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ESTABLISHED AUGUST 24, 1852. WHEELING, W. YA. THURSDAY. MAY 28. 1896. VOLUME XIIT?NUMBER 238. |j
The Centre of the City Wrecked 1
Destroyed, and Hnndn
unnD iraxN & THftnSiNn PR
Il/AD 1 Unil n iuvvuuhv tu
The City Cat Off From the Outside
Beceired?Groat Buildings Blow
drcds of Dead and Dying Hen, W
Steamers at the Wharf Sunk a
Tlicm loaded with Excursionist
City in Total Darkness and the i
to Gather?Awful llaroc Createi
NEW YORK, May 21?The following
menjac" has been received at the New
York office of Uie St. Louis Republican
. .1. rniwaa hollMlntr:
in uic ii^w ?
ST. LOUIS. Mo.. May 28,' 3 a. m.
"Republican Bureau, Naw York.
"Impossible to give more than a rough
estimate of the damage and loss of life
here and at East St. Louis. Probably
500 or 600 killed; twloe that number Injured.
We have rumors of cyclone at
Moberly, Warrensburg and other towns
in Missouri. Thirty killed at Vandalla,
Ills. Local situation terrible/*
ST. LOUIS. Mo., May 27.?Death and
destruction reigns In St. Louis and vicinity
to-night as a result of the most
terrible storm that ever visited this
section of the country. So widespread is
the destruction in botth St Louis and
East St Louis that It is impossible to
even estimate the amount of damage
and loss of life. Buildings or every
description arc In ruins and as a result
hundreds of people are reported dead
and Injured, but until daylight comes
and order Is restored, it -will be Impossible
to make definite statements.
Reports are In circulation that seven
steamers lying at wharfboaits on tfois
and East St. Louis side of the river,
have been sunk with all on board. The
city Is In darkness, as the electric lights
and trolley wires are down. With
one or two exceptions, all the ?treet
car lines In the city are at a standstill
and thousands of people are compelled
to remain down town or Tjralk home. The
storm broke about five o'clock in the
afternoon after a most oppressively
hot day and the rain began to fall. It
soon developed inro u nmw n*--??
storm, with the wind from the cast.
A little later the wind had gained a
velocity of eighty miles an hour, driving
the rain before it and tearing: loose
signs, cornices, Chimneys and everything
in its way. Many buildings of
every description were demolished and
others set on fire by lightning and I
crossed wires. The first deportment j
responded to fourteen alarms. The
streets were full of people going home
from work and a panic ensued as soon
as the storm broke, men were picked
up and hurled against the buildings,
horses and carriages were sent flying
here and there and falling wires full of
the deadly fluid, added to the (horror
of the scene. Suddenly the wind veered
around to the west and completed the
t? i~ BMArtto/* hv some of those who
have traversed the down-town part ot
ihe city, that there are but taw buildings
In 8L Louis the* have not suffered
)n some way from the storm. Tonight
the streets are In complete darknts
and travel in every direction Is
dangerous because of fallen llvo wires
and debris lying everywhere. The
water ways of the Eads bridge on the
East St. Louis aide Is a crumbling mass
of mortar and stone and parts of the
tower and pier No. 1 were also torn
Thousands of dollars will not cover
the wreckage. An out-bound accommodation
train on the Chicago & Alton
was wrecked by a broken rail, but fortunately
nobody among the passengers
A trolley car loaded with passengers
bound for the west sldo Is said to have
fallen through to the railroad track below
but with what result Is not known.
The roof of the Republican hall was
blown off and a very great section of
the western wall of the city Jail clear
down, exposing tho Interior. It was
during exercise hours and two hundred
prisoners exercising In the building
u-ai #. rxi nlr?.?trlckfii.
Thoy were too .frightened to try to
escape. Jailer Wagner was on tho
ai> no In a moment and with the aid
of a number of detectives and policemen
the prlsonere were placed In their
The tanks of the Waters-Pierce OH
Company on Gratiot street blew up,
spreading destruction on every hand.
Three stories of the C<?e manufacturing
company's building, Ninth and
Gratiot, and nearly half of the Waintvrlght
brewery woro blown down. The
Mimmor high school, Eleventh an?l
.Spruce, McDcrmott's wiloon, Eleventh
nnd Chestnut, the Central Emigrant, on
the opposite corner, Jeio Hhefhon's livery
stable, Eleventh and Walnut, were
- * ** nf t ho Aetna
unroorca. inn ennui*?'"
