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A. a- a - AW m, t ... s m tamstsittaammmm PBIZH STIRRING- TIMES Like the present demand the attention of all Headen of THE DISPATCH can keep up with the proceuion, be cause tt publishes all the newt every day in the week. Will be offered by TBE DISPATCH next Sunday. It will be in the thape of 10 pages of the best reading and brightest newt obtainable. FORTY-FOURTH TEAR. JF&. &E CENTS PITTSBURG, rm ? Jm-M iJsi. V : . iJAAiA-Hk a . a big ajui'juunj jpiffpuri). j WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 1890. f MSI A I. Nearly 300 Estates Left All Tangled Up by the Cone maugh Flood. WHO DIED FIRST THAT DAY? A Question the Orphans' Court of Cambria Finds Hard to Answer. WILLS LOST IN WATERS That Drowned the Legatees in Many Instances, Leaving Titles in Chaos. PAPERS FILED FOR LOST ESTATES. Intricate Questions of Life Insurance Also Left to Be Untangled by Legal Process. THE WORK OF A FATEFUL HALF-HOUR "Who died first, husband or wife ? That is the question raised in several contested will cases growing ont of the Johnstown flood. It is going to be a mighty hard problem to set tle. The investigations of a Dispatch staff correspondent into the books of the Orphans' Court of Cambria county give some intensely interesting results. Nearly 300 esiates have been taken before that tribunal since the deluge for settlement. In most of the cases the wills were lost, and in many instances heirs perished simultaneous ly with the testators. Strange stories of the resulting tangle are told below. rTKOM A BTATT C0BBXSP0NDX2TT.1 Ebeksbueg, Pa., February 4. On the third day after the Conemaugh flood I chanced to be stooping among the debris on Market street, Johnstown, searching for a coin that I had dropped while paying a teamster for driving me to and from South Fork Lake. Presently I found it. The silver had slipped down between some twigs snd sticks which were so firmly fixed as to form a floor for the accumulated rubbish on top. Under these lay a small piece of white Bote paper. It attracted my attention be cause my money rested directly upon it. Evidently it was the top of the sheet it had been torn from, for across the blue line was written in a clear feminine hand: ' this, my last will and tes ." A diagonal tear abruptly stopped the last word. In Pittsburg a month later a fireman was exhibiting to a party of reporters some relics he had brought home from "The Valley of Death." One was a very dirty sheet of paper, from which the water had effaced all writing except these simple words: "I bequeath to my dear wife, Susan, all the ." He also had a fragment of parch ment so torn that nothing remained but: "Believing that I am now (1887) approach ing death I direct my executor ." WHOLESALE LOSS OP 'WILLS. "With perhaps 1,000 wills destroyed in the flood, what a maze of complications would there be for the Orphans' Court of Cambria county to straighten ont? With tens of thousands of dollars worth of personal prop erty loss, what use for wills at all? Since heirs perished by the hundreds in the same deluge with their benefactors, why shonld eitner will or property have remained? Om nipotent completeness best summed up the triple loss in one word annihilation I Thus were a great many estates settled in the Conemaugh Valley without recourse to the usual legal routine. No "final accounts" of executors remained to be filed. Fast fleeting time is leaving the memories of this extinct household, and that one next door, eo vagne that an attorney who walks alone the streets of Johnstown, and stopping first at this bare spot of rented" ground, then pauses in the center of that naked area of an acre, tries to recall the dwellings of late clients, with their cabinets of valuable treasures, their heirlooms and family plate such an attorney, familiar as he was with his clients' homes, must soon feel while he continues his search as though he were the football of dreamsl SETTLING UP ESTATES. Yet there are left a very large number of cases where a strange confusion may be found. In Johnstown to-day it is easy to find wills extant involving personal prop erty, but no such property remaining; prop erty, but no wills; wills, but no legal heirs; heirs, but neither will nor property. On the morning of June 12 a team drew up at the Cambria County Court House, in Ebensburg, from Johnstown. It brought Mr. D. D. Morrell, of Henrietta, Blair county, who at once applied for lefcers of administration on the estate of Mrs. Mary Ii. Diller, his daughter. She was the wife of Bev. A. P. Diller, of Johnstown. Both were drowned n the flood. The value of Mrs. Diller's personal property that was saved was $7,775, This was 12 days after the flood, and was the very first application to the Orphans' Court to settle an estate where the will had been destroyed. That was the first. To-day I came to Ebensburg to study the pages of the Record er's books filled up since that date or, in other words, to make an inventory of the business of the Orphans' Court for the past eight months. The entry in the case of Mrs. Bev. Diller fixed as THE TIME Or DEATH the day of the flood, May 31, 1889, at about 4:30 o'clock p. m. I soon discovered that my only way of determining what entries in the Orphans' Court docket referred to flood victims was the death date, because applica tions for letters have been going on daily up to the present time, thus making the entry dates different, while ever and anon sand wiched between them is the statement of a case which has no reference to the delnge of last May, The form of entry in each case is like this: June 27. Date of death filed, May 81, 1SS9, abont 1 SO p. k. July 14. Renunciation of only heir name filed. Jnly IS. Administrator appointed namej. September 4. General appraisement filed, 00. WITH TERBIBLE EMPHASIS. I began to copy the names of decedents. They seemed scattering at first, but in a little while the estates of farmers dying in Cambria county prior to the flood com menced to disappear from the docket. Now, the date of death "May 31, about 430 P. M." appeared more frequently. Page after page followed closelv and more closely written with the Johnstown cases. The names upon my list were multiplying rapid ly. I paused, hastily calculating how much space in The Dispatch would be required for their publication. The result was that -a compromise was reached in a decision not to copy any more names, but to faithfully count the cases. The office clerks were busy. The only sound heard was the monotonous rustle of the thick paper as I turned over page after page. That was the only audible sound. There was another sound that I alone could hear. It was the inner echo of the words "May 31, about 430 P. si." It seemed to bound backward and forward in my head, so often now had I read them within an hour, and then repeated them mentally each time as I scratched "1" on my tally sheet. But the counting steadily proceeded. Now it was rare to find any other case on the book except those from the valley. Once I came to the estate of Howard J. Eoberts, the popular Johnstown bank cashier, who was drowned. The letters were taken out by his son, Dwight Boberts, and an ap praisement showed the value of 32,460. Separate entries were made in the estates of Mr. Boberts' wife and son who perished also. EXCITING EPISODES EECALLED. Farther along I found that letters of ad ministration had been granted to Annie Bipple on the estate of her husband. "When she filed an appraisement what was saved 'was stated to be only worth $150. Mrs. Bipple is the woman who opened her door on the afternoon of the flood to find Jackson Bipple, her husband, there, with two horses, to try for escape. She monnted with him. Her horse saved her