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IS3TEAD ok resorting to retaliatory
meuures upon Canada, for the benefit of a
few owners of New Eoglanrl fishing vessel.1,
aa the President is advised by those owners
to do, and, what is worse, as he ba3 been
authorized by Congress to do. be should
ho'd thaf authority in abeyance, and do
what eve: is possible to remove all restrict?
ions upon trade between this country and
Canada. Were the same trade relations
existing between the States of the Union, to
exist between the States aud Canada, the
expeusc of a long line of customs houses and
of many revenue vessels would be saved,
an extensive system of smuggling be broken
up, trade bet ween this country and Canada
bo increased twenty fold, the cost of the
necessaries of iife be lessened to the people
of b.ith cotitilties, and all cause of future
trouble between them be removed.
The legislature will re-assemble on the
27th. It is hoped that in the meantime the
democratic members will be iuformcd by
some of their wise constituents thut it will
be worse than folly for them to coutinue
their vaiu opposition to the mandates oi
the L'. S. Supreme Court, aud that the best
possible tiling they cau do for themselves,
their party, and their State will be to accept
such terms for the settlement of the State
debt as the creditors of the State will bt
williug to concede. They may be assured
that .Sir Edward Thornton, whom the
creditors have selected as their ageut, will
?jdeavorto exact from the State not ouecenl
moro thau she is bound by justice aud honoi
to pay, or than she can well afford to pay.
That Mr. sherman has placed his
means where they will do the most pood is
rendered apparent by the fact that some oi
the men who have heretofore been known
as supporters of Mr. BUine, have already
commenced to talk about the danger oi
running candidates who have once been de?
feated, und of the risks the business inter?
ests of the country would be subjected to by
the success of a man with so much ambitioo
as the "plumed Itn'ght." All democrat?
who have, the Buceess of their own party al
heart hope that trie talk referred to may b(
effective, for among the men whose votes
carry elections Mr. Bluine is unquestionable
a stronger man than Mr. Sherman.
THE RECEIPTS of tbe government yester?
day from internal revenue and custom?
amounted to more than a million and a bal;
dollars. This for one day only, and mosl
of it detived from taxes on the necessarieE
of life, and though the half of it wss not re?
quired for the expenses of the government.
But still the republicans, by the aid of a small
democratic contingent, are enabled to pre
voot any reduction iu the sum thus unne?
cessarily exacted of the people of the coun?
try by congressional taxatiou.
The c ity of St. Louis has, of course, a
large delegation in the Missouti legislature.
Both tl e democrats and the tepnblicans ol
that city bav? made their nominations for
the legislature, und, strange as it may seem,
among all the candidates of both parties
there is only one native born American,
This fact alone is sufficient to prove that the
feelings of foreign countries have no legiti?
mate place here, where all r.a'ioualities are
merged into one.
A RANK, republican orj;a!i says : '"No iaw
has the right to exact of any man what iE
against his sense of duty." This is the old
"higher law" doctrine of the John Brown
ites revived. But with a degree of incon?
sistency of which only republicans are ca?
pable, the saiLe organ denounces the Mor?
mons for their opposition to a law, the intent
of which is to destroy their church and con?
fiscate their property.
Ik THERE be two railroails running be
t ween two cities, one by a longer route thaD
ihe other, aud the former, in order to offset
the loss of time to the traveler, should tie
sire to reduce its fare, it is not permitted to
do so by the interstate commerce bill. This
is only one of the many ways in which the
bill referred to acts disadvantageous!}- to
the public.
[Special Correspondence of the Alexa. Gazette.]
WASHINGTON, D. C, April 12, 1SS7.
An ex-democratic congressman from a
Gulf State, one well known and admired io
Virginia, who, with sparkling wit and clar?
ion voice, has set forth the doctiiues of true
democracy from the mountains to the sea in
Virginia, when asked by the Gazette's cor?
respondent ht<re to day what he thought of
the President after two years of his admin?
istration, replied that Mr. Cleveland is a
good and honest man and tries to do right,
but the woods are full of just such men,
and that the couutrj- is too big and the
democratic party too big to be satisfied to
have a man with no other qualification Pres?
ident for two yrars. Continuing, he said
Mc. Cleveland v\as working for a renomina
iion, but, io his opinion, would not get it.
The New York demncrscv, he said, is op?
posed to him, and New York, in national
democratic conventions, always has had a
controlling influence with the South and
West. If New York shail send an anti
Cleveland delegation to the convention, or
even a divided delegation, tbe anti Cleve?
land men in it wit! say to the convention,
"go on and renominate Cleveland if you
choose, but in all vour calculations about
the election leave New York out," and such
talk, yet a while at least, must be potential.
