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MONTEREY, HIGHLAND COUNTY, VA., JUNE 16, 1893
1 ?\ST NIGHT.
0 comrades, let the son? po ronni
And laughter be our guest,
Of all th*? blessings Ufo has found
v ? - '.'.'ins love is beat.
1 drink n-t . when the eup is crowned
1 wish jo? nil thut's bright:
H] rtetsfe lies
tn beauty's eyes.
SSShtM pertUSMS NM -iud strayed
I ol;'.n watti unseen .
Tho summer moonboir.ns stole and played
Her tattles ban between ,
She shyly stood, all white arrayed,
With youth ;;nd gr.vo bedight;
She was so fair.
How could I dare?
I kissed my love last night.
A sudden glory filled the earth
It had not known before ;
A happy gleam too sweet for mirth
The quivejjpg moonbeams were,
To think that I of little worth
Had won the pearl of light ?
No song or speech
My bliss can reach?
T kissed my love last Dight.
I sought my lonely couch to dream ;
Sweet waftures thronged my brain ,
vBlue eyes and lily buds a-gleam,
And roses wet with rain.
With morning's opalescent beam
The glainorie took flight.
Yet waking brought
A dearer thought -
1 kissed my love lust night.
t) Moon, laugh down your silver rays,
Smile up, 0 dimpling Sea.
O Fountain, toss your tinkling sprays,
0 Stars rejoice with mo!
With twinkling shoon ye tricksy Fays
Come guido my song aright,
And tip with dew
Eaeh measure true?
1 kissed my love last night.
?Samuel M. Peck, in Atlanta Constitution.
THE TALE OF A COMET.
BY ROMAN I. ZUBOF.
H, mamma! mamma!
Come out quick; it's
on ! look at it, papa;
isn't it beautiful?"
and in the exuberance
of excitement Milly
John's arm tightly
while she leaned
against him and
looked eagerly into the sky.
Old man Patterson, who stood near
the young people, also had his face
turned upward; but there was no in?
dication of glee in his voice when, af?
ter gazing for a few minutes, he re?
"And to think that them things,
with such beautiful tails, could do us
There was no response to this re?
mark, save a loud sigh from Mrs. Pat?
terson, who turned round abruptly and
walked into the house, where Mi1. Pat?
terson soon followed her.
Milly and John were still standing
and gazing at the heavens. They had
not Baid a word to each other ; they
were happy in the consciousness of
"I don't believe a word of it?do
you?" asked Milly some minutes after?
"Oh, what Schoolmaster Marten
says about this?er?comet?that's
going to break up the earth and kill
all the people on it and annihilate
everything. I don't believe it---do
"Bosh!" remarked John emphatic?
ally. "I think Marten is a slick fraud,
that's what he in!"' he added, holding
his arm tightly round Milly's waist.
"It's awful!" said Milly concernedly.
?'He's been coming here every day for
the last couple of weeks talking about
that comet, and he's dinned into papa
and mamma's heads that the whole
world is comin to an end, and that we
are nigh the day of judgment!"
"Rubbish!" commented John.
"And he's been talking at me, too,
the hypocrite, telling me to mend my
ways and not to be so giddy. As if I
am ever giddy, John!" she added in
an injured tone.
John did not reply for a second or
two. He seemed to be thinking.
" 'Pears to me," he said, after a
while, "that your father ought to
know by this time what kind of a
customer he's got to deal with. Has
Marten paid him back the fifty dollars
he borrowed last Christmas?"
"No, not he."
"Why don't you tell your father not
to take any stock in Marten?"
' 'It's no use, John. He's wheedled
them round completely to his side.
It's perfectly awful how he's talked
them into things a*qput this comet.
They've been glum nnd mopin', and
packin' away things; and mother's
been buryin' a lot of silver in the
"What!" interrupted John. "The
old folks haven't been hidin' things iu
the ground and let Marten know oi
"Yes. He's shown them the ver*s
place where he says the comet won'1
strike, and mother's put a lot of silvei
Bpoons in it."
"The fox! ?He's been stealin
them!" exclaimed John.
Millie sprang to her feet and rar
into the garden, John following her
She 6topped near a slight mound o
fresh clay in which, two sticks wen
firmly stuck and which she began ti
"Thank goodness, it's not touched !:
she said with s sigh of relief, evidently
satisfied with her examination. "Yoi
nearly took my breath away witl
fright, .Tohn. Mamma would go crazi
if she were so fooled."
"I tell you what I'll do, Milly," ht
eaid. "You keep a sharp watch oi
this place, and if Marten turns up to
morrow keep him till I get through
work, I'll come over hore, au<? w<*'l
see whether we can't fix him some?
Tn truth it was terrible as Milly ex?
pressed it, if half the things were go?
ing to happen which Marrten predicted.
