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Is Interviewed in His Paiace by
an American Correspond
ent and Declares
Laughs at the Charge of Murdering
General Theleniaque.
President Legitime Talks Freely Clnlms Ho
Was Elected by a Legal Mnjority Gen.
crnl Tbelcmaqne Himself to Blame for
Heine Killed He Denies Ilnyll Opened to
American Commerce Believes There Is
Money in it He Will Endeavor to Con
qner all Disturbances in the Country He
Wants Peace.
A DisrATCH correspondent has visited
President Legitime in bis Palace at Port-au-Prince,
and for the first time Americans
are enabled to get some idea of the position
of affair in Hayti. Legitime speaks guard
edly, yet candidly, and in
sists that he is simply endeav
oring to maintain his rights as the legally
elected President of Hayti. He leaves the
settlement of the Haytien Bepublic affair
to the American courts. The midshipmites
who. went down on the Galena and Yantic
were spoiling for a fight, and this morning's
advices seem to show that they came very
near to having one.
Pobt-atj-Pbince, December 30; Br tel
7. Before his inauguration as President on
December 16, Legitime, who then merely
called himself the "Chief of the Executive
Power," wai very careful not to offend the
sensibilities of the Haytians by occupying
the National Palace. He lived, instead, in
his private villa in Port-au-Prince. Since
his inauguration, Legitime, his wife and
his six children have all moved into the
palace and there Legitime now holds his
The palace is a brick and wooden build
ing erected by Solomon. It is a great
square affair with projecting corners and
angles, with a variety of kinds of roof and a
multitude of all sorts of porches and veran
das. It stands in the middle of a beautiful
garden of tropical plants and trees and
flowers, which covers many acres and is sur
rounded by a high iron fence on the top of
a walL
A Reporter at the Palace.
At the gate of the court yard a reporter
presented himself yesterday morning. A
score of soldiers at the guard house inside
the gate looked lazily at the reporter, but
offered no opposition to his passage, though
if the reporter had been a Haytian and un
recognized he would have been halted with
a bayonet at his breast. Legitime keeps a
body guard of seven hundred picked
soldiers around him constantly and is
in fear of assassination all the while.
At the main door of the palace there was an
other guard of soldiers and several Generals.
The reporter passed in unon a wide portico,
the projecting roof of which was supported
by big wooden pillars. The space here
formed a sort of outer ante-room, in ""which
were gathered, besidessoldiersandGenerals,
forty or fifty people, who wanted to see the
President on all sorts of business.
Legitime Interviewed.
The reporter gave his card to a General,
who handed it to another General who dis
appeared and shortly afterward returned,
asking the reporter to follow.
The President of Hayti is as black as the
see of spades. He is a tall, finely formed
man about 45 years old. His face is covered
with a heavy black beard and mustache.
His manners are those of a refined and
courteous gentleman. He received the re
porter in the upstairs ante-chamber, shook
hands with him cordially, and immediately
expressed delight at an opportunity to talk
with an accredited newspaper man.
"I have never been in the United States,"
he said, "but I know of its wealth and
power, of its great extent of territory, its
marvelous resources and of the intelligence
and grand and free institutions of its people.
I am glad to see you because of the oppor
tunity it gives me to directly express to the
commercial interests of the United States,
what I know to be the truth, that they
will find great profit in dealing with Hayti;
they will find great profit, and though our
affairs are a little bit disturbed at present,
there never has been a time when foreign
commercial interests did not find security.
Legitime Want Peace.
"Hayti is the finest island in the West
Indies, the most fertile and the most pro
ductive. It is my hope to bring peace to
this country, to develop its resources so long
unused and shamefully neglected, to extend
our trade with foreign nations, to better our
finances, to make Hayti prosperous and
happy. I believe this can be done. It is
only with the hope of doing this that I con
sented to take the Presidency, an office for
which in itself I have no ambition, and
which brings with it cares, and trials, and
danger. I am aware of all that Hayti has to
contend with, but I am firmly of the opinion
that there is a great future possible for her,
and part of this at least it is my aim to re
alize." The President spoke with great solemnity,
not to say pathos.
Legitime' Dental.
After a pause he continued: "The North
opposes me for two reasons. First, they
claim that I have not been duly elected,
and second, they say that I assassinated
General Thelainaque and that they must
have revenge. As to their claim I can
safely say that I have a, majority of all the
delegates to the constituent assembly in my
Javor. The votes or the JNorth were
thrown out because the North was in a
State of revolution. But even 4t these had
not been thrown ont I Mould have still had
the majority. The charge that the dele
gates to the Constituent Assenihlv, who
were on the Haytien Bepublic when the
ship was seized, were bribed or were forced
to come on shore and make a quorum of the
Constituent Assembly, is untrue. They
came on shore of their own free wilL
"Now, as to the second claim that I assas-
sinated Thelemaquc, we don't assassinate
people in Hayti. But if we did do thi, an
opposite faction could hardly assassinate a
General at the head of his army. General
Thelemaque was Killed accidentally, while
standing on the steps of his own bouse by a
stray bullet out of the midst of a riot which
the coming of himself and his soldiers here
in the time of a peaceful election precipi
tated. To charge me with causing his death
is absurb."
Secret Enemies Arrested.
"Mr. President," said the reporter, "what
will be done in the cases of the residents of
the city who were arrested yesterday on sus
picion of being in sympathy with Hippo
iyte and of trying to start a movement in
his favor here?"
The face of the President became very
grave. "I cannot say," he answered. "It
was necessary for me to cause their arrest as
a war measure. Myfriends and counselors
tell me that in the past I have been too
lenient, and that it was absolutely necessary
for mc to stop the machinations of these
secret enemies of the Republic here in Port-au-Prince.
I hope that the simple arrest
nnd confinement of these men will serve
this end, if not, it mar be necessary to
make some severe examples.
