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THIS IS THE SEASON
TO SELL ASD KENT HOUSES.
BUYERS AND RENTER
LOOK FOR BARGAINS
IN THE ETEKT MOBNTNG DISFATCH.
Bering Sea Dispute Taken
Out of His Hands,
POINT FOR JOHN BULL
Supreme Court Decides that
It Has Jurisdiction.
in the Case.
CHARGES THAT POLITICS
Had An Influence on the Baling,
Which Was Announced by
Chief Justice Fuller.
SECRETS OF THE SILVER POOL.
Owenby at Last Appears and Talks Mys
teriously About the Speculations
of the Statesman.
CONGRESSMAN TAILOR ON THE STAND.
He limits Buying tii White KtUl, lit Eiys Sis Bill
Wis Iitrodtctd After a CoscnlUtics With
IEEE COINAGE ADVOCATES GROW IMPATIENT
rSFECTAI. TILEGBAM TO THI DISPATCH.
Washington, Feb. 2. All "Washing
ton is discussing two sensational events
John Bull's victory and the latest silver
pool revelations. Chief Justice Fuller fur
nished a genuine surprise to-day in the an
nouncement of bis decision that the British
Government might come into the United
States Supreme Court and ask for a writ of
prohibition to issue on the District Conrt of
Alaska in the Sayward case.
It was the general opinion of lawyers and
Judges in and ont of Congress that the court
would decide promptly that the matter was
one for the executive and not the judicial
arm of the Government, and deny the
British Government the privilege of coming
into court Tartisans are ready to say that
the Chief Justice is bent upon liking the
disagreement between England and the
United States out of the hands of the State
Department, thus depriving Secretary
Blaine of one great matter which he has
used to keep himself before the people, and
which might yet enable him at the proper
moment to make a master stroke in his own
interest for nomination and election to the
Tlie Argument of Blaine's Partisans.
It is a general opinion this evening,
though somewhat unwarranted, that this
Chief Justice would not have admitted
argument upon the writ of prohibition had
he not made up his mind to grant it, and,
incidentally, it is assumed by the partisans,
to make a decision which will "put Blaine
in a hole." Though this real question will
be the simple point of law whether the libel
of the Sayward was a proper proceeding
of the Alaska Court, it is assumed that the
case is one of such breadth that the Chief
Justice, if inclined to do so, can virtually
pass upon all the questions that have in
volved the two Governments.
At any rate the announcement to-day
gives a substantial basis for interest and con
cern in the case, where little was felt before
on account of a general but mistaken con
ception that the British Government would
be promptly bounced out of court. In an
nouncing the decision the Court asked coun
sel at what date the rule requiring the
Alaska Court to come here and show cause
why the writ of prohibition should not
issue should be returnable. The Solicitor
General of the United States was anxious to
have it returnable at the earliest possible
date, as was Mr. Calderon Carlisle, junior
coudscI for the parties who bring the case
here, and by mutual agreement the rule was
made returnable the second Monday in
Arrival of the Lore-Expected Owenby.
The other event whieh has caused gossip,
while not of international importance, is
decidedly interesting. The great and only
Onenby, wno has been made so conspicuous
in the silver pool sensation, was at last pro
duced to-day, was arraigned for contempt
before the bar of the House, made his ex
planation, was purged of contempt and ap
peared before the Silver Pool Investigating
When sworn, Mr. Owenby stated that his
business last year was that of a broker. He
handled all sorts of securities, and when he
bad an opportunity he dealt in silver. His
original business was mining. He did con
siderable business over the lines of "Wells,
Fargo & Co. and was permitted to re
ceive his mail there.
Mr. Payne Have you talked with Mr.
Stevens, of St. Louis, about a. silver pool?
"Witness I probably have used the word
pool in speaking of parties in conversation
about silver. I had some knowledge ol
different thirties who, I believed, were en
;.ged In silver trading, but of an organized
pool I don't believe I did.
Ho Evaded tne Leading Questions.
In reply to further questions he said that
he had personal knowledge of persons in
terested in silver during the last year. He
had seen accounts made up on the books of
"Wells, Fargo & Co. The witness was
asked a number of questions to find out if
any of the names on these books were those
01 Senators or Iiepresentatiocs, and volun
teered the suggestion that the committee
vuould have experts examine the books of
"Wells, Fargo & Co.
During this testimony the witness at one
time asked if his questioner meant "books
of any bank." Mr. Payne wanted to know-
after a while what the witness meant by his
question, and finally learned that he re
ferred to the books of J. M. Donald, cashier
of the Hanorer National Bank, and of
Hall, the assistant cashier.
Owenby was asked if on any of the books
there was the name of any Senator or Repre
sentative, and after pondering the question
a while, he replied that Donald held up
some correspondence and said it was that ot
a Senator. He next wanted to know
whether by silver was meant bullion certifi
cates or warehouse receipts, and was in
formed that in every case silver was intended
to cover the broadest ground.
The .Same of a Senator.
-The witness was examined 'closely with
reference to his conversation with Donald
when the correspondence was exhibited. He
said Donald picked up a letter while they
were canvassing the silver situation and
said: "That man is in it; I know what he
Mr. Pavne He mentioned the name, did
Owenby Ton are very anxious to have
me mention that, are you? Yes, I will
state positively that it was a Senator's
As an excuse for not being able to give
information with regard to other questions
asked, Owenby said that the information was
in his books. Some of the books were in
Chicago and others were burned up. The
books were in a safe deposit company
and not accessible to him. He did not
want to get access to them and put
them where he could not get them. He
did that after Stevens' evidence before the
committee. The books referred to his pri
vate affairs, and he would not state how
they could be obtained unless compelled to
do so. Did not remember what was in the
books, and did not want to.
Other questions brought out the fact that
outside these books the witness had in a
trunk and other receptacles memoranda re
lating to silver speculations. He declared
several times he intended to bring his trunk
and papers here, and ended by offering to
telegraph for them.i No action was taken
upon the matter.
Testimony of Congressman Taylor.
