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THE PITTSBUR& DISPATCH, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 1893.
each of these houses is located and who is
its keeper. There arc 25S of them scattered
all over the old city proper, thet East Eud
nd the Southside. The First ward iff
largely inhabited by these women.
Large Sums of Money Involved.
The finer establishments of the city are
up on the hill, while scattered over the
other two districts are places, of treat
variety. These establishments, roughly
estimated bv the polico, are valued
as a whole at 51,000.000. Many
of the keepers of these resorts own their
own houses, and from them the greatest
wail is heard. They think their properties'
will he depreciated in value. The Public,
Safety officials, by reference to their "Blue
BookJ" estimate the number of women
thrown on ministerial .charity at about
The agitation which culminated in Mayor
Gourley's request originated early in the
past summer. Police Superintendent
O'Mara, in his annual report for 1891', in
serted an exhaustive essay on the condition
of the social evil-in this city. He told how
it was governed by the police department,
ami the necessity'for allowing disorderly
houses to exist, registered and recorded as
such, rather than "to compel the class of
women who occupy, them to live every
where in the city under the cloak ot re
spectability. Mr. O'Mara had published
the iulormation in a previous report
hut it was not circulated extensively. Last
June, when the report for 1891 was issued,
he sent marked copies of it to Revs. Done
hoo, McCrory, Sheedy and other local min
isters, who had within a year discussed cer
tain phases of the evil from their pulpits.
Copies were also sent to Ber. Br. Park
hurst, of New York, as well as the Mayors
and Police Superintendents of all the large
The Blrth-PIace of Testerdays Order.
A few of the local ministers took the
question up and vigorously combatted Mr.
O'JIara's carefully prepared arguments.
Gradually irom that time forward it was
agitated in various ways and phases. Com
paratively few people had an iaea of the
extent ot the evil in this citr until the agi
nation caused it 10 be investigated, so care
fully had it been restricted and held
in check by tbe srstem inaugurated
by Chief Brown. But when Mayor
Gourley investigated it and stated
tbe conditions as they existed it opened
tbe eyes of many. At about this time the
raid on Mrs. Sherrv's speak-easy on Second
avenue occurred. The alleged injustice of
sending her to the workhouse for selling
liquor, when next door another woman sold
liquor and kept a disorderly house as well,
increased the agitation to the boiling point
and enlisted many in the cause who would
not otherwise have given it consideration.
The warlare of Father Sheedy, assisted by
a daily newspaper at this time kept it boil
ing until the XT. P. Ministerial Association
took it up and forced the issue.
The Only Alternative Left Him.
Mayor Gourley says he had no alterna
tive left but to do as he did yesterdar. "I
did not make the law," said he, "and I had
properly nothing to do with enforcing it
It had not been enforced before I came into
the office, but the management of the evil
seemed to me better than an attempt to sup
press it entirely. I did not wish to inter
fere with the operations of the police de
partment even after the issue was forced
until those on whom the responsibility
rested shiited it on to me. It was
heralded abroad that it must
issue the order that would stop illegal
liquor selling in these houses, yet the law
is such that it was and is the duty not only
of the head but of every member of the
police force to arrest every such seller.
When finally compelled to order that crime
stopped, I did it, though knowing it was
pioperly the duty ot others who bad taken
the same oath as I had. In my communi
cation toN Mr. Brown to-day I made
no imperative order. Tl dimply re
quested him to have this law enforced
the same as all others. I did expect it to
be done in a day or a week, but Mr. O'Mara
has said it must be done in 48 hours. He
knows more about it than L I am clad to
sue "Mr. Bronn has (alien in with my views
on the subject and I hope that hereafter
there will be no cause for complaint. What
the ministers intend to do ior the unfortu
nate women I am not prepared to say, but
atter all tha has passed' they should cer
tainly do something."
Major Corn-ley's Bequest to the Chief of
the Department of Public Safety The
Order Closing the Houses.
Mayor Gourley's letter to Chief Brown of
the Department of Public Safety and the
Chief's positive order to Superintendent of
Police O'Mara are appended:
MAYon's Office, )
Fittsbuko Nov. 29. J
J.O. Brown, Esq., Chief Department Public Safety:
Deak Sib One or the special duties of the
Mayor under the laws ot this Commonwealth
is to cause tbe ordinances of tbe city to he
faithiully and constantly obeyed. The new
charter specially gives the Mayor general
supervision of all tbe departments, with
power to direct tlieir officers within tbelr
duties under the law and ordinance. One of
tbe ordinances or the city, found in Thom
son's Digest, pace 3G6, which has been for
years, and is now flagrantly disregarded Is
"All houses of ill-fame, all houses fre
quented by persons for lewd and uucbasto
f)urpo-es, all unlicensed public dance,
louses, and all houses and places wbere
intoxicating liquors aie sold without license
or contrary to tbe laws of tbis Common
wealth shall be deemed and held to be dis
orderly nouses, and the police ot said city
are empoweied to arrest every keeper
thereof and every person lound therein, and
to Vjnnjr nil such persons before the Jlajor
(now before the polico magistrates) ot said
city for examination and hearing and each
such above descubed person whom tbe
police in iglstrate nlmll adjudge guilty of
maintaining such houses, or or visiting tbe
same for immoral purpose, shall be fined
not Ie.-s than $3 nor more tban $100 for each
While this ordinance is quite rigidly en
forced, by your department, acainst ordi
nary houses in which intoxicating liquors
are sold in violation of law. It is, and has
been, in so far ms it relates to tbe houses of
HI- ame.an absolutely dead letter.
