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AUSTIN. TEXAS. The Minneapolis city council has raised the price of saloon license to $1500. Capt. "Whalley, a member of the British parliament, is looking around after a cattle ranche in Texas. The Salt Lake Tribune says that there never was a time when so many young girls were going into polygamy as at present. Prohibition received another backset in Connecticut last Friday, The legislature refused to assent to a prohibitory cunstitutional amend ment. Attention is called to f urther cor respondence between Hon. W. M. Brown and Gov. Ireland. A very pointed discussion of veracity is ap parent In the letter of Mr. Brown. There is a jack rabbit near Mo Kinney which has been chased sixty times by greyhounds, and yet the rab bit lives. The Sifters will have to go up there and look after his rabbit, ship. Tiie Belton Journal did not under stand the influences that control executive favor when it endorsed ex Comptroller Brown so unqualifiedly for the financial agency of the pent tontiaries. The general convention of all the Southern Baptist churches is to meet this vear at Waco. Texas, on the 0th of May. The delegates will bo treat ed to a free ride over the Gould sys- ' tem into Mexico. The Lancet thinks that if children would wear woolen next the skin -and wear longes. clothing, suspending it from the shoulders, we would hear more of boisterous health and less of back aches and pains. A ntOMiNENT and successful mer chant says that when he is tired am wants rest he does not go off on a tour and spend money, but he just takes his advertisement out of the paper. It has aliout the same effect as a pest flat; hung in front of his place of business. A News telegram from Lampasas speaks of a "boom" in that section for Senator Terrell. This thing of boom for the senator is nothing new The Statesman is gratified at the compliments paid to our senator in all parts of the state. He has done his duty nobly, and the people appre ciate the fact and will remember him for it. ' Bank of England notes are still iuade,-as they have been for centuries, from pure linen cuttings, and not from used rags. So great Is the care used, that even the number of dips in the pulp is registered on a dial auto matically, and by a secret system of lettering it is impossible to duplicate a number of a series, so that all du Dlicates are forgeries. The bills re main nice and crisp under any amount of usage. , - The gossiping world' remembers the marriage, a few years ago, of the daughter of Gov. Hubbard, of Con necticut, to her father's coachman. The father disowned the girl, and love ensued for a time. Then came, ie part of the wife, fondness for congenial social entertainment, and the wife became what is termed "fast," and now there is a divorce and all that belongs to its conditions un der siich circumstances. A member of congress and one or two other prominent men are mixed up in scandals attaching to the affair. It beoins to look as though the czar is really going to be crowned Serious troubles have, of course, been .anticipated, and an immense force of , infantrv. cavalry and police will be concentrated at Moscow. livery Eu, ropean government will be repre . sen ted; and it is supposed that a Bo man legate will oe sent from the Vatican. There cannot fail to be much anxiety among these august visitors in view of the threats of the Nihilists. Not only have many army ' officers been arrested recently, and large number of young women, but it has actually been found that the conspiracy ex tonus to emmren. j n- dersuch circumstances it is almost impassible to provide against all like lihood of a catastrophe. It is admitted by the Republican papers of New York that the party in that state is in anything but a ro bust condition. Discord has sapped its strength, and prompt and skillful treatment, it is conceded, only can save it. Advice is being freely offered by the political doctors, and some them suggest remedies of the heroic order. The stalwart organs are of the opinion that amputation is necessary that if the half-breed organs are lopped off and cast aside the diseased part of the organization will thus be got rid of, and vigorous stalwart blood will soon restore republicanism to its former health. The half-breed organs think the party is suffering .from foul excresences in the shape of stalwart papers, and that these should be pruned off in order to as sure a return of physical vigor. "While opinion seems to be crys talizing into a unit as to the standing of the state's chief executive, there appears to be no division of adverse sentiment as to the standing of the state's supreme court. "Without dis paragement to the able jurists who have preceded them on the supreme bench, it may safely be asserted that our supreme court is one of which any state might feel proud. They are all in the prime of life, and each mem ber stood in the front rank of his pro fession before his election. Each has grown ip during the . last thirty years with our system of jur isprudence, and the court thus " constituted seems to fully meet the expectations of the bar. The vast accumulation of business on the dockets, both at Austin and Galves- that in another year, with the aid of the able members of the commission of appeals, the dockets will be so re duced as to give more time for care ful preperation of opinions, and this will render their labors less arduous. We trust the time will soon come when an enlightened public opinion will demand a change in the constitu tion giving to judges in our courts of L'i-t resort a salary more eommensu--f ate with the vast labor and responsi bilities of their position. TIIE PULPIT AND THE PRESS. The other day a good many of the ministers of Chicago met to consider the moral conditions of society, and to suggest remedies for its improve ment. Having already exerted them selves towards this very end with all their ability, they were naturally at sea when contemplating a more searching cruise against evil, and then their attention was turned to the press, and a conference with the editors was proposed. The idea was that the newspapers should give incomplete information to the people, not depict society in its true light, but hide from public gaze its deformities and let the world go uninformed as to ex cesses hurtful to morality. Dr. Ken nard objected to the proposed confer ence, and said: There was little doubt that the ed itors of the papers generally would be glad to do anything that would be conducive to the improvement oi public morals: that the papers were the mirror in which was reflected the condition of morality; that it was the business ot the ministers to so im prove morality that the papers would have something better to reflect, and thev would find that they would not be blow to follow. If the ministers, he said, attempted to dictate to the press what they should publish and what thev should not. they would simply succeed in placing themselves in a ridiculous position ana accora plish nothing. The newspapers, he said, were the voice ot the people, .'ind were compelled to cater to their interests. It the pumic demanded ' sensationalism.' or even 'scan pal,' the papers would le obliged to publish it, in order to make the paper uonidar. and give the public what they wanted and what they paid for, 1 heir interests was to a largo exieut different from the pulpit, ana he didn't see any good that woidd arise in intert enng witu tne press ior representing things as they were; rather let them try to alter the condi tion, and the press would support them." The doctor's suggestions were cei; tainly well founded, but his reference to "scandals" and "sensationalism" were improper, for the circulation of these things belong by no means to the whole press. Many papers eschew such publications and others publish