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FRIDAY. MAY 28. 1875;jj At Inst it lias come the Globe-Demo, oral wo menu. If nothing that is axiomatic- is to iro In to our constitution we will have no Bill of The Black Hills adventurers nre In trou ble. Indians In Iront and the military In the rear. Parliamentary law is the law of com mon courtesy. Deliberative bodies that ignore it nre little short ot a mob. No danger, from present appearances that the board now in Session in this city to fix the value of railroad property, will turn out a Board oi Confiscation. Ulobe-Dumncrat already begins to sound well, and it will not be lone before the millions will bo able to pronounce it trippingly on the tongue. Globe-Demo crat. That depends upon how they take their whisky. The publication of " Sherman's Memoirs" promises to create considerable discussion as to events of the war. It is thought that other prominent soldiers will tell some of the secrets heretofore hidden or suppressed, and that matters now in dispute will bo settled tor future history, It seems strange that the internal reve nue officials of St. Louis should have all taken itinto their heads to resign or mi grate at about the same time. Also that the resignations, which were accepted af ter they woro all forwarded before the "scandal" about crooked whisky. 'M. L.oui8 has still further trouble with regard to her municipal affairs. With a Democratic city council and the office of mayor in doubt, there seems to be a fear ia the minds of some that it will not do to nave any Kind ot legislation now espe cially u there is any money to be appro printed. When taxation Is for purposes outside of the legitimate objects for which taxes may be lawfully levied, to wit: The sup port of the Government, it becomes confis cation, and should be prohibited. We believe this a safe proposition lor en dorsement of the Convention. Thus far the Cocvention In session at the Capital refuses to admit that the State or Missouri is anything short of an inde pendent sovereignty, wiih unlimited do litical power. It looks very much as it it was the purpose to accomplish by indirec Hon an absolute renunciation of the, straints ot the constitution ot the general government upon the powers of the State The Lexington Intelligencer snvs ; VV indulged a hope that the St. Jo Gazette under its new management, would Drove a power in upholding and perpetuating Democratic supremacy In Missouri. But column after column of eulosries of Stilson Ilutchins. and men of bis ring.and stripe, are not calculated to be of much service in that direction. Mr. Hale, ot Carroll, has presented to the Convention a memorial of certain citizens of Livingston county asking that ine new constitution impose a property qualification on all, irrespective of age or sex, who seek to vote on measures involv g the levy of taxes or the creation indebtedness. To carry out the principal equitably, we do not understand why a person thus seeking to vote should not be entitled to as many votes as he has a hun dred or a thousand dollar's worth of prop erty. ins interest in the measure will large as the amount of his property large; and, it is on the thoory of direc- mteresi that such a principal can be in voKeci. Every paper we pick up has something to say nooui ine grassuopper plngue;and atter reading the various reports publish, ed In our exchanges day bv dav. wa ally do not know whether to think there Is much damage being done by the pests or not. We think it would be a good idea if some person not easily influenced and who could use his eyes and ears ceuld commissioned to visit the counties Bates, Cass, Jackson, Henry, Johnson and other counties, and asieitain and re- port their actual condition. We have no doubt some suffering exists; but either pride prevents all the tacts from coming ' to light or shiftless and evil disposed per sons are endeavoring to create a pathr which is not well deserved. whole matter Bhould be thoroughly lnves tigated, for the credit of the people of the counties as well as those of the entire State. Mr. Gantt, and others of the Conven tion desire to have the constitution pro Vide for mnkitui 1 mnn ilvllvn nn hla nrnn.' r " r T" -r r-i- erty for iho benefit of his creditors, when ne roiuses so to do. jTney think that ir Imprisonment Is made Iho penalty of such refusal, that he will not hesitate to surren der at discretion and relinquish to his creditors all hjs posisslons. ,Now we don't thir ink that Imprisonment l the best mcth nl torture that an be employed for ed m iking a man disgorge his ill-cotton gains, or disclose their . hiding place. Hanging would be much more effectual. When the highwayman wants vonr mon ey, he don't threaten you with Imprison ment, tie chokes vou until von are triad fork orcr everything vou've arot. Bo- sides, hanging will accomplish the obiect sought much more speedily than Impris- .uuent. ir anything will bring fellow speedilv to his senses it's its hanging. We therefore suggest substitution lor imprisonment Think of it gentlemen. Don't say that it would be Inrbiirous. It you purpose compelling a person to do an