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GIBSON IS GUILTY
Unless the Plotting Is on the
IHE TESTIMONY OF THAT
Government Officers Slake Some Etperl
meuts That Show That It Is a First
Class Incendiary Mixture Thu Ac
cased Man's Friends Feel llather Di
cournged at the Developments The
Infernal Machine That Was To Have
Been Cseil Feeling at Peoria.
Chicago, Feb. 14. The fact that the bot
;le found in the sachel taken from Secre
tary Gibson, of the whisky trust, ;it the
time of his arrest, contained a substance
v'uich would have brought about i he de
ttructiouof Suufeldt's distillery in very
short order was definitely established by
m experiment made yesterday rucrnins.
The experiment was made in room 73 of
the federal building, by the ofliceis who
.vorked up the case against the 'vaisky
rust man, and in the presence of Lawyer
Burry, who with his partner, J. S. Ruu
lells, has charge of Gibson's defense.
An Incendiary Concoction.
Inspector Stuart drew the covered cork
from the bottle and allowed one drop of
lie stuff to fall upon a small piece of pa
per. Almost instantly the paper burst
jito a flame. The experiment was repeat--.1
several times, and it was foutd that
whenever the smallest quantky was
!l.iced ou any substance that woul 1 bum
i tl mie shot up instantly. If placed upon
i substance not inflammable the stuff
ir-self took fire after a brief exposure to
,he atmosphere. When the cork .vas re
placed in the bottle Capt. Stuart wiped
the neck with a towel, and then threw the
towel to one side. In a moment tl e towel
vas in flames, and there was a scurrying
for water to put out the fire.
Room Filled with Itlue Smol e.
The big room was filled wi.h blua
smoke and with a sickening odor of phos
phorus, of w hich the inflammable stuff
appeared to be mainly composed. The
experiments were conducted with great
secrecy, but after the true natuieoftLe
substance, which Gibson's frien Is have
alleged to be gin, was discovered, Capt.
;5tuar tand United States Attorney Mil
Christ came out in the corridor to get a
breath of frsh air. They hid ju,t
washed th?ir hands after handing tl 9
bottle, but, nevertheless, blue smokj
curled up from thei.- lingers, showin
what a strong solution of pho-.phorus
the bottle must contain.
Gibson's Friends Inmfoundid.
Gibson's attorney, William Burry, was
dumfounded at the result of tin; experi
ment and refused to say anything. Mar
shal Hitchcock, who is a friend of Gibson,
watched the experiment with greit inter
est, "lam completely stunned," said he.
"Iu view of the facts shown befjre this
morning I was compelled to believe my
old friend guilty against my wiso. Xow
know it. How can I help beli ;ving it
when the evidence is so damaging; but he
never thought for a moment t aat any
lives would be lost and he only intended
to destroy the distillery.''
No One Else Implicated.
Solicitor Geueral Hart left for Wash
ington City yesterday with a sample of the
liquid found in Gibson's grip. Gtpt. Stu
art is reported to have proof that, Gibson
made the machine himself aid com
pounded the liquid, but the inspector will
not say this is true. DeWar is still beyond
the reach of the interviewers. Ho will not
lie seen until the federal grand jury takes
up the case in March. All the officers con
cerned with the case unite in saying that
unless some unexpected evidence is discov
ered no further arrests will be made. The
evidence thus far implicates no one but
Inscription of That Marhi'ie.
The "machine1 which DeWar received
has been thoroughly examined. It can be
handled as safely as an ordinary loaded
gun. In one side of a tin can stands a
foot-long section of the nipple end of a
gun-barrel. Into this is packid about
three inches of fine powder. Then comes
some wadding, and on top of that
Is a steel projectile about four
Inches in length. Alongside of this
Is oakum, cotton batting, etc.wtich, after
being fired by the liquid, was to carry the
flame down to the powder. Hal DeWar
carried out the scheme the projectile
would have leen driven up into the vat or
tank of high proof spirits, wh ich would
come pouring down on the burning cotton
und oakum. There are eleven of these
vats in a row and 15,000 barrels of spirits
near by enough to make a hot f ,re
Too Strong for Peoriaus.
Peoria, Ills., Feb. 14. There is a won
derful change in public opinion regarding
the guilt or innocence of Secretary Gib
son, of the whisky trust. People are be
ginning to admit that the evidence
against Gibson is too strong to be blown
away by a mere denial or previous good
reputation. Many are asking who are
the guilty behind Gibson, for 110 one be
lieves that if there was a plot Gibson en
gineered it alone. It was rumored about
the city that Gibsou had fled. This was
untrue. He was here last night, as he has
been ever since he returned from Chicago.
