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"DAILY HERALD.
—rUBLISHIS—
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SATURDAY, JANUARY 4, 1880.
Solution of the Race Problem in
the South.
If Mr. Blame were a broad, farseeing
and comprehensive statesman, he is in
control of tho foreign policy of the Gov
ernment at the very time at which he
could do more to immortalize himself
than has fallen to the lot of but few of
his predecessors. He has missed one
opportunity to carry out what his friends
claimed for him would be his peculiar
policy, in failing to recognize the Bra
zilian Republic. His vaunted Ameri
canism—his much applauded champion
ship of the unification of the superior
interests of the American Republics—
has failed to materialize as soon as it was
pat to a practical test. The Republic of
Brazil has been officially recognized by
France and all the sister Republics on
this continent, with the glaring excep
tion of oar own. Here, if any
where, one would have thought the
great American jingo statesman would
have got his work in. Bat no. The
oyster has not been more shut up in its
own shell than Blame has drawn in his
horns and doubled himself np in dip
lomatic reserve upon the great question
of welcoming the new Republic into the
American sisterhood.
Another opportunity to initiate a
scheme that would be of transcending
benefit to this country in the future he is
letting slip by. Whilst European
powers—taking advantage of the wonder
ful explorations of Stanley,an American—
are carving up Africa to suit themselves,
the Government of the United States,
which has within her borders seven or
eight millions of civilized Africans, who
might find in the country from whence
their ancestors were brought a congenial
field for their energies and mental ad
vancement, has looked upon this parti
tion of a continent without endeavoring
to create a diversion in favor of the black
man who is so prevalent, and the cause
of so much apprehension,in this country.
The South is overweighted with a pop
ulation which, in the new order of things
springing up in Africa, could be made to
overflow into that country with advan
tage to both races, if the United States
would exercise its influence and its power
in the present emergency to secure an
ample strip of territory where our colored
people could be colonized. There are
many of our ablest statesmen who look
with the gravest apprehension upon the
race problem in the South. Very serious
frictions have already arisen between the
two peoples, and in a political sense the
colored element in the South forms a
problem of the most grave and perplex
ing character.
If the United States were to take a
hand in (he partition of African terri
tory, and insist that a certain portion of
it should be reserved for colonization by
the negroes of the United States, a vent
would be provided that would enable
future administrations to deal more
easily and satisfactorily with th 9 race
problem. It would not only be an act
of wisdom but of tho most sagaci ous
statesmanship to take advantage of the
time and secure a province in Africa for
our colored population. In the next
hundred years the Dark Continent will
present a very different aspect to the
commercial, industrial and political
world than that which it does now.
We may not look for a greater
intellectual progress in the tribes
of the interior than has been marked by
centuries of contact with civilization in
the ryots of India or the fellaheen of the
Lower Nile. Bat there will be an
industrial order brought out of the
chaoß of savagery which now
exists there, and there will be
a vast new contribution to the wealth of
nations from the intelligently directed
labor of the wild denizens of the b»nks
of the Congo and the rich littorals of the
great lakes that send their limpid
waters into the Upper Nile. Equatorial
Africa is a country of tremendous
possibilities, and what an attractive
field it would opsn to the su
perior intelligence aud energies of
the negroes of the South! These people
would shine with dazzling brilliancy be
eide the ignorant race who now occupy
that rich country. They would become
the aristocracy of their kind, and might
find fame and fortune there that would
more than compensate them for the un
friendly civilization they had left be
hind.
Whilst we are trying to solve the race
problem on philanthropic principles, let
us not forget that there is a right way
and a wrong way. The right way is to
provide a congenial country for the
blacks to which they would willingly
emigrate, and where they could assuredly
better their condition. The wrong way
is to suppose that by legislation the
negro of the South is to be elevated to
the level of the dominant rac9 there.
We had already learned by telegraph
how mild the weather was at the East on
Christmas day; but the New York pa
pers of the 26th, which are now at hand,
say that the thermometer registered 65
degrees during the greater part of the
day, and tbe atmosphere was so sultry
that light summer ciothing was neces
sary for comfort. Nothing was ever
known like this before in that city.
