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The Somerset Herald.
WEDNESDAY. May IS, UTS. Attorney General rierrcpont as sumed tbe duties of bis office Satur day, as did ex-Senator Tratt, as Com missioner of Internal Eevenoe. Tickja county has elected Miss Sarah J. Lewis, a graduate of tbe State Normal School, Connty Sa perindtcndcnt of Common Schools. Handsome, refined looking young women," according to the Reading Timet, get bo drunk tbat they tum ble over on tbe streets in that city, and are hauled to the station house on a wagon. Jlox. "Montoomeht Elair has written a letter (published ia tbe Baltimore American) taking ground in favor of John W. Carrett, of the B. A 0. Railroad, as the anti-monop-olr Ikmocratic candidate for Presi dent. J it as tbe West was being con gratulated on the assumed fact that tie late cold spell bad destroyed tbe vounff grasshoppers, comes there port from Kansas and Missouri to tbe Chicago Tribune that these pests have reappeared ia countless num Ixtb, taking a southeasterly course. James 1$. M'Creart, the Demo cratic nominee for Govern jt of Ken tucky, is a nephew of United States Senator M'Creary. lie was an offi cer in the rebel army, and hence has " rlrar war record from a Confed- crate standpoint" this having been announced as the Erst requisite con dition to nomination. Tut mioers in tbe Connellsville coal region are all out on a strike, and consequently tbe coke business, which was just beginning to have a little life infused into it after the pro tracted distress caused by the finan cial crisis, is again flat on its back. TLe strikers iave been indulging in riotous demonstrations, and tbe jail in Union town is filled with rowdies, who will neither work themselves nor permit others to work. The late magnificent Republican victory in Indianapolis was won sole ly by active, thorough work. Tbe Journal of tbat city says: "Scores of Republicans, who rank among tbe best citizens and heaviest taxpayers in the city, remained at the polls of their respective wards nearly aa day, using every legitimate means to secure a fair election and a Republi can victory." Consequently, a Re publican victory did follow. The Philadelphia Inquirer thinks tbat the nomination of Gov. Ilart ranft by tbe Republican Convention will paralyze tbe opposition and lead to an overwhelming victory, which will be of immense advantage in 1S76. He has been so good a Gov ernor that party lines ought lobe1 broken down in electing him again. TLe Inquirer believes tbat the Dem ocrats will enter the State campaig n without the slightest prospect of suc vess in this respect, and that the re jection of Ilartranft is a mere for mality. Ex-U. S. Senator J ou5 Scott is about removing from Huntingdon to Pittsburgh, where be will perma nently reside, ne has been appoint ed solicitor for tbe "Penasylvani a Company," which has charge of al! the railroad lines owned and leased by tbe Pennsylvania Railroad Cora puny west and south of Pittsburgh. The position is a responsible and onerous one, requiring first class le gal ability, whieh Mr. Scott unqoes tunably possesses. We presume the duties of this position will in a grea t measure retire Mr. Scott from active participation in politics, which wil 1 be a very serious loss to the Repu b- ican party, both of the State andNa lion. " It appears that Mr. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, Douglass, was regularly victimized by tbe whiskey ring. Employees in bis office were debauched and acted as spies for tbe thieves, who were kept fully inform cd of all bit intentions and move ments, while his trusted officers in the West were bought to furnish him false information and shut up his eyes, as to tbe frauds w hich be suspected, but could not fathom, because of their complicity with them. Mr. Douglass loses bis position because of bis apparent lack of vigilance, when in fact the frauds were only on earthed by Secretary Bristow cm ploying officers not connected with tbe revenue department, and person ally unknown to the officials and tbeir confederate thieves, who watch ed them for weeks before tbe evidence justified tbe seizure cf their estab lishments. Ex-Cmcr Justice Geo. W. Wood ward, of ibis State, died suddenly at Rome, a few days since. He was a native of Wayne county, where be was bora in IS09. In 1836, when but twenty-seven years of age, he w as elected to represent Luzern coun ty in the Constitutional Convention, where Le rendered efficient service. Twenty-five years of bis life were ppent on tbe Bench he having been appointed Presiding Judge ef tbe Fourth Judicial District in 1841, and to the Supreme Bench, to fill tbe va cancy caused by the death of J edge Coulter, in 1851 and elected tbe same fall, for tbe full term cf fifteen years. For five years of his term he was Chief Justice. While In Europe In 1SGS, be was elected to represent the Twelfth Congressional District in Congress, and re-elected in 1870, uji ucica-uia jtiji. ile wis a member of the last Constitutional Convention, and gave his time, after it closed its sessions, to the practice of Lis profession. He went to Eu rope last fall, intending to remain a year, but an attack of pneumonia, while at Rome, put a sudden end to his life. 1 A roKTiox of tbe Democratic press is engaged in the laudable business of attempting to make it appear that tbe gigantic whiskey frauds just dis covered, are the result of tbe exces sive taxation of spirits. It will be remembered tbat when tbe proposi tion was pending in Congress to add the additional twenty cents to this tax tbee xime gentlemen urged an increased tax on tea and coffee, hop ing thereby to maka political capital out f the cry of "taiing the luxu ries of the poor." Failing in this at tempt they are trying to take their revenge by asserting that the whisky frauds are tbe legitimate consequen ces of increased taxation. Tbe thin ness of this allegation is very per ceptible to those who know tbat the increased tax did not take effect un til March 3d, while as early as in January tbe Secretary of the Treas ury had information of tbe perpetra tions of tbe frauds, and has ever since been quietly at work ferrettiog out and accumulating evidence against the thieves. The law is all right, and a tax of one dollar per gallon can be as readi ly collected as one of ten cents, pro vided the revenue officers are hon est and will do the'r duty. Tbe proof is cumulative that tbe officers were tbe recipients of a large share of the