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Is the Senate, the 17th, a message was
received from the House announcing- the
-death of Mr. Haskell, of Kansas. It was im
mediately taken up. and after appropriate re
marks by ilr.Ingalls, and on his motion, tho
President of the Senate appointed Senators
Plumb, Cockrell and Dawes as a committee to
attend the obEequies of the deceased Repre
sentative. The Senate then adjourned In
the House 3Ir. Anderson announced the death
of his colleague and offered the customary
resolutions, -when the House adjourned.
In the Senate, on the 18th, Mr. Harrison
introduced a bill providing a civil government
for Alaska. Mr. Van Wycke offered a resolu
tion, which -was agreed to, calling on the Sec
retary of the Interior for copies of the mort
gages given by the Texas Pacific Railway
Company on lands granted by the act of
March 3, 1S71; also to inform the Senate of tho
names of railroad corporations claiming lands
not earned during the lifetime of the grant,
together with the number of acres claimed by
each. At the expiration of the morning hour
the Senate proceeded to the election of offi
cers. G cncral Anson McCook was chosen Sec
retary, and the balance of the Republican
nominees elected. The Senate went into ex
ecutive session, and when the doors were re
opened went into Committee of the Whole for
the purpose of continuing tho consideration
of the rules. Pending consideration of the
rules the Senate adjourned The House was
cot in session.
Is the Senata.the lOtb.the bill adapting the
new standard time to the District of Columbia
passed. The Senate then resumed considera
tion of unfinished business in regard to rules.
After a lengthy discussion the Senate took up
the House resolutions for a holiday recess and
amended it to read from Monday, December
Si, to Monday, January 7. As amended agreed
to, and returned to the House. After execu
tive session, adjourned In the House, Mr.
Scales presented the certificate of election of
Mr. Skinner, representative-elect of the First
District of North Carolina. This led to a
lengthy discussion, non-partizan in its char
acter, the question opened being that of the
legality of an election for a vacancy under
the new apportionment. Finally aresolution
of Mr. Hiscock was agreed to that Mr. Skinner
be sworn in and the reference of themaln fea
tures of the case to the Committo of Elections,
with instructions to report quickly. A re
port by Mr. Blackburn for the creation of
a numocr or committees, cancu lortn an
amendment by Mr. Reed for the creation of a
Committee on the Alcoholic Liquor Traffic,
which brought on a debate in which Mr. Vance
in reply to those who opposed it said the ob
ject of such a committee only looked to get
ting information upon a subject of interest to
every human being on tho continent. The
sentiment of the people should be respected
by this Congress, to know the facts about in
temperance, which wrecked so many house
holds of the land. He hoped that the repre
sentatives of the people would accord tho
friends of humanity, justice, mercy and hnppy
homes the right to be heard, and extend to
tho people an opportunity to gather informa
tion on a subject of such tremendous impor
tance. It did not follow necessarily that there
would bo a Prohibitory law. After further
debate the motion to create the committee
prevailed. Mr. Calkins oflered a resolution,
which was adopted, calling on the Secretary
of State for all communications, documents
and papers in his possession relating to tho
trial, conviction and execution of the lato
Patrick O'Donncll by the British Government.
Tho Senate amendment for a holiday recess
was agreed. Adjourned.
Is tho Senate, the 29th, Mr. Oullom intro
duced a bill to establish a board of Railroad
Commissioners and regulate inter-State Com
merce. Mr. Van VTyck's resolution regarding
lands granted to railroads was taken up, dis
cussed, amended and adopted. The Senate
concurred in the joint resolution of tho House
relnting to the celebration of the centennary
of the surrender by Washington of his com
mission as Commander-in-Chief of the patriot
forces of America. Anjourned tiIl;Monday.
Along discussion sprang up in the House
over the resolution offered by Mr. Geddes to
grant a month's extra pay to discharged em
ployes. Further discussion was had on the
creating of new committees, when the House
ndjourned until Monday.
The issue of standard dollars for tho
week ended December 15, was 479,494; cor
responding period last year, G5G.C00.
A number of friends of the proposed bill
extending the bonded whisky period, met
recently and appointed a committee to
wait upon Secretary Folger and ask him
not to force tax collection on whisky com
ing out of bond until Congress takes action.
The President has appointed a board of
officers of the army and navy to consider
the question of sending an expedition to
the relief of Lieutenant Greeley and party.
There is said to bo a better prospect of
the passage of the bankruptcy bill the
present Congress than tho last. Promoters
of the Lowell bill are preparing modifica
tions of the measure with a design of mak
ing it less obnoxious to "Western interests.
The President has appointed John C.
Wyman, of New York, H. TVatkins, of
New York, and Frank Trusdell, of the Dis
trict of Columbia, a commission to exam
ine the completed portions of the Northern
Pacific Railroad in Washington Territory.
Senator Hale recently introduced a bill
in the Senata providing for tho construc
tion of seven steel vessels, a steal ram, one
cruising torpedo boat and two harbor tor
Representative D. C. Haskell, who
died in "Washington recently, was born in
Springfield, Vt, on the 23d of March, 1S42.
