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>AILY HERALD. ; —rcßtieaßD— i BEVEN DAYS A. "WKKK.. , JOSKPH D. LYNCH. JAMS J. AYKBB. AVERS & LYNCH, - PUBLISHERS. Entered at the postoffice at Los Angeles as second-class matter. I DELIVERED BY CARRIERS At tOc. per Week, or SOc. per month. Office of Publication, 123-126 West Second street '.oa Angeles. Telephone No. 156 SATURDAY. FEBRUARY 88. 1890. What is the Full Extent of the Programme? The revolutionary action of Speaker Reed, followed by the adoption of the new rules of the House through his arbitrary dictum, leaves little doubt that a very sweeping Republican programme is about to be carried out. Precisely what its scope ia has not yet been disclosed, bat it is a matter of the first importance that public attention should be drawn to the incubating process that is now going on. From every direction in the Repub lican press we meet the refrain, "What are yon going to do about it?" This is familiar language. It was heard from one William M. Tweed in the brief hey dey of his fortunes. The St. Louis Globe-Democrat exclaims exultantly that all branches of Congress are Republican, that the object of the new rules is to enable the majority to legislate, and it assures its partizans that it will legislate, and with no regard to the feelings of its adversaries. There is certainly nothing mealy mouthed about such a plan. Roger Q. Mills announced what tke Republicans were going to do in the matter of remod eling the rules in an article in the North American Review four months ago. He asserted that the leaders of that organi zation had a radical scheme on foot to deplete the national treasury and warp the constitution of the United States to a much greater extent than had been yet practiced, and that the changing of the rales was the entering wedge in such a programme. The first step ia the new departure will probably be the unseating of all the Democrats who can be thrown out even oa the flimsiest pretexts, in order to in sure an easy, working majority inde pendent of the lame, the sick, the halt and the blind, whose number is often hard to reckon upon, and independent also of the occasional Republican Rep resentative whose conscience might prick him, although it would look as if it would require "a ninety million magnifying glass of double hextra power" to dis cover such a Repablican Representa tive —in the light of recent events. The issue of the first contest shows that no scruples of form or propriety will be al lowed to stand in the way of this con summation. The spirit of old Thad Stevens seems to have descended on Speaker Reed. There are seventeen con tests in all. Should they all be decided in favor of the Republicans there will be a working Republican majority of forty two in the lower house of Congress, in stead of the eight with which they orig inally started. We have already intimated that the Republican scheme contemplates serious invasions of the reserved rights of the States, already retrenched to the point of positive peril. The line of these infractions was clearly indicated by Mr. Harrison in his last massage. Nothing could indicate mora clearly the determined purpose ot ths Republican majority in the House of Representatives than the introduction of a bill to prevent any change in the lines of tbe Congressional districts as they exist now prior to the census of 1890. This is a departure in the line of Federal absolutism so extreme that it almost takes one's breath away. It was not at tempted even during the years which followed tke war. The right of the States to constitute their own Congress districts was never disputed before. This bill is based upon an alleged purpose upon the part of the Democratic Legislature of Ohio to re-district tbat commonwealth, which they have the clear right to do. Ohio and New York have been notori ously gerrymandered by the Republicans, and the Democrats of either State have the right to repair the injustice when ever they can. There might ba some question as to the wisdom of the measure, but there is certainly none as to its jus tice, and Congress has no right to inter fere. Tne presence in Washington of an im mense lobby shows that part of the use to which the new rules will be put will be ths passage of innumerable subsidiz ing and other schemes, in which the surplus, if there shall prove to be any, will be blown in to jocund airs. Where the carrion is there the vultures 'gather. As long as either House cf Congress is Democratic there is no need for the at tendance of these gentry. Their occu pation is literally gone. The veter would do well to keep his eye on this branch of the subject. It will be fruitful of further developments, or we greatly mistake ths signs of the times. j This is a very grand and swelling pro gramme, but it is liable to miscarry at some interesting stags of the game. About two hundred and fifty years ago there was in England a man who was even more peremptory than Speaker Beed. His name