FAIR LABOR BULLDOZERS.
A Girl Threatened for Working in a
New York, Feb. 14. Herman Jacoby,
B cigar manufacturer of 312 Bowery, dis
charged several workmen two weeks ago,
and the next day none of his employes ap
peared for work. He took in any one he
could get, including men and girls who
did not belong to unions, and his former
employes put pickets in front of his place
to make it unpleasant for the "scabs." On
Wednesday night the pickets followed
Celia Zimmerman and Rase Fonlich down
Houston street. At the corner of Forsyth
street Rosa was stopped by ono of the dis
charged ringleaders, Fanny Mcrgriff, who
asked her where she lived. "I don'f know
jrou," said Rosa, "and I shan't tell you
anything." Fanny threatened both Rosa
and Celia with bodily injury if they re
turned to work at Jacoby's, and Rosa got
frightened and called Policeman Gallagher,
who marched Fanny Morgriff to the sta
tion house, where she spent the night.
She was arraigned in the Tombs court
and was held for examination.
Will (Stop the Stamp Mill.
BosTOS, Feb. 14. A special Houghton,
Mich., dispatch to the Boston ews bureau
(ays: Allonez mine Rock house was com
pletely destroyed by fire at 3 o'clock Fri
day morning. It will close down the stamp
John Kennedy, of Boston, SI ass., Friday
flight kicked his wife to death.
Admiral Porter Begins His Ev
e rlasti ng Voyage.
A LONG ILLNESS SUDDENLY ENDED.
Death Claims Him Soon After His Morn
ing Awakening, and Another of the
Men Whose Names Are an Honor to
Their Country Is No More HI? Selec
tion of a Ilurlal riace An Account of
His Career and Public Services A
Worthy Son of a Fighting Sire.
Washington- Citv, Feb. 14. Another
of the men whose deeds are part of their
country's history has passed to his long
rest, and Admiral Porter lies dead at his
home, 1,714 H street. He had been long
ill, his first serious illness dating back
twelve years, when he had an attack of
sti-augulation of the bowels, but it was
seven years later when the disease which
was his death seized on him. The cause
of death was fatty degeneration of the
heart, and although he has been at the
head of the navy, holding a position cre
ated for him by congress, only the light
est of the duties of the office have been
performed by him. His death occurred a
short time after he awoke yesterday morn
iug, the exact time being 8:15.
As soon as the sad fact was known the
flags on all public buildings were placed
at half-mast. The president notified con
gress nn 1 onlered that the usual symbols
of sorrow l; displayed aud honors paid at
all the public buildings in the country
and on all the naval vessels. All the sec
retaries issued the usual orders for the
observance of the event, and Secretary
Tracy visited the family and conferred
with them as to preparations for the fu
neral, which will be marked by the high
est military ana naval honors.
Where Ills Itody Will Rest.
The remains will be buried in Arlington
cemetery. Admiral Porter visited the
cemetery about a year ago :n company
with several members of his family, and
selected a site for his grave at a point a
little way northeast of the Arlington
mansion, corresponding exactly wit4 the
grave of Gen. Sherman on the other side.
After selecting it he turned to an attend
ant and said: "Drive a stake there.
That's where my body shall rest." A
number of people in official life called at
the house yesterday morning and left
messages of sympathy for the family. Tel
egrams of condolence were also received
from proniineut people all over the coun
try. A Recent Visit from Sherman.
A pathetic incident in view of the criti
cal illness cf Gen. Sherman was a visit
made by him to his old comrade in arms
about three weeks ago. Admiral Porter
happened to be asleep at the time and Gen.
Sherman told the family not to wake
him. He left a message of sympathy, and
remarked in a sad tone of voice: "I would
rather not see Porter unless I could see
him as he always was when I have met
him." Turning to Mrs. Ixgan, he said
half-jokingly, but with a tinge of pathos:
"I will be the next one, and perhaps I may
go before Porter doea" Then, with a
shrug of his shoulders, he added: "Any
how, it's nothing to die. as it's just as nat
ural as it is to le born."
THE CAREER OF AN "OLD SALT."
A Sailor from His Boyhood and of Sailor
and Fighting Blood.
David Dixon Porter was a sailor by
birth and selection. ' His father was Com
modore Porter, who commanded the Es
sex in the war of 1813. He was born in
Pennsylvania in 1814 and went into the
navy at the age of 15. His fame rests on
his record during the rebellion, and of
this war he was one of the great figures.
