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THE BOCK ISLAND AUGUST TUESDAY. SEPTEMBER 23, 1890.
Published Dally and Weekly t KIM Second A ve
nae. Hock Island, 111.
J. W. Potter. - Publisher.
Tirms Daily, 60c per month; Weekly, $3.00
All communication of a critical or argumenta
tive character, political or religions, mast have
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Anonymous communications not noticed.
Correspondence solicited from eTery township
In Rock Island county.
Tuesday, September 23, 1890.
For United States Senator Jons M. Palmkr
For State Treasurer Edward 8. Wilsoh.
ForBnut.of Public Instruction Hbkrt Kaab.
.... JOHH HRTAHT.
For Trustees Illinois f N w. okaham.
Iniversity, ) ....Richard D. Morsam.
For Congress Bbh T. Cabls
For State Senator B. H Hiwma
For Countv Jndce
For County Clerk.... Charlk A. Creitts
ForSheriil C. D. Gordon
For Treasurer Gio. B. Bsowsib
For County Snpt. of Schools. Cuts. B Marshall
"This time the people want Gest" to
stay at home.
Talkiso of mud-slinging wtll, let's
ppeak about the Union.
Every farmer of course will be sure to
thank the republicans for putting a tax
upon his binding twine.
Mk Gest is represented as saying,
"what shall I do for a living?" If the
Arops may be permitted to whisper in
his ear it would say, "yo to work."
The Union has discovered another
great draw-back in Mr. Cable. He is too
refined. Something in the nature of a
prize fighter would be the Union's idea.
Ik no man stands a ghost of a chance
against Mr. Gest, according to the wild
statements of a Union contributor, what
is the necessity of manufacturing so many
lies in his favor?
Herk is a matter of local interest in
which the Annus will couple the name of
Mr. Ueet. Let him come home and re
main and let the representation of this
district be placed in abler bands.
The Dubuque Timet says "eye wit
ness" is a useless word because no one
can witness anything except with his
eyes. How about kissing a girl in the
WnEN the reception ws given to the
Hon. J. II. Murphy on his return to Dav
enport the other night, a number of
names were mentioned as having worked
for the fuccesa of the Hennepin canal,
but among the 1 st the name of Gest is
nowhero to be found. Surely republics
Who has the greater interest in any
thing affecting the welfare of Rock Island
Mr. Cable cr Mr. Gest? Mr. Cable has
business interests here and would certain
ly want to sc them improve; Mr. Gest
has well, everybody knows what Mr,
Ge9t has an eye on Washington.
Mr. Cable is accused of being a mere
child . Youth is no crime, however, and
the regret is that age sometimes fails to
increase the belter judgment. This his
accusers may fully understand. Mr. Ca
ble has no cr.mplaiots to make against
the Almighty that he was permitted to be
born some forty yeors ago.
Mr. Gest voted in the house for every
bill that was an injury to the farmer and
for every bill that was an injury to the
man who was compelled to buy a dollar's
worth of goods. This he cannot s itisfac
torily explain, but he seems to know
enough to keep out of reach of actual
contact with the people of the district.
Toe republicans put a tax of 40 per
cent upon beans. How will the people
be benefitted by that, any more than they
will by taxing binding twine, or sugar, or
tea and any other article of daily con
sumption? Whatever may be the short
comings of the republican party, one
thing would seem to be clear they know
The Union has it that Mr. Gest'a "big,
broad brow is covered with laurels." He
must have gathered them along the Po
tomac somewhere when studying the
heavens for inspiration. An anxious
people here would ask him to put them
on exhibition in some jeweler's window
when he comes home. They would he
just too loyely for anything.
Some of the men who are opposing Mr,
Cable just now, under the severity of the
party lash, expressed themselves a short
time ago as to their willingness to support
him for congress. They were tired of
Gest had given him an opportunity but
found him wanting sadly wanting.
They said if Mr. Cable would do much
good for the city and the district, and
that they would willingly support him.
