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SIdteN Tni U ORN ntGn U11 .
The Crooked Methods of a Chioago
Building, Loan and Savings
One Bona Fide Loan Made as a
Bait for Many 'Other
Two of the Managers Arrested, but the
Chief of the Crooks Makes
Hls Escape.
Cumaaoo, Aug. 10.-Alfred Downing, pres
ident, and N. B. Tollman, vice president of
the National Capital Savings, Building and
poan Association of North America, were
arrested to-day by Postoffioe Inspector
Stuart, charged with using the mails for
fraudulent purposes. It is charged that
these men, who have been - conducting the
association, have swindled thousands of
people from every state in the Union. They
have taken in from $200,000 to $350,000, giv
Ing nothing in return. The victims are
found in all classes of people. From
facts already in the possession of
the authorities the scheme will parallel
that of the great "Fund" swindle which
was broken up about five years ago. There
are still two men at liberty, they having
disappeared several weeks ago, and it is be
lieved they got away with most of the
funds. For more than six months letters
have been received from all parts of the
country by postoffllce and city authorities,
protesting that the company was not what
it was represented to be, that it was collect
ing money and making no loans. Inspector
Stuart has been working on the case four
months. He found that the concern had
agents in every state in the union,
who were selling the $20,000,000of stock the
company had for sale. These agents were
sent circulars and documents showing the
assooiation to be gilt edged, When In
spector Stuart took charge of the case
Lewis F. Mortimer, general manager and
secretary, was apparently the responsible
man and handled the cash received in large
amounts every day. Stuart visited the
company's office frequently, disguised as a
letter carrier, in order to secure evidence.
Several weeks ago Mortimer disappeared,
and to-day, having waited in vain for his
return, Stuart decided to secure the other
visible members of the combination.
George O. Ferguson, of Lincoln, Neb.,
representing about sixty victims in his city,
was summoned here. With his assistance
the necessary evidence was completed and
the arrests made. Three young lady clerks
were taken into custody as witnesses. Mr.
Ferguson, in an interview, said the asso
ciation was represented in Lincoln by a
local irm acting in good faith. Nebraska
people are very much in favor of building
and loan associations, and offers of this
concern were snapped up quickly. It
sold shares for 50 coets each with monthly
payments for ninety-six months of $11.05.
At the end of that time the $1,000 loan
would be paid for. Then there was a
"membership" fee of $30, appraisement
fee of $20, $45 for three month's payment
in advance, thus making $95. The concern
made one $500 loan that was genuine and
this was just enough bait to induce others
to invest, and hundreds sent money to
Chicago expecting on the strength of the
loans to make contracts for homes. 5tores
were let and buildings begun. "The money
never same and we wrote to Chicago to
learn what was the trouble. Finally Prof.
Ellwood, of the Wesleyan university, who
was a heavy investor, came to Chicago to
investigate. Manager Mortimer seemed to
be such a fine business man and gave such
assurances that the loan would be forth
cominig that Elwood went back satisied,
bat the money never came and finally I
laid the case before the postoflice authori
ties. Inspector Stuart and District Attor
ney Gilchrist went over the concern's books
and found that seventeen legitimate loans
had been made in as many different states.
These, it would seem, were made to allure
other investors."
No records of any other loans could be
found, although the books show that money
had been received from hundreds of people
in places where a single loan was placed.
A rough estimate of the amount received
Is $175,000 in the year and a half the asso
sociation has been in existence. The books
show that the association had agents in all
states, but the most active were in Omaha,
Denver, Doe Moines, Portland, Galveston,
Olympia, San Francisco and Minneapolis.
These agents transmitted hundreds of dol
lars daily in checks, drafts, money orders
and registered letters. Until within a few
months, it is said, the concern did a heavy
business in Philadelphia, but it appears the
authorities there made inquiries which re
sulted in the manager leaving.
When the assoucation was organized, Feb.
21, 1890, the officers were: Alfred Duwning,
president; N. B. Tollman, vice president;
Lewis F. Mortimer, general manager and
secretary. Mortimer seemed to be the lead
ing spirit in the enterprise, and at once in
corporated the conceza with a capitol of
$20,000.000. He was a good manager and
soon had money flowing in at a sapid rate.
Everything went smoothly until the closing
of the Philadelphia branch, when Morti
mer came back here and began quarreling
with his business associates. Fin
ally Io ousted Downing, elect
ing one F. A. Wentworth president.
Downing threatened trouble and Mortismer,
saving his son was very ill in Philadelphia,
left suddenly and has not been hoard of
since. It is said that he took about $9U,000
that the association had in bank hero. lear
ing about $1,000 which Downing had tied
up by an injunction. Mortimer was Iast
heard of July 10, in New Yol k city. Down
ing and 'Tollmnn both admitted that enor
mous sums had been taken in but asserted
that they were .ot "in it." loth
alleged that they never received more
than a small salary out of the affair.
