Newspaper Page Text
I the GAZETTE AND JOURNAL PUBLISHED EVERY THURSDAY N.E.OOR. FIFTH AND SHIPLEY STS. BY THE EVERY EVENING PRINT'*' ( M AN E Invlftlblu "The Illusion« of Tuxutlou Thing«." r, when Mr. J. Alexander Fulton's proposition to lay taxes upon everything in order to equalize taxation is before the Legislature, with a very fair chance of being enacted unless the people pay more attention to it than they have thus far, it is well to refer to the experience of other states in this subject. It seems that New Y*rk and Delaware are both threatened with Just the to and the of the the In ns I I obnoxious system of inquisitorial taxa tion, a bill similar in many respects to Mr. Fulton's measuro being ing before the Legislature at Albany, with every prospect that it will pass unless the people pr«>test against it. Of this bill the New York Evening Post editorially says: It provides for pend immense amount of printing—"blank inventories equal in nunih«*r to three times the gross number of taxable inhabitants, copartnerships, cor porations and associations" of tnestuje. These blank inventories have questions to be answered by every person, copartner ship, Ac. The first question relates to the real estate owned by the parties respect ively, whether in acres or town lots. In cities it is required that tho owner shall set down''the number of the lot and block, frontage in street and depth in feet and number of ward wherein situateil." The futility and needless bother of this clause is apparent at once. Very few lot-owners know these facts, but the* tax officers do know them already. The informa tion when obtained will add nothing to the knowledge «>f the taxing author ities, but will put the taxpayer to a deal of trouble ami expose him to prosecution for every mistake In* make in describing his property, the law, as it the tax against the property—i of the owner, if the owner is known, but Under • assesses the name uguiust the property in any event. If pay ment is not mud«'*, the property is sold whether the owner is reachable This is right, and it i which taxes «m real est. looted. Even in states like Massachusetts, where deduction is made for mortgages, the whole tax is levied bill is rendered to the mortgagee for their respective interests, but the land is held for the whole tax, ami is sold if either moiety is not paid. No other system has ever been found work able. This interesting bill, however, requires the owner of real estate to give a descrip tion of any liens on his land by way of contract «»f sale, f busi ness of the owner of the lien—a require ment obviously impossible to be complied with in many cases, since mortgages, judg ments, ami land contracts may pass from haml to hand by sale, by assignment, by death, or by bankruptcy, without notice to the owner of the fee. Next in order in the list of interroga tories is one requiring a list of all personal property "of each different kind, wher ever situated, including money deposits in banks, bonds, stocks, promissory notes, book debts, Ac. When a similar reqn ment was made in the Brundage bill 1 1 years ago. The. Evening Pont presented at length the experience of the states of Connecticut, Ohio, Georgia, West Virginia and Wisconsin, where similar attempts have been made to tax invisible and in tangible things. These experiments hail been collected bv Prof. It. T. Ely as a member of the Maryland Tax Commission by book-reading, but by personal in vestigation in the states. The story was the same in «dl of them—utter failure to collect such taxes except in a few cases, •li as the estates passing through the probate courts, and extra-conscientious persons. In Connecticut the amount of this class of j dwindled from ■ 'JO years, i. e., fr the listing law had been i j year ago, Connecticut aban doned the attempt to collect by listing these invisible things and u«lopte«l à new sys tem of voluntary registration. In West Vir commissioners said that ••paving tuxes on this class of property is almost as voluntary ami is considered pretty much in the same light as donations jighborliood church or Sunduy i et here tho listing law is also n force. The experience in Ohio and ieorgia was of the same kind. Watches ,ro taxable in Georgia, but only 10 watches vere actually taxed i the only way in n or be eol tiie laud, und a rtgugoor and the mortgage, judgment, together with the ; and plue of perty actually reached had $ 19 ,you,noo to $i 3 ,uuu,ooo in 1855 to 1885, although force all the tiie the I « - ■' 'I the city of Savan nah. Yet Prof. Ely found that the taxing officers of Georgia were most assiduous anil conscientious in the discharge of their oner ous duties. That the state of New York, debt, and collecting only $s,ti state purposes, should revert to ploded, inquisitorial, and futile svstem of taxation, whose only effect will be to put people to endless trouble and multiply perjury, is something astonishing, anil hardly credible. Yet there is every reason to believe that the Listing bill will pass unless steps arc promptly taken ; .nil ,.f 1 1 P re All the lessons of experience f taxation pro against the syste posed by the New York bill and by the measure r pending at Dover. Such attempts arc worse than futile and to renew them would be a losing expel i . But the fact remains that Mr. Fulton's bill is backed by influences that likely to insure its success unless opposed to it make their those who exposition felt. An interesting recital is the report of the trustees of the famous Girard estate of Philadelphia, which was made* public iirard bus boon yesterday, dead for many years, and it lias been twenty-one years since the Board of City Trusts of Philadelphia began the manage Stephen of that portion of his vast estate which was bequeathed to the public good. The report shows gross •eipts from tho Girard estate for the past year amounting to $1,304,357.63, and expenditures to the extent of $1, 221,276.61, leaving a balance on liatul of $83,081.02. A very suggestive item is one showing that the increased rental »f the well-known bu?im*fs block on Chestnut street between Elev enth and Twelfth amounted to $10,000. The value of the city ate lurid by the trust j last ve: cal $430,065.76 ; r* al estate outside of the city, $.542,418; personal estate, $112,354.13. During just year 360 pupils were admitted to Girard College, aking the total her 1,378, all «jf whom are in*a fair to receive •ay sound, practical educatioi sensible training for whatove and a valk i li rough tho !