His father settled in Massachusetts soon
after Dudley was born. In 1855, when thir
teen years of age, he became identified with
the early pioneer struggles. In 1859 the gold
excitement took him to Pike's Peak (Col
orado) where he remained until the break
ing out of the war in 1SG1, when he re
turned to Kansas and entered the Quarter
master's service of the army in the trans
portation department. At tho close of the
war he went East and completed his edu
cation at Yale College; after which hero
turned to Kansas and engaged in tho boot
ind shoo trade at Lawrence. He subse
quently served several terms in the Legis
lature, and in 1S76 was chosen Speaker of
the Kansas House of Representatives. In the
fall of 1876 he was elected to Congress
from the Second District of Kansas, and
ras successively elected at each election,
and had entered upon his fourth term at
ihe time of his death. Mr. Haskell had
made a special study of tariff questions,
and was recognized by his party as one of
the strongest debaters on tariff topics on
ho Bepublican side of the House.
At tho lato meeting of tho Republican
jSational Committee a. resolution was
adopted directing the appointment of a
committee of seven, of which Chairman
-Sabin asd Secretary Martin were to be
members, to make all arrangements for tho
Chicago Convention. Senator Sabin re
cently appointed the following additional
members: John C. New, "of Indiana;
flVfliiam Cooper, of Ohio; C L. Magce,
jf Fennsyfarsuia; John A. Logan, of II
fliuois; .Powell Clayton, of Arkansas. L.
JF. Ctego, of iChScngo, was appointed Treas
ttirer f the-Comnzitteo.
Several weeks ago the Commissioner of
tho Internal Revenue Bureau turned over
to the Fifth Auditor about forir-eight thon
fiandcJaims forrebnte on tobacco. These
rlaiaw represent that, number of retell to
basxa dealers who claim a rebate, and it is
tho desire of Fifth Auditor Alexander to
ct thect settled and ready for the First
OTOpcrouer oeioro atr appropriation is
ppew hy Congress.
$jti President has seat to the Senate &
cnavnaoic&tion from the Commissioner of
fidin Affairs, setting fortli the necessity
ct a tieScicncy appropriation- of 18fiQ0 for
sttppiie for the remainder tff tho fiscal
f?KT fr the Crow Indians. ThV Corrmis
siotfer stated that there were now at the
Cvrftr Agency 3.22G Indians, wh requra
saVsiste-nce to keep them from starving.
(t bill introduced by Senator Cullovu to
establish a Board of Railroad Commlssfcn
fits Jj regulate inter-State commerce, pro
vidts for the appointment of a board, of
five Commissioners Tjho shall exercise
supervision over the inter-State commerce
of railroads "and other transportation com
panies, and investigate all complaints
made by Railroad Commissioners of States
andbthers of discrimination in charges.
The Treasury recently purchased 400,000
ounces of silver for delivery at the Phila
delphia and New Orleans mints.
A late fire destroyed the greater portion
of the town of Dubois, Pa. Loss $75,000,
with but light insurance.
AsaB. Baker recently received a life
sentence at Brockton, Mass., for wife
Martin Milet, a laborer, recently went
home, in Boston, Mass., and finding nothing
to eat, assaulted and killed his wife. He
is only twenty years old.
The workmen of the Edgar Thompson
Steel Company, of Pittsburgh, have ac
cepted a reduction of thirteen per cent, in
wages, rather than remain idle until trade
improves. Steady work was promised
three thousand men through the winter.
To steel men this reduction means a cut of
wages in all steel rail mills of the country.
Bv the recent explosion of a boiler at D.
P. Reighard & Co.'s oil works in Pitts
burgh, Pa., three men were fatally scalded
and several others badly injured.
James "Weaver, a laborer, aged sixty
years, employed at Hussey, Howe & Co.'s
steel works, at Pittsburgh, Pa., while re
cently passing through the machinery de
partment, was caught in the belting and
drawn into tho machinery. Before he could
be extricated he was torn limb from limb
and portions of his body scattered a dis
tance of one hundred feet.
The "Western Nail Association met re
cently at Pittsburgh, Pa., and decided to
close down from Deoember 29 to February
11. Tho meeting was one of tho largest
ever held, every mill of the "West being
represented by person or by letter. The
stoppage was for the purpose of restricting
tho productioa. This actiou will throw
several thousand men out of employment.
Tho employes were said to be very de
spondent, having already lost nearly four
months this year by a similar suspension.
George I. Graff, formerly cashier of
the "Wall Street National Bank, of New
York, indicted for certifying to checks of
Cecil "Ward & Co., when they had no funds
in bank, pleaded guilty in the United
States Circuit Court, and was remanded
At an early hour the other morning a
gang of men made a bold attempt to rob
the bank at Durango, Colo. The robbers
were headed by a negro named "Big Ike,"
and after picking the lock of the bank they
entered the building. Several citizens who
had been notified of tho attempted robbery,
at this moment entered tho bank to capture
the Tobbers, when tho negro camo suddenly
through a door and drawing a revolver
fired, instantly killing Bruce Hunt, son of
ex-Governor Hunt. Tho robbers escaped,
but a large posse went in pursuit.
The St, Louis Glucose "Works burned the
other night. Loss, $50,000; insurance, $?0,
000. The Lincoln school house was dam
aged $5,000. Two firemen were seriously
The elegant residence of S. P. Creasinger
at Fowler, Mich., was burned recently. It
was tho work of incendiaries. It cost
$21,000 and was insured for $15,000. It was
also robbed of $2,100 in cash.
