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VOLUME XIII. S
PLATTSMOUTII, -NEBRASKA, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 1S77.
Extra ci pics of the 1i rn.i.i fur sub bv .7. 1
ounn. PostiifHee news depot, and O, K,"Jolil
son.corncr of Ma'.u and I'ihti Streets.
i'V n.ATTSMOUTII. SEBKASKA,
jOTLF, II A XX A A fl-A lili.
v titz;f:r.i.i President.
:vkv Vice President.
:. 'VitoiltKK Assistant Cashier.
. ' I'ank is now open for l)i:siiu-s at their
Mini, corner Main and Sixth btreets, and
- a;cd iu transact a irincral
' rki, Bond. Cild. Gnve'nmsrt and Local
riol'GHT AM) iaU.
y .-: ositu lleceieed nnd Intert Alb tir
ed on Time Certificates.
.. l;:bb- in a:iv nail of !l:c I'liitcd States and
In all tlic lTiiK-i ;:; 1 Towns and t'ities
accts roa tsii:
.C EI. EH HATED
ian Line and Allan Line
.4iij wishing to lin'i; out tlifir friends finia
i. no can
Pl IICH ASK TIi'KKTS J llrtM US
r Ii p o n c h to ( 1 a t t h m o ii t li .
o 53 mZ
Excelsior Barber Shop.
J. C. BOONS,
i t in Strut, opposite SumidcJ'.t House.
i si'vn . t. TTi--,:r'n' i.IYKN TO
;a:.l .:xds:;;' i::;k, (.;:: xt.s,
. M 1 a li!'i n- in a
PALACE' BILLIARD HALL.
IM:;:.! St.. -t of l"i: -t NaT. S!.u:.
t'j.vmsu":':, - - - ::c:
my r.ii: is si :: mi : wir't riis
L: , ETC., ETC. 4i'yl
v o e v i ii y
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77 pnif-r f.d-'.;i;i l- .'..' -v, J;hrx,
K.nr I Ui :t Mi!!.-
t:X A;: STiCA'I FITTj-rs-H.
Yru!':! 1 1 -: 1 ri; '. Ken-e ::nd I. iff Pi-.S;eaiii
tlaii jes. Sai". I v-Valve i lnvcr (. :.n 1 all
- kinds of I'.ir- --s Kn-iiiie Killlass.
roiairt'd uii .sleu t i.idive.
F A Iv M MACH1NEIO
i:e;ia';red mi S.-. :'. Xotiee. 4nyl
"YO U N G !
uhrats It fuund ut HttVx Old
St'iitd. raid j t S'll the L-st JItatx.
Y( U" MS "jitys fn -b fat rattle. ':'' '-ji, luf.'sii".
ij'ifit li. nil tiie f.iinifi.s t-very day, and his
ii at are always yoi.l.
tlJ.Mi:, FI57. -4.YI FUtVL. IS SKASdX
IVak rs in
ETC., ETC.. ETC.
One .or East of tbe Vo -Ofl'-Ce. riaitsiaoutb.
... : ii :
rraetieal Workers in
SHEET IElX. ZISC, TJX, BRA
ZIER V, if-;., cf-c.
Large nssoitineut of Hard an-i Soft
Wood and Coal Stoves for
HEATING 0U COOKING,
Alwavs vii Iliiud.
Every varietv of Tin. S'.ieet Imn. and Zinc
Work, kept in Stock.
MAKING AND REPAIRING,
Done on Short Xotiee.
ITJCES I.01V MOWX.
rm SAGE BEOS.
THIS PArER IS OS file wua
MAKE HOME HAPPY.
A Plentiful Supply of
Good Reading aci Beautiful Pictures
WILL BO IT.
A fin eiffM-psee rapr, w? h 4$ full rol
umi.4, cor onl.r H.OO Mr enr
(W pA t, ftnd tat l? Uu rjCt,
brlfthfrst, ii1 '.. itjr publutUwt lor
the money. I: i i:td;nd'iit ii politic ,
if iv nil iIih iipw, and, bnJej much
other Rfoi reaU;iit evt-iy minitwr
three or fonr ex"-lk':it orifiinnl or xr
Irrtfft sforfr.. V.vrtf twtcribet fcidu
.n 'aT EnkM t.k IT
1 1 m at aa v ai va
of iiii staic u.i.r i ;a j y.o ai.ma
Nai . 2. r extra i-m.i h -i.t to
pjr vxpeiiMo of jtft-Ktf? n:id uiaitifiir jrr
niniTni. KTOur lixl nrrniffi s o
AtnU, aiwry t!e nml lin-rnl tu in-
ev-ry cittl acnt in tl. ror.ntry tn fc3
countiUiiKate wii n u ti .ire rorniiif ih-imi?
oi k. To ant pt?rM'n dfiiriiin; to j;.-t iii
v club, ve will st ii J a hij le :y ut
the ri!tt;ir mid a anvK r'i nnnit ftr
X-'V eta specimen cfft ' ptf-r frr.
