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HEAVY WHEAT TRADE.!
A Field Day in Chicago With !
1,500,000 Bushels Taken
Jiold Hatch" and Armour Appear as |
Leaders of the Bull Forces
and Bring Recruits.
Futures Said On Call to the Amount of
2,700,000 Bushels, but with Little
Change in Prices.
T7_.1l Street Operators IJudly Disappointed
ut Gould's Not Coming on the
Street to Opv.nelts Against
| Special Telegram 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 tn
the market and took heavy blocks. The
knowledge that he was buying had the de
sired effect aud prices at once commenced
i'o react upward. The bears fearing that the
"old man" might give them one of his old
time turns quickly stopped selling. It waa
also discovered that Armour's broken- were
buying and had taken 1,000.000 Lushels
cash for export. This gave the little hull* i
courage while the bears, seeing
Buch operators as Armour and j
II tchiiiß <n iv command of the
bnl» began to think it time to call a halt and
b cure their profits on shorts which wen
growing smaller on every upward Un-u in
prices, .and there was a scramble to buy.
Edward J. Martyn, manager of Armour's
shipping department, says the cars are going
to the elevator, as fast as tbey can tie 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.
Tue bears started another raid on wheat
this morning, but were brought up with a
round turn. 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 lirst half
hour bordered on a panic. There was no
regular opening the lirst sales being within
a range of 34«- at 86)£@87c for May. At
the same moment in different parts
of the crowd there were large
Bale of long stuff on which the margins had
become exhausted, as the brokers were un
certain as to what the market would do and
fearing a still further decline. They sold out
their holdings at the best price aud 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 afecord-
Ingly large, but not in as heavy lots as dur
ing Tuesday and Wednesday. The great
bndc of the business, however, was on loi-al
account, and although heavy lines of snorts
were covered and more longs wiped out, the
chief aim of traders was to even up and see
exactly where they stood. The decline has
been so sudden and severe that some of
them have become badly mixed and it
will require a day or two to
straighten things out. The air was full of
rumors of failures, but the only oue of any
magnitude that was announced was Shepard
iV: Peacock, which had little or no effect on
There was more export demand and re
ports of heavy engagements of cars for
prompt shiprneut east, and, after the flurry
of the first half hour had subsided, operators
began to see that they were more soaredthan
hurt. The shorts began to cover
freely, with strong buying for an upturn.
and prices rapidly advanced 2@2%i
touching SSj^c. The sharp reaction brought
out more sellers, which resulted iv a decline
to 87^gC, and for some the price fluctuated
between 87%@S8)£c. The buying of Roche,
Singer, Hdlden, ;?tovens, llamill «& 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 iuto a hole, and were anx
ious to get out before prices advanced any
further and thus wipe out their profits ou
former trades; and the market dosed on
'chancre at 88% c with a strong feeling.
There was considerable trading iv the way
of buyiug May and selling June at 1%@2
-premium. July also attracted considerable
attention at X@2c over June.
Later, on the call, trading was large, ag
gregating 2,700,000 bushels, 1,600,000 bush
els being for May at BSJ£@Boc. ginger was
Ohe heaviest buyer, taking about 1,000.000
bushels, Charles Van Kirk selling
him 300,000 bushels June at QO-l^c. The
other buyers were Eldredge, Kirkwood,
Stewart and Fraley.
Upon the curb trading was active, and Xio.
advance was secured, but not maintained,
the last sales being at S9@S9 %c.
Corn was less active, and to a certain ex
tent, followed wheat, opening weak at the
Inside figures, and closing at about the
highest prices, the first sales being on a
basis of 53%@54c May, although the ouly
support was in the moderate receipts —
only 17S cars being inspected,
53 of which were contract. while
the adverse influences were numerous.
