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Hi ? SATURDAY EVJENxI TOPEKA, KANSAS, OCTOBER 26, 1895. SATURDAY EVENING. TWO CENTS. . - .j' TWO CENTS. ti is 'C00!IJlTlfr. ipostmaster ArnoldLeads a Party Through the Woods Of Soldier Creek by Moonlight Last Night. f GA31E SOT NUMEROUS But There Was Lots of Fun and Excitement. Tony Brown Walked Miles on Land Without Complaint. "I KICK RIGHT HERE' He Said Every Time He Had to Wade the Creek. The Tarty Returns to the City This Morning-. It isn't every one who lives iu Kansas that has had the opportunity of partici pating io a real 'coon and 'possum hunt, and for that reason the hunt of last night planned U4- Postmaster A. J. Arnold and ex-Postmaster John Mileham should be read with profound interest by every reader ot the Jouknal. The express wagon, containing the hunters, in everyday garb, left tho post office at 3 p. m. yesterday. The wagon contained the originators of the hunt, and Dan Wyatt, ex-Councilman Jasper Earnest, Tony Brown, and "there were others." There were several large bas kets in the wagon tilled with good things which gave promise tht the participants should not come home hungry. The scene of the proposed hunt was laid in the vicinity of the farm belong ing to ;5ir. Sliicham which is 14 miles northwest of Topeka. Mr. Mileham himself vouched for the fact that good hunting abounded in that vicinity and he himself engaged the dogs. They wsre 10 be furnished by a farmer named Oliver C unningham who lives about two milps from the Aiileham farm. On the ride out each vied with the other in telling just what he would do when he arrived at the end of tho jour ney. -It was agreed that the whole party should "scour the woods" during the en tire night. 'I used to hant 'coons back in Indiana," said Postmaster Arnold, "and 1 know a thing or two about them." "Do you know," said Mr. Earnest, "that w hen a 'coon runs he always turns over the leaves after him and the dogs have troulJe in following the trail " "I don't believe a word of it," said John Mileham. "I used to hunt 'coons myself, but 'possums are ray specialty. I just revel in baked 'possum, and I will be satisfied if we aetone." "On. I won't be satisfied with less than a doziu," said Tony Brown. At half past six the wagon drove into the farm yard of Sir. Mileham' place. "We are not going near the house," said Dan Wyatt. "We will build a lire in tho woods and camp out. No sleep ing in beds goes." This sentiment was unanimously agreed to, and a lira was bjilt in a thick ly timbered spot and the unloading com menced. Tony Brown spread the cloth and prucceded to prepare supper. Post master Arnold got sime water, and with the assistance of Mr. Earnest, made a pot of excellent coffee, which was much too hot for the comfort of those who tried to drink it. When the meal was out of the way the dogs hud no t yet arrived (and Tony Brown had just bribed a farm hand to go in search of titem when a deep bay ing whs heard in the distance, followed by tho shouts of a dozen people, and soon after a troop of men ;iud boys, preceded by a great number of dogs of every, de gree and sizK, came straggling through the brush. Tony Brown was so elated that he took particular pains to shake the haud of every member of the party, including the dogs. - "Now fellows look here." said Tony, "nemust organize. I appoint this man captain and whatever he says goes, see. Now captain what shall wo do." 'Go 'coou hunting," blandly respond ed the newly commissioned captain whose name was C V. Hawkins. The statement was greeted with a chorus of shouts. Acting upon the advice of the captain the whole party which now numbers twenty persons plunged into the thick timber. Will Cunningham wai placed in charge of the hounds and started off on a trot to keep up with the dosrs. The rest of the pany scrambled along at va rious distances behind. Hie dogs had not been released more than rive minutes and the hunters were still insight of the camp fire when one of the hounds set up a howl which meant that he hd discovered a trail of some kind. Nothing could have created more excitement than that howl. Every one rushed oil pell mell in the direction from which the sounds were proceeding. The hrst thmg encountered was a barbed wire fence of at least six wires. Anv one who has ever come in contact with such a fence knows what this meant to the city hunters. J Postmaster Arnold crawled through with the assistance of two bovs who held the wires as far apart as possible. Capt. yatt said he would go under, and the wire was held up from tho bottom to ac commodate him. He started crawling I?nnief f,rm th8 fenC9 and en stood up there were the terrible barbs ht in ftont of hit nose. His second "a i successful. Sir. Mileham de- the wire. Tony Brown rolled his HM pounds into a ball and went under at the first trial. After a run of a half mile farther it waa.found that the , dogs had stopped baying and this meant that they had struck a false scent. This