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1 J. H. ESTILL. Editor and Proprietor, f AI Ml DEMI Four Lives Snatched Away at Lumber City. HALFCALHOUN IN RUINS A Bratoai Rilled While oh the fay to Athens. ALL AUSTELL IN ALAI Darts From the Sky Kill Two in Dougherty. [RUSHED BY A CHIMNEY. mrrible Fate of a Man the Wind’s I Howl Didn’t Wake. 11l THE STATE VISITED. iill • ■re Wind Accompanied by a i Heavy Downpour. ■Li mber City, 0a... March 21.— A dis ■stcius cyclone visited this part nf Telfair ■■::: ty at 4 o'clock this morning, crossing ■ me nf the East Tenn'Ssee Virginia and ■ ' a railroad at 9}£, known as Whiddon ■ Holland's turpentine distillery. Thridis ■ikry is now owned by Kayals, Millaire ■ "n. The former owners, Mr. Wliiddon ■fKastman, and 13. V. Holland, of Telfair ■mnty, had both met a', the disti.lery to ■ljust old business matters. Both of these ■entlenion were killed. The In u-e in which ■pv were stopping was situated far up on ■" west side of the railroad. The house ■as torn into splinters. The bcxlies were Bund some distance down the hill. I A BAWMILL DEMOLISHED. ■ Tlie sawmill of Wilcox & Cleland, of ■hanncey, Ga., which was situated some ■ vsnlsdue east of the railroad track, was ■nroofed and the smokestack blown down ■i l the shingle and stave machine blown ■it of the mill house. So severe was the ■ind that the log carriage was taken ■p and moved several feet. Six of the mill Houses were blown down, including tbo ■rnmissary, which was well stocked with ■ill supplies, all of which are a total loss, ■i this commissary slept Mr. Wilcox, the ■dl owner, and his superintendent, Joseph ■title, of Edinburg, Ind. Mr. Wilcox was ■ally hurt about the head and face, but his ■*' r ’ sl serious injury was a bruise in his side, was removed to his homo at Chauncey ■is morning, and at last accounts was ■esting easy. I NEIBLE KILLED. ■ Noil,in was killed, his btdy being Id ' yards from the house in which ho ■fTh Mr. Neiblo was formerly an employe ■ the Great Lumber Company, of Grcss- La, and had only been in the employ " i ox (t ('lnland twodays when he met ■* death. ■ J'seph Turner was stopping in a house a ■"’ hundred yards from the commissary, ■'' same house being occupied by Mr. Mil ■irt and his wife. Mr. Turner was killed ■' a I'dsv; of timber striking his breast and ■netrating his heart. ■ THE INJURED. wounded are: ■ S. Smith, an employe of Wilcox & v , ud, i end and hands bruised and both ■|3 busily mashed, V’ I '' " ii.son, of Chauncey, employed by ii" Hi m. arm broken and hurt on tl> Hyals, head and hack. ' Bawls, head and face. ''Ene Bawls, head ami foot. B \\VLB, head and hip. K. I '.';, Millaire, many bruises. "“groes, whose numes could not he were badly injured. One of |B' >: uad mi arm broken, and another a leg kei. to Messrs. Kvals, Millaire & Cos., at 18,000. ' ■; cof M-ssrs. Wilcox & Cleland will ■Ethan $2,500. ! 1 i odv of B. B. Whiddon has been re "d t . Eastman for burial. ■ " ('"dies of Messrs. Holland and Tur buried here. i -Nielde’s remains will be sent to his a, liuhana. ■ . How THEY WERE KILLED. ■n T i'V N ' <sa " March2l.—Messrs. Whid ■ ' a "‘ Holland rushed o it of their homes * ,VR thcmeelves, but bad ruu onlv 'b p, when the house was blown ovor ■ luuUi and crushed them so that they seemed hardly to have an unbroken bone left in their bodies. They were killed in stantly. All their clothing was swept away except a small fragment of Mr. Whiddon s undervest. A flat car standing on the rail road track was blown off and torn to pieces. A deputation of Masons went from East man to-day and brought back the mangled corpse of Sir. Whiddon, and it will he buried here to-morrow with Masonic honors and ceremonies. Mr. Whiddon was an en terprising and useful citizen, and he will bo greatly missed in this community. He leaves a widow and several children. The night was very stormy here, but no harm was done in this vicinity as far as heard, though the roaring was distinctly heard and the lurid flashes of lightning were plainly seen. FUNNEL-SHAP3D FURY. More About the Rush of the Furies through Calhoun. Gordon, Ga., March 21.—At 11 o’clock last night Calhoun was visited by a terrible funnel shaped cyclone, which cut a swath seventy-five yards wide through the middle of the town, taking the court house and de pot. Tlie cyclone bounded down on the little town suddenly, and after doing its work of destruction, lifted from the earth to strike again, no one here knows where. Every building in its path was either to tally destroyed or badly damaged. The streets are full of sheeting, shingles, and the debris of roofs. The storm, in its wild fury, played eccentric pranks, in one instance ‘ cutting a house half in two, and carrying away one-half. miraculous escapes. Then it tore down a house around some women and children without harming a ha* of their heads. 