them for the sake of neutralizing ten dences of a dangerous immoral character. The fewest papers use such matter for purely sensational purposes. In a paragraph in this paper will be found reference to a social occurrence in Connecticut, in which a woman in high life figures, and the Statesman's object in giving even a slight reference to scandalous matters is to warn persons against the evil tendencies of waywardness in girls. But, as has been said, the pro fession of journalism and that of the minister runs on parallel lines, but are often wide apart the former be ing almost entirely absorbed in the things of time, while the latter is more or less engrossed with that which relates to both time and eter nity. The editor finds his hands so full in dealing with the world that now is, that he has really very little time to speculate about that which is to come. The good editor would be a moralist and a philosopher if he had the time, but in the hurry and confusion of pub lishing a daily paper he must of ne cessity "shoot folly as it flies," off hand, and it is no wonder that he sometimes misses the mark. The minister shoots at a rest, and at long range, and consequently his hand is steadier and his aim truer than the journalist's, but he seldom bags as much game. As a worthy cotempo rary says, it is not to be denied that the perverted taste of many of the people who buy and read newspapers is more or less responsible for the character of what they purchase. The conductors of the press are, as a rule, not engaged in a grand moral-reform enterprise, the prime object of which is to make mankind better, but in a purely business transaction to obtain an honest livelihood. They have their lingers constantly on the public pulse and are quick to observe the drift of public sentiment. It is not strange, therefore, if they often do as the merchant does furnish their customers with the kind of goods they want and are willing to pay for. Yet, in the face of this dis couraging fact, no conscientious edi tor should so far forget his duty to the public as not to be constantly aiming to educate and elevate the tone of public sentiment through the po tent agency that is under his controL The press and the pulpit are two of the mightiest factors hvour rapidly-advancing civilization, and the weight of their great influence should ever be found on the side of morality, justice and good government. A memorial signed by influential clergymen, including the Bishop of Dover, the Bishop of Newcastle and the Bishop of Truro, is to be pre sented to Mr. Gladstone against the affirmation bill, now before parlia ment, which will maintain "that the deliberate removal of the name of the Supreme Being from the form of affirmation proposed in the bill, for the purpose of admitting, as a mem ber of the legislature, by its respective action, an open and avowed atheist who has admitted that he has no relig ious, scruples, is dishonoring to Almighty God and contrary to the spirit of our laws and constitution." The mixing of church and state is legitimate in Ireland, and that there may be some color of right in the de mand of the bishops, but the oath is a mere matter of form and amounts to nothing. A witness whose purpose Is to lie will not be governed by the oath. Attention is being called to the expense attached to collecting the in ternal revenue. In the matter of col lecting customs dues it is shown that many an official position i3 main tained purely for the benefit of party favorites, and that a great many po sitions could be abolished without detriment to the government; in fact, with credit to it. As an illustration of the extent to which this abuse ex ists, the collections and receipts at some of the minor ports, in 1882, are given. The figures show that at fifteen of these ports the expenditures for salaries vastly exceeded the re ceipts. At Petersburg, Virginia, the receipts from customs amounted to 857, while the expenditures for sala ries footed up 03504. .. At George town, South Carolina, the receipts were $37, and. the expenditures for salaries $1635. At Teche, Louisiana the receipts were 17, and the ex penditures $7556. The enormous disproportion between the receipts from taxes and the expenditures for their collections, in these instances. carries with it its own comment. Nobody will argue that the govern ment ought to pay out four hundred dollars in salaries to collect one dollar of taxes. In 1882 the receipts from internal revenue taxes amounted to $146,497,595. The expenses of collect ing these taxes were 2.80 per cent. The receipts from customs revenue were 8220.410,730, and the expenses of collecting the same amounted to 2.95 per cent. The protective tariff is a great thing for the army of custom house officials, but it is hard on the people in more ways than one. The j he pruning kniie or tne practical re former is sadly needed in every branch of the iniquitous system. Tins is the way the Washington Star writes about the Williams Ranch aerolite: "The earth seems to le traveling through a meteoric held just now From Rome the report comes that on the loth ot Jt euruary some peasants working in a field near Brescia were startled by hearing a loud report like thunder. Looking up they saw the clouds torn ODen. and a large body followed by a train of bluish smoke hurtling through the air over their heads, with the noise of an express train. The aerolite buried itself in an adjoining field, the fall causing a shock like that of an earthquake. It was felt ten kilometres away while the report was heard at Verona and Flacenza, many nines uistanu When thev had recovered from their fright the peasants hurried to the spot and found a clean hole about three feet deep, running in an oblique ilirKotion from north-northeast: and on digging down they came to a solid block, in the form of a truncated cone, weighing from 400 to 500 pounds. This was a baby meteor compared to the Texas stone, which covers an acre, buried itself 100 feet lwlow trround and rises seventy-five feet aliove the surface. By this time the Star, and the numerous other papers that discoursed on the great aerolite so earnesuyi t , i.i have found outrthat in the light of j exdosive things nothing has ever equaled the Texas aerolite. OUR NEW YORK LETTER. . Presidential Talk A Retrospective View of the Coming Campaign Hon. John Hancock for Second Place. rProm Our Special Correspondent. .New York, April 17, 1883. The presidential campaign of 1884 is now but a year in the future, and already the political headlights of Dotn tne great political orgtuuzitnuus begin to prick up their ears and ad just the spectacles for the coming contest. If there is anything new or specially interesting to be heard or seen that will aid them in getting on the strong or winning side they want to know it as soon as possible. Quite a number of them have no serious objection to being struck by political lightning, and will put themselves in its track if they can find out the road it will trav el, even though they get unexpectedly knocked clean through the front door of the presidential mansion. The in dications now are that the campaign will not be free from side-shows. Ev erywhere there is a prevalent spirit of independence in both parties, and this will encourage the side-show busi ness. The Greenbackers, it is true, have subsided, but the anti-monopolists are coming to the front with a yell, and then the Butlerists are cut ting considerable of a swath in Massachusetts, and there are some outside precints yet to hear from that may help along Ben's boom. If there should be serious dissensions in the ranks of the two great parties on the tariff question- either before or after the nominations are made, bold Ben may take the field as an independent candidate, hoping that the anti-monopolists and thi Prohibitionists may place tickets