money realized from tbe frauds, and we trust that every scoun drel of them will be convicted and sent to the penitentiary. It is a fur ther satisfaction to know tbat tbe large amount of property seized, in .connection with tbe amounts that can be recovered on tbe bonds of tbe dis tillers and rectifiers, will fully com pensate tbe government for tbe loss of tax sustained. An immense whiskey ring simi lar to the one that p rpetrated such enormous frauds on tbe revenue dur ing Andy Johnson's administration has bcea discovered to exist in the West, and thirty-two distilleries and other property amounting to several millions of dollars has been seized by the government officials at St. Louis, Chicago, Milwaukee and other places. It 6eems that early last winter the Secretarv of the Treasury became satisfied, lrom tbe fact that quantities of whiskey was being put upon tbe market at a price less than tLe tax and cost of manufacture, tbat there must be a large increase of illicit dis tilling, and accordingly took meas ure lor its detection and suppres- son. Tbe methods resorted to to cheat the Government are various. One is to k?ep an account of, and muke purchases equal to ibe regular pro duction, and secure tbat in excess, and sell it without tax or stamps.! Another method is to apply to tbe Collector and receive tax paid stamps, forwlich they pay their full value. These they place upon what would be called "straight" goods, which are taken to tbe rectifying houses and dumped. So far the transaction is honest. The rectifier, after damp ing tbe whiskey, removes the tax paid and warehouse stamps and re turns them to the distillers, the gaug- er certifying tbat he has seen the same destroyed. 1 hese stamps are then placed upon fresh barrels filled with illicit goods and shipped to New York, or some other point, and no entries of the transactions are made upon tbe books of tbe distill er, tbe only entry appearing being the Erst shipment to tbe rectifying bouse. Another made of selling illictit goods is to send a package having the rec tifier's stamps upon it to a dealer, say in Charleston, S. C, and when the goods are used to have tbe same stamps returned and placed on fresh packages filled and sent to the same dealers, without any entries having been made upon tbeir books. To ren der this practicable the stamps, which arc supposed to be put on' with a strong glue, are in reality prepared on the back eo tbat tbev will not stick, and are kept in place by small nails, so that no difficulty whatever is experienced in removing them. Tbe headquarters of the ring were at St. Lonis, but it bad covered the bole country with its secret net work, and had assumed tbe charac ter of a vast conspiracy to swindle the Government and saddle upon honest taxpayers aa excessive and unjust proportion of tbe national ex penses. Two-thirds of the whiskey shipped from St. Louis lor the last year Las, it seems, been what is term ed crooked," as whisky which has not paid tax is called. The amount of the frauds in St. Louis alone will not fall below a million dollars annu ally for the last two years. The de velopments at Chicago and Milwan kce are also on a great scale.1 Illicit whisky has been traced into all tbe prominent . Eastern and Southern cities, and tbe Government is in pos session of the necessary proofs to en able it to trace the larger part of all the illicit traffic which has been car ried on for tbe last year. ' The law follows tbe spirit wherever it may be found, till it has paid tbe tax. Of course these frauds could only be perpetrated through, the conniv ance of the gaugers and storekeepers, and probably the Collectors, and tbe Secretary has determined to have all officers implicated, as well as the dis tillers, prosecuted to the full extent of tbe law. It is alleged, also, that this "rinir" had not only corrupted - 4 the local officers, but had their paid spies in the office of the Commission er of Internal Revenue at Washing ton, and thus were kept fully posted in regard to all contemplated meas ures for their detection A U14 la Belli sere. Baltimore, May 13. About 500 barrels of whiskey; tbe product of Western distilleries recently closed by the government, were seized in this city to-day. The seizures were an maae at uve or six different houses. I and APTPiUTPTr1 WOTWV TJUTP llillAIllIO nllml lUrltr. DISTILLERS, RECTIFIERS, DEALERS, AND REVENUE OFFICERS IX IT. DESl.-f.NT MATE AXI THIHTY I! TII.F'IIFS ASD RECriFYIXO ETSAB llnMENTS SEIZED IV WES TERN CITIES. Washington, May 10. Officers ol the Government to-day made DC- scents upon tbe dishonest and cheat ing distillers and whisky dealers in St. Louis, Milwaukee. Chicago, Evacsville, and in several other cities in tbe West and South. No very speciffic reports of tbe saccess of tbe operations, except in St. Louis, have been received to-night, but in that citv alone seizures of property to the value of $700,000 have been made. Tbe distilleries which it is believed have been seized are six teen in number; five at St. Louis, one at Evansville, lad., four at Chicago, and six at Milwaukee. Tbe princi pal rectifying bouses ia these cities have also been visited, and the seiz ures of distilleries and rectifying es tablishments have been at least thir tv. Tbe investigations have been proceeding quietly but vigorously, through tbe office of the Solicitor ef tbe Treasury, till within the last ten days, since when the officers of tbe Internal Revenue Bureau have been co-operating in tbe work. It was rot till a few days since' that the alarm was given to the Whisky Ring, and tbe information from St. Louis shows tbat, after all, they were not expecting tbe method of proceeding adopted, though they were antici pating trouble. Tbe ring has bad efficient spies, and those who have been in confidential relations with high officers, as the following inci dent, which also illustrates the mag nitude ot the fraudulent combina tions, will show. It was decided last Friaay, very secretly, by Secre tary Bristow, in connection with on ly a few of the officers necessary for the dutv, and with the kuowledge of the Cabinet, tbat tbe seizures should be made to-day. Saturday the St Louis distillers were informed from Washington tbat tbe lightning would strike on Monday. They were not, however, able to avert tbe force of tbe stroke. Supervisor Howley was 6ent from New York to St Louis to attend tbe seizures there, Supervisor Tutton went from Philadelphia to Chicago, and lledrick, cf