Newspaper of Chicago Daily Tribune, April 1, 1873, Page 2

Newspaper of Chicago Daily Tribune dated April 1, 1873 Page 2
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2 J. NEW YORK. The English Sparrows—Bui weif’s Posthumous Novels, ■ Tlio 11 QrapMo ’’-—Oommodore Tan derbilt’s Gift for a Metho dist Seminary. fohn Livingston nml IDs Ilatlroml Pass , Prospcctlyfl Struggle for the lake Shore Road. • Special Correspondence r/ The Chicago TVibune, New Yens, March 57,1873, Tlio stranger visiting this city can hardly fall to bavo his attention attracted by tho shrill, un musical chirping of TUB ENGLISH SPARROWS, •8 they hop,fearlessly about the . streets and In ,thfl parks; and perch on tho trees and fences, or wheresoever they list* Everybody welcomes and foods tho sparrows. ’ Scarcely a boy In tbo city is heartless enough to throw a stone at, or in any way molest them. And I doubt if half a dozen are wantonly killed in Now York in tho >courso of a year. During tho past winter the little fellows bad a pretty rough tlmo of it, and qulto a number wore frozen to death by the ex treme cold weather; but they are busy, those mild spring days, mating, and building their nests; and, as they are not harassed with any of tho minor cares of life,—having no house rent to pay, or board-bills to sottlo,—and can give their undivided time and attention to tho fulfillment of tho Scriptural injunction about replenishing tbo earth, tho few hundreds that perished will scarcely ho missed, or will soon have their places filled.' Tho English sparrow was introduced into this city, and I boliovo into this country, by Mr. Thomas Woodcock, of Brooklyn, at tho instance of tho Brooklyn Institute, in 18G6. In tho fall of that year ho brought over from Manchester about a dozen, and liberated them tbo following spring. They flow away, and nothing more was hoard of thorn till tho spring of 1858, when two pairs woro ob served among tho ivy that clambers over Grace Church. During tho summer, several young ones woro soon; and, since then, they have gone on increasing at an enormous rate, and most effectually clearing tho city trees of - caterpillars and other insect posts, with which they wore swarming at tho time tho little brown chirrupers; pat in an appearance. Wore half our citizens as useful as onr sparrows, Now York would ho much Higher tho Kingdom of Hcavou than it is to-day. bul wes, at the time of his death, loft two manuscript novels complete and ready for tho press: “ Tbo Parisians,” and “Konolon Chillingly and, tho Harpers having mado arrangements with his legal representatives for -their publication in this country, tbo former is now appearing as a serial in Harper's Weekly, Com petent critics who have examined tbo manuscript pronounco “ Tho Parisians " a novel of surpass ing interest, and equal to anything its author ever published. If they are correct in their opinions, what a raro intellectual treat awaits tbo reading public. I wondor If Murat Halstead, of tbo Cincinnati Commercial , will enjoy it as bo did “ My Novel,” or if too much newspaper pab ulum has destroyed his keen zest for romance ? How vividly do I remember the avidity with which ho devoured that charming volume, when ho and I road it together, in tbo -Queen City of the West. Wo wore somo twenty years younger ' then than we aro now, and Halstoa was just en tering upon, and preparing himself for, his odi \\ torial career, by scribbling swashy stones for tbo Columbian and Great West, a weekly literary >aper published in Cincinnati at that time by \ B. Bbattuck, who afterward established a daily Us stead, entitled tbo Columbian, and failed Se enterprise; but is now a wealthy and fishing banker in this city, with a /wn-atorm vtl meneion on Fifth avonno. j?ence of’though 4 tow yo . n dowu jie'passago particularly novelist, and, when pounded tho table with < *lW n fl£oTO Hfld: ‘ ■ shouted, “ God bloas yon for that, Bulwor I” in i such stentorian tones that our neighbors wore • / startled and astonished ? Tho memory of those times come freshly hook to mo os I write, and I trust you and I may both find leisure to road “Tho Parisians.” and may still retain in our hearts enough of tho romance and freshness of tloao early days to enjoy it as we enjoyed “My Navel.” THE OBAPHIC, . . ; <hs now illustrated evening daily, appears to . Live made a ton-atriko. So far, the publishers have been unable to supply tho demand, and, as i; continues to improve in both ita illustrations ! «nd reading matter, it can hardly fail to bocomo • popular and profitable. Its conductors show • that they fully understand how to make !«n attractive paper. Its illustrations are : fresh and vigorous, its articles crisp I and spicy, and thoro is . just enough i of tho sensational about it to malco it readable » for all classes. In brief, tho Graphic, aside • from its illustrations, is decidedly tho most t high-toned, gossipy, wide-awake, newsy, and « evening paper in the city. Success / to it 1 . \ OOMMODOBE VANDERBILT • has given half a million dollars toward founding ■•Methodist seminary in Tennessee: whereat . tho loading men in the various evangelical do .. pominatious are jubilant, and are lauding the • hbeial donor to the skies. Yet tho very, some men raise their hands in holy horror at newspa pers for publishing tho advortlaomontof a “gftt - oonqert for the bonolit of a Kentucky library, fiow, it may bo very wrong for a library to raise money by a lottery or gift-concert, and it maybe highly improper for moral newspapers to on • courage the raising of money in any such man ner by advert sing the affair. But is it one whit wrong than it is for a church or a seminary to accept mouoy earned in as questionable a k? • tho money raked in by John Mornsaey over hia favo-countor or • Potuette-tablo is just as honestly, if not , • «o logmmntoly, earned as that gobbled up by • Commodore Vanderbilt or Daniel Drowby wator i' ing railroad stock, or bulling and bearing wild • oat securities in Wall street.- And tho church or seminary that accepts money obtained by tho donor m such transactions is just as guilty as if It had obtained it by tbo anmo methods, anil does squally as much to encourage gambling ns the' Kentucky ontorprlso and tho newspapers that ad- vsrtiso it. The men who invest their money in nottory-tickotß, or seek their fortunes in grun bhng-dons, may bo demoralizing society by their ; example; but how stands the case with those • yoo go down to Wall street, or whoso visits aro to tho btouk Exchange ? What says tho church ? • What says “our host society?” JOHN LIVINGSTON is a man whoao name is familiar, no doubt, to f many of your readers. Thoro is scarcely a law i yer m tbo United States that be hasn’t dimued , for $5 or $lO. so that ho might bo able to print • ins name in. and send him a copy of, i tho “Lawyer’s Directory,” of which ho ia (Compiler and publisher. There ia scarcely a man of any prominence, from tho Atlautio to the Pacific, that’ho hasn’t written to, hogging •or a sketch of hia life, and SSO or SIOO to nay tii® privilege of having it inserted in lUo f Biographies of Distinguished Characters,” or lomo of- tho other little books of which ho Is author and publisher. Thoro is scorcoly a man In any oflloial position, from Hog-Boovo up to President, that ho hasn’t indited an epistle to 'assuring him that ho could and would, for a small pecuniary compensation, in some way ren der him incalculable service. For the last twen ty years at least, John hawlaborod assiduously l/herevorho saw a full teat, he endeavored to , squeeze it. Wherever ho spied a gourd with su i gar in it, ho was sure to go for it. Wherever he thought there was “ ilo,” ho tried to strike it. In season and out of season,—except that, like ■" death, he claims “all seasons as his own.”