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THE PITTSBURG DISPATCH, SUNDAY, DECEMBER 25, 1992.
0 CHOICE YET MADL
EepuMican. Leaders Have Not
Decided on the Party
Nominee for Mayor.
MEAKJLGAIN TALKED OF.
Ko Decision Arrived at on the Con
KILGOEE OUT FOR TREASURER.
Lafferty Inftoraed for Speaker Ij the
THE KORTDSIDB MAYORALTY CONTEST
Although. on3y a lew days remain until
the Republican city primaries, no one ap
pears to know -who -will be the party's nom
inees on the municipal ticket. Such a,
thing tsls never before heard of in this city.
All the talk about who the party nominees
trill be has been unauthorized so iar as the
men who usually name candidates is con
cerned. They have steadfastly refused to
Indorse anybody's candidacy. For over a
month, since it became aoparent that Dr.
Alex McCandless was.not likely to receive
the nomination, they have deolared that
not until the convention should complete
its work -would anyone be able to name the
"Within the past-week, however, a strong
sentiment has developed in favor of Post
master ilcKean, notwithstanding his dec
laration aeainst is, and it looks now as if
he will be the nominee. There is some
opposition to him, but it is inspired by
ambition. All the leading men of the
party speak welL of him and when pressed
admit that he is one of the most promising
men in the party, strong among business
men, strong among Democrats and as likely
to win as any man wiio could be named.
Mr. McKean has been .talked of outside of
the politiciansand all speak favorably of
No One Named for Controller.
The controllership is-apparently no nearer
a solution than a week ago. "Within a day
or two the Republicans have revived the
talk of re-nominating Controller Morrow
despite his emphatic refusal to accept.
Xesterday this talk was general. The Con
troller himself still declares he don't want
the office again under nay circumstances,
but the hope is strong among the leaders
that he will listen to other counsel before
the convention adjourns.
It was authoritatively stated yesterday
that Magistrate McKenna had notified the
leaders of his party that Mayor Gourley
must be nominated on the Democratic
ticket for Controller. This is accepted as
settling that point, as McKenna is in posi
tion to win the Democratic Mayoralty
nomination aeainst any opposition. One of
his friends said yesterday that the only
thing in politics to prevent the nomination
of the Mayor by the Democrats would be
for the Republicans to nominate him
There has been considerable talk of this
being done for some time. Senator FJLun
baving declared it wonldbe good politics, but
the opposition is so strong that the chances
of it are very remote.
A. New Candldat.for TTrasurer. "
A new Republican candidate for Treasurer
came out yesterday. Colonel Samuel Kit
gore is in the hands of his .friends and wants
the nomination. He has already held the
office and was County Treasurer for one
term. Mayor Gourley and Treasurer
Denniston were clerks for him when he
was City Treasurer before. Colonel Kil
gore was at one time a strong man in poli
tics and his friends assert he is still strong
enough to win if nominated.
Considerale talk was created yesterday by
a report that Judges Kennedy and Magee,
Mayor Gourley, Captain Kerr and a num
ber'of other prominent men had met on
Friday and selected a full citizens' ticket
An elaborate declaration of principles went
with the story. Judges Kennedy and Ma
gee and Captain Kerr positively denied it,
and Mayor Gourley was sick m bed all day
Friday. As lar as Captain Kerr's candi
dacy is concerned, an intimate friend of his
said last night the Captain would accept
such a nomination, but was not interested
in organizing the movement
A LEGISLATIVE CAUCUS.
All but One of Allegheny-County Members
Gather They Indorse Lafferty for
Speaker and Vorhees for Clerk A. Dal
zcll Resolution Does Not Get the Fall
The Republican members of the Alle
gheny county legislative delegation cau
cused at the Young Menls Republican Tariff
Club yesterday afternoon. The entire delega
tion was present except Mr. "Wilson, of the
Sixth Assembly district, whose, wife died
The delegation organized by electing &
M. Lafferty chairman and "William M.
Culbertson secretary. A resolution was
offered indorsing Mr. Lafferty for Speaker
of the House. Mr. Stewart announced he
could not vote for the resolution as he was
a candidate for that position himself. The
resolution was adopsed. Mr. Stewart did
Charles Torhces was indorsed for Chief
Clerk of the House. Messrs. Weaver, Mar
shall and Xesbitt were named as the State
Committee for this, comity and will fix up
the list of applicants lor positions at
Senator Flinn offered the following reso
lution: WnsitEAS. The Hon. John Dalzell, or this
county, has by his faithful, able and diatin
culshod services In tho National House of
Beprc9entatlves proved himself u worthy
and effective exponent of the best Interests
or tho Republican party, as well as of the
State and nation, and as a Congressman
thereor his name has been prominently
mentioned as a candidate for tho United
States Senate; therefore bo it
Eejolved, That we will present his name to
the Kepublican caucus lor nomination to
that high office, and hereby pledge such
candidate our support, and that the candi
date nominated by said Hepnblicau caucus
is hereby pledgeu our support
Before anv action could be taken on the
resolution, Messrs. Muhlbronner and AVest
heimer, of the First district, Marshall and
McDonald, of the Second. Uesbitr. of. ih
Sixth, "Wallace, of the Seventh and Senator
Keeb, got up and walked out by a prear
ranged plan to avoid a probably disagree
able discussion. The remaining members
all signed the paper, making a total of 12
votes Mr. Dalzell will have, iucluding Mr.