In last night's telegram to The Dis
patcii reference was made to a Chicago
Congressman who was the star of the Sena
torial poker game and interested in the
silver speculation. To-day Representative
Abner Taylor appeared before the Investi
gating Committee. He said be was a mem
ber of the Committee on Coinage, "Weights
and Measures. He had talked with Heden
berg about silver and has received an im
pression from his talk that a pool to buy
silver was being formed, though he had no
recollection of Hedenberg having made any
offers to go in with him. Witness said be
had purchased some silver and in connection
therewith he had two regrets to express, viz:
That he did not purchase more, and that he
did not hold longer that which he had pur
chased. He had bought 40,000 ounces at $1 09
and sold it at ?1 12. He had put up a
margin of $2,000 on his purchase. He did
not know of any Senator or other Represen
tatives having" bought silver, and knew
nothing of a silver pool of Senators and
Representatives. "Witness did not buy any
silver before the law went into effect, nor did
he purchase any while the legislation was
pending. He had dealt some in wheat since
he had been in Congress. He also said that
he had, after consultation with the Presi
dent, Secretary of the Treasury and Director
of tbe Mint (by whom it was approved), in
troduced a bill at the beginning of the pres
ent session of Congress looking to the pur
chase of the 13.000,000 ounces of surplus
silver in the United States.
IN FIGHTING HUMOR.
SILVER MEN ANGRY OVER TEE COINAGE
They Are Determined, to Bring the Silver
Bill Before the House Bland Frees His
Blind Friends of the Measure Believe It
tFROX A STAFF COHEESPOXDEIT.I
"Washington, Feb. 2. The free coinage
men are up in arms against the Committee
on Coinaee of the House for its delay in not
reporting the free coinage bill passed by the
Senate, and sent over to the House two
weeks ago. This feeling came to a head to
day when Mr. McCreery introduced a reso
lution to take the bill out of the hands of
the committee and have it taken up for ac
tion. Mr. Bland says there has been no attempt
on the part of the committee to disguise its
antagonism to the bill. The few hours that
have been given to hearings were allotted to
representatives of "Wall street, who mis
represented the effects of the proposed law,
and reports of these hearings were sent to
every part of the country, while no friend
of free coinage was allowed to give his
"The fact is," said Mr. Bland to The
Dispatch correspondent to-day, "there
was no necessity whatever for hearings ef
any kind. The whole matter has been dis
cussed in every phase in both Senate and
House, and every reading person who
wanted to be informed had at his command
the most exhaustive analysis of both sides
ot the subject. ,1 propose to see if Congress
has not the power to nrevent a committee of
a few persons from killing a measure so
vital to the welfare of the people, and -which
has not only a pronounced majority of both
Houses of Congress in its favor, but is de
manded by a vast majority of the people of
Many other friends of the measure have
given up all hope of its passage, believing
that even if it be reported, it will be so
loaded with amendments and will be so
manipulated by the assistance of Speaker
Reed, as to prevent a final vote before the
close of Congress.
EHOET SENATE SESSION.
Proposing the Election of Senators ty a
Vote of the People.
"Washington, Feb. 2. The Senate met
at 2 p. ii. to-day and Mr. Turpie introduced
a joint resolution, which was referred to
the Committee on Judiciary, proposing an
amendment to the Constitution for the elec
tion of United States Senators by the direct
vote of the people of the several States.
The fortification bill was then taken up.
An amendment reported by tbe committee
to reduce the appropriation for gun and
mortar batteries for the defense of the har
bors of Boston, New York, San Francisco,
Hampton Roads and "Washington from
$1,000,000 to 5750,000 was adopted.
THE TEEASTJEY VACANCY.
A Bill Extending the Temporary Period of
"Washington, Feb. 2. Iu the House
to-day, on motion of Mr. McKinley, a bill
was passed amending section 180, Revised
Statutes, so as to read: "Vacancies occa
sioned by death or resignation shall not be
temporarily filled under the three preceding
sections for a loneer period than 30 days."
The present law limits the time to ten
days, and the bill has special reference to
the appointment of a successor to the late
DIED UNDER KOCH'S LYHPH.
The First Person Inoculated in This Conn
try Passes Away.
Hew Haven. Conn., Feb. 2. George
M. Bradley, who was tbe first patient in
this country to receive the lymph inocula-
tion, died to-day, and the 'son of Prof.'
Blake, another lymph patient who has been
under treatment for nearly two months, is
at the point of death. Bradley was a man
but little over 30 years of age, and was not
in an advanced stage of consumptionwben
he began receiving treatment. Previously
he was not confined to the house, but during
his treatment he has been.
During tbe past few weeks he suffered in
tensely, as the treatment bad a distressing
effect upon his throat, making it difficult
and extremely painlul for him to take any
nourishment. His physicians state that his
death was undoubtedly hastened by the con
dition of his throat, as his strength dis
appeared very fast because of his inability
to take food. He had been receiving in
jections since very early in December.
SENATOR BRICE'S SEAT.
AN EFFORT TO PREVENT HIS ADMIS
SION TO THE SENATE,
Beasons Why He Should Be Denied It
Presented in the Ohio Legislature A
Bill of Particulars Against Him Not a
Citizen of Ohio.
rsriCIAI. TM.EQRAK TO THE DrBFATCB.1
Colxtmbus, Feb. 2. "When the Legisla
ture reconvened this evening, a resolution
was offered, which went over under notice
to discuss, to prevent the admission of Cal
vin S. Brice to the United States Senate
from Ohio. There were but a few Demo
crats present in the House, and they were
taken by surprise. Some were inclined to
treat it as a joke, while others considered it
a serious matter. The resolution sets forth
tbe fact of the election and that the Consti
tution requires that in order to be a Senator
from Ohio a man must be a resident of the
State, and continues:
Whereas, It has become known that Calvin
S. Brice is an Inhabitant of New York; by his
continuous business relations there; by his re
fusal to pay taxes levied against him in Ohio:
by his membership in tbe Ohio Society in New
York, which admits only those from Ohio who
hare acquired citizenship in New York; by bis
being enumerated as a citizen of New York; by
his son at college registering with his father in
New York: by bis swearing that he was a resi
dent of the State of (.New'iork in order to
tnaKo himself eligible as bondsman for a cer
tain contractor, and by other matters of com
mon report: and
Whereas, It Calvin S. Brice is permitted
to take bis seat in the Senate, tbe State of New
York Kill have three Senators and the State of
Ohio only one. Therefore.
