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THE ARGUS. TUESPAliiDECEMBfili 20, 15yz.
Highest of all in Leavening Power. Latest U. S. Gov't Report
Alleged Poisoning Case in a
FOUR MEN DEAD AND THREE DYING
Remains Near the Couch of the
IHE THREAD OF LIFE STILL HOLDS,
Though It U Kvident. That It May Break
t An; Time A r'rlend'a Hopeless Com
ment on the ratieaVa Condition The
Physician Declines to Make Any Predic
tion of the Issue Doubt About the Char
acter of the Ailment Visit from a New
York K i pert The Es-Serretary Resting
Washington, Dec. 20. At 4 o'clock this
morning there was no indication of any
change in the situation at the Blaine resi
dence. WASHINGTON, Dec. :. The feature oj
yesterday at the Blaine mansion was the
rrival from New York of Dr. Loom is,
who has a wide reputation as an expert on
Blight's disease, fee and Drs. Johnson
and Hyatt held a Consultation and are re
ported to bare, agreed exactly as to the
trouble with the patient and the
correct treatment. At 11 a. m. they
issued a bulletin in which the
public was assured that Mr. Blaine was
In no immediate danger, bnt H was "im
possible to predict," eta Ane of the doc
tors added to this the hope he had that the
patient might improve sufficiently to be
taken to California.
All Quiet Twelve Honrs Later.
Mr. Blaine is resting easily," said Dr.
Johnston at midnight. In reply to the nsual
questioning. "Very much to my gratifica
tion I found him awake and apparently
cheerful. He had partaken of nourishment
throughout 'he evening, and the family
were also more cheerful Dr. Loom is'
speedy return to New York is evidence that
we do not consider Mr. Blaine in any im
mediate danger. This last call of mine was
not originally intended, but aa I was oat
with my family making social calls at a
xather late hour I thought 1 would run in
and see Mr. Blaine before retiring. During
my stay he conversed with me at consid
erable length and I shall, be greatly sur
prised if my services are needed at any time
during the night."
A Friend Who Is Not Hopeful.
A friend of the family stated that Mr.
Blaine is liable to a recurrent attack of
heart failure at any moment, and that the
family have been warned to prepare for the
worst when it comes. "When," said the
gentleman, "the physicians state that Mr.
Blaine is better they simply mean that lie
is alive, and that is about the true state
ment of his rendition. Cordials of a stimu
lative nature and othor liquid nourishment
ere given him at frequent intervals, and
these alone keep him alive. He lies help
less on his bed and cannot change his
posture without the aid of his attendant.
Mr. Blaine may not live twelve hours; he
may survive three or four days, but I
QUESTIONING THE DOCTOR.
Declines to Commit Himself or Say What
the Disease Is.
Dr. Johnston was asked if there was not
great danger of complications in Mr.
Blaine's case. He said there was, of
course, !'ns there always Ls when a person
is sick." He would not say that in Mr.
Blaine's case the danger was exceptionally
great, but admitted that a great deal de
pends on the next few days. "I do not re
gard Mr. Blaine as being in greater
danger of death today than I did
ten days ago." He was asked to give a
brfef and simple statement of the patient's
ease, but said he could not. It would take
half a column to explain the case.
Dnn't Relieve It Brlght's Disease.
One doctor who has frequently been
ailed to treat Mr. Blame and members of
bis family was asked a few weeks ago if
Blaine had Bright'B; disease. He said: "If
Mr. Blaine hud Bright'a disease I would
not tell you so. because that would be re
vealing a confidence coming to me iu my
capacity as Mr. Blaine's physician, but I
can tell you that Mr. Blaine has not got
Bright's disease and, although I have sub
mitted him to every medical test, I can find
nothing to iudicate any symptoms of that
One Important Symptom Missing.
Bright's disease in its last stages is gen
erally attended by coma, and in a majority
of cases the patient is nnconscious or deli
rious for a considerable time bt fore disso
lution sets in. The doctors in attendanee
on Mr. Blaine1 have repeatedly said In
answer to questions that Mr. Blaine retains
full consciousness and his mental faculties
are as keenly sensible as they ever were in
his best days. He undoubtedly realizes his
Crecnriotis condition and knows that Lis
old tin life is very frail indeed.
Drew Too Heavy On His Vitality.'
