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The Washington Critic
22D YEAR NO. 6,71 (J.
WASHINGTON, D. C SATURDAY EVIONING, F10PJIUARY 15, 1890.
lTKICE TWO CENTS.
NEWS OF THE WOHLD IN BRIEF.
'Hie grain dealers nml millers ot tlao city
hnvo organised tho Washington Grain l',x
change. Tlio tnotlon for n now trial In tlio rase ot
Dr llcnll, convicted (it grave robbing, lias
In en overruled.
'I lie Hoard ofTrado will cudcavor to hive
tho snrf.ico tracks ot the steam roads abol
ished within tho city limits. .
The local Itar Association has prcpaiod
n Mil increasing tho number ot judges of
tl n District Supremo Court, wltli a view ot
facilitating tho trial of cases.
Professor Henry C. Adams of Johns
llopl.ln University lectures this aftoriioon
nt the National .Museum on "Au Intorpro
tntlon ot the Social Movement ot Our
At tho meeting of tho St. George's So
ciety last night n large painting, loprcscut
Ing John Dull and brother Jonathan fra
ternally clasping hands, was tho object of
'the Houso has adopted the new code ot
rules by a vote of 101 yeas to Ml nays.
'Ilio nominations of Charles Emory Smith
and J. Fenucr I.ee Iirto been continue.!.
A deficiency of $31,500,000 exists on ac
count of pensions, nnd an urgent Deficiency
bill Is being pa-pared.
Tho United States ship Marlon, attached
to tho Asiatic squadron, lias been ordered
home, and will reach San Francisco by
The Attornev-Ucncrni has been Informed
that iJciiutv Marshal Saunders of Oulucv.
Flu,, has been killed In tho dlschargu ot his
I'ayiuastcr-liencral William II. Itochcster
of the Army will bccomoOt years of ago
and will cclcltrnto that event by ictlrlug
The temperance! outlook was spoken of in
n most encouraging strain ul the mass
meeting of tho National Temperance So
ciety' last night.
James ltoonoy, formerly a bar-tender In
this city, is under arrest at Fort Monroe
for shooting two Inmates of tho Ilaulptou
Kfforts will bo made to Induce Congress
to uppproprlato .$100,000 for a monument
to i evolutionary prisoners who died on the
llrltlsh prison ships.
A bill to Increase the endowment of tho
Louisiana State University was passed Inthc
Senate Friday afternoon after considerable
debate, In which Sir. Ingalls Introduced the
color line. Tho Scnato adjourned until
The Senate Committee on Naval Affairs
and General llawley, of tho Committee on
Coast l)cf enscs, paid an official visit jester
day afternoon to tho NaYy-Yard to Inspect
tho ordnance works there and see the largo
guns In course of construction.
The House Judiciary Committee lias
unanimously decided to report to the
House for action an International Copy
ilght bill to be proparcd by ltepreseutatlvo
Adams of Illinois upon the basis of tho
piovislous of the BrccMnililgo bill.
The New York Health Department Is
lulling nicnsiiies to keep out typhus fover.
Samuel Leonard I'm sons of Ilrookhn,
who originated Chlneso Sunday-schools, is
Thero were 340 business falluicsln tho
United States and sixty-two In Canada tho
Tho l)aj ton Manufacturing Company's
v oi Ks at North Mtiskccon, Mich., have been
burned to the ground."
A scandal affecting the ofllclal lntcgilty
of members of the Canadian parliament
Mill shortly be disclosed.
The New Yorkors are talking of holding
nu Indignation meeting over the Killing of
tho World's Fair bill at Albany.
Morris I.lppman, a candy manufacturer
of l'lilladolplila, has been arrested o.i the
charge of uttering forged notes.
Ldltor Carson of tho Hasting's (Neb.)
I iilUrrcund has swindled a loan company
out of -,500, and has dlsappcaied.
Tho Ivovv York Republican Stato com
mittee met at tho Fifth Avenue Hotel this
moraine, nud discussed tho outlook for tho
W oi Id's Fair.
The opinion of tho lower court that tho
State has jurisdiction over the saloons In
Denver, Col., lias been anirmcd by tho
Miss Susannah Warficld, who composed
the lraugural match for I'resldent William
Henry Harrison, Is dead. Sho lived near
SjUesville, Carroll County, Md.
1 ho decapitated body of III ram r, Saw
tcllc of Boston, whoso brother has been
arrested, suspected of tho murder, was
found in the woods near Lebanon, Me.
Tho Methodist Episcopal book commit
tee has appropriated $5,000 toward tho edi
torial expenses of "Youth," and decided to
distribute $100,000 among tho ministcts.
Governor Larrabco of Iowa, In his In
miguial message, uiges the adoption of tho
Australian ballot sj stem, and that women
be peimlttcd to voto at municipal elections.
Tho 1. C. L. I.uco Company ofTolcdohas
been placed In tho hands ot a receiver. The
bouse did a verv largo Importing and Job
bing business, and the liabilities aro about
A passoncer train on the Million routo
collided with :i frciclit train near Mitchell,
Hid , and tho engineer and fireman of tho
passenger tiain were killed and a number
of persons huit.
Daniel Lyons, who was shot by John Mc
(liuuis, his brother-in-law, during; a fit of
jealous rage, at his residence, 100 John
fluct, Uiooklyn, died this morning. Me
(limits was committed to Jail.
I'x-Governor Stowart of Vermont, for
tho past four terms a Congressman from
tho ! Irst District, will not be a candidate
for mioinl nation on account of the con
tinued ill-hoalth ot Mrs. Stewart.
Pugilist Uauzia of KUraln's spurting
1 toupe, durlug an exhibition at Dallas,
Tex , struck Tom James a blow on the
neck that killed him, aud the whole party
til ' held on tho charge of murder.
Druggist Irving of Nettleton, Mo., was
warned by temperance crusaders thatsomc
thlug would happen unless ho ceased tils
Indiscriminate salo of liquor. He neglected
tho warning, and his store has been burned.
Tno long freight trains on the Canada
Southern division of Urn Michigan Central
Itallroad collidcduear-Cayuga.Ont., Thurs
day night. Twenty-five of the cais and
both engines were w recked. The crews es
caped by jumping.
Sixteen- ear-old Lugetio Callahan ot
Cheyenne shot three times at his school
mate, Maud Hall, aged 15, yesterday, aud
then shot himself dead. Kugeno was of a
piccoclotisly romantic disposition, but his
loye for Maud was not lelutncd.
'Ilio French Government bus denounced
the commercial ticaty with Turkey.
Tho French Council of Agriculture, has
voted In favor of Imposlug n duty em Iu
illnu corn, corumcal and Its derivatives and
l'mperor William opened tho Staatsrath
yesterday In person, nud inadonu addiess
advocating the protcetlou ot tho working
Sw it norland has accepted tho Invitation
of Spain to tako part in tbo conference to
bo held In Madrid tudeviso mcastiiesfor
the piotcetlou of Industrial property.
