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MONTPELIER , VT., WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 2, 1884.
VOIi. 79. 1029. NO. 12. BY W. W. P11ESCGTT. ffitfcfnmnt 0 jfounml. "wEDNKSDAY, JANUAUY 2, 1831. Locnl Ilcms. Dituoa ntBaacom's! Tatknt medlclnoa at Bascom'all Tmt flnest clgnra at Bascom'alll Ciiiculatino llbtaty at II. E. Slaytun'a: Eleoant handkorcklef extracta at Bas com'altll Ladibs' kld button boot8 f or 51.20 at Smlllo's. Leaa than coat. Bm trado In "Dlamond Dyea" at Bas com'sll!!! Boots and shoes nt cost, and lesa, at Smlllo's old atand, for a few weeka longor. Theiie wlll be a patlsU oyster aupper at tho churoli at Shady Hlll (Middlesex) Tucsday ovening, January 8, for tho beneflt ol tho pas tor, Bev. L. 0. Claik. Nioe palr of nion'n graln bata. for 81.75 (for mer price, 82.50) at Sinillo's. Losa than cost. Foit Sale. Ono thouaand Macombor's 1m proved band corn and boan plantors. Agenta wanted for nll unoccupUd teriltory. For par ticulara apply to 0. G. Plielpa, agent for the atate of Vermont, Milton, Vt. Wood Booairr and Sold. Those who wlsh to buy or sell wood of any klnd are lnvlted to call at tho ofllce of Angoll & Morrow, South Maln street, opposlte Henry Lowo & Son'8 store. Thla firm also buy nnd soll sblngles. J. G. Moiuuson & Co. are maklng low prlcea on broken lota of gooda to closa out. They alao have one lot ' of standard prlnts at four centa per yard, and ono lot of sheetlng cotton (forty-Inch) at seven centa per yard, by the pleco only. Currcnt Mcutiou. Tub annual sesslon of the grand lodge, Inilc pendent Order of Good Tomplars, will be held in St. Johnsbury tho 16th and 17th of tho pres ent month. Mna. Emma IIoi'KiNg of Spring Lake, Micli., clalms to own Ethan Allon's aword, and she ls anzlons to aell lt to tho state of Vermont for ono thousand dollara. Receiveh Kion haa engaged E. P. Colton to rnn tho Norwood Lumbor Company'a property for tho uoxt six monthB ln the lntereat of the deposltora ln tho St. Albana Trust Company Otm premlum offera aro still good, althongh they have not appeared for some tlmo for lack of apace. We still aend the dlctlonary for two, and the Waterbury watch for flve, new names. Send them ln. We have recelved from T. C. Evans, adver- tlslng agent, Boston, a unlquely lllustrated calendar for 1884, whlch representa old Father Tlmo and tho four seasona perBonlfied, astrlde of the anath of a seythe. The new Ico palace ln Montreal ls now In process of conatructlon. It la to be between ono hundred and one hundred and flfty feet long on the f ront, to cost about $3,000 and con taln ten thousand cakea of lce. Tiik aupreme court for Chutenaen couniy opened Ita regular January term yesterday. Th'e judgea are Chlef Justlco Royce and Assc clate Judgea Roaa, I'owera and Veazey. The term wlll probably be a very short one. The Randolph normal achool closes its fall term next week Friday. Rev. J. A. Fierce of West Randolph proaches the baccabiureate on Sunday evenlng, nnd Fresldent S. C. Bartlett of Dartmouth college glves the addresa on Wedneaday evenlng. On the flrst day of the introductlon of bllla Into the bouse, Congresaman Poland presonted ten, the most lmportant of whlch wero to make trade-dollara a legal tender and forbiddlng the further colnage thereof, and to llmlt the uso of the wrlt of habeaa corpua. The Monitor and the Index are havlng a duel, on paper, over the temperance questlon, whlle the Monitor and tho Eipress are snnpping away, each calllng ln questlon the honesty of the edlter of the other paper, whlch seeras to us to bo a small thlng to quarrel about. Tije next annual wlntor meetlng of tho Ver mont Dalrymen's Assoclation wlll bo held at St. Johnsbury, January 23 and 24. An excel lent programme wlll be offered, nnd tho meet lng (the flrst on that stde of the state) la ex pected to bo more than usually Interestlng. The appearance of the wonderful afterglow ln the western horlzon durlng the past week haa been the subject of fresh speculatlon. Wlth Venua, the evenlng star, flashlng llke a brilHant jewol ln the red Betllng, the apec- tacle on a clear evenlng waa one of rare mag nlficence. The appeala of preferred deposltora ln tho St. Albana Trust Company from the recent dc- clslon of Judge Royce orderlng a pro rata dl- vlslon of trust company asaets, wlthout regard to preferred clalmanta, havo been flled wlth the county clerk, and the caso wlll be heard nt the January term of the supremo court for Franklin county. An artlcle roprlnted from the New York Tribune ln anothcrcolumnls worthy of thougt mi perusai. - recK a uaa uoy " may have a veln of lminor, but lt la a coarae-gralned crea- tlon and thoroughly demorallzlng. There la nelther wlt nor orlglnallty ln bia Baylngg and dolnga, and In the lnterest of good morals ho ehouliFbe " eat down upon." uu oner to sona uooa uneer, tho new monthly paper, la aa followa: Any aubscrlbor, old or new, who wlll pay for Tiie Watciiman to a dato whlch la one year ln advance of tho tlme when ho makea tho roinlttance, wlll re celvo Good Cheer one year free. Thus anyono who now paya to January 1, 1885, wlll comply wlth the terma of thla oftor, and ao wlll bo en- tltled to the extra paper. Tiik comet of 1882 la an object of lncroaslng lnterest among the astronomera. Its path la favorable for observatlona, whlch wlll coror a peilod of nearly a year. It wlll be nearest the earth In about three weeka. It la now vlslblo to the naked oye, and lt la expected that tho comet wlll grow brlghter and project Ita tall much fartber than at preaent beforo its perl hellon passage on the 25th of January. Thb "moral and draiuatlo oditor" of the Argus offera a gold watch to Tiie