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JAS BOBELETETER, Proprietor. NEWULM MINNESOTA. CUKRENT TOPICS. The telephone possesses the powerful virtue of preserving the voice of a man's first wife he can bottle it up and keep it for years There are such thlDgs as sec ond a' riage-. and wh at awkward reve lations the weil preserved voice might make. A t. Louis girl invited her rejected suitor to meet her in a eeitain church at a certain time.' we nt and found that the occasion was her marriage to his rival. fainted at the sight, and the aff.tir caused a great deal of co.i ment. That was a year ago. Now she ha3 been de serted by her husband, and is watching at the deathbed of her lather a punish ment for her heartlessncss, some say. Although bachelors have (Crabb Rob inson, for example, ho liveel to be nine ty-foui)oftun attained a great age, sta tistics go to prove conclusively that so far as men between twenty-five and thirty are concerneel the irried state is more conelucive to longevity. I France the mortality per 1,000 is C.2 in married men between twenty-'-'ye and thirty, and 10.2 in bachelors of the same age. Bel gium and Holland show similar statistics. A preacher remaiked, on concluding a long and wearisome discourse, that "he could have expressed all he had saiel in five minutes, but he knew that many ot nis audience hael come a long distance, and expected to hear a sermon."' A great many preachers have felt this way about their sermons, but lacked the frankness to say so. The people expect, as a gen eral thing,^so many minutes of seimon, and if the minister cuts th em shoit as to time, they suspect that they are not get ting the woith of their money out of him. may water his material as liberally as he pleases, and it is all right if he only holds out lone: enough. The great London walking match, just on so handsomely by O Leary of Chicago will probably yield not a few lessons in the art of pedestriaidsm. One such lesson is already evident, namely, thai in a 500- mile walk little is gained by spurts of trotting and running. O'Leary tried these on the first day, but lost ground by them, and so from Tuesday till Saturday night keept t" the walking stride that brought him out victor. Vaughau, on the con trary, ran more or less each elay but, as a consequence, his walking gait tempor ally fell off. Brown and Corkey also trotted a gooel deal Corkey, who, on Tuesda y, was secoad, and only a mile behind O'Leary, seems to have destroyed his chances by his running tactics. These are, no doubt, good for varying the mo notony of the walk, but they apparently do not gain distance in a six days" con test. Retributive justice lias overtaken a clever thief in France, who for seven years hv ^d comfortably on the products of his plunder. I 1871, a bank clerk named Mouny, bearing a good character absconded with the proceeds of a check for 40,000. A girl known to be intimate with him was arrested, but released for want of proof. All this time lie was con cealed with friends in Parif, to whom he gave $20,000 for the hospitality. After two months he we nt to Geneva,where the girl met him. The re he procureel a forged certificate of marriage, uneler the name of Graff, and, armed with this the pair crossed the frontier to Savoy, bought a pretty country house nearChambery, and lived there quietly and unmolested till quite lately, when the loag baffled police found them out. Mouny was sentenced to eight years' in penal servitude, and the girl to five years. Formerly suspicion fell on green wall papers only, and there was a certain rea son for this, because there is really not the slightest excuse for using aresenie in even the brilliant collors of any other shade than green. Paper stainers, how ever, have found that it is such an unusu ally profitable practice that ow they are ot content to use arsnic in green wall* papers only, but are introducing it iato even the palest white drawing room pa pers, an I especially into those which have an enamelled ground. Some recent analy ses have resulted in the startling dis closure that many of the pale colored wall papers contain from fifteen to twenty-five grains of asenic per squarefoot,or quantity in excess-ofthat which is contained in most of the brilliant green papers. By at tempting to make the color of the pattern as dead as possible, the evil is increased, for the arsenical coloring matter is put on in such a loose and powdery form that the mere friction of a coat or dress against the paper is sufficient to bring off quanti ties of arsenic which can be detected by chemical test. THE WORLD'S DOINGS. Crimen. Criminals nd Casualties. George Sherry and Thomas Connolly, who were recently found guiltf of the murder of McConnell in Chicago, were sentenced to be hanged on the 21st of June. On receiving the sentence Connolly replied, 'Thank you," to the Judge, and sat down apperently satis fied. At