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~r tv r "— ■■ ■ - - ^ ■ * - — ■■ ■ -■ - - rt * " '• - ~—’• --- VOLUME 22; BIRMINGHAM, ALA., FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6, 1895. NUMBER. 23. NOMINATIONS ” SENT IN Hon. Matt W. Ransom’s Nomi nation Confirmed. BOTH PARTIES HELD CAUCUS Senator Gorrnan Was Empowered to Appoint an Important Committee, MR. HARMON'S IMPORTANT DECISION It Works a Hardship on Some New Orleans People, Butlt Is Nevertheless a Just Haling—Attorney-General Mc Veagh Was Reversed. Washington, Dee. E.—The president to day sent to the seriate a batch of nomina tions made during the recess. Among them are those of Matt W. Hansom of North Carolina, minister to Mexico; John L. Peak of Missouri, minister to Switzerland; Allen Thomas of Florida, minister to Venezuela; John B. Harlow of Missouri and William G. Rice of New Turk, civil service commissioners. The senate today continued the nomi nation of Matt W. Ransom of North Car olina to be minister to Mexico. The democratic, senate caucus author ized Chairman Gorman to appoint a com mittee of nine to assign the democratic members to the committeeships. The remarks of Senators Vesf and Blackburn indicated a willingness to permit the republicans to assume the responsibility of the committees, and through that channel the legislation of the present congress. It is understood that no protest will be entered against the proposition of the republicans to take full control of the committees, in cluding chairmanships. The following six members of the old committee were continued by Mr. Gorman: Messrs. Cockrell, Harris, Blackburn, Brice. Jones and Gorman. The three additional men win mu. uc se lected before Munday. The caucus also decided that whenever the republicans should put forward a candidate for president pro tem. Senator Harris should be placed In nomination as the democratic candidate. Immediately after adjournment the re publican members of the senate went in to caucus in the marble room to consider the question of filling vacancies in and securing chairmen. The secret commit tee caucus adjourned in fifteen minutes. The chairman named the following com mittee to fill vacancies in the commit tees: Messrs. Mitchell of Oregon, Teller of Colorado, Cullom of Illinois, Platt of Connecticut,Quay of Pennsylvania,Chan dler of New Hampshire, Pettigrew of South Dakota, Gear of Iowa and 1 rltch ard of North Carolina. This committee was thoroughly satis factory and was accepted by the caucus unanimously. The flnancial fact.on enuillv divided, Messrs. Mitchell. IVller, Pettigrew and Pritchard being silver men and Messrs. Cullom, Platt, Quay and Gear antis. Mr. Chandler being a pronounced bimetallist, and not a radical on either side, preserved the equilibnum of the committee. Attorney-General Harmon has ren dered an opinion to the effect that sec tion 3469. revised statutes, does not con fer upon the secretary of the treasury power to compromise a claim of the United States when there is doubt of Its lentlre and ready collectibility. This view of the law was held by Attorney General!! Kvarts and Devens, but Attor ney-General MacVeagh took an opposite view, and since his time, four yeais ago, the MacVeagh opinion being thernorere cent has been followed by the treas ury in adjusting all compromise cases. Attornev-General Harmon now reverses Mr MacVcagh’s decision. This new construction of the law is regarded as quite important. It was called out cli rectly by the International Cotton Com press company of New Orleans. Some lime ago this company bought a piece of property from a man named Schneider. This man has owed the government a sum of money and Judgment against him was obtained and a lien entered upon his property. The Cotton Press company bought the Schneider property in igno rance of the fact that there was a lien against it. The government stepped in to recover the amount of the lien, and the Cotton Press company, alleging its entire innocence in the matter, offered to compromise the matter. It was ad mitted that the property was worth the amount of the lien against it. Secretary Carlisle, doubting his power to compro mist a case where it was clear the gov ernment could recover in full, asked for an authoritative construction of the law, with the result stated. 