Iowa, to Milwaukee. It may be said that tie evidence thus far obtained docs not show tbat these Supervisors or Col- iprfnr of the districts were in col lusion with tbe Ring, but they can not escape readily the charge or at trust cross inefficiencv. Tbe seiz ures have, as will be seen, been the most extensive and important of the kind ever made in this country. Complaints of respectable firms en gaged in tbe liquor traffic, that con traband spirits were upon tbe markets in such quantities as to interfere with legitimate trade, wcro brought to tbe attention of Secretary Bristow early in tne vt inter, lie gave ice suo- ject careful consideration, and con ferred with Commissioner Douglas, who was confident that enly very small lots of distilled spirits could es cape tbe payment of taxes and such alone as was manufactured in out of the way places, and smuggled into trade in an unusual manner. He re lied upon the perfection of the system of collection which he had arranged, and the integrity of the officers in the service. He claimed, rightly, that extensive evasions of tbe whisky tax could not succeed without collu sion and corruption among internal revenue officers, particularly among cauirers and storekeepers, lie did not believe bis officers were corrupted to such an extent as the complaints would imply. Secretary Bristow did not dismiss the subject from bis mind, and facts continued to react) him wuicn con firmed bis belief that the whisky tax was by nc meaos tuorouenly collec ted. About tbe 22d of February, be received information tbat movements of special agents of the Internal Rev enue Bureau, and business transac tions of tbat office were promptly communicated to members of the sus pected Whisky Ring who were con stantly informed of every official ac tion which it was for tbeir interest to know. Thia condition cf affairs seemed to the Secretary to demand action on bis part, and he determined to employ new and unsuspected agencies to operate independently f the Revenue Bureau, especially as it bad become' well established that agents of the bureau could make no movement whatever without the knowledge of parties in the Ring. Tbe secret Service force of Solicitor Wilson's office was therefore brought into the work. On the 10th or 20th of April the Department received a telegram stating that certain suspicious t-hip- ments had been made by Be vis A Frascrs, from St Louis to Savannah, Charleston, and Vilmlagton. The Chief Clerk of the Solicitor's office was thereupon sent to those places and was instructed to cause careful examination to be made of the ship ments in question, and particularly to take records of the serial num bers of the warehouse and tax-paid stamps. There were discovered by this examination packages in Charles ton and Savannah bearing tbe same numbers, and tbe fact wa9 establish ed that Bevis k Frasers were dupli cating their goods. In the system of the whisky tax, it is impossible tbat two packages of liquor upon which tbe tax bas been honestly paid should bear tbe same number, and tbe du plication of numbers was conclusive evidence of fraud. Following up the inquiry respect ing duplication of numbers, the most trusted men in tbe secret service were sent to St. Louis, Chicago, and Milwaukee, and every supected dis tillery and rectifying establishment was placed under the strictest surveillance. T-j St Louis was scut James J. Brooks, Assistant Chief of the. secret service, formerly well known in tonnection with proceed ings in Philadelphia, against tbe Ring there. Mr. Herr of Phila delphia was sent to Chicago. At this point of the history of the detection of the frauds, it seems nec essary to explain in brief the series of checks that have been established to guard against tbe sale of tbs pro duct of tbe suits tiu tne uovernment tax has been paid. The distiller keeps an account of the barrels pro duced and sent to tbe bonded ware house, together with tbe dates and serial numbers of the barrels; the Government Storekeeper keeps also account of the packages received, loe, together with rial numbers and the ington, for Attorney General ; Rcu ralne and aerial numbers of the ware ! ben Patrick, of Magoffin, for ReU- bouse stamps attached. The Store ter keeper also renders an account of the ware packages sent cnt from warehouse, all packages have to be removed 1 the same day the tax-paid stamp, is attached. So there can bo no ming ling in store of stamped and unstamp ed i)fleka.-?3. The accounts can be compared with each other, and should, of course, aree. They show, abo, how maav packages oujht t'J leave the warehouse on any particular day. If more barrels were removed cn any one day than the accounts show to have been stamped and delivered, a fraudulent issue is conclusively prov ed. Tbe special agents would, there fore, take rooms in some place where they could command a view of the warehouse operations, and would count very carefully all the packages delivered. The counts on bem compared with the records established still further tbe existence of fraudu lent deliveries of spirits. In short, tbe operations of the special agents eho that the dealers who have been implicated were paying taxes upon only about one-half tbeir production, or tbat tbe Government got 'he tax on!v on one barrel in every two bar rels produced. In addition to tha means before alluded to for detecting irregularities are the wholesale deal ers' accounts. Ihese accounts must show from whom each package was received, the serial numbers of the package and of tbe stamps upon it. Transcripts of all the wholesale deal ers' books have been made in New Ycrk, Boston, and Philadelphia, and they afford tbe meats, by comparison with the official accounts, of tracing out each untaxed packa&e tbat reach ed tbe market through regular trade channels. The work of comparison is now in progress, and will be push ed forward with unremitting activity. There were several methods dis covered by which the frauds detected were perpetrated. The following is a description of one of the favorite modes. It involved collusion be tween tbe distiller, tbe rectifier, the gauger, and, perhaps, the storekeeper. Each distiller had a favorite rectifier. For instance, Bevis & Frasers sent tbeir goods to Bevis, Frasers & Co.; Ulrie, distiller, and Tenseher, distiller, sent their products to G. Bensberg to be rectified. These parties, are in St. Louis. Under the regulations of the Internal Revenue Bureau, when goods are sent