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WASHINGTON, D. C FKIDAY JSvjrENTNX, AUGUST 23, 1895.
VOIi. 1. 2fO. 17.
M i m&
KIUED HIMSELF III BED
F. A. Reed, an Alexandria Busi
ness Man. Commits Suicide.
WELL KNOWN IN THIS CITY
Ho Was Grand Senior "Warden of the
Virginia cVrand Lodge of Masons
and President of the National Capi
tal Ico Company No Cuuse Assign
ed for Ills Hush Act.
Frank A. Recp, a prominent citizen of
Alexandria, commuted sudde In Uiat cltj
at 5:40 this morning liy putting a bullet
Hi rough Ids brain.
Mr. Ried retired about 10:30 last night
in tils usual health and spirits. He has al
ways been of the most Jovial disposition
and neer appeared in a happier mood than
during yesterday and last night up to the
time of going to bed.
Ills -wire-was horrified early this morning
to hear the report of a pistol ring through
the housejseemlng to come from an adjoin
ing roonCwhich was occupied by her hus
band On reaching his bedside bhe found
ber husband ljlng upon the bed with a bullet
hole In his liead and a yet smoking re
Tolver by his side.
She immediately gave the alarm, and
Dr. Kllpsleln, who lles in the adjoining
house to the Reeds, was hastily summoned,
but life was extinct Death had Ixen almost
NO CAUSE FOR THE ACT.
No cause can be conjectured by any of
the dead man's friends for the rach act,
as he was of an exactly different tempera
ment from that possessed by men who sett
to end their dvn lives.
Ferhujw no man In the city of Alexan
dria was better known or more unhersally
bellked than Frank Reed. He was one of
the public-spirited citizens of the town, and
nlvj)B took a warm interest in any enter
prise which tended to promote its pros
For many years he carried on a lucrative
and succcsFful business in Alexandria,
being the agent for most of the river
steamers which land at that point, including
the Norfolk and Washington Steamboat
Company. He -was one of the promoters of
the Washington, Alexandria and Mount
Vernon Electric Railway Company, and
perbais did as much, if rot more, than
an one else to secure itf charter and push
the ork to a speedy completion.
He was a prominent llafon, holding at
one time the olfice of grand master of the
State of Virginia, and was a leading
member of Ai.are-n Jackson Lodge In bis
native city, having tilled every important
office in the lodge.
HELD MANY OFFICES.
Mr Reed was also president of the Alex
andria Board of Trade, and a member of
the Washington board. He was alfo one
of the directors In the Mount Vernon Shoe
Factory in Alexandria. He bad been urged
on more than one occasion to allow his
name to be used In connection with the
niayorality of the c t ,but alwa s declined
the honor. "While rot a wealthy man, he
was a successful merebsnt, and his home
on Trlnce street isoi c of the hand'omest in
Mr. Reed enjoyed a large acquaintance
In WashUigton, cauted by" his connection
with many public enterprises, both in
this city and Alexandria.
He was the president of the National!
Capital Ice Company, of Washington, hav
ing held the position for several jears.
Inquiry made at the orfice of the com
pany, on the Eighth street wharf, this
afternoon by a Times reporter failed to
reveal any additional facts connected
with the suicide, and no cause could be
sscrlbed by the officials of the ice com
pany for the act.
POLITICS AND RELIGION.
Hint Treacher's Vote Which Elected
Slioup to tin) Semite.
Boise City, Idaho, Aug. 23 Political anck
religious circles here are considerably
stirred up over charges brought against
Rev. Daniel Gamble, of Moscow, a member
of the last Legislature.
Gamble, it is alleged by the Sweet men,
was instructed to vote for Willis Sweet
lor United States Senator, and-that he
openly avowed his purpose of so doing
prior to coming to the Legislature. After
be arrived here, however, he voted for
Bboup, without which the latter would
not have been elected when he was; if at all.
He is now charged with drunkenness,
refusing to partake of the tacrament,
violating the Sabbath, profanity, and
failure to keep faith with his fellow-men
the last charge with reference to the
All the charges are signed by Sweet men,
and Rev. Gamble says it is a conspiracy to
ruin him because of bis failure to vote for
Bwcet. A delegation of prominent Presby
terian ministers are taking testimony to be
presented to the Presbytery at Pendleton,
Oreg , In October.