Eastville, Northampton county, Vir ginia, on the 2Sth ult., Sidney Pitts and A. P. Thomas fought with pistols to settle a dispute. Two rounds were fired by each, and as thev stood only six feet apart Pitts was killed, and Thomas received a ball in the head fiom which he will probably die. Pat and John Reitly, brothers, of Chip pewa Ont., attempted to cross the Niagara in a low boat on the 1st inst. When halt over it was noticed that they were in trouble, as if an oar was broken. They were too far down to rcuder any assistance, and they went over iiorsc-shoe falls, just outside of the Three Sis lei's Islands. The bank of South Pueblo, California, was robbed of a^out $500 in money and a gold watch, on the 30th ult. Mr. N. H. Banks, one of the proprietors, sleeps in the bank. The robbers forced an entiance throuirh the back door, and when Mr. Banks awoke one of them washold'ng a big revoher to his head and the other had the point of a bowie knife against his body opposite the heart. They threatened to kill him if he made a noise, and immediately gagged him, after which they compelled him to open the safe. After secur ing the plunder they tied his hands behind him and bound his feet to the bed post, and threatened to leturn and kjll him if he at tempted to make any noise after they had lult. Personal a iimicrsoHKi. Ex-Congressman Duel), of Au burn, N. Y., arrested on the charge of defraud ing a widow of 600 pension money, has been released on bail. Duell claims he can pro duce a receipt for the money. The iriends Congressman Vance, who Mysteriously disappeared a short time ago, ha\e abandoned the idea of foul play and intimate that his disappearance is voluntary and caused by financial troubles. Boyel Eliot, a well-known mechanical engineer and patent solicitor, missing for sev eral days, was last seen in Philadelphia, where he purchased a ticket for New Yoik, and sent a dispatch to friends stating that he would be home that night. His baggage arrived, but he was rot heard of. He hael a large amount of money about him, and his friends fear he has been foully delt Avith. Detectives are at work on the case. iniwoui. I is stated two English gentlemen are in Chicago, and have ag nts throughout the West for the purpose of buying 20,'0 horses, ostensibly for streetcars in Scotland and Eng lanel, but judgingfrom the character of the animals they select, they are intended rather for active movements than tor tlraft purposes. They have bought 500 here, and will oegin to ship within two weeks. Judgment for half a million dollars was entered against AlbeitCrosby individual ly in the suit of the city of Chicago v*. Crosby and others, securities on the bond of the city treasurer, which was entered in the county clerk's oflic by default, was remoxcel from the files on the 29th ult. This was done on aiF adavits of counsel for plaintiff that judgment was entered by mistake. The railroad manageis and agents of the trunk lines have adjusted their differe ences, completed their apportionment of freight and constituted grain as a special class of freight, fixing rates on the basis of twenty five cents from Chicago to New York, aud re taining the rate of thirty cents for fourth class freight. The nominal rate of grain has hitherto been thirty cents. The Wabash railway company on the 1st of April inaugurated the new line of sleep ing cars between St. Louis and Boston, for some time contemplated by this company. This is the longest line of through sleeping cars iu the woild. The first car eastward, leaves St. Louis at 6:40 p. M., and the western leaves Boston at 3 p. M. The time between these points will be less than forty-three hours I is probable that at the Paris exposi tion there will be the largest representation of nationalities ever assembled since the desper sion from Babel. The latest arrival has been that of an embassy from the Aunamites, a nation occupying the territory between Siam and the China sea. Annam is 860 miles in length and is an absolute monarchy. Their costume is described as consisting of a long gown with flowing sleeves embroidered in silk with monsters, storks, and tortoises. They wear black skull caps on their heads, ornamented with gold figures. The annual report of the Michigan Central Railroad company states the road is now all laid with steel rails, some 3,000 tons being laid this year, and charged to expenses, and there is no floating debt. The equipment and rolling stock are in first class oider, and the general condition of the road was much improved during the past} ear. Dexter. Richards, Concord, N. H., was elected director to fill the place of J. V. Barrow, of that place, deceased. After pajing a dividend of two per cent, a handsome surplus remains. The transfer of books close the 15ih of Ma\. Regarding Sccietary Sherman's state ment that the silver owners of the Pacific coast have made a corner on that commodity, and put up the price of bullion