Newspaper of Chicago Daily Tribune, May 8, 1876, Page 4

Newspaper of Chicago Daily Tribune dated May 8, 1876 Page 4
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4 TERMS OF THE TRIBUNE.. * tuna op subscription (payable in aoltajicb) Foftnxn Pretmlil nt thin Office. Daily Edition, postpaid, I year...... 913.00 Part* of year at atne rate.' M*ll*d <o any tdilrmrounwKßKafor... 1.00 Bondir KdlUon: Ularary and Religion* Double _ 5h00t..., 3.00 tri-Weakly,postpaid, I rear. U.OU I’arta of year at oatna rate. WXP.KLT XOtTIOX, POSTPAID. OiMjeojif, per fear. ptiibof tife.poroopf I..MJ L’lnh of twenty, per copy I.lu The poitaso la 10 coma a year, which no will prepay. Specimen eoploo aeot free. To prevent delay and mlatakei. be rare and giro Post- Office addre** in full, IncludingSlat# aod Conniy. Remittance* may be mado either by draft, espretf, Poat-OSice order, or In realitered letter*, at our rUk. trbi|b to cm aimecnuucna. Dally, delivered, Sunday etccplcd, t?fi eonta per week, Dally. ilellTired. Bondar lncluHr;l,:M)cen:* ror week. Addret* TIIK TRIHO.NK COMPANY. Comer Madlion and Dearbnrn-ata., Oblot|e 111. AMUSEMENTS. HOOLET’3 THEATRE—Randolph ttreel. between Clark and LaSalle. Enticement of the fifth Avenue Combination. M Pique, iIoVICKER’S THEATRE—Madison atrect, between Dearborn and State. Engagement of the Maggie UltohoU Company. •' Fancbon.'' NEW CHICAGO THEATRE—CIark street, between Randolph and Lake, lloolcy'a Mloetrela. ADELPHI THEATRE—Monroe atroet. corner Dear born. Variety entertainment. " Maeappa.” MCCORMICK HALL—North dark aired, corner Klnrle. Grand Complimentary Concert to Mlaa Kato P. Douglas. Monday Moraine. May 6, 1870. The price of greenbacks at the Now York Gold Exchange on Saturday ranged between 68? and 88L Mrs. Yah Cott began her revival cam paign in Davenport, la., yesterday, preach* lag three limes to largo congregations in tho Methodist Church. She has made up her mind that Davenport ought to yield her about 800 converts before she gets through. Tho President docs not rush to tho rescue of Deacon William McKee with the alacrity that was anticipated. He seems to bo in burry about exorcising tho pardoning prerogo live, and, it is thought, will continue of this mind until Judge Treat and District-Attorney Dyes nnito with tho movement to secure Mc- Kee's pardon,~a course which they have as yet declined to take. Dom Pedro paid a flying visit to tho Cap itol in Washington yesterday, tho fact that it was the Sabbath enabling him to pursue his inspection in his own quiet hut headlong way, and without disturbance by cither tho curious or tho officious. To-day ho will pay the President a state visit ond look iu on tho stupid Senate sitting as a Court of Impeach ment, and to-morrow ho leaves for the Cen tennial opening. Tho delivery of the lion. John ‘Wekt woiiTn's interesting lecture on “Chicago’s Mon and Manners,” at McCormick’s Hall yesterday afternoon, was tho occasion of a notable assembly of the earlier settlers and tho present representative people of the city. The loctnro is published in full in our columns this morniug, ond should ho both read and preserved as a valuable contribu tion to the history of Chicago. There is reason to anticipate a violent dem onstration in this city to-day by tho lumber shavers now on a strike for higher wages. They demand $1.75 per day, and, under tho excitement of Communistic harangues, are Ukcly to organize and attempt to forcibly prevent non-striking men from working iu tho lumber-yards at $1,5.0, tho price tho deal ers are willing to pay. Tbs police authori ties aro amply forewarned of tho possibility of on outbreak, and thoro will bo no excuse If tho riotous strikers aro not made to feci the power of tho law in time to provont a collision if possible, or in"any event in time to suppress the first symptoms of a violent or unlawful demonstration. Acting-Mayor Colven, whoso term expires with tho assembly of tho now Council this evening, has prepared a message, an abstract of which is given elsewhere iu (his issue. It is assumed that Colvin is still Mayor, and tho recent election is carefully ignored. Beyond the presentation of a few figures which could be readily obtained fron tho Comp troller's office, and somo recommendations which aro of no official value or pertinency, coming from a more private citizen, the message contains nothing worthy of notice, ond nothing that tho Council will think proper to consider. As a valedictory, it would ho acceptable, though in bad taste; as a message in regular form and coming from a pretender ond usurper, it is impudent ond offensive, and will probably bo treated with the contempt it merits. A now phase of Turkish trouble is pre sented by tho cahlo dispatches this morning. Salomon, n largo seaport city in European Turkey, was on Saturday tho scene of a eon. ous riot between tho Christians and Moham medans, growing out of an act of gross big otry and intolerance by the former, who forcibly took from tho Turks a Christian girl who hod voluntarily taken up her abode with them, intending to embrace tho Mohamme dan faith. According to a report from Con stantinople tho interference of the Christiana was instigated by Lazaiuio, tho American Consular Agent at Salouica. A furious riot ensued, during which tho French and German Consuls wont to tho Mohamroodau mosque, and were killed by tho exasperated Turks in spito of the efforts of tho Governor to snvo them. A Turkish frigate loft Constantinople yester day for Salomon, having on board Ecbebip Pasha, tho newly-appointed Governor, a Turkish Commissioner, tho German Consul at Constantinople, and tho Second Dragoman of tho French Embassy. Salouica is the most important commercial city in European Turkey, having a population of 75,000, of which about 00,000 aro Jews, 5,000 Turks, aud tho remainder Greeks aud Franks, or Cbristans os they aro known. Tho riot is a serious affair, and is likoly to load to trouble some complications involving the United States Government. The Chicago produce markets were general ly quiet on Saturday, opening firm and weak ening afterwards. Mess pork advanced 20a per brl and closed tamo, at $21.05 for Juno and $21.25 for July. Lard per 100 lbs, closiug at $12.40 for Juno aud $12.65 for July. Meats were steadier, at for boxed shoulders, lie for do abort ribs, and lljc for do abort clears. Lake freights were dull, at B;|®3Jc for wheat to Buffalo, nigh wines were stead/, at $1.07 per gallon. Flour was quiet and easy. Wheat closed ijo lower, at 07je for May and OOjo for Juno. Corn closed Jo lower, at 46j0 for May and 4Go for July. Oats were firmer, closing at 80|o for May and 80jo fox June, Rye wu quiet, at 01 in. Barley was firmer, dosing al OCo for May and (500 for Juno. Hog* wore in light supply and 100 per 100 lbs higher, at $7.00 @7 .40. Cattle were firmer, at $4.25®r».80. Sheep wore quiet and atrongor. One hun dred dollars in gold would buy $112.70 in greenbacks at tho close. It is interesting to note tbo