— { ho has boon untiring in his efforts to obtain a I liberal share of this world’s good things; I and, if ho has failed, his failure has t certainly not been for want of cheek. > gifted, however, as John is in his peculiar vo cation, ho sometimes meets with dlsappoint menU, and I have a presentiment that, in tho cunning little game in which ho has recently been taking a hand, he will got badly euohered. • &-*°i°t 0 . .*?, h ® .“card the Erie folks had sent «j £ Legislative passes to the memberaof the Wsw York loglalature, than he wrote each mem-' her a note, requesting In reply “a strong letter complaining about tho“ legislative” pass, and desiring «n " imnnal" Instead. When hi ro eelvea these letters ho wro o hlo correspondents that bo would attack President Watson with the documents and secure the desired result. Cut "M many of them couldn’t see why John should • take such especial Interest In their affairs and / strongly suspected him of being a fraud, 'they forwarded their noloo to the Erie office,*or pnb* lihliod thorn In tho nownpapora. Tint' tho rlolinaf. pfert of tho.Joko fa,''that, by ciilb perfllrttonl impudpnco, Ih>h foc/oovornl yoarri succeeded In (obtainingJa; paai for hlmablf and famllylovsr . tho , Erie Road, and •who efcpobtbd, through Lie influcnco/tp ncootapllidi •bo mubh for tho members of tho Now York Log ißlaturo—made application for Its renewal for 1870, ho v?a« politely Informed that tho Proai dont know of no roanon why-ho should havo-a pass, and it war therefore rofnaod. John wan amazed, horrified, and completely sot hack,” by such a decision. Ao noon, however, nu ho recovered 'from - hia onrprlso. ho attacked tho Erie headquarters with hia miflaiyoa, and since then ho baa hurled them into tho Grand Opera Honaoat a fearful rate. So for, hia pathetic, and touching appeal*} have not produced much effect; and, when lost hoard from, John 1 hadn’t made much off tho Now York Legislature, and hadn’t got a pass ovor'Erib., . ~ WALL STREET GOSSIP ’ has Itj that Erie, since leasing tho 0., 0., 0. <k I. Hood, lioa bcou casting covetous glances toward Ij. S. A M. S.; and that, in consequence, Oom modoro Vanderbilt and ids son-in-law, Horace F. Clark, who have not boon on friendly terms for several years, have buried the hatchet and made friends, so that they oan work more effectively in their ,efforts to retain tho control of that road, at tho annual election in May. ’ . ‘ E. DUBUQUE. Tlio City Agitated by a Reform Move ment—What ‘ It Docs nmd Whnt It Don’t IHoan—The Interests of the ■ lowa & Pacific Railroad Reviving —The Uoatlng Season Under the JYow Combination—Tho.; Post-Office Suc cession, Etc M Etc* Special Correspondence of the Chicago Tribune. Dubuque, lowa, March a?, 1873. Dubuque is bristling ntall points with sharp projects of reform. “RoMfm, Municipal Re form I ” has been tho talk about town for somo months past,—from tho moment, 1 may say, when tho' Committee on Eqalizatlon of Taxes arose from the last revision of tbo City Assessor's books, and tho Collector first colled for taxes for 1872. Rut tho object sought, as well as tho methods to be adopted, wear os yet a very vague aspect; “It does nob yot appear what wo shall bo.”. Wo may know more to-morrow, when tho Reformers’ Committee shall have mot, and an nounced their “city tiokok.” Thus far, Demo crats havo boon disposed to wait, evincing a wil lingness to approve tho nominations of tho Re formers if a liberal number of Democrats aro put on tho ticket, and “good men generally” aro selected. And, up to tho . pros , ont moment, also, Republicans havo manifested a disposition to wait and see what tho Reformers bring forth; content if it shall appear . tho party is to faro no worse in tho sow deal, it having gained a few points in the city govern ' mont within the last few years. Those who havo no party pride In tho matter, however, look upon the now movement with incredulous indifference. What tho Reformers themselves look for, is to got tho present Council out. and new men in. That, I may say, is their fixed determination. Tho Chairman of the Reformers’. Committee told mb recently that ho “had no oxpoota . tlon. of seeing' any reform; . tho most .ho hoped for in (ho now movement was to got tho affairs of tho city out of party hinds.” Tlio inspiration of this Reform movement was opposition to paying tho taxes levied for the , payment of old city debts, according to .{grins - arranged before tbo present Council came In, and i for which tbo present Aldermen are no more ro sponsible than is the ox-Klng Amadous for tho Republic in Spain. Added to this, I should say, is their unwillingness to pay for city improvements 'made during the past year, and which every citi zen knows were very much needed. While those improvements woro being made, the Council was generally applauded for its public spirit and energy. It is since the funds to pay for those have been demanded, that tho cry for Reform has grown to almost a wild wail; and that tho Council has proved “ a failure in everything it baa undertaken.” In tide connection I might 'note, as a commentary almost ludicrous upon the “purpose and spirit” of those pushing on tho -good work of Reform, that they havo agreed upon ox-Mayor Knight as candidate at tho head of the ticket, a good lawyer, and a good Mayor, as for that, when in tho Chair, but who was tho first Mayoralty candidate in many years ' * association with bond-holders and oppressors of the people” was successfully raised ogalnst him. If the Reformers succeedwith this choice, tho Chairman of tho Reform Committee, to whom I have before referred, will, for one, suffer no disappointment, and for tho reasons boforo given; Tho plain facts in tbo matter are just hero: Dubuquo, like many other Western cities, tied up in bonds •years ago, has endeavored, by keeping down the rates of assessments, to ward off payment of her debts |by her apparent inability to pay them, i Tho assessed valuation of property in tho city this year; os returned by tho Equalization Com mittee, is a little loss than $8,000,000. ' The rate per cent which her citizens aro'called upon to pay upon this Is'not, compared with many other cities, outrageously high. Tho equalization has boon more ;jusfc this year than over boforo known,—requiring capital hereto fore nntaxod to carry its share of tho burden. And “Here is Just where the-shoo pinches.” No; Reforms that repudiate justly xnado business contracts, and repress the spirit for public improvements, aro not what we want —aro not what present indications warrant us in anticipating. THE IOWA A PAOFFIO ROAD. Tho interests of tljo lowaA Pacific Rail road, which word somewhat frost-bitten by tho severe financial weather wo havo had in tho last six mouths, are being revived. A new life is budding in that quarter. It is understood hero that President J. F. Joy. of tho Michigan Central, and J. K. Graven, of the 0., O. D. and C M D. <t M. Roads, will visit Boston dining tbo next week coming, to negotiate for tho sale of lowa & Pacific bonds ; ana any enterprise which has two such men ns those behind it is assured in advance. It would inspire public confidence wore its own intrinsic merits not clearly apparent, but, with an enter prise so pregnant with all the best elements of success as is tho lowa Pacific, there . can bo no ■ possible doubt of its