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NEWS OF NEBRASKA.
FRUIT Cnop. Mr. Day , ot
Burt county , writes that apples will be
half a crop , plums , Miner , very full , other
kinds one-half ; raspberries and blackberries ,
one-half ; strawberries were tho best crop
ever had. His grapes will not be moro than
one-fourth , the Janesville being tho best.
He thinks tho trees were left in a depleted
condition last fall from an over-crop and
Buffered from the severe winter. Although
they were full of bloom they had not sufli-
centstrength to bear fruit.
Mr. McVicker , of North Bend , Dodge
county , reports the fruit crop in that vicin
ity is a full average but not uptolastyear.
Summer apples are bearing heaviest. Tran
scendent and other crabs aro loaded.
Raspberries , grapes and currants , good
crop. Cherries , light ; strawberries , a fair
yield. Reports from the northern part of
the county arc about as above stated.
Trees have suffered some from the blight ,
especially winter varieties , Ben Davis being
Mr. Allan is receiving * complaints about
trees dying after the hard winter and says
his observations and reports from
growers show that the bark of tho
trunk turns black , shrivels and cracks.
The tree has sufficient life to put out leaves
and blossoms but sickens and dies before
midsummer. The bark on the south side
is affected first , but when a tree by acci
dent leans to the south it escapes. An old
fruit raiser says ho noticed the fact some
years ago when the trees suffered after a
severe winter. There was a warm spell in
March , succeeded by hard freezing weather.
This would indicate that the sap on the
' south side of the tree , influenced by tho
P. sun , had commenced to rise , and was sub
sequently frozen between the wood and the
bark , detaching tho latter and causing its
death. Mr. Allan thinks mulching after
the ground is hard frozen will be found to
be the remedy. By this means the time of
leafing and blooming may be retarded two
weeks and the crop also be out of danger
from such late frosts as Nebraska had the
Cherry trees , which are reported dying in
some localities , are early and heavy bear
ers , hence short lived. He refers to an
orchard of 150 trees he visited a year ago
in Iowa. The trees had been planted fif
teen feet apart , were then eight to ten
inches in diameter , and had borno large
crops. On inquiry of the owner as to the
cause of their dj'ing condition , he replied ,
"Starved to death ; they have eaten up all
the tree food in the soil. " Omaha Repub
Doons MUST SWING OUT. County Judge
ft - Parker , who always has the welfare of the
public in view , called the attention of a
Journal reporter yesterday to the fact that
in many of the public buildings now in
process ol erection the doors are made so
as to open inward , contrary to the statutes
in such cases made arid provided.
The judge has taken it upon himself to
notify some of the contractors that they
will have to change their plans , and in so
doing he has found that ignorance of the
existence of the statute is quite general.
For the benefit of those who may still
be in the dark in regard to the matter we _
quote section 1. chapter 70. of the com
piled statutes of 1SS3 touching on tho
subject. The law may be found on page
SECTION 1. That all public buildings now
in process of construction , or hereafter to
be built or constructed , which may or
shall be used for. churches , school-houses ,
operas , theatres , lecture rooms , hotels ,
public meetings , town halls , or which may
or shall be used for any purpose whereby a
collection of people may be assembled
together for religious worship , amnsernent ,
instruction , or other purpose , shall be so
builc and constructed that nil doors lead
ing from the main hall or place where said
collection of people may be assembled , or
from the principal room which may be used
for any of the purposes aforesaid , shall be
BO swungupontheir hinses and constructed
that they shall open outward , and that all
means of egress for the public from the
main hall , or principal room , and from the
building , shall be by means of doors which
shall open outward from the main hall or
building. Lincoln Journal.
THE STATE IN BRIEF.
. THE creamery at South Auburn , an fai
Btitution that was turning out about 2,500
pounds of butter per day , was destroyed
by fire last week. It was partially de
A SWEDE near Blue Hill was waylaid by
five highwaymen for tho purpose of rob
bery. Finding nothing of value on his
person they killed him in a brutal mauncr.
THE fire department of Schuyler pre-
aented J. T. Clarkson with a gold-headed
' A. cane on the Fourth.
* A PARTY of Beatrice citizens seized a
house "of ill-fame in that moral town , the
other night , and held the inmates in quar
antine until the police arrived.
L. D. WIUJAMS , of Dodge county , in
forms the North Bend Flail , that cattle are
dying in his vicinity of an unknown dis
ease. The head and throat swell aud they
run at the nose. Those that run at tho
nose most freely are doing best. It is af
* S * > < ? J fecting several herds in the vicinity.