The South's natural affiliation, he said,
is with the West, and the free trade!
increase in Minnesota, Iowa, Michigan j
and other Western States, will soon enable I
her to cut loose f.om the East, bu': that
time baa Dot yet come, and for at least olo
more Presidential term we must be domi?
nated in national conventions by New York.
The Irish, the Catholic and the labor vote,
he said, is against Mr. Cleveland, and that
vote will prevent his petting the New York
delegation in the convention, and will de?
feat him if nomi?ated. He said he did not
believe that the Cleveland boom, started by
certain democratic Senators, extended be?
yond the families of those Senators, and
that in nearly every instance it was instiga?
ted by 3ome favors received or more expect?
ed, and that Mr. Cleveland was not to
blame for leaning back in his chair, patting
bid stomach, and saying, "Well, I think I've
done pretty well, considering," in view of
the fact that these flatterers tell him he
baa made the best President aiDce Jackson's
time, and that he hears none of the mutter
ings of dissatisfaction and dissaffection that
art reverberating among the democracy in
every State of the Union, and that unless a
democrat could be found bold enough to go
before him, as Elijah went before Ahab, and
lay bare the naked truth, and be be wise
enough to see the truth and to profit by it,
he feared the injury ho would do the party
in the remaining two years of his adminis?
tration would be irremediable.
A Northern republican here to-day, who
attended the banquet of the young republi?
can club in Philadelphia, last night, says
Mr. Johu S. Wise, of Virginia, who calls the
wound he received as a Confederate soldier,
his "glory wound," in his speech there, said
he was raised in a house where love to tbe
?Dion was like faith in God, and that the
Union was dearer to him than any thing on
earth, and that he wa3 ahead at the last
election when the .-no went down and his
friends stopped voting, but that the demo?
crats did not stop then, but kept on voting
or counting. In speaking of the next ('res?
idential election Mr. Wise said Richmond
would go republican and Virginia give ?.
larger republican majority than any other
State except Pennsylvania.
A genllemau Irom Florida, here to-day,
says tho newspaper talk about the reelection
of ex-Seuator Joues, of his State, amounts
to nothing, and that the legislature has no
more idea of reelccting him than it would
have if composed of the people of this city
or of Detroit.
People here who read iu the morning pa?
pers tho account of the snobbery attending
tho christening of Secretary Whitney 'a baby
yeatorday, could not help being reminded
of the paragraph in the President's inaugu?
ral message, in which he advised govern?
ment officials here to live simple and unos?
tentatious live-?, in accordanco with the
Jetletsjnian spirit that would characterize
his administration.
Among tho strangers iu the city lo-day is
Major K. F. Mason, of Virginia. Tbe Ma?
jor's horse threw him about a year ago and
injured him so severely that he has been
housed uutil a short time ago. lie says he
has been out of politics willingly all that
time, nnd unwillingly out of more profitable
business. He says every body he meet3 in
his State wants the Stale debt settled, but
that from what he knows cf tho members of
tho committee appointed to confer with the
agent of the bondholders, he has not much
hope ihat such a settlement will be effected.
The President, through Col. Lamont, has
declined, for obvious reasons, to attend the
meeting that is to be held here to protest
against coercion in Ireland. Through Mr.
Pr?den he has accepted an invitation to re?
view a colored procession on the ISth inst.
The President has uot yet suggested to
i the Pacific Railroad Commission the clerk
! that, commission shall appoint. Senator
McPherson bas recommended to the Presi?
dent two persons?Mr. Thoophilus French
and Mr. Uiddington?but as both had been
tried in former positions and found wanting,
and as the Senator was informed of that
tact, he stopped recommending and retired.
Capt. W. J. Gary, of Alexandria county,
Virginia, called at the pension office yester?
day, and received his pension certificate as
a soldier in the Mexican wur. in which be
served as servant and lieutenant. Though
there are 10,000 applicants, Capt. Gary's
certificate is the 20th one Ismed.
Senators Beck and Blackburn and representa?
tive Breckinridee, of Kentucky, have just re?
turned from Richmond, to which city thoy went
to look at Valeutine's heroic stsitno of John C.
Breckinridgo, the clay model of which is nearly
completed. They all say the work i3 a striking
likeness aud is a complote success. Tho statuo
will bo of bronza and will bo erected iu Lexing?
ton, Ky.
Tho President has siguod the commissions of
Messrs. Pattison, Anderson and Littler as com
missioneis to investigate the Pacilic railroads and
transmitted them to the Secretary of the Interior
for issue.
