Newspaper of Chicago Daily Tribune, June 4, 1876, Page 12

Newspaper of Chicago Daily Tribune dated June 4, 1876 Page 12
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12 OUR NEIGHBORS. Further Advertence to M waukee Pastors. Crime and Social Demorali zation in the Cream City. Wisconsin Behindhand in Observing Decoration Day. The Old Settlers’ Reunion at Waukegan. Neenah and Menasha Carefully and Impartially Praised. News of the Week Recorded in Aurora, Racine, and the Suburbs. WISCONSIN. MUiWAUKEE. TUB ECCLESIASTIC CORNET. Special correspondence of The Tribune, Milwaukee, June 3.—ln my very brief refer ence last Sunday to the four Congregational clergymen of this city, I omitted to note one striking fact in the history of all the churches over which they preside, to wit: tbeeminentmeu who have occupied these pulpits before them. The Rev. Mr. Reed follows the Rev. Mr. Alli son in what was originally the Olivet Church, but I believe since the Society has located in the Academy of Music the “Olivet” part of it has been wiped out, and it is now known as the Fourth Congregational Society of Milwau kee. Allison preached in Plymouth Church before the eloquent but unlucky Dudley, and was the author of the “Allison Split” that was the cause of infinite trouble. Some of the more wealthy and influential members that swarmed out of old Plymouth and built Olivet got at loggerheads and seceded from that organization and united with other churches, after & bitter lawsuit in regard to the property. Reed came to the Society in a very critical time, and has succeeded finely where almost anyone else would have failed. I do not think the other clergymen of the city pray very devoutly for Heed's success, because he is taking the crowd with him, ■ and because he is not very orthodox in all his utterances, in the desk and outofiL Then, too, the place where he preaches is perfectly free from all theological smells. There is no 4 4 dim religions light ” coming through stain ed glass windows; no richly upholstered aristocrat ic pews; no shoddy snobs who have been baptized in the name of the gold eagle, the silver dollar, and the copper cent; no mortgage on the church; no organ, bats comet; no drawling, unintelligible choir, but congregational singing; and no whining pious cant on the platform. 44 Let ns go down and sec Reed’s minstrels to-night, ” is the way one wickedly sarcastic young fellow put It, and, as he is a regular attendant at another church, his ironical allusion must have been inspired by a deep-seated prejudice against the Academy of Music movement. Mr. Reed also put him self in * antagonism with nearly all the 1 * rigidly righteous ” people of the city by giv ing his warm support to the coarse of Sanday aftemoon lectures that a society of in augurated during the winter. Those" lectures were very largely patronized by our best people, notwithstanding some of the pious ones looked upon them as a desecration of the Sabbath, and no doubt earnestly prayed for a special interposition of Divine Providence to put a stop to them. I have no doubt but that in jnany a private closet in Milwaukee, 4 4 where prayer is wont to be made, ” the Lord has often been asked to stop that comet playing at the Academy of Music on Sunday, and to shake that Seed into everlasting silence by the power of His Almighty wrath. Isn't it carious to observe at times the utter indifference which the Lord manifests in regard to attacks upon the pennanency of His Kingdom, when we far-seeing ind infinitely-wise mortals assure Him that the whole thing is going to perdition? It looks just now as if Mr. Reed had a mission, and that he is modestly going forward to fulfill it. In the place of ALLISON, DUDLEY, AND LOTH, we have KeedL Rose, end Ladd, not as power ral preachers as those whom they follow after, it may be, but they are doing much to build up their respective societies, and to promote the spiritual welfare of their flocks. It is not the most elo quent speakers and the profoundest thinkers that ma<ve the most efficient and valuable clergymcn. baid a prominent member of Plymouth Church to me the other day, when discussing the question of ministerial sneqess, *‘l hope we have now cot through with great preachers. ” THE METHODISTS ire very well represented in this city by Mr. Smith, of Spnng Street Church. Mr. Hoskins, of the south Side, and Mr. Griffiths, of the Sutnmerficld Church. They are all hacked by strong and vigor aus congregations. Mr. Griffiths made himself lomewbat unpopular with outsiders by his violent alUtCiv upon the Sundav Lecture Course snd by bitterly opposing dancing-parties in the pri ratc jmriom of his parishioners, lie seems to stick closely to the methods and forms of old juslnoned Methodism, and in his pulpit ministra aon-hews to the line without much regard to vlnch way the chips fly. Messrs. Smith and Hoskins ire more progressive and more liberal men. Both >f them have a habit of seizing upon popular sub- Lu G P°n, and seek to apply religion to ill the affairs of everyday life. Hoskins rccentlv preached a very pointed discourse on the Methodist Lliurch discipline, in the course of which he criti cised some portions of it in a way that elicited a warm rejoinder from some members of the de nominaiiou. Before he entered the minister he publishedavolumeof poems that attracted con siderable attention, and gave him some local popu larity. Since he has been preaching he has not wooed the muses much, but allowed the poetic pen to lie idle on his desk. y i»*t , TUE BEECHER BUSINESS. Milwaukee is to be honored with a hand in the settlement of the Beccher-Tilton scandal,—if, in deed u is possible ever to settle that quarrel on earth or m the world to come. The Hon. Aahacl rinch has been chosen one of the five Commission to take testimony in the case, and he has Sig nified his willingness to accept the appointment and perform that unpleasant service. Mr. Finch Is one of our oldest and ablest lawyers, has been a member of the Congregational denomination for over thirty years, and, in the celebrated Allison case, made One of the most exhaustive arguments on the theory andpractice of Congregational Church polity ever delivered in this country. It was this elaborate reviefw of the spirit and scope of Con gregationalism fthat gave him a front place in the ranks of his denomination, and recommended him as a man fit for the most important trust. Mr. r inch expected, to go East last week to take part in this grave duty, but just now there is a hitch in the arrangement in consequence of President Wool sey and Mark liojikins declining to have anything to do with it. ° THE FAILURE OP JOHN NAZRO, the largest hardware dealer in Wisconsin for the past twenty.five years, is still the subject of dis cussion in private oud business circles of this city. It is a bad break, and it is reported that he only offers his creditors H° cents on the dollar, which they decline to receive, and he will probably Beck relief in the Bankrupt act. It is said that Xazro owes Mitchell s bank over 530.000. He has re cently been appointed Collector of Customs for this port, which looks ns if he intended to abandon the hardware business altogether. BLOODY DAYS. A wave of blood has left its stain upon our city In the five months ending with May last, there have been more violent deaths than in the whole pre vious five years. The poor and the miserable are always among us, but it is rare that one of them takes courage and murders the man offendin'* him, or quenches in his own useless carcass the God given spark of life. When such an one seta up at the cross-roads to heaven and hell the bloody sign-post, tbere are not want ing many to pass that way. These epidemics of blood arc familiar to the newspaper-man, re sembling epidemics of fires and of burglaries. *‘lt never rains but it pours,*’ saith the proverb. Communities are stricken with a contagion of suicide as with a plague of cholera, or typhus fever, or Mnall-pox. Milwaukee is so stricken. One sui cide a day is the average, with an occasional mur der thrown in. Yet our police force is larger and, if possible better than ever. We are becoming metropolitan. Few nights pass bnt a cose of at tempted rape, a highway robbery, or Imrg.ary, or stabbing is reported at the police station. Our young men arc dcmoml i A meeting of citizens took place vv wlnesuay evening to consider the mushroom P«;wi. h of houses of prostitution about the corner of Division and Kivcr streets, and for blocks north, south, east, ami w est from that vicinity, and a pe tition was adopted to the Council praying for relief from an evil that is threatening the morals of the growing generation of one of the most populous quartern of Milwaukee. Female life is abundant; rice is cheap and easy; virtue expensive and trouble some. The public schools arc so excessively un •'-cuxdan that they fail to impress upon youthful minds the commonest principles of morality, and atticism is the creed of the majority. The brain of a narrow man is filled with the image of a talking machinc -set In motion at a cost of so many thou sands of dollars yearly, and of UiefiftyorlOO doubt ing. uncertain Christians