Lancaster daily intelligencer. (Lancaster, Pa.) 1864-1928, January 01, 1880, Image 2
, '" r Lancaster Intelligencer. THTJBSDAY EVENING, JAN. 1, 1880. Magnanimous as 1? ell as Beld. GovenierGarcelonhas submitted te the supreme court of Maine twelve questions of law that cover the action taken in counting the vote of the state, and has anew earned the confidence of the peo ple in which his conduct lias already se well established him. He has shown himself bold and honest and Avise, and whether of his own motion entirely, or through the excellence of his advisers, he lias moved in a difficult pathway with out thus far a misstep. It was right that he and the council of the state should de cide the matters the law put upon them te decide, according te their understand ing of these laws; and it was right, if the correctness of their interpretation was questioned by any part of the people, that they should seek the decisive epin ion of the supreme court. There is no possibility of caviling at the fairness with which the Republiaan malcontents are being treated. The questions which Mr. Merril asked the governor te submit te the court have been referred te it in their essence, though their form has been changed te relieve them of th(. suggestions of fact that they were incumbered with. If any dis puted points of law lias net all been sub mitted by the governor Mr. Merrill and his fellow Republicans will have geed reason te complain ; but we de net per ceive that there has been any such omis emis sion, and te the charge of form and phrase olegy no objection can be made, since it was undoubtedly proper for the governor te ask for the needed information in his ewp way. If the Republicans get sub stantially what they are entitled te expect they have every reason te be satis fied, since it is only by the grace of the governor and through his geed sense and his fairness that they get anything at all. If the supreme court of Maine is com posed of geed lawyers and fair men, its decisions will satisfy the people, though they be Republicans. The Democrats of the country have no reason te feel a strong confidence in the fair decision of politico-legal questions by Republican courts, after their terrible experience with the electoral commis sion; but all courts are net as meanly partisan as the United .Stales supreme court, and it may be that Maine is mere happy than the nation in having, in its highest judicial tribunal, judges who re spect themselves and revere the law mere than they adore their party. There are plenty of lawyers who would net be tempted te prostitute their profession te the demands of their politics, and who can be relied en te judge honestly and impartially any great question of the law they love te construe. Rut the trouble with us is that these true law yers de net always, or even often, get en the bench, preferment te which is new-a-days se generally secured by polit ical services and political subserviency. That the bench in Maine lias the respect of the governor we may assume from the fact of iiis consenting te take its opinion and the result of its intervention must be te quiet the disturbed people of the state. The attention of the country cannot but be attracted by the fact that the Democratic governor of the state claims no advantage for his parly that the law does net give it and refuses te avail him. self of his power te permit no appeal from his own interpretation of the law. The habit of Republican politicians te use all the power they can snatch, legiti mately or illegitimately, evading and overrunning judicial restraints whenever possible, is se well established and recog nized that the opposite impulse of a Dem ocratic governor stands in most re freshing contrast te it and re flects the utmost credit upon him and the party lie represents, and which must, if it is often favored with se wise and determined leader ship, be established en the foot stools of power that it has se long been struggling te obtain, but which have been stolen from the nerveless hands of its chiefs even when they were already within their grasp. Wln're"BIaiuc! The meeting of the Republican state committee in Philadelphia, a few days age, and its ready acquiescence in the Cameren pregramme, again demonstrates that if Mr. Blaine expects te have any strength in his native state the friends of its " favorite son" have get te be up and a-doing. Mr. Rlaine has a tight grip en the Republicans of Pennsylvania. It may net be te their credit, but it is the fact. "Were it left te their popular vote a majority would publicly declare for him, and when the vote of the delegation was largely seduced from him at Cincin nati, causing his defeat, there was no little indignation in Pennsylvania. Lan caster county is a geed indicator of this, and as the Old Guard of Republicanism in Pennsylvania, the temper of her politi cians is significant. "Very many of the strongest and most active of them are new for Rlaine. They are for anybody te beat Cameren, and yet they admit that the action of the state committee has tied them hand and feet and handed them gagged and bound ever te the enemy. Under the rules governing the party here, delegates te the state and national convention are te be elected by primary election. It is loe late te held any such election for delegates te a stale convention en February 4. The county committee will be called together and will name them, and as the committee is packed in the Cameren interest they will be satisfactory te it. These delegates or the committee itself will name national delegates of their own kidney and Lan caster county may be counted for Cam eren. Here as elsewhere the opposition seems