The origind trouble with Mr. Blaine,
according to a friend of tiie family, was
due to his exhaustive labors and the man
ner in which lie has leen drawing on the
future and exhausting his vitality. He
has for years been working under high
pressure, until his whole system has been
tired out und undermined. Growing out
of this exhaustive physical state have
risen complications. The weakest parts
were naturally the first to be affected and
the first local trouble was with the kidneys.
SLAVE MARRIAGES NOT BINDING..
The Apparent Meaning of an Illinois
ALTON, 111., Dec. 20. Jude Burroughs
has decided the famous Walker suit in
favor of Eliza, the second wife of the late
William Walker. The latter, before the
war, married a slave wife in Missouri, and
after two children were born he came to
Alton. Later his wife followed, but lived
apart from him. Walker then married in
legal form Miss Eliza Parsons. At his
death last fall the slave wife brought a
partition suit. This was based on a recent
statute of this state which removed the
uimiij,iim"K or lnnpntinra in tk.
svv iA.-c Kll
slave iuarnagiw inn ucicmw woa. enw
ground that tie statute was retroactive
and could not apply where a legal marriage
had been enter d into prior to the statute.
udge Bnrroiif hs was of the same opinion
tnd decided tin case, which now establishes
a precedent regarding slave marriages.
Shortage in a Hallway Onlee.
Cincinnati, Dec. 20. It is now stated on
good authority that the shortage in the
Louisville and Nashville freight office in
this city will be at least $50,000. Agent
McOourt was relieved a few days ago. Yes
terday Cashier Shotwell's successor was
appointed. The company has attached all
the real estate and other property of Mc
Court, placing .ta claim at .00O, but it is
not stated in tie suit that is the whole
KEEPING THEIR EYE ON THE MARKET
The Ti-easnry t Oleials on Ihe Qui Vive.Httt
' i. NtV-l jUpu. They Say.
Washington, Dec. a-. The treasury
department wa kept fully and promptly
advised of the progress of the stock market
in New York yesterday, and Secretary Fos
ter was in oonterence with his assistants
several times upon the situation. : After
the department closM the assistant secre
taries. Gear, Sraulding and Ijkmbertson.
gathered in thn secretary's room and dis
cussed the events of the day. There a reporter
for the United Press found them with no
indication of any excitement apparent.
The secretary snld, in answer to a question
based on a repcrt printed in New York
that be wasmu -h exercised over the matter
and intended to go over to New. York to
consult Xew York bankers: "I am not go
ing to-New York to confer with bankers or
any one else about the financial situation.
There is nothii g in it to warrant such ac
tion. The idea has not previously even oc
curred to me."'
The Treasury Is All Bight.
"You have nut iced the engagements for
gold shipments tomorrow and the panicky
feeling reported on the stock exchange?"
"Oh, yes. F ut there was a more com
fortable condition of things at the close,
you know. As to the gold situation iu the
treasury," continued the secretary, "we are
all right. Ist month the exports of gold
from this country amounted to $7,000,0)0,
but the treasury lost i(-0,000 only. The
reserve lim.t is fixed at $100,000,000, and I
have .'4 ,500,000 more than that. The re
sources of this country re greater and
more varied than most people know, and
the money that is paid to the treasury for
gold can be used for replacing the amount
sold. The money is needed west and south
to buy grain, ptovisious and cotton; and if
I can save a uim R00 or $000 on $I,0"0,000
be doesn't stop at giving me gold in New
York for currency laid down fur hii.i wher
ever he wants it. If they get us down in
this matter it will be only after a long fight
and a hard one.''
raying ar Debts Abroad.
"A man bci n e a box of cigais today,"
observed Assistant Secrctaiy Gear, "that
gold would be n a premium ia New York
today. I exra-ct to find t he cigars on the
table when I gel to my room."
"1 don't believe you will," sententiously
observed the secretary.
"If they are not there I'll go gunning
after them," sai l Governor Gear.
"But," lesumed Secretary Faster, -'if
it were not for t be scare that seems inevit
able in connet-tioii with the shipments of
gold abroad it would not be such a bad
thing after all. The balance of trade is in
our favor at i he iaie of tji.0iXi.0iX) a
month, and the gold will certainly find its
way back here. Last mn:ith we shipied
more provisions iiroad titan ever liefore
and I believe t:e showing fur li.'cemlier
will be as good. For evei-v $1,000,000 we
send out of the country we get in exchange
$1,000,000 worth of our indebtedness.
Willing to Bet Against a ;lil Premium.
