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La. DONALDSONVILLE BUSINESS DIRECTORY. DlRY GOODS, GROCERIES, Ete. A 1). VEGA, Agent. dealer in 1)Dry Goods, " Notions, Clothing, Boots and Shoes, Hats, Groceries. Liquors.. Furniture, Hard ware,, Tobacco, Paints, Oils, Glass, Lumber, Bricks, Carts and Wagons; Loeb's corner, Railrodl Avenue and Mississippi street. B ERNARD LEMANN, dealer in Western Produce, fancy and staple Groceries, Liquors, Hlardware, Iron, Paints, Oils. Carts, Plows, Saddlery, Stoves and Tinware, Fur niture, Crockery, Wall Paper and Ilouse Furnishing Goods, Mississippi street, corner Crescent Place. JOSEPII GONI)IAN. dealer in Clothing, *I Dry ,Goods, Notions, Hats, Groceries, Wines, Liquors Boots, Shoes, Hardware, Paints, Oils, Saddlery, Crockery. Furniture a.nd all kinds of House Furnishing Goods, No. II Mississippi street. M TOBIAS, dealer in Groceries, Dry M Goods, Clothing, Notions, Boots and Shoes, Ihats, Furniture, Hardware, Crock ery, 'T'runks, etc., corner Misssissippi and St. Pat rick streets and No. 24 Railroad Avenue. Every thing at lowest liguires. C jINE,.L corner Crescent Place and Je lMefitna treet, dealer in Dry Goods, Notions, llTos and Shoes, Groceries, Pro visions, Corn, Oats and Bran. M1l L8RAEL'& CO., desles in Dry.Goods, " Ulothing,: Boots, Shoes, Bisdlery, Buggies, otb., corner Mississippi street and Railirud Avenue. 1. FELTEL,, dealer in Dry Goods, Cloth e. ing, .Boott, 1hhoes, J'Rts, Groceries, Furniture, Hardware anti Plantation Sulp plies, attl.e'-ldll'ost-offlce stand, Mississippi street. S WEINSCHIE btK, dealer in Dry Goods, a Notions, Clothing, Groceries, Hard ware, Ilats, Boots and Shoes, and general Plantation Supplies, Railroad Avenue, be tween Ihbervillo and Attakapas streets. p T. BABIN, dealer in Choice Family Y Groceries,Wines and Liquors, Lamps, Oils, etc. Darrowville, near ferry landing, anti opposite Donaldsonville. LIQUOR AND BILLIARD SALOONS. TIIE PLACE, Gus. Israel, manager, Corner Lossard and Misissiippi streets. Billiards, Lager Beer, Best Wines and Liquors, Fine Cigars, etc. BUTCHEIRS' EXCHANGE, P. Mollere, p1roprietor, Crescent Place, opposite the M1rkct-llouse. Best of Wines, Liquors andi Cigars always kept at the bar. HIOTELS AND BOARDING-HOUSES. R ORT. E. LEE HOTEL, at Marx Israel's old stand, corner Mississippi and Les snrd streets. Jos. Lafargue, proprietor. liar and billiard room attached. First-class en tertainment and accommodations. SHAMROCK HOUSE, L. Wiese, proprie tor, Mississippi street, opposite Lem ann's old store. Board and Lodging at the lowest rates. Best Wines, Liquor and Beer. ST. LOUIS HOTEL. Lucy Butler, pro prietor, Crescent Place, ..dar the wharf. First-class Board and Lodging at reasonable rates. i ¥I Y HOTEL. P. Lefevre, Proprietor, Railroad Avenue, cor. Iberville street. Bar supplied with best Liquors. CONFECTIONERIES,. p IlllLIP GEIGER'S Confectionery and Fruit Store, Mibsissippi street, adjoining Lemann's old stand.: Oakes, Soda Water, Nuts. Toys and Fancy Articles. P ONALISQNV'L ECQO ECTIONERY, by A. Grl1he, Missiesippi street, near tPatrik. l Branch on Railroad Avenue, near Q .hpalUwe street. Cakes.- ..its, Nuts, Soda W.ter,.Xce Cream. Cakes. ce Cream and Syrupa for weddings and parties fur nished on short notice. CIGAR RJEAI.ER. TOSE REBSERT, Dealer ia Havana & Domestic Cigars, Tobacco,:$nuff, Pipes, etc., cor. Mississippi and St. Padrick streets. JOS. THOMPSON. Railroad Avenue, next door to orner of Conway street, near the depot, dealer in H.rrana and Domestic Cigars, Tobasceo, Snuff, Pipes, etc. MILLINERY. AS . liT.CM. Milliner, Mississippi `at.et, betweeth Lessard and St. Pat rick. Lat~ t styles of Bonnets, Hats, French Flowers, etf.; also, all kinds of Ladies' Un derwear. M. RS. J. FEVRIER, Milliner; all kinds of M Hats, Bonnets. ¶.riipings, Artificial Flowers and Fancy Articles, corner Missis sippi and Lessard streets. BOOT AND SHOE MAKING. S GOETTE, Boot and Shoemaker, Mis * sissippi street, opposite Maurin's store. All work in best style at bottom prices. -SWLN i MAUCHINES. . Singer Sewing Machine DEPOT, p corner Mississippi and Lessard streets. A. Combe...................... Manager, Mrs. Octavia Illey,................aleslady SOUTHIPN SEWING 'MACHINS E DE POT, No. 155 Railroad Avenue. Agents for the " White," " Wilson," " New Home," " Wheeler and Wilson," " Victor," ." New 'Davis," aind- "Sigwalt." Also manllufac turers' agents for all kinds of Sewing Ma chine