life. His was caught by the torrents, and Mrs. Ripple's statement is that he died May 31, about 4:15 P. M. How well she knows the exact hour! An appraisement of the estate of Sheriff Evan showed $26,160. He, with his wife, mother and several children were all drowned, but the stores' contents on "Wash ington street, were saved. Eelatives are attending to the estate. "William F. Diller appears as the administrator of Bev. A. P. Diller's estate, but an appraisement only shows $87 20 of a value. This gentle man was the husband of the lady mentioned above. The mention of Alex. Eecke's estate, and its estimate at $7,157, recalls the fact that this rather well-known baker of Johns town was riding about the streets of the wrecked city on the three days succeeding the flood, bnt fell sick from the exposure and died eight days after the delnge IK A PITTSBrrEO HOSPITAL. James J. Murphy, drowned, left a small es tate. He kept a clothing store on Clinton street, and was a brother of the Pittsburg book storekeeper on Grant etreei. .Martha DIbert appears as the executrix of John Dibert, the banker, who lost his life. His personal estate is put down at 63,175. Chal. L. Dick, who became famous as "the avenger," I find appointed administrator In the Testate of Nancy Litz. Then the next entry re lates to the possessions of the. widely known Johnstown merchant, Jacob Swank. He left a family and numerous relatives. Steadily I counted the entries, only pausing at the best known names. Getting deeper into the docket I fonnd that ,tbe time of death differed slightly in various instances, some ueing sworn to as 'doue 1.3U," otners tea) " some "1:10" and still others at "4:15." bat tney were all within that never-to-be-forgotten half honr of Johnstown's ruin. The Court House here sits upon a knoll higher than the balance of tbo town, and Ebensbure itself is on the summit of the Alle- fheny Mountains 2,300 feet above sea level, he clerk had interrupted me to point ont the clond of steam of a locomotive on the main line of the Pennsylvania Railroad, across the plateau, and nine miles away. It was a vast stretch of landscape, and the clerk said the white fleecy steam rising ont or the furry mountain bine was a pretty sight. It may have been, bat my vision was dolled with what 1 had been so steadily reading, "and to me the whole Cambria landscape was blurred and dimmed by that terrible date "May 31. about 4 20 r. M." A BIO TOTAL. Turnine again to the docket, Matilda Bash roff s name was fonnd on one page as applying for papers on Arthur M. Bushroffs estate. He was lost in the flood. On the next page she also asked for letters on J. Q. A. Bushroffs property. He died In one of the improvised hospitals three days after the black Friday. Captain O'Connell's heirs appraise what prop erty remains at $1,630. Crist Fitiharris was a well known hotel keeper on Franklin street, who was drowned, and in settling up bis affairs all be left was found to be wortu only 163. James P. McConaghy was another popular res ident of Cambria City. His heirs applied for letters, without a will of course, and an ap praisement showed 5,751, exclusive of real es tate. Justice of the Peace John Brady left property worth 9,322. This finished one of the large office dockets. Another volume had to be opened to accommo date the business growing-out of the flood. I continued my connt In that Such a thing as filling up an Orphans' Court docket book In one year and beginning a new one had never been heard of before in this county. People had never died fast enough for that. After I struck off the last case I turned for comparison to the books of a few years past. In none of them did the average of wills filed exceed 25 per year. In the past eight montbo only 15. exclusive of the flood cases, were filed. I verified my conntof tbe flood cases carefully, and then wrote down as the tetal thus far 24a 1 have information from lawyers indicating that this number will be increased to nearly 300 in February. In tbe great majority of instances above there were no wills, and some of the so called estates, especially where ther were small, consisted of money in the savings bank, which could not be withdrawn without sur vivors colng through tbe regular legal modes. Strange stories I could trace through these stiff legal pages there as I toyed with the books. Some were romantic, others pathetic and all confused in their earthly sequels, as life often is when tbe Almighty suddenly destroys human signs. To preserve a natural sequence in all of them, I give a few below, jnst as I picked them ont at random from these court folios. II. ONE VALUABLE MINUTE. It will be remembered that Woodvale, one of Johnstown's suburbs, was obliterated from the face of the earth by the flood. In one of tho double framehouses there resided W. E. Hoopes and family, and H. W. Smith and family. The great crest of water from South Fork lifted the building high in the air and then smashed it Into kindling wood. Mr. Hoopes, bis wife and both their children were all drowned within a few minutes. Mr. Smith lost all his family, and his baby girl was killed by crashing timbers while ho held her in one arm. His other arm thrown around a tree barely saved his own life. There was absolutely nothing left of Mr. Hoopes' possessions, and the history of the family and home would have been ended as ex tinct, but for tbe fact that an agentof a Balti more beneficial society advertised tbatW. E. Hoopes bad had his life insured with them for 12,000. and they were ready to pay it as soon as tney knew Who it should go to. So I find in the docket here; that Mrs. Comman, a sis ter of Mr Hoopes. took out letters of administration through her attorney, H. 8. Mnrphy, Esq;., or Johnstown (a son, by tbe way, of Francis Murphy, of temperance glory). A Mr. Rogers, brother of Mr. Hoopes' wife, has also made application for administration let ters, basing his claim through the children of his sister; that they being dead he is tho next in kin. In other words, Rogers means that Mr. Hoopes died first; that the life insurance would then have been paid to Mrs. Hoopes, but she dying too. the children were entitled to it: and they having also perished, the money is now legally due Mrs. Hoopes' immediate rel atives. Where wills do not exist after deaths, estates always have to pass, according to law, from husband to wife, from wife to chil dren, etc Of course no will remained in the Hoopes case, as everything was swept away. The common law of tbe land is held to de clare in cases of catastrophe or holocaust where whole families perish, and where no evidence, or not even a scintilla of proof, can be produced to show which member of tbe family died first, that the stronger of the human family will always outlive the weaker that they have better powers of endurance. And this Is the Claim of Mr. Hoopes' sister. There is absolutely no waj of proving which closed their eyes on the world first, Mr. or Mrs. Hoopes. Even Mr. Smith in the same house is not able to say. So Mrs. Cammau takes tbe broad reasonable ground that her brother was the strongest, and held ont longer than his wife. He may have only survived her one minute, but if she can establish a reasonable hope of more than one minute's respite in the Conemaugh deluge, the $2,000 is hers. The Baltimore society has filed a bill for a hearing of all parties and the case is thus transferred to the Maryland courts. III. ! WHO DIED FIRST. Christian Kimplo and his wife were both drowned at Johnstown. They Kept a furniture store on Clinton street. On Sunday afternoon Mr. Kimple's body was recovered near the fa mous stono bridge." In his pockets were found over 53,000 in cash. It is supposed that when the rising waters drove tbe old couple