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SAVANNAH, MISSOURI. : A TERRIBLE RETRIBUTION. The Culmination f a i,ift. f Wedded Misery Tin- Terrible Vengeance of u Jealous llu-Imml. From the Detroit Free Press. One of the mo-t .-hocking ami elis tressing elomciie trage-elies e-ver known in this city occunvd at an early hour esterdav morning, when a jealous hus banel, goade-el to insanity liy what he believed to 1m- the unfaithfulness of the woman who had .-worn, to love, honor and obey bin;, deliberately inllieted what may yet prove her death wound, and then blew out his brains, falling a ghastly e-orp-e a: her very feet. The principal actor- in tin.- mournful trage dy were Mr. anil Mr. John HoHner, residing at the -outhwest corner of Led um! and Sv..iid -treeis. Mr. HoiVner was a member of the linn of HoiVner & Mayes, .-hip chandler-, No. 1'2 Wood ward Avenue, and was a man well and favorably known in business circles. His aire wa- wa- forty-nine years. Ui. wife, a very hand-ome and stylish wo man of thirty-eight, had, until recent ly so far a- known, a gooel staneling in oeiety. To this unhappy couple were born four children, three, of whom are living, the eJde-t now a voting man of! twenty, the second a elanghter of seven teen, and the. y.iunire-t a little girl f about eight years. With this interest ing family aboy.T them, and installed in a lovely home, where they were ur roundeil by every comfort and luxury w Inch reasonable people could de.-ie, Mr. and Mr-. Hoffucr lived together in ordinary harmony and contentment for years. Beginning life a poor man, Mr. lloflner. bv jer-i.-tent e!lort anil -.ifter a serie- of hard -niggles with ad versity, e-jabljshcd himself in a large and prolitable hu-imss, his copartner ship with Captain Mayes extending through the jia-t twelve vears. Hi-home on Ledyard Street, oppe site Cass Park, wa- a model of comfort and unpretentious beauty. A large, square brick hou-e, in the midst of spa cious grounds, with velvety lawns, rich-hued ilower-beds am! an abundance f shrubbery ami fruit-trees, it attract ed the attention of every passer-by by its neatness aud air of quiet relinement and good taste. As the mistress of this )lea.-ant home. Mrs. Holl'ner was .-ur-remnelcd by every thine; which could contribute to her happiness. Her every wish was gratified by an indulgent hus band, who almo-t idolized her, and whose eontideiici- in her honor was so linn as to excite general comment anion"; his mo-t intimate associates. In fact , as one of them expressed it yes terday, they looked upon him as decidedly "spooney"' for a man of his age, and matrimonial experience. It would be unjust to the dead ami cruel to the living to repeat the bits of street gossip and .-caudal which are living thicker than autumn leaves since the oc currence of ye-terdays sad trage-elv. It is pretty certain, however, that al though Mr. Ilofi'm-r's domestic life mav have been marred by infelicities for sev eral years past , his first suspicion of his wife's infidelity did not burst upon him until early la-t fall, when various cir cumstances came to his knowledge, which impre ed him with the reluctant bclie-f that hi- home had been eli-grne-e-el . Some of those who knew Mrs. HoiVner best , and are -irongc-t in condemna tion of her conduct , are of the opinion that she wa- more incautious and im prudent than criminal. She was a wo man who could not stand prosperity, and, as soon a- her husband's circum stances improved, launched forth into the most reckless; extravagance. She was gay, coquettish, and fond of dress and company, and endeavored, with the appliances of the toilet ami the as sistance of the fashionable moiltetr, to appear younger than her years would "warrant. Then, too, she became the intimate companion of other women who put forth claims to respectability and standing in society, and yet whose private lives would not bear the closest scrutiny. The inlluenee of these asso ciates, perhaps as much as natural in clination, led the unhappy woman to the commission of imprudent acts, all of which served to increase the growing jealousy of her im-band. Ami so the companionship of .-hallow women and well-dressed fast young men about town came to be more acceptable to her than the society of the thoughtful, toiling man of business to who.