'I believe that" the Northern rebellion
will be over in a little time. The people of
the island are with the established Govern
ment, and they wonld never submit to
domination by Hippolyto and his lieu
tenants. The. Northerners have .neither
ships, arms nor money, and hut few men.
They cannot hold outlong. Then will come
peace, order and prosperity."
Friendly to the United States.
"Has the affair of the Haytien .Republic
rendered any the less friendly the feeling in
Hayti toward the United States?" asked the
"Not the slightest" answered Legitime,
with a pleasant smile. "The affair of the
Haytien Bepublic is now, or ought to be, in
the hands of the American courts, and
whatever the decision is I will abide by it.
To show how friendly I am to the
United States I am desirous of
appointing as Haytian Consul at New
York an American, and I hope to
get some representative of the Atlas Steam
ship Company there to serve us in that
capacity. We felt it our duty to remove
Mr. Bassett, our former Consul, because he
was not faithful to ourinterests, particularly
allowing the Saginaw to escape from the
port of New York laden .with arms and am
munition for the Northern rebels. General
Contreras will not be appointed Consul at
New York. His position there now is,sim
ply that of an attache of legation." ,
Saluting the American Flag. '
The great expedition of the American war
ships to Hayti is ended. That much
troubled and troubling vessel, the Haytien
Bepublic, has been surrendered; the Hai
tians have hoisted the American flag from
and saluted it with 20 guns; the Galena, the
flagship of Admiral Luce, has hoisted the
Haytian flag from her fore roval trnck and
saluted it with 21 guns, too. The American
officers have been feasted and toasted
at President Legitime's palace, and
President Legitime and his Ministers
have been toasted and feasted on board
the- Galena. Admiral Luce, commanding
the American fleet, this morning ordered
the Galena to make ready to go to sea next
Monday, December 31. The Galena will
have in tow the surrendered American ship.
The Galena will go either to Kingston, Ja
maica or to Santiago de Cuba, and there, in
neutral waters, the Haytien Bepublic will
be turned over to the representative of
her owners, Mr. B. C. Moore, of Boston.
The officers of the American war shiDS are
not sorry to leave the filthy waters of the
harbor of Port-au-Prince, but there is a
very general feeling of regret among both
officers and crew of the war vessels that they
did not get a brush with the Haytians.
Wanted a Fight.
"Oh, I just wish we could land with the
boys and clean the fellows out," said a
young middy from the Galena on the wharf
at Port-au-Prince, where he was in command
of the Galena's steam launch, to a reporter.
Yesterday officers and crew fully ex
pected that the Haytians would refuse to
give up the American ship, and
that there would be a fight in
consequence. They expected that thev
would get a chance to try their
guns on the town, just as old Admiral
TTrti-rihv nf 4ti Tlviticri neim aacilw !T a A
himself of the opportunity offered to practice
improved modern methods of warfare at the
bombardment of Alexandria a few years
On the wav down from New York the of
ficers and the seamen and marines were
drilled constantly in clearing the ship for
action, and in all sorts of the exercises
which a war vessel and its crew might
be supposed to make in the presence of
a bold and determined foe. Admiral
Luce would frequently turn out at midnight
and order Captain Summer, of the Galena,
to order the quartermaster to order the
drummer to beat to general quarters. In a
Tery short time, indeed, the decks were
cleared, ihe big guns unshipped and trained
on an imaginery enemy, and officers and
men were at their posts, with Admiral
Luce in full uniform on the poop deck.
No Fight Great Excitement.
This was the nearest to fighting that the
American warships came. They steamed
into the outer harbor when the Haytians
gave up the Haytien Bepublic, the Galena
getting aground on the way out,
and having to be hauled off by a Haytian
tug, but the people in Port-au-Prince,
especially the French residents, were very
much excited. Some of the French men
walked around gesticulating wildly and
wanted to haul down to the, wharf some
cannon and fire into the American ships on
general principles. Upon consideration
this was thought to be not tBe best plan.
The French Minister, Count de Lesmais
sous, who is virtually one of President
Legitime's own Ministers, was particularly
wrought up, and he sent a courier post haste
to the Admiral commanding the fleet at
Martinique, asking that the fleet be dis
patched to Port-au-Prince instantly. The
fleet has not yet put in an appearance.
President Legitime and his ministers,
while courteous enough to Admiral Luce
and Mr. Thompson, the American Minister,
said that they regarded the coming of the
American fleet as an unnecessary display of
force. The simple demand of Secretary
Bayard, they said, that the ship be given
up, would have been entirely sufficient.
Absurd to Think of Fighting.
Said M. Margrone, the Haytian Minister
of Foreign Affairs, to a reporter: "It is
absurd to say that we would think of
forcibly resisting such a power as the United
States. "We would not think of it even if
our country could present a united
front in war, which it cannot, un
fortunately, now do. We of the South
(itp tryinf. to Tnnintnin nninsfc ihr nn.fti.-n
Prebels the government which we have right-
lull y established, and we can t engage in a
foreign war a war with a great power.
We have given the Hajtien Be
public up under protest, and reserv
ing what legal rights we may have
in the American courts. Mr. Preston, our
Minister to the United States, will employ
a lawyer in New York, and, relying upon
the justice and fair play of the "operations
of American law, we propose to test the
question whether we were justified or not in
seizing the American ship. We have almost
an exact precedent in the case of a
steamship which left Philadelphia some
years ago, in the time of a revolution here
when Salomon was President of Hayti.
A Haytian man-of-war seized the vessel,
as it was found the latter bad contraband
goods aboard President Salomon at once
sent the vessel back to America and libelled
her in the American courts.
Decided In Favor of Ilnyll.
