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HO EBBTOTHE FLOOD
Of Applications for Federal Of
fices Under the. New
HARRISON TAKES A HINT,
And Limits the Timelo be Hereafter
Devoted to His Callers.
HIS HEALTH UNEQUAL TO THE STRAIN.
Ohio nod Michigan Partlrnlnrly Importu
nate in ThcIrDcmandsEverjbodT Tick
ing Oat What Strikes His Fancy First
Formal Meeting of Hnrrison's Adviser
IVo Chances Yet Made Anions the De
partment Subordinates Walker ninlnc
Assistinc III Father nt Mr. Rives' Old
DcsU Uchtenallons qf Democratic Of
ficeholders 'Fljinc in Fust.
Never was there such a rush of office
seekers to Washington. The hotels are
reaping a rich harvest. All their hallways
are yet lined with double rows of cots, all
filled -with the forms of patriots, willing
aye anxious to be struck by appointment
lightning. General Harrison has been
obliged to take advice aso his health, and
has limited his reception hours. The new
Cabinet met yesterday to become acquainted.
tSFECIAI. TELEGRAM TO THE DIBPATCn.l
Washingtox, March 7. A thousand
visitors were awaiting General Harrison in
the East room of the White House at 950
o'clock this morning, 2,000 more were on
hand by noon, and the delegations of Con
gressmen, politicians and officials of all
sorts that filled in the intervening time
added many hundreds more to the multi
tude of handshakers bent on keeping the
Fresident on the rack until he breaks down
from physical exhaustion.
Thus far he has stood the tremendous
strain remarkably well, but the members of
the household have expressed to friends
their apprehension that he is overtaxing his
strength, and cannot much longer with
stand the pressure. General Harrison tells
them that he feels that he must sacrifice his
comfort and meet the people who have come
so far to see him.
Probably the General himself is surprised
that the visitors linger in town so long. The
city isoverrnn with them yet.
A Bit Thins for the Hotels.
The hotel lobbies are thronged, and the
capacity of the city to lodge the visitors is
still put to the test. The late comers are
Ftill stowed awayin hallways and par
lors, and the hotel proprietors" ure receiving
applications for rooms by telegraph from
persons who are evidently coming here to
join the office-seeking army. Veteran poli
ticians say they never before saw anything
like the crowd that is here, clamoring for
"The rush of applicants is truly enor
mous," said Senator Manderson this after
noon. "For every position applications
come pouring in, and they range from a
Cabinet office down to the humble place of
chairwoman in the Government printing
office. A list of the Nebraskans who would
like to serve their country would be a direct
ory of the State."
The Ohio and Michigan men easily led all
the rest in the dash, push and audacity with
which they swoop down upon the White
House for offices. Both States were left out
of the Cabinet, and their politicians think
that fact entitles them to all other places.
A MichlgHndcr Tor Mexico.
The Michigan Congressmen led.a flock of
100 hungry Wolverines up to the White
House at noon. They had a special audi
ence with the President, to whom they were
introduced by General McCutcheon. The
man they all -wanted to have disposed of
first was former Representative Roswell G.
Horr, and they -came away impressed with
the belief that their man was sure of the
The Ohioans were headed by Senator
Sherman and Eepresentative McKinley, and
pushed the claims of General Brown, a
member of the late Congress, and a one
legged soldier, for Commissioner of Pen
sions. They think thev landed him.
A delegation of about 50 North Car
olinians came at about 1:30, headed by Rep
resentatives Hewitt and Brower, and waited
in the East room until the President came
down at 2 o'clock, when they were received.
This delegation has candidates for half a
dozen prominent offices.
home Who Were Especially Favored.
Among the earliest callers was Senator
Allison, with Mrs. Governor Larrabee, who
-wanted to see the President before starting
for her home on the morning train. Among
the others received privately were Repre
sentatives Lehlbach, Romeis, Payson, Hen
derson, of Illinois; Anderson, of Kansas;
Nutting, ColemanJBrowne, of Indiana;
MeKenna, Kelly, Boutelle, Conger, Beed,
Thomas, Steele, Senators Cullum, Farwell,
Spooner, Jopes, of Arkansas; Hawley,
ex-Representatives Van Horn and Petti
bone, ex-Postmaster General Key, Hon. A.
M. Clapp, General Schenck and Judge
Moody, of Dakota.
These gentlemen, for the most part, repre
sented various candidates. Some of them
wanted Judge Wren, of Nevada, for Land
Commissioner, and Mr. Osborne, of Califor
nia, for Public Printer.
A Long List oT Wnnts.
Others pushed CJark Montgomery, of
Ohio, and Judge Mason, ot West Virginia,
for Commissioners of Internal Bevenue;
Clark E. Carr, of Illinois, for First Assist
ant Postmaster General; ex-Governor
Furnas, of Nebraska, for Land Commis
sioner; Charles E. Coon, of New fork, lor
Controller of the Currency; ex-Representative
Brumm, of Pennsylvania, for third
Auditor; .Paul Vandervoort, of Nebraska,
for Superintendent of the Railway Mail
Scrwcc; H. C Burchard, for his old place
of Superintendent of the Mint and so on.
At 3 o'clock the President held another
public reception to about 3,000 people, and
then held the first meeting of his Cabinet.
"Where do you reckon I can find John
Sherman?" said a tall, typical Southerner,
this afternoon, addressing himself to a re
porter in the Senate Chamber. "I want to
talk to him for a while." And the stranger
stroked his sandy gray mustache and drew
his fingers through his long goatee.
Prepared Tor a Long Stay.
"My name is Talbott," be continued;
"John R, Talbott, and I came from Abbe
ville county, South Carolina, from the very
county where John C. Calhoun was born
and where George C. McDnffe came from
a grand place. D'ye d'ye think Butler
and Hampton's gone home? Sorry if they
are. Butler's my old cap. I was a rebel,
yon know, but there's no better Republican
anywhere than I am now. Where did you
say Sherman's room was? I want to talk
to him. I voted eight times for him at Chi
cago last year. What office am I after?
Young man, I am going to be United States
Marshal of South Carolina President Har
rison's sheriff and I am going to stay here
until I get it or until my beard gets so long
that I can step on it without bending over.
