Newspaper of Chicago Daily Tribune, May 17, 1873, Page 2

Newspaper of Chicago Daily Tribune dated May 17, 1873 Page 2
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2 A NEW RAILROAD IMBROGLIO^ Tlio Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroutf Ro- fuso tlio St. Croix Lnud-flrant. Official Letter of tlis Company to C Qov. ’.Waßliburn. r lndignant ; ; Comments pf : , the > Press; Extra Session of tho Legislaturo ■ ) 1 Demanded; ‘ •BWrniW UaiUton (WO.)'Journal, May 16. ' Tko following 1 copy of a communication ro cblvqdaltho EiocutiTo oftlco to-day has boon furnißliod ub : • i . Milwaukee a Br. Paxil RAitWAT,| G*NEI«AL AUNAOKIX’B OEklO*. > Milwaukee, Slay J<» 187J.J ’ 'mt Rcctlltnev, C, C. Governor Wi9~ act of the Legislature of WisMUsincf 17lh of March, 1873, conferring tboßO-cMloii au Land-Granl uponlbls Company, bus been _dul> cou lldercd hy tho Board of Director*, at ameeting *?T oontly hold in New York, and I am dlreeled to luform tout Excellency that they cannot accept, tbo grant ■' npfn M tS proposed, ror tho following, among Ct I)y Umfourth flection of an act of . • ’ rirnvfttl tuna 3 1850. entitled “An act granting public Wsconsln. A 0..« prov d.j • fot tho.conatraoUon of a road from Iho -Dt. Croix . Hirer or Lake to Lake Superior, it 1b .proviaoa^ma*, • "if said roads ore not completed within ton ywra^no .; further sales shall bo made, and tho landa nnsold anau revert to the United Slates." aoatrrt ssf atv. ' Jjy ilnvfiflb Boollon of another act of n» i • ptoved tho Slh of May, IBM. ontitied •AJ “'JSXm • ianCiß to aid in the construction of certain raur ..Taft SSKfi bo act of tho 17tS of March toS »"« Oomnanv ondhylho terms of tho provisions above quoted, tho road not havfcff been completed, the latlda havo reverted to the • U ft the Circuit Court of tho United States • for tho State of Minnesota, in dime last, in the eases of ; Harrimon v. Schulouborg, and the Bamo v., Schow, ; held that the legal lillo to (he lands • (embraced in the Land-Grant) was Jn the Slate of nnlll other • wise determined, either Iy a decree of tho Court, or by i an act ot Cougreof. . l , . : 1 ~ J Iboso Judgments have been appealed from, and tho . uppeals are now pending in (ho Supremo Court of the- United Stales at Woshinglion. . If the judgment of the Circuit Court should bo af firmed, the title of tho State would undoubtedly, bo. perfect, but otherwise an net of Congress would bo necessary, which might bo difficult to obtain,’with tho feeling now prevailing against the making of further' land-grants by. Congress, It is well known that two unsuccessful attempts have already boon made t? ex tend tho time for tho completing of this road, and it is, fair to presume that any further efforts would meet With the same ill success. Until a favorable judgment Is rendered by tho Su premo Court, or an not bo passed by Congress further extending tho time for tho completion of tho road, so • great a doubt will rest upon tho title, that tho Directors ’ deem it impossible to obtain tho necessary-.means to complete the road. In addition to tho above, tho Directors are informed, unofficially, that neither tuo Secretary of the Interior, nor lie Attorney-General agree with tbo Circuit Court, but both hold that tho title to tho lands lain tho United' Stales, and not in the State of' Wisconsin, and that both these officers will bo governed by. their view of tho law, until otherwise determined by tho Supremo Court. It is believed that the Deportment of tho Interior is only deterred from resuming tho grant out of cour teny to the Circuit Court, over which,at tho trial of tho cases nlo.o referred to, ouo of tho Justices of the Su preme Court prcHldod. .These views of th« Secretary of the Interior and tho Attorney-General, and tho fact that an appeal bad been taken In these casus, were uot known till after the adjournment of tho Legislature. , Wo regret that we cannot accept the grant, for which wo labored In good faith, and hoped, until re , ccutly, that we would feel warranted in accepting. . If hereafter, either by an act of Congress or the de termination of tho Supremo Court, tbo lillo of tho State to theso lauds should be confirmed, wo would bo willing to accopt tbo grant, n reasonable timo being allowed to complete tho road. Very respectfully, your Bbedicut servant, Alex. Mitchell, * , President M. & St. P. It'y. Tho document contains a goodly number of words, but very little substance. It may bo very briefly summed up, aa follows: Tho timo pro-, scribed in tbo aotu of Congress granting lauds • for tho building of a railroad from tho Bt. Croix BivortoLako Superior has expired; Congress . has declined to renew tho grant and extend tho timo; the decision of Justice Miller,’ in tho . United States Circuit Court for Minnesota, is tho ground on which tho State bases its title to —~~tho lands in question; that decision has boon appealed from to tho United States Supremo ' Court; it is surmised that tho United States< . Secretary of tho Interior and Attorney-General . have a different opinion on tho title to tho lands from Judge Miller; tho Stato's titlo to tho landa being thus oloudod, tho Company do not regard it good enough to base the building of a railroad upon. , All those things were as true when tho Com pany made such desperate efforts to secure tho j grant from tho last Logiolature, as they ore now. ! Tho lamo excuse for so earnestly asking that, & 1 fow weeks ago, the acceptance of which is do . dined, is iguoranoo that an appeal had boon taken from tho decision of tbo Circuit Court to tho United States Supremo Court, and that tho United States land and law ofllcortt questioned tbo validity of tho Stale’s titlo. Tiiat is alto gether “ too thin” an oxcuno. Gov. Washburn, m his annual message, in referring to this sub ject, referred to tho decision of Judge Miller, aud said: The cases wore appealed to tbo Supreme Court of tbo United Slates, and it is hoped that a final decision may bo reached ot an early day. In (ho meantime, a eimlJar question has been decided by that Court quito recently, involving the rights of tho Cherokee Indians to lauds that were claimed to have boon forfeited, which decision seems to settle tho question of the St. Croix 4: Lake Superior grant in favor of the State, und should no decision in our case bo obtained before \uur adjournment, I think that it will bo safe to as : sumo that tbo lauds belong to tho State, and moko ' such disposition la regard to them os will Insure tho • ‘ building of tbo road. The fact of thin appeal was perfectly well known to nil woll-informod people who pad given the subject any attention, and if the at torneys of the Milwaukee & St. Paul Bailroad Company did hot call tho attention of its man agora to it. .they woro derelict iu their duly to their employers. ’ • ■ • T Ae to tuo opinions of the Secretary of tho in terior and the Attorney-General, it was as easy to ascertain them during tho weeks this matter was , ponding before' tbo last Legiaturo aa now, and wo do not believe the Milwaukee it St, Paul Com pany have any reliable.information bn t_ho_ sub ject now. Tho Attorney-General distinctly stated, months ago, that ho should not give any opinion on tho question, because • it was ponding before tbo United States Supremo Court. It will bo aeon that thia ia a very different doc ument from what was foreshadowed by the Mill waukeo AVws in Us publication. Tho action of tbo Company is based on one reason only,- the insufficiency of the State’s title,, and XT'osidonb Mitchell estops tho Company from pleading any other excuse for its gross broaohof faith to the people of Wisconsin by coolly intimating a will ingness to accopt Iho grant, with its conuiUono, whenever tbo title of tbo Stale is confirmed. Wo reserve further comment on this subject,, and what is likely to bo done about tholaud-j grant and tho road it was meant to buihb till an other day, simply remarking now that tho Jour nal,in advocating another disposition cf iholaud grant ia fully vindicated ; and that oMifoaaious of tho press of tho State, some of widen wo m * tended to publish to-day, but which are crowded out, Indicate that the Milwaukee fc St. Paul Company has succeeded in arousing tho indigna tion of tho people of Wisconsin to an unprece dented degree. From the JJ/bmutore Sentinel, Mug lo. Tbo reasons ' aaHlgnod by Sir, Mitchell may have operated to influence tho action of tho Company in rejecting tho grant, and ho may have thought it Hutllcjont to offer those reasons without stating the other, and, doubtless, moro cogent, roauons that have determined tho course' of tho Company, and which it nmv have been doomed politic to conceal. I'oiimhly the Com pany could not creditably reveal them. Wo ore still disposed to believe that the • agent* of the Company acted In good faith In oontond i aat winter} nevertheless, it will he dimcult to roalio a great many people bo- Uoye that they were not simply aiming to put it out of the reach of other companies, or that their pooling operations with tho Northwestern Jim rnmn". 