The Ordnance Bureau of the Navy Depattoient
i3 now engaged in preparing working plans for
tho new buildings aud for the reconstruction
of the existing shops in the Washington navy
yard, so as to lit it for an ordnance foundry.
The Treasury Department has decided that a
merchant acting as an appraiser is only entitled
to a compensation of $5 per day for his services
as such, without regard to the number of cases on
which ho may act on the same day.
Wade Hampton's Beliep rs Praykr,?The
love and admiration in which he is held by the
people of South Carolina aro illustratod in an in?
cident related by General Hamilton when ho was
recovering from his sickness. "I am certain," ho
said, "that my lifer was saved by the fervent
prayers of tho peoplo of South Carolina. I was at
the point of death and had los! all interest in life,
when 1 received a letter from an old Methodist
minister, a friend, telling mo of the deep and do
vout petitions put np for my restoration to health
by the Methodist Conference then iu session at
Newborry. The letter closed by begging mo to
exercise my will to live in response to the suppli?
cations of the people of the whole State, who
were praying for me night and day in every
household. When I heard the letter read I prom?
ised my sister that I would heed the kind, loving
words of tiic man of God, and arouso my will to
live. That night I fell into a deep sleep and j
dreamed most vividly that I was iu a spacious
room in which I was moved to nli parts of the
Slate, so that I met my assembled friends ev?
erywhere. I remember most distinctly of all
old l'.eaufort. where I bad lasl been. I saw
immenso assemblages, and as I looked down upon
them a grave personage approached mo and
touched me on the shoulder and said to mo:
'Theso people aro praying for yon. Live! Live !!
Live.'!." I uover realized anything liko it before.
It seemed a vision. I woke the next morning
feeling the life-blood creeping through my veins,
aud I told my family that the crisis was passed
aud that I should get better."?Z. L. White iu (he
American Magazine.
The CoLOBKO Troops.?Inepector Gouoral Jo'
Lane Stern, of tho Virginia State Troops, has
written a loiter to Captain Englehart. of Ealoigh,
N. C, iu which ho explains how tho entry of the
two colored companies of Eichmond for the na?
tional drill at Washingtm is regarded in military
circles. Colonel Stern calls atteutiou to the fact
that colored military organizations were in the \
procession on the occasion of President Cleve- ;
land's inauguration without eliciting comment. ;
Not only that, but tho very same companies that
propose to paiticinate in the military drill at j
Washington have often paraded with white j
troops, notably at tho fuuerals of Geuorals Pickett j
aud Wise, and at tho recent laying of the corner ;
stone of the Bichmond City Hall. Attention is
also called to the fact that one of the3e colored or?
ganizations, with two white companies, wero dis?
patched by Gov. Lee to Newport News during the
trouble with the 'longshoromen.
A Bucks couuty farmer, who sent ten dol
lers to a Philadelphia address, iu answer to
an advertisement of the finest feed cutter in
America, received in return a two-dollar set
of false teeth.
Florida frtlil men saj that the strawberry
orop this year Will nearly double that of last I
Tbe President has accepted an invitation
to review the colored emancipation proces?
sion on Monday nest.
Tbe B. and O. railroad is going on with
Arthur Kill and Philadelphia work, und
President Garrett says the tecent deal j
talk is all bosh.
By the election last week, for the first j
time since 1S52 the democrats have carried
Khode Island, securing the entire State i
ticket and a majority on joint ballot iu the
Valentine's heroic statue of John C.
Breckenridge, now nearly completed, to be
erected at LexiDgton, Ky., is declared to be
a faithful portrayal of the face and form of
the great statesman.
Tho children in Washington engaged in
their Easter Monday amusement of egg
rolling, and afterwards many of them at?
tended tho President's reception and shook
hands with the Chief Magistrate.
Rank insubordination in tbe Massachu?
setts State prison at Charlestown, threatens
to give the prison officials much trouble. A
large number of the convicts have revolted
against baked beans, aud refuse to eat them.
The superintendent of the prison says this
is ridiculous, for the reason that "nowhere
is this New England dish better served up."
The murdered girl at Rah way was buried
yesterday afternoon from the First Presby?
terian Church, in that city. The body rest?
ed in a handsome oak casket covered with
satin. The panel top, with large glass
plate, afforded a view of the dead girl's face
and neck. A neat silver coffin plate deco?
rated the centre of the casket and read :
"March 25,1SS7, Cruelly Slain, A Woman
and a Stranger, Aged About 25 Years."
Flowers were strewn in abundance over the
body and tbe evidences of the horrid crime
were carefully concealed.
