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gfr' hv ' "" """ J-k'K3fc.5iKa!Wt5.'V THOMAS COUNTY-CAT. S. P. WOECESTEE & CO., Publishers- COLBY, KANSAS NEWS OF THE WEEK. CHeatied by Telegraph end Mail. WASHINGTON NOTES. '" The .Naval , Commission appointed by Secretary Whitney issued its report on the 1st. The report was devoted to the de scription of vessels the country was' thought to be most in need of. Ex-iliNiSTEii Kasson has had several conferences recently with Secretary of State Bayard. ' Mr. Kasson is firmly of the opinion lhatrBismarck is laying his plans lor the German acquisition of Cuba. The Imperial Ottoman Legation at Wash ington "attributed th report cabled from (Constantinople to the effect that the Sultan was believed to bo becoming demented "to the malice of the enemies of Turkey," and emphatically denied that there was any truth in it. It was reported at Washington as an indication of reviving business, that a large and increasing demand existed for small coin. The President has recognized Julio Gon zales as Consul General of the United .States of Venezuela at Washington and Adolph Ba3s'nere as Consular Agent of Trance at Louisville, Ky. A meeting of the Cabinet was held at Washington on the Cth. Among the questions considered was the Spanish com mercial treaty and several appointments under the Treasury, Interior and Justice Departments. F. A. Trible, Governor of Arizona, has sent his resignation to Washington, THE EAST. CnARi.ES Pollin Brainerd, the Boston lawyer who mysteriously disappeared nearly a year ago, and who was believed to have committed suicide, returned home the other day. Ho was stricken with pneumonia in Washington, and when he recovered his reason ho found himself in the City of Mexico. A fire broke out the other night in Tay lor's machino shop at Jersey City, N. J., and communicated to N. and S. E. O'Don nell & Co.'s cooperage warehouse, Gookey's dry dock and Jones & Wkitmore's dry dock. The loss reached $100,000. An importaut suit between Colonel II. B. iEvers, of London, England, and Thomas "Watson, of Chicago, involving the owner ship of a large body of land, was finally disposed of in the United States District Court at Oxford, Mass., by the decree of Judgo Hill, in which all the lands are awarded to Colonel Evers and associates. Mrs. Druse, who murdered her husband with the aid of her son, daughter and nephew, in Warren, Herkimer County, N. Y., last December, and cut up and burned the remains, was sentenced by Judge Wil liams to bo executed. TnE New York Daily Commercial Bulle tin estimates the lire loss of the United States and Canada for September at $0,ri2o,00J, which is less by $3,700,000 than in September, 1SS1. A large meeting of Irish-American Nationalists was held in New York re cently, and appointed representatives to aid Parncll in the pending elections in the United Kingdom. Seven hundred glass blowers, of Phila delphia, Pa., went on a strike on the Cth. Cardinal McCloskv was reported se riously sick at Now York on the 0'th. A train on the Pennsylvania Railroad was robbed by four men near Allegheny Furnace recently. After robbing the pas sengers thoy assaulted the conductor and jumped oft", escaping to the woods. A dispatch from Woods' Run, Pa., says: Work was resumed to-day in five coal mines in the third pool at the advance de manded by the strikers. Several other pits are preparing to start up in a few days. Ex-Governor Talbot, of Massachusetts, died at his home in Lowell on the 5tb. Ex-Governor James E. English, of Connecticut, was married recently to Miss A. It. Morris, of Brooklyn. He is seventy jtbre and she a bright brunette of about thirty years. The manufacturers of flint glass in Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Boston, New Bed ford, Merideu and New York met recently and unanimously determined to refuse the demands made by employes for increased wages and decreased output. , F. O. Prince, of Boston, was nominated for Governor by the Massachusetts Demo crats recently. The other nominations were: Lieutonant Governor, H. H. Gil ,more, of Cambridge; Secretary of State, 'Jeremiah Crowley, of Lowell; Attorney General, Henry N. Braley, of Fall River; Treasurer and Receiver General, Henry M. Cross, of New buryport; Aaditor, James E. Delaney, of IIol3'fce. Jay Gould, Russell Sage, George J. Jould, A. L. Hopkins and Captain Shack Jord left New York on the 5th for a trip over the Missouri Pacific and other Soutk western railways with which they are lidentifled. The object of the trip was to iinspect the Southwestern systeio. Two cases of small-pox were discovered at Newport, R. I., on the Sth. Stringent mieasures were being taken to prevent the disease from spreadiug. THK WEST. TiiE-ather night some dranken -tramps ifired the cattle sheds at the fair grounds at Tort Wayne, Ind. Au unknown tramp was burned to d rith, and another giving xhejiameof Grifliu, was rescued horaibly Smrned. 