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PAW TAW, MICHIGAN. NEWS OF THE WEEK. :0: The Cast. A Frenchman named La Fage haa been ar ret ted at Susoook, N. H.. on aiupiciou of being tbe murderer of Muwt Joeie Longmaid. Btrauiw, Lehman & Co., heavy dry goodtt dealers of New York, have failed. Liabilities 600,000. John H. Oontoit, the millionaire confection er, who died recently in New York, bequeathed to hia eole heir and child, Chariot 11. Contoit, the nice little fortune of f3, 000, 000. While a number of colored men wore re turning from a picnic near Brooklyn, a few days ago, thev were attacked by a party of white men. One negro was killed and one mortally wounded. Seven of those engaged in the assault were arretited. Several commercial HUHpeumouu have oc curred iu New York during the pant week. Another horrible murder is reported from New England. An old man of 70, named Ku fus Streeter, watt found dead in a ditch near liarre, Vt. , hia head beaten to a jelly, his ab domen ripped open, and the lody otherwise mutilated. The crime wot) evidently commit ted for the purpose of robbery. A shocking domestic tragedy was enacted last week at Hackettetown, N. J. Jas. Ricker shot and killed hia two houh, aged 6 and 10, and shot at his wife, but miaaed her. He then shot him aelf in the head. The wound ia not serious. Domestic trouble led to the crime. Thomas M. Judd, member of the Massachu eette Legialature from Berkahire county, has been arrested for forging a note for 41,000, on which he secured the money. Thero was a large reunion of Union and Confederate soldiers at Elizabeth, N. J., laid week. Speeches were made by Genu. Kil patrick, Pemberton and Pryor. The first building in the country erected ex clusively for the order of the Sovereigns of Industry, was dedicated lant week at Spring tield, Mass. The West. Judge Boreman, of the Third District ( uni t of Utah, has taken the Mormon bull right by the barns. In hie charge to the (hand Jury at Salt Lake City, the other day, he admonished them to indict a number of individuals impli cated in swindling the Territory out of land and for illegal voting. He particularly urged them to indict every leader, proclaimer or in stigator of jiolyganiy, which he denounced as a walking ulcer and degrading crime, tit only for the darkest days of anterior civilization. He said it had existed only by the generosity of the government, but that the government was now in earnest, and the Mormons would n be made to realize it. There was a bloody row at a mining camp 120 miles fiom Denver, Col., last week, 50 or 100 miners, with guns and pistols, playing a lively part. The notorious Maj. iridium, lately re leased from the penitentiary, shot and wounded a miner, at which the friends of the latter be came so incensed that they started out to lynch Ciraham. whom they completely riddled with bullets. A number of Graham's friemls were then ordered to leave the country on pain of being treated in a similar way. John Bulliner and Allen Baker, two of the Williamson county (111. ) Ku-Klux have been found guilty of murder in the second degree, and sentenced to twenty-tive years each in the penitentiary. At the county fair grounds near Greeustield, O., one day last week, the seats arouSW the race track fell, precipitating fully 1,000 people to the ground severely injuring a large num ber of men, women and children. A letter has been received in St. Paul from a well-informed gentleman at Bismarck, pre dicting a red-hot Indian war next year, unless Congress takes heroic measures to suppress it, before fairly inaugurated. He says frontiers men insist that the Black Hills will be occupied without a treaty, or that the Indians will bo stirred up to such an extent that trouble and a treaty must follow. Except a few timid ones, the people on the frontier do not fear the re sult in that case, believing that it will require more troops to be thrown into the country, giv ing them employment and adding to the popu lation Gf the border. San Francisco and other portions of ( 'ali fornia, have just experienced another sharp earthquake shoek. The grand jury of Wuinebago county, 111., baa indicted the two St. Louin editora, Foster and Edwards, who some time ago fought a duel near I toe k ford. The seconds and surgeons, and Postgate, the Inttr-0irm reporter, were alao indicted. The same grand jury also found indictments against Patrick Flynn, ex Sheriff of the county, and Franc B. Wilkie, one of the editors of the Chicago Tim., for con spiracy and subornation of perjury in obtain ing affidavit to damage the character of Miss Early, the young lady who some time ago recovered a vediet for 425,000 damages for libel against Htoroy, of the Time. John T. Huna, Cashier of the Firnt National Bank of Tiffin, Ohio, having involved the in stitution