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Hammond advertiser. (Hammond, N.Y.) 1886-19??, October 28, 1886, Image 6

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4 it Death of the Great New York Merchant's Widow. Interesting Particulars of Her Life atfd Magnificent Home. Surrounded with all the insignia of luxury which fancy could dictate or wealth buy, Mrs. Cornelia Mitchett Stewart, thewidbw of the late Alexander T. Stewart, the mil- lionaire merchant, passed quietly aWay the other morning, after a short iMness, in her magnificent mansi, n, on Fifth avenue, New York. A New fork paper gives the. follow- ing account of her life and residence: Mrs. Stewart was the daughter of James Clinch, an old New York merchant. She was born on October 20, 1818, in a house oh Blceckor street, which was then considered very far up town. Her brother was^Gharles P. Clinch, formnnyyears Deputy Collector of the port. When she married Mr. Stewart she wa-ioniy twenty-two years old, and ho was then only a promising young man, with .ut fortune or backing. For years they livjd iii a house in De rau row, a quaint thoroughfare running between Fraukliu and McDousall streets. Stewart, bit by bit during his lifetime, purchased the entire block, and it now forms part of his widow's .estate. Mrs. Stewart was considered a .great; beauty in her younger days and she retained much of her comoliness up to the hour of her death. Her complexion was 'marvelous; her features, althougli irregular, were winsome. Her nose was large and denoted much force of character; her mouth, large* clear cut, with beautifully arched lip:, was a \speaking\ mouth srn-h as an actress would envy. Her teeth were as sound and as white asthose of a young girl up to the day of her death. Her, hair, silvery white, began to fall out three years ago, s > sho adopted and universally appeared in public with a wig. I t was a striking wig, brown and. glossy, with a de- cided bang of crisp curls. A well-known coiffeur called every three days to arrange it. The Stewart mansion', which was built and fitted up in regal style by the. late prince of merchants, Alexander T. Stewart, who digd in April, li>76, at a cost, of nearly $!>,- OUO,000, was always closed to the outside world. Few persons were admitted to view the elegant interior except the imme- diate relatives and their friends. The curtains were always closely drawn, and the house resembled a convent more than the dwelling of a woman who in her younger days was a lea ler of fashion in the circle where she moved. It was Mr. .Stewart's desire, when late in life, after lie had spent nearly half n century in accumulating his yn-t fortune by close attention to busihess'aud rigid 1 economy, to own,the finest residence in the city. He gave his, architects (arte blanche, and they de- signed the house without regard to ex- pense. From the foundation walls to the cap on the chimney, it is built of the purest Carrara marble, every stone of which was quarried in Italy and freighted on special sailing vesse's to this country. Until the erection of the Vanderbilt palace it was the most beautiful specimen 6£ archi- tecture in this couutry. Mr. Stewart attended to the interior fur- nishings himself. Every yard of < arpet, the furniture covers, rugs and works of art were imported from Europe,, where they were woven after special designs to match the frescoes on the walls and ceilings. Since A. T. Stewart's bonej were-stolon Mrs. Stewart has never attended church, although she,still rented a pew at St. Mark's, where the theft of her husband's remains oc- curred. Nor has her name figured in chari- table enterprises. When calle 1 upon she has always contributed with liberality, but she has never identified herself with active charitable work. Thesoleexceptionhasbeen that she has religiously carried out the benevolent provisions of her husband's will. She completed the Cathedral at Garden City* Long Island, begun by her husbanl, and fojnded a shool for COO poor children at the same • place. She also founded in accordance with Mr. Stewart's dying wish the working girls' home at Thirty-third street and Fourth avenue, which proved a dismal failure owing to the absurd restrictions which were placed upon the inmates. Th's mag- nificent building is now the Park Avenue Hotel. Someyoars ago Mr. Stewart gave $10:030 to tne Hahnemann Hospital. When Alexander T. Steward died in April, 1876, just a year after they moved into the white marble palace, he left a fortune com- posed of real estate and personal property valued at from $80,000,000 to $40,000,000. Much of this property has largely increased in value. PBOMHENT PEOPLE. D. L. MOODY, the revivalist, is about to begin work in the South. FRED DOUGLASS and wife are attracting much attention in England. SIMON CAMERON is the only survivor of the Senate of Folk's Administration. ADIRONDACK MURRAY has swung around the circle and is back in Boston again, not as a clergyman, but as a reader. IT is announced that «x-Empress Eugenie will spend the coming winter in Malta. Her health is said t o be declining. MICHAEL DAVITT, the Home Eule leader, bos started a fund to build boats for suffer- *n«r fisherman on the coast of Ireland. NEWS SUMMARY Eastern and Middle States. THR twenty-third International Conven- tion