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v ; B 2T ABlCF,e,R.GHANCE Shops andEoundliouses to be Taken Prom the City ACT LOCATED AT WALLS. Over 300 Acres of Reclaimed land Used as Transfer Yards, THOUSANDS OF WORKMEN WILL GO. A Stupendous Contract, Kept Secret Months, Out at Last. for MILLIONS 1$ IT AND WALLS BOOMING The tremendous changes now being made at Walls' station by the Pennsylvania Rail road hare, so far, been covered by that most accommodating phrase "improvements, only improvements;" but yesterday the se cret leaked out Like the gentleman who called a big trust an "agreement," so these Pennsylva nia Railroad improvements have covered a multitude of sins, not sinful on account of any wrong doing, but sinful on account of its 6ecrecy. Enough was learned yesterday afternoon to show that the changes at Walls should be looked into, and they were looked into with this result. The P. K. R. freight yards of the city, the roundhouses, and even the East Liberty stockyards are to be moved from the city limits and located at Stewart, Mosside, Walls and Wilmerding. With the first tip given, the known secrecy of the P. E. E. people made it an almost impossibility, that the story could be learned; but it was learned, and as fol lows: A trip to Walls in the morning devel oped absolutely nothing, with the exception of what one's sight could afford, about 300 men digging, excavating, laying tracks and leveling, but the pointer of the day was given by the ingenuous waitress at the hotel. "They have been working here for six months," said she, "and I understand they will break ground for the shops and roundhouses in the spring. ADMITTING JUST A. X.ITTI.E. A visit was at once made to the offices of the contractors, Brown & Emery. The former was just about leaving for the East, and the latter had nothing whatever to say. When closely pressed by questions, J. D. Emery, a handsome black-mustached fel low, acknowledged that they were chancing the bed of Turtle creek and making other improvements for the Pennsylvania Bail road, though what these improvements were, and to what purpose, he absolutely re fused to say. A two-hours' walk over the works, and a few hours' friendly visits among the towns people, developed the following facts that were afterward vonched for by an official as being correct: From Walls station to Mosside, a dis tance of over a mile, the bed of Turtle creek closely hugs the Pennsylvania Bail road along the edges of the southern hills, while fully 300 acres of absolutely waste lands lay to the north. These waste flat lands have been regularly inundated when ever Turtle creek has seen fit to go on a boom, which was two or three times a year. Jn order to reclaim this land, Messrs. Brown & Emery have been given a contract to die a new bed for the stream over one-half mile to the north. . The result is Eimply this: The 300 odd ' 'acress or worthless land to the north of the present tracks will be reclaimed, and used for yard and shop purposes. In order to give an idea of the stupendous work undertaken by Brown & Emery, it maybe said that 350 med, 60 horses and several engines have been AT WORK SINCE AUGUST, and they are daily increasing their forces, yet will not be finished until some time during the coming June, or maybe July. That such a work as this should go on without one whisper reaching the press of the city can be attributed to the distance it is away, and the secretiveness of everything and everybody connected with the Pennsyl vania Bailroad. The new bed of Turtle creek, lying, as lias been said, fully one-half mile to the north of the present bed, is nearly two thirds finished. One abutment has been put in and the other will soon be in place, and in a short while that unruly creek will be locked within the bounds of a trench over one mile long by 75 feet wide, with, a depth ot'10 to 12 feet The excavating is being done by a steam shovel, digger, or "American devil," as it is known in England, where half a dozen are now being used in excavating the famons ship canal from Liverpool to Man chester. Each one of these machines does the work of 125 laborers, and that one em ployed at Walls is run by seven men and excavates 30 square yards of ground in just ten minutes. The cars used in the hauling are owned by the firm, and not a minute is lost in the unloading, as they are swung on the "spider" system. ENTIEE TBANSFOBMATION? After the trench is dug the greatest changes of all are to come. These 300 acres of land are to be cleared of trees and then filled up and graded to a height of from three to eight feet above the present level. The present bed of the Pennsylvania Bail road is to be usedonlj for freights, while the. passenger trains will run on double tracks one-half mile to the north, along the edge of the new Turtle creek. This will do away witn tne double curve located there now, beside giving the passenger trains the utmost freedom and allowing all the Space necessary for the freights. Bight in the center of this tremendous oval of reclaimed ground two immense roundhouses are to be located, and along with them will be built the immense repair shops ot tne company. J.nis, oi course, will necessitate the removal of the roundhouses and shops at Twenty-eighth street, Thirty- third street, and probably the shops at Tor- rens. suthce it to say tnat everything in that line will be moved from the city out to Walls. And even this is not all. Although Brown & Emery are the contractors, they nave a man under them, J. W. Alford, a sort of general superintendent, who is over seeing several gangs of men employed at various places along the line from Walls station to over two miles toward this city. These men are engaged in widening the bed of the road, and v-ill put in two more tracks before they are through. A PEHFECT GEIDIEON. When the" grading