Downing added, "Mortimer got it all. We
started in what I believed to be an honest
building and loan buaimeas. I believed
Mortimer to be an honest iman, as I had
known him in the insurauce business a
number of years urevious."
Inspector Stuatt said lie was well satis
fied that both I he preuident and vioe preei
dert are not so innocent as they pretend.
"Both got badly b:ttan," said he, "but both
were in the deal and knew all about the
swindling going on. They did not got much
of the money, Mortimer getting the bulk
of it, and I have not the least doubt that he
got away with $1,O,0l0. If ever there was
a slick man it was Mortimer. I bavo gone
to his office time and time again disguised
as a letter cart ier, and have seen him sign
hundreds of fat registered letters contain
ing large amounts of money, and he smiled
sweetly every time a letter came in. He is
a clever talker and a smooth mant generally,
and would cotllrnce almost anyone who
talked with him five milnntos tLat he was
the squarest business man on earth."
Downing and Tollmian were held in $2,000
bonds each by Commissioner Hoyue. Both
had laweres on hand and Tollhan was
quickly bniled out. Downing was tuable
to secnure bondsolen and spent the nit t in
the custody of a deputy marshal. Otne of
the attorneys for the men said there was no
doubt the concern wits rotten to the cole,
but lre believed Downiung and T''ollmaa were
simply victims of Mortimor's guile.
One of the peculiar features of the case is
the fact that the association was endorsed
two prominent commercial agencies.
The oncern's affairs were examined close
ly, but the evidencesof prosperity were so
great that the agents made favorable re.
ports. For some reason the association
did not operate very extensively in Illinois,
Indiana, Kentuck, Ohio, Pennvsylvania
and New York. The southern states were
worked to a certain extent, but a majority
of the victims live in states west of the
The Home Club Mentioned PlFrst in the
Record Here PIrlnted.
Boston 9, Pittsburg 5.
Philadelphia 8, Cleveland 7.
New York 8, Chicago 4.
Brooklyn 6, Cincinnati 8.
Bt. Louis 8. Baltimore 15.
Columbns 5, Boston 6.
Louisville 9. Washington 5.
Cincinnati 8, Athletics 16.
On the Chicago Tracks.
CmancAo, Aug. 10.--Garfield. park races.
Track slow. Seven furlongs-Zeko Hardy
won, Bill Nye second, Portuguese third.
Time, 1:82;4.
Mile and one-esixteenth-Irn F. Bride won,
Rosa second, Drift third. Time, 1:5334.
Eleven-sixteenths of a mile--Doncaster
won, Sam Farmer second, Umatilla third.
Time. 1:0734.
Mile-Grunwad won, Hvpatica second,
Ormonds third. Time, 1:45.
Five furlonas-Ulster won, Tom Elliott
second, Ella Shiaman third. Time, 1:0833.
Ha:wthorne races. Track slow. Seven
furlongs-Powers won, Insolence second,
Maud B. third. Time, 1:38%.
Mile-Marie K. won, Lew Carlisle sec
ond, Justice third. Time, 1:533:.
Six furlongs-Dungarven won, Carter sec
ond. Mirabean third. Time, 1:27.
Five furlongs-Burnett won, Maud How
ard seoond, Annie Irvin third. Time,
Mile and seventy yards-Argenta won,
Laura Doxey second, Cares third. Time,
Racing at Saratoga.
SABATOoA, Aug. 10.-Clear, track fast.
Five furlongs-Great Guns won, Maggie
Beck second, Queen Hattie third. Time,
Mile-Dr. Hasbrouck won, Belwood sec
ond, Costa Rica third. Time, 1:4234.
Five and one-half furlongs-Keip Filly
won, Gratitude second, Polydora third.
Time, 1:09.
Five and one-half furlongs-Pennyroyal
won, Pericles second, Gortie D. third.
Time, 1:09.
Five furlongs--Wightlan won, Detroit
second, Catalina third. Time, 1:04.
One mile and seventy yards-Kern won,
Joe Blaokburn second, Bullfinch third.
Time, 1:4iS54.
Gnttenburg Races.
GUTTENBnao, Aug. 10.-Track fast and
weather clear. Five furlongs-Trinity won,
Eolipse second, Kenwood third. Time,
Six and one-half furlongs-Rancoas won,
Salisbury second, White Nose third. Time,
F1:ive furlongs-Lillie B. won, Maxim sec
end, Laughing Water third. Time, 1:16.
Nine furlongs-Crab won, Longford seo
ond, Elyton third. Time, 1:543:.
Five furlongs-Mohican won, Canteen
second, Climax third. Time, 1:01%.
erven fnrlongs--Blackhorn won, 'Brus
sells second, Thornton third. Time, 1:28%.
