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HEAVY WHEAT TRADE.
A Field Day in Chicago With
1,500,000 Bushels Taken
*'01d Hatch" and Armour Appear as
Leaders of the Hull Forees
and Bring Recruits.
Futures Sold On Call to the Amount of
2,700,000 Bushels, but with Little
Change in Prices.
Wull Street Operators Badly Disappointed
at Gould's Not Coining on the
Street to Opinrt.; Against
| Special Telesrram to the Globe. |
Chicago, March 27.—A feature of to day's
market was large buying by B- P.
Hutchinson, who, fearing that if the
decline went further, it would spread
to other branches of business, put brokers in
tbe market and took heavy blocks. The
knowledge that he was buying had the de
sired effect and prices at once commenced
to react upward. The bears fearing that the
"old man" might give them one of bis old
time turns quickly stopped selling. It was
also discovered that Armour's brokers were
buying and had taken 1,000,000 i.ushels
cash for export. This gave the little Lulls
courage while the bears, seeing
such operators as Armour and
Htchinsin in command of the
bails oegan to think it time to call a halt and
s cure their prolits on shorts which were
growing smaller on every upward turn in
prices, .and there was a scramble to buy.
Edward J. Martyn, manager of Armour's
shipping department, says tbe cars are going
to the elevators as fast as they can be loaded,
and that they bought the wheat because they
considered it cheap. Large blocks were also
taken for export by other parties, and there
never was a time before when 1,500,000
bushels were taken for export to Europe with
in a week.
The bears started another raid on wheat
this morning, but were brought up with a
round torn. When the bell tapped at 3:30
there was a grand rush for the wheat pit.
Everybody wanted to see and very few buy,
and the excitement through the Iirst half
hour bordered on a panic. There was no
regular opening tbe first sales being within
a range of %c at 8G>£@87c for May. At
tbe same moment in different parts
of the crowd there were large
sale of long stuff on which the margins had
become exhausted, as tbe brokers were un
certain as to what the market would do aud
fearing a still further decline. They sold out
their holdings at the best price and at the
moment, in order to protect themselves.
The decline the past four days has increased
the orders from outside to buy, as present
prices are regarded very cheap. Specu
lative capitalists argue that it can
not go much lower; and the chances
are that there will be a good reaction
that will afford them an opportunity to un
load at a profit. Trading to-day was accord
ingly large, but not in as' heavy lots as dur
ing Tuesday and Wednesday. The great
bulk of the business, however, was on lo«al
account, and although heavy lines of shorts
were covered and more longs wiped out, the
ehief aim of traders was to even up and see
exactly where they stood. The decliue has
been so sudden and severe that some of
them have become badly mixed aud it
will require a day or two to
straighten things out. The air was full of
rumors of failures, but the only one of any
magnitude that was announced was Shepard
& Peacock, which had little or no effect on
There was more export demand and re
ports of heavy engagements of cars for
prompt shipment east, and, after the flurry
of the first half hour had subsided, operators
began to see that they were more saared than
hurt. Tbe shorts began to cover
freely, with strong buying for an upturn,
and prices rapidly advanced 2@2%,
touching SS%c. The sharp reaction brought
out more sellers, which resulted in a decline
to 87%c, and for some tbe price fluctuated
between S7%@S8)^c. The buying of Roche,
Singer, Holden, Stevens, Hamill & Brine
and Lester and others sent values up again
to 88%c, as the crowd had become tired of
selling, were afraid that they had already
sold themselves into a hole, and were anx
ious to get out before prices advanced any
further and thus wipe out their profits on
former trades; and the market olosed on
'change at 88%c with a strong feeling.
There was considerable trading in the way
of buying May and selling June at l)£@2c
premium. July also attracted considerable
attention at X@2c over June.
Later, on tbe call, trading was large, ag
gregating 2,700,000 bushels, 1,600,000 bush
els being for May at 8S)£@88c. dinger was
the heaviest buyer, taking ab.out 1,000,000
bushels, Charles Van Kirk selling
him 300,000 bushels June at 90%c. The
other buyers were Eldredge, Kirkwood,
Stewart and Fraley.
Upon the curb trading was active, and 3^c
advance was secured, but not maintained,
the last sales being at S9@89)£c.
Corn was less aetive, and to a certain ex
tent, followed wheat, opening weak at the
Inside figures, and closing at aboiit the
highest prices, the first sales being on a
basis of 53%@54c May? although the only
support was in the moderate receipts—
only 17S cars being inspectod,
53 of which were contract, while
the adverse influences were numerous,
Including lowerj quotations hrom New York
and Liverpool, splendid weather, reports that
spring plowing bad already commenced in
the southwest. Shippers also continue to
discard No. 2 as prices here are above
any other market in the country. The bulls
seemed determinedjio h„d" tbe market and
though ther j was little demand, except to
cover shorts, values advanced to 54% and
closed on changed at 54% bid.
The principal buyers were Boyn
ton, Comstock, Poole, Kent & Co.,
and Robert Warren, and among the sellers
were Millmine, Bodman & Co., Geo. Parker,
Fraley and J. W. Burns, who claim the hon
ors of beine the heaviest corn trader of the
day. His sales, however, were said to be of
long corn bought at 55c.