When the courts came to examine the
matter they decided the case in favor of
Hayti. The cargo was not allowed to be
sent to Hayti, and the vessel, I think, was
subjected to a fine. Now, it is foolish to
say that Captain Compton, of the Haytien
Bepublic. did not know that St Maro was
blockaded, or did not know that he had con-i
trabandof war on board. The Haytien Be
public had been going around the coast
from place to place, carrying rebels
and arms and ammunition, endeavor
ing to stir tip diosatisfection in
places which were not disaffected,
and Increasing the disaffection in places
which were. She came out of St. Marc's in
broad daylight, thinking that because she
carried the American' flag she would
not be molested. She was arrest
ed and seized, and rightfully so.
She was in the business1 of running,
the blockade for money,and sho was stopped.
I believe that the American people who had
an experience with English blockade run
ners themselves in the Civil War, will
realize the position of Hayti struggling for
a black republic, and give us justice and
our rights according to the laws of nations."
Story Told by the Captain of tbo Steam
ship Alert.
.New York, January 7. The Carolina
Millerand the Alert, the two steamshipswhich
ran the blockade of North Haytian ports re
cently docked this morning. Capt. Kanitz
said that he hailed the Galena, which was
passing, and asked:
"Do you think it possible to go into
Admiral Luce replied: "I can give you
no information. I don't know."
Captain Kanitz threupon ran into
port De Paix to fee if the coast
was clear of gunboat, and finding
everything lovely, steamed into Gonaives.
Others aboard the Alert said that the in
habitants of Gonaives were starving, and
crowded upon the dock when the
Alert arrived. There were priests iu
the throng,, and the next day there was a
thanksgiving service in the cathedral for
the arrival of lood. The cargo was sold at a
tremendous profit.
Legitime's army was only six miles back
of the town at the time. The Toussaint
Ouverture, Xegitime's gunboat, had been
there two days before and she
had bombarded the town after
her fashion, from a distance too great for
her guns. Only one shot reached the town
and that went through the roof of thecus
torn house.
Ho Recommends That the Saloons of Syra
cuse Do Open After Chnrch Time
on Sunday, Considering It
No Harm to Drink
on That Day.
Steacuse, January 7. For many years,
under all stripes of municipal administra
tion, the saloons in this city have been open
all day on Sunday with the knowledge and
acquiescence of the Police Department and
the Board of Excise. The only requirement
being that the door should be kept closed so
as not to disclose what was going on inside.
On December 10 Mayor Kirk, who was
elected by the Democrats in February, 1888,
for a term of two years, addressed a very
peculiar letter to the Board of Police. Com
missioners, in which he said:
"Being of a liberal mind myself, X believe
that after a person on Sunday has attended
church, especially among our German citi
zens, that it is no harm to take his wife or a
friend for a walk, if it is a pleasant after
noon, and they should become thirsty, to sit
down quietly and have a glass of beer or
other cooling refreshment I, believe it is
the only day that laboring men can have for
recreation. Now I think it will be well for
our citizens who are in the liquor business
and for the community at large, that during
morning services in our 'churches every
drinking place in our citv should be closed.
I realize the fact that the excise laws will
not allow the sale of liquor on Sunday, and
I do not propose to have you issue an order
that aside from the hours between 9 and 1,
they may keep tkeplaces open, but I see no
harm before 9 or after 1 that their places be
kept open for a quiet business, their front
doors closed, curtains drawn, no billiard or
pool playing allowed, and no crowd congre
gating around their door."
The pastors of all the Protestant churches
have united in a protest against the Mayor's
He Cooiy Lets. Another Itlan Take Away
His Wife nnd Furniture.
Harbison, N. J., January 7. August
Kartoff, of this city, is probably the most
philosophical man who has been introduced
to the public in a year. He recently got
out of employment, and his wife, after
frequent quarrels with him, left home with
a gooa loosing young ixerman named
Wessel. Kartoff found this out on Satur
day, and suspecting that the young
man would not be satisfied " with
the wile alone, he set a watch on
his own house while he was absent,
and to-day a constable caught Wessel as he
was about to remove the furn.inre. Wessel
was arrested and taken to the police sta
tion, where Kartoff appeared against him.
An interpreter named Schweikert was se
cured and the difficulty was explained to
the justice.
On hearing that Wessel was a molder,
earning $4 a day, Kartoff said that inas
much as he was unable to take care
of Mrs. Kartoff, Wessel might have
her. All he asked was that Wessel
should sign a document acknowledging that
he had carried off Mrs. Kartoff. This Wessel
agreed to do, and the paper was drawn up
by the interpreter. Then the ques
tion arose about the furniture,
and Kartoff said: "Oh, let them have that,
too. It's of no use to me now." There be
ing no formal charge against Wessel he was
permitted to depart, and it is presumed that
he joined Mrs. Kartoff in New York City.
Mrs. Forbes Says Sho Did Not Know Her
Alleged Lawyer.
Brooklyn, N. Y., January 7. Applica
tion has been made by Justice Dykmann,
of the Supreme Court of this city, on behalf
of Mrs. Catharine L. Forbes, to open
the judgment of absolute divorce
obtained against' her in March,
1882. by Dr. Brainard F. Forbes. The judg
ment was given on the report of Lawyer C.
C. Brady, the referee, who is now dead. It
is alleged that no papers had been served on
Mrs. Forbes, and that sho took no
part in the proceedings, although a lawyer,
of whom she knew nothing, appeared before
the referee to defend her. It is als.o claimed
that the evidence on which the referee based
his report was false. Decision was reserved.
Dr. Forbes is practicing medicine in
Utica. He has been married twice since his
divorce. This is alleged to be one of the
fraudulent divorce cases which astonished
Brooklyn a couple of years ago. Nothing
seems to be known about the alleged lawyer
who appeared for Mrs. Forbes.
, A School for Itllno Inspectors.
Harbisbubo, January 7. Senator
Schnatterly is here and will soon introduce
a bill for the establishment of a mining
school to educate persons to perform the
duties of mine inspectors more intelligently
than the work is now done, and to fit them
for other'responsibilities in the mines.