in the field and that a regular, hurdle race may be the result. In this event there might be a' failure to select a president by popular vote and the responsibility of electing one might devolve upon congress. It is quite probable that Butler's influ ence will be felt in the campaign whether he is a can didate or not-Jand it is equally proba ble that the contest will be one of unusual vigor and uncertainty. While at present the Democrats are admitted to have by far the best chance for success, yet, at the same time, there is nothing at this time on which an opinion can be based regard ing the course the campaign will take when it opens. On this subject a late number of the St. Louis Repub lican says: "The situation in the Democratic party is peculiar. It may even be called critical. There are no perceptible preparations for the strug gle, still more than a year distant. The party is in a condition of repose, and averse to the consideration of the claims of candidates and of is sues. And yet, there is at least one issue which the party knows it must face before the end of the present year. That issue is found in the per son of ex-Speaker Randall." So it seems that Democratic suc cess hinges only on campaign man agement and the view the peo ple will take of the tariff ques tion when the responsibility of settling the question comes directly and prominently before them, if the election were to take place now the Democrats would certainly carry it by a sweeping majority, and what they could do now they ought to be able to do next year, and they will do it if there is no change in the tide. Hence, taking tins liberal view of the situation, their chance is by far the best, for at the start they have the inside track, and with good candi dates and good campaign management they can keep it. That Mr. Tilden is grooming for the race is more than likely, and many shrewd Democrats believe him to be the strongest candidate their party could select. That he could carry his own state is generally believed it not conceded, and that he would get the Butler influence is claimed by his friends. Perhaps he stands a much better chance of being nominated than does General Han cock, if that is saying much, and fully as good a chance as does Bayard. Should the Republicans, however, hold their convention first and nomi nate President Arthur or any other eastern man, that would lessen the chances of either Tilden, Hendricks or Bayard and would help along the McDonald or Indiana boom, which is .already somewhat formidable. One ot tne strange ieatures oi tne presi dential campaign discussion is that no southern man has as yet become at all prominent lor second place on either ticket, and yet there is an un dercurrent of sentiment favorable to such a course, both as a matter of justice and policy. Should the Democracy nominate an eastern man for president and incline to elect a man from the south for second place on the ticket, there is no doubt but Hon. John Hancock would loom up as an available man. He was loyal to the cause of the Union during the war and has been true to the best in terests of his party and the country since. Texas is both a southern and a western state and at this time is attracting special attention. These points will certain ly have some weight before the coun try if properly and persistently urged. It is hardly probable that the Republicans will place a southern man on their ticket, hence it is more likely the Democrats will, and should they decide to do so they would nat urally go around beating the bushes in search of a man with the record, reputation and ability of Hon. John Hancock. Tramp. The czar of Russia celebrated his birthday last month by buying all the reserved seats in the principal theatres of St. Petersburg for the matinee and distributing them among the children of the schools and seminaries. HQXHH OF THE HA.X JACIXTO. ETJ.J. AXDERSOJf. "By Alamo's bloody altar, 1 . II K Charge, my braves, the foe, nor falter. Tis bis day of doom." Yeomen of the woods and prairie. Brothers from afar. Cheered their chieftain bold and wary. w Saw that lonely star, J ustiee ev'ry rifle pointed; Vengeance drew the sword ; Each with freedom s cause annotated Swift obeyed the word. How they swooped with fearless valor Down upon the foe ! How the tyrant quakes with pallor At his overthrow. Freedom scanned the book of ages Through the heavy past. Wrote this finis in its paKes : "Not the least, but last." Then he canonized with honor Houston and his band. Waved on high t he Lone Star banner O'er a glorious band. Islam, the Shadow of Judaism. lid win De Leon in Frank Leslie's Magazine for May. Like Judaism, Islam is based on pure JJeism, and tne iuia'i oi tne Moslem is but the Jehovah of the Israelites, while Mohammed is only a second Moses claiming only a divine mission, but no divine nature, Tneir religion is but an after-growth of the old Hebrew faith, which even in its Banitary precepts, as given by Moses, was revived by the Arab Prophet to bring back a rude pagan people to the worship of the true (od. The sensu ous nature of the Greek deified at Ath ens the operations of nature and make Gods people the heavens, the air, the water and the earth. The more material Roman, Bternly practical in life and thought the American of olden time lowered the standard of divinity to his own level; and his gods parodied only the Greek creations, and were animated by the passiens and lusts of men. But the imaginative nature of the eastern man, even in his dense ignorance and barbarism, craved something more spiritual than even Greek or Roman, in their highest civilization, demanded. In their wild hearts they erected an altar to that "unknown god" to whom the tickle Athenians dedicated that solitary one, seen by St. Paul on the hill of the Areopagus, and made the tartofhj. Py pi these two faiths, apparently so antip odal, it is ecessary only to quote a few lines from the poet who, more than Byron, and only less than Goethe, "has drunk of purest East," and poured it out in most melodious verse. I refer to Monckton Milnes, whose "Palm Leaves" contain the very essence of Eastern life and thought. In his poem entitled "Mo hammedanism," he thus clearly de fines the great point where the two creeds converge, in my judgment, and where both diverge from Christianity: "One God the Arabian Prophet preached to mau One God the Orient still Adores, through many a realm of mighty space A God of Tower and Will A God that, shrouded in His'lonely light, . Dwells utterly apart From all the vast creations of His might. From nature, man and art. "A Power, that at Its pleasure will create. To save or to destroy; And to eternal pain predestinate, As to eternal joy. No prophet here by common essence bound At once to God and man ; Author Himself, and part of the profound And Providential plan. "Thus, In the faiths old Heathendom that shook. Wire different powers at strife Mohammed's truths lay in a Holy Book, Christ's, in a Sacred Lite." So in this picture, drawn so clearly, and painted so brightly, we see that Mohammedanism is but the reflex of Judaism; and it is probably owing to the very fact of this religious identi ty with a people they despise that the prophet's followers contemn and re vile those of Moses. A Dream of Home. Dr. Talmage in Frank Leslie's Magazine for May. One night,lying on my lounge when very tired, my children all around about me, in f i.