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THURSDAY, JANUARY 18, 1877.
Wc hope to see this question definitely
settled, even in the eyes of a reformer, on
the 1 4th of uext month. The question, how
ever, properly speaking, was settled on the
7th of last November to the satisfaction of
all who are not reformers, and confirmed by
the representatives of the people on the first
Wednesday of last December, when they
voted in the various State eleetorial colleges
by a majority of one that Gov. Hayes should
be the next President. But the newly
fledged style of Tilden reformers want it
settled over again in the hope that they will
do better the next time. Their doctors of
law, and doctors of no law, their lawyers of
presumption and assumption, their men of
sense, aud of no sense, have all given their
opinions on this vexed question and settled
it according to the wish, desire and grand
aim of the reformers. Their opinions are
very variable, but all reaching the same con
clusion, namely : That the reformers ought
to have a sweet feast on the spoils of office,
Any opinion reaching that, to them, most
desirable conclusion is not only good law and
good sense, but is eminently patriotic aud
just. Therefore stealing an elector from
Oregon is of no great offence against law
and morals, provided said elector don' t cost
more than $8,000, and provided further that
Tilden, Ilewett and their Col. Pelton pay
off said bill without any further assessments
on their caniu followers. But the reformers
will not use their stolen property from
Oregon provided they can bull-doze Florida
or Louisiana, Congress or the country suffi
ciently to get the electoral vote from just one
of these States. They don't care a fig as to
which State confers this boon upon them.
They desire to be very reasonable and mo
derate in their demands. They only desire
just enough. They don't waut to do any
outlandih cheating. Hence they would be
sorely grieved if they should be compelled to
make use of their Cronin plunder. For they
are reformers, and laboring for grand results,
and are not willing to cheat any more than
just enough to succeed in reforming the
whole country. Unselfih, generous souls !
how they long to do their country good?
Dut how ungrateful is that countrj, which
will have none of their reform. Just think
of it? "Why it deserves to be ruled over I y
Governor Hays for four years ! And it will
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This winter strongly reminds us of that of
1S74-5, which was the coldest, snowyest and
icyest we have had fur a long number of
years. The first snow of consequence came
in that year on the L'Oth of December when
we had a snow fall of ten inches on an icy
Inundation, which remained until the last of
March following. The number of snow falls
was unprecedented, the uumber being stated
as high as one hundred, aggregating fully,
fright feet of snow. Good sleighing lasted
until the 30:h of March, making over a hun
dred days of sleighing.
The winter set in on a protracted drouth,
the streams and wells were seldom, if ever,
known to be lower. Many of the wells in
town were dry from May to February follow
ing, when a snow thaw succeeded in filling
most of them. Sunday, January 3d of that
year was noted as the coldest day for j-ears,
the mercury averaging for the 24 hours
about G derees above zero. January 12th
of the same year three thermometers in
town marked 2G degrees below zero, and on
the morning following it was 20 degrees
below. March of that year was noted for
the remarkable ice gorges at Fort Jervis
and at the Delaware Water Gap.
By way of reminder as to what we had
just passed through, we had a snow fall
on the 14th of April of 12 inches deep.
The winter of 1873-4 was very irregular,
we having alternately cold and warm
weather, snow and then raiu. The snow
fall was light and sleighing amounted to
scarcely anything. We had several summer
days in mid-winter.
Everybody will remember that last winter
was very open, we having but little snow or
sleighing. But how soon we forget the
character of the seasons. We would not
have been able to pen this article had we not
kept notes. If precedents may be regarded
as a guide, while we may hope that thi
winter may not be as severe as that of
1874 5, it would be safer to prepare for such
a odc, for the signs as they present them-
pelves to our mind strongly indicate a winter
The Republican members of the
House Committee sent to investigate elec
tion matters in Florida say that they are
well satisfied that the vote of the State was
rightly given to Hayes and Wheeler. The
Democrats on the committee will doubtless
report the other way, for that is what they
went for, but the hope of the Tildcuites
that they would be able to overturn the
electoral vote has evidently fulled.
