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THE MOHNINGr TIMES, TUESDAY, MABCH 9, 1897
Plenty of style about our
$7.50 spring- top coats
plenty of good tailoring
points that show at a
glance that they're worth
Corner 7th and E Streets N. W.
No Itrancli Store In Vnliliicton.
J. WILLIAM LEE.
332 Pn. Ave. N."W.
Fixst-eJaKK service "LMioue. 13S3.
NEWS FROM ALEXANDRIA
Installment Agent Broilie Fined by
the 3Iayor. ,
Inborn Prlee Failed to Identify
Alleged Assailants Trolley-
umn Curtln Injured.
Alexandria, March 8. W. A. Brodle, of
Yafchlngton, was convicted in the police
court tonight of unlawfully entering tiie
residence of Mrs. Mary Harrison, on South
Alfred street, and removing two rugs,
"which the lady had purchased from Brodie
on installments. lie wws required to re
turn the property to Mis. Harrison and
Iity $1 costs in the ease. Mrs. Harrison,
who is a widow with four children, stated
at $-1.5t each and had made her payments
promptly until she was taken ill, when she
owed a balance of $5. The little daughter
or the Indy testified that Hrodie hnd
called at the Harrison home on Friday last
in the absence of her mother and broke in
the front door, and, notwithstanding her
appeals, he removed the articles from the
floor and carried them away. Mayor
Thompson, in disposing of the case, sain he
would not- impose the full penalty of the
law, as he only desired to impress on the
persons engagedin the installment business
that they couid not enter a person's house
for the purpose of removing articles which
had been sold to them, except by due
process of law. Brodle was brought here
from Washington by Lieut Smith and
Mr. William II. Hevaughn, an old and
esteemed eitizen of Alexandria, who was
struck by a caiile car in Washington on
the 2d inst, is lying in a critical con
dition at the home of his brother, 1213
Prince street. It is believed that his in
juries will prove fatal.
Tim Henderson and Isaac Hockley, the
two colored men who were arrested on
the charge of shooting and robbing Mr.
Auburn Trice, near St. Asaph Junction,
on February 27, were placed on trial in
the ioIice court today. Mr. Trice failed
to identify the men as his assailants, and
they were dismissed.
The Kev. Father Walsh, of Warrenton,
will delivcrtheLenten sermon in St. Mary's
Church tomorrow night.
In the corporation court yesterday a de
cree was entered in the case of Merchant
vs. Merchant directing the sale of land In
Prince William county.
Mr. George W. Salter, of St. John's
Church. Washington, will address the local
assembly or the Brotherhood of St. Andrew
in Grace Church tomorrow ercning.
Engineer Dugan, or the electric light
works, has recovered f 10m a severe at
tack of pneumonia.
Dr. William Eutwisle, of Atlantic City,
Va., who has been visiting relatives in
this city, returned homo this evening.
A regular meeting of Rathbone Divi
sion, U- It., K. of P., will be held to
morrow night, at which time the officers
will submit their annual reports. Col. F.
V. Baldwin, of llichmond, will install the
officers and inspect the command.
Mr. Elmo Davis left this morning for
British Columbia, where he will engage
In the mining business with his cousin, Mr.
John Davis, who left Alexandria several
years ago, and has been very successful
in mining enterprises.
On Wednesday evening the member sof
the Second Presbyterian Church will de
cide whether or not to hold a congrega
tional meeting for the purpose of calling
The Alexandria Light Infantry again
failed to elect a second lieutenant at Its
meeting tonight. Only four ballots were
taken, which, however, was sufficient to
convince the memt)ers present that an
election was impossible. The candidates
were Messrs. Atkinson, Green, Robinson
and Ballingcr. The members of the
company are determined to stick by their
respective candidates, and It is feared that
thls will cause a good deal of ill-feeling
and impair the efficiency of one of the
best commands in the State.
Trolleynian George It. Curtin, of the
Mount Vernon Electric Railroad, had a
narrow escape today while at work on
motor car No. 8, on the line between
Arlington and Rosslyn. Mr. Curtin was
on top of the car working the trolley pole,
when it jnmped from the trolley wire
and became entangled with the cross
wires. In his efforts to release the pole
his head came in contact with the heavily
charged wire. He received a severe shock
and was thrown from the top of the
car to the ground. Conductor Pickett
went to the assibtauce of the unfortunate
man, and later he was brought to this
city, where he was attended by Dr. O'Brien.
One of the young man's legs was badly
sprained, and he is .suffering from the
severe shock he received.
Xo Undue Influence Used.
In the case of Towson et al. against
Moore et al. Judge Hagner yesterday dis
missed the bill of the complainants, with
costs, and decided that there was no un
due influence used in procuring the bonds.
The bill in equity was filed last April by
Blanch K. Towson and some of the other
representative? of Leonidas C. Campbell,
deceased, a son of the late William H.
Campbell and wife, Mary J. Campbell, de
ceased, against C. Virginia Moore and
Julia A. Russell, the only daughters of
"W. II. and M. J. Campbell. Frederick L.
Moore and Alexander W. Russell were made
defendants, as executors of the will of
Mary .T. Campbell, and in which-bill the
complainants alleged that certain United
States bonds, aggregating $13,000, given
these daughters by their mother in 1885,
were obtained from her by undueinflucnce.
The complainants were represented by
Judge n. O. Clayton and Mr. A. A. Birncy,
and the defendants, Mrs. Moore and Mr.
and Mrs. Russell, by Mr. Charles H.Cragln.
Licenses to marry have been issued as
Edward TVbecler and Catherine Robin
son. Lawrence Ruckcr andMary E. TTnvanagh.
Thornton F. Robinson and Ruth A. Whit
ing. Temple Carlton, of Orange county, Va.,
and Ella Dickerson, of Greenville, Va.
