THE PITTSBURG- DISPATCH, ' SATURDAY; T APRIL a'rlli' 1891;
CLEARIHG THE DECKS
Chief Bigelow Getting Everything in
Readiness to Commence the
TVAITLNG DPOX THE LEG1SLAT0KE
To Give Him the Necessary Authority to
Go Ahead With Needed Street
EXTEXDIXG THE CITI WATER SYSTEM.
Hutiiag an Jgreentat en Ltgislstioa for Second
Chief Bigelow is preparing for the regular
summer campaign of the Department of
Public Works. He is afraid that he cannot
make it as vigorous as last year, owing to the
chaotic condition of street improvement legis
lation. The Chief returned from Harrisburg yes
terday, where he had been watching the
procress of the rait of street bills through
the legislative rapids, prepared at any
moment to jump out and loosen the key log
in case a. jam resulted. The torrent of
legislative eloquence having been cut oft
by the Usual weekly adjournment from Fri
day until Monday, the Chief and Senator
.Flinn came home.
Mr. ISigelow is very anxious that these
or similar bills should be passed at the
earliest possible moment, so that he can ar
range for the work to be done this summer.
At this time of year it is usual to have a
great number of contracts awarded or ready
to be let, but in the present position of the
citr in this matter, there is no law to au
thorize any action on the'part of the Depart
ment of Public Safety.
Anxious for Street Improvements.
Chief Bicelow was kept busy all day yes
terday by property-holders who wanted to
know the prospect for grading, paving and
curbing the streets ou which they reside.
The Chief could tell them nothing very
definite, but assured them that they.would
be afforded relief in a short time. Many
property-owners have determined to waste
no time in waiting upon the city to award
contracts, but are making their own arrange
ments with contractors for street improve
ments. In this connection Mayor Gourley said
yesterday: "There are a great number of
streets, iu the East End especially, that
"Urgently need paving. Many of them, I
know myself, are absolutely impassa
ble in such weather as this. The
lower end of Aiken avenue is an
example of this. It has been paved from
fifth avenue to Home street, but from that
point to Ellsworth avenue it is simply an
almost bottomless mudhole. There are
other streets in the same condition Vickroy
street, in the Sixth ward, for instance. It
may not be generally known, but it was a
matter of sentiment that led M. A. Wood
ward to oppose the grading of Aiken ave
nue, and, incidentally, to questiou the con
stitutionality of the street acts.
Tried to Save Ills Trees.
Some years ago Mr. Woodward planted
several shade trees around his residence at
the corner o: Tilth and Aiken avenues. He
had watched thee trees with jealous care,
and when the grade of Aiken avenue was
changed he was afraid that his trees would
be ruined. He had come to feel an affection
for them, valuing them not for their in
tritisicalue alone, and was strongly opposed
to any action likelv to injure them."
Chief Bigelowand Superintendent Wilcox,
of the Water Bureau, will hold a conference
on Monday on the extension of the water
service this summer. This work has been
held by the delay in passing the annual ap
propriation ordinance. This bureau is one
tr the best money makers the city possesses.
"o mams are laid on nrw streets unless
there are enough consumers to guarantee a
return of 10 per cent on the cost of the water
extension. On many streets the city gets a
return of SO, 40 and 50 per cent, and there is
one case on record where a 100-yard main,
supplying 40 lamilics, has returned 200 per
cent per year on the first cost of the ex
tension. TrcventinE a AVastc of Water,
Chief Clerk Denison, of the Water
Uureau, in speaking of the ability of the
city to supply new consumers, said:
"So far we have had plenty of
water, and there would never be
a scarcity if there was no waste.
Many people are very careless in this re
spect. They know that a water pipe is leak
ing, but so long as it does not injure their
property they let the water run. If it
should flood their cellars, however, they
waste no time in letting us know. Some
two years ago we discovered a half-inch
water pipe that had been broken and run
ning at full force for four years. The grad
ual abolition of street hydrants has resulted
in a large saving of water. Thev used to be
Terv plentiful in this city at one period; and
nine-tenths of them were allowed to run
night and day.
A little reform that Chief Bigelow will
inaugurate at once is the matter of street
sweeping. There has been much complaint
about the machines filling the streets with
an opaque cloud of dust just as the theaters
are letting out at night, thereby spoiling
many handsome bonnets and injuring a
number of usually even tempers. The Chief
Dromises that hereafter, unless it is freezing.
lie will have the streets sprinkled before they
Kxpects the Street Acts Will Pais.
Chief Bicelow, in speaking of the street
legislation now before the State Legislature,
says that he lias no doubt that all the street
bills and curative acts will be favorably
acted upon next weekor the week following,
probably the l.tter.
Aslo the much-discussed clause. "majority
in number or interest," and the amendment
adopted in the Senate, which reads, "major
ity in interest and number," and which re
lates to the persons required to a petition for
a street improvement, Mr. Bigelow says:
"The amendment adopted in the Senate, and
winch was not adopted at the citizens' meet
ing here last Monday, substitutes the word
and'"for the word or' in this clause. Much
lias been said about this matter, but the
fact is, thai change had to be made. In the
first place the Supreme Court has said a
majority in interest' must sign a petition
for : sR-eet improvement, and there is no
getting over that. Iu the second place,
Governor 1'attisou has declared himself on
the subject, and he says" a majority in num
ber must sign.
On Hie Horns or a Dilemma.
"Xow, what are you going to do? If you
don't put in the 'and' the Governor will not
sign the bill, and it will fail. If he
should happen to sign it and you
would happen to get a majority in
number, and not in interest, on a
strtet improvement, the majority in interest
could go into court and the Supreme Court's
decision would put the expense on the city.
By putting iu the word 'and' we have tile
bill to conform with the Governor's views
and the Supreme Court decision.
"1 don't think, however, that street im
provements will be so hard to get under this
arrangement as some people have asserted.
