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JAS BOBELE TE TER, Proprietor. NEWTJLM MNNESOTA QUERENT TOPICS. It speaks well for the Turks as marks men that is estimated that one Russian in every six has been killed or wounded A seven-year-ld Chicago boy was so slightly bitten by a dog that skin was barely broken. A week afterward he died of hydrophobia. A Chinaman about to die lies with his feet toward the door, in order that his soul on leaving the body may have free exit on its way to Elysium. Longfellow is credited with saying that if he responded to all the requests sent him for his autograph and likeness he would spent a third of his income in photographs and postage stamps. Peers in the English House of Lord three days holiday a week, and on the re maining four meet at 5 o'clock, and un less a regular tough night is expected adjourn before 8, in order to get their dinners, which apparently they cannot enjoy unless they have ample time to digest them. A firm in Berlin has ust entered into a contract with the Russian Government for the supply of 200,000 tents tor the use of the Russian army. The delivery of the tents i to begin on the first of April5,000 being delivered every /week. Negotiations are also being carried on with a view to conclude a contract for a second 200,000 tents, and also for the supply of a large quantity of woolen rugs while another linn has received an order for a number of shovels and other in trenching tools. The locomotive engine might be our national emblem for of 181,864 miles of rail track on the globe at the close of 1876, no fewer than 73,508 were in the United States, while all Europe contain ed but 89,129. These, be it noted, are figures, not of American, but of French statistics. Next after our country came Germany, with a total of 17,3333, miles then Great Britain, with 16,059 France, 13,390 Russia, 12,121 Austria, 10,768 1-dia, 6,475 Itialy, 4.764 Canada, 4,096 Sweden and Norway, 2,769 Belgeum, 2,169 Australasia, 1,784 Switzerland, 1,290 Turkey, 1,201 and Holland, 1,174. An Arab of Algiers, claiming to be a French subject, was latly imprisoned without sufficient cause in Tangier, Moro cco. The French Consul, after procuring his release, demanded that the Pasha in command of the district should call at his house, with his whole suite and troop of soldiers, and apologize for the man's treatment. The Pasha refused to submit to the humiliation. The Consul informed him that unless he did so two French men-ofwar in the Straits of Gibraltar would open on the town. The Pasha sent for in structions to the imperor, who ordered him to make the apolgy in the required form, and avoid trouble. The marriage laws of Pennsylvania are exceedingly queer, and sometimes put ministers in strange positions. A minis ter man ying a couple, either of whom is under age, is liable to a heavy fine unless he is so fortunate as to secure the written consent of the minor's parents. The minor may tell the minister lies, either as to their own age or as to the consent of their parents, and the poor parson has no re course, but is liable to prosecution and fine. A Pennsylvania pastor recently married a younge couple, the bride assur ing him that her parents had assented. The wicked little beauty was lying about it. Her father entered a complaint agains the minister, and he had to sell'his house to pay the $1,000 tine. He will have to marry 500 couple, at $3 a couple in or der to get square with the world on this transaction. Concerning Masonary, Brother Moody says: "I join a lodge of Masons. Well, perhaps seventy-five Df them are uncon verted moil, but they are all my brethren They go away down here somewhere to lay a corner stone, and they have their wine-drinking and their dancing. "Well, I am one of them, so there's my influence gone." But what need is there for Broth er Moody to dance or to drink wine be cause seventy-five other persons choose to do either or both of these things? He could go to the corner stone laying, and by his abstinence from bibulousness and from the tripping of-the light fantastic toe could exert a much more powerful influence than it he absented himself. Besides, as he is becoming a little corpul ent, there is not much probability of bis being invited to engage in any of those round dances against which he has earn estly declaimed as specially demoralizing. The spectacle of seventy-five ungodly Masons dancing in an inebriated manner around a newly laid corner stone is one which is rather conjured up out of Moody's lively fancy than founded on square fact. THE WORLD'S DOINGS. Crimea, Criminals and Casualties. At London, Canada, on the 8tb, George Baker, convicted of ciiminal assault on Miss