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VOLUME IX.-NUMBER 2031.
CHARLESTON, THURSDAY CORNING, JUEY 18, 1872.
EIGHT DOLLARS A YEAR.
A RAILROAD IN COURT.
THE SWINDLES OE ERIE OUTDONE IN \
A Network of Systematic F ra mi-The
Earnings or the Greenville and Co?
lumbia Railroad Seized and Squan?
dered-Astonishing Exposares by the
The case of Daniel E. Scannel, of New York:,
against the Greenville and Colombia Railroad
Company, In which the petitioner seeks to ob?
tain a Judgment of involuntary bankruptcy
against the company, was continued yester?
day, In the United States District Court, before
Judge Bryan. The case ls attracting much at.
tentlon in legal and financial circles, as 1B not
surprising, considering the startling na?
ture of the revelations that have been
made and are expected to be made
of the past financial management of
the company. It appears that lt has
long been suspected or vaguely known
that there had been some remarkable irregu?
larities, to use a mild term, in connection
with the affairs of this company, as has been
the case with all the financial corporations
upon which the political buccaneers who gov?
ern this Slate have fastened their ltciJng and
tenacious fingers; that lt wa? pretty generally
understood that there had been large over
Issues of b'.nds, and that since the control of
the road has been obtained by th? South Caro?
lina Railroad Company a number of litigations,
more or less amicable, have been Instituted in
the State courts to find out which bonds are
legal and Which Illegal, and eventually to fur?
nish a basis for criminal proceeding against the
guilty parties. In the course of these litigations,
which are taking place In Columbia, ex-Judge
John S. Green has been appointed referee
to take testimony, and a large number ot
curious facts relative to the Bush-Patterson
management of the road are being slowly un?
earthed. Now, however, Mr. Scanne), of New
York, has brought the present proceeding to
force the road into bankruptcy and an as?
signee's sale, by the success of which pro?
ceeding it is evident that the creditors of the
company, both real and pretended, could only
realize a percentage' of their claims upon the
company. This prospect has had the imme?
diate effect of postponing, for the time being,
all pending litigations, and uniting all the
honest crediton with the officers of the com?
pany in opposition to the bankruptcy pro?
ceedings. They reason that the road ls still
a good road, Its late managers not
having had the ability, although doubtless
they would have had the audacity, to
carry off the track or pocket the rolling
. stock, and that if properly managed hereafter
it can be profitably operated and made to
meet promptly all its legitimate liabilities. As
to the New York holders of its fraudulent
paper, they have very little solicitude or pity
to waste on them, believing that their ac
(I ii al a tan ce with the similar devices of the
EWe Bing, and their knowledge of the previous
wiles of the carpet-bag railroad politicians of
South Carolina should have warned them, by
this time, even if they are themselves free
lrom collusion with the irauds, against burn
lcgihelr fingers, as they appear to have done.
Soon after the opening ot the court yester?
day morning, Mr. W. J. Magrath, the present
president ol the company, was again called to
the stand, and testified as follows: The presi?
dent of the Greenville and Columbia Railroad
Company at the close of the war was Mr.
Hammel. Mr. Bush succeeded him, and I
succeeded Mr. Bush last January. The earn?
ings of the road in 1870 were $439,34158; in
1871 $467,144 80, and during the first six
months of this year they have been $251,376 62.
The aggregate expenditures durlog those six
months have been $152,861 80, leaving a sur?
plus of $98,514 82. The earnings for the next
six months may be expected, from the ex?
perience of former years, shoi?d be greater
than those for the past six months. It is lair
to compute the probable earnings for the
whole ot 1872 as not leas than $600,000. The
increase In business in 1872 ls owing to the
development of the country, and not to any
accidental cause. With th.* business of the
road yielding $500,000 or more, there Bhould
be a surplus, after deducting the expenses of
operating, of at least $200,009. If the bonded
debt of tne company should be increased to
$2,600,000 the sum of $175,000 would be re?
quired to pay the annual Interest, and there
Would Billi be a surplus of $25,000. Tba total
amount of bonded debt of the company recog?
nized as being valid ls $1,958,632 13. What?
ever other claims are or may be made outside
of this amount are disputed by the company.
That amount Includes all the bonds of the
issue ot which there is any record on the
books of the company. I do not understand
any bond to be Issued by the company unless
it be recorded on the books of the company.
I have reason to believe that other bonds have
been Issued. I know the corporation called
the Continental Telegraph Company. Its
charter was obtained by one Hall, of New
York, with two other parties. The charter
was then gold or given to Mr. H. H. Klmpton.
Mr. Corbin objected to the admission of this
testimony because it was n r given by the
witness from his own knowledge.
Judge Magrath said that in an examination
before a Judge the same rules need not be en
lorced that applied to a trial before a jury.
The Judge might hear all the testimony that
might be presented, but would only allow
ninisel f to be governed by such portions of lt
as was legal evidence. They were on the
track of a stupendous fraud, a fraud as bold
and daring as had ever been perpetrated on
any corporation or any individual, and they
nssant to pursue lt until the conspiracy should
be unearthed and the perpetrators brought
within the pale of the criminal courts of South
Carolina. But lt was a fraud fashioned by
skilful artists, and it was not easy to follow lt
through all the devious ways which had been
adopted to conceal lt.
Mr. G. D. Bryan said the witness was not
expected to testify to matters of Information
and belief. If toe other side believed the
$600,000 of bonds held by the Commercial
Warehouse Company were fraudulent, lt was
for them to show that the Warehouse company
got them by Its own fraud, and not by that of
the former officers of the r03d.
Judge Bryan, however, consented to hear
the testimony, and Mr. Magrath continued:
The books of the railroad company do not
ehow any issue of bonds for the purchase of
the Continental Telegraph Company, and con?
tain no record of authority given to any per?
son to purchase lt. At a meeting of the direc?
tors, held on the evening of Januar/ 5,1872, a
preamble and resolutions were introduced
by John J. Patterson, reciting that the
president (Bush) had reported a ne?
gotiation with the Continental Telegraph
Company, and authorizing bim to per?
fect the negotiation. At that meeting, how?
ever, the road passed out of the hands of
President Bush and his directors, and, at the
next meeting o? the board, it was lound th)
the president had made no such report, an
the resolutions were ignored. The first act <
my administration was to deny and r?pudi?t
any such transaction. By the direction ol' I h
board, I caused suits to be brought against th
former officers and directors of the compan
to secure the return of any bonds that ha
passed out of the hands of the company 1
that transaction. Notices ot those suits wer
Berved on Frederick Bush, J. L. Neagle, J. J
Patterson, H. H. Klmpton, Niles G. Parkei
Joseph Crews, G. W. Waterman, F. L. Cardoz
and T. Hurley, There were 1596,000 of secon
mortgage bonds Issued by the executlv
committee without any consideration bein
received by the company. That whol
amount did not go to the Continental Telegrap
Company. Klmpton himself and half a dozei
other directors told me $300,000 of bonds wa
paid for that charter. Then there is found oi
the minutes of the board authority to borro?