Including lowerj quotations firom New York
and Liverpool, splendid weather, reports that
spring plowing had already comm-nced in
the southwest. Shippers also continue to
discard No. 2 as prices here are above
any other market in the country. The bulls
seemed deteroiined^to hilo" the market and
though ther j was little demand, except to
cover sLorts, 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 <fc Co., Goo. Parker,
Fraley and J. W. Burns, who claim the hon
ors of beina* 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 55J^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 Muwuy A*. Nelson, but transactions were
in small lots compared with other days. On
the curb Fraley was a "ttroe seller and the mar
ket weakened to 55c.
There was a good demand for the lower
grades for shipment both east and soutjj,
Borne orders being received for rejected anifl
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, aud closed _trong*. Rye .
opened weak at yesterday's close, with sales j
on a basis of 61% c May, advanced and j
closed at 62c.
Pork was rather quiet, opening weak at
$17.50: sold up on moderate buying by
shorts and scalpers, and closed at $_7.7i.J£@ |
17.75 on 'change and on the curb at §17.'J0.
Lard shared with pork, opening
weak, and 7K@loc per 100 lbs.
lower at $email@example.com}£. May sold at $9.20,
advanced and closed at firstname.lastname@example.org&, 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>email@example.com, and closed at £<J.3s<g<
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 stick were slow to
grant, and bulk of sales were at old rates.
Common grades and butchers' stock slow
and easy firstname.lastname@example.org for cows, $email@example.com
for corn feed and $3.50@_.50 for distil
lery hulls: stockers $4.00@54*75 and feeders
$5.00*i£@5.25" light steers $firstname.lastname@example.org. Re
oeipts of hogs 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@6; packers
and shippers $6.10(3 7.05; choice light $5.75
@6.69. Ri ceipts of sheeep, 3,000. Buyers
operated with more freedom, the market was
firm and a few Bales of choice were made at
better prices. Sales at $5.12}£@5.60 for
good to choice averaging 'Jo to 116 pounds,
and $email@example.com for common.
A. M. Wright & Co's circular letter says:
"The available supplies of wh< at and corn,
! including stocks at nineteen points
! of accumulation cast of the Rocky mount- '
I ains and in transit from tiie west
Ito the seaboard and afloat on the ocean d«
tined for Great Britain and continental Eu
rope on the dates named compare as fol
Wheat bu. Corn bu.
VS. East of Rockies, 29,554,00. 17,551,000
Afloat on ocean for Europe,! 1,630,000 2,520,000 I
Total March 24, 18S4 18,234,000 20,071,000
Total previous week :*:. 127.000 18,001,000
Total .'larch ?.*>, 1883 47,957,000 20,115,000
McCormick, Rennet & Day say: "Wheat
is very cheap and purchases at present
prices will pay a big dividend in the near fu
ture or wo are mucb mistaken.''
Minor, Richards <_* Co. say: '-The market
can be summed up as being in a very fe
verish Btate and is liable to go up or down
sharply. Forthe present, as there are many
influences that can ha brought to bear on
either side, we would caution conservative
trading ou either side: but our judgment
would advocate a purchase at about 87% c
for May. We an- not sanguine but that be
fore May deliveries arc over we may see still
Crosby & Co. say of the day's business:
••Wheat opened pan icy with about the wildest
and largest trade we have ever witnessed.
Longs were slaughtered en masse aud shorts
covered heavily. The excitement was too
intense to read the trading, but the liquida
tion seemed complete, and the break attract
ed suflicient buying orders to work a sharp
reaction of two cents, after which the market
ruled feverish the balance of the day. The call
was strong aud higher under general buying
and the curb closes higher at 89>'„cc Muy. |
The situation has undergone a change by the !
day's busiuess, but we are reluctant to think i
it permanent. The break closed about all ,
the outstanding trades, leaving the market j
long about the stock in store. Provision i
houses were free buyers all day and this led j
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 ti"- main cause of the call
and curb advance. If wii- n the excitement
quiets these reports are disproven, 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 eviden :e
to support these rumors belore crediting
Shepard & Peacock, whose failure was
announced on 'change to-day, will probably
amount to £10.000. Peacock was formerly a
partner of McGeoch, and lias been in busi
uess 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 aud see where they stood, and
they expect to resume business iv a few
days. Kcnyou oc Co. were also reported as
suspended, but cut no figure as their trading
was small. A number of tirms transferred
their trades to protect themselves. J. T.
