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Ocuotco to plttic0, Citctttturc, gticnltuvc, Sticncc, JHo'rdiUo, anb citernl Intelligence.
STROUDSBURG, MONROE COUNTY, PA., DECEMBER 7. 1876.
Published by Theodore Schoch.
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OF ALT. KHfDS,
minted in the highest strle of the Art, and on th
most reaoonable terms.
R. NATHANIEL C. MILLER,
Physician and Surgeon.
O.Bro aod residence: Cornor Main and Pocono Street,
Ofiice hours from 7 to 8 a. ra., 1 to 2 and 7
to S p. ni. . -Oct.
II. SI1UL.L., M. D.
.'nd door below Burnett House. Residence
n4 d.i.r of Hieksite Quaker Church. OOico
),.)ur. Sc9iirt,lti3p. m,6U)Sp. m.
Mir ra, ISTo-tf.
u. s. .li 1 rr: it,
l;iysici;iit sinil Surgeon;
STR0UD3BU11G, Pa. -
);T: . for-nrly oeeupiinl by Dr. Sr-jp. Uesidenee with
. 1'.. Miil'r, "his d'r b'lw the Ji'fFf rsoaian Ofliee.
i irh h-"trs, 7 to , 12 to o and 6 to 9.
M:i II, IS7.;. tf.
u. x. i im:ck,
n:Ti.-f in Eliriii'T's new buil'linc.uearTy opposite
t'.f 4i r :i Js'mrrf Bank, (ias uduiListJied fur extucting
ii.-n ! . i r J .
Mr vi i-ip'.ir.', Pa. f Jan. 6,'76-tf.
;i. ;i:. v. J.icstsox
PilVSifllN, SlTvGEOX A XI) .UTMTIIEIR.
n"i-.. in Sitiiifl llvxl's new buildtns. noarly op
i tii- p office. KfsiJtfitee on Sarah strwt,
- .a I"r.i'i'Mu.
Attorney at r,av,
One iloor above the ".Stroudslmrg House,'
Collections promptly mad;.
O -lo'jcr '21, S74.
R-al Estate and Insurance Agent and
Till' fenrrhe-i and Conveyancing in all it
branches curcfulhj and promptly attended to.
Ac':)iowtedjmcntf taken for other Stales.
0:Ti?e, Kistlcr's Brick Duilding, near thell.R.
K.VST STROUDSBUKG, TA.
i. o. r,)x j i.
Set.teiii'KT 2 IS7T,. tf.
WILLIAM S. REES,
Surveyor, Conveyancer and
Real Estate Agent.
t Farms,' Timber Lands and Town Lots
:Ti-e tnc:irlv opposite American Iloue
st! J 1 d Mr below the Corner Store.
March 2 , li7:;-tf.
SURGEON & MECHANICAL DENTIST.
f .ill has hi oilace on Main str"et, in the second utory
' Dr. S. Walton's brl k buildtns, nearly opposite the
'r-)iii,i,urg Iiouse, and lie Caters In ins-If that by eih
taa rf-ars con-taiit practice and the most etirtiest ancl
nrful a!t-ntiou to all uiattr portaininy to his pro
fsfin. that he i fulir able to perform all oteratiotis
iu the dental liue iu the most careful and skillful man
ner. pciii attention jjfvcn to savtn; the Natural Teth ;
. t the insertion of Artificial Teetb on Itubber.
Gold, .Silver, or Continuous Ouins, and perfect fits in all
f't persons know the ?reat folly and danger of en--utiiij
th'-ir work.to the iuexperieuef-d.or to tho liv
it t a ditauce. ' April 13, 1S74. tf.
Opposition to Humbuggery!
Th iinW!j;nod hereby announces that he has re
nmd businrys at the old'ntand, next door to Kuster's
'1 'thine Store, Maiu strert, tStroudfthurs. I'a., and is
f.!j prepared to accommodate all in want of
BOOTS and SHOES,
rca'ic in the latest st yle and of good material. Repair-
ig promptly atleuted to. Giv?. me a eall.