Iron w.,rk?, Twniy-llrnt una P*PP'n
?trcet?, wn? nlmo?t Inntantly kllle'l.
The ivnlln blow In an'l h<- w?? ?coldia
' T^V"coii^>IMntSi wlro works,
ty-flrnt mul Pappln utiwt*. ?? nlmoBI
t'.t.illy wreck.'il. Si-vcn P1""1'1'' "f
known to hnvr been Injured J'
by thl.i tvreck ami many more arc nam
to have been hurt by faHInK ww*.,
Th" two utory building "f ll?o C- l?'
Hawyur manufacturing company, isii
choteau nv#ntie. wpfl rt"iiioll*n*n. 7.'
Hawycr, a member of
m?? Chnney and Isabella iluii?bn, tyjx
writr rn, w? re crwthrd to rWtii uti?J-r tlij
walla. H. II. Hawyw*. ? member oi tnc
firm, wan fatally Injured. -i. .
. Tha St. Louia ilefilgcrator and Wiwwi.
I AT ST. LOUIS.
iy a Tornado and Almost Totally
ids of Lives Are Lost
OPLE KILLED AND- INJDRED.
World and Only Meagro Beports
n Down by the Winds and llunomen
and Children in the Bains.
Ad All on Board Perish?One of
s and Not a Soul Escapes?The
)etails of the Horror Impossible
1 by a Tremendous Wind.
enw?re Company's factory. Second and
Pflfk nvpnuH. wan comoletely destroy
by Are caused by lightning. The loss is
estimated at 1300,000.
A rumor was widely circulated that
the gas tank near the Consolidated wire
works, at the south end of the Twentyfirst
street viaduct had been blown over
and crushed In the wire works building,
killing men to a certainty, and possibly
Ijom of I?lf? Unknown,
Temporary hospitals abount in every
port of the city.
The city authorities at midnight,were
sending mounted police through the city
In an effort to ascertain, if possible,
what the loss of life and the number of
injured really is. So far as absolute
facts are concerned, nothing definite can
be learned before to-morrow.
Among the houses known to have been
destroyed aro ihe furniture store of
Frederick Ottens, at the corner of
Broadway and Sou lard streets In the
southern part of the city, where six men
are reported to be killed; a saloon at 04
South Seventh street where nine men
are reported in the ruins; St. Patrick's
church, at the corner of Sixth and Bidden
It Is Impossible to get reports from
the police stations where many of the
J? * ?^ ho?n tnlten and
UDttU wiu uguiuu ? ,
consequently all statements In regard to
the dead and wounded up to the present
time are the merest conjectures, but
there is no doubt that the loss of life Is
greater than anything the country has
known since the disaster at Johnstown.
Scattered bits of Information show
that between Moberly and this city varios
small towns have been wiped out
and many persons killed In them.
It was at first thought that scores had
been killed at the fair grounds In the
western part of the city, where the roof
of the grand stand was blown off while
the last race was being run, but it is 1
now known that the people at the track j
saw the storm coming, and passed out of
the gronds, took refuge in th? adjacent
fields and thus escaped. /
On the Rlvvr.
'An to loss of Ufa on. the river, It Is re-J
~poRea Qfi? cue magnificent steamer5
Grand Republic, was junk with all on
board. The st?*amer u. ?. nue, w??i
thirty passengers on board, bound tip j
for Peoria, was blown bottomslde op- 1
'wards. The steamer Conger was blown
I nearly across the river and sank at a
point opposite Carondolet, ten miles below.
The steamer Dauphin, a pleasure boat,
containing twenty women passengers,
and a crew of six men on board, was
blown against the middle pier of the
Eads bridge and broken in two. In some
miraculous manner the women and two
of the crew managed to cling to stone
work of the pier and were afterwards
The steamer Llbble Conger, of the
Diamond Jo line, with Captain Seaman,
his wife and the crew of six men, was
sunk In the middle of the river.
Apart from the number of lives lost
here and on the east side of the river,
the number drowned In the Mississippi
will mnrrearate hundreds. Excursion
steamers lying at the levee and those
running up and down the river were
almost Immediately, those on board
having absolutely no opportunity to escape.
