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j The New York Industrial Educational
Association hcs nearly 4,000 pupils.
Drawing, carpentry, sewing, and cook
ery are the principal branches of study
taught there.
The school officials of Boston have
posted notices in all the school buildings
of that city forbidding the chewing of
tobacco by the pupils. They have even
posted notices in the girls1 high-school
building, much to the indignation of the
young women.
. Oleomargarine costs at wholesale thirteen
cents a pound. and sells at eighteen,
twpntv-five. and sometimes thirty cents.
Though no sudden deaths may be traced
to its use. it may not be wholesome for
all that. A Boston man says: "It is
probable that nine-tenths of all the oleo
sold is sold to those who do not wish it
for their own use.
The fastest passenger steamer afloat is
said to be the Queen Victoria, which is
to ply between Liverpool and the Isle of
Man. On the trial trip from Greenock
to Liverpool, she made an average of
twenty-two and one-fourth knots or
twenty-five and one-half miles an hour.
This was accomplished in bad weather
anu against a ruining jjuii;.
A Glasgow engineering firm have constructed
what is said to be the largest
planing machine in the world, especially
intended and designed to be employed
in connection with the preparations of
sted plates for the girders of a railway
bridge in New South Wales. The weight
of this vast machine is stated to be some
thirty-five tons, and it is capable of planing
the edge of a plate thirty-eight feet
in length by five feet wide.
The Presidents of the various Republics
of the world are, for the most part,
men in about the middle period of life.
Few of them are over sixty, and for various
reasons, none of them are so young
as many monarchs have been when they
mnnntort flip fhrnruv Thf> oldest is the
President of France?Francois P. Jules
Grevy?who will finish his seventyfourth
year in less than three months ,
from the present time. Our own executive,
Mr. Cleveland, completed his half
century some months ago.
The little State of Belgium, says the
Cultivator, has always been the battle
ground of Europe. More decisive
battles have been fought on its soil than
on' any other of equal area in the world.
Should war occur between France and !
Germany, Belgium must take the brunt I
the conflict. This small nationality |
appears to haye fogepkept distinct as A j
fighting ground for its bigger neighbors .
when they fell out. Just now the people |
?f Belgium are taking great interest in |
French and German politics, though
unable to do anything in either, except
to patiently await the turn of events.
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f A report has been mauc by the Sevbert
Commission, constituted by the Uni- j
w ?* v #?" - V t
versitv of Pennsylvania, to inquire into
the manifestations of Spiritualism, in
accordance with the will of Henry Seybert.
a wealthv Philadelphia Spiritualist
who died in 1884, leaving $60,000 to the
University to found a chair of philosophy,
conditioned upon the appointment
of the commission which has since borne
his name. The sentiment of the commission
is expressed in the following
sentence: "Our experience has been that
as soon as an investigation worthy of the
xiamp begins, all manifestations of Spiritualistic
power cease."
Bavaria has bad luck with her Kings.
The late King Ludwig became insane
and committed suicide, and his successor,
irinnr Otto wlhfljs nffipiallv been de
clared insane, is so-dangerously demented
that four physicians take turns in constantly
guarding him. His favorite
amusement is shooting peasant boys!
To humor this hobby he is kept supplied
with rifles loaded with powder only.
Presently a boy crosses the road, the
King shoots, the boy drops, and is carried
away by excited individuals who
have "accidentally" witnessed the scene.
Needless to say the boy is unhurt, and
gets five cents for his trouble.
A twenty-three foot, vein of what
promises to be a valuable kind of fuel has
been discovered at Elsinore, Cal., and it
is thought that the whole valley is underlaid
with it. It is described by the
Jfacs of that place as quite soft, and
easily worked when in the mine, but it
gets hard when exposod to the air. It i
resembles slate somewhat in appearance,
although of a somewhat lighter color.
It is clean, leaves no marks or stains on
the hand, does not slack or crumble in
the air, can be split like mica into very
thin fibers, burns freely, and needs only
to be ignited with a match, smells like
burning rubber when being consumed,
and leaves behind a jet black ash resembling
lampblack in all its properties. It
is said to be worth $15 per ton for making
gas. .
It is stated that the habit of drinking
absinthe is more common to-day in this
country than it ever was before. Of its
evil effects one writer says: The poor
wretches given up to absinthe drinking
. ..rr^n -fo twnllor froin nf nf>rvoil?
Miiiri 11V/I11 IV ViW?U VA
symptoms, the most prominent of which
is epilepsy of a remarkably severe character.
The last moments of the absinthe
drinker are truly horrible. Absinthe,
besides alcohol, contains several ethereal
oils, of which the most important is the
oil of wormwood. It has often been observed
that the use of this beverage results
in disorders widely differing from
those caused by alcohol alone, and the
oil of wormwood has produced in animals
tetanic convulsions similar to the
epileptic form of convulsions which affect
absinthe drinkers.
! The Cincinnati Commercial Gazette re- j
marks: "It is an old saying that Americans
love to be humbugged. Not satiate
wit'a the numberless humbugs practiced j
upon them in this country they are
tnmntnri hi? swindles ecncocted abroad.
a,"l"v" ~J A
favorite scheme among English rascals
is to advertise that an immense English
estate awaits American heirs. The
frauds are exposed and the rcjues occa- i
sionally sent to prison, but this dees not
seem to hinder the business a bit. The
latest swindle exposed is that represent- J
ing that a fortune of $75,000,000 awaits
in England the pleasure of the Sands
family in this country. Already considerable
money has been forwarded by
American 'heirs1 to pay the expenses of
getting their claims cashed."
Building railroads in China is h\i old
theme. Circurastanti.il details have appeared
from time to time with accounts
of concessions obtained and with predictions
as to the time when that country
j would be covered with a network of rails.
