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A GHOST OF THE LATE REBELLION
The National House Sees Light and Kills
the Bill for Paying Southern Mail Con-
tractsNorthern Pacific Extension Bill
Favorably ReportedGeneral Denials by
Ex-Congressmen in the MeGarrahan
Claim InvestigationChanges in the New
Tariff Bill in the Direction of Pure
Liquor-Weekly Statement of Security
for National Bank CirculationFour
and a Half Per Cents.
House of Representatives.
WASHINGTON, March 16.Mr. O'Neill offered
a resolution directing the attorney general to
inform the House whether, in hia opinion, the
annual appointments of ten cadets at large
made by the President respecting the military
academy and naval academy, have been so
made in pursuance of law or by custom, and if
by custom, how long it has been constrned as
establishing such power of appointment.
Mr. Hanna introduced a bill for the estab
lishment of a mint at Indianapolis. Referred.
On motion of Mr. Stephens, certain testimo
ny taken by the committee on coinage, weights
and measures, was ordered printed.
Mr. Waddell, chairman of the
committee on post offices and post
roads reported back the bill providing for the
classification of mail matter, and the rates of
postage thereon, to be printed and recommit
Mr. Chalmers introduced a bill for the relief
of [the Vicksburg & Meridian railroad com
The speaker, in pursuance of the order made
yesterday, called the committees for reports of
a private nature.
At the conclusion of the morning hour Mr.
Bright moved that the House go into committee
of the whole on the private calendar, the un
finished business being the bill making avail
able for payment of certain Southern ante
bellum mail contractor* the $375,000 already
appropriated, and also moved that debate be
limited to the minutes. Republicans objected
to limitation of the time, and the eus and
nayB were ordered on that motion.
By a vote of yeas 112, nays 106, the House
determined to limit general debate to ten min
utes, and then went into committee of the
whole, Cox, of New York, in the chair, unon the
Mr. Waddell, chairman of the post office
committee hoped without further discussion,
the bill might be reported to the House, and
recommitted to the post omes committee in or
der that it might be perfected and the objections
obviated. He complained of the statement
made the other day by \i r. Conger, that mem
bers on the Democratic side must have been
aware of the existence of the legislation on the
part of the confederate congress for the pay
ment of mail contractors prior to the war, and
he asked whether the acts of Congress during
the war in relation to mere ministerial matter,
like the payment of mail contractors and post
masters, were in the recollection of members
and others. He thought the intimation was
not just. In reference to the question as to
whether the war department had refused access
to confederate records, he sent to the clerk's
desk and had read a correspondence between
Secretary Cameron and Gov. Vance.
While the correspondence was being read,
Conger interrupted the reading, and claimed
"foi the opponents of the bill," half ot the
ten minutes to which the debate was limited.
The claim was not supported by the chair and
the reading proceeded, the ten minutes ex
piring before the reading was completed.
Mr. Eden moved to strike out the enacting
clause of the bill, and the motion was agreed
to, when the committee rose and reported its
action. The previous question was second
ed, and the mam question ordered, on concur
ring in the recommendation of the committee.
As this, under the iiiling cut off the motion to
recommit, which Waddell desired to make, a
motion to econsidcr the vote ordering the main
quobtion was made and defeated yeas 78,
nays 13. The repoit ot the committee was then
concurred without division, and so the en
acting clause of the bill was struck out.
Mr. Conger repeated what he had said before,
that he thought it exceedingly strange such leg
islation by the confederate congress, and such
action by the confederate postmaster general
had not been remembered on the other side of
the House, although some of them had been
membeis of that very confederate congress, and
no intimation thereof had been given bj any
of them. He had a paper which he would have
printed the Jtrtord, showing out of eighteen
claims now on hie in the auditor's office, four
teen had been paid by the confederate govern
ment. He did not blame the claimants, how
ever, for the} had been paid with a condition
that if they ever recoveied the money from the
federal government, they would pay*it back to
the confederate government.
Mr. Townsend, New YorkThat was, high
Mr. Maxey objected to the insertion of the
paper presented by Mr. Conger, but under an
intimation from the speaker that Mr. Conger
had the right to have it presented as a part of
his remarks, he withdrew his objection. The
House then again went into committee of the
whole, Mr. Cox, New York, in the chair on the
private calendar, and later passed two bills.
Thursday next was set aside for consideration
of the bill reported by Robbins yesterday, for
refunding the national debt.
