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Plans to Delay or Prevent Admission of
the Territories.
Under the Proposed Bill Montana Could
Not Commence to Get in<Till
•After 1890.
jfce Territories May Well Conclude They
Have no Friends in the Ill
inois Members.
ADMISSION question.
I.iiahlins Acts to He Proposed lor the
Washington, December 15.—In ac
cord. nee with the expressed intention of
the Democratic caucus of last Thursday
flight to support the omnibus bill pro
viding tor an enabling act for admission
of the Territories of Dakota, Montana
Washington and New Mexico, and giving
the people of Dakota the privilege of de
termining whether the Territory he ad
mitted as one or two States, Representa
tive Springer, chairman of the Committee
on Territories, has been engaged in form
ulating the necessary amendments to the
bill reported hist session and to make pro
visions to conform to the proposed changes
with some change in the time of holding
the election tor delegates to the constitu
tional conventions. SpriDger has prepared
an amendment providing that elections in
the tour Territories shall be held on the
first Tuesday after the third Monday
in May, 1881), and that delegates so
elected shall meet in convention on the
following 4th of July and prepare a con
stitution to be submitted to the people for
ratification or rejection on the first Tues
day alter the first Monday in November
following. Todetermine whether or not the
Territory of Dakota shall be admitted
whole or divided, the proposed amend
ment to the omnibns provides that at the
election for Delegates to the Constitu
tional convention m May, every qualified
elector may have written or printed on
his ballot words "For Division" or "Against
Division." If a majority of votes cast in
that part of the Territory south of the
seventh parallel due west to the western
boundary of the Territory shall be "for
division," the deb-gates elected shall as
semble at Sioux Falls.
If a majority cast north of the seventh
parallel shall be for division, then the
the delegates sa elected, who reside north
of said parallel, shall assemble in conven
tion at Bismarck. Each convention shall
then form a constitution for its State,
which constitution shall be submitted to
the people for ratification or rejection.
Each State shall be entitled to one repre
sentative in Congress. The appropriations
to meet the expenses of holding the two
conventions is increased so as to provide
for each convention the sum of $20,000.
It is provided that should the people re
ject the constitutions, the terri
torial government of Dakota shall con
tinue in existence the same as if this act
had not been passed, or if the constitution
for either North or South Dakota
should be rejected, then the part <f
the Territory rejecting shall continue un
der territorial government. In case the
people vote tor division provision is made
for the appointment of a commission by
the two conventions to readjust and agree
upon the amount of territorial debt to be
assumed by each of the proposed States.
Springer will call a meeting of the com
mittee some time next week for the pur
pose of submitting the proposed amend
ments to them for consideration. He pro
poses to report the amendments to the bill
to the House at au early day. He will
also ask the committee to consider the
propriety of proposing aD additional sec
tion to the omnibus bill, providing that
whenever an organized Territory of the
United States shall have a legally ascer
tained population equal to the num
ber necessary to entitle it to a
representative in congress such Territory
will be authorized through the Legislature
to call a constitutional convention, to con
sist of not less than seventy-five members,
who shall assemble at the seat of govern
ment of the territory, and form a constitu
tion for submission to the people. If the
majority ot the people vote for it, it is to
be transmitted to the President, and by
him laid before Congress, and if the consti
tution so adopted be republican in form,
and in accordance with the constitution
and laws of the United States, the terri
tory shall be admitted in the Union when
ever Congress shall pass an act therefore.
Washington, December 12.— Springer,
on behalf of the Committee on Territories,
moved to suspend the rales and adopt
a resolution making the Senate bill for
the admission of the State of South
Dakota and for the organization of the
Territory of North Dakota a special order
for to-morrow and from day to day until
disposed of; provided, the omnibns bill
may be offered as a substitute therefor.
Thereafter other bills relating to the ad
mission of the Territories shall be dis
posed of in the order fixed by the com
mittee. The motion was agreed to and
the resolution adopted.
Opposed to Division ot Dakota.
Aberdeen, Dakota, December 17.—The
call for a convention, published here this
afternoon, is to take measnres to prevent,
if possible, the division of Dakota. A qniet
meeting of leading citizens was held Sat
urday to devise means to defeat the divi
sionists. They say that division is purely
a political move and is opposed to the best
interest of taxpayers.
Opposed to the Admission of Utah.
Salt Lake, Utah, December 17.—The
liberal committee of Utah issued to-day<
the follow ng address to the country:
Salt Lake City, December 17.
The Liberal Teriitcrial Committee rep
resenting Republicans and Democrats alike
desire to call the attention of the country
to the fact that the Gentiles of Utah unan
imously oppose the Mormon statehood
scheme recently endorsed by the Demo
cratic Congressional caucus. We are con
fronted by a condition not a theory.
Polygamy is not dead. The law is not
supreme. Two hundred and thirty-four
indictment were found at the present term
of court at Provo for violations of the
United States statutes designed to suppress
polygamy a>nd polygamous living. To
give Utah statehood would retard pro
gress, depreciate values, perpetuate polyg
amy and band the Territory over to the Mor
mon priesthood. We call upon patriotic
citizens everywhere to unite in strong pro
tests to Congress against the proposed
action. The admission of Utah to state
hood would be a crime against American
Postmaster Appointments.
