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Are the Newspapermen Who Protect
Him From the Office Seekers.
ly tlie Fear Thej IIave of Seeing the Ob
ject of Their Begging Visits
Gen. Harrison Evidently Appreciates the Newspapers'
General Harrison's best friends aw the
newspapers. He doesn't probably Know it
just now, though. The reason they are is
that the fear of publicity through the press
prevents many office seekers from going to
Indianapolis to ask for what they want, if
they don't see it.
rgrrciAi telegram to the dispatch.
Indianapolis, January 12. If any man
In the world has cause to be thankful to the
newspaper men, Benjamin Harrison, President-elect
of the United States and
head of the patronage-distributing
business for the next four years, is the
man. Trobably President-elect Harrison does
not realize this fact yet, bnt it is so,
nevertheless. General Harrison will under
stand more about it when he goes to "Wash
ington and the office seekers have a chance to
visit him without having their comings and
goings chronicled next day in half the pa
pers of the country, with more or less
agreeable comments'and interesting little
bits of history and reminiscence added.
General Harrison has been represented as
being overrun since his election by impor
tunate office seekers and 'friends of office
seekers, but there has been a great deal of
exaggeration about this. As a matter of
fact, there have been comparatively fexr
office seekers from other parts of the country
in Indianapolis since the election. Hoosicrs
aside, the number of office-seeking callers
upon the President-elect has not averaged a
dozen a day.
There are said to be 100.000 Federal of
fices in the country in the filiing of which
President Harrison will have a more or less
direct hand. It is doubtful if, not counting
Indiana people, a thousand applicants for
office have made personal visits to the President-elect.
The same thing is true in as marked
degree as to the more important offices, in
the filling of which political influence is the
principal thing looked at The amount of
personal pressure brought to bear upon the
President-elect in the matter of the selection
of Cabinet officers has been inflnitessimal
compared with the importance of the in
terests involved in those places. From
all the New England States, for in
stance, the only man who has come here
especially on Cabinet business was Con
gressman Gallinger, of New Hampshire. Of
all the Republican leaders of New York
State the only ones who have visited Gen
eral Harrison have been Vice President
elect Morton and Senator Hiscock, with a
flying, stop-over, one-train call, one after
noon, from Elihu Tedder and Zerubbabel
Erwin. Quay is the only Pennsylvanian
who has come, although there have been
delegations aggregating probably 25 men on
behalf of Wharton Barker.
The South has sent representatives more
generously than any other section of the
country, considering the lack of the size of
the Republican vote in that section. Prob
ably 150 to 200 people have come here from
the South to visit General Harrison on mat
ters connected with the filling of office.
Fro oi the Pacific coast there has
been just one caller,. Mr. Hazel
tine, a representative of Michael
DeYoung's paper, who was on his way to
business in Washington. Colorado "had
had Senator Teller and Senators Plumb, of
Kansas, and Manderson, of Nebraska, have
also been here, but Manderson did not
tee the President-elect, and Plumb
spent only 20 minutes with him. The
Territories have rivaled the South in the
number of theirmessengcrs here. Probably
25 from Dakota and as many from all the
rest of the would-be States have visited In
dianapolis since election. Minnesota has
had half a dozen political callers, and there
have been about as many from 'Wisconsin
and Michigan.
The great bulk of the callers from outside
of Indiana have been Jrom the adjoining
States of Illinois and Ohio. A hundred
apiece would probably cover the number of
political advisers and wire-pullers from
these two States.
This makes it apparent that if the President-elect
has been overrun at all it must
have been by his fellow statesmen of
Indiana, and, lor a fact, the Hoosiers have
thorn no backwardness about coming
forward at this interesting occasion to
bespeak choice seats at the banquet that
will begin on March 4. There have been
doubtless several hundred arjplicants for
office among tbe thousands of Tndianians
who have pushed the electric button at the
Harrison front door since election.
The reason for this singular hesitation on
the part of office seekers in coming to press
their claims personally upon the President
elect is easily apparent to any one who has
been long in Indianapolis. While
obstinate and persistent upon occa
sion, the office seeker is as shy and
modest as the trailing arbntus when news
paper publicity is to be risked. There are
very few men who want office who lack the
Eupremegall necessary to comeherennd worry
the President-elect abont it three months
before tbe inauguration, but when it comes
to having the whole country read at break
fast next morning that "Bill Quigley, who
claims to be the boss hustler for the
Republican party in Sqneedunk, Mass.,
called upon the President-elect, yes
terday, in reference to the post
maslership of his town," the situation is
different, and hesitation quickly leads to
the determination not to come, when it is
considered that the newspaper men may add
a paragraph to the effect that "Mr. Quigley
is the man who was fired out of the office
three years ago upon charges of having
opened letters addressed to the Widow
The only thing to be gained by an office
seeker in visiting the President-elect would
be the possibility of slipping in ahead of tbe
other fellows and getting a claim upon the
uuitc uj jjwuukj ui njipiiuaiiuu, anu mis
advantage would amount to little when all
the other fellowswould read next day the
details of the visit, and thus be posted on
their opponent's moves in the game.
The same influences have been equally
efficacious in preventing the visits of more
important statesmen. Of the 200 Republi
can members of Congress not CO have been
here since election, although twice that
many have had to pass within convenient
distance of Indianapolis on their trips to
Washington and back, and the num
ber of real party leaders who have
called on the President-elect could almost
be counted on the fingers. Aud this, al
though all the leading Eepublicans of the
country have received an informal invita
tion to visit General Harrison for the pur
pose of expressing personally any views
tbey might have as to the public and party
questions. The newspaper men have kept
tbem away too.
The experience of a few real statesmen
who have come here has shown that it was
practically impossible for such' men to come
and go without the purpose and result of
their visit becoming pretty nearly known
by the newspapers within a short time
afterward, even if it was not fully exposed
by the next morning.
