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i VERMONT WATCHMAN fc STATE JOURNAL, VVEDNESDAV, DEOE tlBER 14, 181)2. $?Uttt(jman $ ournal., WEDNE8DAY, DECEMBER 14,1809, IIon. VfOTOB I. Spkak, the stntisti cal sccretary of tlip Board of Agrieul ture, is organizing the woikof gather ing materinl for tho effeclive adverlising of Vcrmont's resourcoB to tho woild at large, and to tlmt part of the aphere that will eongregate at Chicago next puramer and fall. THB Now York lleruhl bi forc llic elcction , was brceding constcruntion among skilled Atnerican workuieu by ilB visions of a vast army of the skilled laborers of Kurope iuvading the I'ui'.cd States if the McKinley act wcre not re penled. Nuw ihv Hernld is ealling for an crabargo on " ten-dollar emigrants." That is all right, but the tiouble iu ex tluding the tcn-dollar emignmt will be thc ten-dollar Aiuericau politicinn, whose ambition thrives on the chea'p foreigner. The ten dollar European has pulled the democmcy through many an otherwise hopclt ss political battle. The Lawi f Vermont, We obscrvo with pain that certnin of the contcroporaries Wtao made haste to ruisinform their rcuders that the legia lature passed the frno text-book bill, do uot correct their error so great is the desire to be considered iufallible. Meantime, people who rely ( xelusivcly on the conlemporarics for their knowl edge of affairs, public and private, arc probably nnrsing the delntlot) that they have been freed from the burdensotue text-book bill and are investing the ruoney in Christraas presenls. Wo ob lerve furlher that these blind leaders of the blind are persistcutly rcfusiug to ruake use of any means to promulgate a true version of the lawi actually en acted at the late session of the legisla ture. On the other hand, the Watch man has whipped into type, and now has ready for delivery, all the public aets and the joint resolutions of public interest which were passed at the recent session. They are embodied in a neat pamphlet of convenient size, printed in clear legible type, on heavy book paper, tirmly bound and protecled by covers, indexed and certifled to by the sccre tary of state. The publication is a complete thing, and is imuensely pop ular with lawyers, doctors, town, county and state oflicers and the peo ple of all classes. lt is durable, easy of reference, handy to carry, vastly supe rior in all respects to the old, perish able, clumsv newspaper supplernent, and it ha? been gotten out in the tirae usually taken to producc the sup plements, through the enterprise of the WATCUMAN PUKLISniNO COMPANY. Price.only fifteen cents by rnail to any address. Favorable terms to dealers. As to Ta ExemptloMa The Northfield JVeios professcs to be unable to see why a mortgage on per sonal property should not be taxed as well as a mortgage on real estate. Well, if the listers do their duty under the law, the chattel mortgage will be taxed, the samc as the real estate mortgage. A has a mortgage on B's stock for $1,000. If each does what he takes an oath that he has done, A puts into his inventory of taxable property his claim on B for $1,000; B puts into his inven tory the value of his stock and he also puts into his list of debts owing the amount of A's ciaitn. In this matter of personal property, the law allows 13 to offset against the taxable value of his stock the debt he owes A. For reasons briefly stated iu our lasl issue in answer to a paragraph in the Farmers' Advo eatt, the state cannot allow debts se cured by mortgage on real estate to be offset againBt the taxable value of the real estate; the reason why the state makes a distinction in the case of personal property and permits debts eecured by chattel mortgage to be offset against the taxable value of the chattels is easy enough to comprehend easier than the intrinsic justice of the dis tinction. TUe daner to the state in the matter of offsets against the value of real estate does notexist atleast in so fatal a degree in the case of personal prop erty; but the rank abuse of the priv ilege of offsets in respect of personal property is a standlng warning to the state uot to extend the privilege to real estate. So great and numerous are the fraudsand abuses that creep in bahind every exemption, many students nf the tjuestion of taxation have been almost ready to abolish all exemptions on ac count of debts owjng and compel every person to submit all his property to the levy of the tax-gatherer. A bill em bodying this proposilion was before the legislature in 1880 and found many ad vocates notably so able a flnancier as the late Hon. Jobn B. Page. Cold FactN Flquantly Stated. The message of President Ilarrison was received at the Watciiman oftlce about four o'clock Wednesday morn ing, after the regular edition had gone to press. The message was promptly put Into a supplernent and accom panied the regular edition to the read ers of tho paper. Id the light of the president's mas terly review of the condition of the country under his administration, the impartial student of the facts will Inquire by what process of ledgerdc main the grcaler half of some thirteen million voters in forty-four states were persuaded to turn out an administra tion that can honestly make such a showing, and turn in n party whose administration of the government when it has been in power has been in recent times associaled with rebcl lion and disaster, and, when out of power, with vehement