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AMID THE EUINS.
CONTINUING THE SEARCH FOR THE
The Work Progressing More Rapidly-Ac
tion of the Board of TradeBenefit for
Sufferers--Hints of "Kicking" by the In
surance CompaniesItems and Inci
The ruins of the milling interest of Minne
apolis are fast being overhauled, in the search
for tha bodies of the men not yet obtained.
The interest has began to subside, and yester
day but few persona, in comparison to the
large number present on Sunday, Tisited the
scene of the great explobion.
The search for bodies still goes on, and yester
day a still larger force of men were at work.
The amoke has so far abated, and the stone
cooled as to permit of the search being con
tinued with little difficulty.
The funeial of the recognized and unrecog
nized bodies will, probably, not take place till
the latter part of the week. Nearly every lo
cality in the city has lost one or more mem
bers, and if, as it is hoped will be the case,
THE FUNERAL SERVICES
are held jointly, the procession will be the larg
est and most imposing ever witnessed in Min
neapolis, or even in the State.
The finding of the body of Patrick Judd, on
Sunday, was an eventful episode, and the
marked feature of Sunday's explorations.
From all appearances of the remains, Mr. Judd
was, at the time of the explosion, changing
his clothes preparatory for his night's work.
His lantern was found uninjured, as also was
tho dinnpr pail of Fred Meriill. Mrs. Judd
was brought down to the remains for tho pur
pose of fuither identifying them. The shock
wai so severe that temporary insanity followed,
and it lequired the united eforts of four men
to get her into the carriage. Last night she
was feeling somewhat better, however, although
btill suffeung gieatly. The body of Mr.
Judd was turned over to friends
yesterday. The funeral services
occurred during the forenoon, and tho remains
were buried in the Catholic cemetery on the
East Side. Mis. Judd has been left in almost
destitute circumstances, and tho^o having the
matter in hand should see that rhe has assis
tance at once.
DISPOSING 01 OTHER JJODItS.
The body of John Bojler was bhipped to his
home in Indiana on Tuesday evening. Tho
body of Wilber was started on tho journey to
Vermont last evening.
The coroner is still unsettled \i hia mind
about the proper p*occt,dings in th" u.atter of the
inquest. He thinks, hvwever that it is best
to defer the matter till further information as
to (he causes which might ha\e i reduced the
explosion are obtauin"!. and rao.e bodies re
BOARD OFTl M-E I I.JCLEniM.S.
At the meeting of Jio board of trade held
yesteid.iy moning a portion of tiie time was
occupied by reading tovimunicutions received
in leldtK/ii to the- disfi-ner.
tXriJESblONS OF 8YM1H1HY.
The following fiom John W. Bond, secre
tary of the boaid ot immigration, expiPSbes
Br. PAUL, May 5, 1878.
0. C. Sturtevant, Esq., Secietarj of the Board
DEAR SIR:Enclosed please find a letter from
John Esdias Warren, L'q., formerly mayor of
thi3 cny, in regard to the great disaster which
has befallen your beautiful city. Thinking
that you might like to hear rifl expressions
of sympathy, 1 forward it. Mr. Warren has
been wnting a series of some twenty letters to
the Chioigo and Eastern papers fiom various
points within the State. You have, doubtless,
noticed some ot them.
I am glad to know the blow your city has
sustained has in no wise daunted the hearts of
your people. 1 expect to see Minneapolis come
out of thib fiet oideal with lenewedhope, faith
and courage. ^Nothing can btop the onwaid
career of a city whose people are united in the
common purpose to make it the pride and the
empoiiimi ot tins great Northwest.
Wishing jour people unbounded prosperity,
and that the daik cloud which has hovered over
you for the past few days may be speedily
lifted, 1 am. sir, very truly youi.-,
3 JHN W. BOND.
A CHICAGO IXT1EU.
CHICAGO. May 2, 1878.ll\ DEAR MR. BOND:
1 thank you foi your immigration pamphlet,
which is a most admiiable document all re
spects, and I veiy much vish that you would
send me several copies, in wliich case I propose
to make good use of them. I have just heaid
with great pain of the calamity at Minneapo
lis. Severe as this is. it must not be permitted
to injure the State. Calamities come to all in
some sh.ipe, to StateG as well as to individuals,
and while we should not make light of them
or seek to dimmibh their impoit, jet they
should rot be allowed to discourage, but rath
er to stimulate us to greater activity. Min
neapolis has my profoundest sympathies,
but I doubt not that she will soon recover
from this disaster, and that it will in no wise
check her wonderful energy and progressivc
ness. Nothing can put back the onward tide
of Minneaplis' prosperity. She is now Oil the
right track and will keep there in spite of every
vicissitude. 1 feel confident of this. Misfor
tunes are orten
blessings in disguise. Even
the grasshopper" plague, discouraging as it was
for a time, will work no permanent evil to
Minnesota. On the contiary, in some respects
it will prove an ultimate benefit by stimulating
farmers to variegate their ciops and to practice
habits ot saving and economy. I really think
that the gain will be quite equal to the loss.
The grasshoppers were only the foieinnnerb
of the greatest immigration that Minnebota has
ever known, and as I believe tho forerunners
and prophets of its greatest prosperity. While
I thus wiite, I am not disposed to underrate
the magnitude of the calamity which has just
befallen our sister city. But it will pass, and
Minnesota will move on, and Minneapolis will
rapidly recover, and in no sense be permanently
Although I may live in other States, my
heart is now, as it always has been, in Minne
sota^ and I never can teel toward any other
State as I feel towards her. In her misfortunes
I deeply sympathize, and in her prospeiity I
shall always rejoice.