Washington, December 12.—The nom
inations for postmasters are: Nels Kel
ierup, Black Hawk, Colorado; J. B. Morton,
Ynma, Cal.; G. L. McIntosh, Chico, Cal.;
L. T. Brock, Bellevue, Idaho: J. J. Hen
nesy, White »Sulphur Springs, Mont.
Admission of the Territories Dis
Washington, December 13.—A House
Democratic cancns was held to-night after
the session, lasting three hours, which
adopted the following resolution:
Resolved , That in the judgment of this
caucus provisions should be made by which
Dakota may be admitted into the Union
as one State or two States, as the people of
the two proposed States may hereafter de
termine. Also that necessary legislation
ought to be provided for the early admis
sion into the Union of the Territories of
Washington, Montana and New Mexico;
that these measures should all be embod
ied in one bill, either by the amendment of
the pending bill or otherwise. As to de
tails the Committee on Territories shall
determine in what order the House shall
consider the measures, the bill to be con
sidered by the House at the earliest day
Utah, although not mentioned in the res
olution, it was agreed should be admitted
into the union, but by a separate bill.
Sixty members were in attendance at the
caucus and it was evident that they had
come nearer to an understanding since
the previous night. Cox opener! the pro
ceedings with a long speech, in concluding
which he said he oppoeed Utah coming in
on the omnibus bill, but was willing to de
fer to the wish of the caucus and accept
the measure provided it was understood
Dakota should have the privilege of
division. Dockery, Missouri, Wheeler,
Alabama, Blount, Georgia, Mansure, Mis
souri, Rice and McDonald, Minnesota,
Voorhees, Washington Territory, and
others took the tame ground. Oats and
Herbert, Alabama, and McMillen of Ten
nessee, stoutly opposed the division of
McMillen declared it would be political
tuicide Jor the Democratic party to admit
all these new States. The Democratic
party should go slow in this matter. If
these proposed States were Republican and
would continue to be Republican, notwith
standing tlie action the Democratic
House might take looking to their admis
The Dakota question was then lost sight
of, temporarily, in the discussion over the
question, whether Utah should be included
in the omnibus bill. Delegate Caine, of
Utah, made an earnest appeal for the in
clnsion of Utah in the bill. He said po
lygamy was now no longer practiced, to
any extent, and the Democratic party
should not undertake to deny Utah ad
admission, solely because of the religious
belief of some of her citizens.
Breckenridge, of Kentucky, seconded the
appeal, saying that Utah would prob
ably be the only Democratic State in the
lot and ought to be admitted. After
some further discussion, the committee on
Territories was requested by a vote show
ing a majority in favor of the proposition,
to prepare and present to the House a sep
arate bill for the admission of Utah.
Speaker Carlisle and Judge Holman then
addressed the caucus in favor of the omni
bus bill including the Territories
having a ratio of population entitling them
to one member. Congres sman Cox closed
the debate in a speech in which he asked
the members to accept the proposition of
Judge Holman, leaving the Dakota ques
tion to the people of that Territory and
providing for the admission of the other
Territories named by JHolman. The reso
lution as amended by a suggestion from
Speakir Carlisle, wast hen adopted and the
caucus adjourned.
The Dudley Case.
Indianapolis, December 12.— Anent
the resignation of United States Dis
trict Attorney Emery B. Sellers, which was
not publicly known here until this morn
ing, there is considerable political gossip
touching the cause for the suddenness and
secrecy observed by Sellers in the matter.
The chief reason is attributed to Sellers'
dissatisfaction with the case made before
the Federal Grand Jury against Col. Dud
ley. It is said he was averse to entering
upon the prosecution of a case of such im
portance with what to him seemed insuffi
ciency of evidence. In this connection it
is also asserted that certain prominent
Democrats who publicly claimed to possess
specific and damaging evidence touching
the alleged Dudley letter have either failed
or refused to produce said evidence. It is
even stated that Sellers does not know and
cannot ascertain the name of the Republi
can county chairman from whom the Dem
ocrats claimed in public prints they had
obtained the now famous "blocks, of five"
letter. As this information is of vital im
portance to the successful prosecution of
the case, Sellers' friends privately declare
he resigned with a view of washing his
hands of the whole matter.
Sixty Days Agreement
Chicago, December 14. — President
StroDg, of the Atchison road, was in Chi
cago recently and submitted to the presi
dents of ithe various roads a plan for a
temporary agreement designed to secure
the maintenance of rates for sixty days
from January 1st, the idea being to keep
the rates up to a paying basis daring the
winter season or till snch time as the finan
cial rulers of the roads are ready to spring
the next big scheme. An nnnsnal feature
of the plan is the provision that if any
subordinate officer of a road shall be found
guilty of catting rates he will be promptly
divested of rate making power. The
agreement, of coarse, is not to be pat into
effect without the unanimous aaeent of the
roads in interest, and there seems to be
considerable doubt as to whether they can
all be brought into line.