Alfred L. Hoffman and Lillian Rosenberg.
Richard L. Meredith and Mary A. Locas.
Timothy Drinkwnter and Eva Owens.
The legislature of Alabama passed a bill
exempting ex-Confederate soldiers from the
payment of peddling licenses anywhere in
It Is Growing Larger TVith Every
Day That Passes.
SELECTIONS REPORTED MADE
Picklor Thought to Ho Slated for
Commissioner of Pensions and
Hermann for the General I-uud
Office Candidates Mentioned for
Other Important Offices.
Appointments in the departments, under
the new administration, are going rather
slowly. There are comparatively few to
make an;l no haste about making them.
One of the most important places still
at the disposal or the President is that
or Commissioner of Pensions. It is stated
very strongly that a selection has been
made for this place rrom the large num
ber of candidates. This Is Hon. John A.
Pickler, late Represcntativc-at-large rroyi
South Dakota. He has the indorsement
of the Grand Army in every State of the
Cniou;also there is a big petition asking
his appointment, signed entirely by sol
diers' widows. This is known as the
"widows' mite." He also has the sup
port of very many of his associates in
In addition to this lie has the crecilt
of good work for the party in the Dakota
election. He was at l'ierre at the time
Senator Kyle was elected, and is believed
to have saved to his party much more
than was expected when it was known
the State had gone for Populism and free
silver. He was the Republican nominee
for Senator and handled his forces skill
fully. The Interior Department has a number
of good places to be filled, and Secretary
Bliss was given a large number of sugges
tions yesterday in regard to them. Con
gressmen and politkinns were in and out
all day long, hardly lenving him time to
attend to the routine duties which could
not be put off.
It Is probable that for several of these
places no selection has been definitely
made. It is likely a Commissioner or
Patents and his assistant will be named
within a short time to succeed Commis
slonei Seymour and AsslstantConimissioncr
S. S. Fisher. The former voted Tor
Bryau and the latter Is a gold Democrat.
If geographical lines are to be observed in
the appointments the successors of these
two gentlemen might both come from
Xew England. The Commissioner is from
Connecticut, while Mr. Fisher is from
Massachusetts. Ho has, however, recently
bought a home in Montgomery county,
Md., convenient to this city, nnd votes
Ucn. Butterworth has been mentioned
as Commissioner of Patents. It is not
likely that he would accept this place.
It is considered certain that he will have
a prominent place under the administra
tion. The places of Assistant Secretary Wil
liam Simms and Assistant Secretary John
Reynolds will also be among those early
filled. Mr. Simms is from Alabnma and
Mr. Reynolds from Pennsylvania.
Gen. Wade Hampton, commissioner of
railroads, is likely to give way soon to
a successor. It is believed a Southern
man will be selected. It is not unlikely
that tiie office will be given to Gen.
Longstrcet. who is in the city looking
after his interests.
It Ih regarded as certain that Hon.
Binger Hermann, of Oregon, will be un
pointed Commissioner of the General Land
OTice to succeed Judge I-imoreux.
The position of commissioner of educa
tion is also under the Secretary of the
Interior, but Dr. William T. Hariis, who
now holds the office, is the appointee of
President Harrison. As he was not dis
turbed in his office by President Cleve
land it is probable he will be continued
under the present Administration. He has
the indorsement of the majority of the
wide-awake teachers and educators. He
was for many years very successful as
superintendent of schools at St. Louis, and
has a reputation bothln this country and
abroad as a leader of philosophic thought.
Secretary Wilson wound up a gooddny's
work in his new place by signing a poat
offlce order for 55 cents, so that Super
intendent of Documents F. A. Crandall
could collect. The money was for a de
There was a kindly light In his eyes us
he looked up to ask what he could do for
The Times. To a question as to the report
that Col. J. II. Brigham would be his as
sistant, he said the appointment had not
been ofricially made as yet, but that was
what he wanted. He had a good word
for newspaper men in general.
There are only two other place? in his
department to be filled, outside of the
scrubwomen. These are private secre
tary and chief of the Weather Bureau. Mr
Willis L. Moore, who has filled the latter
place acceptably for a year was at the
department at the close of business. It is
considered probable that he will be re
tained. His appointment was made on acr
count of fitness rather than for political
reasons, it was stated at the time that
Mr. Moore had never been active as either
a Democrat or a Republican. Tror. Mark
Harrington, trie Republican appointee who
was removed to give Mr. Moore the place,
is now President of Washington Univer
sity, near Seattle, and probably would
not accept the place if It were tendered
Postmaster General Garyhad.a busy day
and a large number-of callers, including
well-known Republican Congressmen.
There are, however, only six places in his
department here that can be filled by ap
pointment without examination. These
are the four assistant postmasters general,
the private secretary, and clerk. Of, the
assistants, Mr. Maxwell's term expires
today and it is considered probable that
a successor will be named promptly, though
no defiuite intimation was given outduring
the day as to who would have the place.
In some respects the position has more
to do with the popularity of the Adminis
tration than have offices considered much
more important. He lias the appointment
of postmasters in country places below
the Presidential grade and there ir) much
crowding for these frequently, as for the
best places in the gift of the President.
Already a flood of letters are coming in
with reference to them. No appointments
were made public.
Attorney General McKenna went to the
Capitol yesterday with his predecessor,
Mr. Harmon, and was presented to the
Supreme Court. He had his hands full
of routine business during the day and
a number of prominent Republicans called
Mr. J. "Walter Blandford, who was pri
vate secretary to Attorney General Olney
and went with him to the State Depart
ment, was appointed by Mr. McKenna to
his old place at the department of Justice.