The yicOarrahan Claim.
WASHINGTON, March 16.A hearing of the
evidence in regard to the MeGarrahan claim
was reeumed to-day by the Senate committee
on public lands. Jeremiah M. Wilson, C. P.
Shaw, E. C. Ingersoll and ex-Senator Logan ap
peared for MeGarrahan. The New Idria com
pany was represented by Jeremiah S. Black,
Judge Davis, G. Wilson of Iowa. Burdett, ex
commissioner, and Curtis, ex-chief clerk of the
general land office. Wm. Neeley Thompson,
Thomas E. Stewart and W. S. Lincoln, New
York, representatives in the fortieth Congress,
denied under oath that they ever knew any
thing of the Panoche Grand stock. Senator
Paddock, acting chairman, remarked that the
letter purporting to be from C. P. Shaw to
Mr. Frank, secretary of the Panoche Grand
company had not been put in evidence.
Mr. Shaw then asked that the paper puroort
mg to be a list of outside private stock dealers,
be filed by tha committee as an exhibit for
further reference regarding it. It was not in
Frank's handwriting and might have been
manufactured by anybody. The request was
granted, and Jeremiah Wilson then called on
the other side to produce the book on which
the paper assumed to be based. He said he
would prove by this book that the New Idria
company had committed a fraud in the matter.
Jadge D. G. Wilson replied that the book was
not in posession of the New Idria company.
Jas. F. Wilson made a statement saying if
this or any other paper or document or book
in possession of the New Idria company, or its
attorneys, purporting in any manner to con
nect him, at any time or to any extent, with
the Panoche Grand company, he wished it to
be produced. None were forthcoming, and he
testified if any such exist, they and the alleged
list of stockholders are an audacious forgery
so far as they mentioned his name, from what
ever source they may come or whoever pro
duces them. He then recited his official action
on the MeGarrahan claim while chairman
of the House Judiciary Committee,
and affirmed he had never received any com
pensation in money, stock or other thing of
value. He had no promise or hope of reward,
and the charge in every possible phase or con
tingency was absolutely and audaciously false.
Judge Black"Why, you don't suppose that
we made any such charge?"
Witness"I do, for you have published a
book containing the alleged list, accompanied
with unmistaken innuendoes against me."
Judge Black and Judge D. G. Wilson there
upon remarked they had never seen the book
until after it was published, and had not pre
sented it as evidence.
Jndge Black aaded, addressing James F. Wil
son, "We confess judgment in your favor."
C. P. Shaw referred to the reported statement
of Judge D. G. Wilson at the last meeting, that
all action favorable to MeGarrahan had been
procured by corruption. This statement he
said was a direct assault upon the character of
James F. Wilson and other gentlemen named
in the alleged list ot stockholders.
D. G. Wilson emphatically denied that he
made any such sweeping statement. Heated
words were exchanged between the two attor
neys, which compelled the chairman to call him
to order. Subsequently. Judge Black said the
list referred to was not reliable, but is, in fact,
a false list, as it contains the names of some
persons who certainly were not stockholders,
and omitted others whom he believed were
Counsel for MeGarrahan demanded that the
original stock journal should be produced, and
that the committee should be informed of the
source whence the scraps of paper purporting
to be stock lists came.
D. G. Wilson said they would be prepared at
the proper time to show where the papers came
Counsel for the New Idria company, stated
they might hereafter decide to place evidence
in addition to the letters, already filed some
letters informally laid before the committee.
Counsel for the other side objected unless
they were first given opportunity to examine
the letters, as they had been in possession of
the company, which counsel were prepared to
prove, had once made a contract for a given
amount of perjury and forgery in order to de
feat the claim of MeGarrahan.
The committee agreed the desired opportuni
ty would be afforded.
The examination of MeGarrahan was them
resumed, and he related at some length circum
stances attending his original purchase of the
Gomez giant, and the action taken by him sub
sequently to secure ^it and he said if became
satisfied it had been secured by the dismissal
of the appeal in the United States supreme
Opposing counsel then engaged the attention
of the committee till adjournment.
Changes in the Tariff Rill.
WASHINGTON, March 10.The committee on
ways and means having gone through the entire
tariff bill will begin to review Monday and
probably have it ready for reporting to the
House by the close of the week. The follow
ing are among the changes made in the bill
heretofore published: Liquors, the duty on
all still wines imported in cask containing not
more than 22 per cent, of alcohol and valued
at not exceeding 40 cents per gallon, was in
creased from 25 to 40 cents per gallon valued
at over 40 cents per gallon and not.fl, increased
from 60 to 75 cents per gallon gained at over
$1 per gallon $1.5.