Under the toleration, I. not the sheltering
care, of the police department of tbis city
the most withering curse of tbe age bas
spread and deepened until a wnole ward ot
tne city lias been blighted and ruined by its
Ueadlv touch. Ot this Ilydia-headed sin,
perverted moral nature, degradation or
character, disgusting Beastliness, Dlunted
and benumbed sensibilities, depraved life
and disgraceful death are tbe bitter truits.
Befoie its baneful influence, the "sanctity of
v omannood lades away, the romance or lire
dies, and the world itself loses Its charin.'
The diseases engendered by it are poison
ing innocent children and lowering the phys
ical tone ot a great, nation.
Will the closing of houses of ill-fame cure
this fearful evilT I do not know. I tear it
will not; not until tbe Janus-faced lechers,
the heartless, double tongued, calculating
seducers, the whitened senulcliers, some of
w horn adorn the pew s ot churches in which
good men preach, are followed by the same
condemnation that is visited upon tbe un
lortunate women whom they have cruelly
w runted. For tbe unhappy and unj ust con
ditlons which make it p ssible lor tbese de
baucbers toenjOy the respect o good peo
ple, while their deserted victims are
ostracised by society, you and I are not re
sponsible. Sor have we made tbo laws
: elating to the creat evil or prostitution.
The attempt has ever been to treat tbis two
sided crime with one-sided laws. We are
not responsible ior the law nor the conse
quences of its en !oi cement.
Your department thrust upon me tbe re
sponsibility ot InsuIiik an order to prohibit
the tale of liquor in houses of ill-repute. I
assumed th- responsibility, thouch tne duty
was imperative on you under the law. "Iiet
the Mayor iskue his order and I will obey,"
said j our Superintendent ot Police, as If the
order of the Mayor were nlgher than the law
which it is vour Superintendent's duty to
enforce. Because of the confidence placed
in 7onr judgment, I have been reluctant to
interfere with houses or Ill-lame. But tbe'
demand comes to me in so many vays that
it becomes impossible for me to continue
It is not always easy to determine what it
best to do, hut since I have occupied this
office I have tried not to shrink from or
evade any well-defined official duty. From
tbe duty that is pressed upon ino now tbere
Is no escape. I cannot but insist on the en
forcement of the law. The consequences
are not with you or me. You are daily en
forcing the ordinance which I have quoted
' against those who sell liquor in violation of
law. Sow let me urge upon you Its enforce
ment against an infinitely worse evil.
To say that the closing ot houses of HI re
pute will not remedy the evil furnishes no
solid, ro substantial reason for my failure
to direct tbo enforcement of tbe law, when
tbn demand is made upon me
Mr. Brown, there is one course for yon,
tbere is only one course for me. For us
tbcreis but one pathway, if we would de
fend and vindicate our official action before
tbe people of tbis ctty.
I send yon herewith a communication re
ceived by me from the United Presbyterian
Ministerial Association, which Is self ex
planatory. In harmony with the request
contained in this paperAand in accord with
my own sense or public duty,I earnestly ask
you to enforce the law against all houses of
Ill-repute in this elty.
Very truly yours,
H. L Goublzt, Mayor.
The following are the letters of Chief
Brown to Mayor Gourley and Superintend
PrTTSBURO, Nov. 30, 1892. f
Hon. H. I. Gourley, Mayor Clly of Pittsburg:
Dub Sib I acknowledge the receipt of
your order directing tlie closing of all houses
of ill-repute In the city or Pittsburg, and I
attach hereto a copy of my order to the Su
perintendent of Police directing a rigid
compliance with the same.
Tory tiuly yours,
J. O. Browit,
Chief Department Public Safety.
The following is the order to Superin
tendent of Police O'Mara:
liozer O'Mara. Esq.,
Superintendent Bureau of
Dear Sib In compliance with an order
from Hon. H. I. Gourley, Mayor or the City
of Pittsburg, a copy or which is hereto at
tached, you are hereby ordered to close and
keep closed all houses of ill-repute in this
city. Very truly yours,
J. O. Brows.
Chief Department Pnblic Safety.
THE IDEA SPREADING.
Alderman E. L. Braun, of the First 'Ward,
Allegheny, Issues an Edict Closing All
DUorderly Houses In His Bailiwick
Not a Dumping Ground for Pittsburg.
Alderman E. L. Braun, of the First ward,
Allegheny, following in the footsteps of
Mayor Gourley, yesterday 6ent notices to
all keepers of disorderly houses in his baili
wick that they must close at once or suffer
the consequences. Alderman Braun said
last night his object was to protect the
citizens of Allegheny. "I do not
propose to allow this city to be
come the dumping ground for
Pittsburg," he said. "We have enough
of our own to look after without any assist
ance from our neighbors, and the only way
I can see to prevent the influx to this side
is to close up all the houses for the present,
and each and every one have been notified
to that effect
"We are peculiarly situated here," said
the Alderman. "The district these houses
mostly abound in is a residence one, while
in Pittsburg it is mainly manufacturing
and offices where no one is disturbed.