who listen to the music and pay the plner; ,bilt .the dti/eu of the world nausea not to criUblse ibd closely the eloquence of a single pulpit orator when every beer-ahop in the city attracts ten times the number of adorers at any chapel of a Sunday. The pleasant dance, and the foaming lager, andiue frisky evening hours of summer in the beer gar dens, are preparing the way for more meetings of citizens to protest against the growth of more houses of ill-fame and more epidemics of murder and suicide in the dim future. An outgrowth of the prevailing crime and hope lessness, atheism and insufficient rag baby, is the roster of lost men. In a sigle week five grass-wid ows reported their desertion by husbands. CONKLINO’S VALUE. . The day Conkling, ex-Revenue Agent, arrived in Chicago from Canada, I sent you a dispatch stating the fact, us well as the reasons that took him there. Two days later, I made public for the first time the terms of his agreement with the Govern ment. Later, a correspondent of The Tribune wrote a letter, amplifying my dispatch and appropriating my thunder in a very gentlemanly and confident manner; also indulging in a great deal of agreeable gossip as to the persons supposed to be implicated bvConkling’stcstimony, and naming such persons. *1 will now famish the correspond ent with another opportunity of enlightening and amusing the public, and doing some graceful writ imr. at no greater trouble than rewriting in extend ed'formthefew facts that have since transpired. It appears, then, the expectation that Coukliug’s e . idcnce would be sufficient to indict certain lead ing Republicans in this State is not likely to be re alized. Conkling’* written statement, and his verbal statements under searching examination, do not tally, and it is quite likely that no effort will be made to use his testimony. He is unable to throw light on several points. Soruelinks arc want ing. It is uncertain whether he is telling the whole truth, or half the truth, pr anything but lies. As hie evidence was discredited in tbeMunncasc, so is it likely to be discredited here. There are several important hitches in the case made out against the politicians. The case made but is not exactly identical with the facts testified to by C. The chain of evidence leaves many points to be cleared np. As In the Jonas case, there, may be no doubt of the moral gui’t of the parties, but of their legal guilt there is not sufficient proof. Again, the understanding is, if Conkling cannot be got off otherwise, he is to have forty-eight hours’ notice aud a clear track for Canada. The Commer cial JSmes of Thursday has the following brief but sufficient item, which is “inspired”: “ The public will be disappointed to learn that Dixon and McKenney. after all their good work against the Whisky-Ring, flinched from indicting certain politicians whose guilt they do not dare to dispute.” The same issue of the Times contains a copy of what purports to be the evidence of Dave Griffiths, an cx-Gauger subpanaed to Washington. It looks bad—on paper—for 44 Boss” Keyes, bat a cross examination would tear it to ribbons. There is nothing in this whole business of which the pith has not long ago been extracted by readers of the telegrams from Milwaukec in Tub Tribune. The item quoted is one upon which several col umns of conjecture, editorial, and interesting gos sip, might be built up. I vacate the field in favor of your correspondent, and await with intense in terest and curiosity the pnblication of his next de velopments, founded on the above facts, ipme day next week. PATRIOTIC, Decoration-Day was observed as a general half holiday, tradesmen who usually find time to visit the neighbors and go out trapping during the week stopping religiously at the store on the firm persua sion that large multitudes of customers would flow in from the country. The decorations on the graves were but so-so, very little of the accustomed vigor in collecting money and flowers being displayed. It is as much as an ordinary woman can do to coax a spring bonnet out of papa these hard times, let alone a subscription for such a worn-out memory as Decoration Day. The love of the anni versary is no longer national, bat it is f (reserved aniowj the foreigners of lowly Ives who lost relatives that w*eut into the War, caring nothing for the cause, hut wanting bread. The majority of mourners at all places of public resort were German women of worn faces and rough hands, cheaply clothed. Oat of the poverty of their earnings they gave abundantly. Out of the abundance of the rich, very slender parings found their way to the public decoration fund. A few gentlemen who were once army officers paraded on horseback, and there was a fair tum-ont of citizen soldiery and veterans of the G. A. R. SMALL-POX. It is a singular fact that nearly all persons of Gallic, Teutonic, Scandinavian, or Scluvic extraction dread vaccination worse than small-pox. The majority prefer to inoculate their children with the disease to allowing vaccination. Everyone who has trav eled or resided in the German or French provinces, In uannbian Austria and the Principalities, South ern Russia, and Lower Canada, where descendants of the French arc still in the majority, know this to be a fact. In tills city of mixed nationalities, where the Teuton predominates, and even the Esquimaux have found an abiding place, it is al most impossible to enforce vaccination; hence we arc always more or less in danger of a spread of small-pox, which never ceases to lurk in hiding places of large cities where the ignorant, dirty .classes abound. The vigilance of onr Health Board, which has hitherto had a keen, progressive man at its bead, in Alderman-Wall, for President, and an unusually able and energetic executive officer in Dr. Johnson, has hitherto kept the fiend within limits. A sharp lookout is being maintained. APPROACHING MARRIAGE. On Monday Fred W. Payne, Esq., Deputy-Col lector, one of our most respected citizens, leaves the city for Grand Rapids, Mich., where be will be united on Thursday to 31iss Sallie Evans, one of the most beautifal and accomplished of the daughters of Grand Rapids. Miss Evans is one of the finest pianistes of the day, and as good as she is lovely. Everybody who know them wish them life-long happiness. GOSSIP. In default of balls and parties, lawn matinees and garden soirees, receptions and dejeuners a la foarchette, society baa nothing better to gossip about than its own peccadilloes. One of the most delightful stories of the season is charmingly told by a majestic Seventh-Ward madamc, who, it ap pears, has a little debt to pay. The hero is one of the swells, ranked high in the army, tools one of the nobbiest teams in the city or out of It, and owns any number of servants in livery. This swell, notwithstanding bis standing, has never been able to divest himself of rough army habits, swearing, drinking, etc. Nature and his parentage denied him those fine-cut features, slight but athletic form, and aristocratic car riage that open wide the doors of society at eight. At heart he is still fonder of “a night with the boys’’than the choicest refinements of the high est-toned circles. The other day he “wentin” fora * ‘ regular bender.” In one of the saloons, where he fonnd himself with a lot of other choice spirits, a row—a low, disgraceful row—took place, and several of the party, who were too stupid to get off in time, —our swell among them, —were hauled off to the Police-Station, and fined, like common loafers, next day by Judge Mallory. BREATHING-HOLES. The City of Milwaukee is pierced, so to speak, with numerous breathing-holes. Its compact, closely-built surface is broken at about equal dis tances with large and handsome spaces filled with trees, and gross, and plants. These are called public parks. The Seventh Ward Park is on the outer edge of the city, eastwards, dipping from the bead of the bluff down into the lake. Northwards, still on the lake shore, and in the Sixth and Thirteenth Wards, arc two large sections of land around the Water-Works and reservoir. The First, Second, Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Wards have open squares, which might easily be called parks. The Eighth Ward has a park in Walker’s Point Addition, and again in Clark’s Addition. The Second and Sixth unite in a park, the First Wafd bus Haymarket Square and Seventh Ward Market Square, a total acreage of 40 40-100 acres. THE LABOR LEAGUE. This organization is a union of tbe laborers of the city, with many employers of labor. Their object is, primarily, to overawe tbe Common Council and County Board, for the purpose of preventing Improper expenditures. 