Yc hear that?"
Mr. Everett S. Swaim, the colored Presi
dent of the 'Longshoreman's Protection
Association of New Orleans, and J. M.
Richards, of the Cotton Yard Organization,
are in Washington as the representatives of
the labor organizations of New Orleans,
bearing a petition to the President protest
ing against the appointment of P. B. S.
Pinchback to any position, and urging him
to appoint in the South men who will be ac
ceptable to the people of the South, such as
C. C. Antoine. Charles B. Corlson. Colonel
James Lewis, John F. Patty, Charles A.
Bourgeois and G. D. Geddes.
Blaine Happy ns the Day is Long.
The members of the Cabinet had their
own visitors in regiments and brigades, too.
Mr. Blaine received hosts of friends nearly
all day. He was in high spirits, and had a
hearty greeting for everybody. General
Tracy saw everybody who -visited the Navy
Department including his Republican
predecessor in Arthur's Cabinet, Mr. Will
iam E. Chandler. Mr. Endicott took formal
leave of his uuccessor, Mr. Proctor, and the
War Department clerks. Secretary Win
dom, at the Treasury building, saw scores of
Congressmen, and Postmaster General
Wanamaker's office looked looked like his
Philadelphia store at an Easter opening.
The Critic sars it is informed from relia
ble authority tlftt the next Marshal of the
District will be Dan MacAuley, now 6f
New York, but formerly of Indianapolis, a
warm friend of the President and General,
and a popnlar gentleman. It is said that
this appointment was decided upon some
time ago, and that friends of other appli
cants for the position who went to Indian
apolis were informed of it.
Resignations by the Bnsbel.
Secretary Windom found a hatfqll of
resignations this morning. Among them
were letters from Assistant Secretaries May
nard and Thompson, Controllers Durham
and Butler, and Deputy Controller Mc
Mahon, the friend of Sam Randall; Audi
tors Chenowith and Shelley, and Chief
Clerk Youmans. Internal Revenue Com
missioner Miller will resign to-morrow. The
prompt action of these officers is in striking
contrast with that of their Republican pre
decessors four years ago, who hung on until
their resignations were called for, and in
some instances had to be removed.
The venerable William Aries Lawrence,
of Ohio, is trying to get back into his old
berth, tie First Controller's-office, in order .
JTbissiie the slitn voluraeoriils" famous de-k
Getting Things In Shape.
No official changes have yet been recorded
in the subordinate offices, but Walker
Blaine occupied the seat vacated by First
Assistant Secretary Rives, in the Depart
ment of State, and Thomas Shermnn, who.
formerly served as Secretary Blaine's
Private Secretary, was endeavoring to pro
tect the Secretary from the inroads of the
public. Both of them have voluntarily
taken hold to help smooth the way for the
new administration, but in neither case has
an appointment been made. In the War
Department W. A. Endicott, Jr., continues
to fill the post of Private Secretary. His
father, the late Secretary of War, called
upon his successor this morning, presumably
to supply him with information respecting
Yielding to the inevitable, the President
has at last given formal notice that here
after he will set apart three hours dailv for
the reception of callers. During the two
hours from 10 to 12 o'clock Senators and
Representative and other privileged persons
will be admitted, while from 12 to 1 the
general public will be seen.
The first Cabinet meeting of the new ad
ministration to-day -was an informal meet
ing of the newly appointed Cabinet officers,
called in order that they might become ac
quainted with each other.
GOVERNOR ALGER'S REWARD.
The President Allows nim to Name the
rSFXCIAX. TELEGRAM TO THE DISPATCH.!
Washington, March 7. The President
has rewarded Governor Alger's services in
the campaign by inviting him to name the
Solicitor General Jnst before the Governor
left for Detroit, the President sent for him,
and after explaining how sorry he was that
he had been unable to recognize him
in the Cabinet, made an urgent request
that he should name some lawyer for Solic
itor General, whom he would nominate, pro
vided the Michigan Senators would indorse
Governor Alger accepted the invitation,
and nominated his friend and manager at
the Chicago convention, Colonel H. M.
Duffield, of Detroit This morning, bright
and early, Senators Stockbridge and Mc
Millan called on the President and re
quested Colonel Duffield's appointment
They were assured that the appointment
would be made, but were not told when.
Colonel Duffield has been well known in
Michigan politics for a number of years,
and was beaten once for Congress. He is
prominent in Loyal Legion and Grand Army
circles, and was a candidate a year
ago for commander-in-chief. He stands
well at the Michigan bar, but has no legal
reputation outside of the State. He has
long been the personal friend and adviser
of Governor Alger, and was his representa
tive at Chicago in 1888.
HANDSHAKES FOR THE H00SIERS.
The President's Indiana Friends Cnnnot Bid
Him a Hasty Good-br.
Washington,-March 7. The President
gave a reception at the White House to
night, to Indiana's residents and visitors to
the National Capital. The President re
ceived his callers In the Blue room, assisted
bv Vice-President and Mrs. Morton and
Mrs. Scott-Lord, Mrs. Harrison's sister.
There were about 300 present, including
ex-Governor Porter, General J. M. Shackel
ford, H. C. Gooding, R. O. Hawkins, H. C.
Adams, Attorney General Miller, J. Wil
son, and most of the well-known Indiana
people living in Washington.'
A HEROINE OF 1812.
Mrs. Sands, of Baltimore, Who Helped De
fend the 'Flag Against the British,
Celebrates Her 100 th Birth
day Harrison Writes
Her a Letter.
ISFECIAL TXLZGBAU TO TUB DISPATCH.1
Baltijiobe, March 7. About nine
months ago The Dispatch published a
sketch or Mrs. Elizabeth Sands, the widow
of a Revolutionary hero, -who attended her
husband In camp, and encouraged the Con
tinental soldiers when the British troops at
tacked Baltimore. One year ago she was
one of the last four of the old defenders, her
three compatriots being of the sterner sex.