opposition to every public measure for the rcuniOca tion of thc states, and for advancing their matcrial prosperity. In thc late eleclion its candidate repudialed the party's platform, its canvasi before the people was a canvass of evasion, of false protense, and of perversion of all thc cssential fncts of thc situation, politically and industrially. A victory so won wi'.l prove more damagiog to the victors than to the vanqtiished. In his lipcussion of thu tariff ques tion President Ilarrison bas trctich antly stated thc embarrassments that will environ the triumphant democracy when its ofiicial representatives take possession of the government. There is keen irony in every sentencc of the president's rcfereuce to the industrial situation under de.mociatic rule. He has also drawn, with that peculiar and forceful deliniteness th.it has characterized all his discussions of vilal public questions, the line of demarka tiou bctween the republican and demo cratic economic policies if the dcmo cratic party has anything that that can be fairly called a policy if that can be called a settled line of action that is eternally shiftcd and made a ruuning mate for every popular prejudice, every political craze that is bred in the torrid zones of Amcrican politics, if perchanco it may win a llecting triumpb. In a sort of political frenzy iucited by a gross misstatemen!, of all the facts and conditions of thc real situation, the Amcrican voters have been persuaded to call a halt to trade, commerce and manufactures in the midst of a pro gressive march the most rapid and brilliant in thc history of the world's industrial development. Tue resi dent in his incisive way calls attention to these facts. His words will be read with even greater interest four years from now. Very naturally, his romarks on this subject attract the greatest at tention and are the subject of the widest comment. Of minor dramatic interest but really a mat'er of great significance, and a gratifyiug iudicati n of " the march of empire." is the president's statcraent of the cxtension of the postal system and the growth of the revenues of the pos tal departmeut. Nearly 1,600 new ruail routes bave been added dur;ng the year, with a mileage of over 8,500 miles, and the total uumber of new miles of mail trips is nearly seventeen milUoa. The large annual deficit between iucome and expense that followed the adoption of the two cent postage rate and the increase of the rate limit to one ounce has been reduced to a million and a half dollars, and during the next year will not only be wiped out entircly but the department will show a surplus of a million dollars, opening the way, uuquestionably, to the ultimu thule of postal entcrprise oud ambition penny postage. The president shows characteristic strength of purpose and breadth of mind in every subject he discusses. Tne message is Atnerican, in the best and inoBtexalled sense iu which that dis tinction may be employed and intensely Amcrican in thc last bugle strain : "We carry the great impulse and increase of these years iuto the futurc. There is uo reason why in many lines of pro ductiou we should not surpass all other nations, as we have already done in some. There are no near froutiers to our possible development. EUtrogres sion would be a crime." Travel by Rail in (iorinanj. Mr. Auilander, who lias juit aniveil iu CiHriuany, wishcs to go to Lelpalo by tue twelve-tliirty traiu. Ha'ing reacl iu his Haedeker that it in wisn to avold a orowd ly K')',1K early to tlie tiekat-ollice, aud liap pnning to )m) iu the vicinity of the atattOO at nine o'eloek, he rusolveH to sei.e th op portunity aud u.-t his tloket at once; and congratulates ElnUeU upou timline the ottiee open. But " a tiekot to Lietpite? Oh, no! That cannot be issued till eleven o'clock "; and Ue uioves away towards his hotel, Houiewuat diseoncerted, aud uien tally asking the authorlties a uumber of quBHtionH. At " half-twelve " (i. e., half pasl eleven), lie takes a cah, iuteuilum to be on haml at twelve; and, just before the station is reached the cabinau stops, step to the door and politely asks for his fare. Mr. Auslander is auain surprised, auit per haps deinurs a little; nevertheless he pays it. and is then driven a few rods further to his destination. Kntering the depot, he thiukH he had bet ter atteud to the eheekini; of his trunk lirst. But lie ftnds that that cannot be doue till he shows his tlcket. Bo he tums li.u k to the ofnce, which he has just passed, and asks in as good Oennau as he can comuiaud for a ticket to Iieipsic. For whatclass'.' A the trip is uot a long one, he lias cou cluded to do as the wetl-to-do aud thrifty people of the laud coiuuiouly do, aud take a third-class ticket. But that cannot he bought at thin ollice; he must apply at another wimlow around the coruer If he ls so fortunate as to understand wliat he is told in speech so rapid that a seuteuce seeuis like one odd polyayllahic word, ba goes at once and secures the uecessary btt of pastloard. Armed with this, he returus to the baggaga-maKter, who scrutiui.es the tloket carefully, and then proceeds to weigli his trunk. lt welglis over twenty six kilograuiuaes; he uiusi pay a fee for the excess; and he is given a tiaper which states the auiount, aud ia to be haudod lo an ottlcer at auother window, with the money. Havlug done this, he returns aud receives auother bit of paper wliiuu tells the story of his trunk for