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A Destructive Fire in
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
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
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
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
Important L. S. Supreme Court De
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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.
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
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
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."
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
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.

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