"WiUon, who was not present The delega
tion will meet again in Harrisburg at 4 p.
at, January 2.
70 DECXAEE KENNEDY OTTE. .,
Friends or Tjler Say They Have a New
Opinion on the Mayor's Eligibility.
The political situation in Allegheny was
"yrravated by a story circulated yesterday
jX Major Tyler's friends had secured a
throng opinion from prominent attorneys
that Mayor Kennedy was not eligible
for re-election and that it would be
sprung in a few days. The Major
would have nothing to ray about it
last night, but he did not deny it His
friends assert the action of John R. Hen
ricks in coming out for Common Council in
the Eleventh ward means that Tyler has
virtually won "the nomination. They av
Henricks would nototherwise have declared
himself out of the Mayoralty fight as his
desire ii to defeat Mayor Kennedy. Now
that he has withdrawn, all his friends will
go to Tyler's support
The friends of the Mayor continue to
confidently claim his renomination in spite
of all the stories the Tyler people are cir
culating for effect As to the Mayor's eli
gibility, thev say no man can guess nearer
to it than the big attorneys who declared in
favor of the Mayor until the question is
decided by the Supreme Court The Ken
nedy people promise some interesting news
within a few davs.
SUGGESTION MEEIIHGS CALLED.
Democrats nnd republicans Preparing for
the Coming Primaries.
The Republicans of the Tenth ward, Alle
gheny, will suggest candidates at the Cbarles
street school house next "Wednesday even
ing. A meeting to suggest and nominate can
didates for ward officers and school directors
in the Second district, Twenty-second ward,
will be held in the Sterrett school, Home
wood avenue, "Wednesday evening.
Sixth ward Democrats will shegest ward
candidates at the Forbes "street school on
Friday night. The Republicans of the
same ward at the same place on Tuesday
The Republicans of the Fifteenth ward
will meet at the Lawrence school house on
"Wednesday etening to suggest ward candi
dates. The Twenty-first ward Democrats will
suggest ward candidates at the rooms of the
East End Democratic Association, Franks
town and Park avenues, on Tuesday even
ing. THE NAMES WITHHELD.
Successful Candidates for Admission to
the High School Known by Numbers
This Xear Nearly All of the G80 Par
ticipants Pass tho Examination.
The preliminary examination for admis
sion to the High School was finished last
nighh by a compilation showing the success
ful candidates. This examination was
in reading, writing, geography and
drawing. A new system was used,
the outcome of the fighting that
has been in progress in "the Central Board
of Education for a year. Instead of the
pupils reporting at the High School for ex
amination, they were grouped in classes of
two and three wards in one of the sub
district schools where an examination was
conducted by a member of the High
Scbool faculty. The papers were then
taken to the High School and ex
amined and marked bv committees
from the faculty. The plan of reporting
the percentages of pupils and the schools
from which they came was specifically for
bidden, and the Principal, C B. "Wood, of
the High School, ordered to report to the
Chairman of the High School Committee
only the card numbers of the successful
candidates This report was forwarded last
night It reads as follows:
The preliminary examination for admis
sion to the High School was held, as directed
by your board, on December 21 and 2i Six
hunared and eighty-six pupils were exam
ined. The holders of the following card
numbers have passed.
AH nom 1 to S28 Inclusive.
All from 230 to 158 inclusive.
All Irom 461 to 751 inclusive.
All from 733 to 773 inclusive
With the exception of the following who
are to be re-examined In iteosraphy: Kos.
5, 3:7, 505, 507. 509, 816, 532, 5S5 and 6S3.
On the face of this report it appears that
while only C8G candidates were examined,
700 passed. This may be explained by the
fact that there may have been some blank
numbers on account of more members beinr
assigned to a-district than the total of the
pupils presented for admission.
Uhis is the firsUiime in 15 years the
n.roevof the successful candidates were not
published. The same thing was tried in
the final examination lost June, but there
was such a protest from the parents of the
successful pupils, who felt their children
were being robbed of hard-won credit, and
such a demand from taxpayers to know
what the various schools were doing, that
the board bowed before the storm, and the
FIBE IH A HOTEL.
A S10,000 Blazo on Hoggs Avenue, Jit
The Central Hotel on Boggs avenue, Mt
Washington, was almost completely de
stroyed by fire shortly before midnight last
night. The fire started in the third story,
but the origin is unknown. The loss was
about 510,000. The building.which is owned
by William Miller, Sr., was valued at 57,
000, with only 53.000 insurance. The occu
pant, Fred Fuhs, sustains a loss of nearly
53.000, with 51,200 insurance.
There was a heavy wind and a lack of
water, whioh contributed to the destructive
ness of the flames,andInashort period from
the time the fire started the whole building
was enveloped. Two alarms were sent in,
to which companies ifos. 2 aad 11 and 17
Shortly after the fire broke out some One
entered the saloon part of the hotel and
stole a large number of bottles of whisky
and wine. Mr. Fuhs had 5600 and his in
surance policies in his private room on the
third story when the fire started and had
considerable trouble getting the valuables
The buildin? contained 14 ronmi mil .
fnll of boarders, all of whom lost all thev
HAITI COKING TO TIKE,
The Van Bokkelen Claim Is Beta- Paid
55,000 Every Month.