Mr. J. Chauncey Hoffman, who has held
the position under Mr. Harmon, will be
provided for, it is understood.
There are a number, of important places
in this department to bo filled by the
Secretary Sherman, as the head of the
State Department, has readopted the
rule which lie rarely departed from as
J the head of the Treasury years ago, of
14U Pennsylvania Avenue
Adjoining Willard's Hotel,
Cures All Forms of Chronic
And Nervous Diseases.
Advice and Consultation Free.
Patients who have for years .been suffer
ing from Catarrh, Rheumatism,' Asthma,
Bronchitis, Dyspepsia, Constipation, Kld
ney,,Liver and Bladder Troubles, Skin and
Blood Disorders, Varicocele, Lost Vitality,
and various other deep-seated and obstinate
diseases of long standing" arc being cured
daily by Dr. Walker.
Medicines Furnisael Free.
IR. WALKER rcalizesthatmany are dis
couraged, skeptical, or iinancially unable
to pay large recs Tor treatment and another
bill at the drugstore. It is to reach and
beneJit these that he makes his fee of
FIVE DOLLARS A iViONTH
COVER ALL DISEASES.
The majority of patients who seek Dr.
Walker's aid uo not take his treatment be
cause t ho cnarge is so exceptionally low,
but because they are satisfied by the evi
dence before the world that the treatment
is founded on sounder theory, and attended
with better practical results than any other
specialty sjstem known.
Every Patient is Given the Most Earnest
Care an! Skillful Attention.
, DAILY OFFICE HOURS, 10 to 5; Sim
days, 10 to 12; Monday, weunesdav, Thurs
day, and Saturduy evenings, 0 to ti.
conning to the ofrioe promptly at 9 o'clock
a. m., and as promptly leaving at i p. m.
He was summoned to the While Ilou.se
soon alter his arrival yesterday morning
for a conference with the Picsidcnt, and
upon his let urn devoted his time to the
reception of callers and to the dispatch
of routine business.
Official notice lias liccn sent to the
members or t..e diplomatic corps of the
appointment of Mr. Sherman as Sccictary
of State, and that he will be incased to
meet them as such tomorrow at 11.
o'clock. This In the customary formality
preceding the transaction or business be
tween the premier and the representatives
of foreign governments. Ex-Seciclary
Olney is expected to lc present, to make
the necessary Introductions, but should
he he unable to attend the service will be
rendered by one or the piesent assistant
Col. Perry Heath is regarded in Treasury
i-ucH-K as i living a - ucaa sure cinch on
the First Assistant Secretaryship under
Secretary Cage. His Intimacy with the
campaign committee is a iiu-ic incident
in the recommendations he has, although
his prominence as a ractorin the manage
ment or al fairs makes it easy Tor the states
men to deny all comers in 1:1s raver.
Mr. William Howell, .mate secretary
to Assistant Secretary Hamlin, is being
urged also for an assistant secretaryship
in the same department. The two appoint
ments will probal.ly be mode today.
The clerical force at the. Treasury was
busy all day yesterday In clearing the way
Tor the reception or applicants' papers. It
is expected that they will conio In today in
large numbers, as most or the Senators and
Representatives preferred to await the.
ushering In or the new administration
bcrorc placing the applications on file.
Three candidates are in line ror the
chler clerkship of the Treasury, as hrielo
fore noted In The Times. These are Col.
Fred Brackett, who held the position un
der Harrison; Mr. Swayzc, also a former
occupant, and Mr. Wallace Hills, who has
been for a number of years assistant to
the chief clerk in the superintendence of
the building. Unless the "ex" ray should
develop an obstacle, Col. Brackett may be
counted as a safe man to risk judgment
on, but, on the other hand, Mr. Hills',up
pointment would accord with the civil
service principle, and he is snid to be
Representative E. J. Hainer, or Nebraska,
is a suggested candidate for an assistant
secretaryship in that department.
Secretary Gage had an exceedingly busy
day up to the very hour of 4 o'clock, but
it was in receiving the "visiting states
men" principally. At his request Assist
ant Secretary Curtis will sign the official
mail as Acting Secretary until the rush is
There are three prominent, candidates for
the post of Assistant Secretary or War,
Col. John Tweedale, present chief clerk
of the department; Col. Hopkins, and ex
Representative Curtis of Indiana. Secre
tary Alger put in the day In the exchange
of greetings with visitors, Senators and
Representatives and personal fi tends.
Many had business; others called to pay
Secretary Long of the Navy Department
had an experience similar to that of his
colleague in the War branch of the Govern
ment at the other side of the building.
He started in by making an appointment
to the chief clerkship, promoting Benjamin
F. reters to the place made vacant by
the resignation of Mr. Micou, and later
in the day signified his choice or a private
secretary by placing the name or Mr.
Lewis J. Finney upon the payroll as such.
The visitors occupied the greater part or
his time, however, and in order that, em
barrassment to the public business may
be avoided, he requested Assistant Secre
tary McAdoo to remain in charge or his
office until the selection of his successor
shall be made, to which Mr. McAdoo as
sented. Among the candidates spoken of for Mr.
McAdoo's place are Admiral Walker, who
is, recognized as Senator Allison's choice,
and who is to be retired March 20; Mr.
Raymond, former private secretary to Sec
retary Tracey; Representative Robinson of
Pennsylvania, a member of the House
Naval Committee in the last Congress; Hon.
William Henry Elliott of Indiana, a former
official of the department, and Mr. Jaquea
of New Jersey.
It is said that Mr. Long has the selec
tion of the successor to Mr. McAdoo, and
that his preference is for a man not here
tofore an officeholder in the department.