On the call a stronger feeling developed,
May selling up to 55%c, with free purchas
ing by Kirkwood, Baldwin, Hobbs, Rumsey
Bros., Bryant. Cudahy & Stevens,
and Seymour, Hunt & Co. There
was fair selling by Lester, Poole, Kent & Co.
and Muway <fc Nelson, but transactions were
in small lots compared with other days. On
the curb Fraley was a _ee seller and the mar
ket weakened to 55c.
There was a good demand for the lower
grades for shipment both east and south,
some orders being received for rejected anfl
new mixed from North Carolina.
Oats, as usual, followed other grain.
The receipts included 140 cars. The volume
of trading In futures was liberal. Prices
advanced %@%c, and closed strong;. Rye
opened weak at yesterday's close, with sales
on a basis of 61 %c May, advanced and
closed at 62c.
Pork was rather quiet, opening weak at
$17.50; sold up on moderate buying by
shorts and scalpers, and closed at $17.7234®
17.75 on 'change and on the curb at $17.90.
Lard shared with pork, opening
weak, and 7J^@10c per 100 lbs.
lower at $firstname.lastname@example.org>£. May sold at $9.20,
advanced and closed at $9.3§@9.37)£, but
the trade was chiefly local. Short ribs at
tracted little attention. The offerings and
demand were both moderate. Prices opened
weak at $9.22)^^9.25, and closed at $9.35®
Receits of cattle 5,000, against 3,876 last
Thursday. Exporters bought cautiously
and were particular in their selections,
wanting reductions from former prices
which holders of good stock were slow to
grant, and bulk of sales were at old rates.
Common grades and butchers' stock slow
and easy at$8.00(g>4.50 for cows, $'email@example.com
for corn feed and $firstname.lastname@example.org for distil
lery bulls; stackers $4.00(u£4-75 and feeders
$email@example.com; light steers $5.00@5.SO. Re
ceipts of bogs 9,000; market again dull and
prices 5c lower on all grades. Shippers and
packers are doing nothing to speak of.
Skips and common light $5.50@G; packers
and shippers $6.10(a~.Uo; choice light £*>.75
@6.60. Receipts of sbeeep, 3,000. Buyers
operated with more freedom, tbe market was
firm and a few sales of choice were made at
better prices. Sales at $firstname.lastname@example.org for
good to choice, averaging 93 to 116 pounds,
and $email@example.com for common.
. A-M. Wright & Co'h circular letter says:
"The available supplies of wheat and corn,
including stocks at nineteen points
of accumulation east of the Rocky mount
ains and in transit from the west
to the seaboard and afloat on the ocean des
tined for Great Britain aud contiucntal Eu
rope on the dates named compare as fol
Wheat bu. Corn bu.
r/S. East of Rockies, 39,554,000 17,551,000
Afloat on oeean for Burope.18,680,000 2,520,000
Total March 24, 1884 48,234,000 20,071,000
Total previous week 48,127.000 11,501,000
Total March 25, 1883 47,957.000 :i0,115.000
McCoruiick, Kennet & Day say: "Wheat
is very cheap aud purchases at present
prices will pay a big dividend in the near fu
ture or wo are much mistaken."
Minor, Richards A: Co. say: "The market
can be summed up as being in a very f"
verish state and is liable to go up or down
sharply. For the present, as there are many
influences that can ba brought to bear on
either side, we would caution conservative
trading on either side: but our judgment
would advocate a purchase at about. S7Kc
for May. We are not sanguine but that be
fore May deliveries are over we may see still
Crosby & Co. say of the day's business:
"Wheat opened panicy with about the wildest
and largest trade we have ever witnessed.
Longs were slaughtered en masse and shorts
covered heavily. The excitement was too
intense to read the trading, but the liquida
tion seemed complete, and the break attract
ed sufficient buying orders to work a sharp
reaction of two cents, after which the market
ruled feverish the balance of the day. Tbe call
was strong and higher under geueral buying
and tbe curb closes higher at 89$£cc May.
The situation has undergone a change by the
day's busiucss, but we are reluctant to think
it permanent. The break closed about all
the outstanding trades, leaving the market
long about tbe stock iu store. Provision
houses were freo buyers all day and this led
to a rumor that a deal had been arranged
with Armour at the head of it. This, togeth
er with the reported freight engagements of
one milllion wheat, restrained our local bears
from selling their lines again on the reac
tion and also was the main cause of the call
and curb advance. If when the excitement
quiets these reports are dlsprovcn, our
market will be compelled to resist another
selling pressure, or per contra a deal can
bull it. In view of the existing demoraliza
tion we prefer to see some tangible evidence
to support these rumors before crediting
Shepard & Peacock, whose failure was
announced on 'change to-day, will probably
amount to $10,000. Peacock was formerly a
partner of McGeoch, aud has beeu in busi
ness for himself about eight months. Their
suspension, they say, was not necessary, as
they had offers of assistance from many
friends, but they thought it best to close out
their trades and see where they siood, and
they expect to resume business in a few
days. Kenyon 6c Co. were also reported as
suspended, but cut no figure as their trading
was small. A number of iirrus transferred
their trades to protect themselves. J. T.