Whpn the old act uuder which 1'orbes street
was pived was in operation, this same re
quirement was a feature of it, but it was
gotten over easily enough and in various
ways. The prevailing way was for a man
owning a considerable frontage and desiring
an improvement to divide it up into lots,
Siring deeds to members of his family or
others and thus secure a majority in num
bers as well as a majority in interest, which
had been previously secured. This has
been done before and can be done again."
31. A. Woodward Is Satisfied.
M. A. Woodward, upon his return from
Harrisburg, whither he had gone as a mem
ber of the citizens' committee, said: "We
appeared before the House Judiciary Com
mittee, not for the purpose of opposing addi
tional legislation for Pittsburg and other
cities of the second class, but to argue in
favor of amendments to certain bills intro
duced by Senator Flinn. amendments sug
gested at a meeting of citizens held in this
city last Saturday. We argned that the
measures should be so framed as to insure
to the people fair, reasonable and just legis
lation; that to pass certain bills without
such amendments as had been suggested
would not only be unfair to the taxpayers,
but would also make such acts subject to
overthrow at the hands of the Supreme
"The amendments offered to the two so
called curative bills, but which are really
remedial measures to the general street law
and to the act regulating cities of the sec
ond class, were conceded by the members of
the Judiciary Committee to be fair and
reasonaDle, and I have no doubt these bills
will be passed as amended by the citizens
of Pittsburg. Senator Flinn acted fairly,
conceding the wisdom and necessity of
securing the passage of such bills only as
will insure the citizens of Pittsburg and
Allegheny equity and justice."
Afraid of a Lack ot Uniformity.
Senator Flinn is opposed to the amend
ment rendering it necessary to obtain a ma
jority in interest "and" number to secure an
improvement, and the proposed change
giving property holders the right of choosing
the material for paving. He said: "Its re
sult would be that the property owners
vould pave the street in the cheapest man
ner and aitcruards the city would be at the
constant expense of keeping the thorough
fares in order, for when a street is once
paved the city and not the abutting prop
erty noiders must keep it in order. Again,
another result would be that one square
would be paved with blocks, the next with
asphalt, and the next possibly with wooden
block. There would be no uniformity what
ever in the paving on streets."
The Legislative Committees from the
Councils of both cities will meet at Alle
gheny City Hall this evening to discuss
street legislation. Senator iVeeb and the
Alleghenv representatives in the Legisla
ture will he present. The Allegheny Select
Council members were appointed yesterday,
and are Arthur Kennedy, William Lowe
and W. M. Kennedy.
PBEPABING THE DEATH WAEBANTS
Tor Four Convicted Murderers Now in the
Allegheny County .Tall.
The writs iu the cases of Alexander
Killen, Andrew Todt, alias Andy Dote,
Michael Sabol and George Busnock. of
Allegheny, convicted of murder in the first
degree, were received at the. Executive De
partment at Harrisburg yestesday. The
death warrants will be issued in due time.
Killen was convicted of the murder of
Mrs. Paul Budert at Tarentum, before the
Christmas holidays, and the other three
men were charged with killing Michael
Quinn during a riot at the Edgar Thomson
Steel Works at Braddock on New Year's
MANY ANXIOUS MINDS.
Hundred? of People on Thorns Pending;
the Result of tho Llccio Hearings
Pittsburg, Allegheny nnd AIcKeesport to
lie Handed Down Possibly on Monday.
Xever in the world's history, since lot
teries were invented, was there more con
centrated interest in the announcement of a
drawing than at present mav be found in
the cities of Pittsburg, Alle? -ny and Mc
Keesport. People who are not applying
for license to sell booze have caught the in
fection, and the interest manifested dwarfs
that taken in the coke strike and the Italian
imhroglia. The cierks' jaws id the Clerk
of Courts' office ached answering questions
yesterday. It was stated that the list of
successful apnlicants would be ready for
publication this morning; that it
would not be ready, and that it would not
he given out for publication on Sunday.
Stenographer Eullwood was given as au
thority for the statement tnat the list would
be ready for publication to-day, and the
judges were variouslyquoted as fixing Mon
day. Tuesday and Wednesday. Confusion
became worse confounded as time went on.
Finally Judge Magee set all conjectures at
rest by stating that the list would not be
ready for publication before Monday, and
possibly not on Tuesday.
I lie work ot inspection is very tedious.
During a portion of the time of hearing.
Judge AVhite was in bed with thegripp and
Judge Magee, desiring that his notes on
the hearings ad interim be scrutinized by
his coadjutor, the business is necessarily
tedious. The judges keep themselves
locked up with two tipstaves on guard to
prevent interruption. They refuse to read
their mail or allow any to "be brought to
them, as they do not want to be influenced
by pathos indulged in by ardent
applicants. The Judges will not
classify the cases as passed upon,
but Pittsburg, Allegheny and Mc
Keesport will come out of the hopper to
gether, and each unlucky applicant must
search for his tale of woe to suit himself, un
less the newspaper compilers see fit to take
the duty of classification upon them
selves. The interest manifested may
be gathered by a contemplation
of the magnitude of the interest
involved. Hundreds of leases of property
are contingent upon the result, and besides
hundreds of people, who may be bondsmen,
have an interest, the aggregate of which is
considerable, as a bondsman for a successful
applicant sometimes pockets several hun
dred dollars in a dead open and shut, as he
is given an indemnifying bond which makes
him secure no matter whether his protege
comes to grief or not
HIGH SCHOOL AFFAIBS.
Report of tho Principal and Other Matters
Before the Committee.
The High School Committee of the Cen
tral Board of Education met in the board
rooms last night in the regular monthly
session. The report of Principal Wood, of
the High School, for March showed an en
rollment of 751, with an average attend
ance of 0S1. The list of the text books ot
the school was considered for some time, but
no changes were made.