'Jme white Baptist church was totally demolished and the colored Methodist church was thrown to the ground. The depot was badly damaged and a small house near the depot, belonging to the State and occupied by Mrs. Willingham, was totally destroyed. This house was ap praised by the State Commissioners yester day, but to-day it is without value. Jackson & Logan’s livery stable was badly damaged. C. T. Graves’ business house, a frame building, was totally destroyed, and another wooden building, occupied as a grocery store and express office, was totally de molished and the goods were ruined by the rain, which fell in torrents, with which hail was mixed. DAMAGED STORKS. The brick store of Mr. Harrell was badly damaged. The walls were badly cracked. The front end of Mr. Hughey's grocery store was nulled awav from the building. The roof of J. M. Neal’s grocery store is off, and his goods are damaged. The roof of N. J. Bonz’s business house is off and all the glass is broken. The parapet wal 1 of Reeves & Malone’s brick store was torn off and the whole out side leans to the street, making the building almost worthless. The chimneys were blown off of Foster’s brick building. The vacant residence of A. W. Reeves was blowjn to pieces. The wagon and buggy manufactory M. E. Ellis is completely destroyed. Mrs. Foster’s residence was destroyed, but no one was hurt. Mrs. Bailey, with five children, occupied a residence which was destroyed, and yet none of the family were injured. J. W. Rankin’s office was slightly dam aged, and the adjoining house, occupied by Mrs. Simmons as a millinery store, was un roofed and her goods were damaged. The roof is off of J. M. Harlan & Co.’s building. One mule was killed and a negro ha# his leg broken. So far as known there was no loss of human life. CALHOUN IN ITS COURSE. Every House In the Town Unroofed— Leaping into Tennessee. Chattanooga, Tenn., March 21.—A special to the Times reports a terrible wind storm at Calhoun, Ga., last night. Calhoun is ninety miles from Chattanooga, on the Western and Atlantic road. The storm de molished the Baptist and Methodist churches, destroyed several houses aud un roofed every house in the town. Numbers of cattle were killed. No loss of life has as yet been reported, but four or five persons were wounded by falling timbers. The storm seems to have formed in the vicinity of Calhoun npd pumeed a north easterly direction through North Georgia and into and beyond East Tennessee, bound ing across the Chilhower mountains, an I was next heard from near Loudon, Tenn., on the East Tennessee road, 80 miles northeast of Cbatta ooga, traveling from Calhoun, Ga., to Loudon, Tenn., a distance of 100 miles in about thirty minutes. * FEARFUL DEVASTATION. The path of the tornado from Calhoun to Loudon was through a section remote from railroads and telegraph lines, and the damage it may have done will not be known for some days, but it must have been fearful. The tornado in places cleared the ground completely of grass, and a forest of timber was mown as with a great scythe. The cyclone had a whirling rotatory mo tion, leaving a scene cf desolation and de struction in its path. Large trees were twisted from their trunks, and others were torn up by the roots. A heavy bureau was found a mile from tho house that had con tained it. SCORES INJURED. The list of seriously wounded men and children in Loudon county is very largo. Andy Worley, his wife and eight children were every one injured. Some of them will die. The station at Calhoun was unroofed, and a colored porter received injuries which may prove fatal. Several houses were car ried a distant* of half a mile. Telegraph wiies were prostrated, and a number of cars were thrown from the track. The loss in Calhoun alone will reach SIO,OOO. ALARM AT ATHENS. A Brakeman Killed by a Tree Blown on a Car. Athens. Ga., March 21.—About2o’clock this morning this city was visited by an equinoctial gale,which lasted fully an hour, during which time nearly every citizen was aroused from hit slumbers and awaited anxiously ami longingly for the end. The course of the wind scorned to be from east to west and it is generally tnotight that the worst part of the storm pa sed over tho city high in the air, witn an occasional whirl which would swoop down and make things lively for a little while. No serious damage to life or property has iven reported i.k \et. Many of the thoroughfares were almost blocked this morning with fencing, bricks and awnings which fell during the storm. The large smokestack of the elevator mill fell last night with a fearful crash greatly alarming the people living in that vicinity. HOUSER BLOWN DOWN. Several small houses in tho suburbs of the city have been blown down. A few resi dences have been damaged by the driving rain whic went through the roofs like a sieve, injuring furniture, etc- Consider able damage has been done to the telegraph SAVANNAH, GA., THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 1888. wires'and up to this hour communication with Augusta is still cut off. The freight train from Lula to Athens ran into a tree this morning which had been blown a ross the entrance of a cut. The smokestack and whistle of the engine were knocked off. A negro brakeman by the name of Bob Reese was sitting on top of a box car when the tree sti uck him in the back of the head, killing him instantly Anew engine was telegraphed for imnie dsately, and tlie freight arrived in Athens six hours behind time. Reese will be buried to-morrow. The velocity of the wind is estimated at fifty miles an hour, w hich makes the storm the worst experienced in this city in many years. HOWLING AT MACON. Nobody Killed But Considerable Dam age Done to Property. Macon, Ga., March 21.