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THE PITTSBURG DISPATCH. SATURDAY,, JANUARY 31, 189L
TRIG Aje TACK,
The State Legislature "Will BeCalled
in to Smooth Over Allegheny
SHELVING A DIVISION OP WARDS.
George Elpliinstone Offers a Pacncea in tbe
Sbape of a Kevised Edition-
of tbe Kvnd Bill.
IT WILL BE PRESENTED ON TUESDAY.
Epeciil Ccoaittee and Ccmidl KtetisE Win Be Held
to Rraa Kitten.
The scheme for the division of wards in
AHeghenyTeceived a black eye last night
from City Attorney K'pbinstone, but an
other plan has been susjcsted.
It is claimed that while dividing lines
can be drawn in. on time for the February
election, it -will be impossible to have either
the school districis or Toting precincts
properly arranged in that time, and there
fore 13 Select Conncilmen feel sad over their
Ihe remedy now offered is to run a bill
through the Legislature providing that the
present status of Select and Common Coun
cil remains as it is for two years although
by some legal jucglery the heads of depart
ment are to be elected at once, the bill to
be the same plan as that prepared by Eepre
sentative Itynd except that part of the
second class city chatter is to be come opera
tive before 1893.
'o Change in Coininou Council.
In the two years thus gained the wards
will be properly divided, so that when all
the new dress is taken on, the unlucky 13
will not number all the members of Select
Council. Even if the wards are divided
Mr. Elphinstone says there will be no
change in tbe representation in Common
The Committee on the Division of "Wards
met last night and decided that as Mr. El
phinstone's plan offered a possible solution
for the difficulty it snould be followed.
The new bill will be submitted to a special
meeting of the Finance Committee to-uicht.
Ancther meeting of tbe Committee on the
Division of Wards will consider the bill as
reported from the Finance Committee. After
that a special 'session of Councils will be
called Monday night so the bill can be for
warded to Harrisburg on Tuesday.
At the opening of the meeting last night
Chairman Lare explained the necessity of
action. He then called on City Attorney
Elphinstone, who stated that he had con
sidered the questions put by Mr. Cochrane
at tbe committee's last meeting, and in re
ply to the first question would state that
there will be no change in the membership
of Common Council. That body will remain
the same as now.
Another Problem Yet to Be Solved.
The other question involved school dis
tricts, and while Mr. Elphinstone had made
up his mind on tbe subject the other coun
sel bad not. therefore it could not be
answered jnst atpresent.
Mr. Hartmin Vinted to know if the com
mittee was safe t -;o ahead and divide the
Mr. UlpbinstrV -said that there could be
no harm done bj ' ng ahead.
Mr. Hubley v led to know that, should
the committee divide tbe wards, could not
the ward be made into a school district with
out additional expense.
Mr. Bader wanted to know if the mem
bers had consulted their constituents on the
subject, and he desired that a vote on the
question be taten just to show how the
Mr. Dahlincer said that at the last meet
ing it was decided to have Councilmea pre
pare some ordinances on the subjert, and if
any had been prepared they should be pre
sented at once. That would show how mat
Mr. Elphinstone said that he bad pre
pared an act that he thought was constitu
tional and could be gotten through the Leg
islature belore the coming election. This
bill provides for the saiLC representation in
both branches of Councils as at present, to
be continued for two years. At the end of
that time Councils could be elected as pro
vided for by the laws governing a second
class city. The object of this bill was that
time may be gained, so that the wards of the
city might be evenly divided, and not with
a rush, as was the case at present.
Plenty of Time lietbre EIcctlOD.
There would then be plenty of time to
make all arrangements for the change which
could work along smoothly. The bill could
take tbe place of Mr. Kynd's bill, which is
No. 13 on the calendar, and could be
passed in plenty of time before the election.
Mr. Lare stated that a consultation of the
members from the Fourth ward had been
held yesterday and thev thought it highly
improper at the present time to divide tbe
vardo, as it was too close to tbe time of
election and would work great harm to
change the polling places at present.
Mr. Hartman could sec no reason for de
lay. Tbe wards should be divided immedi
ately and legislation on the subject is for
fcture consideration. Thedivision could be
done with less trouble now than six months
Mr. Suaman thought that some wards
could easily be divided, while others could
not. This was particularly so of the wards
In the center of the ritv, which contained
only one schoolhouse. To divide tbe wards
now would mean to get into a muss that
would take two years to get out of. The
work should be done in a bnsiness like way,
and the advice of the City Attorney should
After some further discussion on the matter
it was decided bv Mr. Snaman to call a
special meeting of the Finance Committee
for to-night to take action on Mr. Elphin
stone's bill and also to call a special joint
session of Councils for Monday night to ap
prove the bill so that it might be sent down
to Harrisburg at once and placei on the
calendar with the Councils' indorsement.
Tbe committee then adjourned to meet on
Monday night belore the meeting of Coun
cils. TPAIFS or Arequlpa is the subject of Fan
nie IS. Ward's Peruvian letter for THE SIS
THE LAST DAY OF GBACE.
TVestlnghonse Preferred Stock Cannot Bo
Purchased later Than This Afternoon.
. The Local Creditors' Committee has fin
ished its work and made a report to Mr.
Bannister, but tbe figures are kept secret,
awaiting the return of Mr. Weslinghouse.
He was expected yesterday, and as ne did
not arrive he is looked for to-day. To-day
will be the last is which stock will be for
sale, but the full report may not be ready be
fore Monday. Considerable ol the preferred
stock vms sold yesterday.
It is understood that the work of the
Creditors Committee was eminently satis
factory, otherwise it would have continued
on duty until to-day instead of making the
report "Thursday ercning.
K. J. Tankirk Hissing.
The Sonthside police are looking for H.
J. Tankirk, of Bennett station, who has
been missing from home since Wednesday.
