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THUBSD AT, DECEMBEB 27, 1888.
ft MBEtor Piisls Company.
O. L. MOOSE, Vice President.
BICHABD "WAKING, Secretary
A. yr. BICE. Treasurer.
O. L. MOOBE, B. P. NELSOK.
C. M. Habgeb, City Editor.
Biohabd Waking, Business Manager.
fehth column. .
The Kefxector wishes one and all a
Happt New Ye.k.
The estimated cost of the State cap
ital when completed is $2,200,000.
Henry "Watterson calls Kansas'
gifted Senator, "Citizen Bobespierre
The State Teachers Association
meets during the next three days in
Representative Hall, Topeka. A large
attendance is assured.
Ex-Governor Osborne is not being
rallied around very heartily. The
newspaper boys generally think he ha3
had enough and ought to know it.
But eight weeks will remain for Con
gress to remain in session when it
meets after the holiday recess. The
chances are that it will accomplish
John Wanamaker, the merchant
prince of Philadelphia, spends $40,000
for advertising in the 'newspapers and
not a dollar for advertising any other
This is the season of the year when
the maker of patent calandars sends
the editor one valued at ten cents and
accompanies it with a five dollar notice
for publication as a partial return for
the favor. .
The Senate committee on education
has reported favorably the proposition
to submit to the voters of the various
States a Constitutional amendment to
prohibit the sale of liquors in the
Since the last National encampment
1 Grand Armv posts have been estab
lished in Kansas; four have voluntarily
surrendered their charters; the charters
of 16 have been revoked, and thirteen
have been suspended.
America, the magnificent Chicago
literary journal issues a double Christ
mas number to which only Chicagoans
contribute. It is convincing evidence
that literary culture is at high tide in
the city of the Lakes.
Hungry -Indians abound on the fron
tier about this season. If they could
only be made to work for what they
get they might come to either civiliza
tion or extermination one of the two
alternatives, they should be compelled
The holiday number of the New
York Journalist is one of the most
elaborate ever put upon the market.
It is not only a sumptuous volume in
itself but is accompanied by an en
graving in colors of fifty of the promi
nent editors of the country.
Several Kansas papers arc making
the mistake of whooping up metropoli
tan papers outside of the State instead
of their own. When such puffing goes
beyond legitimate exchange advertis
ing the publisher of the local paper is
robbing himself and narrowing his
This most unkindest cut of all is
from the Wichita Journal: "The
Hutchinson street car service has been
increased, which means that kinks have
been taken out of that mouse-colored
mule's tail, and an electric belt attached
to his belly-band to keep up the circu
lation of his blood."
The excessive size of the average
newspaper correspondent's imagination
has been well illustrated during the
past few days by the carefully elabor
ated plot for the assassination of Mr.
Harrison which has been telegraphed
far and wide. It turns out to be a
"fake" of the largest variety.
But a few days more and the news
paper xeadera of the land will be
treated to long editorials on "The Lessons-of
the Year" and similar topics.
The editor who refrains from sum
ming up the doings of the universe in
a column and a half article next week
should have a leather medal.
There will be an effort made at the
coming session of the Legislature to
change the law requiring estray notices
to be published in the Kansas Parmer
(which not one farmer in twenty ever
sees) to the official papers of the various
counties. This is a wise movement
and we hepe it will be successful.
A company has been organized in
Aftthfsnn fnf the manufacture of vitri-
fied-ftck,'terra bo wfd sewer pipe in-'
found -th9 vicinity pf, tchiaon
nukes Hood navis hHnt- nr-"irs
SPWfe . - n :..- . 1. if
Abilene and Dickinson county have
some pretty good clay. Why not try
som&hirjg of the kind here?
Kansas City Star: Thus far the oper
ations of the Whitecaps in Kansas have
been limited to the ducking of a man
who was never .known to-take a bath
and the whipping of another who was
guilty of beating his wife. There is
nothing in either of these acts to call
for the extermination of the W. C S.
K, C. Times: The cheering intelli
gence comes from Washington that at
a public lecture Mrs. Cleveland "not
only left off her bustle, but brushed
back her bangs." So far so good.
Ttnr. ha fihfi left off her theater hat?
Ay, there's the rub! What does the
man at the play care for the bustle,
which is worn where it will do the least
People with a little ready money
who come to Kansas now and take
hold of property at these hard time
prices will be certain to make a good
thing in their investment. Next year
when we have another good crop, lands
are sure to spring up to good prices.
There was never a better time than
now to invest in Kansas lands.
The story is going the rounds that
when Chaplain McCabe was in Kansas
on a tour endeavoring to raise $1,000,
000 for missions, a little boy heard his
appeal, and thinking of the large sum
he had to raise, determined to help
him. The first chance he had early in
the week he gathered a basket of chest
nuts, which he sold for 5 cents. He
sent this to Mr. McCabe with the note,
"If you want any more let me know."
