20 June 1873 Tidbits Of News
We take you back to the Summer of 1873, and to the news that appeared in The Daily State Journal, out of Richmond, Virginia, Friday evening, 20 June 1873, Vo. V, No. 191.
Telegraph Summary -- "The opera house, court house and other prominent buildings at Burlington, Iowa, have been burned. Loss $400,000. Insurance $140,000. The total number of buildings burned were forty-nine. Four squares were burned over.
"The exports of petroleum from Philadelphia to foreign ports during last week amounted to 2,138,002 gallons, making a total of 27,562,50 gallons since the 1st of January. A large number of vessels are now loading with oil along the Schuylkill and Delaware.
"Albert B. Williams, a soldier indicted for murder at Fort Niagra, and who has been in jail for two years, pleaded guilty of manslaughter, and has been sentenced to the Albany penitentiary for one year and pay a fine of $500.
"The farmers and laborers of Skelbyville, Ind., and vicinity, held a meeting Staruday and passed resolutions condemning the congressional salary grab, railroad monopolies, and the moneyed aristocracy.
The large tannery of Weets & Statton, about four miles from Addison, Steuben county, New York, was nearly destroyed by fire on Monday evening. Loss $15,000, insurance $10,000.
"The United States steamer Plymouth, has arrived at new York from a four years' cruise in the Mediterranean.
"Receipts from internal revenue on the 18th were $401,897.64.
"The ship Dorris from New Providence to Halifax N.S., had on board six cases of yellow-fever, and buried one at sea.
"Information has been received at the war department that the legislature of Texas has passed resolutions commendatory of colonel Mckenzie's late pursuit and chastisement of the Kickapoo Indians.
"A dispatch from on board the steamship Great Eastern dated at noon yesterday reports that up to that hour 443 miles of cable had been paid out. The Great Eastern was then in latitude 53.20 and longitude 20.36.
"George P. Evans has been arrested in New York for bigamy, and also on a civil suit brought by P. R. Barnwell, for $10,000 damages, and lodged in the Tombs. He is charged with having three wives living - viz: Almira Davis, daughter of wealthy Boston parents; a daughter of David N. Badger, of Boston, and also a daughter of Mr. Barnwell, the prosecutor. He was about eloping with another young lady when overhauled.
"A New York grand jury have found an indictment against Charles A. Dana, of The Sun, for libel, on the complaint of W. H. Kemble.
"The National division of the Sons of Temperance commenced their twenty-ninth annual session in New York yesterday. Almost every state is represented. The delegates include several colored men. The annual reports show a flourishing condition of the order. The session will last several days. A grand reception came off last night at the academy of music.
"The majority of the finance committee of the Cortes favor the abolishing of the law granting pensions to members of the Cabinet and placing them upon the same footing with other functionaries.
"The sentence of the court in the case of Susan B. Anthony was a fine of $100 and the costs of prosecution. She is not to stand committed till the fine is paid. Before the sentence Miss Anthony said she desired and demanded the full rigor of the law.
At a secret meeting of the place commissioners of New York yesterday, it is said a resolution was adopted that claims of colored citizens be recognized by the appointment of twenty-five able-bodied colored men as patrolmen of the police department. The commissioners will not say yet whether the resolution was or was not adopted.
"There were eighteen bids for gold yesterday, amounting to $4,210,000, at from 115.26 to 115.88 ½. The amount sold was $2,000,000, which went at 115.26 to 116.88 ½.
"The census of 1870 discloses the fact that the average annual earnings of the people of the United States do not exceed $800. Of the employed classes the average annual wages and earnings is $1,000; of those who receive salaries the average is $1,500, and in the learned professions the annual average is $2,500. This census is said to demonstrate that the people of the United States make more money per capita than the people of any other country."
West Virginia -- Serious Charge Against Pastor, Wheeling, June 20, 1873 - "Rev. Mr. Lanspe, of this city, pastor at Zion's church, teacher of German in the public schools, was arrested yesterday for an attempted rape on a girl twelve years old, one of his scholars. He denies the charge and has given bail."
Kentucky -- Outlaw Arrested, Owingsville, June 20, 1873 - "The outlaw named Hagan has been arrested here. He gives eighty names of a band of robbers working between Pendleton county, Ohio, through Kentucky, Virginia and North Carolina."
Wisconsin -- Woods On Fire, Milwaukee, June 20, 1873 - "Burning woods have stopped the trains between Big Cedars and Escambia."
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