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Twelfth Annual Convention of the
Federation of Labor.
Officers of tlie Amalgamated Associa
tion Emphatically Deny the Story
:.t tbe Organization Counte
nanced a Plot to Poison Non-Union
Workmen at the Carnegie Mills at
Homestead—The Operators' Strlko
on the Book Inland Road Growing
Special to tin Rkcord-Uniok.
ihii.ahki.>•;>;,.. Dec. Li—The twelfth
annual Convention of the American
ration oi Labor convened here to
day. The labor situation of the entire
country is to be canvassed thoroughly,
an i .st j,- looking to the reorganization
Ol the entire mode of procedure in labor
t. alters will Ire taken.
President tiompers called the conven
tion to order.
rge ( hance delivered the address of
ue on behalf of the United Labor
A i omralttee on Credentials was ap
pointed and the convention took a recess
till afternoon.
At tiie afternoon session the delegates
were entertained for half a hour by John
swmton, the New York journalist, in a
parage attack on "Black-legging l'inker
tonistu and Trickery." "The labor of
tic- oountry," be said, "has been paid
millions ot dollars in this city which it
would surely have lost without the help
of utril ins on thren at uitierenl points."
'I be speaker concluded with an appeal
foi the union ot all labor organizations on
fundamental principles.
i he i oinmiiteo on < 'redentials reported
rates ( utitled to admission, and
tin rep< >rt «a- adopted.
A resolution was introduced, at there
quest of Typographical Union No. 16 of
t ;iii ago, denouncing the proposed award
. the contract for the World's Fair
catalogue to a non-union house, and de
uianding that the work go to a union
After considerable debate the
:tion was somewhat modified and
adoj ted.
, resident Gompers read his annual re
port, lie said, in part: ''Events have
transpired on the field of labor in the last
Biz months which have aroused public
attention, tx cause '.he incidents connected
with them were of more or less unusual
Character. In eacb of theso labor strug
gles the employers, corporations, simply
made the reouest, and armed forces of
the State and United States were at their
"At < ueur d'Aletic, at the bidding of
the mine owners. United states troops
brought to I'n'ur d' Alone and the
men overawed and subdued, the com
manding General of the United Stales
issuing an order that any em
ployer who would operate the mines
nion labor would not be allowed to
continue work, A United States .lud^o
had issued an order prohibiting union
miners from holding a meeting.
"In ether words, the constitutional
of free assemblage was violated by
a I nited States Judge aud the General of
our army by declaring and enforcing an
edict that employers shall not carry on
business because they dared to employ
union men. Acting Judges and officers
oi the I idled States had flagrantly vio
lated the law, and 1 believe it is our duty
to demand that the < 'ougress oi the I nited
;-i ites institutef.,u investigation.
■■]i is plainly evident that the militia of
al States are now never util
i ed except Tor purposes of ostentatious
"ia- no element in labor struggles.
is not euu a pretense that they
should be what they were originally de
signed for. Instead of being a popular
organization in defense of homes ami tire
i, it is deflected into a machine of
.tic oppression against labor,
need at tins time answer with
bitterness and viudictiveness the op
- is of organization.
"Witli the ob ed of financial aid in
. December 13th, this year, has been
_tied as 'Homestead l>ay,'andall
quested to contribute a portion of
their earnings of that day for the purpose
si it< d. II is idle to Bay that because we
■>\ ere uot eutirt 11 al in the enforce
ment of th" eight-hour movement for all
sin the past, it is useless tor us to
.gain make an effort to establish limita
tion of the daily hours of labor. There
can be no question but that unrestricted
immigration is working a great injury to
■ if our country.
".Notwithstanding our petition and pro
test. Congress has practically closed Ihe
World's fair upon the day most readily
al the disposition of workers. We should
urge Congress to repeal it,
"Congress some time ago granted sub
- to tbe Pacific Mail Steamship Com
and incorporated a provision that
seamen employed by the company should
be American citizens. Tho company in
gui stion has since violated the provisions
of the law by employing Chinese sailors.
.1 would recommend the convention enter
its most emphatic protest against _rap
planting our American sailers by Chi
, and call upon the President of the
I nited States to either compel the corn
-1 any in question to abide by tlie pro
as of the law, or withdraw the s>ub
"in ice to th.. unanimously
struciious.the counter proposi
. > those submitted by the Knights
of Labor were submitted to tho general
officers of that order. The officers' an
swer was discourteous and insolent.
Since then we have heard nothing iv ref
erence to the matter."
Tne report of Secretary Evans was then
submitted. Evans said: "liuring the
commencing November 1, 1881, and
eudtug < i.-tuber • 1. . - _, 277 charters were
I to National Unious, making a to
tal of 285 for tiie year. National Unions
itedalso received through tbe office
of the Ame: .can le leration of Labor 37
charter applications."
lv a comparative statement as to the re
ceipts aud expenses, he said the receipts
tor thi Last year were f25,899, and the ex
tures 518,-K-t, as oompared with
1 the year before, and $13,190

ihe convention then adjourned uutil
that l'oisoxixo I'i.ot story.
