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OW PEACOCK. , Editor.
VOLUME XIX.--NO. 209.
(Except Sunday) at
No; 329 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia,
SUMSON PEALCOORI CASPER SOUDER-T0..1
TpErsgssfroiT ERNEST C. weLtAccia,
THOMAS ' WILLIAMON.•
- The Bussarrret-la served to .—indmiorthara In ,the city at
per w"elt. parable to the earners. or SS 00 per
Mor tina Pligndelphia Evening Enlletim]
OF TILEIWOODS AND STREETS;
BY ;VICTOR ,ntrao.
I French, English, Germans,' Russians, I
am almost tempted _ to add Hottentots and
1 'Es4uimarix,!''hate . admitted that genius
embodied in a woman, indisputably exists
in France—that a .great inind,, e mind of
George rand, with all the, strength manly
intellect,all the'poetry of wbm "th ares- soul,
hai reached the pinnacle of intellectual glory.
This woman has called Hugo great—this
mind, _so; lofty that it need claim fraternity
with none-this being whose only fault is
to have trampled upon those conventional
forum, the ,oliservance of which ever be
stows a new dignity upon the highest intel
ligence, as the drapery of the Greeks adds a
1 fresh poetry to their loveliest statue—this
!exceptional soul has acknowledged its
I affinity -with that of Hugo, in reviewing
I the . work of that great author upon Shake
The fame of Hugo is the acknowledg
ment of genius which must necessarily be
;awarded by kindred intellect. He is, per
'haps, of all authors, the most difficult to
translate. Put a bird Or Paradise into a
'dye-pot or transmute Hugo's lerses into
another tongue: cela reuierd, amame. Yet I
have attempted to preserve the gay accents
of happy affection in the lines to Aanne
alcetie. . l,
Listen to the light heart of the poet's joy
how it beats in these lines, and how it tells
. of spring, of love and of the brightness one
heart brings into the life a another:
FOB .JEANNE •ALONE.
do not think for ati hour
If steeple or belfry-bells sound,.
I know not the queen by her power,
I know not, the king, tho' he's crowned.
I knownot;l frankly`avow,
How high inyjord carries his head,
Or whether;the priest's daily mass
In' Greek or in Latin is said.
If you should dance or shotdd weep,
Ifmagpies our secrets reveal,
Only one thing do I know, ;
My love, - which 1 'cannot conceal.
Would you know, Jeanne of my. dreams,
Bringing the swallow-like flight
Of thy white foot as it gleams
Over the streamlet in light?
Would. you know what is my pain? ..
'Tis that where'er I abide,
Jeanne, an invisible chain -,
Still brings me back ,to thy side.
Would you know what is my care ?
It is that conquering part,
Jeaxuae, which Weyer you play
And make sun or storm in my heart.
Hear me oh! hear me confess
Jeanne, that more dear to mine eyes
Is the least flower on thy dress
Than all the bright stars in the skies!
WW I SLING-TIME, EVE.
at is the time of evening's fall
Andl behold, beside my door,
The warning day that softly beanis
To tell the laborer's toil is o'er.
Yet on the land, in night mist bathed,
" I see the ragged form with pain
Of that old man whose weary hand
fills up theiagamith seed again.
That form arises darkly still, .
And o'er the farrows looms.afar;
I feel how well he knows the days,
In all their moments, priceless firer.;
He opens still his hand as now,
He comes and goes upon the plain,
Vhilea, his witness, silent gaze,
He casts the seed, he sows the grain.
..lknd spreading still its dusky shades,
Night mingles_as its murmurs sigh,
.A.nd to. the verrstart the seed
By his 'grand gesture seems to fly.
Hugo; alas! is growing old, though noth
-ing hi these Street and Wood' Lyrics would
dndicate it. But a great poet never dies; he
-only rises. Lovers shall sing his
_when that which is earthly of him shall
have passed4way and he shall have solved
- the great noiystely of death. :brew poets
-shall dream his dteams and maidens, awak
ing to earth's purest knowledge, love, which
- is of heaveni shall feel the poet's pure kiss
-. upon their brow as they listen-to the out
of the treasures his soul shall
- lliave left ere it pasties into that Light whence
-comes all poesy, and shall lisve absorbed
:again into that All which radiates beauty
•over our sad earth in intellectual revela
tion; that earth to which lioets are sent,
4tonly as pilgrims. ' -
OLINE A. FOURNIER.
Destructive Fire in &lesigo.