Van kirk is 31 years old. of medium build,
has two fingers off his left hand, and had on
dark clothes. .
'THREE BEATS BEATEN.
Fllm.rianiracrs Go Up Against a Bar
tender Who Is Too Cute for Them
Two of the Sharpen Arrested-aw-rcncevllle
Storekeepers Done Up.
Frank Lemon and Jack Quinn were ar
rested yesterday afternoon and sent to Cen
tral station. They weretcharged with being
suspicious characters by Captain Brophy
and Officer Ford, who arrested them.
Quinn, Lemon and another man, whose
name is not known, arc supposed to be the
persons who have been operating the "flim
flam" game on the store-keepers of the
Twelfth ward and in Lawrcnceville for the
last week. Daring that time a number of
the small business places in Lawrcnceville
had been victimized by the operations or the
three men. Nearly every store out l'cnn
avenue had been visited, but tbe majority
escaped being caught bv the game. The
matter was reported to tbe police, and yes
terday Captain Siivis and another officer
started out Fenn avenue to trace the men
down. They discovered several places
along the route where the men had attempted
to play their game.
At the saloon No. 2812 Penn avenue the
men lost a & bill through the ingenuity of
the bartender. They had tried to play the
game and used a $5 bill. The bartender
saw the trick thev were attempting and
grabbed the bill. The men demanded the
bill, but the bartender refused, remarking
that "if vou call in an officer you can get
Captain Siivis learned toward the after
noon that tbe men were in liawrenccville.
Captain Brophy, in the meantime, learned
of the same fact, and, accompanied by Of
ficer Ford, ran them down at Forty-fourth
street. There were three of them, but one
THUJK THEY CAH STAKD IT.
Two Men Willing to Go Without Eating for
30 D:i for Sl.OOO.
The offer of Manager Davis, of the Fifth
Avenue Museum, to pay 51,000 to any man
that will fast for 30 days, lias already borne
results. Mr. Davis reported yesterday that
two candidates tor the honors and the money
had put in an appearance at the museum.
One of them was from Greensburg. He
gave the name of Samuel Linton, and said
he had gone as long as six days without
eatinc and thought he could go the full
month. Another was a young-physician of
this city who gave his name, but declared
he had not fully made up his mind, and did
not care for publicity until he had consulted
with his friends.
The contest will be conducted in an up
rich: wajr and a committee of four wi'l
watch the faster night and day. They will
be sworn and care will be taken to select
well-known citizens. Physicians will also
be in attendance. It is possible that the
contest will be inaugurated with two faster.
Mr. Davis still expects others will enter the
FOUKD BESIDE THS TBACK.
William Braithwait Discovered in an Un
conscious Condition at Hnlton.
"William Braithwait, a well-dressed young
man, about 18 years of age, was removed to
the West Pecn Hospital about 8 o'clock
last evening in patrol wagon 2fo. 5, He
was brought down from Edgwater, a station
near Hulton, on the Allegheny Valley Bail
road, by the express shortly before 8 o'clock,
suffering from internal injuries and a severe
fracture of tbe skull. He was in an uncon
The conductors' of the train on which he
was brought lrom Edgcwater, stated that
tbe young man was found near the railroad
track in an insensible condition, tbe infer
ence being that he was struck by a train.
Tip trns stilt in gn linpnnmimic ennrlttimi nt.
the "West Penn Hospital until 11 o'clock
last night, but the physicians there enter
tain the hope that he may recover. Braith
wait is the "son of a well-known contractor,
and lives with his parents at Hulton.
CAUGHT A DESEBTEB,
Samnel Hnlherron Steals a Watch and Is
Pounced Upon by Army Officials.
Samuel Mulherron, the man arrested by
Detective Bendel on Thursday ior stealing
a watch from C. It. Xoss, a Pittsburg and
"Western Railroad engineer, was found yes
terday to be a deserter from the regular
army. Mulherron was stationed at tbe post
:it Buffalo, 2J". Y., from which he deserted
about eight months ago. Inspector Mc
Aleese by the merest accident discovered the
prisoner's identity, rnd immediately notified
the United States Array officersat the arsenal
on Penn avenue.
Sergeant Buburct was sent up to Central
station and Mulherron was turned ovrr to
him for transportation to New York, from
whence he will be taken to a sea coast port to
be imprisoned for his offens-.
CORNJIEALls a healthy food and makes
pretty complexions; Elllce Serena tells all
abont it in THE DISPATCH to-morrow.
THEY SIGNED THE PLEDGE.
Eighteen Men Bid Farewell to Drink at the
A large number were present last evening
at the Dunn temperance meeting in tbe
Standard Theater, New Grant street. Tbe
meeting was opened with an address by
Miss Susan Jones, of the Moorhead Union.
She was followed with speeches by Joseph
"Wittenberg and G. 2f. McMaster.
An eloquent appeal was the closing ad
dress of Mr. Dunn. At the conclusion of
the address.about 18 men and boys signed the
pledgr. The series of meetings will be con
cluded to-morrow evening.
FIBED OUT THEt GAS.
Coal Will Hereafter Be Used at the Alle
Sheny City Farm.
At the regular monthly meeting of the
Allegheny City Poor Board yesterday, it
was decided to discontinue the use of natur
al ga at the Farm.
Major "W. P. Hunker, the Secretary, pre
sented his annual report showing the aver
age number of inmates of the city Home to
have been 254, at an average weekly cost of
$1 84 per inmate. The expenses for last
year were 550,201 99.
PEOPLE WHO COME AND GO.
Mrs. Belva Lockwood passed through
the oity yesterday, Tor Monongahela- City,
where she lectured last evening. She said she
Belonged to the Women's National Tres Asso.
elation, and felt slighted because she had not
been invited to attend Hie convention and ban
quet. Mrs. Z. X. Snyder and Miss Jane E.