to a figure higher than that they were previously willing to sell for shipment to Asia, even with freight included, the Nevada bank authorities say uch is not a proper statement of the case. They hold they are, as business men, entitled to whatever profit would fall to them by their nearness to the market in offering silver for coinage at the San Farncisco mint. They estimate what it will cost the government to buy silver in London aud land it in San Fran cisco, and regulate their prices accordingly The re has been some delay in getti ng out conterfeits of the new silver dollar, but now new issues are received at the treasury department that promise an era of prosperity for cheap-money men. The treasury author ities are absolutely staggered at the excellence of these counterfeits. They are made of com- riv^J^A,. ur~ j. ?msftgiffi&hktir i :*i^ f^V&V&fc posite base metal that has the weight, clear ring, and appearance of silver. Brooks, chief of the secret service, showed some of these coins to Dr. Lmderman, and asked him what he thought of them. "I think," said Dr. Lin derman, "they are better than the govern ment coin, and this is the general opinion ol all who see them. There is no way for any one not an expert to detect these coins without testing them There is nothing about them to attract attention, and they will pass with out suspicion in all general business transac tions. A report has been submitteei to the House committee on banking and currency by the sub-committee consisting of Chitten elen and Ewing which recently visited New York for the purpose of ascertaining the pres ent condition of the sub-treasury in that city with regard to the amount of gold held theie belonging to the United States' government and to others, anel with the view of conferring with certain financial gentlemen regarding the practicability of the proposed resumption of specie payments on January 1st next. The following are the substantial points of the re port. The bankers were of opinion that re sumption at the eailiest possible moment was not onljfeonsistent with the public welfare, but was of the greatest importance to the best prosperity of the country. Also that resumption on the tiist of January, 1ST9, might be made practical and safe if adequate meas ures should be adopted but all who express ed themselves on the subject were agreed that the plans of the secretary of the treasury were inadequate, and that if he should make an attempt to resume on the first of January, un der such circumstances as aie likely to exist at that tiine,the attempt would most probably fail. They were of opinion that the remone tization of silver had seriously inteifered with the probabilities of resumption at the time fixed. The bill introduced in the House by Mr. Harrison, to provide for a more efficient civil service in the United States, provides that from anel after the passage of the act, there shall be created a new department o! the United States government, to be called the department of civil service, to consist of five commissioners, who shall not be appoint ed from any one political party. The term of office shall expire lespectively on the 1st ol January ol the jears 1883, '84, '86, '88 and '90. At the first meeting of the commissioners they shall draw by lot for their respective terms, and the eominissioner drawing the shortest term shall be the head of the depart ment, and thereafter the commissioner hold ing the shortest term shall be such head. On the cxpiiation of the teim of office of any commissioner, or in case of death, the term of office of the commissioner appointed to till such vacancy shall expire two years after the expiraiion of the term of the commissioner then holding the longest term. The salary of the head of said elepartment shall be $5,000 per annum, and of each commissioner $4,000. It shall be the duty of said board to prescribe the qualifications requisite lor ap pointment into the seveial branches of the civil service, and to examine all applicants for appointment. The bill further provides that no assessment shall be levied upon any officer of the United States for political pur poses, and the pa} ment of any such assess ment shall hi cause for immediate dismissal from service. COJWiUSSIOXlL. HOUS E, March 27.