The J. M. Blair Brick company of Clncinnati, oL which J. Milton Blair is president, W. W. Blair vice president and Joseph F. Blair secretary, has made an assignment. D. SchrodeV & Co., jewelers, of Cincinnati, O., have assigned to H. P. Goebel. Liabilities, $65,000; assets, $60.00U: preferences, $17,000. The jury in the case against Theodore A. Figel of San Francisco, accused of the murder of Isaac Hoffman. his employer, on the evenlng of June 1, 1897, returned a verdict of acquittal. Matthew Smith of Bloomington has suceeeded Thomas Kennedy in the building and loan department of the Illinois state audit&r's office. Henry Aldrich, a prominent resident of Tekonsha, Mich., committed suicide by shöoting himself with a shotgun. Despondency was the cause. The amount. spent in maintaining the hunts of the United Kingdom is estimated at L4,500.000, or L12.000 per day throuq-hout the year. And this does not include the cost of carriage horses, covert hacks and other expenses incidental to the sport. Alienation of the affections of her husband is the ground of a $10,000 damage case flled at Upper Sandusky, O., by Mrs. Frederick McXare against Mrs. Oscar Zuck. It is the outcome of the recent elopement of the plaintiff's husband with Mrs. Zuck. Senator Hoar has accepted an invitation to dellver the annual address before the Virginia State Bar association some time between July 5 and 15. Fire broke out in the Brownell & Field company's Wholesale coffee and spice house in Providenee, R. I. The loss will be $150,000. Secretary Chamberlain stated in the house of commons that until the reciprocity negotiations between the United States and Canada were concluded the British government could not teil what the position of the West Indies would be.