'Colonel Cundiff, business manager ithe Missouri lieptthlican, ied at fit jToeepu, Mo., on the 4th. TaEeventi. annual parade of the Veiled IPropkets, took place in St. Louis on the light of'the Cth. It consisted of twenty two floats, representing a dozen of the Arabian Nights' stories. W. S. Hcbbell, a well to do and promi nent fnrnier living thirteen miles east of Bismarck, D. T., wai killed, receutly by a runaway team. The blade of the plow to :which the horses were hitched penetrated flic chest. Toe St. Louis street car drivers struck en the afternoon of the 6th. . R. C. Bloomfield was convicted at Denver recently of fraudulently procuring pre-emption. claiins. He was agent of the Arkansas Valley Land and CattleCom- JUPP. " I The schooner Ansa Tomine from Mus kegon for Chicago, loaded with lumber, got waterlogged and capsized the other morning about fire miles west of Grana Haven. The crew of six menwere saved by the life saving crew. ,' The, citbsens 'of Tombstone, Ari., offer $230 each for Apache scalps. Ex-Senator Tmxrariir recently Ad dressed a large meefingat Toledo, OjHis remarks were chiefly directed to a refuta tion of Sherman's allegation that colored men were maltreated in the South. The jury at Bloomington, Ind., in the case of Chesley Chambers, charged with shooting the baggage and express, messen ger and robbing the express company, was discharged. Six were for acquittal and six for fourteen years' imprisonment. The streeV carstrikers at StrXoiuis, on the 7th, got somewhat unruly. Five of the new drivers were dragged from cars and assaulted, and several arrest3 followed. The United States grand jury at Tucson, Ari., presented indictments against J. A. Zeabriskri, United States District Attor ney; Royal A. Johnson, United States Surveyor General; T. M. Wolfley, Deputy United States Surveyor; all under thecivil service act for political contributions in the last campaign. There Was great excitement .at Rock Spings, Wyb., over tho release of the al leged rioters. The accused were met on their return from Green River by several hundred men, women and children, and treated to a regular ovation. An attempt to wreck a passenger train was made recently between Roxbank and Huntingbufg, Ind., on the AiVLine Road, by placing ties on tho tracki The engineer saw the obstruction in time and. saved the train. At a meeting of tho "Northwestern, Pa cific Coast & Western Freight Association, held at Chicago recently, it was decided to abolish tho rates on double decked sheep cars. Heretofore there has been nearly a prohibiting rate, but now the double decked cars will be abolished altogether. John Little, ex-Postmaster at Benning ton, Vt., who absconded in March, 18S4, was arrested recently on a sheep ranch where he was working, about twenty-five miles southeast of Greeley, Colorado. His shortage was ;300. The American Free Trade League has issued a circular inviting the attendance of persons of all political parties .who be lieve in tariff revision at a national con ference to bo held in Chicago November 11 and 12. The findings of the ecclesiastical court of inquiry in tho case of the Rev. H. D. Jardine, of Kansas City, were made public on the 8th. Ho was found guilty of inde cent conduct and Bishop Robertson was recommended to inhibit him from offici ating any further in St. Mary's Church. PniLii Smith, machinist and foundry man at Sidney, O., has made an assign ment. His liabilities are 203,003; his as sets unknown. About six hundred coopers employed at tho Armour and Fowler packing houses, Chicago, went out on a strike recently for an advance in wages from 2.73 to 3 a day. The ravages of cholera among tho hogs in the country near Yankton, D. T., are becoming alarming. With but few excep tions all the farmers have lost half of their hogs. Five white men and two Indians, who made a murderous attack upon Chinese hop pickers in tho Squnek Valley near Seattle, W. T., two weeks ago and killed two of the number, have been indicted by the grand jury for murder in the first de gree. The largo printing establishment of Crocker & Co., Snn Francisco, together with other buildings, was destroyed by fire recently. Loss, 31a),000; insurance, 230,000. Four firemen were buried in a fall of the ruins; two were killed and two seriously injured. The Chicago Salvationists, convicted recently of disturbing tho peace, ap pealed to a higher court, where the cases were dismissed after the appelauts had been admonished by tho Judgo. THE SOUTH. A little girl named Mary Misner, ot Sherman, Tex., was teasing a