11 is.a.c£"0,^" edged that the enforcement of the lien imposed a great hardship upon the Cot ton Press company, but It Is claimed that the government had no part in placing it in the position In which it found Itself. MAHER AND FITZ MATCHED. They Will Fight in Mexico About the Mid dle of February. New York, Dec. 5.—Peter Maher, the champion heavyweight of the world, and Robert Fitzsimmons, the champion middleweight of the world, were matched this morning to fight to a finish near El Paso Tex., between February 11 and February 15. The details were arranged at a meeting between Dan Stuart and the Texas representative of Fitzsim monB and John .7. Quinn, manager for Maher, held at the St. James hotel to day Stuart was empowered to make the match for Fitzsimmons, and as Quinn was anxious for the contest the arrangements were completed without difficulty. The purse ia to be for $20,009. When Dan Stuart arrived here a few days ago to arrange the match between Maher and Fitzsimmons he said that he had a battleground selected within five miles of F,1 Paso. It is said to be on Mexican soil. FORCED TO THE WALL. A Big Manufacturing Concern Compelled to Make an Assignment. Chicago, Dec. 5.—A. H. Andrews & Co.,'one of the largest manufacturer* of office and school furniture In the coun try, failed today with liabilities which will probably reach several hundred thousand dollars. The Immediate cause of the collapse was the demand of the Globe National bank for payment of two Judgment notes, amounting to $25,764, which the bank had loaned the company. The latter pleaded for time, but It was not granted, and shortly after noon to day the attorney for the hank entered a confession of judgment in the circuit court In favor of the bank and against the company for the amount named. The company Is a corporation, with A. H. Andrews as president and Fred C. Holbrook as secretary, and a capital stock of $500,000. It is one of the oldest concerns of the kind in the west, and the failure will cause consternation in financial circles—the more because It came without a breath of warning. Shortly before 2 o’clock the company made an assignment in the county court, the assignee being Fred A. Holbrook, secretary of the company. The deed of assignment places the assets at $500,000 and the liabilities at $400,000. The com pany is said to have been in trouble in the waters, financially speaking, for some months. Small sales and slow col lections are alleged to be the cause of the embarrassment. The company made a very tine grade of goods in Its line, and hard times necessitating economy in all kinds of business, the demand for ex pensive office furnishings and fancy fur niture rapidly diminished. Those in need of such things contented themselves with a quality cheaper than that turned out by the Andrews company. The effect of this condition of trade was to greatly reduce the Andrews company’s business, and the handsome profits previously earned were changed into a steadily in creasing loss. REPORTERS OBJECTIONABLE. Their Presence in Court Cause for a New Trial, Claims the Proponent. Mobile, Dec. 5.—(Special.)—A motion for a now trial was filed In the probate court this afternoon by attorneys for proponent in flie noted Lavretta will case. The grounds contained in the mo tion allege that the Mobile Daily Herald, an afternoon paper, published in this city, prejudiced the minds of the jury by holding proponent up to the ridicule and scorn of the public. Further grounds are that newspapers reporters wore allowed in the court room during the course of said trial. The motion will be argued to morrow morning at 10 o’clock. He Arrived on the Spree. Now York, Dec. 5.—Herr Hermann Ahl wardt, the groat antl-semilic loader, ar rived here this morn, .g on the steamer Spree from Bremen. . A LAZY LETTER CARRIER. Rather Than Deliver the Letters He Hid Them Away—Twelve Bushels of Them Were Found. Fall Itlver, Mass., Dee. 5.