$60,000 from J.~L. Neagle, and give him $180,
000 of bonds for It at 33$ cents. Those bor.d
went to Neagle, but the money never cn<
Into the treasury. I do not know ot my owi
knowledge how much money was used ti
bribe the Legislature, but have been told b;
various directors. As to the $600,000 of bondi
hcid by the Commercial Warehouse Compad;
there ls no record on the books of any dlrec
communication between that company and tb<
railroad company for any loan of money, ant
1 know of the pretended connection onl;
through their own statement or demand upoi
us. The cotes held by that company an
signed by John J. Patterson as vice-president
There ls no evidence of any authority
conferred upon Patterson to negotiate encl
a loan nor of giving him bonds to secure suet
a loan. The records show authority to fur
nish Klmpton with bonds, but only for sped
Bed objects, and principally for the purchase
of supplies. There were bonds in Kimpton'f
hands in New York, but not in the bands 6
anybody else In New York that I know of, ex
cept a few small amounts aa security for loco
motives. If money were raised by the Com'
merdai Warehouse Company I suppose lt hat
gone to Klmpton, but I do not know that. Ol
the $1.600,000 of second mortgage bonds there
are $1,196,000 out concerning the issue ol
which there ls no record in the company. The
rate of interest to be charged by the Commer?
cial Warehouse Company appears In their de?
mand as thirty-seven per cent. The bonds In
their hands were sold recent fy, and brought
twenty-five to twenty-nine and a hali
cents. There are two ways of estimating
the value of a railroad. Its In?
trinsic value is represented by the
cost of Its construction; Hs exchange?
able value depends upon what lt Is wort J In
the estimation of others. It the ownership or
control or a road ls desired by two or more
corporations, that competition tends to en?
hance Hs value. The development of the re?
sources ot the country, the multiplication ot
ravel and the Increase of population also
ncrease the value of a road. In speaking of
;he value ot a railroad I do not mean what lt
;ost the stockholders, but what lt ls worth in
he market. I did not intend to convey In
ny annual report the idea that the Greenville
ind Columbia Railroad was Insolvent. 1 be
leve lt is very far from being Insolvent. The
LIr Line Railroad ld likely to be beneficial
ather toan otherwise to the Greenville Road,
t can hurt lt only at Sp ar tan burg and Green
llle, and at these points more lu the re?
action of rates than In the diminution of
onnage. On the other baud, It will divert
rom the Georgia Railroad and the City of Au
;usta all the freight comlog from Atlanta and
tber points wes' >f Augusta co Columbia,
tc, because the i , ls several miles.Bhorter.
have been connected with railroads twenty
ix years, and the president ot the South
toronna Road ten years. I have olten ob?
ier ved i he capacity of a railroad to extricate
tself lrom embarrassments. The case ot the
louth Carolina Railroad ls a case in point.
Vhen I first became connected with lt Its in -
lome did not exceed $600,000, its debt was
arge, and Its stock low. In 1859, thirteen
rears afterward, Its Income was over $1,600,
100, and its stock at par. Just after the war
ts position was much more hopeless than the
Greenville Road ls now. Ninety miles of Its
rack had been completely, destroyed, and
nore than half of Its equipment, while
he rest of the road and equipment
vas in a very bad condition. The
Irst mortgage debt. (Increased twenty
jer cent, by our Inability to pay
gold during the ?war) had matured, and
ts business had been entirely diverted except
.he purely local traffic. Since then lt has
)een built up, until now lt ls nearly equal to
;he best years before the war. The Greenville
ttoad has now a good operating capacity.
?VhaTIs required to bring li into proper cou
llllon in ail respects ls an expenditure of
(50,000 per year for the next tour or fivo years.
That would be quite sufficient. As to the
?600,000. being required at once to repair the
road, the engineers could not spend that
imount on the road if you gave them the
noney. The present condition, material, bu
ilness and profits of the road show that the
sarnings of the road would furnish a sufficient
nargln after paying all ordinary expenses,
ind the Interest on all the acknowledged debt,
;o put and keep the road in good condition,
[ts Income for 1870 belne $439,341 58, for 1871
(457,144 and for 1872 $500,000, that ls suffi?
rent data for the expectation that lt
will steadily increase, except perhaps
[or one year after the completion ol the
air Line Road, when its increase may
ie temporarily disturbed. If Hs bonded debt
should be Increased to $2,600,000, the road
could still carry mat and keep tts track In re?
pair, and its equipments adequate lor the
transaction of business. When we took con?
trol of the road, we found it utterly divested
)f all present means and resources to pay in?
terest and do other things necessary tor the
road. The difficulties, however, were not
lopelesB, and only required time to enable
the company to retrieve Its condition. From
.he opportunities I have now had to under?
stand the condition of the road, I conclude
?at we will be able to resume the payment of
merest on or before the 1st of next January.
The road came under the control of President
Bush and bis board In April, 1870, and so con
inued until the 5tb of January, 1872. There
las never been any Intent In any payments by
;ne company lo prefer any one creditor over
Cross-examined by Mr. Corbin. I do not
lelieve that seventy per cent, of tbe Income
il the road ls necessary to pay Its ordinary ex?
penses. I believe fifty per tent, ls sufficient
i'or the running ex pe uses and all ordinary re-1
pairs. The records show (lu the superinten?
dent's report for the last six months) that lt
has been run tor fifty per cent, of Its earnings.
[ do not criticise Mr. Dodamead's estimate of
sixty per cent, in his last annual report. He
has a right to his own opinion on the subject.
I do not agree In bis statement that unless
$466,000 be obtained from some other source
than the earnings of the road and spent upon
lt in repairing and refurnishing, ita entire
earnings will be absorbed for years to come.