that jouruey lts startlng-point, lts wnlght, its cb-stination, the nuinlMir of tlcket iti ownor has bought, the amount pald upon it, fttc. This hclng presenteil at l,cipslc on his arrival, will call for the dclivory of tho baggage tlius de- efibedi Now Mr. Auslamler liopes to movo on wltliont delay, auil HtnrtH to takn his traiu. He asks on which of the variotis tracks in tlie station it will arrive, and Is told, " On that track, yonder." He ls on the point of stepplng acrnss thn intervenlng tracks, when oue of the ntiineroiis tnen at liand wearing the unlfortn of thn railroad servico promptly chccks hltii, and with various gnstlcnlatlotis which are more intelligible than his words, makes hitn iimlorstaud that he is not permitted to risk his lifo in that way, bat tlmt he must go bsck, aml ilown a stairway, and through a tunnel, and up agaiu, when he will llnil liitiiHidf Iteside tlie proper traok, He fotloWI directions, and etnergee from the tunnel right lidfl up, but " wrong side to." East aml west liavc changeil places during liis utidcrground trip, anl he looks in thn wrong dlrectlon for the expectnd train. Soon an olectric bell toandl to notify people that, the train is not far away. A few tniuutes more, and the little englne comes into sight; and, thongh It scetns to hitn not to he headnd towards Ijeipsio, yet the answors to his anxloiis itxiuirles convince hitn that this is the train he wants, and so he springs aboard the nnarest car. By no means. The nnar est car is for tlrst and second-class passen gers only; but he seos a car marknil III. and proceeds to enter one of the tlvn sepa rato cotnpartments in that, which evidently is not fully occupied. Here, howevor, a linrly TetttOB at the door protosts, hcttclzl; so, alt'nough he is sitre the man lies, he tums to one of the guards, who ushers hitn Into auother coupe. Knterlng this, hn linds that, threo of the occupants are stnoking, aud, as he doesn't wlsh to be smoked pre tnaturely, he gets out without delay, aud appcals to the guard for lcssdingy quarters. At last a " Dlobt-ranohet " coupe is opened forhim; hn enters it, aud deposes liiiiisclf and his belougtngs his valise, his silk hat, his cane, his umbrella, etc, for the jouruey. The door opens, and thn guanl calls for his ticket. This hning ex atuinnd, and punched, our travnlnr waits for the train to start. Thn niinutn at, length arrives. The station agnnt looks at thn oloolti aud loani thn platfortn up aml doWO, A guard at one end ol the train cries "fertlg;" tho word is passed along " fettlg," " fertlg." The station agent glVOB a signal; a inan standmg by a lng stationary hell strikes its swingiug tongue against it tlircn titnns; thn conditctor sounds a little shrill whistln; the ongineer gives a warning toot, aud all DreUminarlea beinn complnted, no one having conceived of any addltional duty that OOUld possilily he assigned to auother otlicial the train moves gently out of the station, and Mr. Atislan- der is fairly on his way to l,eipsic. (Vll tlns inay not occur every tiinn hn starts on a iournev, nor at evnrv station. but, a little experience on these imperial railroads (for this " paternal government" controls thn railroads in the land) will prove that this description of the possihili- ties is not un exagenratiou. Atthesame titne if is no more than fair to say that thn measurns taken to prevent accldent are so thorough that loss of life in railwav travel- ing is mnoh less freijuent here than in the Uiuted ntates, and also, that, familiarity with the tnoile of doing things in Oermauy soon renioves inuch of the perplnxity and vexalion which attend tue foreigner s in troiluction to its system of railroad inan- agemnnt, and his Hrst trip through one of its muitituiunous circumlocutton otnces. Berlin, November 25, 1892. Note and ('onunent. Thr Now York llrrald noiuinatos Charles A. Dana of the Snn for the United States senatonblp. Thb Oyreuforth party claim that, as a ro result of their recent experiments, rain making is a success, but it doesn't pay. It is reportnd that Kdward .1. Phelps of Burlington will again be made minislor to Englaud. No Ainoriran can bcttor adorn the potdtlon, Wbilc the presldent'e message wa.s lie- ing read iu the hoOSe, Tuui Kned stnppnd up to the speaknr's rostrum and drawled OUtln an aside: " Mr. Sjieaker, I prestime whnn the ohituary is concluded the bouee will adjourn out of respect for the de ceased." Edmund P. Kbniirick was last week eleeted mayor of Springlinld, Mass., by a rattllng majoritj, which was a iweepfna defeat for the democratic. maohine, Hol yoke had the greatest turuiug over that it ever experienced, and olected a republican mayor tiy nearly 1,000 plurality. Europk will shortly have at her disposal at least twenty million tralned soldinrs. As soon as the new military laws shall have come into full etfnct the Oernian artuy will comprise ",0(Xt,000 men; thn French, 4,;i50,000; the Kussian, 4,000.000; thn Itaban, 3,236,000; the Austrian, 1,!KXI,(K)0; the Swiss, I W,UUU, antl tlie Uelgian, J,W,0IR). Thk Argut asserts that"Oeorge Powers believes that ninety-five out of every one hundred Vermont fartners would sign a petitiou to have the maple sugar bounty law repealed, aud he proposes to go earn estly about accomplishing this result." The Arrns must mean .luilge I'owers. George doesn't care a rap about maple sugar bounties. Postmastkr Van ( ott of New York is wondnring when the axe will fall. His four years' teriu ends December li), 1H!):, but it is uot at all likely that he will be permitted to remain a vast space of time after cleveland's iuauguration. As the 8un puts lt, " the (piestion is one of merely spei'iilative inter est, just such a (unstiou, in short, as ' How tall was Adam." or IIOMleiU (rargantua's historii al aud antiquarian inquiry, 1 Which catiie lirst, thirst or drlnkiDg? Conokkbs reassembled last week, but, uo inuch interest is attachnd to it. The con gress was elocled two years ago last iiiMiith. 