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THE HOCK ISLAND ARGUS, TUESDAY, FERBUARY 4, 1890.
THE DAILY ARGUS
JOHN W POTT KB.
Tuesday, Kkhklary 4. 1890
Frcah eRi 15 cenU per dozen at Mav's.
Choice sweet potatoes at F. O.
Nice oranges, binaries and Malaga
grapes at P. G. Young's
Mrs. A I, Whitney left last nigbt for
Burlington on an extended visit
72 pairs of men's $8 trousers now only
l 'J" a pair at the Goldrn Eagle closing
Work was commenced on thetrection
of the Twenty-fourth street railroad gates
to the rink toniaht and see W. 8.
Lancaster in the comhined Spanish and
ItO good cambric unbrellas, worth 76c
to (1. now only 88 cents at the Golden
F.tgle closing out sale.
Tapt A .1 Whitney and Mr. James
Kelly rrlrd last nigbt on a business
trip to Keokuk and St Louis.
Mr. ami Mrs. Ronwell Dart, of Oconto,
Wis , are in the city visiting st the resi
A H ,.f Mr C .1 Dart.
Chaa Hikes, of Hampton, has offered
H reward for the recovery of the body
of Miss .lennie Warren, drowned there
230 pairs of boy's anil men's gloves and
niittens, worth from .Vie to $1, your
lioice now only M rents at the Golden
Ktgle closing out sale
Go to the rink tonight and see the
Quintans In their MSjaJg arrotiwtir table
an also Master Willie Norecn. the boy
Mist Clara Hass will return to her
home in Rock Island today. She has
been the guest of Ottawa friends for the
past two weeks. Ottawa Fret Tranter.
Geo Hoev's great comedy bit. "Keep
It Dark," will be presented at Harper's
theatre tomorrow night by one of the best
rompanvs on the road. There will
toiibtless Ik- a big audience present.
All the papers of the late Bailey Dav
enport have leen carefully examined and
Administrator Peclz reported to Judc
Adams toilny tlml no second will had
K ss Wrlls lis appointed another new
carrier His name is John Farmer. An
ntkwi dMsOOfMk head Wlfl conseiiien(ly
fall. Substitute t Merman is now on du
ty in Win Kckerman' place
Bmhj Von Ach received a telegram
last night announcing the death at La
Crosse, Wis . of his niece, Norma Ruby.
I NgsMW of Perry Ruby, and aged three
years. The remains will arrive tomorrow
morning with interment at Buffalo.
Mr Cbas F Fleming, who has iust
returned from the sunny clime a of Cali
fornia, gives a very good idea of the ex
tent of the snow blockades in the west
At Reno, Wyoming, be saw seventeen
passenger trains snow bound, and in a
MNMiltion in which they had been for
several days, while prior to the day he
left for the east his family bad not re
ceived the M Hince the 8th Inst., so
delayed were the mails.
The Rock Island County Old Settlers'
society at its meeting at the Roek Island
osise yesterday afternoon, in addition
to electing officers, decided to hold its
annual picnic in September, the time and
place yet to b) decided upon, and a no
tice was received from Mr A. M Hub-
hard proposing an amendment to the
constitution extendin? elegibillty to
membership to those coming here as
early as 1 hi
Meyer A Lo b returned from Chicago
;nm morning. He had a rather unpleas
ant novel experience In a Chicago bote'
last evening, a lunatic entering the hall
in which he was sitting conversing with
a friend, and firing a revolver at random
around the room, thinking he was aiming
at an avowed enemy. One of the bullets
whizzed past Mr Loeh's ear and he found
hlmseir for a minute in rather uncom
fortable quarters, but the mad man was
REVISING A CREED.
A Vote Reached in the New
MORE THAN TWO'THIRDS MAJORITT
llrrlnra- for the KllmlitHtloti of the slrln
Utl Ix.etrl.l.- llr. Ilxll'. Amendment
Hrnl. ii- ll.-rl it. Visiting the "Lv
of SJw4 n Font .tr" A Threat fron,
he I hslr -Clilrsgo I InSi Niirl I nun
llliiiiia rm the Xovein. iil
Nxw iHK. K.tb 4 There wa ,, larger
H't lei mi. . hi v.-,t. t'lu 4es'lin r the Ne
V irk inthvtr that any time sine.- the de
bate Uvun lr Mel rnrcen ntovml fur th
adoption i th.it part or th-rurt whirl
relat k to hiotovie and pTinl tiea. Tbi:
That part of th report whleh radi "Wi
deir only in h changes an awm to tit
urgeiitlt neelel and generally asked," wei
amenileti. adding to it these words, "to wit.'
The Ptn Iniportaiit tisngr.
Clerk H nil. then read the first para
k'raph win. I, k a- li.ll.., "We desire thai
Met third eisBpta nrt.ii the Hrst station b
w. reriint a- t.. lie In. I. these ti.lugs only:
ill eleetl.m the genera
t OowforaH manic i mi. Hat sHnHn
111 t'hfi-.t .lesii, provided for all. and to bt
preached to even creature."
Ameinl mtt ii.i. , . .i and Kejerted.
