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TOt.1. NO. 197.
WASHXETGrTOiLSr, D. C, MONDAY MORNING-, OCTOBER 1, 1894.
IRS. OLBERS DISAPPEARS
Left Home Saturday Morning and Has
Kot Been Heard from Since.
CLOSE SEARCH AND NO CLEW
Her Husband Distracted and Using Every
Effort to Ascertain Her Whereabouts
Doubts as to Her Sanity Sbo Kay Be
Wtndering Around or Been Spirited Away.
Another sensational feature has been added
to t e airway celebrated Olbprg-Russell eon-f-ray
case by the disappearaneo of Mrs.
Z a i lara Olberg, the most important witness
. sj priori ot Mm charge of forgery made
e;;.'-! the breezy Maor Alexander A.
-M. OJberg -wns last seen by her husband
a' U 7 o'clock Saturday morning, when she
re; unking ready to go to the Pension Offlee.
t -v -he is employed. Tip to a late hour
2 . n.bt she liad not returned to her
1 - and there is no trace of her present
v. -f-a'oute. Mr. Olberg, faithful and loyal
i 1 s wife to the hut, is distracted on account
:t , ra'-senoe, tad ttie rest of the family are
- all', worried.
i - wman has disappeared .as completely
as J tV earth had opened and swallowed
1 r,'ta hint or a claw being left behind.
A iu ' " search hae been made for her, but at
c - t the Marchers have been baffled by
t . t that not one of the family can im
c r where she has sought a refuge. A gen
c .j. irni has been seat out to the police to
Vvt-j 'or Mrs. Olberg. because there are
v .rv u a ded reason to suspect that she is
wit ' riuc about the streets or has strayed
,n , . -ountry about the -hy.
Ii u't-euee of Mrs. Olberg will have a
r os.t significant bearing on the hearing got
u jwu fr this morning of the charge against
'In or Lussell, who is said to baveduped Mrs.
v Vrg into stripping her trusting husband of
m -sell's tate sErsxns nrox her.
fee is the only person who can positively
ea1 li-h the guilt of the pension examiner
i: T:,e charge against him is true, and tbe
Lcring has been postponed several times in
t'.n wlice court because she could not be in
u ed to promise to tell the whole truth on
t tand. Judge Miiler declared, when beal
; '. d the case to go over the last time, that
I'tlif ,iroscution was not ready to go ahead
' ' is morning's bearing li would be obliged
t di-tm-s the case and order the prisoner's
t - ' irs?
.. irinds of Mrs. Olberg have beliovcd
that cue wat- not mentally responsible for her
a -, since tbe remarkable scandal has been
reiled. It has been recalled that her
i oilier was insane at one time, and that Mrs.
-, f's has had noticeable eccentricities.
C !.?Nu entry it ts believed y some that the
t mt)ir- strain and worry which has followed
the -hock of the exposure has worked upon
Lrz rcinii to such an extent that she has
dKendned to flee from the scene of her
f abl -s. Either she has gone into hiding or
i wandering aimlessly about.
On tb" other hand, the members of the
JttjiIv think that she has been induced to
I u i, tne city in order that she may not ap
pear in court this morning.
WATT1XO IX VAIK FOR HIS WlrX.
"When Mr. Olberg found that his wife did
a t return Saturday night he began to feel
nervous and uneasy. AH through the long
i. "ht he waited for her to come home, but in
t.i n. Larlv yesterday morning he at once
set ua iue!tJgation on foot, but without re
Edl. Pin ate Detective JamS A. McDevitt,
rlij v 'ked up the case against Major Ru s
b.j, w.is informed, and every pxsfble effort
vtos rrade to locate the missing wife.
"Mr Oltierg is not a woman of strong
m i 1 said Detective McDevitt. "and she
las rr 'bably gone away under the influence
(f, nie one deeply interested in
te tai'-ome of the prosecution against
3Iaor liv.sfll. Again, she may be wan-dr"-iLg
aimlessly about, as she has
b'u s uffering great distress of mind since the
j:j I'iings Were begun. You know her
Xujti cr was insane."
3iTra. Olberg went away mysteriously ones
br-rur" without tolling her family or friends,
a i remained absent sometime. She has sev
eral s, range ideas. One of these is an abhor
Z e ofhorseears. She will not ride on one
I auce sbe believes that it is cruelty to
t J"" Ljres.
"ilr. llerg is very much incensed at Major
I Hi. thorn he doesn't hesitate to call the
C -.r er of hi6 home, not to mention the dis
r j. ar.ince of his vlO.000 rural property.
1'f 4i'- the gallant major a hyena, and is
e L-Ceri'ig so intensely that it is feared ho will
OX.BER0 EXnBELT IS THE DARK.
Mr. Olberg was seen late last night in re
gard to Mrs. Olberg's disappearance. The
Luuse on H street northwest was dark when
tae rpporter called, aad Mr. Olberg bad re
tired fcr the night. The sturdy Norwegian
apoiomsad lor receiving his visitor in bed
anJ expressed his readiness to answer any
fup-i ins that might be asked.
"HaYo you heard anything from Mrs.
Oiberc since blie left'" asked the ropoi tor.
'No.' said Mr. Olberg, "I haven't seen her
Bin 't estirday moraing about T o'clock."
D-d sheo to work theaV" wa3 the next
-1 uppose she did. I don't know."
Wii.i stops have you taken to And her?"
I nified McDevitt this morning early.
Tin c1io didn't come home lat night, I be
cili auspicious and telephoned McDevitt.
Fe wrisn t in, and I telepbonod several times.
I 1 un"t get him, so I wsited till this morn
icf iu 1 reported it to him. I wanted to do
try 2uv," he added in conclusion, his voice
1 .. k with supprssafeeling.
