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I J. 11. EbTILL, Editor and Proprietor. | SPECIAL RATES ON OIL FREIGHT AGENT CULP CLAIMS THAT none are given. The Counsel for Complainant Rice Brings Out Some Facts that Made the Statement Look a Little Strange The Advantages to Railroad Com panies of Tanks Over Barrels Ex plained. Washington, Nov. 23.—Howard Page, who is connected with the management of the Standard Oil Company, of Kentucky, was examined in connection with the Standard oil cases before the Interstate Commerce Commission this forenoou. He was tho complainant’s witness. He stated that no drawbacks or rebates of any kind were allowed the Standard Oil Company by railroads south of the Ohio, and that the rates paid are the published rates given to everybody. Shipments were made in tank cars, in barrels and in cases. The railroads did and could well afford to carry oil in tank cars cheaper than by any other method. Oil shipped m tank cars was never in the custody of the railroads except when in transit. Its carriage required of the rail roads no terminal facilities. Tank cars were •‘backloaded” with turpentine and cotton seed oil. They were about 3,000 pounds lighter than the ordinary box cars. On the other hand, oil in barrels was delivered a t depots, stored by the railroads like other freight, loaded and unloaded by ruiiroad men and required the use of railroad box cars. Th 9 average leakage of oil in transit in barrels was about a gallon a barrel. The cats were saturated with oil and made more inflammable, while many kinds of merchan dise shipped thereafter therein was liable to damage by reason of oil in the car. Box cars sent South filled with oil were more liable to be brought back empty than the tank carat FACTS FROM THE BOOKS. L. H. Severance, Treasurer of the Stand ard Oil Company, was sworn, and produced certain information copied from the records of the company respecting the ca pacities of the tank cai-s of his company. J. M. Culp, General Freight Agent of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad Com pany, was examined at great length about the operations aud rates of his company. In reply to the counsel for the complain ant, the witness said the only rate on oil in barrels from Louisville to Huntsville, Ala., since April 5, was per 100 pounds. No other rate had been given to anybody. The counsel produced a letter, the signature of which the witness recognized as that of a clerk in his office, which letter was to George Rice (the complainant) giving the rate from Louisville to Huntsville at 37c. a 100 pounds. HOW HE EXPLAINED IT. The witness explained this on the theory that the letter was probably written by a stenographer who had made an error. The counsel thereupon produced a letter hearing the witness’ own signature addressed to the complainant, stating that tho rates given to him were as low as those - given to any one and that the company would give no other. The witness said that was written under the impression that the rate originally given Mr. Rice was correct. The counsel asked how that could be since the second letter was written in reply to one from the complainant quoting the 37c. rate and asking if no better terms could be given, and if other shippers were not given more favorable rates. The witness replied as before, adding that he did not at the time know tho rates, and not doubting that they had been given correctly, he did not examine them. The witness had not concluded his testi mony when the commission, at 5 o’clock, adjourned. , CARLISLE TO BE SPEAKER. Mr. Springer Thinks There is No Doubt of His Re-Election. Chicago, Nov. 22.—Congressman Spring er, who is in the city, said yesterday in an interview that all the indications point to the election of Mr. Carlisle as Speaker of the Fiftieth Congress. In re-organizing the committees of the House, Mr. Springer said, Mr. Carlisle would doubtless carry out the courtesies which generally prevail and, where there was nothing else in the way, retain the present chairmen of im portant committees, if the incumbents so de sired. There would have to be anew chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means on account of the retirement of Mr. Morrison, of Illinois. Mr. Mills, of Texas, stood next on the committee, and it was possible that he would be made chairman unless the Sjieakor decided to consider the claims of old-ti e members who, on ac count of seniority of service in the House, wi re sometimes tendered important, chair manships. With reference to the proposed new legislation on the tariff Mr. Springer thought that there would tie an effort made to agree upon some measure reducing tax ation. The only article thus far thought of as a certainty for a reduced rate was tobac co. Mr. Springer said lie was in favor of free wool and he would reduce the tax on manufactured articles so that no article should pay over V) per cent, ad valorem. With reference to the Dakota Statehood question, Mr. Springer as a member of the Committee on Territories, said he should 1 avor the admission of Dakota as one State. RAILROAD LANDS. Attorney General Garland Readers en Opinion Concerning Settlers. Washington, Nov. 22.—Attorney Gen eral Garland has, in a long opinion, decided: 1. That bona tide purchasers of unclaimed railroad lands are those who, wit hout knowl edge of wrong or error, have purchased from a railroad company lands which hod been previously entered by pre-emption or R homestead settler, whose entry had been erroneously cancelled, and which land the pre-emption or homestead settler did not elect to claim after recovery by the proper proceedings. 