I'"-, a, 167.V-1T.J c. LEWIS WATERS.
PAPER II A ME R,
GLAZIER AND PAINTER,
Nearly opposite Kautz's Blacksmith Shop,
The undersigned woald respectfully iti
foroi the citizens of Stroadsburg and vicinity
'hat he is now fully prepared lo do all kinds
of Paper Hanging, Glazing and Painting,
promptly and at thort notice, and that he
will kep constantly on hand a fine stock ol
per Hangings of all descriptions and at
lo prices. The patrouage of the public
' earnestly solicted. May 1C, 1872.
welling House for Sale.
A very desirable two .story Dwrlliuf? House, contain
ing 8evii rooms, one ot woton iasuiUDie
tor a store Itoooi, .ituate on Mam tr--t,
in the tor0ut;h of Stroudxburi;. Tbe
t biiildiau is Doarlr new. and rverv part
l of it in good condition. For terms Ac,
Clllt this office. -- fDc.9, 187ft-t.
OB PRINTING, of aff kindneatly ex
ecuted at tbit cSEe.
ouvt Proclamation. J
v Whereas, the Hon. Samcei. S. Prf.her, President
Judge of the 22d Judicial District of Pennsylvania,
composed of the counties of Monroe and Carbon, and
PetTer Oruver and Chari.es V. Decker, Squirt,
Associate Judges of the Court of Common Pleas of the
County of Monroe, and by virtue of their oificcn. Justice
of the Court of Oyer and Terminer and General Jail
delivery and Court of General Quarter Sessions in aud
for the said County of Monroe, have issued their precept
to me commanding that a Court of Quarter Sessions of
the Peace and Common Pleas, and Court of Oyer aud
Terminer and General Jail Delivery and Orphan'
Court, for the said County of Monroe, to be Loldeu at
i MOKDAY, the 23th day of December 1S7J,
to continue one week, if necessary.
Is' hereby given 'to the Coroner, the Justices of the
Teace, aud Constables of the said county of Monrte,
that they be then and there ready with their rolls
records, Inquisitions, examinations and other remem
brances to do those things which their offices arc ap
pertainint;, and also that those who are bound by
recognizances to prosecute give evidence apainst the
prisoners that are or shall be in the jail of the said
cou nt y of Monroe, or against persons who stand charged
with the commission of offences to lie then and there
to prosecute or testify as shall be just. f
(od save the Commonwealth.) ' f
JACOH K.. SIIAFER, Sheriff.
Sheriff's Office. Stroudsburg,!
Nov. ao, 1876. (
H. D. BUSH,
The down town Dry Good Merchant will sell
" his immense stock of
before the first day of January, A. D. 1S77, to
make room for a different line of goods.
Goods sold at cost and less than cost !
IIU fltock connists of all kinds of
Ladies' and Gents' Furnishing
Goods, Notions, &c.
The public i in vi te1 to come and examine
his .stock as it will positively be Fold
cheaper than it can be bought elsewhere.
H. D. BUSH.
Stroudsburg, Nov. 23, 1376. 1m.
STILL DOWN TO THE
in spite of the advance in prices at whole
sale, AND OUU STOCK LARGER AND
MORE COMPLETE THAN EVER.
We have scoured the market for things
Interesting and Profitable
FOR OUR CUSTOMERS,
AND CAN NOW OFFER GREATER
Dress Goods. Cloths and
Cassimcrcs, Flannels and
Blankets, bleached and
brown MUSLIN, Prints,
Shawls, Underwear for
For Ladies, Gents' and
Gents' Fnrnishing Goods,
Ribbons, &c. Sec.
We propose to MAINTAIN our REP
UTATION for being the
BY BEING JUST WHAT the TERM
AND IF ANY THINK THEY HAVE
REASON to DOUBT IT WE WOULD
VERY KINDLY INVITE THEM
TO CALL AND INVESTIGATE, AT
.The New-York Store.