One of the notable things about
Kansas is this, and we think it de
serves to be frequently printed in larg
est type: Notwithstanding the rapidly
increasingjpopulation of the State, the
number of prisonbrs in the penitentiary
is decreasing. A study of the report
of Warden Smith affords some very
gratifying conclusions to those who
love Kansas. Now, the question is,
has the law which abolished the saloon
had anything to do in bringing about
this result? Minneapolis Messenger.
A few papers in the State have be
gun publishing "black lists" of the
subscribers who owe for their papers
and then "refuse" them. It is pretty
generally admitted that to cheat a pub
lisher out of his pay for a paper that
you have read for months, or perhaps
years, is the meanest act a man can
perform and every scoundrel who does
it should be branded so that he will be
The Oklahoma bill provides for the
organization of what is known as "No-Man's-Land"
and the Cherokee strip
into a territory. It includes 24.325,408
acres, most of this land being covered
by Indian titles. The opponents of
the bill say that it is a bill proposing to
organize a territory and to acquire title
afterward, taking the land from the
Indians and paying $1.25 per acre for
it. Settlers are to pay this to the gov
ernment when the land is thrown open.
Kansas is rapidly coming to the fore
in National politics. No senators
stand higher among their colleagues
and the esteem of the people than John
J. Ingalls and P. B. Plumb. Senator
P. B. Plumb and Congressman Ander
son are prominently talked of in politi
cal circles for places in the new cabi
net. Kansas has great reason to be
proud of the ability, individuality and
prominence of its entire congressional
delegation. Tte voices of the men
who represent Kansas in the Nation's
legistative halls are attentively listened
to on all occasions and in the most
important Republican councils. The
Kepublican party in this State is more
harmonious and better organized than
ever before, and Kansas, leading all
other States in Republicanism, stands
higher than ever in the esteem of the
Ingersoll objects to the general idea
of God and His government because
he says it means a universe presided
over by an autocrat, to which an ex
change makes this reference: "What
would the Colonel have? Apparently
he is dissatisfied because the Universe
is not a Bepublic. Does he think it
better to have an elective Deity?
Does he want the Ruler of the Uni
verse chosen by a majority vote? To
the anti-Ingersollian mind there seems
to be some difficulties in the way of
getting the Universe ruled on a Demo
The Fifth and Sixth congressional
districts are now in good shape to go
to Topeka and make a strong fight for
speaker of the House. The caucus
composed of members elect to the
Legislature, held at Beloit last week,
selected Hon. Z. T. Walrond, of Os
borne, for their candidate. Judging
from the harmonious feeling that pre
vailed the Fifth and Sixth districts
will pull together hereafter in a way
that their influence will be felt. That's
right, if we stick together, Northern
Kansas will be heard from in future
conventions, etc. Clay Center Times.
The New York Herald objects to the
annoyance and expense of defending
itself against every crank that happens
to think he has a grievance, and there
fore it has been agitating a general
modification of the law of libel to pro
tect legitimate journalism. It insists
I that actions for libel should be confined
to the criminal side of the courts; that
J the action should be only "against that
person on the paper whose wickedness
or carelessness wrought the injury, be
ha correspondent, news editor, reporter,
4MrfsuRrnrpr nr chrwvAr nii faum
teen the , ut?ff f e'
"tit tftttiy eq te a
and the punjshu.
fine but imprisonment."
The Abilene BEFXECTOBsays: "Will
the Arkansas valley be generous
enough to give the Northwest the
modest share in the State honors that
she asks, or will it continue to act the
hog?" It is notour funeral, but we
hazard the remark that the bristles of
the porcine statesmen of the Southwest
will continue to be displayed. To
We are not particularly well versed
in hog-cultuw but it occurs to us that
this is about the time when the slaugh
tering of surplus porcines takes on its
most wholesale aspect.
The following is the population of
the Territories asking admission to the
Union, from official figures taken by
themselves during the years 1887 and
Dakota - 700,000
Utah - 210,000
New Mexico 175,000
Montana - 140,000
Arizona (census of 1882) 82,976
As an indication of what effect the
census of 1890 will have upon the rela
tive representation in Congress and in
the electoral college of the South and
the West, the comparative vote of
Soutli Carolina in 1876 and 1888 is in
teresting. In 1876 that State cast 183,
000 , votes for presidential electors,
while this year the votes numbered
only 80,000, less than half the number
of a dozen years ago. The change in
the Western States has been even
greater on the other side of the sheet.
St. Louis Globe-Democrat: The
negro must always remain black, it is
true, subject to processes of modifica
tion which are happily not so active
now as they were in the days of slavery.
But he is not responsible for the color
of his skin nor for the place which he
occupies in the politics of the South.
It is useless to blame him for not being
white or for not living in Africa. The
wise and safe and profitable thing for
the South to do is to give him the same
opportunities for bettering his condi
tion that it gives to the white citizen.
He can thus be made more useful in
every way; and he can not possibly
gain supremacy without excelling the
white man in education and enterprise
The Nicaragua Canal.
