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PROFIT INJE PEN,
Two Bold Forgers Brought Up
With a Sudden and Un
A MERE TWIST OF WRIST
Makes Immense Fortunes for a
Couple of Penmen.
THEIR SIN F1KDS THEM OCT AT LAST.
A New York Street Hallway President Sells
700 Fraudulent Shares of Mock lie
Needed Money to BeconpHlsTosaes In a
Little Scheme or Two No Trouble to Sell
His Worthless Stuff A Yonnff Minne
apolis Lawyer Does Even Better Finan
cially With nis Gin or Imitotlos Other
People's Handwrltlnc How into Crime
Was Drtected-He Makes a Fall and
Stories of two remarkable forgeries are
given to-day. A street railway company
President in New York confesses to forging
700 shares of the stock of his company, to
cover his financial losses; and, in the other
case, a young attorney of Minneapolis ad
mits forging names of other people to paper
in the amount of $227,000.
FErECIAL TELEGRAM TO TDK DISPATCH. 1
New Yobk, August 7. Something of
an excitement was caused in certain busi
ness circles to-day by the news that Eben S.
Allen, President of the Forty-second Street
and Grand Street Terry Railroad Company,
was a prisoner at police headquarters,
charged with having issued forged or dupli
cated certificates of the stock of the com
pany of which he was the head.
Mr. Allen was arrested on Tuesday, and
spent Tuesday night in a cell at police
headquarters, but it was after noon to-day
beiore the fact of his arrest was made pub
The specific charge against Mr. Allen
was that he had forged 700 shares of the
stock of the company The certificates had
been numbered in duplication of genuine
certificates held by various stockholders of
BIG PBICES FOB HIS STUFF.
The market value of 700 genuine shares
(could be 5147,000, and Allen is accused of
having hypothecated his worthless stuff
with a number of banks for about $130,000.
The banks that negotiated the loans on this
stock for Allen are the Fifth Avenue, the
Columbia and the Eighteenth Rational
' Bank, of Williamsburg.
The bogus shares, according to Inspector
Byrnes, bear a forgery of George Curtis' sig
nature as President of the company at the
time, and Allen's own signature as Treas
urer. It seems that Allen had been hypoth
ecating the alleged forged certificates of
stock for four years previous to his acces
sion to the Presidency of the road. He
hypothecated them in small batches, as he
seeded the money, with the banks named.
THE CASK EASILY PROCURED.
The stock is quoted on the market at .210,
and Allen had no difficulty in getting the
cash. The fact that he had swindled any
body might have been kept a secret for a
long time, but for the fact that two of the
banks that were big holders of the paper
had got tired, for some reason, of carrying
the security, and gave five days' notice that
they would call in their loans. They hold
an aggregate of 439 shares of the stock.
As President Allen dWn't respond to the
notir.fe to step up and settle, the bank de
termined to sell the stock.lhey employed
T. P. Freeman & Co. and HeJhsyiii S Bl'ant
. to negotiate the sale. On July 30 Freeman
& Co. offered 210 shares to George H.
Prentiss & Co., at $210. It was made, seller
seven days, as the books were closed at the
SOLD ALL niS STOCK.
Prentiss & Co. bought the stock, guaran
teeing to receive it last Monday. On August
2 Hellman & Blant offered Prentiss & Co.
229 shares of the stock at $210. This was
also to be delivered last Monday.
The stock offered to Prentiss & Co. was
duly delivered on Monday, and Prentiss &
Co. took it to the office of Treasurer Ralph
J. Jacobs, to be transferred. Mr. Jacobs
notified Prentiss & Co. that the stock was
an omission, and said that no such stock
was in existence. He immediately called
on Allen for an explanation. The shares
were signed by Charles Curtis, at one time
President of the Company, by John Green,
also a former President, and by George
Green, who was elected to-day President
'pro tern, and Allen, as Secretary and Treas
urer. The New Xork State reports for 1886 give'
Allen as Secretary, and for 1887 as Treas
urer. It was not until 1888 that he is men
tioned as President.
Allen's statements to Mr. Jacobs were so
contradictory that he hastily called a meet
ing of the directors of the company at the
Hotel Metropole Tuesday afternoon. In
spector Byrnes was notified to keep his eye
Allen is a fine-looking man of CO, about 5
feet 8 inches in height, and has black hair
and a black mustache and imperial slightly
tinged with gray. He was handsomely
dressed. The Inspector talked to him about
the case, and the prisoner broke down and
made a confession. This he repeated sub
sequently in the presence of several of the
directors of the railroad company. He said
that he had been connected with the com
pany for a quarter of a century in various
capacities, finally becoming its President.
He declared, according to Byrnes, that he
had forged the stock certificates to secure
money to get him out of
A FINANCIAL TANGLE
in which he became involved several years
ago, when trying to put some private busi
ness enterprises into operation. One ot
these was the introduction of a patent fire
escape, and another patent clothes-hanger
of jiron, designed to do away with the p res
ent pulleys and posts and lines. His
friends had great confidence in both these
devices, and he put all the money he could
command into the schemes. William P.
Esterbrook was Superintendent of Build
ings at the time, and he refused to allow the
fire escape to be put on any building in the
This opposition had continued, Allen
said, by Esterbrook's successors in the
building department. The clothes-hanger
scheme struck a snag, too, and Allen found
that he must have money to save himself
He forged the stock, believing, he said,
that he would be able ultimately to make
enough money out of his private business
enterprises to take up the loans and destroy
all evidences of forgeries. He had made
the stock duplicates of stock already issued,
to guard against discovery. He was in the
iron business at 140 East Forty-first street,
in addition to being a speculator in the fire
escape and clothes-hanger inventions.