Resolved, By the General Assembly of the
State of Ohio, that our United States Senator,
Hon. John Sherman, be instructed to use his
vote and influence to prevent the admission of
Calvin b. Brice to the United States Senate.
A SCIENTIFIC CRUISE.
Bowdoln College Students to Go on an
rSFECIAL TELEQBAJI TO THE DISPATCH.
Brunswick, Me., Feb. 2. Plans are
being perfected for an expedition of about
20 Bowdoln students, under Prof. L. A. Lee,
to Labrador and the North seas. The pur
pose of tbe trip is to follow out researches in
various scientific branches, principally eth
nology, biology, botany and geology. The
party intends to sail from Rockland about
the first of July, and will be cone for two or
three months. Labrador and Newfoundland
will be the regions chiefly visited, while it
is probable that Iceland will also receive a
share of attention. The party will busy
itself with deep sea dredging, researches
along the coast and visits to tbr interior.
Tbe study of the low Esquimaux of these
regions promises to be particularly interest
ing. It is nronosed that whatever skulls,
birds or relics are found shall "be placed in
the cabinets at Bowdoin College.
Prof. Lee is well fitted to make the expe
dition a success. He was chosen bv the
United States Fish Commission in 1887 to
take charge of the scientific departments on
the voyage which the Albatross made to the
FOR TWO CENTS A KILE,
Another Ballroad Fare Bedncer in the
rEriXIAX. TXLKOBAX TO TUB DISFATCB.I
Coltjmbtjs, O., Feb. 2. Another rail,
road fare reducer has been sprung in the
House. It provides that all railroads in the
State may demand and receive for the trans
portation of passengers not exceeding 2 cents
per mile for a distance of more than eight
miles, but the fare shall always be made
that multiple of five nearest reached by
multiplying the rate by the distance. The
road can receive neither more nor less than
this rate, and cannot issue passes; the only
exception being made in the cases ol excur
sions and employes of the road.
A bill has been introduced in the interest
of railroad shippers. It provides that a
shipper whose goods are lost or damaged
while en route can make all the lines over
which his goods traveled joint defendants
in a suit for damages. The object of the
bill is to stop equivocation. A shipper
who begins action against a railroad often
finds the company will slide out of it by
claiming that the' goods were turned over to
another railroad company in good shape.
THE NEWARK IN COMMISSION.
Cramps' Complete Their First Great Con
tract "With, the Government.
Philadelphia, Feb. 2. The new steel
cruiser Newark lormally went into commis
sion to-day at Cramps shipyard as a man-of-war
of the United States Government. She
will be fitted out here.
The acceptance of the cruiser completes
Cramps' first contract for the new navy, the
others being the Yorktown, Vesuvius, Bal
timore and Philadelphia. On each of these
vessels the builders received a premium,
either for excess of speed or horse-power.
Two other cruisers are now building at
Cramps', and two more will soon be started,
the total amount of work under contract for
the United States Government being over
SARA BERNHARDT ARRIVES.
She Brings With Her One Hundred and
Seven Pieces of Baggage.
New York. Feb. 2. Sara Bernhardt ar
rived here this afternoon on board the
French steamer La Champagne from Havre.
She was driven at once to her hotel where
she proposes to rest for a few days, com
mencing an engagement of perhaps five
weeks on Thursday next in this city. At
its conclusion she will appear in Detroit,
Indianapolis, St. Louis, Denver, San Fran
cisco and other cities.
Sara looks stouter than when here before,
and she entered the cabin of the ship for the
first time to-dav when she declared her bag
gage, which footed up 107 pieces.
TO TEST THE MKINLEY BILL.
A Louisville Drygoods Finn Kicks Against
the New Tariff.
Louisville, Feb. 2. A large drygoods
firm here will present a petition to the Sur
veyor of the Port of Louisville for the return
of 5103, collected under the McKinley bill.
The claim is made on the ground that the
bill is unconstitutional, because section 30
as passed by Congress was changed in the
bill signed by President Harrison.
It is expected tbe petition will go from
the surveyor to the Federal District Court
and then to the Supreme Court of the
United States, and will as a test case settle
the question whether tht bill is valid. ,,
VETO WITH BIG V,
Pattison Emphatically Turns
Down the Force Bill
TELLS THE REASONS WHY.
A Two-Thirds Vote Cannot Possibly
Ee Secured to Repass It.
ANOTHER ATTACK UPON CAMERON
Causes a Scene in the Lower House, but
Don Proves a Winner.
PART TAKEN BI PITTSBURG MEMBERS
IFB01I A STATT COKRESPOXDENT.l
Harrisburg, Feb. 2. Another assault
was made to-night upon the house of Cam
eron. Some strong shoulders stood to-'
gether, and a good bit of earnestness was ex
hibited in the skirmish, hut for the third
time the Lochiel crest was triumphant.
First the House again throttled that Butler
county gentleman's resolution whieh harsh
ly condemned Cameron's silver deal and his
vote against the elections bill, and hinting
that his resignation was desirable.
Then Governor Pattison'g veto of the con
current resolution ot last Thursday the one
which simply requested Pennsylvania's
Senators in Congress to vote for the elec
tions bill arrived. Altogether it was an
other victorious night for J. Donald Camer
on, and both Republicans and Democrats
brought it about. The following is the veto
Governor Pattison Takes a Hand.
Commonwealth op Pennstlvania,"!
