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THE INDIANAPOLIS JOUKNAL.
ON RAILWAY TRAINS.
WEEKLY ESTABLISHED 1M2X
DAILY ESTABLISHED 1850
VOL. LH XO. 323.
INDIANAPOLIS, WEDNESDAY MORNING. NOVEMBER 19, 1902 TEN PAGES.
PRICE 2 CENTS
INQUIRY TOO SLOW
STRIKE COMMISSIONERS WEARY OF
METHODS OF LAWYERS.
Too Mach Tim Spent In CroM-Enm-ining
the President of the Mine
Worken' I n Ion.
HINT FROM CHAIRMAN GRAY
THAT QIESTIONS BE LIMITED TO
NEW PHASES OF THE I Wl IK V.
Mr. Mitchell Again a Target for
Wayne MacVeasrh, Who Was Fol.
lowed by Gowen and Rom.
ARBITERS ALSO INQUISITORS
QUESTIONS ASKED BY SPALDING,
GRAY, WRIGHT AND W ATKINS.
Archbishop Ireland's Attitude Dis
cussed Yeurlr Agreements, Intim
idation and Other Matters.
S( RONTON, Pa., Nov. 18.-President
Mitchell, for the fourth successive day, oc
cupied the witness stand during the two
essions of the strike commission and was
cross-examined by the three attorneys for
as many coal companies. While a consid
erable amount of information for the en
lightenment of the commissioners was
brought out, the day was a rather quiet
one compared with those which have pre
ceded it. The arbitrators are growing rest
less in consequence of the long cross-examination,
which apparently does not bring
out the facts as quickly as the commission
would like to have them presented. Several
times during the course of to-day's session
Chairman Gray reminded the attorneys of
the value of time and suggested that cross
examination be limited to new features
of those questions that have already been
gone over. The lawyers assured the com
mission that they, too. were anxious to ex
pedite matters, and would do everything
possible to hurry matters along without
Injuring their own case.
Mr. Mitchell has been on the stand since
last Friday morning, and Is showing signs
of weariness from the strain of four days'
cross-examination. Thus far his attorney,
C. S. Darrow. and David Willcox. for the
Delaware & Hudson; Wayne MacVeagh,
for the Erie; Francis L Gowen. for the Le
high Valley, and W. W. Ross, for the Del
aware, Lackawanna A Western Company,
have examined the miners' president. The
commissioners to-day for the first time en
tered into the discussion with the lawyers
and the witness over disputes which arose
from time to time.
Interest in the proceedings is not waning.
The large crowds which have been wedged
In the courtroom in the preceding days of
the hearings were in evidence to-day. Nei
ther is there a falling off in the attendance
of attorneys, of whom there are almost
twoscore present at each session.
MANY Ql ESTIONS ASKED.
Both Counsel and Commissioners In
terrogate Mr. Mitchell.
8CRANTON. Pa.. Nov. 18. When Wayne
MacVesgh resumed his cross-examination
of Mr. Mitchell he took up the alleged acts
Of violence in the mining region. After
the mine workers' president had answered
several questions Mr. MacVeagh said:
"What I am trying to show is that there
Is a growing spirit of violence and disre
gard of law in your organization and that
your influence over them is insufficient to
keep them law-abiding and peaceable as
you desire them to be."
I'nder this arraignment of the union Mr.
Mitchell retained his complete composure.
The Question met with a ready response.
The fear that my influence," said he. "is
not sufficient to deter men from the com
mission of crime is a contradiction of the
claims often made about me."
The cross-examiner and the witness then
plunged into a spirited colloquy over the
question of whether one man has the right
to prevent another man from selling his
labor. The best answer Mr. MacVeagh
could draw from the miners' chief was that
he did not approve of any one committing
an unlawful act.
Mr. MacVeagh read a statement regard
ing the right to strike as be!or.f:ing to the
personal freedom of workingmen. He also
took the view that in exercising that free
dom those who cease to work must not
Interfere with the liberty of others who
wish to work. "We do not want anarchy,"
said Mr. Mitchell, "and that Is anarchy pure
and simple the right of every man to do
absolutely as he pleases regardless of its
effects on society."
This is the language of a very carefully
disguised anarchy," Mr. MacVeagh re
marked, "because it is the language of
"Archbishop Ireland never expected to be
used in that sense. 1 might say Archbishop
Ireland is a member of a committee of
which I am also a member which has
declared for a trade-union idea."
