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WASHrNGrTON, D. C. IQyPAY E ENICr, ATJGUST 19, 1895.
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Hotel Formerly Tom Thumb's
Eden Musee Blown to Pieces.
DEATH BY WEEOK AND FIRE
Of Sevoiity-flve Peruana Supposed to
Hue Been In Gumry's Hut el Nearly
All Are llollcved to Be Lout, In
cluding the Proprietors and Tlielr
Wlen Frightful Scenes.
Denver, Aug. 19. The Gumry Hotel, on
taw rence street, between Seventeenth
and Eighteenth streets, was demolished by
an explosion, which occurred Ehorlly after
midnight this morning. The explosion
took place in the rear portion of the build
ing, nnd Its causa has not yet been ascer
tained. There was no warning of the sud
d")n disaster, and It Is certain that a number
of guests and employes lost their lli.es In
the ruins, the building being a complete
wreck. It is a man el that any escaped.
Thus far only fifteen people, who are
known to have been in the bulletins at the
time of the explosion are accounted for.
To add to the horror of tho situation the
ruins of the big building took fire and many
of the unfortunates who were not killed
outright by the crash were slow ly burned
to death. Their screams and pleadings
that thej be killed to save them from tor
ture by fire were piteous In the extreme,
but the terror-stricken bystanders were
powerless to render them any aid.
DEAD AND INJURED.
Among those known to have perished are
II r. Greiner, assistant superintendent of
the Slate eapltol
Mrs Greiuer, wife of above.
Peter Gutnry, proprietor of the hotel
Mrs Peter Gumry, wife of the above.
Anion;, the mjuri.il are:
W. C. McLaln, Huron, Kans ; Henry and
Mrs Sloan, of Houston, Kans., -
Tweut-lwo people registered yesterday,
most of them late at night, the list being
Mrs O. H, Knight nnd her two sons, Lake
City; J. L. Kirk, J. C. Brown, Omaha; Budd
Buren, J. W. Roberts ami wire, Colorado
Springs; Miss Jennie Howard, Mrs C. W.
Willlntns. Miss Huttie Williams, Boulder
W C McLaln, Mrs McLaln and child, Mr.
and Mrs Henrj Sloan, Huron, Kans ; Geo.
Burle, Colorado Springs; E T. McCloskey,
Cripple Creek; F. French, B Lorah, Central
Clt; W J. Corseu, Pueblo, and M. E Let
SEVENTY-FIVE IN TOE HOUSE
Mr. McLain and family arrived ut the
hotel at a late hour from Huron, Kans
They occupied front rooms Mr. McLaln
tblnVs there were aboutsixty guests inthe
house. This with the help employ.il on
the premlsei,, would make sewnty five
persons in the. build'ng at tho time of the
Besides Peter Gumry and R O. Greiner,
the ptoprletors of the hotel, the .lay lerk
and the night clerk are both missing Im
mediately after the explosion occurred, a
boy wa heard wailing i n the corner of a
room, which had marly fallen away.
His parents had gone dwn with tho
first crash Afterword the little one's
cries became weaker and weaker, and
when the flames shot up Into tin skeleton
of the building his tnlcc was silenced.
It is thought that the entire force of em
ployes in the building lia-o Ivn-n killed,
forthej were sleeping 1 n the portion which
fell and the remaining walls toppled over
upon them, burying them from all hope of
rescue The force of the explosion nnd
theconcusslonof the falling walls fhattered
the windows on both sides of Lawrence
street from Seventeenth to Eighteenth
streets and lock of the hotel on Larimer
street the plate glass windows of all the
business houses were utterly wrecked,
and belated pedestrians were badly in
jured b the falliug-of glass and flying
OTHER BUILDINGS WRECKED.
The fronts of many buildings in tho
vicinity were very badly wrecked The
hotel structure for 100 feet along the alley
and extending 75 feit toward the front,
was a mats of debris Brick and plaster
wire piled in heaps twenty feet high, and
from this mars of wreckage could be heard
the moans of tie injured and dying.