Leonard, of Indiana, registered at tbe Seventh
Avenue Hotel yesterday. Miss Leonard is the
preceptress in the Normal school.
Colonel Bennett H. Young and Judge
A. K. Richards, ot Louisville, are stopplnc at
theMonongahela House. They are interested
in boatnern railroads.
Ed. Landif, formerly a very popular
clerk at the Seventh Avenue Hotel, is in the
city, lie may remain here as one of tho clerks
in a leading house.
Afsistant General Passenger Agent I
rank Van Dusen. ot tho Fennsjlvauia Com
pany, went to Cincinnati last cveniDg.
J. P. KirkpatricE, of Palmer, Mich.,
and George W. Short, a Cleveland iron manu
facturer, are at the Duquesne.
O. K. Wheelock, ot Bedford, and J.
M. Stewart and son, of Indiana, are among the
guests at the Scbloster.
F. J. Hearne, general manager of the
Riverside Iron Works, at "Wheeling; was in the
Mrs. William-Thaw, left for New York
Dr. B. M. Hanna. .Kye, ear, nose and
throat diseases exclusively. ' Office, 720 Pens
street, Pittsburg, Pal . s&su
OiN A BROADER BASIS.
The American Tinned Plate Associa
tion to Be Reorganized.
MILLS KEAKLT READY TO OPERATE
Miners Want a Revision "of the Dills Re
lating to Their Craft.
MISCELLANEOUS INDUSTRIAL ITEMS
The American Tin Plate Association is to
be broadened in its scope and field of oper
ations. Edwin Norton, ot Norton Brothers, Chi
cago, and Clarence K. Britton, of Britton &
Co., Cleveland, were in the city yesterday,
and both gentlemen visited the United
States Tin Plate mill at Demtnler for the
purpose of investigating the plant.
At a large meeting held in the office of
the association in this citv, the question of
disbanding entirely was first 'taken' up. It
was argued by some that the need for con
tinning the organization was obliterated by
tbe attainment of the object for which the
association was established to secure a
duty on tin plate. The friendly relations
created since the organization has been in
existence worked against the proposition to
disband, and instead of carrying it through,
a plan to reorganize on a broader basis was
Scope of the Scheme Tropcsed.
The proposed scheme is to include in the
association all the present members; to ab
sorb the Western Sheet "Iron Association,
which is largely represented in Wheeling,
Cleveland and Chicago, and to admit all
manufacturers of sheet iron, steel billets and
tin plate who desire to become members.
The details for the new organization have
not yet been perfected, but another meeting
will be called shortly for this purpose.
The association will be a representative
manufacturers' association, and will in
clude some of the largest firms in the coun
try. It is thought there will be at least 25
firms in it from tbe start, including four or
five local j concerns. One point that has
been definitely settled, at least for the pres
ent, is that prices or wages will not be tam
Mr. Norton, whose firm is preparing to
make tin plate, has considerable faith that
the industry has been firmly and perma
nently established in America. Norton
Bros, are erecting three mills, which are ex
pected to be in operation by August 1, aud
Britton & Co. will complete two mills by
Recurrence of Big riant Rumors.
One thing that carries out Mr. Norton's
idea is the fact that so mauv firms arepre
paring, with apparent confidence, to manu
facture tin plate on an extensive seal . A
local firm is said to be preparing lor the
erection of plants that will have a combined
capacity of 70,000 boxes a week, while a
Philadelphia concern is said to have a new
automatic machine about ready to put on the
market for the manufacture of the article by
The United States tTin Plate Company
will be ready to manufacture plate for tbe
market by the time the duty goes into effect,
and it is expected that inside of two or three
years tbe market can be supplied by the
Congressman Niedringhaus, of St. Louis,
passed through tbe city last evening, bound
for Washington. He will retire at the
close of this Congress
Mr. Niedringhaus has faith enough in
the tariff to build a tin plate plant, and he
thinks there is little hope of.a . Democratic
House knocking off the duty. His plant
will be completed in July, and 1,200. men
will be employed. Most bt his machinery
was ordered in Pittsburg.
l'relght Agents Regret That Mr. JUTcCague Is
Quitting the Business. ,
The Pittsburg Committee of Freight
Agents met at the Lake Shore office yester
day to consider the question of making
through rates to St. Paul, but (the matter
The committee appointed on the classifi
cation of bottles reported. There are so
many kinds of bottles that some were not
classified, and when shipped were given the
glassware rate, which is higher than the
bottle schedule. All varieties of bottles are
provided for now.
George McCaguc, who leaves the Lake
Shore to-day to take a position with Carne
gie, Phipps & Co., resigned the secretay
shipof the committee, and J. P. Orr, of the
Pennsylvania Company, was elected to suc
ceed him. A resolution regretting that Mr.
McCaguc was leaving the railroad business
was passed unanimously.
rHEXICAN MINE OWHEES.
A Tarty or Three Visit the United States to
Angel Zoraya, F. Hidalgo and Juan B.
Blanquez, manager of the St. Rafael Mining
Company, of Mexico, are, at tbe Anderson.
Mr. Blanquez said they were -silver mine
owners and operators and came to A merica
to study American mining methods and
machinery. They have been through
the West, and will returu home by way of
Tbe gentlemen were well pleased with
what they saw. Mr. Blanquez says the
American machiuery for crushing the ore
is away ahead ol the Mexican device.
There is plenty of silver in'Mcxico, and the
operators would like to see free coinage
adopted in the United States.
BOUND HIS SYRACUSE.
International Union of Stonemasons Will
The Stonemasons' International Union of
America will hold its first annual conven
tion in Syracuse, N. Y., beginning next
William McGregor, Patrick Collins 'and
Christ Bonaus will represent the Stone
masons' Union of Pittsburg there and will
leave this morning, in company with Mr.