carrying. Such a wealth of agricultural products as will bo tributary to this road, and such vast bods of ore—coal and pypaom—as it will tan nt Fort Dodge,—are, it is safe to say, not to oe found elsewhere in the West. Dubuquo machinists havo a kindly eye toward those coal-beds, and Dubuquo groiu merchants are prepossessed in favor of those boundless grain-fields; but, “so near,” they have been yet “so far,” Tho completion of tho lowa Pacific, which isgradedmostof tbo way from tho intersection with tho 0., D. & M. Road at Turkey River, to Fort Dodge, willgive Dubuquo business men most all they ask for in that direc tion. THE BOATING SEASON is already prepared for at this port. Mr. J. P. Farley, Jr., has been retained as agent hero by the new combination, and has tho wharf-boat in readiness, and freight awaiting the first arrival, looked for every day. Tho ferry-boat, now in tho hands of the Brfdgo Company, found a “good opening,” and commenced her busi ness for tho season, somo two weeks earlier than last year, though tho winter Imd been tho severest, and tho ice frozen tho thickest, of any year within tho memory of mou now living. the rosr-omoß succession hero, Mr, J. L. Torbort superseding V. J. Will iams. though not asked for by tho etay-at-homo people of Dubuque, and certainly not called for under the Civil Service rule, meets with general acceptance, Mr, Williams was popular with everybody. Postmaster Torhert has the ability and tho opportunity to ho so. . EXPIRATION OF OFFICE, With the expiration, soon to be, of the office of United States Assessor and alas, Hobson re tires to his rural retreat at West Union, and his assistant, Mr, 13. A. Lull, of twelve years’ official standing, leaves tho post of honor with name unsullied, and without any regrets. AND, TO CONCLUDE WITH, I might say that, with a brand-new, many thousand-dollar town-clock, with a largo metal key. elevated above it, and doing the double duty of weather-vane and emblematizing the Key City of Iowa; with 12 miles of now side walks, and graded Horoots in proportion (all those the “failures” of the Cmuioil which the Co formers would replace) ; with these evidences of prosperity. Dubuque enters upon the busy sea son with cheerful, most cheerful, promise. —We hear of ft lady who waa married in Phil adelphia lent week who wore % dross of white out Lyons velvet, The train was fully three yarda m length ami was trimmed with lace in great profusion. The drees was made by Mar umi, of Faria, Worth’s new rival, and cost, says Mw. Orundy, ffi.OUO gold. ’ J DREADFUL ACCIDENT.' frightful' Casualty nt. the!. New x ' -Singer Building., ' Two Hen ri'ccipiliitcil 110 Feet,, From tlio Roof to tlio Ground Floor, and Killed. Narrow Escape of Throe Other Persons from Instant Death. , Ono would have supposed, from tho rnmoro prevalent yesterday morning, that tho Singer Building, comer State and Washington streets, was in ruins, and that two hundred men woro burled beneath tons of stone, iron, and lumber. A loud crash woe hoard inside the structure by persons passing on tho sidewalks, and, without stopping to ascertain the cause, or whether any one was killed or injured, they rushed franti cally off and circulated tho most astonishing and heart-rending ■ stories. Those who hoard them and bad time to indulge tholr curiosity visited the scone with, tho expectation of' seeing tho mangled remains removed from tho debris. They woro surprised when they behold tho magnificent structure intaot, but the moro'sympathotio wore grieved when they learned that a terrible accident hod indeed oc curred, and that four persons had boon injured, two, if not three of them, fatally. A mixture of iron and timber in tho centre of tho building (tbo rotunda, os it is called), and an immense opening in tho roof above, indicated what bad happened. Near tho Washington street en trance, lying on somo straw, was ono of tho un conscious victims, and to tho right,- fifty foot away, wore throe more. Around each was a group of people, who could not bo driven away. They seemed to derive intense pleasure from tho appearance of the wounded, and gazed more, Intently when tho countenances of tho prostrate men woro distorted in tho endeavor to mitigate pain. Work had been suspended in tho buildiug, and tho carpenters, painters, aud Iron workers woro doing what they could to assist tbolr comrades. Three of tho wounded wore not, apparently, hurt seriously, although it was impossible to determine tbo character of their injuries, as they woro - unablo to complain, Physicians woro sont for, and tho policemen who oamo in to preserve order woro followed by tho populace. Tho excitement was so groat that nearly an hour elapsed before anyone could give an in telligible explanation of what had occurred. When the confusion abated, the workmen and foremen woro willing enough to impart informa tion, and seemed particularly anxious to purge themselves of responsibility. Tho accident was accounted for in many ways, but tho most tangi ble, and probably tho correct account, is that furnished by tho Superintendent, Mr. Ivor Znr boll. in tho centre of tho building, as stated, is tho rotunda. It is 100 foot long by CO foot wide, and reaches to tho ton of tho building, 110 foot. In lieu of a roof, wbioh would exclude tho light needed on tho lower floors, a skylight is to bo constructed. On a level with the roof proper, a temporary platform had boon nut down to prevent the snow from falling into the building. This platform was very in secure, but amply strong for the purpose. Tho supports consisted of throo wooden braces, two inches thick at' tbo ends, and strengthened by riveting two similar planks in the centre. Trans versely wore ono and a half ihohboords, eighteen inches apart. On top of tho supports was an ordinary pine floor, loosely laid. On the roof was a derrick, by the aid of which tho iron frame-work for tho sky-light woo drawn up, a hole , having boon cut in the platform to permit tbo trusses aud tie-rods to bo raised to tho required height. Throo of tho trusses had boon placed in posi tion on Saturday, and yesterday morning tho men engaged in adjusting tho skylight com menced work,. Two trusses had boon raised from tho first floor and allowed to rojt on tho platform. Thoy weigh about half a ton each, and .cnuHoquAntlr rendered tbo platform somowhat iinsoouro.l The Suporijßjndont know tho tnou Woro liable to overload lE7 and ho admonished them to be careful. Thoy paid no attention to him, however, and, while ho was in another part of the buildiug, hoisted up a third truss, and lowered It down on the platform. As soon as tho derrick was relieved of Us weight, there was a crocking noise, tho centre support of tho platform broke in two, and about sixty foot square of tbo platform fell to tho floor, 120 foot beneath. There woro three men on tho platform at the time, two of whom went with it. The other felt the timbers giving way beneath bis feet, and seized tho derrick-rope, near him. Terror made his grip firm, and ho wos pulled on to the roof bv those above him*. A man aud a boy wore walking across tbo rotunda when tho timbers and iron : beams came crashing down, both were near tho outer lino of tho open space; but not for enough away to escape. They were struck by boards, knocked down, and rendered unconscious by tbo blow. • • • Those employed about Hie building woro ter ribly frightened, aud did not for a moment or two realize what had taken place. ' Booing their comrades among tho debris, thoy approached them, but imagining tho remainder of the plat