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Spicy and Significant Corres
pondence Between Powderly
mid Gould.
l»tere*»iiiR Correspondence Between
Powderly and t.ould.
Vtw York, April 14— A voluminous
i-orrespondence between Gould and Pow
derly, consisting of one letter from Pow
derly dated Scranton, Penn., April 11, in
reply to one from Gould of this date. The
following is the subject of Powderly's
letter :
./ay (jiould, Fsg., President :
Dear Sir: —The events of the past
forty-eight hours must ha\e demonstrated
to you the absolute necessity of bringing
this terrible struggle in the southwest to a
speedy termination. You have the power,
authority and means of bringing this strike
to an end. 1 have done everything in my
power to end the strike. The gentlemen
associated with me have done the same.
Everything consistent with honor and
manhood has been done in the interest of
peace. No false notions of pride or digni
ty have swayed us with our dealings with
\ou or the gentlemen associated with you.
Powderly then refers to the celebrated
conference with Gould on Sunday, March
•J-th. and reviews the already published
•eatures of that conference, together with
his Powderly's) construction upon Gould s
language, and a telegram sent by him to
Hoxie and to his own order directing the
•"inkers to return to work, and the mis
understanding and complications which
ensued. In this connection Powderly de
clares that Gould's after statements, that
the letter sant to Powderly on the day of
the conference enclosing the dispatch to
lloxie bad l>een prepared several days, was
not correct inasmuch as Gould had chang
ed it in one particular after the matter bad
fleen talked over.
Powderly reviews other features ol that
conference and also one of March .>0, and
then says:
"I did not hear either you or Mr. Hop
kins say that the present troubles along
your road would not be arbitrated with
men who were not at work. It was my
firm belief when 1 left you that night that
you meant to have the entire affair sub
mitted to arbitration at the first possible
moment. That belief is shared in by
McDowell, who was present during the
entire interview. When you sent that
telegram to Hoxie you sent it as the presi
dent of the Missouri l'acilic Lailroad Co.
you sent it as a chief sends a message to an
inferior oflicer, and it meant as much to a
sensible man as the most imperative order
could jiossibly mean. When 1, as chief
officer of the K. of L., send a message such
a» that it is understood to lie my
wishes, and those wishes aie respected
by suliordinate officers to whom they are
M-ut It is not his place to put a different
construction on them and give them his
>>w u interpretation. His duty is to obey
the spirit of the instructions. A man in
js<wer need not lie an autocrat in order to
have his wishes respected. That was the
idea 1 entertained when 1 left your house
that night.
After devoting some space to delining the
relation of a District Assembly to the
General Assembly, etc, Powderly says:
Wheu, on Monday, March 29, you sent
me a letter marked personal " you at the
same time told newspaper correspondents
that yon had doue so. What your motive
was in marking your letter personal and at
the sam^time informing representatives of
the press that you had done so I do not
know nor do 1 question your motives. I
left it to be my duty to let the public see
the letter, which contained nothing of a
personal nature w hatever. There are peo
ple who might be uncharitable enough to
say that your intention was to give the
impression that there was something be
tween you and me which would notbear the
light of public scrutiny. I have nothing to
conceal. You can settle this strike. Its
longer continuance rests with you and you
alone, livery act of violence, every drop
of blood that may be shed from this time
forth must lie laid at your door. The
Knights of Lal>or were not founded to pro
mote or shield wrong doing, and to-day the
order of the Knights of Labor stands be
tween your property and ruin. Y'ou have
said that the order of Knights of Labor
was a conspiracy, a secret menace, etc. I
am willing, as its chief officer, to lay every
thing connected with our order bare to the
w orld if you will, on the other hand, lay to
the public the means and methods where
by you have piled up the wealth which
you control, and allow the tribinal of pub
lic opinion to say which is conspiracy. Do
you accept the challenge ? You have in
structed your legal adviser to proceed
against every man connected with the
Knights of Labor for damages sustained
Mnce the strike began. Two weeks ago I
said: "Do not do this." To-day I say,
liegin at once. Lay claims for
damages in every court within
whose jurisdiction a Knight exists.
Proceed at once and in every State where
you can recover damages, do so if the law
will sustain it. Let the majesty of the
law be vindicated. It is just and right
that it should be so. We are willing to
face you before the law and we will light
you with no other weapons. If you have
at all times obeyed the law in you dealings
and methods by which you have acquired
your immense fortune, then it is time that
the many offenses with which you are
charged should lie refuted. You have re
mained silent under many damaging
charges of injuring the State. We will
t<e your avengers. If you have lieen
wronged we will let it lie known
to the world through the medium of courts
of justice; and let me say right here that
no money will buy a verdict at the hands of
these courts. These words mean war, but
it is a war between legitimate capital,
honest enterprise and honest labor on the
one hand and illegitimate capital on the
other hand. There will be no mobs in this
supreme hour tosileuceany man s opinion ;
no converts will be made by physical
force. You have been warned that your
life is in danger. Day no attention to such
talk. No man who has the interest of his
country at heart would harm a hair of
your head, but the system which reaches
out on all sides, gathering in millions of
dollars of treasure and keeping them out
of legitimate channels ol commerce, must
I have taken counsel from the best legal
minds of the United States. We are pre
pared to lace you liefore the courts, and
now await your action in the matter. This
is no threat. I speak for 500,000 organized
men, who are ready to pay out their last
farthing in order that justice may prevail.