One hundred and fifty thousand persons
took part yesterday in the great demonstra?
tion in London against the Irish coercion
bill. Fourteen plalfoiins for the use of
orators were erected in Hyde Park, aud oc?
cupied the whole frontage facing the fash?
ionable Park Lane. Tbe proceseion took an
hour aud a half to tile into the park. The
mention of the Queen a3 about to celebrate
her jubilee by signing away tbe liberties of
the people of Ireland brought forth a torrent
of hisses, and the mention of Mr. Chamber
laine's name aroused a tempest of groans
and hisses, with cries of "Traitor". At a
prearranged signal a resolution condemning j
the crimes bill was put simultaneously at
all of tho platforms, and was carried amid a
prolonged roar of cheers.
Mr. Beck is reported by a correspondent
as saying that Mr. Cleveland will be the
democratic nominee in 1SSS. "Yes, Cleve?
land is a strong man. Indeed, ho is tbe
only man that stands any chance. This is
the only administration the country bas had
since the war which has not tolerated cor?
rupt rings, a fact that all honest-tbinking
people appreciate. Then, too, Mr. Cleve
laud's economic principles are right. The
Southern people ought certainly to be solid
for Cleveland, for he turned the rascals out
and gave the offices to good democrats."
Referring to the republican nominations for
1SSS, Mr. Beck expressed it as his opinion
that Senator Allison, of Iowa, will be the
nomiuee ofthat party for President.
The Methodist Protestant Conference, at
Easton, Md , yesterday adopted a resolu?
tion proposing a change in the place of
meeting for the next general conference.
Tho committee on home missions made their
report, in which it was 3tated that $5,000 is
the sum required next year. In the Confer?
ence on Saturday the report of the com?
mittee on Sabbath-schools was read and
adopted. This report contained an item
suggesting that a foot note be placed at the
bottom of tho Apostlea' Creed, stating that
the word "catholic" meaut in reality general
or universal. This proposition gave rise to
a lengthy debate, and it was decided to
eliminate from the report the clauso refer?
ring to the Apostles' Creed, and the paper
was adopted.
Letter From Fauquier.
(Correspondence of the Alexandria Gazette.)
Marshall, April 12, 1887.?The Easter
season has brought with it a full gush of
spring weather; we young folks have enjoy?
ed egg-dyeing and fishing, all having a holi?
day, and tho farmer is pushing ahead with
gardening and preparing for corn planting,
seeding oats, etc. By the by the blizzards
and snow kept on here so persistently that oce
lady vowed that she would keep in bed un?
til tbe weather changed.
With other public schools in the State
our teacher, Mr. Carrington, has closed
his school, though tbe private schools
are continued. There is a hopeful outlook
for a revival of business, and if the public
debt question be disposed of by the com?
mission appointed to settle it, we have
every reason to hope with the divine bless?
ing that old time prosperity of Virginia
will return. At any rate no enlightened
mind can doubt that the Cleveland admin?
istration is better than reckless republican
misrule. Messrs. Blaino and Sherman, to
gratify a selfish greed for office, continue to
canvass the Soulhern States for the colored
vote, but every true American will pray
that they may both be disappointed. So
long as President Cleveland strives to save
the people's money, and administer tbe gov?
ernment on a business basis, he deserves the
commendation of all honest men.
As this is the centennial anniversary of
tbe adoption of the Federal Constitution,
the Southern people ought to recall tho glo?
rious history of the past century, and seek
to sustain a true democratic policy, and thi3
can only be done by educating the masses.
In an able address by Prof. Julius D. Dreher,
President of Roanoke College, delivered be
fore tho National Educational Association,
it is said, "To the credit of the Southern j
people they show more willingness to con?
tribute to educational objects in recent
years than they did in the days of
their abundance before tbe war."
He adds that the State schools in 1SS4 had
$0,1*51,249 and the colleges $4,065,501, in
property, as grounds, buildiDgs, etc., and he
believes a republican government can re3t
only on the intelligence and virtue of the
people, and this idea has taken practical
shape in the establishment of public free
schools for the enlightenment of the white
and colored population of the South.
On Good Friday Rev. Jas. Grammer held
interesting religious services at the Episco?
pal church, aud, as usual, on Easter Mon?
day a vestry was elected. Bishop Whittle!
is expected to visit the parish churches on
tbe 30th of the month. Otherchurches con?
tinue to be well attended. Two congrega?
tions, the Methodist and Presbyterian, have
their ministers resident in Marshall.