"The best pnper on earih," interjected
Assistant Secret ary Gi-ar. Continuing the
secretary said: ' We have nearly $!i(iii,(loo,iiuo
of gold in the I' lit d States. Jf fUOO.oiJO.Ouo
were to go out it. would result in the reduc
tion of our public debt to that extent with
the accompauiii;; saving of interest on that
amount. 1 am -lot at all uneasy regarding
the situation, and if Governor Gear's
friend wants u renew his wager that gold
will be at a pemiuni liefore the 4th of
March I'll take t and double it afterwards
for the remainder of the fiscal year ending
June 30 nexl.r Theu the secretary and
Gear fell to exel anging observations on the
prosperous conditiou of the country as
shown in the purely agricultural portions,
notably Iowa, Governor Gear's own state.
The fount ry Store Kj-nipueium.
"Pork is worth a cent a pound more now
than it was a ye ir ago," said the secretary.
"Yes," assented Mr. Gear, "it was quoted
at $5.40 a hundred in my state the last time
I noticed the reports. That's a higher price
than the farmer ever got before except dur
ing the war, wh ;n it was paid for in a 40
"I've held a piece of land in Jones coun
ty, Iowa.," sail 1 the secretary, for twenty
years. Never could get an offer for it until
this fall, and I've just sold it forf'-iS an acre
"Well, you be it yourself by $15'an acre,"
remarked Mr. Gear. "It's worth at least
$40 an acre. Up in the northern tier of
counties of our state I located a quarter
section of land thirty-two years ago. Never
could have sold it for $500 until this fall.
Got an offer of $12,500 and let it go."
With these comfortable and consoling re
flections fresh ic their minds the secretary
and his assistant i separated.
Kxteuslon of Civil Servloe Reform.
Washington, Dec. 20. There is little
reason to doubt that the president will soon
issue an order extending the civil service
law and rules so as to include all letter car
riers and clerks in free delivery postoffices.
These offices now numbe.01 and give em
ployment to a bo at 11,200 curriers and 9,300
clerks, making 20,500 in all. Postmaster
General Wanan aKer in bis last annual re
port strongly recommended that this be
. done, and he alio included the clerks em
1 ployed in the division headquarters of the
inspection service at Boston, New York,
Philadelphia, Washington, Chicago, Cin
cinnati, SU Lot is, Chattanooga, New Or-
leans, Denver, K.elena and San Francisco.
A Dosen Others Very Sick Two Causes
Suggested for the Sickness, Arsenic and
Bad Sanitation The Symptoms, How
ever, Those of Arsenic Suspicion Cast
on the Free Labor of the Vicinity The
Coroner Investigating and a Chemist at
Uixkna. Ark., Dec. 20. There is great
excitement here over the sudden and unex
plained death of four convicts and the
probably fatal sickness of a dozen more, all
in the camp of S. M. Apperson, a contrac
tor who is doing work here for the St.
Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern rail
way. About llf) convicts were brought
here Dec. 13 under eharge of Captain Dud
ley, who is a boss for Contractor Apperson.
The men, under theescort of a dozen armed
guards, have been at work all the week
throwing up the road bed for the new
tracks of the railroad.
The Unemployed Protested.
There are a large number of unemployed
laborers in and around the city and they
protested very strongly against the intro
duction of convicts to do this work when
they were all .idle, and a numerously
signed petition was presented to one of
the county officers, but .of course he
could do nothing. The matter was
thought to have about died out, when no
less than eighteen of the convicts were
suddenly stricken Sunday morning with
an illness w hich is said to present strong
evidence of arsenical poisoning. Four of
(hem are now dead and three others will
be dead before long.
Believe the Food Was "Doped."
Mr. Apperson wo telegraphed for and
arrived yesterday. He at once had the
stomach of the first man who died re
moved and will subject it to a chemical
analysis to determine whether death was
produced by poison. Conversation with the
convicts reveals the fact that two theories
are entertained by them. The first ia that
the kettles in which their dally food ia
cooked and which are just outside the
guard lines and near the public road have
had arsenic th rown into them by some dis
satisfied negro laborer of the city or by a
confederate in the convict camp.
May Be Bad Sanitation.