A great deal of attention is being
given just now to the proposed Panama
canal scheme. The status of the mat
ter is thus summed up by the Globe
Democrat: The Nicaragua Canal
matter is before Congress. Neither
money nor lauds are asked from the
country by the company. In fact, the
act under which incorporation is sought
expressly provides that the Government
shall never be liable to the extent of a
single cent for the debts of the com
pany. All that is asked from Congress
is simply a charter, giving the company
power to act as a corporate body. The
Senate has already passed an act giv
ing this power, and the matter is now
before the House. It is not a political
scheme. Neither partisanship noi sec
tionalism is represented in it. A large
majority of the people of the country
are undoubtedly favorable to the en
terprise. The vote in favor of it in the
Senate was thirty-six to fifteen against.
In the House, too, a majority desire to
see the matter go through, although
the small minority opposing it have
been successful, by filibustering, in
putting off its consideration from time
to time. An interoceanic ship canal
will have to be built on this Continent
some day in the near future, but no
other enterpiise so favorable to the
interests of the United States as this is
can ever be projected. The House of
Representatives should, without delay,
grant a charter to the Nicaragua Canal
Not a 'Wonderful Success "With
"Washington, Dec. 24. Respecting the
experiments with steel pointed projectiles
with the new steel guns of the cruiser
Chicago, at Annapolis, last Friday, when
a 250 pound projectile was driven through
a steel target ten inches thick, and aho
through a solid oak back, a naval officer
remarked last nicht this test met with
qualifying success, but the official records
show that thirteen years ago a projectile
weighing 203 pounds was fired from a gun
converted from an old 200 pounder Parrott
gun, with forty pounds of powder, and
penetrated sixteen inches of Iron, and the
projectile was found three feet in the rear
of the target. The point of this comparison
of what was done at Nut Island, Boston
harbor, in 1S75, with the performance at
Annapolis this week, is that it shows only
half the quantity of powder was used in
the former experiment and the Parrott
gun was only half the weight of the An
napolis gun. The former weighed about
seven tons and the latter, made of steel,
weighs about fourteen tons.
Mrs. Diggle Acquitted.
Clarion, Iowa, Dec. 24. At eight
o'clock yesterday morning the jury in the
Diggle case returned into court with a
verdict of not guilty. The jury on first
ballot stood nine for acquittal and three
for conviction. After the jury went out
last night the defendant was completely
prostrated, and remained hysterical all
night. When the jury came in she sat
with her head in her hands. "When the
verdict was announced she threw up her
hands, cried "Oh I" and fell back into her
brother's arms, and had to be assisted
from the courtroom. Her brother, who
has been a constant attendant daring the
trial, wept like a child.
Caught In a Frog.
Jersey Crrr, N. J., Dec. 21. John T.
Trainer, aged tvrenty-three, an employ of
the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western
Railroad Company, was .crossing the
track in front of amoving train last night
whan the heel qt his boot caught in a frog.
He tried to release it, but before he coufd
do so the train was close to him. Appar
ently choosing death to the loss of a leg he
threw himself on the track jn front of the
engine and was killed. -
TV. B. Doddridge,
St. Louis, Dec. 24. The Globe-Democra
announces that W. B. Doddridge, superin
tendent of the Missouri Pacific lines in
"Knjaj and Nebraska, has been appointed
general manager of the St. Louis, Arkan
sas & Texas railroad. PhonfflM.i., u.
atter road decline to verify th report
M. Poddndge him-.elf, whose head
quarters anj at Atchison. Kan!, is rarCArt,i
I in dispaUmes froifc that point" as sayin
j&thknojrB nothing about the matter. "
THE SECOND H0EE0E.
Another Steamboat Disaster on
the Lower Mississippi Burning
John H. Hanna at Plaquemine, Ltu,
With a Loss of at least Thirty
Eapidity of the Plames Confusion and
Terror The Brave Captain's Etiable
Plaquemine, La., Dec. 26. The steamer
John H. Hanna, loaded with cotton from
Ouachita, burned here early yesterday
morning. The boat and cargo were a total
loss. The number of people who perished
is not positively known, but the 103s of life
will be at least thirty and may be much
beyond that number, Captain J. S. Holmes
was in command and was burned to death.
First Clerk Sam Powell was drowned.
The old pilot, Bob Smith, a passenger on
the ill-fated vessel, was burned to death.
Several persons perished in the flames
and a number jumped overboard and were
drowned. Captain Holmes' body was ter
ribly burned. Bob Smith was the pilot of
the J. M. "White at the time she was burned.
One of the deck hands who escaped says
there were about 100 persons on board and
that only about a dozen can now be found
alive, but this was not confirmed by the
officers who made their escape.
It was just before Christmas day was
being ushered in that the steamer was
coming down the river. Several of the
passengers were seated in the cabin hav
ing a merry time and with no thought of
the impending catastrophe and many of
the crew and passengers were asleep when
the fire broke out and spread with indes
cribable rapidity, and the details of the
sufferings and death of some of the pas
sengers are harrowing in the extreme.