Offices* of the Aiiiulmimatecl Associa
tion say it l* Preposterous.
siu bg, Dec. 12-—-The otlioesof the
Aaw -.. ciairoil say that the
.?'"' ial their organisation couute
nane, toison the non-union
.i ■ or"- ; th? V.rnc-gie
'i'he :.: .oy-i-i ''.irnegies how
ever, says that the chau. " e.'/ie'ici
against the leaders is growing rtnni-i.
daily and premises to be so complete ttiat
none of them will be able to es
Loiisvii.i.K, Dec. li—ll. ,J. r.ealtv,
who was arrested here for aliased com-j
plteityin the Homestead poisoning plot.
Secured a writ of habeas oorpua this
morning, which was made returnable
to-morrow. j
Qo-f__rrj__._. Dec. ii The report of
the wholesale poisoning of the men em
ployed by the t'arnegie Company, last
September, is given but little credence by
the people here generally. Dr. Barton, a
prominent physician, said he attributed
tbo sickness to typhoid fever, and the
idea of the men being poisoned was
absurd. All of the physicians and drug
gists soon expressed themselves in like
A small sized strike occurred at the
mills to-day. Light.en men employed
in tho transportation department struck,
and wore immediately discharged.
ANnl BLEB _•__.___ BEFOBTED.
Toronto, Dec. 12. —Charles Stanford
died iv this city to-day. He worked for
the < 'arnegie Company as bridgemaker at
Homestead during the recent strike. lie
was Buffering from chronic diarrhea, sup
posed to have Leer, caused by drinking
water which it is alleged had been poi
soned by strikers at Homestead.
Pittsburg, Dec. 12.—Captain Brock,
counsellor the Carnegie Steel Company,
and Deputy Sheriff Farreil left for Louis
ville to-night with requisition papers
from Governor Pattlson for- Robert J.
Beatty, who is under arrest there for
complicity in the Homestead poisoning
conspiracy. They had with thorn the
confession of the cooks. Before leaving
Brock said no more arrests would be
made until his return, unless something
unforeseen should happen. Notwith
standing the denials of prominent mem
bers of the Amalgamated Advisory
Board, ho said it would be shown that
members of that board and members of
the association and Knights of Labor
were implicated in the plot.
Father Corrlsan Chat-god With Insub
Nkw York, Dec. 12.—The trial, under
the forms of the Roman Catholic Church,
of the Rev. Lather Patrick Corrigan of
Hoboken, N. J., began at Newark this
afternoon. Father Corrigan is charged
with insubordination in refusing to obey
the injunctions of Bishop Wigger and in
publishing a series of articles in the Free
man's Journal and Catholic Register, in
which he severely criticised Bishops
Wigger and Corrigan, and in general
made an onslaught on Caheusleyism in
this country. He particularly attacked
Wigger as an upholder of Caheusleyism.
The trial promises to be of much interest
to Catholics all over the country.
The proceedings this afternoon were
secret, but it is understood were simply
Vicar-General O'Connor of Bishop
Wigger's official household was made
presiding officer.
The first cmestion brought before the
Judge was as to the Secretary of the pro
ceedings. It was the wish of Bishop
Wigger that no statement be given out
for publication, and tho persons present
pledge themselves to silence, but when
the oath was administered to all except
Father Corrigan he refused to bind him
self, claiming that as a defendant in a
trial of this importance he had a right to
express his views and make known the
result of the trial.
Dr. Burtsell, in behalf of the defend
ant, objected to the trial before Dr.
O'Connor on the ground that the latter,
as a member of the Bishop's household,
was biased. After much discussion it
was agreed that Monsignor Doane, who
is also a member of Wigger's household, '
be appointed referee, with O'Connor to
hear tiie evidence of witnesses on Wednes
day, and report to the regular court on
When the session concluded Father
Corrigan expressed himself greatly
pleased with the progress. This evening
he gave out for publication a letter to
Bishop Wigger, iv which he refers to tho
latters various charges, etc. He says iv
his letters ho referred to the Newark
German Congress as a body and not as
individuals, aud he thinks as an Ameri
can priest he had a perfect right to ex
press his views on whst seemed to him to
bo important as a national and religious
question to resent an insult offered Amer
ican prelates by ecclesiastics who assem
bled in a purely English-speaking dio
cese, and, as a professedly foreign ele
ment, it was they who should have beeu
called upon to apologize.
There was no oriense intended for the
Bishop personally, and if any soreness
was manifested it was in consequence of
the Bishop's official connection with that
foreign organization over which he pre
sides every year outside of his own dio
cese, to the humiliation of his flock, for it
is well known that this organization has
manifested an anti-American spirit on
several occasions, and caused bad blood
whenever it held meetings.
Father Corrigan says he did not intend
any disrespect to the Bishop, aud re
frained from replying even when the pa
pers represented the Bishop as speaking
of him as a "crank." If iv the discharge
of what he deemed an honest duty to the
country and the church he occasioned
annoyance by inadvertence or heat of ex
pression, he regrets it. He is perfectly
willing to lei tho matter drop, and hopes
the Bishop maybe pleased to look at it
in the same light.
Operators' Strike Growing Serious.
St. Joseph (Mo.i, Dec. Li—The strike
of telegraph operators en the Rock Island
road assumed a more serious aspect this
morning, when the balance of the Broth
erhood men left their keys. The lines
connecting with the Rock Island have
issued order to take no perishable freight
from the road.
Omaha, Dee. Li—The Order of Rail
way Telegraphers has leased the Union
Pacific Hotel and opened headquarters
for striking operators on the Rock island.