—The post office scandal turns out to be a case of gross criminal negligence on the part of a substitute carrier. Instead of, as re ported, three bushels of mail matter be ing found undelivered, the quantity is nearer twelve bushels. The place in which it was found is within a block of the postoffice in the loft of the armory and central fire house. Three long flights of stairs led up to it. Two weeks ago, while Mr. Gerry, engineer of the fire de partment, was hauling over some odd pieces of fire engine material, he no ticed a lot of letters, papers, etc., and supposed they were refuse matter that the janitor had thrown away. Yester day he had occasion to go into the loft again and found a quantity of general matter that had recently been mailed. He sent for Postmaster Sullivan, and by investigation it was found that nooks and crannies of the place were stuffed with mail matter from Baltimore, Phila delphia, Glosgow, Montreal, Manchester and other English cities, Paris and other prominent points. At first is was thought that some lazy letter carrier had thrown away some circulars that burdened the mail, but on closer investigation many sealed letters were found. The matter was all sent between August and No vember of this year, and was taken from the office for delivery by a substitute carrier who was accustomed to the use of the armory as a loafing place, and rather than do the work of delivering the letters he stuffed them into the hiding places where they were found. Postmaster Sullivan is trying to have the mail delivered, but many of the ad dresses on the packages have been torn out. Large numbers of English and Irish papers and periodicals are received here and also many letters from abroad, and at times each month the carriers deliver very heavy mails. The United States commissioner in Boston today issued a warrant for the arrest of Thomas A. Rasow, substitute letter carrier, on the charge of illegally detaining mail matter. aterriblTroast. Senator Tillman and Governor Evans Roundly Denounced by Exposition Exhibitors for Making Inflammatory Speeches. Atlanta, Ga., Dec. S.—Senator Ben R. Tillman and Gov. Johnson G. Evans of South Carolina were denounced by the members of the Exposition Exhibitors’ association this morning. Resolutions condemning their speeches on South Car olina day at the exposition were adopted, and the two South Carolinians were re ferred to as ranting demagogues, cut throats and moonshiners. The resolu tions in part said: Resolved, That for the fame and pood name of the Atlanta exposition, at which these men were permitted to speak, we denounce their speeches as being devoid of reason, sense and patriotism, and we repudiate the speakers. In this we feel confident we are but voicing the sense of our country and the earnest feelings of the better people of ail the southern states. Resolved, That we sympathize also with the management of this exposition, that under the cloak of temporary au thority two such fanatics should have been able to intrude their utterances up on the otherwise healthy and satisfac tory proceedings that have characterized this enterprise. But while dismissing the utterances of these men as unworthy of further notice from our association or the country, we do not forget that in the general economy of nature mankind must have his troubles and communities their afflictions. It is not many years since California was greatly annoyed by a brace of bandits known as Evans and Sontag, and the exhibition witnessed here on the 28th of November is but an evidence that South Carolina In its turn is enduring, through its own indiscre tions, a season of torment from its Till man and Evans. Committee for association. Joe A. F1I cher, California, chairman; J. W. Ports, Maryland: W. F. Anthony, Virginia; Bennett, Tennessee; C. H. Robbins, Bos ton. (Approved ) GEORGE JOHNSON. President Exhibitors’ Association. A Petal Hotel Fire. Hortonville, Wis., Dec. 5.—The Green ville hotel, located six miles east of here, burned to the ground this morning. William Reuter, an employe of the hotel, was suffocated and taken from the build ing dead. Several members of a medi cine troupe, escaped death by jumping from the second floor windows clad only in their night robes. ; BILLS ARE POURING IN Most of Them Being on Impor tant Subjects. SENATOR CALL’S SPEECH On His Resolution to Recognize the Cubans as Belligerents. THREE REPUBLICANS OFFER BILLS In Fnvor of Free Coinage of Bilver and in Opposition to Mr. Cleveland’s Recom mendation to Retire the Greenbacks. Washington, Dec. 5.