>• life they may elect t» follow, licence of the liberal •»Id French onriui riio mad»- his mil •ioiiR in Philadelphia years ago. The story of the Girard Trust is one full of interest, and it is a matter of gratu whioh lation that the political corrupt» has frequently convulsed the h< sentiment <<f the Quaker City has ne yet laid its thievish clutch upon • horde .»f dollars that Stephe iihuird left for the benefit of posterity. est tho Some Taxation StatlntlcH. Here are a few figures from the State auditor's report for 1888, the most re cent, at least tho most recent in The Ga zrtte's library. The first column shows the total assessment of each county; tho •econd, tho total taxcB levied upon that assessment : New Castle Kent. Sussex.... believe, that has been printed— ,.$45,861.503 $229,307 .. 14,847,550 01,632 .. 10,105,955 51,681 Total State.$70,875,014 It will be observed that New Castle county pays a little over two-thirds of the whole bill, and consequently ought to have some slight interest in tax legis lation. Yet it is the farmers of Kent and Sussex who seem to be doing pretty much all the talking. We find, from the same source, that the 1888 assessment of Wilmington was $24,749,928, and the total (county and poor) tax levied thereon was $123,749. (We are taking no account of fractions of a dollar in these figures.) So that Wil mington pays more than one-third of the whole bill. Yet up to date not one single endorsement of the Fulton "equalization of taxes" bill has reached the General Assembly from Wilmington» Now we find, from tho city statement published July, 1888, that the municipal tax actually collected in the city of Wilmington alone for the riscal year ending June 30th, aggregated $489,395. In other words the city tax alone of Wilmington exceeded by nearly $150,000 the county taxes levied on the whole State, including Wilmington. If we add to this $489,395, the county tax of Wilmington, $123,749, we have $613,144 ns the combined tax paid by Wilming ton in that year. These figures speak for themselves. They show that here is a community paying $600,000 taxes per year and not saying a word ; while people of counties paying only 10 per cent of this amount are agitating for legislation that would either he impossible to enforce forced, would drive millions of capital out of the State. This Fulton tax bill aims to convert every assessor into virtually an admin istrator upon every man's estate while the riesh. The asses is to come to him and demand of him not only how much he owns, but how much lie owes and to whom. To such interrogatories the taxable might reply : "John Smith holds a mortgage my farm for $3,000, if he hasn't transferred it to somebody else ; Richard Roe holds my judgment note for $1,400; I have had dealings with Farmers A, B, and C running back over two or three years, und I can't tell off-hand whether I am in their debt or they in mine, but will look over our accounts and lut y know if you will stop around next week," and ehism to put a man through, now isn't the is still i A delightful cate* it? Tiie Gazette has already spoken of other features of this bill, including tiie hardships it would necessarily im pose if,as contemplate«! therein, munici pal taxes were also levied under it, upon the thousands of Wilmington working* en and women who have their little savings invested in building associations and savings banks. We feel quite con fident that a practical trial of the law, should it bee law and be enforced, would result disadvantageous!}' also to tiie farmers themselves in bringing about tiie foreclosure of mortgages and tho withdrawal of capital to other states; making it harder for them to negotiate loans here and perhaps impossible in some cases to negotiate at all. Buch outcome would assuredly work the defeat of any political party responsible for it. The fact is this matter of reconstruct ing the taxation system of the whole State is too big and complicated to be handled in connection with the business of a legislative session. It wants to be studied carefully by men trained in matters of finance anil political economy who should givo their attention to it for a sufficient length of time to familiarize themselves with the workings of similar legislation in other communities and State tested and with the applicability to of what have lie found practicable elsewhere. We would therefore suggest to the General Assem bly tho advisability, rather than running the risk of making any disastrous mis take this business, of referring the whole matter to commission of the en who he found, most compete with instructions to inquire i subject in all its bearings and report to tho next General Assembly. Especially do wo regard this suggestion as timely and appropriate i hope is the probability of obtaining a new constitution through tiie election to bo held the of what w dium of the third Tues day of May nex There will be difference of opinion as to how far tin; popular uprising in New Orleans, for such it seems to have been, in the application of lynch law to tiie Mafia assassins whom the constituted agents «if law had failed to bring to punishment, is properly censurable in communities where these secret bands utlaws have not trenched themselves as to shoot and stab with impunity those who dare to bear testimony against or to attempt the ar rest of their delegated murderers was a case in which htnding large American city openly and dclil ately, in the middle of the day and in the heart of the city, placed themselves at sands of their fellow to a work of if Sicilian of is the head of th ; citize vengeance and death. They did this by deliberate pre-arrangement, with the evident knowledge and tacit approval of the police force and of the pubHc and after the piiblieatic papers of a significant card to which the leaders of the lynching party ap pended their names. They did this after they had tried tho law nnd the and led them to in tin; orning of «I fot 1 them, as they declared, incapable—through tbe corrupt!. fear, or perhaps lioth, of jurors—to bring ishment the :n who had shot to down Chief of Police Hennessey. It is difficult to say where the line of con demnation should be drawn in such a it appears that whatever the nation that should he heaped upon these people for taking the est tho •cd of >1« law into their own hands must include nearly the whole population of New Orleans in its censure. At least it clearly does not lie in the mouths of those north ern editors who wore so recently cham pioning tho Force bill to treat this de plorable affair as a relapse into bar barism. With their bayonet behind every ballot policy they wouldhavo overridden local self-government and threatened the disruption of law and order over tho entiro south, not to bring murderers to justice, but