Watciiman lf we wlll reprlnt Its edltorlala for the comlng year. Whonever the Argus says anythlng worth presentlng to tho clasa of readera among whom thla paper clrculates, wo shall be glad.to put lt beforo the publlo; but we euggest that thla eportlve wrlter gave the money whlch tho watch mlght cost and send it to Burlington, In order to take advantago of the Cllpper man'a recentoffertohlm. Pjiahhb doga dlg thelr own wells. Fron- tlersman F. Loech tella Qood Chccr that ho knowa of such a woll two hundred foet doep. Wk lutroduco a now featuro thla wook a puzzlo departmont aa wlll bo soen by rofer once to tho sevonth pago. If wo aro not mls taken, It wlll bo gladly wolcomed by tho younger portlon of our readera, and doubtlcsa by many older onea na well. Wo shall lntro duce nn occaslonal prlzo off er when tho depart mont la woll undor way. Mlss Mautin of South Royalton, whllo walk- lng hume, about olght o'clock Saturday even lng, waa vlolently selzed by a man who put ono nrm around hcr walst and one hnd over her mouth. Sho atruggled and managed to screara loud enough to be heard ln a house near by. Whon tho door waa opened her aa sallant ran away. A man namod Thayer, who haa boen gullty of two slmllar asaaulta, haa been arreated. Thb Now York Indepcndcnt aaya: "Qood Chcer's December and Chrlstraaa number la full of enjoyablo and beneflcial reading, of wlt and wisdom. Mra. Kato Upson Clarko (the edltor of the paper) haa a hollday story, ' After Twolve Ycars,' of aerlal dimenalons; Mr. Wll- llam 0. Stoddard, a delightful boy'a aketcb, 'In the Woodaj' nnd tho other sketchos, poema, nnd departmenta aro hlghly attractlve. Thla auccessful paper ls dolng a ilno work." In these dogenerate days, tho old saying that " an honest man la tho noblest work of God " haa usually been Bomowhat modifled by nddlng tho remark that ho la also about tho " scarcest." Ono such lnatance ln ofHclal llfo haa been dls covercd nnd la worthy of notlce. John N. Ir- wln, governor of Idaho, haa returned to the treasurer of tho Unlted Statea a draft for SGCO aent hlm aa salary for the quarter ended Octo bor 30, and haa decllned alao to recelve the sal aiy due hlm for the perlod endlng December 31. Ho states that he haa been nnablo to at- tcnd to tho dutles of hla ofllce slnce July 1, and cannot consclentlously nccept the pay. At about four o'clock lastThursday morning, writea our Worcester correspondent, tho house owned and occupled by Roger Hovey of thla town waa dlscovered to be on flre. The flamea made rapld progresa unttl all hls buildlngs (ln cludlng house, barns, aheda, etc), wlth the er ceptlon of a cooper-ahop, were completely de- Btroyed, together wlth hla bay and part of hla graln. A portlon of the farmlng toola and household gooda wero alao burned, lncludlng a mowlng-machine, a new creamery, and other artlclea purchased tho paat year. Tho bulld lnga wero ln very good condltlon. The flre ia supposed to have taken from a dofectlve chlm- ney. Wo understand that there was an In- Burance of some 81,400 on the buildlngs, whlch wlll but partlally cover the loss. You raust know aomething of your buslnesa, even If lt is wood-chopplng. An old Eau Clalre logger says that lf you are cuttlng small tlmber, whlch may be severod at from one to half a dozcn blowa, an axo wlth a long, thln blade, and aa little bevel aa la compatible wlth strength, ia chosen, and at every stroko the blade ia burled to the helve. If the purpose la to fell large treea or cut heavy tlmber, and thla eame axe la used, it bitea deep in ita strokea, but the chlp remaina in the tlmber after the luclsluus, nuil mnur uiure uIuvtb hxo requlted to dtslodgo lt than were neceasnry to lta forma tlon; therefore, for thla purpose, an axe havlng a thick, heavy bevel, and cuttlng not ao deep, is selected. The bevel, now actlng as a wedge, forces out the chlp at the same Btroke by whlch the lncision la made. Thb mystery aurroundlng the vlolent death of young Catlln of Goshen, mentlon of whlch waa made last week, ia not yet solved by legal Investigatlon. I'ubllc excitoment over the alleged polsonlng contlnuos unabated, and there Ia a deep-ae'atod convlction of fonl play. State's Attorney Ilawklna and Sherlff Dunshee of Addison county bave been at the scene of tho alleged tragedy, and It Is probable that some declded actlon wlll be taken by the ofll cera of the law aa tho result thereof. An au- topsy on tho remalns of the deceaeed waa held, the result of whlch wlll be made known at a preliminary examlnation to be had beforo a maglstrate. Evldence la accumulatlng to ahow that Catlln came to hla death througli foul meana. Loud calla are made by the neighbors for the nrreat of Mra. Catlln. We arosurprised and shocked to see that tne Argus naa admitted to lta otherwiae " re putable " columns the advortlsement of a paper whlch off ers a Waterbury watch as a premlum. Aa it baa alroady sald that such achemea are " benoath the standard of respectable journal- Ism," wo aro alraost overcomo wlth mlngled feellngs of paln and astonishment to find our e. c. givlng currency to such Bnarea for the unwary. In lta last issue our nelghbor casti- gatea D. M. Carap of the JCipress for advertis- ing aomething whlch he had condemned cdltorlally, aaylng that he thus makea " it evl dent that, for the sako of a small sum of money, be would oncourage In one column what he would denounco In another." It eeema to na that thla gun kicka back wlth con- slderable forco. IIow doea lt appear to you, nelghbor? Ciianchllou Royce haa flled the followlng decretal order ln the Franklin county clerk'a ofllce in the matter of the petltton of tho Cen tral Vermont rallroad nnd the Conaolldated