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Columbia's New Water-Works Completely
Demolished?Serious Damage to the
Canal ami Other Public Property
Gloomy Reports of Great Losses to Far
Columbia. May 21.?We have a
deluge in South Carolina. No wonder
can be felt that the rivers are furious
and unmanageable, when it is learned
that the rainfall here night before last,
between 6 P. M. and 6 A. M.. was six
and ninety-one-hundredth of an inch.
This is what the gauge of the signal ser
vice office regisiered. as the observer re
ports to-day. Dr. Jackson's smaller
gauge was overflowed as reported yes
terday. '
Although the rain bad ceased in this
section the rivers continued to rise, and
great uneasiness was felt here last ni?ht
as to the fate of the two bridges which
connect Columbia with Lexington Coun
ty?the one over Broad River, above
the city, and the other over the Congaree,
opposite- Columbia. Fears were enter
tained also for the Canal. A large
force of convicts worked yesterday to
build a "protection embankment" at
the upper end of the Canal, and made
great progress. They were stopped at
sunset, leaving the bank live feet higher
than the water was at the time. It was
unfortunate that they were not kept at
work all night to insure the safety of the
work, because what they had done
proved to be useless. Manager Ander
son, of the Canal, was unfortunately
sick in bed and could not direct the
force as it should have been directed.
This morning alarming rujiors were
circulated on the streets concerning the
bridges and the Canal. Shortly before
11 o'clock a representative of the News
and Courier went down to the Congaree
bridge to begin a canvass of the situation.
A large number of vehicles were found
collected at the Columbia terminus of
the structure, having been employed to
convey sight-seers to the spot. Many
ladies were among the visitors. The
sight which met- the eye was wild and
thrilling. At the ferry crossing, just
below the bridge, the river at its ordi
nary level is 250 yards wide. Now a
foaming mass of water fully 500 yards
in width hurried dowuward toward the
coast. <
The water liad spread all over the
lowlands below the bridge, carrying de
struction with it. The ferry approache's
and Pearce's granite quarries were sub
merged. A negro house on the Colum
bia bank near the bridgeman's quartei-s.
A walk across the bridges furnished ex
citement enough to stir the most slug
gish blood. The swollen stream was a
seething mass of tawny water, speckled
with debris of all kinds. Huge logs, up
rooted trees, boxes and trash were hur
ried down the torrent at a speed which
could not be less than ten miles an
Th"* water covered the great granite
buttresses of the old bridge, about five
feet below the flooring of the present
structure; It raged against these piers,
swirling around them in huge eddies,
many yards in diameter, which boiled
like niaslstroms. The tumultuous yel
low water, breaking into foam every
second, the black shapes of trees and
logs dancing and whirling down the cur
rent or being momentarily arrested by
the blockade of t he debris which formed
about some of the piers, formed a
strange contrast to the bright sunshine
overhead and the pretty dresses of the
ladies who, undismayed by the aqueous
saturnalia, looked from the bridge upon
the rare spectacle.
The river at noon had risen two inches
since 10 A. M. Opinions differ as to
whether this flood is greater than the
famous one of 1852. The bridge is built
upon piers superimposed upon the piers
of the bridge of that year. It is five or
six feet higher than the old structure,
which was submerged in that year. Old
observers say that the river is three feet
lower than it was then, but other ex
perienced judges dissent, and it does not
seem probable that the first statement
is correct, as the water was at noon
within five feet of the flooring of the
bridge. All agree that it is higher than
it was during the noted freshet of 1805.
The Canal was full of water, and
leaving the bridge still supreme above
the tlood. a visit was made along the
bank to the Penitentiary and the upper
works of the Canal.
Superintendent Lipscomp of the Peni
tentiary was in great distress about tiie
ravages of the freshet. He considered
the losses great, but could not estimate
what the damages to the Canal would
At 10 o'clock last night the protect
ing embankmcut at the upper end of the
Canal had broken, and' from an empty
reseavoir that great ditch was suddenly
v transformed into a lunous river. The
outer bank, in anticipation of freshets,
had been securely rip-rapped except
where there was an old and naturally
solid bank.