- A bill to establish a national quarantine, to pi event the intro duetion of infectious diseases into the United States, was reported and referred. The Mas sachusetts contested election case of LVan against Fi Id came up, and the minority re port, declaring Field entitled to his seat, was defeated by a tie vote. Without coming to a vote on the majority report, the house ad journed. SENATE March 27th.A resolution was passed paying the contestant for Kellogg's seat from Louisiana in the Fortv-thud con gress. A bill was introduced calling on the war department for nilormation relating to the operation by government of the Atlantic and North Caroliua railroad in 1805. Mr. Hill addressed the senate upon the Pacific railroad fnnding bill. The consular diplomatic appro priation bill was then called up, and the amendments of the committee on appropria tions restoring the salaries reduced and stricken out by the house agreed to. Other amendments were maele, and the bill passed. SENATE, March 28Mr. Teller repott ed with amendments, the bill to incorporate the National Pacific railroad company. The bill providing for the sale of certain Indian lands in Kansas and Nebraska, was passed. Several pension bills were passed. Mr Bailey spoke in favor of the judiciary committee Pa cific railroad funding bill. Mr. Teller report ed with amendments, the bill for a railroad from Bismarck to to the Black Hills. HOUS E, March 29.A bili was passed appropriating $430,000 for the payment of claims allowed. Mr. Stephens' introduced a bill to promote the general use of the metric standard. The rest of the session was spent on the private bills callendar. SENAT E, Apiii 1.Mr. Mitchell, from the committee on rai!roads,reported the North ern Pacific bill, Mr. Windoni dissenting. Mr. Ingalls introduced a bill for the Moffett bell punch in the District of Columbia. Bills ap propriating 15,000 for impioving the capital grounds and to regulate the letting of mail contracts. The committee appointed to in vestigate 1he Freedman's Hospital, reported its business managed with honesty and econ omy. Mr. Beck addressed the Senate in ad vocacy of the Pacific railroad funding bill re ported by the judiciary committee. The bill amending the law relating to the issuing of arms to militia, was then taken up and dis cussed. HOUS E, April 1st.Bills weie intro duced, including one forbidding the subletting of mail contracts, and one reserving the use of the waters of the Arkansas Hot Springs to the people, without charge. A joint resolution was presented for a constitutional amendment forbidding the payment of war claims. The bill appropriating money for temporary clerks and the detection of timber depredations was reported, aud the senate amendments permit ting use of timber by settlers, and other amendments, concurred in. An attempt to suspend the rules and pass a bill relating to pensions, failed. SENATE, April 2.Miner bills were passed. The railroad funding bill came up and Mr. Morrill spoke in favor of the judici ary committee's bill. Mr. Thurman announc ed that he would offer an amendment, mak ing tLe first mortgage bonds of the road, bonds in which the fund might be invested. There was farther discussion by Thurman, Blaine, Edmunds, and others. HOUSE, April 2.A bill was passed author "zing the giving of greater stability to to the base of the Washington monument at a cost of $36,G00. The House then took up the case of Doorkeeper Polk, and Mr. Harrison, chairman of the committee on civil service reform, made a speech in favor of removing Polk. Public Debt Statement. WASHINGTON, April 1.The following is the public debt statement for March: Six per cent, bonds 738,620,200 Five per cent, bonds 703,266,650 Four ana a half per cents. 200,000,000 Four per ceut. bonds 79,850,000 Total coin bonds 1,721,736,850 Lawful money debt 14,000,000 Matured debt 8,060,780 Legal tenders 347,911,054 Certificated deposit 25,115,000 Fractional currency 16,950,115 Coin certificates 57,883,400 Total without interest 447,959,570 Total debt $2,191,757,200 Total interest 22,290,773 Cash in treabiiryCom 138,357,608 Cuwency 751,831 Currency held for redemp tion fractional currency 10,000,000 Special deposit held for re demption! certificates de posit 25,215,000 Total in treasury 174,324,290 Debt less cash treasury 2,039,723,514 Decrease of debt during month of March 2,313,614 Decrease since June 30, 1877 20,434,708 Bonds issued to Pacific railroad, inter est payable in lawful money, princi pal outstanding 64,623,512 Ii terest accrued and not yet paid... 969,352 rnterest paid by United States 49,896,334 Interest paid by transportation of mails, &c 9,159,143 Balance interest paid by United States. 28,783,190 The following is a comparison of the condi tion of the treasury April 1, 1877, and April 1, 1878: 1877. 1878. Balances, currency $ 8,184,863 $ 731,S51 Special fund for redemp tion fractional currency 10,000,000 Special deposit legal ten ders for redemption cer tificates of deposit 35,155,000 25,215,000 Com 86,818,285 138,357,608 Coin certificates 48,279,400 57,883,400 Coin less coin certificates. 