The directors of the company told In
spector Byrnes that they had decided to
rigorously prosecute Allen, although the
company will not, they said, lose a cent by
his forgeries. Allen said that he had raised
between $125,000 and $130,000 on the stock,
and could easily have got more than that if
he wanted it, owing to the premium of the
An Attorney In nigh Society Uses a Client's
Name to the Amount of 8227,000
A Complete Confession of the
Crime Speculation the
Minneapolis, August 7. J. Frank Col
lom, son of the builder of the Collom block,
and one of the best known young attorneys
in Minneapolis, has confessed to forging the
name of John T. Blaisdell, the millionaire
pioneer of the city, to notes and other paper
footing up the huge total of $227,000. It
has been known for some weeks that some
thing was radically wrong with Mr. Col
lom's accounts. He has been the trusted
attorney for Mr. Blaisdell for several years.
It appears that Collom began his peculiar
financial methods upward of a year ago.
Mr. Blaisdell had every confidence in the
young man until a few weeks ago. Then
his faith was suddenly shattered. The sen
sational story however, never came to the
ears of the general public until to-day.
A LITTLE SURPRISE.
Something over three weeks ago F. A.
Chamberlain, cashier of the Security Bank,
met John T. Blaisdell upon the street. Mr.
Blaisdell has for some years been one of the
bank's heaviest depositors.
"Mr. Blaisdell," began the cashier, "how
much of J. F. Collom's paper are you on?"
The millionaire thought for an instant
and then replied:
"I believe I have indorsed his paper to
the amount of $10,000."
Mr. Chamberlain became somewhat ex
cited. "Why, Mr. Blaisdell," said he, "we have
nearly three times that amount of paper in
the bank indorsed by you."
The capitalist's face blanched at this.
"It must be a mistake, Mr. Chamberlain,"
he said. "I know I've never indorsed Col
lom's paper to any such amount. There
must be a great mistake somewhere."
"There js no error regarding the amount,"
retorted tbe cashier. "I know what I'm
talking about. It strikes me, too, that we
had better look into this matter at once.
There is a senegambian located in this thing
"WORSE AND MORE OF IT.
Then Mr. Blaisdell and tbe Security Bank
officials put their heads together, and the re
sult of a hasty investigation showed that
something was very seriously wrong. Several
brokers and money loaners were visited, and
a great amount of fictitious paper was soon
discovered. Within a very short period the
immense sum of $227,000 in notes and other
securities was discovered, but to only part of
which Mr. Blaisdell's name was attached.
Mr. Blaisdell pronounced all the signatures
purporting to be his to be forgeries. , '
The bank and Mr. Blaisdell were..equ'ally
interested, and a rigid investigation was at
once set on foot The entire matter was put
iuiu tueuauusoi ei-youniy attorney -Brant
F. Davis. The Attorney proceeded very
quietly with theease. A private detective
was at once secpred to shadow Collom, the
suspected forger. The books and papers in
the whole matter were turned over to Mr.
Davis anp nis associates for inspection.
ProfjA;. C. Curtiss, of the Curtiss Busi
ness College, was secured as an expert to
examine the signatures attached to the
different notes and securities. Mr. Curtiss
made a close and careful investigation. He
soon arrived at a conclusion. His verdict
was that J. Frank Collom was the guiltv
A COMPLETE CONFESSION.
The next move of those conducting the
investigation was to confront Attorney Col
lom with his crime. This move was made
yesterday. Collom was called into the
office of Mr. Davis. Here the situation was
put before the young man without any
mincing of words. Mr. Blaisdell and several
of the bane officials were present at this
meeting. The young attorney at once broke
down and confessed his crime in detail.
Collom wept bitterly and begged his hfear
ers not to spare him. He was almost beside
"Send me to the penitentiary," he cried;
"no mercy is due me; I do not ask for any.
I have been weak and foolish. I can only
say that I deserve my fate. No one can ever
know how I regret that I have violated the
confidence placed in me by Mr. Blaisdell."
That is about the way in which the young
man ran on. At one time when he calmed
down a little he is said to have declared that
if he was only given one more chance he
would be able to recover the money and his
reputation. It is stated that the money se
cured from Blaisdell by Collom-was lost en
tirely in real estate deals. The young man
has considerable real testate and the equities
have all been tnrned over to Mr. BlaisdelL
It is reported that Collom's father and
other mends will pome to his assistance.
If such proves to be the case it is probable
that the matter will be settled.
It is claimed to-night by friends of the
forger that he has $500,000 worth of real
estate, and that the matter will undoubtedly
AHEAD OP THE STANDARD.
The Clty.of Toledo Has Managed to Seenre a
Natural Gas Supply.
Toledo, August 7. "When this city bond
ed herself for $750,000 to provide natural gas
that would knock out the monopoly, the
Standard Oil Company declared that it
would be impossible to buy any gas terri
tory. The city got some land, however, at
"Van Buren, and drilled a well. Yenterday
a gusher was struck, which will yield about
20,000,000 feet of gas per day.
FOE G0YEKN0R OF OHIO.
James Campbell Secures a majority of the
Cincinnati, August 7. At the Demo
cratic primaries to elect delegates to the
State Convention, to be held at Dayton,
there was a large vote to-night. The con
test was between L. T. Neal, of Boss county,
and James E. Campbell, of Butler county.
Campbell got a, very large majority of the
JACK THE PEEPER
Continuing- His Midnight Visits to Bedrooms
la Elizabeth H Dons a Waterproof
and Robber Boots la
SrECIAL TXLKOBAM TO THI nigPATCH.1
Elizabeth, N. J., August 7. "Jack
the Peeper," whose antics have caused
terror in Elizabethport, was again on his
rounds last night Evidently he had pre
pared for the change in the weather, for at
one place he appeared in a pair of rubber
boots and a waterproof coat. He carried a
dark lantern and a revolver, which he flour
ished in the faces of the persons he visited.
As heretofore, he showed no evidence that
his visits were for the purpose of robbery,
his only object, apparently, being to visit
Screams were heard about midnight from
the house of Jacob Weicloger, in Marshall
street, near Fifth, and the next moment a
man threw up the window, dropped to the
ground and disappeared. The intruder
shook a pistol in Mrs. Weisloger's face and
quickly retreated, locking the door on the
outside, so as to facilitate his escape. "When
the couple succeeded in breaking open the
door, he had vanished.
He next turned up at tbe house of Mr.
