GEN. F. B. SPINOLA DEAD. END OF THE TAMMANY CON- GRESSMAN'S CAREER. AFTER SEVERAL DAYS OF IMPROVE- MENT DEATH CAME AT 1:25 O'CLOCK THIS MORNING--A LONG CAREER IN POLITICS. WASHINGTON, April 14.-- Gen. F.B. Spinola died at 1:25 o'clock this morning after an illness which lasted several weeks. His condition had so improved during the last few days that his friends had begun to entertain some hope of his recovery. Gen. Spinola was born in Stony Brook, Suffolk County, L.I., March 19, 1821. On his father's side he was of Italian descent. His mother and maternal grandmother were born on Long Island, and his maternal grandfather was an Irishman, who did service throughout the Revo- lutionary war as an officer on the American side and made a good record. He received his school education in the public schools and at the Quaker Hill Boarding School, near Poughkeep- sie. His experience with schools was not, how- ever, extensive. When about sixteen years old young Spinola was apprenticed to a jeweler in Poplar Street, Brooklyn. He served his time as an apprentice, but, when twenty-one, abandoned the trade he had learned, took up blacksmithing, then be- came a grocer, and next a carpenter. After this he was appointed assistant to the Clerk of the Brooklyn Common Council, and, leaving this berth at the end of a year, he became a clerk in a private office. At the end of another year he was appointed Assistant Clerk of the Common Council, and remained such until 1846, when he was elected Alderman from the Second Ward. Gen. Spinola began his political career as a Whig, although the Brooklyn Second Ward, his political birthplace, was a Democratic strong- hold. His personal popularity pulled him through at the first election, but the following year he was defeated by one vote. The next year he was elected Alderman again, however, and after that re-elected for four consecutive terms. He was then Supervisor for three suc- cessive years, and in 1855 was elected to the As- sembly. At the expiration of his term as As- semblyman he was elected to the State Senate from the Third District, and served as Senator in 1858, 1859, 1860, and 1861. In this early stage of his political career Gen. Spinola was a lawyer, having been admitted to the bar in 1844. In October, 1862, Spinola was made a Briga- dier General of Volunteers, having recruited and organized a brigade of four regiments, known as Spinola's Empire Brigade. Before getting into actual service with this brigade, he had consider- able trouble. The brigade was quartered in East New-York, and the men, getting into a great state of excitement over the non-payment of bounties, broke away from their barracks, wrecked a hotel opposite, and scattered. There were about 1,200 of them. Gen. Spinola reached the scene after the stampede, word of it reach- ing him while he was at a public meeting at the City Hall. He at once set about corralling his forces again. Two hundred only had remained loyal. For his action while recruiting this brigade Gen. Spinola was called before a court-martial in 1864 by order of Gen. Dix. The charges against him were of conduct unbecoming an officer and gentleman and of neglect of duty. Under the first there were nine counts, includ- ing the charge that he had let certain persons unlawfully receive money from recruits; that his volunteers had been deprived of part of their bounty; that he had let them be mustered in while they were intoxicated; that he failed to pay attention to charges made against bounty brokers, and that he had let his Surgeon sign blank certificates to be filled in afterward. Under the second charge he was accused of fail- ing to protect the interests and rights of his recruits. Several private sessions of the court- martial were held in this city, and finally the Advocate General, Col. Hall, withdrew the charges, as was said at the time, to make them more definite. Gen. Spinola was twice wounded in battle. He was honorably discharged in August, 1865. After the war, he drifted to this city and natu- rally into Tammany Hall. He established such a reputation that when, in 1876, he was put up as the Tammany Hall candidate for the Assembly from the Sixteenth District, there was a howl of indignation, and Francis Kearney, a business man, was nominated in opposition. Spinola was successful. The proceedings of the Assembly for 1877 were rendered remarkably lively by Gen. Spinola, who made uncalled for attacks on a fellow-member whenever an opportunity offered. In this connection THE TIMES said of him: "Spinola is the rough-and-ready jester of the House; his mission is 'to have fun with the boys,' and he certainly fulfills it. The time he wastes and the interruption to business he causes are peefectly intolerable; but he is not without a sort of rude wit; does not appear to be vindictive and has an impudence which noth- ing can abash. It is lucky the House has only one Spinola in it, or perhaps it would be better if it had another, for they might act as counter- irritants." A little while after this, Spinola carried his methods so far that he came near being put un- der arrest for comtempt of the House. Three members had read speeches on the subject be- fore the House. Gen. Spinola made one of his characteristic speeches, in which he said: "I am not surprised when I look over the field and learn the fact that three gentlemen came here to-day, selected from the majority upon the floor of this House, loaded to the very muzzle with three set speeches, prepared for them outside of the railings of this House, placed in their hands by a committee of a caucus, prepared with great care, and those gentlemen selected to read them for the information of this House." This was March 14, 1877, and an adjournment was taken before the close of the discussion, on a motion that Spinola be forced to retract or be punished for contempt. The next day Spinola made a sort of retraction. A fuller one was demanded, and he finally made that too. The next year Gen. Spinola came into public notice again in connection with a job to get from the Board of Aldermen permission to lay mains and pipes under the streets of this city for the purpose of carrying steam for cooking and heating. He was successful, and after- ward, by a series of transactions, his rights be- came the property of the present steam heating company. Again, in 1881, Gen. Spinola was returned to the Assembly, and he at once took up his old methods. When a bill to incorporate the Mexi- can Southern Railway Company was under dis- cussion, he took occasion to speak of Gen. Grant, whose name was on the list of incor- porators, as "first at the free-lunch counter and deepest in the pockets of his countrymen." He wascompelled to make a retraction in the face of a resolution to compel him to do so. After leaving the Assembly at the close of this term Gen. Spinola caused amusement by posing as an anti-monopolist. He was elected to the Fiftieth Congress from the Tenth District, in this city, was re-elected to the Fifty-first, and was again successful at the election in 1890. In 1888 he again revived his old Assembly man- nerssufficiently to say that words uttered by Kilgore of Texas ought to be crowded down his dirty throat, and Mr. Kilgore intimated that were Gen. Spinola a younger man he would have been forced to pay dearly for the remark. When a young man Gen. Spinola was for years a member of a fire company. The red shirts with high collars were then worn by fireman, and it is said that in this service he became at- tached to the wearing of high collars, supplant- ing the high red one when he left the company with the still more striking white one, the wear- ing of which has caused him to be as often called "Shirt-collar" Spinola as "Gen." Spinola.