Vermont Watchman and State Journal from Montpelier, Vermont on August 5, 1891 · Page 4
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VERMONT WATCHMAN & STATE JOURNAL, WEXNE8DAY, MOQV&B! 1891. Malt(jman $ Journal. WEDNESDAY, AUGU8T 5, 1891. General Pltkln. His pastor'a fltting eulogy leavea little to bo said in coniniomoration of the lifc and character of General l'itkin. In the preacher's iiupressivc words, in the large funernl cortege, in the fervid expresaions of love, esteem and honor heard on every hand, there ia no trace of perfunctorincss all but partially embody the decp tribute, the homage of men'e hearts, to a grcat-aouled fcllow-being. Love and respect are justiflcd, and esteem heightened, by the strong, positive qualities of the raan, his services to his town, his state, his country ; and a tendcr chord in the hearts of numbers is touched by the recollection of personal service freely rendered, of personal cause warmly espoused, of personal appeal ungrudgingly answered with wise counsel or substantial aid. General Pitkin'l latent flre was brought out in the attrition of the civil war. In his flrst military corntnission he showed his quality. He did his duty in the army with an intcnsity and vigor with a singleness of purpose and a degree of efflciency that inev-itably advanced hini to the high and re-sponsible post to which he was assigncd. Arruy men, associated with hin in hiB department, speak with cnthusiastic pride of the cornmanding part he played in the campaigns of the Army of the Potomac. His department was the stomach of the army, and he kept that organ full an essential of a good fight as important as a full cartridge-box. He reorganized the dcpartment and brought it to the higbest degree of efflciency. Order, system, promptness, exact accountability were cverywhere cnjoined and enforced. In an emer-gency requiring the full play of all his powers, demanding the utmost tension of his resources of command and exe-cutiou, " Old Pit " recalled the historic " Black Prince " of England. His vis-age wore a deeper shade of dusk, his dark eye was an electric battery, and his voice had " the roll of distant thuu-der." Every ageucy of his department knew that in the lexicon of the quar-termaster there was uo such word as fail and it never did fail in the full performance of its part in puttingdown the rebellion. In tnany a hot civic con-test since, his opponents have grieved and his friends " have smiled to see " the same imperial qualities brought into action. His military success was no freak of fortune. He performed the present duty with all his powers of body, mind and will. He left fortune and promotion to take care of them-selves, and it followed " as the night the day " that promotions came. With a man of less singleness of purpose, of less self-seeking, of less scrupulous honor, of less patriotism, fortune would have come also. War developed latent possibilities that peace may never have discovered; and when swords were beaten into pruning-hooks, he culled from business enterprise a moderate fortune, and from civic office new honors. The record of his life since " war's wild blast was blawn " is the record ofa typical Ameri-can citizen. The otlices of trust he has held, his counsel sought far and wide,his judgment respected, his ready agency in every local enterprise, his genial, sympathetic nature, have given hiru a rank in the community in which he lived no othcr man has held. He has been loved and csteemed, trusted and honored by all clas3es for his positive qualities, and at no time was he higher in the general estimatiou thau on the day of his death. He was a prophet full of honor in his own country. Vermont has rarely found among her Bons one so well equipped for public ollice. The extent of his information, in ecouomic and fiuancial affairs in par-ticular, the fertility of his resources, the nicety of his discrimiuation, the sounduess of his judgment, his ability to impress his views upon those arouud him, his energy, resolution and enterprise, his uprightness audfreedom from personal bias, would have been iu-valuable in the executive chair of the state or in the parliamentary service of the country. Had he been ambitious had he labored for himself as he worked for his ambitious friends high political honors might have crowued him. With Hamlet, the community in which he spent his life may say, " He wm a iiiuii. uke him rur all la all, I gliall not look upon IiIb like uKalu." in social life, of a cortain courtcsy and dignity in his mannerB, in the Btemer affairs of life and business he drew high and broad dislinctions between right and wrong between honor and diBhonor and he had the courage and hardihood to live and act up to hiB high Btandard of what was proper and permiBsible, and what was improper and forbidden. As a state offlcer, he was impartial and fearless in the performance of offlcial duty. No consid-erations of a personal character in-llucnced his course. He was ctlicient in admiuistrative affairs, and, while he cnjoyed public Btation, lie cared for it only as it was the frce and willing gift of the people. His course in all things was characterized by a sturdy inde-pendence, a disregard of perEonal con-scqucnces that greally