Mr. l'arucll arose amid checis In tho
House of Commons yesterday and moved
tho repeal of the cocrclou act, and made a
speech attacking Mi, llalfour, Chief Seero
tiuyfor Iiclaud, and defending tliolilsli
Owing lt the attendance ot tho Duke do
l.u ncs at apolitical punch given Mm In
Vnris by tho Catholic students at tho Gym
nast LauiciiI last night, ho has been for
l tdden to vIMt tho Duke of Orleans, who Is
it picfcnt confined tu the Conclcrgerlo
11 re at Mliunlnj;,
Custom Houso Statistics show 3,020,811
casts champagne linpoitcd In 10 years cud
li (, Dec. ,11st, IBStt, composed of more than
',0 brands. Of this, nbout ouc-quartcr wa
O. II, Mumm A. Co'a Dxtra Dry, or over
!32o,CC0 cases inoio thau of any other brand
Bogus Merchants Thriving in Wash
ington for Many Years.
NO LAW AS YET TO REACH THEM
Sending Out Attractive Circulars to Over
llunllnK riRtirei lUmih Ahntn tlin
Current Market l'rlrai ItiiuilrnilK
nf Complaints l-'rom C'nitntrj I'no
plo Action to tin Tulteri,
There Is now in tho hands of the
Public Printer u hill which, If passed
hy Congiess, will wlpo out a growing
ft mid Unit seems peculiar lo the District
of Columbia. Tt is tilmccl nt n lot ot
bogus commission merchants who have
mriilo this city their hcadquirtct.s for
the past few years nntl who have been
piotcetcd In their dishonest practices by
the absence of any law under which
they could bo punished.
It is the custom of these fellows, who
show pieference for thograln anil hay
trade, to lilie an ollico nntl scud out
to fanners nltiactive cliculars, solicit
ing consignments of their products
nud quoting figures which arc from 20
to 25 per cent, higher thnn the current
maikct prices. The cupidity of tho
fanner Is excited and he sends on his
stuff to the dealer, who sells
it unci pockets tho money. If
the fanner, nftcr writing numerous
letters, comes on to sec what ha9 be
come of the monoy due him, he will
probably find that the hogtis commis
sion' merchant has given up ills ofllco
or that if he Is to ho found, lie refuses
to give nny satisfaction.
"I suppose that we have received tit
least 100 complaints about theso fel
lows from fanners in the past three
years," said Police Inspector Swindells
this morning, "hut we have novcr been
able to pioscculu any of them success
fully. We arrested one, but it was
found that there was no law Unit applied
to his case, and the District Attorney
has been unable to act on
the complaints laid bcfoio him. I
remember that one of thee bogus d oil
ers opened nu office In the southwest
em portion of the city, nnd, by taking
the name of a icputable dealer in
the northwestern section, succeeded In
obtaining large consignments of
butter fipm farmers. An attempt was
made to punish him under the law pro
hibiting the use of the mails for f mud ti
lt nt practices, but It failed and lie
ut t olf.
"Dnltimorc had the same trouble that
wo ate having until u law was passed
by Mniylanti two or three years
nso pioiiibllln" these ltauds. That
diovu n number of the dctdcrs
to this city, aud It is chielly thcjo out-ca-ts
who lia e been cheating the farm-
o:s. Wo have had a bill di.tvvn up to
check the ft ami, and, if Congiess
passes it, will bo able to punish such
lu woikiug for tills rcfoim the Dis
trict Commissioners will have the co
operation 'of the Washington Grain
Exchange, which was orgattied
yesleidny, nnd which will make
an active fight against tho
fraudulent dealcis. The lXchanso
appointed a committee, consisting of
Messis. W. S. II05C Thomas W. Me
Knew and D. .G. iMohlcr, to mpvo
against the bogus commission men, and
they aie securing evidence to lay be
fore the Committee cm tho District when
the bill comc up for consideration.
t "These bogus dealers mostly solicit
cailoatl consicnmcnls fiom farmers in
tho Western States," said Mr. McICuew
this liioining, "and havo found a largo
number of victims in Ohio, Indiana,
Illinois and Michigan. The farmers
in the Stntcs near Washington
gencialiy know something about the
dealers "heic, and so are not so easily
deceived as those nt a greater distance.
If the consignments of grain or hay aic
to be paid with a sight cliaft on delivery
heic, tho bogus dealers lefuse to tako
them, as theic would not be enough
piofit for them lu honest buying and
"I Knew or one case in which one of
theso fellows leccivcd n huge number
of ciates of eggs from a farmer in
Ohio. He sold them and put the money
hi his pocket, and when the
fanner wiolo, asking for what was
duo him, ho sent back woul that
the eggs wcio all fiocn when received
and had been thrown In tho garbago
pile. One big fanner who had been
cheated went to tho ollico of one of
these bogus dealers and told him that
ho must cither pay up or take a good
Ihiashlug. The fellow sized him up
and gae lilm !5, which ho said was all
ho had. Not long after another farmer
who had been cheated and who was a
small man, went to tbo same follow and
made thosainc demand.. Tho result was
dilleicnt, however, for the dcalei. who
was of good Me, thrashed the littlo
fnrmcrnntl wouldn't nay him a cent,
'llicie is ically no icdrcs for the
farmers at present when they allow
themselves to be cheated by these bogus
As a consequence of these dishonest
piacticcs many Western farmers
havo become suspicious about sending
their grain and hay to this market,
nnd tho honest dealers aro af
fected accoidingly. Tho bill which
they wish passcd'for their motection
nntl that of the fnruicts will be offered
in tho Scnato by Senator Faulkner nnd
in tho House by IScpicscntntlve Hael
ton, nnd it is expected that theic will
be uo opposition to it.
Tito now Gialn F.xchango which has
token iqi tho matter and which will
aim in all legitimate ways to udvanco
tho intcicsts of tho wholesale grain
dealcis and millers of tho city, Tester
day elected tho following olllceis:
James I.. Ilaibour, piesldent: Walter F.
Hewitt, vice-president; V W. Watklns,
secretary; C. F. Wllklns, treasurer; W. S.
Hoge, 1). O. Mottler and Arthur 11. Ciopley,
board of dliectors; li. II. T'cimoy, II. l
l'lllshiny aud Thomas W. McKnoiv, arbi
tration tommlllee; W. Daucubowcr, S. S.
Dalsh and George A. Meyers, boaidof ap
peals. l)IS(ir.l)NTI,i:i) VllUilMANS.
Coiniiliilnlnt; Aculnst l'reililenl llur.
