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, ESTABLISHED 18S0. I jj.H. ESTILL, Editor aa.l S?roprletor.j TIUI.\'IIKN_PLAY BANDIT HUNDREDS OK MEN IN THE BUSINESS I on YEARS. Xhe Estimates on tlie Value of Hie Goods stolen Vary From #1300,000 to •yr. 00,000 The Kul!rort Authorities or Monihs Unable to Solve the Mys tery of the hyatemtzeil Depredations t\ hich Tlielr Cars Were Subjected Two or Three Hundred Bleu Already Under Arrest. Pittsburg, Fa., April 11.—The most important arrests ever made in this part of the country were begun at an early hour this morning. They were not oom pleto until late this evening, and now the officers of the Pan Handle railroad have in custody the most daring gang of rail road robbers this country has ever Known. How many members belong to it are not known, but they run up into tbe hundreds. Their stealings extended over a period of two or three years, and tne amount stolen reaches nearly half a million dollars. Simultaneous arrests were made all along tbe line of tbe Fan Handle road between here and Columbus. Warrants have been in the hands of the officers lor some time. RAILROADERS IMPLICATED. The persons arrested comprise nearly the enure freight men ol the line. They include the conductors, biakemen, engi neers and firemen. The ringleaders of ihe gang arc outside the railroad busi ness, are known and some of them are no v under arrest. The first arrests weie made about if o’clock tuis morning, the police surprising eighteen men at their hoarding-houses. They were taken at nice to jail. Further arrests were made between 2 o’oloek and daylight, when forty-six men, all railroad employes, in cluding conductors, brakemen, firemen and engineers, tvere benlnd the bars. AX OFFICIAL’S STORY. in speaking of the arrests a promi nent officer of the Fan Handle road said: “For three years past the Fan Handle road has been systematically robbed. Cars on sidings and cars in moving trains were broken open and "ootls stolen, including every description of merchandise. It is estimated that at least $200,000 worth of goods were taken, lor which the company bad to pay. In August last we got a clue and the com pany determined to push it to the end. Detectives were employed who followed up every scent, and finally we had the in formation upon which to proceed. Wnen everything was ready we had decided to make a move all along the line from Columbus to Pittsburg, and two o’clock ibis morning was fixed to strike the Wow. EIGHTY WARRANTS IN PITTSBURG. “About eighty warrants were issued for men in Pittsburg, but 1 cannot tell how many lor other places, but at every point along the line it will run up in the hundreds. It is the biggest thing of the kind that ever happened in Pittsburg or in railroad matters in the -‘WfirM, for nothing like it has ever happened before. I cannot tell who tbe men are under, ar test, or who the ringleaders are. This much I will say, however, we suspect outsiders of being implicated in the robberies, but know nothing positive.” ONE MAN UNDER 88 CHARGES. Among the prisoners is a man named Raker, against whom there are thirty eight charges. Early one morning, some months ago, at Sheridan, a station uear this city, a train was stopped for water. An attack was made on the crew, and In the fight the fireman was shot. He after wards died from his injuries. At day break it was found that two cars had been broken open and their contents 6to!en. Raker is accused ot tiring the shot that killed the fireman, and this is understood to be one of the thirty-eight charges against him. BEGINNING ok the inquiry. •lohn H. Hampton, an attorney for the Pennsylvania Company, was seen this morning in the office of tbe Detective Agency, where, sitting amidst a hetero geneous collection ot plunder, he said: ‘ These robberies have been carried on systematically lor several years. The sompany have long been aware that there was a leakage somewhere, and s early as September, 1888, they quietly commenced an investigation. Detectives were plaood on trains where tootle could be watched and the thieves aught. We had already discovered that me culprits were employes of the com pany. in September there were eighty crews ot freight trains on tbo Pan Haudlo railroad coming into Pittsbftrg. Of these rot less than seventy-five were found to crooked. A crew consists of a con tactor, flagman and two brakemen. la aorne cases all; the men were involved •nd in others only part. Tbe statement 'tat engineers and firemen were mixed '•!' in the robberies is wrong. Not a sin one is involved. TUF, MANNER OK PROCEDURE. Goods were stolen in various wavs. n many instances the seals were broken, tile in others hatchets were used to cut hole in the end oi the car through which he men craw led and look what they oeted. Then they reported tbo car in i| a 'i condition, claiming that tne hole had 'vn made by accident. The operations _re all the result of a combination, rrangements were carefully made and < h rascal was assigned to bis partlcu .. . i ,nr t ot the work in much the same G’as a bank robbery is conducted bv hi;!? ,oua: cracksmen. Ido not know ,* 1 “8 members of the combination I oath-bound or anything of that kind, „ llt 18 certain that a thorough under thei”l . fisted among them, aud that tiusi ffin ln concer *' to cover each other's * PARTIALITY for whisky. • Pe thing which alarmed us more than '‘"l'c else was that they stole large I A, lltl f whisky and urank it in their I ' l They needed vessels to hold i.. ' 1 ; 80 ll >ey stole milk cans and kept on. , ' e . m nnd managed to