rallroad company of Vermont: "It laordered and decreed that tho actlon of the Vermont & Canada rallroad company and tho Conaolldated rallroad company of Vermont, In executlng the mortgage descrlbed ln sald petltlon to se- cure S7,000,000 of bonds, ia hereby ratifled and approved, and aald mortgage ia hereby estab- llshed as avalid securlty accordlng to lta terma, provlded that sald mortgage shall ln no way Impair or lossen the rlghta of tho Rutland rall road company, socured to them by tbo leaae herotoforo executed by them to the trustces and roanagers of tho Vermont Central and Vermont & Canada roada." ln tho matter of the petltlon of the Central Vermont and Con aolldated companies that the Central Vermont rallroad company may be dlscharged aa ro- colvora and managera, ao far aa tho possesslon and management of the Yermont Central and Vermont Sc Canada roada aro concernod, the chancellor ordera a hearlng on tho petltlon to tako placo January 17th. Pondlng thla hear lng, tho Vermont & Canada rallroad meetlng atanda adjonrned to January 18th. Thb Watciiman of Decomber 19 gave tho Aryus and 1'atrtot the opportunlty of a llfe tlmo. Our bold contemporary waa boastlng of ita fearlesanosa nnd Invelghlng'agalnst "the chlefs of tho rlng whlch 1 runs ' the rrpubllcan pnrly In thla atate," It waa challenged to glve a practlcal exhlbltlon of Ita IndlUeronco to " fear or favor " by publlahlng the namea of "tho chlefa of the rlng." nere waa a golden opportunlty whlch real herolsm would have tondly embraced. llero waa a chanco to dls- play ita knowledgo nnd to provo ita aaaertlon that "from ua nloue tho Argua and I'atrtot republlcana get tho truth about mattera and affnlra In Vermont.',' Had tho Argus' lofty protontlona boen anythlng moro than wlnd, wo mlght have been ablo to lay beforo our readera thla woek a genulno Bonsntton In tho Bhnpo of an unrolentlng dlsclonuro of tho porsonallty of " tho chlefa of the rlng" who " havoconatltuted themsolvea into a closo corporatlon " ln thla Btato. Wo are dlsappolntcd, or rathor wo aro compelled to dlsappolnt our oxpectant readera. Wo naked for bread and fish, but we get stonea nnd acorplons. An Indlvldunl whoae eff orts on a late occaslon woro properly charactorlzod by tho edltor.ln-chlef of the Argus as "puerlleln tho oxtreme," makos a long and succcssful at- tempt not to toll what our contemporary pro f essea to know about the alleged " chlefa of the rlng," Tho last Btato of thla wrlter la worse than the flrst, slnce hla efforta aro " puerlle" not to aay foeblo-mlnded in both " extromca." In ahort, tho Araui puta forward a klnd of journallstlc Flibbertigibbet to dlstract the at- tentlon of lta readera. Under the cover of hla antlca, our contemporary auddenly dodgea Into lta hole and drnwa the hole In af tor It. It was tho old dodgo of trylng to creato a dtverslon by lustlly ghoutlng "Btop thlef." Ab n mattor of fact, the Argus and I'atriot probably knowa enough about tho alleged "rlng" nnd the " chlo'fs," for lt la notorloua that It la hand and glove wlth lt nnd them, and no ono expected lt would daro to make a dlsclosnre. Ita pertodical phlllpplca are Bheer buncombo, all for eff ect, and the alleged "rlng" laugha In lta sleovo at tho farco. A few very fresh persons, whose only aonrco of informatlon la tho Argus, may take Btock in that paper's pretentlons, but peo ple generally rato lta pretcncea at thelr real value. The well-lnformed may bo amused by lta concelta but nover taken ln by them. Tiik remnrkablo glow, ao noticeable In tho sunset and sunrlsosky, for the past month, haa caused no little wonder and speculatlon among all classes ol lndlvlduaia, nnd liaa insplred a feellng of undeflned drcad ln tho mlnda of many. Tho followlng thoory concerning lt la advanced ln n letter to the London Times by Mr. Normnn Lockyor, the edltor of Xalure, the lcadlng aclentlfic perlodlcal. Mr. Lockyer con- Blderatho sky glows, whlch havo been observed all round tho planet ln England, Germany, Spnln, Ceylon, tho Sandwlch Islands, South Amerlca, and acrosa North Amerlca, from Malne to Callfornia to be connected wlth the great volcanic disturbancoa In Java, Angust 2G and 27, whlch were of extraordlnary magnl- tude. An Island three thousand feet high en tlrely disappeared; the sky waa aa black aa nlght for forty houra; the quaklngof the Island produced a sea-wavo ono hundred feet high ; vol canic products aand, atonea and vapor were burled to an onormoua height; nnd the sound of tho eruptlon was heard two thousand mlles away. Mr. Lockyer iinda It eaay to Imagine that wlth tho devastating forces of nature at work on thla glgantlc scale, mllllons of tona of matter and mllllons of cublo mlles of vapor must have been thrown into the upper nlr. The coarser elements would have immedlately desconded, but the mere dust, comparable in fineness to partlcloa of vapor, would have re- malned in suspension. To thla volcanic dust are ascrlbod thn remarkable eerles of sky ef- fecta. At flrst, and at polnta near Java, there was a dlmmlng of tho sun's llght; then there was a coloratlon of tho sun nt noon, nnd finally there was a gradual dovelopment of twilight- lengthening phenomena, Tho volcanic dust auspended in theupporalr must havogradually been thlnned out. At flrst tho coarse-gralnod partlclea were competent to absorb llght com pletely, and thero was thlck darkness around Krakatoa; as these disappeared, thosunseemed white and dlm; when the finer partlclea only wero left behlnd, blue and red moleculea pro duced the Windermere effects of blue and green; nnd finally there was just enough float ing material in the atmosphere, at a height of forty or flfty mlles, to reflect the