Wines of all kinds imported in bottles and
not otherwise provided for, shall be subject to
a duty of one hundred per centum ad valorem,
provided any wines imported containing more
than 24 per cent, of alcohol shall be forfeited
to the United States provided also, that there
shall be an allowance of 3 per cent., and no
more on all effervescing liquors, cordials, and
distilled spirits in bottles, to be deducted from
the invoice quantity in lieu of breakage, and*
no lower rate or amount of duty shall be
levied, collected and paid on brandy, spirits
and other spirituous beverages than fixed by
law for description of proof, but it shall be in
creased in proportion tor any greater strength
tnan first proof, and all imitations of brandy
or spirits, or of wines imported by any names
whatever, shall be subject to the highest rate
of duty provided for genuine articles respec
tively intended to be represented and in no
case less than $1.00 per gallon.
WASHINGTON, Maich 16.The treasury now
holds $343,637,850 in United States bonds to
secure national bank circulation, and $13,464,-
000 in bonds to serine public deposits.
United States bonds deposited tor
ciiculation for the week ending
United States bonds held for circu
lation withdrawn for the week
National bank encuLation outstand
ing gold notes 1.432,120
Curienrj notes 319,57,176
Customs Receipts ol national bank notes ior
week ending to-day as compared
with corresponding period last
1878 Beceipts to-day
The 4 l-'J JPer Cents.
WASHINGTON, March 16.In regard to state
ments that the treasury department would
place $100,000,000 of 1% per cent, bonds upon
the market, the secretary of the treasury states
that in response to applications he has asked
that terms for placing these bonds be submit
ted for his consideration. The offers received
have not been satisfactory, and the secretary
states that only 4 per cent, bonds will now be
sold unless the 4% per cents, can be disposed
of at their relative value with the 4 per cents.,
the latter being placed at par. He will at any
time receive bids for 4)^ per cent, bonds on
WASHINGTON, March 16.The sub-committee
of the Senate railroad committee to-day made
a unanimous report of the full committee in
favor of Senator Mitchell's bill, extending the
time for the completion of the main line of
the Northern Pacific railroad to eight years.
"Special agent W. H. Bingham, has been
designated by the secretary of the treasury to
take the place of special agent Brush on the
committee to investigate the alleged irregular
ities connected with the valuation of goods at
the port of New York.
The secretary of the treasury the last week
purchased silver bullion to run the mints about
five weeks. The price paid was not as expected
by bnllion holders.
Designs for the back and face of ten and
twenty dollar silver certificates have been com
pleted, and are now in the engraver's hands.
The bureau will be able to turn out certificates
of these denominations by Wednesday next.
Other denominations will soon be ready.
The secretary of the navy has ordered that
the steam launch and cutters furnished naval
vessels, will hereafter be employed principally
for towing and other ships' purposes and not
for the exclusive use of officers. Another order
provides that assistant surgeons shall not be
examined hereafter for promotion until they
have served two years on United States vessels.
DEFECTIVE PAG E
THE "THUNDERER" REVIEWS THE
And Finds Decided Cause for Uneasiness
Russia Gradually Approaching the
Bosphorus Beady to StrikeContinued
War Preparations by EnglandThe Czar
Objects to Other Representation of
Greece in Congress Except by Proxy
Reported Outrages by Turk ey in Greece
Pope Leo Accepts the Loss of Tern
poral PowerFinancial and Business
Stagnation in Spain.
THE "THUNDEBEB" ON TH E SITUATION.
LONDON, March 16.The Timet, in an ed
itorial, says: O Monday the Russians not
only occupied several villages around Con
stantinople, but took possession of a point
on the edge of the most northerly plateau
running down towards the entrance of the
Bosphorus. The small forts which com
manded the entrance lie directly at the foot
of the position thus occupied, and as these
forts are open on the land side the Russians
have power to march in at any mo
ment and close the entrance to the
Black bea. As our Vienna corre
spondent observes, such a movement does
not seem calculated to dispel apprehensions
maintained that though there may not be a
secret treaty, a tacit understanding has been
established with Turkey which may involve
arrangements most material to the decision
of the other powers. It is to be presumed
the terms of the treaty will provide for the
evacuation within a moderate time of the
whole of Roumelia, and consequently any
position now held near Constantinople, but
meanwhile the fact remains that Russia has
established herself on the Bosphorus.