up stairs Kimplo took with him the contents of his safe. His will was discovered in another pocket, and here it is on file in Ebensburg, dis colored all over by the water. The couple were childless, but heirs survived In other relatives. However, the executor named in the will was also drowned. So one of Mrs.;KimpIe's rela tives, Otto Huebner, came to Ebensburg 15 days after the flood, and applied for letters of administration through his attorney, John P. Linton, Esq. The usual renunciation of the other heirs was filed a few days later. About the middle of July a general appraisement was reported, placing a valuation of $9,100 on the property. This is exclusive of real estate. But on July 22 Valentine Kimple, of Phila delphia, came here and applied to the Orphans' Court for a revocation of Otto Huebner's let ters of administration. He claims to be a lawful heir, and he raises the point that as Mrs. Kimple died before her husband she bad no ownership in tho estate, and Mr. Kimple's wishes shonld therefore be followed out as closely as possible. The court served notice on the parties interested. Here is an intricate point which will prob ably arise in other cases where contests are threatened, and it is one that will be bard to decide: Both Mr. and Mrs. Kimple perished in the flood that drowned thousands of others at the same time. There no doubt was a differ ence of time between tb eir deaths, bnt it was so small, the'range not being more than from 5 to 15 minutes, and the terror and confusion of the hpniwas so rrightful, that It is question able "ether satisfactory proof can bo adduced as to which one of tbe two persons was lost first. In this case the heirs must feel that thev can settle tbe pomtatissue, for in the answer just recently filed with the Court by Otto Huebner, he says: "Respondent denies the allegation contained in the petition of Valentine Kimple, that the said Christian Kimple survived his wife. Maria Kimple; and the respondent alleges that the said Maria Kimplo survived her late husband, and therefore that the whole personal property owned and possessed bv Christian Kimple be came vested in the said wife, and descended under tbe intestate laws to his widow, through whom the various parties have re nounced administration in favor of your re spondent's claim to the whole of said personal) property." There was no other corpse recevered in Johnstown with so much money In tbe clothes as Mr. Kimple's. Since the flood relatives of many persons who perished have alleged that they are positive that certain snips were se creted in pockets of their friends on that Fri day afternoon, bnt when tbe bodies were re covered no such money was found. Theft has been charged in some instances. The Kimple case awaits action of the court. There is some hope, however, of compromising it. IV. ONLTARID GROUND John Parks was well esteemed in Johnstown. He. with his wife, two children and a grand child were all drowned. There only survive one son and the husband of Mr. Parks' daugh ter. This daughter andber child were drowned, too. Considerable of an estate is left. Tbe rights of the son-in-law as against those of the son depended upon the question of the sur vival of tbe daughter. But as all attempts to prove anything were futile, an amicable' arrangement was effected between tbe brothers-in-law. In this way quite a nnmber of disputes were settled, wnere trouoie nau ueen expected, and would have resulted, bad tbe cases been allowed to go into litigation, because this point of priority of death would give both sides of a contest about eaual chance. I understand that Attorney John Ross, of Johnstown, has jnst recently Bet tied amicably an estate worth 100,000, in which the question of who died first iu tbe flood, promised intricate complications. There are still others, however, which will ne contested in the Orphans' Conrt during the year. In many entries on the docket I find ciphers like these: "000 00'' opposite the words "general appraisement." That means that there was not a cent's worth of personal property left by the flood. Such a case is that of John v. Stufft, of Woodvale. He perished, with all his family and bis pretty house went to pieces. Only the arid ground. 60x100 feet, remains, and to claim that his brother-in-law, John C. Lardin, has taken out letters of admin istration. Close by this spot stood another house, that of J. W. Tross. He had a laree family, but they all went down to death togeth er in tbo ruins of their home. The sole surviv or of the family in any of its branches is a brother. John Tross, and be has taken out let ters of administration on tbo bare lot of ground. John H. Brown, Esq., of Johnstown, is attorney in both cases. "Has not the handling of this business grow ing out of the flood been bard on you!" I asked, turning abruptly away from tbe books and addressing Frank Gurley, Chief Clerk of the Recorder and Register. "Yes. it has civen tho ofBce a ereat deal of extra work," he replied. Von see we had to open a new docket for it, and besides that it calls Mr. C. J. Blair, the Recorder, to Johns town very very often. Previous to the flood he might have had to go to Johnstown once a month. Now he l constantly traveling between the two places. Wo bave lost on deed business, for there is no land selling in Johnstown, bnt we have gained heavily on administrators' ap pointments. We never had much of that be fore." I closed the books of tbo Orphans' Court Nowhere else in the country could such re markable pages be found, but I had pernsed enough. They revived memories too ghastly. As the door closed npon me a grave-looking gentleman pushed it back to enter tbe office. Something prompted me to torn back too, as I heard the clerk greet him with "What's new in Johnstown?" I heard not his answer, but as he opened ont a sheet of legalcap and laid it on tbe counter I was near enough to read a single line written across its top rulings: "May 31, 1SS9, about 130 P. Ml" L. E. STOFIEL. TEE BLAINES HISSED IN CEDRCH. Tbcy Neglected to Observe tho Customs of the CntboIIc Cbnrcb. FBOM A STAFF COKnESPONDENT.j Wasotnotox, February t A peculiar in cident occurred to-day while the- funeral of Mrs. Coppinger was in progress at St. Mat thew's Church. As the relatives of tbe dead lady entered the church. Colonel Coppinger advanced ahead of the others, knelt at tbe en trance to his pew, and made the sign of the cross, after the habit of devout Catholics. When Secretary and Mrs. Blaine, closely fol lowing their bereaved son-in-law, entered the pew without slcn or genuflexion of any kind, perfectly audible hisses tamo from the gallery directly above them to the right. Who the persons were who were so grievous ly offended at the failure of Mr. and Mrs. Blaine to observe the custom of Catholics could not be discovered. Of course many other distinguished Protestants were present, among them President and Mrs. Harrison, Cabinet officers and other high officials of the administration, who did not salute the altai and its emblems, bnt the hisses were plainly directed against Mr. and Mrs. Blaine, for they only at the time bad reached the entrance to their pew. The Nfillon'a Military Strength. WASHiKOTOir, February 4. Tbe militia force of the United States at present consists of 7,697 commissioned officers, 91,373 enlisted men, and 7,208,478 men not organized, but available tor military duty. NOT TET CONVINCED. Continued Dilatory Tactics of the Minority in the House. TflEY STAND BY THEIR GUNS, And Declare That They Will Until the Mew Rules ire Adopted. MB. SPRINGER BOW THE BLOCKADES. Tery Tender Feeling of the EepnMlCHs for Ex Speaker Carlisle. Filibustering was again attempted by tbe minority .in the House yesterday. The Speaker recognized them when he chose, only. 