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WASHINGTON. The Assasin Has an Excel lent Chance of Swinging. English Lawbooks Full of Just Such Untenable De- fenses. The flKßasin in Each Case Became Superior to the Law, and 'Hung for It - Ohio Wants All the Good Places on the House Com- mittees. Speaker Keifer Trying to Save a Few lor the States of lew York and ■ . Pennsylvania. Lugubrious and About-to-Be-Disappoinied Indianians Vowing Vengeance Right and Lett. Conversation with Americns V. Bice, the Father of the Arrears-of- Fensions Bill. The President Declares He Has Sot Sug gested a Same for Hie Virginia Scnatorship. Whittaker Triumphant, According to the Wisest lioda and Winks Around the War Department TfllE ASSASTN". ' FEELING AMONG THE EXPERTS. Spc.ml DUpaUb I* The Chtcajo Tribunu •Washington, D. a, Dec. 10.—There was no -Ouiteau trial today. Next week wi II bo devoted to the experts, and there Is very much less doubt Than there was a week ago as to what their testi mony will be. There seems to be no doubt that the opinion of those gentlemen, who have seen Guiteau In jail, and have watched him with-an unflagging solicitude in court, will run in a ''scarcely broken current that tho prisoner at tho bar is a rational mac, responsible to the law for crime. So evident has this become that ono of ' the leading experts, on settling up this afternoon to leave for home, said; “if it were a doubtful case 1 would remain, but the matter bos become so clear now that it is useless for me to re main longer. There will bo physicians though to furnish all the testimony needed.’* Those who are most familiar with the case say that the public will bo greatly surprised when Judge Cox comes lo instruct tho jury- They say that, if It could be shown that every member of the prisoner’s family was insane, and that he was himself of unsound miud, STILL HE COULD NOT ESCAPE tho conviction for murder if it could be shown that be knew what bo was doing when ho shot the President, and knew that it was an unlaw ful acr. Such will be the Judge’s charge to.the jury, unless he overrides both English ana Amer ican law. It Is believed that the Instructions of Judge Cox will be similar in character to tho follqwing instructions, which were given la a case in New York, which was recently affirmed Ly tho Supreme Court of the Stale; “That- an irritable temper and an ex citable disposition' of mind ‘did not con stitute'. Insanity; that an' Individual possessing such mental peculiarities whs more predisposed to an attack of insanity than men in general, but was not on that account actually insane; that such peculiarities were not of themselves evidence of insanity. If at the time of the act THE PERSON WAS UNDER A DELUSION and did not know right from wrong, or that tho act was an offense, or was wrong, bo was insane and not responsible for the act; but that a person was not insane who knew right from wrong, and that tho act be was committing was a violation of law and wrong in Itself.” The prosecution will ask the Court for instructions similar to the following, which has been sustained by the highest judicial tribunals of England; To ren der a person irresponsible for crime on account of unsound mind, tho unsoundness should, ac cording to law, as It has long been understood and held, be such as rendered him incapable of knowing right from wrong. THE EKgEiSU COURTS, upon a case covered by tbo above instruction, rendered the following, under which Guiteau could not escape: 44 In reply to which Question, assuming that your Lordship’s inquiries are con lined to those persons who labor under such par tial delusions only, and one not in other respects insane, we arc of opinion that, notwithstanding the party accused did tho act complained with a view, under the influence of an insane delusion, of redressing or revenging some supposed griev ance or injury, or of producing some public ben efit, be is nevertheless punishable according to the nature of the crime committed, if he knew at the time of committing such crime that be was acting contrary to law, by wbiqb we under stand your Lordship to mean the law of the Jaad.”, THE COMMITTEES. HOPES AND FEAES. Special Dispatch to The Chieaao Tribune. Washington, D. Dec. 10.—Speakership gossip is very active, but it is only gossip.. Speaker Keifer is as successful thus fur in keeping bis own counsel as President Arthur is. The different State delegations have, to some extent, made up’siiucs of the positions which they desire, but it is not learned that Mr. Keifer has asked them for their opinions. The Illinois delegation bos not presented any slafce, and it is understood that no attempt is tp£bc made to come to an agreement on this subject. Kepre aentatlve George IL Davis says: 44 Illinois is not crowding, urging, or putting forward any ono man for a committeeship. Tho Illinois delega tion stands upon Its merits. Mr. Keifer Knows the men, and needs no suggestions upon our part.” It is learned from general inquiry chat THE DESIRE OF THE DELEGATION’ Is something as follows: Heoderson, who was a member of the Commerce Committee in the lust House, would be glad to be promoted to the Chairmanship. Cannon will ne pleased to re tain his place on the Appropriations Committee if bo cannot secure promotion. Farwell.it has been suggested, would not refuse a position on the Commerce Committee, although that cannot be said with authority. Jfudge Puyson would bo satisfied with a position on the Judiciary or on the Elections Committee. Cullen prefers Agri culture, Railroads, or Printing. AUricb would be satisfied to remain on Territories. Marsh aspires to the Chairmanship of the Military Committee. Sbcrwln may properly expect the Chairmanship of the Census Committee, as he is the Uepubllcan who knows most about that sub ject. The preferences of Hawk, Davis, and Smith are not known. Lewis, it is believed, desires toco to Public Buildings, as be will en deavor to secure on appropriation lor a public building at Peoria. THERE IS A SHABP CONTEST, in outside talk at least, for the Chairmanships of the Appropriations,Commerce, Ways and Means, «md Judiciary. These positions are claimed both for the East and West. The Ohio members |»re evidently disposed to claim rather more than Speaker Keifercan safely gi v& them. Peonsyl- is also very ambitious for Chairmanships, bot has nor started out very succcssfuUy, as A. Herr Smith, who was on the Appropriations, has been given the Committee onMileagofa position with which, on account of its minor importance, he is very greatly dissatisfied. There is a con test for the position of Chairman of tho Com mittee on Ekfcdons. As that committee Is likely to bare a great deal of work, and some of it of a sensational' character, the Chairman of that committee will be a consoicuous member on the floor for at least the first' session of the Con gress. There are SOME TWENTY CONTESTED CASES, Including the Mormon case, that of Lynch against Chalmers, and of Mackey against O Con nor, all of which furnish a broad field for a man ambitious for dirpiar on tho floor, Mr. Houck, of Tennessee, is desirous of being appointed to this place. He is u good lawyer and a fine speaker, but it seems probable that the position will be given to Calkins, of Indiana, an active member of tho committee In