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•-. lififi OFFICIAL COUNT. Williams and Benson an Elected Fair, and Along Conies Nicfceus with a Thousand to Spare. The Fateful Figures Wkieh Boosted and Blasted the Hopes of Aspiring Statesmen Yesterday. Our Member of the Council. jjromthe Daily, Wcdnfiaflay. After a long agony of suspense the question of the legislative election is at at last finally 6eUled, and the mountain that seemed to loom up before us is now found to be behind. The exaggerations that came from Griggs and liansom coun ties by which Maratta and Goodrich were guessed into office have melted away be fore the official count like a snow bank before a trop cal sun. Stutsman county hits every reason to be gratified over the result in the election of one of her citi zens to I. lie highest k-gislaiive office in the district, :iiid 'hat citizen a man whose al'ilny viil do lnuor to the district and ins co *si men's. Wiiiie "»lr. jNickcus -s 1 ri'|u Utaii miri WHS '•icet'-'i! :i* such hn is no su* f»«'i '0 ailr.w ii party feting i.uiu ivs uv-.ior. -.r ins voir o»u matterspertaining 'O uie 'X.r.ie.i'iiti in terests and development of the ten' 1 •'y, and the democrat us well as repinl c:ir, will have a representative in the terri torial couucil in the person of Mr. Nick eu«, and he should have the encourage meut and support of all in the discharge of his official duties, Tor he is the repre sentative of 'til regardless of party name or party fecliug. On political questions lie is of course expected to vote as a re publican, aud as the representative of his party, but upon other questions ho is expected to vote as the representative of the whole people of his district regardless of naity. ______ The Official Count. The county clerks of the several coun ties in the Fourteenth legislative district, namely, Geo. W. Vennuin, Stutsman L. D. Marsh, Barnes J. L. Colton, liansom H. P. Smart, Griggs Frank J. Mead, Morton A. E. Franks, La Moure Thos. Van Etten (deputy), Burleieh H. A. Gcschkc (deputy), Dickey, met at the county clerk's office in this city yesterday and canvassed the returns of the several counties named for member of the territo rial council and two members of the legis lative assembly. The canvassing board organized by appointing Geo. W. Ven num chairman and H. Smart secretary. The vote of each candidate is given in the following tabular statement, no re turns from Kidder county having Deen received: I W E A W a W a W W a N a 00 *3 OD 0 CC to CO 00 *3 OD 0 CC to CO Barnes to C3 *4 ft 5 O Dickey 2 2 S 2 2 8 2 2 8 Burleigh wuetacnu (a qp 0 os ti 0 1 CO O G& CO 1 v* a ts to 0 Origgs 00 QC 00 OS N* La Moure 1 CO CO to Morton 1 1 4- -1 co Cw 1 li W -1 1 Total «k] O iv O tO 1 00 cc cc a kj 1 CO 00 0 to l.-w Wor -s 10 Inquirers. Pr Taur-d iy'» Da y. The .tumour nod uaiur'* of the inquiries which come to the Alert from all arts of the United States and the Canada*, re questing a personal answer as to the vari ous resources, the cost of production, the price of labor and various other details would stagger a professional statistician. To answer all these personally would re quire the entire time of one person. This we cannot do and it is certainly beyond reason to ask it. We apprehend that those who make these requests are not conversant with the sphere of a news paper editor or the unceasing labor h.s office duties impose upon htm, nor the character of his stock in trade. His busi ness is to give through his paper ihe in formation asked in these personal re quests, and his paper is one of his sources of income. In the course of a year nearly every conceivable inquiry with reference to the country is answered without the question being asked. Each season of the year suggests the character of in formation desired by the public, and those desiring the inform ation, as we have suggested should sub scribe for the local paper published in the •icinitv in particular reference to which he may desire information. By atten tively reading the local paper of a given place for a year, one will become almost as thoroughly acquainted with the mate rial matters concerning it as if he had been present himself. A general idea of the character of the people and business of place may be correctly obtained from even •one copj- or the local paper. The adver tising patronage indicates the business of the place and the news items the general character of the people. The proper way for