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WEDNESDAY, MAY 5, 1897. NUMBER -56.'
Imports rushed.
1 Year’s Supply of Goods Brought in
Because of the Tariff- Bill.
yj,e United States Not Much Gchliul Ger
jBBiiy Circulation Figures—Mall Catch
er Unsatisfactory—Teller's Views on
the Arbitration Treaty.
Washington, May 4.—The treasury
figures for the month just ended con
firm Chairman Dingley’s statement,
made a few days ago, that there is
likely to be nearly a year's supply of j
foreign goods in the country when the
new tariff bill goes into effect. While :
the retroactive clause, so-called, of the j
Pingley bill probably prevented some i
of the new contracts which would
have been made and the new orders i
which would have been given, it did i
not reduce the amount of goods j
brought in during April, as compared j
with the preceding month. That <
clause of the bill provided that the j
new rates of duty should apply upon j
all goods coming in after April 1 which
bad been purchased prior to that date. !
This, of course, permitted all goods
contracted for or ordered prior to April
1 to come in under Wilson law rates, j
and also left it largely in the hands of i
ihe importers to indicate by their own
statements whether goods coming in
A r\i*{ 1 1 Ijq<1 Laon nnr/ili'tertd
ordered prior to that date. The fol
lowing figures, covering the importa
tions into the United States during
the past nine months, indicates the
hot haste with which foreign manu
facturers and home importers have
filled the warehouses of the Cuited
States preparatory to the advance of
duties contemplated by the new tariff:
Total importations of foreign mer
chandise into the United States from
August 1, 1890, to May 1, 1S97: August,
I89ti, $49,468,190; September, §50,855,
990; October, $50,467,319; November,
$50,048,288; December, 558,980,060; Jan
uary, 1897, $51,354,018; February, $59, -
835,860; March, $70,372,831; April (esti
mated), $80,000,000.
The Navies of the World.
Washington, May 4. —Reports on the ;
naval development of all the leading
powers of the world have been received
recently by the secretary of the navy
under instructions to naval representa
tives and legations abroad. They in- I
dieate a decided forward policy with :
all the great powers and there seems
to be no purpose to reduce expenses.
While no comparisons between the
naval strength of the United States
an«l of the European countries have
been made, it is apparent from the re
ports that Germany is little if any
ahead of the United States in the size
and power of her fleets. Italy and
Russia continue to outrank the United
States, but with the battleships now
being built, Russia will soon lose the
lead. France and Great Britain con
tinue to expend millions annually in
new construction, while the other
powers, with the exception of Italy,
are also making strides in the same
direction. The South American re
publics are spending money on navies
as fast as their depleted treasuries will
permit, while China expresses a deter
mination to make ready to redeem the
defeat of the Yalu.
Washington, May 4.—The monthly
statement of the comptroller of the cur
rency shows tha t on April 80 the total
circulation of national bank notes was !
$2-'12>02,244, a gain for the year of SS,- j
700,811 and a loss for the month of $906,- j
605. The circulation, based on t nited
States bonds, was $208,768,549, a gain
for the year of $5,365,810 and a loss for :
til 1 uv v uvmimww**
secured by lawful money was S*i4.0":>.- |
8: 5, an increase for the year of ]
58'.i anil an increase for the month of |
59-2.50:!. The amount of United States j
unregistered bonds on deposit to se- \
cure circulating notes 8*282.749,800, and \
to secure public deposits S10,:il8,000.
The Mail Catcher Service Unsatisfactory.
Washington, May i.—The catcher
Service in the railway mail service
whereby mail is dropped into cranes at
•mall stations from fast trains is giv
ing the postal authorities much annoy*
•nee and complaints are frequent.
Acting General Superintendent
Meyers, cf the railway mail service,
has issued two orders to correct abuses.
One prohibits the use of damaged or
insecure catcher pouches and the other
directs division railway mail superin
tendents to instruct postmasters as to
properly hanging catcher pouches in a
mail crane. Both of the orders are due
to reports indicating that the mails
•re frequently exposed to loss or dam
age by use of damaged catcher equip
ment and improper placing of sacks in
the small cranes.
Teller’s Views on the Treaty.
Washington, May 4.—Senator Teller,
who is paired on the arbirtation treaty,
has ex pressed himself freely agalnt that
measure in an interview. He ques
tioned whether the senate could thus
legally surrender one of its constitu
tional prerogatives and said that few
senators believed that it was wise to
do so if it were possible. “Grjiat
Britain,” be said, “will not gQ tq. ^alr
wit!) the United States unless it ap
pears to her to be to her best interest
to do so, and no one acquainted with
the history of that country for the last
~00 years can believe that a treaty
would stand in the way of war if her
interests could be served in war.