Senators Gorman and Gallingcr were
among the callers at the Navy Depart
ment yesterday. The visit of the former
is more noticeable from the fact that it
was his first in many years, and it is
noted that Mr. Gorman has called upon
mosc of the department chlers as well as
at the Whle House since 'the change, a
break In his rule as to most of them.
Why n Cat Plny.s "With a Mouse.
"The idea that cats out of cruelty play
with a mouse before killing It is a mis
take," said a cat fancier.
" Notice what happens when a cat catches
a sparrow. The bird is not played with,
but slain at once. If the cat tried any
game with it, the sparrow, though wounded,
could easily fly out of reach.
"A mouse cannot escape in that way, so
the cat practices upon the unfortunate
animal a variety of experiments in order
to keep its powers as a hunter up to the
mark. That is why it gives the mouse
chances of getting away, and tho harder
the task he sets himself the more will his
( skill be Improved. If he did not take
such lessons he would soon become a second
rate mouscr." Answers.
Virginia State Populist Conference,
Lynchburg, Va., March 11, 1807.
For the above occasion the Southern
Railway will sell tickets from "Washington
to Lynchburg, Va., and return, March
10th and 11th, final limit March 15,
1897, at $6.90 for the round trip. Cor
respondingly low rates from points In
He Says the Appropriations Ex
ceed Legitimate Demands.
BLAMES THE HOUSE RULES
The Chairman of the Appropria
tions Committee Also Illumes the
Department for Jixcessive 22s
tlmutcs nnd'-Chiirges the Senate
"With 3Iuch of the IteSponslbflity.
The Congressional Record today will con
tain a statement made by the chairman
or the House Coiumjltee on Appropriations,
Mr. Joseph G. Cannon, of Illinois, relative
to the appropriations made by the Firty
fburth Congress. Mr. Cannon's statement
is in partus follows:
The total appropriations or the two ses
sions of this Congress nggrcgute $1,043,
437,018.53. The appropriations of the
Firty-third Congress, which was Demo
cratic in both brunches, with a Demo
cratic executive,. amounted, according to
the official tojilufotto $0fit(,23y,'J!)5.G.
To this sum, however, sl.ould tie added
$4,400,000 on account or interest and
sinking fund charged lor Loads issued by
the Democratic administration which were
notincludedin the estimates or permanent
appropriations submitted to Congress and
stated in the tables, which bring the sum
total or appropriations lor all objects by
the Firty-third Congress up to jriIi3,C3i.
205.G0, or M9,7!57,8i2.&4 less than the
appropriations, including the deficiencies,
made by the present Congress.
In explanation of this apparent excess
or appropriations by the Filly-fourth Con
gress over those or the Firty-third Con
gress, It should be .stated that the Fifty
fourth Congress made increases over us
immediate predecessor on account of lor
tificntions in the sum of $1 ,563,4117; on
account of liver and hnibor woiks, in
cluding contracts therefor, in the sum or
$i,47G,50(J; on account otitic construction
of public buildings, none of which were
authorized by the Fifty-fourth Congress,
in the sum of s?2,343,:t4; for the postal
service, in the sum or $11,154,305; for the
naval establishment, in the sum ofSSJlT,
523, and on account, of permanent appro
priations, mainly tp meet interest and
sinking fund charges for the bonds Issued
by the Administration just leaving jwiwer,
$21,033,741; or a total of $G2,7Gt,39.
Mr. Cannon admits that the appropria
tions exceed tlm legitimate demands of
the public service but this i-usults.hu says,
from conditions growing out or the rults
of the Utilise, tl.e so-called courtesy or the
Senate and the excessive estimates' sub
mitted to Congress. The rccordslsows that
in no instance during many years past
have the appropriations made by Congress
measured up to the full auu unt recom
mended and a-sked for by the atlmixtra
tion. Mr. Cannon condemns the practice of
the Senate in recent years of amending ap
propriation bills, notably the general de
ficiency bill, by incorporating provisions
to pay claims of every kind nnd character
that have no status in many cases other
than perfunctory reports from committees,
mere findings or thu Court or Claims, and
recommendations and requests rrom bu
reau officers and other officials of the
The remedy for this evil, he says, is
the establishment or a trihunnl or final
jurisdiction whither these claims may be
sent for full and intelligent consideration.
He joins Air, Dockcry In 'condemning the
present arrangement or dividing the ap
propriation bills among ,i number or com
mittees. Mr. Sayers or Texas, another member
oT the Committee on Appropriations, will
also make public, under a leave to print,
his views respecting the appropriations
ror the Fifty-fourth Congress. He says:
I believe In the continuing contract sys
tem as applied to river and harbor im
provements and other necessary works, but
not to the extent to' which it has been
entered upon by this Congress. In the
river and harbor act passed at the last
session under suspension of tiie rules,
without, the opportunity of discussion or
amendment, thirty-seven works were au
thorized to lie placed- under contracts. In
volving a total expenditure of $59,616,
404.91. Afier critical examination of
these contract authorizations by the Com
mittee oT Appropriations at this session
it. was developed that one of these works
authorized to bo prosecuted under contract
for $1,000,000 was so absolutely desti
tute or merit that the War Department
had refused to take any steps whatever
looking toward the prosecution or the
In another case authority was given
to enter into contract for an important
work on the Atlantic coast to the extent
oT more than $4,500,000, ror the prose
cution oT which a proposal has been made
and accepted involving less than one
hair that sum- As to three other Imiort
ant works, the estimated cost on which
authority to entet into contracts for their
completion was based proved to tie er
roneous anil insufficient by about 33 per
sent In each case. These illustrations
prove thfit the practice of authorizing
contracts for public works should not
only be carefiilly considered in the light
or the condition or the Treasury, but only
after the fullest investigation as to the
real merits of and the necessity for tho
improvements contemplated, and only on
the most onrefullj. prepared and absolutely
accurate estimates or probable cost.