My idea is to concentrate them all
in one district where strict surveillance
would be kept over them. To show the
difference between the first year of Wyman's
administration and the present time I will
give you a few statistics. During the first
year over $28,000 in fines was paid
in, ot which $9,000 was contributed
from the First ward. In the second year
21,000 was received, 6,000 of which came
from this ward, while during the past eight
months less than 55,000 has been
paid into the city treasury. If
that does not show an improvement
I would like to know it and tbe records
will bear me out. Statistics in this office
show that oyer 70 per cent of the people
visiting these houses are married men and
over 80 per cent are under the influence of
liquor when they do so." ""
Mayor Kennedy discussed the matter
freely. He said that Allegheny has no
raiding ordinance, and that it is impossible
for the city authorities to do anything
iuard closing the houses unless a com
plaint of disorderly conduct is first made.
It is the place of the wardeojosiahhsjitri,
report all oucn nouses; ne said, "and if
they have not done so, it is not the fault of
the city authorities. I believe that a raid
ing ordinance should be passed, and I shall
frame an ordinance to that effect and
present it to Councils as soon as possible
and when we will start in this matter I
want it to be for all time. This thing ot
issuing an order to-day and allowing it to
be violated to-morrow is worse thau if no
order were issued at all.
"I had a conference with Chief Murphy
this afternoon and we decided that if any
keeper or inmate of a Pittsburg house at
tempts to locate iu Allegheny tbey will be
arrested at once and dealt with according to
law. We will see that Allegheny is not
behind Pittsburg in its activity in suppress
WHAT PREACHERS THINK.
Most Prominent Pittsburg Divines Give
Their Views on the Social Evil Problem
They Will Be Charitable to the
Women, Xet Think the Order Proper.
Numerous preachers of all denominations
were seen last night Tbey spoke earnestly
on this great problem. Nearly all of them
thought the order was the proper thing,
yet they intimate that they will hold out
a charitable hand to any of the women.
Eev. Dr. E. S. Holmes, Shadyside Pres
byterian Church, said:
xou are confionting a comparative
stranger to the city of Pittsburg with a very
grave question. Right is eternally right.
Every law and statute, on our books should
be enforced as lung as it is there. Whoever
errs be ho thief, Homestead rioter, bank
cashier or corporate President Is entitled
before all else to our sympathy, tbe
sympatnyof a Christian wno feels for his
fallen biotber. If there had been no houses
of bad character in our city we would not
be confronted with the question of what to
do with the Inmates. If tbe city authorities
of Pittsburg, by their non-enforcement
of tbe law, have allowed a great number
of unlortcnate women to gather in our
midst, I think it is their duty to share tbe
burden and responsibility of taking care of
or them, when they do turn them out
These poor, miserable wretches, lor tbey
are nothing more, do not deserve to be
visited with our wiath or ill-will, but rather
pity. It is a very giave question what to
do or will become of tbe outcasts, aud one
that I cannot answer. They will probably
leave the city. For my part I am willing to
do anythiug and everything in my povter to
alleviate the sufferings of tbese poor creat
ures, and I think that snirit should actuate
every Christian or follower in the wake of
The Way One Divine Views It
Eev. Dr. George Hodges, Calvary Epis
copal Church, said:
"My opinion in tbe matter should
bo handled something after the man
ner it was before, that is to have
these houses confined to one portion ot the
city and under strict police surveillance. It
is indeed an awful evil, horriblo to tbink
abont, but it exists and we must meet it
somehow. The turning out of these poor
wretches will only diffuse them through
the community and will only aggra
vate the evil instead of ameliorating it
With all my ignorance on the subject I con
sider the polico were doing abont the best
they could under tbe circumstance. I am
In favor of any plan which will entirely
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THE DOOR TO SUCCESS.
stamp out the evil from onr midst, but this
cannot be done In a day."
Bev. Dr. J. P. E. Kummler.East Liberty
Presbyterian Church, spoke as lollows :
To my mind, what is to become of these
people Is an after consideration. Tbe law is
plainly put and should be enforced, no mat
ter what opinions the authorities may hold
about it. We must also remember that in
these cases that we are not dealing
with persons who, by force of hard
circumstances, have been driven to
misfortune. They are not simply
unfortunates who face as but criminals.
As lone as the law remains as It Is they are
crimlnals,whether the law be Just or unjust,
and we should have no more commiseration
tor this class than we do for a person sent to
the penitentiary. Of course, common
charity and the good sense of the com
munity will see that these outcasts do not
suffer any privation, but the Idea of carry
ing criminals on feather beds is a bad one.
I have no use for that maudlin sentimental
ity which sends flowers to a man about to
be hanged. The punishment of a criminal
Is the natural law of cause and effect. Tbe
law hesbeen broken and tbey must take
the consequences. The community of
Pittsburg has given support to such institu
tions as those now in question and caused
them to exist, and it Is only right andjust
now that tbey should care for the inmates
now when they are thrown out in the world.