North Dakota Brute Murders a Woman’s
t hi Wren to Compel Her Submission.
Larimore, N. D., May 4.—A double
murder took place at the residence of
Knutc Hillstead, a prominent farmer
residing eight miles west of here, at
one o’clock this morning. August Nor
man, a young man well known in this
section, who had been making his home
at Hillstead’s, off and on, came there
yesterday afternoon. Mr. Jlillstead be
ing absent, he wanted to stay all night.
About one o'clock Norman went to
Mrs. Hillstead’s room and de
manded admission. She blocked
the door, and he said he would
kill all the family if she did' not
admit him. She reimsed, and Norman
procured a razor, went up stairs and
cut the throat of Peter K. Hillstead,
aged 15. He then went down stairs
and tried to get into Mrs. Hillstead’s
room again, but she had blocked the
door. He then proceeded to carve the
13-months-old son, Thomas, after which
he cut the throats of Adolph and Oscar,
aged 11 and three. He then forced his
way into Mrs. Hillstead's bedroom and
assaulted her, promising to not kill
her and the two little girls. The two
oldest sons are still alive, with but
little hopes of recovery. After doing
the murders he stole one of the horses
and is still at large.
Movement Said to Be Progressing? to Con
centrate the Whole Business Under
limited Management.
New Yor.u, May 4.—It is said that a
movement has been inaugurated to
concentrate under limited manage
ment the insurance interests of the
country. The plan is for the fraternal
societies of the United States to aban
don the insurance field and transfer
the outstanding policies to the regu
larly-incorporated insurance compa
nies. Confidential circulars outlining
the scheme have been sent to various
persons throughout the country inter
terested in fraternal insurance, and
there is said to be considerable rivalry
among the great insurance companies
for precedence in this particular field.
Occupation Taxes Illegal.
Leavenworth, Kan., May 4.—-The
appellate court has decided the case of
the city of Leavenworth versus the
agent for the Pacific Express Co., in
volving the validity of the occupation
tax ordinance, against the city. The
effect of the decision tv ill be to pre
vent the city from collecting license
or occupation tax from three express
companies, two telegraph companies
and probably all of the insurance com
panies and will apply to other cities of
the state where similar ordinances
have been passed.
Disastrous Fire in Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh, Pa., May 4.—The great
est fire that has visited this city since
the memorable one of 184.J started
shortly after midnight in the immense
wholesale grocery establishment of
Thomas C. .Jenkins on Penn avenue and
Liberty streets. Three large blocks,
extending from Liberty to Penn avenue
and from Fifth street to Sixth street,
have »h*c*ii ifuiiccd to siiiolueriDg ruins.
The loss will be between $2,000,000 and
£3,000,000, and is well covered by insur
ance. ___
Convention Week In Kansas City.
Kansas City, Mo., May 4.—Four im
portant conventions will be held here
this week, beginning to-day and con
tinuing all week will be the Interna
tional Association of Machinists. To
morrow the National League of Musi
cians will meet in annual session.
Wednesday and Thursday the Western
Grain and Trade congress will assem
ble and on Wednesday the postal clerks
of the Seventh postal district will hold
their annual convention.
Ex "enator Ingalls Disqualified.
TUn Mtiv 4.—The literarv
societies of Central college several
months ago invited ex-Senator John J.
Ingalls, of Kansas, to deliver the an
nual commencement address and the
distinguished gentleman accepted, but
since he took so prominent a part in
the Corbett-Fitzsimmons prize fight
the board of curators and faculty of
Centra! college have entered a protest
against the Kansas statesman.
Votes That Cost Him Dear.
Kansas City, Mo., May 4.—Earl Hell,
of Chillicothe, who passed a counter
feit bill to buy votes that his sweet
heart might win a voting contest for
the most beautiful woman in the town,
was found guilty by a jury in the fed
eral court. He paid dearly for the sat
isfaction of witnessing the triumph of
his favorite over the other maids of
Coinage In April.
Wasiunton, May 4.—The report of
the director of the mint shows that
during the month of April the total
coinage at the United States mints
was §10,410,580. Of this amount 88,800.
400 was in gold, §1,585,000 in silver and
S74.080 in minor coins. Of the silver
coinage £1,400,000 was in standard dol
1 lars.
i A Destructive Conflagration Breaks Out
at Pittsburgh, Pa.
