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WANTS. TO LETS, FOR SALES. ETC., FOH
' Should be banded lu at tbe main advertising
office of The Dispatch, Fifth avenue, up to
TIE PI PROBE
Is. Inserted By a Senatorial
Committee En Route -for
" Other Prisons.
OPEN, INTERESTING INQUIRY
Follows a Brief Spat in Wen
To Several Things Which, When Ex
plained by Warden Wright,
Are Not So. Bad.
LIVELY SURPEISES LAST NIGHT,
"When Mrs. Mair and Others Told
Some New Situations in the
MOKE INQUIBT AT BIYEBBIDE TO-DAI
The State Senate's visiting Appropriations
Committee seemed somewhat surprised last
night. Its members had" spent he whole
day at Riverside. There they had been
confronted by ex-Keeper Curry's charges.
In trying to sift the wheat from the chaff
of a man with a motive they were kept
busier than they had thought. Thns they
decided to sift further, so that none could
fairly- charge that anything had been
left undone when they should be finished.
They met at the -hotel last night.
There they were confronted by some little
surprises nothing startling, however, as
yet In executive session afterward they
resolved not to go away hastily. They will
return to Eiverside this morning.
The State Senate Appropriation Com
mittee visited the "Western Penitentiary
yesterday in fact they spent the day there
and subjected tbe books of tbe institution
and tbe methods of doing business to a
The committee consisted of Chairman
Beybura and Senators, J. P. Gobin, .Mc
Aleer, lartin, Nevmyr, Girge Handy
Smith, A. H. Mylin.Watres, Stehman.Wil
son and Steele. Senator Ed Bobbins, who
wants the penitentiary investigated, accom
panied the party at the earnest request of
The morning was taken up in visiting the
different departments of the prison and
chatting with tbe convicts. After dinner
the committee adjourned to tbe parlors of
"Warden "Wright, and the official fun began.
George A. Kelly, President of the Board of
Inspectors, and Inspectors Beed and Slagle
Under Xewmyer's Objection.
Senator Newmyer, who had taken the
place of Senator Butan (who is sick), ob
jected to the presence of Senator Bobbins in
the room, and the Jatter was forced to re
tire. In a few minutes out came George A.
Kelly, "Warden "Wright, Inspectors Slagle
and Beed and then the reporters. Por a
time it looked as if the committee would
hold the investigation with closed floors.
Senator Bobbins was mad, and he talked
'Ton see how my hands are tied in this
matter," he said. "Oh, if I was only on
that committee! Wouldn't I fnakeMt hot? I
came here at the request of Senator Bey
burn. Now then, they ask me to prove my
charges. It is not my business to investi
gate; that is the province of the committee. I
only wanted to see fair play done, and I
expected the committee would look into the
evidence to be offered. I have inny pocket
now a letter from a convict wb.o can testify
to certain things, if he is given any assur-ance-thathis
time of 2 years that he has
earned through good behavior will not be
cut off. The convict writes that he can't
afford to risk his chances for the mere sake
of anlnvestigation. He is anxious to get
out, and he doesn't care what becomes of the
penitentiary after that"
Be Reconsidered It.
In the meantime Senator Newmyer with
drew his objection, and the ejected persons
were invited to step in. Prank Curry, a to
bacconist, who had been a blockkeeper for
seven years in the prisontook the stand and
made 11 specific charges- against the man
agement of the institution. As be resigned
his position four years ago, some of the Sen
ators, while they listened attentively to his
testimony, preferred to hear something of a
more recent occurrence, and someone sug
gested that McPhillamy be sent for; but the
point was not taken.
Curry's first charge was the cruel and bar
barous treatment of Ed McGinnis, who was
scalded by throwing tins of scalding water
iu bis face and beating him with clubs,
from the effects of which, it is alleged, he
became insane and is now in Dixmont; sec
ond cruel treatment of "William Brant-
hoover, who was "hung upby the wrists for
36 hours without food."
"Warden "Wright responded to 'these
charges by reading the records of these two
convicts while in prison. He said he was
soon convinced that"M"cGinnis was insane,
and that he was sum the "bull ring" had
not been used for five or six years.
The third charge was "steaming prison
ers in a close room until they were nearly
suffocated." In answer to a cross-fire of
questions from the Senators, Mr. Curry said
that one time about eight prisoners were
put in a small room in which were six bath
tubs. Rather Touch to Breathe
The windows were closed down, and the
only air admitted was through a .few
augur holes. The. "steam was then turned,
onand he believed the keepers tried to
smother the men. He did not report the
"""use; he could not say at whose orders the.
ing 'process was done, and he never
knew why the men were punished. Subse
quent proceedings were as follows:
Fourth charge The carriage of tbe warden
was repaired for SSS, when Mr. J. Fletcher
Smith bad put in a bid lor $75. He was asktfd
to prove this, but tbe only way he could do it
was by calling Mr. Smith. Curry complained
that he was taken by surprise, and if he had
had any idea the Investigation -was to have
been held, he would Jiave had Mr. Smith pres
ent. Fifth "At different times Curry found
whisky, cards, Police Gazette, butter, eggs,
revolvers and money ranging as high as $30 in
amount." To this charge he testified that, as
keeper of "the block," he bad often found the
above mentioned articles, and reported
them. Occasionally he had caught men
playing cards. Once Warden Wright
delivered a lecture to the prisoners
and told them it was against tbe rules for con
victs to keep such articles in their cells. The
money and whisky tame from the outside,
since the men were examined when they came
in. At the time it was reported that an in
structor In tho shoe department, un
der tbe employ of a contractor, brought
in many of these things. A prisoner
namea Thompson was taken out of tbe line,
and a dazen eggs were found in bis pocket.