MeCord of the open board was reported
failed, with liabilities $5,000 to .ss,ooo.
[Special Telegram to the Globe.l
Chicago, March 27.—Money in fair request
and firmer at 5@7 per cent. New York ex
change 25c discount per $1,000 to par, chiefly
at the latter, at which it closed steady. Ship
pers 60 days' documentary sterliugon Loudon
"$4.55)^@4.85%. Bankers' 60 days'do. $4.87.
Shipments of money to the country light.
| Special Tele_Tiim to the Globe.
New, York, March 27.—1t 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 90%
to S9, and the stock from 2&% to 20%. The
coalers were raided, and ou a big business
Deleware & Lackawanna dropped to 124%,
aud Readiug from 55 to 53V.>. The West
Shore bonds were sold iv large amounts also.
Lake Shore, on the prospect of
auother 2 per cent. dividend,
rallied to 10*2 but gave away later.
St. Paul was pretty well held until near the
close when it also became feeble.
Northern Pacitic preferred held its own and
Sau Francisco preferred advanced to _7J_".
T-ie trade oi the San Francisco line comes
from a country that is lull of grain and it is
enjoyiug 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 uo rally worth men
tioning in the late dealings. The market
closed quiet, with no indications of any imp
rovement 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. Goutd
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 Ms*. GduUl, to
shift their burden upon. The market in
consequence has inclined to lower prices on .
the apparent sad reality that Gould i 3 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, MIX*., FRIDAY MOUXIXG, MARCH 28, 1884.
a wbile at tbe then prices of some of the
stock. They assart he has Adustriiously mark
etedunder the cloak of his absence but that his
time is not yet. Tbere were ruinous rumors
calculated to produce a farorable change,such
as the coalers would resume full work after
April first and that the trunk line 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. The grain market race
ed again this morning aDd 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 ITas a Good Case Apainst
Porter and Associates.
That the Company Cim n.»i»iire Then- to
Account for Sir. Thousand
Nine Hundred Shares
of Preferred Stoel-.
New York, March "-".—The following
statement was given out to-day for publica
William K. Vanderbilt and Cbauncey M.
Depew, were asked what answer they would
make to the reply of H. H. Porter, to their
!i tter to himself, David Dows ami Roswell P.
Flower, in reference to the alleged wrongful
issue and appropriation of a portion of the
preferred stock of the Chicago, !St. I'aul &
Minneapolis Railway company. This state
mi nt is ai follows: Their letter
to Dows. Flower and Porter
was a purely business matter relat
ing; to the affairs of the Chicago, Bt. I'aul
Minne*.;) lis & Omaha Railway company,
[iarvej Kennedy brought suit against t'aese
partii s for his share, as a partner, in certain
ks and the proceeds of th.- sale of certain
stocks of the St.'Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha
Railway com] nny. The case was tried on this.
As the" Northwestern company is a large
owner of the Omaha stock, Austin J. Fox
was retained to care for any interest it might
have in the action. From tin- testimony of
Port ••-. Dows and Flower, and the opinion of
Judge Van Vorst Fox advised the Omaha
company it had a good cause of
action against th< sl- gentlemen as 3ire< tors for
the unauthorized issue and the distribution
oJ G. 930 -hares of preferred stock of Chicago,
St. Paul.. Minneapolis Railway company.
Thereupon the executive committee of the
hadirectory appointed Vanderbilt and
Depew a committee to examine into the
tight of the company and take sucb action
as might be necessary to protect it* interests.