0 , f ° ot “f llmt llmo - TllO AOUOQ Of tua company, from wlmlovor motives talion. will aonUl r om o ,.na not without nomo roanon, n wood dn.l of indignutlou Ihroimhout tho KUto miMw Sfi of tho L °Bl“l»turo hna boon suggested, hut thopurpoHo to ho effected Ih not wTbo n tik“n'! “ "° tiikl,ly ‘“At anTnuoU riop a f‘*Crom Republican, May 18. A special dispatch from Madison, May 13, to .V<;!rj, clfon llfo foftonlntr mitamid. l iVrJjy tit> ; MUWftukWi.A; Sti rani Company refuse i tW aodoft l&a|Bt.jorolxgfan{rl J I •;; for flocllolngto accept the graftl are:"'-;'.’ J’frAt—Thill no money tan to tail topnlmlo railroad building nt tho Wont, in connoquonco of tlio great ex citement and hostility to railroad management among tho people. 6'eeo»ui—Gov. ■Washburn’s refusal to issue cerJlAenics as required by tho terms of tho grant to tho Wisconsin Central, and mo acknowledged hostility to tho St. Paul Company. load to tho boiler that ho would embarrass and cripple Hlelr operations In all Imaginable wayn. TMra-~ Tho Company’s legal advisors regard ns very Improbable that tho Stato will over ’ got ihe lathis to transfer to the Company. , Those,reasons are not. of course, all stated In tho oillolal communication of the Directors to the Gover nor, hut thoyani .well understood. • . Tho Arefc reason given ia undoubtedly the only true ono contained in the above. Money la, no doubt, close, and tbo excitement among tho poor plo ia such oa to make railroad oompanies quake with. l( foar, and tho ; action; of tuo Bt. Paul Company, in refusing to accept tho. grant, after resorting. to such moans to ~ carry It through the . Legislature, will stir np tho people of this Stato to see that, in future, logislativo privileges asked for will not bo given, unless it no for tho houoflt of all. Tho soooud reason is, that Gov. Washburn is hosiilo to tho St. Paul Company. This caps tho climax of tho fraud and deception* Gov.Wash burn is not hoatllo to that Company, but, liko nearly ovory citizou in.tho Stato, ho wants tho laws of tho laud obeyed, and not treated with defiance and contempt. Tho City of LnOrosso , is (Opposing that Company because wo liavo right; Justioo, and law on our uldo. and bocauso wo oro : striving to protect and defend our host interests. But there is no hostility to tbo Bt. Paul Company any farther • than our local In terests may clash with tho proposed. action of, that company. Gov. Washburn has no hostility .to that road, and any pretense of refusing tho ?rant on any ouch grounds is a • moro subtor ugo. Tho ” company’s legal advisors H have concluded tho State has no tltlo to these Inode. That question should have boon fully settled be fore going to tho Logislaturo and asking for tho grant. T v '* whole matter, from beginning toond, wpS conceived and carried out with the solo motive to keep any other corporation from hav ■ ing tho grant, and to-day tho St. Paul Company would rathor soo it lost to this Stato than to boo a railroad built from . tho proceeds. Quo pro • vision of tho act passed lost winter gives any - company or corporation tho right to accent the grant and put up tho required securities'if tho conditions of tuo bill aro not complied with within sixty days after ito. becoming a law. As wo have borotoforo stated,'it has boon loaded down by outside roads, as to mako it almost im possible for any other company to comply with its provisions. ■ ;: Wo havo taken tho position from tho start that tho Bt. Paul Company did not want tho grant ox : copt to koop it from going to others, and wo also claimed it was for tho interest of this Stato to '■ have tho grant unincumbered by any other pro posed lines, and oonfor it on tho Wost Wiscon . sin. that was ready ami anxious to build. Tho i - people in tho northwestern part of this Stato havo 1 spent timo and money to save tho grant to tho •- Stato, and now to havo it lost to thorn and tho - Stato, is litUo bettor than down right robbery. | Those men in Hudson and Eau Claire, who fought Baldwin so vigorously last winter, can i now realize they havo boon doing battle. against • their friends, and giving aid and comfort to tholr i. enemies. If tho Wost Wisconsin will go on this - • year and build forty miles of this road there is no doubt tho next. Logislaturo will confer tho ! grant on that Company; . From the LaCroese Democrat, Slav 15. By this refusal the St. Paul Company has sot tbo State of Wisconsin back ono year at least in bor railroad improvements. They have trifled with tbo people of tho Stato and insulted them basely, aud they have made consummate asses of tho members of tho Legislature who supported tho claims of that Company. They claim that money cannot bo obtained to build railroads, owing to tho uprising of tho people against railroad oxtortjon. Then tho St. Paul railroad is a liar. It was claimed all winter that whereas Baldwin was poor, and could not build tho rond if tho graut was given to him, tho St. Paul Company had any quantity of money, and would men tho roads through night and day. They claimed that money was uo plenty that thoy had got io build railroads to got rid of it, or it would sour on thoir hands. Tho result of this action will be that Baldwin, that “ poor man ’’that tho St. Paul folks told about, will go on ami build some moro of that road, and run his chances of getting tho grant from a white Legislature, aud tho Chippewa Valley folks, and tho Bhullsbnrg folks, and nil other folks that depended on tho St. Paul Road, xoill go afoot. Tho Sc. Paul Company trios to make a point against Gov. Washburn, but it is too thin to go dowp. Thoy know, as well as anybody, that ho io not opposed to that Company, any farther than to compel them tomboy tho law. Many aro of the opinion that Gov. Washburn will fool it to bo his duty to call an extra session of tho Legislature to tnuo action upon tho re fusal of tho land-grant by tbo St. Paul Road, and to fix it so some other company can take it with out building roads all over tbo State. If it is nec essary to do this to prevent tho laud lapsing back to tho Government, wo aro suro tho Governor will call an extra * session. Aud if ho docs do so, add the Legislature, whoa it moots, has any sand its craw, it.will pass a taw,or amend any law already in farce, so that it will be a hanging offbhco, if necessary, for tho St. Paul Road and tho Northwestern Road, to pool thoir oamlngß, and consolidate for tho purpose of in juring tho people. By passing such a taw tho ? resent Legislature can partially redeem itself rom tho blot that is said to bo upon it from its last winter’s work. If tho Governor calls an extra session, there is a ohanco for theso men ■ that thoy may never have again. Tho Milwaukee Wisconsin, of all tho daily papers in that city, seems to be tbo only ono that can see that this proposed “ pool ing ” will moro emphatically out tho throat of that city than it has noon out before. Tho HTs