Christmas is usually noted for its hyper
borean fierceness, and the warm wave
that passed over the East this time
gave the denizens of that re
gion a chance to compare their climate
with that of Southern California. But
only for a day! Jack Frost soon re
sumed his sway, and the normal cold,
snowy, blustery weather followed in the
wake of this one mild day. The New
Yorkers made so much ado about their
THE LOS ANGELS DAILY HERALD: SATURDAY MORNING JANUARY 4 1890.
sultry Chriitmas that one living here is
loot it wonder at the excess of ecstacy
into which they would go if they could
experience such winter seasons as we
enjoy in this matchless climate. Their
mild Christmas day is like the sparrow
that didn't make a summer; but they
are chuckling over it greatly.
rbe Gouucilmaulc Octopl.
Perhaps one of the most striking pic
tures evolved from the consummate but
eerie genius of Victor Hugo is in that
portion of "The Toilers of the Sea" in
which a man is in the grasp of the devil
fish in a cave where such creatures are
liable to congregate. Hugo's hero
escapes, and we heartily hope that the
taxpayers of this city may escape from
the Councilmanic octopi who threaten to
squeeze the life out of them.
Yet that they are in the toils, no man
who today has to shoulder his heavy
load of taxation can doubt. If these
exactions had been attempted in the
days of the "boom," probably no one
would have objected. Then money
flowed as freely as water, and the rash
of "Iser rolling rapidly" was the only
simile which could fitly represent the
force of the vital current that pulsated
hereabouts, unless we fall back upon the
time-honored metaphor of Niagara
shooting her rapids. Yet, strange to
say, nobody thought of taxing prop
erty - owners in those jocund days
of riches realized and of the "riches
titleless'' with which the imagination of
every man jack of us all was filled. Great
actual profits and the adjuncts of the Cas
tles in Spain made every one, in that
halcyon era, ante up to every demand of
necessity or caprice.
The hand of the tax-collector, laid on
lightly then, is now imposed with a re
lentlessness that makes the ordinary citi
zen wince, and every one is at present
anxious to know for what legitimate
municipal purpose these enormous taxes
are imposed. In the now charter a pro
vision was inserted that ho contract
should be entered into for supplies to be
furnished the city in a sum exceeding
$300 unless there had been a publication
in a daily newspaper inviting bids. This
was done to prevent frauds and official
favoritism. When the time came to
move from the old City Hall to the new,
Mr. J. M. Skinner, a responsible con
tractor, who bad examined into the work
required to be done, offered to do the
whole thing for $1,600, in a lump sum.
It is quite likely that, if a public compe
tition had been invited, the city could
have got it done even more economically.
Oa the 23rd of September, as the of
ficial records show, the Police Com
mission requested the Council to adver
tise forbids to remodel the old City Hall.
Their request was referred by the Council
to the Building Committee, but that body
never made a report on the matter. The
Building Committee of the Council ac
cordingly took the subject in hand, and
the change was effected at a cost of
$3,175—0r a loss to the taxpayers of
$1,575, as to Mr. Skinner's proposition,
and probably of a much larger sum, be
cause unquestionably in an open com
petition Mr. Skinner's voluntary offer
would have been heavily reduced.
There is no question of the fact that
the Council has been persistently ignor
ing the spirit of the $300 provision of the
new city charter. The modus operandi
is very simple. Where it is seen that
the purchases on any lino of the city V
needs will amount to more than $300, the
order is broken np and the supplies
bought in fractional parts, or the order
for work is given in sections, as is exem
plified in the account which appears in
our local columns relating to the remodel
ing of the old City Hall. The list of de
mands is given therein, and the jab was
done under the superintendence of a
Mr. McLain.
What ought to have been done under
the charter, and what common honesty
required, was an advertisement asking
for bids for this work, and the award of
the contract to the lowest and best bid
der.
In precisely the same way the devil is
being whipped around the stump by the
Council in many lines. The Herald, in
the name of the people of Los Angeles,
demands that a return shall be made to
the methods contemplated by the people
when they adopted the charter, and it
insists that the taxpayer shall no longer
be robbed by cunning devices which pal
ter with the spirit of our municipal
organic law, and even violate its letter.
