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JOSEPH E. HALL, Publisher. WADENA, WADENA CO, MINN.J PUNGENT PARAGRAPHS. A JAPANESE geographical society has recently been founded at Ywddo. A BILL in before the. city council of Victoria, British Columbia, prohibiting the herding together of Chinamen. Six THOUSAND tons of steel rails hare een purchased in Germany for the Shenandoah Valley railroad, in West Virginia. THE latest British emigration returns sbow that 55.019 persons emigrated in the last quarter—36 110 were English, 6,727 Scotch, and 12,182 Irish, M. EMILE OLUVER says that Thiers was familiar with all the manifestations of the human spirit, except the syn thetic 'speculations of philosophy. EMIGRATION Commissioner Kilebrew of Tennessee, will soon sail for Europe in the hope of inducing, emigrants to this country to settle in that state. THE old Webster mansion at Marsh field, Mass., destroyed by fire, is to be replaced by another building as similar to itas possible. THERE is said to be a great rush of Burmee and Shan adventurers across the frontier into Siam attracted thither by a reported discovery of immense field of sapphires. SOUTHERN colored people have a great and superstitious fear of the ground where anybody has been hanged, and the proprietor of the lot on which Jor dan Sheats was hanged, in Georgia, pro poses to make it a watermelon patch next year. CANON FARR will, it is said, be made dean of Worcester, with a handsome residence and $6,000 a year, and then, although the canon will be a bigger gun than ever, his brethren will take none of his Worcester sauce on matters in general. A CURIOUS calculation has been made by a continental statistician as to the amount drawn by the various sovereigns from the civil list. According to th it appears that the czar has £25,000 per day and the sultan $18000. BATH, the city of Beau Nash and Michael Angelo Bantam, piotests against street railroads as "uncalled for injurious and calculated to injure her." The population consistsichiefly of super annuated persons. SHEET-IRON covered with gum of the euphorbiacea, common and luxuriant in tropical climates, was immersed in Chatham, England, dockyard, where everything rapidly becomes foul, and when taken out becomes quite clean. The gum is bitter and poisonous hence marine animals avoid it. As if to beguile her woe with the fancy t&at it will bring her nearer to her son, with whose death the hope of her life went out, the ex-Empress Eu genie, it is announced in the cable dis patch, is about to make a pilgrimage to Zulu, and. IMPORTANT alterations are going to be made at the Paris morgue. An autopsy room, a fngorific apparatus for preserv ing corpses, histological laboratories, chemical and molding rooms are to be installed, together with a library, a ken nel, a frog-pond, and in short everything necessary for a school of legal medicine. ONE of the marked effects of the re vival of business is the employment of an unusually large number of children in the Massachusetts mills. This fact keeps the police busy in prosecuting owners who are violating the compara tively new law which defines the con ditions under which children may be put at such work. THE old church at San Salvatore in Venice has been reopened this autumn after ten years and eight months spent in restoring it. The curch contains two works by Titian—the great altar piece of the Transfiguration and an Anriun ciation, both works of his .later years— as well as several other noteworthy pictures of the Venetian school. AT a Mansion house dinner, London, the toast-maBter was desired to propose the health of "the three cousins," rep resentatives of distinguished nations, who chanced to be present. He there upon proceeded to give out that he was d?sired by the lord mayor to propose '-rfle8 percent, consols'*—probably a toast which came nearer the hearts of the audience. VERY LATEST NEWS A Record of Important Events Domestic and Forelgx* WASHINGTON. Two hundred and fifty bills were intro duced in the house on the 15'h inst. HON JAMES M. EDMUNDS, postmaster at Washington, D.C., died on the 14th inst. THBsena'e on the 16th inst. confirmed Joseph B. Leake, to be Untted States dis trict attorney for northern Illinois. A HBARING in the contested congress, ion&l election case of Bradley vs.Slemons, of the 2d Arkansas district, was begun Dec., 17th. THB banking and currency committee has decided to substitute Price's bill