They should be given time; however, to get
out of their wicked ways; action should not
bo taken too hastily.
Eev. Dr. W. A Stanton. Shady Avenue
Baptist Church, said:
It is tho duty of the Mayorand every other
city official to stand by bis oath of office and
entorce the laws. If tbe law is wrong or un
just let them by its enforcement make it ob
noxious or prove it unjust. What part my
ohuich or any other chuich would take in
tho caie or the outcasts I could not say.
Matters should not be pushed too hastily.
Key. Arundel Feels Very Kindly.
Eev. A. W. Arundel, Hector of Trinity
Episcopal Chnrch, was seen last night He
expressed himself quite freely when asked
as to his opinions ol the Mayor's order, but
said that while the discussion of the ques
tion had attracted a great deal of attention,
he had given the subject little thought.
Continuing he said:
"1 think the Mayor did exactly right in
ordering the places closed. The law was
laid down and his course was plain. A dead
law is worse than no law at all."
"What means do you think will be taken
to provide for the inmates after all the places
"Indeed, I don't know."
"Have you heard of anythiug being done
by the Church to provide for them, as was
suggested when the Mayor was asked to
take the action he did?"
"I have not. If auy move were to be
taken I should think the churches of the
city should act as a unit in the matter. They
must act together or nothing whatever could
"Do you have any plan to suggest,
should there te a willingness manifested to
locate them or assist them to reform?"
"I have not, but if the matter was taken
up I should do all I could to aid in the
work and feel tbis parish would do its
share. While they have sinned, vet they
are still human beings, and are certainly
worthy of efforts to raise them into a better
place in society. I have not been
located here long and am not acquainted
with the ways ot this city. I would like to
see the older heads take a lead if anything
is to be done. For my own part, I think a
great many will leave for other places and
the city will be rid of them. Those who re
main here I don't know what will be done
with them. Since there are so many, it
make it all the more important that some
thing should be done, but as I said before I
must plead ignorance as to what that will
Jails and Workhouses Their Places.
Eev. W. E. Mackay, rector of St Peter's
Episcopal Church, was asked: "What do
you think of Mayor Gourley's order?"
"What order?" he quickly answered.
"Why, the order closing all disorderly
houses in the city."
"Enforce the law! That's all I have to
'But, what should be done with the in-
Ugn'tefl-nLXtiffejousev'"., , .,. -
xue oiaie provides places ior ail sucn
people. I mean the jails, workhouses and
the penitentiaries. I say again, enforce tbe
law. and let the people look out for them
selves. I don't know of anythiug being
done by the church to provide tor tbem."
Bishop Whitehead, of the Episcopal
Church, hardly knew what to say when ap
proached on the subject. After meditating
tor a time he replied: "I think tbe Mayor
is right in enforcing the law."
"What do you think should be done with
"I hardly know, but suppose they will
have to take their chances."
"Do you think any special provision will
be made for them?"
"I hardly know. I guess every business
bas its ups and downs, and I suppose theirs
comes under the same bead. 1 do not care
to express an opinion on the situation."
Eev. DaVid McAllister, of the Eighth
Street Reformed Presbyterian Church,
I have not seen any papers, but if Mayor
Gourley has issued such an order I say God
speed him and I honor him lor it! It is a
great pi oblem what to do with these peo
ple. The driving tbem out of the business
in Pittsburg will not do mucn good as tbe
majority or them will go to other cities.
Thelveepers the Ones to Blame.
It is the keepers of these resorts who are
to blame, and tney should be dealt with
seveiely. I think tbat if we could reach
tbe young giils who are just starting out
something could be done for them, and
should bo, but the others aie beyond re
demption. Any one who has seen the dark
side of New 1'ork knows tbis. As to what
steps the ministers are taking toward
tbe reformation of these unfortunates I
cannot say, as I have been confined to the
house for the past five weeks by sickness in
the family and have taken no part in the
In answer to several questions bearing
directly upon the late mandate issued by
tbe Mayor closing all disorderly houses in
this city, Father Sheedy last evening said:
I think Mayor Gourley is deserving of the
highest praise for tho stand he has taken in
this matter, especially when it is known
that he met witn decided opposition Irom
many sources. To anyone like myself who
bas been llvin-rin the neighborhood of these
houses the Mayor's announcement meets
with redoubled lavor.
Should Be Given More Time.
However, 1 do notbelieve when the Mayor
said the houses Bhould be closed that be
meant they should be closed this very night
That would be cruel. Tbey should have a
little time to make preparations for the
future. I think tbey should be given a few
days before being obliged to bar tbelr doors.
and it is in that light that I understood tbe
Mayor's order. If Chler Brown and Superin
tendent O'Mara act otherwise and close the
houses to-night. I not only tbink tbey mis
inteipreted tbo Mayor's message to them,
but they at e overzealous in carrying out
tbe order, probably to show that such a
thing could not be accomplished.
