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FORTY SEVENTH YEAR.
ON THE MUDDLE
Judges of the Supreme Oonrt
See JNTo Belief Prom
VOTERS MUST PUT UP
mm bakee's law.
Justice Williams States Onlythe1 Of
ficial Ticket Will Bo Ac
cepted as LegaL
"WEIGHT OF THE BALLOTS
TOO MUCH FOR THE PEOPLE.,
Esme Attorneys Argue That Citizens Can't
Ee Disfranchised Under the
George W. Guthrie Advisee People to
Vote Anyhow, If the Official Ballot Is
Not at the Polls Ee Would Indict an
Election Board That Refused His
Ticket A Decision From Ohio to Sup
port This Position Major Brown
Thinks the Courts Will Sustain an
Honest Ballot Where the Intention Is
Plain He Calls the Law a Fraud and
a Ridiculous Novelty Chief Justice
Paxson Doesn't Like the New Voting
' The latest complications growing ont of
the Baker ballot law by which it is possible
that a great many voters in the State will
be disfranchised provoked considerable dis
cussion yesterday. The sudden appearance
of a rainbow in the skies without the sign
of a cloud -risible could not have surprised
the people more than this latest phase of
the ballot muddle. It was pronounced by
many as the climax of far-seeing jobbery
that doctored a law designed to protect
It was beyond the comprehension of lay
and legal minds that the preparation of the
ballots for Pennsylvania should overtax
the paper mills of the country and the job
printers of the State. Men who had looked
upon America and its citizens as equal to any
scarcely believe it, but there was no going I
back or the testimony given by tne paper
manufacturers and printergenerally. The
limit of time is too short, and the problem
now is whether a remedy can be applied
before the election or not.
Need for an Extra Session.
The consensus of opinion is that an extra
session of the Legislature should be called
at once to amend the law or repeal it as thp
necessities of the times may demand. There
is nothing in the State Constitution for
bidding the Governor from calling the law
makers together, but when the majority
of Bepublicans think of the politics
of Mr. Pattison, they shake their
heads and remark sadly: "We can
look for no hope from that quarter." Judge
Fetterman was under the impression that a
notice from 10 to SO days in length mnst be
given, but the Constitution disposes of this
matter by stating "that the Governor can
call an extra session of the Legislature at
once on any extraordinary occasion," and
most people feel that the present situation
complies with this requirement of the law.
Chief Justice Paxson was appealed to
yesterday to suggest a remedy. The Judge
is opposed to the law, thinks there never
was any necessity for it, and he rather
enjoys the consternation of the people. He
is disposed to let them wrestle with the
voting job, and says frankly that nothing
can be done before the election. He de
clined to discuss the legal questions in
volved, for he expects he will be called
upon to give a decision in numerous cases
that will no donbt arise.
As Chief Justice Paxson Views It.
"Weft," said the Chief Justice, as the
subject was broached, "I have no objection
to expressing my private opinion. I have
been too busy lately to read the papers care
fully and I am not very well posted, but is
the situation as bad as reported? Can't the
ballots be made smaller? Does the neces
sity exist for such a big blanket sheet?"
It was explained that Secretary Harrity
had decided the ticket must be 52 by 22
inches to meet the requirements of the law.
"Ah, I see,"1 continued the Judge. '1
never liked the law. The old ballot system
was all right, and filled the .bill nicely.
I never took much stock in the cry
of fraud, and I don't believe the
change was justified by the
facts. But if you want a bad law repealed
enforce It strictly. The people will know
better after the election whether the Baker
ballot system is a good thing or not. I
don't think it is, but every man must decide
that question for himself. I can see no
remedy in sight, and the people must ac
cept the situation the best they
can. It is too late to call an
extra session of the Legislature, and
I don't, believe Governor Pattison would
do it anyhow. The Supreme Conrt can't
take cognizance of the law. We mnst have
something to go on, and there is nothing
now on which to base a case. Voters mnst
take the laws as they find them, and it they
don't like them they have the power in
their hands to repeal "them?"
Most Be Decided in Regular Order.
"Bat isn't a law unconstitutional in itself
that makes it impossible for citizens to
vote?" was asked.
"That is a legal question that would have
to be determined. I don't want to say any
more on that subject," replied the Chief
"Suppose legal voters, finding no ballots
at the polls on election day, should prepare
tickets of their own which clearly showed
their intentions, would the State courts sus
tain such a ballot?"
