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THE PITTSBURG DISPATCH, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1 1892.
very summit of the Chestnut ridge, about
midway between Greembnrg and Somerset.
A pack of loud-mouthed, hungry hounds, a
few sheep, a small drove of chickens and an
expanse of rocky land tilted up until
it seems to stand on one end
the ghost house, a log barn, his
new borne, with his wife and 4-year-old
boy mace up the list of
Mr. Xewell's possessions. He is employed
at the Mammoth Coke Works located at the
foot of the mountains, just five miles away,
and morning and evening he walks to and
from his work. He is a steady, sturdy,
honest looking fellow. He is a brother of
ex-Commissioner Newell, of Fayette county,
and he is held in high -esteem by all who
Bill ewell is one of the test men we
have in our works," the Superintendent of
Jlammoth works said to your correspondent.
"Have yon heard of the ghost he has at
bis home?" I asked the Superintendent
"Yes, I have heard that story often."
A Good Character Witness.
"Do you believe it?"
"Well, I don't go much on ghost stories.
THIS IS THE HOUSE
but I believe what Bill Newell says."
"Why?" was asked.
"Because I never knewhim to tell a lie."
Newell was then called in. He had read
The Dispatch story.
"Hon is that story?" was asked him.
"It's all right, sir," he said. He had been
charging oens and his face was grimy and
black. "Just go up to the house and see
my wife; she will tell you the story. I will
take the short cut and will be there before
About two honrs later I drove to within
200 yards of the Newell home. That was
as near the place as a wazon could get
IIr. Newell was standing in his doorway
waiting lor me. When I jumped from the
buggy I seemed to disturb and untie all
the dogs in the neighborhood, and for the
time the air seemed full of howling hounds.
"Come on, pard: the dogs won't hurt
you," Mr. Newell shouted, at the same time
rattling off lully a dozen names ior the
several dogs, and each in turn as he called
it hung its tail and fell back perfectly harm
less. We proceeded to bnsiness promptly. We
examined the haunted house rather crit
ically. The exact spot where the bed had
stood was pointed out. The corner in nhich
the mysterious rappings always occurred
was indicated. The very floor board was
narked upon which this or that man had
alighted when he was thrown from the bed
by the intangible something. The bed
clothing, which Mr. Newell with both
hands r. ised to hich heaven declared he
aud the ghost had torn into Bhreds in an
early morning contest, were displayed by
their proud possessor.
A Remarkable Story.
And then he told a wild, weird, remarka
ble tale. While lie talked he looked like
one telling the truth. In his homely way
he threw about his story that sincerity that
made it delightful, yet with all it seemed
tinged with the impossible, uncommou and
"The mountain side is a'mighty queer
place," Mr. Newell becan. "Bact nearly
a hundred years ago old Jim Jacobs lived
in a hut just where this new house
stands. Jacobs was a hermit and
a murderer. He used to kill the
drovers who passed through the mountains
from Pittsburg to the East He is said to
have murdered more than 100 people in his
time. He would throw them over the
rocks near here, rob them of their money
and take their horses and cattle. It is told
of Jacobs that he once attempted to kill a
man and his wife. He did kill the man.
but the wife escaped. She made her "way
through the mountains and took shelter in
Jacobs hut, where the old murderer found
her when he returned. She lived several
days and when she evidenced signs of re
covering Jacobs is alleged to have poisoned
her. That woman is seen in these mount
ains to this very day. She dashes through
the bushes like a frightened fawn and
everybody up here has seen her often. It
is told that her spirit in white robes over
took Jacobs one night and so frightened
him that he committed suicide.
"But that lias nothing to do with our
ghost," Mr. Newell suggested. "Dave
Bitter was the original onncr of this place,
and it is his ghost that haunts the old
house. Bitter was a bachelor. The prop
erty was not very valuable, but it was all
he hail. He was courting a girl up in
Somerset county, and just when he was
about to get married this place was sold for
like Modern Brides.
"The girl refused to marrr him when he
had no property. He agreed if she would
wait for him he would leave the mountains
and make money enough to buv back
his property. The girl they tell me died
while waiting. That was back in the
forties. Then thev tell me Dan Bitter
cursed his luck and died too. I understand
he died recently very poor somewhere down
in West Virginia.
"I bought this place eight years ago. I
decided to remodel the house "and make it
comfortable for the winter when I heard of
Dan Kitter'sdeath. The first night after
Hitter's death was announced Henry Bacon
who was working lor me, was disturbed bv
rappings in his bedroom, which was in the
garret of the old house. He was frightened
at the noise and he came downstairs and
slept on the floor. The next night Sher
man Freeman, Lvman Gaut, Marion Wil
son and Henry Johnston decided to
watch for the ghost They spent
the evening downstairs. Everything was
quiet overhead until about 9 o'clock, when
someone started ti play the organette. As
socn as a sacred tune was struck the rap
pings began upstairs, and the ghost seemed
to be enraged. Two of the boys ran up
stairs, but they could see nothing. About
an hour later the boys went up to bed.
They climbed into the bed together. They
had scarcely gotten into the bed when the
rappings began and the bedclothing
disappeared. Then the rappings be
came more violent and one after the
other the boys were thrown out of bed to
the floor. Bacon made a desperate fight
He remained in the bed the longest, and
when he found himself being dragged out
he jumped up and ran downstairs. All the
others care Gaut had come down. We
went back and got him. He was unconscious
and seemed to be dying. We sent one of
the boys for Dr. "Wilson, who lives at
"Kechsburg, and he remained with Gaut for
six hours before he brought him around.
A Protest Against Destruction.