to a tectifying estab lishment, the rectifier . must, before emptying the package, give notice on a blank form. No. 122, of his inten tion to rectify or - re distill. Tbe form requires that the serial number of the packages, the numbers of tbe warehouse aad tax-paid stamps, with the number of gallons and proof of tbe spirits, tnd the name of tho origi nal inspector, and the distiller who produced it. shall bo stated. When this notice from the rectifier is re ceived at the office of tho Collector, be sends a ganger back to the rectify ing bouse with it and tbe gauger is required to verify the numbers and contents of the packages, aud on the bottom of the form he must certify that he saw tbe contents of the packages emptied, and the stamps, marks, aad numbers on tbe barrels erased and destroyed. When the spirits have thus been emptied in tbe presence of the gauger and the proper entries have been made, tbe notice is returned to tbe office of the Collector, and-at tbe end of ibe month, all such notices aro forwarded from tbe Col lector's office to the Commissioner of Internal Revenue. Tbe history of the barrels of highwines thus dis posed of, if all tbe officers concerned have done their duty, is ended so far a3 tbe Government ia concerned siuce tho tax bas been paid on tl i production, and ibe roclilier and . va rious dealers through whom it after ward passes to the consumer,, are dealt with according to the other methods. " , ; Tbe law bas been violated by th implicated producers and ' officers. who have either emptied the barrels without destroying the stamps, and bave sent them back to the distillers to be refilled aud introduced into trade surreptitiously, er in most of the cases openly, without suspicion, through regular channels. In - some cases the erasure of numbers and marks on tbe emptied barrels has been apparently complete, but the stamps have been carefully and in geniously iifted," and returned to the distiller to bo reused. ; . The frauduleut operations Lave been uroa a grand scale. In St Louis five out of six distilleries have been implicated. In Chicago four out of seven distilleries are charged with evasion of tbe tax, and Cheat ing tho Government The fallowing rectifiers are also implicated : Rol lee, Junker & Co., and Golsen & Lastmad. In Milwaukee six out of ten distillers and seven rectifying houses have been implicated. Tbe investigation shows that in St. Louis alone the revenues have been de frauded to the amount of $1,000,000, and there is evidence that from the 1st dav of January to and including tbe 1st day of April, 3,000 barrels of untaxed spirits have been ' placed in the market by St. Louis distillers. The tax on a barrel of highwines is about $G0, in round numbers, bo the Government bas lost since tbe begin ning of tbe year $175,000 in that city. ' ' . The law follows tbe spirit wherev er it may be found, till it. baa paid tne tax, and tnrough taxes and pen anies mucn mat oas ocen lost niav be recovered. Secretary Bristow bas given orders that no compromis es must be considered, ibe evi dence is overwhelming against the parties implicated, and their' cases must go into the courts. Contraband IV taikkr holaed. Boston, May 15. For some'daya past u nited States Kevenue Collec tor Slack and detective Hayes have been quietly investigating the books of tbe liquor firms in this city,' hav ing learned that a large amount of contraband western liquors had been snipped to Loston. 1 he investiga tion has resulted in the seizure in transit to this city cf some $50,000 worth of liquors, consigned princi pally to D. T. .Mills & Co. and C. A. i W. Bird. Thus far no firms in this city have been implicated in anv direct complicity in tbe contraband traffic. Tbe investigation is still pro ceeding. : - Later. At a result of tbe inves tigation into the liquor establishments of this city, about five hundred pack ages of liqnor., valued at $2,000,000. tbe property of thirty different firms, were seized. ' Keataekjr Repabliraa tlsn. Ktate t ooTca- Louisville, May 13. The Re publican State Convention met at Masonic Temple, this city, to-day. Gen. John M. Harlan, of Louisville, was nominated for -Governor ; Hon. Robert Boyd, present State Senatcr from Lawrence, for Lieutenant Gov ernor; Hon. William Cassius Goo '- present State Senator from Lei of the Land Office; Dr. William Berry, of Ohio, for Auditor; and R. B. Ratcliff, of Lawrence, for Treas urer. ' - . bans TraoNE, Pa., May 13. The strik ers, with John Siney at their head, have succeeded in stopping all work on the Mosbannon Branch. There bas been no violence: 6imply orer- powering by superior numbers those who wish to work. The .iiornsuaie mines, on the Phillipsbarg Branch, are Etill working about seventy men, and the mine atTowelton is working about thirty men." , ' Wilkesbarre, Ta., May 13. A strajrglinir fire was kept up from 10 o'clock last evening, until i this morning opon the SherifTs posse at Hutchinson's breaker by the striking mine-s. They hope in thia manner to frighten tbe posse away.' Four more men went to work for Hutchin son this morning. Osceola, Pa , May 13 John Si ney. President of the Miners' Nation al Association, was arrested here last night on the oath of Captain Clarke, charged with conspiracy. Osceola, Pa., May 13 John Si ney, President of the Miners and La borers' Benevolent Association, while addressing a brge meeting of excit ed miners at this place to-day, said that if Captain T. K. Clarke, or the police force, received any injury the miners. would not be to blame; it would be the lault of the persons who sent him here. He also said tbat there were times when persons were justifiable in violating the law ; that it was robbery, and tbe persons who came here now seeking to take the places ot those out on a strike were robbing tbe children and wo men of tbeir bread, and should be treated accor dingly. Siney then rent his infuriated crowd up to Powelton, some three miles south of this town, to drag the men from tbeir work, as they did at Fisber & Miller's Works vestcrdav. It is tbe universal belief here among disinterested citizens that if there is bloodshed the blame will rest with Siney and Parks, who are under pay of tbe national organ ization, and "who, it is believed, are beinir paid by shippers in other re gions that are now working to keep this stnkt np. teiney ana rarxs are both foreigners, and bave made some very heavy threats against native born miners and the shippers who are all