The boat had reached a point which was
but a short distance above the town when
a negro roustabout near the boiler room
ran out to the deck and shouted that the
boat was on fire. John Cullen, a stoker,
was near the place at the time and seeing
the flames bursting forth from the big tiers
of cotton near the boiler ran hastily to the
engine room and gave the alarm. Engineer
Merriman took In the situation at a glance
and at once sounded the alarm on the
steam whistle and ringing the bells.
In an instant certainly in a much
shorter time than it takes to explain it the
flames shot through the cabin and over the
sides of th9 cotton, enveloping the entire
boat in fire.
Clerk Powell was upstairs at the time
and when he saw the flames he heroically
ran through the smoke which was filling
the cabin to wake the sleeping people. He
kicked at the doors and in a short time
almost every body was awake. Then
terrible confusion ensued and frantic peo
ple on the boat ran to different exits to
make their escape, but the boat was piled
high with cotton and the passage ways
were filled with smoke. Many dropped
before they were ab!o to got to the forward
parts of the boat and were dead when the
steamer went down.
As soon as the fire was discovered, en
gineer Merriman set the steam pumps
working and tried to battle with the flames,
but the Are swept through the boat like a
blaze on a prairie and the engine room
was soon in flames. Then, to add further
to the consternation, a steam pipe burst
and filled the place with scalding steam.
Engineer Merriman was forced to aban
don his post, and he and the stokers and
others ran to the sides of the boat and
rushed through pell jnell in order to save
As soon as the smoke and flames began
to start up the sides of the boat Captain
Jolles, the pilot, swung the wheel around
and headed the boat for the shore. A full
head of steam was on at the time, and the
boat was soon run into the bank. Before
she did so, however, she was doomed, as
all of her timber was then furiously burn
ing. When the Hanna struck the bank she
bounded away again and swung around,
drifting as she burned. Then Captain
Jolles jumped out over the cotton bales,
and, springing into the river, swam ashore.
The sight was a weird one, viewed from
the bank, and the town was aroused.
Floating cotton, charred timber and other
debris filled the river and many people
were struggling desperately in the water
for their lives. Some of them were able to
swim ashore, but mot of them were so
badly burned or so thoroughly exhausted
that they struggled but a few moments
and sank to rise no more.
As the burning boat struck the bank of
the river the crew and passengers who
had been able to reach the forward end
sprang ashore, some of thom with scorched
faces and bruised limls and many of them
with scarcely any covering.
Among thoe who managed to get off
were Captain Holmes and Bob Smith, the
unfortunate pilot of the i 1-fnted White,
.who was a passenger. Both men were
burned nigh unto death, and the story of
the manner in which they suffered is
heartrending. When the Captain jumped
ashore he was burned horribly, and in his
frantic desire to bo relieved from the pain
ho was suffering ho buried his face and
hands in the soft mud and begged most
piteously for some one to help him. Smith
was just behind and was laid out by the
side of tho dying captain. Nothing could
be done for the suffering men and the two
died together on the river bank.
Among those that ware lost are: Captain
J. S. Holmes, master of the boat; Samuel
Powell, chief clerk; Bob Smith, pilot, from
Smithlnnd, La.; Mike O'Neill, night watch
man; Joe Crane, cabin watchman; Monroe
Deek. first cook; Jack Duff, second cook;
Joe Harvey, cabin boy; Jim Watson, sec
ond baker; John Craf ion, carpenter; John
Barlow, colored; Jim Blnnk, colored, roust
about; Dick Blink, colored, mess room
tender; Steploe John; MonroeDiggs,cook;
A child of Percclla Wright (colored).
There were foity-four roustabouts on
the Hanna, of whom th'rty-three are
known to havj'bjen saved, leaving eleven
Six Person Drowned.
San Francisco, Dec. 20. Late yester
day afternoon while a party of seven was
out sailing on the bay, about six miles
from the city, the boat was capsized and
six of the occupants were downed. Fol
lowing are the names: Andrew Siegel,
Elate Siegel, Georgo Stump anil wife, Matt
Cox and Marie Morales.
Arrests at Bevler.
St. Louis, Dec 26. Trouble broke out
afresh at Bavier, Mo., the scene of there
cent mine troubles yesterday. The ne
groes were aggressive, and not only did
they grow boisterous, but attempted in
timidation by the free use of firearms. The
military acted promptly, and last night
five of the ringleaders were put j 7
WASHHfGTO!T. TlM- 95 ITnn.no ivi.f.
masters appointed yesterday: Nancy El
ovruoa, aamnton, Greenwood County;
John E. York, Monitor, McPherson
Missouri: W. A. Smith, East Linn, Cass
County; J. S. Johnson, Ozark, Christian
County; J. Schmidt, Thorp, Dallas County.
M. Deroulde and other members of the
Chamber of Deputies attempted to address
a Boulangist meeting at Paris the other
njght, but were denied a hearing. Several
Tiolent crimmage took place.
Arrangements- have been made for an
electric light plant at Warrauburg, Mo.
BURNING OF THE ERICSON.
A Demijohn or Whisky Possibly the Cans
of the Disaster.