te be tongue tied. Blaine's friends, as well these active chielly as Cameren's enemies, are paralyzed. They seem te submit sullenly and silently but sub missively all the same te the decree of the masters. And some of them even seem te be fend of the chains they wear. The Xew Year opens bright and cheer ingly. The old went out peacefully and calmly. May it be auspicious of the bring-1 ing of better things te all mankind. MINOR TOPICS. IlArPY New Year! Ring in thencw. Start the diary. It is a leap year, tee, and, young ladies, don't you forget that. "What an unpopular administration it is te be sure can't get anybody te take the English or Russian mission. The San Francisce Alia says that Geerge C. Gerham's leadership has wrought only ruin te the Republican party of California, and that the party there will have nothing further te de with him, and yet he is their member of the national committee. Tin: usual preparations have been made for the Xew Year's reception at the White Heuse. Privileged correspondents re ceived tickets of admission te the vesti bule, where the grooms and coachmen await their masters. Newspajyr Rew threatens te resent the insult. Happv Xew Year te the Philadelphia Timen, which comes out te-day in a new and handsome dress. Wc had net observed that it needed it, but such is the punctili eus typography of the Time, that it never wants te be told that its clothes need patching or brushing. Tin: annual report of Colonel .Maxwell, superintendent of the Chamber of Com merce of Cincinnati, shows a great in crease in the trade of that city during the year 1ST!). The total value of the receipts of merchandise ami products of all kinds in Cincinnati last year was ever $208,000, 000, and of the total shipments ever $192,000,000. Minister Fevikh lias visited nearly every state in the .Mexican Republic, thus accomplishing what no ether foreign dip lomat or tourist has performed, and giving himself a thorough and complete knowledge of the country. He responded te the various' addresses of welcome from the Mexicans in their own tongue and was cordially received everywhere. A political economy club, recently formed in Montreal, has eighty members of all 2elitics, nationalities and religions Its purpose is the discussion of matters relating te Canadian interests, and one of its members says one of the first questions discussed will be that of a commercial treaty with the United States, "which will, in ail preliubility, bring up for discussion questions of independence, annexation and confederation with the British em pire." A niipeiiT was made a short time since te the auditor general's department re turning the assessment of the Pennsylva nia mi read shares at $37 each for the year. The auditor general claimed that the shares should be assessed at the aver age cash value from November 1st te November leth last, and lien. Jehn Scott solicitor of the Pennsylvania railroad, and Wayne MaeYcagh, at a hearing before Attorney General Palmer and Corporation Clerk Kerr, of the auditor general's de partment, argued against this construction of the law and in favor of the report. Rue Mr. Palmer had previously given an opinion in accord with Gen. Schell's view and will have te reverse himself if he changes. PERSONAL. General Sheridan has been granted three months'' leave of absence, with per mission te go beyond the sea. Grant has been kindly received in Augusta, Ga.. and is having hospitalities tendered him in North Carolina. Gkorek, Viscount Stuanopeki), was the original of Lord Rcauensficld's " Con Cen ingshy." Miss McCi.eli.an, the young daughter of the general, is described as tall, slender and blonde, very fair, and gifted with a charming smile. General Siikkman had the pleasant Christmas gift of a fourth grandchild. His daughter, Mrs. Fitch, has new two sons and two daughters. Professer David Swing has refused, it is reported, te have his salary raised from seven te ten thousand dollars, and has asked that the offered addition be used for charity. Senater Edmpnds is visiting Burlington, after a year's absence ; and in honor of his return an informal and very pleasant re ception was given him by his townsmen of both political parties. Mrs. Haves will be assisted in receiving her New Year's calls by four young ladies Miss Matthews, daughter of the cx cx Senater ; two Misses Jenes, of Cincinnati ; and Miss Lucy Cook, Mrs. Haves' cousin. The king and queen of Spain showed publicly the ether day, while driving in Madrid, their devotion te their church. They met a priest who was taking the last sacraments te a dying man, and alighting from their carriage the young pair lent it te the priest, following en feet amid the acclamations of the people. Mr. Hayes, Mrs. Hayes and Mr. Wheeler held a reception at the executive mansion te-day, the hours from 11 a. m. te 1 p. m being devoted te the cabinet and diplel matic corps, the supreme court judges, senators, representatives, judges of the court of claims, district commissioners, anmy and navy officers, and ethers in offi cial positions in Washington, and the re ception of citizens continuing from 1 te 2. Baren Gustavk er: Rothschild, of Paris, has a splendid mansion en the west side of Avenue Marigny, opposite the side of the Elysee. The Baren's next deer neighbor was Debreusse, the wealthy rail way contractor. Upen Debreusse's death his mansion was put up te be sold. The upset price was $100,000. It was a new house and cost a great deal mere than $400,000, for the architect was ordered 'te make it comfortable without regard te cost. Baren Rothschild gave $400,000 for it, and instantly had it pulled down te give his mansion a larger lawn a lawn which cost $400,000. Hen. Geerge S. Housten, United States senator from Alabama, died at his home at Athens, yesterday morning. The news of Senater Housten's death causes much sorrow. The capitol offices are all closed in respect te his memory. Governer Cobb and many prominent citizens will go te Athens te attend the funeral services en I Friday. Senater Housten was a native of Tennessee and was in his seventieth year. He removed te Alabama when a boy, and after receiving a common school education studied law and practiced in Limestone county, became a legislator, congressman, and senator. AMUSEMENT NOTES- What the Flayers are Doing Pete Cenklin gees out as clown with Sells' Brethers circus the coming season. Alice Oatcs and company appear in Wil mington te-night, and Reading te-morrow night. Emersen, Clark and the Daly Brethers have formed a combination, with which they will start en a tour shortly. Jee Jeffersen is spending his holiday season at his country seat in Hohekus, N. J. He will seen make a Southern tour. Jehn T. Raymond's company presented him with a handsome geld clock, at Louis ville, Kv., a few days age. Chas A. Wing, who was here this season in advance of the Frayne-Tilfany com pany, is new business manager of Jehn A. Stevens. Lew Simmons is about te organize a minstrel troupe for a tour in Africa. He lias already engaged Sanferd and Wilsen, musical mekes. Lizzie Creese, well known here, who was a member of the Walnut Street theatre stock company for several years, is travel ing with Mary Andersen. Billy Wylic, the well known Irish come dian, who was here last season with Texas Jack and May risk, is with tlic company exhibiting the curiosities in Mishlcr's building, Centre Square. Teny Paster celebrated his wooden wedding at his home in New Yerk a few evenings age. Among the small hours of the morning four wagon leads of kindling weed were dumped into the area in front of the house. Jehn Williams, of Williams and Pickert, who are said te be two of the best clog dancers in the profession, was attacked en the street in Pittsburgh a few evenings age. lie had part of one, ear bitten off and was otherwise badly used up. He will be sent te New Yerk for repairs. German's Philadelphia "Church Choir " Pinafore " company, which was here en November 8th, collapsed at Holyoke, Mass., en December 20th, owing te con tinued bad business. It is said that the troupe will make a lrcsh start about the middle of January. Teny Denier and his troupe have been giving out presents. In New Orleans last week, Mr. Denier presented Geerge H. Adams, the clown, with a beautiful amethyst ring with his initials in diamonds. He gave each member of the troupe a geld medal as a memento of his esteem. The troupe presented Mr. Denier with a hand some and valuable silver set, later in the week. Archie Hughes, the minstrel, who t -gether with Fayette Welch, had a troupe last season for a short time, is following in the footsteps of Dan Rice. He attended a meeting in lloeley's Opera Heuse, Brooklyn, a few nights age, at which "Senater" Beb Hart, who has been con verted, was making an address, Archie stepped te the front and signed the pledge in the presence of the audience and amid loud applause. - THE MAINE CASK IN" COJJKT. Oiicstiens of Law Submitted. Governer Garcelon has submitted te the supreme judicial court of Maine some of the questions of law proposed by Mr. Merrill. The questions are said te cover the main points suggested by Mr. Merrill. The military officers summoned lrem Banger had an interview with the gever nor in reference te an inquiry concerning the calling out of the militia companies should they be needed. The officers premised te obey the orders of the gover nor as long as he is in office. The governor spoke in strong language in opposition te calling out military companies. The question of the time when Gov. Garcclen's term expires is exciting sonic interest, some Republican politicians as serting that he gees out of office at neon te-day, because of the constitution of Maine says : "The governor shall be elected by the qualified electors, and shall held his office one year, from the first Wednesday of January in each year." The first Wed nesday of January, 1ST!), was also the first day of January. It is asserted, therefore, by prominent Republicans that Garcclen's term of office expires te-day at neon, and that any exercise by him of the func tions of Governer after that hour would be a usurpation of authority. This argu ment receives no support from intelligent men. Gov. Garcelon was asked about it, and he said that it was a humbug, that his term of office did net expire until neon en "Wednesday, January 7. Other legal gentlemen are of the same opinion. S.erics about Augusta cenllict greatly. Seme men are certain that an attempt is te be made te capture the. state house by force ; ethers are just as confident that nothing what ever will be done in that direction. A great many are still inclined te believe that a cenllict will be had between the Re publicans and the state authorities, but the mere sensible arc inclined te believe that if the necessary precautions are taken by the governor no trouble will ensue. Intense impatience is noticeable en every hand, and the greatest solicitude is mani fested by men of all parties as te the events of the next few days. A force of nearly seventy-live men, under the charge of Superintendent Lancaster, are-quartered at the state house, armed and prepared te resist any attack that may he made upon that building. Grant and Belknap. Sunday Times, Philadelphia. When Grant was president he had a sec retary of war named Belknap, who re quired these receiving appointments as