There are a dozen or 15 newspaper men
here whose particular business is to look
after political news, and there are three or
four times as many politicians and other
men living here who are continu
ally picking up. gossip about the
visiting statesmen, which they are fairly
hungry to give to the newspaper men on the
chance of getting themselves mentioned as
"close friends of the President-elect," or in
some'such fashion. There are some even
among General Harrison's most intimate
associates who adopt this means of gain ing
It hassometimes happened that informa
tion given to a newspaperman at General
Harrison's house, merely for personal
and not to be published, has
within a few hours again been obtained by
the same man wnnoui any restriction
as to its use, from personal friends
of the family who had learned it through
their confidential relations there. If Gen
eral Harrison could secure from his ordi
nary friends the tame discretion that is
sometimes exacted from ricwspapermen.there
would even fewer state secrets leak out than
now become public
Whether General Harrison understands
fully the debt which he owes to the news
paper men for scaring away the office seek
ers is doubtful, but even so the newspaper
men have nothing to complain of at his hands,
so far as personal courtesy is concerned.
Although he adheres rigidly to his policy
of silence as to the state matters, there's
probably not a public man in the country
to whom the newspaperrepresentatives have
freer access. Generally he will see them
personally at any reasonable time,
and if he is engaged, Private Secre
tary Halford is always sent to give
any information not within the prescribed
limits. The fact that there is so little that
is not within the prescribed limits makes
the visits of the newspaper men at the Har
rison house almost as infrequent as those of
statesmen in search of office.
One significant thing which may indicate
that General Harrison has at least some idea
of the value of the newspapers as deterrents
to office seekers is the readiness with which
he gives information as to the names and
other matters connected with his callers.
He seems anxious that no newspaper man
should fail to secure this information every
day. At the same time he is particularly
discreet in not mentioning, even indirectly,
the object of the visit, if it had anything to
do with politics or offices.
President Cottprill Goes to Canada to
Get the Secret of Iteflnlng Snear
He Denies That He Ever
Descried Ills WIfb
nnd Family.
New York, January 12. President
William H. Cotterill, of the Electric Sugar
Refining Company, left the offices in Wall
street to-day, saying that he would go to
Ann Arbor to-night again. His mission
this time, he said, was to get the Widow
Friend's secret of manipulating refined
sugar into super-refined. He was reminded
that he had said that Mrs. Friend and Mr.
Howard had left the jurisdiction of the
United States.
Word came in just then from Inspector
B yrnes that Mrs. Friend and Mr. Howard
were at Windsor, Canada. Mr. Cotterill
said he would go to Windsor. Mr. Cotter
ill said he didn't mind the report that Mrs.
Friend, through her attorney at Ann
Arbor, had brought suit for $20,000 against
him and Kelson Sutherland, the local
Sheriff, who attached her property at
Before leaving Mr. Cotterill decided not
to make a public statement of the company's
affairs at present He did make a statement
concerning the report published in 1876 that
he had disappeared from New York, leaving
his wife and family destitute, and decamp
ing with 540,000, of which 822,000 was owed
to Major Patterson. He says that the re
port is altogether entirely untrue. He
never owed Major Patterson any money.
Major Patterson's mother (Mrs. Ward) had
invested 53,000 in a mining venture through
Cotterill alter Cotterill had warned her of
the risks, and, "in common with others, lost
her money." Mr. Cotterill says that he had
no money to decamp with, and being with
out means, determined to return to England
with his family. It is true that the steam
ship fares of his wile and children were paid
by "others, but they all lived together in
England and afterward in Canada.
Mrs. Cotterill sat beside her husband
when he handed out the statement, and
handed out one signed by herself in sub
stantiation of the statement that her hus
band did not desert her. Mr. Cotterill vis,
ited the refinery in Hamilton avenue be'
fore he went West
Death of Rev. Frederick Knnpp, the Only
Honorary Member of the G. A. R.
Portsmouth, N. E, January 12,-Rev.
Frederick Knapp, a warm personal friend
of General Grant and President Lincoln,
died suddenly of heart disease this morning.
He graduated from Harvard in 1843, and
his death makes a total number of just one
half of the class who have passed away.
The news of his death will be received with
sadness throughout the country by the
thousands of old soldiers who are indebted
to him for kind offices during the war, and
to the many young men he educated later in
life at his school.
"When the war broke out he was appoint
ed Assistant Secretary of the Eastern Di
vision of the Sanitary Commission And Su
perintendent of the Special Relief Depart
ments. "While inthe Sanitary Commission
50,000 wounded and sick soldiers passed
through his hands and received aid from
him. He afterward officiated as chaplain
for the soldiers. After the war he became
principal of the Military School, estab
lished at Eagleswood, K". J., and while
there wrote a history of the department and
its war work. In October, 1867, he estab
tablished a home school for boys at Sutton.
He was the only honorary member of the
Grand Army in the country, being a mem
ber of Collingwood Post, No. 76, of this
town. His services during the war earned
him this honor.
The Coroners of Adjoining Counties Qnnr
rcling Over the Question of Jurisdiction.
Bethlehem, January 12. Coroner
Weaver, of Northampton county, and Cor
oner Kemp, of Lehigh connty, have been
quarreling for months over their jurisdic
tion in holding inquests on bodies of per
sons who are injured in one county and die
in another.
On Wednesday James Rehrig, a railroad
brakeman, died here from injuries received
by falling from a train at Allentown. Cor
oner Weaver promptly held an inquest, but
while the body was being taken to Lehigh
ton, where Eehrig had resided.CoronerKemp
intercepted it at the Allentown depot and
held a second inquest. As each coroner ex
pects his usual pay for his services, the next
fight wiH be over the payment of the fees to
each official.
Sir. Uogmn Too Forcibly Objects to a Crazy
Man's Frenk.