Seattle, W. T., Dec. 26. The. steamei
Leif Ericson was burned to the water'!
edge at five o'clock Monday evening off
Allaki point. Five lives were lost, per-
i haps seven.
The Ericson was a propeller, 2,400 torn
burthen, and was en route to Maiden
when the accident occurred. The fire
broke out In the hold. One theory is that
the demijohn in the pilot house was
broken and that the whisky ran through
and was ignited. There were fifty
people on board. The fire spread in
stantly throughout the entire cabin.
'The boat was about two miles from
the shore. Captain John H. Nibbe, the
owner of the boat, was in command and
left the wheel house for the purpose of
launching a life raft, but found the passen
gers trying to put the raft overboard. In
the struggle to rescue the raft from the
passengers he fell overboard with it. In
the meantime the passengers were putting
on life preservers and seizing firewood or
any thing else that would float and jump
Captain Nibbe saw his niece, Miss Annie
Tollmer, struggling in the water, about
150 feet from him, and he did his utmost to
push the raft toward her, but she drowned
lo3s than 100 feet away from him. He was
hampered with gum boots and almost
The steamer Skagit Chief, en route to
Tacoma, saw thefl re and crowded on steam
to give assistance, and she succeeded in
rescuing seven people.
The steamer Mountaineer, four miles
away, also saw the burning vessel and
headed straight for her. When within half
a mile of the Ericson the crew found peo
ple struggling in the water, lowered small
boats and succeeded in rescuing nineteen.
One man was taken from the water and
died in a few minutes after. His name is
not known. He said, just before he died,
that his wife was lost from the steamer.
The list of those lost is as follows: Miss
Annie Tollmer, Sidney; J. H. Norus, of
the Norus Brickyard Company, Sidney;
Jack Simmons, a half-breed fisherman;
T. Smith, of Smith, Taylor & Co., Colby.
A man and his wife whose names could
not be ascertained. The survivors also re
ported another woman as being lost.
The steamer was burned to the water's
edge and no doubt sank. Neither the
Skagit Chief nor the Mountaineer went to
the burning steamer as all hands had de
serted her and she was enveloped in
flames. Both made efforts to saving life
from the water. The Ericson was valued
at $10,000 and was not insured.
WOE TO THE WIRES.
Freezing Sleet Breaks Down Telegraph
Poles and Wires In All Directions.
Kansas Crrr, Mo., Dec 26. About one
o'clock this morning there was a crash
along Grand avenue from Fifth to Eighth
streets which awoke people for blocks. A
half dozen telegraph poles had snapped in
two beneath the weight of accumulating
tons of sleet. An instant later and the
streets were transformed into a network of
ice clad wires. It looked like some gigantic
spider had been weaving threads of ice in
every conceivable direction up and down
and across the avenue for blocks.
The entire front of Tom Corrigan's sa
loon at Independence and Grand avenues
was crushed in by the fall of a heavy polo.
Several men were drinking at the bar, but
the loud cracking of the tall pine shaft had
forewarned thom and they retreated to the
rear of the saloon. The glasses they had
left upon the bar, the lamps and the mirror
were crushed into fragments. The police
were at once notified by telephone and they
in turn called out the Are department.
About tho same time alarms were turned
in from various parts of the town, where
similar damage had been done by the sleet.
The greatest damage, however, was sus
tained by the telephone and telegraph
companies. Their losses will run up into
Along Main street, especially at the
Junction and upon Sixth and Delaware
streets, the wires were transformed into
hawsers of ice, which bent poles like whips.
Broken wires swung down into every
street Along Walnut street, from Sixth
to Ninth, all the poles were bent with the
tons of weight upon tho wires. It was al
most as bad on Eighteenth street, where
one or two poles ere broken. The sleet
caused destruction in this way everwhere.
All day long there was a steady rain
falling and with the change in tempera
turo toward nightfall it turned to sleet.
The heaviest sleet began falling about ten
o'clock last night, which was followed by
a considerable fall of snow.
Wreck at liar Harbor.
Portsmouth, N. H., Dec 26. The pas
senger and freight steamer Silver Star,
from Bar Harbor, was sunk yesterday
morning about 1:30 o'clock, about thirty
miles east of Whale's Back light. The
steamer had been to Boston for a new en
gine and put into the harbor late
Monday night. She left at one o'clock
next morning and was proceeding
along the rogular course, when she
struck a sunken wieck, staving a hole
amidship and filling with water. The
steamer went down in three minutes time
in about twelvo fathoms of water. Captain
W. H. Parker and crow of eight men took
to their boats, saving only the clothes
they had on. Tin steamer was owned in
Bar Harbor by Stephen L. Kingsley, Cap
tain Parker and others. It was valued at
$11,000. No insurance.
A Disreputable Career.
Sedalia. Mo., Dec 25. Five months ago
W. R. Aldridge, a well known young at
torney, on one occasion a candidate for
city attorney and a member of an old
Rhode Island family, fled the county to
avoid arrest for embezzling money col
lected by him for Eastern houses. Yester
day the ne.ws was received that he was in
jail at Cherokee, Kan. After leaving here
ho located at Cherokee and began the
practice of law, but soon collected $800 for
the McCormick Harvesting Company, of
Chicago, and disappeared. The Kansas
officials captured him at Lamar. He is an
inveterate gambler and squandered all the
money he could raise on cards.
