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uv.AY. EVENING,NOVEMBEB IC.
TueNrtv York Herald taking the Ga
;:;-. iT;:'rf recent nntiouacemcnt of the, at least,
temporary abandonment of tho scheme for
(lie construction of the famous iron steaui
f-hip Poonhoiiias. as a bvds, f=ot on fool an
investigation of tho schein* referred to, and
devoted tivo columns of i'.s yesterday's
:ssue, and ihrco of its to day's, to an
exposition of tho whole affair, which
it denounces a3 a fraud and swindle f:om
beginning to end. The idea that such a ship
aa that referred to would ever bo built here,
though really entertained by rotue people,
never found any general lodgment,and was
discredited from tho first by reason of the
evident desire of those at Iii? bead of the
???eherne to give it notoriety. It is needless
to say that the effect of this affair has been
injurious to tho city, and will tend to dis
credit enterprises that nay bo started
(., ic in (he future.
Mb. conklin'g, in bis bi?h priced argu
meat in tho Virginia habeas corpus cases,
spjke of the English bolders of Virginia
bonds us "spectators, try in^ to make a
large profit out of their investment." Mr.
Tucker, iu bis lower priced argument, spoke
of them as "peddorsof coupons." Virginia
spoke very differently of the people refer
red to when she took their or; their fathers'
money in exchange for ber bonds. That
exchange w.?., made at ber urnc.it solicita?
tion, an.il iustend of calling ;ln tn "avaricious
ppeculiiiora" aud "peddlers of eonpous," t-he
spokeof them as her benefactors, aud ex
pressed to them ibe thanks usual ?vhen a
borrower obtains n loau on what he consid?
ers guod aud easy terms.
Ir; ma ;h at the a inual dinner o| the
New V.iik '"Vi????.!..??: of iVanir-croe,last night,
Secretary L"?n ar said :
' Tharo ij. another vital element which forms a
bi< i i n;>-.!'. whii 'i re::t? all things, und that Isnier
cantile honor. There have beon many inventions
which increase tonnage aud 11 thingi which go
to?mako up Baece-sfal commerce. Bnt nono of
yob can nan-..' one that can roruparo lo tho power
of commercial credit, and this u >Uoo regard for
oMieatioiiS, Git- p. of i-c-mtiu-ieNI honor "
Judging from tbla ex pretision.lt Is not like?
ly that lb 0*0 who favor iI:?? repudiation r.f
Virginia's ?lobt would hava profited much
by a delay iu the bearing of the Virginia
habeas corpus cased until Mr. Lamar shall
takeLis seat upon the Suoreme Jk-och.
Mor=t unprejudiced people having no
other knowledge of the unseemly difference
between Secretary Lamar and Commission?
er Sparks than what they have obtained
from the public letters of the two genlli
men referred to on that subject, are dis?
posed to thick tlittt the latter has not onlv
right, in point of law, bat the interest of sl?
people, as opposed to that if land tnouopo
lies, on bis side, an ! that of the Interior ]><
partraent, :argo n=< it is, is not large euough,
a? Secretary Lamar taid, 11 bold both, the
Secretary should have expediti ?1 his owe ex?
pected transfer therefrom.
Secretary Lamar, in his Bpeecb before
the Chamber of Commc-rco of New Yoik
last night, said perhaps tho chief cause of
the decrease in Amoricnri tonnage s-icce
LSG1 is the protective tnrill'. The secretary
would havo been nearer ecrreel if be had
substituted tho woid certainly fur "ptr
haps."
VIRGINIA MEWS.
John M. Holling, son of Robert E. Boi?
ling, of Petorsburg.diod in New V <;k yester?
day.
The man who committed suicide at ilu
Exchange Hotel, Fredericksburg, has been
i (entitled :is 0. 0. Messenger, of Curry, Pa.
Tho Virginia Conference cf the M. F.
Church South met in annual session in
Danville, to-day. Bishop Jos. ^. Kay of
Georgia is presiding.
The interstate commerce commission yes
lerday, in Washington, concluded the brur
iug upon the complaint of citizens of Dan?
ville, Va., agaius! the Richmond and Dan?
ville Railroad.
Tho copper mines of upper Fauquier
county uro attracting attention. Experts
claim th'at the Fauquier ore is better paying
than tho Lake Superior, while, on account
of its lesser percentage of pure m^la', it
is more easily mined. - i
Thero is au interesting case before t!i"
Court of Appeals which i-; probably
the first of tho kind in tho country.
A colored man named Colemau was sen?
tenced to State prison for assaultiog a col?
ored woman, on the verdict i>l a jury of
twelve colored men. His attorney appealed
the case on tho grouud that the selection ol j
twelve jurors on account of their color wa.
unconstitutional. Colemau will probably
get a new trial.
The uunual meeting of tho alockhoider;
of the Valley Railroad Company was held e :
Stauntoo yesterday^ Wm. a. Burke, presid- !
ing. The report o' President Bpoacer was
read, showing that the total receipts of the {
road for the year wer* ?1-J-J/JT-J 12. ami the
expense* $78 !>0:U7, being :\ decrease in ex
peases of $9,461 24. net earnings were '
$43,36S 65, bring nn iaci i-a^ ,,f $fj 0G6 over
last year. After re-elect ing Sarauel Spencer
president and tho old hoard of directors, the
meeting adjourned.