native born. ' ' A S Harder Ilia Hber. Boston, May 13 The smalltown of Newbury, Essex county, was the scene of a trageJy early this morning. Wm. Russell, a widower, aged 30 vears, quarreled with a younger broth er in his father's bouse, and upon the interference of bis mother, a woman of GO years, be turned upon ber with terrible ferocity, and almost severed ber head from her bodv with a shoe- knife, killing her instantly. lie then attacked the father, and wonld bave killed him but for tbe interference of neighbors, who secured the murderer after a struggle. The younger broth er and father were botb badly wound ed, but will recover. As he had threatened to kill the family, jt is supposed tbat he is insane. He is now in jail at Newburyport ' The younger brother of V illiara Russell tie Newbury murderer, is in a critical condition, and tbe tragedy of to day will probablr be a double one. Serious Illne al EYlee President '; Bret-kinrldre. Louisville, Kt., May ; 12. A special to the Courier Journal from lAxiDrton. lust received savs Gen. John 0. Breckinridge is sinking rap idly, and death may bo expected at any moment. ' -' Louisville, Ky., May 12. An important surgical operation was per formed upon Gen. John C. Breckin ridge, at his home in Lexington, Ky., on Tuesdavybv Dr. Gross, of Phila delphis, and Dr. Sayre, of "Sew York. His breast was penetrated by tubes inserted between the ribs, and some relief was afforded. Tbe phy sicians are of the opinion that the General's liver was injured by a blow received during tbe war from a frag' ment of shell, aad tbat bis present suffering is due entirelv to tbat cause. The physicians entertain hopes that .be operation wifl prove a permanent advantage to tbe patient. Revenue Fraads la Kew Arleaas. Washington, , D. C., May 1C When ! the whiskey investigations were begun in the West, a corps of treasury detectives were, assigned to service in certain portions of the South, where fraduleatdistilation was understood to prevail s From the re ports which have been , received at tbe department, it is learned tbat the evidence has been secured to show that the evasions of , the whisky tax bave been relatively aa-great at Ne Orleans as at aqy of the other points where seizures were recently made, As . soon as the necessary arrange menta of the department are perfect ed, seizures will be made of the of fending establishments in New Or leans. 1 rom tbcae seizures another immense haul of contraband whiskv is assured. . - ... i , . -f Condition of the Craps. Tolepo, May 13. Tbe (Wepub lishes this alternodn' an elaborate crop report, carefully compiled from statements by' competent parties at lou points- in Uhio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri and Iowa. ' These state ments indicate that from one-quarter to one-third or a crop of winter wheat has been killed, but that has been' nearly offset' by the Increased number "of acres -sowed, and' tbe quantity r spri&g wheat will; if everything;' is favorable,- henceforth bring tbe whole production to that of aa average crop. About a ouar- tor of last 'year's - crop-still' remains in. the hands of the' farmers.- No eonsidorable quantity" of wheat ground is reported as having been piowea.- a he snv unt of eorn bein put In this year ereatly exceeds that ot last tear. ' " : : Helsare la at. Leal. v asmington. May 14. Solicitor . - . t ilson.'of tbe Treasury Department. to-night received a telegram an nouncing tbe seizure of 813 barrels of whiakv in St Loaia to-day, be longing to Alrice, and Fainlan fc Bro.'-' i -? Flaring Obslraetloas aa a Bail Koad. Track. Port Jervis, N. ., May U. j Jamc9 Milligan, a stranger here, was lodged in Pike County jail for placing obstructions on tbe track cf tbe Erie Railway on tbe Delaware Division. His object is supposed to bave been plunder. - . - . , Krlsares In Hlssoarl, ' St. Louis, May 13. The rectify ing establishment of B. A. F'eaman & Co., Kansas City, bas been taten possession of by the United Staies authorities, and' tbe distillery of She- car & Sons, St. Joseph,' has b?cn seized. .;. . j Klners Bi' la fnyelle. Tbe trouble among the coal miners along the branch railroad between Broadford and Mt Pleasant assumed a serious aspect yesterday. For sev eral davs, since tbe strike in that re- r -.L :i it ion. larire parties oi me binacin o . have been patroling tbe country, and bv threats of violence forced many of the Fayette, ; Painter, and Dexter mines to leave off working. Some who resisted their outrageous de mands were assaulted and beaten by tho strikers. The proprietors of the miners applied to Sheriff Messraore for protection, when that official, with a posse, proceeded to the scene of the disturbance and succeeded in arrest ing some thirty of tbe ringleaders, who were lodged in the ccjuty jail at Unlontown. These arrests were made Wednesday. Yeoterday th Sheriff was notified that the strikers were again on tho war-path, tbat two bands, numbering one hundred men each, were preparing to attack tbe miners who refused to join in the strike. He again collected a force and visited tbe seat of war. The following special dispatch to the Coiii- mercial, from I niontown, received last night, telU the remainder of the story : Uniontown, Pa., May 13 The Sheriff's men all returned by the 7:20 express to-night, having with them nine more of the rioters, making about forty men in all who are lodged in the Uniontown jail. Great excite ment prevails here T. J. D. Escape Frim Star "lax rapt re. aad PoronKEEPSiE, May 14. While an tngine attached to an extra freight train going to New Y'ork city was passing through the arch at Sing Sing State Prison, about four o'clock this morning, four convicts jumped on the engine, presenting revolvers at the engineer and fireman, and com pelling them to get off. They then cut the ensrine loose from the train and started southward, abandoning tbe engine three miles north of Tar rytown, where it was found with both tbe cylinder beads broken. Of ficers are in pursuit of the fugitives. Three of the convicts were cap tured aear Sleepy Hollow. They had stolen the clothes of the engineer and' fireman. Tho fourth one is be ing hotly pressed, and will be cap tured. Retirement of ('vnmlitioiier Dons- lasa. Washington, D. C, May 1C. Commissioner Pratt took charge of tbe Internal Revenue office to-day At an informal meeting of the offi cers, clerks and other employees of the Bureau of Internal Revenue this afternoon, to give expression of