The whole village of Stockborcmgh was
terribly excited over tke*event. Every?
body recollected that wars, pesti?
lence, famine, and other calamities
followed the previous appearance
of a comet like this?with
almost the identical tail. Schoolmaster
Marten talked about such uncanny
things as the "stellary system," the
cosimo law," and so on. On the day
on which Milly and John had conspired
to rout bim, Marten was at the Patter?
son farm holding forth as usual. He
had brought a newspaper with Him, and
read out from it impressively the an?
nouncement that on the coming Thurs?
day, precisely at 5:34 p. m., there
would b8 an entire eclipse of the sun,
and the inference he left to be gathered
from it was that the general break-up
was to begin at that v?ry second.
The old people sat lis toning and blink?
ing solemnly. Milly was somewhat
awed herself, and she ts'as mighty glad
when John came into tl ie room Looking
ready for action.
?Tohn contented hiinnelf at first by
simply denying the arguments. But
Marten's superior loquaciousness was
rapidly getting the best of him and he
was gradually drawn into* the meshes of
reason. That was all the schoolmaster
wanted. He could reason a bull into a
frog any day, if the animal only fol?
lowed the process of logical abductions;
so by and by John found "himself lis?
tening with his hands fold?d, his rea?
son silenced, and mare than half con?
vinced of the probability of the whole
"And ye say it'll all take place on
Thursday at 5 :34 p. m. ?" asked the
old man. Marten had not saud it, bu*
"Precisely. The unerring calcula?
tion of science."
"Maybe it'll only strike one corner
of the earth and leave out Stockbor
ough and the farm V he -asked timidly
"That is difficult to nay," replied
Marten, thoughtfully. ,v**Our whole
planet is sure to sustain a terrible
shock, and it will be felt all the world
over. There is a chance?a small
chance?that we might escape with our
lives here; but everything else ie
That night John and Milly were
locked in a long embrace before they
took leave of each other. They were
both heavily oppressed, and though
John entertained i. sn eaking scepticism
of the whole thing, he really believed
that before the end of the week the
earth might be a broken waste* with
nobody and nothing alive on it.
" ibu will come over on Thurs _ay,
John, won't you?" asked Milly in a
trembling voice. "We can die to?
gether, if we can't live together, can't
"I'll be here, Milly, by 4 o'clock,
and God may prove him yet a liar?
you see if He don't!" said John, as he
About a quarter past five on the fol?
lowing Thursday they all left the old
Patterson farmhouse. They were go?
ing to give up their souls, to heaven,
and they walked on in soletmn silence.
It was preternaturally quiot all around
them. The gloaming was .rapidly fall?
ing, and it seemed to the old folks an
if it were the precursor of eternal dark?
The group halted nea* a cluster oi
trees. Marten held out his watch;
there was ten minutes more left them.
The old people stood there glum and
motionless. John and Milly had locked
hands and looked pale. Marten tole
them to lie down fiat on their stomachs
and hide their faces in the ground till
the thing was over.
Tremblingly, fearfully,they -obeyed,
and lay fiat on the ground, dreading
to stir, awaiting the sounds of the aw
ful crash. Marten retired to anothei
spot, whence he said he would signa
them to rise if they w:ere destined tc
Ten minutes passed; a quarter of ar
hour followed, and still they lay there,
lt was growing darker ; they were get
ting chilled to tho bones; their teetl
began to chatter, and still no signa
from the schoolmaster, no sound o:
the crashing doom. Half an hou]
passed, and then fearfully, cautiously
old man Patterson began to move hil
head. Gradually he raised it. anc
looked round. Everything was still,
deathly still. It was dark, but hi
could see the farmhouse clearly. Then
he suddenly thought tfhat he alone hac
survived the general destruction?hi
and the farmhouse. A terror crep
over him that he would have to end
his days alone and in darkness.
"Wish I had died with 'em!" hi
But he looked round and saw hil
wife's head rising, and suddenly he:
terrified face looked at him. Thenex
moment he saw in her eye a glance o
recognition. So they were both alive
"Milly! Milly!" called the old mai
"Yes, father?" came a trembling re
"Are ye living?" he asked again.
"I am, father. Is John alive?"
"Yes, Milly," came the emphatic re
ply from John, who sat up on th<
They were all sitting up now.
"The farmhouse is there, too," sail
Mrs. Patterson in a wondering voice
"and I hear the short-horn blowing ii
"Guess we'd better get up," re
marked the old man, rising and assist
ing his wife.
Inside the house, when they got i
light, they all burst out laughing, the*
felt so foolish; and the more the1
laughed the more foolish they felt
Milly laughed until the tears streamet
down her cheeks, and John, in trying
to restrain her, felt his sides fairlj
ache. The old couple rocked them?
selves in their chairs with laughter,
and amid those peals the old man would
gasp out: ' 'And I thought I's the only
They found the silrer where they
buried it. The old 1 ian discovered
everything he had seqi testered but a
bundle and a couple of gold rings; an
old brooch, twenty-ii'x dollars in
money, and the schoolmaster's own
note for fifty dollars wo re missing. So
was the schoolmaster himself. On the
following day John came in and au
nounced that tho schoolmaster had
skipped?"Hung on to the tail of the
comet, they say!"--New York
Popularity of Embalming.