the last House, or to Williams, of Wisconsin. Messrs. Houck, Cal kins, and Williams were all strong advocates of Keifer,aodif any one Is - •? THE INVENTOR OF KEIFER ns a candidate for Speaker, Mr. Williams, of Wisconsin, (s probably more entitled to that patent than any one. Indiana is ambitious for at least three Chairmanships. Major Steele, one of-the members who is spoken of for tho Military Affairs Committee, said he thought Mr. Browne would get the Committee on Invalid Pensions, or some other important place, as he is an old and influential member; chat Mr. Orth was a prominent candidate for P'oreign lleld uons, and would no doubt get that or somelhlmr else. None of the Indiana members, however, are urging their claims. The Stalwarts in the New York delegation also look lor Important Committee positions. Crowley, It. is ’learned, is competing with Hiscock for tho Chairmanship of Appropriations. McCook, who is not a Stalwart, aspires to the Chairmanship of the Military Committee. New York dctslrea repre sentation on the Commerce Committee. Mean while, Congressmen know nothing a&out Speak er Keifer’s choice. One of them, who is very likely to be disappointed, said today: “I don't want my name used, but I say that there is LIAUI.K TO BE TROUBLE COME to Speaker Keifer if ho serves Pennsylvania and Ohio to uu overdose of committees. I have been told, upon what I consider good autnorlty, that Ohio will get at least four and Pennsylvania live of the committees, and that lowa and Indiana will get one each. Now, 1 cannot speak so posi tively of lowa, but I can say for Indiana, and Illinois, too, that if they are to be treated shab bily in this mutter there will bo some trouble. 1 beard an ludianiun say that If they only got one committee there would be a day of political reckoning for Mr. Keifer, and that he would bo paid in coin of his own mintage.” THE ILLINOIS DELEGATION met at the rooms of Representative Davis,'this evening, most of the members, including Scna lor Logan, being present. The principal object of the meeting was to effect a reorganization of tbe club, which was done by the election of Representative-Cannon as Chairman to succeed Col. Fort, and Representative Davis Secretary. It was agreed lo continue the meetings during the session. The patronage of tbe House of Representatives received a share of attention, but there was no action taken toward making a selection of names for committees and laying Uiem before Speaker Keifer, as some of the ocher States have done. Representative Par well could have been present but a short time, if at ail, as ho attended a complimentary banquet given Gov. Pratt, of Colorado, by Judge Belford, at which about thirty prominent public men were present. DELAY. The Sunday 7/craW will say tomorrow that Speaker Keifer informed a Senator ho should not announce tbe committees of the House until after the holiday recess. ARREARS OE PENSIONS. THE COST COMING HOME. Special Visvatch to Tiu Cbicaoo Tribune, Washington. D. C.» Dec. 10. —Tho arrears of pensions grab law is to be a prominent topic of discussion this winter. la the Congress which passed It and subsequently, those who were tho most instrumental in enacting this legislation were quick to claim the honor of it, and were jealous of claims which rivals made to have originated tho bill. Now, however, there is no ticed a disposition on tho part of some who hastened to make this claim to disown their re sponsibility in the matter. , AMERICUS V. RICE, OF OHIO, however, a Democratic ex-Union soldier, who has alwa3's claimed to have been the originator of the measure, still insists that it is a worthy scheme, and the talk with him which follows will illustrate tho kind of demagog argument which is to be used, by those who still seek to justisy the measure, and who by the clap-trap appeals to tbe soldier vote and talk about favor itism to the bondholders; will seek to intimi date Congress luto repealing the law or re stricting its operations. Mr. Hlce is proud to have himself quoted as the father of tho Ar rears of Pensions bill. He is now in the city, and in conversation this afternoon he gave ex pression to his opinions on what he called THE HUE AND CKY against the measure, which has resulted from the recent statement of the Commissioner of Pensions that there Is a large deficit for the current fiscal year, and that at least will be necessary to fully satisfy the law. Mr. Itice said: 44 If payments Of pensions to the soldiers who periled their lives and lust their limbs, or contracted other disabilities in defense of choir country, was a proper and just meas ure, thou the Arrearages bill was just and proper. In ibis country it bas always been felt to be right to give pensions to disabled soldiers, and we took the idea from the mother country. Having started out to pay. pensions, it is but right that the payment should begin from the date of the disability. Suppose a mao hasn’t applied for bis pension for fifteen years, THAT POESX’T DEI'RIVE HIJI OF HIS RIGHT to it. The Government bas been using his money for that length of time, that’s all. 4 *lt took nearly live billions,” be added, 44 to carry on tbe War, but the Government didn’t expend more than two or three billions. The rest was paid to tbe bondholders. But little was said of this, though now when half a billion is to be expended among the veterans who saved tne Government, there is n shrieking and din about It. It looks as though there was some rascality that needed covering up. John Sherman started the cry against the Arrearages bill, and in so doing has shown himself no friend of tho sol dier. . •* u Is true,” he added, “ tho original estimates have been many times exceeded. I have the letter from Commissioner Bentley in which ho fixed FIFTEEN MILLIONS os the amount likely to be required. But even If it has gone away beyond that sum it has been expended where it has done the ( most good. There have undoubtedly been frauds. Indeed, I have it on good authority that 15 to 20 per cent of tno claims allowed are fraudulent; but tbis should not be allowed to militate against the justice of tho payment to those entitled to it. The Government used their services, -and they took the risks with tbe understanding that pen sions would be paid, that having been tho rule in tnis country. The Government has been using their money for years, and should now be ready to pay it over on application.” "WHITTAKER. HE KISES AGAIN. Washington, D. C., Dec. lu.—The report of Judge-Advocate Gen. Swaim in the Whittaker case was handed to tho President today. Tho impression is general among otiiccrs at the War Department that the decision Is adverse to tho finding of the court, bolding that tho verdict of guilty was not in accordance with the evidence. Should the President sustain the Judge-Advo cate’s view, there are two courses open to dispose of tho case. A new court may be ordered, or Whitaker may be released from arrest, and ordered to duty at the Academy, just as if no cLanrcsbad been made against him. It is cer tain Unit the latter course will be adopted. jS"OTES. chili and peru. Special Dtsvaten to Tu Chicago Tribune* Washington, D. C., Dec. Id.