With most kindly remembrances, I remain
moat tiuly yoms, J. ESAIAS WARREN,
108 Dearborn St.
President Washburn stated that he had but
just arrived home and had matters of great im
portance demanding his personal attention,
but that above all personal considerations in
his opinion was the lelief of those who had
been bereft of support and protection by the
late catabtrophe, and he attended this meeting
mainly for the purpose of urging some plan
that would accomplish fully that end. He be
lieved the members of the board would be re
creant to duty and false to themselves if they
did not take the matter in hand at once, and
enter upon some well directed plan for raising
a sufficient fund for the relief of those un
fortunates who had been deprived of those
upon whom they leaned for support. It was
more than a question of Christianity and hu
manitarianism. It is time for our citizens to
respond generously, and create a feeling of
good will between employer and employed,
which could not be obliterated. Representa
tives of the bone and sinew, the pride and
founda. ion of our city's welfare, had perished
in tue flames, and they were beyond any good
offices that could be bestowed, but they had
left widows, orphans, and other dependents,
v.hich mnst be well cared for by onr citizens.
He hoped this board would not adjourn with
out taking action in this matter.
]T '.E. M. Wilson said the remarks of the
chairman would meet a cordial reponse in the
heart of every member of the board. It was
time for practical action in the direction in
dicated. He therefore moved the appointment
of a committee of five to solicit subscriptions
for this purpose, and that the committee be
empowered to co-operate with any other com
mittees that might be appointed by other as
sociations for alike purpose.
Messrs. E. M. Wilson, 6. C. Gale, L. Fletcher,
G. A. Brackett and A. B. Barton were appointed
such committee. FIRE DEPARTMENT ACKNOWLEDGMENT.
The following correspondence explains itself:
MINNEAPOLIS. May 6, 1878.
W. M. Brackett, Esq., Chief Engineer Fire De
DEAR Sm:On my arrival home yesterday
morning among the linst things brought to my
attention in connection with the late terrible
calamity was the gallant conduct ot the mem
bers of the fire department at that tearful scene
of death and destruction.
The large amount of property belonging to
this company, which for a time seemed inev
itably doomed to destruction, was, as I learn,
saved by the cool, courageous and almost su
perhuman efforts of the members of your de
For all this, in behalf of this company, I de
sire to extend to the firemen of Minneapolis
my most sincere and grateful thanks for their
noble conduct on that occasion. As a slight
and further token of appreciation of their
gallant effoits 1 beg to hand you herewith our
treasurer's check for $100 tor the benefit of the
fire department of Minneapolis, to be used in
such manner or for such purpose aB its mem
bers may determine. Yours Very Truly,
W. D. WASHBURN. President.
OFFICE OF CHIEF ENGINEER FIBE DEP'T.,
MINNEAPOLIS, May 6, 1878.
Hon. W.D. Washburn, President Minn. & St.
DEAR SIR:I have the honor to acknowledge
the receipt of your esteemed favor of this date
with enclosure (^100) as stated, which will be
placed as directed. In behalf of our firemen, I
desire to tender to you our most sincere thanks
tor this valuable mark of appreciation. Not
taking into consideration the pecuniary value
ot the token, the fact that their efforts are duly
appreciated by yourself and our citizens gen
erally is an encouragement that makes volun
tary fire departments possible and addB ma
terially to their efficiency.
Trusting that shall never have a like ca
tastrophe to contend with in our city, you may
rest assured that so long as our citizens show
such good will and acknowledgment toward
the firemen, you are doing much towards
placing them in a condition to be depended
upon in any emergency.
Again thanking youlbr this and your many
acts of kindness and appreciation of our de
partment, I remain, very respectfully,
W. M. BRACKETT C. E.F. D.
The following we clip from tho St. Louis
CINCINNATI INSURANCE COMPANIES INTERESTED.
The Washburn Mill ''A," in which the ex
plosion originated, was a six-story stone struc
ture, the largest in tho country, and was built
at a codt of $200,000, and is the property of ex
Goveiuor O. C. Washburn, of Wisconsin. The
insurance on the building, and contents,
amounted to $217,000, of which the following
is in the Cincinnati companies, as prepared by
Mr. John D. Covington, the insurance adjuster:
Merchants and Manufacturers' 2,100
Miami Valley 2,550
Total $ 26,850
The above mentioned companies have the
following clause in their policies: "Not liable
for explosions of any kind, unless fire ensnea,
and then for loss or damage by fire only, which
loss shall be determined by the value of the
damaged property after the explosion.1
H. M. Carpenter,
G. H. Morrison,
C. A. Pillbbnry,
C. M. Loring,
A. C. Rand,
S. 8. Brown,
A. B. Ovitt,
C. T. Hobart,
S. C. Gale,
J. A. Christian,
S. E. Neiler,
G. B. Shepard,
T. J. Buxton,
E. H. Moulton,
Geo. R. Newell,
J. C. Oswald,
N. B. Harwood,
J. R. Coykendall,
E. A. Harmon,
E. 8. Corser,
P. M. Janney,
C. B. Heffelhnger.
Chas. B. Eustis,
C. W. Case,
F. S. Gilson,
C. H. Prior,
W. G. Telfer,
W. D. Washburn,
G. A. Camp,
0. C. Merriman,
T. B. Walker,
W. 0. Baker,
C. A. Bovey,
C. H. Pettitt,
A. T. Ankeny,
E. M. Wilson,
H. A, Gale,
E. W. Herrick,
O. T. Sweet,
F. L, Morse,
Geo. W. Hale,
H. H. Browa,
J. G. Jones,
W. J. VanDyke,
J. M. Williams,
r. F. Eichelzer,
AH the mill was almost totally destroyed by
the terrific explosion, the loss to the companies
by fire, will only be from 20 to 30 per cent.
On Wednesday evening the amateu1r dramat
ic entertainment "Above the Clouds1
presented for the benefit of widows and orphans
of the victims of the disaster. Tickets, which
aie to be sold by a committee appointed for
the purpose, are fixed at $1.00. The street rail
way company will criry passengers free of
charge, the Herrick brothers donate the use of
the hall, the Milwaukee and St. Paul road will
run a free special train between here and St.
Paul, the uBhers and door tenders will donate
their services, Messrs. Johnson. Smith & Har
rison furnish tickets, Superintendent Hankin
son places the telegraph lines at the disposaal
of the managers for the trnsaction of business
with St. Paul on this subject, and L. Ed. Davi
son, the publisher of The Foot Liirht, proposes
to donate the proceeds of the advertising in
The sale of tickets has already commenced,
and they may be obtained at Willson's music
stoie. They are going like hot cakes, and at
good prices, too. The number issued will be
limited to the seating capacity of the house.
was purchased by Hon. Loren Fletcher for $10.
