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THE MORNTjETG TIjlE, TUJEgPAY, MAY 3 9, 1896.
Genuine Pongee at
that the price might
lead j-ou to believe they
were but an imitation.
We know they are cheap
a third cheaper than
v ou ever had a chance of
buying 'em before, and
you can bet Ave didn't
hesitate .a moment when
we were asked to take
this lot. You can judge
from the selling price
how hard up the manu
facturer was. You can't
get anything neater or
cooler for Summer wear
and they last for 3ears
and the oftener 3-ou
wash 'em the softer thej
get. They won't stay
long at that price better
hurry if you want one.
Straw Hats at prices
you'll be glad to pay.
I EISEMAN BROS.,
$ Cor. 7th and E Sts. N. W.
& Ifo Branch Store in Washington.
Cbeered by the Crowds Aug
mented by the Fire.
MID REAL AND MIMIC FIRE
JgcdLlghtsIlumedand Rockets Flared
in the Glare of tile Big Conflagra
tion S'lleudldMIIlrary Escort Given
the Victors in Their Triumphant
The train bearing the victorious Morton
fcadets rolled into tlie Pennsylvania Rail
roa'd station last tilglit about on schedule
time, and Uie soldier boys -were given a
royal welcome. The crowd out to receive
thein comprised practically the population
OL the entire city, but lot that the big
fire was to blame.
Fourteen or their stay-at-home comrades
were in waiting, in charge of Private
Thorn Biandy, and to keep these company
-were the First Battalion, under Capt. John
Miller; two companies of the Second Bat
talion, the Corcorau Cadets under Capt.
Edwards, and the National Rifles in charge
of Capt. Oyster; the Allison Naylor Guards,
the Fifth Battalion, Maj, 0. L Suess com
manding the bicycle corps, dismounted,
Capt. Samuel "Wiggins iu command; the
National Fendblcs, with Capt. Domer at
their head; ana the Emmet Guards, Capt.
PRETTY; GIRLS THERE.
In addition, there was a company of
pretty girls, chaperoned by Mrs. l'eatman,
who pinned tiny bouquets to the heroes'
coats. There 'was an abundance of red
fire, as well, a mimic reproduction of the
blazing, real flames, preceding by but a
ehort half liour.
The disaster to the commercial section
of the city was a horrible diversion, but
the people cheered the Cadets quite as
vociferously as they originally intended
Spirited music floated upon the air, the
strains mingling witli the clatter of the
fire engines. In short, it was the imagery
of the scene In which Nero figured when
ancient Rome was in flames, except that
he fiddled in glee and from choice, white
the bands made merry last night out of
respect to duty and through pride m a
" u PLENTY OF MUSIC.
; The Henderson Drum Corps and the
Tourth Artillery Band took part in the
demonstration, each emphasizing the wel
come heard upon both sides of the Avenue,
as the Cadets marched out under the red
fire and the stars and into the midst of the
The line of march was from the Sixth
street depot, west on Pennsylvania avenue
to Fifteenth street, then to K street
and by that thoroughfare to theannory.
Aside from the warm welcome, there waa
no demonstration last night in honor of
Capt. Shilling's warriors, but that will
come later with a vigorous enthusiasm
that will lose nothing of its force from a
brief delay. A reception Is on the program,
the date not fixed, and in the early future
an exhibition drill will be given in front of
the Arlington Hotel.
SENATOR VOOIIHEES TO RETIRE.
At .End of Present Term Ho Wlll-
Quit Public Life.
Chicago, May 18. A special from La
Porte, Ind., Fays: "A private letter re
ceived here from Washington, conveys
the Information that Senator Voorhecs will
retire rrom public life at the end of his
His failing health has given his friends
great concern for more than a year past
and It Is his enfeebled condition which
has caused Jiim to reach the decision that
lie will not seek are-election to the United
States Senate, where he has been a con
spicuous figure during his long public
Jt Js believed if his condition will per
mit he will seek to recover his health
by a trip to Europe.
3SFow For SlxQe Values
Men's elegant, stylish- Tan, Black and
Russet Lace Shoes, in all the up-to-date
iocs, all ividlhs, all sizes, and fully
'worth S-f, a d cannot he duplicated at
-HAVENNER-& DAVIS, ?2B XtunTWdins.