Jumped the Track.
Denver, Col., Dec 20. Meager repo rts
have been received here of an accident on
the Midland road at Lime creek, twenty
miles west of Leadville, in which brake
man T. Harland and fireman Robert Mar
tin were instantly killed. The only par
ticulars received is that a freight jumped
the track while turning a sharp curve near
Lime creek and wrecked the entire train.
Three Skaters Drowned.
Lake Village, N. H., Dec 28. George
Renou, aged forty, his son Burt, aged
fifteen, and Ammon Veasey, aged thirteen,
were drowned yesterday while skating on
An Old Man Killed.
Tonavtanda, N. Y., Dec 2a An old
man named Snow was strnck'''"
-. passenger train on the Central road,
yesterday morning, and instantly killed.
Ah Bach a Benedict. --
Aan Francisco, Dec. 24 Gertie Richie,
a variety actress, was married by contract
last night to Ah Bach, a leading actor in
female parts at the Chinese theater. The
girl formerly lived in Philadelphia, and It
is believed she married the Chinaman on
account of tho wealth he is said to pos
sess. His Professional Cognomen.
MnrsEAPOLis, Minn., Dec 24. Tim
Qneally, a pugilist better known as Paddy
Dunn, the latter being his professional
cognomen, is a prisoner In the central sta
tion. It is alleged, on the night of Novem
ber 5, he broke into a jewelry store in New
"Xork and secured booty amounting to
Destructive Conflagration at Mar-
blehead, Mass. $500,000
Three Acres of Buildings Destroyed at
Burning of the Olympic Theater at Ash
land, Wii-Loss, $150,000-Engli3h
Boston, Dec 2& A conflagration is rag
ing in Marblehead. the larger part of the
town being on fire. Help has been sent
from Salem, Lynn and other places, but
the firemen seem to be unable to check the
flames. Salem reports all the telephone
wires to Marblehead down, and nothing to
be obtained from there. The Western Un
ion office at Marblehead was burned out,
but the operator succeeded in opening
communication by establishing a tempo
rary office in a field some distance outside
The entire business portion of the town
is in ruins and the following firms were
burned out: Cropley & Bros., E. S. Wood
bury, Johnson Horner. J. C. Peach, W. M.
Stevens, Jr., & Son, Edward Hathaway
and Joshua Le Favour; also the Boston
and Maine depot and several other build
ings. It is the largest fire that ever visited
the place and the people are panic stricken.
The news was sent with great difficulty
over a hastily improvised wire and com
munication is liable to be interrupted at
The fire started about ten p. m. in the
basement of D. P. Powers' furniture store,
on Pleasant street, and is said to have
been caused by the explosion of a can of
benzine. At midnight it was estimated
that seven acres had been burned over and
that the entire loss would be over $500,000.
The burned buildings are the Powers
block, the Rechabite block, Goldthwait'3
three-story building, Monroe's large shoe
factory, a tbree-story block occupied by
dry goods stores and the Boston branch
grocery on the first, the Masonic Hall on
the second and a skating rink on the third,
the four-story Allerton block, the Amer
ican express building, Simon's store, the
dwelling of Dimiol Broden, George Church
and Thomas Falls, Metcalfe's box factory
and other buildings.
Nearly the same territory was burned
over about twelve years ago, the fire
starting in nearly the same place. Many
of last night's victims were also sufferers
by the former fire. The shoe business,
which had been quiet for several months,
was just starting up and many operatives
will now be thrown out of work the entire
The fire is still bnrn'ng. It is impossible
to get definite losses owing to the great
excitement prevailing among all classes.
THE CINCINNATI BLAZE.
Cincinnati, Dec. 26. There was a great
fire in Cincinnati yesterday. It began at
8:30 in the morning and burned to ashes
factories and dwellings covering three
acres of ground.
At the corner of Budde and Harriet
streets, in the rope walk of the Charles C.
Jacobs Cordage Company, the fire started
and spread rapidly in the building in
which were tar and other material for the
flames. It soon extended to a large stable
of the works and the platform of the Cin
cinnati, Hamilton & Dayton railroad,
whose tracks were beside the rope walk
for over 300 feet. Soon eight box and four
flat cars on the railroad were burning and
the fire had extended over a groat area.
Though the weather was calm the in
tense heat of the wooden buildings sent
the flames bounding into tho lumberyard
of the Betts Street Furniture Company
where To,000 worth of furniture was soon
turned into ashes. By this time the heat
was almost unbearable.
Soon the factory of the Central Furni
ture Association, worth with its contents
75,000, was ablaze and doomed to destruc
tion and the Queen Twine Company's fac
tory, worth with its contents $S0,000, was
a minute later in the merciless embrace of
From these buildings the fire spread to
adjacent dwellings. Two brick dwellings
on Budd street, the property of Charles H.
