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A Holiday Sensation Sprung
at the Capital, Involv
ing the Names of
TWO MEN FEOM BOSTON.
Henry Cabot Lodge and Henry Adams
Are Accused of Bribery.
Historical Documents That Should Be
Accessible to ML Can't Be Seen for
Love or Money A Magazine Syndi
cate Monopolizing Even Private Pa
pers That Are Stored at the State
Department A Scheme the More
Remarkable Because of the Reputa
tions of the Gentlemen Interested
Searchers for Knowledge on Histor
ical Subjects Unable to Get What
Two Men Pound Easy Enough to
tmOM A STAFT CORRESPONDENT.!
"Washington, Dec. 27. A very good
holiday "sensation" is that -which involves
Henry Cabot Lodge and Henry Adams,
both of Massachusetts. It might be truly
said that both are from Boston, as Mr.
Adams is of that city nh'en not of "Wash
ington, as he now is, and Mr. Lodge was
born in Boston and is a member of Con
gress from the Sixth district, which is a
sort of Boston suburb.
Both are of the super-refined Bostonese
in cultute and manners. They have the
weU-deveioped British pronunciation of
many words, which marks them as being of
the ancient stock which has never Tieen
'contaminated by the uneuphonious brutali
ties of the world farther west. They are
both down in biographies as making a "pro
fession" of literature.
Both are much lauded critics of art in the
drama, in music, in sculpture, in painting.
Mn Lodge, especially, can discourse for
hours upon the beautiful contradictions of
the pre-Rapbaelites, the Classicists, the
Bomanticists, the Impressionists and the
Realists in fine art and in literature. Yet
both gentlemen, strange to say, prefer to
write upon historical subjects which, must
necessarily involv a vast deal of work
that is mere collation and not creation, and
therefore not closely related to real literary
Latest Scandal of the Capital.
These few words in regard to the person
ality of the men are important in connec
tion with the several charges brought
against them. The story goes, in a few
words, that for many years writers who
have desired to look through historical
papers in the pigeon-holes of the State De
partment have been baffled and forced to
abandon the effort on account of some mys
terious influence which stood an insur
mountable obstacle in their way.
Many of these documents were purchased
by the Government at fancy prices because
the owners had sufficient influence to secure
a nice appropriation to pay for them. The
"Klerks in charge of them, it i"' BSHSl it J,"" J ""
prevented all access to them except in the
cases of Henry Cabot Lodge and Henry
Adams and persons employed by the Century
Magazine management or bv Kichard "Wat
son Gilder. Let orders be issued by any
authority whatever, Secretary or Assistant
Secretary of State, head of bureau or chief
of division or what not, the clerks in im
mediate charge would in some way manage
to baffle the would-be aspirant for historical
knowledge, even while the Lodges, the
Adamses and the Gilders were ransacking
the precious records.
Even Private Vapers Not Exempt.
It is declared that a mass of invaluable
papers belonging to Mrs. Governeur, of Xew
York, placed in the library of the State De
partment to await a decision of Congress in
regard to their purchase, were pounced
upon by Lodge and Adams and despoiled
of their best morsels of the history of the
Monroe period, and which contained infor
mation which could have been secured from
no other source.
Thtse papers were private property, and
to take their contents was hardly short of
theft Indeed, it is almost certain that a
prosecution for robbery would hold against
the pilferers, if the story be true. It is not
charged that Mr. Lodge and Mr. Adams
committed the theft in person. The theory
is that they paid a clerk or clerks in the
State Department to procure for them
transcriptions of the exclusive knowledge
contained in papers that should have been
accessible to all or to nobody. The pay of
the clerks was such that it was a virtual
bribe which led them, with or without hint
from their principals, to bar out all the
other seekers after this particular historical
It could hardly have happened, the
theory is, that Messrs. Lodge and Adams
could have been ignorant that the em
ployes were accepting their money as a
bribe to preserve for their exclusive notor
iety and profit matter which was the prop
erty of the whole public interested in gain
ing access to it.