George Jones, of this city, who is Secretary
of the International Union.
THE FUND IS GROWING.
Contrlbntions Flowing in for the Mammoth
B. D. Layton is still receiving subscrip
tions for the sufferers by the Mammoth
mine disaster. Among the first to put his
name down tor a contribution was Robert
E. S.Ward, of Roberts street, who was the
first subscriber to the Johustown fuud.
Mr. Layton will ask every Sunday school
in the State to take up a collection a week
lrom to-morrow for the relief of the sufferers.
A Reinstatement Antfclpated.
A gentleman closely connected with the
John Phillips case said yesterday, that lie
was confident Mr. Phillips would be rein
stated. "The investigation clearly showed,"
said he, "that Phillips should never have
been expelled, and the only thing .the Exe
cutive Board ran do, that I can see, is to
A New China Company.
An effort is now being made to organize a
company in this city to manufacture tbe
higher grades of china and porcelain ware,
aud those leading in the movement feel con
fident of success.
The Ihmien case, which was to have been
settled yesterday, was postponed again until
(c-day. Master 'Worknian.Evans says there
will not be another delay, but a settlement
must be reached immediately.
STILL IN CONVENTION.
Miners Tass Some Very Important Resoln-tlons-;Want
the Gallagher Bill Extended
to tho Bituminous District Will Ad
The convention of miners spent nearly tbe
whole of yesterday considering legislation
for their craft. The first they did was. to
pass the following resolution, reported by
the special committee appointed at the
previous day's session :
Viiebeas, On the morning of January 27,
1891, there occurred a catastropho almost un
equaled for loss of life in tbe mining aunals of
the United States; therefore belt
Besolvod, That this body, representing tho
miners of 'Western Pennsylvania, extend the
baud of sympathy and bcnevolenco to the
widows and orphans of this deplorable calam
ity. Kosolved, That tbe sympathy of this body
take practical shape, and that It be made man
datory on all delegates to this convention, on
returning to their respective mines, to call
meetings to take action on the following
Resolved, That all unions in Western Penn
svlvania bo called upon to ronttibute such
financial assistance as lies in their power, and
that the f nnds so collected be forwarded to tho
proper authority, Peter Wise, Scottdalc.
Resolved, That we indorso the appointment
bythollouso and Senate of this Common-,
wealth of a joint commission to Investigate tho
State mining laws, the amendment and en
forcement of the same, the causa of mice dis
asters and to suggest means for their preven
tion. Resolved, Thai we urce the commlsslon'to
visit the various mining centers of the State
to hear testimony and gather data from miners
and others qualified to give information per
taining to the same.
Resolvea, That this convention direct a tel
egram to be sent to State Senator Thompson,
Chairman of tbe Investigating Commission, re
questing said commission to give the fore
going favorablo consideration.
Another resolution was passed calling
upon the Legislature to extend the Gallagher
bill, passed two years ago, relating to the
anthracite region, to the bituminous region
as well. This bill requires an examination
as to comDetency before any digger can hold
a situation in a mine.
The delegates discussed the Monongahela
strike and the eight-hour movement further,
aud declared their intention of remaining
firm for the advance, which, to consider
everything, amounts io about 40 or 50 per
cent. The convention, which has now been
in session longer than usual, will continue
its business to-day, when officers will be
elected and delegates to the Columbus con
Youngstown puddlers struck against hard
The flint bottle trade is still rather quiet and
stocks arc mounting np.
There were 61 strikes in tho country during
the present month, most of them victorious.
The Novelty Glass Company, of Fostoria, O.,
will likely be ready for operation by the middle
of next v, eek. It is an 11-pot furnace.
TtoE Singlo Tax League will discuss the
question, "Will tbe Adoption of tbe Single Tax
Secure to Labor Its Full Earnlngsf to
E. It. Wallace, formerly with Carnegie,
Phlpps&Co., has established a commission
bnsiness in brick, iron and steel, with head
quarters in the Lewis block.
The BncLeye Novelty Glass Company, of
Bowling Green, O., will be sold next Wednes
day. The sale is necessitated by the passage
of the anti-lottery bill, whicb has knocked out
several manufacturers of novelties.
ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON'S series of
letters from the South Sea begins in TBE
DISPATCH to-morrow. This will be the
greatest newspaper feature of the j ear.
ASSUMING NEW BOLES.
Two Persons Who Are Paid to Please the
l'ubllc Will Now Please Themselves.
William J. Flannery, who assumes an
important character in "The U. S.
Mail" under the name of William Jerome,
will be married this nV.rning at the St.
Charles Hotel to Miss Sylvian Blanche
Lcopolde Wade.who is known in the profes
sion as Miss Fontainbleau.
Mr. Jerome and Miss Fontainbleau played
together last season in "The Fakir." The
strong glare of the footlights ripened their
love, they became engaged to be married,
and Miss Fontainbleau retired to private
life at the end of last season. A few days
ago she came to this city, and to-day she
will assume the role of a matron.
WANT JOBS FKOK UNCLE SAM.
Ono Hundred and Thirty-Two Applicants
and No Places Vacant.
The Pittsburg postoffice official's will bold
a civil service examination on Tuesday.
They will put 132 candidates through their
paces and see how last they can trot from a
civil service point of view.
All these people are desirous of obtaining
positions under Postmaster McKean, and
possibly one or two could be induced to take
that gentleman's position. As Mr. McKeau
is not prepared to resign, and as he does not
expect to nave any vacancies in the office,
the prospect before the candidates is very
DRUNK OB DEMENTED.
Trying to Determine tho Condition of a
Man Who Was Noisy.
M. J. Mabon was sent to jail yesterday on
a charge of disorderly conduct. Mahon was
charged with acting disorderly at the St.