At 12 30 file injured persons were taken
out. They were all ii.mates'of the upper
Story and tank down with the floors,
escaping more fortunately than taorc below.
Ever engine In the city was called to the
scene, but the flames could not posrlbly be
gotten under control before many of the
injured had bcencrematcd Astucircbances
of escape lessened, the cris of the impris
oned people Increased , heart-rending shrieks
arising from every portion of the great mass
Two injured women had been almost ex
tricated from the ruins when the flames ap
proached so close that the rescuers' bad to
abandon them for their own safety. The
bodies of three women were also seen in
the back part of the building, but could not
bo reached. The flrcmea worked with'
great heroism. The heat was intense ard
the smoke blinding. Electric light wires
were dangling in the alley and walls tot
tering increased the perils of the situation.
Once the men almost managed to reach the
Interior, whence proceeded cries for suc
cor, but as they crossed the tlirc-lro!d the
walls In the rear fell and exposed to view
A micccMi on its merits! Tho r.on
fug Tlnico tlio great one-cent itaper.
ing several of the lo
cal and telegraphic
news features in this
issue of The Evening
Times will be found
in to-morrow's Morn
tho Inmates making frantic struggles to
Mrs. Greiner. wife of the assistant su
perintendent of the State capital, with her
husband are in tbe ruins, Jr according tolhi
firemen, they saw the woman appealing
to them from track of a truss that pinioned
her to the floor of the office, whence she
bad tried to escape. '
HOPES OF LIFE SAVING L08T.
At 1 o'clock the fire got away from the
department and made rapid headway, -with
chances of consuming the entire block.
Chief Pearsc gave a reluctant order for'
his men to cease attempts at life-saving
where the rescue appeared improb
able and ordered all men to fight-llic fire.
The entire building was ablaze and there
is no way of ascertaining tbe loss of
human life until the flames are ixtln
guished. By the explosion, ev-ryining
In the shape of a record was destroyed
and there will be no means of realizing
the extent of the fatalities, een after
the building has been razed to the ground,
for the bones arein the center nf a fur
nace that will reduce them to a calcined
mass and destroy all traces of identity.
Tbe firemen made a brave effort to save
a woman caught in the debris of the
north corner of the hotel, but were forced
to abandon tbe attempt.
The Gumry Hotel was a five-ttory brick
structure with stone front, and was built
about six years ago It was of a better
kind of Fccond-cUus hotels, catering largely
to transient family patronage. Thus nuny
women and children were among the guests.
The building was builtasthc Eden Musee by
the widow of Tom Thumb, and was so
occupied, lator being remodeled for use as
a hotel Gumry & Grolnerhavc owned the
hotel for several years. Mr. Gumo was a
prominent contractor and had clouc much
of the work during the building of the
Slate Capitol. Mr. Greiner acted in the
capacity of manager.
JUSTICE STRONG IS DEAD.
The Distinguished Jurist Passes
Away After Long Illness.
Lake Minnewsko, K. J, Aug 18 Justice
Strong died here at i 15 to-day.
Justice Strong was bom in Homers, Conn.,
In May, 1608 He descended of a long line
of New Etiglacders, many of whom were
Presbyterian ministers, as wat bis father.
As the eldest of elcveu children, five of
whom itlll tTirvive the two brothers be
ing Rev. Edward Strong, of Pittsfield,
Mass , and Theodore Blrotur, tho banker,
up in Puritan simplicity ai d with Puritan
slrictnefs, knowing Ms Bible and West
minster cateclii'fii while a boy as few
IK-ople know tt'em nowadas,and laying
the foundations of the mental and physical
strength w'jith made his after career pos
His father rent him to Talc, where he
himself had been graduated, one of bis
clastmatcs, aid clofe friends, being that
other New Eng'and rresbytcrian nilniMer,
who afterward became the father of Justice
Stephen J. Field, Cyntt W Field, David
Dudley Field, and Rev. Dr. Henry M Held,
nnd the grandfather of Justice Davief J.