"Indeed, I can't tell. That would have
to be decided also. I
IjlhrMridedtkai many lawyers held that
the right to vote was inherent and no law
that made It impossible would stand, but
Judge Paxson smiled grimly and said noth
ing. He could not be induced to discuss
the legal features for good and obvious rea
sons. "There is no remedy In sight," ha
concluded, "and the people will have to
put up with the law this time. But maybe
the public is unduly alarmed and every
citizen may yet enjoy an opportunity to
The Chief Justice with other people was
greatly surprised to learn that the printing
facilities of the State are not sufficient to
turn out the ballot. He suggested that
they would have to go to the large cities in
the East and West for assistance.
Justice Williams Sees No Hope.
Justice Williams held the same views as
Chief Justice Paxson. He was very busy
when seen, bnt stopped lone enough to an
swer the questions asked. "It is too late,"
,he said, "to convene the Legislature. That
is out of the question, and certainly no
remedy can come from the Supreme Court
Why, I was amazed when I heard what the
weight of the, ballots of the State would be.
I had no idea the machinery ot the law was
When the Judge was asked if the courts
would sustain a ballot cast under the old
system at polls where regular tickets had
not been provided, he replied quickly:
"What does the law say? I do not remem
ber exactly, but my recollection is that to
make a ballot legal it must be official and
comply with all the requirements of the
act. The Baker law specifies how the bal
lot must be prepared. All I can say is that
the people must put up with the inconven
ience and get all the help they can from the
large cities. Possibly enough ballots could
be printed in other States to supply Penn
sylvania." AN INHERENT RIGHT.
Sir. Gnthrie Claims Citizens Cannot Be
Ulched of Their Votes by an Impossible
Law lie Thinks the Courts Will Sustain
an Honest Ballot.
George W. Guthrie has made a special
study of election laws, and he has been con
nected with a number of election cases. He
hasn't any use for politicians who subvert
1 ans for the good of the people, and he says
the men who doctored the Baker ballot bill
should be made to suffer for it. Mr. Guthrie
doesn't look for a remedy from the Legis
lature, but takes a broad view of the diffi
culty. "We are a patient and long-suffering com
munity," he began. "The people are di
rectly responsible for this muddle. They
sent the men to the Legislature who made
the raw and thwarted a great reform. The
bill as originally prepared was first class,
but it was treacherously and criminally
changed to make the reform system of vot
ing odious. I suppose in the face of the
lacts the people will turn around and send
back to the Legislature the men who are
responsible for these cunningly contrived
"No two election decisions are alike, and
it is hard to say what the courts will do in
the .cases that may come up. Voting is an
inherent right. I have nothicg to
say about a law that makes it
hard to vote, but one that
renders this inherent right of citizenship
impossible is in direct violation of the fun
damental principles of the Constitution. It
is more. It is equal to a revolution of that
All Tickets Should Be Counted.
"I c'aim that in spite of the Baker ballot
law, should it be impossible to provide bal
lots, that cveryman will be instilled in pre
paring his ticket I ' would advise voters
if the official ballot is at the
polls to nse it, but if it
is not to proffer a ticket, even if it is a
blank sheet of paper on which they have
written the names of their candidates.
Should the election boards refuse to accept
it I would indict the officers at once. I
don't believe any sensible court in the State
would ignore a vote that was legitimate
and honestly made. The trouble is
that it the ballot Is refused
it will probably ' be lost - this
time, for it will be almost impossible to
keep a record of them. I am speaking, ot
course, on the condition that the tickets
can't be prepared in time for all the
counties. , .
"In Ohio a Sheriff failed to issue the
election proclamation. An attempt was
made to throw out the vote on the
ground that all the requirements of
the law had not been carried
out The Supreme Court decided,
however, that the people could not be
filched out of their just rights through the
failure of an officer wilfully or negligently
to do his duty. Wouldn't the same line of
argument apply to Pennsylvania? Surely
the people cannot be deprived of their votes
because the machinery of a law is so com
plicated and cumbersome that the official
ballots can't be prepared in time. The prop
osition is ridiculous.
Judge Jeremiah Black's Idea,
"I remember when the new Constitution
was being made Judge Jeremiah Black
urged the adoption of oral voting, that is,
people going to the polls and naming the
candidates tbey preferred.
"Take the Florida case in 1876 when
Hayes was elected. In Manatee county, I
think that is the name, they had.a law re
quiring the clerk of the court to send out
the lis of registered Voters before the elec
tion, and nobody whose name was not re
corded was allowed to vote. la the county
named the clerk resigned about the time he
was to perform this work. The Governor
refused to appoint a man in his
stead, and the party managers
prepared a registry list of their own.
Of course those not on the list were Bhut
out When the Board of Canvassers came
along they gave the electoral vote of the
State to Hayes and Wheeler on account of
the fraud practiced in this county. If the
change had not been made Tilden would
have been President Now, what is law
for Florida ought to be law for Pennsyl
vania." Mr. Guthrie stopped and smiled,
but he made no further allusion to the
grand Democratic possibilities hidden under
the ballot law muddle in this State.