act, there Is no umorenco in principle what means you resort to to accomplish your purpose Adopt that means which is most speedy and eco nomicnl. For whether imprison ment, the whipping-post, the pillory or anging is employed to extort a conies sion or punish contumacy, we apprehend they are alike uncivilized remedies for private wrongs. The Constitutional Convention in Committee of the Whole on the Bill of Rights, has indicated its purpose to strike irom the Constitution, under which we are now living, so much of the same us declares that the right of altering or abolishing our Constitution and lorm ot government "should be exercised in pursuance of law and consistently with the Constitution of the United States' This is peculiarly significant ; particularly when the indication of the purpose was accompanied with the broad assertion, by such men as Jas. O. Broadhead, that the "right ot revolution" belongs in the dec laration of the constitutional rights ot the people. What does it mean? We are profoundly moved when we contemplate its meaning. It means a constitutional license upon lawlessness and disorder. It means a Justification in a new Constitu tin f the State, of secession, and the es tahlifhment.nf a confederate or other lorm ot government. It can mean nothing else. It is useless to say that no one wants disunion or a confederate form ol government, and that therefore the prohi oiuon is unnecessary. It leaves an onen door for the turbulent and revolutionary ,re a - actionlsts and disorganize!. The good, law-abi ling and orderly citizens of Mis souri don't want an opening left for a re newal ot the disturbing issues of the past and will burv a CnnsHtnt Inn' with onnk an opening in It, and the men who made it, so deep that the resurection horn will never reach them. But what, we ask, should be said of the man who teaches that the lawless chance of our form of government should be t constitutional right f Jas. O. Broadhead Pshaw ! The political grave he has found is certainly merited. Britton A. Hill Esq., writes nn open let ter to the Convention, In which, in view ol the rapid increase of debts in St. Louis Kansas City, and other cities of the State he suggest the propriety of a constitution al ordinance prohibiting the further issna of the city bouds, and restricting the right to vote at municipal elections to tax payers. He argues that it is but just thai the persons who sup port the city governments by their contrl button in taxes should have the control of the administration of the moneys theyhaye made to carry on such governments. That cities are municipal corporations and should be managed, like other corpora, tions, by the parties who hold the prop erty therin, or pay taxes or assessments to maintain them. The debts of cities are rapidly increasing and therefore he sees no other remedy than the one nroDosed "to prohibit the issue of new bonds except to nnew those railing due and to limit the voting at municipal eleotions to tax payers, including the ladies necessarily' Following out this theory it would seem that every voter should have as many votes as he has dollars worth of property the samo as in other corporations where every stockholder has as many votes he has shares of stock. as Thomas W. Piper, the alleged murder er of Mabel Young, at Boston, was arraign Ad xuesdny. The person who passed the Warren street church about the hour of the murder identified Piper as the man he saw climbing from the belfry window to the ground. Several little girls have stated that Piper has endervored to entice them into the church at various' times.. The prisoner confessed this morning that he was not in his right mind Sunday, maintains his innocence. but For the State Journal. EXPERIMENTS WITH A QRASSROPPKB, fK '1 $.1 Different Forms of Pntrw bad the! Basalts. Too Much Wind and too Little Hamstringing. M kwi. . ... : ice said, try. And he said. What ih mil I say? All flesh Is Brats. and all the rond. Ilness thereof Is as the flower of the field : The grass wltbnreth. the flower fuieth . l. onuse the spirit of the Lord bloweth upon it surely the people is grass. Isaiah 40-6 and 7." mow much less man, that Is a worm? and the son ot mnn which Is a worm? Job 25 i ne undersigned ts therefore a worm; the mderslgned is therefore a blade of frras : and the undersigned blade of grass fs called upon by the Governor to pray against the grasshop pers. Gratis against the grasshoppers, with the ouus in isvor or the hoppers. The grass are summoned to a fearful contest; and unless they prepare themselves for the fray, they must meet with a fatal overthrow. The undersigned blade has sounded the note of preparation, hence this letter. The Governor expects every blade of rau to ao his duty; and as the doy of action Is near at hand, It behooves the crass to nut themaeivea promptly Into training, to the end that they may acquit themselves Intelligently as well as valiantly, and leave no stone unturned to send the grasshoppers to grass. If we, the grass, assume me oirensive, armed with the powerful weapon of prayer, and precipitate ourselves on the foe without any previous uructfoA ft