first experience was not encour aging and Col. Mileham noticing amck. ering light through tha timber made a bee line for it. It proved to be the camp tire, and Capt. Wyatt when he found this to be a fact concluded that he would keep Col. Mileham's company at the fire and let 'coons and 'possums take care of themselves. The dogs had led the crowd back almost to the starting point. Another start was made and in a short time the dogs were again heard. The mad scramble was repeated and after a run of half a mile the hunters Btood upon the edge of a precipice at the bottom of which ran Little Soldier creek. "Let's go down and crass the creek," said one. "The dogs are on the other side." "I kick right here," said Tony Brown. "Couldn't we find a better way to get down?" suggested Postmaster Arnold modestly. "No; come on boys," said Capt. Hawk ins, and he boldly plunged down the bank. Mr. Earnest was the first of the city hunters to venture down, and though the decent was rapid, he succeeded in keep ing his feet and landed at the bottom in an uprigiit position. Capt. Jack Arnold hesitated, but he "grabbed a root" aud so made his down ward trip easily, Tony Brown stood halting on the bank, but whau he 9aw that he must go down or be left, he chose to follow the example set by the others. Again his rotundity served a good purpose, and when he untangled himself after he reached the bottom he was found to be unhurt. The creek bed was dry and so the crossing was made without difficulty, and the opposite bank was not precipi tous. The dogs were found not far away gazing wistfully up a sapling. A sus picious bunch well in the top of the tree aroused the sportmen's hopes, but they dropped several degrees when a well directed load of shot tore a bunch of leaves into fragments. Every tree in the vicinity was searched as carefully as pos sible in the moonlight, but nothing was found though Mr. Arnold several times discovered what he thought was a 'coon, which the markman in every case proved was a mistake. After the creek had been recrossed several times with more or less difficulty and "I kick right here" from Tony Brown, the dogs repeated their suspic ious performance, but again there was nothing but disappointment . No wild animal could be found. Captain Arnold said nothing, but it was plain to be seen that even he was becoming die couraged. The fallen hopes of the hunter3 were soon to be revived, for they had not gone far when they came up with the dogs. When the dogs were found they bad their faces turned toward the moon, and between them and the moon, on a slender branch of a small tree, hung something that looked like the bunches of leaves, which had proved so disappointing. - It might have passed as such had it not In a wayward moment moved a little nearer the top of the branch. "'coon!" "a 'coon! ' was the joyful cry, and Postmaster Arnold said: "That does look, like a 'coon, sure erough." A sixteen year old boy in bine overalls at once started to the tree to investigate, lie managed to get ten feet from the ground when his hold slipped and he landed at the foot of the tree in a heap, lie was not hurt however and the leader of the hounds had no difficulty In ascend ing the tree. When he got to within ten feet of the bunch he sounded the cry which was taken up by others on the ground: "A 'coon, prepare for 11 fight." A circle was formed into which the little animal was to be shaken from hia perch, aud the dogs were placed inside the circle. A half dozen vigorous shakes of the limb and then plump in the cen ter of tho circlo feil the 'coon. Nothing was saen for a few moments but a howl ing mass of dogs but when the dust of battle had cleared away, there was the 'coon, and five or six do.'S were doing their best to tear him limb front limb. ltesistance was useless and the animal undoubtedly realized that fact, tor after giving a few squirms it squeaked faintly aud then remainod limp until it was extracted from the jaws of the dogs. "I haven't hunted coon for thirty-five years," said the postmaster, "and that was as pretty a sis-lit as I ever saw. That Iooks like old times," said he, as he stroked the soft far of the nnimai. "I take charge of this," said Tony Brown, and he did, and carried it until he reached the camp. The next alarm by tho dogs showed another bunch in a Wee.