1 The Naturalist Society of the schoolfsent
in a request to be allowed to observe Arbor
Dav next Friday by planting some trees
about the school grounds. This was granted.
Prof. B. H. Patterson was granted leave of
absence during the last week of June in
order to allow him that much more time lor
bis summer trip to Europe.
With regard to the closing exercises of
the term, it was decided to have "class
night" on June 19, the final examinations
for admission June 22, 23 and 24, and com
mencement June 23. It was decided that
Miss AVood be continued as substitute for
Miss Simpson, deceased, until the close of
rirst Cremation Prom Heaver County.
The remains of Mrs. Elizabeth W. Brad
ford, wife of Arthur Bradford, of Ehou
Valley, were cremated at Samson's on Sixth
avenue yesterday morning. This is the
first person from Beaver county ever cre
mated. Her remains were incinerated at
her own request.
THE new steam carriage now in practical
nse In Paris will be described In THE DIS
PATCH to-morrow. All the news. Twenty
Three-story brick, large store room and
elevator on Sixth street; rents for ?2,600.
For information call at 1112 Pena avenue.
FIGHT OYER LICENSE
Is Making Things Lively Among the
Kesidents of Tarentnm.
THE ANTI-REPEALEKS AGE AHEAD.
Liq nor Men Are Very Angry at Eepresen
THEI ACCDSE HIM OF BREAKING FAITH
Tarentum has a liquor fight, and the lines
are closely drawn between those who want
license and those who oppose it. It dates
back to the days when special legislation for
almost any purpose could be secured at
Harrisburg. It was in 18G9 that townships
and boroughs were given permission to vote
upon the question of license or no license.
Since the passage of the Brooks law there
has hardly been a town in the State from
which there has not been a petition for the
revocation of the special law so that these
particular towns or boroughs could be put
under the operation ot the new act
There is no question that many of those
who have signed petitions for the repeal of
the prohibitory law, were uuder the impres
sion that such repeal by the Legislature
would relegate the matter of license, or no
I license, to the voters. Of course that is not
the case. The repeal ot the special acts
would naturally put any borough for which
such a change in the law was requested,
under the jurisdiction of the County Court,
so far as the granting of licenses is con
cerned. The Struggle at Tarentum.
Both sides at Tarentum are, as it were,
resting upon their oars. They have fought
their fight, and the temperance people are
believed to be the victors. They claim the
victory, at all events, and say that they have
Representative McCulIough on their side.
Judging from what the temperance people
and those who want the law repealed have to
say, Mr. McCulIough has got himself into
what the people up there call a "hole."
Both sides claim that he has made promises
and both sides insist that he has not kept
iaitb. The liquor men aver that he prom
ised them that if a proper petition for
license was prepared he would see that a
bill was introduced in the House for the re
peal of the special legislation of 1809.
The people who are opposed to the repeal
of the law that is, those who wish to keep
the town in the temperance list say that
Mr. McCulIough has been placed in such a
position that he must vote against repeal.
They say that while his first impression was
to the effect that repeal would be a good
thing, he has found that the sentiment
among the people who vote themselves,
and to a certain extent control votes, is
against license. The result has been that
the agitation has been dropped, and the
temperance people consider their case won.
Eev. S. T. Mitchell, pastor of the Metho
dist Church at Tarentum, has led the forces
against the liquor men. It was he who
found there was to be an eflort made at the
present meeting of the Legislature to have
the special prohibitory law repealed. He
heard there was a petition being circulated
in the town which wasto be sent to Mr. Mc
CulIough. Then he girded up his loins and
went for the liquor men not only the men
who had signed the petition, but he went
for those who had the petition in charge.
His success there really amounted to nothing,
because bis request to see the names on the
list was refused, though a few of them were
Petition of tho Temperance People.
Then Mr. Mitchell got up a counter peti
tion. This petition was based upon the
supposition that the Legislature would pass
the repealing act. He wanted to head off
any such bill by getting the Governor to
veto it. This petition was signed by nearly
all the manufacturers in Tarentum and by
a large number of the citizens. In this it
was stated that Tarentum, under the pro
hibitory law, had grown; that its citizens
were sober and industrious, and that a re
versal of present conditions would militate
against its prosperity.
I'ev. Mr. Mitchell, in speaking of the
opposition to the repeal ot the prohibitory
act, yesterday said: "We temperance people
were given to understand, some time ago,
that there would be an effort made to repeal
the special legislation whereby the people
of this town had decided to exclude from
its limits the sale of intoxicating liquors.
The paper that was handed around for sig
natures, I understand, had upon it 332
names of 'voters and citizens,' as it was
represented. 'Citizens would embrace a
large class of our population that are not
voters. Then I got up a counter-petition,
believing at the time that there was no
question as to the repealing bill passing the
Legislature. Of course, I was a little pre
mature, but there is nothing like being on
time. This petition was to go to the Gov
ernor. Signed by the Manufacturers.
"This petition," continued Mr. Mitchell,
"was signed by manufacturers who emplov,
all told, 2,600 men. J. B. Ford signed for
the Pittsburg Plate Glass Company, that
employs 1,100 men; Flaccus & Co., bottle
manufacturers, COO men; Hartley & Wilson,
tableware manufacturers, 500 men; Taylor &
Cballoner, 350 men, and Godfrey & Clark,
paper manufacturers, 125 men. 1 had in
tended to take this petition to the Governor
myself, but unfortunately the grip got me,
and there the matter rests just now. Still,
there is a committee consisting of Edward
Ford and J. D. Wilson, who will be at Har
risburg whenever the bill comes up before
the Committee on Vice and Immorality.