PREFERS THE OLD SYSTEM.
Major Brown Is Opposed to a Complicated
Ballot Law He Says It Should Be Simple
Enough for a Child to Vote Only One
Bemedy to Suggest
Major A. M. Brown is disgusted also with
the Baker ballot law. He called it a ridicu
lous novelty and a fraud. "I have heard a
great deal," be said, "about a secret ballot
Why there is nothing to prevent a man
from handing in an open ticket if he desires.
We got along very well for 100 years under
the old system, and I think it would have
lasted for 100 more. All this talk about
wholesale fraud in elections is nonsense.
It is badly exaggerated. But suppose some
lraud does exist, you canlt enact
laws to prevent men from being
tricky. They will soon find some
way toS circumvent it, and this
complicated and technical Baker law is a
sample. Why should we make it hard for
citizens to vote? Lawyers differ in their
opinions as to how the tickets should be
voted. The ballot law ought to be simple
enough so that a child can, understand it
My opinion is that no 'Judge will turn
do'wn a vote simply because a citizen has
blundered a little in making the proper
marks. If the intention is plain, the courts
will sustain it We shouldn't get away
from common sense. I parties in two columns instead or one, as in
."The only remedy I can suggest it to oalli.lhe present form,. By doing. thi.th ballots
PLTTSBURG, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8. 1892
an extra session of the Legislature. I don't
think the time is too short to make the
necessary amendments or to repeal the law.
The Legislature can be convened at any
time by the Governor. It is a question
whether Mr. Pattison will issue a call or
THE LAWYERS DISAGREE.
Attorney Shlras Says Voters Can Write
Tlletr Ballots and Have Them Counted
Colonel Stone Says the Law Is Supreme
and Must Bo Obeyed.
George Shiras HI, when asked yesterday
if he thought a voter could be denied his
vote in case of the State's failure to pro
vide him a legal ballot, said: "The Baker
ballot law has been affirmed as constitu
tional by the Supreme Court, and wherever
a ballot is provided that will have to be
used and no other. It seems to me, and I
think I would be sustained, that the fact of
the State's being unable to famish
ballots could in no wise disfranchise
a man, A man who cannot get a proper
ballot has a right to express his choice upon
a piece of paper in writing and then de
posit it in the ballot box. Of course, the
districts in which this kind of ballots is
used will be contested, but I tbink upon
appeal to the courts the vote would be de
clared legal. The failure of the State to
supply the ballots amounts, in my mind, to
a suspension of the act."
"The Baker ballot law would be a good
thing if it had not been tampered with. It
was warped to prove it obnoxious in the
hope that the people would then
cry for its repeal In this regard the
men who thought so were far at sea.
The people will see the good and bad points
in the law, and more than likely the latter
will be eliminated at the next session of the
Legislature. There is not much in the law
that needs to be taken out An act of a
page and a half would be all that would be
required to make the act a first-class one.
Bad for Independent Voters.
"The independent voter has no show at
all with this new ballot Just think of a
voter who wishes to scratch anyone in the
party having to make a cross after
each name he votes and leave the
ones he wants to scratcn Diane
It would have been much easier and more
simple for the voter to scratch out the
names he was opposed to, and leave the
names blank he desired to vote. It was the
purpose to make it as difficult for the 'Inde
pendent vote as possible. The party men
can vote their ticket straight by making
one cross opposite the name of their party.
"The clause relating to a man's obtaining
assistance in preparing his ballot Is de
cidedly wrong. Instead of allowing only
persons who are unable to, read have some
one help them, it gives any man the privi
lege of calling anyone to aid him. It is
radically wrone and strikes at tbe founda
tion of a pure ballot
"j.ne only way to remove tne possiuiuty
of any contests in the coming election, that
is, it the State finds,it is unable to supply
sufficient ballots for all the voters, is for
the Governor to call an extra session of the
Legislature and repeal the act Then we
conld go back to our old method.
"I don't see why the ballot should be
made so enormous. The law states it should
be printed in readable type, but I don't see
the occasion for spreading the names out
over so much space."
Points to the law.
Colonel Stone takes a different view of
the matter from Mr. Shiras. He said: "If
the State fails to provide enough ballots
the men wbo don't get them will not be
permitted to vote. It is the same as a man
giving the excuse that he was
caught in a rainstorm and couldn't get
to the polIs-inSftime.'-Ia-my TBlud'
there Is no possibility of a voter getting
his ballot into the box without it is the
legal one, for such action would be setting
aside the Baker ballot law, anjl this has
been declared constitutional by the Su
preme Court, so there is no getting over it
I think the law is a bundle of incongrui
ties and mistakes and it will be repealed at
the next session of the Legislature. I
mean the obnoxious parts of it It was
made purely for party and the voter was
not taken "into consideration. The inde
pendent voter was an unconsidered quan
tity." BOTH CHAIRMEN PERTURBED.