keep whisky f,," 1 'R the oars. They tore up the “ <, Cfl hid it undorneath. Men wero iho ‘ "‘j'Hy reported drunk on duty, and ifin - . °f disaster was some- Mml' , I,u * "> conteinplnte. All c1,,,i„ goods were stolen, In ,.,fc W|n K machines, guus, revolv fi',l or- , v ’ Hilvi rw’are, cigars, clothing, • 'tv , k' , "C‘Tles,pumiture, and, in lacl l ieu '"'GDuablo article that can he car- A t,u'rt.c‘* r vv " r * ‘luioily removed. The ilio'o 1, w ore committed all along s- | O'; ""'l the losers lesiile at points Sim, 1 '"'''i Deliver, Fences were i it'Vu 1,1 lui ’* where the stolen iiiui.y, '*•'*ktin ami then sold, the 'ii w- , ''k evenly divided among the gat* v„i, ** l in possible l, give me aggra "ill 01 ,b " l ,r "l , rty stolen, but it rescb I tOO.OOd us reported." | , AT IUR .IAII.S. ’ l *‘*is bavecieatrd n, greatest' •if ii,, "Ri'dig tbe railroad employes •r'O. , V I fas scenes shout Ihe jail '* theming where relatives and prisoners had gathered to learn the causes of their arrests were of tbe sad dest description. Wives, children, par ents, brothers and sisters with tear stained faces stood around the entrances to tbe prison, eager to hear the latest developments and pleading with the officers for admission to the jail to see tbe srisoners. At one o’clook ten more men were captured at the pay car while receiving their wages. This makes a total of filty-six men now in jail here, and it is supposed that as many more have been apprehended at other points along the line. CONSTERNATION AMONG THE FENCES. Consternation prevails among the pro prietors of tbe tences and dens where goods were secreted and sold. In one in stance the proprietor ot a notorious den w as detected in tbe aot of burning stolen properly. Nearly 200 warrants are still out, and it is expected that the list of ar. rests in this city will be swelled to eighty to-night. A number oi bouses m various parts of the city were raided to-day and a large quantity of goods recovered. Every man arrested had stolen goods somewhere. Among the prisoners are several desperate characters who were wanted by the police lor other offenses. They were all armed, and whon not taken by surprise resisted arrest. Numbers overpowered them, however, and all were saieiy lodged in jail. ONE OF THE GANG SQUEALS. Tbo most important arrest made here was Brakeman Young. He called at tne jail to see one of the prisoners this morn ing and was immediately locked up. At first tie protested that he was Innocent, but finally admitted that he bad a large lot oi property at his house, and told how the goods had come into his possession. This ooufession, it is said, will convict thirteen crews. Telegrams Irom Cadiz, Steubenville and points west of Colum bus report the arrest nl a large number oi railroad employes implicated in the robberies. The preliminary hearing will be held on April 18. Specials from Dennison, 0., report the arrest tbeie of J. It. Dunlap, the leader of the gurg, and Janies and W. Collis, with several thousands of dollars worth of velvets and high priced dry good 6 in their possession, articles taken Irom the United Slates bonded cars en route to Chicago, St. Louis andother points West. One Busby, the worst man of the gang, slipped his handcuffs and reoklossly threw himself from a train whilst it was going and tscaped. THE DETECTIVE’S STORY. To Joseph Rue, Special Agent of the Pennsylvania Railroad, and Detective Gilkeson, of this city, is due all the credit of running the thieves down. In an in terview with Mr. Rue this afternoon he gave the following account of the incep tion of the robberies, their detection, tbe modus operand! of their execution, etc.: “Two years ago we decided to dispense with loess on the cars and introduced our present system of seals. The seal is ol lead, is about tbe size of a five cent nickel and is about one-eighth of an inch in thickness. A COMPLICATED DEVICE. “The wire used in connection with it is one-siwtevMrtirTmni Iron wife. “There are coils in it to prevent its noting through the lead seal. Tne wire is passed through the seal, then through tbe hasjiot the car and tbe doors, then back through the seal, again forming a circle. An instrument then is used in impressing the seals That in use, say in Pittsburg, stamps upon the invoice side the letters “Pg., Tr.,” and upon the obverse side “P. St. L.,” thus indicating that the car is intact when it enters the Pittsburg, Cincinnati and St. Louis railroad bound westward. Two wires are Imbedded at tbe same stroke as tbe letters are imprinted. Eastern bound trains were not molested. Western bound trains have been the sui ferers. As near as we oan estimate it these robberies have been going on for two years. TIMID AT FIRST. “At first the.e was timidity and they only occurred at long intervals, then dally growing bolder and more general until lately every train was a sufferer. We became cognizant ol tbe robberies through claims submitted by New York to the road on the strength of their west ern customers, allegations of broken packages, both in bulk and in severalty, the evidence lu both cases beiug positive that the packages wereopenod in transit. We were puzzled a long time by the rob beries as, our reports showed that the seals were always seemingly intact. For a long time we blamed the extrac tions of the goods upon the roustabouts at piers t wenty-seven and twenty-eight in Now York, and the Dock street sta tion at Philadelphia, as nearly all ol our western pound freight was put in cars at one or the other of these three places. GETTING NEAR THE SCENT. “We