McCord of the open board was reported
failed, with liabilities $5,000 to §8,000.
[Special Telegram to the Globe.1
Chicago, March 27. —Money in fair reque'st
and firmer at 5(u>7 per cent. New York ex
change 25c discount per •'51,000 to par, chiefly
at tbe latter, at which it closed steady. Ship
pers 60 days'documentary sterlingon Loudon
$4.85>£@4.85%. Bankers' 00 days'do. $4.87.
Shipments of money to the country light.
|8pecial Telegram to the Globe.
New.York, March 27.—It has been rather
a field day for the bears in Wall street. The
Erie securities unsettled the market early,
the second mortgage bonds falling from 'M}4
to 89, and the stock from 22% to 20%. The
coalers were raided, and ou a big business
Deleware & Lackawanna dropped to 124^,
and Reading from 55 to 53>.£. The West
Shore bonds were sold in large amounts also.
Lake Shore, on the prospect of
another 2 per cent. dividend,
rallied to 102 but gave away later.
St. Paul was pretty well held until near the
close when it also became feeble.
Northern Pacific preferred held its own and
San Francisco preferred advanced to 47%.
T.ie trade of the San Francisco line comes
from a country that is full of grain aud it is
enjoying a lucrative business. The course
of stocks to-day has been quite discouraging.
Many believed that the sharp decline in the
grain markets would stimulate
the price of shares. It failed
to do so. There was no rally worth men
tioning in the late dealings. The market
closed quiet, with no indications of any im
provement right away. Mr. Gould's proper
ties appear to be left to take care of them
selves. On his return he may see fit to
brace them up.
Henry Clews & Co. wired Schwartz &
Dupee, as follows: "Soon after the opening
of the board the traders felt the sting of
disappointment, that Mr. Gould
did not signalize his arrival by
becoming at once a pronounced buyer of
stocks. Many traders for several days past
have been busy loading themselves up ex
pecting to sell out on him as soon as ht
reached Wall street. It soon became evidene
to such holders that it was necessary to look
elsewhere for buyers, than to Mr. Gould, to
shift their burden upon. The market in
consequence has inclined to lower prices on
the apparent sad reality that Gould is not in
clined to climb for stocks at the present time.
Many uncharitable people indulge
in the suspicion that Gould may
be induced to be a buyer after
ST. PAUL, MINN., FRIDAY MORNING, MARCH 28, 1884.
p while at the then prices of some of the
stock. They assart he has ffcdustriiously mark
etcdunder the cloak of his absence but that bis
time is not yet. There were ruinous rumors
calculated to produce a farorable change,such
as the coalers would resume full work after
April first and that the trunk hne raotes were
to be restored at once, which coincided with
the out spoken and sanguine utterances pub
lished in an interview with Vanderbilt in the
papers but they failed to advance prices ex
cept momentarily. Tbe grain market race
ed again this morning and touched the low
est price for wheat in seventeen years. We
advise buying now on weak spots.
VANDERBILT VS. PORTER.
Vanderbilt and Depew Respond to H.
H. Porter's Letter of Yes
An Attorney's Opinion that the Omaha Com
pany Has a Good Case Against
Porter and Associates.
That the Company Can Require Them to
Account For Six Thousand
Nine Hundred Shares
of Preferred Stock.
New York, March 27.—Tbe following
statement was given out to-day for publica
William K. Vanderbilt and Chauncey M.
Depew, were asked what answer they would
make to the reply of H. H. Porter, to their
letter to himself, David Dows and Roswell P.
Flower, iu refcreuce to the alleged wrongful
issue aud appropriation of a portion of the
preferred stock of the Chicago, St. Paul t\:
Minneapolis Railway company. This state
ment is as follows: Their letter
to Dows, Flower and Porter
was a purely business matter relat
ing to the affairs of the Chicago, St. Paul j
Minneapolis 6: Omaha Railway company. \
Harvey Kennedy brought suit against these I
parties lor his share, as a partner, in certain j
stocks and the proceeds ofthe sale of certain
stocks of the St. Paul, Minneapolis it Omaha j
Railway company. The case was tried on ibis, j
As the Northwestern company is a large j
owner of the Omaha stock, Austin J. Fox
was retained to care for any interest it might j
have in the action. From the testimony of j
Sorter, Dows aud Flower, and the opinion of
Judge Van Vorst Fox advised the Omaha
company it had a gvod cause of
action against these gentlemen as directors for
the unauthorized issue aud tiie distribution
of 0.930 shares of preferred stock of Chicago,
St. Paul & Minneapolis Railway company.
Thereupon the executive committee of the
Omaha directory appointed Vanderbilt aud
Depew a committee to examine into Ihe
right of the company and take such actiou
as might be necessary to protect its interests.
Arter a careful examination the committee
dame to the same conclusion as had Fox.
They then submitted the whole matter to cx-
Judge Comstock, who rendered the |
following opinion: "I have examined j
professionally, into the facts connected with j
the issue of 6,980 shares of preferred stock
of the Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis ..V: |
Omaha Railway company in the year 1868,
by 11. 11. Porter, president, and some ot bis j
associate directors to themselves and other;.