( uher operators and new men wJio have
g'nie to take the places of the strikers,
but who can be persuaged to quit, are
given accommodations and board free
and paid wages reglarly. A number of
operators have already taken advantage
of the free hotel, and the men say that
more are coming.
Killed by Masked Robbers.
Chetbnnb (Wya). Dec. 12.—Last Mon
day night three masked men entered a
grading camp on the Burlington road
near ihe Montana line and ordered the oc
cupants to throw up their hands, at the
same time tiring indiscriminately. Daniel
Sullivan aud A. J. Case were in
stantly killed, A. #V. King seriously
wounded, and a boy had is wrist broken
by a bullet. The robbers took $2.">0 in
cash from Case and several watches and
a small amount ol money from other peo
ple, after which they escaped with a
stolen horse.
Training: Ship Bancroft.
Elizabeth (N. J.), Dec. 12.—The new
training ship for the United States Navy,
Bancroft, started on her trial trip this
morning. She will go out beyond Sandy
Hook to test the steering apparatus, aud
make other observations in the open
water. Bough anchorage will be found j
and the anchors will be dropped and j
teste i and the machinery for raising and j
j lowering them will also be thoroughly !
tested, she will return to-night.
Shooting Affray In a Georgia Town.
Sparta iGa.l, Dec. 12. — A shooting;
affray occurred on the streets here this j
i afterucju. Dr. Gilmore, who wrote l
litii ■ 1-party political letters, was killed; i
. i." West, a member of the Legis
i.. shot in the arm; Ld Brown, As
sistant Marshal, shot in tiie linger, and
bert __p.os shot in the groin. c.iluiore's
ijuiiUl a red .ii the shooting.
Xw. ' Ron .ufTm-ated.
Yobk :S i ■'"'. .I—During the ab
sence i f the p; i ' ■*• '"me paper took tire
in the horn. < ' " Aibertsou, and two j
children were sun. » "L Mrs. Aibertson
is now a raving maui.! I. I
Strenuous Effort to Secure the Ad
mission of Utah as a State.
Bill Introduced In the Senate to Aid
In the Construction of an Electric
Railway Between St. Couis aud
Chicago — General Rosocrans and
Ex-Secretary Blame Reported to
be Slightly Improved In Health.
Special to the Record-Union-.
Washington, Dee. Li—The Mormon
Hierarchy at Salt Lake will make a very
strenuous effort to secure the admission
of Utah as a State this winter. Colonel
Isaac Trumbo of San Francisco, rein
forced by it. M. E< '.> of California, ap
pear to be the r \ .entatives of the
church in this efiv.-". The President of
the Mormon Cl'.n'i and bis chi'.f coun
selors are deci.riti. that polygeny has
been abandoned a tenet of faith; that
it was a mistake i. .n the first. Whether
it was a mistaken notion of the character
of the revelation, or a mistake ou tho part
of the Deity who revealed it to Joseph
Smith, according to the testimony of
Brigbam Young, for Joseph Smith never
promulgated the doctrine, is not clearly
Colonel Trumbo and Mr. Estee also
represent the church in an effort to se
cure the revocation of the Confiscation
Act, whereby the property of the church
was confiscated by the United States,
The Amelia Palace became the property
of the Government, aud is now rented by
the church for the use of the I'resident
and his chief counselors.
The creation of a State out of the Terri
tory of Utah is, however, the chief object
of the whole scheme. The Mormons have
always looked upon the Democratic party
as more friendly to that proposition, be
cause that party is wedded to the doctrine
of States' rights, and in the olden time
was supposed to be the support of the
"twin relics of barbarism, polygamy and
slav vy."
Service Opened Between Urazil and
tho Coast of Africa.
Washington, Dec. 12.—The Bureau of
A merican Republics has been informed
of the formal inauguration of the South
American (able Company's service be
tween Brazil and the coast of Africa. The
new cable has a total length of 2,10'! ma
rine miles. At the island of San Luiz de
Senegal, on the coast of Africa, it eon
| nects with the Spanish National subma
rine line to Cadiz, touching at Teneriffe
and the Canaries. At Cadiz, the messages
are passed to the marine telegraph lines
for Great Britain and to the cable sys
tems of the Mediterranean. Tolls are six
to seven francs a word from Pernambuco
to the priucipal points in Europe.
Yesterday's Proceedings iv the Senate
anil House.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 12. —Numerous pe
titions for and against the passage of the
anti-option bill wero presented and re
ferred to the Committee on Agriculture.
Petitions were also presented for clos
ing the World's Fair on Sunday, and for
the construction of tho Panama Canal.
Stewart introduced a bill amending the
Sherman Act so as to provide for free sil
ver coinage and the coinage of bullion
now in the Treasury and, iv addition, for
the issue of Treasury notes, based on sil
ver deposits, which notes are to be re
deemable in gold or siver coin, at the on
tion of the Government, aud are made
legal tenders.
The anti-option bill was laid before the
Senate, but informally laid aside to allow
discussion on Indian Territory, when the
resolution will be continued.
The Judiciary Committee reported and
the Senate passed a bill to punish non
members of ships' crews for aiding or
encouraging riots and disorders on the
high seas. This is merely an Act in ad
dition to the present law, which deals
only with members of the crews.