One of the causes for the enormous
growth In appropriations or late years has
been the Increase or our Navy. Since that
work was inaugurated in 1893, seventy
seven ships or all classes have been con
structed, or authorized to be constructed,
at a cost of more than $130,000,000.
Already the number of ships authorized
would require, is said,, twice the present
nufhber of authorized officers nnd men in
the Navy to keep them all in commission.
The co3t of their daily maintenance alone
is a severe draft upon our diminished
revenues. Some of the most expensive of
these great ships are already classed by
naval experts as obsolete. It would have
been wiser, if we had heeded the advice
urged by many in the beginning of tho
construction or our new Navy to confine
appropriations within lines simply suffl
cicnt to keep pace with the progress of
modern naval architecture.
The appropriations made for the sup
portor the Federal Government havegrown
to 6uch startling proportions within tho
last dozen years as to render It well-nigh
Impossible to devise means or raising rev
enues wherewith to meet the expenditures.
If the new administration just about to
cross the threshold of power carries out
it3 pledges by giving to the country a
protective tarirf, it will utterly fail to
produce the means of meeting expendi
tures, if they are to be maintained on the
existing high plane, unless, peradventure,
, the protective toriff measure should be
supplemented with a tax on coffee and tea,
and, perhaps, other taxes of an equally
Mason Sentenced to FIvo Years:
Boston, March 8. Allison Z. Mason,
former president. of the Globe Investment
Company, who recently pleaded guilty
to the charge of embezzling $3,000, was
sentenced to five years' imprisonment in
State's prison today.
The World of Business
The week in "Wall street was for half an
hour at its beginning or a fine, strong
tone. After that, as far as the record goes
for one day, it flattened out badly. The
bulls say that the market was dominated
by the more reassuring advices from Crete
in regard to the Grecian-Turkish compli
cations. Local operators, who sold stock
freely during last week on the war scare,
covered, .freely at the opening, and In a
short timc(i juices advanced 1-4 to 1 1 8
per cent right through the list. This may
be true. It, isfecrtain that during the first
half hour of the day yesterday a good
many shorts covered. However, all the
business on the exchange yesterday was
professional, no commission buying of sig
nificant amounts being done. It looks to
me more probable that in reality this little
bulge of the eaily Monday morning was a
manipulation, solely. Arter the first half
hour prices dropped all over the board. In
a majority of instances the highest quota
tions of the day were attained before the
expiration of the firstthirty minutes' busi
ness. Duringtheremainder orthe day busi
ness was slow and the market weak. The
total transactions amounted to 152,320
shares. The condition of the market at
present is mast favorable to further de
clines. The most marked weakness dining the
day was exhibited by Mauhattanand Je rsey
Centrnl. Manhattan dropped from 87 1-2
to 84 1-2 on renewed reports that thu di
rectors at their meeting today will reauco
the rate or dividends rrom 6 to 4 pec
cent per annum. The story is out again
In lull force that Russell Sage is deter
mined that the dividend shall be reduced
to I per cent, and that he wished such re
duction three months ago but was over
ruled at that time. Uoulci, on the other
hand, is saiu to be radically in favor of
0 per cent. It seems almost to be a
lading out between these two gentlemen.
The full boa rd Is composed or George Gould,
Kowa id UoulU. Russell Snger SamuelSloan,
and It. M. Galloway. Or this luiardnoonB
will make a definite statement except
Mr. Sage, who seems quite confident that
he will win out in the nutter. However,
a careful consideration of the facts will
probably allow one to hazard the predic
tion without much danger that Mr. George
Gould is the gentleman who will win out,
and that the dividend today will be 6 per
cent instead of 1. The moment the divi
dend is learned, ir it is at the higher rate,
Manhattnu will be a fine purchase for
three or four points' ii.se. Otherwise it
should drop further.
Jersey Central dropped yesterday from !
94 1-2 to 02 1-2, probably from sympathy i
with a similar drop in the lines of Lehigh
and Wilkcsbarre Consols. During the after
noon tho stock.- recovered to 93 3-4.
Tobacco was the feature of the market
on tho other aide. It rose 3 per cent
to 77 7-S during tho day. The volumt:
of business in Tobacco has been materially
larger. Also there is talk in the stieet
of a dividend and rumors of a favorable
decision m the New Jer.-cy charter suit.
The whole business done in Tobacco, how
ever, was professional, and the manipula
tion of two or three points cither way
has no real significance on the value of
suck a slock as Tobacco.
One of the news bureaus .iny.s: There
have been reportslatelyof sales of Western
ITnion from Baltimore ami Ohio loans. The
transfer books or the Western Union Com
pany give iid indications of such selling
nor, in fact, of any changes of any im
portance in the large holdings of the stock.
Western Uulon now bus nearly 8,500 share
holders, one of the largest lists in the
country. Officers ot the Western Union
tell us that earnings are on the whole
satisfactory. The company has felt the
effect of depression like others, but of
late there has been improvement, denot
ing gaiu In general business.
The Lcxow committee reports today.
The report will probably be very antag
onistic to trusts, but what efrect will
this have? Presumably the temporary one
or serving as a-leader for the bears to get
a couple of potuts' fall out of the market.
Otherwise, MrLexow and his cfiinmittec
and its rindings are or surely slight tm
taiice. Nothing will follow them. Some
thing more, serious than a Lcxow trust is
required lenity to accomplish anything
with the trusts, if anything is necessary.
Sugar act" quccrly. It is having no im
portant fluctuations, but constant changes
In quotations ot a point or so. It lingers
persistently around 116. There is to be
large speculation in Sugar, as the rumors
begin to circulate more rrcely and more
importunately as to the tarirr changes.