—This city was visited by a severe storm between 1 and 2 o’clock this morning. As far as can be learned no serious damage was done in the city or country. The wind raged with vio lent fury and the rain fell in torrents, ac companied by heavy thunder and frequent lightning. Policemen on duty at the time say it was the most terrific storm of wind they over saw in Macon. A few trees and a large quan tity of fencing were blown down. The signal service polo and stand on Irving’s store was also blown down. Telegraph wires were blown down, and in consequence the trains on the East Tennessee road, which run by telegraph, reached Macon several hours behind time. The damage to the wires is being repaired as rapidly as possi ble. Some of the wires are already in operation. KILLED IN HIS BED. A Citizen of Austell Falls Victim to the Wind’s Work. Austell, Ga., March 21,—A violent windstorm, accompanied by heavy rain and lightning, passed over this place at 11 o'clock last night. The small house of Rate How ard was leveled to the ground and the frag ments scattered by the wind. Howard was sleeping close to the chimney, which fell on his bed and crushed him to death instantly. His wife and son escaped with slight in juries. Mayor Morse’s two-story baru was un roofed. Four fine horses were killed by falling timbers and several cows were crip pled. His loss will probablv lie SI,OOO. The new dwelling of l)r. Potter was blown over off its pillars. Bartow Westmoreland’s house was un roofed and the north wing of Dozier’s hotel was demolished, the occupants escaping un harmed. It. is learned to-day that a number of houses aud barns near Salt Springs were de stroyed. RUSHINo IN RICHMOND. Telegraph Poles and Wires Levelled to the Earth. Augusta, Ga., March 21.—A severe storm this morning before daybreak caused considerable damage to telegraph lines be tween here and Atlanta on the Georgia rail road. All the wires aro down between Saw dust and Dearing and between Messina and Camak. The high wind blew also down poles. A heavy hail fell for about fifteen minutes. An empty car was stiuuling at Social Circle on the side track when the storm came up. The force of the wind blew it on to the mam line, where freight train No. 32 collided with it about 3 o’clock. The trucks of the empty car were wrecked, and the pilot and headlight of the locomotive were smashed The road was cleared Of debris before the day and the line is now open. SHAKING UP SMYRNA. Costly Liberties laKen With Property But Lives Not Exacted. Smyrna, Ga., March 21. —A severe storm of rain and wind visited this section last night at 11 o’clock. Several barns and out buildings, together with two or three in ferior dwellings were blown down. No one was hurt. Timber was considerably dam aged. Fencing was blown down. In sev eral cases it required more than one man to hold doors shut. I. I. Mosely, who came to this city from Salt Springs this morning, says that two houses belonging to the Sweetwater Park Hotel Company ami another one belon iing to some party he did not know, were blown down. Beulah church, about three miles above Salt Springs, was blown down. DEATH IN DOUGHERTY. A White Man and a Negress Killed by Lightning. Albany, Ga., March 21.— A terrible storm visited this vicinity at 1 o’clock this morning. Great damage was done in the neighborhood of the Blakely and Arlington houses. Fences and trees were blown down. A man was struck by lightning on the river road five miles below Albany. A negro woman at Hungrytown was also struck. Both were killed. A negro cabin on J. M. Tift’s sand hill plantation was struck. The chimney and one side of the cabin was torn down. The head of a lied against the wall where two negioeswere sleeping was split from top to bottom but no one was hurt, though six negroes were sleeping in the house. RAGING AT ROME. A Regular Hurricane in Town for a Full Half Hour. Rome, Ga., March 21.—A regular equinoctial storm struck Rome last night, blowing from the southwest to the mirth east. For thirty minutes it blew a hurri cane, which must have been at the rate of fifty to sixty miles an hour. A good deal of damage was done here. Tho colored Baptist church was levelled with the ground. The smokestack, bark shed and carriage house at Connally’s tanyard were blown down. The smokestack of the Etowah furniture factory is down. A number of negro houses were blown down. A large barn, used by the Dummy line for a round house, was moved from its founda tion. PUTNAM GETG OFF EASY. A Few Plantation Houses Blown Down In the Country. Eatonton, Ga., March 21. —Slight dam age was done in the county by the heavy wind lost night. A few plantation houses are reported de stroyed in the country. The storm did not strike this county in the shape of a tornado. The wind wa strong, with heavy thunder and vivid lightning. Some slight damage is reported from Shady Dale, above Eatonton. HAVOC IN HALL. Several Buildings Completely Demol ished by the Blow. Gainesville, Ga., March 21.