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WATERTOWN, WlB. WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 1881. VARIOUS TOPICS. A new’ industry, the extensive cultivation of flowers for perfumery purposes, is about to be staned in California. In Europe it is very re munerative; a good crop of lavender will yield 81,500. The Philadelphia Times has made the dis covery that before the tun’s rays quit the American flag at the last point of the Aleu tian Isles, they strike it again at Calais in Maine. John Burroughs’ experiment in introducing English skylarks into this country is not suc cessful. He writes to Forest and Stream that two of the seven he imported died soon after arrival from the effects of lice, and that the five which he liberated have disappeared. He says he thinks that all efforts to introduce the lark will fail The birds become dispersed and lost in our vast territory. A suit of more than ordinary interest is on trial before Judge Williamson in Chicago, 825,- 000 being sought under the “ dram-shop act.” The complainant is Mrs. Lucy A. Elkins, the wife of the landscape painter, Henry A. Elkins. Since October, 1876, Mr. Elkins has been an habitual drunkard, and owing, Mrs. Elkins says, to the pernicious influence exercised over him by a liquor seller. His art yielded liim an income of 810,000 a year, all of which he squan dered. Mr. Elkins’s most celebrated picture is “ Mount Shasta.” The Austrian capital is suffering from'!he plague of birds, an unusual infliction for a large city. The invaders are sparrows, and they are so numerous and, withal, so robust and bellige rent, that such winged favorites as the thrush and nightingale have been driven from the city by them. Indeed, the sparrows have become so great a nuisance that the municipal authori ies have been compelled to appoint a special chasseur to wage war against them; and he, armed with an air gun, now perambulates the parks and avenues, silently pursuing the work of destruction. Improvements in American flour milling ma chinery have so far asserted themselves that the exporation of wheat-flour during the past year has very sensibly increased, while the ex ports of wheat, have slightly diminished. These changes in the quantity of exports is also par tially due to the method now largely in vogue of shipping flour in sacks instead of in barrels. The improved machinery is also seriously af fecting foreign millers, who, with old machinery are not able to compete with flour ground in this country, and are calling loudly for import ed machinery. Eagiish and French millers are loudest in their complaints. Tub master of the mint announces that the four-penny bit will soon cease to circulate in England, for none have been coined since 1856, and nearly half a million had gone out of cir culation within the past two years. The three penny bit, however, still finds an honorable place in the affections of the English people, one of its chief functions being to drop with a charitable clatter into collection plates in the churches. The banks complain that the par sons flood them with it, and the mint has at tempted to limit the issue, but to no purpose. Nearly two million three-penny bits have been sent adrift in a single year. While the New York World’s Fair hangs fire on going a begging, Europe is doing things practically. Two industrial exhibitions were opened simultaneously in Germany on Sunday. May 15 —one at Breslau, for the Province of Silesia, and the other at Halle, for the kingdom of Saxony. The “exhibition palace,” as it is called, after the now usual custom, at Brsslau appears to be a fine building, suggestive of the Kremlin. It is particularly rich in its ma chinery and mining department, while textile industry is very fully represented. The Silesian Art union has obtained a section of the palace, and has brought together a large and respecta ble illustration of Silesian art. Statistics of pauperism in England for the year which closed in January last furnishes a striking example of the poverty which exists at the side of colossal fortunes and material so cial and political progress. The number of paupers on the first of January was 809,518, of whom 195,286 were indooi paupers, and 614,- 232 outdoor, with exactly the only 177 of the total number classed as “relieved.” Beckon ing the total population at 22,700,00, which are the figures given in the census of 1871, the proportionate finds one pauper to every 27 per sons. Some improvement, however, was made over the previous year—a reduction of paupers numbering 34,513, who were confirmed wholly to the outdoor class. The board of regents of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ association, which has just held its an nual meeting, reports that the historic mansion is in excellent condition, and that tfie green house and gardens never looked better. The old rose garden is a great bouquet of buds and blossoms, in the centre of which the Martha Washington rose brnh stands white and fra grant, Ail the rooms in