—During the morn ing hour in the senate many bills were ■introduced and referred to committees, among them one by Mr. Mills to provide for coinage of the silver In the treasury and one by Mr. Chandler to provide, in connection with other nations, for the unlimited coinage of gold and sliver at the ratio of 1 to 1514. Mr. Dubois, republican, of Idaho, of fered his resolution to amend the rules so as to divide the appropriation bills among the committees having charge of the general subject, and it was laid on the table to be called up hereafter. A protest from the legislature of Mon tana against the issue of government bonds was presented by Mr. Mantle, re publican, of Montana. Mr. Call of Florida offered a resolution, which was agreed to, calling on the sec retary of state for all the correspondence relating to the trial, conviction and sen tence of General Sangely, an American citizen, for alleged complicity in the war against Spain by Cuba and directing the secretary to obtain a copy of the record of the trial. iui. uaumgci , iriJuuiiLan, Hampshire, offered a resolution declaring it to be the sense of the senate that it is unwise and inexpedient to retire the greenbacks, and it was referred to the committee on finance. The resolution offered last Tuesday by Mr. Call for the recognition of a state of public war between the government of Spain and Cuba proclaimed and for some time maintained by force"of arms by th t people of Cuba, protesting against the barbarous manner in which that war is being conducted and authorizing the president to take such steps as may be expedient, in his Judgment, to secure an observance of the laws of war, was taken up, and Mr. Call addressed the senate. He described the conduct of the Span ish troops in Cuba as merciless and in disregard of age, sex and condition. "These people,” he added, "have been acting on the principles which we have declared and on the advice which we have given to them, and that we should silently permit this war to proceed with out a single word of encouragement, without a single word of protection to their legal and recognized rights, is cer tainly not creditable to this govern ment. "It is certanly not in accord with jus tice or that high position which this peo ple ought to take. When we affirm the Monroe doctrine, with its idle declama tions, while we permit Instances of this kind to occur under our very eyes and within our range, the affirmation is a vain one and can carry no weight or re spect with It. “If this government is not a farce and a fraud the people of Cuba have a right to establish their independence. Spain de clared that the Southern Confederacy was a belligerent power and recognized her; and the English government also recognized the civil war of the south. Why should we not then, when these people have acted on our example, under our advice, our instructions. Justify their forcible resistance? Why should we al low Spain to purchase supplies In our ports and forbid the same right to Cu bans? I hope that the committee on for eign relations will not postpone action on this resolution, but will report at an ear ly day in favor of it, or of some resolu tion that will accord to the people of Cuba the same rights in our ports and territory as now are given to Spain. I hope that the disgrace we are now unded in actually aiding the government of Spain in Its oppression and its merciless rule over this people will be ended.” At the close of Mr. Call’s speech the resolution was referred to the committee on foreign relations. The senate then proceeded to the con sideration of executive business, and at 1:35 adjourned until Monday. LIGHTS FOR MOBILE. Sixty Thousand Dollars Appropriated for the Improvement of Mobile Harbor—Bids Asked For. Washington, Dec. 5.—The treasury de partment has taken active steps to com mence the Improving of the Mobile har bor. The lighthouse board, which has Immediate charge of this extensive work, has given the subject much consideration and has formulated a plan and asked for bids for carrying out the work. The ap propriation for the work is $60,000. The plan as outlined by the lighthouse board segregates the work, for which bids have been asked for as follows: 1. The metal work for permanent wharf and bridge, beacons, lantern posts, store house and dwellings. 2. Construction and erection of perma nent wharf and bridge. 3. Construction and erection of tempo rary wharf and bridge. 4. Erection of beacons, lantern posts and lamp houses. 5. Construction and erection of store house. 6. Construction and erection of dwell ing house. 7. Furnishing and erecting a gas plant. 8. Furnishing a steam tug for attend ing the lights. The bids for this work will be opened here on January 2. 