4 Hus McDevitt learned anj thing?"
' - I -aw him lo-day. again, but he could
tf 1 o nothing."
- n?'-p you any idea where she went? Can
y . ' jtrm any opinion?"
i,Iuou't know. I can't imagine. I
v.uul cyuld. "Whore could sbe go?" came
i . tv.d succession from Mr. Olberg's lips as
Is cat up in bed and clasped his hands con-
J I : -rr J, more as If to himself than to the ques-
HAS IWUBTS OF HIS Wira's SASITT.
Ilr. OJberg, have you evor had any sus
j'. J.nasto your wife's sanity?" asked the
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It will pay you to Investigate.
Wood, Harmon & Co.,
CS3 Thirteenth streot northwest
roporter, and then, as Mr. Olberg hesitated
for a reply, he put the question again: "Did
you ever have any reason to think that she
was mentally unbalanced?"
Mr. Olberg took time to answer. "Yes,"
he said, slowly. "You know such tilings run
in families. Mrs. Olberg's mother, Mrs.
Luekor. hns lived with us for twenty years.
About twelve years ago sho suddenly became
insane, though not violent. The doctors
wanted to have her sont to St. Elizabeth's
Hospital, but I wouldn't do it. I thought I
would keep it quiet for my wife's sake, so I
hnd private trentment for her, and moved
around a good deal, so as to give her a. change
of surroundings occasionally, and kept every
thing bright and pleasant around her.
"After a while she practically recovored,
but has boon subject to periods of hallucina
tion and mental distress. Sho is not alto
gether responsible now. Mrs. Olberg ever
since that tirao h:is had times of hys
teria and extromo nervousness. Her actions
lately have not been those of n person of
The reporter rose to tako his loavo, but Mr.
Olberg detained him.
"You askod me whore' she could go." he
said. "Where could sho go? Whero should
Thp tears v.oro streaming down his fnco
and the &talwart frame was shaken with sobs
as he repeated, "Where should she go?"
Then he continued: "If sho was in troublo,
if she needed a protector, if sho wanted a
friend (he was sitting up as ho spoke),'
"where should sho come but homo?" With
dramatic fervor, tapping his breast with
nervous fingers, ho said agHin: "Where
Bbonld she come but to mo hor husband?"
Then with streaming eyos and snaking
voice while he held his visitor with both
hands he begged that nothing inoro be said
about his wife.
"Keep her name out of the papers." he
begged, his loyal hoart still going out in lovo
to the woman that wittingly or unwittingly,
but none the less cortainly, has brought rum
and disgrace to him. "Keep Ella's name ouU
of the papers. It can do no good to put it
The pathos of the scene was heart-breaking,
as he beeged for the wife who had wronged
him. There was no thought of slf. It was
his sole idea that the wife of his lovo and loy
alty must be sheltered.
MODERN WEATHER VANES.
Contemporaneous Immorality Discussed
by Hcv. Howard Wilbur Ennis.
"Modern weather vanes'was the subject
of Eev. Howard "Wilbur Ennis' sermon at the
"Western rreebjierian Church lat evening.
The pastor based bis remarks on tbe story
of the wanderings of Lot, and proceeded to
show how easy it was for men and women in
those days to be turned hy the slightest 'puff
of a seductive wind of modern immorality or
Dr. Ennis selected his text from Genesis,
thirteenth chapter, a portion of the twelfth
verse: "And Lot pitched his tent toward
"In the picture before us." said the speaker,
"thero is visible indication of moral retro
gression. There are some men who are as
weather vanes on a moral pivot. We look to
them for example. But sometimos these
vanes fail us. We watch them to see which
way the moral wind will blow. The slightest
whiff of wind will turn them in an entirely
opposite direction than that which we ex
pected. "Lot was one of these weather vane3. At
the point wbieh we se him to-nigh ho was
on a pivot. xVbram and he bad to separate.
He was selfish and chose the plain. His Inck
of will power led him to do an evil deed, and
so he chose. But when Lot arrived on the
plain and had been there for a short time he
became dissatisfied. He went in the eastern
direction from whence bo had just come.
The weather vane was turning and the storm
clouds began to gather. Lot was unnble to
see his way before him.
"To-day the storm i corning back again.
Buddhism and theosophy are coming back to
us again and we are unaware of it. Theoso
phy is a mist shutting from our vision the
sight of our Father.
',But Lot soon separated from all thing
good. He had cut the rop-is that held him to
God and thought he wo aid sow a field of his
wild oats. It was n j oa s business what ho
did. That's what the S"i tfera of our religion
say to-day. They are umgthu lecture plat
form to proclaim what they pretend is tho
true religion. But th(y are glad toifinpy tho
advantages of Cbrivtiau virilization.
"Lot pitched bis tent towards Sodom, and
tbe city became a synoa.m for vice and all
that is immoral. Many rrrn and women aro
pitching; their tents on" towards Sodom, like a
bird that builds its nov in the caves of tho
roof, and soon the molten fire will come and
the birdiing's home i- destroyed. So it is
wifh men and womn -they are lost in tbo
pleasures of the whirlpool of our fast metro
In conclusion Dr. Lnnis urged tbo young
men and woman not to .it"h their tents under
the walls of the medon. Sodoms, but to sub
mit themselves to the will of God and bj
guided by his counsels.
WAUGH CHAPEL'S ROLLCALL,
Kpworth Lcngucrs of the Chnrch Observe
Their Third Anniversary.
Tbe third anniversary and tho second an
nual rollcall of Waugh Chapter, No. 205, Ep
worta League, took the place of tho regular
services at the Waugh M. E. Church last
The early part of the meeting was occupied
in song service, after which prayer was
offered by J. P. Engle. The calling of the
roll was then commenced. Members present
responded with n vepso of Scripture or a
hymn; those absent sent letters which were
read by the secretary.