"Tho lcspectablu element ot tho Hu
publican paily in Virginia." Faid an In
llueutial Itcpubllcan fiom that Stato to
Tin; Cjutk rcpoiior this morning, "Is
dead set atraltist tlio Picsltteut. Es
pecially islhis so of tho ltepubllcnus
lu Richmond, where, In spite of their
petitions aud piotests, tlio Piesldent
commissioned Otis II. Itusscll as post
master on the ic'comuiendatfon ofMn
hone. Ititbsell," continued tho speaker,
"was n hold over Itepublicm tluriug a
poitlon of Cleveland's Administration,
llo was appointed collector of customs
bv Aithurnnd held tho position until
icmovcd foi a shortage of $800 In his
accounts. Bccrctaiv Fairchlld sent
Messis. Jewell and Tichenor, two bpo
cinljigcnts of tho Treasury Department,
to investigate IliwcU's maungeuieut ot
tho olllcc, and on their icpoit Huse1l
wns removed. The shortnge, howccr,
was made good nndltusc11 wns thereby
permitted to go fico
When his name wns sent lo tho Sen
ate to be postmaster nt Itlclimoud n
delegation of lending llepubllc.uis from
that city called on the I'resldent and
Informed him of the charges that
had been prcfcricd against Itusscll. The
I'resldent said he would look into the
matter, but he never did so. The Vir
ginia Scnatois, Daniels and Harbour,
protested ugalnst the confirmation of
Itusscll, nnd Sennlor Quay, 1 under
stand, said he would hold tl 10 caso up
for awhile, but ho went back on his
agreement, and by a clover trick, ilh
out the knowledge of the Virginia Sen
nld'rs, Itusscll wns confirmed.
"A Itcpubllcan from Richmond, by
thannmo of Illnds, I believe, had an In
tel view with the I'resldent on tho sub
ject and the I'resldent said that If the
party In Yiipinla had given a loyal sup
pint toMnhono that gentleman would
now he Governor; nntl ho did not think
Ilio Itcpubllcans of Virginia ought to
complain after they had failed to stand
by tUo Administration, Mr. Hinds re
plied that the respectable Hcpublicans
of Virginia would not sudor tho All
minlstiation to drive Mnhotic down
their tluoats, and that while they had
heads on their bodies they would act
and think for themselves. It wns an
animated interview," concluded the
Virginian, "and I think the I'resldent
has not heard the last of that appointment."
fKKKINd Till! OFJ'ICKS.
I'oit.-8lx Ilnnitroit WusliliiKtoiiluin
After Ceiisim Olllen I'lum.
Everybody In Washington is inter
ested in the census. Foity-slv hundred
people in this city have applied for a
chance to count noses, and nearly 200
of them have already obtained situa
tions under Commissioner Porter. Tho
turrcted building nt tho corner of Third
and G streets noithwest is the Mecca
of all the otllcc-scekcrs now in town.
AVhcn they enter it they aie confronted
with tills sign:
wri.tciNis von rosmosi
ro OM.V SEC lltfi CIIIIIK CI.KIIK OV
TUCIIVV" AMI rillliVA-.
Chief Clerk Chillis says lie has a haul
time of it. A Cjutio reporter who en
tered his office through tlitTnaiiow cor
ridors of the Census Ollico yesterday
found him snriounded by over fifty ap
plicants. They wcic of nil ages and
colors, tho feminine sex being in the
majority. Theic have been over 10,000
applicants for places as enumerators,
and there aie yet many counties to be
The 100111s now occupied by the
beicau arcciy inadequate for its needs.
An annex to it Is being constructed and
will be completed by the 1st of March.
Hy the 1st of July three lloors of the
new building, which is being erected
cm the site of tlio old Lochiel House on
Kinth sheet, will be occupied by the
additional clciks, which by that tinio
will have become necessary. Already
it has been found that additional 100m
is needed, and tluce lloors have been
lented in the new building at tho corner
ol Massachusetts avenue and North
Capitol stieet for mailing purposes.
Tho amount of printed matter which
is being daily sent out from tho bureau
loaches many tons. Twenty million
slips have been sent out for the purpose
of itsccitaining the indebtedness of each
county alone, cnumtratots being al
ready at work ou this branch of tho
business. Some idea may be formed
by the quantity of printed matter to be
used by the buicati when it is stated
that what has alicady been sent out
would fill to its utmost capacity a 100m
ten feet high and twenty-live feet eacli
Altogether, apait fiom the immense
amount of money that will be spent in
Washington for' printing, for tent ami
foi the bitlarics ot the permanent start
of the Census Hiueau, a great deal of
money will be expended for the woik
of counting heads alone. Two thou
sand enumerators will bo employed in
tills city. Tlicy will woik on tho tie
jure system. They will, at each house,
obtain the number of people who
usually inhabit it, and not, as is the
case with the Hiitish census, the num
ber of people actually under the loof
when the enumerator calls.
These statistics will bo obtained un
der tho supen ision of Professor Blod
gctt, who was at one tinio the t ttor of
Commissionei Poller, and who has for
many years made a study of economies.
The'Piofcssor is of opinion that the
census of lb'JO will be the most com
plete and tho most successful ever un
dertaken. Mr. Potter is of tho same
Tho equipment of the bureau is com
plete. It Includes a first-class printing
ollico under the dlieetlon of Dr.
Kctchum, who seems to thoroughly un
dcistand his business.
One lcason why the Census Olllce em
ployes ate now happy is that the mini
mum salaiy to be paid in thnt bureau
has been raised from $500 lo $1,000 per
i.oTTi:mi:s aki: nacNioious.
bo lliinkt) tlio United Sjtnton Anslitlllit
Assistant District Attorney Aiuhcw
Lipscomb, when asked what ho
thought of the stand Tin: Citirie had
taken on tho lottorv question, replied:
"Tin: Clime is right. I believe that
lotteries mo tho least harmful form of
gambling, but of course they aio per
nicious and demoralizing. I would like
to sco Tin: Cmtic make war on tho lot
tciy and policy shops which dot tho
District, It is a notorious fact that tho
Louisiana Lottery Company has for
years maintained an ollico heio, which
is as open as any bank in tho city."
"Why don't you bteak tt up?' quer
ied the icporlcr.
"Tho Piosecutlug Attorney nud his
nssistauts ate not detectives," icpllcd
Mr. Lipscomb, scntentiously.
i:-CUter Clerk Youuiiiitx.
Colonel II. It. Youmans, chief cleik
of tho Ticasury Department during
Cleveland's Admlnlstiation, has given
up his law olllcc heic and will lctiun
to his homo in Llmira, X. Y., whcio
his mactico Is such as to command
neaily all his time. Ho will renew his
paitneiship with Moss & Kulft, which
was dissolved when ho entcied tho
Tteasury Department. Colonel You
mans was looked upon by the newspa
per men as an exceedingly obliging
ollicial, and thev voted him the best
chief cleric the Tirasury Department
ever had. Colonel Youmans wtll como
heic frequently to look after business
matters before tho Dcpaitmcnts, and
therefore ho will continue to havo a
lively interest In AVashlngton,
Sccictary Noblo this morning appointed
Stephen J Kuhlotthls city chtof euglneer
of the Geological Survey, The plaeo Is
worth ',100 a j ear,
DAMAGES TO PROPERTY.
Special Assessments Have Exceeded
the Taxable Value.
NECESSITY TOR A BOARD OF AUDIT.
History of -llie Actions of the Various
(icnrriil i:, V. Wlilliilier Arctic In
Mi i port or Ilia lllll luiroiliirm! In
llin lliiiiM!(!ointnli)!loncrM r tlin
UIMrlit Oiumseil to Hit- Momiirc.
