The gentleman spoken of in the followiug olipping froni tha San Francisco Chronicle of a recent date is a son-iu-law of Mrs. E. M. Houriques, of this sity, and is favorably kuowii to many of our citizeus. lie has been lor fhe last few years in the employ of the Texas Pacific Kailroad Company and bas wou an enviable reputatiou as an engineor. We understand that he goes out under an engagement for thres years, with a prospect that it may extund to ton : thore beiug oí eourse mutual satiafactiou with the arrangement. J lis wife and children are uow in our city: Joseph U. Crawford, of Philadelphia, has been appointed by the Mikado ot Japan as Consulting engineer of railways in the empire, and ordered to report immediatolv to the Minister of Colonies at Yokohama. He leavea by the Kteamer (Jaelic to-day. The Japauese Government proposes to open the large deposita of liituraiuous coal lyiug in the ishiud of Yesao, north of the miin ïsland ot Niphon, and has selected Mr. Crawford to manage the enterprise. Heretoior the railroad of Niphon have been developed entirely by Enjlish capital aud enterprise, bnt the .Fapanesa Oovernment intend to test the economie merits of the American as well as tho Jinglish íyatem of engineering. The uccess ot Mr. Urawford tu thia entnrprise ia regarded as oí much itnportiuirf. to thid country, aa on it4hínges the futuro introductiOD ot Americau maoutaoturoa i' i American skill In the Jajauee empire. J. A. Kvaiw, another uon-in-law of Mu. Hennques, ia t)ie locatitig engineer ot' the Kansas, Colorado, and New Mexico Kailroad. Ma Evmis is also with her mother in thii city.