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The Magnus Gross Association.
A Rapid Rise to Political Im
The Joseph Koch Association.
In one thing the Republicans of this city are lack
ing—a proper system of social-political organization
that shall have the effect of keeping alive during the
Remainder of the year the interest that is felt while a
political campaign is in progress. In other words,
|he Democracy recognize these
the places where converts are made. Young men
who join these gatherings meet there the old Ward
Readers of the Democracy, are welcomed by them,
are assigned work, mayhap, in the campaign to be
fought, and all their associations being Democratic,
they naturally become Democrats, unless of a pecu
liarly independent turn of mind. The Republican
yarty possesses Ward and Assembly District clubs,
but these do not answer the purpose. They are not
Bufficiently entertaining.
but, the canvass ended, they are for the time satis
fied, and wish to hear no more wordy harangues until
the next session of politics comes roand again. So
cial intercourse, however, is always acceptable, and
in season. At the club room, the young man meets
companions of his own age, and while he is, to a cer
tain extent, unrestrained in his action, it is certain
that he will never be called on to witness coarse
scenes of debauchery and excess, such as he would
meet with in a saloon. It is
®n the ground that they foster a spirit of intemper.
ante and excess, and ruin many young men who
would otherwise become excellent members of so
ciety. A sufficient answer to this is the condition
and character of the Germans, either here or in the
Did country.
The Germans are emphatically a’nation of clubs*
*The formation of that great German Bund, or nation
of States, with Prussia at the head, whose combined
efforts have been found sufficent to humble a great
military nation in such a mafaner as no nation of the
same pretentions and resources was ever before
tumbled, is in good part due to this spirit of asso
ciation and combination. And no intelligent person
can accuse the Germans of being an intemperate
people. Straight-laced Puritans may sneer at them
Granted—they do drink beer. But the Germans
have less intemperance among them, in proportion to
their numbers, than any other nationality of all
those that go to make up our people. We shall be a
better, because a steadier, surer-going race of people
when more of the German characteristics are en
grafted on our common stock.
Which brings us naturally to speak of a social-po
litical organization that is being organized in the
Seventeenth Ward, although it has delegates from
every Ward in the city. It is known as the
is named after a gentleman who was for a long time
cne of the editors of the Staats Zeitung, and is now
®ne of the Commissioners of Public Schools and of
Abe Board of Health, who is looked upon in every
•way as a representative German-American citizen.
Its ostensible object is to promote a kindly feeling
between the German and English-speaking inhabit
ants of the Seventeenth Ward, that small area,
within whose confines nearly one hundred thousand
persons claim a home. The officers are as follows:
President, Coroner Gerson N. Herrmann; Treasurer,
Otto W. Coop; Secretaries, Dr. John T. Nagle, of the
Board of Health, and Charles W. Kruger. There
are also the following Vice-Presidepts, representing
every Ward in the city: First Ward, Nicholas Mul
ler; Second Ward, Herrman Stimmermann; Third
"Ward, Charles Bender; Fourth Ward, Christopher
Schmidt; Fifth Ward, George Rauch; Sixth Ward,
Jacob Koehler; Seventh Ward, Charles F. Fischer;
Eighth Ward, Major Henry Wisser; Ninth Ward,
Herman Schroeder; Tenth Ward, Capt. H. Gerdes;
Eleventh Ward, John Sheppard; Twelfth Ward,
Lewis C. Brosi; Thirteenth Ward, Frederick Zim
mer; Fourteenth Ward, J. E. Deecken; Fifteenth
Ward, Henry Schiel; Sixteenth Ward, J. J. Dietz;
Seventeenth Ward, Otto Meyer; Eighteenth Ward,
John P. Schmenger; Nineteenth Ward, Lewis Saar;
Twentieth Ward, Aiderman Edward Schlichting;
Twenty-first Ward, David Koehler; Twenty-second
Ward, Michael Groh. These are among the leading
Germans in their respective Wards, and will add
strength to the organization. The
consists of the following well known gentlemen,
several of whom now hold public positions of trust:
Hpn. Gerson N. Herrmann, Hon. Wm. Schirmer,
Hon. Martin Nachtman, Hon. L. D. Kiernan,
Hon. Edward Sdhlichting, Hon. P. J. Joachimsen,
Dr. John T. Nagle, F. W. Geissenhainer,
Hon. Jacob Seebacher, Hon. Owen Murphy,
James R. Griswold, Louis Lochmann,
Aid. J. Wm. Gunizer, Nicholas Muller,
Dr. Edward Frankel, Charles Hoyer,
Wm. B. Fernhead, Dr. Simeon N. Leo, *
Fred. Zimmer, Hermann Schroetor, t
Max. Moses, Charles Kinkel,
James T. Mead, Adam Friedsam,
H. Endemann, Ph. D., George Klein,
Charles Cahn, R. Wm. Heilenmann,
Ernest C. Berckmapn, Charles Rose,
Louis P. Rollwagen, Captain Winckel,
©tto Heinzman, Henry Knubel.
There are now about seventy-five members who
have paid in the amount of their annual dues and
initiation fee, who may be considered m bona fide
members. These include the names we have given,
and a number in addition. Magnus Gross and
Oswald Ottendorfer, the later editor and part pro
prietor of the Starts Zeitung, have been elected bon-
orary members. No definite place of meeting h«s j
yet been fixed on, although several have been men- '
tioned. It will be in some central position, end in a
building where a hall, large enough to accommodate
a good sized audience, can be had. It is the inten
tion of those having the matter in charge to have
alternately on the current topics of the day, the arts
and sciences, and thus afford a means of instruction
to all who may wish to attend. The idea is an ex
cellent one, and will be the means of doing much
good in bringing together the various nationalities
in this Ward, (and elsewhere, for that matter, for any
person of good moral standing anywhere in the city
is eligible for membership), and promoting a feeling
of fellowship, while imparting knowledge of a varied
and useful kind. It receives the hearty support of
many of the best and most liberal of our German
American citizens.