Hon. K. B. Langdon paid 15 for three tickets.
Others are going at nearly as good prices.
The committee having in charge the enter
tainment for the benefit of the sufferers by the
late terrible calamity, wonld respectfully re
quest the following named gentlemen to act as
a general committee in the disposition of
tickets for the entertainment, which is to
take place on Wednesday evening, May 8th
G. A. Brackett,
J. S. Pillsbury.
D. li. Barber,
W. F. Cahill,
F. L. Greenleaf,
W. S. King,
H. G. Sidle,
A. E. McMullen,
V. G. Hush,
W. W. Eastman,
J. E. Bell,
H. H. Kimball,
T. A. Harrison.
J. W. Pence,
H. T. Welles,
N. F. Griswola,
E. S. Jones,
E. M. Wilson,
T. D. Skiles,
J. B. Bassett,
0. G. Goodrich,
H. T. Brown,
T. S. King,
J. W. Lawrence,
A. H. Bode,
R. H. Hankinson,
J. H. Thompson,
R. B. Langdon,
A. L. Linton,
Geo. H. Keith,
E. B. Ames,
J. W. Murray,
E. H. Steele,
H. O. Morae,
J. A. Chase,
A. O. Haugan,
F. L. Smith,
C. W. 8mith,
J. P. Rea,
N. R. Thompson,
J. S. Bradstreet,
L. P. Plummer.
THE BOARD OF TRADE
met again at five o'elook in the
afternoon, and appointed a committee of five,
consisting of A. B. Barton, Geo. A. Brackett,
E. M. Wildon, V. D. Washburn, and L. Fletcher,
as a committee to take charge of the relief
fund. They d* not propose to turn the funds
directly over to the widows and orphans, but I
will invest the same so that it will bring in a
big return. They confidently anticipate realiz
ing $15,000 from the undertaking.
Messrs. Smith & Parker, who were burned
out, resumed operations this morning. They
have leased the room over the Von Trotha
The city council committee yesterday made
provisions for the organization of a large force
of men to remove the debris at the ruins, and
continue the search for the bodies until found.
In addition to the mills and buildings de
stroyed near the scene of the explosion, other
buildings were burned as follows: C. G. Van
strom's barn, in the rear of hose house No. 5,
was destroyed. Value. $250 insurance $100.
A. C. Gammon's residence at 1,318 Washington
avenue South, was badly damaged and had a
narrow escape from destruction. Peter Young
green's one story fame house at No. 212 Fourth
avenue bouth, valued at $400, and a house be
longing to David Reese, adjoining, valued at
$600, were destroyed. 11. Scheurmeier's barn
in the rear of No. 1,327 Second street was also
burned. Loss $150.
Mr. Newman, secretary of the American Cen
tral Insurance company, of St. Louis, is in the
J. W. Holmes, of the North American Insur
ance company, Philadelphia, has arrived in
Minneapolis to look after the interest of his
William B. Cornell, brother of Judge F. R.
E. Cornell, and superintendent of the North
British company, has also arrived in Minne
The investigation into the cause will be con
tinued, and is being pushed forward with, as
yet, but little satisfaction to those most inter
Mrs. Walter Savage, wife of one of the vic
tims of the disaster of Thursday last, and who,
on Saturday evening, wan repotted to be dan
gerously ill. yesterday afternoon gave birth to
a fine boy baby. Since the child appeared she
had, up to a late hour last evening, been im
proving quite rapidly, and her friends and phy
sician feel greatly encouraged thereby. One of
the many bad blunders made by the Pioneer
Prc%s in their reports of the disaster was the
statement that she h,id, the day after the af
fair, been delivered of twins.
Fred George, who was so badly burned in
the disaster of the Washburn mill explosion,
is rapidly recovering, and, it is thought, will
show but'few signs of his narrow escape when
he fully recovers. His hands may be slightly
marked by the skin drawing when the swelling
goes down. He is to be removed from his
boarding house to the residence of a relative
where he can be kept more quiet and receive, if
possible, better attention than he could hope to
receive in a crowded boarding house.
Mr. Hinds, the fireman who has been suffer
ing with concussion of the brain since the ex
plosion of last Thursday, was improving quite
A committee of fifteen was appointed by the
board of trade yesterday to dispose of tickets
for the benefit entertainment on Wednesday
evening, and aUo to solicit subscriptions for
WORKINGMEN'S UNION AND THE FUNERAL.
At a meeting of the Workingmen's union,
held last evening, a motion was adopted, in
structing the committee appointed last Satur
day to interview the city council and ascertain
if more haste could not be made in removing
the dead from the ruins of the mill. Further
made in regard to the
A motion was adopted requiring every mem
ber to be in attendance at the hall, one hour
before the time of )he funeral, whenever the
same hhonld take place.
Chief Strong Explains the Delay of the St.
Paul Fire Department.
ST. PAUL, May 6, 1878.
Hon. A. C. Rand, Mayor of the city of Minne
apolis: HONORED SIR: Fearing the failure of the
fire department of this city to re
spond to your request for aid at
the calamitoiiB catastrophe of the 2d inst
might not be understood by yourself and the
citizens of your city, I feel it my duty to place
before, you a statement of facts, as they oc
I heard the explosion and the fire alarm and
saw the column of smoke from my dw clling.
On repairing to the city hall, I was met by your
dispatch, requesting aid. In a few moments
the permisbion ot Mayor Maxfield to take
the apparatus from the city was ob
tained. In fact, we were instructed
by him to take everything in the city, and
within ten minutes from that time two steam
ers and 2,500 feet of hose were at the St. Paul
& Pacific depot, where we were informed cars
would be supplied.
For some reason not yet explained we were
oidered to the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul
depot to load, compelling us to travel a mile
through the city to reach that location, where
we found no preparations made for our trans
poitation. We were, however, informed that
cars would be furnished in a short time. Al
though oppressed with the greatest anxiety, we
were compelled to wait at least one hour and
a half before cars were placed for us. In the
shortest possible time, the apparatus was
then loaded, and at 9:48 P. M. we
were staited, feeling we were too late to render
the assistance we hoped and expected at the
outset, to have afforded ou. After occupy
ing twenty-two minutes in reaching Mendota
junction, we were returned to St. Paul, our
services not being required.