the house, to which many notable additions of old furniture and other interesting relics have been made during the past year, were found .scrupulously neat and clean. The country is much indebted to the excellent judgment and efficient work of the Ladies’ association for the preservation and restoration of Mount Vernon. The estimates of expenditure for the three cities, St. Louis, Chicago and Cincinnati, for 1881, disclose the following facts; Interest and debt payment for St. Louis, £1,581,000; for Chicago, £592,000; for Cincinnati, £1,616,000, Chicago’s part of the Cook county debt and Cincinnati’s share c f the Hamilton county debt are not included in the estimates. Su Louis has no county debt. The St. Louis police de partment will cost £500,000; Chicago, £512,000. The fire department in Bt. Louis cost last year £270,000; in Cincinnati, £189,000; the estimate for Chicago this year i5 £548,000. The receipts from the water department last year were £660,- 000, and the operating expenses £236,000, show ing net receipts of £424,000; the water receipts in Cincinnati were £523,000, and the disburse ments £521,000. Thebe are many married women engaged in teaching in Cincinnati, and a resolution is to be introduced into the school board for the dis missal of them all at the close of the present school year. The question of the fitness of a married woman for teaching will doubtless re main a debatable one. The ordinary reasons assigned for a crusade against them are that they are taking up the places which belong rightfully to the girls who are without any other means of support; that they ought to be devoting themselves to the duties of their homes; and that the cares of a husband and a family leave them little energy for the per formance of school work. These considerations are not without force, but solons of Cincinnati set their reform upon different grounds. They intend to dismiss the married women in the in terest of morality. One of that class taught until within two mouths of maternity and so shocked the delicate sensibilities of the trustees that they are almost ready to ostracise every schoolmarm who is not a maid or a widow. The Now York Evening Post thinks the re cent American successes on the foreign turf will stimulate the use of the saddle horse here. The trotting horse has already in the large cities greatly fallen out of favor with the wealthy youth. The young man with the dia mond shirt pin, and fast trotter and light wagon, is much more rarely seen than he was even ten years ago. Since the downfall of the French empire he has begun to take his fash ions from London, and he is rapidly acquiring one of that best of English fashions which makes the saddle the fittest place for a man who needs exercise and wishes to get over ground rapidly. This is a great change for the better. Then, too, adds the Post, “however it may have been in Horace’s day, in our time Black Care has ceased to sit behind the horse man. She rides in buggies and hacks, and in almost every species of wheeled vehicle, and goes much on foot, but she is now seldom seen on her old pillion behind a mounted man. * My cook,’ said Lord Palmerston, ‘is an ass, but my doctor is a horse.’ and there is certainly no more successful medical practitioner than the saddle horse.” While the Northern Pacific Railway com pany is pushing its rails westward the Union Pacific steps in and proposes to construct a connection which will enable it to compete with the former on through freight. The plan is to build a line of railroad from Granger, a point on the Union Pacific, between Sidney and Cheyenne, to a connection with the lines of the Oregon railway and Navigation company. It is said that the maps and preliminary surveys of the proposed route have been made. From Granger to Baker City, Oregon, the distance is 550 miles, and it is proposed to organize an in dependent company in the interests of the Union Pacific. Each holder of 100 shares of Union Pacific stock will receive first mortgage bonds of the new road to the amount of $2,000 and a bonus of ten shares of stock in the new company. This division will raise a snm of 810,000,000 or over 818,000 per mile of the road to be constructed. This would seem to be a dangerous blow to the Northern Pacific, which, lying farther north, cannot be operated so cheaply in the winter season. The Southern Pacific, which lies entirely below the snow line will be a hot competitor for the traffic of both the southern routes. Plain, Straightforward Answer. Lawyers who demand precision in a witness sometimes get it with interest. Firmer Marston, of Norway (Me.,) rid ing one day in his one-horse wagon, ran over and killed one of Sam Pingree’s pigs. Pingree sued him, and at the trial of the case one of Marston’s witnesses was Uncle Tim Smith, a good old soul—as honest as the days is long- truthful and simple-hearted—albeit, a little inclined to tell big stories of his own ' exploits. Uncle Tom had seen the whole thing— had seen the pig run under the horse’s