a person to address a newspaper man for information in reference to the it pp* j-. ££& S&5S- fii lished is to enclose the subscription price of his paper for a year aud give plain directions as to the address to which it is to he bent, and he will get the infor mation desired without asking a single question about it, that is if the informa tion desired comes within the sphere ot journalism, and if it does not, why should you suppose lie would be able to give it? You might as well ask a lawyer to advise you or a physician to prescribe for you without compensation as to ask a newspa per man to give you information which is the stock in trade of his business. The following from Allegheny county, Pa., is a sample of hundreds that are received at the Alert office, with such variations of subjects of inquiry that it would require the person answering them to be thor oughly versed all the sciences, from astronomy to geology, and from the law to theology: "How early in the spring can breaking be commenced?" Can it be done in time for an oat crop? What is the expense per acre for break ing? for seeding? for harvesting? per bushel for threshing? for sacking? What arc ciirpcuterswages? What the wages of masons? To reach well water must, rock be pen trateii? or, is the water found above rock? What, is the usual depth? What is the character of the rock? \V hat atu.r.nu of work might- 011c have for an efficient well auger? For well bormg what price per fool? Pleusc ^ive us prices of building ma 'crmK'' Mi.w we -Milium "fricis to a catidiu worH," .-is 1 In: Declaration of ludepend (MIH s, :f the task of ansxvering by personal letter such requests as the above every day is not enough to make the world 00k dark and dismal to the already over worked editor, and make him pine for some dark cave .in whose solitude he might rest in peace? Real Estate Matters. The real estate transactions for the week last past are very flattering for the season of the year. The number of town lots that changed hands was thirty-six, the aggregate considerations of which was $11,727.50. The number of acies of iand transferred was 3,035, the aggregate consideration of which was $7,751.40. There were fifteen transfers of laud and fourteen of town lots recorded the past week, amounting in all to the aggregate consideration of $10,478.90. As will be seen quite a number of the buyers were foreign parties, which jwould hardly be reasonably expected at this season of the year. Following is the list which have been recorded since the report of a week ago to-day: Atkinson & Pannell to A. A. Doolittle, all of Jamestown, lot 10, blk 8, in Atkin son & Paunell's addition, 890. Ella F. Franklin to W. M. Chamber lain, lt'O acres, sc qr sec 1, tp 149, 65, $600. W Lloyd, Jr, of Jamestown' to Merrill, of Chicago, 111, lots 1, 2, 3 and 6, blk 32, Lloyds' addition, $870. W Lloyd, Jr, to W S Kernohan, of North Jackson, Mahoning county, O, lots 2 and 3, blk 26- in Lloyds' second addi tion, $430. S to Annie S Young, of Fostor couu ty, T, 1C0 acres, se qr sec 17, tp 150, 60, $200. S to A A Doolittle, of Stutsman county, T, 160 acres, sw qr sec 22, tp 138, 63, $400. Pre-emption. S to E Heath, of Stutsman county, T, 159 acres, nw qr sec 30, tp 137, 62, $399 40. Pre-emption. S to W Prouty, of Stutsman county,D T,156 acres,ne qrsec 6, tp 137, 62, $392. Pre-cmptiou. S to Lambkin, of Foster county, T, 1C0 acres, ne qr sec 27, tp 149, 64, $200. 3 to It Lyon, of Stutsman Co, T, 160 acres, 11 qr sec 14 tp 137 63 $400. Pre-emption. S to Chas Lovett, of Stutsman Co, T, 160 acres ne qr sec 26 tp 143 65 $400. Pre-emption. S to W Patterson, of Stutsman Co, T, 160 iKTes, se qr see 20 tp 137 65 $400. Commuted homestead. S to Margaret Fried, of Stutsman Co, T, 160 ucres, sw qr sec 26, tp 142 62 $400. Prc-«ini)tion. S to James Turner, of Stutsman county, I) T, 160 acres, se qr sec 10, tp 138, 62, $400. Pre-emption. S to McKey, of Stutsman Co, T, 160 acres, se qr sec 12 tp 138 64 $400. Pre-emption. S to Miner, of Stutsman Co, T, 160 acres, ne qi sec 14 tp 140 65 $400. Pre emption. 