Railroad superintendents and civil engineers
are generally very liberal In their estimates.
I think with bim, that $400.000 might well be
spent on the road, and I would like to have lt
to spend; also that the work ought to
be commenced at once; but lt ls not necessary
to spend the whole amount within u few
months. We did not pay the coupons on our
bondB (except the first mortgage bonds) last
January, and have not paid them this mooth.
The company has not paid any dividend late?
ly. The capital stock is $1,600,000 In 75,000
shares, at $20 each. Previous to my election
as president Mr. Klmpton was elected finan?
cial agent ol the company In New York. I
never knew whs* his duties were supposed to
be. He appeareu to be the president and
board of directore of the company. I never
saw any record prescribing hie dulles and re?
At this point the hour of three having ar?
rived, the court adjourned until half-past ten
A WONDERFUL ROBBERT.
FORCING A BANK OFFICER TO OPEN
Visiting the Officers' Houses and Gag?
ging Them-Tying a Cord About the
Neck of the Teller, and Forcing Him
to Walk to the Bank at Midnight.
UXBRIDGE, Mass., July 14.
One ol the most remarkable bank robberies
ever known took place in this quiet, out-of
the-way town. Just before daylight, yesterday
morniog. The peculiarly boid and thrilling
Incidents ol' the affair, how the masked vil?
lains entered the house of the cashier, at the
dead of night, and handcuffed and gagged the
whole family, and then dragged the teller of
the bank and forced him to open the vaults of
the establishment, for a a story which causes
! the achievements of even the renowned Jack
Sheppard to dwindle into comparative Insig?
HISTORY OF THE CASE-INVASION AND OPERA?
TIONS OF THO BURGLARS.
Tb' robbers, it is believed, cam? Into the
town in two separate carriages, and arrived
Bhortly after midnight. Bitching their teams
under tho shed of one of the village churches,
they proceeded to the postoffice and took a
ladder which lay alongside the building. After
reducing its length to suit their purposes,
they carried lt to the residence of r euezer
W. Haywood, the cashier, some fifty ; .ds dis?
tant, and, placlog lt in position, five of the
masked gang quietly entered the house
through an open window of the second story.
Having thus obtained access to the dwelling,
the party silently entered the various sleeping
apartments and stood ready for action by the
side of the unconscious sleepers. Simultane?
ously the Bleepers were awakened by feeling a
hand grasping their throats and hearing
a low voice ordering them to be quiet, ana
assuring them that they should not be
hurt. ?eBldee Mr. Haywood and Mr. Wes?
ton there were three other Inmates of the
house, Mr. Haywood's daughter, Miss Lucinda
T. Haywood -, his granddaughter, a little girl
twelve years old, Mabel H. Toft, and a colored
servant girl named Annie Boss, a recent arri?
val from North Carolina. Each of them was
handcuffed, but the bracelets being too large
for the little girl, ber hands were tied with a
piece ol a sheet. They evidently expected to
find a son of Mr. Haywood in the house, as
they visited a room he bad been occupying,
but be had gone only a day or two before, and
consequently did not know of the affair till
about six o'clock next morning.
Mr. Hay wood .'who ls a gentleman ot seventy
five years of age, and who has been cashier of
the bank for fourteen years, says that he was
startled out of a sound sleep by feeling a hand
grasping bis throat, and openlog his ejes, be
saw two men, one holding a pistol in one
hand and a candle In the other, while the o thor
man said, "I arrest you for forgery." Mr.1
Haywood naturally replied, "It was the
first time that he was ever charged with any
crime," and before he could recover from his
astonishment the men bad handcuffed him.
A NEW AND STRANGE DUTT FOR A CASHIER.
They then helped him to put on his panta?
loons, and told him be must accompany them
to the bank and unlock the doors to the
vaults. He told them be "could not do Ir."
They had so excited him that he could not get
down stairs, and bis appearance evidently im?
pressed them with the truth of his statement,
for they immediately demanded to know
where hia clerk WSB. He replied that they
"probably knew as well as he did." They tied
his feet together, and also tied his legs above
the kuees, and after placlpg a knotted hand?
kerchief in bis mouth, tying lt behind his
head, they left the room, leaving him lying
helpless on the bed.
A NEW STTLE OP ACCOUNT FOR A CLERE.
Mr. Weston, the clerk of the bank, who
boarded with the cashier, says that he was
awakened by hearing a Blight noise In Mr.
Haywood's room, and opening his eyes he
found a man standing at his bedside with a
revolver pointed at his head. At first Charlie
thought he would "play 'possum" and manage
In some way to get hold of his revolver,
which was in a table drawer, but as the man
stood between him and the table he gave up
that Idea. He was almost Instantly hand?
cuffed and Informed that 1 he was arrested,"
but no cause was assigned. He waa allowed
to put on hie pantaloons, and one of them
helped to put on his stockings. Then a small
cord was placed around his neck and grasped
by a band ready at the slightest attempt at out?
cry to choke off his breathing. He was theo
taken down stairs and out ot the back door
by four men, two of whom disappeared as
Boon as-'thev got out doors. The others walk?
ed on either side, and during the walk to the
bank he wa9 hit on one cheek with a pistol
and on the other by a cold blade of an open
knife, while a gentle admonition was given
him to keep Billi.
AT CHURCH, BOT NOT FOR PRAYER.
The Unitarian Church stands about midway
between the cashier's house and the bank. On
reaching it Charlie was taken Into the doorwav
by one of the men, while the other went off
Into the darkness. Alter walting ten or
fifteen minutes a low whistle was heard In the
direction of the bank and he was hurried
IN THE BANK AND A QUICK RECKONING.
The door of the bank was opened and the
three men entered. A light Is kept burning
In the banking room all night, and as soon as
they got Into the room Charlie was forced to
get down on his knees, and all three crept
silently across the room and behind the
counter. Reaching up to the outer iron door
of the vault, lt was gently unlocked, opened,
and the men entered, closing lt behind them.
The combination lock on the inner door of the
vault was the only thing that lay between
the robbers and their anticipated booty.
Charlie was the only one present who could
unlock lt, and, fearful leBt he might forget
the combinations, his companions told
him "to keep calm and not to get excited."
Reminded of hlB position by a gentle twist
of the cord round his neek, Charlie soon un?
locked the door, and, opening lt, the robbers
proceeded to hastily examine the result of
their venture. They first emptied a small
leather carpet-bag containing papers, and
ibrew Into it what bank bills and scrip they
found, amounting In the aggregate to a little
over twelve thousand eight hundred dollars.