New Yobk, Janpary 12. Patrick Mc
Donnell, a half-demented house painter,
kissed Mrs. hogan in her parlor this morn
ing. Mr. Hogan came into the room jnst as
he stopped doing it He threw McDonnell
downstairs and halfway through the door
at the foot ot the stairs.
McDonnell was taken to a hospital. His
injuries will prove fatal.
St rack by an Engine.
A passenger train on the West Penn road
struck William Montrally at Natrona yester
day, smashing both arms and injuring him
internally. He is 65 years old, and is now
at the West Penn Hospital not expected to
The Steamer Mercedes Leavei for the Al
leged Fnrpoie of Agitating Urppolilo
Mysterious Departure. In tho
KUht A Yankee Capt
ain Scares a
New Yobk, January 12. At 2:30 o'clock
yesterday morning the Mercedes, the re
ntmed fishing steamer from Boston, weighed
anchor and cleared for southern waters. The
i Dominican Consul, Mr. Julia, who claims
to be her purchaser, savs she is bound for
Samana, on the eastern coast of Santo
Domingo. The Haytian Minister, Mr.
Preston, says she is bound for Cape Haytien,
where she will at once go into the service of
Hyppolite, the leader of the North. An
effort was to have been made yesterday to
prevent her sailing, but Captain Terry, her
commander, escaped any interference by
the sudden departure in the night Just
before she sailed, four sailors from New
York were put on board of her drunk.
It was reported yesterday that Captain
Joseph Sherwood, lately of the Peruvian
navy and a former commander of one of the
steamers of the Alexandre line to South
America, would command the Madrid when
she leaves for Haytian waters.
It appears that when the Saginaw was at
Manzanilla bay, near Monte Cristi, on
December 22. a reward of 530,000 was
offered by Hippolyte for the capture of
Legitime's gunboat, the Toussaint L'Ouver
ture. Captain Holmes, of the Saginaw,
said he couldn't conscientiously capture the
Toussaint, but he added that he could
readily blow her np for the money, as he
had a spar 40 feet long attacked to his bow
below the water line, to which was fastened
a dynamite torpedo, which he could run
against the Toussaint and blow her to
Of course Captain Holmes only told this
story in fun, but it got to the ears of the
Captain of the Toussaint, which was lying
alongside watching the Saginaw, and that
same night he got up steam and fled pre
cipitately from the harbor. He never
stopped till he reached Port-au-Prince, and
told Legitime of his terrible danger and
narrow escape. It is said that he was pro
SewallSays That the Gcmiansareln Fanlt
at Samon.
Washington, January 12. The Senate
Committee on Foreign Relations continued
to-day their examination oT Consul-General
Sewall, of Samoa, concerning the condition
of affairs in the islands of that group. It
was continued on the lines laid down yes
terdav. but went more largely into the rela
tions of the several governments interested
in the maintenance of an orderly condition
ot affairs on the islands, and therefore waB
more confidential in its nature.
The substance of Mr. Sewall's statement.
which reviewed in great detail the events of
the past few years, and the present unfortu;
nate situation there, is that it is due not to
.any action on the part of the representatives
of the United States, but to the fomentation
by interested foreigners of native dissen
sions, and to the desire exhibited in a
marked degree by those in charge of local
; German interests to obtain personal and
commercial advantages and political su
premacy. Mr. Sewall has been requested to remain
roverand appear before the committee again.
Testimony Taken to Show That tbe Parties
Were Man nnd Wife.
Habbisbtjkg, January 12. The auditors
and lawyers concerned in the case of Jennie
. Stoner (or Mrs. Lusk), who claims one
third of the undistributed estate of the late
A. P. Lusk, aa old man, of this city, to
whom she made affidavit she was married,
returned this evening from Philadelphia,
where several witnesses were exaniine'd to
show that Lusk had recognized the woman
as his wife.
A boarding house keeper testified that he
had introduced the female to her as his wife.
A waiter in a hotel gave almost similar
testimony. An alleged marriage ring, con
taining the inscription "A. P. L. to J. E.
Sf" was produced in evidence. Further
testimony will be taken in this city on the
28th inst. The claimant's lawyers say the
amatory epistles read at the recent hearing
in this city are but a sample of many others
tnat wm oe produced at tne proper time.
The Lode Array of Charses Preferred, In a
Divorce Salt.
Akhok, 0., January 12. Caroline B.
Dissinger, wife of Hiram Dissinger, a
prominent Canal Fulton physician, well
known in Northern Ohio, brought suit for
divorce in this city to-day, Akron now being
her residence. She alleges neglect, cruelty
and unfaithfulness. She says that when
she lay ill last summer he'r husband re
fused at first to attend her, and that when
he did prescribe for her he administered, in
tentionally or carelessly, a deadly poison,
from which she would Save died but for
timely efforts of other physicians who were
called in.
She involves a well-known young woman,
Mrs. Lambright, in the charges, which are
highly sensational.
A Wan Kills Two Ofllccrs nnd Yet Is Ac
Cleveland, January 12. At Ashland
to-day, Elias Chesrown was acquitted of the
charge of murder. The trial began on De
cember 3. Chesrown killed a constable and
his deputy, who were trying to serve a writ
of habeas corpus issued by the Probate
Court, which called for Chesrown's father,
who had been placed in Elias charge by a
former decision of the Court.
The service of the writ had once been en
joined by the Common Pleas Court. The
murder grew out of a quarrel between the
nve unesrown oromers over tne possession-
ot tne latner, ana tne case was involved in a
legal tangle that puzzled nearly all of the
'Women Run a Gambling; House In Culcaco
and Deal Faro and Stod Poker.
Chicago, January 12. Adeline Jones,
Maggie Emerson and Annie Smith were
arrested to-day for running a gambling
house. When , the police burst
into the building they found
Miss Jones dealing stud poker
to six men, while Maggie Emerson and
Annie Smith acted as lookouts. The men
were arrested with the women, and the faro
and poker layouts confiscated.
