Lancaster daily intelligencer. (Lancaster, Pa.) 1864-1928, December 01, 1880, Image 2
, -, " r .,yi!;' LANCASTER DAILY 1NTHSL1GENGER WEDNESDAY DECEMBER I 1880. Lancaster intelligence:. WEDNESDAY EVEKINO, DEC. 1, 1880. OHr TreHble with the ChM-chee. Seemingly it would be very agreeable sometimes for tbe preachers, if their churches could be located where there are no newspapers ; though en ether oc casions it is quite otherwise. It is per haps liecause of the irrepressible con flict between things spiritual and tempo ral, that the newspapers and preachers cannot always pull evenly together in that which should l)e the mission of both and of all men te make the world bet ter for their labor. Acknowledging the deepest desire te fellow the truest path of journalistic endeavor, and feeling sure that this path should run parallel with that pursued by our rever end cotemperaries, it does nevertheless most frequently happen that it don't. Whereupon, covering ourselves with ashes and burying ourselves in medita tion, we conclude that it is all the fault of our unregenerate spirit and feeble in telligence, and we repent: and deit again. Fer we don't knew any better. The arguments addressed te us te show our fault, don't reach down into our un derstanding. Taking them en faith, each new occasion has a new argument and a fresh humiliation. We still live in hope that some day we will get up te a prepr-r comprehension, and knew when and what it is fitting te speak of the preachers and the churches. Te think that we should be involved in a differ ence with two big church pastors at one time, as we seem te be at present, is truly discouraging ; and that, when we thought we were doing what was just lovely. Our very dear friend, Dr. Mitchell, was the last one from whom we thought we would hear a reproach that we re ported the proceedings of his cengrega. tienal meeting ; for the doctor is an in telligent man, who appreciates the news papers and has an especial friendliness for editors. Xe doubt it is true that we ought net te have reported that council, since the doctor says se ; but who would ever have thought that, of all church meetings, this was net just the one that the churelf people would like te hear about, since it was intended te be a meeting of the whole congregation, te which unfortu nately eidy a very few could get. Se the IxTi-:r.i.ieKXf'Ei: came te the relief of the absent and undertook te tell them what had been said and done. Maybe we did net get it down exactly right ; but our reporter vows that he was as near te the true tale as the doctor himself get when he undertook te recount the pro pre ccciings te the people assembled to gether at the adjourned meeting. Seme little excuse must be made for the amia ble reporter who, undertook te.take down the sentiments of the brethren, Patter son, Wiley and ethers nvhe expressed their opinienson the first occasion, owing te the somewhat excited character of their words and gesticulations ; for our reporter is a very gentle creature, ami he had never attended a Presby terian church before and wasn't ex actly used te the methods and man ners of the sanhedrim. Hut he seemed te enjoy the occasion very much and begged us te let him report the pro ceedings of the adjourned meeting ; which, having faith in him, we rashly premised te de ; net knowing then that it would net be agreeable te Dr. Mitchell and that this was a private meeting of the church : hut only thinking of our duty te our readers in the church and out of it : who like te hear the news and reproach us if we de net give it te them. Se that we" hope Dr. Mitchell will for give us yet this one time for our report of the adjourned ceun cil. We knew he would net have us hivak our premise and tell a lie ; and really we could net disappoint the young man te whom we had passed our word. And we did net like te think, either, that our paper would disappoint, this evening, all these Presbyterians who were net at the meeting last night, but who would be alhrist te knew what had been done and who would be relying en theIxTi:i.Lu;Exri:i:, which hitherto has kept them posted. Yeu sec there were only about a hundred at the meet ing; which, of course, is' a very small portion of the membership of se big a church as the Presbyterian. On the whole we hope we will be forgiven, and we venture te record what was said by our beloved Judge Patterson, and dear Docter Peacock and our lively friend Wiley, and the accomplished pas tor, and all the rest. Why ! te think that the judge, should resign the elder ship which he has adorned se many years and the world net knew exactly hew he did it ! Such a thing can never be in this town while we publish a newspaper in it. It was a very pleasant meeting tee. There was nethingdiscreditable happen ed. Nobody shook his fist at anybody, and no one called upon the music te step its graceless tunes. Maybe there was no organ playing, the fleer music being sufficiently entertaining, with its low, soft, sweet melody, in which no harsh and sibilant sound was heard, afar off. There was nothing in it te shock anybody, unless it was in the dec laratien of Dr. Peacock that he wouldn't have been in favor of the rotary system if there were uuy spoils te the office, and therefore anything le tight about at the elections. Dr. Peacock is se very truth ful a man that lie could net refrain from thus intimating his belief that even Presbyterian aspirants te the eldership could net be trusted te engage prayerfully and peaceably and honestly in an elec tion contest, if there was a salary te the efiicc. Having this tear it was right te express it ; for it is right te ba very frank in a congregational council and among brethren. But it is a little shocking nevertheless; a very little. We would hardly have thought it, would you? Hew weak, indeed, is the flesh ! aud hew little cm we expect from Republicans as politicians any better conduct under temptation than we get from them as church c-Mera. And we don't expect it ; and are never disappointed, Blessed j then are we, if net they. The electoral college of Pennsylvania meets in Harrisburg