The latest victim is the Monroe Demo-
era t. It has also got an attack of that
miserable- fraud "7t Ulster County
Gazette" printed m 1S00, and giving an
account of the death and burial of v ash
ington. The Deixocrat promises to give
extracts "next wetTc." This is the worst
bite yet. Ilonesdale Herald.
C"The harbor at Philadelphia lias been
kept open this hard winter so tkat vessels
have been able to come aud go with very
li.tle deteutioD. Score cue for the Ph'Iadtl-pliiaus.
Anthracite Coal and tlio Great
Com pa nlcs.
Of the nineteen collieries in the vicinity of
Wilkesbarre only nine arc running. This is
caused mainly by the fact that there are no
combination prices. The other ten have
been . idle for nearly a year, principally
because there has been no profit in running
them. The nineteen collieries when running
employ about S.000 mcu, but now not more
than one half that number are employed.
Ihe nine active collieries arc running on
In the Lehigh region there are ten collie
ries runuing, all on three-fourths time, em-
ploying about 5,000 men.
The anthracite coal mining business in this
State is almost all in the hands of five great
companies, viz : The Pennsylvania Coal
Company, at Pittson; Delaware, Lackawanna
and Western, at Scranton; Delaware and
Hudson, at Scranton, Philadelphia and
Heading Coal and Iron Company, at Potts
ville, and the Lehigh and Wilkesbarre Com
pany, at Wilkesbarre.
When these companies are united in their
action they can coutrol the supply and send
the price of coal up or down at will, but
divided, the companies can do nothing at
the present ruinous rates.
The companies are now endeavoring to
effect a combination, but as yet nothing
definite has been effected, and so loug as this
state of things exists there will be no profit
in coal mining.
The great companies long ago drove out
of the field the small or individual operators,
and now they appear to be in a fair way to
drive each other out, unless they take the
hint from their miners, and like them, co
These companies have for some time back
been endeavoring to effect a combination, by
which the prices and the quantity of coal
mined and sold by each company shall be
fixed at a certain rate. But they all appear
to be afraid of each other, and all others
especially are afraid of Packer, who it is
alleged violated the last combination aud
caused it to be broken up.
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CSfThe Legislature of this State has been
in session for several days, and very little
business transacted up to this date. Among
the bills introduced in the Senate is one
absolutely prohibiting any waiver of the $300
exemption law by debtors, except when for
mally acknowledged before a J ustice or other
qualified officer. This is an act which seems
likely to pass.
TRIAL EY J CUV.
A bill is now pendingin the Legislature
conferring jurisdiction on the separate Or
phans' Courts of this State to try issue of
fact before a jury on disputed or contested
wills and cognate branches. The measure
provides, inter alia, that in all cases where
a contest arises on the facts as to the mak
ing of a will, the competency of the testator
and kindred matters, the parties shall have
the right of trial by jury. Upon such de
mand the clerk of the court shall prepare a
list of forty-eight citizens, and furnish the
same to the counsel, who shall thereupon
have the right to challenge alternately
thirty-six of the number so named, the re-
nmug twelve to be summoned on a
precept issued by the court. Of these
twelve each party is to have the right of
peremptory challenge fur cause, the vacancy
thus created to be supplied by the issuirg
of a further precept or venire. It is also
rovided that the judge may himself strike
off such person or persons as he may think
unfitted or disqualified oy reason of ladruiity,
O.N Saturday, 13th inst., the Hamilton
Cornet Band started from Sciofa with a num
ber of sleighs, plenty of bells, flags, etc., to
pay a friendly visit to the Bangor Band,
Bangor, Northampton county. On their
arrival they were most hospitably received by
the Bangor Band and citizens generally,
theirevery want and desire being anticipated
and provided for. The day was pleasantly
spent with appropriate music and social in
tercourse, ample justice having been done
to the wants of the inner man, which "mine
host" of the Brodway House understands to
perfection. Late on Saturday evening the
band returned to their homes all entertain
ing the highest opinion of the BaDgor Band
and citizens generally.
