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Of the Greatest Blaze in Bir
mingham’s History.
Chief Mullin and Major Mil
ner Talk of Water
Complete Resume of Losses aud
Insurance on Property and
Outside Aid Called For—Volun
teer Firemen to the
Rescue—A Brave
When the AGE-HERALD went to press
yesterday morning the most disastrous fire
in the city’s history was raging, and the
most magnificent hotel in all this south
land bad been devoured by the angry
At that hour the flro was hardly under
control, and the loss from it bid fair to run
into the millions, but fortuuately the
spreading of the flames was stopped about
4 o’clock, and only those buildings men
tioned in the Age-Herald yesterday were
destroyed. It took hard and heroic work
on the part of the brave fire laddies to save
all that portion of Birmingham directly in
the line of the devouring element.
The following table of losses was pre
pared by an insurance ageut yesterday for
the Age-Herald:
Caldwell Hotel, building.$225,000
Caldwell Hotel, furniture. 2u,u00
Caldwell Hotel, laundry. 5,000
Personal effects and hotel stores In
Caldwell. 10,000
Johnston building. 25,9<j0
Stowers Furniture company, stock... 12,000
Hawkins building. 25,000
Perry-Mason Shoe company, stock... 30,000
Casino stable building. 2,000
\V. C. Reese, building. 2,5o0
Clara Spaulding, furniture. 2,000
F. F. Walsh, building. 5.000
r^nnle Mull, f’^niture. 2,000
Georgia Pac fle ailway officebuild ig 1,000
Miscellaneous losses. 2,500
The amount of insurance and the compa
nies carrying the policies, as prepared by
A. D. Dearborn, are as follows:
Liverpool and London and Globe.$ 3 0,000
North British and Mercantile. 5,000
Fire Association of Philadelphia. 5,oo0
Georgia Home. 7,5u0
Niagara. 5,ou0
Hambur..-Bremen • 6,U0Q
Commercial Union. 2,500
Insurance Company of North America 5,000
Connecticut. 2,600
Scottish Union and National. 4,000
American ot Pld.adelphia . 2,500
Hanover . 2,500
Pl.enix of Brooklyn. 2.5 '0
PJienix ol Hartford. 10,000
American of New York. 2,500
Queen.*. 5,000
Orient.f . 5,000
Bun Mutual of New' Oueans. 5,600
Palatne. 4,000
Pennsylvania. 5,U00
j. A. GOING,
jNOrtncrn insurance company. i,auii
Imperial. 2,500
Glen Falla. 2,500
Eritisli Amerlcn. 2,500
Guardian. 2,50o
*ina of Hartford. 5,000
National of Hartford. 2,500
Mechanics and Traders . 4,500
Phemx of London. 6,000
London and Lancaahire. 4.600
Manchester. 5,000
Underwriters. 5,000
Underwriters .. 2,600
Milwaukee Mechanics. 2,500
Plicnix of London. 2.5U0
Underwriters. 2,500
W. C. Heese, on fnrnature in Caldwell
hotel—John U. Smith & Co., Georgia
Home, (3C0; A. H. Dearborn ft Co., Sun
Mutual, (350. Total, (650.
Stowers Furniture company on stock—J.
T. Wilson, JEma. (2000; Mead, Smith ft
Co., Continental, (1000; Hanover, (1000;
W. J. Daneuix ft Co., Williamsburg City,
(1000; A. H. Dearborn ft Co., Orient,
(1000; Palatine, (1000; George Euatts ft
Co., Phenix of London, (1000. Total,
Caldwell Heal Estate company, on Casino
stables, partly damaged—J. G. Smith,
Niagara, (1000; Fire Aasociation, (1000: A.
R. Dearbon ft Co., Delaware, (1000; Pala
tine, (1000; Snn Mutual, (1000. Total,
J. W. Johnston and H. H. Hawkins, on
building corner First avenue and Twenty,
second street—W. J. Dangaix ft Co.,
Royal, (6000; Home, New York, (5(00;
German American, (3000; Norwich Union,
(3000; American, New York, (3000; W. B.