ABSESSOBS of Douglas county found only
1,537 dogs. Ten times as many can be
counted any day in the city of Omaha
A BEFOHM movement has taken hold of
Hastings , the city of late being freer from
vice than for many months previous.
THE Schuyler Herald says the Iarg
English draught horse , owned by Babcock
Bros. , became angry while being groomed ,
and , seized the groom , Charles Grcenleaf ,
by the left leg a little abovo tho knee ,
lifted him over into the manger. So tcna
cious was tho animal of his grip that his
nose had to be seized and breathing stopped
before he would release the unfortunate
man. Upon examination no broken , bones
were found , but the horse's teeth had lacer
ated the flesh ot the leg so badly that it
made a very painful and serious wound.
Tire Central City board of education witf
employ no teacher hi its schools who does
not hold a certificate of first grade.
DR. REUT exhibited to tho Ainsworth
Journal a monstrosity in the shapo of a
pig. It was horn on the premises of P. P.
Shodc. It has the nose of an nntcater , the
cars of an elephant , but connected beneath
the neclc , with its eyea about the HJZC of a
marble and low down on the nock , aud
xninns mouth and vertebra.
BEATRICE people aro a little disappointed
about the census. It was expected to show
a population in that city of 0,000 , but the
returns aro hardly equal to this. *
BOOHS county has organized an agricul
tural society and will hold a fair this fall.
LADIES of the Christian church nt Fair-
bury netted $80 on the * th inst. with their
dinner and supper tables.
Two more saloons have been added to
tho business of Humphrey , putting $1,000
in the town treasury.
THE store of Hill Bros. , Plainview , was
broken open last week and some goods
taken. The thief is believed to have an
abiding place in the town , and it is only a
question of timo when he will be unearthed.
MR. G. D. MILZ.EII , who resides near Deer
creek , northwest of Arapahoe , met with
quite an accident while crossing that
stream. The bridge gave way , precipitat
ing team , wagon and driver to the bottom
of the creek , a distance of twenty-nine feet ,
with the result of "stoving up" Mr. M. and
his horses as well as wrecking tho wagon.
THE daily output of the Fairmont cream
ery is about 300 pounds daily.
HASTINGS proposes to claim third in the
matter of population until the returns are
all in , which will doubtless be several weeks
WASHINGTON special : Patents were issued
to the following Nebraska inventors : D.
Bartholomew , Red Cloud , threshold ; G. B.
Dawson , O'Neill , milk cooler ; F. Dean ,
TitE round-up season will be completed
about the 2Qth of this month and the rail
ways are preparing for the active work of
the shipping season. The Union Pacific ,
which taps the greater portion of the Ne
braska range region and is Wyoming's only
eastern outlet for her great beef product , is
equiping its cattle rolling stock in readiness
for big business.
THE servant girl of a wealthy farmer liv
ing near Fremont has sued the old Lothario
for $5,000 damages.
THE man recently found dead in1 an.oat
field near Orleans with a bullet hole
through his head is said to be William T.
St. Clair , a soap penman and window dec
THE canning factory has opened in grand
style in Beatrice.
THE solid men of Fullerton propose to
bridge the Loup at that place.
TRIAL of the postoffice riot case at Hoi-
drege has been postponed to August 4th.
OMAHA took fifteenth place last week in
the United States clearing house list , with
a total of § 2,865,711. The next in order
is Minneapolis , with § 2,323,000. Stretch
ing along behind are Cleveland , Columbus ,
Hartford , Indianapolis aud seven other
MANAGERS of the Omaha exposition are
making efforts to secure the presence of the
celebrated trotters , Phallas , Jay-Eye-See
and Maud S. ,
HOT weathar has been prevailing through
out the state and corn is coming forward
at an amazing pace.
WortK np'on the Adams county f.-iir
grounds is to be commenced at once and
Tun Auburn creamery , burned last week ,
had an insurance of § 2,500.
NIHAMA county will have a fair at
Auburn this fall.
E. W. BAAXD.M , of Liberty , was thrown
in front of a , reaper by a runaway team and
mi rowly escaped death. Oneheel was cut
off and he was otherwise bruised.
THE little child of JohnRestle , of OmaHa ,
waB terribly scalded last week by the over
turning of a po * of boiling coffee.
