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WHOLE NO 1737
VOL XII NO 17
WICHITA. KANSAS, FEIDAT MOENING, DECEMBER 6, 1889,
123 to 127 N.
A little talk with gentlemen about Christmas.
Youknowvou'vegotto "put up" for something
handsome and we've got the very stuff you want,
and we want to guide you a little. Many a wile
wants a good black silk dress, something solid about
it, so it's black silks we'll talk about today. A man
'can buy blaok silks of us just as well as a woman
and get just as big a bargain. Ask the wife which
she prefers, black gros grain, black faille, black
rhadzamir, or black peau de soie, and then come to
us for it. We' re just opening a big lot of them. We
don' t pay two prices for them. We buy them right
and sell them as cheap as first-class goods can be
MUNSON & MeNAMARA.
SICK UNTO DEATH
No matter how well skilled the physician may be ne cannot
give them relief. No power on earth can save them.
Nothing hut "going out of business" can bring
them even temporary relief.
It Was Our Extreme Low Priees
And Far Superior Goods That Made
Our Would-be Competitors Siek.
And there is no remedy for it, for we intend to keep on
slaughtering right and left until there is not a garment left
of thi- immense stock. It is not "trash" either, bought up
from some cheap auction house to humhug the people with,
hut good, clean, new goods from the best manufacturers in
the world. Our straightforward manner of doing business
has madtj us many warm friends and good customers. We
do not resort to tricks and
TO DECEIVE THE UNWARY.
We brand as Infamous any dealer who will take a five
dollar overcoat and mark it $9.98 and tell you it is marked
down from fifteen doliara Or one who will sell a pair of
cheap sheepskin gloves for 75c and tell you they are "Oil
tanned calf skin which they formerly sold for $1.50 " This
kind of trickery is practiced by those who do not intend to
remain in business long, and could not if they would, for the
people soon find them out and drop them instantly. We
We Sell More Overcoats,
More Suits of all Kinds,
More Fine Furnishing Goods,
More Hats and Caps,
Than all the other Dealers Combined.
Simply because we have the largest stock, the best goods,
and sell them the cheapest, and no "funny business."
COLE & JONES,
The One Price Clothiers,
208, 210 and 212 DOUGLAS AVENUE. WICHITA, KANSAS.
DON'T WAIT !
Until the last few days before Xmas to buy your Holiday
Presents, we are always so rushed with business
at that time as to make it impossible to
give you the attention we desire.
For beginning to buy now is, you can spare money in sev
eral small amounts much better and easier than to
pay out a large sum all at once.
Reason is the large and full assortment we can offer you
now which is being depleted daily. "AH things are now
ready." You are expected and will be welcomed by
ROBINSON I CHAMPION,
"Emporium of Art and Beauty."
Dont Forget the Music to-night, 7 to 10.
S. W. Cor. Douglas ave. and Market
Our great reduction sale keeps
onr store crowded all day.
There is no limit to the good
things we are letting out, and
really no bottom to the prices
at which we let them go.
Our SI. 25 Broadcloths, all
shades reduced to 90c.
Our$l Henriettas, silk warp,
and no better goods made re
duced to 80c.
Our 7oc Cashmeres reduced to
Our all wool plaids and stripes
regular price 75c, reduced to
All wool Tricots, regular
price 50c, reduced to 38c.
All our regular 25c dress
goods reduced for this sale only
Best quality Ginghams, regu
lar 12 l-2c goods, this sale Sc.
40c Flannels reduced to 30c.
30c Flannels reduced to 20c.
2oc Flannels reduced to ISc.
We will sell you the best
Cotton Flannel you ever saw ior
Table Linens, towels and all
housekeeping goods reduced.
Look at our Ladies' Under
wear at 46c; the regular price of
these goods is 65c, All-wool
Ladies' Jersey Ribbed Vests at
50c, sold elsewhere at $1.00
they are a bargain. Better
goods at 75c, SI, and SI. 25, all
worth f uDy one-third more than
our great reduction price.
Children's and Men's under
wear in great variety, all reduc
ed in prices.