Wml for one leforc aulcril
Ine Tor uny ottier.
i'vrttuns to whtMit v ham itTrende sent
the p. -tur, Tlie l'or lle Pwr
Man Frlenci. y -yintf no can
Iiava; hi ii -A'i anotlitr exeWeut en
eravtne, f H4iue eu, which we have
ii!curfed fur ti.is purpito.
IMper wiliotU picture. One VjlZar.
230 TTalnuf Cincinnati, O.
MAKE HOME PLEASANT.
DR. JAS. CHARLES.
OFFICES N"o.232 and 231,
S'arnliiiri Nt., - - Omaha. Xeb.
Preservation oT the Xatnral Teetli
2Sale a Specialty.
Oldest p'-a'tvin-j Dentist in the Oity.
J. G- CHAMBERS,
Mamifaeturtr of and Disulcr In
ETC., ETC., ETC.
Done with NeatnsTs! Dispatch.
Tlie .iily jdat' in to v. n u lure "Ttirley's lat
ent self aojuslable boie eollais are fold."
Cood fresit milk
DELIVERED DAILY !
Evr.nrnonr's home is vla ttsztocth
IF TII?V WANT IT, 1:V
j. s isi:asi:z:isti:u.
SKNitiy von; ii::ii:'.iw am i will h:v and
'iyl and serve you rejiubtrly.
O. F. JOHNSON,
All Paper Trimmed Free of
ALSO DEAI.EIi IN
Presei-J ptionst Carefully Cora;; on sided
1j- nn ICxperieneed DrusiKt.
KEMKMilKlS THE 11. ACE.
C?OR. FIFTH d- MAIN Sil RESTS
C.-l Z. L T
Feed and Sale Stables.
ComcrCJli and Featl Sts.
IIOKSjv KOAE'lKn i iv Ttir
OaV, Wi;s;?i, Oil ?!0.T33.
SOLI) OR TIIADED,
For Fair Cor.ihdssin.
TEAMS AT A LL IlOUitS.
I'ai jeular ;:tt-j:it!on ji;;:d to
Driving Ctiid Training
Ai.se A lii-arsc furnisiicd w'lieji called for.
INVENTIONS & PATEI1TS.
x. c. YToomy.tnn,
Attorney anl Connsellsr at. Law.
1X'3 8th St.. X. AV.. I . O. Look Dox 171),
Washington, 1. C.
Iite Exrimiivr-iii-C'hief Fnited States Patent
OInee : Member of the lt:tr Supreme
Court of the t'ulttd States.
Patent Law Practice in (he Patent Of
fice and the Courts a Sptciulty.
l'ATKNTS OKTAKFII IN THE ITNITKR STATE.S.
C'A.NAJlA. K.NCIAXD, FhaSCB, GFRJIA.M',
IU pma. liruui'M. Italy.
HKFF.RF.xrrs If on. W. B. Allison, p. H. Sen
)tnr : tiov. S. .1. KirkwiMd, F. r, SeaHtor
.liidtTP Win. Ioiiliridte, I'-M. Vi Justice
Shih"! Miller. If. S. Supreme Court : Hot?. Ja.
Harlan, Ejc-SeervlHry IntiTinr. Jti-.tl.-n J. k!
I'oiin. i. p. tireiiu toini ; J i it ice K. I.. 15.
Crary. Secretary vi V.'jr; ;.l, L. f, Insttrso!!,
A , . 2 w, ! ft
1 iar;;e. f liannmn Atipeal 1'oaid. Talnm oine ;
Col. T. M. Vtl. Sup. Hailwav Mnii Service;
fien. J. ?f. Hedrlek. Kx-Snn'r. Inter. IJev. ;
.Tiidce K. S. Saiu;ion. C P. : Hon. Je W. ile.
CIIAP3IA.V A NlMtAVrE,
ATTORNEYS AT LAW,
And Solicitor In Clianrery. Office In Fitzfjer-
l'lyl rLATTSMOUTH, XEH.