Baker was given twenty lashes with a cat-o'- tails. He will be whipped again the 3d of May1 and then be sent to prison for twenty months. AV'Ut the tenth jewel robbery h?3 just been committed in England. The thieves en tered the dressing-room of Mrs. Valentine Cunningham, Walton Heath, Surrey, while she was at dinner,and took jewels of the val ue o* $20,000, escaping undetected. In a pre cisely 6imilar fashion have all other robberies been committed. The scene at Lord Leitrim's funeral in Dublin, the 10th inst., was very violent and disgraceful. A mob that gathered in front of the church endeavored to capture the hearse, declaring their intention to drag out theers corpse. They vituperated the late earl as a ruffian and as an old heretic. They also climbed the wall of the church yard, hustled the mourners and cheered, yelled and hissed during the reading of the service. Several of the mourners were roughly handled while endeavoring to make their way into the church yard. All of them had to pass out by an unfrequented waj in the rear of the church to escape violenee. Fifty constables were present, but wholly insufficient to cope with the mob, many of whom were drunk. Personal aina. impersonal. Mrs. Theodore Tilton has caused to be published another confession of criminal rela tions with Henry Ward Beecher, stating that 'the lie she had lived so well the last four years had become intolerable to her." Beecher ap pears in a card positively denying the truth of he statement. The bill intioduced in the House by Representative Turner, imposes a fine of not less than $5 000, or more than $50,000, upon any Senator or Representative who shall act as attorney for any railroad or other corpor ation created by the government or for any patentee of the United States, or for any mail contractor, or thiir assigns. The United States consul at Jerusalem sends an account of the recent visit there of Gen. Grant. The General was met at Kalou rah, five miles from Jerusalem, by the drago mans and guards the consulate, of the Greek Patriarch, and of the Pasha of Palestine, and by a company of cavalary, and was welcomed into the city with military honors. The pasha's military band was in attendance upon the general daily, and during the time of his stay he received every mark of consideration from the Pasha and local consuls and digni taries or the Greek and Armenian churches. The bill introduced by Senator Butler "tofixand regulate the status of brevet rank in the United States army" provides that here after there shall be no distinction except as to grade and date between brevet commissions in the regular and volunteer forces, conferred upon officers of the army now in active sur vice, or on the retired list, for gallant, distin guished, meritorous, or faithful services. The bill proposes to repeal section 1.212 of the re vised statutes and also explicitly provides that section 1,226 shall be so construed as to confer the same privileges upon officers of the regu lar army as were conferred by it upon officers of volunteers. Win. M. Tweed died in Ludlow street jail at 12 o'clockthe 12th inst. He was attended by Dr. Carnochan, who Avas with him from an early hour in the morning, also Foster Dewey, his secretary, Mr. Douglas, his son-in-law, and Edelstein, one of his counsel. All hope of his recovery was abandoned soon after 11, when Dr. Carnochan announced a clogging of the heart and complete nervous exhaustion. At the time of the death there was no struggle, as he passed away in sleep with his head ly ing upon his arms. Keeper Kernin was hast ily summoned three minutes before noon, and reaching Mr. Tweed's room, the noon signal rang out and the long prisoned old man dropped back dead on his bed. His last words to Dr. Oarnochan were: "I have tried to do some good, if I have not had good luck. I'm not afraid te die. I believe the guardian an gels will protect me." Hlseeuaneon*. The war closed in April, 1865. July 1, 1865, the amount of thr public debt was, $2,- 680,647,869.74 the debt statement of April 1, 1878, showed the total government debt to be $2,214,047,973.80. The Mormon conference closed the 8thquestions inst. Contrary to expectations, no changes were made in the church leaders. The report showed nearlj $500,000 collected in tithes last year, not including receipts from donations, etc. The addresses were of the usual charac ter. Seventy-five elders, chiefly young men were appointed to proselyting missions in dif ferent States and Europe. There are 156 suits against Alleghany county, Pa., for damages by the riots of last July. They are divided into three classes viz: persons living Alleghany county, per sons living elswhere in Pennsylvania and