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tiling ami ho was prcally Indlpnant, ami said ho
would stand by Ucuuor.
ALI>. SWIFT
said Benner was the only head of a department
who had shown any backbone,—who had refused,
to bo run by the Mayor,—and bo would stand
by him.
n' Al.t). KKOPP
gloried In Dcnnor*e position,and did not believe
people would submit to bis removal. lie
would sustain him with nil his might.
■ - AT.D. SYBUCtT
his removal a shame; that the cause
given wlis only n pretext; that the Mayor bad
nothing to do with the pay of the firemen, and
bad been meddling with the business of the
Council, lib would support Renner. '
At.T>. nawnmem
thought Renner the best man for the place that
could bo coUenTvtvnd that the Mayor had no
authority to clUifir reduce the pay or number of
tin* flromeu. The public;would not submit to
having the Fire Deportment trifled with, mid if
Harrison was to go on lu this way there was no
encouragement Jot’ ally emo'.ove to do Ids duty.
Retweenlieimer and tno M’jyor ho would sue*
tain Benner every lime.'
ai.b. Thompson
thought Benner, was tight. The Council had
flted the pay of each fireman In the appropria
tions, and Hie Major, much leas Benner, had no
right to Interfere. Benner bad displayed a dis
position to ccohotnlzc tp the expenditures, and
had asked ihd Mayor to advise with him, but ho
had refused, lie would back Benner when it
became necessary. 1 ,
. ALT). WALDO
said Um removal of Benner was not only a groat
public wrong, bnt a species of discourtesy to tho
Connell that he . was not willing to tolerate.
That body had respectfully asked that the AJavor
t take no steps toward reducing In- any direction
I until bo bad more fully explained Lta statue, but
‘Bo had treated tho request with con tempt, ills
constituent* would demand that he support
Bonner, mid be would do it, bolWvlng as be did
y that ho was in tho right. . ? ,
ALP. MBTBR - •
ieidd bo would sustain Benner,’ whom taebc
’lie-Ted to bo a good and efficient officer.
ALD. DARRRTT
( bad boon oat of Die dtv, and bad Just bclrd of
I the removal, but bo Wan Inclined to atabd by
Bonner. • ‘,
■ ALD. btacdbu
I was not In love with Benner, but he wantedbim
i reinstated, and would do what be could to .that
{•end. .
ALD.'LORBNZ' •
'was quite astonished at llie movement, and he
, would sustain Banner. He wanted more men
and better pay for the department, and a reduo
tlon ot the uro limits.
ALD. UEIBR
thought a big mistake bad been made, and Hint
the removal bad boon made without good cause.
Ho would vote to reinstate blm.
ALD. WXTTBSSR
denounced tho movement as an outrage, shame,
. and Imposition, and did not think that Benner's
. place could be filled. lie would stand by him
, first, last, and all the time.
ALP. BI&ZNBR
’ lenew little of tho trouble, but thought tho re
moval an outrage.
I , ALP. M*NURS«T
I was a particular friend of Swenlc’s, bat the re-
I rooval of-Benner made him angry and ho would
stand by him.
ald. sstrrn
Would support Benner IX the Issue was raised id
tbo Council, because he bad been unjustly dealt
with.
ALD. CLARK
sold Benner was the best man for the place, and
characterized his removal as a public calamity.
He would stand by bim when tbo time came.
ALD. M’AULBT
said be would support Benner if he bql to stand
alone In the fight.
ALD. DALLABD
was in'favor of reinstating Bonner by all means,
nnd said the Mayor had made a mistake by try
ing to mike a financial agent out of him.
ALD. nißLl'B
sold ho bad a talk with tho Mayor, and be bad
been left impressed Uiat the Mayor was right.
He was a friend of Benner’s, however,' and was
not prepared to say that ho would not stand by
blm.
ALD^TCRHBR
was for Benner without any its or gods, ami
thought he knew far more about Uic Fire De
partment than 11s; liaou dlo. lie believed tho
Mayor was opt of his mind.
ALD. ItIORDAN
said be mould Inrlsi upon Benner’s reinstate
ment at nil hazards.
ALD. U’NALLT
said li« would stand by the Mayor, because be
did not want to make a fight on blm.
ALD. LAWLBIt
said Benner had made the Departmeot wbat it
was, and predicted Uiat Uie Mayor had raly:d a
storm about his ears he would never hear tho
lost of. Uu would sustain Benner to the bitter
end.
ALD. M’OAFFRBT
would sustain Benner, and have the Mayor un
derstand that ho could not do as ho pleased.
Ills couduct la the matter was uncalled lor and
ridiculous.
ALO. ALTPETER
Bald there was no cause for the removal, and he
would cling to him because bo believed he was
right.
ALD. FSEVXY
wasnoo-commlttal, but thought It a sad ond
ecrlous affair to have tho Fire Department In
terfered with.
It will be seen that Die Aldermen aro pretty
w«M united, uud some of them say that if Mayor
Darrlson ever had a purpose to resign that ho
would save himself a great deal of trouble by
making no delay In the matter. Others are sav
ing that be has
MADE A UISTAKB
In seeking to antagonize tho Council at this
time, and are threatening as a punishment to
him to combine and refuse to confirm any more
of his appointments, while still others are so
worked up that they would gladly recon
sider the favors. already extended lu
tbla lino If it was la their power. They believe
that the removal means the appointment of
Bomo politician to the place,—such os Frank
Agucw or Gen. Lleb,—which they appear de
termined to sot down upon, and Umt Uie move
ment Uto be repeated in the Vollce Depart
ment at an early day, believing that the Mayor
desires to bet rid of Scavev. They say In de
fense of this theory that Beavoy wa*, given a
furlough some weeks ago on account of hU
health, and it was given out that he' went to tho
seashore, whereas he went to Waukesha, mid Una
never been auywheraelse, upon which they put
lh« Interpretation that Die whole thing was a
convenient way ot Jetting him down without,
making much noise about U. If their theory
prove true, uud be Is removed “on account of
bis health, ’’ they say they will tight, not because
they love him. hut because they want to keep
politics out of tbe Police Department aud to
put their condemnation upon the Mayor’s child
ish way of dolngthlngs.
ALD. DIXON
was free and octspoKen in his opinions on tills
rather momentous question.
“ 1 waul to tell you.” told he to Mic reporter,
between showers ol Aldcrmaulc eloquence and
between his own responses to the rnll-csll, *♦ I
vent to tell you that I believe the Council will
reinstate Marshal Ueuuer by almukt u unani
mous vote, a two-thtrd vole will, do it. hut 1
believe he will get thirty out of the thirty-six.”
“ 1 suppose it U hardly necessary to ask how
you will vole, Alderman I"
“No; It Un't necessary to ask that But I
want to say, furthermore, that X consider our
preseet Fire Department the best Fire Depart
ment to-day lu America, and Marshal Benner
Die best Fire-Marshal.”