A company with a capital of two million
dollars, has beon organized at St. Louis to
build a new bridge over tho Mississippi
River, two or throe miles above the present
bridge, work to be commenced as soon as
Congress gives permission.
Asa Mapes was recently killed while
Splaying base ball at Terre Haute, Ind.
The Commercial Hotel at Ishpeming,
Mich., burned the other morning. It was
reported that two Hebrew peddlers per
ished. Near Paris, 111., the other day, Sanford
Norris, with other boys, arranged a practi
cal joke by having his two brothers, Tod
and Orlando, "Winston Griffin and Ben Mc
Laughlin steal some apples. Sanford Nor
ris and other boys were to be concealed,
and, at the proper time, fire a gun in tho
air. By almost criminal fatality, the gun
was pointed directly at tho boys, who wero
close together. Tod Norris was perforated
with shot and died soon after. Orlando
Norris was seriously injured, as was Griffin
and McLaughlin. It was thought Griffin
Recently Mary Kofford called on Dr.
Rose, a prominent dentist of Leadvillo,
Colo., and made tho startling request that
he furnish her with poison which could not
be detected by an autopsy. Sho offered
him $300 compensation, and reluctantly ad
mitted that she wished to get rid of her
husband, Hans Kofford, that her hus
band's brother, of whom sho was enam
ored, and herself might together enjoy an
insurance of $5,500 which her husband car
ried. After making an appointment to
meet both at his office, tho doctor arranged
with the police to be present, but concealed,
at the interview. The whole diabolical plan
was made known. They wero immediately'
arrested and jailed. The parties are all
Danish. The youngest brother is sixty
years old and tho woman thirty -five.
A number of prominent citizens of St.
Louis held a meeting the other night and
took preliminary steps to obtain the hold
ing of the next Democratic National Con
vention in that city. Tho Chairman was
authorized to appoint an executive commit
tee of thirteen, who shall have charge of
Mr. Keifer, of Ohio, was recently in
structed to report a resolution to tho House,
without recommending adoption, for the
appointment of a committee of nine on
A daring safe burglary was committed
at Denver tho other night and the safe of. a
business house was robbed of about five
hundred dollars. Tho burglars cracked the
safe in a lighted room, where their work
could have been overlooked from the street,
and that, too, within forty feet of the offioo
of the Chief of Police.
Burglars recently entered the residence
of . J. Hoppins, Deputy Collector of In
ternal Revenue, at Grand Rapids, Mich.,
and stole $4,300 in money, which he had
taken home to pay an obligation, arid a sil
Mrs. Ann Goodman was found dead in
her bed at Dubuque, Iowa, the other morn
ing tie result of exposure and the want of
proper treatment. She was the daughter
of an Irish peer, and her husband claims to
be the son of an Irish nobleman, and, it is
said, was worth about $100,000 when mar
ried, six years ago. But misfortune, as
sisted by drink, overtook him, and he and
bfs wifo and little daughter were reduced
While "Walter Bratt, of Porter County,
Mien., was drunk and abusing his wife,
recently, he wae killed by.Da3ton Clark,
his wife's brother.
Frakx: James, who was recentlv taken
to Gallatin, Mo., was subsequently turned
over to bis Jackson County sureties.
Mrs. Caftaix Emos, an aged German
lady, recently dropped dead in her yard at
Edward Dcchemis, of Cincinnati, aged
twenty-one, recently stabbed his wife aged
eighteen. She would probably die. They
had been married only three months.
A yert destructive wind storin- swept
over juaramie County, Colo., recently. The
damage at Fort Collins was fully $10,000.
Mrs. Fred. Schwartz and her child were
buried beneath a falling building and
probably fatally hurt.
Bt a recent accident on the Burlington &
Southwestern Railroad near Farmington,
Mo., the engineer was fatally injured and
several passengers hurt.
Thomas Locke and J. N. Campbell were
recently arrested at "Waco, Tex., on a
charge of counterfeiting silver coins.
Campbell is highly connected. He has
held a number of local places of trust in
the past two years. He confessed to hav
ing been a member of an organized gang
for several months, but claimed that he
was acting as a detective.
Seven business houses were recently
burned at Corsicana, Tex. Loss, $C9,000;
"W.J. Pearson, Postmaster at Clarksville,
Art- ,! r a .ia .- I,.-,
J..f " fc0 AVULIJ A.UUUU, UVllU, A1A A. IS A WU1
at the Barnum Hotel, in St. Louis. He was
reported to be short in his accounts.
E. E. Cheney, for many years a highly
esteemed citizen of Uvalde, Tex., recently
committed suicide by shooting himself
through tho head with a revolver. He fired
two shots, the first one having failed in its
He had just bought a mercantile
tent preparatory to going into
estaoiisnmenc preparatory to going
business, and no reason could be given for
In Morgan County, Ky., recently, two
brothers named Debusk, while working in a
field, became involved in a dispute, when
the eldest, azed fourteen, shot his brother.
killing him instantly.
At Atlanta, Ga., Judge McCoy recently
refused anew trial in the Banks County
Kuklux case. Five prisoners, Jasper Gar-
brough, James Garbrough, Bold Emery.