He also took part in the Mexican war, re
signing special duty at the Washington
observatory in order to get into the fight.
When tbs civil war began he was appoint
ed a commander and in 1S02 was placed
under Commodore Farragut in charge of
the mortar fleet for the reduction of the
batteries below New Orleans. When New
Orleans fell he pushed up the Mississippi
and conducted all the naval operations in
aid of the land operations of the Union
Other Services In the Rebellion.
He took part in the two sieges of Vicks
burg, and was credited by Gen. Grant with
contributing materially to the success of
the second one. For this service he was
promoted to the rank of rear admiral.
From then to the close of the war he was
actively engaged in important operations,
the principal of which were the two com
bined attacks on Fort Fisher, which com
manded the approaches to Wilmington,
He was made a vice admiral in 1SGC, and
soon after was appointed svperintendent
of the naval academy at Annapolis, where
he remained until 1870. On the death of
Admiral Farragut in that year he was
promoted to the rank of admiral, and lie
came commander of the United States
navy under the president.
I)idn't Believe in Forts.
Admiral Porter made his last cruise in
1867, and according to the naval register
he had seen sea service, all told, of twenty-two
years and seven months, while his
record for shore duty is thirty-one years
aud nine months. In round numbers he
had seen about sixty-two years' service.
He took great interest in the matter of
coast defenses, but ridiculed the idea of
building forts. He said that he would
undertake to pass at night with a ship
any fort that might be erected at
Sandy Hook, and would guarantee that
if he had a swift-running cruiser or a
double-turreted monitor no gun at tae
fort could hit him. He wanted the gov
ernment to have ships that would be like
turtles carry their defense ontheir
Had Phenomenal Luck.
Admiral Porter was never wounded.
He said recently that two or three times
during his life he had been seriously hurt,
but, strange to add, in none of the acci
dents that had befallen him had a drop of
blood ever been spilled. He attributed
his unusually good health through life to
two things. One was plain food and the
other that he had made it a point all his
life never to get - wet if he could help it.
At all times be carried rubber shoes with
him so as to protect his feet from damp
ness. Admiral Porter had some literary
ability, and a few years ago published
"Incidents and Anecdotes of the Civil
War," "Adventures of Harry Marline,"
and "Allan Dare and Robert le Diablo."
The treasury department Friday pur
chased 670,500 ounces of silver at SLOW to
ARGUS, S AT UK Q AY,
SCALE OF PRICES FOR MINERS.
What the Colambns Convention Wants
for the Wettern Districts.
Columbus, O., Feb. 14. Whep the
United Mine Workers convention met
yesterday the committee on scale of prices
lubmltted the following report of the
rates for western coal mines: Districts,
Hocking Valley Eighty cents for screened
soal, 60 cents for run of mine; Dutrict 11,
Indiana Eighty-five cents for screened
coal, 65 cents for run of mine and 0 cents
tor canel coal; District 12, Dlinols Braid
wood, fl.fti; Streator, 9J cents; LaSalle, fl;
Peoria, 85 certs; Stoneton and Mt. Olive,
55 cents; Belleville, 66f cents; Harrisburg
snd Equality, 72 cents; Spring Valley.
II; Springfle'd, T'X cents; Wilmington, 10
sents additional for dead work. District
13, Iowa Ten cents advance over present
Machine Mining and Coal Weighing.
The committee recommended theprice
for maching mining be fixed at 123 cents
below the price of pick mining. This
cale is a general advancs of about 10
:ents iu each district.
Almost the entire day was spent in dis
cussing the question of a demaud that
:oal be weighed before screening. Posi
tive action was finally postponed until
after a joint meeting of miners and opera
tors to be held in Pittsburg w ithin a few
Jesse H. Proctor and Frederick Young
were hanged at Dover, Del.. Friday.
Mrs. La France and two children lost
their lives in a fire at St. Albert, Canada,
Another victim of "Jack the Ripper" w;:s
found in the Whitechapel district of Lon
don Friday morning.
Peter Coles, a colored resident of New
York city, yawned so wide open Friday
that he dislocated his j;iw.
Failures in the United States for tl.e
week ended Friday, 202; for the corre
sponding week in 1W0, 240.
Mary Ann Reardon and Mary Kehoe
perished in the burning of the building at
2,0.35 State street, Chicago, at an early
T. J. Davis, son of the Butte million
aire, denies the report that lie has com
promised his claim to his father estate for
At Wilkesbarre. Pa , David Fox, the
only survivor of thj Nottingham niiueex
plosion of a year a'o, was killed Thursday
uight by a premature blast.