'The new rules, it is expected, will be ready to report to-morrow. Among them are several radical changes from the rules of the previous House. IPROM A STAFF CORBXSF03TDEHT.1 "Washington-, February 4. Notwith standing the fact that there was no import ant party questions to incite the filibuster ing propensities of the Democrats, Mr. Springer, of Illinois, whb has been growing rapidly of late into a strong personal re semblance to Kilgore, of Texas, Holman, of Indiana, and Bland, of Missouri, exhausted himself to-day with attempts to prevent the transaction of any business. He succeeded just to the extent the Democrats had suc ceeded on other days. Speaker Beed recog nized ordinary parliamentary motions till it would appear plainly evident in the jour nal that they were dilatory motions, then he declined to entertain them. Mr. Carlisle's "Address to the Country" aroused little interest on either side of the House. It is well known that much of Mr. Carlisle's address is not in harmony with Mr. Carlisle's private opinions, and which has on more than one occasion been pretty publicly expressed. THE ALL LIKE CARLISLE. The Republicans are tender of Carlisle's feel ings, because he was so impartial a Speaker when in the chair, and attempts on tho part of the correspondent of Tub Dispatch to get from some of the best parliamentarians of the Republicans an analysis of the ex-Speaker's address were invariable met with the remark: "Oh. let Carlisle alone; he's all right." "Bouquet Billy," as Mr. Springer has come to be known, on account of his eternal and un changeable red boutonniere, excuses his seem ingly spiteful conduct to-day, by saying that he wants the rules, and proposes to delay all he can tbe business of the House until he has a parliamentary law by which to guide himself. That ho will probably get, and, llko Bhylock, more law than he wants. The rnles will be reported as soon as they can be agreed upon, possibly to-morrow or1 the day after. It is desired to frame them in the inter ests of the transaction of public business, and right here it may be said that a good deal of the delay in forming the rules has been due to ex-Speaker Carlisle. So many lies have been told aoout tms tnat mere is no use mincing matters. NOT TO BE FOUND. When Republican members of the Commit tee on Rules wanted to consult Mr. Carlisle he was not to be found. Democratic criticism of the ex-Speaker's absence was open and em phatic, almost to the point in demanding that he abdicate and make way for ono who would give constant attention to this, nnder tbe cir cumstances, most important committee. Tbe rules when reported will.it is expected, in relation to the control of the minority, em body an absolute prohibition of filibustering, clearly defining the- points to which tbe crank and nlibusterer may go with dilatory methods, and empowering tbe Speaker to say at that -point,. "Thus far Shalt thou go, and so further." On the question of counting a quorum, whether it shall be decided to formally author ize tbe Speaker to count a "visible quorum" is a point not yet decided. Tbe best judgment of the Republicans is In favor of giving tbe Speaker this authority, but there are some ob jeotors. SEVERAL PBOPOSrXIONS. Another proposition is to designate 100 as the quorum necessary to pass bills in committee of the whole House. A majority of the whole House would, of course, still be necessary for the final passage of a bill, If tbe point of a quorum were raised, but such a rule would crcatly facilitate business in committee of tbe whole Honse.as it would lessen the opportunity for successful filibustering. Another innovation proposed is to prescribe thatno one exaept a member of the committee having a bill in charge shall bave authority to call up a bill and demands its consideration. All of these provisions would facilitate busi ness. Whatever tbe rnles may be, they will be adopted. In their consideration the Speaker will pursue methods similar to thosa which he has inaugurated. Liqutneb. NOT WHIPPED YET. DEMOCRATS IN CONGRESS WON'T AD MIT DEFEAT. They Continue the Course Decided Upon Dilatory Tactics Still Fanned Tbe Speaker Refuse to Recognize Democrats Only When Ho Wishes To. Washington, February 4. The details of the day's proceedings in the Honse, as reported by the press, follows: That the Democrats did not consider them selves as vanquished, and that they proposed to throw in the way every obstacle in the trans action of business until some rules were adopted for the government of the House, was shown by their demand for tbe reading of yesterday's journal in fulL However, the Clerk read this with such rapidity that the task consumed lit tle more than half an hour. The reading hav ing been completed, Messrs. McKInley and Springer arose, tbe former to move that the journal be approved and the latter to declaro that not more than halt of the journal had been read, and to demand the reading of the portions omitted. Mr. McKInley was recognized, and the Speaker paid no attention to Mr. Springer's protests. Mr. Springer thereupon remarked that the Speaker not only made no the journal in bis own way, but refused to bave it read when it was made up. Mr. McKInley demanded the previous ques tion on his motion. Tbe previous question was ordered yeas 163, nays 0 a number of Demo crats bein entered on the Journal as nresent and not voting. Mr. Springer inquired for corrections of tbe tally, but when, in response to tho Speaker's request! be expressed his inability to point out any individual instance of error, no objection was made to the an nouncement of the vote; but several Demo crats kept a strict count on the next vote, which was on the approval of the journal. The journal was approved yeas 163. nays 0 tbe quorum being counted by the Speaker. WOULD NOT ADJOUBN. Mr. Springer moved to aajourn, suggesting that this was tho proper time to enter such a motion; and on this occasion his motion was entertained by the Speaker, only to be de feated by a vote of yeas U4. nays 161. The Speaker then proceeded to lay before the House various Senate bills for reference, and among them was one to relieve the Treasurer of the United States from the amount now charged to him and deposited with tbe several States. This bill, the Speaker referred under the rules to the Committee on Ways and Means. Mr. Bland, of Missouri, moved that the bill be referred to the Committee on Appropria tions. The Speaker at first declined to enter tain Mr. Bland's motion, but after debate said that for the present tbe Chair would follow the ruling of the last House. Tbe Speaker: "Tbe fentleman from Missouri moves that the bill e referred to tbe Committee on Appropria tions." Mr. Springer demanded the reading of tbe bill, and expressed his ability to show by par liamentary law that that demand should be complied with. The Speaker, Ignoring Mr. Springer, directed tbe Clerk to call the roll, but Mr. Springer was indefatigable, and ex claimed ttiat this was the first time in the his tory of tbe House that a member bad been denied the right to have read the measure which he was to voto upon. , The Speaker thereuDon blandly directed tbe read1ng of the bill. Mr, Bland's motion was defeated yeas, 9; nays, 151 the quorum being counted by the Speaker. Mr. Flower moved that the bill be referred to the Committee on Judiciary. Mr. Flower's mo tion was defeated yeas, W; nays, 135. NOT A PAEXT VOTE. For the first time in several days this was not a strict party vote, the following Republicans voting with tbe Democrats in the affirmative: Adams, Brewer. Butterworth, Cheadle, Cooper, of Ohio; Henderson, of Iowa; Kerr, of Iowa; Mason, Strnblo and E. B. Taylor, of Ohio. The result having been announced, Mr. Mc KInley