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Basel &$*$?£&M *-'•-'r* Zk Y "*** -••* -*r* v *"? Largest Circulation. LEADS in ADVERTISING. Wants, I Cent rWoFdf^^®4 "Equal and Exact Justice to all Men of Whatever State or Persuasion, Religious or Political."—Jefferson 'Vol. I, No. 191. Norwalk, Conn., Tuesday Evening, September 22, 1891. Price One Cent. The Daily Gazette issues very week-day at 3 P. M., at J ONE CEST PEIT COPY. T/i.- Cheapest Rait.', far Advertising, aw) THK LAEGEST CIRCULATION. The Weekly Gazette, [Combined witli Fridays Dailv.J Is issued every Friday at Moon, ai THnF.K CENTS PEK COPY, OR $1.50 PER Y7" VB. The Daily and Weekly. Served, to Local Subscribers at TEN CENTS PEK WEEK, OR $5.00 PER YEAR. H. BYINGTON, Proprietor. I'his jtnper has the largest circulation of p'ljx'r in the State west of Bridgeport. G VJt .fOBJilJS G- DEl'A.11 TMJSNT. MJT HAUKY M. GARDNER, JR. of New York, has charge of the GAZETTE'S Engraving, Book nn<l Jobbing Department. He is an expert «-id experienced Job Printer, and no work entrusted to him will be unsatisfactorily done. Amusements To-night. "Chimes of Normandy" at Norwalk Opera House. Meeting of Borough Water Commissioners. Practice meeting of City of N orw allc Band. Thi Esteemed Sentinel "Has got'em again!" Yesterday it svas attacked wit-li another of its "spells." It threw itself, like a spoiled brat, on its back, in one of its accustomed tantrums,battered the floor with its heels, and bumped it with its head, squalling in impotent rage, and shamelessly bareing, and exposing to public view,that part of its anatomy which is so much larger, and seems to know so much more than its head. And all be - cause the"bright little DAILY GAZETTE" had asked it to recall a falsehood it had told. Such conduct needs correction. So like an affectionate mother, as we fain would be to it, we must lay the brat across our "aged" knees and proceed to apply the slipper to that end which it seems determined to make most conspicuous, and to unblushingly uncover before all beholders, every time it gets mad. This we do "in sorrow and not in anger." Our advanced age and our esteemed contemporaries adolescent youth, seems to make the duty imperative. Sorry we are that so sweet a temper should not always go unruffled and so handsome a face is not spared the soil of spiteful tears. Bat "nature will out," and it is, no doubt, from a lack of proper correction, that our esteemed contemporary is so noted among his friends, for all those angelic virtues, those high and noble attributes and sweet amenities of disposition, which have made his name and fame a by-word ever since he plucked the editorial quill from the congenial goose. But we digress. To his yesterday's double-leaded leader, he puts the. caption : "THE PACTS ABE THESE," well knowing that he does not state the facts. After spewing out a lot of offensive matter secreted by that ill-behaving gland, his viscious liver, he proceeds to say: '' On the 12th instant the Sentinel published the numbers drawing the gate prizes of the Labor Day picnic. On Monday we said the subeditor of the GAZETTE askecl Mr. Ma-lone, assistant postmaster at Norwalk, •if such publication was not a violation of the lottery law, and therefore, a bar to the circulation of the paper through the post office." Now here is what the esteemed Sentinel did say in its issue of the 12th. "When the sub-editor of the GAZETTE saw that we had "scooped" them, to speak in newspaper parlance, he made it his special business to rush over to the Norwalk post-office and suggest that the Sentinel had violated the laiu and should not be allowed to pass through the mail. Postmaster Hubbell was not in his office, but his assistant, Mr. Ma-lone, like a sensible young man, informed the GAZETTE man that he had no authority to prevent the delivery of the paper so our subscribers at that end of the town were not deprived of the privilege of reading Saturday evening's Sentinel." Does a brave or half manly man thus skulk and dodge the issue when detected in a falsehood! We kindly pointed out the esteemed Sentinel's false statement. Told him that Mr. Malone, to whom he referred, would confirm our denial. We did not stop to further inform him, as we did not suppose it to be necessary, that Postmaster Hubbell went after the esteemed Sentinel's Borough reporter and demanded to know if any employee of the post-office had made any such statement as the Sentinel had charged, and the said reporter promptly said he had not. Had he so stated he would have falsified as unpardonably as did his chief. The GAZETTE had the drawing of the prizes from the same source as the Sentinel and naturally desired to pub - lish them. But it knew that it was just as illegal to do so, in the shape in which they appeared in the Sentinel, as it would be to publish a drawing of the Louisiana or any other lottery and it did ask the opinion