The Late Gen. Curtiss. HAD A COMMENDABLE RECORD AS A SOLDIER AND A CITIZEN--DIED SUDDENLY. Gen. James E. Curtiss, a well-known citizen of Buffalo, who was found dead in bed at his home on Tuesday morning July 23d, had a commendable record as a soldier in the Civil War and as a citizen. Two years ago, during a G.A.R. en- campment at Cincinnati, the deceased was thrown from his horse in the parade and severely injured. It is believed that the injuries received at that time were the direct cause of his suddne death. Gen. Curtiss was born in Herkimer County in 1840. When the war broke out he joined the United States Army as cap- tain of Company C, 152d New York Volun- teers. That was on September 10, 1862. A year later he was promoted to be a major in the same regiment, and soon af- terward was advanced to a lieutenant- colonelcy. On June 1, 1865, he was ap- pointed colonel of his regiment and on the following March 16th he was brevet- ed brigadier general for faithful and meritorious services during the war. He was Police Commissioner from 1895 to 1899, during Mayor Jewett's term of office and made an excellent record for himself in that capacity. His soldierly instincts caused him to demand strict discipline in the force and the effects of his efforts in that direction were marked and permanent. In the Grand Army organization Gen. Curtiss was identified with Bidwell-Wil- keson Post, No. 9, in all the work of which he was very active and prominent. He was prominant, also, in Masonic circles and he stood high in the estimation of his fellow men. For years he had carried on a real-estate business and was inter- ested in other local business enterprises.