employed detectives and all im aginable deviecs, and found finally that our employes at these points were above suspicion. Finally we found that the robberies were committed between Pitts burg and Dennison, and that out of eighty crews soventy-five were practicing a gigantic scheme of robbery. We were badly stalled at first by the fact that the seals on the cars were generally found in tact when tbe cars reached Columbus on their way westward. Then com menced a system of espionage on every mile oi siding betweeu here and Denni son. Day and night the watch continued. Meanwhile marked and decoy goods were used. We found that local freight was generally untouched, and that the robberies were committed on the Union line shipments. THE MYSTERY SOLVED. “One dark night one of our brightest men stumbled against the mystery of the seals aud the method by which they were successfully tampered with. Concealed behind the car he • saw a freight crew come to the Union line car. The wire was pulled out of tbe seal, the door was thrown baok and the car entered. In a short time the men emerged carrying a lot of plunder. ’They made ofl to the ca boose ami the conductor pulled back the door, ran the wire through the seal whore it had been pulled out, and with a board struck it a blow. The wire went back to its place, the blow united tbe soft lead again without destroying the lettering oil either side, and the seal was apparently untouched. 1 saw one of these, and it was only by the oioaest sorutlnv that a person could detect signs of tampering witn it. LISTING THE THIEVES. “All this made clear, our course was muoh easier- The individuals of these crews were then uaoh of them tracked down, and so olosely were the stolen goods located tbst out ol all tbe arrusts we made last night anil ibis morning there whs not one man but bad stolen stuff either upon him or In bis room. We have our hsuds on a very thievisu em ploys, sud wears In resell of those who arc not uow arrested. I can give a lew illustrations of lbs spirit of these sui- MOMK 4MUAINO IM/IDKNTIft* “in one case Just lately the pursuit was so but that iwsmy-flvo hoses ot hue I cigars were hastily burned in a caboose stove. In another case ‘a tip’ resulted in two bolts of line silk beinglthrown from a caboose into tbe Mouougatiela river while crossing the Pan Handle bridge. In another case a crew broke open a oar and found it full of organs. One of the mon enraged by fluffing nothing ol a steal able kind thrust an Iron bar into an or gan and ruiued it. We have evidence that a freight conductor broke into a car, opened a piano and sat and played it all night, stopping at midnight to eat his supper off of the polished top. The same fellow was thumping a piano in a dive last night when captured. BOLTS OF CLOTH STOLEN. Another brakeman who lives on Wylie avenue stole a bolt of cloih, bad a suit made for himself and gave cloth lor two other suits to two of his friends. An other man hits become an expert on a stolen accordion. In all my experience of twenty-five years I never saw such a taste of miscellaneous stealing; every thing except a coffin and blacksmith’s anvil bas been stolen and made use of. Some of our detectives assure me this morning that uot a man was arrested but had from hall a doz ti to a dozen pairs of dean socks of the finest quality and a large assortment of shirts of all kinds.” MAKING THE ARRESTS. The thieves who were not arrested at their homes were taken from their trains. To do this it was necessary to display a red light at the Second avenue crossing and side track the trains as they came in. This was so quickly executed that when tbe thieving crew mustered on the little platform to ask what tbe red light meant they could see glistening on the wrists ol each other the feartul implements of justice hy which the officers gathered them together. The conductor and brakemen looked aghast at each otner as the gutlty knowledge of their crimes came before them. MANY TRAINS SIDE-TRACKED. Train alter train was side tracked until the alleged thieves were arrested, and caboose cars containing many evidences of tbeir long continued depredations were cut loose and searched. Ihe com bination to rob the freight trains necessi tated guilty knowledge and actual par ticipation of tbe conductor, middle brakemen (one or more) and rear brake man or flagman. It did not of necessity take in the front brakeman or flagman, .nor t he engineer or fireman, but the others bad to be in to make it work, and it did work. It was not required that they should wreck trains to rob. They wore liner fingered operators than that. They were no mere gatherers up of scattered goods, like the mob who carried off hams at the recent riots. FULL OF EXCUSES. Every excuse which they knew could not well be denied was given for broken cars when tbey neglected, which they frequently did. to seal or lock thorn up again. Government bonded cars were broken perhaps oftener than the ordinary Union line or common freight cars. In these they always knew they could get choice goods. Silks, cigars', rifles, all kinds ol imported fire arras and caddies of tobacco seemed to be some ot their necessities. Boxes of shoes and the general run of merchants’ supplies lor their every day use were found openly in the caboose cars of each train. RECKLESSLY BOI.D. Hundreds of boxes which had con tained the finest of imported cigars were found on these trains boldly used by the men to hold their caps and overalls and lanterns and waste stuff. So bold had they become that the United States regu lations, stnot