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Transient Atoliseieits'ReceiTei
At tlio OBraxiolx Offices of Tlie
Dispatch
For to-morrow's issue up to 9 o'clock P. K.
For list of branch oi. ces In the various dis
tricts see THlrtD PAOE.
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; iPRTT-FOimTH TEAS.
f '$ A GIGANTIC DEAL
iOptions Closed in a $3,500,000
Scheme to Beat the
World on Glass.
JAS.&M'KEAN CONDUCTS IT
-AnclrGets One-Fifth of 250,000 Al
ready Staked on a Consummation
IN THE HONONGAHELA FOUETH POOL
Three Farms of 500 Acres, With One and a
Half allies of River Front, Purchased
Fnel and Transportation the Magnets A
CUT of Many Thousands to be Built
Plate Glass Works Alone to be 1,500
Feet Lens Nearly 3,000 Men to be Em
ployed at the Outset Other Industries
and a Great ImproYemcnt Company
Eminent Eastern Capitalists Backing
the Project.
The greatest industrial enterprise at
tempted in or around Pittsburg for years is
at hand. Eastern bankers, co-operating with
home capitalists, will invest $3,500,000 in it.
It embraces one and one-half miles of river
front in the Monongahela Fourth pool. On
this tract of BOO acres, for the purchase
price of which (5250,000) the op
tions were closed and deposits made
yesterday, there will be erected, among
other factories, plate glass works 1,S00 feet
long and employing at the outset nearly
3,000 men. A city is to be built in the
same manner as Jeannette was, and the
project in all its bearings is a, colossal one.
James S. McKean, of Pittsburg, has con
ducted this end of it, and pockets about
550,000.
The final options were made good yester
day in one of the biggest realty and business
deals ever transacted in the Honongahela
valley. The financial agent is one of the
largest international banking houses in the
world; one whose reputation ii equally gilt
edged in London, Hew York and Phila
delphia. A mile and a half of river front
on the Honongahela, on the Fourth Pool,
has been negotiated for and secured, and a
prospective town of many thousand in
habitants, the largest plate-glass works in
the world, and several other schemes of
magnitude are comprehended in the plans
thus far vouchsafed in connection with the
purchase, the whole enterprise involving an
investment of $3,500,000.
A LONG TIME LOOKING.
For several years the firm which has thus
evinced its belief in the future of Washing
ton county and its great naturaL-fuel, has
been quietly hunting for a site which would
combine the several requisites for a scheme
of such immense scope. The location was
not easily found. Finally, in a semi-accidental
way, a prominent Pittsburger, while
chatting informally about "Western Pennsyl
vania and its resources, while in the Wall
street office of the banking firm the invest
ors above described mentioned his posses
sion of a tract of land which seemed to be
just the thing they wanted, if some contigu
ous land could be secured. The Pittsburger
was asked what he wanted for his land. His
figure was promptly covered by cool cash,
and he was commissioned on the spot to se
cure what was wanted by the firm for their
investment.
A MOST INVITING SPOT.
Lying in a nook sheltered by a semi
circle of abruptly slanting hills on the
Fourth pool of the Honongahela river is
what might be termed a garden spot. The
river runs in an almost straight line, as
does the P., V. & C. B. B., a few hnndred
feet from the river bank. The scenery is
beautiful, the soil is alluvial and the
stretch ot ground is a gentle slope. It is an
ideal site for any purpose. Lying right in
the heart of the Bellevernon gas field, rich
in deposits of sand, limestone and coal, with
14 feet of water for navigation, and that in
shore, the natural conformation of the prop
erty could not have been more desirable.
Every manufacturing desideratum was right
at hand.
The McMahon, Eedd and McKean farms,
500 acres in all, with a water front of one
and one-half miles, were secured
by options or paid for in cash. A
number of gas leases in the Bellevernon
field were also quietly secured, the capacity
in.that respect being sufficient for an im
mense number of factories, as well as the
utmost exactions of a large industrial popu
lation. ANOTHER Cm OF JEANNETTE.
An improvement company, to operate in
conjunction with the manufacturing plans,
will have control of the $250,000 worth of
real estate now secured by the syndicate.
A town will be platted, much on the style of
Jeannette or Wilmerdring, and a town site
large enough to contain 50,000 inhabitants,
with public buildings, and all other im
provements, is in contemplation. There is
some waste land along the river bottoms,
which can be reclaimed by being used for a
few years as a dumping ground.
McKean Station, on the P..V. & O. E. E.,
will be about the center of town. There
will be enough room for switches to accom
modate the applicants for man
ufacturing sites, no matter how
many present themselves. Some
half a dozen Philadelphia and New York
concerns of big capital are already allotted
space along the river bank, and more appli
cations are under consideration. The site is
soexlremely advantageous in every respect
that "TT is expected to attract a wide di
versityof corporations which are anxious to
escape the heavy taxation municipalities
impose.
A PLATE GLASS COLOSSUS.
Steelworks, iron works and other indus
tries are Jalready booked for positions, and
anythingbut glass works will have no trouble
in securing space.
But the enormity of the plan is empha
sised by the fact that a plate glass works, in
tended to be the largest and finest in the
world, is to be constructed on (he banks of
the river, fast below McKean station.
Three million dollars is to be invested out
right in the glass werks. The main build.
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ing of the works will be the largest
structure devoted to industrial nses
in the world. Every department
will be thoroughly equipped with
the newest and most improved
machinery, and it is hinted that several
new patent processes have been secured and
will be made use of in the perfection of the
plate glass turned out It is rumored that
one of the buildings of the works will be of
such enormous dimensions as 1,500 feet long
and several hundred wide. The syndicate
is familiar with the dimensions of the huge
plate glass works at Ford City, and expects
to excel even that tremendous concern in
size and output.