Brewer, who now sits with bis cncraljle
uncle on the Supreme Bench
Both as a pupil and as an athlete oung
Strong made a lasting reputationat college.
He swam across New Ha, en harbor and
self as a swimmer, while lie was almost
equally good at football At Cape May,
many years after, bis skill and experience
as a swimmer enabled him to save the lives
of two drowning men, one of whom was his
Graduating before he was 20, young
Strung established himself near Philadel
phia, where be taught tehuol by day and
read law at night 'He began the practice
of law at Reading, and within a jeor bad
built up a good practice, and In less than
two decades bad attained high standing
at the bar. When 39 years old he served
two terms in Congress.
He refused a place in tbe Cabinet twice,
first when Gen. Garnt asked him to be
come Attorney General, and afterward
when Mr. Hayes asked him to be Secre
tary of the Navy. He did, however, sit
on the supreme bench or Pennslvanla
for a time, afterward going to Philadel
phia, where he resumed tbe practice of
t slxtj-two years of age, while earn
ing $50,000 a year by practicing law,
be was nominated by President Grant to be
an associate Justice of the Supreme Court,
was promptly confirmed, and sat on tbe
bench ten jcars, eervlng meanwhile on the
electoral commission In 1880 be availed
himself of the provision of law which en
ables a Supreme Court Judge to retire
on his full salary after ten ears' ser
vice. A practical Christian, Judge Strong al
was liberally aided all denominations,
but especially the Presbyterian, bis af
fection for it being hereditary.
The Churclr of the Covenant where Har
rison and Blaine and many other prominent
people have worshiped, might be called
Judge Strong's monument, for be did more
and gave more for it than any other person.
The very sight of him, bearing the sacred
emblems down the main aisle on commun
ion Sunday, touched many a heart more
deeply than words; and this will be what
all those who were In the church tbe last
day he thusoWciated will always remember
In connection with him.
His temperate habit and methodical
manner of living caused Justice Strong
to be well preserved notwithstanding his
advanced age. Last November when he in
troduced General Booth, of the Salvation
Army, at tbe meeting in Convention Hall,
it seemed to tbe audience that Judge Strong
must be twenty years younger than Gen
eral Booth, instead of General Booth being
twenty years younger than Judge Strong.
Judge Strong was erect, broad-chested
and vigorous-looking, with a fresh, health
ful complexion, so that in spite of his white
hairs, he certainly seemed to be tbe Junior
of tbe veteran soldier of the cross.
Justice Strong bag been twice married,
and has three daughters living. A promis
ing son, educated for the bar, died three
years ago, leaving a'Sbn who has been the
pride and comfort of his grandfather
In his prime, before disease had rendered
him helpless, Justice Strong -was an Im
pressive and convincing orator, a felici
tous after-dinner speaker and an admirable
presiding officer. His literary style was
that of tbe Supreme .Court, which, for
strength and simplicity, is not excelled by
any "other American model. He was a great
reader and a fine talker in conversation,
for. he bad a thorough acquaintance on
many subjects In art, literature and sci
ence, as well as religion and politics.
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SUBMITTED THEIR REPLY
Comm:ssioners State Their Posi
tion in the Street Extension.
ACT MEEELT AS AGENTS
In Currying; Out tlie Plana of tho
11 li;li way ComnilsKlou Thy Claim
to Bo Only n Medium Deny Tlmt
tlio Tingle Property Ik Injured by
tb israornlng filed the answerofthcCommls
sioners to the Injunction suit brought by
Amory K. and Elsie J. Tingle on April 27
last, asking that the board be restraluedfrom
carry ing 1 n to effect th cplans for tbeproposed
street extenslonno win tbehandsoftbehigb
When the matter was brought before
Judge Cole at 10 o'clock. Attorney Meloy,'
who appeared for the Tingles, asked time
to read tbe Commissioners' answer, and
tbe court set the case for hearing on next
The peculiar interest surrounding the
suit is that upon its decision hinges tbe
power of the District government to carry
out the plan of street extension.