"The next day Henry Bacon began tear
ing aown mt lounaation under the porch,
mmijA ' i, , mt4hu UifirM
but the rappings began furiously and he
quit the work. The rappings quit at the
same time. That night the organette was
started again sad again the rappings
started. Bacon w.ent upstairs and that
time he saw what be thought was a cat.
The house was closed up and the cat could
not scape, but we sere unable to find it
"A night or two later Marion Wilson, a
brother of Dr. Wilson, and a party of
young fellous attempted to sleep in the
-oom. The rappings, started and the bed.
clothes began to move. In the fight, Wil
son became wrapped in the bed clothes, and
he was almost smothered before we could
"Well, now, Mr. Newell, did yon ever
see the ghost ?" was asked.
"No, I did not No one has ever seen the
ghost But one night, alter everybody had
been scared off, I went to sleep in the bed.
This is the bed right here," Mr. Newell ex
plained, pointing to the onlv bed in the
room, on which "we were seated. "I had
made up my mind to give the ghost a light,
and I was waiting for him. I had slept
some, and it was some time in the morning
wlfcn the rapping started and the bedclothes
began slipping off me. I grabbed the
lUflllllffj fill !llflUiir6
clothes and held on to them. I got my feet
against the foot of the bed, and, sitting
up, I pulled with all my strength.
Tnere were rollers on the bed, and not
withstanding alf the pulling the bed never
moved. Just when I was about tired out
the clothes began tearing and I held on
until they tore in two. Here are the
pieces," Mr. Newell concluded, taking from
the box a mass of torn bed clothing.
"What I tell you is true as holy writ,"
the gentleman went on. "You can' see the
men I have named. I have talked to a
man in Mt Pleasant and he tells me he
can make the ghost appear at any time. He
is coming over here some day to experi
ment" Out or Many Months.
Henry Bacon and his father, Charles Ba
con, who live on the mud pike on the sum
mit of the ridge, had both attempted to
sleep in the haunted room. They had not
seen the ghost, but both said tbey had been
thrown out of the bed to the floor, and both
said they had heard the rappings. Sherman
Freeman, who lives near Bacon, had also
slept in the haunted room. He told me of
having been thrown ont of the bed aud hav
ing had his clothes taken away from him.
Lyman Gaut told me of his experi
ence with the demon. F. Dell told
of being with others at the house, when
they were pulled ont of the bed, and Dr.
Wilson, who assured me that he had no
faith in the ghost and had no patience with
the ghost stories, told me of his having been
called to attend Gaut, who was hurt by be
ing thrown from the bed. He had been
with Gaut for six hours and he was fearful
that his patient would die with heart dis
ease before he got him out of th'e fright
Frank Crise is the constable of the town
ship in which Newell's place is located.
He told of having been to the haunted
house, and in detail he corroborated the
others visited by your correspondent
These people are living, sensible men.
Each one spoken to seemed in dead earnest
and each practically told the same story.
It it be on hallucination then all the mount
aineers are affected in a peculiar way. If
the story is without foundation tbeu the
authors are as false as satan. If the story
be true, it is marvelously strange. No in
quiry or probing can shake it in the minds
of those who have enjoyed an experience
with the myth. Hekbeet.
MRS. PAINTEE LOCKED TIF.
She Is Charged With Murdering Her Third
John Painter, a railroader, employed in
the P. K. Ii. yards in this city, yesterday
had a warrant issued for the arrest of his
stepmother, Mrs. George Painter, of Greens
burg, charged with the murder of her hus
band and John Painter's father.
George Painter died suddenly at Greens
burg several weeks ago. His lite was in
sured for 54,000.
At the inquest it was established that
Mrs. Painter on the day previous to her
husband's death had purchased poison at a
Greensburg drugstore. A chemical analysis
of the dead man's stomach established that
he had been poisoned.
Mrs. Painter was committed to the
Greensburg jail. She was married three
times. Her second hudfcnd also died sud
denly. His life was insd for 53,000.
A JUVENILE BTJNAWAY.
Elght-Tear-Old Boy Beats
Louis W. Smith," who said he was 8 years
old, was led into Central police station last
night by Sirs. Clark, of Twelfth street, who
told Sergeant Gray that the boy was a run
away. He came to her house yesterday and
asked for bread. He told her he had run
away from an uncle named Charles Smith,
who lived at Johnstown. He came in on a
freight, he had no money or prospects of
getting food and wanted to go back again.
His parents were both deed, he said, and he
bad formerly lived at Indiana. He was
given a bed and will be kept until his uncle
can be written to.
IN THEIS OWN EDIFICE.
St Peter's Italian It. C. Church to Bo Dedi
cated If est Stuiday.
The dedication of St Peter's Italian
Boman Catholic Church at Webster avenue
and Tunnel street will take place on Sun
day, December 18, at 10 o'clock A. w. Sol
emn high mass will be celebrated and the
usual dedicatory ceremonies be gone
through. It is a handsome structure and
cost 540,000. This will be the first Italian
church established in this citv.
Pittsburg's Library's New Officers.
The Pittsburg Library Association held
its annual election yesterday. There was
no contest The following ticket was the
only one in the field, and the officers elected
for the ensuing year are: James F. Hudson,
President; James B. Scott, Vice President;
Charles G. Milnor, Secretary; C. C Mellor,
J. B. Snivelv, J. B. Fiackj B. G. Follans
bee and A J. Barr, Directors.
A Church Dedication.