by embezzlement, ended his life the other day by shooting himself through the heart with a pistol. The village of Park Ilidge. a suburb of Chi cago, has narrowly escaped having a second Charley Boss affair. Willie Broughton, aged 10. sou of a prominent citizen, was enticed into a secluded spot by a couple of strangers, bound and gagged, and thrown into a carriage iu waiting. The men then drove rapidly away. At the neighboring town oft Jefferson they stopjed to get a drink, leaving the boy uuder the seat out of sight. While they were drink ing he managed to slip the cords from his w rists and make his escape, and reached home safely. The affair created the wildest excitement in the village. Prof. Walter P. Jenney, chief geologist of the Black Hills exploring expedition, returned to Cheyenne last week, having sjtent five months in the Hills. The Professor reports gold fields extending forty raihs im;th from Harney's Peak, and twenty miles wide, that contain gold in quantities that will pay from H to 45 per day to the man. There are bars on tiumlw-rs of streams that will pay much more than that Prof. Jenney corroborates Gen. Custer's reort of the Hills, and says that they will Kupiort thousandth of miners, when the iMinme.U pen them to 1 1 lenient . The valley are all adapted to agriculture, and the hills and canons to stock-raising. The rainfall is plentiful, and timber abundant. Judgt (foreman, of Halt Lake, baa decided that Brigbam Young mwt imnndiately pay over to Ann Eliza, hia 3lvorced wife, the alimony due her, now aSaouuting to some 1 10, 000. The boiler attache to a steam threshing machine exploded upon the farm of Mr. Her ringtoti, near Nilea. Mich., oue day last week, instant In killing Mr. Hathaway, the owner, and a man named linden. Two other person were dangeroualy wounded. Two horses were blown to atoms, and a barn completely riddled. Two brothers named Courtwright. who were implicated in the murder of the Sheriff of Portage county, Wis., were taken from the jail at Stevens Point by a party of about forty masked men and hanged, a few nighta ago. Both of the victims were old men. aged re spectively 50 and Co years. Mrs. Bapp. of St. Paul, Minn., for the mur der of Ulrica Lick, haa been sentenced to the Penitentiary for life, twelve days of each year to be passed in aolitary confinement. Her husband had already received a similar aeuteuce, and her brother will be hung for part ici put ion in the aame crime. It ia reported that Gen. Crook, the groat Indian fighter, is preparing for an active win ter campaign against the fractious savages of the Upper Missouri. The South. Three colored men were attacked in the streets of New Orleans by unknown white as sassins, a few nighta ago, oue killed outright, another mortally wounded, and the third slightly injured. The art air caused great ex citement. Citizens assembled on the streets to denounce the great wrong, and in the after noon an immense mass meetiug waa held at the Court House, when the stores were closed, that all might participate. Beaolutions were adopted disclaiming all responsibility for the deed, and loudly calling for the prosecution and punishment of the assassins. John Gair and his sister-in-law, Catherine Matthews, both colored, were hung by a mob in East Feliciana pariah, La., last week. They nn ere at the time under arrest for murder and had confessed the crime. Beporta of the condition of the Southern cotton crops are very discouraging. Bain and rust are playing havoc with the great ttaple. The epizootic prevails among the horses In many parts of the South, though in a mild form. Washington. A Washington dispatch says: Although this government has repeatedly and emphatically expressed its desire to the Spanish government for the termination of the insurrection in Cuba, and tendered its gtod offices to produce an ac commodation between the contending parties, it has never gone to the extent of the late transatlantic story, by diplomatically threaten iug to acknowledge the rights of the Cubans in case hostilities be not closed before the 1st of January next." The 1 resident returned to Washington on the morning of the 15th iust., aud the tirst regular Cabinet session for several weeks was held at uoon of that day. A singular episode happened at. the White House one day last week. An insane colored man visited the Executive Mansion and stated that he had been discharged from the Maryland Penitentiary, where he was unjustly incarcer ated. He claimed that President Grunt was his father, and asserted this claim by reason of signs which were given him while in prison. He was arrested aud on his person nnhs found a five-barreled revolver, loaded in every barrel. The President has made the following ap pointments : Charles M. Lynch. Collector of Internal Beveuue. Nineteenth