The men were punished by putting them in
dungeons. Prisoners had offered him money
when he was green to carry out letters; but
thv Tinwrr nffaTttA manflV tn him to Secure
privileges. He thought tbe money came in J
As to Drunken Keepers
Sixth "He saw Thomas Davis and John
McVey, two keepers, drunk in and out of tbe
prison." Mr. Curry testified that he saw them
drunk at least six times during his experience
at tbe penitentiary. These men were
called before the committee, and ad
mitted that they had been laid off
for drunkenness; but Lavis denied
that be had ever been drunk while on duty.
Davis was asked by Senator Reyburn if he.had
ever said that Warden Wright would have to
take him back, because he knew certain things
that would injure the warden. To this he re
plied that certain persons, by making
tiim drunk, had tried to get him to
make such statements; but he never had.
He then testified that there was a conspiracy
on foot between two discharged keepers to
trump up charges against Warden Wright for
the purpose of injuring his reputation.
Seventh "A system of favoritism prevails
throughout tbe prison, whereby certain persons
are granted commutation of time and relieved
from duty." Mr. Curry testified that the pris
oners had allotted tasks to do, and some of
them refused to obey. Tom Wfelttaker was one
of these. He positively refused to work, and
remained in his cell. He knew or other cases,
but he" bad forgotten tbe names. Axecord of
each prisoner for rood behavior is kent bv tbe
Warden and the deputies. Mr. Curry claimed
that certain prisoners did about as they
pleased, but their time was given at tbe end
of tbo year, while others were punished
for the slightest offense. Some had good times.
The board decides at tbe end of tbe year as to
bow much commutation of time each prisoner
is entitled. He said further that Ben Butler
(colored) got drunk and cbased a guard with a
knife. Uncle Ben got beblnd a door to protect
himself, and they had considerable trouble to
overpower him and get tbe knife away. Butler
is supposed to bave gotten tbe whisky from
one of the coal drivers. ' ' v
Thnt Hospital Alcohol.
Warden "Wright replied that Butler was a
cookln the hospital, and had secured some of
the alcohol. Curry answered that it was the
duty of those in charge of the hospital to see
that the prisoners didn't get at tbe whisky.
Curry also testified that a loaded seven
shooter revolver Was found lq Little "Murray's
cell, and that Warden Wright, assisted by
Deputy Greaves, took it- from him. The
"Warden stated tbat a cock fight had been
raided, and the men were taken
to tbe Central Station on board tbe Black
Maria, used to transfer prisoners. A promi
nent river coal operator was in the crowd and
be bad put bis revolver under the cushion of
tbe seat. Little Murray was taken to tbe peni
tentiary tbe next day on board tbe Maria and
he found tbe revolver. It was returned to the
riverman 21 hours after he lost it, the opera
tor having reported his loss at once.
Mr. Curry claimed that Little Murray had
the revolver in his cell a much longer time
than that. He also charged tbat the "Little
Aiutcn uoctor" bad received bis salary daring
bIssuspensJon,andevenarter be was discharged. -I
He testified farther that Frauk Barrv was
"paid 575 per month as boss painter fordoing
worK wmen we prisoners lormeriy aid.
Tbe Senators were of opinion that this last
matter was something tbat concerned tbe
Mr. George A. Kelly then questioned Curry
aud tried to show that he bad resigned because
he refused to obey orders. Curry answered
that be bad left his position of his own accord.
Warden Wright ordered him to work in the
tobacco factory and he refused to go because
be couldn't stand tbe dust, and tbe Warden
was Inexorable. He claimed, however, that he
had quit of his own accord.
Another Retiring Order.
Senators Gobin and McAleer protested
against Mr. Kelly's questions as irrelevant, and
Senator Allen moved that the committee go
into executive session. Again Senator Rob
bins, the Inspectors and reporters retired until
they were invited back.
Senator Newmyer held that Kelly had a
right to ask Curry questions; it showed the
temper of the man. Senator Newmyer was
not in evident good humor, and was contin
ually moving to adjourn.
Senator McAleer asked Warden Wright If
the scalding process was still used..
"You mean hot water?" replied Wright "It
has not been used here for five years."
Tbe committee next addressed itself to
the finances of the institution, Mr.
Kelly explained that the money was
asked to eomplete the new wine. . The
last appropriation was for $200,000. Senators
Reyburn, Gobin and McAleer wanted to know
bow the contracts bad been let; wbetber to the
lowest bidder or at the discretion of the board.
Mr. Kelly replied that tbe work was let to the
lowest bidder. Tne books, contracts, bonds,
etc, were tben produced.
After examing a uond for f 10,000 Senator
Gobin said it wasn't worth a cent.
Senator Waters objected to the reading of
tbe long contract in full, but Senator New
myer said "go on," and tbe clerk continued.
The Senators wanted to know who Jones fc
Laugblins were, and if tbey had anythingto do
with the management of the prison.
Senator Gobin Do any members of the board
furnish tbe prison with goods T
Warden Wright Not now. Until recently
George A Kelly furnished the drugs, at the
earnest reqnest of tbe other inspectors.
Mr. Kellv I am a little sensitive on that
point. Certain newspapers charge me with
furnishing drugs to tbe-imount of $10,000 a
ysar: but this is not true. I always objected to
taking tbe contract; but tbe inspectors insisted
tbat I had other partners, and. In justice to
them, I onght to take it, since my price was
Purely Economic Rensons.
Mr. Slagle Mr. Kelly's bias were always low,
and we thought it was economical to buy from
Reyburn to Slagle Do you furnish tho insti
tution with light?
Slagle No. sir. '
Reyburn Does Mr, McCutcbeon furnish the
Wnght No, sir. Ho makes hoop iron, and
we don't use It.
Senator Bobbins to "Wright Did you ask
Curry to return to his JobT
"Wright To give him the benefit of tbe
doubt, I did. I thought he was boyish and hot
headed, and I held his job a few days for him.