Now, sir, with a sister city suffering from a
disaster seldom paralleld, with the smoke of its
horrors plainly in view,with messageMafter mes
sage being received pleading for help, yet we,
firemen and citizens, all too willing to render
it, were compelled to stand there powerless and
paralyzed by the manifest indifference of those
on whom we were forced to rely for transpor
tation to the scene desiring our own instantly
ready succor. These facts should call forth the
condemnation of every citizen. A fearful re
ponsibility rests on some party but not on
the fire department of this city, nor on the city
officials nor citizens generally.
Hoping the above may remove any doubt
which may have remained in the minds of any
of your citizens as to our efforts to render as
sistance, and congratulating jo on the ex
cellence of your fire department. I remain,very
respectfully yours, R. O. STRONG,
Chief Engineer Fire Department.
They Beat a Man and His Wife Outrage
Jnst before dark last evening, Tom Carr and
MikeClonan entered the saloon of John W.
Sheehey, corner of Rice and Martin streets.
Both were in a 6tate of fighting and abusive
intoxication, and, being refused liquor, became
foully abusive, for which they were ejected.
At this time Thomas Borden came upon the
scene, having no connection with the disgrace
ful rowdies, except that, some three years ago,
Carr administered an unprovoked drubbing to
Borden. The two maddened brutes turned
upon Borden and pounded him most savagely,
for no reason whatever. Mrs. Borden stepped
across the road to her husband's rescue, when
Clonan violently struck her with a stone. Just
then Officer Clouse laid his persuasive grip up
on Clonan, and marched him off to the station.
Carr escaped, but the officers were sent after
him. Both these youths should have meted
out to them the extreme penalty of the law for
this business. Especially should this be the
case with Carr, whose acts of rowdyism have
heretofore brought him into the hands of the
police, hut he has always managed to escape so
far, for reasons totally inexplicable, except it
be on the ground of ''influence," .whatever that
means. But the law-abiding citizens of St.
Paul are getting tired of this "influence" Job.
At midnight, Officers McMahon and Clouse
being provided with a warrant, snaked Carr
out of bed, and conveyed him to police head
quarters, where he was incarcerated.
The show window of Stephen Paine, Provi
dence, B. I., was robbed yesterday of $5,000
worth of diamonds.
ST. PAUL, TUESDAY MORNING, MAY 7, 1878.
MATES REWARDS ANOTHER PRESI-
Packard Given the Liverpool Consulate,
Displacing a One-Armed SoldierBonds
Called ln-The Alleged Defalcation of
Judge Whittaker, of New OrleansMis
The Case of Judge Whittaker.
WASHINGTON, May 6.The President sent to
the Senate to-day communications from the at
torney general and secretary of the treasury in
response to Senator Howe's resolution of April
16th. calling for information in regard to the
liabilities of W. K. Whittaker, arising under
his administration of office of United States
assistant treasurer and collector of internal
revenue at New Orleans, and as to the measures
taken by the Government to enforce them.
Secretary Sherman states that suitior $11,182
is pending against Whittaker on his account as
collector of internal revenue from December,
1863, to April, 1865. While Whittaker was in
office as assistant treasurer at New Orleans, be
tween October 15th, 1866, and May 10th, 1867,
a deficit of $1,076,797 occurred, which
was subsequently reduced to $680,801.
The deficit. according to Whit
taker's statement, arose from his ac
cepting from his predecessor, Assistant Treas
urer Way, about $500,000 of certificates of the
First National bank, of New Orleans, and can
celling them as cash on hand, besides which he
had aftei wards received a number of certified
checks of May, then president of the bank, and
converted them into sundry notes and bills of
exchange, which were counted as cash. At the
time the default was disorvered, suit for re
covcy of the defect was commenced in the
United States circuit court. In 1868, and in
May, judgment was given in favor of defend
ant. The special counsel employed by the
government, reported the jury probably based
their finding of facts upon the act of settle
ment between late Assistant Treasurer Way
and the United States, whereby the debt due
the government was discharged by the assign
ment of all of Way's property. There was, he
alleges, no error in the verdict, and no bill of
exceptions asked for. He also states that all
the defendants were insolvent. Way was bonds
man for Whittaker.
Attorney General Devens reports the crimi
nal indictments against Whittaker were three
Nn number. The first charged an embezzle
ment of $1,058,421, and when tried resulted in
Whittaker's acquittal. Special United States
Attorney Grant wrote the attorney general,
April, 1877. stating that the remaining indict
ments were for the same offense, and in his,
Grant's, opinion it was not proper to try them,
and asked authority to dismiss them. Attor
ney General Devens directed him to consult
with AsBistart District Attorney Lacey, and
left it to their joint decision to enter a nolle
prose. Orders to dismiss these indictments
were soon afterwards entered, and Attorney
General Devens says ha has no reason to doubt
that that Lacey and Grant exercised their dis
The Mexican Border.
WASHINGTON, May 6.Gen. McDowell has
been instructed to institute a vigilant watch
fulness along the southern border of Arizona
and southern California, to prevent violation
of the neutrality laws by Lerdo revolutionists,
and to arrest any and all parties who are sus
pected of congregating on the border for that
purpose. Gen. Ord has notified the
war department that he has made
such distribution of the force under
his command as will in his judgment with the
co-operation of other federal officials and State
officials, prevent any serious violation of the
neutrality laws. He has directed the prompt
arrest of all suspected persons who may at
tempt to cross fi om the United States into
Mexico. His action has been approved at head
quarters in this city.
Bonds Called In.
WASHINGTON, May 6.The secretary of the
treasury to-day called in the following five
twenty bonds on account of subscriptions to
the 4 per cent, loan: Coupon bonds dated July,
1865, namely: $50, No. 53,001 to 56,000, both
inclusive $100, No. 90,001 to 95,000. both in
clusive $500, Fo. 63,001 to 66,000, both inclu
sive $1,000, No. 114,401 to 120,900, both inclu
sive total coupon, $3,000,000. Registered
bonds redeemable at the pleasure of the United
States after the 1st of July, 1878, aB follows: $50
No. 1,901 to 1,950, both inclusive, $100 No.
