Lowville, N. Y., Jan 8. A very fatal disease has broken out at Martinsburg, near here. At first it was thought to be diphtheria or scarlet rash, but it is now called black tongue. A few days ago four of Edward William's children died and were buried in one grave. Three more of the same family have since died. Today a young man named Millard, saged seventeen, after a few hour's sickness died, and many more are lingering on the point of death. The people in that section are almost panic stricken.
Death of a New Jersey Judge.
Washington, N. J., Jan. 8. Judge Joseph Vleit died yesterday morning at his residence, in this place, from injuries received by a fall several weeks ago. The injuries were not thought to be of a serious nature at the time. Judge Vleit was a man well known throughtout northern New jJrsey, and was appointed to the law judgeship of the county at the expiration of Judge Sherrerd's term. He always did his duty without fear, was a gentleman of the old school, and was highly respected by all who knew him.
Burned to Death.
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Jan. 8. Jacob Ira was employed as a wiper on the Dubuque and Southwestern railroad. He was standing on his engine near the furnace warming himself, when his clothes, which were soaked with grease and oil, became ignited. He was not aware of the fact and had occasion to go out. The instant he did so the wind fanned his smoldering garments into a flame, and he was enveloped in a sheet of flame. He began to run and scream for help. Assistance came, but not in time to save his life.
Died in a Sleigh.
Danville, Pa., Jan. 8. David W. Frymire, in company with A. O. Sparr, both citizens of this place, started yesterday morning with a horse and sleigh to drive to Pottsville. When near Bear Gap, Northumberland County, Frymire was taken suddenly ill and died almost iimmediately. The verdict of the coroner's jury was death from apoplexy. Frymire was in excellent health up to the time of his death. he was thirty-six years of age, and leaves a wife and three children.
The Late Noah Gill.
His Funeral Today-Floral Tributes from Friends.
The funeral of the late Noah Gill took place at 2:30 o'clock this afternoon. The services were held at the family residence, No. 312 North Broadway, and were conducted by Rev. J. P. Wilson of the M. E. Church, assisted by Rev. Uriel Graves, Independent Lutheran, and G. G. Baker, M. E. Church.
A large number of prominent citizens were present among them Hon. John L. Thomas, Collector of the Port; Deputy Collector Captain Burchinall and Deputy Surveyor James T. Caulk.
The remains were enclosed in a handsome black cloth casket, bearing a silver plate with the inscription,
"Noah Gill; born August 14th, 1823; died January 5th, 1879."
The pall bearers were Messrs. D. Pinkney West, James Bond, Sr., James Bond, Jr., W. W. Post, Stephen R. Mason, James S. Lowry, Edward Mason and Captain Edward Biddleman.
Many floral tributes were sent by the friends of the deceased, among them an anchor and pillow from the Custom House night inspector's department, mound, from Internal Revenue Department, and pillow with the words, "At Rest," from the children.
The interment was made in Baltimore.
Beheaded in a Quarrel.
Cynthiana, Ky., Jan. 8. John Downard and William Fisher, living near Horner's Millil, in this county, had some trouble last Monday about a few apples, when Fisher seized an axe and cut Downard's head off.
Quebec, Jan 8. A middle-aged bachelor of St. Antoine de Tilly, named Maxime Labonte, who lived along and led an exemplary life, not having been seen about for some days, the neighbor broke in the door of his house, when a terrible spectacle met their gaze. Labonte sat dead in his chair, life having evidently left him several days before. The flesh of his face and portions of his body had been gnawed off by two cats, which had been confined in the house and found no other means of appeasing their appetite.
Old Church Burned.
New Brunswick, N. J., Jan. 8. The Reformed Church at Franklin Park, N. J., was destroyed by fire originating in an over heated stove Tuesday evening. A thousand dollar organ had been put in on Monday. The building was about 75 years old and was one of the largest and finest country churches in the state. Insurance, $7,000.
Extreme Illness of Well Known Citzens.
The condition of M. J. Kelley, Esq., remains as hopeless as it was yesterday, and his life is still desparied of by his physicians.
Bishop Whittingham's condition has sustained no change.
Mr. W. F. Hysore, druggist, Carey Street and Edmondson Avenue, is still in a precarious condition.
Funeral of Mrs. Carr.