as they are, had lost all terror for them. Whilst the cus tom house officers were trying to traoe the goods, and merchants here and elsewhere were corresponding with shippers, aud special agents at special pay were wondering how this could possibly be. and loading down the letter-hooks with theories which Hew around as indefinite as smoke, the operators smoked their Havanas within the very shadow of the court and of the custom house and laughed at their masters who suffered loss. BURNING EVIDENCE. . Fires were m progress to-day all along the line of the Ban Handle road, made up of stuff' taken out of caboose cars, tha": the evidence ol things not seen may be wanting when the trial comes. Word was telegraphed along the toad for particulars oi eacn case. Freight trains have hauled up at water tations aud delay made fill the caboose was swept and garnished, and in doing so evidence has been pro cured against uususpected railroad men which tt will be hard to overturn. Almost every man arrested had from one to ten pawn tickets for all sorts of articles on -liis person. It Is alleged that every pawn shop in the two cities of Pittsburg and Allegheny is represented on the tickets. Property to the amount of several thou sand dollars is said to be recoverable in this way alone. QUIETNESS IN THE YARDS. About the Pan Handle yards to-day there was a scene oi quietness that indi cated that something unusual had hap pened. Where there is usually a sceueol noisy btlstlo, the crews of men that had been arrested had left a large number of trains descried, there were twenty-four oi these trains piled closely together on the side tracks in the yards. The deten tion of freight, however, was only tem porary. The railroad officials had taken special precautions to con tinue moving their freight promptly. Au extra force of sixty men had been em ployed. These were put on the deserted trains In place of the arrested employes. When it became generally known that a large number of men bad been arrested, applicants lor positions commenced to flock to the depot by the score. At a late hour to-night J. K. Dunlap, who is regarded as the ringleader ol tbu gang, made a confession to the detectives, in which ho implicated several outsiders, and located “lencea” at Dennison, 0., New Philadelphia and other plaoos. liluiiu: .Never in Dungor. bT. Louis, April U. —It. t. Kerens and Dr. Mudd returned from Port Gibson to-day. Dr. Mudd makes a detailed and technical statement, the substuneo of which is that Mr. Blaine is not and has not been in auy seuso in danger or even very nick. > aster Monday a Holiduy, Paris. April 11.—For the first time since 17SU Master Monday has been kept as a close holiday. The banks und Bourse were closed. The sky was cloud less. There was a brilliant gathering at Long Champs races. Pi anee tiff ra to Mrall.itr, Paris, April IL—The government ha* offered to mediate between Iviglaml and Hayti. The heir thinks the imminence oi American intorveniion gives ib • ques tion a grave off erne ter. A Church Mtruuk iy I igiituing, KTIM.WATMR, Ml NX.. April 11.-The Ascension < Episcopal) church was struck by lightning this morning aud totally destroyed. SAVANNAH, TUESDAY, APRIL 12. 1887. HYDE PARK’S BIG RALLY FUIiliY 150,000 IKOI*!jE iIKN OUT FOll OLD EIIIN, Largo Ilodlo* of I*olioo Hold in Keadi no** to Quell Kiotlng; but Tbeir Service** Not Called Into Play—The Crime* Act Amendment Hill SitnultM nemiftly Denounced From Fourteen Platforms. London, April 11.—This, the day ap pointed for the great demonstration in London against the Irish coercion bill now before the House of Commons, open ed brilliantly. The weather was balmy and the sun shone brightly. At 10 o’clock vastorowdsof people were march ing toward Hyde Park, where tbe meet ing was to be held, from every direction of Loudon, with bands, banners and car nages filled with the leaders in the day’s exercise*. The utmost enthusiasm pre vailed in the great throngs. Many of the banners exhibited bore portraits of Mr. Gladstone, Michael Davltt and F’ather Keller and the Inscription, “Justice for Ireland.” Fourteen platforms for the use of orators had been erected in Hyde Park, and ocaupted the whole frontage tacing the lashtonablo Park lane, All those taking part in the pirocession irom East to West End, London, wore green rosettes to imi tate the emblem of the shamrock. A large force ot police was held in reserve for auv emergency. ""The gathering w as the largest ever held in London. The people were enthusias tic. but orderly. A motion protesting auainst the coercion bill was offered si multaneously Irom fourteen platforms and carried amid great enthusiasm The Socialists stole a inarch on the po lice and erected platfoftns, irom which several speakers delivered orations. They afterwards held a noisy meeting in Tra falgar square. Mrs. Gladstone watched tne anti-coer cion procession front aWindo-v in Pioea diliy.und was given an ovation by the men in line. 150,000 rttSjSKNT. 