The latest account is given in the London
Colliery Guardian, based on news from
Pekin, which declares positively that
China is at last to have railways. The
report is that the Chinese court has advised
the empress to order the construction
of a railroad from Kaiping to Takoo,
the port of Tientsin, and a line from
Takoo to Tientsin. It is considered
probable that the coal mines in the
vicinity of Pekin will be connected with
that city by rail, thus permitting the cost
! of coal to be cheapened. The building
I of these roads, and positively others, is
! looked upon by British iron and steel
manufacturers as likely to open a large
field for British goods of this character.
The cential provinces of Spain (the
.Madrid correspondent of the London
Chronicle says) have been visited by so
terrible a plague of locusts that whole
districts are ruined. Within the space
of a few hours these pests have destroyed
every trace of vegetation?grass, wheat,
vines and olives. Over considerable
tracts of country not a vestige of green
is to be seen, and the reports state that at
times the sun has been obscured when
these fearful pests have been winging
their flight from place to place. In La
Mancha the trains have been stopped by
them, and gangs of workmen have had
to go ahead of passenger trains in trucks
to clear the lines of the myriads of locusts
that have descended upon them. In many
cases the insects have lain so thick on the
rails that trains have not been able to
travel faster than three or four miles an
hour. The cortes are about to vptea
large credit in aid of the sufferers and to
provide for a means of destroying these
voracious swarms of insects.
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The Chicago correspondent of the New
York Stur says that Nina Van Zandt, the
proxy bride of August Spies, the condemned
Chicago Anarchist, is in decidedly
ill health and probably dying. She has
cut loose from her family and is having a
hard time. The correspondent reports
Miss Van Zandt saying: "Oh. this worry
r ; -Ki -l ; i ==?*-.
is killing me. Not only the anxiety about
the outcome of the case, but the intoler.
able throngs of callers, curious only to
sec me, and the army of beggars who
have read that I was rich; and then the I
letters, bushels of them, from every con- j
ceivable sort of people, some of them
threatening my life and some asking for
money; many abusing me, and no end to
the marriage proposals from unknown
vagabonds "who say they are much better
than any Anarchist; that Mr. Spies will
be hanged anyhow, and I had better conclude
to accept their offer. A great
many include photos, so that I can see
how good looking they are. Oh, I did
not know the world was so full of silly
fcols as it seems to be. I am nervous,
sleepless and nearly worried to death.
The injunction suit cost me a great deal
of money, and my income has been shut
off on every hand. I have nothing now
but the income of my book on the life of
JViT. topics, ana uiu uuuuns ui iuc i
have made its sales very slow. I have
not spoken to mother or father for
months; then came that cruel edict from
the jailer that I should not be allowed to
see Mr. Spies even through iron bars."
The Dollar.
Our word dollar dates back to 178."),
when a resolution was passed by Congress
which provided that it should be the
unit of the money of the United States.
Anether resolution was passed in 1785,
August o, providing that it should weigh
375.64 grains of pure silver. The mint
was established in 1792, and was then required
to coin silver dollars containing
371.25 grains of pure silver. This was
l due to the influence of Alexander Hamilton.
No dollars were coiued until 1794,
and then irregular. They are worth now
$100 each. In 1794 the coinage of
regular dollars began. Our coin was an
adaptation of the Spanish milled dollar,
a coin very popular wherever the Spaniards
traveled. The coin was called
"piastre," meaning a flat piece of metal;
it is synonymous with piaster. It is
supposed that the Spaniards took the
German "thaler," and called it by the
yiattip nf "ninsfrp " The word dollar is
the English for thaler, the first of which
was coined abont 1486, and corresponds
quite closely to our present American
silver dollars. The word thaler means
' coming from a dale or valley," the first
dollars having been coined in a Bohemian
valley called Foachimsthal. It was under
Charles V, the Emperor of Germany,
King of Spain, and Lord of Spanish
America, that the German thaler became
the coin of the world.?Financier.
A Wrinkle in Photos.
A "wrinkle" just now is to have your
photograph taken on a dark background.
Where the features are suited to the
i strong contrast a highly classical looking
picture is the result. In most cases, however,
this contrast is too trying. For the
average plain man or woman there are
intermediate shades, which are quite effective,
but it is very difficult to get the
right one in each instance without ex:
pirim-jnting at considerable expense.
These shades are in general a bright (ofj
fee color, and the particular tone which
I is most desirable is within the modifica*
j tions of this color.?Brooklyn CitUen. ,
Tin mm fiTTTT niTf
fUUMJ trUlliH.,
Jacob Sharp Convicted of Bribing
New York Aldermen.
A Summarized Account of the
Long Trial Before a Jury.
The long and exciting trial of Jacob Sharp,
the millionaire President of the Broadway
Horse-car Co., on the charge of having
bribed New York Aldermen of the Board of
1884 to grant his company a charter, ended
in a verdict of guilty. Sentence was deferred
by the Court. The New York Tribune
sums up the trial and its results as follows:
"Guilty of the crime charged." Thiii was
the verdict delivered last night, by the most
competent jury that Judge Barrett says ever
sat before him, in the case of Jacob Shaip,
charged with bribing and conspiring to bribe
an Alderman. When this trial started on
May lti, notwithstanding the fact thai; several
of the Aldermen bribed by this defendant
had been found guilty and are now in
Sing Sing, and the admission on the part of
the defence that such bribery was committed
by somebody, there were grave
doubts in the . public mind that the' corrimt.inor
infliipnpft rniitri HirAot.lv trn/wl
to Mr. Sharp. Then the array of clever lawyers
engaged for the defense strengthened the
idea that if there was any loophole offered by
the law, the defendant would certainly by
their aid be able to ci-eep through it.
The opening and first day's evidence for
the prosecution?which did not begin until
June 10, so great was the care in the selection
of a jury?did little to shake this opinion,
as Assistant District Attorney Nicoll himself
stated that the prosecution had to rely almost
entirely on circumstantial evidence. But
gradually, link by link, the chain of evidence
which bound "Jake'' Sharp to his fellows in
Sing Sing and in Canada was skilfully con-'
netted, and a fairly clear case of guilt was
made out against him. But there was the
defense to come, and no one knew the surprises
they had in store wherewith to confound
the District-Attorney and convince, or
at least to perplex, the jury.