te-day and the oc casion has been made one for the assem bling at the state capital of a great many of the Republican politicians of the state. There has been a geed deal of discussion among them about the United States senatership. The under currents of sentiment from all parts of the state were carefully gauged. Enough was developed te satisfy the opponents of Mr. Grew that the field is stronger than he is and that he cannot be nominated. The movement in behalf of electing Grant from Pennsylvania is stronger than was expected and the Cameren people may attempt te make it success ful. PFBSONAL. The National Republican of Washington urges Secretary Evarts as United States senator from New Yerk. At a special election in the Nineteenth Ohie district Judge E. B. Tayler, elected in October te be Garfield's successor as representative, was elected te fill the va cancy in the present Congress. Mr. Murat Halstead is iu favor of electing a president evey two years. As an Ohie man he likes te see the fun go en, but he must be informed that the way the thing is running the rest of the country isn't enjoying it se much. The congressional committee, beard of state commissioners of Virginia, and York Yerk town centennnial association, of which Jehn Welsh is chairman, will meet in Washington en December 10, te arrange for tiie Yorktown celebration. Reiieut C. WisTHROP, of Massachusetts, is pro posed for orator en the occasion. Rev. Dr. Jenx P, Newmax is greatly beloved by the Grant family, and visits them almost every day at the Fifth Ave nue hotel. Seme one is assured that he frequently plays seven-up with the general, and the only clerical aspect of his side of the table, te distinguish it from the ether, is the absence of a glass of whisky and water. General Grant was asked the ether day by Henry Ward Beecher whether in the course of the rebellion he had ever received auy aid from Washington in the way of information as te the enemy's movements. "Only once," said Grant, "aud who de you think gave it ?" Of course no etic could tell. "Well," said Grant: faintly smiling, " it was Chari.es A. Dana, lie sent me a dispatch once which contained most im portant information, and which saved the lives of many men. That was one geed thing Mr. Dana did." LATEST NEWS BY MAIL. W. T. Beane, a prominent lawyer of Greenwood, Mississippi, died in Vicks burg last evening from an overdose of morphine. Peter Blakely, au aged farmer, was at tacked en the highwaynear Five Mile run, N. J., by a mad deg and had his arm and leg fearfully lacerated. uovcrner iililler, el Arkansas, lias pre claimed the result et the presidential elec tion iu that state as fellows ; Hancock electors, 00,481 ; Garfield electors, 41,001 ; Weaver electors, 4,101. The executive committee of the National Guard association of the United States, in New Yerk, has directed that the third convention of the association shall meet in Philadelphia en the 2d day of January next. At Dever, N. H., an luiknewn wood weed chopper fell from the Eastern railroad bridge upon the frozen river, a distance of sixty feet. His hands, feet and neck were broken and he died instantly. He was about 55 years old. Cornelius Lynch, aged 43 years, was killed by a train while walking en the rail rail readtrack at Springfield, Massachusetts, en Monday evening. Themas Feley, aged 40, was killed while walking en a railroad track at Bosten the same evening. The official returns from Colerado give the Garfield electors au average majority of 3,000. Pitkin, Rep., for governor, has a little ever 5,000 majority, leading the rest of the state ticket by about, 2,300. The total vote was about ."4,000, an increase of 20,000 ever 18T8. The corner in November corn, which has been in process of settlement in St. Leuis this past week, was finally closed yesterday. About 2,000,000 bushels were involved in a deal which was managed by the house of Mansen, Barthalow is Ce., aud the profits accruing are said te be about 8125,000. The vote of California has beea officially declared, aud shows that Wallace, Brown, Short, Henley and Del Vells, Democrats, aud Edgcrteu, Republican, have been chosen as electors. The total vote for Hancock electors was 80,332 ; for Garfield electors, 80,257, and for the Weaver clec ters, 3,381. Jacob C. Peters, track foreman for the Delaware fc Hudsen canal company at Archbald, was run ever by a train of gravel cars yesterday. He was fearfully mangled. In his attempt te get out of the way of the train he stepped in front of another. It is thought he cannot live. Peters has a large family. He has been au employee of this company many years. Tir rm ti , , , iiirs. uicrcsa iwiiucuscuuciuer, anas Auerbacli, alias Grau, alias Temple, a pie possessing woman, 25 years old, was ar rested last night in Brooklyn, charged wtth bigamy and grand larceny. It is said she has married fourteen Germans in Newark, N. J., and elsewhere for the simple purpose of robbing them. She will be taken te Newark for trial. In Danville, Ya., Lorenze Ivy. the col ored teacher of a colored free school, was attacked by two of his boy pupils brothers, aged 15 and 18 respectively and was repeatedly stabbed with knives. His injuries are probably mortal. He had punished the younger of the two brothers for playing with the girls, and iu revenge was attacked by the two brothers? A telegram confirms the murder of the commander and six of the crew of her majesty's schooner Sandfly at the Solo Selo Sole mon islands, in the Seuth Pacific. The party were attacked while seme of them were bathing. A party from the schooner and a subdieutenaut landed, recovered the bodies and destroyed the village, los ing one seaman killed and one wounded. The commodore en the Seuth Pacific sta- i sien will dispatch another man-of-war te the islands. ' GOOD SELECTIONS Tbe County Committee Appoints its Itep resentatlve en the Peace Commission The chairniau of the Philadelphia Dem ocratic county committee yesterday ap pointed the special committee of ten te represent that body in the peace cemmis-1 sien, wmcu is te prepare rules ler the . guidance et tne party in rniladelphia. The