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WASHINGTON. D. C. THURSDAY EVENING, AUGUST 8, 1895.
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While the Gas Light Company
Pays Big Dividends.
OITI HELD IN ITS OLUTOH
Ita Kxorbltaut Prices Make It Im
possible For tlio Commissioners to
Illuminate Streets All the Night.
Considerable Shifting. Necessary to
Give ttie Beat Possible Lighting.
The Moraine Times cartoon yesterday
and accompanying description of the dan
gers, by reason ot darkness that fill Wash
ington's parks after nightfall received
general comment and approval; but the
porks are quite safe In coniparin with
some other localities when the moon falls
to shine according to the almanac pro
gramme. The Commissioners are doing all they can
tinder the hard conditions laid down by the
gas company. The money they have to
spend on gas is limited by the appropria
tion and is not enough to pay for gas for
street lights all night long at the exorbitant
prices charged by Mr. John K. McLean and
bis associates. They are compelled to stint
at both ends of the night and to arrange
to take advantage of every glint of moon
SCHEDULE FOE AUGUST.
The schedule for August begins with
light from 8 p. m. to 3 a. m. nearly and
closes with 7.30 p. m. to 4 a. m. Then
for the first ten days and the last five, It
la provided thatthe6Chedule may bechanged
Tay the Commissioners so as to get the bene
fit of the moonlight.
Citizens congratulate themselves that
only halt the tinio Is thus involved in un
certainty. Last night the Commissioners,
in despair at the continued clouds, show
ers, and complaints of citizens, that have
attended their efforts to use tiie moan this
month, ordered the lights on all night and
the people generally took advantage of
the situation to spend a part of the evening
In the open air In spite ot occasional show
ers anddrlpplng foliage.
Several other nights the gas has not been
lighted till early morning, and none bJt a
seer could niake calculations on what would
tw done on a given night. The authorities
themselves did sot know until late in the
GROPING IN THE DARK.
The result has been that on aristocratic
Dupont Circle Saturday niht the passenger
alighting from a street car went groping his
way up Massachusetts avenue, while a
shower coming up filled the gutters and
Insu red wet feet, except for the careful man
who always carries rubbers In his pocket.
At the same hour "Bloodfield" was full
of devilment In the gloom and rain, held In
check only by the activity of the police.
Except that the criminal classes have no
means of knowing when the gas will be
lighted and when not, while thepolice are
kept accurately Informed, highway rob
beries, murderous assaults, and nameless
crimes would be of nightly occurrence.
And a dozen would have been reported on
the night In question.
But while darkness filled the city from
nightfall till 1 a. ni., with occasional in
tervals ot moonlight, the provident Com
missioners knew that the moun would set
about 2 a. u.,and at 1:80 the lamplighters
were out in force.
AN UNEXPECTED MOON.
It chanced that while they were busy
lighting up the moon hung In tie western
sky, full and clear, making the gas pale
and useless for half an hour.
The time was short, but It is as much
as saved nightly by waiting till after dark
before lighting begins, and the gas squan
dered that Sunday momlng would have
been gladly saved for some rainy evening
when citizens go blundering home through
the storm and wet and mud on Kalorama
eights, in Ecklngton or across the un
saved ways of East Washington.
All this inconvenience and danger both
in the parks, as portrayed In a lively man
ner yesterday, and on the streets and
dawn the alleys, is for one purpose, to
enable the stockholders of the Washington
Gas Light, molt of them already rich, to
draw 10 per cent, dividends, roll up hun
dreds ot thousands of surplus and distrib
ute accumulated oarnlngs, a half-million
dollars at a time.
This they have been doing with great
regularity since they started with $KO,000
capital. In addition, they have got pos
session of a property here which they
hope to sell to the Government for at least
$0,000,000 in case they should ever be
obliged to let go.
FACTS BROUGHT TO LIGHT.
With a hope ot giving the city such
lighting, as other cities have, and of re
ducing the price of gas to keep step with
the progress of science, in its manufact
ure. Congress has many times investigated
the gas monopoly. It did so last winter,
and the results arc fresh in all minds.
Not so well known are facts brought out
by the Spooner investigation, ten years
ago. Gen. E. W. Whltaker, W. C. Dodge
and James Crutchett were among the citi
sens who brought out the facts then.
It was found that the company had no
record of its business from 1848 to 1SC6.