for Judge Bnckner's bill requiring one-half of the national bank reserve to be Kept in coin. The bill will be reported after the holiday recess. A COMPANY has been incorporated un der the laws of the District of Columbia, wilia capital of $10,000, to publish a weekly newspaper, devoted entirely to the interests of the army and navy. Mr. Edmund Hudson, of the Boston Herald, will take editorial charge of the paper. So says a dispatch of the 15th inst. CAFT. DODGE, who so valiantly pro ceeded with his colored company to the relief of Capt. Payne, will be promoted to fill a vacancy occasioned by the re tiementof Lieut. Col. Henry Prince from active service, who has passed the age of 63, says Washington information of the 15th inst SAYS a Washington dispatch of Dec. 14th: The contested election case of Ig natius Donnelly against W. W. Wash burn, in the Third congressional district of Minnesota, has been postponed until Jan. 8. when it will be taken up for oral argument. Mr. Donnelly, the conte.-tant, was a member of the thirty-eighth, thirty-ninth, and fortieth congresses.. Previous to this he was lieutenant gov ernor of Minnesota, and has served in the Minnesota senate. THB senate confirmed the following postmasters on thel5tb inst.: Michigan— Wm. Wallace, Battle Creek George R. Stone, Allegan James W. Hine.Lowell L. A. Hamlin,Owossa John B. E Hardy, Three Rivers C. C. Thompson, Whit' hall F. W. Hastings, St. uis rtiu Hauer, Albion Fred'k E ider, Char lotte. Minnesota—Vergel M. Hall, Glen coe C. S. Cr and all, Owatonna Iowa— John Blanchard, Monticello: S. W. Sny der, Cedar Falls A. J.West, Shenandoah. Illinois—Ed. Bowyer, Olney J. Lowe, Onarga D. M. Simons, Jacksonville A. M. Sergeant,Shawneetown S G. Sparks, Yerden W. C. Snyder. Fulton O. C. Town, Pecatoneca. "EDGEWOOD," the residence of the late Hon. Salmon P. Chase, and later of Mrs. Kate Chase Sprague, is offered for sale, says a dispatch of Dec. 17th. It will be remembered that last year this es tate was in danger of being sold for taxes, but Mrs. Sprague appealed to congress to relieve her from this taxation, giving as her reason hen extreme poverty. This appeal met with considerable opposition at first, but Senator Conkling,after much effort in behalf of Mrs. Sprague, finally succeeded in getting congress to pass a hill. Now again Mrs. Sprague finds herself unable to support such an estab lishment, and by the advice of friends has concluded to offer it at private sale. The sale will take place next spring. THE joint committee on the comple tion of the Washington monument, sub mitted a detailed report to the house, on the 16th, showing that $67,903 had been expended in the work of straightening the foundation, leaving available $32,097 of the appropriation for that purpose. $31,356 had been expended upon the com pletion of the monument, leaving $68 643 available of the appropriation for that purpose. The total amount unex pended of the appropriations and now available for carrying on the work is $100,739. This amount wiil be sufficient to mplete the strengthening of the foundation providing the iron frame work of the interior stairway for 250 feet, to construct the shaft and add 122 feet to the height of the monument. To con tinue the work until Oct. 31,1881, it will require $300,000 additional, and to com plete the shaft to the proposed height, 500 feet, will require $677,321. FIRES AND CASUALTIES. THE Continental hotel at Alliance, O., burned on the 13th inst. Loss $14,000. Partly insured. THE flouring mill of Allen Lawton, at Stone's Prairie, near Quincy, 111, was destroyed by fire Dec. 14th. Loss about $10,000 no insurance Cause unknown. AN accident occurred on the Addison railway at Lairabus Point, Vt., on Lake Champlain shore, on the night of the 13 inst., causing the death of engineer O. P. Stinson, fireman Ed. Markham and bridge tender, D. F. Lyman. The train left Rutland in the afternoon for Ticon deroga, N. Y., and was wrecked just be fore reaching the bridge across the lake. THREE men working in a cut near Plattsmouth, Neb., on the approaches of the new railroad bridge there, were buried under an embankment which caved in on them. When dug out all three were dead. Ope man was recog nized as Homer Robinson. The other two were not known, bo says a dispatch of Dec. 13 h. A MOST singular instance of death from strangulation occurred a ew even ings sine near Melugin Grove, ten miles north of Mendota, 111, says a tele