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SCKAXTO.N, PA., MONDAY MOTJNING, NOVEMBER 20, 1894. TWO CENTS A COPY. The Slioc and Leather Institution Is Plundered of $354,000. SUICIDE FOLLOWS DISCOVERY Bookkeeper Sccly and Depositor Freder ick Raker Pray I'pon ihc Bank for Ten Vcara Taking $200 at a Tlme-Scely Supposed to Have Sailed. By the United Press. New York, Nov. 23. The National Shoe and Leather bank at. Broadway and Chambers street has been robbed of $354,000 by Samuel C. Seely, one of Its book-keepers, and Frederick Baker, a depositor. Seely fled a week ago Saturday, leav ing a confession In his lawyer's hands. It Is supposed that he lied by stcam nhlp. Baker was drowned yesterday after noon at lila country home at Sand's Point. Thee is of course a strong suggestion of suicide. Baker, who was a supposedly wealthy and respectable lawyer In this city, past 60 years of age, had told his accomplice before the lat ter's lllght that hewas too old to run away himself and would stay and face the music. It is alleged by Seely that Baker got all but $11,000 of the stolen $334,000. Baker was drowned from a rowboat In Long Island Sound Just In front of his country home. Ills two sons were out on the Sound gunning, and he en terred a boat ostensibly to row out after them to see what luck they were having. He never reached them, and when about 1 o'clock the sons started for home they found their father's body floating face upward on The water be side his overturned skiff. They towed it ashore, and as there had been, so far as known, no witnesses of the drown ing, and the news of Mr. Baker's im plication In the Shoe and Leather bank robbery had not become publicly . known, the coroner's Jury found that the death was accidental. Hundred Accounts Tampered With. The thefts have extended over a period of nearly ten years, and were accomplished by moans of fictitious balances, false credits, and correspond ing debits entered in the ledger. Seely tampered with more than 100 accounts, It Is believed, and credited the money debited upon Baker's account, and the money was drawn out of the bank by Baker. The bank officers had the ut most confidence In Seely, who was a quiet, home-loving man, and the treas urer cf the United Slates Guaranty company, which wa3 Seely's surety, said, when told of his defalcation: "There was not a man In the bank about whom we felt safer than about Seely." Baker had been a de positor In the bank more than twenty years. The stealing might have gone on for an Indefinite time had not the bank offi cers decided to Institute a new Bystem of bookkeeping. The new system was to be put In operation on Thursday last, and Seely knew it. The business of the bank was moving on In the usual rou tine on Friday, Nov. 16, when Seely asked for a day's leave of absence. Ho was tired of living in Brooklyn, he said, and wanted to gn out and look for a country home. His request was grant ed, and on Saturday another bookkeep er was put at his work. Seely had had charge of ledger A to IC. Tle accounts, of course, had to be gone over every day. Seely's substitute soon reported to President Crane that lie could not make them balance. He was told to try again, for Seely's repu tation was so good that no suspicion was aroused In the officers' minds at firut. But the confusion of the accounts could not be untangled, and when, on Monday morning, Seely did not appear at the bank, the officers wnKo work at once on his books and found them hopelessly confounded. That money had been taken fraudulently from the bank soon became apparent, but how the books had been muddled was a puzzle, so elaborate the system of falsification had been. On Tuesday the directors were con vened and they were In almost continu ous session until yesterday evening. The bank force worked day and night on the accounts and on the pass books, which had all been called In. On Wed nesday the amount of the defalcation was found to be $354,000. Left a Confession When He Tied. .When Seely failed to appear at the bank on Monday morning the bank of fleers sent to his house, 422 Halsey street, Brooklyn, to Inquire for him. Ho was not at home, and had not been-at home since Friday, and the messengers were referred to Frank W. Angel, his attorney and confidential adviser. Mr. Angel has offices at 108 Fulton street and lives in Jersey City. "Mr. Angel told us," said Vice Presl dent George L. Pease' yesterday after noon, "that Beoly had seen exposure coming and had confessed his pivdlra- ment and asked lor auvice. 