Bceder and Wright Fearful of the Result to
, Their Campaigns.
Philadelphia, Oct 7. SpeeiaZ The
printing of the ballot in time fordlstribu
tion to the election officers was again to-day
the subject of conversation by politicians.
The size surprises all classes, and the
declaration that it will be impossible to
obtain the quantiiy of the kind of paper
required makes many fear that some
counties at least will be without the
ballots on the morning of the election. It
was said to-day that as it Is now known
what the size of the ticket must be, the
County Commissioners ' can go on by em
ploying printers to do the work, and that
arrangements can be made for procuring
the paper. It is held that there, is no need
for them to wait for the certification of the
nominations by the Secretary of the Com
monwealth, as much can be done in the
Chairman Beeder, of the Bepublican, and
Chairman Wright, of the Democratic State
Committees, as well as the city chairmen,
are much concerned as to the outlook.
They realize that if nothing is done until
the County Commissioners receive the certi
ficates of nomination from the Secretary of
the Commonwealth, there will be trouble,
and they fear the six days allowed for the
work will not be sufficient time. Chairman
Beeder is confident it would be impossible
to have the ballots printed and ready lor
distribution on the fourth of November.
THE LAW TOO INTRICATE.
Lamble Says the Bemedy Lies With
John S. Lambie said that he had read the
reports in The Dispatch about the possi
ble disfranchisement of voters with great
alarm. He had received an inkling of the
trouble from County Commissioner Mercer
several days ago, but he had no idea it was
so serious. He is opposed to the law, and
says the remedy lies with the Legislature.
He adTocates the calling of an extra session
to repeal the act
Mr. Lambie pays considerable attention
to elections. He claims that under the Aid
system the ballot was as secret as it is now.
The law did not compel the voter to put
his name on the ticket He expects that in
the coming election a great many ballots
will be thrown out because not marked
properly. Yesterday morning he watched
three lawyers vote at the Bepublican head
quarters. None of them had made the right
marks. Mr. Lambie added that the in
structions are too intricate for the average
voter to understand.
WAHIS A SMALLEB BALLOT.
Chairman Beeder Suggests How the Ticket
Can Be Reduced In Size.
Haebisbueo, Oct 7. There is a possi
bility of another change in the form of ballot
now being printed by the State printer in
order to facilitate the printing of the bal
lots. A long telegram was received at the
State Department this evening from Chair
man Beeder asking the Secretary to de
crease the size.
To do this it will be necessary to place
the Presidents! electors of the three minor
parties in two columns instead of one, as in
can be made three inches shorter and two
inches wider, or 24149, instead of 22x52, as
ONLY TWO'FEET LONG.
Indiana's Ballot Not Half as Bulky as That,
Iniakapolis, Oot 7. Beginning to-day,
under the direction of their State commit
tees, the Bepublicans and Democrats will
carry on schools ofintruotion in every
voting precinct of the State. Within tbe
next week several tons of ballots will be
sent out While each committee has pre
pared its own sample ballot, the ballots and
instructions thereon are the same. Neither
party furnishes information as to how to
vote a mixed ticket The committees fear
that there will be a good deal of confusion
in voting under the new law, as it is the first
Presidental election since it was enacted.
This year there will be two ballot boxes
and two ballots to be voted. One box,
painted red, will be for the State ballot,
which' will be on red paper, and tbe other
box, painted white, will be for the local
ballots. The law requires that the ballots
be folded separately. The State tickets,
containing the names of the Presidental
electors also, are over two feet In length.
NO CHANGE OP LAW NEEDED.
Governor Pattison ,Ssys the Legislature
Won't Be Asked to Sleet
Haebisbueo, Oct 7. Special' Gov
ernor Pattison was asked to-night if it was
possible to call en extra session of the Leg
islature to repeal the Baker ballot reform
law in view of tbe complications which have
arisen in consequence of the act The Gov
"There is no occasion for an extra session
of the Legislature. ,The Baker ballot law
passed by a very large majority in both
branches of the Legislature. It was en
acted in obedience to a very decided public
sentiment The press, almost without ex
ception, approved of it If' as earnest an
effort were made to enforce it as there is a
disposition to find fault with It there would
be no trouble in its execution. Ballot re
form in Pennsylvania has come to stay.
Amendments may be fonnd to be necessary
in the future, but they will be In the line of
tbe present legislation.