to entrench a political party in power. The report of the Sussex county levy court committee to investigate tho de falcation of tho late Rufus Wheatley, deputy for Clerk of the Peace E. W. Tunnell, has at last been made public, and a very remarkable showing it pre sents. The amount of the defalcation $1,000.20, which Clerk Tunnell promptly paid as soon as it was ascer tained. but the expenses were $1,336.15, very nearly 33 per cent of the amount recovered. The tirst item of expense is of $400 to that disinterested Republican patriot, J. Frank Bacon, "for collection," a very handsome pensât ion when it is remembered that Mr. Bacon's "collection" simply con sisted in receiving a check for the amount from Mr. Tunnell and handing it to the county treasurer. Next fol lows an item of $25 for "expenses in curred and paid by Mr. Bacon." The expert accountant, Lawrence Brown, who was hired to go over the county's accounts for 30 years back, in a futile attempt to discover defalcations, all of which was practically money thrown away, as there w need of his services. The three mem bers of the committee wero paid $223.20, tho clerk $150, witnesses $07.06, the janitor $38 and the sheriff for summon ing witnesses $11.01, these five items, amounting to $401.07, comprising all the expense that in justice and with ordinary regard for honesty and econ omy, should have been incurred. There is a further item of $117.50 paid to the Delaware Printing Company for printing pamphlet copies of the com mittee's partisan and untruthful report, which wero scattered broadcast over the county, in the vain hope of influencing the voters at the last election. Of the of $4,000.20, which Clerk Tunnell promptly paid the instant the amount of his deputy's stealings was ascer tained, only $2,724.05 found its way into the county treasury. After such a bril liant specimen of Republican financier ing in Sussex it is no wonder the tax payers of that county demand a change and expressed this demand by their votes at the election in November last. Now they ask the Legislature to grant them what they then voted in favor of. of I a the N. P. J. at Democratic paid - F The country need not keep awake at nights ii Italian i trembling fear that a fleet of -clads will l»c speedily dis patched across tho Atlantic to devastate all the American seaboard cities in re venge for the lynching of tho Italian miscreants in New Orleans. In tiie first place, the prevailing belief, the »vfirst flush of the excitement has passed away, is that the question is not much one of international complica tion, ns for the state of Louisiana to de termine; and in the second place, the Italian government is not working itself into a fine, frenzy over tiie summary shooting of a gang of Sicilian outlaws whom it had driven out of Sicily for the t that murderous practices they were following in New Orleans. Secretary Blaine, it is stated, is already sorry for his rather too hot haste in classing the massacre," in his dis lynching patch to Governor Nicholls, and is disposed to let matters take their course while he quietly awaits detailed official information from the Louisiana authori ties. A significant indication of the feeling of tho Italian government, outside of the formal utterances that may be preserv«.; the outward essary blance of national dignity, is the decla ration of of the leading newspapers of Rome, yesterday, that "it is just also to recognize that similar incidents would not occur if the towns on the Atlantic littoral were not infested with the ex galley slaves of Europe." In this single material admission, on th«; part of the Italian press, of the chief in centive of tiie tragedy, and it is a pretty straight indication that Italy does propose to waste any blood or treasure attempt to avenge the slaughter of her own discarded criminals. Of course, even if Italy should show a disposition to fight it would cause no fear in this country, but war is undesirable at all times, and it is, therefore, a matter of congratulation that tho New Orleans t likely to result i guinary international conflict. a lynching is That President Harrison lias been a pretty busy years is attested by the during tin; past two •°rds of the post-office department, which show that he appointed 2,754 postmasters from March .th, 1Ö91. to March 4,h. 1**. Of this number «78 were mad«; upon Mi«* i summary removal of the Democratic incumbents and the others upon deaths, resignations and expiration of official • 290 I'resiiiontiul t.o-t , „ . , _vainvil changes nave been gn thus far has been in at of . There t«;t offices in which made. The av about four appointments for each work ing day since Mr. Harrison became President, means, when his other official duties are taken i he likes to take a few days off occasion ally and go duck-shooting peake Bay. •ord by •onsideration. N »•under Clie.-a of Senator Higgins is very free to give his views upon tiie choice of Delaware Democrats for candidate for Presi dent next year, but he declines to make expression of the Republican prefer ence. Is it possible that Senator Hig gins has not yet made up his mind, and will wait to see which way the eurr veers bef«»re le of Republican fa »ounces his choice? It looks that way. The members of the G«; may feel perfectly sure that tho people will endorse any legislation they enact for the benefit of the Diamond State In sane Hospital. It is a worthy institu tion, in every way deserving of popular support. >iy is a he ^Vhatover about tho may be captiously said of procuring divorce in Delaware, it would appear to bo n very difficult matter to procure one ln Phila delphia, if the statement of of that city is to bo accepted. A fair client detailed to him her "tale of in of attorney and, said he, I told her she could not get a divorce .... the grounds of cruel and barbarous treat ment. the allegation being tliut her hus band's habits were so boorish as to "render lier life intolerable." He «li«l not get shaved hut once a week, lie never combed his hair, hardly ever took a bath, smoked a strong pipe and hard tobacco in the parlor, wore his stockings till they were worn out with out changing them and, to cap the climax, swore at lier in German, which he knew she did not understand, if she tried to ex postulate with him. If those are not sufficient grounds for a divorce, it is hard to imagine any good reason for a legal severance of the riage tie. One might suppose, from reading this, that divorces are seldom granted in Philadelphia, but as they are, the contrary, very plentiful, the reasonable presumption is that if the heinous offences enumerated by the at torney are not to be