Four Others Ifcjured—The Area Horned
Over Covers Several Ai res—Property
and Merchandise Destroyed to
the Amount of 8*3,000,000.
Pittsburgh, Pa., May 4.—The worst
fire that has visited Pittsburgh since
the great fire of 1845, excepting during
| the riots of 1877, destroyed 8:5,000,000
I worth of merchandise and property
| last night, caused the death of one
| fireman and the injury of others by
; falling walls. The wholesale grocery
establishment of Thomas .Jen
kins, the great retail dry goods store
of Joseph Horne & Co. and the Horne
| office building are total ruins. There
remains of the first only jagged patches I
of walls, here and there, and of the
latter only the great naked frame
work, built of structural iron which
would not fall, but stripped of walls
i and floors. The burnt section extends
from Fifth street to Cecil alley on Penn
avenue and from Cecil alley to Fifth |
street on Liberty street, covering an i
area of several acres.
The fire started shortly after mid- !
nitrht in the cellar of the wholesale
i grocery establishment of Thomas C. ;
i Jenkins, on Penn avenue and Liberty :
I streets, in a pile of barrels filled with
; waste paper, and in a few moments j
■ was beyond the control of Watchman '
| William Hunter, who escaped only j
! with great difficulty, after fighting ■
j the tire for a time with buckets of
The fire made rapid headway, and j
; in half an hour flames began to pour !
! out of the Penn avenue front. All the !
fire departments of the city and Alle
j gheny were summoned, but the im- i
' mense quantity of barreled oil, sugar, {
| molasses and flour was rich food for j
the flames, and in 15 minutes the whole
| structure was a furnace. The fire ate
! its way so rapidly that firemen nar
; rowly escaped falling debris. Flames
filled Penn avenue completely and shot
into the air 200 feet or more.
The great building- of Joseph Horne
& Co., dry goods, soon caught fire and
the firemen worked desperately to pre
vent its loss, but it was soon burning
from cellar to roof and the flames had
communicated to Horne’s six-story
office building adjoining, occupied by
IV. P. Grier & Co., china dealers, the
Bon Marche Glove Co., Snaman’s car
pet house and scores of physicians.
Muck’s cigar factory and Mall Bros.’
building next fell and they were quick
ly followed by the Methodist Book
Concern building and smaller struc- !
tures. The glare of the flames could
be seen for miles and the streets for
blocks around were brilliantly illu- '
minated. Streams of water from
the many engines had no I
effect whatever, the flames from
the burning oil in the Jen- j
kins building rolling out against them.
At three o’clock the fire was finally
under control, but still burning with
intense fury wfithin the limits of the
, thi-ee blocks bounded by Fifth and
| Sixth streets oast and west and Liber
j ty and Penn avenues north and south.
The Duquesne theater and the Surprise
Clothing Co.’s stores were on fire sev
eral times, but were saved with small
loss. _
Tlie Slayer of Post Inspector McCinre
Murders Another Mi.n In Kansas City.
Kansas City, Mo., May 4.—As the
! result of a quarrel over aten-cent stake
in a crap game last evening, Bill Adler,
the notorious north end thug who,
1 only two years ago last Karnival night,
j killed Postmaster Inspector Jesse Mc
Clure, shot and almost instantly killed
| William Johnson. The victim was a
colored man. The shooting was the
I climax of a small riot, which followed
i Adler's refusal to cash a bet Johnson
: had made in a crap game a select party
had started in the rear of Nolan’s sa
loon at Sixth and May streets. John
son died two minutes after the shoot
ing. Adler himself was shot by James
Gordon, colored, and was captured still
; bleeding, two hours afterward in Kan
sas City, Kan. lie is now In jail there,
refusing to come to Missouri without
a requisition.
Alabama Silver Ilrpubllcans.
BillMiNGiiAM, Ala., May 4.—Ex-Gov.
William II. Smith, Cutler Smith, G. W.
Suatze and M. Brott, leading silver re
publicans of this state, have issued a
call for a conference of Alabama silver
republicans to be held here May 20, for
the purpose of organizing the silver
republican party and electing a com
mitteeman to meet with that party at
I Chicago June 8 to adopt a statement of
principles and complete national or
For Went Point nud Annapolis.
; Abilene, Kan., May 4.—The win
ners in the competitive examination of
applicants for appointment to West
Point and Annapolis by Congressman
Vincent were announced us follows;
' West Point—O. C. Troxel, Abilene; al
ternnte, G. \V. Kelley, Marshall coun
ty. Annapolis—R. S. Manley, .Junc
tion City; alternate, F. A. Sorgate,
She Hopes That Commercial Treaties May
He Made with the blilted States.