How are these women to bo provided fort
Well, everyone knows tbat the Catholic
Chutch lias institutions for Magdalcnes. If
this city has 3,000 of these women who lose
tlieir homes by the Mayor's older, I do not
say that they can all be taken care of in tbe
House of the Good Shepherd, located in this
cicy, but there are other asylums for them
and I have no doubt tbey can get horue3 if
their intentions aro good. There is
no danger that all of these 3,000 women will
seek asylums. All those who desire to lead
uprteut Christian lives can do so if they
wish to. Any pastor or layman in our
church if appealed to will hold out a help
ing hand to any girls who desire to change
their lives for the better.
CHARITY'S KINDLY HANDS.
Bishop Phelan Offers a Home to the Out
castsThe House of the Good Shep
herd Opens to the Erring He Hopes for
Bishop Phelan last night wrote Snperfn
dent O'Mara, extending to the outcasts the
unbounded charity of his church. In Ms
letter the Bishop says:
UBA.HT STREET, PITTSBURG, NOV,
Soger O'Mara, Esq., Superintendent of Tollce,
Deak Sib The evening papers inform me
that in compliance with the Instructions
of the Mayor an order bas been
issued closing all the houses of
ill-fame In the city. 1 do not
read, however, that the Inmates of these
houses are to be provided with shelter of
any kind. To turn them ont of the places
they now inhabit without offering them any
opportunity ot reforming or making any at
tempts to reclaim them does not seem the
most Christian method of dealing with tbe
erring. To any or those unfortunate women
who may wish to forsake their sinful ways,
the Home oi tbe Good Shepherd on TrovHill
conducted by the Sisters of the Good
Shepherd will afford a refuge and
a home. Should the number or
applicants be greater than the capacity of
tne Institution, there aro other Catholic
Magdaleno'asylnms in various parts or tbe
country which I feel confident will open
their donis to those sinning women who are
willing to be reclaimed and once more tako
their places in respectable society. Yours
sincerely, E. Piielaic,
Bishop of Pittsburg.
CALLED ON REV. M'CRORY.
Two Women Tell of a Visit and the Result
The order granting a respite did net
reach the ears of some of the people who
had been notified to close up their houses
at 10 o'clock last night Two msture
women did not know of it until they came
to the office of The Dispatch at mid
night after a call on Eev. Mr. Mc
Crory, whom they thought had promised
to seek shelter for them. They allege that
Eev. Mr. McCrory refused to open his door
to them, but appeared at a first-story window
and said: "I have no room for women of
your kind. Go away and don't bother me."
One of the women blamed a minister of
the gospel for her present position in the
world's social structure, and was more
solicitous about a companion she was car
ing for in the West Penn Hospital than for
NOT THEIR KEEPERS.
Bev. McCrory Says He Should Not Be
Asked to Care for Them.
Eev. Dr. McCrory, when seen at his home
last evening, said: "I am just getting
ready to attend prayer meeting and have
hardly any time to talk of the Mayor's recent
order, but I think it was a good one."
When asked if his church had a home for
Magdalenes he answered: "Nol Why
should we be asked to take care of them?
They do not belong to us."
DAY WAS ABBESTED.
The Fellow Who Took Colored Miners to
Elkhorn In Trouble.
Eobert Day, who imported the colored
men from Lynchburg, Va., to work in
Brown & Sons' mines at Elkhorn, was ar
rested yesterday on a charge of bringing
persons into a poor district and throwing
them on the support of the authorities.
Within the past few days II of these col
ored men have applied to the Pittsburg De-
t i i - -- -'-fl n I, iifiiiL.r.'rriiiiiL
got tired of it yesterday and called the in
tention of J. T. Hichey, one of the members
of the County Poor Board, to the matter.
The law says that the person brining pau
pers in will forfeit $75 for eachlune. It as
on tbis law Day was arrested. He was
taken before Brown & Sons and the firm
agreedto reimburse the county for all ex
pense it had been out, providing suit would
not be brought The compromise was
agreed to by Eichey. Suit will be brought
in the future.
THEY HAY CAUSE TB0UBLE.
The Storing of Ballot Boxes Likely to Be
Annoying In February.
Much difficulty has been experienced in
storing away the Baker ballot boxes and
booths used at the last election. Most of
them have been placed with the janitors of
the publia schoolhouses, as they are too
cumbersome for private houses. Commis
sioner Mercer said yesterday: "I notice
tbat several different dates have been pub
lished as to the time of holding the Feb
ruary election. The law says it must be
on the third Tuesday of the month. This
year it will come on February 17. In the
November elections the day is the first
Tuesday after the first Monday of the
Art Exhibits Well Attended.
The attendance at the Permanent Art
Exhibition in the Art Society's gallery is
steadily increasing daily, and there is
scarcely a moment in the day when art
lovers are not to be found examining the
paintingti. This is an entirely new condi
tion of affairs in Pittsburg, and is highly
satisfactory to the members of the society.
The regular winter course of lectures on
perspective was begun yesterday morning
before the students of the Pittsburg Art
School. These lectures will be continued
every Wednesday during the next two
Referred to the Courts.
F. W. Gerdes at a hearing yesterday was
held for court on a charge of larceny by
bailee by S. P. Eisher. Tbe latter claims
that the defendant had a note of his dis
counted, instead of applying it to the use
intended. Mr. Gerdes replied that the
plaintiff, who is Secretary of the Pittsburg
Refining Company, owed him money on a
contract, and this is why the note was dis
counted. Will Tako a Passport.