The idea of earning a livelihood out
of the making of mummies is not one
to commend itself at first glance to the
female mind, and the ghastly associa?
tions of the occupation are to many in?
superably repellent. But embalming
has for many reasons established itself
in popular favor. It is the only sure
means of preventing the spread of con?
tagious diseases, through transmission
by the undertaker's ice-box or assist?
ants. It is a preventive against pre?
mature burial in the case of a catalep?
tic subject, as the first incisions and
injections of the embalming fluid are
likely to induce signs of life if any re?
main. Another favorable feature is the
possibility of shipping bodies a long
distance with convenience. It is not
generally known that throughout thia
country large numbers of women havo
adopted embalming as a profession,
and the head college of embalming has
a large proportion of women graduates.
Far from showing any horror or unfit?
ness for the business, women are said
to be peculiarly deft and efficient in
the duties involved, which in a general
way consists only in opening several
of the large arteries, pumping out the
blood and injecting preservative fluids.
Many of the women graduates have
been trained nurses who saw an oppor?
tunity to make more money than ai
their former profession. One advan?
tage of the art is that it is easily ac?
quired. The prospectus of the College
of Embalming sets forth that "past ex?
perience has demonstrated that a com?
plete mastery of the science of bodv
preservation in all its branches cannol
be obtained in the short space of twe
or three days, and therefore the length
of time required to learn the process
may extend from one week upward,
according to the aptitude of tho stu
dent." When the student has provec
his or her ability to conduct the opera
tion of embalming under different con'
ditions in a satisfactory manner a di
ploma is granted, and the ordinarj
length of time required for graduation
is two weeks.?Chicago Record.
The Secret of Digestion.
"The secret of digestion is moder&?
tion," said an old man the other day,
who at seventy-eight has the com
plexion of a girl and the relish foi
food of a schoolboy. "It seems absurc
to me that persons should suddenly
discover that many articles of fooc
upon which our ancestors lived to i
green old age are extremely detri
mental to health and longevity,
have never considered what I ought t<
eat, but I have made it a rule of m]
life to always leave the table wanting
just a little more.
"I did not leave the home roof
which was on a farm, until I wa
nearly thirty years old, and it was nr
habit from November to April to eat (
piece of mince pie every night just be
fore going to bed. It was rather i
small piece, but I invariably took i
and do not recall ever having even i
bad dream in consequence.
"And I think, too, that digestion i
like salvation?to be worked out in
dividually. We are not all Baptists o:
Methodists, why must everybody be i
vegetarian or some other food crank
When I got away from the mince-pi.
country, missing it, I took fruit in it
place. A friend who saw me eating ai
apple ono night hurled at me the oh
saw: 'Fruit is gold in the morning
silver at noon, lead at night.' 'Non
sense!' I cried, and retorted wit!
another provery, 'What is one man'
meat is another man's poison,' and I'v
continued to eat someting, usuall;
fruit, every night of my life."?Net
Drying Damp Shoes.
One of the most fertile resources o
colds and seriouB incidental ailment
is the wearing of damp shoes. Whei
shoes have been saturated with wate
the attempt to dry them by exposini
them before a stove or fire is obviousl,
damaging to the leather, while it doe
not insure the expulsion of moistur
from the inside. For accomplishin)
this a new invention has been brough
out, consisting of a hollow stonewan
last, which can be filled with ho
water like a bottle and which is mad
in a variety of shapes and sizes to cor
respond to the inside of ordinar;
shoeB. The hole at the top of the las
is corked as soon as the hot water ha
been poured in. The last is kept ii
position until the inside of the shoe i
thoroughly dry, and the hot water cai
be renewed if necessary.?Chicag.
Making Cloth Water-Proof.
A correspondent asks for a recipe fo
making cloth water-proof. There i
surely no better method than puttinj
half a pound of sugar of lead and hal
a pound of alum in a pail of soft water
stirring it often until it becomes clear
pouring it off into another pail, am
putting the cloth or garment into it
to remain there for twenty-four hours
The material should then be hung ni
to dry without wringing. It is sai<
that garments thus treated will kee]
ths wearer absolutely dry in the heavi
est rainstorm; the rain simply hang
in globules upon ths cloth. Water
proof cloth is more healthy to wea
than ribber goods.? Chieaso Record
The battleship Massachusetts was launched
from Cramp's shipyard, in the presence ol
the Secretary ol the Navy and the Attorney
General and fifteen thousand people. Miss
Lelia Herbert, daughter of the Secretary o;
the Navy, christened tho ship.-Mrs. Kate
Miller, a widow aged 54 years, was killed by
a cablo car in Cincinnati.-It waa reported
in Pniladelphia tha*, should tho present
Reading financial scheme fall through,
another plan would ho offered, and that the
tin eats of foreclosure were meaningless.