THE legislature ol 1875 passed an act
authorising county commissioners to ap
point an undertaker in each county to
take charge of and bury the bodies of de
ceased soldiers and sailors when notified so
to do , allowing a charge not to exceed § 35
for each burial , to be paid from the county
THE village of Dorchester has a popula
tion of 1,344.
THE Thompson & Huston Electric Light
company have openedfor business in
THE negro Webster , reported killed "by
the city marshal of Hastings , is recovering
from his wounds.
WEST POINT'S completed census shows a
population of 1,680.
DIPHTHEUIA , which has brought mourn
ing to many households in Kearney the
past year , is still prevalent in that locality.
THERE is talk of bridging the Missouri at
Nebraska City. Soundings have been made
both above and below the town.
SENATOR VAN WYCK is having his Ne
braska home fitted and furnished in ele
gant style , as if he means to stay at home
for a few months.
RUSHVILLE scooped Gordon on its Indian
display July Fourth , and is correspond
AT the reunion races to commence at Be
atrice , September 9 , prizes to tho amount
of § 1,500 are offered.
A SNEAK stole a § 150 gold watch from
Mrs. Crittenden , of Lincoln , while that
lady was industriously attending to her
THE Beatrice Republican asserts that th
B. & M. and U. P. railways give Lincoln
better freight rates by. 30 per cent than any
town in the state.
THE special committee appointed by the
40th congress to investigate the Indian
problem rendezvoued in Omaha tho other
day previous to an extended tour of in
spection among the Indians. The commit
tee consists of Messrs. Holman , of Indiana ;
Hatch , of Missouri ; Peal , of Arkansas ;
Cannon , of Illinois , and Ryan , of Kansas ,
the first three being democrats , the two
AT Hastings on the 15th a Mrs. Finley ,
living in tho southwest part of town , was
struck and instantly killed by lightning.
She was working in the garden when the
flash came. There was no storm , but a
dark and threatening cloud hung off north.
Only a few drops of rain fell and the sun
was shining at tho time.
THE Red Cloud creamery made 14,670
pounds of butter during June.
AN attempt was lately made to chloro
form L. K. Bell and wife , of Ashland. Rob
bery was the object.
LYDIA BRIELY was the name of the young
woman who suicided at Columbus a few
days ago. Nothing was found to assign
any motive for the rash act.
THE Schuyler Herald says that never in
the history of Colfax county have the pros
pects for good crops been more flattering
than at tho present time.
Dn. LYNN , city physician of Hastings ,
has extracted one of tho balls placed in
tho colored soldier at Hastings some days
ago by the marshal and his little revolver.
The wounded man is in a fair way to re
BURGLARS forced an involuntary loan ol
a hundered dollar watch and a five dollar
bill from Mr. James Brown , of Beatrice ,
the other night.
Blair reports tho recent racing there to
have been the first honest , legitimate rac
ing ever held in that town.
THE number of school children in Gage
county is 8,314 , and the apportion to tho
county is § ,355.57.
MRS. H. NOUNAMAKER is a petitioner for
the postoffico at Arlington.
THERE is some complaint of rust in wheat
fields of Washington county.
THE ladies of the Episcopal church at
Beatrice are taking steps to build a rectory
for Rev. Hamel , and have already about
$1,000 raised for tho purpose.
THIRTY thousand dollars will be expended
on improvements on Fort Niobrara this
Two occupants of tho Central City jail
made a break for liberty the other day ,
but were overhauled before getting far from
town and returned to prison quarters.
PREPARATIONS for the fair at Lincoln go
forward with vigor. Tho management aro
determined on success and will labor un-
ceasiiigly to this end from now until Sep
THE session laws of 1885 have been for
warded to the various county clerks to bo
distributed to county and precinct officers.
CHDAR county is credited with having
paid § 10,000 state taxes last year.
THE Lincoln live stock commission has
requested Governor Dawea ' , o issue his
proclamation prohibiting tn ! > importation
into this state of all cattle from the states
of New York , New Jersey , Delaware , Mary
land , Virginia , West Virginia , Ohio , Illinois ,
Kentucky , Tennessee , Missouri and the
District of Columbia. It is the purpose of
the commission to keep out all diseased
cattle and to eradicate it from this state.
NELIGII has no saloons , but the town
board has granted permits to the drug
stores to sell liquors.
WATNI : county has a population ol
OMAHA employs 150 teachers in its pub
DAWES county , recently organized , cast
049 votes'at its first election.
