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Ail English court has decided that to
call a man a convict after he has served
a term of imprisonment, and is legally
iree, is libelous.
Ju America, puns the Boston Tran
script^ that family which is becoming
more and more widely known is called
baciiii; in Paris, parishes; in Germany,
germs, and in Ireland, microbes.
A child in England stole a pices of
literature valued at less than one shilling
and was sentenced to three months in
jail. Then, when a hostile mob ad
vanced upon tiie temple of justice, the
sentence was annulled and the child
set free
Women are excluded from the galleries
of the Japanese Parliament “because,”
hats a Japanese newspaper, “they might
be moved by the debates to further
political agitation in the empire.”
The Chicago Times alleges that some
of the missionaries of the North India
conference have had their hands grow
tired in baptizing the converts who are
flocking to th'c gospel because of their
A writer in the Southern Farm makes
a strong argument in favor of female phy
sicians for women. He says that certain
specialties were in the hands of women
practitioners in all countries and all ages
until comparatively recent times. In
support of his 2>osition he ouote3 from
the Old Testament.
According to the St. Louis Bepullic
the Japanese Consul at San Francisco,
Cal., appeared before the Trades Council
to ask that no boycott be made on the
Japanese houses. He said that Japan
* ese workmen would never affect Ameri
can labor, and that instead of sending
their earnings home they si>ent them
with Caucasians.
The Philadelphia Inquirer is scared
and is trying to scare others over the re
1 discovery of bacteria in iraper
' It declares that
are con
\ wllwthoi*
of a cargo is not. stated. *
! The farmers in the Northwest who
burned nearly all their hardwood timber
when clearing land have now cause to
regret it. A Michigan paper gives a
casein point. A man at Riverton is
selling hardwood logs to mill men at
good prices, and supplying what is un
marketable to his neighbors who have
cleared off their laud and are forced to
buy fuel.
| The Atlanta Constitution learns that
“the Mormons in Utah are still receivino
new members from all over the world.
They stick to their old-time religion and
live up to their faith as closely as the
Federal authorities will permit. They
have no intention of moving to Mexico,
and instead of abandoning their mission
ary work, they are pushing it more ac
tively than ever. They expect several
large parties from the South.
1 The New York San believes that no
one in New York who has not been out
in the far West can understand the lone
liness of those Minnesota farmers who
have written to Mayor Grant to send
them Women for wives. There are re
gions on the plains in this country and in
Canada where men go mad from lack of
human neighbors, where kittens can be
sold for $5, where almost the only wo
men are Italian or half-breed squaws, and
where bachelors tame wild birds and try
to tame wolves for company.
Says the New Orleans New Delta:
From all over the section of Louisiana
which is devoted to the cultivation of
cotton comes the news that the planters
arc preparing to decrease the acreage of
that staple and diversify their crops to a
greater extent than heretofore. This de
termination is the result of the low price
for the fleecy staple the present season.
This is a wise move on the part of the
planters, as nothing tends more to keep
the farmer poorer than the one-crop sys
tem. If the low price of cotton has had
the effect indicated above, it has at least
taught the planter a wholesome lesson.
According to London Truth the order
against extravagance in the German Army
has led to the resignation of nearly all
the wealthy officers, and the Emperor
now has no regiment at Berlin or Pots
dam which can afford to entertain “dis- ,•
tiuguished foreigners” in the old fashion, i
Formerly, a foreign guest who had vis- j
ited the barracks of a crack regiment j
was invariably invited by the officers to j
dinner; but now there are uo entertain- i
ments, and the Emperor has tardily dis- j
covered that he had better not have
meddled in the matter, for all the Rus
sian, Austrian and Italian visitors leave
Berlin exclaiming at the poverty of Prus
sian officers, to the infinite mortification !
of liis Majesty.
Johu O. Sonbergh.collectorof taxas ofCler
luont, Pa., is charged with being a defaulter
for $1,000.-George Hooter, editor of the
Orange county, N. Y., Times, was fatally shot
by James Me Nates.-The new cruiser,
Charleston has been ordered to Hawaii, and
the cruiser San Francisco to Chili.-Honor
ably discharged soldiers and sailors of the
army and navy Will form a national organiza
tion to be known as the United States Regular
Army and Navy Veterans.-The funerals
of the coke strikers, killed in theattack ofthe
mob upon the works took place at Mt. Pleas
ant, and, owing to the presence of the state
troops, there was no disturbance. Labor lead
ers state that the strikers are liberally sup
plied with funds and the struggle will be'con
tinued.—Edward Hollinger, a negro pugilist
of Jersey City, murdered his wife by crush
ing her head with a hatchet.-Judge Will
iam B. Wood died at Florence, Ala., aged
seventy-one years.-The tug Tempest, own
ed by the Cleveland Saw Mill Company,sunk
in Lake Erie, and the engineer, fireman and
raftsman were drowned.-Leading astrono
mers and scientists connected with the colleges
and universities of the United States will ask
Congress to transfer thecontrol ofthe National
Observatory at Washington from the Navy
Department to the hands of a scientific and
astronomical board.-Fire in Memphis
Tenn., destroyed the Franklin Hotel and
other buildings.
Matthew Stanix has been arrested at Ma
fconoy City, Pa., on suspicion of having com
mitted a murder in Po'an 1.-John Van
Pelt, of Reading, has been sent to the insane
asylum at Harrisburg, the grip having bereft
him of his reason.-E. Piguet, ex-cashier of
the Lancaster Fire Insurance Company, of
New York, who skipped with $18,000, was
arrested bv New York detectives in Switzer
land and brought back.-The steamship
Aguan, on which were ex-Senator Warner
Miller and party, bound for Nicaragua, was
wrecked on a coral reef, but no lives lost.
