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A Destructive Fire in
Detroit. CALIFORNIA COMPLAINSof SPARKS Destructive Conflagration. Detroit, Mich., January 1.—Shortly alter 9 o'clobk this morning smoke was observed coming from D. M. Ferry & Co.'s mammoth building, on Brush street, be tween Croghan and Lafayette streets. An alarm was quickly turned ^in, second and third alarms following in quick succession, there being a promise of a big conflagra tion in the heart of the business part of the city. The lire department turned out in force and soon surrounded the burning building with hose. The liâmes had started in the packing department, corner Lafay ette and Brush streets and soon enveloped the whole building, which was a mere shell, having but one solid w T all inside the outerwall. Bravely and intelligently the tiremen kept at work but all efforts seemed futile, the Harnes spreading rapidly, until at one time it seemed that the whole dis trict in which the burning building is situated was doomed Across the alley from D. M. Ferry & Co.'s building, in the same square and facing on Randolph street, are White's Grand Theatre and the Wesson block and a small building used as a res taurant. The dames leaped across the alley and began to eat into the theatre. First the roof caught lire and soon fell in with a terrible crash, tiring the whole in terior of the building. After driving away the liremen who had been working on the Ferry block through the windows of the theatre, the crashing of window glass was a signal for an increased fury of the dames, which seemed to laugh at the efforts of the tiremen. An immense crowd blocked the streets in every direction and at times were in the way of the department. By ten o'clock the Ferry block was a mass of dames. The walls had commenced to fall creating something of a panic among the idle spec tators. Numerous narrow escapes occurred among the liremen who worked close to the liâmes, wrapped in repeatedly soaked but rapidly drying clothes. By half past ten White's theatre had been seized and by eleven the dremeu were compelled to turn their attention to saving the build ings on the opposite of Randolph street, al though still keeping numerous streams of water playing on the burning buildings. At 11 o'clock the men of No. 3 tire com pany raised a ladder at the front of the theatre to get a better chance at the dames. Finding that the rapidly advancing lire would prevent any effective work at that point, the men were descending the ladder and had about reached the ground when several feet of cornice fell on the ladder wagon. Capt. Richard Filban was struck on the head by bricks and instantly killed, and a dreman was badly but not fatally injured. Soon after 11 o'clock the dames spread to the Wesson block, on the corner of Ran dolph and Croghan streets, and that build ing was soon enveloped in dames. Al though the buildings across Croghan street were threatened and caught once or twice, the department managed to keep the dre within the square named, and by 12 o'clock it was fully under control. To-night the dames are still raging dercely. but have been condned within the walls of the buildings already mentioned. During the worst of the dre the wind had Wu from the south, and not a single building on the corner of Lafayette and Randolph streets was seriously injured, but all the rest of the square is a total loss. D. M. Ferry & Co.'s building occupied half a square, being one of the largest in the < ity. Their seed business was probably the largest in the United States. Dednite ligures of the losses cannot be given, but the total will reach not less than $1,500, 000. The stock alone in D. M. Ferry & Co. 's is estimated to have been worth from $1,000,1)00 to $1,200,000, and their building was valued at $250,000. As to the origin of the dre, there are even no well based theories. Some of the employes hint at incendiarism, claiming that there were no dres in the part of the building drst at tacked by the dames, and that some out side agency must have been responsible for the dre. The odicers of the company are completely at a loss to account for the origin of the dre. Charges Against Commissioner Sparks. Washington, January 4.—The State of California to-day died with Secretary La mar complaints against the Commissioner of the General Land Office for not prepar ing patents for lands granted to the State of California by Congress and subsequently condrmed to her in a special act and ap proved to her by Secretary Browning in 1866, and certided to the State by Com missioner Wilson in the same year, which Land Commissioner Sparks has recently decided may be still further contested by any one desiring to claim them under other laws. Important L. S. Supreme Court De cision. Washington, January 4.—The Supreme Court to-day rendered the following de cision ; No. 73 ; Herman P-esser, plaintiff in error, vs. State of Illinois, in error to Supreme Court of Illinois. The principle involved is the right of a State to prevent armed assemblages of its citizens and their parading as military companies when not organized as such uuder the laws of the State or of the United States. The court affirms the judgment of the lower tribunal, holding that the State may prevent such assemblages. To deny this right, it says, would be to deny the right to disperse assemblages organized for sedition and treason and the right to suppress armed mobs bent on riot and rapine. Interstate Commerce. Washington, January 4. — In the Supreme Court the opinion rendered to day says : The great purpose of the statute in question (wbich provides for a board of State railroad commissioners) is to fix a maximum of charges and to regulate in some matters of a police nature the use of railroads in the State. In its general scope this statute is constitutional and it applies equally to all persons or corporations own ing or operating railroads in the State, i When the commission has acted and pro- i ceedings are had to enforce what they have | done, the question may arise as to the j validity of some of the various provisions, j which will lie worthy of consideration, but we are unable to say that as a whole the ; statuteis invalid. Destructive Fire. Nashville, Tenn., December 30.