A CHANGE EXPECTED.
The State Department May Send Out a Less
Wieldly Voting Sheet
Habeisbuko, Oct 7. Special It is
highly probable that another ballot will be
sent out from the State Department less
wieldly than the one issned a few days ago.
A HERMIT PHILANTHROPIST.
He Lives on Long Island, and Is a Crank
on Fresh Air.
New Yokk, Oct 7. Special News
comes from London that "Thomas Hodg
kins, of New York, has given 20,000 to the
the Boyal Institution, for scientific re
searches." About a year ago Mr. Hodgkins
gave $200,000 to the Smithsonian Tnstltu-,
tute. Half of this was given without con
dition. The other half was to be devoted
to the distribution of information upon the
subject of atmospheric air in its relation to
the physical and intellectual welfare of
Mr. Hodgkins has lived at Setaucket, L.L,
for about 30 years, in a farm house of dilap
idated exterior and plain, even scanty, fur
nishing. He sits all day in a certain room,
the window of which is open summer and
winter. His hobby is fresh air, and on
railroad jnuxueys wfrfch ho does.. not often,
take he hat tuhIthan-arrarigement so
that'he can put it ontside the car window,
the other end inclosing his mouth and nos
trils. He thus breathes nothing but out
side air, wherever he may be, Mr. Hodg
kin is about 90 years old. His large sur
plus of farm products is never sold, but is
given to those who need and are deservi ng.
WOMEN'S exclusion from a medical
course of a Washington University and the
reasons In THE DISPATCH to-morrow.
AN INVESTIGATION NEEDED.
Terrible Treatment of Insane Patients
Alleged at Philadelphia.
Philadelphia, Oct 7. Two members
of the State Board of Charities, Dr. Thomas
G. Morton, of this city, and James B. Scott,
of Pittsburg, to-day presented two petitions
to Judge Fell, asking for an investigation
of the condition and treatment of insane
prisoners in the insane penitentiary here.
The petitioners allege that John Clark, a
prisoner whom they believe insane, was
found September 30, in the yard of the
prison, confined in a wooden box Zi feet in
width and height and long enough to hold
his extended body, apparently without
means of ventilation, other than a door at
one end which was fasteued by a staple.
They further declare that Clark was nude,
with the exception ot a ragged jacket, .and
that his arms were pinioned by a waist
strap, which was connected by a rope with
the box. They ask Clark's removal to a
hospital. The court appointed a master to
take testimony in the case.
SHE FILLED THE WAGON.
Five Policemen Take 600 Founds of Human
Flesh to a Hospital.
-Chicago, Oct 7. Susie Conrad, who
weighs 600 pounds and who has been on ex
hibition in a dime museum, became ill to
day and it was decided to remove her to the
hospital., A call was sent for the patrol
wagon, but the two wagon officers nearly
fainted when they saw what they were ex
pected to carry out They summoned five
other officers and managed to get the woman
on a stretcher. Then every bluecoat tugged
until he was black in the face and his eyes
hung out, but they could not budge the
Several lusty citizens were called in and
after a deal ot pulling, hauling and shov
ing the woman was placed in the patrol
wagon. She filled it completely and the
officers had to hang on as best they could.
She was finally placed in bed in the hospi
tal after another desperate straggle. She
is suffering from elephantiasis and may die.
GRACE VOTED DOWN.
-Anti-Snappers Will Bun a Third
Ticket in New York.
New York, Oct 7. Special The
Anti-Snapper organization to-night voted
ex-Mayor Grace down and will run a third
It is reported that Mr. Grace, in behalf
of himself and the anti-Bnapper organiza
tion, to-day made a contribution to the
Democratic national campaign fund of
SULLIVAN was starved and overworked
when he met Corbett according to bis
signed report, first published in THE DIS
PATCH to-morrow. .
. An Altoona Hunter Killed.
AlTOONA, Oct 7. Hayes E. Butler, em
ployed in the Boasting Paper Mills, this,
county, had one side of his head blown off
by a charge of buckshot this morning on
Short Mountain. Butler was hunting in
company with four otners. William tz.
Gates was climbing over a fence, when his
gun was discharged accidentally, Butler ro
ctlTiBg.tha.load, ghTtottocjaotllTi ,
m Ma msaF? -rzmk d ( I Mrfr
1 IMP II
KEEP HIM OUT!
MITCHELL A CONYICT.
English Pugilist Befused
Option of a Fine Which
ADMIRING FRIENDS WOULD PAY.
Be Becomes Obstreperous in Conrt and Is
Often Called Down.