“And what do you think, Aid. Dixon, of Uic
Mayor*! action in this inaitcrJ”
“The Mayor baa made u treat and grave
mistake. The commercial interests of tbia
jj.jty . will revolt, against iu There baa
r bt been a atala upon Marshal
•Benner's character. Wo man can reproach him
7 lor noglect of duty On the contrary, h» |, tt «
been, ami («, as i said, the beat fire Marshal m
the country, lie was asked by the Mayor to pci
lono a duty uot lu bis power.” ,
“ How wu It not lu )ua power!*'
“For the reason that the* Council find tbo
compensation of the fireman in tbo appropria
tion ordinance. It also tiled the number of
men, and no Fire Marshal bos the prerogative of
reducing tbo salaries of any of tun muu
In bia Department, though be baa Uiu
power to dismiss. It la wall enough to
have it remembered and dearly * understood,
furthermore, that a fireman's salary is $75 per
mouth,—not In cash hot in scrip, on which ha
boa to stand a shave of 7 per cent, leaving hla
salary but SO9 per month. And out of that ho
lias to purchases uniform that costa him S4O or
so, so that really be doesn't get as much as a
common teamster in the City of Chicago, while
bia work U more laborious and mure responsi
ble, to say nothing oi lUu danger involved. I
eay, furthermore, that the Mayor was re
quested by this Council, by a vote of
thirty to three, to lake no action
looking to a reduction of the salaries of the
Fire and Police Department* until be should
make a report to the Council shoving the neces
sity, If any existed, for such a reduction. And,
whrtt Is more. Marshal Banner submitted this
question to Corporation-Counsel Adams tor hfs
advice, ami, while wttlllmr tor bis opinion, re
eolves this note of dismissal. But, as 1 sahl
.before, I believe the Council will reinstate him
by almost a'unanimous vote, and the Mayor
will aeo more clearly then—lt ho doesn't ace It
ti6w—that ho made a (Trent mistake when ho
took such hasty and 111-ndvlicdactlonln this
TUB UNDERWRITERS.
MKNNBIi MUST NOT 00.
As the representative* In Chicago of the great
homo. and foreign Insurance companies arc
naturally deeply interested in all that concerns
the Fire Department, mid as they have, from
the nature of lliclr business, betldr means than
ordinary citizens for knowing the facts ns to
the actual workings of the Department, it was
felt Unit their opinions Should bo obtained mid
published. Reporters of The Thiounr conse
quently sought out a number of the most prom
inent of these gentlemen, and. after stating the
fact of the peremptory removal of Marshal
Renner, asked what they thought of this pecul
iar action of Mayor Harrison. The opinions of
the gentlemen Interviewed are detailed at
length as follows:
MR. 8. M. MOORE
was seen by a reporter, and informed as to tho
exact facts! ills first exclamation was, “ Ills
a public calamity.” ” The removal in this man
ner of Marshal Benner,” said, Mr. Moore,
an outrage. It will create a very bad feeling.
It cannot do otherwise, and the effect can only
bo bad. Mr. Benner has worked ud the Flro
Department and Improved It until to-day we
have the best and most efficient Fire Depart
ment In this country, If not in the world. Do
lias utterly Ignored politics and nationality, the
Influence of Aldermen and everybody else, ami
has done all that In him lay tocfve Chicago
a first-class Flro Department, lie has succeeded
In Hits, and has given ns Uio best, quickest, and
roost efficient service In the Union. In Uio old
‘(lays wo couldn’t discharge on Incompetent man
without having him' put back through the Inllu
chco of smuebody or other. Mr. Bonner
changed all this. Bo took good men, or those
who seemed to have promise of good In them,
brought them under discipline, and retained
Uiem If they gave satisfaction.”
You are a member of tin* Board of Under
writers, Mr. Moore, and may bo considered ns,
.to a certain extent, representing the views of
that body. What will the Board think of Um
dismissal of Marshal Benner!"
“.They will all rearet it. It is an outrage and
a shame io treat sued a man In such away. It
In a loss to Uicdty. There are good men in the
subordinate positions, but naturally nono of
them possess the confidence of the citizens to
the extent that Benner does, nnd it will take
years for them to Inspire such confidence. Ben*
ucr lias douo well, mid the insurance men real
ize that; be is the right ranu in the right place.
As to the effect of this business on the under
writers and on rates of insurance, 1 cannot state
anything more than Uiat the mural otTect will be
bad.” ,•
MR. 0. IT. OABB
was found at hts residence on West Adams
street, and was not only surprised but grieved
to hear the nows. Ho asked for the reasons for
Mayor Harrison'a action, and tho story was de
tailed to him. the removal an
outrage, especially so under present conditions.
*' What," said he, “ overturn the entire Fire
Department on the fifl bf July? Do yon know
that we have in (Jhieagoj 105,090 frame houses,
bams, nnd oilier structures. Marshal Ben
ner took hold of the'.Department when
It was way down,—ln fact, utterly de
moralized,—nnd he hits'* brought It to
a state of tho highest efficiency* lie has run
it for the best interests of thqelty, nnd bas paid
no attention to politics or anything else but the
one point of getting his men to.fires quick, nnd
putting out those fires. 1 don't even know
whether Benner Is a Democrat ora Republic
an.” ,
Tho reporter said that he had understood that
Mr. Benner voted tho Republican ticket at na
tional elections.
“ Well," said Mr. Case,..*’that has nothing to
do with it. He cunn'ot be expected to deal with
the finances of tho Department; that is
a . matter -for tho Municipal Government
to arrange. I -had some .experience in tho
Council, and was a member of the .Committee
on Fire and Water. 1 know what Benner bas
done, and 1 know that insurance men feel safe
with him at the bead of alTalrs. lie has had
experience with big conflagrations ami knows
how to fight a fire. Assistant-Marshal Swenio,
being the senior, of course takes hold, but then
it fa only an experiment to take a new man for
such a responsible position. Swenio is a good
man : and a good fireman, hut that
doesn’t count i tell you that Mr.
Harrison has made a bad mistake. Ho cannot
get elected Governor this way. Why, It Is dis
graceful to bring politics into, the Fire Depart
ment Ever since Benner .was appointed to the
position ‘influence’ has bcfni thrown overboard,
ami we have, as a natural consequence, had the
bust kind of a fire service. Wo cannot afford
to fool with fires In Chicago'. ‘ Everybody knows
Uiat, and Mayor Harrison ought to Know it too.
Ho has mode u terrible mistake."
MU. B. it. TEALL
said that bo was much grieved to bear of the
action of the Mayor. Like all other Insurance
men, ho felt conlldenco la Benner, ile felt es
pecially troubled over the change being made
Just nt this time. As a member of tho Patrol
Committee ho had boon busied In providing an
extra wagon with appliances to be stationed in
tho South Division until aftertho Fourth. lie
realized that tie result of tho change would bo
the demoralization of tho Department, for
just os soon os it became known that
politics were to- rule things, trouble
would follow. Like all other insurance
men visited, Mr.Teall was by no means diary In
his denunciations of the outrage which he con
sidered the Mayor to have indicted upon tho
dtv, und he Intimated that it was not a matter
lor.lnsurance men only, but lor the citizens at
iarco, to take borne and consider. He hod tho
highest opinion of Marshal Benner, and thought
that under him the force had become tho very
best in tho Union.
CJBOIiaB I‘. TREADWAY,
Hie head of a well-known Insurance Arm repre
senting five strong companies,—the Lycoming,
tho Farmers’ of York, Pa., and tho Firemen’s of
New York, Boston, and Dayton, respectively,was
(otmd bv a Tribune reporter at his residence on
Darrlson street, near Michigan avenue, late lu
the evening, und the interviewing process was
proceeded with without any ceremony.
“Well, bare you beard the nows!” said the
scribe.