Ir. I'axtoti moved to strike out all that
purr oi r In-- SSetlpSI after tin; words "third
chapter. for Which he interfiled to offers
auhatitut Much iliUMln followed. Oh
Jwtlon wan 'in-. 1 1 on all sides. Ur. Hhearei
inov.-l tkSU the Vote on this change be takei
bj Mttag tin roll o was called, and tb
ufiieiidni-iit ht lv a vote of Tirl to .
Ir Hall tie i ,;.itT. rad us H substitute; "W
recuiiinieiid that the general assembly, ahoulii
it ... prop-i lorinnlate u lirwf explaiiutim
foot-note ills, Imniiuk' the interpretation amid
to m put on certain portions of chaptel
third, t.. tli.. nil. ,1 inn in oi t lie truth and
of the I're-livl i i lun ch.
l)r Hull hop., I nil would uree to this, but
Mm w,,i.i wan imi.n, out of his moutt
when Or Crtwln urose and said the only ob
jMMoaka h id t.. the amendment as offered
by I'r Hull i, hi-plan of tiling tha love ol
(hsl as a fisit not..
The applause that followed this remark
cailwsl the nnslenitor to call the presbytery
t.. ord. i w iih the lii iii, .Hon t,at he would
adjourn II,,.-.. sum il Hi. applause was re
peate.1 The vote was than taken on Dr.
Hall - amendment , and it was lost ii'i to si'J.
Iiilants anil Heathen.
The original mot i.. ii to a. . . ,t the surtloL
was enrrn I Hction J, relat ug ti. "infautr
dwn. in nifaucy, and damnation of
heathens,'' was carried A vote was then
taken on the three sections combined, the
thud l-iiig only a statement that there were
other points that should be revised, but the
presbytery would .online its suggestion!
to the third and tenth chapters. The vote
resulted in the adoption of the three no
tions kg a vot. of ;., i, , Dr. Charles K.aV
iaaon gave not that he and others would
protest against the action of the aaeljlesj.
ChlraKfi Almost I usnlmou.
Cricaoo, Feb. 4. At its session vaatardav
the Chicago prtMbyterr voted nearly unani
uiou.lv in favor of revision of the confession
"1 Ol 1 1 11
inM.m tl" n p"mTJ cholarship exam-
-ch , arah, K' "Rht Ul twenty
"cnoiarshipa were awarded to ,,i. '
- - "-- aius .
THAT AWFUL FIRE.
Fnller Particnlare of the Dire
SORROW FOR SECRETARY TRACY.
Hia Wife and Daughter Lose Their
Lives, and He Himself
Mrs. Trae 's Maid Hunted Into In recog
nisable Shape The Wife anil Mntlier
Loses Her I.lfe In a Heroic Kffnrt to
Mave Her Hnshand Hlood-t urdllng Ar
eoutit of Ihe Fate of Miss Marie Trarv
Her rnavailiua and IMtlahle KWorts
to Ksrape Mrs. Ml I in ere) In and Dangh
ter Seriously Injured -The Head Taken
to the Wl.if. House A I'eriillar 4'olnel
WasMinuTos I 'ITT, Keb. 4. Not since that
fatal '.'l .d July, nine vear- airo v n.n the
bullet of the a-ssssiti liuiteau -t uck doti
has there ls"n so
much excitement in
this city as tlaWe
was early yeaterday
morning when it be
laine known that
the house of Secre
tary of the Navy
Tracy had lsn de
stroy. si by 11 iv, and
that his wife, his
daughter, ami one
BENJAMIN K. TKACY.
of his servants had perished in the Humes,
while his other daughter and his grandchild
b id receivtsl severe and perhaps fatal injur
! The tragedy was of such an appalling
nature that it aroussl the most intense, sym
pithy for the unfortunate secretary, and
caused almost a suspension of business in all
the government departments The various
secretaries neglected their duties to render
such assistance a- was in their jsiwer to their
unfortunate colleague, and I he senate, as a
mark of sympathy to the dead, adjourned
Immediately aft-r convening
A fatal Itelay at the Outset.
Secretary Tracy occupied a three-story
ami basement bouse on I street, between
Sixteenth and Seventeenth stris'ts. It is a
spacious residence, and was formerly the
property of Paymaster Hacon, of the navy.
When Mr. Dickinson was postmaster general
he rented It, and when lien Tracy became
secretary of the navy he purchased the prop
erty A few minutes before T a letter-carrier
went past the bouse on his daily rounds
The boils, then from all outward apsur-an-es
l..oke. as solid as it ever ha I The
man continued on his way to the letter-box
on the corner of Seventeenth strwt. ami
then returned the same way he had come
On his second trip past the house he no
ticed a tiny wreath of smoke curliug up
from the front window on the first
Hour. He looked at that little cloud
of Innocent grav s. , as t make sure that his
eyes had not deceived him. and then called
the attention of a passing milkman to t lie
strangesight Both susected tire an 1 U,tU
rati to give the alarm Thisd-lav was fatal.
Had they, instead of turning in the alarm,
first let the family or some of the servants
know that the house was on Hre. in all prob
ability there would have lassn no lives lost.
A I'oii. em hi, QtsWa the Alarm.