sun'a llght af ter sunset nnd to prolnng tho twilight. Pro- fessor Loomls of Yalo college, whlle confessing hls Inablllty to satlsfactorily explaln the phe nomena, Buggesta interestlng theorles concern ing them. Ile doea not ascribe them to vapor in the air, and says: The latenesa of the honr ahowa the cause to be at a great elevatlon from the earth'a aurface. Ile objecta to the theory of volcanic dust from the erruptlon ln Jav.i ln the nutumn, aa that took placo too long ago, and the phenomenon waa only noticed recontly, Aa to the volcanic eruptiona ln Callfornia and Washington territory, whllo smoke is emltted whlch contains duet the dust may not be red, but when the sun ahinea througli tbe cloud of dust lta red raya have more penetrating power than the other, raya ln tho gpectrum. Prof ossor Loomls lnstancea tbe red aunseta upon hot nights in summer when the atmosphere la fllled with dust. Another BUggestlon by hlm la that she phenomena are duo to some forelgn sub- stance falllng into the alr and the possibllity that meteors conatantly falllng Into the atmos phere may cause tho brilllancy, but ho adda that the latter la a vaguo conjecture. The Keene (N. H. ) Sentinel publlshoa an In tereatlng letter from Vermont, from whlch we make the followlng extract, lack of apace pre- ventlng ua from presentlng the wbolecommunl- catlon: "Perhapa no Now England state haa produced more dlntingulshed men men who bave made thelr mark and won a natlonal reputatlon than thla little Green Mountaln atate. By golng back to tho tlme of tho Revo- lutlonary war, we flnd her Seth Warner and Ethan Allon among lta most dlstlngulshed heroes, Comlng down to a later perlod, when efforta were made to establlsh a protectlve tarlff, we flnd Rollln C. Mallory the leadlng and nblest champlon of thatpolicy ln congresa, For more than twelve yeara Samuel S. Pbelpa Btood the peer ln the eenate of Webstor, Clay nnd Calhoun aa a debater, Webster often aay lng that there waa no man whom he felt to be ao formldable ln opposltlon before the aupreme court aa ' Sam Phelpa;' and the Washington Globe, the leadlng democrntlo organ of the country, pald liim tbo compllment of saying, after hla death, that no man ever came to Washington who had ao great an lnfluenco wlth the natlonal admlnlstratlon, no matter what mlght be lta polltlcs, aa Judge Phelpa, Ho waa tho father of Ilon. Edward J. Phelpa of Burlington, nnd resided ln Middlebury. Tho lato Samuel Prentiss of Montpelier Btood high ln the confldenco of the senate, aud lf not as sharp and wltty aa Senntor Phelps he wlelded great lnfluenco by hls dlgnlty, candor and un blemlshed honor, and waa transferred to tho Unlted States dlatrlct judgeablp of Vermont at the earnost recommendatton of Danlol Web ster, For fourtoen yeara Uornco Kverett of Windsor ranked among tho nblest represontn- tlvea ln congresa. Still later, Jacob Collamer of Woodstock ranked nmong the ablest do batera in tho sonato, and durlng the Inte re bellion oxhiblted nn lndependence nnd nblllty tuai won appiauae irom uotu siuea oi tne aen ato chambor. Ho waa postmastor-genoral ln Prosldont Taylor's cablnot. Tho lato Goorgo P. Marsh, for many yeara ln tho house of rep- reaentntlvca nt Washington, enjoyed tho ropu tatlon of bolng the best scholar In congresa. Ho aubsequently recelved the nppolntment of mlnlster to Italy n posltlon whlch ho held for many yonra through auccesslve admlnlstratlons, untll hla death, whlch occurred but recently. Tho late Hlram Powors, n natlvoof Woodstock, apent most of hls llfo ln Italy, nnd won a world wlde famo aa an Amorlcan sculptor. Hla 'Groek Slave' would glvo famo toanyartlat. The late Ilon. Sllaa Wrlght and Stophen A. Douglns won a natlonnl repntatlon aa leadora of tho domocrattc party, and wero rospected by thelr polltlcal opponenta for thelr consummato nblllty. Sllaa Wrlght waa not born in Vormont, but hla narenta cnme to Addison county when ho wna a moro chlld. He graduated at Middle bury college, and regarded Vermont aa hla mother state. Ho had bardly a superlor In the Unlted States sonato. nnd aa covernor of New York exhlbltcd crcnt adminlatratlvo abllltv. Perhapa tho Amorlcan pnlplt has had no more abio and innuentiai reprosentativea tnnn wii- Lmr nsk aud btODlien unn. 1110 lormerdioa ln 1830 and tho latter In 1857. They were aa muoh dlstlngulshed aa educatora aa prenchera of the eoanel. Dr. Dutton of Now Haven. Conn., wroto of Olln aa havlng fewsuperlora aa a man, nnd no equal na a preacuer. ln ln- teuect no ranxed witn tno great statesmen. Clay, Webster and Calhoun. Olln was a na- tlve of Lo coster. and Flsk waa born near Brat tleboro, but hla father removed to Lyndon, In Caledonia county, when no waa a chlld. liotn traveled ln Europe and wroto volumca of travel. and both were very auccessful presldenta of colleges. The present delegatlon ln congresa wlll compare favorably with that of any other state. vermont a favorlto, benntor lidmunds la the acknowledged leader of the senato, and notwlthstandlng hls great popularity wlth the domlnant party, he shows at once hls wisdom and modestv bv not wishtng tho nominatlon for the presldeney. The two new membera of the house Messra. Foland and Stewnrt wlll be llkely to rank nmong the flrst by thelr abll ity. We doubt if abler ropresentatlvos aro ln that body Irom .Now bngland. Pcrsonnl. Judoe Poland spent tho holldaya in St. Johnsbury. Colonel GEOitaB W. Hookeb haa returned from Washington. FitESiDKNT Hamlin of Middlebury college has been spendlng n wook m iMew ioik clty, Colonel Hakvev D. ConitsHit of Nashua, N. II.. died December 20, aged seventy-six, He waa born in Thetford, Vt.. and was for many yeara a promlnent dry