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Devastation and Death in Southern
Five Hundred Houses of Mount Vernon
Leveled to the Earth.
A Lartre Number of Citizens Killed and
Many Fatally Injured.
Fires Succeed the Tornado and Aggravate
the Terrible Calamity.
The Most Direful and Appalling Catas
trophe of the Year.
A Large Number of Persons Killed
und Wounded.
Chicago, February 19.—A Cyclone struck
Mount Vernon, Illinois to-day. The town
was virtually destroyed, a number of lives
lost and many persons injured. Such were
the reports that reached this city this
evening. Mount Vernon is situated in the
southern part of the State, about sixty
miles east of St. Louis in an almost direct
A dispatch from Evansville, Ind., says :
Over one hundred persons were killed in
the cyclone at Mount Vernon, Illinois.
Telegrams were received this evening at
Evansville from Mount Vernon, asking for
help. A train, with two engines, was at
once sent, having on board a surgeon and
such other assistance as could hastily be
A Centralia, Ills., special to the Daily
AY?f* says: Two thirds of Mount Vernon
is wiped out. Resides the peple killed out
right, many were injured. In response to
calls l«r aid, twenty members of the Cen
tralia tire department, four physicians and
a number of leadiug citizens left to-night
for the scene of the catastrophe.
A special to the Daily Ntacs from Evans
ville, Ind.. says : A cyclone struck Mount
Vernon, Illinois, at 4:50 a. m. to-day, com
ing from the northwest, sweeping around
in a half circle and leveling half of the
place. The remainder of the place caught
Sire, and as there was a strong wind blow
ing, the flames soon got beyond the control
®f the tire department. Above the roar of
the wind could be heard the shrieks and
■ T®ftDS of the dying. 1 todies, half buried in
She debris, could be seen on every hand.
St. Loris, February 19.—Following is
the list a-far as known of the killed and
seriously wounded by the cyclone at Mt.
Vernon. /If, this afternoon :
Killed- Mrs. Russell Dewey, Mrs. John
SL Walter and baby, Henry Waters, David
F. Yearwood and wife, John C. Murray,
Mr. Cummings, an engineer, Mary West
brook, .lames Itearson, Mrs. Holcomb, Dr'
John Yearwood and wife, Samuel Year
wood and wife, George Purcell, Mrs. AVm.
Jones and child, John Dodsor. Miss Josie
Sntton, John Shew, a blacksmith, name not
known, Mrs. Col. Cooper, Eddie Maxey, S.
J. Waters, George Pierce, Mrs L. P. Legge
aDd two telegraph operators.
Fatally injured—Lawler E. Legg. Mrs.
Henry Waters, Miss Laura Lisenby. Chas.
Ellis, Mr. and Mrs. C. Galbraith, Charles
Weir, Mr. and Mrs. Westbrook, Amanda
Bearden, W. H. Hinman, Lizzie Rennet, J.
J. C. Hanbriek, Charles Pool, Miss Corinne
Hanbrick, Brownlow Hawkins, Mrs. Al
bright, Mr. and Mrs. Galvin.
It is growing colder and many helpless
people will suffer if the weather becomes
severe. Reports are coming in from the
country and the storm seems to have swept
everything for miles.
Evansville, Ind., February 19.—News
of the cyclone at Mt. Vernon. 111., is frag
mentary. hut an Associated Press reporter
will send a connected account as soon as
possible. The train due from there at
12 a. m. will bring the details. The tele
graph lines are working unsatisfactorily.
The cyclone struck the town about half
past four and committed terrible damage.
The damage is principally in the northern
part and on the court house square The
mayor has telegraphed for aid. One tire
engine and two hose reels, with men to
work them, have been sent; also nine
physicians and twenty-five citizens, in
cluding newspaper reporters. The tele
graph line between Mt. Vernon aDd St.
I *uis is reported dowD. The distance
»row here is eighty-live miles. A special
train will reach there about 11 o'clock and
we will have some details soon after.
A destructive storm is reported at Nor
ton ville, Ky. No particulars. The only
connection from Evansville is by railroad
ware u*ed to rnn trains by. St. Louis bas
limited telegraph connection.
Chicago, February 19 —A Times Mount
Vernon special says : The root and second
•tory of R. L. Stratton & Co.'s hardware
store blew away. A large two story brick
school house did not withstand the shock
•ny better than the smallest house in the
track of the cyclone. A large two story
frame house of G. Ward was picked up and
carried twenty feet and left unhurt, while
two brick buildiDg within a hundred feet
were left in ruins. The loss cannot be es
timated, but Dot less than half a million
dollars worth of property was destroyed by
cyclone or fire in the neighborhood. The
sky has cleared and no clouds give any in
dication of the disastrous storm of a few
hours ago. It is growing colder and many
homeless will suffer if the weather contin
ues severe. Reports from the country in
dicate tnat the storm swept everything for
Chicago, February 19.—A special to
the Times from Mt. Vernon, 111., says : At
about 5 o'clock this afternoon a cyclone
struck the town and left it in ruins, killing
fifteen to twenty people, and it is feared
that many more that are not now known
to have been killed will be found among
the mins of the buildings. A fire imme
diately broke ont all over the city among
the ruins, spreading rapidly owing to the
damage done the engines by the wind.
The storm passed from the southwest and
had a rotary motion. It swept down with
tearful force and fury, striking first just
south of the city hall and then carried
away the third and fourth stories of the
Mt. Vernon mill. From there it swept on
in a path 500 yards wide. The Methodist
church fell just a few minutes after 250
people had left the Sunday school room.