During this year two members of tho leaguo
have died: James FT. Hitchcock and Miss
Mary Waring. Memorial tributes were read
in rcponsn to tho deceased members' names.
The rollcall wa interspersed with hymns.
Tho present ofilcirs uro: President ex
ofBcio, Rev. Alexander E. Gibson, D. D.;
president, James A. "Edgar; vice presidents,
J. F. Tngie. Mi?3 Mary E. MeKim, Harry 0.
Hine. Mrs. M. M. MitehWI; secretary, M. It.
Speelman; treasurer, Miss A. May Whitesido.
Ail ofthee wcrcpresent. except Mr. Speel
man. who is now in St. Joseph, Mo.
The meeting was dismissed with tho bene
diction by Dr. Gibson. A meeting will be hold
next Triday eVening, at which now officers
will le chosen.
This leasue was organized September 23,
1891, with 50 charter members. It now has a
membership of 225, There Is also a junior
league, which has 7ft. members.
Thurston and Bryan in Joint Debate.
Omaha, Neb., Se.pt. 30. Hon. John M.
Thurston has accepted the challenge of Con
gressman W. J. Brvan to a joint debate in
Nebraska. Both are candidates for tho United
States Senate, subjfect to the action of the ap
proaching legislature, which will bo closely
dividd on silver ifesucs. Bryan is for silver
and Thurston opposed, and the debato will be
along this line. ,
Doth Legs Broken.
Philadelphia, ISept 30. Shortly after
midnight last nlgljt an express train on the
Pennsylvania railroad collided with an en
gine on the elovatnd road at Thirtieth street.
T. J. McDonald, tlio mail agent, who lives in
Jersey City, had bcjth leg3 broken. Both en
gines were wrecked!
-' c- - .
Is the name of apijomlsing suburb, situated on
the Tenallytown "Electric road, which will soon
be opened by Wood! Harmon & Co., who haTe so
recently pissed afellrecords of this vicinity in
their success at "StfiHrno" and "Del Bay." Such
an energetic and rMISblu Arm deserves the pat-
iWMb Ui. U16 WJUKUIUJ1K7.
BELLE'S FACE HER DEATH
In Trying to Beautify Her Complexion
She Sacrificed Her Life.
TERRIBLE WARNING TO WOMEN;
While a Femalo Physician Was Hemoving
the Cuticle and Applying Cooaino the
Young Girl Fell Back Dead in tho Chair
An Old Lady Undauntod by the Affair.
CnicAGO, Sept. 30. Bello White, twenty
four years of age. daughter of Benjamin S.
Whito, a wealthy lumberman, died at Wood's
Hotel this morning nbout 10 o'clock, whilo
under treatment for the removal of facial
Doath was caused, it js supposed, by tho
use of cocaine to deaden tho pnin from tho
application of an electrical current, which
constituted the means of trcatmont. Tho op
orator wasDr.Sophie Santa, of tho Dr.Sophio
Santa Company. Eliza James, tho business
partuer of Dr. Santa, was assisting in the
work at tho time.
In ono hand Dr. Santa hold the oleetrio
needlo and in tho other a spongo saturated
with a 4 per cent, solution of cocaine, which
was applied at intervols to deaden the intense
pain caused bv tho needlo. Sho had almost
completed the treatment, when Miss White
gasped for breatu, and boforo tbo operator
couldassist her she slid from tho chai,r to the
Aid was hastily summoned and restoratives
applied, but without avnil, tho young woman
having died almsot instantly.
Dr. Tallman, the only physician callod, ar
rived too Into to bo of any assistance, nnd as
the people in tho room whero the dead girl
lay acted in rather a Btrange manner, he in
formed the nolicc, and Dr. Santa, with her
assistant, was lockod up untii tho exact
cause of tho young woman's death is known.
There is no thought, however, that the death
was the result of anything but an accident.
Dr. Tallman, in describing his visit, said:
"An amusing incident occurred when I
loft the room, that has its serious aspect in
showing to what extremos of danger a woman
is willing to go in order to beautify her face.
Outside In the corridor was an old woman,
well dressed. Jhe stopped mo and askod if
thero would De any danger to her in taking
the treatment. Sho said she wnntod to
get rid of her wrinkles and was ready
to try it. I told her of the fate of the young
woman, and she roplied that sho know tho
girl hnd died In tho chair, but she believed
herself strong enough to bear tbo pain with
Tho father of Miss Whito is a business part
ner of a well-known capitalist of Grand
LUTHERANS AT GLEN ECHO.
Services In English and German Held at
English and Germnn Lutherans to the num
bor of several hundred gathered at the Glen
Echo Chautauqua grounds yesterday in their
first annual United Lutheran Mission meet
ing. Cloudless skies and d astless roads con
tributed largely to the success of tho meeting.
About $500 was rnised yesterday for home
and foreign missionary purposes.
The services in the morning were con
ducted in tho German language. Bev. S.
Glaser, of Emanuel Church. Alexandria, de
livered the address. Bev. William Schaller,
of Baltimore, was oxppcted to bo present and
make an address, but he did not come.