-ll romp and hilarity and laughter on the lounge, half awake and half asleep I dreamed this dream: I was in afar country. It was not Persia, although more than Oriental luxuriance crowned the cities. It was nt the tropics,although more than tropical fruitf ulness filled the gardens. It was not Italy, al though more than Italian softness filled the air. And I wandered around looking for thorns and nettles, but found that none of them grew there; and I saw the sun rise, and I watched to see it set, but it sank not. And I saw the people in holiday attire, and I said, "When will they put off this and put on work men's garb, and again delve in tue mine, and swelter at the forge ?" But they never put oft the holiday attire. And I wandered in the suburbs of the citj to find the place where the dead sleep, and I looked all along the line of the beautiful hills, the place where the dead might most blissfully sleep, and I saw towers and castles, and not a mausoleum, or a monu ment, or a white slab could I see. And I went into the chapel of the great town, and I said. "Where do the poor worship? and where are the hard benches on which they ! sit ?" and the answer was made me, ' We have no poor in this country. And then I wandered out to find the hovels of the destitute, and I found mansions of amber and ivory and gold, but not a tear could I see, not a sigh could I hear. And I was be wildered, and I sat down under the branches of a great tree, and I said, "Where am I ? and whence comes all this scene?" And then out from among the leaves and up the llowery paths and across the broad streams there came a beautiful group throng- ' ing all about me, and as I saw them come l thought lknew tneir step, and as they shouted I thought I knew their voices: but then they were so gloriously arrayed in apparel such as I had never before witness ed that I bowed as stranger to stranger. But when again they clap ped their hands and shouted, "Wel come. . welcome." the mystery van ished, and I found that time had gone and eternity had come, and we were all together again in our new home in heaven; and I looked around and I said, "Are we all herer" and the voices ot many generations re sponded, "All here!" And while tears of -gladness were running down our cheeks, and the branches of the Leb anon cedars were clapping their hands, and the towers of the great city were chiming their welcome, we all together began to leap and shout and sing, "Home, home, home, homel Mr. Beecher Gives His Hearers His Conception of Faith. Mr. Beecher presented his views of faith, taking the familiar passages from II. Corinthians as his text: "For we walk by faith, not by sight. While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eter nal." "Our religious life." remarked Mr. Beecher, "does not depend to any great extent upon the accuracy of our knowledge, for there are many de vout and happy Christians in the humbler walks of life. But Chris tian experience will be bioader when it springs from sound knowl edge. All theology is a system of mental philosophy. What is faith? It is that formation of Christian im agination which the apostles walked by. It covers a complex state of mind. Imagination is the brain's great fashioner. It pencils pictures and builds houses, taking the materi als from the mind it puts them to gether for the construction of facts. When the hand works in unison with the imagination, the man is an artist; when the imagination works upon sounds and can reproduce the score, a musical artist is the result; when the utterance can follow the direction of the imagination, we find an orator. The prime conception in a man's head if at work upon bis moral ideas, the result is faith, and faith is the real substance of things. "Noah was moved to build the aik through fear, which is one kind of faith. Others have faith by trust, while hope and love enter into the composition of the faith of many. "The most exalted form of imagin ation is that which works upward to ward God. There is a great difference between refined and unrefined people. The refined man uses the same kind of clav, only of a -finer quality, and the picture of his imagination is con structed out of liner pigment. "There are men who are continually revolving around the vortex of their own mouths. 'I lelieve in facts,' says the ox, while eating grass, but there are many men greener than 'the grass eaten by the ox. "You hear men say, 'My child, you should not read that book, for it is nothing but a novel.' May those men have to read Newton's Calculus in the next world. Children are not to blame for their imaginative minds," said Mr. Beecher. "1 have a great re spect for the Atlantic ocean, unless 1 m on it. I would have rejoiced to go through the Garden of Eden, but my imagination paints me a picture much finer than Eden. "Commerce would go to smash if men were to stop work and go blow ing soap-bubbles because they looked beautiful. "When I lived in Litchfield I used to hoe potatoes," said Mr. Beecher, "when it was hard work to import enough earth from the corners of the lot to cover them properly. As I sweat in the noonday sun I looked forward to the coming 4th of July when I could go a-fishing. I waded, in imagination, in the brook and bathed in its water. It was not a very deep imagination," quite as shallow as the brook, but deep enough for a boy who hoed potatoes. "A man imprisoned will make friends with a little mouse and a little shoot of grain which may spring up in a crev ice of the stone floors of his cell will appear to him like an Amazon forest. The dew on the hills of heaven is not to be compared to the drops of water on the outside of the pitcher standing in the chamber of the fever patient. May the doctors who in days gone by tantalized their patients with the bare sight of the pitcher have all the water they want, when they are be ing punished for their cruel denial of water, hereafter. "Happy is the man- wno can with the Apostles say. '1 live not by sight, but by faith.' " PERSONAL. Jefferson Davis says John (Juincy Adams was one of the most genial gentlemen he ever knew. Gen. Diaz., when informed of the arrangements lor his entertainment in Boston, exclaimed: "Great heavens, if I can only live through it!" Mr. Tabor, the one-month senator, said to a reporter the other day: "I never saw the like of some of these newspapermen telling how much a man pays for his night-shirts and all that sort of thing." Reasonably well-to-do clergymen were the late Rev. Sir Frederick Vin cent, cannon of Chichester, and the late Rev. Richard T. Lancaster, of Cheltenham. Their wills, just proved, dispose of personalties amounting to about $1,150,000 and $685,000 respec tively. . ' President Arthur's portrait is now nearly completed. It is a full-length representation, and perfect in the small details of costume, even the lit tle red rosebud which daily adorns the buttonhole of the president's coat being perpetuated. It will be placed in the blue room of the executive mansion. Miss Susette Eakin, who died in Rome in March of Roman fever, after a long illness, was the great-daughter of Felix Grundy, the celebrated statesman of Tennessee, the grand daughter of the late Henry Ewing, of Philadelphia, and the daughter of the late Thomas Eakin, of New York . She was lovely in person, and so sweet, so unselfish and so winning in her character that she was beloved by all who knew her. The late widow of Heine lived in Paris during the Franco-Prussian war, and was in terror lest the Ger mans, on entering the city, should pillage her house. Therefore she wrote to her husband's brother, beg ging advice as to what she should do to prevent this. He sent her a plac ard bearing, in German, these words: "Here dwells the widow of Germany's great poet, Heine," and bade her post it on her door as the most efficient protection possible for herself and hers. - 'Female Education. San Francisco Examiner Between the virtues of women and the cultivated intellect of man the race continues to progress, noth with standing many hindering causes. We must put up the bars against hobbies and fanaticism in every direction. It is only truth to say and we should be cautious never to weaken our selves by declaring otherwise that a little whisky or a little tobacco, used at