State Lemons and Levick Streetman,
stated in open court that they were guilty,
but E. H. Green and Detmus Garbrough
pleaded not guilty. They were sentenced
to five years' imprisonment and to pay
$500 fine each.
A lone horseman recentlv attacked tho
stage, six miles south of Cisco, Tex., and
rifled the mail bags. The same stage was j
robbed in the same locality a fow months
A recent firo in the three warehouses of '
the Baltimore (Md.) "Warehouse Company j
destroyed one warehouse and badly ,
scorched the other two. About two thou- .
sand bales of cotton and other goods wero
destroyed. Loss, $75,000; fully insured.
Three firemen were severely injured. i
Thomas BuronD, who in 1S79 killed '
Judge Elliott, of the Kentucky Court of
Appeals, and was sent to tho Lunatic Asy- j
lumfromwhich he escaped to Indiana, has
returned to Henry County, Ky., and is '
said to have threatened other members
of the Court. He is in a desperate con
dition and asserts that tho Judges who
decided the case against him have some of
his money. The Judges were uneasy.
Jim George, colored, residing five miles
from Clinton, La., recently returned home
and found his daughter, aged seventeen,
dead, and another woman fatally wounded.
The latter Las since died. The crime was
committed by a man who called at the
house, found the women in bed and shot
them both. Suspicions wero strong against
a negro man, who was arrested.
A London dispatch stated that the Glas
gow dynamiters will be taken to Edinburgh
for trial, accompanied by a police escort.
Peter "Wade has been sentenced to be
hanged on the ICth of January for the mur
der of Patrick Quinn, October last, at the
Rath Farnham, near Dublin (Ireland).
Tho prisoner stated that he belonged to a
secret society, whose orders he obeyed in
committing tho murder.
TnE British Government has notified
Egypt that Great Britain is unable to in
terfere in Soudan, but will try to induce
the Porte to dispatch an expedition thither
by way of Suakim.
A stage while crossing the Grand Trunk
track, near Catarauqui, Canada, recently,
was run into by an express train. Mrs.
Armitage, Mrs. H. Wnrtman and Mrs.
Gorrio were killed.
Pablo Quintana, Mayor of New Laredo,
Mexico, hns been arrested by a detach
ment of the Fourth Mexican Cavalry, on
the charge of instigating tho recent train
robbery on the Mexican National Railway.
It was reported the Chinese forces were
concentrated at Hung Hoa, twenty miles
abovo Sontay on tho Red River, and at Bac
A great storm recently caused much
damage to houses in the town of Abada
(Turkey). Six largo ships and fifteen
coasting vessels wero lost and the crows
A recent fire at Stewartsville, Mo., de
stroyed eight business houses, including
tho Independent office. Loss, $30,000.
A meeting of the bar was held in the
Supremo Court Room at "Washington, on
the 21st, to tako appropriate action in
respect to the death of Judge Jeremiah '
Black. Senator Edmunds presided. Eulo
gistic addresses were delivered by Merrick,
Emery, Ashton and VT. H. Smith, and
Senators Bayard, Vance and Garland, and
Representative Hopkins. Appropriate
resolutions were adopted.
Tun east wing of the Lunatic Asylum on
Ward's Island (N. Y.) was recently
burned. Loss $23,000. Thero were over
twelve hundred male patients in the build
ing. The firo caused great excitement
among them, but all were removed to
places of safety.
Five of tho "dj-namiters" were recently
sentenced to life imprisonment at Edin
Adam Hill and George Snyder, young
men, wore killed the other night at a dance
six miles from "Winchester, 111. Their as
sailants were Charles and John Sutton,
brothers, who went to tho dance armed
with the avowed purpose of having a fight.
The Titusville, Shamokin & Shenandoah
Districts, of Pennsylvania, mined in No
vember 1,0S0,631 tons of anthracite coal, in
the production of which fifteen miners were
killed and thirty-four severely injured,
mainly inexperienced Poles and Hurga
rians. Lillie SixxoTT, daughter of a wealthy
liquor dealer, of New York City, was prob
ably fatally shot recently by Sarah Clan
cey, a servant of the family. Lillie went
to the kitchen to attend to some household
duty when the shooting occurred, it was
The Grand Jury of tho District of Co
lumbia recently indicted a number of pen
sion attorneys, charged with
mails for fraudulent purposes.
The French are reported as having cap
tured the principal outposts of Sontay, em
bracing five strongly-fortified villages.
The Chinese made a stubborn resistance.
The French loss was two hundred men and
fifteen officers killed and wounded. The
Chinese still held the fortress of Sontay.
The Louisiana Democratic Convention
re-nominated McEnerr for Governor.
A passenger train on the Chicago, Bur-
lington & Qaincy Railroad ran into the
rear end of another train at Gladstone, HL,
tne otner morning, telescoping a Pullman
car, which ignited and was completely de
stroyed. Richard Soiners, Superintendent
of the Dining Car Service, wast instantly
killed and his body burned almost beyond
recognition. Six other passengers were
more or less injured, but none probably
fatally. Two coachis were consumed.
Loss about $50,0X.
JBTANSAS STATE NEWS.
J. V. McLean, a brakeman, was recent
ly killed by the cars four miles north of
Emporia. Ho had been married only six
At the solicitation of Congressman
Peters, an order was recently transmitted
to the President for his signature attach
ing the county of Ford and the west half
of Hodgeman County to tho Garden City
Post-office changes in Kansas during
the week ended December 15, 1SS3: Post
masters appointed Ashler, Chase County,
James H. "Wright; Chase, Rice County, F.