Policeman Cattcll was walking up Seven
teenth street shortly after the utve events
took place when he saw flames on I street,
and, quickening his pace, he reached the sec
retary's house only to find that it was burn
ing fiercely Without loss of tune he . ieared
the front steps at a bound and commeni .si t
pull the Isdi. at the same time pounding on
the door with all his might Hut there was
no answer to bis repeated summons, and the
door resisted all his efforts to force a pass
age The fire was gaining headway ev.-i v
moment, and. s. iiu that delay would like
ly be fatal, he rushed to the basement d.s.r
to try and fore... Ins wev in there, lireatly
to bis surprise he found that d.sir unlocked
and standing ajar. and. pushing it open, tie
at one., en tens I the Imminent The lower
pirt of the house was free from smoke and
A Rrave Officer's Work.
But on the first rl.sir the smoke was so
dense that lie could hardly make hi- way
through it Finding the stairs that led to
the second fl.sir he started up without a
thought of the danger, only intent on saving
life On the second floor in front were two
large rooms, which wen? occupied bv Mrs
Wilmerding. Secretary Tracy's married
ihiughter. mid her little girl next to these a
spare room, and it: the rear th.. lie.lro.ini of
Secretary and Mr- Traev Adjoining this
was a bathroom As the officer stepfssl
from the stairs to enter the rear rooru, which
was the nearest to him. he halt fell over the
priwtrate Uxlv of a muu.
It M as Seeretarv Tracy.
attell made d.-sporate efforts to drag him
to the window of the back bee I -room But
the man was heavy and the officer was al
reudy feeling the effects of breathing the
heavilv charged an Struggle a- In; did
with nil his might it seemed almost impossi
ble for hnn to areomphsli ln BSJrpOBS, and
yet he stuck to it with all the grim determi
nation of a hero to die nt In- p .-1 but not to
give up until he himself was stricken down.
He bail a desperate struggle, and could not
have reached the window, Iwing on the
p unt of giving up when stalwart l.iout.
Osry, of the police force, and I hief Parris, of
the tire department, burst into the risun ami
curried .he two si. tun- into the open air.
Then tat stw first time it was learned that
the man for whom Cattcll had nearly sacri
ficed his life was none other than the secre
tary of the navy
A TERRIBLE SCENE OUTSIDE.
The Leap tn Death or Mrs. Tracy- Miss
I i ... - Awful Kate.
But while CatuOl waa proving himself a
hero, s i.-, were transpiring outside in full
view of the great throng which had gathered,
which froze their bliss! and made strong men
shed tears. They had seen three womeu
leap to what seemed certain death, and they
had seen a fourth slowly burn up while they
to.nl there powerless to help or in any way
render assistance. It seemed an intermiua
hie time before the firemen arrived, and the
people who had congregated on H street in
the rear ot the house, while waiting for lad
iers and engines to put out the flames, saw a
woman clad in white standing in the second
tors- back room. It was evidently with the
greatest difficulty that she attempted to raise
the window She succeeded in hoisting It a
few inches, and then paused as if the exer
tion was too much for her feeble strength
The crowd encouraged her by ail the means
hi their power, anil called to her that in a
minute the llicineu would be there with the
Mrs. Tracy' Fright fill Fall.
Again the woman applied hers.. If to the
task before her, anil again succeeded in
raising the window a couple or more inches.
Now the excitement below was almost un
controllable, as froni tie- street itcoiild be
plainly seeu that the rooui was rapidly fill
ing with flames, and the ruae-colored sheets
of fire only served to bring out the agonized
face of the woman and her white night robes
in more intense relief At last, a if sum
moning all her strength in one deaperate ef
fort, she again applied herself to the window
and it went up more than half way to the
top. She stood before the open casement as
if transfixed for one brief moment, aud
then almost imperceptibly she slipped out of
the wimlow and landed on the hard stones
below . alighting ou her side.
-i .M Living, but No Hope.
It was Mrs. Tracy. A cry of lorror swept
over the crowd a cry so mom nful that it
showed how terrible was the sight of which
they were the involuntary and Se'pless wit
nesses. Mis Tracy did not jui qp or throw
herself from the window. She simply
rolhsd out, and it will never be known
whether she was dazed by thi smoke and
fire or whether she lost ber balance aud in
her enfeebled condition was t liable to re
cover herself in time to prevent the catas
trophe. When Mrs. Tracy fell a score of
willing hands were ready to ca -ry her to a
place of safety. She was still living, but
the doctors saw that she wi s mortasiy
wounded and that she could n it long sur
vive her injuries. She app .-ared to be semi
is nc ions of her surroundings, h it to be suf
fering untold a;;ony.
Marie Tracy's Frightful Death.
The tragedy which occurred in the rear of
the house was duplicated by ne of even
greater horror in frout. Theie the even
larger crowd saw at a window n the third
ttory the figure of a young w iman Her
face, pressed closely against the lass of the
window, illumined by the fla ties, which
seemed to be so close to her tha' the people
son. ten-1 boss she could -land tl ev and let
pet i-h from the heat, was turtle I upward as
il in supplication, while from th motion of
her hps it was plain that she wi - asking at
the throne of grace help which -oiild not be
Liven ber by man. It was mnddening to
think that strong and able-bodie men should
l standing there iti safety on tl e s'r.s.t and
still Is- usable to render her tl a-t a i-t-
anoe. And yet, what could tin v lot The
room where the girl stood was a least thirty-five
feet from the ground. Tl ere was not
a ladder in sight, and there was 10 MM of
The Fire Fiend Victorious.