The Commercial Hotel lost its third stoiy.
The wind next struck the county coart
hoase and rendered it a heap of rains. By
rare luck the county records were saved.
The Crews block, on the south side of the
the square, was levelled to the earth, and
under it was found the body of John
I rewB, the owner of the block, formerly of
Incalculable loss of life and great sufl'er
Maimed and .'Wounded Helpless in their
Wrecke l Homes Burned to Death.
inrgeon«, Firemen and Relief Committees
Hurry to the Scene.
ing will follow unless outside assistance is
given Mayor C. H. Harnell, who will give
it to the proper committee. A meeting of
the business men was held aDd committees
appointed to case for the dead and wonnd
ed and protect property. Many who es
caped with their lives have nothing, and
are walking the streets, with no home to
go to. The north side of coart hoase
square is iDjnred considerably. No build
ings were wrecked except Howard &
Stratton's. The wonnded are being cared
for by physicians in the best possible man
ner. The railroad shops were badly dam
aged and a large number of homes de
People are out doors who lived in the
track of the storm. The dead and dying
are scattered throughout the city. All the
doors of the remaining houses have been
thrown open to the less fortunate. Three
fourths of the business portion of the city
is ruined financially. The public square is
in the centre of the town, the court house
is in the centre of the square and the school
building is in the northeast corner of the
city. All the dwellings in that portion of
the city were destroyed and the ruins of
some are still burning. In all 50U houses
were destroyed and many others ipjured.
The dead are now beiDg gathered at the
supreme court house, which has been con
verted into a hospital for the dead and
wounded. This building was also damaged
but not seriously. The latest reports show
28 dead and about 100 mjured, some of
whom will die. Later reports say two
more have died. They are Eddie Maxey
and Mrs. Col. Cooper. A number of wound
ed are dying.
A number of men struck by falling tim
bers and whose names cannot be learned
at present are reported badly injured and
dying. The storm was preceded by hail,
I but not more than five minutes elapsed
until the fearful destroyer had swept over
I the doomed town. It came from the
southwest. Buildings were wretched and
I twisted and then dashed to pieces. The
storm passed south of the city hall, missed
Joe Chaney's house, swept away the third
and fourth stories of the Mt. Vernon mill,
and destroyed nearly every house from the
mill north lor a space of 500 yards. The
Commercial Hotel lost its third story. The
entire west side of the square was wrecked.
The connty conrt house was struck and
the building reduced to a massive pile of
ruins. Clerks have worked into the
records and they are saved. Henry Ellis
was covered by the brick of his buildiDg and
escaped by a miracle. His brother, Chas.
Ellis, was seriously injured.
K. E. Ryan escaped in a manner almost
incredible. He was standing by Mnrray,
in Crews' block, and told him to ran, but
Murray remained and was killed. Ryan
ran west and finding the street full of flying
timbers, jumped into a doorway, held to
the latch, and the buildiDg against which
he was standing fell around him, but he
escaped untouched.
A. B. Cox's store, G. W. Morgau's jewelry
store, Mavey, West & Swift's store and
Jackson's saddlery store are all in ruins.
The south portion of Mount Vernon is
the newest portion of the city aDd has
many large and flne buildings. The court
house has not been injured, but stands
alone. All about it is ruin and desolation
and it is now being used as a hospital for
the wounded. Many are suffering greatly.
It is now thought that the northern por
tion of the town will escape the fire, which
is confined to the east and south and west
sides and is being fought manfully.
A pathetic incident of the disaster is the
fact that the operator at the Mount Vernon
end of the Louisville & Nashville line,
whose name is Yearwood, has an uncle and
cousin dead in the ruins and the poor lel
low, with heart bursting with grief, is sit
ting manfully at his post of duty.
Four men in Evans' bank were impris
oned in their rooms and burned to death.
Their cries of pain and distress were agon
izing in the extreme, but nothing could
reach them. Their names could not be
obtained. Twenty-ODe physicians joined
the relief train from Evansville en route.
They arrived shortly before midnight.
At 1 a. m. the fires were under control.
Only the occasional groans of the dying
and the broad track made by the cyclone
tell of the terrible catastrophe.
Mount Veknon, ill., February 20.—The
cyclone that visited this city yesterday
afternoon at 5 o'clock destroyed nearly
three hundred residences and places of
business, and unhoused from twelve to fif
teen hundred persons. In the fall of walls
many people were buried under the debris,
and thirty-five were killed, while twice as
many more were injured, eight or ten so
seriously that their lives are despaired of.
Centkalia, 111., February 20.—The fire
men sent to Mt. Vernon returned this
morniDg. They report thirty-six dead up
to 5 o'clock this morniDg. The fiâmes are
all extinguished.
Mount Veknon, February 20.—A sum
ming up of the county buildings, churches,
business houses aDd stocks of goods aggre
gate a loss of $410.000 ; fine residences
totally destroyed, $38,000; fine residences
ipjured $10,000 ; cottages, warehouses,
barns, etc., $115,000 ; total $573,000. Other
incidentals will increase this.
No arrangements have been made for a
general funeral. Some of the bodies have
been taken to other towns and some into
the country. The following is a list of the
dead : David Yearwood, Mrs. J. T. Waters
and babe, Mrs. Russell Dewey, J. C. Mur
ray, Mary Westbrook, Henry Waters,
James Pierson, Chas. Cnmming9, Mrs.