8 to Sarah Davidson, of Stutsman Co, 160 acres, sw qr sec S tp 142 64 $400. Pre-emption. S to S Martin, ot Stutsman Co, T, 160 acres, lif ne qr and hf sc qr sec 30 tp 140 62 $400. Pre-emption. Lyster Ilayward to Flora W. Buck, both of Jamestown, lot 7 blk 44, Klaus' first addition $525. John S Watson to Bokorney, both of Jamestown, lot 5 blk 2, Dunstan's addi tion $125. Bokorney to Berry, both of Jamestown, lot 6 blk 2, Dunstan's addi tion $125. Anton Klaus Jr., of Glendive. M. T,, to Uuido Pfister, of Milwaukee, Wis., lots 9, 10, ami 12, bk 34, original plat of Jamestown. $4,000. N Hemiup, of Minneapolis, Mian., to D. C. Buck, of Jamestown, lots 3 and 4, bk 37, and lot 12, bk 9, original plat of Jamestown, $1,000. Many, of Jamestown, to E Van nier, of Morris connty, N. J., lots 1. 2, 3, 10,11 and 12, bk 10, Curtin's add $750. Fletc&er Turner to It Long, both of Jamestown, hf lot 3,blk 18, original plat I VOL 5. JAMESTOWN, STUTSMAN COUNTY, D. T.. FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 1882. II Winslow to liobert Davidson, both ot Jamestown, lot 12, bk 50, Klaus add $300. Fuller, Allen & Dodge, of Jamestown, to Margaret S Iiazen, of Lucence, Iowa, lots 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24, bk 6, Riverside add $1,500. \V Lloyd, Jr., to Geo II Smiley, both of Jamestown, lot 7, bk 31, in Lloyds se cond add $112.50. N 11 11 to Edward Mues, of Winona, Minn., 640 acres, sec 31, tp 145, 66 $2,560. The Boom Will Continue Right Along. The boom of Jamestown and the James River Valley was expected by travelers who have visited this country to stop about the first of November and remain in a comatose state during the long winter to revive again in the spring. But such is not the case There is every indication of a busy winter and a pros perous traffic in all lines of trade. The business of this town is too firmly estab lished and tnc boom of the country too great in momentum to stop for winter now. Our merchants are preparing for a good trade all winter, and they will get ,for everybody is prosperous. The laid offices are all arranged for the winter, and none will be shut up on account of the winter. Building is progressing and projected as if no hindrances were to be anticipated from the coining winter, aud those who are projecting most of the build ing are those who have experienced Dakota winters and know how to calcu late upon them. It is now settled beyond question that there will be no cessation of the boom 011 account of winter. It has been demonstrated that all kinds of work can be prosecuted here as well as in more southern latitudes, and even better, for while the weather is colder it is dryer and more agreeable. Men work out doors comfortably with the mercury down to 20 or 25 degrees below zero. We have none of the damp winds of the more southern latitudes, which is the most dis agreeable of cold weather. As we have already said, the business and building boom of Jamestown will continue right along all winter, and those who woulu not liud themselves away back the rear in the spring must not lag now, because winter is co uing on. Another fact the Alert would call attention to now is to make provision for the immense immigration that will pour into this town and valley in the spring. These must be provided for, and the bet ter we are prepared to take care of them the more favorably the}' will be impressed with the country and its people. Persons who would have been valuable acquisi tions to the industty, business and socie ty of this town have sought homes in other places the past fall because it was impossible for them to find shelter and temporary homes here. It is not expect ed that any one should furnish these ac commodations gratuitously. A large profit would be realized from such an in vestment. Then let every effort possible be put forth to meet the demand for ac commodations to the avalanche of immi gration that will Inevitably pcur in upon us in the spring. Township Organization. The question of township organization is being agitated in some of the counties in the territory and has also been men tioned in connection with the govern ment of Stutsman county. There is a di versity of opinion among the people in the thickly settled counties of the states as to the practical benefits of the system. The mam objection to the system is that it makes too man}' petty offices which are a burden to the persons upon whom the duties are impo3cd. The system adopted in the states is very much the same.in all, and even there where every congres sional township is set off as a town for this purpose, most of them with more in habitants than all of Stutsman county, outside of Jamestown, a penalty is pro vided by law for a refusal to serve in most of the official capacities of the town. The offices are so onerous and burden some