They called to her at the t p of th- ir
voices to be of g.ssl cheer, and that assist
ance would soon ls at hand, ai I yet th.-v
felt in their hearts that if the I id, lei's svei e
not there at once no human p. w m would lie
of avail. At last, after what sis: nasi like an
eternity, although really it had taken less
time than is required to tell it, tie girl left
her place at the w iudow and w is seen no
more. The moment she left a shudder ran
through the frames of the ol servers for
they guessed what would be the late of the
young woman who hail so bravely and calm
ly faced death without a cry. They knew
that she would attempt to for -e her way
through the flame-enveloped stiisand per
ish. As was afterward shown, tbeir predi.s.
tion had proved only too true.
Mrs. Mlliuerdiiig and Daughter.
Then the window of the second story front
rm mi was thrown open and ther appeared
at the opening a woman and a ouiii; girl,
the latter not more than II years old. It
was es idem that they contemplated the dan
ger. .11- ep.slient ot leaping and lh.. crowd,
now almost freuzied with excite nent, cried
to them not to think of doing so The elder
woman was Mrs. Wilmerding, daughter of
the secretary, and th- child was iers. Alice,
the pet of the secretary of the navy. She i
a beautiful little girl, and clad only in her
night robe, us was her mother she stood
without the slightest trace of t mt on her
face, and seemingly more intent .11 ch.sTing
up her mother than in thinking alsait the
danger which enc0111pas.se. I her
The Ing I lies at Fast, but Tn 1 I ,(
At last the clang ot the Is. lis aii.iouii.ssl to
the crowd that the engines aim hook and
laddci coiuiauies had arrived. Itiit it ssas
too late Mrs Wilmerdiug's 00 irage had
failed her. and. thinking that to -day where
she was meant certain death, she preferred
to risk everything by leaping int the str.s-t
koto los ing her daughter a gentle push ,
the girl was seen to pass throug 1 the win
dow ami fall on the soft grass jarkuu kt
front ol the house, and the nent moment
Mrs. Wilmerding followed It was kssJMSSSl
hie at that tune to say how tiadl hurt the
w. re Both seemed to ! sufferu.g severels
Mrs WilincrdiiUs had dislocated her wrist
and shoulder. Alice was bruise 1 and con
tus. -I. and if was found later th it she had
in jure I her spine, although she ha 1 borne up
bravely all day. It is feared she may be a
ur tuple for life, while som nppn heusion is
felt ulso for h.-r mother
Informed of His Rereave nenl.
Secretary Tracy had been taker to the res
idence of Mr Bancroft Ha is wi ere it ssn
found that he was suffering from the inhala
Hon of smoke. The doctors fear tuat he mas
have a recurrence of the attack at pneu
inouia from which he wa Just lecos. rui..
but he got some shs'p. and 1 it.- awoke re
freshed. Then the dreadful new- of his lie
reavement became a trossMssiM matter.
Should he be told or uot His tit -t inquiry
was for his wife and daughters The presi
dent was at his bedside, and wa t.. much
overcome to answer The secretar persisted,
however, and finally the president told him
the whole of the sad story. Vlr. Tracy
swooned when he learned it. and remain. si
unconscious for half an hour hen he re
covered, his grief wa pitiable. The latest
new, from his bedside 1- t hat he s as re-tin.;
quietly and sleeping. All bis reh tives havi
arrived in the cits
Two Victims Found.
The firemen now got to work an 1 soon the
flames were attacked by torrent- of water,
the ladders were put in place and 1 he search
for In idies begun. On the landing of the sec
ond floor, at the foot of the stairs, they came
Usn the bod) of Miss Marie Tr icy, show
ing that when she turned away from the
window -he had attempted to g. U..wn th
stair- and had tss-n overcome bv he smoke.
Sh.wa- dead when found Her Is si v was
slightly biinnsl. but thi d.MJtors sy that she
was stiff. x-ated Is-for.- she burned On the
third -tors the firemen found tl o Isuly of
Josephine Motrell. Mr-. Tracy's maid. It
was so terribly burned that it 1 odd not Is
NaopuAMl except by a single slip ter which
the mil ortuuab' girl hail on at th" time,
when she was evidently preparing Co make a
hasty exit from the house. This-, with Mrs.
Tracy, were the only lives lost.
The Death Scene.
President Harrison was ou the ground at,
ws.n as possible after news reached the White
House. After ascertaining that h s secreta
ry of the navy was not fatal! 1 hurt he I ur
ried to tin iiousc where Mrs. Tracy hail Is eat
carried Mrs McK.ee, daughter ot tin; pres
ident, gives the following accoun of Mrs.
Tracy's death: "The president res bed thi
unfortunate lady's couch soon afti r she wis
carried to the little frame house in a Inch she
liied Opening her eyes for a m unent in
-ilent recognition Mrs Tracy loo! ed long
ingly into the president's face and quietly
breathed her last, her band still 'lasped in
the warm aliii whose touch had f ir an in
stant roused her."
A DEVOTED WIFE'S HEROISM.