Leedy ft Co., Phoenix of Hartford, (10,000;
Meade, Smith ft Co.. Continual, (2000;
American, Philadelphia, (8000; Merchants
and Traders, (2500; Scottish Union, (2500.
Total, (40,000.
W. C. Heese, on building, 2122 First uv
enue—A. R. Dearborn & Co., Pennsylva
nia, $1010; J. G. Smith & Co., North Brit
ish, $1000. Furniture in above building—
W. J. Dnngaix & Co., Home of New York,
$1000; Norwich Union, $500. Total, $3505.
Caldwell bolet furniture—A. R. Dear
born & Co., De'aware Insurance company,
$5000; R. F. Manly & Co., Western Insur
ance compaoy, $3250; J. Q. Smith &Co.,
Georgia Home, $2500; J. A. Going, Im
perial, $2500; J. A. Going, Springfield,
$2600; A. A. Adams, St. Paul, $2500. To
tal, $18,250.
Laundry, Caldwell Hotel—W. J. Dan
gaix, Royal, $2250.
Perry Mason Shoe company, on stock—
Malone A Mayberry, London and Lanca
shire, $5000; Meade, Smilb & Co., Ameri
can of Philadelphia, $1,250; Hanover,
$1259; Continental, $2500; W. a. Leedy &
Co., Pheuix of Harlford, $2500; Pbenix of
Brooklyn, $2500; J. H. Heineke, Ger
mania, $2500; J. G. Sinilh, Liverpool and
London an i Globe, $5000; R. F. Manly &
Co., Queen, $2510. Total. $25,000.
Furniture and fixtures—Scottish Union
and National, $400.
Total insurance, $253,050.
The above estimate of the losses is con
sidered very conservative and is probably
under the value of the property destroyed.
There were also losses not enumerated
above which amount to several thousand
dollars nnd on which no insurance was
carried. Some of those thus suffering from
the fire are:
The Consolidated Electric Light com
pany, damage to wires, lamps and
posts.$ 800
C. Scheussler's plumbing shop. 3uU
Lillie Lesler, furniture .. 1,000
R. T. Markham's carpenter shop. 250
R. Safely’s bicycle shoo. 300
W. H. Cooper, building. 500
In addition to these, guests ot the hotel
sustained losses in the way of jewelry,
baggage, etc., to the amount of several
hundred dollars.
Several of the guests of the hotel had
narrow escapes, and two men made their
exit by way of the fire escapes.
Manager Kd B. Freeman was overcome
by smoke and heat and had to be taken out
by an officer who was near him. Two or
three guests sustained slight burns.
As stated in the Aqe-Herald yesterday
mnrnino’ Hip wrIpt nn-acurp tuna troru nmolr
to which fact is due the destruction of the
Caldwell. Chief Mullin stated to an Age
Herald reporter yesterday that when the
hose was connected to the hydrants and the
water turned on be found a pressure of less
than thirty pounds. Heat once sentODe
of his (ireraen to the Soutbslde headquar
ters to throw the valve, which regulated
the pressure of water, but when that had
been done the pressure was very little if
any higher than before. Tbe streams
could not be thrown much above the sec
ond floor of tbe buildings.
To add to the other disadvantages one
of the engines broke down and was dis
abled for about thirty minutes.
Major W. J. Milner, superintendent of
the Birmingham Water Works company,
with whom the city has a contract for
water, stated to an Age-Herald reporter
yesterday afternoon that the low pressure
of the water during the fire was not charge
able to the company. Hesaid it was not
much, if any, lower than ordinarily, and
there had been no complaint heretofore ex
cept in one instance. Hesaid that when be
got to the office yesterday morning he
found there a pressure of sixty pounds,
and when he went up to the Are and saw
the large number of streams being played
on it he was surprised at them having us
much pressure as they did.