There was a prospect of on investigation
in 1883, and undr an order of the directors,
all rich men, Mr. Bartol, then president,,
sold the books showing the financial
transactions for eighteen years to Allen,
Lane & Scott, of Philadelphia, to be used
in the manufacture of paper.
This act blotted out the transactions
leading tip to the distribution of 500,
000 of additional stock and increase of
capital to $1,000,000. Upon this in-
of the localw and tele
graphic news features
in this issue of the
Evening Times -will be
found in to-morrow's
Morning Times. '
creased capital the government and the
people were asked then and have been
ever since to pay 10 per cent dividends,
though a large part is believed to be "wa
The officers of. the. company at that time
made shuffling statements. The presi
dent said $l,n00,000 of the $2,400,000
stock bad been paid in In cash, but Secre
tary Bailey would not swear to more than
President McIIbcnuy said the -cost of
coal was $4. .60 'a ton, but Senator Black
burn showed the secretary' sworn state
ment that coal cost only $3.50.
Mr. Mcllhenny said "then gas cnuld be
made at- 00 cents a thousand, and the
company have a profit of $50,000 a year.
Last winter, with Improved processes, by
which, according to- general testimony,
the cost of making has been reduced, these
same officials brought figures to show
that gas could not bu made for less than
In the face of this the Ogden GasCompany,
in Chicago, will begin layng malms in
September upon an agreement to furnish
gas to private consumers at 00 cents and
to the city at 75 cents.
PARKS SHOULD BE LIGHTED.
Commissioner Truesdell said yester
day that the, parks should by all means
be Well lighted. These reservations, he
said, are more particularly under the su
pervision of Col. John M. Wilson, but
all that the board could do has been done
to secure the funds necessary to Increase
the lighting facilities. Col. Truesdell
said he did not recall that the Commission
en, had eer abked Cougress for a t-pccUl
appropriation, but they would cheerfully
co-operate in any effort of that kind.
Commissioner Powell stated that the
Commissioners have nothing to do offi
cially with the United States parks. "We
are, however," said he, "lighting some
of the lamps on the outskirts ot the park
ing and located near the sidewalks. I
tlilnk we light a hundred or two, and wo
do It liecausc of Col. Wilsons' request,
and because of his lack of appropriations."
Health Officer Woodward said: "The
lighting of the streets is not a matter that
affects the public health, particularly,
hut in the interest of public comfort and
public safety they should be well lighted.
It ought to be provided for."
A YACHT ON THE HOCKS.
Beautiful Lake Pleasure Vessel ou
Hocks In Lake Superior.
Chicago, Aug. 8. The big steam yacht
Benlinel, with a large party of ladles and
gentlemen on board, ran hard onto Clarke's
Shoal, off Seventy-ninth street, last even
ing. The boat was going at full speed and
was brought up with a sudden shock.
Her bow and the larger portion of the bull
passed over the reef, and she stuck on her
stern. The Sentinel Is owned by L. C.
this summer by way of the Atlantic, St.
Lawrence River and the lakes. She Is one
of the largest boats hailing from this port
used as yachts and measures 129 feet
long and 19 feet beam.
The passengers reluctantly left the boat
at midnight. Clarke's Shoal is composed
of boulders and they lie very close to the
surface. If nn easterly gale springs up
before the yacht Is'released there is no
chance ot her being saved.
EDITOR MYRICK DEAD.
Cause of Trouble Between Speaker
Crisp mid President Cleveland.
Atlanta, Oa., Aug. 8. A special to the
Constitution from Amerlcus, Ga., states
that Capt. Bascoin Myrlck editor of the
Times-Recorder, died there at 1 o'clock
this morning. Capt. Myrick was one of
Speaker Crisp' most intimate political
advisers. The only office which Crisp
asked of Cleveland was a consulship for
Hoke Smith fought the appointment and
defeated Myrick. That was the beginning
of the estrangement between the Speaker
and the President.
He Gets Down to Business in an
Blows TJp a Viaduct. Cuts Off Trini
dad's Water Supply and Declnrea
That Cuba la a BepaMi.i.
New Tork, Aug. 8. Reports have been
received In this city by Cubans of the work
of Gen. Roloff since he landed in Cuba,
and apparently show that the insurgent
general has been extremely active.
BLOWS TJP A VIADUCT.