You have it in your power to make friends
of these men by acting the part of a man ;
by takiug this matter into your own hands.
Will you do so and end this strike in the
interest of humanity and our common
country V
Dow derly s letter was sent to Gould
through W. O. McDowell, with instruc
tions to whom these written instructions
"ere also submitted, that if he did not
» onseut to an honorable settlement of the
difficulty before 5 o'clock ol the day the
letters were «delivered, or that hour still
preserved silence, to allow the letters to be
published. At the opening of his reply to
Dowderly, Gould quotes this letter of in
ductions to McDowell and acknowledges
the receipt of Powderly's letter, the sub
stance of which is given above. Gould
then proceeds to construe Powderly's letter
as an official declaration that the Knights
of Labor had determined to pursue him
personally unless the Missouri Pacific Com
pany should yield to its demands in what
they called a strike on that road. In ans
wer to these personal threats he would say,
that he was still an American citizen.
Gould then refers to his lowly beginning in
life and to bis success through habits of
temperance and industry, and that if, as
Powderly says, he is to be destroyed by the
Knights of Lalior, it is fortunate that he
has retained his habits of industry. Gould
then says that he is quite content to leave
his personal record in the hands of his
neighbors and business associates. If they
have aught to complain of he will be glad
to submit to any arbitration. Gould then
recounts the fact that when the strike com
menced he was far away and quotes tele
grams from his subordinates describing
the difficulty, and other messages hereto
fore published during the early part of the
troubles. In conclusion, Gould says :
"In face of all this you notify me that
unless by 5 o'clock I personally consent to
do something, precisely what I do not see,
then personal consequences of a sort vague
ly expressed but not hard to understand,
will be visited upon me. Let me again re
mind you that if it is an American citizen
whom you and your order propose to de
stroy, the contest is not between your order
and me, but between your order and the
laws of the land. Your order has already
defied these laws in preventing by violence
this company from operating its road. You
hold then that this company should not
operate its roads under the conditions
prescribed by law, but only under condi
tions prescribed by you. Y'ou now declare
in effect that I hold my individual proper
ty and rights not as other men hold theirs,
but only at the peril of your letting loose
irrevocably after 5 o'clock, your order
upon me. Ifthisistrue of this company
and of me, it is true of other men and com
panies. If so, you and your order are the
law and an American citizen is such only
in name. Already for weeks your order
has in your attack upon this company, not
hesitated to disable it by violence from
rendering its duty to the public and from
doing work and paying wages to
men at least three times your
own numlier who, working as they were
by you side were at least deserving of your
sympathy. Having pushed this violence
beyond even the great forbearance of the
public and found in this direction cause
to hesitate you now turn upon me and
propose that the wrongs you have hitherto
inflicted on the public shall not culminate
in an attack upon an individual. In this,
as 1 have said, the real issue is between
you and the laws of the land. It may be
before you are through those laws will
> efficiently advise you that even I, as an
individual citizen, am not beyond their
i care. Very respectfully,
Powderly's Letter.
Sr. Loris, April 15.—The letter Grand
Master Workman Dowderly sent to Secre
tary Turner is said by the executive com
mittee to be the result of the unanimous
request upon him by the assemblies of the
order to place the strike upon a broad
basis with the support of the entire organ
ization by formal circular. Since the ar
rival of the general committee the contri
butions now running up to thousands of
dollars have been received every day by
men, and for the last week they have
averaged over $2,000 a day. All this
money has been sent out to lie distributed ;
among the strikers at every point on the
system where it is needed and it has lieen
sufficients to meet all the demauds with
out calling upon the reserve fund of the
order or ordering an assessment, but Dow
derly 's direction for the call of contribu
tions meets with the approval of the board
because it will prove to the public that the
strike has the endorsement of the order in
general. 0
War to the Bitter End.
Kansas City, April 16.—Mr. Barry, of
Saginaw, Michigan, a member of the
General Executive Board of the Knights of
Labor, addressed a public meeting here
to-night. It was nominally a citizens
meeting, but no prominent business men
were present. Mr. Barry stated that the
present strike has settled into a contest
between the Knights of Labor and Jay
Gould, and that they proposed to put forth
every energy within their power to bring
him to terms, even to the interruption of
the commerce of the country if necessary.