Heenan, in Fulton street, where he awoke
the people by trying to raise a window. He
fled when he found he had been discovered.
The residence of Mark Feeny, in East Jersey
street, was next invaded.
During his operations, covering four
months, he entered about 35 houses in
various parts of the city. Plunder is not
his object, is there is no report of his hav
ing stolen anything in the places he has
visited. His exploits usually occur be
tween the hours of 11 P. M. and 1 a. m.,
and his favorite visiting spot is the sleeping
apartments of females. The entire de
tective force of Elizabeth was scouring the
city to-day for clews.
HARRIED A COLORED BARBER.
Serious Ending; of a Week's Flirtation by a
, German Girl.
rSFZCIAL TXLKaBAH TO THE DISPATCH.!
New York, August 7. The following
marriage notice was printed in a Jersy City
evening paper, to-night: "Married Louis
Campbell Bulloch, of Savannah, Ga., and
Miss Barbara Florence Seifried, of Carlstadt,
N. J." Mr. Bulloch is a handsome colored
barber. He is employed in Scott's barber
shop, at 64 Montgomery street, Jersey Citv.
He is 23 years old. Miss Seifried is a good
looking German girl, two years younger.
She is employed as a clerk in Mr. Mechier's
bakery, at 53 Montgomery street, directly
opposite Scott's. Bulloch used to sit at the
window at Scott's and flirt with
Miss Seifried across the street He is very
light colored, and has a fine little curly
mustache. The flirtatioircontinued a week,
and then the barber ventured to speak to
Miss Seifried. She did not resent it, and
after a few weeks' courtship they decided to
They came to this city to-day, when the
ceremony was performed. Who performed
it, Bulloch, refuses to say. A reporter of
The Dispatch talked with him to-night,
at his sister's house, 54 Morris street, where
he is staying with his wife. "She is a
splendid girl," he said.
TROUBLE IN OKLAHOMA,
A Confusion as to Prior Right of Homestead
and Town Site Claims.
Washington, August 7. The Acting
Commissioner of the General .Land Office is
in receipt of complaints that homestead set
tlers in Oklahoma, who have made entries
of thetracts settled upon by them, are sub
jected to annoyance and expense by parties
setting up speculative claims to the tracts,
undertaking to lay out pretended towns
thereon, to'dispose of interests in town lots
to the public and endeavoring by various
indirect means to compel the settlers to give
up their rights to the tract covered by their
The acting commissioner has addressed a
letter to the Begister and Beceiver of the
Land Office-atGuthrie, Inc T., calling at
tention to'an' office circular of April 1, 1889,
containing instructions on the subject and
.'directing the Begister and Beceiver to
promptly reject all applications that may
be presented for tracts shown by the records
to be covered by existing homestead entries,
unless accompanied by satisfactory proof as
required by town site circular of July 9,
1886, that such tract was actually selected
as the site of a city or town, or settled and
occupied for purposes of trade and business,
at a date prior to that of tbe existing entry.
SETTLING THE STRIKE.
The Arbitration Committee Keports Upon
the Illinois Coal Trouble.
Chicago, August 7. The Arbitration
Committee of business men, to whom was
referred the wage dispute in the Streator
coal fields, rendered a decision to-day, fix
ing the price to be paid workmen at 72)4
cents a ton. The demand of the miners was
for 80 cents. The operators offered
70. The stumbling block was the
cost of the "dead work," or the
the actual expense of handling and loading
the coal. The operators swore that it was
46 cents a ton. The miners offered to do the
wore themselves at 37 cents. Acceptance
of the offer was deemed barred by the com
mittee as not having been provided for in
the arbitration agreement
The award of 72 cents was made by
Arbitrators Gage and Williams. The third
arbitrator, Colonel Bend, held out for 77
cents, and would not vote to compromise at
less than 75. The coal men in Chicago ex
pect that the decision will be ratified bv the
disputants. Tbe work of collecting charity
supplies for the starving miners still goes
SETTLED WITH A SINGLE SHOT.
A Georgian Kills a Neighbor for Talking;
About His Daughter.
rsPxciAi. jxtroaAJt to thsdisfatcim
Augusta, Ga., August 7. A difficulty
between Mr. Barnett Langston and Mr. J.
W. Lanford, two prominent and well-to-do
farmers and merchants, of Lanford station,
Laurens county, S. C, occurred at 3 o'clock
this afternoon, which resulted in the instant
killing of Mr. Langston. The cause of the
homicide is said to be that Mr. Langston
had been talking about Mr. Lanford's
daughter, and he shot nim with a pistol.
Alter the killing, Mr. Lanford, in com
pany with a friend, started in his buggy to
drive to Laurens, the county seat, a distance
of about ten miles, to surrender himself to
the Sheriff. At about the same time Mr.
Langston, of Laurens, heard of the killing
of his brother, and he started with a' friend
in a buggy to drive to Lanford. When the
two meet on the road it is expected that
more blood will be shed.
BETTER THAN BARBER BUSINESS.
A Now York Chin Scraper Falls Heir to
ISrCCTAI. TXLKOBAM TO TUX WsrATCO.!
Newburo, N. Y., August 7. Herman
Fisher, a barber at Cranston's Hotel, has
fallen heir to $600,000. His home is at
Elizabeth street, New York. It is said his
ancestors live in Germany, and left $51,000,
000, which, when divided, leaves $600,000
to each of the heirs.
Fisher is 64 years of age. He has three
children, and has been at Cranston' two
years. He has placed his cast la the hands
of the German Consul.
PITTSBURG, THURSDAY, AUGUST 8, 1889.
NOT A COG SUPPED.
The Machinery of tho Bepublican
Convention in Perfect Order.
EVERT WHEEL IN ITS PLACE.
Speaker Boyer Presented With the Only
Nomination to be Hade.
W. H. ANDREWS CHAIRMAN ONCE HORE.
Senator Delimiter ana Major Montooth as BIisls for
The Republicans of Pennsylvania in con
vention at Harrisburg yesterday nominated
Henry K. Boyer for Treasurer, re-elected
W. H.( Andrews State Chairman, and
adopted the platform as outlined yesterday.