"Dick Mandelbnum, a well known
member of the San Francisco liquor firm
of F. MainMhaum & Sid, has fled to
Australia, leaving the lirm $ 104,000 bhort,
A. II. Hill, a well-known attorney f
Danville. Ills., was arrested Friday on a
charge of stealing the docket of a local
justice of the peare and putting it into the
The pumping out of No. 1 nIojhj at
Jeannesville. Pa., where the seventeen bod
ies of the miners are buried, is progressing
rapidly. In about a week the mine will
be free of water.
Oscar C. Collins, agent of the Singer
Sewing Macbiue company at Memphis.
Tenn., committed suicide Thursday night
because he had discovered that his son,
John W., was a defaulter.
The census office has issued a bulletin
regarding lake tonnage. In ISStJ the net
tonnage of vessels on the great lakes was
634,652; in 181W. 820,360. The estimated
value of these vessels in 1SN6 was f3C,M7,
450, and in 1890, $58,128,500.
The son of Hon. Thomas Ryan, of To
peka. Kan., United States minister to
Mexico, ran away with and married Miss
Jessie Miner, daughter of a wealthy
lumber dealer in Bradford county. Pa.,
last Saturday. The youug lady made It a
condition that the marriage was to be
kept secret, and because Ryan informed
her father she has renounced him and will
try to have the marriage annulled.
Indorsed by the Iroquois.
CHICAGO, Feb. 14. Ex-President Cleve
land's letter, which exp ressed opposition
to the proposed unlimited coinage of
s ilver, and which has aroused the Wash
ington City politicians to divers criticisms,
has evoked extended comment in Chicago.
The Iroquois luncheon yesterday was en
livened by informal discussions of this
latest event, with a marked unanimity of
sentiment indorsing the ex-president's" po
sition. There was hardly a disscntiug
voice in the club room.
Base Ball Spalding Declines a Big Salary.
Chicago, Feb. 14. A. G. Spalding yes
terday positively declined the place of
chairman of the national board if
base ball tendered him unanimously by
the memlters of the board. It is said that
the salary offered was f 10,000 per year.
The Weather We May Expect.
Washington City. Feb. 14. The following
are the weather indications for thirty-six hours
from 8 p. m. yesterday: For Indiana Fair
weather; stationary temperature; northerly
winds. Incoming variable. For Lower Mich
igan Fair weather Saturday; continued cold
northerly winds, twcomlng variable. For Illi
nois -Fair weather; variable winds; warmer
Sunday. For Upper Michigan and Wisconsin
Fair weather Saturday; continued cold, va
riable winds. For Iowa Fair weather; winds
becoming southerly; warmer Sunday.
CnicAoo. Fob. 11
The quotations on the board of trade to-day
were as fo.lows: Wheat No. 2 February,
opened Wfsc, cloned ft'V: May, BSA closed
Bsc; July, opened 93ac, closed B.'9jc Corn
No. 2 February, opened &4c closed 61hic;
May, opened &3uc, closed 63n; July, opened
K34c closed &3c. Oata No. t May, opened
closed 40c; June, opened i&o, closed
46c; July, oiiened 4J closed 4Jc Pork
February, oened 19.27". closed $9 35; March,
opened SU.37H, closed Sfl.45; May, opened $8 BTVj,
closed (0.75. Lard February, opened 6.S
Live stock Following were the prices at
the Union Stock yards: Hogs Market opened
rather active at &&llc advanoe, with shippers
the principal buyers; light grades, $3. X3. 50;
rough packing, S3.8&&3.45; mixed. S&Xft
1.65; heavy packing and shipping lota. $3 4i.fr
1.86; pigs. f3.503.l. .
Produce: Butter Fancy separator, JSe;
dairies, finest, fresh, 18 32-; packing stock. 10
ailc. Eggs Fresh candied, 2Jo per doc.
Dressed poultry Chickens, 8K3Jto per lb
docks, 3Jlc; turkeys, lUQUc; geese, 3tc:
Potatoes White . Boss, SuDGo per bo; Bed
Rose, oc; Hebron, aSBc; Peerless. &30c;
BurbaoKs, sO&Kic. Sweet potatoes Jerseys,
H75 t4.00 per bbl;niinoU, fcltJOdlMi Apples
Cooking, J.004.( per bbl; eating. K00.UJ;
Michigan, choice, $724.00.