A Charge That Can't Be Ignored.
If Lodge and Aoams were persons of
common clay, were literary hacks employed
to ransack the Government pigeonholes for
valuable records of the past, little notice
would have been taken of th performance
charged, even if it were true, but of men
of their type it is difficult to believe that
that would engage in so disreputable a
scheme to .monopolize for their own fame
and profit these state papers, and, by
bribery of and collusion with petty clerks
and -copyists, prevent other and rival "hfs
torians" from securing the salable informa
tion in question. It is this that makes the
Mr. A'dams, who is one of the famous
Adams family, no- lives in "Washington.
Several years ago he built an elegant resi
dence on Lafayette Square. He and John
Hay, known especially to fame as the
author of "Little Breeches," built their
residences adjoining each other, the late
Architect Richardson, of Boston, designing
them to form one complete artistic har
mony according to his peculiar ideas of art
in architecture. Mr. Adams made the cap
ital bis residence solely for the purpose of
engaging in the literary work in question,
and in the ardent pursuit of which, in col
lusion with Mr. Lodge and the department
clerks, .he becomes involved in a scandal ot
no mean proportions, if the foregoing story
has tlie foundation which it seems to have.
Adams Won't Give Himself Away.
Mr. Adams wis in seclusion to-day. He
was repeatedly called upon by inquiring
persons, but knew, the story was abroad and
was not in the mood to discuss the matter.
Mr. Lodge is at Boston, looking after his
Senatorial fences, and here it may be-said
that ii is possible his ambition to succeed
Grandfather Dawes in the United States
Senate may have been the means of bring
ing to the surface the State Department
"scandal" Mr. Lodge's chiei opponent is
Speaker Barrett, of the Massachusetts
Howe of Representative. Speaker Bar
rett is Bostonese, but has none of the over
wrought, worshipful admiration of culture
of the peculiar Boston type, felt by many
Bos ton people. He was here a few years
ago as correspondent of a Boston paper, and
was empbaticallv one of the boys of "the
It is thought to be just possible nat Mn
Barrett "got onto the little scheme" of
Lodge and Adams and has been saving up
the story all this time for a favorable op
portunity for its presentation. However
this may be, if Mr. Lodge falls to meet the
charge with a good explanation he will
suffer for it in a loss of prestige among in
fluential people of Massachusetts which
may work much injury to him in securing
votes for the Seua.torsb.ip.
Sherman on the Anti-Option Bill.
In conversation to-day, in regard to the
anti-option bill, Senator Sherman expressed
his surprise that the friends of the bill
should consume so much time in speech
makiot, and ventured the personal 're
flection that if they had as much experience
as he thev would keep quietand permit the
bill to come to a vote. Senator Sherman
t?robabiv overlooked the fact that the mem
bers who have spoken are answerable to
constituencies which are particularly in
terested for or asrainst the bill Each Sena
tor who has spoken has had a special reason
for the faith that was in him and which he
coined into words.
Senator Sherman, however, added the in
teresting information that the bill has an
undoubted majority in the Senate, as in bis
opinion this ha been shown by several
votes bearing indirectly on the measure.
This will be cheering news to Senator
"Washburn. A peculiar fact in this connec
tion is that within the last few days several
influential journals have all spoken at once
and in the same vein against the bill. This
shows that the opponents of Mr. "Wash
burn's pet are not yet so discouraged as to
abandon their labors for its defeat.
LODGE SAYS IT IS FALSE.
Tho Congressman Declares There's No
Truth In the Story.
Boston, Dec. 27. Congressman Henry
Cabot Lodge, referring to the article in to
day's "Washington Pott charging that he
with others had formed a conspiracy to pre
vent any but a certain clique of writers
from gaining access to historical matter in
the Government archives,said to-night that
the accusation was false. The article, he
alleges, was written to injure his chances
for election to the Senate.
"Of course I had documents copied," he
said, "as evervbody has a right to do who
has got the Secretary of State's permission.
