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Should peruse the
third patre of
All having Houses
to Bent can 6ecure
tenants by advpr
tisicg in THE DISPATCH.
THE SCttE! SOIL
Defended by the Legal Gentle
men Who Guard the Wid
SHE WILL SELL HER LOTS,
Bat is Kot Hunting Purchasers With
a Bass Drum.
HER ANCESTRY AND GREAT WEALTH
She is a Citizen, but Robinson' BUI Would
Hart Her Children Lw for tfao Wild
West Not Law for the Slannlaetnrlng
Enst More Fun Over the Fine Wit,
Humor nnd Spread Englelsm in tbe
House Tbe Foont of Fow's Oratory
Laid Bare Street Bill Amendments
Trul, Cigarette and G. A. R. Badges
Famish material for New Laws.
Mrs. Schenley was defended by her law
yers and agents yesterday. They argued
against Mr. Kobinson's bill before tbe Ju
diciary General Committee. It seems that
Mrs. Schenley -will sell some of her Pitts
burg property, but she is not hunting pur
chasers. She is also an American citizen,
but her children would suffer if the bill be
came a law. Some light was thrown on her
ancestry and wealth by Mr. Carnahan.
The lady's estate is rained at $12,000,000 to
?14,000,000. The school flag bill furnished
much fun in the House last night. The
speeches were witty and personal, some
hard raps being given and taken. It passed
rrrOM A STAFF COBKESrOXDEVT -j
Habeisbubg, February 12. The House
Committee in Judiciary General was given
some facts to-day concerning the Schenley
estate and the wrong that might be done to
its present possessors by the passage of Mr.
Kobinson's bill to prevent the acquisition
or holding of land by aliens. The speak
ers, in the order named, were George Shiras,
Jr., E. D. Carnahan and D. T. "Watson.
Mr. Shiras briefly sketched to the commit
tee the tendency of the, laws of Pennsyl
vania, since the passage of the act of 1791,
giving and confirming to aliens the same
right to possess and transmit property as is
enjoyed by citizens. There have been re
strictions of the right of purchase since
then, but the right to transmit property had
not been interfered with. That the bill un
der consideration did just that thing was,
in Mr. Shiras' opinion, its most objection
able feature. t -
OoRbt to Invite Foreign Capital.
We have had treaties since 1794 with
Great Britain and other countries granting
the citizens of one country the same prop
erty rights in the other as possessed by its
own citizens. These treaties no longer
exist, but point out a line of public policy
always held by this State as a part of the
nation. As a treaty is supreme, the re
newal of such a treaty at any time would
necessarily override the proposed bill if it
became a law. Mr. Shiias thought the
bill was evidently taken from the laws of
some Western State, where there was danger
of large blocks of land being bought up and
held. There such a law might be right, but
in Pennsylvania things were different, and
the State ought rather to invite foreign
capital. "Where the treasure is there is the
heart, and a very desirable class of citizens
is likely to follow in the wake of invest
ment In conclusion he said the law would
not affect enough property to make it a
matter worthy of public concern.
The Sclienlejs Defended.
Mr. Shiras has made no direct reference
to the Schenley estate, hut Mr. Carnahan,
who followed him, devoted himself entirely
to it and its possessor. The Schenley estate,
he said, would be the only one he knew of
in Pittsburg affected by it Mrs. Schen
ley, he said, was not an alien, but an Amer
ican who had lived in London for the past
25 years. She was a granddaughter of
James O'Hara, who was Quartermaster
General in the United States, and a friend
of "Washington. Mr. Carnahan dwelt on
General O'Hara's services to the country,
and the esteem in which he was held by the
great men of his time. Mr. Carnahan had
an original letter from Alexander Hamilton
showing the estimation in which he held
General O'Hara, and there were many other
such relics in the possession of various mem
bers of the family. Excellent a man, how
ever, as Mr. O'Hara -was, he left a will that
caused a great deal of trouble. The estate
was left to trustees absolutely, and the heirs
had no more to say concerning the matter
than if they had no interest in the property
whatever. The trustees made no convey-
Mw. Schenley Will Sell.
Growing out of this situation were legal
doubts and complications that clouded the
title to the estate until after the death of
Captain Schenley, in 1878. Mr. Carnahan
took legal proceedings that led to a decision
by the Court of Common Pleas Kb. 2 of
Allegheny county that Mrs. Schenley was
the owner of the property in fee simple, and
ordered the surving trnsfecs to convey title
to her. It had been declared Mrs. Schen
ley would not sell property. TJp to that
time she could not, though the had at dif-'
fercut times desired to. Since then she had
disposed of perhaps $150,000 worth, and was
willing to dispose of more, though she was
not advertising it for sale Mr. Carnahan
told of Mrs. Schenley's payment of $59,000
Penn-avenue improvement taxes, though
not legally bound to pay a cent He said
the property was not worth S20,000,000, as
stated by the papers, but was probably
worth from $12,000,000 to 814,000,009.
Some reference being made to the framer
of the bill in connection with Mrs. Schlen-
ley's generous act in the Penn avenue mat
ter, Mr. Bobinson explained that the meas
ure was introduced by him at the request of
constituents. It was a copy of an Illinois
law, and he thought if it was a good Jaw
there it ought to be the same here.
Her Children the Snflcrcrs.
Mr. Watson made the closing speech.
The other gentlemeu had confined them
selves principally to a statement of facts.
Mr. Watson was argumentative, and
gathered inspiration from two shining silver
dollars which he constantly rubbed together
during his eloquent remarks. The principal
points made by him were that Mrs. Schen
ley, under a decision of the Supreme Court
of the United States, is an American; but
her children are aliens, being the children
of an English father and born in England.
Consequently, while Mrs. Schenley can hold
her property for life under the provisions of
the bill, her children cannot inherit from
her, for while it Is provided in the bill that
the alien heirs of an alien may inherit prop
erty and have three years in which to dis
pose of it, there is no provision giving an
alien this right to inherit from an Ameri
can citizen. Mr. Watson wanted to know
what reason there might be to punish Mrs.
Schenley thus through her children. Mr.