was Strafford, and his schemes were so far-reaching and over reaching and arbitrary that they lost both his King and himself their heads, his own going first. His plan was called "thorough," it was so sweeping and high minded. The day has passed for cutting off heads, but it is still quite easy to decapitate a party. Or, what is the same thing, to knock it out of power. Without intending it, Mr. Beed and his fellow conspirators may be working to this end. They may be building for the Democrats better than they know. Bros for the seal fishery privileges yesterday were opened at Washington. They are numerous and their provisions •re various. The Government will be THE LOS ANGJBLES DAILY HERALDs SATURDAY FORKING, FEBRUARY 22. Ifc9o ible to secnre a much larger revenue ;han heretofore in payment of these val uable concessions. By tke time the ex penses of guarding the fisheries from the rapacity of the Canadian poachers were paid, under the old arrangement, the Government had nothing left. The Alaska company coined money out of the skins, of which they were allowed to take 100,000 a year. The Magnitude of the Orange Market. There is a little slacking off in the demand for our oranges at the East. The reason for this is something that ia worthy of attention on our part. It is stated that the Eastern market is glutted with Mediterranean fruit. But the re port goes on to say that in a week the arrivals of oranges from Europe amount to as much as the entire crop of Cali fornia. These arrivals from the shores of the Mediterranean are rather early to come in such volumes as these. The Florida crop is not quite out of the way yet, as shipments from that State con tinue to come north until into March. The total Florida crop this year was not large, and our crop was supposed to have a prospect of meeting an exceptionally good market at the East. It looks as if the early arrival of European oranges and in such un precedented volume has a meaning in it. The growers of Italy, Sicily and other portions of Europe are by no means ignorant of the great activity that is going on in California in the matter of orange growing. They may have taken concerted action to dump enormous quantities of fruit on the country this year in order to break the market, hurt buyers of California fruit and discourage the industry in thia State. Of course the great area of the Middle States along the valley of the Mississippi is pretty nearly as close to us as to New York, and the ex pen es of* shipping across the ocean, and then across half the continent, with the tariff added, will enable us to con tend for the markets of these Midland 8 • a t es. But there are two obvious reflections growing out of these enormous imports of Mediterranean oranges. One is that the duty on citrus fruits should not be removed. The industry is an in fant one in every sense of the word. It is merely in its inception. It has been attended with many drawbacks, and is still in some respects in its experimental stages. Therefore we have a right to de mand for it some small measure of en couragement. The importance of this industry to the State is incalculable, and it is as important to the States that buy oranges as it is to those that produce them. We want a home supply if we can have it, and we can if the industry is not nipped in the bud in California. The other observation, in view of these large imports at New York, is the mag nitude of the market for oranges. If the country can, as is expected, absorb in a week or two as many oranges as the entire crop of California, what will sup ply its markets for tke entire season ? Thirty thousand carloads, of fruit! Nine million boxes of oranges! And all to be consumed in a couple of weeks! It will take California a long time to pro duce enough to supply these markets., It really looks as if there was a future of some promise for this industry in this section, the only one in the Union well adapted to the culture of citrus fruits. In view of the fact that there has been established a round-trip rate from St. Louis to Florida of $16, it is not at all surprising that the current of travel should have set very heavily that way for some time past. There is in this cir cumstance a pregnant hint to the mana gers of the overland route), who ought naturally to desire to stimulate immigra tion to the Pacific Coast. It is in their power to swell this immigration to hith erto unheard-of figures if they sha.ll imi tate the enlightened and liberal policy of the roads leading to Florida. As a matter of fact, the adoption of rates of fare modeled upon those of the Eastern roads would actually increase their present re ceipts ; while, by adding heavily to the population cf Califernia and adjoining States, the roads would benefit by the local business, which would at once de velop in all directions. The result of the adoption of such a policy was illus trated by the rate war of some years ago, when fares were positively down to zero, and yet