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23
Month
January
Year
1880
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Senator Lamar, of Mississippi, last week received a paralytic stioke, from which, it is feared, he will never sufficiently recover to euable him to take part io public affairs. The woman suffragists are as usual besieging Congress for a constitutional aiuendnjent whiuh will give them the elective franchise. To day they will present oral argunients bef'ore the Senate judiciary commitleeoD this subject. If perseverance will accomplish all ends, we can look for every lady in the land to have a ballot placed within her hand, so to speak, within the next decade. The House committee on public lands will report favorably upon, and urge the pamga of a bilí auihorizing the President ! i select from the United Staies lat.ds in the State of California tracts on which are frowing either the red woed or big trees, or both of i-aid timbero, as he niay deern proper, not exceeding in aggregate two townships of land, to be set apart and dedicated as public purks, for the benefit and enjoymnt of the people, said parks to be uiider the exclusive control of the Secretary of the Interior. Gen. Chamberlain, of Maine, bas couie into unusual promiuence because of the Maine difficulties. The praiseworthy menner in which he conducied affairs as head of that State during the interim that it was without a governcr, merits the unualitíed approval of ali. Had he been injudicious in the temporary use of the power bestowed upon him as governor and cominander of the military forees of that State, he could have caused trouble the end of which it would be difficult to foresee. He has even been favorably spoken of as a Presidential candidate. The negro exodus from Texas to Kansas still continúes. Hundteds make their way by team across the Indian Territory. The winter being unusually mild, even for Kansas, enables tliose who cannot procure houses, to live with a certain degree of comfort in tents and in their wagons ; still sumí' deaths have oceurred from exposure and the lack of proper food. The question occurs to our mini, How long will the Southern people so stand in their own light as to permit the bone and sinew, that should go toward the building up and improvement of their sections, to leave them ? A Chicago report says : "A prominent commission firm here has issued a circular of facts, which they gay have been carefully collected, showing the total packing of six principal pointe during the past season to be 720,000 hogs short to date, estirnating the total shortage in the whole country at 1,000,000 in number and ten pounds per hog in weight. They also report a deficieney in the available supply of meats and lard, the deficieney being 200,000,000 pounds of meats and 250,000 tierces of lard, com pared with the same date last season." If these estiuiates are correct, there will ceitainly be an increase in the market price of these commodities. There is quite a marked contrast in the way that reügious teachers from different seetions, belongiog to the same denominadon, look at the same actions. For instante, the pastor of a Roman Catholic Church at Greencastle, Ind., publicly re proved and diaobarged his choir because they had perpetrated a f'raud in raffling off " a piano at a fair." At the Catholic fairs held in this city, hardly an article of niuch intrinsic valué can be found thut is not put tlirnugh the raffling procesa at so much a chance ; and those who desiie to show the most zeul and ardor in the cause of religión aro the ones who will be the most rurtiest in sulicitiijg uther.i to "ju.st take a chance iu ,his." Of thë two places, we raust Wy ' that the one adopted by the Indiana irie' ,t meets with the most popular appr 0Yaj now-a days. There is troublo brewing it t ,e Rosebud or Spotted Tail Indiaa Agene n Dakota. It will be remenibered th' v Major Cicero Newell of Ypsilanti was r .pponte(j to this agency, and that he v .cure(j subordínate positions for niany "i'psilaotians at ihe saine, and among otliers who went thitber to better their fortuncs wa8 Dr. F. K. Owen, who w appointed physician to the agency. Soir ,e time since he returned, and at that tim' _. t was reported, if not charged, that he s0](] whisky to the Indians ; and there Was a counter report or charge to the efftct that Maj. Newell was not conducting his 'jusiness kgitimately. Now, according o a repoit from Washington, it is openly 'charged that Newell has been selling subordínate positions under bis control, and these charges are said to emauate from Dr. Owen. He charge that Newell appointed several subordinates from Ypsilanti, exact ing from each a sum of inoney for the appointuient, and that Newell's father sent to his son several men from whoin he (the father) received suins of money or promissory notes. This plan of procedure, it will be remenibered, was the one adopted by Secretary Belknap ; while it takes no money from