'I he estimates of the attendance at the meeting vary, but it is Sertaiu that $150,- 000 persons, including lookers on, were present. The prooesstou took one and one-balfchours to tile into the park. Thu first contingent was composed of the members of the Robert Emmet Lodge. Then followed a large Dumber ol Irish temperance lodges. Radical Workmen’s clubs and Social Democratic societies. Numerous bands of music were in the line. While passing the Uarleton and other Conservative clubs the bauds played the dead march in Soule aud the .Marseilles. Green banners and Irish na tional emblems were conspicuous in tbs ranks ot the paraders. Among the mot toes displayed on the banners oi the Radi cals were these: “Justice to Ireland,” “Fneudship, not Bayonets,” “No Coer cion.” LORD MAYOR SULLIY AN’S PLATFORM. The effect of the careful arrangements that bad beeu made to avoid contusion at the Park was seen in the admirable order in which theparaders grouped themselves around the fourteen platforms. Tne great est throng gatuered at the platform .Irom wbicti Lord Mayor Sullivan, of Dublin, and Mr. Conyboare and William Red mond, Members ol Parliament, spoke. Lord Mayor Sullivan, in the course ol a most effective speech, asked: “Is it the wish of toe workmeu of Loudon that tne honest, hard working tenancy of Ireland snail be forever crushod down?” A tre mendous responsive “NoI” resounded throughout the I’ark. The mention of tne (jiieen as about to celebrate ber jubi lee by signing away the liberties ol the people ot Ireland brought forth a torrent of hisses, and tne meutiou ol Air. Cham berlain’s name amused a tempest of groans and hisses, aud cries of “Traitor!” NO HATRED OF ENGLAND. Mr. Sullivan, in concluding, assured his hearers that the demonstration wouid carry hope and joy into the hearts ot the Irish. It would cheer many a poor, struggling man to know that England was no enemy of Ireland. In return he said: “Don’t let them believe those who say the Irish are mortal, implacable enemies ot England. That is a falsehood worthy of the bottomless pit. [Cheers, j Let there bo an end of oppression and in justice and there will be an end ol hat icd.” [Prolonged cheering.| Michael Davitt appeared at the Socialist plattortn. lie referred to the demonstration us proof ot the approach ing solidarity of the people of Great Britain and Ireland. ALARM OF THE CLASSES. In proportion as the masses began to understand each other, so toe classes be came alarmed. The privileged classes well knew the inevitable tendency of the Irish movement and sought to crush tee Irish leaders, hoping to prevent the Knglish people following the example set them by tbe Irish, but they Would hold the fort in Ireland. [Cheers. | On the day on which the crimes act suottid be come ala w they would either have to give up the struggle that had been waged lor centuries auu lie down as slaves or ren der the system impossible of duration. They would lullow the manlier couise. The classes bad in tbe past built a bridge of hate across tbe Irish Sea. Tbe people would pull it dpwu and erect a bridge ot love between the toilers of Helmut and the honest workers ol Jiiuglaud. [Cheers., John Burns, the focialist leader, lolloweU Mr. Davitt. Ht declared that tbe state oi Ireland justified civil war and that the English people were ready to assist the Irish peasants in a revolt. At 4:30 o’clock a bugle sound-d, and at tuis pre-arranged signal tbe resolu tion condemning the crimes bill was put simultaneously at all of the platforms aud was carried amid a prolonged roar of cheers. A NEW PARLIAMENTARY OFFICE. The position to which King Harman has just been appointed, that ot Bur liameiitary Under Neo-Mary, is a newly created office, to which no salary is at laoned- A hill will be introduced In l'ariiament, however, providing emolu ment for this offico. Sir lledvers Buller is still Under Beoerotary for Ireland, bis successor not having been chosen yet. Sir William Kane, now Assistant Under Weoretary, will probably be appointed to tue office. COMMENTS OF THE I’HKWH. London, April 13, & a. m.—The Dally News, commenting on the Hyde Bark demonstration, says; “The demons!ra tion snows that the bulk of the working population of London have returned to co-operation with tus liberal party, deun mined tod j justice to Ireland. That is a sufficient and mumbling reason lor which they gave up their holiday. They relu-edto takesase while Innjiit. tea Impresslou was being donaintbslr name.” Tue Tsleprapb *aya: ‘‘Juatios muat lie done to lbs uarnaatuass oi those who took part lu the demonstration, hut a closer *•*<*i H.f' fl Of tt) could not fall to convince them that the government is not trying to tyrannize over anybody, but Is trying to emancipate tbe farmers and tradesmen from a subtle and coward ly form of tyranny.” ’i he Daily News says that the Liberal Unionists are annoyed ut the appoint ment of Col. King Harmon as Under Secretary, and that sonic or them threaten to withdraw their supuort of tho govern ment. The Standard says: “The meeting was imposing enough in point of numbers to justify the undisguised nride of its pro fessional. promoters. It was worthy of the Gludsione-Parnell compact, out of which if. grew.” Tho Chronicle and Times characterize the meeting at Hyde Park as a dull and spirit lokb affair. The Times says that, not over 50,(HIO persons wore present to lend their sanction to the cause of free boy cotting and moonlighting, GLADSTONE BLAMED. William S. Cain, chief “whip” of the Liberai-Unionist in. Parliament, spoke to-day at Hawick. He Idatned Mr. Gladstone for support ing obstructive tactics in the House of Commons. He said that the scoundrels who were committing outrages in Ire* luud were not brought to justice, al though their neighbors knew them to be guilty. The Unionists would not have supported coercion unless the govern ment had proposed a remedial bill. Tbey preferred conservative measures to the bill introduced by Gladstone. The Daily News’ statement that Lord Dunraveu and Lord Balfour, of Burleigh, were engaged in drafting a scheme of lo cal seif-government, for Ireland is author itatively contradicted. The Chronicle’s Rome correspondent says that the propogamta has sent a sharp reminder to the Irish bishops to avoid po litical agitation. ATTITUDE OF IHK CHURCH. RoMe, April 11, —lu consequence oi England’s treatment of Ireland and the altitude ol tbe Irish clergy on tho Irish question, the Pope has charged Cardinal bimeoni. Prelect of the congregation of the propogauda, to make a thorough in quiry into the wnole matter and* to draft instructions lor the Irish Bishops. A SUSPICIOUS VKBSEI-. Cork, April 11.