THE Dodge county fair will be held at
Fremont , September 8 , 9 and 10.
THE Chadron Brick company fired its
first kiln of 100,000 brick last week.
THE contract for building the insane asy
lum at Norfolk has been awarded to Mr.
King , of Brooklyn , Iowa , who is said to
be a prominent and highly reputable
IT is said of the woman killed by light
ning at Hastings the other day , that she
has often been heard to express the wish
that her death might be swift and painless.
She was about sixty years of age , anil
leaves a husband and seven grown up
children to mourn her loss.
THE treasurer of Sherman county is said
to be short in his accounts about $10,000.
It was surmised some time ago the treasur
er's accounts were not well "balanced , " and
the county commissioners ordered an in
vestigation , but through the influence of
friends it was for a time quashed , but the
final result came with unerring aim. The
county will lose nothing , as Mr. Wilson
turned out all his property and his broth
ers made up the deficiency.
AX A11RAXT IGTATE.
A Swindler Caught in Milwaukee Who
Proves to be a Xottd Forger and Confidence
Milwaukee dispatch : Harry C. Stewart ,
alias H. S. Cummings , alias H. S. Dale , who.
was arrested in this city yesterday , is be
lieved to be a noted forger and confidence
man. Stewart for some time past has
made his headquarters at the Kirby house
in this city , and it is said has systemati
cally swindled persons in Wisconsin , Illi
nois , Iowa and Michigan , through the me
dium of advertisements in Chicago papers.
His plan was loadvertiseforabookkeeper ,
cashier , etc. , and on various pretenses
secure a remittance of § 5 or § 10 from each
applicant. The extent of his fraudulent
operations is unknown as yet , but they
are believed to be quite large. Checks
on the First National bank of thb
city found on his person show him to
be a forger also. On being questioned
he said his right name was Harry C. Stew
art , but that he had registered as H. S.
Cummings. On his person were also found
several private letters , memoranda , cards ,
etc. , all bearing the name of Harry C.
Stewart. The cards indicated him to be a-
dealer in wines , liquors and cigars at 157
East Washington street , Chicago , and his
residence as 209 East Randolph street.
Among the papers was a telegram , dated
Chicago , July 9 , as follows :
H. C. Stewart , Plankinton House , Mil
waukee Brother is dead ; you will hear
from me by mail. ( Signed ) ESIMA.
The prisoner declined to say anything re
garding his transactions , but sufficient
proof thpt he has been carrying on exten
sive swindling operations was found on his
person. The letters were from persons in
Wisconsin , Iowa , Illinois and Michigan.
The police are looking for his baggage. He
will be held until his case is fully investi
It is suggested that the mucilage on
2-cent fetamps ba flavored with Itmon
aud on the "ones" with vanilla , as a
needed reform in the department
Heroic JD ath of Two Firemen In
Albany dhnatch John A. Laby , tho "Stal
wart" politician recently removed from the
position of surveyor of customs , and Daniel
Wheeler were killed at a fire early on the T2th
In the piano factory of Broadman * & Gray.
E. J. Wallen will not survive and Rufus K.
Townsend , son > of Adjutant General Franklin
Ton nsend , also raceived fatal Injuries. At 2
a. m. , flames were discovered shooting out
from tbe rear of the piano factory and the liv
ery stable of A. W. Burch adjoining on North
Pearl street , near Livingstone avenue.
When the department arrived the fire had
made such heauuay that it was impossible to
S.IVP either building. 'Ihestable two-story
frame building , 147 feet In depth contained
twenty-eight horses , ten coaches , two hearses ,
several other vehicles , and a large quantity
of hay and feed. Five animals were rescued ,
but everything else was destroyed. The piano
factory was a four-story brick structure , 110
feet deep. The first floor was used for the
oilice and showroom , where a number of
pianos were awaiting shipment. In the rear
were the engine and'the drying-room , and the
upper stories were fixed lor 'manufacturing
and were filled with lumber. Nothlusr was
saved from tbe factorwhirh burned like a
tinder box. Several wooden buildings on
either side were destroyed. William Kil-
bourne barely escaped from his residence with
his wife and child.