In Ladies' and Children's
Wraps we will cut still deeper,
as we intend to close them all
out by Xmas. Don't intend to
carry over a single garment.
You will save fully half the
price of the garment by calling
With every purchase of one
dollar you receive a ticket in
our great one thousand dollar
Music Box drawing, the finest
instrument ever brought into
Can Comprehend the magnitude
Give Away Scheme
At 405 East Douglas avenue,
Wictnta, without going to see for
themselves, as words cannot ex
press the joy of the hearts made
happy by receiving such fine
presents as are daily Deing given
Nine gold watches, thirteen sil
ver watches, two diamond studs,
seven walnut clocks, five silver
dinner castors, six silver berry
ten silver cups, five dozen shver
plated knives, four dozen silver
plated forks eight dozen silver
plated spoons, thirty-three ladies
gold lace pins, twenty-ninr ladies
gold earrings, and many other
articles which there is not space
to mention, have been drawn.
And the changes are just as good
now as when it first started, ior
when anything i drawn another
is put on the number in its place
to be drawn gain.
Those who have called to see it
have pronounced it ths most
liberal and fairest give away
scheme they have ever seen.
The goods are Actually Given
Away for proods are sold cheaper
than any other house in the state
are selling the same quality. And
every purchase of 35 ol more
draws something right on the
spot. "We cannot give the names
of all the lucky ones, a some ob
ject to it, but. the following names
are of those who have drawn
gold watches and do net object:
J. 2. Allison, carpenter ar Bunon
car works; Mrs. S. F. Lane, 252 N.
Market street; George P. Locke,
boot and shoe merchant: W. B.
Lawrence, salesman in MerriTs
store, and others whose names
cannot be given.
ARID LA3DS MAY BE MADE PRO
DUCTIVE WITHOUT IT.
Pulverization and Use of Fertilizers
Successfully Applied to West
ern Desert Lands,
Grasses and Forage Plants Will be Profit
ably Grown Sorghum Among
the Orops Mentioned.
An Encouraging Report from the Agricul
tural Station Near Garden City The
RoastingProcess of Manufacturing
Sorghum Sugar Impresses Mr.
Mohler State flews.
Washington, Dec 5. Secretary Rusk
has received a report from the agricultural
experimental station in southwestern
Kansas, near Garden City, announcing
that it has been demonstrated that the
arid lands of the west can be made pro
ductive without the aid of irrigation.
Experiments at the station have proved
that the desert land uuirrignted will pro
duce plentiful supplies of masses and
forage plants including sorghum, and it is
believed that wheat, corn and potatoes
will grow equally as well. Only two
thing3 were necesssary to accomplish
these results: First, the ground was pul
verized deeply to make a bed for holding
water that falls in rain; second, the
planted surface was covered after the
sowing of the first crop with matted strnw
to keep the loam from blowing away and
with it the seed. Subsequent crops will
require no straw for the reason that the
m.itted roots will keep the dry earth from
being blown away by the high winds.
The Supreme Court Dimissesthe Motion in
the "Wallace County Case,
TorEKA, Kan., Dec 5. The supreme
court today dissmissed the motion for a
rehearing of the Wallace county seat elec
tion case. Three years ago an election de
cided that for the next five years the coun
ty seat should be located at Sharon
Springs. The town of Wallace contested
the election in the supreme court, which
decided in favor of Sharon Springs. On
the occasion of a motion for a rehearing
last week there was some excitement over
the matter and the people of Sharon
Springs armed themselves to prevent an
anticipated raid by the Wallace people.
The court house was guarded by men
armed with Winchesters for some time
but no outbreak occurred. It is believed
that the decision of the supreme court will
have the effect of quieting the people.
ANNUAL SANITARY CONVENTION.
Lawrence, Kan., Dec. 5. The fourth
annual sanitary convention met in this
city last night. Judge Hindman, of
Olathe. presided. Emineat members of
the medical profession from various parts
of Kansas were present. After invocation
by Rev. Ayers, pastor of the Episcopal
church, Mr. W. B. "Woodward extended to
the visitors a most cordial welcome.