The new M. E. Church, at Kensington,
will be dedicated next Sunday morning by
Dr. Norcrs, President of the Pittsburg
Female College. 'The structure cost about
Their Supreme Officers on
Trial for Embezzlement "
AN EXPERT'S TESTIMONY
Shows That the Order Has Lost Sev
eral Thousand Dollars.
MINUTE BOOK TAMPERED WITH.
A Page Bearing an Important Resolution
THE CASE ATTRACTS MUCH INTEREST.
The celebrated Solon cases went to trial
yesterday. The defendants, who are
charged with embezzlement and conspiracy,
are ex-Snpreme Treasurer B. J. Godfrey,
ex-Supreme President J. M. Ball and ex
Supreme Secretary A S. Mundorf. The
District Attorney was assisted by Attor
neys L K. Porter and Bush Lake. The
defendants were represented by John F.
Bobb, D. F. Patterson and A. Israel.
The two cases were tried together. The
prosecution expects to prove that the de
fendants conspired to cheat and defraud
the order by publishing false statements,
and that It J. Godfrey is guilty of em
bezzling funds. It is alleged that his short
ages from month to montn for nearly a year
ran from MOO to 514,000; that he secured a
warrant for ?2,400 and had 22,300 deposited
to his individual account which did not
belong to him.
W. C. McKelvy, the prosecuting witness,
was first called to identify the books and
charter of the society, and to prove that
Godfrey, became the Supreme Treasurer
May 28, 1889, and that he had charge of all
the moneys after June, 189L Mr. Sawhill,
the expert who examined the books, told
the witness that there was a discrepancy,
but Mr. Godfrey said it would be all right
as soon as he could check up some out
standing warrants. A few days later God
frey told McKelvy that the shortage had
been reduced to 4,700, and that he had
used it to protect his own property. Checks
representing 2,370 and indorsed by B. J.
Godfrey were offered in evidence. Witness
said Godfrey deposited 52,370 of the order's
money to his own acoount in the Mononga
hela National Bank, and that the order
never got the money back.
Had Faith In Godfrey.
Mr. Patterson cross-examined the wit
ness: "Why didn't you make information
against Beatty, who had charge of the fund
on which these checks were drawn?
"There was no occasion to do so. He
trusted Godfrey to deposit this money to
the account of the order, but he did not do
"Why was Godfrey suspended?"
"Because ne was snort $14,000 on Sep
tember 25, and I believe he bad that money
in bis possession. On October 26 the de
ficit seemed to be only $1,353. Between
these two dates he had deposited $12,800 03,
although he had no right to handle a dollar
of the order's money.
A. F. Sawhill, the accountant who aud
ited the books of the Supreme Secretary
and Treasurer, corroborated the testimony
of Mr. McKelvy, that between September
25 and the same date of the following Octo
ber Godfrey had deposited over $12,000
over and above all receipts of the Supreme
Lodge, and that while he was under suspen
sion. He said the books of the Supreme
Secretary, Mundorf, and the books of the
order did not agree. The receipts of the
order from all sources from June 25 to Sep
tember 25. 1891, were $64,276 GO, there
being a deficit in deposit of $5,444 37 in
that month's account The total deficit at
that time was $14,233 13.
Miss May Torrenee, a bookkeeper em
ployed at the Supreme headquarters of the
order, said Godfrey got the order's mail at
the postoffice for a day or two after he was
suspended, but that she knew of an order
having been sent to the postoffice authori
ties to deliver all mail to the Supreme
headquarters and not to give it to anyone at
the postoffice. '
"Did Mr. Godfrey leave any deposit slips
with you lor deposit after he was sus
pended?" The Witness Was Puzzled.
This question seemed to puzzle the wit
ness and she hesitated answering until after
it had been asked in two or three different
ways, and finally said she did not know.
The witness had taken the books to the
bank to have them balanced at the time the
expert accountant was employed to exam
ine the accounts. But she could not remem
ber if she had taken any money along or
not Mr.Porter produced the testimony
given by the young lady before the commit
tee of six, in which she had said she did
take money along.
Mr. Patterson objected to the witness
having her mind refreshed in this way, but
the objection was overruled, and Miss Tor
renee said the testimony given before the
committee was correct.
C. L. McMillin, the Supreme Vice Presi
dent gave an interesting piece of testimony
bearing on an effort that was made by the
defendants to cover up their alleged
deficits The witness attended a meeting of
the Supreme Executive Committee on Octo
ber 3, 1891, at which nine members were
present A resolution waspassed suspending
Supreme Treasurer Godirey, and authoriz
ing the Supreme President to engage an
expert to audit the books. At the follow
ing meeting of the Supreme Executive
Committee, on November 30, 1891, a vote
was taken to expunge the action of the
previous meeting from the minutes.
Protested Against Using Acids.
Witness said he protested nrainat thi
he was secretary of the committee and he
did not want this done. The Supreme
Solicitor, who was present, suggested acids
be used to remove the resolution from the
minutes, but the witness again protested
and cut the leaf on which the resolution
was written, from the book.
The minutes of the two meetings in ques
tion, including the pa;e that had been cut
out of the minute book, were offered in
evidence. Mr. Patterson objected but
Judge Slagle said they were competent for
some purposes at least, and he would admit
them for what they were worth. The exhibits-follow:
"f ""I? . nltnntes of the meeting of Oc
tober 3, 1R91: s
in consideration of resolution of Supreme
'.trustees in regard to emnlovinr-nn rr.rt
to audit books or Supreme Recorder and
Tieasnrer nnd in the matter of deficit In
Supreme Treasurer R. J. Godfrey's account,
asperieport or Supreme Secretary report
inahinj short $0 91121, not taking Into ac
count floating checks nnd warrants and the
confl cting report of Supreme Financier
Jlnudorr, who reports shoitaee between $3,
X) and S4.C0D. and that books of Supreme
Secretary were not correct, the followln
resolution was passed unanimously,
ltcsolved to Suspend Godfrey.