A BIG THING INDUSTBIALLV.
No less than 2,200 men will find employ
ment in the immense factory. The materi
als within easy reach are said to be excel
lent, the sand in particular being unrivaled
in quality. Plans for the works are in
course of preparation, and the work of erec
tion will be commenced at the expiration of
a month or so. Contracts will shortly be
advertised for, and all possible haste will be
made in the perfection of details as yet un
attended to.
Yagne intimations of the nature of this
big deal have been heretofore made; but
Thb Dispatch is able to state that the
particulars here given aro authentic in
every instance, as far as they go. The Mc
Kean farm, purchased by the syndicate, was
the joint property of James S. and Bobert
McKean and their father, and has been re
garded as a fine piece of property for years.
The syndicate has expressed gratification
at securing the property upon reasonable
terms, owing to its fine location. The Pitts
burg, Yirginia and Charleston Eailroad
skirts the entire tract, while the McKees
port and Bellevernon, Eailroad isjust across
the river. At almost any portion of
THE BIVEB PBONTAGE
freight can be discharged or taken on direct,
owing to the depth of the water in the
Fourth pool. Wharves will be constructed,
however, along the entire length of one and
a half miles.
Washington county people are consider
ably exercised over the ensrraftini: of such a
slice of capital in their -midst, and are dis
cussing vigorously the propriety of seizing
upon the matter as an opportunity for ad
vertising to the world the advantages which
they can scare up as an inducement to more
capital to locate. McKean station is 40
miles from Pittsburg and occupies a promi
nent place in a section of the county rich in
historical reminiscences.
Mr. James S. McKean, who is supposed
to have conducted and shaped the entire
deal from its inception, was seen yesterday
by a Dispatch reporter. The candidate
for the Pittsburg post office admitted that
the facts enumerated by the reporter were
correct, but declined to make a personal
statement as to
HIS SHAEE IN THE DEAL,
and refused to be quoted as to details of the
scheme. He stated that some matters were
yet to be closed up, and that undue public
ity was not desired by the syndicate.
It is positively ascertained, however, that
in the intervals oi running for the postmas
tership and selling threshing machines Mr.
McKean has fonnd time to transact the en
tire Washington county end of the syndi
cate's operations. His numerous trips to
the East within the last three months have
not been wholly upon political business, as
was so generally surmised.
Mr. McKean's personal profits in connec
tion with the matter are estimated at the
neat figure of $50,000, to say nothing of cer
tain contingent profits, which cannot yet be
estimated. At all events lhe .candidate for
the postoffice wore a smilej with his other
comfortable and neat-fittue attire, yester
day, and it (the smile) illuminated his vis
age after the manner of a Venetian sunset.
FRIGHTENED THE MOURNERS.
A Corpse Breaks Up a Funeral by Sitting Up
in Bis Coffin.
rSFZCTAL TELEGBAM TO THB DISPATCII.l
St. Louis, October 18. Jeremiah Mc
Carthy, who is a laborer 57 years of age, to
all appeal ances departed this life after a
long illness at 730 o'clock Wednesday
morning, surrounded by his wife and family.
A parish priest was with him in his dying
moments, and when all was seemingly over
an undertaker was sent for and the bodv
laid out All day Wednesday friends
watched the remains, and Wednesday night
the neighbors came in and smoked pipes and
conversed about the virtues of the deceased.
This was repeated last nieht, and the corpse
was duly "waked." The" papers this morn
ing announced in due form the death and
proposed funeral of Mr. McCarthy.
At 10 o'clock to-day all arrangements had
been made and a group ot friends were sit
ting abont the coffin, when they were
startled almost out of their senses bv notic
ing the eves of the corpse onen and ipn
close, and then the head bobbed up and
looked over the side of the coffin, and there
were hair-raisine gasps. The watchers fled
in terror. The physicians were summoned
the funeral was postponed,, and a search is
now being made for the vital spark that
caused such a sensation.
y AFTER A RUNAWAY WIFE.
A Shamokln Preacher Elopes With a
Neighbor's Brunette Partner.
rSrit-IAI. IZXEQBAM TO THE DISPATCH.!
Shamokin, October 18. John Fessler
left lor Shenandoah this afternoon in search
of his wife Annie, who disappeared from
home last Saturday morning, presumably to
join her lover, Thomas Gray, who left the
day previous, and this evening the citv is
full oi the sensational doings of the guilty
pair. Mrs. Fessler is a handsome brunette
of 30 summers, und is a sister of George
May's wife, whose husband is a son of Isaac
May, the coal baron. Gray is a local
preacher, and is well known to different
congregations in the country districts to
whom he preached the gospel. He is the
father oi three children, while Mrs. Fessler
is the mother of lour.
Gray made the acquaintance of Mrs.
Fessler while canvassing for a book firm.
He is not a handsome man, but his smooth
tongue and pious airs soon ingratiated him
self into Mrs. Fessler's confidence.
JAMES A. BEAYER ELECTED.
Ho Is Unanimously Chosen as President of
the Forestry Congress.
Philadelphia, October 18. To-day's
was the closing session of Hhe American
Forestry Congress. Samuel Lowery, of
Alabama, the only colored man in the
Congress, read a paper on the cultivation of
the mulberry tree for feeding silkworms.
Mr. B. G. Horthrup read an essay on "Ar
bor Day" in the schools, in which he showed
that the vernal holiday is now being cele
brated very generally. He said the children
are planting millions of trees, California
taking the lead.