per sons living outside of the State. One of each class is to be tried this month in the Beaver county courts to which several of the suits have been taken. Thecommittee of the New York produce exchange has entered suits in twenty-nine cases, for losses by the riots, against the Pennsylvania railroad company. A meeting of 3,000 cotton operatives was held at Blackburn near London, Eng., on the 12th inst., to take action on the master's notice requiring the acceptance of 10 per cent reduction of wages. The operatives adopted a resolution declaring that unless the masters took down the notice work should be stopped immediately. A more moderate motion of the executive committee was rejected the original resolution being adopted by an overwhelming majority. Consequently there is a prospect of a strike on a large scale as the masters areap parently unyielding. A vast outdoor meeting also took place on Blaekeye Moor, at which an uncompromising spirit of resistance was exwas hibited. There is indignation in Japanese gov ernment circles in consequence of the judg ment of the British court refusing to punish an English merchant known to have smug gled opium into Yokohama. The treaties expressly prohibit the importation of opium but the judge ruled that the Japanese au- thorities probably meant opium prepared for smoking, not the opium, from which the smoking article might be prepared. The British minister supports the decision, and is said to have inspired it. The diplomatic corpse generally pronounce it a flagrant violation of the treaty. The case will be appealed to the privy council, and also made the subject of international remonstrances. The Journal de St. Petersburg review ing the opinions of the foreign press on Gortshakoff's reply, concludes as follows: "The real desire of Russia, to bring about a peaceful solution of the existing difficulties, meets with universal recognition. The Brit ish government must now abandon its purely negative attitude to assemble for common negotations, or by proposing solutions which the British Cabinet might wish to substitute for the treaty of San Stefano, should the pow find a compromise, Russia would willingly participate in the disscussion and modify the treaty. Such a solution should not, however, nullify the results gained by Russian blood, but take into account her sacrifices." The National Academy ol Science met at the Smithsonian institution on the 16th inst. There was a large attendance of members fram all parts or the country. Subscriptions were made by representatives to the fund amounting to $40,000, which has been pre sented to Prof. Joseph Henry as a testimonial of their high appreciation of his services and his unselfish devotion to the cause of science, (the principal of which is finally to go to the National Academy of science to form a fund to be known as the Joseph Henry fund, the interest of which will be devoted to assist original research. The list of contributors to the Henry fund, which was made up mainly of sums of one thousand, embraces the names of well-known nersons in the larger cities of the United States. After the Academy had disposed of this subject it went into a scien tific session. The Star and Herald, of Panama, con tains the terms of si-ttlement of questions arising out of the attack on the German con sul Eisenstuck, in Nicaraugua in 1876. The terms are, first, the Nicaraugua government to address Von Bergen a note expressing regret of the occurrences of the night of October 23d and Novpmber 26th, 1876 second, the German flag to be saluted by Nicaraugua third, thirty thousand dollars, current money to be paid as an indemnity to the German consul fourth, the trial of the parties who made the attack on Consul Eisenstuck to te reopened,and they to be punished according to the laws of the country, otherwise to pay an indemnity of $80,000. Gen. Sheridan, obedient to the order of the President, has directed Gen. Pope, com manding the dipartment of the Missouri, to cause the Ute Indians to be removed from the State of Colorado to the Territory of New Mexico,and to use what troops may be neces sary to effect the transfer. The. government authorities have determined upon this dispo sition of the t. ibe as the wisest step that can be taken under the circumstances. The ques tion of removal has been under consideration for several months. The Ute tribe, numbers 22,000 men, women and children, divided into a dozen or fifteen bauds. Two or three smal bands have wandered out of Colorado into the adjacent territoiie3, but they can be brough to the general rendezvous with little difficulty It is regarded in military circles as extremely doubtful if the tribe will sxbtnit to a