Jim Corbett Blowing.
NrW YonK, Aug. 10.-Jim Corbett stated
at the Bturtevant house this morning that
he was willing to meet Slavin or Mitchell
for $1,000 a aide. He is particularly
anxious to meet Mitchell and take some of
the conceit out of him, and will meet him
at any place in America and offer him in
ducemenlts which he cannot refuse. He
will fight him any way he wants, from one
round to a finish.
Wanted to Mob the Council.
KANsAS CITY,Kan.,Aug.10.-The mayor and
council barely escaped vengeance to-night
at the hands of a crowd of 300 taxpayers.
The excitement arose over the proposition
of the city council to purchase the plant of
the eleotrie light and power company for
$,i40,000. There was much public indigna
tion, it being believed that improper In
ducements had been offered to the
council. At a mass meeting this
evening presided over by Hon. John B.
Scroggs, head of the Kansas City, Kan.,
bar, intemperate sueeches were made and a
committee of fifteen appointed to present a
protest. The crowd joined the committee,
and as the march proceeded the excitement
grew, until the mutterings of the crowd
oulminated in shouts of "lynch them" and
"hang them." The council hastily ad
jouruned. When the crowd found thechanm
bher empty another mass meeting was held.
The mayor and council were denounced as
thieves. After several such speeches the
crowd dispersed.
The Horse Jumped on Them.
ST. Louis, Aug. 10.-During the races to
day a peculiar and serious accident oc
curred. During a running race in which
half a dozen local roadsters had been en
tered, when a short distance from the start
ing point, Big Texas, one of the entries,
bolted the track, dashed through the grass
outside, jumped over a sulky tha.t was in
his track, and lighted on Capt. ''Thomas
Parkers, a prominent river man, and a
coachtman named Edwards, who were
among the number of lwectators of the
race. Excitement became intellne. In the
midst it was found that a boey named RIob
ert IHagers had been knocked senseless by
the horse. Edwarde will recover. P'arkera'
injuries will probably prove fatal.
lHotel Itroadwater Programmue.
The following is the programme for the
week at the Hotel Broadwater.
F. L. 13aarnstern. Musical i)iretor.
Seleetion ....................... Prinress Ida
Waltz ........ ....... ..... ... I no last
Cornet Solo .............Sea FloweLs 'olka
By (C. Hliebor.
Selection ................... A Night in Vienna
tlle rion. by Rleqaest....... A Nighti, New York
Clarinet olo .............. ... Sonambula
By J. Zin. mr man
Setlelion............ ................... Mar uin s
Wnalz ............. ................ .... Clov er
Xylaphone Solo . .......................
Ity J. I)t l.u-trill.
Foreign I'apers That Advertise I.otterles.
Niew Yona, Aug. 10.-Assistant United
States District Attorney Evarts to-day ap
pearod before Commisaloner FeOlds to pre
pare for the opening of the test case in
volving the question of transmitting
through the mails of this country foreign
newspapers containing lottery advertise
ments, etc. The case to be tried is that of
Edward iH. Horner, who was arrested in
Springfield, Ill., January Itst, at the in
stance of Postmaster General Wanamaker.
No Good Purpose at Hleart.
GaLvaeuroN, 'Tea., Aug.--This morning
Jennie Anderson, who lives alone, was
startled by the appearance of a negro in
her bed chamber. She snatched a revolver
from a bureau drawer, but in her excite
ment shot herself through the fleshy part of
the thighl. Ti'h negro ran and the woman
frind at him, the third shot passing through
his heart, killing him. He was a worthless
fellow and could have had no good purpose
in the woman's room.
The August Report Makes a Better ti
Showing Than That of f
July. f
If Present Conditions Continue the v
Orop Will Be of Unusual °
Proportions. r
Fine Showing In Almost All of the Surplus I
SIttes--Estimate of the Various
WAsasNorow, Aug. 10.-August returns to I
the department of agriculture make the i
conditists of corn 90.8, spring wheat 95.5,
spring rye 80.6, oats 89.5, barley 93.8, buck
wheat 98.3, potatoes 96.5, tobacco 88.5, hay c
90.9. Corn has fallen off two points during a
the month, the decline being almost entire- t
ly in the states of the Ohio valley and the
northwest. The decline is due to dry
weather, approaching a drouth in portions I
of Indiana and Illinois, and low tempera- n
ture in all sections of the corn surplus dis
trict. There has been suaficient rainfall in
Kansas and Nebraska, with some local
excesses, and the month was fairly favora
ble, notwithstanding low temperatures.
East of the Allegheny mountains and in the
south conditions were favorable and state
averages advanced. While general aver- I
ages are reasonably high, correspondents 1
qualify by emphasizing the necessity for a
favorable season from this date on. In the
surplus states the averages are: Ohio 93,
Indiana 88. Illinois 83. Iowa 90, Missouri 87.