performing bear recently, when the animal broke its chain and fatally mauled her. Sixty convicts working on the Kansas & Gulf Short Line, near Lufkin, Tex., re cently made a desperate attempt to escape. The guards fired om them as they started for the woods in a body, killing and wounding twenty-five of the number. The remainder got nwaj, but were being vig orously pursued. All were desperate characters. The alleged outbreak of sixty convicts at Lufkin, Tex., was greatly exaggerated. Only fifteen had tho courage to break through the lines and run. One of the lat ter was instantly killed; seven wero se verely wounded and seven escaped. TuEj'outhwho robbed the stages near Cisco and Abilene, Tex., w as arrested at El Paso and confessed tho crimes. Ho gave the name of Jesse Jones, and said his parents wero wealthy people of Eastern Texas. The Board of Management of the expo sition at New Orleans have added to their list of special days an "American Silver Congress," assigning it to December 11 and 12, the two days following tho "American Bankers' Congress." Twenty-two of the accomplices in tho lynchingof Culbreath, in Edgefield County, S. C, have been lodged in jail. The other three were detained temporarily by sick ness. General Logan was banqueted by the "Logan Inviucibles" at Baltimore on the evening of the Sthf CKSKRAL. Tns English War Office has issued the report of Colonel Ketchner on tho fall of Khartoum. The Ara"Ls, the Colonel savs. entered the city by the Boori gate which was not defended.' He 'acquits Faraz of treachery. Faraz was charged with hav ing allowed tho Mahdi's troops to enter the city. The fund 'for the benefit of James Stephens, the ex-Fenian head center, sj&ounts to only 1,600 and his friends .are greatly disappointed at the meagerness at the subscriptions. i--i - Ix Palermo (Sicily) 14G Hew -cases of J cauierAuu seventy ueaius were reportea on the ith. In Parma nineteen new cases and nine deaths were reported, and in other places in Italy twelve new cases and five deaths. The Gaulofa, of Paris, illuminated its building because of the Conservative gains in France. A mob gathered and broke the windows. Much exoitemenffollowedj and Meyer, the editor. wa.s somewhat ill-used wheu he attempted to leve the building. General Jamais' division of the.Frene army in Annam is preparing to. occupy Tonquin. The Black Flags have been re- organized under a Chinese General. An attempt was made fhe other night te blow up with dynamite a Czechian clab house in Due, a town in Bohemia. For tunately no one was injured. A bad feel ing was reported as existing between Ger mans and Czechs. It was thought the Conservative or monarchial successes in the recent French elections would lead to the expulsion of the Orleanist Princes. Further disorders occurred in Paris, mobs parading and threatening the Gaulois newspaper office. Small-pox was reported in several of the towns of Ontario. The Salvation Army was charged with spreading the contagion by'persisting in visiting. those afflicted. M. Sullier, a defeated candidate for the Chamber of Deputies, has written a let ter to tho American Consul at Paris re questing a certificate of citizenship of the United States. He says he is sick of serv ing his ungrateful country. King Milan, of Servia, in a speech de livered in the Skuptschina on tho 7th. de clared that he had fully determined to fight unless Servia's demand for an exten sion of the boundaries over an area equal to that acquired by Eulgaria in its union with Eastern Roumelia were granted. A dispatch from Berlin of the 7th says: Germany has dispatched a note to .the Court of Spain rejecting Spain's claims to the Carolines. One of Houston's bullion trains was re cently attacked by robbers while en route from the Sierra Mojada mines to Pniral, a station on the Mexican Central Railway. It was reported that four of tho escort were killed. An unofficial report has reached the United States Minister at Lisbon that fifty American Methodist missionaries men, women and children under the care of a Bishop, recently landed on tho west coast of Africa, and were in an utterly destitute condition. A tract of land was granted them on which to make a permanent set tlement. TnE returns issued by the English B.oard of Trade show that the imports during the month of September decreased 2,290,000 and the exports 1,8S0,000 as compared with September, 1SS4. I The trial of the Socialists, Vollmar, Bebel, Auer, Deetz, Frohme, Viereck, j Heiuzel, Mueller and Ullrich, which began at Chemnitz, Germany, September 2S, was concluded October 7, the prisoners being acquitted. The Secretary of tho Knights of Labor reported an increase of 700 per cent, in the membership the past year. An extensive conflagration