Calvin Cooper, Geo. Per ons and son, (col
ored), Mrs. William Jones and child, Mrs.
Elvina Martin, (colored), Johnny Year
wood, Sam Yearwood and wife, Frank
Clightman, Ada Hopper (colored), Miss
Josie Sutton, John Dodson, Jr., Joseph
Shew. Mrs. John Shelton. Mrs. Charles
Hutchinson, Miss Iwin, Nettie Shields,
Amanda Reardon, an unknown man, Mrs.
L. E. Logge, Geo. Jones' youngest child.
The list of those injured seriously and
slightly is very large. Several are expected
to die. An efficient corps of physicians
and surgeons are on the ground rendering
all the assistance possible.
Cash donations to the amount of $1,200
were received this evening, and there are
promises for much more.
None of the buildings have insurance
against storms, consequently the losses are
Agent Vance has telegraphed that he
and D. Rauch, president of the State board
of health commissioners, will be here to
night Gov. Oglesby cannot come to-night.
Steps are now being taken to give a public
funeral to-morrow to all who have not
yet been buried or taken away.
Mt. Veknon, February 20.—The follow
ing circular was issued this morning and is
now being sent through the maiis :
Mt. Vernon, 111., Feb. 20,1888.
To the Mayor and Citizens : ...
The city of Mt. Vernon, 111., was visited
by a terrible cyclone on yesterday after
noon which caused death and destruction
in its path. About thirty people were
killed outright and scores of men, women
and children are maimed, wonnded and
bleeding, and about one thousand people
are made homeless by the disaster. Some
of these homee are swept almost from the
face of the earth, among which are
the county court house, public school
building, Methodist and Baptist churches,
supreme court house, round house of the
Louisville & Nashville railroad, and many
of the leading business houses are also
total wrecks, their contents being boned
beneath the debris. The fire which broke
ont also destroyed much property m"*?"
might otherwise have been saved from the
rains. We are sorely in distress and are
forced to call upon the charitable of the
country for money and such other timely
assistance as they may feel able to con
tribute. Money is needed more than pro
visions, as there are a few business houses
left that may be able to supply the de
mand. Send cash contributions if possible
to George W. Evans, chairman of finance
Norman H. Moss, Secretary.
Springfield, 111., February 20.— Gov.
Oglesby has issued a proclamation calling
for money and supplies for the Mt. Vernon
cyclone sufferers. Geo. W. Evans, Mt.
Vernon, Jefferson county, 111., is chairman
of the local finance committee and will
receive money and supplies.
Mt. Vernon, February 20.—Adjutant
General Vance and Dr. Rauch arrived to
night and have arranged to have forward
ed immediately a number of shelter
tents for the use of the homeless until
permanent quarters can be furnished.
There are many persons who believe that
all the people have not yet been taken
from the ruins, and it is feared that several
bodies are in the Crews block.
Disastrous Fires.
Providence, R. I, Febraary 15.—A fire
started in the business section of the city
about midnight and is now threatening a
destruction of the business centre, as a
strong wind is blowing. It is now thought
certain that the whole block enclosed by
Fountain, Eddy, Union and Washington
streets will lie completely destroyed.
2 a. m.—The fire is practically under
control. The Aldrich House is blaziDg like
a big bonfire, but no other buildings will
now catch fire. The Aldrich House is
valued at $75.090 and insured for $25,000.
It is impossible to obtain the other indi
vidual losses, but the total loss will be
considerably over half a million dollars.
Providence, R. I., February 16.—The
most disastrous fire which has visited this
city since September, 1877, when the
wholesale buildings about the postoffice
were destroyed, occurred early this morn
ing among the business blocks near the
city hall. It originated in Chase's block,
corner of Eddy and Fountain streets. It
spread thence to BilliDgs block, on the op
posite side of Worcester street ; thence to
the Aldrich House ; t hence to Allen's car
riage repository, and finally to the Ex
change Hotel. To-day the whole square is
a mass of smoking ruins, except Aldrich
corner, where the granite walls are still
standing, though in a weak condition. All
the guests in the hotel escaped but saved
very little of their effects. The total loss
is estimated at from $500,000 to $700,000.
Elmira, N. Y., February 15. — A fire
to-night broke out in the office of the
Daily Advertiser. The working force barely
escaped with their lives. The fire spread
to other buildings. The chief losses are as
follows: Advertiser $60,000 to $70,000,
Sunday Tidings $5,000, J. M. Robinson <k
Son, furniture, $60,000 on stock, $25,000 on
building: other losses $15,000 to $20,000.
Elmira, N. Y., February 16. — The total
1 8s by fire in the Advertiser and other
buildings last night will reach fully $2.>0,
000 with insurance about one-half.
Westerly, R I, February 17— A de
structive fire raged here early this morn
ing, causing a loss of $150,000. The fire
started in Well's building on Broad street,
thence spread to Cigar block ad joiDiDg, then
turning the corner of High street it de
stroyed the Srillman building, Bradford
block and the Viantic bank building. The
thermometer marked 34° below zero, caus
ing severe suffering to the firemen.
Mount Vernon, 111., February 21.—A
visit to the sick and Injured to day found
nearly all getting on well. The supreme
court house gives ample room for those
who have not been taken into private
quarters. About twenty patients are com
fortably established in rooms, tender nurses
are at their side and they are receiving the
best of surgical care.
The people of the city became disgusted
with the number of drunken people seen
on the streets yesterday, and last night took
concerted action to close out the rum shops
which had started up in the ruins early
Monday morning. The Mayor responded
to their demands and closed them all for
the rest of the month.