While the conflagration was at Its height
pipemen from steamers NOB. 2 and 4 were sta
tioned In a narrow alley runninsr alon the
north of the piano factory , directing powerful
streams through the windows of the bla/ing
structure. The hose wire manned by Fore
men F. J. Walleii and Rufus K. Townsend of
steamer No. 4 , and Foremen John A. Lubv
and DanielVheeler of No. 2. Although
warned that they occupied a position of dan-
trcr on account of the tottering wall , they
uiantaiuud t'ueir | osts at tie exullcit * orders ,
it is said , ot Chief Mc(2uade. ( Suddenly a
loud cracklins was heard aboye the roar/the
wall , towering fifty feet in the air , swayed
for a moment , anil then fell with a crash on
the daring firemen. The narrow alley was
piled hi h with red hot bricks , smoking tini-
beri , anil seething debris. The crowd spr ng
to rescue the buried men , and first drew from
the pile the mangled form of Mr. Lubv.
He was terribly Injured. His ribs were
crushed , his skull fractured , bjnes broken in
various parts of the body , and internal inju
ries sustained. He was" bevond hope when
reached and died in three hours , after suffer-
in r great agonv. Mr. Townsend was next
brought out. Although It was feared that he
was fatally hurt , surgical examination
snowed only two fractures of the leg and
several bruises. Fred Wjllen was found with
his Lead crushed and collar-bone and arm
broken and internal Iniuries. Later , at the
bottom of the debris , Daniel Wheeler's dead
body was discovered , the bead beinir crashed.
The"victims were very generally known in the
community and had hosts of "warm friends.
John A.'Luby , from h s activity in politics
as one of the most energetic and skillful
lieutenants of the Stalwart republican man
agers , had aqcuircd a reputation throughout
the state , lie was about 45 years of aue : , a
shoe manufacturer , and an incident fireman.
Fred W llen w > s the lejdin gas litter in the
city. Wheeler was a quiet and industrious
wo'rkman. Mr. Townsend is a wealthy young
man , who has a mani-i Jor jioine to fires and
has been injured once or tuice before. He is
the | roprietor of the Townsend iron factory
and a director of the State National bank.
The origin of the fire has not been definitely
ascertained. It is supposed by some to have
been caused by the spontaneous combustion
in the drying loom of the piano factorv , while
others maintain that it caught in the rd.ir of
thestiibles. The loss is about § 30,000 : in
sured for § 23,000
PUBLIC MEfiAXD MEASURES.
President Cleveland Said to Be Gittn-j nts
Personal Attention to Jiotlt.
Washington dispatch : The president's
habit of seeking information with regard to
men and public affairs from other than cus
tomary "official" sources has already be
come a matter of considerable comment.
Recently a prominent business man in one
of the middle states , whose name is entirely
unknown in politics , became personally in
terested in the proposed transfer of an offi
cial from one post to another , and wrote
to the president , giving his reasons in a
business way for opposing the change ,
which reasons were chiefly personal to the
official , the order for whose transfer had
already been issued. The president wrote
in reply that he appreciated the validity of
the reasons which had been given him and
would countermand tho order for the
transfer. Ho also expressed a wish to
meet his correspondent whenever the
latter should find himself in Washington.
A brief friendly correspondence grew out
of the episode , and the gentleman , who
dad business at the capital one recent Sat
urday , called at the white house. Although
a new custom excludes visitors on that
day , the caller was cordially greeted. The
president sat for an hour conversing with
trim , and spoke freely on many general
matters of public policy. He expressed a
Jetermiuation to have none but good men
in office , and said with some emphasis ,
that when a politician deceived him in
uaking a recommendation to office
that would end that man's in
fluence with the administration. Among
the topics referred to more particularly
was the selection of Collector Hedden for
the port of New York. Tho president is
reported to have said that this was not
made in compliance with the suggestion or
wishes of any politician or political organ
ization , but a view solely of meeting as
lar as possible the views of business men.
To ascertain what the views were , ho ( the
president ) had first set on foot a private
.nquiry among business men to see whom
they would like to have in the place. In
this way Mr. Hedden's name was brought
bo the president's attention , and thereafter
the inquiry was pursued more directly to
ascertain if his appointment would be ac
ceptable. The result was strongly in the
affirmative and the appointment followed
at the proper time. The president said he
was giving personal attention to'the mat
ter of appointments , and that personal
Itness of the applicant for the office sought
was the first question considered.
A Monument to Mrs. Snrratl.