They then burst open another trunk-, the per?
sonal property of Mr. Haywood. In it they
found five hundred and fifty dollars in bank
bills, a gold watch, diamond ring, a seal ring,
bearing the letters "E. 8. T.," and several
other articles of lewelry belonging "to the de?
ceased father of "Little Mabel." A number
cf notes payable at the bank they examined,
out did not take. They also left some forty
dollars in coppers and five cent pieces. Every?
thing else of value they threw into the car?
pet-bag. They then asked Charlie If there
were no bonds in the bank, and could hardly
believe bim when assured that there were
none, but were finally obliged to reluctantly
accept his assurance as true.
OFF FRO il THE PORTALS OF THE, CHURCH.
They then left the bank, carefully locking
the door as they found lt, and escorted Char?
lie back to the house, leavloe the carpet-bag
in the street, near the Unitarian Church, ap?
parently In obarge of nobody in particular; at
least Charlie did'ntsee any one near lt after lt
was set down.
A TILLANOUS VALEDICTORY.
After returning to the house wltb Mr. Wes?
ton, the attentive and polite robbers removed
the gags from the mouths ot all and gave them
some water to drink, Before going to the
bank, the colored girl was taken into tile room
where Mrs. Haywood and Mabel were, and
Mr. Weston was taken Into the same room on
his return. They were then Beated on chairs,
their hands placed In bandet Ts back O? the
chair, cords were bound round their ankles
and above their knees, and the gags replaced,
Mr. Haywood was left on his bed, his hands
handcuffed behind him, and his feet and legs
bound. He suffered considerably, his whole
weight being on his bands, aod he complained
oi it. His captors endeavored lo ease him by
placing pillows under his shoulders, and, that
not accomplishing the object desired, they
placed a chair uuder the pillows. At first this
eased him some, but lu a little while the strain
upon his handcuffs was very hard to bear, and
he managed to get hiB feet off the bed, finally
thus bringing him up to a sitting posture.
His bracelets were pretty tight, however, and
left quite a mark on his wrlBts.
PERSONAL PECULIARITIES OP BURGLARIOUS PRO?
The old adage of honor among thieves was
Illustrated by the fact that the leader of the
gang appeared desirous to confine their thiev?
ing operations strictly to the bans:, although
unfortunately some of his men dla not seem
to share his feelings. While they were in
young Weston's room one of the men took his
pocketbook (or his own use.
After taking the funds from the bank, the
captain asked Charlie if any of them belonged
to bim, and said "if they did he should have
them back, as they did not wish to take any
of his property." Thereupon Charlie told him
of the Incident in his room, and the captain
told bim he should have the pocketbook back,
and before the party left it was returned, but
on subsequent examination lt was found that
some twenty-five or thirty dollars In bills had
The silver In the house was not touched,
neither was a gold watch and some coin In
one of the rooms.
In general the family was treated with con?
siderable gentleness, and they all bear cheer?
ful testimony to the kindness shown, although
they would have been perfectly willing: to
have dispensed with the attentions of the des?
While the men were binding Miss Haywood
the captain noticed she appeared faint, and
told the men to be careful, and some water
was sprinkled In her lace.
PACTS FOR THE POLICE.
The robbery of tbe bank was accomplished
between two and three o'clock on Saturday
morning; the town clock was striking two
while young Weston and his unpleasant com?
panions were standing In the doorway of the
Jnltarlan Church. The robbers all lett Mr.
Haywood's house finally as early as half-past
three o'clock, although the Inmates were told
that a guard would be left to see that they
gave no alarm. After si ttlne awhile In the un?
comfortable position in which they were left,
little Mabel managed to get her hands ont or
the cloth that bound them, but was afraid to
move around much. Charlie also managed to
get his arms from behind tho chair, and after
considerable difficulty stepped through them
backward, and Mabel secured a pair ol scis?
sors and cir the cords around bis legs and also
those that bound the others. Quick work was
also made of the gags.
THE EVENTFUL HORN.
Daylight began to appear by this time, but
the females were so frightened that they
would not let Charlie go to give the alarm,
and they waited till about hall-past five
o'clock, when Mr. Braman, who does the
milk log for Mr. Haywood, came Into the yard.
Even then the women would not allow Charlie
to call out; but he managed by holding up his
bands to attract the attention of Braman, who
quickly entered the house, and as soon as pos?
sible alter hearing the story gave the alarm.
The neighbors Hooked In, but nobody had a
key to the handcuffs, and the prospect was
that they, would have to be filed off. For?
tunately, at this juncture, the girl Annie got
up, and Charlie noticed a peculiar key ander
her, and lt was lound lt would unlock all the
handcuffs, and the captives were at liberty
EFFORTS FOR LIOBT.
Efforts to discover the rogues were at once
beguo: but as they wore masks and were
otherwise disguised, lt ls exceedingly doubt?
ful If they are captured. Tbe directors ot the
,bank have offered a reward ol five thousand
dollars for the detection or conviction ot the
robbers. Nothing ls said about the recovery
ot tbe money, me officials appearing more
anxious to get hold of the rogues than to get
their money. The bank has a surplus ol over
thirty-five thousand dollars, and consequently
the loss of thirteen thousand dollars will not
embarrass lt at alL The robbers, lt ls believ?
ed, were disappointed la not getting more
spoils, and If they bad waited till Monday they
would undoubtedly have captured more, as
Tuesday ls pay day at the mills in the village,
Saturday morning twenty-thousand dollars
were received from Boston, and thus the bank
was ready for business almost as early as
The gang numbered certainly five mon,
probAblj-more, arni uppearoQ to OB thorough
ly organized, having a lender whom they im?
plicitly obeyed. As ls generally the case on
such occasions no names were called, but the
men designated each other by numbers, and
during the operations at the house 1, 2, 3, 4,
5, 7, 8 and 10 were called, but. only five men
were seen at any one lime. Most of them
wore masks, but the leader was apparently
disguised with false whiskers, as he wore a
full beard much darker than his hair. He ap?
peared to belong to a more refined das*
of men than the rest of the gang, his lan?
guage evincing more education, and
several times he cautioned his men to
treat the females gently and seemed
desirous to cause as little suffering
to all as was compatible to safety. The men
appeared to be entirely familiar with the In?
terior arrangements of both the houses and
the bank building. It ls believed that some of
them were in or about the bouse the night be?
fore, as the little girl. Mabel, heard some
noise the previous night, and gut up to see
what lt was, but, finding nothing, concluded lt
must have been a cat.
