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DISASTER AT THE NAVY YARD
Quartcrmnn H. M. Steele Killed by the
Turstinn of a Steam Pipe.
SCALDED BY ESCAPING STEAM
The Explosion lifted the Pipe, Weighing
1,000 Pounds, live Feet in Air and Pinned
Steele to the Ground "When It Tell He
roic Efforts of Friends to Eescue Hint.
With a terrible roar the main steamplpe In
the gun carriage shop of the navy yard ex
ploded about 10 o'clock yesterday morning
while workmen were encased in repairing n
fracture. Huge clouds of hissing steamburst
out, and the great pipo, weighing at least
1.000 pounds, was thrown Ave feet in the air i
out of the conduit in which it laid.
All the workmen escaped except Horatio N.
Steele, a quarterman. who was struck by the
big pipe as It was hurled out of its bed and
then pinned down by the immense weight as
it fell to the ground. Mr. Steele lay with his
left leg imprisoned by the pipo whilo the
dense, scalding clouds of steam oomplotoly
enveloped him. Through the big building the
escaping steam rushed and soon hid the ma
chinery from sight.
The fellow-laborers of the quarterman who
was caught in such a torriule position, at
on-'o made preparations for his rescue aftor
the liberated steam began to dissolve. Hold
ing their breath and keeping cloths to their
faces to protect thorn from the hot vapor, the
men bagan the work of reaching their comrade
by beating down tho white clouds that filled the
interior, and thus effected a passageway after
overoominc unusual obstacles. All windows
were opened to give the steam vent holes, and
the supply was soon shut off at the boiler
After they bad succeeded in reaohlng the
imprisoned man. It took considerable effort
to lift the Immense pipe off his leg, but the
rescuers Anally carried Mr. Steele outside. He
was conscious, and when he reached the open
air, opened his mouth, and began to gulp in
long breaths. He was severely burned and
scalded, however, having been well-nigh
cooked while pinioned beneath the pipe.
Medical aid was soon at hand.
Mr. Steele told the doctors that ho had shut
his eves and mouth as soon as tho explosion
occurred and had not breathed while wait
ing for help. It was hoped that this circum
stance would save his life, and he was re
moved to his home, at No. 114 Ninth street
southeast. Here he lingered until 10 o'clock
last night, when death brought relief from
At the time of the explosion there were
from elchty to 100 pounds pressure in the
pipe. Mr.'Steele and his companions wore
ordored to repair a crack in a section
of the pipe, which ran half way around
it, although no orders were issued to
remove the great pressure. Just as soon
as an extension joint was removed the
section was unable to stand the terrific force
of the steam and burst. Tho fellow work
men of Mr. Steele and his family wero highly
Indignant last night because the steam had
not been shut off before the attempt waa
made to repair tho break. Experienced ma
chinists said that the work should havo been
The dead man was about fifty-two years
old. and married, but he leaves no chlldreif I
He has been employed at the navy yard for
about eighteen years, and during tho last
three or four Tears he has "been quarterman.
He was known as a very capable and efficient
'Somebody is surely responsible for the
death of Mr. Steele," saia a brother of the
victim last night. "It was folly to have men
try to fix a crack in such a big pipe lying in
the conduit in the floor of the shop while it
was full of steam. And think of tho
great pressure. I am a machinist myself, and
I know by questioning those who were help
ing my dead brother that there was no justifi
cation for the orders to fix the section under
'When the extension joint was removed, it
is no wonder that the pipe gave way. and an
experienced machinist ought to havo fore
seen the result Calm judgment must cer
tainly find that it was like sending the men to
Mr. Steele did not seem to suffer much as
he lay in his home after the accident, and
the physicians hoped that he would soon re
cover, "but toward night he began to steadily
decline until ho died.
The explosion was heard for squares away
and caused the greatest consternation within
the navy yard. After the victim had been
removed preparations were at once com
menced to replace the section blown out, but
it will interfere with the work in the shop for
KRS. BROWN HAKES REPLY.
Sbo Declares Her Husband Has Carefully
Administered ller Father's Estate.
Mrs Sevelion A Brown yesterday filed an an
swer to the suit of her mother, lira Lizzie il.
Phelps, for substitution of a trustee for Sevelion
Brown in the management of her husband's es
tate. Mrs. Phelps is the widow of Beth Ledgard
Phelps, once a prominent public man. She says
that Brown received from her husband s estate
about $128,000 and from herself Slu.OOO, which
was voted to her by Congress In 1SSC, and has
never given a anal account, though he did pre
sent a sworn statement
Ho is in poor health. For that reason, and be
cause (he does not understand what he has done
with her husband's estate she wonts an account
ing add a new trustee.
Mrs. Brown answers that her mother, whom
she loves and respects, has be en for seven years
an invalid, unable to dress herself and con
stantly in need of specially employed help to
move from place to place. She lias been cared
for by herself and husband. Iler husband found
her father's estate so Incumbered with debts as
to render It practically insolvent, but by good
management and the expense of his own means
has paid off the debts and put tho property in a
shape to yield an incomo to her mother.
Mr Brown, in his ans ers liled recently, says
Mr. Phelps knew at his death that his estate was
pra ntcally insolvent, and left it to him to do the
best ho could for the widow and daughter, Ho
admi's receiving the $10,000 given Mrs. Pholps
by Congress, but says he has spent more than
that amount of his own in paying Mr Phelps'
debts and caring for the estate, lie denies that
his health Interferes with his attending to busi
ness. No Sickness on the Marblchcad.
Norfolk, Va., Dec. 7. With reference to sick
ness on the United States steamer Marblohead,
wurh arrived hero to-day from Bluoflelds, Ad
miral Brown said that Capt. O'Neill, of tho
Marblohead, had reported all well enjprrival,
but said that on the arrival of the ship at Ja
mr 1 a one of the men T.as suffering from ma
lunal lever, and that the health officer at Ja
maica had quarantined the ship. "Capt.
O oj11, commander of the Marblohead, said
there was no truth In the report or sickness.
Palaces for Prcsbvtcrinns.
New Yoke, Dec 7. A million dollars' mort
gare has been placed upon the premises of tho
Boards of Home and Foreign Missions of the
Presbyterian Church in the United plates at
Fifth avenue and Twentieth street The mort
gage i6 held by the Seamen.and Savings Bank,
f this city, and is on property which Is to be the
eito lor the new buildings to be occupied by the
Telephone Franchise Revoked.