The Secretary's Wife Died Trylni; to Save
It was not until the excitement had some
what suicided that the true, cause of Mi
Tracy's death was discovered, an I it was
found that she had died while p. rfoi iuiiig
an act of rare heroism. It is evident that
when Mrs. Tracy and the secretory w. re
roused by the cry of tire, aud thej realized
the imminent eril they were in, 1 he secre
tary attempted to lead his wife down the
stairs anil out of the front door. Hut at the
head of the stairs he was overcome by the
smoke and fell in a stupor. The p ition in
which he was found shows that hi 1 wife, a
delicate woman, and hut just recovered
froui a severe illness, had attempt.-1 to drag
ber husband back to the hed-roon. so as to
take him to the window and give rim air.
But the secretary is a heavy i;.a:. aud the
desperate struggle caused Mrs. Trat y to rup
ture a blood vessel. It is the opin ou of the
physicians that it was the rupture o this ves
sel winch caused her death. The do not
think that she had inhaled any of the smoke,
and are of the belief that the distance from
the second story to the ground was lot great
enough to have caused her death ha 1 she not
first ruptured a vital artery. Mri. Tracy
saci ili.al herself to save her husbani
Taken to the White Houao.
The bodies of Mrs. and Miss Tl acy were
takeu to the White House y eater d ly after
noon, where they were laid in the h ast room
in the presence uf President Harrison and
wife and a number of official gentle neu with
their wivee. Mrs. Harrison placed ipon the
casket containing the remains of Mt s. Tracy
a bunch off ragrant lilies, while t pon the
other coffin was placed a bunch of white
rosea. Mrs. Harrison was followed by Mrs.
Morton, who laid a lovely cluster o violeta
upon the casket containing the disfi run-J re
mains of Mias Tracy.
There was not a dry eye in the Et st room
It that moment.
A Peculiar Coincidence.
It ts recalled that on March 1, IH44, the
enly violent death in a cabinet took place,
when a gun on the war-ship Princeton ex
ploded during a fete on the Potomac near
Washington City, killing Secretary of State
Upshur, Secretary of War Uilnier, Mr.
Maxuy, an ex-foreign mini-ter, and
several marines. The bodies of all
the victims were laid in state in the
East room, where the body of President
Harrison had lain a few years before. It is
thus recalled by the superstitious that it was
during the term of the presidency to which
Gen. Harrison was elected that this first
great cabinet disaster occurred. Another
phase of the coincidence is the fact that the
year 1S44 was also n grip or influenza year,
the frightful trage ly on the Potomac mark
ing the end of the epidemic.
Origin or the Fire.
The fire is believed to have lievn started by
defective beating apparatus. The building
was valued at atwit ii,000 and its con
tents at s.iiilil
SAT DOWN ON A "TWIN RELIC."
The Supreme nul l Decides an Impor
tant Mormon Case.
ssm..i.. Citv, Keb. 4. A decision
was reudei'.sl by the supreme court yester
day which indirectly involves the question
of religious III. its and what that phrase
means in the 1'iuted States Directly, the
decision was on the constitutionality of the
"test oath of Idaho, w hich requires cit iens
of Idaho I., make oath, when they apply to
re j ister as voters, that they are not biga
mists or iiolvgnmist : do not tench, advise or
encourage bigamy or js.lygamy, and that
the are not SSasherS at any order which
practices or encourages such teachings.
I'pon this point the court declares that the
statute prescribing the lest oath is not a law
respecting a religious establishment; that
bigamy, and polseains are crimes by the
lasv s ol the I oiled Stales and of Idaho. To
call the adsoc ics of these crimes a tenet of
religion is an insult to common sense.
Nome Notions Not "Kellglous."
The court refers to religions freedom as
follows: It is assumed by counsel of the pe
tition -r thai Is-catise no mode of worship can
Is- established or religious tenets enforced
in this country, therefore any form of wor
ship may Is- followed, and any tenets, how-1
ever ,le-t met is e of s,s-iety, may lie held
and advocated if assarted to lien part of the
religious doctrine of those advocating and
practicing them But nothing is further
from the truth While legislation for the
establishment of n religion is forbidden, and
its fl'.S' eterclse sii 1 1 it t.s I , itd.s-s Hot fol-
losv thai everything which may ls so called
cauls- tolerated, t 'rime is not the less odiou
Iss-ause sanctified by what any particular
sect may designate as religion " Justice
Field read the opinion.
WEST MUST DO TIME.
The F-Fditor of The Fhlcagn Times Re
fused a Ness Trial.
CknOAOO, K. b. 4 -Judge Orinnell yester
da afternoon overrul.sl the motion for a
MM trial made by Jatiu-s .1. Wast, ex-uian-aging
editor of The Times, ami imposed sen
tence upon him in accordance with the ver
dict of the jury, five years m the ienit 'iitia
ry and a tine ol 11,860 West ssas convict. si
of fraudulently over issuing st.vk of The
Times roaapaay. Thirty days are given in
winch to tile a bill ot . s. -options 1 1 Im uu
dei'...sl this will he done by Thursday
moi lillualw hl.il tune bail w ill Is, gisen.
lSt evening t he prisoner was occupying a
cell in the d.-btoi-s' ttapaitsMM of the jail.
Com promised with Tarn el I.
LtOMDOK, Keb 4 Win n the bliel suit of
Harnell against The London Times was called
to! trial scst.rdas morning the announce
ment was mude that the case had Imi 0OaS-promi-isl
PasMslI (;,.ts CS,(M damages
from The Tunis, and his secretary, Henry
I'ainpU-ll. -Jili i, while The Times pays thecosta.