beautiful con sistency which characterizes tbo Centennial management with reference to tho Sunday question. Pious brethren throughout tbo laud bnvo passed resolutions of joy and thankfulness that tbo holy Sabbath is to bo rospoctcd in tho conduct of America’s great show, and tho Exposition grounds oro closed to a curious world in accordance with tho highly moral regulation. But within tho buildings tho hum of busy preparation is heard on Uio Lord's Day, and thousands of workmen are engaged in "getting things to rights” against tho opening-day. It was so yesterday, and tho ungodly wondered how it could bo that a Sabbath which was so brittle os to bo broken with innocent recreation could stand so much hammering mid lifting and sweating without going ail to pieces. Wo publish this morning two elaborate opinions, written respectively by Thomas Dent, Esq., and tho lion. John N. Jewett, eminent members of the liar in Chicago, in response to the inquiry of various Aldermcn olect touching these questions: /■Vd—Can tho Common Council, in the ezialing atato of affair*, elect one of tbolr own member* to per form the duties of Mayor 7 Btcond— Cau the Common Connell order an election of u Mayor 1 y the people? Third— Siould tho Common Council canvass tho vote cut for Mayor at tbo recent election, and had tho people a right to vote for that office al (bat tlmo 7 The two opinions, though diiToring as to (ext, arrive at the same conclusions respect ing the points at issue. It is held that the Common Council have no power to elect a Mayor from among their own number by ap pointment, there being no vacancy in the sense which contemplates such appointment; that it was in the power of the Council to have called a special election for Mayor, but tho neglect or failure of the Council to specify the Mayor as among tho city officers to be elected could not operate to defeat or invalidate the election which was hold; and that, therefore, tho election was valid, and tho now Council is justified by law in can vassing tho vote cast, and in declaring Mr. Hoxne to ho duly elected Mayor of Chicago. PROPOSED PACIFIC RAILROAD SWINDLE, In tho International Review for Uny-Juuo there is a paper written by one R. T. Colburn on tho “ United Stotes Land-Grant Policy,” which paper, though ostensibly a grievous lament over that policy, is an argument iu favor of one of the most stupendous swin dles over attempted upon any Government. Tho United States have granted to tho several so-called Pacific Railroad Companies, North and South; 1 1/50,000,000 acres of laud. It issued.also to tho Union and tho Control Pacific Railroad Companies, and to other companies, since substantially consolidated with these two, United States G per cent bonds aggregating $G4,G23,512, for which tho Government holds a second mortgage on tho roads. On tho Ist of January, 187 G, the interest paid by the United States on these bonds, over ond above tho amounts earned by the roads for Government trans portation, had reached $21,500,000, showing an aggregate indebtedness to the United States at that time of $80,000,000, which sum, at the same rate of progression, is to go on increasing until 1805. These roads owing this indebtedness have received 82,000,000 acres of land, tho North ern Pacific Road 47,000,000 acres, Tom Scott's Southern Companies 70,000,000 acres, or, together, over 150,000,000 ocros. Tho completed roads have selected their sites for (owns, for stations, and all tho lands which the Company may need. They have also sold largely of all tho land lying cast of the 100th degree of longitude. West of that line all of tho companies hold, probably, 125.000. acres. These lands lying west of the 100th degree of longitude are not, as a whole, worth 10 cents an aero for any agri cultural nso. It is possible that, by a grand and costly scheme of irrigation, a portion of them might bo made productive, but even this is not possible, because of tho total want of water. In tho narrow volleys of tho small streams, o limited space on each aide of tho river may ho made to produce grass, but are not capable of being made into farms. From tho northern lino of these lands, west of tho lOQLh degree of longitude, and stretching down to tho Texas boundary, nil tho land is barren, desolate, and incapable of supporting life. It is sand, rock, frequently of volcanic formation, all impregnated with alkali, furnishing no food for man or boast savo tho scanty growth of sage-brush and cactus. At intervals this vast tract has its parks, and other fertile patches, buttheso are no more than oases iu the groat desert which lies between the fertile plains of tho East and tho main chain of tho Rocky Mountains. These railroad corporations which hold 125.000. of acres of this land know how valueless tho vast proportion of tho property is, both at present and prospectively, and they now have the effrontry to apply to Con gress, that the latter'fcholl purchase tho whole body of unsold land front the companies at $2.50 an acre I Tho companies which have built ond completed their roods with tho money represented by tho $04,000,000 of national bonds, and which obtained originally 12,800 acres of land per mile of the road/or nothing, ask that Congress shall take back all that has not been sold, and give them for it $2.50 per aero, or at tho rate of $82,000 per mile of the roads, and that tho proceeds be applied to tho extinguishment of tho $85,000,000 of present indebtedness to tho Government! Tho Northern Pacific Company, which ob tained 25,G00 acres of land per milo for I,'JOO miles, asks that Congress shall buy tho land back, paying therefor $2.50 per acre, or at tho rate of $51,200 per milo of tho road. Tou Scott, for his Texas Pacific and other roads, holding 70,000,000 of acres, asks that Congress shall buy hack the laud and pay him in bonds at tho rate of $2.50 per acre. Estimating tho unsold and unsaleable and valueless lands at 125,000,000 of acres, these Railroad Companies propose that tho Government buy this laud at $2.50 per aero and issue its 5 per cent* gold bonds for tho sum of $312,500,000 to tho several companies. Literally, tho operation is that tho Govern ment issue Us own bonds to tho amount of $312,500,000 to pay tho debts of certain rail roads, enrich its Oredit-Mohllier rings, and to build other railroads. At 5 per cent interest, the bonds to run forty years, tho United States would have eventually to pay, principal aud interest, tho sum of $781,000,000. Tho article la tho International liedew urges this policy os a means by which tho “ mis take" of granting owoy tho public lands may be corrected. Though Mr. Tom Boon’s name does not Appear la the article, then it no THE CHIC A' mistake in the Though the voice in in® voice o( jacuii, the hand is the hand of Esau. JTho argument used is that these lands were the patrimony of our posterity { that they woro to bo held bo that, as tho popula tion Increased, tho land nhonld furnish the people with the means of