Answering a further question, Mr. Mitch
ell declared that if Archbishop Ireland's
statement meant that men have no right to
picket he disagreed wltg him. Mr. Mitchell
added that he did not know that the Arch
bishop was regarded as a Supreme Court
or. trade-union matters. Answering other
question? Mr. Mitchell said there were no
Anarchists in the trade unions. Replying
to Mr. MacVeagh's questions regarding
union men belonging to the National Guard
Mr. Mitchell said no local in his union had
ever expelled a man from the union for
belonging to the Guard, and that no nation
al labor organisation of any kind had ever
done such a thing. A little union in New
York State, he said, had taken such action,
and it had been heralded over the country!
He was not responsible for what some other
organisations did. Mr. MacVeagh conclud
ed his cross-examination at this point.
Francis R. Gowen. representing the Le
high Valley Coal Company, followed Mr.
MacVeagh and questioned Mr. Mitchell re
garding his comparison of wages paid In
the bituminous fields as against those paid
In the snthraelte. Mr. Mitchell was unable
to say how many mines are so equipped as
to enable them to weigh coal, but he did
not think the expense of equipping them
would be very great.
Replying to Bishop Spalding. Mr. Mitchell
said that operators could form a coalition
snd stop the mining of coal throughout the
I'nited States. ' They could dc the same
as we do." he said, "and especially now
when the coal fields of the country are
passing Into the hands of a few men."
Commissioner Watklns thought the law
would prevent operators from doing that
by reason of their incorporation, but Mr.
Mitchell said they had the right to shut
down their mines. .
Judge Gray asked the witness If his so
ciety did not depend, after all. upon the
o'd economic truth that aW great forces
wMch lend to uplift and carry on social
S'JvaitC'-ment and civilisation depend upon
lite average desire of the Individual to bet
ter his own condition and to work for
suvges. and upon the desire of a man who
hat property to utiHxe it and get an in
come trom it
"I think that probably is true." was Mr.
Judge Gray If you can imagine an m-n
ceasing to work at once, the whole social
machine would stop.
Commissioner Wright asked: "Do you
consider it justifiable for the employers
in a certain district, in order to resist the
demands of the labor union, to paralyze
that industry, or any group of Industries?"
"No. I do not think it is proper," Mr.
"WouM the same answer be made if I '
should substitute 'unions' instead of 'em
"I think In either case." answered Mr.
Mitchell, "some other avenue of adjust
ment than the paralyzation of the indus
try should be sought."
Mr. Mitchell, answering commissioners,
said the United Mine Workers did not in
corporate because the step was not neces
sary. "An organization, to become finan
cially responsible." he said, "must have a
large fund, and this the working people
did not have. He -aid that employers who
object to treating or contracting with the
union because It is not incorporated, would
oppose treating with it anyhow."
Commissioner Wright asked Mr. Mitchell
what he meant by recognition of the union,
and the witness replied: "It means that
employers shall make agreement regulat
ing hours of labor, wages, etc.. with the
union, and that the union, as such, would
be held responsible for a rigid compliance
with those agreements."
' he cross-examination was next taken up
by W. W. Ross, of New York, counsel for
the Delaware Lackawanna & Western,
who had Just begun to question the wit
ness when the noon recess hour arrived.
In the afternoon Mr. Ross's line of examining-
wa for some time directed toward
testing Mr. Mitchell's knowledge of bitum
inous mine working, the number of men
employed, the wages paid and a comparison
of those with the wages paid in the anthra
cite fields. Regarding the number of hours
the men work in the hard coal regions, Mr.
Mitchell said that when the breaker runs
ten hours the men usually work seven, eight
or nine hour When the breaker runs less
the men work in proportion. On the aver
age, however, the men worked more
hours than the breakers.
"As a matter of fact," said Mr. Ross,
"has not your organization stopped the
miners from working on the days when
the breakers were idle?"
Mr. Mitchell admitted that in this dis
trict the rule is that the men shall not pre
pare coal on idle days. This, he said, was
for the purpose of preventing favoritism.
"Do any of these epithets and slurs," in
quired Mr. Ross, "you have made regard
ing the horrible condition of the miners
apply to our company?"
"Will you tell me particularly what slurs
you refer to?" Mr. Mitchell asked. Getting
no direct answer, he, with some spirit, re
peated his query, saying: "I would like
you to refer specifically to what you mean
by slurs. I do not recall having used
language of. that character."
Mr. Ross did not take any notice of Mr.
Mitchell's remark, but. Instead, took up
the line of his examination. After some
unimportant testimony as to a comparison
of wages, the social features of the coal
fields was taken up, and Mr. Mitchell said
he could not see any other reason In child
labor than that the families required the
money to live on, the exception being where
the parents may be inhuman. He then re
iterated his former statement that the
minimum wage should be 9600 a year. "We
might want to go to the seashore," said
he, speaking with a little sarcasm. Mr.