Executive Department. I
Optics of the Governor, f
Harrisburg, Feb. a J
To the Senate of the Commonwealth, of Pennsyl
vania: Gentlemen I herewith return, without
my approval, the concurrent resolution of the
benate, adopted January 29, 1891, as follows, to
wit: "Resolved, That onr United States Sen
ators be earnestly requested to use every hon
orable effort to secure the passage of the Fed
eral election bill."
The twenty-sixth section of Article IU,of the
Constitution of tne Commonwealth of Penn
sylvania, provides that "every order, resolu
tion or vote, to which the concurrence of both
Houses may be necessary (except on the ques
tion of adjonrnment) shall be presented to tbe
Governor, and, beforo it shall take effect, be
approved by nim, or, being disapproved, shall
be repassed by two thirds of both Houses, ac
cording to tbe rules and limitations prescribed
in case of a bill."
This section is tbe only warrant for the pre
sentation to me ot the resolution herewith re
turned. In the absence of any more definite
information than is contained in the terms of
tbe resolntion, I assume that the measure it Is
intended to favor 13 tbe bill now pending in the
United States Senate to amend and supplement
the election laws of the United States popu
larly known as the "force bill." I am(
Not Willing to Give My Assent
to any declaration in support of that measure;
for "it trenches on tho principle of local
sovereignty," which is the essence of oar free
government. In the contemplation of th wistf
men who made the; Federal Constitution H
was both impliedly and expressly reserved to
"the people of the several States" to choose
their representatives in Congress, and their
Legislatures are entirely competent to "pre
scribe the times, places and manner of holding
elections" for such" representatives. There is
neither public necessity nor popular demand
for legislation which seeks to invade this right
of tbe people and to transfer tbe choice of
the Representatives from State to Federal
The proposition to invest the executive and
judicial branches of the Federal Government
with the power to appoint agents to control tho
election of the legislative branches a most per
nicious and dangerous one. The device to this
end, which this resolution approves, involves
the expenditure of many millions of dollars
and the creation of enormous official patron
age; it provides for canvassers gathered at re
mote distances from the election dis
tricts in which their powers are to be ex
ercised; It degrades the judiciary by making
it a political appliance to perpetuate tbe power
which appointed it; it affects the State jurisdic
tion over elections for State, county and dis
tricts, by authorizing Federal Supervisors to
reject votes at such elections, which, in their
judgment, may be wholly or in part defective;
and it invites and provokes a collision of State
and Federal authority. As cumbersome, in
quisitorial and expensive as it is unnecessary
and unconstitutional, such a plan will not tend
to secure free and untrammeled suffrage.
Sure to Awaken Sectional Discord.
On the contrary, it will destroy the purity
and disturb the tranquility of elections; it will
awaken sectional discord, breed distrust and
endanger business prosperty. Sound moral,
material and political considerations alike de
mand that such a measure should be repro
bated and not encouraged. Convened as the
General Assembly of Pennsylvania is, to con
sider matters of State concern and to jealously
protect the rights of its citizens, I can see no
virtne in the approval of a measure which
would yield to Federal Interference and super
vision what fairly belongs totbeneople of tho
States, and what is constitutionally guaranteed
I believe that an overwhelming majority, not
only of the people of the country, but of our
oun Commonwealth, is heartily opposed to
tbe features of this bill. It Is of no conse
quence in this view what pledge has been made
by any particular political faction, inasmuch as
its toremost exponent has denied that it is a
partisan measure, or that any man supporting
it Is actuated by apartisan purpose. Measured
as a qnestion of general public concern, there
is neitner justification in tbe origin of tbe bill,
nor anywholesome effect to be secured by Its
passage. Nor has it gained in popular confi
dence in the attempt to enact it by suppressing
that freedom of debate which is so supreme!?
important to "the perfection of legislation, the
dignity of the Senate andto civil llbertyit&elf."
I cannot, therefore, consistently or conscien
tiously join in a request to the Senators of
Pennsylvania to favor such an enactment.
Robert is. Pattison.
How the Speaker Got a Quorum.
A sensational episode was the action of
Speaker Thompson in breaking up a con
spiracy on the part of Cameron's friends to
leave the House without a quorum. Next
to that was tbe surprise caused by two of
the most prominent Allegheny members,
James L. Graham and Emmet E. Cotton,
voting with tbe anti-Cameron Republicans.
J. M. Thompson, of Butler, -moved to
take up for second reading tbe resolution
which he introduced Friday, severely con
demning Senator Cameron and requesting
either his strict allegiance to Republican
principles or his resignation. There was a
hurried consultation between Messrs. Quay,
Brooks and Baker. Brooks jumped up
and moved to postpone the Butler county
resolution for the present.
Upon this motion Mr. Thompson, of But
ler, demanded the yeas and nays. The roll
call of the 204 members proceeded. It had
not progressed far before it became evident
that a great many members present were not
voting. AH the Democrats remained silent
as their names were called. Bo did promi
nent Republicans. The Man-Afraid-to-Go-Home-to-His-Constituents
was in the
movement for all it was worth. The clerks
announced that only 59 having voted in the
affirmative and 23 in the negative, it was
less than a quorum of the House.
Mr. Thompson to thd Front.
Speaker Thompson instantly tapped the
boisterous throng ot statesmen to order with
his gavel, and directed that as less than a
quorum had voted, aud as there appeared to
be more present than all that, the clerks
should proceed to a call of the House, dur
ing which time the Sergeant at Arms keep
FEBRUARY 3, 1891.
tbe doorslocked and allow no member to
leave the hall. This formal call showed 149
members present, or more than a quorum.
Speaker Thompson announced this fact, and
then, in determined tones, said:
The yeas 'and nays will again be called on
the motion to postpone tho resolution of the
gentleman from Butler. Any gentleman who
is present and who refuses to answer his name
when it is called will be considered guilty of
contempt, and I will instruct the Sergeant at
Arms to conduct snch member before tbe bar
of the House.