It is a very rare thing for a woman to ask
for naturalization papers in this country.
Anna Soffi Klain, a native of Sweden, did
so yesterday in the United States Court
She desires to visit Sweden, and to avoid
trouble on her return will take a passport,
to obtain which it is necessry to be a citi
zen oi tne united mates.
28 CHRISTMAS PIANOS AND ORGANS
Sold Already at Klebers', 606 Wood Street
Not less than 28 pianos and organs sold al
ready at H. Kleber & Bra's, 506 Wood street,
all or tbem Intended for holiday presents.
Tbey are of the famous Stelnway, Conover
and Opera makes. Also several of tbo cele
brated 7-octave piano-oigans. The large
majority prefer to deal at Klebers', for they
are fully convinced that they can get the
best bargains tbere, tbat tbey can be thor
oughly trusted and rellod upon, tbat tbe
house or H. Kleber & Bio. was never known
to take advantage or a customer.
. Not less than aeven pianos were sold Sat
nrday alone. Cnll early at Klebers', 608
Wood street, and make choice while their
stock. Is full, lor if business continues in the
same ratio their warerooms will be com
pletely emptiedbefoie the arrival of Christ
Hebe's Sokethtxo NiotI Elegant pillow
shams, with heavy embroidery and beauti
ful azure work, at prices ranging from 75c to
(6 per pair. . Kautxaicis'
New Drygoods Dep't,
Hamilton's Holiday Sales
Ato known to everyone from the con
stant stream of people eoing in nnd out
of his salesrooms, all grasping the op
portunity. ChTTBCHES AKU BOTIJta,
Clubs abe bdtiho.
Schools abe buying,
People abe Btmiro,
All are taking the advantage of low
prices at Hamilton's,
91 and 93 Fifth avenue.
IN BITTER EARNEST.
The Eandall Clab Fight Is Growing
' Intensely Hot.
SOUE CAMPAIGN LITERATURE
In Which rotated Charges and Insinua
tions ire Made.
MAYORALTY CONTEST WARMING UP
The bitter internecine war in the Ean
dall Club excited considerable attention
yesterday in political circles, and the elec
tion of club officers, which occurs this even
ing, will be as fiercely contested as any
political fight ever waged in this city.
Circulars of an almost vicious character
were issued by both factions.
John E. McCrickart, the present record
ing secretary and candidate for re-election,
sent out one circular over his signature. In
it he strongly indorsed S. A. Duncan for
re-election as President, accuses George
Fleming, the syndicate's candidate, of be
ing a calamity bowler in regard to the
club's affairs, and declares Fleming would
not have had any use for the club or its
presidency had not Mr. Cleveland been
elected. He charges that Mr. Fleming never
took any interest in the club in the past
and was a stranger in it until the "syndi
cate" nominated him. To syndicate mem
bers he applies such terms as "Shylocks"
and "brokers in licenses" and says that
the financial troubles of the organization
have been created and fostered by them.
Mr. Duncan, he says, has done much good
for the club, has always been a good, con
scientious officer and has always had tbe
right hand of fellowship extended to all
The "Eandall C ub Syndicate" is the only
signature to the other circular, which opens
by declaring the club has been losing
ground for some time owing to" the utter
incompetency of its officers, and urges a
radical change as the only reme
dy. The business affairs are de
scribed as being demoralized and
Secretary McCrickart's recent statement of
the condition of the organization as a state
ment "how not to show it" Such expres
sions as "deceptive juggling of facts" are
used in connection with the statement It
is claimed the Secretary included the prop
erty occupied by the club in the statement
as an asset, and with it a gain and
avsurplus is figured nut, when the club
is really paying rent, never naid a cent of
purchase money and no surplus exists. The
circular concludes by calling on all mem
bers for their support of Mr. Fleming and a
complete change in the club officers. Mem
bers are asked to send their proxies in Mr.
Fleming's favor if they can't attend the
A printed ballot accompanies the circular
containing the names of ttfe syndicate can
didates. Seven trustees appear on the
ticket, but it is understood the syndicate
votes will be concentrated on only four to
insure their election.
The Mayoralty right.
No change from the previous day's condi
tions were noticed in the contest for the
Mayoralty yesterday, except that Captain
Kerr's candidacy for the Demo
cratic nomination received a little more
attention than it had previously received.
-Among the politicians of both parties the
Opinion wow- exprrsctt that JHcK-enniL.
would receive the Democratic nomination
and Dr. McCandless that of the Eepublican
party. McKe'nna yesterday set op all his
delegates, and his friends predict his elec
tion. J. M. Guffey yesterday stated his posi
tion and said:
"I am not a candidate for the nomination
of Mayor. I appreciate very much the en
couragement aud support offered to me by
the press and people ot both political par
ties, and am sorry I cannot accede to their
desires, but my business interests require
all my time and make it impossible for me
to accept any office."