consin says: If the Legislature convenes, we trust that It will pass some law putting an cud to tho possibility of tbo Mil waukee & St, l*aul and tbo Chicago k Northwestern pooling thoir'earnings, which is a virtual business con solidation, and which must seriously iujuro tho people of this State, by destroying'that healthy competition which should exist between two great corporations, whoso iron arms ramify every section and touch every bualneua interest. NATIONAL ANTI-SECRECY ASSOCIATION. MosMouxrr, 111., May 13,1873. To the Editor of The Chicago Tribune: Sin : Thu National Christian Association, op posed to secret societies, is now holding its an nual convention, in Churchill's Dali, in this city. The opening session Inst ovouiug was attended by ono of,the largest audiences over convened at the discussions of this body, taxing tho capacity of the ball nearly to its utmost. By previous arrangement, President J.'Blanchard, of Whea ton College, President of tho Association for tho past year, delivered tho opening address, occu pying tho evening with ono of tho ablest argu ments among tho many ho has delivered upon this Increasingly important subject. In treating his subject; ‘‘Grand-Lodge Masonry,” ho proved with groat clearness, from reasons drawn from the nature of tho caso, and from undisputed Masonic .authorities, tho antagonism of tho secret lodge system of tho country with our froo. government and tho Christian religion. Tins morning, tho General Secretory, I. A. Hart, pre sented ms annual report, noticing tho progress of this eauno in local politics, shown in several recent instances where Isauo was taken with Proo-Mnaonry, olso in tho localAnti-Manonio As sociations, ono in Missouri numbering SCO mem bers.' ■ Tho following officers wore appointed for tho ensuing year : President, tho Bov. J. G. Car son, of Oliio. Vico-Prosidonts, Dr. R. B. Tay lor, of Ohio ; A. Floyd, of Pennsylvania 5 LuUo : Thomas, of Indiana ; President 1). A. Wallace, of Illinois; Goorgo Brokaw, of lowa 5 N. E. Gardner, of Missouri; N. B. Blanton, of Kan sas ; D. Kirkpatrick, of Now York; J. W. Wood, of Wisconsin 5 tho Bov. John Levington. of Michigan. Corresponding Secretary, tho Bov. I. A. Hart, of Illinois. Recording Secretary and Treasurer, H. L. Kellogg, of Illinois. An important report, introduced this after noon, recommends tho forming of a stock com pany, with headquarters in Chicago, for tho publication of tho organ of the Association, tho Christian Cynosure, and hooks and tracts. Tho Association lias finished a prosperous year, being out of debt, and represented by sev eral lecturers In a rapidly-enlarging field. This evening will bo occupied with addresses from tho Bov. J. G. Carson, of Ohio, and Prof. C. A. Blanchard, of Illinois.. H. L, Kellogg. —Experiments, by Dr. Ilouhol, do not confirm tho alleged absence of uicotiuo from tobacco smoko;, on tho contrary, by condensing smoko from cigars, and washing it in water ond alcohol, ho obtained a solution which was capable of pro ducing the effects of nicotine i and ho also de tected its presence, chemically, in tho form of the ealts moro permanent at high temperatures. Tho effect of smoking, ho concludes, must, therefore, be ascribed, in part at least, to tho ab sorption of nicotine, though other substance may sot with this poison. X TIIE CHICAGO DAILY TRIBUNE: SATURDAY, MAY 17;- 1873. -• ■- y . r -~y THE JUDICIAL ELECTION. |:j • ■■ . ./'• / Tlio Farmers of Macoupin Connf.y to tiio Hon. Joint Scliolflcld, anil His Manly Reply. letter from Ex-Gov. Palmer to tlib Hon, John H. Bryant. ' I Mr. Craig’s Visit to LaSalle .County, Xho Mon. John Scliolfioltl. 1 ‘ , PnAinvinw, lil.| May 7, 1873, The lion. John Seho\ftehJ, Marshall, Hie,: , Dear Sm s The farmora of : Macoupin County, represented In'the “ Mdcoupin County Farmers’ Club,” aro resolved that, ftt the'approaching judicial olootion, they will not cast thoir buN fragoa for any man for Jmlgo of tho StipromO or Oiroult Courta whohblda oplnionaanlogonlallo to tho interests' of tho farmora' in ilioir present contest with tho railroad and other monopolies in this State, At a meeting of tho above club, bold in tho City of Carliuvillo ycatorday, Messrs. 0. A. Wooloy, L. D. Corbin, and myself wore appoint* od a committee, with instructions to correspond with aspirants to tho abovo offices, and aak their viowa upon tho following queations : ; Under tho Constitution of tho State of Illinois, arc railroad companion and other Incorporations subject to tho samo laws which govern tho citi zens at largo ? i May tho varioua railroad companies in this Stato bo rightfully required to conform to tho laws enacted by tho Stato Loßislatnro regulating freight and passenger tariffs ? or aro thby, by virtue of their several charters* ahovo tho laws; and boyond thio control of tho Legislature ? Wo would respectfully nsk your views bn tho abovo questions, and, Incidentally, wo would Hkd to know wboihor you aro under salary as- attor ney for anj railroad company in this fcJtatb ? Wo hopo to hoar from you at your earliest con venience. Very respectfully, JouU TutfNEUi, For tho Committee. MU. aOUOLIIELD'S lIErLY. MabsiialZi, 111., May 13, 1673. Jfr. John Tt»n«rif .* , . ... Dear Sib: Your letter of tho 7th Inst., written, as you stato, by' direction of tho, Macoupin County Farmers’ Club, has bcou received. You inform mo that tho farmers of Macoupin County will not cast their suffrages for any man for Judgo of tho Supremo of Circuit Courts who holds Opinions antagonistic to tho interests of tho farmers in tholi present contest with tho railroad or other monopolies in this Stato; and you then proceed to propound questions to me for tho purpose of obtaining my opinion upon tho issues involved in this contest. Bo much of those questions as relates to my personal connection with railroads, I toko pleas ure hi answering. ■ I was attorney for tho St. Louis, Vandolia & Toito Haute Railroad Company for about throe years—for tho first year for a oalary of $2,4.00, and for tho last two years for a salary of $3,000 per annum. I was also during tho same time, and for some timo prior thoroto, ono of tho Directors in Tho duties, how ever, of this office" wore purely nominal, as tho road was, from tho timo of its construction, ex clusively controlled and operated by tho Terre Haute & Indianapolis Railroad Company, as'los boo. During tho time that I was employed as attorney for tho Company, I endeavored to dis charge mv duty as an attorney with tho Game fidelity tliat I did when employed by other clients. Before consenting that my name should bo used by my friends in connection with tho can didacy for Supremo Judgo, I resigned both of these positions, without any previous consulta tion with thoso representing tho Company, aud siuco doing so I Imvo not hud, and I (to not now have, auy connection with or iutoroat lu any railroad or other corporation. 