“No; nothing unusual; what Is It!’*
“The Mayor has discharged Matt Benner.” *
“ I can't bellcvo It; lie wouldn’t do Unit.”
“It is a fact, ticverUieless. What have you
to sav about It from an underwriter's stand
point!”
“ 1 can scarcely believe It. Why, Bonner Is
one of the best flromnu lu limcouiarv'.' The
luturanco-incn and the merchant# of Chicago
would not feel safe without him. He has been
so long in the Fire Department and knows Its
workings so thoroughly llwt he is an invaluable
man as the head of It. 1 havef been to more
fires with him than any tniurancc-uinn In tho
dtv. and be Is so practical, and ha# always
bundled tho Denartment on well Unit he has the
full confidence ot the Insurance-men and the
merchants.”
“ What will be the effect, think - you, on'the
insurance and business men l"<
“If It fhould go abroad tp-nignt that Benner
had been discharged, there yould be a feeling of
nervousness and uneasiness.”
Then Mr. Treadway pondered a moment,
greatly astonished at tho news, and said: “I
should not think the Mayor would dare to do U;
It don’t seem puasibie he could do so.”
“Row will the Insurance companies take tho
matter!”
“ If the heads o( the companies knew Matt os
well se wu do they would feel very timid. 1
certainly hope the .Mayor will reconsider his
action. There U not a man who can 111! tho
place us Matt Benner has. I don't think
Bwcnlo will accept the position under the cir
cumstances.”
“ Will the Chicago underwriters take any
formal action about the mstterf" ■
“There will probably be u meeting at once."
Then, expressing bU feelings again, Mr.
Treadway remarked: "He was thn last man
whom the Mayor elltUild have thought of dia
charging. There 1 !# uot an underwriter who will
Indorse the Mayor's action, ilciiner la one
of the beat firemen In the land; ue U prompt
mid decisive, and U a man who can grapple the
situation at a Urge tire with coolness and good
judgment. All the men in the Department
know him so well Unit hla removal will cause
iln; greatest regret among them. 1 voted for
Mayor Harrison, hut if that la the way he is
cuing to act, 1 would be very glad to hour of
ms realgnuig, a matter which 1 see mentioned in
your p»i*r to-dav. Let Matt iieimcr go and
they might us well break up the. Fire Depart
ment. Why the men actually worship him, und
as lung at they have that feeling of confidence und
respect for him be should be retained. Wt
(Treadway it Co.) represent tiva companies, and
It they knew Matt as we do they would feel us
we do. ’ihe Mayor has mode not only a great
mistake, but a gravu one, lu -even asking for
Ueu tier*# resignation. The Mayor should under
stand the feeling among Uic business men In re
gard to liouuer, who*« irlcuds are among the
insurance meu and good citizens generally. J
am vary *orry Uptl the Mayor boa token such a
course.**
Tlffi CHICAGO TRIBUNE: FRIDAY* JULY 4, 1879-TWELVE PAGES.
•It was qullo late when the scribe was whirled
over to the house (No. 1355 Prairie avenue) ot
. w H. CUNNINOIIAM,
a Prominent Insurance ascent, and, as the gentle
man was just about to retire for the night, the
Interview was nci , ef!>nrlnlly brief.
Leaning mu of t|u* window, Mr. Cunningham
■said, to the ruportcr. who was on tho stops:
“Jlalloo, who's there!”
" A Tmnu.vs roprtcr. Called to see yoit about
Fire-Marshal Uemier’s discharge by the Mayor.”
. “Well, 1 know nothing about It.”
“ Then you have hut heard of It before I”
“ No. 1 very much,regret It.”
“ What effect will*,the matter have on the In*
snranoe companies!”
”/,ant noiprcpsredtb stale at present.”
“Wifi the Urt(iotwV|lcKjjncot to-mormw I’*
“ Not to-morrow,'tfafc'brobablv next dav.”
The Interview doVcd, hnd, alter the usual
11 Qoou-nleht,” the reporter withdrew.
gait, dbn nru.wiNKMr,
of the Chicago Flrr-lnsurancC' Patrol, was ac*
coated In relation to this msl ter. lie one askedj
■.l tVIwUUU Vw bUIOIIIiIIKI* UU IT HO MDIkVU .
“ What do vnu tliink, (.'nptaiu/of the romovnl
of Flrc-Marshal Banner I” 1 a
“1 would rather be excused from saying nay*
thing, ll replied the cautious Hcn.aflcra'moment’*
reflection, "You see, It Is none of my busi
ness; and I don’t want to mix in It at all. I
was satisfied as it was with Benner at the head
of the Department."
“ What effect will this probably -hare upon
the Department!” <
“ 1 would rather not say. Plcaso, count mo
out. 1 hare my opinion, of course, bin I would
rather nc excused from expressing It. What
one says In liable to bo misunderstood, and then
whichever side ootnc up In the end will hold a
grudge against mo If I were to say anything
against them. No; I won't talk. Borne of the
reporters have been around here, out tills’ l Is
what I told them all.” >
TUB SI BN.
The fact of the removal of Marshal Benner
was not generally known among the* firemen
until late last night. Naturally they wore loth
to talk about It openly, since truthful expres
sions of opinion might be fraught with danger
to their positions. Confidently, however, liny
were very sorry to hear of the Chief’s dismissal,
and If they had any say ho would go right back
They regard Swccnlo ns an efficient olficer,
and, Benner gone, theyprclcr him to any other.
But, as Swccnlo was onposed to the leuuclion,
they do not look for his promotion, believing
that some politician will come to the front be
fore long. As to lessening their salaries, they
said It could not bo expected that they would
voluntarily consent to . lopping off 5 per cent.
In view of tho Mayor’s determination, however,
they considered a reduction certain, and If it
came would of course submit Without making a
fuss.*
ynrjTj bennkr stay ?
Tltn LAW IN TUB CASK.
By the amendroout to the charter passed by
the Legislature at Its last session, nnd which
went into force .July 1, it Is necessary that
n majority of all the members of the Coun
cil should concur with the Mayor In his re-
nn officer. .Facing of that consent, the
officer goes back to duty.. The iutcrvfows with
the Aldermen given above, show quite plainly
wbat they think on this subject, and indicate
that the Mayor would not be sustained by the
Council. But, unfortunately, the law duca not cut
so much of a figure in the. case because Mar
shal Bonner's term expires-at the end of this
month, and the question will then be not
whether the Council will concur in his removal,
Out whether they will confirm the person whom
Mr. Harrison semis In as his successor. Tells
is safe to say, from the interviews bad with the
Alaermon, that they will not vote for the con
firmation of any man whom thev do not Doliovo
to tie as Ot for the position bs Marshal Ben
ner is.
Thera are unquestionably excellent men in
the Department, but nono of them have yet
displayed those qualities (possibly for lack of
opportunity) which Benner so eminently has.
There wmild, perhaps, bo less objection to
Assistant-Marshal Bwenle’s appointment than
Unit of any one elsc.-but the belief Is that the
Mayor don’t Intend to send in Bwenic, but some
outsider, and that outsider’s confirmation will
certainly bo beaten. For tho present Marshal
Benner Is out, nnd Swenio is in charge; aPd
the Marshal will stay out until the Council de
clines to concur with tho Mayor. Then, by the
terras of ihe charter, bo goes''back Into office,
and will remain-there until his term of office
expires at the end of the month. • By that time
it is confidently believed tho unanimous pressure
brought to bear upon Use Mayor by tbe-lnsur
an co interest, by the great property-owners, ami
by tho citizens goncrallv;-wIU be such that-bo
will find tlmL the only thing tor trim to-do is to
send lu Benner’s name again.