—Tho news of tho death of Minister Kilpatrick was not many hours old here when the President received ap plications for the vacant mission. It is not at present the purpose to fill the vacancy. The Administration wilt await the return of the spe cial Embassy which it has scot to both Chili and Peru before making any new experiments in South American Ministers. VIRGINIA. Governor-elect Cameron and a number of Re adjuster politicians from Virginia were here to day and had an interview with the President. They say that tho President, in discussing the Senatorial contest, said that.'on general princi ples, be was always infavor.oij a Republican; but - Virginia having formed a coalition ‘it changed the state of affairs, and so ho did not in tend to take any part nor express any opinion relative to the matter, and he had so-informed the friends of Senator Mahooe, as well as the Republicans who had called upon him. He con THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE SUNDAY,, DECEMBER 11, 1881—TWENTY PAGES. sldered it a matter for tho State Legislature alone to determine- : THE PRESIDENT ' ' • . Is adoptlmr a new system as to colls at the white House, and Is very much less accessible than other Presidents ti.ive been. Ho “P™ /"T cliticd to thlut that the President of tho United States is entitled to some time for himself, and today. It belmr the. day on n-hien ho relnses gen eral visitors altogether, be did not appear in his office until half-past 11. and many Congressmen who had been anxiously waiting for him with their pockets full of recommendations for ot fice left without seeing him and hastoued to the departments to besiege the Secretaries for tho same purpose. SECRETARY KCN'T. To the Wesum Aasailatei Pras. Washington, D. C., Dec, 10.— Secretary Hunt will leave hero tonight for Boston, where ho has been summoned by tho sudden Illness of his father-in-law. THE NUMBER OF BILLS • Introduced in the Senate during its four dn>s session Is which is nearly as many as were introduced in that body during tho entire third session of the last Congress. One Senator mono has introduced thirty-three bills since last Mon day. A largo proportion of the measures intro duced thus far arc copies of private relief bills that heretofore failed to receive final action. THE MISSISSIPPI. Tho bill introduced in tbo Senate by Mr. Vest for tho Improvement of tbo Mississippi ami Mis souri Hirers provides for the expenditure of $10,000,000 under dlraotlon of the Engineer Corps of the army, one-tasti of the amount upon the Mississippi, and tho remainder upon the Missouri, in accordance with plans already recommended by tho Mississippi Uiver Commission. The bill also authorizes the Attorney-General to institute proper proceed ings in the United States Courts having juris diction for tho appropriation of land and ma terial necessary for the prosecution of the work, tho land and material so appropriated to bo duly appraised and paid for. LUCY FOWLER today instituted suit against WillfnpiT. Crump, steward at the Executive Mansion, tor SIO,OOO damages for slander. She was employed as a cook at the AVhuo House In July last, aud al leges that she was discharged because Crump told Mrs. Garfield she was a thief and stole meats and other things the Executive Mansion. She claims her reputation has been injured to the extent of tho damages claimed. DEFREES, the Public Printer, who is soon to be superseded, has secured the support of David Davis, und hopes to prevent the confirmation of any new appointee. The Printers’Union has appointed a committee to visit the Pres.dent to urge the appointment of a man in sympathy with tho trades-unions to tho management or the office.’ THE SOUTHERN SPLIT. There scorns to be a determination on tho part of the Republicans of Kentucky to try to capture two or three more districts for the next Con gress. Nearly lUO post-offices in .that State aro tilled by women, ami others by Democrats or weak-kneed Republicans, and the result is little parly management in the State. Tho general feeling among tho party managers is mat m this as m other Southern States tue party may oe strengthened by the judicious use of the ap pointing power, and tne result will probably be the lilliug of many, if nut all, of the offices described by Republicans. It is believed three Republican members can be gained in Kentucky und a dozen in the entire south by this means. SILVER CERTIFICATES. Representative Davis, of Missouri, has com pleted his bill for the issue of silver cenllicatcs of small denominations. It provides for an amendment in Sec. 3 of the act of Feb. 2*, lists, authorizing the issue of silvur coin ccrtilicates in denominations of $lO, making it road so that certificates 0f.3>1, S.V and t-U may be issued at the pleasure of tho depositor of silver. ' PEKIN. • Dr. R. M. Whitefoot. of the regular army, and R. G. Smith, of the Pekin Posi-UJico, leave fvir Chicago tonight. Mr. Smith has uot secured the appointment, but believes it will come. EXTENSION OF THE MONEY-ORDER SYSTEM. The President has signed conventions for money-orders to be exchanged between Victo ria, New South Wales, and New Zealand an- tho United States. These go into effect tho Ist'of next January, and will greatly facilitate com merce between the United Slates and tho anti podes. The British Australasian colonies have been working for years to get these money order exchanges, as they rather buy goods, es pecially manufactured articles and notions, from tho United States than London. At pres ent those colonies have to send bills of ex change on London for all purchases in tue United States, but under them money order exchanges moy can remit the exact amount of hills in substantially United States currency. SuperiuteudentiMpDunald,,or money order system,' says th is step has been accom plished more for tho extension of commerce than anything tho Post-Office Department has done for years. SENATE BILLS. Three hundred and fifty Senate bills and five joint resolutions have been iutroduced Into tho Senate this wee*. TO BE MADE PUBLIC. The Secretary of State, with the approval of thq President, w.ll very soon make public all tho instructions sent by the department to Min isters Hurlbut and Kilpatrick in regard to tho difficulties between Chili, Peru, and Bolivia. . \ uowgate’s case. ; In the Circuit Court tho motion was denied to quash tho attachment proceedings against How guto. • ' BANKRUPTCY LAW. Xlio Sub-CommiUec Favorable to tho Chicago Flan. Washington, D. C., Dec. 10.—The sub-com mittee on a bankruptcy law, of which Senator Ingalls is Chiannan, has completed the work as signed to It, and the report is prepared. Mr. Ingalls has worked steadily all summer in col lecting Information on the subject. Over 40,000 circulars were sent to merchants, manufactur ers, lawyers, and commercial bodies, asking opinion, as to tho necessity of a National bank rupt law, and suggestions os to Us provisions. Great interest appears to have been taken by businessmen. Many thousands of letters were received. The proportion of answers favora ble to tbo enactment of some law was over whelming. Very few opposed outside of the great Eastern cities, and these were gen erally great jobbing houses, whose business was great enough to allow them promptly to take advantage of snap judgments and preferences In settlements. Much objection was found to exist to the reestablishment of the machinery of tho old Bankruptcy law. Tno members of tho sub-committee are favorable to a suggestion which originally came from Chicago business men—that tho United States Distr.ct Courts be given charge of bankruptcy proceedings, with special provisions to enforce their judgments. It is known that Senator Edmunds favors this Idea. The report of the sub-committee will bo made to tho full committee on Monday next, if a meeting can be secured. ISABEL ALMES. Ho Was a Political magnate of tho , Bummer Species, ami He Got Seven- tccn Bullet* Into Sevejiteen People. Brownsville, Tex., Dec. 10.