.recovered the Trousers.
Officers Sutton, Carson and Sprinkle,
et the First precinct, to-day found several
pairs of trousers In a stable on E between
Fourteenth and Fifteenth streets north
west. They were Identified as some of
those stolen last night from No. 631 F
street northwest. A portion of the prop
erty belonged to Albert Johnson and Mr.
Smith, newspaper reporters.
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
Helloed That tlio Manitoba School
Trouble Is Settled.
New York, Aug. 23. A special from
Winnipeg, Manitoba, says: There is every
reason to believe that some compromise
is being agreed upon between the Dominion
authorities and tiie Manitoba government
In the sdiools difficulty, and.that a peace
ful settlement will be readied in the near
During the last few days numerous tele
grams luneiassid between Premier Urcen
way and the Dominion ministers, and the
announcement that there will be an early
session of theCanadlan Parlianicnutrengtb
ens tire belief that the peace negotiations
have been successful Had no agreement
been readied the Dominion government
would delay calling parliament together as
long as possible.
A telegram from Ottawa last evening
states that a siecial commissioner of the
Dominion government has left there to com
plete negotlitions. Sir Mackenzie Powell,
premier of Canada, and Lord Aberdeen,
Canada's gocrnor-general, are still on
tlio Pacific coast. Sir John Schultz, gov
ernor of Manltoba.lefthuniedly Wednesday
night to Join them.
Certainly some Btep is about to be taken
and both the Catholic and Protestant
parties are eagerly watdilng for devel
opments. l'opo Leo and Manitoba. -Ottawa,
Ont., Aug. 23. The Interest
the Vatican is taking in the settlement of
the Manitoba school case and the restora
tion of separate schools to the Roman
Catholics of the Prmencc is shown in
the sudden call of Bishop McDonald to
Rome, he having left for the Holy See at
the request of the Pope yesterday.
The determined fight that the Orange
order has made against Catholic schools
In the Dominion lias aroused alarm and
it is ULdcrstood that Bishop McDonald
visits Rome to receive instructions how
the campaign may be carried on against
the alleged persecutions.
CRITICISM OF MR. EUSTIS
His Indifference in E9gard to the
Z Waller Case Causes Discussion.
Asserted 111 Diplomatic Circles That
t lidM I ulster's Conduct of Ills Of
fice Is Not Satisfactory.
The failure of Mr. Eustis, Ambassador
to France, to notify the State Department
that ho has taken advantage of the per
mission so grudgingly granted by the
French government to visit ex-Consul
Waller in the prison where he is confined,
is viewed with much concern by the offi
cials, and it is said that his conduct of the
office at pans is not satisfactory to the
There is authority for the statement that
he is believed to be devoting himself more
consistently to social functions than to his
The State Department has been unremit
ting in Its nttempts to bring the Waller
case to a speedy adjustment, but it is said
that Mr. Eustis lias not been sufficiently
active in his co-operation. Diplomatic pro
cedure is very slow, and for tblsreason much
criticism of the State Department for al
leged inactivity has been caused.
It would seem from inquiry in official
circles to-day that while these complaints
are considered to be unjust, the Depart
ment thinks that Mr. "Eustis has given suf
fldcnl evidence of a failure to realize the
urgency of bringing the Waller inddent to
a speedy urmlnation, not only on theground
of humanity, in view of Waller's bad
health, but because of the great principle
QUAY TO HIS FRIENDS.
Asks Them to Caucus the Day Before
Harrlsburg. Pa., Aug. 23. To-day Sena
tor Quay sent the following letter to the
delegates elected to that State-convention:
"Harrlsburg, Pa., Aug. 23, 1895.
"Dear Sir A caucus of delegates to the
Republican State convention favorable
to my election to be chairman of the
State committee will be held at the rooms
of the Board 'of -Trade, on Court House
avenue, Harrlsburg, Pa., on Tuesday 27th
Instant, at 9 p. oj You are respectfu'ly
Invited to attend. Tours truly,
The Senator remained in his room at the
Lochiel to-day quietly directing arrange
ments for the wind-up of the contest. He Is
coufident of victory, as arc also bis
BURNING OF A BARK.