Trinidad, the point at which Roloff first
struck a blow, bas,sutfered greatly through
the loss of her water supply. This was cut
of by Gen. Roloff, who blew up the viaduct
through w.hlch the water was carried at a
point not far from the city. The work was
done with dynamite and was so thorough
that the country was flooded for a. long
Gen. Roloff arrived at the outskirts of the
ilty July 24,( and several skirmishes fol
lowed,'wl(houtrresuits7 The mine which de
stroyed the viaduct was exploded July 20.
PROCLAIMED THE REPUBLIC.
Koloff'B first act after he had placed bis
foot on Cuban soil Vas to proclaim the cou n
try a republic, and he publicly called upon
the youth of Cuba to fight and if necessary
to die for her independence.
In addition to his appeal to his old friends
and comrades, 1)13 proclamation offers to
-each -Spanish soldier who will Join the in
surgent forces wjthhis arms and ammuni
tion the sum of $500 aud $2 a day as long
as the war shall continue, ai.d to Spanish
sergeants jolnlrji the insurgents with their
'rovirtIjcrauVorcaptaliiliu the Cuban army.
Iluultiur TJp Her History
Walnsb, Ind., Aug. 8. D. DvI)uncan, a
New Tork attorney employed by George J.
Gould, in the Milt brought agaiust him by
Zella jiicolaus, formerly ot this city, left
here yesterday -for New York after ar
ranging to take the depositions of six or
seven Wabash people who are acquainted
with Zella's history here.
The receipts from Internal revenue to
day ware $84460rfrom customs, $93,
408,, and miscellaneous, $49,867. Tea
national bask nets reosirsd to-day far
iwocmpuon uauuniu to eoe.ove. l
TROLLEY BALKED JG1
Schoepfs Application for Habeas
POWER OF THE POLICE OOUET
Jndge Cole Declares It to Be Para
mount In tlio Case and Xot Subject
to Review by His Tribunal Ap
peal Taken by tbe Ecklngton
Judge Cole this morning dismissed the
suit of William K, Schoepf, superintend
ent of the Ecklngton and Soldiers Home
Railway Company, for a writ of habeas
corpus from tbe police court, where he is
now under sentence for violating a city
ordinance by the unlawful occupation
of government property.
Mr. Rldniit, his attorney, gave notice
of an appeal, and unless the court of ap
peals reverses Judge Cole's decision the
sentence of the lower court will be In all
probability carried out
As superintendent of the railroad com
pany, Mr. Schoepf was arrested for vio
lating an ordinance of tile late corporation
of Washington, passed November 22,
1802, by occupying New Tork avenue
with trolley poles and wires. Be plead
ed not guilty, was given a hearing and
convicted. Be was then given his choice
of paying a fine of $25 per day for each
day's continued violation of the ordinance
or a sentence in the workhouse.
By the advice of counsel he chose the
latter, and sued for a writ of habeas cor
pus, releasing him from the custody of
th workhouse officials, on the ground
that the ordinance under which he was
sentenced was void. Pending the hear
ing and decision of tbe rase in tbe supreme
court of the District he was admitted
to bail In the sum of $500. Mr. Stephen
Talty acted as his surety.
JUDGE COLE'S OPINION.
Judge Cole took the matter up the first
thing after court convened this morning.)
Mr. Rldout, for his client, and Messrs.
Thomas and Duvall, for the District,
were present. All of tbe Jawjers around
the courthouse gathered in the room, and
Mr. Schoepf himself came In as the opinion
was being completed.
"The first question in this case," said
Juuge Cole, alter briefly alluding to the
nature of the cause before him, "Is that
of the authority of this court to review
the proceedings of the police court. The
Supreme Court of tbe United States has
passed on this matter and shown that this
court cannot pass nn matters where the
police court has had Jurisdiction and has
passed on the same matters. It cannot
review the police court proceedings.
"The petitioner, in his argument, held
that the police court was without au
thority to enforce the ordinance, on the
ground that the. District of Columbia can
not maintain an action in its own name for
obstruction of streets that belong to the
Government of the United States, and
which latter alone has authority to bring
such action. His attorney cited cases to
show that the Government of the United
States alone had this right.
"The question, therefore, is whether the
right Is exclusively in the country's Gov
ernment or whether the District may not
alto bring action. I hold the latter to be
"The act of 1871, section 77, which the
Revised Statutes afterwards repeats, gives
the board of public works the right to make
all necessary regulations to keep in re
pair the streets, avenues and alleys of
Tw0 PRECEDENTS CITED.
