeps constantly on hand a large assortment of
ger 1 lithography in all its branches, Show
Publishers of M. M. Diplomas, size 19x24, for framing.
Price, $1 00.
R. A. Chapter Diplomas, size 19x24, for framing (col
ored). Price, $1 50.
Ancient Chart, size 24x30, for framing (colored). Price,
$1 50.
Washington as a Mason. Price, $1 50.
A liberal discount made to Secretaries and Tilers.
Copies by mail will be sent free of postage. All orders
must be addressed to H. C. ENO, Publisher, No. 150 Wil
liam street, near Fulton, New York.
giF American Masonic Agency.
ALt kinds of
on hand and manufactured to order, for
New York.
£*F Harrison, Pridbam & Co.,
Masonic Jewels, Solid Silver and Silver-plated; High
Degree, Past Masters and High Priest Jewels; Masonic
Pins of every description; I. O. of O. F. Jewels and
Pins; Sons of Temperance Jewels, Pins and Badges
of every description made and on hand.
Second Floor , Front Room.
Still & Van Andale,
No. 308% BROADWAY,
Cor. Duane street,
O- All kinds of Chewing and Smoking Tobacco-*
Meerschaum and Brier Wood Pipes, Ac.
i J.
Lodge Room To Let, Friday and
SATURDAY evenings, at Eastern Star Hall, cov.fof Bev—
enth street and Third avenue. Inquire at No. 85 Merced
street. HORACE V. SIGLER, Sec.
JOHNSON.—Friday, Sept. 27th, William Johnson, aged.
38 years.
Relatives and friends of the family, together with thff
members of Globe Lodge, No. 588, F. and A. M., ana
respectfully invited to attend the funeral from his latv
residence, Read street, near Fulton avenue, Brooklyn>
on Monday, Sept. 30th, at 1 o’clock, P. M.
The members of Globe Lodge, No. 588, F. and A.
are hereby summoned to meet at the lodge room, No. 8
Union square, on Monday, Sept. 80th, at 10 o’clock, A.
M., for the purpose of paying the last tribute of respeqfi
to our late worthy brother, William Johnson.
Members of Bister lodges are respectfully invited to
By order of
WT Globe Lodge, Ko, 588, F. and
A. M.— The members of Globe Lodge, No. 588 F. and
A. M., are hereby summoned to meet at the Lodge!
Room No. 8, Union Square, on MONDAY, Septembel
30th, at 19 o'clock, A. M.. for the purpose of attending
the funeral of our late worthy Brother, Wm. Johnson*
of Brooklyn. By order of
Worshipful GEO. R. NICHOLL, Master
Samuel Patterson, Sec.
£manml and iaT.
Saturday, Sept 28. .
That “ fools rush in where angels fear to tread” hag
never been more apparent than it is in the endless dis*
cussions touching paper money, the National Bank ays*
tern, and the oonduot of the public finances, which arg
indulged in at such length by sensation newspapers hav
ing no character to lose, and politicians not sufficiently
“ read up” to talk on matters of public policy where
facts, rather than theory, are involved. The present
high prices for the commodities of life, as compared with
those of five or six years ago, are supposed to furnish s
“ knock-down” argument to the opponents of the Treaa
ury policy—who forget, by the way, the odor of copper*
headism which the public may yet perceive in tnenf
garments—and they are as fast to point out alleged de-<
fects now as they were to predict repudiation hereto
fore. We regret, however, see those who should and
who do know better, lend their countenance, in a mess-'
ure, to the circulation of erroneous ideas or visionary
schemes concerning a subject so vitally connected with!
the public welfare. But it is eminently characteristic of
Wall street, that each one is expected to look out fois
himself, and if it suits the purpose of a speculator for the
time being to approve the management of the Treasury *
it is done as a matter of business—if otherwise—if the
money market is “light,” or the price of gold falls, oe
Government stocks go up, contrary to expectation
censuring is severe enough and no charges are too grave-
This would not be of so much account in itself if it were
not for the handle made of statements to lower the pub
lic credit, and the effect which such reckless partizan*
ship or unprincipled speculation may have is greatly ag-*
gravated in times oi political disturbance. There are
always some people who can find objections to any poli
cy, and tnere are those in New York who*
would have some credit for acquaintance with the!