"I know I have done nothing for the
Hennepin canal," saya Mr. Gest when
with his confidential advisers, "but just
keep up the racket, while at the same
time you keep your faces straight, and
there are some who may believe it. It is
worth trying, anyway, some sucker may
bite. Of course nearly everybody will
laugh at such an absurdity, but I tell you
again, we may catch some one, and every
vote counts just now. Try it."
The names of Senator Allison, Simuel
J. Kirkwood, Thomas J. Henderson,
Judge Hayes, John T. Hamilton, Gov
ernor Boies, President Harrison, Vice
President Morton, Secretary Windom,
and some other gentlemen are meni
tioned in connection with the Henne
pin canal some to a greater degree and
some less but no one ever hears the
name of Gest except through the columns
of the Union. To listen to that organ
one might think that Gest was stoops
shouldered by carrying about the canal.
First burglar: Good Lord! let's ran;
here comes some one! Second burglar:
O, come on; it's only a policeman.
May Give Speaker Reed a Lot
fEE DEAD-LOCK IS VEEY SOLIDt
Narrow Margin In the War ml Possi
ble Majority A Caucus Held to Con
sider a Plan to Head Off the Filibus
ters Peculiar Statement of an Illinois
Pension Claimant Figure on Popula
tionSuperintendent Porter's Illness
Washington ClTV, Sept. 23. The Re
publicans of the house are still without a
quorum, and they are alarmed at the
situation. They fully realize now what
they have only heretofore feared in a
vague way thut the Democrats, if they
to determine, can defeat the tariff bill by
the same tactics that are preventing the
seating of Langston, the colored would
be member from Virginia. Heroic meas
ures will be used to get a quorum here at
once, and if they do not succeed it will
be necessary to resort to the undesirable
tHsk of arresting the Democrats who are
lu the city and at the Capitol daily, but
who leave the house when a roll-call Is
ordered, for the purpose of breaking a
Lively Times In Prospect.
The speaker and his coadjutors dislike
to resort to this means of forcing through
legislation, but are determined to do so
If all other methods fail. There are like
ly to be some lively times if the attempt
la made to arrest the Democratic mem
bers, aa many of them say they will not
ftbey a summons of the sergeaut-at-arms.
Df all tho Republican absentees twelve
there are but four, Hansbrough, Bro
lius, McCord and Sweeney, who are like
ly to get here, the others being ill or ab
ent looking after reiiominatlons. With
these four present the Republicans will
lack just one of a quorum in the city, but
the Democrats will have to keep one man
In the house to mike the point of no quo
rum, so thut if the Republicans can hold
their forces together they should succeed.
What the t'niicu Ierlded Upon.
A caucus of Hepuhlican representatives
wm held immediately after adjournment
fefcterduy, and McKinley, who moved the
adjournment of the house, sniil he had as
surance that if the Republicans now in
tha city would be in their places there
was every prospect that enough new com
mers wouM be on hand to complete the
quorum. Kerr otfereda resolntiou direct
ing the sergeant-at-arms to arrest mem
bers .'not present In the house and
bring them before the bar f.ir fine and
Btnsnre. This proposition was not adopted,
but will lie held in reserve. The events of
last week have proved that although a
member ni.iy be brought into the bouse he
ciinnit be kept there.
Left It to a Committee.
Bayne of Pennsylvania suggested that
the sergeant-at-arms keep a list of absent
meniliers and that their pay be stopped,
but it was thoughr. that representatives
were not so mercenary as to make this
remedy effective. At last Henderson of
loira moved that the speaker, McKinley,
and Cannon be appointed a committee to
devise some means under the rutes by
which a quorum could be gathered and
kept in place and that the various resolu
tions before the caucus be referred to the
new committee. The caucus adopted the
suggestion and adjourned.
MIGHTY HARD TO BELIEVE.