Vest, by -.request, introduced a bill to
encourage the construction of electric rail
roads, promote the interests of commerce
and travel, facilitate the rapid transporta
tion of mails, to aid in demonstrating the
feasibility of the distribution of electrical
power for agricultural and other purposes
along the line of electric roads, and es
pecially to aid in the construction of a
proposed electric railroad between Chi
cago and St. Louis. Keferred to the Com
mittee on Commerce.
Tho joint resolution authorizing the
Secretary of the Treasury to appoint a
temporary Register of the Treasury, was
The joint resolution introduced by Vest
Tuesday, lor the appointment of a com
mission to treat with tho civilized tribes
of Indian Territory, with the view to in
duce them to take homesteads in sever
alty, was taken up and discussed, but
went over without action.
Washburn's anti-option bill then came
up, but went over again till to-morrow
lor reprinting. Harris had criticised the
manner in which the bill was printed,
not showing in different type the differ
ent amendments, etc. Washburn said
he had no objections to the bill being re
printed aud going over till to-morrow.
There was a purpose, he said, on the part
of the people interested in defeating the
measure to do so by delay. He read a
telegram just received from New Orleans
stating that cotton speculators and specu
lating towns had wired to Washington to
postpone the bill till after the holidays
under the idea that exaggerated reports
oi a short crop would enable them to un
load at higher prices. The bill then went
After an executive session the Senate
THE Hot —..
Washington, Dec. Li—The Speaker
laid before the House a communication
from the Secretary of the Treasury call
ing attention to the illness of General I
i Roeeerans and transmitting a joint reso-
I lution authorizing the Secretary to dele- !
| gate the authority of the Register of the j
j Treasury temporarily during the illness!
[of the Register. The resolution was I
I passed.
The Committee on Military Affairs re-
I ported the army appropriation bill. Re
i fen cd to the Committee of the Whole.
Tiie Committee on Labor reported a
j bill to prohibit the employment of con- |
: vict labor ou public works. Placed on 1
the calendar.
Cummings of New York offered for
! relerence a resolution reciting an edi
torial in the New- York Sun of tiie 30th
ultimo, headed "An Outrage by the Post
office," charging that the clerks in the
department at Washington are iv the
habi: of excluding newspapers from the :
privilege of being carried in the mails as |
second-class matter without previous j
notice to the publisher, and that it has |
beeu discovered ihat there are persons |
residing at the National Capital who will
! attempt the adjustment of difficulties of
this sort for a money consideration. It
I further stated that the ostensible reason
for this interference with the distribution
of trade journals is the desire to keep the
mails from being loaded dowu with ad
vertising matter for which people have
not subscril ed; yet. during the months
preceding the election many millions of
campaign documents were carried in the
mails at a rate n< t allowed publications
issued for business purposes or in the
interest of temperance or religion. It is
asserted that the Postmaster-General and
Superintendent of Census have each
taken personal advantage of the oppor
tunity to use- the mails i'l the manner the
department pronounced illegal for other
citizens. The Committee on Postoili.es
waa directed to investigate the charges.
A bill was passed tor the disposition of
certain abandoned military reservations
in Wyoming.
Both General Rosocrans and Ex-Sec
tary Blame Improving.
Washington, l>ec. 12, —Early this
morning Rosecrans was so much better
that the lights in his room were extin
guished, the General resting quietly. He
spentagood day, and was so much en
couraged in regard to his condition that
he announced that if he felt as well to-day
as ho did yesterday he intended to take a
brief stroll on Pennsylvania avenue.
But it is not probabln tbe General will be
allowed to leave his room for some time,
under the most favorable conditions.
Rosecrans was not so well later iv the
day as he was yesterday, being rather
mi vous, due. il is said, to having received
so many callers, who came to inquire as
to his health yesterday.
Washington, Dec 12. It is said at
Mr. Blame's house this morning that the
ex-Secretary of State's condition has im
proved very much since his relapse last
week, aud that he is better this morning
than yesterday.
New York, Dec. 12_— thaPosCs Wash
ington special says; The proposed Cali
fornia trip of Blame has beeu uractically
given up, and it is beginning* to be sus
pected that his recovery is not going
ahead as rapidly as represented, and that
the newspaper accounts which pro
nounced him in a serious condition aro
nearer right than interested parties are
willing to admit.
Claim Made That the Mugwumps AVant
to Dictate Who Shall Preside
Over the N* ixt House.
Special to the REtoun-UNiON.
Washington, Dec. 12.—The first gun
in the Speakership contest of the Fifty
third Congress has been tired by the Ke
l'orm Club of New York, and the battle is
now ou. While the Reform Club was
doubtless in entire ignorance in advance
of the philippic which Tom Johnson of
Ohio pronounced against Speaker Crisp
and Chairman .Springer of the Ways and
Means Committee, the disposition of
Congressmen is to consider Johnson's
utterances aud discourtesy ottered
Speaker Crisp by his hosts as only part
of a plan which has its origin out of Con
gress, and which >s ■»_ attempt by the
club to dictate the Speakership of the
Fifty-third Congress.
For the lirst time there was a desire ex
pressed for a list of membership of the
"Reform Club,'' and Cockran and others
who succeeded in examining such list
assert that at all times Mugwumps aud
Republicans aro able to control the desti
nies and policies of the club and that
therefore it is not much of a Democratic
club after all.