of the Borough and of the City Postmasters as to their interpretation of the law, and after the esteemed Sentinel came tearing down upon us like a mad bull, lashing its tail as in fly. time, we wrote the Attorney General of the Post Office department for its interpretation of the law and got his reply which coincides with our own view and that of Postmaster Hubbell. Now, when the esteemed Sentinel knew it had lied about UP, why could it not have made a decent retraction and not thus have soiled the charmingly beautiful and artistic pages of its proverbiably stupid paper with so much meaningless billingsgate ? Was it because "comparisons are odious," and that he is compelled to hear, as we do, from South Norwalk readers, the statement that five days out of six, week in and week out, the South Norwalk correspondent of the "Bright little DAILY GAZETTE," has a greater number of City news items in his column, than appear in the esteemed Sentinel, and is constantly making pronounced ' 'beat.s"in his news columns of special interest and importance. Is it the green-eyed monster jealousy, that has gotten possession of the Sentinel's soul, causing it to make such an egregious ass of itself ? What is it,oh sweet and lovable brother ? What "greed," what "hate" has the jolly and "bright little DAILY GAZETTE" ever evinced toward the esteemed Sentinel ? Was our "greed" shown when, long ago, two dollars was paid an employee of the GAZETTE to purloin a copy of a ballot from our office, that it might be counterfeited in the office of the esteemed Sentinel ? Was it shown when recently the GAZETTE and esteemed Sentinel made a bid for printing the by-laws of a Trades Union and the GAZETTE'S estimate »s.-i - i-trifle below the esteemed Sentinel's, a dishonorable member of that honorable organization, (as we are assured by a fellow member,) went to the Sentinel and gave it the GAZETTE'S figures, and the esteemed Sentinel then put in a bid one dollar below the GAZETTE, and so "scooped" the job? Though we were made acquainted with these facts weeks ago, the act was so con-temptably degrading, we made no allusion to them, and should not now except with the hope that our esteemed contemporary may "see himself as others see him." But climb to the top neighbor, where the "bright little DAILY GAZETTE" sits ai d sings, and you may get rid of your bad "spells." Sentinel Notes. "He [Geo. B.] has much to learn of human nature and journalistic courtesy." Yes, and the most appalling evidence of a total lack of decency in both, is abundantly supplied by the Sentinel. "He ought not to mislead his waspy and erratic father into a denial of facts." Nor will he. It is despicable enough to make a dog sick to see the Sentinel thus cowardly sneak and skulk out of a deliberately uttered lie. A lie so black that we haven't type black enough to properly characterize it; a he almost as black as was the face of the Sentinel man when he had his yesterday's bad " spell." '' The old gentleman is too near the verge of lunacy to be trifled with." How sad and yet how true it is, that the very first distinct evidences of brain softening and insanity are when a man begins to think others afflicted with his own distressing malady. Sad, sad it is, yet we fear it is true, that unless the "Bright little DAILY GAZETTE" ceases "scooping" the Sentinel every day on news and distancing it on circulation and advertising, the latter "will have to be put in a straigh t jacket or confined in a lunatic asylum." We have copied thus copiously from the Sentinel's forcible, feeble diatribe, for the reason that otherwise the reading public would never see it and enjoy the incoherent richness there is in it. State Rifle Match. Gen. Watson, through Col. VanKeu-ren, has issued orders for a state rifle j match for regiment teams of the C. N. G. at *the armory in Hartford, commencing Oct. 14. Entries must be received by Gen. Watson before Oct. 1. I The conditions of the match are as 1 follows : Entrance free. Teams of 12 ; with 3 reserves, each man to be a mem- j ber of the Connecticut National Guard, ! enlisted or appointed prior to Aug. 1, ! 1891. All members to appear in fatigue uniform, without side arms. Rifle, any issued by the state ; trigger pull to be not less than 6 pounds, aud to be tested as eaeh man leaves the firing point. Ammunition, furnished by state. Distances, each 200 and 500 yards. Position, standing at 200 yards, prone" at 500 yards. Rounds, 7 at each distance ; 2 sighting shots at 500 yards. Rules of the National Rifle Association to govern; Cheese. —Roquefort, Edam, Brie, Limburger, Cream, Breet and all other kinds of rich cheese at tf 183 BETTS & FARBINGTON'S. TERSE TALES OF THE TOWN. There was a dense dry-weather fog this morning. The Daughters of the King will meet to-night at the St. Paul's parish rooms. Our Brothers' Lodge worked the second degree on two candidates last