is finished at Walls station, and tjie roundhouses and shops put up, the place will present a sea of tracks, as it is theavowed purpose of tbe Pennsylva nia Bailroad people to make a general transfer yard of the place and to rsmove everything of the kind from tbe city limits. In addition to this a splendid overhead bridge is to be built at the west end of Walls, extending over the railroad and creek. This bridge will be 330 feet long with trestles, and not including approaches, and will be 32 feet over all. Foundations are already being laid for 'this bridge, and the heavy inflow of water does not inter fere at all with the work here, or at the seven-toot culvert, as big steam pumps are constantly at work. The little town of Walls has simply gone mad with the events to come, and the prophecy of the Supervisor of the Pennsyl vania Bailroad has not been calculated to allay the feeling. The little town contains now bnt about 800 people, but he says that in three years a population of over 8,000 will be realized. To show just how far this feeling has extended, it can be said that a little two by four lot at the approach of the new bridge" was bought for $3,000, where ordinarily it would scarcely bring 5300. Bnt very little building has' been done so :ar, out as soon as spring sets in DWELLINGS WILL SPBDTG UP by the score. The hills on the north side of the creek are dotted with the board houses of the workers. The Anstrians, Swedes and Hungarians insist upon living together, separate from the rest, and the two Ecore negroes employed also have houses to them selves, As the firm makes their own cars, wheelbarrows, tools and everything else necessary for such a stupendous contract, the hills" about them and the scene of opera tions present a sight of business that would rival any frontier or oil town in the country. After trying in vain to elicit some facts in regard to the contract from either Brown or Emery, Mr. J. W. Wonders, their head bookkeeper, was then tackled with a like result. He had absolutely nothing to say. Too much was known, however, to go without a verification and a P. B. B. offi cial in this city said last night that all the above was true, and more too. One of the roundhouses, he said, was to hold 200 en gines and the other was to hold 65. Ground would be broken as soon as possible af(er the grading was done, for the car and repair snops. JLn reeard to tne price oi tne con tract, he was'ominously silent, but the fact that no such stupendous railroad contract has ever before been undertaken in this county, or pushed to such rapid completion, will show the nrice to be up in the millions, including bridges and buildings. It is known, huwever, that the contracts for the buildings have not yet been let. THE NEW STOCEXAEDS. In addition to this big work, it has been learned that the lands owned by the P. B. B. above Mosside will soon be utilized in a manner that will most certainly please East Enders. There are probably 700 acres of land about there owned by "the company, and it is their announced intention to move as soon as possible all the East Liberty stock yards to that place. The wisdom of this will be apparent when it is known that all their transfers will be made at Walls, so in all probability both -ventures will go to gether, though a definite move may not be made in regard to the stockyards ;unlil the big buildings are well under way. The Brown & Emery mentioned here as con tractors, are the same who received last Sat urday the contract for bnilding the big 36 inch water main, over six miles long, and with two 5,000 feet tunnels, at Johnstown, Pa. The firm is from Bethlehem, just out side of Philadelphia, and seems to have un limited resources in regard to plants and men. THE HAUNTED WOMAN. She Felt the Spirit of a Man Abont Her When Telling Her Story. Alary Hornberger, the Southside woman who claims to be haunted by a resident of that side of the river, wanted to make an in formation before Alderman Succop against the gentleman alleged to be causing her the trouble. As the woman told the story of her life she would glare around the room. Once she stopped suddenly, and, clapping her bands to her ears, exclaimed: "There he is now, 'Squire. He knows I am talking to you about him and he is very angry." Her voice trembled, and she pleaded pitifully to the 'Squire to advise her what to do to relieve her of the feelings that have been working on her mind. The Alderman advised the woman to see an at torney. A H0KSED-DOG PIGHT. Almost Fatal Encounter Between a Bnlldon; and a Knc. Yesterday afternoon a fight occurred be tween a horse belonging to O. C. Taylor, a grocer of Beaver avenue, Allegheny, and a large bulldog at the Anderson street station on the West Penn road. The horse was hitched to a post when attacked by the dog, bnt broke the hitchings and turned upon the dog. A long fight ensued, and both beasts were nearly dead, when a stop was put to the en counter by some bystanders. Tbe horse was taken to George A. Smith's stable on Beaver avenue, and the dog placed in a box to be shipped away. ALL DDE TO A BILLIG0AT. An Old Feddler Driven Almost to the Verse of Manslaughter. Joseph Hapner, an old peddler, sees no luster in life. With ratcatchers, flypapers, etc., he crossed the Point bridge to Carson street. West End, yesterday afternoon, only to be assailed and almost done up, near Painter's Mill, by a tough old billygoat, re inforced by bad boys who threw stones. All cut up and bruised, he wanted Sergeant McCurry, of the Thirty-sixth ward, to arrest the boyi Angered at the latter's refusal to do so without a warrant, he attacked the officer, knocked out a tooth for him, and got locked up. ADVERTISED THE WE0NG WAT. 'Squire Handel's Horses Held at Too Rich Flgnres for Taxes. 