There is a general expression in Con
gressional circles that Cleveland and
Crisp have a thorough understanding as
to the tariff reform course to bo pursued
in the Kilty-third Congress, and the
President-elect was in entire ignorance of
the intended slight to be placed upon
Speaker Crisp, speaker Crisp's speech,
had it beeu delivered Saturday night,
would have shown that while in the pres
ent Congress, with a Republican Sen
ate, he favored a tentative {van of separate
bills, his opinion of the course to be
pursued after next March, when tho
Democrats control not only both branches
of Congress, but the Presidency as well,
is that the tariff should be revised by a
general bill.
As the morning papers to-day con
firmed the previous reports of the slight
imposed upon Speaker Crisp, and
strengthened the impression that it was
intentional, aud designed for popular
effect throughout the country, tbo House
itself took early and effectual means to
resent tho indignity which had been
offered the presiding officer, and as the
Speaker entered to rap the House to
order there was a demonstration amount
ing to an ovation. When silence was
finally restored, and alter the Chaplain's
prayer, members mounted the rostrum,
and, grasping the Speaker by the hand,
congratulated him upon tho esteem in
which he is evidently held by the House.
It is doubtless a matter of great grati
intion to Senator Crisp that among those
who most emphatically condemn the in
liospitality of the Deform Club are many
members who were not even his sup~
porters in the last light.
To Bourke Cockran of Xew York the
incident is the subject of considerable
merriment. "I told you ail about these
people," he said. "When we took up the
management of the campaign in New
York we refused to give them a single
appointment or chance to speak. They
would have ruined everything. Yet,
now, when everything is over and we
have won the battle, the 600 Mugwumps
come forward and want to read o00,0iH)
regular Democrats out of the party."
Germany AVill Continue to Adhere to
the Gold Standard.
Bkiilin, Dec. 12.—iv tho Reichstag
Count Meirhach, Conservative, asked if
the Government would assist tlie bi
metallists in the Brussels Monetary Con
ference: Chancellor Capriri replied that
the German delegates weie instructed not
to give assent to any proposal that re
stricted Germany's right to decide what
should constitute her own currency and
to declare that Germany was content with
her present system and would not change
i it. Caprivi concluded his remarks by
| declaring that Germany would continue
i to adhere to the gold standard.
The Chancellor said the Conservatives
i evidently were trying to harness the cur
! rency question and anti-semitism to the
same car. The events that had occurred
during the last few weeks had caused
him the greatest dismay. If anti-semitism
| and bimetallism were to be used as dema
gogic cries, the Government would have
Ito make a determined stand. The our
| rency question, the Chancellor declared,
; became more dangerous as material for
popular agitation the loss it was under
stood. It would be deplorable it the hon
orable members ot the Reichstag made
their attitude on the military bill de
pendent upon bimetallism and"placed the
latter question higher than the defensive
: power of Germany. The Chancellor stated j
i that he wished to announce to the world ]
! that Arndt, one of the German delegates !
i to the conference, was in no way con- ;
I nected with the German Government.
Sin I- EtAKCIsoo, Dec. 12.—The revenue i
cutter Bear arrived to-day from Uun- I
alaska. [
A Laborer Ground to Death in a
Paste Factory.
The Explosion of n, Coal-Oil Enmp
Causes the Destruction of a Dry
Goods Establishment at Martinez—
Mao Run Over by a Virginia and
Truckee Passenger Train and Seri
ously Injured—A Winters Resi
dence Burelarlr/.ed.
Special to the Record-Union.
Los Angeles, Dec. 12.—Ernesto Qunti,
an Italian, aged 21, met a horrible death
this morning. Qunti was a laborer em
ployed in the Italian paste factory on
Aliso street. He was working at a large
tub where the paste is made, at 8 o'clock
this morning. There is iv the tub a large
grindstone, twenty-five feet in circumfer
ence, whose revolutions harden tho
dough. While he was fixing tho dough
this morning the wheel began to revolve,
and catching his hand dragged him in
between the grindstone and the side of
tho tub, grinding him to death. The
grindstone was stopped, but too late.
Qunti was a single man. He had been
in this country but a few mouths.
A. C. Wrlsten ( harg.6 His Wife With
'frying to I'olson Him.
Bakessfteld, Dec. 12.—A divorce suit
was commenced in the Superior Court
to-day. A short time ago Mrs. Nellie A.
Wrislen filed a complaint in the Superior
Court of San Joaquin County against her
husband, A. C. Wristen, for maintenance,
alleging that on the 2hth of last Septem
ber, while the parties wore living in
Fresno, he drove her away from his home
without any menus of support, and she
asked for the sum of $100 per month and
attorney's fees. The Judge of San Joaquin
County granted her an injunction re
straining defendant disposing of any of
his personal property.
'ihe case was transferred to this county
on a change of venue, and came up foY
hearing this morning on a crosa-coin
plaint filed by defendant denying the
equities of her complaint, and asking the
court, to dissolve tho injunction. De
fendant also tiled a cross-complaint ask
ing for an absolute divorce, and alleging
that while he was sick in Fresno last Sep
tember his wife tried to poison him by
means of arsenic poisons, and further
more all his property is his separate
property, and that there is no community
property of the .20,000 as alleged by
The Explosion of a Lamp Causes the
Destruction of a Dry Goods store.