1 1 ilid not meet iu lirst session un lil a year and a inontli after it was eleeted, aml it now comes together in secoud ses siou two years aud a month after it.s eleo tion, to Ingislate for the country aftor the OOIintrj has passed judgment on its work. Beyond passiug apropriatiou bills, little work will be done. The (piestion of iiiiuil gration restriction is an UnportaQt one, and sumetliiug in that line may be done. A i.kttbr was sent to Secretary Foster of the United States treasury department at Washington by Superintemlent Allen of the Butto & Boston Mining Compauy of Butte. Mont., olTering to make any amount of much better silver dollars for ninety cents a piece than at present in use. Allen takes the position that counting silver at eighty flve cents per ounce, the intrinsic value of a silver dollar in only (17.71 cents. He would put in each dollar 400 grains of pure silver, whereas the preseut dollar contains only 171 1 grains, and he would uumber aud lm ter each coin so that the government would uot be compelled to redeem duplicats, a safeguard uow neglected. Allen says that he would reap a protit iu coiuing whiln the rioe of silver was anywhere under 199.29. In other words, the present silver dollar li, be produced at a prorlt of rlfty-three per cent, aml a coin maile that cannot be detected. A counterfeiter can make better goods thau the government, aud accuiuu late a fabulous fortune. Has it been done'.' Thkiik is a variation in the usual brea:h-of-promise proceeilings in a i ase just de veloped at Johnstown, I'enn. Frederick Kisto.ervia, a youug Germau, has ontered auit iu the county court against Bertha Iud7.lk, of the same uationality, for breach of promise. At the preliiuluary hearing be fom Jiulge Bland, the youug man swore that the courtship and engagement hal progressed through the usual stages to the poiul where he had secured a marrlage II cense. Then the girl had repudialed the coulrac.t and wuuUlnot marry. He appeals to the court to make her live up to her part of the engagement. The defendaul alleges that her lover was too ardent, threateuiug to make her elther his wife or an .ingel. She was afraiil he would kill her anyway, and refused to marry her prospective exe-cutlouer. OOHTIKDIIO FSOM FtRiT rAUIt ) thn boom jack knlfnd, and when it dn sconded if, 'shivored its timbers," In nan tii al parlanco. Gkorok Wrst of Berlin found his wator supply failing, thongh the spring showed an ahundant, supnlv at that polnt. Invns tlgatlon led to the discovery of a small roo! in tho pipn from whloh itnall (Iben had devoloped and coinpletnly fllled the pipo for abont, nlno foet In longth. Thr Watchman rocently mentlonod tho Hnnni'rnf UnM as pulilishnil by thn Knelny Instltute at, Dwight, III. Thn puhllshnr of the BWNMf wrltes that thn papor has no OOOneOtlOO with tho instltute at Dwight, but Is a stock company with a capital of $10,000, owtiod by ICnelny gradiiatns aml their wivos. Irvi.vo Sr-ARRow has bought tho livory stable of H. P. Youug. Itutnors of a tradn between a. 8, Sparrow and Landlord Wheelnr of the Montpelier house are nu meronii Mr. Wheelet says hn has not ox ohanged a word in tho matter, but is not averse to solling. Meanwhilo Mons. Irisli sitteth in his blg roeking cliair aml llgureth. ThI recently eleeted board of villagn trustees held a ineeting last, Kriday. (inorgn O. Stratton was nlnctnd clerk of the board, and thn following appointinnnts wnrn made: Olark B, It iberts, stroet mm mlssioner; Jool Fostor, watnr commissionor; A. B. Grant, ctistodian, with great snal, of the eleotrlc lights; I.ynn B. Brooks, ctis todian, with small seal, of village hall; policomon, ('. E. Demerltt aml Henry E. Hunt; village attorney, .lohn H. Se'nter; healtn offlcer, l)r. C. A. Bailey. Tiif.rk was a small lngislative MttBlOfl last week, whnn thn Shriners gathnred at Montpellet for thell annual Besston. Atnong thn myatlo noblee were Mr. Sendereon of Burlington, Mr. Terrill of Underhill and Mr. Allen of Fair Haven. " Iry " received inHy oongratulatlons upon his nlnctlon as representative to the imperial coiincll, and held a small levoo at, his quarters in tho I'avilion. Speechos wnrn made by Mr. Hendereon, I'ostmastnr Boberu of F.iir- havnn, Mr. Lowrey of Burlington and nu merous others. Thk sonthnrn mail train for Montpelier and Barre was not delayed very long by tho wreek last Mnnday afternooHi Postinaitei Goodenough, ai;comnanied by tho Wati ii man rnportcr, startccl in thn mail wagon for the scene about half-past thren, with Ernest Kiser for ehariotenr and Old Dynamo for molive power. The mail train ilrnw up about live o'clock, and to reaeh it the only available road lay ucross thn tinld to the river and under the briilge. A miniite after tho mail wagon had roturned over its nar row road, the ruins of a grain car were thrown across tlie path. Tlie mail was in tho post-oth'ce before six o'clock, and the carriers made an