gooda merchant ln (Joncord, nashua and nosion. D. C. Hackett. formerly edltor of the Lud low Tribune and Otter Creek iVetM, and for eignt years past a resident oi urandon, aied December 20, of bronchlal pneumonla. The deceased was about forty years of ago, and leavos a who and two cnlldren. Montpelier. Theiie was no servlco at Bethany church Sunday evenlng. TnElce now belncharvested In thiavlcinlty ls oi excellent quallty. J. P. Knait ia erectlng a house on Flrst avenue, near Major Goodwln a residence. Gilson and CusnMAN'a orchestra furnlshed mnslc for the New Year's ball at Gaysville last nignt. Capital Lodoe. I. 0. of G. T.. are to vislt the Good Templara ln Waterbury Friday eve nlng, january lim. A uequlah communicatlon of Aurora lodce, No. 22, F. and A. M wlll be held nt Masonlc hall on Monday evenlng, January 7, at seven o C10CK. Tiie Invltatlona have been lssued for the marriago of Mlss Jessle Dewey and Ilon. Jamea L. aiartin at unrist cnurcu, lhursday, jan uary 10. TiiKitK ls to be a social assembly at the Pavillon to-morrow (Thursday) evenlng. Mu- sic wlll be furnlshed by Gllaon and Cushman' orcnestra. Mii. James Finn has found a sum of monev, which the ownor can have by nrovlng pronortv and pnying chargea. Apply nt the Central Vermont atatlon. Mii. M. D. Nicholson of Rutland wlll can vasa thla vlllago for the sale of a rotary oven shelf, nn inventlon of hls own, whlch appoars to be a good thlng. We acknowledge the recelpt of calendars for 1884 presented by tbe Natlonal Llfo Inaurance company. They aro boautlfully engraved and are very ornamental. Genekal Stei-iien Thomas will addreas the merabersof Stowe Post, No. 29, G. A. R.. at thelr lnstallatlon of olllcers at North Calais next Saturday evenlng. Theiie was a alight altercatlon botween membera of Little Oorinne'a company at thla place last Wednesday evenlng, and one of them " skipped out " by the nlght express. We were partlally ln error in statlng that George Wheeler la to keep a boarding-house. Mr. Wheeler wlll run a regular hotel, whlch wlll retaln tho old namo of tbe "Unlonhouae." Geohqe II. Smime left for Burlington yes terday morning, where he Is toaucceed Messra. Kelsey & Brodle in the bootand shoo business. Hls frienda here wlll wlsh htm success ln bia new venture. The East Montpelier " annual." which took place at the Pavillou last nlght, waa well at tended and waa very enjoyablo. The muslc, furnlshed by BlnlBdeU'a orchestra, was of a high order, and the Bupper the best to be wlehed. The statomenta of tho two natlonnl banks in- dlcate a sound nnd Batisfactory condltlon ot the affalra of those iustltutlons. The Flrst na tlonal, aa alroady noted, haa declared a dlvldend of flve per cent, and the Montpelier natlonal oi mree per cent. The membera of tho Young Men'a Christlan Unlun have secured rooms over tho Flrst na tlonal bank, and wlll hold Sunday afternoon prayer-meetinga. They have had good success in securlng the neceaaary fuuda for thelr aup port durlng the wlnter. Hon. Geohob N. Dalk, wbllo at Island Pond, recently, slipped and lnjured hls anklo qulte severefy, Ho haa slnce been conflned to the house nnd hla son waa obllged to go and care for hlm. He returned on Monday, and reporta hla father'a condltlon as lmprovlng. Aqe : " No fellow knowa whero Montpelier geta her rnm, but sho Ia golng to get her water from Berlin pond, and lt la golng to cost her $150,000. Well, wo nre glad abo la golng to bave plenty of water," Another Ulustratlon of golng away from bome to loarn tho nows. Thb Spauldlng bell-ringera gavo a good en tertainment to a small audlence last Saturday evenlng. The quartettea ot hand-bells, the hnrp golos by Mrs. Spauldlng and xylophone solos by Mtsa Klttio were especially pralse worthy, and drew forth expressiona of satls factlon, Ukv, I). E. MiM.Eitgavonn earnost temper nnce sermon at the Methodlst church lnst Sun day, dwelling largely on tho woman's crusado and tho progresa of tho work ln the last ten yeara. A temperance pruyer-meetlng waa held ln the evenlng, a large nuinbor of young men belng present. Tiie next two Issuea of the Argus wlll be prlnted at Tiie Watciiman ofllce whllo Editor Atkins ls havlng hla press repalred nnd a fold lng machlne put In, By aud bye, when our nelghbor can mako up hla mlud to mastlcato a somewhat unsavory dlsh ot crow, we expect ho wlll adopt the olght-page torm, whlch la ao well llked by our readera. Tiiissohool-boy. ln a coroposltlon, deflned the the horso aa belng "a four-cornercd anlmal wlth n leg on each cornor." Wo think hla ldeal must havo beon ln tho " nlgh " boast of tho Worcester " alr Ilno," bo called. Tho con dltlon of that anlmal la truly pltlable, and tho fact of lta belng drlven in such condltiou do manda the nttention of the Boclety for tho pre ventlon of cruelty to anlraals. Wu are Indobted to Mr. C. DoV, Bnncrott for the mortuary record ot tbla town for the past year, presonted thla week, and nlso for tho In- iormntion concerning lossoa uy nro auring the same porlnd. Mr. Bancroft takes great patna in collectlng these facts, nnd ls a perteet encyclopedla of informatlon on many mattera of lnterest connocted with the vlllago. Tho ltema referrod to wlll bo read wlth lnterest. Thb clorka In tho post-ofllco recently camo acrosa a letter with nn odd aupcrscription, Upon thoonvolope wna roughly sketchcd, wlth n pencll, tho hcad of a young lady wlth the face to the front, and bolow It tho namo of tho post-ofllco to whlch tho letter waa to bo sent. Tbe sketch looked na though it mlght be a good likeness of aomobody, and tho namo of the post-ofllco nddrCBscd waa perfcctly plaln. Those were tho only marks upon tho onvelope. Jennie May. dauchter