A resolution asking Congress to withhold
public lands from tale until the timber is
old enough to cut was adopted. Hon. James
A.Beaver, of Pennsylvania, was elected
president, and the meeting then adjourned
sine die. This afternoon the delegates cele
brated Arbor Day by going in a body to
Fairmount Parle; where they dan ted trees,
and celebrated the occasion with addresses.
slFD TUlTTADCt BIT I C andiheenor.
uun iuvivg itxuiJO mottt fett
tomehme paid to practitioner it therubject of
an article by CharlciLcUardo in tomorrow i
Dispatch.
PITTSBURG, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19, 1889 TWELVE PAGES.
SUKPLUS IN DANGER,
The Very Voluminous Reasons Giyen
by Secretary Noble for
CALLING A HALT ON TANNEE.
large Amounts Paid Out to Clerks in the
Tension Bureau.
SEYEN 0E EIGHT THOUSAND CLAIMS
For Berating There Being Filed Erery Week, and the
Prospect Was Berioas.
The Secretary of the Interior has made
pnblic a portion of the correspondence bear
ing upon his dispute with the late Commis
sioner of Pensions. Mr. Noble intimated
that an organized raid wa made upon the
Treasury soon after the advent of the pres
ent administration, and that if a halt had
not been called the surplus would have
speedily vanished. The names of pension
clerks who were illegally rerated are given.
Washington, October 18. The follow
ing is the substance ot Secretary Noble's
first letter to Commissioner Tanner upon the
subject of relating pensions:
Depjletjiekt op the Interior,
Washington, July 21, 1859. f
The Commissioner of Pensions:
Sru I have heretofore acknowledged yours of
the 11th Inst, marked 'Unofficial," but which,
owing to the very important matters therein
discussed, I could not receive as such, and
therefore acknowledged as an official paper.
The paper was official in the highest sense of
the term, raising a question of authority as
between the Commissioner and the Secretary
and asserting that of the Commissioner to be
superior as to the matter discussed. I have
since, amid many other duties, found time to
consider the question raised by your letter, and
will now give you my reply in f ulL
TANNEB'S POSITION.
Your position in your own language is that,
"While the Secretary of the Interior has the
power to reverse the decision of the Commis
sioner of Pensions on appeal by a claimant
against whom the Commissioner has decided,
on the other hand, it for any reason it is held
that the claimant has been granted too much
pension, the Commissioner himself is the only
person who has the power to call a halt, and
red nee the pension."
This is your own statement. You base this
conclusion on section 8. act of June 21, 1879,
which reads as follows: "That sections 477L
4772 and 4773 of the Revised Statutes of the
United States, providing for biennial examina
tions of pensioners, are hereby repealed. Pro
vided. That the Commissioner of Pensions shall
hare the same power as heretofore to order
special examinations whenever, in his judg
ment, the same may be necessary, and to in
crease or reduce pensions according to right
and justice; bnt in so case shall a pension be
withdrawn or reduced except upon notice to
the pensioner and a hearing upon sworn testi
mony, except as to the certificate of the ex
amining surgeons."
A GEEAT misappbehension.
The power granted the Commissioner of Pen
sions by this section is expressly no greater
than heretofore, and It is to Increase or reduce
pensions according to right and justice. It
would be, as you express it, "a manifest incon
gruity" if the Secretary, who is responsible for
your bureau, had no powet to correct obvious
abuses, or even call a halt, and that if bis in
ferior officer did not act nothing could be done.
You remark yourself, this incongruity sbonld
be remedied at the next session of Congress."
The Commissioner is laboring under a great
misapprehension as to his relations to the Secre
tary in this business. Congress has not com
mitted this incongruity, and it will not be
necessary for it to remedyaaytblng that now
exists. The Secretary has the control to cor
rect any abases In the 'Bureau' of Pensions or
any other bureau in the department. I might
assert my conclusions on so plain and well-settled
a question and so leave It; but a due con
sideration for jour office leads me to explain
the ground on which this long-established rule
rests.
THE LAW POB IT.
The Secretary, in support of his position,
quotes sections 437, 161, 441, 470 and 471 of
the Eevised Statutes, and declares that the
Commissioner of Pensions has no more
power in the section quoted in Commissioner
Tanner a letter tban he had previously un
der the direction of the Secretary of the In
terior, who is charged by law with the super
vision of pnblic business relating to pen
sions. He says:
It wfll not do to say that th Secretary may
not interfere and stop by his own power the
execution of any orders obviously illegal and
amltrary. If it were attempted by a Commis
sioner of Pensions, in other than cases
of permanent speclno disabilities, to in.
crease pensions and to allow the ac
cumulated increase of 10 or 15 years
to be paid over at once and in a cross sum to
the applicant, it would not do to say that the
Secretary could only refer this back to the
Commissioner with a word of advice and call
his attention to the law and take no steps either
to recover the money thus improperlypaid out,
or correct the evil thus attempted to be done;
that he conld not even call a halt
The Secretary is responsible for the condnct
of the Commissioner; is bound to see that the
law is enforced, that the public treasury is not
unlawfully invaded, and that one citizen, en
titled to a right, whether of pension or land or
anything else, is not unduly preferred either
in time oi nearing or allowance oi money.
the bekating cases.
The Secretary lays down the srooosition
that he has the same jurisdiction over the
Commissioner of Pensions as over other bu
reaus of his department, argues at some
length in support of it, and says that Su
preme Court decisions sustain him. The
Secretary then takes up the "rerating" cases
which, he says, seem to be largely mere in
creases of pensions allowed for long periods
prior to the date of the examining surgeon's
certificate establishing the sams under the
pending claim for increase. In fact, he
says, the Commissioner himself acknowl
edged them to be cases of increase of pen
sions. The Secretary continues:
These cases referred to were ten Jn number.