—it is reported that there is a suspicious vessel off Youghal, County Cork,waiting for a chance to land a cargo of dynamite. A letter Irom Rev. Mr. Kennedy ap pears in tne Cork Herald saying tout tbe suspicious vessel seen off Youghal is the Gulnare, wtnen left an Amerioan port ten days ago. He says it is part of tne gov ernment plot to treat people to a scare in order to assist in pasolug tho coercion bill, and that the vessel will oruise be tween (Jueenstown and Yougbal and try to entrap men to assist In landing dyna mite, wnen the government agents will be ready to receive them- Rev. Kennedy asserts that the plot was originated at Dublin Castle. EVICTED AFTER A HARD FIGHT. Dublin, April 11.—Daniel Grace, a fanner oi Kilbarry, county Cork, has beeu evicted alter a most determined resistance. A force of poiioe went to his bouse early Saturday morning lor the purpose of evicting him, but he hail erected barricades aud succeeded in keeping tbe officers at bay all day. To day the struggle was renewed, but the police finally effected an entrance and Grace was driven from his home, MANIFESTLY IMPROPER. Washington, April 11.—A delegation of lrmn Americans called at the White House to-day to Invite the President to attend a meeting to be held here to-night to protest against the coercion policy, in Ireland. Tbey saw Col. Laniont and were informed that whatever the Presi dent's private views on the subject might be it would be manifestly improper to at tend such a meeting in nis official ca pacity. TEXAS’ DItOUOHT UNBKOKKN. I'lip Slight, Rainfall in Sectionii not Sufficient to bo of Benefit. Galveston, Tkx., April 11—The drought throughout Texan continues un broken. I.ate advices from Kan An tonio and vicinity say that the rainfall of Saturday and Sunday in that section proves insufficient. The signal otlicer at San Antonio re ports the precipitation ot 2Alootb ofs an inch on Saturday aud of only 6-lOOtbs of an inch yesterday, it is thought that further soutn, in tho grazing districts bordering on the ltio Grande, the pre cipitation was heavier. The complhlnts from the cotton belt are rapidly increas ing. The drought reports now constitute the principal news items of the State. A PUBLIC MEETING. Sa.n Antonio, April 11.—-A public meeting was held here Saturday evening for the purpose of devisiug means to aid the families rendered destitute by reason of the prevailing drougnt. Tho KxecuUve Committee appointed a meeting, held a consultation to-daj%aud decided tosendout circulars Immediately to responsible parties in sections contig uous to "an Antonio in order to ascer tain the number and necessities of the sufferers before making a general appeal in their behalf. I'llAT'A'bUUKG’* EXPLOSIONS. Hundreds of People Narrowly Es cape Being; Blown to Atoms. TROY, N. Y., April 11.—There were two terrific explosions at tbe Nltro-Uly cerine Works at rialtsburg yesterday afternoon. The first occurred at 2:15 o’clock and the second at 2:22 o’clock. It is thought that the heat of the sun raised the temperature of the substance which was mixed outside ot the factory. The hrst explosion scattered a lire in the store aud caused a second explosion of GOO pounds of nitre-glycerine. Nothing was left ol the large brick building used as a factory but an immense bole in the ground. Windows were, broken In buildings in Platuburg, at and the shock was lull in Burlington, Yt, Had the evplosulii occurred a lew minutes later there would have been terrible loss of life, as hundreds of per sons were on their way to Hie scene of tbs accident, A dispatch from Burling ton last night reported two shocks of earthquake at times corresponding with tnese explosions. Buiilhluhl to (Siberia. Odkhha, April 11.—A convey of 480 officers use arrived here for transporta tion to the convict colony of Hugbullon. They are charted of being implicated In plots against the Czar. Th- y are not Nihilists, but are merely suspected of being in sympathy with the revolutionary parly. TM RXATKNKO WITH OEATH. I.os ion, April 11. — Tba Tlinjs corres pondent at St. Petersburg says It Is re i>orted tbat the Czar hclore returning to OttecbJiia oil Wednesday found letters on his writing tabla in the Winter Palacs tbroaianing bun with dtu. HAH WAY’S CRUEL CRIME. A - Tbe Unknown Dead Borne to the Vault by Newspaper Reporters. Rahway, N. J., April 11.