The effect or these rumors should probaWy
be to force the stock downwardsomewhat.
There seems very little reason, however,
to believe that any serious damage will
be done to Sugar by the makers of the new
tarlfr. Such action would be inconsistent
The Journal of Commerce and Com
mercial Bulletin will say today:
The fire loss of the United States and
Canada for the mouth of February, as
compiled from our dally records, shows a,
total or $8,070,750, as compared with
$9,730,100 for the same month last year.
During February there were 189 fires
or a destructiveness of not less than
$10,000 each. The flro loss for 1897,
so far, Is very close to the figures for
the same period of 1S9G. March has
opened up very expensively, and It is
not unlikely that the record for the first
quarter will exceed that for the first
three mouths of 1896.
New York Stock llarket.
Corrected dnlly by W. B. nibba & Co.,
Bankers and Broken. Members of the
. i. Stock Exchnnsc. 1421 F street
Op. lliu'i law Clo3
American Spirits W-i M 1.1 14
American Spirits pfd... S3 33 33 3TJ.J
Am. U2ir Un'mcrrO!.. llf.Ja 117! 110',; 1 G?j
American Tobacon 76 77J4 75!$ 77
At-Jiistm Tjt. H. F. i2i 12VS l 11
Atcii.. too.&s. F.pfd. nyH K 11X &yt
Bay State Gas WA mi 10 lOtf
CliG-jauenkoifcOldo 7lf I7'xf 17i 171-J
n n n f. c T. 19Xi 9SVi "31 oaL'
uuiuai:i viii?. ..-.. a ,w'j -a
U .M. ds St. I' IJ'A 77Vi 7C 77
I.".. It. 1. i-c r " 7i " oo
Consolidate I Gas ; l-3 13 lo3 1511$
Del. & Hudson 103 10S 10 USJg
Ufiieral Kiucinu 5l4 35S 37 as
Liouisvlllo .tsvasnvillo.. 48i 49 4S5i 49i
Manhattan S7 K4i SoVS
Mo. I'acule - 22 18 11 22
M..K.&T., pid 3C& 31 30 31
New Jersey Cer. ?1J4 04K vstf 9J&
New York Central ?8K 97J OU l'6Ji
Northern Pacific H, UJ 4 UlA
.northern Paean: pfd.... U 'U lA 37?
PacitUt .Mail 6 .In 20 014
Puila. Hcadimr 24Ji zS 24 25
Southern Bairway. pM.. 28W 1S1 23 23
Untou Paelllc Wa "'Va J IV
U. S. Leather ptel C) CO 59,-i 59J6
Wabash, pfd 10 16 16 16
Whooliug & L. Erio 2 2 2 2
Western i.unnt. rui.U... 13 US S2J5 8.
.Vow York Cotton Market.
Open. Hign- Low. CI 03.
March 6.85 6.90 0.E5 C.90
AurlU 6.93 6.90 6.03 G.99
May 6.97 7.0J 0.96 7.1-6
June 7.01 7.10 7.01 7.19
Chicago Grain nud Provision Market
Corrected daily by "W. B. Bibbs &. Co.,
THE MUTUAL LITE IHSDRAHCE
COM PAH Y OF KEV YORK
RICHARD A. McCURDY PaECiDENTj
Tor tao year ending BjcsmjcT 21 1533
According to the Standard of the Insurance
Depzrtscnt of the Sato of New Vo:Ic
Ecccireil for Prsnlnws -Frozi
dl other Sonrcja -
To PoHcy-flOltlani for Claias
by bcth - $12,535,113 C9
To rodcy-holdera for EcdoTT-
rooiits, DlTidsaC. etc. - 12.S42.-1S3 31
For all other Accounts - - 10,781,005 SI
Efciia:! Stairs Eocs sad Gtccr
Securltiss - - - - $110,12t:C32 23
First lion Leans oa 3osd ca-I
aortpuo - - - - 71,5,020 EG
rans oa StosSs and EoaC3 - 11,031,32.100
Ural E3t.it3 - 22;67,6SG G5
Cash i a KacI acd Trust Con -
panles .... !2jGS0,3S0 CO
Accrued Interest, 5,ci.3cferrcd
rriiaiucsr, cir. - - G,."3S,353 0G
Darva for PoIIcIk szS oiler
Snrjlta - -
fcrsarsaco cad AsnaiUcs la
I hrvc carefully examined t forc-a:r Stats
mtr.t and find the sice to be correct; liabilities
calculated by the Insurance Department
Ci:.2Les A."PaLia Acdlar
- Krcra .he Surplus a dlridcad -vsriil ba ajpsrttcaed
R02a A. G3AN.'n53 Vics-Panwnrr
"Walter R. Gtiirrra
Isaac I". Lloys -,
0. F. BRESEE & SONS,
Branch Office, 1333 F Street N. W.,
WASHINGTON, D. C.
STATKilENT or the condition or the
FKAKKL1N FIKK INSURANCE COM
fAftJc of Philadelphia, I'n., on the 31st
day or December, 1890, as" required by act
or congress approved July 29, 1892:
L'apitol stock ,..:$400,000
Capitol stock paid up .1. 400,000
Cash in hank and in orfice.. S92.S10 43
Kealestafb 259,000 00
iionds and mortguges (rlrst
hen on real estate) 2I7.00S 00
Stocks and bonds (market;
value) 2,198.742 00
collateral loans 267,500 00
i'remiuiits uncollected and in
hands or agents G3,4S98o
interest due and accrued on
December 31, 189(1 G.S91 73
Cash capital $-100,000 00
rteserve premium rund iper-
pctuul.$l,164,21 80) 1,599,413 78
iteserve ror unpaid losses and
other claims 33.89S 73
-"Set Surplus 1,070,12755
Statement of dividends and
expenses ror six months end
ing December 31, 18U6:
Current expenses (including
lossespatd 204,009 GG
J. W. ilcANISTEK, President.
li. T EK1CSSO.N, Secretarv.