intervals ox eignt hours eacn day, would neither lengthen nor shorten life. But it is safe to assert if the habits or women were as defective in the unnerving abuses of whisky and tobacco as tnose ot men, a tew centu ries would well nigh wreck the race, Women are naturally better than men, It is the descent of their virtues, through heredity, from generation to generation, despite the sins and wick edness ot men, that preserves the equilibrium of excellence and thus perpetuates the health, power, intel tect and character ot the human spe ties. We find continued compensa tion in the conserving power of wo man, everything is inherited that goes to make up the human being. from the color of the hair to the struc ture of the linger nails. The most en couraging fact in connection with the improvement of the race is that acquired capacities are capable of transmission. Education is the meas- ' ure of progress. Endowments follow training and culture. How import ant, tnen, mat women should receive the highest brain culture attainable! The span of lite is short. It is im portant that people should be born with more intellect, loftier natures and a greater tendency to occupy a higher moral plateau. Education is the chief factor of evolution. We blot out half the resources of the hu man race, at least, when we fail to confer upon woman facilities for the highest intellectual training. A man with a weak-minded mother is but half-born. Correction. The report made in our Friday's issue of the decision by Chief Justice Willie, in Evans & Martin vs. Tuck er, is corrected as follows: Evans & Martin vs. Tucker. A petition on which an attachment issued, alleged that a part of the debt was due and that a portion was not due; but the affidavit for the writ al leged in effect that none of the debt was due, and it failed to state that the defendant was justly in debted to the plaintiff. Held, 1. The omission to state that the defendant was justly indebted to the plaintiff, vitiated the writ. 2. The variance between the peti tion and the affidavit as to tire ma turity of the debt, was also fatal to the attachment. ' A Marked Difference. Free Press. J As to Russell, he seems to have been made a victim, while men no better than himself go scot free. He like Ochiltree, .was a candidate for congress last year, but unlike him was defeated. If he had been successful, does any one suppose he would now be under sentence to the peniten tiary, or that the prosecution against him would ever have been heard from again ? We confess we are unable to see any substantial difference between the positions and characters of the two men. Yet one is a member of congress, while the other is booked f cr the penitentiary. Rock salt on Vermillion island, off the coast of Louisiana, is twenty feet thick, and has to be blasted with dynamite, 200 tons being mined daily in this way. SPECIAL TELEGRAMS Bastrop, April 21. Lee Nichols, colored, who was indicted by the grand jury for theft of cattle from Osburn & Gill, was found guilty this morning and sentenced to the peni tentiary for three years The grand jury adjourned this evening. i our reporter did not ascertain the number of bills found. Burnet, April 21. T. M. Robin son, who escaped from custody through the negligence of the officer in charge, and wanted to answer the charge of rape here, has not been re captured. Two men, Davis and Moore, have been arrested for assist ing Robinson to escape. Sheriff Corker oners one hundred dollars for his arrest. Judge Blackburn has so far recov ered that -he will be able to hold the next term of court here. lhe delinquent tax sale takes place Mayl. iurnet hopes to have a Chinisa laundry soon. lhe building boom continues, busi ness is good and all are happy. Sax Antonio, April 21. A dele gation from the West Texas Medical association, consisting of Drs. Chew, Tyner, Watts and T. P. Keer, will leave this city .next week to attend the annual meeting of the medical asso ciation at Tyler, which convenes on the twenty-fourth. xvuigubs xempiar leu on tne train this morning for their homes. TheGrandCommandery left forGoliad to inaugurate the Fannin Command ery, which has been under a dispen sation. A severe frost that killed wherever it touched has visited the country for several miles west and north of us, out did not touch here. San Saba, April 21. Mrs. Hayden, of Louisiana, who is here vis iting her brother, and who con tracted smallpox while passing through New Orleans, has entirely recovered, but her little son has the disease in its most virulent form. Dr. Gregg, the attending physician, thinks there is no danger of the dis ease spreading, as the family who have it live four miles from town, but to insure further safety the au thorities have quarantined against the place. The weather has been very windy for some days past, and last night we had a very hard wind, which blew down some of the fences in town and one or two small houses in the su burbs of town. The roads are very dry and dusty, and we are needing rain very much. Dallas, April 21. Frank Falco ner, arrested at McKinney a few days ago, charged with counterfeiting, had a preliminary examination before United States Commissioner McCor mick to-day, and was held to await the action of the grand jury. In de fault of bond he was remanded to jail. M. M. Craft; a young planter from near Groesbeck, is in the city, trying to get track of his wife, who a few nights ago eloped with a young man in his employ, named L. II. Hickman. Mrs.Craf t took all the ready money of the family with her, and left two small children, the oldest only about four years of age. The courts and banks observed San Jacinto day. The two meetings of citizens in the interest of street paving and the Texas and St. Louis narrow gauge subsidy met to-day, and adjourned without action till Monday. Houston, April 21. The jury in the case of Milby & Dow vs. the ship channel company returned a verdict of $300 damages to plaintiff. The case is one involving a vital point as con cerns the ship channel company, and was brought to test their right to levy and collect tolls through Mor gan's point. Jeff Scott, Bell Harris and Dan Henderson, the negroes who murdered Milam Williams early this week, will be tried on Friday, the 27th, in the criminal court The Light Guards' celebration at the fair grounds to-day was a grand success. A large concourse of ladies and gentlemen witnessed the game9. To-night the dancing pavillion is crowded with dancers, and for the first time in the history of Houston ians, happy and graceful couples are gliding in the mazy waltz in the bril liant electric light. Fort Worth, April 21. Workmen digging sewer trenches to-day, at the depth of fifty-two feet, excavated the carcass of a giant buffalo well pre served. It must have been a great many years ago that he died. J. E. Barnes, a wealthy gentleman from Jacksonville, Illinois, was, at a late hour last night, walking near the depot when J. D. Cline sandbagged and robbed him of a fine gold watch and chain, and $700. Cline was arrested and the money recovered. Contracts to the amount of $87,000 for paving streets were let this after noon. . A meeting of the directors of the driving parks of Gainesville, Dallas and Fort Worth Avaslield here to-day, when it was agreed to hold fall races with purses amounting to $24,000. The water works will be turned over to the city Wednesday next Their net cost was $215,000. Waco, April 21. A negro giving his name as John Achals, who has been around here for some nine months past, was arrested at the nar row gauge depot this evening by Deputy Sheriff Ford, suspected of be ing the same negro who is wanted at Marshall, Texas, for a murder com mitted there. He will be jailed until the Marshall authorities can be heard from... Another mass meeting of citizens is called to meet at the Baptist