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Jj.H. ESTILL, Editor sad Propristor.l CHURCHILL A PUZZLER. THE reason for his resigna tion STILL a secret. Hint! by Hi" Friend* that Gras* Cor rupt >o>) in the War and Naval Depart ment* was the Bails or His Refusal to Vote Career Appropriation*. London, Dec. 24.—The Rome corre spondent ol' the Central News says that Lord Hartington received the news of Lord Randolph ChurohiU’s resignation direct from Lord Salisbury, and tele graphed in reply that he would return to London directly If Lord Salisbury thought his presence necessary. The Times, commenting on the reported reason for Lord Randolph Churchill’s resignation —that he was opposed to an Increase in the military and naval esti mates—says the estimates are not extra ordinary, and only provide for moderate strengthening of the naval and military oondition of the empire, rendered neces sary by the outlook oi foreign atfairs. The Conservatives in Ireland loon upon the resignation as a serious blow to the Ministry, while the Nationalists think it will prove latal to the present govern ment. HARTINGTON STILL AT ROME. in consequence of Lord Salisbury’s re /jiiest, Lord Hartington will remain in l’fome until Sunday to await letters from Lord Salisbury. Lord Hartlngton has not received an invitation yet to enter the Cabinet. It is improbable that the invi tation would be sent by telegraph, as he has no cipher that would enable him to translate a govern ment dispatch. He will not come to a decision until he has received Lord Salisbury’s letters. Lord Harting ton thinks that virtually there has been no change in the situation since last autumn. He reserves his opinion as to the political future. The opinion grows ibat Lord Hartington will not enter the Cabinet. Lord Randolph Churchill alone insisted on an early meeting. A Cabinet council has been summoned for next week. Lord Churchill is irritated and astounded at the unanimity of the denun ciations of his course by the Conserv atives. PARLIAMENT TO BE PROROGUED. Parliament will be prorogued until the second week in February in order to allow the formation of anew Ministry. Mr. Matthews, Home Secretary, whose resignation was thought probable, says he is in perlect harmony with the Cabinet. No member of the government, within or without the Cabinet, avows adherence to Lord Churchill. The Conservatives are taking courage. Many members of the clubs are opposed to a coalition Ministry under Lord Harting ton, and want a purely Tory Cabinet. THE ST. JAMES GAZETTE’S ADVICE. The St, James Gazette, reflecting upon this spirit, doubts the wisdom of making any appeal to Lord Hartington, and urges ike Conservatives to close up their ranks, throw overboard all domestic legislation for awhile, and go straight on with their foreign policy. “It will be fitting,” says the Gazette, “for England to act with vigor and promptitude in the suppression ol crime in Ireland, and leave the results to fortune.” The supporters of Lord Randolph Churchill declare that when ho is able to tell the true reason for bis resignation the disclosure will cause a sensation through out the country and result in his triumph ant vindication. ROBBING THE PEOPI.E. They say it will be shown that he did not oppose grants for the necessary de fense of the empire, but that he refused to sanction an increase of the estimates unless it was accompanied by a reformed administration of the War and Admiralty Departments. Lord Randolph discovered wmle In office, say his friends, that the geverument baa no control over the expen diture of hundreds of thousands of pounds which are yearly voted lor the 'Var Office lor material that has never been provided, and that similar abuses exist in the Admiralty. A DOZEN LEAGUE MEETINGS. Dublin, Dec. 24.—Over a dozen league meetings were held in Ireland to-dav. Mr. O’Brien bus begun action lot £5,000 damages against the Dublin Express for libel in having accused him of being a swindler and an “invincible.” RESERVES CALLED OUT. London, Dec. 24.—1 t is stated that the llussiau reserves have been called out. Marked movements of troops have been noticed in Bessarabia. AN ANTI-GERMAN BOYCOTT. Berlin, Dec. 24. —German newspapers publish a list of Germau merchants en gaged in trade in Bordeaux who, the Reveil, of that city, deinauds shall be rigidly boycotted and driven out of France. A WILD RUMOR. The North German Gazette, comment ing on the story printed in the Progressist papers, that the Czar, in a tit ol rage, shot a German military attache at St. Peters burg, declares that such abuses of the freedom of the press require iustant remedy. As business was about to close on the Bourse to day a rumor was circulated to the effect that KmDeror William was in a moribund oondition. The rumor failed to afleet prices, which closed firm, the market having recovered from yestar dui’s depression. Similar reports will have no effect in the future, as they will not be believed, even it well founded. THE FRENCH PRESS WARNED. . Paris, Dec. 24.—The French press have been warned ugaiust publishing military news which would he ol use abroad. A dispatch from Cologne says the Bul garian deputation and Prince Alexander had a cordial meeting there. The Temps and the Liberte deny that either Frauce or Germany has any inten tion to go to w ar. A CONFESSION OF WEAKNESS. London, Dec. 25,6 a. m.