District of Penn sylvania : George B. Chamberlain. Supervisor of Internal Bevenue Thomas J. Mitchell, Illinois, Agent for Indians of Milk Biver Agen cy, Montana ; James S. Hastings, Michigan. Agent for Iudians of Bed Cloud Agency, Da kota, vice John J. Saville, resigned ; Col. Ben. B. Bonner, Marshall of the United States for the Eastern Dietrict of Missouri. Workmen on the Nevada and Northern tele graph extension have been driven off 1 y In dians of the Umatilla tribe, who thrcatem d to kill them if they continued. The report of the Commission appointed to investigate the affairs of the Bed Cloud Agency has been made public. It sustains Prof. Marsh's charges of incompetency against Agent Saville, but exonerates him from impu tations of dishonesty. The Commissioners report that they find uo evidence to sustain the charges against the late Secretary Delano and Indian Commissioner Smith. They recom mend that Agent Saville be removed : that J. W. L. Slavens. J. H. Martin, and D. J, Mc Cann be excluded from future contracts with the government that E. B. Tbrelkeld be ex cluded from all future employment as Inspector ; that bids for flour, clothing, and wagon trans portation be received at some suitable point in the West that the office of Superintendent of Indian agencies be abolished, and the duties connected therewith be transferred to inspectors that the feasibUity of dispensing with railroad freight contractors from New York to the West be considered ; tuat army officers be detailed to inspect Indian supplies ; that the system of keeping accounts be improved that Indian agencies he graded with reference to salaries of agents that Bed Cloud aud Spotted Tail Agencies le removed nearer the Missouri river : that a commission of army officers ho ap pomtedto consider the propriety of organizing an Indian soldiery for police and similar duties: that a Territorial government be established over the Indian Territory; that suitable persons be appointed to prosecute for all BTQBgsesaiSSfl Indians, to defend their rights as far as they may become subject of adjudication bc! re the courts, and that future legislation be shaped with a view to bringing the Indians under the same laws which govern all other inhabitants of the republic. Ex-Senator Chandler, of Michigan, has ac cepted the appointment of Secretary of the In terior, made vacant by tho resignation Of Del ano, aud entered upou the duties of tho office. It is stated that the recent reduction of 54-100 of a cent er pound in the drawback ou refined sugars exported, has completely Mopped the exH)rtatiou of retiued sugars from the United States. General. A section of one of the. big trees of Cali fornia arrived at St. Louis the other day, en route to Philadelphia. It is 16 feet long, with a diameter of 20 feet. It was taken from a tree 276 feet high, with a diameter at the base of 26 feet, and, as indicated by yearly rings, is 2.220 years old. The section is hollowed out, leaving a cylinder about two feet thick, includ ing the bark, which will le converted into a circular house elegantly fitted up. The steamer Pandora has arrived safely in En gland after a year s cruise in the Arctic regions. Trie adventurous mariners revisited the mourn ful neighborhood where tbe gallant Franklin and his companions are buried, and found the monuments of the last explorers uninqiaired. They found the storehouse built for the lenetH of sailors, or castaways of ice-bound vessels, broken into. On entering the building tho Msitoi-s found the clotluug aud provisions left thereto he iu a state of terriblo coufusion. I.vei tlmig of a movable nature was scattered about in the most singular manner. At first this seemed to be an act of a human being, but ou further investigation the Pandora eople were satisfied that the destruction of the stores had been accomplished hy point bears, at traces of these animals were visible iu every direction, both inside and outide the buildiug. The Pacific coast has had a marine tidal wave, the water of the ocean rising from one to three hundred feet alove the ordinary high-water murk. Oue of the incidents of this commo tiou of uature waa an earthquake shock on the coast. It ia believed there haa been some great upheaval in some locality yet to be heard from. Two notorious aliortiouiats, a Dr. Davis and hia wife, have been sentenced to death at To ronto. anada . Political. Senator Edmuuds, of Vermont, has been tendered the office of United States Judge for the Second Judicial District, but declines ou account of the insufficiency of the salary. The name of John Quincy Adams, Jr., has been placed upon the Democratic ticket for Lieutenant-Governor of Massachusetts, in place of Gen. Bartlett, who declined. Ohio, at the recent election, decided against taxing dogs. Attorney-General Pierrepout stated