Mr. Fow meekly inquired if that order
was debatable. Speaker Thompson said it
was not. The roll call then began a third
time. There was no shirking a vote this
time and every member toed tbe mark. The
result was 128 yeas and 25 noes. That post
poned the resolution. The noes were Messrs.
srs. Cotton and Graham, of Pittsburg, Bald
win, Bovd, Brown, Burdick,Burton, Cooper,
Coray, Farr, Kennedy, Magnin, Malhne,
Morrow, McClintock, Potter, Setnor,
Squires, Stayer, A. J. Stewart, Stocking,
Sumner, Taggart, J. M. Thompson and
Cannot Be Passed Over the Veto.
In the Senate the Governor's message was
read and then silently dropped. No vote
was taken on the question, "Shall the reso
lution pass notwithstanding the Governor's
veto?" The Republicans ot the Senate can
not passed it over the veto, but the message
riot being formally acted upon it can be
called up again. No action was taken on
the veto in the House.
Emmet E. Cotton, of Pittsburg, was ques
tioned subsequently about his vote against
postponing the condemnatory resolution of
"I did not believe Cameron acted right in
the silver matter," he said, "nor do I think
he acted squarely with this Legislature in
voting against the elections bill. I said this
before, and to-night, when I was faced with
the questions squarely, I could not vqte oth
erwise." James L. Graham, of Allegheny, seconded
the nomination of Senator Cameron in joint
caucus. In explanation of his vote to-night
against postponing the resolution condemn
ing Cameron he said: "When we elected Mr.
Cameron recently we were promised by Mr.
Quay and Mr. Gobin that Cameron would
vote for the elections bill. That promise
was not kept and I cannot conscientiously
take part in any movement now to overlook
the action of Mr. Cameron."
L. E. SlOFIEL.
THE TOMBSTONE BILL.
IT IS THE SUBJECT OF MUCH MERRI
MENT IN THE HOUSE,
Its Author Unmercifully Guyed by His Fel
low Members An Hour's Fnn Held
Oicr the Bill Boforo It is Once Again
laid to Best.
iraOSt A STATF COREESrOKDEXT.3
Harrisburg, Feb. 2. This Legislature
has taken It into its head to guy Represen
tative Tewksbury, of Columbia county.
They did it with a vengeance to-night
Some of the jokers got him to make a mo
tion toputhistombstonebill on the calendar,
in spite of the negative recommendation it
got in committee. He made this motion
with a speech that convulsed the House.
He argued that the marble cutters of the
State backed him. He had received letters
from Philadelphia and other townships in
dorsing his bill. He read editorials from
papers denouncing the people who never pay
for the tombstones they get erected over tbe
graves of their relatives. His bill allows
any tombstone, vault or monument to be re
moved from theoemeierr unless paid for .in
two years. "
Mr. Stocking, of "Washington county,
said the House should pause before granting
this "grave' request. To undertake to pass
Buch a bill, the members would be "under
takers" of unlimited gall. Shakespeare
has pietured patlenc; on a monument smil
ing down at grief. "Would this House
allow the moneybags of Shylock, in the per
son of tbe Impecunious marble cutter, to
lean up against tbe same shaft which bears
tbe inscription of "Rest in Peace ?" Would
an auctioneer be permitted to swing his
vulgar mallet amid the sacred urns, and
mingle his puns with these well-known
words: "Dearest "Willie, thou hast leit us,
and tby loss we deeply mourn 1" Pass this
bill, and, Mr. Stocking declared, the old
Methodist hymn would read trne: "Hark,
from the tombs a doleful sound, etc."
Mr. Tewksbury replied to this by saying
the subject was monumental as well as grave.
His bill exempted all tombstones not worth
525, so that the gentleman from Washington
need not be afraid his grave would be robbed.
Mr. Lytle, of Huntingdon, said it was un
just to legislate in this bill for the male
worker only. He wanted to know if Mr.
Tewksbury would amend his bill, so as to
place a lien on the shroud of the corpse in
favor of the woman who made it?
This guy was only equalled by a Demo
cratic member, who told Tewksbury that he
would vote for the bill if he would extend
the lien to the body in the grave. The
amusing debate continued for an hour and
then the motion of Mr. Tewksbury was de
feated, BUSINESS OF THE SENATE.
A Number of Bills Introduced and a Few
rSPSCTAXt TELEGRAM TO TUX SISrATCH.1
Habbisbubg, Feb. 2. In tbe Senate to
night bills were introduced as follows:
Mylan, Lancaster, Tor reller and employment of
the poor and fur establishment of department of
poor law administration.
Ilemnjr, Columbia, to enable towns, boroughs
and municipalities chartered by special act to
surrender charters and become subject to general
borough laws; also, requiring 15,000 to be paid out
of the State Treasury annually to the Philadel
phia school district to aid In paying tne Superin
tendent and assistants, fAOUO to l'lttsburjt and
Allegheny for a similar purpose, and to cities of
the third class 12 cents per resident, taxable of
such school district, to pay Its superintendent of
public schools, provided that no city of the third
class shall receive more than Jl,o00.
A illiamson, Huntlngdou, to restrain and regu
late the sale of cigarettes, 1 equlrlng a license for tne
sale of thtra to prevent sale of them and gilt to
minors, to Impose penalty for Illicit sales and to
give the parent or guardian action at law.
Jnarkley. Montgomery, prohibiting pawnbrok
ers from charging more than i per cent per month
for money loaned on articles deposited with them
not exceeding 1100, and: per cent per month on
sums In excess or (100, and making articles re
deemable at any time wltnln 11 months from tbe
date of contracting of the loan.
renrosc. Philadelphia, continuing the salary of
Judges of the courts whose term of office shall
expire alter havlug been in commission at least
Bills were passed finally to validate pri
vate sales of real estate of decedent hereto
fore for payment of debts not of record; con
firmatory of conveyances of real estate; to
facilitate trial of actions of ejectment in
volving ways, passages, water courses, etc.
Neeb's bill to hang murderers in peniten
tiary passed second reading. House
resolution to provide for revision of bitumi
nous mine laws was amended to increase the
number of members of commission from 1G
Pittsburg Distillers and Dealers Will Attend
the Hearings. ,
rFIlOM A STAFT COBBXSFONDBXT.