entertained, the grounds upon which the divorces allowed must bo very simple and unim portant. Otherwise a Philadelphia divorce would be a rare event indeed. A NNVA L M KEYING. it Brandywine Hundred Association for tin* Recovery of Stolen Horses tectlon of Title the t * 1 The annual meeting of the Brandywine Hundred Association for the Recovery of Stolen Horses and the Detection of Tide was li«'ltl at the hotel of Fdward Kelley, Saturday, March 7th. 1891. The meeting was culled to order by the President, Isaac N. Grubb. William (*' Weer was appointed secretary pro tern., the regular routine business of the association attended to, when the following offi«*«*rs were elected to ; year from date: For President. Isaac N. Grubb. For Vice-president. Joseph Forwood. For Treasurer, Curtis M. Talley. For Secretary, William C. Weer. s, William T. Talley, Joseph mod, Foseph M. Pierce, James Grave, P. Miles F Searching Committee, P. Miles Fr A. C. Jeffers, James Grave, George K. Mouslcy, George L. Miller, Bayard Guest, J. Henry Guest, Thomas G. Bird. The secretary was instructed to have the proceedings of themectingpublishedinthe Weekly Republican and Delaware Gazette am» State Journal of Wilmington. The meeting adjourned hotel of Edward Kelley, Brandywine hun dred, on Iho first Saturday in March, 18! »2, at 2 o'clock, p. m., for tlie transaction of the business of the association. srve f* a 1 Diree F ;t at the G EOltG ETO »'.V. Special CnrroHpoinUmee of « luzotte «n«l Journal Georgetown, March 16.—The Ennis sis ters will build three handsome stores on the site of the old buildings that were re cently destroyed by lire. Charles R. Jones, riiitect of this town, made the plans ami y are very neat. Tho buildings will he two story, with plate glass fronts, each to he 20 by is feet. They will ad«l greatly to the appearance of Market There is a great deal of speculation here as to who will he clerk of the peace to suc ceed Eh«* W. Tunnell. the present incum bent. whose resignation takes effect April 1st. The applicants ar«: Thomas W. Willen, Edward \\ . Houston und Charles R. Jones. Mr. Willen is a resident of Bridgcville and is backed by a recoin dation of most of the leading the western side of the county, and if the opinion thrt he will he the Mr. Houston is from Millsbi backed by the representative section ol' the countv, and ninny seem to think he will be Hi«* lucky man. Mr. Jones is from this town ami has a strong rec ommendation. and will go to the governor hacked by his friends, who look forward to his appointment. Who will it be ? they I >f 1 i Georgetown, March 17.—The meetin of the Hoard «»f Tra«le for the permanent organization was 1er by Charles C. Stock ley, temporary chairman. A majority of the signers of -•as present, so the work of organization was begun. The first thing as th«* reading of tin* constitu by sections, which was adopted, and sets forth the name as the "B« of Georgetown, Delaware." The object of the organization is set forth, and the mittees named in the «•onstitutioi. 3 f Trade follows : Transportât i ew manufac i publications. : read by sections and •s, leglslati .Mtutistici Tiie by-laws w adopted.} The board of trade* then pro ceeded to elect officers f..r the ensuing year. Tin; following officers were elected : President. Wilbur F. Tunnell; Vice-presi dent, William W. Rawlins; Treasurer, ughgood; Secretary, J. B. Clark. The following executive committco A1 freit i\ Robinson, Joseph B. Wutiles, Charles F. Richards, James A. I Charles T. Purnell. Tho William J. Tin as elected: Evan» amount of In tnrv ami treasure 11. Boyce, Alfred P. Robinson and W bite w > prepare the bunds. The board adjourned until Thursday evening next. There was a large attendance at the meet ing and the citizens ar«; thoroughly inter ested in the obji-ct of building up George town. There will ho presented before tne Legislature an amendment ii charter, which will •xempt fr I to he giv •«;r was fixed at fci . Wil ... » the present aid the limits ill ol tne town, exempt years manufacturing mg for a I; court for the enterprises and ask •r amount front the levy Is. Peach gr this see say that ugh advuneed to L cold weather welling, ined hr; the buds la^hurt and that the • not far Gi. said in* had ex; 'hard dead vari fr« s parts eld« hud; that fully 95 perce his orchard are alive und if this cold snap should continue he would expect a very large crop. he ft it. of the biuls i ■ SpoctnlCorrespomli'iicoof Iiuzottnand Journal Milforp. March 16.—The entertainment g* v,, n by ••The Wrens" in Dorsey Hall i Th«; show was a good «.ne and kept the iu 11,1 "•T''i ir no, l irI . v "U ,,U! ' niwn thing of thi! past the lending members of the company bavin K' vi * n "I* project on account of the u< _vainvil season, it would require several months to erect the building and put the machinery in and the summer M / LEO It It. E l'lw.1 ready for open ,'ould bo licof much benefit tocoiisumers. «e, last fur i Jacob M. proprietor of tho reek sold a pai Baltimore party. They •h alike as two below three minutes in ■ ■i horses for • buy i in I c douhle harness. Mm« Mrs. MartrieT. Thouu pneumonia, Chapel yesterday afternoon. Mrs. Thomas was about 51 v of triends . March 18.—The remains of who died at her dur» lay last, from 11 ■ ere interred ! s of age mourn her lo.v i leuv DOVER Correspondence («uaeit*. an«l Journal 8 pec Dover, March 16.— mud for tin* er of Dr. I. S. Ander.* Ms rouunent ; belle of Dover, and Mi ll.my Jrvi . Jr. The •ereiuony will lake pln«;t* hrist (I'lnireh Thursday evening, \pril o'clock. A reception will bo sidence of th«* brute's parents o'clock, p. m. Admission to >iy held at the fr 12 the church is by <;ard. I ir. Thomas' ( '. F pointed jail physician ( leinont*. resigned. other has been very cold for the last three days. The thermometer regis tered 38° yesterday. .* lifts been ap vicc Dr. T. 6. The NEWA UK. Special Correspoudoncb of Unzettn and Journal Newark, March 12.