THE 11AILUOADS.
..... DENVER Jfc HIO GRANDE.
Spfonl DUpnteh to 77i« Trfbtme-
Denver, Col., July B.—'Tho Court refuses to
dispossess Receiver Rlslcy of the Rio Grnmlo
Rood, (Icolditiir that they don't think, they have
tho rlplil to,order his removal; also deciding
that the State Court hud Jurisdiction. Thu do
clslon creates Intense excitement and fooling.
Thu Court sustained tho Atchison Road’s si\(£
plcmcntol bill on the Grand Canon suit. This
Is considered an Atchison victory, Involving i
largo amount of money. Before night.
Atchison counsel are expected to make .a now
move. i /
The Snnln Fo counsel aro busily engaged tak
ing 'evidence tending to prove that Receiver
Rlslcy Is Illegally and colluslvoly In ; possession
ol the Rio Qrando Railroad. Predictions aro
made that the Santa Fo counsel will enter court,
sluing as chambers, to-morrow'and present
this evidence, with an effort to here the Receiver
dispossessed. Counsel upon.'.both sides aro
very reticent. To-night the city is full of ex
aggerated rumors concerning the future moves
of thpSaotn Fe people.
Among the matters set fcirlh in the petition
moil by Meyer, Trustee, upon which Urn Re
ceiver of Uio Denver «fc Ulo Grnndo Railroad has
been appointed, are the-following: That there
is new duo on the bunds' Issued under the two
mortgages of the Denver Jc Rio Grande Com
piny to Moyer, as Trustee, a large amount of
unpaid Interest,—namely, upwards of *000,000;
• that said Company Is grcnllr embarrassed; that
!U has Incurred other'lndebtedness of a class
usual! v comprehended under the term of boating
debts to large uuibunis; (hat. ever since Decem
ber, 1878, the incomtfofthe Railroad Company
derived from tbe mdltgagcd property has been
less than the iutcrcst of said Company's mort
gage debts accruing during tho same period,
and grossly Inadequate to par any arrears of
Interest or'lntercut thereon. This will surprise
Eastern capitalists.
ST. LOUIS & SOUTHEASTERN.
Springfield, lit., July 3.—Messrs. Judd mid
Whltohouse,' solicitors, of Chicago, yesterday
filed in the United States Circuit Court for the
Southern District of Illinois a bill of complaint
on behalf of Messrs. Fredrlk Willcim Sowull,
Abram Carl Welthelm, B. L. Gampcrtz, ami
Carl Welthelm, all of Amsterdam, Jlolglum,
against the St. Louis & Southeastern Kalldroad
Company, aud others, to foreclose the first
mortgages upon that portion of this road lying
In the States of Illinois and Indiana. This road
runs .from St. Louis to Nashville, Team Tho
Kentucky and Tennessee division U not of
much value, hence action has not been brought
against that portion of it. There are two first
umrl gage* upon the main lino, one (or *3,1150,000,
dated Del.l, IbOO, upon Unit portion erthn Ihjelv
(tig lu Illinois, und the other, dated March 1,
1671, upon Him nart of the multi Hue lying In
Indiana, for *1,000,000, Tho bonds of tho road
are secured by mortgages bearing Interest nt
morale of 7 per cent per annum, payable semi
annually. There is also a first-mortgage bond
for S)Ui,OOO upon what Is known os the O'Ftllon
Branch in Bt. Clair Countv, Hl.', which Is about
ten miles in length, which mortgage is dated
Aug. 1,1873. These bonds also bear 7 per cent
Interest.
The complainants named In this bill aro the
owners of uhout sfi,ooo,ooo of the entire amount
of tirsl-morlgugu lnmd». Thu tint bondholders
have tiled this bill lo Ibdr own behalf. The
Trustees. George Updyku and I'bllo C. Cal
houn, of New York City, ore large holders of
second-mortgage bonds, ami bem-r have an ad
verse interest to the first-mortgage bonds.
<Ju May 1, lb7l, thl» railroad company de
faulted In the payment of Interest. No interest
seems to have been paid, so that at the present
time there U upwards of $4,7UU,0U0 due. The
amount i« so largo that iho tirtt-moriguce bond
holders will be compelled to lake the mad.
'I he bill tiled at stated makes uot only the St)
Louis it Southeastern Uuilroad Company tie
louiisuia. but also Messrs. Updykehnd Calhoun,
und a large number of judgment creditors of
Uic road. Thu road is uow lit'lhe possession of
Geu. James il. Wil»on\ #rho was appointed de
ceiver some two or three years sun, upon the
application of tbs second-mortgage bond
holders. U la nut the Intention of
the holders. of the first mortgage
bonds to Interfere with Ucn. Wilson. They are
entirely satisfied with bis luanutiemcnt of the
road, and, iu proper time, will apply to the
Court to appoint him Ilecctvcr under the pros-
cut bill fifed on behalf of the European bond
holders." '
life complainants In this case constitute the
Amsterdam administration of tho American
railway securities.. They intend to bring these
railway'proceedings to a close ns soon as possi
ble, buy in Hie road, mid reorganise It at the
earliest moment. The road will then be put In
first-lass condition In every war. It la expected
tlmtihls road will bo sold under these proceed
ing! Jtome lime this fall. ’ ; '
THE GRAND . TRUNK’S ROUTE TO
CHICAGO*
ttpieM DlsmUh <o TA* THftttfM.
Montreal, July s,—The Grand Trunk Rail
way is now in a fair way of accomplishing oven
more than had been Intended at the outset of
Mr. Hickson’s efforts to outgeneral Vanderbilt
in his endeavors to monopolize Chicago. The
position In whichaffairs no4r stand Is, that the
Grand Trunk controls’! a, lino of railway from
I’orl Huron to Film, isome sixty miles long.
This was obtained bv purchasing, the oilier day,
the eastern section of tho Chicago & Lake
Huron Railway. At '£llnt It meets a piece of
railway mile- long,—tho Chicago <St
Northeastern, —controlled by Mr. Vander
bilt; nml In turn connecting with another
bit of rami,. ICO miles, long, between
Lanslug and Valparaiso, wt)lch Will be sold in a
few davs, and which Hie Grand Trunk has made
arrangements to purchase. Then there Is a bit
of road, some twcntv-slx miles long, from
Thornton to Chicago; but between Valparaiso
utnl Thornton is a gap of thirty rallca. This
will require a new* road to bo bul|t. Tim Grand
Trunk will build It; and then will be In exist
ence a complete line of communication between
Pint Huron mid Chicago. Mr. Vanderbilt holds
that part of the line between Flint nml Lansing;
nml the nucstlun comes up, Will ho.sell at the
Grand Trunk’s price; or will ho his
lines and compel tho Grand Trunk to
'build around It! In the lalterir. event,
Hie Grand Trunk people believe that it will be
to,iheir advantage to make a lino to Owoseo,
forty-seven miles long, and there tap .the
Grand Raven Railway, which runs In a straight
fine to Milwaukee. Tills will give theOrand Trunk
another source of tratDc, In the shape of au .ex
tensive, coal-mine nl (Jwosso: and there Ilia
largc trnct of country from wbtcb freight cam
bo drawn. In building this road, they will bava
got around Vstmlrblli; mid then, Instca lof be ■}
lug compelled to take only what freight they
can get from railways, second-band and at re
duced rates, they will bo able to mako-thclrown
terms.