Martini:/.. Dec. 12.—A lire broke ont
this afternoon at 6 o'clock in a store occu
pied by J. Morris, dealer in clothing and
dry goods. It was caused by the explo
sion of a coal oil lamp. The lire spread
quickly, and a huge mass of smoke and
flames shot out from the building, a
wooden frame. The alarm spread rapidly
and citizens rushed to tbe spot and by
quick won. subdued tho flames, which
were confined to the interior of the store
and stock. The proprietor waa absent at
the time, and the store was in charge of
his son, who had just lighted the lamp.
Tho store had only been recently opened
with a new slock of goods, said to be
worth $8,000, partly insured. The loss
cannot be estimated at present. The ad
joining buildings were not injured. The
promptness witii which tho lire was ex
tinguished saved the town from a serious
Andrew Monnliim Drowned at tin;
Benicia Wharf.
Benicia, Dec. 12.—Andrew Monahan,
who has been employed as boss at the
railroad coal bunkers at Port Costa, was
drowned at 11 o'clock to-day at the grain
Wharf iv this city. He had been over
hero making arrangements for the funeral
of a Mrs. Simms of Port Costa, and not
having completed his mission was re
turning with a friend in a skill. Ui at
tempting to land tin; skiff was upset, and
both were thrown into the water, Mona
han sank, while his friend managed to
grasp the boat and hold on until rescued.
Monahan'- body was recovered after a
hall-hour's search, but life was extinct.
The Coroner took charge of the body.
Deceased was a native of Ireland, agod
about 10 years ami leaves a wife aud four
children at Port Cos;a.
Petition Asking That Its Members Bo
Declared Insolvent.
Fresno, I>ec 12.—A petition was filed
in the Superior Court this afternoon by
the Farmers' Bunk of this city, the
Kings River Lumber Company, Kutner,
Goldstein it Co., and others, asking that
the court declare Cook & Langley, the
well-known packers and commission
merchants of Fresno and Santa Barbara
Counties, insolvent debtors. The claims
against the firm aggregate about $18,000.
Petitioners allege that Cook a Langley
have committed an act of insolvency
within the meaning of the law by con
veying on November Istb last to the i
Farmers' and Merchants' Rank of Los j
Angeles all their lands, tenements and I
hereditaments of every description for an I
alleged consideration of $50,000. This j
transfer, petitioners claim, was made by
Cook A Langley with intent to delay, de
fraud and Hinder their creditors.
Made His Headquarter, at Residences
ol Wealthy People.
Santa Cruz, Dec. 12.—Several weeks
■go a tramp was discovered in the coun
try bouse of Clans Spreckies at Aptos, in
this county, where lie bad been living
lor some time oa the best the house af
forded, lie had appropriated a suit of
clothes and bad prepared a large bundle
of plunder to be taken away. When dis
covered he lied through the window,
I hatless. The same tramp was afterward j
discovered in the vacant summer real- \
denoeof Dr. A. Lilleincrane of Oakland,
also located near Aptos. He escaped
again hatie^s. This morning, he was
found in the summer cottage of James
Phelan, near this city, where he had evi
dently been located for several days. He
was without a hat, but otherwise well
fixed when caught. He threw up his
hands at once, showing that he was used
to the proceedings.
From the articles found it appears that i
he had burglarized the summer resi
dence of J. P. Smith, in this city.
Gold Excitement In Arizona.
Piiiemx Ariz.', Dec. 12.—Excitement |
fever is high over a gold And iv the new I
placer grounds on tho San Jua river. |
Ti-ainiiiL-ii and telegraph operators are !
deserting the railroad, crippling it. Even '
officials of the Atlantic and Pacific have i
caught tlie infection, and yesterday a j
party left Canon Diablo en route to the :
mines. Business is seriously interfered
with. Friday one man washed out $700,
and another reported $2,000 as the result
of thirty-six hours' work.
Entries and Weights for To-Day's j
E \n Francis. . Dec. 12.—Following !
are tho entries lor to-morrow:
Nine-sixteenths of a mile —Nipper [116),
Nelly Van (114), Mountain Boy (109), Mo- I
Ginness' I. (96), Jennie Mitzner 1119), I
Cold Dust (96), Dewdrop (109), Rosi
9 , sir lied (99 , Mount Carl is
Lottie D. (119), Stoneman (109), Lodalia
(90), Nellie <i. iO9 .
Thirteen-sixteenths of a mile, selling -
.sympathetic* l.a^t (109), Andre .Moore
'■> , Red Prince 113 . Regal (99), Cyclone
. .Vitus 102 , Initiation (105 .
Three-quarters of a mile—Aerolite (91),
■6), Flair (109 , Bonnie Blue (114),
Huguenot v .), Little Tough 104 . Gladi
ator 107), Lady \\ alter (114).
Handicap lor two-year-olds, three
quarters of a mile—Wicklow (115), Alli
anc i HI), i '.'stru mi , Charmer
Genoa (103), Iris filly (100), Lady .Marion
100 . Thermidor (97), Donna Lilla (91 .
Five-eighths of a mile—Queen 1!. (106),
Joe Cotton (115), Waif 82), Ida Glen 109 ,
Gipsy Girl (109), Mackey U3), Tigress
(98), Jack the Kipper {117), Charger (103),
Jim R, i 11.,,
A Resident of Chico Struck by n Stray
Brukklky, Dec. 12. — The reckless
shooting which has been carried ou for
some time within the limits of Berkeley
resulted yesterday in an accident which
might havo terminated seriously. B. N.