There were no contests, and all went
smoothly as if greased.
:feom a STAjrr cobkesfoxdxxt.i
Habbisbubg, August 7. Although
deadened by harmony, the State Republican
Convention enjoyed three surprises to-day.
One was the tremend
ous effort at decora
tion in the Opera
House where the
bloodless battle was
fought. No Govern
or's nomination "was
with such an extrava
gant display of many-
and banners. The
second surprise was
tbe really able ad-
Speaker Boyer, IF7k'
Bad a Walkover, dress of Senator Dela-
mater. In it there were unmistakably
sounded the first war notes of his own can
vass for Governor. That was part of the
object in making him chairman of this
convention. But he did not have a monop
oly of the Gubernatorial opportunities.
That is where
THE THIRD ASTONISHES
came in. Major E. A. Montooth, the gallant
candidate for Governor from Pittsburg, ap
peared very unexpectedly on the floor of the
convention, with a delegate's badge pinned
to the lapel of his coat. He had not been
elected a delegate in Pittsburg, and to all
but a few his sudden appearance there was
a complete surprise. He only arrived in
town at daylight to-day, and was invisible
up to the moment he marched down the cen
tral aisle of the Opera House with his badge
fluttering to the breeze.
A round ot applause greeted him, and it
did not all come from Western delegates,
either. During roll call Arthur Kennedy
announced that in the Allegheny delegation'
Major Montooth was a substitute for James
Smith, and Simon Scott appeared in place
of Josiah Speer.
A. MOVEMENT WELL PLANNED.
Although suddenly sprung, the Montooth
movement was maturelv planned, the ropes
having been laid in Pittsburg a month ago.
It was kept a dead secret, though, from
Quay, Delamater & Co. When Major
Montooth entered tbe
hall the look of sur
prise on Senator Dela
mater's face plainly,
changed to an expres
sion of dismay. The
for Governor took a
seat in the front row.
The Crawford county
candidate for Gov
ernor sat four rows
back'of him, but after
awhile Delamater was
made Chairman, and
cot a chance to make
a FTPAt uneefth- T.tpr
on Montooth arose In -H Own
second the nomination of Mr. Boyer for
State Treasurer, and he too made a speech.
Belamater .courteously announced him to
the audience, but while the Major was
speaking, Delamater, Andrews and Walter
Lyon exchanged glances. And to Major
Montooth was finally accorded the pleasant
duty of notifying Mr. Boyer, at the Lochiel
Hotel, of his nomination.
THE CAMPAIGN OPENS EARLY.
And thus did the coming Gubernatorial
campaign secure a share of attention at this
convention. It was an opportune time to
start it. -
There was absolutely no contest against
H. K. Boyer, of Philadelphia, for State
Treasurer, or William. H. Andrews, of
Crawford county, for State Chairman. Had
there been any trouble, there would have
been no time to bother about a campaign of
When United States District Attorney
Lyon, of Pittsburg, was made Temporary
Chairman of the convention, he thanked the
audience in a neat speech. He referred to
his election as an honor conferred upon
Allegheny county He reminded the dele
gates that since the last State Convention
an election had occurred by which the party
had secured theNational Administration.For
this he thought credit was largely due Penn
sylvania Republicans, who had furnished
the leader under whom the national victory
was won. He congratulated the party that
all dissensions and factions have disap
peared and that all dwell together now in
MR. DELAMATER MAKES A SPEECH.
Committees were appointed and a recess
taken. Upon reassembling, Senator Dela
mater was elected Permanent Chairman and
escorted to the platform by Generals Lilly
and Beeder. Chairman Delamater's re
ception was certainly gratifying. Young
and Handsome, wealtny and genial, he
seemed to make friends at the glance of the
eye. When the applause subsided he
thanked the delegates for choosing him to
preside over their deliberations. Continu
ing, he said:.
Since we last met another battle has been
fought and won. I congratulate yon that tbe
Democrats have been sent to the rear. We
should be proud of Pennsylvania's part In this
noble victory. As in the war of the rebellion,
Pennsylvania's soil became tbe field of tbe de
cisive battle of Gettysburg, so in 1888 Pennsyl
vania furnished tbe keynote of the victorious
Republican platform protection to American
industries. As in 1863, the end of the war was
foreshadowed on Pennsylvania soil, in 18S3 the
end of Democracy's rnle was declared by Penn
sylvanlans. Bo in war carnage, as Hancock
held back the advancing hordes at Gettys
burg, so in 1888 the fearless Quay, by the force
of bis masterly management, stayed the on
ward march of Democracy. Great excite
ment, hats thrown in air, with load cheers.)
Since be won, what a magnificent administra
tion we have had by Harrison and James G.
iiiaine. luneers tor jcuaine.1 uere in renn
sylvania we have superb organization among
Republicans. We are admired of a:i tlie
States. But how lately were we called to mourn
for him who molded and perpetuated this
State organization Simon Cameron.
DANGERS OF SECTIOKAXISM.
Passing on to party questions, Chairman
Delamater said the greatest enemy this
country has to-day is sectionalism. He de
scribed the place where it flourishes as
"that land where the people were once solid
for slavery, then for rebellion, and always
solid for the Democracy." Three influences
in the hands of Republicans will break a
solid South, he thought, viz.: First, tariff
and promotion of internal industries in the
South; second, admission of new States in
tbe Northwest; third, passage 'of liberal
Mr. Delamater talked for half an hour.
Iq" conclusion he said: '-Let us extol our
soldier Governor whose administration in
peace is as judicious as it was heroic in
war." Then, singularly enough.the speaker
referred to the calamity of Johnstown,
briefly, right after his complimentary allu
sion to Governor Beaver.
The plat'onn printed elsewhere was
now read and adopted, and then Arthur
Kennedy nominated William H. Andrews
for State Chairman. The nomination was
approved by acclamation, and Chairman
Andrews merely bowed his thanks.
SPEAKER BOTES NAMED.