Kaw Tobk, Feb. U
Wheat Ka 2 red winter cash. SLLSVi; do
May, $ 1.076; do June, 11 04?4 Corn-No. f!
mixed cash. 64H'3Afe; March. 63c OaU
Dull but steady; No. 2 mixed cash, &1c; May,
11 He Barley Nominal. Rye Nominal Pork
Iull; mess, 81l.5U2.lLa tor new. Lard
Quiet; March. 95.W; Hay. $U&
Live Stock: Cattle Trading fairly active
and prices a shade firmer; poorest to bast aa
tive steers, $4.0U5 SO V 100 t; bulk aad dry
cows, SZ.0O4J5. Sheep and Lambs Market
extremely dull aad alow; sheep, 94.0oai.KU
100 ; lambs, H3aVU).
steady; live bogs, S3.40A4.Ut f 109 1.
There seems to be little going on
in musical circles of late, but there
is much talk, among musical people,
of the marvelous cure of Miss 15 ,
the high contralto einger, ho has
long suffered from a eevere throat
or bronchial affection, superinduced
by Catarrh in the Head, and vho
has lcen perfectly cured by the
use of Dr. Sage's Catarrh Remedy,
coupled with the ue of Dr. Pierce's
Golden Medio.il Discovery. For
all bronchial, throat and lung affec
tions, and lingering coughs, the " Dis
covery " is an unequaled remedy.
When complicated with Chronic
Xasal Catarrh, its use ehould be
coupled with the use ef Dr. Sage's
Catarrh Remedy. Of all druggists.
Ta Horses, Cattle, Cheep, Ecs, Ses, :
500 Tage Beek Treatment ef Animals
ad 4 hart trai Tree,
ernes Fever,reavei leas.T nfla na 1 lea
A.A.ir.piaal Meaiaaiii. Milk Knrr.
It.H.firaia. Umnra, K heamatUas.
('.('.IMairnirr, Naaal Itiarbarara.
I.lHoia er ra.
K.F-.4'eaKba, Heaves, I'oeameela.
F.F. 4 'el ic er 4riae, Hellracbe.
Il.ll.l rlnary aad Rlaaey IHaeaaee.
.l.i.raiive Dleaw. Mstif.
J. K. Diseases ef Digeailea, Para lysis.
Single Bottle over SO doses). - . .fcO
stable Caar, with ftperlflm. ManuM.
Veterinary Cure Oil atxl Medical. 7.fM
Jar Veterinary Care Oil, . . 1.00
Sold by Drnt tista; or Pent Prersld sr. rah ere
and in an? ooannty on Beccipi 01 Price.
HTJM PHBETS' MEDICISE CO,
Corner William and John Sis, New York.
E0HX0FATHIC f f
laaeauyii. The eny m ' f il rr-nr4j lor
Nervous Debility, Vital Weakness.
nd Pro ration, from' oaar-work or other raaaet!
SI per viaLor vial sod larc vial xW.ir a.
Sold t Dnmotvr, or ami pmtpaM naraoeiut
of prise- 41 DM PHR ITS' MEDICINE CO.,
Cor. Wiliiam aad Joha Eta, If. T.
1Q) fv 4"
REGARDLESS OF COST !
NO HUMBUG !
t3?""We are compelled to
THE MOLINE WAGON.
Manufacturers ol FARM, SPRING and FREIGHT WAGONS
A full snd complete Use of PLaTTOBM aad other Sprltf WaroBa. eepeeSay dsrei Ike
Western trade. of rspenor workmaah:p aad laith. IlJetratea ITtr Lt free a
epplicattoa. See Us MOUNI VlttOS before parcaasc.
m r 1
HELP US MOVE
OUR STOCK OF-
f1 ff nsv
-THEY MUST BE SOLD-
move on account of Floor being
DAVIS & CO,
A templctc stock cf
Pip, Brass Goods, Packing,
Hos, Fire Brick, Etc.
Sole Afeeta for
DEAN STEAM PUMPS and
SIGHT FEED LUBRICA10RS,
We rrW erery or perfect, ted rUl ere! O f,
Tt:t day trial, to rrrpocsibW partM-a.
Pfetj nealicc Boikn and Coetractori for
furnifcblcg oi lajlnc Water, and
l?lt FtErr Arm,
Rock Ialaad Qiaoii.
Te3c?botc list. Eee!et Tlrjfee 130.
Goods received by
CALL AND XXAMIXE.
1622 Second Avenue.