Narrow Escape of the Officers anA
Crow of tht?Crnpo.
New York, Aug. 23. The Columbia Lino
steamer Advance, which arrived at Quar
antine this morning from Colon, brought as
passengers Capt. Washington W. Hardy,
master of the American bark W. W. Crapo,
burned at Junto. Capt. Hardy was ac
companied by bis wife and 12-ycar-old son
The W. W. Crapo was destroyed by fire
on the night of July 31 last while lying at
Junin all ready to proceed to sea. At ,9
p. m. flames were dlscov ered coming from
The fire soon spread to the cargo of ni
trate, and, owing to its highly inflammable
nature, burned furiously, so much-bo that
within twenty minutes the Ehlp nas burned
to the water's edge. The captain, with
his family and tho crew, barely escaped
with their lives, and saved nothing but the
clothes they stood In.
Capt. Hardy states that tho fire beyond
a doubt was of Incendiary origin, and the
work of some of the ship's crew.
MR. MORGAN'S BONDSMEN.
Ho Leaves to Attend the Funeral of
tho Third to Die.
United States Treasurer Morgan left to
day for Bridgeport, Conn., to attend the
funeral of a personal friend, who was also
one of his bondsmen as United States Treas
urer. During Mr. Morgan's term of office
three ot the twenty-two men who originally
went on his bond have died. Bis bond la
for only flGO.COO, but tbi aggregate aura
for which all the twenty-two men. quali
fied -was over $4,000,000. The death ot
the three bondsmen does not affect the valid
ity or sufficiency ot the original bond, at
LATEST CUBiH FIGHTING
Engagement at Last Advices in
Progress Near Santiago.
MACEO TAXING PLANTERS
Cuban Leader Snys If Planters Pay
Taxes to Support Spaniards They
Must Also Contribute to the Cuban
Cnuso Itepnbllcan Uprisings in
Spain Latent Details.
Santiago de Cuba, Aug. 15, via Key West,
Fla., Aug. 23. At G o'dock this morning
a convoy consisting ot fifty wagons and
fifty mules, loaded with provisions and
ammunition, lft this city for the village of
Cobrc, escorted by a guerilla force and a
body of regular troops, in all about 400
The rebels, having heard of this, have
boen gathering for two days in that direc
tion and In great numbers, under Col.
Higimio Vasquez, successor of Goulet,
met the convoy a little beyobd La Loma de
La Cruz, where at this moment, 2 p. m.,
they are fighting, but, of course, it Is im
possible to ba e any details yet.
TAXING THE PLANTERS.
The governor of this city told a reporter
of La Patria, speaking of the conduct of
Capt. Gnrrido in Guantanamo, that things
would bo quite different there In future,
as the government has given strict orders
to the authorities of that place in regard
to said officer and that the people of Guan
tanamo can rest assured that they will
not suffer any more outrages. But iieople
who know tho Spaniards do not give cre
dence to such promises.
Antonio Maceo has sent letters to the
planters of Guantanamo district taxing
them. He Imposed a tax of $40,000 on a
Frenchman named Simon. The planters do
not know what to do, but they will have to
pay or the rebels will destroy their plan
tations. Maceo says that as tiiey are paying
taxes to the Spanish government to-sustain
the war against the Cubans they must pay
taxes to the Insurgents to aid to make
The order of Maximo Gomez prohibiting
provisions, &o , from entering Puerto Prin
cipe is extending to other districts, and
no doubt will soon be felt In all the Island.
REBELS PROBABLY LANDED.
It is said here that last Sunday an expe
dition landed not far from here in Baconao,
at a short distance from Daiquiri, where
tho Spanish American Mining Company is
situated. The officers of a merchant steam
er that caruo in hero on Monday say tliatthey
saw a schooner at the place mentioned act
ing in a suspicious manner. A Spanish
gunboat was sent out immediately, but
when she arrived there they found only
ten or twelve empty boxes. It is not known
who have landed.
In Mayan, this district, a regiment of
troops called Guadalajara, lately arrived
from Spain, has been struck with yellow
fever, and 10 officers and 100 privates
have died ot the disease.