-e strinles she was indebted for all the comforts which surrounded her. Suspicion once arous ed, lloflner became a changed man. Every act of his Avife was narrowly watched, both liy himself and by per sons employed for that purpose, and he became so care-worn, nervous and irri table as to excite the alarm of his friends. Those to whom he confided his trouble urged calmness and modera tion, and warned him against exagger ating what he deemed to be his wife's misconduct. They advised him to se cure proper counsel, ami, if in the end convinced of her infidelity, to resort to the proper legal remedy. All these wise counsels apparently had little weight, however, ami day by day he became more morose and depressed in spirits, a result which his wife's person al treatment of him materially assisted in bringing about . When she realized that she had become an object of sus picion, she, it is assert eel, did every thing in her power to goad and exas perate her husband, both by he-r language- and conduct . All his wishes were disregarded . The companionship of people to whom he objected most was sought more than ever, and there seemed to be no limit to her extrava gance. It is said, too, that the proper ty was in her name, ami this may have added not a little to Holl'ner's anxiety and distress of mind. Upon two sepa rate occasions within the last year HoiV ner tried to kill himself by taking poison. The first time was in the lat ter part of November, shortly after his discovery of his wife's alleged criminal ity, when he took what proved to be an overdose of laudanum, and was made scriou-ly ill. Again, about two months ago, he drank an ounce of laudanum upon going to bed at night, but the overdo-e produced nausea, and his life was saved. These attempts at self-destruction were known to Mrs. HoiVner, but .she paid no heed to the awful warn ing which they conveyed, and kept on in her folly and imprudence. As a natural consequence continued domestic infelicity was the re-ult, and the quar rels between man and wife became more frequent and so violent as to become noised about the neighborhood . Several times Mrs. HoiVner left home on short visits to other places, in utter disregard of her husband's wishes, and otherwise conducted herself in such a manner as to confirm his wor.-t suspicions. All these annoyances and vexations and sus picions, together with financial embar rassments in which he found himself in volved, goaded lloflner almost to mad ness, and for the last few weeks his state of mind was such as to excite the gravest apprehensions of his intimate friends, who strove in every way to di vert his attention from his troubles. The climax was approaching, however, and no kindly oilices could avert it. On Tlmr-day noon Mr. lloflner learned in some manner that his wife was prepar ing to go to Buffalo last evening. Sin gave him no intimation of what her in tentions really were, however, and his whole knowledge concerning the matter was gained from other members of tin family. When he went to his jdaee of bu.-iness after dinner he was greatly ex cited, and a message which his wife sent him during the afternoon, request ing him to send her a Saratoga trunk, exasperated him exceedingly. In mentioning the circumstances to his partner he said, with a dark frown, "1 would rather semi her a coffin." This expression, together with others used by HoiVner during the day, indi cated that he then contemplated violence toward his wife. During the whole af ternoon he was morose, excited and downcast in spirits, and when he walked home with Captain Mayes, at tea time, he kept harping upon his domestic troubles, and all the elVorts of his com panion to soothe him were ineffectual. His last words when he left Capt. Mayes at the hitter's house, on Columbia Street, were: "Well, this thing can't go on long. If anything happens see that 1 have a decent burial." His part ner made some joking reply and went into the house, but during the entire evening he felt a sense of depression which he could not shake oil", aud when he heard of the tragedy next morning he was inexpressibly shocked, and yet was not surprised. Mary Williams, the colored domestic employed :in the HoiVner family, says that she noticed nothing unusual in the conduct of husband and wife dur ing the evening. The veungest child was away from home spending the night with an aunt , and the other members of the family retired to their respective rooms about 10::50 o'clock. Mr. and Mrs. HoiVner occupied a room in the northeast comer of the second story; the eldest daughter slept across the hall, in the northwest corner ; the son's room was in the rear of his sister's apartment, and the colored woman slept in a small room off the kitchen. What words passed between lloflner and his wife during the night, in the sanctity of their apartment, will proba bly never be known, but at all events, if they quarreled, the attention of the other inmates of the house was not ex cited. At o o'clock next morning the servant arose and commenced pre parations for breakfast. While thus engaged, three-quarters