took place in Aldersgate street, Loudon, on the morning of the Sth. The loss was estimated at over a million dollars. A DispATcn from Homo announces that the Very Rev. D. J. Quiglej', Vicar General of the diocese of Charleston, S. C, has been appointed Domestic Prelate, with tho title of Monsignor. This is the first priest in the South so honored. Tub funeral services over tho bodv of the Earl of Shaftesbury were held in ( Westminster Abbey, London, on the Sth, and wero attended by hundreds of poor ptople whom he had befriended. The fisheries of Labrador proved an al most complete failure this season. The Canadian Government dispatched a vessel loaded with provisions to relieve the neces sities of tho people, who wero reported on the verge of starvation. The New Zealand Government has re newed the mail service between New Zea land and San Francisco. Tho Union Lino steamers will carry the mails via Sydney and Auckland to Honolulu, and tuo Oceanic Lino will carry them between Honolulu and San Francisco. The movement for annexation to the United States received fresli impetus re cently in Cuba. Many prominent Span iards favored the movement as tho only way out of otherw iso inextricable difficul ties. TIIE LATEST. Serious riots broke out in St. Louis ou the 3th, occasioned by the street car strike Large mobs of men surrounded various cars, overturning them into tho gutters and beating the driven and conductors and policemen guarding them. During one of these riots, Policeman Hannan shot n striker named Havey through the head, Killing him. A very bittor feeling was en gendered in consequence and worse troubles were expected. At the Luko Fidler breaker, Shamokin, Pa., recently, n Polish boy employed as a slate picker, missed his footing and fell headlong iuto a box in which were swiftly revolving a pair of "monkey" yollers. Be fore the machinery could bo stopped his body was ground to pieces. Nearly full and official returns from the recent town meetings in Connecticut show that in 102 of the 167 towns, 70 are Repub lican, 53 Democratic nnd 28 equally divided. Last year the stauding was almost exactly the same. Tns suit to test the validity of the Bell telephone patents at Washington was dis missed by Solicitor-General Goode on tech nicalities. Further attempts would be made, it was said, to break the telephone monopoly. Cardinal McCloskey died at New York on the 10th, aged seventy-four. Ho was born in Brooklyn, N. Y., March 20, 1S10. Horse breeders of Bushnell, 111., were considerably alarmed over the discovery that glanders exists in J. S. Truman's herd of range horses. Dr. Paaren, the State Veterinarian, examined the diseased ani mals and at onco pronounced the malady glanders. Instructions have been received by Dr. McKinney, Healtfe Officer of Texas, from Governor Ireland, to discontinue the quar antine against Mexico. Captain Claib, of Abilene, Tex., Man ager of the Sansome Cattle Company, re ceived informal ion that Indians hod stolen eighty head of horses from the company's ranch in New Mexico near the Arizona line. The niath annual congress of the Na tional Liberal League convened at the People's Theater, Cleveland, O., on the 9tb. Colonel Robert G. Ingersoll, the Pres- ideut, not being present, Charles Watts, of jaiuiiuii, .cugiuiiu, v ice xiuiuoaii, occupies g cuai'r. The postmasters at Graniteviile and JTiefley, small towns adjacent to Boston, JljMg., have been recommended for removal for mailing matter at their office that should have been mailed at Boston. In' the case of the Sherley postmaster it was al leged by tho lnspeetor who investigated the matter that th postmaster paid thirty per cent, of the value of the stamps to per sons who brought quantities of circulars to his office for mailing; JKANSAS STATE NEWS. The Topeka daily papers were favored with lots of brass music during the re- anion. Erastcs Scales, one of the veterans who attended the reunion, was so severely injured by a Topeka street car that ba died in a fewheurs. A collection was taken ap amonf, bis comrades for the benefit of his familj. The Prohitntionists of Douglas County hare put a full ficket in the field for county officers. In the band contests during the reunion at Topeka the following awards were made: First class two entries, Mar shall's Military Band of Topeka, com posed of 24 pieces, and the Dispatch Band of Clay Center, composed of 1C pieces; prize, 200 and gold mednl; won by Mar shall's Military Band. Second class two entries, Kuights of Pythias Band of Em poria, and First Regiment Band of Law rence; prize, 150; won by the First Regi ment Band. Third class eight entries. Excelsior Band of Newton, I. O. O. F. Band of Peabody, niuggold of Hutchin son, Pleasantoa Band, Wamego Band, Parsons