Kansas 88, Nebraska 89. It should be noted
that one of the surplus states returns an
average more than the average for the
Wheat returns relate to spring wheat
only, the average for the whole breadth
advancing somewhat during the month.
Improvement was general except in Wash
ington. Hot winds injured the prospects
in some districts, and state returns outside
of this state and Wisconsin closely ap
proach the standard for comparison. The
principal are: Wisconsin 7), Minnesota 98,
Iowa 95, Nebraska 97, North Dakota 99,
South Dakota 98, Washington 90.
Oats improved two points during the
month and the figures on the condition in
dicate a medium yield per acre. Bllight,
which ruined the crop last year and was
feared again at the date of the July report,
appeared in but a few isolated localities.
The weather at the close of the season and
during harvest was generally favorable and
late growth was sufficient to largely offset
the poor start and deficient stand. Cool
weather, wkioh belated the corn growth in
the upper Mississippi valley was favorable
to this cereal, materially advancing state
averages. The averages in the states of
large production are: New York 92, Penn
sylvania 91, Ohio 86, Michigan 86, Illinois
86.;, Wisconsin 89, Minnesota 94, Iowa 98.
Kansas 90, Nebraska 96.
Barley shows improvement and promises
a large crop in most districts of heavy pro
duction. California returns a condition of
100, or practically perfect. In New York
and Wisconsin, however, the prospect is
less favorable. lhe first return for buck
wheat lethe highest for eight years past,with
a slight increase in acreage. The eandition
of potatoes is returned as remarkably high.
Spring grain is one point over last month.
In fifteen years previous to the recent sea
son, August showed a condition higher than
July but once. Should the proaneot be
continued the crop will be one of unusal
The Same Thing Might Very Well Be Said
of Laeey.
WASTINGTON, Aug. 10.- Comptroller of
the Currency Lacey said to-day regarding
the letter written by ex-Bank Examiner
Drew, in which the latter defends his offi
cial action in connection with the Keystone
bank, that the department had treated
Drew with fairness and clemency. "He
was charged," continued Lacey, "with der
eliction of duty sufficient to warrant the re
noval of any examiner in the service. He
has confessed the same, and offers no ex
cuse except that it was an accident. lHe
claims that though he failed to do his duty
at one time, he ought to be pardoned be
oause he did it at another. He has de
servedly lost the confidence of the deuart
ment and the public, and the period of his
usefulness as a bank examiner is at an end.
Statements made by Drew differing in the
least from the facts in my communication
of June 10 are without foundation in fact.
Drew's claim as to previous high standing
is cheerfully admitted, but it serves to ag
gravate rather than nlitigate his confessed
dereliction of duty by rendering absurd his
plea that his official report ought to have
been received with distrust until corrobo
rated by information from outside souroes."
Wants to Import Laborers.
WAsmoINGTo, Aug. 10.-Acting Seoretary
Nettleton has received a letter from P'resi
dent Niodringhnus, of the St. Louis Sttam
ine. company, replying to Secretary Fos
ter's reent letter relating to the emploty
cment of toreign skilled labor for the tin
plate industry. Mr. Niodrincghans chlaitsu
tiiat for the succesOful operation of this in
dustry it is nrcessary to have a number of
skilled laborers fresh from the business as
conduoted in Europe to-day. ''he foreign
labor needed, he says, will not amount to
10 per cent. of the whole number of em
plyes. This sort of help cannot be ob
tained in the hoie market.
Fr-ed I)ougias Resigns.
WAsInNoTON, Aug. 10.-Frederick Doug
las, United States minister to Hayti. has
tendered his resiguntion to the department
of state. lie gives no reason for his action.
County Tax Levy,
The county cotumissioners fixed the tax
levy yesterday for this year as follows:
State, two and one-half mills; echool, two
and one-half mills; general fund, one and
in,-bhalf mill.; poor, half a tinll; saI'teinl
for school district one, onoe mill; jail fund,
two mills; ad, two ttl: stock Indeum
nity, one-half mill; stock inspector ntld de
tective, one allnd one-half mills: sheep in
lpector and indemnity, one and one-half
mills. This is three muill higher titan last
year, but is thought to be the lowest levy of
anty county in t hie state. 'l'hit increase is:
two mills fir jail flund and one-half mill
each for poor and sahiol funds.
Thei Audtitortu,, t.
Mayor Kleinschruidt, chairman of the
conmmittee on imditorium for the use of the
Teachers' eonvelltion, says a carpenluter atid
builder nha bhetu consulted as to thiil proba
ble cost of sachl a structure. L'heyv mln put
up one tceost $tb,(tX, or one that will come
nearer $25,u00. 't'he mayor's tlena is an
elliptical pavillion roofed, but open at tie
sides, eurrunuded by trues or plaun. lHe
will ask for further mstruotions.