Arii i- a careful examination the commitl >c
came to the same conclusion as had Fox.
They then submitted the whole matter to ex-
Judge Comstock, who rendered the
following opinion: "I have examined
professionally, into the facts connected with
the issue of 6,980 shares oi preferred stock
of the Chicago, St. Panl. Minneapolis «x
Omaha Railway company in the year 18(58,
I 5 11. LL Porter, president, and som« ol his
associate directors to themselves and others.
The I'utir" transaction appears to have been
the subject of recent investigation in v suit
in the supreme court of New York. Port r,
and the other directors referred to, were ex
amined in that suit, aud the tacts were
found and passed upon by the judge who
tried thu case. Frcm. . the data
furnished I conclude the 6,890
share, of stock equal to #698,000
par value, were issued without any considera
tion being paid to the railway company, and
were appropriated, the greater portion by
Porter, some other portions by his associate
directors referred to, and some smaty r por
tions to other persons. As directors, they
were in the relation of trustees [or the man
age tnent and prob ction of the corporate es
tate, and as such, were bound to protect it
against the issuance of any obligation
or stock which might bring a cuarge
upon it, unless the issues were made under
due authority, and for a due consideration.
They were certainly bound to abstain from
dealings in their own favor, which, they could
not permit in favorof any one else. They
are. therefore, liable to account with their
company, in respect to the 6,950 shares of
preferred stock, so issued and appropriated.
Vanderbilt and Depew, not wishiug to do
any injustice to these gentlemen in so
grave a welter, sent them a lett-r. published
in all the morning papers by Mr. Porter, in
the hope, thai by satisfactory explanations
the litigation might he avoided. Their only
duty and purpose was, lo protect the inter* st
of the company for which they wereacting.
Mr. Porter answered them first, through the
newspapers, his letter reaching the pi rson
to whom it was addressed, after its
publication. This reply brings iv matters
relating to W. 11. Vanderbilt. the Rock Island
election and other irrelevant subjects, but
furnishes no reply to the serious inquiry, un
der what authorization, and for what consid
eration, 6.950 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 Scrgeaut
at-arnis Canady, of the senate.
HOLIDAYS FOR THE LETTEIt CARKIEKS.
The house committee ou postoffice aud
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 postofliee department,
TU!* EXTENSION BILL DEFEATED.
The house, in committee, struck out the
enacting clause of the bonded extension bill
by 131 to 87. The house vote, yeas 185,
nays 83, confirmed the action of the com
mittee iv striking out the enacting clause
of the whisky bill.
RIVER AND HARBOR BILL.
The river aud harbor committee has nearly
completed the consideration of the proposed
river and harbor bill. It is understood the
aggregate of the bill will 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 tbe
Atlantic, Pacitic, 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 pa.t
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 house 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 aud embraces 4i,000 acres.
Dude—Do I understand you to say, Doc
tor, that mental powers depend on the qual
ity and not on the quantity of brains?
Doctor—That is the opinion of the latest
Dude,—And you have no doubt about it
Dude—Then if you wanted to ascertain the
quality of my brain what would yoa dot!
ACROSS THE OCEAN.
The British Defeat Osman Dig
ma's Forces Again.
The Campaign Ended and the Troops
Bismarck Gives Sarirent a Snub at a State
Scaki*.-, 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 numbers than yesterday. The Eng
lish cavalry and mounted infantry led and j
drove the rebels from the rocks, dispersing ;
them among the hills. There were no Brit
i=di 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 Tamanieb. As soon as
Graham came up with the infantry and jruns
shells were thrown amontc the living Arab-.
and exploded close- to them. Ou reachin'j;
Tamanieb the men and horses made straight
for the wells and slacked their thirst. After
• a brief halt the cavalry moved out to the
riLrht and left of tbe village in pursuit of tiie
retreating foe. The village forthwith was
burned to the ground. Gen. Graham will
explore the region in the ne-gbbrhood of the
wells of Tamanieb, then return with Lis
force to Sauklm. 'Ihe campa'gn is at an end.