The Story Told by a Pension Claimant
Washington Citt, Sept. 2;5. The recent
publication of rulings by the secretary of
the interior upon pension cases contains a
remarkable tale told In the application
for a pension by a claimant residing in
Illinois. He made oath that at the battle
of Shiloh, April 6, 18C2, being on the
skirmish line, a cannon ball cut off the
limb of a tree, which fell npon his back.
crushing biin to the ground. While lying
there a I onredernte soldier rushed upon
him and bayoneted him in the neck. He
was sent home and there remained for
ten months, when he rejoined his regi
His Second Kxpererienee.
Then, in March, WO, before Jackson,
Miss., he was again on the skirmish line,
when a shell cut off the limb of a tree.
which fell upon him, bearing him to the
ground. Once more a Confederate soldier
appeared, plunged1 a bayonet Into his
neck, and retired. Before a special ex
aminer sent out to investigate this rtrange
tale the claimant stoutly adhered to his
declaration. The assistant secretary in
dorsed this as "an e.xtrarordinary story
and a tax on human credulity, especially
as not an officer or comrade had ever
heard of his being wounded at alL"
The Congressional Itrlef.
Washington Citt, Sept.sa The senate
yesterday, after the transaction of some
routine business, resumed consideration
of the bill to define and regulate the juris
diction of the United States courts. The
bill was discussed up to within a few mo
ments of adjournment and then went
over without action. A brief executive
session was held. Plumb offered a reso
lution for the investigation of women and
children Jn factories and mills.
The house did nothing, the Republican
absenteeism enabling the Democratic fili
busters to have their own way. A new
rule was offered and referred to the rules
committee. It provides for a fine of f VJO
on any member who absents himself
after the call of the house in order to
avoid voting or being counted.
Some Mora Populatloas Announced.
Washington Citt, Sept. 2a The cen
sus office has announced the population
of the following cities and towns with the
increase since 18.S0: Wisconsin Beloit
6,37, increase 1.4MS; Janesville 10,031, in
crease 1,613; Madison U.atrJ, increase 3,068.
Michigan Flint 8,!M5, increase Pon
tiac 0.141. increase 1.74: Port Huron 13.-
51U, increase 4,i.
Superintendent Purler Getting Well.
Washington Citt, Sept. J3. Superin
tendent Porter, of the census bureau, who
has been seriously ill for the past two
weeks, has improved greatly during the
last few days. It is expected that hiscon-
valescence will be tedious and it will be
some time before he will be able to re
sume his official duties.
Immigration During August.
Washington Citt, Sept. Zi. During
August pnst 37,397 immigrants came to
the United States, against SI, 418 in Au
gust, 1NM. Germany during the past
month furnished 7,579; England and
NVales, VMS; Russia, 3,Ki'J; Ireland, 3.R18;
Sweden and Norway, 3,044; Italy, 2, 897;
nd Poland, 1,8.12.
leayi of an Kx-Congressman.
Wasfiisotos Citt. Sent, 23 Ex-Con
gressman Frank Morey, of Louisiana,
died here vesterdav of malarial rrnnhloa
contracted on his plantation in Iouisiana
iluring the recent freshet in the Missis
Anthorisnd a National Hank.
Washington Citt. Sent. 23. The comn-
troller of the currency has authorized the
the Union National bank of Atlantic
City, N. J., to begin business with a cap-
lull Ul fluu,UUU.
'Silver Is a Little Lower.
Washington Citt. Sent. 23. The direc
tor of the mint yesterday purchased 250,
D00 ounces of silver bullion at tl.lSV
The total amount offered was 1,30",000.
Two Tramps Probably Killed.
BARNESVILLE. O.. Sent. 23. Ten freight
cars were badly wrecked on the Baltimore
and Ohio railroad last evening three miles
west of here, caused by a broken axle.
Two tramps are thought to hv hwn
PLENTY Of NAUIIAL GAS.
A Pennsylvania Professor Helirves There
A r Oceaus or It lTnd Ucoverstl.