Sunday Rest Convention.
Washington, December 12.—A busi
ness meeting of the National Sabbath Rest
convention was held this morning. It
announced that the Senate committee on
labor would give a hearing to-morrow
morning to those interested in the Sabbath
reform movement, and à committee was
appointed to represent the convention be
fore that committee. Officers of the un
ion were elected as follows: Col. Elliott
F. Shepard, of New York, President; Rev.
Dr. D. P. Lord, of Illinois, Recording Sec
retary; Rev. J. H. Knowles, of New Jer
sey, General Secretary, in charge of the
publication department. A constitution
was adopted declaring the basis of the un
ion to he "divine authority and universal
and perpetual obligation of the Sabbath."
The object of the uuion is declared to be
for the preservation of the American Sab
bath as a day of rest and worship.
Lost at Sr a.
Sandwich, Mass., December 14.—A bot
tle, containing the following note was
picked np on the beach, to-day, some three
miles below Sandwich Harbor : "Bark J.
R. Humphrey. Bath, Maine. We were ont
in a storm Nov. 25, and write this to onr
friends, for when it is found we will be at
the bottom of the ocean. Hoping you will
all pray for us and tell onr friends."
(Signed) Pat Hoey
Tom Lewis,
John O'Neill,
Bill Carroll.
On the reverse side was, "We are all
Contemptible Conduct of Gov. Gray in
Preventing the Use of the
Capital Building.
His Arrival and Reception at Indian*
Indianapolis, December 13.—The peo
ple in this city had a good opportunity to
day to see Gen. Harrison and Mr. Morton.
Those two gentlemen took a long walk
about the residence and business portions
of the city in the forenoon, while their
wives were out for & long drive. In the
afternoon and evening .there were many
callers at the Harrison residence. Some
called to talk politics, but the majority to
pay their respects to the visitors. Mr.
Morton, today, sent word to the citizen's
committee, cordially accepting the tender
of a public reception, and informed them
he had invited Gen. and Mrs. Harrison,
Mr. and Mrs. J. R. McKee and Secretary
Halford aDd wife to receive with himself
and Mrs. Morton.
The committee at once called at the
rooms of Governor Gray to receive his re
ply to their request made last night for
the use of the elegant reception rooms on
the main floor of the capitol building To
their surprise the committee were informed
by Pierre Gray, son and private secretary
of the Governor, that the latter had de
parted early in the morniDg without hav
ing left any instructions. His son would
not assume authority in the premises, and
the committee lelt the capitol in a very
milled frame of mind. They afterwards
secured Tomlinaon's hall, and the recep
tion will occur there from 8 to 10 p. m.
Mr. Morton complained of a cold, which
had settled in his throat, and he is inclined
to remain indoors. He said to day that he
believed they would start for home Satur
day evening, but members of Gen. Harri
son's family say the guest will be prevailed
upon to remain over Sunday, at least, and
longer if possible.
Indianapolis. December 12. — Vice
President elect Morton and wile reached
Indianapolis at 6 o'clock this evening on a
special train. The mammoth rotunda of
the new union depot was (Ailed with citi
zens, travelers and newspaper correspond
ents, awaiting the arrival of the distin
guished visitors. The citizens reception
committee was also in waiting. Gen. Har
rison did not come down to the station.
There was no demonstration. It was the
intention yesterday to have the Wanama
kers Guards present as an escort but on re
consideration, not knowing Mr. Morton's
wishes in the premises, it was determined
to abandon all projects looking to a public
demonstration, and in lieu of this to ap
point a committee to wait upon the Presi
dent and Vice President elect and ask
them to name the time and place lor hold
ing a public reception in honor of Morton's
visit. As the train came to a standstill,
Col. New. Secretary Halford, Mr. McKee,
Mayor Denny, Judge Martindale, Col.
Bridges anil Mr. Scott, immediately board
ed the Vice President's car from the rear
They were met at the door of the smok
ing room by Mr. and Mrs. Morton, who
had already donned their wraps and
were prepared to alight. Col New was the
first to cordially welcome the honored
guests and introduced Secretary Halford
and Mr. McKee, who welcomed them in
the name of General and Mrs. Harrison.
The members of the committee and other
gentlemen were then introduced and the
party immediately alighted and were
escorted through the great rotunda. Car
riages were in waiting and after bidding a
number of the gentlemen good night and
thanking them for their presence, tho Vice
President-elect assisted Mrs. Morton to a
seat and was followed by Mr. McKee and
Mr. Halford. The carriage drove rapidly
through the city and out North Delaware
street to the residence of Gen. Harrison.
At 6:30 o'clock the carriage drew up in
front of the Harrison residence. Secretary
Halford alighted and assisted Mr. and Mrs.
Morton Jout, leading the way up the
path toward the front door. In the yard
stood a group of enrions sightseers. The
party had scarely reached the top of the
steps when the General opened the door
and extended his hands to Mrs. Morton
assisting her within. By the side of the
General stood Mrs. Harrison, and as Mrs.
Morton entered the threshold, the next
lady of the White House cordially em
braced her and bid her welcome.