aftor-supper delivery. Nkma, little daughter of R. C. Bowors, is gntting along nicnly in thc hospital at, Bos ton. Tlie rirst grafting operatlOU was per formeil two weeks ago yesterday, when forty square inches of eplilermis wero re movod from her father's body and grafted upon hor unhealed burns. The little girl was in one room and Mr. Bowers in the other; hoth were etheri7.cd, and as soon as a slrip of euticle was removed from hitn it was bandagod upon her. Abiut thirty square inches rnmain yet uncovered, the skiu for which is to bo furnishod by Mr. Retnple, brother-in law of Mr. Bowers. During the operation on Mr. Bowers thn surgoon's knife slipped two or threo times, and as a result hn has needod crutehes since his return to Montpelier. Ei.mer Cokkrin, brakeman on the Mont pelier & Wells River railroad, was knocked from the top of a car aml very seriously hnrt, last Sunday morning. Hn was on top of the caboose, and turnnd to come down just, as the englne passed the station at Plainfield, He apparently did not see the spout to the water tank. which hung over the track, or, if he did see it, conld uot dodge it. It struck him in the llde, aud he fnll head lirst into tho dlteh, Tlie train was stopped and Coffrin pioked up. He was badly cut, about tho head and sustaiued serious injury to his back. He was re ported as improving yesterday It is stated that the watorspout was swung back as far ns was possible, and would not have struck a man standing in the center of thn car roof. ColTrin had stnpped to the Other side! of the enpola, preparatory to deacendlng into the caboose. "Thk Morrisville Netni and CUtxen ad-I vises Its democratic friends who are anx- I lous for ofiicial positions to knnp an eye on Hepresentativn Boynton of Montpelier, who is chairniau of the democratic state com mittee. If our contemporary's advice is good and tlie president-elect's words about being 'bothered by oftice seekers' are heeded, Thoinas JerTersou Boynton will for a time be a bigger man with thc liungry Vermont democrats than Grovor Cleveland." says the Frre J'rcax. Tho Kutlaiid Jleralrt has gath ered a list of hungry democrats who are willing to sacritice themselves in a govern tnnnt offlce, and includes among the faith ful: S. C. Shurtleff, T. J. Boynton. Jobn H. Senter, F. W. Morse and A. J. Sibley of Montpelier. Jobn H. Senter is meutioned for district attorney, and the possibility of Mr. Boynton resumiug his old job of post oth'ce inspector for New England is sttg gested. There are about ,r.10 fedoral ortices in Vermont which are ullod by appoint ment by the president or members of the oablnet. Thk Atnerican Bank Note Company of New York is preparing for the government what will probably be the fluest set of postage stamps ever issued. The set will OOntaTn stamps of tifteen different raluea and will commemorate the four hiiudredth anniversary of the discovery of Ainerica liy Columbus. The stamps will be on sale by Jauiiary 1 and will be keptou sale one year. As a source of reveuue to the government the new stamps are expected to be very successful on accotint of the purchases of the stamp colleetors. Postmaster Good enougli lias received word that tlie staiuns will not be on salo here uutil some time 1 later than January. The one-cent stamp will reprnsent " Columbus in sight, of land," Oolor, Antwerp hlun; two-cent, " Lamliug of OolumbtMj purpln maroon; thren-i etit, " Flag ship of Columbus," mediimi shaite of green; tive-cnnt, ''Columbus soliciting aid of Uabella," ohoeolate brown; ten-oent, " Columbus '.preseutiug natives," vandykn brown. Tlie above are the denoiniuations oomnonly used. Thr annual session of Mt. Blnai Tem ple was held last Friday evonlng, aml the following otHcers were eleeted: GolllUI Blakoly, grand potentate; James E. Cur ran, chief rabban, Edwin (). Htbbard, as sistant rabban; Htephen K. Colby, high priest; George D. Wheeler, orieutal guide; Frank A. Dwinell, treasurer; Charleg H. Heaton, recorder. The appoiuted ofhcers are: George M. Goss, tirst ceremonial mas ter; Wllliam H. Herrick, second ceremonial master; Arch M. Batchelder, marshal: Charles H. Fuller, dlrector; Fred W. Sher burne, Hrst aluhemlst; J. B. Heuderson, second alcbemist; W. V Kolerts, architect; Dauiel 8. Wheatley, captaln of the guard; K. C. Collins, onter guard; George ,1. Shin ville, master of wardrobe; J. W. F. Watli burn, musical dlrector; John A. Clapp, steward. Ira H. Allen of Fairhaveu was eleeted representative t the imperial coun oUi which tueeUi at Cincinnatl, Ohio, next June 14 aud 15, The tinances of the tetu ple are in a good condition, aud the mem lierBuip numbers 309. Thk Unitarian fair opened last Thursday, at three o'clock. The vestry was very prettlly trimmed, the booths being adorned with white tlssue paper, muslin, mlstletoe and holly. The candy booth was in charge of Miss Enima Cutler, Miss Jessie Sabln and Miss Mary McClure; the flowers and dolll were looked after by Miss Itose Ijucia and Mrs. Kate Wilson; Mrs. F. It. Stevens liad the care of the canned fruits, pii kles and preserved lambs' tongues; aud the use ful and fancy artlcles requlred the atten tion of Mrs. K. D. Hyde, Mrs. I). W. Tem- le, Mrs. T. 8. Brophy, Mrs. A. Johonnott, Irs. A. D. Farwell, aml a few dozeu other ladleOi " Diuah," tlie African doll, was awarded Hrst to Carlie Bancroft beoaQM he was sick, although Bertie Shepard and Kiiiiiule Cleaves had as many votes as he They w'U also have a