James N. Tyner, tke newly-appointed Fostmaster General, was born at Brookville, Ind., Jau. 17, 1826. He received a good cornmon-school education, and upon reaching manhood studied law and began its practico as a profesaion. He took part in political contests in Indiana while yet a young man, aad at tlie age of 31 was eloct'ed in 1857 Secretary of the Indiana Senate. He served in this office íor the three following sessions of the Senate, and was chosen a Presidential Elector in 1860. Frora 1861 to 1806 lie acted as a special agent of the Postoffice Oecartment. In 1868 tho Hon. D. D. Pratt was elected a member of the Forty-first Oongress from. the Eighth Congressional District of Indiana, but was subsequently elected a United States Senator by the State Legislature. A special election was held to lili the vacancy, and Mr. 1 Tyncr was elected on the Republican ticket. He was also elected a member of the Forty-socond and of the Fortythird Congresses. In tho Forty-third Congress he was a member of the important "Committee on Appropriations." In the fall of 187á he wis not nominated by bis party is a candidato i'or the Fortyfourth Uongress. Fathbu July, of Stevens Point, Wis., lost a valuable mare in a peculiar manner. While driving along the road he hcard a strango soiind, as of running water. Lookiug at his mare ho found her bleeding to death from a womid made by a sharp stick iu her side. It is aupposec she stepped on tho stick and that it flew tip and piercod her body.