Mitchell said that the company had some
employes who had visited Philadelphia
once in twenty-four years and that they
thereby had an important event in their
lives to relate to their grandchildren.
At this point Mr. Ross took occasion to
call attention to the fact that his com
pany owned 284 houses which were rented
to the miners on an average of 95 per
month. "So you see," remarked Mr. Ross,
"we have not very many houses for the
number of employes, upwards of 12,000."
"You charge enough for the ones you do
have." was Mr. Mitchell's dr-- rsro"se.
which caused merriment among the miners
In the courtroom.
After securing an expression from the
miners' president that the oompany paid to
the stockholdrs 26 per cent, on their cap
ital stock, Mr. Ross Inquired if he was not
"I think the figures were that." said Mr.
Mitchell. "There are a good many meth
ods for putting profits away in a railroad,"
Answering Judge Gray, Mr. Mitchell ad
mitted that about 10 per cent, of the total
production of anthracite coal was put out
on the weight basis.
At 4 o'clock the commission adjourned un
til 10 o'clock to-morrow, Mr. Mitchell still
being on the stand.
RAVISHED BY A NEGRO
TWO WOMEN PRESUMABLY VICTIMS
OF THE SAME MAX.
Mrs. Mary Davis, of Sullivan County,
and Mrs. Lemon, of Knox, Assailed,
and a Mob Seeks Vengeance.
Special to the Indianapolis Journal.
SULLIVAN, Ind.. Nov. 18. Mrs. Mary
Davis, the wife of Milton Davis, who lives
three miles south of this city, was the vic
tim, to-day, of one of the most heinous
crimes ever perpetrated in the county.
Mrs. Davis was attacked about 10 o'clock
this morning, at her home, by an unknown
negro, who beat and lacerated her unmer
cifully, and then ravished her.
The negro went to the Davis home last
night and asked permission to remain over
night, and was allowed to remain. This
morning Mr. Davis went a short distance
from the house after water, and while Mrs.
Davis was standing in the yara the negro
struck her a blow on the head, and a des
perate struggle ensued, in which her cloth
ing was torn from her body, and she was
beaten and lacerated horribly. The negro
then dragged her to a thicket near by and
accomplished his purpose. The husband
was attracted by the woman's screams, but
when he reached the house the negro had
escaped. He was surrounded in a corn
field by a posse of men. but escaped into
the woods, and was seen at Carlisle, six
miles distant, some time later. The au
thorities are making every effort to appre
Mrs. Davis is twenty-flve years of age.
and will not suffer greatly as the result of
her horrible experience. The negro is de-
i scribed as being five feet six inches tall,
I f -l i r h wot I A saaaoH oroa Finer a Ho K V o.
and weighs about M pounds.
Negro's Second Victim.
Special to the I ml ianapolls Journal.
V1XCKNNKS, Ind.. Nov. 18. A negro,
supposed to be the same one who. this
morning, criminally assaulted Mrs. Mary
Davis. In Sullivan county, at 4 o'clock
stopped at the home of a farmer named
Lemon, near Oaktown. in Knox county, and
outraged Mrs. Lemon, whom he found
alone. She fought him desperately, but the
negro overpowered her and, brandishing a
shoe knife, forced her to submit. The
wildest excitement prevails In that locality.
Bloodhounds have been placed on the scent
and If the negro is caught he will be
lynched before morning. Passing freight
trains are stopped by the mob to search
for the negro with lanterns.
The Moccasin Runs I udcr Water.
CUTCHOOCE. N. v.. Nov. 18.-The sub
marine torpedo boat Moccasin made a suc
cessful submerged run f two miles to-day
She fired a torpedo at the end of the run
at an imaginary warship. She came to the
surface for observation three tlmsa.
SHADOW PASSING AWAY
A Telegram States that Mexico is About to Adopt the Gold Standard.
NEW NORMAL FAVORED
WILL TAKE ACTIO.
Report of Special Committee Approv.
Ing New State School Will Be Pre
sented Thin Morning.
TEXT OF COMMITTEE S REPORT
II Bill Ml NEED OF NEW TRAINING
SCHOOL FOR TEACHERS.
First Session of Thirteenth Annual
Meeting; Discusses Topics of Vital
Importance To-Day's Programme.