-Fire at Hampton, Va., cb stroyed thc
Pythian Hall and Brittmgham's mattress
factory. Less, $3,000.-The Ci euit Court
of Bedford county, Va., gave a verdict for
$7,500 damages against tho Norfolk and
Western Railroad iu the suit brought by the
administrators of \Y. F. Wardroll, who was
killed in the accident.-Owing to the sus?
pension of the Citizens National Bank, of
Hillsboro, O., tho Lynchburg Bank, of Wil?
mington, O., a branch institution, was forced
to suspend. It has a capital of about $50,000.
-E. V. Thompson, a farmer-capital.st,
died nt his home near Louisville, Ky., nged
seventy-four. ,i r. Thompson was the
wealthiest citiz n of tho county, it being es?
timated that he was worth in the neighbor"
hood of $3,000,000.-A. L Backus* Co.,
one of the largest grain commission
firms in Toledo, O., mado a volun?
tary assignment. Tho liabilities will < xceed
$500,000, while tho assests cannot be esti?
The completion of the Great Northern Rail?
road was made the occasion for a great ce'e
bration in 81. Bau', Mini.-The National
Prison Association met at the Exposition
grounds, Chicago, and General Brinkerhoff
paid a beautiful tribute to the memory of ex
President Hayes.-The thirty-third annual
convention of the United States Brewers' As
socia'ion opened in Chicago-Wm. G.
Grey, aged twenty-eight years, aud Miss Djra
Vetzey were found dead in a room in a lodg?
ing-house in Grand Rapids, Mich., both shot
through the head.?-In the World's Tem?
perance Congress, in Chicago, a paper by
Archbishop Ireland on total abstinence was
read.-The New Albany Banking Company
of New Albany, Ind., has suspended.-Tho
International Navigation Company was incor?
porate 1 at Trenton, N. J. Tue capital stock
is $15,000,000. The iucorporators are CK mant
A. Griscom, Wm. Henry Rarnes, A. J. Cus
patt, Henry Houston and John D. Potts, all
of Philadelphia; Ben aaiin Brewster, of New
York, and ex-Senator Wm. J. Sewell, of
President F. T. Day, of the PlanWnton
Bank, Milwaukee, made an assignment.->
The furniture fnctorus in Cincinnati closed
down because of thr atoned labor troubles,
and dye thousand men were thrown out of
work.-John B. Cleveland was appointed
permanent receiver <5f theAugustaand Knox?
ville and Por Royal and Western Carolina
Rsi,roads.-Chicago courts postponed ac?
tion on the World's Fair Sunday clos.ng case,
and the Fair wa3 again ope j Sunday.-Two
men were killed and two wounded in a fight
at a primary dec. ion in Pineville, Ky.
Captain C. D. Cox, of the On._ha Aro depart?
ment, was killed, and several firemen fatally
crushed by falling walls at a fire caused by
lightning.-The Board of Control of the
World's Fair sanctioned the change in the
awards system to meet tho demands of the
foreign exhibitors.-Four persons were
burne 1 to death in afire in a New York tene?
ment.-Robert J. Hoerner, of Pennsylvania,
who was with his brother Edward when thc
later shot and killed groen-goods man,George
Phillips, In Brooklyn May 13th last, was dis?
ci a "ged from cus.ody.-Edward Hoeruei
is now under indictment of murd'.i ir* the
first degree.-As Christian Nelson and
John McKay, of Shelburne, N. S., were re?
turning from North East Harbor in a boal
loaded wita salt, a squall struck them, and
the boat was oapsized. Both wore drowned
Nelson haa a wife and six children.
The souths ound passen er train on the
Iron Mountain Road jumped tho track njai
Mill Spring, Mo., and about a dozen passen
gers were injured.-Two trains collided
near Red Cut, Mo., entailing n loss of $50,'
OOO.-The property of C. A. Weisebach, t
clothing and shoe merchant, in Chicago.wai
seized by the sheriff. Execution was madi
on judgments aggregatin,' . 26,000, confessot
in ibe Circuit Court.-Jerry Laughlin anc
Thomas Kneebone, two conv.ct9 .n tho brand
state prison in Marquette, Mich., escaped bj
scaling the wall. There was no guard oi
the wall, as the convicts were in side. Laugh
lin and Kneebone were taken out in oharg.
of a keeper to bring in the convicts' suppers
They ran. got over tho walis, and were ou
of sight ifi the brush in two minutes.?
John C. Mining, town treasurer of Fort Jon
nings, Ohio, has disappeared with $5,0 i
cash, and an additional shortage of $10,00
has been discovered. He loft his family,wh
profess not to know his whereabouts.?