Sensational Scenes in the Injunction
Case of the Arheiter Bund.
And a Fierce War of Words With the City
Counsel Ensues.
Els Honor Intimates That the P.Iic. are Becoming
The application of the Arheiter Bund for
an injunction against the Chicago police
was heard yesterday. Judge Tuley evi
dently favored the application. His posi
tion was hotly attacked by the corporation
counsel. The Judge asserted that the right
of free speech and assembly must be pre
served. Court adjourned without a formal
Chicago, January 7. A sensational
scene this afternoon wound up the argu
ments before Judge Murray F. Tuley, re
garding the application of certain Anarch
ists for the injunction to prevent the police
from breaking up the publie meetings of
the socalled Arbeiter Bund. The two figures
in the spectacle were Judge Tuley, who is
one of the most prominent Chaucellors in
the West, and Clarence Knight, a young
lawyer representing the police as assistant
corporation counsel.
The excitement began with some de
cidedly warm language Indulged in by Mr.
Knight. Judge Tuley had been asking
some, questions that seemed to indicate that
he rather favored giving the Arbeiter Bund
a ohance.
"Suppose," Baid the Judge, "that an ex
treme partisan institution like the Andrew
Jackson League should meet in this city,
declaring that they were meeting to discuss
free trade, and the police should presume
that they were going to teach doctrines sub
versive to the Government,and do you mean
to contend that a court could not interfere
against such an unwarranted presumption?"
"Discussing free trade is not contrary to
to law," declared Mr. Knight
"But suppose the police say the Andrew
Jackson League is going to teach treason?"
persisted the Court.
"Then the police would be liable for
damages if the Andrew Jackson Leaguers
were arrested. But I will put a hypotheti
cal case to Your Honor. Suppose 200 bunco
steerers started to hold a meeting to discuss
the best plan of holding up grangers?
Haven't the police the right to stop
"But," said the Court, "suppose they say
they are going to talk politics?"
"That is not the case here. The Arbeiter
Bnnd may say that it is going to talk about
the condition bf wages, but the police say
not The police don't say this on informa
tion and belief. They make a positive as
sertion that these men are plotting against
the government If that is so they are,
criminals. The police don't say they believe
or that they presume. They say it'as a fact
that these Arbeiter Bund people are An
archists." "They, don't say that," protested 'tho
Bund's attorney, Mr, Kraft'
"They say that many of them are An
archists", and that those who are 'not have
come in from other societies, and that these
other societies are anarchistic societies.
That is what they say. Suppose three or
tour burglars go into a meeting with the
avowed intention of making the others at
that meeting burglars, are not the police
tustified in preventing a result of such
efforts." Mr. Knight seemed to think this
a hard question hard to answer.
Judge Tuley then said: "I have been verr
close to the city government in the past. I
was four years corporation counsel. I know
as well as anybody that a tight reign must
be held on violence, and that disorder must
be held with an iron hand, but I know fully
as well that the police must not be allowed
to overstep the limits of reason and of law.
The police are prone to grow in the belief
that they are not guardians of the public
peace, but antocrats, and that their power
is unlimited."
At this Mr. Knight, who had been chafing
under the questions of the court like a colt
who feels the bridle for the first time, grew
nettled. He arose from his chair and
approaching the railing in front of the
Judge, delivered himself of a speech that
grow hotter with every word. He said:
"That mayor it may not be true, but It the
police do as Your Honor thinks tbey might
do if they exceed the bonds of the law, or
get outside the limits of reason or of their
authority they are answerable to the
Criminal Court, and to the Conrts of Com
mon Law the former in criminal proceed
ings and the latter lor damages. But
there is this point, Your Honor
must consider. You are falling
into the same rut that the
master tumbled into. You are, in effect,
saying, 'I believe what these Anarchists
say when they aver that they are as
sembling for peaceable purposes, and
I do not believe what the police say when
the police aver they are meeting for unlaw
ful purposes.' More important to the peo
ple of this State and city than interference
with the meetings of a few rabid Anarchists
is the principle that no court shall interfere
with executive administration of affairs by
the city government, for not man years
hence it may be that some Cordoza will
arise, and, when he outrages justice and
right, declare that Judge Murray T. Tuley
set the precedent."
Knight's voice was hoarse with passion
as he said: "In this matter the executive
says 'I believe these men are criminals
doing or seeking to do as did Spies and
Parsons, who now rest in Waldheim.'
Believing this, the Mayor puts up the bars
against these men as so many rattlesnakes,
who prevent millions of dollars from com
ing to this city in the way of capital. The
Mayor "has adopted the course of not wait
ing'until blood is spilled, as was done under
the Harrison administration, but of
suppressing the anarchistio plots in
their bud. You dare not, unless
you usurp the powers of the
executive, grant this injunction. You will
not say, 'I as chancellor let these rattle
snakes hatch their eggs of devilish anarchy.'
It makes a patiiot's blood boil, that these
criminals from foreign soil should have the
impudence to first plot to destroy the law,
and then seek its protection. I believe
Your Honor has too much respect for de
cency, good order and the dignity of the
executive of this great city to grant such an
Mr. Knight here abruptly ceased. Judge
Tuley had .listened to the speech of the
lawyer calmly and quietly, though several
times the color came and ' went in his face.
When Knight had finished the Judge
spoke deliberately, but with some trace of
feeling, as follows:
"The remarks of counsel are too intem
perate for a legal argument They are more
fitted forNthe political rostrum. Public
opinion never has and never will determine
the law as laid down from the bench. I am
here to interpret the law, and if it is the
lawit does not matter what public opinion,
says. If people come to this country the
veriest criminals Europe or any other coun
try ever produced, and whether they are
foreigners or natives, they have equal rights
lit protection from imposition and in the
protectionwhich the law affords. The
law recognizes neither foreigner nor
native. There is no danger that
this court will exceed its jurisdic
tion. It may be that it is much more im
portant thit free speech- and the right of
peaceful assembly shall not be trampled in
me oust tnin that the police lorce snouio, oe
perpetuated in a power which appears to be
extreme and autocratic. Let the court
stand adjourned Until to-morrow morning,"
and the Judge with dignity stepped from
the bench (nto his private room.