—A j telephone message has just been received ' from Lebanon, Tenn., saying a disas- ; trous lire has broken out in the centre of j the town, and asking for aid from this city. ! Lngines have been forwarded by special ; train. There is no telegraph office at Le banon, and telephone connection cannot | now be had, owing, probably to the office ■ being burned. Though the town is 30 miles from here, the light of the liâmes can j be distinctly seen. It will be impossible j to get a further account of the lire before j morning. Insane Asylum Burned. Newark, N. J., January 2.—This after noon fire was discovered in the easterly front wing of the insane asylum, situated two miles from the city. The fiâmes shot up the chute to the attic aDd in a few minutes it was a seething mass of fiâmes. The wing was 600 feet long and as the in terior fittings were of oiled pine they ig nited very readily and burned fiercely. In this wing there were 103 patients. The Medical superintendent immediately sum moned his staff of assistants and in a few minutes all the unfortunates were mustered into the yard without accident. Of the patients taken out thirty-two were women and seventy-one men. Very little diffi culty was experienced in controling them. The entire fire department was summoned to the scene but could render but little service owing to the scarcity of the water. The fiâmes spread rapidly to the third floor and along the entire length of the wing in both directions. At the west end the tire was stopped by a blank wall 22 inches thick, which prevented its spread to the centre and other wings of the institu tion. By hard work the tiremen kept the flames confined to two floors, although all the floors were badly damaged by water. The loss will probably reach $75,000, fully insured. The patients were sent tempo rarily to the city hospital but were this evening returned to .the asylum, where arrangements were made for their accom modation. The cause of the fire is un known, but is supposed to have originated from over heated steam pipes, which sur round the chute in the basement, which, like all the rest of the interior fittings, was of the most inflamable material. The asylum is a new building and was erected at a cost of $350,000. It was first occupied last spring and has nearly GOO inmates. Terrible Tragedy« Charleston, December 30.—At Mount Pleasant, a village near this city, to-day, a terrible tragedy was enacted. E. Geretti, an Italian, was beating his wife when his brother, S. Geretti, and James O. Colbourn, a well known insurance agent of this city, interfered in the woman's behalf. The wife, with her four little children, escaped from her infuriated husband, who, incensed at the interference, crept up behind Col bourn, and fired three shots at him, one of the balls lodging in the spine and inflicting what is thought to be a fatal wound. Alter shooting Colbourn, Geretti fled to his farm, about a quarter of a mile distant, pursued by the town marshal and posse. He lock ed himself in his house, and the posse be ing unarmed, he defied them to arrest him. While his pursuers were deliberating Ger etti placed the muzzle of his pistol in his mouth and blew out his brains. Falallv Shot by a Burglar. New Castle, Penn, December 31.— James Kincaid, a prominent citizen of Mahoningtown, near here, was fatally in jured by an unknown burglar at an early hour this morning. The burgiar had se cured Kincaid's money and gold watch from his clothes and was leaving the house when Kincaid was awakened. He followed the burglar down stairs, and the latter turned on him and drawing a revolver shot him through the breast, the ball pass ing through his body and coming out at the back. The burglar then made his escape. Kincaid is still living, but there is no hope of his recovery. There is no clue to the assassin. Accidently Killed. Columbus, Ohio, January 2. —Daniel OslHjru, wanted in Prospect, Ohio lor forg ery, was arrested at Winchester, ten miles below here yesterday, and afterward met his death in a singular manner. The offi cer was on horse back while the prisoner, handcuffed, walked in front. At some point on the road a farmer was met, who informed the marshal that the prisoner was armed, as be had seen him trying to get a revolver out of the breast pocket of his coat. The marshal thereupon dis mounted to disarm the fellow, apd as he approached Osborn he saw him draw the weapon from his breast pocket and ap parently point it at him as well as lie could and lieing handcuffed as he was. The marshal seized his hand and at the same moment the revolver was discharged, the ball entering Osborn's leftside, between the ribs and passing through the heart. Shooting Affray. New York, December 30.—In the sub urbs of Gottenburg, N. J., last night, Fred erick Smith and August Broden, popular young men, between whom there was a long standing grudge, met in a crowded horse car and began shooting. When the fusilade ended the car was empty, save those two, and Smith was lying on the floor with two wounds in one of bis arms and one in his side. Broden carried a bullet in one of his arms. Broden was arrested and Smith was taken home and cared for. He may die. The Dead Actor. New York, December 30.