Bobinson replied that he had expected a
gentleman here to let in light on that sub
ject, but was disappointed. The advocates
of the bill will be heard later.
ITO OYER THE FLAG.
Tho School Banner Bill Passes Third Read
ingSpread Eagleism, Wit and Per
sonalities Fow's Second
tntOM A STAFF COMlESPOSDrST.l
Haekisbukg, February 12. The gleam
ing electric lights of the House of Repre
sentatives to-night shone on the faces of the
largest and most expectant throng that has
this session crowded the galleries and over
flowed the space reserved for the members..
At 1:30 P. 21 the House took a recess until 8
o'clock, with Captain Hartford P. Brown's
star-spangled banner bill pending. 'Choice
oratory was expected to be expended
on it, and choice oratory, light
and airy touches of wit and hu
mor, solid chunks of fun and some good
hard sense were dealt out to an appreciative
Captain Brown started the ball rolling by
proposing amendments providing that the
flag should only be displayed from school
houses in fair weather, and that where
school boards want to have it that way the
flag may be conspicuously displayed inside
the building instead of outside. Another
amendment provided that nothing in the
act should be construed to prevent the ac
ceptance by schools of the donation of flags.
Called it Cheap Patriotism.
Nearly all the speeches had been pre-
Sared regardless of amendments, and were
elivered the someway. The item ot ex
pense seemed to have most terrors for all
the speakers against the measure, and they
were all who spoke but Captain Brown
himself. His opponents on the Demo
cratic side were Messrs. Hindenach, of
Bucks; Skinner, of Fulton, and Fow, ot
Philadelphia. On the Republican side
Messrs. Lytle, of Huntingdon, and Evans,
of Bedford, opposed the measure. Mr.
Hindenach's main purpose was to reply
to Captain Browns speech on second
reading, in which he referred to Mr.
Hindenach as the gentleman from the
slums of Bucks, and paid him other equally
polite attentions. Mr. Hindenach said he
couldn't reply in kind, as Providence had
not endowed him with the weapon with
which Samson did so much execution among
the Philistines. Mr. Skinner rejoiced in
his first opportunity to participate in the
exhibition of fireworks that surrounded the
bill, and proceeded to make a calm speech
against it as an attempt to cheapen patriot
ism. He and Mr. Hindenach deprecated
the attempt to drag religion, sectionalism
and party into the debate.
. Funny Pictures Drawn.
Mr. Lytle, over on the Republican side,
referred to the patriotism that fought for tbe
flaz now, and the patriotism that fought for
it 25 years ago. He thought the former kind
of patriotism on a level with the sentiment
that turned the flag of bis country into a
pocket handkerchief for the members of his
party to patriotically blow their noses in
during the last campaign. Sir. Lytic then
pictured the schoolmaster, the most cultured
and intellectual man of his district, astraddle
of the schoolhouse roof at 8.45 a.
m., fastening the flagstaff to
the chimney, and brought down
the House by suddenly substituting the
school mistress in the same position, forget
ful that a gallant school board would take
into consideration the teacher's sex and
Captain Brown's amendment to permit the
flag to be displayed inside the school. Mr.
Lytle concluded that the whole thing was
gush and sentiment, and until all children
were well fed and clothed and provided
with books to go to school the House ought
to put its feet on the bill, and the bigger
the feet the better.
Fow's Stolen Thunder.
Mr. Fow, of Philadelphia, who has been
loading his intellect for three weeks in pre
paration for this occasion, delivered a bril
liant speech, which Captain Brown a little
later informed the House was written by ex
Representative Jack Robinson, of Delaware.
Mr Fow regretted that he hadn't presented
his head when Mr. Brown wanted to hit it
on second reading, and thus won the im
perishable fame that would necessarily
thunder down the ages with Captain Brown's
panegyric on the flag. Mr. Fow didn't
want nonsensical laws to emanate from a
lodge room, and in justification of his party
against Captain Brown's attack of three
weeks ago had all the Democratic com
manders of Federal troops in the late war
pass in heroic review before the Legislature
clad in their deeds of valor and patriotism.
It was a great occasion for Mr. Fow and the
Democrats, and they made the most of it
Captain Brown closed the debate in a
speech, calm, dignified, nnimpassioned and
polished. He had not, he declared, said
that no Democrats fought for the flag, but
that no Republican had raised his hand
against it. He had not attacked the Church
of Rome, but had contrasted the liberal pol
icy of its votaries toward their schools with
the niggardliness of the generals who nere
here counting the commercial value of pa
triotism. He stood as the representative of
his friends and neighbors a mark for attack
of the enemies of the flag, and was prepared
to so stand.
When the vote was taken the choruses of
ayes and noes were very similar in volume.
The Speaker remarked expectantly: "The
ayes appear to have it," and paused. Then
he decided "the ayes have it," and the bill
has passed third reading. Mr. Skinner at
this point wanted to call the ayes and noes,
but the Speaker ruled that he must wait till
the bill was put on final passage.
Pittsburg nnd FuilndelphlaFcoplo to Oppose
the Tax on Manufacturing Corporations.
rFBOM A STAFF CORRESPONDENT.
Habbisbtjrg, February 12. The Ways
and Means Committee of the House will
give a hearing a week from Thursday to
manufacturers who wish to oppose the tax
in manufacturing corporations. B. F.
Jones and John W. Chalfant will appear in
person and by attorney. . Others from Pitts
burg will probably appear, and the follow
ing Philadelphians have notified the com
mittee they desire to be heard: Charles H.
Cramp, the shipbuilder; William Sellers,
car wheel manufacturer; Thomas Bromley,
carpet manufacturer, and John Wharton
and Cyrus Elder, textile manufacturers.
Bad News From the Capital.
trilOK A STAFF COEEESPONBEXT.
Haekisbukg, February 12. President
Pro Tern Grady, of the Senate, said to-night
that tbe Legislature wonld probably stay
with Harrisburg until June. President
Grady didn't seem to eniovthis Drosnec.
but can stand it if the rest can.
STREET BILL AMENDMENTS.