feet, coming very near to throwing Marston’s team into a complete wreck. Holden took his witness in hand to cross-examine him. “ Now, see here, Mr. Smith. We want none of your s'posiris —none of your ,fs or buts; but I want you to give plain, straightforward answers to my questions. Now, then. Give your at tention; you saw Mr. Marston—the de fendant in this case—driving his carriage past Mr. Pingree’s dwelling?” * “No, sir!” “What? You did not so declare under oath ?” “ No, Sm!” “ What! You did not see Mr. Mars ton driving past Mr. Pingree’s dwel ling ?” “ Yes—l did!" “Your honor!” exclaimed Holden, turning to the justice with fire in his eye, and a thunder-cloud upon his brow, — But the judge did not allow him to finish. “ Confine yourself to the witness, Mr. Holden. Evidently, be knows what he is talking about.” Then, boiling with wrath, the peppery lawyer returned to the witness, who stood as calmly cool and serene as an autumnal morning in harvest-time. “ Witness! I will ask you once more. Did you not tell this court in your di rect testimony, that you stood near, and were looking on, when Mr. Marston passed my client’s house ?” “Yes, sir,—l did.” “ And now , sir, what was he driving?” “ He was driviri his hoss, sir" An Historic Room. [From the N. Y. Times.] The Jerusalem Chamber, where the New Testament company of revisers have held their meetings since June 22, 1870, was originally the parlor of the Abbot’s palace, and is associated with many in teresting events in English history. It was to this spot that Henry IV. was con veyed when seized with his last illness, and where he died, March 20, 1413. It was here, in the days of the Long Par liament, that the celebrated Assembly of Divines, driven by the cold from Henry VII. ’s chapel, held its sixty-sixth session on Monday, October 2, 1643, and con tinued to meet until its closing session, (the eleven hundred and sixty-third,) on February 22, 1649. Here were prepared the famed Westminster Confession of faith and the longer and shorter cate chisms of the Presbyterian churches of Scotland, and, for many generations, of the independents of England. Here also, just 50 years later, at the sug gestion of Dr. Tillotson, then Dean of Canterbury, the memorable commision appointed by William 111. assembled to devise a basis for a scheme of compre hension in a revision of the English prayer-book. In the oblong room, somewhat narrow for its length, measur ing about 40 feet from north to south, and about 20 from east to west, the New Testament company have held the larger number of their sessions, the whole number being 407, the total number of attendances, 6,426, and the average at tendance at each meeting, 15.8 members. Their last meeting for the New Testa ment w r ork ended at 5 p. m. November 11, 1880. NEWS IN BRIEF. A Bad Pockeb A. C. Lawrence, a New York liquor dealer, lost SIOO,OOO worth of bonds through a hole m his pocket. Resigned* The letter of resignation of Commissioner of Pensions Bentley has been sent to the president and made public. His successor is Col. W. W. Dudley, of ludiaua. Failure* The suspension of the old Boston firm of E. P, Cutler A Cos., iron dealers, is announced, with liabilities of nearly $700,000, They may pay 70c on the dollar. Annihilated* An insurgent tribe was annihilated by the native Algerian forces recently. The insurgents left sixty-six dead, but succeeded in carrying away the wounded. Five hundred camels were captured. Heavy Robbery. A package of money amounting to $3,000 was stolen from a safe at Maher & Brayson’s foundry, Cleveland, 0., on the 18th inst. An accomplice engaged the clerk in conversation on the sidewalk while the thief operated inside the office. Warlike Indians* Trouble has broken out between the Sioux and Crows and resulted hear Woody mountain, in the British possessions, in which twenty eight of the former tribe were killed. The Crows object to the Sioux migrating further west. Hence the difficulty. Rilled by Lightning. James Conner, a farmer living near Carlin ville, 111., was killed with his team by a stroke of lightning. Mrs. Fred. Dittmau, residing in Milwaukee, was killed by lightning while performing house hold duties on the morning of the 16th. The house was injured slightly. Insurgent Outrages in Algiers. A band of insurgents made a raid upon some factories near Saida, Algiers, and robbed the employes, nearly all Spaniards, after which they set fire to the dwellings and other property in the vicinity. Many men, women and children are missing, and are supposed to have perished in the flames. It is stated that sixty of the factory operatives were killed. Political* The Democrats of lowa have nominated the following ticket: For Governor—Judge L. G. King. For Lieut. Governor —G. M. Walker. For Judge of the Supreme Court—H. B. Hendershot. For Superintendent of Public Instruction— Walter H. Butler. Starving to Dcatli. Mrs. Nellie Ingram, of Battle Creek, Mich., has since last October been unable to eat. Her condition arises from the extraction of a large