In each one of these the claimant was an em
ploye or clerk in the Pension Bureau, receiving
salary sufficient for his comfortable subsistence,
and at his workdaily. They were associated
together, and most of them had been in their
places under the former administration. Bnt
they did not prefer their claims; tbey made
them soon after the advent o( the present ad
ministration. There was no reason under the
existing rules that their cases should bo made
special, or
BUSKED THE0UOH IN ADVANCE
of all others. On the contrary, there was then,
and had been forborne years, a printed rule in
foil force that no cases should be mado special
except in cases of destitution, or when the ap
plicant was at the point of death. Yet these
cases were all hcrried through by your order,
while hundreds of thousands of other pen
sioners were awaiting throughout the land the
allowance fortlio first time of the bounty the
Government had promised them.
These other pension claimants were, manv
of them, supponeci uy nu ouca saianes as tnese
particular men were receiving, and the asso
ciation together of these men, whereby this
preference in time seemed to have been se
cured and the subsequent allowances obtained,
is in Itself a fact that their purpose was to Im
pose upon the Commissioner. The further fact
in each case is that the increase was allowed
prior to the surgeon's certificate in tho pend
ing claim, and that the sums allowed aggre
gate over 116,000. The following is the list:
THEY GOT THE BOODLE.
First Frank D. Butts, allowed and paid
2,195.
Second James F. Smith, allowed and paid
,238.
Third Alvan H. Doan, allowed and paid
(3,021
Fourth William P. Davis, allowed and paid
( Jlay 27) 81,061; William P. Davis, allowed and
paid (June 14) (737.
Fifth William J. HiUIgoss, allowed and paid
181
Sixth Silas Colgrove, allowed and paid
$1,822. .
seventh-Joseph Dickinson, allowed and paid
71 s.
Eighth John F. Carpenter, allowed and paid J
NiaA-JoMf)) O, Secret, allowed and paid
I1.6H " t
Tenth John L. Payne, allowed and paid
82.897.
Total, 816,735.
It is in regard to such cases as these that yon
have thought the Commissioner alone can call
a halt; and, In regard to'which, the Secretary
thinks otherwise, and proposes to call a halt
long enough, at least, for inspection. I do not
repel the expression on. your part that you
would accept my construction of the statute
quoted by yon as- loyally as you would the
official opinion of the Attorney General. But
neither you nor I can afford to aot upon
PEESONAL CONSIDERATIONS,
in matters of this magnitude. ,We are each
bound by law in all tbtogi.'fcreat and small,
and it is our duty to take the law as we find it;
toiully exercise that power given to either of
us. and abstain from the abuse ot it to any de
gree whatever. Our loyalty is due alone to the
Government of these United States and the
people who support it '.
Lest the Commissioner may deem the Sec
retary is influenced by a desire to magnify
his office, Mr. Noble says that he has
brought to his assistance the services of
others in the department and that the
opinion of the Assistant Attorney General
ot the department agrees in the conclusions
reached by the Secretary.
The Secretary then says that there is a
Board of Eeview in the department which
assists him in the decisions of pension cases
taken up on appeal. These "decisions are
the law of the department until reversed or
annulled by some authority higher than the
Secretary and uo one has ever maintained to
tho contrary. He continues:
CONCLUSIVE EVIDENCE,
In these decisions it has-beeojannounced
many times, and it is the established and well
known rule, that the department will uniformly
refuse to disturb an adjudication of claims by
a former administration, -except upon the most
conclusive evidence that ,anl error has Deen
committed. When the question aB to the pro-
priety or a given rating is Sue of judgment.
merely depending upon the weight ot evidence,
it will not allow the opinion of xe-day to over
turn the opinion of yesterday.
But where the incorrectness of the former
action is so manifest npon a review of the evi-
parttoent will not refuse to do justice because
the error is 'of long standlngiand has beeu
sanctioned by subsequent action. And, further
more, that old cases will not be reopened, re
considered nor readjusted, except upon pre
sentation of new and material evidence tend
ing to show the existence or o palpable error
or a mistake, and which therefore tends to
change the real status of the claimant before
the department Such old, cases are clearly
within the rule of res adjudjeata.
It is to be distinctly ofterved that I am
now speaking of cases only where there have
been allowances ot sums .arising from the In
crease of pension back for, periods greater or
less prior to the date of the Burgeon's certifi
cate under the pending claim.
PAIB PLAY POB ALL.
I do not say a word or entertain the least ob
jection to an increase of pension, the Increase
to commence under the pending claim as tbe
law directs, and upon evidence to support it
Nor do I complain of these very pensioners
whom I have mentioned haf ing an increase of
pension, to commence as the law directs, upon
proof, and to be considered In due course and
witn a proper regard to tnenght to be heard
belonging to the thousands ot other claimants
ior pensions, wno do nor happen to be em
ployes in the Pension Bureau.
In view of tbe provisions ot section 4698, re
vised statues, and the deokions ot the Depart
ment in pension cases, ''consider the case of
Frank A. Butts, a principal examiner in the
Pension Office and First Lieutenant of Com
pany H, Forty-seventh New York Volunteers.
The original declaration was filed December 6,
1879, in which disability from malarial disease
is alleged.
Certificates issued in JSS2, granting pension
for disability from malarial poisoning at the
rate of S7 60 from August 1, 1S65. Certificate
reissued May 3, 1889, by you, allowing the rate
of S17 per month.
AGAINST ALL PBECEDENT.
The action ot .rerating this- claim, taken in
May, 18S9, it seems, according to what has been
said, was against the established practice and
against decisions ot department; which hold
that ratings long since fixed should not be dis
turbed, except upon proof-that there was a
mistake in the tormeg,nggyNo new evidence
bearing,upon the rate from ths date otdis
chargewas filed in tho claim for reissue. It is
not at all evident that there was a mistake in
the original adjustment of tbe rate. The whole
proceeding in tbe matter in behalf ot this man
looks like an arbitrary increase of his pension,
to take effect from a long interior date and to
have been against the repeated testimony of
men not only incompetent, but selected to de
termine his case.