15,201 to 15,700, both inclusivo, $500 No. 9,201
to 9.350. both inclusive, $1,000 No. 30,010 to
31,900, both inclusive, $500 No. 8,301 to 8,450,
both inclusive, $10,000 No. 15,508 to 17,750,
both inclusive. Total legistired $2,000,000.
Terms for the FottrPer Cents.
WASHINGTON, May 6.The secretary of the
treasury invited subscriptions to the 4 per
cent, loan upon the same terms as offered to
the public, in July, 1877, namely: Subscribers
upon the deposit of 2 per cent, will be allowed
20 days to complete payment. At the expira
tion of 90 days, bonds will be issued upon the
receipt of 98 per cent, principal, and interest
accrued to that date, and one-fourth of one per
cent, commission on all subscriptions for
$1,000 and over will be allowed.
WASHINGTON, May 6.The House committee
on education and labor to-day agreed upon a
bill making it a misdemeanor for a master of a
vessel to take more than fifteen Chinese pas
sengers, male or female, to the United States,
after January 1st, 1879.
The committee also agreed upon a bill au
thorizing the distribution to public libraries of
one copy of every document published for pub
lic distribution by Congress.
The President has nominated Stephen D.
Packard, of Louisiana, United States consul at
Liverpool Lucius Fairchild, Wisconsin, consul
general at Paris Horace James, Indiana,
consul at Turk's Island John Virgin, post
master at Fairburn, Illinois.
The sub-committee of the House committee
on expenditures in the department of state,
to whom was referred the case of Bradford,
consular clerk at Shanghai, have made a report
sustaining the various charges.
Subscriptions to the 4 per cent, loan to-day
$430,000. A dangerous counterfeit note of the
denomination of $100 on the Merchants Na
tional bank, of Bedford, Mass., has been put
in circulation in the Western States.
Ex-Governor Packard, of Louisiana, to-day
nominated consul at Liverpool, succeeds Gen.
Lucius Fairchild, of Wisconsin, who is trans
ferred to consul generalship at Paris. Alfred T.
A. Orbit, of Delaware, having been recalled
from that city.
The story of Martin Ryan being a prisoner
in Sitting Bull's camp has been officially de
nied by Sir Edward Farrington, of the Domin
ion, at whose instance the camp of Sitting
Bull was searched. The alleged facts in the
case were found to have no foundation what
Besides the counterfeit $100 note on the New
Bedford bank, there is another in circulation
in the West supposed to be from the same
place, on the Revere National bank, of Boston.
Officers Elect of the Labor iteform League.
NEW YORK, May 6.The American Labor Re
form League to-day elected officers for the en
suing year as follows: President, Wm. Bowe,
New Jersey, and numeious vice presidents
secretaries, Wm. Hansom, Wm. Haywood.
Treasurer, L. E. Joslyn executive committee,
E. M. Haywood, J. M. Ingalls, Wm. Bowe, J.
F. Tilton, D. E. Weeks and R. E. Hume. Ad
journed *in die.
Safe Thieves Arrested.
BOSTON, Mass., May 6.The police arrested
Herbert W. Otis, Oha*. Doherty, Wm. Ryan
alias Wm. H. Byman, alia* mysterious Billy,
John F. Connors alias Jack Connors, Chas. H.
,Gilman and Jennie Walton, charged with oom-
plicity in removing the safe from the house of
Ephriam Otis, in south Sciite, last Monday
^Sht, and robbing it of $30,000 of bonds. H.
W. Otis is a nephew of the person robbed, and
a member of the firm of Merrick, Billings &
Co., druggists, of Boston, a concern which
lately failed. Otis, it is supposed, concocted
the whole plan of the robbery. The whole
property was recovered.
Fatal Boiler Explosion at MemphisSev
eral Destructive Fires.
FATAL BOILER EXPLOSION.
MEMPHIS, May 6.Shortly after seven
o'clock this morning a portable engine stand
ing in front of Bohlen, Huse & Co.'u ice house
at the foot of Jefferson street, exploded with
terrific force, instantly killing Tom Hoist, the
engineer, and probably fatally injuring Jim
Kennedy, the fireman. The following labor
ers were also wounded: Barney Blerns, leg
broken Top Steene, arm broken and scalded
Jas. Zahone, arm broken and severely scalded
Friday Gullen, colored, who was passing the
spot on the way to his work, was severely scald
ed. The engine was used in hoisting ice out of
a barge into the ice bouse, and a fire had been
built under it with little or no water in the
boiler, which was discovered at the moment of
the explosion. A piece of the boiler was driven
through the wall of Latti's soap factory and
another piece in Glenn's wharfboat, a block
FIRE AT KEOKUK, IA.
KEOKUK, la., May 6.A fire broke out in the
general office of the Keokuk & Des Moines rail
way company this morning, about half past
two o'clock, and before it was checked destioy
ed the building, the Athenaeum, in which
was situated Burkett's wholesale notion house,
two frame buildings and the American House,
a three story brick building. The Keokuk &
Des Moines loses everything except such books,
papers, etc., as were in the
safe. Burketts stock was valued at $45,000.
The lowest portion was saved. The insurance
will more than cover what was lost. The build
ing occupied by the K- &. D. M. was owned by
S. 8. Vail, and is valued at $10,000. The other
buildings were owned also by Mr. Vail, and
were valued at $3,000. On these there is an in
surance of $4,000. The Athenaeum building
cost $25,000 and was once sold for $28,000. It
was worth about $12,000 when destroyed. In
surance $5,000. The total damage is estimated
TWO MORE FIRES.
MUSCATINE, Iowa, May 6.A fire at C. Lein
decker's place, two and a half miles from this
city, Saturday night, destroyed his barn, with
six horses, a fine Jersey bull and calf, with a
lot of agricultural machinery. Loss $20,000.