subject, yet who systematically endeavor to run down tha
public credit, no matter whether gold is sold or bought
whether short date obligations are indeed by a disburse
ment of greenbacks or long bonds sold to contract th®
greenback circulation. Thus far, however, the
ment of Secretary McCulloch has been consistent andl
his policy uniform, and while we have every reason to ex-<
pect a moderate and steady contraction of the currency,
as the government obligations are funded into long-data
bonds, attended by a consequent steady reduction ol
prices, it is useless to expect the old low rates until war
can be relieved from some of our heavy taxes by the pay«*
ment of a portion of the principal of our debt. Them
prices are higher all over the world than they were a*,
the commencement of our war, and the principal causa
of the movement in England and on the continent of
Europe for advanced wages is to be found in the lowec
purchasing power of gold. The accumulations of golm
m the Bank of England and the Bank of France, aro
beyond all precedent, and in the present uncertain stataf
of Europe the only outlet for all this idle capital is to b«
found in this country. Money is a drug in England an«f
Fiance at 1% per cent, interest; here, even hundreds of
millions more might find profitable investment at 6 and V
per cent., and the money benefit derived to the
from such an investment of foreigt capital would b®
sufficient alone to pay the interest gs debt. It ie
only because of groundless fsars from politick s<iiator«
that we have not already had a much greater influt g£
foreign capital. •
The gold premium for the week has been steady atf
142^—the lowest price—to 143%@144—the highest—witlw 1
moderate transactions to-day at 143%@143%. For Sep-*
tember last year the rate was 143)^@147%; Septembers
1865, 142%@145; September, 1864, 185@255;
1863,127@143%; September, 1862, 116%®124. The sales of
Sold by the Treasury are now about equal to the daily
emand for customs, and, with money at 7 per cent., th®
speculators will find it difficult to run up the price agains#
this influence. Silver is 5@6 per cent, below the price ofl
In railway securities speculation has been active an<S
exciting for the week, the “bears” having rather the ad
vantage, and prices on the whole are lower. The Van
derbilt combination to extend a through line from this
city over the Hudson River and Harlem and New York
Central to Chicago attracts the most attention, and will
doubtless be completed with great profit to the stock
holders, who will find the returns from “watered” stocM
which they have failed to make from dividends of earn
ings. The advantage to the public is not so evident.
The Erie road, which is looked upon as most able ta
form a competing line with the Vanderbilt combination,
is under a cloud of financial difficulty, ilrhich will not ba
cleared up until after the October election, and it is in
tended to complicate matters by contesting this election,
and jnake a litigation in the courts to help the opposing
parties. At present quotations are comparatively steady,
at 62%@62% for Erie, 127% for Hudson River, 107%@107X
for N. Y. Central, 78@80 for Cleveland and Pittsburgh.
102%@103 for Fort Wayne, and 138%@139 for Pacific Mail.
In the Express stocks the Merchants’ Union is at pres
ent at an advantage over the older companies, and it»
stockholders are generally satisfied to keep along with
out making anything in dividends, if they can maintain
the present low rates of freight, which are from 25. to 75
per cent, below those ruling before the starting of the
new company, which has greatly contributed to aid th®
comparatively slow development of business this season.
The dry goods men are doing tolerably well at present,
and prices are firmly maintained. Cotton goods are mors
acti vo since the returns of the cott on crop make it cer
tain that there will be no increase over last year’s stock,
of t his staple, and but a nominal decrease. The specula
tion in Western grain is retarding supplies from coming
forward, and prices are temporarily advanced, so that
our exports amount to nothing.
JDafe. Time. Signal. Location.
Sept. 21, 4:28 P.M. 31 False alarm.
“ 21, 5:10 “ still 135 East Broadway*
“ 21, 9:15 “ “ 385 Seventh ave.
” 22, 9:59 A.M. 242 262 Fourth, ave.
“ 22, 10:45 “ still 594 Fifth ave.
” 22, 2:25 P.M. “ 232 Mott st.
“ 23. 8:15 A.M. ” 11 Leonard st.
“ 23, 9:40 “ “ 19 Walker st.
