Newspaper of The New York Herald, March 22, 1873, Page 4

Newspaper of The New York Herald dated March 22, 1873 Page 4
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4 M'ELHANEY'S ENPi Boston's Condemned Wife Murderer Sacrificed to Justice* Massachusetts Vies with New York in Maintaining the Laws. THE CULPRIT'S LAST NIGHT. He Sleeps, Prays and Cheerfully A rtroi'fa Ilia IPof o aw cuva ***? ?r uwvt Affecting Religious Ceremonies and Painful Adieus. ON THE GALLOWS. in Mournful Silence Fonr Hundred Spectators Witness His Launch Into Eternity. Boston, March 21, 1873. To be hanged by the neck until you are dead," Is what the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court told lom&a U/tVlhonnv ithon lia waa onniriotaH nf 4ho vaiuvD mi/uiuuuvj ? u^u uv nao vwuiivku ui kuo murder or bis wire last August. Tbat tbe worthy Chief Justice was Id error was Relieved not only by the murderer hlmseir but by hundreds or others whose sympathies lor an assassin smother all claims and appeals lor an Impartial administration or Justice. Boston's murderer, like Foster who expiated a capital crime a rew hours belore, had hundreds or petitions and arguments entered In his behair. Governor Washburne was lnflexihle| though, and was as firm and determined In having the law executed as was ever that old hero who wanted a fatal bullet put through tbe man who dared to haul down the American flag. Massachusetts therefore is as proud as New York in her vindication of law, and those who are Inclined to blood for a real or landed wrong will do well to take tbe matter Into consideration. THE LAST NIOHT?SLEEP AMD DEVOTION. Throughout his last night McElhaney maintained the same composure which has marked his bearing for the past week, une of his spiritual advisers was with him through the entire night. The prisoner slept considerably, though he had' frequent Intervals of desire to Indulge In prayer nilii me ucrgyiuuu. ima muruiuK uc npjrenrcu perfectly composed, and to all outward appear* ancea was completely resigned to bis awiul fate. Ilia manner was of tbat of a meek and penitent man who had prepared his mind thoroughly to undergo the ordeal through which he was about be called on to pass. At twenty minutes before ten o'clock he was taken from his cell in the south wing and escorted Into the parlor of the Sheriff's tiousiv McElhaney slept soundly until five o'clock ibis morning, and In a calm, quiet mood greeted Ms clergyman, the ltev, Mr Upham, who shortly after entered his cell. A. SLIGHT BREAKFAST?PMP AMD TO Dig. In a cheerful manner he asked the reverend gentleman wnether he had better eat any breakfast or not. Mr. Upham advised blm to partake or some food, Intimating that it would give him strength, perhaps. To this the condemned, In an animated tone, responded, "Oh, 1 need no strength. Why, Mr. Upham, If 1 knew I could live by going to prison and stay for years, I'd rather die, because If I am allowed to live the knowledge of my crime would always be beiore me." Alter partaking of a light breakfast the coudemned dressed himself, at eight o'clock, in a suit of complete black, as unconcernedly as though he was preparing for church, and between nine and ten o'clock, accompanied by Mr. Upham, walked to the Sheriff's parlor lor the final services of religion, and where the last appeal tor God's clemency and forgiveness was to be made. When asked If he objected to any of the aadlence being present during tho ceremonies he calmly answered, "Oh, no 1 it makes no difference whatever." STOICAL RESIGNATION. Previous to any spectators being admitted Mc Elhaney walked about the parler, conversing freely and cheerfully on religion, expressing frequently his complete resignation and readiness tc stand before the throne of God. As a slight evidence of his calmness It Is stated tbat thronghonl yesterday, during the erection or the scaffold, the sound of driving nails and other work had no more impression on him than the rays of a sunbeam. PINIONING TUB CONDKMNBD. At a few minntea before eleven o'clock Depot} Sheriff Bradley entered the parlor ta perform the laat act but one in the p&lnfhl ordeal, that ol pinioning the arms of the condemned. Aa Mr. Bradley was about to do this his own fortitude partially forsook him, and with unmistakable evidence of grief he proceeded with his unpleasant duty. McElhaney cheerfully grasped his hand, and referring to his many kind and courteous acts shown him during his imprisonment, bade tilm an eternal farewell, saying, as he did so, "Mr. Bradley, you have a terrible hard duty to perform, havn't you T" NO FtBLIC STATEMENT TO MAKB. Shortly before McElhauey's final walk to the platform of death the sheriff desired to know whether be wished to address the audience from the scaffold. To this he replied, "No, I've nothing to say; only to thank you now for your kind and friendly hrcatmcat always shown me." CLOSING KRLIUIOUS SERVICES. At the latter only the prison committee, reporters and a few others were present. At the further end of the room sat a small, though solemn, group; McElhaney sat In the centre of the group, directly behind a small table, lie was apparently in splendid physical condition, his whole appearance bearing the marks of perfect health. He was attired In very neat suit of black, with congress boots. His necktie web also black, and in his shirt bosom rested a small gold pla. He sat with his head bowed forward, thsngh showing no agitation. At bis right hand were seated Revs, w llliam P. Kay, ol <tia TsinlSw s*Ktvv*s?H Faflt Pamhriilam an<l Inunnh Scott, of the Cbarcb street cbarcb. Upon the left were Rer. Samuel P. Upham, of the wiatbrop Street Methodist Episcopal cbarcb, Highlands, and Fatber Cook, Chaplain ol the Jail. Before the services were commenced, in answer to a desire on the part of tbe condemned, Senator Morse, 01 Middlesex county, stepped eat from amenp the spectators and bid the Ul-fated man good by. MeKlhaney grasped his band, and in an almost Inaudible whisper uttered the words 'tfioodby," with a few ethers which were not understood. Rev. Mr. Upham then said, In a solemn tone, "We will commence tbe services by singing mis, lover ok my sopl." All joined In the refrain. McKlhaney sat with his head thrown back upon the back ol his chair and his eyes closed, and seemed to Join with his whole heart In the> sapplicatien which the hymn Offered up. Rev. Mr. Ray then read from the Scriptures that portion commencing, "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you reat." ah then kneeled around the table, and the Rev. Mr. Cphatn offered up a prayer. The condemned bawed his head still lower as the reverend man enunciated the words, ?We do earnestly repent our misdeeds and humbly supplicate for that forgiveness and redemption which can only oome from above." McElhaney seemed to fully enter Into the spirit of the prayer, as, with his torehead bowed upon his hand, he listened ta the entreaty being sent up