It is said that the gambling has been in
progress at the place over six months. The
games were patronized by men and women.
The prisoners will appear in court on Mon
Elmer Sharkey Charged With Committing n
Horrible Crime.
Eatoit, O., January 12. Mrs. Caroline
Sharkey", a widow, living on a farm two and
a half miles north ot here, was found mur
dered in her bed this morning. Her only
son, Elmer Sharkey, who lived with her, is
suspected. There were only mother and
son in the house. He reported that burglars
did the deed, but nothing was taken. Mrs.
Sharkey's head was beaten in with a maul.
She is a relative of ex-Congressman Milton
Citizens' Committee Meetings Bring
ing the Thing to a Head.
A Portion of What Was Talked About Be
hind Closed Doors'.
Gentlemen active in tbe citizens' move
ment against the new Allegheny city char
ter met yesterday afternoon with the
Finance Committee of Councils. S. Watson
presided. Captain W. W. Martin, one of
the citizens, said he had legal advice that
they could retain the present charter. He
didn't think there was any real difference
between tbe people and the Councilmen ex
cept as to what class they should go into.
He wanted things done without haste.
Sub-committees to seek legal advice were
appointed. Representing the Finance
Committee of Councils will be Mr. Lind
sey, Mr. Drum, Mr. Wcrtheimer, with
Controller Brown to act as clerk. The
Citizens' Committee appointed the follow
ing: George D. Kiddle, W. W. Martin,
William Wilson, William Walker and
Mr. Watson.
The Citizens' Committee at the joint
meeting last night was represented by
Messrs. Martin, Wilson, Walker and Kid
dle, while Messrs. Wertheimer, Watson,
Dunn and Lindsay looked after the inter
ests of the Finance Committee. The meet
ing was held with closed doors and, at its
conclusion, Mr. Wertheimer said:
"I am not at liberty to say what the com
mittee intends to do about the matter; but I
can say that we will not take any census.
Mr. Shiras Indorsed the opinion of City So
licitor Elphinstone, and did not reverse the
latter's judgment in the matter in one in
stance. No, I cannot say that we will offer
any amendment to the constitution so as to
enable us to cither enter the second or third
class without taking a census. What the
Citizens' Committee intends to do will be
settled at the meeting Monday. It will be
decided then whether anvbodr will be sent
to Harrisburg or not if course something
will have to be done, as Mr. Shiras ex
plicitly states that it is compulsory for the
city to be either of the second or the third
City Solicitor Elphinstone said: "It is
not necessary for us to offer any amendment
to the constitution; ueither is it necessary to
take a census. It the committee decided
upon the former it would take five years to
put it through. It would have to go to two
Legislatures and be submitted to the people
to be voted upon. We can go in under the
classification of 1880, and enter the second
or third class, just as we choose. The
matter will probably be settled Monday."
In accordance with the action taken in
the afternoon the joint committee represent
ing the Finance Committee and the citizens
meeting called on George Shiras, Esq., in
the evening. Mr. Shiras and Mr. D. T.
Watson had been engaged at the suggestion
of the citizens' meeting. Mr. Shiras had an
opinion ready for the committee, and after a
brief discussion of an informal nature, Mr.
Shiras gave his views in writing as follows:
Recent decisions of the Supreme Court, de
claring the act ot May 24, 1887, entitled "An act
dividing the cities of this State Into seven
classes, etc.," to be void, as repugnant to those
provisions of the constitution which forbid
special or local legislation respecting the char
ters of cities, boroughs and villages, seem to
render it necessary for the authorities and citi
zens of Allegheny to carefully consider the
legal position of that city.
Under the provisions of the aot of Mar 23.
1874, entitled "An act dividing the cities of this
State Into three classes, eta," Allegheny ranks
as a city ot the third class, and it has been sup
posed by some that Allegheny, which has here
tofore subjected herself to the provisions of
that act, might yet do so by following the di
rections sf its fifty-seventh section. It would,
however, appear that the Supreme Court have
held the fifty-seventh section to be inoperative,
because bestowing on cities the option to adopt
the law or to "decline to be affected by it.
"Whether the entire act of 1874 is to be
regarded as void, it is not necessary now to
consider, though I incline to the opinion that,
in view of the case of Wheeler against Phila
delphia, in which the Supreme Court expressly
upheld the poner of the Legislature to divide
the cities of tbe State Into three classes, and
in view of the large body of municipal ordin
ances and contracts created on the strength of
that legislation, aud of the decision authenticat
ing it. that the validity of that act, in its sub
stantial provisions and particularly in respect
to its classification of cities, would still bo
Regarding Allegheny as a city of the third
class it is plain that she is deeply interested in
the legislation that is proposed to affect cities
of that class. Such leeislation, if enacted, will
necessarily apply to Allegheny, as the act will
not contain any provision eiving cities an
option to accept or reject the legislation.
It has been suggested that, by a special
census taken of her inhabitants, Allegheny
may be brought into the Eecontt class of cities,
and thus subjected to the provisions of the
statutes regulating affairs of that class.
Whether a municipal organization under the
present law regulating the affairs of cities of
the second class, or under a new law now pend
ing, to suit the emergencies of the cities of tbe
third class, would best suit the city of Alle
gheny, is a question upon which I venture to
give no opinion. But it seems to me entirely
clear that common prudence requires the city
of Allegheny, if she elects to remain where she
is as a city of the third class, to take a lively
interest in the bill now pending in the Legisla
ture respecting cities of the third class. She
cannot elect to exclude herself from such a
bill if rnacted into a law.
In the present condition of affairs I regard
Allegheny aB an existing city of the third class.
and if no further or other legislation was to be
had introduced and promoted by other munici
palities of the State I would see no imperative
necessity for Allegheny to interest herself in
any immediate change of the laws. But it hap
pens that several other cities, whose charters.
organized under the act of lhS7, have been
stricken down by tho decisions above referred
to, find it necessary to appeal to the Legislat
ure, at its pending session, to pass an act nnder
which they may validly organize themselves as
cities of the third class; and it is not to be ex
pected that any successful opposition can be
made to the passage of such a law.