Senator Boise Penrose, of Philadelphla,in
an eloquent eulogistic speech, nominated
Hon. H. K. Boyer for State Treasurer. In
seconding the nomination brief speeches
were made by James K. Cree, of Chester;
Hon. Henry Hall, o Mercer, and Major
Montooth, of Pittsburg.
Messrs. Montooth and Weaver were sent
in quest of Mr. Boyer, after his nomination
was effected by a rising vote. When he ar
rived he made a very plain speech to the ef
fect that the Bepublican party had over
whelmed him with kindness, but the con
vention adjourned at 3 P. M. Mr. Boyer was
tendered a reception by the old members of
the Legislature. It was a feast and flow
The members of the State Committee
appointed from Allegheny county
are as follows, they not having been chosen
in time for yesterday's report:
Forty-second Senatorial Joseph T. Kevin
and Jesse M. McUeary.
Forty-third Senatorial J. O. Brown and W.
Forty-fourth Senatorial T. O. Jones and E.
Forty-nftn Senatorial John W. Nesbit and
Robert E. Mercer.
L. E. SlOFIEL.
Of a Naphtha Imnncb With a Half Dozen
Persons on Board Poor Ferlsb In the
Flames and Two Are Blown Into
tbe Water and Injured.
Buffalo, August 7. About 4 o'clock
this afternoon bystanders near the boat
houses at the foot of Ferry street, heard two
explosions in quick succession from the
boathouse just being built by L. B. Crocker.
Superintendent of the New York Central
Stock Yards,in which his pleasure yacht, the
Cedar Bidge, was stored. Immediately fol
lowing the explosions the boat burst into
flames, which soon made a furnace of its in
terior. Simultaneously two or three persons
were thrown into the water as if from the
force of the discharge.
Caleb Tolsms.got a boat and picked np-'a-young
woman, Miss McLean, aged 29,
from tbe water. At this time the form of
Mr. Crocker's young son was seen standing
on the boat's deck, against a back ground of
fire. Another man named Charles Schwei
gels seized a pike pole snd extended it to
ward the little fellow till it almost touched
his breast, at the same time crying to JunH
to grasp it and he would rescue nim.
the little iellow seemed paralyzed and in
moment fell back into the fire and burned to
a crisp before the horrified gaze of on
lookers. Bnt now attention was directed to a car
penter clinging to a rafter just over the
blazing boat. For a few moments he hung
desperately on his perch and then, as if
stupefied by the heat and suffocated by the
smoke, loosed his bold and dropped, another
victim into the, furnace below. He leaves
a wife and five small children. The other
f children of Mr. Crocker, Leonard Lemuel,
a son aged v years and lumontns,anu .tunel,
a daughter aged 8 years and 9 months, also,
perished in the flames. Another girl,
Charlotte, aged 14, was blown Into the
TMterancWescned therefrom and sent along
with Mfss McLean to the hospital.
The yacht was what is known as a naptba
launch, run by naptha for fuel. It is sup
posed that the accident was caused when
the engineer lit tbe match for ignition of
fuel by the explosion of some gas which had
STEALING A MARCH ON "EM.
A Scheme lo Whisk the Northwest Wheat
Crop Oat of tbe Country.
rsriciAi. TBLEOniir to thx dispatch.!
Chicago, August 7. It was reported
to-day that a big syndicate of foreign capi
talists had been formed to buy and ship tbe
surplus wheat crop of the Northwest via
Dniuth and the Northern routes to Europe.
It was alleged that special concessions in
the matter of rates had been secured over
the "Soo" and the Canadian Pacific roads,
and that the American roads would lose this
important source of revenue In consequence
of the restrictions of the inter-State com
merce law, which do not affect Canadian
It is estimated that fully 40,000,000 bush
els of wheat will be shipped out of Minne
sota and Dakota this year, and if it is to go
abroad over foreign rails, the American
roads will not profit to such an extent as has
been anticipated by the big crops now
assured in the West.
TERI BOLD BURGLARS
They Blow Open a Safe In Plain Sight of the
Detroit, August 7. A burglary, which
for audacity and mystery surpasses almost
anything in the criminal records of this
city, was committed last night. Charles
Warren's union ticket office, corner Wood
ward and Jefferson avenues, was the scene
of operations. A safe which is exposed to
the view from the street and made espe
cially conspicuous by a gas burner directly
above it was blown open and something
over $1,000 in cash extracted. The bur
glars lelt several of their tools behind them,
but as yet the police have discovered no
How such a theft could have been com
mitted upon one of the most prominent
corners of the city and in a part of the town
which is frequented more than all the oth
ers daring the night is a matter which is
mystifying more people than the police de
partment. THINKS IT HIS TATE.
Either tbe Kentucky Treasurer or a Most
Biesiingham, Ala., August 7. Last
night the Age-Herald sent a member of its
staff who used to live in Frankfort, Ky.,
and knew Dick Tate well, up to Scotts
borougb, where detectives are holding a
man who they think is the defaulting treas
urer. The representative telegraphs to
night that while he. cannot swear the man is
Tate, he thinks he is. Otherwise it is a
phenomenal case of likeness.
Livingston, as the prisoner calls himself,
still refuses to talk further than to state his
intention to keep his mouth shut and let the
officers prove tbat he is Tate if they can.
Two deputies are guarding the alleged
Tate, who awaits identification by Kentucky
RUSSELL HARRISON NOT NEEDED.
The Libel Salt Against Him Can Proceed
Without His Presence.
I SPECIAL TELEGRAM TO TOE DISPATCH.
New Xobk. August 7. In the suit of
Colonel Schuyler Crosby against Bussell B.
Harrison for $100,000 damages for libel,
Judge Ingraham has denied the motion of
the plaintiff to vacate the order extending
the defendant's time to answer, provided Mr.
Harrison's lawyers put in their answer with
in ten days. The Judge said it was not
necessary that the defendant should be
The defendant's lawyers claimed that he
was in Europe on business, while the other
side claimed that he was merely hobnobbing
with princes and kings.
NO HOPE FOR BUKKE.
The Evidence Against Him of the
Most Conclusive Character.