) . . . .
Stroudsbarg, Oct. 12 , !87C 3ra.
THE TERROR IN LOUISIANA.
COOL AND DELIBERATE MURDERING.
A TIIIULLIXG SCENE AT THE SESSION OF
THE RETURNING BOARD THE OUT
RAGES DENOUNCED BY NORTHERN
DEMOCRATS GEN. JOHN M. FALMER'd
WRATH TERRIBLE NARRATIVE OP A
From the New-York Timen.
New-Orleans, Nov. 28. A startling
scene occurred before the Returning Board
to-day. Four witnesses were examined.
All had been wantonly shot because of their
Republican principles. Two were brought
to the city ou cots. Their names are Ben
James, Eaton Longwood, H. W. Burrcll,
and Eliza Pinkston. During the latter's
pitiful recital of her wrongs her husband
emasculated and then killed before her
eyes, of her babe whose throat was cut in
her arms, of her own gashed breast and
limbs, and finally the outrage of her person
by two white Democrats ex-Gov. John
M. Palmer, of Illinois, leaped from his chair
and said in wrath. "If this story be false,
those that prepared it for this poor woman
should be hanged ; but if, as I firmly
believe, it is true, the wretches who can
perpetrate such atrocities should be execut
ed without mercy. I will spend $10,000
to ferret out this case. It looks true. This
poor woman has certainly been cruelly
wronged. The question is broader now
than President-making it is one of hu
manity. If she has told the truth, Sheri
dan should come back at once and hold with
a grip of iron a people who can sec such
infamy without remonstrance even in their
public prints." Gov. Palmer was greatly
excited while making these remarks, and
astounded the Louisiana Democrats, who
tried iu vain to pacify him. Gen. George
B. Smith, of Wisconsin, also exhibited much
excitement, and turning upon local Demo
crats, said, "You have deceived us." Subse
quently Lyman Trumbull, who was absent
from the room during the woman's recital,
flatly concurred with Gen. Palmer. The
demoralization of the Democrats here is
complete, not only because of the facts dis
closed, but because of the names of leading
Democrats who are exposed in detail as the
murderers and ravishers. Other witnesses,
men and women, who have cruelly suffered,
are yet to take the stand.
Tonight the Chief of Police has been
compelled to station a force around the
domicile within which Mrs. Pinkston lies
prostrate on a bed. A turbulent Demo
cratic crowd is assembled, and they are
loud with menaces. At last it is evident
that even Northern Democrats cannot re
turn home and sneer down Southern
Democratic outrages as myths. The testi
mony which Hon. John Sherman. Gen.
Gartield, Eugene Hale, Gen. White,
Courtlandt Parker, E. W. Stoughton, and
Judge Kelley will furnish the North will
startle the whole country. Following is in
substance Mrs. Pinkstou's statement:
On Saturday night, the 4th of the month,
Henry Pinkston, a respectable colored man,
who was known in the island district of
Ouachita Parish, went to his cabin after,
as is stated, having held a consultation re
garding the election with a number of Re
publican leader?. He was known in the
parish as steadfast, and somewhat demon
strative Republican, but, fearing for his
life, he had recently joined a Democratic
club. According to the sworn statement
of his wife, Eliza .Pinkston, which is now
befor me, he went quietly to bed on
the night in question, not fearing or ap
prehending any danger. At about 3 o'clock
the next Sunday morning a number of
men, who from their voices were known to
be white, came to the cabin and, knocking
on the door, said, "Come out here Pinkston,
your Yankee friends want to take you to
To this Mrs. Pinkston, who thought she
recongnized the voice of the speaker, re
plied, "You are no Yankee; you are Dr.