the several companies engaged in carrying passengers to California ac knowledged that they had never expe rienced so essentially remunerative a season. The assertion of a noted rail way magnate that low rates had a tendency to introduce a low class of immigration into California will scarcely commend itself as either practi oal or sagacious to those who have watched the growth of new countries. The several boards of trade and cham bers of commerce of this State should incessantly memorialize the directorates of Pacific railway companies until they shall have secured something approach ing the rates prevailing in tbe East w»th regard to Florida. It begins to look as if the Coast was to have a plant for the manufacture of heavy ordnance. A bill will be reported to the Senate to appropriate $123,000,000 for coast defenses, to be spent in a period of fifteen or twenty years. One of the items ia of $1,000,000 to be paid for a proper site on ths Pacific Coast to be used as a gun factory, leaving it to the next Congress to make provision for the laying down of the plant. It is quite time the State of California had some proper measure of recognition from Washington. Los Angei.es gets her additional ap propriation of $370,000 for the enlarge ment of the postoffice building. This was a necessary step to insure a suitable Federal building for the city. It is to be hoped that this money will be available at an early day, and that work on the structure will soon be resumed. The coming summer may be a quiet one in business, and tbe employment of me chanics and laborers on this building will help out materially. PACIFIC COAST. Condition of the Blockaded Roads. A MORE ENCODE AGING OUTLOOK. The Storm in the Sierras Over- Many Miles of the Oregon Road BeiHs; Rebuilt. Associated Press Dispatches to the Herald. San Francisco, February 21.—Reports received at railroad headquarters in this city today state that the weather has cleared in the mountains. The track is free and trains are all in motion. The two weßt-bound passenger trains left Emigrant Gap this morning and are ex pacted here this evening. The east bound trains which have been held at Colfax are also moving, and the railroad officials state that they will start a regu . lar east-bound express from here this evening. TRAINB MOVING. Colfax, Cal., February 21 —Overland train No. 2,west-bound, due here at 2:50 p. m., schedule time, passed this point at 10:35 p. m. A foot to a foot and a half of fresh snow waß encountered on the way down from Gold Run, making it necessary to use steam. On board was the dead body of a snow shoveler, a young man from Sacramento, who died on the way down from Shady Run, where he was caught by a train this afternoon and dragged half a mile. Tke blockade on the narrow gauge was broken this afternoon, a train reaching this place at 4:30. THE OREGON ROAD. On the Oregon road trains are running from here to Ashland, transferring at the scene of the great landslide at tunnel 13, near Delta. This landslide is 1,800 feet long, and twenty feet deep in many places, and it is expected that Superin tendent of Track Curtis will soon have his hydraulic machinery ready to wash it away. North of Ashland Assistant Gen eral Superintendent Pratt is beginning the construction of fifteen miles of new road-bed in Cow Creek canon, the sur vey for that purpose being completed to day. FELL FRom A TRAIN. The Shocking Death of a Sutter Creek Citizen. lone, Cal., February 21.—Daniel Don nelly, of Sutter Creek, of the firm of Donnelly & Howard, foundrymen, while returning from San Francisco yesterday in company with his wife, fell or waa knocked from the platform of the lone train while crossing a bridge across Sutter creek. He was not missed until the train reached the depot. Mrs. Don nelly went with tha train back to the bridge, where they found his memoran dum book and bis brains scattered over the bridge ties. His body evidently fell into the creek and has not yet been found. LOCOMOTIVES SMASHED. The Breaking at a Coupling Costs Several Elves. Sissons, Cal., February 21.—While a train ot eight locomotives was returning from the ecene of the blockade this* morning, the middle coupling broke, about four miles north of this place, causing a collision between the rear en gines and the forward ones. A large number of laborers were riding on the engines. One was instantly killed and three seriously injured, one of whom will probibly die. Two engines were badly damaged, and the track blockaded. SOUTHERN PACIFIC LOSSES. They Reach the Enormous Sum of * 1,600,000 to Bate. San Francisco, February 21.—1t is stated that the Southern Pacific officials have been figuring on the losses sus tained by the Southern Pacific Company so far this winter, and the account is so large that even if the company earns in round numbers this year the large sum of $35,000 000, the same as it has done in the past two years, there will be an actual deficit of almost a round million. In one way or another the company has lost up to date $1,600,000. SNOWKB IN. The Blockade ou the Colfax and Nevada Road. Nevada, Cal., February 21.