At a meeting-last uighl of the R:cbu)ond i
city democratic committee a resolution wan
adopted declaring that, representative* i
of the people, the committee would recoro- ]
mend for positions Jn the city government!
only 6uch persons a* voted for the domo
crats in the recent election. The resolution 1
pledges tho committee to do what it can to :
secure the displacement of .ill employes of 1
the city government who voted or worked <'
for the ?form or republican party in the re- '
cent campaign thr-re. Several officials acted I '
with the ec-ralied reformers io the recent 1
contest. i
The "PocahonlnM" Scheme.
On the 3d instant tho GAZETTE published j
h[l article announcing the luubi?ty of the
Arrow Steamship Company to carry out its
original intentions and tho indications of
a failure of the enterprise. At the time -it
was hardly though! that the end waa so
near, uor was it expected that within a few
days a ventilation of the affairs of the com?
pany ami a t?rf et charge of fraud would ho
published.
It was geuerally known be'o that the
company was financially weak, and its re
peated failures to perfuim the various prem?
ises made bad forfeited all confidence in the
building of tbe Focahontas; but citizens
who were meat interested said they were
eatisfied with what the company was doinp;
?that tbe affairs of company were private and
tho public had nothing to do with then': ho
but little has been said iu the Gazsttk for
c-omo time concerning them.
For some month* past diirunginK fetale
uienls nbcut the company have been to
ceived at this office, but nothing definite
ocuid be learned and the, reporters wore al?
ways told that it was best to do nothing that
would have a tondoncy to drive tho conipa
ny away, as there was a possibility that the
ship might be built, in which event tho city
would be benefitted, and if it was uot built
no one here would be the worse off. l!,was a!
so said that the company was spending souu
money here, and that every dollar so spenl
was mat much more mouey in circulation
t bun would bo if the company were not here
However, tbe invariable failure of the pro
mists about starting the building of the shi|
and other matters accused suspicions, am
these suspicious grew rather than dimin
ished. Oua thing that shook the corlidenc?
of many was tho con3laut publication o
article's saying that tho company bad bovci
spent a dollar for advertising, when it wai
reported that iu several iustances tho ?
wry articles were paid fornsadvertisements
This, of course, throw discredit upon tin
company, and, as before stated, tbe public
became !*f-suud less interested in the affair
Recently ii was published that the compatn
had uu rl g?ged all its property to the Farm
< rs' Loan und Trust Company, of New York
lor ouo million dollars. When the deed wai
taken to the clerk's otlica of the Corporatiot
("curt to be recorded the Slain tax of $10C(
could uot bo raised, so no record of tb<
ti tirft was made. Then followed the rever
sii)u of tho shipyard property to Mr. Agoew
when every body who read the article it
the Gazette anent tho matter said, "Itoh
you so," end now the New York Herald
itie leading paper in the country, bublisbei
an exposure of the workings of tho Arroti
8 taaisbip Company, which statements ar<
hatd to be gaiosay? d.
The Herald s expose of the "enterprise" i;
very scathing, and occupies almost an entin
page. It says:
"Long and careful iuve=tigp.iio:i by tbi
Herald proves (be Arrow Steamship Com
pany one of the colossal Bwindlesof the day
The story of the rchorro reads like n ro
manco. There is nothing in modern ficlioi
to equal i:.
"It was quietly organiz-d on an extensiv?
basis > ears ago iu New Yurk% But it die
not burst into a full flttlged boom umi
eighteen months ago. It was capitalized a
$1,000,000. According to tho manngcr'i
statement, he went It aione for ten or Df
lern yea is, ?ii rl with hi9 drawii gs and mod
els and plansible ?.utenicnid h:\d no difhcul
<y in gelling money lo Uveen. Ho was s<
-uc. e-*fi:i in humbugging the public that bi
finally enla'ged his business !?"> bunco pro
poitions. lid called a loard of assistant
about him, who, with few exceptions, enter
ed into I he a; hem o with enthusiasm. A
couple of ne?'spapcr writeis, skille'd in us
iog the pen.Jiad no objection to takingslocl
aodaslico of the dividends before they wen
declared Thev wrote editorialh to ordi
and not only get ihem put in the first rol
umn of theediioi's page, bot they mado thi
editor endoisfc Ibelr se ntiments at so much i
line.
"When the scheme was opened to lh<
public a year afco t'no .-alt water officer:
were:
"Engineer in chief und General Manage
- R .heu M. Fiyer, <-x-tugboat firemen nnt
engineer, salary $5,000.
"President-?Timothy G'Mcara, cletk it
Custom House, $5,C00.
"Vice-President?T. S. Weaver, river boat
man, $2.000.
'"Treasuter?Mr. Mucson, ex bookkeepei
I>over Iron Woiks, $1,200.
"Secretary?William H. Clarkson, notary
and lawyer, $1.200.
"Corre*p< nding Secretary?David A. Cur
ti-, bkilft" journalist, $1,200.
"Resident Director of Shipyards at Alex
andria, Va.?James H. Connelly, experi
journalist, South American correspondent
Honduras, sunken ship raker, Bhortham;
reporter, A:c . $2,000.