form would fall aud endanger their lives, they did not at once relievo them. They hesitated only a short time, removing tho debris which covered two of tho wounded, and carrying the four to tho places indicated above. Tho first one taken out was F. 0. Cole, who had been struck on tho breast by, tv board, and knocked senseless to tbo floor. Dr. Bond ex amined him, and thought ho was not seriously hurt. His hands and - head woro some what bruised, but bis principal injuries aro internal. He is agent for A. Ramsey & Co., of Montreal, who aro supplying the glass to bo used in the building. A moment boforo the ac cident ho loft a friend on tho sidewalk and en tered tho building to learn if a particular invoice of glass had been delivered, while passing tbo rotunda ho was struck by tho falling plank. Ho was removed to his boarding house, No. 767 Wabash avenue. Tho lad’s nemo is John Bonder. ITo had boon nt work on tho sky-light, hut camo down stairs to ffx the rope ou tho trusses. He is 16 yoars ol(l { and lives nt No. 183 Wright street. Hia in juries aro internal, but their extent ia not known. Phillip Minson, of No. 260 Forqner street, and William Cross, who lived on Orchard street, wore the two men who fell with the platform. The former had both logs broken and was injur ed internally. Ho died at his homo at 3 o’clock in tho afternoon. The latter had his loft leg broken in a dozen places, the bones protruding through the llcsh, and also sustained internal injuries. Ho died at half-past 12 o'clock, and his remains were taken to tho Morgue. Ho loaves a wife and live children. The men at work on tho platform wore re sponsible for tho accident; hut tho Superintend ent is, in a measure, censurable for not impress ing more indelibly upon their minds tho neces sity of carefulness. • The Coroner will hold an inquest on tho bodies of Minson and Cross to-day, and tho jury im panuolod will uuiloubtodly placo tho blame where it belongs. THE BOSTWICK-HESS SUIT. Tho Bill us to WiiiNtou Almost Dll* Yesterday was field day of a lively character in the Costwiok suit against Hess, which came up on exceptions by tho complainant to the plea of defendant Winston that ho was a hona-fldo purchaser. Mr. Coboy excepted that tlio ploawas not good or sufficient, and that it ought to discover tho facts connected with tho charges ia the bill to which the plea related (such as tho sales made by tho defendant Winston to others). Mr. Winston said, very emphatically, that bo proposed do do nothing of tho kind, and tho law did not require him to do so. as ho should bo prepared to show as soon as called upon by tho Court. Tbo Court desired to understand exactly what Mr. Boboy required. He euppo.ad It was that Mr. Winston should discover to tbo complainant tbo parties to whom bo bod mado transfers of tbo property bo had bought'? Mr. Cobey assented. Yester. Mr. Winston said this was a “fishing”bill ami ho waa not bound to altord «U the informal lion it Bought to got out ol him. Ho was not obliged, and did not intend, to dlaoovor hi, title. (To Mr. liolioy)—It la none of your hual- THE CHICAGO DAILY TRIBUNE: TUESDAY, A liiibjc'd. nciffl, fllr, to linhVMmin'nn about It. If I havo bought tho lantl Jrt good faith. .The Court said .tint foot, sot forth by the plea was that defendant wan a\ bona-fide purchaser, and tbo complainant executed that ho must dis cover more than.tlmt, his title, and to-wliomho had made transfers,. •*■'•, To that dofondam said, again, that, an to tlio promises, tho plaintiff had no claim whatever (widch tho Court had already sustained) pand-that, having no claim-thereto, ■ it hocamo of no consequence to hlmw}iat became, of the promises afterwards,’He was of opinion lliat tho idea did protect the defendant from dip*, oovory. The discovery that tho obmnlalhnnt'do fliredl would bo of no use to him. Tlio plea would bo allowed, aud tho bill dismissed as to Winston,- M r. Robey said that tho plea being aliowoddid not finally dispose of tho case. . The Court was of impression that was tho practice; and was confirmed by several members of tho bar. , Mr. Winston Insisted that this was Incorrect, and cited authorities. The Court referred to the authorities. Mr. Winston said ho was qulto willing to try tho issue at ouee. Mr. Robey wanted no concessions that woro not legally duo him. Ho assorted his right to answer totho plea; and that tho plea being ad mittod to bo good, did not necessarily dismiss tho bill as to Winutono. He supposed that tho proper order of tho Court wouitf bo. that the plea of tho defendant Winston is allowed, and complainant has so mauy days to answer plea. ”, r * Winston said no. If tho complainant “Osirod to go fiirthor with the cose, ho had no objection, but ho should bo prepared to do so at once. Ho had boon preparing tho caso long enough, and had boon In court long enough, to know that this would bo tho end of tbo pica. Ho came ready to reply that on answer was thing in order, and was armed with authorities; bo should also bo prepared . with tho answer. Ho would undertake to say that Mr. Robey know quite sufficient of tho case to sit down there and hi a few momenta draw out an answer. Mr. Robey said ho must have time. Tho Court said ho did not think that tho com plainant eould be ruled to answer instautor. Mr. Winston was going on to say that it was a blackmailing operation, when tho Court stopped him, and did not desire to hear epithets. Mr. Winston would havo tho case tried then and there. Mr. Campbell said tbo complainant had admit ted in open court that tho defendant had no caso, and ho should go on. ,i Finally, it was decided that tho Court boar Mr. Robey’s reply on Friday, or the bill La dis missed os to 'Winston. THE COUNTY BOARD. Tlio City Hall Plans tho Subject of au Afternoon’s Wrangle, Mr. Ashton Introduces Resolutions of a Some* what Extraordinary Character. The Board of County Commissioners mol yes terday afternoon, President Miller in tbo chair. Commissioners Jones, Roollo, and Russell were tho only absentees. • A communication was received from W. H. Dixon, offering to romovo, at hla own expense, tho debris of tho old Court-House, on condition that he has tho material, or he will pay SSOO for his pick of tho material. Tho proposition was rejected,.or, in other words, placed on file. A communication was received from tho Sa- porintondent of Public Oharitloa, recommending tbo planting of applo-troos, shade-trees, and grape-vines at the Poor-H6uso. Referred. ’ A communication was received from' James Murtlio, lote a Deputy Sheriff of LaSalle County, stating that ho twice brought to Chicago oiio John Hanuan, on a charge of bastardy, at an ex pense of $20.20, in which ho asks to bo reim bursed. • Referred to the . Committee on Judi ciary. ' ’. A communication was received, from the folio writers in tho Recorder’s office, asking,to bo paid each week. Referred to tho Committee ou Pub lic Records, ■ •• • . A communication was received from Robert Tumor, in charge of the Reform Sohool grounds, complaining that tho pay allowed him is too small. Ruforrod to tbo Committee On JTmauco. Richard Connell, who hod boon sent to Aurora to hunt up witnesses In tho capo Bill Wray, by direction of the State’s Attorney, and paid hotel bills amounting to sl2. asked to be made > good. Referred to the Committee on Finance. A claim of the Sisters of St.' Joseiih, for hos pital service rendered to poor people, was re forred to tlio- Committee on Hospital. -