'Do you want advice from me In this?' said the lawyer. 'Well, go and blow your brains out.' "what seely did, Mr. pease con tinued, "we know nothing about. Ho may have chosen Suturday to look for hla 'country home' because It was the day that the steamers sail, or he may be within thirty minutes of this 'office now, Sometimes we think he Is. But we hope to get hl accomplice, the de posltor." Seely told Mr. Angel that from the large sum stolen he had profited to the extent of only $11,000, the depositor get ting the remainder of It. Seely lived in Halsey street with his wife and one child. He Is or was 38 yearB old, and loved to stay at homo He was not a club man. He was pewholder In the Rev. Dr. Behrends' church, but was not an active member of the church. Hlg brother-in-law, who Is also a bookkeeper In the Shoe and Leather bank, said yesterday that Beely was a man of quiet life without known vices, and that no suspicion had ever attached to him. He was not known to speculate, and his property consisted, the brother-in-law Bald, of a half interest in the $5,000 house in Hal . sey street. , . Seely's salary was $1,800. ,,He had been employed In- the bank since 1880, and the United States Guaranty com pany was on his bond ior $7,600. '..The system of bookecplng in use at the Shoe and Leather bank was a mod ein one of dally ledger balances, which I'pii complete in its record, and a skel eton ledger. The skeleton ledger was Intended to show to the bank's officers at a glance the daily balances, and it was also to give the bookkeeper Instant Information for the benefit of the pay ing teller when a check was presented. Method of the Robbery. Seely's method of stealing may be Il lustrated in this way: The depositor Baker, who was In collusion with him, would present a check say for $200 to the paying teller, who would ask the book keeper If Baker's account was good for the amount. Seely would reply "Yes," even though Baker had not a dollar In the bank. Seely then would credit Bak er's account with an amount sufficient to cover the check, and the amount so placed to Baker's credit Seely would charge against the account say of John Jones. The puper debits and credits balanced each other, and so the cash balance at the end of the day would not show the transaction. When It be came necessary to balance the account of John Jones, Seely would draw (on paper) from another account, as he had done from Jones', and so on as far as became necessary. It Is estimated that he did this with more than 100 accounts. To maintain such a practice for so long a time must have required a set of books for Seely's own uso, recording his swindles as carefully as the legitimate accounts of the bank were recorded, or he would have been caught tripping, for no man could carry so many entries and the condition of so many accounts In his head. But not a scrap of paper has been found to show how Seely kept his crooked ways co-ordinated. No pa per has been found either which could convict him of forgery, and the checks of Buker were either torn up by Seely or returned to the maker of them. He operated the swindle In the face of semi annual examinations of his accounts by the directors and frequent examina tions by national bank examiners. Seely was careful never to charge the amount he credited to Baker to any account which was likely to be drawn upon by its owner for an amount which would nearly exhaust it. The bank is an old one, having been organized as a state bank in 1853 by merchants en gaged in the prosperous leather trade, and had many accounts which were rarely drawn on. Vice-President Pease Bald he knew of one account of more than $100,000 in the bank aglnst which a check had not been dravn In nineteen years. This state of things helped Seely. Seely was a man 5 feet 9 Inches In height', with light hair and light mous tache. He way emaciated, having the appearance of a man who suffered from pulmonary, weaknesses or Indigestion. He