I got Mr. Bayard's permission to copy the
Hamilton documents when I was editing
them for the Putnams, and the Putnams
themselves also got permission. That was
in 1885 or 1886, I think. They are being
copied continually bv historical students.
Such papers are public property, and a per
son wanting to get them copied for publi
cation has only to get the consent of the
Secretary of State. Mr. Bayard gave me
the permission, and it had been given to
many others; and the boots themselves
have an acknowledgement of it on every
page, and there was no secreoy about the
matter. The copying for my set Of Ham
ilton was done under the supervision of
Theodore Dwjght, and the copying was
paid for by the Messrs. Putnam, bnt I
don't know who did the copying. If it '
was done bv Government clerks it was cer
tainly not done jn the Government's time,
but after hours'.'
WHAETON ALSO DENIES IT.
The Assistant Secretary of State Says the
"Washington, Dec. 27. Assistant Sec
retary of State "Wharton said to-day: "The
State Department has certain rules and reg
ulations under which persons may apply
for access to the papers in its custody. Any
proper person may thus consult them or
copy them if it does not interfere with the
work of the Department. We have a good
many such persons nowat work on them,
and I do not know that anyone has ever
been refused this request
"The statement that anyone outside the
Department has had privileges that were
not accorded to all is utterly untrue."
THE READING RELIEVED
Of the Conduct of Its Commercial Aflalrs
by a Newly Organized Company.
Pnii,ADELPHiA,Dec. 27. The announce
ment was made to-day that an arrange
ment had been effected whereby the entire
management of the commercial affairs of
the Philadelphia and Reading Coal and
Iron Conipauy, including its finances, after
January 1 are to be conducted by the
Pinance Company of Pennsylvania, of
which George H. Earle, Jr., was recently
elected president This arrangement will
have the effect of separating the large com
mercial business conducted by the Coal and
Iron Company from its railroad business
proper. The arrangement is of such a char
acter that the interests of both com
panies are made secure, and it is one
which will be profitable to the' Pinance
Company, as well as economical and 'of
great advantage to the Coal and Iron Com
pany. Some such arrangement has beoome
a necessity since the acquisition of the Le
high Valley and the Jersey Central, as well
as of larse individual operators, from which
it purchases coal, making the aggregate of
this enormous commercial business reach
560,000,000 to 570,000,000 per year.
The Coal Company's organization will
continue to handle and distribute the coal
and conduct all the details, as heretofore.
The main object of the movement is to sep
arate the Coal and Iron Company from the
railroad, and, at the same time, to relieve
President McLeod of the details ot the coal
business, in order that he may give undi
vided attention to the railroad. President
Earle will have complete control of and su
pervision over the anthracite output of the
Reading svstem, and all of the company's
officials now engaged in its coal offices will
be subordinate to him.
LABOR UNIONS TO CONFER.
They "Will Try to Come to an Understanding
for the "World's Fair Tear.
Cedab Bapids, Ia., Dec. 27. The
meeting of the executive officers of the
different labor organizations, to be held
here to-morrow, is not for the purpose of
forming an amalgamated association to pre
vent auy railroad strike during the "World's
Pair, but to consider the relation of organ
izations to each other.
Grand Chief Clark, of the Order of Rail
way Conductors, said that after this confer
ence those relations will be thoroughly un
derstood by the members themselves of the
orders, the railway officials and everybody
HOT ELOPEMEHT, BUT ABDUCTION.
A Negro Tarred and Feathered for Running
Away "With a White Girt
Spjungfiei.d, O., Dec. 27. John Jack
son, colored man, who eloped with Lessie
Hinkle, a pretty white waitress, was taken
from the jail, tarred and feathered at "West
Liberty lost niht
Tbe girl claims she has been held against
Sxali. in size, great in results; Dn Witt's
Little Early io. Best pill for constipation
best lor eick headache and sour stomach.
The Big Atlantic Liner Urn
bria Long Overdue, and
the Cnnarders Are
ALREADY REINSURING HER
Bixteen Vessels Due at New York
Still Battling the Waves.