subsistence; and that the Government, in parting with tho land, has in some way robbed posterity of tho opportunity of extending tho area of cultiva tion and confined agricultural production to its present limits. This argument, if it could have any force nt nil, would apply if tho Gov ornment had sold or given away the land to bo removed from within tho territorial limits of tho United States. But the man seeking land n hundred or a thousand years bonco wUi find it juat whore it nowt <, and it can bo bought then as readily ns now, and will be as susceptible of cultivation thou ns it is now. The change of ownership has not decreased the amount of land in Illinois, whero the Government was once solo proprietor. Nor can the swindle bo extenuated by specious suggestions that, in the absence of tho railways, it cost the Government six times ns much to transport freight, troops, and moils across tho continent that it will cost by rail; and that this “ saving ” will alone amount in tbo course of time to tbo principal of all tho bond subsidies voted to build tho railways. That kind of sophistical logic has exhausted whatever respect it once bad. Nothing of tbo sort can bide the naked ness of tho proposed robbery,—that tho Gov ernment shall substitute for tho land-grant o direct grant of money, to bo computed at the rato of $3.50 per acre, tho money to bo obtained byibosalc of national bonds, andadd ing over three hundred millions of dollars to tbo principal of tbo public debt, and fifteen millions of dollars for annual interest. That is tho whole scheme, —to get tho United States to give these companies three hundred millions of dollars of Government bonds, and toko back this land, which is not worth an average of 10 cents an acre. THE TORNADO. Tho details published iu The Tribune this morniug of tho tornado that Saturday night swept over the city show that tho storm extended from Eastern Kansas to Lake Michigan, where it expended its force iu this vicinity, and that the storm-track at sev eral points was between two and three hun dred miles iu width. At Leavenworth, mas sive brick buildings, one of (hem an extensive factory weighted with machinery, were blown over like card houses; roofs were torn off houses ; walls wore crushed liks egg-shells ; and tho iron roof of tho Union Depot was ripped off. Tho path of tho storm was di rectly through the heart of the city, and no less than thirty buildings were wholly or in part destroyed, while few escaped without more or less damage, tho whole of which is roughly estimated at a quarter of a million. At Lawrence, a number of houses were blown down, and tho torrent of rain, by which the tornado was accompanied, swept away railroad tracks, well-nigh cutting oil railway communication. At St. Josoph, Kansas City, and other points on tho Mis souri River, tho Hoods did great damage to tho*rnilroads, and at tho forwe r city railroad communication was wholly suspended. Ad vices from intermediate points are meagre, and perhaps will be delayed for a day or two longer, so that the damage done is mainly a matter of conjecture. In Illinois tho storm extended as far south ns Cairo, Carbondnlo, and Carlinvillo. In tho latter vicin ity a number of buildings were blown down, and on ilia Illinois Central Rmlrond, near Mattoon, a passenger train was lifted from the track and carried over the ditch, injuring a number of pas sengers. There arc few details additional to whnt was published in The Tribune of yesterday relative to the damage done in the city, which, it is estimated, is in tho neigh borhood of a quarter of a million, tho par ticulars of which will he found in our city columns. Happily tho storm appears to have been much less severe on tho lake than ashore, and tho losses, particulars of which will ho found in another column, were for less than had been apprehended. “THE DOUBTFUL VOTE.” Thoughtful Republican newspapers, like the Now York Times, are beginning to make a formal recognition of the importance in. the approaching Presidential election of tho “ doubtful "or “ independent" vote, which Tun Chicago Tniouxn has from the first given its proper significance. It is tho bal aaco of power that, in tho absence of any influence not now discernible, will turn the scale, and in no States will it assert itself more than in Now York and Ohio, which are now generally regarded as the principal battle-fields. There are several elements which enter into tho final ifiaccmcnt of tho large doubtful vote throughout tho country, tho full extent of which is indicated by tho revulsions on both aides, first in 1871 and then 18775, Tho currency question wilt cut some figure, though not so much as it would Imvo done had tho election occurred last year; and in this regard tho Democratic party is in a more embarrassing position thou tho Republican party, because it is more seriously infected with tho rag-baby folly. Of course tho Republican party will not, under any circumstances, adopt any thing but an houcst-mouoy platform ami nominate nn houcaUmopoy candidate, no matter what the other side may do on the subject. Tho Democratic party is in an un fortunate situation in tills regard. Tho nomi nation of an avowed souud-jnoucy man will alieuulo tho largo ragamuffin vote of tho Democratic party in Indiana and Ohio, while on avowed inflationist will drivo off tho hard money Democrats of Now York and tho East generally. Rut tho “doubtful vote" to which tho Republican parly must defer, if it desire to moke victory nn assured fact, is that largo class who have determined to cast their ballots where thcro is tho best assurance of a disposition to put a stop to official thievery uud reform tho public service. This vote Is made up largely of tho Lib erals who voted with tho Democrats in 1871. These people have been heartily disgusted with tho performances of tho Democratic Congress, and aro strongly predisposed to return to their first love. All that is necessary to secure their return is tho nomination of a candidate whoso very nnroo will carry conviction of o determined effort to establish honesty in offico ami reform tho public service, drive out the official scoundrels, and attract u now and hotter class of men to tho Government offices. But this much w necessary. No empty oud projorma , declaration of such on intention will suffice. Roth platforms will tioutain such declarations, hut they will be equally meaningless unless accompanied by tho placement of n man at tho head of tho ticket whoso characters and associations offer a guaranty of good faith. It Is within the power of tho Republican party atone to nominate such a candidate { and to O TKimjJVE; MONDAY, MAY 8, 1870. do this is its flr*t dnfy, to itself ond the I'nnn. try. In this way, and in this way only, can tho 11 doubtful vole " be counted on to assure Republican victory. . THE GREAT AMERICAN LETTER-WRITER. Mr. L. 11. Frrzuuon, the Democratic Door keeper of tho llouso of Representatives, who recently turned