Judge Hindman replied in a pleasant and
appropriate address. The objects of the
convention was set forth in a paper, pre
pared by Dr. Johnson, of Atchison, but he
not being present, it was read by Dr. Will
iams, of Olathe. Interesting and instruc
tive papers were read by Prof. F. O. Mar
vin on "Lawrence Sowerage;" by J. W.
Redden, of Topeka, secretary of the state
board of health, on "Self Knowledge:" by
Mi-s Sarah Brown, of this city, on "What
Schools May Do for Sanitary Science."
The closing address was by Mr. John
Hutchings. The convention will remain
in session for tw o days.
THE ROASTING PROCESS.
An Important Improvement in Manufac
ture of Sorghum Sugar.
TOPEKA, Kan., Dec. 5. Secretary
Mohler. of the agricultural department,
leturued today from a tour of inspection
of the sorghum sugar plants of the state.
He says that he found nearlv every factory
had a successful season. lie gave special
attention to the factory at Mmeola, where
he "roasting'' process is in use. Mr.
Mohler was favorably impiessed with the
new process, which takes the place to an
extent of the diffusion machinery, which
is the usual process in use. It is claimed
for the new piocet.5 that it will revolution
ize the sugar business.
STATE HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY.
Paola, Kan.. Dtc. 5. Many more dele
gates fioin different parts of the state have
arrived to attend the twenty-third annual
meeting of the Kansas Mate Horticultural
society. Alto promintnt fruitgrowers,
geologists and Botanists from different
parts of the United States. Among the
late arrivals are: Charles Metfield, the
Missouri fruit man, of St. Lou;; Prof.
J. T. Lowell. Washburn college, Topeka;
S G. Baldwin, benec.i, Kan., Warren
Knaugs. editor Democrat, McPnerson,
Kan.. Prof. W. A. Kelleman, Manhattao,
Kan., Robert Hay, state geolosridt. Junc
tion City, Kan : J. A Gage. Fairbury,
Xeb.; J. V. Kinsley, .Linn county, Kan.:
J. bout, representing Kansas, iarmer, To
pek.i. Sergeant Gennmg, of the United
btates weather bureau, Topeka.
READY TO TREAT.
The Cherokee Committee Selected Two
Members Opposed to Present Offers.
Kansas City. Mo., Dec 5. A special to
' the Times from Tablcqnah, L T . says that
Chief Maves today finally found three men
who were acceptable to the senate as
membsrs of the commission to treat with
the United States commission for the sale
of the Cherokee outlet. The members of
, the commission as confirmed by the senate
I Hre ex-Chief BushyheAd, Councilman
Duncan and Rev, Adam Lacy, the latter
being pastor of the Baptist church here.
The two latter are opposed to tee sale of
the land at SI. 25 per cr. Busbyhead is
The committee orsaniz-d today and
after familiarizing it?f with, tbe corres
pondence in the matter of the sale will
' meet toe United States commissioner-
1 in the senate today the committee on
the public domaia reported, recommend
1 ing tae non acceptance of the offer of lease
1 made by "Williamson, Blair & Co., of In
j dependence, Mo. The report will be
j iit.Musia. rw.au., A-rrc. a. -i.& a
oclock tonight "Cauck .Rosenthal, a
wortaless character well known in police
circles here, entered Binoger gun store,
nd pretending to purchase a revolver
asked to "bare it loaded. "When this was
done Rosenthal grabbed the pistol with
his left hand and fired a shot through his
right breast, the ball entering the right
nipple and coming out under the right
shoulder blade. The ball strucic a rib and
glauced, thus preventing the death of the
would-be suicide. He will recover.
CLEVELAND TO FREE TRADERS.