ChICAGO, Dec. 16,.—A fire broke out, this
-morning in Lincoln Hall, a building at the
„of Lake an Franklin streets, which
communicated to a six-story marble:build
ing immediately' est, and thence to the
corner of .Lakes eet. The building was
completely gutted. - The heaviest losers are
Messrs. Whipple Co., dry goods, $75,000;
Richardson, agricultural =implements;.
$40,000; J. Y. Seam on; owner of the build
ing corner of Lak and, Franklin streets,
, $50,000. The total loss' amounted_to about
$250,000, about one-half of which is insured
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J. B. Lippincott & Co. have received from
Little, Brown & Co., Boston, "The Life of
Joseph Warren," by Joseph Frothingham.
There were very few of 'our revolutionary
heroes who filled a more important and con
spiciou,§ position than the subject of this
most interesting biogr,aphy. Reared, in
early life, under the' influence of a Christian
,in a humble Neiv England farm- .
house, and educated at Harvard College, he
had entered upon the pursuit of the medical
profession when' the political tides were
just beginning to gather the first clouds that
were'to burst in the storm of the Revolution.
He threw himself early,into the conflict, an,d
rapidly rose to a pre-eminent position of
influence in MaSsachusetts. Mr. Frothing
ham traces him, with mot interesting
minuteness, through all his progressive
stepe, of patriotic devotion t his country,
until, it was sealed with h' blood on the
fatalfield•of Bunker Hill. It is such a his
tciry as Americans ponder ove with delight.
Iti is the biography of one of the very best
representative men our co try has pro
- John Campbell, 419 Chestn t street, has
published a volume of great historic value
and interest to - Philadelplii • It is a re
cord of persons who took th oath of alle
giance to the State of Pen sylvania be
tween the years 1777 and 17 , with an ad
mirably written history of the "Test Laws"
of Pennsylvania, by Mr. Thompson West
cott. Mr. Westccitt has ma ' a most im
portant contribution to our h - toric records,
and has done his work in a ost creditable
manner. As a specimen o typography,
this volume is a complete gem, We have
seen nothing to surpass 111 . 51 production of
Mr. Ashmead's skill, from any American
press. Only 250 copies .have been printed,
of which 75 are in quarto, 25 in folio and
the remainder in royal octavo.
M. W. Dodd, New York, has published
two more works by the popular authoress
of the "Schonberg -Cotta Family." " Wini
fred Bertram" is a story of modern English
life and is marked with all those character
istics of originality which have given such
extraordimpy success to all the preceding
works by the same author.
"The Song without Words," by the same
authoress, is a beautiful little volume for
children, in which the old story of Bethle
hem is woven into an exquisite: allegorical
foim. There is a rare delicaCy in the
management of the Idea of the authoress
which will make this pretty little volume
as attractive to adults as to the young pea
-pie-for whom it is designed.
"'Country Love" is a very prettily printed
poem by H. T. Sperry, devoted to the city
adventures of a young man from the
country. It is written in the loose, rollick
ing rhythm of the Ingoldsby Legends, and
runs into the "Flora McFlimsey" circle of
New York society. Perhaps the chief
charm of this little volume is in its illustra
tions, which are by " Gus Hoppin" and in
his best style. , There are about a score of
- ibis inimitable sketches. It is published by
'Carleton, and for sale by Peterson.
T. B. Peterson fr. Brothers have received
from Sheldon & Co., New York, a new tale
of Western adventure, entitled " Marion
Hooke, or the- Quest. for Fortune." It is
by a new author, Henry Sedley, of Boston,
•and indicates a high degree of talent in this
walk of romance. Its scenes are laid in the
far West and its interest centres around a
company of California emigrants and their
adventures in crossing the plains and
mountain passes of 'that section of our
country. It is a novel well worth reading.
Carleton, New York, has published "The
Prince of Kashna," a curious tale of the
West Indies.. It purports to be written by
a native African Prince, and narrates, in a
sort of journal form, his ;slave life in the
West Indies. It is written with great
sprightliness and is a capital picture of life
and manners in Jamaica. For sale by T.
B. Peterson Brothers.
J. B. Lippincott Sr Co. have received from
A. Roman ct Co., Igew York and San Fran
cisco, a second edition of Hittell's "Re
sources of California" a very valuable corn
pend ofthe agricultural, mining and com
mercial interests of the Golden State.