PE0TED TO BE A TICIODS CDSTOMEE
LosDOir.Oct 7. Charles Mitchell, the
pugilist, was to-day convicted on the charge
of recently assaulting an old man named
Salvage, and was sentenced to two months'
imprisonment at hard labor. He took an ap
peal, and his counsel asked for bail, which
When Mitchell was first arraigned
'Wednesday' it was developed that he had
tried to square matters with his victim by
giving him 10, which Salvage accepted.
The magistrate remarked that this was &
most improper proceeding, and adjourned
the case until-o-day to fellow of inquiry.
In court to-day Mitchell's oounsel endeav
ored to excuse the action of his client He
said that when he heard of the attempt to
aettle-the cose by paying a compensation he
told Mitchell that it was a very improper
thing to do.
In sentencing Mitchell, the magistrate
said he would not give him the option of
paying a fine, which his friends would pay
and which the prisoner would treat with
contempt Mitchell left the dock, protest
ing that witnesses had not been called in
his behalf, adding, "Do you call this jus
tice?" The magistrate sternly said to the
court officers: "Bemove that man."
I The Pugilist Abusive In Court
Among those who testified against Mitch
ell was an inspector of police, who said
there had been previous convictions against
the prisoner. He added that Mitchell was
a most dangerous man. While the evi
dence was being given to support the
charge against him Mitchell became very
excited and abusive. He called one wit
ness a liar, but was promptly suppressed
by the court
When Mitchell went to conrt Wednes
day he drove ostentatiously to Bow street
in a hansom. A crowd was waiting for
him and he was vigorously hooted. He
was apprised this morning that another
crowd was waiting to receive him with
hoots and hisses, and to escape that sort of
a demonstration he dodged quietly into
court on foot from Longacre.
The men belonging to Mitchell's set who
at first thought he would be discharged on
payment of a fine, became cognizant of the
turn affairs had taken and employed a lead
ing barrister, Mr. Grain, to defend him.
Under Mr. Grain's advice Mitchell dropped
his pseudonym of Charles Smith and ap
peared under his own name. Pony Moore,
his father-in-law,accompanied him to court
Not a Stranger to Police Courts.
Several convictions for assault were
proved against Mitchell, and these were
capped by Inspector Bichards, of Scotland
Yard, who testified as to how Mitchell had
quarreled with a man at the Criterion bar
and had tried to stab him. He would have
stabbed him had not the people standing
around prevented him.
"Did he go toward the man?" the magis-
Inspector Bichards replied: "Yes, he
went for him with a knife."
Mitchell, who was quivering withtage,
jumped forward in the dock as if he meant
to make for the witness. He hissed out,
"Speak the truth, you liar. They took the
"Be quiet" shouted Mr. Grain, indignant
with the action and words of his client
"Keep quiet, Charley, don't say a
word," said Pony Moore.
Mitchell then subsided and Inspector
Bichards proceeded with his testimony.
He said he knew the prisoner was one ot the
most dangerous men in London.
Mitchell No Longer a Prize Fighter.
Mr. Grain pleaded that Mitchell had
abandoned the prolession of pugilism. He
said the charge arose from his interfering
to prevent a drunken man from being ill
treated. He begged the magistrate to
spare Mitchell the indignity of again placJ
ing him in the dock to stand trial. The
court then proceeded to sentence Mitchell.
When lie had beard the sentence Mitchell
said: "Aren't you going to hear my wit
nesses? It there is no one to speak- tor me
I must speak for myself. Is this a British
court of justice?"
The only reply the magistrate was to say,
"Bemove that man." As Mitchell was led
out of the court-room he exclaimed, "If
this is a British court of justice I'm d "
The announcement in the afternoon
papers that Mitchell was released on bail is
erroneous. His solicitor asked for the
prisoner's release, but the magistrate de
clined to accede to the request He said
that the police must report in the ordinary
course. Mitchell was, therefore, removed
to the Holloway jail in the prison van.
Another Short-Termer Goes.
PtTTT.A-nir.T.pTrTA Oct 7. The Order of
Vesta, one of (he many short-term orders.
. 2 eCTo.'
RUNK PLEDGED POLICIES.
How the Philadelphia Suicide Dealt With
Life Insurance Companies.
Philadelphia, Oot 7. Although it
cannot be stated as a positive fact, from in
formation derived to-day from various
sources it is reasonably sure that the major
part of the five hundred and some odd thou
sand dollars of life insurance held by W.