—The Daily News, referring to Lord Salisbury’s over fires to Lord Hartington, says: “By this act ol miserable weakness and miscalled Patriotism Lord Salisbury acknowledges ihat the Conservatives are absolutely de pendent upon the will and pleasure of Lord Churcnill. It is aot strange that many Conservatives are puzzled over and indignant at the foebleness of their headers, which must surely damage the reputation of modern Conservatism.” Lord Campbell Seeks a New Trial. London, Dec. 24.—Lord Colin Carnp nell’s solicitors have applied lor anew trial of bis counter suit for divorce ngainethi* wile, on the ground that the verdict of the jury whs against the weight 01 the evidence. On Trial as a Spy. Berlin, Deo. 24.—A Frenchman named Letelimr, charged with being a French •aw. Is undergoing trial at Leipeic • SUNK BY AN IRONCLAD. The Sultan Drags Her Anchors and sinks a Merchantman. Lisbon, Dec. 24—The British ironclad Sultan ran into and sunk the French steamer Vi)] e de Victoria, while the lat ter was lying at auchor in the Tagus. The Ville de Victoria had 250 passengers on board, mostot whom, as well as the crew, were drowned. It is also learned that both vessels were at anchor at the time of the collision. The Sultan dragged her anchors and drifted against the Ville ue \ ictoria. The Sultan is an iron steam sbm. armor-plated, and is of 9,200 tons burden. The Sultan’s Captain admits that the collision was due to the Sultan’s breaking her moorings. After the Sultan’s colli with the Ville de Victoria Bhe col lided with and damaged the steamer Richmond. The Ville de Victoria’s crew and passengers numbered sixty-three, of whom thirty were drowned. An English lady who was saved lost a bag containing 600 sovereigns, which she had suspended around her neck previous to the collision, the Minotaur also dragged her anchor and ran into and damaged the Monarch. English Literary Work. London, Dec. 24.—Herbert Spencer, who has been restored to good health, will publish in January “The Factors of Or ganic Evolution,” enlarged from articles already printed. William Morris has completed his me trical translation of twelve books of the Odyssey. A Duelist’s Second Dying. Berlin, Deo. 24.—Socialist Von Hofen stetlin is dying. He was Lasalle’s second In the duel with Racovitza about a Ger man lady, who now resides lu New York. An Officer of the Legion of Honor. Paris, Dec. 24—Alphonse Daudet has been made au officer ol the Legion of Honor. BONDS INVALIDATED. Judge Lambertihi Carries His Point in the Railroad suit. New York, Dec. 24—Ex-Judge Charles J. Lamberton, counsel for the bond holders of the Shenandoah Railway Com pany at Roanoke, on Monday [obtained the report of the master who has been taking testimony for the past eighteen months affecting points made by him in behalf of the first mortgage bondholders: First, that the lien of the first mortgage covers the entire line of the railroad and its branches from Hagerstown to Roa noke, Va.j second, that the first mortgage is limited to certificates and outstanding bonds to the amount ot $2,270,000. which thereby invalidates $1,560,000 firsts, which were claimed to be held for tne benefit of the general mortgage bonds. It wus es tablished by evidence and the report of the matter that this attempted issue of $1,560,000 bonds was never certified by the trustee of the first mortgage, and without such certification the bonds hy the terms of the mortgage and by the face of the bonds are declared to be invali dated. CLEVELAND AND CABINET. How the President and the Secreta ries Will speud the Day. Washington, Dec. 24—The President and Cleveland expect to spend to morrow very quietly with Mrs. Folsom at Oak View. The President did not see any callers to-day. Secretary Kndicott, accompanied by his son, left Washington last evening (or his home in Salem. He is expected back early next week. Secretary Whitney expects to have bis time to-morrow pretty well occupied in assisting Mrs. Whitney with the Christ mas trees that she has prepared. Secretary Lamar is at Macon. The other members of the Cabinet will spend to-morrow quietly at their homes. DEAD IN AN INSTANT. A Pistol Accidentally Discharged by a Man Examining It. Raleigh, N. Oi, Deo. 24 —The 8-vear old son of Stdve Nichols (oolored) was shot here thfs morning and Instantly killed. The boy’s mother took her hus bmd’s revolver out of a drawer to show it to a young colored man named William Hart. Hart in looking at it and thinking it unloaded accidentally discharged it, the ball entering the forehead of the boy. who was standing in frontof him looking on. Hart was arrested to await au ex amination. A FALL FROM A TRAIN. An Unknown Man Supposed to be Frank Cooley Loses His Life. Mobile, Ala. Dec. 24.—A well-dressed gentleman was found yesterday after noon lying unconscious beside toe Louis ville and Nashville railroad track at Pol lard, Ala. Every attention was given him by pnysicians, but ho died this morning. Ue evidently fell from toe train and thus received iatal injuries. A slip of paper found on his body bears the name “Frank Cooley.” Nothing further is known of him. Fighting ilie Dow Tax. Cincinnati, Dec. 24—A number of wholesale liquor dealer* have taken joint action by employing oounsel to bring ac tion in the United Slates Supreme Court to test the constitutionality of the Dow liquor tax law. They propose lodeny the right ol the Stato of Ohio to tax dealers in the products or other States. They will be joined by the saloon keepers, who have paid their taxes under protest. A~Verdict for SIO,OOO. Van Wert, Ohio. Deo. 24—In June last the Uaion National Bank ot Cincin nati sent bv the United Stoles Uxprese Company SIO,OOO to the, Van Wert National Bank. When the package reached the Van Wert bank it contained no money. Suit was brought against the express company and the jury tu ten minutes gave a verdict for the money and Interest. Bicyclist Moncan’s Hard Luck. Minneapolis, Minn., De0.24,—At3:43 o’clock ibis aiternooii Morgan, the bleyc llit, was taken violently sick and was forced to leave the track. His trainer at once took bun lu band, and ii waa ex pected Ue could return in a few minutes. He had scored 1,102 miles when be was takeu eick. It was 3:20 o’clock when he again mounted the wheel, and in the meantime Snock had gained aleadofover eight miles. Open to the World’s Yacht*. London, Deo. 24.