Mr. Guffey also declared his belief that
Mayor Gourley should be indorsed for Con
troller on the Democratic ticket in event of
his coming out for that office. He said he
was sot opposed to Controller Morrow,
however, and if he is a candidate thought
he should be re-elected.
LarkLn in the Fight
John B. Larkin, representing the faction
of the party opposed to Mr. Guffey, also
came out in a declaration for McKenna.
This is considered an important point ior
the Democratic candidate. Mr. Larkin took
the same position as Mr. Guffey relative Xo
Mayor Gourley's candidacy for Controller.
Eegarding the Eepublican ticket com
paratively little was beard. The leaders
were all non-committal but Dr. McCandless
and his friends were busy. The allegation
that there was any weakening iu his sup
port was vigorously denied by the Doctor,
who said he would be nominated without
difficulty. Like Mr. McKenna, some of
the doctor's party are predicting
his defeat even if he does se
cure the nomination, but unbiased judges
say these two candidates with Beinhauer
pulling on the Southside would make a
pretty even fight C L. Magee's. attitude
toward Dr. McCandless is causing much
talk and si eculation, but that gentleman
has nothing to say one way or the other.
Controller Morrow still declines to say
he will accept a renomination. There is
some talk of his being named for Mayor,
but he declines to say anything about that
Dispute About a Note.
E. T. Johnson sued Frank Plohr for false
pretense yesterday. Plohr bought two
cows from Johnson and gave a note for
them indorsed by Carl Manning. Later
Plohr bought a horse from the plaintiff", and
this was included in the note. Manning
now repudiates this part ot the transac
tion. Special Sale of Winter Wraps.
Extraordinary bargains in beaver and
diagonal cloth sacques. Jackets, capes and
children's wraps; also ladles' fur capes, col
lars, mufTii, boas and children's fur sets at
astonishingly low prices. Ladies will save
monoy by purchasing their winter wraps
and furs at H. J. Lynch's, 438-410 Market
Loos, Fub Bitters! A large and superior
assortment ot furs for trimming, from 13c to
$10 per yard. Featuerine band trimming,
regular tile quality, will be sold at 39o per
Beautiful Russian band trimming, worth
75c, at only 39o per yar'L
Kauitmahhs' New Drygoods Dept.
Equity Bills, Briefs
And all kinds or legal printing. E. F. An
derson Co., Ltd., S27 Penn aye. Capacity un
surpassed. Try tbem. lei. 15.
Mellor& IIof.ni have sold pianos since
1631, and guarantee every piano tbey sell as
being as absolutely perfect as can be made.
77 Filth avenue.
Perfect action and perfect health result
rom the use oi Do Witt's Little Early Kiserg.
A perfect little pill. Very small; very sure
See This? Superior quality chiffons In all
colors; 43 inches wide; regular tl 50 goods;
will be sold for 93c per yard.
New Drygoods Department
Dr. John Coorzn, Jr. Ear, nose, throat and
chest diseases. Office Westtngliouse build
ing, Pittsburg, Pa. Hoars 11 a. u. tor. u
Loss of hair, which often mir tbe pretUest
fice, prevented by Fabkeb's Haix Balsam.
.uinli&uukn '8, toe oes euro iu( curuo, 19 CIS.
Dr. Siioest's Angostura Bitters make
health and rosy cheeks and happinws.
HIS TK0UBLES NEABLY ENDED.
A Tramp Aged 93 Years found Wandering;
Behind the' bars in a cell at the Twelfth
ward police station last night sat Judson
Hancock, a tramp aged 93 years. The old
man was found wandering aimlessly about
the streets and when approached by a po
liceman said he had no place to go. When
questioned he had little to say of himself
except that he bad been tramping around
tho country for nearly 75 years.
Apparently the old tramp's travels are
nearly at end. When found last night he
was weak and exhausted, and appeared as if
he had recently been subjected to a great
illness. His eyes have nearly lost their
sight and he walks with a trembling, un
IF that lot of yours is not yet sold, try
advertising It in THE DISPATCH adlets.
THE BI0T BOND TAX.
Controller Morrow Hopes the City's Claim
Will Be Accepted.
Controller Morrow will go to Harrisburg
to-day to hear the argument on the question
of canceling the tax on Pittsburg's railroad
riot bonds. At a previous effort to have
the question favorably considered the city
made a failure, but in the light of addi
tional facts the Controller hopes for suc
cess tbis time.
The case and its status bas been published
so often that it is familiar to all. Should
tbe case be decided favorably for the city it
will save some $70,000 being paid the State.
Pine Diamonds and Watches.
Wholesale and retail. Cash or credit Sam
F. Sipe, Dispatch building. Open evenings
Hebe's "Value! Choice baby wool and
white wool flannels at only 19c per yard,
worth 50o. KAUTJtAiras'
New Drygoods Dep't
Secoitd-hahd piano, "uprights" and
"squares." Some good as new. Get one at a
bargain. Cash or payments.
Mellob & Hoene, 77 Fifth avenue.
J. KERWIN MILLER & CO.,
543 SmitlifieldSt., Pittsburg, Pa.
NEW IMPORTED TILES.
See our Eaised Tiles in Porcelain
and Majelica effects.