their feelings in reference to the se verance of official relations with Commissioner Douglass, his success or, Commissioner Pratt, was called to tbe chair, and complimentary res olutions were unanimously adopted Commissioner Pratt declared bis sympathy with the feeling manifested in tbe resolutions, which were "so well expressed and so well deserved." His own appointment, he said, was unexpected and unsolicited, and he wished that be might at tbo close of bis own term of service enjoy the same appreciation and good feeling. Exeeatloo r a Hear Murderer. Charleston, S. C, May 14. Josh Frazer, colored, wa3 hanged at Camden, in this State, to-day for the murder of Benjamin Cooper in De cember last He was convicted on circumstantial evidence, but af conviction confessed the crime. On the scaffold to-day be confessed tbat be bad murdered also his wife and child and a cecro woman, and tbat he had burned many barns and gin houses, lie was perfectly resigned. ine rope supped, an't death was caused by strangulation in seven minutes. Six thousand persona were present. There was great religiuus excitement, but no disturbance. The t'onstltatlaaality of the Iateraal ". Reveaae act to be Tested. Milwauk.ee, May 14. Tbe four distilleries which bad been released bv Court on special bonds resumed operations yesterday. A dispatch was received from Washington or dering the officers to stop them until they had given new bonds in place of tboe given on tbe 1st of May. The dMtillers telegraphed to distillers at Chicago; St Louis and elsewhere, proposing to unite witb them in test ing the constitutionality of tbe inter nal revenue act. A favorable reply was received from Chicago, and tbe distillers have resolved to proceed They have retained ex-Senator Car penter to take the question into tbe courts. r . ' . i Destructive Teraade. . Toledo, Omo. May 10. A torna do pxaed , over the villa eo of Green Springs, Ohio, yesterday . af ternoon, blowing down three bouses, bywbich three children were killed, aod demolishing every chimney in the place. Passing northward, sev eral .houses ' and barns, between Green Springs and Clyde were blown down and trees and fences destroyed. At Clyde, the Nichols House was partially unroofed, and considerable damage done to stores and residences between Clvde and Bellevue. Along the line of. tbe Lake Shore Railroad scarcely a building escaped qninjuredf .The course cf tha storm was from south to north, and its track about two miles wide. The Miners' Strike. Wilkesbarre, Pa , May II. Aoounniny men went to wort in Hutchinson's mine this . ' morning. i . a . i ney marched irom their homes in a bodyand were' armed with rifles and revolvers. A, crowd of men, women, '. and boys followed them with threats and imprecations,, and were only deterred from acts of vio lence by the weappnsoftbe workmen. The women were particularly bitter ith invectives, and at one point in the mile march nearly precipitated a conflict. Threats were made to have a crowd this evening, when tbe men came out of the mines, large enonsh to mob tbem. Through fear of this, the authorities were called opon this morning by Mr. Hutchinson for pro tection, and a posse is now beine raised to go to Kingston this after noon. Brraerj- Rewarded. Cincinnati, Ohio, May 12. At the quarterly meeting of the Board of Managers of -Adams Express Company held here to-day, George H. Price, who killed the robber in bis on tbe Pittsburg and Fort Wayne Road a fews days rince, was voted ?I,000 in gold. They, also voted $2,000 per annum to tbe Eipress men's Aid Society, to be paid to tbe heirs of deceased members who die ia the service of tbs company. : - mala Troablcs. Huntingdon, Penn., May 12. Tbe force of men who left here yes terday moruiuur witb Fioher and Whitehead succeeded in running the blockade aDd reaching their destina tion .T.-,hn Sinev. of ibe antbraeke region, was addressing a mass-meet- las of mines, when it was announc ed tbat three carload. of blacklegs had arrived. The meeting broke up in confusion, and about 000 men and women, armed and equipped, repaired to Fisher's aad Whitehead's mines. They were met by Fisher and Whitehead, who forbid them to come upen their property. The mob ffalted, and sent a delegate in tbe person of John Siney to confer with Fisher aud Whitehead. He said tbat it was a peaceable strike, and asked that a committee might go to the men and try to induce them to leave tbo region. Tbe request was granted, and a cmmiittee passed on to the miners to confer with tbe men, but failed to induce a single man to return. A second committee was sent id, but succeeded no better. Not one would consent to return. One man suggested to shoot Mr. Fisher if be stood in tbe way. The mob then fell back aad consulted. Finding the blacklegs could not be persuaded, under imprudent advice they made a wild and furious charge, sweeping over Mr Fisher and bis party, men aud women, brandishing clubs, forcibly entered the houses. Some of Fisher's men were seized and dragged out, tbeir baggage thrown out of the windows, the doors broken down, provisions and valuables appropriated. Men who have been working in tbe mines for weeks were taken out, and all march ed by the mob toward Tyrone. They marched ail night, Fisher aud White head arrived at Osceola about mid night, and camo to Tyrone ou tbe early train. Tbe strikers bave be come wild and ungovernable, and say all new men must aud shall leave the region. If the men had resisted blood would have been shed freely. Tbe Sheriff had promised to be ia attendance to protect the new men, but owing to some cause not fully explained be did not coaie. Tbe success of tbe mob for tbe last two days threatens tho total suspen sion ot business, the miners pro pose to c'ean out every bauk operated. A Strangle Between a iinnrd nnil a M- berinu Eloodbonnds. Patrick Eustace, says the Phila delphia Bulletin, is oua of the guards at the Eastern Pcniteliary, wbose duty is to make the rounds of the in stitution at night to learn it all's well. This he does in company with two Siberian bloodhounds. On Tuesday night last, while accom plishing this duty, the dogs quarreled and a terrible fight ensued between them. Eustace inserted his club be tween the jaws of tbe one which had between his long fangs tbe other's throat. Tbo savage brute released his his hold and (lew at the guard, catch ing his arm and forcing his teeth deep into the flesh, through the thick ness of an overcoat, undercoat and two