J.Griffith; Holiyrood, Ellsworth County,
Frank Murray; Keimfield, Rush County,
S. AY". Sutton Shady Bend, Lincoln County,
Mrs. Emma R. Cox; Slate, Rooks County,
John Ruby; Stilson, Cherokee County, Neil
Krous; "Wakarusa, Shawnee County,
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Lucius T. Franks,
George Carter recently mysteriously
disappeared from Russell County, and his
friends are anxious to know of his where
about1;. Phillips Cocxtv paid $9,955.73 to hei
school teachers last year.
Recently two prisoners who had been
nuoweu ep out oi tue cornuor oi ine
' 3ail at Emporia, undertook to make their
escape, starting to run in different direc
tions. The jailer started in pursuit of one
of them and commanded him to halt. He
refused to do so and the jailer fired on him,
the ball taking effect just behind the left
I ear aml glancing
downward lodged near
the largo artery in the neck. The wound,
though serious, was not considered fatal.
Tho other prisoner was captured and re
turned to the jail without injury.
The President recently sent to the Senate
i a message recommending such legislation
as would authorize the reconstruction of
the bridge over the Republican River near
Fort Riley. Accompan3'ing the message
was a statement from the Secretary of "War
to the effect that the former structure fell
Into the river through tho negligence of the
company owning it. Tho question of its
replacement was one of great public im
portance, and more especially as effecting
the interests of tho military service.
A young woman going from "Wichita tc
Omaha was robbed on the Santa Fo road
the other morning. Sho had fallon asleep
after leaving Topeka, with her portman
teau, containing her watch and chain, sev
eral articles of jewelry, her ticket and six
dollars in money, on the seat beside her.
On wakiug she found it gone, and imme
diately made her loss known to othor pas
sengers, who gave her a purse of six dol
lars with which to purchase a ticket to
Omaha. She was much grieved over Uei
loss, which sho claimed was about $200.
Jennie "WnALEY was found dead in her
room at tho Farmers' and Drovers' Hotel,
at Wichita the other night. She was dis
covered about nine o'clock, and had been
dead two or three hours. She was on the
I street during tho day in apparently ordi-
nary health. Sao was about twenty j-eurs
of age, bright and good looking, and had
evidently taken her own life with poison.
George Rayser, of Leavenworth, who
some months ago found his wife in a Kan
sas City bawdy house and killed her, and
who had been in jail in that city since com
mitting the deed, was recently adjudged
insane and will be sent to an asylum.
Should he recover he will bo tried for the
G. "W. Broadhurst, a young man twenty-two
years of age, engaged in the grain
business at Kansas City, recently tooli
$2,000 of the money of the firm and started
out into Kansas to purchase corn. He was
cautioned not to take so much money with
him but nevertheless did. so. He boarded the
Atchison,Topeka fc Santa Fo train and wenl
as far as De Soto at which point he left the
train. He reported that at that placo he
started out in the morning for the country
on foot to buy corn, not being able to se
cure a conveyance. At a point a short dis
tance east of Do Soto ho came to tho bridge
over Kill Creek, stopping there a few min
utes to look at the stream. As he stood on
the bridge looking down at the water twe
men, wearing masks over the lower portion
of their faces, approached with drawn pis
tols and ordered Mr. Broadhurst to hold
up his hands. He said he at once drew his
revolver and confronted his assailants.
They succeeded, however, in disarming
him, and took Irom his pocket a large
leather book containing 2 GOO, also his
watch, but as it contained his initials thej'
handed it back. One of the men, he al
leges, then shot him in the leg below the
knee, inflicting a flesh wound. He returned
to De Soto and men started in pursuit oi
the robbers; then went to Kansas City
and had his wounds attended to.
One day recently a young man by the
name of Hammer, while at work at a corn
shelter, in Labette County, accidentally
got his right hand between the cogs of the
wheels, crushing all the fingers into a jelly.
Rev. "W. T. Bowen, rector of the Episco
pal Church at Parsons, who hns been af-
flicted with a malignant
attack of asthma
for vears, and who a few weeks ago at
tempted suicide, was adjudged insane re-
j cently, and will be sent to the Asj-lum at
A I'ARTY of men at Leavenworth at
tempted to cross the river in a skiff tc
catch a train, and when they landed aboul
four miles below, the train was about twen
ty miles in an opposite direction.
The Secretary of State, Hon. F. T. Fre
linghuysen, has written Governor Glick
that the Postmaster-General says he has
beon informed by the German Postal Ad
ministrator that no regulations exist in
Germany excluding from tho mails publi
cations representing tho public lands oi
Major Henry Hopkins, one of the Board
of Railroad Commissioners, died at Leaven
worth on the ISth, after an illness of about
two weeks. Ho was appointed for three
years, under the act passed at the last ses
sion of tho Legislature creating the Board.
Twelve hundred and thirty-two children
attend school at Wichita.
After Christmas, then winter.
The Railroad Commissioners recently
received the reports of the Union Pacific
Railroad Company and the Kansas Cen
tral Railroad and a letter from the Auditor
of the Union Pacific, at Omaha, giving the
reason for the delay in making the report,
as required by law. These reports werf
also accompanied by u copy of the report
of the St. Joe & Western road.