—The body or the unrecognized murdered girl was to day clotbed in a white satin shroud and placed in a casket covered with whito cloth, ornamented with six heavy silver plated handles. Tho plate boars the in scription: • sees* •••# Died, March 25, 1887, Cruelly Sluln. A WOMAN AND A STRANGER, Ak<?l About 25 Yearn. The funeral took place at the First Presbyterian church at 2 o’clock, report ers of New York newspapers acting as pall-bearers. There was a handsome floral (llspluv. Thu sermon was preach, and hy Rev. VY’illiam Allred Gay, past or of the church. His text was, would that others should do to you, do ye even so to them.” in opening his sermon, he said: “We meet to-day under the shadow of a great mys tery. In a suburb of this city a woman has been murdered by an unknown as sassin. Silently the victim of this deed walked our thoroughfares, and the secret brutal monster planned the atrocious crime. Unseen by human eyes ho struck blows which sent an immortal soul into anotner world. Tuen the coward lied with blood upon his hand, blood upon his person and blood upon his soul.” RIOTING AT DENVER. Swedes, Poles and linns Follow a l east With a Iliji l ight, Denver, April 11. A bloody riot oc curred last night between rival Swedish, Polish and Hungarian ooloniesat Thirty fourth amt Blake streets which resulted in the fatal shooting of one man and seri ous wounding of others. it grew out ot a christening festivity. When tbo chris tening party hud eaten and drank they ivetil out upon the sidewalk and made war upon tho inhabitants of a neighbor ing house. Others in the neighborhood became involved, and the uproar became so great that it required a detachment of a dozen police, armed with Winchesters, to quell the disturbance. Three or four police first made their appearance, when the rioters postponed their contention and joined iorces against the common enemy. They could not stand against the rifles, however, and about thirty were lodged in tho calahoosc and some in the hospital. Only one or two of the prisoners can speak English. They are all ragged, dirty and spattered with blood, and have toe appearance of be longing to the lowest type of humanity. Many of them arrived in Denver only a week ago direct from Hungary, Poland, Buhemia, and other parts of Europe. DROWNED IN A CISTERN. A Watchman of Memphis ( harifotl With a Double Murder. Memphis, Tknn., April 11.—Saturday evening Robert Steele, watchman at the Memphis Oil Works, on entering the warehouse of tho Chickasaw Refining Company, heard splashing in an aban doned cistern that bad been uncovered hy the wreok of a portion ol the flooring. Looking in he saw a negro boy as he sank drowning in the water. Ho summoned several of the oolorod laborers on tbe premises and with their aid fished up the boy, whose name proved to be Willie Bryant, and bis age 15 years. Sunday the body of another colored boy, Will C. King, was touud in the cistern. An inquest was Uold on tbe two bodies, and a verdict of accidental drowning returned. The tnothet of Bry ant claims that sno can show that F. M. Mills, the watchman at the warehouse, drove the boys into the cistern and stood there and saw them drown without of fering lo rescue them. Her husband has sworn out a warrant against Mills charg ing him with murder. Mills is under arrest. DEATH ON A PLEAM RE TRIP. Tragic End ot the Visit of Two Vassar Girls to a Mine. Pottsvillk, Pa., April 11.—A shock ing accident occurred in the mine of tbe Chamberlain colliery ut ’bt. Clair this atternoon. Miss Berlista Shaul, of Sha ron Springs, New York, a student ol Vassar college, was visiting Mias Minnie Koiter. of Bt. Clair, a fellow student. Tbe two young ladles In company with a young man named Harry .Short uud Ed wiu Thompson, one of the operators oi the colliery, entered the mine lor the purpose of giving Miss Shaul an oppor tunity to inspect tbe operation of min ing coal. The mine had not been working lor a week and none but tbe party of explorers were inside at tbe time. An explosion of tire dump was caused hy tbeir lamp. Mrs. Keiter was killed, Miss Shaul had a leg broken and is badly burned but may recover. Mr. Short still lies unconscious Irom manv injuries and will probably die. Mr. Thompson is paluluilv but not seriously hurt. GOVERNMENT VICTORY. Solicitor General Jenks Highly Pleased Over the Hart. w abiiington, April 11.—Solicitor Gen eral .looks was greatly encouraged by the victory won for the governmeut in the preliminary skirmish in tbe Bell tele phone suit in Boston, lie thinks the opinion ol Judge Colt practically decides tue next two poiuls tbat are to be raised by the telephone company, and decides them in lavor of tho government. Ho ex pects to see the demurrer of the telephone company set aside by Judge Colt and the plea that they will then liie In bar that the questions involved have been prhvlouely adjudicated over ruled. 110 has instructed District Attor ney Stearns to press the suit with ait pos sible dispatch. He hopes to get It bcloro tho L'uiied (Hates Supreme Court this yoar. Hu is confident tuut tbe ultimate decision will be in lavor of the govern ment and hence Is ebb llv anxious to pre vent delay on the pari of the counsel for the telephone company. Cleveland to Review a Parade. Washington, April 11,—'Tbe Presi dent today accepted an Invitation to review on Monday next the procession of colored people on tbe ocoueion of the twenty-tilth anolveisary of the emancipation of etaves in the District of Columbia. Iw i siiadisi'ii PiMiiuasieb. Washington, April 11.—The Presi dent to day appoinied to bs Postmasters, Joseph st. Clair Wigvlns at Hrunswtok, lit., vice Mr. r*tlgod, and Jamas DeUney at Orlando, Via., vies Mr. Spelr, , removed. (PKICVftIOAYEATt.I 1 & CENTS A COPY. J WAR OF THE RAILROADS THE CHICAGO AND ALTOtf WARNS THE PENNSYLVANIA. Culled State* Court* to he Keiorted * If the Kefiinal to Sell Ticket* I* p„ r . *l*ted in Baltimore Mud Ohio Decide* to Cut tff Cciutnl**ioi>*—Chicago* Western Itnud* Make a Deal With thy Grand Trunk Llur, INDIANAPOLIS, IND., April 11.