—A Phila delphia special says : Wm. F. Johnson, one of the executors of the will of John Mc Cullough, said to-day that a meeting will be held in New York on Monday to take final action regarding the last resting place of the dead actor. Despite Capt. Connors' statement to a reporter that there was still a fair chance of the body being sent to St. Louis for burial, Mr. Johnson declared that it will not be taken from Philadelphia : "I can easily understand," he said, "why St. Louis people keep np hope. Capt. Connor is a member of the lodge of Elks there, which has offered $10,000 for the erection of a monument to McCullough's memory and does not ask a penny from anyone to help it out." Sensational Contessiou' Portland, December 30. — The Oregon - ians Seattle, Washington Territory, special says : A horrible story was put in circula tion here to-day and was to this effect : An Italian boatman left Victoria one day last summer with seven Chinamen for the American side of the strait of Fuca. When almost across he saw the U. S. cutter Oli ver Wolcott coming towards him with the i evident intention of examining his craft. | He became alarmed, and to avoid the j penalties attached to the offense of smug- | gliDg Chinese into the United States, re- : solved to make way with the evidence of ; his guilt. He called the Chinamen out of i the cabin, one by one, and as they came, he ! struck them on the head with a club and j pitched them overboard. In this way he got rid of the whole number, and when boarded from the cutter, do evidence what- i ever of a criminal nature was found. An j investigation will be made with a view to.: ascertaining the truth or falsity of the | story. A recently convicted slugger, now : in the penitentiary, tells this story. Bond Calls. Washington, December 31.—Secretary j Manning holds that the sinking fund lor the current fiscal year requires $48,000,000. | He said it would not do to call that amount at once, and since he had made up his mind to begin with a call of $10,000,000 only. This would indicate that between February 1st and June 30th there will be four bond calls of $10,000,000 each. Matters Before Coneress. Washington, January 4. —The most in teresting and important feature the present week in the House of Representatives will be the announcement of the membership of the various committees which will formulate the work to be done by the Forty-ninth Congress. Throughout the holiday recess Speaker Carlisle has been engaged in forming the committees, and to-day he occupied one of the rooms at the Capitol, denying himself to all callers, and devoted himself to the completion of the task. Unless something unforeseen should happen, the result is to be announced to the House to-morrow after reading of the journal. Then in obedience to the order of the House the call of States for the in troduction of bills and resolutions will be resumed at the point where it was inter rupted by the adjournment for the holi days. All will probably not be completed before late Wednesday afternoon. The 1,004 bills introduced the day before recess were introduced by eighty-nine members, an average of over eleven bills to each Representative. Should this average be kept up nearly 3,000 additional measures will be referred on Tuesday and Wednes day to the newly appointed committees. The Hoar Presidential succession bill remains upon the Speaker's table, and though an attempt may be made to pass it by unanimous consent, it will in all likeli hood be referred to the committee having jurisdiction over its subject matter. Should this be done the House will find itself Thursday without any business before it, and an adjournment till Monday will probably be taken to enable the commit tees to organize and to considei ami report proposed legislation. The bill to fix the salaries of judges of district courts and the resolution of in quiry with regard to the action of the authorities of Dakota are the unfinished business of the Senate. The committees of that body are expected to begin work in earnest during the week, and it is ex pected tjjat not much legislative work will be undertaken in the Senate other than the consideration of the two measures named. Probably a large part of the time of the Senate will be spent with closed doors in an endeavor to dispose of the ac cumulated nominations. Indian Affairs. Washington, December 30.—The Star says that in his report upon the work of the special committee who visited the various reservations duriDg the summer's recess, Holman is going to recommend the appointment of a commission to take the matter in charge of giving land in sever alty to such of the Iudians as are far enough advanced in civilization to warrant such action and assembling the rest in one locality as far as practicable. At present, he says, reservations are scattered all over the country, and the lands are useless to the Indians in many cases. Home of these lands should be sold in their interest, and such of the Indians as are friendly should be put upon some reservation in certain cases and kept there until ultimately they have reached a state of civilization that would warrant their having lands in sev eralty and becoming citizens. There are some cases where it would not do to move the Indians from their present locality or to interfere with them, as their attachment to their homes is very strong. In most of such cases land in severaitv snould be given them. White Hörige Reception. Washington, December 30. —Four hun dred and forty-eight persons were waiting patiently in the east room of the White House to-day to pay their respects to the President. The crowd was almost twice as large as on any preceding reception of this kind. The President appeared just before 2 o'clock and entered upon his task with such expedition that the entire room was cleared in 16 minutes. Several persons tried to engage the President's attention with private matters, but they were told to call again to-morrow. Une individual shook hands in an agitated manner with one of the ushers and passed the President without noticing him. He was reminded of his mistake by the laughter of the crowd and endeavored to return and shake the President's hand, but was borne away by the rapidly moving line of people behind him. Washington, January 1.