The crowd of spectators sat apparently
dazed for j'moment. Mr. Knight was the
first to make a move. "I'm not afraid to
tell the troth," said he, as he walked out
of the smothering atmosphere of the court
room andjfwas made the object of many a
hearty handshake.
'In the West Tirglnia Legislature Both
Republicans and Democrat on tho
Anxious Sent Ono Member
J too III to Attend.
Charleston, W. Va., January 7.
Nearly all the members of the Senate and
Honse ai iow here or will arrive to-night,
but as yet no one seems to have any knowl
edge as to how the two bodies will, be or
ganized. Senator Kenna is here and has
been in his room all day in close consulta
tion with his friends, hut if any plan of
action has been agreed upon it has been
kept profoundly secret, however, it is ad
mitted by all that the contest for the United
States Senatorship will be very warm.
Hon D. B. Lucas, of Charleston, the
leader of the kicking element in the last
House, who succeeded in defeating Senator
Camden forre-election, arrived to-day. He
was defeated for re-election to the House by
the Kenna faction of his county, and it is
supposed that his object is to get even for
past injuries. His knife is sharp, and is
quite likely to be felt before the session is
Tbe Democratio majority on joint ballot
is one in case Senator Carr votes with the
Bepublicans, and the uncertainty about
this, coupled with the fact that one or tbe
other members of the House who have here
tofore been counted with the Democrats
are now considered doubtful, keeps both
sides on the anxious bench. It is reported
that a Bepublican member is dangerously
ill, and will be unable to attend the opening
session, but as he resides in one of tbe back
counties outside of telegraphic communica
tion it cannot yet be ascertained whether
this is true. One vote is a valuable con
sideration on either Bide at the present
If Criminal Negligence Is Proven, it Most
be Called Dlanslanghter.
Steacuse, N. Y., January 7. The 3-ycar-old
son of James S. Colborne died of
smallpox, this morning. Mrs. Colborne is
not expected to live. It was the Colborne
house in which Lawrence Buck, the small
pox patient who escaped from the pesthouse
while his guard was drunk and asleep, was
received and sheltered nnd furnished with
clothes, he baring been almost naked.
Buck died from the exposure a few days
afterward. Justice Vann, In charging the
grand jury to-day, directed them to in
vestigate this case. He related the alleged
circumstances of Buck's escape and said:
Vltisielw that if the death of a human
being is caused by the culpable negligence
of another person, that person is guilty of
manslaughter. It will be your duty to in
vestigate this matter carefully. What you
are called upon to investigate is the charge
that this attendant was guilty of culpable
negligence, and that his negligence resulted
in the death of a human being."
The Justice also remarked generally on
the duty of all citizens to obey the orders of
the Boardjdof Health. There have been no
new cases of smallpox in the last 48 hours,
and it now looks as if the rigorous measures
adopted by the Board of Health will hold
the disease where it is.
Clerk Taylor Determined the Reflections on
. Him Must Cease.
Harbisbubg, January 7. Eefleetlons
have been so freely cast on the message
clerk of the honse, relative to the revenue
bill of 1887, that a number of members of
that body have indicated a determination to
push a resolution for a thorough investiga
tion into the mysterious loss ot that bill.
They argue that the honor of the House de
mands such an inquiry. Although Mr.
Taylor was not the most competent on the
hill, his integrity is not questioned by any
of his acquaintances. He has made affidavit
that he delivered the bill in the Senate, and
is anxious to repeat the sworn declaration,
and believes that an investigation would re
sult in his compute vindication from the
charges of gross enrelessness which are said
to have had their inspiration in the Senate.
Bepresentative Wherry, Democratic can
didate for Speaker of the House, is authority
for the statement that a new revenue bill
will be introduced at this session, contain
ing substantially the features of that whose
failure to become a law is ascribed by the
Governor to the omission of the signature of
the presiding officer of the Senate.
Mercer Favors Saloons, bat it is Donbtfal If
Licenses Will be Granted.
Shabon, Pa., January 7. After weeks
of hard work in soliciting names on peti
tions and remonstrances for and against
license in Mercer county, both sides filed
their papers in the Mercer county courts to
day. The result is a surprise. It shows the
liquor people to be in the lead so far as
names are concerned by from 100 to 00, and
the majority, according to Judge Mehard's
rnling, is equivalent to a license for all ap
plicants. Twenty-one applications in all have been
filed with the court Of the ten from
Sharon all but two lead by several hundred
names. There are less than 1,100 names on
the remonstrances, and from 1,200 to 1,600
on the leading applications. The two lead
ing hotels in Mercer county, the Carver,and
Messer House, are lower on the list, and
speculation is rife as to whether the Judge
will refuse them licenses.
In Greenville the temperance peoDle-lead
.by a narrow margin,but Sharon and Mercer
win probably remain without license.
Stoneboro and Transfer will probably be
left The Judge will grant or refuse license
in two weeks.
Brio Knights of Labor Leaving tho Order
and Joining Trades Unions.
Erie, January 7. Captain M. H.Butler,
of Tidioute, one of the regularly appointed
Knights of Labor speakers, addressed an
audience to-night at the Mascot rink.
Two years ago there were 3,000 enthusias
tic Knights of Labor in Erie, and every
meeting of the half a dozen assemblies was
crowded. To-night not over 70 persons
were within the sound of Captain Butler's
The labor Unions have absorbed the in
terest and any one of the trades would have
filled the building.
Eussell Harrison Goes to Nebraska to
Visit His Wife, and at Once.
Indianapolis Preachers Drop Their Protest
Against tBe Dance.