arose and moved tbe reference of tbe bill to the Committee of Ways and Means and npon that motion demanded tbe previous ques tion. Mr. McCreary.of Kentucky. I move that the House do now adjourn. The Speaker. And the Chair refuses to en tertain the motion. Laughter. Mr. McCreary then rose to a parliamentary Inquiry. A motion to adjourn, he said, having been voted down and otber business having in tervened, if a motion to adjourn was not in order now, when would it be in order T 'Laugh ter. The Speaker replied that ordinarily a motion to adjourn was in order, but that the situation ol the Honse was such as to render it Improb able that the Houso desired to take action, pensive laughter on the Democratic side. The proceedings to-day bad been of the same character as those of preceding days, and it was evident to tbe Chair that these motions were made for the purpose of obstruction and delay. The Chair, continued Mr. Reed, had already ruled upon that point, and an appeal bad been taken and the decision of the Chair had been sustained; and, as the Chair had said at that time, tbe Speaker was but the organ of tho House. Murmurs on the Democratic side were heard, indicative of a doubt as to tbe correctness of the statement of the Speaker Mr. McCreary endeavored to restore quiet on his sido of the House, and was finally successful. The Speaker Gentlemen will be in order. I bave no doubt that gentlemen on that side of the House (indicating the Democratic side) will imitate tbe courteous manner of the gen tlemen from Kentucky. THE CASE STATED. Continuing his statement, the Speaker said: "That being the Btate of the case, and the ordinary time that tho House has indicated its wish to adjourn not having arrived (derisive laughter on the Democratic side), tbe Chair feels he is carrying out the wishes of the House in making this ruling." Mr. McCreary then rose to a question of per sonal privilege. The Speaker There cannot be a question of personal privilege when a demand for the pre vious question is pending. Mr. McCreary I made my motion to adjourn in eood faith, because itisnownearly4 o'clock, and because I heard a member of tbe Commit tee on Rules say tbat it was probable that that committee would report tbe rules to-morrow. The Speaker did not think thi3 was a ques tion of personal privilege. Mr. McCreary thought that tbe Speaker had imputed certain motives to him in making his motion. The Speaker replied tbat he had im puted no motives to the gentleman. The rul ing of the Chair was not a personal one. It was not personal to the gentleman from Ken tucky. The vote was then taken on tbe demand for the previous question, and it was ordered yeas, 157: nays, 0. During the calling of the roll Mr. Springer held a consultation with Mr. McKInley, the result of which was that tbe Democrats made no further opposition, and the bill was referred to tbe Committee on Ways and Means, without division. Then on motion of Mr. McKInley the House adjourned. It is ex pected that a code of rnles will be reported to morrow. NOT ENOUGH TO EAT. A millionaire Lawyer Sued for Separate maintenance by His Wife Her Long Slory of Crnel Treatment Some Very Peculiar Charges. Chicago, February 4. Mrs. Adelaide Harding has brought suit against her hus band, George F. Harding, a millionaire lawyer, demanding a separate maintenance. They were wedded in 1855, and have seven children, the oldest being 32 years. Until Qctober. 1SSS, says Mrs. Harding, she and her .husband live4.hacpilx.toge ther, and with a mn foir love and esteem. Then there, came a change In his conduct, and he began, she de clares, a course of systematic cruelty which was kept up until the beginning of tbo present month, when she left bis house. In October, 1SSS. tbe husband, it is alleged, deprived her of credit at tbe stores, and proposed to make ber an allowance of 50 per month. Since tbat time Mrs. Harding alleges be bas paid ber but $350. Next sbe was deprived of tbe use of tbe horses and carriages except at certain times specified, the wife declares, by the coachman, who was insulting in bis conduct toward ber, and allowed her to drive out only at such times as suited bis convenience. Mrs. Harding also says that her husband made a systematic effort to turn her children against her; that be Insti tuted a system of rewards to tboso children who would treat ber disrespectfully, and those who gave her love and obedience were pun ished by being deprived of all youthful pleas ures and threatened with disinheritance. In November last Harding discharged the servants, and tbo wife says she was compelled to do the bulk of the housework. Another regulation tbat Mrs. Harding describes was tbe husband's giving the whole charge of the household supplies into tbe bands of Beatrice, a daughter 16 years old. Nothing conld be pro cured by the plaintiff except upon the daughter's orders. Once Beatrice failed to make a requisition, and the family lived on cornmeal and flour from Saturday until Mon day. Mr. Harding, says the wife, took his meals at his club. The complainant sarfl her husband is worth 2.000.000 to S3.OOO.O0O; lie has an income of from 75,000 to 1100,000 per year. TROUBLE IN ALGER'S MINES. Determined Striken Defy tbe Sheriff and Are Holding the Ground. Makquette, Mich., February 4. About 60 laborers employed at the Volunteer mine, a property located at Palmer, some five miles from Negaunee, struck for an advance of wages Saturday They bad Deen receiving (1 60 and demanded 2 per day. The company operating the mine refused to grant the advance, and, as tbe men stood out tor the raise, other men were hired to take their places, and several of these started to work yesterday. The strikers inter fered and wonld not allow them to go to work, when tho company appealed to the Sheriff for assistance. That officer swore in several dep uties and, with his posse armed with Winches ters, went to Palmer to-day and tried to dis perse the mob of strikers, but they were well armed and stubborn and tbe Sheriff's feeble force failed to intimidate them. At this writing the Sheriff bas a large nnm ber of well-armed men on the ground, Tout tho strikers manifest no signs of yielding. It is feared that they cannot be brought to their senses without some blood letting. The mine is one that was purchased by General Alger a year ago and be is the principal stockholder in the company operating it. DIED IN P0FEHTI AND OBSCURITY. A Onc-TIme Political Boss of St. Louis Panes Awny. ISFECTAI. TZLICBAM TO TUB DISPATCH.! St. Louis, February 4. Constantino Ma guire, a leading member of the old St. Louis whisky ring, died In the Lexlan Brothers' Hos pital last night, in poverty and oDscnrity. Ma gulre was Collector of Internal Revenue and a great local political boss during the palmy days of the whisky ring. The headquarters of the gang was a saloon on Fourth street, where fully $50,000 a year was spent in campaigns. The prosecutions resulted in the conviction of John McDonald, who was Supervisor W. O. Avery's chief clerk of the Treasury Department, and William McKee, who, as proprietor of the Globe, received large bundles of swag for his silence. John A. Joyce was afterward convicted in Jefferson City. O. E. Babcock, President Grant's private secretary, was acquitted. Bab cock was drowned. McKee died broken hearted, and Joyce is on the line tbat divides genius and insanity. A CHINESE EMBEZZLES. Ha Skips With 83,000 In Cash and Another Mongolian's Wife. Chicago, February 4. Chinese circles are agitated over the simultaneous disappearance of Chin Tom and the sum of 55,000, which he borrowed from numerous confiding Celestials dolog business here. Chin, who is said by bis friends to be a gambler, did not stop at taking 5,000. He also carried with bim Mrs. Chin Loy. a white woman, who asked for a divorce some days aco from her Celestial spouse. It Is not known where Chin Tom bas gone. The angry Chinaman will depend upon their own spits to track him, rather than report the matter to the police. A GREEN GOODS MAN Narrowly Escapes Death at the Bands of One of His Victims. TWICE THE TRIGGER WAS POLLED. A Kentucky Postmaster 0bject3 to SaTTdnst Swindle. tbe TWO BROTHERS RELATE A TALE OP WOE. Their Szperiences With a Couple of Artistic Metra politan Sognes. Two brothers from Kentucky, one a post master, went to New York to purchase a quantity ot "good money at a discount." They secured $10,000 in bills, for which they paid $750. Later the bundle of bills was changed, and when the swindle was discov ered the postmaster commenced shooting. He is now in jail, but the rogues are free. iSrZCIAt. TELZOniM to the dispatch. 