2. That the department, after the adjust ment of a land grant cannot is ue a patent to the purchaser of the land until it is legal ly determined that the patent to the rail road had boon erroneously issued, and, 3. That where a railroad company has sold to a citizenjands not conveyed to the company, the citizen can purchase from the United States at the ordinary government prices for iike lands, either within the pri mary or indemnity limits. Upon receipt of the opinion Secretary J-uinar directed the Commissioner of the General Land Office to proceed at once, and with as much dispatch as possible, to adjust all land grants under the act of March 3, 1887. NOT BOUNTIES. A Decision In Favor of the Colored '1 roops. Washington, Nov. 22. —Second Comp troller Butler has decided that sums not ex ceeding $lO paid to certain colored recruits in Virginia and the Department of the South by Generals Butler and Gillmore. ' under orders of the War Department, dated Nov. 39 and Dec. 22,1863, respectively, were not bounties within the meaning of the bounty laws, and are not to be deducted from the bounty to which any such soldier is otherwise enti tled. He holds that the payments were in the nature of gratuities or premiums of uncertain amounts to a special class of re cruits, and were not bounties as technically understood. The orders of the War De partment referred to gave the commanding generals authority to pay a bounty not ex ceeding $lO per man for colored recruits. FOREIGN MAILS. A Satisfactory Showing Made in the Annual Report. Washington, Nov. 22. —Tho annual re port of Superintendent of Foreign Mails Bell shows an increase in the transatlantic mails of 10.59 per cent, of letters and 12 per cent, of other articles. Central and South Amer ican mails show an increase of 19.21 per cent, for letters and 20.49 for other articles. The mails to Venezuela have largely increased, and to Central American States 36 per cent. The increase is at tributed to increased business relations, and the fact that the number of vessels sailing from tho United States to these countries has steadily increased dui ing the last five years bears this out. The cost of the service was $437,447, of which $429,036 was compensation for sea conveyance, an increase for the year of $87,000. Thirteen parcel post conventions are ex pected to be concluded within the next few months with South and Central American States and the West India Islands, by which many custom complications now causing annoyance will be removed. For the next fiscal year $647,000 is asked. On the Central and Southern American service, the report says it is as good as can be obtained under the present system of dis patching the mails by vessels “when loaded.” The vessels tendered to the department to convey there mails on a certain day fre quently sail several days before or after the time appointed, to the annoyance of cor respondents. Ho suggests as one means of correcting this evil, that the Postmaster General lie author ized by law to allow additional compensation over and above that now al lowed to vessels engaged in the service. A system of premium and penalties might thus be mutually agreed upon by the de partment and steamship companies which would make it to the advantage of the steamship companies to adhere closely to their schedule sailing dates, whereby the efficiency of t he service would be materially increased and the commercial interests of the country benefited INDIANA'S DROUGHT. All tlie Surface Wells and Streams are Dried Up. Chicago, Nov. 22. —The Daily News' special from Plainfield, Ind., saj"s: “The drought in this section of the stricken dis trict remains unbroken, and the present in dications are that cold weather will set in be fore the greatly needed deluge of rain comes. If it should the present distressing state of affairs throughout this part of Indiana would be multiplied ten fold. Tho inhabi tants are suffering from a genuine water famine, the worst over known in the experience of living persjns. Full two-thirds of the surface wells in this and adjoining counties are dry, while the running tfreeks and springs which pre viously liau afforded apparently an inex haustible supply of the purest water, now present beds utterly devoid of moisture. The impure water obtained is breeding ty phoid fever of the worst type, and in some localities ttie scourge is becoming epidemic, resulting in numerous fatalities. Doctors say tlie disease is only in its first stage, and is bound to increase if the dry weather con tinues.” WON’T BE BLACKMAILED. A Wealthy Fork Packer of Chicago Shows Fight. Chicago, Nov. 22.—A suit for $50,000 has been begun against Robert D. Fowler, one of the millionaire pork packere of Chi cago, Kansas City, Omaha and St. Joseph. Mr. Fowler is also an operator on ’Change, and exports heavily to Liverpool and I .on don. The plaintiff, a cook formerly iu his employ, has been living for weeks in tho house of a detective who was dismissed from the city police, and who now works up crooked business. Recently several leading business men have been the victims of black mailers on ttie eve of social affairs at their home, prefering to pay rather than run the risk of disgraceful sensations. Mr. Fowler has resolved upon the opposite course. Ar rests are expected that will di close a nest of conspirators. A METHODIST BOMBSHELL. Dr. D. C. Kelley Asked to Resign for Defending Emma Abbott. Nashvillf,, Tenn., Nov. 22.