Since then themen, allaf whom wereyoupger
than 'Mrs. Sands, have passed away and she
is now the sole survivor of those who par
ticipated in the war of 1812. To-day the
old lady celebrated the. centennial of her
birth, having reached the ripe age of 100
years, and from various sections of the coun
try presents and congratulations have been
pouring in. Notwithstanding her great age,
the old lady still enjoys good health and is
very active. Her sight is not very good and
her hearing is almost gone, but her appetite
and digestion are excellent and she insists
on doing house work.
All day long she was receiving callers.
The mail also Drought her any number of
birthday cards and presents. One lady
sent a card made of natural flowers from
Santa Barbara, Cal. She also " received
several gold medals and any number of cut
flowers, oakes, fruit, etc. This afternoon
the children of the First Bantist Church
Sunday school brought her flowers and the
congregation called in a body and made her
a handsome present A picked choir of 60
voices serenaded her this evening, and one
of the soloists sang "One Hundred Years to
Come." The old lady enjoyed herself
immensely. Her only regret is that she
could not see President Harrison inaugur
ated. She admired his grandfather very
much, and one of her nephews, William
Henry Harrison Warner, was named after
him. The President sent her an autograph
letter regretting his inability to call on her
when on his way to Washington.
FIVE GENERATIONS PRESENT.
A Centenarian Entertains a Largo Party or
Relatives on Har Birthday.
SPECIAL TELEGRAM TO TUB DISPATCn.l
Wobcesteb, Mass., March 7. Diana,
Douty, celebrated the one hundredth anni
versary of her birth at the home of her son,
Bainbridge Douty, in Charlton to-day.
Scores of visitors were present during the,
day, the gathering including grandchildren,
great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren,
with everyone ot whom the old
lady chatted pleasantly. Although her
sight and hearing are failing gradually, she
is in good physical and mental condition, is
blessed with a good appetite and walks
about the house with only such aid as she
gets from a cane.
She insists upon doing some part of the
household work every day, and likes to see
everyone about her busy. She is very com
panionable, and will sit and talk for hours
with visitors on incidents of her past life
and the history of the country.
MUST BE EDUCATED TO TOTE.
North Carolina Adopts an Election Law to
Assure a Democratic Majority.
ISrECIAL TELEORA1I TO THE DISPATCn.l
Raleigh, N.,C., March 7. Legislature
to-day passed a bill providing for an elec
tion law much similar to the famous South
Carolina law in that it provides for educa
tional qualification. The bill provides that
all boxes shall be laTJitf&land that voters
shall approach polls "one at the time and
place their several ballots in proper boxes.
The bill will seriously affect the illiterate
negro element in the State and will make a
Democratic majority assured. The Demo
cratic majority in the State was greatly re
duced n. the .recent campaign, and the
Democrats, who have a good niajorityin the
present Legislature passed the bill which
makes supremacy certain for the future.
Several negroes in the Legislature made
bitter and incendiary speeches on the bill,
saying the colored people of the State
wouldn't submit to the law, and that the
whites would be sorry for having passed it
FOUND BESIDE A CORPSE.
A Man Dazed Upon Awakening in the Most
fSPECIAIi TJXEGBAM TO THE DISPATCn.l
New Yoek, March 7. When the son of
the janitor of the tenement at 1 Riving
ton street went intothe basement about 8 a.
m. to-day, he found, in the alcove of 'the
hall, the dead body oi a woman, with a live
man asleep beside it On being aroused the
man gave an affrighted glance at his dead
companion, muttered some inarticulate
words, and, scrambling up the stairs, ran
out into the street and up the Bowery. At
Stanton street he boarded a cross-town car,
When the car reached Pitts street he was
collared, and at the Eldridge street station
he said he was William Trapp, a sailor,
lodging at 311 East Twenty-third street, but
he said he remembered nothing of what had
happened the night before, and Jcould not
tell who the woman was. He was locked
up until the Coroner can ascertain the cause
of the woman's death. There is no sus
picion against him. The woman was a mis
erable creature of 40.
"WILL CONTINUE OPERATIONS.
The Reading Iron Works Will Not be Sbnt
Philadelphia, March 7. The credit
ors of the Reading Iron Works met yester
day. Mr. George F. Baer, a Director and
counsel of the company, stated that the to
tal liabilities were 1,927,783 22, and the as
sets 52,439,595 09.
After considerable argument it was
agreed to appoint a committee of three to
conduct the mills temporarily. On this
committee the company and the creditors
were represented. The former by the ap
pointment of Director Simon Seyfert, and
the latter by Mr. F. Patterson, a heavy
creditor. F. W. Swink, the General Man
ager of the works, at Beading, was the other
member chosen. The committee will con
tinue in control for the time being, and in
the meantime a careful appraisement of the
assets will be made.
GOFF CLAIMS HIS SEAT.
He Begins Proceedings Against Wilson in
IEPECTAZ. TELEGRAM TO TUB DISPATCH.!
Charleston, W. Va., March 7. In the
Supreme Court to-day ex-Governor John A.
Hutchinson, W. P. Hubbard and Colonel
J. W. St Clair appeared on behalf of Gen
eral Goffand made a demand for peremptory
writ of mandamus directed against Governor
Wilson. Governor Wilson at once ap
peared in person and arguments will follow
which will go into the merits of the case and
ODen up its history.
This afternoon counsel for General Goff
also applied to Judge Guthrie of the Circuit
Court lor a writ of quo warranto, but this is
only a formality and will not be pushed
Through tho Panama Canal.
Aspinwall, March 7. The British ves
sel Eldorado, 270 tons burden, has passed
through the Panama canal from Aspinwall
to Chayres, a distance of 15 miles. This
is the first foreign vessel that has passed,
through th canal from one port'to onotherr
FOUR SCORE AND TEN,
Simon Cameron Will To:Day Celebrate
His Ninetieth Birthday.
AN INTERVIEW WITH THE VETERAN
Relates Some Pleasant Reminiscences
and Gives Blalna "v
A BATHER LEFT-HANDED COMPLIMENT,!
Though Wealened in Health. Els Hentjl Facilities Are
Clear as a Bell.