Allegheny must, therefore, as I view it, elect
either to remain a city of the third class, and
subject to such a law as tho Legislature may
enact regulating cities of that class, or promote
thopassace of a law enabling her to become
wnat her population is sufficient to entitlo her
to be a city of the second class.
Respectfully yours, George Shiras.
The committee, after bearing the omnion,
adjourned until to-morrow evening, when
the opinion of D. T. Watson will be ready.
Mr. Shiras, in declaring that Allegheny
must elect to be a city of the second or
third class, indorses the opinions given by
W. B. Eodgers and City Solicitor Elphin
stone. As the Senate Committee on Munici
pal Affairs meets on Wednesday to take
action on the classification act now pending,
it is necessary for Allegheny to move
promptly. The representatives of the
smaller cities are already in Harrisburg,
and their demands for legislation at once
must be complied with. It'is probable that
at the committee's meeting to-morrow night
representatives for Allegheny will be
selected to appear before the Senate Com
mittee on Wednesday.
A Good Place to Emigrate To.
London, January 12. The people who
want to go on living had best go to Whip
nadetear, Dunstable. The inhabitants of
that locality average 56 years of age at
death, and as a matter of fact, they appear
to have given up all idea of dying, for not
one of them has dropped off in two years.
Some Other Hanaway.
The boy who was arrested n few days ago
upon suspicion of being James Eodges, the
runaway from Philadelphia, last night con
fessed that he was Joseph Wirtshafter, of
1129 South street, Philadelphia, and that
he had run away from home.
A M "
Jefferson Davis, n 12-Yenr.Old Lad, Takes
Rough oq Rati to See What It Tastes
Like No motive for the Act.
A very mysterious suicide occurred in
Allegheny yesterday. A 12-year-old boy
took a dose of rough on rats, and iu a few
hours was a corpse. No motive
can be assigned for the act.
The boy Jefferson Davis lived on Spring
street extension in the Twelfth ward, Alle
gheny, and for the past four weeks has
worked for Wood & Herman, Real Estate
Agents, at 445 Smithfield street. He
was at work yesterday as usual, and
about 9 o'clock wenf out to a drugstore
and bought a box of rough on rats. He
took some of the poison and went back to
the office. In a little while he became ill
and told one of his employers that he had
taken something that made him feel siok.
They made him wash his face and rinse his
mouth out, and then, thinking he Mould be
better at home, gave him his week's wages
and started him off.
The lad went home and gave his money to
his mother, but did not tell her why he had
returned so early. An aunt, Mrs. Henry
Bender, lives across the street and he went
to her house, where he played for
an hour or so. Then he went home
and complained of feeling sick. Mrs.
Kennedy accused him of having been smok
ing, but he denied this not, however, tell
ing what he had taken. He grew worse,
and at 2 o'clock, an hour after he showed
symptoms of illness, Dr. Robinson was
called in. By that time the poison was
working and the lad's life could not be
saved, and he died at 2:30.
Just before he died he told his mother
that he had taken the poison and that he had
done so to see what the taste was like. No
other motive conld be learned by his father,
who investigated the matter last night and
learned the story as given above.
Coroner McDowell was notified last night
that a death had occurred on Spring street,
but neither name nor number was given and
he had nothing for a guide in an investiga
tion. He will take up the case to-day.
SIcAdoo is Opposed to Sending; Representa
tives to Forelen Courts.
Washington, D. C, January 12. Dur
ing the discussion of the diplomatic and
consular bill in the House to-day, Mr. Mc
Adoo, of New Jersey, said that he could
not allow the bill to pass without emphasiz
ing what he considered to be the popular
demand for abolishing the United States
Ministers abroad. One of the great
countries of Europe was unrepresented by a
Minister in this country.
The British Government had refrained
from sending a Minister to Washington, for
the purpose of resenting what is considered
to be an insult. Ninety-nine per cent of
our people did not know nor care whether
England sent a Minister or not; and the
interests of the United States would not
suffer if it did not send a Minister to Eng
land or any where else. It was a most ab
surd thing to his mind that the United
States should send Ministers to royal courts.
They came in at the tail ot the bespangled,
befeathered, bedizened diplomats' of the
world. Tbe system was absolutely unfitted
to the character of a free country.
Mr. McCreary, of Kentucky, was not
prepared to say that the diplomatic service
should be abolished. The United States had
had many distinguished men to represent it
abroad who had reflected much credit upon
the country.
The bill was passed.
Nearly Ten Thousand Dollnrs Rnlsed for tho
Rending Sufferers.
Reading, January 12. Funerals of
some of the victims of the tornado disaster
took place here to-day. The funerals were
largely attended, and the scenes were most
solemn. The fund for the relief of the suf
ferers has now reached nearly $10,000. A
number of contributions have been received
from New York and Philadelphia, and evjen
as far west as Montana. The money is
needed to bury the dead and relieve the'dis-
tress in tne families of the 100 persons in
jured. During the search amid the ruins Enoch
Saylor, a well-known citizen, thought he
recognized a body as that of one of his
daughters, and had it conveyed to his home.
When he got there he found both his daugh
ters there, they having escaped unharmed.
A Methodist minister In Alabama is Stabbed
to Death.
Haetzkll, Ala., January 13. Last
night the Rev. Benjamin Rains, a Methodist
preacher in the western part of Morgan
county, was brutally murdered. Mr.
Bains, his brother Bob, and a man named
Sims had been to Somerville, and started
home in the afternoon. The minister's
horse reached home riderless late last night,
and the family sent out messengers to find
the missing man.
His dead body was discovered eight miles
from home lying near the roadside. He
had been stabbed to death. There is no
clue to the murderer.
Superintendent Morrow's Noio Broken.