Recently I gave information that the War
Department detectives had discovered that
certain claim agencies in this city had
swindled discharged soldiers out of over
twenty thousand dollars by making false
representations,to the effect that,for twenty
five dollars,they would agree to procure for
the soldier sixty acres of land on, the line of
the Great Pacific Railroad Company. Re
cent developments ,indicate that the fraud
was more stupendous than was supposed,
and instead of one, there are nearly two
thousand victims of this great swindling
operation arid the, number is being daily
augmented by applications received in this
city, asking that measures may be taken to
restore to them their investment.
Judging by the letters and statemenis re
ceived from the different portions of the
country directed to the office of the com
pany, it appears that azencieS, were estab
lished at,,the principal State rendezvous for
troops, and, as soon as a regiment was mus
tered out and paid off, the soldiers were ap
proached ' agents who guaranteed, for.
the compensation referred to, to benefit the
soldiers as propOsed. ,By this means entire
,companies subscribed,paid away their hard
earnings, and were swindled by tumoral:ea
lcius men whose occUpation during the war
was to prey upon their fellows; The Gov
ernment deteetivea are on the track of this,
set of rascals, and it is expected that unless
therhave fied from:the country, they will
be apprehended and suffer the penalty pre
scribed.= Wash. Cor.
AGREA.T BREWEBT.-The most extensive
brewery- in the world is at Dublin, Ireland.
,It employs 300 men: It turns , out about
15,000 liogsheads of ;beer per day.' Each
workman is allowed a quart per day. - The
brewery was started in 1789, .
IFor the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin.]
Her. Henry W. Ilineachet, D. D.
Sincere regret was fel; by those who, this
afternoon, gathered around the tomb made
ready to receive the late venerable rector of
St. Stephen's church, ihis city. He had
much endeared his congregation
during the thirty-one years of his ministry
among us. With a constant realottEi interest
in theological and ecclesiastical matters,
fewanenibers of his pftifession find it possi
ble to entirely avoid any presumption of
office as Dr. Ducachet has dorm. - He had
solid self-respect, and at the same time deli
cate considerateness for the feelings of others;
whilg he secured the appreciation of those
who can value the honest acting out of
individual gharacter in reverent recognition
of the Divine Law. The divine inculcations
of sympathy had to him a practical mean
ing, and his warm kindness of heart made
obedience not difficult; he really rejoiced
and truly mourned with those of his flock
whom the Great disposer had prospered or
The writer, one of the first among those
who were baptised by him during the initial
year of his pastoral care in Philadelphia,
can vividly recall a sunshiny Sunday noon,
more than sixteen years ago, when, the ser
vice being over, some visitors from a distant
city proceeded to read a monumental tablet
which is attached to the north wall of the
church. The Rector made some illustrative
remarks upon the character of the person
commemorated by the tablet, and turning
suddenly to the writer, asked—" Child, do
you think they will give me a monument ?"
"Sir," was replied, "your monument will
be in the hearts of your flock." In truth,
this gentleman who was sincerely kind will
be kindly remembered by many, but it
seems not inappropriate that to one who
was their minister during nearly the third
of a century, there shall be a permanent ex
ternal testimonial from his congregation.
It is accordingly now suggested that by sub
scription there shall be erected to the Rev
Henry W. Ducachet a memorial 'tablet in
the church with which he had identified
himself. It is believed that there are none
among the old congregation of St. Stephen's
who would not gladly contribute to this
purpose. It is considered that the testimo
nial ought to be simple in design because
the subject of' it loved not personal display,
but that it should be the appropriate work
of a good artist, and that it be inscribed as'a
tribute of affectionate recollection to Dr.
Ducachet from those who have been mem
i= ere of the congregation of St. Stephen's
Church between 1834 and 1865.
Wilhelm Kirkham, Esq., will receive con
tributions for this object.. It is requeitel
that members of the csngregation will cir
culate the proposition herein made.
The Freedmen at the South.
The following extracts from a lady at the
South will be found interesting. Her ac
_count of the freedmen's condition can be
fully relied on :
Now-IEI3EIi. 30th, IStis.—l am often asked
" Are the freedmen industrious ?" The
question would never occur to one who has
spent any time among this people whom the
tide of war has changed from slaves to men.
Whoever has contrasted those grand old
Virginia mansions guiltless of paint and
verticality and the shabby fences and thrift
less plantations of the F. F. Y.'s, with the
smiling farms and increasing thrift of a
people but three years since kept down by
the most grinding servitude an Ail-wise
Providence has ever permitted ; a people,
who, though struggling against oppressite
laws, the accumulated wei"ht, of genera
-lions of cervitude and the baleful influence
of bad example, are yet the most enter
prising, moral loyal citiiens of the "sunny
South, such an one world not ask, " Are
the freedmen industrious?" but rather,
" Will the oppressor *descend to learn of
the oppressed ?"