'They believe m the disunion of Church and Stale to the extent of appraising church property and mak ing it pay taxes, thus reducing the burden falling on the poor and those least able to find tbe money one dollar out of every three. They arc making ready for future elections, believing they will con stitute tbe majority of voters. In Minnesota and all through this State similar leagues are forming. It is the nucleus of the new party. The League holds a meeting at the North Side Turner Hall next Wednesday evening. The League has been divided into guilds, representing trades. Each guild will have an officer on the platform to receive applications for membership from trades men who have not yet entered. ITEMS. To meet SIOO,OOO of railroad bonds falling dne Thursday, bids were invited for a fresh issue to an equal amount. There W'cfe thirty-seven bidders, banks, insurance companies, and private capital ists, the highest offer being made by George H. Holt, New Vork, namely, $lO2 82-100. Holt re ceived thcaward. Bids are under consideration by the Chicago, Milwaukee & St- Paul Railroad for the construction of the new bridge over the Mississippi at LaCrossc. The lowest bidder is X. Lassie, Chicago, SOO,IOO, and highest. L. Soulcrln, Milwaukee, $137,500. The second lowest is the Leighton Bridge Com pany, $92,714. The American Bridge Company offers f0r592,735. We have two weather prophets in this city, and there is quite a competition between them as to which is wrong oftenest. The Water-Works Commissioner collected SOO,- 084.10 for the year ending June 1. The Board will have to be looked after. It is charging poor and rich alike. The rich get all the advantages. A poor man can obtain no consideration. The rules are cast-iron, and will have to be modified—or the Board The swill-man will not remove floor-sweep- Ings, because it docs not feed the pigs, and no other contractor can be found to do it. Let some member of the Council who bears in mind what he was elected for look after this thing, by calling on the regular resident correspondent of Tub Trib une, at 104 Mason street. Col. Cameron, Delegate to the Republican Na tional Convention, from Jamestown, N. Y., is in this city, aud will go South with the delegates from this city. He is a Blaine man. Mr. Cameron is stopping with H. C. Payne, Esq., Postmaster, his brother-in-law. KACINE. WHO WILL COME TO THE RESCUE ? Special Correspondence of The Tribune. Racine, Wis., June 3.—Unless something turns up very soon in the way of balls and parties, beaux and belles will be obliged to be reduced to picnics, and instead of dancing by the light of a chandelier must be satisfied with the light of the moon, and for a carpet the green sward. It will be dancing under diffi culties, but far better than no dancing at all. Many dresses bf shimmering silk ttf airy gos THE CHICAGO TRIBUTE: SUNDAY. JUNE 4, 1876-SIXTEEN PAGES. samer are waiting impatiently upon a back shelf for the time when they can muke their debut, and feeling (if dresses can feel) that the}' will bring successes to the belles who wear them. Now that the wretchedness and discomfort that come from the spring house-cleaning is over, matrons, in recovering their strength and tempers, have found that their energy and willingness for party-giving has departed,—has been, in fact, shaken, scrubbed, and ousted out of them. - The young people, not realizing the mad dening effects of the semi-annual tests of strength that house-cleaning and its attendant evils alwuvs bring, sigh and wish in vain that some one would give them a chance fora divine waltz or two. No one comes to the rescue, and your correspondent grows pale thinkingthcrc isno prospect of a chance to describe the beauty of Miss , the dress of Miss , or the desperate flirtation Mr. and Miss are having. DECORATION DAT. All dwellers in Racine have a wild idea that they have a tremendous amount of energy and enter- S rise, and an unlimited supply of public spirit, ut, put them to the test, and they are found want ing. Decoration Day came last Tuesday, bright and smiling, and Instead of being well received was treated most shabbily. The day began and ended without the usual public demonstrations. Early in the morning the sound of a brass band was beard in the streets. Men, women, and children were on the qui vive, expecting something was go ing to happen. But, after playing a few dispirit ing airs, the musicians disappeared, going to their homes or to the haunts where ewei lager canal ways be found. Afternoon came. Still we hoped fora day of jubilee. Stores were closed, hundreds of hard-working people were for a few hours let loose from care aud labor, the men ap pearing in their Sunday coats, the women In their most gaudy dresses. They walked or rode through the dusty streets and country roads until they reached Mound Cemetery, where they found nei ther a band to play nor an address to be made, and on “Decoration” Day no flowers with which to decorate, so wandered aimlessly, thinking play was about as wearing as work after all. Rustic lovers abounded, and, resting under the dark shade of the evergreens, looked the picture of perfect bliss, and as they could not decorate the soldiers’ graves, decked each other with branches and sprays of the lilac, until they looked like animated lilac-bushes (that flower is the symbol of the day, as a flag Is of the Fourth of July). These lovers divided their time between giving little demonstrations of affections and eating the contents of mysterious brown-paper parcels, which nine times out of ten contained peanuts or pop-corn, and the air was redolent with the mystical odors of rose and pep permint. Handsome Romeos and fascinating Juliets were to be seen driving by, with hearts filled with love, no doubt, but having the exquisite tact to keep it to themselves. Prospective fathers-in-law and mothers-in-law passed them, feeling complacent and satisfied, with a “Blcss-you-my-childron ” look upon their faces; perhaps a thought comes to them of days long ago. In the evening Market Square was black with men listening to music from a band perched on the shaky steps of the ancient Court-House. The entertainment was varied by the ringing of the old cracked Court-House bell, and the sounds gave every one the “dismals,” — and would have sent the smallest boy to bed if the band bad not again commenced to play and rean imated the mournful crowd. At last the musicians would play no more. The idlers disbanded. “The long, long day” was over, and few wished it might come again. THE RED, WHITE, AND BLUE. The fiat has gone forth. We are to have a Fourth of July celebration. Bands of music, a parade, booming of cannon, laving of the corner-stone of the Court-House, addresses by prominent men (Long John Wentworth was invited to give ns an oration, but he could not or would not come), a dinner given by the patient church-working ladies by day, and fireworks by night, complete a pro gramme that seems qnite stunning. The whole nation must boast to other lands of its grandeur and success, although the country is still in a fear ful state of panic.—nothing yet at bottom prices. But wc must dunce and play over the ruins, and make believe to other nations that “everything is lovely. ” And Jarnnefs think we have much to he thankful for. We must own that, although our statesmen are sound enough in the headf they are fearfully shaky in morals. No country can compete with us in the number *f gentleman swindlers—for no man knows what he is capable of until lie becomes a member of the Cabinet. And as we look at the great West, we find it has produced a Whisky Ring big enough to encircle Great Britain. Wc must own these things look a little bad, but the best thing we can do is to have faith in Uncle Sam, and on the glori ous Fourth drink to the toast that he will bring the country 4 4 Right side up with care. ” ADAMS—SAGE. The only society event of the past week was the marriage of Kush S. Adams to Susie Sage, both of Racine, the wedding taking place on Wednesday, the 31st, at the residence of the bride’s sister, the ceremony being performed by the Rev. Mr. Hinck icv, in the presence of relatives and a few intimate friends. The bride was dressed in white tarletan, elaborately made, and she wore the regulation veil and flowers. The presents were numerous and beautiful. 31 r. and 3lrs. Adams left on the noon train for St. Paul and vicinity, and with them went the best wishes of their many friends. 44 RACINE COLLEGE COMMENCEMENT.” The invitations to the Commencement exercises and Claris party are already out, and the young la dic< are talking over what they shall wear, and who will he there to sec them in their glory. To the young men who are going to the ball, and yet arc not students, I would suggest they look sharp, or the heavy classical*; and airy scientific*; will fill the young ladles’ dancing programmes, and, when they arrive in the hall-room, will stare blankly at the long lists of engagements and not find a blank whereon to put their names. It’s only a little game of the “Town and Gown,’’and the advantage is to those who arc first In the field. “ there’s music in tub air.” Wc have all heard of the little girl, that * ‘ when 6hc was good she was very good, and when she was bad she was horrid/* That applies to church choirs as well as to little girls, and to Sf, Luke's choir especially. It has slow ly grown from bad to worse, and now the young ladies and gentlemen of the congregation have volunteered to sing and give us blessed har mony. As Sirs. Charlie Taylqr, Misses Eva Ward, Kitty Buncombe. Ida Bull, and Gcorgie Hurlbut, with Slessrs. Washburn, Buncombe, Robinson, and Rail have already been busy with rehearsals, wc shall look forward with pleasure to hear voices that arc sweet and well cultivated, and order at last will come out of chaos and real music will be the result. WHAT A SUBSCRIPTION-BOOK WILL DO. The City Imnrovcment Committee are victorious. Subscriptions have been raised so that the East Park will this summer be made a * 4 thing of beauty.’