The funeral of Mrs. Sarah Davis Carr, wife of Gen. R. h. Carr, who died yesterday of an affection of the throat, will take place tomorrow afternoon at two o'clock from No. 89 St. Paul Street, She was the daughter of the late William Saunders, of Annapolis. Benevolence was a prominent trait in her character, and she has numerous testimonials from Confederate prisoners, whom she aided during the late war.
Locked Up With Her Babes.
How Mrs. Wittig Tried to Cure Mr. Deitrick of Drunkeness and the Sequel Thereto.
A case of embrassing and somewhat distressing circumstances was up before Justice Farlow this morning. It was that of a woman named Mrs. Elizabeth Wittig, charged with assaulting Mrs. Louisa Deitrick on the 7th instant with a stick.
It appears that both woman are residents of the same house, No. 188 South Caroline Street. The accused stated in defense that Mrs. Deitrick, who is advanced in years, was in the habit of begging money and spending it for liquor which she drank and became intoxicated.
"Well," said the justice, "is this woman related to you?"
"No, sir, but I don't like to see her disgrace herself by getting drunk."
"But, by what right do you take it upon yourself to beat her?"
"Well-I-I wanted to cure her-and-as she wouldn't take advice I thought that was the best way to do it."
"Your philanthropy is commendable, but you should have employed gentler means to bring her around. You committed in default of bail to answer the charge in court. Put her back, Henry."
Then came the embrassing part of the program. Mrs. Wittig had brought with her two children, the elder about three years old, and the other in arms. These she insisted upon taking with her to the cell, and she vowed, if she be sent to jail, the children should accompany her. There was no alternative but to put her back, where she lingers for some one to become her security.
A Wedding and a Funeral.
A dispatch to the NEWS from Aberdeen, Harford County says: Information has just been received here of the freezing to death, on Friday night of Edward Gilbert, son of Charles Gilbert, a resident of Bush River Neck, about fifteen miles from here. It is a most distressing case, as it was during the celebration of his brother's marriage on the evening that young Gilbert lost his life.
After the ceremony had been performed Edward was sent to the store of McHenry, about a mile from his father's house, for cigars, and when he returned complained very much of the cold, but started out again immediately on some errand known only to himself and never returned alive. He was missed late in the night and a search was made for him with lanterns, but unvailingly, although the searchers must have passed within six feet of where he lay. He was found the next morning about 7 o'clock laying on his face in a small creek which runs throught the place, and frozen stiff. A short distance from his father's house a fence runs along the bank of this creek, and it is supposed, from a rail found broken in the fence that in attempting to get over the fence the rail broke with him and threw him forward on his face down the bank into the creek, and so stunned him that he did not recover consciousness. His death is much regretted by all his friends. He was but twenty-one years of age, and universally liked and respected by all his neighbors. His family are almost wild with grief and at his funeral on Sunday, it was almost more than they could bear.
In Need of Assistance.
Mrs. Seabore, living on Harrison Street, near McDonald, Canton, is reported by the police of the Eastern District as being in a very destitute condition. She is confined to her bed with sickness and has an infant dependant upon her.
The police of the Southern District report the family of William Boswell, living at 174 Burgundy Alley, in a starving condition. The Boswell family consists of Mr. Boswell and his wife and three young children. Both Mr. and Mrs. Boswell are sick and for some time past he has been out of employment and his family are now suffering fro the necessaries of life.
Making a Thief of His Child.
Distressing Details of a Father's Depravity-Nellie Stoddar's Sad Story.
A bright little girl, in the elventh year of her age, appeared in the Northwestern police station this morning, in charge of Mr. Palmer the agent of the Henry Watson Children's Aid Society. She was without a home, and on that account the agent asked for a committal of the girl to the care of the society he represented.
The child, Nellie Stoddard by name was one year ago committed to the care of Mrs. Lucy Hook, of Ann Arundel County, as her mother had been dead about four years.
Mrs. Hook took a fancy to the little motherless child, and urged Nellie's father to sign an agreement by which she should have possession of the child by adoption. The father consented and the agreement was drawn up, but never received the signature of Mr. Stoddard.
Nellie received occasional visits from her father, but instead of those visits being productive of good, they wrought great harm to the little girl. At the solicitation of her father, she stole twelve dollars from her adopted mother and gave it to her father.