tv. handling of our weapons, we shall certainly be vanquished. V e must understand exactly what to pray ror and bow to do it: for ir we nv blindly and disorderly we shall waste our ener gies ana most nicely pray In vain. We must be a disciplined army, and not a tumultuary mob, of praying grass, if na would succeed. it will be wise as well as modest for the grass to request the least exercise of Divine power necessary to accomplish their mirnose: and thn precise amount to be asked for ought to be as certained by practice. The grasshoppers can be extlnsalsbed either by transDortlnir. dib bling or killing them the first being the easiest mctnou, and the Inst the most difficult. Let each Individual blade of grass obtain a grass hopper, and practice on him for each mAt.hiul . then let us hold a public meeting, compare noses, ana adopt that form ot Invocation which has proved the most damasinir to the arriuahnn. pers; meantime it may not be out of place for wnier to dotail his own experience. He has been operating on a erasslionrmr for a wnnb. and has made some progress in shaping up a prayer ror use on third proximo. The undersigned began with transportation, as according to the only nrecedent. this l th Lord's favorite agent In dealing With aTasshnn. pers. "Ana me Lord turned a mighty strong west wind, which took away the liwmata ntifl cast them Into the Bed sea; there remained not one locust in all the coast of Egypt." Exodus 10 19. The undersigned nlaued his onuahnntwr on a stump, and prayed that a wind might arise ana sweep bim Into the Missouri river. A gentle breeze at once snrang up, which rapidly increased to a gale, as the nraver trained in for. vor. The prayer was repeated frequently and rapidly, until the wind became a hurricane. It increased in violence until the nndurslffned suddenly blown upon the stump, and the grass- nopper rose with a chirp and playfully flew one nundred yards right in the teeth of the tornado Here that experiment ended. Tttwamo ev'dent that the removal of the grasshoppers by wind-power Is impracticable. It might worn in Egypt, but in a land of timber, fences and buildings of less than nvramidal strength It wont pay. It may be possible to produce a wind strong enough to move them, but they would be the very last thing in the country to move, jverytning else, including fences, tim ber, houses, and grass, would tro first. The undersigned feels happy in having avert ed a greater calamity than the grasshoppers by ims experiment. . it is fearful to contemplate what might occur were the entire trraaa nm or the state turnedjloosejon a prayer for a locust moving wind on the 8d nrnv. Tt H j- - w WMai U KQU1V In a complete and instantaneous devastation of ine state or Missouri. The undersigned feels confident that his fellow-grass-blades will be cautious how they pray for wind on that day, after the publication of the results of bis own experiment. It is not so easy to change the ex isting order of things as some folks Imagine; and the undersigned now perceives that prayer like everything else, may be overdone. The next experiment was in the line of disa bility, it was thought beat to try for blindness, as a blind grasshopper would be as harmless as as blind Samson.unless he had someone to lead him to grass. The well known invocation "blast his eves" was shouted in his ear far fan consecutive hours without any perceptible ef- iecu in tne words or an assistant who was watching him closely q never winked." This seems to show conclusively that a grasshopper's eyes can not be prayed out. The undersigned is aware that this sounds strangely; but truth Is stranger than friction, as has been well re marked. He will pay three dollars to any in dividual who will pray the eyes out of a grass hopper, on tne square, and no sand to be prayed Into them. It next occurred to the undersigned that the power which brought the grasshopper into be ing migtii ne persuaded to hamstring him. The experimental grasshopper was nlaoed iimrf. ing on an Inclined plane with his head np hill, to as to show his supporters well behind blm, in a good position to receive a disabling cut. T ha iwMilmukl 4Iiam 1 ..! . persistently for a Divine slash, to the evident discomfort or the grasshopper, who became res tive and made frequent attempts to get bis head down hill. He was at often coerced back to his prescribed mosltlon. snd made to list tn h piout efforts put forth in his behalf; but owing to an unfortunate accident the desired result was not reached. A cunning cat bird, taking advantage of a moment of ecstacv on the nart of the undersigned, swooped down and gob bled up the grasshopper, no was no doubt pretty effectually hamstrung, but the cat bird wtnnot be considered a divine bamstrtnger, nof bis tUDeiranee then an answer tA the nrtrK ' Tberfwlll.no be cat bird enough on the 84' troxwMvlMunstrlng all the Brushoppeiv A eonOauatlon of this experiment to .therefore necessary, and the undersigned has Ordered an other boppei by express, and will resnme op- orations immediately on his arrival. uunng the progress of the experiments, the following hymn, prepared by the undersigned, expressly