Lkipsio, March 27.—The police discovered
a dynamite bombshell in a densely crowded
building. No clue as to who placed it
DEAITIS FROM TRICHINOSIS.
Berlin, March 27.—1t is officially stated
that last year at Krmsleben, a small town of
'■ Prussian Saxony, 403 persons became ?eri-j
ously ii! and sixty-six died from trichinosis.
The disi asc was caused by eating raw pork !
wlii<---. all came from one and the same bog. I
Fatal effects are reported from Geisen.
FAT VI QCARRZL.
Berlin, March 27.—A captain and lieuten
ant of the army were playing a friendly game
of card-. A dispute arose and thi hot headed
j lieutenant became furi ;;-. He whisked out
his sabre and gave the captain his death :
Cairo. March 27. —C01. Kitchener and
Major Rundlc have started from Cairo to
cooperate with Captain Cheimside, in ne
gotiations for op» ning the road to Berber.
Telegraphic communicatisn between Berber
: and Shcndy i- re-; ire '..
CAVE SARfJENT UNI.V A HOW.
Berlin, March 27 .— Duttclie TagUatt says:
At Bismarck's dinner in honor of the cm
;■ Tor's birthday, Bismarck greeted Sargent
with a corteous bow, but shook hands with
I all the other diplomats.
London. March -7.—A meeting wa< held
last night at the residence of the Duke of
Westminister, in the interest of church <x
i tensions. The Bishops of Lichfield and St. !
Albans advocated (anon Anson's mission to
northwestern Canada. The Earl of Carnavon \
i praised t.ie steadfast loyalty and affection of
the Canadiifti church towards ti:'- English |
; church. He urged the church to imitate the j
- railways and extend their sway from sea to
!)**hi.in. March 27.—The Frrtmrms' Journal,
iof which E. Dwyer, M. P., is editor, pub
lishes an interview vvith Parnall. Th( house
I of lords. Parncll believes, willreject the new
franchise bi", and the result will be a disso- j
lntion of parliament and an appeal to the
| country. The govemmenl 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. It urges him to aci ■; I
i a peerage, which need not be considered
equivelent to retirement.
London. March -JV. —General Graham tele
graphed tbis morning: "Evening and night
were cool. Reville sounded this mornin . a
I 3:30. and quietly as possible the troops : *in
readiness to advance on Tamanieb. The
I cavalry arc in front, the infant".- following
! in Echelon of brigade squares, with guns I
' tween brigades." A later dispatch -
Theßritisb advanced to-day to Tamanieb and
burned the village. The Arabs have lied and
fighting is ended.
Romi*. March 27.—At a consistory to-day,
j the pope appointed Right Rev. F. X. L-ray,
archbishop of New Orleans, and Right Rev.
D. Mauney, now |at Corpus Christ!, Texas,
i bishop of Mobile.
IHE TORPEDO BILL.
Berlin. March 27.—1n the Reichstag to
day a bill appropriating 19,000,000 marks
for construction of Torpedoes passed its sec
MLST HELP EACH OTHER.
Paris. March 27.—The delegates of Pari
sian artisans who visit.-d the Boston exhibi- !
tiou and other delegates from the workiug- !
men, have resolved that French labor socie
ties are morally l-ound to assist the striking :
cigar makers of New York.
TIBE HABAGAS4AR POLICY.
Paris, March 27. —lv the chamber of
deputies to-day De Sancssan's interpellations |
in regard "j Madagascar, came up. Prime
Minister --erry, iv 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 Pa*is suddenly without paying i
their lift'l bills just wheu 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 raJsc'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. V, 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 tinanoes were not in an alarming con
dition. The deficit was more appareut 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 new
at Newarch, a hill village, five miles from
Tamanieb. He has several hundred adher
ents, chiefly Bishareens, trom the Berber dis
trict. General Graham, after a reconnois
sance toward Sinkat, wlli 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
I 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, commander 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 STATE T<*_ PAY 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.—The 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 partizans 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 bE>P_I'ADOS.