One of the oldest and strongest social-political or
ganizations on the east side, is the
named after Ex-Senator Cornell. The officers of the
association are, John H. Harnett, President; Henry
Godward and Michael Hahn; Secretaries. The
association numbers about 175 members. It occu
pies a handsome, well-furnished suite of rooms at
No. 147 First avenue, corner of Ninth street. The
initiation fee is $5, and the<nnual dues, sl2. Seated
in the club-room, chatting over the affairs of the
Ward, on almost any evening, may be seen Coroner
Herrmann, Andrew J. Garvey, the millionaire
plasterer, with his SIO,OOO soltaire diamond pin; the
musical E. D. Bassford, equally well known as a
merchant, a politician, and an amateur musician,
possessed of no mean accomplishments as a vocalist,
and proud of his connection with the Americus
Club; Henry Carney, another member of the Ame
ricus Club, and a well-known politician; Ex-Super
visor Smith Ely, Jr., present Member of Congress
from that district, and who, for having fought Tam
many for so many years, has now become one of its
most ardent supporters; John W. Chanler, for several
terms Member of Congress from the district, a popu
lar man among his constituents, and who says he
feels an inestimable desire to again enter the arena
of politics, although he has a large manufactory
that one would think sufficient to occupy all his
waking hours; Ex-Member of Assembly John R.
Hennessey, Ex-Alderman John Wm. ’Guntzer, Dr.
John T. Nagle,of the Board of Heath; John W. Crump,
of Public Works, under the supervision of his o*ld
and fast friend,. Wm. M. Tweed; Deputy Sheriff
Thomas F. Daly, Max Mosep, Clerk in the Second
District Civil Court; City Marshal John Murphy;
John J. Dimond, also of the Board of Public Works,
and many others of the adherents<of Tammany
Hall, beside a number of persons who take no really
active part in politics. .There are many who believe
that the organization is losing strength, because the
leader after who it is named, is alleged to have been
displaced by a more youthful chieftain.
better officered, or in a more prosperous financial
condition than at the present time, and the friends
of the leader say that a trial of his strength will show
that he has regained whatever popular ity he may
have lost at one time. Fully the equal of its rival in
point of numbers, membership and financial stand
ing is the ■
meeting at No. 4 Eighth street. It is named after
the talented and stalwart young Senator who now
represents the district, and who has risen more rap
idly than any other politician of his age in the
State. He could have attained a leading position in
the mercantile world ha/l he chosen, one of Broad
way’s merchant princes having taken a deep in teres t
in him, and offered to advance him, but he declined
the offers of his would-be patron, and
for which he had long entertained a taste. It is sel
dom that a man scarce thirty is elected to a second
term in the State Senate, and possessed of influence
sufficient to secure a Tax Commissionership, worth
SIO,OOO a year, and various other sinecures for him
self and friends. The rooms of the association are
ample to accommo date the members, and are richly
furnished. The initiation fee is $25, and $lO annual
dues. The President of the association is Aiderman
John Reilley; James H. Bell and Patrick Daly, Sec
The prominent members of the Association are As
semblymen John Tyler Kelly and Christopher Flecke,
Deputy Sheriff Bernard Beilley and Patrick Hanbary,
the Acting Justice Anthony Hartmann, the cham
pion clam eater Deputy Tax Commissioner Peter
Gillespie, Peter Eagan, also of .the Tax Commision
ers’s Office ; Peter O’Keefe, of the Department of
Public Works; Patrick H. Ryan, of the Controller’s
Office; James H. Bell, the well known Fourth avenue
Clothier; Michael Cuddy, an equally well known
liquor dealer; Wm. Heffernan, an attache* of the
Sheriff’s Office; Nicholas Seger, Aiderman ; Capt
Joseph Koelble, of Castle Garden; The Association
give a ball on Easter Monday, at the Academy o f
Music, on which occasion the Reception Committee
will be headed by Charles E. Loew, County Clerk.
The remaining members of the Committee include
the more prominent politicians of the east side. On
this occasion the Tammany Association and the N.
O. Y. B. (None of your Business) Association, jovial
Tony Hartman, President, will unite their forces
with the Creamer Association and endeavor to as
tonish the receiving Clubs and Associations on the
east side by the brilliancy of the affair.
During the campaign last fall, Matthew T. Bren
nan Associations were organized in -every Ward in
the city, for the purpose of aiding the election of the
present popular Sheriff. Most of those organiza
tions were dissolved after the election, but a few re
tained their organizations, and endeavored to make
them permanent Among this latter class was the
of the Seventeenth Ward. Its meetings are held at
No. 155 First avenue, where it has quite a cosy suite
of apartments. The officers of the association are as
follows : Dr. John T. Nagle, President; Gerson N,
Herrmann, Owen Murphy, Thomas Bolger, Vice-
Presidents ; Charles Cahn, James A.. Bracken, J.
Wm. Guntzer, Secretaries; Louis P. Rollwagen, Mi
chael J. McCabe, Treasurers; Laurence Murtha,
Emil Lippmann, Sergeants-at-Arms.
Although not making so much pretension as far as
style and show are concerned as some of their older
rivals, the Brennan -Association believes that it has
the requisites for an evening’s quiet enjoyment for
whoever chooses to join. Its initiation fee is $lO,
and annual dues sl2.