I. II. WIIEELKIt A CO.
LAW OFFICE, Ileal Estate. Fire and Life In
snrance Airer.ts. rlattsniontli, Nebraska. Cil
leetors.iax-payei-!'. Have a eoni;iU-te alintraet
of titles, fjiy and sell leal ertate, negotiate
loans, oic. . isy i
EIX;.VK I. STOXK.
ATTORNEY AT LAW. office with I. II.
Wheeler & Co., I'lattsmouth, Xeb. iryl
J All FN II. 3IOICHIHOX.
ATTORNEY AT LAW. Will practice in Cass
ana anjoimin: counties ; frives special aiipimon
to collections and abstracts or title. .' ltn
(leo. S. Smith, Fitzgerald Rlock. l'latt- i.ionth,
HV.n. H. K.tllTlI.
A1TORXEV AT LA W and Real Estate Rro
ker. Special attention jriven to Collections
and all matters affect in; the title to real estate,
Olliee on L'd floor, over l'ost Ollice. l'lattsinonili,
eUiiLSKX SUV 1.
JOIIV W HAIXFH
.IFSTICK OF THE PEACE, ana collector of
debts. collections made from one dollar to one
thousand do'lars. Mort;;n;rcs. Deeds, and oth
er instruments drawn, and all county business
usually transacted before a Justice of the Peace.
Rest of reference iriven if required.
Olliee on Main street, West of Court House.
40-yl JOHN W. HAINES.
II Ii LIVIXUKTOX,
PHYSICIAN & SCKOEOX. tenders his pro
fessional services to ihe citizens if l'asroi;nty.
Residence southeast corner Sixth and Oak sts. ;
Olliee on Main street, two doors west of Sixth,
IML (i. II.IILACK.
attends to calls in the country as well as city.
Otlice at .1. H. .uttery'sdru!tore. Clironicdis
eases made a upccialfy. Rheurnatii-m cured.
Oil. J. 31. AV ATE St MAX,
Physio Medical Practitioner
LuuixriUc, Cax Co., Sell.
"Ahvays at the office on Saturdays. 4iyl
?LATTS MOUTH MILLS.
Flour. CornliraL & Feed
Always on hand and forsnle at lowest cash
prices. The highest prices paid for Wheat and
Corn. Particular attention iriven custom n-ork.
J. X. GREGORY, - - - Propiutoi:
Iocation Central. Cood Sample Room..
Every atlentioa paid to ".-nests. 4lui.'l
I'LATTSMOUTH. ----- XHf..
T(KJ3IElTciTL hote lT
J..J. I2IHOFF, - - - Proprhtur.
Toe best known and most rv;ni!ar Landlord
in HicSiaie. Al .vay st.-p a; the Co ninercial. .
3ar;rct stud fiiieyl llcAcl I: :--ttvccii
'i"ii-f?crc F.rscJ KiJi
GEO. THRALL, - - Prop.
A reat Itolurtici. in SrJces or
GUKS, REVOLVERS, &c.
Ii:---.i i-i-l !:! from Ji to "vi .er eenl. Vrite
fi.r i'in ..:ii-l fatal. yiie, ".vita rcdi;c;:ti pi ices
iol" 1 ST T. Address,
CHEAT WESTERN GUN WCHKS,
.H Siailhtie".: St., Pittslmr .'ii. 1;. lsyi
H. A. WATERMAN & SON,
Who'.c-.aie and "Jeiail Dealers ia
r . .nil tm. mjBt bjim
rTC. ETC., ETC.. '
?! ii.. street Corner of Fifth.
rE.TTs.iorT:i, .... net,.
Still Better Rates for Lumber.
STUE1G11T & 3I1L1E3,
and all kid3 of liamess stock, constantly on
. f. 1J C lb,
Remember the place opposite E. G. Doyey's
on Lower ii tin Street.
21-12 STREIGHT d? MILLER.
BEST FARMING LANDS
FOR SALE BY
Great Advantages to Buyers
Ten Years Credit at d percent Interest.
Six Years Credit at 6 per vent Interest,
and 20 per cent Discount.
Otlicr Liberal Disronnts Fr Cash.
ICelutte. mi I'trps mi it I'rrlsMs.
and Ikreiiiiiiiii- tor Improve
mentis. Pamphlet and .Van", containina full partic
ulars, vill be mailed free to any iarl of the
world on application to
LAND COMMISSIONER. 11. Jt M. R. R.
lOyl Liscoux. Nkuiiaska
GO TO TIIE
For the Herali.
(Translated from Goethe.)
The water tot-sed, the water heaved ;
A fisher sat beside it.
And watched lii hook and only grieved
Xo little fish descried it.