If the strike in the Southwest did not
suffice strikes wonld be organized in the
East at central points.
Aid Offered.
Philadelphia, April 14. — Secretary
Turner to-day sent the following telegram
to Mr. Powderly : Brother Dunbar offers
ten per cent of the gross receipts of each
production of his play, "A Laboring Man,"
for the benefit of our suffering brothers in
the Southwest. Shall I accept.
Mr. Powderly replied as follows : "Will
accept Brother Dunbar's proposition. Funds
should lie sent to you."
In Secret Session.
Denison, Texas, April 18. —Four local
assemblies of the Knights of Labor are
holding a consolidated meeting here to
night, the attendance being unusually
large. The Knights give intimation that
something of importance is under consider
ation. Extra guards watch the doors, and
backsliders are carefully excluded from
the meeting.
New Scheme Proposed.
St. Louis, April 18. —It has transpired
here that a scheme is on foot to boycott the
Gould railroads through eastern manu
facturers. The District Assembly of the
Knights of Labor, with headquarters in
Boston, embraces aliout 300 local assem
blies, with a membership of some 40,000
shoe and cotton workers. Large quantities
of the articles made in the territory covered
by these assemblies are shipped to points
on the Gould system, and the plan is to
notify all manufacturers to stop shipping
their goods over those roads. There is to
be a meeting of District Assembly No. 30
at Boston this week to discuss this matter
and if the plan is decided upon and the
manufacturers refuse to accede to the de
mands of the Assembly a strike will prob
ably be ordered of the workers in the terri
tory named. Kepresentatives of District
Assembly No. 30 have been in consultation
with the General Executive and local com
mittees here and will report to the Boston
meeting what they have learned of the
situation here and in the Southwest. It is
also asserted that District Assom blies 77
and 78, which include the shoe and cotton
workers in Maine. New Hampshire and
Massachusetts, will hold meetings im
mediately after the Boston Assembly and
it is thought possible that they will pursue
the same course decided upon by that body.
California Fire.
Sax Francisco, April 19.— A fire this
evening at San Louis Obispo destroyed the
Andrews Hotel, postoffice, and several other
large buildings. The total loss is esti
mated at $120,000, insurance unknown.
Powderly's Circular to the Knights of
Philadelphia, April 15. — General
Master Workman Dowderly,of the Knights
of Labor, to-day addressed the following
circular to the members of the Order:
Noble Order of the Knights of Labor
of America.
To the Order Wherever found :
Greeting:— You have all read of the
great strike on the Gould lines of railway
in the Southwest. Its history is being
written day by day. It makes but little
difference now whether the men of the
Southwest acted wisely or not. Let us
pass that affair over, for it too has passed
i into history. The General Executive Board
j of the Order attempted to settle the trouble
j and restore harmony. Agreements were
made with them by Jay Gocrld, Esq., but
I when the Board reached St. Louis Mr.
i Hoxie would not treat with them. Not
: that alone, but he positively refused tuem
. ploy Knights of Lalior. whether they bad
been active in the strike or not. It now
becomes the part of every man and woman
in the Order to take up the fight ol the
men of the Southwest and assist them to
the full extent of their means. They have
been idle for nearly two months. They
have had a most trying ordeal to go
through and are in need of funds. It re
quires no eloquence or rhetoric to plead the
cause of these suffering people. They re
quire aid and it becomes our duty to ex
tend that aid as quickly as possible for us
j to do so. Send every dollar you can spare
to the General Secretary-Treasurer who
j will at once forward it to the men at St.
{ Louis for distribution. Remember the
men out there do not ask for charity. They
j do not ask at all. It is your Executive
Board that makes the appeal in their be
half. He who gives quickly gives doubly.
I Act at once. Another appeal may lie sent
I to you and we ask of you to prepare for it
now. We must be judged by our actions
in this matter. Do not pass resolutions
condemning capital for we are not fighting
• capital. Do not antagonize the contest we
have before us. Let us make a friend of
every man who has suffered throngh
; monopoly. This battle against a man who
; represents monopoly must be fought out
manfully. Watch his actions everywhere.
: Keep an eye on the doings of Congress.
: Urge your committee that has been ap
! pointed to do its duty fearlessly. Strengthen
their hands. Give them every aid. In
conclusion let us again ask that you send
at once every dollar you can at present
raise to uphold the men who are now out
along the lines of the Southwest system of
; Gould's railways. Do not delay, and at
the same time make ready to bring the
j whole power of the order to bear upon the
, man who wrecks railroads, homes, fortunes
and lives in his greed for gold. Let us de
termine to have it go into history that men
of 1886 struck as grandly for liberty as
the men of 1776. The men of 1776 broke
the power of monarchy and dethroned the !
king. The power which they wrested i
from the hands of the king was not so
great as that which is now held by one
man, who, through the corrupt use of j
money has brought the manufacturer and
workman to ruin. The power of the king (
has passed away. The power of wealth is j
passing away and it must now tie deter- 1
mined whether man shall rule or whether |
illegitimate wealth shall rule.