Cleveland, Om Dec. 5. The Young
Men's Democratic lub of Canton. O., cel6
brated the second anniversary of ex-President
Cleveland's tariff message to congress
tonight with srieeches, banquet and; balL
Colonel C. S. Brico and other -well known
Democrats were present. Letters of re
gret were received from ex-President
Cleveland, Governor-elect Campbell. ex
Governor Hoadley, Congressman Mills and
Ex-President Cleveland, in his letter ex
pressing his regret at not being able to at
tend, savs: 'lf the exercises you contem
plate and outline in your letter are carried
out all who attend are certainly promised
a rare exposition of sound doctrine from
the eloquent and able speakers you have
secured. If at any time in the past it has
with any truth been said that our party
did not invite to its standard the enter
prising and thoughtful young men of the
country, today such an allegation shall be
disputed, and these men, keenly alive to
their country's welfare, quick to discover
the needs of the present and ready in the
freedom of untrammelled thought to fol
low in the pathway of good citizenship,
cad be safely trusted with political respon
sibilities." FOREIGN DRY GOODS.
MANCHESTER, Dec. 4. The Guardian in
its commercial article says: The market
is not inactive, although there are few ex
tensive transactions. Occasionally fair
quantities are placed for Calcutta and
Madras, but the Bombay business is small,
owing to the narrow limits. There is some
inquiry for China staples, but mostly at
the lowest rates. There are moaerate
sales for South America, Egypt and the
vant, and prices are hardening. There is
some inquiry for bandied yarn for India
and China, but this is largely im
practicable. There is little basineaa
in loop yarns for the continent. There
are liberal deliveries on previous orders
Manufacturers are mostly well fortifieU
with orders. Though it has been found
impossible to advauce the rates for cloth,
the position is in every way better than it
was three months ago. Firmness prevails
geuerallv, though plain heavy goods, suit
able for China, are difficult to sell at the
current low quotations. Advices from
Germanv concerning the Rhenish and
Westphalian cotton spinners' work on the
combination or ring system show that
they are enjoying good times. Over one
third of their production for 1890 has been
AN UNFAITHFUL WIFE.
J.k Pop.te. Ind.. Dec. 5. A divorce case
which promises sensational developments
was filed in the circuit court today. The
plaintiff is Mr. C. H. Browu, a wealthy
lumber merchant of Michigan City. The
petition tells the tale as follows:
Early in August last Mrs. Brown, with
the permission of her husband, went to
visit friends at Omaha, Neb. She was to
return September 12, aud according to an
agreement he was to meet her at Gales
burg, 111. At the appointed time Mr.
Brown went to Galesburg, but not meet
ing his wife took the next train home, sup
posing, of course, that his wife had de
cided to prolong her visit. The next day
after his return Mrs. Brown arrived and
explained her delay by saying that she
missed the train. Mr. Brown accepted ail
in good grace.
Sometime afterward a letter arrived at
the postollice from the department at
"Washington. It was a tender epistle
written by the alleged unfaithful wife to
Mr Cash Means, a traveling salesman at
Omaha. Tho letter fairly gushes with
faeutiment and expressions of aUe ction. It
had failed to reach Mr. Means and had
been forwarded to the dead letter office.
Mr. Brown became distrustful and n be
lief of his wife's unfaithfulness flashed
through his mind in an instant. He went
borne, and without further ceremony, Mrs.
Brown was commanded to leave his house.
The letter is in possession of the plaintiff
und will prove a valuable bit of evidence
at the trial. The petition also further
charges Mrs. Brown with adultery.
VERDICT OVER FlRE VICTIMS.
Minneapolis, Minn., Dec. 5. The cor
oner's jury in the inquest on bodies of vic
tims of the Tribune buildiug fire brought
in a verdict declaring that the owners of
the Tribune building if not legally re
sponsible are morally culpable for tho Iocs
of life. The jury recommends that an in
spector be appointed to devote his whole
time to fire escapes. The further recom
mendation is made that all electric wires
in the city be placed underground ho fire
men hereafter will not be obstructed by
them in their endeavors to save life and
propertv. In the opinion ol tae jury naa
it not been for the obstruction met with in
the electric wires the ladder woula have
been erected in time to have saved all the
people that were in tne sixth and seventh
stories at the time of the arrival of the
fire department at the scene of the fire.
HARRISON WILL VISIT CHICAGO.
CHICAGO, 111 , Dec. 5. All the members
of the Italian opera company, which Is to
appear at the opeumg ol the season at the
Auditorium, except Patti, Alabani aud
Mordica, have arrived in Chicago.