evening. Don't fail to read the adv. of' the Grand Concert at the First Congregational church, Friday evening. Regular trips on the new route to • Boston commenced last night, Only two trains will be run for the present. I j Last night the Washington express on the Consolidated road broke down ! near New Haven and was delayed two hours. The Housatonic people are putting in a third switch at Wilton so as to always have a clear switch for meeting trains. Hon. John S. Seymour has been invited to take the stump in New York for Flower, and later on will probably accept. Mr. James H. Walsh, the Chestnut street carpenter, had the misfortune to mash his great toe yesterday on the Club house. Station Agent Smalley of the Dan-bury and Norwalk division at South Wilton, has been transferred to Bethel as telegraph operator. —Misses School'Shoes .89c at Hoyt's. 38-4t Mr. John Patterson, of the Pope Manufacturing Company of Hartford, was in town yesterday, calling on old friends. The comicalities of the acting and phenomenal playing on the piano, at last night's rendition of Mascot, at th» Opera House, were simply immense. The Hon. Josiah Dodge interested and delighted the urchins of West avenue last night by marching along with a bull dog tenderly folded in his arms. Several Bridgeport newspaper men are actively at work trying to organize a press club, with which all newspaper workers in that city may identify themselves. There is to be a prayei; meeting at 4 p. m. Thursday at the Baptist church, for the accommodation of the aged and such other persons as cannot get out in the evening. —If you want a nice $1.50 Kid Shoe, go to Hoyt's 37 Wall street. 38-4t Attorneys Gray, Hurlbutt, Hubbell and Seymour were in Wilton yesterday, and that dear old town was fairly crushed with law, and flooded with forensic eloquence; The Y. M. C. A. foot ball team will have a practice game on the Amphitheatre grounds to-morrow afternoon. All desiring to join are invited to be present. . —Waiter wanted at Collins' American House. David Spicer and his "rat" had some misunderstanding opposite Buckley's rubber factory, this noon, and Spicer was beating the poor little horse unmercifully, when somebody interfered and stopped him. —Edward Street would like to have you read his advertisement to-day. tfl91 These are the days when the thrifty housewife is canning fruit against the time when fresh fruit is not, and winter reigns on earth and in sky. One is reminded of the epitaph which two neices caused to be put on their aunt's tombstone, the deceased having been long addicted to this habit of preserving succulent peaches and pears, and like delectables:— £ Here lies the body of our dear aunt: She used to can, but now she can't. —Most Reliable Hoyt's. 3.00 Calf Shoes, 38-4t Lastjevening Mrs.Willis Bouton hired expressman Lincoln to remove her furniture from rooms on Leonard street which she had just vacated, to the rooms occupied by her mother-in-law, in Guarnieri's building on Water street. To this Guarnieri objected,: as he had rented the rooms to but one party, and so ordered the things off his premises. After a lengthy wrangle, the expressman stored the furniture in his barn for the night, and this morning it was taken to South Norwalk. ; 3.50 Goodyear Welts, , 88-4t —Try our Hoyt's. Attorney Hurlbutt is in sore vexation of spirit. He carefully locked his safe some days since and now the pesky thing won't unlock. He bas in it some important court papers that he desperately wants,but can't get. He hasham-mered it with hammers and sledges, tried picks and bars, gotten all the noted lock pickers in the town, but to no purpose, and now must send to New York for the maker to come up and break into it. He says he gd)t the safe from "Ben. Sturges," which fully accounts for the kinks it takes. —Neatest: 3.00 Kid Shoe,' at Hoyt's. 1 38-4t There died at Saginaw, Michigan, Mich., Friday, Sept. 11th, Elizabeth Putman, wife of Hon. Alfred B. Wood. Mr. Wood was a native of this town, and was born in the old home where Mrs. R. A. Williams now lives. —Edward Street would like to have you readhis advertisement to-day. tfl91 ! Chris. E. Miller arrived home last evening after a three months' tour ! through Germany. Chris, denies the report that preceded him, that he had married a beautiful German heiress. He is brown as a berry and has grown stouter and better looking. —Edward Street would like to have you read his advertisement to-day. tf 191 Engineer Frank Beers has a sensible plan for stopping all the leaks in the Grupe reservoir dam, which is,to cover the entire receding table of gravel back of the dam, with a thick coating of cement. This he says is the cheapest as well as best method of making the defective dam water tight. —School Shoes, Solid, at Hoyt's. 3841 An angler gets this off on us: "I caught two fish. When I got home there were three of them. Can you explain how this was ? " Oh yes, the "bright little Daily" guesses that you got home with the two original fish, and one smelt, eh ? The Hartford Times is weeping now because, instead of 22 pounds of sugar for a dollar, dealers are giving only 21 pounds. Think of it, only 21 pounds! Will the Times please to mention how many pounds a dollar would buy before the McKinley bill was passed.