. . . . . . . . . . Lake City, Fla., Nov. 3 -- The steam-ship Varuna, Capt. Joseph Spencer, which sailed from New-York, Oct. 15, for Galveston, Texas, foundered during the night of Oct. 20 off Jupiter Inlet, Fla. All on board except the second mate and four men were lost. The Varuna belonged to Messrs. C.H. Mallory & Co's. line; was a first-class wooden propeller, only one year old, and 670 tons burden. Her cargo consisted chiefly of dry goods. Thirty-six cabin passengers were on board the Varuna, nearly all of whom were from Texas. New York Times, November 4, 1870 . . . . . . . . . . Mr. J.L. Briggs, of the firm of Briggs & Yard, was a very old citizen. He came here, we believe in the same year that Mr. Southwick arrived. Previous to the war we had no citizen more prominent in all affairs than Mr. Briggs. He had acquired much wealth, and invested it in every enterprise that promised to develop the city. He was one of the original railroad men of Texas, and had much to do with the organization of the Galveston, Houston and Henderson road. It was his distinction to be the oldest Methodist in Galveston. As a Mason, he held rank as high as that of any in Texas. As a fireman, he was one of the organizers of the Hook and Ladder Company, and has for very many years been an active worker in the Howard Association. Indeed, it is not at all unlikely that his zeal and devotion to this good work was the immediate cause of his death, for his anxiety to be present in the city in case the fever became epidemic hastened his return from the retreat in which he had spent the summer. Galveston News, Friday, November 4, 1870 . . . . . . . . . .