up under numerous Indict ments for arson, stealing bed-quilts, perjury, assaults, and other offenses against tho pcnco of the people, has now turned up ns tho great American letter-writer. Since Mr. Fitz- HDon became Doorkeeper ho has been anx ious that his friends should behold him in all his greatness, and to one Texas friend he wroto a letter which has found its way into print. Wo cannot allow this remarkable document to pass nutiolicod. Tho captious reader may And fault with its orthography, and tako exceptions to its literary stylo ; but, if any ouo is warranted in having n contempt for spelling aud rounded periods, it is n Democratic Doorkeeper. Wo thereforo make some extracts, which ara worthy of preserva tion in amber. Mr. Frrznuan writes : 1 have been trying over since my election to write to you but hare been bodepiod frkm H in tbo morning until lor2 at night I bad obojit ono hundred k fifty appointments to make nml have had I reckon with out exaggeration U.LOJ application* betides men wom en & children pulling k Jurklng me every time 1 would put ray head out of (ho door of my office. Leaving out of question tho awful pressure to which poor Fitzudou was subjected by this furious mob of Democratic mon, women, and children, eager to act as reformers, and the improper and ungraceful manner in which ho was “pulled and jnrkcd” about, his jeremiad throws a flood of light upon tho avidity of the Democratic patriots who for fifteen long years have been kept out of tbo spoils. If there were 3,000 of these patriots alter Frrz nuon’s appointments, how many must thcro have been demanding tho appointments of other House officers ? Tho mob outside tho House, however, was no moro severe upon Frrzaoau than that inside. Ho says : I have more invitations to frollcks with tbo mem bers and Bezutcra than any mao io Washington. Z am a Wgcr man now with the members than old Grant. I cannot put my foot on the foot of tbo Uall but that they make a break for mo b sometimes a dozen being at mo at once for places for some friend I scarcely over ait out of tha Office to go on the door of tbo House. Congressional frolics are not tho only nmusemoata of FixzntJan. Ho is literally in clover up to his knees, for he writes, iu another place: I wish you could bo hero with me do try b eomo on, the Govut furnishes mo with a fine turnout k spank ing pair of Hones k beforo b after the bouse sessions b recess I have exclusive use of thorn, my coachman comas down every morning for us, that is Fay and myself and after driving around to my breakfast take mo to my office, come on At I will glvo you b— a good time. Who could resist such mi invitation so en thusiastically expressed ? Elegant as this is, Fitzhuoh expects still move elegant things to come, for ho writes; I bavo a Supt A asiUtant In each department and about s dozen book keepers besides my Offico clerk, & wo do things up lu stile, 1 bavo a boy to tako my bat <k coat or I cant turn around without some ouo at my beck b call, b when I get all my new appoint* mouts broken In, I shall have a nice time. Firznuon evidently has an embarrassment of good things,—iu point of fact, almost too much for an average man In this vale of tears. A mau who finds his meat all fat iu this remarkable stylo, after boiug without a square meal for nearly a quarter of a century, ought to be on tho lookout for some great calamity. Such colossal happiness, such stupendous agonies of ccstacy, such bods of roses, such ambrosial days aud nights, such “frolicks "with “ tho members and Senators,” not to speak of tho “spanking Horses,” and “ tho boy to tako his hat and coat," must bo tho prelude of disaster, as Cleopatha’s sail up. tbo Nile preceded tho asp, andNEno’o ravish ing fiddle only played an overture to Homo’s fiery disaster. Perhaps Mr. FiTzmion'o pro phetic soul anticipates some such denoue ment to his merry carnival, for iu another part of his screed ho suddenly drops his ex clamations of delight aud lapses into the following mournful bit of plaintive phi losophj': lima wags the world let a man he proaperona k every min la hi# friend. Poor Frrzuuou 1 Ho evidently has a sus picion that there may yet bo a thorn which nlrnU prick his noso in this bouquet of sweets so persistently thrust into his countenance. Perhaps as bo and Fat drive around in their turnout with “ tho spanking Horses”—no ordinary horses, for they always have a capital “ II”—ho may ho disturbed with visions of a certain fatal landnulot that used to flourish about Washington, and that came to grief, although tho horses had only a little u h.” There is another indication of a com ing storm in his notification to his friend in Texas that ho may have to draw on him for S2OO, notwithstanding ho is a “ higor man than old Gbanx,” ami at last is living “in stile,” Wo trust, however, that no such calamity will befall this Democratic reformer, ami wo trust that his indictments for stealing bod-quills mid other things will all ho quashed A patriot who has waited so long to reform tho civil service, to restore tho Constitution as it was, and to elevate tho standard of no tionnl politics, ought to succeed. Lucky FiTzcoon and happy Fat, bis son. “If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will ho give him a stone?” Not much. Bee how a good man and a patriot provides for his own; Fat arrived on Bitunlay morning all safe. I set him to work on Monday at a $2,100 pUco, b be Is tho moat delighted fellow you ever saw. Happy pair I Long mry this reformer wave and have “a glorious lime,”and ha “bigor than old Giunt,” and have “frolicka with tho members and Senators.” And if so ho that ho is over called to account for tho purloined bod-quilts, may ho havo graco to hear it. It is announced that the Treasury Depart ment will begin to-morrow to pay out silver over the counter for chocks drawn against it by tho different Government departments, when tho holders of tho checks deslro it. This will facilitate largely the effort to got silver into circulation, though it will bo sub ject to tho danger that, if any largo amounts of silver bo drawn, they will bo hold for spec ulative purposes, inasmuch as small change is already at a premium of from !1 to C cents, owing to its scarcity. Tho Letter plan is tho authorization of tho issue of tho $10,000,000 of silver still in the Treasury iu exchange for legal-tender notes, and, if this bill bo report ed to-day or to-morrow by (bo 'Ways and Means Committee, it is to bo hoped that it will be passed promptly by both Houses. There is little doubt that, with such an authorization, tho banks would generally scud for tho silver audissuoitto their customers in exchange for In this way alouo can tho exchange bo ef fected as rapidly as is desired. It is proba ble that tho estimated coinage of $2,000,000 a mouth can bo distributed through the Treas ury and Sub-Treasuries in exchange for frac tional currency as rapidly os It shall be pro duced, If those agencies in the meantime elinTl