—Fifty-six inches of snow has fallen in the last six days, and it is thought there is more to come. The roads to Washington and Dutch Flat have not been passable a day since early in January. The enow plow that started from here Wednesday morn ing got to Colfax at 5 o'clock this even ing, and immediately started back for this city. It will encounter much snow that has fallen since its departure, and will probably have difficulty in getting through. No mail has arrived since the railroad g>t blockaded Taesday night. The first express since then came tonight via the Marysville stage. A SCUTTLKU DRIFT. Tne Narrow Escape of a Sea-Going Vessel. San Fbancisco, February 21.—The Chronicle will tomorrow publish the statement of Captain Anderson, of the American brig Percy Edward, which ar rived on the 15th inst. from Amapola, to the effect that shortly after the vessel left this port last October for Central America she sprang a leak during a gale, and the discovery was made that a hole had been chiseled in the side of the brig. All of the lanyards except two crumbled away from the effect of some acid which had been surreptitiously placed upon them. Temporary repairs, however, enabled the vessel to reach port in safety. Captain Anderson had some trouble before leaving this port on ac count of shipping a non-union crew, and it is believed that the attempt to disable the vessel was made at the time. TO ADVERTISE TACOMA. Tbe Object of Citizen Train's Trip Around tbe World. Tacoma, February 21.—Regarding the proposal of Gecrge Francis Train to undertake a trip around the world in sixty days, Train on February 12th wrote to the Tacoma Ledger outlining his plan, and stating that it would be a big adver tisement for Tacoma, as he would have 100,000,000 people looking at him through the 40,000 papers of the world if he began the trip. He proposed to make tbe trip from Boston to Tacoma, via the Chicago and St. Paul, in five and a half days; take a special boAt to Vancouver, where he would take the steamship Abyssinia, and in four teen days arrived at Yokohama; thence in five days to Hpng Kong; twenty-four days to England, via Singapore, Point de Galle and the Suez Canal, reaching New Yors in sixty days and nine hours, beat ing Nellie Bly's trip by twelve dtys. The Leiger notified Train that the Abv sinia would leave Vancouver on March 17th, and that his arrangements were ac cepted, furthermore guaranteeing him a ' $1,500 lecture in the new theater at Ta coma prior to his leaving for Vancouver, and asking him to telegraph when he would start from Boston. COURTS AND LITIGANTS. Libel Suits Piling Up Against a San i Diego Editor. San Diego, February 21. —Suit was to day brought by George W. Monteith against Walter G. Smith, editor of the Evening Sun, for criminal libel. Smith was anested and gave bonds for his ap pearance in court Monday. Monteith is the lawyer in the case of Ah Quin, who sues the Evening Sun Publishing Com pany for $20,000, and the paper, it is alleged, resorted to scurrilous articles to compel Monteith's withdrawal from the case. DIVORCE SUIT COMPROMISED. The divorce suit of Stewart vs. Stew art was today compromised by the de fendant agreeing to pay Mrs. Stewart $"a per month alimony for twenty years. MRS TERRY'S JURY COMI'LETED. San Francisco, February 21—The jury in the case of Mrs. Sarah Althea Terry was completed in the United States District Court this morning. MURDER TRIAL AT FRESNO. Fresno, Cal., February 21.—A jury has been impaneled in the case of Cyrus Dairies, who 6hot and killed his cousin, Will Harte, Decsmber 15th last, because the latter refused to lend him a bridle, and the taking of testimony has begun. THE ELLIS GRANT SUIT. San Francisco, February 21.—The Supreme Court in bane heard arguments , today in the case of the United Land , Company against Thomas Knight, in volving the title to a block of tide land on Mission creek, and known as the Ellis grant, a State patent, valued at ' several million dollars. The Supreme i Court recently affirmed the judgment of tho Superior Court id favor of the com ! pany, but subsequently granted a re ,' hearing. The case was taken under ad visement this afternoon. » MRS. TERRY'S DEFENSE. San Francisco, February 21.—Mrs. ■ Sarah Althea Terry appeared in the ! United States District Court today to answer the indictmont against her for ' resistance to United States Marshal ' Franks while ejecting her from the court room on September 8, 1888. For this Mrs. Terry was imprisoned one month for contempt of court, and Judge Terry • for six months for aiding her resistance. Afterwards indictments were found • against both by the Grai.d Jury. Today f her attorney moved to dismiss the case > on the ground that the Marshal had no ' written process, and therefore no crime i was committed by resisting him. The > oDly penalty for resisting the verbal or i der of the court could be for contempt, 1 and for that the defendant had already • been punished. The.court took the mat i ter under advisement. MAY WILLARD FOUND GUILTY. Banta Barbara, February 21.