1 New Yobk, February 4. Three passen gers got off the Pennsylvania Eailroad ferry boat Jersey City at 4. o'clock this after noon. Two of them evidently were country men. They were tall and broad-shouldered. Both wore beards. One of them carried a handsatchel. The third was a short man nattily dressed. He walked between the two. In the ferry house the man with the satchel stepped into a side room. The little man stopped .and talked with his compan ion. They stood there a minute and then there came a shout from the side room where the man with the satchel had gone. "Swindled, by cracky," he yelled. The little man made a dive for the street 25 feet away, and the man to whom he had been talking whipped out a revolver and fired at him. The little man fell on his face and the man with the revolver ran to within ten feet of him and deliberately pointed the revolver at his head and pulled the trigger. The weapon missed fire. A ferry boat had just come in and the little man jnmped like a shot and mingled mine crowd, ne was out oisigntinajiuy. HE SHOT TO KILL. The man who had fired the shot stood with the smoking revolver in his band, peering after the little man. The man who had gone into the sideroom with, the satchel, came out with two disarranged square bundles in his hands. "They done us, John," he said, "put up your gun." Policemen Rlckerick and Keen and Detect ive Dalton bad beard the shot, and ran into the depot and arrested the man with the revol- ver. ir. "What were you trying to dof asked Dal- ton. "We was swindled, by gosh," said the pris oner, "and I shot to kill." 'rio was taken to police headqnarters,and the man with the bundles followed. They both went before Chief of Police Mnrphy. "My name is John E. Holcomb, and I'm Postmaster of Malda, Jackson county, Ken tucky," said tho man with the revolver. "This man here," pointing to his companion, "is my brother Lew. and we've been swindled. You see, it was this way." he continued. "My brother and I got a letter from a fellow named Wilson.who said he bad lots of eood money to sellat a discount for cash. He it said would go down our way, and we opened up a cor respondence with him by telegraph. Finally we decided to come on and get a sample of bis goods. A fellow met ns at the depot and took us to New York somewhere to a room. Oh, they had stacks of good money there." THE SAME OLD STOKY. The Chief laughed. "Ob, you needn't laucb. It was good money, by gosh; it was good money. I'm an expert, I am, on .money, an' by gosh I made 'em light the gas. An' didn't I look through the bills and seo tbe water mark on themT There must have been 51,000,000 of it, and when I got through looking at It they pulled out a box full of gold 20 pieces. They were good, I know, 'cause 1 hefted them. Well. I talked It over with Lew and we boneht 750 worth. Wo got 510,000 in bills. "We weren't going to let them get the best of us, so we told tnem we did not know the way to the ferry and wanted one of tbem to go with us. The little shaver what I shot at said he'd come along, and I fixed it with Lew so I'd keep an eye on tbe little cuss while he took a look at the goods before we got on the train to see if they war all there. We wasn't takine any chances, you see, because a lot of people down our way have lost money by not beinz smart. "Comlne over on the ferryboat the little fel low saj'B to me, says he: 'You ought to give me !5 for showing you the way; that's customary.' So I gave him 55. When we got off tbe boat I bung to him close, and Lew he slipped off to a room in tbe depot to look at the goods and make sure. The little fellow talked so nice while he was gone I kind 'a felt ashamed for suspecting him, when I beard Lew shont tbat we'd been swindled. At the same time the little fellow dashed off. I knew we'd been swindled. Chief, you've been a policeman long enough to know tbat no honest man 'ad run away. I pulled my gun quick and oanged at him. There was a good many people around and I guessed I missed bim. He fell flat on his face and I ran up to him and pulled the gun again. I had a bead right on his head this time, Cblef, and I'd a killed him, by gosh, if the darned gun had not gone back on me." POOE CONSOLATION. t "Yes, he'd a killed him, by cracky, for be had the right bead on him," added tbe brother who had so far kept quiet. "I wish you had killed him," said the chief, and tbe two brothers looked gratified. Tbat look vanished when tbe cblef added, "We would have hanged you then, and the country would have been rid of three swindlers." "Well," continued Mr. 'Wanamaker's Ken tucky assistant, "before I could draw another bead on him the slippery little cuss bad sneaked into the crowd." Thn chief examined the bundles that thn postmaster's brother had brought with bim. There was a SI bill in each bundle on top and the rest of tho package was made up of closely packed sawdust. The brothers watched the examination with crestfallen looks on their "Holcomb," said the chief, addressing the postmaster, "don't you know you violated a city ordinance in discharging a firearm T You might have killed some one." "I wanted to, by gosh, I wanted to kill tho little cuss," replied the postmaster. "You will be held to answer for violating the ordinance," said tbe cblef, directing a police man to take tho postmaster to the police sta tion in a patrol wagon. The brothers looked at each other a moment. "If that little fellow wants to make a charge of attempted mnrder against you," said the chief, "you may go to jail for five years." Tbo postmaster turnod pale. "Ob, he won't be back, John." said the brother reassuringly. Lewis Holcomb went to a hotel. He will wait for tbe postmaster's release -before be returns to Kentucky. The green goods man has not violated any of the laws of New Jersey, and if he wants to prosecute the postmaster the Jersey City police will be glad to see him do it, and he can do it in safety as far as the .lernov law is concerned. A GEAND ARM! PB0TE8T Causes n Lively Partisan Debate In the Iowa State Senate. Des Moines, February 1 The session of the House lasted about an hour. After the opening exercises Senator Bolter Introduced resolutions adopted by a G. A. Rv post con demning tbe action of the Senate in electing civilians to tbe minor offices in their gift. Ob jection was raised to the matter going on rile because It was in disrespectful language. The Democrats sooke very strongly in favor of having the resolutions go on record, and tho Republicans against them. The Chair finally ruled that for reasons assigned the paper should not go on file. The Senato adjourned until to morrow. NO 0NB INSIDE INJUBED, Four Person! Killed by the Fall of a Heavy Church Bell. BT DOKiaP'S CABLE COHPAKT.1 Montaqne, February 4. Father Hervison, the cure or tbe village, was celebrating mass, when tbe heavy church bell crashed through the roof in front of the