The water at noon filled the Canal to
a depth six feet greater than the "work
ing level" which would be used if It
were complete and in operation. Be
sides, the current in the channel was
infinitely more rapid than it would be
under any circumstances were the Canal
finished. Well, the flood having enter
ed the Canal raged through it and play
ed havoc with the inner bank. By an
uufortunate circumstauce the most valu
able section of the river wall just above
the city water-works received the
fiercest attack of the current.
_ On the river at this point the obstruc
tion made by the remnant of the dam of
the old Geiger mill?pulled down to j
make clear the path of the Canrri?turn
ed the river current against the Canal
bank, and at the same Time some huge |
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boulders of granite, stdl rcmamging in
the Canal bed, turned the Canal current
against the same section. Xow, this
section was really an island which had
been adopted as the river wall of the
Canal. It had a group oftall pine trees
upon it and was the site of the new
water-works. It had braved all former
freshets and made a high enbankment,
three times as broad at the top as the
Charleston Battery. But not being rip
rapped, and being infriuged upon by
two previous streams, it soon began to
melt away.
At 9.30 this morning the Grst breach
was made and the waters of the river
aud Canal met. The boulders in the
Canal still turned the current upon the
lower section whereon the water-works
were located, and gradually the bank
was eaten away, the red clay dropping
in huge masses into the boiling water as
the island was underminded. When the
representative of the Nfews and Courier
reached the spot shortly after noon, the
break in the Canal bank was a hundred
feet wide and the island was melting up
like loaf sugar in a bubbling tea cup.
By uoou dozens of hacks and buggies
had concentrated upon the Geiger mill
hill overlooking the island, aud one or
two hundred people were watching its
rapid disintegration. Messrs. Hennies
and Boucher, photograpliers, had a
camera ou the hill and took several good
views of the picturesque scene. Ladies
in numbers occupied the carriages and
took mental impressions. Alderman
W. B. Lowrance. chairman of the water
works committee of the city council,
climbed partly over the Canal on the
water mains and swam from the point
where they were submerged. He reach
ed the islaud, made a rccounoissance
aud returned with news that the works
were doomed. Cheers greeted him
when he emerged from the water. A
dozen big pine trees on the island had
beeu washed down. Only three were
left and those were deep iu the water.
Bets were made as when the water
works would go.
At 110 P.M. the island had beeu
dissolved as far down as the porch of
the upper building containing the engine
and part of the porch was swept away.
By 1.40 P. M. the roof of the porch fell'
in. 1.55 the main door of the building
was burst by the force of the water and
the structure began to settle. Five
minutes later, the current having caught
the outward wall, the building toppled
over and went down with a crash.
The roof had, a cupola, aud as it sailed
majestically down stream .with this
cupola rising from its centre and the
smoke-stack of the engiue still project
ing from the top at an angle of forty-five
degrees, it bore a marked resemblance
,to.a turreted-ffipoitor with a.big pivot
gun on deck. In this shape it bore down
on the Congaree bridge, aud the people
from the commanding emiuence. watch
ed for the collision. Luckily the mon
itor had no ram. The turret struck the
bridge and was knocked to pieces, and
the disabled craft went jolting harmless
ly clown the Congaree. The sensation
was over and the crowd thinned out.
During the entire afternoon the hacks
were very busy conveying sight-seers to
the Canal bank. The second house con
tainiug some pumping machinery, was
reached later in the day, and was lodged
bodily agaiust some sunken trees in the
stream. A third structure, the last ou
the islaud, was this evening partly pro
tected by a concrete reservoir, but will
probably disappear by monring with the
rest of the island. The destruction of
the water-works is a great blow in the
city. They cannot be replaced for
$10,000. and besides the valuable and
convenient site they occupied is being
obliterated. The old water-works, upon
which Columbia must now rely, cannot
furnish more than a third of the water
now consumed in the city, and here we
are at the begiuiug of the heated term
with a water famine in prospect.
The status of the Canal is this: There
are five crevasses, one at the upper ter
minus of the earth work, another oppo
site Cemetery Hill, the water-works
crevasse, a fourth at the great waste
weir, and the last opposite the Peniten
tiary wall at a point where the old water
wheel used to be. They are constantly
widening, aud none seem to be less
than a hundred feet wide. The newer
earthwork on the inner side of the rivet
wall is washing out very fast. The
riprap on the river front is holding out,
but as far down as the waste weir there
is no telling what will be left besides
those rocks.