For some time past my lot has been cast at
Acre Town; a York river community of
some two thousand freedmen, living on
abandoned property rented from Govern
ment. The settlement derives its name from
the circumstances that each family is allot
ted an acre of land. The place, neatly laid
out two years since by one of our Generals,
now boasts one pretty good store, besides
several lesser ones, an excellent gristmill,
a boat-builder, several oystermen, carpen
ters, plank-sawyers, chairmakers, basket
Their acres. are neatly cultivated, and a
weed in a vegetable garden is a rare sight.
The interior economy of each little two
roomed cabin is usually neat, though sim
ple—a room, otherwise dark, lighted up by
a log-fire at the' farther end, whose flickering
flame, aided by a few sunbeams able to find
their way _through a 12x20 aperture i some
tnaes glazed) is the sole portion of God's
great boon of light enjoyed by the inmates
of a York county cabin. The scant furni-.
Lure of the room—bed. table and flag-bot
tomed chairs all of home manufacture.
Above the table hangs a small closet con
taining the few dishes,while on it are nicely
piled the now universal feature, a family
library, consisting of a bible, primer or
two, and a slate, wi occasio ly au arith
thetic or geography:a hymn ook, perhaps,
and oftener some relies "ole massa's"
hbrary. The walls are•extensivelycovered
with the illustrated papers obtained at Sab
bath School, now and then varied by a map
or a gay lithograph. Such are the homes of
an industrious and enterprising people.
During the occupation of Yorktown by l i
our army, hundreds of women obtained
employment by washing or baking;bnt since
its evacuation,lucrative employment is very
difficult to obtain, and since the world has
not vet arrived at that high standard where
"laboris its own reward," many preflr not
to labor at all rather than for the promise
of a mythical greenback. As-for the wo
men,_ they have not even the chance to
work for a promise.
The necessary result is beggary, that
scantily dressed:children may be kept warm
through the dreary months of winter. But
whenever clothing is furnished anmade,
the cry is no longer for c othes,hutlsewing
to earn the same. Ever beggar is sud
denly transformed into aself-supporting;
self-Tapecting worker. The articles thus
made by the poorest of the poor are sold for
a trifle to the next grade , somewhat richer
in this world's• goods,. whoi are able 'to give
in exchange eggs, chickens, mats or "Some
other manual or agricultural. product. Such
was,last spring the state of the freed *kale
about YorktoWn, and such is likely to be
}heir condition for several years t' come; no
bun wnorx COUNTRY.
ONDAY, DECEMBER 18, 1865.=
better. at all events, ,since the retuniing .
rebels, whom our PreSideht is po freely'
,being exceedingly bitter against
these•ebirdren of Ham the' attempting op
pressive measures, notlhaleast of which Is
the low rate of waged—five dollars Per
month to an able-bodied - titan s , of
which he mast support his farriily.
It remains to be proved whether "our
erring brethren" mat be permitted to add
yet this fresh villany to their already numer
ous accumulations of iniquity.
AN Or DSTORY-IN A .14-w AND IMPROVED
DRESS.—The Fon du Lac Press is respti
ble for the following squib : ," Age e
man of our acquaintance got into his head
the other day thathiestovewood melted away
a little faster than the warm weather war
ranted, andcpncluded , to try an experi
ment, in the 'hope ,of.catehirig the thief.