— Tho ocean yacht raoe tor 1,000 guinea*, to he sailed under the auspices of the Royal Thames Yacht Club next seasou lu honor ot the Q teen a jubilee, will he opu to the whole world. SAVANNAH, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 25. 188(5. A GAIA WEEK FOR CRIME THE CRACKSMEN SWOOP DOWN ON CLEVELAND. Safe Doors Blown Clear Heron a Store and the Swag secured Under the Note* or a Hlockful of Awakened Sleeper*— Negroes Assassinated In Mississippi. Cleveland. 0., Dec. 24.—The five safe blowers who attempted to rob the Treas urer of Medina county came to Cleveland early yesterday morning and are evident ly at work here. Last night five men en tered the drygoods store ot Hexter Bros, on Woodland avenue. A hole was drilled in the door of the sate and a heavy charge ot giant powder was inserted in the hole. Two valuable plush sacques and a piece ot Canton flaiinel were then placed over the safe to deaden the noise of the explo sion. The fuse was lighted and a loud explosion that awakened sleepers in the block and adjoining buildings followed. The two doors of the safe were blowu from their hinges across the room, com pletely demolishing two chairs and knock ing a panel out of the side doors of the office. The desks and furniture were more or less injured and the office itself was thrown out of plumb. The robbers secured $250 and a large amount ot valua ble property. a big haul at galena. Galena. 111., Dec. 24.—This morning early burglars entered the jewelry store of Julius Kreuger, and robbed the safe of $2,650 in money and $3,500 worth of jewelry. COWARDLY CU I’ THROATS. A Negro anti His Wife Shot hy Masked Men at Midnight. Kosciusko, Miss , Dec. 24.—At mid night Wednesday night four or five armed aud masked men went (o the house ol Jordan Teague, a colored man living on Mr. Dodd’s place, about four miles below town, and demanded entrance, claiming to have a search warrant. A son of Teague opened the door, and on discov ering that the men were masked and armed made a hurried exit through a back win dow, the party firing at him as he fled. The men then killed Jordan and shot his wife several times, inflicting what are thought to be fatal wounds. One bullet passed through the woman’s tongue and she cannot speak, but has signified that she knows who shot her. There are dif ferent opinions as to the cause of the killing and who the guilty parties are. The community la highly incensed at the cowardly outrage, and there is no doubt that a thorough investigation will be made of the affair. BROKEN HEARTS. A Husband Finds Wile and Babe Dead—Suicide by Drowning. New York, Dec. 24.—Mrs. Augusta Masston and her 2) j months old babe were to-night found dead in a flat occupied by herself and husband, Charles, and boy Frank, at Not 218 East Nineteenth street. Since her recent confinement the mother has been delicate aud despondent. She had draped the clock, herself and the child in U.ack crape, ciosed,the bedroom, turned on the gas and with her babe in her arms lay dowa and died oi suffoca tion. She left this note: Dear Papa: Piease let me sleep, I am so tired. Buv Frankie anew suit of clothe* for Christmas. Forgive me, Charley. Your de voted wile, AUGUSTA, SUICIDE AFTER A DUEL. Paris, Dec. 24—After fighting a duel to-day M. Feval, son of the well known author, shot himself in tho abdomen with a revolver, and is dying. A LEAP FROM A FERRY BOAT. New Yokk, Dec. 24,—Henry Olden burg, of No. 2142 Fultou street, Brook iyy, formerly a produce dealer in Fulton market, in this city, this evening jumped from the ferry boat Arizona, of tho Wil liamsburg line, his body being carried away by the current. Before jumping he threw off his overcoat, in which was found this letter: J live at No. 2142 J ulton streot. I am no good to myself or m family, so 1 end my life at most only a few years sooner. Let all men take warning aud keep away from horse racing aid pool room*. Good-bye wife and children. 1 have always been good ami true to you. Go t will take care of you. The suicide was 42 years old aud leaves a wile and two children. SUICIDE IN A HOTEL. A Young Mau Deliberately Blows Out His Brains iu tlie Office. Asheville, N. C., D'C. 24—This even ing, at 6:30 o’clock, Edward S. Ashton shot himself through the bead in the office room oflheSwannanoa Hotel. Shortly pre vious to the deed he bad called for a room in the hotel, to which he was assigned, hut he soon returned to the offioe, called tor a sheet oi paper, wrote a note to bis father, walked to ttie middle of the room, drew a pistol, fired into his right tempie and fell dead. He was 23 years old. MISS T URLINGTON’S CORPSE. Tlie Body Found With a Bullet in the Head and the Tliroat Cut. Raleigh, N. C., Dec. 24.