removal without more or less resistance. CONGRESSIONAL. HOUSE, April 12A bill restoring George A. Ames to his rank in the army, and other bills relating to military mat ters, passed. The house then took up private bills, and that appropriating money for the restoration of Wiliam and Mary College. Vir ginia, was the subject of an excited discussion by Goode, Loring, Townsend and others. The house non-concurred in the senate amend ments to the deficiency and diplomatic ap propriation bills. SENATE, April 15th.The bill authoriz ing the issue of passports free to colored citi zens going to Brazil, passed. Mr. Sargent submitted an amendment to the bill placing Gen. Shields on the retired list, placing there also some thirty other prominent generals, with the rank they held upon being mustered out. A resolution was adopted instructing the committee on manufactures to consider the question of tariff. The senate took up the bill repealing the bankrupt law, which after discussion, was passed by a vote of 37 to 6. HOUSE, April 15.Mr. Willis intro duced a bill declaring that congress would entertain no more proposed legislation upon of money or finances until after the accomplishment of specie resumption. Mr. Swann presented the resolutions oi the Mary land legislature, know as the Blair resolu tions, reopening the presidential question,and Mr. Kimmcll introduced a bill providing a mode for trying the title of the president and the vice President A long discussion followed upon the Maryland resolutions, objections be ing made to their reception and members denying the right of the house to refuse. After along discussion the matter went over, the house taking up District of Columbia business as special order. SENATE, April 16.After some remarks by Mr. Howe, his resolutions asking the pres ident for information relative to the alleged defalcation of Judge Whittaker, of Louisiana, passed also Senator Davis' resolution on the same subject. The Northern Pacific extension bill, referred to the committee on public laws, was reported back and referred to the railroad committee and afterwards reported back and placed on the callendar. The bill to build a military post in the Black Hills was favorably reported. The bill regulating the appoint ment of cadet midshipmen was passed Mr. Plumb's bill for the relief of certain settlers on public lands, was passed. The bill to incor porate the,National Pacific Railroad company was passed, thirty-nine to nine. HOUSE, April 16th.Mr. Keifer intro duced a resolution for a constitutional amend ment forbidding congiess to appropiate money to pay claims upon government, except in cer tain specified cases. The bill for the issue of free passports to colored citizens going to Brazil was passed. The District of Columbia bill was defeated, but afterwards reconsidered. Mr. Cox asked unanimous consent to take up the Thurman Pacific railroad bill, but Price objected. The post-office appropriation bill considered in committee of the whole. Several bills were introduced. In applying lime to the barn-yard or stable manure it should be air-slacked. Caustic lime has a tendency to draw out the ammonia, and should never be ap plied on the' 'dung-pile.Prairie Farmer. HOUSE AND FARM. TJie Bewirci Door-\'ara8. J. E. M. O. I do not know how thr fairies came to be so affronted with the good house-wives of Ghoram, but they played them a very funny trick one bright May morning, a good while ago, when fairies were suffer ed to be more energetic than they are now-a-days. The spring was forward that year and the good ladies had their front yards ti died up in the neatest manner. The flower beds were as neat a could be, and spikes of pinks, and gay little polyanthus blos soms were beginning to peep, while the blue flags and johnquils bad long ago hung out their banners to the sp-ing breeze. Each fence was whitewhased, and the gravel path swept up clean, and boilers full oi boiling suds had been poured over it to kill off every weed and grass spire that might show its head among the stones. Most folks had finish ed their house cleaning and were settling down to take the in comfort. Yet there was something about most of the premises that did not suit the fairies. So what do you think they did one moon shiny night when the village was wrap ped in slumber? They turned the yards hind side before." Every house-mother saw in the morning her back-yard in front of the house, and when she opened her kitchen door to throw out the dish water, she plumpled it into a posy-bed! Oh what consternation in the town! An earth-quake could not have shaken them up more! But they had BO time to study over the problem, there was work to be done, and that in a