The case of James F. Smith, Chief of Divis-
iu m iue .Tension umce ana uaptam oi the
Fourth New York Independent Battery, is
next taken np, and shows that in 1880 he made
application for a pension, alleging disability
from rheumatism contracted in ifav, 1SS2, in
iug rfum&auuujiuy Bwaiups. An loc4 ne Was
f ranted a pension at the rate of three-fourths
isability, 815; from 1S63 to January 30, 1884,
and total disability, 820, from tho latter date.
In 1887 he was re-rated and given tbe rate for
total disability for the period during which he
received a three-fourths rate. Again in May,
1889, his pension was increased to the rate pro
vided for inability to perform manual labor,
824 a month from 1872 and 830 from 1883, the
name of the disability being changed from
lumbago to rheumatism of the spine. On tbe
first examination made in IS&i it was reported
that e
SMITH WAS 1TOT DISABLED.
andinlSS4 the. Medical Board reported that
tbey could not find any physical evidence ot
rheumatism, but that they had rated the dis
ability as total "on claimant's statements."
No additional evidence was filed, nor any
further medical examination had in this case,
yet it was re-rated in May last and SL230 back
pension given Smith.
Alvah Doan, of Ohio, a 81,600 clerk, was re
rated in Jnne, 1889, and allowed $3,022, he al
leging that his disability had increased. The
report ox tne meaicai examination would en
title the claimant to only 824 Instead of $30 per
montn, ai
seems wb
evidence.
month, and tbe re-rating made in June fast
seems wholly illegal and unwarranted by the
I will not go Into the other cases. They are
before you. I have said enough, I think, to
show that the Secretary mavweii rn halt
until these cases can be more carefully ex-
amiucu. a uuuuo buai. juu uay in your letter to
me that you have such regard for your official
and personal reputation, and the
BEPUTATION OP YOUB BUBEAU
you will not permit these cases to remain as
they are at present, but will order each one of
the claimants for medical examination before
men whose word upon medical points will be
unchallenged when stated, and will stop at
nothing which shall keep all taint of suspicion
from the action of your office. This certainly
would be a proper proceeding if it affected the
question in band, and 1 appreciate your desire
to maintain the Integrity of your character and
the legality of your proceedings; bnt it is not
the question what may vet and hereafter ba
fonnd out about these men.
The question is. what should ham bpn flnno
upon the record as it stood when judgment was
rendered, and the SSSftSrlality and importance
or this question arises, not only from the effect
it may have upon tbe particular individual
named in these several papers, but upon the
course of procedure that will effect if it goes
on unchecked and unremedied, when the vast
Bums ot money at the command of the Govern
ment which might be distributed, illegally and
summarily, to those who are not as much en
titled to it as tens of thousands whose cases
have not yet been heard.
It may be that this Government is strong
and great, and has at its command a surplus
that no other nation has ever had, but if sums
of money to the amounts above mentioned
may be granted without any further considera
tion of
PACT OB LAW
than seems to have been given in these cases,
It will depend solely upon a single officer's dis
position whether the resources ot the Govern
ment shall be sufficient for Its maintenance or
not Thero are more than enough ot these ap
plications already in the field, add increasing
daily, to exhanst Indeed the surplus, of which
so much has been said in connection with this
matter, and I am informed that the applica
tions for reratings are greatly on the increase,
and now reach the amount of from 7,000 to
8,000 a week.
i uo not asK nor aesire, so iar as I am con-
cerned, a re-examinatlon of these applicants;
but what I Insist upon is that there shall be a
reconsideration of these allowances on the
record, and that any further allowances for
tnem that may oe mane snau ne made in due
course of proceedings upon new application,
new evidence and without any advancement of
the cases before those of others equally mer
itorious. Your statement that tbe Pension
Board of Review reported that out of U cases
rerated, one was .broadly and two reasonably
open to suspicion, in connection with what I
have already pointed out in these other cases,
indicates that there is need of
PAB CREATES CIBCUMSPECTION
and rigid enforcerfent of the law In these mat-
Cestinvsdl on Swinth page. ' "
MUST BE SETTLED UP.
Great Britain Instructs Sir Julian
Pauncefote to Proceed at Once
TO SAVE TROUBLE AND EXPENSE
By an Amicable and Speedy Adjustment of
tie Several Disputes
BETWEEN GANUCES AND UNCLE SAM.
The British Minister t be the Intermediary la ne
gotiations. The British Government has instructed
Sir Julian Pauncefote, its Minister at
Washington, to feel the pulse of the Har
rison administration on tbe subject of set
tling all disputes between the United States'
and Canada quickly and amicably.
tSPICIAL TXXXanAH TO THB DIBFATCH.l
Ottawa, Ont., October 18. The Do
minion Government has been advised that
Bir Julian Pauncefote, British Minister at
Washington, returns with authority to feel
the pulse of the United States Cabinet on the
principal matiersof dispute between Canada
and the United States, tbe fishery question-
and tbe Bearing Sea difficulty. It is stated
here in official circles that Secretary Blaine
has intimated his desire to informally take
the several questions np with the British
Minister, that a policy may be agreed upon,
with reference to avoiding expensive and
lengthy arbitrations or sittings of com
missions. It is .learned in the State Department
here that Lord Salisbury has advised the
Dominion Government of its desire to have
these unpleasant controversies brought to a
speedy and amicable settlement.
Sir Julian also returps with instructions
to ascertain the views of the Harrison ad
ministration on the question of a more ex
tended extradition treaty with Great
Britain, and the outlook for the successful
negotiation of a new treaty.