General Simon Cameron is 90 years old.
to-day. A Dispatch correspondent had a-
pleasant interview with the veteran of,
Pennsylvania politics. The General re-(
lated a number of interesting stories, and!
expressed some emphatic views on politics,'
past and present. He is jn favor pf abol-'
ishing the Soldiers' Orphan Schools.
' lEPECIAI. TELEGUAM TO TJIB DISPATCH. )
Habbisbttbo, March 7. General Simon
Cameron, who will to-morrow be 90 years
old, is contemplating the anniversary of his
birth with mingled satisfaction and sadness.
The fact that he has been permitted through
vigorous health to enjoy this life so heartily
until he has reached the threshold of the
nonogenarian is exceedingly gratifying to
the veteran politician, but the return of his
anniversary calls up recolleptions of the
death of nearly all the intimate friends
and associates of his youth, and causes
sensations of sorrow to momentarily oppress
General Cameron is not as vigorous'
physically as he was a year ago, and he
realizes sensibly that his locomotion is be-'
coming more difficult as he grows older.
He has for years suffered discomfort in his"
back caused by a fall, and his limbs are
losing in elasticity.
As to his mental faculties they are as
clear as a bell, and his memory borders on
the marvelous. It gives him great satisfac
tion to entertain the many friends who call
on him at his old,' homelike mansion, on the
banks' of the Susquehanna, with rem-
inisences of thoMrly dajs of his life.
AJ3POT .SXOBY TELLEB.
fie possesses, in a notable degree, the
faculty of telling stories only of interest,
To-day a number of people, The Dispatch
correspondent included, paid a visit to the
room in which he has so long entertained
his friends to extend their congratulations
on the nearapproach of the 90th anniyersary
pf his birth. The General was as genial as
the sun whose welcome rays pierced the
quaint window through which the patriarch
leasts on the beauties of the river scenery
and the interesting landscape beyond it
General Cameron is yearly the recipient
of letters from his intimate friends prior to
the anniversary of his birth, and the past
few days he has received a number breath
ing the most ardent interest in his welfare.
Ot his intimate associates in 1817, but Col
onel Samuel Schoch, of Lancaster county,
who is in his 93d year, is living. Colonel
Schoch and Simon Cameron were compan
ions before either had reached his majority,
and they have been on terms of the warmest
friendship ever since andfrequently meet to
congratulate each other on the long lease of
life vouchsafed to each.
Cameron served his apprenticeship as a
printer in the office of the Harrishurg He
publican, a Democratic paper, of which
James Peacock was proprietor. In Feb
ruary, 1820, at the age of 21, he became one
of the publishers of the Republican.
Subsequently a political exigency called
him to Doylestown, Bucks county. The
Democrats had, through divisions, been
badly beaten by the Federalists, and
Cameron was persuaded by Mr. Ingham,
then Secretary pf the Commonwealth, to
take charge of the latter's paper in the hope
that the defeated organization would be re
united by the journalistic change. At that
early day young Cameron exhibited great
political sagacity, and a restoration ot the
Democratic party to power was one of the
results of his newspaper management of the
campaign. The General to-day gave an in
teresting story of his experience while on
the way to Doylestown and after his arrival
at that place.
"Alter we had started from Philadelphia
in a stage coach," saidthe General, "I
noticed a bundle of printing'paper, which I
intuitively suspected was intended for the
publication of the Federalist paper at
Doylestown. The man, I soon found out,
was on the coach in which I occupied a seat.
He spoke of the proposed change in the
management of tne Democratic paper, the
Messenger, and mentioned Cameron as the
man selected to run it. I effectually con
cealed my identity, and enjoyed his remarks
immensely. But as I got out of the coach a
drunken printer from Harrisburg spoiled
any further fun by exclaiming: 'Why, Simon
Cameron, what do you want down here?'
Soon after my arrival at Doylestown," said
the General, "the other man, who was a
relative of Governor Mifflin, found that it
was a losing job to print his newspaper, and
he suggested the consolidation of the two
A CHANCE DISTINCTION.
"I also realized that my enterprise was
not promising well, and looked favorably
on the proposition. A controversy arose as
to whether his name or mine should appear
first as a member ot the proposed new firm.
He pleaded for priority, but finally we
'jeffen,' and I won the distinction contested
"I have been in politics nearly all mv
life, but not because I was particularly in
love with it, but because, having been an
aggressive man, I was fought hard and felt
obliged to strike back. I never voted the
Whig ticket, and supported the first -Republican
ticket in 1856, when I was an
elector" and voted for John C. Fremont. I
knew all the Presidents from Monroe down,
except General Harrison, whom I have not
With General Jackson I was particularly
well acquainted. President Harrison's ad
ministration, I think, will do well, although
many Republicans think. Blaine's appoint
ment as Secretary of State was not the best
of the party, beeaute of the fear that he will
try to subordinate the administration to his
ideas. I suppose that Harrison' could not
well do otherwise than to "appoint Blaine
MARCH 8, 1889.
The onjy other member of the Cabinet I
know is Mr. Windom.
I think Senator Sherman would havelieen
foolish (o have gone into the, Cabinet if the.
opportunity had been offered him. The
United States Senate is much preferable to,
a Cabinet nosition. I alwavs reeretted that
pi surrendered my seat in that body to accept
the frar portfolio under Luneoin, ana'suose
quentlv the position of Minister to Russia.
This is the experience of Senators generally
who have exchanged their seats for pther pf-
Beferring to his defeat for United States
Senator by Charles R. Buckalew in 1803,
General Cameron said it was due entirely
tq the action of Eepresentative Laporte, of
Bradford, who voted for Congressman Will
iam D. Kelly, of Philadelphia.
"But for that vote," said the General, 'I
wonld have been ejected. The armed men
sent herfi from Philadelphia to prevent my
.success were -not responsible fpr Buckalew's
election. It was Laporte 3 ooh oi tne caucus
action which induced a Democrat, who had
promised to support me, to vote for Bncka-
The Cameron Residence.
lew. After Laporte had announced him
self for Kelley, the Democrat indicated
could not have elected me, and h? therefore
voted for 1is party candidate. I did not
expect the vote of Representative Boyer, of
Clearfield county, bnt that of another Dem
ocrat." AGAINST OBPHAN SCHOOLS.