We have 2,000 Odorless Fur Rugs
in Wolf, Fox, Bear, Squirrel and
Black Goat at
MOUNTED FUR RUGS
In Fox, Wolf, Bear, etc
Small Hearth to Room Size.
Buy now before the Holiday rush
begins. We will keep the goods free
of charge and deliver whenever you
627 AND 629 PENN AVE,
W. V. DERM ITT & CO.,
Engravers, Printers, Stationers,
Law Blank Publishers,
70 Grant street and39 Sixth avenne.
BIBER & EAST0N.
24, 26 and 28-Inch
Gloria and Silk
In 24-inch, 50c; 26-inch, 75c These
in fine Satine Covers, Fast Black,
with great variety of handles.
The best SL00 um
brella possible iu
fast Black Covers,
mm siyjisu suciws,
natural and met-
2B-INGH TWILLED SILK UMBRELLAS IN
VERY WIDE CHOICE OF HANDLE
") For a present at
26-INOH J cost of 52.00, what
GEEMAN GLOEIA more could be de-
TJMBEELLA, sired? Ebony, Aca-
.00. j cia,natural and met-
) al-triinmed sticks.
") Special new ideas
in covers, bucks
and general utility.
Carved Ivory, Eb
ony. Acacia. 'Sweet
f Scented Woods,
eta, inrnisn every
thing desired for a
practical gilt for
BIBER & EAST0N,
tOS AND 607 .MARKET STL
Tne-Leading rittstrarg, Psv,
Dry Goods House. Thursday, Dee. 1, 1311,
PENN AVE. STORES.'
For the Holidays.
Don't put off making your Hol-i
iday Purchases until the last
weeks of the season, when
you have to buy in haste and
are liable to make unsuitable
or unsatisfactory selections.
EVERY DEPARTMENT READY.
Goods Kept Until Wanted.
Fat up in patterns and la boxes, handy' tot
quick selling. It takes every time-iayin
scheme we can devise to enable us to keep
up with this great, rushing Holiday buii
Prices on tbe patterns from 15 to 25 pn
cent lower than the prices of the goods
in the piece.
Ererv pattern contains more than enour
goods for the largest dress lengths, varjin
according to wiuin.
Full Dress Patterns in plain Cub
meres and Fancy Plaid Suitings
At $1.50 and $2
Full Dreii Patterns in Cheviots,
Mixed Suitings, Stripes, Plaids,
Camel's Hair and Freneh Cord
At $2,50, $3 and $3.50.
Full Dress Patterns in English Salt
ings, Diagonals, Cheviots, plain
. and warm Serges, Camel's Hairs,
Broadcloths and Novelties,
At $4, $4.50 and $5.
2,000 EEMNANTS Cashmeres, Broad,
cloths, Cheviots, Camel's Hairs, En
glish Suitings, Scotch Tweeds and high
class Novelties, suitable for Children's
Dresses or combinations at about
Silk Dress Patterns.
Fall Dress Patterns of rich black Groi
At $12 and $15 each.
Full Dress Patterns of elegant Black Ben
galine Silks, beautiful finish,
Fall Dress Patterns of handsome black
Brocaded Gros Grain,
At $12.50 and $15.
Full Dress Patterns of rich black Novelty
Silks, figured and seeded effect.,
At $12 and $15.
Full Dress Patterns of beautiful colored
Faille Silks, all fashionable shades,
At $11 and $15.
Full Dress Patterns of India Silk, in a full
range ot fashionable shades,
At $6, $7.25 and $9.
These are the best values ever offered over
any Silk counter in the country. You will
say so when you see them.
FEOM THE LACE AND EMBEOID.
Applique and Antique Laee Tidies, full
sets to match, all sizes and shapes, at
Cut-out Embroidery Linens, in Bureau and
Sideboard Scarfs, Center Pieces, Carv
ing: Cloths and Mats, embroidered with
silk and linen in a very choice assort
ment of designs, at very low prices.
Oriental and Piatt VaL Lace trimmed
Toilet Sets, 4 pieces, from $2 to ?5 per
setj special values.
Embroidered Bed Sets, 3 pieces, (Pillow
and Bolster Shams), at 6 50, ?7 and
$7 SO per set. We have never sold the
equal to any of them under 510.
Embroidered Pillow Shams at $1 25 each,
that never sold under tZ
LACE SCARFS AND FICHUS,
$2 to $15.
DUCHESS AND POINT LACE
BLANKETS and GO MB
"White scarlet and plain All-Wool Country
made blankets at 53 CO per pair, not
equaled anywhere under $4 60.
Fine white and scarlet Eose of Sharon
Blankets, large sizes, at $5 per pair,
worth 6 50.
Extra values in Onr Own brand Centennial
and Golden Fleece Blankets, from 51 25
to 56 75 per pair, worth 20 per cent
more than present vrices.
The only genuine San Jose (California
Mission made) Blankets at 510 to $1
The famous North Star Blankets, finest ia
the world, all prices from 58 60 to 53
per pair prices that can't be matched
Down Comforts, covered with Sateen, 54 159
to513 60each. Silk covered, 58 75 to v
Take advantage of the low prices no
prevailing in all departments. Come early
while stocks are large.
PENN AVENUE STORES.