Among the many associations or organizations,
social or political, on the east side, there are none
composed of better political workers or pleasure
seekers than the majority of those composing the
It is named after the pleasant-faced magistrate
who sits in judgment on those minor oases, that
sometimes try the temper of the most patient, by
their interminable length, compared with the worth
lessness of ibe amount involved. The Supreme
Court Judge of the State of Vermont, who indig
nantly dismissed a case, declaring that the Supreme
Court was not in session to determine the ownership
of a turkey, would have cleared the docket of one of
our civil courts with astonishing celerity. However,
he would not have been so popular as our east side
magistrate. The association is composed of about
sixty members, nearly all young men, although
there are enough elderly ones to act as a sort of
balance wheel to the concern. The President is
Assemblyman Jacdb Seebacher; Vice-President,
David Gideon; Secretary, J. L. Michaels; Treasurer,
L. Rindskepf. The regular date of meeting is the
first Thursday in every month. The association was
only organized.in November last It holds its meet
ings at No. 99 C. The initiation fee is $22,
and the annual dues, sl2. Among the more promi
nent members are H. C. Calkins, Member of Con
gress from the district; Aiderman Thomas F. Daly,
Justice Joseph Koch, M. Goodheart, Myer Elsas, and
One of the oldest of the Eleventh Ward social
political organizations is the
named after the present County Clerk, one of the
clearest-headed of the Democratic politicians who
new hojd sway Jo IWaapy, Thrown to |h© pur-..
face during the well-contested fight between F._ I. A.
Boole and Barney Kelly, when Boole disappeared
from the fight, Loew had gathered strength sufficient
to secure the position of Aiderman, and when his
term had expired was enabled to secure the nomina
tion for County Clerk, and was elected over William
C. Conner, a very popular candidate, and who was
thought to be almost certain of election. At the
election last Fall, Mr. Loew, who had again secured
the nomination, was re-elected to the lucrative posi
tion he held, something that has not occurred for
fifteen past, although in that interval two of
the incumbents have obtained renominations. As
President of a bank, and the head of two or three
other enterprises, Mr. Loew has demonstrated his
business ability, and may be set down as a success
ful business man. The association which bears his
name meets at No. 85 Avenue C, In quiet, plainly,
but neatly furnished apartments. The initiation fee
is $25, and the annual dues sl2. The officers are
Aiderman Thomas F. Daly, President; Meyer Mey
ers, Vice-President; John H. Zimmerman, Adjutant
of the First Cavalry, Secretary; Henry Michaels,
Treasurer. The mere prominent members axe
County Clerk Loew, Aiderman Henry Woltman, H.
C. Calkins, M. C., Assemblyman Wm. W. Cook, ex-
Assemblyman Joseph A. Lyons, J. L. Michaels, Da
vid Gideon, Judge Koch, and others of note in polit
ical circles.
Last Winter, when the Young Democracy were
there were certain Wards where it seemed as though
the Old Democracy were to be rooted out and utterly
destroyed. One of these Wards was the Fifteenth.
Under the lead of Senator Michael Norton and Ai
derman John Murray, the old organizations were
run in the interest of the Young Democracy. It was
deemed advisable by the leaders of Tammany that
something should be done to counteract this oppos
ing influence; and accordingly a new association, to
be known as the
was organized in the Liberty House, at No. 40 West
Houston street, by Richard Schell, Dr. John T. Na
gle, Aiderman John Hampson, Douglas Taylor, Com
missioner of Jurors, James J. Gumbleton, Deputy
Sheriff (for whose action in this matter he was dis
missed from his position by Sheriff O’Brien), Assem
blyman John Carey, and others. Marcus Hanlon
was chosen President; M. J. McKenna and T. J.
Evans, Secretaries. Since then the association has
grown in strength and numbers. It has hired the
premises No. 4 East Ninth street, and fitted up the
second floor for its accommodation, furnishing it in
a handsome manner. The first floor is rented for
store purposes, and the upper floors to one or more
families. It is now the most prominent Democratic
organization in the Ward, and as the feuds of the
Democracy have been healed, many of those whom
it was organized to head off have become members.
In addition to those mentioned above, there are now
connected with the club Ex-Assistant Aiderman John
Murray, James Kelly, a liquor dealer, at Greene and
Thompson streets, who has long been a candidate for
Aiderman, but vainly thus far; Thomas Francis Gib
bons, real estate agent, in Bleecker street; Samuel
C. Sloan, and others. Taken altogether, few young
clubs have better prospects than this one.
We have received the following communication
from a reader of the Dispatch, and give it place with
great pleasure:
To the Editor of the N. Y. Dispatch:
Deab Sib—ln your list oi social clubs you have
forgotten to mention the Henry Smith Club, named
in honor of Police Commissioner Smith. This ciub
has only been organized since October last, and is
composed of the most influential citizens of the
First Ward, without respect to party, who honor
Mr. Smith as an old First Warder.
The rooms of the club are at No. 49 Whitehall
street, and are fittted up substantially, comfortalhy
and tastefully, but without attempt at display. The
club has sixty members in good standing. The
initiation fee is $lO, and the dues $2 a month. The
officers of the club arc: James Lee, President;
Charles A. St. John and M. J. Cullen, Secretaries;
Richard Welsh, Treasurer; and a Board of Directors.
The Henry Smith Club bids fair to be one of the
most influential clubs down town, as it is composed
of such men as James Lee, Cantain Cherry, Nicholas
Muller, John Callahan, Captain Garland, Sergeant
Richard Welsh, Michael Murphy, L. Hennessy, P.
Kerrin, Thomas Doyle and Charles A. St. John.
Very respectfully,
An Old Readeb.
the ncmis of love.
The Remarkable Convenience of
Newark’s Parks.