General Cameron was anxious to know
what the probable outcome of the move
ment to break up the soldiers orphan school
syndicate would be. "I hope -the system,"
said the General, "will be wiped out, as it
always' has been a humbug. The children
of soldiers and sailors would haye received
better training if they had been reared as
The General . could not understand why
any of these schools should be in existence
in view of the fact there could be no
orphans ypunger than 16 years, as the
schools were established nearly a quarter of
a century ago. When told that the original
law creating these institutions had been
liberalized from time to time by permitting
the children of destitute and permanently
disabled soldiers to enter them, and that'the
system had cost the State nearly 810,000,000,
he exprested great surprise.
The Legislature to-day passed a concur
rent resolution unanimously agreeing to
call on General Cameron in a body to-morrow,
LAWYERS ON NETTLES.
Fifty of Them In Dancer of Disbarment or
Worse Indictment by a Grand Jury
Ono of the Probabilities
An Unusual Charge.
rSPECIAL TELEOHAM TO THE DISPATCH.!
New Yobk, March 7. The grand jury,"1
on application of Colonel Hain and conn
sel,have this week been considering whether
indictments shall be found against certain
.lawyers who, it is alleged, haye solicited
anu nejpea maintain suits against me Ele
vated road from persons' who might have
claims for damages to property, "Cham
perty and maintenance" is the alleged
offense, and it is very seldom that a grand
jury is called to find indictments for it A
lawyer convicted of it may be disbarred.
Hundreds of cases have been brought
against the Manhattan Elevated Railroad
lor damage to private property, and it is
alleged that inducements have been held
out to property owners to bring suits who
otherwise would not have done so. Re
cently, Colonel Hain visited Inspector
Byrnes and laid the matter before him. The
Inspector referred him to the District At
torney's office, and affidavits were drawn
agaiPst 25 lawyers. To-day 50 property
owners were summoned before the grand
jury, and were instructed to bring any con
tracts they had by which they agreed to
bring suit, the lawyers agreeing to take one
half or one-third of the proceeds if the suit
should be won.
Eight of these property owners were
clients of Leo O. Dessar, of 261 Broadway,
formerly civil justice. Lawyer Dessar ap
peared before Judge Gildersleeve, with
Lawyer Howe. Mr. Howe said that lawyers
had a right to take cases on a continent'fee.
Judge Gildersleeve said be would instruct
the grand jury on the matter to-morrow.
The statute says:
No attorney shall advance any valuable con
sideration to any person as the Inducement of
the placing, or in consideration of having
placed in the hands of the attorney, counselor
or solicitor, or any other person, any debt, de
mand or thins for the purpose of bringing an
SIGEL HELD FOR FORGERY.
Tho Son of the Brave General Fairly Crim
SPECIAL TELEOnAM TO THE DISPATCn.l
New Yobk, March 7. Robert Sigel, son
of the Pension Agent General Franz Sigel,
was examined bv Commissioner Shields,
to-day, on the charge of forging Mrs. Jennie
Heinemann's indorsement on a check for S100
for part of .her pension money. He was a
good deal confused. He stuck to it that she
had authorized him to indorse the check
and get it cashed, so he got Mis Kate C.
Honan, a clerk in the Pension Office, to in
dorse Mrs. Heinemann's name and mark bn
He certified the signature, cashed the
check and sent J80 to Mrs. Heinemann by
his wife, keeping $20 for a fee. Mrs. Heine
mann said it was all right.
He also testified that the witnessing of
Mrs. Hieuemann's signature on the voucher
was not done in his" presence, and was un
sworn; but as long' as she didn't mind, he
thought that would be all right
Miss Honan, the clerk, testified that she
heard Mrs. Hienemann say the second time
that she called on Sigel, at the Pension
office, that it was all right for
him to sign her name. She
caused some littlesurpriseonthecross-exain-ination
by stating that it was her custom,
when checking off tho vouchers at night, to
fill in her name as witness when a witness
Gnstave Roth, clerk in the Pension Office,
also testified that he heard Mrs. Heinemann
say that she was very much indebted to
Sigel, and his indorsing her check was all
Commissioner Shields held Sigel for the
grand jury on the charge of forgery,
NO MORE COMMISSIONS.
The Trunk Line Commission Takes Bather
Decided Action. ,
New Yobk, March 7. The meeting of
the Joint Committee, which convened at the
office of the Trunk Line Association
Wednesday, completed its labors today.
The following resolution was adopted.
That the payment ot commissions on the sale
ot passenger tickets is at variance with tho re
vised articles of tho association of the trunk
lines now in effcct,and in violation of rules of the
association previously existing. The Executive
Committed hereby re-afflrms Its condemnation
of this practice, and instructs the Passenger
Committee to take immedlato measures to
seure the prompt and entire discontinuance of
the payment of commissions.
CLEYEMD AT WOKK
The Ex-President Pnts in His First
Pity at' Hi? New Tork Office
WITH HIS FRIENDS AND LETTERS.
The Chamber of Commerce and the St.
Nicholas Spcletj Honor Him
HE DINES AT A FASHIONABLE CLUB,
And in the Eienlnj, With His Beautiful Wife. He
Attends the Theater.
Ex-Presjdent Cleveland resumed the prac
tice of his profession yesterday. He spent
the day at his new law office in New York
City. Dinner he took at a convenient club
house. During the day he was elected an
honorary member of the Chamber of Com
merce, and in the evening the St Nicholas
Society honored him in the same way, He
attended the theater last evening with
Mrs. Cleveland and ex-Postmaster General
and Mrs. Dickinson.
ISriCTAI" teieoham TO TOE piBrATCH.l
New Yobp, March 7, Grover Cleveland,
lawyer, was up bright and early this morn
ing to begin his first day's work as a mem
ber of the firm of Bangs, Btetson, Tracy,
and MacVeagh. At 830 o'clock he break
fasted with his wife and Mrs. Folsom, in
his apartments at the "Victoria. Mr. Stet
son called at the close of the meal, to escort
the new head of the firm dpwn town. Mr.