double tooth. She has become so nervous that the presence of food produces a deathly sick ness. Her life is sustained wholly by injec tions or by baths of nutritious liquids. Her weight has been reduced from 180 pounds to 80, and she has nearly lost her voice. A Bank President’s Fate. t In the United States Court at Brattleboro, Vt., on the 15tb inst. f Silas M. Waite, cx-presi deut of the First National Bank of Brattleboro, pleaded guilty to the charge of having made false returns to the government ollicers under the national banking act, and was sentenced to six years imprisonment in the house of correc tion. The Treasury Crooks* The preliminary report of the committee in vestigating the affairs of the treasury depart ment has been submitted to Secretary Windom. The investigators report that thev found a regularly organized ring which had been in ex istence for years, and which had misappro priated money and defrauded the government. The officials and employes who were connected therewith will be immediately dismissed. A mo"e complete and thorough investigation will be ordered. 1 ' The Army* Secretary Lincoln has issued an order de claring that the whole number of enlisted men allowed for clerical duty shall be thirteen ser geants, twenty-one corporals, 107 privates, and sixteen topographical assistants, and the general of the army will regulate their distribution. The commanding generals of the military di visions and departments, and the commandidg officer of the district of New Mexico, and the superintendents of the recruiting service may detail enlisted men to act as messengers, but not to exceed five to each division, department, and district, and one to each superintendent of recruiting. Deadly Explosions. A number of torpedoes on board the steamer Einnace of the British war ship Monarch, in har or at Tunis, Algeria, exploded on the 18th inst., killing a lieutenant and wounding eight men, one fatally. The disaster was caused by by the ignition of gun cotton. Just before the launch of the steamer City of Rome at Barwa, Eng., on the 14th, the boiler of a donkey engine on her deck exploded, kill ing three persons and injuring ten others, several very seriously. A patent waterback in the grape sugar works at Buffalo exploded with such force on the 14th as to kill one man and wound several others. The boiler of a wrecking steamer lying alongside a wreck at Cape Henry, exploded on the 12th inst., killing the fireman, and fatal ly scalding two others. Railway Accidents. T. H. Barnes, engineer, and O. H. Richard son, fireman, were fatally injured by a collision on the Texas and Pacific railroad on the 9th. Two construction trains collided at full speed near Troy, Kan., on the 17th inst., owing to a blunder of the telegraph operator. A caboose containing a party of workmen was demolished and two persons killed. Three others were ser iously hurt. An accident occurred to a passenger train near Reading, Pa., on the 16th inst., by which Charles Matthew, fireman, was instantly kill ed, and James Herburne, engineer, frightfully injured. Some miscreant placed a log on the track and caufed the mishap. Some boys pushed a car from a siding on to the main track at Willimantic (Conn.) yards on the 16th and caused the wreck of a freight train wbich came along soon after. Tlie Turf. At Ascot on the 16th, Lorillard’s Iroquois won the St. James Palace stakes easily. The third race for the Ascot gold cup was won by Robert the Devil. Foxhall came in fourth. Iroquois did not participate in this race. At Ascot, Eng,, on the 14th, the race for the Prince of Wales stakes was won by Lorillard’s Iroquois. There were seven starters. The Eng lish sporting people made enthusiastic demon strations on the appearance of the American favorite. The gate-money on the occasion of the race for the Grand Prix at Longchamps, Paris, on the 12th inst., amounted to $50,000, which was the largest amount ever received on any one day there. A large part of the money came from the American colonies in London and in Paris, who anticipated the victory of Foxhall, and who willingly paid the money that they might witness it. Suicidal* J. R. Tufts, of Dunkirk, N. Y., connected with the Brooks locomotive works, committed suicide on the 18th iust. A disgusted Chicagoan, named Fritz Miller, laid his head on a railway track and was promptly reheved of his earthly cares, on the 18th inst. The body of J. A. Jack, formerly of Toledo, 0., was taken from the Missouri river at Kan sas City, on the 19th inst. Supposed suicide. The recent drowning of her five children by an insane woman in Calhoun county, Arkansas, has caused two suicides in that locality. A worthy old farmer, unable to throw off the cloud from his mind, read a chapter in the Bible and hanged himself in his smoke-house. At Wilmette, near Chicago, on the 15th inst., a man supposed to be O. C. Van Dyke, jumped off a bluff 70 feet high, but escaped alive. He then waded into the lake and drowned himself. Mrs. J. M. McCarty, a young widow of De