Resolved That bnpreme Treasurer B, J.
Godfrey be suspended from office pending
an investigation; that Supreme President
JohnM. Ball, so notiry him; that ,the Su
preme President assume tho prerogatives or
said office pcndlntr investigation nnd that
he secure tho order against any and all loss
immediately and that Supreme President
Ball employ an expert oookkeeper to audit
the books and accounts of the Supreme Sec
retary nnd Treasurer, going back to June 25,
1S3L as per report Of the fcnnrnmn Vlmtnrlur
, Hied, and call meotlng of Supreme zeoa-
tlve Committee as soon as Investigation is
completed. jsexjamin F. Beatty,
From meeting of November 80, 1S91:
Brother Hotlng mndo amotion that all
matter pertaining to suspension of Supremo
Treasurer B. J. Godfrey be expunged from
tne minutes. Brother Mundorl stating that
he had voted against the same and Brother
Supreme President Ball declaring his sus
pension unconstitutional. A division was
called for resulting:
Ayes Supreme Treasurer. B. J. Godfrey: Sn
prcme Medical Examiner, TV. TV. Cole: Chairman
orsnpreme Financiers, A. s. Jlnnflorf: Chairman
ofbupreine Trustees. F. T. Over, and Chairman
oOupremc Councilors, SI. H. Hotlng.
Kavs-supreroc Vice President C I. McMlUIn:
Supreme Past President. George F. Jtaylpr. and
Supreme SecreUry.BcnJamln F. Beatty. Carried.
Brother Past Pi-esident Naylor objected
to Brothor Supreme Treasurer voting on
tho question, but the Supreme President
woulu not sustain the objection.
Expunging Statements From the Minutes.
A motion was mado to expunge from tho
minutes all relating to Brother Mnndorfs
statements that the books of Supreme Sec
retary were not correct.
A division was called for, resultlpg:
Arcs Supreme Treasurer. E. J. Godfrey: Su
preme Medical Examine?! W. W. Cole: Chairman
of hupreme Trusteea, F. Y. Over: Chairman of
buprcme Financiers, A. S. Mundorf; Chairman
bnpreme Councilors, M. H. Hotlng.
Nays-Supreme Vicu President t I MeWMln;
Supreme Past President, George F. Naylor; Su
preme secretary, B. r. Beatty. Carried.
John Vaughn, an expert accountant who
had been emploved with Mr. George W.
Wood, to examine the books of the order
and report its condition, said they first
made a preliminary report as to certain
irregularities they had found in the way
of warrants not properly indorsed, and
checks made out in favor of one party and
marked in favor of another. Mr. Vaughn
then eave the shortages from June to Octo
ber 1891, as shown br his raonthlv balance
sheet, as follows: June 25, lbDl, $8,888 87;
July 25. $12,359 84; August 25, $5,542 02;
September 25, $14,333 24; October 25,
These amounts showed the difference be
tween what was on deposit in the Mononga
hela National Bank on these dates and
what should have been there.
Tho Else and Fall in Shortages.
Mr. Porter What caused the rise and
fall in those shortages?
Mr. Vaughn The variations in the re
ceipts and deposits.
Witness then said the total receipts from
June 25 to October 25, were $64,276 GO and
the deposits for the same time were S5S,
832 23, or $5,444 37 less than the receipts.
He then gave the shortages for the five
months ending Mav 25, 1891, as follows:
January 25, ?6,399 81; February 25, $5,122 04;
March," 25. $6,056 08; April 25, $7,337 79;
May 25, $1,560 37.
The shortage in Mav was reduced by a
warrant, No. 49, for '$6,056 68, drawn to
Mr. Godfrey for back salary, but which
had not been collected.
Witness then referred to what he styled
the "celebrated $2,400 check" which was
supposed to have been transferred from the
special to the general fnnd, but the check
never went through the bank. The amount
was credited to special fund, but not charged
against the other.
Mr. Porter What effect would that have?
Witnes Godfrey -would be $2,400 ahead.
Mr. Vaughn ha'd just concluded his
direct examination when court adjourned.
The prosecution will finish its side of the
case before noon to-day.
IKCEEASE Iff 8ALABIE3.
Teachers In the Hieh School to Becelve
At the meeting of the Central Board of
Education last night the alleged measure to
create a position for Prof. Samuel Andrews
was not considered. During the session it
was recommended that the method of ad
mitting pupils to the High School be
changed so that applicants hcreafte could
get in on certificates from principals.
President McKelvv declared this motion
out of order. An effort was then made to
suspend the rules but the motion was de
feated by 19 nays ttf 13 yeas. The present
schedule of salaries for the school year was
adopted for 1893 with a few changes in the
High School schedule. The changes are as
follows: Teachers in charge of drawing, in
creased lrom $1,200 to $1,400, the same in
crease for assistant professor of mathematics.
Assistant professor of science, $1,400 to
$1,700, assistant teachers in drawing and
commercial department from $500 to $600
An effort to take up the report verbatim
failed and it was adopted by 19 yeas to 13
nays. The report of the City Superinten
dent for November showed an enrollment of
29,431 pupils in the schools with an average
attendance ot 26,103,and in the High School
out of a total number of 937 pupils the
average attendance was 900. Miss Bolston
was authorized to engage an additional
teacher in the Normal School for the bal
ance of the year at $80 per month.