hurry. Run Mary Jane and scratch up those old tins and scraps of crockery out front, before anbody"goes by, and, Sam. make haste to slick up your wood-pile and set things a little more to rights. Look at those fence-corners! What a collection of old duds they do hold! Father, never mind the cattle, they can wait, but huriy out with your rakes, and clean up the yar-1. What in the world will folks think! If I had time, I should wonder how it happened, but I have'nt. I remember hearing my old grandfather say that he didn't believe the world turned around, because, if it did, his wood-pile would sometimes be in front of the house. I guess the world has turned around in the night." If there ain't an old hoop-skirt n that briar bush just belore the door, and the hens have got into the flower beds. Dear, dear, run children, overy one of you and see what you can do in less tbanno time." And that was the way it was all over town. Nobody liked the idea of having the old order of things reversed, however we'l kept they had thought the premises. Somehow things looked very different when brought to the front, for the inspec tion of all passers by. By night things were measurably re duced to a system, but' the house-wives bad had a busy time as the fairies the night before. The women folks took a long breath of relit fas they settled back in their straight backed rockers, and now "the wonder grew." that the town was bewitched was a pretty general belief, and some apprehension existed as to what the morning might have in store for them. Nothing very Jisastrous did happen, and every body was well content when they found things in the morning return ed to their former order. The world had turned around again. But their back yards had not had such a clearing up since the time that the houses were built. Farmer* and. fruit Growing. The lost paradise of the first man was in a garden, and natuially by the old rule we seek for happiness where it was lost. In the culture of fruits and flowers men and women come as near the original Eden as they well may. The subject is one of the greatest practical importance. How to be happy is the chief object ol human endeavor. The old Roman Em peror was not so far wrong when he offer ed a reward to whomsoever w./uld discov er anew source of pleasure. Had not his mind and conscience been dulled by un lawful indulgences, and had he restricteu his rewards to joys which leave no sitng behind, his philosophy would have been thev height of human wisdom, instead of being as it was, the outgrowth of beastly sensualism. In this couttry pomological science has made such progress, and the practi cal culture of the finer fruits has become so general that it would seem as if there need be no lack. Walking up and down the streets of New York city we find such variety of luscious fruits in their season that we might infer that every family through the length and breadth of the land had an abundance. How far this is from being the fact! The great metropo lis absorbs everything and has t be sup plied though the rest of the country suffers It is a disgraceful fact that often the mos luscious fruits are more easily obtainable in New York city than in the localities where they are or may be grown. The rural population who ought to have the most and the best of such luxuries, too otten have least of all. Before we begin to talk of a glut in the Iruit market let us at least make sure that the six millions of farmers and their families in these United States have an abundance of the choicest varieties in their season. The field for missionary effort in this regard is the largest and most promising that the most enthusiastic nomologist could desire. Apples are the standard fruit whose cultivation seems to us almost universal. They can be grown everywhere,but inex orable static-ties prove that through the whole country less than one-half, aye, less than one-fifth of the rural population are supplied with this wholesome fruit. Of the most delicate fruits, pears, peaches, plums, cherries and the like, not one family in ten thousand has an adequate supply during the year. Is it not time that this disgrace should be doue awav ith? The man who owns or tills the soil is entitled to the very best that it will produce. Times may be hard: but low prices have affected trees and plants far more seiiously than they have the pro ducts whi:h the farmer sells. The un profitableness of ordinary farming should be a hint to diversify agriculture: to grow something else than the crops which pay so poorly. The farmer does bis part in growing the food which the world re quires but let him not neglect to provide the best for his own household and self. Possibly the