that people are compelled by law to accept the honor. It is unnecessary to say that an office held under protest will not be very efficiently filled. To avoid the penalty they accept the office and then perform the duties only so far as necessary to escape a penalty for neglect of duty. The system of county government now existing in Stutsman county meets every require ment of the county, and is perhaps the most satisfactory of any system of county government ever yet devised. When Stutsman county attains to a population of 50,000 and its territory is divided up and settled into farms of 1C0 acres down to 40 and 20 and 10 acres, township or ganization may be practicable and advis able, but under the present condition it certainly is much better managed under the present system. There is entirely too much machinery alout the township or ganization system jr the machine that we have to run. A Big Bonanza. The Pioneer Press Co. has issued a new and brilliant poster advertising the Weekly Pioueer Press for the season of 18S2-3. This paper is s: well known and appreciated as to hardly require our hearty endorsement, but to those who may not have seen it, if there are any such in this county, we would say em phatically that it is by far the best Week ly in the west. Its columns are full of well and care fully selected matter, giving complete and accurate reports of the political, sci entific and business worlds. To some of its special features, such as -'Hints for the Household," "What Women Want to Know," "The Farm," "Commercial Re view," etc., we would call particular at litbo* V*T^ ••-^.ii'' j, P! JAMESTOWN WEEKLY ALEBT. LATEST CITY 1TE11S. Grand Forks has got a new saloon,fem inine beer jerkers and all. The Alert will soon commence the pub lication of a local weather report. The Weekly Alert will appear in an en larged form one week from to-day. The new Congregational church at Fargo will be ready lor services Thanks giving day. Agent Daly has a water indicator to look after now and is instructed to send daily reports to headquarters. The Northern Pacific pay car went up the Branch yesterday and gladdened the hearts of the employes up there. Dr. Drake lias returned from his trip of several weeks down in Iowa, and will now devote his time strictly to business. Jacob Laux, who owns a nice farm just outside of town, called on the Alert last evening to pay his monthly subscription to the daily. The Rosebud Club is going to celebrate Thanksgiving evening with a superb dance. It will be the gayest occasion of the kind until the holidays. Some of the old-timers were on the "ragged edge" while the bawdy house case was in court, and it required a great many gin-slings to keep them braced up. Some of our young bloods went over to the literary and oyster stew entertain ment at Eldridge last night. The sleigh ing was good and the girls were willing. The thermometer was ranging down in the digits close to zero at dark last night, but the air was so Still and the moon shone so brightly that it seemed comfort able out doors. Alfred Dickey, post-master at Craw fordsville, Ind., started on his return home yesterday. Mr. Dickey has linger ed about Jamestown so much the last year that he is now regarded almost as a bona fide citizen of the place. The "Jim river" of Dakota is said to be the longest unnavigable river in the world. It is a very crooked stream, constantly doubling itself and crossing and winding along its prairie bed. Its actual length is believed to be not less than 1,000 miles. Drs. Drake & Baldwin were enjoying the rare pleasure and rereation of tear ing up and moving into their new quar ters the Bennett building across the street yesterday. Those who have had experience in moving such goods can ap preciate the situation better than we can describe it. The Alert notices with much satisfac tion that the sidewalk near the new James River National bank has been fixed up by that well patronized institution. The long suffering public down this way breathe easier and return thanks for past preservations. John Veiinum, Street Commissioner Vennum, devoted all day yesterdav to the commendable employment of "fixing" the defective cross walks and sidewalks of the city. The result of his delibera tions oau be seen on almost every cross ing and corner, and the Alert now moves that John be given a rest: say for a week. The dames who were in durance vile in the house of "ill-shape" case, obtained