Meantime Gen. Harrison turned to bid
his distingnished associate welcome.
Leading the way into the front parlor the
little party sat down before the fire place
and chatted abont the trip. After a few
moments conversation, the guests were
shown to their apartments and at a quar
ter past seven they sat down to dinner.
Only Ger. Harrison's family and Mr.
and Mrs. Morton were present. Before
dinner was concluded, Federal Judge
Woods, a warm personal friend of Gen.
Harrison, dropped in upon them, shortly
after which Gen. Harrison and Mr. Morton
excused themselves to the ladies and with
Judge Woods retired to the library to en
joy their cigars. Before the gentlemen
had finished their havanas, friends began
to arrive to pay their respects to the Gen
eral's gnests.
As the number of callers increased a
small impromptu reception was held,
and General Harrison, with Mr. and Mrs.
Morton by his side, stood in the back par
lor and conversed with the visitors in a
most informal manner. When the citi
zen's committee arrived, Mayor Denning,
as spokesman, warmly welcomed the Vice
President elect and his wife to Indianapo
lis and extended to them the freedom of
the city. It was suggested that the State
house was a proper and convenient place for
a public reception and the committee
had no donbt bat that Gov. Gray would
gladly tender them the nse of the Capitol
for such a purpose.
Mr. Morton, on behalf of his wife and
himself, heartily thanked the mayor for
his welcome, and to the committee stated
he would make a reply in the morning re
garding the public reception so courteously
extended. The gentlemen comprising the
committee and other callers present then
entered into a general conversation. At
half past nine the callers bid the general
and his gnests good-night and Mrs. Morton
retired. For the first time the president
and vice president-elect found themselves
alone and they sat down on the sofa in
the back parlor and chatted for half an
hour or more. Shortly after ten o'clock
the household retired for the night. There
is no set programme for to-morrow.
Northwestern Breeders Association.
Chicago, December 13.—At the annual
meeting of the Northwestern Breeders
Association, to-day, John L. Mitchell, of
Milwaukee, was elected president. Among
the vice presidents are Wm. H. Raymond,
of Montana, and Bradford Dubois, of Col
orado. H. D. McKinney was elected sec
retary and treasurer. It was decided to
open regular futurity stakes for foals of
1889. The Association will probably offer
stakes for two, three, four, and five year
olds, to be trotted for next August. The
class races will be given at the next regn*
lar meeting.
Northern People .Invited to Settle in
the Southern States.
Montgomery, Ala., December 13.—The
Indnstrial Immigration convention assem
bled this morning in the hall, where a lit
tle more than a quarter ot a century ago
the Sonthern Confederacy was organized,
To day. representatives of every Southern
Stale, including New Mexico and Arizona,
adopted what they believe to be a
liberal plan for inducing Northern people
to come and make themselves welcome in
every part of the Sonth. A committee
was selected for the purpose of dralting a
plan of organization looking toward the
formation of a permanent Southern inter
state immigration bureau, for the purpose
of securing added population and capital
for the Southern States and Territories.
They reported, recommending that the
committee shall select a general manager
and that the committee and general man
ager shall constitute the Southern inter
state immigration bureau. An executive
committee was then chosen.
T. F. Nelson was chosen member from
New Mexico. Col. F. B. Childs, of Texas,
was chosen general manager. A resolution
was adopted declaring that the South
needs immigration; men who are capable
of producing something in addition to their
immediate necessities and who will add to
the intrinsic value of her lands and other
property by cultivating and improving
them; that the South wants more mechan
ics, more laborers and more who have
energy and enterprise to utilize and de
velop her wonderful natural resources,
who will build and maintain factories and
mills, manufacture aud handle her enor
mous and diversified products, build rail
roads, improve her immense water power
and develop her mineral resources. The
committee of the interstate bureau was in
structed to call a convention in 1889 at
such time and place as they may deem
The convention then adjourned sine die.
An Address to President Elect Har
Birmingham, Ala., December 17.—A
committee of six prominent manufacturers
leave here to-day for Indianapolis to pre
sent an address to Gen. Harrison, setting
forth that political parties in the South
can now divide on practical issues and that
ths signers are pleased with the triumph
of protection. They ask Harrison to recog
nize the best element of the Repnblicau
party in makiDg appointments in the South.
It has been signed by about fifty promi
nent manufacturers and business men,
most of them Democrats.
It Encounters Democratic Opposition
and He is Allowed to With
draw It.
Washington, December 17.—At 12:40
President pro tern. Ingalls laid before the
Senate the resolution of Riddleberger pro
posing a reorganization of the Senate after
January 1, and the author spoke in sup
port of it. He said its object was to put
some other than the Senator from Kansas
in the chair, asserting he had been the
chief figure in the most dis
orderly scenes he could recollect oc
curring on the Senate floor. He
said the charge was necessary in order
that the faith of the Republican party,
pledged to the consideration of the British
extradition treaty in open session, might
be kept. At the conclusion ot his remarks
Riddleberger asked leave to withdraw the
resolution, but objection was made by
Harris, of Tennessee, who moved to lay it
on the table aud called for the yeas and
nays, after paying a high tribute to Ingall's
impartiality and ability. Finally the Sen
ator from Virginia was permitted to with
draw the resolution and the incident
Desperate Indian Commits Suicide.