church Sunday to perfect arrangements for receiving and entertaining delegates. Some seventeen hundred are already booked as coming. The lumber light still continues and all dealers announce that they will hold out to the end. The price went no lower than $14 per thousand to-day. Tho veterans are getting back from Belton and the Knights Templar have nearly all returned . from San Antonio. Waco's delegation to the shooting tournament at Houston came back this morning. Vaughan Hayden. a ten year old girl, died this morning. Her remains will be carried by the parents to Champlaign", Illinois, for interment. Galveston, April 21. The day opened unpropitious with rain and high wind. The former, however, ceased. About 10 a. in. the blare of brass bands announced to the expectant multitude that the gallant firemen were on the move. The department, as it moved through the principal streets with its gaily decorated en gines and apparatus, presented a mag nificent appearance, and elicited ex pressions of admiration throughout the bine of its march, and was a fit ting commemoration of the memor able battle that made Texas free and independent forty-seven years ago. The Brenham firemen and other delegations did not , arrive in time to participate in the parade, in consequence of the excursion train being laid out upon their arrival. They, however, were taken in charge by the Galveston firemen and as each company gave a banquet were feasted and wined to their hearts content. To-night a grand fireman's ball is in progress at the pavillion where joy and hilarity reign supreme. The contemplated excursion and picnic of the Galveston artillery com pany to Lafitte's grove, was post poned in consequence of threatening condition of the weather. John Heller, the boy forger who was sent before the criminal court yesterday to answer the charge of forgery, shot himself in the thigh to day but not inflicting a fatal wound. Sam Lee, the Chinaman who . was convicted and lined for keeping an opium den a day or two ago and in default of payment was sent to the city prison,attempted to hang himself by strips torn from his blanket to day while laboring under a fit of mental aberration. He was sent to the city hospital for treatment. A fire broke out this afternoon in the cotton yards of the Galveston, Houston and Henderson railway, and partially consumed two bales of cotton. By prompt action the flames were ex tinguished before the fire engines ar rived. Real estate transfers for the week amount to $4366. Interments during the week are seventeen; adults nine; children eight. Cotton receipts to-day 2440 bales; exports 3979 bales. Belton, April 21. The veterans formed in line this morning on the public square and were photographed, after which they marched to the Bap tist church which was filled to over flowing. The proceedings were opened with prayer by Rev. Dr. At kinson, followed with music by a colored band from Waco, after which Mayor Chamberlain formally tendered the freedom of the city to the vet erans. Judge X. B. Saunders then deliver ed an address of welcome, in which he reviewed the early history of the American colonies, comparing the st ates of that day with those of the present. CoL Guy M. Bryan responded in a few eloquent remarks, returning the heartfelt thanks of the association for the hospitality extended by the good citizens of Belton. ."You are enter taining men in this beautiful vale, surrounded by. sparkling waters and beautiful groves, who were the asso ciates of Crockett, Travis and their immortal band of patriots. You en tertain those who years ago passed here with pouch of meal and rifle in hand to drive back the Indians; men who fought for days and who desire now that you make your children swear upon the alters of their country that this shall be a United States forever." " CoL Joe II. Stewart then delivered the address. Mrs. Swisher, of Austin, then read a poem, and was followed by Miss Ten nie Wilson, of Gonzales, who read a carefully prepared historical Texas essay, which ended the programme. Calls being made, Gen. Walter McLane, whose life was saved on the San Jacinto battle field by Gen. La mar; Col. Johnson, who captured San Antonio from the Mexicans; CoL W. L. Hunter, one of the survivors of the Fannin massacre, and who es caped by feigning to be dead after being bayoneted; CoL S. Wharton, Houston's aide at the battle of San Jacinto; Big Foot Wallace (R. M. Forbes), one of the seven survivors of the constitutional convention of 1845; E. M Pease, secretary of the provin cial government, and Col. Blount, the only survivor of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, ap peared on the stand, and Moses Aus tin Bryan, of Houston, interpreter at the time Santa Anna was captured, repeated the exact words used on the occasion and which were matters of history. Recess was had till 3 p. m., at which time the veterans assembled at the opera house. Mrs. Isabel McCracklin, who made the cartridges used in firing salutes at Nacogdoches over the new? of the victory at San Jacinto, was invited to a seat on the stage with the president. A resolution of thanks to Senators Matlock, Patton and Kleberg, and representatives Acker and Arm istead, for their labors as members of the legislature in behalf of the veter ans, was adopted. A resolution to appoint a commit tee to confer with the proper author ity as to the bes1 manner of preserv ing the Alamo after the state assumes control, was adopted. John Swisher, of Austin; Owen Hardman, of Caldwell county, and M. W. Mardy, of Lamar county, were appointed on the Alamo committee. Adjourned sine die. The two-year-old daughter of Mrs. McAlister was run over by a carriage late yesterday evening, breaking her collar bone and inflicting other in juries. . Big Foot Wallace was presented with a fine suit of broad cloth by the citizens of Belton, and was the most dignified veteran on the floor. From the rolls, there are now liv ing 723 veterans. F RANKLlN.April 23. Wyatt Banks, colored, was executed here this even ing, in the presence of t wo thousand spectators, for complicity in the mur der of Ad. Wyser, on Sunday, May 28, 1882. Banks ascended the scaffold firmly and met his fate unflinchingly. He spoke to the assembled multitude from the scaffold for upwards of two hours, admonishing all, and particu larly the colored race, to avoid gam bling, drinking and dissipation gener ally, as that, to a great extent, was the cause of his having to pay the penalty of death for the capital crime of mur der. All necessary precautions had been taken by the officers of the law to preserve order, and no disturbance occurred. Banks' neck was broken by the fan, and his death was apparently painless. personel. Wyatt Banks was a bright mulatto, about twenty-two or twenty-three years of age. He was a very "rapid coon," as the flash darkey in the south is commonly called. He was naturally intended to be of that style that would have made him a favorite body servant or personal attendant of the average "Young Mars" in the days before the war. The latter element of white folks still, very naturally, look upon darkies of Wyatt's pecu liar shrewdness and susceptibility with a great deal of partiality, treat ing them with more than ordinary liberality and confidence, which is, as a rule, duly reciprocated in the way of strong attachment, reliability, pride and the rare negro character istic of never betraying confidence. But there are exceptions to all rules, and Wyatt came under that head. "Evil communications corrupt good manners;" and, in his case, it went a good deal further in- its bad results and got his neck broke for him, "according to . law." Distead of journeying on in the smooth road of safety and a soft job for some white man, who would have appreci ated his capacity and brightness, he switched off into the fork that led him