at a Cab inet meeting, the other day, that he whs in re ceipt of information, which he deems authen tic, to the effect that both parties iu Mississippi have agreed to terms which will prevent fur ther troubles in that State, and a peaceable election is confidently anticipated. Foreign. A Berlin dispatch states that under the pres sure of the great powers, Turkey is diminish ing her concentration of troops on the Servian frontier, and Servia is demobilizing her forces. The British foreign office haa received a tele gram from Minister Wade, stating that he has obtained from the Chinese government the guarantees which he considered necessary. It is -tated that Bussia is preparing an expe j dition against Bokara, out of revenge for the assistance rendered by the latter to the Kho kaml insurgents. The coast of England has been visited by an other destructive storm, attended by consider able loss of life and property. A frightful accident recently occurred in an iron mill near Loudon, fifteen workmen being fatally burned by an overflow of molten metal. A Constantinople dispatch says tho follow ing news is ollicial: "Aiorceor 2, ll()0 insurgents has been defeated by the Turks. One hundred and sixty were killed. The rest took refuge iu Montenegro. Seventeen villages, hitherto Strongly insurgent, have submitted to Turkish authority. " Uussia has commanded the Polish proprietors in the Provinces of Milua. Oroduo, Koona Minsk, and Vitepsk to sell their farms to Rus sian tenantry, the government fixing the price. This completes the impoverishment of the Polish nobility. A serious revolt against Spanish rule in Porto Rico is threatened. The well-known English poet and lecturer. Gerald Massey. has become insane. Spiritual ism did it. Don Carlos has dismissed from his services Gens. Dorregaray, Mendiri. Velasco, and Mo- grovejo. It is asserted that in consequence of the Pope's intercession, the Emperor of Germany has remitted one year of Cardinal Ledochowski's terra of imprisonment, for resisting the Prus sian ecclesiastical laws, and that a full pardon will probably follow. Twenty-one persons were recently lost by the wreck of a French schooner on the coast of France. M. Thiers, in a recent speech at a banquet given in his honor, said that the French re public must be maintained. He did not think the Badicals as black as thev are painted, and believed that if thev gained power, thev would .. . . ' . pursue a airrerent course rrom wbat their op ixuients supjMjse. The European policy of the future, he said, would be peace and non-intervention. An edict has been published in the othcial journal of the Chinese, the Pekin (tazt ltu, de clanng the right of foreigners to travel in the interior of China, and requiring officials to take cognizance of the treaties. Scalped. Yesterday afternoon, at Remington Station, on the Cincinnati and Marietta railway, Carrie Dawson, employed in a paper-mill, while standing near a revolv ing shaft, was caught by her hair and the scalp torn from her head, stripping the skin from the back of her neck to the febrows. Considerable time elapsed before medical aid reached her, and it was not deemed advisable to attempt to restore the lifeless scalp to its former place To day Dr. a. j. Howe, of this city, commenced the restoration of the akin to the wounded girl's head by tak ing small pieces of the scalp from the lo ad of In r sister, who gave herself five lv for her injured Riater's relief, while another lady offered skin from her own shoulder to apply what was needed f. r the forehead. Supplies mitlieient to start a growth of membrane were taken from each of these ladies, and while Miss DawHon's condition is dangerous, her physician entertains considerable hope of her recovery and of the success of hia effort to covec her head with QSW skin. Cincinnu: ( 'omntrrciaf. I'oeN Remain. Edgar A. Poe's leading idea concerned the relation of the soul and bod after - - i..i.k - j i rr , " , . V, h'""! Nones am ft " I. I tioiiy nat a peculiar me oi uk own. in one of his poems he writes about liking and feeling his home in the grave. His own cotl'm ut Westminister, neat Balti more, hie. recently been ehanfjad The sknll was lyiiitf in the position in which the bead lay when buried. The gUSTe clothes and all except the bones had crumbled to dust, leaving the skeleton white and bare. The brain was in an al- inost perfect s ate of preservation. The cerebral mass, as seen through the buc.e , of the skull, evidenced no signs of dis integration or decay, though, of course it is somewhat diminished in nm The skull was intact, and the general nkele ton was in as good condition as an ana- I tomical preparation in doctor's office. FINANCE AND TRADE. Weekly Kevirw ot the Chicago Mrhet. FINANCIAL. Money continues abundant, and borrowers are readily accommodated