Camp Poplar River, Mont, December
16. —At the Fort Peck Indian agency yes
terday Pretty Boy, a Yankton Sioux, while
intoxicated, made a murderous attack on
his squaw. He felled her to the ground
with a blow from a club and then jumped
ou the body and attempted to scalp her.
Several Indian police seized him but he
broke away and running to his tepee
seized a Winchester rifle with which he
opened tire on the police instantly killing
two and wounding a third. He then
proceeded to where the squaw was lying
and shot the top of her head off. This
done the mad back attempted to escape,
firing repeatedly at the Indian police who
panned him. Finding escape impossible
he halted abont a mile from the agency
and shot himself throngh the heart. The
affair created great excitement and bad it
not been for the presence of two companies
of the 20th infantry, who interfered, a
general fight would have occurred. In
vestigation is in progress to ascertain who
supplied the Indian with liqnor, and if
the party can be located he will be dealt
severely with.
Tonnage of Onr Marine Service.
Washington, December 12.—The re
port of C. B. Morton, commissioner of
navigation, for 1888 Bhows the total ton
nage of the country required to be in
clnded in his statistics as 4,191,915 tons
and that onr merchant marine is second to
that of Great Britian. Since last year
there has been a material increase in coast
wise trade. There is little reason to hope,
he says, for any considerable increase in
foreign going tonnage while the laws re
main as at present. Vessels bnilt last
year amounted to 218,606 tons, this
amount representing 61,637 tons more than
the tonnage constructed the previous year.
Thirty eight per cent, of the tonnage was
bnilt on the Atlantic seaboard, 10 per
cent, on the Pacific coast, 46 per cent, on
the northern lakes and 6 per cent, on the
western rivers. As to the establishment
of naval revenue commissions, he ex
pressed himself as in favor of the measure,
remarking that in case of war with only
the defensive means now in existence we
would be at the mercy of weak nations
like those of South America.
Gen. Lane Dead.
New York, December 13.—Gen. James
C. Lane died at midnight.
New York, December 13.— Gen. Lane
served with distinction throughout the
civil war, taking partin sixteen battles. He
was born in New York City in 1823. After
prosecuting a thorough line of scientific
studies he made a special study of archi
tecture and civil engineering in all its
branches. In 1851 he was called to aid in
the construction of the Illinois Central
railway. He next entered the United States
coast survey at Washington. He led
several important explorations in New
Grenada. He was afterward engaged in
mineralogical surveys in San Domingo and
Porto Rico. Since the war he has been en
gaged in mine »logical surveys throngh
A Serious Encounter in Mississippi Be
tween Whites and Blacks.
Firearms Freely Used and Several of the
Combattants are Killed and Wounded'
The Blacks Get the Best of the Fight—
Qniet now Restored.
A Large Number Persons Reported
New Orleans, December 17.—A special
to the Picayune from West Point, Miss.,
says : News reached here this morniDg of
a horrible tragedy enacted at the qniet
littl^ village of Wahalla, Miss, forty
miles south of here on the Mobile & Ohio
railroad, last night, where lour white men
were killed outright and eight wounded,
three mortally, by a volley of lead from
the hands of a desperate mob of
negroes. The only particulars to be
learned are as follows : Some two
months ago a white farmer living
a few miles from the village lost his gin
house, together with eight or ten bales of
cotton, by fire, which was evidently the
work of an incendiary. Suspicion was at
once directed to one or two negroes living
rear by with whom the .farmer had had
tronble. The officers in the meantime
had been searching for evidence
against the negroes, and at a late hour last
night sufficient evidence having been se
cured, one negro was approached by an
officer, who demanded that he surrender.
The negro became furious aud assaulted
the officer, after which he made
his escape. This attack on the
officer aroused a few of the whites
in the vicinity, who organized themselves
to capture, and not to mob the fugitive.
The woods were scoured without result.
As no trace of him could be found it was
decided to act iü a body and surround his
premises. They had proceeded only a few
miles towards his house when from am
bush came a deadly volley. Fifty well
armed negroes composed the mob. After
every white had fallen to the ground the
negroes dispersed.
The horror stricken people have tele
graphed for aid. Seventy-five well-armed
men left Meridian, Miss, at 10 o'clock this
morning for the scene of the tragedy. West
Point will furnish more help as soon as the
necessary advices can be had. Reports
from the scene are conflicting. The Pica
yune's MacoD, Miss., special says: The
people here are excited over the killing of
Hy Maury, Cobb and Vaughan, three
prominent white men in Kemper county
by negroes, and wouuding of other whites,
among the number being Tom Nicholson,
who was shot in the body and had his
arm broken. No negroes were killed or
wounded. Twenty youDg men of this city
have gone to the scene. The negroes are
said to be well armed and assembled en
masse, and seem determined to fight it out.
Various rumors exist. It is feared there
will be bloody work to night.