"How about Mr. McCulIough? Well, I
think Mr. McCulIough has heard from the
people vho sent him to the Legislature. As
I understand it, he had promised the liquor
men to introduce a repealing act and urge
its passage. Now that he has found-just
how the majority of his constituents stand,
he has been hedging. He wrote me to the
effect that the bill would come up this we'ek,
and that it would be well for those opposed
to it to be on hand. I think he is mistaken
about the lime the bill is to come before the
committee. Nevertheless we are keeping a
sharp eye upon Harristrarg.
Mr. Mitchell Charges Trickery.
"Now, again, I want to show the under
hand way in which the liquor men are try
ing to get the best ot us. The law of the
State of Pennsylvania requires that an ap
plication for the repeal ot an existing law
shall be advertised in the borough which it
may affect, for four consecutive weeks, and
that attached to this advertisemeut shall be
at least the name ot oue petitioner. Now,
in our local paper here this advertisement
has appeared, hut it is where no one, with
out he be a horseman, could see it The
notice follows an advertisement of a horse; it
is in small type, and it looks as if it was a
part of that advertisement. The liquor men
may think they are sharp by doing this, but
they will find themselves mistaken when
they see that the law has not been complied
with. Even upon that little technical point
we ran defeat them. As to what the liquor
men say about bringing liquor into town
from near-by places, where it is sold, I
can only state and I know t voice
the sentiment of the best class of the people
of this town that the farther away the
saloons the better they will be satisfied. The
moral men of the community are opposed to
the repeal of the law; and the bulk of the
morality of the community is upon our side.
Again, I want to say that all the manufac
turers and more than half the business men
of this towu are opposed to the repeal of the
What the Repealers Say.
The other side of the story is told by those
who have been advocating the repeal of the
prohibitory acts. The petition that was cir
culated was in the following language:
We request .the Legislature to repeal the
specials acts of the Assembly relating to and
governing said borough as to intoxicating
liquors, to wit the acts of April 9. 1S69, and of
April 13, 1SK) so that this borough will be gov
erned by the general laws of the State relating
thereto. Your petitioners show also that tho
borough Is inflicted with all the disadvantages
and hardships of the present license system,
wbile leceiving none of its benefits, for the
reason that the contiguous territory or Harri
son township is licensed and provided with a
number ot saloons, wholesale and retail, and
those residing in this borough who desire to
patronize the same, have simply to stopover
tho eastern toundarv of the borough to pro
cure all they wish. The effect of this is that
thoso who desire ono or two drinks are indnced
by reason of distance to imbibe more than is
beneficial, and return to the borongh in an in
toxicated condition. If the borough had a
license we would have ono or two first-class
hotels here, which wo need badly.
Albert Smith is the man who has stood
the brunt of the fight on the side of ihose
who want Tarentum borough to come under
the operation of the Brooks law. Mr. Smith
says that the one thing that is hurting Ta
rentnm is the absence of license. He says
that the question at this time woald hardly
be a debatable one had representative Mc
CulIough carried out his part of the agree
ment Said Mr. Smith: '
The Understanding With McCulIough.
"I undertook to take the petition for the
repeal of the special acts regarding prohibi
tion, so far as Tarentum was concerned, upon
an understanding with Mr. McCulIough,
Representative from this district, that he
would present and urge to its passage
a mea'sure that would release us
from our present position, so far
as the sale of liquor is concerned. The bill
was introduced, but it seems that Mr. Mc
CulIough has weakened, and we are what
may be termed 'in the soup.' I understand
that he has notified the other side as to the
precise time the bill is to come up and
advised them to have a delegation present
when the measure is before the Committee
on Vice andImmorai;ty. Wo have given
up the fight, because we think our Repre
sentative has gone back upon us. However,
we will make the fight again some of these
"Onr side of this story is plain enough,"
continued Mr. Smith. "Here in Tarentum
we have a population of about 5,000 people.
Just over the borough border there are fully
2,000 more. It is practically, one town. I
venture to assert that three-fourths of the
citizens of Tarentum proper are in favor of
the repeal of the act I believe, in fact I
know, that there is more whisfcy and beer
drunk in this town at the present time than
if there were two or three licensed hotels or
saloons here. Men who want whisky will get
it. The bad effect of the present system is seen
in the fact that boys go beyond the borongh
border into Harrison township, and come
back with kettles filled with beer. They
may not get it from the licensed saloons, but
they do get it, and a frequent sight in this
town is boys under the influence ot liquor.
A Great Many Clubs.
"Again, the fact of prohibition existing
in Tarentum has caused the organization of
a great many 'clubs.' The bad feature ol
the club system here is that checks pur
chased for drinks in one club are good at
another. The people who run these con
cerns have entered into an arrangement by
which this may be done. The result is that
there is much more drunkenness here than
there would be were there several licensed
houses. I know a man who is perfectly
willing to erect a fine hotel here provided be
could get a license. As it is, the town is be
ing lei t, for there is no first-class place
where travelers m3y stop."
There are many people In Tarentum who
agree with Mr. Smith, but, on the contrary,
tnere are probably as many who will fight
any attempt to repeal the prohibitory law
with all their strength. J. B. Ford, of the
Pittsburg Plate Glass Company, has joined
Rev. Mr. Mitchell in his fight against the
repeal of the law, and he has with him Mr.
Wilson, of Wilson & Hartley; Mr.
Challoner, of Taylor & Challoner, and Mr.
Clark, of Godfrey & Clark. While they
consider they have the battle practically
won, they are on the watch, and don't pro
pose to allow the repealing bill to slip
tnrougn it they can prevent it.
A ROMANCE OF SLAVERY.
An Ex-SIavo Supposed to nave Left a For
tune in Pittsbnrg A Prominent Colored
Citizen of nagerstown Hunting His Xiost
Brother No Record of Him Here.