shirts. The guard used his club freely, but this would bave availed little had not the second hound come to the rescue of his master, and even then the victory of man and beast was dearly bought. Having secured the enraged animal, aud, as the guard believed, subjected him suffi ciently, Eustace went into tbe war den's office, where his wounds were dressed. About two hours 'ater tbe Guard Lennan was making a tour of the yard with the bounds, when Guard Eustace happened to cross !some dis tance off. The moment tbe bound beard his footsteps he uttered a low cry and bounded swiftly off in tbe direction of Eustace, who was ap prised of his danger by a shout' from Guard Lennan. Eustace turned, drawing bis revolver at tbe same time, and pulled tbe trigger as he saw the bound approaching him. The first shot took effect, and the an imal staggered and fell, shot through the heart A few seconds later and he would probably bave had bis fangs in the throat of the guard. The convict3 at the Penitentiary stand in continual fear of these sav age srowlers, perhaps tbe most sav age and resentful of the canine faro- ily. ... - . V. .4. B. National Encampment Ilartranft Fleeted Commander lu-4'hief. Chicago, May 13. Tbo second day's proceediugs of the National Encampment of the brand Array of the Republic have consisted of the transaction ot considerable business relating to the constitution of the or der and its internal policy. The ut most harmony prevailed, fbe fol lowing officers were chosen for the ensuing year: Commander-in-Chief, John r- Ilartranft, of Pennsvlvania ; Senior v ice Commander-in-Chief, J i. Reynolds, of Illinois ; Junior ice Commanuer-in-Lbief, Charles J. Buckbee, Connecticut; Surgeon Geu- eral, John V. Foye, of Massacbu setts; Chaplain-in-Chief, Major W Reed, of Wisconsin Governor Ilartranft was present and made an address accepting tbe office. The Encampment bas adjourned to meet next year at Philadelphia. To-morrow the members are to be the guests of the Board of Trade and the Board ot Public Works. Hnootlax Affray. Leavenworth Kan., May 11. At about 10 o'clock last evening ColD. K. Anthony, Postmaster and editor of tbe Time, and William Embry, editor of the- Appeal, met on the stairway of the Opera-house when the Colonel askesl Embry if be wish ed to see him, to whk-b Embry re plied, "Just as you say Col. An thony; if yon wish to see roe we .will go down stairs." The Colonel ihn stepped tp one step, when Embry said: "No, you dan'tsboet me in th.2 back," and stepped up by bis side. Col. Anthony then struck Embry a severe blow on the upper lip, when three sbot3 were fired by Embry, two of whieh took effect in Col. An thony's breast, and it is supposed will prove fatal. He is still lying ia the Opera Hoe, and is steadily sinsing. - . : - EATER. Col. D. K. Anthony continues in a critical condition. He was removed from the opera-house about half past lour o clocK this morning to his resi dence. , He has been conscious all day, aad conversed freely with friends. Embry, who shot him, is now in jail awaiting tho result of Col. Anthony wound3. ' " At Sandusky, Tuesday evening, a young man br the name of Henry Gorth, shot a companion by the name of Flartwick Ilobrnora, with a load of bird 6hot, in compliance with a sportive permi3Soion to do the same. WlllILVbTOV. The War on the Whiskey Blnc-Wors Neiaares. Wasiunton, May 13. A telegram to solicitor Wilson from .Mitwaa kee says tbat in one of tbe di ies seized ia tbat city there were found subterranean tanks witb a ca pacity of twenty-five thousand gal lons. This is strong confirmatory evidence of illicit production and the wisdom of tbe seizure. Ia three cf the St. Louis distilleries seized simi lar confirmatory evidence was found in secret entrances to the, cistern room, and in the fourth tbe keeper was bribed and the book burned. Tbe examination of the vouchers and returns of the whiskey disiilW and rectified at Ciuciuuati aud shipped from that place is now being made, and the seizure will be made in a day or two. It was tlie inten tion of the authorities to make the seizure there to-diy, but it has been delayed in order to examine some ad ditional papers that bave come to hand. Thus far no evidence bas been found showing frauds in Clevc land or Pittsburg. THE SEIZURES IN SOUTHERN CITIES, No return has yet bei receivtd. from officers in southern cities, who, on Monday where ordered to seize lota or eroded whisky, out tne or ders have doubtlsss been carried out. The rekin-alcohol works, HI., -vere seized yesterday witb 275 barrels of whisky. Supervisor Hunt reports every thing all right at New Orleans. At St Louis on Monday an inur nal revenue storekeeper betrayed tbe coming of tbe secret service force, and enabled certain distillers to se cure anu ouru tbeir boon and pa pers. When the Secretary of the Treas ury was aeked yesterday how much the government would probably save by the movement against the whisky ring he replied he could not tell. "It is enough to know," said he, "that 'there's millious in it' " COMMISSIONER DOUGLASS. Commissioner Douglass wil! va cate his office on Satdrday. Mr. Pratt is at the bureau to-day getting information as to tbe duties which he will have to perform. THE DRIYINU PARK ASSOCIATION. At the spring meeting of the Washington driving park association, yesterday, the $750 purse for 2:29 horses was won by Albert Meade. Five heat were trotted and tbe best time was 2:o3. PEACE ASSURED IN EUROPE. Washington, May 13 An offi cial telegram bas been received af the Russian legation from Berlin, stat ing that the emperor leaves Berlin entirely convinced of tbe conciliatory dispositions which exist there and which assures the maintenance of peace. MORE WHISKY SEIZURES. Washington, May 13. Solicitor Wilson of the treasury department, to-night received a telegram announc ing tbe seizure of 813 barrels of whisky in St Louis to-day, belong ing to Ulrice, Tainlan & Bro., and another announcing the seizure of the rectifying bouse of Pike, Barrett it Dile, of Cincinnati. Tbe Lexington Races. Lexington, May 12. First race, mile beats. Only one beat was ran, which was won by Searcher in 1:41 J. This is the best time ever made. Gray Planet last year made the next best, at Saratoga, running against time, in 1:42J, and Alarm had pre viously made it in l:42f. After the race Searcher was put up and was bought for bis $5,000.. . at auction, owner at Fall ef a Bridge. Albany, .May IJ. A new iron bridee, recently erected over the