Controller Morrow Furnishes Pointers to
the Corporations Commute.
rritOM A STAFF COttKESr-OVDEXT.I
Hakbisbukg, February 12. Controller
E. S. Morrow arrived to-day from Pittsburg
and went before fife Municipal Corporations
Committee of the House with amendments
to the street bill, which was recommitted to
permit the Controller to bring his ripe ex
perience to bear upon it The amendments
provide that before any street is opened or
property taken for street purposes, the dam
ages shall be first ascertained and paid. N o
person shall recover damages for buildings
on any streets located by Councils, but if
the street is not opened within six months
may take the necessary steps to have it va
cated. A house that stands out on a newly
opened street, if the owner elects, may proejet
tbus until rent for use on that much of the
street wipes out the damages he is en
titled to. .
Petitions for improvements are restricted
to the rural parts of the city. In all cases
where damages to a property in grading and
pavfng exceed the benefits the ex; ess shall
be added to the cost of the work and as
sessed on property benefited. Councils may
construct bridges where necessary, charging
tbe expense -as part of the cost of con
struction. The engineering costs shall also
be charged against the improvement
Councils may build board walks on any un
improved street, and charge tbe amount to
the property benefited, Where property
owners refuse to pay, the city shall collect
as any other lien, instead of suing in the
name of a contractor.
A petition of one-half tbe property owners
ib necessary to the vacation of an open
street A piece of property not large
enough for building purposes left between a
street and adjoining -property shall be ex
amined and transferred to one or the other
by viewers, who shall also fix the financial
part of it Sci fas on street liens every five
years are provided for.
HIGBEE FEELS BADLY
Over tho Report That the Syndicate Orphan
Schools Are to be Closed.
fFEOM A STAFF CORRESPONDENT.!
Habkisbtjeg, February 12. Superin
tendent Higbce will visit McAlisterville
to-morrow, for the purpose of investigating
the curious epidemic at that school. " He
says there is probably little need of his
visit, but he desires to personally look into
affairs there for himself. "The doctors," he
said, "have not yet found the cause of the
trouble, though they give a general name
to the disease. Until they discover the
cause we can do little. We are waiting on
the physicians, and when thev tell ns what
to ao we will do it at once. We will act on
their advice. Inspector Greer telegraphs
that there are but two new cases at school,
but did not say anything about the old
"I hear, doctor," said the correspondent,
"that the special Grand Army Committee
of the House intends to recommend that the
syndicate schools of the McAlisterville, Mt.
Joy and Mercer, and perhaps also Chester
Springs, be disbanded and the children dis
tributed among the other schools."
"I am sorry to hear that" said the doctor.
"These are perhaps the best of the schools.
As to General Wagner's action, I suppose
he feels very unkindly toward me, as the
result of the sharp correspondence we had."
Members of the Special Soldiers Orphans'
Committee of the House who are not at Erie
are responsible for the statement that the
syndicate schools will be closed. One mem
ber said a plan that has met with much
favor is one to put the soldiers orphans'
schools nnder the management of a commis
sion appointed jointly by the Governor, the
President of the. Senate and the Speaker of
AGAINST TRUSTS AND CIGARETTES.
Several Important Bills Introduced G. A.
R. Badges to be Legalized.
SPECIAL TELEGRAM TO THE DISPATCn.l
Hakeisbukg, February 12. In the
House to-day the Military Committee re
ported favorably the bill of Jones, of Alle
gheny, providing for a quartermaster. The
following bills were introduced:
Lafferty Providing for tbe attachment of 8
per cent of weekly wages for debts contracted
for tbe necessaries of life.
Kratz To prevent trusts or combination to
affect tbe price of commodities or tending to
Fow Similar bill copied from the proposed
Thompson To prohibit tho sale or gift of
cigarettes to anyone under 16 years of age.
Shiras To allow druggists to sell articles on
Sunday that are not classified as necessities,
amending the act of 1791
Bravo For the erection of a soldiers' monu
ment at Beaver.
The following bills were passed finally:
Requiring persons claiming interest or title
to real estate who are not in possession to
bring action of ejectment within 90 days after
notice is served on them.
Making statements filed in insurance depart
Prohibiting under penalty persons not mem
bers of the Grand Army to wear tbe insignia of
Insurance Commissioner Forster's bill to re
quire foreign insurance companies to file cer
tificates only in the Department of Insurance,
andnotinthe office of the Secretary of Com
monwealth, was defeated.
The Appropriations Committee Cut Out the
Cash Needed for New Bulldinss.
rFKOM A STAFF COBEESPOXDEVT. 3
Habkisbtjeg, February 12. The Ap
propriations Committee gives $207,500 to
the training school for feeble-minded chil
dren at Elwyn, Delaware county, and
571,000 to the Morganza school, denying the
latter the money asked for new buildings.
From 1876 to 1887 the Lutheran Home, in
Perry county, received only S115 for the
support ot each soldier's orphan, against
150 paid to Other schools and now paid to
the Home, which asks to be reimbursed the
difference between the two sums, amount
ing in the aggregate to 521,000.
Delinquent Tax Collector Ford, of Pitts
burg, appeared to-day before the Insurance
Committee against Representative Krep's
bill to restrict mutual benefit insurance
companies to payment of $300 on deaths.
The secret orders are all against the meas
ure. Henry George's mission.
FBOM A STAFF COBBJtSPOXDEXT.
Haeeisbuko, February 12. Henry
George will appear before the General Ju
diciary Committee of the House to-morrow
afternoon to advocate the Australian system
of voting. He will make a public address
in the hall of the House of Bepresentatives
in the evening.
SATED HIS WIFE'S LIFE.
Ball Player N niton Has the Most Exciting
Experience of His Career.
rSPECIAL TELEGUAM TO TOT DISPATCII.1
Cincinnati, February 12. George Nul
ton, who played third base for the Chicago
Maroons last season carries one hand in
flannels to day. Last night he had the most
exciting experience of his life, and his
presence of mind aided him in saving his
wife from a horrible death. Just when they
were ready to retire Mrs. Nulton, who was
gowned, stood before the grate fire, and, as
she turned, her garment swept into the fire.