"In two cases the United States Supreme
Court construed the act and said In, both
Contmotd on second page.
SENATOR DAVID BENNETT
SEVF..V TIMES .MA It HIED.
Wedded Career ot a Barber "Who
New Tork, Ang. 8. A Morning Journal
special from Jacksonville, Fla., says: E.
A. Smith, a barber, who come hue two
years ago, dropped dead Monday, and Since
bis death it hasdereloped that he was niar-ri-Hl
to seven women.
One of his wlves'ls in New Tork city, one
in Columbus, Ga.; on" la Atlanta, Ga., two
at South Towns and ono in Jacksonville.
Smith's death was noted in press dispatches
and telegrams have been pouring in on the
officials from his many wivos.
Tbe New Tork wife, who claims to be
No. 1 , wanted the body held until she ar
rived, but the Jacksonville wife favored
immediate interment, and her wishes pre
vailed. Tbe New Tork woman will reach
here to-day, and the other wives are also
There will probably be a lively fight for
Smith's property. Smith claimed New York
city as his honie.'aud visited there two
or three times a year.
SHE'S A WASHINGTON GIRL
Miss Eva Samstag Bravely fiescues
a Drowning Lad.
Dressed In a Wnlklnz Suit She Saved
Ernest Hnrrlxpn at tbe Hock
A romantic story comes froni Far Rock
away Beach of the, heroism and bravery of
a Washington girl.
Among the many summer sojourners at
this Long Island coast resort is Miss Eva
Bamstag, of No. 911 Bystreet northwest,
daughter of Mr. Samuel Samstag, the auc
tioneer, of thlsclty-
Miss Samstag is an expert swimmer,
and to this accomplishment and her brav
ery and presence "bt mind a lad probably
owes bis life.
Last Sunday morning, owing to a
slight indisposition, she made up her mind
not to indulge In tier usual diversion, but.
contented herself by strolling on tbe beach
and watching the5 others. The resort con
tained more than its usual quota of visitors
that day, and tbe surf was running very
A little boy, not over 12 years of age,
who had been amusing, himself by diving
off tbe pier, suddenly-amused those In the
water and on the shorcby bis cries fur help.
He had ventured out ton fjrnnd the waves
were carrying hint farther and farther be
yond the reach ot assistance. For a time
he battled with Uie waves, but his strength
was fast becoming exhausted.
Miss Samstag, though dressed in a
walking suit, rushed into the water and
boldly struck Qui toward tbe struggling
She reacned the well-nigh exhausted
boy at last just as ho was going down for
the last time. With; great effort she held
his head out of tbe water, at the same time
keeping herself afloat, until both were
lifted into tbe boat whfeh had gone to their
rescue. The brave girl completely col
lapsed after being lifted into tbe boat, and
it was with much difficulty that she fi
nafly recovered consciousness .
Her first thoughts were "of the little boy
whose youngllfesbehad saved. Sheseenied
overjoyed when" told ho too was safe. The
little turned out to;be Ernest Harrison, ot
Washington, who. was stopping at the place
with hlspareritsj. Miss Samstag Is now the
berioine of theresorlJand her praise is on
every one's ifps .
Squatter Women TJso Axes.
Marinette. Wis., Aug. 8. A band of
women armed with -axes and dubs have
again torn down tbe fence built by the
Menominee River Lumber Company, and in-'
Jured tbe men defending It. Several of
the parties have been arrested. The com
pany Is determined to hold the land. The
squatters claim that 'it' belongs to the
Government, and that tbe company has no
control over K. Morevtrouhle is feuied
before the question Js sstUtd.
FOUHDREST INTHE RIVER
Mrs. Martha A. West Commits
Suicide by Drowning.
PHYSICIAN OAME TOO LATE
Life Was Xot Extinct When She
Was Taken Oat, But tbe Telephone
Call Was Misunderstood She Left
a Sad Letter, Bnt "o Mint of tbe
Canso of Her Act.
Mrs. Martha A. West, who lived on Canal
road near Georgetown, committed suicide
this morning by deliberately walking
overboard atTcnney's wharf.
A telephone message was received at the
seventh precinct station, corner of Thirty
second and Q streets about nine o'clock
this morning, styling that a woman had
fallen into the river near Tenney's mill,
and requesting medical aid be Immediately
dispatched to tbe place. For some unac
countable reason the message was at the
time misunderstood at the station, and it
was some minutes, possibly bait an hour,
before the patrol wagon raeched the scene.