The nfternoon services were partly Eng
lish. Bey. A. W. Meyer, editor of tho Luth
eran Guide, of Pittsburg, delivered an
eloquent address from tho text. Isaiah xxxii:-14-1C
"Tho palaces shall be forsaken; tho
muititudo of tho city shall bo left; tho forts
nnd towers shall bo for dens forever, a joy of
wild asses, a pasture of flocks; until tho
spirit be poured upon us from on high, nnd
tno wilderness ue a iruitiui neici, ana 1110
fruitful field be counted for a forest, lb
iudement shall dwell in tho wilderness -a:
rightoousness remain jn tho fruitful Held." A-
"The prophet starts out to paInt;atgorgcous
Dictnre." said Mr.-Mevcr. -"but" Instead o'f
completing it in the same strain, he ends by
depicting misery and desolation ou overy
hand. There is good cause for this. When
Christ enmo into tho world spiritual life was
lacking everywhere from tho palaces of the
prlncert to the highways and byways. And
wo have much tho sumo picture spread be
fore us to-day. if wo will but look. Great
wealth and splendor on ono bnnd and abject
poverty, snunlor. nnd misery on the otlior,
showing tho need of earnest, consecrated
m the toxt I draw three essential con
ditions to successful mission work. First.wo
must have tho spirit of God with us. God
does not bless with success work that is not
done in his name and with his help. Second,
wo must have tho right-means, take the cor
rect method. Then, with theso two wo must
be confident of success.
"Moreover, nnd it is hardly less contial
to success than theso other three things, ovory
layman must take as much interest in tho
success of missions n,s his pastor. It is im
possible for tho ministers to bear all tho bur
dens by themselves, nnd this is ono that must
be equally distributed."
The old Lutheran battlo hymn. "A Mighty
Fortress Is Our God," was sung, nfter which
Rev. Mr. Hamm, of St. John's Lutheran
Church, delivered a short sermon in tho Ger
Tho meeting of yesterday was very success
ful, both in attendance and in revivifying in
terest in the mission work of tho church. Tho
committee of arrangements consisted of
Messrs. B. E. Em mart, John Hirtle, and W.
II. German, of Christ English Church; Prof.
Rupprecht, L. Roiss, nnd Henrv Roisinger, of
Trinity Gorman Church;!. A. "Rau, and W.
F. Weigand, of St. John's English Church,
and Georgo Applish nnd A. Dietzeneit, of
Emmanuel Church, Alexandria. Tho music
was in charge of Prof. Rupprecht.
Taking tbe Father Mathcw Pledge.
The announcement that Rev. J. F. Mageo, as
sistant pastor of St. Patrick's Church, would
address the Father Mathew Total Abstinonco
Society lafct night crowded Carroll Hall. The
eloquent young priest advocated tho forming
of the boys into cadet societies. Ho stated
that tbe tide of public opinion was flowing to
ward sobriety, and that the temperance peo
ple should uso kindness toward tho unfortu
nates addicted to intemperance. Tim re
marks wero highly appreciated by the au
dience, who rose" as a body and took the
Surrender to the British.
Philadelphia, Sent. 30. Thero will bo no
cricket game hero to-morrow. Tho local
players bad ono wicket left at tho conclusion
of yesterday's play, but as tho Englishmen
were then a wholo inning and forty runs in
tho Iead'and as tho only remaining batsman,
Patterson, has 11 dislocated thumb, thoPhil-
aueipnians nave concluded to surrender.
"Fortune knocks at orery man's door." It Is
an old saw, but quite true. You will have a
chance soon. "Wocdmont" will bo opened Oc
tober S. 1894. Beautifully situated lots, front
ing on tho Tennallytown Electrio road, from $50
to $00. Terms, $5 cash and balance small weekly
or monthly payments. Don't get left this tlmo,
but come oarly and tako your choice. They
won't be for sale lone at these prices.
Wood, Haruox fc Co.,
523 Thirteenth street northwes
Rev. Dr. Jlaston Shows Mow Arnnscmcnts,
Innocent in Themselves, May Be
come Dnngcrous by Excess.
"Family dissipations and safeguards," was
tho themo upon which Dr. Easton, of tho
Eastern Prosbyterian Church, preaohed an
eloquent sermon last evening, taking as his
toxt I King xvi:3.
"Tho word 'dissipation,' ilka many others,"
said Dr. Easton, "has quite n variety of mean
ings and applications. To scatter, to w;iste,
to consume, to throw away, and to unduly
indulgo may bo taken as specimens. With
every family, as well as with every individual,
thero is n dissipation in all unnecessary and
useless or extravagant wasto of tho gifts and
biossings which theypessess. Time usoiessly
spent; energies of body and faculties of mind
consumed by idleness; recreations pushed to
an extromo; oxorbitantexpcndlturos of money
even for innocent nnd desirablo things; in
dulgonco In positive vlco in any of its forms,
or in that which lends to positive vice all are
classed as 'dissipations.' If this bo true, who
ot us can be guiltless in our own eyes or iii
tho sight of Him to whom we aro indebted
for nil things? Not ono!
"Among tho many popular forms of. these
dissipations, X might name theater patron
iiko. I do not condemn wholesale tho drama.
But wo have reached tho season when tho
stago will prcstuit all manner of attractions.
Tho passion to attend tho plnyhouso, when
ovw-indulged, is all-consuming. Tho""strong
excitement, tho power over tho emotions, tha
stimulus to indignation over imaginary
wrongs when hold constantly boforo tho mind
"When wo remember that midnight faljs,
upon our city whtyi tho patrons of tho theaters
return to their homes, and think of tho constant
drain of expense and the fretful, peevish,
nervous condition that follows, we say it is
dissipation nnd hasty demoralization of tho
family. Tho price of attendance ijpon the
theaters robs tho fnmily of the woridngman
o'f just so many necessaries, and thero is at
th same tlmo a constant cry of 'low wages'
and 'high rents.'
"Homo should ring with tbo happiness of
Its members. The relaxation from school
tasks, nnd competitions flory nnd keen in
business lifo demand amusements in tho fam
ily. Wo aduocato all thnt can make homo
bright, choery, joyous, and mirthful, but
here thoro is danger also. 'Proeressivo
oucbre' lias much to account for In tho line
of family dissipations, end many a home has
been 'cucboed' out of its happiness by it.