gentlemen named are Themas May Peirce, chairman : Gee. M. Dallar, atterncy-at-Iaw ; Gen. Isaac J. Wistar, i president canal companies of Pennsylvania t railroad : Gillie; Dallett, president Pcun rmfinnfif Ivanlr -Tne "R dnmn nffnMim. ' at-law ; Wm. Ayres, merchant ; Henry Donahue, liquor dealer ; Gee. Harrison Fisher, attorney-at-law ; Hugh P. Kenne- I dy, plumber, and Frederick Gerker, rail-1 read manager. FASCINATION VS A MAJT. Singular lettuces la 'Which Men Have tfeea Unable te Met. Having frequently seen it stated in pop ular works and natural history, as well as in some books of travel (chiefly Austra lian) that certain snakes possessed tbe. power of se fascinating with their gaze birds and ether creatures as te be able te seize upon and devour them without any difficulty,' I am induced te inquire if such a power is peculiar te the serpent tribe or net, and incidentally te ask it any instances of its influence or extension can be traced apen the scale of creation te man himself. Being of opinion that such is the case, while it has occurred te me that many of the fatal accidents that occur in the streets of great cities, such as Londen, etc., might be ascribed te some such agency or sensation, I am- induced te call attention te tbe circumstances in these pages, and te submit the following as my own personal contributions toward the in quiry : Describing certain incidents of the siege of Gibraltar, Drinkwatcr says (History, page 75) that en the 9th Lieu tenant Lewe lest his leg by a shot, en the slope of the hill, under the castle. He saw the shot before the fatal effect, but was fascinated te the spot. This sudden arrest of the faculties was net un common. Several instances occurred te my own observation where men totally free have had their senses se engaged by a shell in its descent that though sensible of their danger, even se far as te cry for as sistance, they have been immovably fixed te the place. But what is mere remark able, these men have e instantaneously recovered themselves en its fall te the ground as te remove te a place of safety before tlie shell bursts." Alluding te the first casualty that oc curred at Cawnpere during the siege of the intrenchment there, Mowbray Thomp son says (The Storyef Cawnpere, page 00) that "several of us saw the ball bouncing toward us and that he (McGnire) evident ly saw it, but like many ethers whom I saw fall at different times, he seemed fas cinated te the spot," and au old deceased departmental friend who went through the whole Crimean campaign assured me that he was dhce transfixed ( fascinated, he called it), after this fashion, in the presence of a shell that he once saw issu ing from Scbastapel, and whose gyrations in the air he could count. Other military friends have discussed the point with me in the same wise, and I think there is some allusion te it in one or the ether of Larry, Guthrie, Ballingall or ethers of that like. Natien. DKTEinilNKD TO 11K. Mrs. Cera Hulrymple'x Desperule Attempts at Suicide. A desperate .attempt at suicide, which will prove successful, was made last Wed nesday by Mrs. Cera Dalrymple, of Mar shall township, Allegheny county. The ladv. who is only twenty-three years of age, was married in Allegheny, where her friends reside, three years age. She has always been considered as a remarkably bright, attractive and intellectual yeimg lady. At the time mentioned above she pro cured her husband's revolver from a bu reau drawer, and placing the muzzle just ever heart, fired. The ball missed the heart and passed through the body, frac turing one of the ribs. She then obtained a two-ounce vial filled with laudanum, which was in the house at the time, and swallowed the whole of it. Until Sunday it was thought she would recover, but since then her case is considered hopeless and she will die. There are various rumors afidat concerning the melancholy affair but the lady's friends assert that the only reason known le them for se rash a deed was the less by death of her two little babies. STATE ITEMS. Sheriff Berlin, of Westmoreland county, has made an assignment. His liabilities arc $00,000, of which $20,000 represent official obligations. His assets are un known. Ashley Beughmau, aged 18 Years, was riding a vicious horse at Pawling's bridge near Pottstown, the ether day, when the horse reared and fell backwards en Bongh Bengh nian, crushing him se badly that he died en Monday. Pittsburgh is a nice town te live in. A member of the city councils has just called the attention of that body te the fact that the town is full of gambling houses, there being no less than half a dozen in Diamond alley alone. One of them is next deer te the central police headquarters. The body of a man believed te be that of J. G. Adams, or Chester county, was leund floating iu the North river, New Yerk, yesterday. The body was that of a man 00 year old. An empty laudanum bottle found in his pocket leads te the belief that he cemmilcd suicide. President Gewcn, of the Reading rail road, will net sail for Europe en Thursday, as he has se much business en hand that he cannot possibly leave before Saturday, if he gees then. The guarautcc deposit for the deferred bends has net yet been made, but the $2,040,000 is ridy and will be forthcoming whenever it is desired. Washington News. Speaker Randall, who arrived in Wash ington ycsterday.decs net see any necessity for an extra session of Congress. The Senate will sit te confirm Mr. Gar field's appointments. A Democratic caucus will be held in Washington en Saturday night. All but seven of the 31,205 census enumerators have reported and the work is new substantially completed. Mutual Compliments. i Mrs. Langtry, the "Jersey Lily,"' is i coming te America. She will meet hand semer women before she has walked three squares en Broadway. Cincinnati Gazette But let her wait till she gets te Cincin nati. The handsomest women iu this world are there. N. Y. Sun. LOCAL INTELLIGENCE. Microscepical Society. The monthly conference meeting of the Microscepical society was held last even ing. "The Spectroscope what it is its uses," was the subject treated