was very regular in his habits and never visited .any of the clubs or saloons In the neighborhood of his home. One peculaiity of his personal appearance was that one of his shoul ders was noticeably higher than the other and he had acquired a stoop of the shoulders. When Set4y left home on Friday morning he put oil his heaviest winter pnderclothlng. He told his wife then that there was trouble at the bank, and that he was going to run away. He worked all that day and disap peared after, he left the bank at 5 o'clock. It is believed that he sailed for Europe from a Canadian port or per haps Boston. THIS MORNING'S FIRE. Residence of I). Gallagher, of Fourth Avenue, I'urtlally Destroyed. The alarm of fire sounded from box 43, at corner of Fifth avenue and Fifth street, about 1.30 o'clock this morning, was caused by a fire at the residence of D. Gallagher, of Fourth street. The roof was practically consumed by the flumes, but owing to the energy of the hose companies, which responded to the alarm promptly, the fire was ex tinguished In twenty-five minutes. The dunmge to the building is not antici pated to be very heavy. DOTS AND DASHES. Two European governments have made propositions to convert Mexico's foreign debt to a silver basis. While his wife died of hunger In one room, Marcus Cox, a A'ancouver, B. C, miser, sat counting gold. Mrs. Barney Kelly, of Webster City, la., answered H. H. Hlmbaugh's defamatory stories with a horsewhip. Mrs. Lily A. Thompson, a widow of 23, has applied for a pluce on the Wash ington (D. C.) police force. . In rescuing her 14-months-old babe from the jaws of a wild hog, Mrs. Galobie, of Sacred Heart, Oklahoma, received fatal Injuries. All railroad passes were returned by Justice W. A Johnson, of the Kansus su preme court, as tending to prejudice his opinions. i Miss Bancroft, granddaughter -of the late hlstorlun. Is to wed Commander Flack, of the Swedish n-.vy, who has been studying at Newport. The new Judge f-th--North Carolina superior court, W. S. O'B. KobiiisonnJs Bald to be the first Roman Catholic to hold office in the state. Daniel O. Elliott will leave the Now York Museum of Natural History to be come curator of zoology In the Field Col umbian museum, Chicago. After being Jailed two months for con tempt In refusing toglve up stolen bonds. Attorney William Burnett? of Ctnetn-. natl, still refuses, and Is likely to get a year's sentence. KEYSTONE VIGNETTES. Reading will burn its garbage. Delaware county Is overruu with tramps, Charles Depew, ot Crum Lynne, lost $20,000 in stock speculation and shot him- seir. Senator Fllnn will try to secure Phil adelphia's building law for Pittsburg at the next session of the legislature. John Kobalsky, a Wllkes-Barre Hun garian, through un Interpreter's error, married the wrong girl and will aeek a di vorce. A quarry blast threw a big stone a quarter of a mile and through the Trac tion company's roof at Allentown, break ing Fireman Walkers' leg. Dr. William F. Barclay, one of Pitts burg's best physicians, has been expelled from the Allegheny County Medical so ciety because he advertises. Daniel Blttlngs' horse balked and backed oft a bridge at Bower'H station, Berks county, and alighted on top of its muster, crushing him to death. Mrs. Henry Hlmmel, of Sharon, pre sented her husband with a baby son weighing 1 pounds. The baby can be placed In an ordinary teacup, and Is well. The corner stone of St. John's United Evangeltcul church (Dubsite) was laid at Bethlehem yesterday afternoon by Blrthop Hamun. The new church will cost $5,000. . Rev. Alfred Llnd, a Moravian mission ary from Jamaica, died at Bethlehem yes terday, aged 76 years. He was on of the oldest Moravian ' missionaries, having spent forty years in the West Indies. WAST AH HONEST BALLOT Strong, Non-Sectional Federal Elec tion Law Is Needed. THE FORCE BILL IMPROVED More Effective Legislation with the Same Purpose-If the South Is Most Affected -by Such a Law, It Is Because It llus Most Offended. By the United Press. Washington, Nov. 25. The experience of the recent election In a number of southern states, notably in Alabama and the contests which will necessarily be brought before congress, raise Into new Importance the adoption of election laws