lit rtlltned *\t fctn*dai» ot diiiHbul* tag the $10,000,000 now on hand. Since it has boon generally conceded that (ho decision of Judge Oarttbb in releasing Kih nounx, the recusant witness, on Aabrtu corpus, was strictly pursuant to tho act of Congress ro lating to contempts, (t has boon discovered that tho act In question was a blunder of tho revisers of tho United States statutes, and is only opera tive because of the wholesale re-enactment by Congress of the revision. The ground of Judge Cartteb’s decision, it will bo remembered, was that the act provided for turning over to the Courts for trial witnesses who refused to answer questions put by a Congressional Committee, thus taking out of tho hands of Congress their punishment. The original act, bow over, contained tho proviso that, “in addition to present pains aud penal ties,” witnesses refusing to answer should bo subject to indictment, and, upon conviction, to imprisonment not longer than one year. In tho revision, tho pbraco quoted was carelessly dropped. Had It boon retained. It may bo ques tioned whether It would bavoboon constitutional, for tbo additional punishment would have been a second punishment for tho samo offense. Tbo act was, lioworor, passed in 1857, for tbo express purpose of providing for continuing tbo punishment of contumacious witnesses after tho closo of tho session. Tho question that naturally will arise upon It in Kiluourn’s case will bo whether, since bo was in fact Imprisoned by order of the House for contempt, bo can now bo tried upon tbo indictment for that samo contempt for which ho was punished by his imprisonment. And, unless the order of tho llouso was wholly illegal, it Is quite clear that bo cannot bo triod, for, if tbo puniahmout was legal, no additional and second punishment can ho imposed. Among rocout deaths announced by the cmrent English papers are those of M. Qoass, an Alsa tfan sculptor whoso busts wore very successful; of M. A. Tibbies, a painter, who acquired meat reputation by his two pictures of “The Em peror giving Aud-el-Kadeu his liberty at the Chateau d’Amboiao,” aud " Napoleon 111. op provioa of tbo plans for the Louvre”; of M. Xavif.u Eyma, a fertile French author of novels chiefly dealing with the manners of Americans, and especially with the Indians; and of Richard Simpson, one of tbo most distlugaisbcd of the early Traetarian converts, who followed Dr. Newmak into tho Catholic Church thirty years ago. 'Che Loudon yU/icmcum says of him : “ Ilia literary powers were very considerable. For several years ho was editor of tho Itambler , and when that periodical was merged In tho Home and Foreign lievieto ho became a regular contrib utor to its pages, and afterwards to tho A’crtfi Jirltish. His* Life of Campion* was published iu 18G0." Considering that this is Centennial year, tho storm of Saturday made frightful word with the eagles. Mr. McVickeu’s bird of freedom, is keeled over to one side so that ho cannot got his eye on tho sun any more. Another one was brought down on Lako street, and yesterday was sprawling iu tho gutter. Another on Wabaub avenue lies on his hack, with his claws in tho air aud his toes turned np. No nows has yet come from Cautbr IlAnnison’s eagle, but fears are entertained that bo may have boon daabod to earth somewhere between bore aud tho sprays of tho Pacific, in which ho wau proposing to bathe. A Philadelphia genius baa proposed a novel plan for Centennial ornamentation. Ho wants all tbo telegraphic companies to paint their poles of a lively color and to pat a small polo on tbo top of (bo larger ones with a 4-feet (lag. It is a little remarkable that tho Phila delphia patriot did not complete his Centen nial gush by suggesting that tbo tolograptuo employes bo clod iu a complete suit of rod, while, and bluo. 11 Tlio unplexiantnoss between the ragamuffin Cincinnati Enquirer ard tho hard-aboll Louis ville Couricr-lournal baa reached that point of desperation whore the former calls the latter “ a Hypothecated Hyphen.” Wo submit that it la high time the mutual friends should slop In be tween (hem and atop It. Com* has served a term as Mayor to which ho was elected. After bis term expired ho be camo a holdcr-ou ; ho is now in a quandary, but when tho new Council declares who is Mayor ho will bo a quandonu PERSONAL. Barney Williams left $70,000 to bis mother and ■later*. “Tho Centennial Behemoth " U wbal Barnum calls his hippodrome this year. Mrs. Jefferson Davis and daughter accompany Mr. Davis on his European tour. Olivo Logan says Nauby’s play “Inflation" made her very sick with its catch-word “ tho ora of pros perity has sot In. 1 * A cynical writer on the Brooklyn Argiu suggests to Mr. James Partou that he may get even with Gov. Rico for his veto of tho marrlage-hlll by writing his life. Tho ceremony of tho crowning of tho statue of tho Virgin at Lourdes la fixed for the 2d of July, and alt tho French prelates are to bo invited. A Papal brief authorizes tbs act. Tho Maharajah of Feuttiala, whoso splendid Jewels attracted such attention during tho Prince of Wales' visit to India, died recently In an epileptic Ut. Ills eldest son, aged 5, succeeds him. Prof, Henry A. Beers, of Yale College, has adopted thu plan of making attendance on his lectures volun tary. Tho name plan was tried by three Professors last year, and It U said to have worked admirably. Tho Popo has created Monsignor Pontenoau. Blah op of Ageu, a Count of the Homan Empire. Tho Ut. tramontane Union says this is a rare distinction, and * confers infinite honor upon tho prelate who is Its olr Jccl. Mr. Oliver Hoyt, of Stamford, Conn., has given S2J,COO (award (ho Centennial endowment fund of $300,000 for tl.o Wesleyan University, in Middletown, Conn., in addition to $23,000 given somo years ago to tho same institution. According to tho modern DomtiJay-Cook, recently published, It appears that tho Duks of Norfolk has tbs largest rental In England, owning as hu docs laud lu tho West Hiding of Yorkshire which brings him sl,- 160;170 per annum. What does be do with all the money 7 Miss Elizabeth Thompoon, who painted “ Roll-Call *' and “Quslro Bros,” has completed her “ Bslaklava,” representing the return of the survivors of tho gallant Six Hundred. The picture, having been too late for the Royal Academy, Is oxhibltsd at the rooms of the Fine Art Society in London. Henry A. Solomon, who formerly hold tho position of receiving clerk in tho ofllco of Register of Arrears, Brooklyn, is now under arrest on a charge of emboz* slemont. Hu Is veiy respectably connected, and was one of lbs most prominent ushers st the Brooklyn Ulnk during the Moody sud Bankey revival. Miss Mary Wells, of st, Joseph. Mo., a highly re spectable and worthy young lady, was arrested in Laramie, W. T„ a few days ago, on suspicion of losing the notorious Hsto Bender. She was held in custody several days, until papers establishing her identity could be procured from ber home. A Springfield (Mass.) dispatch says that tho failure of Harvey, Arnold & Co., of thu North Adams print works, is even more disastrous than st first appeared. The liabilities, it Is thought, will nsu over rather than fall below $1,250,000, and not leas than 12,000 men, women, and children, In the six mills, sro thrown out ef work. Henry Ward Beecher’s lecture la the Brooklyn Academy of Muilo May i vraa largely attended. Among tho prominent citlzeua ou tho platform were Judge Ncllson, B. F, Tracy, T. o.