Washington-, May 4.— United States
Consul Monahan at Chemnitz, in a re
port to the state department says that
Germany just now is very much excited
ahout the proposed new tariff act for
the United States. Reciprocity is re
garded as the only way in which to
keep commerce with safe and sure
lines. Hopes are expressed t hat com
mercial treaties may be made between
the United States and Germany, but ■
the consul feels that there is little I
market there for American manufac- j
tured products and believes that were !
our manufacturers to make half the I
effort in Russia, South America and
the east that would be necessary in
Germany, the returns would bo live
times as great. Even natural products
Germany would not buy from the!
United States could she get them as
cheap and good elsewhere, says the
consul, who produces an array of figures
to show how our grain trade, once of
large proportions, has been turned by
Germany almost altogether over to
Russia. In conclusion he earnestly en
joins American manufacturers to pat
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tui; im. li iimv. uiiiv o aim pi *n;caoi iu
Germany, where our machines are now ;
bought, taken apart and successfully j
imitated. Annual visits are made by j
German manufacturers to tlio United
States to jhck up American ideas.
Resolutions Introduced in the Senate—A
Resolution to Appoint House Committees
Voted Down.
Washington, May 1.—After a recess
covering practically ten days the sen
ate met to-day with a large accumula
tion of routine business and several irn-j
portant questions, including the Mor- j
gan Cuban resolution, awaiting atten
tion. Among the hills introduced was !
one by Mr. Chandler for the issue of
certificates of indebtedness up to $50,- j
000,000 to meet deficiencies in the rev- j
enues. The bill was referred to the j
finance committee.
A resolution by Mr. Pettus was
agreed to asking the secretary of the !
treasury for information as to the
amounts paid as drawbacks during the
last ten years.
The Vest resolution directing the
committee on commerce to investigate
and report on the causes of the Missis
sippi floods was favorably reported
from the committee on contingent ex
penses. The Cuban resolution was
called up by Mr. Morgan, who en
deavored to have a day fixed for the
vote, but there was objection.
In the house Mr. Bailey presented a !
resolution that the Nelson bankruptcy
bill recently passed by the sena te be
taken up by the house on Monday,
May 10,and considered until disposed of.
A resolution instructing the speaker
to appoint the committees of the house
was voted down by 58 to 123.
fur l.ivwl of Federal Prisoners.
Kansas City, Mo., May 4.—A car
load of United States prisoners from
the Indian territory nnd Oklahoma
came in over the Santa Fe yesterday.
The criminals were on their way to
Leavenworth, where they will serve
out their sentences in the federal
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pi l.^Uili i UC V %VUll^ All Ullil^G UA .JV, * Ciu-i
deputy United States marshals and
guards. _
Modest Place for the “Hero of Shiloh.”
Washington, May 4.—Gen. Benja
min M. Prentiss, who to-day was ap
pointed postmaster of Bethany, Mo.,
mis LK’Uii a laiuuidr ligure in uii rcpuu- ;
lieau -state gatherings in Missouri and i
is widely known as the “hero of Shi
loh.’’ He was offered other and better
places so far as salary was concerned,
but modestly said he wanted to be
only postmaster of liis home.
Overturning Skiff Causes Four Deaths.
Ij01tisvii.de, Ky., May 4.—A special
from Gallatin, Tenn.,says: John Nolin,
his two little daughters and a man
whose name could not he learned, were
drowned in the river above here. The
skiff was overturned and the father
tried to take his children to shore but
the swift current swept all four of
them under.
Objecting Parents Outwitted.
Hiawatha, Kan., May 4.—Marcie ba
ker. aged about 20, and Miss Lulu Muu
scll. daughter of C. H. Munsell. mans-;
ger of the telephone system, tried to i
elope on one of the early trains this j
morning, but their fathers were at the
depot. They finally hired a team and
drove to Falls City, Neb.
A Venerable Clergy man Dead.
St. Louis, May 4.—Rev. Edward
Fairfax Herkely, the oldest Episcopal j
minister in the Missouri diocese, died '
to-day. He was 84 years of age, 40 of
which he passed in the ministry.
Kansas Fruit Froapetrts.
Topeka, Kan., May 4.—William
Barnes, secretary of thu Kansas .State 1
Horticultural society, has received re- i
ports from all sections of the state on
the condition of fruit, and he says that
Kansas will raise the largest crop this
year in her history, lie said that he
had not received a single discouraging
report this season.