He said further, that two elevator pipes,
one in the Johnston building and one in
the Hawkins building, had bursted, from
which thousands of gallons of water were
pouring in great streams. This, together
with the large number of hydrant connec
tions, was enough to reduce the pressure to
a very low notch. “But,” said he, “it does
not seem that there was any scarcity of
water when it is known that S,000,COO gal
lons were drawn from the reservoir during
the morning, and besides, the engine at
North Birmingham was set to pumping
water into the city shortly after the fire
broke out. ’ ’
Major Milner said that the regulator,
which is located at Avenue H and Twenty
second street, was reported in good condi
tion by Mr. Merriweather Friday noon,
and that it worked all right yesterday
morning. He Baid the trouble must have
been with the valve at the Southside sta
t on, which throws the regulator when the
fire alarm is sounded. Hesaid tbe appa
ratus had spruug a leak there, and on a
former occasion, when it failed to work,
an investigation showed that it had been
screwed on too tight, and he supposed,
though he did not know it to be so, that
was the case this time. Hesaid further
that the buildings burned were on a con
Bioeraole elevation ana inal would reduce
the pressure somewhat.
Mr. J. P. Klotz, a St. Louis drummer,
who was occupying room 63, fifth floor, at
the Caldwell, saw the flames when they
first burst from the Johnston building,
and be said that be never saw anything
like it before, although he has seen many
disastrous fires in different cities, He says
that the flames burst from every window
on all the floors almost at the same time.
When he first saw the fire there was but a
small blaze, and witbiu an instant the en
tire building was aflame.
Mr. Klotz lost everything he had with
him except one suit of underwear, a coat,
pair of pants and pair of shoes. His gold
watch and chain, cash and several suits of
clothes, all valued at about |4U0, were de
stroyed. When be first saw the fire he
thought be would have time enough to go
down on the street and return to hit room
and secure his effects if the fire should
spread to the Caldwell, but when it did
this the hotel was aflame throughout be
fore he could go to his room.
Chief Mullin and all bis men fought
nobly and bravely to save property endan
gered by tbo fire and it. was with great diffi
culty the Weedeu & Deut and the other
handsome four-story buildings fronting
on Becoud avenue, betweon Twenty-first
and Twenty-second streets, were saved.
Much valuable assistance was also rendered
by volunteers who were willing and anx
ious to do anything Id their power that
would help to stop the fire. They deserve
much credit for what they did.
Chief Mullen telegraphed to Montgomery
and Meridian about 2 o’clock for aseistance
and 1000 feat of hose and such other appa
ratus ns could be spared was being loaded
on a special train when the request was
The fire was under control at 4 o’clock,
bnt the firemen continued to work about
the ruius until 6:30.
Thousands of people visited the scene of
the fire and gazed on the ruinB yesterduy.
BThe walls of the Caldwell and the other
buildings which did not tall in yesterday
morning will be blown up with dynamite
During the excitement incident to the
fire Mr. Ben Mayer, day clerk at the Acme
hotel, walked into the lobby o( the Cald
well and, seeing the danger, asked the
night clerk it the guests had been aroused.
The clerk either tailed to hear him or mis
understood bis query and replied that he
did not know. Mr. Mayer tberenpon
stepped to the indicator and turned ou a
geueral alarm, which aroused every person
in the building not yet awake. It was a
piece ol good judgment.
Washington, July 21.—The republican
advisory committee ol the senate held a
session this afternoon and discussed the
situation Irom various points of view. No
agreement was reached as to what should
be done, and the conditions were fouod to
be thoroughly satisfactory to the leaders of
the minority. It was agreed that if they
bad had the arraugement of things them
selves, they could not have the majority in
a worse fix than that in wnich it now finds
itself. For this reason, it was decided upon
that the republicans should let the demo
crats settle their own quarrel while they
sst by nnd watched the proceedings. This
will be the policy pursued Monday, and all
the republicans will have to say during
the debate will be in the nature of the ques
tions intended to irritate aud widen the
breach already existing.