into the highway of quick de struction. He became a tony barber, a ""masher" of dusky damsels, and a devotee at the green cloth, ultimately developing into a slick card-player. "And that's where he made the mis take." About four years ago Wyatt ran a barber shop at Bremond, three miles from the fashionable summer resort of Wootan Wells, where thou sands of Texas pleasure-seekers and invalids visited each season, and where there is a rare opportunity af forded the flash young "j ailer coons" to make "mashes" on the army of Af rican amazons accompanying the lady visitors to the Wells, as servants. This very often necessitated the expending of considerable cash on the colored lady-killers. So Wyatt, in order to "raise the wind," went to gambling, and soon fell tinder the eagle eye of the Texas law, in the grand jury room of Robertson county. He was in dicted; he was also "broke." He vas forthwith lodged ia jaiL He was speedily tried, convicted and assessed a heavy nne-wnicn ne was tumuic w pay. and In Aefnuitwas clothed in the striped garments of the guilty and to work out his indebtedness to the commonwealth. This sort of life and associates was more than the proud spirit of the Senegambian sport could bear, and the first favorable oppor tunity that presented itself he made a bold break tor liberty and attempted to escape, in which he succeeded, but took with him in his back a portion of a charge of buckshot fired at him as a parting salute by a convict guard in an attempt to halt the fugitive. Wyatt then stole a horse to accelerate his efforts in placing distance between himself and his pursuers. But fate was against him. He was recaptured and his troubles and woes multiplied. He was again lodged in jail, indicted for horse stealing, and was awaiting trial when he mounted to the top round of the ladder of crime by aiding in the murder of Ad Wiser, a deputy sheriff and the keeper of the Robertson county jail at Franklin, on Sunday morning, May 28,1882. A full ac count of this crime, the triaL convic tion and sentence of the murderer was published in the columns of the Statesman, in its issue of March 24, 1883, in connection with the execu tion of the principal murderer, Fred. E. Waite, alias Leightner, which took place at Franklin the day previous. HISTORY OF HIS CRIME. he facts, briefly stated, are as fol lows: Waite was in jail for theft; Banks for horse-stealing; Daniel Compton for incest; three other priso ners on various charges. The three named formulated a plot to liberate all the prisoners by overpowering, and, if necessary, killing the jailor. On Saturday night. May 27, Waite succeeded in secreting himself in a cell, with the door open leading into the iron corridor, unknown to the jailor. The latter entered the corri dor the following morning with breakfast for the prisoners, and while the church bells were sounding their first peals and chimes, notify ing the human creatures of God to assemble in their temples and render worship unto Him, was made the victim of a deed that cast a blackened, pall-like shadow over thecommunity of Frank lin, and made it a day of sadness and sorrow in the history of the town and county. Fred. E. Waite, stealthily, heartlessly and cowardly, crept from his den of concealment, and in full view of his aiders and abettors in the crime, brutally beat Add Wyser over the back of the head with an iron bludgeon, from the effects of which he expired about 10 o'clock that night. Waite, Banks and Compton were con victed of murder in the first degree. The first-named was publicly exe cuted amid sensational scenes of champagne drinking, cigar smoking, a grand dinner upon the choicest bill of fare ever served in the county and without any religious ceremony, and dying "game" and full of nerve on March 23. Compton is serv ing a life sentence at Iluntsville Erison. Wyatt Bunks was to have een executed with' Fred E. Waite, but was granted a respite of thirty days by Gov. Ireland, on application for commutation of the sentence to life imprisonment, but the governor, after a full investigation, decided that the case was one not meriting the ex tension of executive clemency, and Banks was notified and warned to prepare for the final dissolution of the body and the spirit, through the me dium of the hangman with his rope and death trap. The public senti ment is in accord with the governor's conclusion, and the general judgment is that the ends of justice have not been attained at a penalty and pro cess of too much severity. . Lampasas, April 23. Our city had its first robbery Saturday night. Two waiters at the Globe hotel, calling themselves Charles Bons and Andrew Kelley, stole a fine revolver from a gentleman at the hotel. They then proceeded to East Lampasas, robbed a German woman of a silver watch and $92 cash. It appears that the woman whilst working at the hotel with them innocently made the thieves fa miliar with her affairs. These rob bers are apt to be arrested, as they are fully described and watched IOr. r Last night about 11 o'clock a most deliberate -murder was committed in that part of the city call the Santa Fe addition. A man named A. C. Rich, a doctor by profession, came to this county from Georgia several years ago. He married a Miss Fannie Scott in this city two years since and moved to Bastrop county. They re turned here about six months ago and lived since near the Santa Fe depot. Last night while Dr. and Mrs.Rich were asleep with the door nn fastened, parties at present unknown entered the room of and shot Rich through the head and jerked him out of bed and fired two more balls into the' region of his heart, killing him instantly. They then ran away and escaped all notice except by one man, who saw that there were three in the Earty. Mrs. Rich was so frightened y the terrible scene that' she nad not fully recoverred her consciousness at the inquest to-day. Hopes are enter tained of the arrest and punishment of the murderers. Citizens are indignant and fears are entertained that if more strenuous efforts are not made by the state to have murderers arrested and punished. Texas will begin to get a bad name. The weather is dry and farmers are complaining. Tho measles have been epidemic here for several weeks. Houston, April 23. Calvin Smith, colored, was arrested to-day by Sheriff Fant fur killing Wm, Moon a few months ago. Smith has already served one term in the penitentiary, : Yesterday at Merkle's grove the Houston Schutzen Verein celebrated its anniversary. The attendance in the afternoon was quite large, con sisting of the leading German fami lies of the city with quite a scattering of Americans. The occasion was cel ebrated in the usual way prize shoot ing, merry dancing, and other features of diversion and enjoyment. Mr. F. Lister, of Denison, won the gold medal offered by Mr. P. B. Wat son for the best general average score made during the shooting tourna ment. No less than one hundred shots were fired. The Light Guards realized about $400 from their anniversary celebra tion to-day, which amount will be added to their new uniform fund. Extensive preparations are being made in Armory hall for the grand bazaar to be opened to-morrow by the Ladies' Parish association of the Epis copal church. About dark last night a woman called Hattie Bates, with a three year old child in her lap, was thrown from a buggy on Fannin street, near Congress. The woman was badly hurt and the child nearly killed. The horse, it seems, had got scared and was running at the time. The criminal court will resume its work to-morrow. Dallas, April 23. The Retail Jew elers' Protective association of Texas met in annijal convention in this city to-day; The meeting is largely at tended, delegates being present from all parts of the state. Reports of com mittees were received and general pre liminaries disposed of. The conven tion