As our correspondent observes not only is
there nothing in the recent movements of
the British to justify this advance, but there
is little doubt it must have been adopted
prior to these movements and independently
of them. I would have been difficult for
Russia to adopt a course less likely to con
ciliate the good will of Europe or this coun
try. Our correspondent at St. Petersburg
does not give a more cheerful report.
It is there said, he tells us, by persons of
considerable influence, that while it is by no
means certain the congress will assemble, it
is not very likely to be successful if it does.
England and Austria are accused of being
animated not by a mere desire to protect
their legitimate and material interests, but
by jealousy of the military and diplomatic
success ol Russia. They are supposed,
therefore, to be desirous of diminishing, as
far as possible, the consequences of the war.
Russia, it is stated, will declare though she is
willing to have such questions as that of the
straits discussed, the conditions she has
already signed are the minimum of what she
has the right and determination to demand.
The diminution of the results of the war
being thus impossible, England it is said
will seek to increase them by demanding the
extension of Greece, but the effect ot this
will be to break the last link of the English
alliance with Turkey and the Sultan will
then recognize Russia as his surest ally.
That these notions should be seriously enter
tained by persons of authority in the Rus
sian capital indicates, as we have said, a con
dition of mind by no means favorable to a
satisfactory conclusion of the present nego
tiations. The terms of peace may prove an
agreeable surprise, but Russia is not assist
ing Europe to place a favorable construction
CONSTANTINOPLE, March 16.The Rus
sians near Boulair have been reinforced.
TURKISH OUTBAGES IN QBEECE.
COBFU, March 16.News from Epirus is
meagre, but sufficient to confirm the report
of the complete suppression of the insurrec
tion in the district of Chemara. The entire
expeditionary force was killed. The Turkish
irregulars continue their rapine, murder and
devastation. Sixteen villages have been
burned or pillaged, the inhabitants of which
fled or perished. The Turkish authorities
pi ofess to be collecting and protecting the
refugees at Delvino, but many of them are
known to have been killed. The consuls
have repiesented the condition of affairs to
their governments, and appealed for pre
ventive measures. The British consul is
particularly active. The British man-of-war
Rapid has done everything possible for the
ST. PAUL, SUNDAY MORNING, MARCH 17, 1878.
LONDON, March 16.There is less excite
ment at the government works at Woolwich,
than some weeks ago, but still there is no
abatement of the energy or demonstration of
work. Nearly all hands work until 8, 9 or
10 at night, instead of 5 the usual closing
In consequence of the want of officers for
the army, the cadets who entered Sandhurst
last summer and whose period of probation
would expire in July in ordinary circum
stances, will be passed out next month.
Those who entered at the beginning of the
year and would complete their course in
December, will be passed out and commis
sioned in July. A large number of com
missions in the line will also be available for
militia subalterns the present year.
DEPBESSION I N SPAIN.
MADBTD, March 16.The most of the
papers discuss the causes of the crisis in the
manufacturing districts in Catalonia and in
the commercial centres on the Mediterranean
coast, where numerous failures have taken
place. One hundred and nineteen factories
have been closed, and nine thousand work
men thrown out of employment. The min
isterial papers advocate the policy of entering
into commercial treaties of reciprocity, and
to open new markets, as the best remedy for
CONSTANTINOPLE, March 16.Raouf Pasha
is empowered to request that Varna be re
stored to Turkey. Typhus rages at Adrian
ople and Philliphopolis. There is much sick
ness here and at Erzeroum.
GOING AS SEOBETABY.
ROME, March 16.Edward B. Malet, first
secretary of the British 'embassy here, will
accompany Lord Lyons to the Congress as
CUBAN INSUBGENT DELEGATES I N SPAIN.
HAVANA, March 16.Luis and Federics
Betancourt, delegates from the Cuban com-
mittee for the realization of peace, and for
merly members of the Cuban camara, have
arrived in this city.
ACCEPT TH E SITUATION.
ROME, March 16.The Pope, notwith
standing violent opposition, has ordered the
Italian bishops to legalize their position,
giving them liberty to demand an exequatur
from the government. This defines the pol
icy. It means tacit acceptance of the loss of
BU88IA BOLES OBEECE OUT.