—Reports of the storm in and around Gainesville show that while it was severe not much damage was done. M. A. Loden, who lives on the edge of town, had his house lifted from its founda tion and moved several feet from where it originally stood. Tlie colored Baptist church was complete ly demolished. Before the storm it pre sented a neat appearance, and for a negro church was a very subtantiai one. Mr. Syphus, living a mile from Gaines ville, hail his house and all his outbuildings blown awav. One of his children was very seriously hurt. TERRIFIC IN TENNESSEE. A Farmer Picked Up and Landed In the River. Knoxville, Tknn., March2l. —A terrific wind and rainstorm swept across East Ten nessee last night about midnight, thirty to forty miles wes l ) of Knoxville. Many barns aud farmhouses were demolished and farm ers have lost considerably in tho destruction of buildings and the killing of stock. The storm was very severe along the Tennessee river. The house of Joseph H. Williams, ex-trustee of Loudon county, was blown iuto the river. Mrs. Williams was instantly killed. Mr. Williams is still mis-ing and it was reported that he was drowned. A later rumor says he was not at home at th time. A few miles distant another dwelling was blown down and a young man named Smith was killed and several other members of the family were injured. No other deaths are reported, but many persons were injured. The storm was severe in Knoxville, but no darnago was done. Hunters Have a Close Call. Columbus, Ga., March 21. —A heavy rain aud wind storm prevailed here last night. No damage was done in the city, and very little is reported from the sur rounding country. A party camping out a few miles from town had a narrow e cape. They took refuge in an old building, but becoming alarmed fled. A few moments later the building blew down. No life was lost. Campbell’s Court House Demolished. Atlanta, Ga., March 21.—A terrible electric storm enveloped the State last night, beginning about 10 o’clock and lasting until after midnight. In Fairburn both the colored churches were demolished, the court house chimney torn off, shade trees uprooted aud other damage done. Griffln Not Hurt. Griffin, Ga., March 21.—A very heavy storm, accompanied with rain, lightning and thunder, passed over the city Dus morn ing at 1 o’clock. SNOWED UNDER. Blizzards Still Whacking Away at the Northwest. Eauclaire, Wis., March 21. One of the worst snowstorms of the winter prevailed over northern Wisconsin yesterday. The snow was wet and of the heaviest texture, and some 15 to 18 inches fell, much of it melting as it came down. The result has been to ruin roads in many of the log dis trict* and little hauling can be done until there comes a solid freeze. LOSS OF LIFE FEARED. Pembina, - Dak , March 21.—One of the severest storms of thy winter set in here last evening. The fall of snow is tremendous, and a damp, cold wind hurled it about at such a furious rate that it was impossible for pedestrians to remain on the streets. Pa-sengrrs on the south-bound train report the storm worse north of here. Tho weather is growing colder, and it is feared that there will lie loss of life on the prairie. FARMERS HEMMED IN. St. Vincent, Minn., March 31.—The worst snowstorm of the winter set in yester day afternoon, and farmers who were in town were obliged to remain over night. The roads are becoming blocked. worst of the season. Holbrook, Ari., March 21.—Snow be gan falling Monday night and continued throughout most of yesterday. It is the worst snow storin of the season. The wind is from the southwest and has drifted the snow badly along the roads and track of the Southern Pacific railroad. blew a hurricane. Winslow, Ari., March 21—With a high wind from the southwest snow began fall ing last night and is the deepest of the year. The wind blew a hurricane for several hours. Sheep on the ranges are scattered and it is feared the lobs will be great. WIND AND RAIN. Pittsburg, March 21. A terrific wind storm passed over this section about 7:30 o’clock this morning, doing great damage to the telegraph service. Foies are reported down in all directions, and the wires are working badly. The wind was accompanied by a heavy rain. CATTLE SUFFERING. Kingman, Ari., March 21.—1 t snowed all day yesterday in this section. There has been no such storm of wind and snow for many years. Tho snow drifted to a depth of many feet it) many places. Cattle suffer greatly from the unusual cold. EXTREME COLD. St. Paul. Minn., March 21, 1 p. m.— Specials to the /ioneer /Vex* indicate that a cold wave of grei t, reveritv, accompanied by a heavy mid cutting forty mile an hour wind, prevailed at various point* in South eastern Dakota, Minnesota and Northern Wisconsin last night and to day. Only the absence of loose snow has prevented a gen eral blockade of the railroads. As it is most trains arc behind time. AN ICE GORGE. Racine, Wis., March 21.