"Shall Indiana Have Another Normal
School?" is the question that will be dis
cussed this morning by the Town and City
School Superintendents' Association which
began its thirteenth annual meeting last
night in the Btatehouse. That the proposi
tion will be stamped with the approval of
the association is believed to be certain, and
the first long step will be taken toward get
ting the matter before the Legislature in
effective form. The special committee ap
pointed by the association one year ago will
make its report, and that report will be un
qualifiedly in favor of another normal
school. After going into the question with
thoroughness, the members of the com
mittee, Superintendent J. W. Carr. of An
derson, chairman. Superintendent R. A.
Ogg. Kokomo, and C. M. McDaniel, Mad
ison, have reached the following conclu
sions: "That another normal school be estab
lished In Indiana.
"That we deem It feasible to ask the next
State Legislature to enact a law providing
for the establishment of the school and for
Its proper maintenance.
"That provision be made by law for a
nonpartisan board of trustees to manage
"That the location of the school be left
entirely to the board of trustees and that
no city be permitted to offer more than a
suitable site and agree to share the ex
penses of maintaining a training school.
"That we earnestly -equest the differ
ent colleges and private normal schools to
establish and maintain pedagogical depart
ments and training schools respectively for
the end that the demand for well-trained
teachers may be more nearly met, and that
the public schools may have the benefit
resulting from teachers trained in a variety
"That this subject be presented at the
next meeting of the State Teachers' Asso
ciation, so that each teacher in attendance
may have an opportunity to express his
views either in discussion or by vote.''
These arguments are advanced as good
and sufficient reasons why another normal
achool should be established:
The State should educate its teachers.
There is an urgent and" constantly In-
r. using demand for teachers thoroughly
The establishment of another State nor
mal school will benefit the public schools of
the State in various other ways, thus Jus
tifying the extra expenditure of money.
It will Increase the normal school at
tendance. An increased supply of well-trained
teachers will Increase the demand.
The establishment of another State nor
mal school means Increased training school
Diversity of methods is one of the bene
ficial results of a system of normal schools.
It would form another educational center
in the Si its
The establishment of another school
would pi v - helpful to the one already
The facilities of the present State normal
school are inadequate.
A system of State normal schools has
proven successful in other State.).
These reasons the committee feels are
strong enough to convince even a Legis
lature of the necessity of another normal;
but the committee Is forced to admit that
there are strong reasons also urged against
the establishment of a system of normals.
A few of these reasons are Included In the
report to the association.
The cost of stablishing and maintaining
such a school would be great. It would
cost from $100.000 to $150.000 to establish
the school and from $50,000 to $60.000 annual
ly to maintain it. The argument is made
by some educators that it would be better
to take some of this money and enlarge
the presrnt State Noi .ml School.
The establishment of such a school would
Interfere with private normals already es
tablished or that may be established. The
proposition to establish such a school would
revive the conflict between State and non
State schools. The rivalry between the
old school and the new one would prove
detrimental to both. Neither school would
be properly supported by the State. The
present State Normal School is adequate
to the needs of the State.
REPORT THIS MORNING.
The committee will report this morning
that it is feasible to ask the Legislature
for the school, because: "The State's
finances are in good condition. The State
debt at present is the smallest it has been
for years. If it would ever be in a condi
tion to establish another normal school,
without in any way disarranging its
finances, it is now. The Legislatures of the
State have always been ready to provide
for the public schools, and there Is no rea
son to believe that the incoming Legisla
ture will be different in this respect from
its predecessors. If the legislators are con
vinced that the State really needs such a
.school, and that the public school men are
practically agreed on the proposition, there
is no reason to think that they will not
act favorably. It would not be a matter of
politics, but wholly one of the public good. '
In arriving at its conclusions on the ques
tion, the special committee wrote letters to
more than three hundred persons In the
State, including city, town and county su
perintendents, high school teachers, mem
bers of school boards, college and normal
presidents and college professors. More
than one hundred replKo were received,
and the majority was in favor of the estab
lishment of the school. The committee
finds interesting a table showing the result
(CONTINUED ON PAGE 4, COL. 5.)
ALLEGED ANARCHIST PLOTS.
Story Told by a Woman of Conspira
cies Against the President.
NEW YORK, Nov. 18. Mrs. Lena Dox
heimer, who says that until she became a
member of the First Methodist Episcopal
Church at Hoboken, two years ago, she
was associated with an Anarchist society
of that place, and whose mental balance
is questioned, is reported to have related
to the Mothers' Club and the pastor of
her church a story of alleged Anarchist
plottings against the life of President
Roosevelt. According to Mrs. Doxheimer.
there have been in the last fourteen months
three persons assigned to the task of "re
moving" the President. One of these, a
Frenchman named Melov. she says, she
persuaded to return to Paris, where he was
killed by a street car. She professes to
believe that he put himself in the way of
death in order to spare his relatives the
humiliation of regarding him as a suicide.