In the opening sections of the answersub-n-ltteil
today tbe District trium irate ad
mitted the petitioners' ownership of over
four acres of laud on Spring road By the
plans thus far submitted it lb proposed to
cause an intersection of three streets in this
land, causing a triangular public reservation
to be cut from near the center, and leaving
the present owners three wedge-shaped
tracts of small extent.
In reply to the third paragraph of Mr.
Tingle's petition, the answer denied that
the property Is greatly adorned and beauti
fied, or that tho petitioners bad' built com
modious barns and other buildings thereon,
as was asferted In the original bill Tbe
Commissioners contonded that the fact that
the bouso of the petitioners was a long dis
tance from Bprlng road, did not Increase
Its value to any considerable extrnt.
Answering tbe fourth section of the bill,
the Commissioners admitted It to be true
that they had prepared the first section of
tbe plan for a permanent system of high
ways In the District, outside of Washington,
by virtue of tbo act of March 2, 18M3, and
the Tingle property, they also admitted,
was comprised in tho land covered by tbe
"But," said tbe answer, "they have
not assumed to dedicate any part of tbe
complainants' lands to public uses, but
have simply, as executive officers, done
what tbe statute requires them to do, viz :
Prepared section No. 1 , of tbe plan for a
permanent system of highways."
A plat of the part of tbe section em
bracing the Tingle property was submitted
with the answer.
On this plat appeared tl3 area of tbe
Tingle land required for .recta and also
tbe area left to tbe complainant's. This
latter land, "by reason of its frontage
noon an established thoroughfare,1' the
answer continued, "is more valuable to
them than tbo entire tract was before,
fronting as it did upon a narrow road, not
in conformity witb the plan of tbe city."
MERELI AS AGENTS...
Tbe Commissioners denied that tbe street
shown on tlte'plat as running east and west
through tbe complainant's property is not
required' for 'public convenience, or that
it is not co nsistem with economy of expen-"
diture, and, they stated," the boulevard,'
reservation and street destined to effect the
property are aU authorized by litwltfcoV1
Hon. William C. Whitney.
f ormlty with the act of Congress mentioned
The District's head jifflclals assured
thepetitioners that the filing of the map for
record witb the "Slirveyor of the District
jtas uot taking the property for- public ,
uses without cutnitcp&avjoa, aud iliaj. such
filing would ndt lead tojrn parable injury,
for theaet specifically provides for compen
sation and protects the rights of tbe peti
tioners, ald the answer.
In conclusion, the answer stated:
"These defendants Miy they are aliled
by counsel that the. complainants hae not
staled such a case, In their original bill,
as cntllle-s them Jo any relief In a court
of equity, and tljey pray the same benefit
,ol this suggestion aa tlough they had
'specially demurred to said bill and amend
ment, for want of equity "l
They ask, "therefore, to be dismissed.
DRAWINTlN fMiR LINES
Excise Board Inaugurates an En
tirely New' Policy.
Applications tor Itenenals Will in
Mituy InHtanccs Bo Treated on
Fresh Cuwm What Is TVlshed.
Twelve applicants who filed their papers
with the excise board In November of last
year praying for barroom licenses have so
far been unable to obtain favorable action
No charges have been made against the
character of the places, so far as violations
of law are concerned, and they have con
tinued to dispense liquors, but tbe saloons
are in loonlUk where it is not deemed ad
visable to permit their continuance, and the
probability is that early In October they will
It will be the policy of the board to treat
the owners of all places discontinued as new
applicants, and in or ter to obtain the license
for next year they will be obliged to go
through the form i r obtaining the signa
tures of residents an I otherwise conform to
tbe law-governing ti a issuance of authority
to sell Those who fall to have on deposit
with the collector on the 1st day of Novem
ber tbe license fee demanded will also be
treated as new applicants.