CHICAGO, ST. LOUIS * NKW OR-
I/KANB.
. J. C. Clark, Vlco-PrcsWont and General Man
occr of Uie Chicago, St, Louts & New Orleans
Railroad (New Orleans Branch of the Illinois
Central), has Issued a circular announcing the
following changes in the operating deportment
of Ills road:
That portion of tne road heretofore known os
the Louisiana Division will hereafter be known
and (Insinuated as the . South Division, W. P.
Klnlcv, Division Superintendent, in chargc.wltb
headquarters at MeComb Citv. Ills' jurisdic
tion will extend from Now Orleans to. and In
clude tin* Canton Station and yard.
The division heretofore known ns theTennes
sco and Kentucky Division ami the Mississippi
Division will bo consolidated and hcroaltor
known and designated as the North Division,
Cnpt. John G. .Maim, Division Superintendent,
in charge. with headquarters at Jackson, Tonn.
Ills Jurisdiction will extend from Canton, Miss.,
to Cairo. 111.
John 8. McKay is assigned to duty on tho
North Division ns Assistant Division Superin
tendent. 110 will report to and receive Instruc
tions from the Superintendent of the North
Dlviflon. ••
All persons cmplored on the North ■ Division
will be subject to such mica os the Superintend
ent of the South Division may establish for con
ducting the movement of trains In the Canton
yard.
B. A O.
Ibieetal Wspaa*® to The Tribune,
’ Camden Station, Md., July B.—lnformation
Was received at the headquarters of the Doltl
rporo & Ohio Railroad Exorsss to-day. that from
■Aug. 1 the-Louisville- & Nashville Railroad
will operate its own express, and give tho
Dattlmoro & Ohio Express direct connection
from Louisville This Is regarded hero 1 ,
as evidence of tho consummation 'of a scheme
recently mooted of the;Balthnoru & Ohio Rail
road seeking to obtain control of tho Louisville
Nashville Road. A prominent Baltimore, &|
Ohio official (snowduthu West, presumably on
this business.
'* tDEEO RECORDED.
EoeMht p'Tnata'i to The 3V/6un*
. Springfield, O.—A deed was to
day recorded In tlio Secretary of State’s office,
conveying from James M. Ryan, Jolm 11. Hell
man,' 1 and William Dickson, of Jo Daviess
, County, to the' Galena & Wisconsin Railroad
Company of Illinois, all that part of tbo Galena
Wisconsin Railroad-lying within the
State of Illinois, which property was purchased
by them at & Judicial sale May 3, 1870, as a pur
chasing committee representing the flrst-morfc
page bondholders of said Galena 6s Southern
Wisconsin Railroad.
st. i u,vr. & w.
St. Doom, July B.—'Tim HL Louis, Wichita <Ss
Western Hallway, which is being constructed by
the SU Louis & Son Francisco Company, is
being pushed vigorously. One thousand laborers
are uow employed between Oswego and Cherry
vale, and the road will bo completed to the lat
ter point by the middle of August, In time to
give St.. Louis the immense wheat crops of
Southeastern Kansas and the trade which has
uorotofore been controlled by Kansas City and
Chicago. _
CANADA SOUTHERN.
fotdal DuitateA to TAe Ttibvne.
Ottawa, July a. —lt appears that, under the
late Government, the Canada Southern Railway
Company had been permitted to bring in a great
variety of machinery lu bond, and that the duty
had never heou collected. The present Minister
of Customs ima insisted on the payment of the
duties, ami has, it is said, in this way added
SIO,OOO to tbo royeuuo.
FORECLOSURE PROCEEDINGS.
Srxebil UUpatclx to The Tribune,
Springfield, July 3,—Judd 6c, Whitohouse
to-day filed in Urn United States Court a bill of
foreclosurejaealnst the St. Louis & Southeastern
Railway, on behalf of foreign bondholders.
, TROY & BOSTON.
Trot, July 3.—W. JI. Vanderbilt has pur
chased, for $ 125,000, 2,1)00 shares of the Troy
Boston Railroad slock, gaining a controlling in
terest. ,
ITEMS.
The Detroit 'JTeite claims that Vsndorblit 4 hss
succeeded Into tmlldozlug (be Great Western
of Canada into abandoning the scheme to unite
their Interests with the Wabash.
The train of the Chicago 6s Alton. Railroad
which arrived here last evening brought, in 210
Arkansas editors, “ their sisters, their cousins,
and their aunts." They were in charge of Mr.
James Charlton, the General Ticket and Pas
seugcr’Agcut of Urn road. **
A nen- railroad bridge across Niagara Hirer Is
being talked of. This bridge Is to cross tho
river at Loulston to connect the Items, Water*
town ft Ogtlensburg Railroad with one of the
Canadian roads. It Is understood that the con*
tracts for the new bridge hare already been
given out, und that it will bo of steel.
It Is understood that the bondholders of the
Chicago & hake Huron Road are about to die a
hill in,the United Slates Circuit Court lo this
city to test the validity of file certificates issued
hy the Receivers, Tho sale'of Hie;rosd has cot
yet been continued, ss it 'i?ould not be wltblo
t hirty days except by the consent of oil the par*
tus in interest. The flllng'of Uic bill will oper
ate to prevent the payment ot any of the cer
tificates until their validity has beea passed
upon by the Court.
'Hie Indianapolis Journal learns from a rail
road man Inside the ring.of very Important
changes that are to take place in duuthem Ex
press circies'Aug. 1. T|io Adams Express Com
pany uto he> thrown oil of the Louisville &
Nashville Hoad and the lines operated hr It* and
a uuw company ban been organised under
the name Ql the Union Express Company
to do the express business over the Hues pained.
The Freitldune and VUc-l’resldeut of the Louis
ville ft .Nashville Road and several ot the stock
holders are tin; moving spirits in the new com
pany, which- hi* purchased a block on Mala
street, Louisville, wnlvh will bo the headquar
ters. Vul (or many years agent of the
Adams Express Company at Louisville, has re
ceived the appointment of General Manager of
the Union ExpreU Company. This now deal
creates quite a Hotter among the officials of the
several express companies, os It bos come upon
them quite unezpe<u«dly, uiul promises to In
terfere seriously with the business of the Ad
ams Express Company.
FOREIGN.
New Ministers to Fill the Gaps
in the German Cabinet.
Tlilrty-ono Persons Killed by a
mine Explosion Near Glasgow.
Ptaoe Negotiations Still In Progress in
the Land of tho Zulus.
Tlie Liberals Lose Ilenrlly In tbe Recent
Austrian Elections*
Bomovnl of the French Chambers to
Paris Fully Decided Upon.
GERMANY.
' ECCLESIASTICAL NEGOTIATIONS.
Homs, July B.— Negotiation's between Bis
marck nml the Pope concerning religious differ
ences arc proceeding rapidly, nml it ta expected
they will be successfully terminated before the
appointment of Dr. Falk's successor as Minister
of Ecclesiastical Affaire.
STATU SINNER.
Bbrun, July. o.—Prince Bismarck gave a
dinner yesterday evening In honor of Dr.
Andrew D. White* the. American Minister.