became him. Any arguments addresscd to his fears, or born of unworthy motives, were warmly resented and recoiled upon him who made them. He was a high-gpirited, chivalric gentleman, true and devoted in his friendships, a stout and unyielding opponent, harboring no resentmeut when the conllict was over. Wc count his untimely taking off a losg to the town of his adoption and the state, and we tender his family circle such consolation as unstinted sympa-thy in their bereavement may yield. C. W. Porter " Last noon behold him full of lusty life." So recently, it seems to us, we had seen in Mr. Porter the iucarnation of robust health and physical mauhood. So lusty appeared his life, insurance writers were staking many thousauds on his continued existence. These ex-perts found uo lurkiug onomy within his life's citadcl. A bricf sketch of Mr. Porter's life and the cause, so far as known, of his sudden decline is found elsewhere in this issue. At the time of writing little was knowu of the circumstances of his death. Mr. Porter was a man of Btrong character. Of a genial nature, sportive and yieldiug Condensed Mllk. E. R. Towlc, late of the Hoard of Agriculture, and nowagricultural editor of the Sl. Albans Messenger, supports with energy and enthusiasm the Watchman's efforts to interest Vermont in the manufacture of condensed milk. Mr. Towle has collated some of the facts of the industry, which he thus presents, in connection with the build-ing of a factory at Newport, Maine: From the Muine Farmcr and an articlein the New Hampshirc Mirror, we gather some facts relating to this enterprise. A stock compauy has beon forined with a capital of ?.riOO,000, and several faotories are to be erected in the state. The first of those, and which has already been couimenced, is lo-cated in the town of Newport, at tho head waters of the Sebasticook river, and con-tains witliin its liorders nome of the most picturesque lakes in the state. There are only six of these factories now in this country, and none of these are in New England. They are all situated near large business centers, wliere farming lauds are $100 per acre or tnore. It is expected that Maine can successfully conipete with these ooneerns on her low-priced lands. The reason for so few of these factories is stated to he their large cost. Suitable Imildiugs for the purpose, including depart-meut for uiaking the tin cans and hoxes for tlie husiness, all well equipped, reouires some 100,000. The condensed milk has formerly been used on shipboard and in tho army, but later is becoming more popular and is used by most families, especially in cities and largo towns, whore it is ditticult to procuro pure milk. To obtain it nure. milk is cnn. densod to about oue-sixth of its original bulk, and theu preservod with sugar and hermetically sealed, which makes it a safe article of commorco and capable of boing kept for years. The capacity of the factory being erected in Newport will be 4.r,000 quarts of milk daily, requiring the product of 4,000 cows. It will alsogive employmont to 100 poople. Tho result of this enterprise is watched with great interest by many, aud, if successful, proiuises to furnish a new cbauuel for tho disposition of milk. To what an extent tho product can be made serviceable, retnains to be seon; but if it is what it roally should bo, it would soem that there might he a good demand, especially as it can he so roadily transported and kept in good condition for any roasonablo length of time, being always ready for use and of guaranteeu good quality. It may take tho place, to some extent, of frcHh milk, but it looks as if, were there an abundant supply, of good quality and af-fordod at roasonablo ratos, its consumption would be largoly iucreased. The Montpelier Watchman is onthusiastic ovor the enterprise, and i.s particularly anxious that Vermont should embark in it. Great pres-tige is claimed for the stato on account of its reputation for dairy prodnotl, and it tliiuks thore aro mUliona in the trade-mark, " Vermont Condensed Milk." Well, the stato is most favorably noted for excolleuce in other products, and there is no reason why this should not bo inain-tained in tho manufacture of condensed milk, of tho hest quality, from uurivaled local conditions. The locatiug of such an enterprise at Montpelier, surroundod as it i by an ex-collent dairy region, is prominontly set fortb by this progrcssivo journal as soine-tbing to be dosired and for which special effortl should he put fortb. We would most hoartily commend these articles of the Watchman, not only to tho people of Washington county, but to the entire state, as worthy of careful consider-ation, We hope tho suggestiou of tho locatiug of such an industry at Montpelier will become a fact, aud will bo the Bt&rting polnt of a protltable business that slia.ll tlo moro to dlversify the dairy interests uf tho state and increase their iinportame to tho couutry. Vermont has her herds of cows, aud tens of thousands of relalively idle acres to support other herds, could the dairy interest be made somewhat more remuuerative, aud the iucome more certain. This would inevitably follow a diversifying, or an extension, of the uses of milk. Of natural advau-tages, God has give the