'Four o'clocks,' 'shuffles,' 'hops, 'nngling
circles' are all innocent nnd amusing in them
selves, yet when carried to excess aro forms
of family dissipation that menace society to
day. "Novels, romance, fiction are not to bo in
discriminately branded as evil, but hero lies
danger, for the excossivo uso ot tho novel to
the exclusion of more solid, instructive,
character-building literature seems to prevail.
Tho enormous amount of light literature, full
of plots, murders, seductions, and divorces,
that floods our families cannot be productivo
Social drinking Dr. Easton denominated as
a lanfontnblo evil, and whilo wo may speak
sorrowfully of its prevalence, nono but a
father and mother with a drunken boy or n
wifo with dopondent ohildren or a sister can
tell you what it really means.
AT NOON TO-DAY.
"The Times" "Wntch Contest Will Posi
tively Close nt That Hour Lieut.
Kelly Still in the Lend.
The Times coupon contest for the most
popular member of Washington's police force,
including the inducement of tho magnificent
$230 gold watch offered by the people's most
popular paper, ha3 far outclassed all previous
contests held in this city.
It will close to-day at noon, nnd after that
hour no coupons will bo received. Tho an
nouncement will be innde in Tuesday's paper,
provided tho clerks can count tho votes by
Yesterday's receipts were enormous. Tens
of thousands of carefully collectod and
hoarded coupons poured into the office.
Lieut. Kelly is still In the lead.
Siirst, Daley is not far behind, nnd his
friends threaten to nso express wagons to
day! j,l'rtvnto Pearson Jags behind, out nis uoom-
winked tbe Other eye yesterday, and will
up early this morning.
Who will get it?
Tho question is on everybody's lips. Nearly
every Times subscriber ,has been saying
coupons for his or her favorite.
Even newsboys have caught tho infection
and haven't botiired themselves to soil every
paper, so that they might have a fow coupons
"far my copper."
Who will get it?
To-morrowVs Times will tell tho story.
At tho closing of tho polls tho vote stood:
Private John A. Pcnrson
Privato Gelaljprt (Eighth Precinct),
Prlvato Kimmel (Sixth Precinct)...
ran most roruLAK tolicemas ts:
ASSENTED TO BY CHINA.
Secretary Grcshnra Informally Notified
That the New Treaty Has Been Itatifcd.
Notiflcntion has been given to this govern
ment in an informal way of tho ratification
by tho Chincso government of tho new treaty
betweon the United States nnd China, which
was negotiated by Secretary of Stato Gresham
andtho Chinese Ministor Yang l'u and rati
fied by tho Scunto on tho part of tho United
Minister Yang Yu called upon Secretary
Gresham last week aud said to him that he
had received word from his government thnt
it had ratified the treaty, that the document
bad been forwarded to him; also that he had
received instructions to exchange ratifications
with the United States as soon as it was de
livered to hiai.
This is tho first authentio information re
ceived in this couutry regarding tho action of
tho Chincso authorities on tho treaty. So
long a tlmo has elapsod since tho treaty was
drawn that speculation had begun to" float
about in serai-ofllchrl circles, which, disre
garding tho distance between tho two capi
tals and tho time required for communication,
questioned whether the Chinese authorities
intended to ratify the treaty.
As tho diplomatic business of this govern
ment is from Its nature transacted secretly,
Minister Yu's communication to tho Secretary
of Stato was not made known until Secre
tary Gresham's attention was called to tho
speculation afloat concerning the course of
the Chinese government.
Then Secretary Gresham gave to tho As
sociated Press roporter tho truo status of the
matter, and said In effect, that tho reports
that thero was any cause for dissatisfaction
over tho way China was proceeding toward
tho consummation of tho treaty wero entirely
That Wood, Harmon & Co. always offer groat
bargains at their opening sales. So it trill be at
"Woodmont" October 8. Read tho papors for
tho next fow days and you will know all about it.
Woon, Harmon & Co.,
35 Thirteenth street norlhwea
CHRIST ENNOBLED LABOR
Cardinal Gibbons' Eloquence in a Ser
mon on a Great Issue.
"HALO AROUND THE WORKSHOP"
Strikos Regarded as Q.uostionablo for tho
Redress of Workingmcn's Grievances
Their Right to Organize Unquestionable
Eolfeves Arbitration the Remedy.
FnosTBuno, Md., Sept. 30. Cardinal Gib
bons in n sermon on tho labor question to
day, said in part: .
"Boforo tho coming of Christ manual labor
was held in degradation and rolegated to
slaves ns being unworthy of freemen.
"Christ, our Saviour, has dignified and
ennobled labor byword and example ne was
pleasod to dovoto many years of His lifo to
mechanical pursuits, and over slnco Ho
worked in tho carponter shop Ho shed a halo
around tho workshop.
"If tho profession of a general is ennobled
by a Washington; if tho profession of a states
man is ennobled by tho example of a Webster
and a Burke; if the profession of n jurist i3
ennobled by a Marshall and a Taney; if tho
vocation ot a prelate is ennobled by tho exam
plo of a Carroll, then the calling of a working
man is dignified by tho oxamplo of Christ.
"Labor has its rights, chief among which is
tbo workingmea's privilego of organizing
without infringing upon their employers.
Ono of tho most difficult questions in our
times to discuss is the que3tien of strikes.
"Strikes, as experienco has domonstratod,
aro vory questionable for tho redress of tho
laborer's grievances Statistics show that tho
loss to tho employes by strikes for eight years
amounted to nearly 578,000.000, whilo tho
employers lost only one-half this amount.
"I earnestly hope that home efficient remedy
will bo found to put an end to tho recurring
strikes, nnd arbitration seoms to be the most
potent method that can be conceived of."
KATE FIELD SURPRISED.
Does Not Understand How Ilcr Letter to
Dr. Parkhurst Became Public.