Secretary Windom thinks there is en
tirely too much specie in the sub-treasury
at San Francisco, and has ordered the
transfer to the East of $2,090,000 in gold
coin. Same idea of the tremendous im
portance of San Francisco as a commer
cial point may be formed from tho fact
that there are at present in the govern
ment vaults in that city, $41,000,000 in
gold and $66,000,000 of specie of all
kinds. This would make a fine official
loot for some adventurous nation with a
navy which should declare war against
the United States while the Golden Gate
is in its present defenseless condition,
and when added to the contributions
which would undoubtedly be levied on
the citizens of the place, it might tempt
the cupidity of almost any power.
Ouh esteemed contemporary, the Ex
press, calls the Herald to task for nam
ing Mr. BoDkwalter, of Ohio, Mr. Book
stavor. It is quite likely that at the time
we had an oblique eye on the stayer of a
fortune with which he is credited. If he
were within ear-shot, wa should tender
him our profound apologies, but we
would not like to see him elected to the
United States Senate, all the same. The
Democracy of that great State are enti
tled to a whole United States Senator,
and ought not to be expected to divide
him with New York, which is altogether
too fresh in its aspirations to run the
country in the interests of Wall street.
The railway situation as it standi this
morning may be briefly described aB the
running of all trains suspended for fear
of washouts. It is not pleasant to be
obliged to state that the Northern Signal
Stations predict heavy rama for Southern
California for today. % . I
THE PACIFIC SLOPE.
Bad Weather Reported All
Along the Coast.
THE SNOW IN THE SIERRAS.
Sierra City Overwhelmed by an
•Avalanche—Seven People
Rilled.
Associated Press Dispatches to the llbslald. )
Sacramento, January 3.—According
to reports received at the offices of the
Southern Pacific Company today, the
fall of snow in the Sierra Nevadas is un
precedented. For the past twenty-four
hours it lias been falling at the rate of an
inch per hour. At Truckee this forenoon
the measurement for twenty "four hours
was twenty-five inches. At Summit two
feet fell in the same period, making six
teen feet on the level there. From Cisco
the railroad operator telegraphs that the
railroad shed is literally buried in snow.
Thirty inches of snow fell in the past
twenty-four hours at Emigrant Gap and
at Alta, making the depth on the level
twelve feet. Two feet is the measure
ment at Gold Run, while at Colfax four
inches fell. The efforts of the railroad
people to keep the tracks clear were suc
cessful until yesterday, when the
elements triumphed for a time. It is
thought yesterday's and today's trains,
which havo been snow-boundjwill ar
rive from the East tomorrow.
The overland train from the East due
hare at 6:25 last evening was tied up at
Emigrant Gap all night. The train due
this morning was held in the snow-shed
at Summit. The great rotary plow is
the only contrivanco that is of any use
now, and yesterday the great machine
went through fifteen feet of solid snow
from Cascade to Summit. When it re
turned to come down the hill, it was dis
covered that ten feet of the snow-bank
on tbe hill-side had rushed down upon
the track. One hundred and fifty men
were dispatched to the scene, and were
expected to have the track cleared for
the plow today. In Blue caflon banks of
snow ten feet high enclose the track on
either side, but it was removed by the
rotary plow. A plow propelled by four
engines managed to clear the track- be
tween Summit and Truckee yesterday.
Nevada, Cal., January 3. —It has been
snowing here continually since 12 o'clock
last night, and in town the snow is
twenty inches deep on the level. On
the adjacent hills it is much deeper.
The Washington and Downievillo roads
are both closed.
HAIL. AND RAIN.
A Heavy Storm Raging; All Along
the Southern Coast.
San Francisco, January 3.—Cold
winds have turned to rain which began
to fall this afternoon, after a brief inter
mission, into hail, and for about fifteen
minutes hail fell which covered tbe
ground with a white coat. Up to the
time tbe rain stopped this evening, the
total fall for San Francisco was 25.83
inches, or more than double the fall up
to tbe same time last year. The Signal
Service predicts a continuation of the
storm with no immediate prospects of
cessation.