In his behair. administering tub sacrament. The ceremony of administering the sacrament of 016 Lord?i?uJ)PerJfM tbea performed, the ritual NEW Yl Ming reaa 07 hot. Mr. uphara, with the words "The body 01 the Lord Jesus Christ broken for thee. Take, eat and hold remembrance ot Him, with tbj heart full of thanksgiving. The blood of our Lord JesuB Christ, shed to preserve tby soul and body to everlasting life. Drink It In remembrance of the Saviour and with thanksgiving to God." To the prisoner was first given tho morsel of bread and the cup of wine. As he received them be did It with a Arm band. The others then partook of the bread and wine, the ritual being repeated for each. The hymn, "Just as 1 am, without one plea," was next Bnng, all present joining in. The closing prayer was offered by Kev. Joseph Scott, who asked for a blessing an the man who was so soon to meet a terrible ordeaL Divine help and sustenance were invoked to uphold him iu the trying moment. Upon the ottlcer who was to execute the law a blessing was also invoked for the kindness and love which had marked his treatment of the condemned. Thus eudeil the services, and the spectators returned to the rotunda, leaving McUlhauey alone with the spiritual advisers. FOUR UUNUKKO SPKCrATOKS IN WAITlNfl. In the rotunda the spectators were watting for the appearance of the solemn procession of death. The legal witnesses were seated opposite the scaffold, and all otuers, with the exception of the reportera, occupied standing positions in the corridors in front of the north, east and south wings 01 the jsil. There were nearly four hundred persons thus in waiting lor the ceremony or death, and over the whole there was a solemn air of awe and reverence which the coming event Inspired. Shortly before ten o'clock Sheriff Clark stepped to the centre of the rotunda and briefly addressed the spectators. lie requested them to preserve the utmost possible order and quietness during the coming ceremony. He had given orders that no oae should be allowed to leave the building until his permission bad been given, and It would be useless for any one to attempt to leave. The minutes slowly passed away as the entire audience with uncovered heads silently awaited the approach of the procession to escort the deamed man to the place on which the last breath of existence would be drawn; and that the large audience were sympathizers and realized the solemnity of the occasion was apparent Irom the fact chat not a soul In that multitude addressed his neighbor, but reverently gazed at the dread cortege. TUB I'ROCKSSION OF DBATH. At precisely two mlnnteB and a half past eleven o'clock Sheriff Clark was seen to enter the rotunda. looking lur paler than the conilemued, who followed close oehiud, with his arms and wrists pinioned closely. 1(1 the rear of the condemned followed the Kev. Mr. Upham, Sheriffs Bradley, Bailey and Merrill. It was clearly apparent that the spirits of McElhaney and his remarkable iortitude had partially deserted him, lor as his footsteps echoed through the almost death-like quietness of the rotunda a partial paleness overspread his features. Hardly had he entered the room before Ills eyes glauced upward at the Instrument of death, but steadily and llrmly his lootsteps Increased, leading him onward, little by little, to the platform from whence, in a lew short moments, he would be launched on the broad ocean ol eternity. ON TBE GALLOWS. Sheriff Clark led the march up the Btalrs leading to the drop, walking with a firm tread, ubout four feet in advance of the remainder ol the short procession. The ceutral figure in the group, supported by Kev. Mr. Upham, came next, and then lollowed the Deputy sheriffs and the other clergymen. McElhauey's step did not falter in the least, and there was apparently no change In his appearance or feelings. On reaching the top 01 the stairs he stepped directly upon the drop and seated himself upon a chair which one of the officers placed for the purpose. The High Sheriff then stepped to the front of the platform, and, slightly leaning against the rail, proceeded in a cairn, collected and steady voice to read the death warrant. I THE N008B ADJUSTED. lmmeuiaieiy aner cue conclusion 01 me reading of the warrant Deputy Sheriff Bradley approached and adjusted the noose around the neck of McKlhaney, and the black cap was drawn down over the neck or the condemned. During these trying preUmlnaries there was no movement or a muscle, and the last view or McKlhaney's features beiore the blackcap shut him out from the light of heaven forever, showed them to be as tlrui and motionless as ever. Rev. Mr. Uphani then advanced to the front and offered up a short and Impressive prayer. LAUNCHED INTO BTKKN1TY. Sheriff Clark approached his position and said "And now 1 proceed to execute the sentence of the law on James McElhauey, aud may God have mercjr on his soul." Almost simultaneously with the pronunciation of the last word he pressed his foot upon the Bpring, the drop fell, and the body of James McElhaney snot downward like a bolt. The position of the body when the rope reaohed a straight condition was Inclined lorward at an angle ol forty-lire degrees. The fall was six feet, and the body was jerked backward and forward violently lor a few seconds. It quickly assumed a perpendicular position, and for several seconds turned rapidly round and round. The drop fell at exactly ten minutes past eleven o'clock. Atflrst i there was no perceptible motion of the body except t that which was produced by the fall. Ono minute later, however, there was a steady, regular motion of the body, which consisted mainly In a slight contraction ol the muscles of the legs and what appeared to he a heaving of the chest. This continued for about four minutes, when all motion ceased. A SLIGHT ACCIDENT WITH THE NOOSE. When the body fell the noose slipped around so that the knot, which should have remained under the ear, passed around and rested against the back ol the neefc. This would seem to indicate i that (\eath was not Instantaneons, thongh the smrgcons pronounced the latter to hftve been tbe case. A solemn silence prevailed during the time i which the body remained suspended, as the Impressed beholders realized thai James McElhaney, who had so recently been In their ihldst a living man, was passing to the throne of God. th nonv rrr nown At five minutes to twelve o'clock the body was reverently lowered, placed upon a bier and an examination of the corpse made by the physicians, f It was found that the neck had been broken Instantly at tbe time of the fall and consequently death must have been Instantaneous. The features presented a remarkably natural appearance, and were tree from any discoloratlons or any evidence of Intensity of suffering during the closing struggle between life and death. At one o'clock the body was delivered to friends, who removed It to East Cambridge, where the funeral