The office of the Hustler.a looal option pape
in t.attlesburg, Ky., was blown ud by dyna
mite-The westbound limited on the Penn
sylvania Road due at Lima, Ohio, at 6 :14 A
M., stopped on a sliding at Van Wert to tak
on a dining-car. An eastbound freight corr
ing around the curve, ran into the observt
tion car, smashing it considerably and d<
railing a number of freight oars.-The pai
Bengers were greatly alarmed, but no on
was injured. ^^^
A TEN-YEAR-OLD MURDEREI
Blows Out the Brains of a Child in Hi
McAulUn Jones, aged 3 years, was slu
ank killed by his nurse, Artemus Johnsn
aged 10, at Bowman, S. C. All are colore:
Johnson found a gun in the house an
asked Jones if he wanted to be shot. Th
child said no, but Johnson said he woul
The top of Jones' head wis blown off an
his b/ain splattered on the wall. The chi
dreu were alone at the time.
HELD UP A TRAIN,
Knights of tha Bead Busy at Wof
Near Eist St. Louis.
A Mississippi and Ohio train was held u
by six masked men at Forest Lawn, a subur
ol Bast St. Louis.
Thc robbers aro said to have made a dca
haul <>f the express after beating the ma
?eager Into Infeasibility. Fores Lawn is t!
tame pine ? where an at tom pt was ma lc 1
roba train a week ago.
Shocking Tragedy in the Old
Ford Theatre, Washington.
22 RILLED Al 50 WOUHDEB,
The Condemned S tructUa-e Used as
a Pension Office Adjunct Collapses
Belief for the Widows and Or?
At 9 o'clock Friday morning the five hun?
dred clerks of the record and pension divis?
ion of the office of the surgeon-general of the
Unite 1 States Army, quartered in the old
Ford's Theatre boil ing, on Tenth street,
went to work at their desks a. usur.l, while
down in the b.issment a number of workmen
enga-ed in makin? an excavation for an
electric-Hunting pla^t, were undermining
the fouru'ptions of the structure. Suddenly
and w thout a mo uents warning, just as the
work of the day was getting under headway
in tho rooui3 above, one of the supports of
the Strengthening columns in the building
was disturbed just enough to weaken it co as
to let the enormous weight of the iron gb dora
and bri.-k-ardied floors above it fall in a
mass to tho cellar.
In the p le of debris thal filled all the lower
part of thj building lay one-third of the men
who I nd been at wjrk at their desks a few
momenis before. Twen'y-two of them are
dead and fifty lie writhing on beds of pain.
'1 he walls of the building stool apparently
as firm as ever, but iuside everything was a
complete wreck. Great iron girders were
twisted aud broken as though they had been
reeds, and over all lay great hoaps of brick
and mottar, while hore and there a mangled
bleeding human form could be soon, covered
with dust, and in many cases with the face bo
bruised and filled with the fragments of
brick and n.ortar as to be almost unrecog?
nizable. Here and thero over the ruins could
bo heard the groans of the men who were
lying in the agony of death, imprisoned by
the weights cn top of them.
There was no de ay in the work of result?
ing the wounded and recoveri g tue bodies
of the dead. Willing hands of volunteers did
the first worl-, and they were soon supple?
mented by thc trained worK of firemen, po?
licemen and soldiers. Ambulances carrying
the wounded alternated wit 1 the wagons of
undertakers carrying the dead io the morgue,
while there was a constant precession ol
carts carrying away tho brick and mortar
that were carried out of the buildin *.
The President was informed of the ead
event just as he reached the entrance to the
White House by ono of the clerks, and he at
once interested himself in relief measures.
The news of the accident Bpread rapidly to
every part of Ihe city, and 6uch scene* of ex?
citement followed as has not been witnessed
here since President Garfldd was shot down
by Guiteau. The scene of the accident was
quickly surrounded by a crowd that pressed
hard upon the ropes stretohed by the po.ice
to keep the street clear.
Mingled with the curious spectators were
relatives and friends of the clerks who had
beon employed in the building. There were
women frantic with grief, and when a body
would be brought fi om tho building they
would press forward, Intent on seeing
whether they could recognize the features ol
a husband, brother or father. In many in?
stances they were so overcome by the heart?
rending scenes about them that they were
sent home by the police in carriages thal
wero kept waiting to carry off the mor?
There were several joyous meetings on thc
sidewalk opp site tho building, when wive*
who feared their husbands were among the
ruins found they had escaped safely or with
only slight injuries.
The responsibill y for the accident will bf
difficult to place. It is primarily, of course
the fault of Congress that suitable quarters
} j are not provided for government employes
j nn I that buildings unsuitable for such usee
1 -nd suspected of being unsafe, like the
I bul ding which fell to-day, the government
x prnting office and the Winder Building, oe
, cupied by the second auditor's office, an
kept in use
Thc work in the basement of the buildinj
does not seem to have been under tho dlreo
tion of nny officer of the govemnunt with :
knowledge ot architecture. Colonel Ains
wort , chief of the records and pensioi
division, had the building under his immf
dinte control. He is one of the most compe
tent officials in the government service, am
he has made th*e record and pension divisio?
the model of efficiency and excellent worl
0 among all the offices in Wa hington. He i
a not an architect however, but a surgeon li
tbe army, and, though he had the work c
excavating under his personal supervision
and visito i it to see that nothing had beei
done to weaken the foundation of the build
I g he could not be expected to have suffl
clent knowledge of such matters to enall
him to pass upon the question of wh :ther th
work being done was of such a character a
to make the building unsafe.