Harrisburg, Feb. 2. The special com
mittee in charge of all the liquor legislation
will hold meetings Tuesday, "Wednesday
and Thursday evenings of this week. Ac
cording to letters from some distillers and
wholesale dealers in Pittsburg, many of
them wiU appear.
Chairman Graham, of tho Ways and
Means Committee, who appointed this com
mittee, denies that he picked out men known
to be prejudiced one way or the other, as a
newspaper has charged. He picked out men
t ' Continued on tizth page, ,
MIX IN THLII.
Colonel Smith, Ex-Mayor of the
Quake? City, and Now
UNDER SERIOUS CHARGES.
A Court-Hartial and Appeal to the
District Attorney Probable.
WARRANTS FOR $600 MISSING.
The Halter lias Been Reported to the Adju
' tant General's Office.
H0K0R OP THE REGIMENT INVOLVED
nrXCTAI. TBLIOHAM TO TBI DISrATCH.1
Philadelphia, Feb. 2. There is trouble
in tbe Third Regiment National Guards over
the peculiar financial methods of Colonel
W. B. Smith, who was impeached when he
was Mayor of Philadelphia for operations
very simtlar to those with which he is
charged in handlintr Cundi of the regi
ment of which he .. Colonel less
than a year ago. v. tfJfn. "Mnow an
independent candidatbi&l. H 5sJ'or
some weeks past the troublt !5
ing and at last the climax basbvJb-?3'
Flander C. Hall, Jr., is President, rece4&s'
nonce irom Areasurer uoun xtougcxs, uar-
termaster.of the regiment, that two head
quarter warrants drawn by Adjutant Gen
eral Hastings on the State Treasurer to the
order of Colonel Smith, for $300 each, had
not been handed to him nor in any way ac
counted for as provided by the articles of
incorporation and the constitution of the
Frequent Demands for the Warrants.
Treasurer Rodgers, who was one of the
most active supporters of Mr. Smith in his
contest for the election to the Colonelcy of
the regiment, expected that Colonel
Smith would hand over to him
the warrants, and frequent demands
have been made for them, but
without success. Treasurer Rodgers re
ported these facts at a meeting of tbe regi
mental Board of Directors, of which Colonel
Smith's son, "William, is Secretary, and it
was decided that President Halland and
Treasurer Rodgers should proceed to Harris
burg and lay tbe facts of the case before
Colonel Smith had repeatedly denied
having received the July warrant, claiming
that it had merged back into the State
Treasury. At Harrisburg it was discovered
that Colonel Smith had received both war
rants, that both had been made out to his
order and were by him indorsed. In order
to facilitate a settlement a meeting was
called for the following Friday, January 30.
Colonel Smith failed to put in appearance,
and tbe board received no explanation as to
the missing warrants.
1 .The Report of tho Treasurer.
At thisytneeting Treasurer Rodgers re
ported the result of the conference with
General Hastings. He recalled to the
Board the fact that on several occasions
Colonel Smith had denied most emphatic
ally '"-""cr having received the July warrant
This statement be said was found to be un
true by Major Hall and himself at Harris
burg. On the return of the two officers
from Harrisburg it was determined by them
to bring matters to ,a crisis and demand a
A meeting of the Board of Directors was
called, and it was decided that the Finance
Committee should lormally ask Colonel
Smith for an accounting" and demand
the two warrants or their ecmiva
lent, 600. Tbe committee, which
is composed of Surgeon Batt, Chairman;
Messrs. "Gillespie, Mitchell, Myers and Mc
Cann, obeyed tbe instructions of the board
and were informed by Colonel Smith tbat
he would attend the next meeting of the
board and settle the matter as desired.
Coming from such a strong friend of
Colonel Smith's as Mr. Rodgers had shown
himself to be, and backedjby the indorse
ment and testimony of Major Hall, it was
felt that for the honor of the regiment
itrong measures were now necessary.
Taking More Badlcal Measures.
President Hall was directed to officially
demand tbe production of the warrants, or,
if cashed, their value iu money before or on
Friday, February G. In comoliance with
the decision of the board, Major Hall to-day
wrote an official letter to the Colonel de
manding the warrants.
The usual course is for the treasurer of
the regiment to deposit the warrants with
the Guarantee Trust Company, with which
company tbe regiment has an account, and
to draw against them. Major Hall is de
termined to uphold the honor and integrity
of the regsment. He was elected to bis office
as President of the board on January 1, and
has evinced a desire to hold matters with a
strong hand. He was a firm friend of Col
onel Smith's, and one of bis principal sup
porters in bis candidacy for the Colonelcy
of the regiment. He feels 'the position in
which he is placed very keenly and spoke
verv reluctantly to-nigbt.
"I will say," he said, "only this, that if
there is auy financial trouble it will be
shown up at our next meeting of the direc
tors on Friday next andithen I shall push
the matter through no matter what the case
is or who is implicated."
A Conrt-Martlal to Be Demanded.
An officer on Colonel Smith's staff talked
freely of the matter. He said:-"I am
glad this thing is coming out, for now a
load will be lifted off my mind. These
warrants have been received by Colonel
Smith, and he positively declines to give
them up or account for them in any way.
"We shall demand a court martial and go
still further bv placing the matter in the
hands of District Attorney Graham."
There is no room for doubt as to the in
tention of tbe board of directors. Tbey
will press for an explanation as to the delay
in producing the warrants. It is remark
able that all the members of the
board of directors, with two excep
tions, were staunch supporters of Colonel
Smith In his military ambition and now to
a man they are determined to push this in
vestigation to its end. The affairs of the
regiment are transacted on a purely
business basis. The finances of the regi
ment are under the absolute control of the
board of directors winch is elected by the
regiment at large. All disbursements are
made bv order of the board, and the prop
erty and appurtenances of the regiment are
in its hands. Colonel Smith cannot legally
control one cent of the funds.
HOW TO HANDLE THE CROWD.