bail and freedom yesterday. The Alert is informed that the recalcitrant Kate took the train yesterday for an extended visit with friends in some more congenial clime where the time is not so long be tween drinks. Kate has a weakness for liquor and a strongness for liberty. Mr. Klaus suggests that when James town gets a city charter the name 'Jamestown City" would hardly be appro priate, aud that it would be more in ac cordance with the eternal fitness of things to call the place St. James. The idea is not a bad one and would have a tenden cy to deprive it of that disgusting "Jim Town." The Alert would be in favor of anything to beat "Jim Town." R. S. Reeves moved into his new and elegant residence in Curtin's addition yesterday. The bare fact that he has done so has no particular significance ex cept that a little more than two years ago he came to Jamestown dead broke. Every one admires Mr. Reeves for the pluck and perseverance he has manifest ed since his stay among us, and his many warm personal friends will join the Alert in extending to himself and family their most hearty congratulations. M1SOR TELEGRAMS. COPENHAGEN, Noy. 24.—A criminal was beheaded in public to-day. Execu tion bungling and indignation of the peo ple terribly aroused. TROT, N. Y., NOV. 23.—The old police force still hold station houses. New superintendent 6ajs he will take them soon as he organizes his new police. OGDEXSBCHG, N. Y., 23. Senator Conger, of Michigan, is here to attend the marriage of his son to Susie, daughter of Charles Ashley, a prominent merchant. LONDON, NOV. 23.—The Standard be lieves t.ie attention of the United States government has been directed to the claims of France in regard to Madagas car. CHICAGO, NOV. 23.—Eleven jurors bare been obtained at the end of the fourth day in the Theresa Sturla murder trial. The police made a raid on the city gambling dens to-night and captured 125 persons. NORTH ADAMS, Mass., Nov. 23.—A special to the Journal Danville, says the noted racing sire, Imported Buckskin, died last night. The owner, Capt. Cot trell, of Mobile, just refused aa offer of WWOtorM*, 1 7-' ./S',RN' :^I''-••!-•• JFFJV'.V':^/W:V&IY--^'''-^'^&,'*VI ^AI^'^«VI!K^^ «•& WORDS BY WIRE A Holocaust. PHONIDENCE, Nov. 21.—A (ire occurred this morning in the Calender building, a brick structure, situated between Sabiu and Cove streets, which resulted in a ser ious loss of life. The building was four stories high and occupied mostly by jew elry shops. The fire originated iu the workshop of Charles Dyer, in Ihe middle of the building on the third door and was caused by the ignition of a ten gallon ean of naptha. The room was tilled with light inflammable cloth and the wood work was as dry as tinder. The room was next the stairway and before a word of warning could be given escape by the stairway was cut oil by the flames. On the fourth floor is the workshop of William II. Robinsou& Co.. gold chain makers. The firm employed forty operators, equally divided as to sex. When the flames swept up through the floor the employees made a rush for the windows as there was no fire escape 011 the building and a panic ensued. Just across the alley way, which is about fif teen feet wide at the end of the Calender building, was a two-story wooden struc ture with the end of the building front in on this alley where the panic ensued. The roof of the wooden building was on ly about twenty feet below the window sills where the excited girls were congre gated. The persons in the rear crowded and pushed those in the act of jumping and many fell short while others were in jured by being jumped upon after they had reached the roof. The dead are: Emma Gassett, aged 23, and Bessie Cobb. Both of these girls struck the ground between the two build ings and died in a few minutes. The injured are: Mary McTorlev, who jumped from a window aud fell on a picket fence and was terribly injured and cannot survive Mary Harty, Delia Gas set, Emma Mathewson, Mrs. Johnson, Mrs. Cuddy. All these were young wo men and probably fatally injured. Some were carried to their homes and the oth ers taken to the Rhode Islar.d hospital in the ambulancc. Thos. Mane fell short of the second story building and bounded against it and fell to the groimd. His injuries are one arm and one leg broken. A man named Miller fell to the ground and was hurt. Mary Dans jumped from the roof and had her leg oroken. Geo. Grant, of the firm of Jos. Grant & Co., jewelers, jumped from the fourth floor windows to the roof of the wooden building and had his leg broken. Geo. Clark, employed by Joseph Grant & Co., saw the fire aud tried in vain to extinguish the flames and finally had to run for his life. One man, name unknown, an employe of Grant & Co., hung from the telephone wire untii the fire department arrived, and when the ladder was raised to him, proved to be five feet too short, and a fireman mounted to the top and caught the workman in his arms. Loss on the building and stock, $100,000. The Northern Pacific Land Grant. WASHINGTON, NOV. 22.