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THE AIXGUS, THUliSDAX DECEMBEK za,
Highest of all in Leavening Power. Latest U. S. Govt Report
Dempse.artd Davidson Bear
EST THE HOMESTEAD POISON CASE.
Some Little Improvement in Mr.
OSLY A BEIEF HALT CN THE BO AD,
Tne End of Vhirh Is the finite-Nothing
Uopful in What the Doctor Says
Father Dooej In Town Again, bnt Betl
seut to a Decree Capital City Cleaning
Sherman' Nicaragua Canal Bill The
Western Senatorsliips The Treasury
Cold Beaerre Murder and the Supreme
Washington. Doc. 22. "Blaine is mncb
better this evening," said Dr. Johnson In
truly last night to the usual inquiry. "I
called to see Lim between 5 and 6 o'clock
tonight and found him exceedingly cheer
ful (or one In his condition. lie voice was
much firmer in tone and his eyes brighter,
la fact he is so much improved that I
fhall not repent my visit of this evening
unless summoned by the funiily, and that
I do not expect."
"Does Mr, Ilhdne sit up during any por
tion of the day?"
"Oh, yes. Mr. Blaine is much stronger
than the outside world has been led to be
lieve. In fuct his condition at no time has
been as critical as has been painted in the
newspapers. It is trne that Mr. Blaine was
tor a few minutes a very sick man at one
time Sunday last, but he was not as near
to death as believed by some. Mr. Blaine
Is still very 111. but he Is in no immediate
danger of death."
Decline to Look Into the Future.
"Do you think that Mr. Blaine's present
show of improvement will warrant his re
moval to a more congenial climate in the
After hesitating a few seconds the doctor
saidi "I cannot say as to that; it is useless
to look that far into the future."
While Mr. Blaine's physicians are as dis
creet in their utterances as men can well
be, their tone and manner of expression
an press those who converse with them
daily that Mr. Blaine's cuse is hopeless;
that while he is in no immediate danger
his nmh-dy must prove fatal, and that his
span of life is meusured by the progress of
the disease with which he is afflicted.
Another Visit from rather Docey.
Father Ducey, who, it was reported last
week, had called upon Mr. Blaine, came to
Washington again yesterday. It was ru
mored upon the occasion of his former visit
that he was hero to take Mr. Blaine into
the Roman Catholic church, and another
explanation of his presence in the eity was
to the effect that he was trying to brirg
about a reconciliation between James G.
Blaine, J., and his divorced wife, Marie
Jirvins. The latter story was denied by
the blair.es as well as by the divorced wife,
bat Father Ducey refused to talk.
et Them Kemuiin a Mystery."
He also maintained silence regarding the
story of his visit to Blaine, though this
stooy was denied at the Blaine residence.
Father Ducey, upon his arrival lust night,
was asked if he was here to call npon Mr.
Blaine, but declined to venture any ex
planation of his presence.
"Your frequent visits to Washington of
late seem to be involved in more or less
mystery," wan suggested.
"Well let them remain a mystery," re
plied Father Ducey.
Tot Unitf d Stales supreme court has r,rown
rrj tired of the practice which has sprung
up to a considerable extent in the last few
yeais of resorting to it us to an ordinary
court of resort in murder cases and of tiding
it fur the purpose oi delating theexetu
tion of the law on criminals by the making,
and repetition of making, of motions to the
com t (rained with the Hole object of delay.
Should this tihurp practiee on the part of
crirtiuul lawyers be tarried much further
it it not unlikely that the tvurt will make
an maniple of some very flagrant offender
that will have a wholesome effect on other
Lawyer Ten hall Hotter Look Ont.
A dispatch from Xew York announces
that Lawyer Peshall left Monday night for
Was nington to make a new motion before
the snpreme court in behalf of Hallinger,
the negro wife murderer who is under sen-
Hudson county, X.
tenet to be haugrd in
J.t oirfh'rtrtday of thi:
devic es of this sort Pe-shall has staved off
Bollinger's death for some time. The al
leged ground of his latest action is that the
court had failed to ask Hallinger for the
fourth time what he had to say why sen
tence of death should not be pronounced,
the d ite of death having been changed for
the third time. Peshull's reception is likely
to be frigid.