Failure of a Pittsburg Iron Firm.
Pittsburg, February.—Graff, Bennett
& Co., iron manufacturers of this city, as
signed to day. The failure was a great
surprise. In 1883 the firm failed for about
$1,200,000, and were granted an extension.
Since then they have paid abont two
thirds of their indebtedness, and were sup
posed to be doing well. The cause of the
failure was the investment of all their
profits in the extension of their plant. No
statement has yet been made but it is un
derstood that the secured liabilities are
about $600,000 and the unsecured $600,000
to $800,000. The latter consists of notes
for ore and other material. Among the
liabilities is a mortgage for $450,000, held
bj the New York Life Insurance company,
and is not yet dne. The assets are believed
to be about $80,000.
Jaunt to Jacksonville.
Washington, February 21.— The Presi
dential party left Washington at 11:45
this morning by the Atlantic coast line for
a visit to the sub-tropical exposition at
Jacksonville, Florida. The party consisted
of the President and Mrs. Cleveland, Sec
retary and Mrs. Whitney, and Colonel and
Mrs. Lamont. The train will make its first
stop at Savannah, where it will arrive at
8 o'clock to-morrow morning. The party
will remain there an hoar and will take a
drive over the principal thoronghfares.
They will arrive at Jacksonville at one
o'clock in the afternoon. A visit will be
made to the exposition and a reception
will be held by the President and Mrs.
Cleveland in the evening. Thursday will
be spent in St. Augustine.
Projected Sugar Refineries.
San Francisco, February 20.—The
rumor that the California Sujar Refinery
would probably build refineries in the east
was revived here to-day. Claus Spreckles,
the head of the California company, in an
interview with an Associated Press repre
sentative, said : ''Yes, there is something
in rumors. I am informed, and believe
now, that the eastern Sogar Trust is at the
back of the American Refining Co. here,
though at first I was inclined to donbt the
statement to that effect. I shall leave
next week for New York, and it is probable
that one or more refineries will be opened
at Baltimore and other eastern points. The
California refinery has received offers of
all the assistance that may be needed from
parties in New York who are opposed to
the Sogar Trost. They have communicated
with me but I cannot give yon their names
or any idea of oar plans at present as they
will be determined upon more fnlly after I
reach New York."
Anti-Poverty Society Trouble.
New York, February 16.— Justice Pat
terson, in the Supreme Court to-day, ou
an application made by Dr. McGlynn,
granted an order requiring Poet
and associates, representing the Henry
George side in the Anti-Poverty Society
split, to show cause why they should not
be restrained from being organized or in
corporated as an Anti Poverty Society.
Washington, February 15. —Hon. Chas.
S. Cary, of Olean, N. Y., has been appoint
ed solicitor of the treasury, vice Alexander
McCue, appointed enb-treaeurer at New
President Corbin Before the Con
gressional Committee.
Philadelphia, February 15.—The Con
gressional committee appointed to investi
gate the Reading strike met l\ere this
morning and examined Austin Corbin.
He said he was president of the Reading
railroad, but not of the Reading Coal &
Iron Co. He admitted that the Reading
company was engaged in interstate com
merce and that the Reading Railroad Co.
owned all of the stock of the Reading
Coal & Iron Co. He gave the history of
the present strike. He said the whole
trouble arose from the refusal of
the Knights of Labor to handle freight
sent to the Reading system from mines
where there was a strike in progress (the
Lehigh region), and in which strike their
organization was engaged, or to move goods
which came from firms which employed
non-union labor.
Corbin explained that the company was
bound, as a common carrier, to accept and
move all freight offered to it for transpor
tation, and coaid not keep the men in its
employ who refused to move such freight.
In speaking of the strikers who refused to
come back when given an opportunity,
Corbin said : "In this way there were about
2,600 men laid off the rolls and none of
them shall come hack while I am president
of the road."
Corbin read a long statement showing
the nature of the coal mining operations
and to prove that coal was a really manu
factured product.
In answer to the question, Was there
not an agreement with the men that no
one should be discharged unless
the matter was submitted to ar
bitration, or their case could be heard,
Corbin said that he believed that there
was some soit of an agreement to this
effect. But it was never intended to cover
such cases as the refusal of the men hand
ling goods which the company was bound
to take as common carriers merely because
the maker of the goods was objectionable
to the Knights ot Labor. The agreement
referred to such matters as could in reason
be subject to arbitration. Corbin's atten
tion was called to a statement that Super
intendent Sweigert had agreed to take the
men back and submit the question to arbi
tration. He said that he did not believe
it. There never was any intention to
arbitrate this matter on his part.
Proceeding to the question of the miners
strike Corbin said they had no reason or
disposition to complain and would not have
struck but for the pressure brought upon
them by the Philadelphia Knights of
Labor. He denied there being any private
agreement with the miners which was not
in their written contract, which, in effect,
was, if the Lehigh miners went on an 8 per
cent advance would be paid. The company
had refused to pay this advance alter
January 1st and the miners had refused to
work. •
Corbin added : "We are and have been
willing to take up the question of re-ad
justment of wages if the men will return
to work, but we will not treat with them
while they are out. We will make a basis
as high as any other com pan v, but we can't
make it higher and compete with them ;
and another thing, we can fill the places of
the striking miners iu ten days if the new
men can be protected. Up iu the mining
districts big men with clubs are violently
keeping, not only O'ber men hut boys, who
desire to earn a living and keep from
starving, awar from the mines and break
ers. We don't care whether the men be
long to labor organizations or ndt. We
will put to work all the men who apply
at our collieries and ask noquestions, but if
there is no more coal mined from the
Schuylkill region uutil we are compelled
to mine it by discharging the men who
have come to us in our trouble and stood
by us to make way for the strikers, no
more shall be mined while I have influence
to prevent it."