District Commissioners Have
Given Another instance.
THE TELEPHONE PERMITS
Grunted nnd Then Revokod nu Order
for Pole in the Suburbs The Ituu-
son Given by Them nnd the Subter
fuge Adopted, by "Which the No
Company "Was to Benefit.
Another sleislit-of-hund legislative performance-
by the. District Commissioners
has been partly exposed, and will, it is be
lieved, bs fully exposed in the Senate.
There is strong evidence to show that the
Commissioners, in their efforts to favor
the Potomac Light and Power Company,
have actually used as a cat's paw the
Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Com
pany. The facts and allegations on which
this statement is made cropped out yes
terday in an examination of some of the.
devious permits, plans aud plottings of the
trlocracy within the past mouth.
There is possibly no one who is familiar
with the fact that Commissioner Truesdell
sold Ms Eckington electric light plant to
Messrs. Crosby and Liob, the presumptive
owners of the Potomac Light and Power
Company, but believes that this lacfc ex
plains tho incessant attempts mado by the
Commissioner, even at the risk of acts,
which, bavo been declared to bo illegal, to
grant unusual favors to tho purchasers of
The latest of the many devices of these
attorneys and godfathers of the Potomac
Company is a scheme to have Congress
legislate on an appropriation bill a right
for the telephoue company to erect poles
and string wires on the Roekvillo pike to
counect certnlu Maryland suburbs with
the telephone plant in this city.
THREW IT WIDE OPEN.
Inasmuch as the telephone company
lias the monopoly in the District litis per
mission to them would have been of no
possible to use to any other company, but
the Commissioners at once seized on the
opportunity to change this special permit
to a general right to grant permits to
whomsoever they- pleased to erect poles
and string wires outside of Boundary.
There is every reason to believe ttiat this
trick will be exposed in the Senate and
the whole scheme buried once andJorall.
It will be interesting, specially so, to
know how the telephone company, witting
ly or unwittingly, became the victims of
the Conijnissioners in their latest deal.
About a year ago, the telephone company
desired to extend its lines to Kensington,
Garrett Park, and Rockvllle, each of which
has a large number of residents who are
engaged in business in this city. The
poles were erected from Rockvllle to the
District- Hire, The arrangements had been
made" for placing the instruments In. cen
tral positions in the three towns named,
and everything was in readiness for the
commencement of operations, when it was
discovered that the necessary connection
between the Maryland Hue and the wires
jf the company within the District of
"oluinhia could not be made because there
were "no poles along the Rockvllle pike
and .the Commissioners declined to grant
permission for the erection of such as would
The subsequent proceedings were ex
plained to The Times as follows:
On the 25th of April the Commissioners
did grant a permit to the Chesapeake and
Potomac' Telephoue Company ta put up
those poles on the Rockvllle pike. The
Monday folio wing the linemen in the employ
of the Telephone Company began, to ex
amine the poles erected several months be
fore in Maryland, preparatory to stringing
the wires upon them. On the following day
the permit above described was rescinded.
"When the authorities of the Chesapeake
and Potomac Telephone Company made in
quiries as to the cause of this remarkable
action, they were informed that the Com
missioners believed they had exceeded their
prcrogntivesin granting thepcrmission and
thought tftat it would be better to secure
specific authority for the purpose from
They then suggested, it Is said, to the
telephone people tiiat it would be a good
plan to. have an amendment offered to the
District appropriation bill, giving the Com
missioners the authority to grant the Ches
peake and Potomac Telephone Company
the right to erect Certain poles on the
Rockvllle pike in the District of Columbia.
THE SWEEPING CHANGES.
This amendment was accordingly drawn
up and offered in the District Committee
of the Senate, and that body, following its
customary course, referred It to the Com
missioners of the District for their opinion.
When it was returned to the District Com
mittee its own father would not have recog
nized it. Instead of specifying the author
ity to grant the Cheasap'eakeand Potomac
Telephone Company certain privileges, the
amendment was changed toa sweepingpro
vlsion conferring unlimited powers on the
Commissioners to grant all sorts of rcr
mitsforthestringingofovcrhead wiresa '
the erection of poles outside of Boundary
Stripped of its technical phraseology,
the proposition provides, for the propo
sition is still under consideration, that tiie
Commissioners of the District of Colum
bia be authorized to grant permits for the
erection of poles for tho stringing of tele
graph wires and for other purposes, in the
District of Columbia, outside of the city
limits; and it provides still further that
all permits heretofore granted in that sec
tion of the District of Columbia for similar
purposes, shall be ratified.