THE NOORDLAND IN GREAT PERIL.
Towed Into Queenstown'8 Harbor Disabled
by a Broken Shaft.
KANT HOURS OP FRIGHT AND ANXIETI
New "xoek, Dec. 27. Of more than 20
steamships due or overdue only four have
reached port up to this afternoon and these
bore striking evidence of the tough weather
and Intense cold experienced. With ven
tilators demolished or twisted out of shape,
lifeboats smashed and everything about
deck in a demoralized condition, it is grati
fying to find that nothing serious happened
to the passengers and crew ot any of tbe
incoming steamers. Each vessel was com
pletely coated with ice, and so far as ap
pearance went was entitled to be classed as
a member of the "White Squdron."
The rjmbria is considerably overdue.
Such a delav for her would seem to indicate
that she has fallen in with some vessel in
distress and was slowly towing her to port.
A close watch is being kept of the detained
A cable dispatch from London says:
There is anxiety at Lloyd's over the non
arrival in New York of the Umbria, which
sailed from Liverpool December 17
and from Queenstown for New York De
Beinsnring Already Commenced.
The great storms on the Atlantic may, it
is thought, have detained the vessel with
out involving any accident, but the appre
hension felt is so serious that reinsuring has
The officials of tbe Cunard line say they
have no doubt that the "fimbria's delay is
due to tbe breaking down of her engines.
The rate of reinsurance paid on the TXni
bria's cargo is 10 guineas premium.
The steamship Noordiand was towed into
Queenstown by the steamship Ohio at 7
o'clock this evening. All the passengers
were on deck, waving bats and handker
chiefs, and cheering. Anchor was dropped
and the passengers were removed to shore
by a tender. All showed signs of the
anxiety which they had suffered. Some of
the elderly steerage passengers were hardly
able to walk. Several women fell on their
knees and cried the moment they werf
The voyage of the Noordiand was tem
pestuous, almost from the hour of leaving
Sandy Hook. The winds blew almost a
hurricane, and the ship had much difficulty
in making headway through the waves.
Looking for tile Critical Moment,
Some of the passengers were so appre
hensive of danger that they could not be in
duced to retire at night, and sat about the
saloon, dozing at intervals, and ready, with
their clothes on, to take to the boats in the
event of an accident, although boats could
have lived only by a miracle in the terrible
seas. The waves tossed their icy foam on
the decks until the loner rigging was
covered with a congealed coating, and the
deck itself was like a skating pond.
The only comfort or seourlty was in the
cabins, and they remained under cover
throughout nearly all the voyage; but Cap
tain Nickels, his officers and erew spared
no pains to secure the safety of the ship,
and the hardy sailors never shirked an
order, however perilous and painful.
The Noordiand labored along successfully
until Tuesday evening. It was a bitter cold
night, and the passengers were congratulat
ing themselves on gradually nearing the end
of their stormy voyage. At 9.20 in the
evening a tremendous crash was heard and
tbe vessel quivered from end to end. The
passengers who were sitting up were tossed
about like ninepins, several of them being
thrown to the floor.
Beaten by tne Broken Shaft.
Three terrific blows resounded one after
the other, as if the vessel was being struck
by a gigantic hammer, which, indeed, was
the fact. The fright ot some ot the people
was pitiful to behold. They rushed hither
and thither, delaying the officers in their
efforts to get at the cause and extent of the
disaster. Captain Nickels knew well enough
what the sound meant,and with a reassuring
word to the passengers he hastened to in
vestigate personally. The engines raced
furiously, while the broken shaft, for that
proved to be the danger, seeded about to
crush tbe ship at every concussion. Water
rushed into the tube, menacing the stoke
hold and the engine rooniB, and the panic
stricken passengers thought for awhile that
the vessel was about to sink.
Several minutes elapsed before word was
given to the engines to stop. The Noordiand
lay helpless, tossed by the gale, and as the
water rushed in there seemed imminent
danger ot sinking". The pumps were
manned and put to work, every man of the
crew being' summoned to duty. For 24
hours continuously the pumps were kept at
work and the water prevented from gaining
on the vessel. The excited passengers,
finding that they were not in instant peril
of being swallowed up by the waves, re
gained courage and patiently waited for a
steamer to tow them into port.