That Is tho Problem for the Managers of tho
Chicago. Feb. 2. The World's Fair
Grounds and Building Committee had a
long conversation this afternoon with H. H.
Porter, Benjamin Thomas ana uonsuiung
Engineer Gottlieb on the transportation
problem and the best means of conveying
SENA TORS IN EXECUTIVE SESSION
people and material from the city proper to
Jackson Park during the exposition.
The main question discussed was whether
the exposition company should build a rail
road to be used by alt tbe railroad com
panies, or rely entirely on such arrange
ments as the companies might make. Di
rector E. T. Jefferies, formerly general man
ager of tbe Illinois Central" Railroad, was
very certain that the most economical and
effective pl-.n would be the construction of
a railroad by tbe exposition. At the close
of the consultation it was agreed that Con
sulting Engineer Gottlieb should associate
with him such other engineers as he pleased,
and held a conference with Mr. Porter and
Mr. Thomas, and afterward report the re
sults to the committee.
A FIENDISH MURDER
IN "WHICH A NOTORIOUS PITTSBURG
CRIMINAL IS MIXED UP.
irge Boesch, tho Slayer of Nig Wyman
in Jail at Cincinnati for the Brutal
Killing of a Gardener Clear Case
UrECIAL TZXZOBAX TO IBS DISPATCILt
Cincinnati, Feb. 2. About a weec ago
Philip Stadtler, a gardener, was picked up
near the City Hospital in an insensible con
dition. He was badly beaten up, and .a
woman living near where he was fonnd in
formed the police that he had been ejected
from a low dive close by, known as the
House of Horrors, so called on account
of tbe many murders that have occurred in
the building. The proprietor was arrested
and held on a charge of disorderly conduct.
Stadtler died at the hospital. An inquest
followed, and a friend of the dead
man, who had been with him on
the fatal night, testified tbat Henry
Kreiger, proprietor of the House
of Horrors had beaten Stadtler over the bead
with a baseball club tbat he had soaked in
water in order to make heavy, tbe poor fel
low being held by two men, Georgo Busch
aud "William Tacklenbcrg, hangers-on about
the saloon. Kreiger also, while Stadtler
was lying on the floor, stamped his face with
the heels ot his heavy boots.
There is no doubt that Stadtler was
fiendishly murdered tor $5 that he had in
his possession. It has been learned that
Bnsch, who is charged with being an acces
sory to the commission of the crime, is a
notorious criminal, whose hands were al
ready stained with human blood before he
engaged in this affair. His real
name is George Roescb, of Pittsburg.
He was arrested in Allegheny City for
the killing of "Nig" Wyman, whom hs
fairly slaughtered with a huge knife, diseni
bowellng'hlm with a savage slash during a
quarrel. He was tried and sentenced to
serve a term of eight years in the Pennsyl
vania State Prison.
After his.releaie he drifted to this city.
Roescb, alias Busch, has made a partial
confession to the Coroner, in which he im
plicates Krieger and Bill Eckert, a bar
tender. Roesch has a wife and three chil
dren living in Allegheny City, from whom
he has been separated for a number of years.
KTT.TiET) THE SCHOOL TEACHER.
For Whipping a Child, a Tonng Woman Is
"Winnebago City, Minn., Feb. 2.
Miss Lent, the young school teacher who
was so brutally assaulted by the Cruzen
family a few days ago, has dled'from her in
juries. Miss Lent, who was teaching in a
country school near this place, had occasion
to punish a girl named Cruzen. The girl's
sister ran home and told her parents. They
became so enraged that they went to the
house and assaulted tbe teacher. Mr. Cruzen
struck Miss Lent with a school book and
knocked her down.
The mother then grabbed Miss Lent by
tbe hair, which was hanging loose over her
shoulders, and dragged her around the room
until the cap of the skull was partially torn
from its place. With tbe aid of her hus
band the wife picked up the prostrate form
of the teacher and threw it out of an open win
dow, the head striking a stone. Mis3 Lent
was compelled to take to her bed with the
result above stated. The greatest indigna
tion prevails. The Cruzens, father, mother
and daughter, were arrested and have been
placed in jail.
THERE IS NOT MUCH IN IT.
So Says Ex-Senator Hill Speaking of tho
Chicago, Feb. 2. Ex-Senator Hill, of
Colorado, was in this city to-day en route to
Washington to take up the duties of his
new position as a member of the Interna
tional Money Conference. He said in an
"I know nothing about the alleged silver
pool and the work of tbe investigation
outside of tbe information supplied by the
press, but I don't think the inquiry will re
sult in a startling disclosure. This man, J.
A. Owenby, who claims to know a great
deal tbat wonld make his testimony valua
ble is, in mv opinion, inclined to be a great
talker. I don't take much stock in him.
In Colorado everything is naturally cen
tered upon the vital topic silver.
A MILLIONAIRE'S WILL.
It Is Discovered After Many Tears and
Brought to Light.
New York, Feb. 2. A peculiar case
came to light to-day, and one whish will
have an important bearing upon the dis
tribution of tbe estate of Millionaire Gordon,
the late proprietor of the Gordon press
works at Rahway, N. J.
It was supposed that he had died intes
tate, but through some means his lawyers
found that there was a will of tbe dead man
among the papers of a neighbor. The will
is dated in 18G3, and tbe lawyers have made
a formal demand for the property which
had gone into other hands than those pro
vided for iu tbe document.
SENTENCED TO BE HANGED.
A. Maryland Negro Quickly Convicted for
Assaulting a Woman.
BAiTiMOEE, Feb. 2. Ernest Forbes,
colored, who was convicted in this city last
week of a criminal assault about two months
ago on Bertha Phipps, was sentenced to-day
bv Judge Wright to be hanged in tbe jail
yard of tbe county in which the crime was
Governor Jackson must fix the date of
death. Forbes was taken to the Baltimore
city jail for safe keeping, owing to the
threats to lynch him by the people of Anne
WANT A SITUATION?