Tlio Mib-commlllcc of tlio Homo
Committee on Judlciaty listened to a
long argument by Cieticinl I'.. W
Whitnkcr in favor or the bill
recently introduced for tho crea
Hon of 11 Hoard of Audit
to decide upon all claims against the
District arising fiom special im
provements. These improvementscon.
slstcd of the changing of the grades
ot the sheets, lly the terms of tho bill
this boaul will be empowered to
adjust tho claims of damage tt)
properly caused by the alterations
and changes of the ginde of stiects, al
leys sewcts, etc., since Jnnuary 1, 1871,
whether caused by tlio lloaid of Public
AVoiks or by Commissioners of tho
District. T'(o District Commissioners
aio opposed to the measure.
The bill, Mr. AVhitaker said, needs
no argument to commend It to their
favorable consideration. A mere re
cital of tho facts was all that could bo
needed to assuio them of the justness
and propriety of tlio legislation asked.
The preamble of the bill gave the mat
ter in a nut shell. lie had been before
the committees of seven Congresses to
plead this just causo As an officer of
the lloaid of Public Works he had wit
nessed the changes of grade which
damaged his piesent clients. In fact,
asgciieial superintendent, ho had pet
tonally diicclcd tho execution of tho
unlets of the engineers of the Uoardof
rublic AVoiks in many inslnnces of
changes of grade wheic great damages
to private pioperty occurred. Tho
special assessments in many instances
exceeded the whole taxable valucof tlio
land as danuured. Theio were Instances
whcie the damages were so great that
the ownci s lost their homes entirely.
The facts out of which tlio need of
such legislation grew could be briefly
stated a's follows: The act or Congress
approved Pobiuaiy !il, 1871, abolished
ail municipal form of governmental
the District of Columbia and organld
a so-called Territorial foim of govern
ment, composed of a hoard of Public
Works, the metnbeis of which were
appointed by the Pi evident and con
llnncd by the Senate. That boaul,
claitnintr power fiom the Legislative
Assembly to change the grade of nil the
stieels. avenues and alleys in the Dis
till t of Columbia, immediately adopted
a "comprehensive plan" of public im
provements, cmbiacing all the sttcets
of Washington and Georgetown. The
engineers of this boaul tlltcrtcd many
ladieal changes of the then legally-established
guides for the purpose of
elevating Government buildings, facili
tating a new system of drainage by
seweis and to 'beautify the nation's
Tho act of Congiess approved June
20. 1871, cieated a hoard of Audit, to
adjust all claims (eltihl elas-es) glowing
out of said public improvements.
Fevenof these eight classes were tully
settled, amounting to $i:t,(l7.'i,T0-J.08.
Class seven compiised such claims for
special damages to leal estate by
change's of giadc, etc., as bad been pie
scnted to the lloard of Public Woiks
under Ibc net of the Legislative Assembly
or June 20, 187-.'. The joint resolution
ol December 31, 1871, extended tho
jurisdiction of tbo hoard of Audit to all
such claims (da's seven) as should bo
filed within Ihirtv days, and that had
accrued prior to June 20, 1874.
Under theso acts 2,280 claims (class
seven) wcic filed, aggiegaliug about
two million dolltus." " One tliousauil
tlnee bundled aud seventy-seven of
these claims weie allowed in sums from
S?o0 to SJO.flOO, aggregating )j.827,02.'i.08,
nnd averaging $.tiG:! for each claim.
Ol tho 8!11 claims upou which no awards
wcic made some wcic found without
merit, otheis aiose fiom changes in
grade subsequent to June 20, 187 1, and
othcisdid not receive the consideration
to which their merits entitled them tor
wnut of lime at the dato of the passago
of joint icsolution appiovcd March
11, 1870, when the lloaid of Audit
ceased to exist and all papers connected
with theso claims weic tinned over to
tho hoard of Commissionei s of tho Dis
liietor Columbia as custodians, and are
still in their custody.
The Commissioner, as the successois
of the hoaul of Public Woiks, from
date Juno 20, 1871 lo 1877, continued
the 'coinpichensivc plan" of public
improvements, and thus caused special
damages as estimated to 1,500 moie
parcels of icnl estate. In the annual
rcpoits of tho lloaid of CominUsIoncts
from 1870tolMl, the favoiablo altr-n-Hon
of the Incentive was called to
theso claims, for tho settlement of
which no provision of law oxistcd.
On the loth of May, 187(1, a bill
passed the Uoucc, providing tor tlio
adjustment and payment of theso claims
by a commission, and on tlio 19th of
January, 1880, another bill passed Hie
House icfeiring them to tho Court of
Claims. Tnl88U a bill passed Congress
leferrinti tho claim of tho heiis of
Daniel Cairoll for damages to their
propel ty lo the Court of Claims, and the
award 01 yu.tiuu was recently appro
priated. This claim was for damages done
their piopeity by impioving tho streets
adjoining it, nud was precisely of the
snmo chainetcr of those for which this
bill is intended to piovido a hearing.
Tho House is, therctote, by theso nets,
as well as others, committed in favor of
the recognition of theso claims nnd of
their ullimato payment. At tho last
session of the Fiftieth Congress this bill,
siightly amended, was favorably to
poitcd. It is estimated that the claims pie
scnted may amount to $2,000,000, nntl
that tho actual awards in final settle
ment by a competent boaul will not
exceed 5-000,000. Theio Is nu accumu
lated surplus fund of the District now
In tlio hands ot tuo Miming rutin
Commission sufficient lo piy all of
theso elnlms, or they can bo pild Inil.Gj
bonds without exceeding tho legal
Tho construction of tho lnws of as
sessment for special improvements has
beeubiicli as to beat heavily 011 this
class of claimants, whoso pioperty was
specially damaged Instead of belug
specially benefitted. None of the scv-
ciat acts auinormug tuo iioard 01 torn
mlssloners to reviso and coricct cno
itcous nnd exeesslvo bpeclal assessments
huvor been so cpustrucd as to furnish
proper icllef to theso claimants who
vveio erroneously assessed. Tlioy ought
to bo nflorded nn oimorluultv of belug
full heard, precisely ns were thoso
who bail the privilege of piovlug their
claims before lliu late hoard of Audit.
UN clients, Mr. Whitnkcr said, have
been paving annual taxes levied to pay
the Interest, nnd to create a sinking
fund to pay the principal, 011 the M.05
bond intlebtcdncs Incurred In paying
like Malms of their neighbors. At
every session of Congiess many bills
for individual relief, on account of
theso damages, have been presented lo
the House nittl Senate, mid the lime or
tlictwo Houses, as well as the Com
mittees on the District, has been con
sinned in their consideration. A gen
cral bill, providing a tribunal whcie till
can bo heaid, would pievent the neccs
Mly or these private petitions, andie
leivo Congiess from an unnecessary
To give to claimants who presented
thclrclnims to Hie into Hoard of Audit,
which wcro not equitably disposed by
the board, and such as suffered dam
ages and failed to present their clniius
within the periods named by the two
acts of Congiess heroic rofoircd to, as
well as those where damages accrued
subsequent to Juno 'Jy 18J t, nn oppor
tunily to havo their claims fairly and
honcs'.ly luWhdlcntcd. was what was
is'.ly luWhtllcatcd. was vvl
idedfoiVfc the bill.
t)AU(ini;its or 111:111:,
Conrerrlnc of tlin JOEreo with lntor
ettlnc Ktorclncn lit tho Cathedral.