Inquiry was made at the Bureau of Health
yesterday to ascertain whether one James
Jinkens, a colored man, had died in Pitts
burg recently. The information was asked
for by a railroad man who lives at Cumber
land, Md., who desired to aid some relatives
of Jinkens in recovering some property
which it was reported had been left to cer
tain heirs. However, a search of the records
by the Bureau of Health authorities proved
that no such person had died iu Pittsburg
within the last two years.
The cause of the inquiry being made was
a storv told to Edward Jenkins, a brother of
the supposed dead man, by a man who said
his name was Dr. Foster, and claiming to
hail from Pittsburg. Edward Jenkins is a
resident of Hagerstown, Maryland, and a
commissioner for the county in which he re
sides. The man who gave his name as
Foster called at Jenkins' home in Maryland
and told him that his brother had died in
Pittsburg about February 22, and had
owned a considerable amount of real estate.
Foster said he had lived in Pittsburg a
number of years, and had known James
Jenkins for quite a while. For further in
formation he told Edward Jenkins to call on
Charles Cook at No. 85 Penn avenue, and
there he could learn all particulars. A
visit was made to Pittsburg at once, but no
person seemed to know Cnarles Cook, and he
was r never known to have lived a
No. 85 Penn avenue. This put a stop to in
vestigation at that end and the Bureau of
Health office was visited with the result
Both the Jinken brothers were slaves be
fore the late war and they lost track of each
other about 1858. They were placed on sale
in that year and each one of them brought
S250. They were bought by two different!
people and since the sale it is said thai they
have never seen nor heard of each other.
For this reason more than any other is
Edward Jinkens anxious to find his brother.
Dr. Foster, who first mentioned the matter,
has also failed to put in-an appearance. It
is thought now that it was all a story on his
part, but he surprised Edward Jinkens by
being able to relate most of his brother's
former history, and this caused him to put
a great deal of faith in his storywhich he
has been unable as yet to find any truth in
PISHING CLUB 2ATES.
Tho Business Will Be Considered at tho
Next Passenger Meeting.
At the next meeting of the local Passen
ger Agents' Association, to be held iu a few
weeks, the fishing club business will be con
sidered. A party rate for ten or more will
be offered. It is expected nochangc will be
made in the rates of last season. The ex
cursion rates to Niagara Falls will go into
effect June 1.
Passenger agents complain of dull busi
ness, and with the prospective snarl in the
labor world over the eight-hour question,
they fear that the traffic this summer will be
General Passenger Agent Clark, of the
Lake Erie, reports that the receipts so far
this year area little ahead of last season at
HOWARD FIELDING doscribes a wom
an's shopping tour for THE DISPATCH to
morrow. A mirror true to nature with all
the humorous features brought out. Twenty
SAVED THE BUILDING.
An Improvement Which Nearly Wrecked a
Tnnnel Street House.
W. W. Price, contractor, tore out the
front of a dwelling at No. 18 Tunnel street
vesterday afternoon to put in a store front for
the owner. The removal of tne front wall
weakened the wall between it and the next
building, causing it to bulge out, endanger
ing to passersby on the street
The contractor at once notified Building
Inspector Hoffman, who visited the place
and ordered a proper brace put in which
eventually saved the other building.
Ds. B. M. HanIta. Eye, ear, nose and
throat diseases exclusively. Office, 720 Penn
street, Pittsburg, Pa. s&su ;
ALL WILL BE AIRED.
Mass Meeting of Carpenters to
Called Shortly to Protest
AGAINST EIGHT-HOUR DEMAND.
Corkworks Strikers Mill Get More Strike
MISCELLANEOUS INDUSTRIAL ITEMS
The agitation over the eight-hour demand
among the carpenters tooK a new tnrn last
nigbt At the regular meeting of local
union No. 230 steps were taken to call a
public mass meeting of all carpenters who
are opposed to making the sight-hour de
mand for the purpose ot fighting the move
ment, so as to let the public kuow the exact
extent of the disscusions in the ranks of the
The matter came up through a resolution
that was offered censuring the district coun
cil for the action taken at the meeting of
that body on last Tuesday night It was
stated to the Union that the district council
had deprived seven or eight unions the
privilege of voting on the matter; and that
in face of the fact that the total vote recent
ly taken instructing the delegates how to
vole on the financial question stood about
250 for and 450 against asking for strike
benefits. It was also stated .that, wbile not
reconstructing the district, the tote was
limited to unions locatcj within 12 miles of
Preparing for a Mass Mooting.
The resolution was adopted unanimously,
and a committee often members was ap
pointed to arrange forthe mass meeting of
nine-hour carpenters. It is proposed to
bold the meeting in Old Cjty Hall or La
fayette Hall, provided two other unions will
join iu the movement. A delegation from
230 will visit 165, in the East End
to-night, and 50G Monday night It
is expected that as these unions
voted aimost unanimously against the
movement tbey will take part in the
public demonstration. It was stated at the
meeting last night that if the meeting was
called it will be attended by at east 2,000
union carpenters who are opposed to the
eight-hour demand this. year. Prominent
members of the Brotherhood will address
the meeting, and plans will be devised for a
formidable opposition to the proposed
A. M. Swam, ex-agent of the Carpenters'
District Council, who has practically been
made the mouth-piece of the council by
reason of his election to the chairmanship of
a "press committee," was seen last night in
regard to the proposed nine-hour meeting.
Threats on the Other Side.
"If such steps are taken, the unions fat
ing part iu it will place themselves in a
position to lose their charters. Charges are
now pending against one of the unions for
refusing to recognize charges against one of
its members. There were no dissensions or
dissatisfaction in our ranks, until a few in
dividuals, who were forced into the brother
hood, stirred up the strife. The appeal that
was taken from the eight-hour question was
an entire illegal proceeding, and the Execu
tive Council was not long letting the in
stigators of it know that fact
"The vote just taken was not on the ques
tion of striking on May 1, but simply in
structing the representatives to vote on the
proposition to ask for strike money. There
was no reconstruction of the district for the
purpose of depriving anyone of a vote, nor
did we shorten the time for this purpose.