* When completed there will be a large fountain, four broad cemented walks leading to it, four large reflecting lights, bund-stand, rustic scats, etc. The ladles of the Centennial Improvement Com mittee will give a grand dinner on the Fourth of July under tents and booths in East Park, and all money cleared from it will go towards the improve ment of Market square nest summer, and that desert will in a year be converted into a beautiful square, with its drinking-fountain and statues, and the now barren ground will be covered with * ‘living green. ” With two such improvements Racine will not know itself. Sir. J. I. Case is building a new fence around his driving park, and erecting a new grand stand, and Improving the track, so before long the race-course will be in a splendid condition. STUEET-SPK INKLING. It is a strange idea that Main street residents will suffer from dusty streets, and let billows and clouds of dust fly in at the doors and windows of the elegant honscs, and not make an effort to have the streets well sprinkled. For a small sum ar rangements could be made with tbe man with the blue water-tank and the inconvenience ended. Our dusty weather bas jnst begun. Can not some en- terprising person start out with a subscription-book and see what can be done? OHPIIEU3 CLUB. This energetic Society gave its fifteenth soiree Friday evening to one of the best houses of the season. The audience seemed in such good humor that the performers felt equally happy. Among the audience were Mr. and Mrs. 11. T. Fuller, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Spalding, Miss Eva Cooley, Miss Flora Knapp, Mies ilettic Case, and a number from the college, both professors and students. The concert passed off without a break to mar the even ing. Mrs. Fish deserved the applause she receiv ed, singing “The Wanderer” with great sweetness and expression. “The Old Crow” is a ranch prettier piece than one would think by the title, and was sung so finely by Mr. McDowell that ho was the recipient of a long and energetic encore. Wc are only sorry he did not respond to it. Miss Eva Ward played tbe sweet nocturne of Leybach with the expression and finish we now expect from her, and the duet by Miss lloy and Miss Durand gave the audience an opportunity of hearing their voices at their best. This evening is the last in formal concert of the season. The closing one will be given soon, and will be publicly announced. PERSONAL. After boating about on the “great lakes” for several weeks, Will Miner finds himself at home again, and glad to be on terra firms once more. Last Sunday found Mr. Fred Hanncy again in town. ° The wife and children of Cook Ely are ill with the dreaded disease of small-pox, caught on the cars while on their way to Oshkosh a short time Many old friends of Mr. Dock Dutton had the pleasure of meeting him in town the other day. He was looking and feeling finely. The news comes to us that Judge Darkness will soon return to Racine, his health not being im proved by hU trip to Denver and Salt Lake. Stephen Bull and family have returned from the Freeport races. Mr. Bull’s horse “Phil Sheri dan” took the second money, $l5O, which was a surprise to Racine, as every one imagined “Phil Sheridan ” must come out * * JVb. L ” KENOSHA. MRS. PARLEY’S WAX-WORKS. Special Correspondence cj The Tribune. Kenosha, June 3.—The exhibition of Mrs. Jarley’s wai-works, given at Kimball Hall Tuesday evening by the young people of the Congregational Church, proved a' success in every respect. The leading characters were represented by Misses Bain, Merrill, Stryker, Thiers, Mrs. Slosson, and Mrs. Baldwin, who were all good in their respective roles. Miss Bain as Mrs. Jarlcy was as near perfect as it is possible for an amateur to be, and her fine act ing might, perhaps, put the original Mrs. Jarley In the shade. Jean Ingelow’s “Songs of Seven ” was finely sung, Jennie and Lulu Pettit, Mrs. Wheeler, Mrs. Baldwin, Misses Bond, Stryker, and Wood taking part in the same. The selections played by the National Band were well rendered, and added much to the enjoyment of the evening. The receipts of the entertainment go toward replenishing the library of the Congregational Sunday-School. When the efforts of our amateurs meet with so much success, it seems a pity that so much talent should be 4 4 hid under a bushel,” only allowing, itself to be seen onceortwiceayear. It is hoped these enterpris ing young people will favor us with another exhibi tion of like character ere the summer is over. children’s party. Monday evening Masters Harry and Freddie Sin clair entertained their young friends at their pa rents’ residence on Kenosha street. At half-past 7 the little folks began to assemble, and the parlors were soon filled with a crowd of little fairies dressed in white, and a large number of youthful masculines, who . seemed to feel of coming years resting upon them, and the necessity of acquitting them selves with credit os gallants for the little misses. A prettier sight cannot be imagined than this party of happy children as they gracefully moved through the changes of the dance, their eyes spark ling with pleasure, and no thought of care or the morrow to dim the brightness of the hour. Prof. Dlckbaut furnished the music for the occasion, and the youthful dancers tripped the 4 4 light fantastic” until near midnight. Mr. Sinclair, Sr., closed this charming party with ' one of his inimitable Irish songs, and then the little ones sought their home nests. SACRILEGIOUS ROBBERY. Sunday night a most dastardly burglary was com mitted in this city, the new German Catholic Church being the victim. The burglars effected an entrance through one of the south windows, and took something over 3200 worth of the church prop erly as booty. The silver chalice, gold mon strance, a ciboriuui, silver cup, the baptismal font, and some of the priest’s vestments were the inpet valuable articles taken. The banners and some of the vestments were cut and otherwise marred, and the sacrilegious wretches left the scene of their depredations well content, doubt less, with the night’s operations. Notwithstand ing all the efforts made to discover the Identity of these burglars, so far they have eluded detection, and are probably preparing to charm our night police with another visitation. Who next? PROP. COOKE gave two entertainments Saturday and Monday evenings at Simmons’ Hall for the purpose of ex posing modem Spiritualism and spiritual manifes tation. Hts entertainments were worthy a better attendance than they secured, there being only a small audience present both evenings. Prof. Cooke claims he can do all that any medium can do. and explains to the audience the manner in which the so-called manifestations of Spiritalism are per formed. Anything that is really good and deserv ing of the public patronage is not well patronized here, os Prof. Cooke found out to his tion. He did not make expenses. where is she i A little German girl of this city has mysterious ly disappeared, and is not likely to be found by her unnatural parent, who is searching diligently all the 44 by-ways and hedges” of the city, that he may assert his authority over her, and compel the child to share his home (?) in the wikis of Texas. As the father strongly resembles the brute creation in his nature, aud is desirous of bringing up his little daughter after the same fash ion, friends of the little girl, out of love for her, and for the sake of humanity, have seen fit to transport her to another clime out of his reach, and he must return to his Texan bovine? as he came—empty handed. She came to this country from Germany about two years ago, and was taken by an American family of this city, who have treated her in all respects as an own child. Con trary to the law of nature, she loves her kind friends much more than she dues her own father, whom she shuns and fears. This is the second time he has sought to force tier from her pleasant home, but, to the great delight of those who are acquainted witli the facts in the case, ho has again been unsuccessful. KENOSHA DRIVING PARK. Among other notable places of resort In.this city is the fine driving park belonging to Mr. A. P. Read. The track Is a full mile in length and is kept in the finest condition possible throughout the entire season. Any fine morning a lover of turf sports can view the fast steppers of this city, also those from abroad, as they take their daily exer cise. The summer meeting comes off June 21 and 22, premiums S3OO. June 21 the races will be for 3:00 and 2:40 trotters, purses $l2O each. June 22, one race will be for hones with no record below 2:30, purse $l2O, and the lost race is open to all trotting horses, purse 8140. Entries for these races close Monday, June 19. JOTTINGS. Friday afternoon Millie