McAleer to Kelly How do i you make pur
chases, by advertising for bids or individually
in tbe market? .
Kelly We advertise for bids On meat For
other things we allowtbe Warden to go Into the
open market and buy.
Slagle I can explain that When I came
here, two yeirs ago. I looked into the system of
buying. I found that by taking bids we could
not bay as cheap as in tbe open market We
give the Warden power to buy, and we find
tbat by this plan we can secure goods cheaper.
McAleer How do you know they are
cheaper? Do you ever compare the price paid
with the market price?
McAleer With a good warden, tbe plan
would work all right?
Slagle We examine the bills every month.
McAleer Do you ever examine the goods
and see tbat they arc checked off?
Slagle Sometimes; but tbe steward usually
McAleer Well, all I bave to say is tbat I
don't like your plan of buying. Tbe board
should advertise for bids, through the public
Reyburn Have you a contract for meat?
AVright Yes; we pay $5 "S5 per 100 pounds for
salt meat and $6 55 for enred meats.
Inspection and Weight.
McAleer Is the meat inspected every day?
Wright Tbe steward does that, and if the
meat is not what was ordered tbe driver has
to take it back.
McAleer Who weighs goods delivered ?
Wright The engineer weighs the iron and
tbe steward looks af terSthe food supplies.
Cleric Sawhlil showed -from the books that
PITTSBURG. SATURDAY; APRF-A 13, 89.
$3,032 S3 was paid. to George A. Kelly for drugs
in two years. Senator Reyburn said that there
is quite a difference between 810,000 and this
Mr. Watreswanteato know if" separate ac
counts are kept of tbe moneys received from
counties and the State. Warden Wright an
swered that all tbe money was-deposited In tbe
First National Bank in tbe name of James
McCutcheon. The warrants are signed oytue
President and Treasurer of the board and
countersigned by himself.
Senators Gobin and McAleer questioned
Clerk Bawhlll closely about how the hooks in
the mat factory are kept, and howthe mats are
shipped. Warden Wright said that every mat
was marked, and they "kept tab" on every one
of them. He was willing to swear
that not a mat was ever given
away, with the exception of the one on the
doorstep of the Executive Mansion at Harris
burg. He thought it was impossible also to
steal one, since they are all checked at the gate
before they are sent out.
Restrictions for Mrs. Mnlr.
Senator Reyburn 1 am told that since the
last investigation Mrs. Malr Is not allowed to
go through the prison without a guard.
Kelly She never was permitted before the
"Wright-t-I used to allow her to go where she
pleased, because Mr. Biddle said she could. I
discovered three weeks ago that it was against
the rnles of tbe State Board of Charities, and
we must obey tbe rules. She always
had a list of special prisoners she wanted to
see. and never went from cell to cell. Her
work was giving the prisoners religious advice,
and, out of delicacy, the steward in. the hos
pital usually remained away from her.
Senator Reyburn said afterward that he was
anxious to probe all the charges against the
Senator McAleer said he had no Interest on
either side, but he was anxious to get at the
truth. He was sure all the members on the
committee felt as he did. He reerettedthat
the time of the committee is so limited. "How
ever, Senators Reyburn. Mylta and himself
have been appointed to investigate all the
State institutions,, and they will have two
years in which to do the work. They will re
port to the next Legislature.
LIVELY fflGHT SCENES.
The After Supper SeitlonBrlngsOotaGreat
Amonntof Information airs. Malr'sLlb
ertlea Restricted In the Prison SInco
the afabarneke Investigation
She Quietly Rebukes a Sena
tor Messrs. Christy nnd
"When the Senatorial'Gommittee recon
vened after supper at the Hotel Anderson,
"Warden "Wright was asked to fill in the
time until witnesses arrived by explaining
to the committee just what the new appro
priation will be used for. There are $40,000
for the purchase of ground at Biverside, the
bill for which has now been negatived by
the Senate Appropriation Committee; $120,-
000 to finish the new south wing, which
bill the House Committee has cut down
to $75,000; the larger amount would fin
ish the building entire, or $70,000 will put
it in such' shape that prisoners may he cared
"Warden "Wright said that if this wing is
finished it will then be possible to classify
prisoners, something that the laws of Penn
sylvania have called for for 100 years, bnt
I which is impossible in one building. He
would divide them up in three classes, the
first class to wear striped clothes, the second
class to wear commutation marks, and the
third class to wear no stripes at all the nearer
they get to liberty the more tbey should be
treated like liberated citizens, so as to fit them
as liberated citizens.
Tbe Salary List.
In reply to questions Captain Wright stated
that $170,000 has already been appropriated for
the south wing. If the additional $120,000 is
granted, he felt tbat be conld give tbe promiso
bothered again for money. The balance of the
appropriations are for salaries and books for
Senator Reyburn seemed inclined to think
that convict labor should be used to better ad
vantage here in the completion of construction
work. He knew of that being done entirely by
convicts in Kansas.
Senator Gobin pushed an inquiry as to the
disposition of the 200,000 appropriated for the
south wing two years ago. Captain Wright
explained that only $175,000 has thus far been
received, of which an unexpended balance of
$3,030 remain. Many contracts, such as nails
from Jones & Laugblins are still running, are
not yet completed, therefore it is not yet known
exactly how the appropriation account will
Asked about salaries, the warden gave the
list as follows: Warden, (2,500 per annum,
furnished bonse and maintenance; deputy
warden, $1,600 and bonse; chaplain, 81,500
and room; physician, $1,200; clerk. $1,200.
Senator McAleer Tben the chaplain gets
more than the physician.
The Warden Because he gives his whole
time to prison work. He is tbe cheapest offi
cer the State gets. There are 47 guards and
officers, including tbe hospital steward, who
start in at $50 a month, increasing gradually
to $75. ,
Mrs. Blair's Fresh Disclosures.