Mr. Parsons, counsel for the defence, made
an opening speech of nearly five hou: s, and it
was a disappointment to those who believed
that Sharp would escape, in that it was little
more than a review of the evidence offered
by the prosecution. The evidence they were to
adduce to clear the defendant was scarcely
alluded to, and the witnesses they called
were few and their evidence unimportant.*
Then yesterday morning Mr. Stickney spoke
for three hours for the defe nse and his summing
up of the case was rather a vindication
than a defense of the actions h's client
was charged with. Colonel Fellows summed
for the people in a speech of five hours' duration,
and Judge Barrett made a clear and
carefully impartial charge to the jury which
lasted two hours.
When the jury went out to consider their
verdict the large crowd which filled every
corner of the court-room, filed out also,
in the belief that a case of this importance
would take long deliberation.
In the last trial of the bribed Aldermen?that
of Cleary?the jury were out
seventeen hours, and in the case of McQuade
thirty-nine houi-s. In Mr. Sharp's case the
jury came to a decision on the first ballot.
There was no difference of opinion among
them. In just seventeen minutes from the
time the judire concluded his charcrc fchev
trooped back into t ie court room with
a verdict of "guilty of the indictment
charged" Although the defence had lost
hope in their case several days ago, they appeared
to ba cast down by the verdict, and
the defendant espec ially was completely dazed
by it.
Out of respect to his advanced age (Sharp
is seventy years o'd) and feeVle health the
jury added to their .verdict a recommendation
to mercy. But there were no demonstrations
in "the court room, either in sympathy
with this kindly recommendation or
pt t':c result of the trial.
Judge Barrett remarked 'afterward that
this was a far more important conviction in
respect to its influence on public morality
than even that of Tweed. The extreme penalty
for such an offence as that of which
Sharp is found guilty is a fine of $o,G00 or ten
years in State prison, or both, bun in this
case the jury's recommendation to mercy
will have much weight in mitigating the
penalty. Jaehns, the first of the Aldermen
tried for accepting a bribe, was sentenced to
nine years and ten months; McQuade to
fo,000 fine and seven years imprisonment;
O'Neil had a lighter
sentence, owing to his previous good
character: and in Clearys ca% the
jury disagreed. Sharp's counsel will make a '
motion for a new trial, and after that the
District Attorney will continue his prosecution
both of the bribers and the bribed, so
far as tliey can be reached.
LATER NEWS.
President Beach, of "VVesleyan College, at
Middletown, Conn., has been removed by the
Trustees, who are dissatisfied with his management.
James Cunningham, an employe of the
Old Colony Railroad, while at work on a
movinsr train at Boston fell between
thecals. Part of his body was caught by
the train aud part was dragging
on the ground. In this position he
was carried about forty feet, when, by dint
of great exertion, he got loose and threw himself
out of the way of the moving train. He
landed directly in front of another train,
which ran over him and killed him.
Four miners were coming out of a mine at
Norway, Mich., when some men above let a
tram car get away, and it came thundering
down the shaft. The car struck the cage containing
the miners, and all were killed.
Scott Lyox and Jack Dillard, negro railroad
employes at Columbia, S.C., had a savage
fight, during which the former butted the
latter with such force that he fractured his
skull, killing him instantly.
A fire swept over one-fourth of the business
part of Elizabethtown, Ky., causing a
loss of $100,000.
an eartnquaKe at oniayquu, ncuaaor, aemolished
several buildings.
Civil war prevails in Afghanistan. The
Ameer's troops have b?en whipped by the
rebels in one battle, and in another the latter
were defeated"with heavy loss.
THE LABOR WORLD,
The Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners
issued nineteen new chartors to local
unions during May.
One of the most successful co operative enterprises
on record is the Knights of Labor
Co-operative Soap Company of Chicago.
A woman is on the National Executive
Board of Shoemakers, whi .*h elected offic ers
recently in Brockton, Mass. Her name is
Lizzie McElrec.
The ladies of Saginaw City have a co-operative
sewing society in the Knights, of Labor.
Tney use all the profits of the society to furnish
their assembly rooms, and ho ve already
purchased an elegant organ and aave hung
the walls with attractive pictures.
At a meeting of the locked-out bootmakers
in Worcester, Ma?s., it was decided that all
except lasters and bottomers should return to
work 011 the best terms possible. This ends
the strike which has been in progress for live
months. The lasters and bottomers will continu
j the struggle to have the free shop notice
torn down.
In the session of the Amalgamate Association
at Pittsburgh, the constitution was
amended so as to provide that "On and after
April 1, lSt<8, no member of the Association
can become a member of the Knights of Labor."
The committee of the English Trades
Union Congress has reported adversely on
Ihe project of holding an international trades
congress, on the ground that trade unionism
in Lnirland has few points in common with
continental and foreign unions.
The German Minister of "VVar offers a prize
of 5.000 marks for the best model of an improved
cartridge box.
The Crook Iron Company at Birdsboro,
Penn.. has posted a notice in its mines announcing
that, owing to the depression in the
iron market and in order to keep tbeir mills
running, a reduction of wages of employes
will have to be made. The company employ
about 500 hands.
NEWS SUMMARY
Eastern and Middle States.
Advices from the headquarter;; of the
Knights of Labor in Philadelphia state that
a new constitution has been adopted.
South and West.
General James Speed, Attorney-General
during Lincoln's administration, died a few
days since at his home near Louisville, Ky.
in his seventy-sixth year.
John T. Ross has been sentenced to death
at Baltimore for the crime of "burking." He
murdered an old colored woman so that he
might sell her body to a medical college for
dissecting purposes.
Three men were killed and six injured at
a fire in Jacksonville, Fla.
Fifteen miners were imprisoned ay fire at
the mines in Virginia City, Nev. Five bodies
were recovered, and although strenuous efforts
were made to rescue the other men, it
was not believed they would be found alive.