—Isabel Aim os, a noted political magnate at Cbnmamero, Mexico, has just committed wholesale butchery. Coin? to a rancho be commenced to beat the women there savagely, and one Gaudolophe Zopati, who interfered, was killed by the infuriated des perado. At the next rancho he visited, Aimes shot and wounded no less than seventeen oeoplo before bis murderous career was checked. POLITICAL. Itlddlebcrzer Had Everything His Own Way. % Richmond, Va., Dec. 10.—It Is authoritatively stated tonight that the differences in Readjustee circles have been quietly arranged, and It is now a well understood fact that ait opposition to the nomination of Riddlcbcrger as United States Senator has been withdrawn, and the caucus next Tuesday night will nominate him without trouble. RETRIBUTION. Quick Vengeance Visited by a Brother. Xew Brunswick, N. V., Dec. 10.—Gertrude Dykcr, ag<d 30, was waylaid by Ellsworth Cren ningatMllltown this afternoon and ravished. Soon after her brother met Creuning. and killed him with u shotgun. Voung Dyker then es caped. The desire to capture him Is not great. BOWMAN AND PUUTZER. St. Louis, Mo., Dec. 10.—Two charges of criminal libel, sworn to by Frank* J. Bowman, attorney, against Joseph Pulitzer, editor of tho Pwt’Dtopatelu were thrown out ot court today on a motion to quash. Tne Judgo ruled that there was not sufficient cause of action stated. MRS. SPRAGUE, Providence, R. 1., Dec, 10.—Judge Potter, on applicadpn of Mrs. Sprague’s counsel, has as signed the scoond Monday in January for-the hearing of the Sprague divorce case. ; TEN MEN BCBNED. The People' of Pittsburg ■ Horrified by a Strange . Catastrophe. Forty-three Men Slept on the Floor of a Loft i,n a ' Shanty. ‘ ■ There Were No Windows, and Only a Hole in the . Roof. The Trap Took Fire, the Ladder Burned, and the Men Fonght to Escape. Tfjn of Them Were Pushed Sack, Trampled, and Burned Up. Eleven Others Were Forced to Make Their Exit Through the Fire, with Terrible Injuries. Three little Brothers Drowned Near Manitowoc, Wis.—Other Melan choly Happenings. Ten Men Burned Up In the Lolt of a . hiaall hdianty. Special Dispatch ro The Chicago Tribune Pittsburg, Pa., Dec. 10.—Shortly before 4 o’clock ibis morning a. report was Drought to tho city that u terrible calamity bad occurred at a point on the Pittsburg & Lake Erie Uuil road, seven miles down the Ohio Hiver. The nature pf tho disaster, was not stated, and peo ple could do no more than guess. It soon trans p.red, however, that the report was only too. well founded, and that ten men bad been roast ed to death and a great many injured by tho burning of a frame boarding-house in which they were sleep.ug. They were laborers on jche railroad, and were working at tbe place indicated, which is called Gibson’sSU*- tion. The building was a one-story frame struct ure, with an attic or loft. THE LOWER PART was used for a dining-room and kitchen. Into ibis loft torty-ihree. stalwart men retired to sleep last night, itfter Uniining the day’s work. It was reached by a flightof stairs which started from near the kitchen door. There were no windows, but, in lieu of them, there were two small holes in tho roof to admit light and air. These were closed at night by a slid ing door, to keep one the ccrfd. About 4 o’clock this morning the keeper of the boarding-house, Hugh McCune, got.up to build a fire In the kitchen stove, currying with him an ordinary kerosene lamp, which he placed upcxi a tabic while be went for kiudlmg-wood. Up to this point all is clear. IT IS SUPPOSED that, during bis absence, tho lamp chimney burst, and by sumo means threw the lamp upon the fioor, allowing the oil to run out. This the ory Is generally accepted.- The stairway was composed of light, dry, pine boards, and they were soon ablaze. The flames quickly spread to the loft, whore the unfortunate men were sleeping, all unconscious of the terrible face which awaited them. Tho floor of the loft, was covered with straw-beds aud bedding. Tho flames made rapid progress, and soon reached this mass of inflammable material. About ibis time tho sleepers woro aroused by the cries of the fbmales employed about the place, and they at once made a rush for the stairs, but they were confronted by a wall of fire which forced them back In dismay. A RUSH WAS THEN HADE for the openings in the roof by the half-crazed men, and a struggle for life took place, each trying to crowd too other out of the way, as ouly one at a time could be forced through the aper tures on account of their small size. Some of the poor fellows, seeing that ulicouiti not escape ia this way, caught at any shadow of hope that ottered, and tried to dash down ts e stairs mid through the flames, only to meet a horrible death. The men had not oven mine to clothe themselves, so sudden was the aliarm, and so Quickly did the fire make headway. THOSE WUO MADE THRIK ESCAPE, however, seemed so bewildered by the sudden oulburstof the tiames.and the crlesof their com panions, that ihoy rusned buck inu> the burning building, attempting to save their little prop erty. At this moment the crash came. The frail walls, weakened by the attacks of the flames, crushed in upon the unfortunates, and their cries for help were drowned In the roar of the flumes. The scene at this moment cannot be described. Shrieks and groans went upon every side from the pour unfortunates, who bad been burned and scorched in a sickening manner. Strung men with great patches of skin and tlesb peeled from their bodies by tho touch of the tire ROLLED UPON THE GP.OUND in their agony. Ten of the forty-three are dead, and eight or ten more will die. The in jured are being cared for at tho West Pennsyl vania Hostal. Many of the victims leave fami lies in a destitute condition. Great excitement bus prevailed in the city all day over the calam ity, which surpasses In the number of deaths and tho horror of the details anything of iho kind that ever before occurred la this commu nity. To the. Western Associated Press. Pittsburg, Pa., Dec. 10.