A Social Call on the Presldent-EIect Is toe Next Hots
Obey Will Male.
There seems some hope that General Har
rison may complete his inaugural address
before the 4th of March. He once- in
awhile gets time now to work at a page or
so of it, between political and begging
calls. The Indianapolis ministers have
abont agreed to let the President-elect do as
his conscience dictates about balls and the
wicked dance. They will call on hhn in a
body, however, and continue to pray for
him. y
Indianapolis, January 7. General
Harrison devotes considerable of his spare
time to the inaugural address, nowadays,
and seems very little bothered about the
Cabinet There are excellent reasons for
believing that his part of the Cabinet work
is nearly done. What may portend a move
ment in that line is the shipping away of
Bussell Harrison yesterday to Omaha, al
though it is given out that the
trip is merely a family-affair. Mrs. Har
rison, Jr., went to visit her parents in
Omaha same time before Bussell started on
his Eastern trip, and this will be the first
opportunity that the young man has had to
see his wife since then The appearance of
politics in the trip arises from the talk
there hai been recently as to the probability
as to a Nebraska man going into
the Cabinet and matting room in the
Senate for Alvin Saunders, Russell's father-in-law,
and Thurston, the Nebraska rail
road lawyer and politician, now in New
York, is also spoken of frequently as a
Cabinet possibility, but after all, there is
little probability that the visit of Bussell to
the State has any significance politically at
THE ministers are mum.
The clergymen of the city held a union
meeting this morning, and everyone was ex
pectant of an explosion over the inaugural
ball question. Interest in that matter has
rather died ont bere, after the flurry of ten
days ago, and the meeting passed without
any resolution as to the ball being offered.
The neaiest approach to it was the remark
of the Bev. Dr. Lucas, John C.
New's pastor, in an essay on "Inter
Denominational Pastoral Relations."
In recommending closer unity among the
pastors he said that there were points upon
which all didagree and as to other points,
mutual lenience should be exercised. "If
one regard an inaugural ball as sinful, a
brother' minister who disagrees with him
has no right to call him an old fogy. On
the other hand, if a brother considers such a
ball as not harmful, his opponent has no
right to deem him a caterer for popularity."
Referring to this the I'.ev. Dr. Jencces
suggested that the paragraph be stricken
out of the essay beause "It might get into
the papers, General Harrison might hear of
it, and it might warp his judgment or
coerce his conscience."
By way of illustration Dr. Jenckes added
a story which he ascribed to Andrew Jack
son. It was, he said, while Jackson was
President and James Buchanan was Minis
ter to Russia, and one day Buchanan called
and found the President wearing the old
smoking jacket and smoking a cob pipe.
Buchanan wanted to present a lady, and
suggested that the President should fix him
self.up a little for the reception. Jackson
replied: "Buchanan, I know a man out
West once who made ?1,000 by minding his
own business."
This set Dr. McLeod's Scotch humor to
work, and he revolved a story to illustrate
the difference between denominationalism
that let its people have opinions of their
own as to balls, and sectarianism that
would have everybody think one way.
"Once there was a m'an," he said, ''that
loved his own wife and hated another man's
wife. He was a sectarian. Then there was
another man who loved all men's wives, but
loved his own most of all. He was a de
nomlnationalist, and I think he was right"
The ministers could not separate, how
ever, until they had done something about
General Harrison. The Bev. Dr. Edson, a
Presbyterian, made a speech suggestingthat
they should call upon the President-elect in
a body before he went td Washington. He
said that he knew that no man was more
deeply conscious than General Harrison
himself that hissuccesswasdueto Almighty
God, and he did not think it would be
a fair thing for the ministers to allow him to
go away to resume responsibilities greater
than those borne by any other potentate on
earth without being assured of the prayer
ful consideration of the ministers of Indian
apolis. Some of tho ministers, who remembered
the extra pains that the General had taken
during the campaign to prevent any body
of clergymen from calling upon him for
mally, and his remarks that he "Did not
propose to he Burchardizcd if he could help
it," suggested that the President-elect had
a good deal of work on his hands now,
and that he might deem the visit
of the ministers an intrusion. The Bev. Dr.
Cleveland, the Methodist, argued against
this idea, and it seemed to he generally
understood that now the election was qver,
and danger of premature explosions of min
isterial dynamite was past, the clergymen
would be welcome at the Harrison house, so
a committee of five was appointed to draw
up resolutions to be presented to the President-elect
on the occasion of the visit.
The Bev. Mr. Darling, of the Methodist
Protestant Church, a body distinct from the
ordinary Methodist Church, exclaimed that
he had prayed hard for Harrison's election,
and had predicted it all through the cam-
Eaign, and asked as an especial favor that
e De added to the committee. His plea
was granted. The resolutions will be pre
sented to the ministers at their meeting on
the first Monday in February, and if
adopted, will probably be taken up to tho
President's house right away.
Captain William M. Meredith, the Chi
cago candidate for Public Printer, is taking
the ground from under the feet of Colonel
W. B. Holloway, the Indianapolis candi
date, in a most unkind way. Captain Mer
edith has petitions in his behalf circulating
about Indianapolis, and, it is said, getting
numerous signatures to them. If it wduld
do any good. Colonel Holloway would go
up to Chicago and get petitions there by
the ream, but they wouldn't count much.
He knows it, so he contents himself by sit
ting around chewing gum and saying swear
words under his breath.
General Harrison to-day notified the com
mittee in charge of the Governor's inaugura
tion that he and Mrs. Harrison would be
present at the ball next Monday night
on eaueoaf lav. BOLD BRASSVEVES. I
A Federal Judge Reverses n Decision of the
Inter-State Commerce Commission
The Latter'a Ratings Are
Nat Final.