—[Cour-ant. Before Judge Thayer in Bridgeport yesterday an injunction case was argued. The injunction was prayed out by the borough of Stamford against the street railway of that place, to make the company lay the ' 'T" rail and pave the street carefully. The case was finished and decision reserved. Edwin G. Hoyt-of the Norwalk Horse Railway was present in the capacity of an expert. ; Rev. Mr. Graham announced from his pulpit day before yesterday, that next Sunday being the last time St. Paul's organ would be heard from its present place in the gallery, a choral service would be held in the evening, that the friends of that instrument might enjoy its harmonies,' from the old quarter", as during the week following it was to be taken down and transferred to the new place on the ground floor just built for it, and the boy's surpliced choir. Base Ball Games. Yesterday's games resulted as follows: •National league, New York 9, Philadelphia 11; Boston 6, Brooklyn 1; Cincinnati 4, Chicago 5; Pittsburg 3, Cleveland 4. l —The Boston Store will sell fr om 10 to 5 o'clock, to-morrow, Boy's School Pants for 25c., also better goods in proportion. Norwalk Boston Store. • - Marie Won't Marry This Year, : BOSTON, Sept. 22.—A United Press reporter saw Marie Jausen, the opera singer, at her summer home in Winthrop, and. asked her what truth there was in the rumor that she was engaged to marry Mr. P. C. Bass, of the English family of brewers. Miss Jansen replied that she did nob think it good policy to give any definite answer to the question as yet, because if she said positively that she was engaged the public would lose all interest in her and she would fail to draw quite such, large houses as she expects to during the coming season. In conclusion, Miss Jansen said: "I will not say whether I am going to marry Mr. Bass or not. One thing: is certain, however. I will not be married this year." . To Stop Runaway Borses. CHICAGO, Sept. 22.—The new system of stopping runaway horses by electricity had a practical test here. A. B. Holsen, the inventor, got into a carriage to which two horses were attached. A man lashed the horses and they dashed away at a breakneck speed. Suddenly the animals raised themselves on their haunches and came to a full stop. The invention consists of a. dry battery under the driver's box and connected by wires with metal balls placed in the horse's nostrils. There are two buttons, one on the driver's box, the other inside, which will close the circuit when; pressed. The result is a mild shock,, which, the inventor claims, will invariably bring runaway horses to a standstill. A Distinguished Family Was Hers. PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 22.—Mrs. Elizabeth Borden Biddle died here aged ninety-two. Mrs. Biddle was a descendant of a distinguished family, her father being Judge Hopkinson, author of "Hail Columbia;" her grandfather, Francis Hopinson, a signer of the Declaration of Independence', and her great-grandfather, Thomas Hopkinson, a inember of the provincial council and judge of the vice admiralty under George II. Cut His Throat In the Woods. HALIFAX, N. S. Sept. 22.—Alex M, Liddell, a well known commercial traveler, committed suicide in the woods afc Windsor Junction by cutting his throat;. He had been on a three weeks' spree, had lost his position and was ashamed to return to his friends. His bxother, also a commercial traveler, committed suicide-- by cutting his throat in Montreal five* years ago. Hanging on a Housetop. ROXBURY, Mass., Sept. 22.—The deadl body of a man suspended from a ventilating pipe on the roof of the house 118 Hammond street was the horrifying spectacle' seen here yesterday. The body proved to-be that of Edward Kennell, a barber. No-cause can be assigned for his suicide except-despondency induced by excessive drinking. fie was twenty-seven years old. Burned In a Barn. MARION, Pa., Sept. &2.—A barn belonging to Vice President Prank Thomson, oflihe Pennsylvania Tailroad, was burned, j An employee, James Baker, was seriously j burned. A horse and three valuable pack dogs were also burned. The Eartli Quaked. | COLUMBIA, S. C., Sept. 22.—A slight earthquake shock was felt in this city. It accompanied, by the usual detona* i The Crisis Reached. The Borough Water Exhausted. Mr. Grupe was down from the reservoir, this morning, before 6 o'clock and reports that every drop of water will be out of his reservoir by to-night. 