Young." A man named Gogan, who was
afterward recognized by Mrs. Pinkston,
immediately answered, "Dr. Young is not
in the parish." After a few words more
of no importance had passed between the
terrified woman and the men ou the outside,
Gogan broke down the door of the cabin,
and a number of armed white men, among
whom Mrs. Pinkston recognized Dr. Young,
Billy Parks, Gogan, Frank Durham, "Buck"
Baker, and others, rushed into the room.
They went up to the bed where Pinkston
was lying, and, dragging him out on the
floor, cried, "You will vote no more
Radical tickets here." "Buck" Baker said,
"We must 'tend to the woman, too."
They theu commenced firing their pistols
at Pinkston. He fell. His wife screamed,
and one of them struck her over the head
with his heavy navy revolver. She was
cut and shot iu several place her jaw was
broken, but she did not die. When she
bad been " 'tended to," the men took her
husband, tied a handkerchief over his
mouth, and carried his bleeding body out
of the house. Then they killed him. Be
fore he died he begged them to spare his
life, saying. "I will vote the Democratic
ticket, sure." "No," said one of them.
" your nigger heart, you have
fooled us long enough ; now you must die."
Having killed the husband the men Dext
turned to the wife. Her infant lay at her
side. They cut its throat from ear to ear
and threw the dead body into a pond near
by. Theu they left th cabin, and the
bleediug, cliildess widow of their victim
wiw tkem no more. Theie are 2,167 Re
publican voters m the parish where Henry
Piokstou. lived, but only 781 of theui went
to the polls oo election day.
yrw-ORLEArs, Nov. 30 la the preceed-
ings before the Returning Board yesterday,
Cbarlcs Tidwell, of Ouachita, a witness in
rebuttal to the testimony of Mrs. Eliza
Pinkston, was introduced by the Demo
cratic Conservative Committee.
It is hearsay testimony merely as to the
facts of Pinfcston's murder, and it shows
that no investigation whatever was at
tempted by the Coroner or any other ofHcial
into how the negro came to his death.
There are people who would like to have
some testimony as to Mr. Tid well's character
for veracity, before accepting his opinion of
Mrs. Pinkston's ability to tell the truth,
and there are some who may desire the
citation of a well-authenticated instance of
a Louisiana Coroner being prevented from
doing his duty in order to screen negro
Weight of the Human Body.
There are few people but like to be
weighed occasionally ; some do it regularly
at certain hours, before and after meals, or
taking a bath, etc. Yet there are few
things so changeable as the weight of the
body ; indeed, it, ia rarely the same for a
few minutes together ; and if a man were
to sit on one of the plates for a whole day,
the other plate would be constantly oscillat
ing within certain limits. The state of the
weather and time ot the year influence our
weight. In summer we grow fatter than
we are in winter, such is the general rule ;
yet most people believe that hot weather
makes us leaner. It is true we eat less and
perspire more; these arc certainly two
causes of loss ; but, on the other hand, we
expend less to keep up the temperature of
the body, and moreover we drink more,
and our beverages possess the curious pro
perty of increasing our fat. Beer, and even
pure water, are great fattening agents. Cat
tle reared for slaughter get a great deal to
drink, which increases their bulk consider
ably ; the tissues are gorged with liquid,
and so the weight increases, but the sys
tem is weakened. In winter, the organ
ism has to be provided with heat ; we eat
more, but also expend more to keep up the
temperature of the body ; then also we
drink less, so that, on the whole, the loss is
greater than the gain, and we grow lean.
In short, we fatten when, under ordinary
circumstances, we bum more of the food
we have taken, and we, therefore, in breath
ing, exhale carbonic acid in proportion.
We begin to emit less of the latter in April;
its amount diminishes considerably in July,
August and September, and attains its
minimum about the autumnal equinox. It
then goes on increasing from October, and
we begin to lose the substance gained dur
ing the summer. From December to March
we remain nearly stationary. To conclude,
as we consume less in summer than in win
ter, all other circumstances remaining the
same, we are heavier in hot weather than
we are in winter. Boston Transcript,
Security and Splurge.