A fire in Louisville, Ky.,destroyed a number
of large tobacco warehouses, entailing a
damage of $40),000.
In a pitched battle between Deputy Sheriffs
and a band of desperadoes in the Indian Territory,
two of the latter were killed and three
wounded.
Fourteen inches-of extra large hail stones
stopped a Missouri. Pacific train in Kansas.
The hail stones broke all the car windows on
one side of the train and drove the engineer
out of the cab.
A chicago dispatch states that Dr. McGlynn,
the deposed New York priest, will
become a Knight of Labor.
Six election officers in Baltimore have
been sentenced to jail, each for two years,
for committing election frauds.
Five men were killed at New Prospect,
Texas, during a cyclone.
Fire has almost swept out of existence the
town of Mansfield, Wis. The loss is not less
than $3,000,000, and 2,000 people are homeless.
A v AiMvoniiflfinii ne fVia "TTrtiffKfc nf
the Switch" goes around whipping women of
bad character in Adams County, Ohio. A
few nights a^o twenty of the Knights,masked
and armed, dragged a Mrs. Martin and her
daughter from bed, tied them to the door
frame and whipped them with hickory
switches until they became unconscious.
While workmen were excavating for a
pile for a railroad bridge near Portsmouth,
Ohio, the steep bank caved in, killing six
men.
Three Mexicans who went to sleep under
a freight car at Rio Grande Station. Texas,
were killed by the moving of the train.
Yellow fever is increasing in power and
virulence at Key IVest, Fla.
Figures just published show that the industrial
activity throughout the South during
the first half of 1887 was far greater than
ever before, the number of new enterprises
organized or established in that time having
been 1,855, against 812 for the same time lagt
year.
Washington.
To remove the money stringency caused by
a Wall street clique, Secretary Fairchild
ordered the payment of July interest ahead
of time. The effect of this order 'vas to release
about Sll.000.000.
The Treasuiy Department has decided that
imported cows cannot be embraced in the
category of "household effects," and are
therefore not entitled to free entry on the
ground that they are to be kept for personal
use.
The President has appointed the following
Presidential Postmasters: Benjamin W.
Tasker, at Fort Edward, N. Y.; John T.
Gallup, at Greenport, N. Y., and Burr C.
Newton, at Bolivar. N. Y.
Additional Postmasters appotrted by the
President: Henry I). Pessell, at Quincv,
Mich.; Hull Hoagland, at Emmettsburgh,
Iowa. .......
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Foreign. ?
At the children's festival held in Hyde
Park. London, in honor of the Qut?en*s Jubilee,
30,0J0 little ones were present. Queen
Victoria, the Prince and Princess of Wales
greeted the children from a platform.
Mrs. Leckie. wife of a Presbyterian minister
at Airth, Scotland, in a tit of temporary
insanity, cut the throats of her three children
and then her own.
?v??*rtn? TVQI'O ot: o. tpnrv
nvt yjl 91A pci OVUlo noiv iuhva. M. ?
ment house fire in London.
The new law in Mexico authorizing the
summary execution of train wreckers has put
a stop to that industry.
The yacht Genesta won the Jubilee raco
around'Great Britain. Her time was twelve
days, sixteen hours and fifty-five minutes.
FATAL FIBE DAMP.
Four Men Killed and Others Injured
by an Explosion.
A terrible disaster occurred in No. 4 slops
of the Susquehanna Coal Company at Nanticoke,
Penn., Thurslay morning, by which
four men were killed and three others injured,
two of them fatally.
The men had just gone to work when the
explosion tock place. One miner entered an
abandoned chamber with a naked light. Considerable
gas had generated in this chamber,
and it was marked by the fire boss: "Danger,
do not F.jiter." The man who entered
failed to see the danger signal, and as
soon as he went into the chamber and his
light came in contac t with the gas, a terrible
explosion followed which Jiook the
whole mine. The force of the explosion
was so g;roat that it shattered a
pillar of coal sixteen feet in circumference.
The men wh 3 were nearest the scene of the
explosion wore thrown violently against the
gangways, unci two 01 mem were crusneu i
into a shapeless mass. Another man was
burned so terribly by the gas that the flesh
peeled from his bones.
The sufferings of the injured m?n were also
intense. Some of them asked to bs shot to secure
relief from their agony. The dead and
injured were taken out of the mine as soon as
possible. At the head of the slope a great
crowd of people had gathered"and the excite- |
meut was intense, as it was first rumored that
a second disaster, similar to that of December,
18S5, had taken place, by which twenty-two
men lost their lives. When the mangled
victims were carried to the surface, the heartrending
cries of the relatives and frienu?
were pitable in the extreme. They rushed
forward and embraced the coal-black and
shattered forms of their d.ar ones. On account
of the disaster all the mines in town
stopped work.
NEWSY GLEANINGS.
Atchison, Kansas, does an annual grain
business of 555,500,000.
The Canadian Parliament has appropriated
$125,000 to :maintain fisheries cruisers.
A Michigan man, aged sixty, who is a
grandfather, has just been admitted to the
Six new jjold mines have been discovered
recently in the eastern part of the Island of
Cuba.
A recent estimate places the value of the
j-;? ne nnimfru in IKXfi at
uairy jjiuuuvio ui wis ? ?
$7S0,445,08t;.
Several olive-growers in Southern California
will this year make oil instead of
pickles from their crop.
The bodi*?s of 000 Chinese are about to be
disinterred at San Francisco and shipped to
China for final interment.
The fruit prospects along the Hudson River
districts are said to promise more fruit than
the farmers will know what to do with.
Lin.vjeus, the botanist, is to have the finest
monument in Chicago. It is to cost $50,000,
and will be erected by the Swedes residing in
that city.
Rain fell for ten hours on a spot of ground
two feet square in Augusta, Go., recently.
The phenomenon caused much excitement
among the negroes.