Joseph and David Nicely were banged at
Somerset, Pa., for the murder of Herman Uin
berger.-Twelve hundred coke strikers at
tacked the Morewood works, near Mount
Pleasant, Pa., with the evident intention of
destroying the works, but they were fired
upon by the guards and eleven killed and
thirty or forty wounded. All the killed are
iforeigners, uovenior Jettison ordered several
regiments of State troops to the coke region.
—Colonel Jack Brown,an officer in the late
war, died in Washington.-A full board of
inquiry has been appointed to inquire into
the circumstances attending the wreck of the
Galena, Nina and Triana.-General Albert
Pike, grand commander of the Scottish Rite
Masonry of the Southern jurisdiction, and
chief of the Royal Order of Scotland for this
country, died at the home of the supreme
council.-^— The Prsident has reappointed
BuBois Eglesfon Postmaster 'V>-- v ■ V
nvua.., ... y. — urn. 1. Saunders, ser.tary ;
of State of North Carolina, is dead.-A
fireman and two brakemen were killed in a
collision on the Erie Road, near Horne] Se
ville, N. Y.-Tonaskctt, chief of the Col
ville Indians, in Washington, is dead.-Mrs
Frank Miller, of Conestoga Station, Pa., per
ished in the flames that destroyed her home.
——At Council Bluffs, Iowa, the schools are
closed because of the grip and meas'es.
John Maitland Macdonald, cousin of Sir
John Macdonald, died at Fort Smith, Ark.—
Harvey Peoples 'atally shot Nellie Dyce near
Pittsfield, 111. Jealousy was the cause.
John Maloney was burned to death iu a
stable at Buffalo, N. Y.-Mrs. Michael
Strohiinger was choked to death by robbers at
Lewisberry, Pa.-Special sheriffs closed up
over a hundred beer saloons in Lewiston,'Me.
-Anthony Torrelo, an Italian, was killed J
at Hazleton, Pa.-Creditors of II. G. <k J.
R. Crump, of Philadelphia, have given them 1
tenyeais to pay their debts-The New
Hampshire legislature appropriated $40,000
for representation at the World's Fair.
Captain Hugh L. White, aged eighty-one 1
died at St. Louis.-Admiral Brown has
transferred his flag from the Charleston 10
the.San Francisco.-Walter Johnson, color
ed, was convicted, at Petersburg, Va., of com
mitting a rape on Mrs. E izabeth Majors, of
Nottaway county, and sentenced to be banged
May 22.-Albert Midgeley, a boy, bad bis
head crushed by burglars at Cincinnati.
Judge Paul A. Weil committed suicide at
West Bend, Wis., on account of grip.-Rev.
H. H. Hatfield, a well-known Methodist min
ister, died of pneumonia at Evanston, 111.
Dr. McCosh, ex-president of Princeton Col
lege, received many presents and many calls
from friends on his eightieth birthday.
TheKeystoneNational Bank of Philadelphia
will soon reopen.-Brickmakers in Phila
delphia threaten to strike.-John Herman
was killed and several men badly hurt by a
warehouse floor in Pittsburg giving away.—
Ex-Congressman J. B‘. Grinnell died at.Mar
shalltown, la., after a year’s illness, aged
seventy.-Thirty men attacked a jail at
Mount Stirling, Ky., to get out two prisoners,
but were driven off.
A Mother nntl Her Daughter are Crushed
to Death.
At St. Anthony, N. F., an avalanche of snow
swej t down from a high cliff an 1 buried un
der its enormous weight the house of Levy
Andrews. Niue persons were in the house at
the time—five in the loft and four in the
kitchen. Mrs. Andrews was going out into
the porch at the time, and six days afterward
her lifeless body was found under fourteen
feet of snow. Her head was crushed and her
neck and arms broken. The eldest daughter
was found dead, lying across a stove, and the
stove was smashed to atoms. One of the sons
was rescued alive, but (lied five days after
ward from his injuries. George Reed,'who
was in the loft at the time of the accident, was
so badly injured that he is still unable to lift |
his arms, but he is getting better. One of the j
girls rescued had her leg broken.
A Colliery Disaster ut Apednlc, i»»
Staffordshire, Rnglsuit.
A disastrous explosion in a coal mine took j
place.at Apedale, Staffordshire.
Ten persons were killed outright and j
several others were severely injured.
The bodies of the dead miners have been ,
extracted from the portion of the mine where ’
the explos:oa took place.
The causb of the disaster is supposed io he S
the presence of fire-damp in the mine and j
the foolhardiness of one of the miners after i
the presence of the dangerous gas was first I
Execution of the Nicslys in the Jail
at Somerset, Pa.
Story of an Atrocioin Crime—An OIcl
Man SHot Dow.i bp hit Own Fire
side by Thieves.
The Nicely brothers were hanged at 1.4'J
o'clock P. M., in the j til yard. They both
died game and (protesting their innocence
Death resulted from strangulation. The bod
ies were cut down about nineteen minutes
after the trap was sprung.
The town was crowded with strangers from
all parts of the surrouudingcoantry, and not
withstanding the sleet and rain the jail was
surrounded from earl/ morning with peop'o
who stoo l out in the damp just to look at the
side of the prison where Joe and Dave Nicely
the murderers of Farmer Umberger, were
The condemned men spent their last night
on earth in much the usual way. Both re
tired early and slept well. They.rose about
6 o’clock and partook of quite a hearty break
Joe, who has been feigning insanity for sev
eral weeks, suddenly came to his senses ami
talked in a rational manner. He requested
to be shaved and then asked for a minister to
baptize him. Both requests were granted,
and he then sat down and wrote a lengthy,’
statement in which heelaimed that nearly all
the evidence against them was perjured; that
he was unjustly convicted and thatGxl knows
he is innocent.