Next, according to Mrs. Doxheimer, the
assassin's task was assigned to a man
named Mueller, living in Avenue B. this
city, who a few days later died of poison
s lf-admlnistered. The last of the thr.-
designated for the murderous work, Mrs.
Doxheimer alleges, was a Mrs. Schroeder.
of Harlem, who also ended her life by
means of poison.
Mrs. Doxheimer asserts that among the
plotters were several millionaires. H. r
conception of what constitutes a million-air.-
is indicated by her statement that
these men "owned houses."
BAD SAILOR BOYS.
Part of Training Ship Hartford's Crew
in Trouble at Madeira.
LONDON. Nov. 18. The Daily Mall re
ports that during the recent visit of the
United States training ship Hartford to
Madcrla, a hundred of the crew were al
lowed to go on shore for five hours, and
some of them became intoxicated and in
dulged in riotous behavior. They inter
fered with a passing wagon, drawn by bul
locks, and assaulted a well-known local
gentleman with sticks, severely maltreat
ing him. This incident led to bottles being
thrown at the sailors from the windows
of a hotel and some among them sustained
nasty cuts. Later the populace assumed
a hostile attitude toward the American
seamen and several fled Into a church to
escape from the angry mob. The Hartford
fired half a dozen blank shots and subse
quently the captain came ashore and de
cided to stop all further leave while in
The Hartford arrived at Funchal. Ma
deira, Nov. 6, and sailed for Gibraltar
I Nov. li.
ROSES KILLED BY GAS
CONCLUSION OF A MOST REMARK
ABLE LAWSUIT IN BOSTON.
Grower of Flowers Recovers Twenty
Thousand Dollars Damage from
a Railroad Company.
DR. G. T. MOORE'S TESTIMONY
EXPERT EVIDENCE OF A FORMER
A Precedent Established That May
Form the Basis for More Litiga
tion of the Same Kind.
One of the most remarkable lawsuits on
record has Just reached its conclusion in
Boston, and the result of the esse has
caused mary legal authorities, scientists
and floriculturists to turn their eyes toward
a former Indianapolis man Dr. George T.
Moore, who is now in charge of the lab
oratory of plant physiology in the United
States Department of Agriculture at Wash
ington. The entire case hung upon Dr.
Moore's expert testimony regarding the
susceptibility of roses to poisonous vapors
and he showed so conclusively the fatal
effect of polluted atmosphere upon the
delicate flowers that a big railroad com
pany, which had been laughing in its sleeve
over what it considered a ridiculous suit
against it, was compelled to pay $20,000
damages to a rose grower. The case, which
is absolutely novel in the annals of legal
difficulties in the United States, has estab
lished a precedent which will undoubtedly
be followed, and many big damage suits
are likely ;o be the outgrowth of the one
which has just been decided.
Dr. Moore, who returned to Washington
after a short visit with relatives in this
city, had been extremely Interested in the
case from the first, on account of the op
portunities it offered him for new experi
ments, but it was not until he arrived in
Indianapolis that he realized how interest
ing the outcome of the suit had been to
lawyers, scientists and flower growers in
all parts of the country; for during his
sojourn of a few days in this city he
received letters from all over the United
States, which had been forwarded from
Washington, asking him where complete
detailed accounts of the case could be ob
tained, one of the most urgent requests
coming from William Trelease, the director
of the Missouri Botanical Gardens at St.