It is stated on good authority that one of
the richest planters in the province of Rio de
Janiero, Brazil, has decided to set free his
slaves ana settle tnem uji m>> uv?u plantation.
In Tehama county, Cal., 20,000 rabbits
have been killed in about four months, and
the animals now seem about as plentiful as
before. The bounty on scalps is to be abandoned.
A srLEXDiD cigar case made by a Havana
firm from the finest woods grown in Cuba,
handsomely carved and bearing a profusion
of solid silver ornaments, will be filled with
the finest cigars manufactured by the firm
and sent to the Prince of Wales as a present
on the occasion of the celebration of his
mother's jubilee.
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A TERRIFIC EXPLOSION.
i Destruction of Powder Mills in
New Jersey.
Three Men Blown to Atoms, and
Others Injured,
The drying and spare mills of the Laflin &
Rand powder works, at Black Oak Ridge, a
dreajy place in the mountains, about eight
miles from Paterson, N. J., exploded, Tuesday,
killing Charles Stier, August Karouse.
and John Cave. The powder works are
situated in a rocky valley. The numerous
mills are scattered about some thousand feet
from the other, so that an explosion in
one may not cause an explosion in another.
The mills are built of heavy masonry, ex:
wrtino' nnfl sidft and fcha roof, which are
lightly built, so that an explosion may do as
litile damage as possible to property. There
is but one cultivated field in the tract of land
occupied by the powder mills, and in this
stood the drying mill.
Just before nine o'clock Tuesday morning
a prettier field could not have been found in
the State of New Jersey. A few minutes
later no more desolate spot could have been
found.
Three men had been blown to atoms and
their remains scattered over the field. The
men had been at work putting 300 kegs of
powder for drying into iron cylinders.
The engineer was preparing for the drying
work, which was to be done in
the afternoon, but no hot air had as
yet passed into any of the cylinders. In
some unaccountable way the powder ignited.
Over three tons exploded, ana it scattered the
mill and its contents a quarter of a mile
from tii2 drying mill.
Immediately after the first explosion another
followed. It was less severe than the
first. Almost a quarter of a mile from the
drying mill stood the spare mill, which was
lico/? nnlv in f>ne? nf PiriPPtrenPV- It had not
been used for months, an<T the only explosive
it contained was the fine dust continually
generating in powder mills. There was,
howaver, enough of this to cause a WTeck similar
to that in the drying mill. In both cases
the mills were utterly destroyed.
The neighboring trees looked as if a Nebraska
cyclone had had them for toys, and as
if fire had continued the work.
James Young, the engineer, who was near the
drying mill when the explosion occurred,
was cut on the head by a flying piece of
timber. James H. Gardner, the superintendent
of the works, received a s?alp wound
from a falling piece of brick. A thousand
teet from the arying mill stood the engine
house, where power for the press and corning
mills Ls generated. The shock of the explowas
so great as to break a steam pipe, and
the enginee^ William Bliss, got some hot
water on his'back. None of-these men was
seriously injured:
The main o.lice of the works and the stables
stand three-quarters of a mile from the scene
of the explosion. Half the glass and sash
there was shattered and several employes
woro Mil-, hv tiiA fnilinc e-lass. The Morris
Canal passes by the offices, and here in a
basin a number of canal boats were lying.
The force of the explosion jostled these and
stove in two of themv ona of the canalers
was thrown into the water.
Immediately altar the explosion the surviving
workmen "went to hunt for the remains of
their dead fellow employes. Near the drying
mill only blackened timber and iron were
found. Further on they searched and at every
few feet some part of a human body was
found and deposited in a bag. Three hundi-ed
yards from the mill was found the lower
part of a human skull, with part of th9 vertebrae
and collar bone attached to it. A short
distance further a man's foot was picked up,
and still,!urther on several pieces of ribs.
Tfye loss to the powder company will be
about $12,000.
This is the fourth explosion at these works.
On December 18, 1882, an explosion of the
press and corning mills killed John White,
.Bryan Tansy ana Henry Kuhl. On March
28,188;], a "diabolical plot to blow up the
mills was discovered by a workman, who
i found a pebble in one of the kegs of
powder. Had this got into the mill it
would have struck fire and an explosion
would have been inevitable. Sifting the
powder produced two handfuls of gravel.
On February 6,1877, George Miller was killed
in an explosion, and on November 3, 1880.
John Clarkson and Albert Dunn were killed
in a similar manner.
CHICAGO'S BIG BLAZE.
Acres of Buildings Burned in the
Union Stock Yards.
A million and a quarter?dollars went up in
6moke at the Union Stock Yards, Chicago,on
Sunday. Early in the morning one of the employes
of the Chicago Packing and Provision
Company discovered a fire in the tank-room.
In a few minutes one of the tanks
exploded, scattering burning lard over
the adjacent buildings, and a dozen separate
fires were soon competing with each other in
the destruction of the immense establishment.
Though the fire was struck out in the evening,
fourteen and a half hours after it started,
the smoldering embers continued to laden the
air with the fumes of roast pork, and a fiveacre
oven remained on the premises red-hot
for a couple of days.
The works occupy about sixacresof ground,
but tlie fire was kept within the district
bounded by Fortieth street, Centre avenue,
Foi-ty-second street and the railroad tracks a
block west of Centre avenue. This territory
contained four large buildings. The
main building was .'KtO feet by 475. In it
a portion of the killing was done, and
the hanging, nutting, packing, curing and
other 'work incidental to a slaughtering establishment.
Except the curing-in room, in
which were 19,000,000 pounds of short ribs, the
main building a:i(l its contents are a torai iois.
In the warehouses were 17,000 barrels of
mess pork belonging to Armour & Co. The
building and m'uch of the pjrk was wholly
destroyed. About three thousand live hogs
were in the building when the fire
started, but the company's employes succeeded
in getting most of them out. Between
six aud seven hundred hogs were
burned alive in the building. Back of the
main building was the fertilizing factory,
100 feet square, and the engine house, 50 by
65 feet. JBoth structures were completely
destroyed.