ST. PETEBSBUBO, March 16.It is declared
in well informed quarters that Greece can
not become a party to the congress like the
great powers, although nothing prevents
Greece from delegating the care of her in
terests to representatives at the congress.
PABIS, March 16.Six thousand persons
have been attacked with measles at Lyons.
THE BLACK HILLS.
Buried Under Five Feet of SnowTravel
Delayed and Much Damage to Property
Sale of the Caledonia Mine for $80,000
A Whisky Murder.
DEADWOOD, D. T., March 16.The heaviest
snow storm experienced since the settlement
of the Black Hills by white men commenced
the 7th and continued unabated to the 12th.
The snow in the city on a level is over five
feet deep. All mail and telegraph communi
cation has been interrupted. The last mail
received arrived from Cheyenne on the 9th.
In addition to mail coaches and passengers
many teamsters and freight trains are snow
bound in this vicinity in the hills, and it is
feared much suffering and loss of
stock will ensue. Considerable damage has
been done throughout ike mining camps in
the gulch by the immense weight of snow
crushing in the roofs of houses, and many
parties have had narrow escapes from being
buried under falling buildings. Every effort
is being made to break the roads so mail and
stage communications Kith the outer world
can be resumed. The heavy snow fall has
allayed all fears entertained by miners and
mill men of a scarcity of water during the
The Caledonia mine, located in Schoemak
er Gulch, between Lead City and Central
City, was purchased on the 12th by Califor
nia men for $80,000.
Last night Chas. M. Hunt, under the in
fluence of liquor, went to a city lodging
house and began a tirade of abuse against
the proprietor, C. W. Tftppan, and he was
requested by the latter to leave the house,
which he refused to do. After some more
sharp words Hunt drew a revolver and shot
Mr. Tappan through the, bowels, inflicting a
BOLD RANK RORRERX.
The Lochmere National Bank, of East
Cambridge, Mass., Successfully Believed
of $50,000 in Money and Securities.
BOSTON, Mass., March 16.A heavy robbery
was committed this afternof^r in the Lochmere
national bank. Cambridge'and Second streets
East Cambridge. About 2 o'clock President
Lewis Hall was sitting in the parlor of the
bank, the business of the day being done, and
he was about putting up the books arranging
papers and depositing money in the vault, when
a buggy containing a man and,woman drove up
to the Cambridge street entrance. The man
entered and requested Sail to step to
the door to see the lady, whd desired to tran
sact some business. Hall walked to the side
walk, the man accompanying him. The woman
said she desired to purchase a draft on the
Providence bank and began in a deliberate
manner to count the roll of money. Hall said
he could not wait while she counted the money
and returning to his room sit down to write. In
a few minutes h\ heard the
buggy drive hurriedly off. Sud-
denly suspecting something wrong he
made a hurried examination and found a small
trunk which a moment before had contained
$3,000, which had been rifled. Further exam
ination showed two trunks which weie in the
vault, the door of which *tood partly open,
had been abstracted. The trunks con
tained government boi|ds and other
securitis amounting to 847,000,
the property of different individuals
left in the custody of Hall Sor sate keeping.
From facts since ascertained, it is supposed the
robbery was done by three men and a woman.
It is thought two men wpre jsoncealed behind
the door in the hall of the bank building, when
the President passed out, anttthough he could
not have been absent above ^wo minutes, they
succeeded in getting off witbj the money and
The Bankrupt City of dtycago Secures a
Verdict of $1,507,703 Aftilnst Defaulting
Treasurer Gage and Boa^smcn.
CHICAGO, March16.The' jury in the case
of the city vs. the bond of, tx-city treasurer
David A. Gage, for defalcation in 1874, re
turned a verdict for the ei|y this morning
for the amount of the original deficiency,
$507,703, without interest.* *n for $1,000,-
000 penalty. The bondsmen, are among our
most prominent citizens. 4 motion for a
new trial was extended by defendants. The
mayor has reconsidered his brder discharg
ing over one hundred policemen and laying
aside several engines. Orjly thirty-three
firemen being the number now employed, all
not actually necessary about the engines will
be discharged, but all the engines will
be retained, and not over eighty-five police
men will be discharged, but reductions in
other department will continue so the expen
ditures will come within the tesources.
Minneapolis Democrats netting Ready jor
the Spring Campaign.
[Special Telegram to THE GLOBE.]
MINNNEAPOMS, March 16.The Democratic
city committee met at the office of Dr. Ames
last evening and appointed committees for the
various wards as follows:
First wardB. Brown, M. Lyons. P. Zengen.