Tbe entir- transaction appears to have been
the subject of recent investigation in a suiL i
in the supreme court of New York. Porter, j
and the other directors referred to, were ex- i
ii mined in that suit, aud the lucts were
found and passed upon by the judge who !
tried the case. Frctn . LJjte data |
furnished I conclude the 6,890
shares of stock equal to $698;0G0 i
par value, were issued without auy considera
tion being paid to the railway eotapany, aud
were appropriated, the greater portion by
Porter, some other portions by his associate
directors referred to, ai:u soma stnaQer por
tion.- to other persons. As directors, they
were in the relation of trustees for the man
agement and protection of the corporate es
tate, aud as such, were bound to protect it
against the issuance of auy obligation
or stock which might bring a cuarjre
upon it, unless the issues were mi.de under
due authority, and for a |4ue consideration.
They were certainly bound to abstain from
dealings in their own favor, which they could
uot permit in favorof any one else. They
are. therefore, liable to account with their
company, in respect to the G.9S0 shares of
preferred stock, so issued and appropriated.
Vanderbilt and Depew, not wishing to do j
any injustice to these gentlemen in so
grave a matter, sent them a letter, published
in all the morning papers by Mr. Porter, iu |
the hope, that by satisfactory explanations j
the litigation might be avoided. Their only
duty and purpose was. to protect the interest
of the company for which they were acting.
Mr. Porter answered them first, through the
newspapers, his letter reaching the person
to whom it was addressed, after its
publication. This reply brings in matters
relating to W. H. Vanderbilt, the Bock Island j
election and other irrelevant subjects, but
furnishes no reply to the serious inquiry, un
der what authorization, and for what consid
eration, 0,980 shares of preferred stock of
the company of which he was president, were
issued aud distributed to himself and others.
Washington, March 27. —Senators Ingalls,
Sawyer, Jones, (of Fla.) and Manderson,
with their families, left Washington this
morning for a pleasure trip to Jacksonville,
Florida, they were accompanied by Sergeaut
at-arms Canady, of the senate.
HOLIDAYS FOK THE LETTER CARRIERS.
The house committee on postoliice and
post roads decided, by seven against four, to
recommend the passage of a bill, providing
that all letter carriers, at free delivery offices,
be entitled to leave of abseuce for fourteen
days each year without the loss of pay, upon
the same conditions as now granted employes
in the postorlice department,
THE EXTENSION BILL DEFEATED.
The bouse, in committee, struck out the
enacting clause of the bonded extension bill
by 131 to 87. The house vote, 3-eas 185,
nays 83, confirmed the action of the com
mittee in striking out the enacting clause
of the whisky bill.
RIVER AND HAKROR DILL.
The river and harbor committee has nearly
completed the consideration of the proposed
river and harbor bill. It is understood the
aggregate of the bill wUl'not exceed $11,000,
000. The principal items will be appropria
tions for the Mississippi river, Missouri river
and the Ohio river, and great harbors on the
Atlantic, Pacific, lake and gulf coasts, to the
Mississippi and its tributaries. About
$5,000,000 will probably be appropriated.
The committee has not yet decided what part
of that amount shall be expended upon the
Mississippi itself. Members of the house are
being invited before the house, to make
such statements as they see proper con
cerning improvements in their respective
districts and states. The bill will be report
ed to the bouse not later than April 20th.
The house committee on public lands,
agreed to report a bill authorizing the pat
enting of lands, to the contesting settlers
within the limits of Maquesamos ranch, on
the Western Pacific railway. The land is in
California and embraces 4i,000 acres.
Dude —Do I understand you to say, Doe
tor, that mental powers depend on the qual
ity and not on the quantity of brains?
Docter— That is the opinion of the latest
Dude,—And you have no doubt about it
Doctor —None, whatever.
Dude—Then if you wanted to ascertain the
quality of my brain what would you do?
Doctor —Barrow alectometer.
ACROSS THE OCEAN.
The British Defeat Osman Dig
ma's Forces Again.
The Campaign Ended and the Troops
Bismarck Gives Sargent a Snub at a State
Suakim, March 27.—The British forces be
gan the advance on Tamanieb at 5 this
morning. Firing opened at 7:30, and was
brisk upon both sides. The rebels were in
larger nnmbers than yesterday. The Eng
lish cavalry and mounted infantry led and
drove the rebels from the rocks, dispersing
them among the hills. There were no Brit
ish causalities. Loss of the rebels is un
The Rebels fired on the British troopers
from rocks upon the left. The cavalry
dislodged them, and advanced to
within 100 yards of Tamanicb. As soon as
Graham came up with the infantry and guns
shells were thrown among the Hying Arabs,
and exploded close to them. On reaching
Tamauieb the men and horses made straight
for the wells and slacked their thirst. After
a brief halt the cavalry moved out to the
right and left of the village in pursuit of the
retreating foe. Tbe village forthwith was
burned to the ground. Gen. Graham will
explore the region in the ne;gborhood of the
wells of Tamanieb, then return with his
force to Saukim. The eampa'gn is at an end.