Exploits of Urn Thompson nntl King Fish
er—Clearing a Hiiiit/itetiug Hull urith Re
volvers—Capturing a Town.
[Dallas Texas Special. J
If Ben Thompson hud not been killed the
other night i:-. -San Antonio he probably would
have been finished here. He intended to
come to this city to attend the convention
of cowmen, ami a-- he was morally certain to
_-et into trouble, it is also certain tbat 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
tbat if he indulged in any of bis customary
pr.tnks he should be fought to the death. The
determined efforts of several unknown citi
izens of Sau Antonio who, standing high
over Thompson's bead, filled his body with
bullets, spared the cowmen here the disa
lt cable duty of killing bim during conven
tion week. Since bis death and that of King
Fisher there bas been a general disarming
ghout Texas. Hundreds of men who I
carried weapons for no other reason than
that they feared they might encounter one or
the other pi these desperados have now put ;
away their six-shooters, and probably will ;
have no occasi in to carry them.
Thompson '•>.. - well known to the cowmen j
of Texas. Ffe always attend) d their conven- !
tions, and usually made himself obnoxious. I
When the cattle raiser- 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
vi ntion lc- drank heavily, and when ihe del- i
egates were indulging in a farewell banquet
he jumped into the diukeg hall with au un- j
earthly war whoop, flourishing a bi_- revolver j
in each hand. The attack was so sudden that
tbe cowmen stampeded, some jumping out
of 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, \
aud wishing tbey could have bad a seconds
warning oi the terroi;'** approach. Wheu the ;
banquet bal! was;eleftrQ- Thompson stood I
one end with a revolver in each hand, and
emptied his w< apons, two shots at a time, at ;
tin glasses on the tables, bn aking about half
of them. After this experience the cowmen
determined to be ready forbim, and many of
few tame to tbe meeting this year expect
ing to have trouble with him, tor he sent
.-. td i arly that he would be here.
Ben I'iiompson had been a border desper
ado ever since the war. and his victims num
bered fully a score. He was well known in
all the cities of Texas, iv many w< stern min
ing camps, and along all the cattle trails.
11l- parents are English ; pie, who came to
this country just before the war. when Ben
was a lad of 16. He served in a Confederate
regiment during the rein llion, and at the
surrender crossed over into Mexico, where
he was a soldier for a .-cor' time under Max
iiniliau. On tbe fall of that monarch he re
turned to Texas and entered one. carreer oi
crime \\ hich h-is feu eg ia!-1 yen In this coun
try. Running gambling games of all kinds,
he mad' his home with the cattle mi n. Wben
the drive occured he and'his brother Billy al
ways v.*enl along, and always got into trouble.
In IS6B, when Abilene was the shipping
point for Texas cattle, Thompson arrived
there with a herd and the same nightuu ler
took to ••run the town" as he called it. Wil
liam Hickok, better known as Wild Bill, was
Marshal of Abilene, and bearing ol Thomp
son's movements, he recruited a par;.y and
attack id him. Thompson had several back
ers, and in the running Hre that was kept up
for more than an . our. b tveral men ou riotii
-ides were killed und woundad.
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 linal'v escaped, but he
ni ver appeared in Abilene again while Wild
Bill wa- Marshal.
The next year the drive ended at Ells
worth, Kansas, where Ben aud his brother
Billy determined to recover some of their !
lost prestige. They captured the town im- :
mi diately on their arrival, and when the
sheriff remonstrated they shot him dead.
Finding the place too hot for them, they left
the town the next day, closely pursued by a
posse, but tbe lirotlwr.-, who were magnifi
cently armed with Winchesters and revol
vers, kept their pursuers at bay, and escaped
iv safety to Texas. Although Billy Thornp
boh was arrested for this murder some time
afterward and taken back to Kansas, he was
never punished for it.