—Tho house which is to servo as Newark's town hall is r entirely completed and pied for the purposes for which it was in tended, namely, the transaction of all oublie business relating to the town and the accommodation of the members mid apparatus of the Ætna Hook and Ladder Company. This huildiug, which has boon in course of erection for Academy street below Caskey Hall, and occupies a lot 40x75 feet. It is a neat two story brick structure, 23x55 feet, the second story being divided into two rooms, for the reading and meeting room of tho hose company members and the other to he used room. 21x30, i while the rear council. Roth are very neatly finished in hard wood, the ceilings paneled and the sides wainscoted in antique oak, the walls being of terra cotta plaster. The hose company reading room is very nicely furnished with carpet, tables, writ ing desk, lounges, Ac., being also supplie«! with papers, current magazines, Ac. The lower floor is occupied bv the hose and ladder tru«*ks, firemen's lockers and the steam heating apparatus. On this floor is also a prisoner':: cell for the safe keeping of any violator of the town's peace good order. Judging from the past, how ever. this small compartment will he little used for the purpose for which tended. The buihling is heated by steam I lighteii by electricity and i its kind. Tin* entire cost was only $2,200. although ordinarily such a building could lie duplicated for $3,000. This small cost is accounted for by the fact—and unusual one in public buildings—that, one interested in its construction made thing. The materials were purchased lit prices and most all ttic local carpenters who worked on the ! time, Is on a council chamber. The front for the hose company, will he for the use or model ..f innig, ii wholesale lab« job gave several days'work gratuitously. There were also . ' '' *' building by the members of council and others, while the tower was paid for by popular subscript ion. The committee of council in charge of its construction sisted «»f Messrs. Wright. Donnell and Wilson, ami how thor« their with which every it is delighted. r donations f«» the m, and how thoroughly well they did work is shown by the building itself who bus been v Newark, March 18.—At a meeting of the Newark Society for the Extension of I'ni versity Teaching, held on Moody evening, with Dr. A. N. Ranh presiding, the report of the secretary and treasurer and referred. The I'm un «'i a I showed, instead of a deficit as was fei a surplus over all expenses of the lecture course to the amount «»f $28.15, which will be belli by the society as an emergency fund. The execution'and auxiliary mittees made reports and wore relieved from further duties. A new election of officers resulted as follows : President, Dr. A. N. Raub; Vice president, Prof. Georgo A. Hartes: Secretary and Treasurer, Harlow H. Curtis; Executive Gommitte, Mrs. H.G. M. Koliock, Mrs. Theodore R. Wolf, (apt. G. LeRoy Brown, F.S.A., L. Irving Handy anil Harlow 11. Curtis. Lateran auxiliary committee will be selected t<» advance the interests of the society. It was decided in advisable to have another lecture course tins spring, but with the advent of cool weather next fall the society will again begin active work ami muke arrangeme for at least two courses of lectures next winter. After the meeting there was informal gathering of those Who desired 1 ; tho students' association, the object of which is to pursue* the study of tin* sub jects lectured upon for the last six weeks j>y Professor Moulton. Professor Harter of the college wits s«*leotc<l as leader of the association, which is s«i for formal organization of work. (Hi Sunday the Presbyterian church pulpit, was tilled both morning and even ing by the Rev. Mr. C« tokens of Philudel plna. Next Sunday the pulpit will bo sup plied by the Rev. Mr. Wildcy. a young Princeton graduate,who comes vc commended. It is understood that tTiere ■ about 30 applicants for this vacant pas Harlow Gamble, son of Wflliam Gamble, * lie read d. '"j I to meet again «1 arrangement died at his h sumption, llis funeral will take' place 1 o'clock at the M. E. church, of miber. Interment at Friday which he w th«* Methodist ccmetcrv. The Mission Band ol' the M. E. Church hcld^ a very successful sale of fancy ing in the vacant M. Koliock. On Friday evening, March 27th, the members of tin* Delia Phi ami Atheim-an Societies of Delaware College will hold a joint debate in the oratory on the i|uestioii of the annexation of Canada. Thu debate will he open to the public and there will be three or four speakers on eaeli si«le. Saturday even : room of Dr. II. G. POUT PENN. Specinl Correnpoivloiice of (iazetre nnd Journal Penn, March 10.—Tho following persons compose the officiary of P M. E. Church for the ensuing year : Wil liam McMullin, Sr., Senator James McMul lin. Captain George W. Jones, Albert it. Bendlar. Joseph Dennev, John Beudler, James Vosholl. Trustees;' William McMul ' aptain Georgo W. Jones, Joseph Denmy. Albert it. Dendler, William Bio. , John Betnller, (b orge Webb, George 'orner, Sadie Fleming, »wards. Captai IV lin. a Hendier, * Jones will se Joseph Denney as recording steward. The following committees have also been ap pointed : Missions, MartliaMct'all. Kle >V«*hh, Emma A. Walker, Martie Eat.,.., Iturch Extension and Confereni'e Claimants. Elmer Pendler. George Castelu, Edward Zachies. Simday j McNellcy, Elmer Pendler, William Bloemer. Tracts, Ellle Conard, Carrie Bloemer, Kate Beudler. Education, Harry McNolley, Martha McCall, Kle Webb. K G. W. K Freedman's Aid and Southern Educational, Emma Beudler, L ley, Jennie Weld». ('. lium Bloemer, Walter K. Hendier, George Pusteln. Temperance, Willif John Beudler, George Webb, Margaret .'hurch Music, the Rev. Fred K. McKinsey, Hus Yearsley. Esti mat i rig Preacher's Salary, Board of Stewards. Steamer Alison Orinbon of the Philadel phia. Bahimore A New York Transporta tion Line that stuck on the jetty just off' Reedy Island in January and had a hole knocked in her, was so' unfortunate as to ashore during the fog on Thursday afternoon lust on the Delaware side, just, north of this place. The vessel awaits an extraordinarily big tide to get off. The Rev. Mr. Campbell of Philadelphia, who is supplying the pulpit of tlie Presby terian church, buried a «laughter one day last week that had died of typhoid fever. The Rev. Mr. Emerson of Philadelphia supplied the pulpit in Mr. Campbell's ab ithstamling the rain fell Thursday evening, quite a large gathering of people greeted Mrs. ('. W. Green, a returned si unary fr - V hurch Reeonls. Wil Bloemer, Voshell, E A. Walker. sel Eaton, E •"! at the M. K. church, very pieusing manner sketched their journey to the mission field, described their home and the pecu liarities of the Japanese and our responsi bility 1 in sending them the gospel that shall bring to them greater comforts. Prof. 8. T. Ford, New York's popular elocutionist, was obliged to postpone his recital at this place from Saturday. March 11th, to Tuesday evening, march 17tli. Personal: Ihe Rev. ('. H. Kershaw of this town preached at the M. E. church in Delaware City last evening. He will re ucive an appointment under PiT-sUling Elder Murray at the coming conference session—George B. Kesler oi Sharptown, N. J., was the guest of the Bloemer family yesterday—Mr. and Mrs. James Vande gritt of McDonough. Miss Kute cleaver ami Mr. George Lockerman of Port Penn to-morrow for Florida—J. Morris Beudler, who lias been at New Castle : during the winter, has returned to Pert I i •.:«*! Kershaw has been spending •s m Philadelphia—Mr. Frank caring for Governor Pattisun iw, Mr. Edwin A. Smith oi Mrs. lire. I*e * j •vetal father-i Philadelphia—The Rev. Fred E. McKinsey s lor Centrevillc, the seat of the Wil ton Conference, Wednesday — Osa who has been in Philadelphia during the winter, returned homo one day last week. iiiingt« Webb, Representative Springer seriously ill at his residenc . lie is suffering from nervous prostration, supplemented by a severe case of grince. of Illinois is :e in Washing attuck of NEW CASTLE Appelai Cormipomlouat; of Oaxette and Journal Newcastle, March 13.