Simmons, n little dot of 5 years, celebrated her birthday with a party, which was attended by thirty-six little ones of her own age or thereabouts. These wee specimens of hu manity played on the lawn, under the supervision of their elders, until they were summoned to par take of the dainty refreshments prepared for them. The table was spread on the lawn under the branch es of a wide-spreading oak, and these tiny men and women did full justice to the birthday feast. Next week 3layor Quarles, Dr. Saunders, 3lr. H. B. Hinsdale, and Hr. Stebbins will leave this city for a six-weeks' tramp in the far West. Miss Wheclock, of Green Bay, has been spending the week with friends at the Water Cure. » Friday evening the Methodists gave an ice-cream and strawberry festival in their church parlor. A pleasant time. Mr. J. W. Hays, of Chicago, spent last Sunday in the city. Mr. C. Schend and Charley Kopfcr left the city Wednesday for the Centennial. A fine barge is being built for Mr. E. Bain, which ho intends using at his country residence on Twin Lakes. . To-morrow (Sunday) being Whitsunday, the Rev. Mr. Walker will preach at the M. E. Church on topics appropriate to the day. Mrs. Bachus and daughter have returned from Manton, Mich. Mrs. Meyers and Mrs. Brady, of Albany, are vis iting Mrs. J. 11. Slosson. S. N. Ramecandtwo daughters, from Yokohama, Japan, arc stopping at the Grant House. The Rev. Mr. Hitchcock will speak Sunday cvcnins on * ‘ The Recent Expose, or Spiritualism ami Modem Miracles. 1 * NEENAH AXD M“EXASHA. A SKETCH OF THEIU SPOUTING AND COMMERCIAL CAPABILITIES. Special Correspondence of The Tribune. Menasua, June 2.— The famous family feud of the Montagues and Capulets, immortalized by Shakspearc in “Romeo and _ Juliet,” was, not so long ago, almost rivaled by the bicker ings, jealousies, and strife of the otherwise calm inhabitants of Ncenah and Mcnasha. They were geographically so near, and yet, taking their neighborly associations into account, sentimen tally so far apart. To put it squarely, they were nearly on as good cat-and-dog, give-cud takc lighting terms oa the villages of Chicago and St. Louis. Now, to a certain extent, THIS IS ALTERED. The dividing party lines are no more, the hatchet is buried, albeit the handle is distiuedy visible to the unclothed optic. Nccnoh no longer openly crows in being somewhat more extensively populated than Mcnasha, and Mcnasha is under no pressing necessity to sit down in sackcloth and ashes in conscious acknowl edgment of the truthful application of this triumphantly-uttered taunt. Hands have been clasped over the sanguinary abyss, and at this date all is comparatively lovely. When Mcnasha rejoices Necnah congratulates, and Mcnasha considerately mourns when Necnah re fuses to be comforted. This should be so with all well-regulated town ships and families. Sooth to say, the commercial leaders of these two thriving centres are beginning to discover that their interests are more identical than antagonistic. They find It more consoling to run in double harness than pull counter to one an other; hence they are more likely to arrive at the goal of commercial prosperity abreast, and in good trim. Maybe their lone-continued snarling susceptibilities originated by reason of their close proximity to the rivers named after those two domestic pets, the Fox and the i Wolf. And yet these two tributaries to Lake Winnebago are, in reality, all the time—and at this season specially —the cause of the mercantile and piscatorial pros perity of the twin cities. Just now the Fox River, on which Necnah and Mcnasfaa are situated, fairly swarms with the finny tribe, and the finest possible sport is afforded to the ardent votaries of the rod, who arc flocking in from all points. Those IX SEARCH OF HEALTH and recreation—and their number Is legion should at present bear in mind the unrivaled sport ing facilities of these places. Though neither so fashionable nor so expensive as some of the other famous summer resorts of Wisconsin, their legiti mate sporting attractions arc second to none iifthe whole Stale, and possibly not excelled in the en tire Northwest. Boats, barges, and sailing-vessels arc all called into requisition, and before Ton; r the bass, the pike, and other piscatorial denizens of the deep will have no easy task to dodge the astute anglers, who are busily intent on enticing them from river and from lake. HOW TO 1)0 IT AT MENASHA. If you choose Menasha us your hapoy huntin" grounds for the time being, you will find ample ac commodation with A. M. Bruce, “mine host” of the “National,”—a gentleman widely and de servedly appreciated in sporting and commercial circles anywhere within a radius of 1,000 miles. Take his alert and competent major-domo, Mr. 31. J. Durkan, into your confidence, say unto him in the morning “I go a-flshing,” and straightway tackle, halt, boat, and oarsman will be in readiness and nothing lacking to minister to the enjoyment of your aquatic excursion. AT NESNAIL Or, if yon elect to make Necnah your headquar ters, the tourist can rely on having every attention bestowed upon him by J. B. Russell, proprietor of the well-appointed hotel bearing his name. Wc have not at present been a guest at his establish ment, but everyone speaks highly in its favor, and what everyone says is ordinarily supposed to be true. Onc of the most enjoyable methods of passin" half a day, and having rare sport, Is to make up a party and charter the steam-yacht “Julius, ” skill fully navigated by Capt. G. F. Thompson, of Nee nafa. Nothing can be more exhilarating than a run across the lake under a good pressure of steam, or you can lazily, though with • keen enjoyment, drop your lines and naal in voar fish with your craft under scarcely perceptible head way. Within view, and almost within hail of as, one of the best sportsmen In Wisconsin, Mr. A. J. Ail kens, of the Evf.uinn llVscoasi/i. Milwaukee, is out on the river with liis .wife ami Mrs, C. F. Hlsley. Mr. Aitkens arrived at Brace’s National Hotel last He is thoroughly familiar with the local fishing grounds, and the fish ordinarily evince an anxiety to visit foreign parts when he lays for them. BUSINESS. Reversing the old axiom as to the desirability of placing business first and pleasure after, we now feel Inclined to say a few words to the readers of The Tuicune on the business resources and capa bilities of Ncenuh and Menasba; and in doing so we may at oncccomorehcnsivcly rate them as being first-class. The industries arc of a manufacturing order, and arc mainly developed by the unrivaled water-power enjoyed by each city. Ncenah, how ever, is a considerable grain-distributing poK, and consequently presents an amount of street tralllc and activity which Menasba cannot fairly rival. If, however, the streets of Meuasha are less thronged, it is for the reason that her entire adult male population is, during working hours, profit ably employed in the manufactories. As indicat ing THE TANGIBLE PROSPERITY of both places, it ma,* be mentioned that no house with a roof on it is unoccupied uud to let, and it is diflicult to find a local loafer on the streets. One of the principal industries of Meuasha is the cele brated wooden Ware Manufacturing Company, af fording employment to over 100 men, besides running important branch-works at Depere and other points. Webster & Lawson also employ about 150 men at their hub and spoke factory,— the largest of the kind in the Northwest. Other considerable concerns arc also vigorously carried on, such as the "extensive stave-manufactory of Syme & Jones, the woolen-works of Hewitt, Chap man & Co., the douring-mllls of Hewitt, Symo it Co., MeGinty & Wablc, and Scott & Co., the cash, door, and'blind factories of Mitchell «t Watke and Rhorer & Schneider, the saw-mill of Ramsay «t Jones, the Excelsior Clothes-Pin Works of Noyes <t Davis, the machinery-shops and foundries of Colbomo Bros, and Howard <t Jennings, and the agricultural implement depot of F. W. Webster. Two important additions to Menasha’s commer cial enterprise arc also ,in progress, viz.: u large establishment for the manufacture of reapers, etc., by Messrs. Little & Sons, and a joint stock con cern with a capital of $50,000 for the manufacture of common wrapping and other papers. The National Dame of Menasba, President, JL Shiells; Cashier, Henry Hewitt, Jr., is doing a thriving business, and has helped materially to foster and develop the latent business energies of the place. The same remark is also strictly appli cable to the National Bank of Neenuh. which is under the able directorate of Henry Uewittas Pres ident, and Robert Shiells, Cashier. Menasha boasts of tw*o weekly newspapers, one the Menasha Weekly Press, under the editorial guidance of the Hon. Tom Reid; the other the Jieobachler, managed by Sir. John Klinker. Kcenah’s newspapers are the Gazelle, run on Republican principles by Mr. G. A. Cunningham, and Oily Times, the Democratic organ of Mr. J. N. Stone. It also boasts of a temperance paper. The Tetolaller, run on strictly anti-party and cold water proclivities. MANUFACTURES OP NEENAH. Havingmcntionca the industrial resources of Me nasha, we must—to avoid