The storm in the southern portion of
tbe State has caused so much damage to
the railroads that the mails for Santa
Barbara, Santa Paula, San l>ie«o, ""en
tura and vicinity will be sent tomorrow
from this cfty by the Bteamer Corona,
which Bails at 11 a. m.
Sacramento, January 3. —There was a
heavy fall of hail at half-past 3 this after
noon, followed this evening by a slight
rainfall. Total rainfall for season, 17.17
inches.
Stockton, January 3.—A heavy rain
fell here today and this evening. The
rains in the foothills last night were very
heavy, filling all tho streams.
Fresno, Cal., January 3 —It rained
.42 of an inch in the last twenty-four
hours. It is cold to-night with a Blight
sprinkle of rain. Total to date, 8 80. It
is too wet for farmers to work. A few
days of clear weather, however, would
put things in go id condition. Grass and
grain are growing finely.
Bakersfield, January 3.—Rain has
fallen steadily all day. The first nail
arrived today from the south since De
cember 24th.
Pasadena, Jannary 3. —Rain began
this morning and continued eteadih all
day. Trains have been abandonee on
account of the roada being washed oit.
San Diego, January 3.—A heavy rind
storm prevailed this afternoon and even
ing. On account of the storm north no
trains will arrive or depart tonight.
THE CALIFORNIA SAFE.
A Broken Shaft the Cause of Her
Delay.
San Francisco, January 3.—The anx
iety which has been felt here for the
safety of the steamer State of California
was allayed this afternoon by the receipt
of a telegram from First Officer Stevens,
sent from Bowen's landing, abont iev
enty miles north of San Francisco, stat
ing that the steamer had broken her
shaft, but was otherwise uninjured rod
all on board were well. Stevens, wita. a
crew of four men, left tbe vessel in a life
boat yesterday, and rowed seventy m.les
to shore to send the communication to
the steamship company's office in this
city. He also carried ashore a passenger
aboard the steamer, who gives the ol
io wing particulars of the accident:
The State of California crossed he
Columbia river bar and put to sea about
5 o'clock Sunday afternoon. The weather
was rather rough during tbe night, sot
on the following day the steamer
made good time on her regular
course to San Francieco, uttil
5 p. m., when tbe shaft suddenly broke
just forward of the stern po6t, entirely
disabling the propelliug power. The ves
sel was about thirty miles from shore at
the time, and Captain Ackley at once or
dered a Bail hoisted and took a south
westerly course, emtinuing the same all
day Tuesday, until tbe vessel waa about
seventy miles off shore and 180 miles
from San Francisco. The next day there
was not enough wind to give steerage
way, and the steamer merely drifted
abont. Finally a boat was sent ashore to
telegraph for assistance.
The tug Valiant was sent from here
this afternoon to tow the State of Califo
nia to thiß port. The revenue cutters
Eush and Corwin are already searching
for the delayed steamer, and may have
her in tow before the tug reaches her.
She is expected to arrive here tomorrow
morning.
A Castaway,
San Francisco, January 3 —Word wis
received at the Merchants' Exchange to"
night that a man, half naked, was Been
on a rock near Point Benito, at the en
trance to the Golden Gate, crying for
help. The sea was running high and
the waves were dashing over the rock
Tbe life-saving station at the Cliff House
was notified.
An officer of the life-saving station
sud that the one boat used for such
service was not in order to be sent to
ssa, though he regretted the fact. No
other boat could reach the rock. The
night is one of the coldest of the season
and it is boiieved to be impossible for
tie castaway to maintain existence until
daybreak. At the Merchants' Exchange
the opinion wag expressed that the un
fortunate was some fisherman whose
boat had bo?n swamped, and who by
siperhumau efforts had reached tho
rack.
AN iWHI, AVALANCHE,
(even People Stilled' by a Snow
Slide at Sierra fit v.
Sierra City, Oil., January 3.-—A fatal
•nd destructive accident occurred here
today, whereby seven people lost their
Ives—six women and one boy. Four
louses were almost entirely wrecked,
including the Roman Catholic church.