REPUBLICAN STEERING COMMITTEE.
NICARAGUA CANAL BILL.
Vavorably Beported in the Senate Points
of the Measure. i
Washington, Dec. 22. The Nicaragua
canal bill which has held the attention of
the foreign relations committee since the
beginning of the session, has at last been !
completed and was yesterday favor- I
ably reported by its author, Sherman, who !
gave notice in the senate that be would
call it tip at an early date and endeavor to
secure t prompt action upon It. The new
bill is drawn on substantially the same
lines as the bill reported from the commit
tee to the last congress, including, an it
does, a proposition to guarantee bonds of
ute company to tne extent oi luu,uuu,ouu
to aid in the construction of the canal.
Secures the Government Better.
The new bill, however, contains some ad
ditions which materially increase the obli- I
gations of the company aa well as the se
curity of govern ineut. For instance, in the
second Bed ion the real and personal prop
erty and franchises of the company are in
cluded in the liabilities. In the third sec
tion it is provided that all of the stock here
tofore subscribed for or issued shall be
ailed in and cancelled; that all bonds
issued shall be redeemed and, cancelled and
that all outstanding obligations shall be
satisfied tfefore the act takes effort. The
bouds are made redeemable at the pleasure
of the United States after 1DU3.
Cnele Hani's IUglit of Foreclosure.
The section requiring the company to ex
ecute a mortgage to the United States aa
security for tue guarantee is amended by
the addition of a clause requiring the mort-
f nge to contain a provision for a sinking
uud for the payment of the bonds at ma
turity. An additional clause to section six
f the old bill provides that if the company
defaults in the payment of interest or in any
other respect, before the canal is put into
operation, the right of foreclosure shall at
uce attach iu favor of the United States.
The action authorizing the secretary of the
treasury to deliver to the company bonds
equai to tne expenmtnre prior to January.
18V3, is amended by requiring the company
to first satisfy all liabilities and to accept
the provisions of the act by resolution of
An Important Provision.
One of the most important provisions is
one giving to the United States ten of the
ttf teen directors, to be appointed by tbe
president of the United States, not more
than five from any one political party.
The amount of stock is limited to $100,000
The president of the United States or his
proxy is given oowex to vote the stock held
in this country's name.
Limit of raUenee.
XV sri-v-v "Tr.- ,n
II W 111 Give Morul Support to North
Washington. Dec. 22. The Republican
senate caucus met yesterday in the room of
the ct'iiimittee on claims and discussed the
si tout ion in the northwestern states, where
the el action of United StaU$ senators will
soon 1 held. The full committee, com
posed of Hoar, McMillan. Chandler, Teller,
and Mitchell, were present. A free and
full d:scussion of the situation was had,
aud it was decided to give tbe Republicans
of the states in question all the moral sup
port possible, aud to urge the Republicans
to wt tch over every move made by the
Demo-rats with a view to securing Demo
Chundler Against Dickinson.
rI do not consider the chances of the
Demc-irats in seating forty-four senators to
be one in a hundred." said Clinndler. talk
ing about the situation. -The Republicans
now h ive a majority of 8 and it will take
four Democratic senators to overturn it.
The oily sure additional votes they will
have v ill be ihe senators from New York
aud Wisconsin. If Mr. Kyle is not to 02
counted with the Democrats they will have
but forty-one members; if he is with them,
forty-two. la some of thee states which
the Deaiocrats are claiming the Republi
cans Lave an absolute majority, and in
others it appears that the Ptpiiiis;s have
the balance of power. It is the intention of
the Re lublic ius t j insert the right of the
people of the respT.tive states to elect their
senators aocoidiug to the expressed -.vill o:
the pec pie."
THE GOLD IN THE TREASURY.
Export to Luroj) Make a Hi; Hole
Washington-, Dec. 2a. The treasury
statement issued yesterday shows that
there was a net loss of gold by the treasury
department w ithin the past ten days of
tJ,r.20,9i7, making the total net gold and
bullion in the treasury yesterday $119,284,
194. The lowest point reached by the
treasury in gold holdings this year wns on
July 80. when it had fallen to $110,444,000.