Taking a fine looking stick, be charged it
with a few ounces of powder and replaced it
on the side, of the pile which seemed,
to diminish the fasteSt. That-aaii - on Tues
day. On Wednesday afternoon an explo
sion, somewhat resembling the
_shock of a
small earthquake, was heard 4n a house
near by. A man passing by at the time
says that simultaneous with the explosion
he saw a kettle of salt pork and cabbage—
it may have been sour crout —shoot up
through through the roof near the chimney,
very much like a sky rocket. At the same
time a large Thomas cat weal observed- to
make his exit through the window evidently
under the impression that he had been sent
Thinking something might be wrong, the
gentleman entered the house, where a scene
of indescribable confusion met his gaze. The
atmosphere was pervaded with a most dia
bolical smell of gunpOwder and burnt cat
fur. The lady of the house was zrouching
away in a closet, and said she did not feel
well, the wood box looked very dilapidated
and a pan of applea that wers stewing on
the stove had been - elevated to the ceiling
above, giving it very much the appearance
of Farmer's new map . of Wisconsin, which
he promised to send us and didn't; a chair
had lost three legs, the stove itself was
slightly demoralized,and just enough water
bad been spilt to ;prevent a general confla
gration. The Teutonic proprietor of the es
tablishment was standing on its head in a
distant corner of the room, andjt was some
time before he could be prevailed upon to
'come down.' He now expresses the belief
that the explosion was a 'tam Yankee
trick,' and threatens to sue the owner of
the wood for the amount of damages sus
EX FLO.SION OF A LOCOMOTIVE BOILER.—
ONE MAN KILLED ,AN D ANOTHER SE
VERELY SCALDED.—On Thursday night,
about 111 o'clock, the boiler 44 locomotive
No. 2,.12, attached to the express train for
the West, which left Camden Station at 10
o'clock that night, exploded at Sykesville
Station, on the Baltimore anOhio Rail
road; distant thirty-two mi ls from this
city. James W. Stevens, the gineer, was
instantly killed, and Thomas Lathe, the
fireman; badly scalded. The - explosion
caused great consternation among the pas
sengers on the train, which lconsis' ted of
seven cars. The locomotive , was almost
completely demolished, the. boiler being
torn entirely from it, and forced a distance
of ten feet beyond the track. The body of
Mr. Stevens was thrown, by the force of the
explosion, to the rear of the train, and when
found was considerably mutilated. The re
mains were brought to this city in an early
train yesterday morning and taken to his
late residence, No. :'1 ,S'outh Sharp street
where he leaves a widow and several chil
dren. Mr. Lathe was also brought here ip
the slum* train, and removed to his reit
dence in South Baltimore, where Dr. Balt
zell rendered his services. The train was
necessarily detained about three hours
before the track could be cleared and
another engine obtained from a freight
train coming East. A thorough investiga
tion will be made by the otbcers of the
Cm:lmpy as tithe cause of the explosion
which resulted so disastrously. The engine,
known as a "Mason engine," had but re
cently bee'ff put in service, and was regarded
as one of the best in use on. the# road. Mr.
Stevens was one of the most careful men in
the Company's employ.—Ball imore A meri
TERRIBLE TRAGEDY IN • TENNESSEE.-
The Jonesboro kTenn.) ration Flag, of De
cember Sth, relates the following details of a
tragedy in that vicinity :
On yesterday a report reached Jonesboro,
that a party of desperadoes were commit
ting murder, arson and rape to an alarming
extent in the northwestern portion of this
county; whereupon Sheriff S. T. Shipley-,
got together a posse of men well, armed, and
repaired in the evening to the place where
the disturbance was reported to have been
committed—on Blackly creek.
They found that Mr. Jeremiah Keyes, an
excellent Union man, had been murdered
in a most horrible manner, having been
literally beaten to death with clubs; also,
Josiah Conly, Esq., had been killed—having
'several bullet holes shot through him—and
that a rape had been committed on the per
son of a widow Carter. They found that
these acts were committed by three men,
the names of whom are Wm. Hulse, Wm.
M. Nelson and Abram Burkett. The Sheriff
and his party got upon their track, and
about two o'clock this morning came upon
them at the house of a Mr. Hulse. They
were well armed, and refused to surrender.
Several attempts were made to get them out
of the house, but all provefi fruitless until
the Sheriff ordered the house to be set on
fire, which being done, they surrendered,
and were brought in and safely lodged in
the jail in this place.
FROZEN TO DEATH ON THE PRAIRIE.—
An old man named Daniel S. Warren, of
lowa city, who was engaged carrying the
mail from that place southward, was found
dead on the prairie four miles north of
Ainsworth, Washington county, last
Thursday morning. His horse was also
found dead in a slough near by, where it
had become mired with his . buggy. It is
supposed that the old man attempted to
reach some house after finding he could not
extricate his horse and buggy, and perished
with cold and fatigue. His body was found
abont eighty rods from the slough. The
snow had drifted over him so that nothing
but his feet could be seen. We understand
that he was 'seventy-eight years of age, and
had been employed eight, or nine years
earring the mail. An inquest was held over
his body at Ainsworth' last Friday. and a
verdict was returned in accordance with
the above facts.
Corivierroic AND SENT CE —lAeut
who killed Dr. GeorgeNlartin, in Nelson
county, Ya., , last October', has been con
victed. by a military commission, and sen
tenced to be dr/mussed the I service, with the
loss of all pay due him, and be confined in
the penitentiary for twenty
_years. The .