Leipsig, March 27. —The police discovered '
a dynamite bombshell In a densely crowded
building. No clue as to who placed it
DEATHS FROM TRICHINOSIS.
Berlin, March 27.—It is officially stated
that last year at Ennpieben, a small town of
1 Prussian Saxony, 403 persons became serf-,
ously ill and sixty-six died from trichinosis.
The disease was caused by eating raw pork
i which all came from one and the same hog. j
: Fatal ..fleets are reporfed from Geisen.
Berlin, March 27. —A captain andlieuten
1 ant of the army were playing a friendly game
! of cards. A dispute aiose and the hot headed
lieutenant became fur! ;;-. He whisked out j
his sabre aud gave tbe captain his death ;
Cairo, March 27. —Col. Kitchener and
Major Bundle have started from Cairo to
cooperate with Captain Cheimside, in ne
gotiations for opening the road to Berber.
Telegraphic communicatisn between Berber
and Shindy is restored'.
GAVE SARGENT ONLY A BOW.
Berlin, March2?.— DuUche Tagblatt Bays: ;
I At Bismarck's.dinner iu honor ol" the em-j
j poror's birthday, Bismarck greeted Sargent;
; with a corteous bow, but shook hands with \
| all the other diplomats.
London. March 27.—A meeting was held
j last night at the residence of the Duke of
Westminister, in the interest of church < x
| tensions. The Bishops of Lichfield aud St.
] Albans advocated Canon Anson's mission fo
i northwestern Canada. The Earl of Camavon
, praised the steadfast loyalty and affection of
! the Canadinb church towards Ike English
I church. He urged the church to imitate the
I railways aud extend their sway from sea to
Drni.iN, March 27.—The Fmuunts Journal.
of which E. Dwyer, M. P., is editor, pub
lishes au interview with Parnell. The house
of lore.-.. Parnell believes, will reject the new
franchise bill, and the result will be a disso
lution of parliament and an appeal to the
country. The government is dependent.
London, March. 27.—The Standard doubts
whether Gladstone will much longer be able to
support his mental friction inseperable from
his present position. II, urges him to accept
a peerage, which need not be considered
equivelent to retirement.
London, March 27.—General firaham tele
graphed this morning: "Evening and night
I were cool. Reville sounded this morning at
j 3:30. and quietly as possible the troops got in
I readiness to advance on Tamauieb. The
cavalry arc in front, the infantry following
! in Echelon of brigade squares, with guns be
| tween brigades.'' A later dispatch says:
The British advanced to-day to Tamanieb and
burned the village. The Arabs have lied aud
lighting is ended.
Rome. March 27.—At a consistory to-day,
the pope appointed Right Rev. F. X. Leray,
j archbishop of New Orleans, and Right Rev.
I). Mauncy, now)at Corpus Christi, Texas,
bishop of Mobile.
TnE TORPEDO BILL.
Berlin, March 27.—In the Reichstag to
day a bill appropriating 19,000,000 marks
for construction of Torpedoes passed its sec
MUST BELP EACH OTHER.
Paris. March 27.—The delegates of Pari
sian artisans who visit-d the Boston exhibi
tion and other delegates from the working
men, have resolved that French labor socie
ties are morally bound to assist the striking
cigar makers of New York.
TI«E MADAGASCAR POLICY.
Paris, March 27. —Iu the chamber of
deputies to-day De Sanessan's interptdlations
fn regarc 1 'o Madagascar, came up. Prime
Minister . erry, in explanation and defense
of the government's policy in Madagascar,
said in substance: Delegates of the Hovas,
with whom the negotiations were being con
ducted, left PaMs suddenly without paying
their Ik til bills just when the agreement
seemed imminent. It is hoped that the
negotiations which have been re
sumed will result in a treaty
which shall guarantee protection
to the inhabitants of the northwestern dis
trict of Madagascar, and of the resident
Frenchmen, as the acquisition of the land
by foreigners, except Frenchmen, is inad
missible. To r_se;the question of sovereignty
would involve war to the knife with the
Hovas, and would make necessary a policy
of conquest. It is incumbent upon us to be
modest and wise, in order to obtain practical
results. If, however, the pending negotia
tions fail, we shall spare no efforts to reduce
the Hovas to submission.
Paris, March 27.—At a meeting of the
new budget committee at the chamber of
deputies to-day. Rouvier, chairman, said
the finances were not in an alarming con
dition. The deficit was more apparent than
real. Great vigilance, however, would be
nenessary as it would be impossible to place
any further taxes upon the people. Their
aim must be to increase the national resources
by diminishing the expenses of several pub
THE SITUATION AT SUAKIM.