In the meantime the workof resuscitating
the unfortunate woman was vigorously
carried onby those whohad rescued her, but
without avail, and life was extinct before
a physician arrived .
George Warren, mate of the schooner
Clytle, lying at Tenney's wharf, said
bis attention was attracted by an ob
ject floating In the water near bis boat,
which proved to be the body of a woman.
He called Immediately to a colored boy
who was on the boat to throw him a
rope, and together tbey soon succeeded
In getting the woman out of the water.
LIFE WAS NOT EXTINCT.
He said that be was convinced that
she had not been long overboard, as she
moved her limbs and repeatedly gasped
for breath, and he believed that it a
doctor could soon be procured her life
might be saved.
The colored buy ran to the nearest drug
store, which was some squares distant,
and telephoned the nearest police sta
tion what bad occurred. In the mean
while several employes from Tenney's
mills, which are near the scene of tbe
accident, ran to the mate's assistance,
and tbey resorted to tbe methods usually
employed In such cases to bring back life.
Their efforts proved unsuccessful, and
the woman died about fifteen or twenty
minutes after being taken from tbe water.
The unfortunate woman proved to be
Mrs. Martha A. West, the wife of Alexan
der West, a stone quarryrnan, and Hied
Willi her husband and four sons on Canal
road. That the case was one of a clear
intent to commit stikidc was proven by a
letter found on tho table in her bedroom,
which while not dated, was evidently
written before she left the house this morn
ing. GOOD-ME LETTER.
The letter, which was directed to her
son Willie, reads as follows:
'Good-bye to all; love to all. In the
river you will find my body. I am going
to leae all of you forever. I am tired
of life. Take care of my children. My
life is nn good to me. Fut mo beside
Nellie. Look In the river for me. Take
care of Howard for my sake. Farewell
to all. In the river I lay."
Her husband, when seen by The Times
reporter, said that he had no idea what
could have led his wife to do such a thing;
that hr home life had been always happy,
and that when be loft her this morning
sbi seemed as usual.
It Is said sha told one of her neighbors
gcod-byft this morning, and said she would'
nver see ber again. An inquest will be
held at tea Seventh precinct statloa this
afternoon, when tho causes for the act may
be developed. ,
BIG STEAMER WBECKED.
British "Vessel Cnttertbnn Broken
TJpou tbo Rocks.
London, Aug. 8. A dispatch to the Lloyds
from Sydney, N. B. W., states that the
British steamer, Catterthun, bound from
Sydney for Hong Kong, ran on the Seal
Rocks, which lie between Sydney and
Brisbane, and became a total wreck. The
dispatch adds that Fome of the parsengers
and crew were saved, but that a number
of persons ore mlsring.
A Central News dispatch from Melbourne
says that the vesrel struck at 2 o'clock
In the morning. It was toon setn that there
was no possible chance to rave it, and orders
were given to abandon ship. All hands
took to the small boats and laid their
course for the main land. One tit the boats
reached Foriter this morning, but tbe
others have not been heard from, and it is
feared tbat they bave keen lost.
There were a large number of Australian
and English passengers on the steamer.
NOT GENUINE NOTE PAPER
Counterfeiters' Paper Rot Taken
From the Government -Mills.
Every Slioet Accounted For and Cen
nine Paper Has So Water Mark
as tbo Spnrlous Paper Had.
Plttsfield, Mass.. Aug. 8. Tbe Impu
tation that the paper found In the posses
sion of William Brockway and his gang
of counterfeiters, under arrest in New
Tork, was stolen or obtained through
the collusion of an employe of tbe Gov
ernment mill at Dalton, is emphatically
denied by Messrs. Crane, owners and
managers of the mill, who for years have
had a Government contract for the paper
csed for Government and State bank notes
COULD NOT OCCUR.
Their mill Is located at Coltsville, three
miles from East Plttstield, and is under
the same protection as the Treasury De
partment at Washington. Every sheet
of paper is counted three times, registered,
packed and sealed, and ou Its arrival in
Washington It goes through the same
process before arecelpt Is given. The
process before a receipt is given. The
loss or a single sheet would be detected
Inside of ten dajs, and the secret service
officials would make an immediate in
vestlagtlon. A POOR IMITATION.