Mrs. Malr, Mrs. Dr. Swift and Mrs. Holden
now appeared under the escort of B. C.
Christy, Esq , their counsel. They were heard
at once. Mrs. Mair stated that she Is one of
tbe visiting members of tbe State Board of
Charities, and had "been calling at the Western
Penitentiary for seven years. She had always
had entrance there until lately, when she did
not feel that she was welcome by officials.
Mr. Christy Did you have free access to the
different parts of tbe prison after tbe Ma
harneke Investigation? If not, what parts were
you excluded from?
Mrs. Mair We were told it was not cus
tomary for ladies to visit the shops of the
prison without a guard going with us. This
was four or five weeks ago. The warden in
formed me that the law regarding visitors had
been misunderstood, and he said it meant dis
tinctly tbat guards must accompany visitors. I
was not to go to the library, he said. I conld
see It from the rotnnda. I was not to dis
tribute lemons, books, etc Officers would do
all tbat He showed me, two weeks ago, a
book of rules, dated lS8i, about visitors. 1 was
anxious to know wb ether the guard was to
watch what prisoners , said to me, or to protect
Mr. Christy Was it protection or espionage?
Mrs. Malr It was "very strict guarding in
deed. Mr. Christy Was any attempt made to stop
prisoners from talking to you?
A Complaint Intercepted.
Mr. Malr Not until" about a week ago.
Tben a certain official stopped a certain pris
oner from talking to me. I prefer not'to give
Tbe Senate Committee insisted upon names
Mrs. Mair It was Mr. Greaves who stopped
the prisoner. He Is next to the deputy warden.
Mr. Christy Had you any connection with
the Maharneke case?
Mrs. Malr Nothing whatever.
Mr. Christy Had you any knowledge of Mc
Phillamy, a prisoner, or or a letter he Is said to
linirA emt nnt of Prison?
Mrs. Malr No knowledge whatever.
Mr. Christy Did you ever carry letters or re
ceive letters from any prisoner?
Mrs. Maier No, sir, unless it was some sim
ple request from a prisoner to visit his wife or
Senator Newmyer How did you get mixed
up with this affair.
Mr. Christy It's time enough to explain that
when Mrs, Maier is accused of being mixed up
Senator Newmyer Now, Christy, I know
what I am talking abont
Mr. Christy made some further objection,
when Mr. Newmyer Intimated that Christy
had no right to lay down a line of procedure
for this committee.
Then Mrs. Maier explained how she had
heard of McFbillamy's attempt to escape
tbrough a letter banded hes by another party,
and bow an Interview she-had with him later
confirmed this and brought to her personally
for tbe only tune McPhillamy himself and his
talk about Maharneke getting money from
She Was Expensive.
Senator McAleer In your visits to tbe insti
tution how did you find the general manage
ment? Mrs. Maier I felt that with tbe exception of
the hospital things were going along smoothly.
Senator McAleer Did your ever suggest im
provements? Mrs. Maier Qaee and awhile I would speak
, 'Continued en Sixth Jbge.,
1 W w
ONE M0EB- TEUST.
Tho Principal Wood Acid Maanfacturera of
the Country Forw. a Corablaatlon
What Their Product la and
Where Vbey Aro
rgrxcEtX. TILXOHUTTO TH SISrATCS.l
MlDDLETQWN, If. T.,4?ril 13- KePre"
8entatlyes of some S3 jif foe principal wood
acid manufacturing firms of the country
met at Blnghamton. tjj-day, and organized
what in the current phrases of tbe day may
be styled a trust Tfce organization took
the,nameof the "The United States Acid
Manufacturers' Association," and elected
John Bayless, President, E, Inderleid, Vice
President, and P. Joyless, Secretary and
The acid industry haf its principal seat in
the wooded regions of -Delaware, Sullivan
and Boone counties, Hew York, and "Wayne
and Susquehanna counties, Pennsylvania.
There are 0 factories, the district named,
and about a dozen in other parts of the
country. The value of the total annual
product of the factories Is estimated at $2,
500,000. Pyroligneons acid and charcoal
are the first products of the distillation of
wood confined in sealed iron retotts and
subjected to intense heat A further proc-
ess converts the acid 'into articles of com
merce which are known as wood alcohol,
acetate of lime, and naphtha. The most
valuable of these products is the. alcohol,
whicb'is yielded at the' rate of six gallons
to the cord of wood. It is an acrid and in
ferior artiole, but in the arts and for me
chanical manufacturing uses, it supplies a
cheap substitute lor grain or fruit alcohol.
The plans of the Acid Manufacturers' As
sociation are not fully developed, bnt it is
understood that a concerted and vigorous
fight is to be made against any legislation
such as was incorporated in the Senate tariff
bill of the last session, taking the internal
revenue tax off of alcohol used in manufac
tures and the arts.
WIEE8 AND POLES JIUST GO.
Tbe Western Union Downed br One Judge
In New York.
rsTXCIAL TXiEOttXHTTO THE DISPATCH. 1
New Yoek, April 12. Judge "Wallace,
of the United States Circuit Court, decided
to-day that the "Western Union Telegraph
Company must obey the subway commis
sioners in respect -to removing its poles and
wires from the streets, but that the com
pany's use of the elevated railroad structure
to string its wires on must not be interfered
"It is all right" Mayor Grant said, "and
I knew it would be all the time. I said so"
when the papers "were served.. "When the
official notice ofhe order dissolving the in
junction reaches my handI will issue an
order to the Commissioner of Public Works,
directing the removal of the poles and wires
and electricalconductors on Broadway and
in the subway district, .except the wires and
cables on the Elevated Bailroad structure."
"When do you expect to get the papers?"