scalping—chronicle those of Neenah, which arc. to-wit: the large paper mills operated by A. W. Ration, Kimberly, Clark Si Co., and John R. Davis & Co. The second named firm run both the Neenah and Globe Mills. Of lloaring-mLHs there are no less than six, being those of D. T. Kimberly, Smith & Procter, Tippler & Son, Stridde & Krugeger, J. it. Kimberly & Co., and Clements & Stevens. A couple of pluning milts are run by J. Sanford and Messrs. Hooker Kierwert, while n saw* and shingle mill Is controlled by Mr. Henry Sherry. Another important branch of industry is that of the Neenah Stove-Works, the proprietors being Messrs. Smith, Van Ostrand, ana Levins. Neenah is careful to have its brewery as well as Us Temperance paper, consequently we find a couple of breweries flourishing, one of them regu lated by Krghott Bros., and the other by Joseph Mayer, of Doty’s Island. NEWS OF THE WEEK. More might advantageously be written concern ing the twin cities, and of the manifold beauties of their scenic surroundings, but we desist for the present, merely observing that Menasha has had the pull over Neenah in the matter of affording lively local items for the post few days. It has had —among other social luxuries—a bloodless shoot ing affray, a tire destructive of two or three thou sand dollars’ worth of property, and, lastly, the wedding yesterday of 3lr. Frank Smith to Miss Coni Keyes, daughter of CapL Abel Keyea, and niece of Boss Keyes, of political renown. THANKS, We cannot close this rambling epistle witbont ex pressing our indebtedness for courtesies ex perienced at the hands of Mr. Van Ostrand, Mr. J. C. Kcrwin, and Cupt Thompson, of Neenah, and from the Hon. Tom Reid and Mr. A- N. Lincoln, the obliging Postmaster of Menasha. The latter gentleman struck a chord in our breast by evincing a regard for The Tribune, which was demonstrated by the exhibition to your corre spondent of a carefully-preserved and labeled stone relic, which once formed part of the old Tribune building destroyed by fire in the memora ble’7l. W. H. C. ILLINOIS. 'V7AXJKEGAIS'. THE COUNTY-SEAT. Special Correspondence of The Tribune. Waukegan, June 3.—The citizens of Wau kegan ore doubtless aware that other sections of the county, being desirous of the title “county-seat, ” will work for its removal from this city; but a journey in the direction of Libcrtyvillc and the townships south and west of same, will reveal the fact that they have al ready commenced in earnest to accomplish their purpose. Petitions are now being circulated in each township west of the eastern tier calling for an election, at the same time ascertain ing the individual feeling of the inhabit ants relative to its future location as best suited to them. The Libcrtyvillc people express themselves ns having great faith in their undertaking. The systematic manner in which they have entered Into the strife will certain ly accomplish a great deal. This is a question in which the citizens of Waukegan have considerable interest. The location of the county records at this ulacc tends to draw trade that would undoubt edly go elsewhere were they removed. Therefore, as it requires but a majority of the votes to remove to Libcrtyvillc, and ten out of the fifteen townships are in favor of removal, it behooves the citizens of this place to be up and doing lest they suffer loss in the end. * OLD SETTLERS. On next Wednesday occurs the Old Settlers* Re union at this place. Extensive preparations have been made by every town in both counties to make it an important event, and the attendance will probably be larger than was ever seen in this city. Every town promises to attend “in balk,” each one coming In faith, believing that their respective town will carry home the champion flag. The procession will be quite lengthy, and will be accompanied.by the Fire Department (in uniform). Masonic Fraternity, St. Mary's Total Abstinence Society; also several brass and martial bands. The procession will march south across State street bridge to Bclviderc street, west on Bel- videre to Gcncscc, north on Genesee to Clay ton, west on Clayton to Utica, south on Utica to Washington, west on Washington to Park avenue, north on Park avenue to the Fair Grounds, where the exercises of the day will be conducted. Persons desiring to come'by rail can do so at one and one-flfth the regular fare. Speeches will be made by the Hon. John Went worth, the Hon. 11. W. Blodgett, the Hon. E. M. Haines, the Hon. T. D. Murphy, and the lion. Richard Bishop. No labor or expense will be spared to make it comfortable for ail who may attend from a distance. The first shot from the cannon will be tired at 11:07 a. m., at which time the train containing the speakers will arrive from Chicago. Eight minutes later look out for the procession. THE BEST IS THE CHEAPEST. J. W. Kittlestrings, Esq., President Oak Park Board of Education, visited Waukegan on Thurs day for the purpose of procuring teachers for that place. I understand uc made a proposition to Prof. Crawford, Principal of the High School: also to one of the lady teachers in the same building. The propositions are very liberal, —considerably m advance of their present salaries. Tne late action of the Board of Education in reducing the salaries of teachers can hardly be expected to be a gain in the end, as the teachers employed arc capable of commanding higher prices for their labor. The citizens of Waukegan would be very sorry to lose Prof. Crawford or any of the teachers now em ployed,—in fact, they could not alford to do so. But they can afford to pay adequate salaries to competent individuals, rather than suffer the great inconvenience that will inevitably take place. IMPROVEMENTS. Many improvements arc now being made throughout the city, but more especially in the northwest addition. Every property-holder in the city has beautified the same in many ways; new fences, walks, and other things, too numerous to mention, ah of which denotes prosperity in any town. In speaking about this place it can truth fully be described as being in a flourishing condi tion, and, if new residents continue to come as they have of late, before long the population will no doubt be double what it is now. Waukegan has therefore a glorious future. PERSONALS. Mr. Frank McGinnis, of Detroit, made Wauke gan a flying visit on Wednesday. Mr. JohuS. Tuttle arrived home from bis East ern trip on Thursday. He expresses himself as well pleased with the Exposition at Philadelphia. Mr. Frank Rogers, of Gilman, 111., is on a visit to Waukegan, improving bis health by the use of mineral water. S. J. Bradbury, Esq., of the is expected home from Philadelphia this evening. John M. Snyder, of the firm of A. E. Swift £ Co., gas manufacturers, is in the city with a view of making a proposition to our City Fathers. Mr. anuMrs. Frank Nichols are visiting relatives and friends in this city, their former home. THIS AND THAT. “Make thee an ark and be prepared.” Many will consider this advice illustrative of sound judg ment at this time on account of tbo vast quantity of rain which has of late favored this place by its almost continual presence. The new hydrants lately pat in convenient places npon Genesee street by our City Fathers prove to be a two-fold benefit, as they not only famish pure, cold water direct from the artesian well, but they also serve to satisfy a portion of the community that previously dropped into the nearest saloon “to take* drop o’ somethin’.” Little Miss Mamie BdUh Palmer, last Friday be ing her fifth birthday, entertained quite a number of her juvenile friend;). As they were allowed to do as they pleased, they were pleased to have a good time. , . , . Base-ball matters have apparently awakened from their slumbers, and among the clubs recently or ganized are the Centennials, Lone Sta*s, Black Stockings, and Printers. Thus far the ulack Stock ings have taken the lead, being victors in every The purses to be trotted for In this city on the 4th of July amount to S3OO. Fast horses are expected from abroad, but they will have to do some tall trotting in order to beat Waukegan’s favorites. Music may be heard on Saturday evenings once more, famished by the Glen Flora Band at the springs. ... * Another pedestrian match is advertised for next Saturday, the 10th inst. The purse is for s>4p t and the contestants are Julius Caesar Kaiser and iien ry Hudson, both of»whom arc well known in this city. The distance is ">0 miles, "and the walk will take place at Plwsnix Hall. Church troubles arc perhaps the most serious that mankind are subjected to, at least such is the ex perience of some of'oar Christian brethren at the present time. The strawberry festival given by the juvenile class of the High School at the residence of George S. Wheeler, Esq., on Friday evening, was largely attended, and was the occasiou of much enjoy ment. Everything in the shape of a horn, drum, or fife is at present being called into requisition prepara tory to the Old Settlers’ Kuunion and the 4th of July. AURORA. DECORATION-DAT. Special Correspondence of The Tribune. Aurora, June 2.