Second wardG. Armstrong, G. D. Perkins,
W. W. McNair.
Third wardD. Waitt, F. Heckerick, W. O.
Fourth wardR. P. Dunnington, W. Buck
endorf, G. H. Hamilton.
Sixth wardJohn Hinton, John|Larson, A.
Rush for Wheat FarmsDeath of a Former
St. Paul Printer.
[Special Telegram to HE GLOBE.
WINONA, Minn.. March 16.The rush for
big wheat farms continues. On to-day's
train there were 39 men who have located
about nine thousand acres for cultivation,
all west of New Ulm.
Wm. F. Worthington, a young printer,
formerly of St. Paul, died here to-day, after
a long illness.
N MMt'iiw-yyif i
WHICH, LIKE BANQUOS GHOST,
WILL NOT DOWN.
The Fatality which Ha Punned the tick
FamilyDoes it Spring from That Mur-
derWould Somebody Gain Something
if Lick Should Burn up and Leave no
Living Witness of the Murder?
On the 1st of November, 1874, St. Paul wa
startled by the record of a most diabolical and
cool-blooded murder. The object of the assas
sin's rancor was Mrs. Lick, formerly Mrs. Hayes.
Before her marriage with Lick, she possessed 5eed
in her own right a small lot on Tenth Btreet,
which, before her second martiage, she deeded
to her second husband, Lick. The rear portion
of this lot had been leased to Frank IUpp, who,
with his wife Sophia, occupied it. Sophia
Rapp's brother is George Lautenschlager. It
is not necessary here to recapitulate
the details of the crime. Suffice it to
say that Frank and Sophia Rapp, and
George Lautenschlager, are now each
serving a life-term in the penitentiary for the
murder of Mrs. Lick, and that the more direct
witnesses, whose testimony led to their convic
tion, are Joseph Lick, Sr., Joseph Lick, Jr.,
and Theodore Hayes, the son of Mrs. Lick by
her first marriage, and a lady whose name it is
unnecessary to mention now. Since the con
demnation of the prisoners, however, Theodore
Hayes seems to have been won over to the Lau
tenschlager side, and has, since the original
trials, deposed in direct contradiction to his
first testimony, and added other evidence, of
doubtful or no credibility, tending to crimi
nate Lick in various ways. Summing up the
testimony which led to the conviction of the
prisoners, it may be succinctly stated that the
foul murder was the culmination of a neigh
Following the tragedy is the after-piece.
This consists in questioning Joseph Lick, Sr's.
title, under his murdered wife's deed, to the
lot, and the installing of Theodore Hayes, her
child by her first marriage, in possession there
of. The litigation has been long and bitter on
this point, and to test the validity of Lick's
title, two jury trials have occurred, in both of
whieh he has triumphantly established the
soundnsss of his claim. On each occasion of
trial, however, and strange to relate, extraneous
and extraordinary circumstances have attended,
which are fully detailed in the interviews be
low with Mr, Mead.
Yesterday, TH E GLOBE reporter, ac
quainted with the foregoing facts
and circumstances and who witnessed
the fire which destroyed the Lick residence on
that morning, again visited the scene of the
conflagration, in the hope of supplementing
his report of the disaster, which was necessar
ily abbreviated in consequence of the untime
ly hour at which the flames broke forth. The
lot upon which the burnt house stands is
somowhat narrow and extends half-way south
ward to Ninth Btreet. On the Tenth street
front is an incompleted building somewhat
more pretentious tnan its neighbors. The
house consumed yesterday morning was on a
temporary foundation, and stands a few feet
above the level of the lot. The main ground
floor was divided into about equal portions,
the southern half being again divided into a
larger bedroom, on the east side, and a small
er one on the west side. To the south
rear is an addition, which was frequently allud
ed to in the interview given below as the "old
kitchen." The chimney of this compartment
was in the extreme south wall. The chimney
of the other rooms pierced about midway of
the main roof.
When the reporter first visited the place ves
terday, there was no one about. He found"the
roof, the upper part of the walls and the stair
way completely consumed or useless. The
stove in the front room was yet standing in
tact. The bed in the west room was still in
position. The chimney at the rear had fallen.