—Previous to the adjournment of the North Alabama Conference of tho Southern Methodist church at Tuscaloosa last night a resolution was adopted requesting Dr. D. C. Kelley, one of the most eminent Methodist divines in America, and Missionary Treas urer of the General Conference, to resign his official position on account of his utterances in references to the Emma Abbott episode at Nashville. The resolution will create a great sensation throughout the entire Southern Methodist church. Dr. Kelley defended Miss Abbott’s risiug in church to defend herself against the harsh terms used in a sermon on theatre going. AN EXPLOSION OF GAS. Two of the Five Persons Hurt Dan gerously Injured. Boston, Nov. 22.—There was a tremen dous explosion of gas iu tho Odd Fellows’ building this afternoon. Five persons were injured, two of them dangerously. Tho ex plosion occurred in Cunningham's bicycle rooms. Two gentlemon in the room were hurled violently against tho walls and were picked up stunned and bleeding. Glass was blown across tho street, and three ladies who were passing the store were badly cut. Others received slight scratches. Tho in jured were carried to a hospital. The cause of ttie explosion is not yet known. The Pacific Railways. Washington, Nov. 22.—Gov. Pattison, Chairman of the Pacific Railway Commis sion, had an interview* with the President this afternoon. The commission will come here in a body about Dec. 1 to present their report upon their investigation to the Presi dent. The latter will send it to Congress with a special message. It will lie an ex tremely interesting document. , Murdered by an Ex-Convict. Cincinnati, 0., Nov. 32. —A Hopkins ville, Ky. .special says that H. A. Tergr.eran was assaulted by an ex-convict last night, and shot dead on refusing to give up his money. The murderer escaped. SAVANNAH, GA., WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 1887. A DENSE PALL OF SMOKE. FOREST FIRES STILL RAGING WITH UNABATED FURY. Boats Unable to Run at Night Owing to the Impossibility of Seeing Through the Smoke—The Woods Still all Ablaze Between Memphis and Bir mingham. Memphis, Ten.w, Nov. 22.—The sun hung in the skies like a ball of fire all day, and at times was almost obscured by dense smoke, which hovel's over and around the city. It is the same story that has been told for the past week of forest fires which continue to rage with unabated fury. Sam Tate, Jr., who arrived this forenoon from Birmingham, Ala., via the Kansas City, Memphis and Birmingham railroad, reports tires all along the route between Memphis and Birmingham. They have been particularly destructive in the neigh borhood of Kerrville, Tenn., on the line of the Chesapeake, Ohio and Southwestern railroad, where many miles of fences have been destroyed. A special to the Evening Scimitar from Brownsville, Tenn., says: “The forest fires in the Hatichi bottom are very alarming, and the scarcity of water makes it almost, impossible to put them out. The Lagoon bottom is also on fire. All the local packets are twenty-four to seventy-two hours be hind time owing to the dense smoke, which prevents them from running at night. The weather is cloudy, but there are no imme diate prospects of rain.” DYNAMITE EXPLODES. One Man Injured and Several Stores Greatly Damaged. Wii.kesbarke, Pa., Nov. 22.—A large quantity of dynamite kept in a tool box on one of the main streets in Hyde Park, Lackawanna county, exploded this after noon and caused great destruction of prop erty. The drug store of John J. Davis was destroyed. Every window in the building was smashed and tho walls were driven in about two feet. Among the other business places in the vicinity that suffered considerable loss was Leed’s bakery, F. Durkin’s boot and shoe store.“and the Lackawanna County Restau rant. For nearly two blocks buildings were considerably injured, and a severe shock was felt for miles around. Contractor Phil lips, who was endeavoring to ascer tain tho cause of smoke issuing from the tool box, was caught unawares by the explosion? and blown across the street and dangerously injured. Several children in the street were knocked down by the force of the explosion, and many per sons escaped the flying fragments as if by miracle. The dynamite was used in the construction of sewers and some of it was placed upon a heater to be kept m readiness for blasting. The heater consisted of a screen, under which was a small lamp. In some way the lire of the lamp was communicated to the dyna mite, thereby causing the explosion. SIX DAY TRAMPERS. Littlewood Holds the Lead by Dog ging the Next Man. Philadelphia, Nov. 22. —The Pedestrian match is exciting unusual interest. Vint, Moore, Cronin and Legrand, have dropped out. The nine men remaining are making creditable records, and are, except Rtrokel, in good condition. Littlewood, the English Champion, maintained his lead by dogging Alberts, but travels with more difficulty than yesterday. At 11 o’clock to-night the score stood: Hart 183 Cox *. iat Burns 186 Noremac 20(1 Elson 197 Alberts %. 220 Stroke! < 101 Littlewood .' 245 Pancbot f 210 At 12 o’clock to-night, the score for forty eight hours stood: Littlewood 215 Albert 220 Panchot 215 Noremac 235 5 Elson . 200 Cox lB9 fi Hart 185 4 Burns. 181 10 Strokel 164 FIRE’S RECORD. Five Hundred and Fifty Bales of Cot ton Burned in Texas. Bryan, Tex., Nov. 22.