Belief Comes In Sight at Lust.
At the time of the accident the Noordiand
was 400 miles west of Queenstown. The
crjpplejl steamer was sighted by the steam
ship OhioJ which left Philadelphia on the
same day that the Noordiand left NewYork,
and needed assistance was at once extended.
The voyage to Queenstown rfith the Noord
iand in tow was attended by much diffi
culty, and the continuous stormv weather
made it necessary to navigate with caution,
but tbe Noordiand arrived without further
accident. An examination showed that the
fracture of the sbatt was six feet inside the
Fred Kotz, a first cabin passenger, told
his experience to-night:
Weweuejust becoming calmer, after the
aocldent happened, wben we saw tbe oiew
rushing through the steerage, carrying bed
ding, mats and carpets, to be stuffed into
the tunnel box. We all knew then that
water was coming in. Nobody slept that
night. Tbe women sat crying In the cabins
and tbe men crowded tbe smoking room to
play cards and talk over tbe situation. We
all were badly frigntened. The vessel rolled
terribly, and with every roll came a tremen
dous tliump, as ir a piece of the elm ft wus
loose and sinashimr things in the hold. The
sails had been spiead, Dut they did not
steady the ship noticeably. We knew we
weie for from tbe track of the trans-Atlan-tic
steamships, and most of us on that nlbt
would not have guessed that our chances of
life were more than two In five.
Hours of Intense Anxiety.
The crew worked heroically at the putrips
Tor the 2 hoars after tho accident,
and at the same time the engineers were
busy at the shaft, fixing plngSLand trying to
prevent further Influx ofwater. Eventually
word was sent out that the flow of water had
We had plenty of food and water and,
therefore, with fairly favorable weather
would have been able to bold our own lor
some time. As the sea was still too-rough
for any lifeboat, we were a ploomy lot.
Friday was uneventful. Tho tables were
laid as usual, but few cared to eat. At 2
o'clock Saturday morning tbe lookout
yelled, "Light ahead." Every Body ttiriied
ont and listened eagerly for the next word.
"She's a steamer," was tbe next calk We
all shook hands and cheered, and many ran
about shouting for Joy. Wo all remained
on deck the rest of the night, watculug the
Ohio's lights. At daylight she stood by and
pised a hawser. At that time, as I learned
subsequently, our afterpeak was fnl&pf
water, and despite their expressions or con
fidence, the officers of tbe ship were In
The Ohio began towing ns very slowly.
The strain caused by tbe heavy seas was too
creat, and after Ave minutes the hawser
broke. Befoie another hawser could be
pnssed nine hours elapsed. The second
hawser brolce, as did also the third. On
Sunday morning other hawsers were fixed,
and, as the weather had Improved mean
while, they held until we reached haibor.
We proceeded about seven knots an hour.
Probably tbe Noordiand will be repaired
temporarily at Queenstown, and then will
proceed to Antwerp, where she will be com
A GHASTLY GIFT.
The Hand or a Rejected Suitor Sent by
Mall to a Rochester Lady Tho. King
She Gave Him Adorned tbe Lifeless
Rochester, N. Y., Dec. 27. A loud
scream of horror and fear, followed by a
prolonged fainting spell, greeted the ar
rival of a Christmas present by mail on the
morning of the 25th, the recipient beine
Miss Estelle Eobinson, of this city, who re
sides with a married-sister on the outskirts
of town. The gift that caused this conster
nation was an odd and ghastly onei n the
shape of a human hand, perfectly embalmed
and mounted to serve as a paper weight
The hand, which is in an. admirable state of
preservation, looking as if it had just been
severed from the arm, is evidently tfcat of a
man, and is sinewy and shapely, and would
really be beautiful, viewed as a work of art,
could tbe ghastliness of the thing be for
gotten. On the third finger is a broad band of
gold, but -which could not be removed.