(Sinnedi T. V. POWDERLY.
Grand Master Work mu n.
Interview with Powderly.
Scranton, Pa., April 15.—In an inter
view this afternoon, Mr. Dowderly, when ;
asked what he thought of Mr. Gould's re- !
ply to his manifesto, said :
"I have not had much time to think of |
it, for this has been an unusually busy day
with me. I do not think, however, that j
Mr. Gould has answered my letter. His i
reply is a quibble and an evasion, and he
fairly slops over on some points. All there
is in his communication has been said be
fore. He evidently wants to pose before
the country in the light of a martyr, but
the Knights of Labor don't propose to
honor him with martyrdom. YVe have in
vited him to carry his threat of prosecu
tion into the courts, and we are ready to
meet him there. He announced some
time ago his intention to commence a
series of prosecutions against us, and we
want him to proceed at once. We shall
not be swayed from our course by any
thing he may say or do. Just as soon as
possible we shall appoint a committee of
the order to investigate the Southwest
trouble from root to branch all along the
line from St. Louis to the Mexican border.
The result of this investigation will be
published to the world, and if the Knights
of Labor who struck are at fault they will
not lie screened. We are anxious, however,
to have a Congressional committee inves
tigate the strike first, ascertain the causes
leading to it, and then make them public
without delay. Mr. Gould acts, or rather
talks, like a man who fears that he will be
injured. If be sbuld lie pu Dished legally
for unlawful acts of his, that would not be
unjustly injuring him. It would merely
be upholding the law. If any of our men
are amenable let them also suffer."
Mr. Powderly was called to Chicago late
to-night on important business connected
with the Knights of Labor.
Knights of Labor Arrested.
St. Loris, April 16.—Warrants were is
sused this afternoon for the arrest of Mar
tin Irons, chairman of the executive com
mittee of District Assembly No. 101, A. C.
Coughlan, chairman of the executive com
mittee of District Assembly No. 93, Geo.
M. Jackson, formerly a prominent local
greenback politician, and S. M. Nicols, a
telegraph operator, on the charge of felony
lor interfering with the telegraph wires in
connection with the wire tapping alleged
to have been done two weeks ago for the
purpose of intercepting dispatches between
Jay Gould and Vice President Hoxie.
St. Louis, April 17.—Martin Irons, A.
Coughlan and G. Jackson, for whose ar
rests bench warrants were issued yesterday,
voluntarily appeared before the Criminal
Court this morning and gave bonds in the
sum of $800 each.
Strikers Sentenced.
Dallas, Tex., April 17.—United States
Judge Pardee in the trials for contempt of
court cases, yesterday passed sentence on
the following persons who have been con
victed of offenses against the Texas &
Pacific railroad company : Charles Wilson,
charged with displacing a switch for the
purpose of derailing an engine at Denton,
March 22, sentenced to five months impris
onment in the county jail. E. C. Bishop,
for taking possession of a switch at Fort
Worth, April 2, was found guilty and re
manded to await sentence. Hobt. Irwins
and Wm. Anderson, for the same offense,
discharged. F. D. Lane, taking possession
of a switch and preventing its use, admit
ted to bail in the sum of $1,000 and case
continued. Richard Morgan, striking a
switchman with a stone, three months im
prisonment in the county jail. Charles
Barlow, intimidating laborers by striking
negroes on the head, remanded.
Bovcotters Arrested.
New Y'ork, April 13.—Eight bovlMtting
bakers, who peddled circulars before the
the bakery of Mrs. Gray, on Hudson street,
for several days past, were arrested last
night for disorderly conduct.
New York strike.
New Y'grk, April 19 —About 4:30 this
afternoon tbe 3d avenue line started the
first of the twenty-five cars they proposed
to run over tbe line. Inspector Byrnes and
four men were on tbe platform. At 64tk
street a big fellow rushed out, grasped the
horses by the hit and drew a knile to cut
the reiDS. He had not accomplished his
purpose when Inspector Byrnes put bim
asleep with his club. The man was left
lying in the street and tbe car went on.
I The next car was driven by a new driver,
i ami when at 59th street odc of tbe horses
; fell on the pavement the crowds of strikers
! along the walks cheered and jeered, and tbe
1 tumult grew greater, and finally tbe crowd
- began hurling bricks from a new building
on the corner. Tbe windows were smashed
and the car demolished. Two officers were
hurt by missiles. The police then charged
the crowd and seventy ol them were in
jured. Eight prisoners were taken.
The Telegram says that several of the
uptown clubs have made up a list of 200
fashionable yoimg men of their member
ship who will toke out licenses and volun
teer to drive cars lor the tied up lines with
out pay, on the sole proviso that the pub
lic shall be allowed to ride free of charge
Demands Not Accepted.