At a meeting of the band upon its return
home it was unanimously
" Remlced, That the thanks of the Hamil
ton Cornet Band are hereby tendered to the
Banjror Band and citizens generally, for their
generous hospitality and kind considerations
on Saturday, January 13th, 1877." Also
' Resole ed, I hat an invitation is hereby
cordially given to the Bangor Band to pay
us a visit that we may in part, at least, re
ciprocate their kinJness and hospitality."
By order of the Hamilton Cornet Band.
Silas Frantz, Sec'y.
AT? Just the thing? Call and examine our new
lot of Marriage Certificate.
We have received the January number of
Leisure Hours, a handsome mammoth 16
page (fi4 columns) family paper, filled with
the choicest literature serial aud thort
stories, sketches, poetry, wit, humor, kc, kc.
It is entertaining, amusing and instructive,
andisoneof thecheapest papers the amount
and quality of matter considered that we
have seen. The price is $1.20 per year, in
cluding as premium a genuine fine-line steel
engraving, called "The Mitherless Bairn,"
printed on 22x28 plate paper, which the pub
lishers claim in superior in point of merit and
attractiveness to any premium ever offerd by
any other paper in this county, and is alone
worth the money asked for both.
The publishers, J. L. Patten & Co., 102
William street, New York, authorize us to
say, that in order to introduce the paper in
this vicinity they make a special offer to
every one of our readers to send them the
paper a "trial trip" of four months, post
paid, commencing with the January number
for 25 cents.
Turkey's military strength is stated" to be
Pull down that snow bank.
Last Monday was mid winter.
Keep your pavements free from ice and
Fifty-four prisoners are confined in the
Riots in the anthracite coal regions cost
the State $85,231 last year.
Henry Ward Beeciier lectured at
Hackettstown, N. J., on the 10th inst.
E. W. Hamlin has been elected President
of the Wayne County Agricultural Society.
Treet's Ointment for Frozen Feet, at
Hollinshead's Drug Store. 11-1 mf.
Berks county farmers are loaning money
to their County Commissioners at five per
A large number of sparrows have taken
up quarters among the chickens in our
Sixty sleds were counted at one time re
cently between Clarion and Elk City loaded
Our thanks are due A. K. McClurc and
A. Wilson Norris for a copy of "The Time
Almanac" for 1S77.
7f Circulars and Vendue bills printed with neat
ness ami despntrh, ana at prices to correspond with
the times, "wnerer At 1 he Jeffkrsonian oHiee.
Mr, Olis B. Gordon will open a sub
scription school at the Ann Street Schoo
House on Tuesday, March 20th.
The sign must bo "down" remarked a
young lady the other evening as she fell on the
icy pavement in front of Dreher Bros, drug
Our ice dealers have their houses filled
with fine ice, and the boys are in hopes that
they will get a chance to skate elsewhere
than on the sidewalks.
Judge Dreiier has appointed Charles B.
Staples, Esq., to examine the accounts of
the Prothonotary and Register for the past
year. A good appointment.
On the first of April next, Mr. John Car
mer of this place will take the store stand
now occupied by Jacob McNeal, at Bossards-
ville, and engage in the mercantile business
The summer residence of Madam Ponisi,
at Milford, together with its entire contents,
was acstrnyeu ny nre on eundnv. it is
insured in the Fire Association, of Philadel
Barxumn's "ex-Lighting calculator,'
W. S. Hutchins by name, is now Baptist
preacher. Another prominent arithmetic
man, Lerah Colburn, has become a mctho-
C. S. Palmer has been awarded the con
tract for rebuilding Bell's bridge and the
bridge in this borough over McMiehaels
creek. His patent bridge has been adoptc
in both cases.