Band nnd Waterville Bani; prize, 125; won by Parsons Band. Fourth class six entries, Manhattan Band, Oskaloosa band. Mechanic's Band, of Peabody, and the Juvenile Band, of Winfield; prize, 100; won by the Mechanic's Baud, of Peabody. In the drum corps contest tho following awards were made: General class ight entries first prize, 100; second, 05; first, won by Fort Scott corps; second, by Washington G. A. R. Post No. 12, corps, of Lawrence. Sons of Veterans drum corps three entries; prize, C0: won by Mound City corps. Grand Ariny posts three en tries; first prize, 100, won by McCaslin Post No. 117; second, 05, won by Abilene Post No. G3. Michael Krebs, of Junction City, was robbed of 140 by confidence men on a Council Bluffs train at Kansas City the other day. It was the same old story. He i met two respectable looking gentlemen at the Union Depot and one of them sat in the same seat with him when the train pulled out. One of the, men asked if he liad change for "03. When ho pulled out j his roll one of the men snatched it and both jumped off the train. The packing house at Junction City was burned the other night. It was the work of an incendiary evidently. Tho fire had gained such headway before discovered that it was impossible to save any of the contents. There was nn insurance of 13,500 on the building, machinery and stock. Patents latety issued to Kansas invent ors: Myron Camp. Sedgwick, doorshield; James Costxdl, Blue Rapids, refrigerator; Peter Cool, Manhattan, car-axle bearing; Alfred Ross, Wichita, automatic blotter holder. Kansas post-masters recently nppointed: Towandn, Androw Swiggott; Oxford, Melvin Collins; Trenton, D. L. Stratton. The post-offico at Garden City was burg larized the other night. The safe was blown open and all tho niouey, reg istered letters and valuables taken. Therf wore thirty-six mono packages for tin Government Land-office, containing large amounts. There was no clue to tho burg lars. During the late reunion at Topeka many of the militia of 1SJ4 were present. Tb Price Raid Veterans effected a temporary organization and adopted resolutions strongly urging tho payment of Price raid claims remaining unsettled. The question of a reunion in the near future of all th old survivors of the Price raid was deter mined upon. Colonel G. W. Veale wai elected President, and W. W. Climenson Secretary of a permanent organization. Five Vice-Presidents were chcfu to co operate, consisting of the following gen- ! tlemen: W. P. Douthett, Colonel J. W. Brown, E. F. Simmons, of Douglas County; C. G. Howard, of Riley County, and John Armstrong, of Shawnee County. In the late trial of George Prickett, at Columbus, charged with tho murder ol Briggs at Galena last November, the jury was out for four hours and returned with a verdict of murder in tho second degree. Quails can only be killed lawfully dur ing the months of November and Decem ber. It is stated that thirty counties in Kan- , sas have nominated Prohibition tickets, and it Is expected at least an equal num- , ber of Prohibition tickets will bo chosen in j additional counties. TnE Commissioner of Indian Affairs j !,., t:rt Aioron.,. i?T,i.-in f r.nr. ! renc. that his license as post trader at the ! , ., t i- ,. I agency of the Seawnee Indians will be revoked after January 1. The Presbyterian Synod lately in ses sion at Topeka passed resolutions protest ing against the illegal selling of liquor in the drug stores, and "we consider the drnggist who takes advantage of the law in this respect as even more abandoned than the lowest saloon keeper. We also affirm that tho business interests of the State are bettered by the decrease oi liquor saloons. We are receiving a b-tter class of immigrants than formerly, many of whom say they have come to us because of our prohibition law." A resolution was also adopted that "to abate the evil grow ing out of tho abuso of privileges for the sale of alcohol for medical and mechani cal purposes, wo suggest the practicability of placing the sale of liquors exclusively in the hands of salaried employes of the State." Dr. Holcombe, State Veterinarian, re ports that between thirty and forty coun ties in Kansas ara now infected with hog cholera. Th-j disease, he states, is rapidly spreading, causing the daily loss of thou sands of swine. Some counties have re ported a loss of $40,000 from this disease alone. Dr. Holcombe combats the idea en tertained by many that the malady is not cholera, but is some now and fatal disease. Vomiting or coughing are the first symp toms marking the first stages of this dis ease. New counties are filling up. The report that Mr. Scoville was killed by a street car at Topeka during tho reun ion proved to be untrue. His foot was sc severely injured