troit, who was to be taken to the insane asylum, escaped from her guards and drowned herself in the river. Hugo Yon Malapert, ngcd 25, a scion of a noble German house, jumped off the tower of the Chicago water works on thonight of the 13th, and was instantly killed. No cause is as signed for the deed. Benjamin Braman, of Lancaster, 0., a wealthy stock-raiser, climbed a tree in the woods, and swung himself off with a rope. Lost at Sea. The schooner R. J. Hart, from St. John, N. F., for Labrador, laden with fishing supplies, and a large number of people, was crushed by ice and sunk when about 22 miles from Cape St. John on the 14th inst. All hands were res cued. The schooner Edward Lee arrived at Vineyard Haven, Mass., and reports that on the 14th of May, while in the latitude of 17:42, longitude 46, the captain and six seamen started in a boat from the ship to chase a school of whales, since which time nothing has been seen of them, al though a vigorous search was prosecuted. The boat was supplied with a compass and lantern. There is a faint hope that the waifs were picked up by some passing vessel. The names of the missing ones are: Capt. C. A. Sparks, John Baker, Charles Leslie, Manual Govia, Peter George, and Manual Fogo. Particulars of the wreck of the steamship Torovna on the east coast of New Zealand have been received. The ship struck on the rocks at a point between the port of Dunedin and the bluff. The crew and passsengers huddled up in the forward part of the boat and were gradu ally washed off by the sea, which became boisterous immediately after the disaster. About 130 lives were lost. Mortuary. Ex-Senator Henry S. Lane died at Crawfords ville, Ind., on the 18th inst., aged 80 years. Geo. Bruce, a prominent and wealthy citizen of Adrian, Mich., died on the 17th inst., aged 79. Win. E. Goodyear, who rode from the Atlan tic to the Pacific in 1852, passed away at New Haven, Conn., on the 17th inst., aged 50. Geo. D. Ramsey, a well-known commission man, died at Ghicago, on the 17th inst., aged 60 years. Sir Joseph Mason, well known in connection with the manufacture of steel pens, is dead. Prof. Geo. Rolleston, M. D.. and A. R. S., of Oxford University, has joined the silent ma jority. Joseph E. Smith, a prominent lawyer and politician of Chicago, died on the 16th. Mr. Smith was James G. Blaine’s first opponent for congress in Maine in 1863. Win. Boucicault, brother of Dion, the dra matist, died suddenly in a railway carriage at London, Eng., on the 15th. Capt. C. B. Phillips, United States engineer in charge of harbor and river improvements at Norfolk, Va., died on the 15th inst. Right Rev. James Danell Regan, Catholic bishop of Southwark, Eng., is dead. Dr. G. Holdt, who died in Cincinnati, was for some years at the head of the famous insane asylum at Riga, Russia, receiving the decora tion of the order of St. Stanislaus. Geo, Armour, of the Chicago firm of Armour, Dole & Cos., died at Brighton, Eng., on the 13th inst., aged 65 years. llifiattroiiM StorniM. A gale at Deadwood, on the 15th, toppled over the new Methodist church, and at Lead City the Sisters’ hospital was wrecked. One of those frightful and disastrous wind storms to which the southwestern states are subject swept over Kansas, Missouri, and a por tion of lowa on the 12th inst., dealing out death and destruction in its course through the afflicted territory. Following is a; list of cas ualties as far as received: At Colfax, lowa, five persons injured and a number of buildings destroyed. At Osage, Kansas, about fifty houses de molished, crops ruined, three persons killed outright and fori / injured some dangerously. Nearly every house in the town of Flora, Kansas, was destroyed or badly damaged. At King City, Mo., houses, stock, trees and shrubbery were laid waste. Men were picked up bodily, thrown seventy-five feet in the air and landed a quarter of a mile away. A farm er named Maynard was impaled by a piece of timber and his daughter Grace was denuded of clothing and fatally injured. R. F. Nelson, another farmer, was killed on the porch of his house. Near Rosendale, Mo., Mrs. Roberts and two children were killed and their house totally wrecked. The dwelling of John Colt was also ruined and his three-year-old daughter killed. Nineteen men sought shelter in a farmer’s house near Winslow. Every one was injured, some fatally. Minor misbaps. Richard Johnson and James Murray, grooms, in the employ of Thomas F. Ryan,* the New York banker, were kicked to death by a horse previously supposed to be very gentle—on the 19th. A colored boy named Ralph Edmunds, 15 years of age, shot himself through the heart while examining a pistol. Albert G. Robinson, a traveling salesman from Cincinnati, 0., while attempting to cross the railroad track at Marlow, Ilk, was run over and fatally mangled on the 17th. Three sons of George A. Ross, of Oskaloosa, lowa, were drowned in a creek near that city, on the 17th. On learning of the sad affair the father plunged into the stream and his life was saved with