Needles, Attachuments, Silks, Flax, Pttferns, Oil~ eta;- Reepairing of all kinds done and warranted. iLIVEsRY TABLES a. UfNDERTAKING. QCIONBERG'S Livery, Feed and Sale Stable and Undertaker's Establishment, Railroad Avenue, between Iberville and At takapas streets. Competition defied. DIxceed )ILý AND E KEb~idES. B RYBISKI, Apothecary and Druggist, J Mississippi street, between St. Patrick and St. Vincenatstreets, adoinming Gandran's .atore.. - f1ENTRAL DithJU STORE- corner Rail 1J road Avenue and Iberville street, L. Blanchard, poporietor.. Iteosh Drags and Medicines. SADLEE3E---#MA*NES3-MAKINOG. JOSEPH HISS, Saddler and Harness Maker, 159 Railroad Avenue. Saddles and harness of all styles and prices made to otkw. All orders for repairing and paint irg of Carriages and Buggies promptly ex ecuted. HOUSE AND SIGN PAINTING. R J. GREEN, House, Sign and Ornamen e tal Painter. Railroad Avenue, near Claiborne street. Paver-hanging and Calci mining in superior style. CABINET MAKING---UPHOLSTERING. H C. GRUBE, Cabinet Maker and Up . holsterer, Railroad Avenue, near Mis sissippi street. Furniture repaired and var nished, Moss. Hair and Spring Mattrasses repaired and made over, Cane-seat Chairs rebottomed. Orders for country work re sponded to promptly. BARBER SHOP. L L. FER]NANDEZ. Barber Shop, Mis Ssissippi Street, near corner Lessard. Shaving. hair-entting, a.ampooing, etc., in most artistic style. TINSMITH. LOUIS J. RACKE, Tinsinith. Mississippi street, at Lemnann's old stand. Orders attended to with dispatch and satisfaction insuredl. ATTORNEYS AT LAW. Frederick Duffel, R. Prosper Landry. D UFFEL & LANDRY, Attorneys at Law. Office on Chetimaches street, just b.ck of the Court-House. EDWARD N. PUGII, Attorney at Law, Attakapns street, opposite Louisiana Square. Visits Nanoleonville on Mondays. PIIOTOGRAPHY. NEW PHOTOGRAPHIC GALLERY. on Railroad Avenue, opposite Post-office; Henry Gartz. proprietor; new rooms and improved facilities for doing fine work ; all styles and sizes of pictures from 50 cents up ward : copying and enlarging from old and faded pictures a specialty. SODA WATER IMANUFACTORY. SODA WATER MANUFACTORY, IH. lIether, proprietor, No. 11 Mississippi street. Soda, Mineral, Seltzer and all kinds of aerated waters manufactured, and sold at lowest prices. Dr. P. J. Friedrichs, of New Orleans Is now permanently located on Railroad Avenue between Mississippi and Iberville streets, office occupied by the late Dr. IHumbert, where he will be pleased to re ceive calls from those wishing work in his line. DR. A. C, LOVE, Darrowville, La. Left bank Mississippi river, opposite Don aldsonville. Office and residence at Gibson's lintel. R. J. II. VANDEGRIFF OFFICE : Attakapas street, near the Court-House, Ilonaldsorville, La. DR. W. M. McGALLIARD Office in Crescent Place, DonalgIsonvlle, La. LATW AND NOTARIAL OFFICE. R. N. Sims, ATTORNEY AT LAW. Donaldsonville, La. Practice in Ascension,Assumption and St. Jamces. mch22-1y EDMUND MAURIN, ATTORNZBT AT LAW, Office : Opposite the Court-House, Donaldsonville, La. Practices in the Fourth Judicial District, -comprising the parishes of Ascension, St. James, St. Charles and St. John Baptist and the parish of Assumption. aprl9 PAUL LECHE, ATTORIIET As LEAW, Donaldsonville, La., Office: One block below the Court House, on Attakapas street. my24-ly John H. Ilsley, Jr., F. B. Earhart. 1LSLEY & EARHART, ATUO.NiYTS AT MzAW, Ofice: Opposite the Court House, DonaldsonvIlle; La. Practice in the Fourth: Judicial District (comprising St. Charles. St. John, St. James and Ascension parishes), and in the Supreme and United Statee Courts. my31-79 CHAS, OBERIA.ARP, Jr., Barber and Hairdresser, Crescent Place, adjoining St. Louis Hotel, Donaldsonville, La. Shaving, Hair Cutting, Dyeing, Shampoo ing; etc., in elegant style at moderate charges augI For the CHtIF. ONLY A DREAK--AN ALLEGORY. BY LEO NO. 1. I sought myoeanch on a dreary night, My aoal was oppressed with the toill of the day; The fire n the grate shone brilliant and bright, And the cinder, all shrunken on the hearthstone lay. And soon I was lost In slumber deep, Slumber profound and supreme; And yet In the hours of forgetfulness creep The shadows and forms of a dream. And I dreamed I was off in a distant clime Where the ivy and oak never grow; Where the sun never sets, but continues to shine With a radiant and resplendent glow. Yet all around seemed lorn and drear, And the winds passed by with a moan; And there