state a mo-nopoly. If these are supplemeuted by thrift and enterprise, every acre of her "abandoned" or "unoccupied" land by whatever bald term or euphemism one may be pleased to designate an unpleasant fact may be put to prolitable use. The buildiug of a condensed milk factory at tho business center of a farmiug community, where convergiug lines of transporta-tion meet, would, we believe, speedily expunge the red spots on ex-Commis-siouer Valentiue's much-abused map, within a radius of many miles of the locality of the factory. According to theceusus of 1880, Washington county had nearly 21,000 cows. We hope the census of 1890, will show that sho now has 25,000. The milk from 4,000 of these atleast and probably 10,000 could he easily gathered daily at Montpelier. With Huch a factory a8 that recently started at Newport, Maine, iu Buccessful operation at the county seat, "the thousaud hills " of Washington would be alive with cattle, and every other department of business rcceivc a powerfuland Byrapathetic impulso. Says , the Baltimore Manufacture ' Rteordl "The census report on manu-factureB for 1890 will show an enor-mous increase in the growth of the manufacturing interests of the United States. While this report is not ready for publication, Mr. Porter, the superintendent, in a recent interview said: ' The gross valuo of our manu-factured products during 1890 would probably be 88,600,000,000, an increase of about $:t,:i00,000,000. The capital invested will probably rcach 84,600,-000,000, and thc increase during this decadc exceeds the total capital invested in 1870. The wages paid will be close upon 81,500,000,000, an addi-tlon of 8500,000,000, or 850,000,000 annually. The number of hands em-ployed will be about 3,650,000 an ad-dition to our army of wage-earners of 900,000 during the decade. The min-ing products have almost doubled, this decade, and the lumber interests have also increased enormously, and the product for 1890 will not fail far short of 8500,000,000, which exceeds by over one hundred percent the total product returned by thc tenth census.' " These are enormous flgures, and the mere reading gives but little idea of this country's vast increase in iudus-trial wealth. The increaBe in mining and lumbering has been even greater, mining interests having doubled within ten years. The marvelous increase in population and wealth this wouderful industrial development and progress has been made notwithstaud-ing the " blighting effects " of a pro-tective tariff. CniNA has always been opposed to progressive civilization. Her chroni-cles tell of a time, thousands of years ago, when the Chiuese were almost as far advanced as at the present day Their antipathy to innovatiou, aud con sequent lack of enterprise and progress, must be attributed largely to the exclusive policy of the Chinese govern-raent. In common with other nation-alities of the East, the Chinese consider theirs the first nation of the world, their form of government the best, and their history the most gloriuus What right have strangers, with their revolutionary scheraes and new-fangled notions, in this enlightened kingdom? None, arguea the almond-eyed Chiua-man. In recent years foreign nations have somewhat overcome this invete rate conservatism, aud obtained i foothold in thc Celestial kingdom. But, after an eutrance has been gained modern enterprise has been regarded with jealousy, if not with actual hos-tility, and now the whole empire seems on the eve of a war for thc extermina tion ot toreigners. This movement is not directed against the raissionaries alone, but against all outsiders, although the missionaries have been the great est sufferers thus far. Many of the missionary schools have beenburned, aud murders have been comiuitted. The Chinese government, while osten-sibly trying to protect the rights of foreigner, wiuks at a great many of these ouirages, either because it is uuable to control its subjects, or because it is in sympathy with them. Tiik persecuted aud expatriated Kussian Jews are lleeiug to tliese shores. Kobbed of their property, their homes destroyed, their relatives aud dearest friends murdered, hounded by Kussian mobs, this Ishmaelitish people are leaviug Hussia by thousands. Already several ship-loads have renched American ports, aud, if the Americau authorities do not interfere, a mlghty iucoming is expected. While the Jews are not the worst class of lmmigraDU they are far from beiug the most dcsir-able. The plan of the Jewish Alli-ance of America is a good one for ob-Viatiog the chief objection to Jewish immigration that the Jews tend to aggregate in masses iu the seaboard cities, formiug secluded commuuiiii s, noted for squalor aud disease, and wholly ignorant of the institutions and government under which they live. The alliauce proposes to ecatter these immigrants throughout the West and the South, placing two or three families in a town. This expedieut is the more uecessary because this immigration is abnormal, and the new arrivals are wholly ignorant of the Euglish lan-guage, and for the most part penniless. Hox. M. S. Quay has resigued the chairmanship of the republican na-tioual committee, aud .1. S. (Jlarkson has been appointed his successor. COHQRATULATIOMI to