Perhaps the most exciting scene of the day
was presented when the men who were attempting
to drive through the covered runways
the live hogs in the upper stories were
forced by the flames to desist. Below were
scores of workmen rolling out barrels of pork.
Down 011 the crowd pellmell leaped dozens
of affrightened animals that
had jumped from the windows or sprang
through the open hatchways. The men who
had braved the flames fled from the falling
hogs, and at a distance watched for glimpses
of the squealing brutes that,crazert witfe.pam,
were rushing madlv about in their tall prison
of fire. About '200 barrels of pork were saved
before the hogs commenced jumping.
During the afternoon the firemen gave their
attention to saving the short ribs in the curing
room. While a number of men were inside
the main building, one of the division walls
fell, seriously injuring Thomas Murphy (who
died in the evening) and four other men. The
total loss is estimated at $1,250,000.
PROMINENT PEOPLE,
On June 14 Harriet Beecher Stowe attained
the age of 70.
Senator Edmunds, accompanied by his
family, has been making a pleasure tour of
Canada.
Frank James, the famous desperado, is at
pros.uit a .-ting as salesman iu a clothing store
at Dallas, Texas.
Ge.vkral John C. Fremont has taken a
cottage on Manasquan Kiver at roun
Pleasant, Ocean County, N. J.
Ex-Vice President Hannibal Hamlin,
who will be 7H in August, assures his friends
that lie feels like a healthy man of 50.
Prince Locis, eldest son of the regent of
Bavaria and heir to the crown, is forty-three
yeaIs? of age and the father of nine children.
Rees Wittler, aged thirty-four, weight |
fifty-eight pounds, height thirty-six inches, is I
thought to be the smallest man in the country.
He lives at Plymouth, Penn.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox is slowly re- |
covering from her recent dangerous illness, j
' It is announced that she will soon bid fare- |
[ well forever to Meriden, Conn.
Francis Murphy, the temperance apostle,
has returned to Pittsburg, after a successful '
six months'tour in the West, during which I
period he obtained over 15,000 signatures to J
the pledge.
? K P
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! Kelly is not doing so well with the stick for
; Boston as he did for Chicago.
Miller of Pittsburg, has caught mora
games than any other League catcher.
Arrangements are being made to play
bpjseball at Coney Island this summer.
The New Yorks made quite a hit when they
placed Ewing on third and Ricardson on
second.
The Cincinnatis have broken the record and
! given the St. Louis champions three straight
| defeats.
| The Cincinnati, St. Louis and Metropolitan
' clubs pay the fines imposed on players by the
j umpire.
Seery leads Indianapolis at the bat and
leads all the League players in getting first
I base on balls.
} "Washington, Boston and New York are
; doing the best base-running; and Detroit and
I Pittsburg the worst.
Keejfe, of the New Yorks, has won by far
I more games to games played than any other
I pitcher in the League.
So far the Association clubs as a whole
have done the heaviest batting and the
League clubs the finest fielding.
Chicago seems to have the inside track on
securing Pitcher Krock, the Oshkosh wonder,
Spalding is said to have offered him $375 a
month when he is free.
The Boston Herald estimates that the Boston
Baseball Club will clear $75,000 this sea
son. Chicago Kelly has apparently been a
profitable investment.
Umpires have been fining players at a
livelier rate than ever, despite tne new rules,
which were to have made things so easy for
the men behind the plate.
The two first basemen of the Southern
League most in demand are Wally Andrews,
of Memphis, and Cart wright, of New Orleans;
and neither can be bought.
John "Ward, Captain of the New Yorks,
has not failed to make a clean hit in twentyfour
consecutive games.. He has stolen fortyfour
bases in forty games.
Goodfellow, the catcher of the Reading
(Penn.) Club, is in great demand. Five hundred
dollars nave been offered for his release,
and he is wanted by the Athletic, Phiadelphia
and St. Louis clubs.
The sad-eyed men of the country just now
are the managers of baseball clubs which
started out to win the pennant and are now engaged
in a death struggle to keep from being
dropped out of their leagues.
In a recent game at Winona, Minn., between
Eau Claire and Winona, twenty-one
balls were used. The grounds are situated on
the banks of the Mississippi river and the
balls were batted into the stream. The game
was called at the end of the sixth innin?.
owipg to the fact, that the supply of balls in
the town had given out
A game played between Chicago and Detroit
recently has probably few parallels in
the history of the national game. Of the nine
scored by both clubs eight of them were
earned. Seven of them were scored by the
champions and one by the Wolverines. Of
the ten hits made by the Chicagos two of them
were singles, three of them doubles, two of
them triples and two home runs. The only
run made off Clarkson was on a four-bagger
by Richardson. Chicago's total base nits
were twenty-one.
the national league record.
TTVn. Lost. TTon. Lost.
Detroit 31 13 I Boston 29 18
Pittsburgh.... 10 25 New York.... 28 20
Philadelphia.-21 25 Indianapolis... 13 24
Chicago 25 18 ) Washington...15 25
THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION.
Won. Lost. Won. Lout
St. Louis. 40 13 I Baltimore 32 16
Brooklyn 25 24 | Cincinnati.... 30 25
Louisville 27 26 Athletic 26 27"
Metropolitan.. 13 35 | Cleveland.,... 12 39
eastern league.
Wov. Last. Won, Lost
New Haven. ..16 21 Hartford. 23 17
Bridgeport. ...30 14 Waterbury.. .21 20
Danbury 15 24
southern league.
Won. Lot. Won. Lost.
VuclirillA ? 19 I 9.7 9/t
Memphis 28 14 | New Orleans. 31 14
the international league.
Won. Lost. Won. LostNewark
25 11 Syracuse 18 18
Rochester. ...21 16 Bingbamton..15 19
Toronto 19 16 Hamilton 19 19
Buffalo 27 14 Jersey City...16 19
Scranton. 6 6 Utica,. 4 81
the college league.
