THE DEATH ROLL. Congressman Benjamin A. Willis died at his home in the Osborne, on West Fifty-seventh street, on Thursday morning, under circumstances unusually painful. His death was only made known to a few in order that no knowledge of it might be conversed to his wife, who lay ill in an adjoining chamber. His younger brother died only last week. Mr. Wills was confind to his house about six weeks ago by an attack of Bright's disease. His wife, while giving all her attention to him, was taken with a cold, which resulted in pneumonia. A few days ago, while still dangerously ill, she gave birth to twins, a girl and a boy. Mr. Willis's remains will be taken from the house today to-day to Westbury, L.I., and buried to-morrow from the Friends' Meeting House in that town. Mr. Willis was born of Quaker parentage in Roslyn, L.I., March 24, 1840. He was graduated by Union College in 1861, and studied law at Poughkeepsie and with William M. Ingra- ham in Brooklyn. In 1862 he raised a company at Roslyn and entered the army. He served in the 119th New York and subse- quently as Colonel of the Twelfth New York Regiment and continued in the ser- vice until the close of the war, participating in many of the principal battles. Subsequently he re- sumed the practice of his profession. He was elected to the Forty-fourth Congress in 1874 as a Liberal Republican, endorsed by the Democrats. He was re-elected two years later over Levi P. Mor- ton. For some years Mr. Willis was a warm friend of Samuel J. Tilden. He was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic and of the Union and the Manhattan clubs.