Washington, July 21.—The asperities of
yesterday’s debate in the seuate have in no
respect worn off with the night. If possi
ble, there is n still more intense feeliug
prevailing among the democratic senators,
though active efforts to restore harmony,
find some approach to unity of action are
in progress. Senator VilaB’ speech pre
lacing his motion to recede from the seuate
amendment, proposing a differential duty
on refined sugar, is “withheld for revis
ion’’ and does not appear in this morn
ing's official record. This keeps out of the
controversy for the present the disputed
question whether such a motion is in urder
at this time, but he iB quoted today as say
ing that he has no purpose of withdrawing
his motion to amend the sugar schedule by
striking out the 1-8 of a cent differential
on refiued sugar. Mr. Gorman says there
will be no democratic caucus between this
time and the meeting of the senate Monday.
Still Meets With Closed Doors—Will
Hold Daily Sessions Until Quiet
is Fully Restored.
The c ommittee of safety feel the deep re
sponsibilities resting upon them, and are
leaving no stone unturned to secure peace
and permanent quiet to this community.
They held a two hours’ session on yester
day, but still do not deem it prudent to
make public anything that was done at the
meeting, but one thing can be positively
asserted, that they are not meeting with
out accomplishing results. They have
done some of the most valuable service pos
sible to render at this time, aod hope that
the same can be safely announced at an
early day. The public can rely on the
work being done fearlessly and faithfully
iu the public interest.
Mr. Mahaffy, the brother-in-law of the
late B. W. Tierce, and the widow of the
unfortunate officer returned Friday night
from Cartersville, Ga., near which cily
the burial of Mr. Tierce took place. The
funeral party were met at tbe depot at Car
tersville by the local Knights of Pythias
and a large number of citizens, aod every
kiuduess and sympathy possible were dis
played. Tbe dead officer was laid away in
his old family bnrial ground near tbe old
homestead, eleven miles out from Carters
Tbe people of Birmingham, tbe friends
of the family, have been very kind and of
great assistance to the family of the de
ceased, and the stricken widow desires to
return her profound gratitude.
Paris, July 21.—There is no truth in the
report that an attempt cvas made today to
assassinate the representative of President
Uasitnir-Perier at the funeral of the late M.
Lecente-Delisle, in the church of St. Sul
A peddler of knives, who was In the
church, accidentally dropped a knife from
the Btock he was carrying. The report
that be intended to murder M. Challemel
Lacour, president of the senate, who rep
resented Cassimir-Perler at the fonerul,
was absolutely without foundation.
Now In Alabama Seeking Places of
Rest—A Scandinavian Party
Meaning Business.
Mr. H. M. Judge, a leading attorney of
Qreene county, and one of the principal stock
holders of the Eutaw Real Estate ageocy,
passed through the city recently en route
home from au immigration trip throughout
the northwest. Mr. Judge reports having
effected contracts with Scandinavian immi
gration partieB in Minnesota as well as
large contracts of advertising with leading
Scandinavian newspapers for the purpose
of inaugurating a flow of immigrants to
Greene county.
Mr. W. O. Rjnearson, general passenger
agent of the Queen and Crescent, will assist
Mr. judge and his colleagues in their
efforts tc bring immigratiou to Greene
This is a good startor, and is probably
the first contract that has been made with
Scandanavian newspapers and Immigration
agents for the purpose of bringing Norwe
gian, Swedish and Danish people to the
fertile lands of Alabama.
The Scandinavians, so Mr. Judge re
ports, do not object to the presence of the
negro, but think rather that be can be used
to an advantage in farm labor. He also
states that during the few days that he was
in Minnesota and Dakota the temperature
was from 2 to 4 degrees warmer than in
Alabama, and that the people there com
plain much of the extremes in the tempera
ture. «
This is a move that will bring a high
class of citizens to Alabama, aod the move
is likely to be followed lu other counties.
Says the House by More Than
Two-thirds Vote,
United States Senators—Sec
ond Success of the BUI
In the House.
Washington, July 21.—Immediately af
ter the reading ol (be journal today Mr.