of W. F. Wood. dled" of consumptlon nt her homo on Thursday morning, nt tho ago of thlrteon yeara, after a conflnement to the house of about bIx weeka. The funeral eervicea woro hold at the house at half-past one o cloek and at Bethany church nt two o clock Sundny afternoon, Rov. Mr. Hlncka ofllciatlng. Mr. and Mra. Wood dcslro to return thelr thanka for the many tokena of ald and sympathy Bhown them by neighbors and frlends. Somis of tho vounz doodIo nt homo for tho nouoaya went to watorbury Blonday lorenoon, took dlnner at tho Vlllazo hotel and. re- turnlng ln the afternoon, wero lnvlted to tea at tne ravmon by oilsa Klttio and Mr. uurnside ualley, Atter tea they repalred to tho parlors and paBsea n part oi tne evenlng ln dancinc. The comnanv waa conmosed of Mlsscs Ballev. unandier, i-aton, riiieia, jowett ana uoeu, and Messra. unuey, llrown, (Jnanaior, iiuntlng, Klng nnd lhompson. f PitOFKSsou C. W. Stakb wlll becln Sundav evenlng, January b, a serles of lllustrated lec- tures on tho subject of " Splrltuallsm, the true and tho fnlse." Tbe Sundny evenlng lecture wlll be free. The followlng four evenings wlll be taken up with trlcka and lecturea, givlng nn enuro cnango oi programme cacn evenlng. These lecturea have attracted larce audlencea. and are nigniy commenaea uy tne preea oi the localltlea wheto Professor Starr haa lec- tured. Admlaston twentv-flve centa. Tlcketa to four lectures, aeventy-flve cnnts. Tiik new skatlng rluk Is a declded Buccesa thus far. Tho ico haa been acrapod and plnned several tlmes, nnd all who have been upon tbe rink expresa Bausiaction witn ita condltlon Tho soace cleared Ia much larcer than waa ex pected, and allorda nmple room for a very large number ot Bkntera. aaturday alternoon tuero were about three hundred present, nnd marfy moro ln the evenlng. It ia to bo hoped that thero wlll be no tronble ln collectlng tho amount necessary to " run" the rlnk untll the flrst of Mnrch, as lt afforda a bealthful source of amusement for all. Tiif.hr waa a pleaaant aurnrlao nnrtv at the home of Mr. and Mra. Jnnua Crossett on Mon day evenlng. the occaslon belng the tenth anni- versary of thelr marriago. Presenta to the value of slxty dollara were contrlbuted by (rlondaand reiatlvea. Ihe presentatlon speecn was made by Captaln Lull and reaponded to by Mr. Crossett. Mr. Burpee also mado a few re marks. Refreshmenta were served. and muslc and a poem by Rev. W. A. Averill of Warren in nonor oi tne occaslon auorded entertainment for those present, of whom thero were about eignty irienoa ana reiatlvea. " Buou." by the Corlnno Merrle-Makers. Wednesday evenlng of last week, wasa melango of old Bonga and some new gaga atrung to gether on n very attenuated dramatic thread. Bome of the actlng was fair and the incidents laughable. The real attractlon waa little Corlnne, whose grnceful actlng and bewltchlng ways won much applause. To the rellectlng, bowever, the spectacle of a young and beauti fnl chlld leadlng the llfo of a strolllne nlaver. wlth all lta attendant evils, served to neutralize much of the pleasure tne wonderful little lady a undenlable charmaand talonta Imparted. Monday evenlng. about fifteen minutea past nine o'clock, Mr. E. K. Skinnor waa called to the back door of hla residence bya loud pound ing. There he found Julian Estes, who, lt will be remeubered, waa engaged in a atabblng affray aeveral weeka ngo. Estes demanded that Mr. Sklnner ehould clvo him emnlovment and, when he refused, throatened to blow up the gas houso before morning. Mr. Sklnner bade hls wlfe to go after Sherlff Tuttle. Whllo she was gone Estes told Mr. Sklnner that it he did not glvo hlm twenty.flve dollara be would kill hlm. Mr. Sklnner went into the yard to call Mr. Curtla, who lives over hla atore, and whllo ln tho yard Mr. Tuttle cnme un and. sprlnging upon Estes, throttled hlm and bore hlm to the ground. Ho was then taken to 1all Tuesday morning he was taken beforo Justlco 0. D. Ctark on the charge of drunkennesa, re fused to dlsclose, and waa agaln placed behlnd tue uara. Notwitiistandinq tho blusterlne weather. about three hundred people were present at the soldlers' supper given by tho Grand Army boya last Friday evenlng. Baked beana and hardtack were provided, and after ratlona the post was called to order by Commander Wll lard Holden. After maklng a fow appropriate rornnrks, the commander called upon Captaln H. C. Lull, who responded. " Marching inrougn ueorgia was sung uy tne audlence, and thls was followed by tho Btnglng of " The Colored Volunteera," by a colored veteran from Brandon. Ed. Nutt recited " Barbara irietchie," and W. W. Noyea followed wlth the Dutch version ot the same. The latter waa ueciaeaiy ricn. Btlrrlng apeechea wero made by Reva. Mlller, Wrlght, Hlncka, Hlll and Beeman, and General Thomas closed with one ot his patriotic speeches. All went home resolved to " ronew tho engagement " at no oiatant any. Maiitin W. Wheelock, tho proprietor of tho Freeman bindery. haa been amxilnted bv the Tuerk Hydraullc Power Company of Chi- cago aa tne agent tor Montpelier lor thelr hydraullc water motor, or englne, which for all purposes requiring power, irom running a eew-Ing-machine, dental englne, lathes. etc, to ma chinory reautring ten or twelve liorse.nower. from hydrant pressure, ls guaranteed and wnr ranted to do better work with lcss water than any other water englne or motor made. II. C. Tuttle, of Tuttle & Co., Rutland, Vt whose large prlntlng pressea nnd cuttera are run by one ol these motora, aaya: " It la the cheapest nnd best power ever put ln use." With tho In troductlon of our water worka we expect to see qulte a number of these motora usod here, and