-Jts actions were suspicious and no one "dared to u3cend tho tree and so the marksman was direct ed to try his skill. He did and at the second shot there was a thud at his feet, aud he picked up a very fat 'possum. It was decided by a council of war that the course of the hunt should be turned up Soldier creek. No one pro tested, though Tony Brown did suggest that it would be a good idea to return to the camp aud eat a lunch before making a fresh start. He protested more vigor ously when the creek was again reached and this time there was a steep bank to climb instead of descend. "I kick right here," was said more emphatically than it had baen said be fore, but when the other members of the party had succeeded in scaling the bank, he also started Twice he slipped back after he had partially ascended the earthen wall aud then he succeeded in reaching the fop only to be confronted by a barbed wire fence. Wheu he attempted to climb under the ience he tore his clothes into shreds aud he boldly told the captain that he was of the opinion that a job had been put up on him to wear him out by. directing the path across "the everlast ing creek." Tony then refused to go farther. He went on a strike and withdrew from the hunt and he took with him Postmaster Arnold and several bf the rest. Jasper Earnest and others remained true to the captain and followed him for at least four miles farther, but the best hound imitated the example set by Tony and also went on a strike. No more trails were found, and the captain and his party reached camp'.at 2 o'clock. After an hour spent in conversation and rest ing the party disbanded. It was found that Mr. Mileham and Mr. Wyatt had sought out'the farmer and had made terms with him, by which they were allowed to go to bed in the house and Postmaster Arnold made sim ilar terms at a later hour. Mr. Earnest, Mr. Brown and other members of the party were left to solace themselves on the dusty ground by the camp fire with out blankota The party reached home with all members alive at 10:13 today. MOVING FLORAL ARBOR How the Orphans' Home Car Will Look When It Is Completed. The royal car which is to earn money for the Orphans' home next Wednesday is all ready for the decorators hands. Three of Topeka's best known florists will exert their art upon it. Mr. Hiram Hulse and Messrs. Bird & Rodman have undertaken to make of the car a thing of beauty which will astonish the people when it is completed. The car will be an example of what can be done with smaller vehicles on Flower Day of next September's festi val. The entire car will first be covered with a tine wire network. On this will be fastened thousands of sprigs of aspar agus fern, until a solid green back ground is made. Then upon this feath ery background, garlands of carnations, ruses aud other Mowers will be draped, tied artistically with bright-colored rib bous. Mr. R. 6. Brigham has kindly volun teered to paint the banners which will cover the windows. They will be models of his art aud will be beautiful designs to match the rest of the decoratious. The trolley of the car will ba a mass of fluttering parti-colored streamers. Upholsterers will begin work on the interior of the car on .Monday. The seats will be re-cushioned, large mirrors in serted at each end of the car, electric lights burnished up, rugs laid down, and when this is done, the lioral decorations will begin on the interior of the car, con verting it into the semblance of an arbor of the choicest flowers. "Bocky fenarp," who is to act as con ductor on the car, will wear the regula tion color of the conductors' uniform w ith cap and steel plate and will don the fare register aud ring up fare3 like a professional. Members of the mandolin clubs have been engaged as an orchestra, musical friends of the project having offeied their services in aullicieut numbers to insure music during the entire running time of the car. The route of the car will be shortened so that it will be run from Gordon street to Tenth and back. This will enable it to carry more passengers than a longer route. Twenty-rive hundred tickets have been issued, but cash will be ac cepted gladly. Contributions are beginning to flow in already; not in nickels, but in more sub stantial sums. Mr. Carroll R. Merriam has the honor of being first contributor to the Orphan's Home benefit to be given by "Becky Sharp." As soon asjhe read of the plan he sent "BecKySharp" a check for the Orphans' home. Contributions of this kind will be acknowledged in Tuesday uud Wednesday evening's Jolkmal. The printing of the tickets tor use on the Orphans' Home car was completed this morning and were placed in the hands of the ladies of the Orphans' horn e today. They will also be on sale at places announced on Monday. It is anticipated that every ticket wiii be sold. Judge A. IS. Quinton says he is willing to Wager that over $ 400 will be realized. It is to be hoped he is a good prophet as the Home has need of the money. IlECiFiUES Last Night and This Morning Cnasod by Matches and Othnr Cauu. The fire department was called to 933 North Fillmore street at 7:10 this morn ing. A chiid of George W. Long, who occupies the house, had started a lire in the house while playing with matches. The fire was discovered before it had gained headway and was extinguished with but trilling damage. There were two iirea last evening but in both cases the damage was smail. The tirst was at 10b' E ist Ttiird street in a building occupied by J. C. Smith. The fire caught from some ashes aud was easily extinguished. The other was at 1136 Lincoln street in the house of a colored