Commissioner Ashton submitted the following: Whereas, The construction and erection of tlio now Oourt-ilouso and Olty Hall ht a matter of dcou concern to tbo entire people, and will require a large outlay of money from tbo Public Treasury; and It being nil Important to tbo city aud county that tbo building should ba commensurate with tbo prcscutaml future Uem&uda of our population and business, and that tbo building, when constructed, should bo a source of just pride of our whole people, and com mand (be admiration of the whole country, for dura bility, finish, convenience, and economy in the cost of construction; and that the tax-payers may bo satisfied that tho selection of tho plan ban been made with solo reforuncO'to tbolr common Interest, free from allcora blnutlous* whatever; therefore, bo It, Itesolved, That a select committee of two members from each division of the city be appointed by this Board to act with a like committee of the Common Council, together with the Mayor and Board of Public Works, and that, said committees select each ono prominent citizen from each division, aud one each from the towns outside of tbo city, who, when se lected, boforo they act, shall bo confirmed respectively by tbo Common Council and this Board, tbo whole to act us a joint committee to examiuo und Investigate tbo various plans submitted, and recommend to the Common Connell and this Board which, In their judg ment, of tbo whole plans submitted are throe entitled to tbo premiums to be awarded for the same, as nor advertisement of tbo city, county, aud Board of Publlo Works. • , lleeolved , That said joint committee shall call to tbolr assistance In tho diseburgo of tbuir duly as aforesaid three first-class disinterested architects—ono from Now York, ono from Boston, and ouo from Cincinnati lleeolved. That tbo public bo admitted to view tho various plans ou exhibition tacb day, except Sunday from oa.m.to Ip. m., until otherwise ordered: and tbu all previous action of this Board, and any cow. mltteo thereof in coulllct herewith, be, and tbo same 1b hereby rescinded; provided, that nothing heroin contained shall bo construed as in any manner affect ing tho offer of the city, county, and Board of-Public Works, uu to the amounts to bo awarded for tbo throo best plans submitted, os per advertisement of tbo city and county authorities berutoforo mado; aud, provid ed further, that upon all questions to bo determined by said Joint committee aforesaid, the veto of tho city and county shall bo equal in number. lleeolved, That the Clerk of this 'Board bo' required to present a certified copy of tbo foregoing to tho Com man Council of Chicago, and ask tbolr concurrence therein. Commissioner Galloway said it was very- Im portant that the people should bo consulted in tills matter, and ho moved, os an amendment that tho choice of the Committee bo submitted to tho people of Cook County at tho next annual oloction. . President Miller (Commlasloner Boguo In the chair) said that the Board was llrraly bound by the original advortiuemout, and It was folly to complicato tho matter. After tho subject bad boon discussed, ho should move to lay the reso lutions on tho tablo. Commissioner Aahton denied that the Board 'was legally liable la the matter, lie said this both aa a Commissioner and a lawyer. Commissioner Harrison said that the resolu- tions themselves contemplated, or, at least, rendered possible, the biggest hind of a ring. Ho bad boon told by a member of the Common Connell Building Committee that ho know the authors of ono or two of the plans on exhibi tion, and ho wanted to say that that committeeman was derelict in his duty when he permitted him self to bo so informed. Commissioner Bogue warmly resented the Implication, put forth by Mr. Ashton, that mem bers of tho Building Committee have boon but tonholed by architects. • Commissioner Galloway moved to lay tho whole subject on tho table. The resolution was carried by a voto of 8 to 4, Commissioners Ashton, Crawford, Hortlng, ami Pahlman voting in the negative. Commissioner Harrison offered a resolution providing that tiokota be issued admitting tho public to the room in which tho plans are on exhibition, providing no objections are made by the Common Council and the owners of the Ken tucky Block—admission to be allowed between the hours of 9a. m. and Ip. m. The motion prevailed Tho Board adjourned until this afternoon at 3 o’clock. —Wo have report of a singular action on tho ease about to ho tried at East St. Louis. In 1870, workmen employed In the erection of the Van dalia A Terre Haute Ilailroad depot were taken sick, and, several of them dying, it was ascer tained that tho sickness and death wero occa sioned by the poisons (corrosive sublimate and arsenic) used in preparation of the timber to render it durable. One of the carpenters now sues the contractors for §BO,OOO damages. ■ML i, 1873. THE COURTS. i V ! ; I i!: ' ■ • i I I s ! :’ . The Accounts of (lie Republic Insm ' !' niico Company. A Chancery Suit Eighteen Tears Old Restored. Bankruptcy anil General Kotos- Now Suits. A copy of ft bill In chancery first filed In 1854, Wftß yesterday restored in the Circuit Court, iu tbo cause Amy Powers y. James Kapler. Tho complainant sues for tbo laud cbo occupies In Loy don Contro, whore sbo aaya alio wan living as tbo nnatroßß of tbo defendant. Sbo affirms that sbo bought tbo land with her own money, that olio made valuable improvements with bor own labor, that she gave defendant money to buy ftnotbor pioco of land wltb, and that tbo very furniture was bora, being romovod to tbo houdo from Chi cago, wboro sbo bad also boon living with him under promiao of marriage. EUio charges that defendant got tbo title to tbo lands la bis own name, and that bo finally loft bor, and' ran away to Indiana with another woman, with whom ho Is now living As bis wife. Tbo defend ant answering says categorically that every state ment made is false, and that tbo land was purchased out of bio own earnings, and belongs to him ; and that all tbo funilturo complainant bad did not exceed SSO 5 that sbo was novor In duced to go to Leyden Contro to llvo under promise .of marriage} that bo allowed bor to llvo on tbo land under a nowor of attorney, and that wbon bo wont to Indiana with his present wife, tbo complainant wilfully and maliciously de stroyed bis property by tearing down tbo fences and burning thorn for firewood, and felling tbo growing timber, all of which bo considers a good answer. TRIAL or A lUILHOAD CASE. Tlic action for $5,000 damages, brought by Mrs. Hustin. - before Judge Tree, against tho Chicago, Hock Island & Pacific Railroad Compa ny, for tbo loss of bor husband by being run over by one of the Company's firo engines, causes tho speculative mind to weigh tbo rola tlvo value of husbands and wives Ju Chicago In ono court Is a relict, bereft of all that was most dear to her. seeking to revenge herself upon the proprietors of tbo ruthless locomotive which deprived him of life by having them mulcted in tho largo sum of money already, mentioned. In another court/ within earshot, are daily .filed sev eral applications, from what onght to bo blessed benedicts praying to bo separated from their naughtier halves. Tbo average expense attending each suit is, probably, SIOO, and tbo problem naturally arises, if a husband is valued at $5,000 and a wife is forcibly manumitted at a cost- of SIOO, .what, is thoir relative value? However that may bo, Mrs. Austin considers that her claim is a just ono, and her counsel are working hard to fasten tho responsibility of bis death upon tho railroad Company. Tbo accl-’ dent occurred wbilo an engineer was shunting’ cars in tho Company’s yard. The deceased, on tho Utb of. August, 1871, .was walking along tho track, wbon bo found himself standing midway between two trains, on separate tracks, coming in opposite directions. Ho foil under tbo wiieola of tbo 0.,8. I. .tP. R. R.Co.’a engine, and both logs wore severed from his • body. Tho main point of tho plaintiffs counsel rests on an assumption that tbo train was going faster than it ought under tbo circumstances. The case will probably conclude to-day. THE REPUBLIC *INSD»ANCE COiIPASY, Tbo report of tbo Areignoo of tbo Republic In surance Company, for tho month of March was yesterday filed with tbo Reporter. It makes tbo following exhibit: Balance in band, Fob. 23. 