Mrs. Jane G. Swisshelm is writing letters
from Europe to the Chicago Tribune.
When she visited the Bank of England,
she was struck by the ugliness and the
unpretentiousncss of "the Old Lady of
Threadnecdlc street," and thereupon pro
ceeded to moralize as follows :
If one bone of an animal betrays the
secrets of his life, the anatomy of that right
arm of British finance has a lesson for us;
and this is that security and splurge be
long to different species. The latter may
be as large as a spermaceti whale, and
brilliant as a dying dolphin ; but it is sure
to be slippery, to be addicted to sudden
plunges and mysterious disappearances ; and
is hard to hold even with a harpoon. While
the former is a clumsy kind of beast, with
big claw-feet, made for taking a good hold
of the ground, and a round, shaggy kido
gives large opportunities for 'catching and
So long as the American people trust
their money to folks because they have
magnificent banking houses, or other places
of business, eplendid residences, retinues of
servants, high-stepping horses, glittering
coaches, flashing diamonds, gaazy laces,
rustling silks, shimmering sating and sweep
ing velvets, so long do they prove that they
belong to that class of animated nature
which was made to be eaten, and have no
riiht to complain when the eaters cat them.
If I ever get a hundred dollars, and put
it into a bank, and Jenkins informs me,
some day, through the columns of the
morning paper, that Mr. B. roy banker,
has purchased a fancy team, or that the
lovely Mrs. B. was the observed ot all
observers at Madame Dorothea Diamond's
ball, on account of her exquisite blue satin
dress, point lace aud pearls, I will be one
of the first visitors to the bank that day
and what I shall want will be my $100 and
all the interest if there is any, due on it ;
and if I can find no place that appears safer
than that bank, I will roll it up in a rag
and risk the burglars.
A few years since there was a Presbyte
rian minister at Columbus, Miss, who had
a horror of shouting in church, which faet
was well known to his comrraratioD. One
day, after he had preached a very spiritual
sermon, an old lady was observed to leave
the church in a very hasty roanuer. Meet
ing her a few day after, the minister asked
her why she had rushed from the church
bo suddenly the Sanday befofe. "Well,"
bhe responded, "the fact is, I was m filled
with grace in listening to your sermon, that
I found I couldn t contain myself, 60 I ran
over to the Methodist fJhurch acTosV tbo
way and shouted."
The following account of the largest
poultry-yard in the State of New York is
given in The Fanciers' Journal : "It is at
Greene, Chenango county, and is kept by
Mr. A. B. Robeson. He has G,000 ducks.
4,000 turkeys and 1,200 hens. They con
sume daily GO bushels of corn, two. barrels
of meal, two barrels of potates and a
quantity of charcoal. The meal, potatoes
and charcoal arc boiled together and form
a pudding, which is fed while warm. Mr.
Robeson has twelve buildings for his fowls,
each from one hundred to two hundred
feet long, fourteen feet wide and seven feet
under the eaves, with doors in the ends of
all of them. He bought most of his ducks
in the est aud had them all shipped in
crates three dozen in a crate. He also
had an egg-house thirty -five by fifty feet
and four stories high, the outside of which
is eighteen inches thick and built of cut
stone, laid in mortar, boarded up on the
the inside and filled in between the outside
and the inside wall with sawdust, it taking
3,000 bushels. Mr. Robeson says there is
money iu poultry and ho thinks he can
make enough out of his 0,000 ducks to pay
for his egg-house, which cost $7,000. He
gets ten cts. per pound for turkey feathers,
twelve for hen s and sixty-five for ducks'.
He intends to keep a great many more
fowls next season aud has agents all over
the country who are buying up poultry
Anecdote of President Grant
This neat bit
of humor of President
now for the first time in
Just before the close of the last session
of Congress, while riding out one day, he
was struck with the appearance of a horse
driven before a butcher's cart. The butcher
was sent for and asked if he would sell.