Witness pronounced the stories*about a
combinai. on of coal companies all over
the country to keep up prices a pure
romance. In reply to a question regard
ing the assertion that the railroad com
pany has made money at the expense of
consumers and miners and laborers, Corbin
said :
"The best answer I can make to that is
that the Reading Railroad Co., with a paid
up capital of $40,000,000, has been twice a
bankrupt in twelve years."
"Why do you keep on mining coal if
you have lost $12,000,000 since 1878?" was
"I hardly know myself, hut think we
cau ultimately make money out of our
coai lands."
"Don't you think it a bad policy for your
company to be in the mining business?"
"Yes, sir, and I wish somebody would
buy out the coal lands; we would be
better off, but who will do it? We have
them and must do the best we can with
Philadelphia. February 16.— The in
quiry by the congressional committee ap
pointed to investigate the strike on the
Reading railroad and in the Schuylkill
and Lehigh coal regions was resumed this
morniDg with General Manager Whiting,
of the Reading Coal Si Iron Co., as the first
witness. After giving some statistical in
formation regarding the ontput of the coal
mines under his control, he said he had
nothing to do with selling the coal and did
not know whether there bad been an ad
vance in the price of it siuce September
last or Dot. He said in regard to the
miners' strike that the first uneasiness of
miners was apparent when the trouble
arose with the railroad men, who were
members of the same order of laber organi
zation, principally the Knights of Labor.
He then detailed at length the story of the
miners' strike and its causes.
Strikers Ordered to Resume Work.
Philadetphia, February 17.—Yester
day National Master Workman Lewis
wrote to President Austin Corbin and to
day the latter sent his reply, the corres
pondence now beiDg made public. Lewis
said he was desirous of bringing the
trouble to an end, and proposed to order
the strikers back to work if Corbin would
give assurance that as soon as work was
resumed the subject of wages would be
considered in conference between the com
pany and its employes or their representa
tives, and upon the further assurance that
no one should be discriminated against by
reason of his connection with the strike.
Corbin replied that on consultation with
President Keim, of the Reading Coal &
Iron Co., he would agree to the proposition
except as to the men concerned in the as
saults upon the miners who did not strike,
and provided farther that in any confer
ence over wages the miners are not to ex
pect the company to pay a higer rate of
wages for mining than sre'"Daid by other
coal producing companies in competition
with it.
Pottsville, Pa., February 17.—Late to
night an order was issued by National
Master Workman Lewis, John H. Davis,
chairman of the joint executive committee
and Richard Thompson, master workman
of district assembly No. 12, directing the
employee of the Philadelphia and Read
ing Coal Co., to return to work next Mon
day as per letter of Austin Corbin of this
date. The order calls on the minera of
the Lehigh valley to stand firm until the
coal companies in that section are willing
to arbitrate.__
Snow Bound.
London, February 20. —An unusually
large amount of snow has fallen in the
North of England and railroad traffic ia
aerionaly delaped.
Large Reward Offered for the Mur
derer of Millionaire A. J. Snell.
Chicago, February 17. —The police are
at last positive that they are on the track
of the murderer of mi lionaire A. J. Snell,
and the developments given out are of the
most startling character. Chief of Police
Hnbbard to-night issned the following cir
cular :
$2,000 reward—Look for and arrest Wm.
B. Tascott, alias Gathright, alias Moore,
alias Scott, alias Clark, 22 or 23 years of
age, five feet-eight or nine inches high, 165
pounds weight, slim built, very erect, fall
round face, heavy eyebrows, very fair com
plexion ; dark brown hair, thin on top of
head and cat short ; large blue eyes ; small,
thin, dak moustache, may be dyed. Wore
when last seen, brown and gray striped
pants, stripe one-half inch wide ; dark vest
and overcoat ; black silk hat ; square top
ring set with garnets and pearls, one pearl
missiDg. He may carry a cane with round
head engraved with W. D. T. in mongram ;
also a russet colored oval valise, eighteen
inches long and eight deep, bung by a strap
over his shoulder.
The above reward will be paid for his
capture and detention until officers arrive.
The startling features of the case are that
Wm. B. Tascott is a son of a prominent
and wealthy citizen, Col. J. B. Tascott,
a leading wholesale paint merchant of this
city. He was born aDd raised within a
few blocks of the murdered man Snell.
Though well educated he early displayed
a liking for the companionship of wild
boys. It is said that he has served a term
in the Kentucky penitentiary for burglary.
He returned a lew months ago, and his
family and friends tried to -eform him.
One of these friends. Mrs. Henrietta Ows
ley, invited him to her house, and Tascott
returned the kindness by robbing her. The
theft was discovered by Mrs. Owsley, but
she refused to prosecute for several weeks
befor the Snell murder.
Tascott boarded with Mrs. Wickes in
the same neighborhood with a man by the
name of Scott, and he is thought to be the
one who committed all the burglaries
which took place in that vicinity before
the mnrder. Since then no trace of him
could be found. Mr. Snell's estate was
probated to-day, and is estimated at 4,500,
000: but of this $3,000,000 was conveyed
to his wife four years ago. He left no will
and the balance of the estate will be di
vided amoDg his widow and four children,
'I he Decision of the Lower Court
Chicago, February 16.—The Appelate
Court handed down decisions in two
" boodle" cases this morniDg, affirming the
decision of the lower court in both cases.