The city bridge across the Canal at
the water-works is gone. It cost7tbout
five hundred dollars. The bridge over
the Canal opposite the penitentiary has
also been washed away. The prelimi
nary rock work for the river wall exten
ding about two hundred yards above
Cemetery Hill, is safe and solid. Its
presence is marked by a broad streak of*
foam. Engineer Lee, who accompanied
the Reporter along the Canal, estimated
at 2 o'clock that the damage to the
Canal was equivalent to about live j
thousand dollars, two-thirds of which
was represented by labor, as the wash
ing was of earthwork, not more than 10 !
per cent, of which was represented in I
this case by cash. j
But the loss must be much greater
than that now. It cannot well be esti-!
i mated accurately until the waters sub
1 side. The banks or the Canal were
' raised everywhere, except at the upper
! terminus, to a hehlht life feet greater
; than the highest water mark previously
: known, aud the altitude has proved to i
be ample. They were so massive that
i it seemed to many a waste of labor so
I to make them. The disaster to the
? Canal resulted simply from the absence
1 of a sufficiently high temporary dam at
j the upper terminus. During "the later
1 part of the day the river has seemed to
I be stationary, and as the Congaree aud
Broad River bridges are still several
feet above the flood they will doubtless
withstand it. Others disasters may be
in store tor the Penitentiary.
A hundred convicts are at the Seegers
place in the lowlands below the city and
forty are at the Aughtry place in the
same section. These plantations are
being operated by the Penitentiary.
They were reported to-day to be water
bound, and Superintendent Lipscomb
was organizing a boating expedition to
ascertani their condition. This evening
two guards arrived from these farms
and reported that they thought the con
victs were safe, but that the inunuation
was great. They could not tell what
the fate of the crops would be. It is
certaiu that there will be great loss in
the cotton and corn fields.
The Walker brick yard, above the
Penitentiary, and operated by that in
stitution, was abandoned last night and
is overflowed, involving a loss to the in
stitution of 300,000 bricks. The Peni
tentiary tract. In Lexington County, is
inundated. Two hundred cords of wood
have been carried away, and the crops
of oats and corn are ruined. It is im
possible to estimate the extent of the
losses of the planters and farmers in
the Congaree bottoms below the city.
Great numbers of the cattle and hogs
have been drowned and many fields
have been washed out. Dead animals
have been floating down the Congaree
all day The negroes on various plan
tations have had to seek refuge ou the
foofs of their houses.
Accurate details are lacking. All in
all, the flood has been as disastrous to
this section as any which ever preceded
it and the reports of losses will grow as
communication with isolated points is
resumed.?News and Courier.
Gordon and Bacon In Joint Discussion?
Hot Words nnd Threatening Violence.
Eatonton, May 17. '.Viio asserts
it lies, who insinuate ii lies, who re
peats it after hearing me to-day lies?
that I ever resigned any public trust, in
peace or in war, when my services
would benefit my people or country,
and when I was physically able to
serve, and let him come who dares to
That was Major Bacon's manly and
significant reply to-day to Gen. Gor
don's insinuating- inquiry if he had not
resigued from the Ninth Georgia regi
meut, as adjutant, when his country
needed his services.
During the delivery of this bold re
buke ot an unworthy insinuation Major
Bacon looked Gen. Gordon fully in the
eyes and shook his finger at him. The
sensation it produced caused a hush
over the audience that marked the
significance of that stern rebuke. Even
Gen; Gordon., seemed ?Irn?yc|^';-'j^o^
liis'nonchalant air vanished. ' The day
was signalized by several other notable
incidents. Among them was Gen.
Gordon's serving indirect notice on
Major Bacon that he proposed ifneces
sary to run a bolting or independent
Dr. R. B. Nisbet introduced both
Gen. Gordon and Major Bacou. In
presenting the former he made a stump
speech of some length in favor of the old
soldier, which was a surprise to even his
friends, as the chairman of a joint dis
cussion is presumed to say nothing lean
ing to any candidate.
Gen. Gordon recited his Amcricus
speech, firing a few shots with which
he had been loaded at Atlanta on Sun
day, and using a fuse of rhetorical
flourishes to set them ofl'. The burden
of his song was that Bacon is a chronic
candidate, declaring that he had been a
standing candidate for so long the mem
ory of man runneth not to the contrary.