that will insure fairness at the polls and In the count. A "prominent Republican" Is quoted In a local paper as saying that the next house will con duct a Lexow investigation on a na tional scale under a committee of its ablest members, and with a thorough ness that will leave nothing to be de sired. The Investigation will not be partisan or sectional, but directed to the correction of abuses and guarding the national elections against undue In terference and fraudulent practices. What Is needed Is a broad, liberal law, which will Insure full protection to every qualified voter In casting his ballot, and which will also guard the ballot box against dishonesty In ascertaining and proclaiming the result of the popular verdict. Faults of the Force Bill. "The Force bill, as that measure was known," said the authority alluded to, "was really of no force. A more Imma ture measure for the accomplishment of a great purpose was never brought for ward In congress. Thnt came to be gen erally confessed. Whatever the new measure may be, it will not be a copy i.f the so-called Force bill. It should be something better than that; something simpler and drawn so as to defeat the cry, which, however, Is certain to be raised under any circumstance of sec tionallsm. If the south should be more effected by the bill than other sections of the country, It will only be for the reason that the evil sought to be cor rected prevails to a greater degree there than elsewhere. The bill must be made applicable to all sections alike. "The better element in the southern states deplores the conditions surround lng suffrage there. Right thinking men of the south see that great harm Is ac crulng to their Bectlon from the preval ence of such a state of affairs. Many of the men who assisted to establish terrorism and cheating at the polls are anxious to have them stopped. They excuse their former action on the score of extreme necessity. The negro, they declare, as led by carpet baggers, was a menace to property rights and good government. The negro Is no longer a menace. Both parties are now led by native whites, and the demand Is that all the votes be fairly counted. The trouble lies In this: What was organ ized and put in force by all the property holders, acting, as they claimed, in defense of property and personal se curity. Is now being continued by rings of politicians, whose only aim is office and local political supremacy. The men who live by politics want the cheating to go on. The men who have the real Interests of the south at heart want it stopped. The Republica.: r"Hv will make an effort to stop It." WALKER'S CI RENCY SCHEME. It Proposes ke Gold the Basis of ' Circulation. V By the U .it ,.rcss. Washington, Nov. 25. Of the finan clal schemes discussed by those con gressmen who have reached the city, that of Mr. Walker, of Massachusetts, Is prominent. Walker propose that the banks shall deposit gold on which to base their circulation, and shall have Issued to them, dollar for dollar, notes for circulation, making these deposits of gold take the place of the bonds now required by the national laws as se curity. Speaking of this project Mr. O'Neill, of the same state, a Democrat, says: "It doesn't make any difference about Walker being a Republican; his plan is, In my Judgment, the very best that has been presented, and this congress should not hesitate a minute about doing It. If the Democrats do not adopt it this season, I fee! confident that the Republicans will at the next. This plan, Instead of Increasing the public debt, would ultimately wipe out the Interest-bearing obligations and retire the greenbacks. "But a small per cent, of the gold thus deposited with the government Is reserved for redemption purposes and the rest Is kept In circulation by being used for the; retirement of bonds and greenbacks, or for any other purposes which the needs of the government de mand. In a general way the proposi tion Is to have an abundant currency based on coin, and to keep all the money In motion, so as to have It earn Its own living. Instead of being locked up, mouldy and useless, In the treasury vaults." THE NEW ELDORADO? A Veritable Bonanza Gold Mine Blscov ered In Washington -- Editor of The Tribune: Spokane, Wash., Nov. 25. Michael Shuman, a well known mining man, re- turned yesterday from his mines In the Okonagon district. He reports the find of a veritable bonanza gold mine at the very summit of the Cascade range of mountains near Slate Creek. Two young men from Anacortes named Barron and Garrlsh are the lucky find era. Shuman says that the boys, after a week's work with the crudest of lm plements, have cleaned up $12,000 with plenty of the same rich dirt In Bight. Nearly all the miners In that section of the country have flocked to the new Eldorado and staked out claims. SWINDLED LUCINDA. Holmes Owes Mrs. Burns, of Detroit, a Two Dollar Bourd Bill. , By the United Press. Detroit, Mich., Nov. 25. The Detroit police were last night asked to look up Mrs. Luclnda Bums and ascertain whether she had In her possession the two children of Pltzel, whom the In surance swindler, H. II. Holmes, con fessed yesterday afternoon to Philadel phia police that he had left with Mrs. Burns while In this city Oct. 12. The woman was found In a cheap boarding house on Congress street. Mrs. Burns said she had had charge of the Pl.tzel children for several weeks. Three weeks ago, however, Holmes came to the city and took them away, she knows not where, at the same time beating her out of a i board bill. AN HEIRESS IN PRISON. Mrs. Adelaide I'onthcrstone Meads Guilty to the Crlmo of Larceny. By the United Press. Milwaukee, Wis., Nov. 25. Mrs. Ade laide Featherstone, of Philadelphia, who Is said to be the heiress to a fortune, Is an Inmate of the house of correction, where she is serving a six months sen tence for larceny. Last Thursday, after languishing In the county Jail for four months awaiting trial, she pleaded guilty. It Is said she took this action in preference to requesting aid from hr wealthy relatives, being more willing to undergo imprisonment than to al low her people to learn of her disgrace. It is believed the woman could have escaped conviction If she had demanded a trial, and It Is thought that even If she was convicted a fine Instead of Im prisonment would have been the pen alty inflicted, but being without funds she decided to plead guilty and Buffer the consequences. Mrs .Featherstone is the wife of a son of the late General Featherstone, of Philadelphia. ROYAL FAMILY SQUABBLE. Grand Duke Vlndimcr's Wife Gives Prin cess Alix a Piece of Her Mind. Ey the United Press. Berlin, Nov. 25. The removal of the Grand Duke Vladimir from St. Peters burg to the Caucasus Is regarded as the result of a family squabble. The grand duke's wife, Mecklenburg prin cess, never . embraced the orthodox Greek faith and she reproached the Princess Alix with protestant energy for anathematising her religion.. The scene between the two Jarred the whole imperial circle. There was a prospect of further un pleasantness If the grand duchess should remain at court, bo the czar ar ranged to keep her and her husband at a distance. BULLETS IN THEIR BRAINS. Jacob .Mobow and Kate Doimin Chief Ac tors in n Tragedy. By the United Press. Lancaster, Pa., Nov. 25. A terrible tragedy was discovered in the south ein part of this city this morning in a house on Woodward street, occupied by Jacob Mohow 'and his mistress, Mrs. Kate Uoman. The dead body of Mohow and the unconscious body of the woman were found with bullets in their brains. The supposition Is that Mohow shot the woman and then committed suicide. The woman was still alive this even lng, but there Is nu hope of her re covery. Mohow was 57 years of age and a veteran of the late war. The woman was some years his junior. HURLED FROM A BRIDGE. Tragic Death of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Tay lor and Miss Kidwell. By the United Press. Cumberland, Md., Nov. 25. This morning at 9 o'clock a terrible accident occurred at Green Springs, W. Va., eighteen miles east of thbj place, re suiting In the death of Isaac Taylor, aged 00 years; his wife, aged 58, and Miss Kidwell, aged 17 years. They were crossing the South Branch bridge on the Baltimore and Ohio railroad, when the New York and Chicago express train struck the three and hurled them Into the river below, a distance of fifty feet, killing them Instantly. The engineer said he did not see them until he