by the Rev. C. E. Henpt in a very interesting way. The speaker explained what it was, the use te which it is put, and hew it has been improved, until the prism by which New ton dissolved light into its primary colors has grown into an instrument with which we arc able te tell what the sun, stars and ether heavenly bodies arc composed of. After the essay had been read a number of objects were shown through the micro scope, among winch we inciuien the fel- inwinrr (; Lechcr Reeil, weevil ; C. chrysis iguita ; J. F. A. Lechcr, scales of Heapt, part of small McCaskey, sting and moth ; Rev. C. K minnow ; E. W. poison bag of bee ; Miss Annie Burrowes, mesquite bnces ; E. Albrighr, section of human teeth ; C. Wall, sections of rock ; Walter King, scales of diamond beetle and lobelia seeds ; J. E.Snyder, spores of fern : J. Davidsen, saw of saw-fly, and section el lung of turkey J. P. McCaskey, pollen of abutilen, parts of flowers, etc ; J. C. Burrowes, potato cell. After the audience had examined these t'jcy departed, and thus ended one of the yet largest and most interesting meetings held. An old Veter." Simen Greff, of Strasburg a farmer, aged 94 ears, has voted at eighteen con- secutive presidcntal elections, commencing with Madisen in 1808. MAERIAGE AND DIVORCE. A 8TBANGE STORY. Easily Tied and Easily Loosed. Wbem Dr. Green wald Joined Together and Judge Livingston Put Asunder. In the court of common pleas this morn ing B. F. Davis, esq., read the depositions taken in the matter of the application of Catherine Themas for divorce from Abra ham L. Themas, and after hearing them his honor Judge Livingston decreed that the divorce be granted and due preclama tien made thereof. The following narrative of the affair is substantially as it is related in the testi mony. Themas, the husband, though he had due notice of the proceeding, made no objection te it and offered no resistance te the divorce. It is understood, however, that he insists that it was a fair marriage, without compulsion. He says he has, how ever, encountered the serious and persist ent opposition of his wife's family and he consents te the divorce rather than con tinue in a relation which they make se unpleasant for him. According te the testimony of the girl and her mother, and from ether informa tion, it appears that the Joneses and the Themases and the Knights were acquaint ed at a time when all had lived in this city. Themas S. Jenes is a workman in the employ of the steel works at Steelton, Dauphin county. Abraham L. Themas is an Englishman, a widower with five children, and an employee of the Penn rolling mill, this city. Geerge Knight was coachman for Air. Frank Shreder. After Mr Jenes's removal te Steelton, Themas visited his house once, being iu search of work there, took dinner with him, remained a short time and may have seen, but certainly had net even au inter view with his comely daughter Katy, aged 20. On Saturday, August 30,1879, Mary Ann, wife of Gee. Knight, went up te Steelton te pay a visit te her friend Mrs. Jenes, and stayed until Wednesday, September 3. The two women went te the depot te gether, Mrs. Jenes te take the up train, which arrived first, for Harrisburg, Mrs. Knight te take the down train te Lancas ter. Mrs. Jenes went; Mrs. Knight came, and with her came Katy Jenes. The girt says that after the Harrisburg train left .Sirs.- K. came back te tlieir Heuse ane coaxed her te come along te Lancaster county and help her sew. Her father was awav from home and the girl hearkened unto the solicitation. Mrs. Knight bought her ticket and they set out for Quarry ville. On the way te Lancaster net a word was said about marriage, J? rem the if. R. R. denet in this city, after their arrival, thev went te the Quarry ville depot te wait for tlie early train, en which Mrs. Knight said thev would go te her home in the country. She left Katy sit there for two hours while, she said, she went off te sec her husband and then came back just as tlie train was moving off, te say that they would net go te Qnarryville, but that Katy must get married that night. . Katy declined. Mrs. Kuight insisted. Presently Mr. Abraham L. Themas entered and in sisted en their going out te his house for supper. Thev went. Mrs. Knight and Themas ceunselled together en the way out. They walked aud talked together, Mrs. cvnightenly leaving him once te come back and tell Katy sue must get married that night, the girl still refusing. After supper at Themas's the party came down street and en the way the girl says she was told she must go te Dr. Grccnwald's and get married. "I was frightened,'" her deposition says, "by this time, became quite nervous and said I would net live with him, and my parents would net let me live with him. Un my way down they (Mrs. Knight and Themas') walked together aud were talking. I did net hear what they said. I was very much excited. At Schroder's place we met Mrs. Knight's husband, who was Schroder's coachman. Then he walked along with me. Nothing was said te him by me about getting married. When we arrived at Mr. Greenwald's Mr. Themas rang the bell, I think then we all weut in." Themas explained their wants, told Dr. G. the girl was of age and her parents knew of the marriage. She did net say a word all the time she was there, scarcely knew what she was doing. While Dr. G. was upstaiis making out the certificate Themas handed Mrs. K. a ring, which she put upon her finger. When they went out Knight told his wife that Mrs. Jenes would give her "the devil" for this. Themas and Mrs. Knight laughed at the latter's suggestion that this would net have been done but for her. Tlie bride declared she would never live with Themas, but they all went back te his house ; the Knights shortly left and the girl says she slept with Themas's daughter that night, though at his request nothing was said te any of his family about the wedding. Next morning Mrs. Knight was en hand te breakfast with them and after breakfast she had a private confer ence with Themas. Meanwhile, Mrs. Jenes, returning from Harrisburg and finding her daughter gene, ascertained that Mrs. Knight