1896, and the work begun as soon thereafter as possible. Captain Melllss. who has immediate charge of the work, says It will be pushed when once begun with all dispatch con sistent with enduring and lasting re sults. _^___ Edonard Von Kilany Dead. New York. Dec. 6 —Edonard Von Ki lany, originator of the living lectures, died yesterday afternoon of bronchial consumption. WARD GLAD TO GET BACK He Claims to Have Committed No Criminal Offense. SAYS HE IS WORTH $100,000 He Carried $8000 With Him, But It Is All Gone. HE WAS DISGUISED WHEN CAPTURED Moseley Says Ward Did Not Surrender Vol untarily—Moseley Was Easy Game for a Slick Sandwich Man in Cen . tral America. Klw Orleans, Dec. 5.—The steamer City of Dallas, having on board A. K. Ward, the Memphis defaulter, did not arrive yesterday as was expected, but she got in about midnight, and this morning about 9 o'clock Chief Moseley of Memphis left with his prisoner for the Bluff City. Chief Moseley says there is no truth In the story that Ward surrendered vol untarily. Ward claims he went aboard the City of Dallas intending to surren der. Moseley says he and Ills assist ants had traced Ward until just before he had boarded the steamer. A man named Beldon, Chief Moseley says, threw Ward down when the officers ar rived at Port Cortez. Beldon sought them and proposed to turn up Ward for $1000. Moseley ascertained that Beldon really knew Ward's whereabouts and succeeded In learning that he was hiding on the City of Dallas. Beldon made con siderable money out of Ward. Chief Moseley says he would not live in Central America for all the world. He says he would prefer state’s prison in the United States to liberty in Central aintriua. remaps some sucn consider ations influenced Ward to surrender. Chief Moseley tells a story how he was compelled to pay $8, a sum Central American money equivalent to $4.30 In American coin, for two ham sandwiches. Ward Is glad to get back to Memphis and seemed perfectly contented as he sat In the car with the officers. The prisoner apparently did not realize his position. He kept up a grin as he talked of his doings and appeared to consider them every day occurrences. He of course denies being guilty of all the things charged against him. He was secretary and general man ager of a Memphis barrel and heading company and was a part owner fin the concern. He denies that he committed forgery to obtain money and that he floated worthless paper. He says he act ed within the law In all his transactions and that the only way he can be sued is thriiugh a. civil court. He claims no fti’ln'inal peculation can be made. H_ says that he never negotiated a loan without proper authority, and all the money was expended in a legitimate manner. He claims to be worth $100,000 In his own name and that fully $30,000 is due him by different persons. The Memphis Barrel and Heading company, Ward says, was on the verge of ruin on a number of occasions and he placed $01,000 of his money to Its credit. This sum. he says, is now due him. He says he I old the hoard of five directors that the outstanding debts of the concern amounted to $00,000 wh#,n they reailv amounted to $!00,000. He did not have the moral courage to wait for the* crash and left Memphis. He Intended to go to his plantation in Mississippi, but was advised to go to Central America. When hr and his wife left Memphis he hail on his person $8000. Only $70 of this amount Is now left. When he hoarded the City of Pallas he was in disguise. He wore a native costume and hail a handkerchief over one eye. He says he is very glad to get back to the United Slates. GOLD RECEIPTS. World's Fair Medals Wi[l Soon Be Deliv ered With the Diplomas. Washington, Dec. 5.—The treasury re ceived $145,000 In gold today as follows: People's National bank of Pittsburg, Pn., $100,000; $40,000 from Omaha, Neb., and $5000 from a bank in Washington, N. C. Other deposits, it was learned, were made at sub-treasury cities, but how much they aggregated was not stated. The Chicago World's fair medals will be delivered here by the 1.0th instant. They will be kept here until the World’s fair diplomas are ready, and both will be delivered at the same time. The World's fair closed November 30 1893. FROM MONTGOMERY. Grand Officers—Will Prosecute His Slayer, Taking Testimony for Robinson—Go ing Through to Georgia, Montgomery, Dec. 5.—(Special.)