altar. The priest, unmoved, continued his holy office, although hidden by clouds ot dust and stones tailing all around. No one inside the church was hurt, but four people were killed outside. , I0TS OF LOOTING. representative IilcMlllIn on tho Probable Expenditures of Conareti Millions for Mnny Purposes Hangers On Rubbing Their Hands . In Positive Glee. rVBOM A STAVT COKHESrONBITr.l Washington, February 4. "The loot ers are upon us," remarked Representative McMillin, of Tennessee, to-day as he stopped for a moment to connt up the probable amount of the extravagant expenditures to be made by the present Congress. He con tinued: The situation is just this: Speaker Reed first of all decided tbat there should be no tellers to verify his statement of what the House had done. Then ho took to himself the right to make a quorum by the help of his pencil. He has denied the right of a member to appeal from bis decisions and he has declined to permit a member of a properly organized legislative body to move mat mat noay aujonrn, Before he was elected Speaker, Mr. Reed let it be understood tbat the proceedings of the House should be conducted unuer general parliamentary law, or else mat tbe rules should be so changed that it would become impossible for the minority to prevent any legislation desired by the majority. Being aware of these views entertained by tbe new Speaker, as soon as he was elected a joyfnl chorus arose from the ranks ot the looters, and everybody having a scheme by which to get bold of some of tbe money in the treasury rushed down to Washington and congratu lated each other on Reed's election. I will guarantee that this Congress spends more than 150,000,000 over and above the actual necessary expenses of the Government. The schemes are already on foot, and tbey cannot be escaped from, which will involve this enor mous expenditure. There's the subsidy of the merchant marine, involving no one knows bow many millions; and tbe subsidy of ships for carrying our foreign mails. There's the Blair education bill, calling for an expenditure of 90,000,000: the refunding of tbe direct tax, which will cost over 120,000,000; pension legisla tion, which Is liable to run up to 5125,000,000, in cluding what will be necessary to make good the deficiencies arising from the extravagances of last summer, before this Congress assembled. Then there's the reopening of old warship con tracts, which are to be paid off, and which will involve large sums. The paying of a bounty to sugar planters is also one of tbe possibilities. Altogether, the bangers-on around Congress are looking for agrand scramble and distribu tion of money. There will be lots of it let loose. . THE EN1HN SIGHT. Thirty-Eight Yean of Litigation Necessary to Settle Up an Estate Property In the City of Washington, Worth 825,000,000 Involved The Heirs Happy. 1SFECMX. TXLEQBAM TO TBI DISrATCH.1 Philadelphia, February 4. The fa mous Blodget estate, which embraces nearly 250 acres of the most valuable city land in the city of Washington, is soon to be por tioned out among the heirs. Lorin C. Blodget, the well-known Philadelphia scientist, has been engaged for the past week in answering the interrogatories set forth by a United States Commissioner on the subject, and bis replies have been duly forwarded to the Clerk of the Supreme Court of Equity in Washington, where they will make the final evidence in the case, involving property worth f25.0OO.O0O. The history of the case is one of the most Interesting in American annals. In the year 1791 Samnel Blodget bought 512 acres of land in what Is now the city ot Washington. An arrangement with the Government, which then desired to make Washington the national capital, to divide his land In such a way that Mr. Blodcret and the Government each re ceived 5.803.536K snnare feet. Mr. Samuel Blodget held his half during bis lifetime, and then the propertywent to bis widow andihil-LUe1? dren. Mrs. Samuel Blodget recoived the rents from it, and when she died, in 1837, the heirs asked Mr. Lorin C. Blodzet to take charge of their interest. To him tbey made a deed, absolutely giving him possession of tbe property, but a dispute bad arisen as to owner ship. When this was settled tbe question of bow a valid titla should bo made came np, and f orJ33 years, against tremendous obstacles and interminable iejral delays at Washington, Mr. Blodget bas fonght for tbe estate, in which be has a half interest, spending his own means freely. Maria Louise West, of Baltimore; Julia Ann Britton, of this city; John A. Blodget, of Bed fordall children of Samuel Blodget with "the children of Ellen Matilda Blodget Smith, a de ceased daughter of Samuel Blodget, made the deed of 1852 to Lorin C. Blodget. Tbe long de lay, in recent years, bas been partly caused by searches for heirs, but all have been found, and all are ready to affix their names to deeds for purchasers of parts of tbe Blodget estate, thus making a perfect title possible. AN INCURABLE DISEASE Believed to be Waging War Upon the Ex istence of Premier SnlUbnrr. UT DIINLAP'B CABLE COMPAST. London, February 4. Sinister rumors are flying about touching Lord Salisbury's health. He is far from well and the grip is losing its hold on him very slowly. The Prime Minister has a morbid dislike to publicity, and bo bates telegrams or letters of inquiry. He insists on rigid silence about all that happens at Hatfield, which accounts for tbe fact that It has only just leaked out that a fire had burst out there at Christmas and was only quenched by the prompt action of Jjord Salisbury's brother. During the excitement Lady Salisbury re ceived a painful injnry to her eye and ber ankle. Unofficial circles are convinced the Prime Minister is suffering from an insidious, depressing and probably incurable disease, and tbat his actions in tbe case of Portugal were due more to bodily infirmity than diplomacy. A YILLAGE SPLIT IN TWO. Lot of Trouble Over n Plngne of Pesky Little GrnjbncU. rSPECIAI, TXLXGBAV. TO TUB Dig PATCH. 1 Shabon, February 1 Barbeyville, lying east of here, is in a higher state of excitement than when the Village Council ordered the purchase of a new town pump, over the Introduction of a plague of "graybaeks," or army lice, from an unknown source. Tbe public school suffered tbe worst, and the institution has been almost broken up on account of the pest. The school directors, at a meeting, ordered the expulsion of several pupils whom they held responsible for tbe epidemic, and the parents of these pupils are preparing to bring suit against the authorities for slander and defama tion of character, alleging the stories to be false and malicious. Ibe village is divided into factions upon the subject. bismakcb: for Portugal. The Wllr German Chnncellor I Said to Ilan Changed His Mind. 'BT DCSLAP'S CABLE COMPACT. I Berlin, February 4. The British .Embassy to tbe Court of Germany is puzzled by reason of tbe fear tbat Prince Bismarck is veering round In favor of Portugal. It is unknown what influence Is working but it is certain that Bismarck wishes for a European or American conference independ ent of tbe present Brussels conference to de termine the limits of each power's sphere of Influence in Africa. Lord Salisbury would have accepted this con ference, but asserts th at Spain, France, Italy, Austria and Russia have been secured before hand, thus isolating England, and thereupon will probably refuse to attend. BOUNCING A NAUGHTY PEEACHEE. Tbe Council Find Tbat Rev. John H. Turner Wai Very Indiscreet. ISPZCIAL TELIGEASI TO TITS DISPATCH.! Middletowjt, N. Y., February 4. Tbe coun cil was called to order for the trial of Rev. J. H. Turner, to-day, by Presiding Elder James H. Smith, of Norwalk, Conn. The trustees made five charges, each with one or more specifica tions. Included among the charges those of im proper conduct toward certain members of his flock. Threats were made of shooting Trustee Peter Warner for untruthfulness. The council remained In session most of tbe night, the result being a nnanimous decision that the conduct of Rev. John H. Turner bad been indiscreet and certainly unbecoming a minister, and his removal from the pastorate of the church. Snnnderion Will Lretnre In America. CUT DDKLAP'S CABLE COMr-AXT.l London, February 4. Colonel Saunderson, 'a rabid antl-Parnellite member of Parliament has arranged for a lectnring tour of America, Canada and Australia in the interest Of Union ist principles. ANlift EEEE WOOL '. If' o . And Failed jt- s Business Because' Vii Wn in flnf Tf He Wai VV klU bll UCl ILi Wlwy . 