had bought her a ticket for Lancaster ; and bright and early next morning she dis patched her son hither te search Ter his sister Katy, first at Themas's and then at Knight's. Visiting Themas's, his sister heard his voice and ran out te greet him. Upbraid ings of Themas and Mrs. Knight followed. He took his sister home, without even a geed bye te her friends, where she has abided ever since never having been away even for a night and without any inter course with her husband, except the re ceipt of two letters from him addressed as "Katy Jenes," neither of which she an swered and iu one of which he said that he had never told anyone of the marriage. Tne mother and daughter agree in testi fying that no previous correspondence, conference or negotiation of any kind touching marriage was had by Themas prier te the events above narrated, and the girl insists that she was impelled into consenting te the ceremony by influences which she could net resist ; that the mar riage was never consummated. Ueucc her petition te have it annulled. And the court hath se decreed. SuH and Siusli. Last night aud early this morning there was a fall of about two inches of snow, fol lowed by a drizzling rain which put the streets, and especially the sidewalks and crossings, in extremely bad condition, and many persons have allowed them te re main iu this condition all day. te the great inconvenience of pedestrians. A city or dinance requires the snow te be removed within five hours after it ceases falling, and in default subjects the owner or. occu pant te fine. Here is a chance for the po lice officers te turn an honest penny. A SIcIc Actress. Miss Agnce Leenard, the actress who appeared here last night, was taken quite sick at the Stevens house this morning. The company left for Reading en the 8 o'clock train this morning, but Miss Leon Leen ard was net able te leave until 3:33 this afternoon. .Mayer' Court. The mayor had an even half-dezeu of customers this morning. Four vagrants were discharged and two diserderlies were committed for 10 aud 20 days respectively. THE PRESBYTERIANS. Interesting- -Congregational Meeting Elec tion of Klders Tne Botary System Adopted. An adjourned congregational meeting of the Presbyterian church was held in the lecture room of tbe church last evening, about one hundred members being pre sent. After singing the hymn commencing "My Seul be en Thy Guard" and an earnest prayer for Divine guidance, by Rev. J. Y. Mitchell, D. D.. pastor, that gentleman stated that the present was a geed time te give, thanks for the many mercies of Providence, and as all could net audibly unite in prayer he proposed that all should unite in singing praise te Ged in the long metre doxology. "Praise Ged from whom all blessings flew " was then sung with much spirit by the congregation, the fine voice of the pastor ringing out richly and clearly above tne ethers, but blending diarmomeusiy with them. Dr. Mitchell then quoted the beautiful lines of the inspirsd writer, commencing, "Hew geed and hew pleasant it is for brethren te dwdl in unity," and calling Judge Patterson te the front remarked that the meeting was a special one they had assembled for the transaction of spe cial and important business ; it was a fam ily gathering, net iutended for the public at large, but exclusively for members of the church; a meeting of tuesemly who are communicant members or who contribute te the support of the church, and none ethers should participate in it. Being a family gathering every member should feel as much at home aud speak as unre servedly as he or she would de at home. Congregational meetings are important as they tend te bring brethren into closer communion, te excite each ether's sympa thies, te secure the blessings of each ether's prayers and the benefits of each ether's wisdom and experience. Being of a strictly private aud family character, the public were net invited te them, and had nothing te de with them. Their proceed ings should net be reported ; the local press should take no account of them, though he would sanction and court the widest publicity for the proceedings of all public meetings of the congregation. A week age there appeared in one of the local papers a report or pretended report of the proceedings of our congregational meeting. The report contained many errors and misrepresentations. The meet ing being private, the public are net in vited here and have no interest in nor business with the proceedings. The rever end gentlemau then gave an outline of the government of the Presbyterian church, with its four ceuits the Session, the Presbytery, the Synod, and the General Assembly the powers and fnnctieus of each of which he explained at some length. He then gave a resume of the proceedings of last weeks congregational meeting, which were in brief that the meeting had been called te elect five elders, that after peine introductory remarks Brether Gara moved te proceed te an election, but the motion was net seconded. Brether Wiley then asked hew long the elders were te be elected for, and Dr. Mitchell answered "for life, if the present rules remain in feres, "and read that part of the constitution which gives authority te any congregation of the Presbyterian faith te elect clders for a limited term under certain conditions; that Brether Moere then inquircd"whethcr I a brother, new an elder, would continue te be an elder if he should net be re-elected : and that Dr. Mitchell had answered that he would continue te be an elder, but' net an acting elder he would be retired from official duty ; but having been once or dained he was ordained for life. Finally, after Brether Wiley had made a motion, which was net seconded, te elect elders under the rotary system, the meeting had adjourned te reassemble Tuesday evening, the 30th, te consider the rotary system of electing elders. Dr. Mitchell gave a brief history of the incorporation of this system into the constitution of the church, and stated that of about 150 congregations 100 had adopted the rotary system, 30 had re jected it, and a few were divided. It is new for this meeting te discuss