traders or sutlers at military pests te pay him thousands of dollars for the privilege, which money he pocketed, and spent it in extravagant living, his wife being the most richly dressed woman in AVash AVash ingten. In time, this rascality was dis covered, and Belknap instantly resigned his position te escape prosecution, ami the penitentiary. He was impeached by Con gress, but never tried before a criminal court. This man Belknap has been fol lowing Grant up, and last week, accord ing te the daily papers, was admitted te Grant's presence, and the two had a pleas ant chat together for some time. A man is judged by the company he keeps, and if Grant chose te receive this self-confessed thief in this free and easy way, it only shows that his ideas of propriety are net up te as high a standard as usually pre vails in this locality among honest and honorable men. He should have refused te countenance this man in any way. A New Feeder te the Baltimore anil Ohie Railroad. It is authoritatively stated that the pro ject for building a feeder te the Baltimore and Ohie railroad from Moerelield, W. Va., te Green Spring run, has net fallen through, as rumored, but is under consid eration. The Cambria iron company, of Johnstown, Pa., and the Edgar Thomsen steel works, of Pittsburgh, Pa., who it is said, have the oplien en the most import ant tracts of Hardy county ere lands, take deep interest in the scheme, and will aid the Baltimore and Ohie company iu mak ing the read, the building of which is, however, contingent en the development of iron ere resources of the Moercfield region. Experts representing the iron companies named will visit Moerelield Their report will be had before further I nexr, inursaav te nwKe an examination. action is taken. STATB7ITEMS. A $5,000 verdict has been given against a Philadelphia passenger railway for kill ing a woman's husband. There is a boy living at Bendcrsville, Adams county, 12 years of age, who eats regularly five times a clay and is said te weigh 170 pounds. The white marble building, Ne. 1,320 Chestnut street Philadelphia, formerly occupied by the Reform club, was sold yesterday te Alfred G. Baker, for $112,- 500. Chairman Cameren has issued a formal call for a meeting of the Republican na tional convention en June 2, in Chicago, te nominate candidates for president and vice president of the United States. Jehn Burns, whi.3 intoxicated, at Seuth Easten, stabbedd his wife while she was lying asleep in bed. She is net expected recover. Burns afterwards made an 1111 succesful attempt te cemmitt suicide. lie has been arrested. It is announced that the Pennsylvania railroad company intend building a hotel en the block extending from Market te Filbert street, and Merrick te Fifteenth street, Philadelphia, as seen as the elevated extension gets its terminus down town. The semi-official announcement has been made, by a prominent officer of the Penn sylvania railroad company, that some time early in the spring, seen after the annual meeting in March, there would be an increase in the wages of the empleyes of the corporation from the highest te the lowest. A party of fiendish young men attempt ed te hang a young girl at Bear Gap re cently. She was placed en a chair, ami a rope about her neck fastened te a beam. The was discovered by her sister and cut down alive, but her fright was se intense that she has been confined te bed from the ell'ects of the shock. Prices of coal at Mauch Chunk, an nounced by Lehigh operators, are as fol fel lows : Lump, $2.73 ; pine, broken egg and chestnut. Ne. 1, $2.30; stove and small stove, $2.00; chestnut, Ne. 2. $1.30. These figures are the same as these ruled in Lehigh trade for two mouths past. Re sumption, which is fixed for Monday next, will net lie general, as the present slug gish market has induced many individual operators te continue suspension which iu some cases may be prolonged two weeks. The ravages of the diphtheria are being felt te an alarming extent in Johnstown and vicinity. In Cambria borough almost one hundred children have passed away and it is feared that the end is net yet. In one instance a mother and four child ren were carried off; in another live child ren ; in another seven children. On " I5en I5en I5en shoers Hill," Tayler township, it has appeared in its worst form, many little ones have already become its victims. In one family six were taken at one time, and two died within an hour. L.ATEST NEWS BY MAIL. A fire in Hakedadi, Japan, en the 1th of December, destroyed 2,e00 houses, com prising about one-fifth of the town. The famine in Ireland is en the increase. The St. Patrick society of Chicago has given $300 te relieve the sufferers. In Terente, Jehn Battle, a native of the county of Denegal, Ireland, died at St. Bridget's home yesterday. lie was 112 years old. The total losses by fires in Baltimore during 1879 were $10(5,384. Twenty-five persons were burned bv coal oil. six fa tally. A special from Chicago says : "Jehn E. Ryan, five years old, shot and probably fatally wounded his little sister, May. last evening. The boy has been arrested." James Houghten, aged 10 years, was killed by a train while crossing the rail road track in a wagon, near Chaumeut, N. Y.. yesterday. 