The east wall of the east bed-room had been
pierced through the plastering by the fire, the
point being directly opposite to a smilar pene
tration in the west wall of the west
bedroom, both rooms being connected by an
Inquiring at the residence of Samuel Quivio,
repiesented in yesterdaj's GLOBE reinnt as the
one who first gave the alarm of fire, TH E
GLOBE reporter was directed to a small house
immediately in the rear. Quivio was not present,
and the woman of the house stating that the
man in the rear house knew most about the fire.
Accordingly, the reporter directed his steps
thither, and his knocks were responded to by
In response to various inquiries, Corrigan
said he had been to church n the Iriday even
ing, after which he went to bed.
Anticipating rain, he got up at
11 o'clock, found all quiet, the weather
bright and clear, nobody stirring, and so went
back to bed. After midnight, as he supposed,
he was awakened by his dogs barking. Getting
out of bed to ascertain the cause, he was
startled by the unnatural brightness, and. on
going to the door, discovered the Lick house in
flames. The fire was spreading from below,
along the wall between the "old kitchen" and
the mam building. He ran to the west side of
the house, as the wind was blowing from that
direction. He called out "Fire" as loud as he
could, which aroused the neighbors, but, with
all his shouting and pounding on the west door
with a rock, he could not, at first,
arouse the sleeping Licks. He never
knew people to be so difficult to wake.
He helped to get out the stove, which was stone
cold. The wall first on fire was, he knew, next
to the bedrooms of the inmates, as he was
familiar with the domestic arrangements of the
house, and this fact made him all the more
vigorous in arousing the Licks. He believed
that in five minutes more the whole family
would have been burned alive.
JOSEPH LICK, SB.
stepped in just as the interview closed, and to
him the reporter directed his inquiries. Lick
said that when he awoke he was completely
dazed. The room was pitch dark. He,
with the youngest boy, "Jackie," aged
8 years, occupied one bed in the east room, his
oldest son Joe and the other two sons sleeping
together in the west room. [To gain a better
idea of the situation, Lick and the reporter
here went over to the burnt building.J Joe
finally awoke and opened the door between the
two rooms, when the fire ran "this way and
that." Before this, Lick had broken one of
the panes in the south window of the east
room, and that was the first light he obtained.
"Jackie" ran under the stove in the front
room, and Joe, with one tremendous blow of
his right hand, broke the middle bar of the
north window sash of the east room, cutting his
hand in so doing, but driving the lower part of
the sash clean out. Through this opening the
family escaped. "Jackie," when found under
the front room stove, cried out: "Father. I'm
dead," and was passsed through the window,
half dead from suffocation. The family went
to bed about 10 o'clock the previous night.
The fires were put out about 9 o'clock. There
might have been a little fire in the stoves, but
the dampers were closed and made safe as usu
al at night, both in the front room and the
'old kitchen.'' He could not tell where or how
the fire caught, or whether the house
was set fire to or not. [Here
Lick was very guarded in his expressions. He
could not tell if any body that he knew would
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set fire to the house. [Resuming his natural
manner.] He believed that, if the family had
been sleeping upstairs, or had been wakened
five minutes later, the whole of the family
would have perished in the flames. The litiga
tion about the property had kept him in trouble
right along, but he could not say if that had
anything to do with the fire.
JOSEPH LICE, JB.
was found by the reporter at St. Joseph's hos
pital, soundly sleeping in a scrupulously elean
bed in a light airy room. The pallor of the
previous night, arising from loss of blood and
excitement, had been succeeded by a healthy
flush, and everything betokened the best of
care and promised speedy convalescence.
HON. WM. H. HEAD,
the attorney for Lick in his litigation for the
property, was next visited. Mr. Mead sub
stantially said, independent of Lick's
rights to the property, through the
of his wife, they were
further based upon the fact of the improve
ments he had made thereon, which would have
to be paid before Theodore Hayes could, under
any circumstances, attain possession. It,
therefore, became an important factor
in the dispute to remove those improvements.
Two jury trials had occurred to test Lick's
title, each one of which had been marked by
curious circumstances. Immediately before
the first trial, Lick'9 house was burned. Just
previous to the second trial, which was accord
ed under the statute, an affidavit was sprung
up sworn to by a convict in the Stillwater peni
tentiary, which purported to add facts tending
to show that Lick was the murderer of his own
wife. Yesterday, again, a motion was to be
heard in the district court relative to the same
matter, and the house is again burned down
oyer Lick's head. The effect of the destruc
tion of the house is transparent, as that would
entirely remove the improvement offset which
Lick could always claim, beside the fact of his
possessing the deed from his wife. The
litigation has been pursued with bull-dog
pertinacity, and a death-like grip. It has been
carried to the United States courts, on the plea
that Lick is not naturalized, and the same
game is to be re-enacted in those tribunals on
the precisely similar grounds upon which
suit was brought in the local courts.