Notices were sent out over three weeks ago
that all votes must be in by last Tuesday
uight, and if any union lost their vote it
was through their own carelessness. We
acted finally on the matter at our last meet
ing, and the question of applying to the
Executive Board for strike benefits was
"There will really not be a strike May 1.
The men will not "ask the firms to sign an
agreement, and in many of the shops there
will be no cessatiou of work at all. The de
mands have beeu made, and in the shops
where the bosses grant them, work will con
tinue, and where they are refused, of course
the men will stav away. I suppose nine
hour men" will work for the bosses who re
fuse to grant eight-hours, but there are
notjmany of them and we can soou dispose
COAL COMPANIES COMBINING.
Two Hocking Valley Companies May Unite
Under Heavy Capital.
A proposition is under consideration to
consolidate the Hocking Coal and Iron
Company and the Ohio and Western Coal
No one In Pittsbnrg, so far as could be
learned, is interested, and the Ohio opera
tors having gone home, little information
about the deal could be obtained. President
Rae, of the United Mine Workers, said he
had heard something about it, but nothing
The capital stock of the Hocking Com
pany is 54,700,000", and it has a bonded in
debtedness of S1,000,000. The other con
cern is bonded for 53.000,000. It is pro
posed to capitalize the consolidated
company at 59,400,000 to be divided
as follows: 51,000,000 to the Hocking
Coal and Iron bondholders and $5,640,000 to
the stockholder, and 53,660,000 to the bond
holders of the Ohio and Western. Many of
tbe stock and bondholders of the Hocking
Company are opposed to the consolidation,
and it is not all plain sailing.
SEASONS FOE PE0SPEBITY.
A Great Wheat Crop Coming and Rail
roads Expected to Buy Iron.
Frank Robinson, of the Carbon Iron Com
pany, returned to New York last evening.
He thinks there will be plenty of business
next fall, and the year will wind up in hum
ming fashion.- He says there are numerous
reasons for it, but foremost is the
coming wheat crop of the country
which promises to be phenome
nal. On tin contrary the European
.crop is a failure, and France alone will be
09,000,000 bushels short. The balance of
trade will once more be in favorof America,
and French goli will pour into the country.
The railroads have been getting together
this year and better rates are the result.
The lines have scarcely bought anything for
two years, but they are down to the point
where they must buy, and they are expected
to' make heavy purchases in the next three
A VALUABLE EXPEEIMENT.
Dr. Dudley Testing Wearing Qualities
Hard and Soft Tires.
Dr. Dudley, the chemist of the Pennsyl
vania Company, is experimenting to deter
mine the relative wearing qualities of
hard and soft locomotive tires. The
hard tires, were made out of steel
containing 7 per cent carbon and tbe soft
ones out ot steel wilb'3 per cent carbon. The
tires were evenly divided on the locomo
tives, and they have been in operation for
The doctor has been watching the result,
but up to date has no report to make. He
said he couldn't tell anything at present
about the respective merits of either tire.
NOT 'AN IRON, CLAD TABIFP.
Plate Gloss Jobbers Claimed the Makers
Got All the Profits.
Tbe plate glass jobbers and manufactur
ers finished their conference yesterday in an
apparently satisfactory manner to both
sides, but all declare that prices were not
advanced. In the beginning the jobbers
claimed that the makers were getting aU.theJ
profits of the business, and they wanted a
niore equitable division of the spoils. The
factory owners made wry faces, and tried to
figure on an advance in the price, the in
crease to go to the dealers, but as rates were
not pushed up the jobbers got nothing.
Mr. Kimball, one of the largest jobbers in
Chicago, declared the manufacturers made
The new tariff has greatly helped the
business for the makers, but the importers
have not been asleep. Last week from 2,000
to 3,000 feet of French glass arrived in ifew
York, the largest single importation in the
history ot the trade. It convinced the plate
glass men that the duty is not ironclad, and
advances in price are not expected.
I0WEB PEICES HEEDED.
Coke and Ore Men Hold tho Koy to the Tig
J. F. Lewis, of New York, a manufac
turer of mining machinery, has been at the
Duquesne for the last week. Mr. Lewis has
been looking into the iron and coke situa
tion while here. 'Yesterday he said: "The
coke operators and ore men have made
money out of the furnace owners in the
past, and now they should make some con
cessions to help them. They hold the
key to the situation. I was sur
prised in coming up the river a
lew davs ago to see so many barges here
loaded with Southern iron, but this material
is not responsible for the depression in the
market, as many claim. When all things
are considered matters are about even. The
Southern ores wou't yield more than 40 per
cent iron, and three tons will just about
make a ton of iron. They don'tbegin to get
as much out of their furnaces as tbey put in.
"The price of ore in the North is entirely
too high, the same thing is true of coke, and
the rates from the region to the valleys are
exorbitant. Indeed, I was astonished when
at NewCastle I heard that the roads charged
51 35 to haul a ton of coke. The rate
on ore is 4 cent per ton per mile.
This is reasonable enough. A rate of
three-fourth cent per mile for a ton of coke
is sufficient. This would be a rate of 51 12.
Last year was a great one for the ore men,
but much of what was mined is still on the
docks. Ifind that the consumers have good
supplies of ore on hand. They expected a
big boom in tbe business and bought
heavily. Lower prices for coke and ore are
needed to revive the pig iron trade."
GET THEIB MONEY TO-DAY.
Strike Benefits to Be Distributed Among
Another meeting of the corkworks strikers
will be held to-day, at which the employes
will receive their strike benefits for tbe
present week. A slight difficulty occurred
yesterday morning on Twenty-fourth street
between a striker and a man who had gone
to work, over the right of staying out or
Some interesting developments are looked
for on Monday, when 50 more men are ex
pected to go to work. The strikers, how
ever, say that such a report is entirely un
founded. It is not known whether or not
the firm will be represented at to-day's
meeting, although a striker said last night
that they would be entirely welcome.