'Squire Herman Handel was among the kickers at the County Commissioners' office yesterday. There were several assessments that did not suit him in Snowden township, bnt he had lost his right of appeal, not hav ing been on time. He stated that the aver age price of horses assessedin that township was 65, while his had been put at 5200 each. Tbe jolly consumptive was recommended to be philosophical and get his pay in the advertisement the increased assessment gave his stock. EXPOSITION ACQUISITION. The Loan and Life membership Funds Con tinue to Grow. The following subscriptions to tbe loan fund were received by the Exposition Society yes terday: ' E. M. Ferguson. S500; Taylor fc Dean, $100; A. fcehaub, $50; D. R. Jones, $25, and W. H. Kversinann, (5. Life managers elected, on payment of $100 each W. H. Scboonmakcr, S. L. Sclioon maker, Nathaniel Holmes, Paulson Bros., J. R. McICee. Jr.. Otto Heeren. William Hpprpn. J. F. Lamker, James C. Biggert, Andrew Caster, Wier and Conrad SchlegeL Big Tcmpcranco Sleeting on Sunday. A union temperance meeting will be held at the Grand Opera House Sunday evening at 730, under the auspices of Gospel Tem perance Union No. 1, 1. O. G. T., and other organizations. Edward T. Murphy, John Sobieski (a member of the royal family of Poland and Grand Organizer of the Good Templars;, and others will be the speakers. Ex-Conercssmnn Sampson. Hon. A. J. Sampson, of Denver, Col., ex Congressman from Ohio, passed through the city last evening on his way to Wash ington from the West During the cam paign he stumped in Ohio and Indiana for Harrison, and will probably be rewarded for his services by the President. BACK FfiOM MEXICO. i Pittsburg Capitalists Return From a Visit to Their Gold Mine. AN OPINION FROM C. G. DIXQN. He Says There Are Fortunes in Undevel oped Gold and Tin Fields. ONE MAN MAKES $350,000 A MONTH If there is any gold or tin in Mexico, Pittsburgers are determined to have it, and a company has been formed for that pur pose. Tbe purchase of large tracts of land by a concern composed principally of Pitts burg business men was published in The Dispatch several months ago None of the mines had been developed, and in order to ascertain what they were worth a com mittee was appointed to investigate. This committee was composed of Messrs. C. Y. Dixon, Herman Kunkle and H. A. Me Cormick. They left the city on January 5, and returned yesterday morning. All of them were well pleased with the trip to the mines, notwithstanding the fact that they had to ride on the backs of bron chos a distance of 90 miles. The gold mine, they claim, is a bonanza, and the tin mine will be a bonanza also, if a tariff is placed on tin plate, but nothing will be done with the field unless the manufacture of tin will be made profitable by the passage of the Senate tariff bill. Mr. Dixon, one of the committee who re turned yesterday, was seen by a Dispatch reporter yesterday. He had very little to say about the trip, as the first news he heard after a two months' absence was that Me- Clure and Freyvogle had been pardoned and were now free men. THE VAST DIFFERENCE. "If those men had been in Mexico," said he, "they would have remained in. jail. Personally I have nothing against them, but the people now seem to have the opinion that I never lost the moneyj notwithstanding the fact that I have the word of Cashier Steffen, Teller Clark, my defaulting clerk, Quinn, myself and others that I did. Are we all liars? I did not want to see the men kept behind the bars, bnt I do not want people to think that I was trying to blackmail them. I have lost about $20,000, and will not get it back. "But to return to our trip: We had an elegant time. Mexico is not what it has been represented. The people are as accom modating, or more so, than any I ever met, and I have traveled a great deal. They do not hesitate a moment to ride 50 miles with a person to show him the road. They are not cutthroats and bandits, as claimed by some persons who have written them up. I would be willing to put all the money I -possess in my pocket and ride alone into the mountains, and would return with every cent ot it. They are not thieves, but the most hospitable people I ever met. If we got wet or cold while on our journey the natives would take us in and provide for us. They wonld give ns their beds, and they would sleep on the floor. We reached our gold mine all right and found it in operation, and the result ex ceeded our expectation, but I do not care to say much about it. MEXICAN PEOFANE PROFITS. "There Is a silver mine near our mine, which is owned by Maxamillian Damm, a German, and he is realizing $350,000 a month out of it. The product of the mine is shipped to California by rail, but it is hauled about 50 miles in wagons before a railroad is reached. "Thymines are located near Dnrango, that is about 90 miles from the town. Alter we visited the gold mines a member of the party proposed that we go to the tin mines, This was voted down very promptly, as it wonld necessitate a ride on the back of a broncho for several miles and a tramp up a mountain of 4,000 feetup and the same num ber of feet down. We were too tired for such a trip and decided to let tbe tin mine go. If we can make any money out of it we will certainly develop it. In a short time, Lbe lieve, there will be a railroad running near the mines." Mr. Dixon is well pleased with his trip, and believes that the stock in the gold com pany will advance, and, as there is none on the market, the holders of stock will realize handsomely. LITEEATDEE AND LICENSES. Tbe Two Watchwords for Immediate Use by tbe W. C. T. U. According to yesterday's plans, the Al legheny County W. C. T. U. will, within the next fortnight, distribute 100,000 pages of literature in behalf of Constitutional amendment. The union will also engage an attorney to attend the License Court in their interest, and every effort will