He considered that his client had been
made the unfortunate object of bitter
persecution. Concluding, Mr. Mead payed
a high tribute to the worthiness of
Joseph Lick, Jr., who is member of the form
er's Sunday school class.
THE GLOE reporter has thus "a plain, un
varnished tale'' delivered, from which the pub
lic may draw its own inferences as to
the origin of yesterday's fare, which so nearly
proved fatal. Was it incendiary, or was it not?
If it was, could Lick have applied the torch,
and have been so utterly oblivious of his own
and his children's lives as to have neglected all
avenues of esoape from a miserable death On
the other hand it would seem as if it would
be to the interest of other parties that the
building should be destroyed, and,
better Btill,if at the same time,two of the main
witnesses to a foul crime should be prema
turely cut off, and thus open penitentiary
gates at no distant day, by means of a par
don or a new trial. Strangely corroborative
of the latter theory is the fact that these fires
come in just in the nick of time to largely
influence pending litigation.
The rise in the river still continues, and
last evening bad reached a depth of six feet
two inches on the gauge.
The sternwheeler Arkansas, en route from
St. Louis to this city, passed safely through
the canal at Keokuk, yesterday morning.
She brings a heavy freight, and will not ar
rive before Tuesday next.
The steamer Helen Mar, from Reads Land
ing to St. Louis, passed LaCrosse yesterday
morning, with a heavy tow of logs and lum
The rise which has been noticeable here
for ten days past, has reached to Keokuk and
beyond, and is now showing itself very rab
Meeting of the Toxt Hook Commission.
The State text book commission, appointed
under the Merrill law held its final meeting at
the Capitol last evening. This commission is
composed of D. Burt, State superintendent of
public instruction, Sanford Niles of Rochester,
and Wm. Benson of Carver, but Mr. Burt was
absent from the city last night. The object of
the meeting last night was to determine upon
the fourth reader for the series. Appleton's
fourth reader was adopted and the thirteen
books which are to be furnished under the law
are as follows:
Patterson's Common School Speller.
Appleton's 1st, 2d. 3d and 4th readers.
Appleton's Primary, Mental and Practical
Quackenbo3' Language Lessons Practical
Grammar American History.
Colton's Introductorj and also Common
The Faribault board of education also
adopted the above books yesterday.
Final Adjournment not Before the Last of
.Next Week, if Then.
fSpecial Telegram to THE GLOBE.]
MADISON, March 16.The Senate to-day
amended the tax bill and passed it under sus
pension of the rules. It will probably cause
much discussion in the Assembly next week.
No disposition was made of the Senate joint
resolution for final adjournment, and as both
houses have adjourned till Monday night, the
Legislature cannot finally adjourn before the
last of next week or beginning of the following
In the Senate bills were concurred in author
izing the construction of a dam in the Chip
pewa river at Eagle Rapids appropriating one
hundred dollars to the Monroe agricultural
In the Assembly, the bill levying a State tax
of four hundred and five thousand dollars was
concurred in. Bills passed: Relative to the
police court of Eau Claire amending the law
for the government of the State insane asylum
relative to improving the Eau Claire and Big
Ribe rivers to prevent judicial officers from
bringing actions in their own courts, and for
printing three thousand copies of the constitu
tion of Wisconsin and the United States, for
use in the public schools.
Trouble Among: the Irishmen of Quebec.
QUEBEC, March 16.The Irish societies have
resolved tiiat the procession Monday shall not
as usual, salute either the lieutenant-governor
or mayor, and serious divisions among the so
cieties have occurred in consequence. The
presidents of branches 4 and 5 of the Irish
Catholic union resigned, and the St. Patrick's
total abstinance society have resolved to take
no part in the procession.
WASHINGTON, March 17th, 1 A. M.Indica
tions for the upper Mississippi and lower Mis
souri valleys, clear, or partly cloudy weather,
cold, northwest shifting to warmer, southerly
winds, falling preceded at east stations by
Attention Knights of St. Paul.
You are hereby ordered to meet at your hall
on Monday, the 18th of March, at 9:30 a. m.
By order of the President,
WM. O'GQBXAN, Recorder, k-aMMih.