Pittsburg, Sept. 23. Pf-ofessor Francis
C.Phillips, of the- Western- university,
Allegheny, has been exrimenting on
natural gas for about a year. As a par
tial result of his experiments he says:
"Analysis of samples of gas from all
parts of the country show r.hat it origin
ates at the same place, or under similar
conditions.' There is no doubt that it Is
a stored product, and gas struck in the
state of Indiana and at Fredoula, N. Y.,
comes from the great limestone strata.
There is every probability, therefore.that
underneath the reservoir now tapped In
Pennsylvania lies another big supply,
which is certainly accessible. Consider
ing all things, it is very likely that there
is pleuty of gas iu the various strata
which have as yet been unexplored by
A SUPER-SENSITIVE YOUTH. '
Eleven-Year-Old Victor Grundy Quarrels
With Ills Brother and Suicides.
Adrian, Mich., Sept. 2a Two sons of
Dr. Grandy Victor, aged 11, and Frank,
somewhat older got into a boyish con
troversy Sunday afternoon in their fath
er's house at Fairfield. Fr ink had been
sick and was cross. The quarrel termin
ated by Victor saying to Frt.nk:
"Frank, I don't have to take every
thing." He then proceeded to tha barn. Later
in the afternoon the boy's mother found
that "Vick" had hanged himself with a
rope smaller than a clothes line. It is
not known how long he had been hanging
before he was discovered. SbS cut him
down and carried him into the house,
where Dr. Laverty vainly worked three
hours trying to bring the little fellow
back to life.
A RAILWAY HORROR AVERTED.
Miscreants Plan to Itlow a Train to
Pieces with Dynan Ite.
Windsor. Out., Sjpt. 23. On Saturday
afternoon a two-jjich dynan ite cartridge
was found fastened to the Michigan Cen
tral railroad track and removed just, ten
minutes before the North Shore limited
west-bound train thundered past. It had
evidently been placed there with the full
intention of wrecking the train. An ex
amination of the cartridge shi' wed it to con
tain enough explosive to havj blown the
whole train to atoms.
The value of the elremosynary institu
tions of Illinois is 15,719,413.5.'..
There were S7,4!3 patents granted by t he
United States patent oflice diring the last
The locomotive engineers at the Chi
cago1 stock yards struck Monday because
the Switching association refused to dis
charge two non-union engineers.
Under the new anti-lottery' law the
postal authorities at Washington City
have excluded from the mails newspapers
containing lottery advertisements.
The Oakland bank, a small private in
stitution in Chicago, closed it doors Mon
day. Liabilities are reported at JOO.OOl',
and assets nominally about $"5,000.
The Excelsior Oil works at Cleveland,
Ohio, were burned Monday. A quantity
of oii was consumed. The loss is esti
mated at ifiO.PtKt; insurance, frS.MM.
Charles C. Stephensou, governor of Ne
vada. died at Carson City Sunday of ty
phoid fever. The state is uow without, an
executive, the lieutenant governor hav
ing died a year ago.
Joe McAuliff and Frank Slavin, the
pugilists, were arrested by the London
police Monday, and held in 110,000 bonds
on a charge of conspiracy to break the
peace by prize fighting.
An excursion party Tvhich !.ft New
York Sunday morning on a visit to Fire
island were kept out all iiigl t, owing to
the steamer sticking on a sand bank. The
party danced all night in order to keep
Miss Catherine Trebby, of Little Falls
Minn., is iflu.0.4) rieiier by reisonof her
husband running away with Miss Jane
Browu, who has a fat roll iu 'nink. The
deserted wife thought her husband worth
$10,OiKi, and sued and got it.
President Harrison and f unily will
leave Cresson Springs, Pa-., for Washing
ton City to-morrow. In case the White
House is not ready for their reception,
they will be the guests of Postmaster Gen
eral Wanamaker for a few days.
The late Dion Boucicault, actor and
playwright, was burned at Wood lawn
cemetery. New York, Monday The fu
neral services were held at fie "Little
hurcli Around the Corner" The Episco
pal Church of the Transfiguration.