Bernard Cherson is a well-to-do speculator, living
in Academy street, Newark. He sometimes deals in
horses, and gives special attention to young heifers.
and Mrs. Bernard thought him, up to a certain
period of our story, the most meek and manageable
of husbands—indeed, she presumed upon it, for
several reasons. First, he gave up a charming wo
man to marry her, at her pleading that she was
young and could not bear disappointment, &c.
The first unpleasantpess that occurred between
them was on account of Bernard’s breakfast not be
ing ready in time for a train to meet some important
business engagement. This was the signal for the
lovely and amiable Mrs. Bernard to fall into violent
hysterics, and, amid tears and lamentations, declare
she was
on the face of the whole earth, which was doubtless
true. After her first paroxysm was over, she calmly
collected her “ duds,*’ packed her trunk, and threat
ened to leave for her father’s house in the next
train, and had actually tied her bonnet strings for
the-journey—a point in a lady’s toilet which is al
ways the first certain indication whether she has
made up her mind to go out or not Now, the ac
cusations of the lady convinced Bernard that he was
he was represented to be, and just as the magnificent
form ot his lovely wife was sweeping grandly through
her chamber door for. her final departure, he caught
her in his arnjs, and swore he would be the moat
humble of husbands henceforth for evermore. He
even knelt and shed tears of repentance, some of
which fell upon tne lady’s new bronze morocco bal
morals, and threatened to hasten the final catas
trophe; but the promise of a new pearl silk dress ’so
mollified the wrath of the injured fair one that she
consented to "take the monster back into her good
graces for a week, on probation. The victory was
complete, and thenceforth Mrs. Bernard’s word was
law—or at least she thought it was, which was all the
same—in the household.
Now, a ebain is a weary load to carry, and so
learned our Newark • stock-dealer; Mr, Bernard
swept round his ears once in six weeks, with more
fary than a northeast gale to a bark upon the ocean,
and, in truth, a tempest-tossed bark was he. The
chain fretted and galled him, and, to relieve the un
happy tenor of his life, his thoughts
To jump from the frying-pan into the fire is natu
ral, and so Bernard, after pondering long upon the
matter, wrote a letter. This is what he wrote:
Newark, July 1, ’7O.
Dearest Annie: If you can forgive one who has so
cruelly deserted you to marry another, rest assured
that though the woman whom people call my wife
may have my hand, she never can have my heart*,
which is all yours, and ever has been, since I first
saw you, no matter what acts my misguided judg
ment may have led me into. I am thoroughly un
happy and repentant Oh. Annie! if I could but see
you once more I May I not? I could meet you in
some place that you could name. I would travel
hundreds of miles to see you, and nobody would ever
know it. Please answer my letter, and be sure and
direct to Box No. —. If you do w not, it might be sent
to the house by the carrier, and this would cause
The post-office boxes are covered outside with
glass, so no one but the post-office clerks can see
what is inside of them, so your dear letter, if it
comes, will be safe from prying eyes, for Postmaster
Ward’s clerks are discreet. I send you a kiss, such
a one as I gave you when we sat on the little rustic
seal, and watched the stars that si.qht. You will
write, won’t you dearest, it would do me so much
good even to hear from you.
Eternally yours, B. C.
Now this was going it rather steep for a married
man, and so his “Dearest Annio’’ would have
thought if she had thought at all. But people who
are love blind do everything else first, and think
afterward, so Annie wrote:
Elmira, July 6, 1870.
My Deares B: Your letter was sent me here from
Philadelphia. I have been staying with a lady
friend at the United States Hotel, and expect to re
main several days. It was my fault that we were
not married, dearest. And bitterly have I repented.
If I had been a little more tjjistful and patient, I
might have won you away from that hateful woman.
I too have tasted
but, thank God! it is over. Driven to despair on
hearing that you were lost to me, I accepted the
hand of an old man for his money. 'He went South
last August, and died of yellow fever. Once more,
though you are not mine, I am in my heart more
than ever. Yours, Annie.
It took all of this to bring about what follows. Mrs.
Cherson had friends living in Scranton, and there
she would go to spend the sultry Summer weeks.
Her obedient husband went with her. He could slip
around and look after cattle, and come to Newark
through the week, always returning to his wife like
a good dutiful man, on Saturday night
He left Scranton on Monday morning and went to
Elmira, apparently as intent upon cattle as any jolly
drover who ever cracked a whip. At twilight’s gen
tle hour, as the inconstant moon was silvering the
earth, he strolled out among the pastures and be
held in a secluded path, not a likely young heifer,
but a woman.
he said, as he recognized the widow—and she came.
He led her to a seat near by. It is not necessary to
say whac happened. On Saturday night Bernard had
taken “Octavia’’ to Scranton. On Tuesday morning
he was on the way to Newark with “Cleopatra.” A
fair exchange was no robbery. The house on Acade
my street that had closed its doors, for the hot
weather, upon a wife, speedily opened them for a
sweetheart. The blinds were kept close. No one
ever answered the bell; people who rang, went away
saying, “Out of town.” Somebody was “out of
town,” of course, that was what was the matter. A
waiter in a Broad street saloon was bribed to bring
all the delicacies of the season to the house in the
morning before day, and in the evening after dark;
so the twain enjoyed all the good things of the
world to perfection. Bernard played his little game
well. A pass on the railroad helped him to visit
his wife every Saturday, and his punctual arri
val led her to feel secure that she had one of the
most faithful of husbands.
The summer days wore on, and autumn .came and
—and seclusion. Theirs was the high moon of
stolen Love’s most delightful day, if it be true that
stolen fruit is sweet. The time for Mrs. C.’s return
being at hand, the lady was transferred to a quiet
boarding-house on Bank street. The unsuspecting
wife, on her return, found no signs of the house hav
ing been tenanted* by any one save her husband.