The money was missed and when Nellie was confronted with the accusation of having stolen it, she acknowledged that she had done so, and told the part her father had played as an instigator and accessory.
Other visits were paid to the little girl by the father, who bade his daughter steal all the money she could and save it for him. The little girl did as her father ordered and only recently a small sum of money was found concealed in the hem of one of her garments.
Mrs. Hook seeing that the child had fallen a victim to intentions of the father, endeavored to have the latter arrested, but he was nowhere to be found, and it is thought that he is a sort of tramp, preying on the community for a living.
He was much given to drink, so the young girl said, and she remembers that when her mother was living the father used to come home intoxicated. Mrs. Hook was sorry to part with her little protege, but it could not be helped under the ccircumstances and Nellie was sent by Justice Peters to the care of the Watson Aid Society.
Not Under the Ice.
Frederick Koethe Turns Up Alive and Well this Morning.
Frederick W. Koethe, the would-be-supposed suicide, who thought to frighten his relative and friends by making it appear that he had committed suicide by cutting a hole in the ice at Spring Gardens, has, as was predicted at the time in the NEWS, turned up.
This morning Koethe walked into the house of one of his relatives, doubtless thinking that his silly act had been appreciated as a first-class joke. But he was doomed to disappointment, as his former conduct in life had been such as to make it a matter of indifference to his friends whether the suicide was aufait accompli, or not, and when he made his appearance this morning he was inconveniently hustled out.
His next objective points were the residences of two other relatives, but at each of these places he was recived in about the same manner as he was in the first instance and forbid ever entering the doors.
By the time Koethe made his last call he became convinced that the little side scene he had gotten up for a small amount of cheap notoriety had not proved as successful as he anticipated it would, and he left considerably crestfallen, doubtless for another tramp, as tramping is said to be his normal condition.
Fighting About aDog.
Desperate Encounter Between Colored Men on Greenwillow Street.
In the absence of Justice Thomas, Justice Peters sat on the magisterial bench at the Northwestern station yesterday afternoon and committed Isaac Mack, a colored man, for the action of the Criminal Court on the charge of making a desperate assault on Joseph Cornish, an old colored man, and his son William. The dispute orginated about a dog belonging to young Cornish, which Mack had the temerity to kick.
The piteous howl of the dog aroused the sympathies of Cornish, who expostulated with Mack, from whom he received very little satisfaction. A quarrel ensued and a desperate hand-to-hand conflict took place between the men on Greenwillow Street near Pennsylvania Avenue. Mack was badly beaten about the face, but he seemed to have the better of his opponent, in whose left hand he left the deep impression of his teeth. The combatants were separated by Cornish, the father, amd Mack took his leave.
He returned, however, shortly, and with a club, something similar to a baseball bat, near the end of which was a nail. With this he dealt Joseph Cornish a heavy blow, driving the nail about two inches into the fleshy part of his arm. He held the murderous weapon poised for a second blow, but his arm was arrested by the bystanders, and he was taken to the station house by Sergeant Schultz. Justice Peters committed him for the action of the Criminal Court, and released William Cornish on bail to keep the peace.
Express Drivers Fighting.
William H. Aeston and Christopher Rose, two drivers of express wagons became involed in a quarrel this morning on Holliday Street, near Baltimore Street and the quarrel culminated in a fight.
While they were fighting, John P. Aeston a brother of William, appeared on the scene and immediately went to the assistance of his brother.
Seizing his whip he dealt Rose a blow on the back of the head, which cut a severe gash and knocked him out of time.
At this juncture Sergeant Rheinhardt hove in sight and arrested the other beligerents.
Justice Johns committed all indefault of bail for court.
Death Hastened by Fright.
A child of David Clemmer of Barto Station, Pa., Colebrookdale Branch of the Reading Road, is said to have been frightened to death on Tuesday night last by New Year callers. The child was very low of diptheria. A party of New Year callers arrived at a neighbor's house, close by. At the first report of the gun it is said that the child was so frightened that it was fairly lifted up in its bed, and when the guns had all been discharged the child had died. This is the fourth child that Mr. Clemmer lost in a short time. The other three were also victims of diptheria. So writes correspondned J. G. L., of Longswamp.
Louisville, Ky., Jan. 8. Robert Mahone, postmaster at Beckley's Station, was murdered yesterday by an unknown party. The instrument used was a hatchet.