Cairo, March 27.—The authorities consid
er Osman Digma's retreat, without a decisive
battle, leaves the opening of the Berber route
unsettled. It is reported that Osman is now
at Newarch, a hill village, five miles from
Tamanieb. He has several hundred adher
ents, chiefly Bishareens, Irom the Berber dis
trict. General Graham, after a reconnois
sance toward Sinkat, w_l return with his
force to Sualgm, leaving Captains Chermside
and Cameron with the inendly sheikhs to
negotiate terms upon which the tribes will
keep the Berber road free. General
Stephenson and Sir Evelyn Baring urge upon
the home government the necessity of an
early withdrawal of all English troops from
the Red sea coast. Admiral Hewitt proposes
that 400 marines be left to garrison Suakim,
to be relieved every fortnight. It is reported
that general Stephenson is in favor of gar
risoning Suakim, and Massowah, with a con
tingent of native Indian troops, to be re
lieved from Bombay, monthly. Hassan
Bey, coumander at Kassala, sent word to
Massowah, that the Kassala garrison has food
and munitions for one month. He asks to
be relieved by an English force.
THE 9TATE T<4 PAT THE SALARIES.
Berlin, March 27. —Prussia orders state
payment of the salaries of the Catholic clergy
of the diocese of Cologne to be resumed, be
ginning in January last.
PREPARING FOR THE ELECTIONS.
Berlin, March 27.—Tbe reichstag ad
journs to-day for the usual Easter vacation.
Political parties are preparing for general
election. An inspired article in the Munich
Gazette, declares, the election will turn on the
law against socialists. The electors will find
themselves between these alternatives, to
support either the law or the partisans of the
socialists. The government hopes to arouse
among the German people a conservative
movement, aualagous to that of 1878, after
the attacks on the emperor's life.
ANARCHIST'S IN SWITZERLAND.
London, March 27. —The Swiss federal
council has) ordered the immediate execu
tion of the order expelling the four anarch
TWO FAMOUS DE>PLKADOS.
Exploits of Ben Thompson and King Fish
er—Clearing a Banqueting Hall icith Re
volvers—Capturing a Town.
[Dallas Texas Special.]
If Ben Thompson had not been killed the
other night in San Antonio he probably would
have beeu finished here. He intended to
come to this city to attend the convention
of cowmen, and as he was morally certain to
get into trouble, it is also certain that he
would have bad no quarter. Dozens of cat
tle men and others now here came with the
expectation that they would have a battle with
Thompson, and the word had gone around
that if he indulged in any of his customary
pranks he should be fought to the death. The
determined efforts of several unknown citi-
Izens Of San Antonio who, standing high
over Thompson's head, filled his body with
bullets, spared the cowmen here the disa
gr< eable duty of killing him during conven
tion week. Since his death and that of King
Fisher there has been a general disarming
throughout Texas. Hundreds of men who
carried weapons for no other reason than
that they feared they might encouuter oue or
t::e other oi these desperados have now put
away their six-shooters, aud probably will
have no occasion to carry them.
Thompson was well known to the cowmen
of Texas. He always attended their conven
tions, aud usually made himself obuoxious.
When the cattle raisers met in Austin, two
years ago, Ben kept the entire crowd on the
verge of battle for three or four days, but no
blood was shed. On the last day of the con
vention be drunk heavily, and when the del
egates were Indulging in a farewell banquet
he jumped into the dining hail with au un
earthly war whoop, flourishing a big revolver
in each baud. The attack was so sudden that
the cowmen stampeded, some jumping out
ol the windows, others crawling under tables,
and still others dashing madly into the street.
Very few of them were armed, and the
well-known desperation of the men threw
them into a momentary panic. Five minutes
later the banqueters were going around with
tears in their eyes, bemoaning their luck,
and wishing they could have had a seconds
warning of the terror's approach. Wheu the
franquBtduri! was- clei'.red Thompson stood at
one end with a revolver In each hand, and
emptied his weapons, two shots at a time, at
tin glasses on the tables, breaking about half
of tliem. After this experience the cowmen
determined Co be ready forhim, aud many of
t! em came to tbe meeting this year expect
ing to have trouble witn him, lor he sent
word early that he would be here.
Ben Thompson had been a border desper
ado ever since the war. and bis victims num
bered fully a score. He was well known in
all tbe cities of Texas, iu many western min
ing camps, and along ah the cattle trails.
His parents are English people, who came to
this country just before the war. wheu Ben
was a lad of 16. lie served in a Confederate
regiment during the rebellion, anil at the
surrender crossed over into Mexico, where
be was a soldier for a short time und.-r Max
imllian. On the fall of Ihut monarch he re
turned to Texas and entered on a carreer of
crime which has few equals even in this conn
try. Running gambling games of all kinds,
he made bis bome with tbecattlcmen. When
the drive occured he and his brother Billy al
wayswent along, and always got into trouble.
In 1S08, when Abilene was the shipping
point for Texas cattle, Thompson arrived
there With a herd and the same night under
took to '•run the town" as lie called it. Wil
liam Hickok, better known as Wild Bill, was
Marshal of Abilene, and hearing of Thornp
s in'-movements, he recruited a party and
attacked him. Thompson had several back
ers, and in the running (ire that was kept up
for more than an hour, several men on both
sides were killed and wounded.
The next morning Wild Bill organized a
posse and chased Thompson and his friends
into the Indian territory, keeping close on
their trail, and allowing them no time to rest
or sleep. Thompson tinal'v escaped, but he
never appeared in Abilene again while Wild
Bill was Marshal.