—For the first time in many years New Years day dawn ed clear and beautiful. The hoarfrost was soon dissipated by the rising sun, and long before noon the temperature was like that of a spring day. The occasion was observ ed here as in former years by general call ing. Business was suspended to a consid erable extent and all executive depart ments were closed. At the entrance to the White House grounds two policemen kept back a crowd of curious idlers, who gazed with interest at the handsome equipages of the diplomatic corps. The high officials of the government and other distinguished persons, and mounted policemen kept the carriage approach clear. At and along the line the officers formed on each side of the doorway to the Executive Mansion. A full marine band occupied the main vesti bule and discoursed familiar airs during the progress of the ceremonies. The dec orations of the mansion were exceedingly simpl, being confined.to tasteful floral ar rangements. It is estimated that over 6,000 people shook hands with the President during the reception. The President lowered the record of handshaking considerably. In nine minutes he shook hands with 274 persons, or about 34 a minute. The highest number previously shaken by a President on New Years day was by Gen. Grant, when he grasped the hands of 28 persons per minute for 13 minutes. Crop Statistics. Washington, December 30.—The esti mates of the statistical department of agri culture for the principal cereal crops of the year r.re computed and the aggregate bushels are as follows, in round millions: Corn 1,936 ; wheat 377 ; oafs 629. The area of corn is 73.000.000 acres ; wheat 34, 000,000 ; oats 23,000,000. The value of corn will average nearly 33 cents per bushel and makes an aggregate of $635,000,000— $5,000,000 less than the value of the last crop. The decrease in the production of wheat is 30 per cent and only 17 per cent in valuation, which is $275,000,000. The valuation of oats is $180,000,000. The re dnetion in wheat is mostly in the valleys of Ohio and in California. The States of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri and Kan sas last year produced 170,000,000. This | year they produced 80,000,000, a reduction j of 90,000,000 bushels. The production of cereals is 53 bushels to each inhabitant, ! and the aggregate volume is larger than any former year. To Assume the Duties of Sub Treasurer. » Washington, December 30.—Treasurer Jordan expects tc go to New York to morrow to assume charge of the U. S. sub- \ treasury there. He says he knows no rea- j son why he should Dot discharge the duties ! of sub-treasurer, as it simply amounts to i the performance by a superior officer of j certain duties heretofore discharged by a I subordinate. Chinese Problem. Han Francisco, January 4.—The City Council to-night passed the order intro duced by Supervisor Farwell, author of the work, "Chinese at Home and Abroad," making it a misdemeanor with* a heavy penalty attached to continue the holding of the Saudlot meetings, which have done so much to create a false impression in the East, by making it appear that the only persons of this city opposed to .he Chinese were Handiotters. Farwell read a Je! ter from Congressman Morrow, in which tne latter indicates the difficulties he has to encounter in making eastern people com prehend that the real and substantial sen timent of the Pacific coast is anti-Chinese, and that the efforts of the people of the coast to settle this question are neither incendiary nor violent. Morrill points out that it will he a hard matter to amend the existing restriction act unless the Pacific coast Congressional delegates are able to give assurance that the people engaged in this agitation will be content with legal methods in the settlement of the Chinese question. Chinese Certificates. San Francisco, January 4.—It was learned to-day that certificates empowering the holder to land in the United States are being issued to Chinese by the Chinese Consul at Yokohama, Japan. The China men who arrived in the steamer Oceanic on December 19th were landed on one of these certificates. They are countersigned by Warren Green, U. S. Consul General at Japan. The Chinese Must Go. San Francisco, January 2.— The ar rival to-day of the 200 cigar makers was made the occasion of quite imposing demonstrations. They were met at the ferry by delegations from several labor unions, who escorted them through the city. The Eastern men made an excellent impression. Several cigar manufacturers, each employing over a hundred Chinamen, announced their intention to-day of dis charging the Chinese and employing white labor. Labor Troubles. Denver, December 30. —This morning at 3 o'clock three masked men entered the engine room of the Marshall Coal Com pany's works at Erie, on the Colorado Cen tral railroad, forty miles from Denver, cap tured the engineer, took him several hun dred yards away and tied him, then re turned and set fire to all the coal on the dumps, the hoisting works, engine honse and tramway. Several cars of the railroad company and over $15,000 worth of prop erty was destroyed, throwing several hun dred men out of employment. Three weeks ago the wages of the men at these mines were cut down, when the Knights of Labor ordered a strike. The miners, rather than be without work at this time of year, refused to obey aDd continued work. This morning's outrage is supposed to be another outcropping of the Rock Springs troub'e, instigated by the Knights | of Labor and a few striking miners. Increase in Wages. Pittsburg, December 30.