services will be solemnized to-morrow, at two o'clock P. M., from the Kev. Mr. Ray'B church, corner of Cambridire and Third atresia. ' WASHINGTON MURDERERS. r. President Grant Commutes O'Brien's Sentence of Death?The Condemned Man to Spend the Remainder of His Daps In the Albany Penitentiary? Wright, the Alleged Assassin of the Polish Pettier, Not Yet Disposed Of. Washington, Kerch 21, 1873. The President to-day Informed the Attorney General that he had decided to commute the sentence or O'Brien from hanging to imprisonment for life, and the Attorney General has consequently 'authorized the Issue of the proper documents in the matter, which will be made out and seat to the jail of this District to-morrow, whereupon O'Brien will be taken to the Albany Penitentiary to pass the remainder of his life. O'Brien, It will be remembered, was a policeman on duty at a public picnic at the time he shot Cunningham. There is new-imprisoned In the jail of this District one other person charged with murder, Tom Wright, a negro, who, It Is alleged, murdered and robbed a Polish pedler In December last. Wright Is a negro who Is well known to the police ol this District. He has exhibited a very defiant attitude during hlB Incarceration In Jail, and yesterday remarked to the ballltfS of the Coart, where he was brought ont lor trial, that he didn't caro whether he be hanged er not. The case Is set for trial on Monday next. THE iLLECED WIFE HERDER. Arrest, Release and Rearrest of the Hasbaad?He Is Committed. Daniel Hlckey, the man twenty-eight years of I age, who is suspected of having thrown tola wife f Julia from the second story window ( their apart* , menta, at 428 West Forty-second street, on the 8th or January last and thus caused her death, as heretolore published In the IIkkai.d, waa yester, day brought l>efore Coroner llerrman, at the City Hall, by Sergeant Phillips, of the Pifty-seventh street Police Court, who had arreted bins the night previous at 77b Second avenue, the residence of his sister. Uftkey was taken in chsfrgc immediately alter the occurrence and committed by Justice Bixby. On Tuesday last tne magistrate, on the certificate of two Bellevue Hospital surgeons that Mrs. Hlckey was considered out or danger, released the prisoner on giving $:,uo ball, soon alter which, contrary to expectations, she died in the hospital, coroner llerrman thereupon ordered the rearrest ol Hlckey. The. prisoner stated that on the night his wile was injured she was much inebrlattd, and alter going to bed hurriedly arose in a passion and commenced hurtlag fsrnitnre about the room. Dlrectlv she opened I he Iront window aid threw out the baby's cradle. Hlckey states that lie then Jumped out of bed, tearing she might haras herself, and going to the wludow attempted to restrain and pacliv her. She, however, struggled with him and in doing so lost her haiunce and tell out ol tie window. Hlckey further states that he and deceased (she being his second wife) had had no quarrel that night, but she lelt greatly annoyed ubout something which had been said concerning her by one outside the faintly. Hlckey was recommitted to the Tombs to await the result ef Coroner Herrman's Investigation, which will take place In three or four days. Mickey served nearly four years In the army during i the rebellion. IKK HERALD, SATURDAY A HORRIBLE MYSTERY. A Wealthy Citizen of Brooklyn, Brother of Ex-Assemblyman Goodrich, Found Shot Through the Head. WAS IT MUBDEB OB SUICIDE? A Gold Watch, Chain and Pooketbook Stolen from the Pereon of Deceased?Singular Effort! to Lend the Semblanee of Self-Deitruotion to the Body. Brooklyn has become ttae scene of another sensation of a sanguinary character. The affair Is one which is enshrouded by an air of mystery, which will require the utmost ingenuity ol the expert detectives and the most incisive and penetrative powers of the Coroner to dispel. The great question to be kept in view by these officials of the law, upon whose perspicuity so much depends in fathoming the affair, Is, "Was It murder or suicide f" That is the question to be solved. Theories are singularly strong bearing upon either version; but the burden or proof lies with the authorities. The tacts a-e, in brief, these:?A gentleman of wealth and steady habits, residing in a brown stone dwelling in a thinly settled neighborhood, on the hillside, the western sloping of Prospect Park, on Degraw street, between Fifth and Sixth avenues, was found lying on the lloor or the front basement ol his residence, with a BULLET HOLE THROUGH HIS LEFT TEMPLE and a deep scar on his right eyebrow. The window of the rear basement (the kitchen) was broken, so as to admit the entrance of a hand to shove back the catch which fastened the sash. A jack-knife was also found lu the room, aud a towel, which had been rinsed for the evident purpose of obliterating the stains of Dlood, which were, however, plainly visible. The watch, chain and pocketbook of deceased were missing, and the belief Is that they were stolen. A thorough search or the domicile from cellar to attic failed to elicit any further evidence of robbery. Nothing was disturbed nor was there the slightest Indication ol ? struggle ' having taken place on the premises. 1 THE MYSTERY WAS DEVELOPED In this manner: Ex-ABsemb)yman William W. Goodrich, the leader of the liberal movement In Kings county during the late campaign, visited Police Headquarters, corner of Livingston and Court streetB, about ten o'clock yesterday morning, and Informed the authorities that Charles Goodrich, his brother, was lying dead in an unoccupied house, and believed that he had been murdered. Sergeant Van Wagner and Detectives Folk and Vldetto at once repaired to the house, where Captain Cassldy and Sergeant Meets were already Installed searching for a clew to che mvsterv. When the representative ot the Herald arrived, which was early in the forenoon, he lound the body of deceased, a uian about five feet eight lnohes, attired In n suit of black, lying on the brightly carpeted floor of the well furnished basement. The head was reposing on the legs of a pair of boots, thb boot lyino om its back, ' about two leet from the mantelpiece, the feet toward the door leading to the ball. Over the right eyebrow was a cut, such as might have been dealt by the blow of a heavy instrument, but, strange to say, there were no blood stains on that , side of the lace. On the left temple. In the rear Dart, was a bullet hole. The blood on this side was deep and clotted. A thick clot of the life fluid also stained tne white marble hearthstone, and this stain must have been made by the blood which flowed from the Incision on the left eyebrow. The hands were stretched down straight by the sides as carefully as though the remains had been regularly laid out by an undertaker. By the side or the right hand was A PISTOL of the Ethan Allen pattern (a seven-shooter) with three chambers discharged. There was