HE BREAKS DOWN IN HIS CELL
His Only Chance for Life is to Give the De
tails of the Plot
A LETTER FEOH. HIS HOME IN IBELAHD.
Mysterious Manner in Which Instruction! Are Sent
to the Prisoner.
State's Attorney Longenesker says that
the evidence against Martin Burke asone of
the murderers of Cionin is complete. Only
by revealing the other parties in the plot
can he hope to escape the gallows. A letter
from his mother in Ireland broke the pris
oner down completely. His attorney has
filed an objection to his present place of con
finement. Chicago, August 7. There is creat deal
of activity and considerable mystery sur
rounding Martin Burke, the Cronin sus
pect, just now. To-day State's Attorney
Longenecker, Chief Hubbard and other
police officials, together with a half a dozen
friends of Dr. Cronin, called at the armory
and held a private conference, which lasted
for some time.
About this hour Attorney Kennedy, of
Appleton, Wis., who has been engaged to
defend Burke, and who has been refused
access to the prisoner, secured a writ of
habeas corpus directing the release of
Martin Burke from the cell in the Harrison
street station in which he is now reposes.
The writ is set for hearing before Judge
Baker, and the principal point on behalf of
the prisoner will be the allegation that
Burke is confined in a "sweat-box" while,
being indicted, he should have been at once
taken to jail and confined there .until sen
tenced or released by the process of law.
It is understood that the writ will not be
pressed if Kennedy is permitted to see his
HIS JIOTHEB'S LETTER.
This afternoon Chief of Police Hubbard,
Assistant Postmaster Stiniming and Morti
mer Scanlan together entered the corridor
in the armory upon which Burke's cell
opens, and stood before the grated door.
"Burkef""Baid the chief, "we have a letteJ
here sent to you by your mother, in IrelairaTl
iloneUBumming, oi tne inortnsiae post-
nad tne letter lor some time.
post-marked so many days
contains notning oi any in
terest to anvDoay but yourself. If you wish
it I will open it and read it to you, but this
"Let me read it," said Burke. Scanlan
and Stimming retired a few feet, and the
Chief handed Burke his mother's letter.
The prisoner tremblingly opened the let
ter and perused it. As he read on his frame
shook violently, and he cried like a child.
When Burke had finished he threw himself
upon the floor of his cell,' and the trio of
visitors left him to his thoughts.
BROKEN DOWN COMPLETELY.
Mrs. Conklin and others were in the sta
tion, and it had been intended to let them sea
tbe prisoner for purposes of identification,
but, seeing his grief-stricken condition after
reading his mother's letter, it was decided
to postpone the confrontation.
Chief McBac, of Winnipeg, will be one
of the witnesses at the trial of Burke and
the others. It is stated that McBae won
Burke's confidence, and, at Burke's re
quest, accompanied him to the United States
boundary on the journey from Winnipeg to
Chicago; that, at his further request, he
was left alone with McBae for 15 minutes,
during which he made important admis
sions. The authorities here are confident
that he will eventually confess. Said State's
Attorney Lougenecker to-day:
"I do not think he can hold out acrainst
'the unavoidable prospect of execution for
this murder, l tninc be will confess. I
am certain mat Durse is one oi tne men
who killed Cronin, and notning in the
world can save him from the gallows ex
cept a juror who would not hang anybody.
With all the evidence we have against
Burke, and there is far more than has been
NO ESCAPE FOB HIM.
"And he will drag down the others with
him also. When you take the part Burke
played in the conspiracy and the part
Coughlin took, and what Beggs did and how
O'Sullivan helped, there is as clear a case as
was ever made out. There is no escape.
We have evidence that cannot be contro
verted. Burke Is so guilty and we have
such absolute proof of his being one of the
men who butchered Cronin that we are
loathe to accept any confession from him if
it involved any leniency for him. He de
serves to hang, and I think he ought to be
hanged unless his evidence should be abso
lutely necessary to convict more important
The murder of Dr. Cronin is not the first
crime of that nature with which Martin
Burke has been charged. In 1887 he was
arrested on suspicion of having been con
nected with the death of a man named Tony
Gallagher, but, for want of proof, tbe
charge was not sustained. Gallagher dis
appeared after being ejected by Burke and
another man from a house in which he was
making considerable noise, and some time
afterward his body was fished out of the
river. It bore evidence of violence, and
there was a rope around the neck.
Evidence was discovered to-day tending
to show that the money with which Burke
made his fight against extradition in Win
nipeg, came from this city. On Saturday
evening last the following telegram was
sent from the Grand Pacific Hotel, this
J. tloagb. Barrister, 'Winnipeg, Canada:
Funusb him with basket, food and fruit.
Caution him against Collins, who will pretend
The sender declined to give his name or
address. The "J. Hough, Barrister," to
whom this telegram was addressed, is the
business partner ot Attorney Campbell,
who defended Burke in Winnipeg, and it is
now mane ciear wny it was that Campbell
was not assisted publicly by Hough, but
that Pardne was brought mto'the case as an
assistant. Hough was to stand in the back
ground and act as tbe secret channel of cor
respondence. Moreover, light is now thrown
on the source of Senator Kennedy's emolu
ments, for the instructions contained in the
telegrams must have been conveyed to
Burke by him. He it was who instructed
Burke to eat out of his basket on his way to
Chicago, and not to eat anything the officers
might give him; and the basket was handed
to Burke on his way to the train, exactly as
ordered in the telegram and recommended
OFFICIALS SCOBE A POINT.
When the habeas corpus proceedings in
the'Burke case came up before Judge Baker
the officials made the point that the pris
oner was not in their custody, but under the
control of the messenger of the President of
the United States, who brought him from
Canada. This nonplussed Attorney Ken
nedy, who immediately made an applica
tion for a new writ, directed to this messen
ger, Officer Collins. The police, however,
have secured at least 24 hours more delay,
as it will be at least that time before the
writ can be served and Burke released from
Late to-night It was being reported with
great positiveness that Burke had confessed.