the merits of the system and decide whether te adept it or net. In conclusion he added that at a meeting of the session it had been unan imously agreed that in case the rotary sys tem was adopted, it would be proper for the elders te resign, and that they might, if they chose, be candidates for rc-clcc-tien. Judge Patterson then read the call for the meeting. Brether Peacock moved that tlie rotary system et electing elders be adopted, aud Brether Thes. C. Wiley seconded the mo tion. Judge Patterson said that since the last meeting he had given the matter serious consideration ; he had thought ever it, prayed ever it. and get ever it. He may have appeared te be mad at last meeting but be was net ; he was sad ; the proposed innovation came upon like a thunder stroke; it was against all his teachings and against all the traditions of old Denegal : but en investigating the matter he sees that the congregation has a perfect right te adept it, and if they de adept it he shall feel no personal grievance. Under the old system he was elected an elder by a vote of 07 out of 09 votes cast; but he felt quite willing te give way te younger and abler brothers, who had mere ability and mere lime te devote te the duties of the office than he had ; but he looked upon the proposed system of election as au innovation en Presjbytcriaism and feared it would lead te contention. Twelve yea is age wc were regarded as a fighting church, but new all is harmony. He believed that the fewer congregational meetiugs were held the better. Frequent election aud contending candidates are sure te produce dimities', heart-burnings and alienatiens. He was sorry that the pastor had net expressed an opinion en the merits of the system ; had he done se, he (Judge Patterson) would feel like following his lead, or at least offering no opposition te it. Dr. Mitchell said that he had decided views upon the question, and was net all afraid te express them, but that being moderator of the meeting it would be im proper for him te de se. Brether Peacock said that if there were any emoluments pertaining te the office of elder, he would oppose the adoption oft lie i rotary system lest there might be contests for the spoils, but as there arc none, he would vote for the system.Under the rotary system, if a brother elected an cider is in efficient or falls from grace he can he gent ly dropped while under the old system he remains as a clog or stumbling-block for life. Besides, if the proposed system docs net work, well it .can be rescinded by the same power that adopted it, but he believed it would work well ; it put the power iu the bauds of the people, and he always had faith in the people. Brether Wiley said he held in his hand a letter from Rev. Matthew Newkirk, known te all present, and in the letter he stated that his congregation had adopted the rotary system, that it worked wcll,and they had no thought of changing it. Brether J. W. Jehnsen said that a week age he had formed no opinion en the sub ject ; new he has a -very decided one. The proposed system is against the traditions of the Presbyterian church. This geed old church has grown strong under the old system. If ciders arc elected for life the greatest care will be taken te select the wisest and best ; but if they are elected for two or three years only, the same care will net he exercised ; unlit men will be taken en trial, rather than give offense by rejecting them ; and if at the end of their term they are net re-elected they will feel insulted.- Frequent elections either m church or state will create party feelings, and cliques aud factions will be formed. Where there are three or four candidates only two of whom can be elected, there will be intriguing and strife among their friends, and these who are almost but net quite successful will feel that they have been badly us5d, perhaps cheated ; a sym pathy will be created for them, and envy or hostility against their successful rivals, ; J and they will be urged as strong candi dates next time. Brether Peacock, in reply, would merely refer te the elections for trustees of this church ; there the rotary system is in practice and there are none of the en mities, jealousies or ether evils depicted and predicted by the last speaker. The question en the adoption of the re tary system was called for and put by the moderator, the ayes and nees appearing te be very evenly divided. A division was called for, when a rising vote was had, which en being counted by the moderator, was announced yeas 58, nays 45. Judge Patterson thought the moderator had net counted all the nays. The moder ator was positive that he had counted fair ly, but that all might be satisfied the vote would be taken again, and Brethers A. H. Peacock aud A. W. Russel were appoint ed tellers. A second count was made, hut Brether Russcl being net quite sure that he had counted correctly, the vote was net announced.- A third count was then made and the tellers reported yeas 57, nays 39. Brether Jehnsen thought there were a few nays en his side of the house that had net been recorded, but the moderator overruled him and announced the adop tion of the rotary system by the vote above stated. The ruling eiders, Dr. Jehn McCalla, Hen. D. W. Patterson aud Abraham Mc Kim, tendered their resignations, as had been previously agreed upon. Dr. Mitchell proposed that the meeting at once proceed te elect eight ruling elders, aud suggested that they be ttken from both the elder and younger members of the congregation. Brether J. W. Jehnsen stated that the elders would have te be elected for terms of one, two and three years, respectively. Ifc therefore proposed that the three years men should be first elected. Brether Beyer moved that the entire eight be elected at once, and that the eiders-elect draw lets for tiie long and short terms. This preposition was unanimously agreed te and the meeting proceeded te make nominations. Brether Wiley nominated Hen. IX W. Patterson. Judge Patterson positively declined. The new system was obnoxious te him ; he had net time te devote te the duties en joined by the efiice, and he did net