woman named Mrs. Baker. Tne flames were on tha outside of the building and was probably the work of an iacendary. VICTORIA IN THE SNOW. Queen of England Rides Out la the Snow and Like tt. Londos, Oct., 20. Apparently the alarming news from the east, and the suddin cold from the north accompanied by a heavy snow have no terrors for Queen Victoria, for she continued her habit of driving a number of miles daily in au open carriage, to the great discom fiture of her youngest and favorite daughter, Princess Beatrice (Princess Henry of Baltctiburg) and the ladies-in-waiting. Only Tuesday her uiajesty drove twelve miles in a regular snow storm. Thomas A. ITiflenpr' lrenial To the Editor of the tate Journal. A purported interview with S. K. Withers, sidewalk inspector, appeared in the Jouknal of last Thursday eveniug, which does me and my family great in justice. In the interview Mr. Withers says that at the time our child died a "neighbor woman came in and assisted in the care of the body." This is abso lutely false. No one assisted in this sad work except the undertaker and his as sistant. Thos. A. Widenkr, LOCAL MENTION. Sirs. M. E. Coleman of East Fourth street is in the police court very, very often. She was there again this morning for disturbing the peace. Her case was continued. The chief of police has been presented with a monster petition from neighbors of Mrs. Coleman, asking him to compel her to move. The ladies' society of the First Con gregational church will give a reception Tuesday evening, October 29, from 8 to 10 to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniver sary cf Mr. Blakesley'a pastorate. William F. McLaughlin was given the third degree by the members of the A. O. U, W. lodge at 704 Kansas avenue last evening. An especially large attendance was present comprising visitors from other Topeka and North Topeka lodges TO SPAfTTHE KIW. Details of the Proposed New " Kansas River Bridge. A Beautiful Structure as the Picture Shows. THE MELAN SYSTEM. An Explanation of the Making of the Material. XearlyAll the Composition Used Comes From Topeka. The citizens of this city have again re vived the question of a bridge across the Kansas river, and ask the hearty co-operation of the citizens of the county in the voting of bonds for the building of the same. From time to time plans have been proposed and adopted, but the bridge still remains unbuilt. A short time ago CoL 'Tweeddale submitted and had adopted plans for a bridge, (Melan system). The Journal will give a short history and description of the Melan system. The Melan system is an improvement on the Mouier system. The inventor of the latter was Joan Monier. It is the use of concrete which is a mixture, of small stones, or broken stone and any high grtde quality of cement. This invention was first applied to water and gas tanks, one of which was seventy feet in diameter and eleven feet .s-.& high. The next application was to tubes and sewers and then bridges, and the last application was to fiat floors. The advantage of concrete lies in its durability, and this may be shown by a few examples such as the old Roman conduits, aqueducts, and other old Roman structures which have stood for centu ries, "t; Th8 bath of Diocletian (78 feet span) and the parabolic main aisle in St. Peter's (87 feet span and 150 feet rise) are com paratively modern examples of the dur ability of concrete. The bridge built near Ulm, Germany, by Dr. Leube. which has 150 feet span and a crown of 6 2-3 inches, proves conclusively that durability is not the only advantage in concrete, but shows that it is a very elastic body.- ... . From this same bridge and its tests we find that the cohesion between iron aud concrete is 640 pounds to the square inch, aud that it acted like a glue when hardened. In all cases where the con crete and steel or iron or tho concrete alone is used, it is found that it grows better and stronger with time, and is not iiffected by frLSt or heat. The dead weight that concrete can stand per foot is greater than that of any other material of the same thicknes. The foundations of this bridge over the Kansas riVPr on Kansas avenue will be the same as for any other bridge, viz: piles, timber and rip rap. The piers are to be of Portland cement, Asrglomere concrete, and to be solid monoliths. The superstructure is to be of steel girders bent in the form of the arch, and bedded in and filled between with the above named concrete. The roadway is to be paved and the sidewalk to be flagged. As this is to be a county bridge no pro vision need be made for the streetcars Should future needs require that they have a permanent structure, a single track of nine feet in width could be ad ded on the outside of the down stream sidewalk. Thi3 placing the car track the width of the sidewalk from the road way would lessen the liability of fright ening horses. That a single track would suffice will be seeu wheu we consider that at the rate of twelve miles