for the nnoaslnnl (linnth.m ... tistant whenever a pause In the prayer became j . -s : I i ' Oh Lord I an bumble blade of grass, A suppliant for thy grace, Invokes thy strong right arm to mash The dread grasshopper's free. It Before his wingless, hopping morch - ' He further shall pursue; We do Implore thee, hurt his feet, ' And eke hamstring blm toot ' ' 11 in . '.,..) Ere next he spreads his gaudy wings, , And last destroying, flies ; We do beseech thine awful power To knock out both bis eyes I IV. We pray thee make him lame and blind, That grass may grow again ! For grass Is flesh, and flesh Is grass 1 Anient Amen! Amen! Yours truly,' Bladeofoiuss. A SAD CASE. An Old and Prominent Eastern Citizen Arrested at the Linden on a Criminal Charge. - About a week ago a white-headed, feeble old gentleman arrived at the Llndell Hotel from Hot Springs. Arkansas, and mode arranmifnimta for staying a few dayt. Two days lator a dep- uiy snerin irom Mot springs also arrived, and a short time after bis arrlual save the old own. tleman notUe that he was under arrest, and was wanted at the Arkansas town. He was not removed, but a elose watch has been kept upon him during the past five days, and it lstbo expressed intention to remove blm to Hot Springs as soon as certain papers, which are now on the way, arrive. . Some parties who knew the old gentleman took an interest in bim, and after hearing the case employed Messrs. J. G. Lodge and G. W. C'ummings to act as counsel, and Becure, if pos sible, his release. , Yesterday evening a petition for a writ of ha beas corpus was made to Judge Celvin and granted, and this morning the prisoner will be brought into court, and the authority by which be Is luld will be tested. It is stated that the old gentleman is Gen. J. B. Gates, whose headquarters Is in New York city and whose home is In New Jersey. He was the founder of the United States Life In surance Company, but was compelled a couplo of years ago by feebleness and ill-health to re tire from business. He is quite wealthy, and ownt property In both New York and New Jer sey. Hoping to be benefited in good health, he made a trip some time ago to Hot Springs, Ar kansas. He has or late given evidences or un sound mind, and, owing to this railing, the trip was very unfortunate. Having money on de posit with the Union Trust company of New York, he always drew on that institution when he ran short. It is said that several parties at Hot Springs took advantage of his condition, and victimized him to a considerable degree. At all events, bo overdrew bis deposit with the Union Trust company, and after he had started for St. Louis tome or his . drafts on which be bad already obtained money came back protest ed. The parties who had advanced the money on the drafts Immediately procured a warrant, and Deputy-Sheriff Kinnabon started In pursull, with the success stated. The rrlends or the old gentleman dislike to see hlra taken back there, as they rear he will be victimized worse than before. They also suspect that the arrest it not regular, and that the sheriff has no papers on which to remove him. These matters will be tested in the court or criminal correction this morning. Bepubli- The End of the World. l'o the Editor: Whilst glancing over an old scrap book I read the accompanying poetic prophecy. Thinking it might be or interest to the numerous readers or the Dispatch, I take the liberty of sending you a copy or it for pub lication. Mother Sbipton, whose prophecy was first pronounced in 1448, Is quite frequently quoted as evidence or the seer't power to proph ecy fiiture events. If, according to Mother Sbipton. "The world will to an end come In eighteen hundred and eighty-one," only six years of life are allotted the Inhabitants of this mundane sphere; to bel'evers in prophecy ma begin to be good I This old prophecy remit thus: Carriages without horses (hall go, And accidents fill the world with woe ; Around the world man's thoughts shall fly In the twinkling or an eye. Waters shall yet mere wonders do, How strange ! but yet shall be true. ; " The world upside down shall be, And gold be found at the root or a tree. Through hills man thall ride, And no horse, or ast, be at hit tide. Under water men shall walk, Shall ride, shull sleep, shall talk. In the air men shall be teen In white, In black, In green. Iron on the water shall float As easily as a wooden boat. Gold shall be found, and shown In lands not now known. England shall at last admit a Jew, And fire and water shall wonders do. The World to an end shall nnme In eighteen hundred and eighty-one Warren. St. Louis, May 22, 1875. f;r A BOSTON HOBKOIt. p ' . Little Girl Murdered in a Church. 1 UosfOK, May, 29. Another murder, ntr.m imam tiAvlhla lit lla datnlla than that of Mrs. Bingham a few weeks slncj, was Cerpetrnieu in ill is uity wis mteruuuu. a right little girl five years ot age was murdered In a ch urch. and 'bruised, $dJ mutilated, carried up into the' towerj and thrown, upon tho floor ol the loit.-. The victim of this cruel tragedy was Mabel II. Young, who resided with her grandfather at 60 East Chester Park. The latter, Mr. Jus. Ilobbs, ia a well known And; highly respected merchant, senior ot the firm of II -LL. D IY11 f ,..., . ... .1 1 .!! -!. .LI. . 