THE TEBBIBLE NEWS
As Rrcelved at Chicago from Vartou*
Potuji Before Telegraphic Coinmnnlcntlon
CHICAGO, May 27.?Ono of the greatest
disasters of recent years overwhelmed
tho city of St Louis to-night
in the shape of a cyclone, which began
shortly after 5 o'clock, and for thirty
minutes tore its awful way through the
city with a velocity of over eighty
miles an hour. Although reports from
there are very meagre owing to tho almost
total destruction of the telegraph
wires, it seems certain that the number
of dead and wounded will omount to
etinil oml tho dnmaire
IUHJ wuw - done
to millions of dollars.
The city hospital, wlilch fortunately
survived the storm. Is filled to overflowIn^
with mangled men, women and
children, and the morpue, within two
hours after tho end of the storm, was
so full of corpse* that It wai necessary
to provide other qliartors for the reception
of the dead. In addition to those
who were killed In their houses and In
tho streets, hundreds of (lend are beneath
tho waters of the Mississippi
river. Of nil the steamers on the leveo
when tho storm broke out, but one is
All tho othora have jjonc down, In
mnny Instances every soul on boord
belnK Inst, and others not over two or
three 1>-Inir nbln t0 r'Vu:h 11 l',nc0 ot
?afoty. Among the boats destroyed in
tho excursion steamer flreat Republic,
one or the lamest steamers on the lower
river Not a man escaped from her,
and It Is paid she wn? crowded with excursionist*
when the slorm came up.
The centre of the city In n wreck.
Many building* have been demolished
ind others pnrtlnlly wrecked. The
streets nre utterly Impassable to street
cars find In many place* progress on
foot Ik a matter of great dlinenlty. To
add to the horror of the nlRht, the elec.
?... r. m.i.m. iI Inratiiili!" of
trie pianin ?, .
nervier, nml the Kn? lamiw ore nl??
Kliut Otr. leaving the city In total durkncr?.
pim alno broke <>ut In aevoral
' portion* of the City nhd tho lire deportl
ment wtl? unable t& make nn offeitlva
flicht bffcauM of th<* chokM-up tonal*
tlon \ the Btmts and tho lunte number
1 of firemen who were '*ng?IW<l In the ini;
pcrntlvo work Of r?oulW tho dead and
wounded. ( ?
Tho only authentic Information from
tho stricken city to-nlcht was sent out
by the agent of the Associated Press,
who managed to reach an outlying' telegraph
office, and send a brief 4Is-'
patch as follows:
"Tornado blowing at the rate of over
eighty miles an hour struck St Louis
to-night and raged for half ?ui hour,
with great fury, and as a result hundreds
of lives are lost on both sides of
the river. Many buildings are blown
down and many river steamers sunk
with all on board. It is Impossible at the
present time to estimate the number of
llvos lost, as the hospitals are filled with
Injured and the morgue Is filled with the
slain, while great numbers of the dead
are lying among the ruins In all directions.
A portion of the east end of
the Eads bridge is aestroyea, mo p*nu
stand at the fair grounds is down, the
womans portion of the Jail Is gone, and
the immense Cupples block is partially
destroyed. The Waters 4k Pierce works
are burning and other buildings In various
sections of the city are on fire. The
St. Louis iron and steel works were
demolished and the immense cupola
"At East St Louis the destruction
seemed greatest A rough estimate
would place the number of killed and
i wounded at one thousand. Both the
Western Union and Postal companies
are lost. The city is totally dark. Im- [
possible to get off any more here at
Why Pfewi li Source.
Western Union company has announced
that because of its inability
to keep up Its wires it would be Impossible
to send out any more messages tonight
from St Louis or its vicinity.
The reports regarding the duration
of the storm are conflicting. About 8
o'clock the operator on the Waboah
road at a small station not far from
East St Louis, managed to get the operator
at Decatur, Ills., long enough to
send him word that the round house of
I the Wabash road was blown down, and
j that the freight house of the Vandalia
I was wrecked and thirty-five men were |
I killed in the ruins. After he had told i
inia mucu uic >??v. ?
Shortly after the Wabash operator at |
Decatur reported to main dispatchers i
office at Forest, Ms., that o cyclone had I
Just passed through the county to the I
south of Decatur, and It was reported to
have done great damage. In a few |
minutes he sent word that a second ,
storm had passed through the country
almost exactly in tho track of the first ,
and that he was unable to get any
more Information regarding it, but I
that It was thought to have done great
damage In the country Jylng east of
East St Louis.
The operators on the Alton road
were unable to get any information
from their men in the neighborhood of
St Louis, but reported that Just before
sJlifcclr oaiiotctictn .
wct* broken oS they had received word
that there bad been a severe cyclone
at Hush Hill, Missouri, which is a
small town on the Alton road, not far
from Mexico, Mo.