1 sonwslide commenced at the Sierra
Juttes flume and swept with terrific
brce, carrying everything before it.
tome miraculous escapes from instant
ceath occurred, but full and exact
Particulars are yet unknown. One
(hinaman is still buried, and a little
girl. Willing hands came promptly to
tie rescue and speedily got the bodies
fom the fatal drift. A spark of life still
pmained in two of the bodies, but rem
edies proved unavailing. More slides
re expected, and the gloom is deep over
tie entire community. Mrs. Rich, two
taughters and son are dead. Miss
lyan, of Downieville, and the wife of T.
J. Mooney, with her daughter, Miss
Jthel Langdon, are also dead. The lat
er were old and respected residents,
hiving lived here for thirty years.
Tbe Eclipse Observers.
San Francisco, January 3.—The fol
lowing has been received here:
Lick Observatory, January 3—Tele
grams from the American and English
tclipse expeditions to Africa show that
tic.-c expeditions failed to secure photo
graphs of the corona, owing to cloudy
veather. The cable between Cayenne,
Ibuth America, and Trinidad is broken,
and therefore no news has yet been re
ceived from the eclipße parties sent by
the Lick Observatory and by the Royal
Astronomical Society to stations in South
America. (Signed) E. S. Holden.
Canon IMablo Robbers.
Prepcott, Ariz., January 3. —James
Lee, of Mountain meadow Mormon mas
sacre fame, was lodged in jail here last
light, charged with complicity in the
Oefion Diablo train robbery, last April.
Warrants had been out for some time for
tho arrest of him and his brother. The
latter is still at large. At the time of ttie
robbery they wore running what is known
as Lee's ferry, on the Colorado river,
where the principals iv the train robbery
are alleged to have received fresh horses.
Fire at Oakdale.
Oakdalk, Cal., January 3.—Moulton's
ball was destroyed by fire this evening.
The building, which was a two-story
frame structure, and owned by L. W.
Smallwcod. was valued at $2,000; in
surance, $1,500. E. B. Small wood,
whose furniture rooms and undertaker's
rooms occupied the first floor, sustained
a loss of $1,600, partly insured. Drs.
Endicott & Stratton, who occupied the
second floor, lost everything. They
were insured for $800.
Santa Barbara's Isolation.
Santa Barbara, January 3.—The
break on the railroad near Camulos has
not yet been repaired. No trains or
maiW have arrived for twelve days.
Steamers from the north and south
touch here almost every day. A telegram
was today sent to the Postmaster-Gsnera)
at Washington, asking that the mail be
sent by steamer.
Bold Burglary at Pomona.
I Pomona, Cal., January 3.—One of the
boldest burglaries ever committed here
was perpetrated at the residence of Mrs.
Sarah Davis last night. Notwithstand
ing that the house was occupied by sleep
ing people, overy room was ransacked,
and the thieves secured $1,050 and some
Bilver plate.
A Dry Gosdi Fullure.
Hfaldsburg, January 3. —W. Rosen
berg Co., the largest dry goods firm
of this city, made an assignment this
morn in z for the benefit of their creditors,
to B. Marks. The amount of their in
debtedness will probably reach several
thousand dollars. The company has a
branch at Seattle, Washington.
The Sound Country Frozen Up.
Seattle, Wash., January 3. —The
coldest weather for years prevails here
at present, and the rivers emptying into
the Sound are frozen up, and many
steamers are unable to obtain fresh
water.
Hlclioy and Uleaaon.
San Francisco, January 3. —It is an
nounced tonight that the Golden Gate
Club has succeeded in arranging a match
for February 12th between Pete McCoy
and Charlie Gleason.
A Coaster Killed.
Seattle, "Wash., January 3.—Norman
D. Cox, aged 14, while coasting today,
ran his sled into a telegraph pole. His
chest struck with such force that he
raptured his heart, and he died in five
minutes.
Ready for the Jury.
San Diego, January 4. —The testimony
is all in in the case of Clendenin, who
shot Judge Pierce, and the case will go
to the jury tomorrow.
Not a Very Pleasant Thought.