1 Court of Burgesses. The court was called to order at 8 o'clock by the Warden, with all the Burgesses present, excepting Burgess Bowe. The minutes of the last meeting were read, and after a few slight corrections, were approved. The following bills were ordered paid: R. M. Morehouse $30, Wallace Dann $16, J. H. Gormley $30, T. Howard $30, Chas. Adams $30, J. Tully $2, E. Gusowski $5, W. E. Montgomery $50, W. Lawlor $187.89, D. B. Conley $10.50, W. H. Smith $9.70, D. B. Con-ley $224.21, D. S. Curtis $6.64, M. Whalen $16.50, W. Caddel $16.50, H. VunWagner $17.15. The bill of the town of New Canaan, $12, for taxes on the reservoir, was referred to [the Water Commissioners, to be paid if found correct. Mr. W. J. Wadham appeared before the court and asked permission to build a wooden awning, or shed, on his store on Wall street. This caused considerable discussion, after which it was referred to the fire committee, to report at the next meeting of the court. Mr. Wadham subsequently appeared and asked permission to erect a canvass awning to be used until the fire committee reported on the wooden one. On motion of Burgess Burr, this permission was granted, the awning not to extend over the sidewalk. The application from L. C. Hanford for the erection of a building, adjoining the Floral Hall, on Isaac street, to be used as a horse shed, wasgranted. Giles St. John was given permission to erect two cottages on Pine street. The Warden called the attention of the court to the sidewalk on West Main street, in the rear of the Quintard property, and the highway committee were instructed to look at and repair it. BurgeSs Vanderhoef brought up the matter of destroying these notes of the borough and water commissioners, aggregating $87,000. Some of the notes have been paid and others have been renewed. Engineer Wood held the notes while Burgess Vanderhoef applied the match, and the notes were burned without a single bottle of wine being broken over them. Burgess "Vanderhoef also made a motion that a note be drawn for $4,500 instead of one which now stands for $2,500. Agreed to. The chairman of the Finance committee was authorized to borrow $4,500 on the credit of the borough. Burgess Kent called attention to an agreement of the Court of Burgesses to build a fence on Riverside avenue, adjoining the property of John Greenwood, and it was left with the highway committee with power. Burgess Buxton called attention to the condition of the turnpike from the Armory to Stuart avenue, and offered •a resolution, which was passed, that the highway committee meet the city council to-day and take action in the matter. As the chairman of the highway committee is away and the other two members will be out of town to-day, Burgess Burr was authorized to represent the Borough. Burgess Buxton said he was up to the reservoir on Sunday and that we had but a few days' supply of water, at the most, and he offered the following resolution, which was passed: voted, That the water commissioners be requested to confer with the authorities of the South Norwalk water works, with a view to connecting the mains of the two systems where they come together at Broad River, so that in case of accident or emergency, either party may have the benefit of the other's supply on equitable terms to be agreed upon. Should this vote be carried out and connection made, the work can be done inside of three days, and at a cost of I less than $100. The old rate paid for i the city water was $125 a day. This vote was made in 1889, and there was some question as to whether that contract had been abolished. j Burgess Vanderhoef thought certain hours should be adopted in which the , "water should be turned off, and sug-j gested that those hours should be from j 2.p. m. to 6 a. m. By so doing we 'j would only use half as much water in a * day as we do now, and the three days' supply that we now have would last six Engineer Wood said that half of the people of the Borough were in favor of shutting off the water during these hours, and the other half were not. But by shutting off the water during such hours, we would have no lights, as the Electric Light company has to have water to run their engines and should the water be shut off, the Norwalk and South Norwalk Electric Light company would have to close down. Nothing, practically, was donein this matter, the idea being that when our supply was exhausted, we should purchase of South. Norwalk. Elizabeth street, on motion of Burgess Buxton was accepted by the Borough. Burgess O'Reilly introduced the following resolution, which was adopted : Voted, That a temporary house or building located on the south side of Wall street at the top of Mill Hill, so called, be and the same is hereby designated as the place of voting at the Borough election. Tax Collector Kemp appeared and presented an unusually small list of persons asking for abatements of taxes, ! and the abatements, which were mostly to old soldiers, were granted. As there was no further business before the court, a motion to adjourn • was carried and at 9.50 the court adjourned for two weeks. Manager Adams invited the court, .