of an hour later, she heard two shots lired in rapid succession, followed by the fall of a heavy body above, and rushing up stairs saw Mrs. lloflner, her night-dress stained with blood, run shrieking across the hall into her daughter's room, where, she fell upon the bed and was clasped in the arms of the awakened and friirhtened girl. A moment later the son rushed from his room partially dressed, and with the servant hurried from the house in search of assistance!. In an incredibly short space of time a crowd of neighbors, some of whom had heard the shots, gathered at the house, and upon entering the apartment where the shooting occurred found HolVuer's dead body lying .stretched upon the floor near the bed. The revolver, an ordi nary six-shooter, was near him, where it had dropped from his nerveless grasp. It was the same weapon stolen from the house; by a burglar something over a year ago, and which, found in his pos session, led to the criminal's conviction ! and sentence to tin; State prison. An examination of Mr. lloil'ner's bodv showed that after sheioting his i wife he had placed the mu..le of the re-1 volver in his mouth and fired, the bullet j penetrating the brain and causing in- ' stant death. j As speedily as possible the attendance J of Drs. Brodie and Kier was procured, j and all their skill was exerted in behalf j of the unfortunate woman, who was ly ing unconscious upon her daughter's bed. Tin; bullet had passed entirely through the body and lodged in tin; bed room wall. Entering the back just be low the left shoulder blade it passed through the upper portion of the left lung and came out near the left arm pit , inflicting a very painful and dan gerous, but not necessarily fatal, wound. ! During the forenoon Mrs. lloflner re- gained consciousness, and, although1 very weak from loss of blood, was able j to make a short statement to Dr. Brodie concerning the shooting. Sin; says that j soon after daybreak, herself and her husband commenced having words about her contemplated departure from home, j and that -he linallv arose and stood in front of the bureau arranging her hair. It was while standing with her back to j her husband that the first shot was; lired, lloflner having got out of bed aud i put on his pantaloons after she arose, j She did not know that he intended to j i shoot until she heard the report and fell : the twinge of pain caused by the bullet . i As soon as she was hit she whirled j around just in time to .-ee her husband place the muzzle of the revolver in his mouth and lire the shot which terminat ed his unhappy life. She then ran from the room, and just as she reached her daughter's bed, lost consciousness. She said, furthermore, that HoiVner had I previously threatened to shoot her, but she did not think he would put his threats into execution . Intense, excite ment was occasioned in the neighbor hood and throughout the city as the news of the melancholy tragedy became known, and for hours afterward the streets in the ieinity of the house were thronged with people discussing the va rious details of the affair, ami the causes which led to it . The number of visitors at the house soon became so great that two policemen were stationed upon the premises, with instructions to exclude every body except relatives and intimate friends of the family. Among Mr. Holl'ner's acquaintances there was a "eneral feeling of sorrow at his tragic death, lb; was an industrious and en ergetic business man, and possessed many excellent, traits of character, which won the confidence and esteem of a large circle of friends. Fruit in Tin Can. The Boston Journal of 'Chemistry says ; Tin; impression prevails among those who use freely fruit which is put up in tin cans that they are injured thereby, and this impression is in many instance correct. "We have long contended that all preserved fuits and vegetables should be stored in glass and that no metal of any kind .should be broii""ht in contact with them. All fruits contain more or less acids, and others that are highly corrosive! are often formed bv fermentation, and the. metallic vessels are considerably acted upon. Tin cans are held together with solder, an alloy into which lead enters largely. This metal is easily corroded by vegetable acids, and poisonous salts are formed. Undoubtedly many persons are injured by eating tomatoes, peaches, etc., which have been placed in tin cans, and we advise our friends who contem plate putting up fruit this summer to use only glass jars fortius purpose, or what is still better, is to have a family fruit dryer on hand. Fruit is so nicely dried on this machine as to excel all other dried fruit, and if not superior it is equal to any of