Before Dudley's visit to Indianapolis
his friends at Washington declared that
President Harrison would not dare to al
low his arrest. This estimate of the hold
of the briber on the President has been
justified. Dudley has gone to Indianap
olis and come away again, in spite of war
rants in the hands of the United States offi
cials and tbe efforts of the men who
swore them out to have them served. It
is not a pleasant thought that one of the
most conspicuous criminals in the
country can force the President of the
United States to protect him by the
threat that if punished he will prove the
President a particeps criminit. —[Macon
Telegraph.
A Perilous factor In Legislation.
In the earlier days of the Republic
when a new State was admitted into the
Union it was the faßhion to send the
brainiest men it had to the Senate. But
tbe fashion has changed. Look over the
list from the two Dakotas and Washing
ton. They have picked out their richest
men. Speculators, corporation attor
neys, land-grabbers, mine-owners or
cattle kings have pushed their way to
the front and have become a perilous
factor in all legislation affecting moneyed
or corporate interests.—[Philadelphia
Record.
BEYOND THE ROCKIES.
The Senatorial Contest in
the Buckeye State.
A JOB PUT OP ON MR. BRICE.
Treasurer Burkes Painful Situation
Down in Guatemala.
Eastern Echoes.
I Associated Press Dispatches to the Hebald.
Columbus, Ohio, January 3—There is
no appreciable change in the relative
strength of the Senatorial candidates,
but a great deal of work has been done.
An effort was made early in the day to
create a sensation in a business way by
trying to force Calvin S. Brice to a settle
ment in connection with the old Lake
Erie and Western railway. Brice was
President of the Lake Erie and Western
before the reorganization after the re
ceivership, and still holds that position.
His callers were V. C. Ward and J. C.
Crossman, local ticket brokers. Ward
accosted Brice, and after inquiring into
his business relations, presented a roll
of old coupon tickets, nearly 400, which
he said had been repudiated, and de
manded a settlement. He said he pro
posed to hold Brice responsible, and the
latter replied that he knew nothing
about it, but if he had a claim
about which there was a dispute,
he should brine suit and a proper settle
ment would follow. The friends of
Brice pay little attention to the per
formance and are proceeding with the
business before them.
It is reported that all the candidates
for Speaker of the House have with
drawn in favor of Hysell, who is Brice's
candidate. There is an unconfirmed
rumor that the Democrats will seat
Marquis for Lieutenant-Governor, and
run Governor Campbell against Brice
for Senator.
WOOLEN < HLOKOI ORIttED.
A mysterious Tragedy at Trenton,
New Jersey.
Trenton, N. J., January 3.—The dead
body of Mrs. Kniflin, wife of Dr. Arthur
8. Kniffin, was found on the floor of her
bedroom this morning. Near by lay the
unconscious figure of a young lady who
had been staying with the family. Both
had apparently been chloroformed.
Miss Purcell after some efforts was re
vived. She said during the night
she was awakened by Mrs.
Kniffin, who was screaming, that
there were burglars in the house. Miss
Purcell sprang from bed to call for help,
but was seized by a man, who applied
the drug to her face. Mrs. Kniffin was
seized by another man, who pressed the
end of a bed-quilt saturated with chloro
form to her nose. That is the last Miss
Purcell remembered till resuscitated by
tbe physicians. The whole bouse was
in great confusion, every drawer being
I emptied and the furniture scattered
about.
Miss Pursell had almost entirely re
covered from her prostration this even
ing. Sne still insists on tbe truth of her
story of burglary, although the police can
find so little to justify this theory that
they are not looking for the alleged bur
glars. Dr. Kniffin reached Trenton from
Broadway tonight, and was immediately
taken under escort of deteclives to the
Police Station and subjected to a privato
interview. The police say the doctor is
not under arrest.
Diabolical Treatment.
Wheaton, Ills., January 3.—The State
Board of Charities, by direction of the
Governor, is investigating the manner of
caring for insane patients at the poor
house. The evidence shows that two
violently insane women were confined in
zinc-lined cells with no closets or other
necessaries; that the cells were cleaned
only once or twice a month, and the
women bathed once a week, by male
attendants, there being no female help;
that these women tore the clothes they
wore off and remained in the cells naked;
that one had her hands tied behind her
and took her food from a plate on the
floor with her teeth, like a dog. The
managers say the place is not intended
for insane, and they could do no better.