—Ot Saturday last the ticket areal of the Penn sylvama road at Logansport refused to sell a party of twelve tickets to Sail Dieto over the Chicago and Alton road. the Western connection of the Pennsylvania lines which the Pennsylvania Company has boycotted. He offered to sell the parly tickets reading over a competing line of the Chicago and Alton. A repre sentative of the Chicago and Alton went to Logansport tu-day with instruction# that should the Pennsylvania agent still refuse to sell tickets via the line to bring the mattor betore the United states Court* under the new discrimination clause n| the now law. A CHICAGO AGREEMENT. Chicago, April 11.—On aocount ot tfct, disagieeineiit between the Eastern and Western lines regarding the divisions of rates on business trom the seaboard to tbo Missouri river and beyond, which le* suited in the lines quoting local rates up to anil west ol Chicago, and the divers on of a large amount of this class of busi ness to St. Louis routes, via which city the rates wore from 2o to 80 per hundred lower, the Celcago west-bound lines havo concluded an arrangement with the Grand drunk whereby the old rates and divisions are entered into again. Tina will give the Grand Trunk control of tb#~ businesseinless other Pastern tines yield the point they have been fighting over. BALTIMORE AND OHIO COMES IN. New York, April 11.—The Haltlmor*. and Ohio has determined, beginning u| Wednesday, to oomo into an ment not to give commissions to Emigrant rates remain the same, tor reductions on tickets sold a broad. j|, MOHAWK VALLEY I'UKMofl Traffic on the Central llrougtit to a Standstill. % Cana.ioharik, N. Y., April 11.— citcmcnt was nevor more intense al JH the Mohawk river, wbiob has con rim JM to rise since morning. At Fonda, \Om sterdam, Tribe’s Hill, Yost’s, Sprakedß Canajoharle, Fort Plain and St. Johiff villo the Central railroad tracks are merged and the river is still rising. abutments of the bridge over the at Fort Plain have crumbled so niiisS that no one is permuted to it. If this structure goes It more than probable that it win with it tbe bridge at Couajobarle. flood has not been equalled since inert; is an ice jam near Big Nose. Be special train on the Central, ntanding posite, is in tho water to the car and cannot move. The lighluingexprcriflH also are both stalled In tuts vicinity" and the passengers were removed from the oars with boats. Fultonvtlle and Fonda arc nearly ail under water. >'o telegraph wires on the Central railroad are In operation. The railroad tracks are lorn up at Palatine bridge, and tbe traoks are washed out in various Effaces. Travel will be impeded for several days, it is said that the Central railroad will run important trains on tne West Shore road, which is comparatively (roe from trouble. THE BRIDGE CARRIED AWAY. Canajohakie, N. Y., April 11,11 p. m, The bridge over the Alonawg at Fort Plain was carried away to-niglit. Two sections struck the Canajoharie bridge and nearly carried it away. The loss amounts to many thousand dollars. Sev eral trains are stalled on tne Central road in four leet of water. CANADA SCENTS DANGER. President Cleveland’s fisheries Let. ter Well Construed. Toronto, Ont., April 11.—The Globa to-dav Bays: “The letter of President Cleveland to the President of tbe Fishery Union ol Gloucester, Mass., is a remark, üble and important document. It is not such a letter as Amcrioacs interested in tne fisheries desired to receive Irorn tba President, but tbe letter was evidently intended as a warning to Canadians also. While wo desire that th* rights of Cana da he firm ami efficiently asserted and maintained, we hope tuut the American fishermen will not be reiused any privi leges to which they are entitled, and that they will never experience unjust or un rriendly treatment Irom those employer) in tbe protection of our rights. It would be fol y, however, to put out of sight tna lacl that many in the United (Hates, uu eluding, apparently, the President hirn sell and the members ot his Cabinet, as. sert that the tisbermen of tbs United States have rights In our waters whioi we believe they have not under the termf of the treaty now in force, and tbat there are privileges to whiou tuey are entiiled. in tbe opinion of the President, to which we say they have no title whatever. From this misunderstanding, if we assert what we believe to be our rights, greater mis understandings may arise. Tms letter, ulthnugh studiously moderate in tone,, intimates ptaiuly what may follow. The position is, to bay the least, exceedingly serious.” Salvationists Assaulted. . Quebec, April 11.—While a French detachment of the Salvation Army was parading the streets yesterday aiternoon It was attacked by a bowling mob, who pelted the members with large lumps of snow and lee. one of ton ismales of thj Army was knocked senseless and daiw gerousl v hurt by being struck on the head with u piece of Ice welgulug nearly five pounds. Tbe drums of the detachment were all smashed. the police bave'a* yet made no arrests. I hive More Aqueduct Victims. New York, April 11 —Three men were killed to-day at snail No. 10 Ot the in w aqueduct oy the tailing of a cage. Tba cage had just come up with about twen ty workuii o and was left unguarded at tbe lop ol tba shall. One man stepped Into the cage which was not secured and it dropped, striking two others who wets at lily bottom ol the shaft, killing all ot them instantly. i lie Bugle fettle in Port. bt. John, N. F„ April 11.— lbs sax), mg su-auisuip Bsgle, whicu arrived he rs lo*day, reports that the debris and ap* parent wroultagM with tbs ship’s naii * inund on the toe were flung ovsrhoard t < maks room fur tents. Thais is great r• pools* *mo!i4 ms ■waists’ ismtitar ev i , tbs arrival of ih* *upp#*d lost *w*u ,