Spenre's Case Continued.
The case ot Luther W. Spcare, charged
with obtaining money by false pretense.
from Francis Hall, was called In the police
court this afternoon before Judge Scott,
and continued until next Friday.
Powers' Murderers Arrested.
Grand Rapids, Mich., Aug'. 23. The two
desperadoes who, while resisting arrest,
killed Detective Powers last night have
been captured and lodged In Jail here. A
mob surrounds the jail and there are threats
Secretary of the Interior.
DENT IS IHjfll WATER
State Department incensed at
His Course in China.
HIS RECALL MAY RESULT
Dilatory Course rarsued In tho Pro
tectlou of Americans and Investiga
tion of tho Mnssocre the Cause of
tho Trouble Disregarded. Ills In
structions Unusual -Action.
Not a lire has been received at the State
Department for more than a week from
Mr. Charles Denby, United States minister
at Tcklng, and there is good reason to be
lieve that he has procrastinated with regard
to the instructions tent hlnr concerning the
Investigation into the Ku-Chcng niaseacre.
That the State Department is d.M atisfied
with Mr. Denby's dilatory course. Is a mild
way of putting the situation, and It is raid
that the minister is in- tcrlocs danger of
being recalled if he cannot furnish a satis
factory explanation, of nis failure to make
arrangements wltb the Tsung-li-Yamcn,or
board of foreign affairs, for the granting
or full authority to the American commis
sioners on the Ku-Cheng board of inquiry.to
freely investigate all the circumstances
relating to the massacre.
ON HIS OWN HOOK.
In Justice to Mr. Denby , it should be said
that the State Department does not blame
him for not having secured all that is de
sired, because the matter of declination
or compliance with tinDepartment's wishes
rests with the Tsucg-U Yemen, but he has
been found wanting In not keeping the
Washington Government informed of the
progress of events, presumably neglecting
to carry outhisinb4fcicllonsto press matters.
It is the belief at the Department that
Mr. Denby has takep umbrage because the
suggestions from this Government as to the
policy to be pursued by him do not agree
with his own ideas, and for that reason
Is not doing all that hennas been directed to
MAY CAUSE HIS) RECALL.
Mr. Denby's attitude is likely to cause
him serio'us trouble, and f Che is not heard
from soon, his .0flcialt position vrlll be
placed in Jeopardy. ,
The alleged failure "of the Minister to
press the. questioner tbejKucheng inquiry
with tho Chinese government has caused
the situation to becooic'coinplicated. As
stated in The-Evening Times yesterday,
tho hasty and unexpected departure of
Consul Hixson and Ensign Evans from
Foo Chow to Kucheng before they had
ben fully authorized to conduct the
inquiry Jn behalf of the United States, has
resulted in bringing the Investigation to a
Capt. Newell, of the United States cruiser
Detroit, has started for Kucbeng to en
deavor to straighten out tho tangle, but
there is no Information 'at the State De
partment from Minister " Denby that the
captain has beu invested with any more
authority to investigate than is jwsscssed
by Messrs. Hixson and Evans, although
the presumption at tho Department yester
day was that Mr. Denny bad secured for
him the satisfactory credentials, which he
has been directed to obta'n, but has failed
to report how be-faiwTIn making the re
quest, if, indeed, be,ba,madelt at all.
- r-;? '
' Two Trollejb;v,ct,nI"-
Brooklyn, Aug. '23J Two more persons
werekilledin thiscltr tM morning by trol
ley cars. One of-the Victims was a child
and the other a young man whose Identity
has not yet' been established. The child was
little Essie Dennln, 2 "years old, of No. 85
Bergen street. T 1 .
FULL BENCH IS NEEDED
Reasons Why the Senate May
Be Called in Extra Session.
BIS CASES ARE PENDING
One Involving; the National Banking
Laws and Others 'Which Must Be
Passed Upon by a Full Supreme
Court Vacancy May Be Filled Be
fore the Fall Term.
In a recent Interview Congressman
Fletcher, of Minnesota, expresses the
opinion that there is no necessity for an
extra tessiou of the Senate on account of
the death of Justice Jackson. He said
that in his opinion there Is no force In the
argument that the successor to Justice
Jackson should be confirmed at once. The
Supreme Court, he thought, could get
along very well with one vacancy.