New York's Death Rate.
New York, January 3.—Today was
balmy with sunshine such as never was
seen in New York City before at this time
of year. Tho deaths today numbered
220, against 125 yesterday, and 165
Wednesday. This is something unprece
dented at this time of year. Pneumonia ,
bronchitis and consumption show an
increase over the standard. The num
ber of policemen reported sick is 357,
showing a steady increase. The increase
in the number of deaths is attributed to
1« grippe, and the diseases which follow
that malady.
Kelley's condition.
Washington, January 3—Congress
man Kelley is slightly improved tonight.
His throat trouble is not a new develop
ment, as he submitted to a surgical
operation for the removal of this growth
in 18S3. About a week ago he con
tracted a heavy cold, which developed
into a very severe case of intestinal
catarrh, accompanied by a copious and
obstinate diarrhoea, which has resulted
in great weakness and a general break
ing down of the system.
Unlucky Bridge Builders.
Springfield, Mass., January 3.—The
fifth span of the iron bridge being built
between Holyoke and South Hadley
Falls was blown down this morning,
carrying down three men a distance of
seventy feet into the river. One was
killed and the others hurt. Twenty-five
other workmen were warned in time to
escape.
Birmingham, Ala., January 3. —An
unfinished trestle on tbe Brierfield, Bloc
ton and Birmingham railroad fell yester
day morning, carrying down twenty-five
carpenters at work on the structure.
David J. Webb and Carl Clark were
killed, and twenty others were injured.
Several of the injured may die.
Another Colombian Seizure.
New York, January 3.—Another ves
sel flying the American flag, has been
seized by the Colombian gunboat La
Popa. Advices have been received by
Schepp & Co., of this city, saying their
vessel, Frederick L. Sqhepp, has been
seized while calling for cocoanuts on the
San Bias coast. A dispatch from Wash
ington says the State Department has
little information in regard to the seiz
ures recently made by the Colombian
Government, but full particulars are ex
pected daily.
Liquor Brands Counterfeited.
Cincinnati, January 3.—The premises
of the Globe Company, wholesale
liquor dealers, were searched today
upon the complaint of an agent for a
certain brand of liquors, who alleged this
company was counterfeiting the brand.
The result was the discovery not only
of counterfeits of this brand, bat of
nearly every other well known brand.
In some cases the cases for shipment
were imitated, and to protect them from
observation in transit were provided
with a plain outer case.
Fire in a Store.
Colfax, Wash., January 3. — Fire
broke out early this morning in the
general merchandise establishment of
Kuhn & Bowman, destroying almost the
entire stock. Tbe fire originated in the
clothing dopartment. Four clerks, in
cluding Mr. Bowman, barely escaped
suffocation.
Later—Kuhn A Bowman's store, with
its entire contents was destroyed; loss
about $75,000, insurance $50,000.
A Painful Situation.
New Orleans, January 3.—An even
ing paper says, according to an interview
with a representative of the Honduras
Progress, a newspaper published in
Tegucigalpa, Major Burke, the defaulting
State Treasurer of Louisiana, 6aid rela
tive to his return to Louisiana, that he
would probably not be ablo to leave his
Honduras interests until the beginning
of March, next. It was a painful situ
ation for him to be in, but he would have
to endure it for some months to come.
The Strike Ex tending-.
Evansville, Ind., January 3.—Tho
strike of the freight crews on the Mackay
system of roads is spreading. Late to
night it was learned from a reliable
source that the switchmen, brakemen
and conductors on the Peoria, Decatur
and Evansville and the Air Line roads
have been ordered out. It is also under
stood that the men on the Cincinnati,
Wabash and Michigan, the latest acquisi
tion of Mackay, wiil jain the strikers.
4 Cigarette Trust.
Richmond, Va., January 3. —The
American Tobacco Company, chartered
in New Jersey last week, is said to repre
sent an immense cigarette trust. Allen
& Ginter, of this city; Duke & Son, of
Durham, N. C.; Kinney Brothers, of
New York and Richmond; Goodw n, of
New York, and Bonsack's Cigarette Ma
chine Works, of Lynchburg, are in the
combination.