When Nisbet rose to introduce Bacon,
he said the Major was one of Georgian
blood and an honorable man, who had
as much right to run for governor as
either Gordon or the speaker, and as
often as he pleased. This unhappy
reiteration of Gordon's chief point was
cheered. Major Bacon, with flashing eye
and voice as if choked with indignation,
spoke in spirited terms to the chair
man's reference to his right to run as
often as he pleased. Nobody disputed
the proposition, but it was a questiou of
taste as to the chairman's lugging it in.
Dr. Nisbet jumped up excitedly, and
would not sit down at Major Bacon's
bidding, but proceeded to say he would
leave it to the people present to say if
he had reflected on Major Bacon. He
had used the expression "right to run as
often as he pleased." out of extreme
courtesy, as Gen. Gordon had pressed
Major Bacon so hard on that point.
Major Bacou said if the gentleman
had offered it out of courtesy, he could
only say he was not used to such -.our
"Then you have not been accustomed
to associating with gentlemen." Inter
jected Xcsbit.
"To that I reply in forbearance of
severer language, that 1 am accustomed
to the society of the gentleman's own
blood in my home city," responded
i Major Bacon with perceptibly suppress
' ed emotion and witn courageous forbear
| ance.
Continuing, he said : ,4I ask before I
I proceed that some impartial person be
i appointed chairman, or at least that
i such a one be made keeper of the time
! of our limited speeches."
j A friend of Majer Bacon's then took
the time. While this was goin^r on two
I of Dr. Nisbet's sons, who had pushed
; their way through the court house to the
i rear where the platform was. the
1 audience being on the green, swore that
"that man Bacon* should not speak
' here." Instantly as they nearetl the
door leading on the platform they were
seized and forced back.
After several minutes excitement
order was resumed and Bacon proceeded
with his criticism of Gordon, whom he
fairly roasted over the lire of logic in the
crucible of truth.?Augusta Chronicle.
The recent freshet has been very de
structive to property all over the .State.
lTJBSDAY, MAY 27, 188<
The Election Wltnemed by an Immense
Congregation?Dr. Duncan, of South
Carolina, Keceivea the Greut Compli
ment of being the FIr?t New Blahop
Richmond, May 18.?This was the
great day .pi the present session of the
General Conference; 11 o'clock A. M.
to-day was the time that had been set
for the election of Bishops. Centenary
Church where the Conference sits, was
crowded to its utmost capacity. Ex
pectation was on tiptoe, and the mem
bers were getting restive, as the routine
business^ was being transacted. When
the time arrived, Bishop Keener, who
presided to-day, called the Conference
to join in singing and prayer. He next
stated the order of the day and the
mode in which the election was to be
conducted. There were 242 votes cast
at the first ballot, each delegate (lay
and clerical) voting for four persons.
The vote was very scattering, as is not
unfrequently the case upon first ballots,
where there are no nominations, and
nominations were of course not to be
thought of.<, I think as many as 85 per
sons were voted for. Galloway received
79, Hendrix 74, Duncan 68, Fitzgerald
63 and Key 62. These were the highest,
and it was evident the four Bishops
would be chosen from among these. As
123 votes were necessary there was no
election. This ballot, with counting m
open Conference, consumed nearly
three hours. The second ballot was
taken in the afternoon. Only 243 voted,
and 122 votes therefore were necessary
to elect. Duncan received the highest
vote, 152; Galloway the next, 136, Hen
drix 122. These were declared elected.
Key received 105 votes and Fitzgerald,
the editor of the Nashville Christian
Advocate, 86 votes. It was clear that
one oi these two would be elected as
the fourth Bi3hop upon the third ballot,
which proved to be the case. The next
ballot elected Key. This completed the
great work of the day. A brief sketch
of the new Bishops will be in order.