The second is that impure water, improp
er food, miserable sanitation, and the bad
weather of the past few days have brought
on a contagious disease. All of the couvicts
are negroes except three or four, and they
are excited over the trouble. The men have
been working aukle deep In mud for the
past week. They are boused at night in
four or five box cars, fitted up with with
bunks and provided with stoves. Another
box car serves as a dining room and still
another as a kitchen. Meals are served on
an improvised table of boards which stands
on the ground in the fund alongside the
cars. The food is coarse but plentiful. It is
said to Is? very poorly cooked.
Ihe Coroner Invofctigates.
So far as the means provided go. Captain
Dudley appears to have made his men as
comfortable as possible, but the surround
ings, as they presented themselves yester
day afternoon iu a fearful downpour of
rain, were such as to appeal to the sympa
thies of the most callous-hearted. The
names of the dead men are: K, Lane, sent
up from Monroe county for nine years on
a charge of assault; Kiley Hayes, Ixuis
Iawrence and Henry Wicks, all negroes.
The coroner yesterday began an investiga
tion of the cause of the deaths and impnn
eled a jury, but adjourned to await the in
vestigation of the chemist who is analyz
ing the contents of the stomach of Robert
Lane, the first man n ho died.
THE WORST KIND OF THIEF.
He Who Is Trusted and Betrays the Trust
Reposed in Him.
CHICAGO, Dec 20. Federal officers have
placed under arrest a well-known post
oflice employe, a man of good family and
heretofore a!xve suspicion, on a charge of
robbing the United States mail. They
have recovered $S00 that was stolen between
Peoria. Ills, and La Crosse, Wis. , several
weeks ago, and believe this to be but a
small portion of the amount taken. The
prisoner was taken before United States
Commissioner Hoyne and committed in
bonds of $1,000 to await the trial, but ow
ing to prnliuble fatal sickness iu the man's
family the government authorities desire
to suppress the name for the present. A
full confession is in the hands of the de
partment and the stolen money was found
buried where the prisoner told the officials
he had hidden it.
The World's Fair Concession Case.
Ciiicaoo, Dec. 20. The committee ap
pointed by the board of control to look
into the matter of the award of the con
tract for printing the World's fair cata
logue to the W. B. Conkey company re
sumed its investigation yesterday. Di
rector Butler, who carried on the negotia
tions, repudiated the statement that
there was any job in the matter. He bad
carcfullly examined the situation and
found that Coukey's was the only firm
that had the plant to do the work. If bids
had been invited Conkey would have got
the concession at $i0,000 instead of $100,
000. One or two firms who were not asked
to bid testified, but admitted that they
would have had to form a stock company.
Trying to Ct-t Around the Constitution.
Washington. Dec. 20. In order to over
come the recent decision of Judge Gresham
declaring uncoustitutiinal that part of the
inter-state commerce law which gives the
commission authority to compel witnesses
to answer questions. Wise of Virginia,
chairman of the committee on inter-state
and foreign commerce, introduced a bill
defining the authority of the commission in
the matter. The bill is generally similar
to that introduced last week by Cullora ia
the senate for the same purpose.
The Dsmoerats Congratulated.
MelboL'KNE, Dec. 20. A meeting of ad
vocates of free trade was held here yester
day at which a resolution, offered by Sir
Henry Parkes, congratulating the Demo
crats of the United States upon their recent
electoral victory was adopted. Congratu
lations were alac cabled to President-elect
Big Fire at St. Louis.
St. Louis, Dec, 20. A fire, originating in
she Udell Woodenware company's build
ing last evening about 6:43 o'clock, de
stroyed the property situated in the terri
tory bounded by Washington, Locust,
Third and Fourth streets. Six firms were
burned out and the loss will foot up $450,-000.
APPROACH. It has been said, and no doubt
quite correctly, that
Have completely upset all former calculations in the selling price of Books
They come at it again on Monday morning with some new ones:
Full sets of Dickens, 15 Vols. $2.93; Washington Irving, complete, with life
of Washington,. 8 Volsn $3.97; Thackery, full sets, 10 Vols. $2.88; Ten Nights in
a Bar Room, cloth, 92c; joe's Boys, Ben Hur, Fair God, 97c; all of Louise M.
Allcott's works, t57 7
To fully emphasize, thefact that our store will be open evenings until Christ
mas, on Monday evening, from 7 till 9 o'clock, we will sell 100 large Juvenile
books, 156 pages, lots of illustrations, called "Pleasant-Stories" at 9c each.
Match them if you can for 25c elsewhere, remember for one evening only.