—Twelve cars and 525 bales of cotton were burned near here last night on tho Texas Central railroad. It is supposed the cotton was ignited by a spark. The loss is fully $40,000. It is fully insured. A BLAZE AT ENGLEWOOD. Englewood, N. J.. Nov. 22.—About 2:30 o’clock this m >ming lire was discovered by the village watchman in the largest house in the place. An alarm was given immedi ately, but the (lames hnd made such progress that they were beyond control. The build ing, which was called the Athnenum, was a large brick structure owned by G. S. Coe, President of the American Exchange Bank The loss will reach $lOO,OOO. A WALL OF SMOKE. Cairo, 111., Nov. 22. —The woods are on fire for a radius of fifty miles in, every direction from this place. The smoke from the burning forests is very dense and inter rupts navigation of the river to a great ex tent. SUNDAY AS A DAY OF REST. The Methodist Ccnforence Does Not Object to Trains and Papers. Danville, Va., Nov. 22. —In the M&ho dist Conference to-day resolutions were dis cussed taking strong grounds against Sun day trains, but no action was taken. Amendments condemning Sunday steam boats, street cars and Sunday papers were introduced, but voted down. The report shows that there are 60,30$ members of churches in tho conference, an increase for the year of 2,593. During the year $379,535 was collected. Tho value of the church property in the conference is placed at $1,729,443. Portsmouth city was selected as the next place of meeting. An Unknown Schooner Sunk. Chtcaoo, Nov. 22. —An unknown two masted schooner is sunk in forty feet of water a mile and a half abreast of Kensaha, and fears are entertained that not a soul of the crew was saved. It is thought she is a Milwaukee fishing smack, as netting and fishing paraphernalia have been picked up on the beach at Kensaha. Explosion of a Boiler. New Orleans, La., Nov. 22.—The Pica- Mine's Plaqueminespecial says: “Thismorn ing a loiicr on the Australian plantation exploded, killing a negro inan and scalding Mr. Bates so badly that ho will probably die.” KNIGHTLY KICKERS. Powderly's Opponents Hold a Meeting at Chicago. Chicago, Nov. 22. The so-called “Knightly Kickers” held their first local meeting last night, with au attendance of about iifty regularly entered delegates pres ent from five local assemblies, and self-con stituted representatives from twenty more. Charles Seib, Secretary of the Provisional Committee appointed by thirty-five seceding delegates of the Minneapolis General Con vention of the Knights of Labor, officiated as Chairman and explained tlie object of the meeting. There were several present who were not in accord with.the movement, and they were utterly impervious to all insinuations that spies were not wanted. In a speech Joseph R. Buchanan, "head kicker,” declared that the time had come when honest Knights of Labor must, for a time at least, renounce all allegiance with the corrupting clique that now controls the great and noble order. He stated that it had been found impossible to maintain an effective fight from the inside, and that the only course left was to declare an open revolt against tlie powers that. lie. After the usual number of speeches a com mittee of five was appointed to draft a circu lar letter to all the local assemblies in Cook county, calling upon them to elect three delegates to a Convention to be held on the first Wednesday in December. The local branches will lie asked to withhold from the general treasury all assessments due from this time on, the scheme being to freeze out General Master Workman Powderly. “Con ventions similar to the one colleu in Chi cago,” explained Charles Seib, “are being held over the United States. We shall ob tain control of tlie Knights of Labor in all the large cities inside of three months. As soon as possible a National Convention will tie called and a regular organization per fected.” SPIES NOT RESUSCITATED. Only One Case of the Kind Known to Medical Science. Chicago, 111., Nov. 22.—The story circu lated that efforts were made to resuscitate the body of August Spies after his execu tion is positively denied by Dr. George Thilo, who examined the body after it was delivered to Spies’ friends and pronounced life to be totally extinct. Dr. Thilo says: “When the body was first brought to Mueller’s undertaking establishment some people present thought they perceived unusual warmth in the corpse, and I was sent for. 1 made a careful examination of the remains and was soon convinced that death had intervened, and that any attempt at revival by galvanic battery or any other means, would be useless, and I so informed the gentlemen present. There was no at tempt whatever to restore life. THERE WAS NO LIKE. “The fact that tho body was warm proves nothing, as it takes six or seven hours for the natural boat to leave it, especially when death is violent and sudden. When I first saw the body the rigor mortis had already set in and had stiff ened the neck and jaw. There is but one case known to medical science where ama judicially hung has been resuscitated. That case occurred iu A.i :i,ria a few years ago, when a man was hung for fifteen min utes, and five minutes later batteries were applied and at last the subject revived,but in a state of wild delirium. From this he never recovered, and in twenty-four hours he died. In Bpies’ case it was three hours before the body was brought to the undertaker’s. Ho was dead beyond any hope of resuscitation." WAGES WORKERS. The Scale for the Next Year Ready to be Signed. Pittsburg, Nov. 22.