In an editorial The Times says the Piggott
fraud Ml it no alternative but withdrawal,
or to abide the decision of a jury, as the let
ters U-iiig lorgertes. loft it without defense.
The sixth National Reorg-snized.
New V.,kk. K b. 4 The stockholders of
the Sixl h National tank met yesterday aft
STSKXM and elec'ed the following board of it
racaors i II I-eland. C J. Landon. Jo
seph l ul l.. W J Ouinian. Jr., cashier of the
CVmiral bank and K 1 Tappau, president of
the ttallatin bank The director, immediately
organized b. electing l harlos H Lelanl
president and i 'buries ,f Laudou vice presi
dent. list sear the pnsluct of Idaho's mines
wa- worih 111 800, MO The Montana mines
ENGINEER Nts iLLE'S DEATH.
faugh I hs the loot. He Face His Fat
lor Two Hours.
I'Fokia. Ills.. Feb 4 At 7:10 o'clock last
esetie.g an tl . I and W freight train left
Peoria for I'ekin When going over the first
-pin ot the bridge which connects Pekiii
with Peoria it went ,,,wn with the engint
and thris- cars heavily la. leu w ith freight,
killing two men instantly A third man wa
caught under the wn-ok with In head alaill
water, and DM n sent to work to save him.
After Working lor two BOSS?! the engine sud
den's toppled over and death claimed the
poor Mlow, He wns Engineer Neville, of
I rltfinn. Ills The other two dead are Fire
man l ib ten and Hrakcman U-wis, also of
I i liana
MttSMHB! Death an Accident.
Pwn.an psna, Feb 4. The coroners
to? in the case of Hanker iMttmuii. who
diasppsaiad Dae, u.and whose laxly was
found in Hi s huvlkill .Ian. M, rendered a
verdict yesterday ot accidental death by
THE BALLOT-BOX CONTRACT-
Oos. ( umphell. or Ohio. Tells What He
Knows or the Fraud.
VVashiv.tmn ClTT, Keb. 4 -The ballot
box contract investigators got to work nguin
yester lay. and I .en I Irossenor made a state
ment in which he complained of The ("incin
n:iti 1 ommercial Gazette, which, he said,
"as indulging 111 unnecessary and severe
criticism on the method of investigation
Representative llutterworth apsiared before
th" committee, anil for himself aud every
il her congressman whose names appeared in
the forged contract denied the newspaer
rtutements that any one of them desired the
Invi-stigatioii shut off. They all, he said, de
manded that it Is- lull and complete. Hepre
entative .1 K. Whiting repudiated the signa
ture purport kag to boMaoa the contract, a
document of ss Inch he had no knowledge,
(inventor 4 amphell'a Htstement.
Tin- next witness was Governor Campbell.
He was shown the forged ballot-box con
tract, und -tate.l that be hatl never seen it
before. He bud never signed his name like
the signature on tin- paper. He denied any
know ledge of any ballot-box contract. He
had introduced the Itallot-lsix bill as a favor
to T. V. rasajlhall The witness told all he
kuew of the tiallot-hox matter. Some three
years ago he had seeu a patent ballot-box in
the office of T. C. Campbell. The box was
manipulated by R. tl. Wood. Home time
afterward Mr. Cumplsdl had brought one of
these atcnt kOSSSS to Washington City to
exhibit to lb" congressional committee on
elections. It was at this tune that the wit
ness agreed to introduce the bill. His atten
tion was Hrst brought to his couuectiou with
the ballot Ihi.i matter by the publication in
Th. ( ommercial Gazette.
Key. Talmsge st Home Agslu.
New Yi.kk. Keb. 4. The steamer Aurania
arrived yesterday morning with Dr. Tal
mage. Ins wife, his daughter, and his secre
tary on board The party were all well.
The Lsmpson 1 sse In Ohio.
COLUMBUS, O., Feb. 3. -Mr. Patterson,
one of the counsel for Lanifiaon, says the
next move of Republicans will be to secure
the issuance of quo warranto papers to Mr.
Marquis from the supreme court compelling
hun to show by w hat right he is acting as
president of the senate In Me M,
quia fails to obey the order or refuses to give
up the office when ordered to do so he will be
arrested for contcmnt. and if t c 1 .. , ...
senators interfere they will be arrested us
the same ground.
The Ex-Speaker Writes an Ad
dress to the People.
REED'S RULINGS PUT UNDER FIRE.
An Elaborate Defense of the Recent Fili
bustering, snd Condemnstlon of the
speaker's Decisions The Bsttle Ends
In the House with the seating of Smith
by a Republics!! Quarnm Wilson's
Witty Remarks The Ballot-Box Case
Ag-sin Campbell's Disclaimer.
Washington City, Feb. 4 An address to
the country explaining the position of the
Democratic members of the house has been
prepared by ex-Speaker Carlisle, and will
be signed by all of the minority members.
The address is as follows:
"The present situation in the house of rep
resentatives is so auoinalous, and the unpre
cedented decisious of the speaker are so full
of danger to the integrity of future legisla
lation, that we consider it our duty to sub
mit a brief statement of the facts in order
that the propriety of the course we have
taken may 1 fairly determined.