1 exceedingly regret that mv sense of self re spect, in view of my candidacy, will not allow mo to answer that portion of your questions which requires my construction of tho laws ro tating to the different railroads of tho Stato. I sincerely hopo that you will reconsider tho pro priety of thoso queations in a calm and dispas sionate manner, for I am persuaded that if you shall do ao, you will see how manifestly improp er it would bo for mo to answer them. My opinion in' relation to these laws can bo of no oonsoquonco to tho people unless they shall bo assured that, if elected, that opinion would bo followed by like decisions when tho necessary cases should be presented. Tho questions then would havo boon practically tho same had thoy boon put in this form: How will you, If elected, decide those questions ? There Is, os you must bo aware, a plainly mark ed and very wide distinction between political and judicial questions. The political office Is to mako laws—tbo judicial office is to declare what the taw is, and apply it to particular cases. The political office, at least in practice, is moro or less partisan. Tho judicial' of fice should bo absolutely impartial and free from partisan taint. Once destroy tho character of tho judiciary for impartiality, ond Ua power for usefulness will be gone. Who would willingly submit to or abide by tbo orbl tromont of a court organized in known hootility i to hla interests, and wnoso judgments should bo given to redeem promises made to secure votes? It is true, answers to tho questions you ask do not determine tho facts in particular cases, upon proof of which must of course depend, in part, the, decision to bo finally rendered, lot the construction. of tho law- bo what it may. But lu cases of controversy in regard to tho taw, its construction is ono step, and, it may bo, a very important ono, in tho determi nation of tho cause, and If a Judgo may, with propriety, In advance of his election, pledge hlm ' self as to this stop, why may ho not, with equal propriety, so pledge himself in regard to all the other stops in tho cause ? Whore shall ho stop ? Might ho not, following this principle, promise to beliovo ibis witness and to disbelieve tho other ? If I may properly answer those questions, why shall I not, if required by saloon-keepers or tem perance men, or other 'classes of community affected by particular laws, givo them my con struction of the laws lu which they feel interest ed most warmly ? If tho principle shall bo adopted whore classes of community fool an interest, why shall it not also apply to individual cases, and thus render it proper and right for every one, with a present or prospective taw-suit, to have a pledge how his case shall bo decided boforo ho casts his vote for Judge ? Would any one doubt that opinions thus given would bo moro bribes for votes? Can anyone doubt that, if such a practice shall bo adopted, it will tend to destroy all faith in courts, and to es tablish anarchy in the place of taw and order? ‘ lu conclusion, permit mo to say, I did not seek tills candidacy. In accepting it 1 yielded moro to tho solicitations of my too partial friends than to my own inclination or judgment, I sin cerely distrust my ability to fill tho place as my professional pride impels mo to desire that, If elected,'it ohould bo filled. To my mind, tho honor of the position depends entirely upon tho manner in which it is attained and its duties ore discharged. If 1 shall bo elected, It muskio as a free man, with liberty to act in accordance with tho con victions of my judgment, and tho dictates of my conscience. I will not bo a Judgo to register tho predetermined decrees of cither corporations or individuals. 1 am, with respect, Ao., John Sorolpield. JGx-Oov* l*almor’s Oxilnlou of tlio Character of Chief Juutico Law* ronco* Editor Register and Republican I have jiwt received from a gentleman living at Springflod the following copy of a letter re cently addroßßod by Oov. Palmer to John 11. Bryant, of Princeton, in response to inquiries made by Mr. Bryant of Oov. Paimer as to the latter's opinion of tho fitness of Judgo Law rence for the position ho now occupies on the Supreme Bench, in bo far as his sympathies may relate to tho contest now ponding between tho farmers and ilia railroad monopolies. Oov. Palmer authorizes the publication of tho letter. Benj. Loanunu, Jn. Si>utNom:u>, Aran. 3,1873. Jlon, John 11. Urgant, JYinceton, 111, Mr Deak Sin While investigating a question to-day my attention was accidomally attracted to tbo case of Chicago N. W. Itailroad Company vs. Tho People, reported hi tbo GOth volume. Illinois Iloports, and to tho opinion of tho Court aired by Chief Juutico Lawrence, and upon ug tbo opinion was uatiullod that it affords a hotter answer to tho question you askod me 'yesterday aVtbruoou than I can furo all hi any other way.; - I ; •; \ , ( • I Tho opinion is dkooodingly loßlnicllTO,|andiUs ( dxttrCfiflfona Inffiontb a spirit in tho Judgo thftM beilovb you will approve. 1 am familiar with’tho habits of thought of Judgo Lawrence, and understand tho drift of his lolilioal and legal onlniono f *or,-pcrhapff 1“ ought" o.say, politico-legal .opinions. .and »it liberate Judgmoht'thot tho fnontts-Of rdal Trnil road roform can find no man In tho .Stato. moro. rollablooruseful. Hols honest and firm, and would not flatter 1 Nbptil&o'for Ida Trident. Ho Is not.thbitavo’ of more .procodont.J but has a - lawyer's veneration for “tho onoiont waya,” and umforstanda, ao well ns any Judge tho Btato over Imd, tho admirable flexibility of tho principled of our laws, of which it can bo Baid.'witUa noot 'approach to absolute truth, thbyhavoub'wrong without a remedy, llospcoifolly, 1 f Joiih M, Palmeii. j I . % Mr • Craig- In LaSalle County. Mknuota, ,7b the"Editor iif The Chieflpo.TrfbtiM: / ! Bin: Tho lion. AwM. Craig, npminoo of the Princeton CoiivoaUoh'for Judgo of tho Supremo Court, was boro yesterday,. making personal Inquiries as to that ossistanco from LaSallo County with reference ttf wlildhho.waa apauxlbuß to receive ossurauco boforo, ho, accepted Ihb nomination j or, rather, boforo bto announced his acceptance ; for tho' statement is made, upon most reliable authority, that Mr. Gilman, of this placo, ono of tho bogus delegates from LaSallo County to Princeton, in’makihg'tho nomination,! acted advisedly, and that Mr. Craig’s' acceptance was actually secured boforotbo Convention mot, Mr. Gilman will ploaeo take tbo witness-stand.' i As far as your correspondent can learn, bpon somewhat' diligent ■ inquiry, tho Wbuld-bo Judgoi did not make a very favorable impression; , When a candidate for the high position of Su premo Judgo will condescend to travel over' tbo country soliciting votes, and perhaps' making! fiodgoo, la it not full timo that tho soal of pub io condemnation should bo snt upon him? Should ho not bo branded as unworthy of tho high office whiotabo socks'? ' ’ • | Tl*j report comes hero from Knox County in a very direct and roliablo shape, that Mr. Craig’s “war-record” was so exceedingly bad, that, nine Joara ago. when ho ~waa candidate ■ for Circuit udgo of tho Knox County Circuit, it roso up in judgment against him, ana effectually compassed nis defeat. ' • • His competitor. Judgo Thompson, was elected by an overwhelming majority. Ac Princeton, Mr. Charles, of Knoxville, • was his “noxt frlOnd,” but'did hot know wliethor ho was a railroad attorney or not (?). • Porhaha Mr.; 0. can give ub moro Batisfaotory information ns, to his “war-record,” siuco that record was print-; cd and scattered ns thick aa fading loavoa in' autumn, throughont that radical circuit.' | As soon os Air. Gilman has testified, Mr. Charles' may tako tho stand. ■ * LaSallo Comity will give a good accountof her self noxt month. Lawrence stock is buoyant. D. W. O. An Interesting: •' Letter from Mr* Tho following ioltor, written by tho late .Chief Justice Ohasomoro than twenty years ago, has 1 never boforo boon pabliabcd. It was written undor tbo following circumstances: In 1852, tbo Proo-Soll party,, or Froo Democracy, as Mr. Olioiio preferred to call it, though it bod- fallen away a good deal in ’strength siuco 1818, when it, ran Van Baron and Adams for President and "Vice-President, was still formidable in Now Eng land, Now York, and Ohio, was, thoroughly or ganizod, and was represented in tho 'Senate by hose, Ilalo, aud Sumner, and in tho,House of Representatives by Horaco Mann, Charles Allen, J. 11. Qiddings, and other men of ability. Tho groat body of tho party wore firm in thoir od oronco to tho policy of. a third parly, which, as they expected, and as , really happened, throe years Inter, resulted in driving- one of tho com promising parties from tho field, and the erec tion of a groat Anti-Slavery party upon its ruins. But sumo of tho Froo-Soil leaders, In their anx iety to boat Pierce, the candidate of .the ultra slave-holders, woro inclined .to support Scott as a choico of evils. Among those worn Charles Francis Adams and John P. Halo. Hale was thou in his primo ami very popular with his parly, aovoral of whoso local conventions had 'already, designated him as tho candidate for Pronidout, to bo nominated by tbe Froo-Soil National Con vention, called to meet at Pittsburgh, Ang. 11, 1852. It was indeed tho general expectation that bo would bo tho candidate. A week' or two before tho Convention mot, howovor, ho wrote to tbo editor of tho Boston Commonwealth, at that lirao’tho loading Froo-Soil journal of Now • England , declining in advance tho nomina tion. In this contingency tho thoughts of the Froo-i Sailors naturally began to turn toMr. Chase as a candidate. The editor of tho Commonwealth] was strongly opposed to this -change of candi