By this seemingly harmless amendment
the Commissioners of the District
seek to override tho wishes of tho
public, and the plain decision of the
District courts, and give to the pur
chasers of District Commissioner Trucsdeil's
unremunerative Eckington "electric light
plant the right to erect poles and stretch
wires all through the beautiful and thickly
populated sections of the city, where there
is as yet no demand for electric lighting
facilities, and where no corporation would
want to stretch its wires, if it had to de
pend upon the support-of individual sub
scribers. SOME LEGISLATIVE HISTORY.
Thereis nothing to show that the change
from the single permit desired by the tele
phone company to a general right to grant
permits by the Commissioners, is not their
own suggestion, although, of course, it
will not be opposed by the Potomac Light
and Power Company. It is the Immediate
company, which will be -in line for con.
tracts for lighting and other services with
It is, perhaps, just as well to recall in
this connection that, when the Eckington
plant was owned-by Mr. Truesdell, he and
Major Powell frequently weut before the
Committer of the House and argued for ap
propriations for the electric lighting of
Eckington when there was no other way
of using the money than for the benefit
of Mr. Truesdell, us the United States
sick people have in
To Cure Them When Other Physicians
Have Given Them Up as Hopeless Is
Shown Most Conclusively by the Crowds
Which Daily Throng His Well-known
Sanitarium, 1411 Pennsylvania Avenue,
- Next Doorto Willard's Hotel.
$5.00 a Month
Covers full treatment and all medicines, no
matter what disease the panotitis suffering
from. Dr. Walker hasacqulred a wonderful
mastery over all Disorders of the Brain and
Nervous System, Diseases of the Skin and
Blood. Syphilis, Varicocele, Stricture, Sexual
Weakness, due to overwork, past follies, and.
excesses, causing nervous exhtiustibn, Brwu
Fag, Self-Distrust, Impotence Inability to
Concentrate the Mind, Pimples, Back Pains,
Aversion to Society, Partiul or Total,
Parulysis, and Insanity.
Dr. Walker's well-known Sanitarium is at
1-111 Pennsylvania avenue, adjoining Wil
lard's Hotel. Office hours daily, 10 to 5;
Monday.iWednesday, Thursday and Satan
day evenings, from 7 to 8; Sunday, 10 to
12. Consultation free.
Electric Light Company would not ex
tend its lines that far for the amountthnt
would be granted by Congress. Since
the sale of the plant to the company equal
ly frantic efforts have been made for
appropriations for the electric lighting
of Eckington, nnd it is believed that a
certain appropriation of $300 was for
the Potomac Light and Power Compauy.
It may not be amiss to recall the opera
tions of Messrs. Crosby aud Lieb in these
matters. They arc evidently shrewd busi
ness men, who, for some reason, explained
possibly by the business relations between
'them and "Commissioner Truesdell, have
been fortunate In curing the good offices
of the triumvirs iu their business ventures.
These gentlemen's first move was to buy
theoldplantof the Potomaelleatand Power
Company, at the Virginia end of the chain
bridge. This compauy was necr able to
obtain permits to supply electric light to
Washington, and hence their business wasa
THA.T ECKINGTON DEAL.
About the time that Messrs. Crosby and
Lieb bought the old plant they also bought
the electric light plant of Mr. Truesdell
at Eckington. This fact apparently made
the greatest difference as to privileges.
It is a fact that Mr. Truesdell had tried
to sell tiie plant to the United States
Electric Light Company, but the latter de
clined as they ascertained that the Eck
ington plant was losing money. This
makes it absolutely certain that Messrs.
Crosby and Lieb would not have purchased
the Eckington plant for what the Ecking
ton plant was worth; nnd that they must
hnvehaduIteriordesigiisOf which Mr. Trues
dell must huvc been cognizant.