in the meantime Mr. Wheelock wlll be happy to turniah circulara, price llsta, and any other Informatlon desired to auataln tho clalms ot the Tuerk water motor. uuitiNn tue year just closed four tiros oc curred In town two in the vlllago llmlts, and two oatsiae tne umlts. llio Qrst (February 2) wns Dayton P. Clark'a residence, on Summer street: damage about S50. May 1, Samuel bmlth a bouse, on Barre street road. waa do- etroyed by flre; loss about SCOO. Septembor il, tne oarna on iNortn aialn street owned by J. M. D. Celley, LewU Wood and Beoiamiu Scrlbner, were burned: loas about SCOO. Octo- ber u, Yi . II. Lombard a bouse and horse.barn, on Worcester brauch road, were totally de stroyed; loss about 81,800. Clement Frevost'a house was also slightly damaged by flro May 25. The total loss tor the year atnounted to about 83,000, ono-half of whlch waa covered uy insurance. uunug tno past elgnt years, or slnce tho great flres ot 1875. onlv twentv.threo flrea have occurred ln town the larcer nart of them small onea the whole entalllng nn ag- gregate losa oi auout (,uuu. iiio lossea pald by the lusurance companies were about one hnlf that amount, which la nearly the aum that ia annuauy paia uy tue town lor insurance. Thoburnlng of the court-house (May 25, 1880) embrnces about two-flltha ot tho wholo loss. Three yeara have elapsed durlng the past elght ln whlch no flrea occurred, thoso belng 1874, lau ana i3-, CiuiisTMAa week abounded In surprlsos for pasiorana auperintenaent, aa weu aa otuers ln tne uaptlst church. Altor an enjoyablo musl cal nnd lltorarv programme ln the vostrv. Tuea- day evenlng, a little mlss of flve aummera Btepped upou tbo platform, and ln a ncat little speecn preseutea tne eincient and ixjpular su perlntendent, Mr. J. H. llurpee, wlth a bautl ful table set. Mr. Burpee responded ln atmro- priatoworda. Two treea wero then, " plcked," to tuo grai ueiigui oi uio cnimren. weuuea day eveulng, aa lf In retallatlon, the suncrin- tondent iuvlted tbo pastor (Bev. E. D. Mnson) and famlly to tea. Early in tho evenlng a measago waa recelved by telephone to the eilect that. thero wero a fow frlonda at tho pastor'a roaldenco who would bo pleaaed to see hlm. He found a " full house" awaltlng hls arrlval. After a pleasant social tlme, Mr. IL M. Falea, In a speoch that somewhat reassurod the pas tor, presonted a plate of sllvor dollara, equnl ln number to tho yoara of the reclplent'a ege. Mr Hayea presented the pastor'a wlfe wlth a flno Estey aewlng.machlne, tho glft of Mr. and Mra. S. S. Towner. A pretty ahopplng bag came from a klnd nelghbor. Tho kltehen, also, wna well sunpliod wlth a etcck of provl- slona. filany thanka wero expresaed to nll tho klnd frienda by tho pastor'a famlly and hlmaelt for maklng it one of the pleasantest blrtbday annlversarlea that ho had ever enjoyed. Fri day evening tno umntmas lestivai took placo nt tho Centcr. Atter nn entertalnlng pro gramme, a little mlsa of elx yeara presented an eiegnnt goid pen and pencn to tno ltina and falthful superlntendcnt, Mr. John Smith, Mra. Hlbbard, a former teacher, waa surprlsed by the presentatlon of a uselul gift by ono ot her former pupua. lne uurlstmas treothen ylolded Erosonta lor all. Tbe exercisea were enllvened y appropriate aelectlons by the cholr. The occaslon waa very enjoyablo for all present. Thb wholo number of doatha In town durlng the year 1883 waa slxty-tour. To thla number mlght bo added twelve more that occurred on lioriin siae. ui tne wnoie numoer nu nnt threo occurred ln tho village. Of thoBO ln town, forty were rnnlca and twenty-four fe raalea, occurrtng ln each month aa followa: January, slx; february, lour; fliatcn, eignt; Aprll, one; May, four; June, four; July, two; August, twelve; September, four; October, aix; November, four; December, nine. Thelargeat number occurred ln August, and tho Bmallest ln Aprll. Thero waa but one death irom oiarcn 27 to May 4, and that occurred Aprll 20. Of tho causea ot death, twelve dled of consump tlon, eigbt of diphtheria, elght of old age, four of hemorrhage of tho bowels, four of pneumo nla, two oi cancer, two ol heart dltease, two oi parnlysls, two of membranooua crotip, two of cerebro-spinal menlngltls, two of npoploxy, two by acciaent, one cacn oi urigm a atseaseoi tne kldneya, measela, congestion of tho bratn, ty phold fever, ono (rom blood polsonlng, and seven from na many other causes. Of the agea, six were under one year, six between ono and tlvo years, six Detween uvo nnd ten yeara, tnree between ten and fifteen yoara, three between fllteen and twenty yeara, two between twenty and twenty-flve years, flve between twenty-fivo and thiity years, one between thirty and tnlrty flve yeara, nono between thirty fivo and forty yeara, two between forty and forty-five years, tnree between iorty-iive and mty years, two between flfty and fitty-fivo yeara, two between fiftv-flvo nnd slxty yoara. four between slxty and sixty-flve years, slx between elxty-llvo and seventy years, ono between seveniyana seven-ty-five years, ono between soventy-flve and elghty years, four between eighty and eighty- uve years, live between eignty-nve and nmety yeara. one between nlnety nnd nlnetv-five years. and one (the oldest) aged nlnety-slx years and three montus, tho next oldest oelug nlnety -lonr years and threo montha. The average age of the wholo number (sixty-f our) was forty yeara; average age of the oleven oldest, eighty-eight years. Twenty-six were maiea over twenty one yoara of age, nnd fifteen were femaloa over elghteon years. Of these, fifteen wero hus- bnnds nna seven were wivea, nine were wiaow ors and five widows. The total number of fatal casea of diphtheria