just one slight splash of blood on the lower part of the mantelpiece, such as might have been caused by the sprinkling of the blood from tne wound over the right eye, supposing him to have been struck while standing near the mantelpiece. The brother of the deceased, who was sealed near tne head of ine unfortunate man, said that he felt confident that Charles was MURDBRBD lit THAT HOU3K, and that robbery was the object, as his gold watch (a vfiry valuable one), chain and pocketbook were gone. He could not tell how much money deceased had with him, but be did not think It was any very large amount. He (Mr. W. W. Goodrich) stated that be had called to Hee his brother on Wednesday morning, upon which occasion he took with nlm a little can. lie rang the bell and knocked at the door, but, receiving no answer, concluded that Charles was not In. He tbereupen took his departure, and did not return until yesterday morning shortly before nine o'clock. The can remained unmolested beneath the stoop, but he was unable to gain admission to the house. He then repaired to the residence of Mr. Potter, a gentleman residing in the vicinity, who had the eye of an adjoining dwelling. Procuring the keys be gained access to the building and made his way along the roof to the scuttle of bis ptothet's place of abode. Entering Dy the Scuttle he made his way down the ladder leading from the roof, at the foot of which Is a door. The door being locked from the inside Mr. Goodrich burst open the panels, and by that msans gained an entrance to the landing of the third floor. He then repaired through each room, finding the doors all open, but MO PEKSkNCE OF LIFE. Reaching the basement hall he tried the handle ' of the front apartment. It was lacked. Groping his way ta the end of the hall he found the kitchen deor open, and, In order to obtain light, threw open the deor leading to the rear yard. The window was next opened. The window pane had evidently been cnt out jnst beneath the catch lor a sufficient space to admit of the Introduction er a hand ta remove the fastening. A knife had also been nsed, doubtless before the glsss was broken, to pry back the latch which secures the sash. But mm FTLL nORROB OF THIS SCENE did not burst upon liim until he opened the door which divided the front and rear basements, In the former of which lay the murdered remains of his brother, Charles Goodrich, who was forty-two years or age, was a lumber merchant, formerly of Albany, but lor the past live years a resident er New York. He had been married, but was a widower. Borne tune ago he Invested a considerable amount of money In the purchase oi real estate, and last Summer erected six three story and basement brown stone houses on Degraw street, near Fifth avenue, a bleak locality In Winter, but a charmingly elevated place lor Summer residence. The house in wnich he met his death, according to the statement of his brother, he had been occupying a couple of weeks, and had furnished It ror the occupancy of a gentleman and lamily who were about to take up their residence there a lew (lays hence. Deceased was NOT GIVEN TO MELANCHOLY or despondency, nor bad he any financial troubles, as far as can be ascertained. While stopping In this house?No. 731 Degraw streetr-be had been In the habit of eating his meals out, or bringing a lunch with him. H? slept la the front room, on the floor over the parlor?an apartment furnished with a regard to good taste, comfort and refinement. By the side of his bed, which was slightly disarranged, wan an open desk, the upper part of which was filled with books. The theory of one of the officers engaged upou the case Is that he had lain down npon the bed, and hearing a noise In the baaemeut proceeded, pistol In hand, to Investigate It. lie was struck en the temple and then shot. The blood Irom the latter wound iras washed away and the pistol placed by the right hand to lund the appearance op SDICIDB. A wet towel, above mentioned, bearing marks of blood, gives strength to this theory. Beneath the sink was lonnd a copy oi the fourth edition of the Kagle of Thursday last. The paper la question was saturated with water. Coroner Whltehii) visited the house during the forenoon, examined the wouud and expressed his inability to give any decided opinion as to the problem. Be has empanelled the following distinguished Jury, and Is determined upoa arriving ultimately at the most intelligent verdict practicable: Alderman N. E. Richardson, ex-Alderman I). D. Whitney, i. H. Chittenden, Congressman Thomas Klnsclia, Henry c. Uuwen, Supervisor at imrge William K. Osoorn, John U. itolph, George Powers, 1). A. Kobbins and Robert spears. The Inquest is set down to be held at two o'clock to-morrow afternoon. was it sricmE ? Mrs. Fletcher, a lady residing on Degraw street, near Fifth avenue, states that Mr. Charles Goodrich, the deceased, nod been stopping at the house in which he was lound dead during the Winter. This conflicts Willi the statement of Mr. W. W. Goodrich. Deceased was In the habit of visiting the residence of Mrs. Fletcher and was on most triendly terms with her family. Two weeks ago he tolil Iter son that tils father and mother were coining over to Brooklyn to take up their abode with him, and that thru they could nil be good neighbors. On Tuesday night she had a letter for him (Mrs. Fletcher w.is in the habit of receiving letters addressed to Mr. Goodrich in Ids absence) which she bi ought to the house. Alter knocking at the door lor a long time the summons was answered by Mr. Goodrich, and she told him site had news lor him. His hair w?n . dishevelled uud he wore a wild look, as lie tonir , MABCH 22. 1873.?TK1PL the letter he exclaimed, "I don't care! I don't care!" lie then clotted the door abruptly and went Into hie solitary abode. When the kind neighbor returned to her home she told her husband of MR. UOOI RICH'S SINGULAR MANNSR, , and remarked that did she not know that he was not a drinking man she would say that he was drunk. On Thursday two ladles called on her to see Mr. Goodrich and went up to his house, but were unable to obtain admission. They returned to tell Mrs. Fletcher that they could not get Into the house. A boy, who lives in the neighborhood, states that he saw the deceased talking to a man on Flatbush avenue on Thursday afternoon, which, If true, will go to show that Charles Goodrich met his death within the sixteen or eighteen hours preceding the finding of the body. A pocket map of the Western states was found beneath the basement window, which. It is supposed,