—As soon as possible word was sent to tho other boarding-houses along tho lino of tho work in progress, and phy sicians were summoned from the neighborhood and this city. Special engines were sent down the Pittsburg & Lake Eric Hoad, and in the meanwhile the shivering creatures were pro vided with such dothes as could bo obtained. The seriously injured were brought to the depot on the South Side and thence removed to the West Pennsylvania Hospital, while those who were less seriously burned were removed to the hotel of Martin Joyce, on Pennsylvania avenue. THE SCENES TIilS MOKNI.VG at the site of tbo ill-fated building were of a sickening character. In a heap in one corner of the ruins were the charred remains of six men who had evidently succumbed to the fiery ele ment while endeavoring to escape through an opening in the roof. Among those was the body of Patrick Foley, one of the foremen. TIIE' DEAD. After the excitement bad subsided, a list of those knowu to have been sleeping in the build ing lust night was made out, and it was found ten men bud perished in the Humes: Pat Foley, section boss, aged 50 years, a native of County Galway, Ireland, single. Michael Donohue, aged SU, single mao. Andrew Doyle, aged 30, single, John Connors, aired 00, single. Jerry Hanlnn, aged 38, single^ James Kerns, aged 30, single* Joqq Uilcy, aged 35, single. John Oulfy, aged 35, single. John Kennedy, aged 33, single. ' Thomas Foster, aged 25, single. Kune of these have fixed residences. THE WOUNDED are as follows: »‘ % Michael Morgan, Worcester, Mass., fearful burns about cne bead and body: will die. John Connelly, Pittsburg, deep burns on the face and head; cunnot recover. Martin Laffey. wife and family in Ireland, badly burned about the face and body; likely to die. Michael Leonard, Pittsburg, seriously but not fatally burned. , _ Hugo McCune, boarding-house keeper, burned and trampled upon; recovery probable. WiUiunrßarr, burned slightly. ' Edward Cullen, hurt about the feet; not se rious.. . . Matthew Clancy, New Tork, burned about the feet; not serious. E Momgomoryßush,'Washington County, Mar} - land,* wife . and family there, bruised and trampled; will recover. John Reilly, badly hurt about -the feet and painfully burned, but will recover. Hugh Campbell, slightly burned. THE CORONERS INVESTIGATION began this forenoon at the scene of the disas ter but, after several wltnessess had been ex amined, the inquest was adjourned. The testi mony given established the . fact that the fire was caused by tho explosion of a lamp. The scene presented by the ruins this afternoon was desolate and sickening. Tlie shanty stood at the opening of Green Hollow, and nothing remained but three blackened joists and part of one door. Tho site of tbo building was strewn with kitchen and dining-room furniture, more than half con sumed, kitchen utensils, shreds of clothing, hu man bones, scrips of crisped flesb, and skulls, the latter being found in different places, in the north end of the building, on portions of a partially consumed straw bed. wom THE REMAINS OF SEVEN VICTIMS, plied in such confusion that they presented to tbo.beholder au Idea of the aprrible agony which must have ensued ere the victims had lose con sciousness. Tho bed was located under one of. theopenlnss, and it was evident from the man ner in which the remains .were found that the original occupants navmg escaped, others bad sought to flee from tbo openmg, but hud become bopclcsly entangled and suffocated. They were burned to unrecognizable shapes, and when the corner of tne loft gave way the charred remains dropped to the ground below. Two Sad Acc'dotitft at Louisville* Soeeial Dispatch to The Chicaao Tritmv•. Louisville, Ky., Dec. 10.—A little child of Richard Turner, whoso wife “works out” with another, was locked in the parents' room this morning, and shortly its cloches took fire by some means, and it was horribly and fatally burned. It lingered in great agony till this evening, when it died. Norman Bennett, aawltchraan of the Louisville & Nashville Railroad In choir yards here,wus run over this morning and cut in two across tho ab domen. The catching of the heel of bis boot in the fatal fmg was the cause. Tho engineer, Hoffman, and Lewis Moore, the fireman, were arrested on the charge of murder. Whirled Around'Farae Hundred Times. Special Dispatch to The Chicago lYibune, La Cuossk, Wis., Deo. 10.—A horrible accident occurred in tola city abouts o’clock ibis after* noon. 11. D. Jones, of Janesville, employed in the Curtrill elevator, while at work on some ma chinery, was caught by his clothing in the belt ing, from which ho could not escape, and was burled around in the machinery at the rate of led revolutions, per minute, and was horribly mutilated. The wheel made GOO--revolutions be fore the engine could be slopped. UediedsDorliy after the accident. Three Little Brothers Drowned. special l to The Chicago Tribune, Manitowoc, Wis„ Dec. 10.—Three little boys, whose ages range from 3 to 12, all sons of Mr. John Johnson, were d owned in the river Just above the city this afternoon. The boys bad gone onto the river to play and, the ice. being thin just bjiow tho rapids, it gave away, letting tneiu in, with the above fatai results. The un fortunate father has Just gone to the scene of the disaster to try and recover their bodies. Nine Engine* Kulned. Special Dlsoaten to The Chicago Tribune . ‘Green Bav, Wls., Dec. 10.—The roundhouse of ibe Green Bay, Winouu & St. Paul Katlroud was completely destroyed by fire this morn.ug. Nino engines are a total wreck. Tho fire ouugac from the stove-pipe and communicated with the tar roof. L.Cuse, Vice-President, estimates the loss at less than S;JO.OOJ. fully covered by in surance. Tho Cnlcago A Northwestern kindly Joaued them an engine to take the mail-train west this morning. . A Fatal Fall. especial Dispatch to The Chicago TVibtme. Independence, la., Dec. 10.—Thomas Kelly, a carpenter, fell from the roof of a bouse on which he was at work this morning. He fell nearly twenty-five feet, and, striking on tbe side of his bend, crushed ms skull, and died in a-few hours. Deceased was about 50 years old and a bachelor. Kat-Polson. Special Dispatch to The Chicago Tribune. Marshalltown, la., Dec. 10.—Tho 2-year-old child of William Huberts, who lives a snort distance from tho city, was fatally poisoned by eating bread saturated wild rut- poison. It was not discovered what bad happened until the little one was beyond ail aid. OBITUARY. Death of Gen. IS. B. Banning from a Gunshot Wound Got in the War. Special Dispatch to The Chicago Tribune, Cincinnati, 0., Dec. It).—Gen. H. B. Banning died suddenly this morning at bis residence ia Cuimuinsvillo. Hu bad been confined to bis borne more or less for two months, but no thought chat death was near hud been enter tained. Internal hemorrhage from a gunshot wound received during the War produced the fatal result. Howas in the city on business day before yesterday, and yesterday was about the house. Ilis wife, who occupied a room unjoin ing his. found him dead in bed this morning. Gen. Banning was n native of Ohio, a graduate of Kenyon College, and a lawyer by profession. With fair success at the bar, bo combined creditable services both on the field and in the bails of Congress. Ho entered the army during the first month of the War, and, from Captain of the company which be bud raised, be fought bis way up to Brevet-Mujor-Goncral. He served a term in the State Legislature and was three times elected to Congress from the Second Qaio District. In 167- he defeated Congressman. Job Stevenson, in 1674. Gen. 