New York, April 19.—The railroad
commissioners spent the entire day in a
series of conferences with representatives
of the Third avenue road and the strikers
committee. The strikers finally presented
a long list of demands, fixing the hours
and pay of all employes of the road in all
its departments, and obligating the com
pany to take back all the strikers and to
discharge all the employed who are ob
noxious to the strikers. Tbe company
submitted a series of propositions, offering
that after they should return to work to
submit the questions of hours and pay to
arbitration, but positively refusing to dis
charge any of the men now employed or
to employ any more of the strikers than
was necessary. These terms were not ac
ceptable to the strikers and all attempts
to arbitrate the matter were abandoned.
The railway commissioners also heard the
evidence as to what the companies were
doing in the way oi trying to run cars and
what the police were doing to assist them.
One of the strikers swore that a brother of
the president of the Third avenue road had
told him that the other roads were to as
sist the Third avenue road in its fight. In
answer to this it was stated that this
brother occupied a subordinate position
and didn't know what he was talking
about. The commissioners will probably
render a decision to-morrow as to what is
necessary for the Third avenue road to do
in its premises.
Striking Switchmen.
Chicago, April in. —The striking
switchmen on the Lake Shore road created
no disturbance to-day, but stand firm and
say they will make no concessions. No
freight came in or went out to-day on the
Lake Shore. The officers of the road are
very reticent, and nothing is known re
garding their contemplated action in tbe
Chicago, April 18.— Third Vice Presi
dent Oriand Smith, General Manager B.
Dunham and General Superintendents
Foreacre and Division Superintendent
Britton, of the Baltimore & Ohio Railway,
me' a committee of the striking switchmen
and all difficulties were settled, the objec
tionable parties having voluntarily re
quested that they l>e transferred to other
points. This was agreed to by tbe com
pany ami by their employes. Work will
lie resumed to-morrow and freight will be
moved with the usual promptness.
Incendiary Advice.
New Y'ork, April 18. —What is known
as the Workingman's Rille Corps to-day
filled the hall at No. 9 Second avenue.
They were addressed by Editor Scweitcb,
of the Volke Zeitung, upon the labor ques
tion. He advised his hearers to arm them
selves as rapidly as possible and prepare
themselves for future troubles. Rifles
could be had for $6 each and ammunition
was cheap. The crowd cheered the senti
Another Strike.
Chicago, April 19.—The men employed
in tbe school furniture factory of A. H.
Andrews »t Co., at Wabash avenue and
Adams street, struck at noon to-day. The
number employed in this shop is about
100 men, who asked for an increase of 15
per cent The company claim that they
locked the men out.
New Party.
Chicago, April 19.—Wm. H. Taylor
president of the Independent Peoples'
Labor party of the United States, is in
the city, and will soon be joined by other
members of the party. They, in view of
the organization of workingmen into
bodies called councils, and the object is to
support the candidates for office, irrespec
tive of party, who have the interest of the
wage workers at heart. The party advo
cates the eight hour law among other
Labor Meeting.
Washington, April 19.—Senator Y'oor
bees urged the working men to organize
and promised his vote and influence to
start such legislation as they desired. He
was followed by Representative Weaver, of
l owa, who covered about the same ground.
Resolutions, endorsing the comse"pursued
by General Master YVorkman Powderly in
relation to the strike on the Gould system
of railroads ; heartily commending his ap
peal for aid for the strikers calling upon
all opposed to monopoly to contribute
liberally and promptly : demanding of the
National Government the building and im
provement of highways and water courses
for the direct benefit of the people instead
of the middle men and speculators; com
mending the action ol the working men in
sending memorials to Congress urging an
appropriation for the construction of the
Hennepin canal ; declaring their opposition
to the passage of the bill to abolish com
pulsory pilotage and urging the House of
Representatives to determine npon a day
in the near future for the consideration of
the different bills recommended by the
Committee on I^bor, were adopted.
Representative O'Hara, of North Caro
lina, said the working men, in their efforts
to secure shorter hours of labor, had the
sympathy of the class that he represented.
Representative Murphy said he felt
prouder when he was janitor of a college
than he did "now as a representative in
Congress. He argued that the passage of
the Hennepin canal bill would bring com
fort to the firesides of thousands of work
ing men. He wanted to go into the U. S.
treasury and take $1,006,000 out of it now
to bring bread and meat to people west of
Chicago, and he wanted to do this in con
sideration of lalior.
Grand Master Workman Powderly did
not arrive to-night as was expected.
Factory Closed.
Newark, N. J., April 19.—Eight hun- j
dred employes of the Domestic Sewing
Machine Co.'s works were to-day thrown
out of work by the sudden shutting down
of the factory. There is a heavy stock on
hand. The suspension will probably last
two weeks.