AFFORUkO KiBK8S TO THE MURDERER. . On the back of this map was written a name, which the detectives withhold. A letter is also said to be in the possession ol one of the relutives of the dead man whiob may atford a clew worthy investigation. There are mysterious whispers of unknown feminine agency having been concerned in some at present Inexplicable manner with the case, llut Investigation alone can throw light upon the mystery, and decide the doubtful question, "Was it murder or suicide 1" TUB POST-MORTEM. Dr. A. W. Slieparq, the County Physician, together with Dr. spelr, Coroner Whltebill, District Attorney Winchester brltton. Captain Oassidy and a number of others, repaired to the honse at five o'clock last evening, where the doctors made a post-mortem examination of the body. The hasty examination made by the Coroner yesterday morning only brought to light one pistol shot wonnd, out when the post-mortem was held last evening the physicians lound three ballets in tne brain. There was a bullet hole in the left temple, the ball penetrating the brain; there was a bullet hole behind the left ear, the ball being found imbedded In the skull, and there was another ballet hole behind the right ear, the ball sf> which passed through the head and lodged on the opposite side. The only wound which had t races of powder on It was that over the left temple. The other wounds seem to have been made with the pistol being held some distance from the head. All these circumstances tended to confirm the idea that the deceased was really murdered. From the position of the wounds Dr. Shepard said he could hardly believe it possible for the man to have shot himself, especially in so many different places. They noticed, in making the examination, that the deceased had only been shaved a short time previous. Re was seen on Thursday morning at the door by a boy residing In the neighborhood, and In the evening, it is said, he was seen by a son oi Mr. William Kichardson, of the Fifth Avenue Railroad line. The District Attorney went through the house and examined it very thoroughly, but did not express any opinion further than that It was certainly a very mysterious case. "THE PAST TEN YEARS." The Wonderful Progress of the World Between 1861 and 1879. St. Paul's Methodist Episcopal church was well filled last night to hear Bishop Simpson's lecture on "The Past Ten Years," or the events that have transpired between 1861 and 1872. In some respects these were like ordinary years. These respectB the Bishop pointed out. They have demonstrated, however, that mankind Is making progress In the world, and It will probably continue to do so until man shall become what God designed him to be?Ills vicegerent on earth. The Bishop then pointed out the two great elements of human progress?namely, material prosperity and intellectual culture. The former requires the accumulation of wealth, without which mountains cannot be tunnelled nor oeeans cabled. The Intellectual thought was alseelabo onVnrl Thn DlfltlAn nn?r? dnaAolhnH lUtUU. X Ilv UIDIlUp lie At/ UCBtl IUOU lillU REMARKABLE GEOGRAPHICAL DISCOVERIES IN AFRICA, around the NorthTole, Ac. Livingstone lies buried for years In the wilds of Africa until a New York paper sends ont an interviewer to find him. And sad, indeed, must be the fate of any man whom the Interviewer cannot find ont. The explorations in the Holy Land were next referred to. But to bring men into a common brotherhood rapid transit is necessary. This, the Bishop demonstrated, has been accomplished within the last ten years, so as to be the wonder of the world. And the building of the Pacific Railroad has changed the current of the commerce of the world. The opening of the Suez Canal was a contemporaneous event with the opening of the Pacific Railroad. The tnnnelling of Mount Cents and the laying of the Atlantic cable were referred to as marks of this human progress. The Bishop believed that the rallure of the first cable enabled us to be the great nation we are today, for had It been In complete order we should have been drawn to Enrope, and the latter, during our war, wonid have lnteriered with us In such way as it could not without the cable. But, victory having perched on our banners, THE INFLUENCE OP AMEBIC* UPON EUROPE has overturned monarchies and set up republics, and we stand te-day foremost among the nations of the earth. The comparative ease and safety of travel In these days were pointed out, and the ratio or Increase of wealth?100 per cent?and of population?twenty-two per cent?during those years was also set forth. And as the result ef this wealth society is advancing. Art, science, educa. tlon, religion, Ac., advance, and wealth adds to the eomfort ol society everywhere. And with It also the culture of mind advances. But that society may get all the possible advantage every mind mnst be educated, and he hoped for the day when society should say that every child must be educated. This plan Is spreading in Europe, In China, Japan, Turkey, Ac., and females are to be as well educated as males. And the result of this common education of the sexes Is to lift society higher. The liberation of the serrs In Russia and ol the slaves ia America, the subsequent measures by Brazil and Spain, Ac., to curtail or abolish Including the suffrage or women, the Bishop gave as a further indication of this progrefis. He had no sympathy with strong-minded women or tree love, Ac., hut lur twenty years he had been firmly convinced that Intemperance, prostitution, Ac., cannot be overthrown until we can command woman's moueice therein. The separation of Church and State and the spread of religious liberty, the overthrow of the temporal power of the Pope are further signs, and he expected by and by to see Russia allow her subjects to think and worship as they please. THE nnWCATION OP NATIONALITIES In Germany, Italy, Russia, America, Ac., is another sign, and it our State and national governments are wise they will teach only the English language In onr public schools. The Bishop next pointed out the proud position In various aspects that America occupies to-day in the eyes of the world, and gave reasons therefor. And we have taken this position within tne past ten ycar% The lllshop closed with a beautiful apostrophe to Americd. SCIENCE AND CHRISTIANITY. Association flail, In Twenty-third street, was full to repletion last night, on the occasion of a lecture being delivered by General Thomas L. CUngtnan, of North Carolina, who was. In days gone by, for sixteen years a member of Congress. A large number of Southerners were present, and the enthusiasm upon the appearance of the lecturer was very great. He commenced by stating that it had been asserted over and over again that the most sctentlflc men of present and past days were Infidels, but he denied the correctness of the charge, and mantalned that the lien between science and Christianity was a strong one. To show the paucity of our human Intellect ne then portrayed an imaginary Interview between an Esquimaux and a learned professor. The son of the North asked the professor questions as to light, beat, vegetable life, force of gravity; but the In direct replies of ttie professor failed to satisfy him, ! for thej showed a great want of definite and aeeurate knowledge, and the deduction drawn bj the