W. Murray Crane says that the paper
which the Secret Service officials found
In the pnssessioh of the counterfeiters
is a poor imitation of the government
paper that was in use four years ago,
and was made by pasting together two
sheets of Crane's well-known bond paper
and inserting the red and blue threads
of silk between them.
QUITE A DIFFERENCE.
This dnod paper is ot excellent quality
and may le bought anywhere. It bears
a water-mark, and the paper seized from
the counterfeiters has a water-mark,
while the government paper has no water
mark of any sort
About four years ago the straight silk
lines were changed to spray lines at tbe
top and bottom of the colored silk fibre,
and every sheet of this issue ever made
has been delivered and receipted for.
CONTEMPT OF COURT.
Aggressive Proceeding of the Prose
cution in tbo Durrunt Case.
San Francisco, Aug. 8. It is understood
that tbe attorneys in the Durrant case yes
terday drew up the necessary affidavits
to present to Judge Murphy to-day concern
ing the alleged contempt of court.
It is probable that tbe- first thing in
court to-day will be tbe reading of these
affidavits and tbe issuing ot an order from
the court to several newspaper reporters
calling upon them to appear and show
cause why they should not be punished
for contempt. The Impaneling ot the jury
will then be resumed.
The prosecution will hereafter give par
ticular attention to tbe Signal Corps of
the Second Brigade, of which Durrant Is
Tills organization Is composed of young
men, tilin at the time ot the arrest of their
comrade, did considcrabto to afford him
temporary relief. Some of the warmest
friends of Durrant in the corps suggested
raising a fund for his defence.
All the jurors hereafter examined as to
qualifications will be closely questioned
regarding their acquaintance with members
of the Signal Corps, and as to any conver
satlnns'held with them upon the case. The
prosecution will endeavor to make either
of tl.te grounds sufri-ient to exi.ue a
Railway Wreck in How Mexico.
Chicago, Aug. 6. A special from A1
burruerque, N. M., says an accident oc
curred on the At'antic & Pacific Railroad
at Grant Station, about 100 miles west
of Albuquerque, at C o'clock last evening.
Two sleeping cars and two- day coaches
of the train, which left San Francisco
Monday evening, left the track at the
point named. It Is reported tbat twelve
persons were killed and twenty-five in
jured. A message was rent to Albuquerque
calling for all the physicians una could
go. Owing to the distance of tho placo
from a telegraph offico it is difficult to
Kicking Tootb Carpenters.
San Francisco, Aug. 8. Tho State board
ot dental examiners, holding a few days
session in this city, have by an unanimous
vote, withdrawn from tho National Den
tal Association of Exaralnsrs, now in
session at Asbury Park, N. J.
Dr. W. J. Younger, president of the State
board of examiners, states as a reason
for the action that tbe National Associ
ation recogntisd dental institutions ot in
struction with which the California State
board are not satisfied.
Frightful Railway Collision.
Manchester, N. H Aug- a. The cannon
ball express train smashed Into a special
freight Just below Plymouth" village about
6 o'clock this morning, with frightful
results. Engineer Frank Stevens and Fire
men Oeorgo 8. Merrill and W. H. Glints
were killed instantly. The second en
gineername at present naknown Jumped
and escaped. Btrreral passengers were
seriously injured, sad ferjrteen aew freight
cars. Just from lb shops, wre stove
lata nltctt, as wr tas laemaoUvca.
NOT A UMP0F MRMONT
Democratio Miloontents An
Whiitiiif Their Knives.
ONLY BIDING THEIR TIM3
Announcement ot tbo Mstpected PIt
trict Appointments Expected to In
tensity tbe Feeling Rare Fight
Booked W ben tbe Convention Meet
to Name a National Delegate. J
The question now most discussed in Dero
ocratic circl's is. Who will be sent to tbe
national Democratic convention from this
The knowing ones are very reticent
about giving any information as to who;
the aspirants are. Th members of the
District central committee bave beea
taught by previous experience tbat a
still tongue makes a wiso bead, and they
are obeying this maxim religiously.