—Tho funeral of George Johnson took place this morning from his late residence on Orange street. The Rev. B. F. Price of Christiana offici ated and the remains were interred in tho Proshyteriun cemetery at Christiana. Seniinolo Tribe, No. 7, 1. O. It. M., has commenced making preparations for elaborate celebration of Tammany's day next June. A committee was appointed at tho last meeting to arrange u suitable programme for the day. The annual report of the linanciul condi tion of the board of education fur the year ending March 4th, has just been issued. It shows the total receipts as $5,565.45; oxpen dit ures, 95,258.39; and balance on band 8207.00. There is due from the collector ces for the year 1890 a balance of $1,000. Orders amounting to 9224.54 are drawn but yet unpaid. The petition being circulated for pre sentation to the General Assembly, pro viding for s division of the city into three mncilmen from each, although already signed by many citizens, sly objected to by others on the grounds flint ft will he an additional ex pense to the city and the change will he entirely unnecessary. Remonstrances out against it and these are being numer ously signed. The fishermen have begun preparing their nets, bunts, Ac.. f<>r the shad season, which will open the latter part of this month. A profitable season is predicted. The Republicans of the city will hold a meeting in the city hull on Saturday even ing next for the purpose of nominating straight ticket; three counciimen, assessor and treasurer,to be voted for at tho municipal election on Tuesday, April 7th. Miss Cordelia K. Schofield an aged lady 1 sister of the late Mrs. Andrew G. G died early JHunday morning at her hi Front street. The deceased lmd only been ill since Friday and her death was rather unexpected, Her sister Miss Har riet has been seriously indisposed fur some time past and it is supposed the worriment and anxiety over the latter's sickness was the immediate cause of Miss Cordelias de mise. The deceased was an estimable lady and had many friends. The members of the old Delaware Gun Club held a meeting for reorganization at the store of J. T. Stoops on Saturday night. These officers were elected: President, John T. Stoops; Secretary, George Henni; Treasurer, Harold Suddell; Captain, Mail lon k Lancaster. About 1ft members wore taken in and it was decided to have prac tice shooting every Saturday afternoon above the narrow dyke, at which the pub lic* were invited. account of wards with *.s sori« cidents at. the Now riiere were Ihr« Castle Woolen mills last week. John Gal lngber. Joseph Mct'uughaii and a boy named White each ha«l a haml badly lacerated by having it caught in tho ma chinery. A serious conflagration was narrowly averted at the laundry of Wall Sing, Delaware street, early'on Saturday morn ing. A bundle of kindling lying' floor caught lire from and the Chinaman being unable guish the flames there, threw the bundle the yar«I where the wind blew the \s high i ft he Iho •erbeut ed stove. extiu the air. An ah ighliors responded. The lire which had spread to a hoard fence was put out with great diffic ulty. MIDDLETOWN. Special Correspondence of Gazette and Journal M iiuu.ETowN, March 13.—The Board of Health has given its last notice tot«iwn residents who persist in having Img-pe their premises. The board notified Hip people last fall that no pens would he allowed within the town limits after Junu f 1st, 1891. but it seems that some per sons have paid n«» heed to the the last one is given to remind them of the necessity of at oih'c removingt he nuisance. All persons who do not abate the hog-pens by April 1st will have to su Her the cunsc . quenccs. The congregation of tin* M. K. Church has passed a resolution unanimously re questing tin* return <>f the Rev. Alfred Smith as pastor. Mr. Smith is doing g«>«>ti work in tiie church ami Sunday-school as :h liked by the people l is very generally. George Vnndeiibrank, formerly «if this town hut who has resided in Philadelphia for the past, two years, is very ill of «• sumption and his i ... . I>. !.. Dunning contemplates 'alifornia about May 1st, ami will, if »ssihle, tlisposo of his*pr«»perty here lie leaving. The wedding of F. Ralph Pretty man of Scaford and Miss Ada Cummings « if Tilglimail's Island has been : take pi Mr. Pr«*ttvman is • is doubtful. •moving -, i Wednesday, the 25th im frequent Middletown, whore he is well known. Miss Anna Derrickson have resided i past, have removed to their farm, about two miles from this place. Wallace Beaston, aged 10 yet playing with a corn slndh afternoon,when in some manner he caught his left hand i lingers were badly lacerated ami he suffers sidcrnble pain from his injuries. « inly a short time ago the lingers of his right hand were nearly cut off' by a hatchet with which he was playing. ither, who the cog wlitvls. ; SM VESA, Special CorrtMinondonco ot Gazette and Journal Smyrna, March 16.—Tho probabilities •that this town will start the niauufac ,'«*«*ks. Whether turc of i«;p i not it will be conducted by our home folks or strangers is unsettled. Tin* opportunity for a well paying business, it is likely, will be accepted by home partie;». Very few persons have succeeded in tilling their ice houses this past winter and unless ice is manufactured her«; it will bo brought from a distance. Much is being said at tbc present, about the expected heavy peach crop, but from tin; general belief, the «^pinion of the peach growers of this section, it will not ne so heavy. Yellow fruit is said to la* con siderably damaged, especially is this so in th«* necks. ( rawfords Late are very badly damaged. Should the peach crop proven failure many farmers will he forced to other vocation to obtain a nirsue ivelihood. Fish and wild ducks w Saturday. The ducks for eating than for years, being entirely void of the fishy smell and taste so com mon to them. The Moss fainilv will be here Saturday, March 28th and give a concert in theopeia house. Mr. and Mrs. E. Beck celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary at their home Friday evening last in a manner some what different from tliut anticipated. The dans of Mr. and Mrs. Beck were to have their children present to take tea and spend th«* evening with them in a qulpt way. but their many friends thought «iif ferently and made other arrangements. About 8 o'clock, as they were all enjoying a good time, the door bell rang. M rs. Beck was sent to the door, when to her great surprise, there stood about 40 of h«;r most intimate friends, who come in and took possession of the house, staying until a lute hour. c plentiful hero said to he finer Special Oorrespondcae«»ot Gazette and Journa Elkton, Mi»., March 17.