The dispatchers* office of the Illinois
Central was unable all night to get any
Information from any point on their line
south of Cenralla, It was reported to
them, howevefr, that a cyclone had
swept through all the country south of
At East St Louts the destruction
seems greatest H. C. Rice, the Western
Union manager at the Relay depot
on the east side, climbed across the demolished
bridge and made his way to
St Louis. He reports that the National
hotel, the Tremont house, Martell house,
DeWolf cafe, the plant of the Hexel
milling company, Horn's cooper shop
and a great number of other buildings
are blown down. Many dwellings are
wrecked and many of the occupants are
known to be dead. The Vandalia round
house, the Vandalia freight house, In
which tlilrty-flve men are said to have
been killed, the Baltimore & Ohio round?h<k
stnmlnrd nil works. East St.
Louis elevator, Crescent elevator and
twelve other freight houses on the level
The Great Republic and several more
excursion steamers with all on board
are reported to have gone down, and
there is but one boat now at the levee of
all which were there before the stoiro
came. It Is difficult to estimate the
number of dead and wounded, but a
rough estimate would place the number
at about 1.000. Hoth Western Union
and Postal companies have lost every
wire out of the city. A . _
After sending this brief dispatch the
telegraph wire failed.
One of tho morst featuros of the disaster
Is thought to have taken place at the
trnoir n? kt. TjiiiIs. where races
were In full Hiving and the grand stand
was crowded with people. Returns
from the St Louis races are received at
the track at Lakeside, Ind., and at a
few inlnutos after 5 o'clock the operutor
sending the report of the races stopped
long enough to remark: "There goes the
grand stand," and then his wire collapsed,
and nothing more was heard
In a few seconds the same
message was reported from Lexington.
Ivy., with the additional Information
that fully ICO people wore
kilted. This Information was subsequently
corroborated by the operator of
the Wabash road at Decatur* who said
that In his second message received
from nast St. Louis It was declared that
the grand stand at the raoes was down
and that fully 150 people were burled In
A few minutes nfter 5 o'clock the
operator of tbo Associated Prcas nt St
Louis, who wan In the act of taking the
> Mini l? wnu
USlini r?'j;ori, sum nmu ...... .?
Krowlnj: vory dark and n^k.'d for a minute's
delay that ho might provide lilmi?elf
with a light. In n *ocond mnr?* the'
wire snapped and It wn* Impossible to
g<*t any further Information from him
or out of tho town.
(.'onrK ??t Hir Sforiu.
The local weather office In this city
was unable to give any Information rognrdlng
the etorm.^AH they were Informed
early In thfl^vonlng by the
WphI'TH Union that It would not bo
nblo to send th?- tmual weather bulletins
from St. Loul*. It wns wild, however,
at the local office that the condltjonw
had bor*n all day very favosa bin
for.severe storrnn all throiiKh Missouri
and southern Illinois. It In thought
that th" storm ivwcpt over St. Lou la
from the northtvont to the southeast, as
it In considered probable that the utorm
which wu4 reported In the afternoon at
, Hush Ilill, Mo., would reaulro several
hour? to reach fit Louis and the storm
at two points are reported as having
been long1 enough apart -to enable, the
storm to cover the distance between
Rush Hill and St. Louis. The stprm
which tore through the country soutli of
Centralia is said to havo occurred at
about 6 o'clock, or on hour after
St. Louis was devastated. These three
points are in a direct lino from ! the
northwest to the southeast and'the
weather officials ore Inclined to believe
that the storm was one and the same.
The Eods bridge, which is repotted
as having been badly damaged by the
stom\ was built in 1873 and was considered
one of the strongest arch brl$g?s
In the world. It was built without a
draw bridge and rose to an elevation In
the center and sloped down to the shore
on either side. There was on it a double
railroad track* which was used by
Che trains of the Wabash and Alton
I roads, a double passage way for wagons 1
nd a double pathway for pedestrians.
I w ~vprt it is i not
r iout v>ic . ??
thought tht It la so seriously darned
as to delay the train service of, the
roads which crosa It, to any Large extent
AH Vina Down.
At midnight it was reported at' the
dispatchers office of the WabaSh road
at Forest, Ilia., that It was Impossible to
reach any point further south than
Nameold, which la nine miles northeast
from East St. Louis. The curator at
that point said that up to midnight It
had "been impossible to obtain any definite
Information from St Louis, but
it was certain that fearful damage.had
been done. Be said that the ruins at
East St Louis were on fire and burning
fiercely, but could tell nothing more
than that He had not been able to obtain
any information from any of the
Wabash trains that had passed his station
since 5 o'clock In the afternoon.