Delay In Reporting V.n'.es.
It then recites at length the history of this
session of the house, the apioiutment of a
rules committee, and an elections committee;
the fact that no rules have yet boen report
ed, and the claim that this delay has de
prived the house of regular methods of do
ing business, leaving the house in the
same condition as a popular meeting
or political convention. In this state of af
fairs, the statement says, nothing can come
before the house unless the speaker so w ills,
and it is the first time in the history of the
nation when such a thing has occurred, th
inconvenietico aud injustice thereof having
been "forcibly illustrated in the present In
stance." Mpeaker Heed's Rulings.
Speaker Reed, the address says, has re
peatedly during his incumbency refused toen
terlain motions that have been recognized as
legitimate ever since the government was et
tablished, and bas refused also to entertain
appeals from his d.s'isions, by which he has
subverted every principle of constitutional
or parliamentary law heretofore recognized.
This was submitted to until the, cases of con
tested elections cam,' up, ss hen the IK'fjio
ents determined to resist their consideration
to the bitter end. The course of the sieakei
since the Smith-Jackson case has been up it
then recited, as print.sl (or several days in
An Appeal to the Constitution.
The address then proceeds: -The const it u
tion of the United States provides that a
majority of each house "shall constitute a
quorum to do business ; but a smaller num
bar may adjourn from day to day, and may
be authorized to coui(el the attendance ol
atiscnt members in such manner aud undei
such enalties as each house may provide
Another clause of the constitution requires
each house to keep a journal of its pr.x-eed-ings,
and provides that when one-fifth of the
members present desire it, the yeas and
nays shall be taken ou any question and eu
tered on the journal. Btooa the beginning
of the governmeut under the constitution,
more than a hundred years ago, the house
of representatives and the senate have uni
formly construed the first clause of the con
stitution quoted above to mean that a ma
jority of all the members-elect must be pres
ent and actually participate in the transac
tion of business, aud that whenever, upon
a call of the yeas aud nays, it appeared from
the journal, which is the only official record,
that l. s than the constitutional quorum has
voted on any proposition the vote was a
nullity, ami no further business could be
done until the requisite number appeared
and v oted.
Rulings of Former Siprakers.
"Every pr.-siding officer in the senate and
every speaker of the house, except the pres
eut one. has held that when less than a
quorum voted on a call of the yeas and navs.
no matter how many might actually tie pres
ent, it was bis duty to take notice of the tact,
and declare that the pending bill or motion
ha.l not lieeu passed When the vote is not
taken by yeas and nays, it is not entered
upon the journal, but it auy member makes
the H.int that no quorum has voted, the pro
OBOtttoj is a nullity, and the vote must be
taken over The presumption of the law i
that when nothing apjiears to the contrary
the proceedings of a legislative body are
regular and valid: and therefore when the
official record does not show that less than a
quorum voted, or attention is not called to
the fact in such a way as to furnish i gal evi
dence of it, l lie question cannot be made aft
et wards Many bills have been pas-ed when
there was no quorum voting, and it is equally
true that many have i a-- i when there wa
no quorum actually present: but this does
not prose that the proceeding would Last-tss-n
valid in either case if the official record
had shown the fact.
The r'orce ot Precedent.
"In order to secure certainty and stability
in the administration of the law. it is a rule
in our jurisprudence that when a iiurticular
construction of a constitutiou or a
statute has been for a long time acqui
esced in. not only by those whose duty
it is to execute it, but also by those whose
personal and property rights are affected by
it, the courts will iwogsteti a- th" true
construction, and enforce it accordingly "
The addles- then refers to the views of
.-.p.-ak. i Reed when on the floor, in which
he upheld the viess given above, also to
those ot Blame, Garfield and Otfcer HapWb
licans also sustaining the Democratic con
Not Contending for Minority Rule.
Mr. Carlisle then says: "We are not con
tending for the right of the minority to gov
ern as the supporters of the speaker have en
deavored to make the country believe. On
the contrary, we are denying the right ot a
minority to eject memliers from their seats,
or to pass laws for the government of thepeo
pie. Under the constitution a majority ol
the members ot the house constitute a quo
rum to do business. And we are simply in
sisting that less than a majority shall not do
business. We are contending that the ma
jority shall take the responsibility which
properly belongs to them, and shall come
into the house of representatives aud vote if
they desire to control its proceedings. And
we are protesting against their right to
carry their mcasuri by counting us when
we do not vote. The claim of the majority
that they have a right to govern the house
without attending Its sessions and taking part
in the conduct of its business, is too prepos
terous to require refutation.
No Injury or Injustice.
"It must be evideut to auy oue who under
stands the position takeu by the Democratic
minority in the house, that it cannot possi
bly result in any injury to the country or in
any injustice to the majority. Its only ef
fect will be to compel the Republican ma
jority, elected by the people, to assume the
responsibility imposed upon them. On the
other hand no oue can foresee the evils that
may result from the inauguration of t!
practice of counting votes not cast In order
to make a quorum. Under it a minority of
the members elected to the house and senate
niay pass the most tyrannical laws for
the oppr.iou of the peopie. and the
most corrupt laws for the ..nation
of the public treasury V bet h.-Smit ended
or not, its direct teudency is to break down
the barriers heretofore existing for the pro
tection of the citizen against the euenweb
ments of power and the spoliatiou of the
treasury by destroying the limitations
which the constitutiou has wisdy imposed
up. .ii the legislative department. Constitu
tions are made to restrain majorities and
protect minorities. A majority ruling with
out limitations or restraints upon its power
is a pure despotism, and is inconsistent with
our system of government. "
THE FIGHT FOUGHT THROUGH.