David also made a statement to his attorney,
reiterating his innocence.
The crime for which David and Joseph
Nicely to-day paid the extreme and awful
penalty of the Jaw stands out pre-eminently
as being one of the most brutal and deliberate,
and at the same time one of the most myste
rious crimes for whicli two men were ever
hanged when a shred of doubt remained as to
their guilt. On the evening of February 27,
1889, an ugly, cold sleet was falling, that drove
a little country family closer to a generous
fire in the home of Herman Umberger, in
Somerset county, about two miles from Jan
perstown. Some time before this it beeame
generally known that Farmer Umberger had
been gathering up his money, and collecting
all loaned money, presumably fearing the
banks. It w7as also known that he was wealthy
and after this collection kept large sums of
money in the house.
-ni/iuia ijiuc tuclullinguunsisteuor Herman
Uinberger and wife Naiiie; (wograndchildren
Nellie and George Horner, and the hired girl
Ella Stern. _ On the early evening of the day
mentioned, just after dusk, there was a rap
at the door, and in response toUmberger’s in
vitation to enter there came two men into that
hospitable home whose appearaucecastachill
over the household. One had his head bound
up in two common red handkerchiefs, while
the other had his face covered by a false gray
beard. The men were invited to the fire, and
after some talk, the smaller man said thev
were officers, and were searching houses for
jewerly supposed to have be -n stolen from a
peddler,. Tney then read what Duroorted to
jb-~ ~ vvtvci ri.rr>'«.'! J ^
Je-*:ersfo'wn Then Began an osi
search for the alleged stolen jewerly, but
reality for the large sums of money known to
be kept in the house.
After some search Umberger, the two men
and Nanie Horner went iuto a bedroom,
where the smaller man pulled out a bureau
drawer, exposing two pockctbooks, which
the farmer said contained money to pay his
hands. Umberger picked these up and placed
them in his vest pocket, and becoming manned
at the fearful looks of his strange guests sent
the little girl for his wife. She ran in, and
said th farce had gone far enough. The
partv at into the sitting-room, when the
smallv.' man pulled a revolver, and pointing
it at Uinberger cried:
This he cried again, then deliberately be
gay firing at the old man, who had thrown
up his hands and backed into a corner. The
men had evidently intended to murder, as
they gave the man no chance for his life.
Umberger received one bullet in the shoulder
and (lie other in the breast. The wife ran
into the kitchen and wildly rang the bell that
served to call the hands to their meals. In a
moment her aged husband siaggereJ through
tiie kitchen door and fell (.lead at her feet.
Short as was the lime occupied, however,
the desperate men had secured what they had
come lor—the two pockctbooks—which con
tained between $16,000 and $20,000 ia gold
and greenbacks. In 10 minutes the house
was tilled with frightened neighbors, but tue
men had gone and left no clue. A reward of
$2,000 isoon sharpened the eyes of the good
people ot Somerset county, who were up in
arms over the outrageous deed. Lewis and
Charles Varmear came forward and find
started the keen eye of suspicion toward the
Nieelys by stating that they had seen the
brothers crossing Laurel Hill on the after
noon of the murder.
The Nieelys lived near Ligonier, 15 miles
from tne Umberger place. They were well
to-do peopie of tne Dunkard faith, who wor
shipped in a little church erected on their
own large farm.
The story of the Varmears started a close
inquiry, as they were positive as to the iden
ity ot the Nicely boys ttiey had seen on Laurel
Hi.l on tlie afternoon ot the murder. There
were other witnesses called who had seen the
men, and though some contradictory evidence
was introduced, on the whole, the testimony
pointed toward* these two men positively as
going in the direction of the Umberger place
on the afternoon of the murder.
On August 19, however, tiiey were sentenced
to Ue.uo, and men neg m another legal light
fi r pardon, for reprieve and freedom that lias
no piral.ei in this section. Neither time nor
money was spared, and the father ot the boys,
who had been well oft, mortgaged his splendid
farm to the limit in engaging the best of
counsel lor the light against a verdict that at
the time met with popular appiroval.
Head of tile Masonic Fraternity, Author,
lawyer, and Poet.
General Albert W. Pike, Grand Commander
of the Scottish Rite Masonry of the Southern
jurisdiction, and the chief of the Royal Or
der of Scotland for the country, died at eight
o’clock P. M., at the home of the Supreme
Council of the Order in Washington, where
lie had lived for several years.
Albert W. Pike was well-known to all per
sons interested in Free Masonry, having held
the highest offices in the order and written
many works in regard to it. He was born in
Boston, Mas?., in 1809, and entered Harvard
in 1826, but did not graduate. AtFortSmith,
Ark., lie devoted himself to school teaching
and newspaper work, being for two years
owner and editor of the Arkansas Advocate.
Next he became a lawyer.
He served as a subordinate officer in an
Arkansas regiment during the Mexican war,
and when tne civil war broke out negotiated i
treaties of amity and alliance between the
Confederacy and several Indian tribes, some |
members of which he organized into soldier? i
and carried into the battle of Pea Ridge and !
Elknorn, serving himself with the rank of j
Brigadier General. After the war he was J
editor ot the Memphis Appeal until 1868, j
when he sold his interest in the paper and re
moved to where he practiced law until 188 >,
when he retired from active work. His
literary labors include, besides publications
concerning Free Masonry and court reports, a
number of prose and poetic sketches.
General Pike first entered the Masonic Or- j
der at Little Rock, Ark., and rose through the I
various degrees to the highest standing an 1 j
rank in the order.
—A Baptist congregation has been organized
at Buena Vista, Va
—Creameries are reported to be paying well
in Kent and other counties of Maryland.