Many Sweltering New Yorkers Strlcken by
the Mu's htays.
NEw Yonx, Aug. 10.--To-day has been the
third of the heated term here and the hot
test of the three, with no prospects of a
favorable change to-morrow. The local
forecast olicer says the mercury bids fair
to touch the 100 mark to-morrow. At nine
this morning, without a breeze and
the mercury steadily climbing up
ward, the air was stifling. At
noon the lihea was unbearable,
and at three o'clock the thermometer
reached 97. All afternoon ambulances
were busy carrying people prostrated by
heat to the hospital. Nothing like it has
been recorded at this time of the year for
nearly twenty years, and continuance dur
ing the week means an enormnous increase
of mortality, especially in the crowded tene
ment districts. Half a dozen deaths oc
onrred to-day and many more victims are
in a precarious condition. Three per
sons are reported having been rendered
insane by heat. A number of members of
the police force had to leave their posts to
day. The hbeat was particularly severe on
horses, many being overcome. Scenes in
the tenement district to-night are beyond
description. The entire population has die
serted the tenements and souciht the house
tops and streets. Little relief is afforded,
however, by this moans, as the thick walls
are sending forth the heat accumulated
during the day. The entire population is
looking with foreboding for the dawn of
another scorching day.
Many Prostrations, Few Fatal.
CHICAGO, Aug. 10.-Dispatches from a
number of points in Indiana, Illinois and
Iowa, state that the heat to-day was very
severe, the mercury ranging from ninety
five to 103. A number of prostrations are
reported, few fatal. This afternoon the
heat was mitigated at several points by se
vere thunder storms. In Chicago it was
cooler than yesterday. The maximum tem
perature was eighty-two. The excessive
heat of Friday, Saturday and Funday has,
however, had its effect on the mortality
rate. One hundred and sixty deaths were
reported in the city to-day, more than
double the usual rate. The mortality
among horses was also heavy
The Earth Thirsty and Parched.
PLANrsF.LID, Conn., Aug. 10.-To-day has
been one of the hottest of the year and the
drouth is scmething startling. All lute
crops are burning up in the ground and
early ones have been ripened so quickly by
drought that they are badly scorched.
Rivers, ponds and mill streams are lower
than for yeals. Ashland. Jewett City,
Flayville, Central Valley and other places
have been compelled to stop their mills for
want of water. All tlhroui!h the valley of
the Yantic, Quinnebaugh and Shetucket
rivers the mills are idle. P,1chaug lake.
that covers 14,000 acres, is nearly dry. Un
less rain soon comes the loss to crops and
in wages will be groat.
J. G. Blaine Is In Them and They Are
About Him.
SCHICAGo, Aug. 10.-A Washington special
says thiat a man who talked with Col. A. L.
Conger, of Ohio, member of the national
reoublican committee, is authority for the
statement that James G. Blaine, health per
mittinti, willbe in the hands of his friends
when the nominating convention meets in
1892. This gentleman says that Conger
broached the subject to Blaine, who seemed
rather indisposed to talk about it at all.
Col. Conger then dwelt at length upon the
steadfastness of Blaine's friends, recalled
numerous instances of their faithful adher
ence to him under any circunmtances and
said that his (Blaine's) friends ought to
have sotmethin- to say in the next conven
tion. iRepublicans generally wished to see
him president and were confident that vic
tory with any other man as nominee was
uncertain. Mr. Blaine, it is said, showed
great feeling when (onger dilated upon
the faithful services of his friends in the
past and said he had a very good disposi
tion to serve them and the Republican
party, too, and that he would not now
decline the nomination in advance.
"Whether he told Conger directly that he
would take the nomination or not," con
tinued the gentleman, "I do not know, but
this much I can say, Conner says that
Blaine will accept, and so believe now all
of Blaine's friends."
Mlarkets and Crops.
LoNDoN, Aug. 10,-The Mark Lane Ex
press says the lack of dry host has caused
the harvest to be late. The next fortnight
is the critical period for the failure or suc
cess of crops. English wheats bid in slow.
Sales were at 138;(3 for red and 40(xt41 for
ordinary white. Many exchanges are al
moat empty and business has bheen ex
tremely limited. Foreign wheat advanced
slightly. In spring grain trading is in
favor of holders for barley, oats, pulse and
corn, while lentils and rye are stronger.
To-day English wheat wae so scarce tas to
be practically unquotable. In foreign
wheat there was a small advance for st ot.
Russian wheat was stitlly supported.
Saemples of American red winter wheat
were received to-day by port and eagerly
scanned, its a largo surplus of that quality
of wheat is expected and has greatly af
fected the market. Good milling is onually
shown. Flour is dull. The scarcity of
t. rley prevented a decline in the prices of
that coreal, but the, market could not be
called firm. Swedish oats were lirm and
English oats almost unobtainable. Corn
was firm, but inactive.