— An ofi'er of ten per cent, advance in wages, to take effect next next Monday, has been made by Carnigie Bros. & Co..to their employes at the Edgar Thompson steel works at Braddock, Pa. The wages of steel rail workers are arranged on the first of each year. During the past two weeks the men have been holding meetings and talk ing over the conditions of trade. It was decided to ask for an advance of fifteen per cent. This afternoon a notice was cir culated through Braddock requesting all employes of the Edgar Thompson steel works to keep away from the company's office on Wednesday, and not sign any contract with the officers of the above named company until they give a fair equivalent for their work. It was signed "Employe." This was soon followed by a notice posted at the mill, informing the employes that the scales were ready for signing and that the places of persons re fusing to sign by Saturday would be filled. It is quite probable that the company's proposition will be accepted. About 4,060 men are employed. Indicted. San Francisco, January 4.—Geo. W. Tyler, the leading counsel for Sarah Althea Hill in her famous case for a divorce against the late ex-Senator Sharon, was indicted to-day by the county grand jury for felony. The crime with which he is charged is being a party to the prepara tion of a false affidavit in which a witness, Mrs. Clark, is made to say that Sharon had secretly told her that Miss Hill was his wife. Two other persons, James E. Brown and Mrs. Weile, were recently con victed of the same offense with which Tyler is charged, and are now serving a term of five years in the San Quentin State prison. Tyler has been granted a week in which to file a bond. Accused Swindlers Oiler to Disgorge. New York, December 31—The follow ing Washington Special was published to day : There was recently presented to the At torney General on behalf of Wm. S. Warner and bis brother-in-law, J. Henry Work, a proposition to refund to the creditors of the Marine Bank the full amount of the checks upon which their present indictment was found, namely, $152,800. The gov ernment has declined the proposition and both the accused will have to stand their trial. Governor Hill Inaugurated. Albany, N. Y., January 1.—The cere monies attending the inauguration of Gov ernor Hill to-day were among the most im posing ever witnessed at the capitol. The weather was extremely fine, and but for the muddy condition of the streets nothing more could have been desired. Inaugurated Governor. Richmond, January 1.—Gen. Fitzhugh Lee was inducted into office to-day in the presence of the General Assembly of Vir ginia, gathered in the joint convention hall of the House of Delegates. The galleries and every available standing room was occupied with interested spectators, in cluding many ladies. The rotuDda and approaches thereto were also crowded with people, all eagerly striving to gain admis sion to the hall or catch a glimpse of the new Governor as he passed. The Public Debt. Washington, December 30. —Treasury officials express the opinion, founded on the fact that the receipts have been very light during the month, while pension pay ments have been made to a considerable amount on account of last month, that the public debt statement will show an in crease of nearly $2,000.000 during the cur rent month. Washington, January 2.— The official statement issued to-day shows that the decrease of the public debt daring Decem ber was $9,089,940. President Cleveland Interviewed. New York, January 3.—A World corres pondent had an interview with President Cleveland yesterday. The President was asked how he regarded Senator Beck's speech upon the tariff. He replied : "My own personal idea about that is that the only practical way to pass a bill would be to have the House committee charged with this work take up the sub ject in a business fashion and modify the present laws in such a way as to help the poor people who labor and to take« away the needless protection from the few who have grown inordinately rich at the ex pense of the many." Referring to the subject of the Senate and the consideration by that body of his appointments, the President said : "I have made no hasty selection of officers, but on the contrary have given very much time and consideration to the subject, appreciating that very much de pends öd the personnel of the government. Possibly I may have erred in some in stances, but I am sure they are few, and I have every evidence that the country is satisfied with the new officials. I have no knowledge as to what course the Senate will pursue, but I have no idea that it will assume to interfere with the preiogative of the President. I have my duties; it has its duties. One thing I do not believe, and that is that the United States Senate will spend its time listening to petty criti cisms of appointees which come from dis appointed applicants for office." Senator Beck Banquelted. Lexington, December 30.—A compli- j mentary banquet was given to Senator j Beck to-night at the Phoenix House by i representative men of the blue grass re- | giön, without regard to party lines. G* i. Wm. M. Preston presided. The responses to the toasts showed what a strong hold the Senator has upon the esteem of his fellow citizens, and his remarks were made with much feeliDg, and indicated a warm appreciation of the honor received at home. Proposed .Nominations. Washington, January During Jan uary the commissions of over 100 Presi dential postmasters will expire. The terms of about the same number terminated in December, but comparatively few chauges were made. It is said that a large number of nominations will be made as soon as Congress meets. Washington, January 4.