Itoxhury! Bhe gets the state lish-hatchery. Fuueral of Paul Dillinirlium. The fuuoral of ox-(iovornor l'aul Dilling-ham was held last Wedncsday afternoon, from tho Mothodist i liurch in Waterbiuy. The church was llllod with townspeople, and numbers from various parts of the state, who eame to pay their rospocts to the iiieiu-ory of a (Jbristian geutlouian aul OD6 "l Vermont's most distiuguisheil oltllens. Ucv. W. K.Davenport olllcialed, assisted bj BeT. A. U. Truax of Mont)elier and Kev. W. (i. ('larkof St. Albans. Iu his rcinarks, Mr. Davonport dweli upon tho ObrlsthUl character of the deoeaiMi rathsx than upon his professioual or public life. It was the good and pure ('hiistian rather than the advo-cate or the public oflicial that eugaged the preacher's attentiou. Among tho many promiuenl persous present wero Oovernor 0. S.Pagt, Sei retary I'ruetur, Colonel V. A. Woodbury, Hou. K. J. I'helps and ex-Uoveruors OruiBhee aud Uarstow. toonTiiinin rmnn iuhi faob. turo embodled in tho eompanT's business. Both were strong oxamnlos of the snlondlil manhooil produced by the state of Vermont. J'aul I'Ullngham, who died recently at the age ol nlnety-two, wm ono of thc chartor meinbers of the ( riiiuiafiv. and was enn- stantly on its board of directors from Its early organlzation. He was for years attor- ne.v nT the coimmnv. aud Mirttl I hrce vcnrs ago alwavB attendeif tho nieetiugs. Qeneral r. r. i-iiKin, wno died roeently, was for a long time a member of the board, and for the past sovon to ten years has boen one of the llnanco committee. He was a hravn soldier, a rare man, one of the big, slx-foot, solid, wbite-oaked uiants. II was reul Kthan Allon, and in his great strength a man very tender of otbers.'' Trnt Hlancbard onera bousa nxtonsion in rapidly taking form. The couipleted Imild-ing will mako a block to bo proud of. Tho extension has forty-Hve feet front. The first Hoor will be dlvided into two storeH. A small part of the second and thinl storles will be used for extra sliw.'e riiom for the opera-house. Tho stage will be made four- teen feet deeper, maklng tho entire stage thirty-seven feet doep from thecnrtaln and forty-seven feet from tho foot-ltghts. This will bo tho largest and best. stage in New Kugland outsideof Itoston. The renialndor of the second story is to be titted up for rooms for tho Apollo CluK There will be two parlors facing tho front, one twenty-one and one-half feet square, and the oiher twenty-ono and one-half by thirty-tme and one-half feet. Thore will bo a large front window in each of these rooms, tneasuring eight feet high and twolve feet wide. There ll also to be a niusic hall twenty-one and one-half feet squarc, a card-rooni of the same dimensions, a billiard hall twenty-one and one-half by twonty-elght and one-half feet, and a corridor sovou by flfty-three feet. Admittance will be gained by the maln eutrance. When couipleted, those rooms will bo olegantly furnislieI, and will not be surpassed by any club-roouis in the state. General Perley P. Pitkiu. A part of the last edition of the Watchman contained the annonneement of the death of General Pitkin. Sudden and un-expected as tbe event was when the suni-mons came, his condition, for a year past in particular, had nevertheless preparod his friends for tbe coming of tbe end. Thore have beon seasons during the pasttwelvo months when the breath of life came re-luctantly and painf ully , anl when death was not unexpeeted; hutou Tuttsday uight aud during tho sumuier hopes were cnerishod that his stay hero might, for a time he pro-longed. During the day he had beon, in his carriage, at tho works of the Lano Manufacturing Cotnpany, of which he was president, as bo had daily been when the weatber pormitted him to ride out. He had talked of business inatters then with the active manager, Mr. Carroll P. Pitkin, his son, and the latter had observod that his father's eye had Its old brightness, his mind its wonted clearness, and his bodily vigor favo no token of coniing dissolution. revious to going to his stimmer cottage, at Mirror Lake, for tbe night, his son had looked in upon him, as had been his invari-able custom at evening, and discovered no token or warning that hil presence that night would be needed. The general had of late rosted well in his bed at night, wheroa8 at provious times his intirmities had compelled him to take in an invalid chair what reposo he could snatch between iutervals of sulTering. He retirod at his usual bour. A few miuutes past oleven o'clock aconvulsivo gaspawakenod Mrs. Pitkin. Quiotly and witnout pain her bus-band had " passcd beyond the vail." The morniug ligbt brought sorrowful tidings to the town and state, for General Pitkin was everywbere held in high honor, and was greatly beloved. General Perloy Poabody Pitkin was born at Marshfield, Vt., March !, 18130. He was tbe second son of Trumau and Kebocca (I)avis) Pitkin. His mother dying in early life, he was reared under the guardian i are of his matemal grandfather, General Parley Davis. He roceiveil his education at tho common schools, and at Washington County Grammar School. April 14, 1S48, he mar-riod Oaroline M., daughter of James Tem-pleton of Kast Montpelier. He spent three years in California, in the early years