—An ice gorge formed at tho Meade street bridge to-day and the river overflowed its hanks, flooding the entire country south of the river as far as Thirteenth street, a distance of half a mile. The water is from three to five feet deep. The loss will be very boavy. A TRAIN SNOWED IN. Minneapolis, Minn , Mareh 21—A pas senger train on tlie Chicago and North western road is reported to li snowed in be tween Ilavanu and Claremont, Minn., with between 150 and 2UO passengers on board. The provisions are exhausted, and supplies were sent this afternoon from Owautonna, there being no prospect of getting the train out. BROKEN BANKERS. An Examiner Sent to Take Charge of a Dubuque Concern. Washington, March 21.—The Comptrol ler of Currency received a telegram to-day saying that tho Commercial Nank, of Du buque, la., bad closed its doors, and be di rected Bank Examiner Stone, of that dis trict, to proceed at once to Dubuque and take charge of the affairs of the bank. LABOR HAS A BIG BULL. THE HOUSE GIVES THE DAY TO THE INTERESTS OF TOILERS. The Bill Referring to tho Court of Claims Accounts Arising Under the Eight Hour Law Goes Ovor till April 10-Bills Aimed Against Convict and Alien Labor Passed. Washington, -March 21.— Tho House to day went into committee of the whole on tho hill referring to the Court of Claims for adjustment accounts of laborers, work men and mechanics arising under the eight hour law. Mr. Tillman, of South Carolina, regarded the measure as an attack upon the Treasury. He had carefully considered the ques tion in 1884, and at that time he had estimated that the bill would involve an expenditure of $30.000,(XX). He declared that whenever a labor bill was brought into the House it stampeded the members as a hawk stampeded pigeons in a a dove cote. ALWAYS MADE THEM FLUTTER. The most humiliating thing to him in connection with his Congressional labors was the way the way tho members fluttered whenever any proposition came up relating to labor. The pending proposition was one to give a man ten hours’ pay for eight hours’ labor in order to create an aristocracy of labor and give to claim agents 26 or 60 per cent, of the amounts they might recover. UTTERLY AT SEA. Mr. Taulbee, of New York, declared that the House was utterly at sea as to tho amount Involved in the bill. Ho admitted that the question of expenditure did not enter into the equities of the case, but it tended to impress upon the members tho importance of an inquiry into the bills, and he maintained that the language of tho measure was a virtual acknowledgment on the pari, of its framers that there was uo ex isting law, equity' or good conscience upon which these claims could lie based. THE bill GOES OVER. Mr. Tarsney, of Michigan, earnestly sup ported tho bill. He stated that the Com mittee on Labor had given a careful hearing to mechanics and laborers, who asked that which should never be denied in any civil ized country —the right to go into Hie courts of their country and have their rights ami tho duties of tho government defined atid placed on record. He then moved t hat the committee rise, stating ttiat his intention was to lei. the i ill go over until April lei. in order that the gentlemen who were shooting at a bird that they did not see, and that was not there, might have an opportunity to exam ine tho record and become better informed as to the merits of the case than their speeches to-day indicated them to be. Tlie committee then rose and the bUlf went over. RULING OUT CONVICT LABOR. Bills were pa sod to prevent tho product of convict labor from being furnished to or for the u eof any department of the gov ernment, and from being used in public build ngs or other public works, and to pre vent the employment of alien labor on pub lic buildings and other public works, and in various departments of the govern ment. LABOR’S DEPARTMENT. The House then went into committee of the whole on the bill to establish a Depart ment of Labor. The provision for an As sistant Commissioner of Labor was stricken out. Mr. Buchanan moved to strike out the clause charting the Commissioner to ascer tain, whenever industrial changes shall make it essential, the cost of producing articles at the time dutiable in the Unite I States in the leading countries where such articles are produced, by fully specified units of production, and under a classifica tion showing the different elements of cost or the approximate cost of such articles of production. AN EXPENSIVE UNDERTAKING. Mr. Buchanan said that the commission would be unable to gather the intormation with the force at his disposal and that if the force wore increased sufficiently to enable him to do so tlie exjien.se of tfle de partment would become so great that lie feared Congress would refuse to appropriate the money. Mr. Mills regarded the clause which it was proposed to strike out as the most im portant feature of the bill. If it were stricken out there would he nothing; left in the bill. The people were told that the wages of labor on the other side of tne ocean were less than those on this side, and that the cost of production was less in Europe than in America. Who knew whether that was true or- not/ He wished the Commissioner to get the infor mation from men thoroughly equipped for the work. . WOULD PREVENT DECEPTION. Then when (ingress came to legislate upon the tariff question, the gentlemen would not he able to deceive the people who would be aide to see for themselves what was the labor cost of production in European countries. Let the gentlemen come up to the .