Jacobs, worth $15,000, were destroyed, and
a three-story brick on Budd street, belong
ing to Harry Mayberry, worth $6,000, was
burned to the ground. Two frame dwell
ings on Budd street were also burned. The
loss on tho rope walk a long wooden
building was about 38,000; that of the
Cincinnati, Hamilton & Dayton railroad,
including its eighteen cars, all of which
were burned with their contents, is about
In addition to tho houses destroyed there
were a score or more of dwellings in the
neighborhood more or less scorched. A
large part of the fire department is kept
busy extinguishing and re-extinguishing
incipient fires on dwellings. In fact tho
department had its hands full to keep the
tiro from beco.ning a sweeping conflagra
tion,and in this the calmness of tho day
was a gieat help.
The total !o;s is estimated at rather over
tban und- r j.'jOJ.OOO. Thd property was all
fauly well injured.
A WISCONSIN THEATER BURNED.
Ashland, Wis.. Dec. 26. Tho Olympic
Theater and two aloons adjoining burned
yesterday morning, ca'isiug a loss of $150,
000 with 525,000 insurance. The actors in
the theater lo t their wardrobes. The
weather was very cold and it was difficult
to obtain water from the frozen hydrants.
BURNED IN A TENEMENT nOUSE.
New York, Dae. 26. During a fire in
the tenements 70 and 81 Bowery at two
o'clock yesterday morning Charles Stack
ler, aged twenty-six, was probably fatally
burned and a number of other tenants
were wit'i d'fficulty saved by the police
ENGLISH HILL BURNED.
London. Dec 26. The Abbey flour mills
atWaltham have been burned. The los3
A Urakeman's Death.
Kansas Crrr, M, Dec. 25. W. E. Peck,
a brakeman on the local freight (rain. No.
20, of the Kansas City. Fort Scott & Gulf
railroad was killed yesterday afternoon at
South Park bv falling beneath the train,
three cars and the engine passing over his
body before he was discovered. Both legs
were cut off and nearly every bone in his
body was broken and crushed and his head
A Youth's Terrible Death.
Hobton, Kan., Dec. 26. Charles Schat
ter, a seventeen-year-old boy; wca -n
over by a car pushed by the sjtch eng'ine
last night at 7:30 o'clock and instantly
killed. He was picking up coal along the
trscK wiieu mo car caugnt him. His .--
and the upper narfc .. , isjb
. , .ms head wfts cut off
and his brains were strewed along the
track. His younger brother was with him
at the time of the accident.
Chicago, Uec. 23. The Evening AVtca
says the first real and decided opposition
to the leadership of Fowderly in the
Knights of Labor to bear fruit that is
ominous was the unanimous withdrawal
from the order fast Friday night of the Lo
cal Cooper's Assembly 2,309. A red letter
meeting was called to take place in their
hall for the purpose of considering this
very question, and when it came to a vote
not a dissenting voice was raised to the
proposition that the assembly should with
draw. It Is probable now that within two
weeks all of the fifty-one local coopers'
assemblies In the United States will also
withdraw from the Knights of Labor and
form themselves into a National organiza
tion with a government and officers to suit
the radical ideas of tie jaawhara.
A SWINDLING GANG.-
A La-Dryer's Statements at Chi
cago Point to a Great
Arrests Made Bauereisen, the Alleged
"Q" Dynamiter Convicted Kiliino
A Murderer BespitedBacauso of aWoman's
living .fimaavw js. xaiai o&iooa
Chicago, Dec 24. The case of Master in
Chancery Charles D. Cutting, who is im
plicated in the negotiations with the firm
of Kellogg, Johnston & Bliss for the return
of bonds stolen from them last spring, con
tinues to be the sensation of the hour and
Inspector of Police Bonfield says that he
believes he is about to unearth one of the
greatest criminal gangs that ever infested
The names of the persons now under ar
rest in connection with the case besides
Attorney Cutting, are Henry Plessner, the
president of the so-called Commercial Mu
tual Accident Association; William F.
Shaw, secretary for the same, and C. D.
Taylor, a director in the Columbia Loan
and Building Association, of which concern
Plessner and Shaw are also directors.
Both associations do business in the same
office, their field of operations being prin
cipally in the smaller towns of Northern
Indiana. Shaw is a son-in-law of Plessner
and is said by Attorney Cutting to be the
person who (entered into negotiations
through the latter for the return of the
C. D. Taylor occupies a desk in the joint
office and is declared by Shaw to be the
person from whom he purchased the bonds
after advising with his partner, Plessner,
but Taylor denies the truth of the state
ment, and promises to divulge some very
sensational facts when the case is brought
up for hearing.
Chicago, Dec. 24. As a result of the dis
closures made by Lawyer Cutting on Sat
urday before the grand jury in the stolen
bond case, W. F. Shaw, Henry Plessner, C
D. Taylor and Otis Corbett are now under
arrest. Corbett is the father-in-law of
Shaw and until a short time ago was a dry
goods merchant at Rock Island. Inspector
Bonfield yesterday secured $2,100 worth of
bonds stolen from Kellogg, Johnson &
Bliss and expects to get $5000 more belong
ing to another firm to-day.