Louis. But one of the several peculiar fea
tures of the novel damage suit is that, un
til now, no complete account of the case
has appeared in print. Owing to the fact
that the case was not tried in a regular
law court, but was heard by an auditor
appointed by the court (a New England
custom still In practice under some cir
cumstances), the Boston newspapers failed
to appreciate its significance and gave no
attention to the matter. Preparations are
now being made by the big floricultural
periodicals of the country to publish full
reports of the suit, which is destined to
become a very famous one. but it is safe to
say that the account given below Is the
only one that has so far appeared In prlnc
ROUNDHOUSE TORN DOWN
During the spring of last year the New
York. New Haven & Hartford Railway
Company, of the Vanderbilt system, de
cided to make some Improvements in its
car shops at Wood's Holl, Mass., and be
gan by putting a force of men at work
tearing down an old roundhouse. The
workmen found that the only way to de
stroy the tar roofing was to burn It,
and they set fire to it. The result was
an enormous cloud of dense, black smoke
that hung over the town the greater part
of three days, there being not enough wind
at the time to blow it away. The rose gar
dens of M. U. Walsh, who la known
throughout America as one of the most I
successful experts in the culture of beau
tiful roses, were enveloped in the smoke
during this period and, at the end of the '
second day, Mr. Walsh noticed that uply
black and brown splotches were marring
the loveliness of his beloved flowers. He
suspected at once that the smoky atmos
phere might have something to do with
the matter, but. as in all of his man years
of experience he had never known smoke
to injure roses, he could not unoerswra
why the plants should become affected to
such a disheartenine extent. But a close
Investigation of his gardens, which occupy
about four acres, proved beyond an oouui
that something of a very' serious nature
was happening to the Sowars, and it was
with despair that he discovered that a
new variety of ros which was to have
been called the "Nordlca,'' was utterly de
He journeyed at once to Boston and made
his way to the headquart. rs of th New
York. New Haven v Hartford Railway,
where he complained to the officials ot the
company ami demanded that th y repay
him for the great damage done his tender
plants. The railway officials laughed at
him. They said that it was absurd to at
tempt to make the company responsible for
his failure in rose culture. Mr. Walsh de
clared that he would bring suit for dam
ages. The officials smiled easily and tow
htm to go ahead and bring suit. The rose
grower, thoroughly roused by this trnp.
returned to Wood s Holl and sought the
advice of Dr. George T. Moore, who
chanced to be in the town at the time con
ducting a botanical experiment on behalf
of the government. The former Indianap
olis man asked for a few .lays in whicn to
become familiar with the queer state of
affairs, and, his interest being held by the
novelty of the thing, he spent all of his
spare time between the ruins of the old
roundhouse and the fragrant rose gardens.
At the end of a week he urged Mr. w alsh
to file his suit.
A suit for $9.000 damages against the rail
way company was filed shortly after ny
Robert M. Morse, a famous Boston law
yer, whom Mr. Walsh had secured as Ids
legal representative. And then things "hung
fire." as things so often do in the courts,
and month after month went by without a
hearing of the case, until the great lawyer
lost' interest in it and asked another law
firm. Beale. Hutchlngs & Beale. to take
the matter off his hands, as he had more
pressing things to attend to.
AN AUDITOR APPOINTED.
Finally, by consent of both plaintiff and
defendant, the court In which the suit was
filed appointed an auditor to hear the evi
dence and decide the matter, this method of
conducting certain trials being practiced
occasionally in some New England States.
The case came up for hearing a few weeks
ago in Boston, and Mr. Hutchlngs opened
with a statement of the peculiar circum
stances under which the beautiful roses,
some of them of a new and wonderful
variety, had been competely ruined. Al
though not intending to take an active
part in the legal contest. Mr. Morse came
Into the courtroom during the opening
statement and was much impressed with
the possibilities of the case, which had evi
dently not dawned upon him until he
learned that an expert upon botanical sub
jects from the government's laboratory on
plant physiology had made some surpris
ing discoveries in favor of the plaintiff.
The great lawyer was on the alert in an
instant and sxirprlsed everyone present
by asking that the hearing be discontinued
for that day. and. the request being grant
ed, he lost no time in having the District
Court in which the original suit was filed
grant that the damages demanded be
i changed from $9,000 to $25.000. "I've been
laboring under a mistaken impression. he
said; "this thing is a matter of great im
portance." And Morse took charge of his client's
case after all. In fact, he was so con
sumed with the matter that he could think
of scarcely anything else. The railway
officials who had been looking at the suit
all along as a trivial incident beneath se
rious consideration suddenly awakened to
the fact that the plaintiff, whom they had
held so cheanly, had two mm on his side
-at i rot t- r. laughed at Morse, the
expert lawyer, and Moore, the expert bot
anist. Even whn innumerable difficulties
have beset his path, Morse has been known
to get the best of all arguments presented
to a discerning judge, but upon this occa
sion he had clear sailing after Moore, the
botanist, had completed his testimony. For
Dr. Moore showed "by means of a chemical
analysis of a sample from the tar roof
of the destroyed roundhouse and numerous
photographs of the roses at different stages
of the disease which had led to their death
that the burning of a tar roof would gener
ate sulphurous gas that no tender plant
could possibly withstand. And he was able
to prove by a series of experiments that a
millionth part of this noxious vapor in a
square foot of air was enough to blast a
Dr. Gill, scientific authority on gases and
fuels, also submitted expert testimony that
left no room for doubt as to the poisonous
nature of the vapors that had hung over
the town of Wood's Holl during the burn
ing of the tar roof of the New York, New
Haven & Hartford Railroad's roundhouse.