gram of the 'Oih. A young man named Abies was standing in iront of his horse while the animal was feeding. The Jborse coughed and eje. ted a kernel ot corn, which flew into Abies' windpipe'' He ran into the house, and, by signs en deavored to make his tamily understand what had happened. A messenger on horseback was instantly dispatchedrf a physician, but long before he arrived he young Abies was a corpse. WHILE the family of Mr. Sweeny, liy., ing six miles from Belvidere, 111., were in town Thursday, says a dispatch of the 14th, attending the' funeral of one of their children who had died with diph theria, their house took fire and wis burned to the ground. Two children, who were sick with the same disease, were with difficulty rescued from the flames, and removed to the neighbors. Mi1. Sweeney has been peculiarly un fortunate, the child whose iuneral he was attending when his house was con sumed being the seventh he has lost with in the past six weeks from this disease. FAYETTE SMITH, Jr., 21 years ot age son of Judge Fayette Smith, of the com mon pleas court, was found dead in bed yesterday morning, says a Cincinnati dispatch of Dec. 17th, under circum stances which lead to a suspicion sui cide. He retired at the usual time last night, but the family observed that he was unusually despondent. He did not rise at the usual hour this morning, and when called did not answer. His father broke open the door and found the boy dead, aud something like black vomit on the pillow. The coroner was called, and will subject the vomit to analysis. Young Smith bad been employed in a commis sion house, but was recently discharged. The proprietors refuse to answer ques tions concerning the cause of his dismis sal, but give out that they were reducing their force. The supposition is that the young man grew despondent over this af fair and toofc poison. A SPECIAL telegram of the 16th, from Clarksville^Jowa, says: A fire broke out in H. Fvt. Burton's store, and be fore the fiame9 could be conquered the following buildings were burned, involv ing a loss of over $40,000: F. L. Bur ton, variety store, loss $6,000 insurance on stock, $1,4 00 Schelenger & Hesse, dealers in hardware, saved none of their goods loss on stock, $8,0 0 on store, $15,000 on stock in warehouse, $900 on warehouse, $600 total insur ance, $3,300 on stock, $2,500 on store building, $1,5H0 on warehouse. Joe Gilbert, drugs and groceries, saved none of his goods loss on stock, $1,500 on building, $1,600 on houbehold goods, $100 no insurance. Henry Iglenfritz, dealer in furniture, on building, $1,700 on stock, $2,500 in surance on building, $70o on stock, $300. Judge Palmer, law and insurance, saved most of his papers and books loss by damage, about $50 on the building, owned by parties in Dubuque, $2,*200. James Butler, damage to residence and on household goods at least $1,5"0 The total loss will loot up at least $40,000, and gives the town a terrible back-set, and nearly ruins many of the parties. Bur ton will at once open up again, but the others are not yet determined as to the future. FOREIGN. CALCRAFT, for forty-six years hang man in England, dieJ on the 15th inst. CLAUDE ETINNE MINIE, the inventor of many improvements in firearms, died in London on the 15th inst. AN explosion in a salt mine at Schwabish Hall in Wurtemberg on the 16th inst. caused the death of twelve miners. SEVERAL large land agitatioa meetings were held in the west of Ireland on the 14th. The meeting at Bellina was pre sided over by a Catholic clergyman. Several clergj m-n participated as speakers. One speaker declared that one cause of their distress was American competition. IT was authoritatively announced in St. Petersburg, Dec. 14th, that the reports relative to a tresli attempt against the life of the czar are grossly exaggerated, although it was admitted that the police, in investigating the circumstances of the recent attempted assassination of the czar at Moscow made discoveries show ing that fresh crimes were contemplated. SPEAKING of the Atghan campaign the liberal journals of England, says a cablegram of the 15th inst, deel re that Gen. Roberts is fighting for life. His whole force of 5,000 men is pitted against the entire Afghan army, the strength*of which is unknown, but it is admitted to be 10.000 strong. Tribes are rising on every side. The Kohistan is, who were lately reported as surren dering their arms, nevertheless send 3,1 i00 