Cleveland stepped from the hotel dopr at 9
p'clock, and with Mr. Stetson by his side,
started to walk down Fifth avenue a plain
Unrecognized by nearly all who passed
him, the ex-President walked to the foot of
Fifth avenue, across Washington square,
and took the elevated at the Bleecker street
station. It was a longer walk than he had
takenjfor months, but it didn't appear to
nurt him any.
At 10:45 Mr. Cleveland reached the .Lon
don and Liverpool building, at 45 William
street, and was carried up by the elevator
to the seventh floor. s
THB HEW PABTNEBS MEKT.
ttMr, Stetson introduced Mr. Cleveland to
the other members of the firm, all of whom
be had not met He was shown to the pri
vate office- prepared for him, where his ex
tensive mail claimed his attention. This kept
him busy until 12:45, when he knocked off
work to go to lunch. Collector Maeone, D.
Willis James and Edmund Randolph Rob
inson, who had called, and Mr. Stetson
piloted him around to the Downtown Club,
on Pine street. His name i3 posted for
membership there, but as the list is full and
as there are about 75 others ahead pf him,
he will have to wait, unless he is especially
favored. Mr. Cleveland took lunch with
his escort in parlor B, on the top floor of
Mr, Cleveland didn't get a chance to
settle down to work again in the afternoon,
for there was a constant stream of callers
pouring in upon him. After they had left
Mr. Cleveland still had some private busi
ness to claim his attention, and it was 5
o'clock before he was ready to start for
JL oenteb op attbaction.
Charles McYeagh acted as his escort on
the return tripx which went as smooth as
the Journey down. 'A quick-witted urchin
recognized the defeated candidate as he
passed up Pine street, and soon a crowd, pf
them were treading at his heels and swarm
ing around him. When Broadway was
reached everybody seemed to recognize him,
and the big policeman stationed at the Wall
street crossing had to invoke the mafesty of
the law to clear him a path. The two
walked to the Rector street station, which
soon filled with a crowd that hustled about
the corpulent ex-President.
An overgrown 'newsboy called his com
rades to the scene by. crying in a loud voice:
"Hi. here's Grover," Grover didn't wince.
however. He managed to jam into thelastcar
of a Sixth avenue train. The car was soon
full to overflowing. The overcrowding of the
L train proved to be a fruitful topic of dis
cussion, and Cleveland gave his opinion of
it in a low, husky whisper to his neighbor.
THETKING OF A HOME.
Mr. Cleveland told -MacVeagh that he
hadn't decided where he was going to live
yet. Mr. MacVeagh suggested flats, and
Mr. Cleveland nodded approval. Mr. Mac
Veagh said he lived on a flat on Gramercy
"Where is Gramercy Park?" said Mr.
Cleveland. It seems as if he had never
heard of the residence of the immortal
"On the other side of Broadway, not far
from Twenty-third street," said Mr. Mac
Veagh. At the Twenty-third street station the
pair alighted and walked slowly toward
Broadway, when they parted. Mr. Cleve
land walked unattended across Broadway,
broke into a run to get out of the way of an
inconsiderate car driver, and up Fifth ave
nue. But few recognized him.
He couldn't find the Victoria right off,
though, and for fully five minutes was lost
in the doorway of a tailor shop at 220 Fifth
avehuc, which he took for the ladies' door
of the hotel. He got himself righted final
ly, and at 5:45 disappeared, upstairs.
JIBS. CLEVELAND'S QUIET DAY.
Just five minutes before Mrs. Cleveland,
who had been out for a walk, returned to
the hotel, escorted by Richard Watson Gil
der. She had left the hotel at 4 o'clock
and walked down the avenue alone to visit
Mrs. Gilder, on Clinton Place. This was
the first time that she had gone out of .the
There were many callers during the after
noon on Mrs. Cleveland and her mother.
several of whom are counted among "the
400," whioh is some proof that the Cleve
lands are to be received within the charmed
Mr. Cleveland and Colonel Lamont had
been invited by Mr. Gilder to dine with the
Fellowcraft Club to-night, but the ex-President
excused himself on the plea that he
was too tired to speak at the dinner. Don
M. Dickinson, who has apartments on the
same floor, invited the Clevelands to dine
with him at 7 o'clock. Mr. Cleveland ac
cepted, and with his wife and Mrs. Folsom,
spent a pleasant hour 'it dinner. Mr. Ralph
Cross Johnson, Miss Waller and Mr. Dil
worthy, all of Washington, were also the
guests of the Dickinsons.
XX EVENING AT THE TIIEATEB.
At 8:10 o'clock three carriages were or
dered to the door, and the entire party drove
to the Broadway Theater, to see Tommy
Russell in "Little Lord Fanntleroy."
Boxes A and B had been reserved forvthe
party. Mi. Cleveland ensconced bimsel(in
the corner of upx B, In full view pf the
audience, while hack in the middle of the
box sat Mrs. Cleveland With Mr. Dickinson
and Mr. Stetson, who had joined the party,
on each side of her,
Mrs. Cleveland looked charming in a
neatly-fitting black silk, the waist of which
was relieved with a broad plastron of red
velvet A scarlet panel adorned her skirt
A. big basket of roses was placed in the
rear of the box. The audience, which was
large, was quick to recognize the distin
guished visitors, 'and opera glasses were
leveled at them as often as at the stage.
After the theater the ex-President and
his party drove back, to the hotel.
ALMOST KILLED HIS CHANCES.
Ex-President Cleveland was to-day nom
inated for honorary member of the Chamber
v. cm runur.
I ' Of L.U 11
of Commerce. Alexander E, Orr made the
speech of nomination, and highly eulogized
the nominee. Colonel Fred A. Conkling
opposed tbe'nomiuation. He said he had
supported Mr. Cleveland at the polls
for many high offices, and he ob
jected to the indorsement of
the eulogistic sentiments in the nominating
speech. He said if the name was put up
without any speech, no one would vote
against it. A rising vote was taken, and 20
Voted in favor. 13 against, and a few did not
vote at all. Mr. Cleveland was thereupon
elected on honorary member.