Won. Lost. Won. Lost.
Harvard 3 3 I Princeton 1 tf
Yale 6 11
MUSICAL AND DRAMATIC.
Four Kings and a crowd of nobles visited
the Wild West show in London recently.Mr.
Irving, Miss Terry, and party will
leaveJ2ngland for New York on October. 20.
Adelina Patti's voice is pronounced t)y a
Paris correspondent to be inferior to that of
her sister, Carlotta, in point of freshness and
purity.
Here are some footings of the past season's
ledger: Edwin Booth, $175,000: Adelina
IKY). mvc- ton-rtru 27ri fwl truss
Wilson Barrett, $22,000. ?
It is estimated that Madame Sarah Bernhardt,
who sailed for Europe from New York
recently, made $."300,000 from her fourteen
months' American season.SiG.
Janotta's opera of "Alidor," which
has just had: its first performances at St,
Paul, Minn, during the last week, is highly
spoken of by the critics of that city.
Miss Marguerite Hall, of Boston, has
been received with much favor in London
musical circles, and her singing has been
highly commended by her audiences.
| Manager Grau has arranged a contract
7>r an American -tour with the celebrated
French actor, Coquelin, commencing next
June in South America. In the following
August he will make his first appearance in
the United States, and will play here for several
months. |
John Rosenfeld, of San Francisco, Cal.,
recently sent to Liverpool a cargo of 4,000
; tons of wheat. This was the largest cargo of
wheat ever sent through the Golden Gate on a
sailing vessel
Elder Philip S. Fales, of the old Campbellite
Church in Nashville, Tenn.. has
preached there since its dedication, sixty-sis
years ago, and his age is eighty-nine.
THE MARKETS.
new york. 26
Beef, good to prime 6}? 7%
Calves, coin'n to prime 6>*
Sheep 8 9
Lambs 10 @ 12
Hogs?Live 5)<;@ 5 %
Dressed 5}[email protected] 5%
Flour?Ex. St., good to fancy 4 40 @4 50
West, good to choice 3 90 @ 4 90
Wheat-No. 2, Red fl @ 91^
Rye?State 60 @ 62
Barley?State ?J0 @ 75
Corn?Ungraded Mixed.... 44^@ 47y,
Oats?White State 37%<g 88
Mixed Western Si @ 35
Hay?Med. to prime SO @ 85
Straw?No. 1, Rye 55 @ 60
Lard?City Steam 6 91 @6 92
Butter? State Creamery.... 19 @ 20
Dairy 15 @ IS
West. Im. Creamery 13 @ 16
Factory 10 @
Cheese?State Factory 9 *
Skims 55* (&
Western 6.^@ 7;si
Eggs?State and Penn 14)i'@ l'>
buffalo.
Steers?Western 3 75 @ 4 25
Sheep?Good to Choice 4 30 @4 00
IxlllJUO ?l -X vvv ' I
Hogs?Good to Choice Yorks 5 25 <?, 5 MO
Flour... i 4 75 (it 5 15
Wheat-No. 1 ftJ'j'M *2%
Corn?No. "2, .Mived 42,4(<5 43
Oats?No. 2, Mixed Mo,1 j c<i 81
Barley?State '54 ? 05
BOSTON.
Beef?Good to choice. 1Hogs?Live
5'?(4 6
Northern Dressed.... 7H
Pork?Ex. Prime, per bbI...12 00 $12 50
Flour?Spring Wheat pat's.. 5 00 <? 5 15
Corn?High Mixed ? (& oO1^
Oats?Extra White [email protected] 85
Rye?State 00 @ 05
WATERTOWJJ (MASS.) CATTLE MARKET.
Beef- Dressed weight ? @ 0
Sheep?Live weight 4H? 4%
Lamb? S @
Hogs?Northern ? @ 0,1^
PHILADELPHIA.
Flour?Penn.extra family... 4 00 (?$ 4 35
Wheat?No. Red S5 @ 80
Corn?State Yellow 47%(<3 47%
Oats Mixe I ? (fi} 31%
Rye b'tate 52>[email protected] 53
Butter?Creamery Extra.. 18 (eg 19
Cheese?N. Y. Full Cream.. 8% 9
lELEGRAPicl0PICsT|
?Events
of Importance Trans^H
mitted by the Wires. H
A Deadly Conflict Between Whites
and Negroes in Louisiana, H
Advices from Oak Ridge, a smalltown
Morehouse Parish. North Louisiana,
twenty miles from a telegraph station, report
a riot, in which one white and)
six negroes were killed. The best information
is that a negro was accused off
assaulting a white woman, and preparations'
were made to lynch him according to the customary
formula in that section. Before daylight
a party of white men went to the negro's house,
and were fired upon by the negro and
his friends. One of the besiegers, George Bigginbotham,
was instantly killed,
and John Conger, Town Marshal;
Bart Gardner, Deputy Sheriff; T. (J.
Bingham, editor of tne Morehouse Sentinel,
and Messrs. Gilmore and Baker, were wounded.
The whites returned the fire with deadly
effect, killing six of the negroes, inoludibg
the accused man. As soon as the new*
spread the negroes from all the surrounding
country flocked to town, and Sheriff W.
Douglass, with a posse of twenty armed men *
left Bastrop for the scene of the difficulty. Another
version of the affair is that.? negro
committed an assault on a white girl and
was arrested therefor. At 7 o'clock P. it,
while two deputies were taking him to Jail,
they were fired on from ambush by Jerry
Baldwin, a negro, and his two soils
and three other negroes, wounding Deputies
Baker and Gardner. The n&rots.;:
then ran and took refuge in a cabin about
two miles from town. On. learning thear
whereabouts a posse went *to arrest than.
When the Sheriff and his men neared the
cabin the negroes fired on them, killing G. ?
W. Higginbothain, a young white man,
and dangerously wounding Constable*'
John Conger, Gardner and Baker.
The posse returned the fire, kifl-^
incr .Tnrrv Baldwin and one of Wa katt*
and four other m groe? that were in the crowd.