TO KEEP OUT CHOLEBA.
The Health Convention Asked Congress for
a Competent Commission.
Chief Clerk Crosby Gray, of the Depart
ment of Public Safety, who on Monday re
turned from the health conference, says the
meeting was an important one and that
much good will likely result from it. One
of the subjects discussed was the possibility
of cholera coming into America next year.
All the delegates agreed that great danger
existed and a memorial was prepared and
forwarded to Congress asking for the ap
pointment of a commission to guard against
cholera cominz into this country and to
prevent if possible its leaving any of the
The memorial asks that the commission
be made up of competent aud expert health
men, who will have their headquarters at
Washington, and who will be empowered to
act promptly should the cholera or any
other disease threaten the country.
Mr. Gray is confident that Congress will
act in the matter, which, lie says, is the
only feasible way of keeping out the
ASK TOUR NEIGHBOR
Why her rooms are tenanted, and the
answer will be: "I advertise my rooms in
the cent-a-word columns of THE DIS
PATCH." G. A. It. Officers Elected.
Duquesne Post Ho. 259, G. A E., last
night elected officers for 1893. They are:
Commander, Edward Abel; Senior Vice
Commander, Gus Schwann; Junior Vice
Commander, J. M. Bay; Quartermaster,
William Altsman; Chaplain, -M. B. Riddle;
Surgeon, J. W. Wishart; officer of the day,
O. M. Head; officer of the guard. H. G
Campbell; Council of Administration, W.
V. Smith; representatives to the Depart
ment Encampment, J. P. Slagle, J. K.
Becker; alternates, Hillis JIcKown and J.
Prisoners From Warren County.
The sheriff of Warren county placed
three prisoners for the penitentiary in the
county jail last night and will take them
there this morning. Tbey are Bert Klight
inger, .Willoughby Simmons and John
Golden, convicted of larceny and sentenced
two and a halt years each.
Upset Cuney and the Hams.
John Cuney, an employe of a Liberty
street pork house, was crossing Liberty
street yesterday ntterifbon, carrying a bag
ofhamsonhis shoulder. A Penn avenue
cable car hit him and knocked him and his
pack ten feet and did not hurt him.
New Station for East Liberty.
At a meeting of Pennsylvania Bailroad
officials at Philadelphia last week $5,000
was appropriated for a new station a? East
Liberty. The grounds will be improved
and the platform lowered to a level with the
Do Ton Know This?
.That Sam F. Slpe carries the lamest assort
ment ot diamonds in Pittsbprg at the most
moderate prices and on the -easiest terms;
open every night dnrlng December. ' Whole
sale ana retail. Cash or credit. Dispatch
bnlldlng, corner -Smithfleld and Diamond
: . ) '
WILL NAME G0URLEY.
He Is the Gbosen Candidate of the
FOE CONTROLLER MORROW'S JOB.
lepublicaca Intend to Eettle
A TICKET OP GOOD MEN TO BE SELECTED
Mayor Gonrley will be a candidate for
Controller if Controller Morrow is not
renominated. That is now assured. The
Mayor himself is not authority for the
statement. It comes from Secretary
Burrows.of the Industrial Alliance central
organization. He says there is no doubt
but the Mayor will consent to run on the
reform platform of the Alliance, and his
past utterances have made him the logical
candidate of the new and growing party.
Several of the Alliance lodges have already
indorsed him and he is the unanimous
favorite of the Alliance leaders. They ex
pect the Democrats to indorse Gourley for
Controller also, and are sanguine of his
Mr. Burrows says the Alliance is not
making any move in the matter as yet, but
as soon as it is settled beyond question that
Controller Morrow will not be nominated
then the Alliance will become aggressive.
Easy Task to Get Signatures.
Sufficient signatures for a place on the
ticket by nomination papers can be secured
on a few hours' notice.
Regarding the other regular candidates
Major Denniston, for Treasurer, is the only
one yet named whom they will support
They have no candidate for Mayor, but as
between McKenna and McCandless will
throw their strength to Beinhauer. If
either of the regular parties nominate an
acceptable man the Alliance will support
him. Mr. Burrows had received no official
notification of the proposed independent
movement from those having it in charee,
but said its objects as outlined in yester
day's Dispatch were in harmony with
Alliance views, and there should be no
difficulty in getting the two movements
combined. The Alliance would, he said,
give its support to the candidates ready to
stand on its platform.
Giving the Convention a Chance.
The plan of the Republican leaders in this
city is now openlv declared to be on the
line laid down in these columns a few days
ago. The declaration comes from an official
source. None oi the party leaders will sug
gest any name for the Mayoralty nomina
tion between now and the day of the pri
mary elections. Delegates will be elected
that day with the understanding that they
are to select the candidates for the party
ticket. Many of Dr. McCandless' delegates
will be elected, but it is expected the ma
jority will be opposed to his nomination.
J. lie covention win be leit to select its
candidates, and the party leaders have, it
is claimed, agreed to stand by the nomi
nees. The same official who imparted the above
information savs there will be no necessity
for a citizens' ticket. The Bepublican con
vention will nominate candidates who will
be acceptable to taxpayers. It would be
folly to do otherwise. A clean man who
can secure the party's vote will be elected
easily and the politicians see the necessity
of the hour. There are plenty of good
men in the party, it is asserted, who would
make ideal officials and carry the strength
of their party into an election.
TO DEFEAT STEWABT.