The hair-pins and other et ceteras of a lady’s toilet
had been carefully picked up, and the innocent Ber
nard seemed to welcome his wife home with genuine
Now, the rear of the lots on Academy street, and
those on Bank street, join each other, and the
from the back part of Bernard’s house. The wife
might have noticed that in the fence behind some
shrubbery there was a gate, cunningly contrived to
appear like a part of the fence, but she never both
ered herself in that direction; so the false husband
daily visited, in obedience to arranged signals, the
domicile of his Dulcinea. At night, meetings of the
council, the lodge, and those other places where im
portant business engagements are the excuse for the
absence of married men from their homes in the
evening, gave the fervent lover plenty of pretexts for
going out. Numerous persons often saw
on a settee of Lincoln Park, and little suspected who
they were. Late in the evening, the shadow of the
elms on the old training ground afforded sufficient
seclusion. When the cool nights came on, the little
gate in the garden did good service again, The jolly
drover made frequent trips West, and every time he
did so there was one woman less in Newark.
But all things must have an end, and so found out
the pair of illicit lovers. Mrs. Cherson went to the
country to spend a few days. Her trustworthy hus
band remained at home. She was to come back on
Monday. She came yesterday, by the 11:30 train of
the New Jersey Railroad. A hackman took her and
her baggage to the house on Academy street. The
street door being fast, she went through the alley to
the rear of the house, and entered. In the dining
room, on the table, lay a lady’s chignon. This looked
suspicious. On the stairs was a garter, but no wel
coming arms of a husband yet visible. The house
has two stairways; as “Octa#da” hurried up one,
“ Cleopatra” ran down the other, and the enraged
wife beheld from a window
glide through the wicket and disappear. Whether
the chaste and loyal Bernard has swallowed the
chignon doth notappear. A trunk, marked “ Annie
R.,” was taken to the depot last night after dark,
and the charming widow has since been missing.
Whether another trunk will be packed, and the fur
niture of the house on Academy street taken to auc
tion at an early day, has not been decided. All de
pends upon the forgiving disposition of Mrs. Ber
nard Cliersou. The occurrences we have just related
will be a hint to wives with good-looking husbands,
not to trust a man to do his own housekeeping, for
the spirit may be willing, the flesh is weak.
A FOUBTEBN-YEAB old girl was a wit
ness, in a recent Indiana divorce suit, and a
portion of her evidence was as follows: “ Fath
er got mad because mother scorched his stock
ings. Mother picked up the stockings and hit
father on the head with them, and it sounded
as.though they were sticks of wood. Father
then stuffed a hot wheat cake <J<ftvn mother’s
throat, and then mother set the dog on father
and twisted the dog’s tail to make him bite
harder,” The judge sensibly declined to sep
arate these two. He said that ho never knew
of a case where the busband and wife were so
••fitted by nature to come together."
A young man in St. Louis went in
to a toy store, picked up a Union torpedo and
bit it, thinking if a gum-drop. He was sur
prised to see one or two of his teeth Wd % sec
tion of ob the flooi.
We have reports from all parts of the country, of
late, where women, fancying that they have been
wronged by slanderous tongues, have closed their
wagging by putting an ounce of lead Into the body
of the foolish babbler. One woman, we read of,
put two of her slanderers out of the way, and was
attempting it on a third, when she was disarmed.
Another slandered woman gave her alleged slanderer
his quietus in the same manner.
Now this is all wrong. The sudden taking off of a
slanderer does not kill the slander—it remains alive,
while the man who issued it is dead. He is left no
chance to prove, or have disproven, or retract his
unwise talk about his neighbors.
for detraction of character, has led us to look into
the law books for information-relative to actions and
redress that may be had for slander and libeL
Worcester gives a very Indefinite definition of ’
these two acts, and yet they are easily explained.
Slander is a wrong occasioned by speech; libel is
speech reduced to writing; libel is printed words or
wood-cuts; slander is, in short, tattle, taJe, or gos
sip. *
Looking at an authority in law on scandal, we find
that no action is recorded, of a woman suing for
damages for being called a jilt or anything else, pre
vious to the reign of Edward the Third. There may
have been, no doubt, mythical historical instances
recorded of women taking the law in their own
hands, when their honor had been assailed. But,
during the fifty years that Edwaxd the Third held
sway in England, there is not a case reported of a
woman taking the law in her 6wn hands on account
of being slandered; nor an action started for slan
der, except one; and. during the reign of Edward the
Fourth there were but three such actions; not one
under Henry the Seventh; and only five under the
rei&n of Henry the Eighth, at a time when virtue in
high places was below par. Were the wives and
maidens of those times better than now?
if done in a qualified way; but is that to justify the
use of the pistol or knife, if no redress can be had at
law ? For instance, Mr. Blake says to Mr. Brown:
“ I believe you stole my dog.”
“Do you mean to say that I stole your dog?” asks
Mr. Bro wn.
“Yes, I say that either you or George stole it,” re
plies Mr. Blake.
Now, what are the elementary principles of law in
this case ? If the words were slanderous, it would
only be an actional slander—a slander per se, with
the word, or who was it that stole the dog—Blake or
George ?
The principle of slander per se is the utterance of
words imputing the commission of an indictable of
fense, involving moral turpitude, though the offense
be a mere misdemeanor. There is a case to that ef
fect in Hill’s Reports. The words in the pleadings
were, “You have removed my landmarks, and
cursed is he tjiat removeth his neignbor’s land
marks.” In this manner the defendant had spoken,
either jocularly or in earnest, of his neighbor farm
er, at the tavern bar-room. The neighbor farmer
took them up in earnest, and commenced an action
for damages. The defendant did not as he might
have done; said that he only quoted Scripture, and
pointed out that statute to the learned court; but on
broad legal principles he demurred to the action,
and assigned for cause that the words were not
actionable of themselves, and that there was no alle
gation of special damages.