‘-crutch and have this matter investigated. The gentle men should not tell the people that the tariff was intended for their benefit. Every line of it was intended for the benefit of trusts. Mr. Howl expressed wonder whether the chairman < f the Ways and Means Commit tee if be got the information; would allow it to tie read to the committee. Mr. Buchanan's amendment was rejected. Mr. Randall offered an amendment to ex tend tho inquiry to the tpnount of wages paid in various industries, accompanying his amendment with the remark that “we all stand on the question of labor." The amendment was adopted. OETTINO IT DOWN FINE. Mr. Mills offered an amendment to insert tho words “per diem, weeklv and other wise” after tho word “wages ’in Mr. Ran dall’s amendment. The amendment was adopted. On motion of Mr. McKinley an amend ment was adopted, adding to Mr. I’andull’; amendment, the words, “and tho houis em ployed tier day.” The following amendments, offered by the gentlemen named, extending the scope of the inquiry wore adopted: By Mr. Buchanan—Whother any convict made goods are imjiorted into this country and whence. By Mr. Bland—The profits of the manu facturer and producer of dutiable article*. By Mr. Washington, of Tennessee—The comparative cost of living in this country and Europe. By Mr. Milliken—And the kind of living. EFFECTS OF THE TARIFF. Mr. Browne, of Indiana, offered an amendment extending tho inquiry as to the effect of the protective tariff in the United Hta'.es on agricultural Industry, and especially as to its effect on the mortgage indebtedness of farmers. To this amend ment Mr. Randall offered another ex tending tho inquiry as to tho effect of the state of the currency upon agricultural interests, and Mr Millikan, of Maine, another requiring the Commissioner of Labor to investigate the Mills tariff bill ami report what effect it would have on the labor and industry of the Unito<l States and on foreigu industry, and on the orofits of foreign manufacturers and the markets of the American farmer, bending action the committee rose, and at 6:15 o’clock the House adjourned. CLEARING THE CALENDAR. The Senate Passes a Number of Bills and Adjourns. Washington, March 21.—'The Senate to day proceeded to take up and act upon bills on the calendar in their regular order, pass ing suefi as were not objected to. Too bill providing for an inspection of meats for ex portation and prohibiting the importation of adulterated articles of food or drink having been reached, Mr. Beck asked Mr. Kvurts, who had reported it from the Com mittee on Foreign Relations, whether it was a unanimous report of that committee and whether due care had been taken to protect property rights. Mr. Evarts replied that a like bill had lieen passi dat the last session. It was the unanimous report of the committee, but ho had an amendment to offer, allowing the inspection of men Is at places of packing. The amendment was offered and agreed to and the bill was passed. Ihe folk nving bills were also passed: ] Authorising the Mississippi and Louisiana Bridge and Railroad Company, of Natchez, Miss., to construct a bridge over the Mis sissippi at or near Natchez. To authorize juries of United States Cir cuit and District Courts to lie used inter changeably, anil to provide for drawing talesmen. To provide for holding terms of United States Courts at Mississippi City. Appropriating SIO,OOO for the repair of Fort Marion, at St. Augustine, Fla. Regulating foes for the exemplification of land patents. Appropriating SIO,OOO for the prosecution of inquiries by the Commissioner of Fish and Fisheries in respe t. to the destruction of oysters in natural oyster boils lying w ithin the waters and ju isdiction of the United States by star fish, etc. Mr. Fi*ve, from the Committee ou For eign Relations, reported back the House bill authorizing the President to arrange a conference for the purpose of promoting arbitration and encouraging reciprocal commercial relations between the United States and Mexico, Central and South America, and Brazil. It was put on the calendar and the House adjourned. STRUCK BY LIGHTNING. Grave Seignora Brought to Their Feet Like Automatons. Washington, March 21. —At 2 o’clock this afternoon a heavy storm accompanied by thunder and lightning broke over this city. The rain flooded the streets and in terrupted all overhead telegraph and tele phonic wires but two, connecting the cajii tol building with the rest of