New Yoke, Dec. 24. Special: Justice
Andrews, of the Supreme Court, has con
firmed a report of Referee."Wilbur Larre
more, concerning an award made by the
Government of Haiti to Carles Adrian Van
Bokkelen. In 1854 Van Bokkelen, who
had lived in Brooklyn, was engaged in trade
in Port au Prince. He was charged with
being; connected with the revolution in
Haiti and was thrown into prison, where
he remained several months, and until the
United States sent a protest against his in
carceration. Van Bokkelen's claim for damages was
sent, on consent u reprrsentlves Ot both
Governments, to Alexander Porter Morse
as arbitrator. Van Bokkelen died on Nov
emberl, 1885,before a decision was made. He
lett no estate and had assigned the claim
in trust to the lawyer, Nathaniel Niles.
On December 4, 1888, Mr. Morse fixed the
damages at 550,000, and in June, J.890.
Haiti agreed to pay 55,000 of it everv six
FOUR FOUND DEAD.
Inmates of a Negro Asylum Asphyxiated,
With Signs of a Struggle,
Baltimore, Dee. 24. Four negroes
were found dead in their rooms this morn
ing at the Negro Home of the Aged. Two
old women, Fannie "Ward and Maria Jones,
were asphyxiated by coal gas.
Fannie "Ward's nude condition and torn
clothing indicated a struggle for life. Both
the women had been slaves and had been
inmates of the Home for a number of rears.
Two colored children were also found'dead.
IBISH DETECTIVES DYNAMITED.
An Explosion Ontslde Their Headquarters
Kills Ono Officer.
Dublin, Dec 24. An explosion oc
curred at 11 o'clock to-night outside of the
detective office In Exchange Court De
tective Synnott, who was passing at the
time, was killed.
MET AT THE MORGUE.
Frank Montague and Mrs. Mary Wal
lace Lying Side bySide
ROTH HATE THEIR KECKS BROKEN.
The One an Old Soldier and Ui8 Other the
We of a Teleran.
UAPPX AND SAD Mm SEEN BY BOTH
The remains of two people, whose lives
in many respects have rnn in similar chan
nels, will be laid to rest in the Allegheny
Cemetery to-day. Theirs will be quiet
funerals, -and but few mourners will follow
the biers to the grave.
One is an old soldier, the other the wife
of a veteran. The former, Frank Montague,
was a familiar personage to all the older
men of the town. Pittsburg had been his
life-long home. He came of good parents.
Early in life he started to work and none
was more industrious than he. "When the
.Neptune Volunteer Fire Company was or
ganized Frank Montague was among the
first to offer his services. There with Alder
man McKenna he served, only severing his
connection when the Neptune was merged
into No. 3 Engine Company, and the men
commenced to receive pay for their services.
"When the war broke out, Montague went
to the front as a member of Company D,
Sixty-third Pennsylvania Volunteers. He
served until the end of the Rebellion.
Superintendent .Robert McAdams, of the
Pittsburg Market, was his commander, and
John Harvey, the market house constable,
was his captain. They have taken charge
of the old man's remains. Mr. McAdams
Montague a Brave Soldier.
"Montague was not a tissue paper sol
dier, but fought liko the true and the
brave." "Montague would never apply for
a pension, though for several years past he
bad often seen the day when he did not
know where he would lav his head. He
was a married man, but his wife has been,
dead for several years. The family is seat,
tered, no one knows where. The only re
lation about this part of the country, is
James, a brother. He lives at Homestead
and was a loser in the recent strike. Fun
eral services will be held at the morgue
chapel this afternoon. They will be con
ducted by Grand Army of the Republic
How Montague lost his life has been
stated before. Thursday morning be was
walking on the Panhandle trestle over the
Baltimore and Ohio tracks. He made a
misstep, falling to the gronnd, breaking his
Mrs. Mary C "Wallace is the other un
fortunate, who will to-day be laid beside
her husband. In many respects her life has
run aloug the same channels as Montague's.
A fall Friday morning broke her neck. She,
like Montague, lay at the morgue nearly the
whole day before she was identified.
LItcs That "Were Similar.
Her husband was Joseph "Wallace, who
passed through the bitter struggles of the
late war. He came home with broken
health, but a record for bravery won on the
battlefield. He soon died and since then
but .few roses bad been strewn along the
path'way of Mary "Wallace's life.
A week ago she was employed to care' for
a suite of offices on Fourth avenue. Fri
day morning she finished her work and
started downstairs to the street Her foot
slipped and she fell head first, breaking her
neck. Her remains Friday evening were
identified by her brother) "W. H. Barn
dollar, of Allegheny. She was taken there
yesterday. In the morgue her body and
Montague's laid side by side, and many
people dropped in to see the two who had
become friends in death. "
Her Neck Not Broken.
Coroner McDowell yesterday investigated
the case of Mrs. Lizzie Foster, of Alle
gheny, who was reported to have fallen and
broken her neck yesterday morning. It
was learned she had not fallen, but had
bursted a blood vessel and died suddenly at
the house of her daughter, 609 Preble ave
nue. She was 48 years of age. An inquest
was decided unnecessary.
STJFFEEED IN LIFE AND LIMB.
Feiday afternoon Hartley Sander fell from
a house at Jlurtland and Susquehanna
streets. East End, and oroke his leg. The
bone protruded through the skin.
C. C. Mar-tot, of McDonald, died yesterday
from the effects of his injuries received
Thursday. That day be was crossing the
railroad and was struck by a train.