They Arc Reviewed by the Ministers of
War and the Interior.
The Moslems Kxpres* the Opinion That It
Will Soon Terminate "Annexation
to Greece or Death” the
Cretan .Motto.
Athexb, May 4.—No request for
mediation has been or will be nd>
dressed by Greece to the powers until
the ministers of war and marine shall
report upon rtie state of the Greek
forces zit Pharsala and elsewhere, and
Perhaps not then if the reports shall
be favorable. The powers have not
offered mediation, although they do
not conceal the fact that a request
for intervention will be highly accept
able to them, and the Italian and
Austrian ministers hail a long
interview yesterday with Premier
Ralli. The minister for foreign affairs,
M. Nkouloudis, says that the military
situation has greatly improved in both
Epirus and Thessaly, and that the vic
tory of the Greeks over the Turks at
Velestino was brilliant. Edhem Pasha,
it is reported, has sent an officer with
a flag of truce to the Greek headquar
ters, asking for an armistice of five
days. It is again reported that500 Bulga
rian irregulars have crossed the frontier
in Macedonia. King -George is suffer
ing from cardiaeal spasms and his phy
sician insist that a change of air, to
the island of Milo or Neyra, is neces
sary. The ministers of war and of the
interior arrived at- Pharsala at noon
yesterday and immediately reviewed
the troops, it- was stated yesterday
that headquarters will be transferred
to Vomokos. Thus far the Turks have
captured, it is estimated, war mate
rial ami provisions of the value of
Think the War Will Soon Knil.
Constantinople, May 4.—War prepa
rations go on with unabated vigor.
Two commissions, composed of officials
of the ministries of public works and
of war, have been formed for the pur
pose of Inspecting railways and facili
tating the dispatch of troops to the
frontier. it lias been decided to
extinguish the torches in all the
lighthouses on the gulf of Smyrna
as far as Karaburun during the
continuance of the war. In official
Turkish circles the opinion is expressed
that the war with Greece will soon
terminate. It is pointed out that
while Turkey was forced into the war
by Greek aggression and the counsels
of certain of the powers, she will not
gain any advantage by crushing Greece
for the benefit of the Slav element in
the Balkans. It is held that the suc
cesses attained by the Turkish troops
in Greece are all the Turkish govern
ment could desire.
Annexation or Death.
Candia, Crete, May 4.- The admirals
commanding the fleets of the for
eign powers in Cretan waters had a
conference yesterday with the insur
gent leaders at Palokastro. The Cre
tans were promised complete auton
omy, including the condition that the
nomination of their ruler should be
subject to the ratification of the Cre
tan assembly. The Insurgent leaders,
however, cut the discussion short and
reiterated that their motto remained
“annexation to Greece or death.”
Indiana')* eac-Govcrnor and cx-Tdlnistcr to
Italy Away at 74.
Indianapolis, Ind., May 4.—Albert
G. Porter, ex-governor of Indiana and
minister to Italy under the Harrison
administration, died at his home
shortly after three o’clock this morn
ing of paresis. He had been confined
to liis room almost constantly for two
years. Yesterday morning Mr. Porter
was notified that the king of Italy had
conferred the Order of Sante Maurizion
and Lazaro on him for his services
wliile minister to Italy.
Albert C, Porter was born at Lawreuceburg,
April 20, 1824. He was graduated at An
bury university In 1*43. and was admitted to
the law two years later and made rapid progress
at the bar. In 1858 he was elected to congress,
serving two years. In 1878 he was appointed
first comptroller of the treasury and continued
In that position until he was elected governor
of Indiuna. in 1880. Ho held that office for four
years. In March, 1880, he was appointed mi»
ister t.n Italy by President Harrison.
Wliat the Drummers Would Like.
Kansas City, Mo., May 4.—Com
mercial travelers have not yet aban
doned all hope of inducing the western
railroads to issue a 5,000 mile inter
changeable ticket at two cents a
mile. They would prefer such action
to the enactment of laws fixing the
maximum rate of fare at two cents a
mile by the legislatures of the western
states. They find that such reduce.d
rates would be good for everybody,
and what they desire is a lower rate
than the general public gets.
South Carolina's ftlspenfWy Profits.
Charleston, S. C., May 4.—The star
board of dispensary commissioners, in
its report for the quarter ended in
March, shows that the gross profits
amounted to $78,731.11, and the net
profits were 883,281.97,

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