LAEGEST IN THE W0ELD.
Tho Standard Oil Company Erecting a New
Refinery in the East
Jame G. Mitchell, Superintendent of the
Standard Oil Company, has been iu the city
securing boilers for the largest oil refining
plant in tbe world, which is to be erected
in Philadelphia. It will eost when com
pleted about 51,000,000.
The oil from producing territories will be
conveyed to this refinery through the pipe
lines controlled by the Standard Compauy,
and will be refined for export. Before
leaving Mr. Mitchell bought 515,000 worth
of steel plates for the preliminary work on
the plant and secured prices on several
hundred tons of material for completing it.
Buying Engines Here.
Samuel A. Steele, of Weston, W. Va.,
is in the city to get two engines which were
bought from the Pittsburg Locomotive
Works for Senator Camden's road. Mr.
Steele said the lino would some day connect
with Pittsburg through Morgantown.
Window Glass to Go Up.
An advance in the price of window glass
is soon exoccted. It is claimed that Cham
bers & McKee, at Jcannette, are avoiding
orders and piling up their stock to sell it off
at the increased rates.
Uoai. will he used as fuel when the Edgar
Thomson works resume operations.
A strike occurred yesterday at the Uollalre
.Stamping Works over the discharge of two
The structural department of Jones fc
Laughlm is iri operation again after a shutdown
of sume weeks.
Sixtt-nine lodges of the Amalgamated As
sociation have beeu organized since the last
Work has been commenced at the Bethle
hem Iron Works, with orders enough to run oa
lull time during tne present motitn.
A suctdowx will shortly occur at the Alle
gheny Bessemer plant for improvements which
will increase the number of employes needed
The Amalgamated Association has secured
a settlement of tbe trouble at Joliet by tils'
adoption of a sliding scale which will continue
in force until the close of lbSi, when, if a
change is desired by either side, six months
must be given.
BESSIE HRAMULE takes Dr. Talmage to
task in THE DISPATCH to-morrow for ills
statements in regard to tho privileges and
rights of the fair sex. A paper for every
A VICTIM OF CIGAEETTES.
James Williams Dies of Cerebro-Splnal
Moningitls Induced by Nicotine.
James Williams died last night at the
Homeopathic Hospital of cerebro-spinal
meningitis. Williams was employed by a
butcher named Harrison, at the Market
House, and was a comparative stranger in
the city. Last Sunday evening he entered
a restaurant on Sixth street nnd ordered a
meal, and before it was served be fell over
on the floor unconscious. In that condition
he was taken to the hospital in tbe patrol
wagon, and only regained consciousness
last Wednesday for a few moments. He
only told his name, and said he lived in
Ohio, and thee tell again into a stupor,
Ironi which he never revived.
The young man was an inveterate cigar
ette smolcer, aud always inhaled or swal
lowed the smoke. This habit is thought to
have had something to do with his death.
REAL ESTATE SAVINGS BANK, LEU.
401 Smlthfield Street'Cor. Fourth Avenue.
Capital, 5100,000. Surplus. 569,000.
Deposits of 51 and upward received and
interest allowed at I per cent. its
Not Too Late Yet
For those who have this long delayed the ex
change of their pianos and organs for one of
those genuine bargains in new and im
proved pianos and organs that S. Hamilton,
of 91 and 93 Fifth avenue, is selling. Do
not hesitate, you cannot go wrong. Hamil
ton's is the only place where you can get the
Decker Bros., Kuabe and Fisher pianos
and the great Estey and Strong and Clark
Sold at low prices aud on easy terms.
S. Hamilton, 9L,and 93 Fifth avenue.
Hex's fine neckwear for spring.'"
J. H. Aiken & Co., 100 Fifth avenue.
Add 20 drops of Angostura Bitters to
every glass"of impure water you drink.
Men's fine neckwear for spring.
J. H. Aiktjx Ss Co., 100 Fifth avenue, .
CUT DOWN TOO. SOON.
Bull White Tires of the Monotony cf
a Central Station Cell and
HANGS HIMSELF WITH HIS SHIET.
He Left the Workhouse Prematurely and
Was Arrested Again,
THE KESDLT OP STRIKING A DETECTIVE
William or "Bull" "White, as he is bjtter
known by a large circle of acquaintances to
whom he has endeared himself by his
winning ways and his utter disregard for
the conventionalities of polite society, is in
trouble again. A month ago Mr. White
proved that bis stomach's capacity was
greater than that of his head, but owing to
the fact that a police officer was called in
as referee, he was declared to be drunk and
disorderly. Mr. White resented the impu
tation and resisted the officer. He was
finally overcome and locked up.
Then Mr. White wept and threatened to
commit suicide. "Where," he asked, "are
the thousands of my friends whose hearts
I have warmed with the glow of a generous
deed well performed by borrowing the small
snm of 10 cents from them. It is trne that I
warmed my vitals at the same time with
bad whisky but the other man posed as a
philanthropist, and snrely that was worth
more than 10 cents. Why do not these
frirnds come to my assistance now?"
Echo did not answer, it doesn't linger
around the Central station, but a drunken
man in another cell yelled for "water," and
so disgusted Mr. White that he turued his
back ou this mundane sphere, to nse a well-worn-figure
of speech, and went to sleep.
When Fhcabus peeped over Gazzim's
Hill the next morning he saw Bull White
standing undaunted before Cadi Gripp, but
hid his face behind a vagrant cloud, as he
heard the awful sentence "90 davs."