Joajr Beyxolds. of Tom's Run, was struck
by a train on the Pan Handle Railroad at 7
o'clock last evening and instantly killed.
The Coroner was notified, but no details
were given. .
Fred Jonifsoir, propevtyman of the Boy
Tramp Company, was brought to tho West
Penn Hospital yesterday. He was badly in
jured by a fall whilo getting the scenery
leady at Newark, O., Thursday.
Jaiie3 Eault, an inmate of the City Farm ,
escaped from the institution yesterday
morning. While walking on the Pittsburg,
Virginia and Charleston tracks he was hit
by a train and seriously injured.
William Marshall, aged 70 years, em
ployed at UcConway Torley's foundry on
Forty-eighth street, dropped dead yesterday
afternoon. Marshall had been working hard
and death was probably due to heart disease
and over exertion. He was married and
lived on Fifty-second street
1KB, WANAHAKEE IS FIEH.
He Continnes to Protest Against Govern
ment Telegraph Kates.
"Washington, Dee. 24. The Postmaster
General has issued the annual circular pre
scribing the telegraph rates to be paid for
the transmission of Government messages
during the fiscal year ending June 30, 1893.
The rates are the same as those promul
gated in the circular issued by the Post
master General three years ago and which
the Western Union Company objected to.
The claims of that company for telegraph
service rendered during the past three years
have not been settled.
Belknap Obtains a Hearing.
Lansing, Mich., Dec 24. In the appli
cation for a mandamus by Consrressman
"Belknap, to compel a recount in Ionia
county, order to snow cause was to-day
granted, returnable the first day of the Jan
PEOPLE COKING AND GOING.
R. E. Johnston, manager of the Ovide
Mnsln Company, is at the Dnquesne. llnsln
and some of the vocalists ot the company
will attend a reception given ab the Press
Club this evening.
Sam English, the Philadelphia book
maker and associate or Frank llerdick and
T. B. Davis, of New York, put up at Newell's
"W. B. Stracker, of the ticket receiver's
office. Union depot, has returned from Phil,
adelphla, where ha attended the luneral of
"W. L. Spaulding, one of the special agents
of the census, was in the oity yesterday. He
returned to Washington last evening1.
F. J. Searight, of East Liverpool, and
Bepresentatlve S. B. Cochrane, of Kittan
ning, are registered at the Amderson.
Congressman "W. A. Stone, with hit son
and daughter, returned to Washington last
Duncan B. Harrison, former backer of
John L. Sullivan, was in tbc-city yesterday.
J. T. McNaul and J. H. Fisher, of Jean
nette, are stopping at the Anderson.
Delinquent purchasers, come and see us.
We may have something to please vou.
P. C Schoxxeox is, Soy,
Jll Liberty, head of Woo itreot,
Happy Hew Tear.
ROUGHING IT ON THE BORDER.
An Army Officer Says They Have to Hnstle
for Everything There.
"Washington, Dec 24. An army officer
stationed in Texas has written a letter, to a
friend in this city, In which he pictures the
situation on the Rto Grande as follows: "En
torgio Ramon", who was in the fight at the
Retanal, December 21, 1891, and who per
sonally murdered Corporal Charles H. East
man, crossed the Rio Grande December 10,
28 miles south of Xaredo, Tex., with a force
of 150 men, attacked a small Mexican
picket, surrounded a captain, a lieutenant
and four men in a woodshed, and burned
them alive. They Ihen killed four others
with bullets and wounded seven, besides tak
ing a number of prisoners and 50 horses with
saddles, carbines and ammunition, and es
caped back to Texas in broad dnyllzht
This is the official report of Geneial Ber
nardo Regro. You can infer from this one
incident that our .experiences during the
present winter are not exuberantly pleas
ant. The Interior Department, however,
did nothing for us. "We had no gnides, no
interpreters, no pack train (until a late
date), no canned meats which could be
used without cooking nothing.
"We have had to take things as we found
them. No blankets but our saddle blank
ets, and everything else the same way.
But we busted them up in fine shape, and
had not the petty officials along the Rio
Grande been in full affiliation (in rao't
cases) with Garza, we should have Ameri
canized the Rio Grande."
RESCUED FOB CHEISTMAS.
An Ice-Bonnd Ship's Crew Saved by a Tug's
Vinetaed Haven, Mass., Dec 24.
The steam tug Triton arrived here to-day
with Captain F. R. Pendleton and the crew
of the schooner Charlotte Fish, of Isleboro,
Me., from Perth Amboy for Portsmouth
with a cargo of coal. The Fish left this
port Tuesday morning, but when off Cape
Gogden encountered a heavy northwest
gale, compelling her to put back. While
endeavoring to reach an anchorage at Hy
annia, the schooner's sails were blown
away, and she was obliged to anohor on
Nantucket shoals. There the vessel sprung
a leak, commenced dragging and iced up
On Thursday the gale increased, with a
heavy sea and'intense cold. Last night the
wind blew a hurricane from the Northwest,
the leak increased and the water gained in
the vessel's hold with- both pumps con
stantly working. Distress signals were
burned all nicht", but were unanswered, and
this morning the crew were all but ex
hausted. The vessel was fast filling with
water and those on board expected to be
lost About 7 o'clock the tug Trifon
sighted the schooner and went to her as
sistance MR. CLEVELAND'S REGRETS
To the Besldents at Bis Birthplace, Whom
lie Cannot Visit Now.