The cmtoina receipts at New York for the
first tw-nty uiiys of this mouth aggregate
(r,053,S' 1, an increase over the correspond
ing poriid of IM'1 of neatly $1,750,0J. It ,s
noticeable.however.thi-.t these customs due-s
were paid largely in I.'nited State? notes
and trej.sury notes !! per cent, being in
these nttes while iu lslil 5s per cent, of I
the dues were paid in sold certilicates and
per cent, in United Ptates notes and
Senate and Hn-e Doings.
Washington, IVc. The senate was
session yesterday during fuur hours and a
half, three-fourths of that time being de
voted to speech-making. The oratory was
on the McGurrahitn claim, the anti-option
bill and on the latter Palmer finished his
speech aud Peffer commenced. Peffer's
opening remarks were to the effect that
nine-tenths of the farmers wanted a bill of
this kin 1 and that is what he is there for.
McPheruin offered a resolution to suspend
silver bullion purchases. The concurrent
holiday resolution was adopted.
In tbe house there was no quororn, as
was developed in the first vote on the light
house u n, ana tne nouse aajournea.
The Forestry Association.
Washington. Dec S3. At the meeting
yesterday of the Forestry association,
officers lor the ensuing year were elected
as folloT-s: president, Hon. S. J. Morton,
Nebrasl a; treasurer, H. M. Fisher, Penn
sylvania; recording secretary, Dr. N. H.
Egglestcn, Washington; corresponding sec
retary, J, D. W. French, Massachusetts.
The arbor day committee comprises Dr. H.
B. C. Northrup, chairman; J. T. liolhrock,
S. J. Morton, William Little and N. H.
The Blue Book Is Popular.
WabtdnqtoN. Dec 83. The most popu
lar government publication just now is the
"blue btok," or official register. It con
tains the names of all the government offi
cials and employes and the amount of sal
ary attached to the offices they hold. The
office-see Iters from various parts of the
country are beginning to send in requests
to their respective congressmen for this
publication, and the large edition gotten
out last immmer is already exhausted.
Literally Cooked AUn.
SPBINC FIELD, O., Dec. 23. A crude oil
tank at P. P. Masts & Co. exploded
yesterday morning, throwing burning oil
over a number of employes. William
Kohler was practically cooked alive. Ha
jumped into a tub of water to put ont tbe
flames aitd his skin peeled off like the bark
from a tree Tbe accident was caused by
an oil pipe breaking in the boiler room.
Foreman John Kelly was slightly burned
in putting out the flames. Kohler's agony
was horr.ble to witness
A Statement That Thirty-two Men Were
Done to Death by the Conpirators and
That Many Others Will Die The Same
Flan Itesorted to at a Ilrick and Tile
Works in Ohio The Convict .Outrage
at Helena -Other Deaths.
PlTTSBUBO, Dec 22. True bills wert re
turned by the grand jury yesterday against
Hugh F. Dempsey, Robert Beatty and J.
M. Davidson for felonious assault and bat
tery in administering poison to the non
union men at the Homestead steel works.
It is likely that the trials of these cases will
take precedence over the other Homestead
cases. The bill is returned for the poison
ing of William E. Griffiths and other per
sons, names unknown. At the request of
the district attorney Dr. Purman and
Druggist Schafler. of Homestead, whose
names have been connected with the alleged
poisoning, called at his office yesterday.
They had a )onst private talk. The district
attorney would only say that the talk de
veloped nothing. The story that the Car
neerie people knew what drug was used is
said to be a romance.
Thirty-tw Deaths Can Med.
Edward O. Christy, of the Carnegie Steel
company said: "So far as we -have been
able to learn the number of persona who
died from the effects of poison number
thirty-two. but many other workmen,
seme of whom will appear at the trial, are
dying on their feet. Since we have heMtn
this investigation we have been startled by
the number of letters we have received
from every rart of the country, written by
non-union workmen who became sick of
the prevailing complaint at Homestead
and went to their homes. Many are yet
sick, and all are confident that they were
poisoned. There were altogether 4,000
men employed by the Carnegie Steel com
pany during the strike, and of these over
2,000 beanie sick. Some died and many
were for weeks on the edge of the grave."