''Judge Wallace, I, am told, is in Syra
cuse, and I may not get them before Mon
day, but the moment they come I shall be
ready with my order. The list is being
made up of the streets, the poles, the wires,
and everything that is to come down, and
down they shall come as rapidly as fan be
done with safety. Pshall be very glad if we
can get them all down before the centennial
crowds get here. The work of removal be
longs to the Department of Public Works,
and the responsibility of seeing that the
district is not left in darkness by removal
of the electric light poles and wires."
SENATOR BUTAN IN LINE.
Office of Commissioner of Customs
-Within His Grasp.
rsrXCIAI. TELEQKAU TO THE DISPATCH.1 ,
Washington, April 12. A letter re
ceived here to-day from a prominent poli
tician now in Pennsylvania, who usually
knows what he is talking about, states that
Hon. J. S. Butan is sure to get the appoint
ment oi Commissioner of Customs. This
will bring sadness to several other well
known Pennsylvanians, who are applicants
for this aud other positions iu the Treasury
Departmeut.as so prominent an appointment
from the State will make it more difficult
for others to secure good appointments. Ex
Congressman Bound and Brumm, Hon,
Hugh Young and Hon. Henry O. Johnson,
are all candidates for positions in the
Treasury Department and none would
accept anything small, and the appoint
ment of Mr. Butan would considerably
prejudice their aspirations.
It is said that SenatorQuay and Cam
eron insist upon Mr. Bntan's appointment,
even at a sacrifice of all the others, but it is
probable they could capture at least one
other good place in this department. Sena
tor Quay has not returned from home as
yet, but is expected at Chamberlain's this
week. Senator Cameron took a run over to
Baltimore to-day, with Mrs. Cameron, so
that Pennsylvania office seekers had to fall
back on their smaller influences for con
sultation and comfort
WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
Twonty-SIx Foreign Glass Blowers Arrived
at Boston Bound for Pittsburg.
Boston, April 12. Among the passen
gers on the steamship Iowa from, Liverpool
to-day were 26 glass blowers who were
ticketed 'through to Pittsburg. When
asked if they came here under promise of
work they all answered in the negative.
It was evident that the men had all been
well posted in the answers they were to
give the authorities, who failed to get a
single point by which they could make out
a case against the men.
W0BKING FOB HIS BROTHER.
A Desperate Effort to Secure the Pardon of
Spbtngfield, Iu., April 12, Lonis
Neebe, of Chicago, is in this city securing
the signatures of members of the General,
Assembly to a petition to the pardon of bis
brother, Oscar W. Neebe, who is serving a
16-year sentence in Joliet for complicity in
the noted Haymarket massacre. The peti
tions which he will present to Governor
Fifer are unusually strong, being signed
by some of the best known lawyers, minis
ters and other publiaraen in the State.
Among the signers are United States
Senator Parwell, Congressman Mason,
Mayor Boche and ex-Mayor Harrison.
There are over 6,000-aignatures iu all.
SOME EXPORTS FALLING OFF.
Beef nnd Hog Shipments Not So Large na
Thar Were Last Year.
Washington, April 12. The chief of
the Bureau of Statistics reports that the
total exports of beef and hog products from
the United States during the month of
March, 1889, and daring the five months
ended March 31, 1689, as compared with
similar exports during the corresponding
periods ot the preceding year were-as fol
lows:' March, 1889, -$8,125,068; 1888, $5,323,
354. Pive months ended March 31, 1888,
541,571,715; 1889, $32,161,09&
row' Dispatch, give a viiid dettription of
the manner! and outloma af the people of
Havana, and deolar et, on h(r honor, that the
Cuban aenllcman Uose noihina out imols and
L mate tore. ,
A GLORIOUS TRIUMPH
Achieved by ,Sir Charles Russell- in
the Close of flis Long Speech."
THE CLIMAX' OF HIS ELOQUENCE
Beached as He Concludes, and His Pent-Up
EmoUons Overcoming Him, ,
HB BOBS AND WEEPS LUTE A CHILD.
Even President Hannen Affected Ha Writes tbe
Orator" His Cengratalatioas. ,
Sir Charles Bussell yesterday closed one
of the most remarkable arguments of modern
times. He spoke almost continuously for
six days, and was as eloquent at the close
as at any time of his speech, which was
daily spoken of as a wonderful flight in elo
quence. As he sat down his pent-up emo
tions overcame him, and he wept, sobbing
like a child. All around him were deeply
affected.cven President Hannen being moved
to write him his congratulations.
BT CABLE TO TIIE DISPATCH. 1
LONDON, April 12. Copyright. Sir
Charles Bussell devoted an hour and a half
to-day to the condensation and collation of
the Times' libels, quoting with crush
ing effect -i the Attorney General's
language in formulating them, and
contrasting them with the pitiful
attempts made to substantiate them.
At noon the orator commenced a superb
peroration, which closed half an hour later
in a scene of emotional enthusiasm unpar
alleled in a British court of justice within
the memory of. man. Commencing with
these singularly apposite lines:
Call him the blackest names; spread calumnies;
All art can think and pregnant spite devise;
Strike home, gash deep, no lies nor slanders
A wound, though cured, yet leaves beblnd a
' Sir Charles reminded the Court that they
were trying the history of ten years of revo
lution in Ireland, partly social, partly po
litical, but while they were sitting in
judgment there, the tenants pi Ireland Were
reaping by legal process in courts,
legally stabjished, the fruits -of' that
revolution. The 'government' of
"Ireland waS carried on byrepresentatives of
a small minority, who held'all the positions
of executive power and auttftjrity, a state
ot things unknown in any other country of
the world supposed to possess Constitutional
A MOST THBIXUNO pONTEAST.
"Here the fierce denunciation of the castle
system by Chamberlain before he became a
coercionist was skillfully quoted and em-
fiasized by an eloquent contrast between
ugland, where' the Executive stood apart
from the ordinary administration of the
law, and Ireland, '-where the executive
set the law in motion. If there was.