“ 23, 7:40 P.M. “ 214 Second st.
“ 24, 3:40 “ 153 1,2, 3 and 5 Tompkins Sk
” 24, 4:10 ** 153 and 6.00 to 618 Grand st.
“ 24, 6:30 ** still 19 D asbrosses st.
“ 24, 6:30 ” 6dist. 7th ave. near 120th st.
“ 24, 12:30 “ still 15 Bayard st.
“ 25, 12:11 “ 275 Bet. 37 &38 st. 10 All av.
“ 26, 2:50 A.M. 271 Rear 423 and 425 W. 28 st.
“ 27, 3:44 “ 62 417% Grand st.
“ 28, 10:13 ” 273 Rear 412 W. 25th st.
have had no meeting for the transaction of the regu*
lar routine business for the past two weeks, in conse
quence of the absence from the city of two of tho
members of the Board.
before the committee on appointments which tool!
place on the 18th instant, resulted as follows:
Patrick McCaffery, Engine Company No. 17, charged
with being absent without leave, was found guilty,
and ordered to be dismissed from the service of tha
Thos. Finnegan, an assistant foreman of Engine
Company No. 27, was charged with absence without
leave, and conduct unbecoming an officer and a gen
tleman. He was convicted, and sentenced to be re
duced to the ranks.
James O’Neill, member of Engine Co. No. 29, ab
sent without leave, convicted, and ordered to be dis
missed the service of the department.
Peter Steffen, of Hook and Ladder Co. No. 9, charged
with sleeping while on duty and conduct prejudicial
to good order, was convicted on both charges, and
ordered to be dismissed the service of the depart
It may be noticed as somewhat incongruous, even
if not as unjust, that at these trials men convicted on
the same general charge, as for instance, being absent
without leave, are punished therefor sometimes with,
a fine of a few days’ pay, and at others with dismissal
from the service. To understand this, it must be
remembered that circumstances alter cases, and that
the circumstances govern the Commissioners in
making their decision, and according the penalty of
The trial of a machine for putting out fires took
place last Thursday on the Battery, where a small
building was erected for the operation. The struc
ture was filled with inflammable material and set on
fire in the presence of a large concourse of people,,
in whose minds great expectations had been made.
The {operators stood by ready to subdue the devour
ing element as soou as it had got a fair start. But
the element aforesaid would not be subdued until
there was nothing left for it to feed upon, and the
great extinguisher that was to supercede all other
known means of fighting fire turned out to be a fail
ure, if not a fraud.
An affray took place a few days age
at one of the Washington hotels between Sena
tor Patterson, the festive son-in-law of out
bibulous President, and Gen. Kyle. Pattarson
slapped Kyle’s face, and Kyle, not liking eueb
treatment, struck out with his left “manley,* l
“ planting a stinger ” under the Senator’s righi
“blinker,’’ and knocking him off his “pins.*
Patterson drew a pistol, when friends inter,
fered, fearful that he would be more likely to
shoot one of themselves than his opponent, A
reconciliation then took place, the belligerents
shook hands, and on the invitation of Patter,
eon, all concerned adjourned to “ see a man.
Tira following is taken from the
writings of one of the medieval philosophers,
and was believed by many to be a eure cure foe
the gout: Ist. The person must pick a hand,
kerchief from the pocket of a maid of fiftj
years, who has never had a wish to change bee
condition; 2d. He .must dry it on a parson’s
hedge that was never oovetous; Sd. He mus#
send it to a doctor’s shop who never killed
patient; 4th. He must mark it with a lawyer’s
ink who never cheated a client; Sth. Apply it
to the part affected, and a cure will speedily
The grain trade of Chicago on thfl
18th inst. was in excess of Milwaukee, Cincin*
nati, Detroit, Toledo and Cleveland, put
gether, by 124,129 bushels. The total
on that date were 446,061 bushels. The Tribune.
thinks Chicago can afford to'blow—and «h|
does. i
“ Nobby ” French and English
young gentlemen sometimes use pincers to
take off their clothing, which is so tight Atting
that it cannot be otherwise removed when wettf
Duke Gitin wants the California
senatorship. So do several hundred olbers,
who wva’t K»t

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