In an instant she was ablaze.
A cry of agony and alarm startled Nul
ton, and without an instant's hesitation he
tore the flaming robe dc nuit from tbe shoul
ders of his frightened better half, burning
his own hands and arms as he did so. She
suffered slight injuries, her limbs being
blistered and her hair singed as the blazing
gown was Jerked over her Head.
fitaoft Ii$ratrt) .
LE CARON DISSECTED.
Paid Informer Completes
MarTelous Tale Before the
PARNELL LNQDIRT ' COMMISSION.
Damaging Admissions Brought Oat On
AN IMPORTANT LETTER FROM DET0I
Showing That ParaeH Was Not In Accord With the
Dynamite Element. "
The examination of Le Caron before the
ParaeH Commission was concluded yester
day. The result of the day's testimony is
favorable to the Parnell case. The informer
admitted that he had attempted to open
sealed letters intrusted tp his care. The
witness exhibits two photographs with the
signature of the Irish leader.
(TIT CABLE TO THE DISPATCH. 1
London; February 12. In the cross-examination
by Sir Charier Russell to-day,
Informer L'e Caron made further admis
sions tending to emphasize and strengthen
the Parnellite contention that, from the
foundation of the Land League, the forces
of Fenianism and Constitutionalism were
arrayed against each other, and that the
leaders had nothing in common, except per
haps their love of country. Michael Davitt
contemptuously declined to cross-examine
the witness, and as tbe other counsel for
what may be termed the defense, were
amply contentwith the advantages obtained
by Mr. Russell, they allowed the witness to
depart after putting a few unimportant
Le Caron preserved his impudence to the
last, and before leaving the box made a
patronizing little speech, thanking the
Court and every one concerned in the case
for the courtesy shown him. In the course
of his testimony the witness said he deliv
ered sealed packets from Messrs. Devoy and
O'Leary to Mr. Egan, in Paris, in 1881, and
acknowledged that the security of the seals
alone prevented him from opening the pack
ets. The Government paid witness 2,000
between February, 1868, and August, 1870.
BOUGH ON JONES.
Le Caron said that Senator Jones was con
sidered a "Carpetbag" Senator. He had
nbt heard of any crime being attributed to
Mr. Jones. Witness attended the open and
secret caucuses of the Chicago convention 'in
1881. Messrs. Sheeby, Healy and T. P.
O'Connor were not present at the secret
meetings. Le Caron here produced a
photograph of Mr. Parnell. He taid that
he had received two of these photographs,
one of which was mailed to him in care of
Mr. Brennan at the League headquarters,
Dublin. The envelope in which this
photograph was inclosed was stamped with
the Honse of Commons stamp.
Mr- Parnell signed one of the photo
graphs: "Yours, very truly, C. S. Parnell."
This was done in witness' presence. The
other photograph was similarly signed. Le
Caron was unable to Swear whether the pho
tograph produced was Mr. Parnell's gift or
the one that was sent to' him by mail.
Egan gave him his photograph, which was
signed "Best regards," in Paris in 188L
Egan also gave him a photograph of a lead
ing member of the Leagne, which 'was
similarjtsjgued. -He saw Egan wrtteThe""
words mentioned on both photographs.
Boynton sent Egan two photographs with a
note saying: "Please give these to our
friend to take to America."
Le Caron said that the contention of 1881
unanimouslv agreed to carry on a secret
warfare. The V. C. comprised the dyna
mite party, apart from the O'Donovan
Rossa party. The secret organization was
first conceived in 1869. The V. C. dated
from 1872. Rossa was expelled from the
organization for insubordination. He
wanted to rule or ruin. The connection be
tween the Supreme Council and the V. C.
was ruptured at the Boston convention in
1884, each organization claiming to be the
Mr. Parnell requested witness to write to
Devoy, Sullivan, Hines and Carroll. Since
his examination-in-chief witness had re
ceived from America oneof Devoy'soriginal
letters. It was dated "Office of James
Reynolds, No. 41 Orange street, New
Haven, June 24,1881." Mr. Asquitb, of
counsel for Mr. Parnell, objected to the in
troduction of the letter. Attorney General
"Webster explained that the letter showed
what passed between Devoy and Le Caron,
concerning what Mr. Parnell had instructed
Le Carou to do. The letter was admitted as
evidence. It read:
Dear Friend I am sorry I was obliged to
go to New York on Saturnay. I did not receive
your letter until I returned last night. I thank
jou for your information and for tbe interest
you take in a matter affecting us all so closely.
I have not yet heara from H. (meaning Hines).
I received yesterday a short note from E.
(meaning Kgan), strongly urging me to come
over, but cannot understand why until I get
your explanation. I should like to come if I
could spare tbe time and if my visit wonld pro
duce the effect anticipated, but I fear it would
PAIiNELL Tf AS HOSTILE.
I could not speak for anybody. No man
could speak for the V. C. without authority,
which it would take some time to get. None
of us can guarantee anything for those on the
other side who are hostile, but who, I feel cer
tain, do not represent tho opinion of the home
organization. There can be do chance there
until there is a change of persons, which is sure
to come in time. All I could do would be to
tell E. and P. ("P." meaning Parnell) on my
own responsibility wuai win saiisiy our irienas
and make proposals. I might feel morally
certain that theywoula ua approved, but 1
would on no account have them pay my ex
penses, which would place me In a false posi
tion. I have asked our friends'- advice here as to
whether they think it the right thing to do.
They will consider the matter.but I don't think
now that I shall be so advised. They (Parnell
and his friends) seem to misunderstand the
dissatisfaction here. It is caused not by their
action in Ireland, but by the action they allow
their frionds to take here in their name. Opin
ions differ little on essential points, but wo
cannot tolerate the kind of thing begun in
Buffalo. I will write again.
Yours, John Devot.
Le Caron said "the kind of thing begun
in Buffalo" related to the action of Mr.
Parnell's friends in attempting at the open
convention to depose,disorganize and disrupt
the revolutionary organization. No refer
ence was intended to the protests made at
Buffalo agaiust violence and crime.