Prof. John Morrow, Superintendent of
the Allegheny public schools, was badly
hart yesterday afternoon. He was examin
ing the new High School building on Sher
man avenue, when some boy threw a stone.
striking him in the face and- breaking his
nose. He was attended by Dr. Shillito.
A Benefit nt the Cntliedrnl.
By direction of Father Wall, the proceeds
of the Cathedral fair on next Thursday
evening will be devoted to the fund for the
sufferers by the "Wood street accident. A
splendid musical and literary entertainment
has been arranged, and it is hoped to have
the Cathedral crowded on that evening.
A Klcn Carried 20 Miles.
Messrs. Nicholson & Fehr, Penn ave
nue, East End, received by express yester
day morning their sign, which was blown
away during the storm. It was found on
the farm of J. B. Vaskarny, three miles
west of Greensburg.
An Ovntlon Prepared for Phelps.
London, January 12. Minister Phelps
will sail for the United States on the North
German Lloyd steamer Lahn, which leaves
Southampton on the 31st inst Prepara
tions are being made for a friendly demon
stration on his departure.
The Anntomical Lectures.
The'first of the series of anatomical lectures
will be held in the hall corner Sixth street
and Penn avenue at 2 p. M. Saturday next.
Dr. R. W. Stewart will lecture upon "Cell
Life" and Dr. J. D. Thomas will treat of
"Excretion and Secretion."
Two Days More.
Being unable to properly serve our num
erous customers and patrons yesterday dur
ing our great $15 sale, we shall for the bene
fit of those who failed to receive proper at
tention continue this great bargain sale for
two days more. This sacrifice sale begins
to-morrow morning at 8 o'clock, and closes
Tuesday evening at 6 o'clock.
You can have yonr choice of, the finest
satin-lined overcoats or suits for 515 in our
men's fine clothing department. It makes
no difference what the former selling price
was, $40; 530 or $25, you can take your pick
and choice for
Every gentleman in this city should take
advantage of this sale. P. C. O. C,
Cor. Grant and Diamond sts.,
Opp. new Court House.
What a Close Observer of the Future
Sees and Fails to Seein
One Workman, One Brick, One Mariner and
One Phantom Ship.
TIME and eter
nity, love and war,
and the old new
postoffice buildings
still go on with
more or less varying
speed and uncer
tainty. The sacred circle
of Uncle Sam has
been drawn around
the grounds, which
are still there, not
w i th standing ru
mors to the contra
ry, and nobody is
allowed about the
place, not even workmen.
Yesterday afternoon there was a "ghastly,
grim, ungainly, gaunt and ominous" looTt
about the place; its walls were musty and
its cellars damp, and the ghostly rigging
and the ghostiy crew flitting about the
spidery rafters made the silent old quarters
look like an anchored ship of the Ancient
Mariner. Away off in the darkest, most si
lent corner, sitting on top of the debris of
years, was the veritable mariner himself
with straggling locks, and hands on knees;
but, instead of the Alabatross by his side,
there lies a rusted, rotted pick, the
handle eaten away from the iron
by the mould of ages. And
his air of melancholy and hope long de
ferred "Alas! how is it with him that he
does not bend his eyes on vacancy and with
the incorporeal air hold discourse?" Listen
to its ramblings:
"Tenjyears ago to-day I was young, san
guine and strong, and with a light heart
drove this rotted pick deep into the earth,
and, surrounded by an admiring throng,
tore from mother earth the first Bpadeful
of the new postoffice; and deep again I
drove the shining tool, thus," And
he whirled the ax on hifeh;
but, "alasl he had forgotten,
and pick and handle parted, and his trem
bling, palsied old hands fell by his side,
and he groaned aloud as he realized that be
should never live to see the beautiful towers
and battlements finished, and that a letter
for him, in that particular postoffice, would
never, never come. And the burden of his
great woe could no longer be borne, and he
weekly drew his scant frame up the totter
ing ladders to the second story, where he
would never be discovered, ana lay down
quietly and died, with his dismantled pick
at his head.
Down on the ground at quite a distance
from the situation, for safety, perhaps, a
man paces moodily about. He is the boss;
but whom and what he bosses is not known.
A good-natured colored man comes to
meet him and says, with an air of cheerful
"Boss, kinlhabaiob?"
"No," sternly, with a glance upward into
the blue air, where the beautiful tower and
cornice of the first office are aot. "We we
can finish it ourselves."
Sublime faith !
Around on Third avenue, over the main
entrance (where nobody enters) the sloppy
form of a Mercury, disguised as a female,
still hangs in a weary sort of way to the
stone telegraph wires, while a frightened
cherub is still crawling up the pole with
an apparent haste that savors of dogs be
hind. He appears to remain in the same
place, however, and the chances are that he
will reach the top of the hole when the
building is finished.
The men were not asked about the ma
terial for the building, for the question is
unnecessary, as tho answer is on file in this
office ready for occasional emergencies:
"A boatload of stone is on its way from
Blue Hill quatries, Maine; but the boat,
unfortunately, grounded in a fog. We ex
pect it here on "
A little figuring, however, shows when
the building will be finished. It has taken
10 years from the foundation to the second
story, and, by the same ratio as 14x2. the
dazzling result is reached that the top of
the eight-story tower will be ready to gaze
down upon a new Pittsburg and a new
generation in 1910; and then that new
generation, if it have any sense about it,
will go around inquiring why a postoffice
was completed when there is no use for a
postoffice, because the electric tubes and
wires will long ago have sus planted the
slow mailing svstem. It will be turned into
a museum, and the busts of the architect,
contractors and officials wilibe exhibited
there as horrible examples of a forgotten
issne called "faith;" and tbe caricatures on
the walls will be accepted as bona fide
photos of a queer people that used to live in
a town called Pittsburg.
Rip Van Winkle.
Faith, and One irortman.
Franklin 8. Richards Ask for Her Admis
sion to Statehood.