—It is said at the Treasury Department that the Presi dent will probably nominate an Assistant Treasurer for New York City to-morrow or next day with a view of having the new appointee, if he shall have been con firmed by the Senate, to assume charge of the sub-treasury next Monday. The count of the moneys and securities, which began this morning, will be continued until com pletion, and it is hoped the formal transfer of the office to Acton's successor can be made during its progress. Signal Service. Washington, January 3. —The commit tee selected by the Secretaries of the War and Navy, consisting of Gen. Hazen, of the army, and Lieut. Reeder and Com mander Hoff, of the Navy, to report upon a more desirable code of signals for the service of the United States, has held several meetings the past week. It was agreed to procuredilierent codes from those now used by the different governments of the world, and to instruct a certain num ber of men at Fort Meyer in the use of each of them. When sufficient time has elapsed the committe will hold a sort of competitive examination to ascertain which power in their estimation has the best sys tem. It will then lie the duty of the three officers to endeavor to devise one better than that selected at the trial. Their report will be submitted to the Secretaries, who in turn will submit it to Congress for action. By this course it is hoped that a simplified and better code of signals will be produced to be used in both naval and military services. More Railroad». Chicago, January 4.— It was rumored here yesterday that the Rock Island road had decided upon an important addition to its system, namely, an extension of its main line into Kansas, and the construe* tion of short lines from Larkin to Atchi son and St. Joseph, so as to make river connections at these two points. To-day the report is confirmed by a responsible official of the road. The number of miles of the new Trunk line projected is about 400. The extension will be virtually a complete line, as stated in its charter, which places its capital stock at $15,000,000. The company is named the Chicago, Kan sas and Nebraska. The move is regarded as highly important, as it will bring the Rock Island road into competion with all the big lines of the Missouri. American Secular Union. Cleveland, January 3.— Early in Oc tober the ninth annual congress of the Liberal League of America was held in this city. One of the attractions was a lecture by Col. R. G. iDgersoll. The Colonel come on the last day of the congress and delivered his lecture to a large audience. A short time since the Secular Age J the organ of the local league, charged that Col. Ingersoll had not dealt fairly with the league. It declared that it was well un derstood before he came here that the pro ceeds of his lecture should be turned into the treasury of the national leage, and it was only on those conditions that he was engagaged to come. It is charged further that after the lecture Col. Ingersoll's agent took charge of the receipts, paying to the Cleveland league only enough to pay the expenses of the congress, in excess of $240 raised by the Cleveland league. The re mainder, amounting to $580, was handed over to the Colonel, and was not turned into the treasury according to agreement. These charges were commented upon by the Free Thinkers, and at to-day's meeting of the Cleveland league a spirited discus sion ensued. At the close of the meeting rasolutions were adopted, demanding of the Secretary of the American Secular Union -(the new name of the league,) an itemized statement of the expenditures and receipts of the recent congress, and also of what became of the profits, if any, there were. The Lee Monument. Washington, December 30.— The Secre- j tary of the Treasury has instructed the Collector of Customs at Georgetown, D. C., to admit free of duty certain plaster models imported by the Ladies Monument Association as designs from which a selec tion is to be made for the monument to Gen. Robert E. Lee. Authority for ex emption from duty is found in the statute providing for the free importation of art | imported for the purpose of erecting pub- ! lie monuments. President Cleveland's Tribute. Washington^ January 1. — President Cleveland contributed $100 to the Grant monument fund jesterday. Accompany ing the contribution is a letter expressing the hope that the association will succeed in its object. Mexican Border Troubles. St. Louis, Deceml*er TO.—A Laredo, Tex., correspondent of the Globe - Democrat says : A sergeant of the U. S. army sta tioned at Ringold barracks, some sixty miles down the Rio Grande from this place, arrived here to-night and reports that a general uprising is taking place in all the small American towns along the river between here and Brownsville. Major Kellogg, commanding the U. S. troops at the above mentioned post, and his forces are now en route to Rema, a small city on the American side, where over 300 men, mostly from Mexico, are in arms and ex press their intention of taking the city of Mier. They have an abundance of ammu nition aDd are of the desperado add border ruffian class. Major Kellogg proposes to disperse them or force them to leave Ameri can territory, in order to prevent a breach of the neutrality laws between the two Re publics. The movement originated among a few dissatisfied politicians who were de feated at the recent city elections in Mexico. Mexican troops are now being sent from Monterey and Santillo to reinforce those already stationed in the cities of the State of Tamaulipas, where the next outbreak is daily expected. Mexicans Defeated. El Paso, Texas, December 30.—General Garcie, of the Mexican army, is in this city awaiting orders from the minister of war to proceed to the State of Sonora to suppress the Indian outbreaks. General Garcia admits the truth of the reports that the Mexicans were defeated in several skirmishes. He says that the iDdiarns are well armed aDd skilled in warfare. About 300 troops will be thrown into Sonora to effectually suppess the Indians, who have committed several frightful massacres in the past few months. Mexican Affairs. Matamoras, Mexico, January 1.