Terrible Cyclone in Minnesota.
Minneapolis, April 14.—Reports have
just been received of a terrible cyclone at
St. C|oud this afternoon, in which forty
persons have been killed and seventy-five
injured. Half tbe town is laid in waste.
There are rumors that Sauk Rapids, near
St. Cloud, has also suffered. Dr. Ames,
Mayor of the city, and a staff' of a dozen
physician are just leaving here on a
special train for St. Cloud in answer to
messages for assistance.
St. Paul, April 14. —St. Cloud and Sauk
Rapids were swept by a terribly destruc
tive cyclone about 5:50 o'clock this after
noon. The first knowledge of the dis
aster was contained in the following tele
gram to Mayor Ames from St. Cloud ask
ing for help :
To Mayor Ames, Minneapolis :
A terribly destructive cyclone passed
over St. Cloud and Sauk Rapids this after
noon. There is terrible destruction here.
Please send us all the assistance you can
immediately by special train. Send physi
cians and surgeons.
Telegrams to the following effect were
received Irom Sauk Rapids :
To Mayor Ames , Minneapolis :
Can you send special with physicians to
this city ? A cyclone passed over the city
this afternoon and a great many people
are believed to have been killed, but the
number is not known.
(Signet!) SAUK RAPIDS.
Immediately upon tbe receipt of this
news preparations were made to respond to
the call for help, and the train for St.
Cloud left at 6 o'clock.
Information is very meagre, and sensa
tional reports are current. It is reported
that 100 people were killed at St. Cloud,
t is believed that at least forty persons
were killed and seventy-five wounded. It
is impossible to get much information at j
this hour. All is excitement and the j
streets are filled with excited men and j
frightened women and children. The dis- j
aster is certainly very appalling. Scores of :
houses have been entirely wrecked, and
. the extent of the loss of life cannot now J
be stated.
The city is full of rumors, and it is very :
j difficult to obtain reliable news. The j
storm struck St. Cloud between the round i
house and freight depot and swept a path ,
1 600 yards wide through the city, leveling j
1 between 150 and 200 houses.
N. D. Clark, a prominent lumberman,
who lives in St. Cloud, says that ninety
persnns were killed in that city and more
than a hundred injured, many seriously.
Superintendent YY'akemaD, of Manitoba,
says that between thirty and forty were
I killed at Sauk Rapids, a small town on
the Manitoba and N. P. roads a few miles
southeast of St. Cloud, and nearly double
that numlier injured.
The telegraph wires northwest of this
city are all down and no news direct from
either St. Cloud or Sauk Rapids has been
- received since 7 o'clock.
A terrific thunder storm passed over St.
Paul and Minneapolis about 6 o'clock
and a heavy hail storm followed, though
of but short duration. In fact, one storm
cloud after another swept across the State
ever since last evening, and the rain fall
has lieen heavy. The storm is the worse
known in the State since 1883, when Elgin
and Rochester were devastated by a
The latest reports give the number of
killed in St. Cloud as fifteen and the in
jured about twety-live, and at Sauk Rapids
fifteen killed and twenty injured.
Another terrific thunder storm is pre
vailing here, which interferes greatly with
the wires.
St. Paul, April 15.—Reports of the
cyclone at St. Cloud, Sauk Rapids, Rice
station and other points in the vicinity
last night are not exaggerated. At 3
o'clock this morning at these places there
were 49 dead and nearly 200 wounded,
with many still missing whose bodies will
probably lie recovered to-night. There
are just enough houses left in Sauk Rapids
to farm a ring around the village limits.
The debris is not piled in heaps, but scat
tered far and wide. The sign. "Sauk
i Rapids, ' on the Manitoba depot, and a
basketful of books was found at Rice Sta
tion, several miles distant. This shows
the terrible power of the storm. No re
ports have been received from outlying
districts, where it is believed great destruc
tion of property and loss of life has been
wrought. The storm extended from
Jamestown, Dakota, through Minnesota
and into Wisconsin, though its most dis
astrous effects are to lie found in the places
first named.
St. PAUL, April 15. —The City Council
this morning voted $5,000 in cash to assist
the clyclone sufferers and Governor Hub
bard dispatched a car load of provisions to
Sauk Rapids. The car was accompanied
by a committee of the Jobbers Union, who
will offer all the assistance in their power.
Dr. Dersloa, who, with others went last
evening by the special train for St. Cloud,
returned this morning. Upon reaching
St Cloud, he said the physicians from St.
Paul and Minneapolis divided, part going
to Sauk Rapids. Dr. Dersloa was on tbe
force sent to the St. Benedictine Sisters'
hospital and they were kept busy until 3
o'clock this morning. Twenty-five injured
are in the hospital alone and he does no
know how many more are cared for in
private houses.
