Death of "Old Probabilities." General Albert J. Meyer, Chief of the Signal Corps of the United States, died at his home in Buffalo yesterday morning, the immediate cause of death being Bright's dis- ease, together with chronic heart disease, from which he has suffered for some years. His health has been poor for several months past and his disease doubtless was aggravated by severe work at Washington, and at length he broke down entirely. His family were sent to their country residence at Lake View, near Buffa- lo, and Mrs. Meyer remained with the general at Washington. He soon after came to Buffalo for rest. He passed away peacefully, sur- rounded by his family, consisting of a wife and six children. The Syracuse Standard contains the following summary of his life: Gen. Meyer was born at Newburgh, in this State, September 20, 1828. He graduated at Geneva Medical College in 1847. He also took the degree of M.D. at Buffalo in 1851. He was appointed assistant surgeon in the United States army three years later. In 1860 he was made chief signal officer in the army, in which capacity he served in New Mexico and the Rocky mountains until May, 1861. He soon was made signal officer on Gen. Butler's staff at Fortress Monroe and after- ward of Gen. McClellan's. He participated in nearly all the en- gagements of the campaign on the Peninsula. He was honored with rapid military promotions until he was brevetted Brigadier-General for distinguished service in 1864. In 1866 he was made chief signal officer in the army, and introduced a course of study of signals at the Mili- tary Academy at West Point and at the Annapolis Naval Academy. Ten years ago he was assigned, by virtue of an act of Congress, to the duties which won him the title of "Old Probabilities," being charged with weather observations to be made in different portions of the United States and giving notice by tele- graph of the approach of storms, and other weather probabilities. He was authorized to establish signal staions at light-houses and life-saving stations by an act of March 3, 1873. He was in the same year, a delegate to the Inter- national Meteorology Congress at Vienna.
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