This was proved by the fact that soon
after the purchase, the Commissioners, in
defiance of the laws, issued a permit to
the Potomac Light and Power Company.as
the Crosby-Lieb concern was called, to
string wires across the suburbs from
Georgetown to Eckington. The United
States Electric Company and the courts
intervened, and Justice Bingham blocked
the game by stopping the stringing of the
wires, and dfclaiing that the Commis
sioners had no such power as they as
sumed In granting this iiernilt.
No appeal was taken from the decision
of Judge Biugham, but special bills were
introduced, still witli the apparent inten
tion .of favoring the Potomac T,ight and
Power Company, but Congress had its
eyes opened. No such bills were passed,
aud It Is believed that no such bills can be
passed. The last resort was the trick wi'rfi
the telephone company described above,
aud which, it is said, is doomed to defeat,
as the principle of the .subterfuge is that
it involves practically the granting of a
charter on an appropriation hill, and also
the general prohibition that legislation
cannot be tacked to such bills.
It is believed that Senators Allison. Tel
ler and Cockrell will want to know some-,
thing more about these schemes before
the Commissioners are empowered to grant
charters in all parts of the District outside
of Boundary street.
TORTURED BY TIIEIR CHIEF.
XeTeetleeh.nn Alaska Indian, Await
ing Triul .for Murder.
Seattle, Wash., May 18. In Jail at
Juneau, awaiting trial on the charge of
murder. Is Chief Ye Tcetleeh, the Tyec or
the noonan Indians, a small tribe of some
hundred members, occupying Chickikoff
Island, about one hundred miles to the
south of Juneau.
The offense with which the old chief Is
charged is the murder, by torture, of his
nephew, whom he accused of witchcraft.
The" chief hod a disease affecting his right
leg, which had gradually eaten the greater
part away'. He dreamed that his nephew
had bewitched him, and on the strength of
this he proceeded to inflict punishment
due the crime.
The victim's knees were bent close bacfc
and in this position he was bound tightly
to a tree. An iron band was then placed
around his face, sinking into tiie nose and
covering the eyes, and this was also made
fast to the tree, so that he was unable
to move his head in any direction. He
was left in this position to starve to death.
He lived five days. He was about twenty
years of age.
Some years ago the same chief put two
women of his tribe to death in a. similar
manner. Crimes of the kind are not un
common among the Alaska Indians.
The widow of the dead man was ap
propriated by the chief and is now, with
two of his other wives, sharing his cap
GEN. LEE'S DEPASTURE.
Nowly Appointed Consul General"
About to Leave for Ha'vaua.
(Special to The Times.)
Richmond, May 18. Gen.Pitzhugh Lee,
consul general to Cuba, visited his mother
and brother today in Staffprd county.
He said he would start for Cuba iu a
He declared himself In favor of sound
moucy and said he thought the National
Democratic Convention In Chicago will
nominate a sound money candidate.
To Sqour Hoards. '
The whitest boards are those washed
with cold water and plenty otsoap. Where
there Is a grease mark, mix pipeclay and
water into a thick paste and spread over
the stained part.
Another method is to cover the spot
with dry Fuller's earth or mix five parts
Fuller's earth to one part of pearl ash,
ditto soft soap and enough boiling water
to form a stiff paste. Lay this on hot,
leave till dry, scour with soap and water.
A lump of rough Fuller's earth will be
found very useful for scouring; it may be
used dry or just wetted.
Teeth extracted freet
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Gold Crowns, So.00. '
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SUICIDE MYSTERY SOLVED
Mrs. "iverett" of New York Again
Identified as Mrs. Hill.
JKecognlzed ny ox-CongrcbHinnn nill
-of -Iiidlijum,,, Her FutlnT-ln-Lnw.'
',H Husband' Lives In- 1.6'nabu.
New York, May 18. -Mrs. "Everett."
the Colonnade suicide, has again hcen
Identified, this time by reputable neonie
known in this city, who are positive that
they are right, aud l the identification by
FelieliMi FiMironnlcrrc. the Frenchman, Is
not proven true the body wJll he given by
the morgue keeper to be" buried as Mrs.
E. E. Hill, wife of E. E. Hill, a musiciau,
of Bromptnu roads, London.
His professional name is Edgar Zcrega,
and he is said to be well known as a
musiciau ond theatrical manager.
The Identification was made at the
morgue late this afternoon by Lawyers J.