The declared purpose of the board to re
duce the number of saloons by eliminating
those in the disreputable sections has pro
have been made to down tha excisemen.
"-A good deal of money is said to be be
hind those who want the privilege ex
tended, an1 upon that premine the war
will probably be waged, j condition
that confronts the applicants is 'that a
denial of license will subject the saloon
to a severe penalty by continuing sales
after the 1st or 'November, but if they
are enabled to deposit a fee and place
their papers before the board for con
sideration as established places, they
can continue in business, pending con
sideration of tbe cases
This privilege will be curtailed as to
'a number of saloons, and next year's op
ations will be on a changed basis
It will be necessary for all such tojila
card their places. and while the board is
considering their applications they will
be obliged to keep clon-d doors
Populist "Vote .Decreasing.
Leavenworth.Xan , Aug. 10 F. E. Pur
cell, a leading Populist (politician of this
county, was arrested 'yesterday on a
charge of burglary,,and is now In the
county JalL Last -Friday, night tbe Union
depot at Lansiiyt 'anff a drug store were
broken" into and' robbed. Tbe warrant for
-P(uTeeira .arrest,was. sworn "out by Dr.
neeiey, owner tuvjineiarug store, rqr
cell" was aK.orrfclaJ lplie State penltcn
tUry'atJtansiogyWti! two weeks ago,
when ' tbe 'RepublKans loot a man In his
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WILL&PPEAL TO CONGRESS
tltherw.se the Sugar Planters
Cannot Get That Five Million.
SO SENATOE OAFFEEY SAYS
Though Comptroller Bowler Has Not
Completed IIIh Decision, It I Known
That It Will Be Against tho Pay
ment of tho Bounty Justice Shep
nrd's Rnllns Will Gtlldo.
New York, Aug. 10. A special from New
Orleans says- Senator Caffcry, who has
Just returned from Washington, where he
appeared before Comptroller Bowler to
argue in favor of the payment of the sugar
bounty, has returned home, and tells tbe
SLgar planters tlutjlierc Is no prospect of
getting the bounty that Congress voted.
Mr. Bowler, be says, belongs to a new
school of radical reformers , his chief coad
jutors being tbe Assistant Attorney General
and nearly the entire Treasury Depart
ment, who take the view that the depart
ment officials can pass on tbe constitution
ality of acts of Congress, and that the Treas
ury officials have control of the legislative
department in all matters of the appropria
tion of funds. In this view of the question,
he says. Comptroller Bowler has undoubt
edly the support and backing of Secretary
Senator Caffery urges the planters not
to carry the question into tbe courts and
endeavor from the United States Supreme
Court a decision overthrowing Bowler's
ruling, but to leae the matter to Congress.
If the assumption of Mr. Bowler's is cor
rect, be says, then it follows that Congress
can puss no act appropriating money.
"I think the final outcome wUI be, not
withstanding the obstacle imiioscd by the
Comptroller of tbo Treasury, or any other
subordinate officer of tho Government,
that tbe Congress or the United States will
vindicate Its rights to sec that appropria
tions passed under tbe solemnities of the
law shall be paid."
Comptroller Bowler has not yet begun the
preparation of bis decision on the sugar
bounty claimn of the Nebraska and Loui
siana producers, counsel and other inter
ested parties not having filed their Iriefs
in the case.
Ho expects to begin work this week, and
will complete it by September 1 , when he
will leave the city for the remainder t.f his
While, of course, there has been no inti
mation as to what his opinion will be, the
general belief is that he will refuse to pass
tbe $5,238,000 sugar bounty claim, and
thus leave the claimants to the United
States Court of Claim sf or redress.