This, Miss Eobinson reluctantly admitted,
appeared to be the ring presented by her
vears ago to a young man to whom she was
at that time engaged to be married, and
who she now believes has taken this
unique and abhorrent manner of returning
the gilt to her. But it is thought by the
vonng ladv's friends that the gentleman
lost the member by accident, and, having
on the ring at the time, returned both to
The young man to whom Miss Eobinson
Is convinced the hand belonged was living
in New York a year or two ago, but his
present whereabouts are unknown to her.
The ring she gave him bore an inscription
on the inside, bnt the lady re 'used to have
the band filed off for the purpose of identi
fying it. Indeed, so great is her horror of
the object thar she refuses to look at it, and
has requested (hat it be at once interred.
The gitt was accompanied by a plain visit
ing card on which was printed by a type
writer the greetings of the season. The ad
dress was also typewritten The friends of
the young lady are indignant with the
sender, whoever he be, as tho shock to the
nerves has made her seriously ill ever since
CLOTJSTON GETS TWO YEARS.
His Threat to Brae Down Others Causes a
Panic at l'arkersborg.
Paekeesbueo, W. Va., Dec, 27.
Special To-day Judge Boreman handed
down a decision denying the motion for a
new trial of Clouston, the notorious embez
zler. The State made a motion that the
Court should suspend execution of the
pending sentence, on the grouud that the
prisoner is under indictment for more
serious crimes than the one of which he was
convicted in tbe case under consideration.
The court was filled with an anxious group
of persons who feared Clouston wohld in his
desperation besmirch those who have in
curred his ill will. The Court overruled the
motion made bv the prosecution, Judge
Boreman saying he would not try a person
already under conviction.
Then the defense made a final appeal that
tbe Court be merciful to the prisoner on
account of his parents. The Judge said he
had been very patient and painstaking in
the cose, givinc the accused every latitude
the law allows, and that he hod been
roundly denounced by the public and the
newspaper press for so doing. He then sen
tenced the prtsonei-to hard labor in the
penitentiary for two years. The sentence
created a profound sensation, and many
other faces than the prisoner's paled when
it was pronounced not for sympathy with
the prisoner, but for fear that he will make
good his threats to drag others down with
him. His counsel immediately served notice
of the filing of a bill of' exceptions on
which they will base an appeal to the Su
THE LUMBER TRUST'S DEFEAT.
A Minnesota Court Kef uses to Dissolve an.
Injunction Against It.
St. Path., Dec. 27. Judge Cornish has
filed an order and memorandum in the case
of the Bohn Manufacturing Company against
W. 6. Hollis et al, officers and members of
the Northwestern Lnmberman's Associa
tion. The Court denies the motion for an
order setting aside and dissolving a tempo
rary injunction. The plaintiff claims that
the defendant has entered into a conspiracy
to restrain trade and to evade the law in
this regard, to prevent every wholesale
lumber dealer from selling lumber to any
one except the members of the defendant
association, so as to compel nil retail dealers
to join tbe defendant association and act
with Jts members. In the answer the As
sociation says there are 150 retail dealers in
the Association; that each one of them is
financially responsible; that it is proposed
to strike the name of the plaintiff off the
list of the honorary members of the Associa
tion, and put their name on the unfriendly
list The Court proceeded to say:
So trust could be moie extensive or op
pressive, and the danger is not lessened,
owing to the tnct it can be operated without
the risk or loss td the membeis. Trade can
not be so restraiued. The defendants have
substantially admitted the charges made by
the complainant, by admitting their real
MEXICANS IN ECSTASIES
Over Bull Fights, Where Bnnderlllos Are
Gored and Horses Slaughtered.
Qtjeretaeo, Mex., Dec, 27. The holi
day fetes in this city are in progress and
thousands of people from the City of
Mexico, Zacatecas, Aguas-Calientas and
other points in this part of Mexico are in
The bull fights and cocking mains during
the past two days have been tbe most suc
cessful and exciting ever witnessed here.