—Respecting an adjustment of withdrawal of lauds for the benefit of the Northern Pacific railway under grant of July 2nd, 1864, Secretary Teller has directed the conimi^ion of the general land office to conform to the line of route as definitely located to make an adjustment of route 111 accordance with the maps of definite location filed in 1681 and 1882 upon which the road is con structed from the boundary line between Dakota and Moutana to the east of the Yellowstone river and suih oilier por tions of road as has been definitely with out material deviations from the line of the general route and where the road uas been constructed. The purpose is to permit the adjustment of withdrawal of lands lying along the constrncted line of road. This order will carry out the di rection of the president approving the recommendation of interior department that such portions of railroad as have been constructed in accordance with law be accepted, and that patents be issued for the lands earned. It appears tliat maps of definite location show but slight divergence from the former maps except where the line of road enters the Crow Indian reservation in Montana, and this deviation was authorized by law. Murdered for $25. FRANKLIN, Minn., Nov. 21.—Ole Lee, a farmer, was found murdered with two bullet holes through his head last even ing, four miles south of here. lie was in town with a load of wheat and had $25. He started home with a young man named Egan, who had been lounging around town for several days. A few minutes before Lee was found Egau was met about half a mile from the scene of ihe murder going west across the prairie* Egan bought a revolver a few days ago, and from other circumstances connected with the deed, suspicion rested on him. He was arrested at Fairfax. Lee was 21 years old and single. Egan is about 20 and has worked in this settlement the past season. His mother is a widow liv ing near Owatonna. Gould Interviewed. NEW YORK, Nov. 21.--Jay Gould in a talk with a reporter to-day said lie thought the decline in stocks had gone further than any element the institu tion would warrant. An uneasy feeling as to what the policy of the government might be with regard to the manage ment of the public treasury has arisen and this uneasiness had resulted in call ing loans to a large extent, which neces «gta»iive U^uidatioQ. For bis -T 1 5 'I -, a'-v- ":*r V^r-* 'Jrip-Sl own part lie had not been purchasing stock until within the past week, but was now buying and should continue to buy stocks to hold, as they were cheap enough to pay a good return for those who could take care of them. Speaking generally of the railway situation Gould said the roads were never in so good a condition to do the business of the cou-n try as at present, as they had all taken advantage of the prosperity of the last few years to perfect their equipments and put them into first-claas order. Reform Needed. WASHINGTON, NOV. 22.—The appropri ation for eutertaming the board of visit ors at the naval academy is pronounced mwise, and the bill of items are given as in illustration, it having been made at he last meeting of the board. Some ot '.lie expenditures in the bill are: Carn ages, fslOG barber, $15 expense cards, $4 jmbrellas, $39 glass, $6 flowers, $13 Jhina, $205 servants, $208 newspapers, $4 ice, $23 telegraphing, $4 fruit, $82 cream and cake, $61 wine, liquors and mineral water, $589 cigars, $252, and expenses which are given in detal, mak ing a total of $2,189. The remainder of $2,600 appropriated was exhausted in the payment of mileage. For further improvement of civil ser vice in departments in Washington the auditor suggests the following provisions of law: First, to the treasusy requiring that appointmements be so arranged that they be equally distributed between states ac cording to population, and