dates, on the ground that it would bo construed as a sign of wavering in tbo party, and wrote to Mr. Chaso urging him not to stand, aud express-! ing a conviction that Halo would r ultimately consent to bo a candidate. To this letter thoi ono wo publish below was Mr. Chase's reply. The result of tho matter woo that Mr. • Hale was nominated by tho Pittsburgh Convention, that; after some hesitation ho accepted the nomina tion, and was supported by about 160; 000 voters, who three years tator formed tho nucleus of the present Republican party. UR. OHASETO LETTER. Washington, Attff.7, 1853. M? Dear Sir : You are perfectly right in your 1 views. Halo should bo'and must bo tho nomi nee. Had the anti-slavery movement, naturally and without force, directed itself toward mo, 1 should not have thought myself at liberty to de cline tho nomination, though, on man; accounts, it would h&vo boon by no moans desirable to mo.. Naturally, without constraint, tho regards and ! expectations of tho frionds or freedom, now to l rally* 1 hope, as tho Independent Democracy, have gathered around Halo., and ho cannot de cline without Bovious injury ■ both to hlmaolf and tho cause. It will novor do to shape our ‘ movement for tho purpose of defeating par ticular candidates, wo . must organize It on right principles, give it all tho strength l wo can, and .lot tho consequences fall whore they' may. 1 1 was at first inclined to Halo's idea that tho defeat of tho nominees of tho ‘compromise 1 .Democracy should bo among our distinct aims ; but further collection on existing circumstances has satisfied mo that this is u wrong viow. In deed, I do not pormit my namo to bo usod for such a purpose without exposing myself to mis constructions, which would .bo fatal to my use- 1 tho cause of freedom. I must, mako it apparent to my Democratic friends in Ohio that loot upon principle, and that whatever injuries may befall their organization aro justly • .chargeable upon the Convention, which, dis honored the platform of tho Ohio Democracy at Baltimore, and not upon mo who still upholds It. This would bo opparont, if, in tbo natural ; courso of events. I should rcooivo tbo Pittsburgh , nomination ; but it would bo quite otherwise 1 should 1 receive that nomination under existing circumstances, Halo being sot aside, though tho natural candidate, for tho solo reason that it is expedient to tnko one more acceptable to the Democrats, and .loss acceptable to tbo Whigs for ■ tho sako of • defeating Pioroo and electing Scott., All my feelings and principles are against any such arrangement. What I do must bo done openly, directly, and carry Its own reason upon -the face of tho action, and that reason must bo such as to satisfy my own souse of honor and right. Halo must submit to tho unanimous and spon taneous Impulse which demands his nomination. Ho must not uudovtuko to bo wiser than events, for XRovidonoo is tbo author of ovouts. Lot Spalding or Biakoy bo candidate for Vice-Presi dent. The other men named are all good and true. Qiddings is tho hero of onr cause, and Lewis, able and faithful, is every way worthy. But, under existing circumstances, the consid erations which point to Halo for President point to a recent Democrat for Yico-Pcosidont. A number of us have put our hoods together, and have prepared a eeries of resolutions per fectly acceptable toGiddings.JTownshond, Dm> koo, and myself. Sumner concurs in the prin ciples, but was not present when tho resolutions wore road last night. They are formed on the basis of tho Baffulo resolutions and tho Massa chusetts platform lately adopted. If Wilson has not prepared anything more satisfactory, 1 hope these resolutions may be adopted. If Halo persists in declining, how would Brad ford 11. Wood and Samuel Lewis answer ? or J. It. Oiddings and Mintborno Tompkins? llantoul, I grieve to say, in dangerously ill. May God vesture him. His death would bo a fearful loss to our cause.* Yours truly and faith fully, 8. P. CtIABE. Hubert Carter, Esq. OAtEsiiuno, May 14,1673. * llantoul died on this day tho latter was written. Ed. Sun. Independent journalism* From the Troy (.V. l r .) jWjt. Last summer aud full our groat nowopapors in four different Blutos tried au experiment. 'l'hoy broke loose from the party which they had sup ported for many years, which they had helped to found and to continue in power year utter year, THE PRESIDENCY. Clmso* From the Few York Sun. donlmbcoathoabuses of tlmtparty, exposed tho >'fcrlnfb*i of Its loaders, formed another party,[MitL faithfully suppottpd Itsonhdldotos defeathtHho polls, and over''oinoo that time \havo contimion to stand on tho side of' justice Amt good government. Tho papers to which wo rofor aro tho Now York Tribune, tho Springfield" ’ Jtepiililican, tho" Cincinnati" >da»nmerc/al, amt Tim Chicago Tridunb. ‘Theta- newspapers, by thotr manly course, .crowned tho Journalism of tholr day and gonora-, tlon with .never-fading-g10ry.,,. They taught a lesson to'young jonmallstfl -that 1 wit novorbo , ,forgoUonrfatJd thafc*lH priceless.. Thor sot-on foAt a rovOlullort in jqtmmflHra’ thakh'ilf { “ tiovtr bo They have proved l that uo rioui panor can bo injured by boldly speaking tho truth and*figlitlng, for it. Tho position; of-each anfl^aU-bf-thorn Isundoubtoaly^banlor'to-day /than it has ; ovor h cou » No galling; yoke •/lotfl. -tbo ho lash ivcracks about; *’ iholr • care.; - »unooubtddly\ tho •directors of all thosO’-nowspaporr felt* that tbo experiment they wore trying was a dangerous one. If they did, their boldness in all the more praiseworthy. * If they did not,"their foresight is indeed marvelous to contemplate. »If they have been Injured by.thA course, they havo taken, tho injury is l . Bufoly, nut discernible by.'outsiders. , They all Boom, ny any foots wo can apply, to bo as prosperous as over. And. tho Now York Tribunal is a very Strong case, showing that a nowspaporv» loses , uotmllg oy 'boihghon febtj; and*/ Wold in ,its ~tho tobo vital atone Umo '—to lose by doath Its founder and oditor, tho man wbd won believed •> by;' tho 2W6- utio. Yot when Mr. Grootoy. harassed and worn to death by betrayal: at tbolisnds of a race that ho, mbro than any. other, had lifted out of slave ry. and jrhoth ho had made to bo uu that they wo'ro, dropped out of tbo Tribune, other men stopped in hTs placo, and'who', to-day, can 800 any evidence tbat'tho Tribund 1b decay ing, .or that it la not' as prosperous as at auy time siheo its foundation ? THE IOWA TRAGEDY. - .Further-Particulars' of tho'lVfilling ford Sulcl«lcs--200,000 Acres of liiiml Sold on Forged A>oo(lu-»S(aComont of tho AVallingfordH* Tlio Van Enron County (Iowa) Democrat gives particulars of the suicides pf tho Wallingiords at Bonaparte.' It is estimated that 200,000 acres of laud in lowa havo boon sold on forged deeds. J Tho editor of tho Democrat visited tho, scene of thoTragody, and says of it: “Tho house Is largo, well-furnished, and, every thing around it and the promises in tho boat ofropair. Tho suicide was committed 'in tho bedroom in which tho. deceased .usually slept; tho bodies lay ln ; their. usual night-robes. Both lay with their hands crossed over their breasts, and both wore in precisely the samp positions. ' Tboro was no distortion of fotrturos/ the eyes wore closed, and the-bodies had tho ap pearance of having boon laid puffor tub grave.” Tho following is the dying statement of tho ?artlc3."The signatures'wore, both in Walling ord’a handwriting,: • r ' ■ * iL May 8, 1873.