The police of Topeka recently raided the
gambling houses in that city and arrested
the gamblers and "many prominent. and
respectable citizens" who were present.
All were fined, except those who were suc
cessful in securing leg-bail.
At Derby, Sedgwick County, Joe KrebH
recently shot and killed a stranger at a
The obsequies over the remains of Hon.
Dudley C. Haskell, at Lawrence, were of an
imposing nature. The special funeral car
from Washington, bearing the remains and
Congressional Committee, was met at the
depot by the Klnights Templar, and a large
body of citizens, and conveyed in a hearse,
drawn by four black horses, to the Congre
gational Church, which had been draped
and decorsted especially for the sad oc
casion. The city was draped with the em
blems of mourning along the line of march.
Rev.R. Cordley, D. D., preached the funer
Captain Higgixs.. of Kansas, has been
made Sargeant-at-Arms of the Republican
A FATEFDL BURST.
Frlshtful Explosion in tho Empire Oil
"Works at Pittsburgh Six Men Injured,
Three Fatally Cause or tho Disaster.
Pittsburgh, Pa., Dec 13.
At 11:55 o'clock to-day, while a gang of
men in the employ of the Empire Oil-works
were eating their dinner in the boiler-shed,
a battery of two boilers exploded with ter
rible force, wrecking the sheds, scattering
bricks, pieces of machinery, fragments of
the boilers and smok-stacks in all direc
tions. Six men wero injured. It is thought
two and perhaps throe will die. The names
of the injured are:
Samuel Henderson, boiler-maker, aged
twenty-eight years and married; will re
cover. "Wesley Roup, machinist, aged forty-five
years and married; probably fatal.
John Roup, a boy; will recover.
John Lee, engineer and fireman, aged
forty years; probably fatal.
Emit Schmidt, foreman; will recover.
William Fisher, electrician, ag3d twenty
eight years; recovery doubtful.
Tho works are located on the south side
of the Allegheny Valley Railroad, between
j tho road and Butter street, and about 500
I yards from tho railroad station at the end
of tho Sharpsburg bridge. They are owned
by D. P. Reigha-d & Co., of this city. The
boilers, of which there wero four in the
shed, were said to bo in good condition,
strong and not verj old. They were li
censed to carry ninety pounds of steam,
but at the time of tho explosion were car
rying between sixty and seventy pounds.
They wero in charge of John Lee, the fire
man, who was regarded as a careful man
and one who had had considerable experi
ence in that lino of business.
At the timo of the explosion Wesley
Roup, his son Johnny and Samuel Hender
son were sitting with their backs to one of
the batteries. The shed is small and built
of rough boards, and is located at the edge
of a steep bank leading to the river, while
in front of it is a deep ditch between the
shed and the railroad track. E. Sjhmidt,
the foreman of the works, was standing on
a car platform across the track, white Win.
Fisher and Lee wero standing by the door;
one other man had just given his seat
agaiust the boiler to Henderson and left
tho shed, when the explosion occurred.
Tho three men nearest the boilers were
hurled out with a mass of bricks, planks
and fragments of iron, which partially
covered them. Fisher was struck with fly
ing bricks and hot asho3, as was also Lee.
A lot of the debris which was thrown
across the track struck Schmidtin the face.
A huge smokestack fell across the rails two
feet on one side of him, while a fragment
of the boiler six feet long fell not four feet
away on the other side.
An alarm of fire from box 85 was imme
diately sounded and the engines wero soon
on tho ground. They wero not much need
ed, and tho fireman and the crowd that was
attracted to tho placo set to work to relieve
Wesley Roup was terribly burned about
the facc'and upper part of the body and
had a large gash cut in th left side of his
face. ' It is thought ho will not recover. He
has a large family.
Johnny Roup was burned in tho face and
neck, and was cut in several places by fly
ing bricks, one gash being in the side of the
Fisher was cut in the forehead and in tho
head in several places, beside being severe
lv burned. He complains of an intense in
ternal pain and is thought to have inhaled
the escaping steam.
Henderson was hit with a brick in the
back of the head and cut badly.
Lee, the fireman, was burned seriously;
he was struck with a piec of iron, and is
aNo supposed to havo inhaled steam.
Schmid', tho foreman, had his nose
ci usht-d and his cheek cut, but was able to
assist hose who fared worse than ho did.
There would doubtless have been an ex
plosion of the second battery of boilers and
more disastrous re-iults had it not been tor
the presence of mind of an emplo3'e named
Chapman. As soon as tho explosion took
place, and while the fragments were yot in
the air, shooting in all directions, Chap
man jumped upon the adjoining battery of
boilers and relieved the safety-valve of the
pressure upon it, otherwise it is not improb
able that that battery also would have ex- .
As usual there is n difference of opinion
ns to tho cause of the explosion, but ex-
perts generally agree that the boilers were j
sound and that low water caused the j
trouble. There is a difference between Mr.
Reighard and Boiler Inspector Ford as to the
time they wero last inspected. The In
spector's books contain no mention of a
later inspection than January 1SS1. Mr.