Secretary of War has approved of the pro
ceedings of the court, Eao. designated the•
Clinton prison in New York as the, place of
confinement.' • •
A Parliamentary retain furnishes some
interesting statistics regarding the railroads
of Great Britain. By the report it appears
that there were 12,789 miles of railway open
in the ITnited Kingdom in . 1864; as compared
with 12,8221 miles the year before. Of this
12,789 miles, 7,402 were double and's,3B7 sin
gle lines of ran. As many as 222,272,165
persons traveled- on these lines during the
year 1864, as against upwards of 204,500,000
_1863. This 'is exclusive of season
and periodical ticket-holders, of whom there
were 76,400- during 1864, and 64,391 during
1863. The following - were some of the items
composing the traffic in 1864:
First class passengers. . . . 27,701,415
Second- class • . . 65,269,169
Third-class " . . .136,301,518
Number of carriages carried. . 66,702
Horses, .. • . . . 283,112
Dogs, • . . .
• • - 459,494
. . •
Cattle, . . • . . . 2,993,357
Sheep, . -. . . . . 8,455,681
Pigs,• • ' • • 2 3 224 , 748 _
Coal, coke and other minerals,
tons.. . . ; ..75,445,881
General merchandise . . . 35,914,914
The number of trains run was 4,969,969.
About three-eighths of these were luggage
trains. Altogether they traveled 120,130,943
miles. The passenger trains 66,555,219 miles;
the goods trains four million - miles less.
The total receipts from all sources of traffic
amounted to 234,015,564—an increase of al
most three millions on the year 1863. First
class passengers contributed £3,601,530 to
this; second-class travelers, £4,545,472, and
third-class, £5,375,048. Season ticket hold
ers contributed £393,550. The receipts on
account of excess of luggage, carriages, ctn.,
amounted to £1,210,099, and the receipts
from mails £558,341. The carriage of live
stock produced 4684,945 ; of coal and mine
rals, £6,302,888, and of general merchandise,
£11,343,671. The - increase of receipts seems
to have been general, and is not confined to
any particular class of revenue. In no class
is there a decrease observable in the receipts
of 1864 as compared with 1863.
ARREST OF A Lk.utEß:- CARRIER eHARGED
'WITH PURLOINING LETTERS_AND MONEY.—
We published some days since the fact of a
large number of letters having been found,
on the 18th of November, floating in the
water near the city yard, on the south side
of the basin, and that a man was seen by
workmen in Clark At Son's machine shop to
throw them in the water, who disappeared
before his face could be observed. The fact
was communicated, in a note from Mr.
Clark, to the Baltimore city po,stmaster, and
the special post office agents, Willi •ni P.
Kimball, of this city, and Mr. Depro, of
Washington, who immediately commenced
an investigation of the affair. The letters
and parts of letters recovered were about
two hundred in number. They had all
been broken open and the contents of those
containing money had been abstracted. It
was ascertained that the letters, which were
all addrOssed to persons in'this city, mutt
have been taken from the Baltimore post
office by some of the eighty persons (includ
ing carriers) employed therein.
By classifying the recovered letters ac
cording to their address, it was discovered
that they bad been taken from the carriers'
room. The detectives, aided by Colonel
Purnell, at lehgth succeeded in tracing
the stolen letters to the agency of a young
man named John Sturgis,
aged 24 years,
who was acting as -deputyletter carrier for
Mr. John Shanntunan, his brother-in-law,
and resided with him at N 0.30 North Eutaw
street, where he was arrested on Tuesday
last. Upon searching his apartment there
were found by the detectives 51,600 ingreen
backs, $2 2 5 in gold and $7 in silver, con
cealed in his mistress; $l3 were found upon
his person. Sturgis was taken before United
States Commissioner Ridgely, and, after a
partial examination, he was committed' for
a further hgaring.—Raltiniore Sun.
"I DON'T WANT TO BE - UNLOADED THAT
Way," remarked a gentleman, on reading
the following account of a singular accident
to an express messenger. It is related in
the Chicago 75-ibuiv.:
Of all the singular accidents we have been
called upon to narrate, we know of none of
recent origin so startling in its novelty as a
mode of unexpected peril than that which
betel Mr. Danks an express messenger on
the C. B. ‘ l / 4 - . Q. R. R., on Saturday night,
near Bristol Station. It adds to the known
list of casualties to which all human trave
lers are exposed, and lends fresh endorse
ment to the wisdom of guarding against
these risks by that modern appliance of
of safety, the Travelers Insurance. Mr.