—The feeil countv circuit court convened yesterday morning for the Murch term. Judge Frederick Stump alone w John W. Davis was selected us foreman of the grand jury. Charles Haste was tried before a jury the charge of larceny of a cow from A. G. Trute. it was charged that he stole the cow f rom u Held at night and took it into New Castle county and sold it. Hew vieted. There are two other cases against Haste for stealing cows. Haste has been tried before in this court for larceny of : money und horse stealing, but was never I before convicted, ELK TON. the bench. The funeral of Edmund Brown a former ...erelinnt of this town who died last week * j in Philadelphia of paralysis was held yes terday. His remains were brought her«; «ni the3.12 p. in., Elkton cemetery. ain and interred in the Money in the IlimlnesM. Tell Mrs. Wells that she, or any in lustrious person can make $30 a week plating business. For particulars, address the Lake Electric Co., Englo d, 111. A plater costs $3. I am work now and know there is money in the business. in the a ing lie ine of the INVESTIGATE THE LYNCHING* Louder of One of the «niiRi» «>f l '» 1 of it The la us Resents the Imputations Parkerson Not. Alarme« Priest-Leader tho Thront«. New Orleans, 1a., Mardi 17. l . Mut rang«, one of the men who was ilts peratelv wounded last summer in tno at tack upon the Matrangas by jwhat is known as the l'rovcnzano faction, «unies the charges mad«* by Provenzano,, and pos itively contra«licte«l the statement that his brother was at the head of the Mu fia or even belongs to Hu* organization. Ho sahi to-duv he «lid not like to make any charges against un y body which hucould not prove. Of one thing he is certain—that is, that the Provenzano» are at the head of'a bail gang, ami that their ba«i gang liud ambushed him and shot his l«*g off - Joseph Provenzano this Archbishop Janssens relative accusation of Father Manoritta «'barging him (Provenzano) with a connection witn the Matin. Provenzano stated to the arch bishop that tho accusation was not only unwarranted, bm tliut being mode at tins time it tended to do him harm, especially ns it cairn* from a priest. Provenzano said further t liât he had never had any rela tions of any nature with Father Manoritta, not oven being acquainted with him. " said t<. the archbishop that he had not carried out his first impulse to bring the matter to the attention of the court, hut lmd conie to ask advice from the head of tbcchurch. Archbishop Janssens replied that In* was sorry that the affair nu«l occurred and that he hud seen Father Manoritta, who hud written a letter for publication which he thought would be satisfactory, as it exonerated Provenzano from the* Mafia accusation. The urcli hishop further tol«l Provenzano that Fallier Manoritta had been very oxcited recently and he thought it liest for all to drop tho mutter; that he did not h«* lievo the Americans had anything against tlie luw-ubidiiig Italians and that ho was convinced that Father Munontta would tie molested by the Provenzunos, ns mod to f«*ur. rning called Hu I. he INVESTI« criminal court, is understood this :«HAND JURY Judgo Marr, of the charged the grand jury gate the matter, and it will be done, with the probable result that bills will be found. In his ehurge Judge Mi ' Gentlemen of the grand jury, since your adjournment New Orleans lias been the scene of a deplorable trag«*dy, which ter dcuth of eleven persons— prisoners in the custody of tho law «'barged with complicity in the assassination «if David ('. Hennessey, chief of p«»liec of this city. I suv «lepl« »ruble tragedy, because without reiVrencc to the «'anses all good citizens must and «1 hmm details and incidents of Hie alleged homi cide and causes and antccendents iers of, public notoriety. They are dis cussed in the columns of the daily press ami tliev largely «K'eiipy the public mind ; to-«lay inated in t gret the taking of life without warrant of law. The •and abroad. h. "Friday last the* trial of a large number of persons «'barged with the munter «>f Chief Hennessey, which had occupied the days, terminated in a verdict of not guilty as to all Imt three of those oil trial uml a mistrial as to those •eived with «lis* satisfai'tion by those who hud watched the proivedings from day to «lay, and it was charged publicly that soin«* of the jurors and witnesses had been bribed or other wist? fumpered with ami influenced. "Pursuant to a call made by many clti ■ublislied in tho daily papers of .Saturday morning, a large number of per sembled «••*«*fled to th<! parish prison, was affected by force* ami persons implicated in the killing of Hen nessey were shot and two «if the three with respect to whom there had been a mistrial were hanged. The crowd that surrounded the prison then quietly dispersed. "Matters of such gravity cannot bo ig nored by «'ourts or grand juries. 1 compelled by my duty as judge to tiring notice, and 1 feel ns celve at your hands •fui investi legal consult with three. This result was « anal street an«l pro ' i I • •r to v sured that it will proper attention and calm, car« gation. The district attorney i adviser, and you will,of «• him freely touching this and all other matten . It is i umlViÜ. i there will he y engage your atten du more y purpose ... charge to you, with «ivery confidence that hasty or ill considered part ami that the ri'sults of ions and deliberations will accoru with your appreciation and s they may cbme to investigati be i estimate of the facts knowledge." Tin* «•barge is variously commented hut the general opinion is that the investi rdcred will not result i norary inconvenience to the leaders of tiie lynching party. •Shortly after the judge had his charge Major Wright, .Schaumburg, tiie mayor's privutc secretary, went bef« l jury. He was followed by W. II. Priest, sec ret ary «>f the committee of fifty; George Denoger ami Chief of Police Güster. PAItKEi: Tho Matin warning receive«! by Mr. W. S. Parkerson, who led tiie citizens' nient Saturday, «ioe« not make him feel uneasy, although there may be Home foun dation for it. Mr. Parkerson treats the letter lightly. He knows that if a hair of his head were touche«! it would result in a terrihh* punishment of (lie Italians and Sicilians. Mayor .Shakespeare yesterday received a letter purporting to conic from a commit, icc <>t .'