Louisville, January 7. In the United
States Circuit Court this morning Judge
Jackson handed down his opinion in the
case of the Kentucky and Indiana Bridge
Company versus the Louisville and Nash
ville Bailroad Company. Some months ago
the bridge company obtained a decision that
the Louisville and Nashville must receive
freight from the company at Seventh and
Magnolia streets, Louisville, The "Louis
ville and Nashville refused to comply, and
the bridge company asked the United States
Circnit Court to enforce compliance. On
the law and the facts the Court decided:
First That the Inter-State Commerce Com
miision has not final Jurisdiction In this case
and that thii conn had jurisdiction.
Second That this coart has not merely to
enforce the judgment of tbe commission, out
was to decide the case as if it were a new pro
ceeding. ,
Third The petitioner was not a common
carrier under the provisions of the inter State
commerce act The petitioner's only a transfer
agent as there is no freight agent at Magnolia
avenue. The coart confirms the dissenting
opinion of Commissioner Schoonmaker as to
this question. The tolls that a bridge collects
are not a charge for transporting freight. The
bridge company does transfer some cars, hut
for this it is only a switchman or transfer
agent The exchange at Magnolia avenne
wonld benefit the bridge company and injure
the respondent It wonld give the petitioner
an undue advantage over other road if its
claim were enforced, and would be to discrimi
nate in its favor.
The fourth point of the opinion is that
Seventh and Magnolia is not a proper place for
the transfer ot business, and the petitioner
cannot force respondent to receive freight
there. The fifth question Is practically the
same thing. The sixth and last is to the gen
eral effect that it is not incumbent on a railroad
company to exchange with all' other roads for
through business. It is on the same terms as
those which exist between it and a company
with which it has a contract for such exchange
of business.
The bridge company was granted an appeal
to the Supreme Court
United States Marshals Nat Responsible for
Act of Special Deputies.
Indianapolis, January 7. According
to a decibion by the three Judges of the
Marion county Superior Court, United
States Marshal Hawkins cannot be held re
sponsible for the arrest of prominent Indiana
Bepublicans byspecial deputy marshals on
election day. f
Many business men and citizens of promi
nence were taken under arrest to the mar
shal's office, where they were released.
In consequence of such arrests fifteen suits
were filed against Marshal Hawkins, on bis
official bond, for damages, aggregating in
amount about $100,000. Demurrers to tbe
complaints were filed by the attorneys of the
defendant, asserting that the Superior
Court had no jurisdiction; that the Marshal
was dot liable, and that the complaint did
no tstate facts sufficient to warrant action.
In their decision the Court held that they
had jurisdiction: that the Marshal.and his
sureties are liable upon his bond for any
wrongful act done by him or his deputies,
but that he is not liable, either in an action
upon his bond, or against him personally,
for any wrongful act committed by special
deputies appointed by him, because the
special deputies are hi no way responsible
to the Marshal, as they are not sworn to dis
charge any duty imposed upon him person
ally, and they are paid, not by the Marshal,
but by the Government That they are
styled special deputy marshals the Court
holds is of no consequence.
The Chief Engineer of the Locomotive
Brotherhood Will Ketlro to Private Life.
Cleveland, O., January 7. It was
learned here to-day on good authority that
Chief Engineer Arthur, of the Brotherhood
of Locomotive Engineers, will resign his
office at theexpiration of his present term.
Tne reason is given that the present policy
of the Brotherhood, especially as regards
the management of the Burlington, is not
and has not been in accordance with his
Mr. Arthur is considered a rich man and
is not in need of the salary attached to the.
omce. te lives in a handsome residence on
Euclid avenue and owns a good deal of very
profitable real estate in the city. It is
known that he has contemplated retiring to
private lite for some years past, and the
trouble incidental t the recent strike on
the Burlington has hastened this determina
tion. Mr. Arthur is now on his way West
to spend several weeks on the Pacific slope.
He has been at the head of the Brotherhood
for years, and generally regarded as the
ablest and most sagacious of the leaders of
organized labor.
A Flan Advocated on tho Grounds of Econ
omy in Transportation.
Harbisbubg, January 7. General Hast
ings is in favor of the holding of regimental
encampments of the National Gnard next
summer, and it is believed that Governor
Beaver and Major General Hartranft enter
tain similar views. General Hastings .be
lieves in rotation relative to the militia en
campments, a division encampment one
year, brigade the next, and regimental last
The location of regiments can be arranged
so as to enable the inspecting officers to com
plete their work in about two weeks. The
greatest difficulty to be met is in the Second
brigade, whose regiments are distributed
over a large area.
The cost of a regimental encampment is
much smaller than either a division or
brigade encampment, owing to the dimin
ished expenses for transportation. The cost
of transporting the troops to the last divi
sion encampment at Mt Gretna was about
34,000, which is probably twice as much as
that for a regimental encampment.
One Colored Woman Canses tbe Death
Another While" Drank.
Chambebsbubg, January 7. Christmas
Day Bosa Diggs and Elizabeth Lewis, two
married colored women of this place, be
came involved in a fight, and Bosa hit her
opponent on the left temple with a stone,
fracturing the skull and creating'an abscess
in the brain. Last night Mrs. Lewis died
and a coroner's jury this evening placed the
responsibility on Mrs. Diggs.
The latter 'was drunk at the time of the
occurrence, and had taken offense at Mrs.
Lewis,because she had found fault with her
husband for walking with a young colored
fir. Bosa was close by With her own hus
Willie Coffinan Caught in a Belt and Killed,
and His Bravo Little Brother Crippled.
Effingham, III., January 7. Six-year-old
Willie . Coffman, while playing
about his father's mill to-day was dragged
into the machinery by a belt which had
caught in his clothing. He was crushed to
John, the 9-year-old brother of the un
fortunate lad, ran to the reicue and bravely
tugged to release the screaming prisoner.
He too was caught in the belting and before
help came his bands and wrists were ground
to pieces. He may die.
..-r. :i
The Pennsylvania ComtP & "tabbed
to the Extent of lt5
Eeceivers at Cleveland, Pittsbnrjj"
and Philadelphia.