About ten o'clock on Friday evening, Mr.
Weston beard two peculiar whistles, soft,
clear and smooth, and called the attention of
some of the family to them. A neighbor also
reports bearing the same whistles, but failed
to see anybody, and thought no more ol lt
until after the robbery was discovered.
H.4 RON GEROLT.
Alleged dunes of his Retirement from
A Washington dispatch to the New York
The causes-which led to the removal of the
most popular German minister who ever set
foot In Washington have Just been developed
here, to the no small discredit ol one of the
most trusted representatives of the Grant ad?
Baron Gerolt came to this country In 1846,
and irom that time to his removal, especially
throngs the rebellion, gave the most substan?
tial evidences of his own friendship, as well as
that ol the country which he represented, for
the American people. In the midst of the Fran?
co-German war, the Baron, becoming con?
vinced that the administration was hard?
ly observing Its neutral obligations with
reference to the sale ol military stores
to the belligerents, wrote a friendly
note to Bancrolt Davis, ooservlng that,
accordlog to bis information, the 'French
were allowed too much facilitv lo the pur?
chase of arm? In this country. Davis wrote a
most cruel and insulting reply thereto, whloh
the Baron, Immediately on its reception, took
to Secretary Fish, and asked what lt meant.
The secretarv, with a blandness which never
deserts him," assured the Baron that he need
pay no attention to the Insulting missive, and
that Davis, acting merely In a clerical capa?
city, waB beneath the dignity of his Just in?
dignation. Thus conciliated, the Baron paid
no lurther attention to the matter. Avery
short time after ibis unpleasantness Baron
Gerolt received a telegram irom Bismarck,
reprimanding him for his conduct towards
American officials at Washington, and more
especially for his unfriendliness to the Grant
administration. Without even replying to
ibis telegram ur even offering an explanation
lo lt, the Baron at once tendered bis resigna?
tion, wblcb was ppeedlly accepted. When he
returned to Berlin, circumstances oc?
curred which led him lo ask an explan?
ation for the censure given bim by Bis?
marck. The latter then put the Baron Into
possession of various communications made
to himself by Mlnlfer Bancroft, wherein the
Barou was declared to be hostile to Grant's ad?
ministration, and on unfiiendly terms with
the majority ol the members ot the American
Cabinet. Fortified by Utters from some ol the
most prominent Republicans lo the country,
and more particularly by his own statements.
Bismarck was soon convinced that he had
been badly imposed upon, and that both him?
self and Gerolt had been made the victims of
a cunning and disgraceful intrigue. Bismarck
was very indignant, and demauded an expla
uation from Bancroft. In the examination
which followed, lt appeared that Minister
Bancroft had been imposed upon by commu?
nications from his nephew, Bancroft Davis,
and that upon these statements he had made
his own representations to Bismarck, sup?
posing them to be of official origin. So lt
would seem that the French arm speculation
had a more potent influence upon the admin- j
istratlon than it has received credit for. j
GOSSIP ABOUT GREELEY.
TEE LOYE-EBAST AT CHAPPAQUA.
.'Clasping Hands Across the Bloody
Chum"-The Future Mistresses or the
Whit* House-Position of the Dally 1
Press on the Greeley Question-Brick
Pomeroy for Grant-The Orange De?
[FROM ODE OWN CORRESPONDENT.]
NEW YORK, July 14.
For the thousandth time since the Cincin?
nati movement began hands were clasped
"acroBS the bloody chasm" yesterday. The
scene was the farm at Chappaqua, where the
farmer candidate was entertaining about a
hundred politician guests from the North and
South. The antipodes of old politics met
Began, the poBtmaster-general of the Confede?
racy was there with Til ton, the most advanced
of the younger Radicals of New York. Bird,
the old Massachusetts abolitionist, stood by
the side of the fiery, untamed (until recently)
secessionist, Duke Owln. Sumner's new
watchword, "Reconciliaton," seemed to be in?
scribed over the farmhouse. The dully papers
have given you good accounts of the love
The lady who presided over the banquet was
Misa Ida Greeley. It will Interest the readers
of THE NEWS to hear something of the two
young women who are to have charge ot the
White House after next March. Mrs. Greeley
ls a confirmed invalid, and lt is not probable
that more will be seen ot her In Washington
than lhere used to be of that excellent but re?
tiring wife ot President Johnson. Mr. Gree?
ley's daughters, theuapT are every way fitted
to do the honors or the Executive Mansion.
No ladles that have been there since Miss
Harriet Lane's time will so well satisfy the
proper pride of the American people. They
are both personally attractive, charming in
manner and highly educated. One of them ls
possessed ot raie mental gifts. Having been
lo good society h great deal, they have the
ease and "deportment" that that experience
bestows. Ida 1B au occasional writer for the
press. She was at one time a member of Boro?
nia, the ladies' club, but retired after a year's
companionship with the blue stockings. It is
said she 1B like ber father, strongly opposed to
woman suffrage. Gabrielle U a Roman Catho?
lic, having Imbibed that faith while a student
in a convent. She will be the first Catholic
mistress the White House has ever had. She
ls not Io good health at present, and ls an al?
most constant visitor, In Cooperstown, Nw Y.,
at the home of Mr. Chamberlain, the principal
political editorial writer of the World, between
whom and her father, curious to say, the most
Intimate friendship exists. .
At least a third of the Baltimore delegates
came to New York on their way home. One
'of the Charleston delegates was ot the party
at Chappaqua yesterday. Poor Mr. Greeley
has passed through a laborious week. For
two days be has bad to stand on exhibition,
and be shaken nearly to pieces. The enthu?
siastic convert lo Greeley, calling upon him,
thinks not ol the rasping his honored chiefs
right hand has already received tioce morn?
ing, but seizes lt with Impulsive and hearty
vigor, and nearly dislocates lt from Its socket.
This, however, is one of the penalties ot great?
ness. I remember hearing of Douglas's swol?
len arm after a Tammany reception. The
brawny Sixth-warders had used lt as If it were
the handle to an obstinare pump.