An End of the Row In the House for a
Time Smith Seated.
Washington City, Feb. 4. The daily tight
over the approval of the journal took place
in the house yesterday, and was settled as
the previous ones had bean, without notable
variations. The skirmish before the debate
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on the Smith-Jackson ease b.gan also took
place, but was short, the s)i aker d.-cliiiiiifr to
entertain the question of consideration or an
aioal from bis decision. Mr O'Kcivall t.x.k
the floor and resumed bis sp.,..-u on the
8mitli-.lacksin contest Be closed svith a
reference b lb.-nesv departure in tike chair,
declaring that he did MM believe the lime
would ever CORM ss lien th.- p .,,f,,. ivoiil.l tol
erate such autocratic power as the spliis
had assumed. .s for linn and In- people, he
protested against tins usurpation : atauisi
this outrage; against tin, si..;t ,.t the
sacred rights of the weak; SgBtnwl tin-cruel,
wicked, and unconstitutional violation of
the rights of the minority. In conclusion,
he predicted that the Democrats would re
turn to power in Dm Fifty seomsl congress,
and then there would be no usurping auto
crat in the speaker's chair.
Some Humor from Wilson.
A few more short speeches were
mad, ami then Wilson of West Vir
ginia took the ll.sor to close the de
late lor the Democrats He made a
food humored speech in criticism Of ttu re
cent rulings of i-'jieakei I? led, srhi -h eii.-.t 1
laughter and spptaam at fimrii from b.ith
political Irieii.is astd oppotM uts. and the
speaker MOSS, t could BOt repress an occa
sional smile. He ridieui. .1 xpr:-sions srhMl
hail been made by RepvblieaM respecting
their conversion from the belief thai the
methods of filibustering srere admissible bj
the minority. He bad had an idea that
the speaker was a iu.Il-1 thai lie ssas not a
ia,rtisin. but ss, aid come up ;,. ,U,. old tra
diti. ns. and leonie worths t bis : i.-.-it j, -
siti.m i Applause on the Democratic aide.
When the saker had cut. red th chair U
bom had hoped thai be w ould an ike a great
and honorable speaker and leas e a great
name bahaad Mai
Learned Baaaa Parllaaseaitarj I ... ss .
He had al-o suiip s tint the rules Ul ill
up by lh expen i.c ot ;iis- past were a I
most tiie sole bulwark f.. protect the trens
ury of the I'lm si Stat.-, t -lop tha apatw-
tion of the paopla, an 1 to obstruct tha
rhs-mes thai ejMMoa bv the carl load. Hut
this bad lieen when he ha I sat in darkness
and ignorance and before he ha I learned tha
laamaMa advantage of hums si parliament
ary law. f aaighter. Be ooald nosy tell
what parliament. u s law sv.is The aaaaatial
was that each ruling of the speaker should
lie placarded in advance as theatrical bills
were, as the "first and only app.-ar.in.- .
Laughter It aseaaed that geMnlparlia
nieiit.ii s law bad Blade it possible not only
for a one-ey.d man to be a speaker, but for
him to be an adsantaga, SSfwil iallj if the
blind eye happi -.usi t bl towards the side of
the hous.' where til linn. .tits -at That id
the meaning of parliam ntary lass.
Laaajhtar. That w as Uk- moaning oi the
new dispensation which a- to do Biraj
with the rules of the bouse.
The llriunrrat. Hiii;lit " short M
The Republicans, be said, in the lauguagc
of finance, had caught the Iiemocrats short
oti the market laughter Let them press
their advantage white they ha J it. L.-t
them not stop Beoaaae there was good na
tnred opposition on the Democratic side:
nor Ik- alarmed by the angry ebullitions of
the geutidinan from Illinois Springer . It
was only a littl JsaJOOsy OB Mr. Springer's
part. Ho had done a little m the pirlio
mentary line himsslf Lasghter. Like
Moses flying from the rod - hi. h lie bad flaag
down and which had turned into a sarpent,
tlie Republican parts . he predicted, would
ties from "general parliamentary lass" long
before this session adjourn -1
A Republican flBBI BBS Bl Last.
The vote whs then token on Of del tag the
previous question on the adoption of the re
port of the committee to seat Smitl . and it
was ordered yeas, Nff; navs, none. Four
roll-calls w.-ro required before the tinal vote
t seat Hmilh wa taken, and am tins be -declared
entil ed to hi- s..t- ye is. hW: nHXN
none Smith appeared and t...k tl ,tti oi
ortl.-e. and the Hspubiicaas appIaMded
Sprii.ger sarcastically inquired win tin c lots
was a proper tun to asafca u in .ii,.n to ad
journ. Bpsakar Reed replied la a aimiisr
tone of sai cas.ii m the allii mat 1 1 ,-, and l he
house then. t s. Ti p m , a. I Miriusl.
It's a wise child that goes out of the
room to laugh when the old man mashes
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