[BLearuiau, and Dr. Edward Eggleston. Tbs subject of the locturu was “TboLoaa and the Gain,” tbo aUuslon being to tho late American War. The proceeds were devoted to tbe proposed fioh dlcra’ Home of New York State. Mr. Edmond Scherer, a French writer, gives tbe following unique criticism of MUloo's “ Paradise Lost 11 In a recent work: “ Paradise Boat is a false, grotesque, tiresome |K>em; not one reader In a hun dred can go without smiling through the ninth and tenth books, or without yawning through tbe eleventh and twelfth. It does not hold together; it Is • pyra mid balancing ou Its point—the most frightful of problems resolved by the most puerile of means. And yet, neveilbaleia, ‘Paradise Boat* is immortal. II Uva in virtue of soma episodes which will remain for* •ver ftmons. in opporillon I* Dint*, whom we muel reed Altogether 1/ we wish reel!/ to possess bta beta* ties, we mutt reed Milton only in fragment*. But these fragments ere pert of the poetic patrimony of the human race," The Keely motor has been heard from again. One of He enthusiastic projector* declare* that Us success l«at last aiiured, end that a public exhibition of it* powers will be made about the time of the opening of tho Centennial. According to tbla confident person* ago," lb* hour la faat approaching when the name of Keely will be aouiidod In trumpet tonea throughout tho civilized world." The difficulty hitherto baa lion to find material of sufficient strength to hold the pow er created by tho Invention. The preaauro of enthu alaam to the square inch la very heavy, Tho visit of tho Emperor of Bratlt to bear Moody and Bankey at the Hippodrome, and tho remark of the latter that not oven an Emperor can save Ida soul with out submitting to Christ, recall an anecdote of Peter Cartwright, so famous In Ula.day os a Methodist mint*, ter. Ho woa preaching on one occasion, when Gen. Jackson entered the church, and attracted, os Mr.- Cartwright thought, more attention than he was en titled to, whereupon the preacher lustily tang out, " Who circa for Oen, Jackson 7 Hell go to hell as quick aa anybody If ho dots not repent 1" Mr. Thomas Carlyle Is now 81 years of aga, and baa been using hla pen publicly since he began to write for the .Edinburg /ferine, in 1823, Ho docs not love America. Indeed, his antipathy to our beautiful conn, try seems to increase as ho grows old. Recently be hi said to have remarked, within tho bearing of Mr. Con way, "America is a great country, hut no system can last which would give Jeans and Judas precisely tho same vote on public affairs,’’ Who does bo moan to represent by theso personages? Boca he mean the Jews by Judas, and the Christiana by Jesus? If so, ho would disfranchise tho Jews; hut Jowa vote In England and bold office there aa well aa hero. Tho Prime Minister la a Jaw. Mlis Elsie Hollenbeck, of Cstaklll, has shown more Ingenuity In torturing a rival then the faithful chron icler of event* often has occsilon to record. 6bo was the mistress of a Dr, Wetmore. For the purpose of forcing a separation between him and his wife, she wrote regularly to the latter, informing her of the suc cesses of the unholy alliance. The mistress wrote to the wife: " 0»l [the husband] gave mo material for a now bonnet to-day. I seo you weir your old one yet.” Again: " Oal sent me down a nice little watch Christmas, and to-day I had a beautiful neck-handker chief with a lavender border. All I over heard ho gave you was your teeth." It is a comfort to know that this woman and her paramour have been brought to hook by friends of the Injured woman, and there will be some law on the subject that may not provide for past wrongs, but will at loaat secure tho wife in her rights for the future. HOTEL ARRIVALS. Palmtr /louse-—I. W. Qaff, Cincinnati; J. Marshall ami W, T. Marshall, Leeds, Eng,; J, 11. Shaffer. Kan* kskeo; T. \V. McNoeley, Pittsburg; J. Lawler. Pralrlo duChlou; George Gray, Englaud; J. Hurt, Loudon; E. W, Brigham, Boston; LI. Tubbs, San Francisco. ....Grand Faeijit-^ The lion. Schuyler Colfax, South Lend; 11. T. Paddock ami wife (Maggie Mitchell), and tho Mlssea Mitchell. Now'York; 11. 11. Marmaduko, Ht. Louis; John T. Renworthy and J. M. Beardsley, Rock Island; E. N. Sanders. St, Paul; D. L. Matvou, Ksw York; .T.J. Hill, Ht. Paul; Madame and Miss Lo Vert, Mobile, Ah.; tho lion. O. B. Smyths, Keokuk; the lion, T. 0. Pound, Wisconsin....Prnuont House—J. C. Buff, Manager Daly’s Fifth Avenue Company; 001. E. Bradley, Montreal: Dr. C. L. Cooko and tho Hon, F. Cooke, New York; (he Hon. J, Oondett Smith, Now York; William McKinley and wife, Occidental Hotel, Sait Francisco; tho Hon. T. S. Sprague, Detroit; the Hon. J. 11. HwartOTant, Toronto; Edward Maguire, U. 8. A Sftrrjrum Iloum—U. I* Adams, Brockton, Mobs.; W. H. Banforlh, Quincy; Col. A. M. McDougall, U. H. A.; A. Pierce, New York; Joseph A. Dane, Boston; J. M. Price, Newark, N. J,; H. T, Fuller, Racine; 11. E. Roberts, Boston; O, W. Skinner, Milwaukee; U. M. Angler, A. W. Childs, and LI. Gould, Omaha; E. L. Llmlily, Now York.... ({(miner /loose.—Mrs. Charles Harris and daughter. New York; E. W, Porter, Ht. Thomas; Mrs. J. 8. Allen, Kolamazoo; E. W. Dowoy, New York; W. L. Steams, Michigan; 8. 8. Bennett, ClucluuaU, CHOPS. KANE COUNTY, ILL. Rettlal Ditpaltfi to Th* CJileaa* IWlun*. Hi.acxDEnnT Station, lU., May o.—Vegetation for the lost two weeks has been nearly at a standstill. Fruit-trees are leaving out, Early-sowed oats are up. Tbo average of oats and corn will exceed that In any former year. Very Ultle corn has been planted. The ground la too cold. Better wait till June than to plant corn when tho groand is as cold as It la now, with tho thermometer ranging from SO 1060 degrees. Tuo prevailing winds are northwest, uurth-uorth cast; and such will probably be tho case for aevend mouths to como. Tho mean temperature of April, 1870, at 0 a. tn., was 37 degrees; corresponding period iu 1875, 33 degrees. This month, up to the fllb inclusive, 3J degrees; the first six days lu May, lt>73, 33 degrees. There ia not gross sufficient to support cattle yet. Hay is plenty and cheap. There never was ao little wheat and barley sown In this (Knuo) County as this year. Farmoro are dovoU lug their attention more to dairying thou to grain, raising. J. 1% B. THE MICHIGAN FRUIT-REGION. &'ji«nal VUvaUfi to The Chteaoo Tribune. Guano Haven, Midi., May C.