"Directors and Clerks?Marlin V. B. Sear
in?, house builder, $1,800: C. Wood, car
penter, $1,200; James L. Burd, clork Wash
inglon office, $1,000, and Mr. G.iy, c:erk in
Barge cilice,-?
"Everybody has seen the pictures of tbt
Pocahoutas, which were framed and senl
broadcr.s; over ltie country, and printed ic
nautical mid other papers in this countrj
and England. Connelly, the newspaper ex
pert and resident director of the company,
who had fesciuated the people with wild
stories of-his travels, lives in a cottage over?
looking tho shipyard, awailiDg tbe first foot
of keel to bo laid. Mr. Agnew eaid that
Connelly bad not been with tho BtearnBbip
I concern for three months, hut investigation
I showed that he had recently written editor?
ial:: for the papers eulogizing the Pocahontas
' swiudie as loudly nB ever. One of his edi
: torials congratulated tbo public that the ship
was about to be built; that tbo iron sections
had been ordered in Baltimore, and would
be down in a few days and work beguu on
the vessel with a big force of men. Investi?
gation proved that the Baltimore peoplehad
been humbugged into beiievtrjg that tbeship
would be built in that city and that Alexan?
dria would bn left out In the cold."
The Herald then gives a description of
how the people of BdJiicuore lost their beads
over tbo pjiecious prcuiis-.s made by Fryer
that the phantom ship would be built in that
city. It then says :
"A reporter wont to Alexandria last week,
and found that no work had been done on
the 3hip. The keel had not beeu laid. Tho
whole scheme was a farce. Not only had
business men of the town been gulled by
false pretenses, but the system of humbug
gery and pretence had been kept up for tho
greater purt of a year. Ia !he printed min?
utes of the meetings of tbe Board of Direct
ors sent to the stockholders it was outuo'.d
that tbe keel was being laid, and that lbs
company was in full possession of tho ship?
yard formerly owned by John P. Agnew &
Sons. But the reporter was told hv Mr Ag?
new that tbe shipyard had never been trans
rerred to tbe Arrow Com par-v ?! sli and
that the whole transac?on had been misrep?
resented to tho stockholders. Mr. Aijnew
said that Fryer had pai? ?100 for permission
to begin operations iu the yard and was to I
psy $7,000 for furtber use of tbo yard fnr
three or four months, and in ease the com-'
pany bought it this payment was to go on j
the purchase money, with an addition^' of a :
iix per cent, payment a3 interest. It ia '
needless to say that the various payments j
svere not made as agreed upon, consequently
he Agnews never gavo the company pos
ieision of the property except by way of
lea.-e. Altogether tr.e Arrow Company pe>.id
I I hem some $7,000 rent money in icatalnn--utn
and did some $2,000 wo tho! work ou tho
spot where the ship was lo be laurehed
not a pound of iron had been bought for the
ship and .pot a stick of ti;i ber hauled to the
yard.
"During tbe summer months Shipbuilder
Connelly, tbe newspaper man, nt a salary of
$2 000, and Engiueer Fryer, the tugbcat
man. at a salary of $5.000, and his officers
who were fortunate enough to get down
there, rode on tho yacht which belongs to
the shipyard and talked cf buying it.with
stock, taking in some other property auxili?
ary to the shipyard. Messrs. Ar.now &
Sons said they knew nothing about Mr. Fry?
er outside of his transactions with them
Ho bad been unfortunate in not being able
to sell stock enough to begin building the
ship. The little repairing that thecompany
bad doue down there was peilormed by the
men and foreman, who were leased with tbe
ship yard to the Arrow Company. The re
porter visited the leading newspaper office
iu Alexandria, tho Gazettk, which had re
fused to ha subsidized, and found tho Arrow
> enterprise a fraud and failure and looked
upon with suspieiou and contempt by some
- of the best business men in town. Newspa
per editorials had been printed from time
I to time in one of tho other papers, reittra
? ;irg the old, o!d story that tbe ship would
, bo built and launched Just as soon as the
money was paid in. But it, was evident
> that no money was paid out for anything,
t unless Engineer Fryer wasabsolutoly forced
to do to. Debts were lying around town
. unpaid. While riding up tbo stately Poto?
mac in a pleasure yacht, hoping to iuveigle
? .the Navy Department at Washington into
I the scheme, the happy thought of buying
the big hotel at Alexandria and cousolida
) ting it with tbo shipbuilding scheme oc
f curred to the combine, und the largeet ho
r teIiti town was purchased. The Herolden
i gaged a lawyer to search the records. He
t found that tbe hotel had beou bought by
President Timothy O'Moara, of the steam
i ship company, but i:ot a cent, paid on it. It
was on tho same d:-.y mortgaged and oncum
. bered in such a way that it would take a
j Philadelphia lawyer a month to determine
whiob man ought to go to jail first. Like
, tbo shipyard enterprise, tho hotel scheme
i eeemed as dead as an Egyptian mummy and
i a l-light upon the city. Alexandria is a
) quiet but thrifty town. Many Washington
} people are erecting fine dwellings there.