After "cUimr. 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. Goinjr by the Ray
mond House in 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, but was not fatally
hurt. In the excitement Thompson escaped.
Once when iv partnership with a man
named Lorraine in the gambling business at
Austin Thompson, who had drawn more
mouey from the bank than was due him,
we* turned off when he asked for more.
Drawing his six-shooter, he put one bullet
through the check rack, smashed the globe of
the 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 com
ing up there to run your town. I under
stand you are running it now.
To this Courtright replied:
lam Deputy City Marshal here. I can
ruu 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, his choice being Mexicans. He had a
deadly antipathy to the '"greasers." and en
joyed killing them. Wheu Fisher left Mexi
co the last time he had several stolen horses
in his possession. His party was pursued.
When they reached the river he told his
""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
guv and yuu will shoot the horses."
He rode back, and soon the report of his
gun was heard. The 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, when the
venerable editor was in Brenham for the pur
pose of delivering an address before the agri
cultural society. Mr. Greeley' 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 he wouid
really 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, tv say nothing about many other like
"Mexicans!" ejaculated Fisher, with a
string 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 tbe other
side of the Rio Grande with nine pairs of
Mexican ears strung on his bridle rein.
Gordon l'tt.'litt'.s Religious Views.
Pall Mall Gazette.
Naturally enough there is a strung sympa
thy in Gen. Gordon's character with Moham
medanism. Replying to a correspondent
who had spoken ci Mohammedanism, as be
ing imperilled, he said: "Not so. I tiud
the Mussulman quite a- good a Christian, as
many a Christian, and do not believe In- is
iv any peril. All of us are more or less pa
gans. 1 like the Mussulman; he is not
ashamed of his God; his life is a fairly pure
one. Certainly, be gives himself a good
margin in the wife line, but, at any rale, be
never poaches on oth< rs. Can our Christian
people •>..;. the -auu- thing?"
Ther.- i^ a story to the effect that when the
King of Abyssinia said to him, "You are an
Englishman and a Christian.'- Gordon re
plied*: "1 am an Egyptian and a Mussul
man." But whatever truth there may be in
ti.i-> story, he certainly views nil religious
questions in a very broad and Catholic spirit.
"The heathen are God's inheritance, and he
hears their prayers." The Incantations of
t!ie native magicians, wh.-u employed in
good faith, are to biin prayers which the
highest does uot disdain to hear. When a
Moogi Baluaiu cursed him l'roiu the river
bank he noted that it was odd a disaster
soon afterwards followed, "I believe," he
writes, "thai God may listen to the cries for
from tiie heathen wbo know Him not.
These prayers were earnest prayers fur ce
lestial aid In which the prayer knew be
would need help from some unknown power
to avert :; danger. That the native knows
not the true God Is true, but God knows him,
and moved him to prayer, and answered his
Gen. Gordon is absolutely free from all
fear of death. The story of his conversation
with the Ki:u: of Abssynia is well known, in
j whicb he lu_ irmed the Kiu^ Uiu!, ao far
from dreading bim because his life was iv
his hands, be would be obliged to any one
who would relieve him of the burden of life.
j That expression, however, conveys a v> rv
I erroneous impression of Gordon's habitual
mode uf thought. No one is more cheerful.
and few people bave less patience with what
he calls tbe "cruet stand" expression ol
counti nam c.
"Why are people like hearses, and look
like pictures of misery! It must be from
discontent witb tbe government of God, for
all things are direct) dby Him. If, by bi ing
doleful in appearance it did good, 1 '•-.
say be very doleful; but it dor- not do any."
So strongly, lnd< ed, does he follow this
out, thut in one occasion be- maintatned
thai a eiiei rful man of the world was much
more acceptable iv God's sight than a
English farmers are employing quick-lime
to prepare heavy clay soils for the produc
tion of crops. It is the usual practice to
apply tin- lime the season before the land is
to be plauted.