Two of the fire-plugs in this borough
were frozen up on Friday evening lat
On Saturday the management succeeded in
getting them open again.
Mr. W. J. Thompson has rented the
splendid store room of Ex Sheriff Marsh on
Main street, in this borough, and purposes
on the fint of April next, to stock the same
with carpets, dry goods, etc.
The joint of the water-pipe at the corner
of Main and Franklin streets, in this borough,
one day last week sprung a leak which
caused quite a flow of water for a short time.
The defect was speedily remedied by Dr.
On Saturday last, P. S. Posten, of this
borough, favored quite a number of children
with a sleigh ride of an hour through the
principal streets of this borough. The little
ones were highly delighted with the ride.
Right, "Shanty," do so again.
The auditors of this County are still
actively engaged with the County accounts
and expect to finish this week. Messrs.
Silas L. Drake, Esqr., of Stroud township,
John E. Snyder, of this Borough, and
Adam A. Singer, of Jackson township,
compose the board of auditors.
On Friday last a party consisting of Sim.
Flory, Fred. Ruff, George Barnet, Dr. Shull,
John White, Syd. Dreher and West Deal
caught 70 suckers and one pickerel on Brod-
head's creek, near Fisher's crossing. The
suckers were very fine ones, one measuring
16 inches in length. The pickerel caught
weighed 1 pounds. Lucky fishermen.
A Swindler. The public are cautioned
against a barefaced scoundrel who turns up
hrst in one part ot the country and then in
another, representing himself as our agent
for an illustrated newspaper called Home
and Fireside, which is published by George
Stinson k Co., Portland, Maine. He gives
receipts purporting to come from the pub
lishers, but he had them printed himself,
and signs to them first one name and then
another. To most of his dupes he promises
framed chromos or framed oil paintings.
He changes his name and locality almost
daily. The names he has last been operat
ing under are Lewis bytes, Charles Lewis,
and Lewis Clark. This fellow has a hund
red and one names aud dodges ; he is a
young man and a smooth talker. Let the
public beware of him, aud let them look
with suspicion on the canvasser for any
publication who offers it for less than the
published price, and who offers to throw in
framed pictures and other goods not offered
m the paper. In leaving a place, the
scoundrel always forgets to pay his board
bill. He is using a receipt now with
George Stinsou k Son printed across the
end. The price of the paper is 82.50 per
year for the weekly edition, and 81 per
year f r the monthly, but he will promise
to send the weekly for ones year for tweuty-
five cents it he uiu t get anymore.
Grape-vine pruning. Lj in season..
A donation will bs given on the 25th inst
at the Presbyterian Parsonage, at Shawnee.
for the benefit of the pastor, Rev. J. L.
Jenkins. The public are cordially invited.
A Donation will be given Rev. M.
Harris, at the Parsonage, near the Brick
Church, Middle Smithfield, on Tuesday,
afternoon and evening, Janunry 23d, 1877.
The day heretofore named having been
stormy and roads almost impassable, it has
been decided that a donation will be given
the Rev. G. Roth, at the parsonage, Hamil
ton Square, on Monday, January 29th, 1877,
afternoon and evening. Should the day be
stormy the donatiou will be held the first
fair day thereafter. All are cordially invited
to attend. On the same day at 1 o'clock,
p. m., a meeting of the' Church Councils
comprising the Hamilton Charge, will be
held at the Hamilton Church.
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for llIK JEFFKRSONIAN.
On "Wednesday last, Jacob L. Ilouscr,
of'Solomon Rapids, Mitchell county, Kansas,
a former resident of this county, called on
us, ard we were glad to see him. This is
Mr. IPs first visit since he moved west,
27 years ago last April. He will remain
among us for some time.