Comptroller Bowler's action Id the mat
ter, as be aows was das largely to the
opinion of Chief Jnstloe Shepard, of the
District of Columbia Court of Appeals In
the mandamus proceedings against the Sec
retary of tbe Treasury and Commissioner
of Internal Revenue, holding that tbe
granting of a bountv to the sugar producers
was an unconstitutional act.
A private letter bos been recved in this
city from Hon. Thomas M. coolcy, of
Michigan, formerly chairman of the Inter
state Commerce Commission, and a recog
nized authority on constitutional law. In
which be highly commends the opinion of
Chief "Justice Shepard. declaring the opin
ion to be "clear, logical, and conclusive"
of tbe subject treated, the constitutional
power of Congress to pay bounties.
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A snecesu on Its merits! Tbe Even
ing; Times tbe great one-cent paper.
PHIXCE GAMBLES HIGH..
Wales I Said to Have "Won More
Money Than Ever Before.
London, Aug. 10. An examination of
the winnings on the turf tills year shows
that tbe Frincc of Wales has done very much
better than ever before. In his first year's
racing, 1889, he won only two small races,
worth 201. These figures were trebled
In 1890, and in 1891 be won 4,148.
Tbe year 1892 was a bad one, and he only
took 190. He did a little better In 1893,
winning 372. Last year tbo prince won
fite races, worth 3,499. But this year,
In addltlou to excellent stableprospects, he
has made nearly 8,000. Florlzell, who
has not been beaten, has won five races,
worth J,9G9, and Persimmon won both
races he ran in, taking 2,530.
A LOXG TRAMP.
John WiilHli Walkx From San Frun
clnco to BoKton.
Boston, Aug. 19. John Walsh, of San
Francisco, who has tramped across the
country, walking every step of tl.c way,
on a wager of J500, to be his if he made
the distance within 100 days, arrived in
this city Saturday a whole week ahead of
time. Walth Is ready to walk back again
if he can do it for as good money as he
made on the Eastward trip.
KNOTTY QUESTION RAISED
TaJliferro's Trial May Show the
Need of a New Law.
Pon ir of theDlstrlct Courts to PauUh
Offoinew on Bouts May Be
The commitment of James A. Taniferro
for the action of the grand Jury for acts
of disorder on the steamer Richmond,
pling between Washington and the lower
river points, presents certain important
questions of a legal character, as to the
Jurisdiction of the courts of the District
or Columbia to punish the offender under
the circumstances, and the case Is ex
citing considerable interest among the
The compact between Maryland and Vir
ginia of 1785, relating to the punishment
of crime and offenses on the Potomac
River and Chesapeake Hay and the Consti
tution of tte United States and legisla
tion of Congress are linolvt-d in the con
sideration of the matter. The lawyers
claim that It is a- question how far tbe
compact has been affected by the Consti
tution and the laws of Congress.
The colupc-t provides for the trying of
citizens of Maryland and Vlrgiuia com
mitting offences on the river ur lay.. A
citizen of ilarjlaml committing offenses
on either body of water a gain-it a citizen
of Virginia is to be trjed b tbe eocrts of
Mar land. A citizen of Virginia who com
mits an offense on a citizen of Maryland
Is to be tried by the courts of Virginia.
Persons not citizens of either State com
mitting an offense against persons not citi
zens of either blate shall be tried by the
courts of the State to which they shall
first be brought when tbe boat lands.
There seems to be a question, contend
tbe lawyers, whether the compact does not
contain the only provisions under which
the peculiar acts of disorder alleged to
have been committed can be tried, and
If In such cases the offenders can only be
punished in the State courts, the process
of bringing them to punishment will be
so very expensive and Inconvenient as to
preclude satisfying the ends of Justice.