-after adjournment, to witness the last . act of the Mascot, at the Opera House, -which invitation was accepted. BURGLARS IN TOWN. They Enter a House on Union Avenue, and^Secure Money and Jewelry. No Clue to the Thieves. Last evening, about 6.30 o'clock, while the family of Stephen J. O'Brien, of the Centennial Tea Store, who resides at 10 Union avenue, were at supper, thieves entered the house ]and ransacked all the rooms on the second floor. The dining-room and kitchen are in the basement of the. house, and as is customary, when the occupants of the house are at their meals, the front door is left open, and it was through this channel the burglars entered, When supper was over, John Ford, a boarder, started up stairs for bed. When he got to his room he found his vest, which had hung over a chair, lying on the floor and eight dollars, which was in the pocket, missing. All his other clothing was strewn around, but an old pair of pants, which hung on the back of a door, and in the pockets of which was thirty-eight dollars, had been overlooked. The rest of the family were sum moned, and an examination of the house made, when it was found that the only other things missing were a $5 pair of blankets and a jewelry case belonging to Mrs. O'Brien, which contained some rings and other jewelry. A gold watch belonging to Peter O'Brien, was in the back room, but this was not touched, and as far as can be ascertained, nothing more was taken than the articles mentioned. The thieves did not go through the rooms on the parlor floor, else they might have made a larger haul, as there were two gold watches on this floor, besides quite a sum of money. No clue was left behind by the robbers, but a young man, rather short, and of dark complexion, has been, noticed in front of the house, on several occasions, recently. Now In Bridgeport Jail. Among the culprits whose watery eyes gazed reflectively upon Judge Beers from the confines of the City court pen this morning, was Mary Perkins, former wife of Willard Perkins, the some-time deceased president of the Fat Men's Association. Perkins, at the time of his marriage to Mary, weighed in the neighborhood of 400 pounds, while his bride would scarcely tip the beam at 130 pounds. What she lacked in avoirdupois, however, she made up in energy. She had been married but a short time, when she assumed the reins of government of the Perkins household and when her obese husband objected made life very unpleasant for him. One favorite method of enforcing subjection to her will was to use her unfortunate spouse as a target. In a petition for divorce which he subsequently brought he alleged intolerable cruelty on the part of his wife, saying that she had broken cups and saucers upon his head, stuck pins in him and belabored him with broomsticks until his life had become a burden to him. All^these and many other "wrongs and enormities" she practiced upon him. Perkins secured his divorce and his ex-wife started on the downward path. Officer Hunt arrested her on Water street Saturday night for drunkenness and street walking. To-day she was fined $5 and costs and sent to jail for 15 days.—[Bridgeport Farmer. TheJOpera. A fair audience greeted Milton Aborn, and his company of operatic players, at the Opera House last evening, to witness the production of the Mascot. Those who were fortunate enongh to attend were delighted, and many complimentary remarks were heard after the performance. Miss Mamie Taylor as "Bettina" became a favorite at once, and a veritable Mascot. Miss Sadie Cushman looked and acted a perfect princess. Of Milton Aborn nothing more need be said than that he is a whole circus in himself and keeps the house in a continuous roar of laughter. The character of "Pippo" was well taken by Mr. J. P. McSweeney and the applause he received was merited. The presentation of "Rocco," a farmer, by Mr. Frank Wooley, was inimitable and perfection itself. On the whole the entire troupe is first class and the chorus exceptionally good. To-night the "Chimes of Normandy will be given and the lovers of good music and especially good acting, should greet, its presentation with a crowded house. David Fitzgibbons, whp performed on the piano during the intermission secured, as he well deserved, the most enthusiastic encores at the end of every piece.' His renditions alone, were richly worth the full price of admission. An Insult Wiped Out. As Mrs. William Van Clief, colored,- was walking down Knight street last evening, about 8 o'clock, a German who is known as "Max." stopped her, and made some insulting remark. Mrs. Van Clief's husband is employed at Gregory's stable, and as she was about opposite that place, she ran across the street and notified him. He found Max. a short way down the