per hour a car cocld easily cross in less than forty seconds. In order to rightly understand the material of which the bridge is to be made, we must dismiss from our minds the idea that it is a mixture of cement, sand and atone of which we have knowl edge of having been used for tha found ation of street paving in this city. The nearest approach possible to its charact er is to consider it of the nature of cast iron with an added advantage that it can be moulded cold in a leisurely manner, but which in addition to its ability to re sist compression there is a property in common with stone that possesses a ten sile strength and elasticity in common with cast iron. The Mclau) system requires materials of proper quality and properly selected, viz,: Portland cement of uniform quality, clean, sharp sand, broken stone, the pro per sizes and washed. It is then sprink led with the required quautity of water, put into a machine which mixes them, forming a pasty mass. This is put into the mould9 in layers and made thorough ly compact by ramming, forming a homogeneous stone like substance. By ramming, the volume is reduced by 50 to 60 per cent, weighs about 150 pounds per cubic foot, has a tensile strength of 200 pounds, and a compressive strength of 2,000 pounds to the square Inch. The adhesion of concrete to iron is from 500 to 600 pounds per square inch. The ex pansion by heat of steel and concrete is practically the same, while the elasticity of concrete to steel 13 as 1 to 40. Tho requirements of the bridge are: First, That the costs shall be within the prescribed limit of $150,000. Second, That the Btrength and rigiidty should provide for loads of any required weight anil at any rate of speed that may be desired. Third, That it shall be durable and re quire no more expediture for repairs tuan an ordinary street. Fourth, That its artistic merits should satisfy the requirements of the capital city of the state of Kansas, 100 years hence. This bridge covers all these points, but the greatest point yet, in favor of the bridge is the fact that nearly all the ma terial used, in fact, all except the cement oan be produced in this county to say nothing of the labor and employment furnished to the needy citizens of thiB county. The dimensions of the bridge are as follows: 700 feet iu length, 42 feet in width. The roadway is to be 26 feet wide and the two sidewalks each 7 feet wide. The cost of this bridge is to be $150,000.- Several times the bridge question has come up and the citizens of the couuty have voted for the bridge, but for some reason or other the pians have miscarried. Those crossing the bridge daily will see the absolute necessity of a new bridge b9ing built, at this point, and it is sin cerely hoped that the citizens of Topeka who pay a large percentage of the taxes of this county will do their utmost to make this enterprise go through. Musin. the great Belgian violinist, is a great favorite in Topeka, Hear him at Library hall, October 28. 'iisfMSif ONE MORE GOOD IDEA. A Sinking: Fund Prwpossil br Judge O.ilnton for the Fall Festival. Judge A. B. Quinton favors the pro posed autumn festival of 1896 and sug gests a good idea. He says: "Let the business men take charge of this at once. Some one has suggested a 'chambsr of commerce.' In connection with the formation of this club let us have a treasurer and all the business man contribute" a small sum per month from January 1st uutil next September. "Say, for instance, I put in one dollar each month, there is and I don't miss it. Let it be the same way with each merchant, and the committee would find themselves in splendid shape to work without tho financial embasrassment that often accompanies such enterprises. "Of couree the larger business houses could put in larger sums in proportion say $5. "And now is the time to push this matter. I think the Million club would bo aaxious and ready to help the festival along. By all means let us have flowers, music, tableaux, and a week of carnival. Kansas people will be only too glad to come." THE SYNOD CLOSES. Tho Reformed Church Elects Officers at Abilene for Xoxt Year. Abilene, Kan, Oct. 26. Reformed church synod today completed the office lists for next year, selecting D. S. FoOse, of Lisbon, Iowa, for treasurer, aha D. H Sharey, of Emporia, Kan.; for clerk. It " was voted to continue the publication of the Church Herald at St. Joseph, Mo. The syucdi cal missionary society elected Mrs. L, C. Summers of Liscoinb, la, president; Joan Love, Kansas City, vice president; Jennie Erb, Lincoln, Neli, secretary. The synod decided to meet next year at Eiinburg, lib Riches Irove 1IU Love A war. George Wohlstadt, an importer and dealer in birds in New York City, has just been made the defendant in a suit for breach of promise. The plaintiff is Miss Etta Wagner, a member of the London Gaiety Girls company, which is now playing in the west. She asks for $20,000 damages, claiming that VvTohlstadt's refusal to keep his