Operations Conducted ly Trained Bands of
JuTenile Scamps.
An organization of thieves has been steal
ing brass from the Pennsylvania Company
for a year past. The syndicate has head
quarters in Cleveland, with branches in
Pittsburg and Philadelphia. The total
amount stolen will reach $100,000. Thirty
little boys were engaged in the work at
Altoona alone. The leader of the band has
been arrested, with a number of his con
Altoona, Pa., January 7. A singular
case of systematic theft along the Pennsyl
vania lines between Cleveland and Phila
delphia, developed in ahearing before Judge
Boss this afternoon. The case is in the
nature of three receiving stations, located at
Philadelphia, Pittsburg and Cleveland, for
brass mountings stolen by regular organized
bands from the Pennsylvania shops in this
city, Harrisburg and elsewhere, the mode of
proceedure being to ship stuff in barrels
packed in rags.
Moses Singerman, jnnk dealer of Cleve
land, headed the syndicate and had regu
larly employed agents who accounted for
merchandise, buying from boys at 3 cents a
pound, Singerman paying 7. Arrests have
been wholesale to-day, six being made in
this city. The suspicion ot crooked work,
came to light last week, when Detective
John Beeves, of Cleveland, uncovered two
tons of brass design work in that citr and
amount of ins thefts.
Investigation brought to light the fact
that the robberies have been going on for a
year past, and an estimate shows that the
stealings will amount to a round hundred
thousand dollars. The work of the syndi
cate has been so clever and business-like'
that Singerman and his confederates have
grown rich and bold, using Pennsylvania
freight stations as headquarters in some
cases to carry on operations. This,
scheme, when laid bare, will ex
plain the Ft. Wayne division express
peculations of a year ago, when evidence
was given that journals were taken off of
trains, causing heavy wrecks.
The stories given by the boys are quite ro
mantic. Charles Kelly, a boy of 16, had
his gang organized in squads. While one
watched, the other made way with the
property, breaking it off with picks and
levers. Testimony was given that more
than 600 pounds of brass were stolen at one '
time from the company's shops in this city,
before the eyes of the employes.
Beam and Walters were the agents in
Altoona, and will be given a special hear
ing next Thursday. The arrests are Will
iam Thomas, Lewis Sbope, Ernest Johosron
and Charles Kelly. Tbe latter has turned
State's evidence. Singerman was held in
$2,500 bail to answer at the January term
of the Blair county court.
It is in evidence that the man Walters
had 30 little boys engaged at a regular
salary to pilfer the brass, and he paid them
2 and 3 cents a pound for the goods. Some
of the boys became so expert as to merit, in
his estimation, a transfer to larger centers
of operations. J. C. Hutchins, of Cleve
land, appeared for Singerman, and N. J.
Nervine for the Pennsylvania Company.
The arrests have caused a widespread sen
sation. Singerman refuses to say a word
touching his situation, but acknowledged
receiving the stuff.
Claims for Ofllce Blade on the Strength
Sach Infiaence.
Indianapolis, January 7. Believing
that it would be certain to bring recognition
of his claims to office, J. B. Wilson, a Dem
ocratic candidate for Doorkeeper of the In
diana House of Representatives, several
days ago sent to members whose votes he.
desired a private letter, telling how, through
his influence, the labor organizations of the
State were brought over to the Democratic
party. One of the letters fell into the hands
of a Bepublican, and it was turned over to
tbe Journal for publication. It will appear
to-morrow, and it is an interesting contribu
tion to the history of the last campaign in
In this letter Candidate Wilson says that
he organized the Labor Day demonstration
in Indianapolis, and that his influence
enabled him to lead the organizations of
workingroen into the Democratic party. He
also tells how be gave the campaign man
agers important aid in securing support for
the party from the labor press of the State.
The SIcGIynnltcs Barred Ont of Burial
Catholic Cemeteries.
New Yoke, January 7. Judge Beach,
of the Supreme Court, handed down a deci
sion to-day declining to interfere with the
trustees of St. Patrick's Cathedral, who re
fused to allow John McGuire to be buried
in Calvary Cemetery. 3IcGuire died at a
meeting of the Anti-Poverty Society, in the
Academy of Music, just before an address
vj j-rr. xucuiynn, wie cicuuujumcaieu
priest, ofwhom he was an old parishioner
and warm partisan.
Philip McGuire, the son, sued for an in
junction restraining the trustees from inter
fering with the bnrial of the body In the
cemetery plot that the McGuire family
owns, and also for 1,000 damages for the
refusal of a burial permit It had been re
fused on the ground that he did not die a
Roman Catholic ot good standing. The
body has been lying in a temporary vault
at Greenwood." Counsel for the trustees.
thinks that the decision settles the whole"
matter for good.
Grave Charges Against tho DIaJorlty of tho.
Legislative ConnclH
Denver, January 7. A local paper to
day received a telegram lrom Santa Fe, N.
M., which goes to show how the Legislature
in that Territory is running things. The
message is as follows:
For ways that are dark and for tricks that are
vain the Republican members of the legisla
tive council are peculiar. Not satisfied with
thenninst seatintr of Mr. Selizman thev last
night told Mr. Veeder he had better return to
.bos v egas, and give his seat to Mr. Frichard.
Frichard was badly snowed under in the late
election, but takes his seat just the same. The
other Democratic member who will not help
enact this session will be Alexander ansdorf,
of Taos. Tho legislative council is now after
bis scalD. It will be no easy task to bounce
him. He has a sworn affidavit which proves
that T. B. Catron and M. W. Mills, a prominent
wwjer uxopnugcr. enueaToreu to employ mm
(Hart) to put Gusdorf out of the way. and that
they would clear him if it cost tbem 210,000.
Owing to the prominence of the parties named.
.this matter has created a profound sensatioaTJ
tnrougnout tne entire Termor,
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