troops. What Lord Lytton called a "hostile Ghuznee gathering," means 7,000 soldiers, well a/med and well led. Military critics agree that the Afghan movements show surprising strategic ability. Nevertheless, it is believed that Gen. Roberts is likely to overcome Ihe present atLack, as he holds strongly for tified positions about Cabul but, unless he is victorious an insurrection in Cabul is certain. Candahar is also threatened by 11,000 troops advancing from Herat. The Candaharees are likewise restless. CRIME. GEO. PRICE, colored, who last summer shot his employer, Yillie Black, was found guilty of murder in the first de gree, by a Cincinnati jury, on the 17th inst. EDWARD BRODIE shot and killed his son Frank on Portland avenue, Chicago, Dec. 17th. Frank was atiardened char acter, who was in the habit of abusing his parents. On the night in question he came home drunk and assaulted his father, who, in self-defense, shot his son. CHA& BROCKMAN, the son of a promi neut Cincinnati grocer, shot and fatally wounded Wm. Burke on the night of the 13th inst., after an encounter in which Burke and his friends had fallen upon Brockman and beaten him severe'y. Brockman gave himself up to the proper authoiities. AT Canton, O., on the 14th inst, the jury found Gustave Ohrguiltyof mur der in the first degree, the crime consist ing in killing, in June last, a man by the name of John Whattmaugh,near Alliance. Geo. Maine, who has already been found guilty of murder in the first degree, was Obr's accomplice. FREDERICK SNTDER, examiner in the custom house at New York, who was in dicted for receiving bribes,,la led to ap pear when his case was called on tbe 16th inst., and 1 is bail was consequentlv forfeit d. It is understood thai Snyder has sought safety in a precipitate flight to Canada, prefrrlne to forfeit his bail rather than run the risk of a trial. WHAT is widely known as the Chap man trial,which had been in progress at Ottawa,111.,for three weeks,came to a con clusion last Saturday, says a dispatch of Dec. 15th. Chapman, it will be re membered, was tried a year ago for stealing $14,000 from the United States express company at La Salle, Illinois. He was acquitted on the charge of embezzlement, and the press and people fully endorsed the ver dict. Since that time Chapman has been an extensive traveler, and expended about $6,000. He spent this sum in about six months. He was shadowed by the express company, and on the evidence ob'ainedhe was re arrested on the charge of perjury. Vvhen taken into jai and re lieved of his diamond pin and gold watch, he coolly denied his guilt. During the whole trial he has exhibited great confi dence in his case, alleging that a man could not be tried for the same offense the second time. Just a year ago Friday evening Chapman listened to the verdict of net guilty, and walked out of the court room a free man. This time the sentence was guilty, and the jury fixed his time in the penitentiary at seven years. GENERAL NOTES. THE demonstration in honor of Gen. Grant in Philadelphia on the 16th inst., was exceedingly fine in all its details. THE public schools of Petersburg, Va., ceased for one month on the 13th inst., the state not having contributed its full qucta of funds. THE bark Monrovia sailed from New York for Liberia on the 15th inst. with 75 a dored emigrants. GEN. GRANT'S reception in Pittsburg, Pa, on the 13th inst., was attended with great demonstrations of welcome on the part of the citizens. ONE Lundred colored emigrants from Goldsboro, N. C., arrived at Petersburg Va., Dec. 16 en route for Washington, from whence they goto Indiana. Gen Notes MRS. HENRT FULLERTON committed suicide in Boonsboro, iowa, Dec. I6ih, by swallowing concentrated lye, and afterward cutting her throat with a razor, while laboring unaer a fit of tem porary insanity. She leaves a babe but a few months old. CAPT. SWIMM, of the schooner Laura Bruce, reported upon his arrival at Hal ifax, Dec. 16h, that when he was sailing in the vicinity of a supposed uninhab ited island-of the West Indies, he was chased by a piratical craft and only es caped being overhauled by superior speed. THE judges appointed to pass upon the products entered for competition in the great dairy expo ition at New York, rendered their report on the 15th inst. Canada took the first prize on cheese and Wisconsin the second. Wisconsin took the first prize on butter and Illinois the second. COL. ZEB WARP, lessee of