The presidential party will leave Wash
ington for Chicago ou the afternoon train
tomorrow to attend the opening of the
Auditorium. President and Mrs. Harri
son and Mr. Halford will spend Sundy
in Indianapolis and proceed to Chicago
Washington, Dec. 5. The president has
decided to leave here tomorrow for Chica
go. He will be accompanied by Mrs. Har
rison, First Assistant Postmaster General
Clarkon, Mrs. Ciarkson, Mis-. Wanamaker
and Private Secretary Halford. The party
will go by way of Icdianupolu and prob
ably remain tuera over Sunday
ANGRY WITH THE MINISTRY.
Br.rsiELS, Dec. 5. There was another
exciting scene in the chamber of deputies
today, the occasion being a debate oyer
the suspension from office of the adminis
of public safety. M. Lejeune. The minu
ter of juatice dtclared tnattbe administra
tor kuew the character of tiie anarchist.
Pourfaaix, but inaintaiard him at his post
without the knowledge of the cabiuet
Radical Deputy Bit, nere demanded tbe
withdrawal of "the expres-ioa and he apol
ogized. A great crowd had gatbertd out
side the chamber, and as the mmitr
passed out there w?re cne of "resign, re
sign " ssveral persons were arrested for
creating a disturbance. Groups of ex
cited men paraded the stre;. but all we
finally dispersed by the police.
SIGNED BROTHERHOOD CONTRACTS
CLEVELAND, O., Dsc 5. Catcher Tim-
' mer and Fielder McAleer, of last year's
. Cleveland team, today signed Brotherhood
contracts. President A. L. Johnson today
received a telegram from Mike Keliey in
nfrancisco, sajmg that he nad secured
'he signatures of Carney, Richardson,
I Xab, Johnson. Daley and Radbottrae to
GAS WORKERS WILL STRIKE.
LONDON, Dec 5. Seventeen hundred
and eighty men employed in the gas house
of London have given notice that they will
tnke on Decerab-r 13.
PATT1 ARRIVES IN NEW YORK.
NewYokk, Dec 5. Madame Adeliaa
PtiJ!coUne arrived here today on the
FLED MTH THE FUNDS.
HDGE DEFALCATION BY A HOUSE
Cashier Silcott Missing Together
With About Seventy-Two
Individual Deposits of Congressmen to an
Unknown Amount and Other Ac
An Investigation Asked by Late Sergeant-
at-Arm3 Leedom and Instituted by
House Committees Appointed
by the Speaker A Tariff BUI
by Yoorhees Important
Senate Measures, Etc
Washington, Dec. 5. From present ap
pearances Edward Silcott, cashier of the
sergeant-at-arms of the house of represen
tatives, has fled, carrying with him $72,000
of the funds entrusted to his keeping.
Silcott was a trusted man who came here
from Ohio and was appointed by Mr.
Leedom when that gentleman assumed
office six years ago. His superior had un
limited confidence in him. Last Saturday
he notified Mr. Leedom that he was goiug
to New York and would bo back Sunday
night. Ho did not return then, but Mon
day he sent word he would return in the
evening. Since then nothing has been
heard of him. Yeiterd.iy his accounts
were examined and the shortage discov
ered. During the afternoon tho employes in
the sergeanr-at-arra6' office were busy
going over the books and accounts. A
statement secured from the treasury
shows that laat week Silcott in three cays
drew S133.442 from the department. Tbe
payments were as follows: November 127,
38.o03, November 29. $.'W,203, November
30 $00,623; total 133,442 Out of this total
a considerable sum was paid out to mem
bers, some money wne turned over to the
paying teller to meetcurreut needs and the
exact balance missing according to the
books is 71,859; but a number of repre
sentatives were In tbe habit of keeping
individual derjoaits with the sergeant-al
arms and in fact a general banking busi
ness was dono in the otliceou a small ncaln.