Mr. Fletcher's views are diametrically
opposite to those of people here who have
knowledge of the affairs of the Supreme
Court. There are several exceedingly inir
portant cases pending which it is liighiy
desirable should be argued and submitted
at as early a date as possible before a full
bench. One of these Is the case of the
Elmlra.-New York, Savings Bank against
the receiver of the Elmlra National Bank.
Upon the decision in this case depends
largely the future ot the National Banking
law. The Supreme Court must declare
that the National Banking act takes prior
ity over all State legislation affecting
deposits In banks or that it does not.
It appears from the record that the
Elmlra Savings Bank was a depositor
to the extent of some $45,000 In the
Elmlra National Bank, which failed. The
law of New York provides that all de
posits of the funds of .savings banks or any
other banking interests shall be considered
as preferred stock au J as such must be paid
before there is any pro rata distribution of
the funds ot the failed bank.
The United States, through the con
troller of the currency and the receiver of
the bank in question, set up the National
Banking act, which recognizes no prefer
ences whatever in the case, of a failed
COURT WAS DIVIDED.
The courts of -New York, including the
Court ot Appeals, have maintained the
contention of the saving bank, and some
thing more than a year ago an appeal was
taken from the New York Court of Appeals
to the United States Supreme Court.
Owing to the important questions at issue
and the precedent to be established by tlio
decision, the Supreme Court advanced
the case on tho calendar, and arguments
were heard during the last October term.
There were eight Justice sprescnt at the
hearing. Justice Jackson being absent
on account of illness. When It came to a
decision, the court was equally divided,
four holding that the New York Stata law
took priority, while the other four upheld
the constitutionality of the banking act.
The officials- or the Treasury Depart
ment arc extremity cnxlous that the ques
tion should be settled definitely once and
three similar cases have arisen, and every
Bavlngs bank in the Statc.of New York is
Interested in this matter as well as savings
hauks In New England and Western States,
where like deposits have been made in
OTHER IMPORTANT CASES.
Consequently it is necessary that the va
cancy now existing In the Supreme Court
shall be filled before arguments arc again
beard. The attention of the President has
been directed to this matter, not only by
the Justices of the court, but by the officials
of the Treasury, and as there are a cumber
ot otber cases of almost as great lmporta nee
pending, before the court, it is more than
likely that-the President will call the Sen
ate together for the purpose of confirming
his nominee to succeed Justice Jackson be
fore Ibe time set for the meeting of the court
in October, even though he may not deem
it absolutely necessary to call the Uoune
together to pass upon the financial question
which Is at the present time causing blm
so much trouble and annoyance.
There are several other important cases
pending before the court which are set for
bearing In October, among tbem that of the
suit of the government against the estateof
the late Leland Stanford, which was decided
adversely to the United States by the circuit
court of California, and also the case ot
the city of Oakland-, Cat., against tbeSouth
ern Padflo Railroad, Involving the entire
water front of that city, which Is valued
at about thirty million dollars. These are
only a few of the important cases pending.
SUIT FOR TWO MILLIONS
Distinguished Americans Brought
Into Court at San Francisco.
John 'Y. Mnckay, Senator John P.
Jones and Others Sued by
Ban Francisco, Aug. 23. The suit of
Theodore Fox, a stockholder in the Con
soUdated California and Virginia Mining
Company, against John W.Mackay, Senator
J. P. Jones, the Comstock Mill and Mining
Company, the Consolidated California and
Virginia Mining Company, which Involves
nearly 52,000,000, was begun to-day be
fore Judge Seawcll. Mackay and most of
the other defendants were present to court.
Fox alleges that Mackay, Senator Jones
and J C. Flood, deceased, controlled a
majority of the capital stock of the Con
solldaled California and Virginia Mining
Company; that they entered into a contract
with the Comstock Mill and Mining Com
pany to mill the ore of the corporation
first named at $7 a ton, and that a large
amount of ore was milled under the con
tract. A fair price for the milling of the
ore would havu been $4 a ton.