—The services of Decoration- Day were under the management of • Aurora Post, No. 20, G. A. R., and were of a more than usually interesting and impressive character. There was not a perfect cessation from business, but the citizens generally turned out to do hon or to the memory of their dead defenders. The Knights Templar and the Aurora Light Guards —Company B of the Third Regiment—took part in the ceremonies; a most eloquent oration was delivered by Comrade Rev. Samuel Paine, and the exercises closed with the G. A. R. memorial service. THE COMMON COUNCIL acquired unenviable distinction upon the occa sion—all members except Aid. Hawley, Benson, and Evans—by their failure to be present. They had voted unanimously to accept tbe invitation and instructed the Clerk to procure carriages for their accommodation, but, becom ing offended at tbe comments upon their recent action in refusing to vote an appropriation for tbe Fourth of July celebration, they thought it would be a smart thing to display their anger in this manner. They have the satisfaction of know ing that they have won the disapproval of nearly the entire community. TUB REVIEW OF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT occurred on Saturday last, and was entirely satis factory,—the apparatus and men in splendid condi tion. The members were highly complimented by the Mayor, who. in behalf of thcConucil and citi zens, thanked them fur past services and present efficiency. FUNDS FOR TUB FOURTH are being generously subscribed by all classes of citizens, and wc shall have a rousing celebration. AN EXCURSION to Ottawa and Starved Rock has been announced by the Light Guards for Friday. Jane 16. PERSONAL. Mr. and Mrs. L. W. Weston started East Satur day last, and after an extended tour will spend the late summer and early fall months in Brooklyn. Travis Rhodes, an old Aurora typo, late Private Secretary of Gov. Ames, of Mississippi, has been visiting friends in tills city. AllanW. Stolp, the Boston agent of 4 ‘Hill’s Manual,” is spending a few days at his home in Aurora. Harry F. Cooper, of the Main-street grocery firm of Cooper Brothers, was last week united in mar riage with Miss R, Belle McConikc, one of Prince ton’s fairest daughters. The second anniversary of the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Watson was appropriately cele brated Friday evening last. Miss Emma Burroughs, of Chicago, Is visiting her sister Martha in this city. John Miller, ion of Jacob Miller, arrived home Wednesday evening after an extended European tour. Arthur Meadows and Miss Mary Casley were mar ried on Wednesday by the Rev. W. C. Hopkins, the lady having made the trip from England to take part in the ceremony. Mr. Meadows Is aC. , 15. & Q. brakeman, who, by industry and econo my, had secured a pleasant home before summon ing the lady o? his choice to join him. “Uncle” Hiram Scrafford. one of the early set tlers of Aurora and a respected citizen, expired on Wednesday evening, after long suffering from dis ease of the liver and kidneys. Ho was u genial old gentleman, whose pleasant countenance will be greatly missed by nil. His brethren of the Masonic fraternity will conduct the funeral ceremonies this afternoon. HarryWl "White, alias E. C. Sheldon, fora week In the employ of William Giles, sewing-machine agent, was detected of forgery on Tuesday after noon, and locked no after a hearing be fore Esq. Adams. lie was wanted at Min neapolis, Minn., and also at Springfield, 111., to answer to charges of forgery and embezzlement, the most serious of his crimes having been commit ted In the latter city. An officer from Springfield put inan appearance on Tuesday nlglxt armed with the necessary papers, and at G o’clock next morn ing departed with his prisoner. Prof. Mandeville. or Jennings Seminary, is fill ing the pulpit of tiiu Ottawa Methodist Episcopal Church during the temporary absence of the pastor. Prof. E. H. Crone, the well-known naturalist, is a guest at the Fitch House. The Rev. James Green, of New York, is visiting his father, the Rev. A. H. Green, pastor of the Free Methodist Church. Prof. W. B. Powell and wife were pleasantlv sniprised on Monday evening by u large company of friends, the occasion being their eleventh wed ding anniversary. D. C. Pease and his bride arrived home on Sun day evening last. Mr. and Mrs. Sam Crancc depart on Monday to visit the Centennial. Dick Northatq came np from LaSalle to partici pate In the decoration or soldiers' graves. Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Morgan are expected home to-morrow from their wedding tonr. Ex-Engineer James Battles has engaged in the grocery business, purchasing an interest in Robert Pierpont's popular establishment on Main street. ThomasN. Dontney, of Providence, it. 1., who advertises himself as a “reformed inebriate,” ad dress the Temperance Reform Chib this evening. Reformed inebriates, somehow, seem to take to the rostrum as naturally us ducks to water, and since nine lecturers out of ten take pride in assum ing that role the frequent repetition of their ste reotyped story lias become a little monotonous. Mfas Xeiswmter on Mondar next will ooen a select school upon the Kindersrarten principle at the comer of Oak and Galena streets. The price of tuition is 50 cents a week,—the sessions being from otoll a. in., and from 1:30 to 3:30 p. m. Mr. Orin Whitford, an old citizen, for many years residing on Hoyles avenue, accompanied by Ina family, departed Wednesday to seek a home in Kansas. Dr. P. L. Pond has commenced the erection of an extensive audition to his cancer-hospital, on Root street, which will more than treble the pres ent capacity of the establishment. L. 11. Water house has the contract for the mason-work, and Minnirain «S s Son the carpenter-work. Mrs. John Creighton is lying quite low at her residence on Lincoln avenue of inflammation of the liver. The Kev. Mr. Jackson, of Downer's Grove, occu pied the Union Baptist pulpit most acceptably Sunday last, morning and evening. Robert Sillier, foreman of the Chicago, Burling ton & Quincy car-dcpartmcnt, and in the empiov of that Company for sixteen years, has accepted the position of superintendent of the car and balldin”’ department of the Michigan Central Road. Mr. Miller is a thorough mechanic and peculiarly fitted for the responsible post with which he bos been honored: but while congratnlating him upon his good fortune, Aurora can lllv afford to lose a Gen tleman of bis sterling qualities. He was brought up among us from the cradle, is esteemed and re spected by all who have the pleasure of his ac quaintance, and it is safe to say that no man Ims ever left the Aurora ‘shoos whose loss was more sincerely and universally regretted. James Freeman has been elected President of the Aurora Gun Clubjß, W. Gates, Secretary; and J. M. Short Secretary. The club has a membership of twenty, and Charley Evans carried off the cham pion badge at the last match. EVANSTON' GENERAL OBSERVATIONS. There has been a lamentable dearth of events of general interest during the past week in Evanston. In fact, the village is indulging in the annual torpor which precedes the rush, hurry, and activity of the Commence ment season, for which Nature is mak ing beautiful provision, to say of other preparations. Everything is beautiful and blooming, and Evanston never looked bet ter than now. COMING EVENTS. The chief “coming event” of general inter est in connection with Commencement exercises will be the meeting of the Pastors* Theological Union, the fall programme for which has already appeared in The Son-day Tkicone. j THE MATRIMONIAL MARKET. Other * • coming events ” which will, in each in stance, most deeply aftect two persons—one of each sex—are affording topics for the gossips. The prospects are good for a number of interesting cer emonies before next winter seta in. Auspicious events of this nature are none too frequent in Evanston, but the number now in prospect prom ises to enable the village to keep up a fair average. BRAGDON-BTEHLY. Dr. M.C. Bragdon, a prominent and talented 79?,“S physician, and an old resident of Evanston, will be united in marriage to Miss Lizzie Byerly, 0 f Philadelphia, in that city next Tuesday. After £ brief trip through the Eastern cities. Dr. and Mrs. Bragdon will be “at home ” in Evanston. • * A. J. BROWN. It Is understood that Mr. A. J. Brown Intends to carry his appeal from the finding of the Committee which investigated his case to Inc Quarterly Con ference, which meets next week, but those who are posted in Methodist law consider that the chances of the appeal being MfMldared by that body are very doubtful, Inasdihch as the penalty indicted was nothing more severe than* rote of ccm„.„ In . f “j t \vs W probable that the Committee an?w‘ rated this action in making up its resort In Ihe hope of putting an end to the case A, appearances seem to indicate that -‘it won down, ’’but will spring up In some new shane 2? worry Dr. Wentworth and tho Church for come, perhaps. The Quarterly ConfercncT wit meet Monday evening, June 12. Wit TUB FREE PUBLIC LIBIUET. The report of the Directors of the Free PnHi. Library lor the year ending June 1, IS7O. hu been completed, and contains the following ISUCEITTS. Library fund.. Other sources. Total EXPENDITURES, Purchase and binding books, etc. Kent Salaries J Bookcases and cabinet Subscriptions for periodicals Fuel uml gas Insurance Printing Gas fixtures and repairs Incidentals Total Balance on hand. Number or books in libhiry Increase during year Number of cards in force, showing namber of families using library Increase during year .