was within two car lengths of them, and then It was Impossible to stop the train. Another Victim of the Craze, By the United Press. Worcester, Mass., Nov. 25. Daniel Mo Tiernan, aged '14, while playing foot buul yesterduy was fallen upon by one of his companions. He went home feeling dizzy When his father went to call mm tins morning he was dead. CABLE CULLINGS. The massacre list In Armenia num bered 2,000. Brigands raided the village of Glaban ella, lluly, and three were killed. At the Vatican there Is no knowledge of an Intention to supplant Mgr. Satolll. In a raid on the Albert club, the chief betting establishment In London, police cuptured ninety persons. Miss Davenport Hill defeated the Duke of Newcastle by 8,000 plurality for mem bcr of the London school board. Dr. J. B. de Tloila, counsellor of tn Swiss legation In Romevnus been appoint ud Bwlssmlnlster to Washington. czar Nicholas createu an excellent lm oresslon at tho council of state by his grasp or affairs una ability to talk. Chief of Police Wuhl, of St. Petersburg, has been Imprisoned by the czar for treat lng foreign newspaper reporters with dis respect. On his wedding day the czar will Issue manifestoes remitting arrears ot taxes and some sentences and recording other acts of clemency. Judge Wiedemann, who was sent on a mission to Englund by ex-Queen Lll Uiukalahl, has departed in disgust. He was badly snubbed. Large parades In honor of the executed Fenians were held in Cork and Limerick yesterday. The mayor of Limerick pre sided over a memorlul meeting of 6,ouo per sons. The . Socialist deputy, Ferrl, has been exiled from Mantua for seventy-five days for belonging to a revolutionary society. Several other deputies will probably be prosecuted, A wayside Inn near Bergedorf, Ger many, was burned last night. Three bodies were found. As one had been be headed, murder and robbery are supposed to have preceded the lire. An uprising of Kanakas is reported in progress on the Islands near New Guinea. Scores of Europeans are said to have been murdered and most of the trading posts to have been burned. The - captain of the Bteamshlp Three Cheers found frosh traces of cannibal feasts on Admiralty Island and at New Ireland. He believes that every white person in New Ireland was killed. Several earthquakes shook large dis tricts of Sicily yesterday. The Bmall vil lages of Sclatr, Sampler!, Ml lea, Acquac allda and San Roberto were destroyed. The homeless inhabitants have camped In the fields. . A snow storm dampened the ardor of the suffrage demonstration at Vienna yes terduy. Groups of worklngmen puruded the Ring itrasse shouting for. universal suffrage. Most persons not directly Inter ested In the agitation remained In doors. ' The New West BATTLE OF POUT ARTHUR Marshal Oyoraa's Great Victory Over the Chinese Lighty Guns and an Immense Quantity of Rice Captured. By the United Press. London, Nov. 25. The Port Arthur correspondent of the Central News sends this dispatch: "Marshal Oyama had approached Port Arthur steadily fur two weeks with his army in two divisions. Pro gress was Flow and difficult, as the roads, where there were any, were poor, nnd the artillery could be brought for ward only after the prisoners had pre pared tho way. The villages were al most empty of supplies. Many of them ' had been plundered bare by the Chi nese. "Skirmishing began on Nov. 17. On the evening of the 21st the Chinese still held eight or nine redoubts on the coast and had twenty guns in working order. The Japanese bivouacked on the hills. Early on the morning of Nov. 22 they began storming the redoubts. They captured Fort Laoma after a sharp, Bhort light. The other positions were captured In quick succession with out heavy losses to the Japanese. Eighty guns and nn enormous quantity of rice were taken. It was wholly a land fight. The course of events wus signalled to the Japanese fleet off the coast." . BRAVERY OF A WOMAN. She Warns Train Officials of a Contemp lated Hold I'D. By the United Press. Little Rock. Alk.. Nov. 95 A nlnn in hold up .the east bound train on the Kansas and Arkansas Valley road by the Cook gang Friday night was dis covered and frustrated by the railroad officials. When the train reached n lng near Fort Gibson It was