Washington, January 12. The House
Committee on Territories devoted its seuion
this morning to hearing argument upon the
claims of Utah for admission as a State of
the Union. The element seeking the ad
mission of the Territorv was represented b?
Delegate Cain, Franklin S. Richards and
J. M. Wilson. In opposition were arrayd
Judge Baskins, Governor West, Mr. Ferry
and Judge McBride.
Mr. Richards opened the argument in an
address in which he briefly told of the set
tlement of Utah and the hardships and
sufferings undergone by the pioneers in that
country. He spoke of the growth of the
Territory in material resources and manu
factures, and pointed to large proportion of
people in the Territory who owned'theirown
homes as compared with other sections of
the country. He defended the patriotism
of the inhabitants, citing the efforts of their
ancestors in war. Touching the charges
that have been made relative to the practice
of polygamy.he declarrs that since the pas
sage of the act of 1882 there had been only
ten convictions for new plural marriages,
all of the COO other convictions that have
been had have resulted in cases where the
marriage had been contracted before the
enactment of the law.
Mr. Richards also attacked the Governor
of the Territory, accusing him of misrepre
senting the position and intentions of the
Mormon inhabitants of Utah, and of per
verting facts generally in the interest oftbe
Gentiles. He characterized as absurd what
he called the dime novel stories of Mormon
atrocities, and asserted that there was no
danger to be apprehended by the Gentile
property holders of Utah in the admission
of tne Territory as a State. Property would
be protected tinder the State Constitution
as it had been under the Constitution of the
In conclusion he set out in detail the
claims of the Territory to admission, and
appealed to the committee in the name of
patriotism, justice and honor not to be in
fluenced by the plaints of a few enthusiasts
to long keep her loyal people in politi
cal serfdom.
A Dying Man Confesses That He Assisted to
Murder a Supposed Sniclde.
Lima, O., January 12. A communica
tion was received here to-day from Atchison,
stating that John Morris, a colored barbet,
formerly of Ada, O., had made a dying con
fession, in which he said he and two others
had murdered William Emrich, a livery
man at Ada, who was found hanging dead
in his barn, about eight years ago. A
coroner's jury returned a verdict of suicide.
Morris says he and his companions lost all
their money to Emrich at cards. They de
cided to kill him, and accordingly sand
bagged him as he was leaving the room;
and, after taking the money from him,
carried him to the barn and suspended him.
Morris gave the names of his companions.
They left this place some years ago, but an
effort will be made to locate them.
Mrs. Emrich and her three children, who
were left in good circumstances, are now
living at Alma, Neb.
Strangers at Brnddock Tried to Ran
Town Last Nlghr.
A bitter and desperate row occurred at
the fair being held at St. Thomas' Catholic
Church, Braddock, last night. Some Wil
kinsburg parties caused a rumpus inside,
when one of their number, Edward JIcGin
nis, was ejected. He drew a revolver and
opened fire on the crowd. Several shots
wen exchanged before he was placed under
arrest. Cnt and bleeding, he fought desper
ately, and it took the combined efforts of
several officers before he was landed in the
lockup. An information for felonious shoot
ing was preferred against him. '
Several people were badly injured in the
row, and Mr. Joseph Kennedy had a very
narrow escape, as McGinnis' pistol was
pointed at his head when discharged.
Another row ocenrred at Hall's saloon on
Verona street, between some Turtle Creek
men and the proprietors of the saloon.
Several of the former were badly used up
with beer glasses; no arrests were made.
An Interesting Debate on the Merits of
Grant and MeClellnn ns Generals.
To-morrow evening St. Augustine's and
St. John's Literary Societies will meet at
St. Augustine's Hall on Thirty-seventh
street to discuss the question, "Besolved.
That McClellan was a greater General than
Grant." W. Berger and Ed. Behan will
present the affirmative for St. Augustine's,
while I. C. Greegan and "W. J. McCormack
will try and prove the superiority of Grant
as a General.
f Besides the debate there will be a very
interesting programme, consisting of vocal
and instrumental music.
The Frightful Fate of an Allegheny Valley
Brakeman Last Night.
John Sanders, aged 23, employed as a
brakeman on the Allegheny Valley Kail
road, was knocked off his train at Forty
third street, last: night at 11:40, and instant
ly killed. The train broke'into two sections
and threw Sanders off the rear end of the
car. Thirty-five cars passed over his body
and literally ground it to pieces.
His remains were taken to Leslie's under
taking rooms. Sanders had only been em
ployed on the road for two da vs. He lived
at Kittanning, and was single. The Coro
ner will hold an inquest to-morrow.
Morris and Williams, Pickpockets, Take a
Skip to Clereland.
Yesterday George Morris and George
Williams finished their terms of 30 difys in
the workhouse for picking pockets. They
were rearrested, and Inspector McAleese
and Boger O'Mara told the men they would
have to clear out. Detective Coulson went
with them to the depot last night and saw
them board a train for Cleveland.
Y. 01. U. A. Lectnre Coarse.
The first of the lecture series, to be given
by the Y. M. H. A. of Allegheny, will take
place at the Eighth Street Temple on Tues
day evening next. The Kev. Dr. Kraus
kopf, of Philadelphia, will be the" Iectnier,
and his subject will be "The Messiah and
the Jews." Dr. Krauskopf is not a stranger
in .riusDurg, as ne leciurea nere a year ago
with great success; and considering the
nature of the subject, together with the ex
cellent arrangements which have been made,
nothing short of a success need be expected
this time.
Over tho B. Si O.
The following named theatrical compa
nies will come in and go out of the city
over the Baltimore and Ohio road: Bice &
Barton's Kose Hill Follv Company to Bal
timore: Kate Castleton this morning from
Wheeling; Held by the Enemy to Newark,
N. J.; Lights o' London to Louisville, and
One of the Finest from Columbus.
For Common Council.