Newark, N. J., Dec 24. For some
time past the citizens of Caldwell have
been anxiously looking forward for the ex
pected visit of Pnsidcnt-elect Cleveland to
Caldwell, that village being his birthplace.
It was expected that Mr. Cleveland would
be able to make the visit before his inaugu
ration in March. Tbe citizens of Caldwell
are somewhat disappointed at the following
letter, which the President-elect has written
to C. M. Harrison, of Caldwell:
Tour very kind letter or the 20th has Just
come to hand. I assure you that few invita
tions are more alluring than that which you
extend. Tho prlvlleze of spending a few
hours In the town of my birth, and wnere so
many pleasant associations in connection
with the lite ar.d work or my rather always
cluster, is certainly one which I should
much enjoy, and were it not fortlio extreme
pressure upon my time and attention, which
a proper anticipation Of tbe duties of the
Presidency enforces, I should make an
effort to be with you. As it is. however, I
shall have to ask you to allow me to decline
your Invitation for the present Some time
I hope to visit Caldwell-and meet the good
people of Whom 'you speak, and look over
the scenes that will recall so much tlmt is or
Interest Gbovbb Clevklami.
HO HEWS IN WASHINGTON
Of the Canal Projected Between the Lakes
, and New York.
Washington, Dec 24. Official at the
State Department have no information re
garding the application of the Inter
national Navigation Company to the Cana
dian Parliament for a charter authorizing
the company to connect Lake Erie with
Montreal and New Xork by a system
of canals, the Hudson river, and the St
Lawrence and Richilieu rivers and Lake
Champlarn. The telegram from Ottawa,
making the announcement that an Applica
tion had been filed was not definite enough
to afford them a clear idea of the scope of
the proposed improvements.
One of the officials said that if bv this
scheme it was expected to secure the' navi
gation of the Hudson river by Canadian
vesseh, the promoters would doubtless be
disappointed. That stream would no more
be free to vessels from the north, reaching
it through canals, than it is at present to
vessels from the West, via the Erie canal.
Foreign vessels will be stopped at the end
of the canal route then, as now.
HOT AGAINST CHILE.
Argentine People Blob the Ambassador
and Call Ijndlr for War.
Buenos Atkes, Dec 24. The mounted
police were called upon to-day to break up
an anti-Chilean demonstration of the popu
lace Tbe mob was dispersed without se
rious injury to anyone A guard is sta
tioned at the Chilean Legation to protect
the Chilean Minister and his aids from
The Chilean Minister, M. Guerrero, held
a conference to-day with Foreign Minister
Anchorena. Congress immediately after-
ntu uciu a Bcurct Bcssiuu relating to unut.
Minister Guerrero is preparing a reply to
the charge that he tried to bribe Argentine
officials. Feeling runs verv high, and the
hot-headed enemies of Chife call loudly for
war. The Chilean Minister has promised
to give the Argentine Government a satis
TRINKETS ALL ALONG THE THACK.
A Mall Clerk's Carelessness Scatters Christ
mas Presents to the Winds.
Rochesteb, N. V., Dec 24. "When a
mail train from the East was passing Fair
port this morning, three pouches filled
with Christmas presents for that village
were thrown off, but failed fo catch on the
patent catcher and were hurled, under the
wheels of the train.
The leather bags were crushed to pieces,
and pretty Christmas remembrances were
scattered along the tracks from Fairport to
Brighton. Some costly jewelry was among
the articles. Many of the trinkets were
taken to the local postoffice, and others will
be searched for from this1 city.
BHEEIFF HAETIH DYING,
The Bearer Comity Officer Fatally Injured
by a Freicht Train.
Beaveb Falls, Dec 24. Special.
"Word was received here late to-night from
Darlington, stating that Sheriff Martin had
been struck by a train and fatally injured.
The particulars of the accident cannot be
learned, but later a telegram was received
that Mr. Martin was rapidly sinking.
Another Hlstorlo Fiction Exploded.
Cnrr of Mexico, Dec 24, SenOr
Batrcs, the arteheolo'gist, says he has dis
covered evidence proving that the story is
untrue that Cortez, the conqueror of
Mexico, after being driven out of Tenochtlt
lan, now the City of Mexico, bewailed his
ill-fortune under the tree' kniwn as "the
Arbol de Noche Triite."
ON ALLEGHENY'S PLAN
The Pittsburg Reformers Mean to
Audit the City's Accounts
AFTER FEBRUARY'S ' ELECTIONS.
An Address Will Fe Issued on tbe Objects
of tbe Movement.
ENLISTING BUSINESS HEN QUIETLI
The citizens who are intent upon obtain
ing an audit of Pit'tsburg's civic accounts,
as Councilman O'Donnell stated was prob
able, have definitely decided to await the
result of the February election. In part
this is because they hope to see Mr. Gour
ley elected Controller, and a thoroughly
sympathetic atmosphere created in that
office, and in part because there are im
portant city officers to be elected and it
would be bad polities to raise too many is
sues at the same time. Nevertheless there
have been several informal conferences be
tween the most active of the business men
interested in this movement since TnE
Dispatch published Mr. O'Donnell's out
line of their plans, and a quiet canvass of
the moat substantial taxpayers of the city
nnd new recruits are coming in rapidly.