of the, gold discovory. Keturuing, he lived in East Montpelier, representing his town in tho lcgislature in 1ST!1 and lslio and at the oxtra session at tho bcgiuning of the c ivil war. He was one of the oarly Vermont vohintoers in the Union cause, aud June , 1861, wascommissioned quartermaster of the Second regiment. The efliciency and eu-ergy with which he porformeil his duties wou him promotions to the rank of colonel, and at the time of Grant's advance on Bloh tttoad he was at tho head of the depot department of tho Army of the Potcmao. He resigued from the nruiv in November, 1-siil, to accept the otlice of ciuartermaster-general of the state of Vermont. In 1865 he foriued a partnership with Dennis Laue, who was theu in a small way making tho lever-set BawmiHa that have sincohecoino so famous. From this associatiou, in course of timo, grew tbe Eane Manufacturing Company, whose uiacliiuery has gone into every part of the civili.ed world. In town aud villagfl affairs he ahvays bora a leadins part, tn 1874-78 he represented Montpelier in the legis'.ature. He was for many years president of the Kanncrs' Insurance Company: he was a director ln the National Lifc Insurance Company, a member of its Baanoe committee, aml chairman of the committee bavlng in eharge the erection iil tbe new otlice of that l onipany, now nearing COm-nletlon; he was also a director in the First National Hank of Montpelier, These various ollices ho lilled, and actively artii'i-pated in their respontlbilltles, while exer-cising, to the last bour of his life, a vigilant and paternal overslghl of thc business of tbe Laue Manufaotnring Company, of which or-sanlzation he had been president since the death of Mr. Laue iu lsss, a director and lcading member from its organisation, and at the time of his deat h was its largest stock- hohier. December ll, iH8.i, Ura, Pitkin died, aud July 2ti, lHhti, ho marricd .leunie Dewey, daughtci' of Deunisou DeWby, and widow of tbe late C. F. Poland. Tbe chil-dren of his tirst wife aro Clarenco H. Pitkin, EiQm thc attorney of the cuinpan.v; C. P. Pitkiu, its socretary and treasurer, and for several years its active manager; F. I. Pitkin, a olerk of the company, aml F. E. Pitkin, noweugaged iu fariuing. Fuueral services weri1 held at his late resl-denoe on Friday, July Iil. Hesides tho large OOOOOQfM of towns-peo)le iu atteud-auco, there were present the followiug mem-bers of tho Loyal Legion, who acted as a guard of honor: Williain Wells, I'. A. woodbury, G. G. Benediot and T. 8. Peok of Burlinoton, J. 0, Stearns of Bradford, W. II. Gilmoro of Fairlee, J. h. Itaisto of Bhelburn, F. s. Btranahan of st. Albans, BraitUI Jewett of Swanton, Houry Janei of Waterbnry, Stephen Thomai aud ffred E. Suiitii of Montpelier. Tho employes of tho Laue Manufacturing Company, onehiin-dred live iu nuiuber, wore present iu a Imdy sixty-tive memhers of Brooks Grand Aniiy Post were in line, and the Moiitpelier Husi'-uess Men's Associatiou atteudeil with full rauks. Tbe uatioual culors draped the doad goneral's OOffln, and upon it lay his sword, his military capamlsheavesof wbeal fully rlpe, Among tbe heauufui and ex- pressive lloral offerings was a large scrcdl of white daisies, bearing the words "Our Friend," the suggestivo gift of the woik-uiuii of tbe Laue Manufuct uring Couipauy ; a large wreatb of white aud reil pink from memberl of the fainily of Mr. Lane, the goneral's old associate iu business; a hook of white piuks, bearing the motto " Closed," from (). (i. llarron; a wroath of tloweis aml overgreen from .1. V. Habcock, with many beautifui bonqneU without the namai of the givers. Hov. J. Edward Wright, tbe (len-eral's pastor, condui'ted tbe fuueral services. From his eloquoul and approciative aildress we extract the following para-graphs: To live a broailly tiseful life is a great aohlevementj and it is a great acbievemeut to aooept unoompiainlngly ono's diiobarge from ai tive dutios, aud to wait calmly, fear-lessly for (he llnal change. Botb these things has our friend accomplishcil. lle was a man f action, rather than of words; of limple tastns, anl his pride was nnt es-presseil in oslenliatlrm. It is ileemnd lxfl,- tlng, therefore, that brevlty and slmplirtty ti 1 1 1 ) cnara tert7,A nis runerai rltes. ius llfe-work and itJi end suggest t'w words, "'And Davhl, bavlng served his wn izoo- eration by the will of God, fell n sloep." (tvneral Pitkin was a strong man in his roble pbyslque in tbe robust quality of lits nrinil, in his strength of will, born to a lewler among :mi -oe to whom ih tttle seemed to bidong by natural right aml the work he has wrought among us has not beon unworthy of his equipmnnt. I thtak of him is pte'emlnentfy - pukNe ipi HH4 OttfMIW His laemory will bo cher-isbnd among is under various rolations. Ile will be rcn nbereil as affoctionatie aml imlnlgent In his booMj as a gonero m frieml of the neody anii helper of the unft rtutiate; as an onen-haii'Ud supporter of i masures for the benetit and for the pleasure o'cHlierR as ceiirteous aatl cwimpanionabli g.ntie. man in social li.'B as a judlcious aml suo-cnssfal manager of a large businos enter. prisei aa ono who, by tiie varied attr wtions of prson, inannnr aud kindly deed won to him.iK tho esteem aml