be nJade to influence the court to grant as few licenses as pos sible. Headquarters for the County W. C. T. TJ. and Constitutional amendment literature, and blanks for remonstrances against licenses will be at 534 Smithfield street. THE EEP0ET NOT EEADT. The Arbitrators In tbe Rosebnrs; BoIIdln Will be Through To-Morrow. The report of the board of arbitration ap pointed to investigate the advisability of tearing down the Eoseburg building, at the corner of Eifth avenue and Wood street, were to have finished their labors yesterday, but did not do so. One of them mailed his report to M. Ii. Malone, who is to settle the matter, but the latter did not return it in time. He will not be ready therefore to make the matter public until to-morrow. STILL THE MILL GRINDS, And It Appears to be Grinding the Oleo Men ' Exceedingly Fine. The Commission Merchants' Associatiou yesterday charged the following named re tail men of the Allegheny Market House with selling oleomargarine within the last two months: Messrs. Ii. K. Vale, Joseph Hastings, Charles E. Marshall, Richard it. Brown and James Brady. They will have a hearing before Alderman Carlisle next Saturday. After an Old Farmer. Officer Robert Denniston arrested James Cain at the Union depot last evening as a suspicious character. The officer alleges that Cain was following an old Washing ton countv farmer, who was intoxicated and had plenty of money, with the inten tion of robbing him. Educators to Meet at Washington., Superintendent G. J. Luckey, Second Vice President of the National Edncational Association, will go to Washington to attend a meeting of the Department of Superin tendence March 6, 7 and 8. President Har rison and Senator Leland Stanford are ex pected to speak. Terdict of Accidental Death. The tragic death of the late John Irwin, of McKeesport, was. investigated by the Coroner last evening. The inquest failed to develop what train he was killed by, and a verdict of accidental death was found. A Vacant OfDce. Owing to the removal of Alderman Miller from the Eleventh ward, his office has be come vacant. Constable Maneese and J. P. Williams are applicants for appointment. THE PITTSBTJBQ, DISPATCH, ' WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY JUGGLERY IN A CHURCH. An Exhibition Given Before the Bntler Street M. E. Sunday School A HajrU clan's Explanation. Superintendent Sam Hamilton, of the Bntler Street M. , Sunday school, was in his glory last night to think that he had been the means of pleasing the 1,000 scholars of the school, augmented by fully 200 more friends of the scholars. Mr. Hamilton had engaged Mr. Pray, a travel ing magician, to -exhibit his tricks of legerdemain to the scholars, admittance be ing by tickets issued to the different teachers. Prof. Pray prefaced his performance by a speech, explaining to the scholars that when they grow up to leave home and go out into the world they should not believe all they see or be carried away by mysteries because they could not understand them, as all were but feats obtained by peculiar dex terity and practice. He said that the best educated were often the easiest to deceive, and a magician's best andience was one of doctors, preachers, lawyers and scientific men. He denounced spiritualism, mesmerism, clairvoyance, etc.rand warned the scholars from believing in them. In illustrating the tricks of magicians, he spoke of Dr. Ham mond, who hired a boy to snbmit to have his hand burnt with hot irons by noted New York physicians, making them think ne was mesmerized and senseless to pain. The Professor then rolled uji his sleeves, borrowed Superintendent Hamilton's hand kcrchisT and proceeded to produce eggs from it, and performing the numerous tricks of a magician. Table raising with the tip: of the fingers and whirling a stool in the same Vay were also illustrated and explained as a humbug. -LUB5jm-ib iiaau was aibo auoweu up. The second part of tbe performance con sisted in throwing balls, bells, butcher knives, etc., in the air, balancing pipes, chairs with a boy in on his chin, whirling plates and washbowls on a stick and simi lar feats of jugglery that would have made a big attraction for a side show. ' r'- Atthe close Superintendent Hamilton tooK a vote of those that wished another exhibi tion '(all hands going up), and then said: "We will Pray, then, that he will come back." GOING TO WASHINGTON. The Departure of People From This City Has Now Began. The star of empire may now be said to be taking its way southeastward. Last night there were probably more people at the Union station bonnd for the East than there had been during any two days since Christmas. They were all going to Wash ington to take in the inaugural festivities, but none of them seemed to have any special reason for appearing on the ground so early. At the ticket office there were over 50 tickets sold for the capital. About 20 came in lrom tbe West on the Panhandle express and a nnmber on the Ft. Wayne, and Cleveland and Pittsburg roads. On the latter train was a bride and groom who had tickets to Washington, and it is supposed they will celebrate part of their honeymoon and Harrison's inanguration both at the same time. The couple came from the country down the river, and the groom came nearly losing his wife. He went to make some inquiry about the fast line and the blushing bride was jostled about by the baggage trucks. When her husband came, for her she was not in the place he left her standing, and he could not see her in the crowd. With his accustomed Irish gallantry Officer Eiley rescned the yfrung lady and restored her to the arms of her husband. Among other celebrities seen going on the fast line was a well-known pickpocket on the hill. He will probably relieve several people of their valuables betore he gets back. The Eastern express had to be run in two sections