One was the case of Ed. McDonald, former
ly engineer of the county hospital, indicted
aDd tried jointly with McGarigle. The
other case is known as the "omnibus" case,
in which twelve defendants, eleven of
whom were ex-county commissioners, were
on trial. Four of the eleven were fined
$1,000 and seven were sentenced to two
years imprisonment each in the peniten
A Texas ltank Raided and Killed.
Cisco, Texas, February 16.— A bold
hank robbery occurred here yesterday af
ternoon. The cashier and two others con
nected with the bank were in when a
man appeared at the cashier's window, and
demanded the bank's cash. Three other
men appeared at the same time and took
the bankers in charge, while the first col
lected the funds, abont $6,000 in cash.
The robbers locked the bankers in a yard
back of the bank building, and jumping
imo a wagon, tied down the streets, salut
ing the astonished people with volleys
from their revolvers and displaying the
bags of ill gotten gains. In a^short time
the marshal and posse were in pursuit.
One Man Killed and Another Fatally
Denver, February 20.— An Ouray, Col.,
special says : This morning at 9 o'clock as
Buck Johnson and Arthur Holland, work
ing on a car about a mine on Mt. Snetlles,
had sprung a hole and charged the same
with four sticks of giant, the powder ex
ploded and instantly killed Johnson, blow
ing his body sixty feet through a tunnel
to the dump, and seriously wounding Hol
land, who staggered out and lell upon the
dead body of his partner. The roof of
the tunnel presented a sickening sight,
hair and blood being plastered along its
entire length. Holland is now lying at
the hospital in a precarious condition.
Johnson has a lather living at Nahant,
Starving Indians.
St. Paul, February 17.—Edmonton,
Northwestern Territory, adv ices state that
S. Cunningham, a member of this north
west council, who has just returned from a
trip to Lacla Biche, in the far north, re
ports the condition of the Indians there as
deplorable. These Indians have been cat
off from government assistance since the
Riel rebellion, their horses, cattle and
everything given them prior to 1886 being
taken from them. They are now raiding
settlers or eatiDg them out of provisions
by beggiDg. The state of affairs in the
Edmonton district is no better. The In
dians are actually dying of starvation.
St. Paul, Febraary 19.—The Pionerr
Press has received via Winnipeg furthnr
reports of the terrible distress among tba
Indians in the far north. Rev. W. S.
Pendlove, a missionary, has reached Win
nipeg from the north of Mackenzie river,
where he has been for nine years. His
journey down took nearly three months
.rom Peace river. He heard of cases
where Indians had died of starvation and
then had been eaten by their comrades.
Deer has been very scarce for the past two
years. There is mnch ill feeling because
the government at Ottawa has taken no
notice of the destitution of these Indians
which has been repeatedly brought to its
Immense Railroad Tiain.
St. Louis, February 17.—A California
excursion train of nineteen cars, including
eleven Pullman Bleepers, running in two
sections, left last night with 400 people of
this city via the Iron Mountain route, and
a second train of thirty cars, including
twenty sleepers, in four sections, with 600
people, left Kansas City this morning via
the Missouri Pacific. These trains will
join at Fort Worth, Texas, and from there
will be ran in six sections, making the
largest and longest train that has ever
croesed the continent.
Fast Railroad Time.
San Francisco, Febraary 20. —The
Oceanic steamer Alameda, which arrived
from Australia yesterday, was several hoars
late, and the mails destined for the Eastern
States and Europe were placed on a special
train and started to catch the regular
overland fast mail train, which had left
here four hoars before. The regular train
was overtaken at Bine canyon, two hnn
dred and thirty miles from here, and the
ran was make in five hoars. It was nec
essary to place the European mails on the
regular train in order to connect with the
steamer Servia, which will leave New York
on Saturday.
"I Would Not Accept the Presidential
Nomination-*-No, Not Under
Any Circumstances," says
the Genera'.
Washington, February 19.—The Wash
ington agent of the Associated Press sought
an interview with General Sheridan for
the purpose of ascertaining whether he
would consent to make an authoritative
statement in regard to his alleged presi
dential candidacy. The General gave his
consent, and it will be seen from the fol
lowing verbatim report of the conversation
that his declarations are thoroughly ex
Agent—"Of course, General, you have
noticed that there has been considerable
mention of your name duriDg the past few
weeks as a possible or a probable candidate
for the presidency next autumn ?"
General Sheridan—"Yes, I have noticed
it, but have never looked upon those news
paper articles as anything more than the
usual shootiDg around in the woods,
which has once or twice before in presiden
tial years brought my name up in that
Agent—"But, General, the talk is more
serious this time, end there appears to he
something like a conceited arrangement to
bring about yoin nomination."
General Seridan—" Well, I know noth
ing more about this alleged 'boom' than
what I have read in the papers, except
that now and then some friend has twitted
me about becoming a candidate. But if the
matter is now really discussed seriously,
it is time that all parties concerned should
be informed that they are wasting their
breath. I have never had the presidential
bee in my bonnet and don't intend to have,
for there is nothing that would induce me
to leave the profession in which nearly
forty years of my life has been spent to
enter upon a civil career. So all talk
about my being a caudidate may as well
"But suppose the Republican convention
General Sheridan—"Nominate me? I
would not accept; but there is not the
slightest probability of my being nomi
nated ; and in any eveDl I would not ac
cept. No, not under auy circumstances. I
do not want that or an y other civil office."