—The extension of the Camden road in Bras
ton county, \\ . \ a., .8 rapidly nearing com
—Abojr named W alter Pierce was drowned
m Staunton river, near Staunt m River Sta
tion, Va.
The Chesapeake ai.d Ohio Railroad will
erect a passenger depot in Lynchburg, Va., to
cost ?50,(K0.
—The authorises of Greenbrier county, W.
• ia',ai.e making an aggressive War on the
illicit liquor dealers.
—Northern capita isis have purchased the
Howland plantation, adjoining Beaufort/S.
C., and will erect a large cotton mill.
-J*'e Norfolk ai d Western Railroad has
ordered twenty-fiv,. ur-w locomotives from the
Baldwin Locomotive Works in Philadelphia.
—The sales of leaf tobacco in Lynchburg last
week aggregated 1/94,700 pounds. The in
crease in the sales 1’ r the present year aver
1890 amount to 1,9\i .00.
—At Bas e City, \ a., the roof of the large
knitting factory coilapsed from the weight of
tho snow7 and much damage was done to
building and machinery.
Washington Duke, a wealthy cigarette
. manufacturer of Durham. N. C., will endow
a school tor girls at Lmiisburg and call it the
Mary Duke school in honor of his daughter.
—The brick machine at Charlestown, Wr. Va.,
has been placet! in position, and the Brick
and lileCompany turned out their first bricks
last wefek. Thecapucity o! the machine is30,
000 bricks per day.
—New York, Baltimore, and Indianapolis
capitalists will build a line of railroad from
Charleston, W. Va., up Two Mile creek to the
Jackson county line, to develop large coal
fields owned by them.
—A meeting will be held at Roanoke, Va., to
organize a State association of civil and
mining engineer* and architects. A bout forty
favorable responses have been received to the
invitation to be present.
—Edward Killon purchased for cash last
week 40,000 acres of choice timber lands in
Clay and Nicholas counties, W. Va., at $10
per acre. lie is said to be acting fora wealthy
Maryland and Ohio syndicate.
—A gold mine has just been discovered with
in ten miles of Greensboro, N. C., which is
yielding the finest specimens of quartz gold.
The shaft lias just been sunk eighteen feet,
and a vein several feet thick been struck.
—A local passenger train on the Chesapeake
and Ohio Railway ran into the rear of a
(reight train in a :unnel seventy-five miles
east of Charleston, W. Va., and both trains
were wrecked. I.fee broke out and the entire
passenger train was consumed. Several per
sons were seriously injured.
—Ernest Hnrdenslein, editor of Business, a
weekly paper, of Vicksburg, Miss., was killed
by John G. Cushman, editor of the Vicksburg
Evening Post, on the streets of Vicksburg.
The trouble grew cut of a discussion in regard
to the action of the c fezens of New Orleans in
killing the llentif - v ussa-sins.
—C. Lafayette Kir ,/, of life; county, N. C.,
met his death in ratlici uluy manner
several days since. G*> aning- out his
"•viJ when the d the bucket,
linb wen bpir.v
AM * f?ig
—-Lrnesi j... who lived on
Core Sound, near1 N. C., was
drowned several da in i. . sound, white
on a fishing expedi i‘ several tm vs. Not
returning when ex d, a search was insti
tuted and his hat w mud two miles from
New river.
—W. A. Fouslier, of Cnatbam county, N. C.,
lost his barn by an incendiary tire, and its
contents, including tour valuable horses, lifiy
barrels of corn, two buggies, one wagon and
four Ions of fertilizer. This is the third time
Fouslier has been burned out, twice before
two stores which belonged to him being
—George Kyle, well-known at Alderson and
Minton, W. Va., was arrested at the latter
place, charged with certain swindling opera
tions in a certain trip through that section,
such as mistaking kisnamein signingchecks,
etc. The matter has caused considerable
taik in that section.
—IT. A. Clayton is building anjimmense plan
ing mill at Fairinount. W. Va., to take the
place of the one recently burned. The Marion
Machine Works are building a large iron
structure half a mile below Fairmount,where
all kinds of machinery, car wheels, etc., will
be manufactured,
xercyreyion, a uoy twelve years old,
slipped irom some logs into Mud river in
West Virginia, and v. as carried for half a mile
down with the tide Lcfore relief was obtained.
This- is the third time in the past ten days
that this boy has fallen overboard, and each
time he has been rescued in an exhausted
—George Nelson, thirteen years old, was in
stantly killed at Greenville, N. C., a few days
ago. In company with some other boys he
was hunting robins, ami by accident liis gun
was d. sc barged, both barrels emptying into h.s i
throat and killing lum instantly.
—A hole was blown in the port boiler of the
steamer Farmer, which was on her way to
Savannah Irom Brunswick, Ga. She was be
tween Darien and Do boy when the accident
occurred. The noise of the escaping steam
caused a panic among the deck hands, several
of whom rushed ovei board, and four of them
were drowned.
—John T. Patrick, secretary of the South
Immigration association, says that all the
southern states have consented to be represen
ted at the southern exposition to be held at
Raleigh in the fall. He also says that the ex
position will be permiueut, ami that after
January, 1S92, it will he taken to that south
ern city which will oiler the greatest induce
ments to secure it.
—Two young ladies of Washington, N. C.,
came near being frozen to death some nights
si. ce. They had been out gathering wild
flowers in the 'evening and wandered too far
in the woods and were iusl. Their friends be
coming uneasy, made up a party of ten or
twelve men and searched the woods the night
through. They were Sound the next morning
at 10 o’clock, nearly frozen, three miles in the
—Four negroes, two men and two women,
were arrested and lodged in jail at Belgreen,
Ala., charged witli burning the town of
Russellville. The women confessed and told
the whole 6tory. ' A mob ot two hundred and
fifty armed men went to Belgreen, over
powered Jailer Waltrep and took Jell Dens
mor.- and El Hudson, the two men, to a
neighboring white oak iree, swung them to a
limb, tilled them full of bullets and left them.