the city. Tho underground wires were not interrupted. STRUCK THK CAPITOL. Lightning either struck the Capitol build ing or was carried into it on the many wires which enter it, because occupants of all parts of the building were startled out of tliejr usual serenity and treated to a rather exciting electrical display. It brought every Judge of the Supreme Court, every lawyer nt the liar and every clerk at his desk to his feet witli a jerk as if they were all moved by the same spring. ON THEIR DIONITV AGAIN. Then they all sat down and tried to look as if nothing had happened. Much the same thing occurred in the hall of the House and the Senate chandler. It seemed as though balls of flame played about and dropped from every chandelier and ran around the gilded cornices. The building shook and rattled in a manner to suggest that the roof was coming down. KNOCKED OFF HIH CHAIR. An engineer in the sub-basement was knocked off his chair. A cab horse outside the building was knocked down. Theorists have it that the charge struck the plume of the God ess of Liberty on the dome, spread over the metal roof in all directions and sought the ground by the thousand chanda liers, steam pipes anil electric wires in the structure. HEROES OF THE GRAY. Blair's Bill to Give Them Preference Laid Over Till Next Week. Washington, March 21.—1n the Senate to-day Mr. Blair, in reference to his bill to give preference in civil service appoint ments to wounded ex-soldiers of the Con federacy as between men who had been disloyal, said that several Senators on both sides had requested him to have the bill lie over still further. He therefore asked its postponement til next Tuesday, when lie would ask the Senaie to dispose of the pend ing question—its second reading of the bill. Mr. Vance denied the correctness of the statement made yesterday by Mr. Blair ns to there being 29,600 ex-Confederatesoldiers in the State of North Carolina alone who had los limbs and many of whom were destitute in alms houses. Hetiad not clear, y heard the remark yesterday. Tho Senator had tiern misinformed. There was no such number of disabled ex-soldiers in that State. Those who were helpless were pensioned by the Stale (a small pension, certainly,) anil last vear about $90,000 had been expended in relieving the destitution of thoserunable to work. Most of them were earning their living in various occupations of lire and were not to tie described as suffering and in destitution. There were none of them in alms houses and none had died. Mr. Blair explained that he had meant to say wounded soldiers. The bill was laid over as proposed. NATIONAL BANK LAWS. The Trenholm Bill to Codify Them to bo avorably Reported. Washington, March 21.—After two month* work the House Committee on Banking and Currency has finally ordered tiio Trenholm bill to codify and amend the national hank laws to be reported to the House. A number of amendments wore made in the original bill, nearly ail being made at the sug gestion of the Comptroller of the currency with a view to perfecting the language and giving additional force to its provisions. Among them is one making it a violation of the law for a l>a k examiner to give any except official information of the results of his investigation and punish ing coilusi ii between such officials and banking institutions in the ascertainment and bUiteiin nt of the Condition of banks. Corinth’s National Cemetery. Washington, March 21.—1n ihe House to-day on motion of Mr. Allen, of Mis sissippi, the Senate bill was passed appro priating SIO,OOO for tho construction of a road from Corinth, Miss., to the national cemetery near tliat dace. Chamberlain Declines an Honor. London, March 21. —The honor proffered Mr. Cimmoerlain and declined by him was tluitof the Grand Cross of the’ Order of the Bath. j PRICK $lO A YEAR. I 1 5 CENTS A COPY, f TATE LEFT SOME ASSETS. THE STATE MAY COME OUT BET TER THAN WAS EXPECTED. Impeachment the Only Mode of Get ting- Him Out of Office -Startling De velopments Involving the Integrity of Prominent Officials Expected— s7s,ooo in Due Bills Left Behind. Louisville, March 21.—A dispatch from Frankfort states that the Senate Judiciary Committee and the committee appointed yesterday by the House in their joint re port to tho Legislature to-day concerning tho proper measures to be taken in the late defalcation case recommended impeachment. The report said susjienslon by the Cos ernor does not vacate the office, and that im eachmeut is the only constitutional moans by which in this case the absconding Treasurer may be removed and his plan made vacant. The report was adopted, and a special committee is at work formulating a proper mode of procedure. A resolution offering a reward of $5,000 for Tate's apprehension was also adopted. Auditor Hewitt stated to a reporter this morning that ha had worked almost three entire nights on Treasurer Tate’s books, and found that the shortage would fall under $200,000, but above #190,000. STARTLING DEVELOPMENTS. Soma startling developments are prom ised when the private papers of the Treas urer