shake at it in turn. The jardlniere was voted to Mrs. D. W Teinple, the baby blauket to .1. G. Browu's hopeful, thn doll to Nema Bowers, and the tolephono to Mrs. T. 8. Brophy. Mr. and Mrs. A. I). Farwell woro prosented an af ghati. A supnor was glvon TlnirHilay nveti ing, a lOBOh Friday noon, and on tho lattor evonlng " Aunt .Inrusha's Alhutn " was re peateil amld tho rlnging cheers of the pnpu lac'o. Mrs. PltktD addeil to the ontertain mnnt by slnglng a couple of olil-fashlonnd sougs. The not proceeds will ho sotnewhat over $400. Thr entortalnlng lottor from Rnv. J. Ed ward Wright, elsewhero in this issun, will be road wlt.li interest by nvory one In a private lotter to tho oilitor, Mr. Wright says: " 1 am exceedlngly intoroste.l in tho ondorsnment glvon to tlie Keeley curo by the Watciiman, and in tho roport of its upparntit success in the cases of some of my aciiiaintances. May thn good work, now hnguti, be con- tlnnedl wt ate Thankegtrtng tnrkey and mince pie. uuder tho ' Mtars aml Stripes,' to the Inspiring strains of 'The Kncl, Vvhlto and Blue,' 'Amerlca,' ' Yankee-Doodle,' etc, In company with about, 850 of our follow-eountrymoti (and wonieti), at tho Hotel dnr Kalsnrhof last ovenlng It was an nnjoyable occasion. The Watchman ls of donbla value tonaln aforetgnland." it riii further interest this man wlio has worked iu this ootnmnnity for over two deoadei with great self-dnnlal aml unaba'nd nal in overy good enuse, and partlenlnrl v in tliat of tetnperancR, to know that the erst whlle dens of the vilnst pbasn of the vile traftlc. are to-day used one rfs a I'lothing store, another as a hoot aml shoe store, and a third the lair of the Spauldings on Elm street, now warmnd and oheerlty lighted is the cluh room of the men attending t'io Koolny Instltute. We read of " poetlo jus tice " and "the eternal lltnoss of things," but jnstien was novor morn poetic or tho fit ness of things over more strlkingly illus. trated than iu these transformations' ol gin mUU lntO a olab rOOtn for mm seeking re. form and into places for the sale of those necessities of whioh drink doprives its inno cent vii'tims. Mr Bancrokt's friends will be pleased to learn that his hallad leeturn hasfo'i-vl the same favor among the culture of the inetropolis as it awakeund in Verimmt. Mr. Bancroft gavn his leeturn in Nnw York last week, aml the following llattering mention was mado by thn Tri'mn- "At Sherry's, Flfth avenue and Thirty-seventh street, yesterday, an enjoyable "afternoon was spcnt by the friends of the Mossiah Home for little Ohlldren, in Rntherford I'laee, in listenlng to Frederick W. Ban croft , who nxplained and sang old Englisli ballads. Mr. Bancroft traci-d the origin ol the hallad and spoke entertaiuiugly of thn changes in public opinion somet.imns causnd by thera He sang 'Suinmer is Ic iiiunn In,' I'J'iO, and this was followed bv ballads of tho titne of Henry VII.. Henr'v VIII., Elizahoth, James I., and of succeeil ing reigns. Tho women who were respon sihle for yosterdav's success are Mrs. O. 8. Homer aml Mrs. William Bamllton Harris. Among those present wero Mrs. Fitz John I'ortor, Mrs. George A. Custer, Mrs. Gil man Collamer, Mrs. H. C. Valentine, Mrs. A. B. Storni, Mr. and Mrs. ,T. Wells Cliamp- ney, Mrs. Harper, Mrs. Kutihardt, Mrs. I William C. Intuey and Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Abbott." And this by the Pvnt : " Frederick W. Bancroft gavo his flrst lec ture and recital on ' Old English Ballads ' yesterday afternoon in the lower hall of Sherry's. Mr. Bancroft, after a briefgen eral introduction, prefaced the rendering of each hallad with a few historical or orlnoal remarks, and thoti sang the hallad itaelf. All the ballads wero sung with atiuedis tinctness of nnunciation aml modulation, so that not a word or intlnction was lost, even to the listeners in tho remotest part of the room." In a private letter, Mr. F A Wood writes: "The hall was flllnd so full that addltional ohaln had to be bronght In. The lecture gave nnqualitind satisfaction. An old friend of Mr. Bancroft, who wa.s there, says she never hnard him sing so well in her life. You can jadgn of thn char acter of tlie affair when I tell you that tick ets sold for J2 apiece." At the ailjourned villagn lnooting, We,l nesday evenlng, Genrgn O. Stratton was eleeted trustnn lrom thn tifth ward. C. DeF. Bancroft had OoUeeted 51,879 of sewer and sidewalk assessments. President George W Wing maile a statoiuent re spectiug tho servicn performnd bv Mr. Ban croft, stating further that under thn char ter the trustees were forbidilnu to draw an ordnr in favor of one of their mnmbers for such servico without the direction of thn village; accordingly tlie meeting voted to pay Mr. Bancroft's olaln of $9TM, tieing the customary two ;er cent comtnission al lowed for colleoting these assessments. The customary debate was had over tlie size of the tax to be raised. Fred L. Lalrd, Esq., moved that a tax of tifty-tive per cent be levled. It appeared from the explana tlon of the president that in his judgment the sum of S17,"00 would pay tho ordinary expenses of the village to March 1. 