38,538,885 80,474,208 Outstanding called bonds 5,262,900 7,305,200 Other outstanding com lia bilities 6,786,028 4,643,276 Outstandhig legal tendeis 362,656,204 317,848,712 Outstanding fractional cur rency 23,440,512 16,950,115 Outstanding silver coin... 29,937,001 35,662,487 Total debt less cash- in treasury 2,074,674,126 2,039,723,314 Reduction of debt for March 4,107,016 2,313,614 Reduction of debt since Julyl 24,765,218 20,434,705 Market value of gold 195 101.25 Imports 12 months ending Feb. 28 420,199,831 475,638,634 Exports 12 months ending Feb. 28 003,631,538 637,757,892 The reduction of the debt for March and since July 1, 1877, includes $9,553,800 Geneva award bonds cancelled. ._^_ Milwaukee Produce Market. GRAINWheat opened excited and higher No. 1 hard 81.13 No. 1 $1.13 No. 2 1.08 March 1.07i April $1.07^ May 81.07X No. 3 1.00. Cora, lower No. 2 41}c. Oats, steady and firm No. 2 25c. Rye, steady No. 1 55c. Barley, strong No. 2 56c. PROVISIONSInactive, but firmer mess pork steady at 9.25. Lard, prime steam 7.12K- CHicasjo Produce Market. GRAINWheat, active, firm and higher No. 2 Chicago gilt edge 1.08 regular 1.05^ cash -11.06 April $1.0634 May No.3 Chicago 1.01 rejected 85e. Corn, steady and in fair demand at41^ cash 41%@41%c April 42XC May 413^c June. Oats, steady and fiim at 23X eash 23%@23%c April 26%c May. Rye, firmer at 55)c. Barley, steady and in fair de mand at 45%c. PROVISIONSPork, fairly active and shade higher firstname.lastname@example.org cash and April 9.4(J@ 9.42VT May email@example.com June. Lard, steady and firm &7.12> cash 7.12K(ffi7.15 April firstname.lastname@example.org May 7.27!&.7.30"June. Bulk meats firmer shoulders S^4c bulk short rib 5c bulk short clear 5^c. N\ York Produce Market. GRAINWheat, unsettled and feverish, with a moderate export inquiry receipts 96,000 bus ungraded spring email@example.com No. 1 spring 1.28 @1.30 winter amber western 1.30 No. 1 white 1.31 ungraded winter red western 1.30 No. 2 Northwestern April firstname.lastname@example.org. Rye, firmer western 71@72c. Barley,.dull two-rowed State 62(g(68c. Malt, dull and unchanged. Corn, fairty active receipts 84,000 bus ungraded western mixed 46(5353)40 steam mixed 52% 53Xc No. 2 in store 54l^c round yellow 54@ 54e Oats receipts 23,000 bus mixed western 33K@35^c white western 34@42c. PROVISIONSMess pork, $email@example.comK Beef, dull. Cut meats, western lpng clear mid quiet but firm at 5jc ._ .Broad-Chested. Horses. "Wind," says an old horseman, is the gra nd secret of a fast horse. Good lungs will cover a multitude of faults: while on the other hand, perfection of shape and form are useless when the wind' is out. The chest, therefore, in all cases, should be large and capacious. I shape it ay vary somewhat, according to the service to which the horse is to be put. If he is to be kept for slow work anel heavy draw ing, the chest may be nearly ciicular iu fem, because this shape is one iof strength and bulk, to receive and bear up against the pressure of the collar, while at the same time sufficient room is se cured for that expansion of the lungs caused by slow, regular work. But if the chest is circular, let it be at the same time deep, or else the lungs may be cramped. Ahorse with a shallow chest is worthless for any purpose. The rule, then, ib ihis: For a draught horse, a cir cular but deep chest but, as you pass through the different degrees of speed ,up to the racer and trotter, thj chest will in increase in depth, compared to its round ness, untij, for the highest rate ot speed, you must take a chest as deep as a grey" hound, and at the same time not lackino in strength." Victoria and Napoleon at Windsor. I advanced and imbraced the Emperor who received twos lute on either cheek from me, having first kissed my band. I n^xt embraced the'very gentle, graceful, and evidntly veiy nervous Empress. We presented the princes (the, Duke of Cambridge and the Priuce of Leiningen the Queen's brother) and our children1 (Vicky, witli very alarmed eyes, making very low curtsies). The Emperor em braced Bertie, and then we went up stairs, Albert leading the Empress, who in the most engaging manner refused to go first, but at length, with grace!uI reluctance, did so, the Emperor leading me, express ing his great gratification at being here and seeing me, and admiring Windsor The life of the Prince Contort. Tt is the opinion ot an intelligent dairy man that there is a difference of two quarts of milk a day petween a cow comfortable heused and the same one ex posed to the cold for halt the day, as we frequently see them. mtfia. Minnesota 3ews items. OLMSTED COUNTT. sz.C$"k A colony of some twenty-two citizens of Orion, Olmsted county, are about to locate in Minnehaha county, Dakota. Mr. E. Whitcomb, formerly of Rochester, but for the past half dozen years residing at Gainesville, Ga., has returned to Rochester, where he will engage in brickmaking. Mr. E. B. Jordan, of Olmsted county, has planted this season about 2,000 fruit trees, the "Wealthy and Duchess apple, and will set out about 500 Flemish Beauty pear trees. He now has about 70 acres in orchard. Mr. Thomas Eckles, of Eyota, Olmstead, county, will this spring set out about 100 apple trees and 50 evergreens. He has an orchard of some 250 trees, manv of them, now in bearing, and last fall picked three barrels of fruit from his Duchess trees. The commissioners appointed by Judge Mitchell to appraise the right of way on the line of the Rochester & St. Paul railroad, commenced operations Wednesday the 21st and will continue until the work is com pleted. The commissioners are W. H. Hurl burt. M. Buttles and H. McCaleb. WIXOXA COUNTY. Mr. 11. R. Briggs, of Winona, and Mr. A. Elder, of Mower county, have associated themselves together for the practice of law, at Moorhead and Fargo. Their office bein at the first named place. STATE AT LAKGE.