Danks was riding in his express car, beside
the wide open door. The train passed the
station at the speed of twenty miles an hour.
A rope dangling loosely from the pipe of
the water tank was violently swun r ,c , in at
the door, and took a turn about the head of
Mr. Danks, and in an instant he had disap
peared out of the door, and was hurled,
choked and senseless, to a distance of forty
feet from the track. He was picked up
badly bruised, and confused as well as con
tused. It will be some weeks before he is
again at his duties.
SUICIDE.-A letter from Chicago says:
Mrs. Page, a widowed daughter of Major
General B. M. Prentiss, of Quincy,
committed suicide on the 12t.tle at the
house of her father. On the morning of
that day, she appeared iinusully downcast
and sad, and finally she told some of the
family that • she was goin g into the back
yard, and that they need not look for her
return for some time. Before going out of
the door she took the precaution to draw the
curtain of the window which looked into
the yard. As she passed a colored woman
in the yard, she told her that she was going
to make way with herself; and.. left direc
tions for her burial. The woman supposed
e,he was joking and . took no notice of IL
The lady not returning for some time, search
was instituted, and her lifeless body was
found in a cistern near the stable. We have
no farther particulars.' It will be recollected
that some time since General Prentiss and
his son were fined five dollars each for horse
whipping a young man who was paying at
tention to this daughter. Whether this fact
has any connection with the suicide remains
to be developed. ,
MIRACULOUS ESCAPE FROM DEATH.-
About midnight of Thttrsday last,, a fearful
casualty happened at - the headquarters of
Major-General Palmer, in this city. A
Messenger named john Bowes, belonging
to the 2d United States Infantry, fell from
the fourth story -to the basement of the
building, and, marvelous to oay, he was not
even knocked. senseless. The distance of
the preciplation was more than forty feet.
The young man 'fortunately fell upon his
hip, striking the banister of the second-story
staircase, and plunging down to the ground
floor, which xs of stone. By the terrible'
force of his descent, the railing upon which
he fell was 'broken - 'entirely through, and
one of the panels shattered into atoms;---
401414241 e Journal.
L i'ETHERSTON. Pa
A Itailroiad Race.
Those who have left Chicago, bound east,.
inthe Pittsburg, Fort Wayne and Chicago•
cars, will enjoy the following description by
B. F. Taylor: .
The track of the- Michigan Southern and
the Pittsburgh, Fort Wayne and ChicagiS
roads lie, for a few miles, -within hailing.
distance. They are smooth,:straight and
tempting. The other night I was on board
the -Michigan Southern, eastward bound,
and looking out of a window into the dark
ness,.saw a light projected upon, the blank
prairie, quid kindling 'up. the Pittsburgh
railsas'if its cars ran upon, a silver track.
It was the flash of_ an eve - that I saw, and,
as our speectwas checked at a crossing,/ the
train bound for the Iron City pulled up, and.
for a minute we stood neck antlneck.: Like
the hammers of Vulcan's one-eyedatrikers,-
the trains clattered over -the crossing and
away We went. The anapestic "clank-te
clank" of . the wheels shortened up; the
motion of the train grew steady; there was
an angry hum, a little like a spindle; the
train thrilled like a nerve, and it was all as
graceful and easy as flying.
tip burst the sparks from the Pittsburgh
engine, like the chal g fro ma threshingfloor;
the polished shafts lied in the light, and.
"buckled to" like a rower's naked arms
when:he comes down upon the homestretch;.
the furnace door flew open with a great
glare; every twinkling window was fall of
faces. The long train looked as if one street
bad eloped from Chicago under cover of
the night, anctzone a gipsying, with an
other. Samson was outdone, ;;He bore
away Gaza's gates; but lo! here was Chines
self!" Yon heard the clang of iron; you saw
the trail of_re; it was as if the trains were
being fashioned out of midnight upon an
anvil. So, for a while, side by side. At
last our Pittsburgh neighbor began to draw
in; to slide back into the darkness; to shut
tcgether like a telescope.
By and by we caught a glance at its eye
again; it had neither lid nor lashes, and its
expression was not loving; we had it fairly
astern; and just then it wheeled away on
a great curve; oar "parting was well made"
—we jarred on our way rejoicing, and every
drowsy passenger that had been brightened
into quick sympathy with the train, as
much a part of it as wheels and axles,
drew in, coiled up, fell into a heap of indis
tinguishable garments. Let nobody think
there had been a race; possibly, the iron
thorough breds had pulled an extra ounce
or so upon the bit. But it was only bring
ing two of a tribe together, it was steam
and its brother side by side. Now, bring
on your classim and let us make a match of
it. Do this "hest'' of the flying tea ket
tles into Greek for us, and you may stable
your war chariots with the wheel barrows
Our Cotton Factories.