Attached the Locomotives.
Marshal Furay has returned from Butte,
where he attached three locomotives of the
Montana Union railway conmpany to sat
isfy a judgiument obtained against the cotm
patty by George Ross for infrmlning on his
pttentt right to aut ore dumtping car. Attor
ney ,1. .. Shropshire hlis seecud a writ of
error and will take the case to the United
-tates court of appealrs.
Went Up 5Wtlth ihel Iotller.
Sr. Louts, Aug. 10.-lly the explosion of
ta steam pipe on the steamer Idlewild last
night, as the boat wats nearing St. Gone
vievr, two colored firemen wt're blown to
atoelrm and two dteckhands, Chanrls Adams
and Marshal Carter, probably fatally in
jur. d. A colorted passenger was also se.
rlttsly injured. The cause of the explosion
is unknown.
(hoods Frraudrulntly Oibtained.
NeIw YORK, Aug. 10.--MesOs Levi, form
erly of Levi lBros. & Co., who failed in May
last for $1,(N10.0tX, was arrested to-day.
I hite harge is that for several days puevious
to the failure the fir oentered into col
Iatslo to get all the property they could on
tedilt bIefore failing. The arrest was Imade
ait the instance of firms thus viattirized.
Vliltlo Supply ouf rain.
New YOilt, Aug. 10.--lhe visible supply
of grain in the United States and (inada
this side of the lRocky mnountains, August
it, 1891, was; Wheat 17,MfeI,(0uL4 bushels,
coin 3,510,3.i7, oats 2,11tl,44.1; inoress,,
wheat 1,1Ht5,II4 lushels, oats il0,l0; de
crease, corn 72,lt10.
utllure of a Lumlber IIem.
BloIstN, Aug. 10.-- The failure of the
(tlentlon company, a firm interested l intmt
tetr, was announced this afternoIon. The
otiittlel statement last Mareth was, debte,
y:'ll,ttX), nomintal assets, $4t'32.,th. It is
sapttltded the figures in conllnetion with the
Lailuur will be less enuuragiug.
Deeney, Hickey and Kelly Brought '
Into Court for Preliminary ti
Examination, rd
The Great Jam of Spectators Ren- d
doers the Court Room Very
Unsafe. n
Adjournment Taken Until To-day-Testl- e
mony for the Davis Contestants
T.se Matter of P'enma.nship. a
Burrs, Aug. 10.-[Special.]-The largest
crowd that ever assembled in this county at a
a trial gathered this morning to witness c
the trial of the men accused of the murder
of W. J. Penrose. Not only was the court
room jammed full, but the hallway and
stairway were crowded. Most of those in
the crowd were evidently of the laboring
class. The prisoners, Deeney, Hickey and y
f Kelly, were brought in. looking well and
smiling cheerfully as they shook hands
with friends, who crowded toward them.
The commotion upon the entrance of the
prisoners caused the floor of the court room t
to tremble, and down in the sheriff's office
underneath a big crack appeared in the
3 ceiling. The officers below rushed out
o from under, and even the court
- officers called on the crowd
a to move out of the room. Nobody budged.
The crowd evidently regarded this as a
bluff. Judge MoMurphy then declared that
ya possible calamity was impending and[(
o called on all to leave the room. Even this
a failed to drive out the crowd and the only
thing left to do was to adjourn court until
two o'clock. Meanwhile the county com
missioners had examined the condition of I
the floor and now ordered the court to va
cate the court room as being insecure. The
commissioners were asked to hire the opera
house for the triil, but refused to bear the
expense, so the hearing was adjourned until
10 o'clock tomorrow morning at the city
With Information as to Spellers in Iowa,
by Hiawkeyos.
- BUTTE, Aug. 10.--[pecial.]-In the Davis
d will trial to-day Amos Steckel, for the con
testants, testi.ed that he has been engaged
in the banking business fifteen years; that
the examination of signatures was part of
his business: he has known James R. Eddy
' and received letters from him and he be
lieve i the alleged will to be in the hand
i1 writing of James It. Eddy, with the possi
ble exception of the signature of James
I Davis. On cross-examination the witness
le admitted that five years ago he was indicted
r- for perjury. He said it was as a result of a
Is business complication end misunderstand
n ing and that the indictment was quashed
r on a technicality. F. W. Moore was next
examined for contestants and said he
e is assistant cashier in a Bloom
d field, Iowa, bank. He said he
r- had seen the writing of James
d Davis and, looking at the will, said he did
'o not think the name on the will was James
s LDavis' signature. Alvin C. Hanshaw, the
next witness, lives in Wapello county, Iowa,
is and is a teamster. He has known James R.