flagged by a woman, who had run five miles to warn It of a hold up, which had been planned. Twenty-five armed men had taken possession of a station house. The wife of the Bectlon boss eluded the watchfulness of the e-anir and re solved to save the train. She ran to me next Biuuon anu gave the alarm. Armed men were placed on board and the train pulled slowly by tho section house, where the bandits were con cealed, but no attempt to hold up the train was made. Tho bandits discov ered that their plans were known. BUFORD IS SANE. Will Be Returned to Florida, Where lie Will Stand Triul for Murder. By tho United Press. Jacksonville, Fla Nov. 25. United States Marshal McKay received In structions yesterday from Attorney General Olney to come to Washington after R. E. Buford, who murdered a deputy United States marshal In Sump ter county lust year, and who was de clared Insane and sent to the National Insane asylum. Ruford has been declared sane by the authorities of the asylum and will be brought back to stand trial. , He was also Indicted for sending obscene mat ter through he mall, "but got off on the insanity plea. ESCAPE FROM MAHDISTS. Father Hosslgnoll, Who Was Captured Years Ago, Returns from Khartoum. By the United Press. Cairo, Nov. 25. Father Rosslgnoll, who was captured by the Mahdlsts In 1883 and until recently was held prisoner by them In Omdurnian, urrlved here toduy. He repeated the story of his escape with an Arab after he had been allowed to go to Khartoum for his health. He wandered along the river side by night, he says, and hid In the hills by day. He was employed as a waiter In a cafe during the last years of his residence In Omdurman. DEATH OF THOMAS COONEY. Former Resident of I'lttston Killed on tho Railroad. By the United Press. Richmond, Va., Nov. 25. Thomas H. Cooney, of Pittston, Pu was found dead on the tracks of the Richmond, Fredericksburg and Petersburg railroad today, a few miles north of this city. He was a passenger on the early train from Richmond to Washington. Cooney was a brother of the well known railroad superintendent of that name at Pittston, Pa. THIEF'S SUCCESSFUL VISIT. Division Street Residence Entered While tlx Family Was In Church. While the family was attending church last evening aSneak thief en tered the house of Morgan P. Daniels on Division street and succeeded in mak ing away with Jewelry and a few arti cles of clothing. The marauder has not been captured. Eutrauce to the house was made through a rear window. The house was ransacked and a desk belonging to Mr. Daniels' , son was broken open. Side School. MR. BISSELL'S REPORT. The Postmaster General Offers Muny Novel Suggestions Will Indorso Any l'lun to Solve tho Country Office Prob lein. By the United Press, Washington, Nov. 2.". It Is seldom that much of human Interest is found in the pages of the formal annual re port of a government officer, but Post master General Blssell has succeeded In proving the exception to this rule In his account of the operations of the post ofllce department during the past twelve months, which he has Just submitted to the president. It contains a number of novel, almost unique suggestions and recommendations, but these are asso' elated with practical Ideas and plans that render them of more than ordinary value. Two of the most novel features, to which reference has been made, concern a limitation In the broad construction placed on second cluss matter and a sug gestion as to the selection of the lower grade of postmasters.. In the first In stance, Mr. Blssell puts forth a plan by which legitimate publications of the sec ond class, such as newspapers and peri odlcals, may be carried free through the malls and yet leave the government with a Burplus Instead of the usual de ficiency in the maintenance of the pos tul service. With reference to the post masters In the smaller offices, Mr. Ms. sell expresses his willingness to Indorse any reasonable plan which will take their selections, with all the consequent bickerings and Jealousies from the hands of the postmaster general and lie makes his ideas so broad on this sub ject as to leave no doubt that he will favor the suggested popular vote as the means out of the dllficulty In cases where there Is more than one candidate, The record of an average day's bust ness is as follows: Number of miles of post route run, 1,100,000; number of stumps manufactured, 8,300,000; number of envelopes manufactured, 1,800,000 number of postal cards manufactured 1,500,000; number of pieces mailed, 15, 700,000; number of letters mailed, 7,400, 000; number of pieces of mall matter dlS' tributed and re-dlstrlbutcd by railway postal clerks, 27,500,000; number of pieces handled In dead letter office. 