Erie canal by the state authorities, a few miles above this city, gave way yesterday afternoon carrying witb it a team of horsey wagon, two men, and a large stove. Two men named Kelley and Sullivan, were seriously injured. An Attempt at Parricide Foils ed by Salride. CnicAGO, May 15. A dispatch from M'Gregor, Iowa, says Albert Young, son of Senator Young, of Wisconsin, shot bis father at noon vesterday, aod then committed sui cide. It is thought that tbe sen bad committed forgery, and resorted to this means of covering it up. Three Klsters Dren aed. Cincinnati, Ohio, special dispatch to the May ll A Commercial says: Three ladies, daughters of Peter Harnum, of Upper Saodusky, Ohio, were drowned in the Sandusky River, near that place, yesterday, while at tempting to crosa the stream in a wayon. - . Elghty-nlae.fiodica Becorered .the Wrecked Mehlller. fr New York, May 13 A special dispatch from London says tbat eigbiy-cine bodies of persons who were lost on the wreck of the steam ship Schiller have been recovered. Among them are the bodies of Wal ter Blackeven, steward; Mes. Henry Friejd, and Henry Martin ; tbe body of a male with ".A." marked on a signet ring, UA. T." marked on linen Augnow Thomas. The body of a young lady having a diamond set in a massive gold ring was found at a dis tance of twenty miles from the scene of the disaster, orders have been re ceived directing that the bodv of Miss Dimockbe shipped for America. A diver has made a survey of tbe wreck. Whiskey Keisure. Cincnwati, May 13. Collector Weitzell, bj order of the treasury dpurtmeot, this afternoon siezed tbe Iarpe, whiskey house of .Pike, Dople & Uarrett, Xt. 819 Public Landing; and- placed the. same in charge of .United States Marshal Thall. An In ventory of the property will be made. Some interest ia eicited, aa it la un certain what others may also be in- Oae of the students of TVitUnbunr College, SpringSeld, had hia skull fractured on Monday evening while playiDg at quoits. The first white child born on the Western Reserve was Lucy, Kings bury, a daughter of Judge Kings bury, of Newbury, Cuyahoga county. Sixteen uncctigenial souls will ask r!ca3e from the tie that bind them to their worser halres at tbe next term of the .Summit county .Common Please Court. . . It is raid a tack factory is to be established .t .r'allston, Pa. Tbe Whisky rraad. Washington, May 15. Tbe fur ther prosecution of the whikr I frauds, together with all tbe evidence - re:ircn will on .Mondav 03 turned ! over - , if" ra,t. Commissioner of Inter- to Mr. Pratt ;uai MTMje. The various supervi isors who b,e been working witb jthe Shelter have been ordered to report direct to the Commissioner ;and receive further instructions from mm. i no secret service force of tbe Treasury, however, will continue to aid the internal revenue authorities m detecting and seizing "crooked"' whisky and bringing offenders to jus tice. J Destructive Fire. Dubuque, May 15 Mitchell, I, was viMted by a disastrous confla'gra y,'"Jp,R't Di?bt whicD destroved J. t- Tyson's elevator, two grain ware houses and an adjoining office. Loss rour thousand bushels of grain, about $1,300 in machinery aad stock, and $6,000 on the buildings; insur ance nearly $rt,000. l ire at W 11 mBinn Cincinnati. May lfi.A fire at Wilmington, Ohio, this morning de stroyed Taylor's carriage factory and a dwelling adjoining. Loss about $5,000; no insurance. Xcic Advertisements. New Firm! NEW GOODS LOW PRICES! J-H.ivins pun hascJ the Interuft ot Me.n V. F. Khil 4. Br., in the grorerr bas!nc, we npei-trullr announce to the public that we wilt continue the bueir.i w at the old stain!, ( o. 2, Hacr's Illock.? in feMltion to a full line of groceries (freh aal of best nualities), GLASSWARE, QUEENSWARE, FLOUR, GRAIN, & MILL FEED, IVe will mukc a ?vc"'"ll7 of S A. L T, Carbon Oil, Land Plaster, CALCINED PLASTER, FREDERICK AXD CLEVELAND WHITE LIME, Cumberland Lime, CI IT A 1ST O . 7 PHOSPHATES, &c. We hare a larje warehouse anJ lims Mm ner the Depot, ni will furnish Country Merchants an.l Farmers .rag: room at readable rates. W. F. ALTFATHEB & Cl SOMEESET, PA. Han-Mi. 1S75. f.fi. BABBITT & 6 Wholesale Dealer in Watches, J'welry Clock. Silver and Plate.! Ware. Watr -Maker Materials. Tw.li. tic, American Mots meuts. anJ Cages, m l Fin. v.i. w....k.. - Specialty Fresh (loo. Is, Reliable Qualities, and C tleap. Wholesale eti-lusjTelT. W Fifth Avenue, (seoni floor) "O4 FlTTSuLKGil.PA. A DMIXISTRATORS NOTICE. Luii of Peter CiaJlespcrzer. late of Qoema hcninic Tp., Ueeaatl. Letters of a 1 m i nisi rat Ion oo the a bore estate bar In been granted to tbs undersigned by the proper authority. Duties is hereby given to those- inUeblmi to it to nutae immediate payment and those ha. inir elaims airainst it to present them duly authen ticated f..r settlement at the late residence of ths deceased, on S-.tur.lav, Jnne 'is, 18T&. lii.MELA. WEAVER, PrU AUministrator. SSIGXEE'S NOTICE. Juhn Winters barlnsr marie roiantary assirn ment to me for ths benent of his eredltors. all debtors and creditors of said aeslguor will call oa me at Jenner X Ii'tuis ami make settlement W M. i LM M ER M A -V. may- Assignee. 50 MORE THAI? HALF A OENTl liY ago. Dr. H. D. SLLLKKS. s celebrated physi cian uf Fittsbargh, discovered and used in his practice ths p.. polar remedy knows thrsuxh- ul me country a Sellers' Imperial Cough Syrup. This Is no quark remedy. It was hern of wis dom; and thousands are living witnesses ef Its wondenul enrslive powers. Ii Is pleasant to take an.l sure to rare CoughsvCo!d. Croups. Bronchi Affi-ctions. Tickling of ths Throat, snd sll sis eases of a kindred nature. K. E. Sellers .". Pittsburgh, Fa., ars also proprietors of Juhason'a RUE CM A TIC COilPO USD, The great Internal remedy for Rheumatism, Neu ralgia, Headache, etc. Yoe ran have s doctor al ways in the house by keeping Sellers' Family medicices on band. Their LIVER FILLS are the oldest and Vest In tbs market, and every lttleof their Vermifuge Is warranted. For sale by all druggists and country dealers. aprT P XECUTOR'S NOTICE. uts of Sarah HefBey, late of Berlin borough. deceased. Letters testamentary on the above estate having been granted to tbs aademgaed by the proper as thvrliv. notice Is herebv srivea to ibnee indebted w It to make immediate payment, and those having claims airainst :t to present them daiy aathestieac for settlement on Saturday June 1th, li a, at the. residence of Daniel Uetfley. In Herlln burosgn. DANIEL UEFFUi-V sprCS. ecutor