Reighard asserts that the last inspection
was less than a year ago. In support of
the low-water theory, it is stated that por
tions of tho iron wero burnt. John Lee, the
engineer and firemen, who would bo ro
sponsible in this event, is too badly injured
to m.ike a statement. The man who left
the shed beforo the explosion occurred
states, however, that about fifteen minutes
beforo the disaster he saw Lee run water
into the boilers.
S!iocI::ng Fate of n Colorado SItner.
Georgetown, Col., Dec. IS.
Tho discovery was made this morning of
the horrible death of John E. Emerson, a
miner on Douglass Mountain. The sur
roundings of tho dead body, when found,
showed that the man had had the lower
portion of his body buried by a cave in tho
tunnel he was drifting, and that, after re
maining hopelessly pinioned for several
hours by the rocks, his legs being horribly
mangled, he had taken a jack-knife from
his pocket and cut his throat to end his
misery. Emerson was an old miner in th;s
section, und universally known. He lelt
(own on Saturday morning to work alone
in his tunnel. As ho did not return as usual
a searching party went to tho mine to
look for him. Within fifteen feet of the
entrance to the tunnel Emerson was seen
standing. It was dark in tLe tunnel and
the searchers did not notice the man was
dead until they touched him. They then
saw that his throat was cut, and supposing
that a murder had been committed has
tened for the Coroner. This official found
that Emerson came to his death as de
scribed. Tho bod3' was covered to tho waist
with loose dirt and rocks, which held him
in his upright position. The knife with
which he cut his throat must have been in
his breast pocket. The cavo in the tunnel
crushed his legs and pinioned him ieyond
hope of escape by his own exertion. How
long he remained in that position belore
putting an end to his own sufferings is not
known, but it must have been aaer hp had
exhausted his energy in trying to make
some one hear him. The knife was still
clutched in his fingers. The number of ugly
gashes in his throat show how persistent lie
must have been in taking his hie with the
Eating Disea.sefl Meat.
Decatur, Ala., Dec. 18.
An old and well-known man named Geo.
1 Gibson, living near this place, was taken
! suddenly and violently ill yesterday. His
wife stepped across to a neighbor's to pro
! cure help, and while there was stricken
i down in tho same sudden and violent man-
ner as had been her husband a short time
before. She was carried home, and
j died last night. A colored woman, a near
J neighbor to Gibson, was attacked in tho
I same manner and her life was despaired j
j of. The neighbors suy Gibson owned a hog j
, which was suffering from cholera, and
I Gibson, forfear of losing it, slaughtered the
hog, aiideveryone who ate of tho animal
was seized as above.
Komance in Heal Life Married, Divorced
Dalton, Ga, Dec. 18.
On the 10th of April, 1SS1, Mr. G. W. Pate
of Murray County, wooed and won Miss j ing-sticks are in the possession of Kob
Sallie F. Williams, a neighboring country crt Talc, of Norwich, Chenango County,
lass. For a while love reigned supreme in i N. Y. The walking-sticks contain
the home of the newly-wedded pair. But 1,400 separate pieces ingeniously
after a time jealousy crept in and the hns- j wrought- The cane contains 2,000
band sought release by a suit for total di- I pieces, many of them relics from his
vorce, which was granted last February.
A few days ago the pair met by chance in
a neighbor's house, and agreed it was not
well to follow divergent paths, and tho re
sult was one week's courtship, followed by
ii renewal o then marriage vows.
Mectlne oi Irishmen and Irish Sympa
thizers nt the National Capital Opinions
of Congressmen Koblnson, Calkins, Fin- I
crty and IJelfonl upon the Trial and
Execution of tho Murderer of Informer
"Washixgto.v, D. C Dec 19,
Thcro was a large meeting this evening
at Ford's Opera-house under the
oi tne uian ra CJael to express.
words of the call, "American opinion and j
leenng with, regard to the judicial murder
of Patrick O'Donnell bv the British author
ities." Congressman Robinson, of New '
was not tho first Irishman that England'
had murdered, nor would he be tho last, for ,
there was interminable war between Ire-
land and England. He thanked God for i
that, because England represented oppres-
sion and everything despicable in tho nine- j
leentu century. le criticised the Anglo
mania which led the American people to
fete and make much of Englishmen who
visited America, simplv becausj they were
Englishmen. He did nbt mean to find fault
with tho .)'J,390,000 citizens of tho United
States, but with the 4,UtO,0)J dudes who
were in the train of every Englishman.
The United States could noi afford to havo
her citizens arrested by England without
protest, nor havo them conv.vtcd without a
fair trial. Tho name of Patrick O'Donnell '
wa3 prouder and more houorcd than those
of all the queens and mouarchs of the :
whole world. He sta'ed his intention j
to get the House of Representatives to say
whether it approved tho course of the Min- j
ister to Great Britain. If he had. been a
true representative of the United States
Patrick O'Donnoll would le alive to-day. i
"Lord" J. Russell Lowell must come home. I
The wholo diplomatic corps was a disgrace
Congressman Calkins said ho was not !
here because he had Irish blood in his veins,
but because he alwavs had been a lover of
liberty, and because he hated tyranny and
intolerance. He hoped to live to see tho
day when tho people of Ireland would be
as free as the citizens cf America. The
time was not far off when the tyranny un
der which Ireland was oppressed would be
broken. It" it should turn out when proper
investigations were made that O'Donnell
had been convicted in spite of law and
against it, then Ireland added oue more
patriot to her long lino of individual suf
terers for freedom.