difficulty. The mother is nearly insane. Joseph Webb and John Harris, painters, were fatally injured at Buffalo, N. Y., on the 17th, by a fall from a scaffold. Eight cases of drowning occurred at Cincin nati, 0., on the 16th inst. Six of them hap pened at one time in the western part of the city, by the capsizing of a boat load of work men at a coal yard. Geo. Kelkoff and Felix Divine, boys, were drowned while bathing. A boat containing five young men was carried over the dam in the lowa river at Marshall town on the 17th, and two of the number drowned. Their names are Sam. S. Jones and Den. Kribs. Charles Davis, a brakeman, caught his foot in a frog at Cincinnati, 0., on the 16th inst., and was crushed by a train, John Middleton and wife fell out of a boat at Roger’s Mill, Barlow county, Ga., on the 15th inst., and both were drowned. Tragical Tales* Near Mt. Vernon, Ky., on the 18th inst., James Hart shot Andrew Baker dead. They were both drunk, and Hart claims that the shooting was accidental. John McCombe, a prominent Colorado politi cian shot and probably fatally wounded James McDonald, an actor, at Leadville, Col., on the 17. Cause, misunderstanding in regard to the use of a buggy. Robert B. Cyphert, a leading citizen of Marion county, Arkansas, was shot by an assassin while standing in his doorway. A crazy man shot and severely wounded Miss Fannie Walker at Elizabethtown, N. J., on the 17th inst., and then killed himself. Thos. Meyer, of Rantowles, S. C., crazed by religion, shot his 13-year-old boy as a sacrifice on the 13th. He failed in the attempt to mur der two more of his children. The murderous father persuaded his little son to walk ahead of him on the road, and then deliberately shot him down. A printers’ strike at Pittsburgh, Pa., resulted in a tragedy on tae 16th inst. One of the dis placed men named Michael Corcoran, assaulted a “rat” and was shot dead. At a saw-mill fifteen miles from Hot Springs, Ark., on the 15th inst., R. L. Justice was shot with a rifle by a man named Gregg, who had also recently killed a negro. Juan Monterea, of Toas, New Mexico, killed Lem Gallagher with a hoe, for interfering in a fight with his mother, A lynching party swung Monterea from the court house railing on the same evening* Geo. L. Larkin, deputy United States mar shal, killed his cousin, also named Larkin, at Rogerville, Teim., on the 15th inst. The de ceased had violated the laws and was resisting arrest when shot down. Clay Wilson, a notorious gambler, was shot dead at Denver, Col., on the 16th, by James Moor, another of the gentry. At Bedford, Ind.,*Wm. Brannan was shot by a concealed assassin and instantly killed. Robert Martin shot his wife and child, a girl three years old, at Newark, N. J., on the 15th inst. The woman was instantly killed and his i child mortally wounded. Freeman A1 voire, a lunatic, was murdered by Byron L. Day, a fellow unfortunate at Wau watosa, Milwaukee countv, Wis., on the 13th inst. Two neck-tie sociables on the 13th inst. —one at Denver, Ark., and the other at Westou, Neb. At the former place Emory, a nmrderer, was taken from jail and hung; and at the latter vil lage Charles Diddell, a negro rapist, had his neck stretched by an angry populace. Timothy Mahoney, a policeman, was shot dead by burglars at Chicago, on the night of the 12th inst. Wrn. Gordon and Peter Magnus quarrelled at Chicago on the 12th, wheu Magnus kicked Gor don in the neck, causing instant death, Patrick Mallory was snot and billed by James McDonough at Cincinnati, on the night of the 12th. • Work of the Flames* The new suspension bridge over the Allegheny river near Pittsburg, Pa., caught fire on the 19th, and was damaged $40,000 worth. The bridge is an imposing structure erected at a cost of $300,000 in 1859. By the destruction of the Miami Oil and Soap works at Cincinnati, on the 18th inst. a loss of $200,000 was occasioned. Dillmger & Co.’s distillery and warehouse at Bethany, Pa., was destroyed by fire on the 17lh. Loss, $150,000. Two-thirds of the business portion of War reutown, N. C., was wiped out by tire on the night of the 17th, Loss, $40,000. The gas works, stable, ice-house and laundry of the Beebe house, Put-in-Bay proper, were destroyed by fire on the 17th. Loss, SIO,OOO. Swepson mills, in Alaxmac Falls, N. C., was totally destroyed on the 17th. The works con tained 4,000 spindles and 168 looms, and em ployed 207 operators. The loss will foot up $200,000. Insurance, $70,000. Terrible forest fires Rare prevailing in New Brunswick, and the mining colony of Little Bay is threatened. Two large steamers were in wait ing ready to transport the populace if neces sary. An extensive bush fire rages on the line of the Quebec Central railway, in Canada. Pa pineaus’ extensive mills have been burned. Loss, $32,000. At Kingsley Falls fifteen houses were burned, also 4,000 cords of wood belong ing to the Grand Trunk road. The White Lead works near Baltimore, Md.. burned on the 16th. Damage estimated at $76,000. Insurance, $30,000, A. P. Johnson’s extensive