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A SAD STATE OF THINGS IN AMERICA. The New York correspondent of the Standard gives the following particulars of atrocious crimes which have recently been perpetrated in that city :— I can say without fear of contradiction, that there is no other country in the world where the white skin predominate s in which so great a contempt for human life exists and there is no other country where all laws, human, and Divine, are so persistently violated. In this city and the neighbouring city of Brooklyn thirteen murders have been committed since Sunday morning last. Two of these principal crimes were of the sort described in the newspapers as terrible double tragedies." The other Sunday one W. A. King shot his mistress and then shot himself. The story of this crime is worth relating. King was a native of Massachusetts he had been educated in strict conformity with the Puritan principles of a genuine New England family. His father, a wealthy man, furnished him with 11,000 dols. and sent him to New York to make his fortune. This should have been a sufficient beginning for any young Yankee. King established himself in business here. This done, he turned his attention to the dissipations of the town. He visited" concert saloons." In one of these he saw a woman of the class described in New York slang as pretty waiter girl." He took her from the concert-room and made her his mistress, installing her in apartments in one of those houses where "board is furnished for the lady only." He took the money that he had invested in business and squandered it on his "girl." In a "fashionable" boarding-house the eleven thousand dollars did not last long. When the money disappeared King applied to his friends. They refused to assist him. Then he resolved on making a final sensation." He wrote a note to a cousin in this he explained his contemplated deed. Then he visited his "lady" induced her to take chloroform, shot her through the head, and ended the affair by killing himself. He had placed in a pocket a note in which he announced that "God would forgive" him for the deed. "I have tried to take care of the girl I love; to have her live a life of shame I cannot do," he added. It is unnecessary to comment on this case. It is only one of a thousand that have not reached their ending. In the metropolis of the New World it is cheaper to have an "arrangement" than to marry, it is cheaper to die than to live. Spend when you have money when you have no money die. lhat is the motto of the great class of which King was a member. Such deeds as that of King are examples, and that particular example has been already improved. One Thursday night Henry Bundy shot his wife and then killed himself. He had no money he had wasted his means in dissipation. He had persecuted and beaten his, wife, stolen her clothing and pawned it, made her life a hell. Luckily, he did not kill her outright. He selected a public street as the scene of his exploit, calling his wife from her room for no other apparent purpose than to kill her on the highway. A man has been arrested in Albany, charged with an attempt to commit murder. He had originally sought to obtain a warrant of a person whom he accused of "inso- lence towards his wife. Failing in that, he threatened to kill this "insolent" person. When remonstrated with for harbouring such designs, he exclaimed Isn't that the law? Can't a man shoot a man that insults his wife?" This inquiry was not an absurd one. It is the law. Public opinion justifies the assassination of—I will not say the seducer—but the insulter of women. The mere plea of "injured honour" is enough, in the majority of cases, to secure for the assassin the applause of juries and the congratulatory smiles of judges. People may ask—to what is this demoralisation of American society due ? Probably, to no single cause. The war bred disregard for human life, extravagance in expenditure, a, contempt for the restraints of law. But the war ended two years ago, and matters are worse now than they were then. How much of our troubles are due to the horrible transformations that have been worked in our churches, how much to the triumph of the o d feral instincts gratified in the con- quest of the South, how much to the growing love display and bounce, I will not venture to say. Not a little is certainly due to our foolish system of elections. The mob create, why blame the mob for desiring to destroy? The papers have printed accounts of the ex- ploits of a family residing in Oneida county, in this state. The members of this family (Loomis the name) have for several years set all laws at defiance. They have been guilty of numerous murders, forgeries, and robberies. The daughters of substantial farmers have been kidnapped, by them, and made the victims of the most brutal outrages. Arrested dozens of times, every one of them has been able to escape punishment either by menacing and browbeating juries, or by threatening judges with political opposition. Last winter their crimes became so numerous and appalling, that the people put Judge Lynch's system in operation. The houses and barns of the Loomises were burned; two of the men of the femdy were killed. Yet I perceive that these desperadoes are again becoming aggressive. All these things have happened in the country, and certainly the town is not much worse. But the town is terribly bad. New York is more immoral than Paris. Not a week passes that balls of the cyprians do not take place, the performances at which are so horribly indecent that one cannot even hint at their character. Something milder was the pic-nic of courtesans, at Elm Park. More than 4,000 abandoned women, raked from the stews of New York and Brooklyn, participated in this orgy. All classes of ceux dames were represented. The unfortu- nates" draggled in with their vile companions, the lorettes descended from their carriages. All the roues, gamblers, pimps, and flash thieves in New York were there. More than 300 couples of these wretches participated in one cotillon. Fifty blazing bars were open. "Champagne" and whiskey swashed everywhere over the "loud and gorgeous dresses of the Anonymas. As the day wore into night the performances of the drunken rabble passed all bounds. The scene cannot be described. The police were there and pre- vented any general riot, though miscellaneous affrays were constantly occurring. One man was fatally stabbed. This pic-nic was conducted by a regularly-organised association styled "Societas Cyprianorum," the members of which are all keepers of brothels.









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