A sensation has been created in Wash-
ngton by announcement by Brick Pome-
roy that he will receive subscriptions for
: he erection of a monument to Mrs. Sur
ra t , who was executed as a conspirator in
; hc assassination of Lincoln. Pomcroy
claims that Mrs. Surrat was worse Mian
murdered ; that she was an innocent Ro
man Catholic woman without murder in
icr heart. He points to the fact that all
: he members of the military commission
; hat condemned Mrs. Surrat to death are
dead , except Judge Holt ; that he , residing
n a suburb of Washington , is almost
crazed , and that the majority of those
dead committed suicide proof , he thinks ,
; hat they saw the iujustice of their verdict.
Xo Cholera There ,
Tho reports of two cases ot sporadic
cholera at Toledo , Ohio , are without
oundation , and originated from the fact
hat two Poles confined in the city prison
were attacked with cholera morbus. The
ity physcian , credited with declaring it
poradic cholera , denies ever having mado
uch report. The health of the city is ex-
ellent , and the death rate the post month
or below the average.
CJTBOlfZCLES BX OABXJB.
BRsceltaneous Matters of Interest Pertaining
to foreign Countries ,
General DeCourccy wires tho French mln
Istcr of war that the king of Annam Is held a
prlioner by Thuget , the prime minister and
Instigator of the rebellion , and Is restrained
from accepting DeCourcey's invitation to re.
turn to the palace.
Twenty persons were at rested at Listen ell ,
Ireland , charged with intimidating a care-ta
ker who had been left In charge of a farm
from which the tenants had been evicted.
The prisoners were arraigned under the pro-
vlsons of the crimes act , and discharged for
want of evidence. The Irish party , however ,
claim that in causing the arrests In the man
ner referred to , the government has broken
'ts pipmlse to Parnell to considei the crimes
act a dead letter.
A delegation of the leadlns citizens of Bel
fast called at the castle and were granted
an interview with the Earl Carnavan , tho
newly appointed viceroy. Mutual ex res-
elons of good will were passed. The earl said
he would Tlslt Belfa&i shortly.
It is now asserted in political circles thve
cannot now longer be any doubt but that Italy
has designs on Abyssinia , and is anxious to
obtain possession of a portion of King John's
territory. Jt Is further stated that England-
is in full accord with such a scheme , while
Russia Is strongly opposed to It The French
government on the other hand Is willing that
Italy should undertake the conquest of a por
tion of Abyssinia , hoping thereby to divert
the attention of Italy from Tripoli.
Gen. Brackenbury telegrapha from Fatmeh
that a letter received there states that El
Mahdi is dead. The letter was written by a
merchant at Handak on July 8th , and says
that since the prophet's death his followers
bare fallen to fighting among themselves. A
refugee Egyptian soldier arrived at Fatmeh
and asserts that he saw an Arab on the first
of July at Abuclom who told him the M-ihdi
It Is proposed to erect a statue to & Tale
Baron von Manteuffel at Strasbourg. Many
letters of sympathy with the project have been
received from France. Bismarck has ar
ranged to meet Count Kalnoky , the prime
minister of Austria , at Salzburg relative to a
settlement of the vexed question of Austro-
GermaD customs. The Austriana are much
Incensed because of the recent changes In the
German custom laws.
The suspension of the Munster bank causes
the wildest excitement in southern Ireland
Crowds surround the offices In Cork , Lim
erick , and elsewhere clamoring for their mon
ey and denouncing the directors of the insti.
tution. A strong force of police guard the
various offices. The crowds are Increasing
and theexcitement Is becoming uncontroll
The London Daily Telegraph says the par-
leymgs between Enhland ana Russia upon
the Afghan question have become senous.
Russia has brought forward new claims and
refuses to make any concessions. Lord Salis
bury's tone , while friendlis firm. The
Standard declares that England will never
condone a repetition of the L'enjdeh affair.
It Is learned that the British Afghan fron
tier commissioner moved to Hjrat at the re
quest of the Afghans , who are anxious that
the British engineers shallassist in lortifying
The Pall Mall Gazette in response to re
quests for its opinion as to the nature of the
changes required to the English criminal law
makes several Important suggestions. The
first Is an addition to the criminal act , raising
the age at which female children may legally
consent to sinful conduct from 12 years to 16.
In the house of commons Right Hon. W. H.
Smith , secretary of war , asked for a grant to
enable the government to raise the effective
force of the army by 30,000 men. In making
the request he took occasion to remark that a
eood Issue of the negotiations was , however ,
still hoped for. The vote was granted.