Conger died of nis wounds with 11 bulIetfr'i^H
through him. At last accounts twenty men
had arrived from Bastrop and all was quiet.' '
? f. y ;
A Young- Lady Strangely Afflicted,
A peculiarly distressing case of mental disease
nas just cast a shadow over the hoxnecf-fll
one of the best known families on the swell
North Side, of Chicago.
The victim is Miss Laura Houghtaling,
whose home is at 415 North State street, who-.^B
has for two years been prominent in Chicago
social circles, her beauty and bright mind .^E
amply fitting her for the position assigned her
as one of society's belles.
The curious phase of the young lady's affiletion
is in tne fact that she na^ thus far since
first visited been unable to recognize, with MH
the exception of that of h r mother, thefaceev^M
of members of her family and friends. One*
of her sisters was the first to learn of the terrible
calamity. She was not recognized wjiea.'3^H
she went to Miss Laura's room one morning
recently.
The physicians who have been summonedthe
case express the opinion that the disease is.HI
of a temporary character. It is thought that
a clot of blood has become lodged' on thebrain.
When it is absorbed memory will re--;^H
turn. ,IH
i Miss Houghtaling is engaged to be marriefc. ^Hj
to a gentleman of Chicago. She has no.re^^l
'memberance of that fact nor of her affianced.
Her mind is a blank with regard to the past
She is herself aware of her ft miction, ana ha**
a belief that it wiil soon pass away from her. H
Labor Riot in Rochester. H
Monday afternoon serious trouble occurred
on Gorham street, Rochester, N-Y-, which -'
is being improved. A mob of over 300 HI
.strikers assembled and began to intimidate|
the men at work there. The police endeavored
! IAJ Uljpcioc but U1VW, VfUV 1 rt Finding
their clubs useless the polios |H
openedi?fire with their revolvers, tiaally M
clearing the street. The fight lasted only tea
.minutes, but during that time Policemen
;Moran, Bums, and Farmer were severely
.injured by stones. Three of the strik- H
era were badly clubbed and were arrested.
One man was shot through theupper
part of the head. In the evening itwas
learned that two others had been snot,
but had been carried away by their friends.
Surrender of the Apaches. M
Adjutant-Geneial Drum had received the* j|
following telegram from Gen. 0. 0. Howard, H
dated Fort Mason, CaL, June 'J6:
"General .Mi.'es sends the following from
San Carlos, Arizona: 'The surprise and captare
by Lieutenant Johnson and the rapid
pursuit by the troops have driven the bend,. !
of hostiles back to the reservation, where
they have surrendered, and I have instituted
an investigation and detailed a general court- |B
martial for trial of those guilty of military B
offenses, thus ending the present disturbances.'"
The President's Western Trip.
It has been given out at the White House MB
that there is no truth in the report that the*
President has decided to postpone his trip
6t. Louis until after the Grand Army encampment
there in September. No definite time
for the President's departure on his Western
trip has been decided upon, and canootbe solong
in advance. The public business alone,
it is said, will govern tne President's move
ments m ttus relation.
MEXICAN STAGE BOBBERS. I
\ Passenger Killed?Women Mai- |fl
treated?Two Robbers Hanged. H
A stage was attacked a few days ago betwecn
Saraci and Santa Ana, in Mexico, by
six masked men. In the stage were
Adolfo Garay, a servant and two lap
dies, Senora Lazzerraja and her daughter,
Francisca. Garay resisted and was mortally
wounded, dying the next day. Theservant
bad his arm broken. The two women
were tied to the wheels of the carriage and
$2..r>00 was taken from them. With this
money they bad intended to buy goods at |H
Guayama.s. I: was a whole day before th&
party was found and relieved. IN
The robbers were tracked and pursued and HI
two of them captured and hanged H
LIGHTNING FREAKS. 'J
Mrs. Theodore Williams, of Acworth,, H
Ga., was killed by a stroke received while shewas
taking in clothes from a wire clothe*
line.
Ligtning struck the plow of David Easly.. If
of Nicholasville, Ky., with which he was u
work, and tore it into a hundred pieces, and
killed hoth Ea?ly and his mule.
Archie Fry, of Parksville, Ky., was tak- H|
ing his horse from the plow, when lightning
saved him the trouble. The bolt then ran
across the field eighty feet, aud killed three
other horses.
As Robert Appleby, of Chillicotbe, Mo., H
was standing in his door, lightning struck a
tree near by and threw one of the limba
against Appleby,breaking his arm and nearly
killing him. H
A urakeman named Williams was struck
by lightning on a train of the Missouri Pa- II
cific while stooping at Centre View, Mo. He
vas tossed all about the caboose by the pow- WM
erl'ul fluid, but cs.-aped serious injury. flH
A xf.gko and his wife, of 'Guinnett. Ga,'
drove their mule under a shed during a
storm. A lightning bolt struck theinu e and
broke his neck,but neither of the negroes was Hfl
hurt, except in feelings. SB
Lightning jnmped from a large loeu?t tree II
on the premises of Jolm \Y. Hurd. at Dover,
N J., into the house and ran all o-.*er it,visit- fl|
ing every gilt picture frame upstairs and
down, and then made its exit by a hole in the B|
roof.
The barbed-wire feuce abort Sam Britt's
place at Monroe, G.i.. threw off sparks like
an electric machine during a recent thunder
storm, and Mr. Britt and hi? negro servant
were rendered unconscious by the influence,
but suffered 110 serious injury.
Two Columbus (Miss.) negroes took refuge
under a tree during a recent thunder storm,
and both were killed. One had his clothes
stripped completely from his body, while the
other showed only a blue mark on the crown
of his head and another oa tho ball of his
foot
Up to June 1 there had been redeemed
nearly 7,0J0,(X)0 trade dollars, which is the
sum estimated by the mint director as the,
probable maximum of these coins outstanding.
After September 1 no more trade dollars
can be redeemed under the existing law.

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