—Gen. Mignel Gomez, who arrived here yesterday direct from the City of Mexico, has issued an order assuming command of the federal troops in this State (Tamaulipas). Gen. Sebastian Villa has been appointed to the immediate command of the forces in this city. Gen. Francisco Estrado supersedes Gen. Lauro Cavasos as commander of the frontier troops between Camargo and Neuvo Leon. The newly elected municipal officers are directed by law to assume their offices to day. The Federal officers will try to pre vent this, and the State troops will as cer tainly try to install the officials ; therefore serious consequences are feared. The forces are about equally divided. Pro nounciamentoes are being issued in the interior. The State will surely be placed under martial law. This move is in the interest of Rubio, present chief official of the cabinet, father-in-law of President Diaz and an aspirant for the Presidency of the republic. The fighting at Mier Wednesday proves to have been a battle l>etween a large band of smugglers and the custom guards. One smuggler was killed and several wounded. The custom officials captured a valuable lot of silks, laces and velvets. Mexican Elections. St. Louis, January 4. —A special to the Globe Democrat from Saltillo, Mexico says: The gubernatorial election in this state (Coahuliaj to-day passed off very quietly. The Diaz candidate, Gen. Garga Gaian has undoubtedly been elected. In this city he is ahead of his opponent, Col. Ramin Falcon nearly 2,000 votes, accord ing to the nearest calculation, although the ballots have not all been counted. Ad vices from the interior cities and towns denote a similar result almost everywhere. At the military headquarters here no noti fication of trouble anywhere in the State has been received. Some fears however, are entertained of an outbreak and a riot at Mondara or perhaps at Piederas Nieras. Apache Campaign. San Francisco, December 30.—A Dun can special says : The rangers who have been in pursuit of the hostile Indians have just returned. They report that while on the trail of the hostiles the Indian scouts refused to follow it and defied the officer in command to compel them to obey his orders. The chase had to lie abandoned and the troops returned here without any thing accomplished. Telegrams have been sent to Gen. Crook asking for instructions. The scouts are armed and the officers are afraid to disarm them. The Indians and soldiers are now camped here separately. The Indian Territory. New Orleans, January 1.—An Indian Territory special to the Times Democrat says : The Cherokee Indians are greatly excited over the measures introduced into Congress looking to the opening of the In dian country to settlement and the allot ment of lands in severality among the Indians. Public sentiment is opposed to Congressional intervention generally, al though there are many Cherokees who believe it best to accept the situation rather than struggle against the inevitable. Jnst before the adjournment the Cherokee Notional Council adopted resolutions ex pressive of public opinion on the subject. These resolutiohs declare that the Chero kees hold a portion of these lands by fee simple title aDd cannot be deprived of the same except by voluntary consent. The law-making authority, they further declr.re that ail that portion of the Cherokee lards lying west of the 58th meridian and whi< h have not been conveyed by patents from the Cherokees are still the property of that nation. The United States has not now and never had any right to appraise, take or purchase any of these lands, save with the consent of the Cherokee people. The final resolution says the Cherokee nation does not authorize the sale of any of its lands for the purpose of white settlement or for any other purpose pending the Con gressional measures which also affect the Creeks and Seminoles. It is claimed, how ever, that the latter tribes are willing to sell a portion of their lands for white set tlement and allow the country to be opened np, but the hostility of the Cherokees is likely to unite all three tribes in active opposition. The Alabama Award. Washington, December 30.—The court commissioners of Alabama claims sent to the Department of .State to-day a certified list of judgments and decisions in cases of second class rendered since the organiza tion of the court in 1882, together with a a certified list of judgments and decisions in cases of the first class not heretofore re ported. There are nine cases of the first class in which judgments ranging from $200 to $3,000 are rendered in favor of claimants, and thirty-one in which judg ment is for the United States. Those of the second class fill several large l*ooks, and award to claimants amounts ranging from $1,000 to $80,000 or $90,000. They v/ill he certified by the Secretary of .State and Secretary of the Treasury for payment according to law. Will Take Charge. Washington, December 31.—Treasurer Jordon will assume charge of the New York Sub Treasury Saturday morning, and will immediately begin to connt the cash, aided by several employes in his office. Church Sensation. Montreal, December 30.—The mande ment of Mgr.- Fabre, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Montreal, which was read in ail the churches in the diocese on Sunday, has caused widespread indignation amoDg a majority of the clergy and their flocks. The reference by the Bishop to the Riel agitators in their attempts to raise a revolt against the authority of the state and to the political use made of the church in the celebration of masses lor the dead rebel, has stung the French Canadians to the very quick. Many of the Bishop's most intimate friends seem to think he has made a mistake, and unless he withdraws, or at least modifies somewhat his statement, he may expect serious deletions from among his clergy. It is known that many priests refused to read to Ibeir flocks those parts of the mandament which directly referred to the Riel question, and when called upon as to their motives, replied that they would sooner resign aDd leave the dioceses than conform to the requirements of the man dament. The Bishop seems to realize that he has gone too far and has intimated semi-officiallv that he will explain his views more fully next Sunday. Toronto, December 31.