high prices of fruit which prevailed years ago mav not return, nor is it desirable that they should. Fruit growers who understand their business and practice what they know, are making more money than any other class of peo ple during the past few years. Fruit cul ture requires more skill and intelligence than native farminor but greater skill and more brains is what is needed everywhere. Where fruit growing is combined with fanning, the latter is greatly improved, as the habits of care and neatness which the cultivation of fi uit necessitates make their impress en everything which the farmer does. Another Confession. The following letter from Mrs. Tilton has been made public: IRA B. WHEELER: My Dear Sir. A few weeks since ar'er loDg mhs of mental anguish, I told, as you know, a few friends whom I bitterly deceived, that the charge brought by my husband of adu'tery between myself and Rev. Henry Ward Beecher was true, and that the lie I had lived so well the la'-t four years had become intoleiable tome. That statement I now solemnly reaffirm and leave the truth with God, to whom, also, I committ myself, my children and all who must suffer. 1 know full well the explanations that will be sought by many for this acknowledgmenta desire to return to my husband, insanity, mal ice, everything save the true and only one, my quickening conscience a-' a sense of what is due to the cause of truth and justice. During all the complications ot these vears, you have been my confiden tial friend, and therefore I address this letter to you, authorizing and requesting you to secure its publication. (Signed) ELIZABETH R. TILTON. Brooklyn. April 13,1878. TBE LETTER GENUINE. Frank Carpenter, the artist, in an in terview this evening, stated there was no doubt of the genuineness of the letter. Mr. Ira B. Wheeler, he said, had been the private legal adviser and confidential fiiond of Mrs. Tilton all through the trouble. Lawyers Shearman, Morris and Price refused to be interviewed. Mr. Beecher was out of the city to-night when Mrs. Tilton's letter was made pub lic, and nis whereabouts were not known f-ave to a few friends. The New York Tribune telegraphed him a copy of the letter, and at a late hour to-night received the following despatch in leply from Mr. Beecher. BEECHKR's DENIAL. NEW YORK, April 15 Editor New York Tribune: I confront Mrs. Tilton's con fession with an explicit and absolute de nial. The testinuney to her own inno cence and mine, which for four years she has made to hundreds in private and in public, before the court, in writing, and orally, I declare to be true, and the alle gations now made in contradiction of her uniform, solemn and unvarying statement, hitherto made, I utterly deny. I declare her to be innocent of the great transgres sion. (Signed,) HENRY WARD BEECHER. The Telephone. Mr. Zacharias Robinson, a few evenings ago, called npon the pretty Miss Caroline. He noticed on the piano a small square box. with wires connected and a horn on the top. He asked what it was, and wae told that it was some of dad's traps. While the young lady was playing and si.iging, he made up his mind that she would make him a good wife. She was an excellent musician, could wash, iron, and cook a good dinner and, beside, a certain young lawyer had an eye on her, and dalay was" dangeroushe would pro pose at once, and he did. He threw him self upon his knees and poured forth the tales of love, but was interrupted by a voice that filled the room and shook the very fondation. 'Take your great hulk off that carpet!" "What's that?" gasped Zach. ''Why, that's dad," she replied. "Where in thunder is he?" "At Canarsie." "But that's ten mile3 off," said Zacharias. "Yes,"' she replied 'But we are con nected by telephone. Don't you see it on the piano?" "O, heavens!" groaned Zach. And he grabbed his hat and darted out of the house, while the young lady told her father, through the instrument, that Zacharias called him an old fool. "I didn't hear that," he answered, from Canarsie "but I'll take vour word for it. I'll be down as soon as old Bob can bring me, to wipe him out of existence. To be sure I'm old, but I don't take an insult from such young trash." The aged parent made all haste for Gowanus. "Under the high pressure of our public schools," says Robert Collyer, I frankly confess that I take the little children's part in all their little plots to stay away from school a day when they have been hard at work for many days. If they will be frank and bring the" mat ter before the home tribunal, they can always be sure of one advocate who will plead their cause with a moving eloquence rooted in old memories of half holidays that are written in letters of gold.'1