Miss Nellie D. Wlllougliby, n lecturer
on social purity and otherwise prominent
at l.uverne, Minn., is under arrest for
paying Mrs. Owen and Mrs. Freeman 130
for burning the barn and thirU en horses
of John A. Cameron, ou the night of Jan.
17 last. ,
Fatal Collision at St. Louis.
ST. Louis. Mo.. Sept. 23. At 7:05 p. m.
yesterday a rear end collision orciirred on
the Wabash tracks near Forest Park, just
inside the city limits. The Denver ex
press ran into the local accommodation of
the Colorado road, which had t. topped to
pick up their switchman. Chas. W.
Heward, engineer of the Denver pxpress,
of St. Louis, was instantly killed; J. S.
Croslan, his fireman, badly hurt; Fred
Dasford, Pullman conductor, seriously
hurt; Joe Nelson, newsboy, badly injured.
Fourteen others were slightly' injured,
mostly from St. Louis.
John Hull Hotter Look to His Armor.
Assapolis, Md., Sept. 23. Yesterday
morning the testing of plate armor for
naval vessels took place at the naval prov
ing grounds in the presence of cretary
Tracy. Three shots from an eight-inch
gun were fired. The shots wete at the
Crensot plate, the nickel plate and the
Cammell plate. The two first are French
and the last English used on English
ships of war. The nickel plate t food the
test the best of tho three. The English
plate was knocked into smitheretns.
The Case Itrove Him Crazy.
MosTICELLO, Ills., Sept. 23. Lawyer
A. J. Pipher, who has been engaged in
defense of the Uoldens and Albert Dun
ham, charged with murder, his over
worked himself and his mind has become
deranged. He became so violent Sunday
night that it took three men to hold him
In bed. He feels that the great responsi
bility of Dunham's hanging rests on his
shoulders. He was afraid to let Dunham
testify, as his evidence would have con
victed old Mrs. Holden.
Died Rather Than Stand TrUI.
Sanford, Mo., Sept. 23. Sylvester
Cummings, a wealthy retired m inufac
turer at Springvale, committed suicide
Monday morning by taking laudanum and
strychuine. Cummings was indicted by
the grand jury last week forbu-ninga
barn at Shopleigh two weeks, ajj, was
arrested anil put uuder K,000 bends on
Saturday. He left a letter deuyiig the
Went Over a Precloicw to Deal h.
Bloomsbuko, Pa., Sept. 23. A cirriage
in which were I'atrick Conuorton .tud his
daughter Mary, aged 18 years, wer t over
a precipice near this place Sundi y. and
plunged into a ravine seventy feet deep.
Both father and daughter were inttautlv
killed. Connorton's limbj were broken
and his face battered beyond recognition,
and his daughter shared a similar f.ite.
The World's Fair Site.
CniCAGO, Sept. 2a The national
World's fair commissioners havaat last
got their heart's desire. The South park
commissioners yesterday offered them
Washington park for tiie fair site and it
will undoubtedly be accepted as bjo as
the formalities can be concluded. This
gives 1,000 acres of improved ground for
life in big towns.
The Seamy Side of the Same
DEPBAVITY IN THE QUAKER CITY.
funny; Girls Matched for Prlae Fights
A Desirable Neighborhood In Which
to Dwell The Homes ot New York's
Poor Under the Garbage Dumps A
Campaign of Eviction Urged Another
Deadly Shooting Affray at Chicago
An Vngallant Reporter Shot.
Philadelphia, Sept. 23. This city
boasts a gang of little girls who indulge
in prize fights. The police first discov
ered it through a complaint made a few
days ago by Dr. Back man, of Seventh
and Catharine streets, that a gang of dis
orderly boys and girls were In the habit of
congregating in the rear of Kelly's mar
ket, Catharine street, between Seventh
and Eighth. Then followed the arrest of
Rose.Claxton, aged 15 years, of SOS Car
penter street, on a charge of breach of the
peace. After Rose waa arrested she ad
mitted that she and three other girls were
to have had two separate prise fights.
Gathering of Abe Young Toughs.