'lt. B. Hayes, in Stanley Matthews. In 1878 he was defeated by Gen. Toomns L. Young, and sintered u second defeat at the same bands in 168 J. In 1681 be was a candldiue for Governor, but finally threw bis strength for Book waiter. Ho was always consistent m bis Democracy, and acted with the bulk of the party wncre schisms were threatened. In Congress he was active in the interests of bis constituency, and did good service. He was known among his colleagues a* the ** Bounding Banning,” and the title was well earned, one of h»s greatest services was securing the abolishment of a tan If on the Louisville Canal, on the Ohio River, sav ing thereby thousands of dollars annually to the merchants of Cincinnati and other cities. The news of bis death spread rapidly over the city, and was received with surprise and sorrow. JSUgnr Conkl'ng, ut Sprinzftcld, HI. dptciaL jjuoaten to The Chicaao Tribune. Springfikld, HI., Dec. 10.—Mr, Edgar Conk ling, of New York City, died fust , night at the residence of his brother, the Won. James C. Conklmg, after having been unconscious fur tefi days from the olTects of a stroke of paral ysis. He was taken sick in New York some weeks ago, and brought to this city. Mr. Couk ling was largely interested in railroads, was well known to leading capitalists and business-men, and was regarded as a most successful, consci entious, and upright business-man. The funeral will occur at the resideuce of Mr. James C. Conkling at 10 a. ra. Monday. The remains will be taken to Bloomington for interment. G. Gibbons. G. Gilbert Gibbons, a lawyer well known and 'esteemed in the profession, died suddenly yes terday mofn.ug at bis residence frum heart disease. He came to Chicago about five years ago from Princeton, this State. Before bis resideueo there he lived in Allentown, Pa., where he was burn. Dr. John L. Dago, of Racine, Wls. Special Dixvatch to Tnc Ctucaga Triount* Racine, Wi3..Dcc. 10.—Dr. John L. Page, for nearly thirty years a prominent physician of Uus city, died this evening, aged 65 years, after a prolonged illness. His funeral will take place Irum at, Luke’s Church on Monday afternoon. Gen* B, D. Fearing, at Marietta, O* Cincinnati, 0., Dec. lo.—Gen. B. F. Fearing, formerly of this city, died at Marietta yesterday, afcer.loog suffering frum paralysis. Gen. Fear ing was a lineal descendant of Geo. Israel Put nam, of Revolutionary fame. W. C. Durant, of Milwaukee, Wla. Special Uuvaich to The Chicago Tribune, Milwaukee. Wis., Dec. 10.—W. C. Durant, aged 70, a well-known citizen, dropped dead frum bean-disease in Marshall & ilsly’s bank at noun today. ■ HELD UP, ROBBED, AND BEATEN. The Central Station patrol wagon was called to tnc corner of Dearborn and Jackson streets ut II o’clock last night to take charge of .a man who was bleeding profusely from several wounds upon bis head. - His name, he said, ■ls John Sdutu, and - in explaining bow he received the blows upon the bead, he stated that be had been held up by tnree negroes at the corner of Polk street and Fourtn avenue, and robbed of $4 and a bunch of keys and men “slugged.’* Sbute was under me intlueoce of liquor when be told this story to the police, and they do not qu.to believe it- tie wa* attended by pr. lugranam, who advised his removal to tboCounty Hospital, saying that it would be dangerous to leave oim without care, as the wounds were liable to open and let him bleed to death.' He had a black eye in addition to the other Injuries, and looked as it be bad undergone a' severe thumping at the hands of somebody. RAILROADS. . A Slight Increase |n East-Bound Freights During the .Week. Difficulties in the Way or a Restoration of Peace ami Rales. How tie Erie's Fast-Freight Lines Will Circumvent Vanderbilt. A Small Increase in Easi-Bound Freight Shipments During the Week—Sick of the War and Anxious for P nee—The Kind of a Hole the Roads Have Gotten Tacmselvcs Into. There has been a slight increase in east-bound freight shipments from this city during the past week. The entire gain bus been made on pro visions and Hour, fur which articles there seems to be a better demand in the East than during the lust tew weeks. Grain shipments continue to be unusually light, and the prospects arc that they will continue so for some time to come, as there is no European demand at the present prices quoted in .this market. Most of tons carried East bj the six lines from this city was taken at cut rates, or else the shipments of grain would have been still lighter. The cut ting. as far ns cun be learned, was done by the two Vanderbilt lines and the Grand Trunk. Out of the -6,(Wu tons carried * forward the two Van derbilt lines took 15.3U3 tons and the Grand two Pennsylvania lines took out but 4.9T6 tons, and the Baltimore & Ohio but 1,269 tons, which indicates that the latter roads main tained the regular rate, £0 cents per lUUlbs, Chicago to New Vork. It is understood that the Vanderbilt roads and the Grand Trunk are making contracts for gram at 15 cents per luO lbs. and the Pennsylvania lines and the Baltimore & Ohio will be compelled to do likewise before long. If they do not mean to be left out in tho cold. The present rates, it Is claimed, are the lowest over made after the close of nu viatica. This is not caused by the war among tho Eastern roads or any undue compeiitiou, out because the prices of pram in this market are so much lower than in the East, and consequently there is no demand. The present conditioner alTuirs cannot bo counted us long us tbo mantels in mo West remum higher than they aro m tbo East, or ia Europe. Etcher tbe Western markets will have to go down or the Eastern markets'will nave to go up before grain will move freely. Tbo railroads cannot possibly make the rales low enough to overcome tbo difference in prices. There is plenty of grain m tbo elevators in this city and in tbe connin', but the speculators who bold tbe grain will nut dispose of it at a loss, ami they express a determination to hold it until spring tf neces-’ sary. expecting un increased European demand and higher prices before that time. There are a number of railroad officials. however, who think that the speculators will not be able to hold out that lung, that a break in the market will soon occur, and that they will then be able to charge bighcrand more profitable rates than at present, in no event, However, will they bo able to advance Ireignt rates to the -figures charged during the last two. winters, because they will have to meet me active competition oi the Mississippi barge lines. A large number • of ships and steamers are at present engaged in bringing mils to New Orleans to be used m tho construction of the Southwestern and Mexican railroads. These ships must have return car goes for ballast, and they are taking gram from the barge lines at almost nominal rates. This enables the barge lines to take grain from St. Louis to Liverpool at from 'II to 12 cents per bushel. To meet this competition, the rail lines leading east will have to make similarly low rates. Were it nut tor these circumstances, me railroad war would have been settled before now, as all the railroad magnates have become decidedly sick of ibe light, and Vanderbilt Is said to be Just us anxious us tbe rest of them to make peace. Bur u reestablishment of burner ■ and uniform rates would be of no benefit to the railroads at me present time. The only way m which they can gut any bnsmess at present is by giving special inducements to certain largo snippers, and this they could not do if they hud an agreement for maintaining uniform rates. The total shipments of gram, hour, and pro* visions for tho week ending Dec. 1U by me six lines leading cast from this city amounted to 48.957 tons, against 46.951 tons for the week previous, an increase of -.003 ions. The follow ing statement shows the amount shipped: Grain, Fro in* fans, Ffnur, ' tons of lons of Total brUf. 2,(M/olbS, SJJMIhi, tons. Michigan Centra1.27,066 0.705 2.H3 14.5 M Laketihore ...... 