—Tbo fruit hero lias not been at all Injured by frost, and precautions are being taken to prevent the buds from destruction by cut-worms. Instead of about 25,000 peach-trees to be planted in this vicinity this year. the amount will prob ably reach 0 >,OOU, besides a large amount of apple, pear, plum, and cherry trees, with a greatly-increased acreage of small fruits. More trees and vinos will be planted this spilng than tu any previous year. LANSING, MICH. SveetatDuvalehto The Chicago IV(bun« Dadoing. Mkh, May o.—There is a demand East Just now for Michigan flour, which bos stimulated the market at this point, as there is, among the farmers hero, considerable of list year's crop; and, notwith standing they are now busy with their spring work, they manage to ship In a few loads of wheat. One farmer, at North Lansing, was paid 11.00 J for his grain yesterday, Tho cold, wet, backward spring has de layed tbo gettlng-io of spring crops, but grass snd wheat sro growing ulcsly, and an abundant crop Is an ticipated, ‘•CROP-PROSPECTS.'' Special Corretponiienee of The Chicago Ttibuitt. MonntsoN, 111., May tt.—l notice considerable of lata in the paper* In regard to crop-prospects. Now, it seems to me altogether premature and a waste of words for any oao to venture an opinion oven, much less a prediction, upon a question the result of which depends upon so many contingencies a* docs that of the future crop. In the commercial column of your to-day's issue you say: “ There is promise of a liberal yield this year lo tho leading cereals"; and 1 have Just received a letter from a prominent grain house In Washington asking tho question, ** What are tho prospects of tho growing crop in your local ity?" Tons, In this section, where farmers are Just sowing amah grain aud plowing corn-ground, thoss ideas seem somewhat ludicrous, and savor of a lack of information in regard to tho progress of farm-work. Talk about •* qrovinj crops" when (! will venture tho assertion) there la not an uoro of corn up lo tho States of Illinois snd lowa, and not ouo-tenth purl yet plant ed. Yon might sa well have talked of "crop pros pccla" lose December as now, so far as venturing a prophecy la concerned. There are sq many " slips be* twtxt tho cup and tho Up" that I look u;>on it aa all folly to mako a prediction as to tho futuro crop before July or August. A case in point: Lost fall, according to crop-reports, or rather prognostication#, tho corn crop was said to be "simply Immensebut lo I au early frost, aud now. in this vicinity two farmers have it to buy wberu one has it lo soil, aud tho surplus to send lo your tusr kut will bo less than ever before slum tbu railroad f maxed through hero. Indeed, If there uro twenty car* oads of surplus corn from tho whole of Wbltesldo Oouuty, It will be doing well under tbe circumstances. And 1 am informed that tho same U the case in all the northern part of tula Btats and lowa. I believe the outiook is lor higher prices for com later on. and would advise all farmers who have good corn to " hang on " fur better prices. Itcspectfully yours, Uoain-Osales. THE WEATHER. WisniKQTOK, D. 0., May B—l a. m.—For the Term* Caere, Ohio, Upper Ifwsiiaippf, and Lower Uieaouri Yalleya, ami the Upper Lake region, rlalng barometer, freah ami brlak wcaMru to north vrinda, allghtly warm* er, clear or clearing weather, except lower tempera* turo in the flrit dlatrlct, and followed in the Mlaaouri Valley by falling barometer and aoutbeaaterly wlnda. local ouaenvATioNs. OinOAQO, May 7. Time. .Uar,;Tbr|llu,| Wind. itainj Wether "fcM a. ru.'SO.ca! 80, '7a 8. E., light [Cloudy. 11:18a. d« 20.03- 6S CoS.W., freah (Fair. 'iVM p. in. trtWUl Mi 61 a. W„ brlak (Fair. h:B3j>.ia.,lW.Cß’ Ci, 61! a. W., brlak.. ..... Fair. «;0U p. m. 99.12 63 t>B 3. W. t freah Fair. 10;18p.w. 1 20.73l 60| (It 8. W., freah |t»lr. Maximum thermometer. CO. Mlaltnum. At. OEdiKUAL ODfIEDTATIONH. CuiOAUQ, May 7—Midnight. Button. UatmThr Wind. Jltaiu iWcathtrT Obcrcoiie..,T. WM)J A 3 W., freah |o!ear. Itlatnarck iV.Ki] At N. W„ freah. Fair, Ureckluridgo.. :9.8J S'J d.K., freah,.l 'Fair. Davenport.... 29.891 4C|d. W., brlak. Cloudy. Denver.....!' 130.11 48 B. 8.. light.. .01 Clear, Duluth I'3'J.b‘3 A 3 H., freah...,l ,03,Lt, rain. Leavenworth..'39.o3 4Bp, W., freah,| Clear. Milwaukee....l99.lo 6o'H. W„ briak. ..... Cloudy. Omaha 39.00 41|N. W., freah. Fair. riatte 29.70 41 Calm \ Clear. Balt Late iW.lt 601 E., fruah...Clear. OBITUARY. Nrw Yob*, May 7.—Tie Uon. John A. Bearing, ax* member of Congreei, died yeiUtday al L. L SATURDAY’S STORM. Additional Details of Uic Devastation Produced by onr Kansas Visitor. How the Cyolono Appeared aa It Bounded Over tlio Lake Near the City, A Passenger Train Hurled from tho Illinois Central Track Near Neoga, Fifteen Persons More or Less In- Hired—-Some Quito So* vercly. Tho Cook 'County Hospital to Eo Ee* paired at Onco. SATURDAY’S TORNADO’. WHERE IT CAUE IT.OU, ||OW IT LOQXED, AXD WRIT IT DID. Tho tornado of Saturday came In from tho southwest, and laid its courso almost north' cast. Occasionally it sworvod, but its path wsi almost direct. As it came across tho prairie, it presented tho aspect of a tali column Laving ■ swift rotary motion from right to loft. Tho clouds abovo it hung lowor than those around, drawn down by vacuum in tho centre. Its color was smoky, aud it was composed of sticks, stones, and masses of dirt. As it thundered along, it did not seem to Ho very low oa the ground, bub bounded from point to point, UUo a boll. ‘Whorovor it struck it tore tho earth aud drove parts of tho debris of which it was com posed Into tho gtouud. Its velocity prevented a good view of U, and it daahod by and was in a second. In the city it apparently took an upward shoot, till it hung abovo tho roofs of tho houses. Had it dropped and run contmuousiy on tho surface, tho absence of everything that stood in its track would have marked Us path. As near as it can bo ascertained it fell from its height but two or throe times, and then uecnjlcd again. Where it dropped U marked by tho ruin* td houses and uprooted trees. As It p&tacd tho boundary of tho city and out upon tho lake, a letter view of It could Lo had. striking tho water about a mile from tho shore. It staggered for a moment and stood still, it was then composed of eight or tun columns grouped together, all whirling around a central point. Tho columns, or spirals, twisted aud writhed like snakes. Tho group was about fIOO Icet iu diameter, the various parts leaning at the top towards the centre, and bulging slightly at the middle. Now and then a column would draw away from its follow aud then swoop back, a* It struck driv ing cue from tho other side a short dlslancs from ths path. Ah it recovered fromthe attack upou tho water and gathered for n fresh sweep, the spirals twisted thnr length* around each other, and seemed as if fighting. Tho cloud abovo was black os ink, and Just over the centre of tho pillar It bclllud down until tbs top of tho ouo and lower surface of the other touched. TUB DOWN-nOBUINO AIII in tho vacuum drew the cloud down and abaorlwd It, Directly under tho mass the lako was