A WILLING WITNESS.
Ehe witness identified the alleged speech
by Mr. Parnell referring to the latter's de
termination to "sever the last link binding
Ireland and England." He also testified
that on the occasion of Alexander Sullivan's1
trial for murder Sheriff Agnew. who was a
member of the secret organization, selected
and "fined" the jury. Sullivan was acquit-i
ted on the ground that he shot the man
killed for affronting his wife, and that it
was a case of justifiable homicide. This
ended the examination of the witness.
Upon leaving the stand Le Caron said he
wished to apologize if he had been imperti
nent. He did not know the rules of the
court. He thanked all for the courtesy thai
had been shown him, saluting 'the bench
and bar, and left the court room. The;
court then adjourned.
Mr. Harris, M. P., denies the truth of the.
evidence concerning him given before thd
.fam ell commission.
Patrick Casey, wKo is now in'Paris, says
he is prepared to come forward as an incfel
pendent witness and testify before the Par
nell Commission. He says that he knows
(better than any other man everything. conJ
necieu wun me matter.
FEBRUARY 13, 1889.
THE JPENNSY'S PLAN
Por Developing New Coal Fields Important
Maneuvers la Jeflerson and Clear-
Acid Vice President Mor-
1 ton Interested.
ISrzciAL TZLXGBAU TO TBS DI8PATCR.1
Philadelphia, February 12. The in
tended purchase of the Bell's Gap Railroad
Company and its leased line, the Jefferson
and Clearfield, by the Pennsylvania, which
was announced yesterday, is said to be but
the first step toward the developing of new
coal fields in the western part of the State.
The Pennsylvania has consistently kept aloof
from mining projects, and there is no cer
tainty that it will now enrage in such work:
but at all eyenta it is preparing to profit by
securing control of the tonnage.
The Cresson, Clearfield County and New
York Short Line, 27 miles long, extending
from Cresson to a connection with the Bell's
Gap at Irvona, was purchased six months
ago in the interest of the Pennsylvania.
This was the first step. Allied to this was
the Cresson and Clearfield Coal Company.
A wealthy syndicate is said to have taken
charge of these coal lands, and also to have
purchased the Sterling collierv. Alto
gether it is estimated that upward 'of 60,000
acres of coal lands are controlled, and
prominent among those who are said to be
interested are Vice President-elect Morton
and Governor Beaver.
To secure the tonnage for this big field
the Pennsvlvania will have to secure con
trol of the "Bell's Gap. It is said the alter
native has been given to the Ball's Gap
stockholders either to sell or have their road
paralleled. There is little doubt that they
will sell. In fact it is said the deal is prac
HARD TO TELL THE END.
Kcnna's Chances Dally Growing Less and
GofTNot Gaining Much.
ISPECIAI. TELEGRAM TO THE DISPATCn.l
Charleston, February 12. Two more
desertions were made from the Kenna ranks
to-day, Senator Arbuckle and Delegate
Lydenstricker. Kenna received 33 votes
against 37 for Goff, and 9 scattering, 6 of
which were Democratic votes and the re
maining 3 the Union Labor members. The
Union Labor men are reported to have held
a very harmonious caucus this evening,
at which they decided to vote for Wirt B.
Neal tbe remainder of the week.
The probability is that the session will
close without any election, and as it is gen
erally believed that Goff will qualify as
Govejnor, it is quite probable that-on the
4th of March two appointments as Senator
will be made, one by Governor "Wilson and
one by Goff. The Senate, being Republican,
will probably recognize Golf's appointee,
which will be a quasi recognition of him a
Governor, and it will be difficult to predict
where the complication will end.
To-day the Senate passed the House reso
lution requesting Congress to pension all
Union soldiers who were confined in
Southern prisons during the late war, and a
resolution was introduced to the effect that
the State is willing to pay equitable pro
portion of the debt of Virginia if anything
shall be found due from "West Virginia.
Another resolution to the effect that the
Legislature should consider the question
and should receive no proposition in regard
to the certificates was offered by Senator
Morris, and both resolutions lie over for one
day, under the rules.
A SCENE AT THE HOUSE OF DEATH.
The Procession Delayed Until a Scab Cab Is
! -r-Uto-..!-.- - tr nil T - - ,.
New YobK, February 12. A member of
the Brooklyn Can Drivers' Union, in an
effort to push a boycott against an obnox
ious employer, stopped a funeral procession
at the house of death for half an honr on
last Saturday. Undertaker Thomas J. Mc
Cann, of 922 DeKalb avenue, Brooklyn,
was in charge of the funend. He said to
night: "It was the funeral of Mrs. Fahlbusch,
wife of saloon keeper Charles Fahlbusch,
at Ryerson street and Flushing avenue.
The mourners had got into their coaches,
when a big, burly man, who had
left his coach in the line, said: "I'll
give you just 25 minutes to get that scab
coach out of line. I looked at the man with
astonishment He walked up the sidewalk
and said: 'You can't start this procession
with that scab driver in the line. You had
better get him out.' "
The drivers refused to obey their em
ployer, and the procession was delayed un
til the obnoxious carriage was driven from
the line. It belonged to a man who had
discharged drivers for joining the union.
A MAN UNDER 'HER BED.
Flora DIcKInney Finds Him
Looking Nightly for Years.
SPECIAL TZXEGBAX TO TUX DISPATCH.
Pittsfield, III., February 12. When
Miss Flora McKinney, the pretty 17-year-old
daughter of a well-to-do citizen, retired
to her room last nighty she looked under the
bed, according to her nightly custom. The
man was there. He was a big, ugly tramp,
and he seized the young lady by the throat
and tried to choke her into unconsciousness.
Miss McKinney fought the intruder desper
ately, and finally broke away from him long
enough to scream for assistance.
The tramp jumped through an onen win
dow to the ground and made for a piece of
woods a few rods distant, where he is sup
posed to be biding. A posse of citizens has
been searching the woods of Adams and
Brown counties for him all day, and if he
is caught he will undoubtedly be lynched.