The Work of Besoue.
A general fire alarm was turned in a fe*.
miE.utcs alter the crash, and then all the am
bulances in the city were summoned. A
quickly as possible tho police and flreme
formed a rescue brigade, and ready hand
assisted them to take out the killed an
woundod. In less than an hour about twee
ty-flve people had been taken out, and ever
few minutes thereafter some still form woul
be borne on a stretcher from the buildinj
Police and army ambulances, cabs, carriage
and vehicles of every description wer
pressed into service for taking awrvy th
dead and injured. All the hospitals in th
city were utilized in caring for the injure
and scores of physicians volunteered thei
services for this work.
Tho commissioners of the District of C<
lumbla took possessionjof the building an
vicinity in person and holped direct tho p<
1- lice and tho rescuer*, Colonel Corbin, ai
sistant adjutant-general of the army, wu
sent by Major-General Schofle d to represer
the War Department and to decide if it wei
necessary to call out troops. Owing to exce
lent police regulations the rescuers were n<
hindered in their work by the anxioi
oi-owds. and it was not long before the debr
had been olenied aw.y to such an extent thi
the vton of rescue could be carried on witl
P out hindrance.
h Both the mi_a_r*' aud naval nuthorith
took prompt action. General Schofield o
dered two iroops of cavalry from Fort Mere
just across the river, and two companies <
Infantry from the arsenal to the scene of tl
The Secretary of the Navy ordered out n
the naval medical offices stationed here ac
also opened the Naval Hospital to. rmoai}
the injured. The commandant at the navy
yard was ordered to render all aasistanoe in
All the carts nnd workmen that could be
secured were pressed Into service to cle.ir
away the debris. The workmen shoveled
plaster, brick, documents and broken furni?
ture into tho carts and each loa 1 wns taken
away to a dumping ground near by. There
was much danger to the rescuing gangs, for
the edges of the fallen floors hung threaten?
ingly downward over the heads of the
A number of clergymen utterly regardless
of their own safety cute ed the building and
administered to the dying and injured. All
creeds were represented.
Cause of tbe Disaster.
So fir the cause of the accident has not
been fully te.ermined by the officials, but
there seems to be no d ubt that an excava.
lion made unler the front walls of the build
in ; brought about the catastrophe.
The building is a lar^o one and is entirely
wit out partitions. In order to a low as
much space as possible for desi room and
al-o to afford li?, t and ventilation to ad patts
of the floors, for there are windows only at
the front and reir of the building, tho floors
from top to bottom had erny as supports Lon
o dumns, walch st nd ts bout twelve fe t apart.
At the bo.tom these coiumns rebted upon
piers of stone and brickwork, s,i ht for the
wj ght .hey supported, but ttrong enoug.i
under ordiuary circumstances to have sus?
tained the floors for all time to come had
noth ag occurred to weiken them.
A. ross the tops ot the columns at each flo jr
iron gird rs were laid, seem ely bolted to
getaer at the ends. Upon th s-j girders rested
the joists of both wood am iron u,x>n wulch
tne floors Were laid. With a vi w to makin,'
the building fire-proof, the flo ra were laid
j on arches of brickwork and cement, which
extended from joist to joist.
Fi om the description of the building given
lt can be seen that in making the excava ion
the workmen were bound to como in con?
tact with tin piers supporting th^ columns
on which th * floors oi ihe building rest d.
'iheyappr ached them so car. fully, how?
ever, and when they were re-ache 1 addi d an
underpinning to stnnsthen them in such a
manner that the danger of their giving way
s emed very renute.
lt is now apparent, however, tbat the piers
were weakened andi h. wreck of the building
resulted directly fr^m this cause. But until
th dsnf-tT occurred there was nothing to
indicate its llkelih od except the peculiar
co-sttuction of the building.
Colonel Ainsworth's Views.
Colonel Ainsworth, the chief of the record
and pension division, visitel the building
Thursday n ght after all wcrkfortheday was
don**, ind, accompanied I y several em loves
of his office, descen .cd into the cd ar for t ie
purpose of finding out if the con ractors
were using sufficient precaution in pro ced?
ing with the work. _fl found everything in
satisfactory i ondition tnd thought the build?
ing absolutely safe.
R lief Measures:
The meeting of citizen*) held in the after?
noon to put into operation measures for the
relief of the victims of catastrophe was in its
results a striking tribute io the power of the
press. It was called to order by Commissioner
Boss, and Commander Parker chosen to pre?
side. With but little preliminary the pur
pese of the gathering was achieved in the ap?
pointment of a committee of five to canvass
the meeting for subscriptions. While this
was being done brief addresses were made by
B. H. Warner, Rev. William Aloin Bartktt
and Smith Thompson, a clerk employed in
the co-lapsed building, and Bishop J. F.