The Object of the Harrlsburg Trip of Local
It is asserted that the trip to Harrisburg
arranged for to-morrow night by nearly the
whole legislative contingent from this
county means more than was at first sup
posed. The fact that Sheriff McCleary and
a number of other politicians are to accom
pany the legislators is said to corroborate
the claim that a big caucus is to be held to
decide upon whom the delegation will sup
port for Speaker ot the House. The dele
gation claim they intend to support Lallerty,
of this city, for Speaker, against Stewart,
of the Eighth district. It is generally be
lieved that Speaker Thompson will be re
elected, but tbc local delegation don't want
to support Stewart because he is a Quay
man, hence the rally to Lafferty.
Hon. M B. Lemon leaves for Harrisburg
to-night to attend the Soldiers' Orphan
School meeting to-morrow. The balance of
the party leave to-morrow night.
New Republican Clnb In Lawrence vllle.
The Duquesne Bepublican Club has begn
organized in the Seventeenth ward, with
headquarters at 4121 Bntler street. The
officers are S. B. liheam, President; Will
iam McKinley, Secretary; Robert Oster
maier, Treasuer. C. A. Weber, W. C.
Brose, William Coates, William McKin
ley, Charles Nicol, Robert Ostermaier, C.
B. Seaman, Wash Philpot and Harry Hunt
are the directors. The club has a member
ship of 150 and growing rapidly.
Everybody on the Ticket.
A meeting of the'eitizens of the Twelfth
ward, Allegheny, was held last night to
determine whether they should go into
primaries for the nomination of ward offi
cers or not. It was decided not to go into
primaries, but to allow all candidates to
have their names used on the ticket on elec
tion day. A suggestion meeting will be
held Tuesday evening, December 27.
Getting Heady for Business.
The Bepublican Executive Committee ot
Allegheny has established headquarters for
the Mayoralty campaign in Schreiber's
Hotel, on Sonth Diamond street. Secre
tary Neeb will be on hand from 9 A. M. to
i P. M. lor transaction of business.
KLEBEKS' CHRISTMAS PIANOS,
Stelnway, Conover, Opera.
The three best and most popular pianos in
America. All otheis must take a back seat
in their piesence. II. Kleber & Bro., 506
Wood street, are selling nearly halra dozen
of them every day lor Christmas presents.
Warranted perfect or money refunded.
Terms low and easy payments. Call at H.
Kleber & Bro.'s, 506 Wood street.
5Store open every night.
No. 30 Sandusky Street, Allegheny,
Its use insures a constant and undimin
ished supply of clear, pure, bright, whole
some water for every household purpose.
Send postal lor catalogne and price list.
Branch office, Koom 10D Hamilton bnildlng,
Musical Christmas Gifts.
Washburn mandolins and guitars,
Klebers' specialty banjos.
Hisbain's celebrated cornets.
Pine old violins,
musical wrappers and cabinets.
100 styles of mandolins and guitars from
SS styles of banjos from $3 up.
Jlennod's music boxes.
Vocal and lnstinmentnl folios.
At H. Kleber & llro.'s, SOS Wood street.
Store open every evening.
Acceptable Holiday Frejents.
A superb black silk dress pattern.
A handsome black or colored cashmere.
Anew wrap, Jacket or shawl.
A nice set 01 furs.
A gloria or silk umbrella.
A pair of lace curtains.
A pure silk handkerchief or muffler.
All of the above goodB with hnndrods of
others suitable for Christmas presents to do
had at the most reasonable prices at H. J.
Lynoh's, IS&iiO Market street.
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A GIRLS' PDRITY LEAGUE
To Be Inaugurated by the Allegheny
County W. C. T. U. The Social Evil to
Be Abolished by Female Suffrage Cool
Beceptlon in Denver.
The Woman's Christian Temperance
Union of Allegheny county held its quar
terly meeting yesterday afternoon in the
Smithfield Streot M. E. Church. Mrs. W.
C Wyley, of Wilkinsburg, presided in the
abjence of the President, Mrs. Dr. Cal
houn, of Verona. Mrs. A F. Brycs acted
Mrs. L. It Bamsey, delegate to the Na
tional Convention at Denver, spoke of her
trip. She said that while the delegates were
treated kindly in many respects, their re
ception by the Denverites was cool aud un
vuuf Miss Flora Spellman, late of Illinois,
but now a member of the Moorhead Union,
suDmitted to the convention an idea in re
gard to the rescue of fallen women. She
recommended that a Girls Purjty League
be formed as a branch of the .Woman's
Christian Temperance Union for the pur
pose of reforming wayward girls. A reso
lution was passed to this effect, and a pledge
adopted by which girls are to be admitted
to the league.
Mrs. W. B. Rhodes, in speaking
of the suggestion said: "This is a
good idea, and just what should
be done at this time when these women are
likely to be thrown into the street. We
should do something for them, and this Mtep
is theproper one. It seems to me it is God
who is agitating this question to stir up
Christian people. Steps will be taken for
the organization of the league and the
formulation of a plan of work, and I want
to see tne wort pushed forward.
Several members voiced the sentiments
expressed by Mrs. Rhodes.
Mrs. B. H. Jones, who is Conntv Snner-
intendent of the prison and jail depart
ment of the work, recommended that let
ters of sympathy aud small presents be
sent to the inmates of the penitentiary and
workhouse on Christmas Day as tokens of
love from the W. C T. U.
A paper on woman suffrage was read bv
Mrs. Dr. H. A Page, of the East End
Union. "If women had the right to vote,"
said she, "there would not have been thou
sands of suffering women thrown ont of
homes into the streets, as happened a few
weeks aeo. There would have been none
to throw out. The city would have been
rid of this evil years ago."