loyal regard of larg3 numbers of men. We ihail think gratfnlly of him us one who desliwl aml proimted the happiness and enjoyiasnt of those about him, aml dellghted in metcaud Howhts. We shail honor him as a nan of marl d self-reliauc e, not greatly depenilnnt on tbe counsels ot others, a stout opponent and a loyal friend. We shall speak ofton of him asaman of the people, never induly pnffeii-up by suc ss, and one who Beoured to a marvelous degree the hearty attaoh-ment '1 tnight alinost say tbe enthusiastio allegiance; of his many employes. His ln-tegrity, and the s:andnnss of his jtidzjnont ln pra?.Mcal inatters, will be held in memory, and his prosenne of mind ir. times of extHeinent and'danger. But let me .ipeak especially ol his BtlbhV wir, almost a matter of sourse tn ono in wbos voins llowed the blood of General Pariey Davis and Hebecia Peaboily, both conspiuuous for servioes rendered tho whole ooinmuuity. Roferring here jrietly to Ifreneral Pitkln'l honorable oareer ;n tbe army, aml to his valuable services to the state alter the war, as quartorniaster-goneral, as a trusted aoun-sellor in his polit eal Jiarty, aml as cluirgod with many important public commisitions, Mr. Wr'glvt went. on to say: Hut thosa who realize the worth of suuh a man in the narrower range of interests which yet ace public interests his worth to the town in which be lives will give special rocogaition to General Pitkin's services for nearly thtrty years Mbntpelleri. Hw many and varisij liavo beon tbe oaras which liave beon assigned to him, as being tbe oue pectiliarly competent to perform them, by his fellow-townsmen! Whethor in the general ad-ministration of the affairs of the town, or in tbe mauagoment of its tire department, or iu its manufacturing and cotninereial inter ests, or ln it eduaational measures, his aid has beeo constantly sought. Duties which many avoid as burdensotno, and full of fretting and ananyatito thanklesH. tasks and almost or wholly without reiauuera-tion he has porfioriued year after year with zoalous regaril for tbecooimon welfare, and with tbe general approval of the coiumu-nity. To my minditissuch services which, to a person of his stamling, coQitain no honor that is to voTetml, that attest the sincere public-spirit of the man. They ab-sorb a very largn amount of time, and often this seems necesarily siieut about more trivialties; they frequently bring one into collision with ueighhors and bieiuls, aml it is evident that few fully realize the amount of work such public servants are doing for them until that work is euded. Then, when they are gone, people say, as we say to-day, " We have not always thought alike, uor seen eye to eye with him, but wo unite in attesting that ho was a most valuable citizen. He has given us geuer-ously uot merely of his nioney (for that is iu tbe comparison abundant, easily obtained, and easily oontributed), but of that which has Isien worth more to us aml cost him moro he has given of his time, of his earnoHt thought, his riponed judgment, of tho accumulations of his long and varied experienee in affairs; and, now that ho is gone, where shall we look for anotber to perform for us the multiplied services for whieh we have beeu wont to look to hiui '" We shall miss him as wo have mlased few of those who have pre-oeded him "entering within the vail." The national ensign hangs at lialf-statT over our state-house; the tlag be loved tlrapen his bier; business is hushed iu our streets, and liis friends aud associates in many positions of honor gather from near and far to testify their appreciation of his niatily worth. Fit- tingly are these trihutes rendered to oue who, haviug thus " served his own genera- tion by the will of God," has at length iallen on sleep. lie did not escape suf-fering in months past; but be was merci-fully spared sufforing at tbe last. He lay him down to rest in the house maile with hauds. Ho awoko in tho house not made with hands the home eternal. At the close of Mr. Wright's reinarks, the fuueral processiou lel by tho memhers of tbe Grand Army, followed by the husiness men's rganization aml the Laue Mauufac-turing Company employes was formed, aml the long cortege of relatives aud friends, townspeople, ueighhors aud SSSOolatei in business, state otlicials aml IndiTiduall from abroad, followed to Green Mount Oametery the bier of father, friend, associate, soldier aud patriot. Pt. Death of Hou. C. W. Porter. Tbe telegraph brought the sad tidings. un Bunday morning, of the death ot Hon, Charles W. Porter on Satitrilay evening, August 1, at tlit home of his sistl t, Mrs. J, 11. Deuisou, in New Heilford, Mass. I'ntil last November Mr. Porter had ben a per-son of uuusual physical vigor. At that time some InaidlOUI ailinent assaileil him, attributed by some to malaria by others to blood poisoning; but the reul cause of so sudden aml irremediable a collapse of so tlne a speiiiuen of physical health aud strength, seems to defy adeqiiate assign-meut. ln December he vkUted Boston, aml by meilical advic.e went to Old Poiut Colu-fort, Va. Tho relief he sought was liot found, aud he returned to Montpelier to prepare for a moro extended abseuce. Ile spent a few weoks at a sister's iu Brookline. UaM.i and by advice of his physii