Pt.hmo.vd, Va., Dec. 7. The franchise of the
f utiiTB Bell Telephone Exchange, in this
' , was yostord&y revoked by ih passago of
v ordinance by one of tho branches of the city
ar oil here. However, if this ordinance passes
te ward of aldermen and is approved by the
mayor. It will not go into effect for. twelve
HOWGATE BOND SUIT.
H. Moses Sued ns Executor of His
Father Grand Jury May Return
Argumonts in tho suit of tho United States
against W. II. Moses, on tho bond of Capt
Henry W. Howgate, woro begun in tho United
States Supreme Court this morning. Mr. Moses
is sued a executor of his father, W. B. Moses,
who was on Howgate's bond. Ho was repre
sented by W. L. Colo aud William F. Mattingly,
while A B. Duvall represented the government.
The points in Mr. Moses' favor are that tho
bond was not sealed ty him, that it was os
torted from Howgate by his superior officer, that
it is void bocnuse of its uncertainty, and that no
such official existed ns tbo bond was given for.
Tho judgment In tho lower court was for the
government to tho full amount of tho bond aud
it was supported by the court of appeals. The
original bond was for 10,000, with W. W. Jlc
Cullough, V B. Moses, and Ivotoly Anderson as
sureties. )t was reduced by Commissioner C. S.
Buudy to $30,000.
As a government official Howgato gavo band
for $12,000. with W B. Moses and L. H. Rogers,
of New "iork. as sureties. Judgment has al
ready been reoavorcd against Rogers.
Messrs. Moses and Rogers were before the
grand Jury yosterday aftornoon to give evidence
upon which to nnd additional indictments
against Howgate. It has been stated that five
ombezzlcinont indictments will bo drawn in ad
dition lo tho four forger and two embezzlement
already alleged to ha o been mado out All will
probably be presented next week.
FELLOWS QUITE SCORNFUL.
lie Expresses Indifference to tho Opinion
of Some of His Accusers.
NEW Yokk, Dot 7. In the case against Dis
trict Attorney Fellows the prosecution, the German-American
Reform Union, to-day rested
with this remark from Mr. Phillips: "Inviowof
the fact that tho Governor has seen the necessity
for appointing a deputy attorney general to try
cases in this city, which In effect is a lack of con
fidence of tho people m tho district attorney's
office, we will rest our case."
Col. Fellows cast a glance of supremo scorn at
Messrs. Phillips, Sutro and Willing, with the sar
castic observation: ""A hatover may bo the son
tlment of 'th s circle, or four or five similar
circles, I know littlo and care Infinitely less. My
record as district attorney during this and my
previous incumbency is amplo refutation of the
newepaner charges made by these gentlemen."
Col. Fellows proccoded to deny in vigorous
terms that the efficiency of his office has been
Impaired. Chief District Attorney Davis was
called to the stand nnd went into a history of his
connection with tbo Madison Squaro Bank,
Wentworth, Hildreth Folgenbaum. and other
cases, also explaining the routine of tho district
TORTURED BY CHEROKEES.
Col. Blackwell Submitted to Horrible
Treatment in Indian Territory.
Guthrie, L T., Dec. 7. Col. A J. Blackwell,
well-known In tho West, was arrested for selling
land, and, according to tho Chorokco laws, was
sentenced to death for high treason.
On Monday, tho story goes, Blackwell, alter
being clean-shaven and stripped of his clothes,
was brought before Cnief Oaha, at David, a
small town in Indian Territory, who was then
holding a sub-council, aud asked to confess.
BlackweU answered that ho had no confession
to make, that he was tho victim of a malicious
conspiracy, and asked to be released.
Instead he was carried bodily to the "Needles,"
a place of torture adjoining the prison. Ten
bucks danced around their victim, and each,
wielding n steel made for the purpose, Jabbed
the naked flesh of Blackwell.
Their victim's territle cries and tortures wero
kept up till BlackweU, bleeding and faint, sank
to the ground. In this condition ho was Anally
taken back to his former cell, and still remains
In Irons, hand and foot
THEY WANT FREE SILVER.
Michigan Democrats Meet and Frame a
Platform for Adoption by the Pnrty.
Ioxsdjo, Mich., Dec 7. About a score of
representative Michigan Democrats appeared
here to-day and adopted a platform which
in substance proposes that the government
should alone provide for the issue aud control of
the medium of exchange; that the unit of value
established in 1795 with the silvor dollar of -Haw
grains be restored; that our mints be open for
the free coinage of both gold and silvor and that
both be used in tne redemption of the national
The State central committee was requested
to convono and re-organize the Democratic
party along freo-colnago of silver lines. Fail
ing in this in thirty days, an oxecutive commit
tee of twonty-ono Is to call a State convention.
IT WAS A FIENDISH DEED.
A Man Shot Dcnd in tho Presence of His
SrEiKOnrLD, Ky., Dec. 7. Two masked men
lorced an entrance into the nous of Thomas
Edtngton between 12 and 1 o'clock this morn
ing and in the presence of his wife and fire
chlldien shot him dead.
Edington had been anonymously warned sev
eral times by whito caps about abusing his fam
ily. It is thought that tho whito caps intended
to give Edington a severe thrashing, but upon
meeting resistance, killed him for fear of being
recognized. No clew.
JAPAN MEANS TO FIGHT.
Never Treated the American Offer
Loxdok, Dec. 6. The correspondent of tho
Times at Shanghai telegraphs that Japan never
treated tho American offer of mediation se
riously. China's direct appoal, the correspondent adds,
Japan intends to attack Kin-Choo, a town of
Manchuria, eight miles from tho north shore of
tho Gulf of Liantung, avoiding an attack on
Dunravcn's New Valkyrie.
London, Dec. S.-Tho Times this morning an
nounces that whh the exception that eight in
stead of ten months' notice is Insisted on, the
challenge of Lord Dunraven for another con
test for the America's cup is substantially
identical with that which preceded tho last cup
races. Itis added that the new yacht that will
seek to regain tho trophy will bo named Valky
rie. Her length on tho water lino will bo clghty
Tathcr and Daughter Killed.
Jamestown, N. Y Dec. 7. Mr. aud Mrs. Sher
man and thoir daughter, of Lakowood, were
driving across tho Erio tracks near that place at
A o'clock this afternoon, when the buggy was
struck by train No. 12. running at a high rate of
speed. Mr. Shermau and daughter were killed
and Mrs. Sherman will die.