of the Brotherhood \of Locomotive En- gineers met in New York on the 20thi About 850 delegates were present and listened to addresses by Grand Chief Engineer Arthur, Mayor Grace,Goverhor Abbett, of Mew Jer- sey, President Depew, of tho New York Cen- tralKailro'ad> andjRev. T. De Witt jalmage., It was announced the sessions of tne Order, which is one of the strongest labor organiza- tions in the world, would last ten days. : THE presence of Mr. Blaine at Pittsburg; oh the 20th was made the occasion of an im- ; mense protective tariff demonstration. SOME shells were being loaded at Sandy Hook, N. J., preparatory t o experiments by the Government Ordnance Board, when one of them exploded. Private Joseph King was instantly killed and Lieutenant William M. Medcalfe was injured so thai.death soon eh-' sued. WALTER ENOS, the seventeen-year-old stepson of Judge Daniels, Republican nomi- nee for Justice of the New York Court of Appeals, shot himself while gunning near Buffalo, and was instantly killed. South and West. A BAND of Anarchists in Chicago have been using a Catholic church for a drill room at night, storing bombs under the altar and hiding armsand dynamitein other parts of thebuilding. A Polebas revealed the plot, the deadly material has been found and seized, and a number of arrests have been made. THE General Convention of the Episcopal Church and the National Council of the Congregational Church have been in session at Chicago. A NUMBER of saloon-keepers are charged with tne recent murder of Rev. Mr. Had- dock, a pronounced Prohibitionist, at Sioux: City, la. Two men arrests 1 have made confessions declaring that the murder was instigated by saloomsts. MASKED men took three negroes charged with arson ont of the Pickens County (Ala.) jail and hanged them tea tree THREE men were fatally burned a t a fire in a Chicago varnish factory. THE barge Eureka, eight men aboard, haa been lost in Lake Michigan. THE old Peckstone manor house, built by Henry Gorbin in lfifiO in Westmoreland county, Va., and near the Potomac Rivor, has been totally destroyed by fire with all the furniture it contained. This house was known as the oldest colonial dwelling in the United States. The loss is SISjOOO. MARTIN SOUKUP, a farm band at Sherry- ville, Iowa, set fire to his employer's property audi brained two women, the wives of neigh- bors, who attempted to quench the flamea.the owner beingabsent. Soukup was insane. THE greatest wild-pigeon-roost ihthe coun- try is located just now near Talilequah, In- dian Territory. Millions of pigeons nightly cover the trees in a square mile of timbered land; When they come in to roost they make a noise like thunder. Washington. THE War Department has given orders to transfer Chief Geronimo and his band of Apache cutthroat* from San Antonio, Texas, to Fort Pickens, Fla., for confinement until further orders. The band numbers fifteen, and the other captured Apaches—eleven women and six children—are to be taken to Fort Martin, Fla. GENERAL BLACK; Commissioner of Pen- sious.bos written a letter to an official under him declaring that any Federal office-holder win pavs a political assessment is liable to removal. THE President has made the following ap- pointments: Dauiel N. Lockwood, of New York, to be Attorney of the United States for the Northern district of New York: Leo- pold Moore, of New York, to be Consul at Hull ROBERT W. ALSTON, a clerk in the Sixth Auditor's Office, Washington, had been drinking heavily for sometime. The other morning he went to his desk, took out a re- volver and shot himself dead. He came of a prominent Georgia family, his father, Colonel Alston, having been killed in the State Cap- itol at Atlanta some years ago in a political quarrel with a Captain Cox. THE report on the pleuro-pneuraonia out break among cattle at Chicago made t o the Department of Agriculture by Dr. D. E. Salmon sets forth emphatically the danger of contagion, and states that legislation is needed in order to stamp it out. PRESIDENT CLEVELAND has been growing uncomfortably stout, and is about to try the massage treatment. Foreign. MAJOR-GENERAL SI R H. T. MACPHERSON Commander of the British army of occupa- tion in Burmah, India, died recently of fever. DURING the past eight months there were 150 suicides inthe German army: THE Czar of Russia, according to a London dispatch of the 21st., has shot and killed one of nis officers. It seems that aji aide-de- camp, Councilor of State CoumTReutern, was awaiting the Czar in th3 Royal Palace. The weather being warm, the Count unbut- toned his tuni'. Tho C^ar returned sooner than expected, and Reutern arose hurriedly and began to rebutton his tunic, whereupon the Czar, thinking that the olflcor was about to draw a weapon, shot him dead. •COUNT VONBEUST, the distinguished Aus- trian statesman, died at Altenburg, his es- tate on the Danube, aged seventy-seven years. EX-PREMIER GLADSTONE was badly stung by wasps while felling a tree on his country Severe Shocks Felt in Portions of tne South and West. The Disturbances Create a Lively Commotion in Charleston. A wide area of country was visited b y serL ous earthquake shocks on the 22d. The dis- turbance was most severely felt in Charles- ton. Dispatches from thatplace andother points give particulars as follows: At Charleston: This city, Charleston, was visited by two severe earthquake shocks to- day. The first occurred at 5:25 o'clock this morning and lasted for about thirty seconds. The second shock came along at 3:45 this af- ternoon and lasted for fifteen seconds. Both waves seemed to move from north to south, and were more severe than any of the disturbances since August 31. The morning shock was accom- panied by a loud rumbling noise and made a very lively commotion, many persons rush- ing out of the houses. The houses were shaken violently, although there was none of the swaying motion which attended some of the earlier shocks. In a number of private residences vases and othor loose articles were not thrown from their plates, although in quite a number of houses loose plastering was thrown down, and some of the cracks were widened. Tho Custom House, which is the largest building in the city, was very poroeptibly shaken, and sustained additional damage. The walls of the Cotton Exchange were cracked iu several pla\es and several Buddeusiek chimneys camo to the ground. The afternoon shock came vvhllo the streets wore filled witli peo- ple and when businoss was moving briskly. There was considerable oxcltjmout, but nobody ran, and thoro was not the slightest Interruption in the course of trade. Dispatches received to-nlglit indicate tbut the shocks to-day wore not more severe In Charles- ton than iu othor pluces in this arid adjoin- ing States, but from no place is ouy loss of life or serious damage to property reported. It is thought here that the scat of disturb- ances is now further north, and that thegen- eral distribution of the disturbances to-day is an excellent indication that Charleston will not get more than her fair share of earthquakes in the future- Savannah, Ga.: This city was visited by two decided earthquake shocks to-day, the first at 4:if) A. Jr., local time. This was nota- ble for the duration of the treincrs, which continued fifteen or twenty sec- onds. A. good deal of apprehension, but no general alarm, was caused b y it Many people, 'hotel guests,especially,:got up and did not go back to bod. A t 3:20 (0\;lock thisrafternoon another vibration, a > conipaniedby a rumbling noise, was felt. I t was equally as severs as the first, but of much snorter duration. At Chattanooga,. Tenh., a distinct shock of earthquake was felt :at 4:15 o'clock A. it. The earth oscillated very perceptibly, and many porsons were awakened, but the shock was to slight that it (.rented no alarm. Wilmington, N. C: Two distinct shocks of earthquake were felt here this morning about 5 o'clock. One was quite severe, and shook houses and awakened a great many people. There wasanother shock this after- noon at 2:45 o'clock. Buildings were shaken very perceptibly, but no damage was done. Richmond, Va.: At 2:50 p. M. a shock of earthquake was felt here, the oscillations being from east to west. The shock was mainly folt in the upper parts of houses No damage has been reported. The shock was also felt in other portions of the State. Jacksonville, Fla.: A very perceptible earthquake shock was felt in many portions of this State about 4:30 A. M., standard time. Light vibrations were also felt .here at 1:30 V. M. and 6:55 P. M; Louisville, Ky.: A slight shock of earth- quake was folt here at 2:10 this afternoon. I t last about five seconds and the vibration was nearly north and south. Columbus, Ohio: A slight shock of earth- quake was felt here shortly after 2 p. M. I t was very perceptible in upper stories of buildings, but not on the streets. Washington, D. C.: The earthquake shock felt here this afternoon lasted fully twen- ty-five teoonds. The gas fixtures in the War, -State and Navy Department wings vi- brated from east and west an inch or more. In the composing room of the Star type was knocked into pi\ and the building well shaken. The first shock was followed by an- other not quite so forcible and of shorter duiation. MUSICAL MD DEAMATIO. MR. MYJRON WHITNEY, the favorite singer, basboughtaflnehomeat Watertown, Mass, MRS. KENDAL, the leading actress of Eng- land, is said t o pride herself oh her homeli- ness. ' IN December Emma Abbott will dedicate the $75,000 Opera House a t San Antonia, Texas. HISRR WACHTEL, the once famous Germau tenor, is suffering from enlargement of the heart and dropsy. THE Violet Cameron English combination, including the manager, Lord Lonsdale, has not been a success in New Yor^; MMIS MINNIE HAUK refused ^ sing at No? braska City recently on account of the dilap- . iclated condition.pf the opera house. WILSON BARRETT,, the English actor, has been.successful ihhis presentation of \Claud? Ian,\ a t the Star Theatre, New York. THE PRESIDENT'S VISIT. Attending the Virginia State Fail at Richmond. President Cleveland some time ago ac- cepted an invitation to be present at the opening of the Virginia State Fair in liVjfc- mond on the 21sfc A Richmond dispatch gives the following account of his visit: The President arrived here upon a special tram a t 11:25 A. M. to-day. He was accom- panied by the Secretaries of State 'and War, the Postmaster-General, the Com- missioner of Agriculture and Colonel La- ; mont. A committee from this city consistr I iug of General W. C. Wickham and Colonel ! A. S. Buford met the party at the station I iii