TO THE PIBLIC.
We, the nndersigned liverymen of St. Paul,
- having the finest carriages and hearses in the
city, do hereby agree to furnish carriages and ■
hearses fur funerals ut the following prices, viz: j
Morning's carriages, $2.00 each.
" hearses, 3.00 "
Afternoon's carriages, 3.00 "
" cearses, 4.00 "
KIMBLE P. CULLEN, 28 & 25 West Fohrth St.
W. L. NICHOLS, 34 West Fourth street,
J. F. ALEXANDER, Cor. Eighth und Sibley Sts.
E. W. SHIRK, Overpeck's old stand.
GEO. W. TURNBULL, 343 Exchange street
HEWSUN C. SEMPLE, Cor. Tenth and Pine.
The Annual Meeting of the Shareholders of the
above company wiil be held at the oillce of C A.
Zimmerman, St. Paul, on Tuesday. April Ist, at
12 o'clock, noon. WM. SBCOMBE,
85-91. Sec'y-Treusurer. j
BKISBIN '& F_-_BWf.T~.T-T
Cooer of Wabashaw and Feni.li streets.
Over Express Office. 870 '
YOUB CHOICE FOR $10.
We have placed on a separate counter all our
Men's Spring Suits carried over from last season,
and marked them TOUR 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
Oor. Third and Robert Streets. St. PauL
LOWEST PHICES, and
BEST GRADES OF
In the Northwest.
KKAMIH & BACH,
DYER & HOWARD.
Yoa can't fail to find what yoa want in this array.
148 & 150 East Third St.
GRAND OPERA HOUSE.
3 Niglits an. a Matinee, c.-U_._.i-g, Monday.
ial Opera Co!
MONDAY FRA DIAVOLO.
TUESDAY MARRIAGE OP FIGARO.
W EDNESDAY ( Matinee).... BOHEMIAN GIRL.
WEDNESDAY BARBE BLEUE
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 27-th!
GRIM CONCERT CO.,
Under tbe auspices of
Grand Army Republic.
Benefit Perlonianc. for Memorial, Da/.
Seats now on sale. Scuts 8100, 75c. Stand
ing Room 75c, SOc. Gallery •.'ac.
OLYM 1> IC THEATER !
ZT- A WORLD OP SHO\V!__E|
Engagement of the Premier Organization of tha
With Chas. A. Lorter's new and original comedy
in two act., entitled
Family MatineesWedncsday and Saturday tt 2:80.
Spkciai. Noncz—All ladies accompanied by a
gentleman will lie admitted free thi.-, evening.
PROPOSALS will be received at the office of
the Board of Water Commissioner-, .3
East Fifth street, on or before the 8d day Of
April 1831, for constructing one and o-o-half
for water supply. Work to be done In accord
ance with plans and specifications on lilo in the
office of the Engineer of said Board.
A bond of twenty per cent, of the amount btl
with two sureties, resident of the state of Minne*
iota, must accompany each proposal. A form ot
bid will he furnished on application.
The Board reserves tbe right to reject any and
L. W. RUNDLETT,
Engineer Board of Water Commissioners.
A sure enre for Blind, Bleeding, Itching and
Ulcerated Piles, has been discovered by Dr. Wil
liam, (an Indian remedy; called Dk. WILLIAM'S
INDIAN OINTMENT. A single box has cured
the worst chronic cases o* 25 years' standing. No
one need suffer five minutes after applying this
wonderful soothing medicine. Lotions and in
struments do more harm than good. William's
Ointment absorbs the tumors, allays the intense
itching, (particularly at night after getting warm
in bed,) acts aa a poultice, gives instant and pain
less 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, $1. NOYES BROS. & CUTLER.Wholesale
Agent, St. Paul, Minn.