The plaintiff avers that by reason of
the contract, whldi is alleged to have been
tainted with fraud, tho stockholders in the
Consolidated Virginia were overcharged tc
the amount ot $1,829,000.
He asks a decree of court finding the
facts to be as alleged In the complaint, and
a Judgment against the Comstock Mill
and Mining Company and the other defend
ants, requiring them to pay the amount
named into the treasury of the Consolidated
Virginia for tLebenflt of the stockholders.
The defendants say that Fox Is not evc
a stockholder, and consequently has no
standing In court to maintain the suit.
EX-MINIiTE SMITH DEAD.
Uo Had Served Uider Four ot the
Boston, Aug. 23. A private letter from
Honolulu received In this city confirms
the report of the death of Hon. J. Molt
Smltb, ex-minister of finance under Queen
Lllluokalanl or Hawaii. Dr. Mott-Smith
died at bis island home at 4 p. m. August
10. His family was present at his bed
side. Mrs. Smith is reported as being quite
The deceased had a long and honorable
record as an Hawaiian official. He held
different portfolios in the Hawaiian cabi
net and was also at one time Hawaiian
minister to Washington, being appointed
to that office by the Queen upon the
death or Hon. H. A. P Carter. He bad
served Hawaii under the past four sover
eigns, or since 18G7.
Dr. Mott-Smlth was born in New York
city, was a forty-niner In the California
gold fields, went to Honolulu in 1631,
and in 1SG7 entered the service of the
Hawaiian government as director of the
riHLLlPS HAS .V GHIEVASCE.
He Wants Steam Cars Stopped at Cer
President Phillips, ot the Metropoli
tan Railway Company, had an interview
to-day with the Commissioners, respect
ing certain regulations which he desires
to have enforced Tor the satety of pas
sengers at tbc intersections of bis Ninth
street line with the Baltimore & Potomac
Mr. Phillips had with him the corres
pondence that has passed between him and
the Baltimore & Potomac managers. It
is voluminous, but was unavailing, so far
as reaching an agreement for mutual pro
tection Is concerned.
Mr. Phillips has asked that the Pennsyl
vania Railroad trains be compiled by
regulation to come to a full stop on the
near side of tho crossing at Four-aud a
hair street, and at one other point, before
crossing, and that such other measures be
adopted as In tho Judgment ot the board
will remove the danger of collision between,
the trains on the steam railroad and the
Mr. Phillips insists that the situation is
of sufficient gravity to warrant the inter
position of District authority.
The case will be heard on the 28th In
stant, when the Baltimore and Potomac
will be represented.
BAD HIGH COMMISSIONER.
Degraded Official to Imestigute tho
London, Aug. 23. A dispatch from
Shanghai to the Pall Mall Gazette says
tbc Chinese government has made a most
extraordinary appointment in connection
with the outrages upon the English mis
sionaries. The formerly degraded Liu, who Is
generally regarded as the actual originator
ot the Chengtu riots, tas.becn definitely
appointed Imperial high commissioner to
Investigate the circumstances which led
to the outbreak and tbc facts connected
wltb the outrages themselves.
The appointment has caused the utmost
dissatisfaction and Indignation among the
Mntsa Sovr a Count.
Yokahama, Aug. 23. Mutsu Munemltsu,
minister of foreign-affairs, has been els
rated to the rank of coanC
He Explains His Position on the
' Flooring Question.
IT WAS ALL AN ERROR
He Declares tho Firm Will Tales
Every Mums to Protect the Men on
tho City Postofflce Bulldlim Ex
presses Resret lit the Death o
W S. Thorp, of the firm of Thorp ABond,
New York, the Iron contractors on the new
city postofrice building, nrrived In the
city this morning.
"I have come," said Mr. Thorp, to a
Times reporter, "to watch the progress of
the new building and at the same time give
I a full explanation of tho position we took
In regard to the much-agitated question
of temporary flooring.
"Tho whole trouble arose over a misin
terpretation by us of Kuisey's first litter,
and had It been properly understood there
would nothae been the slightest difficulty
in the matter. In New York and other largo
cities where wehaveconstructedhigh build
ings it has alwajs been customary to follow
up the iron work on the building with
terra cotta arches, or spans, and when-we
first received the letter ot our superintend
ent we were under the impression that this
was what the Government wanted us to
SAW THEIR ERROR.