furniture factory, Chicago, vanished in smoke on the 16th inst., causing a loss of $50,000. Insurance, $17,000. Several people were injured during the progress of the fire. A fire broke out on the 15th iust., in a ware house on Farman street, Brooklyn, and before it was extinguished completely gutted two of the structures with their contents, consisting of merchandise. The loss is estimated at $1,000,- 000. One workman was burned to death and another was fatally injured by jumping from a window. Thirty-six laborers’ houses, two saw mills and a considerable quantitv of lumber burned in Asbestos township, Theoford, Canada, on the 14th. A loss of $70,000 was incurred by the burn ing of the residence of Hon. J. B. Bromly, at Oastleton, Vt., on the 13th. Smith Bros.’ planing mill and sash factory, a boarding house, several small buildings and 1,500,000 feet of lumber, was burned at Che boygan, Mich., on the 13th. Loss $60,000, The tire was occasioned by a spark from a tug. LATEST MARKET REPORTS. NEW YORK. Fluur —Common Extras I 4 CO @ 4 70 Wheat—No. 2 Spring @ 1 20# Corn—No. 2..., @ 57 Oats—No. 2 @ 45 Barley—No. 2 @ 1 30 Rye—State @ 1 10 Pork—Mess @l7 00 Lard @ll 25 CHICAGO. Flour—Good to Choice Spring f 5 00 @ 5 25 Common “ 3 50 @ 3 75 Wheat—No. 2, Cash @ 1 10# No. 2, Seller July @ 1 11# Corn—No. 2 @ 46# Oats—No. 2 @ 37# Barley—No. 2, @ 98# Rye @ 1 06 Pork—Mess, Cash @l6 40 Lard—Cash @lO 90 Butter —Good to Choice Creamery 18 @ 20 Good to Choice Dairv 13 @ 17 Egos @ 14 Cheese —Prime 8 @ 9 MILWAUKEE. Flour—Good to Choice Spring $4 75 @5 25 Milwaukee Standard 4 00 @ 4 35 Wheat—Spring, No. 2, Hard @ 1 11# Spring, No. 2, Regular @ 1 09# Spring, No. 3, “ @ 99 Spring, No. 4. “ @ 85 Spring. No. 2, Seller July @ 1 10# Spring, No. 2, Seller Aug. @ 1 11# Corn—No, 2 @ 44# Oats—No. 2 @ 36# Barley—No. 2 @ 95 Rye—No. 1 @ 93 Pork—Mesa @l6 40 Lard @lO 90 Cattle —Good to Choice Steers 4 75 @5 25 Hogs—Good to Choice 5 70 @6 05 Sheep—Common to Choice Shorn. 3 75 @ 500 Butter —Good to Choice 16 @, 20 Eggs H#@ 12 Cheese —Prime 9 @ 10# St. LOUIS, Wheat—No. 2 Red @ 1 13# Cork —No. 2 @ 45 Oats—No, 2 @ 35# Rye—No. 1 @ 1 06 Pork—Mess @l6 50 TOLEDO. Wheat —No, 2, Red Wabash @ 1 18 Corn —Mixed @ 46# Oats @ 41 Tales of a Baggage Smasher. One of the porters of a New York hotel has been talking about trunks to a reporter. He says the secret of handling a trunk safely lies in a knowl edge of the fact that the comers are al ways dovetailed and strongly braced with iron. Let a trunk down on a cor ner and its all right. Big trunks are not what porters dread. “It looks tremendous,” said this practical philos opher, “to see a man take one of them and trot up to the top story, but you want to remember this all through life: Wherever a woman is concerned, things are bound to be light; so when a woman’s trunk—and only women have big trunks—comes along, a porter picks it up easily. With a man, though, it’s different. Old travelers are apt to carry books, and books are mighty heavy, while a drummer will pack half the stock of a dry goods store in his trunk, which is usually small, and then make funny remarks when you nearly break your back lifting it.” The Past and Present, [From the Washington Star.] In noting the difference in, the style in which senators and representatives now live in Washington as compared with that usual thirty years ago, an old resi dent tells an anecdote of interest. He says that at that time it was not uncom mon for every worthy members of either House of congress to occupy rooms over stores. \ very swell gentleman was elected to'congress, whom we will call Baker, and he set up a grand establish ment here. He was greatly shocked to find that his intimate friend Cooper, al though a very rich man, lived over a grocery store, and one day in addressing a note to him, wrote: “Hon. Mr. Cooper, over Mr. Smith’s grocery store.” But Cooper was not to be put down thus, so, remembering the situa tion of Baker’s grand house, when he answered, addressed his letter to “ Hon. George Augustus Baker, opposite Foy’s livery stable.” PERSONAL GOSSIP, The mother of George Eliot is 90 years old, and resides at Hobart, Tasmania. Vinnie Beam’s brother has a farm in the Indian territory, and lives with the Indians, having a squaw for a wife. D. S. Alexander, the newly-appointed fifth auditor of the United States treas ury, served through the war as a private, entering the service when only 15 years of age. The widow of the late Frank Leslie has at last come into full possession of the property of her late husband, and will hereafter conduct in her own name all the periodicals which he established. Charles A. Dana was working on a salary of $5 per week when he married, and he is now worth half a million. There is no trick about it; all you have to do is to marry rich; and put your wife’s money out at interest. William G. Choate, late judge of the United States Supreme Court for the Southern district of New York, was, it is said, first scholar in his class at Harvard, and curiously enough, Addison