rose from my heart a sad, bitter tear, For the landeo bleak and lone. And it seemed that I heard from a neighboring bush A sigh, a groan or a wal But then it might be the cry of a thrush, As it litted adows the vale. But I heard it again ! I could not mistake, And it came like a wall of woe From the one leafless bush, near the verge of a brake, And its sadness chilled me through. And again I heard the thrilling cry As it rose on the stilly air; And I braced up my nerves, determined to try And solve the mystery existing there. I slowly approached the lonely bush From which had come the anguished wall; Anxious to see if throat of the thrush Had uttered the note as it flew to the vale. I approach I I advance ! but I stop ! For again I heard the sound; And there 'neath the bush I see the top Of a smooth and lowly mound. And kneeling there, in the quietude deep Was the slender form of a maid; With clasped hands and ashen cheek, She most devoutly prayed. She leaned o'er the lone, unhallowed grave, And prayed in an agonized way; And all that she asked, all seemed to crave Was there in peace to stay. For heart seemed buried in this tomb, Out there, in the barren vale, Where the grass never grows, the flowers ne'er bloom, And the winds pass by with a wall. Atnd I gazed in the depths of her swollen eyes, In widch was depicted misery's throe; And the glance seemed to charm, to magnetize, As though tier grief I should know. And she silently knelt with her delicate hands Upraised to Him on the Throne; Her mind was wandering in Heavenly Lands, In search of the one that was gone. I saw her lips move as she uttered a prayer, And the words came up from her heart; "Oh! Righteous Father I" said the maiden fair, "Why did you tear us apart ? " And this was all that the pale lips spoke To the One who died to redeem; Oh, horror! I start with a cry-and awoke, And found it was all but a dream. DONALDSONVILLE, December 18, 1579. Our Broadbrim Letters. The Blair Poisoning Case-Robbers of High and Low Degree-A Novel Suit-A Youthful Burglar Entrapped by His Own Father-Wall Street Mat ters-Italian Immigration, etc. EW wYonK. Den. 13, 1879. "Does you kill 'ern for fun sometimesd" said Betsey, looking up in the little man's face. "Not worry hofteu," said the hunchback, " but we croaks by doz ons in the way of business, and we likes it; yes, we likes it werry much."-Lon don Streets. We are a bad lot. I never had a very elevated opinion of my kind ; for the business of a newspaper cor respondent brings him in contact with so many human weaknesses, and meannesses, and villainies, that he measures his kind from a differ ent standpoint, and see them from a different level from that which they are seen by other men. Who could cynceive that here, in the great me tropolis of the nation, with three mil lions of dollars' worth of police to take care of us, with hundreds of churches and church congregations, with schools and missions, and Young Men'." Christian Associations, that people sit down and talk murder, and do murder, with as much non chalance as you play leap-frog or baseball. For the entire week, the whole ci ty has been agog with the attempted murder of a Mr. Blair. "There are no fools like old fools. " I know that myself. Now, if ever there was an old fool, Blair is the man. He leaves his business at Chatham Four Corners, where he passes for a tolerably respectable man, and starts for the city of Bos ton. On the boat he falls in with a couple of female thieves from New York, each of whom had served a number of terms in State prison. One of these fine ladies recommends herself to Mr. Blair by telling him that she would like to have a smoke ofa pipe. Fine ladies always smoke pipes. Mr. Blair has a dhudeen con venient, and, as pipes are not allow ed in the ladies' saloon, he invites Miss Connelly to his state-room. First-class ladies always accept invi tations of that kind, so it is not at all astonishing that Miss Connelly did what first-class ladies- always do. After winning Mr. Blair's confidence by asking for a chew of tobacco, she informs him that she is not traveling entirely alone, but has a lady friend, whom. she forthwith introduced to the gentleman from Chatham Four Corn. era, and the new comer is so attract ive that Miss Connelly's nose is soon out of joint, and she leaves her friend Mrs. Volkener In possession of the prize. If Mr. Blair was a, verdant country youth, just escaped from his leading