The demurrer was sustained. In this case Chief
Justice Bronson said that although the case was not
entirely satisfactory to him, yet he felt bound to
follow the rule l&id down by the court in a previous
decision that he quotes. In case the charges, if true,
will subject the party charged to an indictment for a
crime involving, moral turpitude, or subject him to
infamous punishment, then the words Would be
actionable of themselves. In another case Judge
Bronson speaks more plainly. He says: “Our laws
allow a man to speak the truth, although it be done
maliciously.” That remark is made in the case of
Baum vs. Clause, in Hill’s reports.
One of our legal authorities has a very ingenious
dessertation on
by saying if the party spoken of is designated as
a thing, the thing is not actionable. His words are:
“As a thing has no rights, and as no one owes any
duty to a thing, no wrong can be done to a thing,
and language wmeh merely concerns a thing cannot
be actionable. In other words, one may, in good
faith, speak or write whatever he may please con
cerning a thing, and for such speaking or writing no
action can be maintained. The thing cannot com
plain; it has no rights which, can be invaded.”
Thus, according to the most recent and reliable
authority to escape an action for libel or slander, we
have only to talk of the party as a thing to get out of
an action at law.
That relieves the slanderer from pecuniary respon
sibilities, but it does not shield him from the cow
hide or pistol of a virago. Thus a man has the right
to say, or publish all that is reasonable, and probable
cause to believe necessary to protect his person, his
property, or his reputation from loss or injury. A
man is privileged to advertise that his wife has
eloped from him, or that she has left him, and is an
improper person to trust or harbor, and the wife has
the same privilege to abuse her husband. The slan
derer has also another right at law. Every one who
believes himself to be possessed of knowledge, which,
if true, does, or may effect the interests of another,
has the right in good faith, to comihunicate his be
lief of that to the other. He may even make the
communication with, or without any previous re
quest, and whether he has, or has not personally any
interest in the subject communicated, even although
no reasonable or probable cause for the belief may
exist. This private thrust at character is a condi
tional privilege of law.
It has been a matter of astonishment that
which often do wrong to merchants by furnishing to
their subscribers erfoneous reports of the financial
condition of their customers, are not sued for slan
der. But the law under which they act is this:
When once a confidential relation is established be
tween two persons, with regard to injury of a private
nature whatever takes place between them, rela
tive to the same subject, though at a time and place
different from those at which the confidential rela
tion began, may be entitled to protection, as well as
what passed at the original interview; and it is a
question for a jury, whether any future communica
tion on the same subject, although voluntary and
casual did not take place under the influence of the
confidential relation already established between the
parties, and therefore entitled to the same protec
tion. This protection that the law gives to these
mercantile agencies, enables them to state to their
subscribers what they please of a man’s social and
financial status is in the city, town, or village, in
.which he resides.
whose practice goes no further than the District
Courts or the Marine Court. A person believing
himself slandered, commences the action known
as a summons for relief. ‘The action may be brought
in the Marine Court.if the damages claimed do not
exceed SSOO. The complainant in an action for
slander cannot issue an attachment against the
property of the defendant, but the defendant,
whether male or female, may be arrested and held
to bail at the commencement of the action, or at any
time before judgment is entered; and after the re
turn oj&a saoJiw* the prwriY
of the defendant,’an execution may issue against his
person. A married woman sued with her husband
may be held to bail. If the complainant fails in the
action a judgment against him for the costs may,
after an execution against his property has been re
turned unsatisfied, be enforced by an execution
against his person. The complainant may be re
quirtffl to give security for costs, as in other actions.
In these actions it is not nepessary to serve the sum
mons personally; it may be done by publishing it in
some obscure paper that has an almost unknown ex
It is in this way
make out a disreputable living. They get hold of
some woman at the police court that has made ap
plication for a warrant for slander, and been refused.
He picks her up as a client, and for a consideration
undertakes to enter a suit.civilly and have the villi
fier arrested. He is in with another shyster, who is
informed when the arrest will take place, and he is
“put on’* the defendant, as it is called; then, for
twenty-five or fifty dollars they procure straw bail
tor him. The twojahysters playing into each other’s
hands, frighten the defendant out of his wits, the
other counsel pooh-poohs with his client, and says
there isn’t anything in it ; it will be best to make a
settlement. After several weeks’ badgering, both
sides agree to a settlement, and if the victim comes
down $250, the injured, slandere dplaintiff generally
gets about $25. We have heard of cases where they
were glad to get $5 out of $250 that had been
squeezed out of the, victims.
With these well known facts before us, and the
abuse prevailing in suits for slander and libel, we
cannot see why the Legislature will shelve a bill
now before it which compels surety to be given by
persons commencing actions for slander.
Ho Her.
She is Afflicted with an Infec
tious Cutaneous Complaint.
It is a well-known fact that there are hundreds in
this city, among whom some have education, that are
credulous to all sorts of absurdities, and even go so
far as to suffer themselves to be deluded and imposed
upon by the deceptions of certain shameless impos
tors who wickedly pretend to be endowed with the
power of producing
The annals of our courts of justice, and a variety
of other instances which daily occur, present us with
many corroborations of this remark. In laying be
fore the public, therefore, the following curious but
true story, which has recently been related by a gen
tleman'who resides in this city, the object which we
have in view is that it might be of two-fold utility.
First, that it interesting to the right-mind
ed portion of the community who abhor the pretend
ed supernaturalist, and pity their unfortunate vic.
tims; second, in the hope that it might undeceive
such of the weak-minded dupes under whose observ
ation it might happen to fall.
It will also be found
of the extent to which those who pretend to be in
vested with superhuman power will venture to carry
their pretension, and of the facility with which they
succeed in ensnaring the credulous as victims to
their superstition.