American Hebrew Union Adjourns.
New Orleans, Doc 7. The American Hebrew
Union closed its tesslcn to-day. During tho
proceedings this morning Julius Froyburg, of
Cincinnati, secured consent, amid applause, to
have his remarks concerning tho rabbis on
Wednesday stricken from tho rocorda
. Were Afraid of Lynching.
Columbia, a C Dec 7. It being reported that
a number of men would come from Orangeburg
to this city for the purpose of lynching Murphy,
who is in Jail, charged with tho murder of Treas
urer Copes, of that county, he was to-night taken
to tho penitentiary for safe keeping.
George V. Cable's Daughter Married.
Northampton, Mass , Dec 7. Tarry Awhile,
the residence of George W. Cable, was the scene
this evening of tho marriage of tho author's
oldest daughter. Miss Louise Bartlett Cable, aud
James Alfred Chard, of New York.
Heir to Egypt Throne.
Cairo, Dec 8. The Egyptian papers announce
that tho Khedive has informed tho ministors
that tho accouching of ono of tho ladies of his
harem is expected in February. If the child
6hould bo a eon he will be the heir to the throne.
Effort to Catch Bicycle Thieves.
James Richardson was arrested last night and
locked up at tho Third Precinct station on a
charge of stealing a bicycle belonging to Mark
C. Reily. There has been a great number of
such thofts lately, and tho police are making
every effort to catch tho thieves In order to nut
j a stop to, tho annoyance of this form of stealing.
DHDER THE BAN NO LONGER
Catholics in tne St. Faul Archdiocese
- May Join Secret Societies.
FREEMASONS ONLY EXCEPTED
Large Number of Men Prominent in tho
Church Have Recently Become Members
of Different Orders Archbishop Ireland
, SajB tho Matter Is Now Being Considered.
St. Paul. Minn., Dec. 7. The fact has just
been published that in tho archdiocese of St.
Paul Catholics may join any secret society,
except the Masonio order. This has been
known for some timo, but not generally.
Judge Kelly, of the district court, has just
joined tho Knights of Pythias, although he is
ono of tho most prominent Catholic laymen
in America, and considerable talk among
secret society members has resulted, ns other
prominent Catholics are also joining. One
of them said to-day:
"Archbishop Ireland has decided that a
Gathollo may join any secret order except
tho MasonIc,so that Catholics are at liberty
to do as they please In this regard. No pub
lic announcement of tho fact has been made,
but there Is the best of authority for tho
statement, and it is generally understood
among Catholics. Mgr. Favoux gives it as a
There can bo no doubt of it, as those wh6
are now joining tho secret orders tire earnest
Catholics of dignity and standing. It is well
known that Archbishop Ireland is a verT lib
eral cleric and has not hesitated to tako tho
matter to Bome. Ihe ban of tbo church has
tendered to bar Catholics from the fellowship
found in secret socttiea and Borne havo held,
for no cause, as there are innumerable socini
and benevolent societies in the United States
which could not justly be deemed in conflict
with tho policy of tho holy see.
Archbishop Ireland In an interview with an
Associated Press representative to-night said:
"Tho question whether Catholics should be
long to secret societies, such as tho Sons of
Temperance, Odd-Follows, and Knights of
Pythias, or not is now being considered by
the authorities at Bome nnd a deoisiou will
be given soon. In tho meantime Catholics
will do well not to seek membership in theso
It is stated on the part of those Catholics
who joined these societies that each case is
considered by itself and a special request
made for each to tho authorities.
FRAUD IS NOT APPARENT.
Mr. Birneyls Therefore Inclined to Wait
Action by tho Pittsburg Courts in
the Fidelity Case.
When Attorney Alexander Smith called on
District Attorney Birney on Thursday in re
gard to criminal proceedings against the Co
lumbia Building, Loan and Investment Associa
tion, he was directed to come in this afternoon
and make known tho facts In his possession
that be thinks indlcato fraud.
Mr. Birney will give him a careful hearing,
but, as indicated by The Times yestorday.it Is
not probable facts upon which to base an indict
ment will bo disclosed.
"I am inclined," said Mr. BIrnor, "at least to
let tho Pittsburg courts finish before we do any
thing." A prominent court offlcial, who proferred not
to bo named, said last night: "Judge Hagnor
Investigated this company about a year ago.
He is iu the habit of going to the bottom ot any
thing that comes before him. He had tho report
of an oxpertupon the condition of tho company.
His decision was that tho company's plan was
feasible and honest. Nothing has happened
since to change this opinion. I road the testi
mony at Pittsburg and I saw a story of broken
promises, but I found nothing criminal. You
cannot iudlct a man for falling to koop a promise
or pay a debt"
Judge Cox yesterday gavo loavo to intervene
in the suit of Daniel Wheeler against the Colum
bia Association to Thomas J. Marshall and Bev
erly Butler. They have small claims against
tho association. This complaint against tho as
sociation differs little from that made in tho
It is asserted that the association's plan is
a fraud on its face and intended to deceive poor
and unlettered persons euch as tho complain
ants. The attorneys aro Kalston & Slddons.
Mr. A A. Lipscomb has several clients who will
come in and Mr. C. A. Brandenburg expects to
day to ask leave to intervene in sixteen cases
that have been placed In his hnnds.
There wero frequent calls yesterday at the
offlco of tho Columbia Building, Loan and In
vestment Association. Tho callors were credit
ors and Investors who desired to tako out what
they had put in. There was nothing paid out
The company has engaged the sorvico of a Balti
more oxport accountant, who is now overhaul
ing tho books. His finding so far was stated by
ono of tho officials to bo in favor of tho com
pany. The great majority of thoso who called took
tho matter quite philosophically and determined
to wait on the "law's delay."
Quo Warranto Against tho Fidelity.
Lancaster, Pa., Doc 7. A petition was pre
sented to Attorney General Hensel to-day ask
ing that quo warranto proceedings be issued
against tho Fidelity Building and Loan Associa
tion, of Washington, D. C, requiring them to
show by what authority they aro doing business
In this State aud why their charter should not bo
ONE "WAS NOT ENOUGH.
Francis Copery Married Two Women, and
Now Is Sorry for It.