the Arkan sas state penitentiary, says a Little Rock telegram of the 15th, has closed a con tract for the construction of the Little Rock and Pine Bluff railroad. Work will begin at onc« and four hundred con victs will be employed. The road is to be completed and in operation July 1st, 1880. THERE has been a severe storm in the Red rivei country for two days, the ther mometer falling very low, says a telegram of Dec. 16th. Reports from different points indicate from 25 to 40 degrees be low zero. A Breckenridge special to the Pioneer-Press, says two children of Wm. Owens'were frozen to death, and two men, H. G. Stordert and James Nolan, are missing, supposed to be lost in the storm and frozen. SAYS an Ogden. Utah, diapatch of Dec. 17th: Josephine Taylor, aged 22, daugh ter of the president of the Mormon chuicb, at'empted to escape from Utah and her father's harem, yesterday. She got on the Uni jn Pacific train, but hav ing no ticket or money, was put off at the first station east. She endeavored to get the agent at Uintah to secrete her, but he refused, and her father's friends being notified, she was taken back to Salt Lake to-day. THE body of a young man, who is sup posed to have lived in the vicinity of New York city, was cremated "at Wash ington, Pa., Dec. 16th. Those In charge of the remains refused to give any par ticulars of the case, even declining to divulge the name. They say they were simply carrying out the young man's dying wishes in keeping the affair as quiet as possible. The body reached Washington at 11 o'clock in the morning, accompanied by two men, and was at once taken to the crematory, where it was almost immediately placed in the retort. The process of incineration was completed in about time hours, afier which the two men got into a carriage and drove away. A telegram was sent to one of the New York papers with a view of ascertaining the name of the young man, but nothing could be learn ed respecting him. It is a very myste rious affair as it stands. THE republican national committee met in Washington Dec. 17th for the purpose of choosing a chairman in place of the late Senator Chandler, and to select a time and place for holding the next republican national convention. A temporary organization was effected by be election of Elihu Enos as chairman and R. C. McCormick secretary. The resignations of Cornell, of New York, and E. F. Noyes, of Ohio, were accepted tnd Thomas E Piatt and W. C. Cooper respectively appointed to fill the vacancies. Only one vote for chairman of the national committee was taken which resulted as follows: Whole number of voles 43 nec essary !o a choice, 22. Donald Cameron, (Pa.) received 22 Averill, (Minn.) 19 blank 1. Thomas B.Keogh, of North Carolina, was chosen secretary of tbe committee in place of Mr. McCor mick who declined to serve longer. The committee then proceeded to vote upon a place for holding the national conven tion. The eBpecial claims of Chicago, Cincinnati, Indianapolis. Saratoga and Philadelphia, were urged. The choice fell upon Chicago, tbe vote standing, Chicago 24, Saratoga 14, Cincinnati 2, Indianapolis 2. The time for holding the national convention was fixed for Wednesday, June 3d Another recess was taken until evening, when resolu tions* in memory of the late Senator Chandler were adopted, and the commit tee adjourned. STEALING MESSAGES. Interesting Gossip in Regard to Such Thefls—The Women Thieves of Lin coln's Day. Philadelphia Telegraph. The advance publication of the presi dent's message is a subject of no small interest here. In several instances por tions of President Lincoln's messages were published, and the matter was at tempted to be investigated bv the judi ciary committee of the house. When it was found that the inquiry would be likely to lead to a good deal of scandal connected with the ladies of the White House, it came to & very abrupt termi nation by the president going to the capitol himself and directing that the investigation should be suspended. The next instance was in the time of "Andv" Johnson, when, through the oblivious condition of his son Dick, a copy of the message was handed to a correspondent to read over and see what he thought of it. The correspondent took advantage of the opportunity and bad a stenographic copy mace, returned 'he manuscript and pronounced it an excellent message. Tbe next morning the president was considerably aston ished when he found the document in