No insurance. The fire is supposed to be in
cendiary, because Leindecker had reduced the
price ot milk.
JUNEAU, Wis., May 6.A fire here yesterday
morning destroyed the office of the county
treasurer (for the second time within a year),
the elegant residence of Judge Lewis and two
small structures. Loss $20,000 insurance
TWO ACRES OF BUSINE8S PROPERTY BURNED.
BRADFORD. Pa., May 6.A fire started in a
small stable here this afternoon, and the flames
spread over two acres of the business portion
of the city. A large hotel, livery stable, severa
stores, oil offices and dwellings were burned
Fifty thousand dollars' worth of real and per
sonal property was burned. Insurance $2,500.
The principal losers are the Bradford house,
$12,000 B. C. Mitchell, $12,000.
AMERICAN BIBLE SOCIETY.
The Showing of Business Made on its Sixty
NEW YORK, May 6.At a sixty-second anni
versary of I he American Bible Society, the an
nual roport was read showing copies of bibles
manufactured at the bible-house, 654,893: prin
ted abroad, 233,008 purchased abroad, 17,978
total, 906 778. Copies issued at home, 663,100
abroad, 193,593 total, 357,493. Bibles for the
blind were also issued to the number of 521,
making an aggregate of 11,236 volumes in 36
year?. The issue of the society for 62 years
amt.uts to 34.864,315 copies. Cash receipts for
the year, $4,460,004. This amount is less than
that of last year by $96,625. The fact was
mentioned that a firm of native publishers in
Japan has expressed a desire to participate in
the publication of the scriptures for their own
countrymen. They will soon is^ue a pocket
edition of the new testament in Japanese.
Local Elections in North Carolina.
RALEIGH. N. May 6.The regular Demo
cratic municipal tickets -were everywhere vic
torious over the radicals, disorganizing inde
pendents and bolters. The fight at Weldon
grew out of a dispute as to a negroe's right to
vote. Words were followed by blows. Capt.
J. L. Emery was struck on the'bead and badly
hurt. Eight or ten shots were then fired at the
rioters. John Purnell, negro, was shot in the
mouth, and died in five hours. Another negro
was wounded in the shoulder. The sheriff, a
Republican, spoke to the rioters. Then a
prominent newspaper man spoke next, the
mayor of the town. Emery and Robert Day
were bound over in $2,000each. Excitement was
great, and people were wild at the time, but
now quiet. During the riot the polls were
NEW YORK, May 6.A special from Weldon,
North Carolina, says: The election of town
commissioners was the occasion of a serious
riot here this morning between the whites and
negroes. Both races had candidates in the
field, and great excitement prevailed. About
10 o'clock a riot began, and clubs, knives, and
pistols were freely used. Quite a number of
persons were cut and bruised, and one man, a
negro, will die it is thought, and the injuries
of several others are regarded dangerous. A
military company has been telegraphed for to
Norfolk, as indications for afresh outbreak are
imminent. The presence of Virginia military
on the other side of the river may have a
Suicide of Hon. John M. Blnckiey.
MILWAUKEE, May 6.There seems to be little
doubt that Hon. John M. Binckley, ex-assistant
attorney of the United States, who has been
missing for some time, committed suicide Sat
urday evening by drowning in the lake near
St. Francis seminary, at the south side of the
bay. He left several letters addressed to differ
ent parties of this city, the contents of which
show conclusively his intent to suicide. All
efforts to recover his body have thus far been
of no avail. The immediate cause of his rash
act is attributed to mental aberration, brought
on by domestic troubles. Mr. Binckley's
family consisted of a wife, from whom he was
separated, and four children, who are now at
Minneapolis & St. Louis Railway.
The splendid Pullman Drawing-Room Sleep
ing Car Gleneoe will leave with the St. Louis
express train this afternoon at 3:45, running
through to St. Louis in 28 hours, vithout
change. For tickets and sleeping car berths ap
ply to W. G. Telfer, ti ket agent, No. 8 Wash
ington avenue, (opposite the Nicollet House,)
Minneapolis. Geo. H. Hazzard, No. 116 East
Third street, St. Paul.
Passengers from St. Paul will leave by St.
Paul & Sioux City railroad at 3:15 p. M., con
necting at Sioux City Junction.
The registrar-general, in making his an
nual return for 1877, gave an estimate of the
population of the several counties (the "re-
gistration counties'') of England and Wales
in the middle of that year, assuming the an
nual rate of increase since the last census to
be the same as that enumeration showed to
have been the average rate for the then pre
ceding ten years. He estimates that Lan
cashirepremier county in populationhad
2,117,047 inhabitants in the middle of the
year 1877, and that Middlesex had 2,767,148,
and Yorkshire 2.736,078, of which last num.
ber 2.089,976 were in the WestRiding. These
three counties together hare more than a
third of the whole population of England
FACTS AND FANCIES
The Situation Generally Unchanged
Painted Debate in the English Parlia
ment Over the Employment of Indian
TroopsThe Ministry Accused of Bad
Faith in Keeping the Movement Secret
Unsettled Condition of Affairs in Constan
THE SITUATION AT COXSTAXTIXOVLE.
LONDON, May 6.While the general political
situation is unchanged and the course of nego
tiations between St. Petersburg and London
continues uneventful, there is no laok of im
portant incidents at Constantinople. A corres
pondent says: Another palace revolution is
threatened. The conspirators for the overthrow
of Abdul Hamid and the accession of Murad or
somebody eke, actually fixed one day last week
for the attempt. A fear of Russian interference
caused-* change of plans, and the conspirators
say they must wait until the Russians go. It
is difficult tb say what would be the attitude of
the Russians in case of a revolution, but there
is great danger that Russian and English troops
would come into collision in such an event.
English influence is now believed to be upper
most in the councils of the Sultan, who, be
tween Layard, the British ambassador, pulling
one way, and the Russians the other, has any
thing but a pleasant time. A majority of the
pasnas and all of the late ministers are against
the Sultan and discontented. There have been
violent speeches against the tax ou bread,
which is now at famine prices. The pashas are
ail ready to fly at each other's throats. Osman
Pasha, for instance, is cursed on all sides by
the*the pashas as a fool, and by some as a
traitor. Without cither English or Russian
support, the Sultan could not stay on the throne
another day. Sultan Abdul Hamid succeeded
Murad, his elder brother, who was deposed
August 31, 1876.