prom ise to marry her has caused her to "suffer great distress of mind and body," and has otherwise damaged her to that extent. The change in Wohl stadt's feelings is said to have been brought about by his receiving a legacy of $50,000 from his father, who died in Germany. Extremes. "It seems to me," said the cheerful idiot, "that they are carrying dryness to extremes in New York." "What's that?" said the prohibition ist boarder, eager for the fray. "Well, first they jumped on the sa loon men for selling liquor and now they are after the milkmen for selling r." Indianapolis journal. THOUSANDS OF CATTLE. ImotDH Shipments ?Ide from Texas and Mexico to astern Markets. Fort Worth, Tex, Oct 26. The cat tie movement from this state, especially from the Pan Handle country, has been large the past few weeks. From the lat ter country alone there have been shipped out 3 1,000 head of cattle, most of the stock going to the northern markets, St. Louis in particular. The total shipment to be made from the Amarillo country will not fall short of 100,000 bead and wilt bring to the stock raisers $2,500,000. It is claimed the Amarillo has become the largest original shipping point in- the world. Ten carloads of beef cattle from Chi hauhan, Mexico, will arrive here in the morning for sale on the Fort Worth mar ket. This will make the first consign ment of stock direct from Mexico to Fort Worth. SAMUEL JOSEPHS DEAD. The Author, of "Four Alore Venn of Gro , " ver," Passes Away. Philadelphia, Oct. 26. Samuel Jo sephs, a well known Democratic politi cian and wealthy contractor died todoy of a cancerous affection after a long ill ness. Mr. Josephs had been a familiar figure at Democratic national conventions for yearB past and at Chicago in 1892 gained national fame as the author of the popu lar campaign slogan, "Grover, Grover, Four More Years of Grover." Deceased was about G5 years of age. He leaves a widow and three adult chil dren. Physical Cnlfure. It is no longer necessary to dwell upon the desirability and needs of physical training for women and children. The advantages of it have been conclusively proven, and it is now commanding from intelligent people that consideration which it mer'ta. 'ft j. d J" J. J tt ?r- V ALTGELD WON'T RUN. It Would Bo "R.id Form" for a Democrat to Want to lit; Senator. Sfringfikld, 111.. Oct. 26 Governor Altgeld will not be a candidate next year for United States senator. Lie so declared himself today and gave his rea sons to a representative of the Associated Press. It was thought by many -politicians that tha withdrawal of Palmer from the race would induce Gov. Altgeld to announce himself. In this they were mistaken. The governor left no room for doubt as to his intentions. X"Now that Gen. Palmer has withdrawn from the race for the senatorship next year," the governor was asked, "will you be a candidate?" "No," he replied. "A decent regard for the proprieties forbids that any Dem ocrat should make an effort to be elected senator in this state next yer. 'As dudes sav, it would be in bad form." , "How is that, governor?" was the next question, "Well," was the reply, "aside from va cancy caused by the death of Senator Herb, Republicans have a majority of seventeen of the hold-over senators, and conditions in this state are such that if we were to sweep everything before us next year as we did in 1892 we could not possibly get a majority of more than 12 or fourteen of newly elected members, so that" even if the Lord were to be with us next year.Republicans would still have a majority of five or six on joint ballot. "Under these circumstances it would look greedy for a Democrat to want the place and as Democrats are well bred gentlemen, they will not be guilty of such a breach of decorum, but will pre serve their dignity and pursue even the tenor of their way." ONE JiEW CASE. Diphtheria Appears nt tho Home of Ira Bon, 1023 Monroe. A case of diphtheria has appeared in the family of Ira Howe, at 1 023 Monroe street. Mr. Howe is head miller at the Crosby roller mill. His daughter, who is sick, is about nine years old. Dr. Stewart, the attending physician, is ad ministering antitoxin from the start, and is hopeful of saving the patient's life. If no new cases appear in North To peka, the Grant and Quincy schools will reopen Tuesday. At least the school board la of that intention today. X. V. Weekly Bank t:item-nt. New York, Oct. 26. The weekly bank statement Bhows the following changes: Reserve, increase, $1,309,525; loans, decrease,' $1,327,500; Bpecie, in crease, $1,299,000; legal tenders. decrease, $308,0u0; . deposits, decrease, $1,270,900; circulation, decrease, $80,800. The banks now bold $16,689,7ti0 in excess of the requirements of the 25 per cent rule. - Jndgo V Ipnttne Uoins Vinitlnic. Judge and Mrs. D. M. Valentine will leave Monday for a two weeks' visit with friends and relatives at their old home in Iowa. They will visit in Des Moines and at Judge Valentine's brother Wil liam