are looked into. It is said these docu ments will show loans to high officials, among them being $5,000 to an ex-Judge of the Court of Apjieals. It is said by men who are conversant with the State's affairs that more men than one knew of Tate’s financial straits and they were in a measure responsi ble in putting him to flight. One thing seems to bo evident and that, is that the Governor moans to lay open the whole thing. There were many uneasy heads last night. WHEN HE WAS EVEN, Auditor Hewitt, states that he has found, ns a result of his investigation, that ou March 17, IRK7—just a year ago Saturday— Treasurer Tate had in bank money to meet every voucher and could have squared ac counts with the State that day to a cpnt, but the Auditor does not think all this shortage has occurred since that date, but the money must have been drawn since then. He thinks the leakage has been going on for years, and tdiat, Tate has been bridging it over from time to time, and up to a year ago was able to place in bank sufficient sums to make his nooks square. tatk’s assets. Among tho missing Treasurer’s assets ara said to be $75,000 of duo bills from friends for money loaned, most of which is good; 600 barrels of old whisky in Louisville, whoso value is estimated at $50,000, and $25,000 in banks at Frankfort. The latter has been attached and the due bills are locked up in tho vault in the State House. Late this afternoon a certificate of deposit, representing $19,500 was discovered among Tnte’s private papers. It will reduce the deficit that much, and Auditor Hewitt now says t,h amount will fall considerably under his estimate of $200,- 000. HIB HONOR, THE HOG. Mr. Laird Don't Want a Valuable Cit izen’s Reputation Ruined. Washington, March 21.—At a meeting of tho House Committee on Agriculture this morning a discussion arose as to whether some restriction should net bo placed upon the latitude which has been allowed to the counsel on both sides in tho pending laid controversy in attacking persons en gag'd in tho manufacture of hog products. Mr. Laird made the point, that the only in terest unrepresented by counsel in tho |lend ing Investigation was that of the original producer. It was, in his judgment, nigh time that something was said in the inter est of tho American hog. RECORD OF THE TEAR. He said that during the year just ended 17,000,000 hogs were slaughtered in the United States, pro I lining 527,000,000 pounds of lard, 321,000,000 pounds of which were exported and 206,(XX),000 pounds consumed at home. Tho major part of this output was furnished by the States of Nebraska. Missouri, lowa, Kansas and Illinois, Fnrmerlv, he said, a large part, of this vast output of Img product< had beon manufac tured and handled hi the East. Afterward tho center of this business was transferred to Chicago. Later still, it had passed largely to Kansas City. Omaha, Sioux City and other Western points. TO THE INTEREST OF ALL. This was to the manifest interest of th< producer and consumer, because lone ship* nients of live hogs must entail great Toss in the quantity and quality of the output. Out of these changes had grown a friction between these sections which he thought was plainly visiblo in the pending controversy, ami the danger was that witnesaea when liefore the commit tee in behalf of their several private inter ests, would, if not restrained, go to such a length in their effort to expose, if not to in jure one another, that permanent injury would be dime to foreign and domestic trtule in this product to the neces-ory loss of one disinterested party in this controversy, namely the farmer. EUROPE READY TO H*UT US OUT. This fact that the American pork pro duct had been excluded from certain for eign markets was evidence that foreign consume s only awaited the slightest pretext to shut it off entirely. Con sequently he contended for a rule of evidence which would limit the case in rebuttal to the issues presented by the pure lard people to the end that the con testants in their anxietv to ‘‘throw mud” at each other shou and not be permitted to do injury to this vast American industry. Mr. Laird’s remarks met with the ap proval of the committee, and a rSlo was agreed upon which will prevent the im peachment of American hog products. A DRASTIC MEASURE. The House Committee Up to Central Pacific’s Trusts. Washington, March 31.—The House Committee on Pacific RAilroads will give another hearing or two ard will then settle down to tho preparation of a bill to provide for the payment of the indebtedness of the Central Pacific to tho government. It will be, according to a mem I ler of the commit tee, “A drastic measure." Its de tails have not as yet been agve.-d upon, but they will be in tho line of the suggestions made by the Pacific Railway Commission. The arguments of tile attorneys and representative* of tho Central Pacific befo: o the oominttee have deepened rather than removed the impres sion made upon the committeo by tho i'e port of the conuni-sion and tne message of tho President that the Central Pacino is arrogant in its contumacy.