- a gleam of returning health across the face
of Ireland, Gpd be thanked, but could this
country be healthy which had 20 of its Par
liamentary representatives in prison not
for ofienses.regarded as crimes among men"
caused them to be regarded with
sympawy uy a largt kcuuu ui mc
English, and as heroes and martyrs bytbe.
whole Irish race?""It"was because Parnell
and his colleagues' had planted in the Irish
breast the hope that the anomalous and dis
eased state of things must come to an end,
that those men stood at their lordships' bar.
Then the orator deeply stirred the audi
ence by a touching picture of the transfor
mation of 'the Irish peasant serf of 1879,
standing trembling with bated breath and
whispering humbleness in the presence of
landlord, agent and bailiff, in the hollow of
whose bands verily lay his earthly fate, and
the peasant of to-day, erect as became a free
citizen in a-free community, although the
career of bis liberty was not yet complete.
A GBATEFTJIi CHANGE.
In the dark days before Ireland began to'
speak in the voice of a united people, secret
organization burrowed beneath th surface of
society and constituted a great social and po
litical factor in tbe land. Teday, thank God
for it, tbe great mass of the people have been
won to bending their energies, to placing
their hopes upon constitutional means
ot redress. Then the great mass of the
people were possessed with a feeling of despair
tor past efforts made and unrequited sacrifices;
to-day hope is strong, is buoyant in tbeir
breasts. Then tbey looked upon their country
men in this island with distrust, if not with
hate; toiay tbey are willing to hold out tbe
hand of brotherly friendship, to let bygones be
bygones, and to let forever be buried the
memories of prosecution and bygone misery.
Then, my Lords perhaps tbe most
hopeful change of all the people of
this country, busied in their own
concerns, knew little of Ireland; now they have
taken this question to heart and recognizing
the truth tbat misrule In Ireland means weak
ness to the empire, they have taken an interest
in tbe solution of this question in recent years
which was formerly unknown.
My Lords, J bave come to an end. I have
spoken not merely as an advocate, I bare
spoken of tbe land of my birth; but I feel
profoundly feel that I have been speaking in
the best interests of England, of the country
where my lyears of laborious life have been
passed,and wherpl have received kindness and
consideratlonHtnd regard which I shall be glad
to make an attempt to repay. My Lords, my
colleagues, and myself bave had a responsible
dutv. We have had to defend-not merely the
leaders of a nation, but a nation itself to de
fend the leaders of a nation whom it was
sought to crush; to defend a patlon whose
hopes It was sought to dash to tbe ground.
A BLESSING INTJISGTJISE.
XThlsInqulry.intended as a curse,has proved a
blessing. Designed prominently designed to
ruin one man, it has been bis vindication. In
opening this"case I said we represented the ac
cused. I now claim leave to say the positions
are reversed. We are tbe accusers. The ac
cused are there (pointing scornfully to Mr.
Walter and Mr. Macdonalu, of the Timet), but
I hope this inquiry; in its present stage
and future development, will serve even more
than, the vindication -of Individuals that it
will remove painful misconceptions as to the
character, actions, motives and aims of the
Irish people and of the leaders of tbe Irish
people; that it will set earnest minds and,
thank God, there are many earnest and honest
minds in this country thinking tor themselves
upon this question; that it will remove griev
ous misconceptions and hasten the day of true
union and oNreal reconciliation between tbe
people of Ireland and the people of Great Bri
tain, and tbat with tbe advent of true union
and reconciliation there will be dispelled, and
dispelled forever, the cloud, the weighty cloud,
tbav has rested on the history of a nobleman
and dimmed the glory of a mighty empire.
Toward the close Bussell's voice began to
falter. More than once he had tp brush
tears from his eyes, and when at length he
sank into bis seat the nervous strain of six
days of almost, continuous speaking and the
pent-up excitement and emotion of months
fourid vent, and the strong man sobbed like
a child. There were many others, men as
well as women, who shed tears and were not
ashamed of it
Even President Hannen lost his judicial
balance, and being too much moved to
speak, tremblingly wrote on a slip of paper
a warm expression of congratulation and ad
miration, andTpassed it down to Bussell.
Then the whole court crowded around the
orator, who, half ashamed of the emotion he
had shown, hurried away with his wife and
daughter, who had the felicity ,of witness
ing his triumph.
Mary Anderson In London.
London, April 12. Miss Mary Ander
son has arrived in London. To a, reporter
to-day she declined to say anything about
the newspaper criticissas. regarding her
' health, laughingly remarking: 'Do I loot
like giving up?" y
r v - Traisieit
Parnell Scores Balfour for Their Vee In
"Evicting tho Irish, Tenants Tbe ov '
crnmont's Attempt to Secure Evi
dence for the T)mes Case.
London, April 12. In the House of
Commons this evening Prof. Stuart (Badi
cal) asked Mr. Balfour, the Chief Secretary
for Irelandj -whether the circular sent to
the Irish police directing them to
collate .all secret information regard-,
ing the doings of members of the.
National Leagne was designed to aid the
London Times. "Mr. ''Balfour replied tbat
he made it a rule neither to own nor to deny
the truth of allegations regarding the issue
of secret circulars.
Mr. Farqell demanded a straightforward?
answer. The circular, he said, was a fact
If it was intended for Government purposes,
Mr. Balfour had nothing to conceal. His
refusal to explain implied that there was
something to be ashamed of "Hear, Hear".
The use made of the circular proyed that
the Government was not neutral to
ward the commission investigating the
Ttmer charges. They were the prosecutors
behind the Times. Referring to the nse of
battering rams in enforcing evictions in
Donegal, Mr. Parnell protested against such
cruelty and bar6arity.