Congressman FinnerJy, of Illinois, said
tho meeting was called to lament the im po
tency of the great nation, which bv a na
tion not lit to black its shoes, had been in
sulted in the person of its President. There
was a day when the cannon of America,
feeble to-dav, would havo answered the in--ult
and defiance of England. The question
was not so much one of Irish liberty as
American dtcadence. There never had
been insult more director inexcusable than
lie re'usal of Lord Granvilln to consider
the request of the American Nation. Sup
jase U:e President Fridav night had tele
graphed Lowell: "I denrmd the respite of
Patrick O'Donnell for ninety day, or dip
lomatic relations will be suspr niled." If he
had sent that, the blood of tho Nation
would have been up, and if England had
sent her fleets they would have be'ii
met as they had been met before. Re
ferring to the contest for the
Chairmanship of the Ilnuso Com
mittee ou Foreign Affairs, lie said the back
bone of a certain party uoulil resentthe ap
pointment o( any man said to be under the
influence of England as head of that com
mittee. If oiie party was responsible for
Minister Lowell, he did not want another
paity to be responsible for a gentlemau
who was certain to be tlio ally and support
er of the poiicv of that Minister.
policy oi tuat iimister.
Congresssman Belford of Colorado in
dorsed tue remarks o'f Robinson, and as
serted that O'Donnell had done an abso
lutely just act in killing a sneak. Had ho
been ti ied in Colorado the jury would havo
acquitted him without iciiring. A man who
riitercd a conspiracy ami then gave away
his confederates n ord-r to save his own
neck had no li.htto live.
Tiiij mee.ing, which was very enthusias
tic and freqiti-ntly interrupted tin; -psi.ik-sr.-;
with loud cheers, adjourned a ter tho
adoption ot i evolutions in condemnation of
the action of Great Britniu in the O'Donnell
A FEARFUL ACCUSATION.
I A "Tiitlicr Imlirtml for Setting Fire to His
1 Own Homu :iii1 lliirnm; to De.'Uli His
T-.xo Invalid Children.
' Vincknnes, Ind., Dec. 19.
On the night of February , ISSi, a most
horrible and lamented affair occurred at
Middletown, a small village on the border
of Owen and Greene Counties, thirty-iivo
miles north of this place. Two children of
Mr. James Dyer were burned to death, and
the father has been indictel by the Owen
County Grand Jury, and yesterday was
lodged in jail for the alleged murder. The
particulars of the altair are as follows: On
the night in question Mr. James Dyer's
house was burue I with everything in it,
including two of his children. The family
consisted of Mr. Dyer and four children,
i his wife having died a year ago of con-
sumption. Tiio oliloit of his children is an
intelligent, active girl of eleven years. Tho
next two were still younger. One was a
Earalytic, almo helple-is and had never
een able to walk. Too other was a 111 ic ted
with epilepsy so severely as to superin
duce deumuti'a bordering on total idiocy.
The youngest was a healthy and intelligent
child. Tne niht tho ho.ise was burned
Dyi-r took the youngest child ami went to
Middletown to'buy some soda. The house
was a log cabin, "with a board partition
separating thi bed-room from the main
room. Tho children went to bed early,
in the bed-room, and about nine
o'clock the eldest was awakened
by the lire in the front room.
Sao rushed out and opened the outside
door, which let in a draught and instantly
filled the bed-room with flame and smoke,
whica she says prevented her from return
1 ing to aid the other children. Athough sho
heard them calling to her to come and take
them out, "On, take me out! I'm burning
up. Oh, take me out I" she could do noth
ing for them, and ran screaming to a neigh
bor's house and alarmed them. A number
of people soon gathered, when Dyer made
his appearance, but his actions arousod the
suspicions of many of those present. The
house was nearly consumed, but in the cor
ner where tho bed on which the children
slept had been could be plainly seen their
forms. When the fire had gone out the
bones of the two children were found inter
laced as if they had in their last agony
clasped each other in their aiyns and died
in close embrace. It was looked upou by
the neighbors as a most singular occur
rence, and tho twelve-year-old daughter
sajs that when sho went to the outside
door she found it Larred on the outside.
Her frantic eirorts. however, were success
ful in bursting it open and saving herself.
Wneu she rushed out of the flaming build
ing the girl says she saw her father stand
ing at a short tlistance Irom the fire-watching
A new spring; of hot water was re
cently discovered near Hot Springs,
Ark., while blasting; on a site for a
bath-house. The thermal fluid burst
forth with force enough to throw a
stream a distance of fifty feet. Investi
gation showed a large fissure in the
earth, at the mouth of which had form
cd a small lake or pool of water cf un
usually hot temperature. Chicago
The sheep ranches of California arc
usually desolate places. For the herd
ers it is a terrible life, how terriblu is
shown by the frequency of insanity
among tliem. Sometimes, after only a
few months, a herder goe3 suddenly
mad. San Francisco Chronicle.
Two remarkable and curious walk-
torical spots. Buffalo Jbxpress.
The City Fathers of Ocala, Fla.,
passed an ordinance forfeiting con
cealed weapons, and low they nae a
small armory and don't know what to
do with it. X. 0. Picuyune.
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