The Rev. W. W. Duncan. D. D..
was bom December 27, 1839, in
Mecklenburg Countv, Va., graduated in
Woflbrd College, S. C, in 1858, and
joined the Virginia Conference in 1859,
where he preached very acceptably, and
was much beloved as a pastor. In 1875
he was elected prolessor of mental and
moral Efuenee in Wollbrd College. This
positionvhe has filled up to the present
time. Tn his capacity of "financial sec
retary^" this institution he has"travel
of South Carolina. He developed con
siderable preaching power and gained
great popularity. His election by such
a flattering vote to-day was a substan
tial proof that Dr. Duncan's reputation
had reached beyond the narrow confines
of his own State. Bishop Duncan is in
his best years, of robust physique, aud
doubtless will do good work {'or his
Dr. Charles B. Galloway was born in
Cosciusko, Miss., September 1, 1849,
and was educated in the university of
his State, entered the Mississippi Con
ference in 1868, and was engaged in
regular pastoral work till 1882, when he
was made editor of the New Orleans
Christian Advocate. He is probably
the youngest Bishop the Methodist
Church has had.
The Rev. Eugene Russell Hendrix,
D. D., was born in Fayette, Missouri,
May 17, 1847, graduated attheVYes
lcyan University in 1867, and at Union
Theological Seminary, New York, in
1869; joined the Missouri Conference in
1869, served on missions, stations, and
in the presidency of Central College,
Missouri, holdiug the latter position
since 1878. He accompanied Bishop
Marvin in his travels round the world iu
1876 and 1877, and upon his return
published a volume giving an account
of his tour.
The Rev. Joseph StantonKey, D. D.,
was borne July 18, 1829, graduated from
Emory College, Oxford, Ga., in 1848,
entered the Georgia Conference in 1849,
and has been in ?ic regular work of the
Methodist itinerancy ever since, filling
missions, stations and serving as pre
siding elder in districts. He Is a mem
ber of the South Georgia Conference,
lie was appointed delegate to the
Ecumenical Conference iu London, and
the Centennial Conference in Baltimore,
but was providentially hindered from
attending either.
Terrible Leap Eroin a Train ofa Victim
of Sunstroke.
Lotjisvillk, Ky., May 19.?A
shocking suicide occurred Wednesday
afternoon on the Short Line Railway
near Glencoe Station, forty miles from
Louisville. The last passenger train
from Cincinnati was running round a
curve at the rate of forty miles an hour
when a tall line looking man about fifty
years old, who had been sitting on a
scat with two other men, sprang to his
feet with a mad shriek and dashed to
I the front door of the coach. lie stood
for a moment on the platform of the
coach, and then, with another shriek,;
plunged headforemost i.ito apace. lie j
struck the side of the deep cut through ,
which the train was passing and rebound
ing, his body rolled under the wheels of j
the Hying train. The train was stopped
quickly and the ghastly remains of the >
fine looking man were picked from the
track and placed in the baggage car.
The suicide was E. F. Walker, aged
forty-nine years, once a prominncnt and
highly respected citizen of Louisville,
lie had been conlincnd in a sanitarium
in Cincinnati for several mouths, aud
was beh.-g brought to the Anclirage
Lunatic Asylum, near Louisville. His
maduess was the result ol suustroke.
The Grandniece of Commodore Vander
Uilt Marries licr Father's Groom.
New York, May 18.?Anolher
coachman has secured for his bride the
pretty daughter of wealthy parents.
This event was all that was talked about
in Tarry town yesterday afternoon when
it got noised about, although it was the
intention ot all the parties concerned to
keep it a secret aud not let it get into
the newspapers. The lucky groom in
this case is Ceorge Minton, the good
looking and gentlemanly appearing
coachman of the Key. J. B. Morse, and
the bride Miss. Grace Morse, the twenty
two-year old daughter of the reverend
gentleman named. She is tall and
graceful, sometlung of a blonde, and
with a pretty face. She is a little taller
than her husband, but the difference Is
so slight as to be scarcely perceptible.
Her mother is an old resident of Tarry
town, a niece of the late Commodore
Cornelius Vanderbdt and a cousin of the
late William H. Vanderbdt. She in
herited a fixed income from the old
Commodore's estate, and she and her
husband, who is engaged in mission
work ou Blackwell's Island, have always
lived in luxury. Their residence is a
handsome brick mansion on Broadway,
Tarrytown, in the most aristocratic
neighborhood. Their house is in the
centre of ample grounds, and is reached
by a winding roadway, shaded by state
ly elms. *
There had been no love-making or
anything akin to it noticeable between
the coachman and his young mistress,
although the young lady, who is the
eldest of three children?her sister Ethel
and brother Howard being a few years
younger?had often been out riding with
no one but the coachman in attendance.