24,000; daily transactions in money order business, $1,100,000; dally expenses, $231,100. The deficiency in postal revenues for the fiscal year ended June 30, 1894, wus $!),243,!K!5. The total revenue derived was $75,080,479, and the expenses $S4, B24.414. TICKET AGENT ROBBED. Freebooters Filter a Railroad Station and Appropriate $40. By the United Press. Mont Clair, N. J., Nov. I5.-At 11.30 o'clock this morning two men entered the waiting room of the Greenwood Lake railroad station at BloomtleUl, where Acting Ticket Agent C. W. Jaco bus was In charge, and while one cov ered him with a revolver, the othe walked Into the ticket office, a,n.d. eup tied the cash druwiuywhtch contained about $40. v This done they proceeded to tie the agent hand und foot; with a parting admonition that if he made a noise they would return and kill him they hurried away. Jacobus was ufrald to cry out, but began working his feet and Boon man oged to slip them free. He then ran to the upper floor, which Is tenanted, and the cords, which bound his hands, were cut while messengers were Sent In haste to the police. The police have a good dscrlptlon of the robbers and the conn try around about Is being scoured by them. I'.xciircofn Jail Cook. Chestor, Pa., Nov. 25. Rlchurd Webster, alius Uurdner, a prisoner confined In tho Media Jtili, awaiting trial on the charge of larceny, escaped this morning by scaling the wall. Ho was put In the kltch en to usslst In the cooking and took ad vantugo of an opportunity to get awa about 8.30 o clock. FROM WASHINGTON- Better 2-cent stumps are being Issue now. Germany threatens to bar out our drier! apples. General Casey suggests that congress appropriate 7,357,000 for work on fortifica tions. A bill will be Introduced In congress providing that federal revenues must be paid in gold. No official roll of members of the Fifty fourth congress will be mude up until near March 4. Consuls and postmasters cannot be put under civil service rules without legisla tion by congress. It Is not probable that President Cleve land will call the Fifty-fourth congress In extra session If the Fifty-third shall fail to enact satisfactory financial legislation. Labor Commissioner Carroll D. Wright, of the commission that Investigated the Pullman strike, says that every point made in criticism of their report by the Iron Ago is false. WEATHER REPORT. Generally fair; warmer Monday night; northwest winds, becoming varluble. RNLEY'5 ANOTHER SPECIAL WEEK IN OUR II DEPARTMENT. It being our intention not to carry over a piece of Dress Goods tbut we can turn into cash, we make the fol lowing quotations, ONE LOT fine all wool mixed Suit' ines, former price, $5.00. This Week's Price $2.50 a Suit. ONE LOT extra fine Silk and Wool Scotch Suitings. Special price for Tills Week $3.25 a Suit. ONE LOT 5-incU Covert Cloth, ex tra quality. Former prices, jti.oo This Week 75c. ANOTHER LOT, the last of the sea son, of our special Foreign Cash' mere in 40 and 46-inch. The price This Week Will Be 35c. and 45c Interesting prices on Fine Black Dress Goods. See our Velvetina Cords for Dress and Coat Sleeves; also in Cream for Habits' Cloaks. Fine German 50-inch Seal Plush, FIN LEY'S 510 and 512 Lackawanna Ave. H. A. KINGSBURY AGENT FOlt THE VERY BEST. 313 SPRUCE ST., SCRANTON, PA. We will have wet weather. We TV ill furnish you with SHOES for wet weather. It will be a healthful invest ment 114 Wyoming Avenue, s t IHA.VE just returned front-New York buying Holiday Goods. We are receiving them daily. YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED to call and see our fine line of Jewelry and Novelties, whether you buy or not If. B.Look at our show windows as you pass. W. J.'WEICHEL 408 SPRUCE STREET, NEAR DIME BANK. 8 THIS WEEK fills Gil VI IS,