—The Alabama grand lodge of the Masonic fra ternity has adjourned after a pleasant Bcssion here of four days. The following grand officers were duly re-clc-cted: George Paul Harrison, grand master; James Andrew Bilbro, deputy grand master; B. Dudley Williams, senior grand warden; Russell M. Cunningham, junior grand warden; William Henry Dingley, grand treasurer; Henry Clay Armstrong, grand secretary; Charles Alexander Allen, grand tiler. The following grand officers were re appointed: William Carey Bledsoe, grand chap lain; David William Alclver, grand mar shal; Henry W. Matthews, senior grand deacon; William A. Arnold, junior grand deacon; Harry A. Lowe, grand steward; J. Kahn, grand steward. A pleasant feature of the session was the presentation to Past Grand Master Pettus by the grand lodge of a hand some watch. A Novel Suit. Pending before Justice Powell today is a suit between two darkles involving the question of the lien upon some small chickens as compensation for their pa ternal services. It is admitted that the statutes provide liens In such cases as t« animals, but It is left to this case to de termine how far this lien may be invok ed with the feathered tribe. Each of the parties have employed able counsel and this case will be watched with much in -terest by the legal fraternity. A Sad Death. K" A sad death occurred at Highland park .yesterday, and one that brings sorrow to many hearts who knew and loved the deceased. Mrs. Mamie Roemer Baxter, the wife of only a. few months of Mr. John H. Baxter, died after a brief Illness, surrounded by her family and friends. To the bereaved husband and family the sincere sympathy of many friends is ex tended. The funeral will take place to morrow from the home of Mrs. Baxter's mother, Mrs. Roemer, on Adams street. Will Prosecute His Slayer. The Travelers' Protective association has employed able talent to prosecute Colin Daughdrill, the man who killed J. I. Bates, the traveling salesman,at Gads den iaat week. Bates, who was u resi dent of this city, stood very high in the order and in state business circles gener ally. The man who killed him was at the time under bond charged with an other murder. The travelers’ associa tion will spare no pains to bring him to justice. Taking Testimony for Robinson. Hon. A. D. Sayre of this city, who was appointed commissioner of the supreme court to take the testimony In the case involving the Impeachment proceedings of Probate Judge Robinson of Lee coun ty, has gone to Opelika to take the evi dence of the witnesses for the defense. Commissioner Sayre took the state's evi dence some time since. The supreme court will take up the case In about two weeks. Going Through to Georgia. Yesterday and today more than 200 substantial farmers from Indiana and the northwest passed through hare en route to the new Georgia colony near Ab beville, Ga., on the G.’ ti A. railroad. Srjuads have been coming for several weeks past, but yesterday and today brought the largest delegations. The Louisville and Nashville and the G. & A. have each ordered an extra coach put on to accommodate the colonists. General Miles’ First Review. Atlanta, Dec. 5.—Gen. Nelson A. Mileo held his first review today since beingap pninted to the command of the army. The Fifth United States Infantry, stationed here, was his command for eleven years when he was colonel. The Ohio national guard were in line with the regulars to day. Tonight a reception was given in honor of General Miles at Fort McPher son. NEW JERSEYITES ARRIVE. One Hundred of Them Called on President Collier—A Cold Day for the Ohio Delegates. Atlanta, Dec. 6.—Adjt.-Gen. William Stryker of New Jersey and Judge Sims of the supreme court of that state, head ed by a party of about 100 Jerseymen, reached Atlanta today and called on President Collier at the administration building. They presented a letter of re gret from Governor Werts, who was un able to attend on New Jersey day on ac count of the approaching session of the legislature. Mr. Collier made a brief speech in reply, extending toi the New Jersey people a cordial welcome to the exposition. Cincinnati had another cold day at the exposition, but the programme as an nounced was carried out, with the addi tion of an escort to the Ohio party by the Fifth United States infantry from Mc Pherson barracks and a review by Gen. Nelson A. Miles, commanding general of the army. The address of welcome at the auditorium was delivered by President Collier and responded to by President Freiberg of the Cincinnati chamber of commerce. Other addresses were deliv ered by Mayor King of Atlanta and Sec retary of State Candler, and