ln town from the flrst ono (August 9, 1880) to the last ono (December 5, 1883) la alxty. In 1882 thero were fifty-two deathB in town and eleven on Berlin elde. The average number in town, yearly, for tho past ten years, waa flfty-nlne. An lncident comblnlng aomething ot the myaterioua, amuslng and serioua, occurred yes terday morning. Abont tbreo o'clock Mr. Ilayden, nlght watchman at the Central Ver mont depot, went, accordlng to ma cnstom, to the home ot the engineer, Mr. Jamea A. Bow ers, only a few roda dlstant, to arouse hlm for the morning train, which leavea at fifteen minutea paat three o'clock. On hls way back to the depot he dlscovered that the train waa quletly drawlng out ot the atatlon and had al- ready pasaea tnrougn tne oriage. iie nastenea back tn tell Mr. Bowera who, wlth hla son, A. R. Bowers, Immedlately went to arouse Mr. Trnlan, tho telegraph operator. They then aroused Mr. Howe, Btation agent, and from him recelved ordera to procure a team, drtvo to the innctlon, ana get wm i'lngree to teie graph Informatlon to St. Albans and recelve orders. Whllo dolng thla the expresa train from the south arrlved. Ordera were glven for thls train to come to Montpelier to recelve and leave passengera. Mr. Bowera and son returned by thls train, and, procurlng a team and driver, the two accompanled Mr. Howe ln search of the misalng train. Informatlon had been recelved that lt had not arrlved at Water bury, and lt waa found on a curve near the water tank, about a mile thia eldeof Middlesex village. There waa no one near lt; the ergino waa found to have thirty pounda ol steam; Bh WHn HUUL U1I UUU IUO 1DVDI WUS UU1V Ull notch nhead of the "center." Tracks were found about tho cnra and englne. White in- specting the train and getting up steam, a man waa seen comlng down the track wlth a lan tern. Thls turned out to be George U. Smllle of thls village, who was the only passonger on the rnnaway train. Mr. Smllle had taken a seat in the passenger car and become engaged in reading when the train first drew out of thla place, and, belng absorbed in his reading, was unconsciouaot the dlstanco which be had gone. When the trnln began to slack up he arose, took his valise, and went npon the platform, Bupposing that he waa approaching the Jnno tion. Seeing nothing famillar in the aurround lnga he dlsmounted and ran nhead to the en glne. There waa no one in the cab and he trled to apply the air-brake, but waa unsuccess ful. He then blew tbe whistlo repeatedly for a elgnal. Procuring a lamp from the passenger car he placed lt on tbe roar platform, but lt went out at once. The baggage car waa locked, and he went to a farm-house at some dlstanco for a lantern, and waa returnlng when seen by Mr. Howe and Mr. Bowers. Tbe train waa backed up to thla village and an Investigatlon begun, which haa thus far resulted ln ascer talnlng nothing deflnlte as to the cause of to sln gularan occurrence. Tracks were found in the snow at the depot as of two men, but theae could not be traced, and tbe watchman clalms to bave seen no one except Mr. Smllle. Mr. James M. Foss was ln town during the day yes terday looklng up the affalr, lt ia clear that tho englne must have been meddled with, aa lt waa left ln lta usual condltlon at the depot and had stood attached to the cars for nearly two houra and even ln tbe condltlon ln whlch lt was found could not have been started wlth n good " head " of etoam and the throttle valve " wlde open." The whole mlght have resulted very serlously, as the train cnme to a standstlll on a curvo where lt would not .Navo been dls covered by a train approaching Irom elther dl rectlon untll too late to have avorted a colllslon. J. D. Ci.ougii, formerly a student ln Heath & Carleton'a ofllce but at present connected with tho Boston untvcrsity law echool, haa been spondlng n brief vacntion ln thla vlcinlty. Ile wlll return to hla studies to-day. . , . ueorge B. Shepard returned to bia studies at Uarvard on Friday last, much lmproved lnhealth.... Thomaa C. Marvin, for many yeara a resident ot Alburgb, baa moved to thia place to realde wlth hla son, Morton Marvin. .. .Mamle Trom blee has reslgned her posltlon ln the atore of II. C. Webster.... Mra. F. I. Pitkln ls ln Boston at- tendlng the opera. She wlll return tbe last of the week.... Mr. and Mr.s. F. W. Shattuck of Fitchburg, Mass,, bave been vlsiting Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Brown, belng on thelr weddlng trlp. Mr. Shattuck succeeded Mr. Brown as prin- clpal nt Fitchburg Gertrude Drew remaina ln the store ot T. C. Phinney for the present. . .. .C. B. Putnam, formerly of tbe Watciiman gtaff, wns in town over Sunday. ...Jennie Phinney haa ao far recovered as to be able to rlde out Rev. L. G. Ware ot Burlington waa In town on Monday J. V. Morrow has become a partner wlth A. L. Angell ln the wood business. " Angell & Morrow " ls the name adopted by tho tlrm Mary A, Phin ney goea to Boston to-day to contlnuo her muslcal Btudlea Mary Reed returna to Nortbampton to-day C. C. Klng goea to Uarvard to-day, aud tho rest of tbe studenta leave tho last ot thla week or tho flrst of next for thelr varlous ccboola J, F, Gilman la to torm a class for lnstructlon ln crayon drawlng thla week. ,.K. F. II. Gnry ls lntown ona short vacatlon from tho Boston law school Mra. Orrln Daley arrlved home Monday, after spendlng ten daya ln New York wlth her son Olln Mrs. C. II. Heath is qulte slck wlth tonsllltts Ilelcn Woolson goeato Boston to day, to vislt the famlly of George Jacobs, and wlll be absent about n week Captaln L. A, Auuoit oi iinicago. captatn oi tne eixtn cav- nlry, Ia soon to vislt frienda ln Montpelier and 1 vlcinlty.