Bowers, republican, of California, de
manded the regular order, thus Rutting off
the transaction ol any miscellaneous bus
iness. The speaker announced the regular
order lo be a vote on the Tucker joint reso
lution, providing for theelection of United
States senators by a direct vole of the peo
ple. As this was a proposition involving a
change of the constitution, the ntiirmative
votes of two-thirds of the members were
necessary to its passage. The yeas and
nays were demauded and the result was:
Yeas 137, nays 49. Two-thirds having
voted in the affirmative, the joint resolu
tion was declared to have been passed, ac
companied by applause. It was the second
time the house has Ihus deciercd itself on
the question. The joint resolution rends
as follows:
Hesoived, etc., That in lieu of the first
paragraph of section 3, article 1 of the con
stitution of the United States, aud in lieu
of so much of paragraph 2 of the same
section as relates to the filling of vacancies,
nnH in linn n t all rt f nurntTranh 1 rtf applinn
4 of said article 1, in so far as the same re
lates to any authority in congress to make
or alter regulations as to the times aud man
ner ol bolding elections for senators, the
following bill is proposed as an amend
ment to the constitution, which shall be
valid to all intents aud purposes as part of
the constitution when milled by the legis
latures of throe-fourths of the states:
“The senate of the United States shall be
composed of two senators from each state,
elected by the people thereof at large for
six years, and each senator shall have one
vote. The electors in each state shall have
the qualifications requisite for electors of
the most numerous branch of the state leg
“The times, places and manner of bold
ing elections for senators shall be as Dre
scribed in each state by the legislature
“ When vacancies happen in the repre
sentation of any state in the senate the ex
ecutive authority of such stale shall issue
writs of election to fill such vacancies, pro
vided that the legislature of soy state may
empower the executive thereof to make
temporary appointments until the people
fill the vacancies by election as the legisla
ture may direct.
“This amendment shall not be bo con
strued as to affect the election or term of
any senator chosen before it becomes valid
al a part of tbo constitution. ”
On motion ol Mr. Holman non-concur
rence was voted iu the senate amendments
to tbe Indian appropriation bill aud a con
ference was agreed to. Mr. Allen and Mr.
Wilson, republican, of Washington, were
named as managers on the part of tbe
By uuanimous consent the consideration
ot bueiuess in tbe morning hour was dis
pensed with and tbe Bynum bill, providing
for the re-employment, rs fast as vacancies
occur, ot those railway postal clerks who
were dismissed from the service between
Maroh 15 and May 1, 18S9, when the service
was placed under the civil service law,
was then taken up in accordance with tbe
terms of a special order agreed upon yes
terday, The bill did not come to a vole,
and at 3:80 tbe bouse adjourned until Mon
nay. _
Three Calls Issued for as Ms.uy Com
mittees to Meet This Week.
The followingcommlttees of tbe Commer
cial club will meet at tbe club rooms to ef
fect permanent organization and attend to
such other business as may come before
them at tbe time specified below:
Committee on transportation, Monday
afternoon at 4 o'clock.
Committee on legislation, Tuesday morn
ing at 10 o’clock.
Committee on miscellaneous and griev
ances, Tuesday afternoon at 4 o’clock.
Committee on transportation is composed
of tbe following members: Ross C.
Smith, temporary chairman j A. J. Camp,
Frank F. Ellis, J. B. Francis, C. E.
Hailey, N. L. Miller, E. Wilkerson, Rob
ert McLester, August bchiliinger, John W.
bibley, J. A. Tucser, M. Weil, J. W.
WortbingtOD, George A. Blinu, Jr., and
John O’Neill.
Committee on legislation—A. G. Smith,
temporary chairman; B. M. Alleo, J. B.
Cobbs, P. H. Earie, Joseph F\ Johnston,
John T. Milner, George M. Morrow, R. H.