They denied their guilt.
—In the Beaufort Oyster Packing company’s
factory at Beaufort, N C., Ben Parker, a des
perate negro, who had been discharged by
Manager Ford, for insub rdinare conduct,
went to Ford’s private office and “commenced
abusing him. Ford saw that Parker had an
open razor and ordered him out of his office,
when the latter rushed ai him and danger
ously gashed his throa' th the razor. Ford
thereupon drew a pisb . and shot the negro
through the neck, inflicting probably a tatal
—The fast express on the Louisville aiid
Nashville Railroad ran otl the track mar
Anchorage, Ivy., fifteen mi.es from Louisville
a lew days ago. -The two rear sleepeis were
thrown against a side-tracked freight train,
and one was completely demolished. The
wreck was caused by a brakcmsui throwing a
switch before the train had entirely passed.
Mis. Bd.e Ebon, oi Keokomo, Ind., was
probably fatally injured. Several other were
Jess seriously burr.
—One of the heaviest land-slides that lias
taken place on any >• .Bread in the northern
part of the State occurred on the Potomac,
Piedmont and Fredericksburg Railroad at
what is know as Mi ls Cut, about two miles
from Fredericksburg, Va. The slide is about
one hundred and fifty feet iu length and forty
feet in depth, and tne track for a distance of
about seventy yatds is torn away. The road
is a narrow guage running troni Fredericks
burg to Orange.
—The snow was very heavy in all parts of
Maryland during the recent severe storm.
Near Mount Pleasant, Cecil county, the snow
was in many places tWo leet deep, and the
stage frpm Cherry Hill to Elktou was nearly
fix hours late. Trains on the Western Mar. *
land Railroad were blockaded, acd the snow
was ten inches deep in Carroll and many
heavy drifts. Jn Allegany county there was
snow two feet deep at various points and over
a foot deep in Frederick county. Some
damage was done to sheds by the weight of
snow, and the wires were damaged, fences
prostrated by the gale and other damage
—The track-laying on the fronton extension
has not been progressing very rapidly, on ac
count of high Water and bad weather, ft is
ihe intention now to run trains to Wayne
Court-house within five weeks. Theconnect
ing-link from fronton to the Ohio side ol the
Kenova Bridge is progressing more rapidly
than on the West Virginia side. The grading
from Wayne Court-house to Eikhorn is under
contract, and is being pushed ahead with the
intention of running through-trains from Nor
folk to Toledo next fall, via Bluefield, which
the Norfolk and Western people claim to he
the shortest line from the seaboard to the
great lakes.
—Abel Pitts, of Glen Alpine station, on the
Western North Carolina railroad,wasseriously
and probably lataliy cut several days since by
Dick Tallent. The latter and his son, and
Abel Pitts and his son, engaged in a free hand
tight at the distillery of Abel Pitts over the
division of some hogs which they had raised
together. Dick Tallent became angry and
attempted to cut Ahei Pitts with his knite,
when Henry Pitts inter ered and knocked
Dick Tallent down. Joe Tallent then took a
hand and struck Ilcnry Pitts on the head with
a reek, rendering him insensible. Abel Pitts,
who hurl plead for peace, thinking his son had
been killed, attacked Joe Tallent, and was in
turn attacked by Dick Tallent with a knife
and tearfully cut on the head and the hack.
His skull was fractured, and his wounds are
likely to prove fatal.
The strike at Beatty’sglass worksiu Tiffin,
Ohio, was settled, the men wining the contest.
1 T is said that th e carpenters in Boston will
strike (or an eight hour day this spring.
A GOOD many of the striking cutters in
Rochester, New York, have been taken back
by the manufacturers.
Governor Markham, of California, lias
signed a bill passed by the Legislature,
making train wrecking punishable by death.
The Card Coal Company dismissed 200
miners from its mines at Wadsworth, Ohio,
because it understood they were about to
President Gomreus, of the Federation of
Labor, says that his organization will back
the striking Connellsvitie cokers to the la-t
iu their demand for eight hours.
The trouble between the engineers and
officials of the Marietta and North Georgia
Railroad have been settled, and the engineers
will return to work. The terms are not made
The rod mill, the remaining department
of ihe rolling mills at Joliet," Illinois, has
been closed. Thus more than 2,500 men arc
left idle. The em<d«y««s Say they are. non
. : as they have acceded to
the demands of the company.
At a meeting of the carpenters in Chicago,
au agreement between the Carpenters’ Council
and the Builders’ Association; providing for
the settlement of all differences during the
coming year by arbitration, was unanimously
ratified. The terms ol the agreement provide
for a working day of eight hours at a mini
mum wage of 35 cents per hour.
The journeymen carpenters and joiners in
St. Louis are preparing to demand 40 cents an
hour beginning May 1st. Two years ago they
held out for thirty days and won the strike
for thirty-five cents an hour and eight hours
as a day’s work with only a handful of union
men. Now they claim to have fourteen local
unions, with a membership of 2,400, and say
they will strike if' their demands are not
Ihe agreement between the Contractors’
Association and the Carpenters’ Union, in
Indianapolis, provides fora permanent arbi
tration committee; eight hours a day’s work
over time to he. paid for at time and a half;
Sunday and holiday work as double time;
wages of journeymen shall inuocasebe less
than 27i cents an hour; stair builders, 35cents
per hour. The carpenters agree to work with
non-union men in other trades. The contrac
tors agree not to discriminate against Union
men. It is expected the plasterers, painters
and plumbers will arbitrate their differences.