* Two-thirds of the vacant lands in Big Stone county have been taken, and the coun ty is still flooded with land hunters. The LaCrosse Liberal Democrat says tramps are already feo thick in Southern Minnesota that the Housewives have to bake extra supplies of mince-pies. Horse thieves are again industriously ply ing their vocation in different sections of the State. A loaded shot-gun forducks, is al ways a handy thing to have about the house. The Elk River Star says that E. Cross, of Sauk Rapids, a about to start a cheese fac tory at Santiago, Sherburne county, and that it will be the largest in Northern Min nesota. By an act passed by the late Legislature, town cleiks and city and village recorders are empowered to administer oaths, and take the acknowledgment of deeds, mortgages, etc. Also an act making townships liable for damages to persons and property result ing from defective bridges and causeways, passed. A little four year old daughter of Randolph Frank, of Yellow Medicine, was burned to death Monday the 25th. She was playing about a rubbish fire when her clothing caught, burning off every particle of her clothing but the band around her waist. She lingered in great agony for some three hours when death put an end to her suffer ings. 13LUE EAKTII COUNTY. Mr. Geo. T. Barr, for many years assistant cashier of the First National bank, Mankato, has resigned, to take effect Apiil 1st. Fifteen car loads of wheat have been shipped direct from Mankato to Liverpool, and Mr. Van Dusen has contracted for one hundred and fifty cars. The grain goes by rail to Boston. The rush of new-comers continues, says the Mankato lleview, the Winona road bringing from one to three lmndietl daily, about half of whom go out the St. Paul "&, Sioux City road. The Mankato Review learns that a farmer named Nicholas, a middle-aged man, of the town of McPherson,f died of small-pox on the 14th, and was buried the same night. His family are unable to trace the origin of the disease. M. A. A. Hawley, of Mankato, died at Pueblo, Colorado, to which point he had gone for the benefit of his health, Friday,the 22d. Mr. Hawley was one of the most ac tive and energetic business men of Mankato' and his early death is sincerely mourned by a large circle of acquaintances. OTTER TAIL COUNTY. Mr. A. J. Underwood, of the Fergus Falls Journal, speaks a good word for Mr. J. S. Brockelhurst, who is about to locate at that place in the newspaper business, wishing him success in his enterprise. Sam H. Nichols was employed in the past week taking affidavits of the claimants on the State swamp lands, with a view to a re lease on the part of the State to all genuine claimantsthe State to be reimbursed by the government.Ferr/us Falls Journal. WASECA COUNTY. Wm, Hobine, of Blooming Grove, Waseca, county, lost his barn, granary, seven horses, and considerable grain, etc., by fire, Tues day, the 2Gth. Loss $2,003 insured $1,018. Supposed incendiaiy. ANOKA COUNTY The Anoka Union hears unfavorable re ports from the Rum river drive. 1UCE COUNTY. The citizens of Dundas, Rice county, de feated the village charter proposition, the vote standing 53 to 76. Glass ball shooting is growing in favor at Faribault. At a prize shooting there Wednes day afternoon Mr. C. L. La Grave won the first prize, Mr. Phin Dunham the second, and Mr. Landrus the third. The farmers have been greatly aided thiB spring by the splendid conelition of the ground, a Rice county farmer estimating that he has been able this year, with three teams, to do work requiring five teams last year. MOW CI' JOUNTY. The Masons of Austin have leased Hunt's Hall, and are engaged in fitting it up for a lodge room. The State Treasury. The last month's expenditures by the State treasurer have been of unusual magni tude. Following are the details of disburse ments from each fund for the month of March, 1878: Revenue fund,...'. $149,659.90 Sinking fund, 10,000,00 Permanent school fund, 5 000.00 Gcncrat 38!805i20 Permanent university fund, 14,000.00 General 4'50o!o0 Internal improvement land fund,... 3,000.00 State institutions fund, 5l'89o!lO School text book fund, 865!66 Inebriate asylum fund, 570.85 Total, $288,291.71 *It should be stated that, of the amount above noted as expended from the revenue fund, $73,000 went for seed wheat. Even with this extraneous drain, there yet remains a balance in favor of this year over last year of $16,000 in the revenue fund.