Hat aud atilt. Around it tho waters were lashed and torn. The waves dashed upon tho spirals as If driven to madness by tho attack. Now and then the tup of one of the twisting pillars would separata from the other, and, bending down, would wave und struggle above the angry waters, and (hen slowi/ rlslug, re sumo its position, Sometimes tho great aggregation of snakes,—for they looked like snakes,— would shrink down, drawing tho black cloud with It. Then it stretched out again, driving tho cloud back again. Around It tho rain fell in torrents, but, instead of beating down tho waves, they seemed to grow mora nud more enraged. All around tho suffering cloud, r the others hung a dull, pallid gray, as though they wore frightened by the awful battle lo their mluat. Tho tornado was a deep dun color. Between tho constituent columns tho gray could bo seen Loyoud. As tho mass arose from tho lako, to continue Its courso. It flattened from tho top. The heads of the spirals fell outwards, and, dropping down, twisted around the centra and drew tho whole together like a sheaf. The attendant cloud followed downwards, and lay like a huge capon tho top. As the pillars curled around, binding themselves together, tho cloud vomited lightning, as though sick of the performance. Rising from the lako, boiling anil belching fire, tho centra throwing out huge volumes of smoke to the circum ference, tho lower mrt shrunk upwards, until thi whole formed a bull of wreathing, curlingdull-colorcfi smoke, and then dropping for uu instant to tho but* face of the water, it Was lost. When the cloud aros« again, the ball was gone and tho white waves wen left victorious on the Hold. The fight occurred about a mile southwest of tho cnb, und lasted in time about a minute a half. Such another sceue may never corns In this generation, aud it la to be regrctiod that tin cylinder could not have been caught aud plckied for scientific Investigation. THE DAMAGE TO THE CITY la about a quarloi of a million dollars. Houses were unroofed, and chimneys perished everlastingly, The old County Hospital presents a dismantled appear* aero from the nuuthtveri. The upper roif is gone, and scantling and splinters bung over the parapet. Upon the old silo of the Uoaper Muslim Is a heap of ruins. Along Wabash avenue an .aborted scuttles and rolls of Hu routing, blown from houses on Ml sides. Here und thero a Ireo la turned over, roots up In the air. Huge pieces of plate glass abound, and the constituent elements of chimneys uro scattered far and wide. One chlmuoy on Bt, Mary's Church top pled over upon tho roof of Dr. Hldrldgo's house, on KUlrldgu court, and, plunging through, secured safety from another attach. Two of tbo pinnacles of tho Wabash Avenue Metho dist Church wero lifted olid dropped. One foil to the north, and lauded In the street. Tho other went southward upon tho roof of Parsons' drug store, smashing in a hole. An immouso imam bearing evi dence cf dry-rot rattled down on tho veranda back of the store, smashing tho rail and loosening thing* generally. Burmuunting tho tower on tbo aouthcast corner of Grace Bplscoiwl Church was a tall steeple. Tho tor* nado fell on it, and tho steeple tumbled over into the yard, carrying away tho brick wall between the Church projicrty and tho garden of 11. K. Buell, at No. Hi Wabash avuiuc. Thu garden was tilled with huge beams and scantling and atones. The roof on tho southern side cf the church was turn away fur 40 feet, mid tho rubbish, falling through, smashed In the floor, and landed in tho basement. A centre beam poked one of its ends through tho eastern stained window, close up tu a honc-shoo which had boon nailed to tho window for luck. Thu stone-work on tho tower was torn, and a huge block, weighing two or three tons, was moved a loot from its place, and bungs over tbo roof, just balancing. Nearly all tho stained windows ou tho southern bide ore more ur lees broken. Tho inner walls uro cracked, and stained with water. Mrs. Buell and Mbs May and MUs Nettle Buell were in their house at the time. Hearing tho crash, they went to the windows, but the air w«s thick and heavy with smoke and dust. Nothing could bo hoard but Iburoarof tho storm and the grinding of timbers. The house trembled aud shook. Tearful, of what they never knew, tho ladies rushed from tho house, and never learucu of their narrow escape from tho failing steeple until their arrival at the house of • friend. Mr. Buell's house was only slightly injured. The damage tu the church la estimated at SIO,OOO, THE COUNTY HOSPITAL. AITEAttiNOE OP THE WUEOK YCETEhDAT, At Uio County Hospital. located at tho cornel of Eighteenth and Arnold streets, tho scena yoatorday morning was ouo of general desola ttou. Tho roof of tho building was foaud scat tered promiscuously about tho premises, and the iuterior of tho building showed unraislaka* hlo evidences of (ho havoc of the ralu and wind tho evening previous, Tho patients had been crowded together In tho ward* that had escaped, and wore doing raa uonably well, every precaution having hoou takoo by tho Warden to odd in extra attorn tlon What could not I/O provided otherwise. No ouo appeared to bo sufforlug auy inconvenience, moro than was necessarily incident to crowding 180 persons into a spaco where thcro had hero* toforo hoou room for less than ouo-thlrd of that number. About 10 o'clock the guardians of tbo comity, the County C'ommiHtuouerd, login to put in uc appearance, with a view to remedying a condition ol affaire which they bad been led to bellevo wu far wort ivrloui than It proved. They were cloiely followed by an army of contractors, ANxioub yon a you, among whom wore Dennis Ournu, of Grand Jury fame, P. J, tiextou, MulUg, and utbera who luteal UK County Dulldtug. I’bo uuly mUimg men werstbd llgbtuiug*rod aud painting contractors, but tlieir au auuco wa# atoned fur by lua prvauuco of tbo legal ad vlter of the Board and Mr. Culvm'ii Inspector ol liuildmga. 'fbo Commissioner* bud coma together for tba purpose of taking the uoce»eury steps to utlord tbo patients a degree of comfort, aud tbe contractor* bad au eyo to tbe same cud. It waa tbe brut time (bal sucb an occaslou bad arisen. Tbe afternoon previous bad uebpaed auy thing iu tbe memory of tbo Board, and, ae nature bad uaccedod ilaelf, tbo more fallible omcla a fell that they bud an extoualoa of liecuau, aud, even u they elnued, that but Ultle would bsvo to bo added W tbe length of Ibelr prayers or faces wbsp ou tbe | ««J* teullol stool for forgiveness of Ibelr week-daf wrongs. meeting or tub coMMisaio.sßua. The CommUeloaera preioat wer# Mmoo, Louergto, llurdlck, kluUoy, Uertlutf, ilcCeorey. Cleary, ami Uoldco. Tha cam# to order about U o'clock, iTeildout Jolinaon In tb« clulr. John M. Bouutrco waa appointed Clark. . 'i'ua fint buaiueae appeared to Ua dlacoaalon of Uu •UuaUonandaa InterUiauga of Ideas. Ur. llurdkl bad talked tbe altuatioa eyes find vti la fa tor of n*or

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