Pearson, M.T. Porter, B. Steiner, E. Solo
mon, Thomas Seddoo, John P. Tillman,
t). W. Underwood and James M. Weath
Committee on miscellaneous and griev
anoes—E. J. Dune, temporary chairman;
E. Ensien, Jacob Fies, Robert Jamison, J.
C. Mutgrove, C. R. Patterson, M. A. Por
ter, James A. Roy, O. I.. Richards, Nor
man Webb, T. O. Smith, R. E. West and
Robert Warnock.
By order of temporary chairmen.
N. F. ’iHOMPoON, Secretary.
Chicago, July 21.—Shortly after 10
o’clock this morning deputy marshals ap
peared at the Revere house, where many of
the labor leaders are staying, Rod proceeded
to make additional arrests. They had war
rants for the arrest of members of tbe
board of directors of (he American Railway
uuion. Roy Goodwyn, W. F. Burns and
M. J. Elliott, directors, and L. P. Bene
dict, stenographer, were arrested. War
rants are out for John McVeahan and
James Hogan,but they could not be fouud.
Burns, who has been tbe director of tbe
strike while Debs and company have been
in jail, was arrested on two bench warrant*
on indictments, one charging him witb in
terference wilh the United Slates mails,
and the other charging him with an offense
against section 5508 of the revised statutes.
In depriving a citizen, 8. H. Maxwell, of
the right guaranteed him uuder the consti
tution. Maxwell is a merchant whose
goods were delayed in transit, and claims
to have buffered great loss thereby. The
bond in each case was $S000, end Michael
C. McDonald went Burns’ security.
John J. Doyle, who is well known
through the norlInvest and formerly con
nected with the Northwestern railway,
was also arrested, being charged witb of
fenses under the general conspiracy law.
The bail in his case was fixed at $3500,
which was furnished by City Tieasurer
Michael Bransfieid.
There were several other arrests of rioters
from Kensington, Burnside and other sub
urbs in Ibe city, bail in each case being
fixed at $300 to $500 and promptly fur
Meridian, July 20.—(Special Corre
spondence. J—Suit was instituted today
against L. B. Moody, a lawyer, formerly
of this city, but now of Houston, Tex., by
W.T. Mitchell, a local furniture dealer,
for $10,000 damages for un alleged snooting
of him last August at the resideace of J.
K. Edmondson near this city, mention of
which was published in full detail in the
columns of the Age Herald.
Process was Bcrved upon him while in
attendance at the present term of the circuit
court of this county, still in session, t here
are two counts in the declaration filed, the
first alleging “that he did the shooting, ”
and the second count “that he aided, as
sisted, encouraged and abetted the said J.
K. Eumondson to do the shooting.” In
the event that it should be shown bn tr ial
lhat the defendant did not uctuallydischnrge
the gun counsel for the plaintiff will insist
that be is liable on the second count.
Messrs. Fewell & brahan, tile leading
legal firm of this city, represent the plaint
iff, and it is salely predicted that a lively
and heated contest will be given the de
Enormous Receipts From Whisky
Owners—President Again Thwarted
in HaviDg a Vacation.
Washington, July 21.—At the close ol
business today the stated treasury balance
was $124,000,000, of which $0l;000,000 is in
gold. This leaves a currency balance
of $63,000,000,' from which is to be de
ducted $7,000,000, paid out from the inter
est July 1, and not yet taken out in the
daily statement of treasury cash, making
the true net currency bailance $66,000,000.
This heavy balance baa been caused en
tirely by the abnormal receipts from inter
nal revenue, millions of gallons of whisky
having been taken ont of bond in anticipa
tion of the tax on whisky being placed at
$1.10 per gallon, or 20 cents above the pres
ent tax from this source alone. For the
two-thirds of the present mouth the re
ceipts have been $20,000,000, or at the rate
of $1,000,000 per day. At the beginning of
tbis mouth receipts lrom whisky reached ns
high as $2,000,000 to $14,000,000 per day.
This was when it was understood that the
whisky tax Was to be fixed at $1.10 per gnl
Ion. Since that time the conference com
mittee on the tariff bill have recommended
the reduction of the tax to $1 per gallou.