What these losses are Hub not yet bten
ascertained. Inquiry at some of the banks
this afternoon developes the fact that Sil
cott paid $40,000 in notes at the National
Metropolitan bank Saturday. Thure aro
also rumors that he overdrew hia accounts
elsewhere, but with their customary re
serve the banks fail to say anything in
confirmation. The heavy total of notes
paid above referred to goes to confirm the
stories that are afloat here of extraordi
nary living and rash speculations by the
Later information is to the
effect that the paying teller's
funds, although in tho same safo where
Silcott kept his money, were protected by
a separate lock and steel door which may
ezplaiu their preservation. Mr. Leedom
is reported as having said that he could
raise about 2,000, which would leav a
deficit of $48,000 to be made good by his
HOW IT WAS JlAJJK rOSSIBLTl
It appears that the United States treas
urer has repeatedly called attention in his
annual reports to the necessity for the hj
pointnieutof a. suitnbledisbursing officer hy
the house for the handling of itsfundu, and
some heed is now likely to be paid to ihot-e
recommendations The present system
under which it was possible for a defalca
tion to happen is as follows: The f-ponkcr
certifies that a member is entitled to $417
salary for a stated month. These ccrtili
catesare signed by the members and given
to the bergeant-at-arms, who collects the
money from the treasury, where the cer
tificate is received as a reciupt and placrs
it to the account of tho membem. Silcott
collected the money last week on a num
ber of these certitlcatfs. The total was
not beyond tbe ordinary drnfts and ne hud
been making the same collections for tv
WHERE THE MSS FALLS.
What concerns the members of the
house most deeply just now Is whom the
loss will fall upon. Some of the most able
lawyers in the house, and particularly
tboae members who have drawn all of
their salary, and have it in their pocket,
are of the opinion that in signing the cer
tificates the members have given a receipt
to the treasury and released the govrrn
ment from liability, in which case
they must look to Mr. Lee
dom or his Kurties for thf.r money
Others the majority of whom have
not drawn their salary hold that as the
certificates were signed and presented be
fore December S, wo"n th nlarien wrre
due, the treasurer mut have tnken noti
of that fact ,nd could not bare Willy
paid the certiflcntes Meanwhile many ol
the member will be for a urnf at le--t,
kept out of their November salary, which
as Representative Bntterworb say, it
pretty hard with Christmas so netr at
The commlttre appointed today to look
into the defalcation will meet tomorrow
and begin the investigation.
PERSONAL I)EFObIT8 LOSSES.
A number of members made a practice
of uaing the offio- as a bank und tbronn
this was permiUfd.althougn tbe aergeniit-at-arms
was under no obligation to nllow
this. Among the members who loe per
sonal deposits are- Kife of Pennsylvania,
$2,500. J D. Taylor of Ohio. $3fX. (i
Boutelle of Maine. 51,5. liayne of IVnn-
fcvlvania, tl.n01. Bur.frwo th -i Ohio. 8M,
Hermrtfin of Oregon. 3i,T00 I'ev..er of
Nor h Dakota, WOO; ParneU of Nebranca,
$2,100, and Ow-n of Indiana, 25
Nearly all the njernbr o- .om rcony
on account of salary due thrn. but affairs
are in so much confcion that a ilxt of
tne members and their lo can not be
given. Some member permitted tbeir
FAlaries to remain untouched for ererl
mm hs and titese are the greatest suiler
ers by tbe defalcation.
Among tbe report in circulation ta sight
wa one to xhe effect that RprfatAtive
Turner, of Kansas, would tte that he had
seen Silcott in tbe sergastrat-artn office
Tuesday morning. Mr Tarner ays
he did make Mich a statement, but It w
a case of rnttafc'-n identity and that he
hatf discovered trmt be had ben eonfoslr.x
Cashier Silcott aart Paying Teller Ba11"0- . to -cur tcca preleiaoc lor a loreiga cor
tine. Speaking of toe prc-babimie ef the J poratjoa.
members of cosgrex beinc ont of pcc-el ! Mr. Mly. of Sonth Dakota, Jntrodoee-4
by the defalcation Mr. Tcrner said that it bill to prvidou fcer ar4 guu of Out
onld depend npon whether tt act
creatinz the office made tne Msrgeant-at-
I arms tbe government rpreatilre, or
' whether, as aeeraed probanie troia the fa-t
mat rnemb-rs alined autboruuuont.
he wm tbe renreentaliTe of tfce merabr.