on the street at 8 per cent., while the banks continue to obtain 10 pei cent. The demand for favor is not at all urgent. Government bonds remain steady and uit e firm. MBsasmva, There has been considerable interest Miown iu wheat and corn, but for the other grains a comparatively quiet feeling pievmied. the amount of business transacted being consider ably below the average. For spring w he.it (ha demand from thtt opening until the close has heeu quite active, and a stead v improvement in values was noticed, the closing quotations sin inn iug an advance of from 4c to 4Vc per hu. Ieing mainly ou the short futures, the de mand from speculators who had not covered their maturing contracts being quite active. At the same time there waa a good shipping and export demand, aud Fastern advices were of a favorable tenor. Corn opeued turn and higher, but closed lower 'under increased re ceipts, while oats sympathized with the changes iu corn, live was tirni and a tnrlo higher, but barlev was weak aud lower under increased lcc. ipts. The movement was principally on speculative account. The following table shows tho prices current at the opening aud at the close of the past week : Opening. Cloning. No. a p'K beat, caiib No. 2 seller October No. '2 HeUorNcivoinbcr No. '2 corn, oasta No. 3 corn, October.. No. 3 corn, seller gov, No. a oats, cash No. a oata, a. o t. No. a oata, a. N. . No. a rye, oaah No. 2 r , seller Oct. . No. 'I rje, at Dei Nov . No. a barley, caab No. 2 barley, a. Oct... No. 2 barley,. Nov. No. :t barlev, cah fMJHff (041 ijm in 1.1 I tftl.07 1.10 ,a U0 4 .& .5:. t ( .(IS .V VA ,5V (It .54 , ,&3'u( .MV, (4 .34 .3.1 -a M ia .3a ( .!tt (4 .32', .72 (4 .72',. (4 .73 .72 4 .7 j , .7:1 (4 .19) t .71 .W .112 i J 4 .m (4 MH MM M ( M M raosut i . Butter quotable e49t83c for extras. VMh2m for firsts, 17 (n lNc for seconds, and M'faKk for thirda. Light sales of prime old medium 1 leans for Nsw York were made at tfl.HO, aud $LM was paid for new iu bai;s. Western re main dull at ?1.2"'(i 1.75. according to quality. Broom corn dull and prices weak. Several good lots of new were sold at lira 7c. Beeswax was quiet at 2itiu 98c There w as a fair local and shipping demand for cheese. (Quotable at Wv for inferior. Hid 10 : fa for common to good, and UW12o , for prime. Choice sweet cider waa in fair de I ma nd and steady at Tfi.SOfi 7.00 per brl, and 18.008.75 in sajia. Gmibarrisf la light ds uimiii nv ti.wi -..w ci oil ii'i oiu TTincon i sin. and 10.5o 11.50 for choice large onltl mniKi at t.ti"s..si per nil lor good wiscou- vated ; ono-bn laixes sold at r l.M j ; m. There was no demand for dried peas, and sales were slow at 1.80(91.60 for choice grsttt, and '.15c per bfl for yellow dried. Eggs closed at 21c In carriers and about 20c in loose packap-es. Prime live geese feathers were in fair de mand and steady at 5860o; tho other kinds ruled dull. Game was in better supply and easier. Prairie chickens sold at jH.OO per dos; mallard ducks at 82.7598.00 small at 81,80178 and enipo and plover at. 1.00, liie nop market remains very dull, but prices were without change: nuotahle at H,iH, iiuott 1 er brl for poor to good and 11(9 L3c for prune. Honev was iu fair reouest when m the comb at 2A(a 24c, but strained nvu- dull at !)( PJc per; N. There was a fair demand for hide: audaalen j were made ut fjkfa fnr preen Halted, tic fori damaged, and toe for OSlf. PotstOSl were in better demand and prices were a shade firmer; ouotahle at 300t40c per bu for pfHchhlow. i Sweet potatoes, however, remain dull and slow nt uuIa vnllnw Tllitiom ) OOCfi 'J!A ,wr l.rl uul .IcrHcvH 1.00(r:i.25. There was a fair demand for salt, and a fair business was reported at l.W) for Onondaga and Saginaw fine, and 1. () for ordinary coarse. Wool was in fair demand and steady at 8840fl for washed, and 28(ec32c for unwashed. sekiis ami moawmasi ThaiS was a fair demand for prime timothv. and prices, under light offerings, were sternly at i'2.20f'2.26. There was a good deal of com mon offered, however, and this was slow at 1 1.H5oj 2.10. There was a fair demand for tdghwUMS and the market closed steady at a slight decline. The market closed at rl.ll1,. I'KOVISIONS. Iu this market tneie was a slight increase in the amount of business transacted, but prices ' were rather irregular. The stocks were larger than was generally anticipated, but this had a ' tendency to increase the offerings. Mess pork was about 4()( 45c lower, but was rather steady I toward the close. Lard waa quiet but rlrm. COO PIK AUK, I.CMIIKR AND WOOD. Quotations for cooperage range at $1.10( i 1.15 for pork barrels and L80q140 for lard tierces j 1.902.10 for whisky barrels, and 45 or 55c for Hour barrels. Lumber, owing to j light offerings, waa quiet but tirni. Values were nominally tirm at 8.25 for joist and scantling, aud $H.M(a 14.00 for stnm and i boards. Shincles. 