Altias Temple, Nobles of the Mystic
Shrine, held tho first of 11 scries of "la
dies' nights" last evening, and in every
respect it was a great success. Tho ex
ercises were concluded in the cathedral,
but the entire snnctuaiy of the Scottish
Kilo was utilized, the various lodge
nptirtments and offices being for the
nonce transfoimcd into reception-rooms
for tlio convenience of the fair guests.
The cathedral was, beautifully deco
rated, Hit' stations or the officers being
bung with rich lanibicqtiins of scatlet
In front of tho piesidlng olllccr was a
lalscddais In the form of a crescent,
uponlhcdarkhansiiigsof which drawn
scimitars, crescents, and other devices
Were embroidered. The other tmpoit
ant officers' stations wcio also furnished
with deviecs resembling pedestals, upon
which .Arable characters, pyiamlds and
emblems of the mystic Last weic em
boused. Potentate Walker welcomed the ladles
in n Very happy ntltlresa, and Intioduccd
the Masonic quartette Messrs. Hit
channn, hlid. Jloffatt and Hancock
who opened the programme with hra
zeliisl "Wino March." Mr. Itubbaid
T. Smith followed with nn original
song,, "Tlio Little Pie," and sang for
an 'cbrorc "Kelly's Pants." "The
Song That Iteached My Heart," sung
by Mr. llcrndon Morsel!, was nlso en
cbietl and he lcspondcd with "Dreams."
The quartette then rendered "Tho
Hunter's Joy," nud Mr. F. G. Moltatt
snncMolloy's "Poslillion," and gavo
"Mc'nlly's Flats," assisted by .the
qunit.'tte, as an encore.
Mr, Smith aud his "Listen to My
Talc of Woe" formed a team that the
audience could not resist, and only
'The Song That hreaks my Ileair
sufllctd to silence them and give Xoblc
Harrison Dinginan a chance lo piesent,
on behalf of Mrs. Cltatlcs L. Glbbs, a
beautiful red silk banner embioldcrcd
in gold, which was accepted by Poten
tate Walker for the Temple. Noble
llcrndon Moiscll filled the next num
ber with the lomanza, "Marguerite.
Miss1 Anita llcndric lecltcd "Archie
Dean,"" and lcspondcd to n hearty en-e-oro
with "Tom's Utile Star."
The confeiring or the "mystic and
illustrious dcgiec of tho Daughters ot
llcbe," the most intciesting event on
the piogmmmc, followed. Suddenly
the loom was daikened, nod .Noble
llany Standifoid entcied and sedately
matched to the presiding ofilcer'scliair,
whcie ho assumed a statuesque nttitudo
and announced tho cntianco of the
mystic cavalcade, attended by the two
evil spirits of ltctallatlon nnd'llcvcngc,
habitatcd in costumes of sombic black,
the characters being lespectivcly taken
bv John II. Olcolt and a. h. Coolldgc.
Venerable Patiiaich George II. Walker
was attended by tin assemblage of
hedouins, whose Arabian costumes, in
the dim light, made them bear a strik
ing resemblance to n war patty or Flat
The ilegiee opened with an impres
sive address bv the Vencinble Patriarch,
chatges of l'etaliatlon and llovcngc
wero'prefened, and the choir represent!
inc Hebe chanted in solemn tones good
advice lo the candidates. After tills a
fieiy, unlnmcd steed, which, at first
glance bote some rescmblanco to an old
iashioncd hand fire-engine, was brought
in by the Arabs, aud tho ladles weie
lcquestcd lo form themselves into
"blocks or live," and mount the animal,
which upon closer inspection piovcd to
benn aitificial goat.
At the conclusion ol the degieo each
candidate was pic-cntcd with a hand
some white nnd gold bailee, v Ith the
: Awivs TKMri.n,
: A. A. O. N. M. S.
i Feb. 14, lbHO. ;
To niv Valentino of tho lJuitgnter :
: of Hebe ;
: At tho 1'c.istb of Ileatts.
Tho audience then icpalred to tho
banquet 1 00111 and pailook of a colla
tion. Among the ladies present wcic:
Mesdaiues A. T. I.ongely, V.. II. Cham
berlain, W. S. ltooso, A. W. Kelly, J. C.
Joehun, James S. Miller, J. A. Limerick,
J. M. Ilodges, Heuiy ltcltcr, II. Jacob
son, I., btoddard, l'roetor, Mlddlebrook,
Cahoonc, Dr. llaldwln. A. T. Coumht, J.
S. lluriislde, C. T. liuitlg. MeCIeary, Chas.
J. Cramer, John U. Slinuis, A. A. Asplu
wall, J. S. Tomllnsou, 1). 0. DUou, F. K.
fcwett, George Gibson, M. W. Daviess, 1'.
Y. Alexander, C. 1'. Ulbbs, .T. li. Leonard,
John F. O'Neill, Hetirv Kiihns, John A.
Schneider, Colonel A. II. holt, W. J.
Acker, J. II. Halslctt, K. 1 Jones, C. M.
Y ood, M. Fugltt, A. II. Hell, 1". J. Hcleh
lairgcr, J. T. Manning, 11. II. Gra
ham, A. S. Johnson, II. T. Dietnluger,
1'. 1). Oltcrhach, I,. A. hair, 1'. T. Samier,
James Shannon, D. N. Grant, O'l.oughrui,
A brum Frcv, Judge Thompson, llnrry
btnndtfoid, O. W. Uennett and (1. II.
Walker, and tho Misses Dottle Schneider,
Lily Acker, Jcnnlo White, llirdlo Otter
bach, Mamlo Ulmoie, -Mary Douglass,
Lmlly l'roetor, Sadlo Dhiginau, May Cam
eron, Kntlo hood, Ida Collins, l.llllo Col
lins, Gibson, Caitcr, Joehutii, MeCIeary,
Ldlth Cioss and Koome.
Startling Charges to llo .11.1(10,
Qukuuc, Feb. 13. It Is alleged hero
Hint a second edition of tbo Pacific
scandal, which resulted in the ousting
of Sir John McDonald's government In
lb?2, Is about to make Its npponraucc.
Tho chniges, it is said, will bo regu
larly made on the lloorof the House of
Commons, and will bo backed by docu
mentary and other evldenco or tho
most conclusive diameter, attacking
the mcmbeis for Quobec and others lu
high places, including seveial metnbeis
or tho Government. The burdcu o!
the chniges is that the atcused havo
lien, and still are, secret paitners In
tho public contract know n as the Que
bee Harbor Works, and hnvo legularly
shared In the profits,
Call up telephone- No. 2.11 and order
Tin: funic delivered to you for !)3 cents u
MA.I. RAYMOND LEAVES.