M. Bunk, wbo killed himself Wednesday,
had been pledged by him as collateral for
the many loans advanced. The greater part'
of the 5500,000 insurance was taken within
the last year. Most of the policies, also,
have a suicide clause, which stipulates that
they are void if the holder takes his own
life. Mr. Darlington, Mr. Bunk's partner,
declines to be seen by reporters, and the
report that Mrs. Bunk has used 80,000 of
the firm's money has only been derived in a
Mr. Bunk contemplated making still
larger investments in insurance policies,
and on Thursday, tbe day after he killed
himself, he had an engagement with Harold
Pierce, of the New York Life, to place a
policy of $100,000 on his life. The list ot
the companies and the amounts of the
?olicies held in them by Mr. Bunk follow:
he Mutual Benefit, Newark, N. J.,
510,000; Penn Mutual, Philadelphia,
$30,000; Mutual Life, New York, 5100,000;
Equitable, New York, 815,000; Home Life,
New York, $50,000; New York Life, 5100,
000; New England Mutual, 530,000; John
Hancock, ., Massachusetts, $20,000; North
western,' Milwaukee, $50,000; Provident
Life and Trust, Philadelphia, $20,000; State
Mutual, Massachusetts, $20,000; Connecticut
Mutual, $10,000; Travelers', ' Hartford,
$5,000. The premium on the $15,000 policy
in the Equitable was paid on the day Mr.
Bunk killed himself.
A BOX OF HUMAN BONES
Unearthed by Workmen In the Notorious
Londoit, Oct 7. A startling discovery
was made to-day in the Whitechapel dis
trict, where a number of men have been for
the last few days excavating for a new
building, being erected on a long disused
site. This spot had once been occupied by
a notorious criminal resort well known to
the police. The resort gained greater evil
prominence by being the scene of one of the
horrible butcheries of fallen women at
tributed to "Jack the Bipper."
The workmen, in turning over a quantity
of debris, found a rough box. It was
opened and found to contain tbe dry bones
ot three adults. Everything pointed to a
terrible crime committed at a remote
period.- The police were notified, and an
investigation has been instituted.
A SHORT STOKY by Grant Allen In THE
MRS. HARRISON UNCHANGED.
Massage With Oil Now Thought to Be or a
Washington, Oct 7. Last night was a
comparatively restful one for Mrs. Hanoison
and the dawn of another day found her very
much as she was yesterday. To-day no un
favorable symptoms manifested themselves
and she was quite comfortable, sleeping a
good portion of the time. She took the
usual amount of nourishment
One part of Mrs. Harrison's treatment the
past few days which is thought to have a
soothing and restful effect, is masaage with
oil, a not infrequent and generally success
ful method of bringing back strength to an
enfeebled constitution. It is especially
usetul where the nervous symptoms are as
manifest as in Mrs. Harrison's case. There
is no perceptible change in her condition
ASSAULT IK A COUBTEOOIL
A Scranton Merchant Knocks Down a
Brother Merchant With a Clnb.
Scranton, Oct 7. Special Charles
Lewin, a merchant of this city, was held
under $1,000 bail this afternoon, charged
with a murderous assault 'upon Louis Siff,
another merchant Siff had been arrested
and taken before the Alderman on a charge
of assault sworn out by Lewin. At the
hearing Siff reflected on his enemy's char
acter. Lewin caught up a policeman's club,
sprang at Siff and brought him to the floor
with a murderous blow.
An ugly gash was cut in the man's head.
Concussiun of the brain has set in, and he
may not recover.
GHOSTS in a rrell are exciting a section
of Virginia. Bead the- story in THE DIS
How an Alliance Man Ended It
'Alliance, Oct 7. Special PhiliD
Zeigler, 0 years old, a wealthy resident of
this city, was iound dead in his bed this
morning. It is supposed to be a case of
suicide following domestio troubles, in
consequence of which he threatened to "end
it" belore going to bed last night
Strangled to Death by a Window.
BEADING, Pa., Oct 7. During the ab
sence of his parents irdm home last night,
at .Fleetwood, this county, Eugene Merkel,
aged 6, tried to get into the house by way of
the window. The sash felfon his bead and
be was found in that position several hours
laterA strangled to death,
ft HUGE PLOT TO
Chairman Beeder Declares
That Is "What the Demo
BY THE BALLOT HUDDLE.
His Informant Backs Up the Sensa
tion With an AffidaYit.
The Bepublican Chairman Proposes to
Change the .Form of the Ticket So
That More Printing Presses Can Be)
Employed How the Alleged Con
spiracy Was Given Away State Su
perintendent of Printing Grler Ac
cused of Confiding tbe Secret to a
Bepublican by Mistake Democrats
Were to Have Baen Posted and Be
publieans Left Out in the Cold Sena
tor Quay Smiles Amusedly at the
Charges of the Chairman.
rprxciAL TEticoaAjt to rait dipatctt.i
Philadelphia, Oct 7. Bepublican
State Chairman Beeder to-day discovered
an alleged conspiracy by which the Penn
sylvania vote 'islo be turned over to Mr.