It is supposed that the fugitive committed
three burglaries before he hid under Miss
FREIGHT RATES AND MELONS;
How tfao Supply of tbe Latter is Going to
Depend on tho Former.
SPECIAL TELEGRAM TO THE DISPATCH.
Charleston, 8. C, February 12. The
South Carolina Watermelon Alliance had a
meeting in Blackville to-day. Five thou
sand acres of land were represented. The
alliance adopted an agreement pledging its
members to regulate tljeir acreage according
to the freight concessions they could obtain.
A committee was appointed to confer with
the railroad officials between here and New
York, Philadelphia, Chicago and Baltimore
to report to an adjourned meeting.
If favorable rates are obtained it is prob
able that over 8,000 acres will be planted in
melons in this State. Otherwise the mem
bers are pledged to cut down their melon
STRICKEN BY SMALLPOX.
Peril of a Family Which Sheltered an Af
Minneapolis, February 12. Yesterday
the 4-year-old daughter of Ole Swenson, the
proprietor of the Thirteenth Avenue Hotel,
was taken down with smallpox, and in the
afternoon the entire family, consisting of
father, mother and two children, were re
moved to the quarantine hospital. This
was the family that sheltered the woman
Johnson, who was sent to the quarantine
hospital some two weeks ago.
The hotel was quarantined and all the
necessary precautions taken, but one of the
children Showed unmistakable evidence of
the disease yesterday. As no one has beerr
exposed in this oase there is no fear of
spread.of the disease. Reports from the
hospital this evening are very encouraging.
NEW STARS ARISING
In the Firmament Above the Worked-to-Death
JOHN C. NEW DAILY MORE SOLIB.
His Opponents in Huston's Ranks Slowly
Accepting the Inevitable.
PLATT THOUGHT TO BE PLAIED OUT.
Ohio's Eajer Desire to Get Something- CansesyTallc of
It is now said that after the result of the
election is declared by Congress, which will
be to-day, General Harrison wilKbe ready to
announce nearly all the members of his Cabi
net as they accept. Only Blaine has accept
ed so far, the same authority has it. Next
in this budget of gossip is the story that
John C. New will probably be Secretary of
the Treasury. Huston's triend3 are with
drawing their opposition to New. One of
the straws that show which way the Cabinet
wind is blowing.
rSFZCIAX. TKLSGBAM TO THZ DISFATCH.l
iNDiASAPOLis, February 12. After the
counting of the vote to-morrow by Congress
and the formal declaration that Benjamin
Harrison, of Indiana, has been elected Pres
ident of the United States for four years
from the 4th of March next, there will be a
lot of interesting and important Cabinet
news flying about the country in sealed en
velopes. "When all those envelopes have
been opened, contents noted and answers re
turned, the biggest part of General Harri
son's job of Cabinet making will be done.
Four days ago General Harrison said that
up to that time but one appointment had
been made beyond recall, and intimated that
was the only one that would get 'beyond re
call until after the official declaration of the
result of the election. Then, he hinted,
Cabinet news that was news might begin to
leak out. Of course the one appointment
settled beyond recall was that of Blaine. As
to most of the other places some sort of ten
ders have undoubtedly been made, but have
been conditional, and the matter remains
open. Some of the portfolios have not yet
been offered at all, even conditionally.
NEW'S CHASCES BETTER DAILY.
The Cabinet will probably not be com
pleted until after General Harrison reaches
Washington, although the disposition of
the more important places is likely to be
settled within a week, and a good deal as to
the rest of the Cabinet involved in the plac
ing of the Treasury portfolio. The evidence
that this is to go to John C. New accumu
lates daily. The only other Western man
now seriously mentioned for the place is
Foster, of Ohio, and there seems to be no
basis for the talk of him except the chronic
desire of Ohio to get something.
The theory that one object of Piatt's visit
to Washington was to arrange terms of
peace between New and Blaine obtains
much favor here, while it is believed that
Piatt himself will get nothing but the nam
ing of the Collector of the Port and the as
surances of the administration's most dis-i
tingnished congratulation. Miller for the
DepartmehrpfyAgricalture and Evarts for
Attorney General is still the favorite ticket
here, though nobody can find any reason
but the innate probabilities of the thing for
believing that such a settlement has been
HUSTON'S PRIE2JD3 HEDGING.
A significant fact in regard to New is
that Chairman Huston and his friends have
given up the tight against him, and are
hurrying to cover as rapidly as possible.
Something they have heard to-day seems to
have worked a change in their hearts, and
the mouths that have blown bitterest against
New to-night breathe honied praise of his
distinguished abilities as a politician and'a
statesman. Thev still insist that New is
not going to be Secretary of the Treasury,
but they freely admit that he is going to
have the biggest end of the administration
pull in Indiana, and that for tbe next four
vears Chairman Huston will be only vice
boss of the Hoosier Republicans.
Chairman Huston isn't to be wholly
without consolation in outer darkness, how
ever, for some of his friends have chipped
in for some silverware which is 'going to be
presented to him as an evidence of the
party's appreciation of his success in carry
ing the State for Harrison. Beside this, it
is evident that the bosssbip of New has
been effected upon a peace basis.
THINGS ALL TIXED DP.
Chairman Huston must have been satis
factorily looked after in the deal, or he and
his followers wouldn't be buzzing around
the hotels to-night as chipper as so many
English sparrows, telling what a truly good
man John C. New is.
The people who are putting down Foster
for the Treasury Department give the Post-
omce Department to .New, and say that his
elegant qualifications as a politician make
that the place for him. Many of New's
friends reverse the thing and make Foster
Postmaster General. The Interior Depart
ment, it is now thought, will go to Swift, of
California. It is said that Estee, the o'ther
Pacific coast aspirant, has already been in
formed that his personal idiosyncrasies
make it impossible lor General Harrison to
take him into the Cabinet.
Talk about the War and Navy Depart
ment is still at random since Alger was
formally knocked out, but there is renewed
mention of ex-Governor Proctor's name for
ode of the places, in spite of the fact that
New England already has Blaine.
A NEW STAB HAS RISEN.