Shaw told Inspector Bonfield last night
that he received the Kellogg and other
bonds early in September from Taylor,
who left them as collateral for a loan. He
had, after subsequent negotiations for their
sale, retained Cutting to deliver the bonds.
Plessner denied any guilty knowledge of
the bonds. He had seen them in Shaw's
possession and the latter had admitted to
him that they were stolen.
Taylor denied that he had anything to
do with the bond business, and added that
if Plessner and Shaw made such charges
against him he would make some counter
charges that would "close them up."
SHOT AT A DANCE.
Earlixgton, Kv., Dec 24. At a dance
near Ellsby, a mining town near this
place, Albert Wright was shot and fatally
wounded by Bill Wiley. Wiloy used inde
cent language in the presence of some la
dies and was asked to desist by Wright.
The two men left the room to settle the dis
pute and when in the dark Wiley shot
Wright without warning. A dozen imen
gave chase to the assassin and overtaking
him he received them with a volley from
his pistol. About fifty shots were ex
changed. Owing to the darkness none of
the pursuing party were hit. There is
great excitement to-day and if Wiley is
caught Judge Lynch will most likely take
a conspicuous part in the proceedings.
Chattanooga, Tenn., Dec 24. Jesse
Cole was to have been hanged Saturday at
Newport, Tenn., for the murder of Samuel
Large, but was respited almost at the last
moment on the affidavit of Mrs. Waxtead
on the strength of which Governor Taylor
reprieved him for sixty days yesterday at
Knoxville. She made another statement
in which she says she does not know Cole
and never saw him. It is believed that
she was paid to make the affidavit which
saved his life. Rioting was imminent in
case he bad been hanged.
A SALOON BRAWL
Bay Crrr, Mich., Dec 24. Ezra Teezel,
ot Vassar, was shot and instantly killed
by Peter Saunders (colored) at West Bay
City this morning. Teezel and his brother
became involved in a saloon brawl with
Saunders and two colored men, in which
knives and pistols were used with the re
sult stated. Saunders was badly cut and
bruised. He escaped but was subsequently
arrested and locked up. Charles Easter
(colored) was arrested as an accomplice.
Geneva, III.. Doc 24. The sealed ver
dict in the case of Georce Bauereisen was
opened this morning. It found the pris
oner guilty and fixed his punishment at
two year ; m tire penitentiary. Bauereisen
was conv eted of conspltacy to injure the
property of tho Chicago, Butliugton &
Quincy Railroad Comp iny with dynamite.
Ho was a -trik ng engineer.
FIOHT OVER A HORSE.
Silver Iitv, N. M, Dec 2. In on
altercation in the road near Fort Bayard,
Saturday, between A. L. McAfee and the
Hudson brothers over the owenship of a
horse, McAfee was left dead by tho road,
side and one of tho Hudson boys was
taken to the military hospital, where he
died Sunday afternoon. His brother Is in
ENDED THE DISPUTE.
New York, Dec. 21. Annie Deitzel,
twenty-six years old, thu wife of a Ger
man workman living in the tenement 514
East 8evonleonth street, quarreled with
her husband over domestic matters last
night. She ended the dispute by swallow
ing a handful of Paris green and died at
midnight after several hours of suffering.
Somerset, Ky., Dee. 24. Mrs. Frank
Stephens, wife of a well-to-do farmer,
rented a patch o ground to Mrs. Burch
field. The latter fell behind in her ront
and a quarrel was tho result. Mrs. Ste.
phens drew abowie knlfeand stabbed Mrs.
Burchfield in the breast and cut her two
children severely. Mrs. Burchfield will
die Mrs. Stephens was arrested. ,
BREACH 07 PROMISE.
Lowell, Mass.. Dec. 24. Mi3 f-"
Teresa McEnnery, a men utharlne
aristocratic - .er of an old and
w. lamily, has sued John H.
uiittericfc, former cashier of the Wamesett
bank, for $75,000 damages, (or breach of
promise, and it is andexstood that General
a F SrlrT to b ber counsel.
Two Skaters DrQwoetl.
Hammond, Iid The. 34, John Framo
and NcholA.s Hammond, nineteen years
old, were drowned while skating on tha
Calumet river yesterday.
A Decamping Doctor.
Hiawatha, Kan-, Dee. 21. About three
months ago a Dr, WUdam located here and
won the affections of Mrs. M. Collins, a
widow worth some $3,000. After living
with her some time sue uemanded a mar-
riage and they went to Seneca, where a
mock ceremony was gone through with.
Life became somewhat odious to the couple
In Hiawatha because of their unlawful co
habitation and they gave it out that they
were going to Seattle, Waah., but at Cam
eron, Mo., the doctor stepped out to obtain
a cup of coffee and ha not since been seen,
leaving Mrs. Ums to return to Hiawatha
as best she could. The doctor is now sup
posed to be inBIrmingham, Ala., andateps
arill be at one Ukw to axwhead aim. .