Mr. Cleveland was also elected an honor
ary member of the St Nicholas Society to
night. A BIG T7ILL CONTEST.
The Children ot Old Francis W. Idisak,
Who Left an Estate of S3, OOO,-
000, Are Dlosntljded With
ISPSCIAL TEItEGRAlI TO Till DISPATCH.
New Yobk, March 7. Francis W.
Lasak accumulated a fortune in the fur
business in this city, invested it in stocks,
bonds and real estate, under the advice of
his friend, John Jacob Astor, and went 20
years ago to spend the remainder of his life
at Dobbs Ferry. Three weeks ago he died,
at the age of 90, leaving an estate said to be
worth $5,000,000. Four daughters survive
him. They are Ophelia Julia Cuthbert, of
Tennessee; Victoria Adelaide McKenzie,
wife of a Brooklyn tea merchant; Antoinette
Lueinda Schermerhorn, of this citv, and
Cordelia D. Chauvet, of Dobbs Ferry.
These and a grandchild, Margaret Seaman
Ives, pf this city, daughter of a deceased
son, are the principal devisees under Mr.
The granddaughter, Mrs. Ives, receives
the income of 545,000 during her lifetime.
Mrs. Schermerhorn gets the "income of
S30.000. A clause in the will itself,
which was executed in 1872, gave her
the income of $20,qpo only; one pf the
seven codicils increased the bequest After
these and other legacies are paid, amount
ing to 5100,000, the bulk of the estate is di
vided equally between the other three
daughters. Mrs. Cuthbert and Mrs. Mc
Kenzie, however, have onlv a life interest.
Mrs. Chanbet, who lived with her father at
Dobbs Ferry, gets her third absolutely.
The Surrogate of Westchester county has
summoned the heirs to appear before him at
White Plains on March 15, when the willis
to be offered for probate. Mrs.
Schermerhorn will be represented by
her counsel, who will file objections
to the probate of the will on behalf of his
client. Mrs. Schermerhorn contends that
she is justly entitled to a share in her
father's estate equally with the four other
heirs. She charges that undue influence'
was used against her, and she will endeavor
to hreak the will.
ONLr SORRY THAT HE FAILED.
A Blacklisted Sinn Tries to Kill an Enemy
and Then Himself.
rSPXCIAt, TBLZOBAM TO TUB BISPATCH.1
New Yobk, March 7. "Yes, I shet at
Weiss. I'mpnly sprry that I didn't kill
him. I wpuld then have committed
suicide," said John Probanski, when he
was arraigned before Justice O'Reilly,
at Jefferson Market Court to-day,
to answer a charge of felon
ions assault made against him by
Stephen Weiss, cf 8 Bethune street. The
shooting took place in the washhouse of the
Beadleston & Woerz brewery, in West
Tenth street, at noon yesterdav, where Weiss
was employed as foreman of the coopers.
Acccrding to Probanski he has been made
desperate brthe peraecutien pf Weiss, who
had him blacklisted and kept out o&
work. Probanski said that he had
been kept put pf wprk by the union
because he had gpne back to, work after)
the union men had struck- His wife and
three children rere starving, and when he
pleaded "with Weiss to remove the boy
cott and let him work, the foreman
only laughed at him. He appealed to the
proprietor of the brewery, and the union
men told him that because he did so they
wonld never let him work any place in this
The prisoner closed his story with the
words: "I determined to settle the matter.
I wanted to kill Weiss and commit suicide.
I am sorry J failed."
CLAYTON'S MURDERER HEARD FROM.
A Letter From a Man Who Sajs He Killed
tSFECIAI. TELECEAM TO THE DISPATCH.
Mobbillton, Abk., March 7. The
Circuit Court ot Conway County convened
here on Monday. Judge Cunninghanl's
charge to the grand jury was con
lined to the Clayton murder. He was very
severe and called on the jurors in im
passioned language to do their duty. In
response B. A. Mayo, the foreman of
the jury, said he would ferret out
the murderer it the jury had to stay in ses
sion all summer. To-day the Sheriff re
ceived "a leUer which will go before the
grand jury. Only part of the post
mark was legible and that spelled "West
City." It was received at Flummerville.
and the following is a copy:
Maysville, Abk., March 4.
Bra I am the man who killed John 3f. Clay
ton. I went to Plnmmervillo to kill Powell
Clayton. Powell Clayton had my father and
brother killed when 1 was a child.
I hare been West for 19 years and returned to
Fort Smith just after tho. election, expecting
to meet Powell Clayton at Plnmmenrille, but
did not. I willlget him before I die. The
killed my father and brother. Don't blame
anyone in Arkansas and I am a Republican.
Jack Kipper No. 2.
WILL VISIT HARRISON.
Ex-Senator Piatt Accepts an Iarltation
From the Presldenr.
ISPECIAL TELEGRAM TO THE DISPATCn.l
New Yobk, March 7. Ex-Senator
Thomas C. Piatt is off for Washington at
last, or rather he is off for Mrs. Piatt's Flor
ida orange grove with an incidental visit
to the capita,3Jwhich will include
a call at the White House. He and Mrs.
Piatt will be passengers on the Pennsylva
nia limited express that leaves at 10 o'clock
to-morrow morning. President Harrison
heard that Mr. Piatt was going through
the capital, and invited him to come and
The New Yorker, whose friends think he
has been most hardly treated by the Presi
dent, but who has never expressed any dis
appointment or displeasure for himself,,
promptly accepted tho invitation. The con
ference will be very interesting. The Cus
tom House and the Postoffice are among the
subjects that it might deal with. State
Senator J. Sloat Fassett returned from
Washington yesterday and had a long talk
with Mr. Piatt.
TRAPPED BY A TAILOR.
ASon of Br. Norrln Green Lectures for a
rSFICIAX TILEOllAK TO TUX DISPATCTT.3
Louisville, Ky., March 7. Warren
Green, son of Dr. Norvin Green, President
of the Western Union Telegraph Company,
lectured here on Tuesday night, at Macau
ley's Theater, his subject being "A Year In
Japan." Mr. Green is a resident of Louis
ville, as his father formerly was, and was
appointed by President Cleveland Consul
to Kanagawa, Japan, but was recalled after
spending a few months there.