It is supposed they improved these and
such other clandestine opportunities as
olfercd for their lovemaking.
It had not been decided by them that
yesterday should be the wedding day,
but the sudden marriage was brought
about in this way: The coachman had
taken Mr. and Mrs. Morse aud the maid
to the railroad station, where they took
the 10.41 A. M. train to New York.
Minton then returned to the house and
took Miss Grace out for a ride. As they
were driving along Broadway they met
Henry Lyons, whom young Minton had
previously asked to be a witness to the
marriage. Lyons bade them "Good
morning," and Minton asked him to get
into the carriage, saying they were on
their way to Father Joseph Egan's the
rector of St. Teresa's Roman Catholic
Church. Their banns had not been pub
lished as is required by the rules of
that church, and as they desired the
?marriage to be kept strie?v secret they
had got the rector to apply for a dispen
sation from the Bishop to allow the
marriage to proceed without that for
When the party reached the parson
age Coachman Minton jumped out of the
carriage and went in. He soon returned
and said: "It's all right; come right
into the church." The three then went
in, walking up the main aisle, and took
a position directly in front of the alter.
The only other witness to the ceremony
which was then performed was a lady un
known to cither bride, groom or Lyons.
The bride was dressed in a slate-colored
dress and a fashionable spring hat.
Mrs. Morse, after finishing her shop
ping in New York, took the 5.10 P. M.
train to Tarrytown. When she heard
of what had transpired dnring her
absence she was prostrated with grief,
mingled with anger and disappoint
ment. It is said there was a scene m
the house, but this could not be verified.
Several Men Shot Down in a Street Broil
at Martlnsville.
* Washington, May LS.?Specials
from Martinsvillc, Virginia, give the
following history of the tragedy of which
brief mention was made last night :?
Saturday night an anonymous circular
was issued and posted up all over town.
It seriously reflected on W. K. Terry, a
young business man, and his father, the
late William Terry, a prominent citizen.
Monday morning Terry telegraped for
his two brothers, J. K. and Beni. Terry,
living at Aikcn station, twenty miles
away. They arrived at 1 P. M., and
after a brief consultation went to the
printing office and demanded the author
of the card. The printer'told them it
was Colonel P. 1). Spencer, member of
the Town Board, and one of the leading
business men. Monday evening soon
after the tobacco factories had closed
lor the day and the streets were filled
with operatives returning from their i
work, the Terry brothers started in the
direction ol Spencer's factory. When I
about half way they were met by j
Spencer with his brother aud several
friends. W. K. Terry addressed a few
words to Spencer, who told him not to
shoot, dust then some one fired a pis
tol and the shooting became general, j
Forty shots were fired. W. K. Terry j
was shot from the rear, the ball enter
ing near the spine and lodging in his
right breast. Jake Terry was shot'
through the abdomen and fell dead, j
Ben. Terry was shot through the neck
aud in the body. Spencer was shot in
the hip, and his business partner, Tarl-1
ton Brown, received two balls in the
groin an<l is thought to be fatally
wounded, lt. L. Jones, a saloon-keeper; j
lt. L. Gregory, a clerk at the Lee Hotel, j
and Sandy Martin, a colored mechanic, j
are all seriously hurt. The last two
were hit by stray balls. The Terrys arc
well known and are members of an old J
family and occupy a high social position, j
None of them are, married. Saturday ;
afternoon W. K. Terry circulated a card
ridiculing the tax bill passed by the j
town board, of which Spencer was a!
member, but this did not justify, in
popular opinion, the card which follow
ed it at night and which brought on the
E $1.50 PER ANNUM.
Four child ren Burned to Death?Attempt
ed Murder and Suicide Near Savannah?
Exploidon at a Chemical Factory.
Wheeling, W. Va., May 19.?A
terrible murder and suicide'occurred in
Lincoln County, this State, on Monday
night last. Mrs. Margaret Donau, a
widow, became insaue from religious
fanticism, and imagined she had been
called upon by the Lord to sacrifice her
self and her three children to diviuc
wrath. Early in the evening she threw
herself upon her kuees andspeutseveral
hours in wild ravings. She then arose,
and arming herself with a large, sharp
carving knife made her way to the room
occupied by her three daughters, ageu
twelve, ten and eight years, cut the
throat of each child, and then plunged
the kuife into her own heart. The
bodies were discovered yesterday by
neighbors, who state, that the room was
so bespattered with blood as to bear a
very strong resemblance to a slaughter
Akron. 0., May 19.?The home of
widow Mary Mooney was burned at
midnight with four of her children. The
widow was awatccned by the flames,
and takimr the youngest child, aged two,
in her arms, leaped from a window, tell
ing the other children to jump after her.