The report of the damage ts the ;
bridge, and the estimates of the number
of dead and Ayounded, he said, were
not confirmed with any accuracy, and
the report of the destruction of the
? " J??- T Jin I nl<tn
railway ucpui m ??? mm ?.?
Glrtng the First Information of the Great
CHICAGO, May 27.?It was reported
at the dispatcher's office of the Illinois
Central this city, this evening that <he
grand stand at the St. Louis race track '
had been blown down in a storm and i
one hundred and fifty people killed. All
the wires of the rdad arc down south of
Centralla and nothing further can bo
learned at present. The Information regarding
the destruction of the grand
stand Is corroborated by Information
received in pool rooms at Lexington,
and in this city. The report which
reached Chicago said that many horses
had been killed at the track, but gave
no Information as to the loss of liuraan
LOUISVILLE, Ky., May 27.?A tele
1- ? ? "m-nmlnUf ffllir
grupn ojicmwi ?.?. vamuuv.v.,
miles south of St. Louis, say?*
"A railroad man Just walked out from
St. Louis and reports the town almost
completely wrecked and reports hundreds
of lives lost, street cars stopped,
lights all out and everything in great
confusion. He says several city buildings,
including hospitals, are wrecked
The streets are almost impassable from
debris and great volumes of water."
.c UCPTLE ROCK*. A*k.. May 27.-The
tilegrafch operator at Carondolet, four
miles south of St Louis, says that all
street oar communication between St.
Louis and that suburb Is entirely cut
off and that the streets are almost Impassable.
But little Is known there concerning
the cyclone. Tho railroad
tracks between Carondolet, Oak-Hill
and St. Louis are blocked with debris,
and many trestles have been torn away
and In many places the tracks have
been twisted out of line. The roadbed
was washed out in places and the track
Is under water. From persons who have
made their way to Carondolet the operator
learns that the storm did the
greatest damage in the western part
of the city. Little damage is said to
have been done north of Chauteau, In
ho wwfnrn nart of the city. The Miss
ouri Pacific has suspended all trains
between DeSoto and St Louis and will
not start anything in that direction until
daylight. Several landslides are reported.
South bound passenger trains
are being held at St. Louis and north
bound passenger trains are being iheld
at St. Louis and north bound passenger
trains at De Soto for further developments.
From reports received at
Carondolet the Missouri
the wire fulled.
orom reports received at Carondolet
the Missouri Pacific ha* suspended all
trains between this point and St. Louis
and will not start anything In the direction
until duylight. Several land slides
South bound passenger trains are being
held at St. Louis and south-bound
passenger trains at De Soto for further
From developments received at Carondolet
the Missouri division will be
open hy Thursday.
Little or nothing definite Is known at
Carondolet of the cyclone.
The storm Is very heavy In Rismarck,
"- ri-'"I'lnw lr? incNinta > f C*n r
ju??. xntui to luiiina ... .v..?
CHICAGO. May 27.?It Is reported
that the limited train from Chicago to
St. Louis, over the Alton road, was
blown Into the river with a Motion of
the I-Jads bridge and two hundred lives
Report that all (he Patient* In the Ht.
Louis Hospital were Killed?Terrible
Scenes on the lllver.
MEMPHIS. Tenn., May 27.?Word
reaches here by way of Carondolet, Mo.,
that sixty dead bodies have been taken
from the St. Louis City (hospital, which
was completely wrecked, and every patient
has probably "been killed.
The buildings of the Refrigerator and
Woodcutter Company were demolished
and caught Are and are burning. The
loss of life In these bulldlnn Is belloved
to be very heavy, The United Elevator
was blown down.
Liggett & Myers new big tobacco
manufactory, the largest In the west,
was totally wrecked and the loss of
life there wan great. Twenty dead bod
1 ... U.miniliul hnVA ro?
JUS anu man/ ..
covered from thin building.
The scene In the river was appalling.
Bteamfooata moored at their landing"
were torn away, turned over and
mink, drowning all on board. Many
people were Been clinging to floating
wreckage and plteously appealing for
Flfljr Children Killed.