New Orleans, December 17.— Wal
halla, Miss , special : There was a terrible
riot here last nighi and to-day 12 white
men and 15Ü negroes lie dead as the result.
For a long time there has been much ill
feeling between the whites and blacks at
this place, aggravated by the impertinence
of the latter, and yesterday the two ele
ments became involved in a quarrel which
ended in great loss of life. The facts as
far as can be ascertained are as follows: A
negro and white man became engaged in a
quarrel aud the negro was killed. This
was the excuse for an assault. Immediately
a black horde swept down upon the white
who were greatly outnumbered. Knowing
it whs a fight to the death, the whites pre
pared to receive their black assailants, and
when tlie battle ended it was found twelve
white men and over one hundred and fifty
negroes had been killed.
Memphis, Tenn., December 17.—The
Avalanche's special from Meridian, Miss.,
says: The party who left here for Wahalak,
to-day, have returned, reporting everything
quiet at nightfall and no further fighting
St. Louis, December 17.—The Republic's
special from Wahalak, received at 2 a. m.,
says that one man was killed —Constable
Seth Cobb—while four were wounded,
only one seriously. The posse which got
into tronble was not a legal body ; no war
rant had been issued for the negro. There
is little likelihood of further trouble.
Meridan, Miss., December 18.A —num
ber of telegrams were received here yester
terday morning, stating a riot had oc
curred at Wahalla, Kemper county, fifty
miles north of Meridan, and that Holly
Morton, of this place, was killed. Two
parties, aggregating sixty men, were dis
patched to the scene. They returned last
night reporting everything qnieted down.
They give the following account of the
disturbance. Thursday, a son of G. F.
Nicholson, a prominent farmer, driving
along the road met a negro
desperado driving in the op
posite direction. Yonng Nicholson's
vehicle by accident came in collision with
that of the negro, who kept in the middle
of the road as if determined to drive the
boy ont. The negro enssed the yonth,
when the father of Nicholson appeared and
interfered. The negro drew a revolver,
closed with Nicholson, knocked him sense
less with his pistol and then lied.
The following day Nicholson told his
friends of the negro's assault, and on Sat
urday it was determined to organize a
posse and arrest the marauder. Informa
tion of this reached the negroes, and it is
Baid two white men gathered a party of
them together at a church Sunday night
and organized a force of ten
to resist any attempts at arrest
of the offender. „ These whites are known
to the people of Wahalla, bat their names
cannot be learned. It is the settled de
termination to lynch them when fonnd.
The« negro force went to Manry's house,
concealed themselves in a smoke house
and cotton houses. Soon after this a posse
of white men came np the road and baited
in front of Maury'a house. Four of them
walked up to the house and found it de
serted. Then they went to the smoke
house and fonnd three negroeB. These men
were questioned as to the whereaboats of
Maury, but they pretended they could not
tell where he conld be fonnd. Then a man
on the outside shouted: "Here is Maury,
suppose you come and arrest him." The
whites rushed in a body from the building
and as they emerged they were met with a
volley from eight or ten mnskets and shot
gnns. William Vanghn was seriously
wounded by buckshot in the neck and
shonlder8, and another man, whose name
the whites will not reveal, received a
slight wound in *be head. This volley
came from the cotton honse and was
promptly retnrned by the whites, bat the
negroes being behind stoat plank
walls, received no injury. * The
whites discovered they were fight
ing at great disadvantage and moved
aronnd to the north aide of the structure.
Here they received another volley, result
ing in the instant death of Henry Manry
and wounding his Mother J. T. Manry
near the elbow. The whites now drew off
and the firing ceased temporarily. Not
withstanding their losses, however, the
posse determined to make another attack
on the cotton honse, approaching it this
time from the south. As they came up
they received a third volley the negroes
apparently awaiting the order to fire as
they had done in the two previous in
stances. At this third volley, Seth
Cobb received twenty-two buckshot
in the breast aDd stomach tear
ing the entire front part of
his body away. John Dew, another of the
whites, is probably mortally wounded by
a pistol hall in the groin.
The whites again drew off for consulta
tion when they decided that another at
tack with their reduced force was useless,
and they determined to wait for daylight
and reinforcements While they were con
sulting, the negroes rushed from the cotton
houses to Maury's residence in a body and
proceeded to fortify that building, and the
white men weDt back to Wahalla.
Yesterday morning another force of fifty
men was raised and proceeded to Maury's
residence. The place was found entirely
deserted. The whites burned the buildings
on the place, together with those on the
farm adjoining and scoured the woods for
the negroes, but could find no trace of
It is impossible to find any negroes with
in five miles of the scene of the trouble.
While people from adjoining towns poured
into Wahalla all day and joined in the
search, but as none of the negroes e..eept
Maury is known they accomplished noth
ing. One negro was seen linking in the
woods and was fired upon by a party of
whites, but instantly disappeared. It is
believed there will be no more trouble. It
is certain if any negrees who fired on the
whites are caught they wiil be killed.
The feeling, however, is now against
the white men, who are said
to have organized the negroes. Not a sin
gle negro is known to have received any
injury. Two white men, besides those al
ready reported, are wounded, but their
names are not given. It does not appear
that the whites, in attempting the arrest,
acted under any legal authority, but they
are sustained by the entire white popula
tion of Kemper and the adjoining counties.