The scenes on Sunday night, Sept. 14
near the market, were more than usually
uproarious, and so were the next night's.
When the officer appeared in the neighbor
hood about 7 o'clock he found the usual
nondescript gathering in the rear of the
market. He waited for an hour, and the
crowd grew rapidly iu sise. It was more
than twice its usual dimensions, Dr.
Backman told bim, and, judging from Us
rxpectaucy, somothing out of the ordin
ary was about to take place.
The Special Order of the Evening.
The two prize tights were the special or
der for the evening, but they did not take
place. A scout belonging to the gang
spread the news that a "cop" was linger
ing in the neighborhood, and the crowd
thinned out. The ofticer seeing that
promptness whs necessary if he intended
taking any one "in," made a rush for the
vanishing crowd, and had just time to
capture one of the girls. It was learned
afterward that the youthful rowdies of
both sexes had arranged that Kate Con
nor was to try and
Knocked Out Clara Marshall
and the same sort of a contest was to take
place between Laura Joyce and Bessie
Mintzer. The first of the fights was to
take place at 8 o'cloek. There had been
bad blood between the girls for some time,
and at the instigation of their male asso
ciates they nad determined upon this plan
to settle their differences. Magistrate
Kane held Uose Claxton In $400 bail to
keep the peace.
POLITICS IN ST. LOUIS.
Harmless "Scrap Between an ex-Con-greitftruan
and a "Worker."
ST. Loris, Sept. '3. Ex-Congressman
John J. O'Neill, who has the hottest fight
of his life ou his hands in the Eighth dis
trict, engaged iu a go-as-you-please fight
on thestreet yesterday morning with John
B. O'Meara, a contractor and Democratic
leader In O'Neill's district. O'Neill claims
that he was sturtVd out of the regular
nomination and a convention of his own
unuiinated him. O'Meara deuouticed him
severely in the regular convention and
O'Neill said he would give $100 to charity
if O'Meara would come within five feet of
him and repeat his remarks.
A Chanoe for Charity.
They met yeeterday moruing aud
O'Meara saiil: "Here is a chance for char
ity." He walked up to O'Neill and re
peated his remarks and the pair "got to
gether in short order. Before much
damage was done mutual friends pulled
them apart. O'Meara says he will whip
U eill the next time he meets bim. Yes
terday O'Neill had the judges in his own
ward arrested for ballot-box stuffing.
THE HOMELESS POOR.
Some Discoveries Made by the S;inltary
Police of (inihani.
New York, Sept. 3. An inspection
has just been made by the sanitary po
lice of the dumps on both rivers, and the
report has been filed with the board of
health. The pnlico found the old abuse
of turning the filthy recesses under the
piles into living quarters blossoming at
every dump. Between the piles under
the pi auk 11. Kir, over which the ash carts
are backed to the scows, settlements of
poor people were found. The report was
8-nt from the sanitary bureau to Street
Cleaning ".('oinmissiener Beattie, askiug
him to co-operate toward having the sani
tary measures enforced, and the poor colo
nies scattered. These people have no
homes, and are fair examples of the suf
fering and misery which the poor of New
York are compelled to undergo.
Slapstrd a Woman and Got Shot.
Chicago, Sept. 23. J. M. Hussey, a live
stock reporter, employed on The Stock
Yards Journal, was shot through the
hand at 213S Michigan avenue Saturday
night. In a quarrel with his landlady,
Mrs. Badger, be struck her in the face
and threw her to the floor. Mrs. Badger's
19 year-old son. Bert, pulled a gun and
fired, the bullet passing through Hussey's
hand. Hussey refused to prosecute, and
Justics Bradwell yesterday dismissed the
They Are O'er Tough to Die.
Chicago, Sept. 23. It is reported that
it is probable that both Connorton and
Haggerty, who shot each other in a Clark
street saloon Saturday night, will live.
Connorton Is improving, and Haggerty
declared to be almost out of danger by
Latkr. At a late hour last night Hag
gerty 's condition had changed for the
worse, and the doctors thought his
chances for life very slim.