55 017.35 Total sum received from atockhoUlera 80*90(5/73 Total turn received from agcnoy accounts. Total Bum received from bllla receivable.. 1 ivn'fi 1 Sundries ’ £75 Total . $l3B 410 02 Expenditure-including salaries, petty UfV- ’ Uursoraonte, advertising in Jntcr-Ocean, $137.00, and Journal, $l2O, $ 1 033.07 Leaving cash on land $137,300.83 Tho cash is’thuß distributed: In Second National Dank*. 03,773,05 National Bunk of 111in0i5....... 50,000.00 D.-noalU for eosda In suits 5,000.00 Gulrcncy and tlmo-chccka in ofllco. 4,023.80 T0ta1.....' .....$137,300.85 SAXKXVPrCY MATTERS. In tho matter of Root & Cady, tho order con firming tho Bale of the bankrupts’ property was mudo absolute, ami the Assignee was dirootod to make deeds to purchasers. •. - An order of discharge of Edward Pomeroy ii tho matter of Frank R. Chandler ot al. was yesterday made. * Tho application for set-off of B. T. Atwater in tho matter of tho Merchants’ Insurance Com pany, was yostorduy allowed. In the matter of Blandish D. OomiHh, bank rupt, Horatio Platt was .yosiorday elected As signee. The jury in tho United States Circuit Court to try the calendar for tho March term, will commence to sot on tho 15th inatant. Judge IlopJdus, of Madison, Wia., will preside. GENERAL NOTES, Tho case of Courtney vb. tho Bomou Oatliolic Bishop of Ohicr.go, before Judge Booth, is still progressing slowly. Sovoral witnesses wore ex amined yostorday. Mr. Buaaoy, of tho firm of Bussey & Stirkovaut, who finished tho work loft uudouo by Courtney, testified to tbo amount of work remaining, and waa followed to tho samo effect by J. Buck, who was tho foreman of Oourtnoyiu the lob. Father Conway was also placed in tho box and re-examined with regard to the same point. Tho evidence throughout is of a deeply uninteresting nature to any butoontractom and exports In tho bricklaying lino. Tho case will probably take all of to-morrow before a ver dict is rendered. The case of JloWnaon and others v. tho Oi ty of Chicago, is Icftlo arbitration, before Mr.Gard nor. ami opened iu tho Court-room of Judgo Williams yesterday momiug. Tho plaintiffs aro tbo owners of tho echoouer “Trueman Mohb” which, iu going up tho Chicago llivor Jaat May, was caught by tho Eighteenth atrcot bridge, m massing, and buffered a general araaah-up among nor anava and rigging. Tho point at iaauo is whether tho bridge waa or waa nob properly caat. Tho damagoa are laid ,at 61,500. All tho evi dence haa boon hoard, and will bo taken into coufiideration by Mr. Gardner, who baa ordered a chart of tiro bridge and tho river to be made to assist him iu the decision, which will bo render ed in a few days. In tbo case of Foromann v. Sulkoy & Co., be fore Judge Porter, -a vordiot waa rendered for tho defendants. Plaintiff sued on a balance of hoiwo rent, which the dofendanta declined to pay, on account of an alleged defect in the roof of tho house, whloh resulted in a leak, and con siderable damage and discomfort. Tho plaintiff moved for now trial. The case of Jochon v. Kolin, raochanio’s lion 8800, before Judgo Porter, was submitted to a jury of eight. Tho case will bo continued this morning. Thocaaoof ifa Evening Mail against tho es tate of E. 11. Stein, in tuo County Court,' was compromised yesterday morning, the newspaper accepting,s2-13 in full of account rendered. • Approval via a yesterday granted on tho appli cation of Buhsol Andrus, guardian of Frank A. Martin, a minor, in tho County Court, of a loon to John Hcmaloy of ©1,291, for throo years, at 10 per cent, upon tho security of trust dead on no Hof no % Soo. 85, 42, u r 12, o t Bn. Tho application of James O’Connor to bo ap pointed guardian to Ellon O’Connor ot al minors, in the County Court, was continued to tho Bth of April. James Albert Lewis, a minor, by John Lewis, his next friend, yesterday commenced suit in case, in tho Circuit Court. §IO.OOO damages, agaluat Charles 8. Tappan, Tosh W. Wadsworth* aud Samuel Keith, otherwise tho West Side Stage Company. Lovin & Lewis, yesterday, commenced a snlt against Abraham Onpenstoin, in tho Circuit Court, in trespass, SIO,OOO damages. The suppressed oases of last Saturday, In tho Circuit Court, wo as follow: People of tho State v. Joseph B. Ditto. Wm. P. Harris, and »in. Jaoeor, debt and damages, $24,300.44; Some v. Martin Van Allen, Mortimer A. Frisboo Andrew J. Galloway, and Albert O. Odell, debt and damages, §118,030.52 : and Bam# v. Alex. L. Morrison, Chau. P. McKay, Francis Agnaw, ami 9128?. aicenbftUJn » del,t * n(l damages, §l,BOl, NEW SUITS. Tub United Status Ouicoit* Oouht—Mtirto An toimjt. liocktulay v. W. J. AnU ot »!.; covenant, Tub Oniaoir CouaT-0,317-James Albert Lewis, a minor, by John Luwls, Us next friend, v. Charles ?• Tappan, testator; W. Wadsworth and Samuel Keith, partners lu tho West Bide Blues Company; trespass on tho auie, $15,000. 0,318-Levin ii Lewis T. Abraham pppeustclu; trespass; SIO,OOO, 6,319 TlhbUts v. Warren F. Culver; assumjiill, sjoo, 6,J2o—Felix Kauffmaun at al, v. Peter itoilur: assmupHli, |SUO, o,33l—William O. Grant, executor estate, Jute Uoaroe O, Sherman; application to restore q,naQ ■Trmo E, Ejtiloi v,uaa—r,. Eyalor v. Benjamin' Eyirte*: divorce cm ground of adultery and cruelty, 0,323 .iw? v * Thomna Grant; lre«j)M/j On ilio ensa', f uW)O.I o,o24—Withhold tot aervloo.' • 6,B2s—Robbrt , .i*ftitoh (and < Ign&Miw Wooln«r ▼. B. 11.: rdrrarl teM ’W ¥ M ‘0 Inclusive—Appeal!, I fVH?,7n VI^ u ° Ur H v * W Viul,,or j wdoh M .j‘ Hall; i t T o H^ flr Tl rr ’ ccbfttl,callc n. 0,JJ30-nMtor6d anneal I au«i7r <f ,C r. v * « m «“ { roatored bill and ' V “ l<,rman T ■VT*,r,RuI ’“'°“ CuuilT.r-42,6M-SaraU W Comnton J2wiMM?hrw' >U An ll '” r ' :oon » rollail ofn'lulurj. Tiling ™ W - T. Lmonr.o D. Gilman : 42 IM-L Sr B n «,M4-Ajli“l! lia’pora. 42 BSIU-toi™ Sf! Itoreycuf'V oV(Vl°r7cn“0 V (Vl°r7cn“ W “ aral i K ls ' ■ «.887-Nol/o 0. Smith ° l& 43 saSnn’lr. dl a? rco Tr f? around of dMtrllon, •j'Ssa—inuip . Jl, . Rnlahman - and Lovi Baum IlVoinwi“’“’"ta'li woo.' 42,88Wullun 3> ilolJorlß v, Nathan 8, Geno 5 aasuninnlL’s2.4oo 4a non on swbVpMs:- » THE TOWN ELECTIONS. How, When,. Where, and for Whom to -Vote To-day* ' Tlio Necessity of Electing Honesl and Efficient Officials. Unless Tax-Payors Turn Out tho Bum mera Will Win the Battle. ,Th» town elections In tho tonne of Woet, North, ftnd South Chicago will bo hold- to-day. Prior to tho odoption of tho now constitution thoso olootlone woro, by virtue of a apodal law, hold In November, but Its roponl' has necessi tated tho holding thorn at tho santo time an in tho root of thoSlato. Botwoon 9 and 10 o’clock tho citizens of each of theso towns—moaning those who have lived thoro thirty blp inm body at tho places of mooting, and are called to order,by tho Town Olork, after which they elect Modoratoro, or presiding offleore, who are sworn to tho faithful discharge of tholr du