? Tbo citizens are hospitable aud ready to
, welcome legitimate enterprises. Tho Her
l aid's representative was ehown every court
1 esy. But, with one exception, he was una
, hie to find a man who had bought stock iu
a iho Pocahontns scheme. Even Messrs. Ag
? new & Son, who had rented Fryer tbe yard,
a bad taken none of his stock and admitted
that they would not advise friends to invest
3 'It is not worth a cent a ehare,' said an ex
a president of tho Common Council. A state?
ment from Mr. James JJ. Lancnstsr, con
f suiting engineer, throws additional light ou
? the crookedness of Fryer'd colotsai scheme.
, Mr. Lancaster was made vice president of
- the steamship company at the urgent ro
i quest of Mr. Fiyerund bis fellow manipula?
tors. The letter t-howa the estimation in
a which Mr.- Lac caster was held. His servi
1 cea were considered peculiarly valuable, as
I be bad caused many thousand dollars' worth
t of s'.ock to he sold, and was in a way to in
3 create the ealc-s of stock to $500,000. Mr.
- Luncasier subsequently withdrew from the
? concern, the reasons fi r which bis letter ex?
plains. He says:
j "Mr. Fryer said lo me while I was vice
i president of thecompany, in the latter partof
April, l.SaT, while wo wtro in the private
? room of the Board cf Directors at No. 115
? Broadway :?'Wo must pull together in this
L thing (we were speaking about the affairs
? of tho Arrow Steamship Company) and come
t to a thorough understanding. The fact is,'
b he said, 'I have lived on this thing for about
r lifieeu yours und made my living out of it,
aud there is r.n rea-on why you and I
is shouldn't- do th? ?ame. You ccme up and
i live with me on Fifth avenue in the beat
rooms iu the house. We will bring all the
; modele up there and have a good lime. We
s ca u pel thousands of dollars out of this Ar?
row Steamship Company s::heme just as
r easily as i have made dollars cut of it by
] working it alone. Oar game must not be
the getting in of b'g men?capitalists who
i will overhaul the thing too much. We must
get mea inlu the company with from $5,000
- to $10,000 apiece or whatever they can put
up.
r "'Make Ihem vice presidents or chief en?
gineers or any d--:i thing they want to be
f We can afford to give up our berths for a
while. Then wo can make them sick and
fire them out and gel in new men with
more mcnoy. That is the way to do it.
" 'As to buiiding the Poeahontas, we mast
t nr?l think cf doing too much work on her fi r
I four or five years. When tho ship in built
I our game in played out. I don't propose to
let a patriotic thing like this fall through
my lingers for many u. long year to come.
- Yon must draw the same salary us I do?
? 5-5,000 a year?and then you can mako
i double that amount for expenses. That is
what I have done.
> " 'I have about ?17,000 or moio charged
; up agaiasl the compauy now, for expenses
i and loans, and any money that has come in
r for slock 1 bavo put iu my potket and paid
out just what I found v.as aPsofulely neces
, sary to keep things going.
" 'The men I have put in as directors
? have got to do jjst what 1 toil them. What
; ever we agree upon between ourselves to be
: done will be confirmed at the next meet
i iug of tho directors, which can be called at
i any time. As I lmveTbeforo promised, I am
? going to giv9 you junt half of the sleek lhat
; I hold myself; thb rest is my wife's. I will
? give you 5,000 shares, iqual now to $50,000,
? for your co operation aud confidence in the
i scheme.'
"This threw a Hood ol light oa tbe eltua
lion, and gave the scheme a new and starl
ling aspect. I wss astonished. It v. as the
Grat real evidence cf bad faith that I had re?
ceived, and I was dumbfounded.
"Of course I would not agree to any such
proposition, and 1 refused to accept the rest
of t?a st?ck. I also refused to attend further
(meetings or have anything to do with tbe
j scheme. In fact, I bavo not been insido of
tho office since. I refused to at tend the
j meetings, although the directors came twice
i to my office - three of them ?lo force me to
go.'
"Mr. Lancaster lUtu proceeds to till how :
the com pan . was in ihe habit of paying fpr '
I tbo insertions of the cuts -..i.d descriptions of j
j tho proposed vessel in nautical journals
"Air. Lancaster further states that Fri er
, said he held ail the ortciea! drawings of the
ship and without bim it never could i><<:
j buiit. Io case of any trouble he could de
j stroy i hem f am the ship,1 he used to say
j iu bis flights <.f oratory about bispmver and
?eciU9. A.t this final interview he admitted
I that the game ejould be upas soon as the
' ship was built "
la conclusion the Herald prims the edito
i riii from the Gazette of the 3d instaut,
[ which .-rund that the gigantic schemes of
! Fryer & Co, bad miscarried, and which dia
| pelied the illusion tyhich bad intoxicated
I many of our people for the oast eight or
i nine months in supposing that i;coJc<-!jal
iron vep^el was to be built here
The Herald of to-day saj s :
"Amo-jg tbe friends of the wrecked Poca
hr.nta?? irreal iodiecHtion was ?. ...s.-.l that
Engiu-er Lancaster hud ii^c, Hrru'i
eoib? i . idf points oo the rascality oi ibo
Arrow company. 'They never stopped to
j consider that hundreds of men in New York
j have been w etching iheir villainy for months
; aud collociing information leading in the
direction of Sing Sing. It did not occur to
i these mariners who taught navigation in
i Washingt8n barrooms that the Herald had
i sent haif a dozen reporters to investigate the
j Pocahontas conspiracy. A Herald reporter
went to Alexandria and found that tbe ship
had never been started ; not a foot of the
keel bad been laid nor a pound or iron
brought to the yard. On returning to New
York the reporter was told by the secretary
of the company that the great enterprise
was bnoming ; that it bad made Alexandria
grow from a village to a busy city within a
year; that twenty-five men were then at
work at the ship; that all the iron had been
ordered and would arrive at Alexandria in
a few days and a largo force of men added
to those already there, and tho Pocahontas
pushed to speedy completion."