were re sponded to by Mr. Ingalls and Gen. Hickenlooper. The first of the trains from Baltimore bringing the Maryland delegation ar rived this afternoon by the Seaboard Alt Line and the other sections came In dur ing the evening. There are 1100 soldiers, including two regiments of the national guard and the naval reserve. They will go to the exposition grounds tomorrow by the Southern railroad and will there rorm in a line and escort the governor and governor-elect of Maryland, the mayor and mayor-elect of Baltimore and the Baltimore party to the auditorium, where the exercises of the day will be gin at noon. Tomorrow night the Mary land party will hold a reception at tho Capital City club. One thousand invita tions have been sent out. ON A DUCK HUNT. The President Quietly Slipped Out of Wash ington on a Steamer for a Few' Days' Sport. Washington, Dec. 5.—Taking advan tage of the admirable ducking weather President Cleveland this evening about 5 o'clock sailed from Washington on the light house tender Myrtle to pursue that sport In the North Carolina sounds and rivers for a brief period. Tho trip has been in contemplation by the president for some time, as a means of recreation after his labor of writing his annual mes sage, but his departure today was con ducted with so much quietness that even some officials on duty at the executive mansion are still unaware that the pres ident has left the city. The duration of his absence will, It Is understood, de pend somewhat upon circumstances. Five or six days, If game Is plentiful and ducks abundant, will probably be availed of for the shooting, and so far'as can be learned at present such adjuncts to civ ilization as daily mails and telegraph facilities will not be In Immediate prox imity to the party for at least two or three days of the excursion. Persons in the vicinity of the president’s hunting ground had previously been communi cated with and the usual traps, decoys and other paraphernalia for a duck hunt ing expedition have already been placed and await the president’s arrival. THE SEABOARD COMPANY FAILS. The People’s Bank of Mobile Ran in Attach ments for $33,000. Mobile, Dec. 6.—-Upon the report of the failure In New York of the Seaboard Lumber company attachments were Is sued today In favor of the People’s Bank of Mobile on the property of the company here, consisting of marine ways, a cargo of corn on board a steamer loaded for Mexico and office furniture, to cover Indebtedness to the extent of $33,000. The company has large lumber mills at Fair ford, Washington county, Ala., under tho name of the Seaboard Manufacturing company. It Is understood that the other claims against the Company here will run up the total to $100,000. A Norfolk Failure. Norfolk, Va., Dec. 5.—John Rosensteln, dealer In dry goods, notions, etc., as signed today, with liabilities of $25,000. The assets are said to be from $12,000 to $15,000. The only preferences are four , Norfolk banka for about $7000. AN UGLY LYNCHING STORY Three Negroes Are Unmercifully Beaten by a Mob FOR STEALING FROM CHURCH The Old Pother and Hc$ Son Died From the ©•" Injuries. THE >£tJNG WIFE IN A CRITICAL CONDITION f A ■ x ry, Composed of Best Citizens, Bias endered a Verdict Implicating Four ■V Prominent Men, lucludiug a Physician. Columbia, S. C„ Dec. 5.—The details of an ugly lynching, which occurred in this state last Monday night, came to light tonight. It took place down in Colletton county, near the Barnwell and Hampton lines, and was not known generally in that vicinity until Wednesday morning, when the dead bodies of two of the vic tims, stripped of their clothing, were found, one being an old woman. They had been taken out and beaten to death with new buggy traces, the man’s offense being that he was suspected of having stolen a Bible and some furniture from a church, and the woman's offense being that she was supposed to know something about it. Liquor seems to be the only excuse for the deed, if excuse can be made. several monins ago St. Nicholas church, in Barnwell county, was broken open and robbed, a Bible and some pulpit furniture being taken away. A young negro named Isom Kearse, who disap peared from the neighborhood about that time, was suspected of being the thief. He had become notorious for thefts and had been suspected of burning a store some time ago. In some way four Barnwell men had gotten information that he was at his old mother