No.v as he sat, and as he mused
A nave rose high and pal led.
And from its depths witk drops suffused
The faVled mermaid darted.
To him she sati;. ta him he spake ;
"Why tseek my darling ones.
With wicked art and kill to take
Out in the deadly sun?
Oh, didst thou know upon the land
How happy is the flidi.
You would lide down and joiu our hand.
Obtaining every wis'l.
Do'st nee the glorious sun reflected,
Tha moon bathed in the se?i?
Xot e'en thy beautiful face neglected.
All mirrored close by me !
Docs not the heavenly deep allure thee.
The gloriwus glassy blue".
Does not thy eyesight here assure thee
- Of bliss in lasting dew?"
The water tossed, the water heaved,
His feet were wet with spray ;
His heart a strange desire conceived
That nothing could allay.
To him she saug, to hi:n she spake,
One i-tep there lay between ;
Half drawn by her he sought the lake
And never mora was neen.
Racine, Sep. 23. 1S77.
AN ENGLISHMAN'S OPINION OF
COUNCIL BLUFFS AND OX AH A.
Wm. Black, in "Green Pastures and
Piccadilly," puWished in Harper's IJa
zar, gives it to Omaha and Council
Bluffs in this way:
Xor'sliall we forgt-t Council Bluffs
soon. N e spent three mortal hours
there. All that we saw was a series
of planks, with puddles of dirty water
reflecting the light of one or two gas-
lanips. We were now on one bank of
the Missourj; and Omaha, our destina
tion, was immediately on the other side,
while there intervened an iron bridge.
An engine could have taken us across
md returned in a very short lime. But
system must be followed. It was the
custom that the passengers by our train
si:ould be taken over in company with
those arriving by a train due from
somewhere else: and as that train had
not made i:s appearance, why should
we not continue to pace up and down
the muddy platform ? It was not the
leiist part of our anxiety that, after an
hour or so had pa.-sed, ex-Lieutenant
Oswald Von Bosen seemed disposed to
eat six or seven railway porter-.., which
would have invo'.ved us in a serious
claim for damajres.
He demanded whe.iur we could not
be allowed to walk across the bridge
and oa io Omaha. Certainly not. lie
wanted to h ive some clear unders: ."Hid
ing as to how late this train was likely
to be. Nobody knew.
'l)u lieber llimmol!'' we heard. hiia
muttering to himself, somewhere about
eleven o'clock, "and in this confounded
country the very sky is black v.ilh telegraph-lines,
and they can not tell you
if we shall here ail the night! it
the ?7f.s-(grasshoppers)r7 liars stop
pedi lis.traiu Flxi suddenly demaudedof
a guard who was sitting on a hand-barrow
and j 1 lyfuuy swi.igii g a l;jmi.
I guess not," was the calm answer.
"We might have been over the river
and uac'i half a dozen times eh V" '
"That's so," Siiid the guard, swinging
It was near midnight when the oth
er train arrived, and then the station
resounded with the welcome cry of "A'.'
Aboard!" But we ll.itly declined to re
enter one of those hideous compart
ments full of foul smells and squalor.
We crowded together on the little iron
balcony between the cars, clinging to
the rails; and by-and-by we had a dim
impression that we were in mid air,
over the waters of the Missouri, which
we could not see. We could only make
out the black bars of the iron bridge
against the black sky, and that indis
tinctly. Still, we were glad to be mov
ing; for by this time we were desper
ately hungry and tired: and the suni)
tuous hospitality of Omaha was just
Alas! alas! the truth must be told.
Omaha received s in the most cruel
and hard-hearted fashion. First of all,
we imagined we had blindly wandered
into a kingdom of the bats. There
were some lights in the station, it is
true; but as soon as we had got intoi
the hotel ombinus and left these gloomy
rays it appeared as though we had
plunged into outer darkness. We did
not know then that the municipal au
thorities of the place, recognizing the
fact that business had not been bril
liant, and that taxes lay heavily on
themselves and on their neighbors, had
resolved to do without gas in order to
save expense. All we knew was that
this old omnibus went plunging fran
tically through the absolute blackness,
and that in the most alarming manner.
For what were these strange noises
outside? Atone moment we would
go jerking down into a hollow, and the
"swish" of water sounded as if we had
plunged into a stream, while we clung
to each other to prevent our being
flung from one end to the other of the
vehicle. And then, two seconds after
ward, it really did appear to us that
the horses were trying to climb up the
side of a house. There was one small
lamp that threw its feeble ray both
outward and inward; and we saw
through a window a wild vision of a
pair of spectral horses apparently in
mid-air, whil3 inside the omnibus the
lieutenant was down at the door, vain
ly trying to keep his wife from tumb
ling on the top of him.