The National Textile Union, in session in
Lowell, Masjachusetts, adopted resolutions
asking the Legislatures of the various States
to support the 51-hour per week bills, on the
ground tint fewer hours would' benefit the
employer and employees alike; declaring that
the present long hours are detrimental to the
health and welfare of workers, and also detri
mental to iuve-ted capital; that women and
children are dwarfed mentallyand physically
by long hours; that lessening the number of
hours will make employment for those at
present unemployed.
T. u. 15 Aiti Nit HJcJAU. !
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One of tiie Great Firm of English
Bankers Dies of Eshuuition.
Mr. Thomas Charles Baring, one of the two
members of Parliament representing the city
of London, died in Home of exhaustion re
sulting from a surgical operation.
Mr. Baring was for soma years engaged in
the banking business in New York City and
was, for more than 2d years a partner in the
firm of Baring Brothers & Co., London and
Liverpool. The Jate Mr. Baring was born at
Adderbury, Oxfordshire, in 1831. He was a
son of the Jate Charles Baring, D. D., Lord
Bishop of Durham, aud was tne nephew of
the first Lord Westbrook. In addition to
being a mem! er of Parliament, Mr. Baring (
was a justice of the peace for Essex, Middle
sex, London and Westminster, and was in the
commission of lieutenancy lor London.
Tne deceased was also the author of ‘‘Pin
dar in English lthyme.” “The system of
Epicures” and other works. He sat oil the
royal commission on Joss of life at sea in
188-3-87. Mr. Baring was a staunch Conserva
tive and a strong churchman. He was edu
cated at Harrow and O.ciord, where he wa«
scholar of Wadham and a'tenvard a fellow oi
Brasenose College, and afterward graduated
B- A. in 1852 and M. A. in 1855.
As the death of Thomas Baring is likely to
affect pub ic confidence in the progress of the
consolidation of the new company, it is ail- .
nonneed ttiat the capital to be invested will
not be withdrawn.
Cashier Gadsden Commits Suicide oil
His Daughter’s Grave.
Thomas Gadsden, cashier of the Merchant’
National Bank of Savannah, Ga'., committed
suicide by blowing his brains out- with a
revolver at the grave of his daughter in
Laurel Grove Cemetery.
Gadsden was a prominent man in Savannah,
and had been connected with the bank for
many years, and was interested in various
business enterprises. He was a vestryman in
St.. John’s Episcopal Church. He left his
residence and told his-'servants lie was going
for a walk.
He went straight to the cemetery and to the
grave of his daughter, who died two years
ago. Placing the revolver to his temple, he
fired, and fell across the mound. The shot
was heard by colored men in the eemetery,
and shortly after the body was found. The
cause of the suicide is not- yet known.
Cold Weather in the West and Flood]
in the South Affect Business.
The Spring Traffic Slow and Disappoint- ,
lug—So Advance In Hates for Iron—
Pitllttres for the Week.
Special telegrams to JBradstreel’s report no
increase in the distribution of general mer
chandise. Reports of another snow blokade
west of Kansas City, prolonged cold and rainy
weather West and Northwest, and high water
in the Lower Mississippi Valley are given as
reasons why spring trade continues slow and
Cotton is dull and unchanged in face of an
unprecedented crop movement and good
weather for planting preparations.
The demand for refined sugar has been very j
large, and the cheapening is expected to re- !
suit in increased consumption.
Mercantile collections generally are s'ow
and unsatisfactory. Bank clearings continue
to fall behind last year’s totals, decreases now
being more numerous and of larger value than
in February. The total bank clearings at 50
cities in March were $4,229,000,030, a decline
of 9 per cent, from March, 1890. At New
York city the decrease was 13.3 per cent, and
at other cities 3.3 per cent. The total clear
ings at forty-five cities tor three months were
$'2,927,285,900, a decline of 8.S per cent, from
last year. Stock speculations is stagnant,
though the crop prospects seem to maintain
railroad share values, in the face of European
indifference, gold exports,generally poor rail
road earnings, and other immediate unfavor- j
able influences. The only active feature of !
the market is sugar shares, which have eii* !
joyed a ten point rise.
The total number of failures in the United !
States, for the past quarter, did not equal !
those for a like period in 1885 or 1889, but the j
aggregate of liabilities were the heaviest on l
•ecord, increasing 32 per cent, over 1890. •
There were fifty-seven failures this year i
with liabilities of $100,000 and over, against !
thirty-seven in three months of 1890, account- j
ing for four-fifths of the excess ot total Jia- J
hilities of all failures. Business failures in !
the United States number 210, against 2CC \
last week, and 152 this week last year. The i
total, January 1, to date, is 3548 against 3508
last year.
Exports of wheat both coasts (and flour as j
wheat) equaled 2,161,188 bushels this week, !
compared with 1,820,977 bushels last week, j
and 1,521,896 bushels in the opening week of j
April, 1890. The total exports (excluding j
Montreal) July 1st to date are 71,9S2,489 bush
els, against 82,160,000 bushels in the like por
tion of 1889-90, 48,042,943 in 1888-89, and 101,
560,657 bushels in a like portion of 1887-88.
Available stock of wheat throughout the
United States and Canada equaled 47,636,145
bushels, or 2,217,000 bushels more than one
year ago, and 5,831,000 bushels more than two
years ago.
For the past quarter available stocks have
decreased only 6,985,C00 bushels, about one
half of the decrease in the like quarter in
each of the three preceding years.
In Ontario fall wheat promises well; geu- i
eral trade is slightly improved and prices !
firm. In Quebec no special activity is ex- !
pected until alter the opening of navigation. !•
Collections are slow. The Dominion reports j
36 business failures this week against 4! lp-t i
■neck and 26 this week Iasi year. Tttc i
number January 1st todate is 596,against 570
last year.