James Hotel on Thursday night.
At the hearing yesterday morning before
Alderman McKenna, it could not be proven
whether the man was intoxicated at the
time. This gave rise to the suspicion that
Mahon was demented. He was then com
mitted to jail until a further investigation
of the case could be made. .&&
READ Robert Louis Stevenson's opening
South Sea Island letter in to-morrow's big
SHALL ECEAPS OF LOCAL NEWS.
Two bay horses owned by John Boyd, tbe Al
legheny livery man, ran away, on Beaver avenue
yesterday, and bnmped into a street car, break
ing the bnggy pole and slightly injuring one of
Cab. No. 5 on the Central Traction line went
off the track at Fourth avenue and Grant street
yesterday morning, delaylngtrafflcon that line,
tbe Second Avenue Electric line and Short
line. It was the second accident on that line
within 24 hours.
The friends of ex-Alderman Porter are circu
lating a petition lor bis release from tho peni
tentiary. Tho petition states that he is in bad
health, and will die if he is uotspcedily freed.
MbS. S. McKee and Mrs. William McCreery
have Issued an appeal to tbe public for fur
niture, carpets, etc- to fit np the rooms In the
new addition to tho West Penn Hospital.
THE flag on the posroffico was at half-mast
yesterday, and the building was draped with
black bunting, out of respect to tbe memory of
PICKED UP EY THE POLICE.
Frederick J. Semiks, of Sewlckley, is
charged with assaulting Lizzie Semins.
Charles Ross, alias Barker, is charged
with stealing a coat and vest from No. 31
Alexander Heffmax was committed to
jail by Alderman Warner last nigbt, charged
bj Eiull Kert with larceny.
JoHsGtJNHEiT.aged.17,. was committed .to
tail without bail by Alderman Stork, of Alle
gheny, last night on a charge of aggravated as
sault. " Bernard Golden, a boy. is accused of rob.
bing John McCue o 239. McCue was stopping
at the house of Golden's uncle, in Fifty-flrst
Mrs. Ruth WooDRUPF.of Webster avenue,
claims ber husband knocked her down and
then kicked her In tbe face. Woodruff wis
locked up for a hearing.
The police are looking for Annie Miller, who
has been borrowing, black dresses from East
Knd families on tbe pie that "ihe'wan ted to at
tend the funeral ot her mother.
THE ROADS TO RUIN
Seem to Pass Through Districts Can
dj County Supervisors.
Ail AN WITH UNLIMITED TOWER.
It Is Observed He Fixes Highways That
Advance His Interests.
DEBTS OP DKKN0WN KESPOSSIBIMTI
A reader asks The Dispatch what are
the powers of township auditors; whether
they have any control of the road super
visors; whether a road supervisor can ' fix
the tax rate as high as ha pleases, aud also
contract for more material or labor than
payment provided for in the tax duplicate;
and finally, if such a debt exists, incurred
by the predecessor ofaroad supervisor in
office, whether a portion of the tax levied
must not be applied to tbe reduction of the
The writer says that in view or the vast
interest taken at present in the road ques
tion and kindred topics, the matter is of
It appears there have lawsuits grown out
of the action of supervisors at times, and
sometimes he has been brought to book for
exceeding his bounds, but in a general sort
of a way he is about the biggest man in the
township and sometimes does pretty much
as he pleases. His discretionary power is
large, and he may "salivate" the taxpayers
pretty strongly in his estimate of the amount
of tax he sees fit to levy.
A Theory Not Always a Condition.
It is the theory that debts incurred by a.
supervisor must be paid and occasionally
an effort is made to hold back money de
rived from fresh levied taxes for that pur
pose, but, as a taxable has the option to work
out his uxes, it is an- uncertain source of
revenue in some districts and a certain one
in others. Near the city where- men can
make more money in their ordinary avo
cations than the $1 25 or $1 SO allowed for
road working, money is paid in preference
to labor by the taxablcs and in the back
districts all the work done on the roadr
amounts to comparatively little.
There are isolated instances in this county
where supervisors have used part ot the
road tax levy to pay debts. The-geueral
policy, however, is not to incur them, but
let the roads in a measure take care of them
selves. In some districts near tbe city the
office of supervisor has been a little miut, as
alleged, supervisors hiring cheap Italian
labor aud getting a large margin between
the price paid for it and that allowed such
labor by the township. It bas also been
shown in a law suit that a supervisor found
it convenient to open up a fine stone quarry
on his farm and make the township pay
therefor, the strategy consisting in selling
the material excavated to the township lor
Auditors Who Don't Know How.
As to auditors, the law contemplates them
as a body designated by tbe term, though a
lawver who "has been there" states that the
work sometimes done by such bodies is of
the most crude kind possible to pass, as
often the accounts to be audited would puz
zle an expert bookkeeper, and townsnip
auditors are not, as s rule, chosen on ac
count of any especial fitness iu this direc
tion. The law states that township auditors
must meet on the second Monday in
April each year, and that two will
constitute a quorum. On the date men
tioned they are required to audit the ac
counts of tbe supervisors, township treasurer
and of such other township officers as may
be referred to them. The report of audit
-.niont be filed with the township clerk, and
(if there be none such it shall remain -with
the senior auditor for general inspection.
Township auditors have power to compel
the attendance of witnesses and production
of books and papers and to administer oaths
the same as county auditors. They are al
lowed $1 a day pay for necessary work. Ah
appeal from their findings lies to the Com
mon Pleas Courts upon appellants giving
sufficient security ior the payment of costs.
Sliding Scale of Supervisors.
Road supervisors most account to the
'auditors annually under $4 to ?o0 penalty to
be collected before a Justice of the Peace
from whom an appeal lies to the next Court
of Quarter Sessions. Townships may in
crease or diminish tbe number of supervi
sors by vote.