Mr. Frank Coolbaugh, of Hobokcn, N
J., was enjoving a brief respite from the
arduous duties of general dispatcher of the
D. L. & . R. R., by visiting friends m
this place on Monday last.
Miss Molly Ilockenberry, of Hackctts
town, N. J., who has been spending sevcra
days with the family of J. L. "Wyckoff, of
this place, left for her home on Monday
Mr. Jacob L. "Wyckoff and lady, started
for Brooklyn, X. Y., on a visit, to friends
and will be absent for ten or fifteen days.
Mrs. Leonora Brodhead, wife of L. W.
Brodhead, esq., proprietor of the well known
Water Gap House, died on Thursday morn
ing last, after a lingering illness, aged about
49 years. Her funeral took place on Monday
last, on which occasion the Rev. Mr. Knipe
delivered an able and impressive sermon to
a large concourse of relatives and friends.
Rev. Van Allen, of Middle Smithfield, and
Rev. J. L. Jenkins, of Shawnee, were also
present and took part in the exercises. A
large number of citizens from this place
attended the funeral.
This being t'ie year of the triennia
assessment, assessors are required under
the law of 1874 to assess all property
exempt from taxation such as bridges
churches, school houses, etc., in order that
the County Commissioners can make their
report to the Secretary of Internal Affairs
It is stated in the New York papers that
the Reading Cod and Iron C)mpany ha?
mortgaged all its property, wherever siiuu.
ted, to raise money to meet interest and
other pressing obligations. It is also re
ported that the indebtedness of the corpora
tioti has increased 82,000,000 during last
year. The bonds of the company wjre
recently quoted at Gj per cent.
Daniel Smith, the torpedo man. who
was blown into atoms at I'etrolia, a few
days since, carried a S400 gold watch.
The main spring is nil that has been found.
Not a splinter ot the wagon has been us-
covered, uniy uoout, niteen poumisoi me
remains of Smith and his partner Humph
reys could be found on which to hold an
Governor Hayes receives letters almost
every day threatening him with the fate of
Lincoln if he does not get out of the way,
and many ot tsifm oear evi.ieni marts oi
I t . 1 I
inccrity. Thus it seems that '"bull-dozing"
Democrats do not confine their operations
An argument was made before Governor
Ilartranft and Attorney General Lear, ou
Friday last, upon the question of granting
a requisition on the Governor of California
for the return to Harnsburg of John A.
Bigler, late vice-president of the defunct
City Bank. Decision was reserved.
Martin Meyers, aged sixty years, froze
to death on the sidewalk, at Easton, on
Friday night last. The deceased was a
bone-picker, and is supposed to have fallen
from the window of a stable where he usu
ally slept, iu front of which he was found.
T"If vou want letter or bill-hearts neatly printed,
at cheap rates, bring your work to Xiik JefpkksoXIax
o 111 cc.
In the United States Court, at Chicago
Monday last, John I. Blair, the Delaware,
Lackawanna and Western Railroad and
other persous and corporations filed a bill for
the foreclosure of a mortgage of three million
dollars on the Chicago and Pacific Railroad.
Grand Hog Roast. By an accident
on the Marietta & Cincinnati Railroad at
Vienna, Ohio, January 3d, a westward
bound freight train was run into and the
cars fired. Three hundred live hogs were
Twenty-nine foreign nations have presen
ted their Centennial exhibits to the United
States. President Grant thinks they ought
to be collected in a permanent exhibition.
The Hon. VilIiam A. Wheeler is in
Washington, D. C, having just arrived from
Ohio, where he has been on a visit to
The funeral of Lucille Western and her
niece, who died two weeks ago, took place
on Monday, at Boston.
A noon many people in Stroudsburg are
discontinuing the use ot gasv
Twenty-six millions iiv fractional cur
reney are yet outstanding-
IIarrisburg gas has been reduced to
$2 per thousand feet..