A furnace full of molten iron burst, in j
Terre Haute, Indiana, and two men lost their !
In Bangor, Maine, Leslie Ellis drank a |
quart of whisky witiiouttakingthe bottle from j
bis lips. He died next day.
John Stevens and Daniel Chesney were
fatally injured by an explosion iu a quarry at !
Durham, New Hampshire.
Two trains on the Erie Road collided near |
Hinsdale, New York. Fireman Morris and |
Brakeman Frederick Moore and John Conroy !
were killed.
A. E. CASSIDAY, Patrick Lynch and a !
Frenchman, name unknown, were killed by a
fall of rock in the Caledonia Coal Mine, at
Gallup, New Mexico.
While delirious from fever Frederick
Abery', 22 years old, jumped from the fourth
story window of his residence, in New York,
to a roof some distance below. He died iu a I
short time of his injuries.
Three children of W. II. Walker, at Car
lyle, Illinois, got hold of somepokeroot while
playing onground which had been broken for
a garden, and ate the root. One ot them is
dead, and the others are dangerously sick.
A PONTOON bridge, which was swept away
at St. Charles, Missouri, contained live men,
who have not been heard of since. They were
John Coleman, Fritz Weeks, Louis Robinson
James Spark and John Enock.
The public schools in Council Bluffs, Iowa
will probably be closed on accountof the sick
ness prevailing. The complaints mostly are
la grippe and measles, although there are
some cases of scarlet fever and diphtheria.
One-third of the teachers are unfit for duty.
Thomas Clark, aged 10 years, whocarried
the mail from Oil City to Rougy, Wyoming,
has not been heard of for more than a week,
and is supposed to have perished in the snow,
which is live feet deep on a level over part ot
his route. His lather, A. W. Clark, started in
search ot him last Friday, during another
snow storm, and has also disappeared. Ilis
horse was lotiud on Sunday,dead in the snow.
A violent earthquake shook was felt aU
along the north shore of the St. Lawrence, the
other evening, aud extended far into the back
country parish .'S. News from St. Gabriel
county, Quebec, and otner stations confirm
the tact of a violent shock. A resident of
Beaufort states that the earth and dwellings
in that parish shook for several seconds and
caused the inhabitants great alarm.
J. T. Parish, a minin; expert, has return
ed to St. Louis from Colorado. For 18 days
he was snowbound in the Red Mountains,
near Rico, Col.,.and during that period was
literally cut off from the world. The snow
storm, which raged for weeks started in
about the 15th of February, and since that
time the trails to the mines have been covered
up and fully 50 lives lost by the disastrous
snow slides that were of almost daily occur
iie Assaulted n Workman and tiol the j
Worst of It.
William Brown, Jiving on Norris street, ■
Chester, Pa., who is one of the Standard Steel
Casting Company’s strikers, received a bullet
through the heart at the hands of one of the
moulders who have taken the places of the
strikers. Four workmen who came from Jer
sey City a few days ago are locked up lor the
crime. An eye-witness said he saw four men
walking down Edgemont avenue toward the
Philadelphia, Wilmington & Baltimore Rail
road, ana five men behind them. One reached
forward, and laying his hand on the shoulder
of one of the lour men, said: “See here, pard,
I want you.” Almost at the same instant he
struck the man he accosted with what looked
like a blackjack. The assailed man fell to
the pavement, but he was on his feet at once,
and turning around pulled out a revolver and
began to fire. Tbe men started to run in dif
ferent directions, when a bullet struck Brown
and brought him to the pavement. A num
ber of shots were fired. Tiie four men who
were attacked ran down the avenue ani were
soon ontof sight. The men took refuge in a
store, and to the chief of police said they were
varsued by strikers, and showed wounds.
The ehief let them go, but afterwards finding
that Brown was dead arrested them. A man
named Schlegel was shot in the thigh. Much
excitement prevailed.
Lessen Text: “The Good and Evil in
Join?,” 3 Kilims x., 18-31.—Golden
Text: 1 Samuel xvi., 7,—Coin*
mentnry on the Lesson.
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13. "And Jehu gathered all the people to
gether.” We find this man’s name nearly
forty times in this and the preceding chap
ter, and not over a dozen times elsewhere. In
verse 36 we read that he reigned over Israel
in Samaria twenty-eight years. The manner
of his being anointed king is given in chap,
ix., 1-7, and in the same chapter we are told
how he slew the king of Israel and Jezebel,
and also the king of Judah. The first men
tion of him is found in I Kings xix., 10, 17,
where Elijah is commanded to anoint him
king of Israel, in connection with llazael as
king of Syria and Elisha as prophet in Is
rael. He is evidently the Lord’s minister of
judgment upon sin and sinners, but does not
appear to have been a true worshiper of the
true God.
19- “I have a great sacrifice to do to'
Baal.” Thus said Jehu as he commanded to
be gathered together all the prophets, priests
and servants of Baal that he might destroy'*
them. Baal was the chief male deity of the
Phoenicians and Canaanites. The word sig
nifies master or possessor, and is used fifteen :
times in this chapter, which is more often
than it is found in any other chapter in the
Bible. It is found, in connection with at
least twelve other words, as Baal-Bsrith
(lord of the covenant), Baal-Peor (lord of
the opening) Baal-Zebub (lord of the fly). ‘
(Judg. viii., 33; Num. xxv., 3; II Kings i.,
3. etc.) The worship of Baal meant the for-'
saking of the only true God, the God of
Israel, and an identification with the false
religions of the nations, and was a great
provocation of Jehovah (Judg. x., 6-10;
Jer. xi., 17). (
20. * ‘Anri J ehu said. Proclaim a solemn as
sembly for Baal.” His purpose is stated in
the previous verse to have been that he might
destroy the worshipers of Baal, but he is do
ing- it deceitfully, and a God of truth cannot
deceive nor authorize deceit. t
21. “And Jehu sent through all Israel; and 1
all the worshipers of Baal came, so that there
w as not a man left that came not.” And we
read that the house of Baal was full from one
end to the other. Here is a-devotion worthy
of a better cause, but it is even so to this
present day. Let some of.the other lords or
possessors that control so many call for a
gathering of their devotees, and the place
will be filled, while the true God seems to
have tut few who desire to follow Him fully
and only.
a. -coring lorwi vestments tor au tne
worshipers of Baal. And he brought them
forth vestments.” Thus while outwardly
honoring them and seemingly encouraging
them he was robing them for slaughter.