LEPT TO CANADA.
The question of extending the commercial
relations between Canada and the United
States in the way of a reciprocal trade
treaty, a member of the Dominion Cabinet
states, has been left entirely in the hands
ot the Canadian Government by Lord
Salisbury. Of course the British Minister
at Washington would be the intermediary
figure in any negotiationsor proposals, as all
correspondence on the subject while origin
ating with the Canadian Government would
have to pass through the hands of the Im
perial authorities.
The Citizen, the organ of the Dominion
Government at Ottawa, in commenting on
tbe possibility of negotiating a commercial
treaty with thex United States, says this
morning:
The Government of Canada has at all times
displayed Its readiness to enter into fair re
ciprocal trade relations with the United States,
consistent with tbe country's commercial Inde
pendence and tbe protection of its Indus tries.but
up to tbe present time there has not been
manifested by the United States a desire to
meet its standing off er of limited reciprocity
halfway.
EVIDENTLY INSPIRED.
The article, which is intended as a refuta
tion of the charge that there is dissension in
the Dominion Cabinet over the question of
reciprocity, bears a strong imprint of having
been inspired.
It is understood that Sir Charles Tupper
will leave-London' for' Canada llextBlonthJ
and will meet Sir Julian Pauncefotaat
Ottawa, when the programme for future
negotiations will be outlined and dis
cussed with the Dominion Cabinet
Tbe fact is that Sir Charles is the back
bone of the whole legislative machinery at
Ottawa, when diplomatic negotiations enter
the field. Sir John Macdonald, able a
statesman as he is, cannot attempt to deal
with matters of international trade or dis
pute such as the fishery question and Bear
ing Sea difficulty now presenting them
selves. The British Government has also re
quested to be fully posted and informed on
the Alaska boundary question, with a view
to having the boundary defined before any
serious international complications with
the United States arise on that account
ANOTHER GIGANTIC TRUST.
Barbed and Ordinary Wire Mnnnfactnrers
Enter Into a Ciose Combine
ISFXClU. TEIXOEAJT TO TBS DISPATCH. 1
Chicago, October 18. One ot the most
gigantic trusts ever organized in this coun
try is about to be organized, if, indeed, its
organization is not already complete. It
contemplates the control of the entire
barbed and ordinary wire. The head of the
monopoly is the patent grabber Washburn,
of tbe iron and wire manufacturing firm of
Washburn, Moen & Co., of Worcester,
Mass. A aecret meeting of barbed wire
manufacturers has been in session in this
city all week. There are in the United
States bnt five mills that manufacture the
rods from which all kinds of wire is drawn.
With these five mills Washburn has gone
into combination, and has taken into the
pool besides, all the pullers and drawers of
wire and wire nail manufacturers.
There are also 42 mills engaged in barb
ing wire. Eleven of these have been taken
into the combine and the others left out in
the cold. Barbed wire is to be advanced $8
a ton, and a proportionate increase ordered
on all other kinds of wire.
THE CANNON BALL WEEOKED.
A Score of Persons Injured In an Accident
on the Santa Fe Bond.
Hutchinson, Kan., October 18. East
bound train .Ho. 4 on the Santa Fe, the
"Cannon Ball," reached here at 8
o'clock this evening, 13 hours
late, with only an express car
and two Pullman coaches. Tbe balance of
the train, consisting of a baggage car, two
Pullman coaches and a tourists' and a Pull
man sleeper, were left at the bottom of a
ten-foot embankment near Howell, a small
station 20 miles west of Dodge City, on the
main line.
They had gained a little and bad slacked
up from their usual rate of 35 miles to about
20 miles an hour when a broken jail
was encountered. The engine and ex
press car passed safely over,
but the others were ditched as
indicated. Fortunately fire was prevented
and all passengers were shortly rescued. No
one was killed and no limbs were broken,
but a score or more persons were bruised ana
more or less injured.
CALLING EAILBOADS TO TIME.
Texnns Want Titles Cleared to Millions of
Acre of Land.
ISrZCUt TELIOUAM TO TUB DtBPATCH.l
Austin, Tex,, October 18. Three hun
dred delegates reached here last night on a
special train from the Great Panhandle, to
call on the Attorney General relative to the
disturbing and clouding of land titles all
over that section of the State by reason of
suits Instituted by him and by suits he
threatens to bring. The threatened suit is
against the Houston and Texas Eailroad to
recover some-2,000,008 acres ofland granted
the company by the State, but other suits
against other railroads are to be brought,
including lands amounting to seyeral mil
lion more acres. , ,
Many of the lands are occupied by actual
settlers. The dlatia,IlV without any
hope.
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In a Mow Famous Church Trouble Talk
Even More Bitter Than Before
Kelly and Dempsey Fully as
Obdurate as Ever..
ISriCIAL IXUEGBXX TO TUX DISPATCH. 1
Aububn, N. Y., October 18. Another
chapter in the trouble in St. Mary's church
at Waterloo was commenced last evening.
When and where it will end nobody knows.
It was simply a continuation of the old
trouble, but the manner of this new compli
cation in the well-worn question, is the sub
ject of considerable comment, and the talk
is even more bitter now tban it has hereto
fore been. Far from settlement is the
trouble, and the breach grows wider and
wider with every 24 hours.
Upon the arrival of the 6i5 o'clock train
from the West, last evening, a young priest
alighted. He had a business like air, and
acted like one who had a solemn duty to
perform, and was anxious to get through
with the errand. The fact of his arrival
soon became noised about, and the curious
were on tip toe with excitement Informa
tion was meager and unsatisfactory at first,
but at last the nature of the visit leaked out,
and then began the hum of gossip.