Mackintoshes and Bubber Coats for
"Into each life some rain must fall," so get
ready for the downpour gossamer water
proofs, mackintoshes; lancy styles and in
$2 W up to finest imported and In host
ladles are delighted with these for a
Christmas present: try ltnmlsee. liomcm
ber, tho wnole stoio is open on Saturday
nights till Christmas a pointer for men who
can't or won't come durinir the day.
Perfect light, the new WeninRiiouse arc
lamps. Jos. HonxE 4 Co , Penn avenue
Toys. Toys. Toys.
Others may try to follow, bnt we lead, as
you will quickly ee by a personal Inspec
tion. Our prices are lower, our asortmens
double that of any other In Pittabunr.
J. W. Grove, Fifth avenue.
The latest novelties in men's line furnish
ing goods for holiday pre'ents.
James H. Aiken & Co , 1C0 Fifth avenue.
We have now in store a larse stock of all
the finest evaporated and dried fruits, both
domestic and foreign. We can do you cood
on these goods. Send for price list. Goods
dellveied everywhere. Milleu Br.os..
Fine Groceries and Table Delicacies, 182
Federal street, Allegheny.
A beautiful lot of standard makes, fully
warranted, at prices lower than ever offered
before. B Alkx Boss' JIcsio House,
113 Federal street, Allegheny, Pa.
Fresh New Fancy Goods
Opened every day In all lines. We handle
everything fonnd in fine fancy goods stores.
Open every evening.
Jos. Eiciibatjsi & Co , 48 Fifth avenue.
Portraits for the Holidays.
Cabinet photos $1 SO per doz. Panel pict
ure given with every doz. better grade.
Crayons from $2 50 up. Laige assortment
oflrames.. Lies' Portrait Studio, 10 and 12
Satchels and Traveling Bags.
An elesant line made specially for Imas
presents. All the latest styles for ladies and
trents, furnished and unfurnished.at Grove's,
De Witt's Little Early Bisers. Best pill
for biliousness, sick headache, malaria.
It pays to advertise for a situation In THE
DISPATCH. One cent a word Is the cost.
Leading and Larcesc
Jewelry and Art Stores.
Time's getting short and
vou're welcoming ideas
about gifts that will be wel
come. We assure you that any
one or any number of the
articles in our unlimited
Will be joyfully received
by your lady friends.
These are some of them:
These for the boudoir, but they are no
more acceptable than the scores of beauti
ful things to adorn her own fair self.
Come where you can buy vrith comfort and
E. P. ROBERTS & SONS,
Fifth Ave. and Market St.
DELP & BELL,
13 AND 15 FEDERAL ST.,
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A CABZITJL WIFE'S TEOTBLE.
Sho Was Afraid Her Husband Was Extrava
gant, and Be Didn't Like It.
George Speirs, living at No. 217 Carson
street, was placed in the Twenty-eighth
ward police station by Officer McCormick
last night, charged by his wife with assault
The trouble between Speirs and his wife
arose over a sum of $235 which the husband
yesterday drew out- of the bank. It in
cluded their savings for about a year, and
the wife was very much concerned lest he
should squander it foolishly. She feared
this, and when he attempted to leave the
house last night with the amount she
stopped him at the door. He insisted on
going and tronble followed. Speirs struck
his wife several times and finally got away
from the bouse with the money. She made
an information against him, but on his
agreement to pay her all but $50 of the
amount she withdrew the suit and peace
now reigns in the family.
POUND EVIDENCES OF GDIIX
A Coachman Discharged for One
Fonnd Guilty of Another.
William McDaniel, a colored man, is in
the Nineteenth ward station house on a
charge of larceny. McDaniel was em
ployed as a coachman for A. Hamilton, at
Negley and Stanton avenues. The family
missed a number of small articles and sus
pecting the coachman discharged him.
The stable he had occupied was searched
but none of the missing goods were found.
Secreted under some boards were three
good bicycles. This matter was reported to
the police and an investigation begun. H.
E. Bidwell, a prominent resident of Ells
worth avenue, had reported the loss of a
$120 wheel, and an examination proved that
his was one of the three found in McDan
iel's stable. There was also a good Colum
bia wheel and a cheaper one.
Tonasrocer keeps Cudaby's Rer Brand
Extract of Beef, for he can't afford to keep
llrst-class sugar and second-class food prod
BOGUS & HE.
STOCK-TAKING ISO HOLIDAY SILL
A lot of materials
for Curtain and Fur
niture Coverings at
about half price. '
Curtains. Our lines
from 3 1 to $8.50 per
pair are exceptional
value. Over 100 styles
to select from.
Real Irish Point
Lace Curtains, won
derful ValueS from W
tO IK Der pair.
the best assortment at
the very lowest prices
every offered; all the
newest designs arid
Lace Bed Sets
Very choice selections
of Lace Bedspreads
ana rinow Dnams in
Blankets Our own
make, made of the best
selected wool. 'The
nicest looking and best
wearing blankets in
the market; a full line
of sizes and colors.
Special low prices
during this sale.
GOB. FIFTH AIL M MARKET 5T.
SLIPPERS made of beautiful Plush I
Made of handsome Velvet!
SLIPPERS made of finest Leather!
SLIPPERS at Simen's of an almost
endless variety at PRICES that
are one-third less than you can
Youths' fancy Velvet Slippers at 50c
Boys' fancy Velvet Slippers at 50c.
Men's fancy Velvet Slippers at 50c.
Youths' Imitation Alligator Slippers,
Boy,s' Imitation Alligator Slippers,
Men's Imitation Alligator Slippers,
85c; worth Si. 10.