Death, not life, was before them, and it was
death leading to the second death. The
separation of soul and body is not to be
dreaded if we are clothed with Christ’sright
eousness, and that death Christ Himself
teaches us not to fear (Matt, x., 28; see also
Phil, i., 21-23). But the eternal separation
of the soul from God, which is the fate of all
unbelievers, no matter with what outward
vestments clothed, is the fate to be dreaded,
and against which the Saviour kindly warns ,
us in Matt, x., 28.
23. “h.'i'.i and Jelionadsh, the .ion w '
ehab.” See in verse 15 the greeting and
union of these two, and if not familiar with
the story of the descendants of Jonadab,read
it in Jer. xxxv., and mark the blessings of
“Search and look that there be here with
you none or the servants of the Lord, but the
worshipers of Baal only.” How would such
a proclamation affect the people who gather
at the popular places of amusement in our
day? If the word went forth in the theatre
some night, “Let ail who call themselves
Christians leave quickly,” would any seats
be vacated? And if so, how many?
24. “And when they w-ent in to offer
sacrifices and burnt offerings.” Here
is Jehu officiating as a priest of
Baal, while at the same time he instructs
eighty men that on penalty of death they
are not to allow one of those present to
escape with his life. Compare Elijah prov
ing before all the people that Jehovah is God,
as he offered sacrifice unto Him, an I then
slew the prophets of Baa! after showing
them their folly. With Elijah aii was open
and righteous. The way of Jehu is not so.
God commissioned him to destroy Baal, but
God did not commission him to practice de
ceit or to worship Baal.
25. “Go in and slay them; let none come
forth.” This is the obedient part, as when
the Levites went in and out throughout the
camp and slew every man, his brother and
companion and neighbor, because of their
sin against God (Ex. xxxii., 26, 27: see also
Detit. xiii., 6-11: Ezek, ix., 5-7). Thus com
pletely were the peoplo cut off in the days of
Noah, but not until the long suffering of
God had borne with them, and preached to
them, and pleaded with toem ail the 12)
years that Noali was building the arx and
26. “And they brought forth the images
out of the house of Baal aud burned them.”
Not only the idolaters but their idols does
He destroy. These idolatrous Israelites knew
that tliey were disobeying the God of Israel;
they knew what Gideon had done to Baal,
aud they were familiar with the recent ac
tion of Elijah (Judg. vi.,33-82; I Kingsxviii.,
40), so fhat they had been taught and solemn
ly warned, and had no one to blame for their
death but themselves.
27. “And they brake down the image of
Baai, and brake down the house of Baal, an d
made it a draught house unto this day.’’
Not only the idolaters and the idols but also
the very house of worship. This is thorough
work, and would seem to strike at the root
of the whole thing.
28. “Thus Jehu destroyed Baal out of
Israel.” It was a sore evil, and required se
vere treatment and received it. It seems to
have been Jeliu’s special mission to put away
this iniquity: but he did not win Israel back
to God, as we shall see. It is one thing to
put away evil, but quite another to make
people righteous.
29. “Howbeit. from the sins of Jeroboam
the son of Nebat, who made Israel to, sin,
Jehu departed uot from after them.”
Though Baal was destroyed, the golden calves
at Dan and Bethel still remained and were
worshiped. What a record this is concern
ing Jeroboam in this verse and verse 31, and
in about eighteen other places in the two
books of Kings, that he made Israel to sinl
•30. “And the Lord said unto Jehu, Because
thou hast done well in executing that which
is right in mine eyes.” He is commended for
his thorough judgment upon the house of
Ahab. Contrast the lack of thoroughness
in Saul when sent to destroy Amalek (1 Sam.
xv., 9-11). The Lord does not commend
Jehu’s deceit. While he commends the
faith of Rahah of Jericho He does not
commend her deceit either. He cannot com
mend what is wrong in any one.
“Thy children of the fourth generation
shall sit on the throne of Israel.” And so it
came to pass (chap, xv., 12). His thorough
ness brought him and his children a tem
poral kingdom for four generations. If we
who believe in Jesus are faithful to Him we
Bhall sit with Him on His throne (Rev. lit..
21). and in bodies like His (Phil, iii., 21) reign
vith Him over this whole earth (Rev. v., 9,
LO; Dan. vii., 27).
31. “But Jehu took no heed to walk in the
law of the Lord God of Israel with all his
heart.” The chief thing was neglected. Let
any one read in Deuteronomy, and notice
bow often in that one book Israel is com
manded to observe aud do the command
ments of the Lord, and this statement will
make Jehu’s goodness seem very question
able. He showed no mercy to the house of
Ahab, nor to the worshipers of Baal, but he
worshiped the golden calves, and trans
gressed the laws of the Lord. Where then ia
bis righteousness? He stands before us iden
tified with Jeroboam, a sinful man whom
God saw fit to use and reward with soma
temporal favors.—Lesson Helper.

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