—The body of Miss Furlington, tho deaf mule young lady who suddenly disappeared from this eity with VV. L. iiinghatn, and who was (rom the first supposed to have been mur dered, was found to-day in the woods eight miles from Raleigh and one mile from Cary, a village on the North Caro lina and Raleigh and Augusta railroad*. She had been shot through the head aud her throat had been cut. Bullets iu a Brothel. Memphis. Tknn., Dec. 24.—James Embree shot and luiully wounded Georgia Bissin to-night. He alterwnrds snoi him self, inflicting a mortal wound. Embree is 26 years old. The woman is only 18 and was au inmate of a house of lil tame. Jealousy was the cause. Murtlor Follows Gambling. Staunton, Va., Dec. 24.—J. R. Black burn, a prominent merchant of Albe marle, was shot and instantly killed last night at his store near Greenwood, by L. W. Davis. Tho difficulty icsultedtrom playing craokaloo. PLING NIOKKKsON ASSIGNS. His Liahilitien suitl to lu* $1200,000. Boston, Mass., Dec. 24—The Adver tiser will say to-morrow that Pling Nick erson made au assignment this afternoon. His liabilities are about $200,000. with nominal assets of $250,000. Mr. Nicker son is an extensive ship owner and has been doing business under the firm name ol Nickerson & Cos., at 4 Post Office Square, ilu has been in business nearly ball a century and was rated among Bos ton’s foremost uieronants. LIVERPOOL LTJRID. The City’s Biggest Fire Since 1847 A Loss of $2,000,000. Liverpool, Dec. 24.—The largest and most disastrous lire in Liverpool since the year 1847 occurred this morning when the extensive general retailstores of John Lewis & Cos., on Brunswick road, were totally destroyed. The stores contained an enormous Christmas stock, all of which was consumed, as was also an at tractive menagerie connected with the establishment. The total loss is placed at $2,000,000. CAR WORKS BURNED. Harrisburg, Pa., Dec. 24.—The ear works ot Soliail & King, at. Middletown, were almost wholly destroyed by tire this morning, causing a loss of $150,000. The tire originated in the boiler room at 2:30 o’clock and despite the eft'ortsot the fire men six suostautial brick buildings, in cluding the carpenter and construction, machine, pattern and blacksmith shops and planing mill were destroyed. The foundry and office and a few sheds were saved. Over $35,000 worth of seasoned lumber and finished iron was consumed. An order Iroiu the Pennsylvania Railroad Company for 200 oars was about com pleted, and another order for the same number had been received. Nine oars were burned. Mr. King carried Insurance on the tools of the workmen for two years, but owing to his inability to get an item ized statement of each man’s possessions the insurance oompany declined to fur ther assume the risk. It is likely that the works will at once be rebuilt. About 155 men are thrown out of employment. An insurance of $40,000 was curried, part of which was on the saved buildings. BURNING VARNISH WORKS. Long island City, N. Y., Dec. 24 The loss by fire at Mayer & Lowenstein’s varnish works last night is stated by a member o! the firm to be between $76,000 and $90,000. The amount of the insur ance cannot yet be ascertained, but it is supposed to be about $75,000. The origin of the fire is unknown, flames beiug first seen issuing rrom the storage warehouse shortly after 11 o’clock. The fire was not subdued until 4 o’clock this morning. a stable burned. Albany, Ga., Deo. 24—Barnes’stables were partially burned this morning, but were saved from total destruction by the fire depariment. The loss is about $1,000; no insurance. The incendiaries robbed the house of the stable owner while bis family was absent, taking a gold watch and a sum ol raoi ey. FOUR BUILDINGS BURNED. Joplin. Mo., Deo. 24.—This morning Schwartz’s dry goods store and Mme. Epplette’s millinery store were destroyed by tire. Twojtrame buildings were also burned. The loss is $30,0()0. The property was insured tor about half that amount. STBjKE OF THE BRAKEMEN. Traffic on the Louisville anti Nash ville Partly Suspended. Louisville, Dec. 24.—The strike of the freight brakemen on the Louisville and Nashville road is confined to the main stem, between the Louisville and Nash ville aud the north end of the Knoxville dlvisiou. No freight was sent south from here yesterday over that road and none was received. Notices have been issued to shippers that until further notice no freight will be received for the South by the company here. All passenger trains are running without interruption. Tho management announced that no striker not at work by 1 o’clock to-day would be taken into ser vice again. General Manager Harrihan stated last night that he hoped to resume traffic in a few days with men brought from other points, and will effiar perma nent positions to men going to work uow iu place of the strikers wuo refuse to re sume work. NO SIGNS OF PEACE. The strike remains in statu quo to night. Trains made up for the South Wednesday aru still standing in the yards with a lew made up since tbufi. The rond sot an ultimatum to the strikers last night requiring them to report tor duty by 1 o’clock to-day or consider themselves discharged. This tlie strikers ignored. The road officials will endeavor to hire new men, but thus tar have not been able to start a tram. No trouble has occurred. General Manager flaia tian says he will certainly not discharge Superintendent Downs, us demanded by the men, nor will lie reinstate the two