Epilepsy and Insanity.
( Pall Mall Gazette.)
At the last meeting of the Islington board of guardians the case of two young women confined among the imbeciles in the Banstead Asylum was brought under consideration. These two women, it seems, are not imbeciles or insane, but have occassional epileptic fits. One of the guardians said that when he visited the asylum, both of them appeared to be thoroughy well, and the medical officer admitted they they were so with the exception of their liability to epileptic fits at times.
It seemed a hard case, he added, that two young women in good health as they were should be kept year after year among some of the most distressing cases of insanity simply because they were subject to occasional fits. It was urged, on the other hand, that one of the two women was, according to the medical offer, not only epipeptic but "dangerous to herself," and that consequently it would be better to let the matter rest as it was.
After some discussion the subject dropped. It involves, however, a question of some importance-namely whether under any circumstance the association of epileptic and insane persons is justifable. Epilepsy is not insanity and it surely cnnot be for the advantage, even if it is not prejudicial to patients of their class to witness each other's afflicition.
Death of a Congressman.
Washington, Jan. 8. Hon. Julian Hartridge, representing the First Congressional District, of Georgia, who has been lying ill for several days past, died in this city this morning of pneumonia.
Associate Justice Hunt still lies in a critical condition, there being no change for the better since last night.
An Iron Firm's Failure.
St. Louis, Jan. 8. Spooner & Collins, carwheel and pig iron dealers, of this city, made an assignment yesterday to Charles F. Joy, of the law firm of Harris & Joy. Nothing is yet known regarding their liabilities and assets.
A Female Danite.
Henry Worn has been chased half over the country, says the Chicago Inter-Ocean, by a young woman who wants to marry him, and he's almost worn out. Her name is Anna Morris, and she is a woman of pluck, who endeavors to enforce her wishes at the point of a pistol.
Seven years ago Worn met Anna in San Francisco; she was nineteen years old, had black eyes and blonde hair, boarded at 24 Downer Street and captured Henry's heart. He was in easy circumstnce, courted her two years, arranged to get married, lavished about $7,000 on her, and then found out she was false, awfully false.Then he went to New York, Buffalo, Cleveland, Louisville, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Detroit, and Oshkosh, but Ann still pursued him, and hunted him out again. Awhile back he came here, and opened a turnery on the corner of State and Twenty-second Street.
Thursday morning his heart sank when he found her standing on the steps of the post office when he went to get his mail. She smiled sweetly, and said she wanted him to marry her; would give him ten days to think about it, and if he didn't come to time she'd have his gore. Then they parted.
At three o'cock that afternoon they met outside the Sherman Hosue. She spoke again. He said he was not matrimonialty inclined, and then she drew a revolver and held it up so that he could look down the barrel. He seized her arm and she d ropped the weapon, but picked up up again and made off. Worn says has had enough of this thing now, and will have the female Danile arrested if she shows up again.
Several member of the Modjeska party are registered at the Gibbon's Hotel.
John Friesner, charged with assaulting his wife Magdelana, was committed for court this morning by Justice Farlow.
In the Orphans' Court today letters of administration were granted on the estate of Mary Ashe to Richard J. Scott and on the estate of Charles Ashe to the same Georgianna Scott.
The jewelry store of Rauth & Son, No. 168 Bowery, N. Y. was robbed of $3,000 worth of silverware and jewelry night before last.
Henry Hartman, brakeman of the Louisville and St. Louis Railroad was knocked from a car while crossing a bridge today and fatally injured.
AT. A. T. Stewart's Tenth Street store, New York, a young man named Thomas Dillon, yesterday lost his life through carelessness in riding on an elevator.
S. T. Appolonis and Walter J. Morris appeared before the Pilot Commissioners of New York yesterday with drawings and a proposed plan for disposing of the ashes, garbage and street sweeping of the city in a cremationg furnace.
About seven o'clock this morning Officer Hayes found the body of a dead female colored infant on a lot in the rear of Benson's Foundry, East Monument Street. It was taken to the Middle Station and Coronor Walker was notified.
It has been announced that Senor Zamacona, who had tendered his resignation as Mexican minister to the United States has, at the urgent request of all the members of the cabinet and other prominent public men, withdrawn his resignation and would remain in the United States for present.