The Herald editorially to day says "it has
made three separate investigations of the
Pocahontas swindle. It has interviewed
citizens in Alexandria, Washington, Ea.lti
mere and New York. They all acree, and
entirely outside of Mr. Lancaster's affidavit
tbe Herald has found tbe Arrow steamship
scheme a bubble" It is to be hoped that the
victims will begin suits against the bunco
managers of tbe scheme and teach them n
lessou they wiil remember."
Messrs. Widdecomb, Connelly and Wocd
of the Arrow Company were soen by a re?
porter of the Gazette to day. They said
the article in the Herald was a tissue of
falsehoods and an effort inspired by foreign
capitalists and steamship lints to crush out
an American enterprise. They said that
Luueaster was an unprincipled Englishman
who had served a term of impri-oument iu
England and had been kicked cut of tho
company last April, aiuco which time he
has been trying to dumagu the company.
They say the Herald will be sued for ?2,000
000 damage-s. Mr. Widdecomb said the
company was building tbe ship like the
Catholics built their churches?build as far
as their money would go, and then wail till
they got more money.
Mr. Park Agnew suja that the Arrow
Steamship company had fulfilled every con
tract he had known it to make, and thathe
bad the utmost confidence in its ultimate
success.
Mr. J. P. Agnow Baid ho was iiurptised at
the article; in his relatious with Mr. Fryer
he bed a good impression of him and had
great faith in the plan of his ship : Mr. Fry?
er might be over eanguioe as most iuventor*
are, but he was willing to afford facilities
for building the ship if tho company desired
it. He said he felt euro that the reason the
coir pany did not come up to its agreements
in relation to the payments for the ship
yarel was their inability to rai.:o the money
and not to dishonest motives.
In jnslico to tbe oompany it must be sla?
ted that so far as known it does not owe a
dollar in this city, and the officers here ate?
looked upan by those who know them as
honest men,
FROM WASHINGTON.
[apodal Corroipondonce ol tho Alexa. Hazetth,
Washington. D. C. Nov. 1G. 1887.
Tbe President has accepted the resigDa
lion cf Commiri'ione-r Sparks, to take effect
to-dny.
Surgeon General Hamilton has received
a telegram from Dr. Porter, at Tampa, Fla ,
saying that there was one new case of yellow
fever and no deaths yesterday. Ho also
inquired if he could offer gcverrment aid iu
ch-j? ihe fever should break out in any of
tho neighboring counties.
The prevailing impression among the dis?
interested lawyers who heard the recent ar?
gument in the Virginia cases before the T'.
S. Supremo Court is that the ruling of Judge
Bond will bo practically affirmed.
Mr. Charles Marshall of Baltimore deliv
ored an able argument in tue U. S. riup.emc
Court to day iu (be cast- of the I'nion Bail
roud Company of Baltimore.
Mr. Barbour this morning tece-ived a !t-l
ter .signed by nearly a hundred Virginians
living in Baltimore, congratulating bim upen
his successful management of the lato politi
eel campaign in his State, and expressing
the hope that his valuable services to tu^
democratic party may ho rewarded by n
unanimous election to the ?. S. Senate by
the democratic cat-jority in the Virginia
legislature.
One hundred and sixty thousand dollars
have been appropriated under the civil s^t
vico law. As the e ffi ct of that law is to re
tain the republican office holders, only one
thousand aopointments have been made un?
der it. So that every appointment under
the civil service law has cost the govornment
$100.
In reference to the ruaaway matih of Mr.
Charles Carroll, of Howard county, Md.,
and Miss Susanne Bancroft, grund daughter
of Mr. Bancroft, the historian, yesterday, it
Is said to have been entirely unnecessary, as
the old gentleman was not opposed to it,
and has the young people at bis house to
diuuer to day. He disinherited his grand
daughter's fnther for marrying aeainst his
consent, but has no cause to adopt any such
course toward her.
Ex Congressman Cabell, of Virginia, con?
cluded hi3 argument before tbe interstate
commerce coininhsion to day in the case of
c ertain citizens of Danvillo against the Rich
moiid and Danville syetem.
A meeting of the democratic committee of
the Slate of Virginia will fco held in Rich
rnond to mortow night to settle up the ac
! counts of tho last campaign.
The acting Secretary of the Treasury has
I appcintedjts guager and storekeeper Jno. T.
Cannady, Sixth district of Virginia.
Secretaries Fairchild and Lamar returned
to Washington this morning from New York.