Toward the close of the past year a colored girl,
about fifteen years old, named Margaret S ,
lived in one of the by-streets in this city. Having
returned home from church one Sunday afternoon,
she was suddenly attacked by abdominal pains, ac
companied by violent vomiting, and soon the basin
she used was filled with blood which she had ejected.
• The medicine prescribed by a doctor, who was in at
tendance was duly administered to the patient, but
far from obtaining relief, her sufferings seemed to
have augmented rather than diminished, for her
vomitings became more violent, her pains grew
more excrutiating, and the poor sufferer,
•made the house resound with the loud and piteous
groans which she was heard incessantly to utter. In
this state she continued till night came on, when,
under a different mode of treatment, she seemed to
have experienced a wonderful and favorable change
in her condition; for her vomitings ceased—her
pains were allayed, and she was heard to groan no
more. At eight o’clock she became perfectly tran
quil and slept the greater part of the night. On the
following morning when she awoke she was
from the depletions which she had undergone, but
did not feel so unwell as might naturally have been
expected. All that she suffered from was a slight
headache. She exhibited much anxiety to quit her
bed and devote herself to her usual domestic mat
ters, but was withheld by the influence of her pa
rents, who apprehended the danger of a relapse.
Calling one oi her little sisters, site ordered her to
remove the basin which, till then, was allowed to
remain by her bedside with the blood in it The little
girl, after emptying it, noticed certain curious
objects adhering to the bottom, inside, which curi
osity led her to examine. Great was her surprise
when she discovered them to be a quantity of
and diminutive fragments of earthenware. She im
mediately took the basin to her sister, who was no
less astonished at seeing the curious things in it, for
she could not recollect ever having vomited them.
The basin was now placed undar the observation of
every one in the house. Various were the theories
formed as to the cause’of the presence of the curious
objects in it, and Mrs. S , the sick girl’s mother,
at length concluded that her daughter had a great
many enemies, some of whom had
Cudjo Sam, an aged African, who occupied a room
in the house, happened to hear about the affair. He
immediately went into the patient’s room and asked
permission, to see the basin—a request which was
readily cordplied with. It may be remarked here
that Cudjo Sam was
and everybody in the neighborhood believed him to
be infallible in the production of supernatural
effects. Not unfrequently his room might be seen
crowded with visitors of both sexes, who were in the
habit of consulting him. At that time, however,
business was altother dull with him, and he thought
it a favorable opportunity to reimburse his pocket by
enforcing his imposture on the caedulity of Mrs. S.,
whose mind, he was fully aware, was indelibly
imbued with the grossest kind of superstition.
Taking the basin in his hand, and satisfying himself
with a discovery of the true nature of things in
it, he took Mrs. S. aside, and, shaking his head as if
conscious of something wrong, assured her that
some sorcerer had worked witchcraft to kill her
daughter. That the things in the basin were only a
prelude to a greater quantity of, far more dangerous
things which she would still have, from time to
time, to eject ; that if she, Mrs. b., did not engage
another sorcerer to exhalt them from her,
All this Mrs. S. believed. It was then agreed that
the aged African should receive fifty dollars to effect
a cure. Having obtained a premium, old Bam went
into his cabinet to make up his “indispensables.”
Returning shortly after, he took from his pocket a
little phial, and commenced rubbing the patient’s
face.with the blackish mixture which it contained,
and soon the obnoxious odor which it emitted per
vaded the whole room. He then ordered her clothes
to be taken off, and the poor girl, in a state of per
fect nudity, reluctantly consented to undergo a
species of brutal operations, performed by a savage
African, while her ignoranc parents stood there and
beheld it with countenances which indicated their
approbation and delight.. Two days after, the pa
tient was afflicted with
no doubt produced by the unwholesome mixture
with which the villain was daily in the habit of rub
bing over her whole body. One afternoon Mrs. 8.
had occasion to send her youngest daughter to the
kitchen to fetch a small tin vessel, containing a
quantity of needles, buttons, &c, which she
had some weeks previously put upon a shelf. The
child at once remembered having, on the night of
her sister’s sudden illness, thrown it into the basin
with blood, through a mistake. Here the mysterious
presence of the objects noticed adhering to 'the bot
tom of the utensil,was at ohce accounted for.
happening to hear that Mrs. 8. was going to have
him arrested for his imposture, escaped with im
punity, and lias not since either been seen or heard
of. The patient has since been providentially re.
IP fw»«F health and Btienoih
NO. 13
of pstorg,
08, THE
Colonel Strang delivered his salutations wit],
an air of the proufoundest respect. The lady
acknowledged them with studied politeness.
The gentleman’s reverence was low ; the lady’s
curtsey was perfect in dignity and grace.
There was a little awkwardness on both
sides ; he feeling that the reception was some
what cold in its exceeding courtesy; she nerv
ing herself to play the difficult part assigned
to her, dreading to advance too lar, or not far
enough, and trembling lest he should pene
trate the mask and discover her real senti
ments toward him.
But his vanity helped her. He recovered
self-possession instantly, and although bis de
meanor was grave, his eyes glittered with ad
miration. The pallor of her face contrasting
with the deep mourning in which she was
dressed, rendered her more beautiful than
ever, he thought. The passion which she had
inspired in his breast—a passion potent enough
to endure separation and coldness—hindered
his perception of trivial circumstances, which
on other occasions would have roused his sus
picions. The passion prompted him to mag
nify the slightest indication of favor, and his
vanity accepted the distorted view without
questioning its correctness.
“I regret, madam," he said, in his softest
accent, “ to find that time has not yet removed
the traces of your sorrow. I trust, that my
abruptmtrusiou does not distress you. I know
that my present must recall painful recollec
tions, which I would give much to enable you
to forget.”