We have been having a tremendous sale on photograph albums. We think
it is because they are so cheap. Dolls, toys, games, and all kinds of playthings.
Never before was there such a demand for them, and never have we been able
to show so many, or so cheap. Handkerchiefs, linen, swiss and silk by the thous
ands, beautiful initial handkerchiefs at the price of plain ones. A half dozen of
these would make a most acceptable present for either a lady or gentleman.
Black dress silks for Christmas presents have long been most popular. This
year we show a larger line than ever before, many of the designs quite new.
What would be prettier for a real surprise Christmas present than one of these
handsome new black silk dress patterns?
Silk umbrellas for both ladies and men-JJIffyou want to make a present of
somethiog especially dainty, unique and useful, you should look through our
magnificent line of Silk Umbrellas, with all their varied novel styles of handles,
nothing more in good taste. The celebrated Bissell Carpet Sweeper is said by
many housekeepers to be a most timely Christmas gift. We have just received
a new lot of them, commencing at $1.87 and ranging upward in price
Wake up! . Get up! Buy an Alarm Clock, 69c, and 73c for the best, as a spec
ial offering until Christmas. Hundreds of other bargains which you must see
IheP ain Troth
Is good enough for Hood's Sursapirilla
there is no need of tmbei) shment or he"
sationalism. bimp y whu Hood's Sr
sipsnlld rioec, !!) tel a the suit? of i's
merit. If you h-,ve n-vr rewbzed is
benefits a single b"ttle wtli ronvmce you
it is a good medicine
The biphest rrsi-e hss been won by
Hood's Pilia for tbeir easv, vet tfflcient
action. Sold by all druggists Price
Charles B. Woolverton, of the Fort
Orange Millinery company, Albany, N. Y.,
was frightfully burn d by the fire which
destroyed tho company's mill. The prop
erty loss was $35,000, half insured.
The remains of Senator A. L. Gibson
were buried at Lexington, Ky. The serv
ices were Roman Catholic
The new coast defense vessel Monterey
has taken her trial trip, and the results
will be reported as sooa as the experts are
K. P. Chamberlain, the executor of the
George estate, who is missing at New York,
is found to be only $16,000 short, instead of
a million, which is pretty generc is of
Ch&mborlain aud lucky for the estate.
The Kansas Populists are going to erect
a Populist headquarters at the World's
Some people living in apartments at
New York were annoyed by boys playing
on a vacant lot next the building. After
exhausting all other efforts to stop the
row the aforesaid people poured acid down
on the boys, badly burning five of them,
and nobody knows who did it.
Thomas B. Kelly, entenced to the West
Virginia state prison for life for murder,
is collecting evidence that proves a clear
alibi for him, and has it almost complete.
Herr Most was publicly horsewhipped by
Emma Goldman at New York. The woman
is a friend of Uergman, whose shooting of
II. C. Frisk was discountenanced by Most.
Obituary: At London, Sir Richard
Owen, the famous specialist in anatomy,
aged M. At Cincinnati, George Center
Brown, a well-known newspaper man,
aged 50. At Kingston. Ont., J. K. Dun
ham, aged 75. At Baltimore, Captain
James C. Wheeden, aged 85. At Troy, N.
Y O. N. Van Sile. cashier of the City Na
tional bank. At Dayton, O., Chaplain
Four colored laborers got into a fight
during a drunken spree at Hog Ran, near
Walton, Ky. Two are dead and the others
Charles II. Schwann, living with his fam
ily in Milwaukee, was shot by his son Ed
ward for abusing his family while intoxi
cated. The Marquise de Mores is at Brussels suf
fering from a wound received in a duel with
a Parisian with whom the marquis had dis
Edward Stenger, a New York barber,
committed suicide by hanging himself in
Mrs. Gladstone, wife of the British pre
mier, is a registered voter at Niagara Falls,
Ont., where she owns three acres of land.
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noiilv Mbd found i woik mxrvelouf. "
No household is ron nleie without ft
nss. Sfcui.b: rt, 32 Norris rjt , Blto
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Our grand display of Holiday Slippers is now
ready, to which we invite your inspection.
Prices extremely low.
WTricrbLt & Greerjawalt,
1704 SECOND AVENUE.
We will occupy our new store, cor. of Fifth avenue
and Twenty-third St., and will be known as the
Fifth Avenue Pharmacy.
HOWST VON KOFCKRITZ. Pharmacist.
1722 and 1724 Second .Avenue.