Cleveland, and lost no time in making it
The party who gave the conspiracy away
is Colonel William Hayes Grier, State Su
perintendent of tublic Printing The
party to whom he gave it is A. Nevin Pom
eroy, editor of the Chambersburg Repository,
and a Bepublican formerly in the State De
partment How Pomeroy brought about this de
lightful sensation 13 best told in a letter to
General Beeder. It was .during a visit to
Harrisburg Thursday evening when Hayes
Grier met him, mistook him for a clerk "on
the Hill," and let the gwat secret loose.
Colonel Grier said in effect that the ballots
were to be held back to October 2G, and
no notification would be sent out to
Bepublican County Commissioners. In the
meantime all Democratic counties would
be looked after. Their orders to Public
Printer Edwin K. Meyers would receive .
first attention, and by a series of studied
delays, tbe 2 by 22 official size being the
leading one, Bepublican counties would ba
How the Great Secret Leaked Ont
This valuable prize was given to Mr.
Pomeroy as a great secret. Pomeroy says
that Grier's mistake alone made the dis
covery. "You are one of us," said Grier,
"and know how to keep it" Pomeroy im
mediately denied his classification as a
Democrat, and his denial takes the formjjf
an affidavit, which Ee came all the way to
this city to make, near midnight Here is
A. Nevln Pomeroy, betas duly sworn ac
cording to law, deposes and says: That he Is
a resident or Chambersburg, in the county
of Franklin, State of Pennsylvania, and
is the editor and proprietor of tbe
Franklin Repository, a idally and weekly
Journal puolished in that borough; that on,
the 6tli day of October deponent was In tho
city of Harrtsbur?, and was met by W.Hayes
Grier, Superintendent of Tublic Print
ing, who evidently mistook depo
nent for a clerk in the State
jepartment, whom deponent Is said to re
semble. The said Grler congratulated the
deponent on the good "you are doin; In the
State Department," and then ha read
me a letter he had Just written to
J. Marshall Wright, Cnairman of tbe Dem
ocratic State Committee of Pennsylvania.
In this letter said Grier stated that the bal
lot would bo 23 inches wide by 52 inches
Ions, and that William F. Harrity, Secretary
ot the Commonwealth, wonld hold It back
until October 28 before officially certify
In it to the various County Commissioners,
as provided in tbe Baker ballot bill, which
requires the Secretary of the Commonwealth
to certify nominations to the County Com
missioners at least ten days prior to elec
tion, which delay would prevent tho Bepub
lican counties from getting the form and
the list of nominations in sufficient time to
have ballots printed.
In the said letter the said Grier farther
urged tho said Chairman Wright to cause
personal letters to bo written to all
County Commissioners In Democratic coun
ties, requesting them to make arrangements
with E. K. Meyers, Democratic State Printer,
to have their orders filled for ballots at
once, and they
Would Be Given the Preference,
as State Printer Mayers had made arrange
ment3 with all the large printing
offices to print tickets lor Demo
cratic counties only, and that, as the
country printing offices had not the facilt
ties to print tho ticket In its presen
shape, the republican counties would bo
prevented from getting any tickets, and
that the State could thus be carried for the
Deponent thereupon asked said Grleff
what effect this would have in the Bepub
lican counties of the Stato, to which said
Grier replied: "If we can prevent
Bepublican County Commissioners
from getting their tickets printed
they cannot hold any election. Mr. Uarrity
says special elections can be ordered after
ward for county officers, bnt the national
and State elections will then be over, and
Pennsylvania carried for Cleveland."
The above is the snbstance of the con
versation which deponent had with said
Grier, and as deponent parted from him
said Grier remarked: "Keep no the good
work In your department, and our schema
will go through all right"
General Beeder Is Very Indignant,
. In commenting upon Mr. Pomeroy'
affidavit General Beeder said this evening;
"The disclosures made by Mr. Pomeroy
confirm suspicions which I have entertained
for more than a week, that there has been
some political motive back of the very
peculiar behavior ot the officials connected
with the office of the Secretary of the Com
monwealth. When the Secretary of th
Commonwealth first sent out a form of ballot
for tbe information of voters, one was pre
pared which was most obviously contrary
to the requirements of the law, and it rei
quired some days of earnest effort before
hearing could be obtained at which to sub
mit the objections to that form. Had that
ballot been nsed according to the instruc
tions printed thereon by the Secretary of
the Commonwealth, the voters of tbe State
casting straight Bepublican ballots wonld
not have been counted as voting for mem
bers of Congress, Senators or members of
When the Scheme Was Suspected.
"When the second ballot was given out.
JL containing three columns sEsubUcav'