s home, near#Broxton Ford, and they went over there on Monday night last. These men got two men from the neighborhood to assist them, one being Frank Hlers. They then went to Isom's house. They found him just coming out of the door. The party took the negro, put a rope around his neck and tied him behind their buggy. They then drove to the fer ry, two miles away. The poor negro kept up as long as lie could, and it is said that finally he fell and several times wad dragged along. On the way two of the party were sent back to get the negro’s aged mother, “Old Mamma Hannah,” and his young Wife, a girl about 17 years old, who has a 5 months old Infant. At the ferry the party held up and awaited the arrival of the detail. When the women arrived nohe of the three would tell anything about the church property. Upon their refusal they were all three stripped naked and beaten with a new buggy trace, which, it is said, was almost worn out. The man was given about 150 lash es and fell insensible, his body being in a terrible condition; the women were like wise severely beaten. The man several times pleaded with his tormentors to shoot him. The old woman broke away and dashed Into the woods. The young woman did likewise, going In a different direction. The men built a fire near the Insensible negro, threw his old coat over him and left. On Wednesday the body was found where It was left, cold in death. It had been there one night and one day. About 100 yards away in the swamp, lying in a pool of water nbout knee deep, was found the old woman's body, cold and stiff. She had fallen face downward, with her hands extended. The young woman managed to find her way home and is said to be in a crit ical condition. She told some of the ne groes about it Tuesday evening, but they seemed to be afraid to mention it. Justice A. C. Walker held an inquest yesterday, the bodies still being where found. The Jury, composed almost en tirely of good white men In the neigh borhood, upon the testimony of Hlers who, it develops, tried to prevent the deed has rendered a verdict charging directly four prominent men, one a phy sician, with the crime. THE IRmRADEREVIEW. Cleveland, O., Dec. 5,-The Iron Trade Review says; While there are no indications of the end of the wait by buyers of steel and iron, the belief that there will be a gen eral readjustment of values is now wide spread. The sensational drop in the prices of Wile and of barbed wire indi cates a parallel movement at the lower end of the line to that which has taken place more gradually in Bessemer pig. The Pittsburg and valley markets for Bessemer show that furnaces are taking more part in the selling each week. Some metal has been taken for the first quar ter of 1896 at $13 in the valley, and spot sales continue to be made In a small way at from $12 to $12.25. Billets are weak er, and in speculative sales have not pre served even $5 margin over Bessemer At Pittsburg $1S is the mill price, with $17.50 as the Wheeling basis. Foundry iron shows more signs of weakness than at any lime since the halt In buying. Beading southern producers are holding to quotations, and the largest interest has ten weeks of orders on its books, but (liere is cutting by furnaces started up since the summer, and with these the price is off about 50 cents a ton. Talk of a combination among valley makers of pig iron has caused some comment in Pittsburg, but it Is not believed there that an agreement to limit production can he made effective at this time. In all linlshed material lines lower prices are heard on prompt business. A "Wild and Wooly Rumor. Washington. Dec. 5.—A report was putr lished today to the effect that Chief Jus tice Fuller of the supreme court of the United States would resign and take the position of general counsel of the pro posed new railway commission composed of all the lines operating between New York and Chicago and St. Bouis at a salary of $50,000 a year. Kx-Secretary W’liitney was credited with having brought about the arrangement. An In quiry at the residence of the chief Justice this evening as to the authenticity of the report met with the response that the story was absolutely untrue and without any foundation whatever. A British Steamer’s Trouble. Halifax, N. S.. Dec. 5—The British steamer Huntcllffe, Captain Howell, Mo bile for Blverpool, with cotton, put in here this morning for coal. She encoune tered heavy weather. .... , „