will be in session two days and close to-morrow night with a ban quet. The citizens meeting to-day to con sider street paving was largely at tended, and satisfactory in its results. A committee of five was appointed to act with the mayor and the com mittee of the council on streets and bridges, and report to the city council next Saturday night. The different kinds of paving material will be thoroughly discussed, and after the report is made the council will un doubtedly, advertise for bids and start the work of paving at once. The business men's meeting, to ar range for renewal of the Texas and St. Louis narrow gauge subsidy notes was a red hot affair, It was held un der the auspices of the Merchants' ex change. About half the note givers had declined to renew, and as Fort Worth stands ready to subsidize mu nificently to secure the road, the talk to the declining note-givers was of the plain English variety. A committee of a dozen citizens was appointed to canvass the city and make up the amount needed by noon to-morrowo that the report maybe forwarded to th meeting of the railroad conven tion at Tyler on Wednesday. The committee say to-night the money will be secured. CORSICANA, April 23. Capt. Jesse Clary, a Texan for the past thirty-five years, and a veteran of the Texas rev olution, died at his residence in this county, aged eighty-three years. He was a member of the Texas Veterans association, and has always refused to accept a pension or land from the state. Ex-Gov. Hubbard is in the city to day. Belton, April 23. Mrs. Martha MitchelL of Bastrop. Texas, died here very suddenly at 4 o'clock this after noon, oho was a member of the Texas veteran's association, and was here in attendance on their reunion. She attended the meetings and was apparently in good health lor one of her age, eighty-three years. About six hundred pounds of silver ore was shipped to-dav from Belton to New York, via Galveston and Mallory line. It is supposed the par ties have discovered a rich silver vein in this vicinity. BASTRor, April 23. In the district court to-day the following cases were tried: State vs. Hay ward Potts, for theft of a horse, and Jim blade for theft of a gun, and also theft of cloth ing and jewelry from Burke & Johns, of Austin. Hay ward Potts was con vict -d and sentenced for two years, and Jim Slade for five years on one case. The other was dismissed. The sad news was ' received here to-day of the death of one of the oldeste vterans in the state, Mrs. Martha MitchelL who was in Delton attending the annual meeting of the Texas v eteran asso ciation. Her remains will be brought to this place for interment in the city cemetery. The weather is at present very fine and business is good. Tyler, April 23. J. W. Paramore, president of the Texas and St. Louis railroad; G. W. Restine, general man ager; G. W. Lilly, general ticket and passenger agent, and other officers and directors of the road, arrive here to-morrow by special train from Tex arkana to attend the meeting of stockholders of that road to be held in this city Wednesday, the 25th. The State medical association con venes here this week and will be in session for three days, beginning to morrow morning, at which time Dr. W. II. Park, of this city, will deliver the opening address. The meeting is to be held in the opera house. Wed nesday Dr. Stanley, of Corsicanak president of the association, addresses, the meeting. A ball will be given by the young men of Tyler in the even ing aud a banquet will be extended to delegates Thursday night. Dr. W. G. Burt, of Austin, secretary of the as sociation, and a large number of phy sicians from all parts of the state ar rived here to-day to procure enter tainment for all who attend, and to show that Tyler appreciates the dis tinction conferred upon her. Galveston, April 23. Judge Amos Morrill, when asked this morning if he had recommended Chief Justice Willie as his successor to the bench of the United States district court, soon to be made vacant by his resig nation, replied that he had not and would not recommend anyone for the place. J udge Morrill after his resig nation contemplates making a trip to California, and if pleased with the country and climite may make that state his future home. United States Judge Turner, ac companied by United States Mtrshal Gosling and deputies, are expected here to-morrow to take the steamer for Brownsville, Wednesday, where they will hold a term of court. . Capt. M. M. Jordan, who was ap pointed to succeed Capt. McKernon, recently resigned as chief of polieei, entered upon the discharge of the du- ties of bis office to-day. His indues tion into the office was marked by the disch: rgo of a number of efficient men from the force and the appoint ment of new men, in accordance with, the mayor's wishes, to succeed them. This action is producing mflch dissat isfaction. San Antonio, April 23. Two in significant fires called out the fire de partment yesterday. Loss $100. Mr. A. Webster, representing thei Arkansas press association, is here for the purpose of engaging hotel accom modHtiorii? for one hundred and fifty guests to arrive May 7. Two nefrr-s had a shooting- j.ipt.-h near the city ywterday. One slioi I;e other in the head, inflicting ( .-light wound. The city physician reports m-vh teen deaths last wet-k from common diseases. The recorder lined thirty - people this morningi . The fines amounted to $155. Ten cases wt re continued amt three dismissed. J'ostmasterNewcoiiib is making bur. little improvement over his predeces sor. His bondsmen are becoming dis satisfied, it is said, with his choice of clerks, and the service is very inefll-. cient Still II. Russell will be taken to the Chester penitentiary to-morrow. Five keepers of bawdy houses were fined $100 and costs to-day in the dis trict court. There was one continu ance, one mistrial and one acquittaL Thirty-one gambling cases and six prostitutes are set for trial to-morrow. The gamblers tried to open their games again in three placea fast week, but were closed by the police.. Waco. April 23. The mayor to-day paid to W. Ii. Cave, for the Houston and Texas Central railroad $9140 on the railroad bonded debt. Four thousand one hundred and forty dol lars was for interest due, and $5000 was paid on the principal. The bal ance is 150,000, which, at the present rate, will be paid off in four or five year. . The inventory of J. T. Walton, as signee of C. S Robinson, the plumber shows assets of $1786, and liabilities, of $18,012. Robinson has left with, his wife, saying he would return la five or six Veeks. Judge A. P. McCormick arrived this; evening, and will open the United btrtes court to-morrow. Fort Worth, April 23. On Sun day morning Randall and CIi:imU'rs' clothing bousii whs burglarized and $30O wm th of clothing btolt?n. The way ,he city council let the last contract for street improvement is creating much talk, it wns mnda in secret sui-sion. Jobta-ry L talked of. Mrs. Bud Flatting was thrown frofti a wagon this morning. She fell with her bro;ust on a sharp-pointed stump, and was impaled and killed almost instantly. John Hardy was passing on tho street when two negroes were light ing, aud was struck on the head witli a brick and seriously injured. probably a false report. , New York, April 23 At the office of the Northern Pacific railway a statement was made this evening t'hnt they have no advices tending to indi cate the existence of daugf rous fi-wvl-i along the line ul road, ;m n-j u;i-u i i this morniDg's dispatches. In fact, the track, which was reported to have been under water between Steele and Bismark, is on a high plateau, and. they have never heard of its being flooded. Jamestown is on a bluff, and. not subject to floods. The company is unadvised of washouts along the road, though they are in daily commu nication with their general manager,.