15eth his horses were also killed. A colored roustabout named Jehn Cash stabbed and dangerously wounded Edward Cennell, the white watchman of the steamboat m Cloud at Pittsburg en Tuesday. The story that Jee Cehuru had been par doned by Gov. Robinson has no founda tion. Jeseph must stay in. Chastiue Cox, who murdered Mrs. Hull in New Yerk, gets no new trial. E. Wallace Blackmail, at one time editor of the Scranton (Pa.) Jlcgitfcr, and recent ly editor of the Indianapolis Sentinel, died in New Haven, Conn., yesterday, aged forty-one. The Louisiana canvassing beard yester day completed the official count of the vote for the new constitution. It was adopted by a majority of 50,148, and the debt ordinance by 10,487 majority. E. II. Learned, ex-cashier of the Uncas national bank, of Norwich, Conn., was arrested yesterday, and held in $13,000 hail, en the charge of embezzling $35,000 of the bank's funds. The arrest was net pressed by the directors of the bank, but was made under orders from Washington. At Massilon, Ohie, yesterday, Judge Meyer overruled the motion for a new trial for Gustave Ohr and Geerge Mann, convicted of the murder of Jehn Wat Wat meugh, in August last, and sentenced them te be hanged en the 7th of May next. The culprits are boys of seventeen years The town of Hakedadi, in Yeze, was partially destreped by fire en the 7th mst. About 2,300 houses were burned. An initially severe shock of earthquake occur red at Tokie November 20th. Warlike preparations for a move in Central Asia continue without intermission. Mr. Richard Smith, of the Gazette, Cin cinnati, has been arrested en a warrant sworn out by Chief of Police Wappenstein, en a charge of criminal libel. The matter which gave rise te the arrest was the pub lication in the Gazette of interviews charg ing Officer Wappenstein with complicity with a number of gamblers. The excitement ever the newly discov ered silver mine in Garrett county, Md., between Schaidt's mills and Oakland con tinues. It is said that specimens of the ere have been sent te a Philadelphia assay office and reported te yield a value of about $1 13 te the ten. A number of per sons resident in the neighborhood of the silver deposit have clubbed together te de fray the expenses of the exploration and examination of the mine by experts. Three coaches, including the sleeping car of an express train, en the Iowa and Minnesota division of the Chicago, Mil waukee and St. Paul railroad, were thrown from the track near St. Paul, yesterday morning, by the breaking of a rail. The sleeping car broke its couplings and rolled down an embankment sixty feet high, te the river, and was smashed te pieces. Its fall was somewhat broken by another railroad track half way down. Six passengers were in the car, all of whom were picked up insensible and seriously injured. One of them, a lady, may net recover. The New Opera. Gilbert and Sullivan's new comic opera. "The Pirates of Penzance, ' was produced for the first time last night at the Fifth Aycnue theatre. New Yerk, before an au dience that filled the house te overflowing, and the papers report an immense success. The Sun' critique describes it as rivaling "Pinafore" in the elements calculated te give it popular favor, Mr. Gilbert's share being even brighter than in the former opera. It is fuller of points and happy witticisms. As for Mr. Sullivan, he has evidently spared no pains te prevent him self from falling behind his previous repu tation, and has given te the "Pirates" even a mere elaborate and carefully writ ten score, and a broader and mere scholar ly treament, than he brought te the com position of the "Pinafore. " ELECTRIC LIGHT. One of Edisen's lamps Burning for 308 Hears. It will be several days yet before Menlo Park will be thoroughly lighted by elec tricity, but the preparations for this event are rapidly being pushed forward. Lamp pests are being erected at every available point, and the copper wires which are te convey the electricity are being stretched along the sidewalks and connect ed with the houses. The lamp pests are of hollow, iron, painted white, and surmounted by au oval of glass, iu which the carbon lamp is enclosed. The wires pass up the hollow pest and connect with the lamp. Only three of these street lamps are yet burning, two in front of Mr. Edisen's office and one in front of his house. These arc kept incandescent night and day, with a view te testing the fusibility of the carbon horseshoes. One of the lamps in the laboratory has been burning 14 hours a day for 22 days, and the carbon has apparently lest none of its weight or power of insistence te the electric current. "Suppose," said Mr. Edisen, "that en an average each lamp in a house is burned for five hours each day. That lamp has new burned 308 hours, which would he equiva lent te ever CO days in an ordinary house, Hew long the carbon will last I can't say. That is what we are experimenting 011 new. I am waiting for one of my carbon horse shoes te consume. Each generator of electricity will furnish only forty lamps, and Mr. Edisen has only one generator connected with his eighty-horse-power engine new. He requires nineteen mere before he can light the 800 lamps which he estimate that his engine will supply. As each generator is com pleted he will add te the number of his lamps, and thus in time Menlo Park will be thoroughly illuminated. When this will be the inventor himself is unable te say. In the meantime, all visitors are made heartily welcome at the laboratory, and every facility is eil'ercd for the investiga tion of the new electric light. A Uesperate Encounter With Bushrangers. On the 17th of November six bush rangers, "stuck up" at Wantabedgery station, near Sundeiga, N. S. W., and "bailed up" ever thirty persons and held possession of the plane for nineteen hours. The police attacked them and a desperate encounter ensued. Twe of the bushrang ers were killed and the ether four captured, one of whom was wounded. Constable Bewen was also wounded iu the encounter and has since died. The leader of the gang, named Scott, alias Captain Moon light, a notorious Victorian criminal, with