Krantrowltz and M. Esberg, who have
offices "at So. 335 Broadway. Lawyer
Krantrowitz has known Mrs. Hill from
childhood, and Lawyer Esherg has seen
her half a dozen times during the latter
part of last April aud the first two days of
These lawyers were as3isted in the Identi
fication by ex-Congressman Ralph Hill, of
Indianapolis, who is the father of Mrs.
Hill's husband. Mrs. Hill herself waa
formerly Miss May D. Keith, daughter d
Col. John A. Keith, a prominent citizen and
real estate dealer of Columbus, Ind.
Lawyer Hill came from Indiauapolis yes
terday after having received a cablegram
from liis son asking him to see If the body
of the suicide might not be that of Mrs.
Hill. Mr. Hill came to the Continental
Hotel where Mrs. Hill was known to have
stopped. He found that she had registered
thercAprll 11 and had left three weeks
later. She did not say where she was
going and no" trace of her could be found.
Lawyer Hill went to the morgue this
morning and looked at tho body. He iden
tified the body as that of his daughtcr-In-law.
Indianapolis, Ind., May 18. The dis
patches from New York tiiis afternoon
announcing that the body of the 'woman
who committed suicide at the Colonnade
Hotel, New York, had been identified aa
that of Mrs. Edward E. Hill of London,
created something of a sensation hpre and
at Columhus, Ind., -where she was 'well
known, il '
The identification -was made by her
father-in-JaWj, Judge Ralph Hill, a mem
ber of thCjlirm of Lamb, Hill & Dye. one of
the mostrtiroroinenfc firms of the city.
The s'licldc: was the daughter of Col.
John" Keith, "& prominent lawyer of Co
lumbus, now auite aged, who has for years
held a high jfcfsltiou at the b ar In Southern
FJREE SILVER IN VIRGINIA.
Several Democratic Conventions Elect
Silver Delegates-for Staunton.
(Special to The Times.)
Richmond, Va., May 18. In a most ex
citing and closely contested contention at
Fairfax Court House Loday the Pairfax
Democrats elected twenty-two delegates
to the. Staunton convention. About five
oft licse are for a gold standard and the rest
for free silver.
The Democrats of Manchester tonight
elected thirteen delegates to the Staunton
convention, ten of whom arc free silver
men and three for gold standard.
The Democrats of Smyth county elected
delegates today-nine,for the gold standard
and five tor silver.
South Hampton county elected a fulr
silver delegation, but, denounced the unit
Amherst county is solid for free silver.
Little doubt now remains that there will
be a silver majority in' the State conven
tion at StautftoD.
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WAS OF THE CYCLONE CLASS
Much Damage Done by the Wind
and Eain Last Evening.
Downpour "Was Unprecedented and
the Wind Beuclied Velocity Sel
dom Equalled Hero.
Just before sundown laSt evening the
thunder storm that had skirted the city
earher in the day backed down from the
Another battalion of heavy black clouds
had meantime gathered in the northwest
and slowly forced its way toward the city.
The two storms met shortly after 7
and a rattling discharge of blinding flashes
was soon followed by terrible gustsof wind.
The cyclonic outburst was mingled with
rain, which came down in blinding sheets.
Those persons on the street who had not
heeded the lowering clouds and i'led from
the burst to come then made desperate ef
forts to reach secure places.
It required a great deal of sprinting
on the part of some to save themselves
whole and dry. Down came the wind, up
and along went the dust, and then fol
lowed the drenching rain, enlivened by
the quick and city-embracing flashes of
Every place with a. roof was sought,
and soon drug stores were filled with
masses of humanity, some having dust
filled eyes, others scared by the flashes,
and not a few with wet, soggy clothing
clinging to their shivering bodies.
Many fair cyclists were caught out in
their lightsummer finery and were drenched
before a shelter was found.
Tho wind swept down streets and ave
nues with fearful energy, and dashed blinds
houseward, scattered insecure articles,
broke off tree limbs and in many instances
tore oft the tops of fine young trees and
sent them flying across the streets.
Havoc was wroughteverywhereaud day
light will show many trees stripped of
their finest limbs and foliage by the gale.
G ENTRY TRI AIi POSTPONED.