CHICAGO. May 27.-OfllcJal? of the
Chicago & Alton received a telegram tonight
from Uunh Hill, Mo., a small
place In Audrlan county, twelve miles
from Mexico. Mo. The wind Htruck
Rush Mill about 4 o'clock. The school
house, fllle<l with children, wan crushed
before the pupils could escape. The fifty
children In the school house are reported
l.iti? In Knit At. f.onit*
EAST ST. I,Ot!I8, Ills.. May 37.?Hera
the whole western portion i?r the city
suffered greatly. It Is Impassible to even
approximate the loss of life. It Is vaM|
ously put al from fifty to ono hundred
WAS UPROARIOUS.' i
First Day's Session of the Prohib- t
A ROW BETWEEN THE FACTIONS '
Begins Even Before the Conven- J
tion is Organized
AND CONTINUES ALL DAY LONG. j
right Between the Broad CteRf* and Single
Issue Factions, In which Free StlYer <
WlnaOnt-A Remarkable Case ot Bon* j
Ism Ran Mad ? Natloual Chairman 1
Dtclcle Makes a Ruling whfch Ont-Csars \
the Csar of all the Rasslas?The Police
Called In to Restore Order.
PITTSBURGH. Pa.. May 27.?Up- '
roorious and caustlo In tho extreme was 1
the first day's session of the seventh
national Prohibition convention. At
least ono half tho tlrpe the delegates
wore In a bedlam of confusion and on
several occasion the presiding officers
had to call upon the band to<play in
order to quiet the disorder.
It was a fight between tho broad
guage, or free Bilver faction, and the
single issuo of gold standard delegates
from the cast. The fight was precipitated
a few moments after the convention
was called to order and at both
the morning and afternon sessions
things in general ran riot. The free silver
faction carried the day, however,
and at G o'clock this evening elected
O. W. Stewart, of Illintfls, permanent
chairman over A. A. Stevens, of Pennsylvania,
who was backed by the gold
standard delegates, and to-night the
free silver faction is In an eostocy of delight
over the victory. i
The convention was held in Music i
hall at the exposition building and
thor?? worn over 5.000 spectators In at
tendance. It- was not as large a crowd
os the leaders had expected, but then?
were onough people to fill tho big lmll
and what they locked In numbers they
made up In enthusiasm.
The fight, to-morrow will be, to begin
with, over the platform. Elated with
victory, the free silver crowd is determined
to carry through a "brood
guage" platform, declaring for prohibition
alone. Each faction claims a majority,
but from to-day's fight It would
seem that the factions are pretty evenly
Rtot at thn Start.
It was long after 10 o'clock when
Samuel Dickie, chairman of the national
central committee, stepped upon
the platform and calleu the national
Prohibition convention to order. When
he had done this he callcd upon the
Rev. Louis Albert Banks, of Brooklyn,
to Invoke the blessinjr of God. The call
of the convention was then read, after
which H. L. Castle, of this city, made
an address welcoming the delegates to
When the applause following this address
had died away Chairman Dickie
made a brief repi\f In which he thanked
Mr. Cattle and the citizens of Pittsburgh
for the cordial treatment the rop- ,
resentatives of the Prohibition party
had received. He had the honor, ho
tn introduce the gentleman chosen
to act as temporary chairman by tne
national committee; Mr. A. A. Stevens,
When he had said this, Chauncey
Dunn, of California, arose and said ho 1
had a minority report to offer. Ho
would present the name of E. J. Wheeler,
and moved It be substituted for that
of Mr. Stevens.
He was told to elt down by Mr.
Dickie, but refused. An uproar followed,
cries of "sit down," followed. Mr.
Stevens took the chair.
Mr. Dunn refused to sit down and
appealed from the.declslon of the chair.
He was again told to sit down, and
thero was unother storm,of disapproval.
"I'm asking Mr. DIekte to rule upon
my appeal," yelled Mr. Dunn. "We
won't submit to this gag rule."
Tbero were cries from all ports of
the house for Mr. Dickie to come forward
and make a ruling on the appeal.
He came out at length amid hisses and
howls, and said that there could be no
appeal taken in an unorganized body.
Mr. Dunn then said he would submit
to no outrageous gag rule.
When quiet was ut' length restored
Gov. St. John, of Kansas, was recognised.
He wanted to know if this was
a Democratic mob or a Prohibition convention.
"I should like to know if this
convention shall rule Itself, or If Democratic
gag law shall be applied."
fL dosen delegates were at onoe
on their feet demanding recognition.
Mr. Stevens at this point declared all
persons out of order.
i'ollre Called On.