Helphiusiine, a resident of Chico, had
just arrived from the north on the Oregon
train, aud was on his way to Berkeley on
one of the cars of the electric road. Just
as the car turned the curve into Center
street he felt a sting in his side, followed
by adull pain.
Investigation showed that a bullet of
small caliber had cut through his thickly
padded overcoat, coat, vest and shirt, and
had been stopped by tho undershirt. The
skin was not broken, but a blank and
blue spot the size of a dollar showed
where the bullet struck.
Tho conductor of the car searched for a
considerable time for the careless spoils
man, aud spent moro time looking for au
officer, but neither could be found.
Decision In a Suit Involving 600,000
Acres of Land ln Oregon.
Oakland (Or.), Dec. 12.—1n the United
States Circuit Court Judge Gilbert to-day
decided the case of the United states
against the Willamette Valley and Cas
cade Mountain Wagon Road Company in
favor of defendants. The controversy
was about 600,000 acres of land granted by
Congress for building tho ma is. The
Government claimed that the company
had never completed the road, and that
the land should revert. The court held
that the west end of the road was com
pleted, and since the suit was commenced
the remainder had been linished.
A Mill Hand Accidentally Killed.
Fort Bragg (Cal.) Dec, 12. —While en
gaged in launching logs from the road
into the millpond at the Cleoue mill to
day by mean's of a team and a rope at
tached to the rear end, the front end of a
log caught against a skid, swinging it
swiftly sideways, catching Samuel C.
Sankey between the log and the bank
killing him almost instantly. Deceased
was thirty years of ago, and leaves a wile
and four little children.
Kuii Over by a Passenger Train.
Reno Nov.), Dee. 12.—A Virginiaand
Truckee passenger train, which left Reno
this morning, ran over W. W. Bealsand
cut his left leg oil' between the ankle and
knee, besides cutting a hole in Ins
head. The wounds are not necessarily
fatal. Reals is about 45 years of age and
very deal. His lather,and mother reside
at Oakland.
Burglary at Winters.
Winters, Dec. 12. —The residence of J.
11. Wilgus iv this town was entered by
burglars last night while the occupants
were at church and |105 in coin and _v me
jewelry were taken. The house was
turned topsy-turvy by the burglars in
searching for plunder. There is no clew
to the burglars, but the ofticers, as usual
in such cases, arc looking for one.
Strike at San Jose.
San- Jose, Dec. II. —Bowman <S Brook
field, San Francisco contractors, hired a
a man not a member of tho Bricklayers'
Union to do tuck pointing on a building
here, and the local union lined them fiOO.
They refused to pay, aud all the union
men struck. Farther action will be
taken Thursday if tiie tine is not paid.
An Indian Shot and Killed.
HKAT.nsnrttG, Dee. 12.—Sam Laun, an
Indian, was this morning shot and killed
by another Indian name.! Mar.imillian.
Maximilllan claims that Laun was pur
suing him with a knife, intending to kill
Death of a Wealthy Farmer.
Carson (Tfev.), Dec. 12. —Jacob Win
ters, a wealthy farmer of Jacks Valley,
died yesterday at bis home. He was a
resident ol the \ailoy thirty years, and
one of the largest laud owners.
t ice at Madera.
Madera, Dee. 12. Karly this morning
a row of frame buildings occupied by < .
A. Dworack's harness shop and a shoo
shop were robbed and set on lire and to
tally destroyed. The probable loss is
.6,000; partially insured.
Anot her Pioneer Peases Away.
Ckiah, Dec. 12.— J. B. McCiure, a
prominent citizen of this county and a
pioneer, did! to-day.
Steamships to furry Only Saloon and
Second-Class Passengers.
London, Dec. 12.—Peters, Secretary of
the North Atlantic Steamship Associa
tion, has given out a statement, in view
of the American regulations in regard to
immigrants, that the association has to
day decided to carry ou its vessels only
saloon anu second-class passengers from
January Ist next. It ban also decided to
materially reduce tho number of sailings
during Itst. and raise the saloon and sec
ond-cabic rates, in onier to make up the
loss that will be incurred through aband
oning steerage ti-aiiic. All the special
excursion rates for the Columbian Exhi
bition have been withdrawn by the asso
ciation, and there is no doubt this action
will result in a large falling off in tho
number of foreigu visitors.
Fearful Tragedy.
Coi.r.MHiA (S. C), Dec. 12.—A fearful
tragedy occurred to-night at Aiken, a
well-known winter resort. Thomas Q.
Lamar shot and killed Mayor K. A.
-bailee. Lamar in turn was mortally
wounded by Chaffee, and the report i's
thai Marshal Robert Oaston was iikewiso
fatally shot. It is stated that Chaffee and
the Marshal wero trying to arrest Lamar.
WHOLE XO. 15,9<.2_
It Still Continues to Engross Public
Attention in France.
Public Fooling In the German Empire
on the Verge of au Explosion—
Talk of an Imperial Message Dls
solvlng tho Reichstag — Smallpox
and Typhus Fever Reglng Through
out Mexico—Cabinet Ct-i.i. in Port
Special to the Record-Uniox.
Paris, Doc. 12.—The Panama scandal
continues to engross public attention.