should be ap plied to all executive departments. Second, when vacancies are to be filled or new appointments made states or con gressional districts entitled to them should furnish candidates and examinations un der the general rules made at home for probationary appointments, thus saving time to the heads of departments and congressmen, and both time and money to applicants. Third, fixed tenure office of five or seven years, during which the appointed could not be removed except for inefficiency or bad conduct. Fourth, promotions, other things being fairly equal, to De in accordance with seniority of service and on recommenda tion of heads of bureaus.' Why the Revolution Failed. CHICAGO, NOV. 20.—The Inter-Ocean will publish an interview with Thomas M. Nichol in regard to the statement pub lished in the Cincinnati Enquirer, that the democrats in congress had laid a plan to oust Speaker Keifer from the chair in the house of representatives last winter. Nichol says he fully belieyes there is some fourdation for the story, that he had heard it before the present story appeared knew of it within a day or two after it happened, and that he asked Gen. Keifer about it. Keifer gave no details, but did not deny there were grounds for the re port that Keifer managed the thing dis creetly, and by saying nothing did not stir up bad blood that he sent for a prominent democrat and loid what he knew of the plan and convinced him it would not succed aud had him advise his confreers to drop it. Nich ol was at the time whern the democrats were making dilatory motions,and repub licans as about to introduce an amend ment to house rules to overcome the dif ficulty and democrats feared Keifer would recognize a motion to amend rather than dilatory motion and that in such case he was to be taken from chair by force and we were paid to do it. Nichol does not think Blackburn or Kenna were in it prominently. Church Xeetlnff. NEW YORK, NOV. 22.—An important meeting of prjminent laymen of the Protestant Episcopal church was held in the Bible House this afternoon for a con ference concerning the American church building fund. A resolution was adopted coucerning more general offerings upon the part of parishes. The meeting was spirited and indicates increased interest in the movement to raise $1,000,000 for the church ouildmg fund the Protest ant Episcopal chyrch. A Human Brute. ST. PAUL, NOV. 22.—Last night a fel low named Jay McNaaiara enticed Alice Knudson, a Norwegian girl aged 19 into a room and brutally outraged her and robbed her of $10, all the money she had. The matter did not come to light untii to day, when McNamara was arrested and sent to jail pending examination. oommenoinff a New Katlroad. MARSHALLTOWN, la Nov. 22.—The first spike on the Wisconsin, Iowa & Ne braska railway was driven last uight by Wayne Griswold, representing the syndi cate. The road grading is finished flftv miles northeast, aud track laying is being pushed rapidly. Still Cutting Down. OMAHA, NOV. 22.—The Chicago Mil waukee fe St. Paul railway has cut pas senger rates from Council Bluffs to St. Paul and Minneapolis to $1, and to these points from Omaha to $1.25. Regular rate from Council Bluffs $13.10. Killed by Faliinf 1cm. SCKAJTTOX, Pa., Nov. 22. Hopkins Hughes and Patrick Rochfort were in stantly killed and James Roberts, Wm. Hayes and Thomas Watkins probably fa tally injured by amass of accumulated ice falling to the bottom of the Ford colliery, where the men were at work. An Engineer Tried for Kurder. NORTH ADAMS, Mass., NOT. 23.—The trial of Engineer Watson for the wilful killing of several men iu the Tecent rail road casualty at this place began to-day. When Commonwealth put in its case de taoaratidMxitiM jwSgt tmi t)w %9. LJN'LVI*JIIRIV''I^ -. .* \-yr- *s •prt-v ', tt&R .« ro« NO 18* the grand jury. In default of batt Watson was returned to jail, where ha has been since the disaster. 4 ,cL ueath or Thuxlow Weed. NEW YORK, Nov. 23.