NUMBERS OF GOOD (
ADVERTISED EVERY HORNING
IN THE COLUMNS OF
NOT THEFIRST TIME
That There Was an Explosion
of Gas in the Fatal
RESULT OF THE 'INQUIRY
Searching! Conducted by the Joint
A GREAT HDMBER OP WITHESSES
Although Some Who Were Badly Wanted.
Failed to Appear.
REVISION OF MINING LAWS CERTAIN
rrEOM A ETATT COBBXSr03nX3T.I
Gbeensbueo, Pa., Feb. 2. The Legis
lative Committee revisited the mine at
Mammoth this morning; passed the entire
day in taking testimony as to the cause of
the accident of last Tuesday, and returned
here this evening with voluminous evidence
bearing on the inquiry. As far as local in
vestigation is concerned the committee fin
ished at the mine last night, and will return
to Harrisburg to-morrow morning. There
the witnesses wbo have cot yet been heard
will be listened to.
The inquiry has neither been hurried nor
superficial. The committee simply bent to
its work with a will and accomplished more
to-day than many similar bodies would
think of undertaking in a week. The remit
of the investigation, so far as can be gauged
from the sworn evidence adduced before the
committee to-day, amply warranted a special
inquiry. What tbe witnesses say in regard
to the lamentable affair needs no elucida
tion; tbe inferences to be drawn in advance
of the official finding can be so done without
much difficulty. As pointed out iu yester
day's Dispatch the investigation will
have, as one result, a remodeling of th
No Delay in Getting to Work.
The members ot the committee were early
astir. Not much time was lost in getting
down to business, and while Sergeant at
Arms Hooper and Secretary Sweeney were
serving additional subp ceo as. Represents--tives
Davis and Farrell, and Inspector
King, of the Clearfield, descended and took:
another look at the mine.
No available quarters being at hand, as a
tribunal it was decided to hold tbe Inquiry'
in tbe car. Senators Thompson and Hines
opened the inquiry, the other members
of the'eommittee not having returned from
tbe mine. There were there presentlnsnectors
Thomas Adams, of tbe Third district; H.'
Louttit, of the First; James Blick, of tbe
Seventh; William Duncan, of tbe Fifth,
and William Jenkins, of the Second dis
trict: General Manager Thomas Lynch, of
the company, and James S. Moorehead,
Esq., of Moorehead & Head, Greensburg,
who appeared for the company. Ed Don
nelly took stenographic notes of the evi
denccforMr. Lynch, and Mr. Hall for the
The .session lasted for six hours, and at 4
o'clock a ten minutes' recess was taken for
luncheon. When Inspector Jenkins had
given his evidence the committee retired for
a private consultation, and on again ap
pearing the Chairman read a resolution
which had bees adopted to the effect that it
was the sense of tbe meeting tbat tbe com
mittee could better elicit iniormation from
the miners il Mr. Lynch and his attorney
were not present. The gentlemen demurred
but finally retired and the session pro
ceeded. Beginning of the Testimony.
The first witness called was Joseph
Brewer, who stated he was now engineer
of tbe Slope mine. Four years ago Fire
Boss Snaith and another man were burned
by an explosion of gas in tbe mine. The
witness farther testified that Mine Boss
Eaton had, about lour weeks ago, told him
not to go near the dip without a safety lamp.
Portion of that part of tbe mine are now
flooded. He detected gas in that part of
the mine by the light gradually dying out.
Simon G. Shiveley testified to being night
watchman for the last two years. He said
tbat the fire boss used to go down between
2:30 o'clock and 4 o'clock, and return any
time between 5 o'clock and 5:15. He would
spend between two hours or two hours and
a half in tbe mine. On the morning of the
accident tbe fire boss came up from the
mine at about 5 o'clock. He had an assist
ant about a month ago.
Jacob Shank, coal miner, said, be haa
worked right along in the Shaft mine for
fonr years up to four years ago. When he
first came Billy Snaith and "Scotty" Nelson
wero burned at the main bottom of the shaft
by an explosion of gas. About three years
ago another man named Evans was burned
at No. 3 flat now No. 12 flat. Jake Pef-
fer was then Fit boss. On 'one morning he
went down down Pener said
There Was 100 Feet of Gas
on a monkey heading, and the party
brushed it out with their coats. There was
no ventilation in the mine. The fall of
slate occurred between one ana two butts on
the third flat. The regnUr manway was
considered safe, but the way was obstructed
with posts and timbers. It was in that
state for three years or more. The witness
testified to detecting gas four years ago, but
not since then. Tnere were leakages that
could hive been fired on the fourth butt off
No. 12 flat.
To Mr. Moorehead the witness stated that
tbe explosion occurred just after the comple
tion of the ventilating apparatus. The posts
in the manway were for timbering the flats
and tunnels. The passages were obstructed
by these timbers.
In reply to Senator Thompson, Shank said
that about three months ago the ventilation
ot the "dip" used to be bad. The air was
hot, smoky and foggy, and hard to stand;
bad enough to make a mln sweat to death.
The fin was then working. He referred to
No. 3 flat.
Jacob Peffer was mining boss in the mine
lor four years. He left in 1889. Tbe roof
gave away one time and he canght 300 feet
of gas only 100 feet from the bottom of the
shaft. That was on the first bolt from the
timbered flat. The gas came in from the
main coal. He used safety lamps until he
got ventilation. The fire boss at the time was
William Snaith and be had no assistant.
Peffer further testified to having been
burned in No. 6 flat, on the face, through
the negligeuce of the fire boss. On this
occasion Snaith's son-in-law was fire boss.
He did not tbink one fire boss could prop
erly examine 135 working places in two
Thought Naked Lamps Were Safe.
To Senator Thompson the witness stated
that naked lights were used and that he
thought tbey were safe. The manway was
badly obstructed by pipesand trestles. Tbe
size of the passage was seven by eight feet,
and he thought the passage of the air was
Cross-examined by Mr. Moorehead Peffer
said that the gas was found before complete '
ventilation had been obtained. The fire
boss examined the mine but did not hold his)
IContinued on Sixth lagc
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