; Mr. Miller, commissioner of Internal reve
' nue, returned to Washington this morning
j from a short business visit to New York.
It is said heie that tbo young lady U. S.
I SeDfttcr Hawlcy. of Connecticut, married
j yesterday is an English girl, for some time
j pa-:t employed us nurse ia the Philadelphia
j hospital, whom Ihe Senator met as a fellow
! passenger on his late return from Europe.
Senator Riddleberger id expected here to
! day or to. morrow. Now that General Ma
! hone is a "dead cock in the pit" it is sup
j posed Senator Riddleberger will demaud'the
; Senatorial patronnge General Mahone still
j retains.
H is ie,,oae,ii io-day that- E. 0. Bryan, ol
; Wisconsin, Assistant Attorney General of
j the PcBtiffiee Department, and' a pet of
Postmaster General Vilas, who will soon
bo becretary cf tbe Interior, will be appoint?
ed Commissioner of the Land Office, vice
Sparks.
Senator Ingalls is expected here to-nigbt. Soon
e,(pef his arrival a meeting of the Senate District of
Columbia Committee will be held to consider bill?
for changing tbe horso car lines of this city to I
cable lines, end for changing tbo sitr. of the rail- j
roid depots.
Mr. Cardwell, member of tho Virginia Home !
of Delegates from Hanover county, Virginia, is in p
tho city to day. His fn'end3 say he will be the
next Speaker of the body of which he is a member. '
Sir. i ollard will probably be bis oppouent, but it !
=aid yr. fUrdwell is more popular, and besides :
tbat Mr. Pollard h^s a leaning toward prohibition. '
Information from Lse county says!
that Jjhn Sargent, cf that county, while :
trying to separate two boys who were 1
fighting, was etrpek on tbe back of the bead
with a stone by C. Gaboro, and died from
tbo injury. In the same county a colored !
ma? n imt-d Sam Kane waa knocked from (
Lie horee by seme railroad hands, and will <
not turvive tbe fail. I.
TO-DAY'S TELEGRAPHIC MEWS;
Foreign News.
Rome, Nov. 16.?The Italian parliament
was opened to-day. King Humbert in his
speech from the throne said :
"My heart rejolcts that Italy, so strong
through her arms and pure of her alliances, is
'? friendly with all nation-?. She continues
her forward inarch in tho family of the
! great powers and finds herself side by tide
with the leading states. She does not fear
retrogression. All my efforts aim at the
preservation of peace. The other great
powers have the earno object in view. Iu
Africa, where the Italian soldier, even when
falling lighting, proved his virtues, we aim
at peace corresponding with our rights."
Dl'iii.ix, X ?v. ]('?.?The Court of Queen's
Bench has quashed the vc; diet of the coronet's
jury at Mitchelstowu in tho case of the vie
tims of tho police shooting ou the ninth cf
September. The court takes the ground
that the quest was illegal, the jury was
irregularly impanelled and the coroner's
conduct was illegal and partial.
london, Nov. 16.?Tho Globe unofficially
says that the government will swear in
20 COO special ccustables in order to check
further riots in London.
Hr William McArlhyr, ex Lord Mayer of
l union, ex-Member of the House of Com?
mons aid a munificent patron of tbe
Wesley an church, died in a carriage of tho
Underground railway to day.
London, Nov. 16,?Tbe Times says: "It
is reported in Rome that the Pope has entire?
ly disapproved the iawlefanes-s and political
fanaticism of the people in Ireland and has
Isent instructions to tho clergy with refer
e euce to their future attitude regarding re?
flations between landlords and tenants.
Paris, Nov. 16.?General Le Flo is dead.
He was s3 years of age.
Indian Raids.
El Paso, Texa?, Nov. 16.?Two rnoro
raids are reported to have been made by
the bands of Indians suppo3ed to bo
Apache?, who raided two or three raccnes
in the Sabinal mining district in Mexico,
150 miles south from El Pa^o, some time
ago. They were pursued at that time by
McGrew, a cattle man from Corraiitos
ranch, with a party of eeven, but the Indian
escaped to the mountains. Three weeks
ago they attacked three Mexicans, killing
two of them. Last Thursday they attacked
a miuiug camp. But two men were
in the camp at the time, a Uerman
named Srhneidol and a negro. Both
escaped. Schneidet is familiar with
the Apaches, having beeu a chie' sig?
nal officer of Gen. Crook in tbe campaign
against Goronimo. Schneide! says tbe
band of savages was composed office bucks
and two squaws B.ith Americans and
Mexicans in that locality B.e satisfied the
marauders are Indians. A mining man from
there says : "No one need fear that we v.ill
cry Indians whoa there are none." Ou the
oontrai y all alleged Indians news i sifted,
and tha man who brings it in is held respon?
sible for the tiuth of his report. Net long
ago a mau was thrown into jail there for
circulating - false rumor of an Indian at
tack
Destructive Fire.
Buffalo, N. Y., Nov. 16.?At 2:30 o'clock
this morning a fire broke out in the exten
sivo malt houses of the Ssigel B.-ewiog Com?
pany, ou Washington street, occupying the
block between Burton alley aud Virginia
street. The fl ?mos spread with great rapid
ity, and that portion of Ihe brewery plant,
including icehouses and elevator, was en?
tirely destroyed. The fire is supposed to
have originated from an overheated kiln.