When the famous lawyer came to sum
up the evidence In favor of his client's
claim for damages he made a speech that,
figuratively speaking, buried the lawyers
for the defense under the debris of their
own roundhouse. He showed that the entire
profession of floriculture had suffered to
gether with the rose grower of Wood's
Holl, for the beautiful "Nordlca" rose,
which had given promise of attaining as
high a degree of perfection as the famous
"Jubilee" rose, one of Walsh's greatest suc
cesses In flower culture, had been lost to
the world forever. The auditor heard the
case carefully to the end, and then, with
out lengthy deliberation, awarded the rose
grower $20,000 damages.
MORE VOTES FOR CANNON
REPIBLICAN CONGRESSMEN AN
NOUNCE THEIR PREFERENCE.
Iowa. Massachusetts and New Hamp
shire Delegations Favor the Illi
nois Man for Speaker.
DES MOINES, la.. Nov. 18 At a caucus
of the members of the Iowa Republican
delegation to the next Congress held here
to-day it was decided to support Congress
man Cannon for speaker. The only mem
ber of the delegation not heard from is
Congressman Cousins, who is sick in Chi
cago, but he has already favored Cannon.
BOSTON, Nov. 18.-Most of the Repub
lican members of the Massachusetts dele
gation to Congress met at the I'nlon Club
to-day and agreed to send the following
telegram to Joseph G. Cannon: "Repub
licans of the Massachusetts delegation, at
a meeting to-day in Boston, declared for
you as speaker." The Republican con
gressmen who were absent had approved of
the indorsement of Mr. Cannon.
LEBANON. N. H . Nov. 18 Congress,
man Frank D. Curri r. who is here to-day
attending court, upon the receipt of a
message from Congr ssman Sulloway. of
Manchester, made known the fact that
both have agreed to support I 'ongr. .-s-man
Cannon, of Illinois, for the speak- i ship of
the next national House.
Official Vote of Ohio.
COLT'MBCS. O.. Nov. 1&.-The official
count of the vote cast at the recent elec
tion in Ohio, completed to-day, shows a
total of S3f.131 ballots were thrown. The
total vote cast for secretary of täte was
811.467, as follows: Laylin (Rep . 435,171;
Bigelow (Dem ). 345.7, White (Pro.), If,.
336; Hayes (Soo.i, 14.270; Adams fJkM La-
a aas . - t Al h 1 . I t i 1 m
bor. -.VW. scaiiei inj,. . luiai, au.toi. Lay
lln's plurality. 90.465. Kirtley Rep. for
I member of Board of Public works, has
j the highest plurality on the state ticket,
i 96.20. and Ankeny (Rep.), for dairy and
IOOU coiniHiPi"ii . nv- r'ticsi, ou,
John Truck Killed In Electric Chair.
A fill "It N N' Y.. NOV. lR.Irthn Trimlr
was put to dath in the electric chair In
the state prison here to-day for the mur
der of Frank W. Miller, at Virgil. Cortland
county, March 14, 1880. Truck met his fate
calmly; and five minutes after the wit
1 nesses had assembled In the death chamber
i he was pronounced dead. The motive for
the murder of Miller was robbery.
BEAR HUNT ENDED
PRESIDENT HAS RET I HM'.D FROM
THE WILDS TO t IVILIZATlON.
His Poor Lark Remained with 111m,
and He Didn't Ort a Shot at any
ild i rent lire.
TRAILED A BEAR YESTERDAY
BIT THE BEAST DOt BLED Ol ITS
TRACKS AM) WAS LOST.
Doe Killed by .Major Helm. Who
Was Accompanied by Dr. Lang and
GEN. L. E. WRIGHT AT MEMPHIS
WELCOMED BACK. FROM PHILIP
PINES BY FELLOW. TOWNSMEN.
President Roosevelt to Participate li
Exercises To-Day and Will Attend
a Banquet 1 o-Night.
SMEDES. Miss.. Nov. 18. President
Roosevelt's bear hunt In Mississippi is ended
and he has not had even a shot at a bear.
The last day of the chase was simply a
repetition of the three preceding days so
far as his luck was concerned. Try as the
hunters would they could not get a bear
within range of the President's rifle. The
dogs got a fresh trail early this morning.
and the President and Holt 'oilier fol
lowed it half a dozen miles to the Big Sun
flower river. The bear crossed a mile be
low the ford they went to, and. believing he
was making for the canebrake on the other
side, they endeavored to head it off. When
they got Into the brake, however, they weto
disgusted to find ihat the bear had doubled
on his track and crossed the river still fur
ther down. It was then 1 o'clock, and as
arrangements had been made to break
camp at 2:30 the President was reluctantly
compelled to abandon further pursuit of the
While the President was out after bear
Major Helm, Dr. Lung and Secretary Cor-t-.lyou
had a more successful deer drive on
this side of the Great Sunflower river. They
jumped up a buck and a doe. Major Helm
killed the latter from his horse at about
Although the President has failed to kill
a bear on this expedition, he has enjoyed
his outing and speaks in high praise of the
hospitality that has been accorded him.