The butcher would do so for a proper con
sideration. The proper consideration was
estimated at $250, which was paid. Subse
quent!)', after driving out with Senator
Lonkung, the President said, "Come to the
stable and look at a new horse I've bought."
Mr. Conkling, who is something of a
judge of horses, looked him over thoroughly,
poked him here, punched him there, and
did all that a firstclass Senator and horse
man should do in such a case.
"Where did you get him ?" asked the
"I bought him of a butcher," replied the
"How much did you pay for him ?"
"Two hundred and fifty dollars," an
swered General Grant.
"Well," responded the Senator, "he may
be a very good animal, and doubtless is,
but if it were my case, I think I should
rather have the money thau the horse."
" That is what the butcher thovyht" re
plied the President. Harpers Magazine.
Poisoned by Reading at Night.
French novels have long been regarded
by some persons as a species of moral arse
nic, but no no one suspected that their per
usal had aught to do with the actual absorp
tion of the chemical element. A rich lady
in the Fanbourg St. Bonore recently found
herself growing very ill and the doctor pro
nounced her to be suffering from some slow
poison. She rejected this idea as absurd,
but on rising one morning found a glass of
water which was usually placed by her bed
side to be discolored by a white, filmy pow
der. On showing this to the doctor he at
once declared it to be arsenic. All in
quiries failed to detect the culprit, and the
next night madame filled the glass herself,
and kept careful watch that no one med
dled, with it. Nevertheless, in the morn
ing, the white powder again made its ap
pearance, and the doctor was fairly at his
wits end to find the real cause. Finally
he discovered that his patient was in the
habit of reading in bed, and for that reason
candles were kept burning all night in her
room. These candlas, of dazzling white
ness, had been strongly impregnated with
arsenic in the bleaching process, and the
arsensic becoming volatilized by the com
bustion, poisoned the air of the bed room.
A Fastidious Horseman.
Washington was an excellent horseman.
It is said that he could ride at full gallop
and retain a dollar between each knee and
the saddle, euch was the tenacious grasp of
his thighs upon the hor?c. He was very
fond of his horses and liked to see them
thoroughly groomed. The manner in which
his white horses were kept white is curious.
Mr. G. W. P. Curtis states that the night
before they were to be used they were en
tirely covered with paste, the chief ingredi
ent of which was whiting, and were then
completly clothed, and left for the night to
sleep on clean straw. By the morning this
coating was hard and dry, and it was then
brushed and curried oft", leaving tho hair
beneath beautifully white and glossy. Af
ter this tho hoofs were blackened and pol
ished. To complete this curious toilet the
horses' mouths were washed and their teeth
picked and washed, when they were con
sidered to be groomed, and were ready for
For tho first time in a good many years
Lancaster county has come out ahead in
lier political race with old Berks. Tho lat
ter has steadily increased her Democratic
majority, while Lancaster has rather fallen
back. But now it is all right again.
The majority for Hayes in Lancaster is
7787, while that for Tildeu in Berks ia
253!. Count the "Old Guard( 193 ahead.
A Lesson to Our Young Mea.
It seems aa though a time of judgment
had come on all kind of offenders. W
see, by the newspapers which come to our
ofBce from all parts of the country, that
villaius hitherto supposed to be respectable
are geting deserts on every hand. Hardly
a week passes without some conspicuous
example being given, through the exposuro
of prominent citizens, of the folly of at
tempting to build up a reputation on hypo
crisy or a fortune ou a fraud.
If the young men of the country could
only realize what ignominious fates are con
stantly overtaking dishonest men, they
would need no other proof that the path of
virtue is the only sure road to lasting pros
perity, and that the way of transgressors is
A sick man iu New Orleans was told
by the. doctor that nothing would save
him except a quart of catnip tea. "Then
I must die," said the poor man, "for I
don't hold but a pint."
This note from a Chicago girl to her
lover was made pudlie through a lawsuit,
"Dear Sarnie, Pap's watermellons is ripe,
come and bring some poetry like you
brought before. My love for you will ever
flow like the water running down a tater
row. Bring a piece as long as your arm,
and have a heap more about those raving
ringlets and other sweet things. Com
next Sunday and don't fule me."