—The trial of May Willard ended today in a verdict of guilty. She was charged with burglary, committed last August and September with her husband, Frank Willard, alias Strohm, now in San Quen tiu. The case will be appealed. Spring Race meeting. Sacramento, February 21. —The ex ecutive committee of the State Board of Agriculture this afternoon formulated a programme for the spring race meeting, which will be held April 26"h and 29th and May Ist and 3d. There are sixteen events in the programme, among them being Norfolk stakes, California Oaks, Matadero Btakee, Golden Eagle Hotel handicap and California derby. Fruit Trees Damaged by storms. Vacaviixe, February 21.—The rain fall to date lacks but an inch and a half of the greatest fall ever known in the valley. Fruit growers are beginning to view with alarm the continuance of the storm. Reports from different sections of the valley announce a heavy loss of trees, in some individual cases from 1,500 to 2,000. Arrived from Honolulu. San Francisco; February 21.—The steamer Australia, from Honolulu, ar rived late tonight, but anchored in the bay. Neither mail nor passengers will go ashore tonight. John Dillon and Sir Thomas H. Gratton Esmond, Members of Parliament, are on board. Bridge Carpenters Crushed. Albany, Ore., February 21.—This morning, near Harris Station, on the Oregon Pacific, a bank caved iv and fell upon a gang of bridge carpenters at work below, seriously injuring Charles Gray and William Buchanan. Rain lv the mountains. Marysville, Cal., February 21.—Local showers prevailed here during most of the day. During the day the Yuba river fell, but tonight it has begun to rise slowly, indicating rain in the mountains. Showers at Bakersf leld. Bakersfield, Cal., February 21.— There were three showers here today, each of slight duration, one with two minutes of lively hail storm. The clouds are still lowering. Mr. Edmunds. But because there is unquestionable corruption in both parties is nothing to be dons? Because Indiana by high Republican authority, was carried by "soap" in 1880, and because "floaters in blocks of five" were probably "voted" according to Republican instructions, or without instructions, in 1888, must we all quietly submit to have our honest votes neutral ized by scoundrels unless Republi cans in good standing call attention to the facts? And mußt it be George F. Ed munds who suggests, what nobody be lieves, that perhaps the Dudley letter was a fcrgery ? No man in the country has pointed out more clearly or denounced more strongly than Mr. Edmunds the oonsequences of a corrupt use of money in politics, and what can possibly be a worse consequence than that party spirit should incline even him to treat the mat ter gayly or indifferently ?—[Harper's Weekly. How I.omjc to Bleep. Up to the fifteenth year most yonng people require ten hours, and until the twentieth year nine hours. After that age everyone finds out how much he or she requires, though, as a general rule, at least six or eight hours is necessary. Eight hours' sleep will prevent more nervous derangement in women than auy medicine can cure. During growth there must be ample sleep if the brain is to develop to its full extent, and the more nervous, excitable or precocious a child is the longer sleep it should get, if its intellectual progress is not to come to a premature standstill or its Ufa be cut short at an early age.—[Exchange. GENERAL TOPICS. A. Paymister Held Up in New Mexico. THE BANDIT MAKES HIS ESCAPE. Two of the Pursuers Shot — The News at the East—Speaker Reed's Ruling's. Associated Press Dispatches to the Herald Albuquerque, N. M., February 21.— Last Thursday, while on his way from Los Corrilloß to Cowbanks, three mill g distant, with $800 with which to pay the miners, John Elder was held up and robbed by L9e AVhite, who fled toward San Pedro mining camy. He threatened to kill any one attempting his arrest. Afterwards he stole a horse and went to the house of his mistress, a Mexican woman, compelled her to cut her hair and don male attire and mount an extra horse. Later they were pursued and overtaken by Deputy Sheriff Meyers and a posse. White and the woman opened fire, killing one of the posse and fatally wounding Deputy Sheriff Meyers. During a lull in the firing White and the woman escaped and are still at large. Intense excitement prevails. They will certainly be lynched if captured. MILITARY JCSTICE. A Gross Outrage Perpetrated on Prl> rale Wild. Washington, February 21.