'iOt course, we were not In any way
liable under tbc plans and specification
to erect arches of this kii.d, and we
promptly refused to to it. Just as scon as
we received a second letter on the sub
ject, however, I saw the mistake we bad
made and promptly ordered my foreman,
Mr. Wodrig, to purchase all the lumber
necessary for thesafeand proper protection
of the men employed on the building."
"This has been done, and you can see tho
workmen have nowevery precaution which
can possibly be given tbem. Of course, the
work Is most hazardous, and attended
wltb great risk and danger, and for that
reason we employ none but the most ex
"Almost all of the men now at work on
tbc building are old bridge builders, who
are accustomed to working from three to
rive hundred feet In the air.
SORRY ABOUT BEACH.
"They all k now the nature of the work
and the risk they run when tbey go into It.
Very tew largo buildings are eer erected
where there are not some mea killed or in
jured It Is a natural consequence.
"No ore deplores the unfurtneate death
of poor Beach than I, and the Impression
that we had lo rcgurd lor human life Is
of course an injustice.-
"In the future the danger is going to
be reduced to a minimum, for all are
going to take every precaution tu protect
the men tmployed by us until the building
Clerk, Kerr's Docket Ls Already Pretty
Well Filled Up.
Clerk Kerr, of the noue of Representa
tives, has begun the consideration of the
contested (.lection cases In the Fifty fourth
Congress remaining on his ducket, but
there is little probability ot anything be
ing done owing to the expiration of'the
time limit within which proceedings in
contest may be prosecuted. There are
twenty-niuo -ooutested cases la all, and
of these but rour remain to be disposed
of, so far as the Clerk of the House is con
cerned. On the 15th of this month the case of
Beatty vs. Price, Third-Louisiana district,
was taken up, but Indefinitely postponed
because the testimony had cot been com
pleted and the ninety days within which
all testimony must be taken had long
The case of Coleman vs. Buck Second
Louisiana district will be called to-morrow
in the office of the clerk. The other
two cases will not be considered by the
clerk. In the case or Belknap vs. Mo
Gann, Third Illinois district, Chicago,
not a paper was received in Washington
uttil last week, the postponement ot
action in Chicago having been due Ui
agreement between the parties.
The same condition of affairs is found
in the case or J. Murry"Mitchell vs. James
J. Walsh, in the Eighth New York dis
trict. No papers bue bieu riled and tho
only record of a contest with which the
officers ot the House are acquainted aro
Congress, however, can deal with the
subject as It deems best, and it the
precedents ot'the past are followed the
testimony In these cases will te ordered
to be printed. In but one of the twenty
Uve cases considered by the clerk, has
the brier been filed, and that came la
Monday. This is In the contested case of
John I. Rlncaker, Democrat, vs. Finis
E. Downing, Republican, In the Sixteenth.
BANNOCKS TO HE RELEASED.
Attorney General Directs Habeas Cor
pns Proceedings In Their Behalf.
Attorney General Harmon to-day tele
graphed Glbwn Clarke, United States dis
trict attorney for Wyumlng, t apply to
the United States' courts for writs of ha
beas corpus in the cases of the Bannock
and Shoshone Indians under arrest at
The Attorney General, In directing this
action, holds that the treaty rights of
these Indians wltb the United States ore
superior to the game laws of Wyoming.
Work on tho Vnlkyrlo.
New York. Aug. 25. The scraping of the
bottom or the Valkyrie III Is completed,
and the painting and the potleadlng were
begun to-day. She will be pot leaded up to
the planking, and when that U finished will
be ready for her trial spins. It is doubtful
It she will go out .or tbc Eric Basin beforo
Monday, although the work upon her will
be practically finished by to-morrow
Ordered to Wushlnstou.
Capt. J. W. Tcpe, assistant quartermas
ter, commanding the military prison at Fort
Leavenworth, Kans., will soon bo ordered
to this city as depot quartermaster. He
will nllevo Major C. B. Barnctt, depot
quartermaster, who will bo given one
year's sick Icato.
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