, In the first ca the gov-rarnent, and to j
tb second toe member tiseraie. wiw
be losers. I he law would have to be v-ry
dear and ucdHputable in aopport of tbe
nrjt proposition before ne wona vet for
a reaolation to reimburse kltneif and
other member for the lo4 of their Ury
If silcott has gone to Caoda, i gener
ally aitntned. tab defalcation will give a
sk; powerful irnpeta to tfce government
far an extradition trety with Canada.
SIR. LZZJXHTS STATKStENT.
Mr. Leedom. made tbe following tate-
Wdsdar, abcot 333
o'clock, Mr. Ballentlae, paying teller,
called me aside and said: 'I am distressed;
I believe something has happened to Mr.
Selcott. I fear he may have been killed.
Here is the combination that unlock tha
safe. I told him that I knew nothing;
about tha matter, and asked him to un
lock the safe, which he did with
considerable trouble. Mr. Ballen
tine said he wanted me to
count the money. The first
package I picked up was a package of II
bills with a $100 on tbe back of it. The next
was a similar package. That was a very
unusual thing. I said: 'Ballentine, the
jig's up. Something is wrong.' We went
through the work of examining the safe
and found there was $34,400. He should,
have had in the safe $105 000."
The committee to investigate the sergeant-at-arms'
office held a meeting at tha
Arlington hotel tonight in the public
lauds committee room. The investiga
tion will be secret, for the present at least.
HIS RECORD NOT GOOD.
Craven Edward Silcott came from
Youngtown, O., where he has been a
merchant for many years. Persons who
knew Silcott's habits, however, do not
give him a good name. It is said that ha
was Intimate withm disreputable woraau.
going by name of Louise Barrett, whom ha
bad supported for some time, and, it wn
asserted, she was now his companion. Ho
also l-.Hd therenutatiouofpliyingthe race
Silcott leaves a wife and three children
behind. The oldest is a married
son, 22 vears of age, employed in tha
house document room.
HIS VEM ALE COMPANION.
The name of Silcott'a female companion
is Louise E Thiebault. She is a French
Canadian living in Quebec. List Tuejdar
she told the woman of a house in which,
she had lived that Silcott has asked her if
she would come out and live with him
after he had got located in the west. Sh
told htm fche would do so, but that she
wantea to co home first. It is not be
lieved she knew of Silcott's embezzlement
as she said nothing of it.
THE HOUSE WILL INVESTIGATE.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 5. The speaker laid
before the house the following communi
cations from J. P. Leedom, late sergeant-at-arms
of the house, directed to tha
"I recret to report that C. E. Silcott,
late cashier of the offico of the sergeant-at-arms,
has departed from this city without
settling his accounts, aud I have been un
able to ascertain his whereabouts, and
there is a deficienov in the cash of tha
office. In view of these circumstances I
respectfully rcquext an immediate investi
gation of my accounts, under such action
as the house of representatives may taka
in the Dremiseii."
Mr. Adams, of Illinois, therefore offered
the following resolution which was unani
Whereas, J. I. Leedom, late sergennt-at-arma
of tha houso of representatives,
has reported to the house tnat C EL Sil
cott, late cashier of tho office of theser-gcant-at-arms,
has departed from the city
without Miltliug his accounts and h
whereabouts are unkuonu, and that thorn
is n deficiency in cash m said office of.
Resolved. That a nulect committeobo ap
pointed by the speaker to examine the ac
counts of said office and report thereon to
Tbe committee, which has the authority
to administer oaths and to report in whole
or Dart at any time, wa nppimted by tho
speaker as follows: Meir. Auu,
Stewart of Vermont, Payne, Heed ot
Iowa, Holman. Blount and Iiomphlll.
HOL'SK COMMITTEES NAMED
The speaker also appointed the following
On rules Tho sptaker and Messrs. Mc
Kinley, Cannon, CarJUlo and Randall.