An amu8log feature of the freshly-opened
campaign ls me sale of Greeley fans on Broad?
way and at the ferries. This unique inven?
tion first appeared, 1 believe, in the Baltimore
Convention. New York ls now flooded with
lt. The ian consists of the great, round,
moon-lace of the next President, printed,
colored and cut to shape In pasteboard, fringed
over the head and under th* chin with long,
white, flowing hair, and affixed to a stick.
The effect Is very funny. The manufacturers
made a lucky hit, and will, of course, realize
a small fortune.
Thf> newspaoers ari? nettling .town tn th/>
steady work ol the campaign. The World
seems to have made up Its mind to strive for
the success of "the least of the two evils." Its
influence with the dissatisfied Democrats
ought to be great; tor lt was one of them, and
it might do valuable service to the cause by
using Its power to bring them Into the fold
again. I hear it reported that Brick Pomeroy
wilWcome out for Grant. That would argue a
want of faith in the convention called to meet
at Louisville to nominate a straight-out Dem
oe rat. Pomeroy has said harder things of
Grant than St. Anthony said of the Devil; but j
as this ls an eraot forgiveness all around, per?
haps the President can overlook them. I
don't know that lt will be anymore strange to
see Brick and Butler, WIBB and Brownlow
folded tn each other's arms, than for the
World and Tribune to be In the same trundle
The Times gives evidence ot alarm. If it
was really confident bf the result io Novem?
ber it could afford to be dignified and argu?
mentative. But lt Is as vulgar, mean and
scurrilous as any Billingsgate drab. It seems
to think the best way to avert the Impending
calamity to Grantism ls to hoap ridicule ob
the Reform candidate. I think Its course Is
disgusting many of Its most radically Inclined
readers. People want to see some better
reason advanced for supporting Grant than
that his opponent sit?ales in his walk or
screams wheu he talks. The Times was guil?
ty ot a very foolish and uojournallstlc piece of
spite on the day after the nomination of
Greeley at Baltimore. It suppressed the reg?
ular report ot the proceedings, speeches, bal
lo tings, ?c., furnished to all the papers of the
association by the Associated Press, and also
all mention of the news throughout the coun?
try, and substituted a short, false and garbled
special report from Us own agent at Balti?
more. Of course it had a right to do so If lt
wanted to, but lt acted as if lt were afraid to
let Its readers see the (acts.
The lesson of the last twelfth of July was
remembered. Nobody Interfered with the
Orange parade on Thursday. The procession
isis planted their* offensive colors, and the
bands played tho old taunting Oi anne air.?,
bot the crowds, which flocked by ihousands
last year to show their resentment, kept care?
fully away from the streets this time. The
disposition of the community ls, now that tbe
Orangemen have had their triumph, to have
all future partisan demonstrations by foreign?
ers In the public Btreeis forbidden. It seems
absurd that Americans walking the streets
quietly should be shot down on account of a
quarrel between the partisans of James and
William nearly three hundred years ago.
IMPROVEMENTS IN COLUMBIA.
The Central National Bank and Citi?
zens- Saving* Bank Building.
[From the Columbia Carolinian.]
We learned on Saturday that the directors
had awarded the contract for their new build?
ing to Mr. Clark Waring, and with nls usual
promptness and energy he has already com?
menced work upon the splendid building, re?
cently projected by the Central National Bank,
ot ibis city, and the Citizens' Savings Bank of
South Carolina, on the corner of Main and
Plain streets. The structure will be ol brick,
with an ornamental Iron front, three stories In
height, above the basement, and surmounted
wltb a Mansard roof
The first ?tory for & depth on Plain street, ol
seventy-five feet, will be occupied by the Cen?
tral National Bank, having an entrance on the
corner of tbe building. Tue basement tor a
like depth will be occupied by the Citizens'
Savings Baok. with entrance on Main and
Plain streets; whole depth of building one hun?
dred and fifty feet. Tue vaults of both banks
will be situated In the basement and will be
perfect in all the essentials of convenience and
security. The second and third Soors will be
admirably adapted to office purposes, and we
understand many rooms are already engaged
by some of our most popular insurance and
oiher companies. The plan of Ihe building
has been carefully selected as combining con?
venience ol interior with 'attractiveness of
exterior. We hail this enterprise as a bright
harbinger of the future of our city, and trust
that many such ouildlngs will arise to attract
capital and to adorn bur streets already BO
rapidly putting on a metropolitan appearance,
and afiordlng gratifying evidence ol the "good
The ability of these banks to carry such an
enterprise into execution speaks well for their
management, and is conclusive ot the fact
that money may be as profitably and safely ln
I vested in Columbia as anywhere.
THE ALABAMA DELUGE.
I Terrible Effects on the Railroad! and
The Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser, of Tues?
The rain-fall during the -forty-eight hours
beginning last Thursday and terminating Fri?
day night exceeded eleven Inches-the heavi?
est of which we have had any account in
many years. Trw wharf on the Alabama at
this place ls said to be washed away, and the
rapid waters have made such inroads on the
banks of the river that, in order to avoid the
undermining ot the track, the Mobile and
Montgomery Railroad Company contemplate
moving the track of their road, near the foot
ol Commerce street, several feet lurther In.
auch a flood at this particular season ls almost,
if,D?t altogether, unprecedented in the history
of the State. ?- ^
..The Alabama Elver was higher yesterday
and last Sunday than lt has been known to be
before at any time Blnce tbe war. The bot?
toms, embracing the most productive lands
in the State, are everywhere overflowed, and
the damage to the crops cannot but be Im?
mense. This river and its tributaries wash
not less than two thousand miles of shore,
and If the overflowed lands average twenty
acres to the mlle, the loss resulting from this
overflow cannot fall far short of two millions
of dollars. In times like these so great a
loss ls a terrible calamity, and one cal?
culated to cause considerable inconveni?
ence if not actual suffering among tbe
planters, upon whom it directly falls.
The great bend opposite this city, which a
few days ago was covered with the most luxu?
riant and promising crops In Au touga County,
is now nothing but a wide waste of rushing
water, unrelieved save by an occasional tree
top which peeps oat (rom the muddy torrent
The bed of the South and North Road along
the lowlands contiguous to tbe river ls com?
pletely submerged. In several places the
track has been completely washed, away, and
lt will be several days before lt eau be so re?
paired as to admit ot the passage of the trains.
We have had no Northern malls since last Fri?
day, and it will bo yet several days beiore tbey
oan get through.