Mr. Balfour ignored the question regard
ing the secret circular. Begarding the bat
tering rams, he held that it was necessary
to use them, as the tenants had built elab
orate .fort, works inside their doors. Sir
William "Vernon Harcourt described the
policy of Mr, Balfonr as one of .extermina
tion.' TheGovernment remedy for suffer
ing tenants'was to level the poor people's
houses with battering-rams.
Mr. Goscben said that the Parnellites
were responsible for that. They .had substi
tuted warfare between landlord and tenant
for friendly relations, based upon recent
laws, which put Irish tenants in a more
faypred and protected position than any peo
ple in the world. Evictions were not tak
ing place because tenants could not pay
their rent, but because tbey would not do so.
Sir Wm. Vernon Harcourt seemed to prefer
that policemen's heads Ve battered in to see
ing a door broken.
PENSIONS WHILB jqjj WAIT.
One Granted" to the Mother of a Man
Pr owned In Wheeling Creek.
Washington, April 12. Assistant
Secretary Bussey to-day rendered an im
portant pension decision in the case of
Nancy Brooks, mother of Isaac B.
Brooks, late private Company H, Sixth
Ohio Volnnteers. While the soldier
was bathing in Wheeling creek, near West
Virginia, July 5, 1863, he was drowned.
The) application was rejected upon the
ground tbat the death of the soldier had no
direct connection with his military duty.
Assistant Secretary says:
I am of tbe oplfilon that the soldier was "act
ing in accordance with, and in furtherance of,
tho regulations of the service and the orders of
bis superior officers, requiring him to Keep
himself in a cleanly condition, and the season
of tbe year rendered bathing in the creek the
most natural, reasonable and practical meth
od of complying with his orders. Unless it
appears, therefore, tbat the soldier met his
death by drowning under such circumstances,
by reason of his own contributory negligence
or reckless conduct; he would, in my opinion,
unquestionably be in the line of duty. ,
There being no evidence of this character,
the former decision, rejecting the claim, is
reversed, and the pension allowed.
ABM0UR IS INNOCENT.
He Would toot Think of Stopping Competl
M ,. ,llon Wit" His Business,
Chicago April 12. Mr. J. P. Quinn,
manager for Armour & Co., was inter
viewed to-dayin regard.to the allegation in
a dispatch from New York that Armour &
Co., through their influence with the Cotton
seed Oil Trust, had compelled their new
rival, the American Meat Company, to
closejts subscription books and retire. Mr.
There is no truth in It so far as this company
Is concerned. Mr. Armour was in Europe
when the stock of the American Meat Com
pany was floated, and I know tbat be never at
tempted in any way. directly or indirectly, to
force tbe company out of the business, nor has
any representative of tbis firm done so. We
believe tbero is room for other meat companies,
and have not made and will not make any
efforts to stop their coming into the field. We
never regarded the American Meat Company,
however, as much of a competitor. Tbe reason
for tbe withdrawal of the subscription books
must be sought elsewhere. I know of no
80UE- ON A SYNDICATE.
Hoosler Farmers Will Not Pay the Binding
Twine Monopoly's Prices.
tSPXCIAL TXLEGEAM TO Till DISPATCH. 1
ETANSV1XI.E, Ind., April 12. The
Fanners' Alliance throughout Southern
Indiana is making war upon the monopoly
prices of binding twine. A tn-County Con
vention "of Warwick, Spencer and Dubois
was held at Boonville to-day and resolu
tions passed Lthat no member of the alliance
would pay more than 12 cents per pound for
the twine, and that rather than submit to
the combine as now constructed, they wonld
bind wheat In the old-fashioned way, with
This action is said to meet the approval
of Gibson, Pike and Posey county farmers,
who meet to-morrow in convention to pass
similar resolutions. The alliance in this
district embraces over 6,000 farmers, and
tbey are all indignant at the twine syndi
cate. AN0THEE HATHAEKET VICTIM.
One More of the Officers Struck br the
Anarchist Bomb Likely to Die.
rSPSCIAL TEtlOBAM TO THI DISFATCH.1
Chicago, April 10. Officer Michael
O'Brien was in the third division of police
men who marched into the haymarket on
the.nigbt the Anarchist bomb was thrown
from the alley, A piece of the missile
entered O'Brien's breast and lodged so near
his heart that it was considered dangerous
to probe for it Por two years the brave
officer was incapacitated for dnty. Last
May, however, he was assigned to guard
one of the down town bridges.
He remained at his post untiL Monday,
when an abscess formed near the piece of
metal, and it-is now believed that he cannot
survive the heroic operation which is soon
to be performed by the three most skillful
surgeons in the city. '
HIPP0LITE. AHEAD AGAIN.
His Forces and an Earthquake Unite to
Overwhelm Legitime' Army.
ISPECIAI. TXHSOBAM TO THX DISrATCH.1
Nejv YOBK, April 12, The British
steamer Delta arrived at this port to-day
from Port de Paix, Hayti, with more news
about the earthquake at Port de Paix on
the 28tn. Property worth $50,000 was de
stroyed and 25 persons were severely in
jured. The fighting that took place on the
same date between St Marc and Gonaives,
the purser of the Delta said, was very
heavy. Hippolyte's soldiers seemed to be
getting the upper hand all around.
The man-ot-war Galena was at Port de
Paix on April 3, the date of tbe Delta's de
parture. The war ship Ossipee arrived on
the 30th from Gonaives and went the next
day to Cape Haytien.
EAST AND WEST, JSi-fgffiS
powerful historical rtorv.it continued in to
morrouft Dispatch, j! tpnoptU of the open
ing chapters U given. Satt arid west is pure,
patriotic and fascinating.
A-ttb-o Branch. Offices of Tlio .
'. i ' ' t 1
Dispatch ' i
"' ""For to-teorrow'a issue-up to 9 o'clock P. x.' ' ; -
, T For list of branch offices in the various dis
tricts seeTHIrtD PAGE.