An exchange remarks that slip-ups arc
PiiiADELriiiA has 13,-174 delinquent
Baltimore's debt is fourteen and a half
Fire at Belvidere, N. J.
On Wednesday morning last, the" old
Drug store, Hotel and Bakery, on "Water
street, Belvidere, N. J., were destroyed by
fire. The fire broke out at G o'clock. The
fire was put out by steamers from Phillips
burgh, N. J., and Easton, Pa.
THE ICE IN THE OHIO RIVER.
THE BREAK-UP ONE OF THE MOST DIS
ASTROUS ON RECORD THE ESTIMATED
LOSSES SEVERAL STEAMERS AND
BARGES DESTROYED PERILOUS VOY
AGES ON FLOATING ICE.
Cincinnati, Jan. 15. The present
break-up of the ice in the river has been
one of the most disastrous on record, not
only at this place, but at every point be
tween here and Pittsburg. lhe lowest
estimate of the damage done here is $250,-
000, and the highest estimate is placed at
$400,000. The heaviest losses seem at
this writing to be with coaldealers. There
were 70 loaded and 150 empty barges sunk
or carried away from their landings at this
place, liie most of thus not actually sunk
have been left in such a condition that noth
ing can be done for them, and they will be
eventually lost. It is not certainly known
whether there was any loss of life attendin
the break-up at this point, though a num
ber ot barges that were swept away had
men aboard who have not since heard from.
Two of the boats half barcre and half
cottage which were used as family
habitations, were carried away. A father
and son on one of them escaped to the
shore on the ice, and the rest were
eventually rescued at points below the city.
When the wrecked steamer Calumet was
swept away, Capt. Dugan and the mate
were abor.rd, but made their escape by
jumping on the Gorden City when the
wreck reached that steamer. The small
propeller, Mocking Bird, and the steamer
Xaomi, were sunk last evening. The
steamer Alex Kendall, which was sunk
below the city, had a cargo of merchandise
from Cincinnati, valued at 810,000, which
will prove a total loss. The Cincinnati
and Maysville packet, Handy, was also
sunk; she was valued at $1,000, and owned
by Capt. Pennysit. The following are the
estimated damages suffered by coal-dealers
through the movement of the ice during
Saturday night and Sun-lay : At Walter's
Landing, $l0,000 ; at Stewart's Landing,
85,000 ; at Crail & Wells' Landing, $22:
000 ; at Walmer's Landing, $:J,000 ; at
Cuchenower's Landing, 82,500 ; at Pickle
heimer's Landing, $.000 ; at Samuel
Brown's Landing SI 4,000 ; at the Queen
City Elevator, $20,000; at Collier A; Budd's
Landing, S'5,000 ; at Zimmerman's Land
ing, 80,000 ; at Salt Barges Landing, 83,
000 ; at Licking River, $7,000 ; two pro
duce boats, 83,000. The liver here and
at points above, is reported full of floating
ice. No gorge remains in this vicinity.
Wc have had our attention called to a
curious, though probably quite incorrect
estimate of the comparative amount of
money paid to the lawyers of Mistioii and
Alleuton by the clients whose trouble give
work and lucre to the attorneys and
counsellors. Lawyers, as a rule, do not
tell the amounts of their incomes, and the
guess of an outsider, however fclirewd, is
not entitled to acceptance on the part of
those who have any gnod reasons for hold
ing different opinions. The estimate of
incomes enjoyed by leading members of the
legal profession in the two principal coun
ties of the alley is, however, interesting,
and wc take advantage of a permission to
publish it, notwithstanding its figures arc
only the rscult of such conjecture as any
one may make. Of the members of the
Northampton Bar, Henrv Greens annual
professional income is put down at $20,000 ",
Fackenthal, 813,000 ; Fox, 3,000 ; Kirk-
pati ick, $3,000 ; Schuyler, So.OOO ; Duster,
85,000 ; Alles, $1,000 ; Scott, $1,000 ; the
younger Jones, $7,000 ; and variods other
lawyers ranging their income from .,000
to $3,500. It is claimed in the paper to
which we refer that the total amount of
fees paid to lawyers in Northampton coun
ty is estimated at 8120,000 per annum,
which strikes us as being a high finure.