the ether prisoners, was committed for trial en the charge of murder. LOCAL INTELLIGENCE. DESTRUCTIVE FIRE. i'liimc Iluellin, Carriage Heuse, Stables Tobacco Silted, lee Heuse and Other Property Destroyed. T'lis morning between six and seven o'clock lire was discovered in one of the stables belonging te Charles Schwebel en Lew street near Freiberg, and within a very short time, his brick carriage house brick horse stable 24 by 40 feet, hay left, frame cow stable, frame ice house, frame tobacco shed and frame dwelling, the last named being occupied by Hall Nash and family, were a mass of ruins, most of the contents of the buildings being also de stroyed. Se rapid was the spread of the flames that it was with difficulty the family of Mr. Nash consisting of his housekeeper and seven children were rescued from the burning building, and it was only through great peril that Daniel Schwebel, aged 10 years, and Augustus Elder suc ceeded in saving the live stock by rushing into the burning stable. Besides the hay, and ether feed, the principal articles de stroyed were a heavy farm wagon and hay ladders, grain drill, three plows, feed chest, rakes, hoes, harness and about three quarters of an acre of tobacco. Mr. Schwebel estimates his less at fully $4,000, en which he has $.'.000 insurance as fol fel lows : $000 en brick stable ; $200 en hay, straw and feed therein ; $400 en frame stable and $130 en hay, straw and feed therein ; $130 en fanning implements, all in the North British and Mercantile ; also, $300 en the tobacco shed and frame dwell ing, in the British America Messrs. Baus man & Burns being the local agents of both companies. In the Williamsburg City insurance company he had $1000 in surance en the tobacco in stock in the frame barn. But all of this tobacco, with the exception of three-fourths of an acre had been removed before the fire. There appears te be no doubt that the fire was the work of an incendiary. It was first discovered by a neighbor living in rear of Mr. Schwcbel's premises, who saw flames bursting from the stable and at once gave an alarm. Seme time before the fire Mrs. Schwebel saw a man, whom she thinks she would recognize, running away from the building, and the quarry men who were at work at the quarry, say they also saw a man running across the wheat field, sonic distance from the barn. Mrs. Schwebel did net think much about the matter at the time, as persons have been known te sleep in the stable several times heretofore, but as seen as the fire broke out it flashed upon her that the man she had seen had fired the building. The fireman were promptly en the ground, out could ue out little service. There is only a four inch water main te supply that section of the town. This main runs through Jehn street and the draft of water is se strong en East King street, that it is almost impossible for resi dents of Jehn, Freiberg, Lew and ether streets in the southeast section of the city te draw water from their hydrants. This morning the fire plugs in the vicinity were found frozen and after they were thawed out, the water main was found clogged with mud, and after it had been partly cleaned by the sucking of the steamers it was found te be entirely tee small te fur nish them with a quantity of water. This insufficiency has been noticed en several former occasions, and it is new in order for the water department te remedy the mat ter by laying a larger main. Charitably inclined people will de a geed work by contributing something towards the comfort of Hall Nash's family. Mr. Nash is an industrious colored man, and had gene te his work before the fire broke out. His housekeeper is a cripple, and has te go about en crutches. She has three children and Mr. Nash four ; all of whom lest nearly every stitch of their rather scant waidrebc : one or two of the smaller ones being canicd out of their beds in ab solute nakedness. When the reporter left the scene this morning, Betty, the housekeeper, was sitting in an open field, houseless and homeless, surrounded by her children, and sadly keeping guard ever the little furniture that had been saved from the flames. Cur (ireat Lecal Cigar Trade. Seventy-six millions, two hundred and ninety-nine thousand, five hundred and fifty cigars (76,299,550) were sold in the 9th district of Pennsylvania during the six months, ending' Dec. 31, 1879. The in ternal revenue tax amounted te $457,797.-30. i'HI KAPPA SIGMA. Tenth Annual Convocation et the Grand Chapter Collation at the Penn Club. Philadelphia Press, Wednesday. Parler C of the Continental hotel was used yesterday morning and afternoon by members of the Phi Kappa Sigma frater nity, who were attending th tenth annual convocation of the grand chapter. The society was founded in the year 1830, and rapidly came into favor among the various colleges. In almost all the universities of the Seuth it was represented, and con tinued te grew into prominence, applica tions for chapter charters being constantly made te the grand chapter. When the Re bellion broke cut a number of the chapters in the Southern colleges were broken up, but the fraternity still retained its popu larity, and the meeting yesterday was largely attended by delegates from the University of Pennsylvania, Lafayette col lege, Easten, Washington and Jeffersen college, Franklin and Marshall college. University of Virginia, and ether colleges. The routine business was tiansacted,and during the evening the triennial convoca tion and collation was held at the Penn club. Locust and Eighth streets. The gathering was informal and old college songs were sung, anecdotes related and impromptu speech-making indulged in. During the evening a poem