Albert Koenig, the well-known and popu
lar young traveling passenger agent of the
Baltimore and Ohio Railroad in this city,
has become a candidate for Common Council
in the First ward, Allegheny.
Fell From the Wall.
Charles Wilson, aged 25 years, fell from
the wall of the Thirty-third street railroad
bridge last night. He fractured his thigh,
broke one of his arms and was otherwise
severely bruised about the body.
The Arrival of So Many Special Treas
ury Agents in New York City
Lota of Heads to Fall Under the Mercilesf
Official Guillotine.
Secretary FalrchUd t Personally Attend to tba.
Cleaning Oat.
The earthquake which has struck the Port
Appraiser's office in New York causes every 1
one in the service at that point to tremble.
Their agitation is mostly based on facts
which are creeping out. A number of them t
will have to walk the plank, and it is thif-
certainty rather than the uncertainty that ..
maintains the excitement.
!Hew York, January 12. Special Treas
ury Agents Tichener and Zingle were the
important men at the Appraiser's stores to
day. The departments were all torn np by
thoir presence and by the authoritative an
nouncement this morning that Secretary
Fkirchild, Colonel Jewell, Chief of all the
Treasury Agents; Colonel Montgomery and
otaer Treasury Department vidocqs were
alout to assemble in New York and re
organize the Appraiser's stores. The plan
of reorganization and investigation was
abthoritatively confirmed.
It was the opinion of many of the depart
ptrtments that the investigation was to ba
st.'ictly formal, after the manner of tha
Byrnes investigation. This is not so. The
investigation will be more a verification of
the Treasury Agents reporting, its reports
affecting nearly all the divisions of tho
stores. There are very many of these re
ports to be examined.
It may surprise Appraiser Stearns to
learn that the names of Assistant Appraiser
Sttirgis, Examiner Hammill and Examiner
Bardwell have already gone forward to
Washington, with the recommendation that.
thy be removed. Special Treasury Agent
Tienener sent to Collector Magone this
aftrrnoon a report severely reflecting on
Mr. McMulIen. Mr. Tichener's report in
cluded two invoices for Sumatra tobacco,
on which" the name of Lewis McMulIen was
stamped in blue by a hand stamp. Mr.
Tichtner was at the appraisers' stores
yesterday to ascertain when the stamp was
used. He questioned Assistant Appraiser
Sturgis pad others,but didn't get satisfactory
information. It was claimed that the namn
of McMulIen as appraiser of the port had
been stamped on the invoices after Mr. Mc
MulIen had been removed. The stamp
register January 9, 1888, as the day on,
which it was used. From all that Mr.
Tichener learned the stamp was put on that
dayatli.30. Mr. McMulIen's letter of re
moval ws received by him two hours before
Mr. McMulIen was criticised for using a
hand stamp signature to important invoices,
and the question was raised whether he or'
somebody else had used it in this case.
It is also well known that Assistant Ap
praiser Stevens, of the jewelry division, is
not to get off free. The printed statement
that his division was all straight raised, a s
rumpus, and letters poured into the Treas
ury agents charging discriminations and un
dervaluation:. The complaints came from'
Assistant Appraiser Sturgis was greatly
disturbed by the report that he was to be re-
moved. "Bemove me?" said he, "Kemove
me? Why, I've been here 19 years, and I
am an honest man. I know all about'
tobacco. Of course there are many men
under me, but I cannot be held responsible
for them. Besides, I believe them to ba
A special from Washington says: Secre
tary1 Eairchilds will go to New York to
morrow to make a personal investigation ol "
the affairs of the Appraiser's office. He" '
will confer with Collector Magone, Acting
Appraiser Steams and such other officers as
he may deem necessary. Hesaid this after.
noon tnat he had not ordered a number of'
special agents to New York to make an in
vestigation of the office. He declined, how
ever, to speak of what he had already done,
or what he proposes to do. He had mads'
up his mind he said, to one thing, and thai'
was that he didn't propose to see any sews,
paper reporters while he was in New York
11 lie cuuiu pussiuiy neiy u. xuc secretary
expects to retarn to Washington Tuesday
morning. ;
Ah the Inspectors Ordered to Investigate,
the Costom House.
Chicago, January 12. A dispatch was
received this morning from Washington.
which announced that all customs inspec
tors in the country had been ordered to
New York to investigate frauds in the cus
tom House.
Inspector Crowley, chief of the Chicago
force, denied the rumor as far as his de
partment was concerned.
A Stepfather's Trouble.
Detective Murphy, of Allegheny, last
night arrested Anthony Eggert, residing at
No. 46 Voegtley street, and locked him up
in the underground passage known as the
Allegheny town jail. Mr. Eggert was ar
rested upon a warrant on a serious charge
preferred by his stepdaughter. The girl is.
16 years of age.
An Unknown Donor.
Superintendent W. D. Slack, of the
Homeopathic Hospital, yesterday received,
an envelope addressed to him, containing a
$50 bill. It was inclosed in an envelope of
the Monongahela House, but contained
nothing but the money. The money will
be used by the hospital, and the donor is '
heartily thanked.
Glimpses of Erin.
The Kev. H. C. Mulholland, of Derry,
Ireland, will deliver his noted lecture on.
"Glimpses of Erin," with lime light illus
trations, in Kev. Dr. Hays' Chureh, Ander
son street, Allegheny, Tuesday evening.
For Western Penn
syhania and Wat
Virginia, fair, ez-'
eept along the lakes,
light local tnotas,
slightly varmtr, sta .-4
tionary temperature,',-
variable winds, Be.
coming southerly.
PrrcsBURO. January 12, 1889
The United States Signal Service officer la
this city furnishes the following.
Tune. Ther. I
7:00 A. V 71
10:00 A. M Z3
Mean temp
Maximum temn..
ivnr.lt 32 HlnlmnmteaD
Minimum temp..,
4:00 r.M
7.-00 r. jc,
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