Dispatches reach us from Wetumpka that
the Coo sa, TallapooBa, Alabama and other
small streams In that neighborhood are about
to overflow that historical old town. At last
accounts the Coosa Hall bad been reached, a
distance of eighty yards from the river, bat
the waters were supposed to be receding at
sandown. At that time the water was only
four feet beneath the high old bridge that con?
nects East and West Wetumpka.
A large planter in Elmore County says that
the overflow In the bend opposite this city
will destroy between ten and fourteen thous?
and bushels of corn between bera and We?
tumpka, and that the damage to the crops
down the river cannot now be estimated, bnt
that lt will be very heavy,
j The track of tbe Selma, Rome and Dalton
, Railroad was washed away in several places
by the late rains, and the splendid new bridge
across the Coosa River is seriously threatened
' by the floods.
Not a single bale ot cotton was received In
this city yesterday, the most remarkable event
of the year. No cotton was shipped, because,
on account of the wash-ups, there were no re?
liable means of shipment.
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THE CAMPAIGN IN THE WEST.
The Democratic and Liberal State Central
Committees of Illinois met in Joint session at
Springfield yesterday, aud chose a lull electo?
ral ticket, with Ex-Governor Brose, or Cook
County, and Judge J. D. Caton, of Lasalle
County, electors for the State at large. Tbe
Republicans ot the Slxteentth Congressional
District yesterday nominated J. B. Smarter
Ignatius Donnelly bas written a letter de?
clining the Republican nomination lor Con
( gress In the First District of Minnesota, and
announcing his adh?rence to Greeley and
ST. LOUIS, July 17.
finir. Brown, /oj the flr?t time Blnce his.
sickness, visited the Liberal Headquarters to
I day. Senator Thurman ls in the city.
NOTES FROMNEW TOBE.
NEW YORK, July 17.
The weather ls still very hot.
Many of the striking workmen object to al
? lowing Internationals to participate In the
parad*. ' *
An illicit still, running forty gallons per
hour, was captured In Brooklyn to-day with
much material. The building, which ls"four
stories high, is forfeited to the government.
Colonel French, proprietor of French's
Hotel, died last night.
The specie shipments to-day were $844,000.
Panama advices say that instructions bave
been received at Aspinwall by the American
consul to detain the steamer Edgar Stuart
there until further orders.
LONDON, July 17.
An influential meeting of Roman Catholics
was held here last night, the Duke ot Norfolk
presiding. A resolution was adopted protest?
ing against all the actions of the Italian Gov?
ernment towards the Papal authorities, and
condemning the recent law passed by the
German Parliament prosecuting Jesuits.
TURNING THE TABLES.
LONDON, ONTARIO, July 17.
Cornwall, who asBiated In the abduction of
Dr. Brutton, was to-day found guilty and sen?
tenced to three years in tbe penitentiary.
LONGFELLOW AGAIN DISABLED.
SARATOGA, July 17.
It is the opinion of rael og men here that
Longfellow will never run again, although he
will be most valuable In ihe studs. During
the race tor the cup yesterday, ona of his
plates 'twisted round and cut bis other.ioot
and leg badly. The plate was broken In two
and the leg disabled; yet Longfellow gallantly
ran the race out to the wonder of all the rac?
The first race to-day was five hundred dol?
lars tor all ages, one mlle dash. Alarm woo,
beating Fadladen by one length. Kingfisher
third-time 1.42$. The second race was a
selling race for six hundred dollars for all
ages lor one-half mlle. It was won by Allie
Hunt, bealing, sandford by a head. Mary
Louise came In third, one length behind.
Buckden, who was the favorite over all the
others beating off and trailing-time 2.40j.
The third race was for a purse of eight hun
dred dollars for all ages, two miles. Tubman
won, beating Susan Ann three lengths. John
Merry man third, Locehlll lourth-time 3.39|.
SPARKS FROM THE WIRES.
-Twenty thousand attended the Imperial
German Band concert In Baltimore, yester?
-Johnson & Jones's soap and candle fac?
tory, In Milwaukte, was burned yesterday.
Loss eighty-five thousand dollars.
-The authorities ol the Hawalan Islands
attached the steamer Nebraska for Introducing
small-pox. The agent gave a bond, and the
-The Geneva board yesterday adjourned,
after a thirty minutes' session, during which
papers were exchanged. No further delay 1B
-The President, yesterday, sent a telegram
to the WbHe House that be would not be in
Washington for a week, unless he was tele?
graphed for to come on buslnees of impor
-A water-spout, In Denver, Colorado, yes?
terday, struck a caravan containing four per?
sons. Two ladies were drowned. One was
afterwards found on the road, three miles be?
low the scene, covered with Band and debris.
The road was rendered Impassable by the
THE WEATHER THIS DA T.
WASHINGTON, July 17.
The barometer will continue rising, with
northerly winds and cooler weather trom the
lower lakes westward to Missouri. Cloudy
weather will continue over the Ohio Valley.
Southwesterly winds with more numerous
local storms will prevail lu tbe South Atlantic
and Gulf States. Westerly winds with lower
temperature and cloudy weather will prevail
irom Virginia to New Jersey. Easterly winds
and cloudy weather will continue on me New
England coast to New York.
A DESPERATE RESOURCE.
SOME TRICKS OE THE GR ANTI 1RS.
The Ku-Klux Electioneering Terror
Politics In the ?Vortrrwrest-Proposed
Pardon or Political Offenders, dc?.
[Correspondence or the Baltimore Sun.]
WABHTKOTON, July 16.
One of the plans of the administration for
carrying the elections in the South ls that of
holding the Ku-Klux law in terrorem over
certain sections. It ls learned from a proper
source that warrants have been Issued for the
arrest ol dozens of citizens in Union County,
South Carolina, though not a Bingle outrage
has been reported from that quarter for
months. There are also said to be several
hundred unexecuted warranta held over the
heads of persons residing In certain portions
of North Carolina for no other purpose 'than
to Intimidate them from entering actively
upon political work against the party In power.