2.1(lt2.f0. Lath steadv 1 I at J.M j dosing tirni continues moderate, tor wood the demand and prices were Hteadv and unchanged. Telegraphic Market Reports. NEW YOltK. hu o (4 ;) Hook Drraaed 10 (4 11 Cottok 14 (4 k; 10 14 I lo i aj 7a 45 as I LOCK -Superfine Western Wiikat No. 1 Chicago Cons Oatb Rt (4 6 40 i m J 74 (4 50 m .aJ2 1.0 4 14 Pork New Mean ft 40 Lard Steam 13 ST. LOUIS, Wheat No. 2 Ked 1 SJ Cork No. a .Ml Oatb No. 2 :rj Rye No. 2 72 Pork Mora 2:1 25 4 1 r.a a 67 (4 N (4 74 23 60 Lard i:t., 14'. Hoob 7 50 Cattlb 5 90 mLWAUxn, Wheat No. 1 l n (HI (4 6 10 t 1 jj 9 1 12 (4 67 .17 (4 75 (4 1 II (4 1 BJ 4 I i 7 (S wv mm M (4 u 1 17 1 24 a A1 a 37 (4 1 37 ( 1 2fi a 1 21 1 2; No. 2 1 10 j Coaw No. 2 5fi Oath No. 1 Rvr Uaulkt No. 'J l TJ 10 CINCINNATI. c0";.t, :::::v'y;.:: h" Oath 40 KT S3 Poaa Mean 22 26 Lard 13 TOLEDO. Whiat Extra. . 1 H Ambrr 1 2:1 Corm 69 Oat BJ Dl ! BOl 1 . Whkat Extra 1 B) No. 1 Wl.lto 1 aft No. a White 1 19 Amber 1 34 Corn -4 Oata ;w ,4 42 TiARI.KT No. :j. . . 1 lit .34 (r .. 1 I.' Pom Mi aa., 21 B u 1 gf i 1 M (A. , 4" CLE ELAND. Whkat No. I Bi I, No. I Bad, Cork Oat An ffectioniite Family. The Princess Domenicn Cisrelli was " lefts wi.lo-.v, with two with two sons, and the elder died, time : eu. Almost crazy with sorrow. the Princess was ready to tight the men who brought the coffin, ami prot. they should not carry away the boy. Iu an interval of calm tlie younger brother, left alone with the body and the coffin, resolved to cheat the men and help his mother to keep Domenioa. He hid tin corpse in a closet and got in the coffin himself. He was carried to the church j without discovery; but at the church. nearly suffocated, lie groaned, and tho 1 coffin was opened, but he died iu a little while. Now the mother is dead. All ( this in Paris only the other day. "The only way to look at a lady's I faults," exclaimed a HUergallant, " is to i shut your eye. LAND PIRACY, The I'oi-terrtfld 8rl Kalil upon the Palmer House Property in Chicago Tin- Washington correspondent of the Chicago Trihum suys : Tho 1 ' irtt rfit hl scrip, which a Mr. Middhton, of Washington, D. C, en deavored to locate upon the Palmer Kouss property in Chicago, belongs to the last inane of scrip which waa aviiilii hie bsfotS the tSSM of the still more vil lainous Vult'titine scrip. On account of ita scarcity, the Porta rfield scrip was Bought up by speculators, and haa been , hoarded by them for such uaca aa that to : which Mr. Middleton 1ms mat attempt j ed to apply it in Chicago. Charles Portertield waa a Captain of the Virginia Line in the Revolutionary War, aud aa audi was entitled to (,1W acres of land on account of hia superior services. The 8taie of Virginia passed legislation which barred Portertield from taking advantage of this right; and the I United Stub, fa 18f2, panned a general act uuder which lie was also barrel. Both of theae acts hud 1m.-ii overlooked ! hy Portertield, and, shortly after diacov i Snag the tact, he died. He hail been a gallant soldier, and his heira aSOSSSafnl ly applied to Congress for relief. Thev i were very poor, and their auceatora' gal lantry, with some ingenioua lobbying on , the part Of the rehttivea of the family, succeeded ill securing the passage for them, in 18(10, of the special act of Oon greaa under which thia Portertield scrip, I or, more ' properly, thia Revolutionary bounty land warrant, was issued. The i family was so needy that the entire I amount of the scrip was spasdUj sold j by them for SI per acre. Alanit 3,000 i acres of it fell into the hands of various , parties, was held by them for sometime, ; and sold at a large advance, or located. A little more than one half of the scrip is already located, the lands covered by i it being, for the most part, in the popu lated States, where, through some care lessneas of clerks in the old days, some neglect f registry. Home error iu the record of the plat, worthy people had left their estates open to the Spptoaobsi of the laml-sharkH. The authority to commit land piracy, which this character of scrip represent ed, was confined to this issue for a con siderable number of years. This was the only scrip which could be used for the purpose of robbing psoplsof their land, until the later and recent issue of the more infamous Valentine scrip. The fruita of this later pk 00 of lobby villainy will be remembered in many u humble home throughout Ihiw general tion. The remaining half of the Porter Held Scrip came into the hands of the law lirm of Chipman, Hosmet v Co., one of the members, of which is in some way related to the heira of Portertield. This tirni paid ftl2 per acre for about one-half of the scrip, and have held their pur chase for some years. It doubtless has somewhat deteriorated in value since the issue