The annual aggregate incomes of Lehigh
county lawyers for professional sei vices are
made to foot up to only a little more than
half the sum total allowed the lawyers of
the other county, $05,000. The specifica
tions lead off with Albright at $10,000;
Stiles, $10,000 ; Runk k Baldwin, $0,000 ;
Harvey, $7,000 ; Wright k Son $7,000 ;
Butz k Swartz, $0,000; WycofF, $1,000,
and other lawyers from $1,000 to $3,000
each. Lehigh is not so populous as North
ampton, we know ; yet it is a matter of
gratification that one pretending to judge
with approximate correctness should put
our people down as only a little more than
half as litigious as those of Northampton,
which is certainly better for the community
ifitisless profitable for lawyers. Allen-
A Storm Incident
The Worcester (Mass.) Spy relates the
following incident of the late storm m that
city: "A ladv and gentleman were caught
by a whirlwind near Webster square, and
the former narrowly escaped perishing
They were riding home early iu the even
ing and were suddenly alarmed by a distant
roaring. A tremendous gust ot wind,
carrying with it clouds of the light snow
struck them in another instant. The horse
was thrown down and the sleigh tipped
over, the occupants being half buried in a
snow drift. The gentleman wrapped the
lady up in the buffalo robes and succeeded
m placing her under the sleigh. The
violence of the whirlwind continued for
several minutes. When it had sufficiently
subsided he succeeded in getting his sleigh
righted, placed the lady in it and drove to
his lfouso which was close by. When they
arrived the lady was thoroughly benumbe
and unconscious from the cold. She was
with difficulty restored to consciousness
having barely escaped perishing with the
cold within tight ol her own dwelling. On
the- highways there has been no- such
trouble for twenty years The Highway
Commissioner has a forco of 200 men at
work, but is unable to keep the roads open
for travel. The snow blows in much faster
i thau it cau be removed.
Conflagration in the Centre n.
Scranton, Jan. 14. A fire started at
four o'clock yesterday morning in the bnr,L-
store of Pryor & Thompson, on Lackawan
na avenue, m the centre of the city, and
three valuable stores and a number of law
offices, comprising what is known as .
Exchange block, were consumed. The fire
extended with marvelous rapidity, and at
one time it was feared the entire business
centre of the city would te burned. The
loss is estimated at 8100,000, and includes;
the buildings owned by Messrs. Hand, Blair -&
Spencer, valued at 800,000 ; the library '
of the Young Men's Christian Association, ,
valued at 83,000 ; the library of Hand. &
Post, attorneys, valued at $10,000; the
library of A. Chamberlain, attorney, valued
at 81000 ; the library of Attorney Stures '
valued at 82000 ; the library of Attoruev
Archibald, valued at $1500; the office of
the Moosic Powder Company ; the store of
Pryor & Thompson ; the grocery of Cour
sen & Co., and the millinery establishment
of Mrs. Cushman. The buildings and
stock are fully insured.
GREAT DAMAGE BY ICE AT PITTS
BUKG. 82,000,000 worth property swept
away. The heavy ice gorge from the upper Mo
nongahela, which broke loose Saturday
afternoon reached Pittsburg at 6 o'clock
Sunday morning, doing great damage to
the coal and steamboat interest of the place.
Two passenger and seven tug boats were f
sunk, and a large number of tow boats badly
damaged. An immense number of coal
flats laden and empty were carried away,
aud it is feared that several lives were lost.
A rough estimate of loss puts the figures
at $2,000,000. The coal works along the
Moiiongahola were so badly wrecked that
it will require two months to repair the
A Duel That Was All a ' Cod."