Cleveland, Ohio, Dec. 7. Franci3 A Copery,
thirty-threo years old, and'a native of Switzer
land, is In prison on tho charge of bigamy.
In 1SS1, it is claimed, ho was marriod in Balti
more, and last June left his family to go to
Wadsworth, Ohio, in soarch of work. Thoro a
month later ho married Miss Addio M. Stoler, a
Two weeks ago she discovered a letter from
tho Baltimore w if o, and he flod to this city,
where the detectives fouud him to-day.
Explorer Du ChaiHu's Lecture.
"Tho land of the midnight sun" was the sub
ject of Paul Du Ctoillu's locturo illustrated by
dozens of stereopticon views before the National
Geographical Society, at tho National Blues' Ar
mory, last night Mr. Du Chaillu is tall, 6trongly
built, and wears a slight goatee and mustache.
Ho speaks brokenly, and a refreshing nalvotto
makes his lecture unexpectedly amusing. Tho
views showed much of tho fine scenory of tho
LofodonTslandsnnd tho fiords and glaciers of
tho neighboring mainland.
To Coax the Utcs to Keturn.
The Secretary of the Interior has directed
Agent Day, of the Southern Uto Agency, In Col
orado, to proceed to inspection of Utah invaded
by the Colorado Utes and endeavor to persuado
them to return to their reservaticn. He will
leave to-day for the scone of tho trouble, which
is about thirty hours' ride from the agency.
Enlistments Discontinued Here.
Following tho withdrawal of tho Dale, tho
Navy Department has ordered tho dlscontinu
ance of enlistments for tho Navy at Washington,
having no receiving ship at hand for the accom
modation of recruits.
Arrest of a Servant Girl.
Mary Morrow, a servant, was arrested by De
tective McGlue yesterday, for tho larcont of $140
from Patrick Maliff, by whom sho was employed.
When searchod at tho K street station, only
$6.10 was fonpd on the woman.
Shea Sent to Jail.
David Shea was sent to Jail for sixty days by
Judge Miller yesterday for getting away with
$19 worth of plumbing material, the property of
"LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS."
That Is the Title of tho Famous Picture
Reproduced for Headers of
"The Sunday Times."
' The most popular of all "The Tikes hello
chromoes" will bo givon away with to-morrow's
paper. It is the famous fancy, "Lan
guage of Flowers," colebrated all over tho
world for its conception and execution.
The other oxcellent features in reading
matter will continuo as heretofore. Amateur
athletics, woman's clubs, labor circles, secret
societies, social sayings and doings, and, in
fact, all types of Washington life not ex
tensively chronicled during tho week will
agnin appear. In addition there will be:
Ane Hathaway at the Baces.
Buet Hakte's Continued Stobv.
Suggestions fob CuiubTMAs Gifts.
Fashions Fbesii riion Paris.
Special Cobkespondence rnosi the Seat of
OUTLAAVBY IN THE INDIAN TERRITORY and a
host of other splendid special features.
To-morrow's Times will bo the same goo's
paper at the same low prico.
POLICE METHODS ATTACKED.
Attorney J. II. Smith's Vigorous Protest
During the Internal Revenue Hearings
Three Defendants Arc Held.
Uncle Sam's revenuo officers, backed by the
District attorney's office, woro wlnnors In the
preliminary contest late yosterday afternoon
against the "spoak easy" keepers of Washing
ton. Judge Miller's court held a candlo-llght
session and did not adjourn until aftor 5 o'clock,
in order to dispose of the cates against John
Shoa, Eugene Mercer, and Bobecca Williams,
charged with soiling liquor without having
United States internal rovenuo licenses so to do.
Assistant United StatesAttornoy Mullownoy ap
peared for the government, whilo tho de
remlauts were variously represented by Col.
Christio, Eugene J. B. O'Neill, Joseph Shilling
ton, aud James H. Smith.
John Shea waived an examination, bnt Morcor
and the Williams woman woro given a full hear
ing. Each of tho throe defendants was hold for
tho grand Jury in $300 bonds.
The case against Kobecca Williams was called
first, and Thomas Early and Alice Jenifer, both
colored, testified to buying drinks from her.
Pollcoman Schneldor participated in tho raid on
Rebecca's place In October. Bobecca mado a
general donial, aud said Early had put up n Job
on her Ho used to come in her house, she said,
to "rush the duck" nfter boer, and that waa
Lawyer Smith, hor counsel, made a vigorous
attack on tho ngoncies rescrtod to "horo and no
where elso on tho civilized globo," ho said, "to
convict people of thso otlenses and deprive
them of their liberty. I don't know whether it Is
commendatory to our excellent police force or
not. Pooplo should not be Induced to violate
the law by soiling ljquor any more than they
should be Induced to set a man s barn on fire or
to commit any other criminal offense Such
transactions aro a burlesquo on Justice."
"It docs seem hard," bald Judgo Miller, "to
tho outsido community, to place a man on the
witness stand who does not know nhethor tho
month of October or September comes flrst, but
the South Washington sp'eak-casy' keepers sell
their liquor tojuat the clas3of people who aro
brought horo as witnesses, and Justice would bo
a farcoif it could not use tho tools tho 'speak
easy' people thomsolvos make in theso prose
cutions." In the hearing of Eugene Mercor, Georgo
Dean, who keeps a pic's foot shop in Louso alley,
and several Immoral females, who reside In tho
some shady byway, testified to giving Morcer
money and sonding him for flasks of liquor on
different Sundays. .Most of theso witnesses ac
knowledged that thoy wero tenants in John
Shea's houses, while one of the females was em
ployed in the Shea household.
Mercer testified that ho bought whisky for
some of tho witnesses from Shea's place. Judgo
Miller sized up tho long line of colored females
who appeared against Mercer, and said:
;'If this thing continues wo will have all tho
diseases known brought into court Thoro ought
to be a penal colony in this section of tho coun
try." Attorney bhillington protested that Mercer
could not bo held as an unlicensed dealer, as ho
was. according to tho testimony, simply an agent
for tho buyers. Judgo Millor hold that Mercer
was liable as a partner if ho solicited trade for
an uulicensed dealer.
Want Shea Pardoned Again.