Statistics in the Interior Department show
the,number - of cotton manufacturing estab
lishments in the United States, in 1860, to
have been 1,091. The aggregate amount of
capital invested was 07,585,269, being an in
crease of $22,552,691, or 29.6 per cent. over
the total capital of 1850. The quantity of
cotton consumed (exclusive of 15,200,061
pounds wrought into mixedfabrics of cotton
and wool), was AM,704,975 pounds, equiva
lent to 1,656 bales 01400 pounds each, which
was 450,177,975 pounds, or 55.5 per cent. in
excess of - the consumption of 1850. The
total cost of raw material was $57,285,534,
and of 1ab0r : 03,949,108. The-average num
ber of male hands employed throughout the
year was 46,859, and of females 75,169. The
aggregate number of spindles in operation
was 5,235,727, and of looms 126,313. The
total value of all kinds of cotton goods
manufactured was $115,681,774. The pro
duct of cotton cloth, including 271,859,000
yards of printed cloth, amounted to 1,148,-
• 252,406 yards, the - quantity of yarn and
thread to 47,241,603 pounds, and of bats,
wicking and wadding to 12,967,956 pounds.
In addition to the foregoing the product em
braces a large' aggregate of miscellaneous
articles and fabrics, among which were the
following: Coverlets, 11,590; table cloths and
counterpanes, 11;600; quilts, 122,000; mos
quito netting, 1,582,400 yards; cotton cordage,
lines, fie., 4,876,277 pounds; webbing, 450,000
pounds; quilts, 195,391 pounds; seamless
bags, 6,235,600. The number of yards+ of
sheetings, shirtings, printed cloth, &c,
amounted to thirty-six and a quarter yards
per capita for the total population of the
From San Francisco.
SAN FR-kNCISCO, Dec. 14.—Legal tenders
are quoted at 6:51. There has been a partial
rally in mining stocks. Gould & Curry is
quoted at I 50; Chollar, Potosi, $130; Sav
age, $680; Yellow Jacket, $255. Coal oil is
SAN FRANcisco, Dec. 15.—The steamer
Sacramento, with New York, dates to the
21st ult.,arrived here this morning.
The stamer Sierra Nevada arrived from
Portlandlast night, bringing nearly $300,000
in treasure from the Columbia river gold
Accidents to Western Steamers..
CINCLNNATI, Dec.' 16.—The steamer Du
mont collided with a' towboat, near Patriot,
Ind., qn Thursdav t and was cOn l siderablv
injured. One of the crew was killed and
four others are missing.
CAIRO, Dec. 16.--The steamer Peerless,
from, Cincinnati for New Orleans, with a
full cargo, struck a sunken wreck. off
hand, below Ground City, took fire and was
entirely consumed. The boat was valued at
$60,000 and insured for $45,000. The value
of the cargo is unknown.
ANOTHER NEW BANK LOCK,.-A Mr.
Louis Zale, .1 . r., of Cincinnati, has recently
invented and introduced a new patent
double and single bank lock, which is said
to be a trinnrph of scient* c and mechan
ical ingenuity. It combin two locks in
one, each of which operates e same bolt,,
making it perfectly secure against missing
the combination or getting o t of order. It
is absolutely secure again t picking or
powder, and proof against being driven off
the door. The store, door, night latch,
drawer and other locks, with patent flat
keys, are as difficult to pick as most bank
locks, and the key itself is a'w,onderful con
trivance, recommending the locks, on that
account, to any one who is opposed to the
old-fashioned cumbersome article.
DEATEt or "Sruorr Suocs."—The 'Mont
gomery Advertiser of the sth says. "Bird
H. Young, of Tallapoosa county, (lied last
month at his residence in that county. -He
lived to be nearly seventy , ' years of age. He
was a man of generous goood heart and many
weaknesses m a moral point of view. He
was most respectably connected, and at one
time' possessed of great wealth, which he
recklesslYiwasted. .He was the original of
the portrait familiar to many thousand read
ers in the Ignited States under the name of
Simon Briggs, whose 'Adventures' written
by the talented liooper, make a cherished
book in the library ot every lover of genuine
- American hunto3.". •