17,289 5,627 3.157 10.512 Fort Wayne. 13,U» 2.498 3,961 7,758 Pan-Handle 10,365 2.478 5.187 8,700 Baltimore i Ohio. LU37 1,263 291 1.754 Grand Trunk I,TUS 4.0J9 914 ■ 5,709 .71.428 28, 105 Total The percentages were: Michigan Central, 29.0 u; Luke Shore. 21.30; Fort Wayne, 15.90; Pan- Haudio, 17-70; Baltimore & Ohio, 3.00; Grand Trunk, 11.70. ~ Wliul the Tivo £rle Font-Freight Line* Will Do After Jfati* 1. It is generally known that some timeago Van* derbilt gave notice that, og and after Jan. 1, 1682, tbe Erie 4: North Shore Dispatch and the South Shore Line, two Erie fast-freight Hues chat have been running in connection with the Michigan Central and Lake Shore .& Michigan Southern Railroads, would no longer be per mitted to run over his roads. It is also known that the Erie has given notice chat these two freight lines would not be discontinued after Jan. 1, but would liud outlets over non-Vander bilt roads. There has been much speculation since that time as to the arrangement which would bo made to give those fast-freight lines ditfereut Western outlets. As fur as the Erie A: Norm Shore, which now runs over the Micuigan Central, is concerned, it was believed that it would had an outlet over the Great Western of Canada to Detroit, and thence over the Wabash ami Balti more & Onio, by way of Auburn, Ind., to Chi cago. But it seems that, the arrangements said to have lately been made between Vanderbilt ami the Grout Western spoiled this plan, and it is now stated that the Erie. & North Shore will, after Jan. 1, run over the Erie to Salamanca, thoucc over the New i'ork, Pennsylvania & Ohio to Munsneld, and thence over the Pittsburg, Fort Wayne & Chicago to Chicago. This is wnat Is generally known as the Erie & Chicago Line, over which through passeugor-tmlns have been successfully ruu during the last few years. Nothing bus as yet been learned in regard to an outlet for tbe South Snore Line. It is probable that (bis line will not run through to Chicago until the completion of the Chicago & Atlantic Railroad, which the Eric is now building between Marion, 0.. and Chicago. This road will bo com pleted during ne.vt summer, when it will afford an excellent Chicago outlet to the South Shore last-freight line. ~ Protecting Them* Ives and the Honest Shipper*. The General Freight Agents of the Western railroads who formed an *• Inspection Bureau ’* a week ago for the purpose of inspecting pack ages sent to the various freight depots aud pass ing through this city that are suspected of con taining higher-class goads than for what they have been invoiced and way-b.lled, held a meet ing vesterday at the office of the Western Rail road Weighing Association in the Lakeside Building, to perfect arrangements to curry into effect a system of inspection. There were pres ent E. P. Ripley, Chicago. Burlington & Quincy; C. L. Rising, Wabash: J. T-Sanford, Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific; George Olds, Chicago. St. Paul; A. Newman, Chicago & Alton; and C. G. Eddy, Chicago & Northwestern. Nearly the entire time was spent in drawing up rules and regulations fur tbe guidance of the inspectors and the local freight agents. Chief-lnsoector Wheeler was In structed to communicate with the local freight agents, and prepare for the commence ment of work nt the earliest practical moment. A circular giving the plan of the new organiza tion and instructing local freight agents to comply therewith was also prepared, and will be Issued in a few days. Contempt of Judge Greene. Columbus, 0., Dec. 10.—Attorney-Genera! Nash today filed Irf the Supreme Court an answer In the quo warranto proceeding against Vander bilt and others of the Ohio Railroad Company, showing that the litigation will be continued and the legality of the consolidation tested. In the Common Pious Court, Stevenson Burke. Vice- President of the uh:o Uuilnmd Company, ap peared by counsel anu tiled an answer to the charge of contempt of court in Interfering with Che Receiver appointed t»y Judge Greene tor the Cleveland, Columbus. Cincinnati & Indianapolis Railroad. Thu time will be fixed next week for a bearing of the contempt coses of Devereux and Burke. ItXlscelliui ‘om Items. Mr. E. G. Wheeler, General Manager of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Railroad, has Just issued the following orders: “Mr. George O. Manchester, having tuo position of Assistant General Manager is abolished; Mr. W. S. Mellon has been appointed Assistant General Superintendent, with beadquart;rs at Topeka, Kaa..* All the reports that have heretofore been sent to the Assistant General Manugerwill now be sent to Mr. Mellon.” At the late meeting of the Southwestern Rail way Association a resolution was adopted directing the General Freight Agents of tbo Southwestern roads to select' a Classification Committee to make such changes in the South- western classification as mny become neoevarr from time to lime. In accordance with that action, the General Freight Agents of ibuTT' roads met yesterday at Commissioner Midgiey? office and elected tae following Committee on on Classification: J. T. Sanford. Chicucro. Rock Island & Pacific; H. ti. Counnght, Chicago* Alton; and A. C.'Bird, >Vabasn, Sc LOUI3 4 Pacific. Some .unimportant euange* In tba i.«> of classification were also made. The Chicago & Alton north-bound passenger Irum.No. 3, due fierc at 7;JJ yesterday morn.ug met with an accident near Lexington. ItL, about ten. miles north of Bloomington. The train reached Lexington abpuid o’ciocx a. itcncoumercd a broken. rail. Tho locomocv£ baggage, mail, and passenger couches ovt.-rsuiely, but two sleepers—one from Surtax* field and one from St. Louis—were thfownoff the truck, but were not up.-ec. Ouistde of & pretty liberal shaking-up. no injury was done to the passengers, who were removed to the regu. Jar coaches, ana, after u delay of one hour and thirty minutes, the trip to cue city was resumed. The damage to the company is very slight. A meeting of the General Passenger Axeoti of the Ohio & Mississippi. Vandal.a Line, Chi* cago& Alton, and Vfaba.-u Huimmds was held m this city yesterday for the purpose of discussm* the lulls now charged by the 61. Louis BrideS Company. The railroads are required to pay ;5 cems per passenger on thrmgo business,*) ecu is on local business, and Xd cents on business originating ut East it. Lorns. -The bridge com pany talks about udvune.ug these exorbitant rates, claiming chat it is losing money at tbs prrsent figures, The railroads urp opposed to paying burner charges thau they do uuw. and tfieir discussion yesterday was in regard to wfiat steps should be taken in tms matter. No denait aciiou, however, was taken. Wo learn that the report printed in Tmt Tm bu.sb of hue date in regard to the resigna tion of the Genera) Superintended oc the Den ver & Rio Grumie Railway, In consequence of trouble hud with parties on the road, is entirely wittiout foundation. A lute Denver paper says* ** There is u rumor that Mr. G. \V, Cu^n-mr,Gen eral Superintendent of tfie Denver& UioGronde Railroad, hud resigned. .Mr. Cushing naa been connected with«‘tne Denver A; Kio Grande less than a year, but in that time he uas succeeded, by fiis steady courtesy, in winning me regard of all woo became acquainted with aim. It is not a fact that fie bus tendered fa-s resignation. it is not certain that fie will do so. But if bn does conclude to accept new duties, be trill leave the Hio Grande Itoad with the good wlsoes of its odieiuls, nmi. indued, of u«l wbobare learned to know him in this city.” THE FIRE RECORD. A Valuable Otiildixig and a Stock of Harvesting .TliuTiJn.