The messenger was from Bishop McQuaid,
and he had been intrusted with a message
direct from the Bishop to Messrs.' Kelly"
aud Dempsey. At a late hour a re
porter saw Mr. Kelly, and learned
that the priest was a representative
from the bishop. He bad first sought out
John P. Welch, a trustee of the church, the
young man who "ordered the Auburn con
stables to remove Kelly and Dempsey from
their pews last Sunday. Then the two
called, first upon Mr. Kelly, Jto-whom they
handed an envelope. Then Mr. Dempsey
was called upon and a like ceremony re
peated. The object of the young priest hav
ing been fulfilled, he retired.
Mr. Kelly informed the reporter that in
the message tbe bishop ordered him not to
enter St Mary's Church next Sunday, and
that if he disobeyed the orders he, the
bishop, reserved the penalty. It is very
probablevthat Kelly and Dempsey will at
tend church, as usual, next Sunday.
TBE COLOR LINE IN THE CHURCH.
A Preacher Who Objects to Separata Re
ports Made to the Baptist Union.
rSPXCXAI. TZUCOBAlt TO TUX DISPATCH.1
Baltimobe, October 18. The color line
has again been drawn in 'church circles,
this time at the session of the Independent
Baptist Union, at which both white and
colored people are represented. The Com
mittee dn Colored People made a report and
urged that the work among the colored
people be continued,. This provoked Eev.
P. H. A. Braxton, a colored minister, -who
objected to the word "colored," affofalso to
the word "continued," aa-ifa use implied,
that a doubt might have" existed as. to the
work being continued. He said he was op
posed to ecclesiastical bossism, and that he
was opposed to being under the authority of
an autocrat The colored people were op
posed to separate reports, one for the colored
people and the other for the whites.
After a somewhat heated discussion, dur
ing which the colored delegates we're severe
ly censured for raising the color question,
Eev. J. W. M. Williams moved that a com
mittee be appointed to consider the advisa
bility of the colored churches withdrawing
lrom the union. The colored delegates made
haste to acknowledge their mistake, and the.
resolution was withdrawn. For a time it
looked like a split' .
TTiGINeAPlEECEWAB,
Eetlro. CIttes Betn Boyeattedjay tW.'Far
BSePjTXliinnco la South CaraHaa.
ISTXGIAI. TZXESBJUt TO TBI OISrATCS.1
Chablest" on, S. C, October 18. The
war waged by the Farmer's Alliance in this
State against theute Bagging Trust is be
coming serious, and gradually involving
side issues of a somewhat serious business
character- The Alliancejs: extending the
boycott, not only to the manufacturers and
dealers of the jute bagging, liut also to news
papers, towns- and cities. THe Greenville
News, one of the five daily newspapers pub
lished In'this State, has been boycotted by a
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local Alliance, because the editor wrote-
something that did not please the Alliance
men.
Theity of Greenville, ther third largest
city in the State, is suffering from a stagna
tion ol business. The city of Spartanburg,
the fourth largest city in the State, has also
been boycotted by the Spartanburg County
Alliance.
CRIME OF A CANADIAN.
The Trusted Dlayor of a Town Defaults t
the Tone of $100,000.
SrXCIAI, TXtlOEAM TO TUB DISPATCH.1
Ottawa, Ont., October 18. The town
of Oshawa was thrown into a state of great
excitement to-day over the announcement
that the Mayor, E. McGee, had failed, and
that a cursory examination of his accounts
showed that through his speculations widows
and orphans had been left penniless, while
the trust and loan companies of which he is
the local representative and the corporation,
treasury, have suffered severely.
Mayor McGee was regarded as an ex
emplary business man. and he had a large
number of estates to look after. A few days
ago be was prostrated with paralysis, and
there'being no further opportunity of cook
ing up his accounts the truth came out In
vestigation has already disclosed defalca
tions amounting to nbout flOO.OOO, but it is
expected these figures will fall far short of
his actual stealings.
PBETEXT Of A PBEACHEE,
He Sold a Tonle That Proved to be a Poor
Quality of Whisky.
rETXClAr. TEt-XOBJUI TO Till SISPA.TCS.1
Chicago, October 18. The Eev. S. J,
Brakwell runs a grocery store at Ft Sheri
dan when he is not preaching, in the little
Methodist church near the barracks. Ft
Sheridan is a temperance village. Ever
since the preacher opened his store he has
been selling a "tonic" which was recom
mended for all kinds of bodily ailments.
The demand for the tom'o soon became so
furious that the village board called for an
investigation. The inquiry developed the
fact that the tonic was merely a mediocre
quality of whisky.
The preacher was arrested. He made no
defense when he appeared before Justice
Wohlbrock to-day, and promptly paid a
fine of $5. The tonic left in the store wae
confiscated.
MASKED FOB LIFE.
A Colored Woman Sears Her Rival's Face
With Vitriol or Lye.
ISrECIAL TXLIOHAM TO TBI OI&TATCB.1
Chableston, 8. O., October 18. A hor
rible outrage committed by a negro woman
upon another, has just come to light A
negro woman named Eebecca Perkins, on
her way home from church last night, was
horribly burned by a rival with a can of
vitriol or concentrated lye which, wasr
thrown in her face. The victim's eyes were
burned out and her face horribly scarified.
There have been no arrests made as yet,
but a woman who keeps company with a
gardener who lives on the premises, is sus
pected. The two women belong to Eaianuel
A. 1. B. Church, and had been attending
services. The police hare charge of the cue.
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Chief Justice- Fuller Nips His Presideufal
Boob in the Bud. '
HE WILL NOT OPPOSE HIS LATE CHIE.
A Enaday School Sensation Caused by the Posts,
ter General.