from the pen of J. A. Whipple, of the Upsilon Chapter, Northwestern university, 111., and later an oration was delivered by W. U. Hensel, of the Lancaster Intelligence!: and of the Zeta chapter, Franklin and Marshall college. -Mr. Hensel spoke for about thirty minutes, his oration being in sonic degree an exposition of the principles of the fraternity and an application of them te vital questions of the day. The ten dency of the age, he argued, is toward the mechanical, te the achievement of the highest geed by outward mechanical devices, and te exalt the body politic ex clusively, ignoring the soul politic. The materialism of philosophy, the utilitarian ism of education, the degradation of art, the expediency of states manship, the trade of literature and the schemes of religion as "a means of salva tien," were commented en as signs of the times that prove them te be tee deeply af fected with the mechanical spirit. Against this Mr. I f ensel argued for an art that should knew no guidance but inspira tion, a science with no end hut truth, a government with no mission but justice, a law of Divine inspiration, a people with Ged graven en their hearts rather than in their constitution, a scholarship with no dogma but the Truth for the Truth's sake, no line of action but tin; Right for .the Right's sake. Mr. Heusel's oration was received with decided approbation, and at a late hour the meeting closed, with the singing of a characteristic song. The Thieves Arrested in New Yerk. Detective Jehn Denhard of Reading, Pa., and Petrctive von Gerichten of the central office took te the Jeffersen Market police court in New Yerk yesterday Fred erick Bicraeth and August Lehr, who were arrested en warrants from Pennsyl vania. Justice Bixby turned them ever te Denhard. Denhard said that during the past summer and fall num ereus ljurglaries had been com mitted in isolated farmhouses through out Berks and Lancaster counties. In every instance the burglars were masked and intimidated their victims by their numbers. They tied up and gagged per sons several times. The detective was un able te tell their exploits, but said that the farmcrheuse of Daniel Reese of Outau lanec township, Berks county, had been entered and a quantity of jewelry, valued at $1,000, taken. They broke into the store at Blue Ball, Lancaster county, and carried off a large amount of dry goods. Twe clothing stores in Kingsten were also Backed. At last the thieves grew daring, and, venturing into Reading, robbed the house of Mrs. Amanda Ladd and secured a large amount of silverware. The Reading de tectives then made it warm for them, and the gang broke up. A member who was wounded while robbing a farmhouse told the names of all his companions. This caused the immediate arrest of two men in Reading and three in Philadelphia. The majority of the thieves had lied te New Yerk, and Denhard came en with war rants for them. It was learned that one, Jeseph Bachman, had been sent te the penitentiary for larceny two weeks age. Bicraeth and Lehr were captured at Green wich street and Battery place en Wcenes day morning. THE I.ITIZ INFANT. The Corener's Inquest and ether Particulars. We noticed yesterday that a child had been found in a privy at Litiz. The coroner yesterday investigated the case and held an inquest. The child, which was a female, belonged te Maria Fcltcr, a single woman, who for ever a year has lived in the family of Dr. Hucbuer at Litiz. On Tuesday the girl complained of feeling ill and she went into the water closet after supper. While there the child was born and it fell down the cess-peel. The girl immediately ran te the house and alarmed the folks. Search was made, and the child, which was alive when born, according te the girl's statement, was found dead. The coroner summoned a jury composed of Edward S. Sturgis, J. S. Welter, H. H. Tshudy, L. S. Hacker, H. II. Helman and A. B. Reidenbach, and held an inquest. The verdict was as fol fel lows : "The child came te its death by having dropped into a cess-peel at its birth. The jury find that the child lived and that the mother made known the fact of the birth of the said child, but net in time te save its life. -Miss Nevin's Werk. Oalignani's Messenger of Paris, Decem ber 6, says : "Miss Blanche Nevin, who has been eoninissieiicd by the state of Penn sylvania te execute a statue in marble of Majer General Muhlenberg te he placed in the national capitol at Washington, has about completed the model. Miss Nevin has been working at it in Italy dur ing this summer. The design, which is quite spirited, represents Muhlen berg, who at the outbreak of the Rcvelu tien was a Pennsylvania clergyman, in the dramatic moment when in ids pulpit he threw off his ecclesiastical vestments and revealed himself te his congregation in the uniform of a Continental officer, im ploring the men of his church te fellow him te the field. The statue will be ready for its pedestal in the rotunda within the time stipulated in the contract." THE NEWXEAR. Ushered In with mirth anil Music. The last night of the old year . melted into the dawn of 18S0 beneath the clear light of the silver moon, reflected from a slight covering of snow and a foundation for geed sleighing that is eagerly awaited. There was fun in the comic opera at Ful ton hall, which was well attended, and is elsewhere noted iii detail. Pieus people, in timelv meditation bade adieu the dving year and welcomed its incoming successor at watch meetings at the Methodist churches the usual service at the Moravian church being emitted : while the young and gay tripped it 011 the light fantastic te merry music. The "Thursday Club" had a brilliant and successful phantom