STARTLING STORY FROM OHIO.
The Wr at Brick and Tile Works
"Doped" with Croton OIL
East LivkuPool, O., Dec 83. A start
ling story comes from New Cumberland, a
West Virginia town, fourteen miles below
this city. Some time ago the management
of the extensive brick aud tile works of the
John Porter company determined upon a
reductijn of wages,- which resulted in the
importation of a horde of Hungarians to
take the places of the former employes.
For a time everything moved smoothly,
but finally the men began to complain of
sickness, and it is said several of them
The Water Suspected.
Then it came to lie suspected that the
water used for drinking purposes, which
w as kept in open barrels, had been tam
pered with, Mid the su;ierinUmdent pro
cured a small bueket of water for analysis,
which he carelessly placed on a chair in the
office, and t hree of the office employes,
thinking that it was set there for drinking
purposes, drank copiously of it and at
once became deathly sick, and came near
dying. The attending physician pronounced
the poison croton oil, nd it is evident that
an attempt at wholesale poisoning of two
or three hundred Hungarians had been
The Outrage at Helena.
Litti.K Rock, Ark., Dec. 23. The con
victs driven out of Phillips county by as
sassins have reached the state penitentiary
in this city. Oue death occurred on the trip
and another poor wretch succumled to the
deadly arsenic yesterday, making eight
death? in all since Monday. Twelve others
and three guards are dangerously ill in the
penitentiary hospital, and but little hope is
entertained for their recovery. S. M. Ap
person, the eniteiitiary lessee, announces
that he intends to take a new crew of con
victs to Helena, complete the work, and
run down the culprits. The cook is sus
pected. FATAL HEAD-END COLLISION.
An Engineer Cut to Fieees aud
Others Badly Hurt.
Kansas ClTT", Dec 22. A serious head
end collision occurred at Lenexa on the
Kansas City, Fort Scott and Mempirs rail
road yesterday between a north bound
freight and the M. K. and T. south-bound
passenger. Engineer Souerland, of the
passenger train, was ins tat !y killed. Some
were seriously wounded and several slight
ly. The two engines were completely de
molished and Souerland was instantly cut
to pieces ben oath the ruins. Express and
baggage cars were torn to splinters and an
immigrant car attached to the freight train
was, completely demolished. -
list of the Worst Injured.
Those most Beriously injured are: Fire
jnon Boyts, of the passenger train, out in
the bead and badly bruised; C. B, Torrey,
Prescott, Kau., badly hurt in the back; F.
G. Torrey, Prescott, Kan., both legs badly
hurt; Mrs. S. A. Robinson, Acorn, Cat, hurt
in neck and shoulders; Route Agent S. It.
Bcckwith, Ottawa, Kan., bad internal in
juries; G. R. Childs, Kansas City, Mo.,
badly scalded. Charles Goldeagle, traveling
newspaper artist, hurt on head.
THE FURORE IN FRANCE.
A Great Time for Alarmists, Who Have
tbe Republic ' Doomed.
Paeih, Dec 22. France that is to say
Paris is in a fearful stew because a doEeu
or so of the members of the chamber are
charged with bribery and other things in
connection with the Panama canal scandal.
The alarmist "special" is in his element
and predicts a reign of terror, the guillo
tine, etc, with great confidence. Mean
while the duello is called upon to settle
little difficulties where one statesman calls
another a liar in the chamber.
Delourede and Clemenoeau,
That ia what Clemeuceau and Delourede
are talking aDotifc Tut conditions are that
pistols shall be the weapons aud each shall
advance to within five paces. Both declare
they will fight to the death, but the matter
is now in the hands of a jury of honor to
see who was the offender, and no blood has
been spilled yet
Going to Advocate Annexation.
Toronto, Out., Dec 22. The first issue
of an evening paper called The Sun made
its appearance here last night. Its avowed
object is to advocate the annexation of Can
ada to the United States. In its salutatory
ii says tnat it will advocate annexation as
the beat thing for Canada.