Unless something now unforeseen happens
within a few hours the President wiU ap
point Corporal Tanner's successor as Com
missioner or Pensions to-day. The coming
man is a prominent G. A. E. man from a
Western State. Chief Justice Fuller em
phatically denies that he is a candidate for
thePresidency in 1982. Postmaster 'Gen
eral Wanamaker causes a sensation Ja
Washington. '"
rsrzcxAx, tzleoeam to thb dispatch.i
Washington, October 18. Senator ,
.Hiscock is a badly disappointed man, anil
Major Poole, of Syracuse, will be another
when he hears the news from the White
House to-morrow. Harrison has been feel
ing these two New Yorkers all the time,
and has a surprise in store for the public
He is not going to make Major Poole Cos- ,
missioner of Pensions at all. He has se
lected for the place a prominent Grand
Army of the Eepnblio man from a Westers
State.
This information is reliable, and comes
direct from Harrison himself, through an
old soldier friend with whom he talked to-,
day. The public has been misled for the
past week by statements as to Poole's
chances, which are easilv traeeable to the
Hew York Senator, who may have beea
acting in perfect good faith in spreading
abroad the impression that Poole would be
appointed.
The name of the new commissioner wilt ba
announced to-morrow, unless some osfore-
seen circumstance arises within the next 13
hours. The name of the new official eaaaot
be given because it might upset the Presi
dent's programme. There is no doubt, how
ever, ihat the Western man will heT ap
pointed, and President Harrison says he is
one the announcement of .whose seieeties
will be hailed with approval by Eepmbli
cans generally, and that the old soldiers
will be especially gratified bj the oheiee.
THE GEI Mil SOON CLEAI,
Thoush Nothing; of Importance to PhHadeU '
phlaa Haa Yet Dropped.
rtPSCIAL ntLTCBAX TO THS DISPATSS.!
Washington, October 18. Hbthinjs
new occurred to-day in relation fo AaPeaa-'
sylvania appointments. Senator Quay,
having important correspondence to leek
after, yid not all npon tbe President Sen
ator" Cameron had intended to take the
morning train for Harrishsrg; WwaskeJ
lafed and did not go. A number of Phila
delphians made their appearaaoa to nrge a
boM stead ini rapport of Lelaad fer sr
veyer'othe PMMkJpUswveft, .
prospect is that withis a day ortwoaaeksA
not fight writ'1, have developed against
Walters, of Chester; that President .Harri-r
son will be compelled to abandon tha-idea ,
of appointing- the college mate of Ms sea -Eussell,
and either give the plum to Lelaad -oranewinan.
There is some talk that Walters may he '
made naval officer, bnt the friends of Pow
ers, who is 'the candidate of the Pennsyl
vania Senators and the Philadelphia poli
ticians, protest against anv new deal of thk '
kind, and insist that the fight for the Sar-
veyorsnip snaii not db transierrea to tseir
field. Any new deal would, also probably
affect the candidacy of Sbelmire for the
pension agency, and the friends- of Judge
Kelly are here to insist that each office shall ; '
stand on its own bottom. Shelmire k'a
near relative of Judge Kelly, and his ap-!
pointment is the one place that venerable
statesman has asked, from the new Adminis
tration, and it is inferred "that his wish will
be granted by President Harrison.
Altogether, things are in a very confused'
state with regard to'the Philadelphia, hat v
the sky may oe cleared at any moment
HE. WANAHAKEE'S SENSATION.
Ho Gives Up Bis Philadelphia .SaBBj
School far One In Washington.
rSPZCUX, TELXQEAMTO TBI DISPATCH.!
Washington, October 18. Postmaster
General Wanamaker has created quite a
sensation by the announcement that he haa
decided to abandon his Sunday school class
in Philadelphia and take charge of a class
in the Church of the Covenant, which is, tbe
congregation made fashionable just now by
the fact that the President worships among
them. The church edifice is the newest and
finest in the city, and is situated in the fash
ionable "(Juarter on, the corner of -N and
Eighteenth streets, opposite the British
legation.
The decision of Mr. Wanamaker will add
greatly to the Sunday attractions of the,
church, aud will draw even larger audiences'
than those which bave been in the habit of
attending to see the President and his fam
ily. Mr-Wanamaker fixed upon this eonrse
on account of the fatigue and loss of tiara
consequent from going every Saturday and'
returning on Monday from his Philadelphia
charge.
FULLEE SQUELCHES IIS BOOM. f
The Chief Justice Will Rat be a CandMate'
Against His lata ChleC
ISrlCXAI. TXUCOKAM TO THE DISPATCH. T
WAf hington, October 18. Chief Justice
Fuller says he does not want to be President.
He has put aside the crown. He expressed
surprise this morning when he learned that
his boom had Seen started In Chicago last
night, at the meeting of the Andrew Jack
son League Club. A reporter asked the
Chief Justice, just before the court con
vened this morning, it he knew that he had
been made a candidate for the Presidency,
Tbe reporter asked: "Are you a candi
date for the Presidency?"
"Ho, no, no," Mr. Falter said; "net at
all."
"And the use of your name k aaantheiw .
ized?"
"Certainly it is." u
"And you won't allow theaa to use your
name as a candidate?"
'Ho, sir; not at all." ,
HONORS FOR TEE DEAJ.
The Signs of MoHrning Displayed per she
Late General Hartrasft.
rSTXClAL TH.IOKAM TO THX MSPATSK.1
Habbisbubg, October 18. At a kta
hour to-night Adjutant General Hastings
issued an order detailing Brigadier General
Snowdea an escort to attend -the funeral of
General Hartraaft. The Governor's steff
will assemble at the resMmee of Celeeel
Louis W.lteedat2?.x. The State aai
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