The next year the drive ended at Ells- j
worth, Kansas, where Ben aud his brother j
Billy determined to recover some of their
lost prestige. They captured the town Im
mediately on their arrival, and when tbe i
sheriff remonstrated they shot him dead.
Finding the place too hot for thern, they left
the town the next day, closely pursued by a
posse, but the brothers, who were magnifi
cently armed with Winchesters and revol
vers, kept their pursuers at bay, and escaped
iu saf.-ty to Texas. Although Billy Thomp
son was arrested for this murder some time
alterward and taken back to Kansas, he was
never punished for It.
After Wiling a number of men down on
the border, Thompson appeared in Austin in
1874, and, provoking a quarrel with the own
er of a theatre there named Wilson, shot him
dead. This was a desperate battle, a dozen
men taking part, and weapons of every de
scription, from a shotgun to a bowie knife,
Much of Thompson's deviltry was com
mitted in a spirit of fun. Going by the Ray
mond nouse iu Austiu one night, he noticed
a number of guests on the piazza fanning
"Let's have some fun," said he to his
companion, and, walking behind one of the
strangers, he fired his revolver twice in rapid
succession into his chair. The man was hit
by one of the bullets, "out was not fatally
hurt. In the excitement Thompson escaped.
Once when in partnership with a man
named Lorraine iu the gambling business at
Austin Thompson, who had drawn more
mouey from the bank than was due him,
was turned off when he asked for more.
Drawing his six-shooter, he put one bullet
through the check rack, smashed the globe of
tbe hazard dealer with another, and shot off
a gas burner.
Hearing that a woman named Fannie
Kelly had spoken of him in uncomplimenta
ry terms, he visited her at her house and
opened the interview by shooting the keys
out of her piano, shattering the mirrors, and
snuffing the lamps with pistol-balls.
Only two weeks before his death he wrote
to" Jim Courtright of Fort Worth, saying:
I have got no place to go, and I am eom
ing up there to run your town. I under
stand you are running it now.
To this Courtright replied:
I am Deputy City Marshal here. I can
run the town without your help. You need
Ben had one or two fights with Courtright,
and knowing his man pretty well, let him
and Fort Worth alone.
King Fisher was younger, slighter and
more genteel than Thompson, although the
latter sometimes dressed elegantly and ap
peared well. Fisher was quiet and of pleas
ant address. An old admirer said of him
one day that "no man was ever wrapped
up in a tougher hide than Fisher." He was
run out of Mexico for robbery. He lived on
the border generally. He had killed many
men, biscboice being Mexicans. He bad a
deadly antipathy to the "greasers," and en
joyed killing them. When Fisher left Mexi
co the last time be bad several stolen horses
in his possession. His party was pursued.
When they reached the river he told bis
"Wait here till I go back to the top of the
hill. If they are so close that we won't have
time to get the horses across, I will fire my
gun and you will shoot the horses."
He rode back, and soon the report of his
gun was heard. Tbe Mexicans came up soon
after only to find a lot of dead and dying
Fisher was the man who was presented to
Horace Greeley in 1870 or 1871, wheu the
venerable editor was in Brenham for the pur
pose of delivering an address before tbe agri
cultural society. Mr. Greeleyf had expressed
a desire to see a typical Texas desperado,
and Fisher good humoredly posed before him
in this character. Mr. Greeley looked at
him searehingly, and said he did not like to
ask an improper question, but be would
reallv like to know how many men Fisher
"Only one," was the prompt reply.
"Why," said Mr. Greeley, with a look of
surprise. "I was told that you had killed
five Mexicans at a fandango on one occa
sion, to say nothing about many other like
"Mexicans!" ejaculated Fisher, with a
strlug of oaths which startled his inquisitor;
"I don't call Mexicans men."
Among other stories of this man's mur
derous exploits In Mexico is one to the effect
that he charged through a town on the other
side of the Rio Grande with nine pairs of
Mexican ears strung on his bridle rein.
Gordon Pa#ha's Religious Views.
Pall Mall Gazette.
Naturally enough there is a strong sympa
thy in Geu. Gordon's character with Moham
medanism. Replying to a correspondent
who had spoken Of Mohammedanism, as be
ing imperilled, he said: "Not so. I find
the Mussulman quite as trood a Christian, as
many a Christian, and do not believe he is
in any peril. All of us are more or less pa
gans. I like the Mussulman; be Is not
ashamed of his God; his life is a fairly pure
one. Certainly, he gives himself a good
margin In the wife line, but, at any rate, he
never poaches on others. Can our Christian
people say the same thing!"
There is a story to the eilect that when the
King of Abyssinia said to him, "You are an
Englishman and a Christian." Gordon re
plied: "I am an Egyptian and a Mussul
man." But whatever truth there may be in
this story, be certainly views all religious
questions in a very broad and Catholic spirit.
"The heathen are God's inheritance, and he
hears their prayers." The incantations of
the native magicians, when employed in
good faith, are to him prayers which the
highest does not disdain to hear. When a
Moogi Balaam cursed him from the river
bank be noted that it was odd a disaster
soon afterwards followed, "I believe," he
writes, "that God may listen to the cries for
help from the heathen who know Him not.