lecturer from this was that sclenoe Is unable to explain anything. He then, with great humor, depleted a session of a "meeting of the scientific worms," in which tne following questions were propounded:?Whether the Great Eastern steainerr exists; whether Kaiser WUhelin could put an army of 1,000,000 on loot, and whether citizens of the united States had ballt a railroad from New York to Man Francisco? And It was unanimously resolved that all scientific worms would lose the respect of their brethren ir they believed any such absurd theories. General Cllngnian then maintained that the worms can better lean facts relative to scientific knowledge and form more correct opinions than a large portion of scientific men of the day as to what transpires In the natural world, and in corroboration of this theory he gave quotations from Homer, Akenstde and Walter Scott, lie then discassed In an able manner the question of astronomy, irom the smallest and remotest nebula down to the sun. Artcr exhausting this subject he dwelt at length on the Taculty of spirituality aud causality as elements of the human mind, and likewise the laws of uniformity In the natural world. In conclusion he allowed that the study of the material world not only shored the existence 01 a God, but that He possesses the attributes of omnipotence, infinite wisdom. unity, benevolence. Man was placed here lor a temporary purpose?he was placed here as a laborer, und had a moral nature, conscientious feelings, and that science showed matter to be eternal and that Its Creator must be so likewise. He then closed his remarks by alluding to the Wcrtptnrcs, and that these qualities were clearly Indicated In the Hlble. At the conclusion or the lecture several of the audience, s.inl to be oid scnualuiances, shook the lecturer warmly by the band. The lecture Is to bs repeated. iK SHEET. THE COURTS. Yesterday George E. Moras, who haB been charged In connection with Simon Donan and Marcna Newman for alleged complicity in the UUcit distillation of whiskey at Spring Valley, Rockland county, waa arrested in llrooklyn on a bench warrant and committed lor trial. Donan and Newman are under lndiotment, and may possibly be tried In the present term of the United States Circuit Court. An attachment was granted yesterday by Judge Fancher, In Supreme Court, Chambers, against the property of Austin Bldwell, alias A. Blron Bldwell, one of the parties charged with the recent forgeries upon the Bank or England. Mr. ttamuel A. Blatchford, one of the attorneys of the bank, and Mr. Frank May, Deputy Chief Cashier of the bank, made the affidavits upon which the attachment waa granted. Mr. Blatchford swears that the suit Is brought to recover ?102,000, or $407,768 In gold, obtained on forced acceptances Irom the bank. He further asserts that Mr. Bldwell, who Is charged with the forgery, Is now a fugitive rrom Justice In Cuba. The same statements are substantially set forth in the affidavit of Mr. May, with the additional allegation that Bldwell, under the name of P. A. Warren, George McDonnell and George Bidwell, were co-conspirators In the fraud, and that an officer traced ?10,000 or the proceeds ot the fraud to the possession of George McDonnell while on his way to this city. Considerable time was occupied yesterday tn Supreme Court, General Term, arguing the appeal from the recent decision of Judge Fancher, granting a peremptory mandamus against the Comptroller, directing him to pay some $l,ooo claimed by Daniel O'Brien as Crier of the Superior Court. At the close of the argument the Court at once affirmed the decision of Judge Fancher, the effect of which was to declare that Judges of the Court hare the right to appoint the officers of the Court, and not the Comptroller. Two applications were made yesterday before Judge Fancher, at Supreme Court, Chambers, for the appointment of a receiver of the Bull's Bead Bank. One application was on behair of Mr. Lawrence R. Kerr, and the other for Mr. James P. Brewster. For the former Mr. Edward Stephenson was proposed as receiver, tendering security in $100,000, with ex-Senator Lambier and Thompson W. Decker as sureties, who, it was stated, would Justify in double the amount of the bond. For Mr. Brewster no one was suggested as receiver, but opposition was expressed to the appointment of Mr. Stephenson. The Judge took the papers, reserving his decision until this morning. A suit was concluded yesterday in the Marine | Court, Part 1, before Judge Gross, which occupied ; two days. The plaintiff, Vlrgllio Togetti, sued to recover from Leopold Bamburger, on a contract ; for house ornamental painting, the sum of $400. The work In question consisted of panel paintings in defendant's residence of the seasons, illustrations of the animal and natural features of the four quarters of the globe, cuplds, Ac. The defence was that this work, admitted to have been satisfactorily done, was but a portion ol a general contract with another party. Tne jury took a different view, and rendered a verdict for the plaintiff In $443. Yp4ti>ri1ftv in fhn Murinn Hnnrt hninm nrsw I ? ? ""-"I "???? tlB, the case of Wergas vs. The Second Avenue Kailroad Company was tried. It was an action to re, cover damages from the company on the ground that a vehicle, the property of the plaintiff, was recklessly and negligently injured ny one of the defendant's pars, which was being driven by a drunken servant. It appeared that, at the time of 4he alleged damage, tne plaintiff's liorse and wagon were standing unattended on the street, and that there is a city ordinance against the obstruction of, the streets in this manner without a special license. Plaintiff having failed to-?sho w that he had such a license, or that he was actually delivering goods in the prosecution of his business, the complaint was dismissed, with a stay 01 thirty days to make a case on appeal. The trial of Frederick Heggl, charged with murder in the first degree by the alleged ministration of poison to Frederick J. Siegfried, was resumed yesterday in the General Sessions, before Recorder Hackett. Professors Chandler, McCready and Endemann were examined relative to the effect of arsenical poison upon the human system, nnd the probability of the presence of a large quantity of arsenic in tne body of Siegfried. As one-fourth of a grain was found in the portion of the remains analyzed, they concluded that it had been diffused throughout the system. Mrs. Siegfried, the wife of the deceased's son, testified at great length, and said that two days before his death old Siegfried told her thqt the Heggls were poisoning him. The trial will be continued on Monday. EXCITING NAVAL NEWS. Alarming Scene on Board the Halted States Ship Omaha at Sea?Fonr Men Foil from the Fore Topsail Yard?One tn the Ocean?Gallant Conduct ot Lieutenant Seth Acklejr, United States Navy. The following exciting and deeply interesting narratlv^Mj^ach^w flQJtt^jjj^dllJ^J^nited