There is one fatal weakness in the road
supervisorahip system as frequently de
veloped in townships near the city. For
instance, the populous part of thetownship is
very likely to combine and elect men whose
interests lie in that part and in consequence
tbe highways iu the populous part are im
proved at the expense of people who do not
get a return for tax paid and a supervisor
having very large discretion it is somewhat
difficult to straighten him if he be sinuously
A case was disposed of before Judges
Collier and Slagle tbe other day that may
shed some light on this feature of tbe case.
Bryant Coleman, of Chartiers township,
sought to restrain Supervisor George Evans,
of Chartiers township, from leveling and
improving Prospect avenue from the rail
way bridge to McKee street, Ingram station,
and asked for an injunction to stop the
work. The supervisor was backed by P. F.
Smith, J. J. McCormick, Walter Morris
and Robert Frew.
As Powerful as Hercnlcs.
On behalf of the supervisor it was con
tended that he had power to cut off
bumps and fill holes, as he was doing,
and thus render travel safe. Judge
Slagle coincided with this view, and
Judge Collier observed that if dan
gerous places were allowed to exist
where the danger might be remedied, and
supervisor! were brought belore bim in
Quarter Sessions for neglect of the very
work here complained of, he should surclv
punish them. Accordingly the injunction
Judge Collier's remark is notice to five
out of six supervisors that they might be
yanked into court and punished, for there is
scarce one of them that is not presiding
over roads where dangerous places exist, not
to mention tbe large number of smalj
bridges with clunks in them, not only large
enough to allow a horse's foot to pass
through, but also a JNo. 9 boot
The"love of office mpst be very strong that
spurs a man toacceptasupervisorsbipiu the
average copntry district, for if he were to
make the highways as good as they should
be he would be deafened by a, howl of rage.
The whole subject suggests the neces
sity of a supervisory power that does
not depend for perpetuation ou the favor of
a couutry constituency. Why, one of. the
wealthiest farmers in this county objected
to tbe improvement of a road running in
front of his farm on the grouna that il the
road were made good the assessors would
raise his valuation.
. HALT AGAINST AFBICA.
An Argument In Which a IIoo Played a
An Italian banana vender, whose want of
English prevents the possibility of his name
becoming known, occupies a bunk in the
Allegheny General Hospital, nursing a
tcalp wound made by a hoe wielded by a
lusty son of "Africa. The Italian was pass
ing up Henderson street, and, seeing a gang
of men working ou a house, went over, with
trite expectation of making a few sales. The
workmen decided to have a little fun, but it
resulted disastrously for the man from
sunny Italy, as be, got the worst of an argu
ment with a colored hod carrier.
The colored man-was arrested later in the
day, aud gave the name of Henry Jenkins.
The Italian is not dangerouilv injured. Bit
scalp is divided against itself, but his skull
remains intact. . .
WASHINGTON IN STONE.
Tho .Equestrian Statue to the Great General
Arrived Yesterday 1'roud WorX of
Patriotic Americans About Finished
What It Looks Like.
The equestrian statue of Washington, to
be unveiled in the Allegheny Parks by the
American Mechanics ou February 23, ar
rived in the city yesterday and was removed
directly to the parks where it will be placed
in position immediately.
Tbe monument was made by the Smith
Granite Company, of Westerly, It. I., and
is said to be the only equestrian statue made
entirely from granite in the country. The
whole monument will consist of three bases,
a die, a plinth and the statue. The first
base is 12 feet by 8 feet, aud the other bases
rise in graceful proportions to the
die, whicb is 7 feet, 9 inches,
by 3 feet 9 inches, by 3 feet 1 inch.
This stone, which adas largely to the beauty
of the monument, has three panels on the
front and rear and one on each end.
In the front center pancl.is skillfully
carved in bas-relief an eagle with outspread
wings, upon one side of which is a vessel
under full sail, and upon the other a
fort, each partly hidden by the wings.
The two smaller panels contain respectively
a laurel branch and an oak branch. Tbe
panels upou each end contain a shield, upon
which is carved the emblem of the Jr. O. IT.
A.M. The rear center panel contains the
inscription: "Erected by the Junior Order
of United American Mechanics ot Western
Pennsylvania" in raised polished letters;
and the plinth, upon which the figure
stands, is richly ornamented. The figure is
9 feel 9 inches high and the entire height of
the mounment is 17 feet
Tbe horse, npou whicb the artist has
shown great skill, is a representative type
of a fitting charger for his illustrious
rider. The figure of Washington, clad in
the uniform ot an officer of the American
Revolution, sits upon the horse in com
manding dignity, with the head turned
slightly to the right, with a chapcau in
right hand and arm extended as
if returning the salute of his Ktroops.
The face is copied from the marble statue in
the Capitol at Richmond, by the French
sculptor Houdon. The remainder of the
work is the conception of the sculptor,
Eduard Pausch, of tbe Smith Granite Com
pany. He has produceda form in keeping
with the serene and composed majesty oi
the countenance, and the figure will convey
to coming generations a lofty ideal of him,
who wjs "first in war, first in peace, and
first in tbe hearts of his countrymen."
The committee has not yet raised the re
quired amount of money necessary to pay
for the monument. The contract price was
$10,000, abont $1,000 of which is yet needed.
It is expected, however, that all the money
will be raised before tbe monument is un
veiled. Donations are now being made by
the various councils and a fair will open in
the Grand Central Rink next Saturday
night, under the anspices of the Daughters
of Liberty, part of the proceeds of which
will be devoted to the fund.
RAN INTO A ROCK.
One Man Killed and Two Injured in a
Freight Wreck on the Panhandle
Brakeman Gray Pinioned and Steamed
to Deaih The Engine Shattered.