Another Shooting Affair at Chloago.
CHICAGO, Sept. 23. Alfred Hickner. a
man of rather notorious character, was
shot and probably fatally wounded by his
brother-in-law, a lawyer, "George K. Kesa
ler. last eveninir. Thn turn ma n An
State street, near Peck court, and a qu ar
ret ensned, during which Hickner was shot
thrntltrh tha ftfnmanli . . . 1 (.:..!. mi.-
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cause of the shooting was a family quar-
iui vi lung si.niiuiug.
A Missing Secret Society Man.
Belleville. III.. Sent. 2.1 John S
Pannier is missing, and charges that ha la
a defaulter in - his accounts with various
secret societies of which he was treasurer
are onenlv made. The allnirari ahnrruni.
estimated at W.dOO. He was treasurer or
secretary of half a dozen secret societies.
jcumjt no win ins wire, it is said,
that he was short WOO to the Order of
Treubund, and that he was going to St,
ixiuis to raise tne money, and that if he
failed vabe would never see him alive
The Mississippi Constitution.
Jackson, Miss., Sept. 23. The consti
tutional convention -VMlmln
took up the report of the fran-chlse
committee as reported by the com
mittee ol the whole and adonted it aa far
as considered with very few material
changes. Wife-beating was stricken out
of the franchise section as one of the dis
qualifications. Apportionment was taken
up in the afternoon and passed by sec
tions. It places the number of represen
tatives at 133 and senators at 45.
No Work for Ex-Strikers.
New Yobk, Sept. 23. A specis.1 to tha
Sun from Poughkeepsie, N. Y., says: The
following, "to all agents," has been posted
at every station on the New York" Central
and Hudson River railroad by order of act
ing Vice-President Webb; "On and after
September 2(1 any promotions to be made
on the road must be made from men now
in the employ of the company. If you
need new men you may hire them, but in
no case are you to employ any man who
left the company August 8."
Did Minnie HofFsmith Commit
NOVEL PEBSEOUTION OF A FARMER
Ills Food Poisoned, Clothing 'ut to
Pieces, House Set on Fire, Ilarafcurned
and Other Deviltry Committed-A Olrl
of IK Arrested as the Perpetrator of
All the Mischief and Why She Is Sus
pected. CLISTOKVlLLE, Wis.,. Sept. 23. An innocent-appearing,
girl, scarcely 15 years of age, has been ar
rested on a warrant charging her with the
long series of crimes that have been com
mitted at Iuis Devaud's faun. Minnie
Hofismitn is her name. She has au hon
est face and to charge her with au attempt
to commit murder, arson, and malicious
mischief seems preposterous. Never was
a person persecuted more terribly than
has been the family of Louis Devaud, a
farmer lu moderate circumstances who
lives nine miles southwest of this city.
Beginning of the Persecution.
The persecution began in the laiterpart
of July. First the choice watermelons of
his patch were destroyed and the vines
were cut. This was thought to be the
work of some of the bojs of the neigh
borhood aud was looked upon as a boyish
prank. Less than a week ufier that a
hive of bees was overturned during the
night aud pnris green was sprinkled over
the honey in u pious quantities. A few
days passed and the performance was re
peated. Then some one got into the cel
lar and put paris green in the butter and
threw a hum into a barrel of soft soap. A
large number of cans of fruit were opened
Bnd poison put into them. The family
became thoroughly frightened anil the
neighbors came in frequently to discuss
ways and means of capturing the guilty
Paris Careen In the Flour.
One day when Mrs. Devaud started mix
ing her bread she found paris greeu in
the flour. The next outrage was when
some one got into the house and ruined a
quantity of clothing by cutting it with
scissors. A few days later the house was
set ou fire, anil while the family wore put
ting it out the barn took tire aud over
12,500 worth of buildings, grain ami fann
ing implements were re.iuced to nfcr-8."
The ueivs of these outrages hail spread
throughout the entire county, unJ the ex
citement ran high. The Devaud family
was driven frantic, they were afraid for
their lives and feared to eHt and drink, us
they did not know but the well or the
food might he poisoned.