—The steel workers’ wages scale for 1888, which is to go into effect on Jan. 1, is about ready to bo taken to the manufacturers to he signed. The new scale has been carefully revised and fixed. Tho prices for wages by the ton and day has been so arranged that every work man in a steel mill outside of a common laborer has been provided for. An increase amounting to about 10 percent, all around will be asked for, except on a few points on which it will be considerably more. The new scale calls for work to be paid for by the hour or day, which is a movement to do away with tho contract system more than the one job system. STRIKE OF THE SWITCHMEN. Galveston’s Cotton Receipts and Other Business Seriously Affected. Galveston, Tex., Nov. 32.—The strike of the switchmen in this city, Houston and other places is beginning to be felt by the merchants. Large quantities of New York freight are blockaded here awaiting shipment to interior points. The "strike seriously affects the receipts of cotton. Only 1,300 bales arrived to-day and the prospects are that the receipts to-morrow wdl bo much smaller. The Missouri Pacific Company has employed new men here to take the places of the strikers. The Santa Ke system is not effect ed by the strike. Virginia’s Workingmen. Staunton, Va., Nov. 22.—A State Con vention of Workingmen has been called to meet in Staunton, Jan. 20, 1888. Promi nent members of labor organizations will be present. The object is declared to lie to take steps to establish a State bureau of labor statistics and to abolish the convict contract plan; to consider the public school system with a view to its greater efficiency, and other measures of interest to the working people. Horribly Mutilated. Vienna, 111., Nov. 22.—An inquest was hold here yesterday over the dead bodies of four men killed in'the collision on the Cairo, Vincennes and Chicago railroad, near here, Sunday. A verdict of criminal negligence against the train dispatcher was rendered. Hundreds of people visited the scene of the wreck yesterday. The bodies of the mon wero torn to pieces and scattered around un der the cars. As much of their remains as could be found was put into coffins and sent to their respective homes. An Anarchist Sympathizer in the Pulpit. Hartford, Conn., Nov. 22.—At an ex cited meeting of the First Unitarian So ciety to-night, an attempt was made to oust the pastor, Rev. J. C. Kimball, lxcausc of his open avowal of sympathy with the Chi cago Anarchists in a recent sermon. The attempt was a failure, the resolution asking the pastor to resign being defeated by a ma jority of 11 in a total vote of 87. Tho women of the society supported Mr. Kimball in a body. Brlgf. Gen. Marcy Dead. Newark, N. J., Nov. 23.—Brevet Brig. Gen. Randolph B. Marcy died in Orange this evening, aged 76 years. He had been failing for several months. Death was due to old age. He was twenty years in the United Btafces frontier service, and father in-law of Gen. George B. McClellan. He leaves two children, Mrs. Dr. E. E. Clark and Mrs. McClellan. A CONSERVATIVE RALLY. BRIGHT’S EXPLANATION OF TORY ISM’S ASCENDENCY He Favors Sending Irish Bills to a Grand Committee Composed of Irish Members- He is Satisfied, However, that the So-! ailed Rebels will not Allow his Plan to Work. London - , Nov. 22.—Tho annual meeting of tho National Union of Conservatives opened at Oxford to-day. Mr. Aslnnead Bartlett, member of Parliament, presided. One thousand delegates were present, repre senting England, Wales, Scotland and Ire land. An address congratulating the Queen upon her jubilee was adopted. A resolution in favor of free trade was carried by a large majority, and one in favor of reform of the English Church was adopted unanimously. A letter was rend from Mr. Bright re ferring to his proposal to send Irish hills to a grand committee composed of Irish members. In his letter Mr. Bright says: “The rebel party will not accept the proposal, because they are rebels, ana with the rebel Irish members in the House of Commons the plan would not be allowed to work. Mr. Gladstone has a hobby in which the rebel leaders for a time have agreed to join him. He is committed to that hobby and cannot condescend to consider a plan less pretentious, but more reasonable than his. Nothing can be done until Mi Gladstone's bills have been entirely got rid of. Ho insists upon impossible legislation for Ireland to tho exclusion of legislation for the whole. The Glad stonians are anxious to return to power and they are furious because the Conservatives are in office, and they blame me and others for keeping them there. Ttiey seem blind to the fact that Mr. Gladstone’s conduct put the Conservatives in office. They forget that the electors of Great Britain by a majority of nearly two to one condemned Mr. Glad stone's bills and destroyed his Ministry. Wo cannot allow Mr. Gladstone to return to olfice on his Irish policy. I prefer to join hands with Lord Salisbury and his col leagues rather than with Mr. Purnell and his friends, the leaders of the rebellion.” Tho differences in the Gaelic Athletic As sociation which led to the withdrawal of a numl>er of tho members, who accused other members of an intention to c ash with the national league and form a Fenian as sociation, are about to be adjusted. Messrs. Fitzgerald, Dillon and Father Scalarn have arrived at Thurls and will have a conference to-morrow with Archbishop Crolce, the founder of the Gadic Association, and one of the members who resigned. Tho Dublin Gazette publishes a proclama tion suppressing the national league in Kerry ami Clare, and several branches in Cork, Galway aud Wexford. SIO,OOO MORE FOR IRELAND. Detroit, Nov. 22. —The following mes sage was cabled this morning: To Joseph O. Bigger , M. P London: T have placed to your credit, SIO,OOO to day. Will l>e mindful of Tory temerity in our Yankee Thanksgiving. Charles O'Reilly, Treasurer. RUSSIA’S IMPORT DUTIES. Some of the Changes Made by the New Law Now in Effect. St. Petersburg, Nov. 22.