The provisions of the Revised Statutes
which relate to the punishment of cer
tain offenses committed oa the navigable
waters of the United Stales seem to have
application only to the crews of the
The excursion business has increased
to sucb an extent that the necessity
arises for a code of laws which would
render protection to people who travel
on the river.
The outcome nf this trial will be regarded
with considerable interest.
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How it Crippled Indiana Editor
Doing tho World.
Carlisl". Pa , Aug. 19. John B. Thomas,
tbe crippled ci'itor and part owner of the
Eansvill3 Advocate, Indiana, who, on a
wager, is making a tour of tho world, ar
rived here jectenlay evening on bis wheel
chair on his way to Washington, D .C, to
scure his passport, when he will return
to Now York city to embark for the old
country. Ho said that be was traveling on
a wager of S2.000. The terms are that
h was U start iiennllessVearn all trailing
expenses as 1-e goes, and return in two years
with $500 in c.ioli. He cannot acceptchar
lty. He was born, a cripple. He is com
pelled to use a three-wLeclcd chair, pro
pelled by means of cranks and endless
chains. He tracla in any manner be
pleases, so long as he pays his way, but
tias covered a greater part of the distance
since starting- in his chair.
FELL OVER STAIR ItAILLVG.
Horrible Dentil of a. Prominent St.
St Louis, Mo , Aug. 19. Hon. Alex
ander C. Sherwood, member of the State
central committee, and assistant State
auditor at Jefferson City, Mo , while de
scending the stairway at the Jockey club
last night, l03t his balance and toppled
over the railing, falling from the third
floor to the hall beneath, a distance of
thirty feet. H's right arm and shoulder
were broken at-d be was internally in
jured. ' Et-Gov. Francis and Chairman Maf
fitt conveyed him to St. John's Hospital,
where; without regaining consciousness,
be expired at 2 o'clock this morning.
Mr. Sherwood was about forty-five years
of ace and weighed nearly 2C0 pounds.
London, Aug. 19. Tbe International Co
operative ongress was opened in the hall
of the Society of Arts to-day. Ealr Grey
presided. In opening the congress tbo
ear! dwelt upon the progress made by the
co-operative movement throughout the
world. Stgnor Ferraris, the postmaster
general of Italy, and M. Andrcmont, pres
ident of the People's Banks, of Belgium,
are vlce-chainuen of the congress.
THEIR PIT D1TS SCARCE
Workmen at Fort Myer Have
Their Wages Withheld.
BACK MONEY IS DUE THEM:
Bricklayers and Laborers Complain.
of it Peculiar Condition of .Affairs.
So One Seciux itexponnlble for the
Work nnd Tlny Suffer Seeking; a
Hemcwly ut tho War Department.
The men who are at work on the new
barracks at Fort Myer have a grievance
wbictMhey seem to be unable to remeely.
There are to-day between twenty and
twenty-five bricklayers and about a dozen
laborers at work on the building, and,
though some of the workmen have been.
emplojed as long as four months, there Is
not one of them to whom back pay is not
Who to blame for this Is the unknown
quantity la the problem at present. The
original contractor for the new buildings
at Fort Uyer wis Mr. James Grant, of
Ha. 1J0C B street southwest. As Is cus
tomary, he was compelled to give a bond
for the perfection of the work before
MaJ. Burnett, of the War Department.
Capt. Rogers was accepted as surety on
tbe bond. Mr. Grant later sublet tbe
brickwork to Messrs. Perclval B. Grant,
Myers, Lewis and Dwjer, and tbe erec
tion of the building proceeded under their
Immeillate superintendence. The build
ing Is now nearly completed, and between
$350 and $400 of hard-earned money Is
owing to thelnen who helped to erect it. .
PAT DAYS SCARCE.
"There are about twelve of us who have
been working about the fort forthe past
four months," said one of the bricklayers
this morning, "and in all that time we have
ne'er bad a regularpayday. Atonestretcli
we worked four weeks without receiving
one cent of mouey. At the end of the time
we went to Mr. James Grant and asked for
our money. He told us that If we would
work two w eeks longer he would then pay
us for the full six weeks.