All the great matadors or bull-killers of
Mexico, including Pouciauo Diaz, who has
entertained the royalty of Spain by his
prowess, are here displaying their skill.
At the bull fight yesterday afternoon
several serious accidents occurred. Three
banderillos were terribly gored by the en
raged bulls. Several fine horses were killed
during tho performance and the sport was
pronounced a great success by the large
audience. Many thousand dollars had been
wagered on the match bull fight and cocking
mains between the cities of Queretn.ro and
Zacatecas. Many Americans are here wit
nessing tbe fights.
MINERS STILL EEBELLIOTJi
They Threaten Another Ons'anjrht on the
Convict Lease System In Tennessee.
Memphis, Pec. 27. General Kellar An
derson returned fr6m Coal Creek to-day,
and to tbe question. "Do yon anticipate any
seiious outbreak on the part of the miners?"
No one can tell Just what tho miners will
do. Thoro are many turbulent spirits among
them who persist in their opposition to the
presence of the conviccs. At present there
aro about 1G3 men nt Coal creek, and they
are under strict military discipline. A con
stant watch is kept, unci tho guard duty dur
ing such Weather as this is particularly se
vere. The miners wenr that the convicts
will be released before Governor BuclmfTan's
term expires, and whether they will attempt
to carry theli threat Into execution remains
to bj seen.
KILLED ATHIS POST,
A Coal Pit Engineer at Mo
nongahela City Shot by
an Unknown Hand,
HIS PISTOL AT HIS FEET.
All the Circumstances Point to Mur
der Instead of Suicide.
A HISSING TRAMP SUSPECTED.
The Yictim Is the Brother of One Who Also
Fell by Foul Flay.
FACTS MAT PLTEL0P AT THE INQDEST
fgFECUI. TEtlOnAM TO TBI DISPATCH.
Mononoahela City, Dec. 27. An
other murder, in all probability, is added
to the already long list with which this
city is to be "credited. "What makes this
case the more notable is the fact that the
victim, Richard Reese, is a brother of "Will
iam Reese, whose dead boly was found in
the Monongahela river near a pumping
boat upon which he was employed only a
few months ago, the marks of violence on,
his body showing the manner of his violent
death. Three men are now in jail at "Wash
ington, Fa, charged with that crime, and
if justice is done in this instance tbe assas
sins of Richard Reese will soon be sent to
keep them coropanv.
Richard Reese was employed by the "Wat
son Coal Company, and was 21 years old.
This morning the company's fire boss,
George Mountain, noticed that the mine
fans were not running. He went to the en
gine house about G o'clock, found the door
unlocked and inside discovered Reese lying
dead, with a bullet wound through the
head, the shot having entered behind his
right ear. Reese had not touched his fires
or any of the apparatus in the engine room
since the fires were banked and the engine
shut down the night before. These facts
were apparent in the condition of things,
and in tne fact that he had not removed his
hat or overcoat after he entered the engine
room prior to the shot that killed him.
A pistol was found lving under his leg,
with two empty shells iu the cylinder. Mice
had nibbled tbe dead mau's face, which
would indicate that be was shot some time
during the night, and had Iain some hours
in the engine room where he has been em
ployed. The pit was not running yesterday.
"Dick'Reese, as he was familiarly called,
bad a merry day of it and was in his usual
light-hearted mood when lost seen. He
was not a drinking man, and was not intox
icated. There is nothing thus far learned
in connection with the case to show that he
had any cause for despondency, or that any
one had seen anything about him, or Knew
of anything in connection with his affairs
that would support tbe theory of suicide.
The watchman at the brick works near
by testified to-day, in the informal investi
gation of the matter, that at midnight a
stranger came to the works and asked leave
to stav in the engine room. Tbe watchman
refuse'd him at first, but the fellow begged
so bard that he was permitted to stay there
until toward morning. The watchman at
no time heard any firing at the coal works,
or anvthing to suggest the tragedy that was
enacted there some time during the night,
and at this time the affair is very much of
Reese had taken the pistol out of the
bouse where he lived, as he said, to have
some fun,making a noise to celebrate Christ
ma'. The fact that this pistol wass found
near his dead body is the only thing to war
rant the theory of suicide, while the young
man's habits, disposition, circumstances
and the nature or location of the wound all
go to discredit such a theory.