"It is my firm conviction." said Quef n
T , panting with her struggles,
"that we are not going along a road at
all. We are going up the bed of the
Then there were one or two more vi
olent wrenches and the vehicle stop
ped. We scrambled out. We turned
an awe-stricken glance in the direction
we had come; nothing was visible. It
was with a great thankfulness that
the shipwrecked mariners made their
way into the hotel.
But was it hospitable, was it fair,
was it Christian of the Grand Central
of Omaha to receive us as it did, after
our manifold perils by land and water?
Had we been saved from drowning on
ly to perish of starvation? In the.
gloomy and echoing hall loud sounded
the remonstrances of the irate lieuten-ar.t.
"What do you say?" he demanded of
the highly indifferent clerk, who had
just handed us our keys. "Nothing to
eat ? Nothing to drink? Nothing at
all? And is this a hotel? He! It is
nonsense what you say. Why do you
let your servants go away, and have
everything shut up? It is the busi
ness of a hotel tc be open. Where is
your kitchen your larder what do
you call it?"
In reply the clerk merely folded up
his book of names, and screwed out
one of the few remaining lights. Hap
pily there were ladies present, or aderd
of blood would have dyed that dismal
At this moment we heard the click
"Ha!" said the lieutenant.
He darted off in that direction. We
had seen something of billiard saloons
in America. We knew there were gen
erally bars there. We knew that at
the bars there were frequently bread
and cheese supplied gratis. Behold!
the foraging soldier returns! His face
is triumphant. In his h;,nds, uiulur
his arms, are bottles of stout; his pock
ets are filled with biscuits; he has a pa
per packet of choose. Joyfully tin
procession moves to the ll Kr above
With laughter and gladness the ban
quet is spread out b2ur3 us; let fie
world wag on as it m ty, there is still,
now and again, smw brief moment of
happiness. An 1 we forgave the wait
ing at Council Bluffs, an 1 wj forgot
the beetles, an 1 we drank to the health
But it was to bad of you, Omaha.
to receive us like that, all the same."
' W:a.C.:ri!s's Palpit.
The little ship-lise ycie on the tow
er of the Unitarian Church in New
Brighton, Staten Island, swung rapidly
back and forth yesterday morning, and
the rain beat violently on the stained
glass windows. Still, the sexton an
ticipated a large attendance, for he said,
"when Mr. Curtis preudi?s they a'.l
come. The weather doesn't make any
different e." The full pews, albeit the
men wore great coats and the women
waterproofs, showed that the sexton
was right. Mr. Curtis was one of the
last to enter, lie carried a little gilt
edged book as he walked slowly down
the centre aisle to the pulpit, and, af
ter removing a heavy overcoat, sat in
the velvet-cushioned chair back of the
desk, and reverently bowed his head.
The congregation did the same. From
a recess back of the pulpit a gentle
harmony from the organ, and then a
chant sung by a choir that was con
cealed, where tho opening exercises,
the congiegatio.i being meanwhile
bowed in prayer. Mr. Curtis was at
tired as usual in plain black, the broad
ends of a tie being tucked beneath his
collar. His hair was parted in the
middle, and fell on both temples in
curves that reached from the parting
to the ears. He read a Psalm in o low
tone, and then a hymn was given out,
during the singing of which by the
choir that was hidden in the recess,
Mr. Curtis was seated.
Tho preliminary exercises having
been concluded, Mr. Curtis opened the
gilt-edged book and placing it on the
open Bible, began to read Thomas fetarr
King's sermon on the "Personality and
Purity of God." The sermon, while
iuferentially defending the faith of the
Unitarians, dwells upon the attributes
suggested by a consideration of God's
personality and purity. Chief among
these is that which Christ so often and
impressively taught that of a Father.
But for the rich and mellow tones of
voice, Mr. Curtis in the pulpit would
scarcely suggest Mm. Curtis on the
platform. In beginning the voice was
scarcely raised above a whisper, and
not once during all thereading w as the
tone raised beyond the pitch usual in
ordinary conversation. A disagree
able echo marred the effect somewhat,
and Mr. Curtis seemed to be conscious
of this. The desk behind which he
SLiiuds is so high, reaching to the chest,
and so broad that the graceful gestures,
which those who have heard Mr. Cur
tis speak elsewhere are so familiar
with, he dispenses -.with, else they
would bo hidden. Now and then a
slight movement of the arm showed
that in this respect Mr. Curtis felt
slightly constrained. The only gesture
that he could uso was an uplifting of
the hand and a slight tap on the desk,
to impress a specially forcible thought.