The movement is modeled upon the very
similar undertaking of the Reform Associa
tion In Allegheny, and until the organiza
tion Is completed a certain amount of se
crecy will be maintained. "When the busi
ness men of Alhgheny planned their
ttack on City Hall the same tactics were
adopted, and the decision to procure the
audit of the books, which had such import
ant consequences, was reached in the se
clusion of Mayor Kennedy's parlors, where
the committee which inaugurated a revolu
Won't Give Away Their Plans.
The Pittsburg business men feel that
nothing is to be gained jnst now by pub
lication of their names, and some of them,
including several manufacturers, believe
that they would lender themselves liable
to considerable annoyance if they were
known to be taking part in this movement.
Mr. O'Donnell is ready and willing to con
vince any citizen, whose aid is considered
desirable, that the object ot the movement
is in the interest of good government and
nothing else, and that the men behind it are
men having large interests in the city.
It is realized, however, by several of the
gentlemen who are determined that n
.audit of Pittsburg's accounts shall be made,
mat nowevergooa tne intentions ot the
Controller, and no matter who he may be,
his powers are limited. They say that they
do not expect Mr. Gourley to carry out the
far-reaching investigation" they desire, nor
do they wish at all to reflect upon Mr. Mar
row for not inaugurating it. The Control
ler has not the force of clerks at his com
mand to undertake such a tremendous task.
The same difficulty confronted tho reform
ers in Allegheny and they accordingly
planned an independent audit by skilled
accountants, with what success is known.
That is why the Pittsburg reformers do not
flatter themselves that Mr. Gourley or any
other man in sympathy with them, can do
more than assist them in tbe undertaking.
They Will Assist the Controller.
The real work will be entrusted to ac
countants hired for the purpose. Hence
the need for a fund, which by the way is in
sight at this moment.
The plan now crystallizing is that as soon
as the city elections are over a meeting of
all interested in the movement will be
called. It will be a semi-pnblic meeting,
perhaps, although the degree ot publicity
desirable cannot be known until the time
for the meeting arrives. An address to the
public will be drawn up and issued through
the newspapers, and jirobably the courts
will be asked to" sanction an'audit of the
city's books, including all the departments,
In every step to be taken the Pittsburg
reformers expect the advice of their allies
in Allegheny, as the latter's experience is
of course of great practical value. It will
be discovered before very long that many
of the Allegheny reformers are involved in
the campaign on this side of the rivec
THE FIRE RECORD.
Belpre. O. The residence of Dr. Ballard.
Loss, $2,500; fully Insured.
Bridgeton, N. J. The bis saw mills of
Smith & Couovera. Loss, $20,000.
Brooklyn The lesldence of J. X. Rogers.
His mother, aged S3, burned to deatb.
Kansas City The building ocoupied by
the AtKs Carriage Company, with contents.
Loss, )30,OO0, Insured.
Brooklyn Bader's hotol, A well-known
stopping place for road men and bicyclists.
Loss, $30,000; no insurance.
Shamrock, Pa. Thieves robbed tho store
and residence of Levi Davis and then flred
both buildings, everything being consumed.
Chicago Tho plant of tho Chicasro Refln.
ing and Oil Company. Loss, $60,COD; covered
by insurance. The concern refined tallow
for the export trade.
Fifth avenuo A small fire, caused "by a
defective flue, broke out In John Conitl's
candy store at 343 Fifth avenuo last evening.
It was extinguished with a loss of about $25.
London The office of the Globe, tbo olden
afternoon paper In London. Tho first edi
tion of the paper, whioh is issued at 1 o'clock,
was being prepared when the flames were
flrst discovered. Of course ltnns lmnoi.
ble to get tbe paper out at the usual hour,
but tbe later editions were Issued as usual.
Brooklyn The flve-story dryuoods and
notion housoat tbo corner of Myrtle avenue
and Broadway. At tne time tbe flames
burst lorfh there were SOO men, women and
ciils in the building and a panic ensued.
Those on tne -upper floors rushed down a
nan ow stairway, tram plins over each other.
Althouch many were bruised, all escaped.
Loss, $10,000. F
Dhl at h Tho Ferguson block. The buildln
belonged to the Massachusetts Real Estate
Company and was valupd at $12S,000; insur
ance, $70,000. Chapln A Wells, hardware,
loss, $00,000; insurance, $,000. Schiller, Hub
bard & Co., tobacco, loss, $20,000: insurance,
$17,000. Tho Dulutb, Mesaba and Northern
Kallroad offices nca also destroyed and
several law libraries. Total loss, $250,000.
BE0ET ST0SIES OF LOCAL LIFB.
JosErn Sirrnzn, of Etna, fs in St. Francis
.Hospital undergoing treatment for Insanity.
The Princeton College Glee Club now tour
ing the country will appear In this city on
Alexander T. Lee will give a chalk talk
to-morrow morning at 9:30 In the Sixth Pres
byterian Church and that afternoon at 3 In
tho Fourth avenue Baptist Church.
Hehrt Holtzuax & Sons, No. Ill Market
street, treated their" employes to an elegant
Christmas dinner yesterday. One hundred
covers were laid, and it was most pleasantly
enjoyed by alt present.
The attaches of the Harris Theater last
evening presented Manager Starr with a
beautiful gold -and- Mexlcan-onyx-headed
silk umbrella. E. W. Connelly made tho
presentation speech, and Mr. Stan's re
sponse Is said to have been utterly un re
portable. COLLIDED WITH THE 8TATTT2S.