A colored orator at a recent eimpmeet
ing declared that be never would sell his
birthright for a nest of partridges. His
allusion was to the sale which Esau made
of his pottage. Another remarked in his
sermon : "I know dat de good Lord do
care for the leastest of his Cock, as well as
de mos' giganticuss, fur me an' my ole wo
man hab jest emerged from a most disas
trous state ob health, aa' are now enjoyin'a
series of convalescence."
In Barman's menagerie there are some
fine elephants, which are trained to danco
for the amusement of visitors, and they do
it exceedingly well, considering that tbeir
physical organization does not appear
especially adapted to "tripping the light
fantastic toe," yet it would scarcely bo
expected that they would acquire such a
fondness for the exercise as to indulge iu
it solely for their own pleasure. But tha
ether day a visitor, while strolling through
the menagerie, chanced to come upon the
elephants' apartment, and there, all to them
selves, without keeper to direct, or so far
as they knew without spectator to wit
ness, the huge ungainly creatures were soft
ly dancing with apparentd elight. It was a
curious sight to the one who thus hap
pened to intrude upon their private rc
hersal. There are a number of middle-aged gen
tlemen, who, thinking themselves endowed
by nature with oratorical ability, visit Sun
day schools to display tbeir speech making
qualities. One of these gentry had a round
of four or five schools which he visited re
gularly, and as regularly bored, ending his
orations invariably with Amen ! While
visiting one of the schools, the superintend
ent out of courtesy, asked him if he desired
to say a few words to the school. "Wa'al,
yes, I'll say just a word or two !'' and,
straightening himself up, he began :
"Wa'al, chil'un, the superintendent wants
me to speak to yer 1 Neow, what shall I
sy what shall 1 talk about ? A bright
little fellow, about four years of age, sitting
in the front seat, who evidently had heard
the orator before, jumped to his feet, and
lisped out loud enough to be heard all over
the school room : "Thay Amen,' and tint
The advance synopsis of the report of
the Commissioner of Internal Revenue, for
the fiscal year ending June 30, 1876, pre
sents a number of interesting facts, particu
larly as repardsthe production of distilled
spirits in its relation to that of fermented
liquors. The receipts from the tax ou
spirits were $51,300,458, an increase over
the previous fiscal year of $4,512,520. But
this increase was not due to an increased
Manufacture, but to a rise in the tax from
seventy to ninety cents per gallon. The
total number of gallons on which taxes were
paid is 58,016,248, against 04,425,811 gal
lons in 1875, the consequent presumption
being that over 8,000,000 gallons less cf
spirituous liquors were consumed in 1S7G
than in 1S75. But, while the production
and consumption of distilled spirits' exper
ienced a decline, the manufacture of fer
mented liquors increased considerably. The
total reported for the year was 9,150,G75
barrels, a gaiu of 415,031 over the returns
of the year previous. The tax was the
same, one dollar per barrel, which has now
been the fixed rate for some years. The
figures relating to this interest for 1875,
1S74 and 1873 show a steady decline in the
production, and k is therefore somewhat
remarkable that it should have taken so
great a start last year. Possibly, as the
Brooblyn Times suggests, they are right
who contend that the ale and lager interest
is opposed to the whisky interest, and that
the increase of beer drinking meaus a de
crease of spirit drinking. More than one
half of tho whole revenue came from the
Western States, $50,370,763. The Middle
States stand next, with $27,365,27S ; the
Southern States next, $19,300,810 ; the
Eastern States next, $1,031,046; the
Pacific States next, $3,285,205 ; aud the
Territories last, $2G7,G76. The State
standing first is Illinois, $23,730,604 ; se
cond, Ohio, $16,537,678 ; third, New York,
$M,G16,724 ; fourth, Kentucky, $7,715,
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