ties. Tho Moderator roguloloa tho bnainoss, and declares all votes. When Ida decision is questioned ho can cauao tho ‘ voters' present to rise and bo counted. ' This election of a presiding officer io all that can bo done till 2 o’clock, at which- hour, or as Boon thereafter as the voters ploaso, tbo general business of tbo day may begin. In addition to electing -various officers, tbo electors bavo power to-direct tho Institution and dofonao of salts at law, or in equity; to ■ make such regulations and allow such towards for tbo destruction of Canada thistles, etc., as they may think proper; to establish pounds jto decide what shall bo a lawful fence ; to build fridges, etc., and to Impose taxes for those purposes as , well as for tbo salaries of town officers, etc. In order to protect tbo freemen In tho enjoyment, of their right of suffrage, they are privileged from arrest to-day, except for treason, felony, or a breach of tbo peace. If any one misconducts himself ot tbo moetjog, tho Moderator may order him to .leave, and if ho does not, may order a constable or somebody else, to take him away and keep him shut up ‘HU the mooting ‘is over. After.. tbo town tax for tho year has boon voted, tho town .mooting proceeds to elect an Assessor, Collector, Supervision and Town Clerk, and as many Constables as they are en titled to, tbo West Town having fifteen, tho" horth seven, and tho South nine. This voting is by ballot, a poll list being kept by the clerk of ■ tbo meeting, on which the name, of each person voting is entered. Tho polls may bo closed .at four unless tho voters oloot to keep them open longer. When finally dosed tho'Modorator pub licly canvasses'tho vote, and .when it is comple ted, tho clerk reads .the result to the mooting. If any person elected Supervisor, Town Clerk ’ OT . • f H® eaHor » rcfuoea to servo, he forfeits tho sum of $26. i . In view of the Importance of some of those * olUcpa, especially Assessor, Collector, and Con- Btabloa, numerous nominees have been put in the field, at a dozen different mootinga. Those of the old incumbents who wore fortunate enough to stand well with the Republican Cen tral Committee, got on tho regular ticket, but some of them, having made enemies, wore Blß J l 6htorod. Julius llodbortua had wronged Aid. -Prank Warren, a member of the Committee, by refusing to cut. down tho valuation of hiu livery-stable to an uuroasouablo figure, and J/mik kept his promise to pay him off for it. A. L. Morrlfiorfwas out of the question with the Committee, since ho was a'toniperauco mpn. ' SIIIK CANDIDATES. > - • Abe eat bide candidates are as follows: IH4?mSi V tt^jsS‘ rora, Loul ' Am,Mr * iiAn •.ua-KtaTMi&Sf' A - BaU ” ,ary - J0MI " 1 1 » ■■* “«>- *• *?** * O Helen, William Williams, Jo IClimey, J 0 Klvn - S» nr Jr al i C^ J •^•^S, cer » W • I^cli J. 8. Scan* n ,l i S v 1: '** IloC T Vfo / ,, 5 1 . ,t011 Forb08 » Q«orco W. Silver, B. B. Norton, Louis Scbwercnolb, Anpuat Blaltuer, J Wortli, Jeremiah Houlihan, Redmond Sheridan. Edwin M llcr, Potor Louis Eboraold, W. Swiaburn Mike ainvin, 0. V, . Ellis, J. Schmidt, John-lleanin, 8 J.llwiuomFrnijclß T, Flanigan, H, W. Harris, John, Hooloy, M, 0 Oalabnu, R. Isaacs, James Stanton, Fat Uuvpby, U. W. Rovco. ' Tho following ticket ought to bo elected: vla3f«uor—Oeorgo F. Foster, Supervisor— John 0. Ililhwj, , , Collector —A. L. Morrison, Town Vlerh— 001, Swallow,. Tiio place of moating is in thb Masonic Tern plo, comor of Hatstod and Randolph streets, BOUT II SIDE CANDIDATES. Tho candidate!! in the South Town are: Atuessor—T. 0. Yl'atling, 'Jullua Bodborttu. W. H B. Gray. _ . * Collector— John W. Tappcn, P. hi. Cleary &'u;^rvfdor—Olmrlea Poliaiißbco, U. Loowentha! Town Clerk— Sam D&vom>ort. Peter a, Witt. John Jones. ' Of those, Messrs. Gray, Cleary, LoowenthaL and Jouoa are excellent men. Constables— o: 0. McLean, F. Kohoul, Fred Lto praudt, George A. Hartman, Iko. Hartman. U. U. Wal lace, J. l\ Tunison, James GaUagLor, John R. Matthoy. PUilili heeler, Henry Host, John Morno,'Peter H. Con ley, Morris Crane. O. G. Chllcott,- John Allen. The town meeting will be hold in Burlington Hall. NORTH SIDE CANDIDATES. In tho Nbrtli Town, tho candidates arc: A tumor— Albert Patch, J, T. Appleby. Collector —Jacob Lougacher, John Murphy, Col. Ezra Taylor. Suneroltm— Polor Muhr, Robert Kenny, James IlamUoy. 1 3’oicn Clerk—3. J, IloaJoy, H, Callaghan, John Wagner. ’ CMiataMra—Charles Hoerel, Charles Undine*, N. Dtioao, N. Plotke, L. Bartels. Thomas McMahon, John 11. Thomas, Louis Murtho, Thomas O’Leary, Qeoriro B. Baynes, Jamoa p. Oolllai, Patrick Delaney, James Con way* Patrick Daley. Louis MorlnU, John Berry, Thomas Moran, 020 BomZJckaon. A respootablo ticket is: Jeaesaor— OharlesL. Woodman, Collector—Uztb Taylor. Snpervl&or—F. Lxckner. Town Clerk—U, Callaghan, The place of mooting is la Turner Hall. Since the power of those mootings to veto taxes for the objects within their jurisdiction is very broad, the fifty odd thousand property holders of the three towns had bettor Join them selves into thosothroo places of mooting, and stay there till the taxes for 1873 are voted, in order that a sound of saloon-keepers, would-he-Oon etablos, 'longshoremen, and loafers, may not im pose unnecessary burdens on thorn for the bone lit of a fow ofllco-Uoldoiu Hydrophobia lu England* It appears from the report recently issued by the English llogiatm General that, in England and Wales, there wore 82 deaths from hydro phobia in 1870, all of which occurred In the north, there being none in tljo counties lying south of tho Trent. According to this report, hydrophobia comoa and goes in periods. Thirty years ago it seems to bavo bad a so&sonof preva lence ; for In tho flvo years of 1838-42. there were 73 deaths in England and Wales from this disease, averaging nearly IB a year—the range being from 7to 24. Tho causes of death for the next four years were not made (he subject of ab stract, but there seems to have been a period of but few deaths from hydrophobia, as there were only five in 1847, and seven In 1818. In tho seven years, 1842-55, the deaths rose to 111, aver aging 10 a year. In the next eight years, 1850- 03, the deaths from hydrophobia feu to 20, aver sglng only three a year, aud ranging from 1 to 6. Xu the next seven years. 1804-70, this malady prevailed again, and the deaths wore 184, amng 10 a yew, the largest number, 83, being in lo7U. Ron*' tin'ls: , THE ENGLISH FORGERIES. i /■. r Byron A, Bidwell and George Bid well, alias Horton, Known to tiliioago. Operations of the Firm of Eld wcil & Co. In the West. Interesting Notes from the Diary of an Ex-Chicago Detective. ' . It y onl 4 scorn that nothing of importance ooutd occur in cithor Europo or America unless yPicago, .morally..or criminally, assisted lu Uu oo- Tho Dank of England forgeries S 7 Crst supposed to bo tho work of Bharp Lit . 11 i 1)111 woro oubHOouon tly attribu IhoTllve.ii,' > f “'“sangaro Ohioa|oana-at least wealth by speculations dotailbd bolow. With tho , m " r , n which tho forgers operated, thoirilfgbt with between MOO.OOO and MOO,OOO in United of nna b nf” « ona . G T° r "ocnrltloa, and tho arrest vLt ! 