Murderer of MadjioYorko, the Actress,
Philadelphia, May IS. The trial of
James B. Gentry, the actor who shot and
killed hl3 sweetheart, Margaret "V. Drys
dale, Madge Yorke, the actress, iu this
city, February 17, 1S95, was set for
today in the court of oyer and terminer,
butit was postponed by Judge Ycrkes until
the June term.
The case was ordered continued after
Charles L. Brooke, a member of the New
York bar, and son of Charles "V. Brooke,
senior counsel for the defendant, and
Lawyer George F. Muuce of this city, had
appeared in court and asked for a post
ponement because of the failure of the
defense to procure the attendance of a
number of important witnesses and also
because of the engagement of Charles "W.
t Brooke in the trial of Mrs. Fleming in New
York for the alleged murder of her mother.
The judge said he would allow the case
to go over, at the same time making a
peremptory order that it be tried when
next called. Mr. Graham asked that this
order be embodied iu an application to be
sigucd by the prisoner. Gentry was
brought in from a cell room, and after the
papers had been prepared he affixed his
name to it.
Services Over Col. Cockorlll.
New York, May 18. The funeral serv
ices over the body of the late Col. Cock
erill began thi3 morning when the re
mains were taken from the rooms of the
Press Club to the Scottish Bite Ball, where
they were formally turned over to the New
York lodge of Elks. Joseph Howard, jr..
president of the Press Club, made a brief
address in consigning the body to the
care of the Elks, and there was singing
by both a male and female quartet. E.
B. Hay, past grand exalted ruler, then
delivered the eulogy.
Sherninn's Death noil.
Denlson, Tex., May 18. The number of
dead in Sherman is 100 and the number of
wounded 1&0. Theloss of property Isplaced
at $175,000. The number of dead in this
and adjoining counties isSSO. The entire
loss of property, estimated, in Texas and
Indian Territory, is 81,000,000.
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SUNDAY REST LAI UPHELD
Supreme Court Decides a Test
Case From Georgia.
Justice narlan Says It Is an Act for
the General Welfare oX
The validity and constitutionality cf the
Sunday rest law of the State of Georgia
were sustained by the Supreme Court of
the United States yesterday. L. F. Ben
nington, superintendent of transportation
of the Alabama Great Southern Railroad,
was indicted in Dade countyGa., on Sun
day, March 15, 1891, for violation of the
State law which forbids the ruunlng of
any freight train in the State on the Sab
He pleaded not guilty, setting up in de
fense that the statute, as applied to the
case, was In conflict with the provision
of the Federal Constitution giving Con
gress power to regulate commerce among
the States. He was convicted, and the con
viction was affirmed by the supreme court
of the State.
Prom that judgment the case came to
the. Supreme Court of the United States.
Mr. Justice Harlan delivered the opinion
or the court. It reviewed at length the
history of the legislation, the views of
authorities, and the decisions pertinent
thereto, aud the conclusion is reached"that
such a law, although in. a limited degree
affecting Interstate commerce, is not for
that xeason a needless intrusion upon the
domain pf Federal jurisdiction, nor strictly
a regulation ol interstate commerce, but,
considered in its own nature, is an ordi
nary police regulation designed to secura
the well-being and to promote the gen
eral welfare of the people within the
State by which it was established, and
therefore, not invalid by force alone of
the Constitution of the United States."
ABilY OF BERRY-PICKEBS.
They Are Beginning- to Seek Their
The exodus of the strawberry-pickers
from the city to the rural districts has
begun, and before the present week ex
pires an army made up or about seven
thousand people will be earning a liveli
hood in the occupation on the farms of Anne
Arundel and contiguous counties.
During the past week groups of pickers
could be 6een wending their way to Broad
way ferry and other points along the wafer
front, where pungles were in waiting
to take them to their summer homes.
Other groups, destined for inland points,
were taken down in large wagonsand their
little trips, as is usual, were not without
incident. So far only about 500 persons
have been called to the farni3, but. as
necessity requires it, others are called,
and when the season is at its teight about
seven thousand persons men, women and
children earn their living by plucking
the delicious fruit.