ian bail arranged for a sailing voyage to the Azoros. At the time the vussel sailed he was not ufBolently well to take tho voyage. When another opportuuity would ooonr, the iear son at ibo Axores would be too far advanced, aml the plau for a sea voyage was abamlouod. He was then advised to try the climata of Newport, U. I.; but this re-source, too, lailed to procure beucticial etfects, aud be returned to tbe home of his sister at Now Hedford. His oonditittl bc-ginuing to oxcite more serious apprehen- siou, Eis aged mother at Quechee, Vt., wivs suiumoned. Wliile there seeuieil little real grouml for encourageinent, he was ap-pareutly somewhat better for a ilay or two ureceding his death. Whatever bopes had been raised, however, were sudilenly do-strwyeil by Mr. Porter's sudjeu death as stated abovo. Water had gathored on his .hest while at Newport, and it is believed that a resultiug alfectlou of the beart was tbe iminediate cause of dissoluliou. .Mi . Porter was born at Juechee, July 11, 1K4U. His father, Ilon. .lohn Porter, "died recently at an advanced ago. He was edu-cated at lvimball I'nicai Acadeiuy, Meiiden, N. H., and at Phllllpi Andover Academy, graduating from the latter institutiuu iu Into. In 1879 he lovatod iu Montivelier, aml began tbe stud.v of law iu tbe ollice of 11. F. Fitield. ln 171 ho WM admittod to thc Lar iu Washington county, and with C. II. Pitkiu, Ksci., cunstitutod the law lirui of Fitield, Pitkin a Porter, and later that of Pitkiu ,t Porter. ile was deputy-secretary of stato up to 1HH4. in that year, after a" spirited canvass, he successfully coutestod tbe noui-inatiou for tbe ollice of secretary of state with the long-time occupant of that ollice, Ilon. (ieorge NichoU, aml was successively renomlnated and elected tlUlBBO. in July, 1885. be marriod Florence, only daughter oT the late C. W. Hailey. A delightful resi- denoe was buill on Beed aveuue, wiucb the Toung ooople furniihed and oooupled, with bright prospects of a long aud happy life. Mr. i'orter's fuueral will bo obseived to-daj at 2 ( on- (Wsrtnesday) at his lat.A renldence o'olOOI f. M., Kev. G. W. Gallaghe- Tho remains of Mr. Porter arrive from New Itetlford last evening, companied by tbe wlfe and mother of tlie deceased Mrs. Smith of Brookline, a sister, and J. P. Deni-son of New Beilfrd, a nephew. Mr Porter's death ocourred a few diiutes before twelve o'clock Saturday night. The State Insane axylimi. Tho Watchman tif AprU N conta'ned s description of the eastorly wing of tbe now state asylum for tb insaneat Watetbnrv then nearing comp'.otlon. Sfiace that time the work of putting in hoafctna and ligliting apparatus bas beon oinpltd, the (fepartr uients of subsistcn Anlshed and equipped the asylum furnisbod, aai preparat-oas for boginning to ro' sive patisnts so far advanced that In a few days the first install-ment from Brattleboro wili be receiveil This will conslst of detaohment of twelve about one-half tbe entire hodir of the crlm-inal insane, aml twelve quiet dormitory pa-tients. Tbe forme- will be domiciled ln the lower wardof thotwo-story annex, provldeil for this rlass of pationtjt. "Bhe ward Is duly fortiflod lor Its occupants. All tho wlndoWs have ontslde gimrdg of 4TO-elghtb.i-iueh steel rod securoly fasti-neiltothe masonry Those are supplemontod in the dormitories by inside guards of number oleven steel-wiro-netting, ono-'jalf inchi aiesh; the par-Utions of the ! ,rmitorio) are of brluk, piasteretl with cement, and the inter'or of the doors is guard ti with aiflhlck llning of hardwood, bavirg.a " peep-liole," ccverod with wire.netting, Jot th nonrenienoe of tho night-watch. Tho atitondant liu his room at tbe easterly enit ot the corridor. The beds aro of t' United States birrack pattern, made by the Baattoad Woven Wlre Company, and the. mattresse for tbe crlm-iual wards are of ':otton-felt. Tho beds for all the wards are of tho same pattern, but the mattresses are hair ex jpt in cascs where tho oondltidn. of tbe natient renders a substitute neceseaEy. The second ward of tho criminal annex will 1b used temporarily for tbe exeitable class of the non-criminal ineane, and for recent aduiis-sions; the oircuiar. wards.'))! which '.wo aro couipleted) for tbe labor and quie' class, aml the three-ntory luihling seoaratoil from the circular wardi aml the riminal annex by a l'jng norridor for thc female patients. This 'Uitire wing, with all. the above-mentioned parts,. was desiraed for oceupation hy inales on,ly, and will be devoted to Its original juipose when the asylum is coiupleted. After the Irst ac-oeeaion mentioned atKe, will co sie lifty-two male patients. to occupy the circular wards, and seveuty-tWe femalos for the wards allotted this triaas, These will lw selected from. patients Ciom Weshington, Franklin, Lamoille, Chittenilen ard Grand Isle counties This aadwrstandinghas been reaehed after onforeuite with the -rticers of the Brattleboro instltution, betw n whom and the state otlicials there has, been an entirely hanminious feeling a v.llingness . on both lldea to eonsnlt the ncressities o! the situation, and toact in acconlancethere-witb. All stitoments in the -jewspapers . of a " hitch," or of frietion in ccrjiing to an unilorstanding, have no fonsdatfaM In fa:t. The