TUB MINISTERIAL CRISIS.
Berlin, July B.—Herr Ritter, Under Sec
retory of the Interior, will probably snceced
Von Ilobrccht as- Ministor of Finance, and Von
Puttkammer, President of tho Province of
Silesia, will orobably succeed Dr. Folk ns
Minister of Ecclesiastical Affairs. . it is as
sorted that Dr. Falk resigned because ho Is con
vinced It Is now possible to effect a reconcilia
tion with the Vatican, and Is therefore
patriotically resolved nob to remain as an
obstacle to that earnestly desired consurarao
,,tlon. There Is no doubt tho Emperor will acccp t
Jbe resignation of tho three Ministers* •
CONCERN 17(0 Til* TARIFF QUESTION,
H§rr Bennlngscn’s motion la aimed at preserr
lng,for Parllomcnt the power ot- wllhnoldlmr or
granting supplies. Frankenstein's motion,
wJllchiß.lt la generally. supposed Bismarck will
accept In somo-modlflcd form, has theadvantago
from bis point of view of securing to the Empire
o certain and fixed revenue Independent of
Parliament; but, as tho motion would hand all
the money derived from customs and tobacco
dues over time certain fixed amount to the
separate , States, which the Empire would be
compelled to "aoply, If it found tbe fixed
revenue Insufficient !! would Increase the
Importance of separate States injuriously to
the cohesion of the Empire. The separate Slates
are likely t6’ approve Frankenstein's schema,
and use thclrjnftyonco to Induce Bismarck to
accept It. Another reason influencing him
toward occcpuuco’ls, tho Ultramontancs who
support Frankenstein’s scheme are mostly
Conscrvatlves7.il delinjtc, alliance with whom
would enable Bismarck', to break permanently
with the Liberals, carry his scheme for placing
all the railways under Stale control, and stop
the movement, for administrative reform la
Prussia., * . .
FIXING THE TARIFF.
, BermNi July n.-flic Reichstag has adopted
tho duties on cotton goods, apparel, linen yarn,
linen and silk goods. The Tnrllf Committee
has fixed upon .OcU 1 tip the date for the Intro
duction of the now tariff, excluding-duties
affected by tho Belgian .Treaty of Commerce,
which come Into force on Dio Ist of January.
An arrangement has been effected between
the Centro and Conservative parties by which
tho duty on coffee Is fixed at 40 marks, and pe
troleum 0 marks, and tho Tariff Commute has,
la accordance with this adjustment, fixed tho
duties at these rales. .
MINISTERIAL MENTION.
London, July B.—A Berlin dispatch to tho
{Standard says that Herr Schell, late President
of .the Railway .Control Office, and Ur. Lucius,
are mentioned far Ministers of Finance and Ag
riculture. ’■
WEST- INDIES.
UATTI.
Havana, Jnly 3.—A atcoraor has arrived
from St. Thomas with -the following news
from Capo Hoy lien, Juno 24:
It is.rumored the National. Assembly at Fort
Au Prince has been closed, owing to dissensions
between the Senators and Deputies. On'the
20th Gen. TcoQll Parlscn with- bis followers at
tacked and occupied the Government House In
Capo Haytlcn City, .Thera was fighting all
night. The Government.troops finally drove
the rebels out of tbo city. Thirty men were
killed and wounded, and a largo number of ar
rests tqndc. . Gen.. Parlscn fled, it Is
said, to Monte . Chrlsti, in Dominican
territory. There la general 1 uneasiness
throughout the Republic. Business is paralyzed,
and the harbor Is crowded with vessels waiting
for cargoes. ' Produce comes In slowly, owing to
heavy rains.
VENEZUELA.
President Suzman Blanco, of Venozuolo. pro
poses that Holland sell the Island of Curocoa
to Venezuela.
SAN DOMINGO.
llio Congress of San Domingo proposes to
the United States a free exchange of sugar and
tobacco against any two products of the United
States.. Tlio cultivation of sugar in the South
ern provinces has greatly increased. The crop
tlds year is estimated at 10,000 hogsheads.
Two years ago It was scarcely as many quintals.
SOUTH AFRICA.
PEACE NEGOTIATIONS.
London, July 3.—la Die peace negotiations
between Lord Chelmsford and the Zulu King,
Lord Chelmsford promised that If the two can
,pon captured at leaudula were surrendered
within a week, and hostages sunt into the Brit
ish lines as evidence of Ceiyfrayo’a sincerity, he
would great au armistice pending the arrival of
the terms of peace, for which he had telegraphed
to England three weeks ago. Lord Chelmsford,
at Uie request of the Zulu messengers, sketched
the outlines o! (ho probable terms, namely:
The enforcement of Btr Bartle Frero’s ulti
matum of unconditional surrender; indemnity
to England for the cost of the war, and the re
turn of Die spoils taken at isandulo. If Ceto
wayo Is unable to comply with the last-named
condition, the British must themselves recover
the soolls from thu Individual holder*. The
messengers were warned to he prepared for the
probability of the final ceremony of the con
clusion of peace at Ulundl.'
DISGUSTED.
A dispatch from Cape Town, June 10, says:
Strong hopes aro entertained of the success of
the peace negotiations. The British forces aro
disgusted and disheartened with the nor.
TURKEY.
DENIED.
London, July B.—The Stwidard'i Vienna
special denies that England and Trance hare
protested at Constantinople against the abroga
tion of the tirade ot 1841, giving the Khedive
power to make treaties.
WILL NOT BUDGE.
London, July B.— The IVearaph't Vienna dis
patch says the Forte has scot a circular to the
Fowera explaining that Us reason for the abro
gation of the frado conferring certain prerog
atives on the Khedive of Egypt Is that, as
lahmaol Fasha abased .their prerogatives, his
successor do the tame. The Forte will
not make the slightest concession in the mat
ter.*
CURA.
LABOR PROPOSITION.
New York, July B.—A Havana Utter says the
Cuban Government proposes asking the bpan
(sh Government at Madrid to distribute about
40,000 troops on the Island as field bands among
the sugar plantations, at fixed wages, to bo paid
by the planters, under supervision of their offi
cers. The measure is expected to secure tran
quillity and protect the estates during the period
of the gradual emancipation of tho slaves* The
soldiery, thus getting accustomed to flold-work,
would form a nucleus for free labor ou the day
that slavery ceased to exist.
GUEAT imiTAIN.
connscTion.
London, July B.—The colliers of Mcrthjs,
South Wales, $2,000 persons, have refused the
10 per ccut reduction of wages. They were pro*
Tlouily reported as accepting.
will ntcnnit.
London, Jalyß.--Tlie Key. John Cummin, the
millennium writer,bni been ordered byphyslctnni
to renounce nil tndmul work. Uo will retire
from tho ministry.
NSWMARItET RACKS.
London, July u.—At Newmarket to-day the
Chesterfield stakes for 3-year-olds was won by
Hftndor, Petal second, Dora third. Ten started.
Lorlllard’s Pappoosc, aealnst which the belting
was 100 to 8, finished sixth. Ills Cherokee,
Geraldine, and Ncriad were scratched, , •
UNANDIOU3LT CONDXMNXD.
London, July U.~A large meeting of Homo
Rulers has unanimously condemned tho Irish
University bill now before Parliament. .
BCUOUTALOFF.
London, July B.— There is said to be no truth
la the rumor of Count SchouvMoff’a retirement
from the London Embassy. lln probably takes
a furloucb.