strings, be would be entitled to our pity and commissoratioe, but he Is an ancient sinner, grizzled and gray, who has had many a bout with the devil during the last sixty years of his life, and has frequently been thrown; yet this sharp, keen old man, who had wit enough to make a fortune, and manage a big business, tumbled into the trap of these vile women as readily as a boy of sixteen. They lured him to their den in New York, and there quietly, calmly and deliberately sat down and decided on his murder by poison. The whole detail, even to the shaving off of his whiskers, and the final disposition of the body was carefully arranged. Not the slightest incident was over looked; and that the plot miscarried, was not owing to want of skill or de sire, but to the fears of one of the villainous gang, who saw the gallows in prospective, and did not want to get her neck stretched. All the pa pers are now speculating on the num ber of people who are annually work ed off in this way. Of the multitude of bodies fished up from the muddy waters of the river, probably one half of the victims are from the coun try. There are men and women in this city, by hundreds, who regard murder and robbery as a perfectly le gitimate business; and who would think no more of knocking a man or woman in the head, than they would of drowning a young kitten or a blind puppy. The scandal and outcry that this old sinner, Blair, has aroused, will not have been in vain, if it shall prevent any number of the old fools and young fools from doing as lie has done. Let this moral be impressed on all travelers from the country, who visit New York or Boston, that when any lady on a steamboat asks you for a pipe or a chew of tobacco, you had better tell that lady that you are traveling with your mother in-law and can't be interviewed. If she wants to smoke a pipe, tell her to go up to the pilot house, or down to the engine-room, or any other place but your state-room, as that is not a proper place for ladies to smoke pipes in when your wife is not around. Remember this, and you may escape the scandal and humilia tion now endured by this old fool from Chathamn Four Corners, who has not only lost whatever little reputa tion lie ever possessed, but also a new overcoat and gloves, which cost him $14.50. The week has been marked by the restoration of the forger, William C. Gilman, to liberty, and as he is now utterly ruined and crushed by misfor tune, I feel like saying no unkind word against him, yet, standing among the ruins of his desolate home, or by the sorrowful grave of his dead wife and child, he has nothing left on earth to hope for more, till the portals of the grave shall close upon him. A few faithful friends may still cling to him, but never more will he be trusted or seen in the busy haunts of men. Whatever of ruin or disas ter has befallen him, he can accuse no one but himself; at every step he call truly say, this is my work, mine alone. It was only a week ago, that Judge Gildersleeve sentenced a poor wretch to State's prison for five years, for the robbery of a dollar, and the chances are that lie will serve his term out to the bitter end; but here is a man who, surrounded with every influence and incentive for good, a church trus tee, an active, zealous Christian, cel ebrated for his ostentatious piety and his lengthy prayers, who sat deliber ately down, day after day, month af ter month, and year after year, rob bing, not strangers, not enemies, but his dearest, tried and trusted friends, men who loaned him their credit in the hour of his extremity and dis tress, near relatives who sat at his board and broke bread with him, these are the men that William C. Gilman robbed, and for those robbe ries he should suffer. When he was a candidate for re-election, Governor Robinson would not have dared to pardon this man, whose own sense of his desert, induced him to refuse Ex ecutive clemency, till they actually* thrust him from the prison. The novel suit of a German woman in Brooklyn is now being tried, where she sues a German widow for robbing her of the affections of her husband, and of finally appropriating the Dutchman, body and bones, to herself. He mnust have been a valua ble Dutchman, for his frow puts her damages at twenty thousand dollars. At first, it was thought that a suit was not tenable, and that an action would not lie, but there are so many things that do lie about the law, just when you don't expect it, that