—F0r tbo benefit of my friends, I write those linos, ns my wife and myself have come to tbo conclusion to bid farewell to this world of sin arid sorrow t •“Tho cause of-this was brought.about by .a don of thieves. and aa I am now going to leave -all behind, r X will give a list of them as far aa I know them. Tho loadors are William Rhodes and John Rhodes, and the reat are. Goorgo Rhodes, arid James Is tho ftdvisor. Tho old man Rosoberry and all bis. boys,- Scott at Belfast. George Ball is tho man that sold tho Shane land. .Goorgo him'to do it. Thcso slate • monta riro true. I was drawn into tho flrat by Goorgoßhodoa and byJolm with tho promise that they would tako Mon jar and his girl away and ’ clear mo. ■ Toll Mr. South that. Goorgo Rhodes got Iris two plows and blind money. ‘ 1 saw them at his house. Bill'Bhodos made tho Bhano deed —got tho seal at Sharp's ohlco. Orosco's deed was made by George Ball In Warsaw all right. .This to tho man, J. H. Baker. Ho killed' a' glvl ’in Clark County, Mo. This is tho first bad deed that I over was brought into, thank God. I uovor seduced Moujara girl Hattie. “li. WALLINGFORD, “ Wallingford.” Tho Democrat gives iho following biographical sketch of the victims of tho tragedy; “Harrison Wallingford, tho principal in this tragedy.- was at the time of Iris death 63 years "old, and was born near Washington, Kentucky, lie loft Kentucky with his stop-father when quite young, and removed to- near Monmouth* 111. At an early ago lie ran away from Ida homo, wont to Koolmk, and worked some time in towing kool-boatft ovoc the' rapids.- He wont back to Monmouth, married, and removed to Dos Moines County in this State, whoro hiH’wifo died, and ho was married a second time, to Miss Sarah B. Hill man, and soon after moved back to Monmouth. From thoro ho. removed to Mt. Pleasant, lived 'there about-a year, and thou'removed to this 'county, wlioro ho has resided for the past six years. Ho was a man of somo means, hod 210 acres of excellent land on his homo'farm, and 173 acres near bv, and was probably worth $15,- 000 or $20,000*. * '* Mrs. Walliwgf 3rd was tho sinter of S. B. Hill man, Esq., of tins county,'and lio'said tohavo 'been a fino woman,—rather superior woman.— . and .was respected by ovorybody. Tiiey also bad a very fine family of.throe boys and ono daugh ter,—tho two oldest of whom aro married.” Tho Dubuque Times says : “Tho" mystery connected with, tho''death of Mrs. Wallingford to still unsolved. She is said to havo been a woman of oxcollont character, m favorite in her neighborhood, and a woman of moro than ordinary intellectual attainments. BhO bad not lived happily with her husband} Who was a coarse,.rough-man, apd dissolute in his habits. Tho “Muujar gui’’was ono who had brought suit, against him for seduction,,which lio compromised.* It is-thought bysbino that -Wallingford had made a confession of his mis ’deeds to hlswifOj’aml that* thby'had- mutually .agreedto suicide. Others-'supposo* that ho ad .ministorod a deadly drug to iler without her knowledge, aud then drank tho fatal cup him self.”; • i < ...■ v WAR IN AFRICA. Asbaiitocs to, FantlsuA Lively Fight From the London 'StandnrOj'Aprtl 28. "'I ■- Tho AfibautCQ war.,is dovolopiug itself.--;At Rhotimo of tho dispatch of the mail .tho Ashau . tees,, 30,000 in number, were within twenty miles of Capo Coast Castle, jit will be seen, therefore, that, as wo stated on a'previous occasion,'the strength of tbo invading force has‘boon large ly. overestimated. Still, tho presence so near to our statements ' of oven '‘Bo,ooo of tho most formidable of tbo tribes. of •Western Africa, acting in unison. . and obeying implicitly all the orders of tho command ers sot over them by their despotic rulers, con stitute no mean danger. Fortunately, tho first rush of thtr enemy has been chocked, so that, if iho'British authorities possess the slightest pru-. douce and energy, tho settlement ilnolf will have been rendered impregnable. Unless, however, the administrator of Oupo Coast -displays a con siderable increase of enterprise, the trlbos who 'aro uufortunato no under our nominal protection will bo,tor tho time at allovonta,ruined. Those are numerically- strong,.-and apparently brave, but, owing to waul of ammunition and aims,—which,though repeatedly requested from the colonial authorities, havo.uot boon supplied to them,—and to . the fact that they aro led by half ia- dozen different Kings,. they havo-small chance, against tho Ashantoos, ■ who obey tho orders of a single chief. The campaign began in earnest on' the 10th March, on winch day tbo Fanils—the- name given: to tho various tribes inhabiting tho district around tho Gold Coast settlements—wore attacked by tho Anhantco army. Tho forces on either side wore about 80,U00mon. It was, however, to tho disadvan tage of tho Fantla that they consisted of a largo number of tribes, each tribe boing accompanied by its King, who exorcised a more or loss in dependent command. It is true that there is a nominal Kiug-Prcaldout. who rejoices in tho euphonious namo of Quanta Adoo, but ho seems to have claimed no supremacy over his brother sovereigns. The tactics were ap parently very simple, and consisted in steady firing to tho front on each side, without any at tempt to mancouvro. After several 1 hours of furious fighting, tho right wing ot the Anhantoo army was driven off tho field, ami that flank thus exposed to bo turned. At that critical moment a message was sent to Lieut. Hopkins, of tbo 8000 ml west India Bogimont, commanding a body of armed Uousaa Follco. only a mile or two distant from tho spot whore tho battle was being fought. Ho wan entreated to come to tho succor of the Fantis; but, though personally anxious to comply with tho request, ho was unable to do so. The reason is curious enough. Ho hud received strict orders to givo nothing more than moral aupport to our ironically termed protected allies, whatever might bothoir strait. Thus loft to their own resources, the i'antlu, finding their powder fail, began to retreat about 7 a. in., after some eight hours’ fighting. They must have in spired the foe with respect and have fallen back in good order, for the Ashantoos novor attempted to pursue thpm. Boally, tho battle, which was fought at a place called Yankmnasslo. twenty miles from Capo Coast Castle, was creditable to both sides. The number of killed and wounded also lifts it far above contempt, tho loss of tho Aah&utoos boing estimated at 2,000, and that of the Fantis, who wore on tho dofouslvo, at about 1,000. ■ ’■ rfV »"1 ; Vhose sleeVe-bUTtons.' : v.r Tho Oilier Side of (ho Case—Mr# Walker’s Statement. His Various .Interviews with Mr. r \ Flanders About tie, Plans.'