Men's Chenille and Embroidered
Velvet at 75c.
See these fancy Chenille Velvet 85c
Slippers; sold at other stores for
Men's finest Dongoja Slippers at $1,
"gi.25, $1.50 and Si. 75. "
Men's Genuine Plush Slippers at
Si. 50; sold elsewhere at $2.
G. D. SIMEN,
Dry Goods House.
Pitts bubo. Pa
Wednesday, Dec. It, 1S3Z
JOS, HUE k C0,'S
PENN AVE. STORES.
Christmas is Get
ting Very Near
The merchandising, the buy
ing and selling of goods, is as
old, in fact older, in years than
the Christmas day itselt While
not wanting to moralize to any
business, yet it is well enough to
remember that each Christmas
season as it comes around finds
better facilities here in this store
for the helping of people to buy
and buy right.
Progress The word and
command thatinspires the whole
To sell goods for less than
To make the buyer and sell
er's interest more mutually one
All this is no experiment here
in this store nearly 50 years'
steady march forward on this
idea, and now daily the result is
shown in the satisfaction as far
as. effort on our part is con
cerned and in full value received
always (in many cases more) on
your part. All this because at
this busy season many buyers
may not think about where it's
best for them to buy, and we
want them to know.
Selfishness, alone will tell you
it pays to buy here.
Here are some items about
the Dress Goods stock Holi
day Dress Goods under price
Dress Goods don't glance
over it carlessly better for your
pocketbook to read it all, word
36-inch Armure Stripe and Whip Cords,
25 cts.; regular price, Jia,
8 to 10 shades
36-inch Ail-Wool Fancy Stripe Cheviot, T
style". 30 cts.; made to sell at 50 cts. Am
ple Dress Pattern. S2 00.
36-inch Two Toned Stripe Suiting, 30 cts.
in 10 colorings; regular price, 50 cts.
36-inch AII-WooI Fancy Herring-bone
Stripe Cheviot at 37i4, 8 colorings; regu-
lar price, SO cts. Ample Dress Pattern,
36-inch Wool Plain Cheviot Serge, 37
cts.; 12 colorings in all; never sold less
than 50 cts. Dress Pattern, 52 50.
36-inch All-Wool Tricots, 37cts-,10 shades;
regular 50-ct. goods. Ample Dress Pat
tern, 52 50.
40-inch Ail-Wool French Armures for 50
cts. ; 10 new winter colorings. This season's
prices, 75 ct.; full D. P., 53 50.
50-inch Plain Camel Hair Cheviot', 8 color
ings and black; made to sell at 51 CO.
Full Dress Pattern, 52 50.
42-inch Self-Coiored Camel Hair Stripe
Suitings (navy and black only) at 50 cts.;
regular price,75 cts. Ample Dress Pat
tern, 53 00.
42-inch Fancv Bourette Cheviot at 50 cts.;
made to tell at 75 cts.; 8 colorings. Am
ple Dress Pattern, 53 00.
42-inch Fancy Camel Hair Bourette at 50
cts., 7 shades; regular Drice, 75 cts. FuU
Dress Pattern, 53 00.
38-inch Bedford Armure at 43 els., 5 colors;
made to sell for 75 cts. Ample Dress Pat
tern, 53 00.
50-inch Fancv Alligator Suitings at 75 cts.;
regular price, 51 00. Ample Dress Pat
tern, 53 75.
38-inch Bedford Armnre at 45 cents 5
colors, 75-cent quality, ample dress pat
tern at 53 00.
50-inch English suitings, in stripes and
checks, dark grounds, 51 25 quality, fall
dress patterns So 00.
50-inch All Woof Cheviots, blacks and
colors, 52 50, a full dress pattern, 55 00
worth of goods; of course this is an actual,
live, real, in earnest Holiday Dress Goods
See the French Cashmeres at 50 cents, at
75 cents, at 51 0025 cents a yard saved
to vou, and best goods, too, by buying
fir Word to
" the Men.
"We are always glad when the holiday
season romes for one reason, because at this
time of year we have the pleasure of meet
ing in the store many of our masculine
lnends who for the other 11 months of the
year are too busy or perhaps too bashful to
come to this store, where 99 ont of every
100 are supposed to be of the opposite sex.
To these gentlemen we now say that,
while you are heartily welcome to the store
any day and all days during thif Christmas
buying season, for your benefit more
than any other reason we will keep the
store open every Saturday night lrom now
till Christmas,' and if we find that so many
come that it is necessary, we will keep open
every night for a whole week before Christ
mas to give our gentlemen triends a chance.
Remember this applies to the whole store,
so that you can buy Christmas gifts for all
your family and all your lriends, bi and
little aud young and old.
You can buv"tbem with satisfaction and
comfort and confidence, and that's the only
kind of buying we want in this house, and
if you don't know what you want to bay
when you come in, just let us know of
your perplexity on the subject and you will
find plenty of bright, active, wideawake
salespeople, who can fill up your list satis
factorily and in short order. AVe hope
every man in Pittsburg who is interested in
Christmas will read what we have said and
act upon the suggestion next Saturday
One man we know of came into the '0I'J
with the Christmas idea in his mind and
bought four black silk dress patterns at 53
a yard. And to yon who have not done so
well we would recommend this as an exam
ple worthy of imitation. His Christmas
worry Is over, and he has the satisfaction
ot knowinj; that four friends of hi will
gratefully agree that Christmas can't come
too often as long as he remembers them 111 .
this handsome manner.
"Go thou and do likewise," more or
less, as it suits you.
JOS. HOME & CO.,
609-621 Penn Avenue..