Bennett has sailed for Europe and a tele
gram from Baltimore says : '"The rumors
that Fred. May was hit are absolutely
unfounded. They are authoritatively
contradicted here by persons who have
sjcu him. May stated before leaving this
city that he was of the opinion Bennett's
ball did not come within ten feet of him.'
With his cousin and surgeon he has left
for parts unknown in order to avoid arrest.
Since the real facts have been Jtscertained
at the Maryland Cluh the interest in the
duel is rapidly dying out."
A Diy of Terrible Fatality.
During the past month, Newark. N. J.,
has had one or more serious coasting acci
dents nearly every day. On Saturday
afternoon, two boys dashed into a lumber
wagon ; one will die and the other's leg is
broken. Two hours after a young nun
dashed into a milk wagon, smashed his jaw
bone, and will die. In the evening, a boy
of 10 ran into a railrord train and die!
The amount of gold and silver produced
in the States and Territories of the West
during 1870 is valued at $35.835,173 of
which $l!,500.072 was in silver and $11.-
32.3,501 in gold. The product of silver
ias rather more than doubled since 1871,
in J the yield of gold has increased nearly.
$;),Ol)0,000. Besides the precious metals
there ws a product of nearly $5.00(),))l! )
in lead and mercury. Of the entire amount
$10,280,704 was from Nevada and S1.8.-
015,807 from California. The Comstock
ode alone, in Nevada, produced $37,000,-
000, of which $17,125,010 was gold. The
silver mines of tSi.-.t State average a ratio oC
35 per cent, of gold. -
Commodore Yanderbilt's estate, as est T--;
mate 1 from the provisions of h will, was-
over $00,000,000. He ur.ui? iw publio
equets whatever, and the entire amount
goes to his family. Three-fourths of the!
whole is be.rioathed to his favorite son.
William II. Vauderbilt, who succeeds ht
the control of the Yanderbilt railroads,,
The remainder, $15,000,000. is' divided '
imong his other children and grand-child-
ren. lne old gentleni-m lias left little ue-
lind to preserve his memory' in the hearts
of the people.
The povcrety of some of the European1
government's should induce them to keep
the peace. The Buget of Austra for 1877,"
ins just been submitted, and exposes u deficit
of 20,000,000 florins, nearly $13,000,000 ';
in gold. Tins is $2,000,000 better than
List vear, but deficits are not the sinews of
war. Roumania aud Servia are no better
off than Austria, and Russia's fiscal condi--
tion is as weak as any when the dispropor- .
tion is considered between the lead she
would have to play in war aud the resources
ot her treasury.
TilK great snow storm on the lakes last
week so blocked the railroads in Northern
New York that no cattle trains have btjen
sent from Buffalo since Saturday, and none '
will be shipped on the New lork Central.
before Thursday. On the Erie road the
shipments will be light. At the East Uut
falo yards there are 200 cars of cattle, CO
of hogs and 35 of sheep. Western stock
generally arriving at Buffalo it is from
twenty to twenty-four hours behind tune,
and in bad condition.
TiiEBloomsburg Columlian says:. John'
Seybert is at present in jail ' hero charged'
with stealing horses, nudes, hogs and other v
property, and also with killing the aboVtT
mentioned animals. It is reported that fV;
less than fifteen tails of horses were found ,
under Seybert's barn. Ho is also accusal
of selling tho fleslv tf ttas butolicrcdq
horses and mules unJr the flames of veiu-
son and dried beeiV. llcusant for lovers of
beef and deer.
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Outstanding national bank notes:
Currency, 319,218,205; gold --note.
$2,097,300;. The receipts of nationcJ bank
notes last week for redemption were 53?
0C5.000. The Treasury, now hold 3374
993,700 in bonds to secure national bauk r
circulation, and $19;002,000 to socure
pub'.ic deposits.. : ' !