The "London Daily Telegraph" says satis
factory assurance having been given by Ger
many and the other powers , the government
will in a few days issue an Egyptian loan of
Dispatches received state that the remain
ing members of the British boundary commis
sion In the Afghan frontier have suddenly
struck their tents and are hurrying on to
Herat The reason for the move Is unknown.
The news has excited a great uneasiness In
official circles here.
The London Standard says that although
more reassuring news was received from Col.
Ridgeway , chief of the British Afghan boun
dary commission , yet from other sources re
ports regarding the movements of Russians
were of the gravest character. The only re
deeming feature of the Intelligence from Af
ghanistan , says the Standard , was that the
Afghans attached themselves more firmly
than ever to our side.
The British Government has notified Russia
that any Increase in Russian forces in the
direction of Zulficar will be regarded as an
inn PRESIDENTIAL PEDAL.
It Is Emphatically Flit Down in Regard to
Changes in Office.
The Washington Evening Star gives
prominence to the following : "The presi
dent has called a halt. A little over a
week ago an order went out to all depart
ments that all dismissals and appoint
ments to fill places not vacant must stop
at once. A week ago a stop was put to all
work in the appointment division in the
treasury department , and the appoint
ment clerk was told that no more commis
sions were to be made out or papers con
sidered unt'l further orders , and a lot of
changes that were contemplated by him
were killed in their conception. Commis
sioner of Pensions Black was sent for per
sonally by the president and given to un
derstand "that the offensive partisanship cry
had become too indefinite in its meaning ,
and that no more changes in his force
would be made until there was a thorough
understanding on the subject on the part
of the president. The reoult was that
orders for a number of changes in the pen
sion office were countermanded and every
thing put at a standstill. The president , it
is understood , then had an understanding
with the heads of the postoffice and other
departments , declaring his policy to be to
stand by the civil service reform declara
tions in the letter to Curtis and in his ad
dress on the 4th of March. "Removal for
cause" he held to mean that , and not re
moval with excuses. Theresult ia that the
axe has been stuck in th ! block lor the pus t
week , and is still there. HO T Ltr this thing
is to go can but merely be surmised , but it
is true tlmt the president is decidedly in
earnest and does not intent ? that his dec
larations shall be ignored.
USItUZT 3022V TiaOROVSLT
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Ute Strike in Clerelanl Attumts a
ent Aspect A Sanguinary Collision JFUft
The anticipated col
Cleveland dispatch :
lision between the strikers and police oc
curred this afternoon at 4 = o'clock. A
meeting was held in Newburg , and several
reporters who entered were savagely thrdwn 6
out. Alter the meeting 700 men , mostly
Poles and Bohemians , formed into lino and
marched to the plato mills , which was in
operation. The men in the plate mills ara
not affected by the reduction , and were op
posed to stopping work in the first place.
They were forced out finally by the foreign
ers and remained idloui'.til yesterday , when
the mill resumed operations. The mob in
creased in numbers as it progressed , and
when it arrived at the mill it aggregated at
least 1,000 men. The strikers were armed
with clubs studded with nails , pieces of
iron and large stones. Fifty policemen on
duty were supplied with maces twenty-two
inches long and self-acting revolvers. They
were stationed at the 2Etna street entrance-
to the mill yards. A picket fence fifteen i
feet high encloses the grounds , the gate was
open and near it were the police.&tna
street at this point is sixty feet wide and
paved with cinders and slag from
the neighboring furnaces. Thirty-four
additional policemen were scattered in the
mil' ' . At 3:45 the patrolmen were ordered
IIOMC to rest preparatory tq going on duty
to-night. They started down JEtna street
and met the strikers. They turned and
double-quicked to tho mill. They were
hooted and stoned by tho strikers. Dep
uty Superintendent McMahon gave orders
to fall in and a line was formed about
fortv feet from the mill gate. The mob ap
proached and McMahon asked what was
wanted. One of the leaders replied that
they were determined to close tho mill.
The police officers argued with them , but
to no purpose. Tho men in tho rear ranks
bean to throw stones , cinders , and flour
ished their clubs. The policemen used
their maces and drove the strikers back
inch by inch. The strikers fell by the score
or reeled away with blood streaming down
their faces. They poured aterrific showerof
stones into the police , but could no t use their
clubs to any advantage. Finally they fel ,
back very rapidly , and tho police , seeing
their opportunity , charged on the run ,
yelling as they went. The whack of their
maces could bo heard for a long distance.