Action in Regard to Revival of
American Shipping.
New Orleans, La., February 16.—Over
150 delegates from various states to the
American Shipping and Industrial League
convention met at the Produce Exchange
this morning. Hon. B. F. Jones welcomed
the visitors, and advised that the people
generally take a hand in stirring up Con
gress on the shipping question. Ex-Gov.
E. O. Stannard, of Missouri, was elected
permanent chairman. Resolutions appeal
ing to the whole country to aid in the
work were passed. Papers on "ship build
iDg as a great national industry,''and trade
with Liberia and the west African coast,"
were read. Judge Murphy, ex-congress
man of Iowa, made a short address, advo
cating water transportation. The rail
road«, he said, wanted neither long nor
short haul, but all the haul. He was a mem
ber of the committee on rivers and har
bors in Congress, and he said if it had
been left with him he would have given
$50.000,000 for improvements of rivers and
harbors, and $50,000,000 more for building
New York, February 16. — The chamber
of commerce this afternoon endorsed the
resolutions adopted by the American Ship
ping and Industrial Congress at Washing
ton, looking to the revival of the mer
chant marine through the aid of the gov
ernment, and ordered that they be laid
before Congress as a sense of the chamber.
Proposed Articles tor the Free List
Washington, February 17.— Chairman
Mills now promises the tariff bill within
five days. It is understood that as it now
stands it will put wool on the free list and
reduce considerably the duty od woolen
goods, especially the cheaper kinds. An
advance in duties are to be substituted in
many cases for specific duties on the
ground that specific duties weigh heavily
upon the cheaper classes of goods. Lum
ber, salt, coal and a number of other arti
cles go on the free '.is:. Iron ore and steel
rails do not go untouched. It is believed
it will provide a redaction of 20 per cent,
on sugar duties. The internal revenue tax
on tobacco is to he reduced, (possibly re
pealed ), and the tax removed from fruit
brandies. The authors of the bill aim at a
reduction in the revenue of between $70,
000,000 and $80,000,000.
The Conven ion Building.
Chicago, February 16.—At the meeting
of the executive committee on arrange
ments for the Republican national conven
tion, to-day, Ferd W. Peck, representing
the auditorium management, stated that
the buildiDg would be ready before June
19tb, that he had made a definite proffer
of it for the national Democratic conven
tion as early as June, if required. Peck
also said that the seating capacity of the
hall would be greater than generally
stated. The number of chairs would be
8,000, which, by actual count, was bnt 500
less than the highest ever provided in the
exposition building. It was decided by
the committee to raise $30,000 locally to
be expended wholly on decorations and
conveniences for delegates, the ball having
been tendered by the Auditorinm Associ
ation rent free.
Land Jumpers.
Salt Lake, Utah, February 16.— To day
Mayor Armstrong, with the chief of police
and sixty regular and special policemen,
went to Arsenal Hill, the scene of land
jumping, to-day, and ordered all trespassers
off, warning them that the land was
claimed by the city. The jumpers did not
go, whereupon the mayor ordered his force
te "bounce them" and tear down their
shanties, tents and fences, which was
promptly done, and a guard left to prevent
the jumpers' return. This was also done
in the Tenth ward sqnare, which had been
jumped. The Alma mine police now hold
possession all along the line. The j ampere
say they will ask help of the United States
Marshal. The action of the mayor was
taken in pursuance of a resolution adopted
in a secret meeting of the city conncil last
Funeral of D. R. Locke.
Toledo, February 17.—The fanerai of
the late D. R. Locke took place this after
noon. The Masonic order took charge of
the ceremonies. The body was placed in
the vault at the Woodlawn cemetery. An
enormous throng of citizens was in at
tendance, including a large number of
noted persons.
Gen. Sheridan's Birthplace.
Chicago, February 16.—A special from
Somerset, Ohio, to the Times says that the
mother of Gen. Sheridan was visited to
day to learn what she had to say in regard
to where Phil. H. was born. She said
positively that he was born in Somerset
on March 6th, 1631.
A Reclassification ot Postmasters'
Washington, February 20.—Represent
ative Blount, of Georgia, to day introduced
in the House a bill providing for a reclassi
fication of postmasters and a re-arrange
ment of their salaries. Under its terms,
with the exception of the cities of New
York and Washington, where postmasters'
salaries are fixed at $8,000 and $5,000 re
spectively, postmasters are to be divided
into three classes, recording to the reve
nues of their offices. In first class offices,
where the gross receipts are between $30,
! 000 and $60IKK), the salaries raDge lrom
$2,500 to $6,000. In second class offices,
where the gross receipts are between $15,
000 and $30.000, the salaries are to range
between $1,000 and $2,500. The salaries
of these two classes are to be paid out of
the receipts of their offices. The post
masters of third class offices, which in
clude all not covered by the other two
classes, are to receive, in addition to com
missions on money order and special de
livery business, compensation based upon
the receipts of their offices from all quar
ters ranging from the whole amount where
their receipts are less than $60 up to $117
per quarter. Arrangements are made tor
the annual adjustment of salarifs, for al
lowances of expenses of rent, light and
fuel, clerk hire, furniture and incidentals
at first and second class offices.
Enabling Act for Four New States.