Sauk Rapids, April 15. —The dismal
work of searching for the dead among the
debris of this storm-swept section still con
tinues, while the recovered remains, black
ened and mangled, are being shrouded for
the grave and the wounded are receiving
every possible attention. The physicians
from neighboring cities are still on duty,
tireless in their efforts. As the returns
come in from the country in the track of
the tornado new fatalities are discovered
and other cases of the maimed are being
brought in for treatment. No pen can
depict the horors of the scene. The final
muster of casualties will surely swell the
total of fatalities to 100 and the wounded
to over 100.
Cyclone in Missouri.
Skidmore, Mo., April 15.—A fearful cy
clone passed over Munroe township,
Nodoway county last evening, destroying
dwellings, barns, outhouses and killing
thousands of dollars worth of stock.
Three persons were killed and many
injured. Many of the wounded are not
expected to live.
Indian Faction Fight.
Denver, April 16. —Col. Burchfield, late
chief clerk of the Utah Indian agency, bas
just received intelligence of the killing on
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the YYhite river reservation of Sbavano, a
sub chief of tbe Uncompahgre Utes, by !
chief Arowitz and the subsequent slaying
of Arowitz by the friends of Shavano. The |
tragedy occurred last Sunday at the agency.
Sbavano was next in authority to Sapinero,
the chief who succeeded Ouray. He was
not popular and a feud had existed for
years between himself and Arowitz, who
has recently lost three children by death.
Arowitz, with Indian superstition, claimed
that Shavano had hoodooed his children
to death, and meeting his enemy Sunday a
quarrel ensued which resulted in the mur
of Shavano. Arowitz attempted to
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escape but was pursued and shot full of i
holes by the five chiefs who captured him. :
The Uncompahgre and YVhite river tribes
occupy the reservation jointly, but no
trouble is anticipated between the two fac
tions. j
Our Dry Goods Department presents some telling
attractions. Send your orders at once.
All wool Cashmere 40 in. wide, in 11 new shades,
the best value yet, at 50c. a yd.
Our 19 in. black and colored Gros Grain Silk has
no equal on the coast, at $1 a yd.
Lace Bunting 22 in. wide, in all the news shades,
at 8c. a yd.
Wool Bunting 22 1-2 in. wide, all shades at 15c.
Nuns Veiling, all wool, 40 in. wide, at 50c. a yd.
Our Dress Goods Department never presented
stronger argument in favor of cash buying than at
this date.
Figured Lawn, new patterns, white or tinted
ground, at 4c., 10c. and 12 l-2c.
Best Check Gingham at 7c. a yd.
" Dress " plaid and striped at 8 1-3
to 12 I-2c.
Sursucker Gingham, striped, at 10 and 12 I-2c.
Figured Indigo Calico, will not fade, only 6 I -2c.
Try the special value in table linens at 50c. a yd.
Send for our White Honey Comb Bed Spread at
90c. It beats them all.
Ladies pin striped cotton hose, finished seams,
at 15c. a pair.
Our line of hosiery contains the best values ever
shown in the West.
Ball's Health Preserving Corsets, 5-hook, only
Ladies 5-button Scolloped Top Kid Cloves in
colors, at 65c. a pair.
New Walking Jackets, Boucle or Jersey cloth, $4.75, $5,
86 to $ IO.
Complete line Ladies Muslin Underwear.
New Handkerchiefs, New Embroideries, New Parasols,
New Cloves and Mits, New Laces. In fact, new goods in
every department of our house.
Don't fail to order from us. We will treat you right, and
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Ohio Senatorial Bribery Case.
Columbus, April 15.—Tl:e Legislative
committee appointed to investigate the
charges of bribery in the electing of H. B.
Daine in January, 1884, reported this even
ing. The majority report, signed by three
Republicans, is lengthy aud is accompanied
by 80 pages of evidence, the important
[mints of which are cited to show that
while none of the members of the present
general assembly have been conclusively
impeached, the testimony fully justifies
that it lie certified at once to United States
Congress for action by that body in con
sidering Dane's right to his seat. Most of
the witnesses testifying as to the use of
money were Democrats, some being ex
members of the Legislature, who were at
the time offered various sums. Notably
the case of Senator Gibson, who
testified that Senator Ramey offered him
five* thousand dollars to vote for
Payne, saying that was what he (Ramey)
got. Evidence is cited to show that two
banks wherein Ramey deposited $2,500
each and also to show large investments
at that time by State Senator Elmer White
and Representatives Mooney, Roche and
The majority report is somewhat sensa
tional and has caused a great stir, especial
ly the evidence of L. A. Russell, who tells
of picking up a $20 bill on the floor of Dr.
Page's room, Page being Payne's manager,
and J. J. Hale, who told of entering J.