The physicians of Fauemier seem pleased
that Dr. Bedford Brown, sa well known in
Alexandria, received the appointment as j j
president of the Medical Society of Virginia. ] j
The Doctor enjoy3 a well earned national ; <
reputation. H.
A physician of West Chester, Pa., says
that be has patients who.when unable to take
any other nourishment, relish broth made i ^
from the English sparrow. This is indeed i t
good news.
Woodcboppers near Hayward, Wis., the
other day, cut down a big hollow pine tree
in which were two big black bears and three
little ones.
Attorneys are preparing tbe papers in the
case of Mary L?ahney Waller and Jennie
Boggs, twice convicted in Spoteylvania
county of the crime of robbing and attempt?
ing to murder William S. E. Waller and his
sister, in which a new trial is asked, upon
the gronnds of errors of the county court.
Last Friday during the burning of some
trash in the garden attached to the residence
of Mr. Robt. Stone, the clothing of his daugh?
ter, Mis3 Lizzie, aged 15 years, took lire, and
in the attempt to put it out the father and
mother were pretty severely burned. Miss
Lizzie was very seriously, if not fatally,
burned.?Fredericktburg Free Lance.
On Saturday last, as two colored men,
named Crump and Day, were wrestling on
the coal pier at Newport News, they fell
against the railing, which gave way, precip?
itating them to the deck of a schooner tak?
ing coal, about 40 feet below. Crump was
instantly killed and Day was very seriously
injured. Crump had his neck broken.
Gen. W. W. Averill has aeceptcd an invi?
tation to participate in the ceremonies of
Confederate Decoration Day at Staunton on
the yth of June. In accepting the invita?
tion, Gen. Averill says ho "is tilled with the
liveliest anticipations of the pleasure he will
experience in meeting some of those gallant
soldiers among the survivors whose names
and deeds are indelibly impressed on his
Mr. Thomas Baton, a wealthy New York?
er, and present owner of Simmes' Point,
(formerly part of the Moncure estate,) in
Stafford, has just closed the contract for the
purchase of a part of the Arkendale farm,
lying also in Stafford, between Aquia Creek
and the Potomac river. The purchased
property was owned by Mr. Smith Lee,
brother of Gov. Fitz Lee, and is sold for$15,
000 cash. Mr. Paton is a great huntsman,
and passes each season on tbe Potomac,
duck-shooting The purchase of Arkendale
is intended to enlarge the shooting grounds.
The Railroad Thieves.
A detective who aided in arresting the
railroad thieves on the Pan Handle rail?
road, a notice of which appeared iu yester?
day's Gazette, says:
"Out of SO crews 75 weie practicing a gi?
gantic scheme of robbery. One night one
of our mou, concealed behind a car, saw the
freight crew come to a Union Line car. The
! wire was pulled out of the seal, the door
I was thrown back aud the car entered. In a
short time the men emerged, carrying a lot
of plunder. Then the conductor pulled
back the door, ran the wire through the seal
where it had been pulled out, and with a
board struck it a blow. The wire went
hack to its place, the blow united the soft
lead again without destroying the lettering
on either side, and the seal was apparently
untouched. The individuals of these crews
wero tracked and the stolon goods located.
Iu one case the pursuit was so hot that
twenty-five boxes of fine cigars were burneJ
in a caboose stove. In another case two
bolls of fine silk were thrown from a
caboose into the Monongahela river while
crossing the Pan Handle bridge. Iu an?
other instance a crew broke open a car
and found it full of orgaus. One of the
men, enraged by finding nothing of the
stealablo kind, thrust an iron bar into nn
organ and ruiued it. A freight conductor
broke into a car, opened a piano and sat
and played it all night, stopping at. mid?
night to eat his supper off of the polished
top. In all my experience of twenty-nine
years I never saw such a taste for miscellan?
eous stealing. Everything except a coffin
and a blacksmith's anvil had baen stolen
aud made use of." Special Agent Rue
stated last night (hat the total arrests num?
ber GO. At a late hour to-night J. R. Dun
lap, who is regarded a3 the ringleader ol the
gang, made a confession to the detectives, in
which he implicated several outsiders, and
located "fences" at Dennison, Ohio,
New Philadelphia aud other places.
A special from Dennison, says the officers
have arrested James and W. Collis with
several thousands of dollars' worth of vel
vets and bigh-pri<-3d dry goods in their p03
session, articles taken from cars. One Bus?
by, the worst man in the gang, slipped his
handcuffs and recklessly threw himself from
the train whilst it was going and escaped.
Telegrams from Cadiz, Steubsnville, aud
points west of Columbus, report the arrest
of a large number of railroad employes im?
plicated in the robberies.