It is unlikely any proceedings will be
taken against them.
New Orleans, December 18.—A Pica
yune special fiorn Wahalak says: Later
accounts do not materially change last
night's story of the affray. »Seth Cobb and
W. H. Maury were Killed,W. Yaughn, John
W. Dew, and J. T. Maury were fatally shot
and two or three others were slightly
woutded. A party of seventy-five white
men have started for the hills where the
negroes are said to be hidiDg, and a serious
fight is expected in case of a meeting. It
is believed, however, that the negroes have
Sequel to a Law Suit in a Back Couuty.
Jackson, Tenn., December 18.—A des
perate fight occurred between negroes and
whites in a remote part of this county
Friday. It grew out of a law suit. The
fight occuned in court. Several persons
were badly hurt. The negroes sent to this
city »Sunday for ammunition. They are
armed with shotguns, pistols and knives
and swear they will not be arrested. Offi
cers went from here yesterday to arrest
them. The result is not known. .Serious
trouble is feared.
Attempt to
Sell Family
Detroit, December 18.—An exciting
shooting affair occurred on Griswold street
opposite the City Hall to day. A commis
sioner was selling the property of Herman
Luther under an order of the court to sell
and divide it with his divorced wife. The
property was bid in by Lnther, but he was
unable to make the required deposit, and
his wife succeeded in bidding in goods.
This enraged Luther, who drew a revolver
and began firing at his wife and daughter.
They ran down street. As the daughter
turned the corner she tripped and fell, and
as she lay on the ground Luther levelled
his revolver to fire at her. A by-stander
grabbed his arm and the bullet struck an
innocent spectator in the leg. Another
shot fired by him struck his son in the
neck, inflicting a serious wound. The
crowd then seized Luther, and were only
prevented from lynching him on the spot
by the advent of a large force of police who
took him to jail.
Exciting Scene in Court.
Nashville, Tenn., December 15.—A
special to the Americana , from Jackson,
Tenn., says: During the trial before Es
quire Eaxm, in the tenth district of this
county, yesterday, over a settlement be
tween Tom Brown and a colored family
named Hicks, Will Hicks cross-questioned
Miss Fannie Brown in rather an abrupt
manner, and he was told by her brother
Tom to be more carefnl. The negro re
plied with an oath and knocked Brown
down. Other negroes and Peter Brown,
brother of Tom, joined in a gene vl fight.
Tom Brown cat one or two negroes with
his knife and stabbed the mother of Will
Hicks in the throat. Tom Brown and his
brother were also badly hart. At last ac
counts the negroes were armed. There
was much excitement and danger of far
ther trouble.
Fatal Shooting A ft ray.
New Orleans, December 16.—A Grand
Cotean special says: As near as can be
ascertained, the shooting affair of yesterday
was the result of a fend which had existed
between members of the Higginbotham
family for the last three or fonr years. The
parties were attending the horse races
when the difficulty arose. It is said thirty
or more shots were fired. A yonng man
named Beard, who acted as peacemaker,
was shot and instantly killed. Two of
Mnnroe Higginbotham's sons were shot.
One died daring the night, and the other
is seriously wounded. Two other persons
were wonnded; one of them was the
mother of yonng Beard; her wound is not
serious. ___
Verdict of Guilty.
Birmingham, Ala., December 16. —The
coroner's jury to-day held an inquest on
the body of Irene Hawes, fonnd in the lake,
yesterday, and retnrned the verdict that
deceased came to her dtatb at the hands of
her father, R. R. Hawes.
National Bank Closed.
»San Francisco, December 17.—The
California National Bank of San Francisco
suspended payment to-day. R. P. Thomas,
president, stated that the snspension was
due to the irregularities of the cashier, C.
H. Ramsden. The extent of the irregu
larities are not known but the bank has
sufficient funds to insure all depositors
against loss. Cashier Ramsden was sus
pected last week and an investigation of
his books has been in progress which so
far has not been snfficiently thorough for
any definite statement. The bank was in
corporated two years ago as a joint organi
zation, the shares being taken by in
vestors in this city and East. Authorized
capital, $1,000,000, of which $200,000 was
subscribed in coin. It is stated the irregn
larities are not of a criminal character, but
consist principally of bad loans.
A Georgian at Indianapolis—Alabama
Has a Delegation En Route.
Cabinet (>ossip--Sod Cabin for the
Inaugural Parade.
I Indianapolis, December 16.—The in
! clement weather resnlted in a rather poor
attendance at the churches this morning,
; Gen. Harrison passed the day quietly at
home. Hon. John C. New received a let
ter from Senator Quay to day, stating that
h-j would leave Washington Monday night
ior Indianapolis. Two or threeeorrtspond
ents for eastern journals are said to be en
gaged to night in adding a new name to
President Harrison's cabinet in the person
ot Gov. J. B. Foraker, to whom they have
assigned the attorney generalship.
A sod cabin built by the citizens of
Loup City, »Sherman county, Neb., as a gift
for Gen. Harrison, arrived in this city this
evening. It occupied an entire flat car.