189. The grand list is 8:f:i,000. The tax proposed i would raise, less expense of collection, the estimated aggregate of expenses for the next administrative period. A highway tax of twonty per cent uuder the act of the leg islature at thn recent session will be raised. So the tax of tifty-tive per cent with the amount derived from the water works should pay current expenses and leave a reasonable sum to apply on the village debt, C. J. Gleason, Esq., moved to ameud Mr. Lalrd'l motion by substituting forty per cent for fifty-tivo per cent, and argund for low taxation. Several gentlomen argued for a higher rate in onler to extinguish the debt and stop the interest, when the in come from tho water works should pay the current expenses of the village if its atfairs were econouiically administnrnd. The mo tion for a seveuiy-rive per cent tax was sus taiued by J. W. Brock, J. H. I.ucia and others. Mr Gleason withdrow his motion of amendment. The motion for eseventy flve cent tax was defeated yeas'io, nays itH. Mr. Laird's motion then prevailed. The hook aud ladder and hosn compauies were efflolently organlaed, the report on the sew erage qunstiou was left where the village can gnt at it when tne people are ready to tackle it. Montpklirr bas liner public bulldlngf thau any other village or city in Vermont. Her opera-house aml her business blocks rival thoee of tnnch more populous com munities. Her private resideuces and well- kept groondi never fall to win the adinlra- tion of the stranger who enters her gates. A grateful air of comfort aud boepltaltty in vests the mansions of the Montpelier of a former geueration the homos of those old fatuilies that gave the capital, a quarter of a century ago and more, a high character and an euviable name and fame, socially, and In business and political circlns. Dur ing the last few years mauy new residem es of a ditTerent, a less austere and digniHed type of architecture have been reared, at tractive ln outline, picturesque iu appear auce, and shelteriug home circles as pleas ant aud happy as any that iu av laud gather around the famtly heartbstone. Among the recent addltions to the pictur esque architecture of the village Is the resi deuee, at the coruer of Si hool and Loomis streets, just completed and occupied by Mr. Fred Blanchard. Dellghtfully odd aml uncouveutional iu its external outlines and its shiugled walls, lnternally it is a model of convenieut arrangement aml rational coustructlou. A bruad piazz.a is on the Bohool street frout. From tlie hall oeus, on the left, the library, its wiudows com mandiug a view of School street and em braciug a large section of Main; on the right the parlor, with its ample tlre-place, and back of this the dlnlng-room, through whose wiudows areseeu the pleasant homes of l lin street along lts eutire leugth. The kitchen.ln tbe simpllcity aud coinpact uess of its plannlng and thn oompletenetl of lts appoiutiueuu, tlnished in spruce care fully selected for ite beautiful grain and its fresh natural color preserved, should le the joy and prhle of the thrlftiest house keeper. An oaken stairway leads to the second tloor, where are the famlly rooms, hatn-room aud all the comforts and cott veuieuces of a well-appolnted modern house. The tloors areof polished red birch, aud thn doors aml tlnish are oak, ash, or oherry, varted occasionally by the use of pruoe and whitewood. Every inch of wood work is iunoceut of the detilement of paint, and is liuished iu a mauner to iusure for years t.ho preservatloti of thn freshness and brlghtnoss of tho wood's beautlfiil natural colors. From tho antlque windows of oaoh room Is had an extonded nutlook upon the neighborhood siirroumllngs and tho dlstant hills, and into every nook and corner from east to west may come tho cheory sunllght. Very att.ractlvo indoed Is tho goneral effect of the flnish in natural wood. In goneral or In detall, tbero is nothing especlally ornate or elaborate, but the architect, Mr. Cult of Boston, sootns to have planned everything with skill aml wlsdom. and good taste aml good judgment have been employed in executioti. The result Is a new btmiO tlmt should be "a thing 0( beaoty and a joy forover " to the occupants, and their friomls will wllfa them a long en Joyment, of Iih tnanifohl comforts aml ehoer ful precincts. SKMINARY HIM . E. Krnrst Grant pftaohed at Berlin last Sunday. JamrbT. Strvrns preaehnd at. Georgia UMt Sunday. Thr students highly onjoyod the lecture on " ('lear Grit." Koy Whit.vkv of San Franeisco is visiting the Miss Cochrans. Rkv. Gkorok Nrwton timdn a short visit on the hill last week . Ahoitt the sainn inimbnr of student.s have registered as at, thn last term. Miss Lai:ra J. Kit.ut.RN, '55, of Water bury was visiting hnre last week. Fkank Handy was on tho hill last week. Ho will not return to complete his course. Sti.'tj;nts were eiCUMd, Sunday night, to attend the tempnram n Ini turn in Betliany ohttroh, lliu Wreek on the Central. A line exhibition of piling baled-hay Pel ion upon buckwbeat ),sa materializnd on the Central Vnrniont railroad about two miles south of here last. Monday afternoon, when two heavy frnight trains caiue to gother with a erash that was heard a niile away. Tho locality ls knnwn as No. ti brldge, Whlcli spans Dog river just south of the highway aml the blind aml dangnrous railroad cut through the ledge. Brown's mMI lt a stone's-throw away. The "M" freight train, with thirty-one cars, half of thnm loadeil, pulled out of Northfield about half-past. twnlve o'clock. That, train usually met the south-boiimi freight at Northfield, but Engineer John Cotter had received orders to meet No 11 at Montpelier Junction. As they rolleil through No f! brldge, Frank I.ynhaui, the llremau, saw No. 1! shootingthrotigh