in order to accommodate the crowd. Two extra sleepers and several day coaches were put on. A delegation of gentlemen from McKees port will leave Saturday to attend the in auguration. Among them will be the fol lowing: Doctor James L. Penny, John Stewart, Joseph Dietrich, H. Erenburgh, Captain Stone, W. A. Short, Jacob Best wick, Jacob Holtzman, Colonel Henry Goodhellet, S. C. Coyle, Edward Trich, William Ginser and Fredrick CTeutzer, E. Beichenbaugh. HUMANE SOCIETY CHANGES. The By-Laws Shift the Custody of the Permanent Fond. At the regular meeting ol the Humane Society yesterday the following amendments to the by-laws were offered by Erederick Binehart, Esq., and adopted: Tbe officers of the society shall consist of a President, five Vice Presidents, a Secretary and Treasurer, two Trustees, and IS persons i three more than now) who shall constitute a toard of Managers. The Treasurer shall have charge of all funds belonging to the society except Special funds and the permanent fund. The Trustees shall have the custody and charge of tbe permanent fund, and all investments (including tbe Jane Holmes bequest of $3,000) shall be made by said Trustees in accordance with and subject to the order of the Board of Managers. ' Agent O'Brien urged the board to author ize him to go out on a trip to establish agen cies of the society in this end of the State, and it is probable he will do so in the spring. A BUFFALO MAN IN JAIL. A Supposed Professional Thief Arrested at His Hotel. John McCoy, of Buffalo, N. Y., was ar rested at the Red Lion Hotel last evening by Detective Coulson as a suspicious char acter. The arrest was made upon the strength of a statement of a man named Charles Graham, who notified the police department that McCoy had asked him to assist in robbing one of the guests at tbe hotel who, McCoy -said, had several hun dred dollars. It is thought the man is a professional thief. He will have a hearing before Magistrate Gripp to-day. A EAILEOAD MEETING. The Eake Erie Stockholders Ratify Their Action in Ohio. A meeting of the stockholders of the Pittsburg and Lake Erie Railroad was held yesterday at Youngstown. The object of the gathering was to ratify their action in the State of Ohio what thev had done in Pennsylvania, viz increase t&e capital stock S2.000.000 and the bonded debt $2,000,000. The meeting was merely held to comply with the law. Mammoth Bn thing Company. The Pittsburg Natatorium Company, with a capital of 525,000, has been organ ized by a party of Pittsburg business men, with Fred Goodwyn as manager. Tne Board of Directors consists of Messrs. C. L. Magee, H. H. Byram, W. G. McCandless, F. T. Torrance, W. H. Stotz. They Are Through With tho Books. A notice on the windows of the defunct Farmers and Mechanics' Bank on the South side requests the depositors to call for their books asain, because, since the investiga tion into the books has been closed, the bank officials are not in want of them. , Ten Dollar Salt Sale. To-day and to-morrow ends up our 510 suit sale. Some of our finest men's suits in cut aways and sacks, made from' the finest whip cord and diagonal, imported cheviots and cassimeres go for 510 ; lined with silk-finished serge, cut in the latest style and really magnificent garments. Twenty-five dollars would not be too much to ask lor them, but 510 takes choice to-day. Special About 500 men's Derby hats in all the leadingstyles at 51 25. P. C. C. C, cor. Grant and Dia mond sts., opp. the new Court House. AGEAMWGASSER Adam Hershperger, of Pittsburg, Strikes a Big 600-Pound Well AT IEGI0NY1LLE, FT. WAYNE E. E. All the Tools Thrown Out of the. Hole at the 14,000-Foot Point. AWFULLY HEAR THE BADEN TEACT "Great Scott, bnt she's a gusher! I have known of no such pressure in all this region in months," said a gentleman who had just come no the Ft. Wayne Railway from Beaver county yesterday afternoon. "Gusher? Pressure? Do you mean to say that you've been the subject of a femi nine hug? Explain, please," retorted a be wildered reporter, to the aforesaid gentle man. "Naw, naw! Nothing of the kind. She's a natural gas well biggest of the kind in months j ust blew out this afternoon owned by a Pittsburger, who has 300 acres of land right there-ipressure 600 to 800 pounds, if it's an ounce and it is." Thus the gentleman (in whose veracity the reporter had every confidence, but who didn't care to have his name used) rattled on, until, brought right down to a matter of detail, he told of yesterday's big new nat ural gas well in this manner: "Mr. A. Hershpereer, who used to be President of the Chautauqua Lake Ice Com pany, of this city, hut who now has a nice country seat of 300 acres about one mile below Legionville and .near Economy, on the Ft. Wayne Bailroad, brought in a gusheron his land at 1 o'clock this afternoon. After drilling for three orfour weeks the drill at 11 o'clock this morning, when down abont to the 1,400-foot mark, began to tilt all the tools abont the well, with an ap parent gas pressure of 25 pounds. But the workmen kept on, and by going only a few taps deeper, about two hours later, a pres sure of at leastGOO, and probably 800, pound'd I.wn. WffWUVU UF, BJ lUaklt fclllCtT it I i. fcllG UJUl out of the well and high into the air. "Of course, all this is very near the played ont old Baden district; but it's an awful pressure, no matter where it comes from, or how long it lasts. The Citizens Company, of Rochester, and the Ft. Pitt Company, hold leases of all the land around there, ex cept this 300-acre farm of Hershperger's; bnt I guess ie wouldn't trade with them all now. He was only drilling to get fuel for his country residence; but he has got enough, if it holds out, to furnish several thousand residences and yield tolls enongh to pay for several big farms. It was a big surprise." THAT RAMIE DEC0ETICAT0E. It Was the