Brakeman J. T. Gray was killed and En
gineer Oscar Albaugh and Fireman D. C.
Mahon terribly injured yesterday morning
in a freight wreck near Sheridan station,
on the Panhandle.
As the train emerged from the Cork run
tunnel the engineer saw a rock rolling down
the hillside onto the track. Albaugh threw
on the air brakes and reached for the lever
to shut off tbe steam, but at that moment
the engine struck the rock ana tbe locomo
tive and three ot the cars jumped tbe track
and plunged against the rocky side of the
cut. The engine was completely wrecked,
the steam chests were torn from their places
and the steam rushed out
Brakeman F. T. Gray, who had taken his
place on the iront ol the engine preparatory
to turning the next switch to side track the
train, was pinioned between the engine and
the side of the cut He was caught In a
standing position, and here he remained
over five minutes, the steam from the boiler
hissing ont against him, burning into his
flesh like molten metal. D. C. Mahon, the
fireman, was thrown against the side of tbe
cab, and for a fer moments lay alongside
the wreck of the engine, and with the steam
pouring over and burning him. He managed
to crawl out of the wreck. Engineer Oscar
Albaugh was scalded, bruised and un
conscious when taken out of the ruin.
The men were cared for as well as possible
by local physicians, and then brought to
the city. The injured men live at Senniston.
Gray and Mahon were removed to the West
Penn Hospital, where Gray died in a few
HELD FOE STEALIKO BRASS.
Toker and Schacffer Go to Court, McCal
Ilster Is Discharged.
John Toker, Jenks McCallister and John
Schaeffer had a hearing belore Magistrate
Hyndman last evening, on a charge of lar
ceny. Special Officer McLaughlin, with
several members of the Keystone Iron Mill,
of Sobo, testified that the defendants were
implicated in stealing brass scrap from the
Toker testified that he had -taken several
pieces of brass. Schaeffer said all he bad
done was to lurnish them with a bag to
gather scrap. McCallister proved to the
Magistrate that he had nothing to do with
the robbery. Magistrate Hyndman dis
charged McCallister, and held Toker and
Schaeffer for court. I
READY TO BETURXL
James Fannon Arrested a Pew Days After
lie Leaves the Penitentiary.
James Fannon was arrested yesterday by
Officer Malley on Penn street for picking a
lady's pocket. The theft was witnessed by
James V. Jenkins, who raised an alarm,
causing Fannbn to drop the pocketbook and
start away on a run. Officer Malley started
in pursuit and captured his man, landing
him in Central station. The pocketbook
Fannon is noted as a crook in police cir
cles and has been but a short time out of the
penitentiary, where he served a fonr-year
term for burglary.
Took Too Much Morphine.
Henry J. Beecher, aged 62 years, died
suddenly at his home, No. 40 Market street,
yesterday morning, and the 'verdict o'f the
Coroner's jury, at the inquest last nigbt,
was that death was due to an overdose of
morphine, to which the deceased had been
Bargains In Children's Department
One lot In children's jackets, sizes 4, 6, 8,
10 and 12 years, that were 56 reduced to ?3.
Oue lot light weight coats, sizes 4 to 16
vears, tht were $0, $10 and $12 reduced to
And all children's dresses now at greatly
reduced prices. Jos. Horse & Co. s
Penn Avenue Stores.
Any Kind of a Hose.
Prof Little, the expert optician, measures
the nose for frames as well as examines the
eye for lenses. Xow permanently located
with Biggs & Co., Jewelers, Smitbfield and
Sixth av. . 'NVThs
Bt c tiling "Hello, 1186." you can order
the finest ales and beers for your family's
use. Ikon Cut Brewing Compaxt.
Add 20 drops -of Angostura Bitters to
every glass of impure water you drink.
Spot Scarfs. ,
New in men's furnishings department to
day. Jos. Horse & Co.'s,
Pens Avenue Stores.
KILLED BTA CHILD.
Little Catherine Kopp Dies a Week
After L'einj Struck by
Coroner McDowell Takes the Testimony of
CKSUfiT OF A QUAEKEIi 0TEK HATCHES
Stone-throwing has caused the death of a
girl in Millvale borough, and a little boy is
lying very low from the same cause.
Coroner McDowell began an inquest last
night on the death of Catherine Kopp, aged
7 years, who died at her home in Millvale
borough on Thursday of injuries inflicted by
a boy who threw a stone at her, striking her
on the temple. The father, mother and sis
ter of the child and a neighbor, Mrs. Caro
line Brnnner, were examined.
From their testimony it appears that the
little girl had been sent out by one of the
boarders at Mr. Ferdinand Kopp's honsc to
buy a box -of matches on the evening
of the 22d inst She retnrncd
a few minutes later. with her
head badly discolored and bleeding from a
cut in the right temple. She said a boy
mimed Wbitey Torgiss, of about her own
age, had struck her with a lump of coal be
cause she would not give him the matches.
The child did not seem to be seriously hurt,
and was sent to school next day, although
she complained of a severe headache until
Monday. She came home from school that
day sick and complaining of the pain in
ber head. Dr. Sullivan was called, and,
according to the testimony, he was unable
to tell what the trouble " was, because the
symptoms were not fully developed. He
visited her twice a day until she died, on
The testimony of the child's father
showed that she was his favorite child,
and he had given np his work in the
mill to attend to her wants from the time
she was put to bed. The mother testified
that the Torgiss family had paid no atten
tion to the little girl's injury, and did not
come near the house until after her death.
The Coroner decided to continue the in
quest until 2 o'clock this afternoon, when
several children who saw the little girl on
the evening of her injury will be called to
Walter Keay, who lives near the Kopp
residence, has a fractured skull, and is in a
very serious condition, but may recover.