His Official Associates Express Ap
preciation and Good Will.
DEFENDING THE EX-COMMISSIONER.
He Wanted no Politics in Dispensing tho
ltcfiiMil lii Aicuiln to l'ttrt.v Iloiiiiitul
L'aiueit III I(enl;niitlMi Aitmlrnl
1'niter'it f.nil Coiuli IIIr Itoom In
llnlMInc I.iichI (iovornincut Nolo
Major Itiiyiuond took leave of his old
f 1 lends nt tho District offices to tiny and
held quite nioccption In C'.iplnln Link's
loom, While Hie various gentlemen
who had foimcily had ollicial and social
1 Millions w Ith tbo ex-Commissioner wcro
making their ndietis, a prominent olltelnl
said tu Till', Clime leporter:
"There Is something lu lelatlon lo
Major llnvmoud that has never been
published. You know, ho is a Itepub
llcan in politics, so far ns army men
have any politics. Well, it Is generally
conceded that his rctlicmcnl is due to
his refusal to accede to tho demands or
the party in power regaidlng dismissals
and appointments In tho District of
fices. When he succeeded Colonel
Ludlow tho Democials wcio in power,
nnd Major Itaymond took tlio same
stand with Commissioner Whcatley ns
ho has recently taken with Commis
sioner Douglass lcgarding patronage
"He would not ngieo to havo any
politics In the olllcc. Cleveland backed
him up in tho stand ho took, despite the
elTotts of lending District Democrats to
secure his removal. Now, he has gone.
You can put a pin here iind bank on Its
A meeting 01 tlio oiuccrs ami em
ploycsof the District Government was
held in the library nt !).!!0 this morning
to lake action in regartl to tho Major's
retiicmcnt. J. T. 1'etty wns chosen
chairman nnd A. Y. Lakcnan secretary.
As expressive of the sense of the meet
ing the follow log preamble nnd resolu
tions wcic unanimously adopted:
Whereas Major Charles W. lUyiiiond,
Corps of Kugltiecrs, U. S. A., has hcen re
lieved from duty a9 Engineer Commis
sioner, audit seems Jlttlng that wo should
glvo expression lo our fccllugs at tho sev
erance, of thu relations which have ovlstcd
between us fortnoro thau two jcars, there
fore be it
Hetolml, Thut in parting with Major
Ituvnioud o do so with tlnccro rcgiet, and
that we shall ever hold in hltidly rcuicm
hiniico the uniform courtesy and considera
tion which hive been manifested hy him
both In our perbonal and ollicial Inter
Itetolitit, That we hereby tender our best
wisncsior tin tiiiuro Happiness nnu pros
perity, coupled with tho hope that In his
1 cvv ileld of duty ubuudaut success may
crovui his labors.
Hetvitcil. That as a further expression of
our good will nnd friendship a copy of
these lcsolutlous, engrossed nnd signed, be
presuiUd to Major liajmoud.
Itoom in llullillni;.
Tbeiois a boom in buildlntr. which
shows 111010 than nuything elso tbo
healthy condition of Washington, in a
ptospe'rotis sense, nnd the approaching
Ecason will be the most lively ouc in the
history of the city, if one can
jndec fiom piesent indica
tions. To-day Mr. T. franklin
Schneider took out tbiec separate per
mits for the election of iiltv-two dwell
ings, which will cost ?2li;!,000. All
these bouses will be built upon thesame
squaic No. !5G2 bounded by West
minister sttect, Ninth sticetnnd I stieet.
On Westminster street twenty-one
buildings tbiec stories In height with
two-stoiv back buildings and IB feet 0
inches in width will be elected, aud
nillbonumbcied from 00:1 to 91!), In
clusive. Tho fronts will be of piesscd
brick, with bay-window projections.
On Ninth slrcct nine thiec-story-and-basement
houses will bo built, with
back buildings two stories in height.
Theso will nlso have piesscd brick
fionts and will havo 10 feet fiont. They
will bo known as Nos, 18'-'-i to lB'JS
Ninth street, inclusive.
On I street Mr. Pcbucidcr will erect
twenty-two buildings, which will be
known in Hie fntmc as Nos. 900 to 912
inclusive. These will be similar to the
houses on Ninth and Westminster
sheets, but will be more ornate in fin
ish. All or the dwellings will be com
pletely fitted with tho most iceent itn
piovemciits nnd will bo heated by fur
naces. Mr. Schneider is his own aichi
tcct, and Messrs. Dai by and Davis will
build the houses.
It may be rcmaiked for general in
foimation that the giountl which will
bo occupied by Mr. Schneider's houses
is the old Athletic 1'aik, where base
ball, clicuses nnd tobogganing held
bway for so many yenrs.
Other permits issued by Inspcctoi Kn
twislo vvtro lo John II. Dundy, two
sloiy dwcllitig.Mount Pleasant Plains,
$1,&00, and to Geoige Shipley ror two
two-story dwellings, Nos. 11U and 1111)
C stieet southeast, $3,000.
Admiral Porter's r.miil Comb.
Commissioner Douglass and Lawyer
Hairy Davis wcic having a pleasant
littlo chat in the foimei's 100m this
morning, nnd Mr. Davis remarked upon
the new Commissioner.
"1 am sin prised to see Colonel Rob
ert so younolooking," said Mr. Doug
lass, "that Is, for a man of his yc.it s.
Dine and myself, with our white heads,
look like pntriatchs besido him. Speak
ins of that," he continued, "you know
how dink Admiial Poller's hair is.
Well, one New Year's I).w wo were
both coming out o! the White House
and I tcmaikcd to him.
"Admiral, why don't your hnirti'iu
white like that of tho lest or us old fel
lows?" "Ah," ho replied with a chuckle,
"You fellows don't use tho right kind
of combs. Lead ones aio the things."
District (lOtoimiicnt Note.
The Master Plumbers' Protective As
sociation, by its president, Kugeno
Hannau, hns filed a written protest
with the Commissioners against Iho
passage of Senate bill No. 20, which
piovides for ccitaln changes In tho ox
Uting plumbing laws and regulations.
The Houso District Committee has
icfeircd to tho Commissioners llopie
tentative Paj sou's bill (II It., No. W)
piovldlug for the cication of a boaul of
liudlt to ndlust all claims Tor special
damages to real estate by icason of
public Impiovcmcnts in the Dlsttict of
UIlAI.NS ItlNM.NG WU.U.
Coiislitoruljlo Tlmiiuto Clinical lint No
Onu Hurt In 11 C'olllnlou.
Tu xii.it. Ms , Fob. 15. Theio was
a bad smash up on tho Ccntial Massa
chusetts ltnllioad at Waio caily this
inoinlnir. A ml.xed froleht had been
made up for Northampton and was
standing on Iho siding near tho tound
house, hy some accident the switch
connecting with the main truck lu tho
tear was left open.
