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MAIL NEWS., Issue 7965, 22 July 1889
Maria Mitchell, a well-known astronomer and Professor of Astronomy at Vassar College, died at Lynmast on June 28. She was a daughter of General Mitchell, U.S.A. Frederick D. Prentice, a New York millionaire, was awarded, on June 28, by Judge Parrish, of Circuit Court, possession of half of the town of Duluth. The property is valued at 5,000,000d01. St. Paul's (Minn.) residents have been victimised to the extent of 500,000d0l in tho way of real estate sales by a swindler making false impersonation, Four border bandits entered a bank in Fellwide, Colorado, on June 27, and while one of them held the clerk and assistant cashier in a garrot-like grip, three others despoiled the institution of over 20,000d01. The robbers got safely off with the plunder. Thomas Ewing Sherman, son of General W. T. Sherman, was appointed to bo ordained a priest of the Roman Catholic faith on Monday, June 20. The purser of the R.M.S.S. Zealandia, which arrived at San Francisco on June 8 from Sydney, N.S.W., reports the death en route of Mrs Erickering, a passenger, od May 29. An incipient race war commenced between the blacks and whites in Baßtiop County, twenty miles from Austin, on June 14. At the last election tho negroes in the Cedar
Creek precinct elected a Justice of Peace and a constable, both ignorant corn field , negroes. A few days before the encounter Alf Litten (a white) went to a negro's cabin ! to expostulate with him for sending an insulting message to himself and wife. For this he was arrested by the constable and brought before the negro Justice for trial. Litten, wishing to step outside the Courta minute, asked permission. His lawyer said " Yes," but the negro constable said " No." Disregarding the latter, Litten started for the door, when the negro fired, killing him instantly. On this a desperate fight com- ; menced. The black fellows present de- . livered a perfect volley of bullets, and when the smoke cleared away and the firing ceased it was found that three white men were killed and three badly wounded. A negro had also been killed by a stray bullet. The negro Justice and his constable mounted their horses and fled. '
A license was issued at the State capital Chicago, on Juno 11, to an organisation called the American Execution Company, the avowed objeat of which is to take the burden of all executions off the handß of sheriffs. Chicago is the headquarters of the company, but the area of operations will be as wide as the United States.
The city of Seattle, on Puget Sound, one' of the most important in Washington Territory, which gave promise of distancing Portland (Oregon) and becoming the metropolis of the North-west, was almost totally destroyed by fire on June C. The city was burned from the water's edge to the hillside, the area ravaged being 120 acres. The fire was started by d workman, who upset a gluo pot in a cabinet shop. Before the fire had been burning an hour the water gave out, and the people were utterly helpless to control or stay the flames. The total los 3is between ten and twelve million dollars. Rebuilding was commenced almost before the ruins had ceased to smoke. Four lives were lost, one of these being a thief, who was shot by a policeman while in the act of looting. The city was the headquarters of the Puget Sound business, all of the steamboat lines, with two exceptions, making it their headquarters. Wm. J. Hilton, a wealthy merchant of Franklyn, New York, and who was thought to be dangerously ill, deliberately burned 30,000d0l in greenbacks and Government bonds on June 21 to prevent his wife, with whom he had a disagreement, and his eon, who is a profligate, from inheriting. An attempt was made to find Hilton insane, but the jury declared him of sound mind. Two newspaper editors of Thibodeaux, Louisiana, had a street fight on June 10, Houquin, the editor of the ' Sentinel,' was killed, and the other, Facquet, of the ' Comet,' was shot through the head, but is expected to recover. By the decision of the Treasury Department, Washington, on June 4, the officers of the new Catholic University now being elected there, who are foreigners engaged abroad, cannot be allowed to land under the law prohibiting the importation of contract labor. Professors or teachers are not excepted. At the State election held in Pennsylvania on June 18, over 75,000 majority was given against an amendment to the constitution prohibiting the general sale and use of intoxicating liquors. Great efforts were made by the temperance people to influence the vote in favor of the amendment. Brass bands and groups of children singing hymnß could be seen and heard everywhere in the principal cities during polling hours ; while numbers of women argued with, and almost beseeched, voters to deposit amendment ballots.
Great damage was caused by the bursting of a dam on the evening of June 17 in Kansas. UnioD Town and Belletown were flooded, and several lives loßt. A tornado struck the cemetery of Middletown, New York, on June 17, and cut its way through it 500 ft wide, tossing and whirling huge granite and marble monuments in all directions, bursting shrubbery, and uprooting trees. The tornado spent its fury among the graves. Monuments weighing as much as five tons, and costing many thousands of dollars, were ruined. Four Mormon missionaries were flogged nearly to death at Hinesboro, Missouri, on June 24, for proselytising. The act was committed by twenty masked men. John R. Moore, attorney for David D. Houston, of Middletown, New York, Havre, has begun a suit in equity against the city and county of San Francisco and a number of other defendants, claiming a large portion of the site on which the city is built, under a grant from Manuel Micheltorona, a former Governor in California, to one Fernando Marchina. The complainant states that the monthly rental from this property is 5,000,000d01, and the usual recovery is prayed. The suit is considered a huge blackmailing scheme. Searle says of O'Connor:—"l do not under-rate his ability in a boat—from all I can learn he is a first-class sculler—but I have made up my mind to beat him ; and I think I shall be able to do it, barring accidents. I feel very strong, and I think I shall row faster on the Thames than I ever have done in Australia."
Mrs Sarah Jane Whitling was hanged on June 25 in Moyemonsing Gaol, Philadelphia, for poisoning her husband and two children to get the insurance on their lives, amounting in all to 400dol. She was quite at ease, and said she did not " mind hanging more than sitting down to breakfast." Dr M'Dow, in gaol at Charleston awaiting trial for killing Captain Dawson, an Englishman, editor of the 'News and Courier,' was elected surgeon of an influential Charleston military company on June 21. This is regarded as significant of the drift of public: opinion in the case. Lord A. P. Cecil, the evangelist, was drowned on June 12 in the bay of Quinte, near Adolphustown, Canada. At Toronto fifty persons were prostrated and twenty expected to die from drinking lemonade in the town of Woodstock. Sugar of lead was found to be one of the ingredients of the drink, which was served at a picnic—the druggist's careless mistake giving that substance for tartaric acid. A crowd started to hunt the druggist to lynch him, after they had raided his house and scattered his stock broadcast.
The libel suit of O'Donovan Rossa against Editor Cassidy was dismissed in a New York Court on June 13, after most damaging evidence had been given against Rossa, and which proved him a traitor to the Irish cause. It was proved he had received 500dol from Patrick Ford, of the 'New York Irish World,' for the family of a prisoner in an English gaol, of which he only disbursed 300dol, Cassidy, the defendant, caused a great sensation in Court by producing a letter from Mr Labouchere, dated April 1, 1889, showing that Rossa was in receipt of secret service money from the British Government, and that he (Labouchere) in his place in Parliament had objected to voting away the money of the taxpayers of England to go into Rossa's pocket. ______________
MAIL NEWS., Issue 7965, 22 July 1889
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