Miss Kate Field's recent letter to Dr. Park
hurst, of Now York, with reference to his
crusado for municipal reform, has been made
public, and has naturally attracted tho atten
tion of a wide circle of public-spirited citi
zens. MIS3 Field does not relish tho publicity It
has obtained, since it was intended to bo a
confidential communication. Sho was asked
last night for anoxprossionof her views upon
the topic discussed in tho letter, and said:
"Pleaso sav to Tun Times and to every
body olse that tho whole matter is prema
turely made public. Tho letter was intended
as a strictly private communication upon a
subject that is to be considered between Dr.
Parkhurst nnd myself alone. I do not know
how the papers got hold of It, and it sur
prises mo that my name was publicly roferred
to by Dr. Parkhurst.
"Tho publication has caused mo to bo
bombarded daily with letters and telegrams."
asking mo for my views of munioipal reform.
It Is a very important subject, and views
should not bo given hastily certainly not nt
the point of tho bayonet.
"Tho only pleasing result of this prema
ture publicity is the knowledge gained that
so many peoplo are found everywhere to be
in sympathy with tho movement. I have no
views, however, to give The Times to-night
It i? too gravo a question to bo hastily dis
"UNCLE TOM" IS DEAD.
He Was Guide for Fremont amd Com
panion of Kit Carson.
Clayton, N. M., Sept. 30. Thoma3 O.
Boggs, better known as "Uncle Tom," one of
tho oldest American residents of New Mexico,
is dead. Mr. Boggs came to New Meslco in
1313, with his father, who wa3 one of tho or
ganizers of tho ill-fated Donuer party, tho
first to travel overland to California.
"Undo Tom" afitod as guido for Gen. Fre
mont. He was sent by Gen. Kearney, in
1843, with dispatches ot Gen. Scott in old
Mexico to Fort Leavenworth, and met with
many thrilling experiences whilo engaged in
this duty. Mr. Boggs was a brother-in-law
and companion many years of Kit Carson,
and his stories of his lfio wero oxtremoly in
teresting. ftURDERED AND ROBBED.
Bodies of Two Old Veterans Found Lying
in the Public'ttoad.
Dattos, Ohio, Soot. SO. Friday was pen
sion day at tho Soldiers' Homo and the vet
ornns wero paid SloO',000. A few of them vis
ited the dives in the vicinity of the institution
Saturday and wero robbed.
At 1 o'clock this morning two of the old
soldiers wero found robbed and murdered and
their bodies lying In tho public road. Their
names were Adolphus Curgan. Company C,
Purnell's Legion of Maryland, and John Bar
rett, of tho Nnvy.
The city police nnd detectives havo flftysus
pects locked up. A number of veternns nro
missing from tbo home, but will turn up all
DEATH OF GEN. VEST.
Ho Was Ben Butler's Running Mate on the
MEMrnis, Tenn., Sept. SO. Gen. A. M.
West, enndidate for Vies President of tho
United States in ISSlontho Greonback-Lnbor
ticket with Gon. Benjamin Butler, died at
Holly Springs to-day. Gen. West was tho
first president of tho Chicago, St. Louis and
Now Orleans Railway (now tho Illinois Cen
tral), and was tho pidhoer railroad builder of
Captured with Their Friend.
AKXAroLis, Md.. Sept. 30. Whilo Warden
Rnwlings, of the jail, was making an arrest
of a colored man, John nollnnd and a com
panion attomptod to liberate their friond. aud
during tho scuffle that ensued Holland was
shot in the leg by tho warden. Tho prisoner
was captured and tho others afterward
Klcctric Cars for .Mail Service.
Second Assistant Postmaster General Nel
son is giving a great deal of attention to
special mail eervico in largo cities. Ho has
ordered prepared maps of all lurgo cities,
showiug the surface car lines, with a view of
having mail cars run over them. Ho oxpects
to give his attention especially to carrying
mail on electric cars which run from the cen
ters of cities to the suburbs and to adjoining
sib all or towns. Cable roads may bo utilized
whero possible, but Mr. Nelson is of tho
opinion that only on electric lines running
long distances will it bo profltablo to carry
You Will Be Sorry
If you fall to got a lot at "Woodmont." Bead
the papers carefully for the next fow day3 and
you will know all about it.
Wood, Hakmok & Co.
&23 Thirteenth streot northwest
JOHN T. GIVEN DEAD.
Demise of Ono of the Kcst-known Citizens
John T. Given, one of tho oldest citizens
of tho District, died yestordny at 11:15 o'clock
or Brlght's discaso, at his lato residence, 921
I street northwesi, In tho sevenly-sixthyoar
of his ago. Fivo daughters and three sons,
all residents of tho city, survive him.
Tho deceased wa3 a highly respected, in
fluential citizen, prominent in business nnd
fraternal circles. Ho was born in this city
March 12, 1819, ami had always resided here,
having been for moro thnn thirty years en
gaged In tbe wood and coal business- He
entered thnt business us a member of the firm
of Harvey. Clark A Given, was afterward as
sociated with Mr. Clark as co-partner, and
since 1885 has been eonducting it aloce.
He had been prominent in Odd Fellow cir
cles, having been a past grand master and
past grand representative, and berving in
other official stations. '
Under tho old system of government in tho
District ho was a member of tho city eouncil,
and also of tho board of aldermen, serving at
one timo as chairman of the latter board. He
was active in military circles, was a member
of tho Oldest Inhabitants' organization, and
of tho Veteran Firemen's Association, and
served acceptably for a number of years as a
trustee of tho Columbian Univorsity.
His church relations were with the Baptist
denomination, and ho bad long been identified
as a communicant with tho First Church of
No arrangements have boon yet mado for
tho funeral, but It is probable that he will be
buried with the honors of Odd Fellowship,
Washington Lodge. No. C, with which he was
connected, having charge, and Mount Nebo
Encampment and tho Grand Canton furnish
ing escorts. Other organizations with which
ho affiliated will doubtless attend.