Bull White went to Host Warner's hand
some hostelry on the Allegheny river, and
made no plaint uutil hediscovered that bell
boys were not provided to carry ice water to
guests' rooms in the dead hours of night
Mr. White was indignant, and he exclaimed:
"As an American citizen, I demand ice
water or freedom." Ko ice water being
produced, Mr. White sought freedom, and
found it three weeks ago.
Bull White came to the cily. His thirst
for ice water "on the outside" was slaked
until yesterday. Then the cold, commercial
nineteenth-century spirit, which demands
collateral, chilled'Mr. White, and he sought
City Hall. He knew Detective Bobinson,
the mildest-mannered man who ever
"pinched a bloke,"anddepehded on getting
tbe price from him. Robinson was struck
by an idea and White simultaneously. He
thought that Bnll might be wanted as an
escaped prisoner, and therefore arrested him.
Was White daunted? Ob, no. He offered
to engage, upon any terms, with detectives
Bobinson and Bendel in mortal combat
They would not combat
Mr. White was placed in a cell, but be
came tired of the monotony. To vary it he
carefully disrobed, and after taking off his
shirt he split it down the- middle, tore it
into strips, and wove a rope nut of it He
lied one end to his cell door, made a noose
in the other end, with which he encircled
his neck, tbe channel of river of rum, and
-BIBER I EASTDN
Somo excellent bargains in our Linen De
partment Unusual values In Huck Towels at 12c and
20c, in bright borders.
borne ten different lines of Damask and Huck
Towel?, with choice colored borders, at 25c.
Hemstitched Towels. Table Scarfs, Stamped
Linens for embroidery, etc.. In very large
A line of Table Damasks in cream, whito and
colored at 50c these are 60-inch and excellent
Onr line of Crash at 7c, 8c. 10c, 12Jc will offer
' variety enough to suit all who may examine
Do You Need Lace Curtains?
Our stock of Lace Curtains will amply repay
yonr examination. We show Nottingham Cur
tains, in very effective patterns, atSoc and SI a
Our variety at SI 25 at ?2 50 a pair embraces
some real bargains.
Irub foint curtains at S3, iobU, 6, J7up
Ileal Swiss Cnrtalns at $8 to $18 many of
them of exquisite design.
Sill: Curtains, in beautiful effects, from 5
Our Trimming: Room.
All the novelties in new Dross Trimmings, in
cluding Jeweled Gimps, in light and dark
shades: Tinsel iSdgings.in gold aud silver: silver
and gold Cords, silver and gold liralcls. Gimps
and Girdles, very neb silk and crochet Gimps,
in black and onlor?.
Fish Net Drapery, Silk Chantilly Drapery
Nets, in entirely new and rich patterns, from
low to line grades.
Binding braids in Silk and Mohair, Bias Vel
veteen Bindings for ladles' skirts'.
Our stock ol now Dress Buttons is very com
prehensive, including many new ideas-in pearl,
cut steel and fancy metal, crochet and velvet
Wash Dress Goods.
Our Wash Dress Goods Department is now
replete with all the choice productions' of homo
and foreign manufacturers. The choice at
12Jc is very extended. At 20c, 25c and Sue we
not only offer eboice Zephyrs and Scotch Ging
hams, but many entirely new wash fabrics.
BIBER k EA5TDN.
Sos and 507 MARKET STREET.
WALL :-: PAPER.
GOOD DESIGNS, 4 and 5c
WHITE AND GOLD, 8c
Beceived to-day the best 10c and
15c gold papers in the city; also, tbe
best wide borders, 18' inches, 20c
and 25c; 9-incb, 15c; 6-incb, 10c
J. KERWIN MILLER & CO.,
S43 SM1THFIELD ST.
u. & s.
Hosiery and Underwear,
For Men, Women and Children.
Importers, Jobbers and Retailers.
Tbe only exclusive Hosiery and Underwear
establishment in Western Pennsylvania.
ULRICH & SPENCER,
642 Penn Avenue.
Open Saturday evenings.
cas himself ofT, expecting to land in an
other but hardly a better world.
Bull White is still alive. He was
promptly cut down, and will go back to the
workhouse to-day, where he will serve out
his original term, and at least three months
additional for escaping from the workhouse.
Saturday, April U, lg)L
Dry Goods House.
JDS. HDRNE I CO
PENN AVE. STORES.
SPECIAL SALE TO-DAY
NEARLY 1,000 YARDS
Taken from an importer (this
entire stock) at the most ex
Extravagant words would be
but weakening so this adver
tisement must consist only of a
plain bare announcement We
urge every reader to take ad
vantage of this,the best oppor
tunity we have ever offered in
this line of goods.
The following are all the
lajest Paris Novelties produced
for this season, in fine pure silk
LOT No. 1,
, At $3 50 a yard,
Or 35c a point,
15 patterns, in widths (length of
points) from 18 to GO inches.
Worth $20 and $25 a yard.
LOT No. 2,
At S3 50 a yard,
Or 35c a point,
10 patterns, in widths (length of
points) from 15 to 20 InchoJ.
Worth $10 and $15 a yard.
Also, over 100 Novelty Sets,
the very latest things in trim
mings, including Zouaves, Bo
leros and combinations of
Medici collars, cuffs and waist
trimmings, in fine cut bead and
plain silks, worth 8 to S20, at
$2 50 per set.
These special inducements
in addition to our complete
new spring stocks of fine trim
mings of every description, the
latest and most beautiful novel
JDS. HDRNE I CLL'S
PENN AVE STORES.
Stock of '
Ever brought to Pittsnurg can now ba seen at
All the very latest designs produced in botD.
Europe and America. ia
Many of tbe designs shown are confined ex
clusively to our house.
Lacs and Turcoman Cnrtalns.
We still have about 100 pieces of Taoestry
Brussels of last fall's patterns to sell at 50c, 65o
and 75a a yard worth 23 per cent moro every
where. 627 and 629Peim Ave. m
to- All goods Jobbed at lowest aster
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