—The new customs law, promulgated to-day, imposes a tax upon the imports of plants, flowers, onions and medicinal herbs, and raises the duty on raw cotton, cotton wool, cotton twist, tulle, lace, farming machines and im plements, joinery, turnery, flax, hemp and jute goods, valuable hardware, watches, clocks, glasswork, glass and metal beads and buttons, fresh oranges, lemons ami pomegranates, herrings, cod, dried fish and spices. The Norosti proposes that the govern ment as an experiment establish free trade relations with free trade coun tries and largely increase tho prohibitive duties against German goods as an act of revenge. Tho Minister of Finance has submitted a scheme for saving 1,000,000 roubles annually by economy in tho public offices ami a reduc tion of tho railway subsidies. Other new duties areas follows: On cot ton, imports by sea, 100 kopecks per pood (36pounds); cotton, imports by land, 115 kopecks; lace, 000 kopecks; farm machines, wood work ami fruit, 70; fish, 27; spice, 300; Kiakhta tea, 1,350; wadding, 200; tulle, 150; jet beads, 400. South Carolina’s Legislature. Columbia, S. C., Nov. 22. —The Legisla ture of South Carolina met to-day. The Governor’s message was read, and the work of the session commenced. Many im portant local measures are to be considered, and the session will be interesting and ex citing. The more important questions at issue aro the pensioning of Confederate soldiers, and bilis to restrict the production of phosphate. Prices have got so low that the royalty, which forms an important item in the State's revenue, threatens to lie largely reduced. A measure will be intro duced to restrict mining, if possible. International Peace Advocates. Harrisburg, Pa., Nov. 22. Gov. Beaver to-day appointed Joshua L. Bailey, ex-Gov. Robert E. Pattison, Ole.in Scull, Col. Charles il. Barnes and John Wanamaker a committee to wait upon President Cleve land and request him to incorporate in his noxt message to Congress a suggestion rela tive to legislation looking to a settlement of international difficulties by arbitration. This committee was appointed in pursuance of tho recent Peace Conference in Phila delphia. Fire After a Collision, Springfield, 111., Nov. 22.—A collision between two freight trains on the Chicago ami Alton railroad near Sherman, eight miles north of this city, this morning de stroyed two locomotives and seventeen freight cal's, with their contents. The wrecked cars wra totally burned. The loss is $30,000 to Irk), 000. No person was seriously injured. A Desperate Liquor Seller. Chattanooga, Tenn., Nov. 22.—William Baldwin, a saloon-keeper, attacked three police officersthis afternoon with a revolver, because thev had arrested his driver on a charge of selling liquor on Sunday without a license. A general duel followed, when Baldwin was fatally shot three times, dying within h:df an hour. Policeman Howard was shot in the head, and will probably die. Bparks May Go to Congress. ChicaOo, Nov. 22.—The Times this morn ing printed a long special from Centralia, 111 . asserting that ex-Commissioner Sparks will probably seek vindication as to bis con duct as Land Commissioner, by election to Congress. The statement is based on “the clamor of his friends.” The district in which Mr. Sparks resides is represented in Con gress now by Richard W. Townshend. Foraker’s Plurality. Columbus, 0., Nov. 22.—The official re turns give Foraker (Rep.) a plurality of 23,733 over Powell (Dom.i for Governor. FLORIDA’S METROPOLIS. Immigrants From a Cholera Ship En Route to the City. Jacksonville, Fla., Nov. 22.—' Tho Duval County Board of Health rereived a letter to-day from the State Board of Health of New York, warning them that five pas sengers from the steamship Alesia, who had been quarantined at New York harbor for some time post, on account of cholera, were now on route to this city. They were Michale Corlette, aged 30 years; Isabella Corlette, aged 24 years; Rose Cor lette. aged 2 l g; Kocco Martoccio, aged 17, and Francisco Martoccio, 12. Their names were forwarded so this board could take what action it deemed advisable, but it is not thought there is any danger from them, even if they come here, as they all served the usual quarantine period. The board will probably meet to-morrow and discuss tho matter. The criticism is made by the officials here, that if the New York State a - thorities have no confidence in their quarantine doctors, they should not permit these immigrants to enter tho country at all. JACKSONVILLE'S CHARTER. The topic of conversation everywhere in the oily among business men this morning was relative to tlie action of the Supreme Court upon the new city charter act. The charter is declared constitutional, but in operative, simply from the fact that there is no provision made to put it in operation, in short, to call and hole! an election. Some of the very ablest lawyers in the city have l>oen consulted upon the subject this morning, hut they aro not a unit upon various points involved. Edwin M. Randall, ex-Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, of