The berry pickers are a miscellaneous
lot of people being composed of Po
hemians, Poles, Irish and Germans, but
the great majority is made up of Bo
hemians, who work more diligently and
more successfully, so far as the employers
The employment of the hand3 is usually
left to a foreman or forewoman, whoe
duty it is to see- that the required number
is on hand when called for. For this service
the foreman decs not always receive pay.
but his emoluments come as the season ad
vances, and he receives commissions on
nearly everything purchased by lite people.
The pickers live very primitively in loosely
constructed huts, with straw as their
bcddlug; unless they otherwise provide for
themselves. Modem stoves are not usually
to be found around these camps,, but, Iu-
stead, rudely arranged fireplaces are put
up, which are. adequate to meet their
gastronomical desires. Bcavy loaves of
rye bread are sent to them from the city,
which rangesin price from fifteen to twenty
five cents a loaf, and which w eighs about a
pound for every penny paid for It. "Whole
families live in one room. Meals are eaten
on crude beards set on pests, and erected
in the fields.
These features, however, show the un
pleasant side of a Lerryp'eker's Hfe- At
night there Is- often a dance given on the
green -fields, and in these young nd old
participate. There are always to be fouud
three or-four musicians in each party, and
they are only "too glad to te called into
service. The old yellow clarinet of one may
not have been ttfoted for a year, while the
concertina ofanothcris stiff from too much
DOWN IN A COLLISION
Fine Steamar Miller Sent to tha
Bottom of Baltimore Harbor.
Several ilen at Work Below HndNar
row Escapes from Drowning-
Baltimore. May IS. The Merchants' and
Miners' Line steamer Decatur H. M.Uer
was run down and sunk Soda y in the harbor.
Ofr the foot of East Falls avenue, by the
American steamship Bowdea.ef the Buck
man Fruit Company.
The Bowden was bound from PorS An
tonio. Jamaica, with a cargo of buaania
and theMiller was- m tow of. the tug Venus,
shifting from her pier at the foot of East
Falls avenue to Canton, to discharge about
300 tons of general cargo. She was n-t
under steam at the time of the collis.on
and was helpless, save for the tug-
A hole about eight feet long, by fojr
wide was knocked in the Milter's p- rt
side amidships and she sunk: in about ten
minutes. The Bowden had her bow plates"
stovein and sustained other damage, which,
however, it is believed will pr&ve slight
in comparison with that done the Miller
The stories of the officers of both
steamers vary aud each claims that the
other was at fault.
Aa soon as the Bowden struck tfce Miller
the latter steamer lurched heavily to
starboard and a huge ragged hole showed
itself as she rolled away from the sharp
bow of the little steamer. She began ta
fill rapidly and the tug hurried her along
side the pier.
Efforts were made to keep her afloat by
stuffiug the ragged ho.'e in her stde with
mattresses, but they were of no avail,
aud she slowly settled until she rested on
the bottom of the harbor in tweaty-f ar
feet of water, with her upper deck just
above the water. The holds, engmert-on.,
saloon, and staterooms were flooded.
A number of men who were at work
below came near drowning. There wcro
several of the eugineers and oilers in the
engine-room, shaft alley, and crank pita
at the time, who scrambled up the ladders
Just in time to save their livps, when the
torrent of water poured in upon them.
Frank Balin, one of the seamen, was
knocked overboard by the shock of the col
lision and struck a wooden fender which
was also thrown into the water. Be was
painfully injured and a rope was thrown
to him-and he was hauled aboard aadafter
ward sent to the city hospital.
The sinking of the Miller Is somewLat
similar to that of the North German Lloyd
steamer El he by theBrittsbtnimpstcamship
Crathle in the North Sea last year, wheu
over 400 souls, were lost. Both steamships
were vastly larger than those which sunk
thcin.both werestruckin the weakstp.irt,
both had water tight compartments wrtch,
failed to save them, and both sank m a
very few minutes after being- struck.
The Bowden was formerly the Bri'isli
steamship Marrnionand was built.at Bowl
ine, Scotland. In 1886.
The Decatur H. Miller was ene f the
fifioct- efonntnrs nf thi linf Tile Mitlpr
, Is nearly five time as large as the Bowden
I nnd has been sunk once before m col
lision. About ten years ago the "William
Lawrence of the same line ran her down
orf Sandu Point and she sank in a few min
utes. She wa3 afterward raised.
The work -f raising the sunken steamer
will begin at once.
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