of the Valentine scrip, which latter permits its owners to commit an act of piracy anywhere. Chipman, Hoamsr k I, j 1 ()- I1HV located a considerable amount I f tll; Portertield scrip upon valuable ' lands in Ohio aud in other of the central Western States. The Commissioner of the Land Office is having a great deal of trouble with speculative lawyers with regard to scrip of this sort. This oiaH of adventurers resort to an infinite variety of ingenious devices to obtain possession of certied copies of the original tract maps and books of the Laud Office. Many have requested county officers in various sec tions to make formal application to the Commissioner of the Land Office for the certified copy of the original tract of the ; eouuty, in order that the Assessors may be better able to assess taxes. In the few oaSSf where any such requests have been applied for, the Commissioner lias 000 discovered that the information ! given out has resulted in the immediate . commencement of speculative suits upon the land of some unfortunate people in : those sections. The process is, to dis cover the original record of the original trnct books; to compare it with the actual location at the local offices; and, if there j is a slip of any sort which would warrant the procedure, pieces of the Portertield Of Valentine scrip, which have been re served for such uses, are immediately made available to seize the lands. In many cases, persons have been hired to make entries on lands the descriptions of which have been in this way obtained. ( 'oinniissioncr Drummond, in view of this experience, has adopted an almost unconditioned rule to permit no informa tion of this sort to leave his office under any circumstances. Fighting an Alligator. Monday afternoon, says the Quitman (Oa. ) l'( jfrh r, a party of eight or ten met at the Okapilco creek, to seine the different lakes and " eddies" along the run of the creek between the turnpike and the railroad bridges. Nothing un usual transpired on this occasion until late in the afternoon, when, in seeing a deep lake formed by a bend in the chan nel of the stream, the seine became so heavy and difficult to drag that it was coin-hided thai it was hung to a root or log on the bottom. Lum Derans, a lad L6 years of age, went under for the pur pose Of disentangling the seine. Upon reaching the bottom, a distaneeof some six or seven feet, he found what he sup posed to lie a log, and embracing it started to the surface of the water with it. His surprise as well as that of tin party can better be imagined than ex pressed when, upon rising, the supposed log was found to la an alligator. As noon as the water's surface was reached the infuriated monster, taking in the situation at I glance, made a tcrritic lunge at Devane, and striking him in the breast, knocked him into deep water, and, continuing the attack caught him between his vise-like jaws around the waist. Seeing the danger of their coin rade the MH of the party sprang to his relief. Fortunately for 'Devane he was ' upon the outside and the alligator was Upon the inside of the seine, wnicn, being strong and firmly held at each end, somewhat Impeded the vicious reptile in his attack. This, together with the prompt and fearless action of the entire party, who seized his alligator!-hip by the tail and legs and commenced to use their knives on him diligently, it feU that Bred the life of Lum Devane. He was Anally extricated from the javs of the maddened monst'T, and . scape. I with a few paintnl, though not dangerous bruises and bites. The alligator n M about l ight feet in length, aud it was with difficulty that six 01 eifht strong and courageous men succeed. I alter in serting their knives iu SS?1 U adsf ; places, in bringing him Behove. Be i Edught desperately M long l!' ' ' and in his dying PBOmSBll ' M'f u a deafening raevaunost equal i thai 01 i lion. The Spirit of Scria aud sBriSBMfra. IVrhaps the Servians .11 blind to th better qualities of the Turks. Hut ever we find Turkish rule ifl EnrOfM thelc We also tllld resentments too deep, too passonate, too unreasoning to b I aootnadby the oraft of diplomacy. Those animosities, whether we like : ,em or n 't, will prove to DS political f OTOUS of flu highest important. They would of themselves suffice to render the position of Turkey untenable. At present they make it peculiarly difficult for Prince Milan to hold his subjects LD leash. The Servians have a rude deino.