Washington, February 15. —The House
committee on Territories considered to-day
the question relating to the admission as
»States of Dakota, Montana, Washington
and New Mexico. It was decided to for
mulate an omnibus enabling act for the
four Territories and the preparation of the
bill was referred to a sub committee con
sisting of »Springer, Mansur, Haves, Struble
and .Symes. During lhe session votes were
taken upon ordering favorable reports
upon Gifford's bill for the admission of
South Dakota and Baker's bill looking to
the recognition of North Dakota as a State.
The result in each case was unfavorable to
the bill.
Vote oil tl»e Passage of the Blair Ed
ucatioual Bill.
Washington, February 15.— The »Sen
ate resumed consideration of the Blair
educational bill, and was addressed by
Salisbury and Hale in opposition to it.
The debate was closed by Blair in advo
cacy of the hill, after which the Senate
proceeded to vote on the bill, and it was
passed—yeas 39 ; nays 29—as follows :
Yeas—Allison, Berry, Blair, BoweD,
BrowD, Call, CameroD, Chandler, Colquit,
Cullom, Daniel, Dawes, Dolph, Eustis,
Evarts, George, Hampton, Hearst, Hoi»r,
Jones, of Aarkansas; Manderson, Mitchell,
Morrell, Palmer, Pascoe, Payne, Platte,
Pugh, Quay, Ransom, Riddlehergt r, Saw
yer, Stanford, Stewart, Stockbridge, Teller,
Vance, Walthall, Wilson, of Iowa.
Noes—Aldrich, Bate Beck, Blackburn,
Blodguett, Butler, Coke, Davis, Farwell,
Falkner, Frye, Gray, Hale, Harris, Haw
ley, Hiscock, Ingalls, Jones, of Nevada;
Kenna, Morgau, Plumb, Reagan, Sabin,
»Sanlsbury, Spooner, Turpie, Vest, Voorhees,
Wilson, of Maryland—29.
On this vote Vest's pair with Edmunds
was assumed by Cockrell and the pair of
Senators Gorham and Sherman was an
Urgent Deficiency Bill.
Washington, February 15.—The House
went into committee of the whole on the
urgent deficiency bill. It was discussed
by Burns, of Missouri, who said the com
mittee on appropriations was in receipt of
estimates for the completion of public
buildings in various parts of the country,
and in every case the estimates exceeded
the limits fixed by law. The committee
could not under the rules incorporate
items in bills. The buildings, however,
must be completed, and he offered an
amendment making appropriations for the
completion of buildings, amoDg other
places at Carson City, Nevada, $36,000 ;
Denver, Colorado, $60,600; Port Townsend,
Washington Territory, $38,000.
After a short discussion and an in
effectual attempt by Voorhees of Wash
ington Territory, and Herman, of Oregon,
to increase the Port Townsend appropria
tion to $250000, the amendment was
An amendment was adopted appropriat
ing $2,474 for the construction of a mili
tary telegraph line from San Francisco to
Point Queyes.
Pending further actiou the committee
Washington, February 15.—The »Senate
has confirmed the following nominations :
Marshall C. Donald, commissioner offish
aDd fisheries.
W. W. Dougherty, of Missouri, Indian
agent at Warm »Springs, Oregon.
J. A. Panauken, register of public lands
at Central City, Col.
Postmasters—J. G. Hammery, Hailey,
Idaho; J. J. McBride, Livingston, Mont.;
J. J. McConnell, Woodland, Cal.; C. P.
Bildenback, Boise City, Idaho.
Washington, February 16.—Registers
of land offices— L. C. Granger, Marysville,
Cal ; E. O. Miller, Visalia, Cal ; H. O.
Billings, Hailey, Idaho ; E. F. Patterson,
Lewiston, Idaho.
Receivers of public moneys —J. H. Crad
dock, Marysville, Cal.; C. M. Forcer, Lewis
ton, Idaho.
J. L. Clark, to be postmaster at G'leo
wood Springs, Col.
Educational National Convention.
Washington, February 16.—At the last
day's session of the National Educational
Association a paper was read by N. H. R.
Dawson, U. S. Commissioner of Education,
on Alaska. The convention w.ts also ad
dressed to-day b 7 Senator Stewart of Ne
vada. President Gove, of the National
Edncational Association, says that there is
a prospect of an immense gathering of the
teachers at the meeting at »San Francisco
next July. Prof J. G. Kennedy, of .San
Francisco, and Hon. C. S. Young, of Ne
vada, who represent the Pacific coast, made
addresses this evening extending the hos
pitality of California to the teachers of the
United States.
Declines to be n Candidate.
Philadelphia, Febraary 16.— The
Public Ledger will publish an editorial to
morrow regarding the present rumors that
Mr. Childs would accept the Republican
nomination for the presidency. It will
say, in substance, that his mind is not
changed. He repeats his refusal to be a
candidate or to be voted for, and says that
he wonld be compelled to decline the office,
honorable and exalted as it is, if in any
chance in the chapter of unforeseen events
he should happen to be elected.
Indiana Editors in Conncil.
Indianapolis, February 16. —A conven
tion of Indiana Republican editors was
held here to-day. The general sentiment
favored making a campaign in favor of pro
tection, a free ballot and fair counts. While
no official expression was given it was
plain there wae a strong feeling in fnvor of
poshing e^.-Senator Harrison ae Indiana's
candidate for the Presidency. Speeches
were made by ex-Senator Harrison, ex
Governor Porter, Lient. Gov. Robertson,
Hon. Richard Smith, of Cincinnati, and

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