1. a ihmius, i upe m vo. i nis auernoon nine Mabel, In company with an aunt, attended the Sunday school anniversary exercises of Warren Avenue Baptist Church. In coming out of iho church at 3:30 the aunt remained in the vestibule about ten minutes conversing with some friends, and on starting home missed the child, w h i a loaf tvilni,tj. KaIava m.a a I - i M..I.MWO wviv.u HM Ha B1UC. At first It was supposed she had gone back into the church, but when she was not round inside, and persons outside de clared she bad not come out, the aunt be came, alarmed, iSnd search was- com-' motinod In fAiw JtA.iVt..i ' " A I. .... . I . . . . 1 1 u .... .4 ' J uii vviiuh. ainjul luur o'clock some Indies at an open window across the street heard taint cries of the child apparently from the church tower, and noticed nn unusual commotion among the doves that swarmed iu and out of the windows. Some young men who had jo'ned in the search started at once to as cend the tower. 1 hey found the door lead ing up from the organ lolt locked, and on forcing it open, were startled to see fresh blood upon the tbe floor and steps lead ing up to tne next landing. They also found a strip ot board covered with blood at one end, and heard low moanings Irom above. Ascending a long, steep flight of stairs and rais ing a scuttle which resisted the strength ol a- strong man thev -. found the mangled body of , a child ' lying- hear the edge of the scuttle, as though it had been earned up-stairs and hastily thrown down there. Carelully . they carried her downinto the church, where a largo num of persons had congtegated, and into the presence of her agonized friends. From the top of her head, whloh was broken in, blood and brains were slowly oozing, while the nose was crushed in nnd tho lace terrible mangled. She was carried to her grandfather's and surgeons at once summoned, who pronounced the case hopeless, and her death but a question of a few hours at the farthest. Thos.: Piper, who has been sexton of mo vnurcn, lor about a year, was soon af ter arrested, and is now confined at the Chiefs office. He was engaged at work about tbe Church, but his suspicious man mer and hid denial that the keys of the doors to the tower were taken irom Kin strongly to him is tho party. He is a dark, heavy-set man, about twenty-six years old, and has once before been tin- oi ouapiuian oi muraer, out was discharg ed for want of sufficient evidence. Many ot the police still believe bim guilty of the murder of a young girl in Dorchester Dis trict, about filteen months since. This hist affair has caused a profound sensa tion in the community, and intense excite ment prevails. The very boldness of the affair leads additional horror to it. Scarce ly three-qua-tors of nn hour elapsed Irom the time the ehild came out ot the vesti bule of the church until she was found in a dying condition. How she was enticed away, and for what motive, has not trans- lueu. . v ( "Mysterious Influences, " What's tho matter with out court'house anyway P On yesterday there were sov eral occurrences there "which will be ot interest to students ol those ocult matters in the mental and physical conditions of r 1 1 , rom' wmcn ior ages have puz zled the sages and philosophers of the wor d." and which were not materially unlike the occurrences in the corset fac tory in New Haven recently. They wore these i Uncle John Raithol had a fainting spell while sitting in the clerk's office; next Judge Long had a similar attack and finally Dump Williams, ou trial for stealing, keeled completely over in the same kind ot a fit. The latter person was nearly strangled by the clerk and deputy sheriff in their efforts to bring him to with water. Some occult inflnenno i. at work in the atmosphere of the court house surely. A Costi.v HiviTni un , - - i ncu inu law was passed in 1863, providing for the erec tion of a new capital, the cost of the work was limited to $4,000,000, Up to the be ginning ot last yoar upward of $4,260,000 bad been expended on the work, and it is estimated that to finish it will Involve a total expenditure of $12,250,000. The job bery, extravagance and incompetency which have led to such a result are bar tially set forth in the report ol the senate committee of Investigation, which we pub- hS TV"'?8, The "sponsibility must be divided between three different com missions, who are not accured ot having partic pated in the blunder themselves, but who have certainly permitted la grea deal of direct and Indirect stealing to be done by others New York World. Our memories are picture galleries: naDDv are thev wi. such that those pictures which are most distinct and prominent on memory's walls are bright and pleasant ones to look ud- on. , r After ell whan Ihn mh4 ..... ..... ....... uo nival Huanaai trial closes, Brooklyn won't be left entirely del olate. For Ben Butler's big suit follows Acoordinff to thn Rt . T nut. flM . uuuti tuiiea a younfi man bat ttolen the nfrn.i 6 . m . . . mo WHO or a D. & T. minister residing iu that city.