Brown, his successor, was the second scholar. Mrs. Harriet Lane Johnson, niece of President Buchanan, is now at Wheat lands nursing the only boy left to her— a bright boy of eleven, of whose return to health there is but little hope. Mrs. Johnson’s eldest son died last winter. JoHxV Adams and Jefferson thrived on quarrels and died at ninety-one and eighty-three respectively, on the Fourth of July, amongst the fire works. John Quincy Adams and his father to gether lived 182 years, and Charles Francis Adams is seventy-four, making of three lives in direct succession 256 years up to this moment. On June 10, 1861, First Lieutenant John T. Greble was killed at the Big Bethel affair, and on June 10, 1881, his son, Cadet John T. Greble, was made a second lieutenant, standing sixth in his class of graduates at West Point, where his father was a cadet and an assistant professor. The elder Greble was the first commissioned officer killed in battle on the Union side. John Reynolds, a wealthy resident of Lackawanna, Pa., added to the desertion of his wife the meanness of converting all his property into cash, and taking it along. Mrs. Gladstone, the woman with whom he eloped, was meaner still. Although her husband was comparative ly poor, she stole the small amount of money which he had saved by years of frugality. Trickett is six feet three inches in height and weighs about 175 pounds. He was the champion of Australia for years, and he defeated the best English scullers in 1876. His last trip to Eng land was a disastrous one, for he was defeated by both Boss and Hanlan. He was not in good condition at the time, however. Trickett lost the third finger of his left hand several years ago in handling a beer keg. Fred Archer, the jockey who rode the winner of the Derby and the second horse in the Grand Prix de Paris, is a Itttle over twenty-five years old, and is the son of a jockey. He won his first regular race at the age of fourteen, and at the end of 1880 he had a record of 1,430 successful mounts. He rode the winner of the Derby in 1877, in 1880 and in 1881. He is still able to ride at 118 pounds. He went into partnership with Matthew Dawson last January as a trainer. Silas Cutler, of Burlington, Mass., next to the oldest postmaster in the United States, has resigned. He was appointed in 1832, and his salary has never reached S4O a year. He says in a letter to the postmaster general; “I have been postmaster here for nearly fifty years. lam getting old and feeble, and I wish to be relieved of the care of the office, and should like, as soon as may be, my discharge. I cannot find any one here who is disposed to take the office for the compensation I have re ceived. ” The office has accordingly been discontinued. Hobart Pasha, whose name has fig ured so much of late in the French journals, is, as is well known, an Eng lishman, a son of the Earl of Bucking hamshire, and a descendant of John Hampden. It is not so well known, however, that he played a prominent part in the civil war in this country, having, while in command of a vessel called the Don, several times run the blockade of ports in possession of the rebels. He was bom in 1822, and ren dered faithful service in the English navy, which he entered in 1836. It was not until 1867 that he became connected with the Ottoman naval service, in which he soon became a pasha and an admiral. Last January he was made a mouchir or marshal of the Ottoman empire. In England, where he is now visiting, he is known as Hon. Hobart Hampden. Pensions to Heroes. [From the Boston Globe.] Grants to successful warriors have generally been made in England, vary ing in manner and amount according to circumstances and the more or less im posing services of the recipients. Thus Marlborough got manors and broad estates, a sumptuous palace and a per petual pension. Wellington received marks of the national munificence in various installments; a peerage and a pension after Talavera; increased rank and a double pension after Ciudad Rodrigo, £IOO,OOO after Salamanca; half a million more to purchase an estate at the close of the Peninsular war; after Waterloo an additional £200,000 to help to build and furnish Apslev House and keep up Strathfieldsaye. Nelson got a couple of pensions for three fives; Rod ney, a couple of thousand a year for himself and his heirs forever. Lord Lake, the hero of Las war ee, received a peerage and a pension; Lord Keane, the same after Ghuznee and the Afghan campaign of 1839. Lords Hardinge and Gough were very liberally treated after the Sikh war, the first with a pension of eight, and the latter with one of four thousand a year. More recently Sir Henry Havelock was granted a baronetcy, with a pension for three fives, after the relief of Lucknow. Sir Gar nett Wolseley got a lump sum of five and-twenty thousand pounds, and re fused a baronetcy, for his “courage, energy and perseverance ” in the Ashan tee war; and now Sir Donald Stewart and Sir Frederick Roberts are to have a similar sum divided equally between them.