discharg'd brakemen. The switchmen and yardmen sympathize with the brake men, anu to-night discussed the advisa bility or going out, but without result. Both sides are firm. A Strike at Port Richmond. Philadelphia, Pa.. Dec. 24 The en gineers, firemen, train hands and coal neavers employed by the Beading Rail road Company at the coal wharves ut Port Richmond, who have been dissatis fied over the recent rules ol the company, and wno returned to work yesterday, again struck this morning, and trams were reported badly blocked between the Falls ot the Schuylkill and Port Rich mond. Nine schooners are lying in the docks waiting to receive their cargoes of coal, and Irom present indications they will not be loaded for some time. A Rig Strike Averted, Pittsburg, Dec. 21—The great strike of 12,000 coke workers of the ConneUsville region, which was to have been inaug urated to-morrow, lias been averted, uud work will be continued throughout the winter without interruption. A con ference of tne op rators and workmen was held here to-day and alter a long session a compromise was effected. By it the wages of the workmen will bo slightly advanced anil when the prloe of coke is increased their wages will be advanced proportionately. Carpenters Against Sir. Powderly. Chicago, Dec. 24.— The Carpenters’ Local Assembly of the Knights of Labor adopted resolutions last night calling on all the district assemblies to demand an immediate special session oi the General Assembly. The purpose Is stated to be to afford an opportunity to prefer chargee against Gem ral Master Workman Pow derly tor overstepping his authority. Tho David Crockett Disabled. New York, Deo. 24.—The ship David Crockett,, which arrived hero to-day from Antwerp reports that on Dec. 3 iu lati tude 83:40 and longtllude 28 degs., ebe spoke ibe steamer J. 31. Lockwood, of Hartlepool, fourteen days out from Car diff tor Savannah, with her propeller gone. She was muklng forFayal. A Boston man who was iu London last fall was ae .eil l>y a capitalist regarding tho pros pects of a uertmn railroad. "No good-stock sell* for about two cents on the dollar.” wa tho reply. “Butt bought 120,1100 on that ac count.” "Toil rtldV” ‘Cerismly I bought at a cent and a half, snd if It’s tip to two Fin a big lump ahead.”— Walt Strut JV*w> DARIEN BLACKS EXCITED THE M ARSH Alj SHOOTS A XEGHO WHO lIKSINTI' l> ARREST. A that Hi* Wound Will Prove Oov. Gordon Men* More Kill* Parted During the Km out Spuhloii of the LeKhlutura- lour Coii£reftiuueii CommUaloned. Darien, Ga., Deo. 21.—William Goods, Jr., (colored ) was shot by Deputy Mar shal Guyton to-night. Goods was drunk and resisted arrest. Finally he tripped Guyton, and from what can be Darned Guyton arose and sent a bullet through his lung. Dr. Kenan probed for the bul let but failed to And it. The shot will probably prove fatal. Tho negroes are congregating outside the drug store where Goods is lying and are boisterous in their condemnation of tho shooting. No serious disturbance is anticipated. GEORGIA'S CAPITAL. A Number or Bills Signed—The City Ready Tor tlie Holiday. Atlanta, Ga., Dec. 24.—The Governor signed the iollowing aots to-day: To pre vent stock running at large in Dougherty county west ot the Flint river; incorpo rating the Neal Loan and Banking Com pany of Atlanta; preventing fishing or hunting on the lands of another in I’u lsskl county; incorporating the Thoraas ville Street Railroad Company; incorpo rating the Atlanta and Edgowood street railroad; incorporating the West End and East Point, railroad; submitting to the qualified voters ot Chattooga county the repeal of the road laws; Incorporating the Carteraville and Gainesville railroad; for the relief of the Provident Having* Lite Assurance Society of New Y'ork; au thorizing the probate of wills made out side of the State; incorporating the Klber ton Loan and Savings Bank; incorporat ing the Deepwater railroad; amending the road laws of Whitfield county; authorizing the Supreme Court Judges to employ n stenographer; amend ing the act regulating proceedings in the Superior Courts iu certain cases in coun ties having cities of 10,000 population; amending the charter ot the town of l'ul botton; amending the charter ot the Rome and Decatur railway; incorporating the Americas,Preston aud Lumpkin railroad; amending the act incorporating the Athens and Jefferson railroad; atuoiuling toe act incorporating West End; incorporating the Savannah aud Jacksonville Air-Line railroad; amending the act fixing the fees ot theSberiffaud Jailor of Stewart county; amending the charter of Atlanta; amend ing the act incorporating the Georgia Mid land railroad. The Governor Issued commissions to Congressmen Crisp, Barnes, Stewart aud Grimes to-day. Mr. Grady returned from New York to night and was given a reception at the Kimball House by euthusiasfic friends. .Atlanta is engaging in Christmas fes tivities to an unusual extent. The town Is crowded with visitors and the holiday trade is heavy. A genera) holiday will be taken to-morrow, and all the depart ments, State and Federal, will close. FLORIDA’S METROPOLIS. A livery Stable Keeper Nearly Killed by Escaping Gas. Jacksonville. Fla., Deo. 24.