States ship omahaTwhicb armed at Valparaiso en the 7th of February last, after a very rough passage. which was really her trial trip On Tuesday afternooa, January 7, when the ship was in latitude 37 06 south, longitude 52 west, the officers and men were startled by a yell, a crash, and the cry, "A man overheard l" All were at once on the move for their stations. Tom Lee had the deck and was making preparations to heave to, not an easy thing to do with the wind aft and a heavy sea, but he did It well and quickly. Those on the poop with the life buoys saw a man floating astern; they tried hard first to get the buoys away, bnt they hnng foul from the effect of constant storms. Meanwhile some one jumped overboard and caught the man and they went astern together. An officer got a rope and a grating over: a man caught the rope and by this time the lire buoys were down; he couid not hold the rope in the heavy tow and had to let go. The doctor of the ship and an officer with six volunteers get away iu the whaleboat and alter narrowly escaping being swamped several times got off some distance astern and came In sight ef the lire buoys with somebody just grasping them. This was Seth Ackley, just where those lamiltar with modesty and pluck would expect to find him. The crew pulled with a will. Coming near him he called that he was "all right," and begged the men to pull ahead to wncre tho man ought to be if he rose again. This they did, and searched for htm, but found nothing but his cap. 1'bey then went and picked up Ackley. He never thought or hlmseir once dunug the whole affair and was as cool as a cucumber, or as when he, with others, was flounderlug in the surf at Narragansett Pier last August. The men hoisted him in and returned to the ship, into which with some difficulty they were also hoisted, as it was very reugh lor swlmiiung or boating either. Again on board, they found what it was all about. Four men had been at work on the loretopsall yard; the tve parted near the fly-block, and the yard had dropped by the run about thirty feet, shaking off the men. The lookout caught in the rigging^ one seaman In the tore rigging, another on the toreyard, all of whom were slightly injured. The fourth inau, John Owens, a carpenter, who was at work on the yard repairing a cleat, fell over en the ship's rati, shuttering it, and then overboard. He must have received fatal Injuries, as Ackley says that alter he let go of the rope be held tho niau up lor some time, but getting embarrassed by the tow and seeing the bnoya floating towards him ne tried taget hold of them. At this time he thinks the man uled from his injuries, as he threw his arm up In a convulsive struggle and went down. ? ... What will be Acklev's reward? Nothing bnt the esteem of his comrades and the respect of his subordmutes. Ours is not a service *jjer? lant acts can bo substantially rewarded by the g"Vheraaufpnwaa under toll headway at the Ume when he jumped over. Tbcn wus the gravejit doubt Mto Where and when he would land but that is a consideration, say m? tuiui?uc?. ?mni could not aflect such a fellow as Ackley In the line of duty or humanity. _ _ THE TWEED INVESTIGATION. The State Senate Committee, consist ing of Sen* ators Johnson (Chairman), Lowery, Allen, Graham and Lewis, appointed for the purpose of investigating the political conduct of Mr. Tweed as a Senator, and to inquire as to his fitness to take Ills Senatorial chair, met yesterday in the Metropolitan Hotel, In a room adjoining the private apartments of the ex-Hoss. The committee assembled with elosod doors, and went into executive session lor nearly an hour. Mr. Tweed was present during part ol this time with his counsel. About eleven mcloelc Mr. Parsons, the counsel for the eoftimittee, announced to the representatives of the press that the committee had adjourned until this (Saturday) morning at ten o'clock. The reason of the sudden adjournment was announced to be the engagemoms of the couusel for the committee, which would prevent his attendance during yesterday. Mr. Tweed looked as buoyant as usual and passed out ef the room with Ins counsel and his face beaming with smiles, and retired to his own apartments with his couusel and confidential cierk, Mr. Dower. y J ANOTHER FIRE IN ERIE. All tlie Buildings at the hong Dock Consumed. The Passenger Depot, the Ferry Buildings and Two Freight Houses in Ruins?Loss $175,000?Travel Not To Be Impeded. For the third time within six years the Erie depot in Jersey City has been visited by a most de- < Htructive Are. That which broke out yesterday, shortly beiore one o'clock in the afternoon, was ?UO ICQD? UCOIIUUUTV V? 4UO l?*? UVj VII VUgU 4Ut WU" j llagratlon swept over an area of three acres, tearing scarcely a landmark of one half the passenger depot on the eastern side and reducing the two Immense east-bound treight houses, with their contents, as well as tus ferry house, to a heap of cinders which floated away with the tide. No wonder the expression "That Erie Is an unlucky company" was heard from more than one individual as the playful flames that sported lor a lew moments on the roof over Aspell's restaurant In the passenger depot flew to the embraces ol a naughty and unruly northwestern wind, and then skipping along la a lively dance shouted and laughed In devilish glee as the fabrics of puny man melted to neath their unholy tread. The structures, It is true, were frail and oflered no resistance to the devouring element. Yet within the briel space of two hours four Immense ranges of buildings crumbled into a mass of black ddbrls. It appears that the Are originated In that part 01 the passenger depot in which Aspell's saloon is located, and so rapidly did It spread that the clerks and employes within the offices could barely escape with their lives. They left behind them not only the archives and documents of every kind, but some even left their overcoats. The front row of offices comprised on the ground floor the Northern Railroad office, the telegraph office and baggage room. At right angles to and connected with either end oi this row ran two wings, forming with the front three sides of a parallelogram. One of these wings contained a ladies' waiting room and the ticket offices of the Northern and Erie railroads. The other wing comprised the boiler room, the gentle men's dressing room and the restaurant. A glance at these positions will convey at once to the reader how readily a Are originating in either wing would extend to the others when the fit.PlTof.nPA uruo nnHvnlir nf wnml and a "v* " ??u vuwuvij vr* ? V/VU niiu a omvug wind prevailed. The upper story of the front win# oontained the office of the superintendent, of his J assistants, clerks, conductors uud nther employes i ou the staff of the Eastern Division. In an almost ' Incredibly short Bpace of time these apartments were at the mercy of the flames. The spacious root which had recently been erected, spanning