. v : Tho Sloovo-Buttons Unfit to Grace tlio Cuffs.of a Well-Regulated City Editor. A reporter of Tub Thuiune called upon Mr. W. S.Wajkor, oily editor of the Thpce, yesterday, for tbo purpose of learning what ho had to say In roforohco to' the "crro of/Burling A Adler’s plan for tho now Court-Houso va. a pair of gold sloovo-buttons and studs. Mr, Walker believes Injustice was done him in tho article in Friday’s Tribune, ami, having boon Assured that" all ho had to say would bo.pnhlioiiad, Immado tho'fol lowing 1 STATEMENT I I received three or .four notes from Mr. Flatt-' dors, in whioh ho stated that ho was working in, tho iotoroat of Burling & Adler, and wanted to know if I could appoints time to dino with him. They wore brought by a boy, and I sent a verbal reply, tolling him I hadn't time... Finally Flan ders came 1 up to seo mo • ono day, Introducing himself, and saying that ho had had considerable experience with newspaper work j had boon agent for . . TUB KATIE PUTNAM TROUPE, And' understood how newspapers wore' run,'',l told him that, If his. statement waa true, ho had knowledge that required many years of experience to : obtain.,. Ho asked mo if I wbuld‘go to dinnbr with him, I ‘told him I could not, and ho wanted mo to make mi appointment. I did not do It, but subsequently,', when going down-stairs, ho oocosled mo, and - ’ WB WENT OVEB TO IBAOU’S. - I didn’t oat xnnob, as It was not my : timo for lunching. Deepened tho conversation by flay ing that ho was.with Burling & Adler;.that their plan was an excellent one, and was going to bo acceplbd. I told him r thought it was very'com-' monplaco, dnd ho said. “ go down Into thb Interior it will • scrikotho Oommittee-vory favorably. Do said that Burling 9c Adler wore among thq'ybldost architects' in 'tho city, and could' bring any amount of in fluence, -and .. ovon. .if •• their..... plan should bo rejected ' by tho Commit too, they could put It through tho Common Council all right; that Burling—l think it was Burling, but ono or tho other of tlio linn—bad' lived in tho city twenty years, and had - any number of friends, somo of whom woro on tho Committee and would " TTZ IT ran THEM I that ho [Flabdorajhad-boon around to tho other newspapers, aud intended to fix it witli lhem. Of course, aa a journalist, *X"'tried to' draw him out aud loom what ho had to say; • When ho got through talking I bid him goodbye,. and ho said, ho would'corao and boo mo again. Afowdays afterwards- 1 'received a package,' opened it," and'' found it contained a 'sot of sloovo-hutious - ,aud • studs." very costly, but of an abominable arid outrageous design. Thcro-was nothing artletlo or - beautiful about thorn—someth ng similar to what A JOOKEV OR A GAMBLER would wear— evidently costing SSO; or SQO. I wrapped them up in a piece of paper in tho; presence of witnesses, sealed and put my name upon it,'and brid tho parcel locked up In tho safo ; at the Briggs House,' whero .1 boaitL Thoro it remained until Wednesday morning • last, when the article referred to in The Tribune appeared. Upon the receipt of tho paokngo I immediately. , INSTITUTED INQUIRIES, ‘ to learn what I could of tho intentions of tho do-' nova. > I found that-they had boon to prominent’ architects in tho city,—men who have no plans on exhibition, but aro influential, —and tried to cot them to work for ‘their plan; that ono member of tho firm had tho reputation of being a first cluhh oobomcr. I intended to ;havo the article published on Wednesday,,prepared a wook be-* fore, but. as tho Oommittoo mot that morning,-.! thought it was au appropriate time to got ibbo foro them. It was written by a reporter, my contribution consisting of only tbo paragraph about tho jewelry. , As far os any conversation la concerned with Flanders, that I would wait for something, that to an OUT-AND-OUT ME. I novor said anything liko that, or anything that could bo coins trued into moaning it. Tho next morning after itho ‘publication of the article, Adler came in,' and Bald. “I understand'you have: something for mo?" Said I, “ Yea ; do you wish it now ?" Ho Baid he did, and asked who sent it to* mo. I told liim one of his em ployes, Mr. Flanders. Ho then said,,“l don’t want it; you hod better Bond It to him," and immediately backed oat of .tho. door.. Ho wasn’t in tho olllco over a minute. About an. hour afterwards, tho , boy had time to see; him, —Flanders came in, and said, “ Now I will take that jewelry;" I told him ‘•VOI7 well," and wrote a note and gave it to ono of tho’ ro portord.Requesting him to deliver it to the clerk Briggs House. 'While ho was'absent I,TALKED TO FLANDERS. -, In two' or throo mimuoa the reporter returned with tlio package, and in his presence I opened: it and'saw the jowfj/ry was there—now and bright. I handed it to Flanders,' and ho said “ I liavo been very indiscreet; lam ruined for life.”. Said I, you aro a foolish youth to talk about bo- : ing rained.' Profit by this mistake; - and don’t imagine again that you can buy tho newspapers —don’t attempt TO IJUY UP A NEWSPAPER hi any such under-handed way. Then ho said “ Phopo you .will bo so generous as 'not to pub-, llsh my. name In connection with tho transac tion." :I. assured him that the .Times did not; wish to'do him any injury ; that his name would not bo mentioned. Then ho asked mo for tho letter, demanding that I should give it to him, saying, u You have got it and can Injure mo for life ; you can ruin my reputation." I told hlnv that ' a letter addressed to mo was my private properly, and he could , not nave it.' He wanted mo to scud it. round to him, bat I told him. if ho lived a thousand years ho would not got it. I learned that ho bought the jewelry from Giles Bros. It was sent to mo; about two weeks after the publication of tho.. notice which slightly commended Burling & "'Adler’s plan. Tlus notice was among fifteen or twenty others, some of which wore as favorably noticed as it waa. t If wo have praised tho plan, TILE FILES OF TUB f ‘ TIMES" : aro .the best .proof, ortho fact.that we bavo. praised it no more than at least •*'? dozen other piano. All 1 tho remarks about, the plans have' boon *in tho Uho of “general' nows, made by • reporters, < > sometimes' necessarily ' hasty. The first detailed mention of Burling A Adler’s plan which .over., oppoarod iu the Tunes appeared last Wednesday morning, when it was stated that there seemed, to bo some - rascality- connected with the thing. I know from tho.appearauco of Flanders, from his conversation, and from the stylo of tuo let ter that ho wroto me. that it was impossible• for him to have written the letters published in Toe Tribute. They wore evidently THE WORK OP MR. ADLER. I cannot imagine anything more absurd than, an employe going round purchasing jewelry mid giving it out clandestinely to people .In.order to. mlluouco them in behalf of his employers with out saying anything to thera nbout it. MR. WALKER disclaimed any knowledge of the unknown man’ who called on Burling & Adler, and requested them to pool SSOO to advance their interests. * FRUIT IN MICHIGAN. Battle Ons&ic, Mich., May IS, 1873. To the Editor of The Chicago Tribune; . , „ ' . . Bin 5 Your correspondence from boro, of_ April 21, in regard to nursery-stock being killed by tho sovoro winter, loaves a bud impression in tho mlmlaof some, and, if you ploaao, 1 would like you to say that I am one of ihoso nurserymen who havo not sulTorod ono dollar by tho cold of tho past winter, oud my stock never looked more healthy, aud I have plenty of trees for fall sot ting. Our poach trees will not fruit this year, aud somo old trees wo partially killed. My poor orchard is in full blossom, and apple trees are in good condition for a good crop. Orapo vinos uncovered aro badly killed, and only a par tial crop may bo expected. Farmers are very much behind in spring crops. Grass and wheat looks well. Yours truly, Isxao 0. Mott. A B’luliy'Sualxo>story. From the Jfn ry»vtUe'(Col.) A young man, whilo hording stuolc, a few day • ago, on thorcclaimodtulelapds hi Butter Country, lioloiUiiflii (o Wi U| I'uiiiiiHitt (HUMS. mi Hi*. V-' ( '# \ r ■ ■ asingularand unpleasant Incident. The man, •While watching liin lloslcfi by day, lay down upon tub grass, and Boon foil asleep, while hanking in ’the sunshine. Like many others, while sleeping, our hero opened bin mouth, and it is nupposod that on this Oceanian the aperture wan at Itn fuhfintpxtpnl. thus slumbering in tho ariPP of Morpheus, and rimy bo dreaming of hinny lambs and tho low prioe of wool, lio’wafTfcuddouly awakened by a strangling sensation, hhd making ngrasp-wlth-his-TJght hand at-his-month, ho caught the tail end of tho- imako, and his grip was. BO.flrm that tho'bbrty of. tho ropUlo was tain aimndor—tho forward half going down into tho man’s stomach, and the latter half hauled out and hold up 7 to the-..view of-tho-frightened border. Wo understand that the.'roptuo was only a small shako’of the grass species, and per fectly hannloflfy-whdtbor on iho-ontsido orinsldo of a man’s stomach. But snakes,,after,i\U, may not