print. President Grant's military methods were too much for the ingenuity of Washington correspondents, and in no instance did the text of his messages appear before their submission to con gress, except what he gave to one or two of his confidential friends or a corres pondent. It was the custom of the General, when he had completed his message, to take his private secretaries, Pruden, Sniffin and Luckey—into one of the most remote apartments of the Ex ecutive Mansion, and there set them to work to make six manifold copies for tbe use of the press, which, when fin ished, were taken by the president, placed in an envelope and held until the committee of congress reported the two houses organized. He then sub mitted the manuscript copies for the use of the two houses, and upon the re turn of Private Secretaries Generals Porter or Babcock, he authorized the disposing of the six manifold copies. While Mr. Boutwell was secretary of tbe treasury, on one occasion his an nual report was made public in advance of its transmission to congress. Upon investigation it was shown conclusively that the copy was given out by his pri vate secretary. He was immediately dismissed and placed upon the black list, and subsequently died in this city in absolute poverty, as the punishment of his breach of faith to his superior. The present administration seems to have been very unfortunate with respect to the premature publication of the pres ident's messages, each message having been made public in advance of its transmission to congress. 41 though as a rule all the important features of the messages are anticipated, the eagerness to secure the text always makes the document a good marketable commcdity. As high as $1,500 was of fered for President Grant's messages. The present message, however, was sold for $500, while Spcretary Sherman's re port brought $450, the proceeds being divided between three parties, the pur loiner and two middlemen who effected the sale. Telephones and Talking Fish. London Telegraph. That the telephone would eventually piove a source not only of great grati fication but of valuable instruction no body ever doubted. It has however re mained for some thougntful scientific gentleman to utilize it in a way which will comend itself to all who lovingly observe nature. One of these anxious to know how far the animal world as similated itself to our own lately intro duced a telephone into some water which contained a fish. To his aston ishment he found that the creature alone and unable to talk to anything else was actually talking to itself. E. S. Peal now comes forward and, in a letter to a scientific contemporary, confirms this assertion. He, too, has been lis tening and he finds that the large •'mahsr"—Bathes Mucrocephalm—con verse with a peculiar cluck, or per suasive sound which may be heard as far as foity feet from the water. He has also discovered that a large bivalve exists in some parts cf eastern Assam which actually "sings loudly in con cert." a'ter this it would be interesting to know what the pike says to the roach before swallowing it. If we are expert enough to read ciphers, surely we might without great difficulty learn the language of the jack. What 1 hey .-ay. Kcv. J. E. Rankin, D. D., of Washington, D. C., certifies of Warner's Sale Kidney and Liver Cnre: '1 doubt not that it has great virtue." Rev. U. A. Harvey, P. P.. Secretaiy of Howard University, certifies that for Bright's disease "no other rcme 'ly can be held for one moment in comparison with this." E. W. Neff, of Petroit, Mich., certi fies that it completely cured him or a very serious chronic liver complaint. J. II. Sherlock, of Roch ester, N. Y-., certifies that it enred him cf Brighfs disease of several years1 standing, and that he be lieves it to be the most valuable remedy ever dis covered. These are sampled of hundreds of other testimonials. THE Cunard, White Star, Guion American, and other Atlantic lines of steamers, having all started in to build monster steamers with very high rate of speed and increased means of safety the Inman company has also concluded' follow the example set by the oth rs. Canseand isffect. Cau8S ?f nervousness Is indigestion, and that is caueed by weakness of the stomach! No one.can have sound nerves -and good health without using Hop Bitters to strengthen the PS™**® blood, and keep tbe liver and kidneys ictlvo, toctny off all the poisonous and system. See other column. '.