Washington and escorted them hither. I When President Cleveland alighted and ! was recognized he was greeted with cheers. As ' quickly as possible he was escorted t o and seated with Governor Fitzhugh Leeinacar^ riage drawn by four white noises. The remaining members of the Presidential party were placed in other carriages. At the Fair Ground ColonelRobortBeverly, President of the Agricultural Society, stepped forward and introduced Governor Leo, who delivered the address of welcome. The President was then introduced byColonel Beverly, who in behalf of the farmers of Virginia welcomed him to the State. Cheers and waving of hats and handkerchiefs greeted the President. In a clear voice he spoke as follows: \Fellow Citizens of Virginia: While I thank you most sincorely for your kind re- ception and recognize in its heartiness the hospitality for which the people of Virginia have already been distinguished, I am fully aware that your demonstration of welcome is tendered not to an individual but to an in^ cumfient of an office which crowns the Government of the United States. The State of Virginia, the mother of Presi* dents, seven of whose sons have-filled that high office, to-day greets a President who for the first time meets Virginians upon Virginia, soil, I congratulate myself that my first in- troduction to the people of Virginia occurs at a time when they are surrounded by the exhibits of productiveness and prosperity of their State. Whatever there may be i n honor in her history and however much of pride there may be in her traditions her true greatness is. here exemplified. Inour sisterhood of Srates the leading and most commandiog place must be gained and kept by that co.iimouwealth which by th e labor and Intelligence of her citizens can pro- duce the most of those things which meet the necessities of mankind. But the full advan- tage of that which maybe yielded to a State by the toil and ingenuity of her people is hot measured alone by the money, value of the products. The efforts and the struggles of her farmers and her artisans not only create new values i n the field of agriculture and in the arts and manufactures, bu t they at the fcame time. prdduoo rugged, :self.reliant and,independent men and cultivate that product which more than all other's ennobles a ;Sfote—a patriot?.:, earnest American citizenship. This will flourish in every part of the American do- main; neither drouth nor rain can injure it, for it takes root in true hearts, enriched by love of country. There are ho new varieties in this'production;it must be thesame wher- ever seen, and its quality is neither sound nor genuine unless it grows to deck and beau- tify an entire and united Nation, nor unless It supports and sustains the institutions and the government founded to pro- tect American liberty and happiness. The present administration of the Govern- ment is pledged t o return for such husbandry not only promises, but actualtenders of fair- ness and justice with'equal protection and a full participation in National achievements. If in the past we have been estranged and the cultivation of American citizenship has been interrupted, your enthusiastic welcome of to-day demonstrates that there is an end to such estrangement and that the time of suspicion and fear is succeeded by an era. of faith and confidence. In such a kindly atmosphere and be neath such cheering skies I greet the people of Virginia as co-laborers in the field where grows the love of our united country. God grant that in the yearstocome Virginia —the Old Dominion, the mother of Presi- dents, she who looked on the nation at its birth—may not only increase her trophies of growth in agriculture and manufacture^ but thatshe may be among the first of all the States in the cultivation of true American citizenship.?' The President was frequently interrupted by the applause, Colonel Beverly then intro- duced in the order named. Secretaries Bay- ard and Endicott, Postmaster-General Vilas and Commissioner of Agriculture Col- man, each of whom was greeted with cheers which they simply acknowledged by bowing to the people. Among the ladies on, the portico from which the speaking took place were Mrs; Lee, the Gov- ernor's wife.and Miss Winnie Davis, daugh- ter of Jefferson Davis, to whom President Cleveland was introduced and with whom he spent a few moments in conversation. The party then witnessed a review of troops, white, and colored. After the review the President held a public recep- tion for over an hour and shook hands with thousands. Between three and four o'clock the Visitors occupied seats on the grand stand and witnessed several races, after wliich lunch was partaken of. The party were then driven t o the Confederate of his visit in the shape of a basket of flow- ers and he shook hands Vvith all the veterans. The drive was then continued • through the principal streets and finally to the Governor's mansion where the party alighted and a general introduction tion t o the ladies took place and some time was spent in social talk. Miss Winnie Davis was the centre of attraction. At 6:30 adieus were spoken and the Presidential panty wer« driven back to the station, where they took the train at 6.40 o'clock p. M. for Washing- ton.

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