Invention of a Plttsbnrger At One Time It Wonld Have Yielded Him Half a ItIIIlIon,In Gold. While the fact has been announced that a decorticator has been invented' that will make ramie cultivation a success, it is not generally known that its inventor is Prof. George Gibson, of this city. The British Government at one timet offered 100,000 for the prodnction of such a machine. This machine cf Prof. Gibson's construction separates the stocks and fiber by a succession of rollers, and when the stuff has gone its course, the bruised stock and fiber lie in separate piles, the fiber lying straight. He found much trouble to bring his in vention into notice at the New Orleans Ex position,and from the treatment received did not expect recognition from the Committee on Awards, but he not only got it, bnt the prize as well. Prof. Gibson spent considerable time in Georgia superintending the erowth of a crop of ramie, and succeeded in proving that the soil and climate were all that could be asked. He spent years in France manu facturing linen, so that his knowledge of fiber separating machinery was'of use in his work on the decorticator. In this connection Prof. Gibson makes a statement one wonld not expect to hear, and that is that the French are away behind the United States in the manufacture of rubber goods, and Prof. Gibson was obliged to send to this country for packing. Mr. E. F. Houston has been raising the ramie under glass in his yard on Cofwell street, and he says it mnch resembles the elderberry bush. Mr. Houston says that the fiber can be separated so minntely that the ' thread can scarce be seen by the unassisted eye and has so much the ap pearance of silk that the two can only be distinguished bv burning. While the woven fabric will not wear so well as silk, many ladies seeing them side by side, would, without instruction, choose the ramie, as the sheen is the prettiest. It apnears that the Pittsburg capitalists interested, whose names were given last week, are confident they have a good thing, and a good thing for them means one for millions beside. ETHICS OF HOSPITALS. One Physician Who Objects to Their Alleged Cliques. Said a well-known doctor yesterday: "I think you folks onght to call attention to discrimination in another line than that of trade. I believe that skilled physicians are as much a necessity in a community as just freight rates. Now there are hospitals that draw money out of the State Treasury, and yet they maintain med ical rings. Certain physicians, good ones no doubt, but no better than plenty of others to be found in this city, have gotten into these places, and they never resign except to put another of. their clique into place, and as to dying, they are not like to do that un less old age claims them, as they take good care of their health and are free from worry. "Now, my objection lies in the facts that these men not only are able to get more bus iness than they are entitled to by their abil ity, but have facilities afforded to treat their patients at these hosnitals that an outside physician cannot get; have opportunities to study furnished gratis that outsiders have not, and that finally they are sticklers for the ethics of the profession and will not allow their brethren at large to advertise, while they themselves do so on every possi ble occasion in the medical journals and through the daily press. "Xou can scarce glance at a paper with out learning that some doctor belonging to the medical staff of one of these institutions has performed some remarkably skillful op eration. There is no advertising in- this, Oh, no!", DID NOT DROWN THE CHILD) An Italian Throws a Baby in the River to SnTe Burial Expenses. Raphael Bonnacario, an Italian, was ar rested yesterday afternoon for having thrown a newly born baby into the Monongahela, but last night he was discharged from jail becanse an investigation of tbe case proved that the child was dead when Bonnacario threw it into the river. He had only dis posed ot it in that manner because he was too poor to have it properly burled. Tne man is in very hnmble circum stances. He and his family live at 110 Water street Salvation Oil has met with a cordial welcome. Drnggists Sell stacks of it. Price 25c. Gold and silver watches. Large assort ment, lowest prices, at" Hanch's. No. 295 Fifth five. Established in 1853. "ktsu 27, 1889, WHITE LEAD MEETING. Is the manufacturers' Trust to be Nnrsed Back Iato Ufa Again f A meeting of a number of white lead manufacturers from different parts of the country was held yesterday in the parlors of the Hotel Anderson. Among those present were representatives from the Pennsylvania White Lead Works, T. H. Kevin & Co., Armstrong & McKelvy, Fahnestock & Co., of this citv; E. P. Eowe, of New York; C. Pemberton, ot Philadelphia; F. W. Rockwell, George C. Carpenter, Jr., of St. Louis; F. Eckstein, of Cincinnati, and E. F. Beale, of Philadelphia. Those present at the meeting refused to state the object of the gathering and what the result of the meeting had been. It was understood on the outside amon other smaller manufacturers that the meeting had something to do with the Lead Trust, which was formed two years ago and almost col lapsed about four months since. The trust was then in a shaky condition and was being held together by the strenuous efforts of several of the largest firms in the country. It was supposed yesterday's meet ing was held to strengthen it. A FLINT FACT0ET CLOSED. The Firm Ask the Men to Work for Half Pay for the Present. Doyle & Co.'s flint glass factory at Phillipsburg is closed down. Several days ago the firm made a proposition to the men to work at half pay and allow the other halt- to remain standing until they were able to pay. The men wanted a time set for the payment of the other half, but the firm de clined to fix any time. Tbe matter