A statement was made In administration
quarters to-day that the President contera
plates the pardon of about bait the persons
who were convicted of belonging to the Ku
Klux organization In South Carolina, and who
are now undergoing Imprisonment at hard
labor In the Albany penitentiary. It ls stated
that he proposes to free all those who are
known to have been ignorant and misguided,
and who have been lorced Into the oryantza
tion. None of the Intelligent men or leaders '
are to reaeiveamnesty? -. >_
1 The Democratic resident committee he'd
another meeting te-day, and perfected their
plans for conducting the campaign. The print?
ing and distribution, ol speeches and tte inau?
guration of a correspondence with all part? of
the country will commence' at once. The
committee Intend to devote the: rest of the
month to the struggle in NorthOarollDBuoi i? . -
Letters from Indiana, to the Greeley and
Brown Club give most favorable prospects bf
tbe success of tne Conservative tiokettn Oe-:
toner. Even Congressman Kerr, who waa'
very hostile to that ticket, concedes that lt will
sweep the State, and that a Democratic Gov?
ernor and Legislature will be secured. Judge
Marshall. ot Illinois, a member Ot Congress,
also reports his State as quite certain to en?
dorse the Baltimore ticket In November.
THE COTTAGE BY THE SV?i ^ ?"
Ol ' ? ' ?'? ni. ri r.e. nlrfO A-; ?
Uneasiness at Cl?? Seaside Exeeuttr*
Mansion-The Betting- Men Against
Orajit- Forney tobe Pacified, . i".
[Correspondence of the New York World.]
LONO BRA.VCH, N. J., July li.
Uneasiness ls the marked characteristic o?
the two-term administration politicians so?
journing at this wateriog-place. They are id1
a state of alarm and exceedingly blue over the.
appearance of the political field, j Grant drives'
through the avenues here without attracting
attention or any more notice than any other'
visitor at the Branch. lu fact, no one except'
the political lackeys, who are hanging around
on account of past favors and those to come,
seem to care anything about him. ' The office?
holders try their best to keep up a show for
him, Ont have hard work In doing lu T : .
North Carolina la j ust, now the great trouble.
oo their minds. They appear to give much
more importance to the result in that State:
than the other side. does, and manifest great
measlness and alarm, as ls shown bj Grant
sending for Wilson and dispatching him at
once to that State. Grant and Morton ere
both to leave for Washington to-morrow mor?
ning to concoct other schemes to aid toe. ad?
ministration party in the O.'d North Stace. It
ls plain to be seen that they are determined
upon putting forth every effort tn their power
to carry North Carolina. -, . riCttnoO
It ls a noticeable fact that the betting men
on the Grant side no longer bet even on his
success In November. They refuse- to bet un?
less they are given odds. They will betseren
tx-flve on Grant to one hundred for Greeley.
When conrcrett twt? -weens ago mey WDuIli
give odds. Phis shows the change that bas
come over them since the assembling of the .
General McCook ls here, (rom Ohio,, and
speaks encouragingly of the canvass In that
State. Leading men from Indiana also de?
clare that Horton has good reason to be
ashamed In regard to Grant's chance there,
and predict the election of Hendricks by twen?
ty-thousand majority In October. . ** ?' '':i'
SALE OF COX FEDERA TE ARCHIVES.
A Singular story.
It ls said that the Treasury Department has
paid to Colonel John T. Pickett, formerly of
the Confederate army, (not Major-General
Pickett) $76,000 for data for the rebel ar?
chives, which he held in his possession as attor?
ney tor certain parties in Canada. The Wash?
ington correspondent of the New York Tri- .
It Is also further stated that this large sum
was paid by the special order of Secretary
Boutwell, who, in conjunction with other
members of the administration, is ot the opin?
ion that beside the primary object ot protect?
ing the treasury irani the claim: ot bogus
Southern Union men, they can also be used
for political effect in the South daring the
pending campaign, and In the Interest Gen-'
eral Grant. These archives or department
files bave a somewhat singular history. When
the military operations in front of Richmond
assumed ihat threatening character, which
finally ended in the evacuation of the city,
these archives were sent to North Carolina for
sale-keeping. There (hey fell Into the hands
of BO me irresponsible persons, Who, amid the
consternation attending the downfall of the
Confederoy, escaped with them to Canada,
where they have been kept and used for vari?
ous speculative purposes antil the present
time. Whatever these papera may contain
relative lo Greeley's peace- negotiation, and
which have not yet been published, will now
be doled out through the various Grant orgaoa*
of the country, and whatever effect they may
also bave in intimidating prominent men In
the South will also be fully tried. , ;
a " -> t !?
GOSSIP ABOVT THE PAPACY.
There ls a good deal o? talk now in the
newspapers about Bismarck and his 'proposed
interference In the election of a new Pope
'after the demise of Plus IX. On the other
hand lt ls stated as of ''unquestionable trust?
worthiness" that Plus IK issued a bull two
years ago conferring on the cardinal! living
at the Vatican the right to elect bis successor
at any time, and that they have already dbm'
so. and chosen Cardinal Patriztl, who, the
official German papers say, Is a Wend of the
Jesuits and a bitter enemy ot the new German
Empire. The whole story, however, am?nate,
probably, to nothing but the merest gossip.
The statement that an arrangement baa
been made by Pope Plus IX fdr the election of
a successor to the Uara immediately after hip
own death eau scarcely be true. All usage ll
opposed to such action. The rule has been
not to form a conclave until after the monal
remains of ihe late Pope have been placed lu
that tomb in St Peter's where they have to
remain until the election ot a Pope. Thli
takes place nine days after the Holy Pontar?
death. Under ihe old system, even as late SJ
1846, when Plus IX waa elected, France, Aus?
tria and Spain claimed the right of veto on lae
choice of any one cardinal. At ntyseot no one
will pretend that M. Thiers, af PrfWe? of
.the French Republic, will claim, like Napo?
leon III. the right of tbe "eldest son,oruio
Church." Neither while Amadeus remains, un?
recognized by the Pope, ls 8P^'nlnal^t1if?r_
to put in a veto. There la*Tgg*&*^
the Emperor of Austria and P lus IX, whiotl
mltrbt or might not lead to the exercise o? coe
Stthe next ^^-SgSSSSSi
that the Tope 1B over eighty. But lt ls said that
Bismarck on i he part of Imperial Germany,
which his' H.ooo.ooo of Catholics, claims tho
rieht of veto, and is endeavoring topersuado
Pn?iand which has a large Cathollo popula?
tion home and colonial, to do the same.
Whatever Germany may attempt or execute In
this matter, there Is not the remotest chance
that England will Interfere to the slightest ex?
tent Germany may act differently, for Bis?
marck ls food ol fishing in troubled watara,