—Several Eastern papers, some time ago, com mented on army matters in connection with the court marti il of Private Wild, of troop S, eighth cavalry, who was dis missed dishonorably and sentenced to a year's confinement at Fort Snelling, Min nesota. Wild was ordered by Second Lieutenant Steele to put a canvas on the shed of Steele's quarters. He objected, baying he had not enlisted for such work. He was cursed and struck by the officer, afterwards placed in confine ment and tried with tho above result, hi* accuser, Steele, being Judge-Advocate The matter came to the attention of the War Department, and today Secretary Proctor, by direction of the President, sent an order to General Ruger, remit tiag the unexpired portion of the sen tence. The order says in part: "No ac tion appears to have been taken against Lieutenant Steele, whose breach of di cipline was of an aggravated nature. It is also grossly improper that he should have been detailed as Judge-Advocate of the court. The President does not be lieve the case to be, nor does he think it just to the army, that it should appear to be a fair illustration of military jus tice." MICHIGAN CL.CB BINaCET. Hanr Prominent Men Assembled. Toaili and Reiponiet. Detroit, Mich., February 21.—At the ansual banquet of the Michigan Club this evening, 1,000 gueste, numbering many men of national prominence, as sembled. Secretary of the Interior Noble re sponded to the toast "George Washing ton." Ex-Senator Bruce spoke on the "South ern Question." He advocated national aid to education as a panacea for South ern outrages. He ridiculed the idea of setting apart territory exclusively for ne gtoes. Senator Pierce, of North Dakota, spoke on "The New States." Speaking of the wonderful progress in the West, he ad vised the Republican party to legislate for the masses; the few are already pro vided for. Hon. John M. Thurston, of Nebraska, responded to the toast, "The Man Who Wears the Button." He eulogized the old soldiers,paid high tribute to General Alger, and said with a Republican Congress the Republican party ought to be able to keep every party pledge. Seuator Frye spoke on the "Repub lican party." RFED'S RULING, It Will Not stand the Test of the Courts. New York, February 21. —A special to the Herald from Washington says: It is understood that the Democratic leaders of the House have held several confer ences lately to consider the question ot contesting the constitutionality of Speaker Rsed's ruling that members present but not voting may be counted to make up a quorum. In an interview ex-Speaker Carlisle said: "Whenever a bill is passed which affects the rights of an individual or property, then the per son or corporation whose rights are abridged, or property affected, may seek redress in the courts by testing the con stitutionality of the bill passed under Reed's ruling. Of course we cannot take the matter before the courts; we can only refrain from voting on some meas ures which will involve the rights of some person or property and so create an occasion for testing the constitutional ity of the Speaker's decision. We are all convinced it will not stand." CRCSAUEHS IN l 111 H I . Tbe Kpickardavllle "inartrrt" on Trial at 1 ronton. Kansas City, Mo., February 21.—The Times't Trenton, Mo., special says: A train load of Spickardsville crusaders and sympathizsrs arrived this morning to attend the trial of the ladies arrested f>r demolishing the saloon of Thomas Brady. At the station a crowd of 300 Trenton crusaders was drawn up t the martyrs. The Trenton crusaders were beaded by a brass band, and scattered through their ranks were ! numerous standard bearers who carried aloft banners and transparencies bearing appropriate sentiments. At the opera house a public meeting was held. The case was called this afternoon. Brady, the saloon keeper, told the story of the crusade, and the court adjourned. Crusbed Under a Hoof. Philadelphia, February 21.—While workmen were engaged this morning in raising the roof of the Grand opera house, the cracking of some boards caused a panic, and the men managing the windlasses ran away, allowing the structure to fall. ' Fifty workmen were under the roof at the time, and the wildest rumors prevailed, but when the debris was cleared away it was found that only eight men were hurt. tMm Jurisdiction. New York, February 21.—United States Circuit Judge Wallace today de cided that the court bad no jurisdiction in the case of the American Cotton Oil Trust Company to make permanent the injunction obtained last week by stock holders seeking to restrain the trustees from delivering over the property of the trust to the New Jersey corporation, called the American Cotton Oil Com pany. The court, however, granted a week's time to file briefs. A SENSATIONAL HUMOR. A State Treasurer Said to be •860 1 -000 snort. Jackson, Miss., February 21.—A sen sation was caused this afternoon by the rumor that the outgoing State Treasurer, Hemmingway, had not settled in fall with the new State Treasurer. Atten tion was called to the matter on the floor of the Senate, aud the statement was made that the amount not yet paid over was over $250,000. A committee was appointed to investigate the matter. Hemmingway was Treasurer fourteen years. It ia understood that Hemming way's accounts are really all right. He has been sick and is unable yet to prop erly adjust his books. He says there is no shortage. A Legislative Hall Burned. Helena, Mont., February 21.