BURGLAR CUT THE SLATS.
Samuel Sheets' Residence Entered and a
Quantity of Proparty Stolen.
A burglar cut tho slats of the kitchen win
dow at No. 120 Kentucky avenue, the home
of Samuel A. Sheets, early yesterday morning
and gained an entrance. Then he ransacked
the house and carried away a clock, some
jowelry, and several articles of clothing.
When Mr. Sheets awoko he found that S3
had been stolen from his trousers.
To get at tde money the thiof must have
sneaked between tho bed in which Mr. Sheets
was sleeping and tho ono occupied by the
children, a very narrow space.
Detective Proctor seaured a clue, which
caused him to summon Officer Gordon, of the
Fifth precinct, and go to the house of Henry
Daniels, colored, on Eighteenth street, near B
northeast, who was found in bed. and arrested.
Tho house was searched, but nothing could
be found except a lock and a pencil, which
Mr. Sheets afterward identified as his.
Tho prisoner denied being out. and De
tective Proctor took his little daughter aside
nnd questioned her. but sbu wouldn't talk at
A knife was found in Daniels' possession
which had specks of green paint upon the
blade, nnd u is thoncht that this knife was
used to cdt open the blinds.
THEY WILL WHOOP IT UP.
Campaigning Tour on a Grand Scale,
Headed bv Kditor Sitigerly.
Philadelphia, Sept. 30. Tbe Democrats
will open their campaign in this. State in
Pittsburg about October 20, and continue for
two weeks n-series of important receptions
and meetings in tho principal cities of the
William M. Singerly. candidate for Gov
ernor, will head a party or distinguished
Democrats, made up of the other candidates
on the Stnte ticket and party leaders from all
sections of the commonwealth. -They will
trnvel in a special train, aad after holding a
meeting in Pittsburg will go to Erie and
thence through the oil region.
Visits wiil be made to the principal cities or
the coal region and then will . follow big
meetings in the cities and towns along Ate
line of the Pennsylvania Bail road. Besides
Mr. Singerly tbe party will include Gov. Pat
tison, National Chairman William F. Harrity,
Attornoy General Hansel, ex-Congressman
Sowden. ex-Secretary of the Commonwealth
William S. Stenser. all of whom will make
speeches. Candidates John S. Killing. David
F. Magee, W. W. Greenland. Thomas Collins.
and Henry Meyer and many other Democrats
prominent in the party councils in Pennysl
vania will be of the party.
FEMALE CYCLISTS LASKED.
A Chicago Cranc .Makes Life Miserable for
the Wearers of Bloomers.
Chicago, Sept. 30. "Jack the Whipper"
has broken loose and is making life full of
terrors to tho fomalo bicyclists who ride in
Washington Park during the ovening. "Jack"
has a frantic aversion to bloomers, and his
method of expressing his dislike is to plant a
fow lusty welts with a raw-hide whip on
every pair of bloomers that ho can flndwlth
a girl Inside them.
His plan for tbo last two nights bos been
to wait behind a treo until a bicycle rider
with bloomors comes along, then he springs
out and boats them. He ha3 severely whipped
two young women and pursued several
others. The park policemen have so far been
unable to catch him.
JUST TO FIND ONE KAN.
One Hundred and Kichty-tbrce German
BEnLix. Sept. 30. A sensational rumor
gained currency early this morning that tho
Fourth Regiment of tho guards had been
"alarmed" in tho Moabit barracks, and that
eighty non-commissioned officers had been
arrested. The real facts were learned subse
quently. It appears that 1S3 non-commissIoned offi
cers belonging to the chief gunnery school
wero arrested Saturday evening. The failuro
to identify one officer who was accused of
disseminating socialist pamphlets, having
caused the authorities to decide to arraign all
the officers among whom was the suspect be
fore a military tribunal.- tho guards wero
"alarmed" merely to escort tho prisoners to
Magdeburg, which they did with fixed
Knights of Labor Secretary (ensured.
New York. Sept. 30. The delogates to tho
Central Labor Union held a meeting in
Clarendon Hall to-day. Tha principal busi
ness was tho adoption of the harmony com
mittee report recommending that Patrick
Murphy, secretary of D. A. 49. K. ot L., be
censured for offering to supply the boss tail
ors of this city with mon from Philadelphia
during tho recent strike of the United Gar
ment Workers and the Brotherhood of
Socialist Lenders Arrested.
Vienna. Sept. 30. Tho Socialists ofthia
city to-day held a demonstration in the Binc
strasse in front of the house of parliament.
A labor song, tho chorus of which demanded
universal suffrage, was sung. Tho singing
had the effecof rendering the crowd restive,
nnd tho police intervened and dispersed tho
meeting. Fourteen of tho leaders wero ar
Bntincse Rebels Defeated.
Amsterdam, Sept. 80. Dispatches from Ba
tavia announce that the Dutch after eight
hours' hard fighting captured Mataran, tho
stronghold of thoBatinoso rebels. ThoDutcb.
loss was ono lieutenant and twolvo privates
killed and four officers and forty-five privates
wounded. Tho Batineso loat heavily.
VIOLATING ITS OYN LAIS
District Government Guilty of Thi3
CONGRESS CHIEFLY AT FAULT
Owing to Its Pannriousness Underground
ConduiU for Electric Light, Telegraph
and Telephone "Wire3 Cannot Be Procured
and They Are Strung Overhead.
Tbo rather paradoxical fact that .1 law mada
to be observed by the District is violated
chiefly by the District is demonstrated every
day. It is. however, through the ponurious
ness of Congress that the Dtetrkt is foreed to
violate the law.
Of course, the Commissioners are aware of
the violation, but they are compelled to winlc
at it. At the same time they are also com
pelled to keep a strict watch on all other
parties concerned to see Chat they do not vio
late the same statute in the same manner.