Eddy since 1880. and has seen both his
is writing and that of James Davis. The wit
i. ness, asked whether he had sufficient
In knowledge of J. It. Eddy's writing to tell
w who wrote the will, replied that he would
not have a definite opinion. John C. Rog
_ ers, of Iowa, has known James Davis since
at 1857; knew Job Davis until he died, and
at know Eddy and his writing. He saw him
il write the James Davis will. The witness
gave it as his firm conviction that J. R.
Eddy wrote the contested will. The wit
Sness further said that James R. Eddy was
id a poor speller and usually went down first
it in spelling matches, while Job Davis. who,
the proponents claim, wrote the will, was a
crack speller. He then said that
it J. R. Eddy wrote a will for him,
1- and the will was produced
t- in court. Col. Ingersoll desired to place it
in evidence to show that the mistakes in
d spelling in this will are exactly the same as
r. the contested will. This otter was not
to allowed. Moses Polin said that he went to
n school with Job ])avis, who was a good
t' writer, and in school set copy for the wit
t ness. The alleged will was shown, and he
y said he didn't think Job Davis wrote it.
r He did not think the namue Job Davis on
the alleged will was lite the real signature
of Job Davis. iOn cross-examination he
)f said he had seen none of Job Davis' writing
io since 1860. lie said Job Davis was a good
.d speller and usually sprlled down all adver
0 saries. lie was confident Job Davis never
spelt give "guive." W. C. t.ogers, a farmer
of Davis county. Iowa, had gone to school
with Jobt, Dlavis; has seen his writiig; ws
u shown the will and did lnot blievo Job
t- wrote it.
lrepiaraitlone for t 1 n I'ivenrusllei-Tiime
Table of the New lino.
MIaoourLA, Aug. 10--[Spoeial.1-The fol
lowing plan for the Misua;ula ex
oursion will be submitted to the Ceuur
d'Alene people tomorrow and it meeting
their approval, will be adopted. The ex
uotsion to leave the ,eoar d'Aleno on the
morning of Aug. o1, and return from Mis
soula next day. The Cornish athletto
gaumes, which take place in the mines be
tween the 14th and 17th, may interfere with
these dates. The Montana excursion will
leave Helena and Missoula on the morning
of Aug. )tt, and go to Wallace, lBurke
and Wardner. It will return on the morn
tug of the 22d, remaining one
full day in the Cou.r d'Aleues. Superin
teudeut Ratlllsy this evening received
ofllcial notice that the road between the
o.Vur d'Aleno Mission and St. Regis will be
turned over to the operating department
Aug. 15, and will be unuder the jurisdiction
of the Rocky Mountain division. John
)oraey has been appointed assistant super
intendent, with jurisdiction from D)e tlmet
to Cetoir d'Alene Mission, with office at
Wallace. Mr. Dorsey was formerly general
agent for the Cttur d'Alenee and located at
tCour d'Alene lilty.
The Ctmur d'Alene train service will be as
follows: Local paseaeger, leaves Missoula
seven i. mo., connecting with the west bound
through train ltriving at Miasoula at 6:351 a.
su.. and gets to Wallace it 1:130 p. m. This
will give the (Ctur d'Alene people a thonligh
connection from the east with Butts and
Anaconda connections. The east bound
local passenger will leave Wallace at eight
a. mi., arriving at Missoula at 2:10 p. m.,
making connection at the latter point with
Train No. 2, east-bound, affording through
connection with the east and all local
points throughout Montana. A freight
train will leave Misanula at 4:130 a. m., ar
riving at Wallace at 2:80 p. m. Merchan.
dise shipped from Helena, Butte, Anaconda
or Missoula on the afternoon of one day
will be delivered at points in the Ocaur
d'Alenee the afternoon of the following
day. A freight train will leave Wallace at
4:30 a. m. and arrive at Missoula at 2:30 p.
m., connecting with the through freight on
the main line, practically shortening the
time between the Ceour d'Alenes and the
east twenty-four hours.
This system has been recently made
standard from Mullen to Wallace and
Burke. The only part now remaining nar
row guage is from Wallace to Cour d'Alene
Mission. That from Wallace to Wardner
will probably be made standard during the
current year.
Arrested for Committing Forgery.
GalAT FAILS, Aug. 10.--[Speeial.1-Yes.
terday afternoon James Iliff, a crooked
character who has done time during recent
years both at Deer Lodge and in the county
jail, was placed under arrest, charged with
forging a check on J. Cornelius, the Boston
& Montana contractor, for $28.40. He was
given a preliminary examinination this af
ternoon before Judge Moorehouse and held
in $1,000 bonds for trial at the next term
of court. Iliff was but recently released
from jail on a charge of forging checks on
t Mclntire Bros., the surveyors.