On accounts Messrs Kpooner. Booth
man, Kelly of Kansas, McCord, Huua
brough, Hayes, Grime", Lee and Kerr oC
On enrolled bills Messrs. Kennedy,
Townscnd of Putinsrlvanl.i. Moore of Nw
Hampshire, Kilcoru and Willinms.
The houo then, on motion of Mr. Mo
Kiuley, ut 12.16, adjourned until Monday.
Mr. Yoorhees Opeae the Tariff Eeform Cou
flict in tho Senate-
Washington, Dec. 5 Among the nu
meroun memorials and petitions preented
wan on signed by D. E. Webster, asking
that the national title Ik; changed to that
of "the United States of Columbia."
Among the bills introduced and referred
were the following:
By Mr Beck For the retirement of
Uulted States legal tender and national
bank notes of small denomination! and
the issue of coin certificates In lieu of gold
and silver ccrtiflcAteh. alo to repeal tha
laws relating to the sinking fund.
By Mr Blair To give the right of trial
by jury to claimant, for ;erision.
By Mr IngalJn To aid and pacure tha
commemoration of tbe 400th annivernary
of the discover of America.
Mr. Voorhee offered a loog preamble
and resolution in reference to the tariff
tnxatioa which he sku to bvlid upon
the tble for tb prcK-nt. It declared that
ah existing tarill taxe on foreign fner
rhandnw should o no r-vj-d, repcill and
umenuVd a v pr vi i F.ret, for lb- col
lection of a imuVieftt Amount of revenuo
to nay the expehxo of tbe govrntnnt,
economically adiuiujiierl, toe prtncipsl
din! inU-ree-t of the public d"bt they fall
due and liberal petMiont but not a dollar
more S-oid, for t tajcafOH of 'l
article, of luxury at the highest pnvctScaLJa
r.uti iiiu lor the redut i.uu of Uijce ou ad
n swtnes of civi!.rt jifo, noch an atl,
u,ir. ttuolrn good, iron. tJ and other
iUpi cojnJnodillr Ui the lowest tf.U-
couviOent for tnll for renoe and for
nothing tut rerenue. Tblid, for the cur
Uiioieot and overthrow n 'nt s potbl!
J of all tnotpUf In
, ment ot tfif frrc liu
trd. ur the nbtrg
u to thr full extent that
the wine cat le done wubout impairing
and endangering tbe necjiMiry revt cue at
the gvrnmeot, hav.ng in new t u
time and under nil ctreuouUnce. a Hb
ral policy of trade with the people ol nr
eign coatitrie d tbe etabUthrnnt ol
eqUAl and "xact JuMle -mocgt our ta
ctltZMU. with tx exclusive privileges to
Mr. Plamb offsrM a resolution fwhJeh
wjl gre-i u) ca.hoe on th rUrj o
tbe trvatary for a ttruietit lo
wb-Uicr employe in the ub-tn'asarT
at New Yorit nave g.ven Kcutlty tar
itv perforniAoe-of tneir puLUc dutir tii
boad ol a forertgn erroraUoti, whelfccr
orb vecnty b l-e c- by the direc
tion or ne4'r is- advice of the lat
i trecrer. ws if o wtot rraok operated
1 goTerara-os .xooi reqamnz j-iyraest ot
tacA tJte nrxler tbe internal rerau
Lw for ttie t3aafACtar nd jutlrof itt
toxjcting i .'j cor it tz.t wbre tjch
ajsa'enre or wde prohibited by tb
ue cooutotk& Referr"!.
Tbe nee prident having informed tia
senate tfcAi he would Le absent froro tfce
city two or three days text week Mr I
jcall w electa! xt president pro tesi
during tfce abeace of the t,c ornsdcau
Xte mmU ibtu adjourned Uti Monday
NOMINATIONS SENT JN.
Wjt. HII5GTWS. Iec 5 Tfc pteldm
today jx-at tte eQU aereral ha&dre4
nominations of prws. pjxrtalJ tooc
during the rec of eoegrr. Tbej wf
Sa the departments of tat. jesllee, lavr-
1 risr. wr and &rr.
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