Woodly, a negro from Nebraska, refused
to sit down. "I will not sit down,"
he roared, "until I havo had my say."
With this he got upon a chair and proceeded
to shout at the top of his lungs.
A New York delegate then got up and
wanted to know what right A. A. Stevens
had to rule anyone out of order.
Meantime Woodley kept up his howling.
Temporary Chairman Stevens told
him If lie did not sit down he would
have the police put him out. Woodley
still stood upon his chair and continued
to howl. In order to suppress the furore,
the chairman directed the band to
At length the chairman called a police
nfHror and told him to romove the oh
strepcrous Woodley. At thl3 Woodicy
sat down. ' , ,
E J. Wheeler got the lloor and said
ho would withdraw his name. But In so
doing* hp ?M he considered the ruling
of Mr. Dickie an unexempllflcd and unjust
ruling and that he submitted slrnply
for iiurni'Jiiy. Ho was loudly cheered
And then* were denunciatory cries
against what tho broad guagers termed
li was the first clash between the free
silver and gold standard delegates pn
the convention floor and the single Ishu"
Mr Stevens, the temporary chairman.
finally succeeded In restoring order
nnil then proceeded to address the
convention, lie brlcflly reviewed the
history of tho l'rohlbltlon parly telling
>i... Miixta vt-hifh led un to Its orgnnl
tin- \.-uu<? " -
station. Ho tolil of the dlfferout conventions
tin? party had hold and paid a
ouIoKlatUr tribute to earh of the presidential
randldatoa who had In turn
borne the standard of the party.
In conclusion he said the Republicans
would at their convention declare
for tariff reform: the Democrats
for sound money, and the Populists for
free silver. ICach had a dominant Issue
The Prohibition party should now
come forward with lis dominant Insue.
It should lyivc Prohibition und none
other. He was loudly applauded when
he had finished.
At this point Mr. Dickie said he hid
tPElected to name a temporary secretary
In behalf of the national committee.
The gentleman chosen was A. H. Wilson.
of Illinois. There were no objections.
and the chairman directed the
I secretary to call the roll by states for
the announcement of committee and
nembers after which a recess wu taeen
until throe o'clock to girt Uw eojanktoes
opportunity to act.
It took over an hour for the oonrseion
to ret started after the recess. The
ommfttee on credentials reported,
ilrowlng that there were ?11 delegates,
epresentlng rhlrty-nlnr etatee. present,
md no contests. The report was nnenlnously
Mm Helen M. Goagar, chairman of
he commit toe on permanent organlsaJon
and rules, reported, recommending
3. W. Stewart of Hlnols. for permanent
:hnlrman of the convention.
Ferguson, of New York, offered
minority report, recommending A. A.
Stevens for permanent chairman. Stewirt
was the candidate of the broad
gauge, or free sliver faction, while Smooth
was backed by the single Ism*
After an hoar of wild disorder Anson,
>f New York, moved the adoption of th?
nlnority report, making.A. A. Stevens
permanent chairman. Odell, of N?Jrosku.
moved as a substitute that the
majority report be adopted, making O.
W. Stewart permanent chairman. A
Inn" ftnrl H/rlmoniOUS dlSCUSSlOn fOl
lowed. Contending factions hissed and
hooted at those attempting to talk in
opposition to their views. At length
remporary Chairman Stevens withdrew
his name as a candidate, and the majority
report naming 0. W. Stewart
permanent chairman was unanimously
adopted. The newly elected chairman
svas then brought forward and Mr. Stevens
In taking the chair Mr. Stewart announced
that he was going to act as
chairman with fairnes to all. Upon the
motion of Mrs. Gougar the rules were
suspended so that Instead of a regular
see?lon of the convention to-night, a
mass meeting be held, and John P. St.
John and John G. Wooley were asked
to address the meeting. The convention
then adjourned until 9 o'clock to-morrow
The committee on platform was In
session the greater part of the day until
n late hour to-night. The single issue
faction of the committee adopted a
platform declaring for prohibition and '
womans suffrage, while the free silver
people adopted a platform talcing in an
the Iw?t>es In which the western delegates
believe. Each faction will present
a report ??t the convention when a bitter '
fight will result
rile Beer Tax Increase) Defeated?Mr.
Bikini Affulnftt (lie Bond Resolution.
WASHINGTON, D. C., May 27.?The
senate to-day defeated the proposition
to increaso the beer tax 75 cent* per
barrel, by a vote of S* to 27. The vote
was taken as soon as the Allied cheese
bill was taken up., the beer tax proposition
being submitted as an amendment
With the amendment disposed
of, the cheese bill was further debated,'1
but not disposed of.