The Chairman ok the Republican Na?
tional Committee.?Mr. B. F. Jones, of
Pittsburg, says he is not a candidate for re?
election as cbairmau of the republican na?
tional committee, and adds: "More than
that, I don't want it again, nor would I have
it. Mahone is a smart man and I think
would make an excellent chairman. He is
ambitious, has plenty of brains, uses them
well, but I don't think be has said anything
about being chairman of the national com?
mittee. I think the greater part of the talk
attributed to him was made by other peo?
ple. Senator Mahone has first to be elected
a delegate to the national convention by bis
own State and then chairman by all the
States. I never would have accepted the
position hnd it not been for a combination
of circumstances. I have served my term,
and when I call the next convention to or
der my duties cease, and I will not accept
the responsibility again."
A Notable Christening.?The christ?
ening yesterday afternoon of Dorothy, the
infant daughter of Secretary Whitney, at
St. John's Church, Washington, was attend?
ed by an immense gathering of notable peo?
ple in official, diplomatic and resident soci?
ety. The four god-mothers, the daughters
of cabinet officers, Miss Florence Bayard,
MiBs Endicott, Miss Vilas and Miss Lamar,
stood with Secretary Whitney, who repre?
sented by proxy the baby's g?d-father, Col.
Oliver Payne, who is in Europe. After the
ceremony the congregation repaired to the
Whitney residence, where the christening
fete was in progress. The mansion was '
elaborately decorated with flowers. Nearly
every diplomat was represented by (lowers.
Refreshments of creams, ices, cake, confec?
tionery, with strawberries in abundance,
were enjoyed by the company. The baby's
presents were numerous and costly.
A Buffalo man says that when he and his \
wife were on their wedding tour, and com-'
ing from Cleveland on a fast train, she drop?
ped her diamond ring through the opening
in the bottom of tbe bowl a3 she wa3 wash- |
ing her bands. The conductor wouldn't
?top. and so the pair got offat the next sta?
tion, and the groom, walking back three
miles to a farm house that he had noticed
ust before the ring disappeared, began a
;lo8e search. After two hours' hard work, i
ae found it lying against a tie and glisten- j
ng in the sunlight. i (
Court ok Appeals Yesterday.?Vir- I
;inia Fire and Marine Insurance Company i
igainst WTell8. Further argued by Judge 1
iV. W. Crump for plaintiff in error, and tub
Witz, Biedler & Co. against Odburn. Ar- '
jued by Gen. W. H. Payne for appellants
md C. L. Pollock, esq., for appellee, and I
sontinued until to morrow. i1
Prairie Fires.
Atchison. Kansas, April 12..?No less
than fifteen persons have been burned to
J death by tho prairie fires which, starting
j near Nicodemus, Graham county, have
swept northwest on an air line into Norton
county, destroying everything in a path
that in places i? from to 7 miles wide?a
great roaring sea^>f dame rolling in tremen?
dous sheets under the impetus of the high
wind which prevailed all day Satur?
day and night. Starting on tbe south fork
of the Solomon river in Graham county the
lire swept north to the north fork, which it
crossed at Edmond, a station on the Central
Branch Railroad iu Norton county, and at
last accounts it was still sweeping towards
the northwest diagoually across Norton
county in the direction of Decatur, the ad?
joining county on the west, carrying de?
struction and death in its path. Thousands
of bead of stock of all kinds have been
burned, and thousands of tons of hay, corn,
and wheat, and from 100 to 173 houses and
barns have been destroyed. Tbe people
living along the line of the fire have
been left horaeleEs aud destitute. It is
impossible as yet to learn the names
of those who perished. Tremendous excite?
ment prevails all through tho burned dis?
trict, which extends a distance of over sixty
miles in length by two and a half to seven in
width with the tire still spreading west and
northwest. A large number of horses, cat
tie, sheep, and hogs have been destroyed,
and considerable Buffering among the peo?
ple oxists on account of tbe tires. Relief
will be forwarded to them at once from
towns east of the fire line. Tho fire is still
raging furiously, and tho people along its
path are terror stricken. The destruction of
the telegraph poles aud wires between
Grcenleaf and Edmond prevents the obtain?
ing of further details.
Sioux Falt-s, Dak., April 12.?Reports of
loss of property from prairies fires during
the terrible wind storm of Friday and Satur?
day continue to come in. Eighteen miles
west of this city a tremendous firo started
and swept tho country for miles. Henry
Strallen, George Fallor, John Jacobson, and
P. H. Hall lost their houses aud contents
and also their barns, farm machinery, grain,
stock and several horses. James Hutchin?
son, C. E. Greelan, W. S. Brooks, Wm. Igo,
and Edward Walker lost their barns and con?
tents. Other losses are indefinitely report?
ed. It was the most destructive fire that
ever vioited thia part of the country aud tbe
tolal loss will exceed ?100,000.