A wild freight from OaUtlnlc ruuuing
nt a high laic of speed and unable to
stop when signalled, tan Into the
lenroftho mixed tinln. Tholocomo
llve of the wild freight was badly
smashed, tho caboose and baggngo nnd
passeimcrcais were wholly wrecked nnd
the freight car, which was loaded with
vitriol, was ovctturnctl, The baggngo
and passenger cms caught lire and tlio
local Ilio depailmcnt was called out to
put out the llnmes. No 0110 wns hurt,
thetinln linndescaplug by jumping.
Losi, 20,0(1(1. A largo gang or woik
men Itom Northampton 111 0 at work
clearing tho wreck.
I'relRlil Cant ou it Itiiinpnee,
loxi v,Mu it., Feb. 15. Tvvcnly-thrcc
freight cms bioko loose fiom a train nt
Stanton Junction yestciday morning,
rushed down a heavy grade lowartl thin
city nt a speed of forty miles an hour
nnd crashed Intonftelglittrain standing
cm the track In tlio yani. Twenty-three
cms were smashed and many of them
Ihiown fiom the track. A br.ik.cmnn
who was standing 011 the (rain In the
ymd was buried lo lite giountl and had
a leg broken. A man nnil two hoises,
which ho wns shipping in one of tlio
runaway cars, weic taken Tioni the
Itn C'lccroim Ku.v It Huh A-ci!iiillliiil
11 Vint Amount nt (.noil.
Mr. William L Curlis, the Indefati
gable head or the Pan-American Con
cress, was wearily leaning up against a
"telegiaph pole on Fifteenth stieet yes
terday evening awaiting 11 lierdic, when
a Cnmc man greeted "him. When an
interiogation xvns hulled nt him his
polyglot lolundity pleaded that he wns
too tired to talk, but he did, just the
"In a short while," said Mr. Ctittls,
r.s the herdlc bo wanted to bonrd pissed
up the concrete, "the people of the
countiy will have an opportunity to
judge what a vast amount of good the
1'an -American Congress has accom
plished. Lvcr since the first of Janu
ary the various committees appointed
by the congress hnvo been haul at svork
upon their reports. These have been
completed nnd aic now being trans
lated. They will shortly bo given lo
the printcts and be published, and will
prove valuable, not only to those inter
ested In the various iudustilos ot the
country, but to evciy ouc who desires
closer 'commcicial nnd personal rela
tions between the peoples or North and
South America. One cannot be too
sanguine regarding the excellent ft tilt
which will be brought forth by means
of the Pan American propagation. I'll
get this herdlc or die."
Mr. Curlis is still hcaity.
Anniuil Convention of tlin National
American Bullrace Asiocl.itton,
Tho woman sulTiaglsts will occupy
the slaee of the Llncolu Music Hall
next week, when the twenty second an
nual convention of tlio Nntionnl
association will be held. Mrs.
Lli7abeth Cady Stanton will do
liver lite opening addiess at 10:!10
o'clock on Tuesday morning, and
will be followed by Hon. William Dud
ley Foulkc of Indiana. "Tho Centen
nial of lfeO-2" will be talked about in
the evening by Isabel heccher Hooker
of Connecticut, and Kllabcth hoynton
Itaibeit is down for a pnper entitled
"The Next Step." Laura Oimiston
Cunt of I'tigland will discuss "Lngllsh
Women in Politics."
The day sessions cm Wednesday,
Thiusday nnd rritlav will bo devoted
to the lcreption of S"lale icports fiom
the following ladies: Nebmska, Clara
Uewick Colby; Kentucky, Lugcnia 15.
Faimcr, Ma'ine, Ilev. Henry hlanch
nid; Pennsylvania Harriet Purvis;
Massachusetts, Maltha bewail Cur
tis, Htuiiette 1!. Shatluck: Wis
consin, llev. Olympla Drown; Ar
kansas, Clara A. McDiarmid;
Missouri, Yiiginia L. Mil nor; Con
necticut, Frances Lllen IJttir; Iowa,
Mnigaict Campbell; Ohio, Maltha II.
Hlvvcll; District of Columbia. Dr.
Susan Kdsnn; Montana, Mario L.
Mason; Minnesota, Sarah Dinger
Sleams; Illinois, Mary D. Holmes,
Kansas, Lama 31. Johns; New Yoik,
Lily Dcveieux lllakc; Canada, Dr.
Liriily II. Stowc; Indiana, Mav Wright
Sevvail; Michigan, Lmily II. ICetcliam;
Wyoming, Hon. J. M.Carey.
Papcts will nlso lie lead by Clara
haiton, Carrie Lane Chapman, I'hirbc
W. CouIns Zcinlda G Wallace, ltcv.
Oivmpia Drown nnd llev. Annie II.
MiortHgo lu tlie Account 11 r n I.ciullni;
Nr.w YoitK, Feb. 15. Tho Times has
the following special fiom (Juebec:
The utmost excitement was caused in
commercial circles to day (Friday) bv
the report that the agent of a well
known Liverpool lumber film U short
in his nccouuts lo the extent of between
9100,000 and 200,000. It 13 also stated
that he had power of attorney to the
extent of 1,000,000, and that this bus
been stopped by cablo from Liverpool.
Tho absence of the ngent from the city
Toi the past few days lends color to the
icpoit. Ono of tho members of the
firm is on bis way fiom Lngland to in
vestigate the mutter. The agent is
nbout 40 ycais of age, belongs to one of
the best families heic. and Is well
known in Montreal. His wlfo and
family mo still heic, and know- nothing
as lo his wheicabouts.
Vermont (Jrnnlto Workers .Strllunc,
h.vititi:, Yi.. Feb. 15. A strike is in
piogress among tho granite workers.
It is at piesent confined to tho polisbeis
and allccts Iho films of J. H. hatchclloi
& Co., Culler A, hiiinhain, Thomas
Williams and McDouald & llcihnni,
employing in Iho aggiegato seventy
live men. The union men demanded
nine bonis work and an increase in my
of seventeen per cent. The polishing
ilinis pioccedcd to dlschnrgo some union
men nnd all of Iho polishers went out.
The Drillcis' nnd ijuarryincn's Union
nud tho stone cutteis have also made a
demand Toi nine houis woik and ten
ClilmiioMi ll.Wni; Tliiinicli Tlio Air,
Gitr.r.Miu.i:, Mtss., Feb. 15. A
howling stoim lacked Loota. Miss., loie
nnd nft Thiuxlnv night. Houses wcio
blown down, bricks from chimuoyn sent
living thiough Hie air aud loose objects
driven before tho wind like chaff. At
about midnight tho stoun raged fear
fully nnd all the inhabitants of the little
village left thoir homes nud took rofugo
behind the levee, which wns sin rounded
by tho overflow. No loss of life has
been reported and the exact dnmngo to
piopeity has not yet been learned.
Iriincctlui; ( lie Ordnanco WorKo.