They did not do so, and perished in the
flames. Mrs. Mooney and her brother
in-law were badly burned in endeavor
ing to rescue, the children. The brother
in-law will probably die. The child
which Mrs. Mooney had m her arms
when she leaped from the window is the
only one of the family unhurt.
Savannah, Ga., May 19.?In a
quarrel between Captain Lowery of the
British bark Lydia and Steward Horritz
mau at Doboy to-day Ilorritzman shot
at the Captain, the ball grazing his hand
causing a slight wound. The Captain
fell and Horritzrnan thinking he had
killed him turned and shot himself in
the heart.
Jersey City, N. J., May 19.?Fire, .
preceded by a loud explosion, occurred
in FranckjS chemical factory, corner
Seventh and Washington streets, Ho
boken. to-day. Three men at work on
the third floor were rescued after being
badly burned and one was also injured
by falling from a third story window.
All three will probably die.
Sensational Suicide or a IJrldegroom Un
der Unaccountable Clrcuimttanccx.
Paris, France, May 18.?A domes
tic drama with a tragic ending has just
made, a great sensation in ?the^busy
quarter of the Faubourg du Temple.
On Saturday a merry party met at a
house in the Hue Saint Maur to celebrate
the marriage of the daughter of a work
ing tradesman and a respectable clerk.
The. bride was pretty and the bridegroom
a steady, hard working man.
The young couple seemed deeply in
love with one another, aud the marriage
bid fair to be a happy one. After din
ing heartily the wedding guest had a
dance, ami about midnight, when, ac
cording to the custom of the petite bour
geoisie of Paris, the bride had received
the kisses of all present, she retired with
her husband to her new homo near by,
her father promising to awake her about
12 o'clock the next day.
At noon precisely the father knocked
at the door of the nuptial chamber and
invited the young people to come to
dejeuner with him. The husband, who
was apparently in high spirits, accepted,
but asked his wife to go on without him,
promising that he would follow imme
Time passed, and 1 o'clock struck,
then 2, but yet no sign of the bride
groom. Getting alarmed, the wife and
her lather went to look for him, she had
just reached his house when a cab drove
up, followed by a crowd of people.
Dreading misfortune the bride rushed
to the cab and looked in, and the next
moment, uttering a cry of horror, she
On a seat in the cab lay the dead dody
of her husband, shot through the head.
Beside him lay a letter, on which he had
scrawled the following words: i-I am
resolved. I write tins on the Boulevard
de Scbastodol. I have hired a cab and
hope 1 shall not miss my aim.
"Henky J.
'?Eue Saint Maur."
On a separate sheet he had added:?
??Let them bury me quickly and cheaply,
aud let my mother and father-in-law
break the news to my mother. Fare
No clew whatever can be discovered
to the tragedy. The widow is beside
herself with despair and has to be con
stantly watched lest, like her husband
of a day, she should also commit suicide.
a Woman Found Dying hi a Cabin With
Six of Her Family Dead Around Her.
Pawnee, Kansas. May 20.?Two
drummers driving from Grayson to Paw
nee, Kansas, lost their way and finally
came to a shanty. In it were two beds ;
on one lay a woman who looked like a
living skeleton: on the other were the
dead bodies of a man and live children.
The woman could talk and told this
story: ""My busband. Howard Ballin
ger, had becu sick a long time. Five
weeks ago we very nearly out of provis
ions and I sent my son, twennty-two
years of age, to Grayson to get some
provisions. Wc waited and waited for
his return, but ho did not come. After
a while the children got sick, and one by
one the little ones died. My husband
was the last one to go. he dying last
night!" The drummers had a Juuch
with them, and giving it to the woman,
went out to lind help. Several people
from Grayson said that they saw young
Ballinger in town, aud he said he was
going to Sau Fraucisco,

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