Habbt YraKrss and son Samuel, of Apollo,
were arrested at the Ft. Wayne depot yes
terday afternoon by Depot Officer Brown for
IIes. MABaABZT Hx7mzRS02r,who is charged
by her son-in-law, C F. Anderson, with as
sault and battery, yesterday waived a hear
ing before Anderman Rellly and gave ball
James Gillioait and John McRoberts
fought In Masters alley Friday night and
McBoberts was severely slashed across the
face with n penkntie. yesterday Ollllgaii
was arrested for fclonions cutting ana
landed in Jail for a beanng Monday.
Free Scarlet Letter
A beautiful classic with sales of 60 eents
and upwards. Fuahk Eicon & Co,
vi ouuiuueia sc
RIVER JIEWS AND NOTES.
LonliTillo Items The Stage of Water and
the Movements of Boats.
rSFXCIiZ. TXLEOBAMS TO THI PISPATCB.!
Louisville, kt.. Dee. 24. BmiseJi nilr.j
Weather clear ana cold. Hirer stationary, with
feet 4 Inches on the falls,7 feet 8 inches in the canal,
and 13 feet below. J
The Jim Wood passed up. The Ohio Is due down
to-morrow. Tbe H.Frlsble is expected with a tow
to-morrow. The John C. Fiiher passed down.
Departnres-Fnr Cincinnati, Fleetwood: for Car
rollton. Big Kanawha; for EyaniTllle, ,Clty or
What Upper Gancei Show.
Allxguxst Jtjxcnojf-BlTcr 3 feet S inches
and falling. Hirer closed. Cloudy and cold.
The News Trom Below, i
WmxLiNQ Blver feet 9 inchs and, falling.
Departed-Sunshine. Plttsburj;: Iron Queen, Cin
cinnati. Clear and cold.
CisctNVATl-Klver 13 feet 3 inches and rising.
Departed-Hudson. Pittsburg. Cold and clondy,
hT. Louis-River 1 foot 1 Inch and filling-. Clear
Picked Up on the Dock.
Tim Elizabeth left for Elizabeth yesterday at 2:30
The Tough Is reported to be nearly frozen- over
The new John W. Ailcs went Into the pools with
three flats yesterday.
The Annie Laurie left for Zanesvllle at 3 o'clock
yesterday with a light trip.
TnE Little Bill comes down from the fourth pool
with ten loaded flats to-day.
TnE Hustler brought a tow of coal down from the
fourth pool in flats last night.
CArrAiK Fkep P. LTxcn too out his flrst Issue
or a pilot's license yesterday.
Captain A-cnr Button lias gone to St. Louis to
size tip the coal business there
The Adam Jacobs left on time for Morgan town
yesterday, with a good trip, at 3 r. u.
Staoes or water at Pittsburg and Davis Island
dam. 1.: feet aud 4 feet. Elver falling.
Mo!T of the pickets left ahead of time yesterday
owing to the low water ana Ice In tbe river.
THE Wheeling packet, C W. Bttchelor. de
parted at noon yestetdsy with a good trip. She
makes three trip a week.
TnE Congo was 12 hours late getting In from
i lncinnatl yesterday morning, owing to the con
dition of the rlrer. She went out oa doc, how
ever, with a big trip, tearing at 4 P. II.
The R. M. Blackburn will lay np at Belmont with
her empty tow or three barges and two boat until
there Is more water. The tnterprlse and Coal City
are also tied up at that point with their tows.
The towboat Mariner, owned by O'NellACo.,
ran "ground on Rising Sun bar near Madison. I1L,
lrrlday night and sunk one coalboat and badly
damaged several others. The bam Wood, owned
by John S. ood. Is aground at the same place.
Tni Charley Hook and Acorn came within a
nilrsbreadth or colliding underneath the Bmlth
ficld street bridge yesterday morning. Both the
boats were going Into the pools with empties, the
ronr.er with a tow or boat bottoms. 1 hey became
wedged In between the pters or the bridge, and a
catastrophe was averteu by the Charley Hoot
backing out in time with her tow, which had split.
CXAIHSD BY TWO WOMB.
One Wants the Estate of an Indiana Man
and tho Other Poses as His Widow.
IaDiAKAroLiSjlsn., Dec. 21. There are two
women at Covington, Ind., one of them lay
ing claim to the estate of tbe late John Cox
and each claiming to be the widow. Tho do
ceased was a familiar figure all over that
part of the country. He owned rich farms
in Fountain county rfnd also in Ohio; Alto
gether he must have been worth $50,000.
Four years ago he made his home near
Covington. Two small children were with
him who called him father and there was
also a young Fienchwonlan, who was under
stood to be the nurse of the children. In
1889 he removed to Ohio, and a short time
a,'o he died. The Frenchwoman now appears
upon the scene, laying claim to one-third of
the ostato as tho widow of Cox; Scarcely
had she entered proceedings in tbe Circuit
Court beforo Mrs. Loulsenberg, of Chicago,
appeared and made a similar claim. The
last named claims to have tetnarried after
Cox's death. Long and costly litigation is
UNTVERSAL JOT AT HOMESTEAD.