The same correspondent says: Sadyk Pasha
is certain not to remain chief of the ministry
long, though it is dir&cult to see what English
influence would gain by his overthrow, if it is
true as all the correspondents at the Turkish
capital agree, that the present cabinet mani
fests British tendencies even more frankly than
their predecessors. Such friendly manifesta
tions may be a blind, however.
Another correspondent says: I have just
heard the Porte has Bent a note to the powers
maintaining that it cannot evacuate Shanila,
Varna and Batouzn until the Russians retire,
and, accoiding to the treaty of San Stefano,
surrender Adnanople. The Russians, of course,
maintain the counter proposition, that they
cannot withdraw until the Turks evacuate the
AS ACTIVE WEEK.
LONDON. Sir* 6.The coming week will be
an vnusual busy one at tho English arsenals,
and dock yards. Ship owners whe have
hitherto been privileged to berth their vessels
in proximity to the admiralty moorings, oppo
site the victualing yard at the department ford,
have received notice to remove them to-day as
all the room available is to be lescrvedfor
transports, Reports of the recruiting office
the past month shows a remarkable increase
in the number of enlistments for the army,
and it is still advancing at a steady rate.
LONDON, May C.Parliament reopened to-day
after the Easter recess. In the House of Com
mons, notice was given of various questions re
garding the employment ofIndian troops. Sir
Stafford Northcotc chancellor of the exchequer,
in reply to a question by the Marquies of
Hartington, leader of the Liberals, Raid: "I
can only say negotiations with Russia continue.
It would be highly disadvantageous to the
public interests to discuss them, now."
RESTORATION OF THE TUILLEHIES.
LONDON, May 6.General Grant and his
party left Turin for Dijon and Paris.
A special from Pans Bays the Tuilleries com
mission has resolved to recommend the restora
tion of that ruined palace at a cost of about
our million francs, and the appropriation of
it to a museum of modern art. The chamberb
ill be asked to sanction the scheme.
LONDON, May 6.A special from Syra says
news from Eharport, Turkish Armenia, reports
the plundering of 91 Armenian villages in the
district of Chemestzzo by Dersin koords. The
Ottoman authorities are unable to afford pro
tection, and although the district is greatly
impoverished double taxes are demanded. In
Greghi. which lies between Eharport and Erze
roum, the dearth threatens soon to become a
HARD ON THE PRIESTS.
A special from Berlin says: Contrary to ex
pectations raised by the recent conciliatory at
titude of the papacy, those Russian priests in
receipt of government stipends, have been
asked by Cardinal Coterni, prefect of the con
gregation of the Sacred Council, either to re
nounce their salaries or declare their opposition
to the eclesiastical way laws.
LONDON, May 6.A special from Pera says
advices from Adnanople and Phillipopohs, of
the second inst., report continued fighting
about Haskoi, in which district twenty-one
Mahommedan villages have been destroyed,
the Russians laying the blame the Bul
garians, and Bulgarians laying it on the Rus
sians. There have been many arrests at
Adrianople among Bulgarians accused of com
plicity in the destruction of Turkish villages.
Thirty-eight wounded Russians have been
brought to Phillipopolia. The main body of
insurgents is estimated at 30,000, exclusive of
EMPLOYMENT OF INDIAN TROOPS.
LONDON, May 6.Committees of small-pox
asylums report the disease is epidemic here as
Btrong as it was a year ago now, there being 850
In the House of Commons Sir Wm. Vernon
Harcourt queried the right af _the government
to employ Indian troops without the consent of
Parliament. Sir Stafford Northcote defended
the act as constitutional, being merely
a movement of troops from one
part to another 'of |the empire. The
government, he said, did not publish the news,
and did not expect it to become public so soon.
The government's policy 6till is to obtain an
amicable settlement, bat it may be disappoint
ed. It therefore feels that it is its duty to take
precautiors. The expenses of the Indian troops
will be borne by the imperial exchequer. He
also said he apprehended that they would serve
under the Indian military act. A long and
desultory discussion ensued.
Sir George Campbell, who was formerly
lieutenant governor of Bengal, declared that
some regiments which were included in the
expeditionary army force, were unfit to cope
Sir Stafford Northcote remarked that the
House would have full opportunity of passing
judgment on the measure when the estimate
for expenses of the expedition was brought
forward. A premature disclosure of the gov
ernment's intention would cause increased dif
ficulties in regard to transportation of troops.
He adhered to the statement made previous to
the recess, that the diplomatic situation afford
ed no additional ground for anxieties.
Mr. Newgate, Conservative, regretted that
the estimates had not been presented to the
House before the troops were moved.
Mr. Ryland, Liberal, considered that the
government had been guilty of a direct sup
pression of truth.
Mr. Fawcett, Liberal, declared that if the
leaders of the opposition abstained from action
he would submit a resolution protesting
against the assumption by the executive of
authority to employ Indian troops without the
consent of Parliament. If the government
could tike such a step upon their own author
ity. Parliamentary control was meaningless.
LONDON, Hay 7.A telegram from Athena,
reports the British oounsul has induced the in
surgentleaders in tfaeedouia. to accept the
same terms as the ThessaUans. The volun
teers will retain their arms, and return te
Greece on board the British man-of war, or by
xano. 1 he native insurgents wUl retain their
arms and return to their homes.
CONSTANTINOPLE,May 6.-The Austrian embas
sy denies that Austrian troops are concentrating
on the Bosnian frontier. It i. declaredt that*
BELGRADE, May 6.The Germans have es
tablished a strong military post at Kustondit,
on the Mitrosetza and Salonica railway. Rine
thousand Mohammedan arnauts posted in the
mountains impede communication with old
Servia, by frequent raidB they make and com
mit great atrocities in Servian villages. A force
will be immediately sent against them.