The debate on the bond bill prooeeded
after 3 o'clock. Mr. Ilansbrough (North
Dakota), and Mr. Daniels (Virginia),
s waking for, and Mr. Elklns (West
Virginia), against the bill.
Mr. ElklnB' remarks were punctuated
by snarp and amusing colloquies
with Mr. Butler ami Mr. Perkins. The
speech of Mr. Daniel was notable as anexposition
of the free silver attitude
Hov Shortly before 6 o'clook?
Mr. Butler sought to have a time fixed
for n vote the bill, suggeeting tomorrow,
Friday or Saturday, at 5
o'clock. There-wjui objections, however,
whereupon he'ciov^d a receaa..atrTnw
6 o'clock until 11.*65 A> in. to-morrow.
There was brief parliamentary obstruction,
which was terminated by an
adjournment without an agreement
having: been affected. V;
POPULIST KXM OUTWITTED.
Forced to Object to a BUI In which Hla
CoiHtitaenU are Interested*
WASHINGTON, D. C., May 27.-Th*
house sp^nt almost the entire day diicuswlng
the senate amendrpent to the
general deficiency bill appropriating $1,027,000
for the payment of about 700
French spoliation claims, 1548,000 for 325
war claims and to be due under tho
Bowman act, 1174,000 for the payment of
what is known as the Chauteau claim
for the construction of an iron-clad
eteam battery in 1864, and about 110,000
for Indian supplies furnished In 1873
Chairman Cannon, of the approprla- *
tlona committee, kuwucu uj ???
era, led the fight against the payment
of these claims. which they charged had
been lumped together Into one amend*
ment In order to command enough
strength to secure passage. Messrs.'
Grosvenor (Rep., Ohio), Mahon (Rep.,
Pa), Adams (Hep., Pa.), and Ricftiarason
(Dem., Tenn.), advocated tho claims
which they contended had been found
by the court of claims to be equitable'
nnd Just. The vote was close but the
friends of the claims carried the day,
111 to 97.
The conference report on the sundry
civil bill which I?'ft but-11,076,000 still in
dispute, was presented and was still
pending when the house adjourned.
Mr. Kem (Pop., Neb.), who has been
objecting to all requests for unanimous
consent, was forced to-day. In order to 1
preserve his record, to object to a resolution
to direct the secretary of ths Interior
to resume the Issuance of patents
to nettiers on the Union Pacific, in
which 6,000 of his constituents are Interested.
? / ;
BASE BALL CHANGES.
Four Men Itclcawl n"J D*vl? ?nd Irw<? W"
Till! Wheeling BMP Bull Association
last night made several changes In. the
make up of the club, releasing four men
and signing two new players. The men
released are Mertch, Nnthwang. Johnson
and.Barrett. The new men slrieS
nre Davis, of tie last Mason ? club,
oatelier, nntl Irwin. Into of New Cm tie,
iJtchcr. The new additions will greatly
Htrenglhen the locate.
Iron mini WrH ??tle.
DETROIT. Mich.. May 27. The cotn
ir.M. nml Mfonl mnnufacturcri
were In conference to-day with a committee
from the amalgamated association
over the schedule adopted by the
association delegates. The manufacturers
declined to agree to the Item
which ask? tor an advance of fifty cenU
per ton '?n puddling on the 11-10 cent
gelling card. The manufacturer lert
for their homes to-day and the ennferonee
will probably be continued at Pittsburgh
BATON ROtMB. La.. May 27.?Votd
for United States to-day:
Penegre, 66: Blanohard, 30; Price, 13,
McEnery, 21; lllaekman, 2: Hall. 1.
l>negrc failed of election by only two
Btuttjrnrt. Bremen; Mnje*tle. Liverpool.,
Liverpool?'Teutonic. New \atk.
Weather I'oreeaat for To-d*y.
For Went Virginia, threatening weather,
with howem; southerly wlnda.
For Western Pennny vunla nn<t Ohio,
Increasing cloudinssi, with rain and thun*
iler >lorrn?, probably >?w In looilltlM!
oantorly to southerly wlndw, Increasing In
I?ocnt Tempt rat tire.
Tho temporaturo yesterday as obfltrvdl
by C. Behnepf, druggist, corner Fourteenth
and Jlarkot stroots, was as toW
7 a. Jtll p. *n *... M ,
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