TUB DNITBRMTf DILL.
The Irish Catholic fiishups declare the Uni*
verslly Dili unworthy of acceptance la It» pres*
eht form. -
tab Rothschilds.
.It is officially announced that the bailneifl of
the Into Dnron Rothschild will be carried on by
his three sous.' '
FIIANOE.
DOTT ON OIL.
TensAiLLts,. July 3.—The Customs Tariff
Committee hive nerccd to a resolution raising
the duty on oil tp 1 franc ami BO centimes.
WILL nSTUUN TO PARIS.
Vcraillbs, July S. - “ The Senate has adopted
a bill providing for the rciurh ofUio Chambers
to Paris.
ACQUITTED.
London, July O.—A.- Paris correspondent of
Uie Standard Pas been acquitted of the charge
of exciting to hatred and contempt of the Gov
ernment by articles published in the L* J*ayu
HONORS TO TUB DKAD FRINGE.
London, July 3.—The Queen has directed
that the Royal Regiment of Artillery meet the
body of the Prince Imperial at Woolwich 'and
escort It to Chlsclbarst.
MINE EXPLOSION
* IN SCOTLAND.
London, July B.—Fifty men were killed by
an cxplo’slon lii the High Blaq’tyro coal-pit, near
Glasgow, this morning. <
LATBR.
Glasgow, July B.—'There were only thirty-one
persons in the High Blantyre colliery pit ot the
time of tho explosion. Four were burned alive.
Twenty-cue corpses have been recovered. *
Glasgow, July o.—Sofartwenty-tbreo bodies
have been recovered from the High Blantyre
pit.
ROME.
TUB ANTONELLI WILL OABB.
Romb, July B.—'The* Court of Cassation has
rejected the appeal of thcCouuteisLambartinl
against the brother of the late Cardinal Ante
nclli, with costs to the Countess.
OADINBT CRISIS.'
Rome, July 3.— ln consequence of the adverse
vote in the Chamber of Deputies on tbeQrlst
Tax bill, Premier Deprctls' declares that the
Cabinet will resign.
RESIGNED.
'Rome, July B.— The Ministry bos tendered Us
resignation.
AUSTRIA.
TUB ELECTIONS.
Vienna July B.—lnconsequence of the Lib
eral defeats In tho elections for tho Rcicsbratb,
it Is probable the Liberals wilt experience a
sensible loss In tho delegations which deal with
tho lorelgn policy. For Instance, the- Czctch
Conservatives- having secured a pare majority
In Bohemia, it is probable not one of the forty
one Liberal Bohemian members will be nomi
nated to the delegation.
RUSSIA.
DULLNESS.
Bt. PETBRSnmio, July. 3.—Owing to tho dull
ness of trade ami cuooral (ccllug o£ Insecurity,
the Industrial Exhibition contemplated for
Moscow In 18SQ la postponed oneyoar. Freights
brought to and dispatched from 8U Petersburg
by rail during April show a falling oil of 43 per
ccut os compared with April, 1373.
GREECE. ,
TOE FRONTIER QUESTION.
Constantinople, July 3.—Turkey baa ap
pointed her members of the International Com
mission for the settlement of the Greek frontier
question.
CASHMERE.
TUB FAUINB.
.Simla, July B.—The prospects Improve for
tho cessation of the famine In Cashmere.
EGYPT.
TUB NEW MIRI&TRT.
Cairo, July, B.—Tho uow Egyptian Ministry
has been formed under Cberiff Pasha.
REMARRIED.
Bpteial Diopatek to T?U Tr&ims.
. Indianapolis, Ind., July 3.—Frank L. Blxby,
the boro of late social troubles, was remarried
this morning to his divorced wife, June May,
daughter of Stale-House Architect May. Bishop
Talbott performed the service.
tiatelai lUnoteh to Tho TrtSuas.
BtoosiitioioN, 111., July a.—ParkeE. Temple,
a newspaper correspondent of this city, to-day
was reunited to bis former wife, Miss Nellie
Lovely, of Springfield, 111., who obtained a di
vorce from him a year ago. ’llm wedding,
which took place In Springfield, was an exceed
inulv quiet affair, only Intimate friends mm
relatives being present. Mr. and Mrs. Temple
will reside In Bloomington after a few weeks.
JANESVILLE, WIS.
Sivttai nisvatcfi to The Trifrtm*.
Janbsviu.*, Wla., July 3.—The Rock County
Fair opened to-day, and prospects ara good for a
auecesstul .exhibition. The show of stock Is
good, and the exhibits of agricultural machin
ery is very due, tola* larger than at the Stats
Fair. The poultry la well represented, but
horticultural products, of course, light, owing
to the season. To-morrow addresses will bo
given by the Hon. Charles Q.' Williams and
Gov. William E. Smith, and a grand celebration
will be held on the grounds. Gov. Smith, ac
companied by Gen. Edward E. Bryant, Gen.
George £. Bryant, Col, George W. Oarcbard,
and Col. Wiltons, arrived to-day, and on Satur
day morning will proceed to Freeport, 111.,
with the Janesville Guards as guard of honor,
to attend the grand military encampment of
Illinois troops.
OHIO TEACHERS.
Clitblahd, 0., July, B.—The first paper
presented at the morning session of the Ohio
State Teachers’ Association was read by Alston
Ellis, of Columbus, and entitled “German in
the I’ublio Schools.” Discussed ,■ by Profs.
Klcmm of Cleveland and Peaslce of Cincinnati.
Businesa of minor importance followed, and
after the election of the following, officer* the
Association edjourned to inset at the call of the
Executive Committee: President, Reuben Mc-
Millan, Youngstown; Secretary, H. Dpggett,
Hillsboro; Treasurer, A. Q. Farr, ColumOus*
PENSACOLA QUARANTINE..
Pinsacola, Fla.; July B.—A statement hav
ing been made that the quarantine here might
be abandoned, and the yellow fever allowed to
alllict the nation, many taxpayers have issued a
cafd saying vessels from infected porta tre
quarantined, and compelled to take cargo at
quarsoluie elation. This rule Kill be main
tained, and if the Board of Ilcsdlb fail to do
their duty the citizen* and taxpayers can and
will make their quarantine effective.
Tho vigor of youth given to the aged and infirm
by using Hop Bitters. Try it
FALLEN FLOORS.
'Two Stories of the Empire Ware
house Cave Way Last
Night.
Xiio Interior of the Building a Total
Wreck-—Careless Architecture.
An Examination of the Promises nt Mld
nlglit'-Ooods Badly Damaged.
TJic Empire* Warehouse, located at the foot of
Quincy street, and owned by Wadsworth, Dick
inson A Co., better known as tho Empire
Warehouse Company, is this morning tho next
thing to a total wreck Inside, although the outer
walls look as good as ever.
At about 0 o'clock last evening the night*
watchman of Dm building had pulled off Ida
aat down to cool himself, when tho
two jbild claps of thunder. Were beard, and,
aboutfyn minutes later, his ears wore greeted
with' the sound of tho cracking of
heavy f * timbers lu tho north .sod
hf the warehouse. ’ 'Ho proceeded
toJtav£stigate, hut os ho entered the main build*
lug from the office the sauna of falling timbers
and merchandise grew so loud that ho “made
himself scarce.” There appeared to be a bole
through the roof, and the rnlu was coming down
noon tho goods In store. The man found a
night walchmab from Pinkerton's Agency, to
whom ho told the story, mid the two started
for the office of the Fire-Insurance Patrol, and
to the Superintendent Diet 1 told their story, and*
asked for aid. Cspt. Bullwlnkie told them that
do could do nothing-in the promises, *and
advised them-to go after the proprietors.