With this reduction of the tax came a cor
responding decrease in internal revenue re
The reaction is making itself felt in this
class of receipts. Custom dues are at the
lowest point of ebb tide, and for the twenty
days of tbis month have barely reached
$7,000,000. No hope is expressed or enter
tained that they will be improved until the
tariff bill is released. Adding to these con
ditions, the new exports ot gold, the re
duction of the gold reserve to its lowest
point—$61,000,000—makes the treasure situ
ation somewhat embarrassing.
The apparent possibility or a dead lock
between the bouse and senate on tbe tariff
has again brokeu in upon tbe president’s
Elan for a summer rest and recreation. He
ad been desirous of joining Mrs. Cleve
land at Buzzard’s bay and was considering
invitations to take in otber points in regard
to which be has received pressing invita
tions from friends, but under existing cir
cumstances, it is said, be has concluded
that his duty requires him to remain in
Washington tMl some more satisfactory
prospect on/ae tariff question looms in
sight. /
A Hiu/iwayman With a String of
Grimes Against Him Caught
/ Dead to Right.
TaIxadeqa, July 21.—[Special.1—Yes
terday Judson Burke, son of George T.
Burke of Ironton, was driving a buggy to
Talladega about 4 p. m. to take home for
Saturday bis brother, Cecil, who is attend
ing summer school here and boarding with
Major Wright. A negro man on tbe road
asked for a ride aDd Judson, some 13 years
old, kindly brought bim witbiu three
miles of Talladega. Tbe negro there asked
to get out. As be left the buggy be
snatcbed Judsou’s silver watch from his
pocket, and told the boy his name was
Oliver Groce.
On learning tbe facts Major Wright im
mediately informed the sheriff and Deputy
Sheriff E. L. Whatley started in pursuit,
with John Grady and Lewis Whitson, hav
ing two trusty hounds with them. They
found the trail in less than two hours after
the watch was stolen.
Following it, in spite of the rain, they
soon learned that '.bis highway robber bad
gone towards the cabin of his wife’s
mother, on Col. Henry Burt’s place, three
miles east of Talladega. Here at 9 p. m.
they found the scouudrel, whose name is
really Oliver Groce. Gaining entrance to
the bouse, Groce resisted them, until over
powered by blowe.on the head with pistols.
The watch was found still running In his
hip pocket.
It proved a most important arrest. Groce
is an old time criminal. Two days before
be robbed Mr. Chandler, a cripple, at Bar
clay, near here, of (4, and July 1 be stole a
pistol from u colored mail at a colored bar
becue. If he receives his full dues under
Alabama law as a highway robber bis neck
will be broken, and the county and state
will be rid of a dangerous criminal and a
general nuisauca.
Escaj; Cloture by Intervention of
the Speaker.
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And One Seldom Resorted To.
Lords Kicking for Their
London, July 21.—[Cable Letter.]—The
debate ou tbo evicted tenants bill in the
house ot commons last night would be
closured but tor the Intervention ot the
speuker, wbo has rarely so exercised his
prerogative. The lact was not generally
known at the time, but tbe speaker pri
vately informed Sir William Harcourt that
he would not give bis assent to closure in
view ot important issues raised by tbe
measure which merited full and free dis
cussion. The leaders of tbe opposition
have assented to an early division, and an
understanding has been arrived at whereby
a division will be taken on Monday. Upon
entering the committee stage the bill will
be fought line by Hue, and this will
occupy at least a mouth, nolwithslauding
the fact that Sir William Harcourt has only
allowed a few days to carry the measure
through to its final passage.
All expectation that the programme oi
the government will be carried into effect
by tbe end of August has already vanished.