Huntington's room unceremoniously and
finding stacks of bills, more money piled
np than he had ever seen in tbe bank of
which be is a director. The committee
sets forth that Huntington, who is one of
the directors of the Standard Oil Co., was
regarded as purser of the alleged Payne
fund, and as soon as the committee was
appointed he fled to Cuba and bas not been
The minority report, signed by two
Democratic members, is devoted to argu
ments to impeach the most damaging
witnesses, and while admitting that there
has been many newspaper rumors and
much testimony of a general nature as to
corruption and bribery, that there is no
direct evidence and that the connecting
link is out in every case, so that they bold
that such evidence should not lie certified
to the United States Senate to blacken
the character of any man.
Pending the discussion to print tbe re
ports and substitute the minority for the
majority reports, a recess was taken till to
morrow morning, and the matter will prob
ably be left before the House all week.
Columbus, April 16. —The consideration
of the report of the Payne investigation
committee was resumed in the House this
morning, on a motion to postpone to next
Thursday for the purpose of printing the
evidence. The motion was defeated as
was also that to substitute tbe minority
for the majority. The report of {he ma
jority was adopted by party vote,
together with the resolution ordering the
same forwarded to tbe United States Sen
ate lor consideration by that body.
Congressional Labor Committee.
Washington, April 16.—Chairman C'nr
tin called together this afternoon the
House select committee charged with the
investigation of the labor troubles. There
was a general interchange of vipws as to
the proper method of conducting the in
quiry, but as Messrs. Cain and Stewart,
two of tbe members, were absent, no con
clusion was reached. From the tone of
the discussion it would seem probable that
the committee will go west in ten days or
a fortnight, and that the intervening
period will lie spent in perfecting a plan of
operations and perhaps of taking such per
tinent testimony as offers in this city.
Crop Summary.
Chicago, April 18. —The following crop
summary will appear in tbe Fanner s' AV
ciew this week : The chief feature of the
crop returns up to the close of the week is
contained in tbe closest uniformity with
the gloomy prospect returned from Kansas.
Reports from Kansas for tbe past six
weeks have indicated only a partial crop,
but tbe latest bulletin predicts an almost
total failure in a number of counties, while
at best there is a promise of not to exceed
one-tbird of an average yield for tbe entire
State. The reports fiom McPherson coun
ty are that the prospects are the poorest
ever known, and the yield will not pay for
the cutting. The outlook of Neosho coun
ty is very little lietter, and already many
fields are being plowed under. In Ottowa
county fully 50 per cent, of the crop is re
ported to lie winter killed, while in Sed
gwick county tbe outlook does not promise
to exceed 25 per cent.. The crop outlook
in some of the southern couties is slightly
more favorable, but a bountiful yield does
uot seem to promise in any portion of tbe
Tbe prospect in Michigan shows no im
provement. In many counties wheat is
reported to be going backward, on account
of the recent dry and Ireezing weather. Jn
some counties a great deal of wheat is re
ported lying on top of tbe ground. In
Lenawee and two other counties indications
of the Hessian fiy have been reported.
Execept in these two States the outlook
continues not only good, but in many
prospects, is flattering for winter wheat.
In some portions of Ohio the recent
storms have rendered the goound full of
water which, with tbe accompaning cold
weather, has threatening the growing
plant, but, as a rule, the reports are very
Throughout Southern Indiana the fields
are looking green and the plant healthy.
The fields on some of the highlands do not
appear at their liest, and some look badly,
but they are exceptions.
In Missouri some of tbe upland wheat is
looking poorly, but on the lowlands the
prospect coaid* hardly lie better.
In some of the counties of Tennessee
the plant has already attained a growth of
tweve inches, and the general prospects
are encouraging in the spring wheat area.
Dakota appears to lie in the lead with
fine weather for seeding and plenty of
moisture. In the three counties reporting
there will lie a large increase in acreage.
Very little 'ceding has been done in
either YVisconsin, Minnesota or Nebraska,
and in two of the last named States seed
ing is threatened to be delayed from 20 to
30 days. In many portions of Nebraska
the season is already becoming so far ad
vanced that large tracts will tie seeded to
The Hurd-Komies Election dt*e.
YV ASHING TON, April 14.—Hurd, re
ferring to the election at which he was
defeated, concluded his remarks to tbe
House as follows : "If I bad lieen fairly
stricken down I should have waited) for
tender bands or the kind tear to lift me up,
but having been uofairly stricken down, as
I honestly believe, I could do no less than
come to this house and ask it, in its im
partial judgment, to give me a seat, to
which I am entitled, not through sym
pathy, not through partisanship. God for
bid, but in punishment of a wrong and in
vindication of right.
As Mr. Hurd ended his speech he was
greeted with loud and loog-continued ap
plause on tbe floor and in the galleries.
A vote was first taken on tbe vote of tbe
minority, which declares that Jacob Romeis
is not entitled to a seat. This was de
feated ; yeas 105, nays 186. The majority
resolution, confirming Mr. Romies' right to
his seat, was agreed to without division.

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