Tho watchman of the warehouse went to tho
Clifton, where Mr. Stambaugh resides, hut that
gentleman was not in. He then went hack and
■secured lodgings In a smalt building on tlm
corner of Market and Quincy streets, opposite
the doomed building.
Between the hours of 11 and 12 o’clock a
Tatnuas reporter went over to the warehouse
upon
k Toon or investigation.
Ho visited all sides of the building, but could
not detect the lamtcst sound. 1c was abut up.
, tho gas all turned out, and there was nothing of
a suspicious nature to be seen or heard. Tho
reporter began to think that ho was tho victim
of a hoax, when ho ran against
a secdy-looklng ' individual with a
nlay pipe la bis mouth and an ugly-looklng
patch over ono oyo. This specimen the news
paper man captured, and asked him who ho
might bo (thinking ha Was (he watchman). ‘ The
man hastily explained that he belonged to a
canal-boat that was tied no down in tho
"creek,” and begged to be allowed to go to her
unmolested. Thu reporter being willing, he de
parted In the dark. Ttca .the scribe'found
Pinkerton’s man, mid listened'to' bis story,
• which he oltercd to corroborate it the - reporter
would go with him. This the latter did. Tho
night watchman was awakened, and the three
went over to the. warehouse,.unlocked tho
door, and . went. Inside. The: watchman said
money could not hire him to sleep In that build
ing that night, and bo remained outside wlillo
Pinkerton’s man went in to investigate., Tho
'latter returned shortly, and asked the reporter
to go with him. The building , was filled with
■ heavy storage, consisting chiefly of barrels and
sacks of salt, sugar, whisky, and other heavy
material* The cracking inside , ..
WAS SOMETHING FEARFUL.
The two clambered over the barrels and sacks
nearer and nearer to the centre from which
emanated the racket, and at last the watchman
threw the white glare of bis dork lantern ■ over
toward tho north end of tho promises, and a
fearful sight met the gaze of the writer.
There, in a confused mass, lay tho heavy goods
of the second :md third floors, with the timbers
of each intermingled iu strange confusion. Tho
Joists were resting in all conceivable forms;
some were Ivlng crosswise, somq endwise or per
pendicular, atm others were resting with ouo
cm! upon t lie tlrat flour and the other cod upon
the second floor. In a.heavy, dead lump
lay Or. stood a largo number of . whis
ky barrels, tho contents of tho third
floor. Tim reporter had no desire to- approach
too. closely to tho ruins, which wore being in
creased constantly, but from what he could seo
In bis position It was evident that.considerable
damage bud already been done, and It was also
apparent that Hie end wds not vet. There op*
ooared to he a largo hole through tho roof, and
the lint floor was bearing.ud a Urge section of
(he second mid third flours with what had boou
their contents. • . -
A hasty 'examination of the Interior revealed
the fact tiiat the Joists of the floors above were
not more than two by eight or ten Inches,—en
tirely Incompetent to bear up the heavy load
which rested upon them, and they appeared to
be gradually giving away all over by the creak
ing uml groaning which was board throughout
tho building. - , • •
It was a relief to get outside and free from
tho danger of being crushed In the falling min*
SUICIDE.
.A T.ndy In St. Loots Kills Herself Hocnuso
Literary Fame Was Slow In Cuming to
Her. '
Botetal DUpaleh to Tho THbunt.
St. Louis, Mo., July 3.—A romantic sulcldo
occurred tbU afternoon, which was not, how
ever, discovered nntil the evening. The victim
was a married lady, Mrs. Mlnta Barnard • Holt
man, 80 years of age, the wife of August Holt
mao, an old gentleman of 03, who
keeps a grocery on the corner of Gamble ave
nue and Twenty-flrst street. Tbo act was caus
ed by disappointed ambition, the lady being, be
sides the possessor of rare beauty, quite clever
in the literary line, a volume of poems she pub
lished In 1877 having met with very favorablo
comment from the local press. Her model
was Alice Cary, and her friends say that,
she labored under great despondency of late, j
and acknowledged as the cause her lack of power'
to rciieh the position In the literary world which
she longed and worked for In vain. Her hus
band’s health falling of late, sbe was compelled
to pass most of her time attending to the corner
grocery, uud this uncongenial employment
drove her tocommit the fatal act. Beside.her
body woa a letter In woicb abo stated that
she bad committed suicide with morphine, and
In which she gave minute Instructions as to tho j
disposition.of her effects and person. Front'
the specimen of her literary work displayed at
the Coroner’s Inquest, It was easily seen that
Uie'oecuascd was a woman of fine Imagination
nod considerable culture, and that, under more
favorable circumstances, she might have ae-4
compllsbed good literary work.
Bpodat DUpotejS to Tht IWSuiml
Camdbn Station, MU., July O.—A. reminis
cence of antl-bellum times was discovered her*
to-night, in the attempted suicide of William
11. Curtis, of Alexandria, before the War a welt-
Known slave-dealer. On bis person was found a
certificate dated Washington, Aug. 81, 1300 L
which read:
This Is to certify that William H. Cartls is mr
local and authorised agent to buy negroes, sal
checks drawn on blm by mo will be paid at sight,
J. 0. Cooks.
Other papers demonstrated that be pros a.
superintendent on the flooaao Tunnel in 1607*
Curtis, who is well connected in Alexandria*
will probably die.
Mkuhjiis, Tone., July B.—Dr. J. 11. Crews,
formerly of Hafderoan County, Tennessee, com
mitted suicide yesterday morning, at Bennett’s
Lauding, Miss., by cutting bis throat with a
razor. The deceased had been partially insane
for a month post, caused by disappointment it
a love affair.
APPELLATE. COURT.
Ow dot DivateA to n* THtuno.
Ottawa, 111., July B.—'There was no scodon
of the Appellate Court yesterday. To-day's
proceedings were as follows:
31. Too Peoria A Springfield Railroad Company
va. Bryan; motion by defendant to error for addi
tional supersedeas bond overruled.
11U. Graves etal vs. Damon; motion by appellee
to tax costs of additional abstract to appellant.
, V*- seung va. Richardson; motion by sppellt*
to dismiss appeal; morion overrated.
»dl. The Chicago A Alton Railroad Company vs,
O Connell eta).: motion by appellee for extension
of time to Jaly 0 (o file briefs.
07. President and Trustees of Town of Bari
vine vs. Carter; moUon by appellant te strike
from ■ Alee papers purporting to be additional
tranacriots of records.
M. Uenderl vs. Schneider; motion by appellant
fur extension of time to file briefs.
100, Bcowsoscker vs. Riddle: same motion.
104. Msrqusrdt vs. The Chicago A Kutsm
Illinois Railroad Company; appeal dismissed oa
short record.
105. Spnugetvs. Mullin; tamo order.
Court sojourned to Monday next at 10 a, m«
OBITUARY. -
Gboton, N. V., July I—The Rev. Dr. Jty &
Backus, tho former (Secretary of Ihd Ameri
can Baptist Home Mission Society, died to-daj.
aged TO. '

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