The story was that the prisoner was much
affected after a talk with State's Attorney
Longenecker, and subsequently se'nt for that
official and the Chier of Police. An inter
view lasting an hour was participated in by
the trio. The assertion is made that a let
ter signed by Burke will be produced in
court to-morrow repudiating Senator Ken
nedy as his representative. Details of the
prisoner's alleged confession are lacking.
AN AEGTIO BESCTJE.
The Tbetls Succors the Sarrlvora of a
Wrecked Whaling- Dark Bat 8 are
Alive Oat of a Crew ot 33
Other Polar News.
Washington, August 7. There has
been received at the Navy Department
from Lieutenant Commander Charles N.
Stockton, in command of the Thetis, a re
port of the movements of the vessel in the
Arctic Ocean, and of the rescue of the sur
vivors, of the whaling barks Little 'Ohio
and Ohio Second, recently wrecked on Nan
wok Island.Behring Sea. The report is dated
July 8, off St. Michael's Island; where the
steamer had just arrived from Point Hope,
Arctic Ocean. Commander Stockton says:
The Little Ohio was wrecked on tbe nlent of
October Slut year. Tbe survivors spent the
winter at tbat place, being generously cared
for at tbe whaling establishment in charge of
Captain Boyne. Of tbe 33 persons said to be
aboard the little Ohio but eight survive. Fire
of these were taken on board tbe whaling
steamer William Lewis three days before my
arrival at Point Hope, and the remainder are
aboard tbe Thetis. Tbe Ohio Second was te
tany wrecked off the north end of Nanwok
Island about June 6, this year, bnt no loss of
life occurred. I learned also from the whaling
vessels that I met in the Arctic tbat the whal
ing schooner James A Hamilton, which sailed
several mouths ago from San Francisco bad
not yet been heard from. Sailing from
Ounalaska Jnne 21. the Thetis visited St. Paul
Island June 25, and St. Matthew's Island June
23. There were no evidences tonnd of human
life on St. Matthew and Dut very few traces of
Jiolar bears. TbonC3 the Thetis sailed to lichr
nc Straits. .Entering the Arctic Ocean on
July 3. on tbe next day Commander Stockton
learned of the wreck of the Little Obio, and
took on board the survivors of her crew and re
turned to St. Michael's;
Commander Stockton announces his in
tention of leaving St. Michael's July 10,
for Port Clarence, to receive supplies for the
refuge station at Point Barrow, as well as to
communicate again with the revenue
steamer Bear. The commander expected to
reach Port Barrow August 10. He reports
the health of all the officers and men ot the
Thetis to be excellent.
LOOKING AFTER SICE CATTLE.
Secretary Bosh la New Tork on One of
His Pet Hobbles.
(SPECIAL TXUXlIUlt TO TUK OI8FATCH.1
New Yobk, August 7. Secretary of
Agriculture Jeremiah M. Busk, accompanied-
by Secretary McPherson, of
New Jersey, and Dr. Solomon, left the
Fifth Avenue Hotel at 10 o'clock this morn
ing, to make an inspection of the cattleyards
about town. The Secretary arrived from
Washington late Monday night. The ob
ject of his visit here is to prevent the ex
portation of sick cattle, which he says has
become quite prevalent of late.
Three weeks ago the Secretary issued a
proclamation requiring cars on all railroads
that had shipped cattle to be thoroughly
cleaned before receiving another cargo. The
reason for this precaution, he says,
is owing to the fever now prevailing among
the cattle in a certain section of Texas.
The Secretary wil. return to Washington
WATEE AND LIGHTNING.
A Very Severe Storm Visits a Section of
LaCbosse, Wis.. August 7. There was
a very severe rain storm this afternoon,
during which the rainfall in four
hours was 2.40 inches. There was no
wind, but the lightning played inces
santly. As far as reported five
houses were struck by lightning; slight fires
resulting in two cases, and some damage to
property in all. At one house a boy was
stunned so that he did not recover for some
On the river division of the Milwaukee
road the track is obstructed by stones and
earth washed dawn from the bluffs and the
evening train is delayed four hours. All
freight trains en that division are sus
pended for the night.
FELL HEIR TO A FORTUNE.
The Good Lack Which Has Come to a
LA Cbosse.Wis., August 7. John Spev
er, a late arrival in this country from Prus
sia, working as a day laborer at whatever
turned up, was surprised to receive
notice from the German Consul at
Philadelphia requesting his immediate
presence in the old country to step into the
shop of a deceased relative, who bequeathed
Spever over $75,000 in securities and large
landed possessions. Mr. Spever went Bast
TO ROB A CHURCH.
A Sacrlleglons Attempt Frustrated Jost In
the Nick of Time.
Bublinoton, Ia., August 7. An at
temptwas made last night to rob St. John's
Catholic Church of this city, but was foiled
by parties attracted by lights in the ves
try of the church at that unusual
hour. The thieves fled on finding that they
were detected. An entrance had been ef
fected through the vestry, which was thor
oughly ransacked, the clerical vestments
being found scattered about the room by the
thieves in search of valuables.
GOOD WISHES FOR DANA.
A Warm Congratulation Upon Ills Reaching
His 70th Birthday.
Boston, August 7. The Boston Journal,
in an editorial, alludes to the 70th birthday
oi Hon. Charles A. Dana, editor of the New
Tork Sun, who was born at Hinsdale, N.
H., August 8, 1819, and says:
Mr. Dana holds to-day, by the common con
sent of bis co-workers, the enviable position of
tbe leading journalist of tbis country. We
hope his hive may never be without honey, his
cage without birds, or bis home without the
genial warmth of tbe tfun.
Increase of the Railway Mall Service.
Washington, August 7. A statement
prepared at thePostoffice Department shows
that the increase in mileage of railway mail
service for the fiscal year 1889 was 6,946
miles. Nebraska furnishes the largest in
crease 692 miles, followed by Alabama
with 473 miles, Kansas with 416 miles, and
Kentucky 383 miles.
A Steamship Totally Wrecked.
Fatheb Point, Quebec, August 7.
The steamship Montreal, of the Dominion
line, which sailed from Montreal on July
31 for Liverpool, ia totally wrecked on Belle
Isle. The passengers and all hands were
saved. They have plenty of provisions, and
await a homeward bound steamer to take
them to England.