no body, except the lawyer for the de fence, was surprised when Judge Neilson decided that the grounds of the suit were good, and if a man can recover damages for the sequestered affections of his wife, there is no earthly reason why a wife should not be damaged when some heartless huzzyy appropriates her Dutchman. I hope she may get her damages in full, and that such other punishment be meted out to this recreant widow, as the revised staitutes may call for, that posterity may learn that a Dutchman can no more be appropri ated by a widow than a President's message or a Secretary's report by an editor, without condigO punish ment following. A sad case occurred in the Brook lyn courts on Thursday. A father appeared against his son, sixteen years of age, accusing hint of the crime of burglary. If it had been simple robbery, the boy might get off with a term in the county jail, but burglary is a State's prison of fence, and it is possible that the boy may expiate his offence by a long term in Sing Sing. The father is ev idently a shrewd man, for he marked a number of silver dollars and put them away where he knew his son would find them, and just as the boy was purloining the money the fath er made a descent on him and cap tured him right in the act. It must have been a great triumph, and I can imagine the satisfaction of the father, as he stood in the witness box and testified against his own son, who stood trembling at -the bar. If the boy is a thief, and would steal from his own father, it is possibly proper that he should be punished, yet I could not help asking myself as the two stood face to face, which of them was the more culpable. Perhaps if the father had spent a little more time in the training of his children, and less in other pursuits, he would not have to stand as the accuser of his own first-born, the flower of whose young life may be passed in a prison cell. A polite exchange of civilities is just taking place between the mag nates of the metropolitan press, with regard to the purloining of the Secre tary of the Treasury's report and the President's message. Rogue, villain, scoundrel and thief, and an outsider, judging them by the different esti mates they form of each other, would suppose that the entire lot of them were candidates for the penitentiary. Stockslare still upon the ragged edge. Outside orders have fallen off, but now the wolves are eating up each other. The speculators are playing battle-dore and shuttle-cock, with Erie starting at 40 in the morn ing, falling to about 37 at noon, and recovering its- lost ground generally before the adjournment of the board. Most of the California mining stocks got a black eye, owing to the late deal of the Bonanza Kings, and now the boys are standing back like Ma cawbar, and waiting for something to turn up. Our Italian immigration this year has exceeded that of any other sioce the foundation of the republic. To judge by the general appearance of these arrivals, there must be a fright ful tax on soap in the glorious king dore of Italy, and even the low price of that useful commodity in the king dom of Yankee Doodle seems to lack appreciation, so these noble Ro mans cling to the soil that they love. They may not always be the most intellectual portion of our foreign population, but they are certainly the strongest. HIoping they may all make money enough to return to the land of Ctesar and Scipio Africanus, there to bask in the shadow of St. Peter's, and upder the crumbling walls of the Colliseunm, I am Truly yours, BROADBRIM. A Religious Quarrel-Catholic Reform ists-Au Angel of Charity in Trouble -Comstock's Assault Upon Crime. NEW YORK, Dec. 20, 1879. EDITOR CHIEF: We are having a religious revival in New York, and just such a one as will delight the heart of Bob Ingersoll and the author of Cupid's Yokes. Now that the walking matches are ended, and other sources of excitement have failed us, the opera being antiquated and the drama of the theatres not new, we turn to the ecclesiastical bear gar den and see the clerical athletes strip for the "mill,"satisfied that the battle will be to the outrazne. The fact is, that the disgraceful fights which are constantly taking place between the clergymen of different denominations, is disheartening to the true friends of religion, and affordsjubilation to that large and increasing class which is endeavoring to. make the name of the church an ensign of infamy and re proach. It