provisions for taking c?sre of theae. unfortunate beuoUciaries of the state seeci. to be singularly well-ordered. A just re--ganl for wise econouiy, and aih intelligent uuilerstanding of tbe needs of the varioua classes of tha insane, is appareat in all the arrangemenLs. from the orimlaal anners with its prison-Hke appolntmaats, to the cheery wards devoted to tl: are of tho-mildest cases of melanchol'i pi hamiless luuacy. Ths lower room o each of the circular wards. bright with t! ligbt of day and disclosing from every window delightful views o BMdi bill aml waodland, is the day-room for the patients jf the laboring. i lass aud ofthemihler type of insaoity Here are chairs-and tablos," and the meane for diversUm suited to the comfition oi the-patients will be supplied. TUrce cluaters. of four electric lamjs eac'ia having a .six-teen candle power each, atTonl nght at night. In the second story of each ward aro the dormitories, hiving tweuty-sis; cots arranged in double circles. Closely adjoining are tbe piarters.of the attcndant-t The wtndows of tho Wftrdfl for Mu m,n. criminal class are pro-ided witlt outside guards similar to those of the ximinal ward, but they are made of iron -usteaiiof steel. The spacloui iliuing-room 'or the rouud wards, deicribed in a SoH-uw nttice o the asylum, has bean provided with its furuishings, and the puitry stocked wiih its qnota of tahle-ware o! all kinds. A large nuiulier of plcturev- engraviugs, water colors, etchings, etc --aimply frauieu, will relieve tho aroas of bUuk nraUt T.'ie lie-nevolently Inolined, haviug nb.tiires,. books or papers which they feel incli'ied to devote to a gooil purpose, vill tiud in the asylum a capacious beneticia;y In the long corridor ronnec.iing tl'je rouud wards aml the tliree-story wtrd are, temporarily, the ofticos of the adminjstration, and here for the pMaent is. the aiain eutrance to the asjluin. In the baseiuent of this corridor are tho launlry an 1 kitcheu. An eighteen-horse.power engintt provides the motive powt.r. Tho laaudry machinery cousists of a largo washor, a ceutrifugal wringer, making l.nOO roxolutioas per min-ute, rooms for ilrying, and a pawer irouer. Bmith & Anthony of Bostou. furnish the kitohen machinery. Here are- a full-jacket and a half-ja.:kot boiler, for ineats, soups, etc. : two veget-ible kidtles of two hushels capacity each; cotfee-uru of flre gallona capacity ; a tea-urn of six gallons, iu all of which steam is tho agent ut boiUng or hrewing. For baking, there is raugt with two ovins heated by furnaces; tuid for broiling, an eigliteen-in. h broiler ds duty. Tl e rangei are inppleawnted byahuge bri.k ovon, with a l apacity for turuing out 'in-limited iiai'il heans aml browu bread. !u this baiement are sleeping-rooina for the help. The basouieut o5 one of the ti uud wards is siiuilarj- used . the other is a general store-room. Every siiuare iuc of spai d is fully utilized. Flectric motyrs iu the attics of the s neral warda.drive ventilatiag-fani, which toUect tlu foul air froux tho rooms below, t'iruugh convergiug pipes, aud expel it from the main vtiutilatiug shaft. Af the Ixiiler-house, a suitable listancc from the group ot buildings, is thc luechan . Ipal hoart of the institutiou. Th.ree twiu-section luiilers, made by the Middlesex Ma Qhlne Company, supply tbe i wr aml heatiug ageucy steam. Two Atlas oa-gines, of tWDUty-flve horse-power, prorel the dyuamos for lighting. All. have beon thoroughly Vesteil, and the v;,,ck is pro-nouuced satisfaitory The electric lighting is couclusively a success: i tho heaii.ug apparatus emlures the iSti. of mefcury thirly ilegrees below zero, ot tt zero with'a tifty-milo gale behiud it, that will be . trial moro conclusive than oatV 'o obtaiied iu " dog days." Au iuspoi tion of this aaxltUB has marricd OOUVlotion to the mind uf many a " iloubt-ing Thomas." Tbe wisdum of t'he plau for a stato asylum has beeu realized tue utter uuwisdoin of stopping wjrk with tlie com-plotioii of the right wing, at atiuie wliea tho erection of the i vutral, oi admiuistrative, buildiug could taave beua buguu at tbe best advantage, at tbe greatest economy, has dawned on all who have investigated for the purpose of gaiuing light rather than for tiudiug matorial to feed utireasoning prejudice. The a.syluui must soou be couipleted in its eutiroty. That is a coutiu-gency forced upon tbe slate by tbe coudi-tion of things at Hrattleboro. There la uo escape from this conclusion of tbe asylum matter; and if the ncales had earlier (alleu from tlie eyes of a few indi idilals whose vision has now been oleared, the stato voald liave b'(u saved many Ihousand iloilars ex- pended for luakeehlfts, asido from tUe witsto inevitably accruiug from sbulting dowu aud resuiuiug work after a long interval. Little has yet been done in tho way of gradiug tho grnunds. Outsiile.work of this and sinular kimls, as well as mucb work on the farm, will be done in soine large art, at least, by laboriug patieuts, without di-rect cost to the state. Au are light illumin-ates tho grouuds iu frout uf the buildings, and another the driveway from tbe inain stroet to the grounds Dr. W. E. Sylvester, tho superinteudent, aud his aasistauts, are

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