A Cuban Embezzler.
New York. January 3.—The hearing
of Cortes, a Cuban official arrested last
night, charged with embszzlement, went
over until tomorrow in consequence of
the accused not having had time to see
counsel. The charge against Cortes is
that he lefc Cuba, carrying with him
$200,000 belonging to the city of Havana,
and coupons taken from bonds valued at
$500,000.
The Corn Corner Attacked.
Chicago, January 8. —A blow at grain
corners from a new direction was made
today in a suit begun by Samson & Co.,
who ask that Boy den & Co. be compelled
to disclose all of their transactions in
the corner in No. 2 corn, in November,
and to make good the loss of $40,000 sus
tained by complainants, who were pre
vented by the corner from filling legiti
mate contracts.
Fire in an Asylum.
Kansas City, January 3.—Fire in one
of the State asylums for the blind at Kan
sas City, Kansas, created some excite
ment this evening. The fire was in the
broom factory, having caught from a
defective flue. The inmates of the
asylum were removed before they were
told what was the matter, and uo acci
dents occurred. Loss small.
Plr- Iron Kelley's malady.
Washington, January 3.—The Star
says Congressman W. D. Kolley, cf
Pennsylvania, has probably appeared on
the floor of tho House for the last time.
He is suffering from a virulent cancer in
the throat, and is too weak to be moved
from his apartments in the Biggs House.
Committed Suicide. •
Philadelphia, January 3. —Willy Gay
lord, for years a heavy manipulator of
railroad securities and an organizer of
railroad corporations, committed suicide
last night or this morning in a cell in
the County Prison. He was awaiting
trial on the charge of fraud in negotiat
ing railroad lands.
Eastern Echoes.
LouißNathal, a well known author and
dramatist, died at New York from la
grippe.
At Houma, La., Calvin Morris waa
hanged for the murder of Alfred Harris,
in October last.
Mayjor Cregier, of Chicago, has issued
an order that all gambling houses in the
city must be closed.
At Louisville, Ga., Philmore Ball,
colored, was hanged for the murder of J.
L. Evans, a white man.
Tue health officers report that there
are five thousand cases of la grippe in
Cleveland, Ohio. No fatal cases yet.
The Democratic caucus at Frankfort,
Kentucky, nominated Hon. J. S. Black
burn to succeed himself as United States
Senator from Kentucky.
Physicians examined Mrs. Hannah
South worth, the slayer of Pettus, and
advised that she be removed from prison.
She is suffering from congestion of the
lungs, and at intervals is subject to
hemorrhages.
Tbe Portuguese schooner Veluria,
which left New York for the Madeiras
September 7th, is probably loßt. She
was commanded by Captain Maurice
Franco, and had a crew of nine men, be
sides five passengers.
A Long Backward Stride.
It is only by a gross perversion of the
meaning of the Constitution that the
hordes of election officers proposed by
Sherman's bill could be endowed with a
life tenure, as this bill contemplates.
The officers under this bill would
be subject to removal the same
as the officials who hold under the
Four Years' Tenure act, the let
ter of which is violated every day. Con
gress could not fix any tenure of office,
long or short, which should undertake
to limit the President's power of ap
pointment and removal. This bill
is a long backward stride to the prin
ciples of ancient Federalism. A dis
tinguished Republican statesman said
not many years ago, that the political
principles of Alexander Hamilton were
constantly gaining ground, while the
principles of Thomas Jefferson were
waning. Bo far as the intelligent masses
of this country are concerned, the declar
ation of the late President Garfield was
not true. The vital principles of Jeffer
sonian Democracy are steadily gaining,
not merely in this country, but through
out tbe civilized world.—[Philadelphia
Record.
Had All He Wanted.
(Solicitously).—"Grindstone, stop a
moment. That's a fearful cold yon
have. Are you taking anything for it?"
(Hurrying on): "Notin the shape of
advice, Kiljordan."—[Chicago Tribune.

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