11 LondGn . Of another in Now York, and a third in Havana, tho rcadora of Tim InmuNE aro already familiar. Tim chlof of tho gang-tho follow who furnishes • tho brain- England afnn' ? Gohomo -'™ boown in oZ fS s ‘" Horton.” Bla right name, how ovor, is boliovcd to bo Goorgo Bidwoll. nia brother, Dyron Austin Bidwoll, has boon arrested drof al n ha , f , 0rn ’ er , il! “ n ‘oeonioua sooun . n..T mt ,rom tho boU “okB and ouoobsa of h s “little gameand tho name Bidwoll an poaring to bo familiar to an old dolootlvo of this city, ho oiarainod his diary, and oamo to" tho conclusion that ho-'know him very well. From lids officer tho oiroumatancos subiolnod woro obtained j * In , 1805, , there appeared in Chicago a family k named . Bidwoll, - who routed a nouBQ on Eighteenth Btreot, near tho breakwater, aud immediately took poasoa blou, . Tho. male • members' wore two' eona named George and Byron Austin, and a, man, whoso name is hot remembered diotiuctly, but is probably tho MacDonnoll now under arrest In Now York for participation in tho forgeries. The brothers commenced working in their peculiar lino, which, at that time, was appropriating property which did not belong to them, and Doll ing it for tho benefit of themselves and others , associated with them. George for some reason, possibly because ho was tho moot active, ob tained tho largest dividends, ond In two yean boasted that hb had modo SICO,OOO. The clan, gang, Arm, or whatever they may ho called, oc cupied a small office in a small building on' South -Water street. Tho name- Bldwoll & Co., was painted on a email tin sign, beneath that of a respectable firm, but sep arated from it by a dash. Byron always remained in tho “office," aud George traveled for the “bouse." Tho latter Journeyed into tho interior of Illinois, aud purchased tobacco, chooso, eggs, flour, and everything ho could, on credit, order ing tho articles to bo shipped “to his place of business on South Water street." Byron A. was present when they wore delivered, and indus triously devoted himself to craning the Arm's name and substituting that of a copartner (sup posed to bo MacDonnoll) iu Canada, whither tho packages wore expressed, and their contents sold’for cash. Tho business was unique aud very profitable, in fact all profit, as no money was invested, and none paid out. Complaints wore occasionally made to tho police authorities by tho victims, but the city detectives could never got on tho track of tho firm. In Decora .bor, ItiUG, George purchased tobacco of tho value of $7,000 from a Quincy merchant, and gave a sight draft iu payment, requesting, however, that it bo not sent to Chicago to be cashed until ton days had passed. Tho merchant obipped tho tobacco iu accordance with Bidwoll’s order. Being of a suspicious nature, ho followed tbo tobacco, and called at lUo “office” on South Water Etroob to got his money. The firm wore out," and. not making their appoarauco that day or tho next, tho citizen from Qmnoy became, alarmed, .aud visited Cant. Turtle’s office, and en gaged him to find tbo tobacco or tho Bidwolls. A detective learned that the former was still at the railroad depot, and orders wove given not to allow it to bo removed. The search for the firm then commenced, and it was ascertained that they lived on Eighteenth Gtroot, near tho lako shore, as stated above. Tbo brothers wore un usually astute, and did not show themselves. Having located thorn, ono evening a raid was made on tho house, with a view of seeing if thoro was any stolon property concealed in it. Upon entering, tho ofiicoraworo gratified boyotidmoas ,uro at finding George Bidvvcll there. He made an effort to escape, but a revolver presented at iiia head caused him to reconsider his determination. Nearly $20,000 worth of wines and cigars were found in tho house. Tho prisoner was searched aud then taken to Cant. ■Turtle’s office. Ho had plenty of money, and, disliking to go to jail, requested that lie bo sent ;to some hotel aud allowed to remain thoro until tho.Qninoy authorities came for him. Ho wan SemiUtod to'go.to tho Briggs House, and staid loro in custody of two detectives for threo -•weeks. They: lived sumptuously: had cham pagnq for, breakfast and dinner; but tho hoard blip remains unpaid to this day. Bidwoll wan very communicative, aud told tho officers all about his operations and of his success.- When iu Qmnoy, on tho way to tho Jail, ho offered tho detective who had him -in - charge $2,000 if , ho would “ stop around tho cor ,nor." Tho incorruptible officer declined to connive at his escape, and placed him in the hands of tho Sheriff. While iu the. Jail Bidwoll shaved off his whiskers and procured a suit of now clothes. Ono morning ho was missing. It was said ho “ picked tho lock " of his coil-door. Greenbacks avo hotter than any tools if a person desires to escape from prison, provided tho iudl-' viduai in charge is willing to add a few hundred dollars to hia income. Efforts, wore made to ro arrost Bidwoll, but they wore unsuccessful. He was engaged to bo-married to; a young lady who lived in Hartford, Conn., nnd'was heard from six mouths afterwards, while in that city. Tho people at tho house on Eighteenth street said ho had gone to Europe, and would not return for several years. Two. married slaters of his aro now living in Chicago. Thfiy are respectable, and doubtless deplore th 6 notoriety which tbo family nauio has obtained through tho villainy of tho brothers. JUSTICES AND CONSTABLES.* Opinion of tho AttornoyidSonoral— Voiiiitalilos Slvctod Silica llio Adoju tiou of llio New GonnUtution £u«i» tied to SKold Xlieir Office for Four Yearn. The Attorney-General of Uliuoiß lias mldroßaoa tho following opinion to County Attorney Hoot, in reply«to a letter from tho latter asking hie ideas on tho matters in question]: Tho hut proviso to Sactlou 1 of the Jaw of 1873, relative to tho election of Justices of the Poaco and. Couslobloa. Is In these words: “Provided. there shall ho elected In each of tho towns In which la contained the City of Chicago, or any part thereof, one Constable and no more for each 10,000 Inhabitants of such towns, at tho earns time and la tho satno manner provided In this section.” I think this was Intended to limit tho number of such Constables to a number not excocdlun one for each 10,000 Inhabitants In each of said towns. If this Is not the proper construction, It would seem to bo necessary to elect atlcsst two (Instead of one) ad ditional Constables for each town, as proscribed la tbs socUoa for towns generally. I am clearly of opinion that Constables elected since tho adoption of the Constitution of 1810 are entitled to hold their offices for four years. They are protected by the same provisions of tho Constitu tion us Justice of the Peace, amt cannot be legislated out of olllco. Constables elected prior to tho adoption of the Constitution of 1870 stand upon » dltferent foot ing. Thero was nothing In the Constitution of 1848 proscribing tho length of tho oiUclal term of a Oonsta bie. Iho statute, however, Used tho term at four years. The rule Is, that, where tho length of an official terra Is Oxcd by statute, It remains wholly within the control of the Legislature. But whore tho office Is cro ated, and length of official term Is fixed by the OonnU- Intlon, the Legislature cannot abridge thooffiolal term JrS } ‘. ucl , 1 Constables are within the ?K? t _°i 1 S ® c * 60/tllB,clle . (Ull# to th# Constitution of JSifiA» a fcr ®. c^ B «T‘ently entitled to hold out their fall term, notwithstanding tho elsctlou of other Con stables under tho law 0f1873. —Not moro than fifty pensoni attended the hanging of Aom Lockett, which look place at .Linden, Ala., raoently. Tom made an eloquent ■poach, and died easily. Th® Marengo Journal apostrophized the buu and the trees, biddlnK them- farewell; ami, turning to the bueriff, as the cap was. being drawn over hit headt laid, ‘ Mr. Sheriff, de your duty.* 11

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