APPROACH. It has been said, and no doubt
. 'y ,
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 lifc
of Washington, 8 Vols. $3.97; Thackery, full sets, 10 Vols. $2.88; Ten Nights in
a Bar Room, doth; 92c; Joe's Boys, Ben Hur, Fair God, 97c; all of Louise M.
Allcott's works, 97c. . 2
To fully emphasize the fact 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" If you 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
1720, 1722 and 1724 second J- rLCf.
Lawler's i'etition Is on nnd.
Washington, Dec. 2J. One of the earli
est Illinois petitions for office to reach
Washington is that, of ex-Congressman
Frank Lawler. Iavtler's printed circular
settiug forlh Lis claims got, in yesterday,
aud it was studied with more or less inter
est by some of tbe ex-congressman's former
colleagues. The circular, in tbe shape of a
petition, is addressed u "The Hon. Gruver
Cleveland, president., ;i.l Uie Pusturtster
General, Washington, D. V."
Kod action of .Salaries.
Washington, Dec. Si Tbe reduction of
salaries of officers and employes in the im
migration servioe will take effect Jan. 1.
The scaling of all salaries above $1,000 per
annum includes, of course, the salaries of
the commissioner and tbe assistant super
intendent of immigration at New York.
To secure - a noimal regular tissue
chance throughout the bo;'y. use Brsn
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ma in CO"8'n Is )ToeeedlDP waste or
tissue and its regeneration. Brsndieth's
Pills are the best solvent of the products
of dUinteeration of the tissues and in
creases thiir eiasticity. Tbey sre an al
terative td eliminative nmav. woicn
allay irritatien and remove obstruction
by aidioR oatuie. aod are of great benefit
in casts of umporarv sou u''u. .Uu-
Mipation. vorp d liver. blliousneM. bed
sche. indigestion. rfctumstLfia end ds
ecges arising (mm an impure state of the
Mood.. , . . ,
, Brsndreth's Pills are purely Testable,
abso utely harmltss, and safe to take
any time. ..
Clergymen's rsrauts for 1898-
e.. ouutP .r,it R..C.R &N raii-
wsvs will issue bo balf-f.re permi to.
189S to nainiuters ana oiner nun
same, residing in DsTenrort. Rock M
and ad Moline. III. Joiuv
titling the bolder to travel at bslf-rat
ovtr C..R I & U. K . -
a. r -A DI A H railwavS Will IX wsuru
Ol.ll.SUU M ,.w -f
by tbe undersigned only, and applications
for same should no niea a onto -
H Tt..ckwe41. tii ket agent depot foot of
Twentieth street, or
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Kxsarsion (Kates for., t ni U tanas aad Kew
sv. lYear. ... -
The C, M. & 8t. P. railway i'.l wll
excursion liikus for on fare and rre
ihirrt Twke's on s-e Dec. S4 b. 25tb
2ib sari 81st end Jn 1st aid 8 M
in return up o srd inrl dun Jn. 81.
1893 lirke's o,rt wi'hin ari're-o'
200 mile F D Foiaies. AgU
Our grand display of Holiday Slippers is now
ready, to which we invite your inspection.
Prices extremely low.
AAriorlTt & Oreerieivgilt.
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.
WWS7 VnN KOKCKRHZ. Ph armaria'.
I rt tfclnhlilmit.
Owicff to ihe thiDB t.t tbe ttriogf srir
of isvifstc.il. U.e Huri'igicn.
Rv wis & North rn raiUay will lofd inn
car- anJ ff rwfid promptly all freight for
tbe Tor'h and ncrbwys'. Tbis will b
r,.,n ihP n t R I. & P. fr-iebt de-
Islsrd V V BBAPP.
V General Agent
laveiipurt trains, uy"
While ibe bnom is cl d '.be C.B I.
& P. wilt run trMos t D nort e- r
hour, n mrr" B 80 a I". b
last train leaves Rock Island at 8:30 P.
m. Returning train leaves Davenport on
even hours.. ' F.H.PLCancEK,