The sermon must have been one with
which Mr. Curtis was familiar, for he
frequently repeated sentence after
sentence without turning his eyes to
the open page. The impassioned sen
tences, with which Starr King's ser
mons abound, were read by Mr. Curtis
slowly, in a low, but a most impress
ive inflection of his voice, and some of
the closing words of sentences were
inaudible to those in the rear seats
Thus in a quiet, slow, and almost ges-
tureless style, the great elocutionist
read a sermon of an hour's length. The
congregation hardly stirred during the
rending. Some gentlemen who have
heard him on the platform and in that
pulpit, fancy that Mr. Curtis is the
more finished orator in the latter place
After Mr. Curtis had finished read
ing the sermon he slowly closed the
lid and gilt-edged leaves of the book
of sermons, and turned his eyes rever
ently toward the rich oak ceiling of
the church. The silence was impres
sive, and made doubly so by the moan
ing of the wind and the gentle patter
of rain drops on the windows. Then
he sat down in the velvet-cushioned
chair, and bowed his head reverently.
The congregation again did the same,
ilndinone of Mendelssohn's sweetest
chants the choir sang the Lord's praj
er. As the music died away. Mr. Cur
tis arose4 and the congregation stood
with bended heads to receive the bene
diction, which was pronouced in a
tone that was almost a whisper. Then
a joyful peal cams from the organ, and
the congregation turned away. Many
remained in the rear of the church,
and several ladies stood at the end of
their pews, and extended their hands
to Mr. Cu tis as he walked down the
aisle. To each he said a few pleasant
words. In the rear he was surround
ed by those who had waited f ji him,
and at some pleasantry that he utter
ed they all laughed heartily.
Mr. Curtis turned to The Sun report
er and greeted him with greac cordial
ity. "That was one of Thomas Stan
King's sermons that "you read this
morning, wast it not?'
"Yes one of Thomas Starr King's
finest. You know what a pulpit ora
tor Starr King was. He preached
some beautiful sermons in San Fran
cisco after he went there from Boston,
and he did glorious work there
during the early years of the war.
King was a prodigious worker, and
that is what killed him while he was
"Do you propose to continue these
exercises, Mr. Curtis?"
"Yes, indeed. W enjoy them very
much, and 1 hope to continue them
through the winter and for a much
Since Mr. Curtis has conducted the
services there, the church society has
grown from a weak to a strong one,
and i- constantly growing.
"People used to coma from New
York and Brooklyn, and strangers in
New York over Sunday frequently
came to New Brighton to hear Mr.
Curtis conduct a service." said a gen
tleman; "and n-jw thai- the exercises
are resumed we expect that many
strangers will be with us every Sun
day. If church-goers who are looking
around to decide where they shall go
on Sunday ki.ew what it is to hear
Mr. Curtis read a sermon, this little
church could not hold all who would
want to come."
The little church edifice is a square,
wooden building, painted brown, the
roof being long, and slanting to with
in about twelve feet of the ground.
The interior is very plain, the only or
namentation being a bright frescoeing
and a rich oak ceiling. .tun.
Congress has received petitions for
the repeal of the bankrupt law and
against such re pea1, and is a very re
markable fact that the petition against
the repeal is much stronger in its con
demnation of the law than the argu
ment of those who request the repeal.
The opponents of the law content
themselves with pointing to the uni
versal experience of its operations, es
pecially ir. the last four years, as illus
trating nearly every possible variety
of dishonesty and detriment to busi
ness interests, and claim that a law
which has produced suc-a results has
condemned itself beyond redemption;
the other side, while pointing out the
evils to which" we would be exposed
by a repeal of the law, name no less
than thirteen points which deserve in
vestigation and change. A law which
even to the eyes of its friends is defec
tive in thirteen distinct and important
particulars, need hardly expect much
mercy from its enemies.
In fact, the movement in favor of
the retention of the law merely amounts
to a declaration in favor of equality
among all creditors in case of insolv
ency. This is practically secured at
present, but the process of securing it
gives so many opening to frauds, fees,
pickings and stealings, that by the time
the insolvent estate reaches the credit
ors there is seldom anything left to di
vide. Even if the equality among the
creditors was a more tangible benefit
than it is, it would be hard to believe
that a single advantage could cover the
multitude of errors and evils which
form the long indictment against the
bankruptcy act. If frauds are not
punished, if the law is complicated and
the fees excessive, if dishonest bank
rupts can enrich themselves by insolv
ency while honesty" is punished, it
would Geera that the first beginning of
building up a just system of bankrupt
cy legislation must be the destruction
of the old system.