that amputation was necessary, but he was in a fair way to re cover. A purse of between $500 and $C0G was raised on the grounds and presented to him. Joux Asdehsox, janitor in the Leaven worth post-office, was recently arrested upon a charge of robbing the mails. Some of the properly, was fonnd in his possession. He was taken before United States Com missioner Clough and bound over in the gam of $,,000. S. L. Oil bert has been appointed Ro- i oeiv of the land-office at Wichita. ' I f CINCINNATI SOCIALISTS. Vfeey Adopt Platform Which CveryOa t I PriTileced to Read. Cincinnati, October 9. The Socialist Laber party in session at Schaepperiea Hall yesterday adopted the foMowins: plat form: "As work is the only creation of all wealth and civilization, in justice, therefore, tho-ethat'do this work should enjoy its fruits: therefore we declare that a just and equitable distribution of the fruits of labor is impossible under the present system owing to the production by gigantic Means. Since the introduction of ma chinery the acquirement of which is im possible except to the few. These modern iueans of production benefit only one class of society. Where formerly a man worked for himself alone, there are hundreds sud thousands who work in shops, factories and large farms. The re sult of tlieir labors accrue only to the -owners of the machinery, factories mines and toil. This system destroys the middle class and creatrs two separate classes of individuals, the waae worker and the bosses. The evils that rise from the syhtem are a planless system of general production, the destruction of natural and human forces, the continual necessity of the mntetiat existence of the wage workers, tne suffering of the proletarian musses ami the colossal accumulation of wealth in the hands of the few. These asset tions aie proven by the present condition of the wajje workers, who in the midst of their productions live in poverty and dependence, while the hardest and most dibagrecabft woik furnishes the wage worfcer only sustenance. Those who work but little or not at all live in afflurnee through those productions. Such a condi tion of nfiaivs which must grow worse under the existing circumstances is against the interest of manhood and is antagonistic to all justice and true democracy. It de-ttroys the very essence of our Constitution, which says that all shall enjoy life, liberty and the unrestricted pursuit of happiness. It short ens and threatens life by creating want and suffering. It destroys liberty by making the wage-worker dependent upon his boss, and also makes political freedom impot ble. It checks tlie pursuit of happiness, and happiness Is not obtainable where hfe and liberty are threatened. To champs this state of affairs we seek to estab lish a system of co-operative pro duction, and the distribution of ito bene-.it according to the wants and work of the producers under tiie control of organized society. To overcome the continued oppres sion of the wageworker by the capitalist, the socialistic labor party is formed. We seek the practical realization of our de mnnd by striving to gam possession of the political power tluough all practical means." SCORCHING TWO CITIES. A Dlsantrtiu Fire in London AVIich San I'nincSen Tries to DiiiIiritte. LoxnoN, October 8. One of the most disastrous conflagrations that has occurred in this city in ninny jears broke out at live o'clock this morning In the Charter Housj buildings, Aldersgate street, and is still burning, though partially under control. The tire spread with marvellous rapidity nnd in less than four hours after it had broken out thirteen of the eight-story houses comprising the propeity wera destroyed. The buildings wore oc cupied by stores, mostly fancy goods and toy emporium's. In ona of the buildings d&ttioyed was lo cated a large printing establishment. An other of the builrtiiwft was occupied as a bank. Tluough tlie strenuous efforts of tlui fireren the structure was saved from total destruction. The firemen experienced great difficulty in throwing streams ou the upper stories because of tho lack of water preBsure. Many o them had narrow escaweo from deat-from falling walls, etc. The estimated loss will reach tlaee million dollars. Sak Fhaxcisco, Cal., October 9. The iriMneiise wholesale stationery and printing eslahlioliment of II. S. Crocker & Co., ou Bush stieet, burned to the ground this morning. Four me" wero buried in tlm ruins. It is estimated tnat xhe loss on tlm building and tiie stock is about 3500,009. The first alarm was turned in at 2:10 a. in., but ; th fir" o-fcpnatrd in the basement and m what is known as a "blind fire," the flames had already made considerable headway before the extent of the danger was known. In au