Just Defore the lecture began the box
office receipts, amounting to $23, were at
tached by Bis tailor, and carried off in
U. '$&:& by advcrtiiinjc is
Y ' V- ! Jhj
The Act Taxing Personal and Corpo
rate Property Wins a Point ' ;
JIAELAND'S SCHOOL BILL BOUNCED,,
The Educational Committee Makes an Un
Aim-TEUST MEASURES ALSO FA1V
lis Senate Takes a Turn on Some Important Insts
The granger bill for the equalization of
taxation, which represents theoppositeofthe
Henry George idea, has passed second read
ing in the House. Its friends suepessfnliy
met all opposition. Mr. Marland's compul
sory education bill has been killed in com
mittee. He will make, another effort to
have it considered. Several measures regu
lating trusts have been unfavorably re
ported. rBOJI A STAPT COBB1SE03DI3TT.I
Habbisbubg, March 7. The principal
subject before the House to-day was the bill
for the equalization of taxation introduced
early in the session by Representative Tag
gart, of Montgomery. The measure deals
with local taxation alone, and is cham
pioned by the Grangers organization pn the
ground that it is unjust to place the burden,'
pf local taxation pn real estate.
In its general features the bill provides
fpr the taxation pf personal and corporate
property and money at interest for local'
purposes. The bill applies to all cities,,
from Philadelphia and Pittsburg down, and
tp bproughs, townships and counties.
Messrs. Stewart, Fow, Hasset and Brooks,
of Philadelphia, were the principal op
ponents of the bill, but Mr. Taggart had an
answer for them at every point, and de
fended his measure with rare ability.
Ay able aegumest.
In reply to the Philadelphians Mr, Tag
gart took up the case of their own city, and
showed them where they would be greatly
benefited by the bill. Mr. Qulgley was the
only Pbiladelphiaii who used his voice in,
aid of Mr. Taggart. A synopsis of the
measure as it passed second reading to-day
Section one provides that assessors of town
ships, borough's and cities shall annually
assess all personal property, except watches,
household furniture and pleasure carriages,
and all corporate property, and shall assess
triennially for county, municipal and other
local purposes all taxable persons owning or
holding in trust real estate or personal prop
erty, horses, cattle, sheep 4nd swine over 4
years of age, and tool implements necessary
for trades or occupations exceeding $400 in
value, except only the property authorized
to be exempted -from taxation bv the first
section ot article 0 of the Constitution.
A SAVISG CLAUSE.
Provided, that all classes of property sub
ject to tax lor State purposes, when assessed
for county, municipal or local purposes
shall not be taxed at a rate higher than one
half the mill rate levied on real estate.
Section two provides forfhefurnisbrng of a
written statement on oath by each taxable
person, of alt real estate, personal and cor
porate property of every form, and this re
turn shall form the basis of assessment.
On motion of Mr. Burdick, cf McBTean
county, the following was stricken from
thii section: "Any and every obligation
or evidence of debt that shall not be entered
in the assessor's book shall while so with
held from assessment be uncollectable by
any process or proceeding whatsoever, ani
all the interest thereon shall be forfeited!
during such time."
For the taxation of transportation and
transmission companies, their returns to the
Auditor General and to the Secretary of In
ternal Affairs, respectively, shall form the
basis of computation for such taxation, to be
assessed pro-rata according to the mileage
in the respective counties through wbieb.
said companies operate.
ATTEB THE ASSESSOES.
Section four provides that amounts owed
on dower, mortgage, judzment, ground rent,
promissory note or any other forms of Inter
est bearing indebtedness of any taxable
person, etc., shall be deducted from the
valuation of the encumbered property, pro
vided said taxable person, etc., shall pay
yearly the tax on such form of indebted
ness. Section six originally provided that any
assessor willfully refusing or neglecting to.
assess all property at its actual cash value,
shall be fined not less than $100 and im
prisoned for not more than 30 days. On
motion of Representative Willett, of Bucks
county, this was amended to make the im
prisonment not more than 30 days and the
fine not more than $100.
The bill provides that nothing therein
shall be so construed as to deprive the Com
monwealth of any of its rights to taxes.
A POINT FOE P00LSELL1NG.
The Bill to Legalize It Passes tho Second
TFBOU A STATT CORRESPONDENT.
Habbisbubg, March 7. When Mr.
Lafferty's bill to legalize poolselling came
up in the House to-night, Mr. Brooks, of
Philadelphia, moved its indefinite postpone
ment and supported it in a speech in which
he opposed the bill as an attempt to legalize
gambling. Mr. Fow, of Philadelphia, de
fended the bill by saying there bad been
betting on horse racing "since the time the
Roman chariots raced around the forum."
Mr. Brooks replied that "theft and murder
were hoary and antique crimesb'ut that was
no reason why thev should be legalized..
Other gentlemen participated in the debate
with such good effect that Mr., Brooks' mo
tion was killed by a vote of 91 to 57.
The bill then passed second reading, in,
spite oflhe fact that Mr. Dcnahue, pf Phil
adelphia, aroused some opposition by de
claring poolselling to be no worse than the
gambling on Third street, in Philadelphia,
and the gambling that takes place at many
church fairs. The bill is a copy cf the Ires
pool bill, now on the statute books of New
IN REGARD TO TAXES.
A Number of Diverse DIcosnres Before lbs
rFItPM A STAPP COBBISPOJtDZST.T
Habbisbubg, March 7. The Ways and
"Means Committee of the House will to
morrow favorably report the County Com
missioners' revenue bill which proposes,
something of a revolution in State taxation
in that it taxes corporations, etc., in the
different counties exclusively and makes the
Commonwealth dependent on the county)
treasuries. A. negative repert will be,
made on the inheritance tax bill, providing ,
for a tax of from 3 to 7 per cent on inherit
ances ranging from $100,000 to 81,000,000.;
Henry George's single tax bill, introduced
by Representative Barnes, of Dauphin, isi
The bill reimbursing counties for the x-i
pense of collecting the State tax under the,
act otiaea, win te amrmauveiy reported.
Continued on Sixth Fags.