Subscribed and affirmed to before me
this third dav or March, 1S97.
(Seal.) SAMUEL E. KIKKPATRICK,
JOll.N H. WlGH'l, AuiMit,
141U i; street northwest.
Rankers and Brouers. Members of the
N. Y. Stock Exchange. 1421 P street.
Open High. Lovr. ' losing
Ala r To 75-6 M?j 75-
July. KJil -:ya 71-X n
May M - -pA '-'IK 2
July 2S5S '.III 2&L toi&i
May I7i IS 17 174
July. IS iSJi laJS 87i
.May S.35 S.45 27 S.?0
July 8.4T 3 57 S.40 8.4
.May 1.17 1.22 4.15 4.15
July. 4.27 4.32 4.25 4.:S
M.-iy 4.40 .42 i.35 1.37
Julr 4.50 IJiO -t.42 4.45
"Washington Stock Market.
Sales-Metropolitan Railroad, 5 at 110;
Pneumatic Gun Carriage, 20 at 70 cents.
Lanston Monotype, 100 at 7 3-4.
ooVEiiNJiBXT BUXD.N Bid. Asked.
U. a 4's. B 1907 Q, J 110?i lliaj
U.S -S's. C. 1907 Q, J 112J !!:;,-
U. S.4's. 1925 123Ji l.'4JJ
U.S.5'3, 1901 (1 V IU 111?
niSTKlCT OF COLUMBIA BOXDS.
5s IS'J I "20-yoar l-'urnKti," 10!
tis 1932. "30-vcar Fnndlax." go.d... 110
7'sllWl. "Wator Stock," curroucy. Ill
7'd 1903. tt ator Stqcsc," currency, lllfi
-Funding.1' currency. "J.dys 109 112
Mot It R53. 1S2 103 1I2J.J
Mo: It K Conv. b'3. UWl 112J4 11B&
Met It KCert. of Indebtedness.... 115 ISO
EckmetonU KCs SO 100
Columbia It Itffs. l'JH 117
Wash Gas Co. Sor A. 6s. Imz-'JJ... 113
Wash Gas Co. Sor B. Vs. 190l-29-.. 114
Cues, and Pot Tel 6's 1SK-19U I0O
Am Sec A Tr 53. K and A. 1905 .... 101
Am Ssc " Tr o's. A mid O. IU05 101
WashMarsot Co 1st t?s. 1902-1911.
i.0u0retirod annually 13S
Wash Market Co imn O's. 12-27 tOS
Wash Market Co oxfu-fs. llt-'-T:. 103
Masouic Uall Assocl ifii i'i. UJi. 101
Wash. LtluristO-s. 1D01 95
NATIONAL BASK STOCK?.
Bank of Washington 283 212
iaul: or Republic. 200 210
mitral 2J0 .......
1'armora ami Mechanics 175 19j
Citizens 115 .....i
Uuuitai 12a 130
csEnu. IDS no
Traders' 92 p.O
Lincoln. I0i lu5
S A KE QEl'OSIT AKD TKTST COMr.VXIES.
Nat Safe Doposit and Trust ll'-X H5
Wash Loan and Trust 119 1SJ
Aa.er Security Trust. 141 U5
Wash Safo Djuosit 55 ......
Capital Tractloa Co 53V 5C
Metropolitan h)&s U0:;
OAS AND ELECTKICI.IGUTSTOOK3.
Washington Gas -H'-i 431
Georgetown Uas - -10
ii. a. liiectric Lignt S4 S'J
Corcoran tS ......
Potomac b9 ......
Arlmntoa 19 HO
Ucruiau American. Ifcll
-Nat.onul Uuiou. lu H
l.'oluuiDia 11 13
ttiggs VA $
People's- " u
Lincoln iv 9;$
Commercial -iri oji
TITLB INSUKA.NC.i STOUK.-J.
Boal Estate Title 101, J and J. 97 107
Columbia Title o 0
Washington Title u
District Tillo 8
1 lil.Ci'llOM: a-ruCKa.
: oiiusylvauia 33 50
CbesapeaKo ami 1'otoa.ac. C8
American UraiUopDone 8,'J 'jx
American liraimouhoue pref 0 11
Pneumatic Guu Carnago 07 .7J
Morgeuttialcr xt.uotypo tuow) 124Vi 12(5
Laustou Moiiotynu 73-J 7VI
VasU!U!ton Market 10 13
iS or. and Wash. Steamboat i'-S
receipts, 7,724 barrles; exports, none; sales,
600 barrels. Wheat dull aud ensy spot,
S9 1-4 bid; May 81 3-4a82 -receipts, 12,
779 bushels; exports, none; stock, 489,
023 bushels southern wheat' by sample,
91a92; do. on grade, 84 3-4aS9 3-4." Corn
firmer spot, 26 3-4a27; month, 26 3-4a
26 7-S; April, 27a27 1-8; May, 27 5-Sa
27 7-8; steamer mixed, 25 l-4a25 1-2 re
ceipts, 210,990 bushels; exports, 311,992
bushels southern white corn,26 l-2a263-4;
do, yellow, 26a26 1-2. Oats steady, fair
. Washington, D. a, March 6, 1897.
orrice or the Commissioners, D. C.