—A. F. Harris, a livery stable keeper of Daytona, Fla-, was found to-day in a room at Bet telliui’s Hotel unconscious, baviug been asphyxiated by escaping gas. He was still unconscious up to a late hour to night, but doctors think that be may pos sibly reoover. The supposition is that he blew out the gas, or returned it on re tiring. John Smith, a young clerk in Tiscbler’s clothing store, rilled bis employer’s safe last night of SIOO. He was arrested this eveuing and a portion of the money wan recovered where it had been bid. A. D. Orange, the negro constable who made the brutal assault upon a while man under arrest, wus to-day sentenced to six months in jail. Thos. Huggins, tne negro policeman of LaVflla. who, a lew weeks ago, assaulted and locked upJ. li. Stepnens, agent of the Savannah, Florida and Western rail way, was sentenced this afternoon to three months In jail. The people here are determined to break up tho brutal as saults by officers of the law. WAR RUMORS HELP TRADE. Wheat Become* Active ut an Ad vance In Price. New York, Dec. 24.—R. G. Dun A Cos. have issued the following trade review fort.be past week: War rumors have given character to a week otherwise dull. With Europe arming and the political prospects in Great Britain all unsettled by Lord Churchill’s resignation, the chances of disturbance abroad are eagerly discussed in the American markets and better prices for wheat have resulted. On Wednesday and Thursday the war reports and heavy freight engagements suddenly made wheat active witli sales ot 6,000,000 to 8,000,000 bushels daily, and prices rose l'A°- CORN DECLINES. Corn declined during tne week lc. Fork products closed about as a week ugo. Cotton closed a shade lower. Oil closed B}ie. lower. Sugar closed a shade lower, silver closed ‘id. lower, and Iron 50c. higher ut sl7 76 for transferable notices. Tne cotton movement has been large, the receipts now exceeding those of the last crop year to date, and the exports are slso about as much. Ellison makes the British cohHUmntion for two months 42,000 bales and continental 3,400 more than last year. American Northern consumption has been 34,000 less, and tne crop In sight thus tar Is only 24,000 bales less than atthisdste la*tyear. Short crop reports are industriously circulated, hut the market droops in spite of the most active movement of the goods. THE VOLUME OK BUbINKSS. That the volume of business at the Went is large beyond precedent, the bunk clearing* prove. At the East the increase is irregular, aud large where speculation is active. At tho South there is still a shrinkage in volume, with lesa satisfac tory collections, except where new manu factories give new life. But the collec tions in other sections are almost uni formly lair, and the holiday trade has been unprecedented. The railroads are gaining In traffic rather than In profits. Money 1 ulenty, but payments in silver at the New York custom house were 9, and are now 16 per oent. of the total. THE BUSINESS FAILURES. Business failures occurring throughout the country during the last seven days, as reported to-day ( Friday ) by telegraph, number for the United States 231 aud for Canada 32, or a total of 263, as compared with a total of 288 last week and 274 the week previous to last. The number of casualties reported iu the Western and Southern States and in Canada is still above the average. The failures In New York oily are few and unimportant. MANUFACTURERS ASSIGN. Minneapolis, Minn., Deo. 24.—The Flay Manulacturing Company yesterday assigned. The liabilities are $290,000 aud the asset * $150,000. The oompanv has been in financial difficulty for some lime. CLOTHIERS CLOSE UP. Danville, Va., Deo. 24.—X. Green wald A Cos., clothiers, made an assign ment here to-day. Their liabilities are $13,000. The head of the firm is a cloth ing merchant in Richmond. A FURNITURE DEALER ASSIGNS. Baltimore, Dee. 24.—Morton D.Banks, a turniuire dealer, mado an assignment to-day to C. C, Isaac* for the benefit ol bis creditors. The bond of the trustee is $50,000, PROSECUTING HI.R PASTOR. A lMiilndclplift* Dominie iu Court oo a Serious Charge, Philadelphia, Fa., Deo. 22.—The trial of the Rev. Waldo Messaros, pastor of the Northwestern Independent Church, Nineteenth and blaster streets, on a charge of a criminal assault upon one of his flock. Mrs. Mary Coulston, of No. 1,849 Master street, began this morning In the new court nouso, beture Judge Fell and a jury. The defendant was represented by Mr. James H. Ileverln and Mr. A. 8. L. Shields, and the prosecution by Assistant District Attorney Itregy and Lawysrs Bluer and Bregy. The prisoner entered the plea of not guilty. Mrs. Coulston bas summoned about lorty witnesses, and the reverend defendant Is equally as well fortified. The trial will probably last out the year. 31 r. Bregy opened the obho for tho com monwealth with a statement of the al leged facta which led to the trial. Oo the conclusion of bis address he called the prosecutrix, and 31rs. Coulaton, who had tripped Into court wrapped lu genial furs, took her place in ibe wiinesabox and was sworn. Phe testified that she was an at tendant at Mr. Messaros’ church aud bad charge of a Bible class. Then she pro ceeded, under counsel’s guidance, to go into tuedetailsof the episode, the relation ol which at the timo startled this com munity and was lor many davs a sensa tion, This occurrence was on the morn ing of June 21 last. Sbe bad seen 31r. Messaros the Saturday evening previous at bis residence, in the presence of his family, about a letter of dismissal from the church for herself uud husband. Mr. Messaros declined to grant the letter ihen, but said he would aee her again about this matter at her home the follow ing Monday. PREPARING FOR A PASTORAL VIHIT. in her testimony