At the same time it is only the part
of prudence to consider the substitute
which will be provided, and it is im
possible to contemplate with any se
renity the prospect of thirty-eight sep
arate and distinct statutes in bank
ruptcy, each one with its Registers,
Assignees, fees, preferences, complica
tions and uncertainties. The United
States statutes are often obscure and
conuicung, out tney are not more so
than the ordinary run of State legisla
tion. Indeed, the faults of the Con
gressman are apt to be magnified in
mo Mate legislator; ana wnen one
thinks of the manner in which local
statesmen legislate against "foreign
capital," it is pt ssible to conceive of a
State bankruptcy law which would be
worse in every way than the Federal
Apart from the errors of detail, one.
of the most serious defects in the plan
of tho present law is' that it allows
almost an unlimited scope to fraud,
and an almost absolute immunity from
punishment. As hnig as the dishonest
bankrupt knows that he runs no risk,
no matter how gross his offenses may
be against business morality, the law
must be condemned as an encourage
ment to dishonesty. At the same time
we have had, within the past few days,
an evidence that the statutes of Mis
souri are not much more efficacious in
punishing dishonesty, a Judge having
ruled that, under the statute, any one
who was not a warehousem an or
wharfinger might forge a warehouse
receipt without any danger of punish
ment. When such loose and ir.eiiicient
legislation presents itself as tho alter
native, it would not be well to be has
ty in throwing tho country upon its
mercy. But the bankrupt law, as it
is, h is co'idomned itself and the hon
est sentiment of the country, as well
is the interests of sound business, de
mand that the matter shall be dealt
with in a very different manner.-Globe
The American Newspaper Directory.
From the later Ocean.
Not long since we had occasion to
review "FettingiU's Newspaper Direc
tory" for 1877. We have now before
us another work of asmimilar charac
ter, more retentiou:-1, but of less merit.
"The American Newspaper Directory,"
published by Messrs. George 1'. Bowel
& Co., of .New York, a volume of over
1,000 pages, nearly two-thirds of which
contains advertisements of Newspa
pers. This Directory has been pub
lished regularly each year for nine
years past, and the publishers claim to
have exceptional facilities for making
it full and complete in every respect.
In their prospectus they say:
The object of the "American News
paper Directory" is not very different
from that of the well-known mercan
tile agencies which exist in all our
As the most important portion of
the information supplied by a mercan
tile agency consists of a repoit of the
financial strength of the person about
whom information is asked, so is the
circulation of a newspaper generally
considered the point upon which infor
mation will be of the most value to
A casual examination and compar
ison of the issue of this year with that
of previous years will show how com
pletely they have failed in obtaining
the objects named, and how unreliable
the Directory is iu its estimates of cir
culations. In the issue of 1S7.3 the edi
tor tells us "circulations have materi
ally decreased," and in 1870, "that the
circulations are below what they were
one year ago;" and in the issue before
us, 1877, "that the centennial year has
undeniable been one of extended
pecuniary oppression among the men
that publish newspapers." From these
reiterated statements we are led to ex
pect a decrease of circulations, instead
of which, much to our astonishment,
we find, according to this Directory
the growth of many of the newspapers
during the past year has been unparall
eled. We will no.e a few instances,
selecting leading journals so well
known that neither a good or bad esti
mate of their circulation can do them
Harper's Weeklv. . .
New York Telegram . . . 16,000
New York World (daily .8.000
N. Y. World (weekly). . .25.000
Cin. F.nqnirer (dailv) 0.000
Cin. Enquirer (weekly). 22,000
Cin. Commercial 13,000
N. Y. E ening Post 5,00)
N. Y. Com. Advertiser. . 5,000
N. Y. 111U3. weeklv. . . .10,000
Philadelphia Press 9,00)
St. L. Globe-D. (daily). . 15,000
St. L. Globe-D. (w'kly). .25.000
Indianapolis Journal 7,3(37
The above are sufficient to show how
tue editor is floundering in the sea Of
circulations, and just how much his
estimates of circulations are worth. It
is preposterous to claim that Harper's
Bazar, for instance, has gained 43,000
circulation in one year, and that year
one of extended pecuniary oppress
ion." Messrs. Harper themselves
make no such claim. .