want a stigma placed upon him by a possible de feat, at any time in the future, after a three years service for a mere peccadillo. The following gentlemen were then placed in nomination : Dr. Jehn McCalla, Wm. G. Tindal, Jes. Hear, D. R. Thomp son, D. W. Bartholemew, Jehn Tresh, Abraham McKira, Prof. A. R. Byerly. Brethers C. M. Hewell, W. C. Buchanan, A. W. Russel, D. B. Laudis. J. W. John John Jehn eon, G. II. Everts, II. S. Gara, and perhaps ene or two ethers, were also placed in nemi nation, but declined. There upon the eight first above named were unanimously elected, II. S. Gara casting the vote of the meeting. The moderator auneunccd that the el ders-elect would meet iu the lecture room this ( Wednesday) evening for the purpose of drawing lets for the length of their terms and te make arrangements for thcir ordination. The ' hymn " Blest be the tie that binds" was sung, Dr. Mitchell offered a short prayer and dismissed the congrega tion with a benediction. Special Kelisieiift Servlres. Services will be held in the Presbyter ian church this evening, also Thursday and Friday evenings, preparatory te the communion en next Sabbath morning. S.tlc of Heal Estate. Yesterday B. F. Rewc, auctioneer, sold at public sale for the executers of the es tate of Daniel Lefcver, dee'd, of Dnunerc township, the following real estate : Ne. 1 a farm containing 100 acres mera or less near the village of Quarry ville, with improvements.to the widow of deceased, Mrs. Susan Elizabeth Lefcver. for $100 per acre. Ne. 2, a tract of land containing 39 acres with improvements, known as the "Ark" property, iu the village of Qnarry ville, te same for $143 per aero. Ne. 3, a tract of land iu Drumore town ship containing 201 acres with improve ments, te Henry II. Lefcver and Jacob Keen for $33.30 per acre. On Saturday Daniel D. Hess, esq., of Qnarryville, sold te Samuel Witmcr of West Lampeter, 223 acres of the property known as the Scotchman farm, in Cele- rain township, near Wesley M. E. church. This tract is improved land and has a large frame house and barn, all new. Mr. Hess having put them up within the last four years. The price paid is $30 par acre. Last evening Michael F. Steigcrwalt sold at private sale te Philip Doersom the property Nes. 120 and 128 East King street, new occupied by Mr. Doersom as a carriage factory, for $11,300. The prep erty has a front en East King street of about 38 feet and extends in depth 243 feet. I te Mifflin street, ea which are erected en the jast King street front a two story dwelling and en Mifllin street a large car riage factory. Mr. Doersom eflcrs for sale his private residence, Ne. 42 Sonth Lime street, as will be seen by advertisement in another column. At Mentcry yesterday J. M. Kling auc tieneer, sold at public sale for Benjamin Kreider, of Upper Leacock, his farm of 72 acres en the banks of Mill creek, iii said township, te Jacob Heir, of Leacock, for $219,37 per acre. The farm is one of the best in the township in geed repair, con taining a large barn and ether necessary buildings. The properties of Jehn A. Bering ad vertised for r-alc at public sale a few days age were all withdrawn, but are still ia the market and may be had at private sale. TUK DKAMA. -Uiss Agnes Leenard at tbe Opera IIuukc. Last evening Miss Agnes Leenard, a new aspirant for histrionic fame, made her bow before an audience of somewhat meagre numbers assembled in the opera house whither they had been attracted by a liberal display of highly colored post pest ers and lithographs advertising the pro duction of the " romantic drama of Weman't; Faith," Miss Leenard may have some dramatic talent, quite probably she has, and it is hi deference te that pre sumption that extended notice of last night's performance is emitted ; for the play is one fearfully and wonderfully .made, without plot, devoid of the fust element of dramatic construction, a wild unnatural collection of wild un natural incidents, iu whose arrangement the work of a 'prentice hand is quite as manifest as in its rendition, for with per haps a single exception the entire cast of the troupe arc illy-trained amatures. Miss Leenard will knew that it is kindly meant when we advise her te drop "Weman's Faith " and te drop it quickly. The most dazzling talent would be impotent te see its way through the impenetrable mass of stupidity which makes up this alleged drama with which our young seeker after fame and fortune in tee profession has entered upon her career of conquest. If Miss Leenard shall have the geed sense te promptly dismiss from her catalogue this piece and adept a play which will allow a reasonable opportunity for ordinary dra matic effect she will stand a better chance of meeting with a just judgment as te her abilities. People who like the red shirt, spring-bottom pants, bowie knife and six shooter business of itscli, will be delighted with "Weman's Faith" as last night pre sented. OKITCAKV. Or. Geerse Kess, of Lebanon. Dr. Geerge Ress, a prominent citizen of Lebanon, aud for the past fifteen years a contributor te the ergau of the Church of Ged, the ChureJi Adcecate, aud who was well-known and highly esteemed by many citizens of Lancaster, died in that borough en Tuesday, after a short illness, in the sixtieth year of his age. He was born in Elizabcthtewn, Lancaster count', in 1820. After having received a liberal education, he was sent te Harrisburg te learn the drug business. In 1S43 he began the regu lar study of medicine with Dr. W. Wilsen, of Denegal township, Lancaster county, and after the usual term as a student, went te Jeffersen medical cellece. Philadelphia. where he was graduated with high honors in 1848. After graduating Dr. Ress re turned te Elizabcthtewn. where he prac ticed medicine for .about five years, and where he married Miss Robinson, of Cole Cele brook Furnace, a member of one of the eldest Presbyterian families of that Scotch Irish settlement. By this marriage there were four children, two sous and two daughters, the latter of whom died, there new surviving the widow and two sons. In 1833 Dr. Ress left Elizabethtewnand went te Lebanon, where