A new star has been discovered in the
constellation of Cabinet possibilities in the
person of General Noble, of St. Louis, one
of the leading attorneys of that city. His
name is being coupled with the office of At
torney General, as tbe representative of the
Southern or border States. General Noble,
although not in tbe enjoyment of a nation
al xeputation as a lawyer, is well
known to President-elect Harrison. He
graduated at Oxford College, Ohio,
the year before General "Harrison
finished his scholastic course, and the
friendship formed in college days has re
mained intact to this date. What particu
larly recommends and renders possible, if
not probable, the selection of General No
ble is the fact that he is not identified with
any party faction in his State. It is said
that the withdrawal of Hon. John B. Hen
derson's name from the list of Cabinet pos
sibilities was necessitated largely upon
General Harrison had perhaps as many
as 300 callers this afternoon, chiefly dele
gates in attendance at the third annual
meeting of the Lincoln Leagne of Indiana.
ALGER BUYS A MINE!
A Fine Producer of Iron Sold to the Gen
eral 'for SSOO.OOO.
, (SPECIAL TM.IOIUM TO THI DISPATCn.l
Marquette, Mich., February 12. To
day General Alger bought the Pittsburg
and Lake Superior Company's iron mine
for 800,000, including fee to 1,800 acres of
iron lands. The mine has been a continuous
producer since 1871, shipping 6,321 tons of
ore last year. Its total production is nearly
500,000 tons of ore.
, The deal was consummated through John
Q. Adams, of Degannee,
No Warnings Able to Keep Women From
Attending the Church Divorce
'Trial Strong Testimony
Against the Colonel.
rSPXCIAL TILEOBAM TO THI DISrATCS.l
Columbus, O.. February 12. There was
the usual large attendance of ladies at the
hearing of the Church divorce case to-day,
notwithstanding that warnings had been
given that the testimony which would be
produced was not such as should be given
in the presence of persons of modesty. The
testimony was so extravagant and so Inde
cent that the Judge finally held a consulta
tion with the attorneys and adopted a rnle
to clear the room of all young women and
boys, and be stated that he had no control
over older persons if they saw proper to re
main and hear it.
There was but one witness to-day, Walter
McCaskey, a colored boy who was a hostler
in the employ of Colonel Church. He tes
tified to having seen the Colonel and the
hired girl, Theresa Shirtzinger, together on
several occasions, nnder such circumstances
that left no doubt in his mind as to the
truth of one or the charges which is made
against the defendant. The witness gave
several instances of this kind, with the par
ticulars of the events.
The cross-examination thought to show
that he was a drilled witness, and that he
had been reciting the story which he had
told on the stand to the attorneys of Mrs.
Church, and he admitted that be "had told it
to them several times. The attorneys be
came demonstrative in their conduct toward
each other over the testimony which had
been offered and charged each other with
being unprofessional in their conduct, both
before and during the trial. The examina
tion of McCaskey was finished to-day.
WHITE CAPS IK DANGER.
A Strong Caso is Being Made Against Them
Indianapolis, February 12. In the
White Cap trial to-day at Bloomington, of
11 Monroe county citizens, charged with
severely whipping William Norman, sev
eral witnesses swore positively to recogniz
ing some of the defendants by their voices
and clothing. William Murphy was awak
ened by Norman's child, who had come to
his house in night clothes and bare feet, and
had told the witness what was going on at
the boy's home. Murphy went with the
boy, and from a hiding place heard the
cries of the father and the voices of the men.
He saw Norman's daughter crawling un
der the house, called to her and took her
home with him. Other witnesses gave
equally damaging testimony. The defense
introduced testimony tending to show that
Norman and his wile had a had character.
Most of the time, however, was occupied in
attempting to prove an alibi for tbe persons
charged with the offense. The case will
WALKING WITH DAZED EXES.
A New York Girl Believed to Have Drowned
Herself In Philadelphia.
ISPECLiL TSLEGBAM TO THZ DISrATCTI.1
Philadelphia, February 12. Search
was made to-night by the police for Miss
Bessie Mcintosh, of North Sixteenth street.
She is the daughter of Hector Mcintosh, a
member of the firm of Schribscr Sons &
Co., of New York, who has his office at 920
Walnut street, in this city. Miss Bessie
disappeared from home on Saturday. She
is believed either to have,drowned herself or
been picked up oa-the stree'Wand'taken to a
hospital. She has been sick for some time,
and lately has been deeply dejected.
On Saturday she seemed troubled because
there was a reception to be he.il that night
at ber home, and in the afternoon she went
to her physician. Dr. Anna Marshall's
house, 1608 Mt. Vernon street. Here she
was left by Dr. Marshall on a sofa, while
tbe doctor went to visit ber patients. Later
on the doctor met Miss Mcintosh on the
street, with dazed eyes. The girl fled and
she hasn't since been seen.
COULDN'T HATE A FIGHT.
The Mjeri.aicAullfre Mill Not Allowed by
tbe lloosler Police.
(SPECIAL. TELKGUAM TO THE DISPATCn.l
North Jtjdson, Ind., February 12.
The crowd that came here to see the Myers
McAuliffe fight were disappointed, as the
sports had no sooner got off the train than
the Sheriff declared in the street that there
should be no mill, as he had received posi
tive orders not to permit the pugilists to
enter the ring. The 500 Chicagoans, East
erners, Northwesterners, and the 180 fellows
from Streator surged into the saloon over
which the fight was to occur. The floor of
the store nearly collapsed under its weight,
and the crowd was turned out into the
Before breaking up, big Alf Kennedy
got up on a beer barrel 'and declared that
the fight was temporarily off, as the Gover
nor couldn't be fixed. The fight may, how
ever, come off before morning.
A GREAT TEAM MADE.
Joe Jefferson and W. J. Florence to Star
Together Next Season.
ISPECIAL. TELEGEAM TO TITS DISPATCH.!