Preliminary steps were taken last night by tho
friends of John Shea, now serving a scond sen
tonco In tho workhouse for soiling liquor without
a liconse, to secure his pardon. This action will
be based on the testimony yesterday in tho case
of Eugeno Mercer, tried for violating the inter
nal revonuo laws. Mercor was tho principal
witness against Shea at tho timo of his last con
viction. Whilo serving his first sentence, it will
be remembered, ho was pardoned upon the
recommendation of the Department of Justice. ,
DR. BROWNE IS DEAD.
He Was Surgeon of the Kcarsarge When
She Conquered the Alabama.
Medical Director John Mills Browno, U. S. N.,
who was stricken with paralysis last Tuesday,
died at S:S0 o'clock last evening. His two sisters,
Mrs. Cutts and Mr. Baldwin, and his nephew,
Mr. Baldwin, were with him.
Dr. Browno served as surgeon of the Kearsargo
in tho civil war, during hor long chase after tho
robol cruisers Alabama and Florida, and was
with her at tho timo of her victory over tho for
mer off Cherbourg on June, 19, 18fil.
Sinco 187G he has been in Washington attached
to one or the othor of tuo bureaus. Ho was chief
of tho buroau of medicine and surgery, with tho
rank of surgeon gonoral from April 2, 1SSS. until
the date of his retirement. May 10, lb03. He has
lived at tho Portland for tho lust ten or twelve
PLOT TO KIDNAP A PRINCE.
Duke of York's Infant Son Guarded by a
London, Dec 8. The Morning states that di
rectly after tho birth of the Duko of York's son
on Juno 23 last a lotter was received at York
Houso disclosing a plot to kidnap tho infant
Slncothat timo a dotectlvo has been constantly
on duty guarding tho royal baby.
Miss Ncthersole in "The Transgressor."
That psychological but intensely interesting
play, "The Transgressor," was interpreted by
Miss Nothorsolo and her company at Albaugh's
last night There is a vivid interest in tho play
itself to any ono who is interested in modern so
cial problems, and, outsido of this, thoro ato
enough ordinary complications to satisfy tho
play-goor whoso appetite is less tcsthetic
Tho Ioto scones botu oon Miss Nethorsolo and
Maurice Barrymoro wero pooms of beautiful
stage portrayal, and wero enthusiastically re
ceived by tho audience, which, by the way,
nearly filled tho theater.
Denies the Lawyer's Statement.
Judgo L G. Kimball, of tho police court, de
nies tho statement of tho attorney for Ella
Buchanan, which was publishod in both morning
papors yesterday, that he was approached by
inmates of hor immoral houso while passing
along Maine avonuo. "I do not know Sherburne
nopkins," said tho Judgo: "never was with him
on Maine avonuo or with any other person there
or nnywhere elso under the circumstances
named. I never made complaint to Sergt Daloy
or any othor person and never heard of tho case
until I saw it published."
Competitive Examinations to Determine.
Tho President has approved tho recent recom
mendation of Secretary Hoke Smith, providing
for the withdrawal of about 1G0 scientific and
technical positions from tho list of thoso in tho
Geological Survey excepted from tho requlro
mont of civil sorvico examinations. Theso
places will horeaftor bo subject to competitive
Trouble with the Uto Indians-
Grand Junction, Col., Doc 7. Elovon boxes of
arms and ammunition havo been received at
Thompson's, Utah, shipped by Gov. West. Tho
settlers propose to move against tho Indians in
San Juan county, and drive thorn back over tho
Colorado line This plan, if carried out, will
causo serious trouble.
HATED FOR THEIR THRIFT
Armenians Persecuted by the Turks
Because They Prosper.
CYRUS HAMLIN'S STATEMENT
Foars That the Populace "Will Become Ex
cited -He Thinks the Turkish Minister in
Washington la in league with Russia
An Armenian Eevolution an Absurdity.
Constantinople, Deo. 7. Nobody here
seems to know why President Cloveland at flrat
declined to send n dolegate with tho commis
sion to investigate the Armenian " outrages,
and it is understood that the United States
government nnd the government of Groat
Britain are still in communication upon tbo
subject. The final arrangements ore as yet
Tho Porto, in support of its reply to the
statements of tho Armenians, places great re
liance upon an article written by Dr. Cyrus
Hamlin, L.L. D., formorly president of the
Robert College here, a distinguished Ar
menian scholar who is thoroughly familiar
with tho situation. The article referred to
was published in tho Boston, Mass., Congr'e
gationalist of December 28, 1893, and copies
of it in documentary form are now being
sent to the powers Interested in tho Ar
WICKEDNESS OF THE TURKS-
Tho Government, Dr. Hamlin Says, Has
Perverted the Article Ho Wrote.
Lexington1, Mass., Dec 7. Dr. Cyrus Hamlin,
of Boston, whose article In the Congrcgational
ist on tho Armenian troubles a year ago
has been translated by tho Turkish government
and sent out to the European powers as a de
fense for the recent atrocities committed upon
the Armenians by the Moslems, was seen to
night by an AssociatedPross reporter. Ho said:
"Tho Turks are capable of being incited to
atrocious acts through their intense Mahora
mudan feeling. They are capable of religious
excitement that would lead them to the most
horriblo oxtremes. The groat danger is that the
populace will become excited, and, instead of
trusting to the soldiery, will become an infuri
ated mob to destroy the Armenians themselves.
That has beou my fear.
"I think that the Turkish population has been
growing unfriendly to the Armenians for the
past threo or four years, on account of their
comparative prosperity. The Armenians aro
everywhere buying up Turkish lands.
"I have a strong susoicion that the Turkisn
Minister at Washington is In league with Bus
sin. He is a Greek. Ho belongs to the Greok
church nnd he is In natural league with Russia.
I cannot soo why tho Turks nave sent a Greek
to represent them in America.
"I am profoundly disappointed on the folly
and wickedness of the Turkish government, and
its action in using what I have writtan for pur
poses for which it was never designed, is exactly
oppesed to my views. That 13 evldont to people
who read the whole article. You may depend
that the Turkish government has not produced
It In full.
"Tho Turkish government can never exculpate
itself from the atrocities by reference to any
proposed revolution by the Armenians. The
Armenians are, pernaps, two ana a nai: to tnroe
millions of unarmed peasantry, scattered
among 20,000,000 of Moslems, armed and accus
tomed to arms.
"I had hoped that In tho present horrors tho
published ropoit had been greatly exaggerated,
but later advices only seem to show a greater
degree of barbarity. Tho Turkish government
has sont a commission to investigate the affair,
and at the head is a man who is known to be an
enemy of tho Armenians. Of course, that com
mission will not make a true report. It will bo
utterly unreliable. I feel that tho Christian
world ought to protest against tho horrors em
phatically, and I also feel that the signatories
In tho Berlin treaty aro under obligations to
take up that question.