beconsldored tho nlos top io uroau~ dia h for a cold lunch." - -~r THE AYIETHStYEIIEIN. mooting of ifio Union "i ■ Yesterday AffdrifoooVT •’ lf s A. meeting.bAi,tho momhoHi 6£.itho,WlrllisJ Voroin, orj Baloon-Koopora* Union of Chicago, was hold yesterday Afternoon Id'tb'qitdU''of tho Swiss Maonnorchbr, .No', 45 North, 'Clark' stfoot. About 50l> persons' werb present, Vho, while waiting, to; bo called-, to ;order, - disbnßßod''lllr; Ilosing’a ** now departure," being unanimous In Its support, and also .paid up their monthly duos to tho Treasurer. Mr. Potbf sidod. " ' Tho minutes of tho last mooting wore read, and tho question of .their adoption led to* * long and constitutional discussion by Mr. Meta and others, as to tho power of leas, than a quorum. to. do business, pass resolutions, oto. It was decided that whilolt was not constitu tional, yet it was noooasary, and, therefore, proper. Several persons wore nominated for mombo r ehip. Among them Was a harmless coda-water manufacturer. - They woro'all elected.. : •t . The Committee appointed to wait on tho brew ers reported that they had been very well re ceived by those they liad visited, aud should got some monoy out ,of them. . Somo of tho soda water people had promised to. join. They had also visited tho liquor-donlors. - '• Tho Committee appointed to pick but a lawyer to do the legal business of tho Union reported , they had not yet arrived at a conclusion. Sir* Hutchinson, as a representative) of tho soda-water men,'said' they had decided to Join tho Union. -Tho Choir exhorted tho members to unity. It : was - • tho common cause of Baloon-koopors, biowors, etc., they wore lighting for. Wr. JWUliam .'Boyboldt sent in his’resignation. It was accepted, and it was resolved that ho should ■ never,'never'more bo admitted to mom* 1 borship. - - • - - Tho next order of business consisted of propo sitions tending to advance tho' interests of tho Union, -t It was suggested that they had bettor wait till they had gotten a lawyer, and toko his advice as to tho best course to bo pursued. Mr. Metz wonted a 'remodeling of tbo Constitution, in order to supply certain : deficiencies in that instrument, and wished a committee appointed for that purpose. . Others merely wanted a lawyer, in order to know whether they::wore to shut or open on Sunday. Tho amendment of tho Constitution was not so essen tial. ..Mr.'-'Schmidt spoko of tho now movement which had started m the Seventeenth Ward, and was spreading to tho others, and would soon have its Central Committee. It was an organization, which would ombraco all nationalities, and which they must aid all thoy could. So far as tboir own special organization went, thoy must follow the advice of their lawyer implicitly. ' Tho Chair called attention to tho necessity for money, If they wanted to accomplish any thing ; without money, nothing. Thoir-motto 'mustbo, Unity and Money.” Mr. Hottko, a woisa-beor, brewer, made a speech, also ■ urging unity in their task of re moving tho yoko which now woighod on thoir ’ nocks. Ho not being a member, aomo one rommaoa him of tbo impending election, and urged him. to Join so as to help with money. . Ho agreed to go with them band in hand. •Tho bonds of tho Financial Secretary and Treasurer woro submitted, - tho last/being for $20,000, and approved. A proposition was ’made to lot in pooplofwith out on initiation foo, but it waa atrounonaly op posed on tbo ground that money was. needed. It is a -peculiarity' of German mootings that tho mombovs can got more oxoitod, and talk more, about unimportant things, than Americans over dream of doing; consequently, much time and breath • woro wasted -in talking -over this and other little points. In reply to on inquiry, it was stated that the organization was to protect its own members, and those only, against' the Sunday law. 1 Those who had not paid could oxpoct nothing. ! Tho mooting then adjourned. WELL-PLEASED EXCURSIONISTS Tho Board of Education of Hamilton, Ohio, accompanied by tho Superintendent of Schools, registered at tho . Sherman House, Thursday morning, and since that timo havo given tho Chicago public schools and school buildings a close inspection. They expressed themselves highly pleased with their visit and the courtesy and attention shown them by tho members of our Board of Education. . They left for home' last evening, and before their departure hold & mooting ,in ,tha club-room ,of tho Sherman! House and unanimously adopted tho following* resolutions • . ,■ Jteeolixd, That tho thanks of this body aro duo oni are hereby tendered to the Board of Education, tho Superintendent , and,teachers of tho public school* of Chicago, for their kindness In affording us evmy facility for.ft thorough ImpociiuOjOf tho schools under thoir charge. Jacob Matthias, Brcsidaat, L. B. Be la ComtT.Socrctarj*, ' w; W, Oaldwsll, - Treasurer, O.'B. Goodman,' ‘ UrmiY Dilo, ’ O, Mauler, Members of the Board of Education, Hamilton, 0,. . • .Alstoit Ellis, Superintendent of Schools. Jam£S;MoMauek,. - Correspondent Cincinnati Timta and ChronicU* Washington Correspondence of the St. Louis Globe, A strange quoation u iß now before the Post- Office awaiting.q decision from tho Postmaster-General. -Aman' in Massachusetts liasinveiitcdacftgo composed, oi. wood and wine netting to send honey-bees tlirongh* the mails. I The ttap is a '.wood about alz‘ inches {long and two inches wiclo by an iuchdoop j in this throe largo .holes are bored ,nearly through, and : tho v under side is covered. 1 with a. fine wire netting. Seven boos, Inclad ' iug a queen-boo, are placed in each comport jmont, aud are Introduced through a bole in the I slilo of the-block, which is plugged up by,a pioco of sponge soaked in. honey. The poatmastora and clerks-object to thoao packages, for the nl legod reason that tho honcy.soaks through, tho {paper placed over the holes, and daubs other mall matter in contact, and besides, as one {master -complained, “the clerks in I his joftlciy * did,, not got • .through . examining land studying.the contrivance until the boos ' stung every one of them, and, in showing thorn ' how It was made and how to handle It without injury, thd blasted things stung him, too.” Act ing-Assistantl: Poatmaator-Qon, Marr, several ' weeks sincei decided that those packages could not be admitted to tho malls, upon the ground | that they injured other mail matter; but Gen. ISV F. Butler,' os attorney for tho iuVontor, ap pealed the case tq tho Postmaster-General, and 1 the latter is now deliberating what disposition j shall ho mado of tho matter. jttXlio Last Itlalo JTluuibor of (ho Fam* Hr Killed.” From the Hot Springs (Ark.) Courier, Wo are informed by a gentleman diroot from Polk County'that John Flynn, tho last male ■ mcrabor of tuo family, is killed. It will be recol [ looted that about one year ago a troublo arose ; between tho Wimborlya ami Flynns about a i horse-race 5 that is, ouo of tuo Wimborlys whipped ouo of tho Flynns at tho raoo, and the noxl day two of tho Flynns—father and eon, the former an ox-ShorilT and tho l&ttor thon acting Sheriff—wont to Wlmborlys house and shot at 'Wimberly. Wimberly roturnod tho lire, and succeeded iu killing both of thorn. Blookwoll. a eon-in-law of Flynn, Br., tbou took out letters of administration on his father-in-law's eatato, and tho Flynns wore opposed to hla soiling tho pvopohy, and shot BluckwelL Tho Flynns wore thou arrested, and ouo of them imprisoned, while the oilier proved an alibi, but was shot as ho was coming out of the court-house. John Flynn; the last one, broke Jail about Christmas, and bad boon lying around and making trips back and (forth to tho Indian nation. On Saturday last they heard of his boiug iu the neighborhood, and 'procured a warrant for Ida arrest and wont In , search of him. They came upon Idm about day lllght last Sunday morning. Ho drew hie : weapons and made Dght, when tho poeeo fired .upon him. ebooting him through the body and XEonoyvlSooirby Mail.