The total amount of the subscriptions ob?
tained was announced as about *o,500, the
largest being $l,0u0, from the dry gooas firm
of Woodward sk Loturop.
President Cleveland, who had been asked
to preside over the meeting and was unable
to uo so because of a pressing official busi?
ness engagement, sent his check lor $100 and
Secretary Thurber his for $25.
Several motions were made to continue the
work of the meeting by the appointment of a
canvassing committee, but it was the s^nse
of the meeting that ihe newspapers of tn?
city, which had already initiated relief funds
could do the work more thorough y and
satisiactor ly than any committee, and il
was left witn them to do lt. The committee
of five which canvassed the moet.ng. how?
ever, was continued asa disbursing organiza?
tion, with Mr. S. W. Woodwaid as treasurer.
They will make allotments of money sub?
scribed, and report through the papers when
their work has been completed.
TRAINROBBERS IN ILLINOIS,
They Attack ani Rifle an Express Car
on the M. and 0 Railroad'
Six masked men held up the New Orleans
expn ss on the Mobile aud Ohio Ilailroad at
Forest Lawn, eight miles north of Columbia,
III., at nine o'clock p. m., and robbed the ex?
press car of $10,000 In cash aud valuables
worth a largo amount. The robbery did not
occupy over 20 minutes' time. A large posse
is now in pursuit of the bandits.
The express made a short stop at Forest
Lawn, and two men jumped upon the engine
and pointing revolvers at the heads of the
engineer and fireman, told them not to at?
tempt to start the train again. While this
wa*i taking place four men appeared at the
side of the express car. One of them placed
a short ladder against the car and then
chopped a hole in the door, by means of
t whlcn entrance was gained. Messenger
8 Branford attempted resistance, but was
i I silenced with a blow with the hatchet. He
f was only partially stunned by the blow, and
his assailants revived him and forced him to
open the safe. Its contents they placed in a
sack and Branford was then bound, gagged
and cast into a corner of the car. The con?
ductor and several of the trainmen opened
fire on the robbers and they returned it hotly,
though none of the bullets, so far as known,
HAWKINS ON iHE WARPATH
A Desperado Raises a Racket in ai
a Babe Hawkins, the desperado, with a gan
d of thirty men, armed to the teeth, surprise
i- the town of Shelbyville, Ind., by appeuriuj
y on the streets for the purpose of avengin,
d tho death of his brother, Charles Hawkins
i* who was lynched a year ago for shooting th
e city marshal. He first met ex-Sheriff Jame
.j McGill and informed him of his mission, an
e then started on a hunt for ex-Sheriff Mt
d Dougall, wiiom ho said he would kill o
r sight. They met on a corner, and a deepei
ate struggle e. sued. McGill rushed on th
r scene, and was felled by Hawkins, who blei
d his whistle, which brought his tnirty men t
>- tho icscue.
?- A melee followed, and in the rush M.
?9 Dougall's leg was broken and several knif
?t wounds were inflicted on him. (iti/.-n
e came out by hundreds and a general ugh
1- followed. Ex-Sheriff McGill was stampe
>t into unconsciousness and is in a critical rou
f8 dition. McDougall held on to Hawkins unt
'B he waa disarmed aud in the custody of th
?t officers. Babe Hawkins' wife also wade
*?" into the fight with a knife. Tho onVets hui
ried Hawkins off to the City Court. Ove
3*? live hundred men gathered at the scene, un
r- a lynching was feared,
Iq Jamk* Gilbert, the Irish dynamiter, wh
was released from prison because) he wu
ll supposed to le dying, has WCOVeted hi
ld he.iith siiffl.'iiutly to leave the lu is.iit -.1. H
re will sail shortly jor New V- r.?,
The Second Sunday Not a Success
as Compared With the First.
Many of the Finest Exhibits Covered
There was no great outpouringof the wage
working class or any other class at the ex?
position Sunday. The oppressive beat and a
heavy storm of lightning, thunder and rain,
which came in the middle of the afternoon,
account in part for tho decreased attend?
But, compared with the mighty multitudes
of visitors last Sunday, the second open Sun?
day at the World's Fair oan hardly be called
a suootss. The spacious cafes, with their
broad verandas, the beer gardens In the for?
eign village on the Plaisance nnd the res?
taurants within the park proper were liber?
ally patronized all day, not yo much on ac?
count of tbe storm, for the sky was clear of
even clouds until 2 o'dock and there was no
necessity for the people to seek shelter. In
fact, the storm was of short duration, al?
though black clouds hung over the White
Cty for the rest of the day, threatening a*.
any time to give the pedestrians a drenching.
Thero was a bright s-potonthe horzon,which
had the effect of bringing a fair-sized crowd
out toward e.enmg.
Stite and Foreign Buildings Closed.
'Ihe New England State buildings, which
were closed to t he public last Sunday, re?
mained locke!. Pennsylvania, New York,
Missouri, Norih Dakota, Utah, Delaware,
Maryland and Virginia joined in the Sunday
closing movement, and it is now to be a per?
manent matter with them if the gates ol the
fair rema n open the next five months.