It is eighteen feet long and nine feet high.
The balance of the car is fenced in as a
door yard. What they propose to do with
the house is a puzzle smee it seemingly
can't be removed from the car without
falling to pieces. It is probable it will be
side tracked and taken to Washington for
the inaugural parade.
Indianapolis, December 17.—The Pres
ident elect had a goodly number of out-c*"
town cailers to day. The committee rep
resenting the Grand Army posts of King's
County, New York, presented him a peti
tion signed by the commanders of all the
Grand Army Posts of King's county, ask
ing him to review the parade of the G. A.
R. veterans on memorial day, next May,
and accompany the procession to the tomb
of Gen. Grant at Riverside. The General
informed the committee, that while he
would he glad to participate with his com
rades on that occasion, it was impossible
for him at this early day to make an en
gagement six months .ahead. The com
mittee then asked him to regard the invi
tation as a standing one.
Col. Jas. Atkins, of Savannah, Georgia,
arrived in the city, this evening, and will
call upon Gen. Harrison to-morrow. Mr.
Atkins was collector of the port of »Savannah
for eight ye.ars under Grant and was after
ward nominated by President Hayes to be
Federal District Jndge, but the Senate
failed to confirm. It is asseited that
he is here to suggest the name of a South
ern Repubhctiu for Cabinet portfolio.
A delegation will arrive to morrow from
Birmingham, Alabama, representing the
manufacturers jf that sectioo, for the pur
pose of presenting the President electa
congia'ulatory memorial. They are said
to represent the combined capital of $100,
000 000, invested entirely in the Sonth.
Several of the de.egatiou and many of the
signers to the memorial are reported to be
Democrats who voted the Republican
ticket on account of 'ts advocacy of pro
Classification of Railway .Hail Clerks.
Washington, December 7. —The Post
master General has nearly completed the
classification of railway mail service under
the civil service rules atd régula ior8
Under this cl ass i Scat o a which may he
amended for final adoption, employes are
divided into ten classes, viz: A, B, C, D,
E, 1, 2, 3, 1 and 5. Class A will represent
those who receive an annual salary of
$2,000 or over. Intermediate numbers
and letters represent in increasing order
those whose salaries are more than $940
and less than $2,000. Local examining
boards will be established in every con
gressional district and the vacancies on
any line will be filled from the list of
eligibles in the district through which the
line runs. Important positions in the ser
vice, when they become vacant, will be
filled by promotion upon merit from the
One Person Milled and Three Thou
sand Dollars Taken.
New Orleans, December 16.—A Pica
yune special from Grenada says: Passen
ger traiu No. 2, on the Illinois Central, was
robbed last night one mile uorth of Duck
Hill, at 10:15. WTien the train stopped at
that point two men boarded the engine
and commanded the engineer to pull out
fast, at the same time covering him with
revolvers. One mile north they compelled
him to stop. The engineer and fireman
were marched to the express car. One of
the robbers knocked on the door, which
was opened by the messenger. The rob
bers entered and took $3,000, all there was
in the car, from Messenger Hill. The fir
ing of their pistols before they entered the
car attracted the attention of Conductor
Wilkinson, who rnshed ont and was imme
diately fired upon. He returned to the
Mr. Charhs Hnghes, of Jackson, Tenn.
then ran oat with a Winchester rifle. As
he stepped to the ground from the smok
ing car he was fired npon. One shot
struck him in the left arm, and another
one throngh the stomach, inflicting fatal
wounds. The death of this young man
wes very sad, for he was the only snpport
of his mother.
Nine shots were tired afterward by Con
ductor Wilkinson and Traveling Passenger
Agent Rohan and forty by the robbers, bat
the latter succeeded in making their
escape. The passengers were greatly
alarmed, fearing for the safety of their
valuables and lives. It is believed that
neither of the men were hit by the shots
fired at them.
The place of the robbery was an open,
low marsh, about fifty yards from the
woods. Both robbers ran eastward into
the swamp. A posse is being organized to
join in the chase and blood-bounds have
been secured to aid in trailing them.
Memphis, December 17.— Officials of tha
Sonthern Express company say their loss
by the train robbery Saturday night near
Duck Hill, Miss., will not exceed $3,000.
The train which followed had $139,000 in
the express car.
Death of a Noted Indian Chief.
Denver, Col., December 12.—Word
reached here fo-day from theOuray agency,
Queen River, Utah, that "Colorow," the
celebrated chief of the Southern Utes, had
died at the agency yesterday of pneumonia.
The old chief was the most famous in the
west and wes the leader in the Meeker
massacre and also in the "Colorow war" in
Garfield country a year ago last Angost.
Since this last outbreak he has been nnder
military surveillance, which bas greatly
worried him. About a month ago he
was taken with a violent cold which rapid
ly turned into pneumonia and resulted
fatally on yesterday. He was over 70
years of age and will be succeeded by
"»Sapovonaro," chief of the Uncompahgres.
The Baron Dead.
»St. Petersburg, December 17.—Baron
Jomini is dead.

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