Mrs. Coulston went on to tell bow she then arranged for the pre sence In her house at the time of Mr. Messaros’ call of her friends Mr. Turpltt snd Dr. Butcher besides her husband and her sisters. Sbe proceeded with her tes timony as follows: “While 1 was talking to Dr. Butcher in tne parlor the door bH rang. I walked to the dining room with Dr Butcher and leit him there with my husband. t then ■vent to the door and ushered in Mr. Messurog, who went into the parlor and sat down. After Mr. Messaros had sat down in the parlor I asked him about the letter. He spoke the same way be bad on Saturday. He said 1 was too strong a woman to go tagging utter my husband and playing second fiddle to him. I should lot him go and stay in the chim b. He then went into a resume ot bis sermon of the night before and at tbe end of that time he rose as if to go, and I rose think ing he was going. I moved toward the mantel. While laiking he walked up and down tbe room, perhaps twice. THE ALLEGED ASSAULT. “As he came up the last time he had grasped me tightly around tbe waist with one arm. At the same time I saw his clothing was seriously disarranged.. A cried, ‘Charley 1 Charley!’ I hardly know, what 1 screamed. Then 31 r. Messaros grasped me with both arm* very tightly and did not release his bold ’trill heiuat certainly have seen people entering the parlor. I was struggling to get away from him and he let go. My husband End he. and immediately after Dr. Butcher and Mr. Turpltt and my sister were all there together. 1 was so prostrated I only remember thinking of my husband and tils peril, because the attack seemed to be so desperate all around. My hus band. as tie entered, 1 know immediately rushed at Mr. Messaros, and a severe fight took place. Mr. Messaros was thrown upon the floor and held there by my hus band, 31r. Turpltt and my sister. Dr. Butcher did not seem to take hold of him. 1 heard Mr. Messaroa say ‘Let me up aud I will behave like a gentleman.’ Then be said something about a physician. Mv sister and myself went out for a police man. A crowd was gathered there, and 1 asked someone to go for an officer. 1 Went luto the yard in front of the house, but I did not go Inside again. Seeing no policeman, and knowing tbe man ought to be arrested, l went over to the livery stable for a wagom, I got into a car, rode lo the publio buildings and tben went to Magistrate Clement’s offioe, on Juniper street, below Filbert, where Mr. Messaros had a hearing and was hound over.” While 31 rs. Coulston gave this testi mony the defendant alternately took notes of it upon a taulet and eyed the witness. ANTERIOR RELATIONS. Mr. Uevertn brought out on cross examination that the prosecutrix ia 33 years old, a Philadelphian by Idrth and hud a three years’ acquaintance of the defendant; that ebe Las been married thirteen years, and her maiden name was Mary Ballanger, and that sue became a member of Messaros’ church in June, 1884. Mrs. Coulston also said sbe told tbe elders of tbe church previous to tbe alloyed assault about stories sbe bad beard of Messaros’ improper conduct toward lady members of nts oburob; tbat sbe regarded him as morally unfit for tbe pastorate, and that hif conduct toward her was, to say the least, suspicious aud unpleasant. Her Intimacy with tbe pastor before tbe assault was brought out aud showed very pleasant relations —so pleasant tbat be suugested a little trip to New York, saying, “I’m going over to New York soou; when are you going?” “What do you mean?” sbe asked. He explained tbat they were to go by separate traius, but she took offense at this and replied: “If you expect ue to go over to New York with you, you are mistaken.” Tbe witness explained many of her in sinuation* about tbe pastor, and tbe oourt adjourned at 3 o’clock till to-morrow morning. TnniE Is sorrow In one family in Harrison. N. J., because a daughter lies been born with a horse's ear. Ills the left ear; it ia about two and a half inches long, amt it is covered with short, reddish hair. The malformation Is attributed lo tbe fact mat the mother was t Tightened by s norse some time before giving blrtb to tho I'.hilU (PRICE T 0 A TRAB.I ( 6 CERTS A COPT, j MUCH ADO OVER NOTHING, LITTLE lIAIIM DONE BY TEH PALMETTO LEGISLATURE. Only Ten Out ul the One Hundred Near L.w Added to the Statute Book* of the Slluhtent Public Intereet— Erirtnrc* Tit lin iu h Followers Hitdly Baft. Columbia, s. C., Dec. 24.—Tbe leg's* latlvu *6*Bloll, which came to a close yea. terday, was In muuy respects one of tb( most extraordinary that has been held in the ten years that have elapsed since tbu overthrow of the Radical regime. Owin g to the peculiar factors which entered Int® the campaign preceding its meeting, very grave fears were entertained astotba probable outcome of the legislative ses sion. in many counties there was much rash talk of Democratic extravagant® and misrule. Politicians anxious for place howled and ranted about reform aucl the reduction of expenses to suoh an ex tent that they almost brought them selves to believe that the administration of State aifairs was as corrupt amt extravagant aa It bad been uiider tlu administration of tbe now almost forgot ten oarpetoagger, and, as that veteran from Union county, Col. McKesseck,. would say—“the akallawageer.” Thai friends of tbe denominational college*,' taking advantage of tbe hue and cry, a.s v made an active attack on the university, and when tbe election was over it looked very much as 11 there