To Whom It May Concern; Notice la
hereby given that the Commissioners ot
the District or Columbia Intend to pat
in the necessary water connections upon
the rotlowing streets, assessments ror
cost or said work to be levied as pro
vided iu public acts No. 38, approved
March 14, 1894, and No. 171,approved
August 7, 1894. Thescwater connec
tions are necessary in advance or the
paving or the roadwav of the streets
concerned, as follows; the material to
be used will be 1 1-2 Inch cast iron pipe:
L street, between 13th and 14th streets
southeast In square lu42. lots to be
assessed, Nos. 3, 4 and 6; estimated
total cost, $67.03.
ii street, between 43th and 14th streets
southeast in square 1043, lots- to be
assessed, l. 22. 28 and 29; estimated
total cost, SG5.52.
All owners ot property to be assessed
may appear and present objections to the
improvements, etc.. at a meeting of the
Hoard or Commissioners wiucb will be
held nt the District building on Wednes
day, March 24, 1897, at 11 a. m., for
the hearings thereor.
J. XV. KOSS,
UHAS. F. POWELL.
-Commissioners, D. C-
ATTENTION, Union Veteran Legion-Cora-
rades of our three encampments de-
il- ,ff to, visit Baltimore Encampment on
Wednesday evening, 10th instant, will
rlliJi Tuesday evening and get their
ALL BILLS against the Inaugural Com
mittee should be presented at the head
quarters. 1419 F at. nw.. on or before
AVednesday, March 10. 1S&7. C.J. BELL
Chairman. Inaugural Committee. mhS-3t
The National Safe
Of the District of Columbia
CORNEU15TIIST.ANDNEW YORK AVB-
Chartered by special act of Congress.
Jan., 18B7, and act of Oct. 1890. ami:
Capita!, One Million Dollars.
1 AMERICAN SECURITY
AND TRUST CO. 1
Interest on Deposits.
Boxes rented all sizes. Large burglar-proof
vault, $5 per annum and
C. J. BELL, President.
SILSBY & CO!V! PAN Y,
Commission Stock Brolcers,
C13 Fllteeuth St, opp. TJ. 5. Troa3ory.
W. B. Hibbs & Co.,
BACKERS and BROKERS.
Members New Vork Stock Excaana.
1427 F Street.
LADENBUKG. THALMANN A Co.
Cnequaled Facilities Best Service.
No better time that the present to
deal in stocks provided you get on
the right side or the market.
We both buy ana sell stocks or all-
Kinds on smallest margins and gtvo
our patrons the benefit of our un-
S3- Latest commercial reports from
all over the world.
T. J, Hodgen l Co.,
Booms 10 and 11, Corcoran Building. 15th
ana F.and 605 7th street nvr.
WILLIAM B. GCRLEY. J. V. BARROSS.
GURLEY & BARROSS
-Hunkers ana Brokers,
MEMBERS OF WASHINGTON STOCK
Bay and sell first-class Investment Se
curities Tor customers. Orders solicited in
Stocks and Bonds.
Mew I'ort: Correspondents, Messrs.
HUNTER, COOPER & CO..
Members of New York Stock Exchange.
Exclusive private wire to New York ontce.
No. 1335 F Street.
demand No. 2 white. 23 l-2a24; No. 2
mixed, 22a23 receipts, 10,012 bushels;
exports, none; stock, 3SS,0i4 bushels.
Rye steady No. 2.-10R-10 1-2; western, 41.
sales receipts, 2.510 bushels; exports,
none; stock, 77,612 bushels. Hay quiet
but firm choice timothy, $13.50a$14.
Grain freights quiet, unchanged. Sugar
steady granulated. $4.33 per 100 lbs.
Butter steady fancy creamery, 19a20; do.
Imitation, loalQ; do. Indie, 13al4; good
iadle, llal2; store packed, SalO; rolLs.
12al4. Eggs weak fresh. 11. Checso
steady fancy New York.BOpounds, 12 1-4;
do., 35 pounds, 12 1-2; do., 22 pounds,
12 3-4 al 3.
BETTING ON THE HAJLV.
The Queer Gambling Game Played
One of the mot curious forms ot gam
bling in the world is "rain gambling,"
which at this season of the year is at its
height in Calcutta. The principal rain
gambling den Is in Burnt bazaar.
Noone who has not visited that place can
have any conception of the vast crowds
which at every hour of the day and far
into the night pass in nnd ont.
The great majorityare Mawaris.who are
born speculators, but there are as well
plenty of well-to-do Europeans, Eurasians.
Jews, Armenians, and Greeks, and women,
too. All swarm into the small court
yard where this strange form of gambling
Is carried on, through a narrow entrance
barely three feet wide- Thu courtyard Is
about 200 reet square. Thefar-famed tank
"wlih a spouC falling into the courtyard
is the one spot "where all eyes are fixed.
The tank stands at the edge of a second
floor roof. It is about six feet broad by
four feet r.'ide and nine inches deep, "with
the spout opening inward, some three or
four inches rrom the bottom. From this
it "will be seen that It requires a pietty
heavy downpour for at least ten minutes
to cause the spout to flow. Intermittent
drizzles, which partly fill this tank, do
not count, as the shower to fill it must
pour down uninterruptedly, and then the
bets are won or lost.
Chances are takea either for or against
the spout running. A gray-haired, wizen
ed old man Is the owner of the den, and
there is another similar place across the
road, only smaller. On the roof over the
fifth floor there is a small, square watch
tower. In which are stationed five or six
men, whose duty it Is- to scan the horizon
closely and report on the formation of
rain clouds. On.these reports the odds rise
A ber made nnd won one day is always
paid the following morning. Everything
seems to be "on the square," and. indeed,
there is little chance for cheating. The
odds range as high as 1 to 75 oa some
days, even in the rainy season- Mauy have
made a fortune In a single day- One per
son recently won 525,000 In the coarse ot a
few weeks. But he worked the system on
scientific methods. New York Herald.