Kailroad Conflict.
Philadelphia, April 12.?About fifty
men in the employ of the Baltimore and
Ohio railroad company were engaged about
four o'clock this morning in laying track
crossings at 25tb, 29th and Wolf street, fur
tbe Delaware river extension of the road,
when they were interrupted by a large
force of Pennsylvania railroad men. The
latter's forces consisted of 250 men and
eight locomotives. Four of the locomotives
were jumped from the Pennsylvania tracks
at 25th street where the Baltimore & Ohio
men were at work, completely' obstructing
their operations. The Pennsylvania men
then begau to tear up the track that had
been laid and after a struggle with the op?
posing force for about two hours, succeeded
in doing so. The Baltimore and Ohio men
made their crossings at 29th and Wolf
streets, but gave up the contest at 25th
street, and at about six o'clock there was a
cessation of hostilities and all hands with?
drew. A largo force of policemen was
early on the scene, and it is believed that
their presence alone prevented a serious
conflict aud perhaps bloodshed. The su?
preme court has decided that the Baltimore
?and Ohio railroad had a legal right to croas
the Pennsylvania's track under certain con?
ditions, but tho officers of the latter road
say they have received no official notifica?
tion of the decision.
DKNNISON, Tex., April 12.?Jim Christian,
a wealthy cattle man, of Hirney, Indian
Territory, arrested a man named Hedge,
charged with the thefc of cattle, on Sunday,
and while on Iis way to Tishomingo with
the prisoner, he was shot from ambush and
instantly killed. Bud Lutterell, who was
riding behind, was also shot and killed by
the murderers. The prisoner remained
with the murdered men until assistance ar?
rived, and it is said he has given the au?
thorities the names of tho assassins, two in
number. It is rumored that the murderers
also killed a negro who happened to be
near by. United States Marshal Hackney, I
of thia city, left at 3 o'clock for the scene of
the shooting.
Another Strike.
Indianapolis, Ind., Ap. 12.?The journey?
men carpenters of Indianapolis, at a meeting
last night, determined to strike to-day.
There are 1,000 of them, and as more build?
ing is in progress than at any time before
for many years serious trouble will be
caused. The journeymen demand .9 hours
work a day and an advance of 10 per cent,
over last year's wages. The contractors ,
agreed to make some concessions, but the |
journeymen refused to consider any propo?
sition for a compromise.
Report Denied.
London, April 12.?The statemeLt made i
by Rev. Mr. Kennedy in a letter to the
Cork Herald yesterday that a ship named ?'
Gulnare, from the l.'nited States, wa3 coast,
ing off Youghal with a load of dynamite is 1
discredited. At the office of the Lloyda it 1
is stated that no auch vessel is regiatered.
The Cork police also treat the Kennedy
story with ridicule.
Washington, April 12 ?First Assistant
Postmaater General Steveneon is confined
to his bed by an intensely paiufu! abscess .
which has formed in his right ear. i I
Kille?! by n Hob.
RlPLEY, Mis^., April 12.?An armed moh
of some twenty five men from Union c ? ?,
stormed the jail at this place yesterday and
shot to death, while in his cell, Bud WIN
liamson, charged with the killing of John
Collins at New Albany about a year ago,
the trial of Williamson having been remand
ed to this county by a change of venue.
Williamson was about 22 years of age. and
killed Collins, as the evidence given in the
tiial would seem to show, on the inspira?
tion of the moment and in the beat i I j as
sion. Collins, also a young man, shot Wil
liamson in the same difficulty, and the evi
Jento was very conflicting as to which oue
of them shot first or w here ti..- blame
Fire at St. Augustine.
Boston', April 12 ?A cti~??u:ch from St.
Augustine, Fla., dated to day, says I .,.
St. Augustine Hotel took tire at 2 :o o
this morning and was destroyed. Th
slave market is also goue and the ancient ca?
thedral isin tbmes. The Edward Hotel and
half a dozen small buildings are also on tire
and it seems inevitable that the Fl da
House and the opera house must go. Tbe
danger of tbe destruction of the whoie ton i
from the Plaza to the ?ity.uate is imminent.
All of the seventy six guests at the Si
Augustine got out in safety, as did also al
the help of that bouse and the gursts and
servants of the Edward House.
lto<ly Found.