Whether this watch is aa strict as it would
be if tbe District were not a party to tho vio
lation is an interesting question. The statute
in question is that passed by Congress in
March. 1388, which prohibits any more elec
trio light, telegraph, or telephone wires to bo
strung overhead.. At tho time tbe act was
passed tbe Commissioners were instructed to
see that no more wires wero strung over thu
streets of Washington, -and the companies
concerned wera oolKeiy sjsked to UMaeeforth
lay their wires underground. As the system
of electrie lighting grew aad tne telegrapa
and telephone companies needed more wirs,
they dug np the streets and torn tip the side
walks and laid their own conduits.
At present there are fifty miles of conduits
in the city, tbirty-flve belonging to the United
States Electrie Lighting Company ami fifteen
"to tne Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone
Company. The companies operating In tho
District which have none, or practically none,
of their wires underground are the Western
Union, the Postal, tbe Baltimore and Poto
mac, and the Baltimore and Ohio Telegraph.
Perhaps these companies have not strung
any wires since 1SS. and perhaps they have.
It is difficult to tell wben the companies are
stringing any wires as the police are the per
sons who are expected to see that the law 13
obeyed ,ind to an ordinary observer it would
be extremly difflcolt to tell whether the new
wire was to take tbe place of an old one or
not. And, as stated before, tbe District be
ing itself a party to the lawbreaking it may
feel some qualms of conscience aoout prose
enting others for the crime.
HOW THX LAW IS BBOXSX.
The way In which this is being dons is thist
As is well known the District b&s a are alarm,
police, and telephone system of its own, and
3 the messages are required to he trans
mitted by wires, the wires most be strung.
The Commissioners decided to extend the sys
tem this year and additional wires wen
ordered. Bat Congress failed to provide the
funds for the necessary eonduhs and tbe Com
missioners quietly strung the wires overhead.
Nor is that all. The District is not wealthy
enough to furnish poles and wherever it 13
convenient the District linemen string' the
wires on the poles belonging to the other com
panies. Especially is this the ease whera
poles are abandoned by the wealthy com
panies. In such instances the District bog the uso
of the poles, and as this arrangement will
save the companies from removing the poles,
the companies gladly acquiesce. As the Dis
trict is thus clearly guilty of violating thelaV
of the District it may be that some day tho
District will be saing itself in. tbe District
courts Washington is freer than meat cities
from the menace of overheard wires. While
on ome of the business streets the wires aro
thick eaough to offer serious obstacles to tho
work of firemen, in tbe greater portion, es
pecially the residence portion of the city, tbo
wires are pretty much under ground.
No doubt this is due to a great extent to the
fact that by an act of Congress the Commis
sioners are prohibited from lighting any por
tion of tbe city with electric lights the "wires
of which shall cross or be above any street or
avenue. Some time ago there was am inter
esting controversy between the lighting com-
.jany and the Commissioners as to whether or
not a wire might be strung across tne street
from one electric light to another, if the re
mainder of tbe wire was underground. The
Commissioners deeided that under the terms
of tbe act tbe wire mast cross tbe street in a
conduit aad it was laid accordingly.
WIRES SHOULD GO UNDEBOROCXD.
Quite a while ago, about tbe time Congress
decided that wires should go underground, a
commission was appointed to plan a system
of conduits and to calculate the cost of such
a system. After a long and thorough investi
gation, wbieh lasted as long as the appropri
ation, the commission adopted a plan to grid
Iran the city with elaborately prepared con
duits, in which each company was to have its
share of. the space. These conduits were to
contain from four to sixteen duets and to. cost
.ShWO.OOO. They have never been laid. Liko
Washington's elaborate system t that is to be)
of Sewers, streets, parks, and other improve
ments, the conduits are still under consider
ation. In connection with this subject a District
official was asked what was to be done in tha
future as to the extension of the electric
lighting system. He gave it as his opiniea
that little "would be done in this direction for
sometime to come, with tbe exception of the
lighting of II street northeast. The Commis
sioners have long desired to light that street
by electricity, and the company bave laid a
conduit the "entire length "f the street for thia
purpose, but so far Congress has. failed to ap
propriate any money for the lighting. This
is one of tbe most important streets entering
the city, as all the farmers on the Bladens
burg road who attend market come in on H
As to tbe other streets, little is to be done,
as it is thought that tbe gas lamps ore better
for lighting streets wbieh have abundance of
shade than the electrie lights are. 1 he shada
being so heavy on many of the streets it is
impossible to see the eleetric lights at any
distance, and it is thought oetter to have an
abundance of smaller lights than one large
light. The city has at present j,954 gas lamps,
TOO oil lamps, and 332 electric lights. The
appropriation for this year's electrie lighting
is $47,600. and for gas and oil lamps is
$142,400. When asked what would be done
in the future with tbe overhead wires the re
porter was referred to Congress.
Farmers' National Congress.
Whkeliso. W. Va., Sept. 30. The Farc
ers National Congress, composed of dele
gates from" every Stato in the Union, ap
pointed by tho Governors, will meet in Park
ersburg Tuesday and remain in session until
Saturday evening. The National Farmers'
Congress is non-partisan In its character, and
bos no alliance with the many sami-partisan
farmers organizations of the country.
Czar Alexander's Critical Condition.1
St. PETEnsnuno, Sept. 30. The czar per
sonally telegraphed hero from Spain on Fri
day ordering that tho imperial yaeht3, Polar
Star and Tsaraa be dispatched to the Piraeus,
the port of Athens, as soon as possible. Both
vessels will sail on October 13. The motiva
of tho order is unknown. Prlvato advices
confirm the statement of tho Official Messen-
jr a to tha gravity of the Czar's conditio