was then referred to the gen eral officers, and an order was issued yester day instructing the men to strike against the firm's proposition. . A notice has been posted offering work to any person who de sires employment, whether he is a union man or not. The men, however, do not be lieve the factory will be started uhless bet ter arrangements are made with them. THE QUABEIMEN'S BTEIKE. A Boycott Placed on Limestone Quarried In the Mahoning Valley. There is no trouble at the quarries of Booth & Flynn and other contractors near Ligonier, as stated. A committee repre senting the Mahoning Valley quarrymen was in town yesterday and held a consulta tion with representatives of N. T. A. 217, K. of. L. The limestone quarrymen in the valley al-e on a strike against a rednction in wages. The object of the committee that visited 217 is to induce them to refuse to work on anv limestone furnished by scab labor in the valley. The district is composed of fitrnacemen, and a great deal of limestone is used. If the material sent out from the Mahoning Valley is boycotted the workmen will likely win the strike. PEESIDENT WEIHE'S DECISION. The Vesurins Discharged Workmen Can't Get Back. The tronble at the Vesuvius Iron Works of Moorhead Bros. & Co., at Sharpsburg, has been settled. President Weihe, of the Amalgamated Association, went out there yesterday' and held a conference with the mill committee. After hearing both sides of the case he decided that the men who were discharged could not be reinstated without the consent of the firm. No strike is on, and the mill will be operated a usual. Galvanized Iron Pipe. The night turn at the National Galvaniz ing Company at McKeesport was put on last evening. The works turned out 60 tons of galvanized pipe yesterday. Labor Notes. It is said that a number of the Monongahela river coal operators will refnse to enter the proposed syndicate of coal men. Superintendent Hajitlton, of the Alle gheny parks, yesterday received a telegram from a friend at Alamosa, CoL, stating that gas had been struck at that place. LOCAL ITEMS, LIMITED. Incidents of a Day in Two Cities Condensed far Ready Reading. The VT. C. T. TJ. No. 2 will give an old folks concert at the Poor Farm this evening. S.B.Neff Lodge No. 225. B. of R.B.B., gave a reception at the Lawrenceville Turner Hall last night. Joseph Hartxet, a brakeman on the P. R. B.,bad his arm crushed coupling cars yesterday, necessitating amputation. Rev. Mr. Hughes will deliver an address before tho Window Glass Workers' Union on the Southside next Friday evening. The mortuary report for the week ending on Saturday shows a total of 67 deaths In the city ten of them caused by pneumonia. A LAMP exploded in Michael Hlrley's house on Carson, near South Twenty-seventh street, bnt it did no other damage except smashing tbe lamp. The house of Mrs. B. Norman, of the Eigh teenth Ward, burned to the ground yesterday morning, with a loss of 600, and $300 insurance; cause unknown. Abkokes grip on car No. 217, Citizens' Traction line, delayed travel for over two hours between Eleventh and Sixteenth streets yesterday morning. To-mobeow evenlne the members of Liberty Lodge No. 20, S. K. of A. O. TJ. W. will give a musical and literary entertainment at Vaughn's Hall, Bloomfield. The School Board of the first ward. Alle gheny, met last night 'and organized by electing Major William P. Hnnker President and Thomas C. Walte Secretary. Jennie Linn, aged It years, of No. 813 Car son street, died at the West Penn Hospital yes terday, iter cieain resuuea irom ourus re ceived at her home on Sunday. The Fourteenth Regiment Drum Corps will consist of 45 pieces on the inauguration trip. This will include flute and piccolo. They have been practicing new and good music forthe march. Patrick Gallagher and James Keefe were committed to jail for trial at court by Magistrate Hyndman yesterday. They are charged with impersonating a United States Government officer. Orders have been received from Washing ton by Inspector Sullivan that hereafter every sinele plato used in tfie construction of a steam boiler must be tested. Heretofore three or four plates out of the whole number for ono boiler were tested. A horse attached to one of tho wagons of the Standard Cracker Works ran away on Smithfield street yesterday morning, scatter ing crackers in its course and badly frighten, tag people. The horse was caught at the cor ner of Diamond street. Edward Scott, a young colored man, was leaning against a barber pole on Federal street, Allegheny, last eveninc, when It gave way and broke a plate glass window Jn Delp & Bell's store. He was arrested and his employer gave bail for his appearance before the Mayor this morning. A telegram was received from Mr. R.S. Davis yesterday stating that he and his daugh ter Annie will arrive home this morning. Mr. Davis has been in Japan for nine months and his daughter for nine years, the latter as a missionary. They are accompanied by a Jananese lady, wife of an officer in the Japanese army, who comes to this country for higher education. MUSICAL HEADQUARTERS. Klebers' Lend All Others. The old and trusty music house of H. Kleber & Bro. Purchasers put more faith in their honesty and judgment than in any-, one else's. Any instrument coming from KRbers' store, be it a Stelnway, Conover. Gabler or Opera piano, is accepted as good and reliable, for the opinion of Mr. Kleber is looked upon as final and conclusive. Hundreds of people have made the remark, "Oh, I wish I had called on yon first and bought an instrument of you," and then they beg the Klebers to take the piano or organ which they bought elsewhere off their hands and exchange for the superior ones at the latter place. Klebers prices are $25 to 550 lower than those of other dealers, and I their terms of payment are easier. . HE HATES HOMESTEAD. A Fanny