He philosophically attributed his ill fortune
to the traditional hunter's luck, snd says
the next time he goes after bear he will
arrange to stay long enough for the luck to
The breaking up of camp to-day was an
interesting proceeding. The camp outfit
was loaded Into six mule wagons, the beds
and sides of which were formed of the
boards used for the table and tent floors.
The deer killed to-day and the bear killed
yesterday were loaded, and will be taken to
Washington on a special train. Old Re
mus, the greatest dog in the pack, whose
last hunt was ahead of the President of
the United States, was badly used up and
with several of the wounded dogs was
put in one of the wagons.
When all was in readiness the President
and the members of the party mounted
their horses and rode into Smedes, leav
ing the wagons to follow. The President
is a hard rider, and the pace was rapid
in spite of the bad trails. The distance,
which is fully twelve miles, was covered
in less than an hour.
CJpoa the President's arrival here he
found fully five hundred people, practical
ly all the negroes rrom the surrounding
plantations assembled to greet him. He
thanked them for their demonstration, but
made no remarks. They waited around
his car on the siding until dark, hoping
he would make a speech.
Mr. I ish to-night gave a dinner in his
private car to the President and members
of his party. At 9:30 the speclsl trail
started for Memphis, having added the
record of a presidential bear hunt to the
fame of Smedes, which first became
known to the outside world through the
story that here the experiment of teaching
monkeys to pick cotton was to be tried.
GEV WRIGHT AT HOME.
Welcomed Back from the Philippines
by Citizens of Memphis.
MEMPHIS. Tonn., Nov. ls.-The home
coming of Gen. Luke E. Wrtght. after a
thr.-e-years absence in the Philippines, was
made memorable to-night by the citizens of
Memphis. Cannon boomed a salute of sev
enteen guns, bonfires were lighted on the
principal thoroughfares and the streets
MOM lined with people who bhouted an en
thusiastic welcome to the Vice Governor.
The train bearing General Wright and
party arrived over the Illinois Centrsl Rail
way at Poplar-street station a few min
utes after 9 o'clock. A committee of repre
sentative citizens was on hand to meet snd
gret thu general and his party, which
was composed of himself, his wife and
Frederick Heiskell. private secretary to the
vice Governor. After a few minutes spent
in handshaking the committee escorted the
party to carriages and the start was mads
to the fjayooo Hotel. The line swung into
Main street, where four companies of State
militia were in waiting as an escort of
When th parade down Main street began
a cannon boomed announcing to the ptopls
that General Wright had arrived, imme
diately bonfires were kindled on street cor
ners and red fire was touched off. Main
street had been gaily decorated for the
occasion snd amid the glare of fire and
myriads of electric lights, and the popping
of torpedoes and firecrackers, the parsde
passed In review. Thousands of people
lined the streets and everywhere General
Wright was received with enthusiastic ac
claim. The party was driven to the hotel,
where an Informal reception of an hour
was held. Hundreds of friends grasped the
hands of General and Mrs. Wright snd
welcomed them on their return to Mem
phis. General Wright was visibly affected
and said he was glsd to be at home sgsln.
His remarks were very brief, and after
the reception he was escorted to his resi
dence on Jessamine street. '
To-morrow will be a busy day for the
Vice Governor. President Roosevelt snd
party will arrive from Mississippi at 9:30
o'clock In the morning Thr President will
head the parade up Msln street to Ex
change, thence down Second to Court, and
down Main to the Gayoso Hotel, where
General Wright will be in waiting to receive
the chief executive. At noon s breakfsst
will be given the President snd Oeneral
and Mrs Wright by the ladles -f Memphis.
Promptly at t o'clock the party will be con
ducted to the Auditorium on Msln street
where a public reception will be held last
ing until 4 o'clock. The party will next
go to a pavilion on Beale street, where
an Interesting programme of an hour's
duration has been prepared by the negroes
of the city. After the Beale-street meet
ing the party will return to the Gayoso
Hotel, where they will remain until 8 o clock,
when a banquet will be given In honor of
General Wright at the Pea body Hotel.
The President expects to leave for wi
ington at midnight on Wednesday.