street, and proceeded to wipe out the insult. This morning Max. was around town with his nose done up in court plaster, and from his appearance he has evidently learned a lesson, and will not insult any more Knight street ladies, in a hurry. HUT SHOP BURNED. SOUTH NORWALK LOSES ANOTHER HAT SHOP. Its Sale to Have Been Consummated This Morning. The old Benedict hat shop, or, as it has more recently been known, the Brentwood hat shop, just off of West avenue, on the street north of the Eben Hill place, was destroyed by fire between 1 and 2 o'clock this morning. Xt had recently been vacated by J. Rowland & Sons, who removed to Yonkers, but, we understand, was to have been opened again early next month by A. H. Coles, of Danbury, and Fred Hod-shon, of South Norwalk. It was about the oldest shop in town, having been erected by the late William H. and George Benedict, and in which they for many years carried oh hatting. It was owned by the Benedict estate. The loss is estimated at $5,000, on which, there is an insurance of $3,000. It was incendiary. The flames had gained such headway that the efforts of the firemen were of but little avail. It is stated that the papers for the sale of the property to the new firm proposing its occupancy were to have been executed this morning. Its destruction by an incendiary fire is a serious loss to our local industries, as well as removes one of our most ancient landmarks. The driver of the hose carriage at Solman's stables answered promptly to the first alarm, and by the timely arrival of this carriage the barns of Mr. E. Hill, on the opposite side of the street, were saved. Several telegraph poles, near by, were charred and wires broken. The building is a complete ruin. It is not probable that it will be rebuilt. More than a half century ago it waa the largest and most prosperous hat factory in our town, and a majority of all our old hatters have either worked or learned their trade there. The insurance was in these companies represented by J. M. Lay ton: Fire Association, Philadelphia, $1,000; Newark Fire, $1,000; Norwich Union, $1,000. '.'•ui Sheriff Toner Comes Out Ahead. Yesterday afternoon Deputy Sheriff Toner went down to Engineer William B. Rider's house on West avenue to attach some tools in Rider's barn, said to belong to William H. Morton of As-burv Park, N. J., who was employed in the erection of the South Norwalk water works, to satisfy a bill of $8,200 of a man named Anderson, of Stratford for services rendered. He called Mr. Rider and told him that he was going to attach the property. Rider claimed the property belonged to him, and told the Sheriff that he had no right to touch it. The Sheriff was informed differently, however, and started for the barn. Then ensued the prettiest foot race seen hereabouts in many a moon, in which the Sheriff came out a little ahead. As he was about to enter the barn Rider seized him and tried to eject him, and Mrs. Rider who had appeared on the scene, came to her husband's aid, and with a pitchfork tried to beat the Sheriff over the head. During the melee Toner got inside the barn and levied on the goods, and then withdrew to repair damages. He found that the sum total was a coat with the inside lining torn out, and a slight lump alongside his nose. No arrests were made, but the Sheriff clearly had grounds to arrest both Mr. and Mrs. Rider for assault, and had it been some other of our borough constables, that course would undoubtedly have been pursued. Grand Central Depot. The New York Sun says that soon the Grand Central depot in New York will be enlarged and the whole Forty-second street front be turned into a large waiting room. This will add to the accommodation of people intending to take trains, but it cannot help the trains themselves, of which there are already too many. A removal of the general passenger station to some point north of Harlem River or the withdrawal of the Consolidated road to its own Port Chester Branch is not unlikely within ten years. Murder ;n Danbury. The mystery surrounding the disap-pearance of William J. Lucas of New York, who was visiting his sister at Ball's Pond, and who has been missing since Thursday last, was partially cleared up last night by the finding of his body floating in the mill pond. Gaping wounds on the head and face showed unmistakably that the unfortunate man had been the victim of foul play. They Were Married. A letter received by a party in town states that William G. Hubbs, who was caught till-tapping, at Avison's market, last week, was married on Wednesday last, at Chestnut Ridge. After the wedding the couple started on a wedding tour, and were to return yesterday, after which they go to Long Island, where Hubbs has relatives. -vfeS J V/hite Brandy, , ^13 —For Brandy Peach preserving, mince pies, etc. v . » tf 183 BETTS & FARBINGTON'S.- J. C lisl
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