The Case Perfectly Inexplicable.
No cause or re.-e.on could be divined
why any one !-htuld desire to so relent
lessly persecute Mr. Itevaud ami his fam
ily. The ueighbors watched and the fam
ily Watched, but the depredations contin
ued and there was not the slightest clew
as to who was guilty. Ki.r thirty-live
years Mr. Devaud bad lived iu the same
house and to his knowledge be had not a
single enemy iu the county. He had never
had a lawsuit nor a quarrel of any conse
qtielice. Some of the neighbors became
very weary of wondering ami some evil
minded erson started the rumor that
some meuilM-r of Mr. Devaud's household
was committing the depredations.
A Child Suspected.
Shortly after this suspicion was fastened
on Miunie HofTsmith. Suddenly people
began to reinemtier that the child had
acted strangely all the while. The sheriff
and city marshal of Clititouvillo were
called in and a warrant was sworn out
and the girl was arrested. Minnie is a
slender child not over four feet in height,
with a clear, honest face, large blue eyes,
fair hair, a n se that turns up just
enough to be pretty, and full red lips
She has spent the greater part of her life
among the pine-covered hills of this re
nion. Her father and toother, with nine
children, have for the last four years
lived in a log cabin in the timber at the
foot of a high hill altout a mile from the
Caute of the Suspicion.
Mrs. Devaud is firmly convinced that
little Minnie Hotfsmith is the author of
all the persecution she and her husband
have undergone. She recounted the whole
list of wrongs and said that Minnie was
the first to discover each one. When the
persecution began note were found
about the house written in aa almost il
legible hand anil signed "Johnny War
den," the name of a hired man whom the
Devalids had discharged some months he
fore. One nolo reads as follows: "You
promise me your horse. 1 shell git green
pisue In ther t rough t.
Minnie Discovered ICvert llilnu.
"Several notes of this character were
found," said Mrs. Devaud. "ami now that
it is all over I rememlier that Minnie
found them all. She also discovered the
mess in the watermelon patch; and, in
fact, it was she who discovered all of the
mischief. She called my attention to Mr.
Devaud's clothes, to all the fires, and
when 1 ran to my brother's for help she
called my husband's attention to the
burning barn. 'J heh Minnie has a crip
pled hand and the itnpiiut of the baud in
butler is like hers."
The Olrl Denies It All.
Minnie is out on bail now and is with
her almost heart broken father and moth
er. She does not realise the enormity of
the crimes with which hub is charge, I, Init
goes alHUit the little cabin home minding
the baby aud helping her mother with
the household duties, singing as though
nothing had happened. Minnie is frank
in her statements and admits to being
present at all the occasions mentioned,
but denies that she knows anything of
their origin, nor did she or Mrs. Devaud
see any suspicious persons iu the vicinity
at any time.
Iteuth or Hon. William lieilnian.
EvaSsVII.LK, Ind., Sept. 2.'.. Kx-Con-greasman
lleilmau died at his home iu
thla city at 6 o'clock Monday morning. It
is probable that no man in the city has
done for bis towu that Mr. Heilman. His
health sL. wed the first break in 1SSS and
his physicians prescribed a trip to the old
country. On the voyage his arm was in
jured and upon his arrival at Ixmue
erysipelas set iu He was treated by the
most eminent physicians of Germany,
who informed him at the time that he was
suffering from some internal malady
which would one day cause his death.
Sentenced To He Hanged.
Chicago, Sept. -S3. William Purdy,
Convicted of tike nmrtlee nt samtuil llnl-
inger. was refused a new trial by Judge
Urinnell yesterday morning and sentenced
to be bunged Oct 17 next.
He Knew the Combination.
ALLENTOW.v, Pa.. Sept. 23 The Fixth
Ward hotel safe was robbed Sundav
night of it. lTtt ill cash and p-nltl ttaMv,
valued at Jfioo. The thief knew the com
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