—Bishop Faber has addressed the following circular to his clergy : "Since the publication of uiy mauda ment of the 15th inst. I have been in formed from different sources that a wrong interpretation had been given to my words. So that none of you may be deluded by these exaggerations, I here declare that I have no intention of discussing the politi cal objects of agitators, against whom I warned the population. I do not at all enter the political arena. I deplose those whose methods of tumultuous demands have a revolutionary aspect; the scenes which were enacted iD Montreal on the snbjeet of vaccination and what followed therefrom, and other scenes which Mon treal aDd several places in the country witnessed and in which effigy burning was practiced on a large scale—all these spec tacles are of those which we must deplore. This is what I have done without attempt ing to enter into political significance which wire pullers wished to give them." Sentenced. Salt Lake, December TO. — Brigham Hampton, convicted of conspiracy, was sentenced to-day to the maximum penalty under the law—one year in the county jail. Judge Zane, before the sentence, commented in scathing terms on the vile ness of the offense of which the culprit was convicted. Salt Lake, January 2.—A Brigham City special says : Judge Powers, at Og deD, in charging the jury so as to convict Lorenzo Snow, an apostle of the Mormon church, who resides here, grossly violated the decisions of the Supreme Courts of Utah and the United States on unlawful cohabitation. The general public belief is that the ruliDgs were given for the pur pose of keeping his position, which is now endangered. Snow is now 72 years old, and the evidence at the trial showed con clusively that he had not lived with more than one wife since the passage of the Edmunds act. He was convicted solely because he is a Mormon apostle and had acknowledged plural wives, though he never lived with them since 1882. Salt Lake, January 4. —To-day at Ogden Editor Hemenway, of the Herald , was called up for Sentence on conviction for libel. Judge Powers commended the efforts of the culprit to amend his ways and his protestations of carefulness in speaking of persons hereafter, and post poned sentence until February 18th to see if the editor would live up to his profes sions. David M. Stewart, convicted at Ogden for unlawful cohabitation, was sentenced to-day to six months' imprisonment and $300 line. He declined to pledge adher ence to the law. Hank Closed. Clinton, Mass., January 1.—The Lan caster National Bank, of this place, closed its doors last night, after an examination of its books by the directors. President W. H. McNeil is missing and has not been heard from since Tuesday, when he was in Lowell, whence he started ostensibly for Boston. He is charged with having used the hank's money for speculative enter prises, in which he was interested, and which do not furnish sufficient security. The hank directors, together with bank examiner Mitchell, who came to Clinton to-day, have been hard at work on the books all day. The directors seem de pressed and are exceedingly reticent. Cash ier Farren Forrester expresses himself very plainly, and his condemnation of President McNeil's financering is unmistakable. He says the latter, since bis elevation to the presidency of the bank last January, has invested the bank's funds according to his own inclinations. His operations have been, at times, far from straight. At the present time the bank has a surplus of abont $3,500. The bank holds paper of the Low Cattle Company of Wyoming to the amount of $30,000. So far as can be learned the deposits amount to over $200, 000, and according to statements from a quarter which is supposed to be authen tic, President McNeil has appropriated this amount. The belief prevails that an ex amination of the booksof the bank will de velop new and startling features. It is said that a resident of Clinton saw McNeil in Nashua, N. H., last Wednesday. Noth ing further regarding the real condition of the hank's finances will be known for a day or two, and pœsihly not then. Heavy Floods. Emporium, Pa., January 4.—Heavy rains for the past two days and large quantities of snow on the timbered hills have con spired to produce tne most violent flood known for many years. Along the Drift wood and SeDna-Mahoning creeks millions of Jogs have broken from their fastenings and are going down the swollen rivers at a terrific rate. It is said the loss to lumber men will approach $300,OOO. At this place there is over two feet of water in many of the streets. Reports from Cameron state that the greater part of that town is under water and the residents are in great fear lest their houses will be swept away. Many residences had to lie vacated. A million feet of logs were torn looseaud swept down Hunt's run. The saw mills aud dams in various places along the creeks are in imminent danger of being carried away. The waters are well up in Driftwood creek, where considerable damage has been done. There is great anxiety and excitement all through the valley. Snow Blockade. Chicago, January 4.—A dispatch re ceived from Sioux City, Iowa, last night reported a blizzard there. It has been snowing aud blowing steadily sir..' « Satur day. There was already a foot of snow on the ground and no signs of the storm abat ing. Dispatches also report a heavy snow storm throughout Minnesota and Dakota. Kansas City, January 4. — Oakland trains are all delayed on account of the snow west of here. Trains were made up on the Santa Fe and U. P., in Western Kansas, to bring in the passengers from the blockaded through trains. It is growing j colder here to-night.