Stilted as the address was, it was sincere
enough. She eagerly seized the suggestion ho
had made tor the explanation of her discom
posure at his apppearance. •
“ You are considerate, sir, and I thank you;
but you will excuse my agitation since you un
derstand its cause.”
“ I am chagrined to have disturbed you,
however slightly. Believe me, nothing would
have tempted me to hazard giving you pain,
but my anxiety for your safety.”
“ My safety—with what peril am I threat
ened?” (watching him narrowly.)
“ There is peril everywhere to the friends of
the rebels, and a petticoat is not privileged in
the eyes of his Grace of Cumberland. If it be
comes known that Mistress Malcolm, who has
succeeded in gaining the friendship of General
Kerr, is none other than the widow of the
traitor Oliphant and the daughter oi Strath- ’
roy, imprisonment would follow certainly—
pernaps something worse.”
He spoke with grave emphasis, and with an
evident interest in her welfare.
“ But I have perpetrated no crime—betrayed
no secret,” she exclaimed, amazed, and curious
to know what might follow this gloiAiy pre
lude. “ The law will protect me.”
“ The gibbet and the musket are the only
lawgivers of the hour, and we have no time to
regulate their measures nicely. Yeur crinfo,
madam, is your kinship with the two most no
torious of the rebels.”
That made her tremble a little, although sha
answered firmly—
“ But one of them is—dead.”
“ That is so,” he replied quietly, yet with
the tone of one who is pronouncing a conclu
sive argument. “ I know it, for I was with the
party who pursued Oliphant, and I eaw his un
happy end. But, absurd as it may seem, a
report has been received that he is still alive—
nay, more, that he is the chief agent of the in
surgents, and is at present in the camp of Gen
eral Kerr as a spy.”
Something bounded in her throat; her heart
seemed to pause for an .instant, and then it
beat wildly. But tapping the table with her
fingers, she answered, smiling feebly—
“ That is a very singular report. What will
be the consequence of it ?”
~ “ The general is s 6 far convinced that there
is some truth in this invention that ho is about
to mate a Thorough inspection of the camp.
Every man will be examined, and the first who
fails to give a satisfactory answer will bo shot
on the instant.”
She found it very hard to subdue her emo
tion—very difficult to restrain the cry of alarm
that was ringing in her brain, and to speak
with even an appearance of calmness.
He was observing her compassionately, and
yet with a lurking inquiry which the slightest
indiscretion on her part would have trans
formed into a suspicion of the truth.
“ But why tell mo of these horrors ?” sho
said with affected carelessness that was dis
played by the exertion of her utmost strength.
“I am not interested.”
He was satisfied, because he wished to be
so. 'His vanity helped her there again.
“ Pardon me, madam,” he proceeded gently..
“ I fear you are too deeply interested. The in
quiry which is now afoot may—most likely will
—lead to your identification. That is why lam
. here—to warn you.”
“ I am afraid the warning will not shield me
from danger.”
“But I have not come to warn only, bnt to
tell you that there is one near who has the
power, and who is resolved to protect you at
any hazard, if you will permit him.”
She rose slowly to her feet. The crisis which
she had anticipated had come much more
rapidly than she could have divined.
“ I ain grateful to tho friend who would help
me through this trial; but I cannot, and will
not allow any ono to be involved in my dis
“ But the friend of whom I speak would count
himself happy to die in the efforts to secure
your safety. And I shall venture all—my posi
tion, my reputation, everything for your sake.”
“ Colonel Strang,” she cried, drawing back
affrighted by the sudden impetuosity of his
manner, while she could no longer •affect to
misunderstand him.
“Forgive me, madam,” he said, penitently.
“I have, startled you. I am too blunt a soldier
to be a politic wooer. But the devotion with
which I have watched your movements, and,
unknown to you, guarded you from harm—tho
silence with which I have respected your time
of mourning, should be some proof of the sin
cerity of my passion. You cannot deny my
suit, for my protection is necessary to you and
to your sister.”
She averted her face to hide from him the
expression of repugnance and alarm which ins
proposal excited in spite of herself.
‘Again he misinterpreted the movement as
one favorable to his suit, and he advanced to
take her hand.
“I am grateful to you, sir, for your friend
ship,” she said, hastily, “ but I mtftt appeal to
your generosity, and beseech you not to repeat
this proposal.”
He regarded her searchingly, but his voice
was subdued and courteous?
“I understand—l have been too' abrupt.
Forgive m%; I will be more careful next time.
Meanwhile, give me leave to think that I have
a right to defend you.”
How she longed to say “No”—loud and de
cisive. But that would be to make him an en
emy at once; and for Malcolm’s sake she dare
not do that. She only said, huskily, while her
whole nature was stung by the humiliation of
her position:
“I cannot pretend, sir, to control vour
“Thank you; lam content even with that
slight admission,” he cried, elated. “Itis my
humor to look upon the sunny side cf 1 fe and
I am satisfied that when you have 1 ad time to*
think that I alone stand between yen an 1 your
foes, that I alone can restore you to fr edom
and to fortune, you will not hesitate to throw
aside these melancholy widow’s weeds. When
you are my wife, the services I hate rendered
to the government will recover lor you the
lands of Elvanlee.” .
That was one of her attractions in his eyes ;
and she sickened under the restraint s le was
obliged to exercise. Had it not been for the
impending inspection of which he had informed
her, she would have, risked every consequence,
and finally dismissed him.
“ You misunderstand,” she faltere’d, and he
interrupted her smiling.,
“ No, no, I understand perfectly the delicacy
of your position, and, believe mo, I respect it.
But, when next we meet, I beseech you let me
find you ia gayer attire, f® tbea I shall ask

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