There is another feature of this Sunday
fair which cal s forth complainings from tho
visitors. Many of the finest exhibits in tbe
manufactures and other departmental build?
ings were hidden from tbe view of visitors
bocause tho exhibitors or their agents in
charge did not propose to work seven days
in tho week.
The coverings which protect the exhibits
at ni ht were not removed, and all the visi?
tors could see wero big ornamental bertha
and showcases disfigured with Canvas, wood
or iron sheeting. The exposition authorities
have no right to remove the coverings with?
out tho permission of the exhibitor, and no
arrangements has yet been made for unveil?
ing on Sun lay.
Not even a flag was to be seen on the build?
ings of Great Britain, Canada, New South,
Wales and India, and the doors were locked.
Visitors wero denied access to the great dis?
play of the United Statos government in the
big doomed building and the small adjuncts.
Machinery Hall was as silent as it was last
Over 54,000 Visitors
Mu sic appropriate for Sunday waa provided
in the early part of the day by the Chicago
band stationed in tbe pavilion between Ma?
chinery Hall and Administration building.
The Sonssa band played afterwards in the
same part of the ground, but the audiences
were not large at any time on account of the
scarcity of seats aud the muddy g. ound.
The official report of the department ot
admiss ons showed that ?>38,000 tickets had
been sold at 3 o'clock, 3,030 being children
at half price
The total admission for Sunday numbered
The Award System Modified.
The board of control has formally sanc?
tioned the modification of the award system
offered by the committee on award to the
dissatisfied foreign exhibitors.
The modification is practically an abandon?
ment of the single judge plan an i a return
| to the jury system in all cases where the ex
! hibitors demand it. Many of the foreign
! eommissione s were p.esent at the meeting
i of tho board of control and expressed t-atls
j faction with tho change and most of them
! will re-enter their ? xhiblts fo competition.
The action of France, however, In with?
draw ng her exhibits from competition is
believed to be irrevocable, and it is also
doubtful whether Germany will re-enter her
DISASTERS AND CASUALTIES
Bv the premature explosion of blasting
powder in the Jeddo colliery, at HazUton,
Penn., Daniel Marley was instantly killel
and James Mahon fatally injured.
Thk eyelone which visited Hope, Arkansas,
nod vic "a ty left j,000 popio hom.less and
in destitute ehreruetteaeee. and an appeal
for aid has been made by Ma. or Black.
Bv an explosion o. gasoline in the base
ment of a grocery store In St. Louis, sixteen
persons were injured, four perh ps fatally.
namely. Samuel and -rs. Rcopper ana
two children, aged 5 and 10 years.
Thk Governor of Louisiana arrived lu New
Orleans to negotiate with the bau ks for a
loan of 50,00j for the flood sufferers in the
Lake Providence district. About 10,000 peo?
ple, nearly all colored, are on the verge of
starvation in this district.
Charles Richmond, aged 33 years, of
Spr ngtldd. III., was kiil?d near Trenton, N.
Y., . y thc lull of a parachute. Ho had as?
cended in a balloon to B height of 30J0 feet,
aud th i perac-Ut I tailed to Mt He fell Into
a pond aad was probably drowned.
An express Urala for New fork on the Dela?
ware. Lackawanna and Western Railroad col?
lided with a runaway eugine on an iron
biidg.' near Conti and, Nev York, and a
frightful wreck took plane. Is ac Wallace,
engineer, was killed, aud Bert Sherwood, en?
gineer, so badly injured tnat he died In a few
hours. George Cnnffee, a night watchman,
who had charge of the engine that ran away,
was isyeetfd for crlmm it negligence.
The Marine Hospital Service received a
despatch Irom the Inked States Charge d'
Affairs at Constantinople, stating "thal
latest news shows a rapid spr'ad of the
cholera in Mesopotamia. This will soon
bring it into Mediterranean ports " Another
detpa eh from the Uni.ed States Consul at
Gottienbiirg, Sweden, states that the epi?
demic of small pox lu that region is increas?
ing. _ _
A CAPTAIN IN A PICKLE,
Ordered to Froduoe 350 Chinese Under
Writs of Habeas Corpus.
The State Department will probably not
interfere In the case of the steamship Danube
at Portland, Ore., where the captain ap?
pealed to the British Legation fer relief from
an order of the court which requires him to
bring 350 Chinese passengers before the
court to answer writs of habeas corpus. The
captain was wdling that the Chinese should
answer but he feared to assume the heavy re?
sponsibility of preventing the escape of the
Chi iamen when they were once ashore. Sir
Julian Pauno -fote, the British ambassador,
was at the State Department, probabl <? to
state tbe case to Secretary Gresham. It ie
believe i at the department that there will be
n > difficulty in complying technically with
the order of the court while avoiding any
possib lity of the escape of the Chi ese. This
could be dqne if t o marshal served his write
on board the vessel, and left a deputy on
board in charge of the chinese until thf
court pas ed upon the oases.