..tXMi Italians notifying him that Parkerson, Wickliffc and himself must the hands of the committee, in .•«inclusion the letter states that the chief Chief of Ind'd . assassins are n«»t caught yet.. Police Glister thinks all such letters hoaxes. A statement is published here this even ing that Seatledi, that name wli fie of tho Tis slain Saturday, had beim blackmailed by the Mafia about five years ugo; $5uo was «Icmuuikd, hut Prov enzano and others advised him not. to pay. The Mafia finally agmed to take $250, pro vided Hi«; victim would pay for the dinner that appears to follow successful robbery and precede contemplated murders. T: get from under the ban .S-affodi agreed to the terms and went with Matranga to the swamp, where two masked men w Matranga explained to them that Seaffcdi was showing a disposition to doth«; best he could, and tne amount he was willing to pay should satisfy them. The masked men agreed to this, and the party, together with others, afterward enjoyed the spread at the expense of .'-caffedi. Great interest attaches to the where abouts of Private Detective O'Malley, at whose door is laid Ute charge of bribery. It is believed he is in hiding in this city. )'Mai ley will continue New Orleans, as the feeling against him is very strong. The records show that of the 11 Italians slain Saturday the following were regis tered y «iters in the parish of Orleans: Antonio S«aff'e«ii, Antonio Bugnotto, Antonio and Frank Romero and P. Machen. There i; either naturalized of r.» It is not likely that to live i •ph record here that i/orctto Comitez Wintered, although they are not claimed as alien subjects by the Italian consul, and the probability is that he was informed by them that they citizens. Manuel Polizze declared -Junto a citizen October 13th, INK}: hut was never registered. ( Corto claims that Charles Trahinu, Monastcrio ami Antonio Marchesi were subjects. There is no question that the claim is correct as far as Truhina and Monastcrio arc concerned, but the regis tration hooks show tiiat Marchesi became a qualified voter in Louisiana, October 13th, Is: hi. Dispatches from various cities through out the country indicate that Italians gene rally resent what they term the unjustifi able butchery of their countrymen, and demand that those responsible for the out rage he brought to justice. his intention to lice msul A lamp exploded Ham lvu tin* house of '\Vil nperman, a tailor, in Pittsburg, lav night. Mrs. Kupperman, her Solomon, daughter Fanny and an i ii rant were burned, the fatally. Overtures VI and infant •ently made hythcDomin ,, government to the government of British (uiiaiia for a reciprocity treutv rejected by the latter, on the ground that an arrangement of that character with the United States is preferred, and tiie government of British hliana would not enter into any arrangements which eûtes preV<mfc rcci l )rocit y with the United _Wiinnmahrfs. Philadelphia, Moflday, March w, ihui Creative taste commands the present and "holds the key to the future." This true of all fine arts, and espe cially of the one that produces Dress Textiles. Rare exam ples of contemporary work from England, Scotland, France, Germany and the vari ous States of America are here. All that is bold, chaste and original, all that is pop lar, plain and practical, has been collected into this one pre-eminent and greatest Dress Goods stock of the world. Whatever the Dress need, from the finest Paris, Berlin or London novelty to the sim plest printed Cotton, only ingers until you call for it. The trio of forces—capital, electricity and steam—obey the will that summons. Magic does it—the dynamics of trade. Wet weather dampens but docs not check the rising de mand. Great per-cents mark the gains in sales of Dress Stuffs. Philadelphia knows better every day what is differ ing here. I lave you noticed, madame, how high Home-spuns are in favor ? Some of the fittest, cheeriest rigs of the season— Dresses or \Vraps—owe much of their sensible loveliness to 1 lomc-spun. Thank the weavers, partly, for that. The I lome-spun of to-day has graces that the 1 lome-spun of grand-mother's time didn't dream of. The sturdy goodness is there just the same, so is the honest look. Neither one whit the less because of the veneer of modern prettiness. This Chevron I lome-spun is in the grays and tans that are so much asked tor. home striped, some plain. The price 37cents. As square, fair and bang-up a 50 cents worth as you'll see anywhere. Cheviot Plaids, too. Finger a piece. No nonsense there. As good a 37 ]/ 2 cents worth as the Chevron Home-spun. These Mohair Stripes are 40c. The maun facturer would not duplicate the lot to us at what you may take them for . i ■ ll - Brandenburg the beautiful. Cotton queen of the season. French skill never put on the finest Sateen, more delicate printing than these Branden burgs show. A triumph for the home artist. Bunches of pansies that look to have been dew-kissed with in the hour; sprigs and twigs, buds and beauty bits that you feel may fall off if carelessly handled. And such color combines ! Old rose on white or cream. Violet or blue on white. with a dozen more as delight ful. Styles and styles that you never saw before have come to tbe counters in tbc past two days. i They'll keep coming. Brandenburgs are 20c a yard. More elbow room in the Cloak store; more for Jackets, for Women's Over-garments of all sorts. Better chance to show the finest things. And there's such a host of them to see ! There hasn't been a season before when new thought was so marked through all the out side wear for Baby, Miss or Madame. Mats Overcoats for Spring, Fix your price and we'll find the best Coat in town to meet it. Cannot afford not to. You must not he permitted to say that anybody anywhere can give you more clothing value for equal or less money than we. All-wool Meltons at $10; several sorts Diagonals and Venitians at $12; elegant Covert Clothing at Si 5 and $16.50. these popular qual ities cover the sorts that toucl all the way from the young man to the grave and reverend senior. The high grades up to :■ complete the range and range is complete. John Wanamakiîr.