the cut and coiuing down the heavy grado at about twenty miles an honr. Hn yelled, " some thing coiuing, John " and jiimpnd, landing as lightly as acat. Cotter hal just time to tlirow thn lnver over and jnmp down the hank, when the erash came and a heavy car door shot after the ongineer. Cotter saw it comingand jumped again, breakiug both his ankles. "Gaah" KLelly was engineer of No. 11, and was riinning according to or ders. His tiremau, McGrath, jumped, but Kelly had no opportunity to leave the cab. He was only sliglitly injured. The wreek was a picturesque looking mess. The engines were blg six-wheel moguls, and wero badly smaahed. They were telescoped about a foot, and the cow l atchers aud headlights were ground to splintors. Three of the cars beliind the south-huuud engine had been loaded with flour, oats, hay aml biu kwheat. The cars were knocked to pieces, aud their content-s were showered all over the surrounding country. (irain was piled knee-deep in the highway. Two cars jauimed together had been separated by a car of oat.s liefore tlie collision, but only the oats cou'.d be found. A car of manilla paper had gone t pieces, and reams of paper wero stacked u( like a vast pile of tirnwood. Back of this was a car loaded witli peas. The fratnework held together, but was twisted sidewise across the tracks. Tho uninjured cars in thn rear had been taken to Montpelier Junction. The car back of the nortli bound mogul, loaded with wire for the world's fair, had been eompletely te',--tooped by the tender. Back of this to the bridge was a luisceilaneous mass of kiuil Hng wood and trucks There were eleven cars in tho briilge, some on, some off, their trucks, and all Jamined together. Beyomi the brldge was thn most picturesque view of all. That part of the traiu had been made up of emptv Imix aml Hat cars, and they had gone to pieces like so much glass. Thc car framos had been either crumbled or liurled bodily into the river and piled on either side of the track, and the rails were strewn with a tangled mass of trucks and Iron work. Had these cars passed within the bridge, that ancient strueture would have been knocked into ttrewood. Back of the broken cars twelve cars and tiie caboose stood on the rails iimlamaged. Engineer Cotter was taken to the house of Thoinas Ryan,a few rods from the scene. and was soon uuder the exceilent care of his sister, Mrs. Frank M. Corry of Mont pelier. Dr. Chaudler came dowu in a lnirry, anii soon had the injured engine ilriver wranped in splints. Despit his broken ankles, Cotter was feoling pretty well, and talkuil cbeerfully with his turong of visitors. He Is a heavy weigbt, and when he jumped he lauded like a thousand of brick. Like his fellow engineer, Kelly. he is a careful trainman. Frank I yuham bas been on the road oul a few months. aud this is his second attnmpt at a traiu man't grave. He cut a tigure in the Rich mond disaster. As the shades of night closed in, a wreek traiu came up from Northfield and bogan work on the south end. Shortly afterward V. I Nash and a gaug of workmen arrived from St. Albans. Nash has " beeu there " before, aud when hn aml his men got to work, the debris tlew in every direction lt was iuteresting tostand on the hillside and watch the myrlad torches ditting iu and out of tho vast pile of wreekage. A rce would be hltohed to a battered car, the mouster wreek englne would move back afew yards, and the ear would be suakeil over thn dttmp in a twinkling. Up ou the hill the Central Vermont telegraphers had tappedthe Wlrei and set up an OflMM on a ttat rOck. And a for hoOri the work wnut ou. Thn wreek was cleared ahout midnight. lt did uot seem possible that such a mass conld bo Ntraightonedout iu that space of time, but it was. Cars that ould not be saved were tumbled down the diimp in short onler, and will Ite picked up Sunday, when the line is not in operation. Thoinas I.aruer, an experienced operator in the traiiwlispati her's ofllce, is the man responsible for the disaster The best of meu will got careless. It is not kuowu what his negligence has cost the company, bat it will amount to many thousauds of dollars. Ohituary. HAi.L. -Died in Lowell, December fi, 1H92, of apoplexy, Miss Mary Jane Hall, formerly of Fairfax, aged tifty-two years. She com meiiced teacliiug when fifteen years ofage, aud to this most useful and houorable work she bronght a rare combluation of intellect and ol heart; and in the prosecution of her clioseu calling she has passed her eutire life. As au lustructor of youtb she was klnd aud ttrm, careful and wise, a great lover of her pupils. They found her pru tteut aud tit to goveru, because she gpv erued herself; aud yet open-handed and free-hearled, aud apt to reward a just exacter of their duty, aud a judicious re warder of their diligence. In her brother's home she was a sister indeed a patteru to the household of patieuce, judgment and goodness an example to all. A SUIT of the Edison geueral electric OOUpany agaiust the Sawyer-Muun com pauy for alleged infringemient of tbe Edi son patent for iucaudeseut lainps, was be gun at New York last week. The suit ln volves milllous of dollars. A MOWltOaM of unusual severity pre vailed iu Nebraska, last week, rendering the operatlou of street-car lines InpOMlble in many places, and greatly intorfering wltb railroad trahic. Iu Kansas, also, from four to slx inches of stiow fell: aml parts of lowa were vlsited by the storni.