Experience of tho Daquesns Ctsb Caterer He Only Wanted to Go to His .Wife's Birthday Party. Mr. A. Sichterman, the caterer of the Duqnesne Clnb, had a very funny ex perience last Saturday night. His brother-in-law, who keeps a hotel In Homestead, had arranged a birthday party in honor of Mr. Sichterman's wife, and of coarse the Duquesne Club caterer was invited to be present. He went to the Union depot to catch the train for Homestead at 6:30 o'clock. But when he got to the station, tbe Homestead train just steamed out of the depot, and the next train was not going un til 11:30 o'clock. The party, however, was to commence at 8 o'clock and Mr. Sichterman had to be there. So, upon making inquiries of a con ductor, he was told to take a train to Swiss vale, where a boatman might be induced to row him across tbe river and Homestead could thus be reached very easily. The gentleman got to Swissvaie all right, but he could not indnce any man to row him over on account of the ice in the Monongahela. Alter a great deal of thinking and con jecture, a buggy was hired and Mr. Sichter man reached Braddock. Here he hoped he would be able to walk across the railroad bridge, but the man on watch there said that he would not allow him to cross, evA if he paid him $10. But time sped, and Mr. S. had to get to the party. So the club man took another conveyance that brought him as far as Saltsburg, where he hoped to cross the river in a ferryboat. But again disappointment upset his calculations. The boatman could not get close enough to the bank on account of the ice in the high water. Mr. Sichterman was now standing on the bank of the Monongahela. Looking across, he could discern the hotel where the party was held, all lit up in the glare of festivity; but still he conld not get there. Soat last he returned to Pittsburg on a Baltimore and Ohio train, and then went to Homestead at 11:30, arriving at the party long after midnight. Ever since that day Mr. Sichterman is mad when anybody speaks abont Homestead. A CDTE TEICK. How a Torklsb Bather Got Away With Aw other Man's Watch. Dr, Wells, the owner of the Turkish bath ing establishment on Wood street was look ing last evening for a man who got away with another man's gold watch and chain at the bathrooms yesterday afternoon. The man registered at the place as T. M. Morgan, a traveling man stopping at the Monongahela House. He was nicely dressed, and after taking his bath went into the office and asked for "his box." The lat ter was supposed to contain his valuables, which are left by the bathers in the office for safekeeping." The attendant in the office was not the one that was there when Mor gan came in. and handed over the "box" asked for by him. After he had disappeared the real owner of the "box" appeared, and the supposed trick was discovered. At last accounts Morgan is still with the watch. There was no such person at the Monongahela House. 81 75 Napoleon Kid Gloves at 81 25 a Fair Brief announcement It means you save SO cents a pair and at the same time get a real good kid glove. Jos. Hoene & Co.'s Penn Avenue Stores. Cloak Department. Stylish garments, exclusive designs, in im ported long and short wraps, for early spring wear. Hugus & Hacke. itwfsu Brocaded Striped Satins In all the new spring shades; very effective for combination dresses, at 51 25 a yard. Jos. House & Co.'s Penn Avenue Stores. Repousse Papers At John S. Roberts, 414 Wood st James H. Aikek & Co.'s spring dis play 'of neckwear. See the latest. 100 Fifth ave. Cash paid for old gold and silver at Hauch's, No. 295 Fifth ave. wrsn A COUGH IS THE FIRST WHISPERING of approaching disease. Tickling throats develop into coughs. I Coughs lead to the ereat enemy consumption. A stitch in tiros often saves life itself. KIDD'S COUGH SYRUP. FOR COUGHS, COLDS, SORE THROAT, INFLUENZA and HOARSENESS. IT IB PLEASANT AND ABSOLUTELY SAFE FOR CHILDREN. PRICE, 25 CENTS. FOR SALE BY ALL DRUGGISTS. PREPARED BY FLEMING BROS., PITTSBURG, PA. 3TWT LOVELY FITTINa KID GLOVES and CORSETS KID GLOVES and CORSETS KID GLOVES and CORSETS KID GLOVES and CORSETS KID GLOVES and CORSETS KID GLOVES and CORSETS KID GLOVES and CORSETS KID GLOVES and CORSETS T. T. T. 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French all-wool Cashmeres, spring colorings 10-Inch. 50c; 46-inch, 73c, $1 and f 1 25 a yard, over 500 pieces now on tbe shelves, and more coming. n New extra wide English Serge Sulfr ings at 2 ayarC; also French Sergei Suitings and Annure Cloths in fins qualities. New French Broadeloths, spring weights. f - Stylish American-mads Woolen Dresr Goods, plaid and strips combinations, 50c a yard. 50-inch Plain all-wool Suitings at 60c Oar Immense stock of Ginghams and Satines, finest foreign and best Amerl- can makes. Ask to see the beautiful1 " "Henrietta" Satines. finest ciade. Pop ular prices on all Wash Dress Good&i the largest stock in the country. Special bargain sale of fine Kid Gloves Alexandre, Napoleon Kid Gloves, i buttons, at 51 23 a pair (n 75 "" " T regular price), grays, tans and browns. Alexandre, Suede Kid Gloves Jl a pair ' ji (SI 75 usual price). By all means visit , the Glove Department as once. ,."' New Dress Trimmings and Buttons ' x. latest novelties In the new dress shades. ': "OUR SPECIALTY" - PRINTED INDIA SILKS. ' Mors new styles in stock tt, $1 7&, and SI 50 Cashmere and' Chens color " ings. Our stock includes all qualities, -' , 45c, 55c, 65c (27 inches wide), 7Sc,"fli- ' ' 51 25 to Ha yard. " ' tJw3 -n Embroideries, Laces, Whits Goods. These stocks now complete with latest 3t. and newest effects and at taking prices. Final sals ot all Winter Wraps thi-i V week in our Cloak Room. Corns ia;: -i& now. Prices low. A general cIearanejLt. ..V. .. I- ivi I- TT7I.-- WUO IUUB U OVOijrbWUU itt T UibtXL V ,E& Goods. JOB. HDRNE i m ik PENN AVENUE STORESS ui xas-ioir .