he established a drug store, and where his active life of usefulness and practical business iutluence began at an early age. He connected him sclf with the Church of Ged, his uncle, the late Jeseph Ress, of Middlctewn, having been one of the early founders of that church in connection with the late Jehn Winebrenner. In 1839 he was olecled a member of the publication beard of the General Eldership, in which he continued when he died, having been re-elected every three years, lie was also treas urer of the General Eldership for six years, and for seventeen years he was treasurer of the East Pennsylvania cldor clder ship, having been elected in 1S79, when he was forced by the multiplicity of his busi ness engagements te resign that place. Fer fifteen years he acted as the book agent of the General Eldership, in which he was serving when he died. He was a member of the hymn book committee of the gen eral eldership in 1S37 with Jehn S. Gable, of Lancaster, and Jeseph Ress, of Mid Mid dlceown, the book which they reported having been iu use unchanged for twenty two years. Fer thirty-live years he has been one of the ablest of the con tributors te the Church Adcecate, his arti cles for the past fifteen years having been printed mainly as the editorial in that journal. One of his latent contributions was a sketch of .the late Jehn Winebren ner, a production iu every way worthy of the head and the heart of its gifted, gen erous author. He was for years the pub lisher and owner of a reference testament, several small hymn books and ether miner publications. He was at one time a di rector of the First national bank, Leba non ; one of the founders of the Lebanon paper mill, and at the time of his death president of the Dime savings bank of Lebanon. He was also au active member of the Lebanon Mutual lire association, and one of the active ni-jii in the gas works Dr. Ress at the time of his death was a prominent member of the American phar maceutical association. He was en the committee appointed by the association te revise the U. S. Pharmacopoeia, iu which capacity he performed an unusual amount of labor in collecting the funds, etc. He took au active part iu all public en terprises devised for geed or the develop ment of the business prosperity of the lo cality in which he lived. Iu the church the many important positions which he held evinced the high regard entertained for him, and iu all these trusts, involving the care of large financial interests, the exercise of judgment and the display of ability as a thinker, a writer, and a talker, he met and discharged every duty devolved upon him with fidelity and satis faction. His life was a busy one iu the church and out of it. The bent of his mind was practical ; what he did was done for a iurpesc, in which ethers could share the benefits as well as himself, se that his record may safely be left te the judg ment of the community where he lived and died. The illness which ended in his death was short. He complained en Saturday of slight pains in the heed and of a chill, but paid no speci.il attention te it. On Sun day he continued te complain of being un well, and that evening left the supper table te go te bed, saying that rest per haps would be of benefit. Monday he did net seem te be in any danger nor was he thought te be se during the night, but Tuesday morning he grew worse and died about 9 o'clock under circumstances se sudden as te be a severe she;k te his fam ily and the community iu which he lived ami was se highly respected. . COUKT or COMMON l'l.KAS. llefore .luilu l.lvlu;sl':n. Iii the case of Isaac Reland & Ce. vs. A. Bales Grubb, the jurv found iu favor of the plaintiffs, for $17821. Hanover Junction is Susquchann rail road company vs. Michael and Jehn Moere. This is an action brought by the plaintiffs te recover the amount of twenty-five shares of stock, which is alleged te have been subscribed by the defendants te the plaintiff railroad company. After the case was attached and the opening was made the jury were taken te view the pro perty of the defendants, through which the railroad passes. The case will be taken up in the morning again. JSefore !inlc l'attersen. In the case of Henry G. Hauser vs. David G. Swartz, tins jury rendered a ver dict in favor of the plaintiff, for $317.30. Henry Weiss vs Philip Bernard, action en a promissory note. This note was given by Philip Bernard te Chariet Dell, a su pcrintcudant in the employ of the plaintiff, who is a cigar manufacturer redlining in Quakertown, Bucks county. It was en dersedbythe plaintiff and Charles Dell. It was for $300 and three months and it was given en May 10, 1873. The note was paid by plaintiff when it became due. The defend is that Dell anil Weiss were partners in the cigar trade although they claimed that Dell was merely a su perintendent. 3Ir. Bcruaid was then doing business in New Yerk and bought cigars of them. On the 10th of May he was at their manufactory ; Wcks wa away from home aud Dell asked Bernard te give him his note for $'!09, in order te raise some money te pay for something connect ed with the business, a lie could net get any iu his own name. Dell then drew up another note for the same amount and fgave it te Jen:ar.l. He dated it May 13th aud said he would give him that as a set-off for "the ether one. This note was never paid when it became due. Mr. Bernard never received anything for the note en which this suit was brought. It war. iiet te pay for anything bought by him. It was merely given te accommo date Dell. On trial. Uirerccil. Catharine Themas war. divorced from Ahram L. Thorns, ea the grounds of dur ess in procuring the m irriage p irticnlars reported elsewhere. Jumped the Track. This morning about a quarter after seven o'clock a car attached te the fourth local freight cast jumped the track just cast of the crossing of the switches at Rehres-j town, completely blocking the south track and detaining the Yerk accommodation train about three hours the train being blockaded by ether trains behind it and the wrecked train iu front. The accident was caused by a loose wheel. Ne one was hurt. Lv.