the Government, the supposition is that these appointments will be made bcc&use of merit, and not because of money paid therel'or. There has now been made such an open rupture in this agency that the Government will investígate the charges, aod, if they ai e suhstautiated, remove Ncwoll in disgrace, and if he be found innocent, so duly annouuce. The annual statement of G. R. Dunn & Co. for the business of 1879, shows most favorably. The number of failures during the year were 6,558, a decrease of 3,820 as compnred with 1878, and the liabilities were only about $98,000,000 as compared with $234,000,000 in 1878. From an exchange we quote : "In the New England States one trader in eighty-five failed during the year, in the Middle States one in 100. in the Southern States one in ninety three, in the Western States one in 159, and in the Pacific States and Territories one in forty five. In Canada the failures were one in twentynine, and in Michigan one in 143." Dun & Co. say: "The phenoruetal character of the year 1879 has in nothing else a more complete illustration than is furnished by the figures of failures herewith submitted. The year has been remarkable for the extent and rapidity of its profits, resulting from the advance in value and an inureased volume iu trade. But the foregoing figures show aKo that it bas heen equally remarkable for its decrease in losses from bad debts. The los?, or lock-up by failures, which in 1878 amounted to $234,000,000, in 1879 amouoted to only $98,000,000- a loss lessened by over $2,500,000 per week for the entire year! It is probable that the gains from legitímate advances in the prices of merchandise have bi en even greater in the aggregate than this sum ; but to the comparatively limiied olass who suffer mobt by mercantile failures, the profits realized from merchandise sold in the year have hardly been as great ds the lessened loss made by dobts in 1879, as compared with 1878. Not only, therefure, have large actual profits been made upon sales, but the decreace in the extent of losses incurred is so accurately measured by the figures herewith presentcd, that their testimony to the prosperity c f the year is most significant." W. M. Harford, editor and proprietor of the Mu.-kegon Chronicle, issued January lst a triple heet, which is dovoted to the intere.-ts of Maskegon- whftt it was and is. In 1860 this then village had a population of 1,438 persons. In 1870 it had increased to 6,002. If the suburks were ineluded in the count her popu'ation would now be 15,000. With the prosperity of the past as a basis, they coufidently look for 30,000 souls in that city ten years henee. This city has very niany natural advaritages, as shown by the Chronicle. It is locatid on a like !-ix miles long and from one to ihrce wide. This lake has free icceu from I,ake Michigaa Ibï shii ing, and rcaüy forms a most suierb harhor. The curren t of the river that h ads to tle !ake is so swift tliat the channel at ihe mouth never freezes over, and vcsst Is enter the harbor at any t i me of the jear. The city also has superior railroad facilities which are soon to be much impruved. In addiiion to this, tue Muskegon river flows through a cemr-e of 200 miles into Lake Michigan. Upon its banksand turougliout the adjacent country are vast forests of pine timber. With so uiany natural advantages, both of lucation and anunlimited u]iply of dmber forinanufacturii'g purposes, the future of this ent-rpri.-ing city of Western Michigan nted only be BKMQTed by the enterprise of her inliabitants, for there can be found almost uniivaled opportunities for manufacture. The Chroniole ssys: "A city lighieil witb gas, enduwed with a syrtem of public water-works, dislributing to the honus and shops of her people and to fire hydrants at her street corners an ampie supply of pure water for domestic use, and for protection against fire, with a well organized and efficiënt fiie department for like proteetion, with a system of public schools well graded and classified, and ten cburches dispensing instruction in righteousness to her people. Returning to view further her industrial thrift, we find that twentyeight saw-mills of large capacity dot the banks and shoals of her harbor ; that the aggregate yearly " cut" of those milis is about 400,000,000 feet of lumber ; that visible preparations are now going forward to build more milis, and further increase the sum of mercantile products. Muskegon has a dozen or more well appointed manufactuiing estublishments, among which are shingle milis, fluuring milis, planing milis, machine shops, shops for the making of curtain rollers and other light turned goods, packing boxes, fruit packages, wagons, fine carriages, railroad cars, etc." The immense business done by the different business firms is set forth considerably in detail, and great credit is due this enterprising paper for the attractive manner in which it pen pictures the iiiany attractions of this bui-y little mart of trade.