was my sincere hope that the quarrel between Doctor Talmage and his Christian brothers was ended and buried, as far as the public was concerned, and that, whatever there was- of ecclesiastical scandal, would be kept in the sanhedrim of the elect, but the attempt of the trustees of the Brooklyn Tabernacle to carry its con gregation out of the control of the Presbyterian Synod, gave the Doctor a longed-for opportunity, and he an nounced his determination to resist the action of his trustees, and to live and die in the Presbyterian fold; but, while commending the honest action of the distinguished clergymen who sustained him in his late trial, the inference to be drawn from the after part of his discourse was, that the clergymen who opposed him were fit candidates for the penitentiary. He announced from his altar, that he was in possession of letters respecting his clerical pursuers, which, if he chose to publish, would fill the city with scandal for a year, such as it had never known before. What did the reverend gentleman mean by this were the letters true or false t If false, he must have known it, and if true, what right had he to conceal the infamy of these wolves in sheeps' clothing, and how can he acquit him self as a Christian minister, of allow ing these men to preside over congre gations, ivhen he considers them mor ally and religiously rotten ? OOn Sunday night last, one Doctor Coggeshall, of Rhode Island, under took to reply to the articles on Abo litionism in the New York Tribune, which have been furnished by Oliver Johnson. There is probably no man in the United States as well qualified for the work as Mr.Johnson; he knew personally many of the men of whom he speaks; he personally mingled in the struggle, and was one of the rec ognized leaders in the work which he describes. Mr. Johnson .made the broad assertion, that all the churches, the Metbodist'eiharo among therest, were pro-slavery previous to the war, and this fact, in the glaring light of history, no one but a fool or a mad man would deny, yet this Doctor Coggeshall, who no doubt thinks him self the great original Abolitionist, and as a reformer infinitely greater than Loyd Garrison, attacked Mr. Johnson like a clerical prize fighter, and undertook to set history right on the matter, wherein it has been wrong for the past forty years. The exhi bition of intemperate teal with which lie urged his own claims, was simply disgraceful in a man of his age and position, rendering it manifest, that in some men three score and ten years is still far from the age of discretion. Another matter which is now ex citing considerable attention is the reform movement in the Roman Cath olic Church, led on by Bishop McNa mara, assisted by Father Dillon and Father Quinn. This is not by any means a break from Catholicism, but a separatian simply from the Roman church. The Irish Catholic still re mains an Irish Catholic, but these gentlemen claim that the dominion of Rome has been the curse of Ireland, that the Roman church has sold out the liberties of Ireland for her own selfish purposes, and that the acknowl edgment of Papal infallibility is no portion of the true faith. Whatever may be the merit of the new move ment, it has struck the Catholic church in a place where she has never been wounded before, and that is among her Irish adherents. All the clergy men engaged in the movement are Irish, and all of the worshippers in the different congregations are Irish. Once a priest, a priest forever, is a doctrine accepted by the Catholic church throughout the world, and it is yet to be seen whether these rebel lions evangelists will be able to with stand the thunder of the anathama maranatha which is sure to fall sooner or later on their devoted heads. In the meanwhile the work goes bravely on, and the congregations are among the most devoted in the city. Doctor Fulton, who, for two years, kept the Hanson Place Baptists in a fever, until they finally hustled him out, has hired the large Skating Rink, made famobs by the ministrations of Moody and Sankey, and here, twice on each Sabbath, he endeavors to call sinners to repentance. There is no doubt that Brooklyn is a very pious city, for out of five hundred thousand inhabitants they have not yet been able to find sinners enough to fill it. A week ago a certain spinster, by the name of Ferguson, got on a smolk ing car coming down the Bowery, and because a well known stock broker happened