General llnwlcy or the Commltteoou
Coast Defenses aud the members of tbo
Senntu Naval Committeo inspected tho
oidnancc works nt tho Nnvy-Ynid yos
terday afternoon. Thoy cxpiessed
themselves ns much pleased with
everything they saw, aud congratulated
Cnptaln Folger on the progress that
bail becu mudc lu the work,
SINKING TUB TRACKS.
Important Movement of the Wash
ington Board of Trade.
SAFETY OF PEDESTRIANS CONSIDERED
Railroads Must Elevate Their Line3 or
Put Them Below Grade
AsKlnc lor it Nnw Clly I'mtiilllcn
I.urcer Alipioprlntlonpi lor tlio I'u
liiiiino Itlvor Condition T Hit?
The people of AVashlngton in a very
shoit 11100, it Is confidently expected,
will bo nblo lo cioss the streets thiough
which tbo steam lailioads run without
dnuger to life and limb. The dliectors
of the Hoard of Tiatlo nt their mecllng
Inst nleht decided to ask Congress lo
pass a law requiring tbo rniltond com
panies now entering the city to cither
sink their Hacks below the grade of thu
stieet or elevate them so Hint Indus
passing over them wtll in no way inter
lcic with pedestrians. Other steam
roads deslious of entering the city will
be forced to comply with these require
The icsolution contnlningjbco 10
quests wnsollered by Mr. 11 II, Warner,
chairman of the committee 011 rail
roads, and immediately adopted. Pre
vious to this Picside-nt Parker tend
letter from Senator Ingalls. It was us
Mr. Mjiron .V. 1'tirUr, I'lemlrnl of Me
Jlouul 0 Ttntlf
Silt! In" reply to jours of Iho 7lh Instant
I would say that the- Clly of Washington in
to be congratulated upon the possession ot
an organization of her leading IiusIiicsk
men. dedicated to the welfare of the Na
tional Capital, Irrespective of faction or
'lhc Senate Committee on thu District of
Columbia will co-operate with tho lloard ot
Trade's efforts to secure good government
and to advance I he Interests of Washington.
Suggestions hearing upon matters or
public Interest will he gladly received and
shall have the most cnieful consideration.
John J. Imivi.is.
The reading of this letter was ap
plauded nud immediately aftei Mr.
Wamcr told of bis intcivicvv with the
Pennsylvania Itailroad officials In ru
gard lo better railroad facilities. He
baid that tho interview was very unsatis
factory nud that fnvois from the mil
road company wold have to be obtained
by force. He then intioduccd his mo
tion regaidlng slcam lailioads entering
Chninuan Thomas of the comniitlco
on public buildings lcporlcd that hu
and his associates had decided to con
centmtc nil their energies toward thu
erection or one building nt a time.
They had decided to ask for a poslolllco
with the facilitis to handle the mails nt'
the piesent time and of Iho Washington
of lirtyyenis hence. 1 lis rcpoil was
adopted, as alco was lite leport or the
committee on sticets and avenues.
There was some discussion of .1 bill
now before Congiess to chance the ex
isling laws in legate! to mortgages uiul
deeds of titist. Piesldent Pinker said
Hint Iho bill wns not likely to pass, and
tbeicfoio he did not think it necessary
to tnkc any action on it. Mr, Warner
spoke or n bill for the enlargement of
the Emergency Hospital. President
Paiker thought that tbo training
school for nurses should also I10
encouraged. Doth matters weie 10
feired to John II. Magttidei-,
chttiimnn of the committee on charities.
He thicvv the meeting Into n merry
mood bj" asking if it would not be well
for charitable institutions lo be asked
lo notify the board of their wants.
Several members thought that if thii
weic done Mr. Mogrudcr would be kepi
busy nil the time. He thought so, too,
and withdicvv his suggestion.
Secictaiy Andcison suggested that,
in view of the small apptopriation that
had been made for the Potomac Itlver,
n committee, consisting of the chair
men of all the committees of the board,
wait upon tbo committeo in charge of
the bill and ask for a larger appropria
tion. His suggestion was adopted, and
he was directed to make an appoint
ment to have a bearing before the com
mittee. Mr. Antleison then spoke of
the action of Congress on the Wotld's
Fair bills, and thought tho question of
site would be scttlcd'nc.xt week
Colonel Staples made a very touching
appeal for better accommodations at the
workhouse. He said that the inmates
of this institution were compelled to
tat and sleep in the satno room, nnd,
laken nltogcther, their accommodations
wcic wietched. Dy lequest or Mr.
Wnincr the charities' committee was
diiccted to take action in the matter.
Fpou motion or Secretary Anderson
it was resolved that the boaul become 11
member or the Nntioual hoard of Trade,
which pioposcs to have its headquarters
in Ibis city. George W. Liuktus, the
real estate dealer, was then elected 11
member ol tho boaul. alter which the
question of nn annual banquet came up.
Mr. Andctson was of the opinion that it
would be most appropriate to hold It on
Washington's birthday. Several other
gentlemen thought tho time to that
date would bo too shoit to make tho
piopcr arrangements. Mr. Andeison
was finally appointed 11 committee of
ono to confer with the Dusincss Men's
Club, so as to havo the banquet under
that organization's nuspiecs, The meet
ing then adjourned.
The directors piesent wcio S. Walter
Woodward, Isaac N. Jackson, II. A.
Willnid, W. h. Moses, Samuel Itoss,
George Trucdcll, William A. Wim
snttand liciinh Wllklns.
l'lllierill or Itnbort S. Toitil.
The funeral of the late ltobeit X
Todd took place fiom bis foimer resi
dence on Four-and a-lialf stieet vester
day. Dr, Addison of Trinity Church
read tho funeral t-erviccs aud made it
few appropriate lcmnrks on the do
ceased. Then, after the many present
had taken tlieir last look nt their old
friend, tho lcmains were conveyed lo
the receiving x-nult of the hock Creek
Cemetery. The pull bearcis were Hon.
Philip H. Thompson. J. C. McGinn,
Lieutenant I.iicicn Young. I'. S, N, ;
A. C. Floyd, Major W N Dalton,
John 1. huckiugham. F. F.. Storm
and William Huiuett.
Clinrceil With Wire Mtmlur.
M.VI.D1.N, Mvs., Feb. 15. tu the
District Comt ycsleiday F Clnienco
Page of Medford' and Mrs. Isabel I.,
wlfeof Iluntloy I. Cltuk of this city,
wore airnlgned upon a wtiunnt clisug
lug them with an attempt to minder
Mis. E. Clarence Pago by putting
poison 111 her food. They pleaded not
gulltv . aud Page w as held under !j O.OIX)
mid Mis. Claik under $2,000 bonds for
trial February 21. Page's biothei fur
nished bonds for both piUonets.
Catcher Murphy Ment. With ltoiluu.
Uoston, Feb. 15. Morgau h. Murphy,
tho famous catcher of last year's Lowell
team, signed a threo-jcar contiact wltli thu
llostou l'lavcr6' League Club yesterday
Iho llrool.lyn League and tho Hyracuvi
Club were both tiuxloti to secure Murphj