the space between the depot and the ferry buildings, formed a most desirable connecting link lor the fire fiend. A strong current of air swept through tbiB space as the flames spread, and soos the fiery current had crept along not only the roofs of the lerry buddings but to Tavibr's restaurant en the one side and the eastern freight depot on the other. Now the battle commenced in earnest. The flreinen, under command of Chief Engineer Farrier, attacked it on the south and west, but the fury of the wind counteracted their operations. The White Star wharf, with several hundred bales of cotton piled thereon, and the steamship i Baltic alougside the Bhed, was several times In Imminent danger. Had the wind been blowing In i an opposite direction nothing could have saved It. The lerry boats were all taken safely oil, and during the progress of the fire they landed their passengers at the Jersey City and Hoboken ferries. The rolling stock was all taken away also in safety excepting three cars In the freight depot. Jeremiah Sweeny, the baggagemaster, h"hd the conten rs of his office taken away on trucks, and was so solicitous about the effects committed to his charge tnat he and his assistant Llbby narrowly escaped with their lives. Mr. Brown, Superintendent of the Ferries, finding that all efforts to save any of the contents ol the buildings In his charge to be useless, turned his attention to trie passenger traffic, so that travel should not be Impeded. At the same time he employed an extra force of laborers to assist the firemen wherever necessary. He found a valuable auxiliary In Noah D. Taylor, who exercised mora sway over both hremen and laborers, though not officially, than any other man at the scene. Mr. Tunis T. Onderdonk never retreated lrom the burning depot till ihe last passenger car was re- j moved out of danger. ' The police arrangements were admirable. Captain Van ltlpcr, with a squad from the Second precinct, swooped down upon the thieves, who were besieging the burning buildings In quest of plunder. Two of these pirates were arrested and locked np. The losses will not exceed $176,000. Of thii amount the ferry buildings are set down at $20,000, each of the freight depots at $20,000, and the passenger depot, including offices, $26,000. Mr. Taylor's loss is about five thousand dollars: Inanrcri for OR (too. Mr. Aanpll'a lnaa will not exceed Ave thousand dollars. The remaining loss is on freight consigned to the Krie Company, consisting of 300 bales of cotton, a large quantity or tobacco and oils, besides sundry other articles. TJie amount of the lusurauce on the Erie Buddings 1 cannot be ascertained. A reporter of the Hbraui ' called at the office of Mr. Barlow yesterday after* 1 noon and ascertained that travel will not be at all obstructed. The ferryboats will ply as usual and the trains make their ordinary trips. The Delaware and Lackawanna Company generously placed their depot at the disposal or the Erie Company, but they were Informed that this would not be needed. Jt seems to be rather a matter of congratulation that the rickety depot was destroyed, as It was designed that at no distant day the unsightly structure would give place to a building worthy ol the name. A liaadsome and costly structure will be erected as soon as possible. FIRE II B&OADWAT. Lose 1*4,000. At ten minutes past seven o'clock last evening flames were discovered Issuing from tbe top floor ? of the two-story brick building 100 and 182 Crosby street. The Fire Department was promptly on hand In response to the alarm, and through Its efficient action the lire was prevented from making the destructive ravage all present at first thought it would. It extended, however, to the Broadway front, which is a four-story brick building, Nos. 628 und 630, the first and second floors of which were occupied by A. T. Demurest k Co. as a carriage repository. All efforts were at once directed to the removal of the carriages, which was quickly accomplished, the police and firemen alike working with a will. The second floor of 630 was occupied by Alfred P. Reynolds as a hat and cap factory. Tne stock was wholly destroyed. 0. A. | Miller, also a hat manufacturer, occupied the third floor of 628 and a portion of the third floor ol 630. The losses are as lollows:?On the Broadway buildings, owned by John H. Graham, fl.ooO; on the Crosby street buildings, owned by Demarest k Co., $3,000. and $12,000 on their stock, principally by water; Alfred P. Reynolds, $6.000; Charles A. Miller, $2,000. The cause of the Are and the Insurances are not known. DEATH 0F~MIRAMBO, KING OF THE WAYOWEH. The black Bonaparte or Central Africa, Mlrambo, Ring of the NVayoweh. is dead. This is the soma black despot who defied the Arab merchants, to* gether with the Hkkald expedition, in July, 1871, to meet him in battle, and who finally defeated the ? united rorces of the Arabs and oar Commissioner with great loss at the battle of Wllyanknru, and who a month later Invested and then sacked Tobora, the Arab capital, carrying with him several hundred thousand dollars of Ivory to his stronghold in Uyoweh, after an almost complete destruo won ui mo nv'ii niuruiiuunen ui uujuujenine, M Mr. Stanley managed to flank the sable I B monarch and seach UJtJi without being B troubled farther by linn, ami or. his return to IB I'nyanyembo with Livingstone foand the war be- jB tween Mlrambo and the Arabs still raging. Last B December, several months after Living- B stone had leit Unyanyembe for the Nile B sources, the declstvo battle was fought, B and Mirambo was slain and his head stuck on a IB spear and borne In triumph to Tabora. Let tho B ivory merchants of New York, Boston and Halcni >B rejoice, for the precious elephants' teeth must now ?B become cheap enough, as tho vast quantities stored at Unyanyembe during the war will now lie con- B vcyed to the coaat. Let the friends of Livingstone B rejoice also, for the road between Ujijl and Zanzibar B la free, and any expedition bound for the Interior |B with supplies lor the great traveller may easily B reach UJiJi in four months. For the dead Miramf>o, B who raised hlmseli by his genias from a common B carrier to be King of L'yoweh and scourge of Cen- fiB tral Africa, we have onlr the Christian's R. l. P. B and a hope that he will trouble no more Hkkald Commissioners. THE REMAINS OF A MURDERED OIRL. B On Monday last Miss Ida Spencer, only fourteen I B years of age, was brutally murdered In Syracuse, )IH by Albert Keeler, who struck her on the head with f ]B au Iron bar. Yesterday tae remains of Miss Spen. cer arrived in this city en route to cypress ilillg Cemetery for Interment, and Coroner Herrman wua ' ^B called upon to give a certificate, which was requl- B site beiore the body could be taken out of the B county. The mimim of Mrs. spencer (deceased s hB i mother! arc Interred in Cvnreaa Hills Cemetery. B

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