Loss on buildings is estimated at $100,000.
The eleva'or or storehouse had a capacity of
s5,0t)0 bush sis, and it is believed to havn
been full. Total to68 is at least. $150,000
The aggro.-:ato iiisiirani e is about $100,000
Prlae f ight.
BOSTON, Nov. 16.?Carney and McAuliffd
fought late last night for nearly five hours.
The crowd then di:-cjvered where the ligl?
was going on and broke in. The battle was
then postponed. Tha belting changed with
every rouod.but as a rule Carney was tbe fa
vorite at small odds. Tbo ring wes broken
down in the 71th round and, as both men !
were ablo to continue, the referee post?
poned tho Qght. Tho time for the nest
meeting is to bo mutually agreed upon.
Tho fight lasted four hours and fifty five
minutes.
Bank Suspended
Toronto, Ont., Nov. 16.?Tha Central
hank of Canada suspended payment to day.
The capital of tho bank was $1,000.000, with
SS?QO.pOO paid up. It is impossible to givo
any idea of the 'bank's position at present,
but it is expected that the depositors will
suffer no loss.
A Terrible Disaster.
Panton, China, Nj*r. 16.?The steamer
Wah Yeurig has been destroyed by ?re in
tau Canton river. About 400 passengers
are supposed to hive bseri last.
Terrible Explosion.
Hancock, Mich., Nov. 3 6.?The picking l;ou3e
of tho Hancoik Chemical WorkH vras blowu up
thi3 morning and sis men killed. rart'cnUVs ]
later.
Hon. John S. Bar bone.
The result of the recent election iu ibis
State means the rule of the people for two
years more?tha election of John 8. Barbour
to the Uaitod States Senate to ?ueeeed Rid
dleh-rger.?Stauntan Virginian.
No Mhat Mahon6 is dead, the wrangle
for the United States Senatoranip will be
gin. There should be no wrangle, however
for John 8. Barbour deserves the place, and
mould receive it without opposition.?Ro
moke Tinej.
We predict that not a single murmur of
lissent will be heard when it is pioposed in
he caucus at Richmond that Hin. John 8.
Barbour be nominated Senator irora Vir?
ginia to the Doited States Cong-ess by ac
iiBmatioa. He is, and deserves tobe", the
choice of hi? p;.rty and people,?lyncMt/r^
MONETARY AND COMMERCIAL.
New York, Nov. 10*.?The stock market open
ed >tioug t'u's morning with first prices frou t
I to % per cent, above the lioal figures of last even
i iug. The market was very active and prices . ou
tiuuod strong, though the progress made was
very slow. Late in the hour the business became
I heavy, some stocks losing the entire advance, of
j the early dealings. The market at 11 o'clock
, w-a was active und tirm generally at small frac?
tions above the opsning tiijures. Money easy at
I :la4.
Baltimore, Nov. 10'.? Virginia fa's consolidate}
' 4S1>>: past-duo coupons t32 ; 10-40s 35^; new 3j
! G21fc bid to-day.
! WHOLESALE PRICES OF PRODUCE NOV. 16
I Flonr, fine. f2 25 & 2 50
Snporfluo. 2 75 (a) 3 LH_i
Extra. 3 50 <$ 3 90
Family. 4 10 @ 4 60
Fancy brands... . 4 50 <jo 5 no
Wiioat, Longborry. . 070 <j$ 0 81
Palt?. 0 75 <a OT't
Mixed. 0 76 f} list)
Fair Wheat. 0 70 (a> 0 71
Damp and tou^i. 0 00 ? 0 70
Corn, white. 0 53 in, 0 51
Yellow. 0 50 (a) 0 .3
New Com. 0 48 @ 0 ">a
Corn Mea!. 0 55 <0 0 6?