incredibly short time the whole interior f the largo live story biiildincr .seenwtl U) Im i mass of flamta j aj lroSnect of saving it or any of iU contents was Jwpelcss. The building was owned by Charles Crocker of the Central Pacific Railroad Company, and was worth S75.000, but was not insured. The losn of n- S. Crocker & Co. is 5400,000; insured fr S'225,000. Schweitzer, Sachs & Co., obber of , fanc s, Sansome street, the rear of whose premises adjoined thosw of the Crockers. lose heavily from damat: by water. The ongin of the fire is a mvstery. Four firemen were burned in the ruins but two have been rocued. One of them is in an unconscious stat,'. Tho other two are undoubtedly dead. The names are Martin Halin and Pet-er ilealy. PUGNACIOUS MAYORS- The Old and the New Hare a Uout In m I.onisvTlle Court Room. Louisvillh, Ky., October 9. The Ordi nance Court room was eu livened yesterday afternoon by a fistic attack by ex-Mayor Chailcs D. Jacob upon P. Booker Reed, the Major. Both men were witnesses in an ordinance case. Mayor Reed .had refused to pay an old contract let under Jacob's ad ministration on the gionnds that it was irregular and invalid. Referring to this Mr. Jacob said: "The contract was one that any honest man would pay, and on that no honest man would object to." This caused much excitement, and when Mr. Iteed asked if he refened to him Mr. Jacob said "yes," and brought his hand down on Reed's shoulder. He lepvated the blow and they were separated. Mav or Jacob apolo gized to the court aud was fined S3. On the outside he attain attempted to assault Sjayor Heed, but was prevented. Mr. Ja cob refused to recognize the authority of Chief of Police Wliallen, who attempted to arrest him, but surrendered to the Marshal of the court Both gentlemen have been taken in hand by friends, aud doubtless there will be no further trouble. Boena Bon!s. Washisgtox, October 9. Major Dye, Chief of Police, to-day was handed a letter from Mr. Hutchinson, who is in the land business in Kansas City, stating that the writer had traded land for 5,000 worth of seven per cent District bonds, issued Octo 15, 1877, and made payable in Jul', 1S82. They are signed "Liudley Murray, presi dent, and E. T. Ferris, secretary.' The writer said he would like to know their value. Major Dye lias written a letter in reply stating that no such bonds have ever been issued by the District, and that they are fraudulent He has also notified the Kansas City police, asking that they make an investigation. THE ROCK SPRINGS RIOT. Itartllag Kvldeaes Before the Graad Jaqr The ChlaeM Said to Have Fired Their Owe HWMrl. Greek Biver, Wto, October 6. Sorar rwtnnonr of a startling character was, given to the grand jury yesterday calculated, to throw new light on the transactions at-. Keck Springs during the riot there. The Rev. Timothy Thirloway, tho Congregir tional minister who resided at Rock: Springs with his family during the riot,, made a sworn statement, allowing that the Chinese set fire to their own houses inw order to prevent the white men from rob bing thetn of their money, which wa buried in the ground under their dwellings. Subsequent events have shown that this was the case, for as shown, as the China men returned to Rock Serines they com menced excavat ns tinder the ruins and in one instnnee over 50,000 was found. Tim othy Thirloway being duly sworn made th' following statement: ,4I nm a minister of the compel and was residing at Rock Springs on September 2 last on which day the riot occurred and was in the vicinity of Chinatown on that day. I heard there was a large number of men moving: around towr.nl the north end of China town with cuns, clubs and r'ier weapons. I stepped out of my house with my wife and taw the first two houses that were set on fire. While we were standing there L could see a number of white men on the north side of Chinatown and at the same time four Chinamen came out of a house in the southeast part, only a short distance from us. They wero some two hundred yards from the white men. Tho four Chi namen had not moved more than twenty yards from the house with their butulles when some one called them back, and -they remained in the house for two or tliree minutes before coming eut again. In tho meantime a volley was heard on the north side of Chinatown and almost instantly the Chinamen rushed out of the building. They had hardly left when we saw tiie building was on fire. No white men were to be seen near the house and it was apparent that the house was fired by the Chinamen themselves. My daughter, who talked with some of the Chinamen afterward, can tell you more about the object of the Chinamen in setting tiro, to their awn houses. The two houses that were first burned belonged to