Valentine's, at Casey, cot far from Des Moines. FOR. "A GCMHh PRIVATE Steve Brodie Offers $3,000 to 7 Corbett and Fitz. Fight to be Private With 20 Men a Side. TIRED OF-THEIR TALK, Are Simply Newspaper Fighters if They Don't Accept. He Makes the Offer Himself Out of Curiosity. Chicago, Oct. 26. Steve Brodie is disgusted at the fistic fiasco, and has de termined to see whether Corbett and Fitzsimmons really want to fight. He accordingly offers a purse of $5,000 to be contested for in private, with twenty men on a side. He has posted a forfeit of $500 with the Inter-Ocean and says he stands ready to pull off the figuat at any time. No one doubts for a moment that Brodie without a forfeit will make good his offer. He admits that he is not una ware of the advertisement that such an action will bring him, but he is willing to pay $5,000 to see who is the champion. "1 am worth $70,000," said he. "and I can afford to spend a small part of it out of curiosity, i am tired of hearing these fellows talk aud want them to fight. Here is $5,000 for one of them to pick up. I won't charge a cent to the lorty men who are admitted and won't make a cent out of the right If they don't want to light they are newspaper lighters, not prize fighters." When asked where he expected to pull off the mill Brodie declined to name the exact locality. "You may say," he said," that it will take place in the state of Isew York. I have pulled off fights there before, and I can do it again. 1 won't advertise it. I will simply notify the men where to come and the first the public knows of it it will read the account of the battle. That is the way to fight." A CRANK AFTER THE31. A Man Who Was Going to Stop Mm Van. deruilt's Wedding. New York, Oct. 86. A crank who had come all the way from Baltimore for the pr pose of preventing the Van-derbilt-Marlborough wedding, walked into the detective bureau at police head quarters this morning and is now on his way to Bellevue hospital to be examined as to his sanity. '' Entering the bureau he handed a card io Captain O'Brien which bore the name "Sir Oliver do Gyarfas, baronet of Lecz lalza.' , The man was tail, shabbily dressed and said he was a Hungarian and lived at 94 Chase strea Baltimore. He had been in this city only -three days, and during that time had stayed at Burchard's hotel ou West street. He said he was a bachelor of arts and a master of sciences. He had come from Baltimore he declared for the specific purpose of preventing the marriage of Consuelo Vanderbilt and the Duke of Marlborough. He declared that she was marrying for title and he for money and that she sat all day in her room crying, while be pined in his room at the hotel. "I called at the Vanderbilt mansion this morning," said he, "and also atvthe Hotel Savoy. I left my cards at both, places, but was unable to obtain an in terview." In Baltimore he said that he was con sidered one of its brightest citizens, and added that the anarchists of that city were after him to make bomb3 for them. They had followed him to this city, and fearing they would interfere with his plan3 to prevent the wedding he had called 'ipon Captain O'Brien lor protec tion. He was taken to Jefferson Market court and subsequently to Bellevue hos pital. NO FCSION1N TEXAS. - FoputiKta Determine to Mnka Nn A1. Hances Whatever on AnyTicke:, Fort Worth, Tex., Oct. 26. The state executive committeo of the People's Par ty met today in this city, all the members present either in person or proxy. About iifty prominent members of the party from over the state were in attendance. Tho committee, determined on form ing no fusion with any of tho other po litical parties, and will play it all alone both in state and national affairs, adher ing strictly to the Omaha platform. Tho committee will make no concessions whatever. The place for holding the state convention was left with the com mittee to determine later ou. It will probably be held at Austin. MISS VANDERBILT'S PIN. One Worth $2,000 Among the J-wolrr Stolen at M-endow Itroolc Hunt Clab. Hempsted, N. Y., Oct. 20. Detectives are trying to locate the thieves who robbed the Meadow Brook Hunt club's house near this place during the big goif match on last Saturday. It is now asserted that the thieves stole jewelry valued at from $0,000 to $7,000 in addition to the $1,000 which had been posted as part of tho stakes in the golf match and that they took a diamond skirt pin valued at $2,000 belonging to Miss Consuelo Vanderbilt. CLEVELAND'S BROTHER. Half of Bis Congregation DaBlre ihe Pt toral Relation Dissolved. Watehiown, N. Y., October 26. The presbytery of St. Lawrence, which in cludes Jefferson and St. Lawrence coun ties' churches of the Presbyterian faith, is in session in this city considering a request from about half of the Chaumont church, of which the Rev. Wm. N. Cleveland, brother of President Cleve land is pastor, that the pastoral relations be dissolved. J Peerless Steam Laundry Peerles Steam Laundry. " !