]?y-.. 0 53 (3 0
Oats, new. 0 32 (d) 0 30
lluttor, Virgini-i prime.. . .. 0 18 Q 0 2::
Common to middling... 012 ? 015
?Eggs. ?24 ? 0 25
Live Chickens. 0 7 (a 0 9
Dress' d Chickens. 0 9 (S> Oil
Live Turkevs. 0 9 (5, 0 In
Dresied Turkcvs. 012 0 14
Dressed Pork. 0 G (a) 0 0^
Hind quarters Beef. 0 ? (a, 0 7
Foro .|uarters Beof. 0 4 ? 0 5
Ve-1 Calvos. 0 5 (co 0 fa'..,
Irish Potatoes par b:isb<sl... 0 50 (?) 0 70
Onions. 140 ? 1 5o
Apples per barrel. 150 ' @ 2 50
Dried Peaches, poolod.... 0 7 @ 0 M
" uupeelod. 0 5 (a) 0 fa
'? Cbarrioa. 0 14 Co) 015
Dried Appl-M. 0 5 ? 0 fa
Bacon?Hams, country. 012*4(05 012%
Bost sugar cured nruns. 0 12"4@ 012%
Butchers' Hams. 0 12^(3 012^,
Breakfast Bacon. 0 10^ @ Oil
Sugar-cured Shoulders. 0 8 (a) 0 8^
Bulk shooldors. 0 G1^ (c? 0 faa4
" lg. cl. sido3. 0 8 (3 0 8\i
'? fat backs. 0 7*4 & 0 1%
" Lellioa. 0 7^ <a OS
Baron Shoulders. 0 7 tifi 0
?? Sides. 0 8:14 (?0 9
Lard. <> Vii<* 0 8
Smoked Beef.. 0 14^ (3 0 15
Sugars?Brown. 0 5ty @ 0 o\j
Off A. 0 5^ @ 0 b\
Conf. Standard A... 0 6% (a) 0 0%
Gr&nulr.tod. 0 6"rt I) '
Co frees?Kio. 0 19 ?3 0 22
LaGauyra. 0 22 & 0 24
Java. 0 25 @ 0 28
MohwaosB.S. 015 & 0 18
C. B. 017 @ 018
Sugar Svrups. 0 22 (a) 0 33
Herring, Eastern, per bbl... 3 50 Qj 5 25
Potomac No. 1. 5 00 (a) 5 50
Pot. Family Roe $ bbl. 9 50 (dj 10 00
Do. f? half barrel. 4 75 (iu 5 25
Mackerel, amall.por bbl. 0 00 (a) 0 00
No. 3, medium... 00 00 (?00 OJ
No. 3, large fat... 13 00 & 14 00
No. 2. 3 5 00 (q) 18 00
Clover Soed. 4 00 @ 4 75
Timothy . 2 05 & 2 75
Plaster, ground,per ton. 4 75 @ 5 00
Ground lu l.?gs. 5 75 (3 6 00
Lump. 3 50 @ 3 75
Salt-G.A. (Liverpool). 0 76 ? 0 80
Fine. 120 @ 1 30
Turk's Island. 115 @ 1 2j
Wool?Loug nnwaabod. 0 20 (Jj 0'27
Washed. 0 30 ? 0 34
Merino, unwashed. 0 22 ? 0 25
Do. WtBbed 0 30 @ 0 34
Sama.. 0 70 @ 0 75
rfay . 10 00 @ 13 ( 0
Cut do. 18 00 @ 19 Oft
Wheat Bran $ ton $ car. 17 00 (<j 18 00
Brown Middlings " 17 75 @ 18 00
White Middlings " 19 00 (o> 19 25
Hominy Chop " 19 00 fjj, 20 00
Cotton Seed Meal " 24 CO (at 2G 00
Flour shows a hardening ton.Ieuey and some
well established face; brands of family are held
at a slight advance. The wheat markets uro
r.tthcr firmer, especially for fresh receipts of
swoo't, choice milling lota, which may be noted in
active demand, both millers and buyers paying
readily for such samples full prices, while ordina?
ry to good grades hold steady at about tho .arne
figures as for sovera! daya pait : sales to-day at
70, 72 and 73 for slightly damaged and com?
mon; 71, 75 and 70 for fair to gool, and 77 to
80 for good to prime. Corn is strong at 43 to 50
for new ; 53 to 51 for old white. Ryo and Cats
are in light receipt and wanted. Eggs and other
produce ara without quotable change,.
Bai.tiuobe, Nov. 10.? Cotton easy anddu'l,
middling lO^alO^. Flour steady and quiet.
Wheat?Southern lirm ; red 80*83; amber 82*84;
Western higher and more activo ; No 2 winter ro<l
spot 82 bid; Nov 82Ht aBked ; Dec S2~8a83>ft;
Jan 85a85V^; Feb 87 asked ; May f?0%a91. Corn
?Southern steady and firm ; white 50*53 ; yellow
?17a49: Western higher and more acivo; mixed
spot 62%a53 ; Dec old 52?g bid ; new 52a521^ ;
year 52a5234; Jan 527d bid. Oats quiet and
steady; Southern and Fenna 30a35; We;lcru
white 3ia35: do mixed 32lfea33V.2. Ryo steady
at G0a02. Hay dull and easy; prime to choiqi
Western $13&15. Provisions quiet and steady.
CorToa nominally firmer; Rio cargoes ordinary to
fair 183,18% Whiskey steady at SI 14al 15,
Other irticlea unchanged.
Chicago. Nov. 16, 11 a. m?First sales m
May Wheat tfaia morning were ^c higher thuu
last night's closing, and an additional ha was
touchod. Dec Wheat was also J4c higher at 73^.
The provision pit was full of traders, but price*
wore stoady and firm at an improvement of 2^,
making Jaa Pork $13 17Hj. At 11 o'clock Dec
Wheat was quoted at TA3^; May 80^. May Corn
48 5 1G. May Oats 30 7-10. Jan Pork $13 25.
Nov Lard $6 62^.
New York, Nov. Irl.?Cotton dull and steady
uplands 10%; Orleans lO3^; futures stoady. Flour
quiet and firm. Wheat highor and strong. Coru
bettor. Pork firm at $14 00al4 23 ; old mess
firm. Lard firmer at -V? 1Q.
S. F. DYSON".
News Dealer and Stationer,
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TP BlilGTfOF TS ?VM
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NAVLoR'S and getting some SOL'R KROUT,
FllFJiU and SALTED PORK, BOLOGNA,
FRANKFORT and HAMBURGH SAUSAGE,
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