"Turkey lives only by sufferance of tho Eu
ropean powors. Thoy can put a stop to the
atrocities when they wilL England, which has
such an immense interest in tho country, can,
without any great effort on her part, cause a
discontinuance of such horrors.
"The Turks knowing of tho existence of a
secret revolutionary party, tako the fact as an
excuse to open an attack on tho Armonians.
The Idea that tho Turks fear tho Armenians, or
a revolution among them, Is utterly absurd."
GETTING READY TO APPOINT.
Board of Trade Directors Meet to Select
Committees for 1895.
Tho regular monthly meeting of the directors
of tho Washington Board of Trade was held yes
terday at 4 o'clock p. in. President Warner pre
sided and Secretary John B. Wight kept note of
tho proceedings. Besides theso there woro
present Charles L. Glover, S. W. Woodward,
Crosby S. Noyes, Henry F. BlOJnt, James M.
Johnston, O. G. Staples, Henry Wise Garnott,
Georgo T. Dunlop, Thomas SomerviUe, and
Tho board had under consideration, without
completing, tho standing committees of the
board of trnde for 1S05. Thp list will bo further
considorcd at a mooting to beheld noxtMonday
Unon tho recommendation of tho committee
tho following gentlomen wore admitted to mem
bership: Harry Williams, George H Dana,
Charles Bauschor, Georgo H. Harrie3,Dr. n. L.
E. .lobnson, John B. Duncklee, Brice & Lips
comb, Edward T. Kaiser, H. B. F. Macfarland.
Albort Carry, Ernest G Thompson, Ralston &
Slddons, '1 homas P. Stephenson, John It. Car
mody, and Dr. G. L. Mugruder.
Tho dato selected for tho next meeting of the
board of trado is Tuesday evening, December 18.
Why Birdie Did Not Wed.
Birdie King, sometimes called Bottio Clark,
tho littlo old jvoman who was released by Judgo
Kimball last Wednesday on hir promise to get
married and sin no more, as described In The
Times, bobbed up again in tho police court
dock yesterday on tho chnrge of drunkenness
nnd vagrancy. Sho was sent down for sixty
days. Birdio explalnod to a TiiiES reporter
that tho roason sho did not carry out her nup
tial contract was because hor intended, an old
soldier, drow his pension monoy on Monday nnd
has been blind drunk and oblivious to all things
Chinese Treaty Finally Ratified.
Tho long-delayed Chinese treaty has at lost
arrived in Washington. It was delayed because
tho Chinese government, wishing to adopt
every precaution, had dispatched tho document
to tho United States by way of Europe instead
of by the s orter Pacific route. Lato this after
noon Secretary Grosham and Mr. Yang Yu, tho
Chinese minister, exchanged tho final ratifica
Contest Over Policeman King's Son.
John L King, tho fathor of Policeman King,
who recently committed suicide, applied to tho
police court yesterday to have tho soven-year-old
son of tho doceased patrolman committed
to tho care of the Board of Children's Guardi
ans, on the ground that the widow is not a fit
person to have the custody of tho child. Tho
hearing was continued.
Within Narrower Limits.
Tho report that Commissioner Truosdell has,
doclded to draw the restricting lines on deni
zens of tho "Division" i3 partly confirmed.
Tho occupants of tho houses on O street, near
tho Emergoncy Hospital have been ordered to
vacate, and it is probablo that other measures
will be takon to koop the population of that dls
roputabje quarter within narrower bounds.
Senator Hill Here.
Senator Hill arrived in Washington yesterday
and resumed his quarters at the Normandlo
HoteL Tho train upon which he was traveling
came very noar being wrecked near Florencov
S. C. Tho sleeper next to tho ono occupied by
Senator Hill was thrown off the track by a heavy
timber which in some way had got under tho
KILLED AND HACKED TO PIECES.
Mutilated Body of a Man Found In a
Packing-case Two Men. Arrested
for tho Murder.
CHICAGO, 111., Doc 7. The dead body of A D.
Barnes, Janitor of the Hiawatha Building, at No.
258 Thirty-soventh street, was found this morn
ing jammed into a packing caso which 1iad
been thrust into a hole beneath the sidewalk on
South Pork avenue, between Sixty-third and
Tho body, which was naked, with tho excep
tion of a pair of socks, bore over a score of ugly"
wounds, half of them sufficient to cause death,
ovoa if the man had sustaluod no further injury
than tho one blow. The othor wounds had evi
dently boon mulcted with both the cutting odgo
and tho blunt side of an ax, aud covered tho
body from tho right temple down to the knees.
Two men ore in custody charged with the
crlmo, Edward Jordan, tho assistant Janitor,
and Lewis Jorsey, a man of no occupation. Tho
crime was unquestionably committed in the
basemont ot the house, as tho police discovered
thoro lato this afternoon the clothing worn by
tho Janitor when last seen alive, and the blood
smeared ax. Signs of a struggle wero plainly
visible, showing that Barnes mast havo mode a
hard fight for his life.
After killing Barnes in tho basement the
murderers endeavored to shove body face
downward into a packing caso, three aad one
half foet long, two feet wide, and ten inches
deop. In order to forco tho body in the legs had
been bent underthe trunk and the right leg had
been broken abovo the knoo iu order to tacili
tato the packing operation. Tho left hip had
been slashed and pounded with the ax in order
to allow the bending of the bo-dy.
In addition to theso wounds there was a three
cornered hole in the left temple, dealt with
awful force, and which must have killed the
recipient instantly. Tho body was hacked in
such a manner as to mako it appear that the
murderers had rolled it over and over and
chopped it Just as though it wero nothing but a
log of wood.
NEED OP LIBERAL GIVING.
Cause of Home and Foreign Missions Pre
sented to Endcavorers by Dr.
Marshall and Mrs. Dayls. "
Tho mass-meeting of Presbyterian Christian
Endeavor societies last night was held
in the Fourth Presbyterian Church under the
auspices of the Endeavorers Missionary Socifcty
of that denomination.
There-wero about 500 young people in attend
ance, representing every Presbyterian society
in the city. The evening was devoted to a dis
cussion of missions, and addresses were de
livered by Rev. Thomas Marshall, of Now York,
aud Mrs. Davis, of Pe jnsylvania.
