OBITUARY RECORD. Gen. James B. Swain. Gen. James B. Swain died at his home in Waller Avenue, Sing Sing, N.Y., early yes- terday morning. He had been confined to the house about ten days with heart fail- ure. He was born in New-York City July 30, 1820, but had lived most of his life in Sing Sing. He was the son of James and Jerusha Everts Swain. He leaves a wife and three sons, James, Chellis, and Jo- seph. On Dec. 25, 1892, he and his wife celebrated their golden wedding, having rounded out fifty years of married life. Gen. James B. Swain began life, after leaving school, as an apprentice in a print- ing office, in 1834. Horace Greeley worked with him. Later, Gen. Swain and Mr. Greeley went into partnership, but separat- ed in 1840. The firm was known as Horace Greeley & Co. They started The Log Cabin. When The Tribune was started, Gen. Swain continued with Mr. Greeley, and aft- erward left to go into the printing busi- ness, and opened an office at Barclay and Greenwich Streets. He soon drifted back into newspaper work, and edited the life and letters of Henry Clay. He went to Sing Sing to live in 1848, and purchased the Hudson River Chronicle from Edmund G. Sutherland, which he ed- ited and published until 1849, when he re- turned to The Tribune in the capacity of proofreader. He was later advanced to city editor. During his connection with the Tribune, a strong attachment sprang up be- tween Gen. Swain and Henry J. Raymond. When the New-York Times was started, Mr. Raymond made Gen. Swain city editor. He remained with The Times in different capacities until Mr. Raymond died. While city editor of The Times he initiated the "correspondent system," now so extensive- ly used. For a time he was The Times's Albany correspondent, his nom de plume be- ing "Leo." During the Fremont campaign he started The Free State Advocate, a political paper. This was followed by another venture, The Albany Statesman. In 1860 he went to Washington as correspondent for The New- York Times, and while there became one of President Lincoln's warm friends. In 1861 he raised a body of cavalry known as "Scott's Nine Hundred," was chosen Colonel, and with his command went to the front. In 1865 he was on Gov. Fenton's staff, and there earned his title of General. Gen. Swain was the first man who sent "dummy dispatches" over the telegraph wires in order to hold them for his exclu- sive use, and thus shut out other corre- spondents. This was done while he was correspondent for The Tribune, the occasion being the opening of the Erie Railway through to Dunkirk. He and Bayard Tay- lor were working together, and there was only one wire available for press matter. Gen. Swain saw that unless something was done they might be shut out, and in order to hold the wire he got the operator a copy of the Bible to send. The operator wanted to know what part of it to send. He was told to begin at the beginning and send straight through. When Gen. Swain and Bayard Taylor had their copy ready, the Bible was interrupted long anough to send the message, and then work on the Bible was resumed. In this way the paper se- cured a "beat." At another time Gen. Swain and Henry J. Raymond reported a celebration at Plymouth Rock, Plymouth, Mass. There were no telegraph wires in those days and, in order to save time, a composing room was improvised on the steamer in which the two were to return to New-York. On the way down they wrote up their "story," and by the time they reached the pier in New-York the matter was all in type and locked in forms. These were quickly loaded and a truck and hurried to the office and "run off." His funeral will take place to-morrow and the interment will be in the family plot in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.