Formerly a Reporter.
a MsourLA. Aug. 10.- [Special.] -Jacob
t Gore, formerly a reporter on the Missoula
d Gazette, was arrested this evening by Dep
s uty bheriff Abernathy, on an order from
Sheriff Jeffris, of Lewis and Clarke county.
i Gore has recently been living in Demeri
ville and returned to Missoula a few days
Since. He is wanted by the Helena people
for forgery. It is stated that he also forged
e the names of several Demereville people.
a Rich Sweepstakes.
GREAT FALLS. Aug. 10.-[Special.]-A big
strike in the Sweepstakes mine is reported
y from Neihart. A shot at the depth of
thirty feet disclosed a five-foot vein of rie
chloride ore. Stock in this company has
taken a sudden jump.
Rate of Taxation.
Bu.rrE, Aug. 10.--[Special.]-The county
tax was fixed to-day at 123 mills and the
city tax at 83 mills.
Laying the Corner Stone of the First
Presbyterian Sunday School Building.
The members of the First Presbyterian
congregation were in a happy frame of
mind yesterday afternoon. Something
they had been looking forward to with
great eagerness was about to take place
the laying of the corner stone of the new
home of the congregation. The exercises
began at 5 p. m., at the corner of Eleventh
avenue and Ewing street. It was not the
corner stone of the church edifice proper,
but of the Sunday school annex. Seats
were arranged about the stone on a plat
form where the organ and choir were sta
tioned. Among those on the platform were
Hon. E. W. Knight, Judge N. W. McCon
nell, Francis Murphy, Rev. T. J. May,
members of the Presbyterian Sunday
school, trustees, elders, deacons and others,
A hymn, "The One Foundation;" opened
the exercises, after which Rev. T. V. Moore
lead in a responsive reading,dollowed by
Rev. T. J. May in prayer. There was an
other hymn, when the pastor introduced
Mr. Knight, the assistant superintendent
of the Sunday school, who gave a very com
prehensive history of the school since its
organization in 1872. An address was de
livered by Judge N. W. McConnell, presi
dent of the board of trustees. Mayor
Kleinschmidt, who was also down on the
programme for an address, was delayed
and could not be present. The pastor
called upon Francis Murphy to fill Mr.
Kleinsohmidt's time, which he did with
great satisfaction to the audience. The
stone was then laid by Mrs. J. M. Wood
bridge, nee Emma M. Hedges, who has been
identified with the Sundiay school since
childhood. The pastor lead in prayer and
then the entire congregation arose and sung
Rtook of Ages. A benediction closed the
A receptacle in the stone has been left
open, in which will be placed a number of
articles which will be of great interest to
future generations. Among the articles to
be deposited will be a photograph of the
scene of the laying of the stone, copies of
the IHelena daily papers, one of Francis
Murphy's temperance pledges signed by
himself and Mrs. Murphy. and to which is
knotted a blue ribbon, a bible, list of the
officers of the congregation and members
of the Sunday school, and some sacred
Youthful Vandals.
There is a great deal of just complaint on
the part of property owners in Helena at
the wanton destruction of doors, window
panes, and other portions of unoccupied
houses. A lady who owns some houses on
Rodney street, says the boys in
the neighborhood not only break
ill the doors and destroy the
paper on the walls, but they capture cats,
wire them together and then make them
fight to the death. The lady has had her
property watched, and finds that not only
boys but girls also are engaged in the busi
nas. hoe has the names of these young
people and is determined that this is the
last warnig she will give. The next time
they break into her houses, she will have
them arrested. It is a species of vandalism
which costs hundreds of dollars each month
and an organized effort will be made to
put a stop to it.
The Limited Mall.
A large audience greeted the first pro
duction of this comedy-drama in Helena at
Ming's last night. It was received with
great favor. The realistic features, such as
the flight of the limited mail, are the beat
ever seen on the stage here. The piece is in
the hands of oapable people. There are a
number of songs and soime excellent dano
ing by Miss Grace Sherwood. The follow
ing music has been specially composed for
The Limited Mail: "The Music of the
Wires" (romIana ) "The Sweet Manipula
tor of the Wi:es" (song and dance) "The
Stnllal song," "The Irish Section Man."
"The Limited Mail" (overture), and "The
Limited Mail" (waltz song.) The engage
ment closes this evening.
Two Pardons.
Gov. Toole granted unconditional par
dons yesterday to John Waugh and John
Hancock, which will be acted upon by the
board of pardons. Waugh was found guilty
of alleged rape at Miles City, but it appears
from the governor's letter to the board that
he was made a principal in order to seeare
the conviction of the girl's mother. The
other subject of executive elemency was
John Hancock, who was convicted for sell
Ing whisky to Indians and sentenced for
one year and to pay a fine of $00. The
fine has been paid. *Hanok was tried laM
F ebruary.

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