Florida, one of the best jurists in the State, is of the opinion that the decision of the Supreme Court, declar ing the new charter constitutional annuls the old one, and that the new one cannot lie changed to make it operative except by tho legislative action. This would leave the present city officials in charge until their successors are elected and qualified, which will he two years hence unless the Legislature Is convened in extra session by the Governor. The officers holding over cannot, Judge Randall thinks, exercise more than police jurisdic tion. They cannot make or unmake ordi nances or levy and collect taxes. The opinion ns to leaving the present incumbent in office until legislation is had to provide the mode and manner of electing their suc cessors is concurred in by others. Judge It. B. Archibald is of the opinion that the present incumbents hold over until the Legislature meets and amends tho law, and that they have the power to operate the machinery of govern ment as at present; and will be sus tained in it by tho courts. Ho believes t hat an official do facto is tho same as one de jure, and that precedents will hear him out in this. Judge Archibald is fully of the opinion that lturbridgo and Bo wden will remain Mayors until the legislature convenes unless they decline to serve. The same power that makes laws is the only power that can amend them. Col. Louis J. Fleming says he is under the impression that the new charter ran take effect and the election logaily held next mouth for officers under it. Mayor Burbridgo believes that the law will sustain him and Mayor Bowden (of LaVilla) in holding over until the law is amended by tho legislature and their suc cessors elected. He says it would be pre posterous though for them to attempt to operate without the possession of tho full machinery of the two corporations as at present provided. F. F. L’Engle, Esq., a member of the Board of County Commissioners and a well known and capable lawyer, said he had not examined the decision, hut his view, that the Board of County Commissioners had nothing to do with the calling of an election under tho new charter act, was sustained. There is much in this matter for discus sion, and it is hoped a just and legal solu tion will be arrived at liefore any decided steps are taken. A number of men favor holding an election anyway next month, but this must be done in the proper manner and liavo the sanction of tile courts and the people at large. The United States Court convenes Dec. 5, and it is said the session will be a long one. COLUMBUS CHAPTERB. Cases in Court Horrible Death of a Planter in Stewart County. Columbus, Ga., Nov. 22.—1n Muscogee Superior Court, to-day John Miller was found guilty of tabbing, and sentenced to twelve months on the chain gang. Clay Jeter waf convicted of larceny. He has not been sentenced yet. J. N. Cobb, a planter of Stewart county, met a fearful death yesterday. While he was attending a cane mill ho was cuught and liis head crushed into a jelly. Mayor Grimes has had framed the battle flag under which the Columbus Guards fought during the war, and presented it to that body to-duy. It has been ‘in'liis hands oighteon years. It is tattered and moth eaten, but is still highly prized. The Guards Library Fair is booming. It is drawing large crowds, day and night. Encbbacher & Freer have donated a $75 suit of clothes to be raffled. AN EDITOR POMMiLEi). Palatka’s Muddle Elivened by a Rough and Tumble. Pai.atka, Fla., Nov. 22.—Sunday’s I’a latka News contained an attack on the grand jury which exonerated W. F. Forward, Clerk of Putnam county. Sunday evening one of the members met Editor Harrison, and demanded an explanation and apology, which Mr. Harrison promised to innko in Tuesday morning’s paper, but instead of an apology he added fuel to the fire by another attack. George Weller a member of the grand jury, met Mr. Harrison at noon to-day and pro ceeded to chastise him. Bystanders separa ted them, which saved Harrison from re ceiving more than a black eye. Mr. Beit Acquitted. Waynebboro, Ga., Nov. 22.—1n tbepre lim.nnry trial of the State vs. Hon. C. F. Belt, at Mulvilie, before Justices Jones and -Watkins, charged with a grave offense, Mr. Belt was acquitted. It is believed by his friends to have been a case of blackmail. There wer e married to-day at the resi dence of W. C. Sanford, of Burke county, Andrew M. Mayo, Clerk of the Superior Court of Washington county, and Miss M. Lulu Jones, of this county, Rev. J. R. Mc- Closky officiating. The bridal party left for Augusta this afternoon. A Cotton Gin Burned. Calhoun, Ga.. Nov. 22.—News reached here to-day that the gin house at Plainville, ton miles west of here, was consumed by fire Saturday night, with a lot of seed and Hnt cotton. Forty bales were also badly damaged. They belonged to various parties. J. H. Brownlee owned sixteen of them. Camp & Reynolds, of Rome, owned the gin property. The total loss is about $2,000. There is no insurance. The wind lieing very high, sparks from the engine tired the cotton in the house and vard. I PRICFftIO A YK44. I I OILMs ALOI* f A GREAT NAME FORGED. RUSEO-GERM4N PEACE ENDAN GERED BY A TRICK. The Fact did not Become Known Until Last Week’s Conference at Berlln- The Forgery Believed by the Ger. mans to Have Been the Work of Borne of the Orloanists. Berlin, Nov. 22.