1 he presiding officer was Rev. Dr.Teunte Ham
lin, of the Church of the Covenant Kev. J. B.
North, of Anacostia, offered prayer, and then
Dr. Hamlin stated that the purpose of tb meet
ing was to enable the Presbyterian Endeavorers
to become better acquainted with the work
of their denominational mtseioa boards. It
was the purpose of the local societies to raise
StOO for tho Presbyterian board by the 1st of
Mrs. Davis was tho first speaker, and sho
spoke of the negro problem, for which, in her
opinion, there was but out) solution Christian
Dr. Hamlin then introduced Rev. Dr. Marshall,
of the foreicn mission board.
It has Deensald, he declared, that the estab
lishment of foreign missions impo.erwhed the
country, but the liquor and tobacco bilU
amounted to more than W.000.000,000. while ooly
5900,000 was spent for miss ona. And yet people
said that the rooaey paid out for the support of
missionaries was impoverishing this land.
Before the meeting closed Dr. Hamlin said
that it was desired that each church society
should send contributions to the general society
of tho District, so that the credit might bo given
to the latter organization.
The meeting closed with prayer and the bene
diction bv Rev. Joseph Kelly, of the Peurth
FOREMAN AND MASTER VANTED.
Competitive Examination for These Places
at the Navy Yard.
An examination is in progress at the navy
yard of applicant for the places of a
foreman of tho ordnance department and
a master moulder, Tho foreman has
charge of tho gun-carriago shop, forge shop,
projectile and mount snops, and foundry shop,
the salary being $1,300. The master moulder
receives $4 a day.
These positions were hbld until recently by
George R. Wilson and G. R. Cook. After Mr.
Wilsons dismissal his place was temporarily
filled by Mr. Mike Lynch, the place of Mr. Cook
being still unfilled.
Tho examination Is in writing. The time for
filing applications expired on Monday. Tho
questions asked applicants relate exclusively to
their capacity to fill tho places named. Tho
board of examiners consists of Lieut. Com
mander A J. Eat n, Chief Engineer J. H. Perry,
and Navy Constructor A W. btahl
Thoy said that there were twelve applicants, the
majority of them being for the place of master
moulder. They thought it improper to give the
names, for the reason that those who failed
would not like to have their failure published.
The examinations began on Thursday and
will bo concluded to-day. The results will sot
be known earlier than Monday. The applicants
are given the questions one at a time and are
not allowed to leave tho room until it is an
swered or thero is a failure to answer. The
questions aro represented by some of the appli
cants as very hard.
The applicants for tho positions named are
for foreman of tho shops: Messrs. Lynch, ibasc ,
McCaffrv. iinlpln. Giles, of tho navy yard, and
Georgo Norton; for master moulder: Messrs.
Cochran nnd Bivens, of tho navy yard.
The position of foreman Is considered a very
CANVASSING FOR HONORS.
Contest Begun for the Office of Depart
ment Commander, G. A. R.
Comrades of tho G. A R. are already canvass
ing the field for a successor to Department Com
manderBlckford. It Is pretty certainly pre
dicted, upon the grounds of precedent only, that
the efficient incumbent will not succeed himself.
Thero is a decided sentiment, it is said, in
favor of "pnfslug tho honors around" Tho
recognized candidates for tho succession are
Senior Vice Commander M. T. Anderson, of Post
No. 3; B. T. Janney, of Post No. 20, and John Mc
Elroy, No. 2.
But two of tho department posts have yet to
choose delegates, aud they will hold an election
each on tho evening of tho lith instant. Then
"tho boys" will begin to "lineup "
Department Commander Bickford and staff
will officially visit tho soldiers' temporary home
on Missouri avenue at8 o'clock this evening.
Carelessness Caused His Death.
Tho coroner's Jury in the case of Patrick J.
Dunlgan, tho bos who was inn over byanex
porimentil electric car owned by the company
of which Senator Stowart is president,, whilo tho
car was being operated on O sfeet on Novtm
borlG, metyostorday aftornoon at NaSpolwo
station. The verdi t was that young Dunigan's
donth was duo to the carelessness of Motorman
Frederick V. Rogors in not ringing h s gong and
iu running his car too fast down the gra Jo above
P street. lio;ers has not beou arrested. A dam
age tat may bo .ntituted against thecompany.
The lad's iuaeral will take place from his lato
residence. No. 22C O street northwest Lawyer
Philip Walker wat.-hed tho caso for tho Dunl
gan family and Lawyer' Fay for the railroad
Must Be Closed at Midnight.
In the caso of Otto Toulssant, the Seventh
street saloon keeper, charged with selling liquor
aftor IS o'clock midnight Judgo Miller decided
yesterday that it wa3 unlawful to have the place
opon between 12 and 4 o'clock a. m., even to serve
drinks that had been ordered before tho former
hour. "At mlduicht." said tho court to Mr.
LTouissaut, "your patrons must bo gone and your
place closed." A fine or JK) was imposed anu
notice given of a motion for a new trial.
It is learned that the Pacific Express Com
pany lost 831,000 in gold certificates in the Texas
and Pacific hold-up near Fort Worth, Tex.
Eugeno Kelly, tho well-known New York
banker, lies in a precarious condition at his
homo on West Fifty-first street, having been
stricken with paralysis last Tuesday.
The National Editorial Association will meet
In Jacksonville, Fla., in January, 1S03.
In Jersey City Edward Mahaffy, who had
kickod his wlfo to death, was found guilty of
murder In the second degree yesterday and sen
tenced to State's piison for twenty years.
In view of tho possibility of Congress passing
a law repealing tho 10 per cent tax on the Stato
banks, Mr. Cumming, of Richmond, has unre
duced a bill in tho Georgia State .-nat "r-i.
ing Stato hanks to issue bank notes under such
conditions as Congress shall make.
COCKEAH RIDICULED :BRYAN
Evohed Durin.q the Discussion of the
Railway Pooling Bill.
THE HOUSE ONLY IN SESSION
Chairman Patterson Abandons the SewaU
Amendments Mr- Grow Opnoses the Pres
ident's financial Plan Cockran for Half
an Hour Held His Colleagues spellbound.
The House spent an hour yesterday in. the
consideration of the hill to protect forest res
ervations, but no vote was had, and the re
mainder of the day wo3 occupied in the far
ther discussion of the railroad pooling-bill.