-ry Wiped Out. A very disastrous fire occurred shortly after 4 o’clock yesterday morning in the three-story and basement br.ck warehouse Nos. 000 to 610 South Morgan street, owned and occupied by 0. 31. Osboruc £ Co., dealers in and repairers of harvesting machinery. The lire was first discov ered by a watchman la the cower of a neighbor ing engine-house, and the alarm was sounded by the district engineer of the Fire De partment. So much headway had the blaze made that before any apparatus arrived smoke and tlames were streaming through the roof of the ouiidmg, and tbo whole interior was soon thereafter one mass ot lire. This fact übmc shows that tbe conflagration must have started several hours before it was noticed, aud leaves ground fur the Inference that the calamity might cave been avoided, bad thure been any one on the premises to watch ths property. There was. it appears, ho one there, nor bad uuy watchman been employed there lor the past two monies. As it was, tbe blaze was so strong,' when me firemen began their work, that really nothing could he done towards saving tua structure mm the valuable stock it contained. The lulling of nit* south wall’made a complete ruin of the building. The stock and-machinery were valued at about s?2dU,wju, and were insured lor half that amount, as follows: North Ameri can. >s.oji); Koval. SS,iAKJ: Lancashire, SS.KW; Boston Underwriters*, SUM); Queen. IiMaJO: Pucenix or Boston, «s.uuo; National of Hartford, ss.duU; Harttord. ss,ucd; Springfield, ffo.UXJ; Niagara, ss.uuo: Hamburg & Bremen, s3gnK); Norwich, s&tftxi; Underwrit ers’ '55,000; Commercial Union, $5.0U0; Howard. $o,0j0; Mauuaimn. ss.txw; Citizens' of New York, ;s,oiX); Gtens Falls, ss,oju; Trades men’s, $5,001; Commerce, Common wealth, Imperial & National. $ 1U.U90; Manufacturers*. $5,090: Loudon, Association, SS,UuO; 'Detroit, $5,t00; Buffalo German, so,uuU; .Mercantile & Marine, SS.uUO. Tbe building was valuedat $40,000. and was in sured for $25,009—f0r $5,000 each in the Home of New York, „>orth British & Mercantile, Ger mau-Americuo, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania Companies. The cause of tbo fire is not known, but it ia thought chat the heating apparatus in tbe office is in some way responsible for the affair. The office was located in the northwestern corner of the buiULng, and appeared to be the starting point of the fire, for the blaze, as nrst observed, looked to be strongest there, and seemed to be carried through the upper flours by means of a stairway and and an elevator shaft. A Milwaukee Destroyed* &sxc\ai JJisLuitch to Tfic tntcaao Trt&une. Milwaukee, Wis., Dec. 10.—A fire broke out in tbe drying-kiln of Sanderson .k Co.’s cooper* shops, adjoining the mill, shortly alter noon to* day. The building was well tilled with stock, wnich was all injured, and the budding was completely destroyed by tire and water. The blaze was caused by tne nor pipes used iu drying. The loss is estimated uc between SI,SJJ and. $2,000. . . 48.957 15,823 Tlio Congregational Church at Davea port, la.) Was Burning This ittutft* lug. Special Dispatch to The Chieaoo Tribune, Davenport, la., Dec. 11—1 a. m.—The Congre gational Church is now burning, with l.ltle pros* pects of saving it. It was erected at a cost of $35,000. The janitor, who siept lathe basement, issupposed to have perisaed. A Court-House and a Newspaper Office Nashville, Teun., Dec. 10.—An incendiary Are at Lebanon hist night destroyed Murpny & Wilson’s livery stable, tno IVtLum county Sort office, and the court-uouse. Murphy W.lsou s insurance is loss, «2,500. The xVejc* Com* puny Dus insurance of loss, SL6JU. The court-house was insured ior SIU,UUO; loos. Atlanta, Dec. 10.—The stables of the Atlanta Street Railway Company, togemer with several small buddmgs adjacent, were destroyed by Are tonight. A number of mules were burned to deato. The Over-Heated Stove. Tbe alarm from Box No. 31X at 2:20 yesterday afternoon was caused by nn over-heated stove setting tire to tbe . woodwork in the dwelling at No. 30 O'Brien street, occupied by James Cuddy. Damage uomiuuL A LUNATIC’S CRIME. He Kills a mother and Daughter, and Augusta. Ga.. Dec. B.—An account of one of the most atrocious tripie murders ever recorded in the history of crime in this State bus just been received from Moscow, a little town la Lamar County. Air. Winchester Armstrong, a, well-to-do aun highly respected farmer living la that section, left bis home yesterday on business ton neighboring village, leaving bis wife and infant emld and aged mother-in-law tbe only occupants of me house. During his absence a crazy negro. whoso insane deeds had nut previ ously attracted much aiteuuon in cue heigubor hood, suddenly entered the house, and before the mother could prevent, snatched up the cube and attempted to escape with it. The fright ened woman made a frantic effort to rescue her child, which only aroused the lunatics frenzy, and suutcning-up an ax that stood near, he dealt her ‘an awful blow upon the bead, opening the skull and causing a wound trom which she soon died. Her aaea mother then attempted to secure the babe, woeo uie infuriated monster fed upon her and beat her to death in a few minutes. While oewa* still engaged in his murderous work Mr. Arm strong. totally unconscious of the terrible trag edy that was being enacted In the little home which he hud but a little while ago left in suca peace and tranquillity, approached the house. The scene which met his gaze almost’ froze o» blood; but, soon recovering bis mind, be rushed for his gun, and secured it just in time to P**V. veut me maniac from completing his blow work by kul.ug the babe aud its father, too . negro was advancing upon Mr. Armstrong wua his bloody ax raised aud his terrible eyes rollUng in muduess. when Air. Armstrong leveled n» gun otid shot mm dead. The child, amidiOll butchery, escaped unharmed, and it is ail that a left Mr. Armstrong to cheer oia desolate home* LABOR. Boston, Dec. 10.—The trouble between the Graait Manufacturers’ Assocmllon and tbo -members of the Workmen’s Union, caused hjr repeated Interfereoce with the business of the manufacturers by the Workmen’s Union, cuP minuted today in a general lockout of the utuoa men. STEAMSHIP NEWS. New York, Dec. lo.—Arrived, tbeCityof f»8» York, and tne Wisconsin, from Liverpool. ■ . Liverpool, Dec. lU.— Arrived, the Wyootof* from New York. ■ . Queenstown, Dec. 30.—Arrived, the Republic* from New York. . V DIED OF HIS WOUNDS. Frank Banke, the German tailor who botcher’ r/- ed nis infant son aid then made an attempt to take jits own life, died at half-past last night from the effects of the self.-hmlcted . wounds .. Burned. At Atlanta, Ga. Lose:* ills Own Lite.