*.*!!** i Number books loaned to residents dnriri" year, chiefly Action, history, and travels MISCELLANEOUS MATTERS. As stated last Sunday, the annual Uaccalaureati Sermon will be delivered J une 18, and this will in. augaratc the Cominmencemcnt exercises of thi University. * The chuucl of the Preparatory School wai crowded Friday evening for an entertainment given under the auspices of the Euphroneau an* Philomathcan Literary Societies of that Institution. The exercises were fully up to the average of thi Universltyi entertainments, and were very Iq. teresting, {While the singing of Harry Thomas Chicago Quartette seemed to be generally aonre. dated. . Mias Brown will lecture at the Congregational Church Friday evening on • “ Christian Symbols * The local poem alluded to last Sunday will bi issued by tbe Index office Tuesday. Its author li Frof. C. W. Pearson, of the University, and lu appearance is awaited with interest, a* the poem, which contains 125 stanzas, is mainly local iniu nature. The Kev. Dr. and Mrs. Wentworth will leave foi a three months* absence in Europe Wednesday oi Thursday. 4 PARK RIDGE. NEWS OP THE WEEK. Tuesday evening proved to be all that conli be desired, and the ladies of the M. E. Chord were made happy in consequence, us the pleas ant weather injured a full attendance on tbeli festival and a ready sale for their strawberries and ice cream. A large number were present from the village and neighboring suburbs, am all seemed to realize that every 'dollar invests was to be returned to them ten-fold, inasmne] as the proceeds of the entertainment were to b devoted to payment in part of the pastor’i salary. The amount taken was not os large aj it should have been, the prices charged helm altogether too small. People resort to sucl places with the expectation of giving and noth receive a full equivalent for their money. Among those present from Desplaines were no ticcdMr. Harry Knott, Miss Sarah Knott, and Mr. Woodworth. Those from Norwood Park were Mr, and Mrs. Shepard, Miss Walker, Mr. and Mrs, Card, and Mr. Treat, of Chicago, guest of Eldo Boring. Decoration-Day was observed hero in a smal way, there being but two soldiers buried in tin Park Ridge Cemetery. Many private families, however, devoted the day to decoratingthcirceme tcry lots, and the graves of buried friends and rela tives. Among such covered with beautiful decora tions, were the grounds of Mr. R. W. Mcachaui, Mr. .1. Janes. Mr. Whiting, and Col. T. P. Robb. In the Potter’s Field was found a grave of an un known soldier, and sympathizing nsnds had place! a bouquet of delicate llowcrs utxm his lust resting place. It was a touching tribute to the memorv oj thefullcub.xne. What came wear being a serious accident occnrrc! on the premises of Mr. CarlUultz Tuesday night. The family were awakened la the middle of tht night to discover that their house was In ilames. J few moments more and some or all of them wool* have perished in the lire. By the great exertion oi the family and the neighbors who hastily gathered, the llamcs were extinguished after nearly consum ing the building. Mr. Uultz is foreman of Dr, Fricker’s extensive garden aud farm, and a hard working, industrious man. lie has tne sympathy a the entire community. The fire is reasonably sup posed to have been the work of an incendiary. Last Friday a precocious youth 27 years of age, named Willie Mathews, alius Redney, broke into t neighbor’s house and stole some £-0 worth of valu ables. The articles were found in his mother’! house. Mr. Eastman, Chief Marshal of the village, upon learning the facts, started to arrest the yocnj thief, bnt found ho had left for parts unknown. A meeting of the citizens of Park Eidee is called for Monday evening at S o’clock at the M 7 E- Churct to nuke arrangements for a celebration on thi Fourth of July. OTHER SUBURBS. OAK PARK. Never has the Park looked more charming than at present. Many fine Improvements have been added daring the season to the handsome grounds and residences of its citizens. The fin ishing work upon the audience-room of the Methodist Church is progressing. The fine four-story brick budding on Lake street, erect* cd by Mr. Hoard, will soon be completed. Mr. George Ingals has removed his present house from his beautiful grounds on Lake street, and is making ready to build a handsome residence. Other buddings are being completed, and there is a general air ot enterprise. The Goddess of Pleasure has, however, depart* cd, and the place has yielded itself to the armi of quietude and dullness, but the summei zephyrs bear on their bosoms faint rumors ol pleasure lor the future. Mrs. .King and daughter Ida left last week for the East, to be gone several months. They will visit the Centennial and other places of In* terest. Mr. PhQandcr Smith and wife have returned. Mr. Smith is much improved in health, and it U hoped the painful operation he has undergone will result in u permanent euro. Mr. and Mrs. Holly have returned to the Park to live, and will reside in Ifolly court. Mr. E. F. Barslcy and wife left for Washington, D. C.. last week, being called there by the death of their daughter, Mrs. F. 2f. Grav, and returned last week with the remains for interment in Grace hind Cemetery* Mrs. Gray has been ill for two years of consumption. She spent last summer with her parents in Oak Park, and made for herself many friends. She leaves one little son, whom she gave to her mother. JEPF2RSON. One of the most cowardly and ruffianly assaults which ever occurred In this vicinity happened Fri day night of last week. If the perpetrator be not insane, he deserves to be visited with the severest penalty of the law. A man by the name of Paul Lawson assaulted his wife, when alone In the house, with a heavy whiflletree. and beat and wounded her in a terrible manner, with the evi dent intention of taking her lift*. Leaving her Kcuscie-H. and doubtless supposing he Lad accora pushed his design, he managed to make his escape* 1 hough badly wounded, it is hoped that his victim may recover from her injuries. The festival given by some of the benevolent ladies of the place lust week for the benefit of Mrs. Moore, ft poor and respected widow, having a large family to support, proved to be a grand success. About SCO was realized and turned over to the grateful recipient. It is such deeds as this which tend to strengthen one's faith in human nature, and it is pleasant to know that the citizens of Jef ferson are ever ready to extend a helping hand to such as prove themselves worth of their bounty. There will be a concert given at Hnff Hall Tues day evening, in which both home and foreign talent will be brought into requisition, and it will doubt less be worth the patronage of the music-loving public. The Irving Park Trio-Club and Mrs. R. A. Dewey have kindly consented to lend their aid, as also Miss Millie Holcomb and Mr. C. 11. Harris of Chicago, the well-known banjo and guitar-player, li is hoped that the hall may be crowded, astfacobjcctlstoswell the organ-fund. AUSTIN*. The dancing-school closed for the season with a line calico party given Tuesday evening by Mr. Russell in the Town-Hall. A large company were present, and the party pronounced a success, a a all seemed to enjoy heartily the evening's enter tainment. Among the number present were Mr. and Mrs. Murray, Mr. and Mrs. Crafts, Mrs. Snow, Mr. and Mrs. Orin Warner, Mr. and Mr*. Bassett, Mr. and Mrs. Plumb, and Mr. and Mrs. Cleave land, from Chicago, the Misses Warner, Miss Mary Hitchcock, Miss Maitie Hnstrletcr, Misses Spen cer, Lansbe, Warner. Hopkins, and others. Thursday evening there was given by the ladies of the Presbyterian Society an Ice-cream and strawberry festival in the Town-Hall. Owing to the great storm few were prescut. Mr. and Mrs. Gould have returned from a long visit in the East. Their many friends welcome them home. Mrs. Moore returned last week. ROGERS* PARK. There are at present five or six fine large resi dences in coarse of erection, which, when finished* will add greatly to the beauty of the Park. There will ha a strawberry festival at the H. B. Church Tnesday evening at 7:30 p. m. t weather permitting. There will undoubtedly be a large attendance, as the new pastor is very popular. Thursday evening Rogers' Park celebrated It* first wedding. The ceremony was performed at the Rogers’ Park M. E. Church, by the Rev. SL S. Kaufman, pastor. The happy couple were Mr. Charles H. Wharton and Miss Louisa Woodbury, both of whom have resided here for several yearn, and were well known and highly esteemed by all. Owing to the inclemency of tnewealher, several of the good town-folks failed to attend; nevertheless, they all unite in wishing the happy couple a pleas ant journey. ' .52,11! •52,253 .$1,331 • Ilf •52. si 2,58 1 <2?

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