—Surrounded by his weeping children, grand children, physicians, nurses and attaches of his household, the Hon. Thurlow Weed, the veteran journalist and statesman,breathed his last at 8:55 this morning. His daughter, Miss Harriet Weed, who has devoted her life to her father, was so overcome that she had to be supported. The grief of the other children was none the less poignant. Just before passing away Mr. Weed groped with his right hand around his ned as though be sought bis children's hands his grand-daughter took the extended hand, felt a soft pres sure, and the next moment he died. Thurlow Weed, was born at Cairo, N. Y., Nov. 15, 1797. At ten years of age he was a cabin boy on the Hudson river, at twelve he entered a printing office at Catskill, was employed in several news* paper offices. Was a volunteer on the Northern frontier in 1812. He establish ed a newspaper in his own name on be coming of age, and in 1825-7 edited the Anti-Masonic Inquirer, and was twice elected to the assembly. His taot as a party manager, and his services in 1827-30 in securing the election of DeWitt Clin ton as governor, led to his seleetion as a competent person to oppose to the "Al bany Regency," a body who had the man agement of the democratic party in New York. In 1830 he removed to Albany and assumed the editorship of the Albany Evening Journal. Although a leader, first of the whig, and afterwards of the republiban party, he declined all political office. He was prominent iu procuring the nomination of Harrison in 1S36 and in 1840, of Gen. Taylor 1848, and of Gen. Scott in 1852. He warmly advocated the election of Freemont in 1856 and of Lin coln in 1860, although he had advocated the nomination of Mr. Seward. He visit ed Europe in November, 1861, in a semi diplomatic capacity returned home in June 1862, and shortly afterward with drew from the Journal. He published in 1866, "Letters from England and the West Indies:" Reminescence in the At lantic Monthly in 1870, t.nd has contribu ted to various periodicals. During his long life he has been one of the most prominent persons in journalistic and po litical circles, but for several years has taken no active part in either. A Destructive Fire. MORRIS, Minn., Nov. 23.—There was a destructive fire here this morring, the loss being about $60,000. The fire origi nated in the old post-office building occu pied bv Bouteil & Co., auction and com mission, and burned from J. D. Good's corner up to and including Max Bucken stein's drug store. The Morris Tribune office was burned. The pnncipa losers are Larson & Nelson, dry goods gro ceries, $25,000, insured $7,000 Good ft Brisbene, hardware and groceries, $99,. 000, insured $12,500 L. S. Spooner, law, library and furniture, $3,000, no insur ance Morris Tribune, $3,000, insured $800 Wm. Summers, groceries, $2,600, insured $1,000 Max Buckenstein, drugs, $4,500, insured $2,200 Miss N. A. Kel ogg, furniture and clothing, $700, no in surance Bouteil & Co., $7,000, no insur ance. Miss Kelogg occupied a room next to where the fire broke out and narrowly escaped with her life. Cause of the fira unknown. Bailroad Sates. Siorx CITY, la., Nov. 23.—The Chica go, Minneapolis, St. Paul & Omaha Co. to-day announced a reduction in freight rates between Chicago & Milwaukee and Sioux City to 15 cents per hundred re gardless of classification, consignments to be made via Csicago, Rock Island and Pacific. Freight rates between Sioux City and Sioux Falls was reduced to 10 cents per hundred and passenger fare be tween same points cut to one dollar. CoraciL BLUFFS, la., Nov. 23.—A cut of passenger rates over the Milwaukee road has been made by that company from this city to St. Paul and Minneapo lis. Tickets are selling here to those points for $11, purchasers being guaran teed a rebate of $10 upon arrival at desti nation. No reduction whatever is in force here over any line to any other points. Convicted of an Atrocioue ft •tenIT LANCASTER, Pa., Nov. 23.—Frank Kil chust was convicted to-day of an atroci ous assault on Lizzie McLaren, of thia city, last July. At the same time the girl, who was of weak mind, was assault-** ed by five others, four of whom are now under bail awaiting trial. The girl was rendered a raving maniac by the treat ment received, and for a long time har life was despaired of. FINANCIAL ANjKQMIIEflUAL New York Stock Market. $4,795,: New York, NOT. 33 —Monev cloeed at S. Prime mercantile paper, o&g. :$• Sterling Exchange—Banker*' bill* eteadv at do ex. demand, 'V $ $4.90. I) Railroad Stocks—Tike followinc ara ttalaM notations: 5 orthern Pacific esa do preferred S™?*® 1 '. The Market*: Milwaukee, Nor. 23 —Wheat dull. CMcagOj NOT as —The wheat market the following quotation: No. 8 red winter No. I Chicago spring. No. 3 Chicago epriiur. Belected.TT?.. Oata New York. Nor. aa.— option*, l»l|chiiher Ne. earing.. Ungraded ted No. S do Ne, red. Ortiicatce.... •ixed wtntor. sfrss" 1 Sil *1 t.