—The North German Gazette, Prince Bismark's organ, says the interview lietween the Czar and Prince Bis marck on Friday last, was of a friendly and very comprehensive character. The Ciar complained of tho policy of Germany, es pecially her policy toward Bulgaria, which, be said was directed against Russsia, as letters received at the Russian Foreign office showed. Prince Bismarck indicated that Germany always regarded Bulgaria as lying within the shpere of Rus sian intcfvst, ami acted in that spirit when ever no strictly German interests were in volved. He expressed a desire to see tue letters the Czar had mentioned. He then formulated at length Germany’s complaints against Russia. The Czar was attentive, and promised on his return to St. Peters burg to better Inform hi mseif on the ques tions on which these complaints were founded, and to arrive at a decision ac cordingly. A FORGED LETTER. The Cologne Gazette lias caused a sensa tion by a statement that the Czar, in his re cent interview with Prince Bismarck,learned that he had been deed ved in regard to Ger many’s policy by a forged letter purporting to be from Prince Bismarck. The letter is supposed to be the work of Orleanist in triguers. On the Czar’s arrival at the frontier station of Wirballen all the ap proaches were closed, even to pedestrians. The rout* thence to Bt. Petersburg was guarded by 80, 000 men, and the Czar changed carriages several times on the journey. GREVY MUST RESIGN. No One Can be Pound Who is Willing to Form a Cabinet. Paris, Nov. 22. M Brisson had aconfer once with President Grevy to-day and told him that the crisis in relation to the Presi dency appeared to be without remedy. The President asked why. M. Brisson replied that, it would be gain ful to explain. The reason was universally apparent. He reminded M. Grevy that at an independent meeting Sunday he had maintained that nobody was entitled to rie 11land that tlie President resign. He was still of the same opinion. The President alone, added M. Brisson. was entitled to raise the question. M. Grevy, after his interview with M. Leroyer, consulted M. Deves, M. Foucher, M. de C'areil, and others, but all his effort* to secure the formation of a Ministry, proved futilo. OREVY’g ANXIETY TO SUCK. M. Grevy is reported to have consulted M. Leroyer as to the feeling in the Senate, and to have asked him whether, in his opinion, it would be possible to govern in the interim with that, body alone. M. Ijeroyer is said to have replied that the Republicans in the Senate would not conflict with the Chamber of Deputies. The Moderate Henators are furious with M. Grevy for offering carte blanche to Si. Ciemonceau even in conjunction with Gen. Boulanger. They insist that he ought to have retired rather than make such an of fer. The commission investigating the Wilson scandal ha* resolved to keep secret impor tant evidence given by two witnesses to day. M. Leroyer conferred with M. Grevy to day. and advised him to resign. The refusal of every leading politician to form a Minis try is regarded as making the resignation of President Grevy inevitable. Wreck of the Scholten. London, Nov. 22.—An improvised light ship has iieen place*! over the sukea steamer W. A. Scholten. The sea is so rough that the divers have not been able to explore the wreck. The main mast projects twenty feet above the water at high tide. The wreck lies in twelve fathoms of water. The hull will probably be blowu up. The sur vivors of the disaster have passed a resolu tion expressing gratitude to the people of Dover for the kindness shown them. Temporal Power for the Fope. Pksth, Nov. 22.—The address to the Pope voted by the Catholic Assembly of Hungary favors granting temporal power to the Pope. It is feared the address will make a bad im pression in Italy. Remi-offiuial journals protest ajjainst the address, which they say does not depict the genuine opinion of Hun garian Catholics. It is likely that the Min istry will make some explanation on the subject to Italy. Crofters Exterminating Deer. London, Nov. 22.—Two thousand Croft ers on the Islo of Lemis, supplied with rifles, tents, etc., have begun a campaign to ex terminate the deer in the forest*. They allege that *I,OOO Crofters are starving, who ought to l) living on land now given up to deer, and they declare that in adopting their present course they are actuated by sheer necessity. Trafalgar Square’s Disturbers. London, Nov. 22.—Mr. Burns, the Social ist leader, and Mr. Graham, member of Parliament, who were arrested Sunday, Nov. 13, for participation in the disturb ances near Trafalgar square, were arraigned to-day. Several policemen testified that both the prisoners violently attacked the police. The case was then adjourned. Bulgarians to be Impeached. Sofia, Nov. 22.—At a secret sitting of the Sobranje to-day, it was decided to im;>each Karaveloff, Zanoff, aud Nikeforoff, Waro letf and Orakakoff. Britain’s Minister to Persia. London, Nov. 22.—Sir Henry Drummond Wolfe has been appointed British Minister at Teheran. Ex-Empress Eugenie 111. London, Nov. 22.— Ex-Empress Eugenie is critically ill at Amsterdam. Most’s Trial Begun. New York. Nov. 22.—The triad of Johann Most, the Anarchist, began in the Court of General Sessions to-day at 2 o’clock. When a recess was taken, four jurors had been obtained. Delaney Nicoll appears for the prosecution, and William F. Howe for the accused. A Bomb Found at Chicago. Chicago, Nov. 22.—A gas pipe bomb was found this morning on the door step of the residence of United States Marshal Marsh, on Michigan avenue. The Marshal took l*os-sef%Bion of the dangerous looking missile and turned it over to the police.