the canned fruits . Great Salt Lake. Salt making has been a business of great importance on the banks of the lake since the occupation of this terri tory by the Mormons. The water is so densely saline that it is impossible for a body to find bottom. It is a capital place to acquire the art of swimming with perfect safety. In former times three barrels of water left to evaporate would produce one barrel of salt; but the freshening within the last twenty years has so weakened it that now four barrels of it are required to obtain that quantity, o It has become fresh , therefore, in a proportion of some what more than one per cent, yearly. Hence it follows that in less one hundred years the name of Givat Salt Lake should be changed: for by this time it will, like Monnonism, be cleared of all its impurities. I have previously noticed the regular water lines, called benches, which are so dis tinctly defined on all the mountain ranges surrounding these various val leys, and which all'ord such unmistak able evidence that in former days they inclosed vast inland seas. The deep alkaline soil of the bottoms has led to the supposition that these seas were of salt water, and that all of them except ing this have been completely evapora ted, Salt Lake being the sole survivor, and that destined to dwindle to a pud dle and then to dry up foreer. But the last part of this theory is negatived by the evident intention of the lake to assume somewhat of its original pro portions; while it is becoming fresher, it is growing larger. With in the twenty-seven years that tin! country around it has been settled, it has encroached all along its low banks nearly a mile upon the land and deepened live feet . Several line farms are now permanently under wa ter, and the road on which we traveled has been moved far inward to accom modate' its aggressiveiie-s. At the' same time' that this change is going on, at niosphcrie causes for a part ef it are ap parent. The; e-limate i- be-e-oiuing nieire mile, although it is still e-xe-essively elry. But e-ae-h sue-e-eeeling season brings a greater rainfall. This has doubled with in twelve' years. The lake is fed by Bear Kive'r em the north ami .Joreiau em the' south, besieles some' small rivulets that tind tluir way into it. Every year the-ir vedume's in-cre-ase, and contribute to the tilling up of the gre-at ba-in into which they pour the'inselve's. Noi withstaneling this, the ineivasc ef the lake eannet be thiv ae-e-oimte-el for, as they are still but insig-niiie-ant stivams. It must be true! that new fre'sh-wate-r fountains have burst emt frenn the bottom ami are the chief causes of the increase. A like' phenome mm has produced the' lake near which we afterward passeel at Stocktem, where ii the ground e-ncampcel upon by Con nor's army there is now a beulvetf water twe miles square ami of eemsiderable ele'pth. If these change's go em as they have' cemimcnccd, the Zion f Brigham Yeuing will e-re long beceniu completely subinerge'd. His enemies will say that a see-etnel lleieiel has be'e-n cemimissioued to ove'rllow the elesert that he has reclaim ed, be'eause ef the sins of the pe'ople, and that like Soeloin ami (Jemmrrah the'se! modern cities of the plain have been overwhelmeel as a punishment fer the-ir unnatural crimes. But those; juelgments are yet afar eitV. Brigham te'aches that when Utah is elestreyed all the earth will perish likewise, excepting that favenvd spot , .Jackson Cemnty, Mis seuiri. There if was that a divine reve lation eommamled him to build a temple which, although elestrewe-el by the ruth h'ss Centih's, is destined to rise again from its ashes. All the low lands anmnd it will rise at the same time', ami the' elmse'ii remnant of mankind will lleick to the e'h'vate'el plateau, from whence, like Noah lemking over the bulwarks ef the ark, they shall behold the drowning (Jentile's struggling in the deep waters, while Mormons, in dry, white robes, with harps in the-ir hands, shall touch the' strings like heroes, in mockery at the ruin of tlm universe. Then Jae-kson Cenmty itself is to be caught up, and its glorified saints are te) be distributed among the stars eif the firmament, where with crowns on their heads they are te reign for ever and ever. Thus the gradual rise of Salt Lake is not an indication of their destruction, but a harbinger ef their glory. Ualuxy for September. A w'kitkk in lilnckwood is at pains to show that the French, after all their talk for four years of the improvement of their arm, have done very little. The Cermans have improved their army since the conclusion of the war with a zeal unknown in the history of anv other people. Their artillery, splendid and crushing as it was five