A Trio of Governiiih38Lcial3' It
APPBOEEIATE SMALL igj
Thousands of Dollars Found PlaceaEnderr
A the Carpets, and
hidden in Innocent flowerpots1
An Explanation of the Abundance or Chinese Betnra
Certificates. ' ;
About 50 indictments have been found
against three customs officials in Washing
ton Territory for defrauding the. Govern- ,
rnent and the owners of ships. The aggre
gate of the stealings will reach a large sum.
Over $12,000 of the stolen money was found
in various hiding places. A number of
Chinese return certificates are also missing.
One of the accused is wealthy and has
Poet Tovtnsend, W. T., April 12. Tho
United States grand jury has found 25 in
dictments against .Wm. Earned, ex-Special
Deputy Collector, 11 against Herbert P.
Beecher, ex-Treasury Agent, and 12 against ,
Quincy A. Brooks, or stealing from the
Government Becords and accounts have
been thoroughly overhauled and presented
to tbe grand jury, for the first time in many
years, by Government officials especially
sent ont from Washington by the depart
ment to make personal investigation of the
many charges preferred by press and pub
lic. Last January Leslie Cullom, Acting Col
lector, and L. L. Lnpton, First Auditor of
the Department, commenced the investiga
tion. Special Treasury Agent Crowley had
previously partially examined the customs
accounts tfnd dismissed Harned. The
records were examined, going as far back as
April. The first thing found was that
vessels had been overcharged in entrance
and clearance and private receipts issued.
The Government receipts came out of
what was called the "Blue Book," many of
tbe cages being destroyed and white re
ceipts issued instead. By this method
vessels were swindled out of small sums,
amounting to a few dollars each, which ag
gregated many thousand dollars per year.
In another part of the record was found
where a payer was charged in some in
stances many hundred dollars more than
Ah incident was cited when the British
steamer Sardony passed. Charged $920, on
ly $320 of which was paid to the Govern
ment Another vessel ipaid $225 and was
credited with $163. Wa Chongof Seattle
paid $1,825 and was credited with $1,641.
Two thousand ''Blue" or Government re
ceipts were found in a mutilated condition,
concealed in varions parts of the office.
The largest steal discovered was for duties
paid on the cargo of the British bark Ma
deria from Liverpool, last June. Duty to
the amount of $6,038 was paid, and the Gov
ernment received $5,044. The records, how
ever, indicated that -no money was paid
during the month. One of the consignees,
James Griffiths, claimed to haver paid
Harned the amount Harned acknowledged
appropriatinc money, and took a bag con
taining $2,000 to make np the deficiency to
Acting Collector Cullom to make good his
The clerk of the district at Seattle holds
receipts for $1,660, and only $373 is credited
to the Government for the entire month.
Harned admits getting the money, but could
not account for the same. The master of
barkentine Amelia paid a fine of $100, of
which there is nothing to show on the
After Harned was dismissed over $12,000
was found in various parts of the office
secreted under the carpets, in flower pots,
pigeon holes and other places. Becords of
the daily receipts dnring the latter part of
Beecher s time are also missing from the
office. In addition to the other records up
to the time of Harned's dismissal last
November, are also gone, making it im
possible to accurately determine the deficits.
Brooks is short $15,000 in addition to illegal
fees collected amounting to another $15,000.
All are specifically charged with extortion,
removing public records and falsifying ac
counts. There are 38 opium stamps missing,
valued at $5 each, besides a large number of
Chinese return certificates, which have be
come missing since the passage of the Chi
nese restriction act Harned and Beecher
will be arrested to-morrow, and placed un
der $5,000 bonds. They refuse to make any
statements. Brooks is in Washington.
Harned is worth $40,000, and has many
warm personal friends on Pnget Sound.
HELP CAJIB TOO LATE.
A Dissipated Woman Bleeds to Death From
a Wound Strangely Received.
rSPXCXAI. TXLXOBAM TO TBI DISPATCH.1
Baltimoee, April 12. Mary E. Brown,
a dissipated woman, about 40 years old,
came to her death in a singular manner last
night She had been drinking heavily, and
a female friend took away the bottle of
liquor which she kept in her room. This
she soon replaced with another, but con
cealed it in her stocking. Last night, while
drunk, she fell against a chair and broke
the bottle. A piece entered her leg and cut
Her friend found her lying on the floor,
as she thought, drunk, but when after a.
time she did not revive, a doctor was called
in. He made an examination and found
the woman bleeding to death. Jle staunched
the flow, but help had come too late.
IT WAS TECHNICALLY T0JD,
But No Serious Trouble Is Feared laths
Chicago Election Difficulty.
Chicago, April 12. Judge Tuley to-day
decided that by the terms of the decision of
the Supreme Court in the Hyde, Park case,
the subnrb of Cicero also was annexed to
the south and west towns of Chicago, but
only so far as the matter of assessments and
collections went Judge Tnley's action is
quite generally conceded to indicate that
the point that the recent city election is
technically void was well taken.
No serious result, however, seems proba
ble. Lawyer Boot, who incidentally raised
the city election question, said this evening
1 hat, having attained his object of keeping
the Cicero trustees in officer he would now
tet the agitation drop.
BEAVEE'S NOSE WAS PULLED.
The Witnesses in the Arraea Court Martial
Agree on That Point,
rSFZCUX. TXLXOBAM TO THX DISPATCH.1
Washington, April 12. A number of
witnesses were examined to-day in the
Captain Armes court martial case, the test!
mony being- that Armes pulled Governor
Beaver's nose, and that the Captain had
been removed from the inaugural procession
at General Hastings' orders.
Ofl DICrC Zb-morroufs issue of TBE
.U rAUCO. J)IHPATCB tcillcontatntO
pages. This triple number irfW form a com
plete magazine of choice reading, together wiA
all (he news of the whole world.