The Chnrges Are Not Proven.
Washington, August 7. The commis
sion, of B. E. McMurray as postmaster at
Jacksonville, Fla., which has been held up
for six weeks pending charges against him,
was to-day transmitted to Mr. McMurray,
the charges having been disproved.
fjjuiowa Regular Feature
Vk&; J Railway" Trayel.
ANOTHER BOLD TRAIN ROBBER!.
The Express Messenger Defends His Car
With a Winchester.
BULLETS FLIISa IN ALL DIRECTIONS. .
I1.SSS fn Cash and a Score of Watches Taken Trm
Bandits held up a Denver and Bio Grande
express train near Thompson's Springs, Utah,
making the third attempt of the kind in the
last few days. The train employes were
easily terrorized, but the express messenger
successfully defended his trust. The pas
sengers did not require much persuasion to
part with their valuables.
rSmCIAt. TXLIOKAJf TO THE DISTATCa.1
Denveb, August 7. On Saturday night
a Wabash train was held up out of Kansas
City, and on Sunday morning the Denver
and Fort Worth train had a similar experi
ence near the Texas line. Last night a
Denver and Bio Grande express train met
with the same fate at a point two miles
west of Thompson's Springs, Utah. When
nearing a sharp curve in the road at that
point the engineer of the train was signalled
with a red lantern.
Being suspicious he only slowed up. but
this afforded the opportunity desired by the
highwaymen. Before the engine had
reached the signal three men suddenly
sprang out of the darkness and each coveted
the engineer and fireman with a pair of
ugly looking revolvers at the same time
ordering that the train be brought to a
standstill. Finding themselves at the
mercy of the highwaymen, the men in
charge of the engine obeyed orders without
etjnning the engine.
One of them took charge oi the engineer
who was ordered to rdmain upon his engine,
and cautioned against riving any alarm or
disobeying instructions upon penalty of in
stant death. The fireman was then ordered
to take his coal pick ana break open the
strong oaken doors of the express car which
contained a large sum of money and other
Having no alternative, the man did as he
was told, but had; hardly struck the first
blow when a fusilade'ot bullets fell from the
inside of the car. Through the panels of
the door they came from a repeat
ing Winchester rifle in the hands of Express
Messenger Frank Willis, who did not in
tend to surrender his treasure without a
The robbers and fireman quickly drew back
ix a safe place when tbe former commenced to
return the fire from their revolvers. Their
bullets had little effect, however, save to
riddle the door, which much resembled a
sieve when the besiegers finally withdrew.
Finding that there was little chance of
gaining entrance to the express car without
encountering the murderous missiles of
Messenger Willis, the highwaymen gave up
the attempt and turned their attention1 to
smaller game to be bagged in the passenger
HOLDING TXP PASSENGEBS.
By this time the robbers had been re
inforced by the man who signaled the train
and together they went to work upon the
passengers, compelling the fireman to ac
company them and hold a small bag into
which tney threw their booty. Conductor
S. K. Tammany, who was in charge of the
tram, was guarded by one of the robbers,
while the brakeman was taken iu charge
The third then proceeded with the brake
man to pay his compliments to the male
passengers, who were politely requested to
fork over whatever of value they had in
their possession and they forked. The
ladies upon the train were not disturbed.
and a number ol masculine passengers took
advantage of this exhibition of chivalry to
turn over their valuables to their keeping.
The total amount of plunder secured bv the
robbers was estimated, alter a careful in
ventory and comparison of notes by the
unlucky passengers, at about $1,000 in cash
and a score or more of gold watches.
Thompson's Springs, near where the rob
bery occurred, is a small station on the
Denver and Bio Grande Western road, 54
miles beyond the Colorado State line. It is
situated almost in the center of a high
barren mesa, which represents all the char
acteristics of a sandy desert.
A GOOD SELECTION.
It is a lonely spot where there is no one to
pursue, and was a good selection as a base
of operations for tbe gang. As soon as the
robbers had taken their departure the train
proceeded on to Green river, about 25 miles
distant, where a posse of officers and men
were at once started after the highwaymen.
Tbe fact of the robbery was also telegraphed
to Grand Junction, in this State, from where
a second party was also immediately sent
out in charge of the Division Superintend
ent ot the ri a 1.
It is supposed that the robbers fled either
to the north or south to the high river
bluffs and canons along the many streams
in that part of the State, where pursuit will
be difficult and hazardous. The country
is very sparsely settled, however, and '
sooner or later they will be compelled to
come from their hiding place for provisions,
when their capture is probable, as a very
good description of the men can be given,
and officers and detectives will be stationed
at everv avenue of escape from the country.
This is the first attempt at "holding up"
a Bio Grand express train since the Smith
boys successfully turned a trick near the
State line in 1887. They fled to the same
country vb:re the present robbery was com
mitted, going from there down into Arizona
in the Colorado river country, one
of the most secure hiding places
in all this western country. They subse
quently returned up the river to a small
town near Green Biver station, which is a
notorious resort for thieves, murderers and
fugitives from justice. There they were
captured and are now doing time in the pen
itentiary. HIS HARD LOT.'
An Innocent Man Imprisoned for Fifteen
Years Resnlns Liberty.
Lansing, Mich., August 7. George W.
Barnhart, a well-known and well-to-do cit
izen of Branch county, in 1874 was con vie ed
of a criminal assault and sentenced to
prison for life. His property was dissi
pated, his wife died, ahd his family scat
tered over the country.
Becently a movement was set on foot
looking to his pardon. The more thor
oughly the matter was investigated tbe more
apparent it became that the man was un
justly convicted. Nearly everybody in the
county signed a petition for his release.
To-day Governor Luce extended an uncon
ditional pardon to Barnhart. who eoes out
into tbe world again without money, family '
Work of the Sioux Commission.
Washington, August 7. Informatioa
was received at the Interior Department to
day that the work of the Sioux Commission .
has been sneceasfnl- and that th imaf
reservation will eventually be thrown opea "5
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