The fallen strikers lined ZJtna street , and
their wives and sweethearts bore them
away as fast as possible. The mob broke
and ran , but the police kept up an untiring
whack until every striker was driven out
of sight of the mill.
The result of tho battle was as follows :
Patrolman Manzelam , two deep cuts on
the head ; Patrolman Caldwell , badly cut
on the head ; Patrolman White , hit on the
head with a club ; Patrolman Reese , struck
on the head and wrist and badly injured ;
Patrolman Eckhart , cut overthe right eye ;
Patrolman lies was cut over the head with
a piece of iron.
Thirty-five strikers were lying on the
ground when the skirmish was brought to
an end , but only seven of them were ar
rested. The remainder were carried ofl the
field by their friends. _
SOW HE I.OST A LEO.
Tlie Perilous Plight in Which a Man at Oak
Point Found Uhnself.
New York dispatch : Tho largest crowd
that ever visited Oak Point was there on
Sunday. All the old attractions were there
and one new one. It was a man who made
a sliding descent along a 700-foot wire run
ning from a tall polo into the water , and
James Pilkinton , who went out with Harry
Thompson to anchor the wire to tho bot
tom of the sound very nearly made the
central figure of the performance. Tho
weight attached to the wire was a 600-
pound rock , which had to be lowered with
a rope into the water. As Pilkington and
Thompson started wivh their heavily-laden
boutrallace Ross , who saw them off ,
said : "Be careful how yon put that
weight , overboard , boys. I was anchoring
a buoy once uitha big piece of railroad
iron , and the rope got around my leg , and
I was dragged overboard and nearly
drowned. " Pilkington and Thompson
laughed at the warning , and tenminutes
later Pilkington dropped the stone into the
water. A moment afterward his leg was
nearly torn off and the boat capsized. The
rope had somehow or other been twisted 1
around his ankle. As he was going down
he clutched at the wire that was already
lightly fastened at the bottom of the sound
and held on for dear life. Pilkington is a.
man of enormous strength , but says his
muscular strength was never so strained as
at that moment. His friend swam to his
Bide and tried to support him. "Harry , "
he said , "a 600-pound weight is hanging to
my foot ; 1 can't hold on to the wire many
seconds longer and when I let go I'm gone. '
"Cling to it for five seconds , " said Thomp
son , "and I'll save you. " Still supporting
Pilkington with one hand he used the other
to draw a clasp knife from his pocket. He
opened it with his teeth and then disap
peared under the water. The strain on the
athlete's ankle and arms was tremendous ,
but he sustained it until the diver cut tho
rope and relieved him. Both men were
taken into a boat that had been pulled to
their rescue. Pilkington was exhausted
and his leg was frightfully lacerated. Ho
will probably lose his leg.
It Results In XtooUg Murder , Followed ly
An Eldora ( Iowa ) special says : Buckccy
township , in this county , is all agog with
jxcitement in consequence of a unique anil
horrible tragedy enacted last night at a
farm house four milen from thia place.
Grace Rand , a beautiful girl 19 years of
age , was a member of the ' nily of George
Johnson , a farmer , whose wife was her sis
ter. The ladies customarily occupied one
bed in the second Btory of the house , while
Johnson and a hired man slept together
3own stairs. Last night the family letired
tis usual , Mrs. Johnson with her sister , and
the two men in a room on the first floor.
Miss Rand fell asleep quickly , and just a
Mrs. Johnson had nearly lost conscious
ness she was aroused by some one ap
proaching the bed. It was her husband.
He leaned over the bed , kissed her affec
tionately , bade her good night and left tbr
room. ImmediateHJ- her husband hail J '
? one Mrs. Johnson's attention was at- "
tracted by strange movements by her sis- \ >
ter. Putting out her hand on thegirl's face
she was terror-stricken to feel 1)1 Jod gush
ing from her sister's throat. A moment
later the girl , writhing in the agony pi
death , rolled from the bed to the floor.
Mrs. Johnson struck a light and discov
ered the girl lying dead , her throat cut
from ear to ear. The hired man came in
answer to her screams and instantly
started to alarm the neighbors. When the
nearest arrived Johnson was found dying
near the door with a broad gash in his n
throat and a bloody razor lying beside
As the coroner's investigation has only
just begun , no theory has been brought to
light in opposition to the one generally
held , namely , that Johnson , who had vio
lently opposed her approaching marriage
lo n young man of the neighborhood , loved
his sister-in-law , and in insane jealousy-
murdered her and took his own life.