party and there were a number of private entertainments of an elaborate order. Te-night there will be a grand masquerade party at Mr. Duffy's, in Marietta. The Lancaster band was handsomely en tertained at the residence of Mr. Jehn Martin 011 Lancaster avenue, and at the hour of midnight played the national airs. They afterwards visited and serenaded Messrs. Jacob Mi ley, Ames Cast. Cenrad Gast and Jes. Crenier and adjourned at their rooms about 3 a. 111. Dr. Jacob Leng, corner of Wet King and Maner streets, invited a large number of his friends te visit him and see the old year go out and the new one come- in. A few hours were very pleasantly spent, vocal and instrumental music and an ele gant collation forming the main features of the occasen. At Roberts's Hall. Among the social festivities of the ob servance of New Year's Eve was a com plimentary sociable given in Roberts's hall by the Private Secial club, an organiza tion of young ladies and gentlemen who meet weekly te indulge in the enchanting pleasures of the dance. Invitations were issued te about fifty friends of the club, and the grand prom enade took place at 9:20, being led by Mr. B. P. Mentzer, president of the club. Tayler's orchestra furnished the music, ami the dancing was maintained almost without interruption till one o'clock, when the party broke up and separated with mutual geed wishes for the new year. Gunpowder and Musie. There was a geed deal of sheeting eif the old year in different parts of the town, anil from 1 1 te 12 in some localities the crack of small arms was almost incessant. At midnight some of the bells were rung and later en in the wee sma' hours the band paraded some of the principil streets, and sleepers were awakened by the thrilling strains of gladsome music. Te day. A genial sun and soft air have made to day exceedingly pleasant and agreeable overhead, though the walking is a little sloppy. The banks are closed and their clerks have been busy last night and te-day closing up the yearly accounts. In the stores books arc being posted, bills sent and inventories are progressing. At the restaurants there are elaborate lunches, and in social circles there is mere or less calling and entertainment. At the City hotel this morning the pro prietor; Mr. II. H. Power, had an elegant lunch spread, complimentary te J. L. Steinmetz, esq. Mr. S. and about half a score of his friends called at 10 and an hour was spent most pleasantly around a heard handsomely spread with cold meats, salads, jellies, fruits, cakes and all the del icacies and substantial in season, fluid and solid, served in the admirable maimer and with the rare taste that charade: ize the cumne of the City hotel. The leading social event of this evening is the silver wedding of Prof, and Mrs. W. M. Nevin, en West Chestnut street, in at tendance upon which quite a number of persons from out of town have alreaih ar rived iu Lancaster. THE OPERA. Mrs. Dates in "(iiroilc-Cirella." Last evening Lecocq's comic ejiera of "Girollc-Girella" was produced at Fulton opera house before a geed sized audience by the Oates English opera company, headed by the little lady whose name and fame are se familiar te theatre-goers (he whole country ever, Alice Oates, in the dual title role. The plot of the opera, its ani mating idea and general action, are well known, and have given it a place in popular favor, albeit the French com poser has done better work iu half a dozen ether productions. Mrs. Oates's represen tation of the characters of the twin daugh ters has long been recognized as a very clever piece of acting and singing, and she succeeded in pleasing her audience last night and winning an abundant share of applause. She is lively as a cricket, run ning ever with animal spirits, and with a pair of eyes that sparkle and dance with fun ; she is short and fat, yet withal graceful, and a vigorous kicker. Her voice is a soprano, of geed quality and compass, and her rendition of several of her numbers, notably, the famous "drink ing song," brought down the house. The company is a fine one. Mr. Richard Bev erly, the teaer, who sang Marenruin, gave a finished rendition of the character. I lis voice, though lacking in volume, is of a peculiarly sweet quality, and he makes a handsome and "dashing lever. Mr. Stcadman was capital as Den Bolero, and sang and acted his part with entire credit; the Mazenkul Mr. Gustavus Hall was about as appalling as the role could well be made, and he has a geed bass voice. Miss Maiie Restelle gave a very attractive rendition of the part of Paipiilu, and sang her soles in admirable style ; Miss Alice Townsend was a pretty little Pedre, and Miss Jennie McClelland, an excellent ac tress, completely filled the bill as Aurera. The remainder of the cait were quite up te the requirements of their parts, the choruses were round and full, and the m.-iiiy striking and ridiculous situations in which the opera abounds were given with due effect. Retirement of a Conductor. Mr. Jehn F. Craig, of Harrisburg, the well-known conductor of the Dillerville local train, Pennsylvania railroad, severed his connection with the company yester day. Mr. Craig has been railroading for thirty-seven years, having been employed en the Pennsylvania railroad far twenty seven years and en the state read for ten years. Fer the past thirteen years he has run the Dillerville train, and by his gen tlemanly bearing has made hosts of friends in this and ether places. During this long term of service Mr. Craig has met with but one accident, being knocked from a car by a bridge en the middle division a number of years age. K '--7r--""- JU- r" ! iT1--" , j. ,,-..,;-- . , . , ,. r-t tV' .