Chicago, April 12.?Tbe dead body of an
unknown man was found in the woods on
the banks of the Desplaines river near the
suburban town of Nilea Centre this nioruiiig.
The man had been suspended by a rope to
the limb of a tree, but the rope had broken
and the body lay prostrate on the ground.
The remains were Ihote of a middle-aged
man, well dressed and of a cultivated ap?
pearance. He had evidently bet n dead cn
ly one or two days. There was nothing cu
his person to Identify him am! the residents
entertain the view that he was murdered by
Dealhol au ex?Naval Oflieer.
WateRTOWN, N. Y., April L2.- Lieut. C.
V. Morris, a retired officer of tbe U. S.
Navy and a grand on of Robert Morris, one
of the signers of the Declaration of Indepen?
dence, died at Sacke:ts Harbor yesterday,
aged 85 years. Lieut. Morris entered the
navy in 1825 and was in active service dur?
ing the lato war. He was retired about
thirteen years ago and has since resided in the
commandant's mansion connected with the
naval station at Sacketts Harbor. His fun?
eral will occur to morrow and he will he
buried with military honors.
Democratic Victory.
BoEDBKTOWN,N.J..Ap. 12.?Thee ity elec
tion here yesterday resulted in favor of tbe
democrats. John O. Hudson was elected
Mayor over James Tantum by a large ma?
jority. Charles Brown, republican, waa
elected councilman over the democratic can?
didate in the second ward, making tbe
council stand, democrats live, republicans
siiof by his Brother.
Lock HAVEN, Pa., April 12.?David Mat?
ter, aged twelve, was ^hot aud instantly
killed yesterday by his ten-year-old brother
Charles. The boys wore play ing w ith re?
volvers, which it was supposed were not
loaded. The coroner's jury to-day exoner?
ated Charles from blame.
^Sr-. Blaine.
St. LOUIS, Apr. 1-2.?A dispatch from Fort
Gibson to the Post Dispatch state-that Mr.
Blaine, after eating a good supper of bread
and milk lant evenrug, passed a fairly quiet
night and ibis morning he \\as still improv?
After Afghanistan Again
London, April 12.?It is reported that
the Russians are collecting large commissa?
ry and other stores cf Pendjeh and Khoja
Saleh on the northern border of Afghan
The National Drill.?The national
drill committee last night completed its
schedule of troops entered, thirty-one state
two territories,and the IXs.tict of Columbia,
showing Ml' companies of infantry, artillery.
zouaves, and cadets, tbe largest gathering of
volunteers ever known. Though entries fir
competition closed on April 1, application
are daily coming to take part in the encamp?
ment without drilling for prizes. These
will swell the list still further. .Many
of the military companies of Virginia havo
entered. A Washington paper Bays that
if Governor Fi(zht:gh Lee should come
in command of his state troop-, he would bo
the senior officer present and tbo command
of the encampment would devolve upon
The French farmers, when duties were
put on manufactured goods for the bene?
fit of manufacturers insisted on having
compensation in the shape of heavy duties
ou imported agricultural products. As
France has been importing such products,
the taritlhad its effect in keeping up the
price of farm products, and they now have
a duty of per head on oxen, and have re?
cently been clamoring for a duty of $7 per
head. The Paris workmen want protection
for their labor, and insist on the exclusion
of foreigners from their respective trades.
The glaziers want to be given by law tho
exclusive right to mend broken window , to
tbe exclusion of Italians, who work, they
allege, for excessively low prices.
LUtell't Liting Agr for April 21 and 9th contain
Naacratie and tiro Greeks in Ancient Egypt, Val?
entine Visconti, The Present Position of Euro?
pean Politics, The Trials of a Country Parson,
The Military Froutier of France, Jub?e?: Years.
An Unintentional Trip to North Bernini. Perugia,
A Terrible Night, A Brush with Chinese Pirates,
incidents of the Earthquake, The Faw ett lf< mo
rial, The Snfleribgs of the Clergy, An Old Fn
House, Tbe Burial of the Jews of Spitalfiolds,
Snow Storms on the Hill?, Sudden Changes of
Temperature, with instalments of "AJ?ecret In?
leritauce,'- and "Eiebard Cable, the Lightahtp
uan," and poetry.
ALARGE assortment of the latest styles and
prettiest p.-itt-rns of Four-in-hand Teck,
Jlaudent and PuffSCAEFS, just from ri.< fi iry.
have been selliug at $1 reduced to 7">e. a
;reat bargain.
OM. C. FRENCH BLACKING, onlv 5 eta , at
. jan'23 J. C. MILBURN'o.

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