years ago, has been greatly improved. A dead dog was buried in a fine rose wood collin at Albany, N. Y. HERE AND THERE. The steam yacht Ceres, with her owner, the Duke of St. Albans, on boanl, is nported missing oil the Shet lanel coast . The Princess lionise, wife of the Mar quis ef Lome, is executing a bust e her sister-in-law, the Countess of Percy, te be placed in Alnwick Castle, North umberland. Amom; the London cabmen are to be foiinel a former (!e)vermr of the Bank ef England, an ex-M. P., a late fellow of a Cambrielge college, and a clergy man whe was one of the respondents in a remarkable clerical divorce ease. The Duke eif Saxe-Meininge'ii , one ef the smallest of the! Thuringian States, is a line amateur actor, ami ejuite; de voted to the stage. He married an actress, and gives private, exhibitions, at which the audiences are net allowed. te applaml. He has revive'el the palmy el ays ef (Joethe! at Saxe-Weimar. The celebrated French ballemnist, Monsie-ur (bielarel, who had in eharge the balhiem department eluring the siege of Paris, recently was announced by the German newspapers to have given a. fe-w air excursions for the benefit of the citizens of Berlin. Monsie-ur Goelarel has ele'tiieel the impeachment of his pa triotism by stating that he never was in Berlin ami the Prussian flag should nev er, anywhere, float ewer his gas bub bles. A sekenape was last month given to the English sepiaelrem em its arrival at Veniie-e'. The canals were lighted up with Bemgal fire' in various cedors, the shipping illuminated, as also the small boats, filleel with the musie-ians, singers ami citizens, whoparaeled up and down the ('rand Canal. Tenors and sopra- . nossang se)le pieces in honor of the oc casion,! many time's "God save the Queen"' was given, anil the festive ser enade lasteel from 1) p. m. to 1 a. m. j The Italian fashion of dealing with ! bute'hers is not much in vogue here. ! It is just being introeluceel in Broejklyn. Andre-wMela, latedy arrived from Sici ly, set the style. He ran up a bill fer meat until the butcher weulel trust him no lemger. Then he tedd the butcher that he neve-r meant to pay, meantime lingering the e'elge ef a stiletto with pe culiar significance. Subsequently he he'ld a knife at the; butcher's throat, ami i'xtorte-d a loan of $-2i; finally he maele a dead rush at the butcher at a picnic, and tried te cut his heart out, imrely because further advances of money were refused. Now the Sicilian is under -l ,000 bond to keep the peace, but he has suflereel no further punish ment : ami, most interesting of all, he has not paiel the bill. E un est Leveim.k, an educated gen tleman of excellent family, forty years of a,re, was recently sentenced to fifteen years' imprisomne-nt at hard labor by the Assize Court ef Finistere, in France, fer forging Pest-oflicc money orders. He had been third mate of a ship, cor poral in the army, a Lazarist priest in Syria, an assistant cure in France, an ambulance attendant during the war with Prussia, ami finally an assumed M. D. in Paris. He said on his trial that he was a Knight ef the Order of Christ of Portugal, a Commander of the Turkish Order e)f Mceljielie, and a Chev alier e)f the Orders ef Nicham and the Prussian Eagle. He denied the impu tation that he was the paramour of a lady separated from her husband, asso ciateel with him in the ambulance, who died in his presence at Valines. But he admitted that lie had passed her off as his cousin, and had confessed her on her deathbed , ami given her extreme unction. Although this conduct hail been stigmatizeel at Valines as profana tion, he claimed that he had authority from Rome te shrive penitents every where', and saiel he had a hundred times performed mass at Constantinople. He had not only shrived this lady, but he had burieel her with his own hands, which he said was a custom he had practised in the East What is the Sun. Prof. Rudolph, in a lengthy paper on the sun, says: "A molten or white hot mass, SSGjOOO miles in diameter, eemal inginbulk l,r.'ju,000 worlds like our own, having a surrounding ocean of gas on lire fifty miles deep, tongues of flame darting upward more than ."50,000 miles, volcanic forces that hurl into the solar atmosphere luminous matter te the height of 100,000 miles, drawing to itself all the worlds belonging to our family of planets, and holding them all in their proper place ; attracting with such superior force the millions of solid and stray masses that are wandering in the fathomless abyss that they rush helplessly toward him and fall into his firery embrace. And thus he contin ues his sublime and resistless march through his mighty orbit, having a peri od of more than 18,000,000 of years.