the railroad company and were knowu as numbers 15 and 16. Among the Chinamen that cama out ef No. 10, the first house set on fire, 1 recognized Ah Quong." The statement of Miss Ellen Thirloway was as follows: "I came to Rock Springs last December and have Riven instruction to tho Chinese at my father's house in the eveuimr. I think I had the confidence of the Chinese, who re garded us as their friends. Just as soon as they returned some of them came to see us nnd told us about their troubles. Ah. Quong. who lived in the cellar of gang house No. 16, which was the first house set. on fire, told me that Chlna'boy was scared, afraid American boy would get things, and so China boy set fire to the house. Low Ack Sen. a nephew of Ah Say, the Chinese interpreter, also told mo the same facts about setting on fire the houses of other Chinamen and'that they wero afraid white men would find their money and for that reasou the Chiuese set fire to the houses. LAND THIEVES. Conviction f the A next of nn Bnglish Com pany Fraudulent Work or KiIroau. Washinotox, October 0. The General Land Office is informed of the trial aud conviction of R. C. Bloomlield, in Denver,. Col., on the 21st tilt., for conspiring to de- ' fraud the United States in piocurintr fraud i ulent pre-emption entries under fictitious names. Mr. Bloomfield is an Englishman, 1 very wealthy and the managerof the Arkan sas Valley Land & Cattle Company com ( posed almost entirely of Englishmen. 'Ihis i company, i: is represented, own over 300, 000 acre of land, controlling the water of I ast areas nf country through illegal means. The conviction of Bloomfield is regarded at tiie Interior D; artment as highly important in tht it will be likely to deter others from continuing in the same illegal business. When the jury returned its vf rdkt Bloomfield fainted in open court. II. K. Pinchney, who was in dicted with Bloomfield, escaped before his trial came oif. He is represented as having furnished the meu means to personate ac tnal settlers. He employed cowbojs until the supply was exhausted, when he put up paper men. Pinchney was a clerk in the local land office, and was of great assist ance in successfully executing tho fraudu lent entries. Several agents of the De partment of the Interior report the cutting of large amounts of timber on public lands, adjacent to the line of the Norilern Pacific Railroad, by largo forces of the men, who claim to be employed by the Montana Improvement Company, which it is alleged, is but a branch of the North Pacific Railroad Company. Saw mills are said to be running in full blast among a vast area of country. It is understood that suits will be immediately instituted against the guilty parties. Reports are said to have been received at the department to the effect that the Atx-hison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railfoad Company, by making fraudu lent locations, have secured large areas ot land to which they are not entitled. Detpmttt Convlctn. Rusk, Tex., October 6. Yesterday at the terminus of the Kansas & Gulf Short Line near Lufkin, Tex., sixty convicts working on the road made a desperate bresk for liberty, just as they had finished their supper. With deafening yells they started up in a body and rushed for the neighboring woods. Guards opened fire on them with deadly effect The latest report says twenty-five of them were killed or wounded. The prisoners were in one large body, and the guards simply emptied their repeating rifles and small arms into the moving mass. Rumors of an intended mutiny in this camp have been rife for some weeks past These rumors were strengthened by the fact that many of the convict were serving life sen tences and were known to be desperate characters and extra precautions were be ing taken. Every means possible Ls being used to recapture the thirty-five who suc ceeded in eluding the rifles of the guards. All avenues of escape are being guarded and posses are being organized to scour the country. The scene of the outbreak is some miles from a telegraph office. A Patent Bill Misting. Washijtgton, October 6. It has been ascertained that an engrossed bill authoriz ing the Attorney General to begin proceed ings looking to tho annulment of patents obtained through fraud aud misrepresenta tion, together with all papers relating to the measure, has disappeared from the files of the Senate Committee on Patents. The bin was passed at the last sessioa by the House of Representatives, and re ferred by the Senate to the Patent Commit tee, but was not brought before the Senate for final action. Senator Piatt, the Chair man of the Committee on Patents, has writ ten to this city, requesting a thorough' In investigation of the. i'2 a ,? y' h 'S-J v3&V 'Jh .'