LONDON, May 7.A Bucharest special reports
500 insurgent prisoners and 60 wouuded Rus
sians arrived at the Danube from the south of
the Balkans. Some of the Russians state the
insurgents have had several successes. Twelve
hundred Russians left Parapan on Saturday
and recrossed the Danube. Supplies are be
ing hurried south.
POINTS HEXNO NEGOTIATED.
A Vienna correspondent says the main points
now under negotiation are the limits of Bulga
ria and proposed modifications Asia Minor.
England objects to the extension of Bulgaria
to the Aegan Sea, and France warmly supports
her. Russia proposes to make important con
cessions to Austria, but Count Andrassy re
plied he must defer any decision until the
meeting of Congress.
The famine in northwest Russia is increasing.
PARIS, May 6.The supplemental elections
held yesterday for members of the Chamber of
Deputies, caused by invalidations of previous
elections, resulted in the return of six Repub
licans and two Conservatives.
LONDON, May 7.A St. Petersburg corres
pondent has reason to believe questions of the
very highest importance will be practically de
cided in the course of next week. Meanwhile
the public desire for a peaceful solution is in
A Vienna correspondent says although It is
thought Count Schouvaloff'B visit to 8r. Peters
burg la merely for a short time, it is believed to
be in connection with important negotiations.
Should he succeed in bringing about a solution
he will likely be looked upon as having quali
fied himbelf as the successor of Prince Gorts
chakoff. It is believed the Czar will avoid ap
pointing Prince Gortschakoft's successor as
long as possible. A Pera correspondent has
reason to believe the Turks will raise a Bcries
of fresh difficulties concerning the fortresses,
based on the interpretation of the San Stefano
GAZETTED TO BISMABOE's PLACE.
BERLIN, May 6.Count Von Bulow, secretary
of state for the foreign office, is gazetted as the
official substitute for Prince Bismarck in the
department of foreign affairs, Admiral Von
Strosch in matters connected with the navy,
and Dr. Stephen in the administration of posts
VIENNA, May 6.A St. Petersburg special
Bays Count Schouvaloff comes to St. Petersburg
in consequence of his own request to be per
mitted to report, personally, respecting the
LONDON, April 6.A dispatch from Constan
tinople says negotiations in regard to Schnmla
and Varna continue, but the Russians do not
insist, at present, on the evacuation of Batoum.
CATTARO, May 6.An Austrian sentinel has
been shot by a Montenegrin.
TRANSIT OF MERCURY.
Satisfactory Observations Taken at Vari
[Special Telegram to the Globe.]
MADISON.W a May 6.The transit of Mercury
with the sun was observed to-day by R. G. Nor
ton, of this city. The day was very cloudy but
the sun appeared twice, at two o'clock and half
past five, thus enabling him to obtain two fine
Gov. Smith left for Washington this morning
on a business visit of a couble of weeks,
WASHINGTON, May 6.The transit of mercury,
in addition to being observed at the naval, ob
servatory, was also observed by Prof. Newcomb
and several of his associates, who were provid
ed with telescopes at the national almanao
office. The observations fuliy confirmed the
various results for motion of the perhehon of
According to the observations of Prof. New
comb and assistants, the second internal con
tact of Mercury with the western edge of the
sun. occurred at 33 minutes, 60 seconds past 5
o'clock this afternoon, and the external con
tact 2 minutes and 50 seconds later. The planet,
through the telescope, appealed not larger than
a silver five cent piece. Gentlemen engaged in
the work say there could not have been a better
day for observations. Prof. Eastman was at
the old telescope at the national observatory,
and Prof. Hall superintended the taking of
photograps of the passing planet. These pho
tographs were produced by means of a horizon
tal telescope and reflector.
UTICA. May 6.Prof. Peters, of Hamilton
college, Clinton, made a successful observation
of the transit of mercury. The clouds inter
fered somewhat with the observation of inter
nal contact. Prof. Peters is of opinion that
he discovered indications of atmosphere on the
OODEN, Utah, May 6.Observations ..were
taken from the United Stated Observatory to
day of the transit of mercury by Professor
Andre and party, French astronomists. The
transit commenced at 7:44, but the sun was
obscured by clouds. The sky cleared about
noon. Only three photographs were taken
up to 1 p. M., after which time seventy-five
photographs were taken to the time of exit,
which was at 3:17 p. M. Observationsjare re
garded as successful and satisfactory.
WEST PorT May 6.Observations for all
four contactB of Mercury with the sun were
successfully made to-day at West Point observ
Observations of the transit of Mercury at
Cambridge observatory was somewhat inter
fered with by clouds, but in the afternoon a
clear sky afforded a most favorable opportu
nity for observation. Contact took place sev
eral sconds later than 10:26 A.M. The general
results are considered quite satisfactory.
AIX AROUND THE GLOBE.
In the case of Oliver P. Cummings vs. The
Grand Trunk railway, at Boston, the jury gave
a verdict for 15,708. Cummings was engineer,
and injured by a collision with a wild engine.
At the session of the Vermont M. E. con
ference at Woodstock yesterday, the committee
of trial in the case of Rev. E. D. Hopkins,
charged with forgeries, reported that he be ex
pelled the ministry and church membership.
It is reported that the Commerce insurance
company of New York, a purely local organisa
tion, is about to close its doors. The last
statement made Jan. 1,1878, stated its capital
to be 200,000 asset* (240,379, and surplus
W. H. Carlton &-Co., and A. L. Johnson &
Co., shoe manufacturers of Haverhill, Mass.,
have suspended. Liabilities of the first named
about 6,000, and of the latter from 100,000
David W. Sutherland, of Chicago, has filled
petition in bankruptcy. Secured debts $65
000, with 102,000 securities: unsecured, $10,-
000. Assets, nominally $97,000.
The ceremony of laying the earner stone of
the poet chapel at Fort Leavenworth took
place Sunday evening at six o'clock.
Three companies of mounted infantry, that
go out to superintend the removal of the TJta
Indians, will leave Fort Leavenworth on Tues
day of this week.
A skiff containing three women and tw*
children, waa struck by a rait on the Alle
gheny river, Ave miles above Pittsburgh, yes
terday afternoon, and capsiied. Two of the
women were drowned. The other three wwm
rescued by partiee on abote,