-r itic temper, and they have already shown ! owsheap ly they rate the sanctity of a::y lorareign : who thwarts their will. The representa tives of the rival dynasty :ir-- alao N ftdjL 1 to bid against lum for popular favor. Off the other hand, he cannot be expected to Hy in the face of positaTS demands from Vienna, since he is largely dependant on ' the support of Austria. A fierce and willful ruler like Kara George ought hav dared erer) thing rather tlian allow Her zegovina to continue under the rule of Turkey, and he might have had good reason to lielieve that Austria or Russia would lend a helping hand rather than allow him to be beaten down ; but it ! would be unreasonable to look for so bold i a stroke from a mere lad like Prince Milan, untried alike in oOUttoi and in war. The position of Montenegro is pretty I much the same as that of Servia. Its , people have been battling with the Turks for centuries, and they have never yet been conquered. When Turkey claimed dominion over them at the Congress of , Paris, their ruler was able to tepiy that they had always been able to defend theil freedom. As our special oofTSspondenl says : "the one object of their life is to tight the Turks," and they ire soldiers j toa man. There is not a mote warlike race- in Lurope, and it would be difficult to And better guerilla troops. Thamoun tain fastnesses enable then; : c i'v such masses of regular soldiers aa would over run flat country of the same si.e, and hence a war with T:;rk-" does not fill them with any terror. A M Distinguished Ameriea:: Lady," People in this country have .ct for ! gotten the notorious Josie M,c . t'n Id, a quarrel about whoa sent Jim Fisk to Ins 1 grave and Edward Stoke, to the Peni i tentiary. Latterly she passed out oi notice, but now we hear of i r in Eu rope, where she passes fl "distin guished American lady. '' i :m Piatt, in a letter from Pari-, thui refers to j her : " We met a friend from Trourille, tin fashionable summer resort bete, who gave us not a bad item. Tic landlord of the hotel said to our frie: I4I have a distinguished American lady in my house' 444 Ah, indeed!' exclaim tu Mend ; 'and what is her name :' 4 4 4 Madame Mansfield.' wafl the enthu siastic reply; 4 and she 1- rery distill guished. She receives earls, dukes aud princes.' " Our friend put on his thinking-cap. He turned over all the ICansnelae DC had ever heard of. At lat he rried : 44 'Josie Mansfield !' 4 4 4 Ah ! you know her V 44 Hy reputation only.' 4 4 4 She is very extravagant ah ! very extravagant. She changes her drees four 1 and five times in twenty-four hours, dines in her room a la oarte and has broiled chicken every day.' " Resentful Firemen. The firemen of West Troy, N. Y., bad a paradi a few days ago, and among the organizations in line was the Oswald Hose Company, at whose bead was at first put the best of the bands of music engaged for the occasion. The march hail not progressed far when the band was changed to another point in the line and its pjaOI tilled with amateur play fS, The angered memben thereupon retired from the procession and took their hose cart to their lions'. The next day the Trustees of the village formally disband ed the company and organised ;t new one of boys. The old members, angry and resentful, stripjied the cart of its 0111 1: mental wheels, silver platings and Othei things that they had themselves bought. , The Trustees then removed what was left tO what they supposed was a safe plav, and set two policemen to wa'ch it ; but at night the tiremen stole it and took it across the river to Troy, where they hid it in the Osgood steamer house. The Trustees found it and put BPoUesmsn on guard, but it was again stolen, by j piecemeal this time, before they could get it back to West Troy. It ia now tup posed to be at the bottom of the Hudson. In the meantime incendiary tires hafS been of nightly OOSURBAOl in Wed Troy. PoeN Hrain. The singular preservation of Shelley'-. heart when his remains were cremated i-' matched by that of Poe's brain. A Bed ical gentleman, present when all that was left of the author of " The Haven " was d BUn tarred, states that the brain had not been destroyed. He adds that the cerebral mass, as seen through the base of the skull, evidenced uo sign o disintegration or decay, though, of course, it was somewhat diminished in f size. We are somewhat BORy that th sepulchral details should have been BUadN public. They destroy an ideal. Do what we will, since reading what tlx pious resurrectionists disclosed, the im age of Poo rises before us, not in phys ical beauty and sorrow ful BODg, but ai ;i hideous skeleton. Think o j hi ' teeth rattling in the coffin when his skulf was lifted into a new repository A TlilefN ( lever Trick. A Haltimor. swindler wen; t. .1 n. pighted merchant, in the guise of a tele graph messenger, and gol lum lo aign his name in two places in what purported to be a receipt book Real Dos had got bin to sign his name 1 1 blank leaf in such a way that a D te Ooutd be written with a genuine signature and en dorsement. The profit to th swindler was 223, and the merchant and the bank that paid the money are quarreling about which ahall lose.