The members guardedly avoid cominlh
ting themselves, and all the Information
that can be obtained from tbem is to thj
effect that no steps will be taken until tbsj
national committee meets and sets a day
for tbe holding of the national convention,
Tbs sealed lips ot some of tLe members
of tbe central committee do cot conceal
the fact tbat a struggle Is in view, likf
that of the central committee of the Re4
publican party. It Is well known that the
old sores in tbe Democratic party of to'4
District hava never healed sufficiently
to remove entirely the sting. And wbea
the trumpet sounds for tbe assembling oj
tbs true and tried, there will be found is)
their midst the evil spirit, ever
ready to bring up questions which it wi4
hoped had been buried forever. ' j
NOT ALL AT PEACE. 1
Like tbe Republicans, they also have
thtlr factions, and already are beglnr'
nlng to show their hands. Those wh$(
bave been provided with comfortable off
flees are not finding any fault, but thos4
who are on the anxious bench, expecting
every day to hear from Gray Gables, arsf
the ones who will stirup strife.
As one conservative "Democrat said tof
day, thero will be music in tbs air wbsn thi
remaining District appointments are reads
aud tbose left oat in tbe cold will be hearij
"Tbe mention of a new name for tbe post'
tion ot register of wills," he contlnhedy
"created as much comrrotlon as a nest ql
hornets turned loose. You see, tbeunforto'j
nates are tbe ones who will display their'
feeling early, and they will be particularly!
offended at those influential Democrats
who worked for the other men. This f etjj
lng Is sure to display itself in tbeselecUonol
delegates to tbe national convention, sxi
tbe disappointed ones will get In their worj
in tbe selection ot delegates to the District)
WILL LEAVE A STINO.
"The fight now In progress for tbe posfi
lions ot register of wills and United Stale
district attorney will leave behind after to
appointments are made intense feeling
and, unlike the disappointment ot several
hard-working Democrats over tbe selei'
tion of Mr. J. P. Willett for postmaster
will be difficult to allay. Mr. WUlett'I
appointment did not have tbat sting in 1
that will be in the cholceof ths register an4)
"This," continued the speaker, "Is ths'
condition ot affairs at preseut .and when
tbe time" comes for the selection of delegates
tbe air will be blue from the maledictions
ot tbose who have been left out iu the cold,
Tbe lot ot tbe "Influential Democrat" is
cot always a pleasant oue." j
Quarrel of Tony Women. ;
Loudon, Aug. 8. Tbe. action for dam
ages for slander which commenced befurt
Justice Hawkins in the high court ot Jus
tlce this morning is excitlrg comment in
society circles. Mrs. Jacoby, wife ot the
brother of Mrs. J. A. Jacuby, M. P. for
the Middle district of Derbyshire, asks
tbe court to award her damages against
Counters Cowley, wife of the Earl of
Cowley, who is alleged tu have charged
that Mrs. Jacoby was the writer ofnimny
niou8 filthy letters that were circulated
In 1893 In the Badminton district, the
best-known hunting dsltrict In the west ol
England. . L
Still Harping; ou Silver.
San Francisco, Aug. 8. Ths free sH
vor men in charge of the proposed con cm
tion to be held here are elated over ths
prospects of the meeting, to begin August
19, and the success of a large gathering c
silver men is mom strongly assured. A
number of th noted men invited to speak
bave promised to do so and others that
are not able to be preseut, have written
heartily mdorslngithe movement.
Corner Stone Anniversary. '
The exercises In honor of the tenth anni
vcrsary of the laying ot the corner-stonj
of tbo colored Lutheran Church, Eighth
street northwest, near Grant avenue, will
tako place to-morrow evening. Short ad
dresses will be made by the pastor and
other mlulsters and friends present. Thers
will also bo suitable exercises by the Sun
day school next Sunday afternoon.
Reports Mucli Exaggerated. '
Sprlngrield, III., Aug. 8. From advices
received by Gov. Altgeld, be finds the re
ports concerning the troubles at Spring
valley greatly exaggerated, nnd says there
Is nothing In the situation as it now ap
pears to justify tbe calling out of troops
or any Male interference In the matter.
Good Times Corner.
Huntingdon, Fa., Aug. 8. The managers,
of the large tannery at SaltUlo, this county,
have voluntarily added 10 per cent to tfcs
wages of its sixty employes, to take ire
Mtdd.9sborough,Ky.,Aug 8 TheWatJs
steel and iron syndicate have made another
10 per cent raise la the wages of employe),
This is the largest basic stsel plant In tSt
Wtlralnton,- Dl., Ang. 8. The Edgs
moor Iron Coapany has advanced tie
wag of its wpljm 10 par cent,, to UM
etfsct August 15. ' m hsadrtd warlcoViaV
Lars at'eeUd. j
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