The debate was participated in by Messrs.
Bartlett, of Hew York; Cookran, of New York,
and Wise, of Virginia, in support, and Messr3.
Bryan, of Nebraska, and Northway, of Ohio,
in opposition to the bill.
The speeoh of Mr. Cockran was especially
brilliant and for a half hour held the House
spellbound- Debate under tho flve-mlnuto
role begins to-dayvand it is expected that a
final vote will be reached on Tuesday of nexf
The balk of tie opposition seems to be di
rected at the section of the Mil which Rives
railroads the right to appeal to the courts
from the decisions of the commission revok
ing ioolhig orders. One of toe features of the
day was the announcement by Chairman Pat
terson that be would not farther press the
Senrall amefidraeats, widen were demanded.
by some railroads after the meeting with the
Interstate Commerce Commission and the
argument upon the general plan outlined in,
the bill now pending.
Mr. Grow spoke at some length during the
morning hour on the President's ear ency
plan. He believed the present law r-ouid
remain exactly as it wag, exeept that tn
banks should be allowed to deposit money as
weli as bonds for circulation, and take "ou;
$110 on every 6100 in money deposited and
circulation up to the par value of the bonds.
State banks, be believed, should hay; tbe
same rights ot issue with the same liability to
the government, together with personal lia
bility of the stockholders. To prevent undaa
contraction no bank should be allowed to re
deem its circulation at a higher rate than 10
per cent, each month, and no bank should be
allowed to reduce its circulation below 25 per
cent, except to go into liquidation.
The pooling bill was taken up and Mr.
Bryan spoke at some length in opposition to
that section of the bill which allowed the rail
roads to appeal from the decisions of the
commission revoking pooling orders. The
commission should have absolute control i!
the pooling privileges were to be permitted,
but he was opposed to any bill authenzing
pooling. Pooling subverted the doctrine ol
competition aad he denied the rightl of the
government to interfere with, free and fair
competition. The protection of society from.
extortion rested on competition.
Mr. Cockran replied to Mr. Bryan, saying
that he had not intended to intervene in this
debate until he heard the remarkable speech.
of the gentleman from Nebraska on the rela
tions of railroads to the community. He tn 1 1
U3 that it was impossible to have com petition,
between railroads, and from that he proceeds
to argue that it wa3 unjust, unwise, undemo
cratic, and unpatriotic to interfere with com
petition between railroads. Laughter. He
promises an amendment establishing a rule
by which the Interstate Commerce Commis
sion ean ascertain in an infallible manner just
what reasonable rates should be. and he teLs
us tbat be intends to get a legislative man
date to that tribunal that they shall always
fix the rates according to the cost of the plant
at the time when the tariffs are to b im
posed. 'Obviously that plan would work thi3 way.
If a railroad company should run at a los3
of, say 8300,000 in 1S93, then, under This
novel method, it could not pay its debt3 out
of its earnings in 1S&I, because if the rates cf
1S94 are to be in proportion to the eost of the
plant in 1S94. it would be unpatriotic, un
democratic and a number of other things to
allow the eompany to make good its losses
in 1S93, which could not possibly form, any
part of the eost of the plant in 1891.
"Now, I have always believed that there is
little tbat ean be said in denunciation of rail
way management that would do justice to tie
subject. I have always deplored the fact that
the courts, which were so ready to invent
methods of preventing strikes of laborers
against railroads, have never been abio to
discover a method to prevent robbery and
peculation by the directors of railroads. I
have always felt tbat the financial condition
of this country would be substantially im
proved if a few railroad financiers were sent
tojaiL Bnt this is not a question of what is
best for the railroads, but of what is best for
Mr. Cockran then proceeded to argue that
there are circumstances under whieh pooling
arrangements can be permitted under suspen
sion which will be beneficial to the commun
ity and prevent ruinous competition whioa
certain railroad lines are now suffering. At
the elose of bis remarks the House took a re
cess until the hour for consideration of pen
DISTRICT AT THE CAPITOU
New Municipal Building B. &. O. Railroad
Tracks Dollar Gas
The Senate Committee on tho District of Co
lumbia failed to ge a quorum yesterday. Sec
retary Wight, of the board of trader called to
urge action on the Mil providing for a new mu
nicipal buildise. The sab-committee agreed to
a bearint; on Monday afternoon. Tho opinion
seemed to be that tho House bill for a budding
on the present courthousb site ttouM be moat
A delegation of ciUaens from Northeast Wasn
ingwm called to urge action on tho bill requiring;
the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad to combine i-a
tracks outside the city and enter on a masonry
It was urged at one time by the company that
there were engineering difficulties In the way of
such a junction, owing to the grades of the two
tracks, but engineers have gone over tho plana
with care and declare that It is entirely possible
tomakff this improvement.
Another bill which is to he urged Is the ono
which has already pawed the House, providing
that the nrice of illuminating gas furnished to
I all consumers in tne District shall not exceed a
dollar per 1,00 leet, it being provided mat u
consumers other than the government shall sot
pay their gaa bills within ten days upon pre
sentation the company collect at ho rate ot
Monday next wiB be District dayin the Housa.
Chairman Heard, of the District committee, will
call up the free public library bill, and feels
hopeful of its paseage.
Notes from the Capitol.
Tho Senate Naval Committee will tako up tha
armor plate investigation next week.
The effort to prevent anarchists from coming
to the United States will be resumed in tho
Hoise next week if Mr. Boatner, of Louisiana, la
charge of the measure, secures from Speaker
Crisp the time he expects.
Senator Morgan feels very hopeful ot the
passage of tho Nicaraguan Canal bill, though he
appreciates that there will bo no inconsiderable
opposition, sumo of which has already shown
A programme for speedy consideration of the
financial plan proposed by the President and
Secretary Carlisle was arranged by the House
Committee on Banking and Currencyyesterday.
Resolutions were passed providing' that the plan,
shall be taken up next Monday; that Secretary
Carlisle and Comptroller of the Currency Eckela
be invited before tho committee at 10 o'olock a.
in. Monday, and that tho hearings close on Sat
urday, December 15.
Death of Ferdinand de Lesseps.
Tk!-. IV T Count Ferdinand de Lessens,
the engineer of the bee Canal, who has beea
i ill for somo time, is daO. He was bora la ISO 3.