As he was returning from school last week
he passed two playmates who were auarrel
ing. A stone was thrown which struck the
boy on the head and rendered him senseless,
and he has not yet regained consciousness.
HEAD Itobert Louis Stevenson's opening
Sonth Sea Island letter In to-morrow's big
BIBER & EASTDN.
A WEEK OF
Previous to Jan. 31.
(OUR ANNUAL INVENTORY.)
We offer you at
GREATLY REDUCED PRICES
- MADE-UP GARMENTS
WOMEN AND CHILDREN.
OUR ENTIRE STOCK OF
RIBBONS, LEATHER GOODS,
GENTS FURNISHING GOODS,
Dress Goods, Silks and Velvets,
Umbrellas in Large Variety.
BIBER I EASTDN,
U05 and .507 MARKET STREET.
N. B. New, freh Spring Goods in Em
broideries. Muslin Underwear, India SUka, etc.
at popnlar fignres.
SPECIAL CLEARING-OUT SALE
AT 33 PER CENT
Lower Prices Than Will Rule
During Next Spring.
For two weeks we will offer our stock ot Fall
Carpets at Immense redactions. We want the
ROOM tor KPR1G GOODS. Remember, no
Remnants are included in this great Reduction
Best qnallty. All-wool Ingrain Carpets at 50c,
55c and 60c per jard; never retailed anywhere
at lesj than 73c.
largo line ot Three-l'lys at 75c and 80c per
jard, worth 51.
i,arge line Tapestry Brussels at 50c, worth 75c.
A better grade of Tapestry Brussels at (He,
Very best quality Tapestry Brussels at 75c,
.Large line of Body Brussels at S5c, 90c, 95c
and il. worth JL Co.
Large line Moquettes at tl 10 to Jl 25, worth
to-day tl 65.
627 and 629 Penn Avenue.
C0MTHG VS BY HUHDBED3.
Abont Two Thousand Liquor Application
Applicants for' license to sel! liquor are
coming forward in considerable numbers
these days, and some predict that there will
be more than 2,000 in the county. There
were HZ applications filed yesterday. Ex
Sheriff Hunter says that at least 10 per cent
of the names are new ones, and that most of
them are for retail license. He also states that
the impression gains strength from day to
day that enough saloon licenses will be
granted and distributed so as to break np
the speak-easy business,, it being seemingly
impossible to wipe.out their business so Ion?
as there is a demand for their stock.
-It is thought that a fair distribution of sa
loons.will destroy tbe speak-easy monopoly.
HOWHEEE TO 00.
Necessities at a City Office for the AHi
gheny' County Home. 1
Hannah Diamond was sent by tbe De
partment of Charities to the County Home
at "Woodville yesterday. She is over"60
years' of age and is suffering from asthma.
She has lived ont the Perrysville plank road
since 1861. First she applied for relief to
the Allegheny Poor Board bnt was sent to
Pittsburg, ami, after a great deal of trouble,
a place was found for her at the County
A?most every day there are similar cases
turned np, bnt as there is no one in Pitts'
burg to representthe County Home it throws
too much work on the Pittsburg depart
Dry Goods House
Saturday, Jan. 31,189,
JDB. HDRNE J CtL'B
PENN AVE. STORES.
A brand new display this morn
The first real Spring Opening of
A special purchase, entirely new
styles, and extraordinary values
Tecks and Four-in-Hands.
BARGAINS FOR MEN:
Guyot's French Suspenders at
Gloves at reduced prices.
Smoking Jackets, still a nice as
sortment, all sizes, away under
Men's Cashmere and Merino j
Hose, in which we can show only
the smaller sizes (q and a few
sizes each way), that were 50c and
60c a pair, reduced to 25c a pair.
Steel Mixed Merinos from 90c to 65c
All-wool Scarfs from Sx to 75c
Fine Camel's Hair lrom Si 35 to 750.
All-wool Scarlet from Si 25 to Si.
All-wool Scarlet from $1 50 to Sr 25.
All-wool Scarlet from ?3 to $1 50.
Finest Camel's Hair from $3 to Si $0.
Finest N. & N. B. Merino from S2 50
One lot Genuine English Mackintoshes,
plaids and plain colors, that were $10 and
S15. reduced to S5.
One lot Genuine English Mackin
toshes, plains and neat checks, dark coL;
ors, that were S14, S15 and S16, reduced
One lot Genuine English Mackin-'
toshes, plaids and checks, that weie SiS,
S20 and S22, reduced to S15.
(The big sale started yesterday
created wonderful interest. Such
a. sale was never known in these
cities either for quantities of goods
or prices. The goods- go by dozen
pairs to buyers).
One lot of Misses' 4-Button Kid
Gloves, in tans, browns, grays and
blacks, full line of sizes, that were $1
and $1 25 a pair, reduced to 75c.
One lot Ladies 7-Hook Foster Kid"
and Lacing Gloves, genuine Fowler
quality, regular price Si 75 a pair, re.
duced to St 25-
One lot 8-Bt'tton Trefousse Mousque.
taire Suedes, tans, browns, grays and
One lot Ladies 8 -Button Length
Mousquetaire Kid Gloves, best makes,
that were $z 25, $2 and Si 75 a pair, re
ducc1 to 75c.
One lot Ladies 7-Hook Black Foster
Suedes (sizes 6 to 7 1-2), that were Si 50
a pair, reduced to Si.
Plenty of bargains to-day in La
dies' and Children's Hosiery.
JDS. HDRNE A CD.,
609-621 PENN AVENUE.
U. & S.
-BARGAINS THIS WEEK IX
Women and Children. -
Also. Ladles' Fleeced Hose, in black n4
colors. Infants' Bootees and Knit Sacques. '
ULRICH & SPENCERj"
642 Penn Avenue.,;3!?
Open Saturday Evenings. 'Ja3T-rj':