These prayers were earnest prayers for ce
i lestial uid In which the prayer knew he
j would need help from some unknown power
to avert a dnngcr. That the native knows
; not the true G.xi is true, but God knows him,
j and moved him to prayer, and answered his
Gen. Gordon is absolutely free from all
I fear of death. Tbe story of his conversation
I with the King of Abstynia is well known, in
; which he iiiLrnuu the Kiug that, m> far
! from dreading him because his life was in
big hands, he would be obliged to any one
who would relieve him of the burden of life.
That expression, however, conveys a very
erroneous impression of Gordon's habitual
mode of thought. No one is more cheerful.
and few people have less patience with what
he calls the "cruet stand" expression of
"Why are people like hearses, and look
like pictures of misery! It must be Irom
discontent with tbe government of God, lor
all things are directed by Him. If, by being
doleful in appearance it did good, I would
say be very doleful; but it does not do any."
So strongly, indeed, does he follow this
out, that on one occasion be maiutatned
that a cheerful man of tbe world was much
more acceptable in God's sight than a
gloomy Christi en.
English farmers are employing quick-lime
to prepare heavy clay soils for the produc
tion of crops. It is the usual practice to
apply the lime the season before the land is
to be planted.
TO TIIE PUBLIC.
We, the undersigned liverymen of St. Paul,
having tbe finest carriages and hearses in the
city, do hereby agree to furnish carriages aud
hearses for funerals at tbe following prices, viz:
Morning's carriages, $2.00 each.
" hearses, 3.00 "
Afternoon's carriages, 3.00 "
*' cearses, 4.00 "
KIMBLE P. CULLEN, 23 & 25 West Fohrth St.
W. 1.. NICHOLS, 34 West Fourth street,
j J. F. ALEXANDER, Cor. Eighth and Sibley Sts.
! E. W. SHIRK, Overpeck's old stand.
j GEO. W. TURNBLLL, 343 Exchange street.
HEWSON C. SEMPLE, Cor. Tenth aud Pine.
! LAKtnM IN l\l ET 0 N K A
The Annual Meeting of the Shareholders of the
above company will be held at the office of V. A.
Zimmerman, St. Paul, on Tuesday. April 1st, at
12 o'clock, noon. WM. SECOMBE,
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Corner of Wabashaw and Fourth streets.
Over Express Office. 270 '
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We have placed on a separate counter all our
Men's Spring Suits carried over from last season,
and marked them YOUR CHOICE for $10. We
want to close them out before the Spring Trade
becomes active, and have marked them at this
very low price to tempt early buyers. There
is not one Suit in the lot that is not worth
$15, and the retail price for many of them was
$18 and $20. Your choice for $10, as long as
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GEAND OPERA HOUSE.
3 Nights and a Matinee, conciiig, Monday.
Ideal Opera Co!
MONDAY PRA D1AVOLO.
TUESDAY MARRIAGE OF FIGARO.
WEDNESDAY (Matinee)....BOHEMIAN GIRL.
WEDNESDAY BARBE BLEU-
First time in our city.
Sale of seats commences positively at 9-o'clock
GRAND OPERA HOUSE
To-night and To-morrow Night.
Thursday, March 274h!
GRAND CONCERT CO.,
Under the auspices of
ACKER POST NO. 21,
Grand Army Republic.
Benefit Performance for Memorial, Day.
Seats now on gale. Seats 81.00, 75c. Stand
ing Room 75c, 50c. Uullery 25c.
r~-A WORLD OF SHOWI_a
Engagement of tbe Premier Organization of the
With Chas. A. Coder's new and original comedy
in two acU, entitled
Family Matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2:80.
Special Notice—All ladies accompanied by a
gentleman will be admitted free this evening.
PROPOSALS will be received at tbe office of
tbe Board of Water Commissioners, 23
East Fifth street, on or before ihe 2d day Of
April 1884, for constructing one and oue^half
for water supply. Work to be done In accord
ance with plans and specifications on file In the
office of the Engineer of said Board.
A bond of twenty per cent, of the amount bid
' with two sureties, resident of the state of Minner
i sota, must accompany each proposal. A form of
i bid will be furnished on application.
The Board reserves tbe right to reject any and
i all bids.
L. W. RUNDLETT,
Engineer Board of Water Commissioner!.
A sure enre for Blind, Bleeding, Itching and
Ulcerated Piles, has been discovered by Dr. Wil
liam, (an Indian remedy) called Da. WILLIAM'S
INDIAN OINTMENT. A single box has cured
I the worst chronic cases o* 25 years' standing. No
one need suffer five minutes after applying thla
wonderful soothing medicine. Lotions and in
struments do more harm than good. William's
Ointment absorbs tbe tumors, allays the intense
itching, (particularly at night after getting warm
in bed,) acts as a poultice, gives instant and pain
legs relief, and is prepared only for Piles, Itching
of the 4rivate parts, and for nothing else. For
sale by all druggists, and mailed on receipt of
price, 81. NOTES BROS. & CUTLER,Wholesale
' Agent, St. Paul, Minn.