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Savannah morning News.
jj.H. ESTILL, Editor aa.l S?roprletor.j
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.
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.
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
“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.”
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.
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."
’ 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 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.
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.
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.
“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.
“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
“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.
“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.
“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-
“in one case Just lately the pursuit was
so but that iwsmy-flvo hoses ot hue
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.
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.”
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
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.
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.
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
. 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.
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.
FUIiliY 150,000 IKOI*!jE iIKN
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
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
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!”
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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,
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.
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.
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.
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,
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
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
The drought reports now constitute the
principal news items of the State.
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.
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
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.
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
• sees* •••#
Died, March 25, 1887,
Cruelly Sluln.
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.”
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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,
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.
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.
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|,
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
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.
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
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 ,

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