When the evicted teuauls bill is passed the
other measures mentioned by the chancellor
ot the execbeqner in his speech outlining
tuv > VI U1UUU U D piuginiuuiu Ui U I If UJtmj.i
be tbrowa overboard or else tbe bouse must
continue to sit indefinitely. Some of the
most prominent members of tbe ministry
are exceedingly wroth over the prospect
and declare that they will sit until Christ
mas if necessary to carry out the govern
ment’s policy. The Paruellitea will seek
to secure a political point over the evicted
tenants bill by moviug amendments, the
acceptance of which is very improbable,
yet which are calculated lo strengthen the
position of that faction of the Irish party
in Ireland.
The bill, In its present shape, provides
for the reinstatement of an evicted tenant
only when tbe farm from which he was
evicted is occupied and the lanalord or sit*
ting tenant is willing to move if compen
sated for vacating. The Parnellites pro
pose the appointment of arbitrators who
shall be empowered to reinstate evicted
tenants under any circumstances, includ
ing the compulsory removal ol Bitting
tenants. Mr. John Morley’s tact is
evinced by his selection of three arbitra
tors who, all sides agree, will form a
thoroughly impartial tribunal. Judged
from the tone of the tory press, tbe re
jection ol the bill by the house ol lords,
despite its generally admitted merits, re
mains assured.
Lord Salisbury’s specific denial that he,
as the oppositiou leader iu the house of
lords, intends to secure tbe reflectio^o! the
budget bill by that body has 'not SQfaUie »-^
effect to remove general expectation "That
tbe lords will make some demonstration in
support of the rigbta of tbe peers to deal
with bills appropriating money.
The Duke of Kuilaud has written a letter
in which he declares that the peers enu re
ject or alter any financial projects they may
see fit, aud the matter summed up, all that
can be said is that, if tbe peers insist on al
tering tbe bill, au immediate dissolution is
inevitable and a general election, pivoting
upon the abolition of the bouse of lords,
in equally certain.
Tbe leaders of the Irish party calculate
that iweoly-nine seats will be contested at
the next election, including the seven seats
uutv UJ me uuivuioioi. mo
evicted tenants bill pisses tbe vpouse of
lords Iho larger part ol tbe parish liud will
be released to assist tbe party ia tbe next
election. Otherwise the party purse wiil
be subjected to a heavy strain.
The leading question before the Wesleyan
conference is that of the admission of
women as delegates, which will be decided
at the sitting of Monday. The question is
raised by tbe application for admission of
Mies Dawson, who has been elected to rep
reseot tbe Birmingham synod in the con
ference upon the question. There is a se
rious division of opinion. Tbe elders aod
more conservative delegates oppose the ad
mission of women, holding that the inno
vation ia illegal and against all precedent
here or in the United States, but a very
considerable section ol tbe delegates favor
tbe immediate recognition of the work and
and influence of women by their admis
sion. The case of Miss Dawson will prob
ably be referred to a committee.
In consequence of tbe massage scandals
mentioned in these dispatches last week,
detectives have visited and warned theowu
ers and managers of a number of places in
tbe West J2nd to oiose up their houses on
the ground that they were employing as
sistants who were not in possession of
proper certificates. Tbe result was that
many of these houses were summarily
closed up. Officials of the home office state
that out of scores of so-called massage es
tablishments visited by the detectives, only
about a half dozen were legitimate. The
others were gorgeously furnished house*,
which charged enormous fees and employed
double staffs of attendants, half malo and
half female. 'These establishments admitted
au-called patients ol both sexees, who were
privileged to choose either a “masseur” or
a ‘‘masseuese.” Tbe home office inquiry
into the matter has been conducted so as to
lead to no public disclosures, but tbe con
dition of things was fouud to be as immoral
as could be imagined.
Alexander City, July 21.—[Special.]—
James A. Koss of Iowa is making several
speeches daily lor Colonel Oates through- u_'
out the state, accompanied by Mr. Kelly of
Alexander City. They are encouraging
many converts to tbe organized party.
Boss spoke at Kellyton Thursday, Books
ford Friday morning, Nixbnrg Friday
evening, Brooksvilie Saturday morning,
Lauderdale last night. Boas ia in demand V
wherever he hasspoken. He makes a rous- >
ing and enthusiastic speech.

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