A Little Fortune Distributed In Clothl ng
Candy and Books.
nojiESTEAD, Dee. 21 Tllo Relief Commit
tee at tuls place finished up Its business this
evening. Since 8 o'clock this morning they
have beenatnork distributing tha Christ
mas treat which the great firm of Kanf
mnnns' had 'sent up from nttsburgfor tbe
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Early this morning tbe wlvesand children
ot cacii iamuy were on unnu. Tho tact that
Kaufmanns' had a Christmas gtft for every
child was not ion:; kept secretand tbe lit
tle building on Fifth avenue, known as the
"Commissary,4' nnd from which all snpplies
for the Homestead families are given out.
was crowded all day long. The heads of
families were not generally represented;
tbolr wives and children nsnally appearing
and obtaining whatever was needed.
The most touching sight of all to-day was
tho appearunco of a littlo fellow from the
hills above Munhall station. His brothers
had been out of work since the memorable
striko of last spring, and his appearance
was extremely ludicrous: his cloths linng In
tatters and his hair stuck straight up
through the top or his very ragged cap;
without hesitation, however, he marched
along manfully by his mother's side, and,
attor receiving a package of candy and
n, flno piqture book, was taken
back and provided with a complete
new suit of clothes and a -warm plush cap,
all of which were from the original consign-
Tnnnta nf TTanfinnnna' Thala.f an n. .1.1
unique specimen was a flash of black flying
up Fifth avenue toward the Homestead
depot and cheering forKaudnanns' with all
his might and main.
The amount of candy and books distrib
uted to-day was remarkable. It took two
men going, as busy as bees from S o'clock
this morning until 7 to-night to supply tbe
steady Influx which greeted this generous
Christmas greeting of Kaufman ns'; and it is
a sure thing that to-night every boy among
the Homestead strlLers Is busy bleslng tbe
enterprising Arm who bavo caused such
gladness and rejoicing.
. It was a sight to move the most indiffer
ent to compassion the sight of little chil
dren, 7, 8 and 9 yenrs of age, almost turned
skeptics In regard to Santa CIais,wbose won
derful presence thoy never oxnected to hoar
of, and then, ntthe Inst moment, when he
bobbed up serenely, at the Instigation of
Kaufmanns', there wus joy unconflned.
Taking into consideration tbe cloaks,
wiaps and shoes which Kaufmanns sent up
Inst week, and which amounted to at leant
$640. It will be seen that with the candy and
uooks uisiriuuieu to-aay, tnis great l'ltts
burg house has given at" the very smallest
calculation $2,000 worth of goods.
The above contributions nave excited gen
eral comment, and is to-night the talk or
Homestead. P. C. Wagner, Assistant Secre
tary of the Relief Committee, in speaking of
the matter to-day said: "It is wonderful the
amount of good that has been ilono by these
contributions: particularly tbe Kaufmann
donations, which, coming at the most oppor
tune motiieitt, have readied tbe most needy
cases and have thus been the source of
Secretary Hatfield, who distributed the
supplies personally, and who knows more
about the. inside or the situation than any
man in Homestead, said this afternoon:
"This candy and these books have been tbe
cause of more genuine rejoicing than any
thing we have banded out to-day. It was
the right thing at the right time, arid many
a Homestead fireside will be happy to-night,
which but tor tbe generosity ot Kaufmanns'
would have been tho abode of gloom and
While walking along the streets of Home
stead the writer encountered several parties
of women and children, each weighted
down with packages and bundles of books
and candy. They seemed much brightened
up And talked very hopefully of the fnture.
"Thanks be to Kaufmanns' we are enabled
to give our children a happy time on
Christmas," said ono. "My poor little boys
have had no candy for many a long day and
they never expected it, so this treat comes
as a uousena to them."
It will thus be observed that Christmas
Day in Homestead will not ho such a mock
coremony as it would have been if liberal
firms like Kaufmanns' had not responded
promptly. As It is tbe expectation ot a
comparatively Joyous holiday is rully real
ized. CLEARANCE SALE
DELP & BELL,
13 AND 15 FEDERAL ST.,
YOU SHOULD BUY A LOT
Every Lot In KENSINGTON will
Double in Value before June 1.
Be sure to see KENSINGTON at
once and buy a lot before the big ad
vance in prices.
For Free. Tickets from Pittsburg
to Kensington and return call at the ,
office of the
KENSINGTON If WEMIT COMPANY,
No. 79 FOURTH AVE.,
A GRAND, SPEEDY CLEARANCE . .
OF ALL HOLIDAY GOODS . . .
We have too much furniture or too little room. Large
portions of several floors must be vacated immediately for suit
able connections to be made between our present building and
our new one.
We closed out last week immense quantities of holiday
goods, and the balance must go this week.
If you don't like our prices come in and make your own,
and if they are reasonable you shall have .the goods. But
And Also ,
and DRAPERIES in end
less variety. We can fur
nish a room or a house at
short notice. ::: :::
THE MARKS RECLINING CHAIR We are
sole agents in the city for this chair, which
we believe to be the best made. Capable
of any number of changes of position, giving:
comfort and luxury for the well
923, 925, 927
It has a Population of
8,000 People and
The Best Water In Pennsylvania
I The Best Drainage,
Two Big Brick School Houses,
Churches of All Denominations,
Every Convenience of Pittsburg,
And is only 18 Miles from the
Of General Furniture
We carry a quantity and vari
ety that has few equals in the
HALL TREES, '
or the sick.
Penn - Avenue, -