"We stayed, and at the end of the two
weeks be paid us, as he had promised. He
also promised that we would get ourmoney
regularly every two weeks from then on, de
c'arirg he would pay the hands himself.
He did pay us after that certain aicountsnt
odd times, until a short while ago, say leg
then that he had uot promised to pay us,
and telling us we must look to Percy Grant,
Lewis & Co.
"One week ago last Saturday, we are
told, Mr. Grant gao to tbe four contract
ors $2S0, which was supposeto go toward
paying the men. There was not a man at
work on the building who got more thas
$5 that night, and none of -us hare received
a penny since."
WHAT MR. GRANT SAYS.
When Mr. James Grant was visited by a
Tuues reporter be was at first not inclined
to talk. He said, however, that he did
pay tho men for the six weeks they said
he had ald for, and did it because it was
evident they were in need of their money.
Mr. Grant denied, however, making any
proiuU'B about future payments. It was
always customary, be explained, for the
contiactor to pay bis rub-contractors, and
as they did the hiring of tho men, it was
ta"ir place to pay them. Except In the ona
lnstanc, f aid be, that had been bis manner
of disponing of th money for the building.
Mr. Graul showed tbe reporter tbe stub
of a check for $250 drawn on the Central
National Bank, of this city, on August 10,
and jiayabl: to Messrs. Grant, Lewis A
Co. This was eidently the payment out
of whlcb tbe men claim to tunc received
only $5 each on Saturday night.
The reporter was unable to eee any mem
bers of tho firm this morning. It is under
stood that lycatiEe of sickness and death
in Mr. Lewis' family tliat gentleman baa
bad little connection with the affair for
several days. The bricklayers claim that
wh"n any member of the firm of sub-eon-tractors
Is approached on the subject ha
invariably puts th) questioner off by say
lag tbe money will be forthcoming.
FIGHT OF ARMENIAN'S.
They Break Heads Over Contributions
to Brethren in Turkey.
Chicago, Aug. 19. There w-m a small
riot anel a number of broken beads at a
meeting of the Armenian National Union
In North Clark street ycstcrlay.
The society was recently organized for
the purpose of raising funds 'or 'he leneflt
Of AiaeiJan subjects of the Snli-m of
Turkey nlio have been the Ictims of tho
murderous Kurds in tbe Sultan's Comaln
recently. A large amount of moi ' r bad
been raided, and then a factional light was
precipitated by one element combining for
the purpose of getting control ut ibeorran
lzationaml disbursing the funds.
T'ts election produced a row and tha
opposition faction opened an attack upon
tkc new president and his friends. Chairs
and clubs were used freely and a dozen or
more of each faction were felled to tho
floor and afterwards carried out to a pby
slcian's office, where their wounds wero
dressed. To make the matter worse, the
Janitor of the building locked the doors
and the combatants mingled wlthcachothc
freely until the police came to the scene.
When the detail of officers arrived and
started to ascend tbe stairs the rioters
battered down the doors sf tbe house ano
beat a hasty retreat.
For Kllllnir Her Husband.
The trial of Mrs. Harmon, who some
weeks ago shot and killed her husband near
Fab-fax, Va will bo begun in that rlaca
to-morrow. Considerable interest Is at
tached to the case, and public feeling seems
to be with the woman.
Good Times Corner.
Calumet, Mich, Aug. 19 Employes of
theCahimel and Hccla, Tama rack, TamarcB
Junior, Osceola, and Kcarsargc nilr.es bavt
been notified of an Increase in wages, daU
log from August 1 , amounting In most In
stances to 10 percent. Over 0,000 men are
en'ployed at thcflve mines In question. All
but two of the Lake Superior copper mines
have now i&betl wajes since August 1. j