was to be another revolution—a kind of overthrowing of*, everything and an inauguration of anew order of things. When the General As sembly met, and tor two weeks alter is bad been in session, things duf; look a little squallv. a half) dozen men -in tbe lower, branch of tbe General Assembly and tw, j or three Senators were lound constantly on tbeir feet talking about economy a nit, reform, reducing taxes, cutting dowm expenses, tbe Hoods, tbe short crops, offlJ oial extruvagauoe, etc., until tbough;-j ful people really began to fear that tbcruj was danger of a serious attempt being! made to run I ha State government on the' “i,hree.tor--qiiartrtr” plan, and of olosingj (he doors ol all the institutions of leant-j lug, which are at once the pride and thy saleguard of the State. THE FARMERS’ MOVEMENT. The fears thut had been entertained oh the larmera* movement proved to bal groundless. While it is true tbat a hand ful of inexperienced tillers of tbe soil) were to be found who were constitution ally onposed, us they announced, “to a 111 appropriations,” the representative inert of tbe newly-formed Farmers’ Assooia-i tion were conservative and liberal I minded. 'ihere bas been considerable said abuttl an alliance between Capt,. Dawson and Farmer Tillman. Farmer Tillman's ob. Jective point was an agricultural col lege. He started out, as has been stated in tills correspondence, by declaring open war on the State University and Statu Military Academy, but soon found that on this platform he would have a bitter and unrelenting foe iti thu News and Courier. Accordingly on Cap!, Dawson’s return from Europe Farmer Tillman sought un Interview with him. The result of thut interview was that Farmer Tillman agreed on his part toj ui,andon his war on tbe educational insti tutions of the state, and Uapl. Dawsoid agreed that tha News and Courier woulilj not oppose any reasonable and prKcttca-, bio plan looking to the es'abllshrnent off an agricultural college. Wbile 1 have nog right to say tint these were the terms of tho so-called alliance, the proof that they were so is to be found In the fact that tha Tilimsnitos in the General Assembly voted freely for the appropriations for tba State colleges, and IheCbarlestou delega tion stood tniibfully by tho T illman bill for tbe establishment of experimental! farms and stations. THE ELECTION BUREAU. 11l the election bureau other dangerous elements entered. The unreasonable and intense hatred of Charleston by several of the upper counties, a haired wbiob nos ■ even Charleston’s swlul calamity teems M have abated, aud the jealously ol this dsuominational colleges made itself felt. The economist opposition in the House.. stracgM to ssy, wa com cosed of six OR eight ministers of the gospel, a half dozen up country lawyers, an equal number ol physicians and a handful of farmers. Ihe most .-smarkable feature of tha session, however, was the bitterness with wbiob the ministers opposed every meas ure looking to the advancement of the Mute tiy means ol education. Cue influ ence ot these men, however, if they aver had any, was soon lost. Thero is too much pride of birth and pride of State in Carolinians to take a backward step, and it was this feeling more tban any other, perhaps, that detested those clerical, legal and medical reformers. Marring the action of tbe House on the Charleston earthquake relief bill there ia no act ol this General Assembly which can bring the blush or shame u> tbe cheek ot any Carolinian. So far from crippling the Stale government the General Assem bly bas rather held up its hands by voting liberal appropriations. Iu an experience of twenty years 1 have never known is g, neral appropriation bill to go Ibrougb as cloan a*did thatol 18*6. Tho “reformers,’* it is true, made a desperate fight against it, but they were routed very early in tbe struggle aud tbe bill went through both tbe House and tbe Senate without a sin gle amendment except those recom mended by the committees having it in charge. BADLY LEFT. The Farmers’ Association bas been bad ly leit. Owing to tbe rneudly interest of tbe Charleston delegation in the lower house two of the measures demand'd by Farmer Tillman aDd bis convention were passed. T hese were (1) a bill to re organize the Agricultural Department, which turned that department over to the entire control of tbe Furmeta* Associa tion. and (2) a bill to establish experimental farms and stations, which, us bas been explained in this cor respondence, was Intended as a prelimi nary to tbe esiabllsoment of an agricul tural college, ot which Farmer Tillman was to have been tbe guiding star and beacon lignt. Moth bills came to grief iu the Senate, in which bodv a majority Of the members are farmers. To aim up: The Legislature of 18M bas added In round numbers about tot) laws to the statute books, of whlob num ber about 10only are of public Interest. After looking over tbe lint 1 can see out one measure which amounts to anyi hiug in the way of substantial reform—viz.: a bill to provide tor tbe transporta tion of oon viols from tho various county jails to tbe State penitentiary. Tbs expenses of this transportation have heretofore been a heavy burden upon the counties, tbs average cost of tran-porting a single cot - vict ranging from $3O to*oo. Tbe bill In question devolves tbe duty upon the Superintendent ot the penitentiary and ctiurge* the cost to that institution,whion is uoi obiy self-supporting but which arus a considerable surolua.