St. Louis, February 12. For several
months past negotiations have been pending
between W. J. Florence and Joseph Jeffer
son, the comedians, looking to a partner
ship. To-night Mr. Florence; who is play
ing at the Grand Opera House, received a
telegram from Mr. Jefferson, in which
his partnership proposals were accepted,
and next season the two comedians will
join fortunes and star together. At the
opening of the present season Mr. Jefferson
made Mr. Florence a proposition to become
a member of tbe Jefferson company on a
large salary. Mr. Florence declined, bnt
said a nartnership arrangement would meet
with his approval.
After the consideration Mr. Jeflerson tele
graphed his consent to the partnership,
which will be similar in many respects to
the Booth-Barrett company. The two
comedians will appear in a repertoire of old
I00EB, THE BIG DEPAULTEE.
Policy Holders Want Him Arrested and the
Indianapolis, February 12. Nearly a
hundred policy holders in the Connecticut
Mutual Life Insurance held a meeting to
day to consider the situation brought about
by the defalcations of Joseph A. Moore.
Judge Walker, of this city, presided. Bep
resentatives from the several sections of the
State were present. A series of resolutions
were adopted delaring that a probable cause
has arisen for the Auditor of Indiana, with
the assistance of competent and disinter
ested persons, to examine all the business of
said company at Hartford, and to investi
gate the affairs and conditions of the dame
and publish the result.
On motion of Senator Weir an additional
clause, inviting the company to id in the
investigation, was added. A committee of
five was appointed to coll upon the Auditor
of State and demand of him to make the
investigation above indicated. i
Prohibition Beaten In Mississippi.
Jackson, Miss., February lsV-The
local option election was held in this county
to-day. Sufficient returns have been re
ceived to indicate beyond doubt that the
Prohibitionists have been defeated.
Can reach, the beet,
class of Investors
thrp-igh THE DIS
PJT - The best
rf business can
b0n . reached.
Eound Among the People Who
Haye Storerooms to let.
Ali INFLUENCE- AT W0EK
That May Turn the Tide Against Pro
hibition in Close Towns.
A C0HVESTI0U DECLARED OFF
By the Managers of the Young Men'j Pro
THREE MORE COUNTIES HEARD IR0M
In the three adjoining counties of North
umberland, Montour and Columbia ths
fight on Constitutional amendment is going
to be close, judging from early appearances.
Northumberland is reasonably surerof adopt
ing it, Montour will probably give it a very
small majority, and Columbia is very doubt
ful. Our special commissioner finds that
liquor dealers are getting the aid of real
estate dealers, who are afraid of the simul
taneous vacation of so many storerooms if
amendment passes. The Young Men's Pro
hibition League of Pennsylvania has post
poned its annual convention until after the
June election, lest it should be charged with
having an ax to grind. Thus far The Dis
patch's canvass of counties shows the fol
Aggregate of votes for Harrison. Cleveland
fPItOM OPB SPZCIAI.jCOMMTSSIOmES.1
StrsBOET, February 12. People hers
are contumacious. Those who have made
up their minds that Constitutional amend
ment will be defeated in Northumberland
county will treat you elegantly if you hear
them through, and then, nodding your head,
say, ''yes, that's so." But, God help you if
you give the slightest intimation that you
doubt their prophecies! They will lodge
yon in the second-story corner room of the
cow stable, and stupify yon in the morning
with a breakfast of Susquehanna soup. And
if you are not quick to indicate ybur will
ingness to make affidavit to all that the
friends of temperance predict, they will
make you even more uncomfortable. They
will simply ignore yon, just as though you
didn't exist at all, or worse than that, just
as though you were a traveling salesman
from Philadelphia. Cow stable, malarial
soup, and all, are preferable to the latter
There is a couplet in an old English play
which is a curious study In trees. It says s
good field of stumps is- tbe first sign of civ
ilization; that the planting of young trees
along village streets indicates accumulat
ing wealth and a desire for comfort; that
great spreading elms and gnarled old oaks,
shading the public green, are unmistakable
signs of advancing age and old-fashioned
liie within the community.
WHAT THET DO SAT.
Both oaks and elms, with trunks several
feet in circumference, line the thorough
fares of quiet Snnbury, while their lofty
branches are interlaced over the publio
square. No invidious comparison Li in
tended by setting forth this statement so
close to the other. It is merely- recorded as.
a descriptive fact, though everybody does
know that Northumberland county is not
very young. It was organized in 1772, and
Snnbury was here then.
Now, after I have said all these things
about Snnbury, and Snnbury people, I'm
not gping to mention any names in sub
joined interviews. I might have to stop
over night in Snnbury again. Suffice it to
say that from questioning a dozen different
gentlemen representing all political and so
cial creeds, I find that Northumberland's
position on the Constitutional amendment
question is rather uncertain, but with
chances slightly favoring the temperance
people. They will do about the only elec
tioneering here which will be done, and
have fair prospects of carrying the county
by a small majority. Under the local op
tion law she voted for license with 323 ma
jority. The county is naturally Demo
cratic, that party holding tbe place down
usually with something like 800 majority.
Fresidental years 'reduce that considerably,
but it rebounds on local issues. There are
about 150 licensed bars in the county.
TE3IPEBANCE SENTIMENT GAINING.
But the vote of Northumberland county
in 1873 on local option was no more than
one-third of what it will be in June next,
when, it is estimated, that 10,000 votes will
be polled. It cannot be denied that with
such a small majority 15 years ago for
liquor, and a steady increase of population
since then, the temperance spirit has grown
as rapidly as liquor liberality, and it is now
a pretty even match. I am told that la
Washington the other day Congressman
I Franklin Bound, who represents Northnm-
oerianu county as a panui u uisinci, saiu
that while he feared the county would vote
against the amendment, he knew "the sen
timent of the people there had changed sen
sibly into a drift toward prohibition." The
Y. M. C. A. and W. C. T. TJ. are hard at
With the reflection that next June's re
sult is past finding out, the Northamber-
Continued on EighthJkge.
In favor of 8.966
In favor of 8,191
In favor of 1,315
Fairly sure 6,945
In favor of 1.601
In favor of 6,630
In favor of 7,609
In favor of 7,525
In favor of 3,195
Fairly sure 12,776
In favor of 4,431
In favor of 7.382
In favor ot 8.587
In favor ot 7,615
In favor of 3,996