to smoke as he was passing her in attempting to get o ' the .ar, she committed a viole"ot asamaltkon him, for which she was, very properly, fined in the Police (ourt, ter .leing. pauti the prisongpes.alaog wit ther criminals. A good deal of frothy sympathy was expended on this wo nian, because *he was represented as a person who devoted her life to deeds of charity, and whose specialty was furnishing es ployment to poOr girls. This week she was ejected from her rooins for the non-payment of rent, and in her apartments 'were foiud a miscellaneous assortment of hams, dried provisions, bonnets and dry goods, which were, undoubtedly, the contributions of the faithful, but when put upon the stand and questioned as to who were the. members of this char itable association, she declared that she would sooner go to prison than disclose their names. Miss Ferguson may be an angel of mercy in disguise, but there are a great many engaged in similar work, who are not, who are the presidents, trenaurets, secretaries and members of their own charitable societies, who collect the money, pocket the funds, and literally obey the command-of the Apostle-" not to let the right hand know what the left hand doeth." I know an old colored woman who, for ten years; was- col lecting enough " t buy a new bible for de minister, an' git a noo carpit fur de church." No sort of contri bution came amiss to the old woman in the last few years of her charitable mission; and, to aid her in her pious work, she collected, among the mer chants on Murray street, on one after noon, a pair of chickens, four bottles of whisky, half bushel of white onions, and two pounds and a quarter of eels. The old woman's work still remains unfinished ; the bible is unbought and the carpet is unlaid, and, in fact, the site of the- church itself has sever been discovered, and" a few of the skeptics have thrown out the sugges tion that possibly "de ole woman's church am away on de oder side ob Jordan, what do worm dyethdot, an' de fire am not quenched." As a ro mantic denoument to the ecgar epi sode of Miss Ferguson, Mr. Henriques, whose cigar was knocked out of his mouth by the irate spinster, was mar ried on Wednesday, at the Temple of Sheareth Israel, to Miss Charlotte Werner, one of the loveliest daughters of Judah. The gallant bridegroom looked none the Worse for his late en counter with Miss Ferguson, and the bride was resplendent in jewels and gorgeous with lace. The wedding party embraced some of the wealthiest Jews in the city, and was, altogether, a most recherche and fashionable affair. On Monday and Tuesday, Anthony Comstock held forth to the citizens of Brooklyn in behalf of the Society for the Prevention of Crime. If one quarter of the revelations of Mr. Com stock are true, we are in an exceed ingly bad way. On the evening of his last lecture none but adult males were admitted, and the revelations were of such a shocking character as almost to exceed belief. The most ala:miug information was, that an organized effort was being made by gangs of villains, male and female, for the cor ruption and prostitution of the pupils of our public and private schools. The monsters engaged in this infa mous work have sent out circulars by millions, containing the vilest inform ation, and the most infamous propo sitions. There is scarcely a private seminary of learning in the land but has been reached by these inhuman devils, wl should be hunted down as wolves are hunted, and killed as snakes, or other poisonous animals are killed. Mr. Comstock is a pleas ant-faced, well-proportioned gentle man, about forty years of age, and about middle height ; .he bears on his left cheek the terrible scar left by the assassin's knife, when they tried to murder him about three years ago. The indignation of the audience rose to its topmost height when he alluded to the criticisms of the press, and the relentless hatred of the murderous crew that was trying to impede his work. In conclusion he spoke of the death, by suicide, of the notorious Madame Restell, whom he arrested in the midst of her horrid work in her gilded hell on Fifth Avenue. The meeting was attended by the very best men in the city, and the univer sal verdict was that Anthony Corn stock was engaged in a high and holy work, and should he sustained by every man in the community who has the honor of woman and the purity of home at heart, and this verdict is en dorsed by Yours, truly, BROADBRIM.