If the estimates given are the best
judgment of the editor at the time he
made them, the foregoing quotations
would indicate that l:e was incompe
tent for the work assigned him. If
they do not represent his juagment,
and he is controlled by tho wishes- of
his publishers, it degenerates into a
matter of mere personal preference. In
that case tho work is even more un
worthy of confidence.
As an advertising medium its value if)
problematical. The price of the book
is?5 per copy and it has necessarily iv
very limited circulation. The publish
ers claim that the advertisements oi
newspapers in it amount to SSO.OOO
per annum. We do not believe a sin
gle newspaper publisher will derive
any benefit from any advertisement in'
it, but that absolute harm will result'
It is not probable that any man will bo
lunatic enough to search for informal
tion through COO pages of advertising.'
containing over 2,600 announcements.
The harm to the newspapers arises
from the fact that it enables Messrs.'
Howell & Co. to sell spaco in these pa
pers -it reduced rates.. We are credi
bly informed that they are now offer1
ing tho space so obtained at thirty
cents on the dolhu. No publisher,'
who has any regard for his property,'
should ever place himself, in a posi
tion where his space can be offered to'
tho public at such ruinous discounts.
We do not believe it can fail to work
Snyarevtions fyr Women's Clubs.
Wo have many reasons, in the direct"
testimonials which have come to us, for
believing that an article which we
published in this department a year or
two since, on "Winter Amusements,"
was remarkably suggestive a fid stimu-'
lating in the establishment of clubs
for culture an I recreation. We spoke
specially of reading clubs, "S!iaksjero
clubs." etc. The project was . taiUaed
upon in a great many towns throughout
the length, and breadth of tho land,'
and great good has coine of it. To
open a still wider field of intellectual
recreation and instruction is the object
of this article.
In a certain country town, which we
need not name, tlTere was established
last year a "Home Club." A consider
able number of intelligent ladies, mov
ed thereto by the existence of a litera
ry club among their husbahds and
brothers, gathered together and form
ed a club among themselves for the.
study of historical cities Home was
chosen as the first city to be investiga
ted its pagan history, its Christian
history, its art in various departments.
its relation to the world at various ep
ochs, etc., etc. Subdvisions of the larg
er topics were made, and each woman
was given a branch to study, with tho
duty to write out her conclusions and
results, and to read them at tho week
ly meetings of the club. It is dec-hired
to us by one who watched develop
ments of the enterprise that, as the re
sult of that winters most interesting
work, this town contains the largest
number of women who know every
thing about Home that any town iu
the United States can boast. Every
available library was ransacked for
material, books were overhauled that
were black with the undisturbed dust
of a century, knowledge was organized, r
put into form, and communicated; and
when the winter closed, the women '
found not only that they had been im
mensely interested, but that their field;'
of knowledge had been very much en
larged. This year, this sains club will take
up another city. Whether it will be
London, or Paris, or Jerusalem, or
Athens, or Venice, we do not know,
and it does not matter. But what a--mine
of interest and Instruction lies
before them in any of these! How
very small do the ordinary amusements -of
a town look by the side of the em
ployments of such a club as this! What
a cure for gossip and neighborhood
twaddle is contained in such a club!
What an enlargement of the split re of
of thought comes of such amusement
and employments! How tho whole,
world, through all its ages and among
all its scenes and peoples, becomes il
luminated with a marvelous huma:.
interest, to .women who study it t o
gether, and with a certain degree
competition, in this way!
Of course, enterprise of this kind ;u
not necessarily confined to tho study
of cities. Countries may be studied
with the sa.ae advantage, perhaps ev
en wiih greater advantage. A spec! ii
topic may be taken up. At thu tin..':
much is written upon art. It is pri-.-tically
a new topic in this country.
We, as a nation, are now making our
beginnings in art. The greatest sr:;.lp
tors and painters Amarica has prod a -ed
are living men to-d ay. Art has no
history here. Art, historically. th u. -art
in its relations to cilizatiou ui t i;;
its influence upon personal character -
art as an outgrowth of life and a pow
er upon life furnishes a subject that
may well interest a group of women
for a winter, not only, but for many
winters. We know of girls who are a;
much interested in works of political
economy as if they were novels. We
can hardly imagine anything mo.' in
teresting to a club of bright girls wl.
have left school, thati a winter in p
litical economy. Tho subject may '
pursued, simply as a matter of scci: '
reading andidiscuss'oa; or oach may i
charg ed with gathering thedistinguiv.
ing views of given writers, and pre
senting them in brief. J. G. lL-iiand
Scribner for Nov.
A woman. C3 years old, in Mar.ch.es
ter, N. II. jumped- into a well aif- t
not four.d until five days afterward -
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