—Fire broke out in the granite block in which the hall of the Republican Legislature was located, early this morning. The building was gutted. The loss to the building is $20,000, and to the stock of the Helena clothing store $12,000. In surance about half. Nearly all the rec ords of the Republican House were saved. A Texas Epidemic. . Aurora, Ter., February 21.—A fatal epidemic is raging here. The disease is pronounced spinal meningitis, or spotted fever, and several persons have died of it within the last two days. The people are terror-stricken and fleeing from the place. An appeal was made to Fort Worth for physicians and nurses, which | was at once responded to by the Mayor. Against Wanamaker'* Scheme. Washington, February 21.—William A. Carsey, of New York, chairman of the executive committee of the Anti-Monop oly League, argued before the House committee today in opposition to the Postmaster-General's limited postal tele graph scheme. Captain Phelan Divorced. Kansas City, February 21. —A divorce was granted today in the case of Captain Thomas Phelan, the noted Irishman, against his wife, Alice Phelan. Desertion was alleged, and it was shown that Mrs. Phelan left the Captain September 2, 1888, never returning. Their marriage occurred in 1863. Union Veterans' Legion. Newark, Ohio, February 21.—At the fourth annual encampment of the Union Veterans' Legion here today, Dr. J. 8. Read, of St. Louis, waß elected com mander. The ladies also met and organ ized a First National Auxiliary. Mrs. J. Barker, of Allegheny, Pa., was elected president. Haggln's Horse*. New York, February 21.—The cata logue of the first annual sale of Rancho del Paso trotting stock, the property of J. B. Haggin, has been issued. The sale will be conducted by Easton, on March 10th, and the horses comprise ninety-two head of exceptionally good pedigree. MUslng Freshman Returned. Avburn, N. V., February 21.—Chapin, the missing president of tbe freshman cla«s of Cornell University, has returned to Ithica and will attend the banquet of his class here tonight. He declines to give any details of his exploit. Private Pension Bills Passed. Washington, February 21. — The House at this evening's session passed forty private pension bills and adjourned till Monday. A lon v tlie Cbtckamaug-a. "Now, Mr. Conductor," said a snap pish-looking old lady as ehe boarded tbe sleeping car at Chattanooga, "I want you to tell me the names of all the places of interest we pass on the way to Atlanta, for this, I believe, is the road along which Sherman marched," says a writer in the Atlanta Journal. "Yes'm," replied Mr. J. B. Jackson, the conductor, as hs cast his eyes on the two pretty girls with tbe old lady. "Jane," said the old lady to one of the girls, "you get a piece of paper now and take down the names the gentleman tells you." "Yes, ma," replied the girl, with a smile that made the conductor's heart ache. "What stream is that?" asked the old lady, as the train passed ever a trestle. "That's Chickamauga creek," replied the conductor. "Take that down, Jane." A half mile furteer another stream was crossed. "What stream is that?" again asked the old lady. "Chickamauga creek,"repried the con ductor. "Take that down, Jane." "What stream is that?" interrogated the old lady. "Chickamauga." The old lady began to look suspiciouß, and said: "Take that down, Jane." "What stream is that one yonder run ning into those woods; now we are cross ing it?" "Chickamauga." "Take that down, Jane." An ominous silence followed until the same creek had been crossed four differ ent times. Another stream was seen babbling over the rocky bed. With a timid glance at the yellow waters the old lady asked: "And what creek is this?" "Ohickamauga," came the reply in a despairing tone, and the girls looked like they could bite the conductor's head off as the old lady said snappishly: "Take that down, Jane." Another creek was crossed, but the old lady said nothing. Still another was crossed, and she asked: "And what stream is that?" "Chickamauga." "Take that down, Jane," was heard in an almost inaudible voice. Two more streams v.ere passed, but tbe old lady was silent. Suddenly her face brightened with new hope as the train pulled up at a little station. "What place is this?" she asked con fidently. "Chickamauga," came the monotonous reply. "Jane, throw that paper out of the window. That horrid—" "Hold on, madam!" exclaimed the conductor, and to save his scalp he had to explain that the State road crossed Chickamauga creek fourteen times be fore reaching the station of the same name. It took the old lady some time to re cover her spirits, but she did after a while, and the smile and the sweet words she and her daughters gave the con ductor on leaving him in Atlanta cheered him for many miles along his way.