4 EIGHT HDHDEUPLOYES IDLE, And tie Liabilities" ated at Abont ft Millioisiollars. PHILADELPHIA'S BIG HILLS CLOSED. Another Tailors Cinstd by the Assignment Sk llada Keeessary. Joseph P. Mnrphy, one of the largest woolen manufacturers in Philadelphia, failed yesterday for about $1,000,000. Mr. Murphy attributes his failure to excessive duties on raw materials. He was a free-wool man, and for that reason supported Cleve land during the last campaign, although always a Bepublican until that time. The failure will throw 800 employes out of work. ISriCXlI. TELEOUAM TO TUB DISPATCH. 1 Phiiadeuhia, February 4. The busi ness community was startled to-day by the announcement of the failure of Joseph P. Murphy, one of the largest woolen manu facturers of this city, whose great mills at Fourth and Cumberland streets gave employment to over 800 hands. Mr. Murphy made a general assignment for the benefit of his creditors to Hugh J. Hamill, a woolen manufacturer, trading under the firm of B. Hamill & Co., whose mill is at Cumberland and Mill streets, Germantown, and John J. McDon ald, Vice President of the Produce National Bank. Murphy owed Hamill $40,000, and his failure caused that of B. Hamill & Co., who in turn made an assignment to David ScanneL an artist of 811 Arch street It is impossible to-night to learn the exact liabilities of Joseph P. Murphy, but tbey are estimated at over tl. 000,000, with assets nomi nally as much, but wbose market value is very much less. When B. Hamill & Co. made an as signment, Hugh J. HamiU withdrew as assignee of Joseph P.Murphy. leaving McDonald sole as signee. In the Hamill assignment preferences were made in favor of David ScanneL J. J. Mc Dondald. and tbe Produce National Bank. Hamill's liabilities, it is believed, will not ex ceed $50,000, and they expect to bo able to re sume. A close friend of Mr. Murphy said to-night that his failure was directly due to the general demoralization in the woolen trade caused by the excessive duties on raw materials. Ho said the trade had been in a bad shape for more than two years. Two open winters had had a bad effect on prices, said he, which had been aggravated by many successive heavy failures, all caused by the unwise tariff laws Imposing heavy duties on raw wool. The failures of Clark and of King, and of tbe Almy Manufacturing Company and others had thrown great quantities of goods on the market, and prices bad been slaughtered. These things, it was said, had caused Mr. Murphy's failure, and not any mismanagement or extravagance on his part. During tbe last Presidents! campaign Mr. Murphy, who had always been a Republican, supported Mr. Cleveland, because, as he pub- said.h8 tariff laws must be revised or uisaster wouiu OYeriai&e tue country. Mr. Mnrphy has been in business for 20 years, and always stood high. STILL DEMOCRATIC. Both of ths Special Ohio Legislatlre Elec tions Go That Way The Succe of the Gerrymandering Scheme Is Now Assured. rSFXCIAI. TILSOKAM TO TUB DISPATCH. 1 COLtraiBUS, February 4. The informa tion from the Fourth Senatorial District to night is very meager. At midnight a dis patch was received stating tbat the Repub licans conceded the Democrats had carried Brown county by LOOO at least, and the Repub licans here state that will settle the point as to the election of Pattison, Democrat, the only question being as to the size of the Democratio majority. The extravagant reports of money being used on both sides are generally discred ited here. In this county tbo election of a Representa tive to take the place of Lawler, Democrat; was held to-day. Hoffner. Democrat. Is elected by over 3,000, while the regular Democratic ma jority in the county is not mors than L2U0 to 1,500. The Republicans apparently took no In terest in the election, while tbe Democrats were active and had plenty of workers at the polls. A dispatch from Ripley, O., says: The elec tion for State Senatorfin this, tbe Fourth Sena torial district of Ohio, to elect a successor to Judge Asbburn. took place to-day. The dis trict is composed of Brown and Clermont conn ties, and last fall Ashbum carried tbe district by about 1,000, so tbat tbe Republicans bad the odds against them. There was consid erable excitement here over tbe election, as the election of a Republican would mean a change in the complexion of tbe Legislature. The re turns indicate tbat Pattison, Democrat, earned the county Dy about 8C0. Nothing has been heard from Clermont county, but tbe election of Pattison is assured by the vote of Brown county. This will give tbe Democrats the Senate, so the State can be re-districted, tho State boards organized and the next House may be thrown to the Democrats. Tbe Repub licans now have 16 and the Democrats 5 Con gressmen, and if the State is redistrlcted ths order will be chanced, so the Republicansrill bave about the same tbe Democrats have now. SUICIDE THIS MOBNING. Gertie Francis Jumps From the Ninth Street Bridge to a Watery Grave Her Es cort's Back Hardly Tamed When SheLenped Over. About 12:15 this morning a girl named Gertie Francis, 21 years old, who was employed In Jones' restaurant on Federal street, Allegheny, committed suicide by jump ing into the Allegheny river from tbe Ninth street bridge. Abont 13 o'clock a young man named Charles Anstin. who stops at 75 Isabella street, was on bis way home and met tbe girl standing at the corner of Isabella and Sandusky streets. She had no bat on, but bad a sbawl wrapped about ber sboulders. Austin was acquainted with tho girl, she having worked in a house where hs formerly boarded. Tbo pair stood awbile talk ing, and the girl said that she was going over to Pittsburg. Anstin volunteered, to accompany her part of the way, and tbey started over the Seventh street bridge. Tbey had not proceeded very far when they again stopped to talk, and ths girl suggested that tbe wind was too strong and tbat tbey go up and over tbe Ninth street bridge. This suggestion was adopted, and tbey started over that way. When the middle of the bridge was reached, Austin suggested that he had gone far enough, and she need have no fear to go alone the rest of tbe way. The pair then separated and Austin turned to walk back to Allegheny. He bad hardly gone ten feet when he beard a scream and turned to see thatMiss Francis had climbed up on tbe railing, and as sbe screamed shs jumped over and sank to a watery grave. AN EN0EM0US B0BBERI. Brazilian Specie and Bonds to the Talae of 81.230,000 Stolen. (BT DUNLAP'S CABLE COXPANT.1 Axtwebp; February 4. The steamer La Plata, from Buenos Ayres, bas arrived. Specie and bonds to the value ot 51,230,000 are missing. It is supposed they were stolen during the voyage. A Storm Coming From tho West, WAsniKQTOir, February 4. The storm that bas been developing for several days in the Northern Rocky Mountain regions commenced a rapid movement eastward Monday night and will probably continue its course eastward to New England Wednesday.