Ail the papers publish long articles on
the - landal, the teuor of whicli depends
entirely upon the political view point of
the journal. The Figaro urges the Gov
ernment to get Herz, one of the partners
in tho banking-house of which the late
Baron Reinach was the head, to speak re
garding the connection of that house
with the affairs of the Panama 'anal
Company, the inference being that Herz
would bo able to explain many points
about which doubts now exist, ln tho
course ol its article tho Figaro recalls
bow. thanks to L'lemenceau and Sarrien,
Herz wasenabled to have an electric force
franchise foisted on the company with a
capital of 12,500,0001', and that through
tbisandother transactions in whicli ho
assisted, by connection with men hold
ing ministerial positions, he accumulated
a considerable fortune.
The paper further says Baron Reinach
speul the greater part of the last hours of
his life with Herz, Only a few minutes
after leaving Herz, Reinach returned to
his residence, and that night he died
under circumstances that led the < iovern
to make an autopsy to determine
whether he died from natural
committed suicide. On the same night
that Reinach died Herz started for Lon
don, and the Figaro expresses a strong
ito have the public informed as to
what caused his sudden departure.
In the Senate to-day M. Lacombe ques
tioned the Government as to its attitude
toward the Panama investigation. Bour
geois, Minister ol Justice, declared amid
the cheers of supporters ol the Govern
ment that i the tn si eon
and searching light thrown upoi
uipany. Ue ad led, how
ever, that, he ami his colleagues would
oppose the passage of any special law th: t
ned to in\olve a p inflict
betweeu the executive, legislative
judicial aul hority.
Chamber ol Deputies to-day
adopted a proposal mad. by M. I >
serin to invest the Panama Investigation
Committee with judicial powers. This
action was taken despite the opposition of
M. Bourgeois, Minister ol Justice.
<;.vmi si.\\i:iis.
Protest Against Bntchory by the Prince
oi Wales' Party.
L- n-m>.\, Dec, 12. —Tlie sickening suc
cess of the battue at Witley Court, the
Earl of Dudley's estate, has evoked ex
ons of indignation and disgust
from ab classes. 'I be three days' slaugh
ter was concluded on Saturday.
During tbe hunt the Prince of Wales,
the Duke of Devonshire*, be Earl of Dud
ley, the Earl ol Cadogan and five
killed 4,000 head of game. The birds
were killed off like hens in a coop. Most
tn were so tame that the beaters bad
to throw them into tiie air lo Btan
off. Sportsmen throughout the country
are protesting loudly against the m trder
ous exhibition.
The leaders of the unemployed intend
to make capital of the hunt in th- ir
Tower Hill speeches and to make a de
mand upon the titled "sportsmen" that
the spoils be divided at once among the
starving Londoners.
Caprivi Says the Quality of Rifles Used
ta Good.
Berlin, Dec. 12.—Notwithstanding tbe
conviction of Rector Ahlwardt, the anti
seniite, who accused the Hebrew gun
making firm of Loewe<s Co. of fun i
tho army v> ith defei tivc rifles, there seems
to be some doubt in the mil ■ rlaiu
members of the Reichstag regarding the
quality of arms borne by the infantry.
At the session of the lion.se to-day sev
eral questions were asken on the subject.
Chancellor Yon Caprivi said the quality
of riiles in use by the army was thor
oughly gi od, both as regards pattern and
execution. lie added thai the weapons
were fully equal to the requirements of
tbe present conditions of war. He in
cluded in ins description of sol
arms weapons manufactured by Loewe ._
Typhus Fever and Smallpox Raging
Th roil _.! ior it Mexico.
Ci.nci^nati, Dec. 12.—Health Officer J.
W. Prendergast has just returned from a
trip through Mexico. He says that
country i.s one hospital, sickness prevail
ing a; so many places. Typhus fever i.
epidemic iv the City of Mexico, and tha
di al Ls from smallpox average from forty
to fifty a day.
Nothing is being done to check t!i_i
progress of the diseases and ttioy havo
full swing. At least ;i>o per cent, of tho
population have been stricken. Women
cai ry their smallpox-stricken children to
the depots and other public places with
out hindrance and scatter the infection
broadcast. Leprosy is not infrequent.
Humors of an Imperial Message Dis
solving tho Hoiohstag.
Bi.Ri.iN-, Dec. 12.—The town is full of
rumors. One is to the effect that an im
perial message dissolving the Reichstag
will soon bo road, and another that the
army bill will be put into ofl'ect without
consulting the Reichstag. The p iblio
feeling in the empire is oi. the verge ot
explosion, particularly if the Kaiser in
sists on retaining < aprivi. It will be re
membered tbe Kaiser formerly expressed
his determination to keep Bismarck in
spite of anything that might baj pen.
Cabinet Crista lv PortcutaL
Lisbok, Dec. 12.—The Minister of War
has resigned, owing to the failure of the
t to agree upon the proposed army
us. The stability of the Cabinet is
threatened. Prime Minister l-.rrcira
will refer the matter to the Cortes and
ask a vote of confidence.
Penny Postage for Green Britain.
Loudon, Dec. 12.—The statement is
published that the Government has prac
tically decided to adopt a penny postage
throughout ti;e empire.
Argentine's Ministry.
Buenos Axbes. Dec. 12.—Senator An
tonio Beanajo has been appointed Mm.
. ister of the Interior.

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