Relatives ot the dead man have taken
charge of the body, and it is expected that
the Coroner's inquest will develop some
READING'S TEEASTBEE SUSPECTED.
The Mayor Notifies Banks Not to Honor
Checks Fendinc Investigation.
Reading, Dec. 27. The banks of this
city have been notified by Mayor Merritt
to refuse payment of any checks issued by
City Treasurer Obold.
In the meantime an investigation is being
made into the affairs of the City Treasurer's
office. Mr. Obold denies all reports ot mis
management of city finances.
In Better Lack than Enoch Arden.
ALLENTOWif.Dec 27. Edwin H. Miller,
who left his wife and two children 21 years
ago, returned home to-day. His wife re
mained unmarried, and received him with
A Minnesota Mad Dog Scare.
St. Cloud, Minn., Dec. 27. Tbe mad
dog scare has reached this city. The police
to-day killed two dogs that had symptoms
BABY FOUR WEEKS OLD.
Distressing Skin Disease From Birth.
Cured in JTlvo Weeks. Made
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My baby boy had been suffering from birth with
some 'sort of an eruption. The doctors called it
eczema. Ills little ncclc was one raw and exposed
mass of red. Inflamed
flesh. His anus and
across and under ills
tlilEhs, wherever! he
'nt flesh made a fold,
ftrere Just the same.
For four weeks alter
his birth he suffered
wilh this eruption,
in d until I tjot CCTI-
there was little sleep
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February 1. and yon
ought to see his skin now. smooth, even, nnd a
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WM. A. GARDNER. 1S4E. 123d St.. N. T.
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KEEP YOUR FEET DRY.
It is less expensive and more agreeable to. buy a pair of
rubber boots or shoes than to have wet feetv catch a cold
and be laid up for the rest of winter.
You will find our stupendous stock of footwear up to
the mark both as regards value and variety. Anything
that is in vogue or season can be had in our commodious
To make things lively after Christmas we have placed
on sale a few drives which we know by experience will
crowd us the balance of the week.
A Few of Our Me
Men's dull friction lined
boots, selling everywhere for
$2.90, our price $2. 10.
Boys' rubber boots, same
quality, in dull or pebble leg,
worth$2.25, our price $1.75.
Youths' rubber boots, good
quality, dull or pebble leg, sell
ing for $1.75, our price $1.25.
Misses' extra quality pebble
leg rubber boots, actual value
$1.65, our price $1.10.
Child's good quality pebble
leg rubber boots, worth fully
$1.50, our price $1'.
WANTED! 10,000 LADIES
To buy from us a good quality plain vamp Quroquet
Rubber Overshoes at lie a pair. :: :: :: ::
fcgOur $15 Ulster Sale now in full blast. Come
quick. They are going out fast
TEN DAY SALE
CLOTH DRESS GOODS
. 13592 YARDS CLOTH 25c
Per yard, 50 inches wide, in a great variety of mixtures.
52-INCH LADIES' CLOTHS 31c.
Our most desirable bargain among the entire fall line.
This Dress Goods stock in Fine Cashmeres or Serges, 38
inches wide, for 50c, shows up well in any shade.
54-INCH BROADCLOTH BARGAINS
In all the choicest shades, if you want the best value we ever
offered in fine Dress Goods
87e and $1.00.
T. M. LATIMER,
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Ullliio 1 m nu vjiii
AN IMMENSE ASSORT
MENT OF FANCY FURNI
TURE IN LARGE AND
SMALL PIECES AT RE
. MARK ABLY LOW PRICES.
Come in and look
. around; you'll be
sure to find what
you want : 1 :
All this week we will be open evenings until 9 o'clock to
accommodate the public.